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  • Why technology holds the key to business growth in 2016 - Shropshire Business Today
    a net score of 32 while international markets opportunities overseas 25 remain a key focus for business growth appearing in the top three John Pitchford The other key factors that SMEs believe will have a net positive impact on growth in 2016 include a move to online or improvements in digital presence 23 and major sporting and cultural events such as the Rio Olympics 10 When it comes to the factors expected to hinder growth in 2016 extreme weather takes the top spot with a net score of 23 of SMEs surveyed believing it will have a negative impact on their business Money or funding constraints 20 as well as competition among similar businesses 18 are also concerns for the year ahead John Pitchford Head of Corporate and Business Banking for Barclays in Shropshire said Our 2016 Hopes Fears poll highlights how SMEs are aware of the opportunities as well as risks to their growth in the New Year It is encouraging to see that many SMEs recognise the importance of technology for their business growth It is therefore essential that businesses are given the right support tools and guidance to enable them to embrace any new opportunities to maximise their growth Businesses recognise that there are challenges to growth such as extreme weather and access to funding which remain a concern for some We understand these challenges and are committed to doing all we can to minimise its impact If a business is concerned about adverse weather impacting them planning ahead and speaking to their bank can help to manage cash flow Currently we are the only bank to provide pre assessed loan limits to businesses giving SMEs the confidence they need to invest and scale up their growth SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Redundant barns to become

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/features/why-technology-holds-the-key-to-business-growth-in-2016/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Stadco, Schneider and Caterpillar receive national manufacturing recognition - Shropshire Business Today
    Jones Sustainability Manager Chris Stapylton Sustainability Advisor Jonathan Pears Environmental Co ordinator Schneider Electric UK Ltd At the same time Schneider Electric UK a Telford based manufacturer of electrical distribution and control equipment which employs 4 500 staff took joint gold in the Environmental Efficiency Award sponsored by CMR Consultants and energyTEAM The award goes to the manufacturer that has done the most to improve its environmental performance Judges were won over by Schneider Electric s energy efficiency programme which judges described as exemplar The company had adopted a structured and objective approach to environmental efficiency It had successfully integrated its environmental programme with its financial decision making process and had made rapid and significant progress with environmental efficiency ever since Louise MacIntosh from headline sponsor Aldermore Christopher Smith Senior Engineer Caterpillar Shrewsbury Ltd Martin Rigby Fabricator Welder Caterpillar Shrewsbury Ltd Caterpillar which employs 360 staff in remanufacturing commercial products was highly commended for the Business Efficiency Award It wowed judges with how it had implemented new technologies such as collaborative robots and cold metal spray which have helped it to gain a new level of responsiveness and flexibility The judges also said that the company hadn t just improved its business efficiency but had also underpinned an overall sustainability strategy The three firms were selected by a panel of judges drawn from business leaders industry experts and academics and were up against tough competition from a range of dynamic businesses small and large from across the UK Simon Randall Head of Environment Health and Safety at Stadco says Safety at work is a priority for us This is why we have worked hard to adopt a more strategic approach ensuring that health and safety is aligned with our company s overall objectives and embedded in our culture By making health and safety a central part of our thinking we have been able to maintain our high standards despite going through a period of rapid growth and change This award is now a further endorsement of our team s efforts and recognition of the hard work of every person in our organisation we re delighted to have won Mark Jones sustainability manager UK Ireland at Schneider Electric UK says This is a great endorsement of our environmental approach and testament to our ongoing dedication and hard work we are delighted to have won Sustainability is a key part of our corporate responsibility By finding innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact we can become not only a better corporate citizen but can enjoy greater operational efficiency too It s a win win and we hope that our success will encourage other manufacturers to explore these opportunities too Paul Hillman Product Engineering Manager at Caterpillar Shrewsbury says Business efficiency is something all manufacturers work for and aspire to so to be highly commended for this award is a great accomplishment and compliment to our team Our investment in business efficiency will underpin our growth and sustainability in coming years It s

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/companies/4674/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Surge in business enquiries to new Growth Hub - Shropshire Business Today
    helpline at 0345 6000 727 has also seen a surge in enquiries with callers looking to access information on a variety of issues from export to financing The virtual hub at www marchesgrowthhub co uk has been developed by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and operates alongside three physical hubs in Hereford and Telford with a third due to open in Shrewsbury in March The launch of the site for businesses in Herefordshire Shropshire and Telford Wrekin was backed by a dedicated social media campaign across four platforms including a YouTube channel Marches Growth Hub chairman Paul Hinkins said Early indications are that the virtual hub is working well and the two physical hubs in Telford and Hereford have also been well received The virtual hub is being used exactly as it was intended as a self serve business support resource and businesses are almost using it like the Google of business support to find products and services which are relevant to them Visitors to The Marches Growth Hub are fairly evenly split across the three counties with 38 per cent originating in Shropshire 33 per cent in Telford Wrekin and 29 per cent from Herefordshire Around 29 per cent of users are people looking to set up businesses while 46 per cent of browsers are organisations that have been established for more than three years It is interesting to see the spike in enquiries at the start of the year and many of these are potential new businesses or those looking to expand The Marches Growth Hub was developed in partnership with businesses and this is paying dividends now it is up and running We will be continuing with a sustained promotion of The Marches Growth Hub across the region so businesses can easily access the help they need

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/companies/surge-in-business-enquiries-to-new-growth-hub/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Shropshire firms learn how to 'energize' their workplace - Shropshire Business Today
    do something or if you re currently doing something do more We are passionate about helping workplaces to achieve this because of the benefits it can bring and look forward to working closer with those who left the conference with plenty of food for thought Keynote speakers included Professor John Buckley programme lead for Medicine and Science in Health and Exercise at the University Centre Shrewsbury Professor Buckley a leading academic in exercise sedentary behaviour and cardiovascular health revealed some powerful statistics highlighting how inactivity at work was increasing the risk of serious illness Professor John Buckley delivers the keynote speech Inactivity is now the most prevalent risk of heart disease above other factors such as high blood pressure diabetes smoking obesity and high cholesterol he said He told how even back in 1890 Shropshire s Olympic pioneer Dr William Penny Brookes was writing about the importance of workers allocating at least half an hour a day to bodily training Nothing has really changed It is still advocated that we spend 150 minutes of exercise every week to burn an extra 1 500 calories With standing up desks growing in popularity as a way to burn calories in the office Andy Rigby from Posturite demonstrated the latest range of Varidesks to delegates who tested them out during the workshops The workshops included a session from Laura Kerrigan and Ben Harper of Energize who outlined services on offer to companies including active workplace consultations and chances to get involved in everything from rowing and rugby to golf and badminton Andrew Watson from the County Sports Partnership Network talked about creating an active environment through initiatives such as the Workplace Challenge www workplacechallenge org uk a free campaign which encourages colleagues to share their healthy living progress and offers both online and

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/companies/shropshire-firms-learn-how-to-energize-their-workplace/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Cyber security - where exactly do we draw the line? - Shropshire Business Today
    personal security you can t distinguish between on and offline now that s just pointless In fact calling it cyber security runs a huge risk of people just switching off and not paying attention to the topic They think they ve heard it all before and it doesn t apply to them But Chris s argument is that with everything we do somehow connected to the world s computer networks we all have a responsibility to think about making ourselves and those around us safe Whether you use personal or company IT in your day to day life or not you are a risk to data security It s not all a world of hackers trying to get in through back doors in systems more often than not they will exploit human weakness instead They trick people into giving up information or into downloading software that will steal data They might even do it over the phone Chris explained We need to educate everyone about the risks and their responsibilities Scams we haven t thought of yet will be used to steal personal information which on its own may be innocuous but when it s combined with other bits of data such as date of birth mother s maiden name etcetera suddenly unlocks your privacy and maybe your finances or the critical data on which your employer s business is built This year will see a big push by the Government and technology industry to make this country more aware of the risks and begin to get all businesses into the mindset of addressing at least the basics and of educating their staff Chris added If we can make everyone realise that everything ends up on a computer and keeping yourself safe isn t rocket science but is your responsibility

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/companies/cyber-security-where-exactly-do-we-draw-the-line/ (2016-02-16)
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  • How to improve staff motivation, and boost productivity... - Shropshire Business Today
    are more motivated have increased job satisfaction and are less likely to look for employment elsewhere Keynote speakers at the conference include Professor John Buckley programme lead for Medicine and Science in Health and Exercise at the University Centre Shrewsbury Professor Buckley is a leading academic in the fields of exercise sedentary behaviour and cardiovascular health and much of his recent research has focused on the benefits of lower level activity in the workplace He has highlighted the benefits of standing based office work on BBC television and is the lead author of an internationally recognised guide to reducing sedentary behaviour in office environments published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine The team from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust who won the Employer of the Year Award at the 2015 Energize Awards for actively encouraging and enabling staff to be active will also be sharing their top tips at the January 28 event And a series of workshops will be led by representatives of Energize Shropshire Public Health Telford Wrekin Public Health and the County Sports Partnership Network Helen White added Delegates attending the conference won t just be sitting around listening to speeches we ll be showing the latest innovations and ideas that support health in the workplace and practising what we preach Regardless of your organisation s size or budget there will be something for everyone Delegates will have the chance to use standing desks try activities that can be replicated in the workplace and take a tour of the new University Centre Shrewsbury as well Our workshops will be followed by a lunchtime marketplace with chance to talk to the speakers as well as other local organisations about improving health and wellbeing in your workplace and the support that is on offer Energize promotes sport

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/companies/how-to-improve-staff-motivation-and-boost-productivity/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A Pure success story - expansion for Shropshire telecoms company - Shropshire Business Today
    and customers Lindsey Pearson and Matt Sandford outside the new premises Founder Matt Sandford said that although his company had only moved next door this major investment was an important milestone for Pure We now have a bigger head office to be called Michael Place which features specially designed training rooms and more space for presentations meetings and product displays he said The team here is growing rapidly with the recruitment of five new members of staff recently and there are further plans for development so the new head office will enable us to expand even further Customers will also be better catered for at the enlarged offices which have more car parking spaces and are located in a very convenient position The ground floor of the 4 392 sq ft two storey building is now occupied by Handelsbanken who provided financial backing for the move Handelsbanken s corporate banking manager Lindsay Pearson commented Pure have been customers for many years and we were delighted to be able to support them with the purchase of these fantastic new premises Also as a tenant we are enjoying the move to the more prominent position on the business park which will assist with our continued expansion of Handelsbanken in Shrewsbury Alan Hay of Shrewsbury Business Park owners Alaska Property Group said that the development of Michael Place was especially pleasing as it provided larger offices to two concerns who had grown with the park reaffirming its location as one of the best in the county SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Nominations open for annual care industry awards Next article 1 000 window frames contractors check in for mammoth hotel paint job Carl Jones http 4 KA By0blG RELATED ARTICLES MORE FROM AUTHOR Stadco Schneider and Caterpillar receive national manufacturing recognition Surge

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  • Dave and Jason bring decades of experience - Shropshire Business Today
    of some very exciting times for Henshalls and it s a perfect opportunity to bring in two new specialists who have a wealth of experience between them In the coming 12 months we will be introducing the very latest hi tech software in a new system that will give customers online access to quotes 24 hours a day and we re all looking forward to the challenges that will bring We re committed to continuously developing our team and their skills and to bring in two new specialists with so many years in the industry will be an invaluable addition to our dedicated staff Dave Morgan has previously worked for NFU Mutual for over 15 years and has been in the insurance industry for two decades He said I am really enjoying getting to know the Henshalls customers and their businesses and it s always a real pleasure listening to each customer s individual needs and helping them to protect the things that they value Jason Ireland also brings great experience to the Henshalls team having worked in insurance for 26 years During that time he has built up and sold his own business and worked as a manager with Equity and Swintons I am relishing the challenge that my new role brings and I was very keen to join a company like Henshalls that combines ambition with integrity and client focus It s a fantastic opportunity to work for a professional broker that specialises in delivering the very best advice at all times and everyone has made me extremely welcome SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Reasons to be cheerful in 2016 for county auction firm Next article Care company says it with flowers on Blue Monday Carl Jones http 4 KA By0blG RELATED ARTICLES MORE FROM AUTHOR New

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/new-appointments/dave-and-jason-bring-decades-of-experience/ (2016-02-16)
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