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2:48pm Friday 7th March 2014
LAW firm mfg Solicitors has strengthened its agricultural team with the appointment of a specialist lawyer. Renewables expert Stewart Smith has joined mfg in Worcester as an associate after almost a decade with Cheshire-based practice Walker Smith Way.. An experienced renewable energy specialist with a reputation for his advice on complex wind farm schemes, Mr Smith will work closely with partners Susan Morrissy and Iain Morrison across the firm’s other seven offices in Worcestershire and Shropshire.
12:38pm Friday 7th March 2014
PAUL Massey, group chief executive of Droitwich-based AKW – the market leader in independent living solutions – has been appointed as inaugural chairman to the management committee of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, the leading professional body for the industry in the UK. He was previously president of the Society of British Gas Industries and chairman of the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council.
10:55am Thursday 6th March 2014
COMPANIES are being warned the increasing trend of allowing employees to use their own personal electronic devices, like smart phones and tablets, at work could land them i n trouble. According to Worcester-based law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys, employers need to be aware of the risks to business data this could present and an adequate policy needs to be in place to cover it.
9:55am Thursday 6th March 2014
ADMINISTRATORS have been called in to three subsidiaries of Bromsgrove-headquartered Akkeron Hotels Group, which is owned by entrepreneur James Brent, who purchased Plymouth Argyle out of administration in 2011. The companies account for about £30m of the wider group's £60m-plus turnover. The business, which supplied sales and administrative services to a number of hotels, was renamed Rosford Management Ltd prior to the appointment.
9:37am Thursday 6th March 2014
A NEW forum has been set up in Worcester to help apprentices. More than 20 business managers and their young guns attended the launch of Apprentices in Business, which took place at Bindles Brasserie and targets sectors from engineering to agriculture, manufacturing to legal and customer service to warehousing. The idea for the forum came from Judith Bennett, director of Britannia Bennetts’ after she struggled to easily access candidates to take on as apprentices in her Malvern based removals business.
3:17pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
LEADERS of Worcestershire's small business community have called on the Government to make "serious investment" to prevent a recurrence of the damage caused by this year's floods. It comes as new data released by the Federation of Small Businesses reveals small firms in affected areas nationally lost more than three quarters of a billion pounds with an average cost of £1,531 per business.
1:02pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
THERE'S a new car in the park at estate agents G Herbert Banks, where Eleni Randle has arrived to add further strength and depth to the rural surveying side of the business. The 26-years-old former student at King's School, Worcester, has returned to her home county after three years working in Staffordshire.
12:36pm Wednesday 5th March 2014
AN employee at QualitySolicitors Gordon Lutton has been named as a top fundraiser for Hereford-based St. Michael’s Hospice. Jo Brindle, secretary at the law firm which has offices in Worcester and Hereford, was awarded second place at the Employee Fundraiser Of The Year’ awards. The law firm raised more than £7,300 in 2013 after voting to make the hospice its chosen charity for 12 months. The funds will be invested in the new 20 bedroom in-patient unit currently under construction.
11:31am Wednesday 5th March 2014
A GROUP of local young people were able to visit one of Europe’s most advanced manufacturing facilities when engineering giant Yamazaki Mazak opened the doors of its Worcester facility as part of The Prince’s Trust Get Started with Robots programme. Mazak, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal cutting machine tools, invited them to its European headquarters in Badgeworth Drive as part of a week long course organised by the youth charity and Roaming Robots, the company behind TV show Robot Wars.
11:08am Wednesday 5th March 2014
AROUND 550 Royal Mail employees in Worcester are set to receive their free share allocation for 2014 in April. It follows the flotation in October last year when eligible employees were given ten per cent of shares in the company, more than in any other UK privatisation for almost 30 years. Each eligible full-time employee is entitled to 112 free shares as their 2014 allocation, bringing their total number to 725.
10:09am Wednesday 5th March 2014
WORCESTER ASDA has been voted top in the company's Midland region for customer service and product availability and as the store in St Martin's Quarter celebrates its second anniversary customer numbers are up 13 per cent in the first quarter of 2014 compared with last year.
8:47am Wednesday 5th March 2014
A WORCESTERSHIRE based children's care group has beaten competition from major global blue chip companies to win a top international award. Core Assets Children’s Services Group, which operates in 10 countries worldwide but has its international headquarters at Stoke Prior, near Bromsgrove, triumphed in the managing risk across boundaries category at the Institute of Risk Management’s Global Risk Awards 2014, beating opposition from the likes of Barclays, the AES Corporation of America and MMC Gamuda from Malaya.
3:21pm Tuesday 4th March 2014
IN National Apprentices Week utilities giant Severn Trent has launched a search for its latest intake of young workers. The company is looking for 16 successful candidates to enter a two-year operational technician apprenticeship, or a four-year advanced apprenticeship in electrical, maintenance or instrumentation skills. Last year the apprenticeship scheme attracted more than 800 applicants.
2:59pm Tuesday 4th March 2014
WORCESTER College of Technology has been awarded £35,000, to be the lead partner in a new research project, investigating the development of trainee teachers' use of technology and e-learning resources within the classroom. Working alongside Worcestershire County Council and Kirklees College, the college will be the lead partners in researching the current effectiveness of e-learning training and proposing new learning resources for both trainees and qualified teachers in the sector.
12:53pm Tuesday 4th March 2014
GOOGLE'S Juice Bar might sound like it has something to do with orange groves or blackcurrant bushes, but in fact it's an e-skills workshop and it visited Worcester to pass on expertise to local businesses. Held in the Council Chamber of the Guildhall and co-hosted by the city's MP Robin Walker, the event attracted more than 30 representatives from a wide range of companies.
12:17pm Tuesday 4th March 2014
CHANCELLOR George Osborne is being urged to continue to focus on enterprise and encouraging small business growth in his budget on March 19 by leaders of Worcestershire's small business community. The Federation of Small Businesses believes the measures are key to the UK's long term economic prosperity.
11:51am Tuesday 4th March 2014
BUSINESSES affected by the recent flooding can now apply for some financial relief. Support is available through Worcestershire.Business.Central, the county-wide business support service, in partnership with district councils across the county. Grants of up to £3,000 can be awarded from funds supplied by central government and supplemented by a total of £200,000 from Worcestershire County Council.
11:34am Tuesday 4th March 2014
10:58am Tuesday 4th March 2014
Manufacturers from across Worcestershire will be shown how to make the most of new opportunities in the automotive, aerospace and offshore wind sectors at a major new conference by the Manufacturing Advisory Service. The free event on April 30 at RAF Cosford will detail how companies can prepare themselves to take advantage of billions of pounds worth of new contracts to supply components into the next generation of vehicles, aircraft, turbines and ancillary equipment.
10:33am Tuesday 4th March 2014
IT certainly makes a change from the average exam project, because three engineering students from Worcester College of Technology have been given the job of designing and making a new carnivore crush cage for West Midlands Safari Park. The device is used to transport large cats at the safari park or when they need to be sedated for medical reasons.
1:39pm Monday 3rd March 2014
A WORCESTER wills and estates expert has warned against using friends and relatives to act as executors or trustees of wills. Tristan Lewis of QualitySolicitors Gordon Lutton, which has offices in Diglis points out that legal battles over mismanagement of wills by executors have more than doubled over the last two years with the number of cases at London’s High Court rising from 47 in 2010 to 107 in 2012.
1:00pm Monday 3rd March 2014
PROPERTY consultants Halls, one of the oldest independent firms in Worcestershire, is joining forces with Jarvie Bedhall, which has a strong presence in Birmingham and the Black Country. The new partnership will trade as Halls.
12:54pm Monday 3rd March 2014
A WORCESTER software firm has been impressing companies down under with its online service to capture address data and is now gearing up to provide its expertise to a large technology company in New South Wales. The contract will give Postcode Anywhere, which has its headquarters in Diglis, a foothold in the extensive Australian addressing market which is worth an estimated £40million. The company supplies software and services to more than 8,000 organisations worldwide and is a market leader in the UK for online address auto-fill. It has been working with UK Trade & Investment to expand its operation overseas and has recently returned from a highly successful visit to Australia.
2:19pm Friday 28th February 2014
A SIGN and graphics company from Worcester is supporting a sporty student to volunteer in central Africa during her gap year. Universal Display Ltd on Shrub Hill Industrial Estate has donated an eye-catching pop-up banner to boost Katrina Davey’s fundraising for her placement as a volunteer teaching assistant and sports coach in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world.
2:19pm Friday 28th February 2014
A WORCESTERSHIRE apple and hop grower has told the Farming Minister one of his policies is giving her the pip. At the end of last year the Government scrapped the seasonal agricultural workers scheme, which provided a pool of temporary migrant labour to the horticulture sector. However at the NFU Conference in Birmingham, Ali Capper from Suckley
2:17pm Friday 28th February 2014
EMPLOYEES at two Asda stores in Worcestershire are in line for a "super bonus" after exceeding their business targets for the year. Staff at Asda Pershore and the branch in New Road, Kidderminster will receive up to £500 each as part of an incentive scheme by the retailer, They will share in a £2.8m bonus pot for Asda stores in Birmingham and the West Midlands, which in turn is part of a national £27.8m total reward.
3:15pm Thursday 27th February 2014
2:29pm Thursday 27th February 2014
RURAL supplier Countrywide Farmers, which has its headquarters at Evesham, has announced a group operating loss of £0.5m in the six months to November 30, compared with a £0.5m operating profit in the same period last year.
10:45am Thursday 27th February 2014
TAX specialist Andrew Russell has gained the best marks in the country on his way to qualifying as a chartered tax advisor. Mr Russell, who works for Ormerod Rutter chartered accountants in Droitwich, will receive the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Avery Jones medal after topping the list of 333 candidates in his final tax paper – a case study focusing on the interaction of taxes.
10:30am Thursday 27th February 2014
WORCESTERSHIRE'S small business owners have warned Government plans to increase the national minimum wage could deter them from taking on extra staff, after the Low Pay Commission proposed a rise to £6.50 per hour,
10:06am Thursday 27th February 2014
WORCESTERSHIRE'S UK Flood Barriers, one of the country’s market leaders in flood alleviation schemes, is hosting a reception in Westminster to showcase Britain’s capability to design flood resilient infrastructure. The Droitwich-based business is leading the way in flood alleviation technology and is inviting an audience of Parliamentarians, consulting engineers, contractors and representatives from the construction, transport infrastructure and utilities sectors to attend.
9:44am Thursday 27th February 2014
YOU would never have found Percy Thrower - the original TV gardening guru - wearing one, but times move on and on Friday, March 14, the staff at Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold, near Droitwich, will don onesies for charity. Chairman Ed Webb will be leading the way in his all in one outfit to encourage staff to wear theirs and help raise money to grow children’s hospice gardens. Their efforts are part of Garden Re-Leaf Day, now a major feature on the garden industry calendar. In the first two years Garden Re-Leaf Day raised more than £116,000 for the Greenfingers charity, which creates gardens in children’s hospices around the country.
9:02am Thursday 27th February 2014
THE chief executive of the UK’s biggest body for marketing and business development will deliver Worcester Business School's annual lecture next Tuesday. Anne Godfrey, head of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, will discuss ‘Chartered Institute of Marketing; relevant, modern, global?’ at the event on March 4.
8:47am Thursday 27th February 2014
BIRMINGHAM Airport has been voted top in an overall satisfaction survey by the consumer magazine Which? Worcestershire's nearest airport beat its peers all over the country to be voted top by rail users. Virgin Trains, which operate the service from New Street, Birmingham to the airport, achieved the highest score in the poll with 87% of customers expressing a liking for the low fare of £2.40 for a single journey. Customers also complimented the service on luggage space, cleanliness and comfort of the trains.
8:33am Thursday 27th February 2014
AN EMPLOYMENT lawyer has urged workers not to be discouraged from pursing their complaints after the introduction of new tribunal fees. Lisa Kemp of mfg Solicitors in Worcester says employees should be aware of their legal rights in light of the controversial tribunal fees introduced last summer. The fees were recently the subject of a Judicial Review which ruled that they are now here to stay.
8:08am Thursday 27th February 2014
BT is expecting to create more than 60 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the Midlands - some of which will be in Worcestershire - as a part of a major nationwide recruitment drive. The company is casting its net across the UK for around 300 top science, technology and business graduates who want to build their careers in the IT and telecom sector with one of the UK’s leading investors in research and development. Around 730 apprenticeships will also be offered to UK school and college leavers in the areas of engineering, software design, IT support, finance and logistics.
1:22pm Wednesday 26th February 2014
THE recent gales blew in some good news for Worcestershire based Forest Garden, the UK’s leading manufacturer of core and decorative garden timber products. The company from Hartlebury Trading Estate has recruited more than 100 new workers to its team to help meet peak production demand for replacement fence panels and garden sheds following storm damage. The jobs have largely been created in Forest’s in-house production and manufacturing teams, where production levels have reached more than four times the norm.
12:52pm Wednesday 26th February 2014
BUDDING Worcestershire business stars will be pitching their products to the public at Webbs Garden Centre at Wychbold, near Droitwich on Saturday, March 8. More than a dozen Young Enterprise companies representing schools from Worcester, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Droitwich be setting up their pitches for the first time in a trade fair which runs from 10am to 4pm.
11:51am Wednesday 26th February 2014
ABOUT 40 business people will take over the running of Worcester eaterie Bindles Bar and Brasserie in Sidbury tomorrow night, all in aid of charity. There will be an accountant and a banker in the kitchen, a radio presenter behind the bar, a professional rugby player on the door and a PR consultant will don her pinny and wait on tables, along with a jeweller and a director of recruitment.
9:54am Wednesday 26th February 2014
GRASS Roots, a global performance improvement company, is to close its Worcester office on Berkeley Business Park after losing a major contract with luxury car firm Jaguar. The date for the closure has not yet been set and further redundancies are unclear, although the five-strong Jaguar team was made redundant following the loss of the account.
9:22am Wednesday 26th February 2014
AN EVESHAM opticians has made a spec-tacular donation to charity to help improve the eyesight of hundreds of people living in slums. Specsavers in Bridge Street donated 500 pairs of second hand specs to the charity Slumdoctors, which will use them to help disadvantaged people in developing countries with their vision needs.
8:59am Wednesday 26th February 2014
A TRIO of young professionals from Worcester are staging an event in the city next week to help raise awareness of apprenticeships for local schools and businesses. Apprentifix is being hosted and organised by two apprentices and a graduate trainee from housing and care provider Sanctuary Group and takes place on Tuesday, March 4 at its headquarters in Castle Street
2:49pm Tuesday 25th February 2014
A NEW construction trade academy is being set up in Worcestershire aiming to bring together employers and potential apprentices. Worcestershire Construction Apprentice Academy launches in March with events in Worcester and Kidderminster, which hope to pair together those seeking a career in construction and employers looking to fill skills gaps and support the next generation of industry professionals. Businesses from around the county can find out more about the WCAA, understand how to employ an apprentice, the financial grants available and the benefits an apprentice can bring to a business.
10:15am Tuesday 25th February 2014
PROFITS are on the rise at engineering group GKN. The company headquartered at Redditch has recorded a double-digit boost to its revenue as it benefited from strong organic growth in its automotive businesses and the contribution from its acquisition of Volvo Aero. Sales climbed by 10 per cent in 2013 from £6.9bn to £7.6bn. The contribution from GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, formerly Volvo Aero, for the whole of 2013 – its first full year of GKN ownership – was £656m in sales and a trading profit of £92m. The group's pre-tax profit was also up by 17 per cent to £578m on a management basis, which fell to £484m after the smaller gain on foreign exchange hedging contracts. This was down from £568m in 2012.
9:21am Tuesday 25th February 2014
AN official partnership has been set up in Kidderminster between one of the town's secondary schools and a leading employer to help students prepare for their future. The Community Housing Group welcomed 73 pupils from Baxter College to the launch of the Business Class partnership, which will enable the students to find more out about the company as an employer and to understand about the different types of service available.
3:42pm Monday 24th February 2014
THE Three Counties Agricultural Society is to forge links with law experts Harrison Clark Rickerbys, as part of a brand new business partnership. The Society, which organizes some of the biggest leisure-time events in the Midlands on its showground at Blackmore in the shadow of the Malvern Hills, including the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May and The Royal Three Counties Show in June, has teamed up with the law firm which has become its official legal partner.
1:56pm Monday 24th February 2014
WHAT is believed to be one of the oldest Rolls Royce in the world is to come up for auction in Leominster next week. The 1922 Goshawk prototype was discovered hidden away in a dusty barn in Wales and could easily be worth £150,000 if fully restored. It is due to go under the hammer at Brightwell's sale on Thursday, March 6 with a guide price of £30,000.
1:15pm Monday 24th February 2014
TWO Worcester employers, software company Open GI and online insurance provider PowerPlace, which are both based in Buckholt Drive, Warndon, have nominated Libby Mae’s Little Angels as their chosen charity for 2014, pledging to raise £7,500 to support neo-natal units in the Midlands. Throughout the year, employees from both companies will take part in a range of fundraising activities to help the new Bromsgrove charity continue its work and support for ill or premature newborn babies. Libby Mae's was set up last year by Charlotte and Richard Sharratt, from Catshill, after their two week old Libby Mae died in Birmingham Children Hospital with a rare heart condition.
11:33am Monday 24th February 2014
WORCESTERSHIRE-based Steve Perera has been voted one of the top rated independent financial advisers in the UK on consumer ratings site VouchedFor. Mr Perera of Britannic Place Financial Management Ltd in Evesham is also basking in the glow of national publicity, having been featured in The Times, Independent and Mail on Sunday for his achievement.
11:01am Monday 24th February 2014
WORCESTERSHIRE Local Enterprise Partnership has been ranked one of England’s best for its foreign direct investment strategy. It has been rated in the top ten after extensive research conducted by the fDi Intelligence division of the Financial Times, which collected the data as part of its European Cities and Regions of the Future 2014/15 report. LEP regions submitted details of their strategy, which was then scored by the fDi’s judging panel. Worcestershire was ranked 9th, just ahead of the Black Country LEP. The top ranking LEP was Sheffield City .