The Managing Director of Newcastle based recruitment company Recruitment Robin Ltd has been voted in as Publicity Secretary of Trentham Rugby Club.

Selina Rudzik, has been actively involved with the club since her son Matty began to play in 2017. She is proud and excited to have the opportunity to give something back: “The benefits that being a part of Trentham Rugby Club have brought to Matty’s life have been amazing. He has grown not just as a rugby player but as a person. The club is set to grow this year and are currently looking to recruit both players and coaches. They already hold a lot of family orientated events that everyone can get involved in. There is such a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. It is a pleasure to be a part of it”

Trentham Rugby Club, which was established in 1948, are just as delighted with the recent addition to their committee: ‘We are really looking forward to welcoming Selina onto the committee’ states President of the club, Michael Bezus, ‘her experience of running her own business and her network of contacts will be a real asset. Anyone who knows Selina will have witnessed the energy and enthusiasm she puts into everything. This, coupled with her fresh ideas and business knowledge, will be invaluable’.

Recruitment Robin Ltd have built up strong connections within the business community both locally and throughout the county. Selina’s organised, positive and “can-do” attitude will be a welcome addition to Trentham RUFC as it develops and grows within the local community over the upcoming months.

 

Sisters are doing it for themselves…with the help of female run accountancy firm Premier Tax Solutions.

 The North Staffordshire firm, led by Emily Precious and Vanessa Fuller, have clinched a deal to work as the official accountant for the annual the Women of the Year Awards.

“Promoting women in business is, of course, close to our hearts at Premier Tax Solutions and we are delighted to get involved with the Women of the Year Awards,” said Vanessa.

“Just looking back at the past winners is inspiring as is the organisations Board, with names such as Baroness Helen Newlove and former TV “dragon” Jenny Campbell. The event has strong Staffordshire links thanks to Zalena Vandrewala, a Senior Associate at Freeths, in Stoke. We have a long association with Zalena as she has mentored Emily and me as we have built the Premier Tax Solutions team. Zalena is a true friend and a wise source of advice for us.

“The Women of the Year Awards are fabulous and it is a not for profit organisation with surplus funds passed to charities. The directors give their time for free and they have promoted some incredibly talented women over the years.”

Director and Chair, Zalena Vandrewala said “We welcome Premier Tax Solutions to the support team for The Women of the Year Luncheon & Awards and recognise their achievements as a growing accountancy practice, led by two strong female entrepreneurs.

“I have mentored Vanessa and Emily throughout the continued expansion of Premier Tax Solutions. They are tenacious, commercially minded business women who have driven growth and established a modern and forward thinking company. We are proud to work alongside them to deliver these national awards. 

Premier Tax Solutions was founded by Emily and Vanessa six years ago when they were both just 26-years-old. The duo have grown the firm to a team of six and have offices in Cheadle, Staffordshire Moorlands, and Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent.

Vanessa added: “2019 has been incredibly busy so far. Premier Tax Solutions has gained a reputation for Cloud accountancy, we are a Gold provider with Xero and this has helped our business to grow, particularly this year with the new HMRC Making Tax Digital requirements for companies.”

Opening their headquarters at the Daisy Bank Business Centre, Cheadle, in 2018, has helped to diversify Premier Tax Solutions customer base and the business has plans to expand to a team of eight.

 

Beeston Shenton Solicitors will be throwing open the doors of their Sandbach branch on Saturday 22nd June.

The team will be offering FREE 15 minute consultations giving customers the opportunity to get advice on a range of legal services and to get information on the latest discounts and offers available.

The open day will run from 10am – 3pm.

To find out more, call the Sandbach office on 01270 750 057.

Beeston Shenton Open Day

International Road, Rescue and Trauma Consultancy Ltd are a team of experts from the Rescue and Medical services and the Military who are now available to deliver Rescue and Trauma training globally and locally here in Staffordshire.

The team offer a brand new concept to deliver training not only to rescue workers, but also to organisations who work in remote areas or under developed countries where local response arrangements are insufficient. Organisations are provided with the skill set to be able to rescue and treat themselves.

In addition, all trainers have relevant teaching qualifications in order to impart their knowledge to others in a relaxed yet professional manner. Using Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre here in Staffordshire as one of the training centres, RTTC are now working with multiple organisations globally who recognise the benefit of this approach.

For more information on the bespoke training available, please call 07760 168767

 

 

A major road scheme in Staffordshire to provide access to a new £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around is progressing to its next phase.

The works being carried out by the county council will pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Cannock, which is set to be completed in 2020. McArthurGlen has committed £15million to the improvement scheme, taking place at Churchbridge and the A460 Eastern Way.

For the works to be carried out safely, Staffordshire County Council’s highways team will need to temporarily close sections of the A460 Eastern Way. A full closure of the section between the Hayes Way roundabout and the Lichfield Road roundabout in both directions will be in place from 6am on June 17 to 6am on July 1. Night time closures will be in place in both directions on the section between Hayes Way and the McDonalds roundabout on July 3, 4 and 5. Night time closures will be from 7pm to 6am.

Hayes Way will remain closed at its junction with the A460 throughout the works period.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “The McArthurGlen Designer Outlet is a hugely important development for Staffordshire and the wider region. It will create jobs and bring visitors into Cannock, boosting the local economy.

“The road improvement scheme is therefore vital in paving the way for the development. Undoubtedly it will create some disruption, but it is a necessary part of the development. Traffic management has been carefully planned to minimise disruption as much as is possible.

“We would ask people to allow additional time if traveling along in this area and would like to thank people for their ongoing patience.”

Cannock Chase Council granted planning approval for a designer outlet at Mill Green in September 2016 following extensive consultations with the local community. On-site construction of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Cannock started last summer. When it opens in 2020, this new landmark retail destination and community hub will create 1,000 jobs for the local area.

The road improvements will include:

  • Access and improvements on the A460 Eastern Way, Churchbridge interchange and Orbital Way.
  • Widening the A460 Eastern Way to a dual carriageway and creating slip roads to the designer outlet.
  • A new underpass and access to the site from the A460, new footpaths and cycle ways.
  • Widening both the eastern and western A460 legs at the Churchbridge junction to provide two lanes in both directions
  • Widening Orbital Way on the eastbound side, improving the Lodge Lane and Churchbridge roundabouts and installing new toucan crossings on Eastern Way.

Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG) has officially unveiled plans for a brand new £23M Skills and Innovation Hub.

The news comes following the successful application by the Group to Stafford Borough Council for permission to demolish mothballed buildings on the Earl Street and Broad Street corner of the existing campus, to make way for the new scheme which has a targeted completion date of 2022.

The ambitious plans include a 7,500 sq foot, 3 storey Skills and Innovation Hub equipped with leading edge equipment and state-of-the-art skills, construction, engineering and motor vehicle facilities, along with a 4 court sports hall, gym and 300-seat auditorium.

This latest announcement relating to the Stafford College campus comes almost two years after the College opened a brand new Science and Technology Centre which is home to state-of-the-art science laboratories, IT suites and a LEGO® Education Innovation Studio. Since the merger between Newcastle College and Stafford College in November 2016, a total of £13.5M has been invested to improve facilities and student experience at the town centre campus. Other recent enhancements include; a fully revamped Learning Resources Centre, new dining areas and a new Mac Suite, alongside substantial investment into innovative hybrid motor vehicle equipment and significant improvements to the IT infrastructure.

If approved, the plans will see the College exit its current leased skills and construction facility, located on Palmbourne Industrial Estate, with staff and course delivery transferred to the new facility on the main campus in 2022.

Principal and Chief Executive of NSCG, Karen Dobson confirmed that enhancing the learning experience for students whilst providing staff with an inspiring workplace to be proud of, were key drivers behind the plans. Said Karen: “When Newcastle and Stafford College merged to form NSCG we had a very clear vision of the journey ahead. Our latest plans serve to reinforce our commitment to investing in our estate to provide the students of Staffordshire inspirational learning environments that will help to optimise their talent and expand their horizons.”

“Early on in the merger process it was clear that we should consolidate our provision in Stafford on to one site and, once these works are completed it will mean all of our Stafford-based courses will be delivered from one, centrally located campus, with the best facilities in the region.”

In addition to College funds, NSCG is working with the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and other partners to secure a funding package which will enable a prompt start to the development.

Contractors will be appointed following a tender process in early 2020 and full planning permission will be submitted in June 2019.

Continued Karen: “We hope to commence work in early 2020 be open in time for the 2022/3 academic year, but of course this is subject to us securing the necessary planning approval and funding. Approval will be fantastic news for the town as a whole and will bring positive benefits to the local economy and the thousands of future students and families who will become part of our college community.”

“We are excited about the proposals and the initial stakeholder feedback has been extremely positive, we will continue in dialogue with staff, students and external stakeholders as we move the project forward.”

If approved, the Skills and Innovation Hub will attract a diverse student body across a wide range of predominantly skills based subjects, which will help to address future skills gaps in the region whilst also supporting Government priorities around sport and increasing the number of young people studying on apprenticeship programmes. Already a significant provider of apprenticeships, NSCG currently has over 2,200 apprentice learners, working with over 800 regional employers, a substantial percentage of whom are in the skills and construction trades. The building will accommodate up to 1000 learners and up to 200 staff.

Stafford College is hosting an open event on Saturday 15 June between 10am and 12 noon, where there will be the opportunity to find out more about the proposed plans for the Skills and Innovation Hub. Alternatively visit www.nscg.ac.uk/consultation for more information.

 

Employees at a health organisation in Wolverhampton will now be able to further support causes close to their hearts thanks to financial backing from their employer.

Paycare, a not-for-profit Health Cash Plan provider in Wolverhampton has launched its newest initiative, ‘My Giving’, which provides each and every member of staff with a direct donation of £250 towards a charity of their choice. The scheme complements the firm’s existing initiative which provides employees with two additional and fully-paid days of annual leave each year, used for the purpose of giving back – whether it be fundraising, donating their time, or volunteering to support an event.

Kevin Rogers, CEO of Paycare, explained: “In 2017 we launched our scheme to provide two extra days off to staff so that they could support a cause they care about, and this has been a huge success. As a not-for-profit we’re committed to our Employees, our Communities and our Policyholders, and we’re constantly thinking about how else we can make a positive difference to all of these groups.

“The creation of our new ‘My Giving’ scheme means that staff can receive £250 in a direct donation to a charity or cause close to their hearts, making our not-for-profit status even more personal to them and providing greater emphasis on our mission to help others.

“It also benefits our Policyholders by showcasing how, by choosing Paycare, they are indirectly enhancing local communities, and it helps the charities and causes themselves, who rely so much on volunteers, donations, and support. It’s a win situation all-round and I’m thrilled with its uptake already.”

“Emily, our Marketing & Partnerships Manager has used some towards her Amazon Trek for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, and Jodie, our Policy Administration Assistant is planning to use the money to kick-start her half-marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK later this year. I look forward to reflecting on the combined impact we’ve been able to make as a team thanks to this initiative.”

Cure Leukaemia’s Head of Corporate Partnerships, Jackie Kelly, said: “We would like to thank Cheryl for organising the quiz and raising such a fantastic amount in memory of her Dad. This is a great initiative from Paycare to encourage their employees to grow an initial donation into a more substantial figure.

“Every penny raised will help fund our network of research to connect patients with the latest treatments for blood cancer as we continue towards our long-term aim of eradicating all forms of blood cancer within 15 years.

“We received great support from Paycare in recent years and they were among the key drivers of the fundraising to support former Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, and we look forward to hopefully working together again in the future.”

 

 

Chamber Patron JCB has secured a historic deal with Morris Leslie Plant Hire for their biggest ever telehandler order worth £36 million.

The deal for 555 Loadalls, ranging from the compact six metre 525-60 up to the 20 metre 540-200, has been placed through dealer Scot JCB. The machines, which all feature JCB Livelink and offer unrivalled fuel consumption and emissions, will be built at JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire.
Morris Leslie Plant Hire Managing Director, Graham Ogilvie said: “As the construction market continues to develop, Morris Leslie is experiencing excellent company growth.

These JCB Loadalls ensure our customers get the best of all worlds – high performing machines with excellent telematic reporting and a great nationwide dealer support network. The sales, service and advice from Scot JCB has also been second to none.”

Group Managing Director Global Key Accounts, Yvette Henshall-Bell, said: “Morris Leslie is one of the fastest and largest growing companies in the plant hire industry and we are delighted that they have chosen the JCB Loadall, the world’s number one telehandler, to further expand their fleet.”

Morris Leslie Plant Hire is part of the Morris Leslie Group which was established 45 years ago in Perthshire, Scotland.  The business has now grown to more than 5,000 machines, with an average age of under two-years-old.

The company’s founder and Executive Chairman Morris Leslie said: “We are delighted to have placed an order of this magnitude with JCB as our relationship continues to grow in line with the expansion of our business.”

Staffordshire Chambers are pleased to welcome Hanley Economic Building Society as its 22nd Patron.

Originally founded in 1854, Hanley Economic Building Society now has numerous branches across Staffordshire and provides a range of services to its customers including mortgages, savings, insurance and financial planning advice. Recently rated as “Outstanding” by Best Companies, Hanley Economic puts customer choice at the heart of its operations and can be demonstrated throughout the financial products available. The team pride themselves on offering face to face services to its loyal customer base.

Staffordshire Chambers Chief Executive, Sara Williams, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Hanley Economic Building Society as a Patron. Our Patrons offer support in influencing and lobbying on behalf of the local business community, and their contribution is invaluable.”

“Hanley Economic bring fantastic knowledge and expertise and we look forward to working with them closely.”

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Staffordshire company Acacia Training has joined forces with the creators of a revolutionary new programme to improve mental health in the UK workforce.

The Trentham-based firm has become the official training partner for Wellonomics, a new online assessment tool devised to monitor and support wellbeing in the workplace. Acacia Training was the first in the UK to pilot the programme with its own employees, and has now teamed up with the platform’s developers, management consultancy Grasp The Nettle, to become the sole training provider of the programme as it is rolled out nationwide.

Wellonomics enables employers to carry out individual wellbeing assessments online. While individual responses are completely confidential and can only be viewed by the participant, the organisation’s overall results are aggregated to give employers a valuable insight into how their teams are feeling.

Victoria Sylvester, director at Acacia Training, comments: “The wellbeing of our team is extremely important to us, especially as we provide workplace mental health training to a wide range of organisations to help them support their own staff. I think Wellonomics is great because it is anonymous, so employees can be open and honest about how they’re feeling and each month we look at the up-to-date data at board level to discuss current issues.

“We’ve had a 100 per cent employee engagement rate and we’re already seeing clear benefits. For example, staff told us that they were checking emails late at night, so we’ve now put measures in place where we have a cut-off point for sending emails. We learned that some teams were feeling out of the loop on communications, so we set up a chat group to keep people informed. They’re only small changes but they’re making a big difference.”

The impact on its own workforce has been so positive, the company is now rolling it out to its learners to understand and improve their experience. For example, if feedback is that they are short on time, it will ask tutors to prioritise this and provide helpful information on time management. It has also formed an alliance with Grasp the Nettle to roll Wellonomics out nationwide, with Acacia Training providing wellbeing modules and support linked to the software. This ensures the results are used to create positive change and helps line managers to develop the skills they need to improve the mental health of their teams.

Victoria added: “We’re really looking forward to working in partnership with Wellonomics to improve employee wellbeing. Mental health in the workplace is so important – a healthy, happy workforce helps employers to retain staff, reduce sickness and increase productivity.” 

Co-Founder of Grasp the Nettle, Peter Yates-Round, said: “Many staff surveys, which often have low engagement rates and data which rapidly becomes outdated, are no longer fit for purpose. Wellonomics offers an antidote by providing a responsive, intuitive way to help leaders identify trends within their business. It gives employees an easy, confidential way to have their say and employers the tools they need to easily identify and implement change.

He added: “We are incredibly excited about our alliance with Acacia Training and our future plans to work together to lower staff attrition, increase productivity and create a happy and engaged UK workforce. Wellonomics is unique in that it protects employee confidentiality and provides leaders with up-to-the-minute feedback on how their teams are feeling. We were delighted to see how well it has been received at Acacia Training and now we’re looking forward to introducing it to business leaders in all sectors so that they – and their employees – can benefit.”