Hanley Economic Building Society has been awarded 3-star accreditation from Best Companies and has been identified as one of the UK’s best small companies to work for in 2019 by the Sunday Times.

On Wednesday 20th February 2019, team members headed to a black tie dinner in London with fellow small companies and not-for-profits to collect the award and to toast the fantastic achievement.

A coveted award nationally, the 3-star accreditation from Best Companies displays an organisations’ employees are truly engaged, “they’re happier, more productive and more invested in your organisation’s success” and shows an exceptional standard of workplace engagement.

Consistently appearing in the Best Companies list, the Society clearly displays an ongoing commitment to colleagues. Mark Selby, CEO of Hanley Economic Society said; “As a CEO it’s deeply important to me to create a great place to work. People forget the numbers but remember what it’s like to work with you. We’ve tried to create an environment where people feel valued and supported by their colleagues, paid fairly and invested in”.

The Society also encourages staff to give back to the community by offering up to 4 of their working days to volunteer for local charitable courses, supports their future by offering an enhanced pension scheme and everyone receives their birthday off.

Hunter Heywood Ltd, Newcastle-under-Lyme’s newest recruitment agency, has joined Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for us since launching just over three weeks ago, but joining the Chambers of Commerce was a priority for us from day one,” said Ashley Heywood, Co-founder and Marketing & Tech Director. “In addition to accessing well-organised, enlightening events and much more, membership with the Chambers also reinforces our desire to build long-term relationships with local businesses.”

Hunter Heywood Ltd was established by Robbie Hunter and Ashley Heywood after securing investment from three successful entrepreneurs. With over 20 years’ experience at management level in recruitment, Robbie will lead the delivery team and deliver recruitment services to businesses of all sizes and sectors.

On 10th July 2019, Staffordshire County Council will be hosting the fifth Annual Dignity Awards at Newcastle-under-Lyme College. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise and reward those who provide care and support with dignity at the heart of everything that they do, and whose actions make a difference and serve as an example to others throughout the region.

The Awards will recognise those who care as a profession, plus informal and young carers, amongst others.  Carers UK suggest that one in eight adults are informal carers (around 6.5 million people), and over one million people care for more than one person. The Department of Education advises that there are almost 166,000 young carers (aged 5-17) in England alone. It is therefore likely that you and your colleagues will know someone who receives care or who may be an informal carer themselves.

In Staffordshire there are approximately 15,500 people working as professional carers; they work diligently to ensure that care is delivered in a dignified manner to citizens across the county 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Our professional social care workforce continues to provide care in sometimes difficult circumstances, in all kinds of weather and across our urban and countryside areas.

This is a self-financing event which relies entirely on business sponsorship. Staffordshire County Council would therefore be extremely grateful if your company would consider sponsoring the Dignity Awards for 2019. This could be one of several things – by providing a prize for the Dignity Award winners, a raffle prize for the day or financial sponsorship to enable the running of the event. The team require funding towards the cost of promoting the event, refreshments and lunch for attendees on the day, trophies, certificates and printing of the programmes. This is very much an opportunity to give something back to those who care for the most vulnerable amongst us.

In return for your kind offer of sponsorship, Staffordshire County Council will ensure your company name and logo are published in the awards programme, and your company details will be carefully placed on display screens during the ceremony. The team would also ensure that you would be referenced in any post-event communications across the region, including local media.

View information about last year’s awards at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/health/care/dignityincare/dignity-in-care-awards2018.aspx

Adrian Lowe joins Keele University Events and Conferencing in the new position of General Manager, leading the team at Keele Hall, as part of the senior team within Events and Conferencing.

Keele University Events and Conferencing manage University events as well as the commercial business throughout the year at Keele Hall and in vacation time across the campus.  This new role is pivotal to the senior team to continue to develop business strategies to support the University’s key objectives and to position Keele University Events and Conferencing as a leading academic venue in the United Kingdom.

Lowe has a wealth of experience working within the academic and education sector having previously worked for; Staffordshire University as Head of Catering & Conference and at Aston University as Catering Operations Manager.

Adrian said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Keele and working with the team at Keele Hall. It’s an amazing place, steeped in history in a truly wonderful setting. I am really looking forward to contributing to the refocus and development of the venue with the events and operational teams to keep Keele as a key leading solution for conferencing and events in Staffordshire.”