Low carbon workshop

Responding to the Climate Emergency – Opportunities for Resource Saving and Business Growth for SMEs

  • Date: Wednesday 5th February, 9am until 4pm.
  • Hosted by Port Vale Football Club, Hamil Road, Burslem, Stoke-On-Trent, ST6 1AW.
  • Maximum of 1 delegate from each SME.
  • Fully funded as part of Keele University’s Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) Programme.
  • Delivered by Stopford Energy and Environment in collaboration with the Burslem Regeneration Trust.

Climate change is the single biggest global threat to ever face us, the effects of which are increasingly starting to be felt globally. In 2019, the UK Government declared a climate emergency with an ambitious and much needed commitment to achieve Net Zero by 2050 – Keele University shortly followed with an equally ambitious target to achieve Net Zero by 2030.

With the impacts of climate change being at the forefront of the global political agenda and the consumer conscience, the effective management and communication of an organisation’s impact on the environment has never been more important.

This workshop will provide attendees with a framework in which the environmental impacts of business operations can be measured and managed as well as equipping delegates with know-how required to achieve cost savings and business advantage by virtue of responding to the climate crisis. Furthermore, the workshop will also provide an opportunity to find out more about Keele University’s Smart Energy Network Demonstrator and the various project opportunities.

For more information and to book onto the workshop, please email Daniel Shanley at: Daniel.shanley@stopford.co.uk, 01524 510457.

Business leaders across Stoke-on-Trent who want to help transform young people’s lives in the city are invited to an event, which sets out a blueprint for action.

The Hubb’s flagship project, ‘Ay Up Duck,’ makes school children’s holidays happier, with free activities, free spaces and free food, in a fun and safe environment.

Now, The Hubb is welcoming businesses to Port Vale FC on January 30, where it will outline ways they can help the charity extend its work across the city.

In the last 12 months, The Hubb has delivered 17,000 meals at 371 sessions for schoolchildren across Stoke-on-Trent.

It now plans to increase activities for children by 12 per cent in 2020, and deliver 3,500 extra meals, including those in areas of deprivation in the city.

Carol Shanahan, founder of The Hubb, said: “We’ve set an ambitious target and we really need to have the support of the local business community to make this happen.

“We hope to see a good turnout at the event, so we can all work together for this great cause.”

Earlier this year, The Hubb produced a plan of ‘ten asks,’ setting out some areas where companies can make a real difference to young people’s lives. 

The ideas include spreading the word with support for The Hubb’s social media channels, putting forward company teams and individuals for volunteering activities and choosing it as a charity of the year. 

Giving donations, appointing a champion who could work with the charity, building links with schools in The Hubb area and funding a day of food and activities in the summer holidays are also included – along with plans to upskill parents across the city, donating specialist business services and backing the 2020 Christmas campaign.

Gareth Higgins MBE, a trustee of The Hubb, added: “Our ten asks have been developed to give businesses of all sizes an opportunity to play their part in the city’s future.

“We hope companies will consider supporting the campaign and making a contribution which will help make a real difference in the city.”

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Keele University was part of the trailblazer and intends to be one of the first universities to offer the Research Scientist Level 7 Apprenticeship, integrating a two year part-time MSc and are very keen to measure employer interest in the programme.

  • The Royal Society of Biology, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry have provided an expedited route for individuals to achieve Chartered status (Chartered Biologist, Chartered Chemist or Chartered Physicist) through this apprenticeship, as the apprenticeship is closely aligned to a number of the Chartered status competencies/attributes.
  • Jobs in science, research, engineering and technology are expected to rise at double the rate of other occupations between now and 2023.

The main objectives will be to develop a leadership skill set in technical members of staff who are primarily involved in planning, leading, conducting experiments and analysing results. And the programme will be delivered accessibly via block and online delivery.

By the end of the programme, the apprentice will be able to:

  • Understand and handle scientific literature relevant to their chosen research area and introduce the processes of research planning through the development of a detailed research proposal
  • Engage with and carry out a variety of science communication activities and select appropriate means for a specific audience, such as presenting at conferences, or at executive meetings for complex strategic recommendations
  • Audit their personal research skills and act upon the outcomes to enhance these skills and subsequently tackle and solve problems with confidence and independence, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • Competently plan, organise and manage a programme of independent experimental work, and to demonstrate self-direction, dedication and originality to independent learning
  • Understand the need to comply with local health and safety rules, and the necessity for risk assessment and the health and safety issues relevant to the laboratory research work
  • Promote an integrated approach to theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical implications of the scientific work alongside personal thoughts and experiences, and show originality in the application of new knowledge
  • Identify longer-term opportunities and risks and apply scientific and technical leadership skills for critical projects, in collaboration with both industry and academia
  • Lead on the development of, and drive strategic plans within a scientific context and input to/suggest wider organisational strategy linked to their role.
  • Make decisions based on an understanding of the organisational and the wider business market (e.g. legal, technical, environmental, political and economic).

Is this programme of interest to you either as an individual or employer? Do you have any comments about the programme?

Please assist by sending comments to Terry Dray, Director for Employability and Employer Engagement, Keele University – t.r.dray@keele.ac.uk

Staffordshire’s largest independent contract catering company is kicking off 2020 in positive style with a new £5 million deal.

Totally Delicious is expanding its portfolio to 16 stores, taking on 3 new North East venues and increasing staff numbers to more than 150 – a 17 per cent rise overnight.

The latest success for the Stone-based business involves a 7-year contract with the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums service to run all event catering and cafes at the Discovery Museum, the Laing Art Gallery and Great North Museum, in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

“We are excited to be taking the Totally Delicious brand into new areas,” said Managing Director Dominic Bowers. “Our company is continuing to look forward, thanks to our successful recipe – great food, great people, inspiring venues and a big dollop of passion.”

Totally Delicious has built a reputation for excellence at its restaurants, including its flagship restaurant at Trentham Gardens, cafés at visitor attractions including Middleport Pottery, and staff restaurants at large companies, including KMF Engineering, Portmeirion Pottery, Autonet and Steelite.

Dominic Bowers believes the company’s culture and people management was behind the successful deal with the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums service.

“Via a competitive tender process, we were able to demonstrate our passion for what we do along with our track record managing large venues,” he explained. “We work hard to provide stimulating venues which look good and serve food that fits the market and tastes fantastic. We will work with the three venues in Tyneside to increase brand reputation, activity, efficiency and transactional spend with visitors coming back again and again.”

The deal will see 25 catering staff at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum venues transfer to Totally Delicious.

Along with its 2019 contract win at Lingfield Point in Darlington, Totally Delicious now have an annual £1M+ business in the North East alone to compliment Totally Delicious Staffordshire dominance. Totally Delicious has pledged to place a continued emphasis on ethical and environmental excellence with the introduction of measures to add more local produce including local delicacies, reduce food miles, vegan options on the menu and a drive to reduce single use plastic packaging.

For further information, please visit: http://www.totally-delicious.co.uk

Join charity the Hubb Foundation for their breakfast event (oatcakes, of course!) on Thursday 30th January at Port Vale Football Club’s Vale Park from 8am – 10am.

It’s a chance for you to get to know the charity, their journey and their mission. Come along and hear about the work they’re doing in Stoke-on-Trent to support children, young people, and their families.

The Hubb offers free holiday programmes within schools, churches and community centres across the city. Underpinned by providing a nutritious meal, their sessions provide a safe space to socialise, where children can participate in a variety of activities that encourage them to build skills and confidence, but most importantly create happy, positive memories.

With Stoke-on-Trent being one of 12 social mobility cold spots in England, 53% of the total population in the city live in areas classified amongst the top 20% most deprived in England and child poverty levels across the city remain at 42.8%, which is significantly higher than the national average of 16.8%. This means that there are 12,400 children likely to be living in poverty in Stoke-on-Trent, making the Hubb’s support so important.

Since launch, their programme has provided in excess of 22,000 meals to 16,000 attendees at over 500 events, and they are enormously grateful to their volunteers and supporters for making this possible.

The Hubb have only just begun to scratch the surface to help address some of the social issues families in the city are faced with. Moving forward they are hopeful that with your help they can support them even further.

To attend the breakfast event, please RSVP to info@thehubbfoundation.co.uk with names and number of attendees by 5pm on Monday 27th January.

Pegasus Property are always looking to assist in the help of the growth in the city. They are weeks away from going full on the renovation of the old Minsters Bar in Stoke town centre, which will be helping to bring just over £1m of capital into the city.

This will be brought into use as a co living property which has potential to be either student property or working tenants and are looking to complete the project by August 2020.

They use local trades and suppliers to help the growth in the city and are always looking to bring run down derelict building back into use.

We all love our businesses, but there are times when you’d REALLY like a bit of break from it, if only for a week or so, to go on that luxurious holiday you dreamt about when you first started your business and imagined you’d then be rich enough to afford it.

Running a business is rewarding, satisfying and certainly gets bragging rights with the crowd down the pub. But it’s also hard work, time consuming and stressful. You imagined at some point you’d be able to take more time off because you’d have employees to run it and could spend time with the family, go on holiday, pursue your passions and hobbies, get the Aston Martin… the list goes on. But, no…you find yourself spending most of your waking hours shackled to the business to keep it running.

The ability to step away from your business (or possibly sell it for oodles of £££’s) and it will carry on without you, whilst still providing you personally with plenty of income/cash is priceless. If you are looking to maximise the return from your business, as well as spending less time in the day to day running of it, then this free 2-hour seminar is for you.

They will spend time running through the 8 focus areas that will both increase the value of your business as well as improve its efficiency and effectiveness, helping improve its scalability and attractiveness to prospective investors and buyers. Some of things you will learn are:

• Maximise Financial Performance.
• Discover your Growth Factors.
• Discover where the real value is in your revenues, customers and people.

The session will give you practical tools and ideas that you can put into practice straight after the event, helping you work on your business rather than in your business!

Book your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-freedom-seminar-tickets-83185200173 – they would love to meet you and see if they can help you to find the time you dream about.

For more information about their services, and particularly a free health check, call 07976 260065.

With bright conference suites, affordable prices and unbeatable hospitality, together with great Wi-Fi and free parking, the Borough Arms Hotel is the perfect venue for impressive conferences and inspired business functions.

Their two conference suites can be combined to offer a flexible space for successful conferences and meetings for up to 120 delegates (theatre style). Used separately, there’s space for either 90 or 35 delegates.

They understand that budgets are important, so will always be very clear with their pricing and create packages and menus to suit your business. With this in mind, they are offering further discounted services to fellow Chamber Members.

Based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, they are in a prime location for easy access to the M6 motorway, etc. and are also a short walk away from the centre of the town and its amenities.

Visit their website at http://www.borough-arms-hotel.co.uk or get direct information on packages and bookings at https://www.borough-arms-hotel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Conference-Package-New.pdf

Aspire Housing has the green light to create affordable new homes for older people in Staffordshire in a £14m regeneration project, with the help of a £5m government grant from Homes England.

The housing provider has now been given planning approval to make the investment in a flagship older persons’ scheme of almost 90 apartments in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre.

The project will involve the redevelopment of the Ashfields Grange and Hall Street flats site, creating a state-of-the-art independent living scheme that will provide 89 one and two-bed apartments for older people in Staffordshire.

Dan Gray, Executive Director of Property at Aspire Housing, commented: “The regeneration of the Ashfields site is the largest scheme in our development programme. It’s in a flagship town centre location, with 89 apartments for rent.

“It’s an investment of over £14 million, which already has a commitment from Homes England to fund £5 million of that cost due to the enhanced quality and tailored nature of the facilities we’re offering.

“This site will act as a community hub, providing services to all the residents in the surrounding areas.

“The existing building at Ashfields turned 40 years old in October. But it can’t be cost effectively refurbished to meet modern standards and expectations, which is the reason why we’re redeveloping this site.

“We’ve already supported the existing residents who lived at the scheme and they’ve been relocated to new homes over the last 12 months, with many of them moving into our other schemes in surrounding areas. They’ve been offered a right to return once the building is complete.

“The proposal sets a high standard for affordable housing for older people, including a range of design features to make an aspirational home for generations and future customers.”

The regeneration of this scheme is set to kickstart the housing association’s long-term investment to enhance its service offer to older people.

The new scheme at Ashfields Grange is expected to be completed and ready for residents to move in by 2022.