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Runcorn-based group achieves regional growth accolade Chester Business Park's new pharma company

10 Chester Racecours, CH1ChesterBID and city groups unify to enhance race-day experience.

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Northwest to gain thousands of new jobs

14 "Happiest place in the UK" hosts PR industry event 15 Boosting research and development in the sciences industry could deliver up to 5,800 new jobs. 20 Government announces new northern Powerhouse body.

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Heidi?s St or y My name is Heidi, I am a non-smoking, positive and energetic 45 years old. I live in Burland, Nantwich with my lovely husband, David, and two wonderful boys William and Lewis, who are 7 and 3. In March 2017 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and secondary cancers in my bones and brain 25 tumours. I was told that there was little that could be done for me and I should have Chemo therapy and prepare my boys for the worst. I would not accept this, I have a wonderful life that I want to live and little boys who need me to take care of them.

Tr eat m en t I started Chemo, but didn?t accept that that was it. I researched ways to fight cancer, I saw a nutritionist and radically changed my

diet to the anti-cancer Budwig diet as well as taking many anti-cancer supplements. I basically ate green vegetables and cottage cheese for the better part of a year, with fish or meat once a week as I was losing too much weight. This was hard as I love my food, but I am prepared to change anything to live. I also had a biopsy of my cancer sent for advanced DNA profiling using a company called Foundation One. The results of this showed I had a rare EGFR mutation that the standard NHS tests had not picked up. This meant from July 2017 onwards I was able to start taking a targeted therapy drug. This dramatically improved my quality of life and with the diet shrunk the lung cancer and got rid of my 25 brain tumours. Life was on the up! In May 2018, during one of my routine scans, it showed five tumours had appeared

again in my brain, indicating that my cancer has mutated and that the targeted therapy treatment is starting to becoming ineffective. At the end of May, I had radiotherapy to zap these tumours and I am waiting now to see if this has been successful. If I am going to continue fighting this cancer and be there for my boys, I must try new treatments. My consultant has identified possible new targeted therapy drugs and immunotherapy treatments, but these are expensive and cost between £5000-£10,000 per month. To move forward I now need to raise funds for these new treatments as they are not currently available on the NHS. To me, failure is not an option. I m u st f igh t t o live, t o spen d as m u ch t im e as I can w it h m y boys in the coming years. Please Help M e.

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Runcorn-based Group achieve regional growth accolade Th e TALL Gr ou p of Com pan ies h as been n am ed as on e of t h e 50 f ast est gr ow in g com pan ies in Gr eat er M an ch est er . The company is listed in the Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 for 2018, a run-down of the fastest growing businesses in the region put together by UK Top 100 law firm Ward Hadaway. The Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 highlights and celebrates the achievements of fast-growing, profitable companies in the region by publishing an annual list of the 50 fastest growing privately-owned businesses across Greater Manchester. The TALL Group of Companies has made it into the 2018 list after achieving three years of strong turnover growth whilst still remaining profitable. The TALL Group of Companies will now go forward to the Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 Awards 2018 on Friday 18th May. The Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 has been published every year since 2014 and is compiled and organised by law firm Ward Hadaway, which has offices in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. Pau l Joh n son Execu t ive Par t n er at War d Hadaw ay 's M an ch est er of f ice, said:

"We would like to congratulate The TALL Group of Companies and every company in the Ward Hadaway Greater Manchester Fastest 50 for 2018 for their successes in making this year 's list. "The Fastest 50 shows what tremendous companies we have in the region and underlines what a great place Greater Manchester is to do business." M ar t in Ru da, Gr ou p M an agin g Dir ect or at t h e TALL Gr ou p of Com pan ies added, ?We are delighted to have been awarded this accolade coming on the back of our success in being positioned 6th in the Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 and proudly achieving the Queen?s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2018 on Her Majesty the Queen?s birthday in April. We have come a long way as a Group in such as short time. From printing paper cheques, we have moved with the times and now offer a full range of additional products and services with electronic

Martin Ruda payments solutions, business process outsourcing and cheque scanning fulfilment services driving our growth. A tribute to our hardworking and dedicated staff.?

Chester Business Park's new Pharma company A global aesthetic dermatology company is relocating to larger premises on Chester Business Park. Sinclair Pharma is relocating from its current premises, also on the same site, to Eden House on a ten-year lease. The two-storey property covers 6,500 sq ft and was previously occupied by Natwest Bank. It has undergone and extensive refurbishment with a new ofice and reception being installed with the landlord having appointed Hutcheon Construction to undertake a bespoke fit-out. Jayne Burrell, group general counsel and company secretary at Sinclair Pharma, said: "The oppertunity at Eden House cam e at the perfect time for us as we needed to expand our premises but were keen to stay on Chester Business Park, which has been our home for a number of years now. "By relocating we have more than doubled the size of our office space and the high standard of refurbishent is very much in

line with our business' needs" Will Sadler , dir ect or at Legat Ow en , added: "Demand for a grad A space is very positive and there is a real shortage of high quality office space in Chester. Properties such as Eden House that have been refurbished to a high standard are seeing high levels of interest and letting well.

national and regional blue-chip organisations."

"WE are currently marketing the last remaining plot at Chester Business Park offering 110,000 sq ft on a design-and-build basis and, based on the demand we have seen, we are confident this is likely to attract interest from both

The announcement coincides with another letting completed by Legat Owen at Bellmeadow Business Park in Chester where Bratherton Park Design has taken 1,800 sq ft of office space on a 5-year lease.



Chester Race Course, CH1ChesterBID and city groups unify to enhance race day experience M ain t ain in g t h e cu r r en t n u m ber of Sat u r day r ace days an d set t in g f ixt u r es ar e par t of a ser ies of act ion s aim ed at m an agin g expect at ion an d im pr ovin g in f or m at ion ar ou n d f ixt u r e sch edu les Chester Racecourse also plans to have greater involvement in helping CH1ChesterBID and partners to maintain the city's Purple Flag status Chester Race Company has announced that it will freeze the number of Saturday fixtures it holds each year up until 2020 as part of a series of measures designed to help manage the impact of race days on Chester. The announcement comes in response to an independent economic impact report on the influence the Racecourse has on the city, which was commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester Council and carried out by consultants Amion.

economy, but there is definitely more that can be done to ensure that this isn't at the detriment of other businesses in the city centre.

The study found that Chester Race Company contributes ÂŁ54.1 million per year to the local economy, helping to attract between 7,000 and 25,500 visitors per fixture.

"We believe the best way to do that is through open and honest dialogue and we're delighted that Chester Race Company has been so receptive in listening to the feedback highlighted. Fixing the number of race days and setting fixtures helps give us and the

It also suggested that some retailers experienced a drop in in trade on Saturday race days but highlighted the need for more data to be collected to offer further insight, which is why back in April, CH1ChesterBID met with Chester Race Company, Cheshire Police and Cheshire West and Chester Council to discuss the report and its findings. There are currently 15 race days in the calendar year and the racecourse executive have offered assurances that there are no plans to increase that number or the number of Saturday fixtures. The calendar of dates has been set until 2020 and information regarding the dates is set to be released in due course. Car l Cr it ch low , BID M an ager at CH1Ch est er BID, said: "One of the big outcomes from the independent report and subsequent discussions with the racecourse, police and council is that we want to proactively manage the impact of race days in Chester. "As many of the report's findings showed, Chester Races makes an enormous contribution to the local

Ch ief Execu t ive of Ch est er Race Com pan y, Rich ar d Th om as, said: "We're very keen to work closely with CH1ChesterBID and other city centre stakeholders following the publication of the impact report. ?We do recognise some of the negative impacts felt in the city centre from race days, but we found the report results to be overwhelmingly positive. There is more we can do and that's why we're collaborating with our city centre partners to put in new initiatives and measures that will hopefully increase and promote the benefits of race days to everyone.

" Ch est er Race Com pan y con t r ibu t es ÂŁ54.1 m illion per year t o t h e local econ om y " city centre businesses we represent a clearer idea of what the annual calendar will look like for the foreseeable future, allowing us to confidently plan events, festivals and other activities. "We're also working on a range of other ideas with Chester Race Company, including them joining the Purple Flag working group which looks at issues such as antisocial behaviour and street cleansing and helps maintain the world-class welcome we strive for as part of our Purple Flag status. "By working together, we're confident we can come up with a series of measures that are in the best interests of everyone involved in the city centre."

?Setting the race fixtures and freezing the number of race days until 2020 is just the start of that, and although we have no plans in place to increase them, we felt that offering that assurance for the next two years would be beneficial for stakeholders across the city centre. "We also know that the Chester race day experience goes beyond just the racecourse ? the city centre has an enormous role to play in shaping that ? and if we work together to get it right, we can ensure that people want to come back into Chester city centre time and time again."



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Council?s building control team sees more successes at regional awards Cheshire East Council?s wholly owned building regulations company, Civicance, has seen three local developers pick up prestige awards, and head for the national finals in London. The regional ?Building Excellence?awards celebrate quality construction work and good partnership working between house builders and the local authority. With a total of 29 finalists from the borough in 15 different categories, Cheshire East developments picked up three overall winners and two ?highly commended? awards. Knutsford-based Modern Unique Developments collected the award for best local builder or traditional craftsperson. They were recognised for their consistent high quality of craft and skills in the region. Hulmerfield Hall at Sandbach Farm impressed the judges for its quality of build and the award for best individual new home went to Bartholomew Homes, Nigel Daly Design and James Harrison for this construction.

A partnership of Armitage Construction, Buttress, National Trust and SALT Architects took the category for best small commercial project for their project at Quarry Bank Mill in Styal. They were recognised for their sensitivity to the local environment and how the design supported the commercial purpose of the building. Civican ce m an agin g dir ect or Ian Bu n n said: ?These fantastic achievements highlight the commitment to building excellence in Cheshire East, and the benefit of strong, reliable working relationships between industry professionals and the local authority building control. ?Every year, the contribution to the awards from this region demonstrates the quality of the area?s house-building and construction sector. Everyone involved shows a true commitment to quality and deserves this recognition. ?Our local building control team takes great pride supporting these nominations and we wish our winners

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Northwest to gain thousands of new jobs Boost in g r esear ch an d developm en t in t h e t h r ivin g lif e scien ces in du st r y cou ld deliver u p t o 5,800 n ew jobs f or t h e Nor t h West , n ew f igu r es r eveal. The North West stands to benefit from a high-quality jobs and growth bonanza over the next decade in its already healthy life sciences sector, according to new research. -



Hitting the government?s target of 2.4% of GDP being devoted to research and development by 2027 could generate an extra £238m for the economy in the North West region. North West region set to be one of the top beneficiaries of jobs and growth. Hitting the 2.4% target will generate 3,200 extra jobs in the North West. But if investment on R&D went up to 3% then an extra 5,800 jobs would be created.

Thousands of new jobs and hundreds of millions of pounds of growth would be added to the region if increases in life science research and development rise in line with government targets, according to research conducted by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). Specifically, around 3,200 extra well-paid, skilled jobs would be created for the North West with the added R&D, along with more than £238m of extra growth, in 2027 alone. The region is predicted to outdo the West Midlands and the East of England, two big regional players when it comes to the life sciences, with the West Midlands gaining £185m in added growth and around 2,500 new jobs and the East gaining £201m and around 2,700 extra jobs. Much of the extra growth would likely go to established ?hot spots? for investments like

Cheshire, where pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca have a large research centre and factory, and Manchester, where academics often work to pioneer new treatments alongside the pharmaceutical industry. The life sciences sector is made up of industries like food science, plus plant and veterinary science. But the pharmaceutical industry is the single biggest contributor. The North West figures are projected on the basis that R&D in the region?s life sciences sector will jump from £174m in 2015 to £321m in 2027. The Government set out in the Budget last year that it would commit to increasing its investment in R&D to 2.4 per cent of Gross Domestic Product by 2027, to help the UK to catch up with the R&D spending of the most advanced economies like Japan, Germany and the United States. In time, the investment could rise to 3 per cent of GDP, which the ABPI research shows if met by 2027 would create an even greater boom in jobs. In this scenario, more than 5,800 extra high quality jobs will be created in the North West, with a sizeable £434m of growth added to region. On a nationwide level, the ABPI research suggests that the extra R&D investment in

the pharmaceutical sector brought about by the 2.4 per cent GDP target would create tens of thousands of jobs in the UK overall in 2027 (24,000) and boost growth by nearly £1.8bn. If R&D investment rises to 3 per cent, the gains will be even more bountiful, with the pharmaceutical sector creating almost 44,000 jobs, bringing in well over £3bn for the UK economy ? at £3.27bn. Dr Rich ar d Tor bet t f r om ABPI said: ?This research underlines why increasing the amount that government and industry spends on innovation is so important. Industries like pharmaceuticals have the potential to generate the jobs of tomorrow, as well as securing the thousands of jobs they provide in the North West today. ?But it?s not just about jobs and the economy. Our scientists work hand-in-hand with the NHS to provide medicines which save and improve millions of lives in this country, around the world and in communities in this region. ?By investing in the life sciences like pharmacy we can be part of the battle against illnesses that continue to blight so many lives ? while also helping to deliver jobs and prosperity in regions like the North West and across Britain.?

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?Happiest workplace in the UK?hosts PR industry event Hannah Stringer, Moneypenny's head of marketing, delivered a talk on how the telephone-answering giant strives to be different, including how giving away branded socks led to increased engagement on social media. Life coach Joe O?Connor then spoke about protecting mental health while working by using brain-training skills to stay focused and happy. Delegates were also given a tour of the building, which has been named one of Britain?s best offices. It features a treehouse, on-site pub, and a gym. The company also runs on-site fitness classes including yoga, as well as offers free healthy breakfasts.

An t h on y Bu llick , vice ch air of CIPR Nor t h West an d dir ect or at M old-based digit al PR agen cy Ou t w r it e PR, said: ?The feedback from attendees has been fantastic, with each person leaving with useful and relevant information and actions to implement. ?It was fascinating to hear how Hannah and the marketing team at Moneypenny make every effort to set themselves apart and build relationships with their customers. ?And Joe?s tales of his inspirational story of

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Boosting research and development in the sciences industry could deliver up to 5,800 new jobs for the North West, new figures reveal The North West stands to benefit from a high-quality jobs and growth bonanza over the next decade in its already healthy life sciences sector, according to new research. -



Hitting the government?s target of 2.4% of GDP being devoted to research and development by 2027 could generate an extra £238m for the economy in the North West region. North West region set to be one of the top beneficiaries of jobs and growth. Hitting the 2.4% target will generate 3,200 extra jobs in the North West. But if investment on R&D went up to 3% then an extra 5,800 jobs would be created.

Thousands of extra jobs and hundreds of millions of pounds of growth would be added to the region if increases in life science research and development rise in line with government targets, according to research conducted by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). Specifically, around 3,200 extra well-paid, skilled jobs would be created for the North West with the added R&D, along with more than £238m of extra growth, in 2027 alone. The region is predicted to outdo the West Midlands and the East of England, two big regional players when it comes to the life sciences, with the West Midlands gaining £185m in added growth and around 2,500 extra jobs and the East gaining £201m and around 2,700 extra jobs. Much of the extra growth would likely go to established ?hot spots? for investments like Cheshire, where pharmaceutical company

Astra Zeneca have a large research centre and factory, and Manchester, where academics often work to pioneer new treatments alongside the pharmaceutical industry. The life sciences sector is made up of industries like food science, plus plant and veterinary science. But the pharmaceutical industry is the single biggest contributor. The North West figures are projected on the basis that R&D in the region?s life sciences sector will jump from £174m in 2015 to £321m in 2027. The Government set out in the Budget last year that it would commit to increasing its investment in R&D to 2.4 per cent of Gross Domestic Product by 2027, to help the UK to catch up with the R&D spending of the most advanced economies like Japan, Germany and the United States. In time, the investment could rise to 3 per cent of GDP, which the ABPI research shows if met by 2027 would create an even greater boom in jobs. In this scenario, more than 5,800 extra high quality jobs will be created in the North West, with a sizeable £434m of growth added to region. On a nationwide level, the ABPI research suggests that the extra R&D investment in the pharmaceutical sector brought about by the 2.4 per cent GDP target would create tens of thousands of jobs in the UK overall in 2027 (24,000) and boost growth by nearly £1.8bn. If R&D investment rises to 3 per cent, the gains will be even more bountiful, with the

pharmaceutical sector creating almost 44,000 jobs, bringing in well over £3bn for the UK economy ? at £3.27bn. Dr Rich ar d Tor bet t f r om ABPI said: ?This research underlines why increasing the amount that government and industry spends on innovation is so important. Industries like pharmaceuticals have the potential to generate the jobs of tomorrow, as well as securing the thousands of jobs they provide in the North West today. ?But it?s not just about jobs and the economy. Our scientists work hand-in-hand with the NHS to provide medicines which save and improve millions of lives in this country, around the world and in communities in this region. ?By investing in the life sciences like pharmacy we can be part of the battle against illnesses that continue to blight so many lives ? while also helping to deliver jobs and prosperity in regions like the North West and across Britain.?


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Halton Business Awards 2018 winners announced Or gan isat ion s f r om acr oss t h e bor ou gh join ed t oget h er at Halt on St adiu m t o celebr at e bu sin ess su ccess at t h e Halt on Bu sin ess Aw ar ds Gala Din n er , 2018 This annual event once again recognised exceptional performance with organisations and business professionals located in Widnes and Runcorn, and representing all sectors, showcasing their business success and organisational expertise. Guest speaker, Martin Hawthorne, ex CEO of Cash Converters, delivered the key note speech highlighting how important buyer behaviour is and the potential rewards available to organisations use this to build a loyal client base and delight customers. A h ot bed of en t r epr en eu r s an d in n ovat ive or gan isat ion s There were also many delighted businesses with 17 Awards presented to companies that demonstrate excellent customer service, exceptional environmental credentials in the ?Keep it Green?category, marketing excellence and innovation in ?Health and Wellbeing Award?, to name but a few. The contribution of individuals was also rewarded through the Young Achievers/Apprenticeship Award and Entrepreneur of the Year category. In fact, this year the Entrepreneur of the year Award, sponsored by Daresbury Sci-Tech, was so hotly contested, having received more applications than any other category, that two individuals were recognised with Liz Ashall-Payne winning the Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Lee Bradburn being presented with the Male

Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Rach ael Ow en , Ch ief Execu t ive of Halt on Ch am ber of Com m er ce said: ?Halton really is a hotbed of Entrepreneurs and innovative organisations. It?s only right that we rec ognise this and reward the ingenuity, dedication and commitment of these multi-talented individuals.?. ?These Awards celebrate the resilience, expertise, innovation and sheer brilliance that organisations across the Halton demonstrate every day. This year we have received more applications than ever making the 10th Anniversary the most successful yet and proving once again how sought after and prized these awards have become?. Expor t er s w it h n at ion ally an d in du st r y w ide r ecogn it ion com plet e f or Halt on In t er n at ion al Bu sin ess of t h e Year

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Many organisations were already in receipt of national awards and industry wide recognition. The three finalists for the International Business of the Year Award all enjoy national success with Tall Security, a previous winner, currently ranked 6th on the Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 list ? Britain?s SMEs with the fastest growing

international sales, Sandon Global, recently won the 2018 National Chamber of Commerce Award for Export and Perspective Engineering, a Queens Award for Export winner with offices in Singapore and headquarters based at Daresbury Sci-Tech.


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Per cept ive en gin eegin g Category sponsors, Halton Chamber of Commerce, who support exporters through their Export Documentation Service and provides business support and advice to all organisations through the Growth Hub Halton service, is always keen to promote the global expertise that is so vital to the not just to the borough of Halton but also to the region?s economy. Pet er Cook , Ch air of Halt on Ch am ber of Com m er ce said: ?Tonight we have celebrated the outstanding achievements of businesses based across the borough.? ?To be recognised as a finalist is a real achievement and I?d like to thank and also congratulate all the businesses that attended the Gala Dinner as they all demonstrated exceptional levels of excellence and have much to be proud of. I know the judges had a really difficult task this year as they were blown away by the calibre of businesses entering and the contribution these organisations make to our borough as regional, national and also global leaders of their sectors? it is truly impressive.?

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An d t h e w in n er is? .. For the first time in ten years, the winner of the Health and Wellbeing Award, LPW Technology Ltd, went on to win the much-converted Halton Business of the Year Award, 2018. Dr Car r oll, Fou n der an d CEO of LPW Tech n ology Lt d com m en t s ?LPW Technology is delighted to have won two of Halton Borough Council?s prized 2018 Business Awards. As a company we are entering an exciting growth stage and to Liz Ash all achieve this success we rely on the commitment of our team throughout the company. Receiving the ?Health and Well-being?award is a reflection of the immense value that we place on our exceptional employees.

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Christine Gaskell Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North of England will form an influential new body to support the Government?s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse across the region, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP announced today. The Chairs of each of the eleven Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will sit on a newly formed, Government-funded board called the ?NP11?. The board will act as one voice representing each of their regions as a modern day ?Council for the North?to work with and advise the Government on issues such as how to increase productivity, overcome regional disparities in economic growth and tackle the historic north-south divide. While speaking at the first ever Northern Powerhouse Business Summit in Newcastle Gateshead, Nor t h er n Pow er h ou se M in ist er Jake Ber r y M P said: ?As we approach leaving the European Union we need to ensure that every area of the UK continues to economically flourish. ?The Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in achieving this and so I am very pleased the eleven LEP Chairs have agreed to form the new NP11 board. ?For the first time since 1472, we will bring together the business voices of the Northern Powerhouse in our Council for the North. They have one task: to enrich all the peoples of the North of England ? this is the foundation stone of the Northern

Jake Berry at the NPH Business Summit Powerhouse and, with the skills and expertise of the NP11, we will shift the North?s economy into overdrive. ?Together we will deliver a North of England which is an economic powerhouse and one which can proudly take its place on the world stage both now and as we leave the EU.? The three day summit brought together leading figures from across Government and industry including Business Secretary Greg Clark and the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney. Both indicated their support for the ambitions of the Northern Powerhouse as they talked about securing a Brexit that supports Northern businesses and how innovative small firms in areas like the North East could provide the key to a growing and fairer global economy. Roger M ar sh OBE, Ch air of t h e Leeds Cit y Region En t er pr ise Par t n er sh ip (LEP) an d of t h e n ew ly f or m ed NP11 Boar d, said: ?As someone born in the North East, who spent their career in Yorkshire and who has been passionate about the North?s potential as a driving force for national productivity and competitiveness for decades, I am delighted to have been asked to chair this new body. ?By bringing together the private and public sectors, local enterprise partnerships are in a unique position to unite northern business and civic leaders behind a common goal of building a true northern

economic powerhouse that brings prosperity to everyone who lives and works in the North, while also competing for the country globally. ?Our country?s success is built on northern industry, innovation, and determination. As LEP Chairs we have taken important steps in recent years to transform our own regional economies, and now I look forward to working collaboratively with the NP11 Vice-Chair, Christine Gaskell, and the other nine northern LEP Chairs to achieve extraordinary, sustained growth that we can all share in.? Ch r ist in e Gaskell, Ch air of t h e Ch esh ir e an d War r in gt on Local En t er pr ise Par t n er sh ip, w h o t ak es t h e r ole of Vice-ch air of t h e NP11, said: ?To translate the Northern Powerhouse concept into increasing impact requires new types of conversations across the region and at the heart of this collaboration are common goals which transcend local interests. The NP11 will serve as a strong coherent regional voice with national government about the exciting potential of an innovation-led economy for the North.? The three day summit is part of the Great Exhibition of the North and is the first event of its kind ever to be held by Government. The summit was held on the site of where nineteenth century engineer George Stephenson designed world?s first Fullythe Insured locomotive -the Rocket - during the Industrial Revolution.


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Altin Homes secures funding for Holmes Chapel development Property development company, Altin Homes, has received planning approval for its exclusive development on Middlewich Road in Holmes Chapel, having reduced the number of properties from seven to six. The development is on the site of an existing property, Bank Farm House. A privately-owned housebuilder, Altin Homes prides itself on creating small, exclusive developments which have a strong appeal for families. The Holmes Chapel properties will be designed to Altin?s signature contemporary style and will include many features typically seen in super homes. High end kitchens and bathrooms, oversized doors and large windows will all

feature in line with Altin?s desire to make their homes as individual and appealing as possible. The interiors of each property are meticulously space-planned to make these homes as comfortable and family friendly as possible. The six detached properties are all 4-bedroom and there will be a choice of 5 housetypes. Altin plans to be on site from late summer and the homes will be ready next year. Speaking about the homes, managing director of Altin Homes, Mohammad Khoy said: ?We are delighted to have been given the

green light at Holmes Chapel and are confident that local people will benefit from this development.

ÂŁ2m fund approved to improve local communities ensures that the programmes of work approved will be of sufficiently significant prominence and ensure sustainability. Cheshire East Council?s cabinet has approved a scheme to provide funding that will assist communities where new housing developments have been built. The new homes bonus community fund is an initiative that supports residents to improve their local communities through visible, sustainable projects. The scheme is designed to achieve positive benefits based on locally-identified needs. It empowers local communities to engage in delivering specific projects for local people, giving them a voice in determining schemes that can shape and characterise their environment. This could be almost anything from a youth scheme to a highways project or community hub. The fund, which provides a total of ÂŁ2m up to 2020, will give local communities an opportunity to present their ideas for projects to ward members and town and parish councils for consideration. The best ideas will go to Cheshire East Council for approval. The minimum grant figure to be awarded for these projects is ÂŁ10,000. The project cost has been pitched at that amount as it

Funding released under this scheme will be subject to clear protocols to ensure outcomes are achieved. The council has undertaken a significant review of grant payments and a corporate grants policy.

The fund will be split across the borough based on the location of housing developments, allowing communities the opportunity to engage directly in how it should be spent. Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for finance and communications, said: ?The idea of the new homes bonus is to allow any groups and communities, that are affected by new housing developments, to come forward and tell the council what projects can make a positive difference to their local communities. ?These projects need to be ambitious and must be sustainable projects that will have a significant positive impact on people living immediately in the areas where the developments have been built. ?It?s a very positive scheme, as it allows those that understand the areas where the projects will be undertaken to tell us what support could be provided. I?m looking forward to seeing what plans are put forward that can benefit from this first round of funding.?

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ÂŁ70 million football complex to be build in the heart of Cheshire A ÂŁ70 million football complex and luxury spa hotel are set to be built at Northwich in Cheshire, with the primary aim of the project being the development of women's football. The scheme has been drawn up by ION Developments and Cheshire County Football Association, which is in talks with a partner - believed to be Everton Ladies FC over the scheme.

Associat ion Dave Edm u n ds said: "This proposal will see Cheshire at the forefront of County FA Football Development at every level of the game. "At a time when the Football Association is targeting the doubling of participation in the women?s game, this will also give Cheshire and our partners the chance to lead the way, and create a lasting legacy not only for women?s and girl?s football, but the whole game throughout the county of Cheshire."

When completed in 2020 the site will feature two hybrid football pitches, with a 1,000-seater stadium. The complex will also include several 3G artificial pitches and other training facilities, with visiting international teams expected to use the site for training.

Managing director of ION Developments Steve Parry said the project would be a "world class" development and noted that the new hotel would also be open to local residents as well as top female footballers.

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Employees at large organisations take three times as many sick days as staff at micro firms Resear ch f r om Gr ou p Risk Developm en t (GRiD), t h e in du st r y body f or t h e gr ou p r isk pr ot ect ion sect or , sh ow s t h at em ployer s w it h over 250 em ployees ar e m or e lik ely t o h ave a sign if ican t absen ce issu e am on g st af f . Accor din g t o HR decision m aker s: -


Companies with over 250 employees have the highest absence rates - averaging 7.5 days per year. Micro businesses with between 1-9 staff only see their staff take an average of 2.8 days absence per year.

Five per cent of HR decision makers also admitted to not recording or monitoring absence at all, although this is more prevalent amongst SMEs (6%) than those with over 250 employees (1%). This equates to nearly 300,000 businesses across the UK with no way of knowing how often staff are off sick, whether they have a legitimate reason for being off work or whether specific individuals take more sick days than others. Furthermore, 55% of large businesses believe they have a higher sick days absence rate than their industry average, with 25% of these putting this down to ineffective absence management. This begs the question why they aren?t doing more to prevent it. Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for GRiD, believes that one issue to explore is that many organisations may not know that support for employers, line managers and employees exists at no extra cost via group risk products (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness protection benefits). Sh e said: ?Employers that get the most from their group risk products don?t simply rely on them for an insurance payment, but use the inbuilt services to help keep people at work and also to facilitate a quick return to work ? even in cases where no claim is made.? Day on e in t er ven t ion GRiD also stresses that some group risk products offer ?day one intervention? meaning that employers get help to manage

workplace absence and employees are supported from the first day they are off work. GRiD also points out that, in many cases, absence issues are not clear-cut for an employer: a combination of issues can cause a member of staff to be off work, and each issue may require a slightly different type of help. Musculoskeletal conditions may benefit from fast access to physiotherapy. Other absentees may need a second medical opinion. Employees suffering from stress or mental health problems may benefit from fast-tracked access to talking therapies or from utilising an Employee Assistance Programme, as would someone struggling with relationship problems,

and help the Board improve absence reporting and management. ?Keeping tabs on every single member of staff at a larger firm is by no means

"55% of large businesses believe they have a higher sick days absence rate than their industry average, with 25% of these putting this down to ineffective absence management" addiction, childcare or eldercare responsibilities. All of this support can be made available within group risk benefits. M oxh am con t in u ed: ?No single organisation can expect to be an expert on every one of the issues its staff faces but, via the right group risk product, they can provide access to help, which can enable people to stay at or return to work, thus earning a salary and retaining a sense of normality. ?There are two sorts of communication strategies required here: the first is to make sure all staff know that support is available to help them stay in or get back to work. The second, which is often overlooked, is about how line managers can signpost their staff better to support

an easy feat ? particularly for companies whose staff travel between or work in multiple locations. However, many of these companies may well already have group risk products in place whereby they can access support for individuals and the organisation as a whole, without requiring any additional expertise or spend. ?Where an organisation currently doesn?t buy in to group risk, we would certainly encourage them to consider it as, by offering such products to staff, management will benefit from an absence solution too.?



Innovation Built on Strong Foundations: Sci-Tech Daresbury?s Blueprint for Success By 2040, Sci-Tech Daresbury will be worth ÂŁ660m to the UK economy. That?s according to a recent report from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and it?s just one of a swathe of impressive statistics associated with this leading science and technology campus.

joint-venture (JV) and a supportive eco-system that sees like-minded businesses and organisations working collaboratively to foster innovation and growth. Nearly 80% of companies are collaborating with another company at Sci-Tech Daresbury or STFC Daresbury Laboratory.

Since it was established in 2006, the Liverpool City Region-based campus has developed an enviable reputation. In 2017 it was recognised by the UK Science Park Association as the science campus making the most significant contribution to innovation in the UK. It also provided the ideal setting for Prime Minister Theresa May to hold her first regional cabinet meeting and launch the UK Industrial Strategy.

Much of Sci-Tech Daresbury?s success is grounded in the JV that was created in 2010 to spearhead its longer-term development. The partnership, which comprises property development company Langtree, STFC and Halton Borough Council, has been a highly effective growth catalyst, delivering on its

For companies based at the campus, the Sci-Tech Daresbury success story has translated to strong sustained growth, with the most recent survey revealing an average sales growth rate over the past four years of 28 per cent per annum. More than ÂŁ36 million in investment was raised by businesses located at Sci-Tech Daresbury during 2017 and the campus is proving to be a magnet for leading scientific talent. It is also stimulating employment at a notable rate. Last year alone, the campus generated more than 100 new jobs and there are now over 1200 people working on the site So, what?s behind Sci-Tech Daresbury?s upward trajectory? And what has prompted a host of prestigious names including IBM, Hitachi High-Technologies Europe and Atos to locate there? A range of contributory factors are at play including access to first class office and laboratory space, professional business support and access to cutting edge technical equipment and expertise, along with the backing of a committed private-public

high-performance computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence at the Hartree Centre. There are some truly ground-breaking things happening at the two facilities. Recognising its world leading skills and experience in the field of particle accelerators, the STFC?s Daresbury Laboratory is set to become the mass-assembly and testing location for the next generation of proton particle accelerators, which will employ technology used by the Large Hadron Collider in the treatment of cancer. The treatment produces fewer side effects than

M or e t h an ÂŁ36 m illion in in vest m en t w as r aised by bu sin esses locat ed at Sci-Tech Dar esbu r y du r in g 2017 an d t h e cam pu s is pr ovin g t o be a m agn et f or leadin g scien t if ic t alen t plans for campus expansion, new buildings and world-class facilities at Sci-Tech Daresbury to create a life-long home for successful businesses. The JV partners are equally committed to ensuring Sci-Tech Daresbury?s eco-system is underpinned by collaboration, co-development and business support. The campus is deliberately designed and operated to catalyse opportunities between SME businesses, corporates, academic institutions and public sector bodies. It?s a major draw for the leading lights of the science and technology sector - as are the campus?s state-of-the-art facilities. Sci-Tech Daresbury has gained a reputation internationally for leading-edge research and development facilities at STFC?s Daresbury Laboratory and for

conventional radiotherapy. It uses beams of protons ? part of the atom ? to precisely target cancerous tumours while limiting damage to surrounding organs or tissue and offering higher disease-free survival rates. The laboratory is also home to the electron microscopes of SuperSTEM, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council?s (EPSRC) National Research Facility, where revolutionary new research studying the vibrational properties of matter, or phonons, at the nanoscale has just taken place. Meanwhile STFC?s Hartree Centre, which boasts some of the most advanced computer hardware and expertise in the UK is in the midst of a multi-year collaborative programme with 24


Alder Hey Children?s NHS Foundation Trust, supported by IBM (NYSE: IBM), to create the United Kingdom?s first ?cognitive?hospital by harnessing ?big data?and the power of IBM?s Watson technology platform. Hartree is also collaborating with the University of Liverpool to deliver a virtual engineering centre, providing advanced modelling, simulation and visualisation solutions to companies including Bentley Motors and BAE Systems. Leading edge facilities are complemented by high-quality work space at Sci-Tech Daresbury, another key element of its success. The last two years have seen Sci-Tech Daresbury?s footprint expand further with the opening of Techspace One and Two offering both grade A office accommodation and high specification laboratory space. And in February this year, planning approval was granted for the construction of three new buildings, constituting 42,000 sq ft of grade A space. Project Violet is situated at the gateway of the campus on Innovation Way. It is

evidence of the ongoing commitment from Sci-Tech Daresbury?s partners to expand the campus in a manner that will help create the right conditions for science and innovation-based SMEs to achieve their growth ambitions. Given all of this, it?s no wonder that Sci-Tech Daresbury has carved out a presence on the global stage and is now home to international companies from 12 countries, namely Japan, USA, South Africa, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Latvia, Turkey, Israel and Ireland. And businesses based on the campus are winning high-profile customers of their own. XCellR8, a UK-based GLP-accredited laboratory, exclusively devoted to animal-free safety and efficacy tests for the cosmetics, personal care and chemical industries counts a range of high street brands, including Lush amongst its clients; and best in class warehouse automation and software solutions provider, Conveyor Networks has recently won a major contract from Pets at Home, for example. It already

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Habiba Cow dh u r y Raised in Ilford, East London, her love for food started early. Now living in Northwich Habiba wants to introduce people to the home food she has grown up with and the multi-cultural tastes of home-made food. She talks about her vision for food, the changing food scene in the country and her future plans in an exclusive interview with Cheshire Media.

Tu m er ic on e of Habibas m an y spices my Achari Murgh Baaza which I have created bursting with fresh ingredients that are always in our fridges and available from all supermarkets and not just the Indian supermarkets...such as celery and spring onions.? Is t h er e a secr et in gr edien t t h at you love t o cook w it h ?

?It is the first Indian cookery school across Cheshire and it aims to teach people how simple fresh homemade Indian food can be done. The aim of my new business is to expand the publics knowledge of the massive variety Indian and Bangladeshi food cooked within Indian homes.?

?There are a few spices that I play with when I am cooking Bangladeshi food. They do the trick all the time, I plan to soon offer these secret homemade spices to my customers and students to purchase and use themselves, they are my best kept secrets. If your already part of the will have been introduced to some of them in my classes.?

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?My style is wholesome homemade food with a warming yet fresh rustic touch. Homestyle cooking for me is bursting with flavours that work in harmony with each other and with the combination of fresh ingredients used commonly at home and rarely available to order in a restaurant.? Wh at is you r sign at u r e dish ? ?Murgh Bhuna (Chicken Bhuna) seems the be the staple dish for My Curry Club, it is versatile in taste no matter where your spice palate sits, it allows all levels of cooks a fantastic entry point to understand how to build and layer their spices and how a traditional Bangladeshi curry is cooked. My own personal home signature dish would be

?My favourite meal is the Bangladeshi Aloo Bhaaji (dry fried spiced potato) and Aloo Murghi (Chicken and potato curry in a light spiced gravy sauce) that my mum cooks. Aloo Bhaaji for me is so versatile and super quick, I can make it within 20-25 minutes, throw it into some chapati and roll it up to take for lunch on the go. I love my mums and sisters cooking as they are the two people who have taught me how to cook from a young age and continue to be my inspiration.? Wit h in t er n at ion al in gr edien t s n ow so easily available, h ow do you see t h e In dian m ar k et gr ow in g?

produce which is now exported from the Indian Sub-Continent or fresh form the Asian supermarkets is now greater than ever. One of my favorites and a must have in my cupboard is Ghee; a clarified butter which we have been using for generations and only in recent times has it become recognised across the UK for its health benefits and flavour. Ghee is like a butter but a clarified butter, without the milk proteins (dairy free from the process of slow distillation). In many parts of the world where it is actively used in culinary and medicinal preparations, much like butter Ghee has gotten a bad reputation however, Ghee not only has a great nutty flavour that marries well with Indian food it also has many health benefits if used daily in small quantities, which is exactly what My Curry Club focuses on teaching its students. It can protect your gastrointestinal system, balance cholesterol levels, give you energy, reduce joint inflammation, alleviate allergies and strengthen your immune system. Unfortunately, good quality Ghee isn't as readily available across Cheshire as some parts of London or Manchester and is a hugely misunderstood product. I'm excited to announce that Ghee will be one of the staple products provided in my subscription box along with recipes for how to use it. It is a key ingredient used in so many dishes, and if I can help save them a trip all the way to Manchester or Stoke on Trent by providing key ingredients such as Ghee then My Curry Club is completing its mission to provide, inform and teach its students.?

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INt e r v ie w Wh at ar e you r f u t u r e plan s? ?I am looking to expand my services across the corporate and B2B sectors. I have worked in the corporate world for 15 years before I took the leap to start My Curry Club and I am aware of employee rewards, team outings and team building events that take place and I believe this is a great option away from the typical 'go out for a meal'. Why not get together to cook your own meal and learn something you can use in your private life too! My thinking is, if you eat you should know how to cook at least one great dish! I also plan to start a monthly subscription box for spices and classes which will grow the reach of My Curry Club beyond Cheshire and the North West. My spice pots are traditional terracotta pots which are heat sealed and I am trying to focus on using packaging that doesn't rely purely on plastic. My terracotta pots are re-usable and environmentally friendly and food safe. The final part of my plans includes launching my first cook book. The one thing my clients ask me is why don?t cook books give instructions the way you give them in

the class environment, so I am writing the book with that thought in mind.? An y m essage f or am at eu r or n ovice cook s? ?You don?t have to be a chef to cook good food, you just need to have a passion for cooking plus be armed with great ingredients that allow you to produce meals with fantastic flavours that look amazing. The understanding and cooking of Bangladeshi and Indian food comes not just from well measured spices, you must also go by what is happening visually, with the use of smell and taste, taste, taste! Always taste and smell your spices plus be patient when cooking, it's worth it.? Wh at is you r f in al m essage t o ou r r eader s?

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Business Rates ? The hidden cost to retailers Following the national business rates revaluation that took place in April 2017, Rateable Values are now based on rental values in April 2015. The revaluation was a long awaited change for ratepayers with their previous rate demands based on historic, pre-recessionary rental values of April 2008. This should have been good news for retailers in high streets that have seen significant rental decline since the last financial crash. Indeed, there are many high streets where Rateable Values have more than halved. However, retailers have found that their actual rates payable have not changed much at all, despite a large fall in their Rateable Value. This is due to the application of transitional adjustments to rate demands. Transition is a form of rate relief that is used to phase the increase in a property?s rates over the first few years of a new rating list where it?s Rateable Value has increased. However, it is funded by phasing the decreases in a property?s rates where the Rateable Value has fallen. Essentially, it is a way of providing relief to the losers of a revaluation, funded by the winners. Whilst transition has been in existence since the 1990 rating list, the annual changes set by government this time have resulted in some anomalies. In some instances, a retailer may still be paying inflated rates even by the next revaluation in 2022.

For example, a property with a Rateable Value in the 2010 rating list of £300,000 might have fallen to £150,000 on the 2017 rating list. Without transition, their rate demand should have fallen from £145,200 to £69,900 in 2017/18. Instead, it will be limited to just a 4.1% reduction. This is then increased by inflation and the small business rate supplement resulting in a rates bill of £143,982, a net change of less than 1%. By 2022 we estimate the rates for this

property will have only fallen to £130,000, still 67% higher than they should have been without the limits of transition. In total, this retail would overpay by £315,000 over the five year revaluation. With the mechanics of transition explained, it is no surprise retailers from New Look to Byron are citing rising business rates as one of the reasons for their recent struggles. Without change to the punitive transitional scheme, how many more retailers will look to close stores to avoid administration?



GDPR Email Marketing Opt-in is a good thing! The GDPR deadline of 25th May brought with it many emotions. Some small businesses were relieved to get compliant in time, whilst others recognise that there?s still lots more to do. But for many of us, once we?d been through the marketing email opt-in process, the mailing lists we?d spent many years building diminished to a much smaller number. But is this a bad thing? Firstly, a lot of the press coverage in the lead up to GDPR focussed on the fines for non-compliance, which gave it a very negative slant. Something to remember is that some of these articles were written by people who wanted to sell you their GDPR services.


Although it?s disappointing to see all these potential clients drop off our list, if they didn?t choose to opt-in after so many reminders, were they ever really interested in hearing from us? Did they really read any emails we sent to them? Yes, it?s true that many businesses can now only do email marketing to a smaller number, but it?s to customers, people with a true interest in your business and to prospects who want to hear from you. This makes the marketing effort much more efficient. OK so you can?t feel good about sending emails to huge numbers of people, but the chances are, you?ll get a much higher response and engagement rate because all the dead wood has been cut from your list. You most likely won?t be missing out on any business, in fact it may well lead to a rise in conversion rates and a positive boost to your bottom line. I?d like to share some evidence of this with you. One of our recent email campaigns went from a May open rate of 19.3% with the old list, to a huge 52.3% with the new GDPR opt-in list. As you?ll now have a smaller mailing list, you can more precisely target your audience. If it?s really small you could easily do some research into exactly who is on your list (a job which may have been impossible with 1000?s on the list ? if you now have 10 you could google them individually), that will

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The pros and cons of using an Angel investor to fund a startup If you have not been successful in your efforts to secure funding for your latest business venture, an angel investor might be your answer. An angel investor specializes in offering financial backing for the small-business owner and entrepreneur within your startup stage and beyond. As the funds they bring to the table may make all the difference in whether your concept ever gets off the ground, there are a few trade-offs you must be alert to. Cons and Pros of Using an Angel Investor

Pr o: An An gel In vest or is w illin g t o t ake a Risk Being eligible for a small-business loan typically entails hopping through a few hoops ? challenges you might not be faced with while dealing with the angel investor. This is because these, "angels," are often established entrepreneurs themselves, who comprehend the level of involved risk and are at ease with taking it on. Even if the bank agrees to offering you the funds, they might restrict the quantity you?re able to borrow to curb the possibility for their loss. On the other hand, angel investors usually do not balk at making a bigger investment if they believe in the organization?s potential. An angel investor can usually, "smell," a good idea and a good deal.

Con : An An gel In vest or M igh t Set t h e Bar High er The disadvantage of the angel investor ?s higher tolerance for risk is that also they usually have higher expectations. They are

in business to earn money, and as there is a significant quantity of funds on the line, they are going to want to witness a payoff, just like anyone else is. It isn?t unusual for an angel investor to expect a rate of return that equals 10 times their original investment inside the first 5 ? 7 years. When you are being held to this type of standard, the pressure to generate may be intense. If you are considering angel investors, you must determine whether the startup is within a position to expand at the rate the investor expects.

Pr o: M on ey is n ot a Loan As you take out your small business loan, your bank will expect you to repay it, irrespective of whether the venture actually succeeds. An angel investor operates inside a different framework. They?ll offer you the capital needed to get the ball rolling, and in exchange, they receive an ownership stake in your company. If the startup takes off, you?ll both reap the financial rewards. If your company falls flat, on the other hand, an angel investor won?t expect you to pay back the offered funds.

Con : Th er e w ill be St r in gs At t ach ed Though you aren?t officially obligated to pay back your investor the capital they offer, there is a catch. As you hand equity over in your business as a portion of the deal, you essentially are giving away a portion of your future net earnings. The percentage of ownership the angel investor requests usually depends on how much they are investing. If you expect the startup to be extremely successful, it might add up to lots of money you will not have the ability to lay claim to. As you have an offer on the table,

carefully assess the terms to ensure the quantity of ownership the investor is asking for does not eat into your own capability of realizing a profit.

Pr o: Odds of Su ccess Rise Angel investors typically bring years of expertise to the table of a start up and they already understand the ropes it?ll take to bring success to your starting a business. Scientists from the Harvard Business School discovered that ventures backed by angel investors are more likely to remain in business longer, have substantial growth, and witness a greater rate of return. If you are seeking guidance and advice in addition to funding, angel investors offer a plethora of precious knowledge.

Con : You Ar en?t in Fu ll Con t r ol An angel investor won?t shell out the big bucks without taking an interest in how the funds are used. If you are expecting them to take a hands-off approach, you might be in for a rude awakening. It is more likely that the angel is going to want to take an active part in making decisions which affect your organization?s outcome. Even if they give you control, you will still be accountable for explaining the reasons behind some of your decisions. Prior to starting to look for your angel investor, you must ensure that you are at ease with permitting somebody who isn?t intimately familiar with you or your business to play a role in how it is run.



Confidence amongst the self-employed has 'fallen significantly' FSB finds Research carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has suggested that confidence levels amongst the self-employed have ?fallen significantly?over the last year. The FSB?s Small Business Index (SBI) for the UK?s self-employed community stood at +2.8 in the second quarter of this year ? a significant fall when compared to the reading of +9.7 recorded in the first quarter of 2018. The SBI also revealed that 28% of UK sole traders expect their business performance to worsen over the next three months.

afterthought by policymakers. ?The self-employed need to be front of mind for Brexit negotiators. We must avoid a future scenario where our contractors have to fill out burdensome paperwork when completing jobs in Europe. Any Free Trade Agreements struck after 2020 need to include dedicated small business chapters to ensure firms of all sizes, including sole traders, benefit from new arrangements.?

Responding to today?s letter from the Home Secretary to the chair of the Migration Advisory Committee, M ik e Ch er r y, Nat ion al Ch air m an at t h e Feder at ion of Sm all Bu sin esses (FSB), said:

To help boost confidence amongst self-employed individuals, the FSB has launched a new ?think self-employed?agenda, which urges the government to secure a Brexit deal that ?works for sole traders?. Commenting on the matter, Mike Cherry, National Chairman of the FSB, said: ?The UK?s self-employed community contributes more than ÂŁ270 billion to the economy annually, yet they?re still treated as an

Phased immigration system to ease burden on small businesses

?Today?s commitment to a phased introduction to a new immigration system will be welcomed by many small businesses as a sign of much needed stability. ?A transitional period, after we leave the EU, is a sensible approach and will avoid any sudden cliff edge where small firms will be locked out of accessing the labour and skills they need. A sufficient transitional period would provide smaller firms with enough time to prepare for any incoming immigration system.

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"Skills and labour from the EU play an important role in many small businesses, with one in five small employers having EU workers. It is vital for the growth and survival of smaller firms that the new system is easy to navigate and affordable. The Migration Advisory Committee needs to engage with the small business community and FSB to address the concerns of small employers and the self-employed.?

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What is the World Trade Organisation (WTO) model of Brexit? If t h e UK leaves t h e EU on 29 M ar ch 2019 w it h ou t an agr eed t r ade deal, bu sin esses t h at expor t f r om t h e UK or im por t in t o t h e UK w ill h ave t o oper at e u n der Wor ld Tr ade Or gan izat ion (WTO) r u les. An n a Tobin explain s w h at t h is m ean s What is the WTO? The WTO is the global body that agrees and negotiates the rules of trade between nations. WTO agreements have been signed by most of the world?s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. Currently, the EU negotiates trade

agreements on behalf of all its 28 members. Under a ?no deal?scenario after Brexit, the UK will revert to negotiating on its own.

members, but as a single member.

How does Brexit change the UK?s membership of WTO?

WTO rules state that each member must grant the same ?most favoured nation? (MFN) market access to all other WTO members. This means that exports from the UK to the EU would be subject to the same customs checks, tariffs and regulations that the UK and EU currently charge on trade with countries such as the US. The UK?s exports to other WTO members would also be subject to the importing countries?most favoured nation tariffs.

As well as being part of the EU WTO decision-making team, the 28 member states of the EU are all WTO members in their own right. Following Brexit, the UK won?t need to reapply to join the WTO, as we?re already an individual member. The key difference is that once the UK leaves the EU, we will no longer be negotiating with the WTO as part of larger group of EU

How will the UK?s dealings with the WTO change in the event of a ?no deal?Brexit?



Cheshire East backs putting science at the heart of UK?s industrial future The council leader has praised the prime minister ?s industrial vision and says Cheshire East is ?leading by example??

Th e pr im e m in ist er said in h er speech at Jodr ell Ban k , in f r on t of a back dr op of t h e icon ic Lovell r adio t elescope: ?Jodrell Bank is an icon of the UK?s tradition of scientific achievement and is today at the cutting edge of 21st century discovery. And as I look towards the future, that spirit of scientific inquiry, and its power to shape a better tomorrow, is at the heart of my vision.?

Cou n cil Leader Cllr Rach el Bailey attracting and nurturing hi-tech businesses. Councillor Rachel Bailey was at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire East on Monday (21 May) to hear Theresa May say ?UK global leadership in science and innovation is one of this country?s greatest assets?. Cllr Bailey, w elcom in g t h e speech on Br it ain?s in du st r ial st r at egy, said: ?Britain has been a cradle of scientific achievement for centuries and here at Cheshire East, we recognise that such vision and innovation will be crucial for the creation of jobs and economic growth in the 21st century.? Cheshire East is home to world leading hi-tech companies such as Waters, AstraZeneca, Bentley Motors and the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprize Zone ? which includes the Alderley Park life-sciences incubator. It is also leading the way nationally in superfast broadband roll-out ? with more than 95 per cent of homes and businesses connected.

Mrs May announced that the government?s industrial strategy will make a commitment to take support for UK science and technology to ?another level?. She announced ÂŁ7 billion in new public funding for science, research and innovation ? the largest increase for 40 years. The prime minister also announced the target of achieving a record 2.4 per cent of GDP invested in research and development by 2027. This could translate into an additional ÂŁ80bn investment in the ideas of the future over the next decade. Cllr Bailey said af t er t h e speech : ?I agree with the prime minister that today the world stands at the threshold of a new technological age as exciting as any in our history. ?That?s why this council and its officers will not rest on the laurels of previous successes ? but continue to work with our partners, both across the region and across industry, to take advantage of changes in how we live, work and do business, in order to reshape our regional and national economy and transform our communities in the years ahead.

?Key to this will be to the nurturing of people?s skills and delivery of modern infrastructure, such as fully-integrated HS2, to enable Cheshire East and the wider sub-region to deliver growth, jobs and rebalance the national economy. ?That way we can deliver a thriving modern economy and excellent quality of place for residents in a Cheshire East that continues to be a highly-desirable place to live, work, visit and do business.? The economy of Cheshire East is already one of the best performing in the country, with the value of goods and services (GVA) produced in the borough per head 27 per cent higher than the UK average (2015 figures) and the highest performing English economy outside London and the South East. Jodrell Bank not only represents cutting-edge science but also its heritage is world-leading, with its education and tourism offer a significant part of its future. Cheshire East has long had strengths in science and technology but one of the fastest growing sectors is its creative and digital sector with more than 2,000 firms that employ around 7,500 people, as well as internationally-renowned design and digital businesses and innovative digital programmes such as Shift. Cheshire East?s high-growth sectors are expected to be digital and creative industries, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, automotive and agri-tech, building on the world-leading clusters that are already in the borough.



Meet the groundbreaking start-up finding growth at Sci-Tech Daresbury Setting up business anywhere requires dedication, grit and industry know-how, and choosing the right location to base a start-up can be a major factor in helping a new company to get off the ground. As one of the UK?s leading science and innovation campuses, Sci-Tech Daresbury is home to a thriving community of international high-tech businesses to fast-growing SMEs and has a burgeoning reputation as offering a ?home for life?. Among them, one bio-tech start-up is enjoying significant growth at the Liverpool City Region-based campus and has now significantly expanded its workspace in order to continue to meet increasing demand for its ground-breaking technology Sam West gat e CO OF Per f ect u s Blom ed

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What is the Dark Web and why would businesses use it? Th er e?s t h e Wor ld Wide Web, an d t h en t h er e?s t h e less u n der st ood an d pr esu m ably n ef ar iou s Dar k Web ? bu t n ot all w h o u se t h e Dar k Web h ave m aliciou s in t en t . So what is the Dark Web, and why would cybersecurity companies access underground exchanges in search of valuable data and intellectual property when there is so much criminal activity going on there? Layered within the darkness are rays of intellectual light that are hugely beneficial to organizations for a variety of reasons. Many make the assumption that the Dark Web is bad, likely because of the connotation of the word ?dark.? Couple that with the ability for users to browse anonymously and do as they please with little to no consequence, and it?s understandable that the masses approach what lurks in the darkness of the anonymous web with trepidation.

Wh at Is t h e Dar k Web? While some may envision the most heinous criminals intermingling in a sort of virtual haunted house, a 2017 academic study titled ?Graph Theoretic Properties of the

Dark Web? found that the Dark Web is more a collection of dark silos than a web of connectivity. Researchers Virgil Griffith, Yang Xu and Carlo Ratti wrote that they analyzed the Dark Web ?because it?s an interesting unexplored data set? and ?on the face of it, the World Wide Web and the Dark Web are immensely similar.? Many believe that the key distinction between the World Wide Web and its perceived underbelly is the societies inhabiting each. The study found that in the dark, there is much less of a web that joins the society of users together. ?Unlike the WWW, the Dark Web is a place of isolation,? the researchers wrote. Yet, not all who access the Dark Web are malicious. ?There are actually four dark nets,? said Ran Geva, CEO of Webhose, in an interview. ?The oldest and biggest one is the Tor network, which was originally designed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to be a secure network for intel-gathering. There are three more: I2P, Zeronet and Freenet.? Those that followed in Tor ?s footsteps were also created for anonymity and information liberation, not for illicit purposes.

Wh o?s Su r f in g t h e Dar k Web? To ensure that your security controls don?t prohibit users from being able to access information that can drive business productivity and actually enhance your overall security posture, it?s important to understand the users of the Dark Web. Users from countries with censorship policies use the Dark Web to surf anonymously and reach content that is otherwise difficult to find. People who want to leak important information may also use the Dark Web to publish sensitive information. Then there are users who just want to browse the web without being tracked. Additionally, many reputable organizations leverage previously unindexed data via the Dark Web and use it to their benefit.




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T ECH N O L O GY abreast of new vulnerabilities being sold in underground marketplaces. ?The data helps brands learn when they are mentioned in a negative context ? as in a vulnerability, hack attempt or leaked information,? Geva said.

\ Wh o?s Su r f in g t h e Dar k Web? To ensure that your security controls don?t prohibit users from being able to access information that can drive business productivity and actually enhance your overall security posture, it?s important to understand the users of the Dark Web. Users from countries with censorship policies use the Dark Web to surf anonymously and reach content that is otherwise difficult to find.

Leveraging previously unindexed data on the Dark Web also helps fight money laundering by correlating bitcoin addresses with illegal activities. Security analysts can locate the places where illegal trade is happening as a means of luring the criminals into a trap.

Dar k An alyt ics While there are risks to enterprises attempting to garner unindexed data from the Dark Web, the benefits of anonymity allow them to extract previously untapped business, customer and operational insights by investigating unstructured and hidden or undigested data. In the same way that security companies monitor exchanges for threat intelligence, businesses leverage new search tools designed to help users target scientific research, activist data or even hobbyist threads. Dark data can be discovered from a variety of sources, one of which is the Dark Web. Enterprises are learning to use this body of untapped data from multiple domains to drive business decisions. Still, according to Geva, they have no way of knowing who is collecting the data, who is using it or what it is being used for. That?s why it?s crucial for security leaders to understand who is using the Dark Web, why they are using it and how the data they find can affect the organization?s security posture.

People who want to leak important information may also use the Dark Web to publish sensitive information. Then there are users who just want to browse the web without being tracked. Additionally, many reputable organizations leverage previously unindexed data via the Dark Web and use it to their benefit.

Legit im acy In f lu x As is often the case, the good things that happen on the Dark Web rarely make headlines. Most news stories report on the illegal exchange of goods and other criminal activity that happens there, but cybercriminals are not the only internet users who wish to remain anonymous. Increasingly, consumers are experimenting with anonymized web browsers like Tor for their routine internet searches. As more users start to receive targeted ads based on their web searches, they will start to see great value in keeping their search habits private.

Gat h er in g Th r eat In t elligen ce Exchanges within the Dark Web also facilitate collaboration and information sharing. Cybersecurity experts monitor exchanges where sophisticated adversaries often engage in discussions about hacking topics. By eavesdropping on these conversations, security analysts can gain insight into new and emerging threats. Many organizations also use threat intelligence and mitigation platforms to monitor and analyze attacks. The intelligence gathered on the Dark Web allows them to defend against threats to their own assets and applications, and stay



Will artificial intelligence really wipe out 23.7% of warrington's jobs? A report* just out by the respected Centre for Cities think tank predicts that almost a quarter of Warrington?s jobs will be made redundant by the growth in artificial intelligence (AI). The head of the town?s investment agency has acknowledged the report?s findings as ?helpful?but says that the town?s strengths in the technology, nuclear and manufacturing sectors should ?more than balance out?what jobs may be lost.

St eve Par k , t h e CEO of War r in gt on & Co said: ?The report makes for interesting reading and there?s some helpful analysis in there that tells us that our strategy of developing a cluster of technology businesses specifically targeting the engineering and nuclear sectors is the right one. In essence, we can have our cake and eat it,? He says that by developing tech businesses that can help local manufacturers become more efficient and competitive, the town can develop a workforce that can then export its skills worldwide. And, says Mr Park, investments like The Base in Dallam Lane and its neighbouring University Technical College, are helping ?future proof ?the town?s economy. ?The whole convergence of digital technologies with manufacturing sits well with Warrington, as we have great strengths in both. Our schools and colleges are now teaching youngsters coding and other vital

digital skills and we?re already seeing that feed through in to the recruits at places like The Base, which is home to almost 150 skilled workers. The Base?s tenants work in a wide range of digital and engineering-related industries and the collaboration between them is creating a whole eco-system of growing, innovative companies.? One of those businesses is Avanite, which has developed a unique software system that helps tidy up workplace computers, removing the cookies that clog-up expensive hard drive space and slow down computer processing, damaging productivity. The company now has thousands of users worldwide and is busy recruiting ?re-sellers?to take the product in to new global markets.

Avan it e dir ect or Fr an cesco Giar let t a explain s: ?We?re expecting to double in size this year, We see only opportunity from continued digitalisation. If Warrington can ensure that its school children are equipped with the skills to help companies like ours grow then there?s a great future for them and for the town.? And, whilst there may be a lag in the supply of skilled youngsters coming on to the market, employers are investing heavily in training and development to plug the gap, says St eve Par k .

St eve Par k ?Technological change is so rapid that it?s always going to be difficult for the education sector to keep pace, but we?re on the right track and have great partnerships with Warrington?s employers to train our young people to be job-ready. Major employers like Siemens and Unilever are working with the UTC on collaborations that lead the country. We have every reason to be optimistic,? believes M r Par k . ?Predicting doom and gloom will always grab the headlines, but here in Warrington we see AI as just another example of why we need to remain on our toes and be flexible and open to change as a workforce and a community,? h e con clu des. * Cities Outlook 2018 is available to download at

7 business benefits of having a non-geographic number A non-geographic number can bring many benefits to your business. For each different type of non-geographical number UK businesses can achieve various advantages. By choosing the right number, you can increase sales and offer your customers excellent service through a more targeted approach.

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a ppo in t m en t s Wilmslow-based procurement advisors make senior appointment Wilmslow-based global procurement advisory firm, Odesma, has appointed Ryan Barnes as Internal Recruitment Manager. With seven years? experience in the recruitment industry, the 32 year old from Ryan Barnes as South Manchester will be responsible for recruiting knowledgeable consultants able to deliver wide ranging client procurement projects across a multitude of sectors and industries. Ryan?s initial focus will be to review and streamline Odesma?s existing recruitment processes to ensure they are able to drive tangible time and cost efficiencies. Ryan com m en t ed: ?Odesma has a really strong market presence thanks to its forward-thinking approach to procurement, so I?m naturally thrilled to be joining the team. I?m looking forward to translating my experience across recruitment, legal and finance into process-driven changes that will make a big difference to the structure of the recruitment department. ?It?s an exciting time to be a part of the Odesma team - building upon its notable successes and using my experience in recruitment, I hope to reduce the time-to-hire and interview-to-offer ratios to ensure Odesma retains its position alongside the main procurement consultancies.? With a focus on refining, evolving and implementing Odesma?s internal recruitment processes, Ryan will form a critical part of the internal resourcing capabilities to ensure the firm?s unique procurement-on-demand approach continues to set it apart from its competitors. Nick For d, Execu t ive Dir ect or of Odesm a, con clu ded: ?When we launched Odesma in 2014, we wanted to develop a very different procurement delivery model that focused on providing clients with experts who have deep subject matter and specific sector knowledge. ?Since then, we?ve become renowned for this approach and Ryan?s enviable recruitment knowledge supports this ethos. In his new role, Ryan will enhance our source and selection processes to ensure our service remains at the leading edge of procurement consultancy.? Starting his career in the finance sector, Ryan moved into recruitment in 2011 where he spent time in the challenging role of recruitment-to-recruitment headhunting. After five years, Ryan transitioned into the legal sector, where he led recruitment at a large firm of solicitors before moving into procurement recruitment with Odesma.

Macclesfield business Sigma appointed to boost Home Instead's online user experience Home Instead Senior Care has appointed user experience (UX) agency, Sigma, as part of a complete website redesign with a focus on excellent user experience. Home Instead, whose award-winning service allows older people to stay in their homes for as long as possible, called on Sigma to help lay the groundwork for great user experience across its national website and network of local websites - of which there are over 200. The project will see Sigma?s specialist team facilitating a strategic customer journey workshop, looking at the key requirements and challenges of Home Instead?s core user groups. This will be used to define a new content plan and structural outline for the website with user experience at its core. In collaboration with Home Instead?s in-house design team and a group of other agencies, Sigma will subsequently take part in a design workshop, to map out visual content and functionality that best meets user needs. Hilary Stephenson, managing director of Sigma, said: ?Great websites are no longer just about presenting information on a page. Clarity, ease of use and ability to complete tasks really count towards an engaging user journey, and we?re passionate about helping organisations such as Home Instead to provide this for their customers. Our experience in the sector means that we?re well placed to deliver the brief ? and we?re looking forward to doing so in collaboration with Home Instead?s digital team and other experts in the field.? In n Koo-Tan g, Pr oject lead an d Digit al M ar ket in g Of f icer f or Hom e In st ead Sen ior Car e, said: ?We are delighted to have Sigma on board to help us scope out our new website and help us engage our core target audiences. The ethos of Home Instead is all around providing the best home care experience and being the premium brand of choice and we need our website to reflect this. It is also important that our chosen agencies are able to appreciate our culture and values and develop a connection with our franchisees. Sigma have quickly demonstrated a deep understanding of our brand and ways of working.?


New property surveyor at Berrys Leading property, businesses and planning firm Berrys has appointed a new chartered surveyor at its Northwich office in Cheshire to specialise in commercial property.

Sam Tar jom an i

Sam Tarjomani, a chartered surveyor with more than 14 years?experience in the commercial property sector, will be heading up commercial valuation for Berrys in the North West and North Wales, working with a variety of lenders and property companies.

He qualified as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2008 and has worked in the North West and North Wales property market for the past four years having prior to that worked in both London and the West Midlands. Sam is a highly experienced commercial valuer, having dealt with high value property in the industrial, retail and office sectors as well as having expertise in roadside property and providing commercial agency services. He has prepared valuation reports for most commercial lenders as well as producing reports for pensions, accounts and tax purposes. In his new role at Berrys he will be working alongside chartered surveyors Fran Buckley and Jennifer Brown and is keen to develop the commercial valuation offering, with specialisms in industrial and roadside sectors. Sam lives in Christleton, Chester and spends his weekends on the mountain bike trails in North Wales and regularly plays five-a-side football for fitness and is an avid rugby fan.

New Law Society president inaugurated Christina Blacklaws has taken office as the 174th president of the Law Society of England and Wales today in a ceremony at Chancery Lane, London. ?I?m delighted, honoured and humbled to take up the presidency at such a pivotal time for our profession and, indeed, our society,? Ms Blacklaws said. ?I?m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to make positive change and I promise I will work tirelessly to achieve it.? As the fifth woman to hold office as president, Ms Blacklaws has made empowering women in the legal profession one of her major priorities for the year. This year for the first time, women solicitors outnumber male solicitors. She has committed to holding 100 roundtables which will focus on ways to achieve gender equality and further women?s representation in leadership roles in the profession. Promoting the use of emerging technology will also be at the forefront this year, as she chairs a public policy commission examining the impact of technology and data on human rights and justice. Ms Blacklaws has also committed to continuing the Law Society?s campaign for proper funding of the justice system, with the reintroduction of legal aid for early advice a priority. The president holds office for a one-year term as the senior representative of the solicitors?profession in England and Wales. The president also chairs the Law Society council, the governing body of the Society.



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