Beeston Shenton Solicitors are delighted to announce the appointment of Juliette Carter as Head of their Wills and Probate Team, working across Cheshire and Staffordshire.

Juliette began her journey to becoming a Solicitor at a local Cheshire practice where she gained invaluable experience in all areas of Will preparation, estate administration, elderly client matters to include Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications, tax planning, trust creation and administration, wealth management and asset protection.

Juliette now has over 15 years experience. She has assisted a broad range of clients to include business owners, high net worth and those with agricultural property, particularly in arranging the best disposition of their estates to maximise all available reliefs for Inheritance Tax purposes and generational planning.

Juliette is a full STEP member (Trust and Estate Practitioner) signifying excellence in her area of expertise and aims to put clients at ease with her friendly and approachable manner.

Paul Shenton, Director at Beeston Shenton said:“Juliette is a highly experienced and very approachable wills and probate solicitor with a wealth of experience and a calm, capable manner. The firm is delighted that she has joined our established and successful team. She comes as a great asset to the firm as we are developing and growing our Wills and Probate offering.”

 

The 2019 Chamber Business Awards are now open for entry and it would be fantastic to see as many entries as possible from Staffordshire Businesses.

The prestigious competition is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, recognising and promoting the best of British business through a series of regional heats, culminating in a Gala Awards Dinner, which will take place in London on 28 November 2019.

Businesses have until Friday 28th June to submit entries from nine categories, covering exports, small business, people development, technology, high-growth, customer service, family business, e-commerce and health and wellbeing.

The winner of the Business of the Year award will have the chance to open the market at London Stock Exchange as a prize – a rare opportunity for a private business.

 

2019 Chamber Business Awards categories:

  • Small Business of the Year – Sponsored by Facebook
  • Export Business of the Year – Sponsored by DHL
  • Best Use of Technology – Sponsored by Dell
  • High Growth Business of the Year – Sponsored by Bibby Financial Services
  • E-Commerce Business of the Year – Sponsored by DHL
  • Customer Commitment Award – Sponsored by Stagecoach
  • Workplace Wellbeing Award
  • Employer of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year

Entry is free and open to members of Accredited Chambers of Commerce only for 8 of the 9 categories. The E-Commerce Business of the Year award is open to non-members, but should a non-member win the national award for this category, they will not be eligible to win Business of the Year.

Businesses can enter online at https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/events/chamber-awards.

 

Allett, the Staffordshire based specialist cylinder mower manufacturer, has won the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2019 in recognition of its growth in exports and contribution to the British economy.

A wholly British-owned company, Allett has designed and manufactured mowers for the sports and premium lawns market for over fifty years. The award marks a major period of development for the company, with ranges of new products launched to meet the needs of strong emerging markets. Allett’s main export success has been achieved with their professional products for sports stadiums and training grounds, achieving increased sale with the USA, Russia, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Spain leading their top ten markets in the past three years.

“We’re very honoured to receive the Queen’s Award,” says Austin Jarrett, Allett’s Managing Director, “it recognises our achievements and team efforts in bringing innovative developments in our mowing systems to meet challenges in overseas markets with large potential. We’re no longer confined to the seasonality of domestic sales cycles in the UK. Our mowers and turf maintenance systems are used throughout the world where they are maintaining sports surfaces and lawns to the highest standards.”

Allett was the major supplier to the host stadiums and contractors in Russia for the 2018 World Cup football tournament. The company concentrates on assisting a World Cup country for a period of three years to help attain the striking light green-dark green stripes in time for the main tournament. Markets with large potential such as the USA offer access to developments for sports such as American football and baseball as well as soccer. South America, where previously they have not had the financial resources, is now a developing market, says the company. Allett has placed its first mowing systems in China where there are great World Cup ambitions.

“The groundsmen in the UK are recognised as being the best in the world and they demand the highest standards from their equipment suppliers,” says Austin. “This demand drives our engineering team to improve and develop our mowing systems which consequently produce world class sports surfaces and garden lawns. We have benefitted from this and we are confident that we can deliver improved standards to the stadiums and lawns using our systems in the rest of the world. This is because of the help we get from our great customers in the UK. Every one of our machines proudly wears a Union Flag decal, and this really helps us in our export markets where the UK is revered for their lawns.

“We will be hosting Pitch Maintenance training seminars in China this year,” adds Austin, “to help set standards and expectations for the playing surfaces in this huge country which is growing rapidly as a footballing nation. Allett is more than just a machine. We’re strengthening our technical support and embarking on a plan of new product development to concentrate on a wider range of grass and sports turf maintenance products.”

Allett recently launched and continue to develop products powered by Lithium-ion battery, with the advantages of zero emissions at the point-of-use, low vibration for the operator and almost no noise. To accommodate the growth of the business Allett recently moved their Hixon, Staffordshire base to a new, larger factory. The company has an After-Sales team in place to support overseas national distributors and, as export sales grow, consider it is important to maintain the ‘brand value’ which has been a keystone to home market success. Allett say the recognition of achievement the Queen’s Award for Enterprise brings is a proud moment in its history, and one the company can bear as a premium standard into the export markets of the future.

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Business people in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are being offered the chance to play a vital role in local policing in their communities.

They are invited to become members of their local Safer Neighbourhood Panels to hold the Local Policing Team Commander to account as well as look at wider criminal justice and community safety issues in their area.

Local residents and councillors sit on the Panels but the crucial business sector is currently under-represented. The Panels influence local policing and community safety, scrutinise the work done by police in their area, give feedback to communities and examine the impact of community resolutions and restorative justice.

Staffordshire Commissioner Matthew Ellis said:

“This is a real opportunity for business people to play a part in holding those responsible for policing their area to account and I urge them to get involved.

“I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that, is vital. You can shape policing at the most local level in your community by joining a Safer Neighbourhood Panel.

“The spotlight on local policing performance these panels brings is invaluable in adding to the rigour I have introduced to overseeing policing.”

Panel members receive training to help them carry out their role so they can be involved in innovative work such as examining records and body camera footage captured during “stop and searches” and “use of force” by local officers.

For more information and details on how to apply visit www.staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk/volunteer/available-roles or alternatively you can email michelle.ryan@staffordshire-pfcc.pnn.gov.uk or call 01785 232246.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

IT’S COMING HOME!

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the twin City agreement between Stoke on Trent and Erlangen in Germany.

The links between our two Towns have been very strong and by means of a celebration Erlangen will be sending over a youth football team to play in a tournament organised by Staffordshire Ladsandads on behalf of the City. This will take place between August 28th and September 2nd and Ladsandads are raising funds to reciprocate the hospitality afforded to them when they visited Erlangen last year as part of their Twin Cities celebration. It is intended to provide a full range of cultural and social activities for the visiting German group and we would hope that support from commercial companies in and around Stoke on Trent would offer their support for this momentous event.

All offers of help will be most gladly received by the Chairman of Ladsandads, Clive Dean, who can be contacted at clive.dean@ladsandads.co.uk or mobile 07761913346

An illustration of The Donna Louise Butterflies artwork has now been unveiled.

Taking Flight, to be installed at Trentham Gardens, will feature 5,000 ceramic butterflies and each is on sale as part of an innovative campaign to raise funds for The Donna Louise Hospice for children and young people, in Staffordshire.

Each vibrant blue butterfly has been manufactured in the Stoke-on-Trent Potteries and offers a chance to support The Donna Louise and to own a little piece of the city’s history. Due to generous sponsorship from many businesses in Staffordshire and Cheshire, 100% of the money raised from sales will go directly to the hospice.

The stunning works of art have been made by Johnson Tiles, using clay from Valentine Clays, and glazed at Wade Ceramics.

Partners and sponsors for the project are giving their time, expertise, services and financing to bring the project to life. These include Tile Mountain, KMF Group, Gladman Developments, Trentham Estate, PM Training, Patera Engineering, Johnson Tiles, Wade Ceramics, Valentine Clays, Advanced Packaging, Campbell Creative Consulting, Staffordshire University, Paul Williams, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Cultural Education Partnership, DPD, Red Industries, My Clever Group, QPS, Blakemans’, Rydale Roofing, Franklyn Financial Management, Holdcroft Heating, Mitten Clarke and Envisage.

Meanwhile, a marketing group, encompassing Inspired Film and Video, Miller and Co, Joanne Hine, Howle Communications, Strategi Solutions and Helen Cotton Photography, has come together to ensure the project is viable to as many people as possible, working closely with the marketing staff at The Donna Louise.

Nathan Walton, Director of Income Generation at The Donna Louise, said: “This is a unique collaboration with many companies coming together to work for the good of a much loved and much-needed service, The Donna Louise.

“We are still looking for more sponsors so if you want your company to get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime project, we would love to hear from you.”

The butterflies are now on sale, please go on line to www.thebutterflies.org.uk, each purchase includes one free day admission pass to Trentham Gardens, to view “Taking Flight” from the 25 May to 3 November 2019.

More about ‘Taking Flight’

Taking Flight encapsulates the story of butterflies breaking free from a cage – some taking flight and souring skywards, others pouring out in waves whilst some come to rest on the cage…catching their breath.

The butterfly symbolises not only the fragility, beauty and uniqueness of children with short lives, but also tells the story of resilience, endurance, transformation and hope that epitomises the progression of the hospice into services for young adults.

The symbol of the butterfly also encapsulates the heartbeat of Staffordshire’s industrial past and the re-emergence of industry in the region including the ceramics industry.

Taking Flight is about contrasts – contrasts of shape, form and material and how these interact with each other and with the surrounding environment. The installation takes a fragile, organic form – a butterfly – and moulds it out of clay from the earth, introduces the element of fire in the glazing process to create a ceramic butterfly with a sense of motion and fragility that contradicts the nature of the material from which it is formed.

The contrasts continue as the bright blue ceramic butterflies are cast against the hardness of the steel structure that forms the dome-shaped “cage”, and the introduction of further industrial materials such as polished metal and steel mesh is a nod to the region’s industrial heritage.

 

To celebrate the 5th annual Staffordshire Day on 1st May, Staffordshire Chambers would love it if our members tweet about why they love Staffordshire!

Examples could include a photo with a favourite Staffordshire-made mug, oatcakes (of course!), lovely nature walks, great business connections… This is a chance to be creative and to get Staffordshire trending.

Simply tweet throughout the day on 1st May with the two hashtags #WhyILoveStaffordshire #StaffordshireDay and tag @StaffsChambers for a retweet

We can’t wait to see the tweets!

Pictured is Staffordshire Chambers Chief Executive Sara Williams showing off our fantastic branded Stoke-on-Trent produced mugs, kindly donated by Susan Rose China.

Staff and colleagues at MAX FRANK are giving blood and the NHS are encouraging more people to register too.

In a drive to encourage their team to participate, the company are giving staff a paid hour off from their work to visit their local centre to donate.

Everyday thousands of people’s lives are transformed thanks to blood and transplant donors, partners, campaigners, clinical trial applicants and colleagues. NHS Blood and Transplant are looking for people to be part of this story – and “be part of something special”.

Why give blood?

Giving blood saves lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments. Blood – and its components – are used to treat patients with medical conditions such as anaemia, cancer blood disorders, and those having surgery.

‘Nelson’s Timur Gin’, made by Uttoxeter-based Nelson’s Distillery & School has recently been awarded a Silver Medal in the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The annual competition is now in its 19th year and according to Forbes Magazine, is quickly earning its own praise as the industry standard. The prestigious competition received over 3000 spirit entries from around the world this year.

Nelson’s Timur Gin, the first in the world to commercially use the Timur pepper ingredient, picked up the prestigious prize in the gin category, the largest category in the competition by far, with over 330 entries.

A highly qualified and trained judging panel, made up of over 40 experts in the spirits industry recognised Nelson’s Timur Gin as an “outstanding spirit that shows refinement, finesse, and complexity”, choosing to select the spirit as one of the best examples of its category with a silver medal. The judging process takes 4 days of highly controlled blind tastings, with each sample evaluated on an individual basis to decide if it is medal-worthy.

The award comes hot on the heels of Nelson’s Distillery & School expanding to a limited company and launching their first rum products.  Nelson’s Distillery & School is the 2016 creation of Neil Harrison, who developed the award-winning Timur gin recipe in 2018. Speaking about his award-winning gin, master distiller Harrison said “we are extremely proud of this spirit. Using the Timur pepper which is grown and consciously sourced in Nepal, we have created a world’s first and only gin with wonderful zesty citrus flavours and a sharp, spicy aroma”.

Of the actual award Greg Kimber, sales and marketing director went on to say “we’re absolutely delighted to have won this award. It’s an indication that our gin is world-class.”
The distillery produces six varieties of gin and two varieties of rum which are distributed globally as well as through UK stockists including Waitrose, Harrods, Majestic Wine plus many independents.

 

 

RSM Stoke office are celebrating after two team members have been recognised for their achievements.

As the highest placed student in this District for Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management (November), Ross Whitehurst has been awarded the A B Snow and Arthur Bailey Certificate of Achievement, and as the highest placed student in this District for the November case study, Alex Simpson has been awarded the Michael Groom Certificate of Achievement.

The Certificates will be presented at the ICAEW Staffs, Salop and Wolverhampton Annual General Meeting on 21st May 2019.