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Silver award for Higher Education provision at Northampton College

Posted: 22/06/17 by Northampton College

Northampton College has been given a ‘Silver’ award for the quality of its Higher Education teaching, putting it above many leading universities in the rankings.

The Teaching Excellence Framework was introduced two years ago to measure Higher Education providers in terms of quality of experience for students.

It uses a series of metrics including success rates, student satisfaction, progression to employment and resources. Providers are given a rating of either Gold, Silver or Bronze.

In a report published today, Northampton College was awarded a silver award and was praised for showing ‘strategic intent to deliver excellent employability outcomes, embedding employability skills development and employer involvement in delivery’.

The report added that Northampton College had ‘a high standard of delivery using industry-standard equipment to support learning’ and was praised for ‘the development of e-learning across the curriculum which places major emphasis on creating an environment in which information and learning technology and digital literacy are developed in creative and innovative ways’.

Northampton College, which has sites at Booth Lane, Lower Mounts and Daventry earned praise for ‘developing a culture which supports continuing professional development and the upskilling of staff engaged in higher education delivery’ while inspectors were impressed with the opportunities for students to feed back about the quality of provision covering every part of the higher education programme.

The award stands for three years.

Head of HE at Northampton College, Dr Julie Teckman, said: “The college has a growing provision of Higher Education in areas including the Arts and Engineering. It also has a Higher Level Apprentice programme in Engineering and is developing other HLAs in the care sector.

“In many cases students are able to progress to a third year top-up degree which gives them two qualifications for less than the price of a standard degree. The majority of students who progress to top-up degrees achieve 2:1 and first class honours degrees due to the skills and confidence they develop at Northampton College.

“HE at Northampton College is ideal for students who don’t want to or are unable to leave the area to study at a higher level and for those who want to study a skills based practical higher level qualification rather than a traditional academic degree.”

For more information on HE courses available at Northampton College visit www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk.

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Webinar Invitation from the UK India Business Council: The Boom in Indian Tourism - Understanding the Opportunity the

Posted: 22/06/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

Join the UK India Business Council for a live Q&A on the fascinating topic of the booming Indian tourism sector, and the great opportunities it offers.

What?

India’s population is the second largest in the world, but currently just under 2% of Indians travel overseas. With India’s economy expanding at 7% per annum, the potential of Indian tourism into the UK for the hospitality and entertainment industry, is enormous.

In this webinar, experts will build a picture of affluent Indian travellers, with facts and insights into their spend, tastes and preferences. Participants will learn about this major opportunity and gain knowledge on how to access new revenues.

When?

The session will take place on July 12th at 10:00am BST.

Who?

The UK India Business Council will be joined on the day by our expert speaker, Shweta Sharma, General Manager – Special Projects at Matrix Cellular International Services Pvt. Ltd. Shweta will share her knowledge on ‘The spend of the Indian Traveller abroad’.

The session will be moderated by Sabe Tibbitts, Sector Manager at the UK India Business Council, who has recently compiled a report on the Indian tourist worldwide.

Join the UK India Business Council on the day to have your questions answered during their live Q&A interaction. For more details and to register please click here.

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Webinar Invitation from UK India Business Council: The Boom in Indian Tourism - Understanding the Opportunity

Posted: 22/06/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

Join the UK India Business Council for a live Q&A on the fascinating topic of the booming Indian tourism sector, and the great opportunities it offers.

What?

India’s population is the second largest in the world, but currently just under 2% of Indians travel overseas. With India’s economy expanding at 7% per annum, the potential of Indian tourism into the UK for the hospitality and entertainment industry, is enormous.

In this webinar, experts will build a picture of affluent Indian travellers, with facts and insights into their spend, tastes and preferences. Participants will learn about this major opportunity and gain knowledge on how to access new revenues.

When?

The session will take place on July 12th at 10:00am BST.

Who?

The UK India Business Council will be joined on the day by our expert speaker, Shweta Sharma, General Manager – Special Projects at Matrix Cellular International Services Pvt. Ltd. Shweta will share her knowledge on ‘The spend of the Indian Traveller abroad’.

The session will be moderated by Sabe Tibbitts, Sector Manager at the UK India Business Council, who has recently compiled a report on the Indian tourist worldwide.

Join the UK India Business Council on the day to have your questions answered during their live Q&A interaction. For more details and to register please click here.

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Hospice plays host to determined Dennis for moving graduation ceremony

Posted: 22/06/17 by University of Northampton Enterprises Ltd

A terminally ill student from the University of Northampton has had his own private degree graduation ceremony in the hospice where he is being cared for.

Dennis Newlove was surrounded by friends, family and nursing staff as he was presented with his award in a moving ceremony at Northampton’s Cynthia Spencer Hospice on Thursday 15 June.

The 28-year-old enrolled on the Health Studies and Social Care course in 2014, some time after being diagnosed with throat cancer, and battled the disease throughout his three years on campus.

The disease spread to other parts of Dennis’s body, and after being admitted to the hospice this month, the academics from his course decided to organise the private graduation rather than wait for July’s main ceremony.

After receiving his degree certificate, Dennis, who originally comes from Ghana, said: “There cannot be an exact expression to describe how I feel today. Today is the best, and the
beginning of the best to come.

“Studying for this degree has been very challenging, considering my health, but the University has proved to me that any challenge can be beaten.”

He went on to pay tribute to staff at the hospice, by saying: “The staff are more than a family. They have shown a lot of competence and passion in everything they do – in fact, I don’t even want to go home.”

Close friend, Leticia Asumang, met Dennis at the Victory Bible Church International in Far Cotton, Northampton, was by his side at the graduation.

She said: “I am not surprised at all that Dennis completed his degree, even though it was tough. His tenacity and his relentless drive is incredible – where he gets it from, I don’t know, it amazes me.

“I have never known a more positive person than Dennis. When I’m down, he lifts me up.

“He is so inspirational, in the way he talks about his faith and his understanding of what life is all about – his attitude seems beyond his young age.”

Hospice matron, Gail Oliver, said: “We’ve had weddings, birthday parties and early Christmas celebrations for our patients, but this is the first graduation at the hospice.

“We had a couple of days’ notice it was happening and everybody pulled out all the stops to organise the ceremony.

“It’s been a very special day, and we all feel privileged to have been a part of it. For Dennis to have achieved his degree is amazing, and is testament to his incredible strength and
determination.”

Ward sister, Lorna Mair, added: “All of us have been overwhelmed by the ceremony, it’s been such a happy occasion. Dennis has worked so hard for this, he’s been so strong, he’s simply an amazing man.”

During the ceremony, Dennis, who achieved a 2:1 grade, was presented with a leather-bound copy of his dissertation, which was about his condition.

A quartet of University academics from the Faculty of Health and Society oversaw the official graduation proceedings – Senior Academic Manager, Sue Donnelly, Senior Lecturers Sindy Banga and Monica Catelinet and Lecturer Melinda Spencer.

A touching speech from Sindy was met with a combination of tears, smiles and laughter.

She told the gathering: “Throughout his time at the University of Northampton, Dennis has displayed a wide range of highly admirable qualities.

“He has been resilient, patient, determined, strong, positive and optimistic.

“That these qualities have been so apparent is even more exceptional, given that since he has been with us he has been battling with a very serious condition.

“As the demands of the programme increased over time so, unfortunately, did the severity of his illness and its impact on his ability to keep up with his studies.

“However, it is to his credit that he has shown unwavering perseverance in completing his coursework.

“These qualities have been clearly demonstrated when one considers the manner in which he has approached
his dissertation.

“His courage and strength of character were clearly evidenced in that he chose to write about the very illness from which he was suffering, and was able to achieve this in a highly
professional and objective fashion.

“These aspects of Dennis’ work received particular praise and commendation from the Health Studies’ external examiner.

“We, your tutors, would like to say… that it has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work with you and get to know you.

“To use your own words, ‘I know it is a very sad and hard situation but I want to try and finish this race for the degree’.

“Dennis, not only have you succeeded in completing your degree in the most exceptional and extraordinary circumstances but, you have achieved a 2:1.

“We are all proud of you, beyond words. Very well done.”

Dennis vowed he was determined to attend graduation on Thursday 20 July.

You can find out more about Cynthia Spencer Hospice on the website: www.cynthiaspencer.org.uk

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Avon support young women in sport through their Empowerment fund

Posted: 22/06/17 by Avon Cosmetics Ltd

Kettering Rugby Football Club was awarded £2,990 from the Avon Cosmetics UK Female Empowerment Fund to develop a ladies team at the club.

The fund is managed and facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation and was set up on International Women’s Day in March 2016.

In line with Avon’s commitment to support the causes that matter most to women, the fund’s key priority is to support projects across Northamptonshire that will improve the quality of life for women and girls.

The funding from Avon will be used to encourage more girls to play Rugby in Kettering which is a predominately male sport.

With the grant awarded, the club have produced leaflets, held coaching sessions and purchased equipment and kit to recruit 30 new female members to be able to play against other local ladies’ teams.

Jacky Conyard, Ladies coach at Kettering Rugby Football Club said: “Thanks to Avon, our Director of Rugby, Doug Bridgeman, together with our Head Coach, Cliff Luthayi have visited schools in the Kettering area. They have run lunchtime sessions and after school clubs to entice new members to come along and join the girls teams.

“This has been very successful, we have had a number of new recruits. We will be running 4 age groups: Mini Bluebelles 9 - 11 year olds, U13’s, U15’s and U18’s. We are starting work on the ladies changing rooms next week which will be ready for the new season.”

Andrea Slater, President UK, Avon said of the donation: “As the company for women, I’m thrilled that Avon has been given the opportunity to support a local girl’s rugby club. Working with Northamptonshire Community Foundation has opened the doors for Avon to champion local projects and make a great impact to everyone involved. I look forward to hearing more from the local team on how the ladies changing rooms are progressing, it really is great to see the difference we are making.”

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Christmas at the Holiday Inn Corby

Posted: 22/06/17 by Holiday Inn Corby - Kettering A43

For a truly memorable Christmas event, look no further than the Holiday Inn Corby. We have a wide range of events to suit all tastes, including our brand new themed Wonka party nights for 2017, all underpinned by our great service, quality and product.

We believe that as our guests you should be able to concentrate on the most important thing - having fun at your festive celebration!

Let our committed Christmas coordinators take care of all the details to ensure your party is an enjoyable and memorable occasion.

If you’re looking for something a bit different or require a private event please contact our Christmas coordinators who will be delighted to discuss your requirements and put together a bespoke package for up to 200 guests!

Please find attached our fabulous and exciting Christmas brochure here.

We already have a few full events and so please try to book early to avoid not being able to secure your preferred date.

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Bid & Tender’s 60 Minutes Seminar – Monday 19th June 2017                                          

Posted: 22/06/17 by Bid & Tender Support Ltd

On Monday 19th June Bid & Tender Support’s Director, Katy Berrill delivered a 60 minute Seminar for Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Members on ‘How to find and win work in the Public Sector’.

The Seminar gave an insight into current best practice within tendering for work.

The Seminar was well received with some great feedback from attendees including Richard Webb, CEO of Narrative Media who thanked Katy for a thoroughly professional overview of the public sector tendering environment and commented there were quite a few nuggets of information taken away to apply in a practical way.

He stated: “You helped to de-mystify some of the legislation and practises around tendering and we will modify our approach as a result.”

Another attendee commented: “The session yesterday was extremely useful and thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions so fully. The handouts are great, thanks.”

The Seminar covered:

· An overview on how the public sector has adapted to the advantage of SMEs

· Developing a bid strategy

· How and Where to find Tender Opportunities

· Content Writing Tips

· Bid Review Procedures

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Parade and entertainment to celebrate Armed Forces Day

Posted: 22/06/17 by Northampton Borough Council

A marching parade will be taking place in the town centre on Saturday 24 June, in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

Leading the parade this year will be the RAF Marching Band. They will be followed by the 118 Recovery Company (REME), who will be exercising their Freedom of the Borough
and celebrating 50 years of being based in Northampton. Serving troops, veterans and cadets will also be taking part.

Starting at 10.30am from Derngate and Guildhall Road, the parade will march across Woodhill, up Abington Street, through St Giles Terrace and down St Giles Street, before
ending at the Guildhall around 10.50am.

The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Gareth Eales and Lord Lieutenant, Mr David Laing will share a few words with the troops and well-wishers, before the official salute and national anthem are performed.

Following the parade and speeches, visitors can enjoy live music on the Market Square, view vintage Army vehicles and visit the stalls of Armed Forces organisations such as Help for Heroes, Rewards for Forces, the Royal Marines Association, the Grenadier Guards and Blind Veterans UK.

Cllr Gareth Eales said: “The town’s Armed Forces Day celebrations provide a great opportunity for communities to come together and show how proud we are of our armed services.

“We encourage everyone to come and join us in the town centre for the celebrations, which are even more special this year with the RAF Marching Band and 118 Recovery Company joining us.”

Phillip York, Chairman of the Northampton Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “There are lots of different ways that people can get involved in our Armed Forces Day
celebrations this year. From cheering on the parade, enjoying music from armed forces bands to meeting charities and groups that support current and former military personnel, there’s something for everyone this Saturday.”

Keep up to date with news about the event at Facebook.com/NorthamptonBC and Twitter @NorthamptonBC.

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Chamber’s response to the Queen’s Speech

Posted: 21/06/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce, said: “While Brexit isn’t the top immediate priority for many member businesses, member firms of every size and shape want to avoid turbulence and confusion during the Brexit transition. The Government’s proposed bills on trade, customs and immigration must minimise adjustment costs and maximise opportunities. Achieving this will require continuous and constructive engagement with business communities across the UK, including Milton Keynes.

“Importantly, many of the real, practical priorities for businesses throughout the borough of Milton Keynes can be delivered without new primary legislation. Ministers must inject real momentum and pace into the major infrastructure schemes that have already been agreed and announced, including delivering on the National Infrastructure Commission’s recommendations for the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Growth Corridor. They must cut back on the stifling up-front costs that deter investment and risk-taking, and press ahead with an Industrial Strategy that helps places across the UK achieve their potential. This is an important moment for ministers to show that they are doing their day job, and delivering a stronger environment for growth here at home.

“Businesses throughout the borough of Milton Keynes want to see a workable government going about its day job, and clear signals that the economy is once again front and centre in political life. Consensus and a strong partnership between government and business will be critical at a time of significant change.”

On the Customs Bill:

“We stand ready to work with the Government to develop a UK customs system that supports free-flowing trade between local firms and their customers and suppliers around the world. It is crucial that business and government work together, as well, to ensure that a new UK customs code underpins seamless trade between the UK and the continent in the years to come.”

On the Immigration Bill:

“The needs of the economy must be at the heart of this once-in-a-generation overhaul of the UK’s immigration system. While businesses accept the need for controls over migration flows, they want clear assurances that they will be able to recruit from overseas to fill vacancies when they are unable to find or train suitable candidates locally.

“After Brexit, they will also want to see a flexible system for the movement of labour and skills between the UK and the EU that enjoys clear public support. This is also a major opportunity to simplify the Home Office’s bureaucratic processes, which impose heavy costs and great uncertainty on businesses and individuals alike.”

On the Trade Bill:

“Safeguarding and retaining the favourable terms of trade that UK businesses have enjoyed under EU free trade agreements negotiated by the EU over the past four decades must be a top priority for ministers as the UK develops its own trade policy. The firms we represent say that confirming existing levels of market access is a bigger immediate priority than launching new free trade negotiations with new countries and markets around the world. They also need ground-level trade promotion and support to take advantage of the opportunities that new trade agreements may create in future.”

On the Great Repeal Bill:

“At a time of change, businesses want as much short-term certainty and stability as possible on their regulatory obligations. This bill must deliver continuity and the day-one equivalence that is necessary for businesses to continue to trade seamlessly with customers and suppliers, both in Europe and across the world.”

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Chamber’s response to the Queen’s Speech

Posted: 21/06/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “While Brexit isn’t the top immediate priority for many member businesses, member firms of every size and shape want to avoid turbulence and confusion during the Brexit transition.

The Government’s proposed bills on trade, customs and immigration must minimise adjustment costs and maximise opportunities. Achieving this will require continuous and constructive engagement with business communities across the UK, including Northamptonshire.

“Importantly, many of the real, practical priorities for businesses across the county can be delivered without new primary legislation. Ministers must inject real momentum and pace into the major infrastructure schemes that have already been agreed and announced, including delivering on the National Infrastructure Commission’s recommendations for the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Growth Corridor.

They must cut back on the stifling up-front costs that deter investment and risk-taking, and press ahead with an Industrial Strategy that helps places across the UK achieve their potential. This is an important moment for ministers to show that they are doing their day job, and delivering a stronger environment for growth here at home.

“Businesses across the county of Northamptonshire want to see a workable government going about its day job, and clear signals that the economy is once again front and centre in political life. Consensus and a strong partnership between government and business will be critical at a time of significant change.”

On the Customs Bill:

“Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce facilitates approximately £300 million of trade in goods and services across borders every year for business across the county. We stand ready to work with the Government to develop a UK customs system that supports free-flowing trade between local firms and their customers and suppliers around the world. It is crucial that business and government work together, as well, to ensure that a new UK customs code underpins seamless trade between the UK and the continent in the years to come.”

On the Immigration Bill:

“The needs of the economy must be at the heart of this once-in-a-generation overhaul of the UK’s immigration system. While businesses accept the need for controls over migration flows, they want clear assurances that they will be able to recruit from overseas to fill vacancies when they are unable to find or train suitable candidates locally.

“After Brexit, they will also want to see a flexible system for the movement of labour and skills between the UK and the EU that enjoys clear public support. This is also a major opportunity to simplify the Home Office’s bureaucratic processes, which impose heavy costs and great uncertainty on businesses and individuals alike.”

On the Trade Bill:

“Safeguarding and retaining the favourable terms of trade that UK businesses have enjoyed under EU free trade agreements negotiated by the EU over the past four decades must be a top priority for ministers as the UK develops its own trade policy.

The firms we represent say that confirming existing levels of market access is a bigger immediate priority than launching new free trade negotiations with new countries and markets around the world. They also need ground-level trade promotion and support to take advantage of the opportunities that new trade agreements may create in future.”

On the Great Repeal Bill:

“At a time of change, businesses want as much short-term certainty and stability as possible on their regulatory obligations.

This bill must deliver continuity and the day-one equivalence that is necessary for businesses to continue to trade seamlessly with customers and suppliers, both in Europe and across the world.”

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Boosting the quality of your working life

Posted: 21/06/17 by Chartered Management Institute

Research from Chartered Management Institute’s Quality of Working Life study found:

  • Of the 1,574 managers surveyed, nearly seven in ten (77%) work for at least an additional hour each day, adding up to an extra 29 days over the course of a year. With average holiday entitlement only 28 days, this extra time cancels out managers’ annual leave.
  • Up to 10% put in more than three extra hours each day, the equivalent of working a 15-month year.
  • 54% of managers agree that long working hours are leading to elevated levels of stress.
  • 61% of managers blame technology for their increased hours as they find it harder to switch off, with one in five managers reporting that they are ‘always on’ and check emails all the time.
  • Those struggling to switch off report lower personal productivity levels and experience more stress.
  • Managers’ report a link between working longer hours and suffering from increased headaches, irritability and insomnia, early symptoms of mental health problems and potential burn out.
  • Effective management is found to be a key factor in handling stress in the work place.
  • The worst management styles are shown to generate up to four times more stress than the best: 28% of those reporting that their line managers are “secretive” or “suspicious” feel stressed, compared to just 7% of those who believe their managers empower them to take their own decisions.

CMI’s recommendations for improving the quality of working life:

1. Improve the ability to manage change – 97% of managers’ report some degree of organisational change, yet just a fifth see a connection with improved decision making. Focusing on behaviours and measuring the impacts of change are crucial in tackling this leading cause of stress.

2. Develop better line managers – Line managers have a critical role to play in driving employee engagement. More open, empowering management styles are connected with lower levels of stress, higher job satisfaction and greater personal productivity.

3. Switch off – Avoiding digital presenteeism means giving colleagues the license to switch off. Colleagues can often be their own worst enemies, and while personal choice is key, options such as restricting remote access should be considered.

4. Empower your people – The most power drivers of job satisfaction are a personal sense of achievement. Where innovative, entrepreneurial and empowering management styles are found, more than 84% of managers are satisfied with their jobs.

5. Improve well-being - People are not assets to be driven to destruction, it is important to monitor metrics such as morale and ill.

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Invitation to Every House on Langland Road

Posted: 21/06/17 by MK Gallery

Every House on Langland Road is an exploration of Netherfield, a unique housing project built in the new city of Milton Keynes in the early 1970s.

This exhibition brings together a number of representations of Netherfield including original architects’ drawings and photography of the estate as it was built and as it is now.

The houses were designed before the collapse of the post war consensus in an optimistic spirit of public housing and social mobility. They were however built under the pressures of the three day week and within the budgetary constraints of a remote central government with shifting policies. The unique length, presence and history of the Netherfield streetscape provides a backdrop against which long standing and unresolved questions around the nature of housing, and social housing in particular, are brought into focus.

This exhibition is by Simon Phipps and Darren Umney, who both spent their formative years in the nascent new city. Simon is a renowned photographer of British post-war architecture. Darren is a writer and researcher with a doctorate in design.

Held from 29 June - 29 July 2017, at MK Gallery. Admission is free.

Preview: Thursday 29 June, 6-8pm.

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Bag & Tag your unwanted textiles

Posted: 21/06/17 by Kettering Borough Council

Kettering Borough Council has confirmed the next round of clothing and textile collections will take place in June/July 2017. Residents will have a bag and a tag attached to their blue bin with instructions on what should be placed inside the bag. The bag should then be placed next to residents blue bins on their next recycling collection day (two weeks later).

The council carried out a waste analysis last year and found that a large amount of clothing and textiles were being put into residents black and blue bins, all of this could have been donated to charity shops or recycled at local bring banks; instead it was put into residents’ bins at home and ended up at landfill. This led to the introduction of the Council’s twice yearly clothing and textile collection service, which successfully diverted 40 tonnes of textiles from landfill on its first two rounds.

The textiles collected in this next round of collections in June/July will be sent to a reputable reprocessing company where they will be sorted. The good quality textiles will then be sent for reuse and the other materials will be shredded and used as stuffing or industrial wipes.

Find out more about the new Clothes and Textile Recycling Service, including what can be recycled, at www.kettering.gov.uk/recycling

Brendan Coleman, Head of Environmental Care at Kettering Borough Council, said: “The first rounds of textile collections were a great success so let’s try and make this one even better. Please continue to donate to charity shops or your local textile banks as normal. It’s those textiles that end up in the black bin that we want to collect, to stop costing the Kettering taxpayer thousands of pounds in disposal fees”.

Cllr Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “We want to make sure that this clothing and textiles are reused, instead of ending up in black bins and sent to landfill. Look out for the bag and tag on your blue bins!”

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Mazars puts Mind over matter for charity marathon

Posted: 21/06/17 by Mazars LLP

As part of a busy year of charity fundraising at the Milton Keynes office of international accountancy and advisory firm, Mazars, Ross Lambert, has taken part in an epic charity challenge.

Donning his sweatbands and running shoes, financial planner Ross ran a thigh-crunching 26.2 miles in the Brighton Marathon to raise money for mental health charity, Mind.

Completing the mammoth task in temperatures that were 15 degrees hotter than the conditions he had trained in, Ross managed to complete the run in three hours and 53 minutes.

Ross said: “Although I have not directly experienced mental health issues, I have seen the impact it has had on a number of people I care about. With mental illness now affecting more and more people each year, I wanted to do my bit to improve awareness, increase understanding, reduce stigma and ensure help is there when people need it the most”.

Having set himself a £1,000 target and with donations still rolling in, Ross has managed to raise £1,655 to date for the cause.

Ross added: “Mind is a fantastic charity that provides advice and support to empower those experiencing mental health problems and I have always admired their work. I’d like to thank everyone for their donations and kind words of support.”

It has been reported that every year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem and Mind works hard to listen, provide support and advice and fight the corners of those living with mental health conditions.

Find out more about the cause on the Mind website - https://www.mind.org.uk/

Make a donation to Ross’ JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ross-lambert1

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University of Northampton graduates help local school children prepare for later life

Posted: 21/06/17 by University of Northampton Enterprises Ltd

University of Northampton graduates have gone the extra mile by supporting a local school’s plans to help special education pupils progress from the classroom to the workplace.

The Faculty of Education and Humanities teaching alumni have been helping Slated Row School in Wolverton’s bid to refurbish a building that will become a Community Centre and
Guest House run by young people from the Sixth Form, as part of their transition from school to work.

Alongside their usual teaching duties, the graduates have contributed ideas for how the project could most benefit the students and supported the preparation of funding bids. They have also made sure that every step of the way the pupils understand and engage with the project that will transform their adult lives.

In turn, they have picked up skills along the way to help their own careers, such as developing their leadership skills and helping other teaching staff to better work with autistic pupils.

Slated Row School is for children and young people from four to 19 years and takes pupils from across the local area, including Northamptonshire, who have moderate to severe learning difficulties.

Working in partnership with social enterprise Future Wolverton, who secured funds to purchase a Grade II listed building in April of this year, Slated Row are asking people to invest in a Community Share Offer May which will hopefully raise the remaining funds needed to refurbish the building.

Paul Sedgewick, Programme Lead for Education Studies at the University of Northampton, said: “Our teaching graduates rightly feel immense pride at the achievements of the Slated Row School children, as I do myself in what our graduates have accomplished in the community. This is a wonderful example of reciprocal social impact in action.

“As Slated Row enters the next exciting phase in creating sustained, high quality investment in work experience, we look forward to working with them to further break down the barriers special education needs children currently face when seeking employment.”

The University of Northampton has a strong pedigree when it comes to getting learning outside the lecture theatre and making real and positive benefits to people’s lives.

This has seen the University of Northampton become a beacon of social impact. In 2013 it was named a ‘Changemaker Campus’, one of only 37 in the world recognised around the world as global leaders in social innovation.

For those who are interested in investing in the Community Share Offer for the Old School Project.

People who are interested in this course or any of the others on offer at University of Northampton can take a look at our prospectus online.

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Read up the BCC comments on the start of Brexit negotiations

Posted: 21/06/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

On the day negotiations began on the UK’s departure from the European Union, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“As Brexit talks commence, UK firms want practical economic issues to be at the heart of the negotiations. Businesses wants an atmosphere of pragmatism, civility and mutual respect to characterise this complex process.

“Over the coming weeks and months, the UK government must demonstrate how it is working to address the everyday considerations of British companies in the talks - who can they hire, whether their goods will be stopped at borders, and whether they will have to cope with extra costs.

“Parties on both sides should begin the negotiations by seeking to guarantee the rights of EU citizens already in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU-27. Swift agreement on citizens’ rights would remove a highly emotive and politicised issue from the complex road ahead, while at the same time ending a year-long source of uncertainty for individuals, communities and employers alike.

“It’s important to remember that negotiations on some of the most crucial business issues, such as the nature of the future UK-EU trading relationship, won’t begin straight away. We will continue to campaign for the priorities and concerns of business communities across the UK as negotiations continue - and ensure that their practical priorities are front and centre.”

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BCC comments on the start of Brexit negotiations

Posted: 21/06/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

On the day negotiations began on the UK’s departure from the European Union, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“As Brexit talks commence, UK firms want practical economic issues to be at the heart of the negotiations. Businesses wants an atmosphere of pragmatism, civility and mutual respect to characterise this complex process.

“Over the coming weeks and months, the UK government must demonstrate how it is working to address the everyday considerations of British companies in the talks - who can they hire, whether their goods will be stopped at borders, and whether they will have to cope with extra costs.

“Parties on both sides should begin the negotiations by seeking to guarantee the rights of EU citizens already in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU-27. Swift agreement on citizens’ rights would remove a highly emotive and politicised issue from the complex road ahead, while at the same time ending a year-long source of uncertainty for individuals, communities and employers alike.

“It’s important to remember that negotiations on some of the most crucial business issues, such as the nature of the future UK-EU trading relationship, won’t begin straight away. We will continue to campaign for the priorities and concerns of business communities across the UK as negotiations continue - and ensure that their practical priorities are front and centre.”

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The next phase of Delapré work could be brought forward

Posted: 21/06/17 by Northampton Borough Council

Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet is being asked to agree funding for the next phase of work at Delapré Abbey.

The original plan was to complete extra rooms at a later stage, but the Abbey and the experience it offers visitors would benefit from being able to maximise the space
available.

Additional funds are also being sought to complete a series of supplementary pieces of work which fall outside the scope of the original contract with restoration firm, Robert Woodhead Limited.

These include alarm upgrades, additional security measures, decorating further rooms and improved car parking.

Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Northampton Borough Council leader, said: “We’ve worked closely with Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust throughout this project to ensure the buildings are
the best they can be.

“The trust believes that a reasonable amount of additional funding at this stage to complete rooms across the wider Abbey site will help create a more attractive visitor offer and avoid later disruption.

“While Robert Woodhead continues work to deal with snagging issues arising from the original work, it’s appropriate for Cabinet to consider whether it’s sensible for us to bring the project to full completion.”

During a Cabinet meeting today, June 21, members will be asked to approve a budget of £490,000 for the work.

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Introduction to recruitment workshop

Posted: 20/06/17 by Velocity Growth Hub

The recruitment process can be a challenge for many companies. Getting it right can be difficult, especially if you haven’t recruited before or recruitment doesn’t happy very often.

This Free Introduction to Recruitment - Right First Time workshop will make you aware of what you need to do as a first time employer or help to brush up on your recruitment skills. This session will give you the confidence to start the recruitment process.

Who Should Attend: Owners or managers who are looking to recruit their first member of staff, or who haven’t recruited for a while and need refreshing.

What you will learn

  • First time employer obligations
  • Defining the role
  • The best recruitment and selection techniques
  • Avoiding the pitfalls
  • Contracts of employment
  • Starting off on the right foot – induction and training

Venue: Basepoint Luton - Innovation Centre and Business Base

Address: 110 Butterfield, Great Marlings, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 8DL

Date & Time: Wednesday, 27th June 2017; 09:30am- 12:30pm

Contact Email: enquiries@velocitygrowthub.com

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Northampton Town Football Club Appoint Cave & Sons As New Boardroom Partner

Posted: 20/06/17 by Northampton Town Football Club

Northampton Town are pleased to welcome Cave & Sons as their Boardroom sponsor.

Based in Northampton for over a century, Cave & Sons is an independent company offering a range of investment management, stockbroking and financial planning services. As one of the oldest surviving independent stockbrokers in the UK, the firm has a multi-generational reputation and is recognised for providing an on-going client service of the highest calibre.

“We are really pleased to introduce another great new partnership with a locally based company who have a fantastic reputation,” said Commercial and Marketing Manager Caroline Lucy.

“As part of this partnership Cave & Sons will be our new Boardroom sponsor and we will be proud to display their brand in the Boardroom suite.

“We are really excited about the number of locally based businesses who are keen to become partners of ours and that shows the increasing confidence that partners in Northampton and beyond have in the club and our work.

“This is another fully integrated partnership and we will work with the team at Cave & Sons for the mutual benefit of both organisations and our supporters.”

Andrew Cockerill, Chief Executive of Cave & Sons, said: “We are really excited about our partnership with Northampton Town Football Club. We offer a comprehensive range of financial planning and investment management services and this partnership gives us a brand new, ideal platform to promote our business to the club’s fellow partners and supporters.

We are very much looking forward to supporting the team moving forward. Bringing clients and potential clients to Sixfields as part of our partnership is a key attraction for us. This is a new venture for Cave & Sons and we are proud to be linking up with Northampton Town Football Club.”

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Join MacIntyre at this months Tea Party themed Memory Cafe

Posted: 20/06/17 by MacIntyre

Come along to this month’s Dementia Café tea party on Tuesday 27th June to celebrate our national tea party and increase awareness about dementia.

The dementia café runs on the last Tuesday of every month at MacIntyre’s site in Great Holm with a different theme each month, from music and games to arts, crafts and of course tea & cake!

June’s Memory Café will feature a raffle, a tea bag toss, sugar cube stack and sensory tea test!

When: Tuesday 27 June

Time: 10am - 12pm

Where: Moot Hall, 54 Haddon, Great Holm, Milton Keynes, MK8 9HP

Cost: £2.50 for entry, a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake

Extra cakes also available to buy with proceeds going to the MacIntyre Memory Café

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Energy boost for cycle ride! 

Posted: 20/06/17 by Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity

It is more used to providing expert advice on everything from electricity bills to smart meters, but Chamber member Northampton-based energy consultancy Untied Utilities has just had its own brilliant light bulb moment – becoming the lead supporter of Northamptonshire’s favourite annual bike ride, Cycle4Cynthia!

The firm, which specialises in offering needs-led energy solutions in the care sector, is generously sponsoring not only the event’s first aid and safety strategy, but is also making a major contribution to the ride’s bespoke jersey, which will see its logo emblazoned across the reverse of the shirt.

Cycle4Cynthia, which each year attracts well over a thousand pedallers of all ages, including leisure riders, business teams and more serious cyclists, is the biggest fundraiser in the calendar for Northampton’s Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Untied Utilities’ operations manager, Jess Massey, says the firm is delighted to be playing its part in this way: “Untied Utilities feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to sponsor and support such a brilliant local charity that plays such a vital part in the community with all its incredible work” explained Jess.

“We are dedicated to working with and providing support to the healthcare sector via Energy Management, so the work that Cynthia Spencer carries out every year resonates deeply with us as a business and we are looking forward to being a part of such a memorable fundraising event and hopefully to continuing this relationship with the Hospice for many years to come” she added.

The company joins a number of other local businesses, including fellow Chamber member lettings and sales agent Chelton Brown, creative design agency Blue Step Solutions, palletised freight delivery company UPN and fencing and timber suppliers Linnell Brothers Ltd, in stepping up to the plate to ensure that every penny raised from the ride goes to the Hospice, as fundraising manager John Helm explains: “Pulling together such a fantastic event as Cycle4Cynthia inevitably involves some costs to cover so we’re thrilled that Untied Utilities and those other generous firms are endorsing our efforts in this way.

“It means that the money that comes in from entry fees and rider sponsorship can go directly towards our amazing work in providing specialist palliative care to our patients and the all-important support for their loved ones” added John.

“So if there are any other firms which feel that they might be able to contribute, we’d be delighted to hear from them!” he enthused.

Cycle4Cynthia, which last year saw more than 1100 riders take part in the 5, 25 and 50 miles routes and raise over £76,000, will take place on Sunday 24th September at Lamport Hall.

For more information, including registering for the ride, or for details of further corporate sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk or call the Hospice on 01604 210941 or email info@cycle4cynthia.co.uk

Meanwhile, to keep up to date with the latest news on the event, please visit and ‘like’ the ride’s andHospice’s page on Facebook.

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Your time to shine at our first Access to Higher Education open evening

Posted: 20/06/17 by University of Northampton Enterprises Ltd

Climbing the ladder of success is now one rung closer as the University of Northampton hosts its first Access to Higher Education open evening.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

Future students who want to start such a course can come along on Wednesday 12 July and meet local college staff to find out more about the course and sign-up for one.

Current Access students who wish to continue their studies at Northampton are also invited, to meet our lecturers and talk about the courses on offer at University of Northampton.

You can also ask questions about what it’s like to study at Northampton, what the workload is like and how flexible courses can be in regards to childcare and part-time working.

Professor Nick Petford, University of Northampton Vice Chancellor, himself studied for an Access Course before enrolling for a degree said: “After a shaky start and some forgettable jobs, I enrolled for an Access course that was essentially three science ‘A’ levels condensed into nine months. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made and I haven’t looked back since.

“Our mission at the University of Northampton is transforming lives and inspiring change. My story shows this is more than just fancy words. With our help the same can be true for you too.”

Our open evening starts at 5:30pm on Wednesday 12 July and free child care and refreshments will be provided.

The evening will include an optional tour of ‘Waterside Street’, an instillation about our new Waterside Campus that will open in September 2018.

To register for the Open Evening and for more details about it: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/events/access-to-he-open-evening/

For further information about Access courses and University of Northampton: http://access-next-steps.northampton.ac.uk/access-to-he/

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Safe summer food

Posted: 20/06/17 by Northampton Borough Council

The National Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released advice on summer food safety, as part of national Food Safety Week.

Higher temperatures mean a higher risk of food poisoning if food is not prepared and handled properly so the FSA is encouraging people to think hard about hygiene, particularly when preparing or eating food outdoors.

Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment at Northampton Borough Council, said: “Barbecues and picnics are staples of British summers but many people put
themselves at risk of illness by failing to plan ahead or undercooking food. This simple advice from the Food Standards Agency should help everyone make the most of the summer, whatever the weather.

“There’s a common misconception that burgers are like steaks and can be served with a pink centre, however that simply isn’t true. There is three times as much bacteria in a rare burger compared to a well-cooked one, so don’t risk it. Burgers, sausages and poultry all need to be cooked until they are piping hot.

“The FSA have some great advice about how to keep picnic food cool until it’s time to eat too.”

Find the definitive guide to safe summer food, including advice on safe barbecuing and picnicking, on the Food Standards Agency’s website www.food.gov.uk.

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Colourful, Vibrant and Engaging: An MK50 Festival to Remember

Posted: 20/06/17 by Milton Keynes College

This weekend, more than 100,000 people visited Middleton Hall in centre:mk to take part in Milton Keynes College’s Festival in the City.

Showcasing the sheer talent of the students and the quality of teaching at MK College, the festival brought excitement and entertainment to the region’s leading shopping centre. With live cooking competitions, music, a fashion show and art exhibitions there really was something for everyone at this year’s event.

The current trend of mindful colouring was just one of the interactive activities that visitors were invited to take part in, with the chance for people to win centre:mk vouchers by completing the Festival in the City Colouring Competition.

End of Year Assessments were also taking place throughout the show, and awards were presented for the outstanding work of students from the college’s Art, Photography, Make-up Artistry and Performing Arts & Media Make-up courses.

The festival ended on a high with the winners of the 2017 Beds, Bucks and Herts Student and Professional Barber of the Year contests announced. Event sponsors Wahl and Chris & Sons crowned Stevie McGrory, co-owner of Gents Barbering, the winner of Professional Barber of the Year and Fabrizio Ciliberti took the title of Student Barber of the Year 2017.

Fabrizio Ciliberti, who is currently completing his apprenticeship, through MK College at Just Gents barber shop and took the prize for winner of the Student Barber of the Year Award, commented: “It has always been my dream to open up my own barbers shop one day, and I am so grateful for the opportunities that the College and Just Gents have given me in getting my first foot on the ladder. My winning cut was a Teddy Boy Quiff, an iconic style with a very ‘on trend’ retro look.

“I can’t believe how much I’ve learnt in my one year at College and I couldn’t be happier to have won the award, I’m looking forward to entering the Professional Barber of the Year award next year and getting even closer to owning my own barbers.”

Dr Julie Mills, Principal and CEO of Milton Keynes College described her immense pride in the students and staff involved in this year’s Festival in the City. She said: “There was a real sense of celebration at this year’s event; whether that was because it was part of the overall MK50 festivities, or it was down to the enthusiasm of staff and students, keen to show off the college’s truly fantastic talent, I can’t be sure, but I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of such an inspiring education facility.

“The College did an amazing job in showcasing everything that is great about Further Education, and engaging with the local community to bring to life the high quality facilities and learning opportunities available within our growing city.”

For further information about the Festival in the City visit festivalinthecity.co.uk, email events@mkcollege.ac.uk and search #MKCFestival on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Crystals and Gemstones Day at Kettering’s Manor House Museum

Posted: 20/06/17 by Kettering Borough Council

Come along to the Manor House Museum, Kettering, on Saturday 24th June for our Crystals and Gemstones Day. The day will be an opportunity to learn about crystals.

Drop in at 11am and 2pm to hear Barbara Lewis (Holistic Therapist) talking about crystals, how they are formed, where they are found and how they are used in complementary therapy. From 12-1.30pm and after 3pm Barbara will also be on hand to answer any questions about how crystals can help you. All the sessions are drop in, no booking required, and are free entry.

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “This event provides a perfect opportunity to learn more about crystals and the fascinating way they are formed and how they can be used in holistic therapy. I recommend that anyone with an interest in crystals and gemstones should head to the Manor House Museum on Saturday 24th June”.

Cllr Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community & Leisure, said: “Kettering Museum and Gallery continually hosts a wide variety of interesting events - there really is something for everyone. Why not drop in and hear from Barbara Lewis about these beautiful crystals and how she uses them in complementary therapy.”

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Excel Structures – Construction Networking Event held on Friday 9th June 2017

Posted: 20/06/17 by Bid & Tender Support Ltd

Katy Berrill our Director here at Bid and Tender Support Ltd was invited to speak to a group of local Construction and Property Related Professionals to advise on current best practice in Tendering. Katy spoke alongside another leading local expert, Beckie Staincliffe, from European Health & Safety Consultants on two key areas attributed to business success in the construction industry.

Katy provided information and advice to local organisations within the construction industry on how to take an overall strategic approach to improve win rates and identify changes and improvements in their processes and procedures used by their organisations and
bid teams.

This was a good networking opportunity and platform to help companies collaborate and share best practice knowledge within this highly competitive industry.

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Introducing GraffitiMail…Send physical post with a click with our new Hybrid Mail Solution!

Posted: 20/06/17 by Graffiti Group Ltd

GraffitiMail is an easy new way of sending your physical mail, straight from your computer, to your customers and prospects.

Your mail is produced right away at the click of a mouse… we take care of the printing, production and postage of your letters allowing you to consolidate these costs into one simple and cheaper payment.

The system is simple to use and perfect for sending out personalised letters, invoices, direct marketing, Christmas cards etc.

This efficient system makes your mailings quick and easy whilst saving you money on print and postage and reducing your carbon footprint simultaneously.

Now send your Post via Graffiti Hybrid Mail. Upload your attachments and data and simply click and mail!

To learn more about GraffitiMail as a Hybrid Mail Solution, contact us on 0330 024 3001 or info@graffitigroup.co.uk.


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Join our Free Seminar – ‘Looking at Alternative Sources of Commercial Finance’

Posted: 20/06/17 by Business Finance Services Ltd

Following the success of our previous Seminar on ‘Crowdfunding’ in Milton Keynes in March, Business Finance Services (BFS) are pleased to announce the launch of its next seminar in the series ‘Negotiating the Business Maze’.

This seminar will be titled “Looking at Alternative Sources of Commercial Finance”.

BFS will be joined by speakers from 5 different Alternative Funders including IGF, CROWD FOR ANGELS AND GROWCAP and each will be talking about a different type of alternative commercial finance. There will be an opportunity for questions and networking with all of the speakers and other delegates at the end of the event.

We would like to invite you to join us from 3.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 29th June at:

The Sturtridge Suite

Barwell Stand

Franklins Gardens

Northampton

NN5 5BG

To register for this free Event please follow the link here.

We would recommend early registration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 01327 349779 or email enquiries@bufinserv.co.uk

This will be a highly informative event, well worth attending. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Invitation to a Free Seminar – ‘Looking at Alternative Sources of Commercial Finance’

Posted: 20/06/17 by Virtually Dawn PA Services

Following the success of our previous Seminar on ‘Crowdfunding’ in Milton Keynes in March, Business Finance Services (BFS) are pleased to announce the launch of its next seminar in the series ‘Negotiating the Business Maze’.

This seminar will be titled “Looking at Alternative Sources of Commercial Finance”.

BFS will be joined by speakers from 5 different Alternative Funders including IGF, CROWD FOR ANGELS AND GROWCAP and each will be talking about a different type of alternative commercial finance. There will be an opportunity for questions and networking with all of the speakers and other delegates at the end of the event.

We would like to invite you to join us from 3.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 29th June at:

The Sturtridge Suite

Barwell Stand

Franklins Gardens

Northampton

NN5 5BG

To register for this free Event please follow the link here.

We would recommend early registration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 01327 349779 or email enquiries@bufinserv.co.uk

This will be a highly informative event, well worth attending. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Catering at The County Ground

Posted: 20/06/17 by Tom Hewer Catering

Tom Hewer Catering (THC) and Northamptonshire County Cricket Club (NCCC) have formalised their relationship, with the long-term sponsors of the club taking over the catering facility from 1st October 2017.

As specialist stadia caterers, Tom Hewer Catering will be familiar to many who have visited The County Ground over the last 18 months. This new deal, however, creates an opportunity for THC to provide the full catering solution, for both match days and non-match days.

Ray Payne Chief Executive NCCC, commented: Since the extensive refurbishment of the Club’s function rooms in 2014, the Cricket Ground has established itself as the premier event venue in Northampton, this new partnership will further underpin the Club’s reputation and is a great opportunity for both parties. I am delighted to be working with Tom and his team in this way.”

Mike McAuley, Business Development Manager for Tom Hewer Catering, commented: “Signing this contract is a major step in the right direction for Tom Hewer Catering. We will focus fully on the customer experience, making sure that our offering is second to none with efficient service and being all about the customer. Today the hard work starts, between now and 1st October we will be supporting the club through this summer’s games, whilst writing the menus and developing the site, to make sure Northamptonshire County Cricket Club becomes the number one venue in Northamptonshire, for conferences and events. Once we complete planned works at the club, we will have the ability to cater for up to 710 covers in one area.”

One of the key attributes to this partnership will be Executive Chef, Lee Scott.

Tom Hewer, Managing Director said: “Lee shares the same passion for food as myself. He has a fantastic background, working at Michaels Nook in the Lake District, a Michelin Star restaurant, Exec Sous Chef at Radisson SAS in Manchester and the 2 Michelin Starred Sea Grill in Brussels. More recently Lee created culinary delights on “The Claridges Of The Sea,” the world’s smallest and most exclusive cruise ship, with only 65 passengers, each spending £10,000 per week.”

The new catering facility will make NCCC one of the largest, venues in Northamptonshire, with over 700 covers catered for. Over the next two months, a new kitchen will be installed, as the team prepare for a busy conference period, before the Christmas Party season commences, at the end of November.

Suzanne Fairey, Commercial Director for NCCC, commented: “Tom Hewer Catering have proved over the last 18 months that they are the right catering partner for us. They are forward thinking, creative, produce great tasting food and are passionate about customer service.”

If you are looking for a complete catering solution partner, please contact Mike McAuley on 01604 911072 or email mike@tomhewer.com. Should you wish to know more about hosting your event, conference or meeting at The County Ground, please contact Claire Clarke on 01604 514455 or email claire.clarke@nccc.co.uk

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Develop your recruitment skills

Posted: 19/06/17 by Velocity Growth Hub

Recruitment decisions can have a lasting impact on the future success of a company’s performance, get it right and success is contagious. Get it wrong and the repercussions can be seen for many years not to mention the costs and impact of poor hiring decisions.

Recruitment and Selection – Developing Skills workshop will show you how to plan and deliver great recruitment campaigns. This Free event will help you to acquire practical skills to use in attracting and selecting your new employees and have the confidence to put them into practice.

Who should attend: Owners, managers and HR staff who have had experience of recruitment before but would like to improve their chances of getting the best candidate for the job.

What you will learn

  • Identify the requirement of the role to be filled
  • Create great attraction strategies
  • Identify the best selection techniques and how to use them effectively
  • Plan for and conduct great interviews
  • Design effective induction programmes

Venue: Novotel

Address: Saxon Street, Heelands, Milton Keynes, MK13 7RA

Date & Time: Wednesday, 21 June 2017; 09:30 – 16:30

Contact Email: enquiries@velocitygrowthub.com

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Design student leads the way in changing cultural misunderstanding with her award-winning game

Posted: 19/06/17 by University of Northampton Enterprises Ltd

A classroom game, which teaches children to confront the issues of cultural misunderstanding that can cause social conflict, has led to a University of Northampton student winning a very prestigious design competition organised by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Culture Tower is the brainchild of Antonia Lowe, who is in the final year of the BA (Hons) Interior Design course, and is an inclusive, collaborative game that lets children work together to construct a unique sculptural tower with question cards so they end up creating a visual cultural collage to help them understand the different cultures we have in our society.

Antonia won the Marketing Trust Award, which is part of the RSA Student Design Awards. The brief was called ‘Beyond Borders’ and students were tasked to design a way to promote engagement between people of diverse backgrounds in ways that recognise a difference, create connections and cultivate respect.

Antonia said: “The legacy of Culture Tower is to provide children with positive messages about cultural difference and diversity. The child becomes the conduit through which positive messages are transmitted to the home and wider community. The game aims to promote cultural understanding in the hope to change or influence the views of people who have never played the game.

“The brief itself stuck out to me as it is something very close to my heart as it asked to design a way to promote engagement between people of diverse background in ways that recognises difference, create connections and cultivate respect. The strap line for the game is ‘culture should not isolate or separate, it connects us through a celebration of difference.’

“I am very happy to have won the award, especially with a project that feels very special to me. Being selected to enter the competition was a wonderful opportunity and I felt very excited to be shortlisted, so to go on to win feels even more special.”

Peter Kokins, Programme Leader for Interior Design and Architectural Technology commented: “Congratulations to Antonia on a well-deserved win. The judging panel was extremely impressed by the standard of her work and Antonia as an individual – they commented in particular on her fantastic research process, user testing and the outstanding attention to detail she demonstrated in the interview.

Overall, they said it was a ‘brilliant solution’ – and they loved the fact that Culture Tower is both educational and fun.

“This builds on our previous successes in the RSA competition as this was the second year we have had one of our students win. The RSA awards can be particularly challenging for Interior Design students as there are no typical interior design briefs on offer. Both Antonia and last year’s winner Raluca Babau, offered product related outcomes to the briefs showing the importance of being diverse in their thinking, as well as ability to reflect and critique design problems outside of their degree specialism.

“To win such a prestigious and international award is an occasion to be highly celebrated.”

Following on from Antonia’s success, two students from the BSc Product Design course also reached the shortlist for the RSA Student Design Awards.

Benjamin Ibrahim designed a wheelchair of the future, while Jianing Zhang was tasked with developing a business case for a new product made from disused office furniture that sees these items repurposed for a new life.

Steve McGonigal, Senior Lecturer in Product Design said: “This is excellent news for the students as being shortlisted is a very credible and marketable addition to their CVs. Having three students reach the shortlist stage and then have one a winner is a real accolade as there were over 900 entries last year. Well done to everyone involved.”

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Robert Hardy Joins Oakland Team

Posted: 19/06/17 by Oakland International Ltd

Robert Hardy, former Director of P&O Ferries and EurotunnelPlus, has joined Oakland International to help create Oakland Invicta, a new company specialising in maintaining European supply chain integrity.

Robert has spent the last 5 years developing and running the Customs clearance and truckstop facility at the Port of Dover and has worked closely with lead Government Agencies involved with international trade, including Border Force, DEFRA, Environment Agency and FSA.

Having identified elements that could be improved upon, Robert felt it was time to offer the market something different. Dean Attwell, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Oakland International agreed. Oakland, based in Redditch, are specialists in dealing with import loads contaminated by stowaway incursion and their award winning Distress Load Management Service is seen by many as the industry benchmark.

Together they have created Oakland Invicta, a 24 hour border checkpoint in Kent. This amnesty service is offered on a commercial basis and is already attracting keen interest from major brands looking to protect the integrity of their inbound supply chain.

“Border Force can’t check every vehicle. The majority go unchecked,” explains Robert Hardy, Operations Director of Oakland Invicta. “It takes us just 15 minutes to check the cargo and many clients are considering making it a mandatory process.”

Robert added: “I am delighted to have joined Oakland, one of the warmest and most progressive companies I have come across. I am confident that our partnership will bring the solution and the problem closer together so that our clients can expect import goods to arrive in the same condition they were despatched without risk or exposure.”

Image: Oakland Invicta Operations Director Robert Hardy with Oakland International Chief Executive and Co-Founder Dean Attwell.

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It’s Time for Tea!

Posted: 19/06/17 by MacIntyre

Join MacIntyre for tea this Friday 23rd June at our central office for a cup of tea and a slice of cake at just £2.50 to help us raise money for people with a learning disability.

While your there, why not join in with our raffle!

When: Friday 23 June

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Where: 602 South Seventh Street, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK9 2JA

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Goodwill Solutions CIC nominated for Social Enterprise of the Year

Posted: 19/06/17 by Goodwill Solutions CIC

Five of the most successful and innovative private businesses in the Midlands have been shortlisted for the seventh annual UK Private Business Awards.

And in the South Midlands area, Northampton-based Goodwill Solutions CIC is up for Social Enterprise of the Year

The finalists have been selected from over a thousand private companies across the UK and reflect the increasing diversity in the private business landscape.

The Awards recognise achievements and the important contribution that entrepreneurs and private businesses make to their community and the UK economy.

The businesses on the shortlist demonstrate how the UK’s private business sector is innovating and growing across a diverse range of industries.

The winners of the UK Private Business Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on 14 September 2017 at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1.

To find out more about the awards visit www.ukpba-awards.co.uk

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MK businesses launch diversity network

Posted: 19/06/17 by PwC LLP

Businesses in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas are coming together to champion equality and diversity in the workplace by launching a new LGBT business network.

RoundabOUT is a new network to promote Milton Keynes’ diversity and to showcase the city as a great place to work for the LGBT+ community, as well as their allies.

The network has been founded by leading companies in the area, including PwC, Santander, Mazars, Network Rail, Barclaycard, Dentons, Bupa and others, and is open to other businesses who would like to attend networking and social events.

Businesses and employees are invited to attend the official launch of the RoundabOUT network on Thursday 22 June at The Draft House, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, from 5.30pm. Tickets are £10 per person and there will be guest speakers, a quiz, food and networking opportunities.

RoundabOUT member and senior manager at PwC in Milton Keynes, Catherine Jones, said: “MK is proud of its diverse workforce and the RoundabOUT network will provide a great platform to bring professionals and businesses together to celebrate that. With a thriving and growing business community, we want to showcase the diversity and equality that MK offers its employees.”

Member and senior associate at Dentons, Esther McDermott, added: “It is really pleasing to see so many prominent and long-standing businesses in MK being so supportive of this important initiative. We urge others to join in and all are welcome.”

Please contact catherine.sarah.jones@pwc.com if you would like to know more about RoundabOUT or to book a table for the event.

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MK businesses launch diversity network RoundabOUT

Posted: 19/06/17 by PwC LLP

Businesses in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas are coming together to champion equality and diversity in the workplace by launching a new LGBT business network.

RoundabOUT is a new network to promote Milton Keynes’ diversity and to showcase the city as a great place to work for the LGBT+ community, as well as their allies.

The network has been founded by leading companies in the area, including PwC, Santander, Mazars, Network Rail, Barclaycard, Dentons, Bupa and others, and is open to other businesses who would like to attend networking and social events.

Businesses and employees are invited to attend the official launch of the RoundabOUT network on Thursday 22 June at The Draft House, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, from 5.30pm. Tickets are £10 per person and there will be guest speakers, a quiz, food and networking opportunities.

RoundabOUT member and senior manager at PwC in Milton Keynes, Catherine Jones, said: “MK is proud of its diverse workforce and the RoundabOUT network will provide a great platform to bring professionals and businesses together to celebrate that. With a thriving and growing business community, we want to showcase the diversity and equality that MK offers its employees.”

Member and senior associate at Dentons, Esther McDermott, added: “It is really pleasing to see so many prominent and long-standing businesses in MK being so supportive of this important initiative. We urge others to join in and all are welcome.”

Please contact catherine.sarah.jones@pwc.com if you would like to know more about RoundabOUT or to book a table for the event.

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Building Business Partnerships Event - 29th June 2017

Posted: 19/06/17 by Carey Pensions UK

Carey Pensions are holding their second quarterly event, known as ‘Building Business Partnerships’ on Thursday 29th June 2017 at Stadium MK, 4.00pm till 6.00pm.

The theme is ‘Sales and Marketing Expertise to Maximise your Business’ and we have already secured Marketing by Us, Cassie Footman and The Great Branding Company to sit on the panel.

This is an exceptional, unique forum specifically designed for the professional services to engage with business owners and make new connections.

Topics that will be covered at this event are:

  • SEO/Social Media
  • You Tube
  • Cold Calling/Lead Generation
  • Developing your Strategy

The link to book is: https://bbp2careypensions.eventbrite.co.uk

There is a small charge of £30 + VAT per person, this includes:

  • Entry to the event
  • Afternoon tea and refreshments
  • Networking and free business advice/mentoring
  • Opportunity to attend one to one sessions post event
  • Opportunity to be on future panels

If you would prefer to book direct, please contact Lisa Tibbett on 01908 336028 to avoid a booking fee.

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NEW EFL 2017/18 LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES

Posted: 18/06/17 by Northampton Town Football Club

​New season fixtures being released 21st June.

Be the first to see the new fixtures at www.ntfc.co.uk and make sure yu book in early for the BIG local derby’s by emailing commercial@ntfc.co.uk or call us on 01604 683734/5

Prices and availability available on request.

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Snap to the Future

Posted: 16/06/17 by MK Snap

MK Snap productions present Snap to the Future.

Join the learners of MK Snap as they take you on a journey back through time to 1992 where MK Snap began. Stopping off along the way the learners will sing, dance and act their way through the years in what promises to be an unforgettable performance.

MK Snap has been providing life changing opportunities for people with disabilities in Milton Keynes for 25 years. We offer education, working opportunities and life-skills training to our disabled learners who are encouraged by our inspiring and selfless staff, to realise their full potential within a timetable of 25 subjects. At MK Snap we are proud to be making such a significant impact on our learners and our community as a whole.

So join us on Friday, June 23rd 2017. At The Venue, Walnut Tree. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets are: Adults = £6 Children = £3

Tickets are available to purchase directly from MK Snap reception (20 Bourton Low, Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes, MK7 7DE).

Please make all cheques payable to MK Snap.

If you would like reserve your tickets to collect and pay at another time please email events@mksnap.org

With your support, money raised will go towards providing our learners with greater opportunities.

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Mayor in flag-raising salute to our Armed Forces

Posted: 16/06/17 by Milton Keynes Council

The Mayor of Milton Keynes Cllr David Hopkins will start Armed Forces Week with a flag-raising ceremony on Monday 19 June outside the Civic Offices of Milton Keynes Council.

Our commemoration will begin at 09:30 with a march past and a small display of military vehicles, including a military field kitchen from which tea, coffee, squash and snacks will be available for a small cost. All proceeds will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

Local celebrations to show appreciation of the work of the Armed Forces will take place across the country on Monday 19 June when all local authorities are invited to raise the Armed Forces Day flag on buildings and famous landmarks.

The Mayor said: “Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for everyone to honour the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community; from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

“Please join us outside the Civic Offices on Monday 19 June as we proudly show our continuing support for the men and women who work hard to protect us.”

This year, Armed Forces day is held on Saturday 24 June 2017. The Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day 2017 event will be returning to Aylesbury Rugby Club on Saturday 17 June.

Further information on Armed Forces Day, including a full list of events, can be found on the dedicated website www.armedforcesday.org.uk

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Millennial millionaires will need £1m pension pot to retire

Posted: 16/06/17 by Mazars LLP

Millennials will need a £1m pension pot to fully retire according to research by international advisory and accountancy firm Mazars.

A survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Mazars found that around a third of millennials (those born between 1982 and 2000) believe they are facing a future where they will never have the opportunity to give up work completely.

It also suggests young adults’ views of finance in later life put far less emphasis on saving and much greater emphasis on continuing to earn a living than any other age group.

The expectation of working in retirement is 50 per cent higher among 18-24 year olds than those who are nearing, or already in, retirement, which means up to four million over 65’s in the workplace by 2056.

Liz Ritchie, Partner at Mazars and Head of Private Client Services said: “Millennials told us that 63 was their anticipated retirement age; a 24-year-old earning around £24,000 a year today would need £1 miliion to fund their retirement and maintain their standard of living until they were 80 for men, or 85 for women.

“However, changes to pension structure, the closure of final salary schemes and the erosion of tax benefits have had an effect on the public’s view of pensions which could impact on future generations.

“A million pounds is a realistic figure and at the same time will be very daunting. This makes it all the more important for millennials to seek professional financial advice and plan for their future so they can fulfil their life ambitions.”

The working retired

Mazars estimates that by 2040 there could, conservatively, already be two million ‘working retired’. In reality, if recent increases in older workers are repeated, the figure could be much higher and we face having a generation that may never actually retire.

The UK currently has 1.2 million ‘working retired’; adults employed over the age of 65, which is approximately one in 10. Using the Government’s own population estimates, the number of over 65s is set to rise by almost a half to 18m by 2039. Based on a similar rate of ‘working retired’, there would be 1.8 million over 65s in the workforce in the next 20 years.

However, if the 3 per cent growth in the ‘working retired’ seen in the last year (October 2015 -October 2016) is used to project how many over 65s will be in the workplace by 2056, when today’s young adults will start to hit 65, the figure is more than double at 3.9 million.

Indeed, trends agency The Future Laboratory has seen a new consumer mind-set emerge. Termed the ‘Flat Age Society’, it describes how people are refusing to slow down just because they have reached the traditional age of retirement.

Healthy life expectancy

The importance of making long term financial plans for later life is borne out by health statistics. Improvements to healthcare mean life expectancy in the UK has never been higher and consequently the number of years in retirement that have to be financially supported is at its highest too.

Life expectancy at age 65 has increased markedly. We now expect those hitting 65 in 2040 to live another 24 years on average, almost double what it was in 1981 (Source: ONS). However, the ability to actually work all these years is another matter.

The number of people living with three or more long-term health conditions is expected to reach 2.8 milion by 2018. This is a 50 per cent increase in just 10 years. The over 60s are most likely to suffer from a long-term condition, with 58 per cent suffering compared to 14 per cent of under 40s.

Data from across Europe suggests that even before reaching retirement age, most of us are likely to suffer from a condition that limits our activities in some way. On average, by the age of 62 for men and 60 for women, our ability to conduct our lives as before will be limited by health issues.

Liz Ritchie, observed: “Those thinking they can simply work longer may find themselves unable to and as a result, with a gap in their finances.

“We all hope our later years will be a time to slow down, relax and enjoy life. To achieve this, we have to make long-term financial planning a priority. This is not just among those newly entering the workforce but also across all ages. It is never too late to help make your finances in later years that bit more comfortable.”

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Knowledge is Power

Posted: 15/06/17 by The Deco Theatre

The Deco Theatre is hosting four fantastic courses to help the local business community master the art of communication.

You have a great story to tell, or a new product to launch, but you are not sure about how to do it: dealing with the media maybe makes you nervous because it is something you have not done before, or perhaps you do not have the confidence to stand up in front of an audience and talk about it at networking events, or conferences and seminars.

Get it right, and there are many potential rewards for doing so. And The Deco Theatre wants to help you, and your company, achieve just that. But it also wants to make sure you are aware of all the pitfalls, and able to deal with them confidently, and without cost to your reputation.

Which is why it has gathered together a team of experts, headed by respected former journalist and now PR guru Peter Jones, to share with you the tricks of the trade – all in the name of fine tuning your marketing and PR skills, and giving you confidence to deal with all situations that you hope never will happen, but could well do so!

Its four specialist one day courses are:

· What is PR? Writing Press Releases; How it can work for you? Delivering a PR campaign - 12th September

· Media Training – dealing with journalists, and how to do radio and TV interviews - 28th September

· Public speaking – communicating your message confidently, proudly and fluently - 10th October

· Crisis communication – being prepared for all eventualities - 26th October

“Peter’s media training days are fantastic – you learn so much, leave very confident, but he also makes sure you have some good fun along the way; I’d recommend them to anyone.” Caroline Millichamp, The Family Care Trust.

“Peter has led two awesome sessions on PR, and PR campaigns, for us – both were fully subscribed, and both received fantastic feedback.” Joan Smith, chief executive, Solihull Chamber of Commerce.

For further information on the specialist one day courses please contact The Deco Theatre’s Conference and Training Department on 01604 491005 or email conference@stage-right.co.uk

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Grant Thornton’s annual study into the Bedfordshire economy

Posted: 15/06/17 by Grant Thornton UK LLP

Bedfordshire businesses continue to flourish with increases in profitability and employment over the past 12 months, ensuring they are well placed to weather the potential volatility of the UK’s exit from the EU, according to a new report published today.

The annual Bedfordshire Limited study, conducted by financial and business advisers Grant Thornton, analyses the performance of the 100 largest, privately owned companies in the county to provide a recognised barometer of the overall health of Bedfordshire’s economy.

The 2017 report findings, unveiled to local businesses at a special breakfast event hosted by Grant Thornton, revealed that combined profits (measured by EBITDA - Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) of the top 100 companies increased by a substantial 39.8% from £176 million to £246 million, whilst combined turnover fell by 2.3% from £3.37bn to £3.29bn.

Businesses also continued to invest, with a 1.7% increase in employment, rising from 20,428 to 20,773 people, and a 4.9% increase in fixed assets to £1.19bn.

Whilst average salaries fell by 5.8% to £32,782 as some sectors, particularly healthcare and education, were challenged by public sector funding constraints, wages in Bedfordshire are still 12% higher than UK median earnings in 2015.

However, these figures are skewed by the performance of the largest company in the top 100, Monarch Holdings Ltd, which represents 25% of total turnover. Monarch saw a significant restructuring during the period under review and, consequently, delivered an impressive turnaround in profitability on lower turnover. If Monarch is removed from the 2017 results, the remaining 99 companies increased turnover by a healthier 3.5% to £2.46bn with a 16.5% increase in profits (EBITDA) to £190m, a 7.4% rise in employment to 18,216 people and a 2.8% increase in fixed assets to £1.06bn.

Steve White, from Grant Thornton’s Milton Keynes office, who presented the findings, said: “Bedfordshire businesses continue to demonstrate strong resilience in the face of political and economic uncertainty following Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

“The encouraging increase in profitability, employment and investment delivered by the 100 largest companies underlines this strength and suggests they remain confident about their future prospects.”

The analysis also split the top 100 companies by size, looking at the performance of those with turnover over £50m (large) compared to those with turnover less than £50m (SMEs). The results showed Bedfordshire’s nine large corporates achieved a profit growth of 93.8% to £99m, although turnover was down 8% to £1.65bn - again skewed by Monarch’s performance.

Positively, the remaining 91 SMEs delivered turnover growth of 4% and, more importantly, almost an 18% increase in profitability, reflecting their importance to the overall Bedfordshire economy.

The Bedfordshire Limited report also analyses the performance of the top 100 companies by sector. Six of the nine sectors grew turnover and eight reported an increase in EBITDA. The standout sectors were Freight, Logistics & Aviation, which saw the biggest increase in profitability of 181% from £24m to £67m, and Automotive & Motor Retail which delivered a 14% rise in turnover from £170m to £196m.

Steve White concluded: “Overall, Bedfordshire businesses have delivered another strong financial performance and the investment in new staff and fixed assets bodes well for the future. There is of course further uncertainty over the months ahead as negotiations for our exit from the EU get underway but the county’s businesses have a solid foundation to weather any potential storms.”

The Bedfordshire Limited 2017 findings were presented at Woburn Sculpture Gallery with guest speaker Sophie Dekkers, UK Director at easyJet, sharing her views.

For a full copy of the Bedfordshire Limited report, please contact laura.j.bailey@uk.gt.com.

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Northampton celebrate’s all things bright and bloomingful this summer

Posted: 15/06/17 by Northampton Borough Council

The planting for Northampton in Bloom is well under way and throughout June hundreds of floral displays will be popping up throughout the town centre.

More than 250 hanging baskets and 120 barrier baskets, showcasing approximately 8,000 plants, will bring a burst of colour to the heart of town as part of this year’s ‘all things bright and bloomingful’ display.

A prominent figure from Northampton’s past features in the large carpet bed display which has returned to St Giles Square this week. The centrepiece commemorates Edgar Mobbs
who famously went on to form his own company to fight with the Northamptonshire Battalion after being told he was too old to join the Army. 2017 marks the
centenary of his fall in battle during WWI and the rugby-themed motif is a fitting tribute to the former Saints captain.

Councillor Mike Hallam, cabinet member for environment, said: “The town is really starting to come alive with colour and it’s great to see so many displays lining our busy
shopping streets. I know that there’s a lot of work going into gardens and community projects around the town too, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the results.

“We’d still like more people to get involved in the competition and welcome entries from everyone, whether you have single window box or a well-established garden - just sign up before 23 June to take part.”

Visit www.northampton.gov.uk/northamptoninbloom for more information. The closing date for competition entries is 23 June and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony for all entrants in October.

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Mazars to host VAT and tax seminar for charities

Posted: 15/06/17 by Mazars LLP

The Milton Keynes office of Mazars, the international accountancy and advisory firm, will be hosting a VAT and tax workshop highlighting cost reduction opportunities for charities.

The event will take place on Wednesday 28 June at Mazars, The Pinnacle, 160 Midsummer Boulevard MK9 1BP from 8.30am – 12.30pm and will be followed by a buffet lunch

Covering a range of topics including general VAT recovery principles; relevant VAT reliefs; VAT liabilities of income and VAT mitigation opportunities, experts from Mazars will outline the potential impact of recent VAT developments in the sector and explore the key risks for the charity
sector.

The Mazars team will also update attendees on the most significant case law decisions for the sector and explain HMRC’s stance in light of these decisions.

Stephen Eames, Milton Keynes Managing Partner at Mazars, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to host an event that is specifically for charities.

“Mazars has strong links with the charity sector and our VAT team often sees charities not taking advantage of readily available VAT opportunities. Quite often many charities are not even aware that VAT reliefs are available to them even if they are not VAT registered. We will seek to cover general VAT issues that charities should know about, regardless of their level of VAT knowledge”.

To book a place or find out more, please email lorraine.connolly@mazars.co.uk

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Marval’s MSM software aligns to latest SDI Service Desk certification service desk metrics

Posted: 15/06/17 by Marval Software Ltd

Marval’s MSM IT service management (ITSM) software has once again been accredited by the Service Desk Institute (SDI) as SDI Standard - Performance Results Report Compliant.

The SDI Global Best Practice Service Desk accreditation programme has been specifically designed to certify service desk quality by reviewing all aspects of the operation including management, resources, tools, training and delivery, strategy, planning and continual service improvement.

For organisations planning to achieve SDI’s Service Desk Certification, a series of pre-configured reports from within Marval’s IT service management software make it easy to generate the performance metrics required. Providing easy, efficient and intuitive access to core service desk metrics will prove invaluable for all service desk operations taking part in SDI’s Service Desk Certification programme.

Tessa Troubridge, SDI’s CEO, commented: “SDI’s goal is to inspire service desks to be brilliant by driving improvements and performance in service desks through alignment to a core set of measures that can be used to engage their IT departments and the wider business.”

She continued: “Easy, efficient and intuitive access to core service desk metrics is invaluable for every service desk operation, not just those taking part in SDI’s popular Service Desk Certification programme, and I am thrilled that Marval continues to make these comprehensive yet easy-to-use metrics reports available to the many service desks using their software.

Their recent upgraded reporting has enabled us to once again accredit metrics reporting in Marval’s ITSM software as compliant with the SDI Service Desk Standard.”

Commenting on the accreditation, Greg Pritchett, Managing Director of Marval said: “Many of our customers have chosen to adopt the SDC standard, and it is important for us to ensure that all the metric evidence required by the certification can easily be extracted from the data collected in our service management software.

“Our product has been certified since 2014 and we are pleased to have met the latest criteria requested by the SDI in our recent audit.”

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Cobblers Appoint Official Charity Partners

Posted: 15/06/17 by Northampton Town Football Club

Northampton Town Football Club’s Charitable Foundation has appointed its official charity partners for the 2017/2018 season.

The club will be working with a wide cross section of charities, both local and further afield, and partnering with charities who help the young, the disadvantaged, cancer patients and those who provide emergency medical assistance.

The charities chosen are:

Northampton Hope Centre

The Northampton Hope Centre work to relieve poverty and tackle the causes of homelessness in Northampton. In January two members of club staff took part in the ‘Big Sleep Out’, sleeping rough overnight to raise money for and awareness of the plight of homeless people in Northampton.

Macmillan

Provide support, information and advice to cancer patients both in Northampton and across the country.

Northampton District Scouts

The Northampton District Scouts are a charity within the Scout Association delivering scouting to young people within Northampton. Their key objectives are to help young people enjoy new adventures; experience the outdoors; interact with others; learn new skills; make new friends; gain confidence; and develop by working in teams and thinking for themselves. They currently offer scouting to 1,400 young people in Northampton, and are supported by 510 adults in a variety of volunteer roles.

Northamptonshire Search & Rescue

This is a charity that is on call 24/7, 365 days a year. They rely totally on donations, grants and sponsorship to function and have delivered 4,230 hours of volunteer time on over 30 searches for missing people in Northamptonshire. They have knowingly saved lives of people in Northamptonshire through their direct intervention.

SpecialEffect

SpecialEffect help users with disabilities enjoy video games and the latest technology. In the past they have helped and supported Cobblers fan Derry Felton.

Leon Barwell Foundation

Set up following the sad passing of Northampton Saints Rugby Club Chairman Leon Barwell, the charity supports families affected by cancer by helping them create memories that are everlasting.

South Northants Responders

Based in the south of Northamptonshire, this charity is a Community First Response (CFR) team, made up of volunteers. These volunteers are highly trained individuals who operate under the governance of East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust. The scheme was set up because approximately 600 people die each year unnecessarily of cardiac arrest and those who live in a rural area can expect a slower response from the emergency services than town dwellers.

Cynthia Spencer Hospice

Based in Northampton, Cynthia Spencer provides hospice and palliative care services for south Northamptonshire, admits approximately 400 in-patients each year and rely on support and donations to offer the services they do.

Prostate Cancer UK

The official charity partner of the EFL, they offer support to patients who have prostate cancer. They recently held the Football to Amsterdam cycle event, where four members of Northampton Town Football Club staff cycled from London to Amsterdam to raise money and profile.

“As a club we are delighted to partner with such a diverse, wide ranging number of charities,” said Chairman Kelvin Thomas.

“We have seen many times how the power of football can help a local community, and as a club we pride ourselves on being at the heart of Northampton.

“Over the last few months we have seen staff get involved in activities from sleeping out overnight to cycling from London to Amsterdam to support our partners, while the players have made countless visits to support charities, events, schools and good causes. Our community team are more active than ever in Northamptonshire and beyond, and we hope by partnering with these charities we can continue to make a real difference to the lives of the people of Northamptonshire and beyond.

“I have personal experience of working with some of these charities, and am proud to be a patron of the Hope Centre and a Vice-President of Special Effect, so I have seen first hand some of the terrific work that goes on and I am pleased the club will be working with some fantastic charities in 2017/18.”

John Morris, Chairman of the club’s Charitable Foundation, said: “As always, we had a large number of charity groups keen to partner with the club for the coming season. We carefully considered all applications and have drawn up a list of charities to cover a wide range of ages, circumstances and situations.

“I know the club will continue to work with as many charities as possible, so while the focus will be on the official charity partners, I know they will support every charity as much as they can.”

Being an official partner entitles the charity to the following benefits:

  • One bucket collection during the season as part of a themed home game in support of charity
  • Use of the club badge for promotional purposes
  • Media coverage of charity events in club’s match programme and on the club web-site
  • Each partner will be adopted by 2 or 3 players who will make personal appearances on behalf of the charity each year
  • 3 charities will receive a donation from the club’s FA Community Shield share
  • Access to signed shirts, balls and tickets for fundraising purposes.

CHARITABLE FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

John Morris (Chairman), Gareth Willsher (Secretary), Nick Ancel (Treasurer), David Jackson (The Managing Director of club partner, Jackson Grundy), Paul Griffiths (Chief Executive of the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce), Mark Beesley (journalist) and Gareth Kingston (long time supporter of the club and experience of working within the charitable sector.)

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Join MK Snap at their Silver Gala Dinner

Posted: 15/06/17 by MK Snap

As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations, local charity MK Snap will be hosting a Silver Gala Dinner at the prestigious Woburn Sculpture Gallery.

This dinner is our largest fundraising event of the year and we would like to extend an invitation to you and your team in what always is always an unforgettable night.

Held on September 28th, tickets are priced at £90 per person and table can be booked for groups of 10/12 (includes a Prosecco reception, sumptuous three course meal with wine and coffee to follow).

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more information regarding this event:

Phone: 01908 690330 Email: info@mksnap.org Website: www.mksnap.org

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Red Arrows at Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day celebrations

Posted: 15/06/17 by Milton Keynes Council

The world-famous RAF aerobatic display team, the Red Arrows, will perform a special fly-past at this year’s Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day on Saturday 17 June.

The nine-strong aerobatic team will fly over the celebrations at Aylesbury Rugby Club as part of HM The Queen’s Birthday fly past at Buckingham Palace. The Red Arrows will be followed by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which includes a Lancaster bomber, a Spitfire and a Hurricane fighter as well as other military aircraft including Tornadoes and Typhoons.

Later in the afternoon the skies over the rugby club will play host to a spectacular flying display featuring a range of classic planes including an ex-military YAK 52 training aircraft, a WW2 P51 Mustang, a North American Aviation Navion and a Cessna L-19 Birddog 24550. A Pitts Special will perform a programme of breath-taking aerobatics alongside a fast and furious Yak 3 Soviet fighter.

Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr David Hopkins, said: “How magnificent to have the legendary Red Arrows flying over the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day celebrations.

“They will not only be thrilling the crowds of visitors, but also honouring the dedication and courage of our Armed Forces here in Milton Keynes and throughout Buckinghamshire.”

In addition to the air show and fly-past the event includes live music and entertainment, rides and amusements, stalls and even an attempt to break a world record for a group
Swing dance.

Buckinghamshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher encouraged everyone to come along and enjoy a fun, family day out. He said: “Armed Forces Day is a fantastic
opportunity for us all to give thanks to the men and women who have served and are serving in our Armed Forces. They do and have done so much for us and our country so what better way to pay tribute to that than to come out and show your support on 17 June.”

Sir Henry added: “In the light of the 2015 Shoreham tragedy, we would like to reassure local residents that our Air Display has been arranged to minimise the areas where unauthorised spectators may gather and to limit the overflying of those areas. Special warning signs will be displayed in these areas.

“We would like to warn those people who wish to risk spectating at areas other than in the organised crowd enclosures at Aylesbury Rugby Club that they may place themselves in obvious danger if they try to view the display from areas such as along New Road near Weston Turville Golf Club or some of the public footbaths to the North of Aylesbury
Rugby Club.”

Tickets for Armed Forces Day are available to buy online at: www.buckscc.gov.uk/armedforcesday where you can also find up to date information and FAQs.

Volunteers are still needed to help the day run smoothly. If you can spare a few free hours on 17 June or are able to help with the set up beforehand or clean up afterwards please get in touch with the team by email: bucksccevents@buckscc.gov.uk or call 01296 395000.

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Farmers and landowners invited to free ‘rural summer update’ event near Milton Keynes

Posted: 15/06/17 by Robinson & Hall LLP

A free ‘rural summer update’ is being held near Milton Keynes this July to offer advice for all farmers and landowners, helping ensure that their businesses continue to thrive throughout upcoming changes within the industry.

The event at the Holiday Inn Milton Keynes East in Newport Pagnell is being prepared by a team of professionals in the field of agriculture, forestry and property to clarify and prepare local businesses that may be affected by the impending Brexit regulations.

The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation Plc (AMC), Lockhart Garratt Ltd, environmental planning and forestry consultants and Robinson & Hall LLP, land and property professionals will all be joining together on Thursday 6th July in Newport Pagnell to make sure local businesses are prepared for and can make the most of the changes and opportunities likely to arise.

The meeting will consist of talks from Mike Lord, Regional Agricultural Manager at AMC, Justin Mumford, Managing Director and Chartered Forester at Lockhart Garratt Ltd and Andrew Jenkinson, Partner & Rural Chartered Surveyor at Robinson & Hall LLP.

These talks will cover topics including finance, making the most effective use of money in a business, current timber opportunities and managing woodlands in the light of climate change. Finally there will be a range of topical subjects such as payment schemes and tenancy changes.

“The unknown is always scary,” explains Justin Mumford of Lockhart Garratt Ltd. “We’ll cover how farming and land may be affected after Brexit. Our aim with this free talk is to make sure everyone knows the best way to preserve their own unique business the best they can. With a range of specialist knowledge on hand, we hope to assist in all areas that may be affected.”

The free event will take place at the Holiday Inn Milton Keynes East in Newport Pagnell on Thursday 6th July from 6pm until 9.30pm. Complimentary drinks and buffet will be laid on for all attendees after the event.

To register your free place at this informative event, please RSVP to Victoria Sherbourne on 01536 463200 or email vicki.sherbourne@lgluk.com.

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University of Northampton students to be judged on their covers by Penguin Random House

Posted: 15/06/17 by University of Northampton Enterprises Ltd

Three students from the University of Northampton have had the opportunity to design a new front cover for two well-known books, which has led to them being shortlisted for the Penguin Random House Student Design Award and are currently on display at this year’s Degree Show.

Elliot Lee, Matthew Barnard and Carly Ayre are all in the final year of the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication course and were tasked with creating their own version of a modern book cover for either ‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote or ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾’ by Sue Townsend.

The Student Design Award aims to find the next generation of book cover designers by giving students the opportunity to experience real cover design briefs first-hand.

Elliot and Matthew both chose ‘In Cold Blood’ for their covers. A real life murder investigation, American author Capote details what happened after a family of four were found dead in their home in the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas.

Elliot took inspiration from finding different research material surrounding the story. He said: “I wanted to detail both a desolate Kansas and also the rawness of ‘In Cold Blood’ through sharp and creepy wall etchings, and also represent an old school prison.”

Matthew based his design on religious beliefs as Holcomb, where murders took place, was a mainly Christian town. He explained: “The book played a big part in the text used on the front cover, especially the phrase ‘thou shalt not kill’. This is because the town was mainly Christian, it’s the sixth commandment and is repeated six times representing the six people who died, including the killers themselves which links it all together.

“The overall look of the cover comes from the song Four Walls’ by Bastille, which is based on one of the killers, Perry Smith. This particular song helped me to form an emotional understanding of Perry Smith and what his story was, as well as helping me to understand the book overall. A line I find that particularly stuck with me was ‘Now we’re faced with two wrongs’ which to me sums up the book as a whole.

“It’s amazing to be shortlisted for this year’s Penguin Random House Student Design Award, especially as my design was picked out from so many entries from other universities.”

Carly opted to design a cover for the ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ which was the first of the Adrian Moles series and was written in a diary-style format detailing the woes and worries of a teenage boy who believes he is an intellectual.

She said: “I wanted to recreate a really eye-catching typical eighties visual, I drew a lot of inspiration from eighties graphic design and textile design.”

Art Directors from Penguin Random House will now provide each of the shortlisted designers with detailed feedback on their covers, giving the students the opportunity to refine and resubmit their designs before the final judging takes place in June.

The winners in each of the three categories will receive a work placement within the Penguin Random House UK design studios, as well as a £1,000 cash prize.

Elliot, Matthew and Carly’s work will be featured along with other students from a variety of courses from the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology at this year’s Degree Show. This will be running from Saturday 10 to Friday 16 June at the University’s Avenue Campus.

Pictured: Elliot and Carly with their designs

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Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police working together to disrupt the drugs trade

Posted: 15/06/17 by Kettering Borough Council

Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police are working together to disrupt the drugs trade in Kettering by closing down properties that are being used for the supply of Class A drugs.

In recent weeks, a series of Closure Orders have been obtained by the Council for council properties in Alfred Street, Arthurs Way and New Buildings after council officers presented evidence to the court that criminal activity and associated anti-social behaviour would not stop unless the properties were closed.

Northamptonshire Police have also obtained an order for a property in Tresham Street.

Each order is valid for three months and makes it a criminal offence for any person including the tenant or occupant to enter the address.

At each court hearing, magistrates were satisfied that it was necessary to make the order so that persons engaging in disorderly, offensive or criminal behaviour could be prevented from entering the premises.

Where properties are owned by the Council, Kettering Borough Council is immediately making further applications to court to evict the tenants concerned.

John Conway, Head of Housing, said:“Drug dealers and their associates have the potential to inflict serious damage on communities as well as destroy lives. Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police will not tolerate this and have taken decisive action to close down properties where the drugs trade is operating. Where we have the evidence, we will continue to do so in the future.”

Inspector Julie Mead, Northants Police said: “People dealing drugs and committing anti-social behaviour can have a significant impact on nearby residents and we are determined to tackle those people whose actions have such a detrimental impact on other people’s lives.

“We have been working closely with Kettering Borough Council to gather evidence and present it before the courts in order to obtain these closure orders, and will continue to do so.

“I would urge anyone with concerns about drug use or anti-social behaviour to report it to us on 101. Alternatively, concerns can be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

A local resident affected by the anti-social behaviour taking place at one of the properties said: “Since the closure order was granted, our sense of community has returned and we feel safer and more relaxed. I think the combined efforts of the council and the police has produced an excellent outcome for not only for the neighbouring residents, but the local area as well. We are all extremely grateful and cannot thank them enough for supporting us and acting swiftly to resolve this problem.”

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Bid & Tender Support at Olney Chamber of Trade Event

Posted: 15/06/17 by Bid & Tender Support Ltd

On Wednesday 7th June Bid & Tender Support exhibited at the Olney Chamber of Trade Business Live Event.

The event was a great opportunity to meet and network with other local businesses and showcase our Services within the Local Community. As a local employer, it is important for us to support organisations such as Olney Chamber of Trade which has supported us and our business with networking opportunities and information events.

It cannot be underestimated the value in supporting and championing other local businesses, meeting them face-to-face, sharing ideas and experiences. As a result of the event we have set up a couple of conversations for ongoing support and idea sharing which is really exciting.

Katy Berrill, Director at Bid & Tender Support said: “The opportunity to get out in front of other local businesses and discuss current challenges, opportunities and ideas is very
valuable. It is obviously also good for us to promote and share what we are doing with local partners and catch up with existing contacts.”

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Charity Coffee Morning in Aid of Cynthia Spencer 23rd June 2017

Posted: 15/06/17 by Gilt Edged Promotions Ltd

Gilt Edged Promotions are holding a Charity Coffee Morning on Friday 23rd June from 10.30am - 12.30pm.

The event is being held at our premises in Kings Park Road Moulton Park, NN3 6LL to raise funds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

As well as tea, coffee and cakes, there will be the opportunity to network with other local business. There will also be the chance to see the products and services that we offer, a raffle with fantastic prizes and all attendees will be entered into a draw to win a voucher to spend on our Promotional products.

Why not pop along, even for just 20 minutes! We would love to see other members, so please sign up if you would like to attend at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2T6M5R3 (so we know how many cakes we need!) and also reserve a Free myNo Journal!

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Novacroft encourages volunteers to make a difference

Posted: 15/06/17 by Novacroft

“Volunteering nurtures a broad view of society and the positive impact we can all have,” says Novacroft Solutions Manager Jeremy Cunnington.

As 2017’s National Volunteers’ Week celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK, one Novacroft team member has blogged that his experience of volunteering has been invaluable to himself, his job and his community, and is encouraging others to volunteer too. Read Jeremy’s blog.

Jeremy has been with the local smart technology and software business since 2001. He has recently been making the most of the four paid volunteering days that Novacroft offers each team member annually by helping in his local pocket park, where he is photographed here with a team of volunteers.

Blogging about his experience, Jeremy says: “The experiences of volunteering and the mindset that it nurtures helps to make people more rounded individuals with a broader view of society and the positive impact that we can have if we choose to.”

Jeremy’s feelings are reflected in the ‘Why personal wellbeing is good for the nation’s health’ whitepaper commissioned by Novacroft for its Ucando-it corporate wellness programme, in association with The Centre for Wellbeing and The New Economics Foundation. The whitepaper authors found studies have shown that ‘not only does volunteering increase wellbeing, but those with higher wellbeing were also more likely to go on to invest more hours in volunteering’.

The UK Government Community Life Survey 2015 – 16 found that 47% of people regularly volunteer (at least once a month) and 70% of the UK population has volunteered in the past year. Novacroft is determined to contribute to this figure and has volunteering high on its agenda. The company is currently working closely with its Charity of the Year, the Northampton Hope Centre, to set up a ‘kitchen takeover’ day, during which up to 10 volunteers would fund raise to cover food costs for a day and donate their time to cook it.

For his part, Jeremy would encourage others to volunteer in a heartbeat: “I’d recommend volunteering to others without any hesitation. Do it. Find an opportunity, or, even better, create an opportunity.

“Stay in your comfort zone or push yourself outside it. Do whatever you want to do, whatever drives you or whatever you’re passionate about. Most importantly, get out there and make a difference.”

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Haines Watts opens new flagship headquarters in Northampton

Posted: 14/06/17 by Haines Watts

The east region of national accountancy firm Haines Watts has opened its new flagship headquarters in Northampton – with help from Northampton Borough Council’s Business Incentive Scheme (BIS).

The BIS contributed £10,000 towards a £150,000 re-location project which enabled the company to move into and fit out a new unit.

The move will also enable Haines Watts to create five new jobs a year for the next three years.

The company – previously based at Tenter Road on Moulton Park – is now housed in large, new purpose-built premises at Rushmills.

Haines Watts is a national company with more than 55 offices around the UK. Haines Watts East covers a region stretching from the West Midlands down to London and the M25.

Haines Watts is dedicated to the business owner sector and delivers lots of service lines from its Northampton base – these range from standard accountancy and business advisory services tom human resources and property services.

Nathan Tinkler, partner at the Northampton office, stated that the town seemed the best fit as a regional hub for the firm in terms of its geographical location.

He said: “We have had a strong business in the town since 1984 and it made sense for our new office to be located somewhere surrounded by other businesses.

“With 11-12,000 people on the Brackmills estate nearby, and 7,000 working out of Barclaycard, the Rushmills site was very attractive for us.

“In terms of the company’s success, turnover in the Northampton office increased markedly following a strong year of client recruitment and the investment we’ve made in strengthening our business advisory and tax teams.

“The regeneration of the Northampton Waterside area – and it being made an enterprise zone – has led to large investment in infrastructure in the area.

“This, coupled with rates reductions from the enterprise zone, has benefited a number of our clients and we have witnessed a rise in their performance and profitability over the last year as a result.”

For more information about the Business Incentive Scheme please visit www.northampton.gov.uk/bis or ring Katie Mills on 01604 837893.

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Haines Watts opens new flagship headquarters in Northampton

Posted: 14/06/17 by Northampton Borough Council

The east region of national accountancy firm Haines Watts has opened its new flagship headquarters in Northampton – with help from Northampton Borough Council’s Business Incentive Scheme (BIS).

The BIS contributed £10,000 towards a £150,000 re-location project which enabled the company to move into and fit out a new unit.

The move will also enable Haines Watts to create five new jobs a year for the next three years.

The company – previously based at Tenter Road on Moulton Park – is now housed in large, new purpose-built premises at Rushmills.

Haines Watts is a national company with more than 55 offices around the UK. Haines Watts East covers a region stretching from the West Midlands down to London and the M25.

Haines Watts is dedicated to the business owner sector and delivers lots of service lines from its Northampton base – these range from standard accountancy and business advisory services tom human resources and property services.

Nathan Tinkler, partner at the Northampton office, stated that the town seemed the best fit as a regional hub for the firm in terms of its geographical location.

He said: “We have had a strong business in the town since 1984 and it made sense for our new office to be located somewhere surrounded by other businesses.

“With 11-12,000 people on the Brackmills estate nearby, and 7,000 working out of Barclaycard, the Rushmills site was very attractive for us.

“In terms of the company’s success, turnover in the Northampton office increased markedly following a strong year of client recruitment and the investment we’ve made in strengthening our business advisory and tax teams.

“The regeneration of the Northampton Waterside area – and it being made an enterprise zone – has led to large investment in infrastructure in the area.

“This, coupled with rates reductions from the enterprise zone, has benefited a number of our clients and we have witnessed a rise in their performance and profitability over the last year as a result.”

For more information about the Business Incentive Scheme please visit www.northampton.gov.uk/bis or ring Katie Mills on 01604 837893.

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BCC: Strong employment figures but key challenges remain

Posted: 14/06/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

Commenting on the labour market statistics for June, released today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “With employment continuing to rise and unemployment falling, the UK jobs market remains on a firm footing.

“However, the strong headline figures mask some significant concerns. The gap between pay and price growth is now significant, and if inflation continues to rise as we expect, this could push UK growth materially lower by slowing household spending - a driver of UK economic growth. Employment levels may also moderate over the near term as the escalating burden of upfront business taxes and costs, and political uncertainty, dampen firms’ hiring intentions.

“The high number of vacancies is further evidence of the growing skills shortage. While employment levels are high by historic standards, businesses report that they are increasingly struggling to find staff with the right skills, which is constraining investment and productivity.

“The new government must make it a priority to tackle the UK’s chronic skills shortage, including easing the burden of upfront business costs to help firms recruit and train staff, and deliver a future immigration regime based on the needs of the UK economy.”

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BCC: Strong employment figures but key challenges remain

Posted: 14/06/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

Commenting on the labour market statistics for June, released today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “With employment continuing to rise and unemployment falling, the UK jobs market remains on a firm footing.

“However, the strong headline figures mask some significant concerns. The gap between pay and price growth is now significant, and if inflation continues to rise as we expect, this could push UK growth materially lower by slowing household spending - a driver of UK economic growth. Employment levels may also moderate over the near term as the escalating burden of upfront business taxes and costs, and political uncertainty, dampen firms’ hiring intentions.

“The high number of vacancies is further evidence of the growing skills shortage. While employment levels are high by historic standards, businesses report that they are increasingly struggling to find staff with the right skills, which is constraining investment and productivity.

“The new government must make it a priority to tackle the UK’s chronic skills shortage, including easing the burden of upfront business costs to help firms recruit and train staff, and deliver a future immigration regime based on the needs of the UK economy.”

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Saloons and sports cars back on duty at Rockingham

Posted: 14/06/17 by Rockingham Motor Speedway Ltd

MOTOR racing continues at Rockingham this weekend (June 17/18) with the first of three back-to-back club race meetings, and it’s the British Racing & Sports Car Club (BRSCC) which will be kicking-off the action at the Northamptonshire circuit.

With saloons and sports cars on duty, the BRSCC always offers a great programme from the British club racing scene and this event will be no different with a total of 19 races from eight championships over the two days.

Spectators are in for a rare treat this weekend with both the Celtic Speed MINI Cooper Cup Championship and Scottish BMW Championship making the 700-mile round trip from their native Scotland to the heart of England, for their only round to be held outside of Knockhill Circuit.

Also making the trek down south is the Darlington & District Motor Club’s Northern Saloon & Sports Car Championship which will be bringing its usual eclectic mix of cars and packed grids, while completing the quartet of guest championships is the Drayton Manor Park MG Metro Cup.

Joining their guests on the timetable will be four BRSCC championship regulars including the Excool OSS Championship which features some of the fastest racing cars in the UK, while Ford fans will have the opportunity to catch both Fiesta Championships in action.

Since being established in 2012, the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship continues to grow with more 14-17-year-olds seeing the race series as a proven stepping stone for a career in motorsport. While the senior competition is split into five classes as the Fiesta Championship consistently attracts high entries.

Completing the weekend’s line-up is one of the most popular race series on the club scene, the BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship, so there will be plenty of models of the iconic Italian marque on show. All the action over the two days will be on the 2.05-mile International Super Sports Car Long Circuit.

Advance adult tickets are priced at just £12 per day and admission for children aged 15 and under is FREE ensuring families can enjoy some of the best action from the British club motor racing scene at an affordable price.

As always at Rockingham all tickets include access to a grandstand seat offering panoramic views of the entire circuit, the pit garage roof and race paddock, which means there are no hidden costs. Advance tickets can be booked online at www.rockingham.co.uk or via the hotline on 01536 500500, option 1, until midday on Friday, June 16. Adult tickets will be available on the gate priced £16 per day.

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Peter Andre sends social media into meltdown!

Posted: 13/06/17 by Jeanius Consulting Ltd

Fans are preparing to snap up tickets to see Peter Andre live in MK when they go on sale this weekend.

Over 50,000 people were talking about the event on facebook within hours of the announcement of the highly anticipated concert on Saturday 21st October.

Peter will be performing with a live band at Milton Keynes Arena at Planet Ice to help celebrate Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday with the ice rink transformed into a world class concert venue with a huge stage and two giant video screens so the 3,000 ticket holders will have a great view of the show.

The event is being billed as MK’s biggest ever birthday party, with a full evening of entertainment hosted by TV legend Pat Sharp.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday (17th June) nationally via Ticketmaster priced from £35 plus booking fee, however MK residents are being urged to register for Thursday’s pre-sale via rbevents.co.uk to avoid disappointment.

For the latest concert information, please visit rbevents.co.uk or follow RB Events on Facebook and Twitter.

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A Guide to Tendering Best Practice - 60 minute seminar

Posted: 13/06/17 by Bid & Tender Support Ltd

On Monday 19th June 2017 the Director at Bid and Tender Support Ltd, Katy Berrill will be hosting a 60 minute free seminar for the Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce on ‘How to find and win work in the Public Sector’.

As more and more small businesses are winning public sector contracts, this 1 hour guide will give a brief overview of best practice on finding suitable opportunities and submitting winning and compliant Tenders.

Points to be covered:

· Setting Tender Search Criteria

· Qualification Questionnaires

· The Bidding Process Simplified

· Top tips for submitting winning and compliant bids

· SMEs and Tendering

This free event will be held at Bedfordshire University Campus on Monday 19th June from 09:00 – 10:00 am.

If you need advice and direction with tendering best practices you can book at place by visiting the Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce website or by clicking here

Bid and Tender Support Ltd look forward to seeing you next week!

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Makita brushless tools make it a double on the water at cordless canoe challenge 2017

Posted: 13/06/17 by Makita Ltd

The Water Craft Makita Cordless Canoe Challenge (CCC) took place at the annual Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2-4 June 2017 where visitors witnessed, once again, a Makita-powered boat being victorious.

The Cordless Canoe Challenge is organised by Water Craft magazine and has been sponsored by Makita UK since it began in 2011.

Vessels must be under 5m and powered only by cordless power tools and complete a course on the lake at Beale Park which is set in the glorious Berkshire countryside.

Regular entrant Dennis Adcock took first place in Saturday’s race with his mini yellow catamaran aptly named ‘Fast 2’, which was powered by two Makita 18v Brushless drills. Dennis was delighted to finally clinch the CCC title and put the win down to his recent purchase of the DHP481 Brushless Combi Drill bought especially for the race. Makita’s rushless motor technology substantially enhances performance, provides up to double run time from a single battery charge, eliminates brush maintenance and extends machine life. All these features combine to reduce operational costs and extend the value of an investment in Makita’s tools.

Sunday saw the new-for-2017 Cordless Blue Riband event which required cordless crossings of the lake with an average speed being recorded in the hope of a Guinness World Record application submission.

Dennis made it a ‘double’ by taking first place yet again despite being up against much longer and theoretically speedier craft. ‘Fast 2’ had an average speed of 10.45mph across the water and Water Craft magazine will now be submitting Dennis’s speed to the Guinness World Records.

Dennis was presented with a Makita CLX202AJ 10.8v CXT 2-piece kit which contained a combi drill and an impact driver. He should also have won the identical prize for winning the CBR but, in the spirit of the contest, he graciously offered it to the best performing newcomer, Jake Frith.

There was also a third prize for the best-performing new boat. This went to the 2016 winner Adam Brown, who entered his home-designed-and-built craft especially for entry in the CCC. ‘E-Fish ‘n’ Sea’, a sleek and slender craft made from lightweight plywood was driven by a Makita cordless circular saw and reached 8.77mph.

For more information on the Water Craft Makita Cordless Canoe Challenge visit www.watercraft-magazine.com. A full report on the 2017 Cordless Canoe Challenges will be in the September/October issue of Water Craft magazine on sale 24 August. For more news and product information about Makita UK please visit www.makitauk.com.

Follow:@MakitaUK, Facebook.com/makitauk and google.com/+makitauk

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Music artist supports Oakland Foundation Children’s Charity

Posted: 13/06/17 by Oakland International Ltd

Singer/songwriter Sam Ostler from Redditch will be aiming to hit a high note when he performs at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham for the inaugural Oakland Foundation Charity Ball on Friday 8th September.

Working for the charity’s key sponsor Oakland International, Sam has volunteered for the Foundation since its official launch by HRH The Princess Royal in June 2013.

Said Sam: “I’m really looking forward to playing at the Foundation’s Charity Ball and showcasing some of my new tracks with many of the people who have helped me get to where I am today.

“Supporting the Foundation is fantastic and allows me to give something back.”

Releasing his first EP “She’s Leaving”, touring London and supporting a number of headline shows and artists, Sam had a busy 2016. With his 2017 Tour he covers London and the Playhouse in Manchester alongside other venues. Sam, who is tipped as one of the country’s most promising new artists, will be appearing on the Firestone Stage supporting James Blunt at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on the 21st November.

Oakland Foundation Trustee, Hayley Smith, commented: “Even though Sam’s diary is pretty busy these days, we’re thrilled he still makes time for volunteering for the Foundation and continues to support a music band for pupils at a local school.

“We are delighted he has agreed to perform at our inaugural Charity Ball and that he will be with us as we celebrate the work of the charity, and encourage even more people to join us and get involved.”

The Oakland Foundation’s aim is to help children and their families, living in Redditch and Bromsgrove and the surrounding area who are in need, offering support through schools, youth organisations and via educational programmes based on health and nutrition, education and sport.

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Adrian Marston has been appointed as ABL’s National Sales Manager

Posted: 12/06/17 by ABL UK

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Adrian Marston as our new National Sales Manager. Adrian has been with ABL since September 2015 and has been an invaluable member of the external sales team!

Adrian has been a respected team member since starting his role as area sales manager. Not only has he shown an exemplary commitment to his role but brought over 20 years’ experience with him! In September 2016 Adrian was promoted to National Accounts Manager working with Jazmin Lindsay (Internal sales).

In addition to his current sales responsibilities, Adrian will have the following duties: Supporting, advising and working with the current management team and managing ABL’s external sales team.

ABL based in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire are leaders in providing desktop and under desk Power Modules, Flat Screen Monitor Arms, CPU Holders and Cable Management products.

Innovation is a key aspect of our business and we strive to help you work Faster, Tidier and Smarter!

If you would like more information on our fantastic range or products, please give our team a call on 0800 082 1444 or visit www.abl-uk.com

ABL helping you work Faster, Tidier, Smarter!

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Big Data Analytics for Small Organisations

Posted: 12/06/17 by The Open University

Big Data Analytics for Small Organisations is a​ free workshop to be held at The Open University which aims to inform business leaders and those running organisations of all kinds, of the possibilities opened up by revolutionary new data sources and analytic techniques. No previous knowledge required.

Participants will be able to learn valuable new skills through a blended mixture of on-line education and face-to-face seminars and problem-solving workshops.

30 organisations will be invited to participate in a programme of education and training for their staff aimed at identifying potential ways to add value to the organisation including:

  • releasing value from existing data
  • finding new data sources
  • using powerful data analytics methods

The emphasis throughout is adding value to your organisation.

The course and all materials are free.

Face-to-face seminars and workshops will be held at the Open University in Milton Keynes.

27th June 2017 morning or afternoon.

The event will be held in the Presentation Room, The Library, The Open University, Walton Hall, Kents Hill, MK7 6AA

Delegates are asked to register their interest or request an information pack by emailing or phoning: jeff.johnson@open.ac.uk; 01908 652627 or 077 966 96621.

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Networking BBQ at Holiday Inn Corby

Posted: 12/06/17 by Holiday Inn Corby - Kettering A43

The Holiday Inn Corby is proud to announce the next HIC Business Networking Lunch at the Holiday Inn Corby.

Held on Thursday 6th July between 12.30pm – 2pm, the event will include a lunch. If the weather is on our side, we will arrange a BBQ outside in our courtyard. Fingers crossed, otherwise it will be an indoor lunch.

As part of the networking lunch, the Holiday Inn Corby has secured Hy Money - Eminent Woman Sports Photographer, as our Guest Speaker.

Hy is the first female football photographer to be accepted on the national papers in Fleet Street. Involved with Crystal Palace Football Club, over the years Hy has photographed celebrities including the royal family.

The networking lunch is just £15 per person. £3 of this will go to The Stroke Association.

There will also be a business card draw to win a signed copy of Hy’s book, Hy on Palace.

To secure your place, please email Janette Weedall at: salesmgr@hicorby.com to book your place.

Hope to see you there!

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SCMS Proud To Support Young Enterprise Company Programme

Posted: 12/06/17 by Simon Cox Marketing Solutions Limited

For the second consecutive year, Simon Cox Marketing Solutions has proudly supported the Young Enterprise Company Programme in a Kettering based school.

Simon has been acting as a Business Advisor to Southfields School in Kettering working alongside the Business Teacher and Sixth Form students to form a company, trade as a business and then dissolve the business at the end of their studies.

Last year, the team of students with their Talk Chalk business finished as the East Midlands Region Runners Up in the Young Enterprise Company Programme competition and were one step away from reaching the national finals as they finished as the top school in Northamptonshire and they were followed this year by Bake In, who again, won the County Finals in Northampton to reach the East Midlands Regional Finals to finish as a worthy Finalist.

Simon said “It’s an absolute honour to work with the groups of young people every year and see them progress throughout the year we work together. I give up an hour a week to visit the school, help support the team’s ideas and offer any assistance they require with their business. I’ll support the Young Enterprise Company Programme as long as I can as I believe it’s great to give something back and share my experience and knowledge with our future entrepreneurs.”

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Oakland International is going to Wembley!

Posted: 09/06/17 by Oakland International Ltd

Oakland International is a finalist in The National Family Business Awards 2017 in the Big Heart Award category representing the Midlands, with winners announced at the Grand Awards Ceremony at Wembley on Saturday 15th July.

Oakland International CEO and Co-Founder Dean Attwell, stated: “As a responsible family business we feel privileged to be a finalist in the Big Heart award category; recognising our commitment and contribution to the local community.”

Oakland International’s charity, the Oakland Foundation, officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on Friday 28th June 2013, aims to help reduce child poverty within the Redditch and Bromsgrove areas by supporting children and their families through their work with local educational and youth organisations; offering activities, programmes and financial support based around the themes of health and nutrition, education and sport.

Dean added: “Through the Oakland Foundation we have been able to make a real and positive difference to the lives of local children. The Foundation also provides Oakland International team members with a chance to develop their skills through volunteering for the Foundation.”

Now in their 8th year, the National Family Business Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of Britain and Ireland’s over 3 million family-owned businesses and the entrepreneurs who lead them.

Amalia Brightley-Gillott, Awards Director said: “Every year we are blown away by the variety and calibre of family businesses who enter the awards. Few people realise that every time they visit their local hairdresser, stay in a boutique hotel, buy a bottle of wine, have a necklace made or buy cheese in the supermarket that they are in fact supporting passionate, dedicated families who have set up in business together. They might be hundreds of years old or new kids on the block. These awards are our chance to say ‘thank you’ and give recognition for their contribution.”

Oakland International provides multi-temperature supply chain and value added services for the food and drink sector in the UK, Ireland and Europe.

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Improvements planned for Grosvenor Centre car park

Posted: 09/06/17 by Northampton Borough Council

The Grosvenor Centre car park is due to receive a facelift this June and July, with jet cleaning, stain removal and painting due to take place over a six week period.

The planned works will begin on the top two levels of the car park from Monday 12 June and will affect access to some of the car parking spaces whilst workmen are on site.

The improvements will be carried out level by level, to cause as little disruption to the car park as possible. However, visitors using the car park should be prepared for one to two levels to be blocked off from use each week.

Lift access will also be affected during this time, but any closures will be well sign posted at the entrance of the car park and on affected barriers and lifts.

Car park charges will still apply whilst the work takes place.

Other car parks in the town centre will be available for visitors to use during the work, which is due to be completed on 21 July, the closest include:

  • Mayorhold multi-storey car park
  • St John multi-storey car park
  • St Michael’s multi-storey car park

More information about parking in the town centre is available at www.northampton.gov.uk/parking

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Official opening of the new Abington Park train to take place this weekend

Posted: 09/06/17 by Northampton Borough Council

The return of the iconic Abington Park train is to be celebrated on Saturday 10 June, with a small ceremony and family entertainment.

The celebrations will take place between 10am and 12pm, with entertainment from face painters, children’s favourite Peppa Pig and Mr Whoopsie Daisy the Clown taking place
throughout that time.

A short ceremony will be held at 11am, with the family of the late former Mayor John Gardner officially opening the play train, which has been named in his honour.

The Gardner Express was chosen as the name of the train to help recognise the contribution John made in the Borough during his role as Mayor, as a local politician and through
his volunteering at the Northampton and Lamport Railway Preservation Society.

Members of the Society will be attending the ceremony to show their respect.

The Borough Council cabinet member for environment, Councillor Mike Hallam, said: “The Abington Park train is a great addition to the offer of our premier park, so we’re
really pleased that it is in place ahead of the summer holidays.

“We invite people to join us at the celebrations on Saturday, not only to enjoy the train and entertainment but to also recognise the commitment Mr Gardner showed in the
community.”

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Learn about the Egyptian Government’s economic reform programme and the outlook for business

Posted: 09/06/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

The Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce and Egyptian British Business Council have the pleasure to invite you to join them at a Breakfast Briefing this month.

Angus Blair will brief attendees on the Egyptian Government’s economic reform programme and the outlook for business for the foreseeable future.

The Government and Central Bank have made substantial progress on its IMF-backed programme, the liberalisation of the exchange rate and the introduction of VAT. Together with the continuing energy subsidy reform these measures all look to strengthen the fiscal position and improve international sentiment of the Egyptian economy as a home for investment.

Foreign exchange shortages are being resolved and the interbank market activity is recovering. The recent success of Egypt’s Eurobond sales in London in January and again in May this year has highlighted this change of sentiment.

There are also challenges ahead and all investors need to look at the increasing opportunities against some of the economic stresses, which include fast population growth and natural resource issues and geopolitical issues.

Speaker:

Angus Blair, Chief Operating Officer of Pharos
Investments and Chairman of Signet. Angus has been based in Cairo for over 10 years and has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking and the financial services sector, covering global markets before specialising in the MENA region. He was closely involved in opening the MENA region’s capital markets, from leading the first GDR in Egypt to the first fund allowing foreign investors into Saudi Arabia. He has been named Global Finance magazine’s “Global Emerging Markets Superstar” and was rated in first place in the Institutional Investor’s survey of fund managers, for his coverage of the MENA region.

The event will start at 9am and finish at 10.30am on Wednesday, June 28, at the Waterloo Room of the Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED. Coffee, tea and croissants will be served from 8.45am.

Register online to attend this free event.

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Learn about the Egyptian Government’s economic reform programme and the outlook for business

Posted: 09/06/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

The Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce and Egyptian British Business Council have the pleasure to invite you to join them at a Breakfast Briefing this month.

Angus Blair will brief attendees on the Egyptian Government’s economic reform programme and the outlook for business for the foreseeable future.

The Government and Central Bank have made substantial progress on its IMF-backed programme, the liberalisation of the exchange rate and the introduction of VAT. Together with the continuing energy subsidy reform these measures all look to strengthen the fiscal position and improve international sentiment of the Egyptian economy as a home for investment.

Foreign exchange shortages are being resolved and the interbank market activity is recovering. The recent success of Egypt’s Eurobond sales in London in January and again in May this year has highlighted this change of sentiment.

There are also challenges ahead and all investors need to look at the increasing opportunities against some of the economic stresses, which include fast population growth and natural resource issues and geopolitical issues.

Speaker:

Angus Blair, Chief Operating Officer of Pharos
Investments and Chairman of Signet. Angus has been based in Cairo for over 10 years and has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking and the financial services sector, covering global markets before specialising in the MENA region. He was closely involved in opening the MENA region’s capital markets, from leading the first GDR in Egypt to the first fund allowing foreign investors into Saudi Arabia. He has been named Global Finance magazine’s “Global Emerging Markets Superstar” and was rated in first place in the Institutional Investor’s survey of fund managers, for his coverage of the MENA region.

The event will start at 9am and finish at 10.30am on Wednesday, June 28, at the Waterloo Room of the Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED. Coffee, tea and croissants will be served from 8.45am.

Register online to attend this free event.

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University of Northampton hits the Gold Mark!

Posted: 09/06/17 by University of Northampton Enterprises Ltd

The University of Northampton joined a growing list of universities and organisations committed to making an impact in society after winning an international award.

Vice Chancellor Nick Petford accepted the Social Enterprise Gold Mark from Social Enterprise Mark CIC in recognition of our excellence in a number of areas, including:

  • Governance (for instance, our board processes are accountable and democratic)
  • Business ethics and good business practice (our equality and diversity policies are second to none)
  • Social impact and financial transparency (our funds support social & environmental impact)

The Gold Mark adds further recognition to our social impact work. In 2013 we became the first UK University to be called a ‘Changemaker Campus’ by Ashoka U, joining universities and colleges around the world recognised as global leaders in social innovation.

Welcoming the Gold Mark award Wray Irwin, our Head of University Centre for Employability and Engagement, said: “Northampton leads the charge when it comes to learning that makes an impact on society. Our whole way of working reflects this; making a difference is in our DNA.

“Receiving professional recognition for this is great news but the Social Enterprise Gold Mark in particular is testament to the dedication at Northampton, from students and staff alike to ‘do good things’ in the world beyond university.

“It goes without saying that the award really belongs to all of them. We all look forward to continuing on this path in the months and years ahead.”

Richard Cobbett, Assessment and Compliance Manager at Social Enterprise Mark CIC, commended Northampton on its obvious strategic commitment to creating social change: “I was impressed by The University of Northampton’s over-riding commitment to social innovation and social impact, which is not a sub-conscious by-product of University of Northampton life, but rather a driving force of being.

“It is not the role of a single team or set of processes but is an organic part of the way they operate as an institution.”

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BCC reaction to General Election result

Posted: 09/06/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

Commenting on the General Election result, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “After two long years of elections, referenda and wider uncertainty, many businesses were doing their best to ignore the noise of politics – up until today.

“The electorate’s split decision generates further uncertainty for business communities, who are already grappling with currency fluctuations, rising costs, and the potential impacts of Brexit.

“The formation of a workable administration that can give voters and businesses confidence around economic management must be the immediate priority.

“Whilst companies have for many months done their best to screen out political noise in order to focus on their own operations, this result will prove much harder for UK businesses to ignore. The swift formation of a functioning government is essential to business confidence and our wider economic prospects.

“Businesses are adept at forming alliances and coalitions when important interests are at stake. We should expect the same of our politicians.”

On the timetable for Brexit negotiations, which are scheduled to begin in less than a fortnight, Dr Marshall said: “No business would walk into a negotiation without clear objectives, an agreed starting position, and a strong negotiating team. It is hard to see how Brexit negotiations could begin without answers on these important questions.”

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BCC reaction to General Election result

Posted: 09/06/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

Commenting on the General Election result, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “After two long years of elections, referenda and wider uncertainty, many businesses were doing their best to ignore the noise of politics – up until today.

“The electorate’s split decision generates further uncertainty for business communities, who are already grappling with currency fluctuations, rising costs, and the potential impacts of Brexit.

“The formation of a workable administration that can give voters and businesses confidence around economic management must be the immediate priority.

“Whilst companies have for many months done their best to screen out political noise in order to focus on their own operations, this result will prove much harder for UK businesses to ignore. The swift formation of a functioning government is essential to business confidence and our wider economic prospects.

“Businesses are adept at forming alliances and coalitions when important interests are at stake. We should expect the same of our politicians.”

On the timetable for Brexit negotiations, which are scheduled to begin in less than a fortnight, Dr Marshall said: “No business would walk into a negotiation without clear objectives, an agreed starting position, and a strong negotiating team. It is hard to see how Brexit negotiations could begin without answers on these important questions.”

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Get your cup of Cha-cha-cha at Willen Hospice’s Vintage Afternoon Tea Dance

Posted: 08/06/17 by Willen Hospice

Willen Hospice is inviting supporters to the dance floor at its first ever Vintage Afternoon Tea Dance. Taking place on Wednesday 21st June from 1.30pm in a marquee in the Hospice gardens the event will host an afternoon of music, dance and delectable homemade treats.

The event will be hosted by professional dance teachers who will show attendees how to Quickstep, Waltz and Cha Cha Cha around the dance floor. The dance floor will be open to all, from the experienced dancer to those who would just like to give it a try. Entry is £15 per ticket and includes a complimentary tea/coffee and cake.

Sarah Sweet-Rowley, Event Manager at Willen Hospice, said “Our Vintage Afternoon Tea Dance is another way for supporters to help us raise vital funds. With dance professionals on hand teaching some of the world’s most famous dance moves, it’s going to be a great opportunity to have lots of fun whilst supporting the care at Willen Hospice.”

Bookings can be made online at www.willen-hospice.org.uk/teadance

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Farmers and landowners invited to attend free ‘rural summer update’ event near Milton Keynes

Posted: 08/06/17 by Lockhart Garratt Ltd

A free ‘rural summer update’ is being held near Milton Keynes this July to offer advice for all farmers and landowners, helping ensure that their businesses continue to thrive throughout upcoming changes within the industry.

The event at the Holiday Inn Milton Keynes East in Newport Pagnell is being prepared by a team of professionals in the field of agriculture, forestry and property to clarify and prepare local businesses that may be affected by the impending Brexit regulations.

The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation Plc (AMC), Lockhart Garratt Ltd, environmental planning and forestry consultants and Robinson & Hall LLP, land and property professionals will all be joining together on Thursday 6th July in Newport Pagnell to make sure local businesses are prepared for and can make the most of the changes and opportunities likely to arise.

The meeting will consist of talks from Mike Lord, Regional Agricultural Manager at AMC, Justin Mumford, Managing Director and Chartered Forester at Lockhart Garratt Ltd and Andrew Jenkinson, Partner & Rural Chartered Surveyor at Robinson & Hall LLP.

These talks will cover topics including finance, making the most effective use of money in a business, current timber opportunities and managing woodlands in the light of climate change. Finally there will be a range of topical subjects such as payment schemes and tenancy changes.

“The unknown is always scary,” explains Justin Mumford of Lockhart Garratt Ltd. “We’ll cover how farming and land may be affected after Brexit. Our aim with this free talk is to make sure everyone knows the best way to preserve their own unique business the best they can. With a range of specialist knowledge on hand, we hope to assist in all areas that may be affected.”

The free event will take place at the Holiday Inn Milton Keynes East in Newport Pagnell on Thursday 6th July from 6pm until 9.30pm. Complimentary drinks and buffet will be laid on for all attendees after the event.

To register your free place at this informative event, please RSVP to Victoria Sherbourne on 01536 463200 or email vicki.sherbourne@lgluk.com.

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DACT needs your votes for £25,000 Community Award

Posted: 08/06/17 by Daventry Area Community Transport

DACT needs your votes to receive £25,000 from Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire Freemasons

DACT is appealing to all its friends, supporters and service users to vote online to help them receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons.

As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing £3 million pounds to 300 charities across the country, and DACT is one of those selected.

Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000.

Those who want to vote should visit the MCF website mcf.org.uk/vote, select the Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire page and vote for the charity of their choice. The voting period is from Monday, 12 June until Monday, 31 July.

Rob Kinning, Chief Executive at DACT said: “A grant of £25,000 would make a huge difference to our work. I would urge anyone and everyone to go online and vote for DACT. Please remember that every single vote counts. Having just received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for Volunteer Organisations, this is a very exciting time for us.”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons and their families. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.

RWBro Max Bayes from Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire Freemasons said: “We are proud to be able to support many charities across Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire, but in this special 300th anniversary year we want to involve the public, as well as local Freemasons, in deciding which of the nominated charities should benefit most. I urge everyone to visit the website and vote.”

To vote for DACT to win up to £25,000, visit www.mcf.org.uk/vote

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“Forbidden Nights” at the Deco Theatre

Posted: 08/06/17 by The Deco Theatre

The “Circus” comes to Northampton and with only a handful few tickets left, these are the hottest tickets in town.

FORBIDDEN NIGHTS are skilled and professionally trained performers, hand-picked from around the UK with charisma, undeniable talent, sparkling personality and honed physiques in equal measure.

They can sing, they can dance and they are VERY easy on the eye! Featuring a vocalist, aerial artist, pole performer and fire act all delivered with an element of naughtiness but not so naughty that you can’t bring your Granny!

The evening is suitable for ages 18 to 80. Think Cirque de Soleil meets Magic Mike!

For the hottest tickets in town: Friday 30th June, visit: www.thedeco.co.uk or call on the box office 01604 491005.

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Milton Keynes sets sights on digital growth

Posted: 08/06/17 by CityFibre Holdings Ltd

As Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th year, city stakeholders gathered to discuss the digital future of their city and what’s next for Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes’ business chiefs and city stakeholders are urging local businesses to embrace the city’s status as one of the UK’s best connected locations in a bid to drive digital growth across the city and attract new talent and investment.

The call follows a recent roundtable gathering chaired by alternative infrastructure provider CityFibre where professionals were asked to share their digital ambitions for Milton Keynes and discuss how a transformation into a Gigabit City could overcome the challenges presented by the cities aging communications infrastructure.

The event placed CityFibre’s investment in the city’s 160km full fibre network under the spotlight, highlighting its real potential to support business growth and competitiveness, attract start-ups and investment and underpin city-wide developments such as smart-city infrastructure, public Wi-Fi and mobile upgrades.

Chairman of the event, Marc Lough, City Development Manager at CityFibre said: “Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, and if it reaps the benefits of the full-fibre connectivity we’ve invested in beneath its streets, this trend is set to continue.

“In fact, Milton Keynes has the potential to become a key driving force in the UK’s digital revolution - the National Infrastructure Commission has already identified the city as the ideal future home of the UK’s Silicon Valley. Businesses and community leaders need to act now by making fibre the standard in MK and embracing its Gigabit City status.”

Alongside attendees were a host of groups who represent the business community in Milton Keynes, including Simon Dishman from Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce who said: “A quarterly economic survey from the Chamber of Commerce highlights 89 per cent of businesses believe digital connectivity is critically important so we know there’s a highlevel of awareness amongst businesses.”

Highlighting transport around MK, Yvette Lamidey, Chairman at FSB Milton Keynes and North Bucks explained: “We are working on having an app for public transport; we are reliant on the growth of MK for attracting people to come here, live and work so it’s important that our connectivity is on a par with other great connected locations.”

This was supported by Chris Brown, Business Innovation Manager at Transport Catapult: “A big question we face is how do we move from A to B without owning a car? Connectivity will be the backbone of transport services.”

Highlighting the importance of growing skills in MK, Gayle Parker, Head of Business Services at SEMLEP Growth Fund added: There is a need to increase digital skill sets across the area. We’re looking at tackling the digital skills shortage and we’re now offering a digital skills package as 50 per cent of small business owners are still not online and we want to help change this.”

Managing Director at dbfb, Simon Pickering added: “As we move to the cloud and embrace new technologies, existing infrastructure will not cope with the increased demand as we drive into the future. Mobile data will get saturated very quickly so now is the time for businesses to really get behind the ambitions of our city to drive the digital revolution.”

Other participants and comments from the event included:

Pete Winkelman, MK Dons Chairman: “As the world goes to the cloud, we need connectivity. CityFibre talks about connectivity being a utility and that is exactly what it is. We’ve got to make sure that when people grow up, they will want to stay in MK.

“We want to develop as a smart city, and the likes of driverless technology and connectivity will be behind this. I believe that in the future, we will be one of the most connected cities in the UK with a unique proposition: our excellent transport infrastructure underpinned by full fibre digital infrastructure.”

Simon DeMaid, Law Partner at Howes Percival LLP & MKBLP Director: “It would be good to look at research showcasing the comparison between copper and fibre infrastructure and how it affects the likes of productivity, I think the difference would be surprising to those who don’t understand the importance of connectivity to their business.”

Jean Gowin, Managing Director at Jeanius Consulting, SEMLEP Board Member & MKBLP Director: “We as business leaders need to continue to push the message to other influential leader in the city and lobby them to help get the message out.”

Nathan Indge, Head of Infrastructure and Estates at MK College: “All of our sites are linked by gigabit connections and last year we migrated onto 365. We’re really trying to get ahead of the game in terms of independent learning, so that we can enable our staff and students to engage through mobile learning.

“This is in line with how teaching is evolving, teachers no longer stand at the front of the class and dictate they are very much a part of the class and cloud technology is going to be big for us.”

Martin Kemp, Head of Public Sector at CityFibre: “Government are finally waking up to how important infrastructure is. They’ve put a lot of money into HS2 and if they put even a fraction of that into digital infrastructure we would see a massive difference.”

Tushar Pai, Vice President & Client Partner at Tech Mahindra: “The recent NHS hacking issue has shown how even just a link going down completely cripples systems.

“With the likes of Oxford and Cambridge trying to attract major talent create the likes of an MK MIT to compete against some of the world’s leading establishments connectivity across the three key establishments will be key to success.”

For more information about Milton Keynes’ Gigabit City project, visit: www.cityfibre.com/mk

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Journalism students take on the challenge of General Election reporting

Posted: 08/06/17 by University of Northampton Enterprises Ltd

Journalism students from the University of Northampton will get first-hand experience of political reporting as they take on the task of delivering live updates from the General Election, as part of the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) overnight radio feed.

After the polling stations close at 10pm on Thursday 8 June, the students will spend the night networking with professional journalists and politicians to deliver up to the minute results that will be part of the BJTC’s nationwide radio programme and results service.

The students will then join local radio NNBC’s breakfast show presenter, Rich Beeby, Steve Riches, journalist and former BBC Northampton Breakfast presenter and journalist Simon Pipe, to deliver a complete run down of who was elected and why, what they said, and what the future might hold for Northampton. They will also be joined by the former MP for Northampton South Tony Clarke who will be giving his views on the election results.

Kate Williams, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology at the University of Northampton, said: “This is an ideal opportunity for our journalism students to cut their teeth on a live news story as it’s happening, and will be broadcast across the country as one of the biggest political stories of the year develops.”

NNBC will be taking questions and observations about the election results on 01604 452511 on Friday morning.

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Northampton Nursing student springs into action on Channel 4’s Confessions of a Junior Doctor

Posted: 07/06/17 by University of Northampton Enterprises Ltd

A Child Nursing student from the University of Northampton has spoken about her appearance on Channel 4’s hit television show, Confessions of a Junior Doctor.

Deborah Main was featured in a recent episode of the fly-on-the-wall documentary which follows the working lives of junior doctors at Northampton General Hospital.

Around a million viewers who tuned in for the third episode saw Deborah, who was on a work placement at the hospital, help a fitting child – watch her here,
20 mins 45 seconds into the programme: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/confessions-of-a-junior-doctor/on-demand/64765-003

“It was really strange to see myself on the television, but it was reassuring to see how I reacted to the situation,” said Deborah (21), who comes from West
Sussex.

“You can never really gauge how you come across to patients, and the pace is so quick on the wards that you don’t get a minute to reflect on that aspect of the job, so it was nice to see how calm I was when the boy started fitting.

“When something unexpected like this happens, you go into survival mode, crack on and help in any way you can.”

The boy, who was in hospital to visit his poorly brother, suffered a febrile convulsion which was caused by the rapid increase of his high temperature. After being helped by Deborah and a junior doctor, Deborah stayed with him and his sibling after the incident to comfort them.

“Looking back at the footage, it reminded me of why I want to do this job,” said Deborah. “You feel as though you have people’s lives in your hands, which is both a scary and an amazing feeling. It’s a privilege to be able to make a difference.”

Like all Nursing students at the University, Deborah combines theoretical studies with work placements, and has enjoyed two spells at Northampton General Hospital, plus stints providing healthcare in the community, including school visits.

She said: “I have loved being in a ‘go, go, go’ environment, learning alongside some amazing NHS staff, all of whom have been so supportive.

“The placements can be tough, but you need to experience working in a hospital to make sure you are cut out for it. You will encounter many heartbreaking and upsetting scenarios and it’s important you find a way to deal with it afterwards.

“Meeting up with my fellow student nurses back at University really helps, as we all share stories about what we have experienced and we’ve built up a real bond between us. We all support each other, and the teaching staff are also fantastic, as they know exactly how we might be feeling, and they offer us so much encouragement and support. Without the support from all the amazing people around me, I don’t think I would have come this far.”

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Dine High for Ride High!

Posted: 07/06/17 by Ride High Ltd

Ride High is asking companies in Milton Keynes to host a Dine High event to raise money for the charity.

It could be anything - a big breakfast, a traditional afternoon tea, a picnic in the park… whatever dining experience you choose it’ll be a great opportunity to gather colleagues together for good food and good fun, and to raise money to help Ride High transform the lives of disadvantaged children in Milton Keynes.

Dine High weekend takes place from 29th June - 2nd July, but you can host your event any time you like!

Ride High hopes to raise enough money to bring four new children to the centre in September.

Please visit our website to order your fundraising pack! www.ridehigh.org/dine-high-2017

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Paul Mckenzie is ABL’s new Finance Director!

Posted: 07/06/17 by ABL UK

We are extremely proud to announce that Paul Mckenzie has been appointed as Finance Director for ABL.

Paul has been an integral member of the company since joining on December 7th 2015 and plays an important role in the sound financial management of ABL.

Our knowledge and experience of the office furniture industry began in 2003.

Formerly known as Accessory Bits, ABL continues to be a growing brand providing innovative and reliable products to the office furniture market.

Our range of products include Power Modules, Monitor Arms, CPU Holders and Cable Management products.

Innovation is a key aspect of our business and we strive to help you work Faster, Tidier and Smarter!

Paul has worked hard to develop the financial side of ABL, but has equally assisted in many other facets of ABL… and has become a well-liked and respected member of the team.

If you would like more information on our fantastic range or products please give our team a call on 0800 082 1444 or visit www.abl-uk.com

ABL helping you work Faster, Tidier, Smarter!

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Peter Andre to Join MK50 Celebrations

Posted: 07/06/17 by Jeanius Consulting Ltd

Music legend Peter Andre has announced he will be coming to Milton Keynes to help celebrate the city’s 50th birthday this October.

Peter will be bringing his full live show to Milton Keynes Arena at Planet Ice on Saturday 21st October, and will be performing his best known hits including Mysterious Girl, along with his favourite swing classics supported by a live band in what will be a fantastic night of entertainment.

The event is being billed as the MK’s biggest ever birthday party, with a crowd of 3,000 partying throughout the evening, hosted by TV’s Pat Sharp.

The newly refurbished ice rink is an ideal concert venue and the team will be covering the ice with a solid floor and setting up a mind-blowing stage and light show for the event.

Tickets will be priced from £35 plus booking fee, and special VIP packages are also available.

Tickets will be released exclusively to local residents through Planet Ice’s box office before going on sale nationally through Ticketmaster.

Fans are being urged to book early to avoid disappointment.

To register for the pre-sale and for more details, please visit rbevents.co.uk

For the latest concert information, follow RB Events on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mental Health in Business Workshop with Guest of Honour - The Sheriff of Buckinghamshire

Posted: 07/06/17 by Wilsons Life

Around 70 million working days are lost annually due to mental health-related illness, costing Britain annually £70 - £100 billion. With 1 in 6 of the UK’s workforce, strugglingwith mental health challenges, it is a subject that businesses should no longer ignore.

Are you fully prepared within your own business?

Are you aware of those individuals within your own workforce who may require support?

Wilson’s Life and Bloxham Mill have partnered to provide a very special and bespoke, one-off, “Mental Health in Business” Workshop, with Guest of Honour: The High
Sheriff of Buckinghamshire – Peter Cara.

Said Peter Cara: “It is a privilege to be in attendance of this wonderful idea and it is very much in alignment of my own desire to raise awareness of mental health issues affecting people’s lives. The time is now, for us to work together, remove the stigma and break down the barriers preventing appropriate and timely treatment.”

The Workshop will be delivered by founder of Wilson’s Life, and services veteran Nick Wilson, and he will address the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace and how to recognise it, employee involvement and relationships, what can help to minimise it, and suggested support and training for your supervisors, line managers and management.

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Has your business got what it takes? Enter the Chamber Business Awards now!

Posted: 06/06/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

Are you using social media to connect with your customers in new and innovative ways? Are you committed to the wellbeing of your workforce?

This year you can enter two new business categories: ‘Best use of Social Media’ and ‘Health and Wellbeing’ in the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Business Awards

Find out more about the other categories including ‘Best use of Technology’, perfect for tech-savvy companies who are driving their business growth through the effective use of technology.

Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce head of operations Tracey Branson said: “The Chamber Business Awards is a fantastic way of gaining both local and national recognition for your business.

“Businesses across the country compete for the chance to be crowned ‘Business of the year’ and win the exclusive prize of opening trading at the London Stock Exchange.

“We were thrilled to hear that a number of our members have already entered the competition and would strongly encourage all members to consider entering these awards. The awards are open to organisations of all sizes and from all sectors.”

Read up on the stories of past winners to find out how winning raised their profile and get some top tips for entering on the Chamber Business Awards website.

Entry is free for Chamber members and £199 + VAT for non-members.

Entries must be submitted by June 30.

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Has your business got what it takes? Enter the Chamber Business Awards now!

Posted: 06/06/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

Are you using social media to connect with your customers in new and innovative ways? Are you committed to the wellbeing of your workforce?

This year you can enter two new business categories: ‘Best use of Social Media’ and ‘Health and Wellbeing’ in the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Business Awards

Find out more about the other categories including ‘Best use of Technology’, perfect for tech-savvy companies who are driving their business growth through the effective use of technology.

Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce head of operations Tracey Branson said: “The Chamber Business Awards is a fantastic way of gaining both local and national recognition for your business.

“Businesses across the country compete for the chance to be crowned ‘Business of the year’ and win the exclusive prize of opening trading at the London Stock Exchange.

“We were thrilled to hear that a number of our members have already entered the competition and would strongly encourage all members to consider entering these awards. The awards are open to organisations of all sizes and from all sectors.”

Read up on the stories of past winners to find out how winning raised their profile and get some top tips for entering on the Chamber Business Awards website.

Entry is free for Chamber members and £199 + VAT for non-members.

Entries must be submitted by June 30.

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Telecoms provider launches potentially life-saving service

Posted: 06/06/17 by IMR Enterprises Ltd

A telecoms provider has launched a unique service that could be a lifesaver for vulnerable people.

IMR Enterprises Ltd, based in Wellingborough, has launched the Onecall Connects All service which enables users to ring up to nine key contacts individually free
of charge. In addition to this, in an emergency the user can call all nine contacts at the same time by pressing 0.

The service is set to become invaluable to charities, organisations and authorities working with ex-offenders, homeless people and other vulnerable people but it could also be a major benefit to families.

IMR Enterprises Ltd director Selwyn Moon said: “With this service if someone needs support it doesn’t matter how much credit they have on their phone – they can make the call they need to and be confident that they are going to reach someone who can help them.

“When they dial 0 the call automatically goes through to all the members of the support network programmed into their phone. So when somebody is in need of help urgently they have a greater chance of somebody picking up that call.

“This service could benefit so many organisations. For example, ex-offenders are often given pay-as-you-go phones so they can keep in touch with the authorities about appointments. If they fail to attend an appointment and cannot contact the authorities about the situation because of a lack of credit they can be recalled to prison which costs the taxpayer a lot of money. With this service they should always be able to contact the authorities.

“It can also help organisations, such as charities or the NHS, that work with vulnerable people, including those at risk of self-harm. If someone is in a vulnerable state they can use this service and will be put through to their support network – avoiding the danger that they might reach out for help and be unable to contact someone.

“This service could also be of great benefit to families, particularly those with young people, elderly people or other vulnerable adults.”

The service is paid for by the organisation providing the phone so the call is free of charge to the person making the call.

When a member of the support network answers the call the calls to the other numbers are stopped.

To find out more call 0800 0210182 or email Selwyn.moon@imrenterprisesltd.co.uk

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Why landowners need a surveyor for infrastructure projects

Posted: 06/06/17 by Robinson & Hall LLP

March of 2016 saw the Government publish the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan (NIDP), laying out its intentions for investment in major infrastructure projects from 2016 to 2021.

Robinson & Hall, Land and Property Professionals identify a number of key projects from this.

Projects in the pipeline:

  • Large-scale road and rail building activity in our area with HS2 and the construction of the upgrade to the A14 between Huntingdon and Cambridge is already underway. In addition there is the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, for which potential routes have now been published, the East-West Rail link and further ahead upgrade to the A1.
  • Telecoms was a big focus for the NIDP, with the aim for 95% of homes to have superfast broadband and 98% to have 4G available by 2020-21.
  • Flood alleviation schemes around Oxford, where a new temporary channel is being considered.
  • Increased housing with new garden towns proposed at Didcot, Aylesbury and Bicester, where 13,000 new homes are planned by 2029.
  • Additionally, where Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, such as major road schemes, are proposed the Government’s position is now to allow up to 500 dwellings for each such scheme.
  • Accompanying all these are likely to be pipelines and electricity cables to service the new development.


How will these be delivered?

For Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects the process is likely to be through a Development Consent Order, which can include the right to compulsorily purchase or acquire permanent rights over land. The Order itself will consist of a range of the necessary consents, including planning permission, in an attempt to hasten infrastructure delivery. Otherwise, if such schemes require the compulsory acquisition of land then a Compulsory Purchase Order may be used. Larger housing schemes may simply look to purchase land on the open market.

Why have a surveyor?

  • Interpretation of the compulsory acquisition legal documents can be difficult. Having dealt with many such schemes we can help you to understand the language used and the process to expect.
  • Negotiation in any such scheme is key. We can engage with any acquiring authority or developer prior to the commencement and for the duration of works to ensure your concerns are raised and interests protected.
  • Valuation is crucial to any compensation claim or land sale. We assess the market value of your property together with any crop loss, disturbance or injurious affection to ensure the best outcome for landowners.
  • Infrastructure projects can create potential for development. In these cases promotion of your land for development is important for inclusion within the planning policies of any local authority and to secure a sale. We can also assist in finding replacement land to purchase to roll over any capital gain.

Worried about the cost?

Acquiring authorities and utility companies will normally pay surveyors’ reasonable fees when exercising their statutory rights.

If you may be affected by any of the above mentioned schemes, or any other infrastructure or development project, please contact Polly Sewell, Partner & Rural Surveyor at Robinson & Hall on 01234 362933 or pkts@robinsonandhall.co.uk

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Gender diversity momentum must not be lost, says Grant Thornton Northampton

Posted: 06/06/17 by Grant Thornton UK LLP

As new research shows the number of senior business roles held by women in the UK has fallen over the past 12 months, the Northampton office of financial and business advisers Grant Thornton says more work needs to be done improve boardroom diversity if local companies are to reach their full potential.

Grant Thornton’s annual Women in Business survey found that the percentage of female senior managers in the UK has dropped from 21% in 2016 to 19% in 2017. This represents just a 1% increase on the 18% figure when the survey was first conducted in 2004.

The research also revealed the percentage of UK businesses without any women in top level management positions has risen from 36% in 2016 to 41% in 2017.

Fiona Baldwin, partner at Grant Thornton’s Northampton office, said: “Undoubtedly advancements in gender diversity have been made over the 13 years since our study began. But it’s disappointing to see this progression still isn’t reflected to a high enough level across the board.

“Diversity is central to shaping a vibrant economy where people and businesses thrive. It provides different ways of thinking which can open organisations to new perspectives and opportunities.

“We need to create an environment that is conducive to all which means a fundamental shift in what leadership looks like. The traditional model where the individual must be perfect and the job all-consuming is still extremely prevalent, whilst more collaborative and inclusive forms of leadership are often overlooked. This is a real concern as it suggests too many businesses are wasting the full potential of their people.”

The study, which covers 36 economies across the globe, found the UK has the fifth lowest proportion of women in senior business roles, ahead of Germany (18%),India (17%), Argentina (15%) and Japan (7%). The countries with the highest proportion of female leaders were Russia (47%), Indonesia (46%) and Estonia (40%).

Fiona Baldwin concluded: “Globally, the proportion of senior roles held by women has increased by 1%, hitting a 25% high. However, this is still only a 6% rise on 2004 figures, underlining that progress remains painfully slow.

“Too many companies are still run by male-only teams and they are in danger of myopia. In today’s fast changing and unpredictable world, businesses need to be resilient enough to sustain the yet unknown and the value of diversity should not be underestimated. We cannot let this message lose momentum.”

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Fiona Baldwin, partner at Grant Thornton’s Northampton office

“I have never felt discriminated against or viewed as part of a gender quota – I genuinely believe that each position I have held has been down to personal merit.

“When I talk to businesses, they agree that having a board which is truly diverse, including gender, race, age and background, is a positive thing. However, in practice, many aren’t seeing this come through or simply aren’t doing enough to make it happen which is disappointing. Businesses need to keep challenging themselves to look beyond ‘what they have always known’.

“The desire or need for one parent to take an extended career break is extremely important but there can still be the perception that this can’t be done whilst still progressing at work.

“My story is one of the many that goes against this. I had a six year career break when my children were born and returned to work in a part time capacity for a further 4 years before going back to full time work. This didn’t hinder my career progression or the opportunities open to me but if I had felt that work wouldn’t be flexible, then I might have thought that I couldn’t return.

“At Grant Thornton, we have a strong culture of diversity and inclusion. It is important that everyone feels they can be themselves and receive the support they need to progress as far as possible within the firm.”

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You’re Invited to Thursday Fizz

Posted: 06/06/17 by Chicheley Hall

Chicheley Hall invites all Chamber Milton Keynes members to our complimentary Thursday Fizz event.

Take in the charming atmosphere of the area with a glass or two of Prosecco and canapes as you take a tour of Chicheley Hall.

So come and join us on 15th June 2017 from 5.30pm - 7.30pm as we showcase all aspects of our venue.

Please do send RSVPs for this complimentary event to lauren.willingham@chicheleymiltonkeynes.co.uk if you would like to attend.

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Wilsons Life Partners With Adviza

Posted: 06/06/17 by Wilsons Life

As Wilsons Life celebrate launching their new Workshops, they do so by announcing a new partnership with Adviza, a registered charity, inspiring people to make better decisions that help them progress in learning and work.

Adviza has recently launched a new programme to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Buckinghamshire. The offer includes vouchers of £150 for SME businesses in Buckinghamshire, to contribute towards the cost of workplace training. Buckinghamshire Skills Brokerage is delivered by Adviza in partnership with Buckinghamshire Business First and co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

Under this programme and as a partner with both, Buckinghamshire Business First and now Adviza, Wilsons Life has an opportunity to reach and support a wider audience, through their ability to provide Personal Development Coaching and the new Workshops;

  • Mental Health in Business
  • Ethics, Values and Standards in Business
  • Small Business Owners

Wilsons Life has been steadily gaining exposure over the past few months, after it officially launched in March 2017, after the founder Nick Wilson, published his first book – The Business Battlefield, A Soldier’s Journey. Since then, Nick has concentrated on Wilsons Life, a company whose ethos is based on very strong values and standards transferred across from the military.

Nick said: “This is more than a partnership to me, this is recognition of the work invested and the journey travelled, to produce the services that Wilsons Life provides. There is no greater feeling, than being recognised or accepted and so for that, I am very thankful”.

If you wish to find out more, visit - www.wilsonslife.co.uk

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Milton Keynes College Launches Vibrant New Brand

Posted: 06/06/17 by Milton Keynes College

As one of the best general Further Education Colleges in the country, with recorded achievement higher than the national average, Milton Keynes College felt it was time to create a new identity, which would reflect the energetic, vibrant and people focused ethos of the College.

Maintaining its core mission to ‘Transform Lives Through Learning’, the concept for the new brand is based on the synergy of a lava lamp, with students transforming throughout their education, gently warmed and nurtured by the College, ultimately enabling the students to rise to the top of their preferred industry.

Dr Julie Mills, Principal and Chief Executive of Milton Keynes College explains: “Whilst our mission and values, which are fundamental to both the history and the future of the College, will remain unchanged, we felt that the anniversary of Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday, was the ideal time for the College to replicate the forward thinking and expanding future of our fantastic city.

“I hope that staff, students, businesses and the community will be as enthused as I am about this exciting new chapter for Milton Keynes College.”

For further information and to see the new brand in action visit www.mkcollege.ac.uk, or find us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Volunteer for Armed Forces Day

Posted: 06/06/17 by Milton Keynes Council

We need a large team of volunteers to help make sure that the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day Event runs smoothly.

Date: Saturday 17 June 2017

Venue: Aylesbury Rugby Club

Volunteers are also needed on Friday 16 June. Volunteer briefing will take place in advance (1st and 8th June)

Volunteer briefing will take place in advance (1st and 8th June). You will receive full training in advance, a limited edition Volunteer T-shirt and refreshments on the day.

Anyone over 14* (*Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult) can volunteer.

Roles for volunteers include:

  • Box Office and Admissions: Selling tickets, attraction tokens and programmes.
  • Site management: Keeping the site safe and tidy
  • Visitor Information
  • Hospitality
  • General support throughout the day

Interested? Register now! www.buckscc.gov.uk/afdvolunteering

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Walking for a good cause… in heels!

Posted: 05/06/17 by Holiday Inn Corby - Kettering A43

Janette Weedall, Sales Manager of the Holiday Inn Corby completed her charity 100k walk from London to Brighton… and in four inch heels too!

Janette recounted: “At the 56km rest stop, Bob Champion met us to cheer us on. At the 80km rest stop, my upper legs were struggling not to seize up and so I opted for the complimentary 5 minute leg massage. I had felt sick and so couldn’t stomach food or drink to boost my energy at this point.

“I was determined to sort myself out and get to the finishing line in support of Bob Champions Cancer Trust. I wasn’t going to let myself, or the charity and its supporters down.”

Janette’s fundraising amount currently sits at £7,306.62. And the page will remain open until the second week in June.

So go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Janette-Weedall to give more for an incredible cause.

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Ever considered volunteering for the Armed Forces?

Posted: 05/06/17 by Milton Keynes Council

There’s a wide variety of adult volunteering opportunities in Milton Keynes, ranging from helping at one of the cadet units (Air, Sea or Army), or assisting in the day to day running of the Army Reserve Centre.

Come along to the Volunteer Recruitment Evening to find out more information. Refreshments will be provided. Application forms will be available on the night if you choose to apply. 3 forms of ID will be required.

Details are: Wednesday 21st June 2017, 7-9pm, John Howard Barracks, Yeomans Drive, Blakelands, Milton Keynes, MK14 5NQ

For more information, or to let us know you’ll be attending, please contact Simone Molloy on 01908 200186 or email s.molloy@worksforus.org.uk

Please note: This is a voluntary event, you will have no affiliation with the British Armed Forces.

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