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  • Social enterprise award for Shropshire's police commissioner - Shropshire Business Today
    society through his support of a number of dedicated programmes These give individuals the chance to learn skills and get experience that will help them re enter employment and longer term reduce the risk of them being involved in future criminal activity Sallie Ryan Partnerships Manager at Social Enterprise West Midlands commented This is one of the biggest award ceremonies in our sector and it is only right that we recognise organisations enterprises and individuals that are creating businesses that have a sustainable impact on the communities in which they operate We had a record number of entries this year showcasing tales of expansion innovation passion community spirit and employee development These are serious businesses with clear strategies that are being delivered and helping to add wealth and jobs to the West Midlands She continued Bill Longmore is a hugely inspirational figure that has stood by his convictions to give reoffenders a structured pathway back into society and employment This takes guts determination resilience and vision something he has in abundance We have also had a fantastic response from our supporters who make this event happen including sponsors Amey Big Society Capital PwC UnLtd Development in Social Enterprise and the Enterprise Foundation Social Enterprise West Midlands is the leading business network and consultancy for social enterprise in the region The membership led organisation offers access to expert consultancy advice and guidance as well as a series of event and workshops designed to educate inform and promote a sector that has the highest percentage of social enterprise start ups outside of London in the country SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Another big exhibition on its way to Telford Next article Ringing in the changes it could spell trouble for some local firms Carl Jones http 4 KA By0blG RELATED ARTICLES

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  • First female shareholder appointed at well-known county firm - Shropshire Business Today
    in Shrewsbury in July 2002 on her placement year from Harper Adams University College Newport Following her graduation with a degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management in 2004 she took on a permanent roll at the Kidderminster office Sarah went on to qualify as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2006 and as a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in 2007 She specialises in all rural professional matters and co runs the monthly Stone Machinery Sale as well as taking charge of the Kidderminster residential lettings department A farmer s daughter who grew up on a livestock farm predominantly breeding pedigree Limousin cattle and Texel sheep she was heavily involved with Cleobury Mortimer YFC before leaving for university Sarah married Paul Hulland in 2011 and they have a daughter They now run their own livestock farm in South Shropshire which they have established in the last five years Mr Willcock said Sarah s promotion to shareholder reflects the fact that we are extremely pleased with her progress not only in the context of the professional agency work she does but also the contribution she has made to business development in general This is a clear signal that if you work hard and get on well you will ultimately move forward and be promoted It s important that there is natural regeneration in the company with young talent coming through otherwise the business can get stale There is a nationwide trend of talented women emerging in business and Sarah s promotion reflects the increasing number of women that have joined the profession in the last 15 years SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article New owners announce 2m revamp for Shropshire hotel Next article Hospice says thanks to staff and their big cuddly bear

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  • New owners announce £2m revamp for Shropshire hotel - Shropshire Business Today
    works such as roof repairs replacing boilers and air conditioning Work to fully update the main function suite for weddings and events has also been completed and the hotel s two bridal suites have also been fully refurbished The driveway has been relaid and the gardens landscaped and during the next couple of weeks the hotel exterior is due to get a complete makeover Hotel general manager Jennifer Sibbald Wall said We are very pleased with progress so far and in late October early November we are expecting to move onto phase two of the scheme This will see the spa and leisure area completely revamped into a luxury leisure complex with new treatment rooms relaxation areas changing areas and bar It s extremely exciting and little by little as the project progresses and the building transforms we are seeing new life being breathed back into the property Mrs Sibbald Wall added that great care had been taken to schedule all works to minimise disruption for hotel guests and visitors and this would continue as the project moved forward We are hoping work to upgrade the listed building will be complete by spring next year she said But as with all major projects and particularly when dealing with older properties you expect to come across a few stumbling blocks along the way We have already had a few minor setbacks including the discovery of a protected bat colony in the roof timbers of one of the bedrooms and the presence of swallow nests The bats were discovered by workmen They were very cute and caused quite a stir with staff Work was halted immediately and we called in experts to help remove them safely without causing too much disturbance They ve now been given a new home and we are

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  • New management board unveiled at Shropshire law firm - Shropshire Business Today
    Laura Jones were voted for by Partners following an election campaign and live husting events Kim said This is an extremely progressive process for the partnership and the firm to go through and we feel that it will help us continue to develop as a sustainable and forward thinking law firm The Strategic Management Board will work with heads of department to plan and achieve our long term goals and vision FBC Manby Bowdler which has offices in Shrewsbury Telford Bridgnorth Wolverhampton and Willenhall employs more than 160 people The firm is annually recognised in the Legal 500 awards with lawyers also featuring in the annual Chambers listings FBC Manby Bowdler was recently a finalist in the Outstanding Customer Service category of the Shropshire Business Awards and at the end of last year was also named Professional Services Firm of the Year in the inaugural Wolverhampton Law Society awards Kim added The Strategic Management Board will be a cornerstone of our organisation that will help us create a successful law firm that will respond to the needs of our clients and our staff SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Business leaders gather for third round table summit Next article New

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  • Business leaders gather for third round-table summit - Shropshire Business Today
    rather than sitting back and waiting for something to happen Salop Design and Engineering had taken the initiative and opened its own training academy He said The big issue for manufacturing is the skills shortage as a lot of people left the industry when the recession hit in 2008 and haven t come back We have invested 300 000 into creating our own training academy and by next October we are hoping to have 50 apprentices onboard We also hold numerous open days for schoolchildren to show them what manufacturing is all about and help to update its image with their parents With positive times ahead we want to get the message out that the manufacturing industry is a great place to work with fantastic prospects Andrew Evans senior partner and commercial property lawyer at Lanyon Bowdler said the property market was performing well and clients in the construction sector were feeling positive He added The construction industry is doing very well I was speaking to someone recently who had just come back from a national construction conference and they said they could not remember a more upbeat one Development in Shropshire is very active and the property sector is healthier than it has been since 2008 Grainne Walters head of corporate law at Lanyon Bowdler echoed Andrew s sentiments by saying her team had seen more corporate transactional activity over the past six months than in the whole of last year Jennifer Gibson employment solicitor with Lanyon Bowdler said As solicitors we are well placed to take the temperature of local markets as we work with many businesses and things are certainly feeling very positive We have been working with a number of clients including Hoshizaki and Dodd Group on significant increases to staff numbers The discussion then turned to planning matters with delegates being asked for their views on whether national planning guidance was a help or hindrance for new development David Brammer partner and head of planning at Lanyon Bowdler said it was mixture of both The reforms brought in by the coalition government were generally beneficial but others have yet to prove their worth he said The government will have a dilemma between political dogma like localism and pushing forward growth and it s really a question of how we can work with councils to make the planning system work better One of the delegates keenly listening on was deputy leader of Shropshire Council Steve Charmley who gave his insight into the relationship between local authorities and national government The main thing that councils need is clarity he said But a big issue we have is that national policy often doesn t apply well to rural areas so we work hard to raise awareness of that at a national level This discussion followed on from the last round table event held by Lanyon Bowdler just a few days after the general election in May when business leaders welcomed the news of a Conservative majority because it

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  • Hi-tech £300,000 upgrade for Shropshire fitness centre - Shropshire Business Today
    or bike to recognise them and automatically set up their workout It means working out is a lot easier and members can get the most benefit from their programme We ve got a brand new range of CV equipment the latest treadmills the latest cross trainers so there s 34 pieces in all with a total value of just under 300 000 Mr Courteen added We realise it s very important that we continually reinvest in the club We ve done that on a regular basis in the near four years that we ve been here whether that s investing in The Hub restauraunt improving the surfaces of the outside tennis courts putting new lighting in creating a day spa or fitting a new floor in our dance studio It s now the turn of the gym as we recognise that some of our equipment had been in there for a while We ve put a Mywellness Cloud system in and its real advantage is that members can access their gym programme wherever they are via a website They can come in with their phone which the kit recognises and it will tune in to the right settings for the programme they want to follow It s really simple to use and very effective The Shrewsbury Club has also invested in a new spin studio to give members the best possible fitness experience It means we can offer far more spin classes said Alvin Ward manager of The Shrewsbury Club We have brought in a Myride system which offers members the chance to use the big screen in the studio showing different routes all around the world We re also investing in a Les Mills virtual class programme This means members can enjoy their favourite class being led by world

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  • How does your business reduce the risks of not getting paid? - Shropshire Business Today
    were due to their customers having insufficient funds while 11 percent had fallen to insolvency During the recession businesses were seeing increased insolvencies and were very risk aware Now that the economy is growing again it is important not to lose sight of the risks even though businesses in our region are quite rightly ambitious for new opportunities Even in a recovery period the risks and challenges of doing business can be tricky to manoeuvre and companies need to continue their proactive approach and have robust credit management systems in place The good news is that implementing a positive risk strategy is simple and there are a few basic steps that businesses in the Midlands can take to make the world of difference Be focused The first step is to focus on your market you will have much more success directing your energies to specific markets and not take a scattergun approach Understand the regulatory and legal regimes and then focus on your distribution channel and build strong relationships Who are you trading with Credit checks will allow you to find out vital financial information about your customer including how good they are at paying other suppliers and their credit rating This will enable you to decide if you can do business with them on credit if not request payment in advance Set your payment terms Can you get paid upfront If credit is the only option have a written agreement on the costs and the payment procedure Can you offer an early payment incentive to reward timely payment Stick rigidly to your side of the deal and invoice promptly Be clear about the service or product you re selling Because nearly one in five invoices are unpaid because the customer disputes the quality of the service or goods provided Don t let this become an issue Get your admin right 15 of bills are unpaid because the invoice has the incorrect information A further 13 are sent to the wrong person Don t take the basics for granted check it s correct Stay on top of billing Create aged debtor reports to monitor which invoices are unpaid after the due date and follow up swiftly with reminders Your legal rights You are entitled by law to charge interest on overdue payments Spot the warning signs A business almost never goes into insolvency overnight Red flags include customers frequently failing to pay on time permanently taking advantage of full credit lines asking to prolong overdue bills changing banks or offering bills of exchange in lieu of payment Collect your debt If your bill still hasn t been paid send a final warning letter and turn the debt over to a collection agency You may not have the resource but for example Atradius has specialised collections teams on the ground in countries across the world ready to take action and you pay nothing if they do not successfully collect the debt Don t be embarrassed You may have a long standing

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  • Another award-winning banger from Shropshire food company - Shropshire Business Today
    this coveted title will be announced on November 3 at the British Sausage Week 2015 Awards Ceremony The awards lunch which is to be held at Smiths of Smithfield in London will be hosted by the widely renowned Michelin starred chef Michel Roux Jr British Sausage Week 2015 is an annual seven day sausage festival which celebrates the quality taste and diversity of the traditional British sausage Rob Cunningham owner of Maynard s Farm said The team at Maynard s Farm are really excited about this year s British Sausage Week It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate what we do best making top notch traditional bangers We are overjoyed that Maynard s Farm Farmhouse Pork Sausage has been named Best Traditional Sausage for the West Midlands what a title In celebration of British Sausage Week Maynard s Farm will be putting on two free sausage tastings in their Farm Shop on November 5 and 6 SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Shropshire dealership is chosen for major new product launch Next article How does your business reduce the risks of not getting paid Carl Jones http 4 KA By0blG RELATED ARTICLES MORE FROM AUTHOR Courts rule in favour of

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