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Olivia and Jo join the Psychology Team

Posted: 21/09/17 by The Richardson Partnership For Care

Assistant Psychologists Olivia Shepherd and Jovita Valuckaite have joined Julita Frackowska in the psychology team, which is headed up by Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Pedro Areias Grilo.

The Assistant Psychologists are assigned to specific service users depending on their needs and the homes in which they live. Julita supports service users in 2 & 8 Kingsthorpe Grove who have learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and mental health needs. Olivia works with service users at 144 Boughton Green Road and The Mews, providing psychological and practical support for people with acquired brain injuries and mental health needs, and Jo works with service users at 23 Duston Road and The Mews, supporting people with acquired brain injuries, dual diagnosis, mental health needs and behaviour that challenges.

The Assistant Psychologists perform an important role, completing psychometric assessments for service users to monitor cognition, mood, mental state and behaviour. They provide psychological reports for each individual, which include a functional analysis of their risk behaviours which is used to inform their individualised treatment plan. They also offer advice, psychological support (including cognitive behavioural therapy, cognitive stimulation therapy, substance misuse work and relaxation) as well as providing practical support such as budgeting and functional living skills.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Pedro Areias Grilo heads the psychology team. He is an inspiration to his colleagues due to his work ethic and methodical approach but most of all, he is immensely passionate about making a difference to service users. He works closely with other members of our multi-disciplinary clinical team, especially Consultant Neuropsychiatrist Dr Seth Mensah, to develop individualised treatment plans for service users. He also works directly with the service users to provide therapy, supporting them and monitoring their progress. In addition, Pedro oversees the work of the Assistant Psychologists, both supporting them in their role to deliver therapy and complete standard assessments but also challenging them academically to find better ways of working.

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Mazars set to help Milton Keynes businesses with FRS 102 update seminar

Posted: 21/09/17 by Mazars LLP

As part of a national programme, the Milton Keynes office of international accountancy and advisory firm Mazars is set to host an exclusive UK GAAP technical update seminar.

The seminar, to be held at Mazars’ Milton Keynes office, The Pinnacle, 160 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 1BP, from 8.30am-10.30am on Friday 20 October, is intended for anyone who would like to understand the key accounting and financial reporting issues impacting 2017 year end onwards, including Finance Directors and Financial Controllers reporting under FRS 102 or applying FRS 105.

It will highlight some of the important developments impacting 2017 year-ends and beyond, including: how to avoid common mistakes when applying FRS 102; amendments to the new financial reporting framework; and expected changes to FRS 102 and FRS 105.

Updates will be led by Josephine Tyrrell, an expert from Mazars’ Financial Reporting Advisory team. Josephine is responsible for internal technical accounting training. On qualifying as a Chartered Accountant she worked for a number of years as an auditor both in the UK and overseas. Before joining Mazars, Josephine worked at a professional tutorial college where she wrote and presented many IFRS and UK GAAP financial reporting courses.

Stephen Eames, Milton Keynes Managing Partner at Mazars, said: “If you report under FRS 102 this seminar will highlight some of the important developments impacting 2017 year ends and beyond. FRS 102 fundamentally reforms the accounting and financial reporting requirements and will therefore impact all businesses currently reporting under UK GAAP. The impact of FRS 102 will be different depending upon the individual circumstances of each entity’s business. I’d advise business owners and financial directors of companies of all sizes and in all sectors to attend this seminar.”

For more information and to book your place at the seminar, please contact Debbi Armstrong at debbi.armstrong@mazars.co.uk

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Grant Thornton kicks off initiative to take Milton Keynes to the next level

Posted: 21/09/17 by Grant Thornton UK LLP

Financial and business advisory firm Grant Thornton has launched its campaign in Milton Keynes, bringing together local business and community leaders to share ideas on how to make the City a more productive, progressive and vibrant place to live and work.

Following a series of group discussions, three key areas of improvement were highlighted in order to build upon the City’s success to date and continue to drive growth in the region: skills shortages, Milton Keynes’ reputation and the use of land and infrastructure.

Georgina Gray, audit associate from Grant Thornton’s Milton Keynes office who is leading the ‘Driving Growth in Milton Keynes’ initiative, said: “Milton Keynes is a fantastic place to live and work and the City continues to go from strength to strength. But today’s business environment is changing rapidly, from the UK exiting the EU to technological advancements, which affects the way we work and the jobs we do.

“Like any city, Milton Keynes has its own unique challenges and it’s important to recognise and identify how these can be overcome. To do this, we are bringing together all sections of the community from businesses and local councils to community groups to start a conversation about how we can create a vibrant economy that works for everyone at all levels.”

The skills gap, experienced across many sectors, was a recurring theme and the need to improve collaboration between businesses, colleges and schools, whilst placing a greater emphasis on apprenticeships, was widely voiced.

Jane Horridge, commercial director from Milton Keynes College, said: “Organisations often highlight difficulties in finding the right people with the right skills to take their business forward. Whilst the Apprenticeship Levy has highlighted the importance of training new and existing employees, the employment market is rapidly changing and by 2025, 50% of today’s jobs won’t exist.

“To keep pace, greater collaboration and communication between business and education at all levels will be key. Ideally, all companies should aim to offer work experience projects for students in a real world environment to support the development of the next generation of skills. Businesses supporting the complete cycle from work experience to apprenticeship to career, will find it is a far more cost effective way to upskill employees.”

Milton Keynes’ reputation was the second key area of focus and the main theme emerging from discussions was that whilst the City is a great place to live and work, more needs to be done to promote its virtues to the rest of the UK.

Pam Gosal, head of economy and culture from Milton Keynes Council, said: “Milton Keynes has a real sense of achievement and excitement for the future and people who move to the City tend to stay here for the long term. However, this reality doesn’t match the perception people often have of Milton Keynes and we need to do more to shout about everything the City has to offer to attract more people to visit, live and work here.”

The final theme which came out of discussions was the use of land and infrastructure. Milton Keynes has changed significantly over the past 50 years from a group of small villages and towns to the busy city it is today. But businesses questioned whether land in Milton Keynes is being used effectively and shared ideas as to how the remaining space should be prioritised.

Grant Thornton is inviting businesses and community leaders to a Vibrant Economy dinner later in the year to facilitate further discussions. The firm will then develop a report outlining key recommendations for the future success of Milton Keynes.

Photo caption: L-R: Georgina Gray, audit associate from Grant Thornton’s Milton Keynes office, Jane Horridge, commercial director from Milton Keynes College, and Pam Gosal, head of economy and culture from Milton Keynes Council.

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Bruce Carnegie-Brown named new CMI president

Posted: 21/09/17 by Chartered Management Institute

Bruce Carnegie-Brown has been appointed the new president of the Chartered Management Institute. Carnegie-Brown will formally take over from outgoing president Mike Clasper at the professional body’s AGM today [Thursday, September 21, 2017].

Currently the chairman of both Lloyd’s of London and Moneysupermarket.com Group, Carnegie-Brown brings to the role a wealth of experience from a 30-year career in the City. His other appointments include vice chairman of Banco Santander SA. Carnegie-Brown has been a Companion of CMI since 2014.

CMI is the only chartered body for management and leadership professionals with more than 157,000 in membership. The body now partners with more than 90 universities and 500 education providers to help nearly 40,000 aspiring or established managers gain CMI-backed professional qualifications in the last year alone. CMI also offers Chartered Manager status, the highest accreditation in management.

In the past two years, CMI has worked with a group of 30 employers to develop the new breed of management apprenticeships, including the Trailblazer flagship Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship. A new Master’s level degree apprenticeship for senior leaders is due to launch in October.

Carnegie-Brown said: “I’m passionate about the talent of tomorrow and CMI has a great heritage of developing leaders and managers. Investing in young people who have the ideas and motivation to drive businesses forward is essential to helping us grow a globally competitive UK plc. I look forward to working with CMI as it builds on its successes, particularly in its professional apprenticeships that will transform how we train our next generation of managers.”

Ann Francke, CMI’s chief executive, said: Bruce brings a wealth of experience across the private and not-for-profit sectors both in the UK and globally. I’m looking forward to working with him to continue CMI’s success as we aim to eliminate the ‘accidental manager’ and raise leadership standards.”

In his successful career, Carnegie-Brown roles have included managing partner of 3i Group plc’s Quoted Private Equity business, CEO of Marsh McLennan’s UK and European businesses and a managing director of JP Morgan. He is also a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a Past President of the Institute of Bankers and a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

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Why do law firms need ISO 27001?

Posted: 21/09/17 by IMSM Ltd

According to a recent study by OnDMARC, just one organisation out of the top 100 law firms in the UK has “sufficient measures in place to fully protect against email fraud”.

“The threat of criminals using IT to steal client’s funds is an increasing problem. It is important that law firms develop a culture where cyber security is treated as a serious priority, and take sensible steps to warn their clients about the risks.” Paul Philip (Chief Executive – SRA).

ISO 27001:2013 sets out the requirements of information security management systems for day to day operations. The standard is beneficial for companies of all sizes and sectors that store sensitive data.

ISO 27001 safeguards your organisation from potential security threats and complies with regulatory requirements regarding data security, privacy and IT governance. It gives your customers and suppliers confidence to trust your business with the safeguarding of their data, whether it be bank account details, passwords, staff records or client confidential information.

Through ISO 27001 you can:

* Protect your clients confidential data

* Identify areas of potential loss

* Reduce delays and down-time

* Ensure staff are aware of their individual responsibilities

* Demonstrates a duty of care

* Set up preventative action

* Protect your intellectual property

* Provide a framework for legal compliance

For more information about ISO 27001 or data security, contact me on 07803 593390 or andrewtomkinson@imsm.com.

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Be a part of HM Treasury, HMRC and AEO discussions

Posted: 21/09/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

Any chamber members currently AEO approved or going through the approval process who would like to be involved?

Following the roundtables on customs policy with HMT and HMRC in Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol, London, Belfast, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds and Ayrshire, HMT are keen to hold a roundtable with Chamber members – on AEO (Authorised Economic Operators).

This would take place at some point over the next few weeks, in London. HMT are keen to speak to businesses who are AEO certified or are in the process of getting their certification. This will be an open forum to discuss:
It would be excellent to have good take-up for this – as it provides an opportunity for direct feedback on AEO, where many members wish to see changes, and sets the ground for further conversations on how local Chambers can play a part in assisting companies with AEO certification.

  • What benefits do they currently see with AEO (both Safety & Security and Customs)
  • What improvements can be made to the system
  • What support do they need throughout the process of becoming AEO certified

Interested members please contact Brigid Hodgkinson – International Trade Manager on tel: 01604 490490 or email: brigid.hodgkinson@northants-chamber.co.uk by deadline of Wednesday 27th September 2017.

We will inform you about the dates for the meeting as soon as possible.

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Be part of HM Treasury, HMRC and AEO discussions

Posted: 21/09/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

Any chamber members currently AEO approved or going through the approval process who would like to be involved?

Following the roundtables on customs policy with HMT and HMRC in Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol, London, Belfast, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds and Ayrshire, HMT are keen to hold a roundtable with Chamber members – on AEO (Authorised Economic Operators).

This would take place at some point over the next few weeks, in London. HMT are keen to speak to businesses who are AEO certified or are in the process of getting their certification. This will be an open forum to discuss:

  • What benefits do they currently see with AEO (both Safety & Security and Customs)
  • What improvements can be made to the system
  • What support do they need throughout the process of becoming AEO certified

It would be excellent to have good take-up for this – as it provides an opportunity for direct feedback on AEO, where many members wish to see changes, and sets the ground for further conversations on how local Chambers can play a part in assisting companies with AEO certification.

Interested members please contact Brigid Hodgkinson – International Trade Manager on tel: 01604 490490 or email: brigid.hodgkinson@northants-chamber.co.uk by deadline of Wednesday 27th September 2017.

We will inform you about the dates for the meeting as soon as possible.

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University names its first student halls after Northamptonian scientist Francis Crick

Posted: 21/09/17 by The University of Northampton

The University of Northampton has reached another milestone with its Waterside Campus development as the first of its halls of residence have been officially ‘topped out’.

An official ceremony was held on the roof of the Francis Crick Halls on Tuesday 19 September, as in the construction industry the ‘topping out’ traditionally happens when the structural frame to a new building is complete.

Named in honour of Francis Crick, the pioneering Northamptonian scientist who co-discovered the structure of DNA, the halls will make up part of the Student Village, along with three
other halls of residences; Margaret Bondfield, John Clare and Charles Bradlaugh, a selection of town houses and a 32-bedroom hotel.

These halls have been specifically designed to put students’ needs first and offer a range of accommodation styles from 10-bedroom flats to 12-bedroom town houses, alongside essential facilities students need such as a shop, doctor’s surgery, laundry, chaplaincy, counselling area and cash machine.

The construction work on the £54 million Student Village is being undertaken by Kier Construction, which has previously worked with the University on building St John’s Halls and the
Innovation Centre, both located in the town.

Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: “For many students this will be the first time they have lived away from home and as a University that places student experience and the support we provide to our students at the centre of what we do, we want to build the very best homes for our students to live, learn and relax.

“It’s exciting to think that in a year’s time, we will be ready to welcome the first students to the new campus and into these halls of residence when the next chapter of our University’s story will begin.”

Rafael Garcia-Krailing, President of the Northampton Students’ Union, said: “Living in halls of residence is an integral part of a student’s experience at University. Beyond a bed, a kitchen and a place to study – it’s home to so many firsts in a student’s personal development journey.

“So come September 2018, these buildings will be more than just four walls and a roof. They’ll be a home and a place for students to make lifelong friends and take advantage of the many fantastic opportunities available at the University of Northampton.”

Sean Yeo, Operations Director for Kier Construction Eastern said: “We are proud to be working with the University of Northampton once again to deliver student residences that will be
significant in the University experience of future students.

“We are excited to be celebrating, with the University and its students, this important milestone in the project.”

The University’s Waterside Campus is currently being built on a former 58-acre brownfield site on the banks of the River Nene close to Northampton town centre. Work started in October 2013, and the campus will open in September 2018 ready for the new academic year.

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Northampton Market to be refreshed this autumn

Posted: 21/09/17 by Northampton Borough Council

Works to refresh the look and feel of Northampton Market has begun!

The improvement works, which started on Sunday, 17 September, include widening the east aisle of the market and replacing the current stall coverings.

The changes have come following suggestions and consultations with traders and a National Association of British Market Authorities review, which supported ideas to brighten the area. These are designed to open up the centre of the market and make it a more attractive environment for prospective traders and shoppers.

The works will continue over the next few weeks, on non-market days, Sundays and Mondays, to cause as little disruption as possible and will be completed by mid-October.

Cllr Phil Larratt, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “We’re really proud of our town’s market, which is why we are investing in improvements to make it an attractive environment to trade and shop in.

“We consulted with traders before the works began to enable them to input their ideas, and to ensure that anyone being relocated as part of the works is happy with the position of their stall within the new market design.

“We look forward to unveiling a brighter and more spacious market square in weeks to come.”

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New series of art workshops at Bay Tree Cottage

Posted: 21/09/17 by Bay Tree Cottage Accommodation & Country Living Workshops

Bay Tree Cottage in Farthingstone, near Towcester, is delighted to welcome back Northampton artist and printmaker Iain Hodgkinson for a series of workshops.

From learning all about working with ink and watercolour, to discovering the secrets of printmaking without a press, the courses are suitable for absolute beginners or the more experienced, with Iain’s informal teaching style allowing everyone to go at their own pace.

All workshops run from 9.30am-3.30pm and cost £95pp, including refreshments throughout the day and a delicious homemade lunch.

Art in the Garden – Inktense and Watercolour Pencils - is taking place on Tuesday 3 October where attendees can have a go with this flexible and vibrant material using the beautiful autumnal colours as their inspiration!

Inktense blocks allow sketching to be done quickly and freely with vibrant colours and textures, whilst watercolour pencils allow detail to be added, making it excellent for layering.

On Tuesday 7 November Iain returns for his Printmaking Without a Press workshop where he will share his style of creating plates from wood or lino and show attendees how to create a range of backgrounds to print on to without the need for a press.

For more information or to book visit www.btcworkshops.co.uk

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Let there be cake - Howes Percival Macmillan Coffee Morning

Posted: 21/09/17 by Howes Percival LLP

The Milton Keynes office will be hosting its first Macmillan Coffee Morning at our offices on 2nd October between 10am - 12.30pm.

The team will have been busy making cakes for this event and we will be serving coffees and teas so please feel free to drop in. It’s all for a great cause!

The address is below:

Howes Percival LLP, Bell House

First Floor.Seebeck Place

Knowlhill

Central Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes

MK5 8FR

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Benefits of the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard

Posted: 21/09/17 by IMSM Ltd

”Without the standard, most contractors wanted us to complete large questionnaires, often up to around 40 pages long. Now we just tick one box saying we are ISO 14001 certified and that’s all they need to know” - Philip Brown, Mantis Cranes

Part of the ISO 14000 family of international standards covering environmental impact and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, ISO 14001 is the standard that covers the design and implementation of an EMS. This is a framework designed to measure and improve the way natural resources are used and disposed of by an organisation.

What is good for the environment is also good for your business. ISO 14001 certification proves that you have an Environmental Management System in place, leading to:

* Savings on energy and materials

* Lower distribution costs

* Reduced costs of waste management

* Support supply chain policies

* Improved efficiency and motivation

* Improved corporate management

* Competitive advantage

Please contact me on 07803 593390 or andrewtomkinson@imsm.com.

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Tender Opportunity: To provide Secretariat duties for Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce

Posted: 21/09/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

The Northamptonshire Group of Chambers (incorporating Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce) is looking to contract with a membership organisation to provide secretariat services for their regular Board of Directors meetings.

Commencing with immediate effect we have a need for regular attendance at 2 Board of Director meetings:

Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Board

Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce Board

These meetings take place at least 4 times a year. Each meeting generally takes place on a Tuesday evening 6pm through to 8pm.

The venue for each of these meetings is the Chamber offices in either Northampton or Milton Keynes.

Our next scheduled meetings are:

24th October 2017 Milton Keynes

7th November 2017 Northamptonshire

23rd January 2018 Milton Keynes

30th January 2018 Northamptonshire

20th March 2018 Milton Keynes

27th March 2018 Northamptonshire

Chambers’ requirements:

For consistency we are looking for the same person to provide these service at each of the scheduled meetings.

Once the meeting has taken place a draft set of minutes will be required for review within 5 working days of the meeting taking place. This review will be carried out by the Chief

Executive and Chairperson of the meeting.

If you would like to submit a proposal for this service please submit the following details:

· A brief company outline

· A sample of related work

· A pricing structure

· Availability for the meeting dates planned

· Anything else you feel may be relevant

A shortlist of suitable proposals will be presented to the Board(s) and a decision will be made in time for the October/November meetings as detailed above.

Submissions should be sent to:

Tracey Branson

Head of Operations

Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce (incorporating Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce)

Waterside House

8 Waterside Way

Northampton NN4 7XD

Tracey.branson@northants-chamber.co.uk

The closing date for expressions of interest is 6th October 2017.

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Tender Opportunity: To provide Secretariat duties for Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce

Posted: 21/09/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

The Northamptonshire Group of Chambers is looking to contract with a membership organisation to provide secretariat services for their regular Board of Directors meetings.

Commencing with immediate effect we have a need for regular attendance at 2 Board of Director meetings:

Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce Board

Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Board

These meetings take place at least 4 times a year. Each meeting generally takes place on a Tuesday evening 6pm through to 8pm.

The venue for each of these meetings is the Chamber offices in either Northampton or Milton Keynes.

Our next scheduled meetings are:

24th October 2017 Milton Keynes

7th November 2017 Northamptonshire

23rd January 2018 Milton Keynes

30th January 2018 Northamptonshire

20th March 2018 Milton Keynes

27th March 2018 Northamptonshire

Chambers’ requirements:

For consistency we are looking for the same person to provide these service at each of the scheduled meetings.

Once the meeting has taken place a draft set of minutes will be required for review within 5 working days of the meeting taking place. This review will be carried out by the Chief

Executive and Chairperson of the meeting.

If you would like to submit a proposal for this service please submit the following details:

· A brief company outline

· A sample of related work

· A pricing structure

· Availability for the meeting dates planned

· Anything else you feel may be relevant

A shortlist of suitable proposals will be presented to the Board(s) and a decision will be made in time for the October/November meetings as detailed above.

Submissions should be sent to:

Tracey Branson

Head of Operations

Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce (incorporating Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce)

Waterside House

8 Waterside Way

Northampton NN4 7XD

Tracey.branson@northants-chamber.co.uk

The closing date for expressions of interest is 6th October 2017.

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Great news for sporting students as University’s dome plans are approved

Posted: 20/09/17 by The University of Northampton

The University of Northampton’s plans to boost the sporting and teaching facilities at Waterside Campus have been given the green light.

Planning permission has been granted for a multi-use sports dome, two sports performance labs and a pair of teaching rooms at the new campus, which will open in time for the 2018-19 academic year.

Designed to Sport England dimensions, the multi-use sports dome will be suitable for a variety of sports, including netball, badminton, volleyball and basketball.

These additional buildings will complement the three outdoor multi-use games areas and floodlit full-size all-weather sports pitch already being built at Waterside.

The full-size all-weather pitch at Waterside has just been completed.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford, said: “The dome is going to be a space that can be adapted for a variety of sports throughout the year, and the additional teaching labs and learning space will be a terrific resource for our sports students.

“We’re also one of only two universities in England to offer access to free sports and societies to all our students, and we’re happy to say the Students’ Union will be continuing to offer this when we move to Waterside in September 2018.”

Students’ Union President, Rafael Garcia-Krailing, said: “The University of Northampton is passionate about sport, so it’s fantastic to hear today that our plans for the sports dome on the new Waterside Campus have been approved.

“Sport brings together people from all backgrounds and, with the Students’ Union’s offer of free sport for every student, provides a fantastic opportunity for students to create new friendships and build a sense of campus community. I look forward to seeing our future cohorts benefit from these new facilities.”

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Two health and fitness giants join forces to improve employee wellbeing

Posted: 20/09/17 by Nuffield Health

Nuffield Health and VitalityHealth have today announced the launch of a joint venture to provide large employers with a health and engagement solution for their entire workforce. The offering will take a holistic approach to employee health, providing a range of tools to help employers understand their employees’ physical and mental wellbeing needs and motivations with the aim of improving productivity and boosting the business bottom line.

The new joint venture combines VitalityHealth’s expertise in the use of incentives and rewards to drive healthier behaviours with Nuffield Health’s extensive range of health expertise and knowledge.

The solution is underpinned by research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace*, one of the largest employee health and wellbeing surveys in the UK. The study, which was developed by VitalityHealth and delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge, RAND Europe and Mercer, has demonstrated a clear link between employees’ lifestyle and clinical health, their mental wellbeing, and their levels of lost productivity - through both absenteeism and presenteeism - while at work. It has shown that the average UK employee loses the equivalent of 27.5 days of productive time each year, with a gulf in productivity between the healthiest and least healthy employees of over 30 days per year. The findings demonstrate that employee health is an issue which employers cannot afford to ignore.

Expert in workplace health and former government adviser, Professor Dame Carol Black will chair the newly established joint venture board. Commenting on her involvement, she said: “Enabling workers at all levels in an organisation to be healthy, both mentally and physically, and to have a sense of wellbeing, is essential to achieving employee engagement and increased productivity. I am delighted to chair this newly-established group, which has the potential to benefit the employee and their family, the employer, and the community.”

Steve Gray, CEO at Nuffield Health, added: “There is a clear link between poor health – both physical and emotional - and low productivity. With our extensive experience in supporting employers and our extensive range of healthcare experts, Nuffield Health has the expertise that will help employees get the personalised interventions they need on their individual journeys to better health. This innovative venture will help benefit both employers and employees.”

James Murray, MD of the joint venture, added: “We will be using all of the evidence and expertise of both venture partners to deliver a whole workforce solution that will make employees healthier and happier and will improve workplace performance. This exciting venture will be leading the charge in changing employee health behaviours to improve productivity and ultimately promoting better health and wellbeing for the individuals.”

*The Britain’s Healthiest Workplace research process took place between February and August 2017. It looked at a number of lifestyle, mental wellbeing, clinical risk and productivity factors amongst 31,950 employees, together with a broad view of leadership and cultural dimensions and organisational policies, practices and facilities that could directly impact on employee health, across 167 companies. Results based on UK workforce as reported by each company surveyed. Large organisations – 1000+ eligible employees, medium organisations – 250-999 eligible employees, small organisations - 20-249 eligible employees.

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Amaray shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review

Posted: 20/09/17 by Amaray

Amaray appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in the 2016/17 Parliamentary Review.

Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The Parliamentary Review’s September release is now a key fixture in the political calendar.

Amaray features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding organisations in a document that looks back on the year in industry and Westminster. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector.

Across all policy areas, The Parliamentary Review is sent to over half a million leading policymakers. The articles in the Review act as both a blueprint for success and a template for reform.

The Prime Minister commented that: “This year’s Parliamentary Review follows a significant year in British politics.” This is reflected in the articles from leading journalists and best-practice representatives alike.

The PM’s former cabinet colleague, Sir Eric Pickles, who was recently appointed Chairman of the Review, said: “It has never been more important for government to hear the views of business and the public sector in a constructive forum. It is also a vital time to share best practice and progress.”

The Parliamentary Review’s director Daniel Yossman concurred, saying: “Amaray and other hardworking organisations from across the country have come together to make this year’s Review possible.

“Sharing knowledge and insight with both peers and government is essential and I am delighted that this year’s Review will reach every corner of the British economy.

“It’s always a real joy to hear from policymakers who tell me that something they have read in the Review has had an effect on their thinking.

“It is my belief that innovation is contagious if only it is given the platform to spread. It is the Review’s purpose to provide this platform and I am confident we are fulfilling it.”

An e-copy of The Parliamentary Review can be viewed here: http://www.amaray.com/news/123

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Breakfast meetings at The Bee Hive

Posted: 20/09/17 by The Bee Hive

The Bee Hive is now open for breakfast from 8am every week day morning.

We will be serving a great selection of cereal, fruit, croissant, and bacon rolls.

If you are looking for a place to meet a client, then come and take advantage of our free WiFi, easy parking and friendly service.

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Are you interested in exploring what matters?

Posted: 19/09/17 by Power2Progress

Your Invitation to Exploring What Matters.

An inspiring 8 week course to explore what matters for a happy and meaningful life - together with a group of friendly, like-minded people.

Want to explore what might make you and others happier? Come along and join us for an exploration of what really matters and bring more fulfillment to you and others around you.

The course will run on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm till 8:30pm on the following dates:

  • 3 Oct
  • 10 Oct
  • 17 Oct
  • 7 Nov
  • 14 Nov
  • 21 Nov
  • 28 Nov
  • 5 Dec

At the Rubys Lounge, Diana’s Health & Fitness, 109E Finedon Road, Wellingborough NN8 4AL

Phone: 01933 277344

If you think this might be something that would be helpful to you or a person you know, please do share this with others.

For more information please check out these links and get your tickets on:

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CityFibre and dbfb launch new video following transformation of Stadium MK

Posted: 19/09/17 by CityFibre Holdings Ltd

CityFibre and partner dbfb have today shared their latest video showing the benefits ultrafast full-fibre internet has brought to Stadium MK.

In the video, Pete Winkelman, chairman of MK Dons, shares his excitement on how a full-fibre connection supports the Stadium and the City’s growth plans.

“Finally we’ve been able to get the fibre that the system deserves and Milton Keynes deserves.”

This connectivity benefits the entire Stadium, including MK Dons, Arena MK and Doubletree MK.

View the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhCT11vrhyM&feature=youtu.be

To find out more: www.cityfibre.com/mk

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New initiative to bring sports to Northampton schools

Posted: 19/09/17 by Northampton Borough Council

Northampton’s top professional sports clubs are joining forces for the first time in over a decade to encourage more children to participate in sport.

The Saints, the Cobblers and the Steelbacks will be collaborating with Barclaycard and Northampton Borough Council to deliver a schools-based programme that combines three sporting disciplines and digital development into a single project.

From September, primary schools across the borough will get the chance to supplement the curriculum with professional football, rugby and cricket coaching as well as computer coding lessons delivered by Barclays Digital Eagles. The programme will include 6 weeks of PE lessons delivered by the professional community coaches at the clubs linked to a digital session with Barclaycard.

The programme currently has funding to run until spring 2018 and the partners hope that around a third of the primary schools in the borough will have an opportunity to participate during that time.

Paul Devlin, community manager with Northampton Town Football Club, said: “Northampton Town Football in the Community are very excited to be involved in this ground breaking schools programme, having all three professional clubs working together to deliver in schools for the first time will provide a unique learning experience for children.

“We would like to thank Barclays for providing the digital expertise and the Borough council for their support in allowing us to promote the benefits of sport to young children.”

Michael Knight, Digital Eagle lead for Northampton at Barclaycard, said: “Our Digital Eagles work in local communities to give people the opportunity to learn and embrace digital skills, from sending an email, skyping family or learning how to bank online. We’re now expanding that support to include coding – so people of any age can take advantage of the opportunity to learn the emerging language of the new digital economy.”

Head of community with the Northampton Saints, Connor Fleming, said: “We’re excited to be partnering up with the Cobblers, Steelbacks, Barclays Digital Eagles and Northampton Borough Council with this project.

“Northampton is the only town in the country to have professional rugby, football and cricket clubs, and a project like this gives youngsters the opportunity to try all three of them. We’ve got excellent relationships with primary schools in the town and are looking forward to seeing this grow in the future.”

Ray Payne, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, said “We are delighted to be working with both the Saints and the Cobblers to deliver this programme for the children of Northamptonshire. Sports education is so important”

Northampton Borough Council secured the funding for the project via the community facilities and activities programme.

Councillor Brandon Eldred, cabinet member for finance at Northampton Borough Council, said: “We have outstanding professional clubs in Northampton so who better to introduce our children to sport?

“I’m grateful that each of the partners involved is willing to commit the time and energy to give our young people access to opportunities many might otherwise never have.

“We’ve secured funding until the spring but we’re hoping to be able to secure more funds to be able to continue the programme after that point too.”

Any school within the borough that wants to take part in this exciting new programme should email Paul Devlin at Northampton Town FITC via paul.devlin@ntfc.tv for more information.

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SME owners: lack of majority government hindering Brexit negotiations

Posted: 19/09/17 by Close Brothers Asset Finance

Three quarters (76%) of UK SMEs feel that the absence of a majority government is likely to negatively impact the UK’s ability to successfully negotiate our exit from the European Union – but they wouldn’t want another election any time soon. The results were obtained from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey that questions over 900 UK and RoI SME owners and senior management across a range of sectors and regions.

“Unsurprisingly, most business owners prefer the certainty a majority government brings,” said Neil Davies, CEO, Close Brothers Asset Finance (pictured). “That said, it’s important to note that close to 25% of those surveyed felt it would actually benefit the UK because of the balance they feel it would bring to the process.”

But, while SMEs are in favour of a majority government, there is simply not the enthusiasm for a repeat of the elections, with 74% of respondents replying negatively to the question ‘do you think there is the appetite among business owners for another election before the end of 2017?’.

“Interestingly, when asked if another General Election would be good for the UK, the only region that was statistically in favour of another election is the Republic of Ireland (53%),” said Neil. “The context for this result, of course, is that the RoI’s biggest trading partner is the UK.”

Business impact

Despite their views on the lack of a majority government, 77% of SMEs have experienced no impact on business levels following the general election, and this is especially true for Northern Ireland where 90% of businesses felt unaffected.

“While firm owners necessarily keep a close watch on political events, it appears that they are having little impression on day-to-day business activities, which is testament to their resilience and ability to keep trading,” continued Neil.

Business sentiment

Business sentiment remains largely unaffected, with 61% of people answering ‘the same’ to the question ‘are you more or less confident about your business prospects compared to two years ago (pre Brexit and General Election)?’; 16% said ‘more confident’, with 23% feeling ‘less confident’.

“Confidence levels are remaining stable, but a significant minority of businesses (23%) are not feeling as buoyant as they were two years ago,” said Neil.

For more news from Close Brothers Asset Finance please click here.

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How ISO 27001 can help to achieve GDPR compliance

Posted: 19/09/17 by IMSM Ltd

Organisations have until 25 May 2018 to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Those who have studied the Regulation will be aware that there are many references to certification schemes, seals and marks. The GDPR encourages the use of certification schemes like ISO 27001 to serve the purpose of demonstrating that the organisation is actively managing its data security in line with international best practice.

ISO 27001 is the international best practice standard for information security, and is a certifiable standard that is broad-based and encompasses the three essential aspects of a comprehensive information security regime: people, processes and technology. By implementing measures to protect information using this three-pronged approach, the company is able to defend itself from not only technology-based risks, but other, more common threats, such as poorly informed staff or ineffective procedures.

Managing people, processes and technology:

By implementing ISO 27001, your organisation will be deploying an ISMS (information security management system): a system that is supported by top leadership, incorporated into your organisation’s culture and strategy, and which is constantly monitored, updated and reviewed. Using a process of continual improvement, your organisation will be able to ensure that the ISMS adapts to changes – both in the environment and inside the organisation – to continually identify and reduce risks.

The GDPR states clearly in Article 32 that “the controller and the processor shall implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk.

Encryption of data is recommended by ISO 27001 as one of the measures that can and should be taken to reduce the identified risks. ISO 27001:2013 outlines 114 controls that can be used to reduce information security risks. Since the controls an organisation implements are based on the outcomes of an ISO 27001-compliant risk assessment, the organisation will be able to identify which assets are at risk and require encryption to adequately protect them.

What does the GDPR say?

The GDPR states clearly in Article 32 that “the controller and the processor shall implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk.

  1. the pseudonymisation and encryption of personal data;
  2. the ability to ensure the ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability and resilience of processing systems and services;
  3. the ability to restore the availability and access to personal data in a timely manner in the event of a physical or technical incident;
  4. a process for regularly testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organisational measures for ensuring the security of the processing.”

Let’s look at these items separately

One of ISO 27001’s core tenets is the importance of ensuring the ongoing confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. Not only is confidentiality important, but the integrity and availability of such data is critical as well. If the data is available but in a format that is not usable because of a system disruption, then the integrity of that data has been compromised; if the data is protected but inaccessible to those who need to use it as part of their jobs, then the availability of that data has been compromised.

Risk assessment:

ISO 27001 mandates that organisations conduct a thorough risk assessment by identifying threats and vulnerabilities that can affect an organisation’s information assets, and to take steps to assure the confidentiality, availability and integrity (CIA) of that data. The GDPR specifically requires a risk assessment to ensure an organisation has identified risks that can impact personal data.

Business continuity:

ISO 27001 addresses the importance of business continuity management, whereby it provides a set of controls that will assist the organisation to protect the availability of information in case of an incident and protect critical business processes from the effects of major disasters to ensure their timely resumption.

Testing and assessments:

Lastly, organisations that opt for certification to ISO 27001 will have their ISMSs independently assessed and audited by an accredited certification body to ensure that the management system meets the requirements of the Standard.

Companies need to regularly review their ISMS and conduct the necessary assessments as prescribed by the Standard in order to ensure it continues protecting the company’s information. Achieving accredited certification to ISO 27001 delivers an independent, expert assessment of whether you have implemented adequate measures to protect your data.

The requirements to achieve compliance with ISO 27001 of course do not stop there. Being a broad standard, it covers many other elements, including the importance of staff awareness training and leadership support. ISO 27001 has already been adopted by thousands of organisations globally, and, given the current rate and severity of data breaches, it is also one of the fastest growing management system standards today.

If you are interested in implementing ISO 27001 in your business contact me on 07803 593390 or andrewtomkinson@imsm.com.

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Still time to join us for our fabulous MacIntyre Fashion and Fizz Night

Posted: 19/09/17 by MacIntyre

Come and join us for our fabulous evening of Fashion and Fizz - with a catwalk show, a pop up shop offering you the chance to try before you buy, and up to 50% off many items from leading High St retailers.

It promises to be a great evening - a bit of retail therapy with a glass of fizz, all for a good cause.

Tickets are just £12 including a glass of fizz - there will also be the chance for 5 lucky people to be selected to win a luxury clutch bag on the evening, as well as a fabulous raffle with prizes such as a family pass to Mead Open Farm, a 3 course meal for two with wine courtesy of Casino MK, plus many more.

Date: Friday September 29th, doors open at 7pm, the show starts at 7.30pm

Venue: Jury’s Inn, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP

What are you waiting for, we would love you to join us - give us a call on 01908 230100 or drop us an email at fund@macintyrecharity.org

We look forward to seeing you then.

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Nominate your Sporting Hero for Kettering Sports Awards 2017

Posted: 18/09/17 by Kettering Borough Council

Do you know someone locally who has made a big contribution to sport this year? Nominate them to be the Kettering Sports Awards winner 2017 at www.kettering.gov.uk/sportsawards

Nominations close on Monday 25th September.

You can nominate an individual, team, coach, volunteer, school or club from any sport under any of the following categories:

  • Young Leader of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Sport School of the Year
  • Long-time Contribution to Sport
  • Team of the Year
  • Community Club of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Get Active Award
  • Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year
  • Young Sportsman 2017
  • Young Sportswoman 2017
  • Local Sportsperson 2017
  • Sports Personality of the Year

The Kettering Awards winners will automatically be nominated in the Northamptonshire Sports Personality Awards to be held later this year.

ShirleyPlenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “We’re really encouraging everyone to get their nominations in now. Anyone is eligible, so if you live, play, coach or train in the Borough of Kettering, get your nomination in without delay!”

Councillor Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure said: “The Sports Awards offer a fantastic opportunity to celebrate local sporting achievements so why not recognise your local sporting heroes by nominating them for an award? Show them how much their efforts mean to you and the local community!”

Nominations close on Monday 25th September. More details are available at www.kettering.gov.uk/sportsawards

The awards ceremony will be held at Wicksteed Park on Thursday 26th October at 7pm.

The Kettering Sports Awards are run by Kettering Borough Council in partnership with the Northamptonshire Telegraph.

Pictured: Kettering Sports Personality of the Year 2016, The Arthur Nicholson Award Winner Myles Fletcher (Burton Park Amateur Boxing Club) - presented by The Mayor of Kettering Cllr Scott Edwards.

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ISO 50001: 2011 Energy Management System

Posted: 18/09/17 by IMSM Ltd

Energy is a critical constituent in most organisations, and the usage can have major cost implications. This standard helps you take a structured approach towards measuring and monitoring how much energy you use. By measuring and monitoring energy use, the standard will help you reduce costs and improve energy performance as well as helping you meet environmental and carbon reduction targets.

What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 is the international standard for Energy Management Systems (EnMS). It is applicable to any organisation – whatever your size, industry or location to manage their energy, including procurement and use. ISO 50001 is based on the management system model of continual improvement also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001.

ISO 50001 specifies requirements an organisation needs to establish, implement, maintain and improve an energy management system. That enables an organisation to take a systematic approach to achieve continual improvement of energy performance, energy efficiency and energy conservation.


ISO 50001 Energy Management offers organisations through the development of an energy management system (EnMS) a system to tackle climate change and conserve resources, through using energy more efficiently.

Business Solution

It helps organizations manage energy supply and energy uses and consumption, including measurement, documentation and reporting, design and procurement practices for energy using equipment, systems, processes, and personnel.

The IMSM approach is based on a key set of principles in order to create balanced and sustained results for our clients:

What are the key benefits to your business?

  • Increase your energy efficiency performance, productivity and compliance
  • Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy
  • Help manage risks surrounding future energy supply
  • Cut energy bills, and add the savings to your bottom line
  • Build and support your reputation as a company with good environmental credentials
  • Promote best practice in energy management through your supply chain, leading to improved stakeholder relationships with customers, suppliers and investors
  • Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use
  • Continually improve energy management

Why choose IMSM?

Fixed fee: IMSM ISO implementation is priced at a fixed rate from day one. No hidden charges, no unexpected invoices.

Flexible implementation: Designed to fit around your business requirement and schedule.

Expertise: All IMSM Consultants & Assessors are successfully trained to the highest standard by an IRCA or equivalent approved training body & have earned a reputation of integrity for contributing value & best practice. IMSM guarantees that your Consultant & Assessor will be highly qualified & trained to assist & audit your business to ISO certification.

Full service: IMSM offers full implementation; we will produce the manuals and make the process as simple as possible by improving the systems already in place.

Training: IMSM offer training to supplement your ISO; training with IMSM is flexible and delivered by experienced IMSM Trainers.

Our Consultant will perform a Gap Analysis which acts as the initial step in the review of your company’s internal processes and practices or management systems, where applicable, to determine where your company is today in relation to achieving the standard.

What is involved?

If required, IMSM will develop and deliver tailored training programmes for your staff to supplement your ISO certification. This ensures a full understanding and implementation of the quality controls being put in place, by way of employee development.

The external audit is the monitoring of your company’s conformance to the ISO standard. IMSM will continually support your business through the aforementioned stages as well as leading up to the audit, offering support and guidance to conformity. Once your organisation is confirmed as being ISO standard compliant, your organisation will be submitted to the certifying body deemed suitable. Your organisation will then be awarded the ISO certification.

ISO 50001 can be integrated with existing management system standards including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 27001.

Related Services

ISO 9001 Quality Management

ISO 14001 Environmental Management

BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management

ISO 20000 Information Technology

AS 9100 Aerospace

ISO/TS 16949 Automotive

These standards are all designed to be compatible and can be integrated to deliver audit efficiency, consistency and optimisation. To explore the ways ISO standards can help to improve your business, contact me on 07803 593390 or andrewtomkinson@imsm.com

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Event Bookers - You’re invited to Thursday Fizz at Chicheley Hall!

Posted: 18/09/17 by Chicheley Hall

Do you book events in the Milton Keynes area? ​

The join us from 5:30pm - 7:00pm for Thursday Fizz at Chicheley Hall as we showcase all aspects of our venue.

Enjoy Prosecco and Canapés, and a tour of the venue as you take a tour of Chicheley Hall.

Please do send RSVPs for this event to lauren.willingham@chicheleymiltonkeynes.co.uk if you would like to attend.


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Planning for Prince William – Atlanta’s work placement has a right royal ending

Posted: 18/09/17 by The University of Northampton

A University of Northampton student has topped off a year’s industry placement by organising an event fit for a future king.

Events Management undergraduate Atlanta Lloyd took a year out of her studies to learn the industry ropes with Northamptonshire firm CJS Events.

One of her last jobs before returning to University for her final year of studies was to organise a policing conference which included Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, on its roster of guests.

“It was the perfect event to finish my placement with,” said Atlanta. “Having a royal visitor was an extra challenge for me. It meant I had to plan every minute of the event and spent time working with the Palace’s close protection team to make sure everything would go smoothly.”

Students on the Events Management course are encouraged to split their studies with a year’s work placement, and Atlanta feels the opportunity is perfect for those who want to get a head-start in their chosen career.

She said: “I’ve learnt so much on my placement. I’ve been responsible for planning and running events for between 120 and 320 delegates, across one, two and three days.

“Sometimes I have been planning three events at the same time, so my organisation skills have been more or less perfected. I also remembered when I started the placement my confidence wasn’t at its highest. But now I feel I can walk into a room, speak to anybody and take control of a situation.”

Atlanta’s contribution to CJS helped the company reach the finals of the 2017 UK Conference Awards, in the Best Conference by a Small Company category.

Atlanta, who comes from Northampton, is now looking forward to her final year of studies, before taking her first steps on the career ladder.

“The course has been fantastic,” she said. “The lecturers have given me so much support, and you learn so much from them because they all have an industry background – and they can also introduce you to so many industry contacts.

“If anybody wants to consider a career in events, then I wouldn’t hesitate in telling them to come to Northampton.”

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Raise funds on the fairway at the Willen Hospice Golf Day!

Posted: 18/09/17 by Willen Hospice

Willen Hospice’s Golf Day returns on Friday 6th October at Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands Golf Club. And there are just a few spaces left for this popular annual event!

There will be refreshments on arrival, then a four ball 18 hole stableford, followed by supper and prize presentation for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams.

Willen Hospice needs to raise £7 every minute of the year and taking part in events like the Willen Hospice Golf Day supports the specialist end-of-life care being provided by Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

Entry is £350 for a team of four. To find out more and to book your place head to www.willen-hospice.org.uk/golfday or call 01908 303054

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PwC launches Midlands scale-up programme

Posted: 18/09/17 by PwC LLP

PwC, in partnership with BizzInn, is launching the SCALE: Midlands Programme to help high potential businesses bridge the gap between innovative late-stage startup and established large organisation. It is the latest in a series of SCALE Programmes across the UK to connect these dynamic businesses with potential customers and industry decision makers, as well as introducing them to a network of investors and experts who can help provide the tools to close deals and secure investment.

Designed to support entrepreneurial activity across the greater Midlands area, the programme is based in Birmingham - a key strategic city. Birmingham is home to the largest number of startup businesses outside London and, with turnover of £1.8bn from the digital sector, it is quickly gaining a reputation as a leader in enterprise software and technology.

Steve Smith, Midlands fast growth leader at PwC, said: “We recognise that the primary needs of scale-ups are to access new customers and gain further investment. In our SCALE programmes we help businesses become fit for scaling, then open the doors to our network, facilitating introductions and funding opportunities.”

Alumni of PwC’s scale-up programmes raised £60 million in equity on joining and have since gone on to raise a further £20 million, winning over 70 pilots with corporates enabling them to scale-up and achieve the next level of growth.

David Coleman, Head of Enterprise Acceleration at BizzInn, commented: “Birmingham and the greater midlands area is full of innovative young companies. However, taking the leap from being a small company with a great product and a few early customers to one which is a really fast growing company attracting big customers, takes ambition, a great team and the right resources. The PwC SCALE Programme is a fantastic opportunity for those with the ambition and team, but who need help in attracting and closing deals with those big corporate customers.

“We’re really proud to be helping PwC deliver the SCALE Programme in the Midlands. The BizzInn already provides significant help to startups and growing businesses in Birmingham, but with the combination of PwC’s corporate connections and additional expertise, we really believe this intervention could accelerate the growth of a number of enterprises in the wider region.”

Steve Smith added: “Small businesses are an essential part of the UK economy and it’s important we do everything we can to help them prosper post-Brexit. The success of our previous scale programmes inspired us to up the ante, with six more in the pipeline in autumn and more to come in 2018.

“We’re bringing fast-growing and ambitious scale-ups from across the Midlands together with the world’s biggest brands, in a way that allows both sides to learn from each other and build commercial opportunities. Interest is extending beyond the UK and we’re seeing increased collaboration from overseas, both from our global PwC network, scale-up applicants and programme partners.”

Applications to the SCALE: Midlands programme are open here. For more information please contact Jonathan Hollis on 075 1740 8366 or via email jonathan.h.hollis@pwc.com

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Healthcare expert Marcus Bull joins MHA MacIntyre Hudson Wealth Management

Posted: 18/09/17 by MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Marcus Bull has joined the team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson Wealth Management, bringing with him a wealth of experience working with doctors. He has been in the industry supporting healthcare professionals for twenty one years, turning his focus exclusively to GPs 12 years ago. His expertise includes partnerships protection, locum insurance policies, commercial loans, and extensive knowledge of the NHS pension scheme.

Marcus comments: “It has been my pleasure to help many doctors over the years with their mortgages and protection needs, both personal and commercial, along with investment, pension and Inheritance Tax planning. I am proud that I can accomplish this within an independent environment thus ensuring the solutions can be provided from the best the market can supply.”

As an independent consultant for MHA MacIntyre Hudson Wealth Management, Marcus will offer much more than investment advice. He will take the whole financial situation into account in order to develop a complete approach to the management and growth of personal wealth.

MHA MacIntyre Hudson partner, Rebecca Hughes, comments: “We are delighted that Marcus is now part of the team. His expertise in providing independent financial advice and his thorough understanding of the NHS pension scheme complements the accounting, tax and business advisory services the healthcare team from our Northampton office provide to our GP practice clients. With so many challenges facing GP practices, it is essential to have a business advisor who fully understands all issues affecting both the business and the partners personally. MHA MacIntyre Hudson are perfectly positioned to provide this service.”

Over the last 17 years, the medical market has seen significant changes. The NHS pension has had two revisions, the normal retirement age has extended twice, and the lifetime and annual allowance thresholds were introduced. Marcus has gained much satisfaction offering help and advice to doctors over this time; not only helping them to understand the fundamentals, but to react and plan for these changes in the most tax efficient manner alongside personal objectives.

For further information about MHA MacIntyre Hudson Wealth Management or our Health case sector services, please contact Marcus Bull on 07776235907, email Marcus.bull@mhllpwealth-management.co.uk, or Rebecca Hughes on 01604 624011, email Rebecca.Hughes@mhllp.co.uk. You can also visit: www.macintyrehudson@mhllp.co.uk.

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Oktoberfest is coming to Northampton

Posted: 15/09/17 by Tom Hewer Catering

Tom Hewer Catering and Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground will host Oktoberfest next month.

The biggest and best German beer festival is being held at The Northampton County Grounds in the indoor arena.

The three day event will have Oompah Bands, German Beers and food, entry includes a 1ltr traditional stein glass and the first fill.

The event will take place from 6pm on Friday, October 6, to 6pm on Sunday, October 8.

For tickets visit https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/107967/chk/156c?utm_content=buffer471d0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Businesses are invited to help the Armed Forces community

Posted: 15/09/17 by Northamptonshire County Council

Businesses across the county will be invited to make a major difference to the lives of military personnel and their families.

Northamptonshire County Council is acting as the lead in an exciting new two-year project, called the Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership, to support serving, injured and retired members of the Armed Forces, their families and bereaved family members.

The partnership is made up of 17 Countywide organisations, including the Lord Lieutenants office, the local Military, University of Northampton, Northamptonshire Police, the county’s Borough and District councils, Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, Department of Work and Pensions and SSAFA and RBL. It will ensure that members of the Armed Forces community are not disadvantaged because of their military careers.

The council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership officer Vikki Barr said: “We don’t want military personnel and their families to be disadvantaged because they are, or were, in the military. The project is designed to assess the need of service users and develop a partnership website, training to all front line staff and develop further services that are identified from that need.

“For example, there is already a five year rule in place in Northamptonshire, agreed by all the district and borough councils, to assist military personnel with regard to eligibility for council housing, for general public you must have lived in the same area for a set amount of years before you become eligible, but due to the nature of the military profession this is not the case and makes it hard for families once they leave the Armed forces to be able to find somewhere to live. However, the service users are not always aware that this is possible and so the website will help armed forces leavers to quickly access the information and services that are needed.

“We want to make sure that former members of the military get help to find out about the benefits and employment advice available to them so we will be training local authority frontline staff so they know how to handle enquiries from military personnel and their families.

“There will be local educational and employment support and we hope businesses will look to join the covenant. There is an award scheme for businesses that employ former members of the military community and spouses under the Armed Forces Covenant. With 15 local businesses already signed up to this and keen to increase their involvement with the Armed Forces community. ”

The partnership project will be officially launched in October at a special event in Northampton.

For further information contact Vikki Barr at Northamptonshire County Council on 01604 364998.

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Shoosmiths’ Free Autumn National Employment Breakfast Seminar

Posted: 15/09/17 by Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths National Employment Seminar

Northampton – 5th October

Milton Keynes – 12th October

Luton – 18th October

Shoosmiths’ next employment law breakfast seminar is concise, commercial, interactive, FREE of charge - and coming to a venue near you!

As well as our usual case law and legislation updates, our focus this autumn concerns key issues employers face when addressing the demands of a ‘flexible workforce’.
Globalisation, a 24/7 marketplace and a constantly evolving legal and economic landscape, shaped not least by Brexit and the growing drive for a more flexible and agile workplace, are key concerns for all employers in 2017. Success in this new environment requires employers to consider how a flexible workforce might enable optimal responsiveness to ever changing market demands. This autumn’s seminar will explore the practical legal challenges, and the pragmatic solutions and opportunities flexibility brings.

We will also highlight recent cases, forthcoming legislation and Government announcements from the previous 6 months to help bring you and your team right up to date.

At this seminar

A flexible Workforce: Managing a changing employment landscape

Our main session will consider the most significant concerns a flexible workforce presents for employers. Key issues include:

* Employment status (not just for the ‘gig’ economy)

* Flexible working requests

* Working Time

* Discrimination

This seminar will also include an update of other significant employment and HR developments including:

* The new data protection regime - are you GDPR ready?

* Update on the new gender pay reporting regime

* Latest rates and limits

* Rates of termination payments

* The Immigration Bill 2017 (covering EU Worker Rights, post-Brexit)

Case Law Update

Our case law update will cover a selection of the most significant recent cases for employers, and consider practical lessons to be learned.

Who Should Attend?

HR Directors, HR practitioners, owner managers of businesses, in-house lawyers and anyone responsible for employment law issues in their organisations.

Programme

8.00am Registration and tea and coffee (with light breakfast)

8.30am A Flexible Workforce: Managing a Changing Employment Landscape

9.15am New legislation round-up (part 1)

9.30am Coffee

9.45am New legislation round-up (part 2)

10.00am Case law update

10.30am Close

Book your space

To book your place at the venue closest to you simply email beverley.davies@shoosmiths.co.uk to reserve your place.

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© Shoosmiths. This briefing is for general information only: it is not legal advice. See our full terms and conditions for employers, and

consider practical lessons to be learned.

Who Should Attend?

HR Directors, HR
practitioners, owner managers of businesses, in-house lawyers and anyone responsible
for employment law issues in their organisations.

Programme

8.00am

Registration and tea and coffee (with
light breakfast)

8.30am

A Flexible Workforce: Managing a
Changing Employment Landscape

9.15am

New legislation round-up (part 1)

9.30am

Coffee

9.45am

New legislation round-up (part 2)

10.00am

Case law update

10.30am

Close


Book your space

To book your place
at the venue closest to you simply email beverley.davies@shoosmiths.co.uk
to reserve your place.

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Kettering by the Sea is a huge success

Posted: 15/09/17 by Kettering Borough Council

Kettering’s Market Place seaside extravaganza has proved to be a popular destination for another year, offering a number of free activities and events for families to enjoy over the summer season.

The 15 metre sandpit with 20 tonnes of sand, splash fountain and daily entertainment saw hundreds of families visiting the area to take part in activities such as: table tennis; hoop dance; West Lodge Farm animals; Punch and Judy; ConnectFM summer fun and so much more!

The Summer Trail was new to Kettering by the Sea for 2017 and proved to be a family favourite with hundreds of visitors taking part to be in with a chance to win the prize-draw! Congratulations to Oliver, who won a bag full of prizes including Lighthouse Theatre pantomime tickets; swimming pool vouchers; a Manor House Museum Golden Ticket and more!

Playschemes were all free and extended to two weeks around the Borough this year! Over 1,100 people attended the family-friendly shows in Geddington, Broughton, Wilbarston, Burton Latimer, Rothwell, Desborough and Mawsley.

Steve the Magician made a few appearances throughout the four weeks to entertain and amaze the children, while the Primary Workshop Science shows demonstrated some fantastical experiments with their mesmerising workshops.

The Manor House Museum hosted the Monkeys in the Manor fun packed programme to celebrate National Playday! Despite the rainy weather, over 130 visitors participated in the free face painting, craft activities, balloon modelling and jungle fancy dress competition!

Some of the activities were hosted by local organisations, including Wicksteed Park, the Manor House Museum and Alfred East Art Gallery, making Kettering by the Sea a great platform for them to promote their work and get involved with the community.

Alison, auntie of 6-year-old Summer Trail winner, Oliver, said: “I have a niece and nephew and it was actually Oliver who asked if we could do the trail again this summer, he loved it! It’s fantastic and I am really impressed. It was enjoyable at Easter so it’s good to see its return.”

Iain Ridley, who visited Kettering by the Sea, said: “This is a fantastic venue to take your children to during the summer holidays. Thank you Kettering Borough Council.”

Councillor Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Culture, said: “Once again Kettering by the Sea has been a fantastic success, drawing thousands of people into the town centre to enjoy a host of free activities. Once more we have brought a taste of the seaside into the heart of the country for all to enjoy, this community event has been the ideal way to spend some of our summer holiday. We are extremely grateful for everyone who helped make it memorable.”

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate and Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “Kettering by the Sea always provides a good opportunity to bring the community together and create a lovely atmosphere that can be enjoyed by all. The range of activities meant that there was something for everyone and it was great to see all the children having so much fun. Work is already underway for the next lot of festivities, so definitely keep an eye out for the details.”

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3D VR experience created for Willen Hospice

Posted: 14/09/17 by Willen Hospice

A Milton Keynes company who provide 3D virtual tours of spaces, has produced a spectacular 3D scan to create a photo quality online walk through experience of the Willen Hospice building as a kind gesture to support the care provided by the Hospice.

Iain Row, Managing Director of Visual Realms said, “VR exposes buildings using next generation technology for a virtual tour and walk through. It’s brilliant to support the Hospice and create an exciting VR scan which will allow them to enhance perceptions, and allow patients and their loved ones to view the physical environment of the Hospice from the comfort of their own homes.”

Dawn Clark, Fundraising Manager at Willen Hospice said, “It’s fantastic to work with Visual Realms and we would like to offer a massive thank you to them for their support in helping create this incredible online resource for our community”.

Find out more at www.willen-hospice.org.uk/virtualtour

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Enjoy a day of Wire Sculpture at Bay Tree Cottage

Posted: 14/09/17 by Bay Tree Cottage Accommodation & Country Living Workshops

Bay Tree Cottage in Farthingstone, near Towcester, is welcoming local sculptor Lindsay Waring on Saturday 23 September to run a one-day hands-on workshop on the art of wire sculpture.

During the day, Lindsay will show attendees how to create and develop the form of a bird in wire, whether it’s a chicken, goose, bird of prey or some other ‘feathered friend.’ After a brief introduction to the tools and materials that will be used, and a short demonstration, attendees will get started on their own sculpture, creating a masterpiece to take home at the end of the day!

Jenny Dicks from Bay Tree Cottage said: “The workshop is suitable for both complete beginners and intermediates who would like to develop their experience and skills using wire as a medium.”

To ensure that everyone receives plenty of one-to-one help, this workshop is limited to eight participants.

The workshop costs £120, including a delicious homemade lunch, and runs from 9.30am-3pm. Northamptonshire Chamber members can take advantage of a special ‘buy one place, get a second half-price’ offer via the Member2Member Offers page.

For more information, or to book, please visit http://www.btcworkshops.co.uk/wire-sculpture-23-september-2017.html or call 01327 361720.

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Northants companies continue to lose out on R&D tax savings

Posted: 14/09/17 by Jumpstart Ltd

Companies across within Northamptonshire are still losing out on millions of pounds in R&D tax relief savings every year compared to their counterparts across the rest of the UK, according to R&D tax relief specialist Jumpstart.

Despite an increase of 19% year on year in the total R&D tax credits claimed in 2015-2016, analysis of the latest HMRC figures for the FYE 2016 shows that East Midlands businesses accounted for just 6% of total claims and only 5% of the total tax benefits claimed.

Antony Beak (pictured), business development manager for Jumpstart in Northamptonshire, commented: “These latest HMRC figures are an alarming demonstration of just how much companies in the East Midlands are losing out in terms of tax savings compared to companies across the rest of the UK. Of the 26,255 claims across the UK totalling £2.9billion in tax benefits, only 1,595 claims came from companies in the East Midlands and resulted in just £130 million back.”

Of the 1,595 East Midland claims, 1,335 were claimed under the SME R&D scheme and the remainder were claimed under schemes for large companies.

London and the South East made the highest number of claims in the year. London companies accounted for 19% of all claims and 29% of the total tax relief claimed, and the South East accounted for 17% of claims and 20% of the total claimed.

The figures show a concentration of claims in the ‘Manufacturing’ [28% of claims and 32% of total claimed]; ‘Professional, Scientific & Technical’ [20% of claims and 23% of total claimed]; and ‘Information & Communication’ [26% of claims and 20% of total claimed] sectors across the UK.

Mr Beak continued: “Whilst uptake of the UK government’s R&D tax relief scheme is increasing across the UK as a whole and is very healthy in certain regions, I don’t feel companies in Northamptonshire are reaping the full benefits of the scheme.

“Also, local companies could be under claiming or over claiming because their technical project activities and expenditures are not being accurately interpreted against government legislation. As well as the introduction of increased scrutiny over claims by HMRC, the process of claiming is very much a technical assessment, so it is important that companies instruct a specialist advisor to handle this for them.

“There is huge scope for a much more focused uptake by companies here. I would urge firms here to get in touch with Jumpstart, the Northants Chamber or their advisors to find out more about how they can make significant tax savings through R&D tax credits if they are making a profit or get a cash credit if they are loss making.”

Since its inception, Jumpstart has helped its clients recover over £95 million in R&D tax relief and has identified over £482 million in eligible R&D expenditure.

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Benefits of Internal Auditing

Posted: 14/09/17 by IMSM Ltd

Internal audits are responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the internal control processes that have been established by management, within an organisation. They ensure your ISO standards are administered and maintained to the highest level, protecting your original investment in ISO Certification.

Internal audits act as an early warning system, enabling organisations to identify areas for improvement, thus enabling them the opportunity to improve upon the suggestions. Therefore it is valuable to train your staff as internal auditors, to protect your investment.

Our one day Internal Auditing training course is designed for managers at all levels, whom have responsibility of people and processes, as well as those who wish to become Internal Auditors. Our course will enable your staff to plan and prepare your organisation for internal audits. Our professional and friendly trainers will guide you through the course content providing you with a comprehensive workbook.

Auditors can empower your business to implement and maintain management efficiencies which lead to cost reductions, enabling you to demonstrate your quality commitment to clients.

For more information about our internal auditor training courses, contact me on 07803 593390 or andrewtomkinson@imsm.com.

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Northampton’s Youth Forum raising awareness of gambling-related harm

Posted: 14/09/17 by Northampton Borough Council

Northampton Youth Forum’s gambling-related harm awareness raising has drawn interest from industry leaders and education institutions, following their presentation at a London symposium.

An audience of students, teachers and education and public health experts were interested to hear at a symposium on Thursday, 7 September, how the Borough Council’s Youth Forum implemented the Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) education programme in Northampton.

Attendees were particularly impressed with the results from a questionnaire that the forum delivered as part of the programme, which measured awareness levels, attitudes towards gambling and local people’s gambling habits.

Its future awareness raising plans, which include a Cake and Debate event during UK Parliament Week, on Thursday, 17 November at the Guildhall, were also applauded.

Lee Willows, Chief Executive, YGAM, said: “Without a doubt, one of the most engaging presentations at our symposium was from members of the Northampton Youth Board. All members spoke confidently as they shared the work they had undertaken with residents from Northampton as part of International Youth Day. The team and I are grateful to Cllr Anna King and her colleagues for supporting the symposium. We are keen to work with the Youth Forum and Northampton Borough Council to raise awareness of gambling-related harm.’

Following positive feedback about the forum’s work, YGAM has asked for the group to present an update of their findings at a conference it is hosting in December. Requests from Northampton education institutions are also being discussed.

Heather Wardle, from the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, said: “A great afternoon spent at the YGAM conference - and especially interesting to hear from the brilliant Northampton Youth Forum, who are doing amazing work raising awareness of gambling-related harm.”

Cllr Anna King, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for community safety and engagement and chair of Northampton Youth Forum, said: “We are really proud of the important awareness raising work that the Youth Forum has developed and delivered this summer.

“The excellent feedback received from the symposium last week is very encouraging and we look forward to working with YGAM and local educators, such as the University of Northampton, as the forum continues its work in this area.”

Visit www.facebook.com/NorthamptonYouthForum to find out more about Northampton’s Youth Forum and contact our communities and partnership team on 01604 837079 to find out how you could join.

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British & Finnish Chambers in joint call to minimise potential Brexit trade barriers

Posted: 14/09/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

On the occasion of the visit of a high-level Finnish business delegation to London, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), and the Finnish Chambers of Commerce (Kauppakamari) are today (14 September 2017) jointly calling for UK and EU negotiators to minimise trade barriers - and prioritise shared economic ties beyond Brexit.

There are strong commercial links between the UK and Finland: the UK imports £2.6bn of goods and services from Finland, and exports £2.7bn of goods and services to the country.

Science and Innovation are areas of very active cooperation between the two countries, with the UK and Finland working closely together on life sciences, digital, and low carbon technologies. There are a number of partnerships between the two countries, many of which are facilitated by the EU Horizon 2020 strategy.

The future of these projects, the long-term ease of trading between the UK and Finland, as well as the future status of Finnish nationals in Britain and British nationals in
Finland, are all questions where British and Finnish businesses want negotiators to deliver clarity as soon as possible.

Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “As we welcome our Finnish colleagues to London, the vibrant trade links between our countries are yet another reminder of the importance of reducing any possible future trade barriers between the UK and the EU.

“Businesses want to minimise the risk to free-flowing trade with partners like Finland, and to avoid the creation of artificial new barriers that stop companies collaborating across boundaries. The on-going Brexit negotiations must seek to provide businesses with clear answers on practical issues including customs procedures, health and safety checks, and tax rules - and guarantee the status of nationals resident on either side.

“The links between innovative British and Finnish businesses are an important reminder that the Brexit negotiations must also deliver a framework for future collaboration between the UK and the EU on science and innovation.”

Dr Risto Penttilä, CEO of Finland Chamber of Commerce, said: “The UK has been one of Finland’s strongest allies in promoting free trade and pragmatic reforms in the EU. The objective of the Brexit negotiations must be a European wide market that includes the UK, Switzerland and the EEA countries.

“Brexit must not lead to new obstacles or increased costs for companies from the UK, Finland or other EU countries. The UK is one of our most important trading partners, and a strong British economy will benefit both Europe and Finland.

“The Brexit process has reached a point where committed political leadership is needed both in the UK and the EU. Businesses, as well as citizens, need a clear roadmap for the years to come to ensure a smooth transition.”

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British and Finnish Chambers in joint call to minimise potential Brexit trade barriers

Posted: 14/09/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

On the occasion of the visit of a high-level Finnish business delegation to London, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), and the Finnish Chambers of Commerce (Kauppakamari) are today (14 September 2017) jointly calling for UK and EU negotiators to minimise trade barriers - and prioritise shared economic ties beyond Brexit.

There are strong commercial links between the UK and Finland: the UK imports £2.6bn of goods and services from Finland, and exports £2.7bn of goods and services to the country.

Science and Innovation are areas of very active cooperation between the two countries, with the UK and Finland working closely together on life sciences, digital, and low carbon technologies. There are a number of partnerships between the two countries, many of which are facilitated by the EU Horizon 2020 strategy.

The future of these projects, the long-term ease of trading between the UK and Finland, as well as the future status of Finnish nationals in Britain and British nationals in
Finland, are all questions where British and Finnish businesses want negotiators to deliver clarity as soon as possible.

Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “As we welcome our Finnish colleagues to London, the vibrant trade links between our countries are yet another reminder of the importance of reducing any possible future trade barriers between the UK and the EU.

“Businesses want to minimise the risk to free-flowing trade with partners like Finland, and to avoid the creation of artificial new barriers that stop companies collaborating across boundaries. The on-going Brexit negotiations must seek to provide businesses with clear answers on practical issues including customs procedures, health and safety checks, and tax rules - and guarantee the status of nationals resident on either side.

“The links between innovative British and Finnish businesses are an important reminder that the Brexit negotiations must also deliver a framework for future collaboration between the UK and the EU on science and innovation.”

Dr Risto Penttilä, CEO of Finland Chamber of Commerce, said: “The UK has been one of Finland’s strongest allies in promoting free trade and pragmatic reforms in the EU. The objective of the Brexit negotiations must be a European wide market that includes the UK, Switzerland and the EEA countries.

“Brexit must not lead to new obstacles or increased costs for companies from the UK, Finland or other EU countries. The UK is one of our most important trading partners, and a strong
British economy will benefit both Europe and Finland.

“The Brexit process has reached a point where committed political leadership is needed both in the UK and the EU. Businesses, as well as citizens, need a clear roadmap for the years
to come to ensure a smooth transition.”

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New artwork celebrating the sounds of Milton Keynes opens this October in the centre:mk

Posted: 14/09/17 by MK Gallery

City of Things - a large-scale sound installation by composer and sound artist Caroline Devine - will be presented in the centre:mk from 6 October until 5 November. Running daily from 10am to 8pm, this ambitious new artwork celebrates the sounds of the unique city of Milton Keynes in its 50th anniversary year.

Led by Bletchley Park working in partnership with The Open University and MK Gallery, this commission forms an integral part of City Club – an Arts Council England funded city-wide arts programme inspired by the original cultural plans for Milton Keynes.

Describing the piece, Devine states: “City of Things focuses on the voices, sounds and signals of Milton Keynes - exploring the city through the ears, rather than the eyes. The sound installation comprises field recordings, song, chant and poetry that I have recorded and developed in Milton Keynes over the past year.

“Local choirs, Buddhists, football fans, traffic, the dawn chorus, bats, insects, the wind and the rain are among the sounds of the city woven throughout my composition. I will present the work via a system of resonators across the large windows of the grade II listed shopping centre building and it will also be played periodically over the tannoy system - spreading the voices of the city throughout the entire shopping centre building.”

As well as combining the voice of nature with the voices of the people of Milton Keynes in song and chant, Devine invited performance poet Murray Lachlan Young to collaborate with her on a number of site-specific compositions. Lachlan Young has written six poems in response to the landscape of Milton Keynes that Devine has woven throughout the work. Lachlan Young has also provided the voice of poet, William Cowper - who lived locally in the eighteenth century and wrote extensively about the area. Devine has sonified a number of Cowper’s works and these together with the site-specific compositions explore Milton Keynes and its surroundings over a period spanning three centuries.

Iain Standen, Chief Executive Officer of Bletchley Park Trust said: “This has been an interesting project for Bletchley Park to lead on as it combines the use of technology, art and the sounds of the city. We hope that this will be an exciting immersive experience for all to enjoy and to experience Milton Keynes as never before.”

Anthony Spira, MK Gallery Director, said: “We are pleased to support this innovative new commission by an artist living in Milton Keynes that celebrates the city’s 50th birthday. MK Gallery has a longstanding relationship with Caroline Devine and we look forward to delivering creative workshops inspired by the artwork to engage local school children with the soundscapes and heritage of their hometown.”

Alongside City of Things, Bletchley Park, Cowper & Newton Museum and MK Gallery will deliver creative artist-led activities inspired by the artwork. Bletchley Park will provide playful activities for families with children aged five years and upwards, Cowper & Newton Museum for families with children aged seven years and upwards, and MK Gallery will work with secondary schools.

Devine’s site-specific sound installations provide playful and unexpected encounters with sound outside of a conventional gallery setting. She has twice been nominated for a BASCA British Composer Award for work based in Milton Keynes: in 2014 for On Air, a large scale outdoor sound installation for The Open University campus in Walton Hall; and in 2013 for

5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun, an outdoor multi-channel sound installation in a sound dome formerly sited in Central Milton Keynes.

City Club is a programme of new art, performances, family activities, commissions, happenings, events and talks which enable thousands of people throughout Milton Keynes to explore, enjoy and be inspired by their surroundings. Led by MK Gallery and delivered in partnership with the city’s arts and heritage organisations, the project takes its name from the unrealised national leisure complex proposed for the city by Milton Keynes Development Corporation in the 1970s.

City of Things is free of charge. The artwork will be installed outside John Lewis in the centre:mk. The nearest door is South 16. For further details visit www.cityofthings.co.uk and www.cityclubmk.org.

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Kick up your heels and join us for our MacIntyre Barn Dance

Posted: 14/09/17 by MacIntyre

Put on your dancing shoes (or cowboy boots), grab your partner, and get ready for a barn dance this November!

So it will be cold outside but that shouldn’t stop you from dancing the night away to music from the fantastic OddSox Ceilidh Band.

If you’re a barn dance novice there’s no need to worry, just follow the crowd!

Event details

When: Thursday 16th November

Time: 7pm – 11pm

Where: Cruck Barn, Alston Drive, Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre, MK13 9AP

Tickets: £15 each, includes light nibbles

The bar will open from 7pm to purchase drinks.

Please contact 01908 230100 / fund@macintyrecharity.org

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Caterham Championships headline British Club Race Meeting at Rockingham

Posted: 14/09/17 by Rockingham Motor Speedway Ltd

MOTOR racing fans are in for a real treat at Rockingham this weekend (September 17/18) with a total of six Caterham championships headlining the British Racing & Sports Car Club (BRSCC) race event at the Northamptonshire circuit.

Widely accepted as providing some of the closest and most exciting racing in UK motorsport, one of the finest performance cars of all time will be descending on the venue, with Caterham Motorsport populating most of the timetable.

All the action over the two days will be on the 2.05-mile International Super Sports Car Long Circuit with the BRSCC serving up another great programme from the British club racing scene with a total of 20 races from nine different championships.

Starting from the very bottom, it’s the fourth circuit race of their careers for the CAR Magazine Caterham Academy Championship drivers as they close in on the end of their first season as fully fledged racing drivers. They will be split into two groups to accommodate the over-subscribed grid.

Moving up a rung on the Caterham ladder to the Avon Tyres Caterham Roadsport Championship, it’s Pete Walters who heads the standings after taking five wins and two third places, but incredibly he hasn’t yet scored a second place all season!

The closest duel for the title currently lies with the ALACO Motorsport Logistics Caterham Seven 270R Championship, with Russ Olivant and Alex Jordan in a deadlock at the top of the standings with 207 points each.

While Mike Evans is starting to edge away at the head of the ITC Compliance Caterham Supersport Championship standings, as a second and a win last time out helped him consolidate what is now a 24 points advantage over his rivals.

The Supersport cars sadly go out of service at the end of this season however spectators will have the chance to watch their replacements in action over the two days in the ITC Compliance Caterham Seven 310R Championship.

In the top class, the Avon Tyres Caterham Seven 420R Championship, it’s been a season long joust between Danny Winstanley and Lee Wiggins with a 10 point advantage held by the former coming into this weekend. So definitely one to watch!

Away from Caterhams, there’s three more BRSCC championships ready to go into combat. The F1000 Championship, formerly known as Formula Jedi, continue their adventures at Rockingham. Be sure to keep an eye on these cars, as they’re loud, fast and provide incredibly clean racing – literally, blink and you’ll miss them!

Tin-top fans will thoroughly love the Nankang Tyres BMW Compact Cup, a championship that never fails to put on a show and a smile on spectators’ faces. Reigning champion James Gornall remains locked in combat with fierce title with Steven Dailly.

Finally, sports car fans are given even more of a treat with the Toyo Tires Porsche Championship, with a scrap between Ed Hayes and Adam Southgate at the head of the Race Boxster points seeing the pair only separated by 20 points.

It’s a little more decisive in the 924 class as PDC Racing continue their domination. Pip Hammond is only ahead of team mate Gavin Johnson by just under 50 points, thanks to winning just about every race in class this year. On paper it sounds a formality, but it’s never that simple in motorsport!

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 (September 16). Adult tickets will be available on the gate priced £16 per day.

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Northampton gets gold in East Midlands in Bloom competition

Posted: 14/09/17 by Northampton Borough Council

Northampton has achieved the Gold award in this year’s East Midlands in Bloom competition.

As part of the ‘all things bright and beautiful’ theme, more than 250 hanging baskets and 120 barrier baskets, showcasing approximately 8,000 plants, brought a burst of colour to the heart of town. The centrepiece was a vibrant tribute to Lieutenant Colonel 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.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to achieve the Gold award, we’ve been taking part in the bloom competition for 16 years, getting stronger and stronger each time.

“Bloom is an event that the whole community gets behind and I’m incredibly proud of the team of volunteers and partners who helped us achieve this. It seems particularly fitting that we excelled this year, when we chose to recognise such a significant local hero.

“We had more people enter the local Northampton in Bloom competition than ever before too, so I’m sure the award evening next month is going to be a great celebration.”

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R&D funding isn’t just for scientists, says Grant Thornton Northampton

Posted: 13/09/17 by Grant Thornton UK LLP

Northamptonshire businesses could be missing out on valuable financial support because they don’t realise their activities are eligible for research and development (R&D) funding, says the Northampton office of financial and business advisory firm Grant Thornton.

Although the term ‘R&D’ is often associated with science and hi-tech industries, the government definition is much broader and can apply to the work of businesses operating in a variety of sectors from agriculture and industrial manufacturing to construction and food and drink.

Grant Thornton also highlights that projects don’t have to be revolutionary to qualify for R&D relief. Funding can be granted to any business working towards advancement such as creating a new product or improving an existing product or process to become more efficient.

Lindsey Copland, Associate Director, Innovations at Grant Thornton Northampton (pictured), explains: “Many businesses assume their work doesn’t qualify for R&D funding if it isn’t carried out in a laboratory or doesn’t involve making ground-breaking discoveries.

“However, any activity classed as ‘progressive’ could be eligible. It’s certainly worth any business who thinks they may be entitled to funding, investigating the possibility. Our specialist team has worked with many local companies who had been forfeiting the opportunity to claim what can sometimes amount to thousands of pounds in tax relief.

“And the good news is claims can sometimes be made retrospectively, so businesses can benefit up to two years later.”

There are a number of routes by which Northamptonshire businesses could claim R&D relief:

Tax Credits and grants - These claims can be made up to two years after work has been completed. Innovate UK offers a source of funding for R&D work, with some successful applicants receiving up to 65% of project costs. However, government understandably favours projects where funding will make a big difference to the outcome so if a business has already committed money to an idea, it’s unlikely a grant will be awarded.

The application process for Innovate UK grants is competitive and can require a lot of time and effort, so it’s worth seeking specialist advice before embarking on a bid.

Capital Allowances - Capital Allowances are available on any capital expenditure incurred for research and development activities such as plant, machinery, equipment and facilities, providing a 100% deduction in the period the expenditure is incurred. Like R&D Tax Credits, Capital Allowances be claimed up to two years in arrears.

Patent Box - Businesses producing or working with patented items can look at how these are treated in tax returns. The Patent Box regime, introduced in 2013, provides a reduced effective tax rate on relevant profits arising from patents, including the sale of products incorporating a patented component and some services based on patented technology.

Early stage investment - Venture Capital Tax Reliefs are a key part of government strategy to encourage investment in small and growing businesses, many of which are involved in innovative activities. Each of the available reliefs, including the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and Venture Capital Trust (VCT), provide generous Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax incentives to investors, subject to certain limits and conditions being met.

Lindsey Copland concludes: “Amid the uncertainty of Brexit, financial assistance for innovative companies who will help support the UK’s economy going forward is more important than ever, especially as negotiations could mean current sources of EU funding are under threat. Northamptonshire businesses should make sure they are not missing the chance to unlock a potential cash injection.”

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Frozen food specialist Central Foods unveils delicious new cappuccino roulade

Posted: 13/09/17 by Central Foods Ltd

A stunning new cappuccino roulade has been launched by frozen food distributor Central Foods for foodservice dessert menus.

The delicious hand-rolled, soft, marbled coffee and chocolate meringue roulade, is filled with mild coffee-flavoured real dairy cream and chocolate flakes.

Free from wheat and gluten, and therefore suitable for coeliacs and those on a gluten-free diet, the cappuccino roulade is also suitable for vegetarians – providing a tasty treat that’s perfect for a range of dietary requirements.

It is the latest roulade in the popular Menuserve range of desserts supplied by Central Foods, one of the UK’s leading frozen food suppliers, and joins mouth-watering flavours that
include lemon, mango and passionfruit, banoffee, raspberry and white chocolate, raspberry and hazelnut, Black Forest, and salted caramel.

“The Menuserve roulades are among our most popular products for many reasons, including their appealing presentation, delicious taste, home-made look, and the fact that they are suitable for a variety of diners, including vegetarians and those who avoid gluten,” said Gordon Lauder, managing director of Central Foods.

“With growing numbers of consumers following specific diets, for health, religious or lifestyle reasons, it’s important that foodservice operators cater for all and a product such as the Menuserve roulade is ideal. Frozen straight at the peak of quality and consistent every time, it’s sure to be a winner on any menu, whether that’s in a restaurant, hotel, pub, café or other food service outlet.”

The cappuccino roulade, which comes in a twin-pack with each roulade serving ten portions, contains no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Each slice provides a generous plate coverage, giving excellent value-for-money.

The cappuccino roulade has a defrosted shelf-life of two days, if kept chilled.

Central Foods, which is based at Collingtree near Northampton, supplies more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers. It also supplies to foodservice caterers across the entire foodservice industry, including pubs, hotels, restaurants, staff canteens, schools, hospitals, coffee shops, football grounds and universities.

Offering a one-stop shop to the foodservice sector, Central Foods sources products from around the world and the UK, supplying more than 400 different lines, ranging from meat, bakery items and canapés through to buffet products, desserts and puddings.

The company has steadily grown since it was founded 21 years ago, and recently was named for the first time in a report by Grant Thornton as being in the top 100 companies in Northamptonshire. The company was also a finalist in the Family Business United Family Business of the Year Awards 2017 for the Midlands.

For more details about Central Foods, visit www.centralfoods.co.uk

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Northampton gears up for its second ‘Memory Day’

Posted: 13/09/17 by The University of Northampton

County residents can get up to date on projects aimed at supporting people with dementia and attend free, interactive workshops as Northampton gears up for its second ‘Memory Day’ next week.

The event will be held in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre on the 21st September and is open to all including local businesses, members of the public and families who are already living with the condition.

There will be a number of information stands from local businesses and charities offering advice and support and we are running a number of interactive sessions. These can be booked online and include:

  • Training to be a dementia friend
  • Chair and standing exercises
  • Wellbeing assessments
  • Talks by young people who have dementia and their carers
  • An appointment with an Admiral Nurse (Family Support)

With an estimated 7,700 people currently living with dementia in Northamptonshire and that number projected to increase by 45% by 2030, the disease will go on to touch many more lives.

The University of Northampton is leading on projects to place the county at the forefront of dementia preparation. These include a ‘Future Directions in Dementia Care Conference & Exhibition’ in November and the launch of post-diagnostic support centre in early 2018 to help people diagnosed with dementia in the months immediately after their diagnosis.

Professor Jacqui Parkes is Professor in Applied Mental Health at the University of Northampton and our dementia projects lead said: “Last year’s Memory Day was a great success and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting local people who came to either have an inquisitive look around or take part in one of the free, friendly and fun sessions we ran to understand more about dementia.

“With increasing numbers of people living and dealing with dementia and the government creating key policy to tackle this, it’s important that we are already ahead of the curve in Northampton to help us prepare. For anyone wanting to get in the know, come along on the day to find out more.”

The event will start at 9am on 21st September downstairs in the open space near the lifts at the Grosvenor Shopping Centre.

Book onto any of the above courses and for more information about the Memory Day here: https://www.copnorthants.co.uk/memory-day-2017

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BCC states UK labour market resilient but challenges remain

Posted: 13/09/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

Commenting on the labour market statistics for September 2017, released today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The continued rise in employment, coupled with falling unemployment, is further evidence that the UK jobs market remains resilient, with firms continuing to recruit despite a softening economic picture.

“That said, the labour market continues to face a number of major challenges. With pay growth unchanged, inflation continues to comfortably outpace earnings growth, which is putting the brakes on consumer spending, a major determinant of UK economic growth. However, the continued weakness in real wage growth should give the MPC sufficient leeway to keep interest rates on hold, despite the pick-up in inflation.

“It is concerning that the number of vacancies remains well above the historical average - a further indication of the continued skills shortage faced by business, which is weighing on productivity and growth prospects. Our latest research found that half of UK firms had faced skills or labour shortages over the past year.

“A key priority for the Autumn Budget must be to support firms looking to recruit and grow their business, including tackling the high up-front taxes and costs of doing business in the UK. As the Brexit process unfolds, a key focus must be on delivering a post Brexit immigration system that reflects the needs of the UK economy.”

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BCC: UK labour market resilient but challenges remain

Posted: 13/09/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

Commenting on the labour market statistics for September 2017, released today by the Office for National Statistics, Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The continued rise in employment, coupled with falling unemployment, is further evidence that the UK jobs market remains resilient, with firms continuing to recruit despite a softening economic picture.

“That said, the labour market continues to face a number of major challenges. With pay growth unchanged, inflation continues to comfortably outpace earnings growth, which is putting the brakes on consumer spending, a major determinant of UK economic growth. However, the continued weakness in real wage growth should give the MPC sufficient leeway to keep interest rates on hold, despite the pick-up in inflation.

“It is concerning that the number of vacancies remains well above the historical average - a further indication of the continued skills shortage faced by business, which is weighing on productivity and growth prospects. Our latest research found that half of UK firms had faced skills or labour shortages over the past year.

“A key priority for the Autumn Budget must be to support firms looking to recruit and grow their business, including tackling the high up-front taxes and costs of doing business in the UK. As the Brexit process unfolds, a key focus must be on delivering a post Brexit immigration system that reflects the needs of the UK economy.”

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Launching!

Posted: 13/09/17 by 106.9 NLive

NLive is jumping feet first into the shoe-shaped airwaves.

The 30th September will see a rebirth of Northampton’s local community radio station as 106.9 NNBC transforms into NLive.

The day will be marked with live broadcasting from the Market Square where there will be a Street Circus, hosted by BID, with hourly performances and walk about entertainers. You can come along and meet the presenters and enjoy a fun family day out. There will be prizes and giveaways up for grabs on the day, and the evening will see live music performances at The
Lab in Northampton.

NLive ‘s mission is to be the glue that bonds and connects all of Northampton’s diverse community and businesses, and have fun doing it!

Shelly Hensley-Stevenson, the station’s new manager said: “This is community radio 2.0 – the upgrade! We have a full year of events and family fun in the works, and are looking forward to getting out in to the community to meet everyone and be a real part of the town.’’

Come along and join us in the Market Square from 11am-4pm on Saturday 30th September, for what promises to be the first of many fun family days out.

And for the real music fans, come to The Lab from 6pm -11pm for live performances from local bands.

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Emailcenter celebrates century of Maxemail versions on 8th anniversary

Posted: 13/09/17 by Emailcenter Ltd

On the 8th anniversary of its launch, the 100th version of the current edition of Maxemail has been released.

Emailcenter UK is celebrating the release of the 100th version of the current edition of our sophisticated email marketing software Maxemail, on the 8th anniversary of its launch.

Since its introduction in September 2009, this edition of Maxemail has evolved considerably to meet the changing needs of email marketing practises. Of the 100 updates, while all critical, several have proved especially popular with marketers, helping to speed up and simplify email marketing processes.

“The most significant update in recent years is our new user interface. It’s modern, featuring fresh, sharp colours, and is one of the easiest to use programs on the market,” explained Emailcenter’s Christian Williams.

“The Email Builder tool addition has also been a revelation, as so many marketers who previously spent endless hours building email can now do this so quickly and without hassle.

“We also introduced a new cloud-based support option during update 77. This enabled us to provide a superior level of customer support and resolve any issues experienced by users more efficiently.”

Commenting on this milestone, managing director Nigel Williams said: “Maxemail has transformed considerably over the years. Much like a fine wine, we knew we had real quality in the beginning, and now as the years have gone by it has matured into a fantastic product that continues to improve.

“The evolution of Maxemail has always been a marathon, not a sprint. And now, the ongoing advancement of this software, combined with our unrivalled level of customer support, has placed us ahead of the competition.”

Maxemail, of which the first edition debuted in 2001, enables users to streamline processes, leverage data, build dynamic emails and automate programmes to send the right message, to the right person, at the right time. Learn more at www.emailcenteruk.com/maxemail

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Craft Your Own Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage

Posted: 12/09/17 by Bay Tree Cottage Accommodation & Country Living Workshops

It’s shaping up to be a wonderful Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage with an array of festive workshops that will help to give any celebration a truly personal touch.

From learning the secrets of creating a Victorian Christmas to stained glass decorations, lino print Christmas cards, candle making, make your own Christmas pudding and mincemeat, festive bread baking, seasonal chocolates, floral table arrangements and the ever-popular Christmas wreaths, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Jenny Dicks from Bay Tree Cottage said: “Come and join us in the countdown to the big day and we will show you how to deck the halls, adorn your table and spoil your guests with a host of homemade gifts and goodies!

“As well as our programme of workshops, we can also create unique private events for groups of friends, family or colleagues with exclusive use of our stunning venue. Choose from one of our existing workshop themes or talk to us about other Christmassy ideas from cake decorating to canapes!”

For more information or to book visit www.btcworkshops.co.uk

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Home Office backs University of Northampton plan to develop Higher Education terrorist threat system

Posted: 12/09/17 by The University of Northampton

A system which will help universities deal with terrorist and other serious threats is being devised by a team from the University of Northampton.

The University has received funding from the Home Office’s Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism to develop a Campus and Higher Education Security Standard
(CHESS).

CHESS would provide UK Higher Education institutions with a traffic light-based checklist system which they can use to shape their thinking, planning and investment to meet the challenges posed by the threat of terrorism.

The system will be informed by three groups: an expert advisory group comprised of policing, law enforcement and counter-terrorism experts, including Superintendent Dave Hill, from Northamptonshire Police, who also lectures in Policing at the University; a colleges and Higher Education institutes group made up of principals and vice chancellors, and chaired by the University of Northampton’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford; and the CHESS project team, which is based within the University’s Institute of Logistics, Infrastructure, Supply
& Transformational Travel (iLISTT).

Once up and running, the expert advisory group will provide information and strategic insights into credible security threats and will provide the latest Government advice on dealing with threats, creating a one-stop resource for universities and colleges. The collaboration will also allow the institutions to share their experiences and knowledge.

Dr Mils Hills, Associate Professor of Security at the University, said: “The expert advisory group will provide information and strategic insights into credible security threats and forward the latest Government advice on dealing with threats, creating a one-stop resource for universities and colleges.

“The collaboration will also allow the institutions to share their experiences and knowledge, meaning if one is doing something particularly well, the others will be able to follow their example.

“We already know that some universities and colleges are doing some great work and this is an opportunity to celebrate that success.”

Pictured from left: Mils Hills, Supt Dave Hill & Nick Petford

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CG Archive Acquisition Marks 30th for OASIS Group

Posted: 12/09/17 by OASIS Group

OASIS Group, the fastest growing records and information management (RIM) company across Europe, have confirmed the completion of their 30th acquisition to date. In a deal finalised on September 1st, the company acquired CG Archive, Ltd. located in Milton Keynes, UK.

“To reach a milestone like this is an achievement we are very proud of and couldn’t be happier that CG Archive is a part of that,” states Brian Connolly, Chief Executive Officer of OASIS Group. “We thoroughly stand by our services and offerings by aspiring to go above and beyond for our clients. We believe this acquisition is an indication of that and we’ll continue to explore solutions to benefit our industry and markets.

“The journey from initial outreach to officially closing on a company is always a personal one with the sellers”, noted Fiona Holdsworth, Director of Acquisitions for OASIS Group. “I begin by listening to the owners and do my best to meet their expectations. This is our 16th transaction in the UK to date and I look forward to continuing on that success for OASIS.”

With offerings from every touchpoint of information management services, from scanning to shredding, GDPR solutions to tape restoration, this transaction supports their goal to better serve their clients while continuing to grow and expand their overall market reach.

With the integration of CG Archive, Ltd. now underway, new clients will quickly benefit from the exceptional services and infrastructure OASIS provides.

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JRM Group’s Sally Povolotsky next headline speaker for Silverstone Metrology Network

Posted: 12/09/17 by JRM Group

High-tech SMEs and start-up companies will again benefit from the Silverstone Metrology Network’s next event, on Thursday 21st September, when Sally Povolotsky, Commercial Director for Northants-based advanced engineering company JRM Group, offers them plenty of industry insight as guest speaker.

JRM, located in Daventry, has enjoyed major success in both national and international motorsport, but has also used its know-how to evolve as a much respected Tier 1 supplier to six automotive original engineering manufacturers (OEMs).

Sally joined JRM earlier this year from Jaguar Land Rover with a background in Special and Classic vehicles. Sally comments: “I was at the most recent networking event when RML’s Commercial Director, Simon Holloway, was guest speaker and it was obvious just how much value these events can have for emerging tech companies.

“For obvious reasons, smaller companies have ambitions of getting on the supply chain and becoming Tier 1 suppliers to OEMs, but it can get complicated on the way.

“I hope my knowledge can help those present to look out for some of the obstacles to being a part of this supply chain, from the audit and approvals process, applying your skills sets to their needs and where issues can arise with long credit lead times and harder to manage situations, such as ‘mission creep’ – when an OEM might change their mind after project kick-off.

“Similarly, companies could enter into a ‘build and supply agreement’ with an OEM – where they create an entire product/car/part for an OEM, but never have their name attached to it. You have to really think about the secrecy and confidentiality involved – even right down to staff, social media and visitors.

“It’s about best practice and procedures which can make all the difference, as can having access to the right inspection and metrology machinery like that at Silverstone Park. This can give you the all-important ISO certification which most OEMs require their suppliers to hold.”

During her presentation, Sally will touch on the following topics:

  • Joining the supply chain/Becoming a Tier 1 supplier
  • ‘Mission creep’ – managing OEMs
  • Complexities of operating as a ‘white brand’ company
  • Importance of metrology and ISO

Places for the event, which runs from 5.30pm-7.30pm and takes place at Silverstone Park, are FREE, but booking is essential. For more details on the event or to book a place, please visit silverstone-park.com.

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Student works Indian summer and shows Northampton University’s global nursing commitment

Posted: 12/09/17 by The University of Northampton

A University of Northampton nursing student put her skills to use on a recent trip to India as a medical volunteer.

Adult Nursing’s Danielle Watts, who comes from Northampton, has just returned to the UK after spending three weeks in Faridibad getting hands on experience during a specialist placement as a medical volunteer.

She worked just outside the Indian capital New Delhi as one of a small team of medical volunteers, counting towards the time all nurses spend on clinical placement during their degrees.

During her placement she spent time supervising during a caesarean section where she helped deliver her first baby and spent time in a slum clinic, providing vital care for the poor.

Danielle qualifies in February next year and will soon join the Accident and Emergency team at Northampton General Hospital.

Summing up her experience, she said: “Working in India was an incredible experience. I saw and did so much; I’m very glad I went. The memories will stay with me for life.

“Many thanks to the nursing team at University of Northampton. It will be a wrench to leave them as there is a very friendly and close ‘family’ feel to how they work. I can’t praise them enough for their support so far.”

Donna Bray, Subject Leader for Nursing at University of Northampton, added: “Danielle is a real credit to the nursing profession. She showed the type of commitment to social impact we engender in our students across the University.

“Our outlook for nursing at Northampton goes beyond county or even country borders and we look forward to helping more students like Danielle into nursing placements around the globe.”

Read here for more about Adult Nursing at University of Northampton: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/adult-nursing-bsc-hons/

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The Woburn Estate’s Wedding Fair to be held on Sunday 22nd October 2017

Posted: 12/09/17 by Woburn Abbey

Much to the delight of newly engaged couples in the area, The Woburn Estate will be hosting its next Wedding Fair on Sunday 22nd October 2017. This unique wedding event will provide the opportunity to experience everything that Woburn and its beautiful backdrop has to offer.

The event runs from 10:30am until 3:30pm and guests can to discover everything they need for their wedding day with a variety of wedding pop up shops at the Antique Quarter of The Sculpture Gallery. In addition there will be an exclusive fashion show at 1pm which will showcase the latest bridal wear trends.

Guests will also have the opportunity to visit all three of the unique Woburn venues on The Woburn Estate; The Sculpture Gallery, The Woburn Hotel and The Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park, their wedding planners really are experts in their field and their input will prove to be invaluable during the planning process of the most important day in a couples lives. Guests can also enjoy free admission and car parking for the Wedding Fair.

Situated less than an hour from London, The Woburn Estate is wonderfully versatile in that it can offer an intimate gathering of close friends and family, to the most lavish of receptions for up to 250 guests.

All couples married at The Woburn Estate have exclusive access to use The Woburn Abbey Gardens as a backdrop for their wedding photographs. The 4AA Star Woburn Hotel has 55 bedrooms to accommodate guests, including seven beautiful cottage suites, perfect for the bride and groom to get ready for their big day.

Alicia Jackson, event co-ordinator at The Sculpture Gallery, said: “Our Wedding Fair is a great event for as we have the area’s most respected suppliers exhibiting as well as our own in house wedding planners , to help with all of the many important aspects of a wedding. It really is not to be missed!”

If you are interested in attending The Woburn Estate Wedding Fair, please contact one of our wedding planners on 01525 292172 or email sales@woburn.co.uk

If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, please contact Alicia Jackson on 01525 292163 or email Alicia.jackson@woburn.co.uk

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Kettering Crematorium & Cemeteries win Best Service Team at APSE Awards

Posted: 12/09/17 by Kettering Borough Council

At the national APSE Service Awards 2017 on 7 September, Kettering Borough Council received the Best Service Team award for its Crematorium and Cemeteries

The awards recognise excellence in local government frontline services across the UK and Kettering was up against 6 other finalists from around the country.

On the same day, the team were also runners up in the Crematorium of the Year category at the Good Funeral Awards 2017. This recognition of the excellent service provided is given as Royal London have released their National Funeral Cost Index for 2017, showing that the cost of a cremation has increased by 3% since 2016. The average total cost nationally for a funeral service with cremation is now £3,311.

Kettering Borough Council has not increased its cremation fees since 2014 and currently has the lowest charge in the County for cremations, while maintaining the highest standards of service.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “We are all extremely pleased that the Council’s financial investment and the hard work by our crematorium and cemeteries team have been recognised by these prestigious awards. We all know bereavement is very a difficult time, which can be made harder by the financial burden of funeral costs; we work hard to make sure that the quality of service and support that we offer is of the highest standard. As part of this work our recently introduced pre-paid cremation plan is designed to allow people to plan ahead at today’s prices.”

Councillor Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “We’re proud to have won these awards, which demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing the best crematorium and cemeteries services possible. At Kettering we recognise the increasing costs of funerals and are aware of the problems that funeral poverty can cause for families. We haven’t increased our charges for three years and have introduced our pre-paid cremation plan to help people manage their funeral costs.”

Details of Kettering Crematorium’s pre-paid cremation plan can be found at www.kettering.gov.uk/prepaidcremation

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Howes Percival acts for Stonbury Holdings in the acquisition of Kingcombe Aquacare

Posted: 11/09/17 by Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival recently acted for Bedfordshire-based Stonbury Holdings in relation to its acquisition of Kingcombe Aquacare Limited.

Stonbury is a specialist contractor to the water industry, operating from six regional offices across the UK. This acquisition is part of Stonbury’s long-term business strategy. In particular, it will add operations into the South West of England, providing an excellent geographical base to complement their existing capabilities. Stonbury currently holds 14 long-term framework contracts with water companies across the UK,generating sales of £24 million and growing rapidly organically.

Neal Judd, Group Finance Director of Stonbury added: “We are delighted to acquire Kingcombe who have an experienced resource and new skills sets to complement our own existing capabilities. This strategic acquisition expands the footprint of the group and demonstrates our commitment to continued growth.

“The Howes Percival team were proactive throughout the deal and provided professional and commercial advice to ensure that we achieved our objectives to a tight and fixed deadline and without any complications”

Kingcombe Aquacare Limited is a well-established water maintenance, construction, restoration and management company based in Somerset. Clients include Wessex Water and the Environment Agency.

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Triple Charity Challenge Success for Team Wrong Direction

Posted: 11/09/17 by Oakland International Ltd

After scaling mountain tops, and canoeing and cycling through some of the country’s most beautiful countryside, a group of friends named ‘Team Wrong Direction’ have finally taken off their lycra after successfully completing the last leg of their triple charity challenge.

Raising funds for Action Medical Research, a charity which has been saving and changing children’s lives for the last 65 years, Team Wrong Direction was one of only two teams to sign up and compete all three Race The Sun events this year.

Team Captain Christian Shuker explained: “Our Team was the top fundraiser at last year’s Brecon Beacons Race The Sun challenge, so we wanted to up our game this year and signed up for all three Race the Sun challenges.

“Each challenge, which was more than just a fundraising campaign, took a day to complete and involved loads of cycling, kayaking and climbing. It was important to us that this year we helped to raise awareness of the work of Action Medical Research and encourage others to get involved and support the charity.”

The team of Oakland International’s Dean Attwell and Cory Winstanley, Starkey Electrical’s Stuart Starkey and Team Captain Christian Shuker of Central IT Systems along with Christian’s brother Patrick Shuker; Oakland International once again covered team costs for all three of the one-day Race The Sun challenges beginning with the Brecon Beacons in June, followed by the Isle of Wight in July and their final challenge the Lake District in September, with their final team fundraising totalling nearly £6,000.

Spending more than £115 million funding medical breakthroughs, Action Medical Research helped introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, discovered the significance of folic acid prior to and during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida and helped in developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine and is currently funding research into conditions such as prematurity, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and a number of rare and distressing conditions which affect children.

Team Wrong Direction members and all dads themselves won’t be taking things any more sedately as they’ll be back on their bikes once again for their next challenge, the London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride, in aid of the British Heart Foundation on Saturday 23rd September.

For more information on Action Medical Research please visit: action.org.uk

Image R to L: At the start line and ready for their final challenge; Chris Shuker, Patrick Shuker, Dean Attwell and Cory Winstanley.

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A to Z of Growth Finance

Posted: 11/09/17 by SEMLEP

As a successful business owner, you know that getting access to finance and specialist advice at the right time is crucial to you making decisions about expanding, diversifying or exporting. The good news is that more is being done to boost the range of finance options available for businesses like yours. However, navigating your way around the different offers can be difficult.

This free workshop, delivered in conjunction with the British Business Bank will help you to understand:

  • the types of finance that are available
  • which ones may best suit your business needs and
  • how to obtain them.

The workshop aims to give you the confidence to press ahead with your growth plans.

Who should attend?

  • Business owners and directors of early stage businesses with a focus on innovation
  • Start-ups with high growth potential
  • Existing businesses with plans to grow which involve entering new markets or expanding and restructuring operations.

What you will learn:

  • The role of different types of finance in growing your business.
  • Key features of debt and equity finance
  • What funders are looking for
  • How to access funders and other finance intermediaries
  • What your business needs to do to become funding-ready

Details: Wednesday, 27 September at Northampton Innovation Centre, Northampton NN1 1SY, 9am to 12pm – book online here

Other A to Z of Growth Finance workshops will be available online soon.

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Develin Consulting is delighted to be joining the MK Chamber of Commerce

Posted: 11/09/17 by Develin Consulting Ltd

Making best use of Business Intelligence to plan,forecast and budget better

We are a locally based company with over 25 years experience of helping businesses to use data to make the right decisions.

Whether you are a small business wanting an insight into future cashflows, or a major one with critical strategic decisions ahead, solid Business Intelligence (BI) needs to underpin the outputs you require.

We develop the BI, and we build it into the plans, forecasts, budgets and performance reports that you need.

Such that everyone using those outputs is confident that they are evidence based, supported by data, and provide the best information for the decisions ahead.

And because that information is developed through cutting edge financial modelling, data analytics, and data visualisation methods, the critical insights and choices are clear and immediately understandable.

Help to change the way you work

Whatever the task ahead we can assist you in the design of new processes, the embedding of new ways of working and the development of the data that those new ways of working will require.

We can also help you to build a sustainable and highly effective business intelligence capability to keep you on track along the path to your strategic goals.

Our support ranges from the technical leadership involved in designing new processes or the path to digital transformation, through to facilitating change workshops and training seminars that introduce the new ways of working.

Secure on-line Business Intelligence as a service

We also provide you with your own, secure, on-line portal accessible by those people you choose.

Within it we present the key pieces of information in the form of a simple and clear story. So that the critical issues and choices are immediately apparent, and everyone involved understands them in the same way.

The information is in a highly visual format with the flow designed to bring the viewer to quickly understand the options to be considered within the decisions ahead and the relative merits of each.

To achieve this, the portal employs the latest data visualisation technology capable of presenting information and underlying data in any format.

E.g. a straightforward cash flow projection in a simple graphical format. Or complex multi layered data visualisations such as geospatial data overlaid onto detailed street maps.

This portal is therefore suitable for any business wishing to present information and data on-line, securely, and to an approved list of viewers.

If you would like to find out more about how your business can use data to make smarter decisions, please contact us at contact@develin.co.uk or visit our website www.develin.co.uk

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ISO Certification from IMSM

Posted: 11/09/17 by IMSM Ltd

Our approach to ISO certification is based on a set of key principles:

  • We operate a fixed fee structure. ISO implementation is priced at a fixed rate from day one. No hidden charges, no unexpected invoices.
  • The flexible nature of our ISO implementation is designed to fit around your business requirement and schedule.
  • IMSM guarantees that the highly qualified and trained Assessor assigned to work with your business will be the same throughout the process in order to sustain continuity.
  • Implementation of the ISO framework is based on your organisation’s existing systems. We simply look to improve the systems currently operating.
  • We provide full implementation and aim to ensure that your journey to ISO certification is trouble free.
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Kite Packaging adopts PALLITE® range from The Alternative Pallet Company

Posted: 11/09/17 by The Alternative Pallet Company Ltd

The Alternative Pallet Company, creators of PALLITE®, are delighted to announce that Kite Packaging, one of the UK’s largest packaging distributors, has adopted the PALLITE® range into their portfolio of packaging supplies.

With over 6 sites around the UK, Kite Packaging has quickly grown since its foundation in 2001 and has quickly become a household name for many companies. Kite Packaging were looking for an alternative to wooden pallets and entered discussions with The Alternative Pallet Company - it was quickly agreed that the innovation behind the PALLITE® range fulfilled their requirements.

By understanding, identifying, and supply chain issues, the PALLITE® range from The Alternative Pallet Company is designed to eliminate day-to-day difficulties faced by manufacturers and shippers with their complete range of transit packaging, all made from paper and glue using honeycomb-cell technology.

Kite Packaging has adopted two products out of the PALLITE® range:

  • PALLITE® Pallet Feet: Two laminated ‘U’ profiles glued together to encase load-bearing tubes tubes. PALLITE® Pallet Feet can be manufactured to suit all standard pallet sizes and requirements. The Standard height being 120mm, 90mm wide and lengths to suit the application.
  • PALLITE® Pallets: The PALLITE® pallet, available in a range of configurations, is a honeycomb-board pallet made entirely out of paper and glue, with the capacity to hold a load of

    over 1.2tonne. As a strong, clean, light, and hygienic alternative to wood, ideal for export as well as the food, automotive and pharmaceutical industries.

The complete PALLITE® range features: pallets, pallet boxes, layer boards, insulated pallet boxes and pallet feet, all available in bespoke and standard sizes.

Gavin Ashe, Managing Partner at Kite Packaging added: “Kite believes that the PALLITE® range offers our customers great opportunities for savings both, hard and soft, and offers a unique alternative to traditional timber and heavy duty composite packs.”

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We are Commonwealth Export Champions!

Posted: 11/09/17 by Naturally Tribal Skincare Ltd

​We have been selected as one of the 30 outstanding British businesses to become Export Champions for the Third Cohort of the CommonwealthFirst programme. We are exceptionally honoured and excited to have been chosen.

The third cohort of Commonwealth Export Champions represents various regions of the UK and business sectors, with the latest batch of Export Champions applicants proving to be of the highest calibre yet, highlighting the variety of innovation and excellence that the UK SME sector has to offer the Commonwealth. Applicants included off-grid renewable energy, healthy snacks, innovative antimicrobial technology, teddy bears, a digital knitting machine, as well as award winning baby and children’s food.

New Export Champions will benefit from access to high-level networking events and introductions, training, mentoring and tailored trade missions – with trips to Canada and Australia taking place this autumn and next spring respectively.

Naturally Tribal was selected based on their ambition, innovation and the impact that they will have across Commonwealth markets:

Read more here: http://www.commonwealthfirst.org/third-cohort-uk-smes-selected-become-export-champions/



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Big numbers roll in as The Casino MK celebrates birthday

Posted: 11/09/17 by The Casino MK

Hard to believe, The Casino MK which is an integral part of the Milton Keynes entertainment scene, is celebrating its 4th birthday this week. The venue opened back in September 2013 and since then customers have been racking up some huge numbers as they enjoy the hospitality and gaming experiences the casino offers 24/7.

Here’s how the numbers stack up:

  • 1,910,028 visitors since it opened
  • The roulette wheels have been spun over 5 million times
  • Over £2,873,436 won on their slots jackpots
  • 185,441 pints of Fosters have been pulled
  • 8,023 steaks served in the restaurant
  • Their giant TV screen has been on for over 34,000 hours, non-stop

Recently, The Casino MK relaunched their loyalty scheme which has over 37,000 members. The new ‘Aspers World’* scheme allows customers to access a range of instant discounts of food and drink, invitations to special events and, for a limited time, a spin on the prize wheel with a 98% chance of winning.

General Manager at The Casino MK, Nigel Hartland, commented: “Four years is a milestone to celebrate - The Casino MK is now firmly part of the Milton Keynes entertainment scene and we’re proud to be located in the city. We talk regularly to customers about the service and rewards that our customers get, and with the launch of Aspers World, we believe we have the best loyalty scheme in the business.”

To find out more about The Casino MK, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, go to www.thecasinomk.co.uk, like The Casino MK on Facebook or follow @TheCasinoMK on Twitter.

For more information please contact Carys Underwood on 07958 546284 or email: prmk@aspers.co.uk

* Aspers World membership is free to join, photo ID required.

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Get creative with flowers this Autumn/Winter at Bay Tree Cottage

Posted: 11/09/17 by Bay Tree Cottage Accommodation & Country Living Workshops

Fresh flowers can brighten even the darkest of days during Autumn and Winter, and are a real treat to have in the home or to see at any building or event. Bay Tree Cottage in Farthingstone, near Towcester, is running several interactive floristry workshops over the coming months for those who would like to know more about how to make a beautiful floral display.

First up on Wednesday 20 September is ‘Pedestals and Church Flowers’ a half-day workshop where the secrets of creating statement flowers on a budget will be revealed. This is followed by ‘Wedding Flowers’ on Saturday 30 September, a full day where attendees can learn how to create bouquets, posies, buttonholes and corsages in a variety of styles, plus inspirational ideas for pew ends, chair backs and table decorations.

Two evening ‘Flower Arranging for Beginners’ workshops are taking place in October (Tues 3) and December (Wed 6), which are perfect for those that love flowers, but just don’t know where to start. Tutor Linda Seabrook will take the fear out of flower arranging and show how to create some fabulous floral creations.

For the green-fingered, ‘A Cutting Garden’ is taking place on Thursday 19 October from 9.30am-12pm where participants can learn how to design and create their own cutting garden so they can grow a glorious selection of flowers for their home.

‘Dinner Party Flowers’ are under the spotlight on Wednesday 1 November from 9.30am-12.30pm where different and simple ways of arranging flowers for a dinner party table will be revealed, including a stunning centre piece, floral napkin rings, a tea light place setting and a beautiful floral candelabra.

The floristry workshops conclude on Friday 15 December with ‘Christmas Flowers,’ a half-day workshop where attendees can learn how to make beautiful festive arrangements for the home using a selection of foliage and flowers and a collection of ribbons and adornments.

Jenny Dicks from Bay Tree Cottage said: “Whether your style is bold and beautiful or understated elegance, come along to one of our floristry workshops and discover the secrets of success!

For more information or to book visit www.btcworkshops.co.uk

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New neighbourhood area to promote partnership working

Posted: 08/09/17 by Northampton Borough Council

A proposed new neighbourhood area is set to benefit Semilong and Trinity by giving residents more involvement in the future of the area where they live and work.

The suggested neighbourhood area will bring together local residents and community groups, including those living outside of the boundaries, to tackle any issues that may arise from anticipated growth and development in Semilong and Trinity.

Boundaries for the area, which will include Northampton Racecourse, the Barrack Road Conservation Area, residential areas, green spaces and educational establishments, will be
discussed by Cabinet next week.

Once the boundaries for the area have been agreed, representatives from the area will form a neighbourhood forum. The forum will continue to work with people who have an interest in the area to establish what issues the plan will cover and take any actions forward.

Cllr Tim Hadland, Cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “Local people should have a say in their area, which is why we’ve been working with residents and community groups in and around Semilong and Trinity, to establish the boundaries that this new neighbourhood area would cover.

“Following the consultation period, we feel we have developed the best options for a neighbourhood area and want to reassure people that, no matter where the boundaries fall, anyone with an interest in that space, will have plenty of opportunities to input into future developments.”

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College students celebrate ‘graduation’ from CIPD and ILM professional courses

Posted: 07/09/17 by Northampton College

Staff from businesses across Northamptonshire have ‘graduated’ from a series of professional courses run by Northampton College to help boost skills in the workplace.

The Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) and Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) courses have been run at the college’s Lower Mounts campus.

A graduation ceremony was held to honour all those who completed courses in subjects including HR and management & leadership.

Those graduating included Mike Davis, who has achieved ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, Emile Scott who completed an ILM L3 Certificate in Effective Management and Emily Chandler, who gained a CIPD Intermediate (L5) Diploma in HR Management.

Mara Ozolina achieved a CIPD Foundation Diploma in HR Practice and Alice Pomroy gained a CIPD Foundation Diploma.

Meanwhile Kelly Lytollis gained a special progress award having completed a CIPD Intermediate Diploma in HR management. College principal Pat Brennan-Barrett, who attended the ceremony, said: “The students have worked extremely hard to gain these qualifications and will now take their learning back to the workplace where their new-found knowledge will be put into practice.

“These courses are helping to create the next generation of Northampton business leaders.”

Paul Beesley, Chairman of Northamptonshire Branch of CIPD, was on hand to congratulate the students upon receiving their awards.

For more information on professional courses available in January 2018 at Northampton College visit www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk

Caption: (L-R) Kelly Lytollis; Mike Davis; Mara Ozolina; Emily Chandler; Alice Pomroy

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Email Workshop sold out

Posted: 07/09/17 by Copywriter Pro

Tomorrow’s 5th Copywriter Pro Workshop - Make Every Email Count has sold out. These ever-popular workshops, limited to just 10 attendees, cover how we should use our everyday emails to build our relationships and boost our brands. So, number 5 has sold out, but No. 6 is just a fortnight away!

All the info for the next one on September 22nd are on Eventbrite, right here - http://bit.ly/2wFQcDH

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Moore Stephens becomes CICM corporate partner

Posted: 07/09/17 by Moore Stephens East Midlands

Moore Stephens, the top ten accounting and advisory company, has joined the growing ranks of leading organisations to become a Corporate Partner of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM).

The company has a network of offices throughout the UK. Its clients range from individuals and entrepreneurs, through to large organisations and complex international businesses.

Brendan Clarkson, Head of the National Creditor Services team at Moore Stephens says staff and partners have been involved with CICM in various ways for many years.“We all understand the Institute’s importance within the credit management sector. By becoming a Corporate Partner, we are looking to increase the support available to the credit community and increase our visibility through the many channels that CICM provides.

“Credit managers and the wider industry face a number of challenges, and the CICM provides the perfect platform to promote the events, factsheets and forums that will help them overcome these challenges today and in the future.”

“Moore Stephens’ National Creditor Services team has expert insight into insolvency and debt related issues, which combined with its industry and sector knowledge, enables it to assist creditors in recovering outstanding debts,” says Philip King, Chief Executive of the CICM.

“CICM members will be able to learn more about Moore Stephens’ services as well as having access to insolvency/debt related advice from members of the team, which will be of vital support for the work they undertake,” he concludes.

For more information about the CICM’s Corporate Partnership scheme, interested companies can contact Peter Collinson, CICM’s Director of Business Development and Marketing on peter.collinson@cicm.com or call +44 (0)1780 727273.

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Cabinet considers proposed development site consultation

Posted: 07/09/17 by Northampton Borough Council

Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet is set to discuss a plan of consultation on a host of sites put forward for potential development.

The council is in the process of establishing part two of its local plan which will outline how requirements in part one will be met.

As part of this, last year it carried out a call for sites, seeking for those who owned property and land across the borough with development potential to come forward.

One of this pieces of work’s main aims was to identify land which might help meet the housing needs of the borough to 2029. It could also help highlight areas for employment use.

Cllr Tim Hadland, Council Cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “We now have a comprehensive site list and before we can proceed, we must consult the public on the areas involved.

“The list identifies a wide range of sites and is not intended to assess their viability. Some will be absolutely appropriate for development and others might not.

“Consultation at this stage will see the publication of maps outlining the positions of every site, so residents can see precisely where has been identified and can comment on them.”

Part one of the local plan states that the borough must deliver 18,870 homes between 2011 and 2029.

Taking into account housing completions since 2011, sites with planning permission, and sites already allocated leaves a shortfall of 3,033 houses.

The land availability assessment suggests there is potential for 4,350 homes but does not grant planning permission, it merely establishes the existence of potential sites.

In any event, it is unlikely that all sites, even those which have already achieved planning permission, will be delivered by 2029.

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YUMYUM Creative Solutions has been shortlisted as finalists in the 2017 SME Business Awards

Posted: 07/09/17 by YUMYUM Creative Solutions Ltd

Having evolved from a print-led design agency to a successful creative studio that encourages forward-thinking in our clients through the projects undertaken for them, our core focus is always to expose those of our clients in strait-laced industries to the value of creative thinking and demonstrate how important the way they communicate is, by challenging their status quo.

We’re achieving this for clients in the cyber security, data consultancy and healthcare sectors, which often have a habit of sticking with the way things have always been done, but with our help are beginning to understand the value in using creativity to communicate complex and serious ideas and insights.

We also have a passion for our home in the Midlands and our biggest goal this year was to reach out to companies here to show how we can help make each other stronger. Doing this allowed us to reach the point where we could engage in our own act of local charitable giving, and we’re now in collaboration with the KidsAid Foundation Charity, providing ongoing design work to support their activities delivering creative therapies to children, which makes an important impact on our young adults of the future.

‘‘Our efforts to focus on our home-grown business community have been worth it…we’re really proud to be giving more local businesses a clear, confident and creative voice, and strengthening our client networks here has allowed us to create jobs and partner with local professionals in our industry - boosting the creative industries as a whole in this part of the country is always something we work to support,’’ Christina Bomben, Account Manager.

The award categories we are finalists for include the Stanair Community Business of the Year, and the Best E-Business of the Year. Both reflect our main activities and where we are as a business this year, and we aspire to be able to build on it into the future.

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Rockingham welcomes back 750 Motor Club for annual visit

Posted: 07/09/17 by Rockingham Motor Speedway Ltd

SEPTEMBER is set to be a very busy month for motorsport at Rockingham with three race meetings scheduled to be held at the Northamptonshire circuit over the coming weeks.

The action gets underway this weekend (September 9/10) when 750 Motor Club returns to the venue for what has now become an annual pilgrimage for its members and a regular fixture on the circuit’s race calendar.

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.

Split over two days, 750 Motor Club boasts some of the largest grids on the British club scene, producing good, clean racing. It prides itself on being both accessible and affordable to competitors and spectators alike.

All the action takes place on the International Super Sports Car Long Circuit, with a total of 20 races from 12 different championships featuring a wide variety of cars from hot hatches and supercars to single seaters and custom built machines.

It has never been closer at the top of the Demon Tweeks | Yokohama Classic Stock Hatch Championship. A pair of unmissable Rockingham races will decide whether it is 2015 and 2016 champion Matt Rozier who takes a third title on the trot in his Peugeot 205 GTi, or whether 2017 goes the way of longstanding rival and multiple former champion Lee Scott, in his Ford Fiesta XR2i.

Formula Vee is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of UK competition in 2017, and this year the Ravenol-backed single-seater championship also sees a two-way fight for the title upfront. With the exception of mechanical woes at Anglesey, Ben Miloudi has rarely been off the podium this season in his Storm and holds a 13-point lead over Irish racer Adam Macaulay (Sheane).

The Cartek Roadsports Series of mini-endurance races concludes 2017 on Saturday; an early finish to allow those competing in sister series Club Enduro to make the ‘bucket list’ trip to race at Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps at the end of this month.

Andy Marston and Brett Evans will likely face firm competition from Tim Gray and Mark Betts upfront in Class A in E46 BMW M3s, but Class B may well be the one to watch. Imran Khan (BMW E36 328i) was inseparable from Porsche 968 driver Matt Faizey throughout the last Roadsports outing, and this time the pair will also be up against longstanding Class B protagonists Neal Martin and Steve Hewson.

Paul Jarvis has already provisionally wrapped up the Royal Purple Hot Hatch Class C championship title thanks to an unbroken string of victories to-date, yet both Class A and B showcase some serious rivalries. Alistair Camp (Ford Fiesta ST) will go head-to-head with Honda Integra driver Ben Rushworth in the former, while Geoff Conner (Clio 172) and Will Hunt (Saxo) have shared the bulk of Class B victories this year, leaving them separated by a mere eight points.

The Demon Tweeks | Yokohama Locost Championship returns this weekend after a summer break for the evergreen ‘Seven-esque’ kit car formula. Ian Allee currently tops the table in a quest to defend his 2016 title, and although nearest rival Ben Powney proved completely untouchable in the last rounds, the Kent-based driver is only able to contest Sunday’s race here due to personal commitments.

With further championship action from the Tegiwa M3 Cup, 5Club Mazda MX-5s, and Disklok RGB for bike-engine sports-racing cars, plus the MTEC Brakes BMW 330 Challenge, Super Cooper Cup, Raceparts Historic 750 Formula and a huge variety of machinery represented in the Armed Forces Race Challenge, this first autumnal meeting of the year for 750MC will be one not to miss.

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.

Rockingham prides itself on providing access to all motorsport fans, and those who are registered disabled can apply for a complimentary* admission ticket for their carer, while children aged 15 and under get in FREE.

Advance tickets can be booked online at www.rockingham.co.uk or via the hotline on 01536 500500, option 1, until midday on Friday, September 3. Adult tickets will be available on the gate priced £16 per day. Gates open at 08:00 both days and track activity starts from 09:00.

For more information visit www.rockingham.co.uk/race events/

*Written proof is required.

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Single air quality management area to benefit the whole town centre

Posted: 07/09/17 by Northampton Borough Council

Recommendations for a single town centre air quality management area (AQMA) are set to be discussed by Cabinet on Wednesday, 13 September.

The proposal for a town centre wide AQMA comes after monitoring identified higher levels of nitrogen dioxide at Northgate Bus Station, The Drapery, Abington Square and Wellingborough Road.

It is suggested that a more coordinated and holistic approach to tackling these levels could be achieved by joining these newly identified locations with current AQMA’s in the central part of the town to make one single, town-centre-wide area.

On top of the increased air quality monitoring that the AQMA will bring, the Council is also bringing forward the implementation of a low emissions strategy.

The strategy will focus on promoting and supporting the use of low emission vehicles across the town, as well as investigating the creation of a Clean Air Zone in Northampton.

Clean Air Zones are generally declared in large cities, where congestion can cause wide spread air pollution. Although, this is not currently needed in Northampton, proactively
implementing the programme in the town will promote best practice and help avoid wide spread issues in the future.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “Declaring a single AQMA in Northampton town centre is the most beneficial option to assist our plans for improving the
air quality.

“The single area will mean we can tackle any issues in a joined-up manner and will avoid the potential pitfalls of moving problems around the town which adding more, smaller areas, could bring.

“Alongside this, we will be working with partners later this year to implement a borough-wide low emissions strategy. This will use policy changes and the introduction of initiatives, such as public charging points for electric cars, to encourage more individuals and companies to use low emission vehicles.”

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Spotlight is shone onto rare genetic condition research in Northampton

Posted: 07/09/17 by The University of Northampton

A University of Northampton based scientist has called attention to continuing the important research being carried out at our Park campus into a devastating childhood condition.

Dr Karen Anthony, a lecturer in Molecular Bioscience at University of Northampton, made the call as the international spotlight is turned on World Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
Awareness day.

DMD is a muscle wasting condition that is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood. Dr Anthony and her team are part of a worldwide effort to standardise clinical trials of DMD drugs, as well as working to gain a deeper understanding of the biology of the condition.

Dr Anthony has even taken valuable time out of the lab to kick-start her own crowdfunding campaign to bolster the work of a newly appointed student researcher.

She is looking for financial backing from businesses and members of the public to help provide vital equipment for a young researcher to undertake a project to understand how DMD
affects the brain as well as muscles.

Dr Anthony said: “Medical research requires a considerable amount of equipment and acquiring the necessary funds can be challenging, particularly for rare diseases such as DMD. Crowdfunding is one solution that can help.

“Our campaign will run throughout September, coinciding with World Duchenne Awareness Day on 7 September. Through research, we are helping to provide a normal independent future for individuals living with DMD.

“Backers of our project will receive project updates, free gifts and exclusive interactive laboratory tours. Donors will also be recognised when the results are published.”

Innovative and world-leading medical research such as this is expanding in Northampton, helped by the creation of our new Waterside Campus that opens in September 2018.

Dr Anthony can be contacted via email at karen.anthony@northampton.ac.uk

For more about the crowdfunding campaign with an informative video: https://experiment.com/projects/what-is-a-muscle-protein-doing-in-the-brain

To find out more and to back Dr Anthony’s research on Duchenne: https://experiment.com/projects/what-is-a-muscle-protein-doing-in-the-brain

To find out more about World Duchenne Awareness day visit http://www.worldduchenneday.org/

For more information about our Human Bioscience course: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/human-biosciences-bsc-hons/

Pictured: Amanda Ash and Dr Karen Anthony

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Museum project set to move into development stage

Posted: 07/09/17 by Northampton Borough Council

The redevelopment of Northampton Museum and Art Gallery will soon enter the development stage.

Site investigations are now complete, uncovering several issues which must be taken into account, including asbestos and a complex drainage network.

A planning application is expected to be submitted this autumn with detailed design concepts reflecting the latest aspirations for the project.

Following this, a tender process will be carried out in the spring to identify a contractor for the delivery phase.

In the meantime, Abington Park Museum will enjoy extended opening hours during school holidays and between November and March, plus an extensive programme of exhibition outreach is being arranged.

Cllr Anna King, Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet member for community engagement, said: “The project is running around a year behind schedule because of some unexpected complications and our wish to make sure we deliver the best possible result.

“In the meantime, we are doing everything we can to make sure our exhibitions remain accessible to the public as, let’s face it, they’re a big part of what a museum has to offer.

“We’ll keep the public informed of progress and we’re confident that when our new museum opens in 2019 it will be a magnificent space.”

Part of the project will be to make more of Northampton’s unique links with the footwear industry, with the creation of a dedicated shoe gallery.

The museum will work closely with academics from across the world plus key figures from the shoe trade to ensure that it becomes an internationally significant destination.

Four firms are currently in the running for the contract and will be invited to submit their tenders in the new year.

At its meeting on Wednesday, 13 September, Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet will be asked to agree the most appropriate procurement process so contractor selection can take place.

It will also be asked to agree that exhibition specialist, Creative Good Ltd, be kept on board for the remainder of the project.

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Park campus prepares for Northampton’s first ‘death café’ this Hallowe’en

Posted: 06/09/17 by The University of Northampton

Northampton residents will be able to confront a few social taboos over tea and cake as the town hosts its first ever ‘Death Café’ this Hallowe’en.

The pop-up café is a social space created for people to get together and have an informal chat about issues surrounding death and end of life.

To be be held in the Pavilion Café on our Park Campus from 30 October – 4 November, the free event is open to people of all ages and from all walks of life.

As death is traditionally seen in Britain as something unmentionable until the time arrives, free tea, coffee and cake are provided to help facilitate talking.

The official objective of a death café is to increase understanding of death while also creating a chance for health/care professionals to talk about it. The aim with this event is to create further, pop up events across the town and wider Northamptonshire.

Although the café is not a support group, experts are on hand to sign-post people toward specialist and professional help if needed.

Dr Jane Youell, a freelance Chartered psychologist who specialises in end of life care and dementia issues, is in charge of the event. Her interest in getting people talking about death stems from her own experience of her father’s end of life care: “My Dad had been in hospital for a few weeks before he passed away and we had received really good care from
the excellent nursing team. But the closer Dad got to death the more they backed away; there was a sense that professionals weren’t really that comfortable being around us.

“There was a sudden curtain of silence around us, despite all of us knowing what was to come. If I, as a specialist in older age care, am thinking this, how are people new to all of this coping? I thought then and there that what I should try and take this experience and give other people the chance to start talking about the unmentionable.

“Despite the subject matter, the Death Café is above all a friendly and conversational experience and I look forward to talking with people when it opens its doors on 30 October and throughout that week.”

The Death Café is open from 2:30-4:30pm, 30 October-3 November in the Pavilion Café at the University of Northampton’s Park Campus.

People who wish to attend can email Jane directly: jyouellconsultancy@gmail.com

The death café movement was initiated by a Swiss sociologist and anthropologist Bernard Cretazz who wanted to break what he termed the ‘tyrannical secrecy about death’.

Find out further information about the Death Café movement.

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PROJEXIS is looking to form strategic partnerships and Empower the Client Journey

Posted: 06/09/17 by PROJEXIS LTD

PROJEXIS is looking to form strategic partnerships with IT Services, IT Development, Client Service and Marketing organisations who share in our passion to Empower the Client Journey.

Our aim is to deliver a seamless end-to-end client experience, from the very fist interaction right through to the natural relationship end and beyond. The strategic partnerships will enable a unified approach to this experience whilst enabling further opportunities to develop long lasting relationships.

From the tools to the processes and everything in between, if you offer services that fit with this aim and are interested in discussing how a potential partnership could work - please contact Mike Rolfe on 07472 929418 for an informal discussion.

www.projexis.co.uk

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Construction begins on MK Gallery’s much anticipated expansion

Posted: 06/09/17 by MK Gallery

This autumn, major construction commences on MK Gallery’s ambitious expansion. This will see the current building double in size and the creation of new cultural facilities in Milton Keynes.

Reopening in 2019, the Gallery and its programmes will be transformed through doubled exhibition spaces for historical as well as contemporary art, a multi-purpose auditorium for film, music, dance and other activities overlooking the city’s green spaces, a dedicated learning and community space, excellent access facilities and a welcoming new café bar and shop. Working on an exciting design by 6a architects, the expansion is being delivered by main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland with project management and contract administration by Jackson Coles.

Through extensive consultation with local residents and stakeholders, the design has been refined in partnership with MK Gallery, Milton Keynes Council, and Arts Council England. Award winning 6a architects has garnered a reputation for its sensitive and engaging buildings. The design for MK Gallery includes references to the original development of Milton Keynes in the 1960s and 70s telling the story of the city’s visionary heyday, in collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman.

MK Gallery Director Anthony Spira said: ‘It is a source of immense pride to be bringing what will be a world-class venue to Milton Keynes. The new building will be fully accessible so that we can provide the very best arts experiences for wide audiences and extend our work with families, community groups and those impacted by health, financial and social concerns. The arts are an incredible resource for creating cohesion between diverse individuals, nurturing wellbeing and ultimately creating stronger communities.”

Bowmer & Kirkland, is of the UK’s most successful privately-owned construction, engineering and development groups. Main Board Director, Jack Kirkland, said: “We at Bowmer & Kirkland are tremendously excited to be working on this project. We are very proud of the work that we have done and are doing in Milton Keynes and we hope that this expansion will be an outstanding contribution to the cityscape. Speaking personally I have enjoyed many great shows at MK Gallery and I look forward to seeing what Anthony and his team will do with the new space.”

Speaking about the expansion Councillor Liz Gifford, Milton Keynes Council Cabinet member responsible for Place, said: “Milton Keynes was founded on an understanding of the value of arts and culture as the foundation for strong, lively and fulfilled communities. This is a legacy that continues today. What more potent demonstration can there be of Milton Keynes’ belief in the value of culture than for the MK Gallery expansion to be commencing in the year when we celebrate the city’s 50th anniversary and as it prepares its bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2023.”

The expansion of MK Gallery has been made possible with the generous backing of Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council, SEMLEP and many other generous trusts, individuals and businesses. The funders recognised MK Gallery’s track record in delivering excellent and innovative local and international arts programmes, particularly praising its partnership working and success in bringing new audiences to the arts.

Hilary Chipping, Deputy Chief Executive of SEMLEP said: “MK Gallery’s expansion secures its position as an excellent cultural asset for the South East Midlands. SEMLEP’s Local Growth Fund investment in MK Gallery reflects our commitment to supporting the high-quality cultural arts offer across the area. This contributes to the quality of life for residents, supports our strong visitor economy and strengthens our cultural and creative sector.”

Throughout construction, MK Gallery is delivering City Club, a programme of new art, performances, family activities, happenings and talks inspired by the original cultural plans for Milton Keynes. Further details can be found at www.mkgallery.org.

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Changes to the AS 9100 Standard

Posted: 06/09/17 by IMSM Ltd

AS9100 has recently changed after ISO 9001’s transition to the 2015 standard. The concept of the standard has not changed but the structure has been aligned with the new ISO 9001.

What are the main differences between the old and new version?
Most ISO standards are now required to adopt this structure; making it easier for organisations to address the requirements of more than one ISO standard within a single integrated system. Some of the main benefits of the new AS 9100:2016 include; greater leadership involvement, more flexible documentation and effective supply chain management.

  • The adoption of the high level structure
  • Risk-based thinking to support and improve the understanding and application of the process approach
  • Fewer prescriptive requirements
  • More flexibility regarding documentation
  • Improved applicability for services
  • A requirement to define the boundaries of the QMS
  • Increased emphasis on organisational context
  • Increased leadership requirements
  • Greater emphasis on achieving desired process results to improve customer satisfaction

Why do standards change?

Standards are constantly revised to reflect the increasingly complex and changing environments organisations operate in. Standards have been created to enhance an organisation’s ability to satisfy its customer’s business needs.

For more information or questions regarding AS 9100, contact me on 07803 593390 or andrewtomkinson@imsm.com

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Avon Cosmetics donates £5,000 to Special Care Baby Unit

Posted: 06/09/17 by Avon Cosmetics Ltd

Avon Cosmetics is continuing its legacy of supporting its local community by awarding £5,000 to the Special Care Baby Unit at Kettering General Hospital.

Nominated by Avon Associates at its Corby site through the Associates Choice scheme, this money will make a real difference to the dedicated unit.

KGH Special Care Baby Unit is a neonatal intensive care unit which looks after the welfare of newborn babies, mainly those born premature or who require some form of special high
dependency or intensive care nursing. The funds raised will be used to purchase a new cardiac monitor to closely observe poorly and premature babies.

Voting for the Special Care Baby Unit was driven by Avon Corby Associate Anis Collins, who spent 6 weeks at KGH Special Care Baby Unit 27 years ago when her son was critically ill.

Anis Collins, Senior Support Planner, says: “I chose this particular charity as it is very close to my heart. It means a lot to be able to support such a good cause and it’s always important to give something back. I have recently been inspired as two friends have had very ill premature babies who have been treated there and both are now safely home.

“I clearly remember the hard work, passion and dedication that all the doctors and nurses had when caring for the babies and for the support they gave to worried parents.

“We are very lucky to have this amazing Special Care Baby Unit on our doorstep with such dedicated staff.”

Maxine Andrews, Fundraising Officer, says: “Every donation we receive helps us to enhance the care we are able to give to the babies we look after. This donation will mean that we can continue to ensure the babies at KGH are monitored closely from the moment they arrive in our care.”

“We would like to give a huge thanks to Anis for her nomination. We are always extremely touched to receive support from our local community.

“The new cardiac monitor will mean that in addition to the doctors, nurses and the baby’s family, the baby has something else watching over him too.”

Avon is committed to improving lives and making a real difference both nationally and in the local community. Whether it be through its long standing commitment to local charity Crazy Hats, or through initiatives like Associates Choice and its Female Empowerment Fund with Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

In the UK over £19 million has been donated to breast cancer charities through the Avon breast cancer crusade and £2 million to domestic violence charities through its Speak Out programme.

Photo caption: L-R Lead Matron Janet Ford, Maxine Andrews fundraising officer KGH, Anis Collins support planner, healthcare assistant Anne Underwood, and Matron Jane Lafferty

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Cult Film Club returns to chill, challenge and captivate audiences

Posted: 06/09/17 by The University of Northampton

Northampton’s Cult Film Club opens its box office tills once more in September with a new programme of movies aimed at scaring, enlightening and entertaining audiences.

Announcing its programme for the next five months, the next selection of cinematic highlights focuses on extreme movies.

The season kicks off on 27th September with the violent, futuristic Japanese film Battle Royale and includes the controversial horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and West German exploitation flick Nekromantik.

Now in its fourth year, the film club is run by the University of Northampton’s Film Studies team, with support from their students and is hosted at The Errol Flynn Filmhouse in Northampton.

The club was set up to challenge how we view and understand movies by carefully selecting films that go beyond the boundaries of good taste, subvert genre conventions or show those that already have a small but passionate following.

Screenings are accompanied by additional events, including informative pre-movie talks and film related discussions.

David Simmons, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Northampton, leads the film club: “Too often when we go to the multiplex, it’s all about popcorn delights, leaving your brain on the empty cinema seat next to you and enjoying the big bang of the blockbuster.

“What we aim to do with the film club, in a fun and enjoyable way is to screen films you might not usually choose to see and point you in the direction to look at them in a different way. For anyone who enjoys great cinema, they should book a ticket or come along on the night for an evening of discovery in the dark.”

The film club is also recruiting for volunteers to assist with setting up the screenings and spreading the word about the movie programme.

Anyone, student or civilian, who wants to find out more should contact the film club either via their Facebook page or email david.simmons@northampton.ac.uk

The full list of films coming up are:

  • Wed 27 Sept - Battle Royale
  • Wed 25 Oct - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Wed 29 Nov - Nekromantik
  • Wed 31st Jan - Audition
  • Wed 28th Feb - Hellraiser

Tickets start £7.50 and can be purchased at the Errol Flynn’s website.

For more information about our Film and Screen Studies course: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/film-screen-studies-joint-honours-babsc-hons/

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Everybody’s Talking About…

Posted: 06/09/17 by Milton Keynes College

With the Great British Bake Off returning to our screens this week, cakes, biscuits and soggy bottoms are on everyone’s minds.

Milton Keynes College has a range of part day, one day, evening and weekend courses for home bakers and professionals to give everyone the chance to become a budding baker.

The Claire Clark Academy; centre of patisserie excellence, which opened its doors in May, sees Milton Keynes College partnered with BBC’s Bake-Off Crème de la Crème judge Claire Clark MBE to offer a range of unique Patisserie courses and giving students the opportunity to work with industry leading chefs.

The areas covered on the courses include chocolate, sugar work, bread, pastry work, modern desserts, classic desserts, plating desserts and more. Specific times of day are being focused on, such as the ever popular afternoon tea and the constantly growing trend for baking fresh bread.

Coming up soon at the Claire Clark Academy, is a Sugar Flower Workshop with Makiko Searle, one of the UK’s leading names in wedding cake design.

In October the College is looking forward to welcoming back Paul Jagger, as he returns with his Italian Breadmaking Masterclass. Paul was a Quarterfinalist on The Great British Bake Off 2015, and is best remembered for making a Lion’s head out of bread.

Milton Keynes College’s Principal and CEO, Dr Julie Mills, says: “At a time when interest levels in pastry and patisserie – from home bakers to professionals – are as high as they have ever been, the Academy allows Milton Keynes College to be at the cutting edge of this exciting, innovative and enjoyable industry.

“Working alongside globally recognised industry names such as Claire represents a huge honour for the College and helps underpin our goal of delivering excellence in education, while inspiring learners to achieve and surpass their ambitions.”

For further information and course enquiries visit http://www.mkcollege.ac.uk/subjects-we-offer/hospitality-and-catering/claire-clark-academy, email andrea.ruff@mkcollege.ac.uk or telephone 01908 684444. And don’t forget to follow @CClarkAcademy on Twitter for all of the latest news and updates from Claire and the Academy team.

Pictured: Claire Clark and Sophie

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Northampton’s Youth Forum inspiring others across the UK

Posted: 06/09/17 by Northampton Borough Council

Northampton Borough Council’s Youth Forum is set to inspire others with their research into local young peoples’ gambling and gaming habits.

Findings gained from the Youth Forum’s research will be presented at a symposium being held by the Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and City Law School. The event will
take place on Thursday, 7 September and will attract an audience of students, teachers and education and public health experts.

At the symposium, members of the Youth Forum will share their experience of implementing the YGAM educational programme in Northampton, which included the delivery of a questionnaire about gambling and gaming by young people.

The Youth Forum, which is made up of young people aged 13 to 19 years old, gained over 100 responses to its questionnaire during the summer, by talking to people at the town’s carnival as well as at community events held in celebration of National Play Day and International Youth Day.

The group will also present these findings at a Cake and Debate event held during UK Parliament Week on Thursday, 17 November at the Guildhall.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement and Chair of the Youth Forum, said: “We are really proud of the town’s young people and getting involved in our Youth Forum provides them with the perfect opportunity to have a voice about issues affecting their future.

“Being held up as an example of good practice by being selected to present at the YGAM symposium and to be a case study for UK Parliament Week is testament to the Youth Forum’s hard work and enthusiasm.”

Visit www.facebook.com/NorthamptonYouthForum to find out more about Northampton’s Youth Forum and contact our Communities and Partnership team on 01604 837079 to find out how you could join.

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Snapper Sam gets Premier League chance to boost his portfolio

Posted: 06/09/17 by The University of Northampton

University of Northampton student Sam Joyce is focusing on English football’s top-flight after landing a role to photograph Leicester City’s home games.

Sam Joyce, a final-year Photography undergraduate, is enjoying a season-long internship with the Foxes’ official photographic partners, Plumb Images. His brief is to focus on the away teams who visit the King Power Stadium for Premier League, FA Cup and league cup fixtures.

Sam’s work has already caught the attention of some of the country’s biggest media organisations, with The Sun, Daily Mail and the Leicester Mercury all using his photo of Leicester
defender Harry Maguire’s goal celebrations from City’s 2-0 league win over Brighton & Hove Albion in August.

“This is an amazing chance for me to build my portfolio with images of the Premier League, which is something I could only have dreamt of a few months ago,” said Sam.

“This role allows me to meet and work alongside some of the best sports photographers in the country, learning from them to improve my own work.

“I have already had the dream start to my Leicester City photography career with the Harry Maguire shot – The Sun then used another of my Maguire photos for their double-page feature about his England call-up.”

Sam’s stint with the 2016 Premier League champions comes hot on the heels of a season-long spell with Northampton Town Football Club.

He combined his studies with work experience at Sixfields, taking match day photos for the Cobblers’ website, programme and social media channels.

Sam was able to get his foot in the door at Sixfields, thanks to the club’s close ties with the University.

The University of Northampton has been the Cobblers’ principal partner since 2013, when it became the club’s main shirt sponsor – a deal which was renewed for a further three years in February 2016.

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High-tech manufacturer igus celebrates success of apprenticeship scheme

Posted: 05/09/17 by igus UK Limited

Northampton-based high-tech manufacturing company igus has recruited its third apprentice in a year. The company launched its apprenticeship scheme in 2016 with the aim of providing workplace training and employment opportunities to young people but has surpassed all expectations by attracting three new team members in a matter of months.

The latest recruit is Ariane Batchelor, 18, who has joined the igus’ drytech bearings technical support team.

The initiative is an attempt to help address the UK’s highly publicised skills shortage in engineering and other areas, as well as enabling an expansion of igus’ workforce at a time of significant business growth. However, igus managing director Matthew Aldridge said the level of interest from applicants had exceeded all expectations. “We introduced apprenticeships with the intention of providing workplace training opportunities for young people and hoped that the company could also benefit from their energy and enthusiasm,” he said. “My initial concern was that we might be limited by the number of applicants but the talent pool is very wide. We’ve recruited three apprentices in our first year, which is extremely encouraging.”

Apprentices have been recruited into both technical and administrative roles at igus, a company that employs around 100 people and specialises in the manufacture of advanced bearings and chains to sectors including robotics, automotive and marine.

Ariane Batchelor, who has achieved a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Enginering from Silverstone University Technical College (UTC), is passionate about engineering and keen to expand her skills within the technical support team. She follows Oliver Palmer, also 18, who joined as an finance apprentice in May. Oliver is studying for the Association of Accounting Technicians’ (AAT) Level 3 qualification, via a day release arrangement at Northampton College, and is serving as an ambassador by speaking in local schools about the value of apprenticeships.

The company’s first apprentice, 18-year-old Brian Ebulubu, is now entering the second year of his readychain manufacturing apprenticeship. His main focus is on cable assemblies, in the Northampton harnessing factory, but he is also spending time in technical support and other customer-facing positions.

The UK engineering industry will need 265,000 skilled entrants each year between now and 2024 and the numbers currently coming through are creating a shortfall, according to the not-for-profit organisation EngineeringUK. The rise of apprenticeships is seen as one of the most important ways to tackle this shortfall.

As a forward-looking employer, igus supports career development for young engineers in a number of ways. Through its Young Engineers Support (YES) programme, the company provides free products and guidance to aspiring engineers and researchers. igus is also a long-time supporter of the Formula Student initiative, overseen by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE).

For further information about the apprenticeship scheme, please visit: www.igus.co.uk or call igus® directly on 01604 677240. Follow us at twitter.com/igusUK, watch our videos at www.igus.co.uk/YouTube, connect with us at www.igus.co.uk/Facebook and read our blog on blog.igus.co.uk.

Image: (from left to right) igus apprentices Brian Ebulubu, Ariane Batchelor and Oliver Palmer.

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Kier unveils unique virtual world plaque on landmark building in Worcester

Posted: 05/09/17 by KierMG Ltd

Kier, a leading property, residential and services group which employs over 800 people across the West Midlands, has unveiled one of its first innovative Virtual World Plaques™ on Pendock Bridge in Worcester. The installation marks the launch of Kier’s Shaping Your World campaign, which aims to help the public better understand the role the built environment plays in our everyday lives, and in turn boost construction sector recruitment.

Over 25 plaques have been installed on key buildings up and down the country to showcase Kier projects. Each plaque provides a physical touchpoint for members of the public, who can use it to enter a virtual world, hosted by a unique avatar at each location, and access unique information and history about the building it fronts.

Providing locals with added insight into the infrastructure that surrounds them in their own city, it is hoped that the plaques will help to demonstrate the importance of the built environment in shaping our skylines and encourage more young people to consider a job in the sector.

As part of the campaign, Kier has today released a new report, which looks at how insufficient careers advice is putting £90bn GDP at risk.

The results found that 72 per cent of parents in the West Midlands feel that careers advice in local schools is too focused on academia, with 63 per cent also believing that children in the area do not receive enough careers advice at school. However, over 55 per cent say tuition fees are now putting them off encouraging their child to go to university.

The study also found that 33 per cent of teachers are unaware of the scale of the recruitment shortfall in the construction sector. It also exposed a lack of knowledge around the many different entry points to the industry, such as work experience, internships and apprenticeships and undergraduate and graduate programmes.

Haydn Mursell, chief executive of Kier, said: “We’re hoping to change perceptions with this campaign, and encourage those who may have not previously done so to consider a job in construction. These plaques are a fun and unique way for Kier to engage with members of the public and to demonstrate just how integral the construction sector is to the continued development of our cities.

“With an ageing workforce, uncertainty around Brexit and an ambitious pipeline of construction, housing and wider infrastructure projects, which equates to £90bn of UK GDP delivery and creates a demand for circa 400,000 new recruits per annum, it is imperative that we attract new talent into our industry.

“We have invested in comprehensive resource to train and develop new talent, we offer a vast array of roles, great scope and support for diversity and career progression, and we offer the chance to leave a lasting legacy and make a real contribution to local communities.”

Kier has offices across the West Midlands, including in Solihull, and is responsible for a number of projects in the area, such as building around 300 homes in a major new £40m mixed tenure housing scheme in Kings Norton for Birmingham City Council’s Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.

In addition, Kier also completed Goodman’s £12m Eastside Locks development in Birmingham, which was the first speculative office scheme to be constructed in the city since the recession, and is currently on site to deliver the new national transport design centre for Coventry University. Kier is also working to turn part of the M6 into a smart motorway in joint venture with Carillion, in a contract worth up to £475m.

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Learn about the new requirements for highways pre-application enquiries

Posted: 05/09/17 by Robinson & Hall LLP

At Robinson & Hall we are firm believers in undertaking robust investigations into the deliverability and constraints surrounding a site prior to submitting any planning application. We find that this provides greater certainty to the client, protects against abortive costs and allows a level of Planning Officer buy-in from the outset.

To date the pre-application process has normally been quite a self-contained one – you submit your request to the Planning Case Officer and eight weeks later receive a response informed by all of the relevant technical consultees. Whilst a fee is usually expected we recommend that it is money well spent.

There is, however, an emerging trend for some of the consultees to charge for their own bespoke pre-application service – the latest of which is Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) Highways who from 12th August 2017 are now charging for advice.

BCC’s costs in many instances exceed those of the Local Planning Authority for the pre-application service. This is unfortunate as with the majority of our applications advice on issues such as highways and access is critical.

What this unfortunately means is that the cost of the pre-application process may increase in some instances. To this end, whilst it remains our recommended approach, we would be keen to advise at the earliest stage on the most cost effective way of setting out your planning strategy, taking into account the increase in fees.

If you have any proposals that would benefit from initial appraisal or engagement with the pre-application process please do not hesitate in contacting our Planning & Development team for initial advice. Call or email Andrew Barr, Head of Planning & Development on 01234 362926 or ahb@robinsonandhall.co.uk

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New requirements for highways pre-application enquiries

Posted: 05/09/17 by catherine.bontoft@northants-chamber.co.uk

At Robinson & Hall we are firm believers in undertaking robust investigations into the deliverabilityand constraints surrounding a site prior to submitting any planning application. We find that this provides greater certainty to the client, protects against abortive costs and allows a level of Planning Officer buy-in from the outset.

To date the pre-application process has normally been quite a self-contained one – you submit your request to the Planning Case Officer and eight weeks later receive a response informed by all of the relevant technical consultees. Whilst a fee is usually expected we recommend that it is money well spent.

There is, however, an emerging trend for some of the consultees to charge for their own bespoke pre-application service – the latest of which is Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) Highways who from 12th August 2017 are now charging for advice.

BCC’s costs in many instances exceed those of the Local Planning Authority for the pre-application service. This is unfortunate as with the majority of our
applications advice on issues such as highways and access is critical.

What this unfortunately
means is that the cost of the pre-application process may increase in some
instances. To this end, whilst it remains our recommended approach, we would be
keen to advise at the earliest stage on the most cost effective way of setting
out your planning strategy, taking into account the increase in fees.

If you have any proposals
that would benefit from initial appraisal or engagement with the
pre-application process please do not hesitate in contacting our Planning &
Development team for initial advice. Call or email Andrew Barr,
Head of Planning & Development on 01234 362926 or ahb@robinsonandhall.co.uk

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Thank you all!

Posted: 05/09/17 by Daventry Area Community Transport

DACT wants to say a big thank you to all who placed a vote for us.

We recently asked if you would support the public vote for the recent MCF Community Awards in which DACT had been nominated for a guaranteed award.

Due to the amazing support we received we are delighted to advise that this morning we have heard that we have been awarded with a Grant of £15,000. Thank you to all who took the time to register support for DACT – you are appreciated!

With kind regards and best wishes from all at DACT.

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Attend - Workshop ‘Trade with Egypt; Export Documentation, Trade Finance & Customs Routines’, 10/10/2017

Posted: 05/09/17 by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Ltd

Upcoming event information: Workshop ‘Trade with Egypt; Export Documentation, Trade Finance & Customs Routines’

Location: Barclays, Plaza Room, 5 The North Colonnade, London, E14 4BB

Date: 10/10/2017 9:00 AM

The Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce takes pleasure to invite you to our Workshop on ‘Trade with Egypt; Export Documentation, Trade Finance & Customs Routines,’ taking place on Tuesday 10 October from 9am at Barclays, Plaza Room, 5 The North Colonnade, London, E14 4BB.

Egypt is one of the largest markets in the MENA region, with a population of 95 million and growing. Its free trade agreement with the EU means that the country will have continued preferential access to the EU Single Market even after Brexit, and that it remains an important regional trade hub.

The UK exports goods valued at close to £1 billion per year to Egypt. Following the implementation of much needed economic reforms Egypt’s external sector is stabilizing. New documentation requirements were introduced by the Egyptian government in 2015/16 to support these reforms.

The objective of this workshop is to examine the various aspects of international trade documentation, and specific requirements for export to the Egyptian market. The workshop consists of three sessions with an opening presentation by the British Chambers of Commerce on UK Trade Policy. In the sessions, we will discuss how to prepare the content of your tradedocuments, payment methods & documentation, and finally customs routines.

The sessions are supported by Barclays International Trade, SGS, the Surrey Chambers of Commerce and Makowski Associates.

Download the programme.

Register online to attend this event.

For more information, please contact The Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce directly.

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Workshop ‘Trade with Egypt; Export Documentation, Trade Finance & Customs Routines’, 10/10/2017

Posted: 05/09/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber

Upcoming event information: Workshop ‘Trade with Egypt; Export Documentation, Trade Finance & Customs Routines’

Location: Barclays, Plaza Room, 5 The North Colonnade, London, E14 4BB

Date: 10/10/2017 9:00 AM

The Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce takes pleasure to invite you to our Workshop on ‘Trade with Egypt; Export Documentation, Trade Finance & Customs Routines,’ taking place on Tuesday 10 October from 9am at Barclays, Plaza Room, 5 The North Colonnade, London, E14 4BB.

Egypt is one of the largest markets in the MENA region, with a population of 95 million and growing. Its free trade agreement with the EU means that the country will have continued preferential access to the EU Single Market even after Brexit, and that it remains an important regional trade hub.

The UK exports goods valued at close to £1 billion per year to Egypt. Following the implementation of much needed economic reforms Egypt’s external sector is stabilizing. New documentation requirements were introduced by the Egyptian government in 2015/16 to support these reforms.

The objective of this workshop is to examine the various aspects of international trade documentation, and specific requirements for export to the Egyptian market. The workshop consists of three sessions with an opening presentation by the British Chambers of Commerce on UK Trade Policy. In the sessions, we will discuss how to prepare the content of your tradedocuments, payment methods & documentation, and finally customs routines.

The sessions are supported by Barclays International Trade, SGS, the Surrey Chambers of Commerce and Makowski Associates.

Download the programme.

Register online to attend this event.

For more information, please contact The Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce directly.

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John’s Great North Run

Posted: 05/09/17 by Teamwork Trust Northamptonshire - Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough

At the beginning of 2017 John Bruce, strategic director of Teamwork Trust decided he would like to raise money to help Teamwork Trust; a vulnerable adult’s charity in Northamptonshire. So he was very pleased when he was given the opportunity to enter the Great North Run.

“I’m thinking, it’s been a while since I’ve done any running, but I’m sure I can do this, as there’s still life in this old dog? After all it’s only one mile, 13 times isn’t it?

“With that in mind I started my training. The first 1/2 mile went ok, just, so I plan to get the 13 miles done going through three gears: Running/Jogging/Walking (I’m not so young as I used to be lol!). But who knows, with all this training I’m doing I may have a flush of youth and give Mo Farah a run for his money?”

If you would like to support a charity that makes a difference to the vulnerable in the community, please sponsor John. Your donation will be valued and used to provide help and support to the many people who access their services across Northamptonshire. The link is: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/johnbruce2

To find out exactly how Teamwork Trust makes a difference, please have a look at their website www.teamworktrust.co.uk

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Bombinate Web Design are looking forward to meeting businesses at the Networking Breakfast

Posted: 05/09/17 by Bombinate Web Design

Bombinate Web Design are pleased to announce that we will be at the Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast on Wednesday morning in The Casino MK and we’re looking forward to meeting all the other businesses and hearing about what you do.

As new members of the Chamber of Commerce, and seeing as this is our first Networking Breakfast, we hope we won’t be too shy!

We specialise in web design, WordPress security, website management, hosting, digital marketing and SEO.

We love to talk all things “web”, so if you would like to discuss web design or anything to do with developing your online web presence, please come and say “hello” and have a chat with us and we will happily answer any questions you may have.

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Milton Keynes Challenge Walk - Sept 2017

Posted: 05/09/17 by Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival, Interdirect and Milton Keynes College, have got together to undertake a new charity fundraising walk in the City on 8th September 2017.

The Challenge Walk is a 25.48 mile walking route over existing countryside and Parks Trust walkways and pathways, taking in Willen Lake, parkland, rivers, canals and reservoirs. The event was the brainchild of Simon deMaid of Howes Percival and Nicholas Mann of Interdirect.

Teams of five are welcome to take part in the Milton Keynes Challenge Walk for what will be one of the most pleasant and demanding fitness challenges this year. Entry fee is £100.00 per team.

The Challenge Walk aims to raise awareness and funds in excess of £5,000 for the increasingly pertinent issue of homelessness in the city. Working with MK Community Foundation all money raised will go towards a brand new ‘City Fund’, designed exclusively to support homeless charities and projects. These charities urgently need help to provide care and support services to get people back on their feet and into suitable accommodation.

Simon deMaid, partner at Howes Percival said: “We hope that the walk will raise the profile of the new ‘City Fund’, give it an initial boost of money, and be an enjoyable challenge through the beautiful parks, woodlands and fields of Milton Keynes.

“We would love your support in helping us to reach our target - sponsor us here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/25milewalkchallenge.”

In 2016, there was a 16% increase of rough sleepers in England from the previous year, and Milton Keynes reportedly has the third highest homeless population in the South East. The charity Open Door MK currently sees between 40 and 50 visitors at its drop-in services each week and these figures are rising.

Jake Hall, New Business Development Manager at Interdirect explains: “Unfortunately homelessness is becoming an increasing issue in Milton Keynes and it is important that Interdirect and our partner organisations help the MK Community Foundation to support the most vulnerable people in our city”.

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GDPR Seminars

Posted: 05/09/17 by Outsourced Virtual Office

Outsourced Virtual Office in conjunction with Union Marketing will be offering GDPR Seminars from October.

The seminars will give:

  • A general overview of the GDPR.
  • Get businesses actively looking at what data they hold/process.
  • Get businesses reviewing systems they may have in place to support the data.
  • Inform about relevant policies & procedures that will need to be implemented.
  • Look at how a business can secure it’s data access/permissions/processes.
  • Look at staff training.
  • Provide help in creating an action plan to become GDPR compliant.

If you would like to book your place, please check out the links below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gdpr-interactive-seminar-get-your-business-ready-tickets-37496890208

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gdpr-interactive-seminar-get-your-business-ready-tickets-37565061109?aff=es2

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gdpr-interactive-seminar-get-your-business-ready-tickets-37565027007?aff=es2

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gdpr-interactive-seminar-get-your-business-ready-tickets-37499424789?aff=es2

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Delighted to join the Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce “family”

Posted: 04/09/17 by Bombinate Web Design

Bombinate Web Design is delighted to join the Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce “family”.

We are a multi-award winning, MK based web agency, who offer a full range of web services, including responsive web design, built in Wordpress (the world’s most popular/efficient platform), internet security, full SEO and digital marketing services, along with hosting on an environmentally green server. We also cover social media and website management and provide Wordpress customisation for those who want to modify an off-the-shelf, ready-made theme.

Our packages include client training and one year’s free hosting for members of Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce!

We also work hard for the environment by hosting with an environmentally green server and donate a percentage of our profits to the British Beekeeping Association. This is where our name “Bombinate” comes from: “def: the humming sound made by honeybees.”

If you have any questions about how our business can help your business, then we would love to talk to you.

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