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  • Sickness, health, and the art of managing change
    Sickness and In Health that s the theme of the latest Shropshire Business Today magazine We take a look at the issues which help to keep a company fighting fit including the art of managing change Rockford IT from Telford won the managing change award at the 2014 Shropshire Business Awards and are our cover story for the new issue Here s a taste of the interview between SBT editor Carl Jones and Rockford s managing director Darren Kirby And don t forget you can download a pdf version in our latest issue section SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Shropshire firm s festive video fun Next article Shari s e book is a chart topping success Carl Jones http 4 KA By0blG RELATED ARTICLES MORE FROM AUTHOR Four fifths of top SME export destinations are in Europe Sitting down or standing up the new desktop dilemma Entries open for 2016 Shropshire Business Awards Recent tweets Follow us ShropsBizToday Latest The Shropshire shopping centre in line for a facelift https t co gRQ9DMX23A Latest Skoda UK boss in the driving seat care firm quits its franchise to fly solo new motoring website launched https t co gRQ9DMX23A Revealed The secrets

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  • Recruitment coup for fast-growing Bridgnorth architect - Shropshire Business Today
    He impressed us during the interview with his knowledge and desire to work on a varied client base that would throw up different challenges He continued To get a 1st in his Degree is no small feat and the fact he has been recognised by a major industrial body is great to have on his CV He also combined study with working for a local architect practice in Wolverhampton applying his learning on live projects Founded in 2003 Johnson Design has grown into one of the West Midlands most innovative architects boasting involvement in a number of Grand Design projects major healthcare contracts and increasingly helping to create new facilities for community groups across Shropshire The practice has seen a number of new wins that will see the business smash 400 000 turnover for the first time I m really excited to be joining such a vibrant firm that believes in freedom of ideas and doing things differently added Munir who moved to the UK in 2009 JDP is a lot smaller than most of its rivals but this means I will be able to get involved in pretty much every aspect of the business I ll also be able to learn directly from the Directors who have a wealth of experience and knowledge He concluded There s a number of new projects just about to start and I m going to be heavily involved in making sure they are on time on budget and wow the client in terms of design and functionality Johnson Design Partnership which is ISO9000 2000 and ISO14001 accredited offers a complete project management service from feasibility work and planning to detail design monitoring and contract administration As part of its expansion JDP has invested significantly into the development of its new websiteto incorporate an

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  • Breakfast briefing creates a business buzz - Shropshire Business Today
    region and there was a definite air of enthusiasm in the room We were delighted to welcome so many guests on the day and we re sure that such a vibrant event will encourage them to become members now that they ve seen just what makes us tick Guest speaker was Gill Hamer from the Marches LEP who explained to delegates about the new Growth Hub that s set to launch next week www marchesgrowthhub co uk She urged all the businesses in the room to make the most of the services and support available and to come forward with any suggestions or requests for advice Also speaking at the meeting was Steve Hill from Telford and Wrekin Council who detailed the facilities that will be open to businesses at the Growth Hub including new meetings space live event streaming and hot desking opportunities During the breakfast event Jan Minihane presented a cheque to representatives from Telford and Wrekin Young Carers TBP s chosen charity for the current year The donation of just over 2 800 was a combination of funds raised at our Telford s Brainiest Business Quiz and the proceeds of the first ever Telford Young Professionals gala dinner and ball and we d like to thank everyone for being so generous said Jan Also on the agenda was an update from Neil Phillips from Telford Business Board who shared feedback from the organisation on the ideas that TBP members had put forward at a previous event in order to help shape future business strategies After the presentations members and guests took part in lively round table discussions about the new Growth Hub and enjoyed networking with new colleagues to share possible partnership working ideas SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Care expert raises concerns about the state

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/news/breakfast-briefing-creates-a-business-buzz/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Major show coup for the International Centre - Shropshire Business Today
    the Association s chief executive said These awards are the materials handling industry s longest established and most prestigious event The Telford International Centre really is a fabulous venue and it is one which we believe will be the perfect setting for an event of this magnitude The venue is conveniently located in the heart of the Midlands with a growing number of hotels nearby as well as a number of attractions which our guests can explore during the course of the weekend Launched to encourage and reward examples of excellence throughout the fork lift truck industry and beyond the awards have a truly international appeal The ceremony which is expected to attract a gathering of around 400 people is the one evening in the year when all of the UK s major fork lift truck players come together in one place for a night of fine dining live music dancing and networking Tom Gray from The International Centre said We are delighted to welcome the Fork Lift Truck Association for the first time especially in light of their special anniversary We are developing a growing reputation for hosting events of this kind for major trade associations because our venue is ideally placed when delegates are arriving from all over the UK and beyond The most hotly anticipated awards at the Oscars style ceremony will be those given to the overall champions in four main product categories Environment Ergonomics Safety and Innovation The event will be compered by ITV London Tonight s Jonny Gould and winners will be presented with the iconic Archie statuette a symbol of materials handling excellence SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Could you pay the price for outsourcing services Next article Wrekin on the Right lines Carl Jones http 4 KA By0blG RELATED ARTICLES MORE

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  • Law firm seeks to explode relationship myths - Shropshire Business Today
    as he explains practical sensible steps that advisors should give to couples at the outset of their cohabitation or when the relationship ends Richard said Unmarried couples are the fastest growing type of relationship but so far the law has failed to keep pace with this significant change in our society Cohabitees have very few rights in the unfortunate event of a relationship breakdown The aim of our roundtable is to create a forum for discussion between advisors during which questions can be asked and scenarios explored which will promote further discussion and may take the subject in a new direction The roundtable is a free event with a limited number of places so those wishing to take part should contact Jude Kenyon on 01244 405418 or jude kenyon aaronandpartners com to reserve their place The event is being held at Shrewsbury Town Football Club Greenhous Meadow Shrewsbury and starts at 8am with breakfast and tea and coffee served The discussion starts at 8 30am and finishes at 10am It is free to attend SHARE Facebook Twitter tweet Previous article Wrekin on the Right lines Next article New progress on Shropshire s London rail link Carl Jones http 4 KA

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/news/law-firm-seeks-to-explode-relationship-myths/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Airport sets its sights on Shropshire - Shropshire Business Today
    Monarch have all done reasonably well and there is a boom at the moment with Birmingham growing at about four per cent but I still think the market is incredibly challenging Although we ve bounced back and just had five months of growth with both April and May this year being record months for us I m still a tad nervous of the market as a whole Shock The airport had a relationship with British Airways going back 60 odd years which was very fruitful and we as a company kept other players out of the market because we loved British Airways so much so when they left us in 2007 and pulled out of UK regional markets I think it was a bit of a shock to us The loss of BA was a psychological blow to the community and the airport and a financial blow to the airport company It was horrendous We never went into loss making but we have been working our way back to serious profitability since then on the back of low cost traffic as we rebuild our business Even without getting into the argument about whether Birmingham should build a second runway another political hot potato the site has the capacity to more than double its current passenger base of around nine million people a year Birmingham Airport faces challenges winning over Shropshire business travellers So much of what happens at Birmingham is out of the control of the airport company itself Paul is responsible for a workforce of around 600 but that s barely 10 per cent of the total number of people employed on site So when French air traffic controllers decide to strike there are grumbles about passport control issues surrounding retail services or delays over late arrival of baggage he s not the man in charge And yet it is Paul the boss whose head is highest above the parapet when it comes to fielding the complaints On my visit there were a staggering 370 000 minutes of delays in the European airline system many having knock on effects for Birmingham which Paul and his team were powerless to address Paul is broadly welcoming of chancellor George Osborne s latest pledge to create a northern counterweight to the London obsessed transport system with the help of both HS2 and HS3 rail links Threat We are supporters of HS2 but the thought of having a crossroads between HS2 and HS3 at Manchester Airport is a real competitive threat to us Even without getting into the argument about whether Birmingham should build a second runway another political hot potato the site has the capacity to more than double its current passenger base of around nine million people a year The runway itself is now what s called a balanced runway of 3 000 metres and its theoretical capacity is around 30 million passengers a year It depends on many factors such as size and frequency of aeroplane but there is no

    Original URL path: http://www.shropshirebusinesstoday.co.uk/features/a-grounded-approach/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Awards night truly a cause for celebration - Shropshire Business Today
    companies including Formula One cars won the Apprenticeships award and Marches Care in Shrewsbury took the Business In The Community prize for firms which put something back into their local surroundings Rounding off the prizes the Buckatree Hall Hotel at the foot of the Wrekin won the category for companies bringing jobs and visitors to the region in the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry The awards organised by Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and produced by award winning Shrewsbury event management company Yarrington were staged at Telford s International Centre They were supported and sponsored by a host of local companies including Shropshire Business Today whose new editor Carl Jones was the master of ceremonies Escorted to the stage by a troupe of Brazilian style samba dancers he told the 600 plus audience A lot has changed in our world since that first business awards competition back in 2001 when we gathered in a marquee in the grounds of Weston Park The Bank of England had set interest rates at 5 5 per cent you could buy a litre of petrol for 76p and the average Shropshire wage was just over 14 000 But one thing has remained constant the stream of amazing Shropshire businesses who continue to put their stamp of quality all over the world Guest speaker Ideas man Shed Simove Ideas man Shed Simove who has worked on TV shows such as Big Brother and The Big Breakfast and now has his own successful online novelty gifts shop stepped in as this year s guest speaker after passport problems left supermodel Caprice stranded in America and forced to stand down Shropshire Chamber chief executive Richard Sheehan said the night had been a huge success Record Not only had there been a record number of entries this year but the audience helped to raise around 3 000 for the Severn Hospice with a Red Card Yellow Card game Mr Sheehan said It became very evident soon after we launched the 2014 Shropshire Business Awards that there was a level of interest from the business community that we had not experienced for some considerable time The positivity that is surrounding the improved economic climate carried over to the awards with record levels of entries that were of a truly outstanding quality The teams of judges really had their work cut out to determine a winner On the night itself the blend of carnival and celebration of success produced a cocktail of excitement with an audience of 640 people seeing the best of what Shropshire has to offer While the event is a massive amount of work for my team I know they are already planning for the 15th anniversary event on June 26 2015 intent on making it bigger and even better At the start of the evening Chamber president Keith Winter gave an emotional tribute to his predecessor John Clayton a stalwart of the Shropshire business scene who died earlier this year He was a long time campaigner for

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  • Barometer predicts sunnier conditions - Shropshire Business Today
    commented We have seen consistent signs during the last 12 months that firms are ramping up capacity to meet increasing orders and take advantage of work coming back to the UK This is the clearest signal yet that our manufacturers believe the upturn is sustainable Two record figures for recruitment and investment in technology suggest that many small manufacturers in our region are planning for the long term and encouragingly they are taking action now to manage future expansion Trend Our Barometer report highlights that small and medium sized manufacturers are contributing strongly to jobs growth and expect to continue to recruit They may find it harder to follow this trend especially in advanced manufacturing sectors unless they invest in training and retention These predictions for expansion in the MAS Barometer are taking place against a backdrop of rising energy prices across industry Eighty five per cent of small and medium sized manufacturers reported an increase in their energy costs over the last year only part of which is explained by increased production Six in ten of those SMEs were hit with rises of 6 per cent or more Most companies looking to reduce their energy costs have taken measures to cut their bills These include enhanced heating or lighting systems 43 per cent changing energy supplier 34 per cent streamlining processes 32 per cent and upgrading machinery 29 per cent While more than half of manufacturing SMEs measure heating and lighting other significant energy uses are poorly monitored Keeping track Tellingly just 37 per cent of firms monitor usage for plant and machinery and less than a third admitted to keeping track of energy used in processing raw materials Lorraine concluded Managing energy costs is a major concern for West Midlands manufacturers but sometimes this gets overlooked when they are focused on growth and the day to day challenge of meeting ever changing customer requirements MAS advisors can help with this by preparing the right strategies for growth covering the customers products equipment people resources and finances necessary for sustainable growth CASE STUDY An ACE example Telford based Advanced Chemical Etching was one the companies questioned in the latest MAS Barometer and reflects the growing trend of positivity investment and job creation The firm which offers precision components prototyping and low volume production has spent over 1m on extending its production footprint from 10 000 sq ft to 23 000 sq ft and in the installation of a number of specialist etching machines Backed by more than double its previous capacity ACE has been able to embrace increases in demand for the supply of technically challenging products and new materials The start of this year has seen an influx in the number of large development orders which have the potential to turn into high volume contracts for clients involved in energy medical and aerospace explained managing director Ian Whateley If just 20 per cent of the potential orders turn into reality then we could treble the size of the

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