Healthy fast food business NutriBox is hoping to feed as many vulnerable people as possible this Christmas across Stoke-on-Trent with their Community Christmas Meal campaign.
These people may be in crisis, isolated or in need of a little extra support and cheer this festive season. The team are keen to hear from organisations in Stoke-on-Trent who work with vulnerable groups or individuals in the community who they think would benefit from a freshly prepared meal this Christmas.
The team at NutriBox have committed to deliver a freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced meal to a person in need on Monday 23 December this year. They’ll be cooking up one meal for every £5 in donations the campaign receives between now and the 15 December cut-off date.
Customers of NutriBox can choose to ‘pay it forward’ by paying for an extra meal or meals along with their order, but the business is also looking for local businesses and other organisations to get involved through fundraisers and donations.
“Our ethos is about creating a culture where healthy food is achievable and enjoyable for everyone,” said NutriBox co-founder Marvin Molloy. “For some people it’s an issue of time and convenience, for others it’s about education, but many people don’t have a choice at all. We want to show those people that there is someone out there thinking of them this Christmas.”
There are at least 2,058 food banks in the UK according to the Independent Food Aid Network, and at least 2,500 independent food aid providers. The Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest network of food banks, handed out more than 1 million food packs in 2017. Food poverty is an issue that causes deep distress to families and individuals in Stoke-on-Trent every single day.
Rather than sending out Christmas cards this year, the team at NutriBox are urging businesses to consider donating that money instead to feed vulnerable local people.
Call Marvin on 07523 694719 if you want to get involved or donate.

RBK Accountants Celebrates Success

North Staffordshire Accountancy firm – RBK accountants has already surpassed its financial targets for 2019 and has a celebrated with a re-brand and new offices!

Founded by Richard Kessel in 2017, RBK Accountants provides accountancy, taxation, financial mentoring and bookkeeping support to an ever-growing client base across the UK and predominantly North Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Commenting on the success, Owner Richard Kessel said “I am absolutely thrilled with the growth and success of my business in such a short space of time; I truly believe its success is down to my honest, transparent and partnership approach. I always strive to give my clients the best possible advice to support their business financially and operationally”

Richard Kessel continues “I have a vision for continued growth in 2019 and beyond, which requires the lease for a dedicated office space along with the appointment of a marketing agency.”

In September, RBK Accountants moved into a new serviced office space on Lymedale Business Centre. The new office space marks a significant move for the company, as founder Richard looks for a talented accountant to join on him on his journey.

“It’s so exciting to have an office space where I can meet clients and look to expand the team” comments Richard,” Strategi Solutions Group have also developed a fresh, creative brand which has pride of place on the wall.”

Strategi Solutions Group are working with RBK Accountants to deliver marketing, PR, social and design services.

“Richard is a delight to work alongside, injecting fun and personality into a brand and marketing strategy. He has achieved so much in a short time and we are confident with our support raising the visibility of his great work, RBK Accountants will continue growing at pace” Comments Lyn Rowe Commercial Sales Director at Strategi Solutions Group.

A Staffordshire contract cleaning company is moving into new markets following a £50,000 cash injection from Michelin Development.

Cheadle-based Moorland Contract Cleaning is using the funding to launch a new division, providing janitorial supplies that feature greener formulations and sustainable packaging. Over the next three years, the business is forecasting turnover to double and more than 10 full time positions to be created as a result of the expansion.

Founded by Tim and Suzanne Davy in 2012, Moorland Contract Cleaning operates in the commercial, retail, leisure, industrial and educational sectors across the Midlands and Yorkshire. The company applied to Michelin Development to support its ambitious plans after largely self-financing the business over the years.

Michelin Development offers subsidised, unsecured loans of up to £50,000, for projects with the potential to create quality, sustainable jobs.

Suzanne Davy said: “We are very passionate about high quality standards of cleaning and providing a service that is second to none and our business has gone from strength-to-strength based on these values. The move into janitorial supplies feels like a natural progression for us.

“By expanding our supplier base, we can introduce greener; environmental practices into our own cleaning contracts and expand our market by offering a much wider ranges of cleaning materials, equipment, washroom products and cleaning machines through a fully managed service.

“The support from Michelin Development has been invaluable for us to take the next step. It is helping us to manage the projected growth of the cleaning business overall, coupled with the diversification into janitorial supplies, and has given us the confidence to move forward.

“It is a great service for ambitious businesses looking to scale up.”

Mike Cole, head of Michelin Development, is keen to hear from other North Staffordshire businesses looking to achieve the next stage of growth. Mr Cole said: “Moorland Contract Cleaning is a great example of a business looking to expand, create new jobs and support the local economy as a whole.

“Our message to other small businesses with the same mindset is that we are here to help.

“We have the funds in place, but we need to receive applications to deliver this support and investment in our community. The companies we can help know their markets and figures and they just need a little extra support to move along on their growth journey. That is where we can step in to help.”

To find out more visit www.michelindevelopment.co.uk

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Bibby Financial Services (BFS) have revealed that uncertainty around Brexit, tariffs and exchange rate volatility are holding back the potential of many UK exporters.

The recent survey included 1,140 internationally active UK businesses, and found that general uncertainty around Brexit was considered the top barrier to export, listed by almost half (47%) of businesses, followed by specific concerns around tariffs and exchange rate volatility, listed by 35% and 33% respectively.

Administrative requirements or regulation were considered a barrier by 30% of businesses and the lack of free trade agreements by 23%. Only 7% of internationally active businesses said that they do not face any exporting barriers.

It is not only internationally active UK businesses that being held back from exporting. Among businesses that currently only trade in the UK (338 respondents), just 17% say that they do not face any barriers to export. Therefore, 83% face barriers to reaching their potential.

The lack of clarity around the UK’s future trading environment is clearly taking its toll. General uncertainty around Brexit is considered the top barrier to export by UK-only businesses (listed by 31%) as well.

As a result, amongst businesses currently trading only in the UK, just 7% per cent expect to begin importing or exporting over the next three years.

The research also highlighted the issues that businesses are increasingly facing in relation to stockpiling, payments and the transportation of goods. When asked about business changes experienced over the past 12 months:

  • around a third (31%) of businesses reported that they had increased the volume of inventory held;
  • 15% reported that it already takes longer to transport goods to and/or from overseas, even before the UK’s exit from the European Union; and
  • almost a third (29%) reported that it takes longer to get paid by customers.

Commenting on the results, Dr Adam Marshall, BCC Director General said:

“UK businesses are facing unprecedented levels of uncertainty on multiple trading fronts – and, unsurprisingly, they’re holding back on importing and exporting.

“Just this week, the government finally provided some certainty around tariffs – but, the damage of uncertainty was already done for many firms.

“While international trade always involves an element of risk for businesses, government should be working to lower barriers rather than increasing them. Preventing a messy and disorderly Brexit is the immediate priority, but ensuring continuity of trade with third countries and providing firms with clear and timely information about future trade processes, would go a long way to removing unnecessary obstacles.”

Edward Winterton, UK Chief Executive, Bibby Financial Services, added:

“Chronic uncertainty resulting from Brexit is undoubtedly stifling international trade amongst UK SMEs. Importers and exporters are in limbo, and many are postponing investment decisions, while they await further information. Many others are focusing resources on ensuring they’re prepared to deal with the potential impacts of a no-deal scenario.

“SMEs are telling us that they need clarity over the detail, and it’s imperative that the Government looks to provide this as soon as possible to enable businesses to trade with confidence, both domestically and internationally.”

 

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce members will be able to check out customers’ credit-worthiness and access a 5.2m business database at a discounted rate as part of a deal with information services firm Experian

The Chamber B2B Listbuilder gives members access to the Experian database of email, post and telephone information for businesses, while the Staffordshire Chambers Creditcheck allows them to check out the credit-worthiness of potential suppliers and customers in the UK and abroad.

Both will be offered at a 25% discount as part of the deal.

The Creditcheck service enables members to monitor customers and suppliers by receiving alerts on changes to their financial status such as credit scores, county court judgments and late payments and to better understand their customers’ payment patterns to help manage their cash flow.

Chamber chief executive Sara Williams said: “The launch of our B2B Listbuilder and Creditcheck schemes, provided by such a well-known brand as Experian, provides a further reason for businesses to join your chamber and boost your business’s success.”

Jonathan De Gilbert, partnership manager at Experian, said “Experian is proud to be partnering with Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce. We are passionate about supporting UK businesses and want to help the chamber in supporting businesses across the region.

“We’ve been helping UK businesses for over 20 years to protect and grow their operations. Our products are specifically created for small and medium enterprises to help manage credit risk, target marketing offers and automate decision making.”

Staffordshire Chamber B2B Listbuilder and Creditcheck are only available to members of the chamber. Any Staffordshire-based business interested in joining the Chamber should contact Karena Pawlak via email karena.pawlak@staffordshirechambers.co.uk or call 01782 202222.

Great skincare for everyone

SkinQuest Stoke has finally opened its doors! The team of skincare experts, led by Jas Smith, owner of Jasmin Olivia Beauty, has had its first few clients through the door. Providing medical grade, results driven, skincare treatments to the ladies (and gents) of Stoke-on-Trent, it’s the company’s aim to deliver these in a way that feels accessible, friendly and inclusive for everyone.

SkinQuest’s owner, Jasmin Smith says “I am passionate about breaking down the stuffy, exclusive, image of the beauty and skincare industry and honestly believe that great skincare and treatments should be accessible to everyone. Having suffered with skin problems during my teenage years I know, only too well, how this can impact on self-esteem and confidence. I’m determined, through SkinQuest, to bring truly great skincare to a much wider, relevant audience.”

Having spent the best part of a decade providing beauty and skincare treatments to her already loyal client base, Jasmin says “We felt it was time for a company like ours to expand. Putting our clients emotional and physical wellbeing at the very heart of what we do, we will work with leading skincare brands such as Dermaquest and Elemis, to offer a really broad range of treatments including IPL (laser hair removal), microdermabrasion, skin re-surfacing and skin peels, all at our gorgeous new premises on Ridgehouse Drive.”

Jasmin first realised the opportunity to expand into Unit 7 after meeting Sally Turner, MD at Bodyline. A medical weight loss and wellness company, Bodyline was keen to attract another business into the building that would complement their own offering, and where the clinic, like SkinQuest, is designed to be accessible and friendly to all.

The team at SkinQuest are fortunate to have one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and training experts in microdermabrasion, IPL and Radio Frequency Treatments, SkinBase, nearby in Talke. Fellow chamber members, SkinBase, have been a great support, providing the team with the machines and the best possible training in the new treatments and therapies on offer. Moving forward, SkinQuest anticipates a much stronger collaboration as they grow and make full use of SkinBase’s Radio Frequency machine to help Bodyline clients who have lost skin elasticity after their weight loss.

Our open evening is the 17th of October and chamber members are invited to join us for a glass of bubbly to celebrate our official launch.

For more information please contact Jasmin Smith on 01782 281487 or email info@skinqueststoke.com

Simple Shared healthcare

Simple Shared Healthcare is a Social Enterprise and member organisation for healthcare and wellbeing providers who want to deliver better and faster outcomes for their patients.

Our methodology is based on simple, interactive and practical behaviour change principles and designed to deliver an effective, low cost approach for the NHS and private companies.

We provide an intelligent mixture of an almost invisible technical platform, subtle methods based on psychology based behaviour change principles that invoke responses from patients akin to engagement with their own clinician which results in high satisfaction and efficacy.  The methodology balances the needs of the clinical community with the everyday needs of patients and their aspiration to carry on life as normally as possible despite having a condition that needs regular and consistent management.

Almost ten years on from it’s conception, our methods continue to stand out by consistently producing independently evaluated positive behaviour change results across a wide range of clinical and  well-being applications irrespective of a person’s age, ethnicity or socio-economic background, see www.simple.uk.net

Big Quiz Night

Businesses across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are being urged to help shape the area’s new industrial strategy by completing a brief online survey.

They can also attend one of two local industrial strategy workshops this month.

Each local enterprise partnership area has been asked by the Government to form its own industrial strategy which reflects on their own identities, strengths and needs.

They will set out clearly defined priorities for how cities, towns and rural areas will maximise their contribution to UK productivity.

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SSLEP) is developing its local industrial strategy. It will aim to support companies to grow, develop and innovate and help benefit the economy of the area. The strategy will also set out how the LEP will invest its resources to make this happen.

People can find the survey on the LEP website’s Local Industrial Strategy section: bit.ly/2ICGHKv

The information and consultation workshops will take place on the following dates and at these locations:

  • Wednesday October 16, 2pm to 4pm, Michelin Tyre Plc, Campbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 4EY
  • Thursday October 17, 10.30am to 12.30pm, Wardell Armstrong LLP, Sir Henry Doulton House, Forge Lane, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5BD

To reserve a place people should contact Sam Hicks at SSLEP on 01785 895192 or email samantha.hicks@staffordshire.gov.uk

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP acting chairman Alun Rogers said: “Development of our local industrial strategy is vital as it will steer our work as a LEP and ensure we can give the right support to our businesses.

“We cannot put it together successfully without the input of local businesses so they can be as productive as possible and our economy remains strong as we move forward.

“We also want to demonstrate to Government that as an area we will continue to play a key part in UK economic growth. I’d urge businesses to come on board and have their say.”

Sessions will be facilitated by Metro Dynamics, experts in developing strategies for places. They will provide a short summary of the key economic and business trends in the area and then support discussion sessions about the opportunities for growth and what support would best help businesses to achieve their potential. There will be refreshments and an opportunity for networking.

You are invited to view our facilities and meet our team of experts who can support you in regaining health or fostering wellbeing.

Over two days we have information talks including the benefits of Craniosacral Therapy and relational touch, Systematic Kinesiology and demonstration, Mummy MOT’s, Colonic Hydrotherapy talk and live demonstration,, Thyroid Health, Daisy Birthing and Antenatal, classes including Mindfulness Meditation, Qi-gong and X-Hail meditation, Art for Wellbeing. 30 minute taster sessions of some of the services on offer including Cranio Sacral Therapy, Fascia Facial, Reflexology, Kinesiology, Women’s Health Assessments and much more. 10 Prizes to be won for those who take part in the above sessions.

See you there – register online to attend – then in person on the day to join in the activities

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