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  • Farmers urged to prepare for new reforms - Shropshire Business Today
    information from the 2014 Single Payment Claim including relevant data from Environmental Stewardship Schemes Charlotte explained This is manipulated to take account of the plans on the ground for 2015 and works out the Ecological Focus Area EFA requirement and Crop Diversification CD parameters for each crop This will enable us to advise clients on the CD and EFA requirements for the farm and assess any exemptions and the impact of agri environment schemes that are relevant to the land Clients who have used the calculator have been extremely pleased as within an hour they found out whether or not they would have to make any cropping changes and where to make those changes she said For example one dairy farming client with permanent and temporary pasture and around 20 hectares of winter barley was pleased to find out that he didn t have to make any changes even though he was over the threshold for both CD and EFA rules He had 80 hectares of what is classed as eligible arable land but because a lot of his cropping was temporary grass he was exempt from any of the CD or EFA rules If you do find out you have to adhere to the rules the calculator will tell you the maximum area of each crop you can grow so that you are not cropping over your relevant thresholds she added Farmers should also be aware that the 2015 Basic Payment application will have to be made online on a completely new system as the government gateway will be abolished so if they are registered online already they will have to register again Berrys will be holding sessions to help clients complete their online registration once all the details of the new application system are released by the Rural

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/news/farmers-urged-to-prepare-for-new-reforms/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Federation to the fore - Shropshire Business Today
    view go very much against its culture The Ofsted report was enormously dispiriting there was a sense of shock among the teaching staff and unfortunately the children were understandably concerned as well Of course there are challenges at The Grange it s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but those problems are being addressed It seemed that no matter what we said or showed the inspectors they were focused on putting us into a category However it has been gratifying that so many parents have voiced their anger and confusion at its findings It doesn t help when so many boundaries are changed not just about how schools should operate but also with the exam grades and measures we have seen the furore over how this year s grades have been affected because exam boards have been told that exams are too easy so they have raised the grade boundaries Of course this affects all schools but not all school are in special measures So far so gloomy But the challenges which have been thrown at the school might well in future be seen as acting as a catalyst which will see it become a more successful school and one which will be even more valuable to the community Answer It was obvious that Mrs Thomas and the governing body needed to come up with a plan which would see them avoid going down the sponsored academy route The answer or at least part of it lay only a mile or so from the Grange in the shape of another secondary school Sundorne Vocational courses are a strength at The Grange School It was recognised that the two schools complemented each other s strengths very well under head teacher Geoff Pettengell Sundorne has for some years been a high achieving school academically with excellent Maths and English departments in particular fields in which The Grange has performed less well But The Grange has an enviable tradition in the performance arts as well as strong vocational courses such as car mechanics and hairdressing The two have now formed a federation the North Shrewsbury Federation which was conceived after a consultation period with parents who according to Mrs Thomas were extremely supportive of the idea The Grange and Sundorne work very well together and it helps I think that they are a similar size with about 500 pupils each says Mrs Thomas The Grange is still called The Grange and Sundorne keeps its name too The Grange retains its identity and has an overall head and exactly the same goes for Sundorne To strengthen leadership and management the federation has a principal overseeing both schools Geoff Pettengell with whom I have enjoyed an excellent relationship now assumes that role His deputy takes on the post of head teacher at Sundorne and after my departure Geoff will be acting head of The Grange until a long term replacement is found Geoff Pettengell We are now several weeks into the federation and

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  • Landmark Woolworths decision ends years of uncertainty - Shropshire Business Today
    consult with workers based in smaller stores or branches and so they did not qualify for compensation The legislation only covers staff working in an establishment where more than 20 people are employed Union Usdaw secured an Employment Appeal Tribunal victory in 2013 on behalf of the Woolworths staff and 1 200 staff of clothing chain Ethel Austin However the ECJ has reversed this decision which Amber said will reassure employers with staff working at multiple sites This long awaited decision will be welcomed by business leaders and bring clarity where there has been uncertainty for nearly two years Following a sustained period of economic slowdown businesses across a number of sectors have restructured and this has included job losses where necessary The ruling will be reassuring to those employers who followed the law on redundancies and consultation but still feared they could face action from staff in branches with fewer than 20 employees The ruling held that an establishment in the collective redundancy legislation refers to an individual workplace not to the employer as a whole The ECJ ruled that Woolworths was right to count each store as a separate establishment And therefore it did not need to engage in collective consultation with staff who worked in a store with a headcount of less than 20 However Amber warned employers should not assume that the courts will always view each branch or store as being a separate establishment The answer will still depend on the facts of each case for instance where stores are centrally managed or have multiple units within the same shopping centre then collective consultation could still apply Nevertheless the news is certainly a welcome relief for larger employers and should cut down on red tape during restructuring exercises SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Put

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/news/landmark-woolworths-decision-ends-years-of-uncertainty-for-axed-staff/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The hunt is on once again for 'Telford's Brainiest Business' - Shropshire Business Today
    taken again this year by the Shropshire Mid Wales Insurance Institute or is a new name about to be carved onto the trophy TBP s 2014 chairman Robin Melley left with last years winners Shropshire Mid Wales Insurance Institute Dave Vanner Lynne Williams James Labouchardiere and Alan Richardson The quiz itself kicks off at 6 45pm and is compered by Carl Jones host of the Shropshire Business Awards editor of Shropshire Business Today and a regular voice on BBC Radio Shropshire Raising funds for local charity Telford Young Carers it costs 60 for a team of 4 but individual entries are also welcome as several teams are usually formed on the night One of the most popular events in TBP s calendar the quiz attracts well over 100 people There will also be a Silent Auction and raffle taking place during the evening For further details or to register a team email tbp telford gov uk or call Jaclyn on 01952 567578 SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Who cares about care Well that s the 75 000 question Next article Full steam ahead for iconic engine restoration project Carl Jones http 4 KA By0blG RELATED ARTICLES MORE FROM AUTHOR

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/news/the-hunt-is-on-once-again-for-telfords-brainiest-business/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Shropshire apprentice scoops top training award - Shropshire Business Today
    Shrewsbury based organisation which has been delivering training programmes for more than 30 years Shaw said Lewis is an impressive young person who has a brilliant work ethic which has been recognised from the start of his programme His employer s well thought out and structured apprenticeship allowed him to spend time experiencing the different departments within the organisation During his time with the different departments Lewis commitment to doing the best job possible his improved communications skills developed by undertaking presentations at work and his winning personality led to the different departments wanting to hold onto him for as long as possible Given his achievements as an apprentice it should come as no surprise to learn that Lewis now has a full time job as a warehouse operative with the company Said Lewis I really enjoy my work at Grocontinental and I couldn t have joined a better company The apprenticeship was a real opportunity that I was so pleased to get To get this award too just makes it extra special and I d like to thank all those people who helped me along the way because it s not always easy to make the transition from college into work Linda Grocott Managing Director of Grocontinental commented We have always had a policy of supporting young people from the local area and it has been a pleasure to watch Lewis development throughout the company Like other apprentices he worked very hard to establish himself within the company and study for the formal qualifications he needed It s great to see a local lad take advantage of the opportunities on offer here SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Shropshire professor joins county university team Next article Is your business underestimating power of the grey pound Carl Jones http 4

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/news/shropshire-apprentice-scoops-top-training-award/ (2016-02-16)
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  • MP in apprentice call - Shropshire Business Today
    I am proud to be part of a government that is committed to increasing the number of apprentices The government has also increased the number of incentive payments for employers to take on apprentices There will now be 20 000 extra incentive payments worth 1 500 each for employers to take on young apprentices This takes the total number of payments available next year to 40 000 Daniel Kawczynski meets Salop Leisure apprentices from left Jack Clarke Daniel Taylor Tom Hancock and Ashley Lutwyche and customer services manager Viv Jones at Salop Leisure Salop Leisure currently employs eight apprentices and advocates placing them with experienced members of staff who can share their knowledge skills and life experiences We have always believed in training and developing our own young people who get to know the business from an early age take pride in it and turn out to be valuable assets to the company said Mr Bywater a Shropshire Council business ambassador Apprenticeships are a wonderful way of recruiting young people and moulding and training them to your company s high standards They provide a tremendous opportunity for young people to earn and learn at the same time as opposed to going to university and building up debts that will take years to clear I personally believe that it s the duty of all employers in Shropshire to look for ways to give young people an opportunity to work which will benefit their businesses in the long term TAGS apprenticeships Employment SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Housebuilder announces sustainable options Next article Naughty but very nice SBT RELATED ARTICLES MORE FROM AUTHOR Courts rule in favour of bosses monitoring staff emails Three is the magic number to help bridge the local skills gap Redrawing the map to give Shrewsbury a

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/news/mp-in-apprentice-call/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Top award for Ludlow manufacturing company - Shropshire Business Today
    materials along with a major commitment to quality control by gaining full accreditation to BS EN ISO 9001 2000 that has led to the winning of this prestigious award DMS s General Manager Paul Draper with the Award DMS s General Manager Paul Draper explained the company s philosophy We are not content until a project is completed on time within budget and with a build quality that is the envy of our competitors That is why we are pleased to receive repeat work from so many of our clients Thanks to the in house testing and production facilities DMS is able to manufacture and develop prototype mouldings and bespoke designs to a wide range of customers Existing markets include Aerospace Personal Protective Equipment and Riot Defence Telecommunications and Corporate Signage SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Manufacturing industry continues to grow Next article Shropshire tax expert going live for the Budget Carl Jones http 4 KA By0blG RELATED ARTICLES MORE FROM AUTHOR Courts rule in favour of bosses monitoring staff emails Three is the magic number to help bridge the local skills gap Redrawing the map to give Shrewsbury a business boost Recent tweets Follow us ShropsBizToday Latest The

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/news/top-award-for-ludlow-manufacturing-company/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Shropshire businesses are urged to go back to basics - Shropshire Business Today
    of recycling in particular segregation as well as Pete Newell from PW e Nergy who will focus on Legionella in the workplace In addition BESST Chairman Andy Whyle will present on the circular economy and Simon Randall and Jacky Wilkinson from Stadco will talk about how the organisation has implemented resource efficiency across its Telford site Jaclyn Kitson BESST Network Coordinator explained Our back to basics event doesn t confine us to one topic for discussion and gives us a lot more scope to focus on a diverse range of issues that are of interest to our members We re delighted to welcome a number of guest speakers as well as our very own Chairman Andy Whyle who will be discussing how business can be more sustainable through better resource productivity The topics we will be covering this session are really diverse so whatever size your organisation there will be advice you ll be able to implement in and around your own business Due to the popularity of the breakfast meetings spaces are naturally limited so I d urge anyone interested in registering their interest to get in touch by calling 01952 567 578 or emailing besst telford gov uk said Jaclyn Business Environment Support Scheme Telford BESST works in partnership with private and public sector businesses to help improve their environmental performance in order to boost competitiveness and reduce their impact on the environment BESST is a best practice sharing network where members can share new ideas and exchange advice on ways to improve environmental efficiency The group also aims to educate members about environmental awareness and ways they can implement strategies to become more efficient SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article 3m expansion is a massive boost for South Shropshire Next article Shropshire manufacturer launches new product at

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