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Spring 2011 Farewell to Leeon Most Halebank businesses will now be aware that the Business Parks Officer, Leeon Wong has now left Halton Borough Council and moved to another job out of the area. During his time overseeing the Halebank Business Improvement District, Leeon was instrumental in setting up a number of initiatives to enhance the working environment around the estate such as landscaping improvements and installation of grit bins and he also was able to address individual business concerns resulting in an improved security provision and installation of the new broadband system.

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Tim Leather, Halton Borough Council’s Principal Business Development Officer said “Although we were sorry to lose Leeon, we wish him well in his new job. Candidates are currently being interviewed for Leeon’s post and it is hoped that a new Business Parks Officer will be in post shortly. In the interim, please contact Diane Robinson with any queries or concerns” (contact details below).

Leeon Wong has now left Halton Borough Council

Bid Business Mersey Gateway Team continues to plan ahead

Dates for your Diary Event

Date & Time

Location

Contact

Cost

Halton Women in Business Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise

22nd June 20th July 4pm - 6pm

Runcorn TBC

Nicola Holland Tel: 01928 516142 Email: nicolah@haltonchamber.co.uk

£5 for all attendees including refreshments

ICT Workshops Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise

23rd June 7th & 21st July 9.30am -12.30pm 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn

Nicola Holland Tel: 01928 516142 Email: nicolah@haltonchamber.co.uk

£65.00 plus vat for Chamber members, £85 plus vat for non-members

1stuesday Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise

5th July 8am - 9.30am

Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn

Nicola Holland £6.50 for Chamber members, Tel: 01928 516142 £20 for non-members, Email: nicolah@haltonchamber.co.uk including breakfast

UKTI (Northwest)-EEF Manufacturing Growth through Export (Multisector)

12th July Time TBC

Greater Manchester TBC

UKTI Event Support Team Tel: 0115 947 5666 Email: export2011@uktieventsteam.com

£50 +VAT

60 Minute Toolbox Talk

22nd July 8am - 9am

Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn

Nicola Holland Tel: 01928 516142 Email: nicolah@haltonchamber.co.uk

FREE for Chamber members and customers of the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme, £5 for non-members

Groundwork arranges a series of Environmental Awareness, Waste Awareness and Health & Safety courses throughout the year. Contact them for more details: E-mail:gwm@groundwork.org.uk Tel: 0151 726 2740

Just prior to Christmas 2010, Halton Borough Council received confirmation that the Mersey Gateway Project had been granted planning approval. Since then the team at Mersey Gateway has been continuing to work with officials at the Department for Transport on agreeing the final funding arrangements and they have also conducted a Market Consultation Exercise ahead of the main project procurement programme commencing in the spring. As well as explaining key aspects of the project, the exercise allowed potential bidders to provide feedback and to raise any matters they considered important before procurement is formally launched. Many Halebank businesses are potential suppliers and can register interest on line at www.merseygateway.co.uk Cllr Rob Polhill, Leader of Halton Borough Council, said “There is still a lot more work to do before we begin construction, but this brings us a huge step closer to delivering much-needed new jobs and investment for Halton and the whole region.” An estimated 4,640 new jobs will be created through direct employment, regeneration activity and inward investment, with construction work alone expected to create around 470 permanent jobs on site. Other spin off benefits include plans to kick start a major 20 year regeneration programme for Halton, incorporating the improvement of regional transport links to encourage new and inward investment. The preferred route directly affects approximately 100 office and industrial premises along its path. Where relocation is necessary, the council is working with those businesses affected to locate suitable alternative premises. So far, over 100 directly affected landowners, leaseholders and tenants have been contacted to inform them of the plans for the project and the details of how it would affect them. This continues to be an ongoing process. The current timetable is: G G G

2012 - Award contract to successful private sector partner 2012-2015 - Three year construction process 2015 - Bridge opens

Message from the Chair Hello and welcome again to every one on the Halebank Industrial Estate.

BID Manager: Post currently vacant All enquiries to Diane Robinson

BID Security Company: Select Security 24 hour control room: 01928 599928 Day Guard: 07824 680331

Business Development Officer: Diane Robinson Halton Borough Council Tel: 0151 906 3787 E-mail: diane.robinson@halton.gov.uk

Chairperson: Dave Farrell Hough Green Garage Tel: 0151 424 2148 Email: david@houghgreen.com

Cheshire Police: To report a crime or provide information: 0845 456 0000 If crime is in progress: 999 Sergeant Chris Byrne: Tel: 01244 614926 E-mail: Christopher.Byrne@cheshire.pnn.police.uk PCSO Mike Atkin: Tel: 01928 713456 E-mail: Michael.atkin@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Crime Reduction Officer: Phil Buckley Cheshire Police Tel: 01244 613971 E-mail: phil.buckley@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Halton Borough Council Switchboard: 0303 333 4300

Please display this newsletter on your staff notice board The Halebank Bid is managed by Halton Borough Council’s Economic Regeneration Department and supported by the Halebank Business Steering Group and Executive Committee.

How quick time flies. We have quite a considerable amount to report on what has been happening since our last meeting. Firstly, I would like to say a very big THANK YOU for the turnout at the February steering group meeting. It was well attended by several new faces and representatives of businesses on the estate, which makes the meeting more interesting for all who attend. However, it would have been nice to have seen more people at the steering group/AGM which was held in May. The new broadband system has been installed and the estate now has a new provider and greater internet service which was high on your list of priorities. This just goes to show that we can make a difference and we do listen to what you say about what you would like to happen on your estate. After several reports of a rat infestation within the estate, we brought in a specialist company to deal with the issue. As a result, this appears to have returned to a medium to low level problem. We are confident we are getting on top of this concern. A considerable number of you requested that we looked into the feasibility of having gas supplied to Pickerings Road. We need to know exactly how many would like this and whether, if it were available, you would use more gas as opposed to your current resources. We will continue to look into this option and let you know the outcome. We are also looking to introduce a free estate-wide recycling provision for paper, plastics, cans etc and therefore reduce costs to businesses in the process. Don’t forget - if you think there is anything we can do to improve Halebank Industrial Estate, then please get in touch to see if we can implement YOUR suggestions. Many thanks for your time in reading this newsletter and your participation in the steering group. I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting which will be 13th September so please put this date in your diary.


Runner Alan sprints onto Executive Committee Recently, a new member was elected to the Halebank Executive Committee. Alan Hockenhull, Sales Manager at Grundy Skip Hire Ltd, has filled one of the two vacant posts. He has worked for Grundy Skips for 12 years having previously held a variety of jobs within the waste management sector. He has also been a professional footballer with Manchester City & Exeter City and is a keen triathlete and runner, taking part in a number of 10k’s and half and full marathons, enabling him to raise money for various charities. Next year, Alan plans to take part in his first Ironman race which consists of a 1 mile swim, a 50 mile bike ride followed by a marathon to finish!

New Halebank Initiatives 2010\11 What’s Happening? At the beginning of the financial year resident businesses were encouraged to put forward ideas for new and innovative projects which will result in meaningful and lasting improvements to the estate. Those ideas form the basis of the work programme for the Business Parks Manager.

Business Support and Image

Security

Improving both the image and the trading environment across the estate is also a key element of the BID Programme. The BID Team have, therefore, worked with local companies to put in place a programme which best meets their development needs.

While recorded crime at Halebank has fallen dramatically since the inception of the BID Programme, improved business security remains a high priority for resident businesses. The Business Parks Officer met with Cheshire Constabulary and Select Security Services to evaluate the effectiveness of the current CCTV system and security provision across the estate and will be bringing forward a proposal for consideration, by the businesses, for an enhanced system. This will include: G An overhaul of the current CCTV system G Possible enhancements to the CCTV system to provide greater coverage across the estate G The introduction of additional alarm diallers. Alarm diallers provide an electronic link between an individual security system and Select Security whenever there is a problem at a specific unit

The BID Team has: G

Training tails off Diane Robinson, Business Development Officer, reports that after a positive start, the latest attempts to organise training for the local businesses have been very disappointing. Two courses, Fork Lift Truck (Novices) and First Aid, were cancelled due to there not being any take up by Halebank companies. A further course, Health & Safety in the Workplace Level 2, had little support from Halebank businesses. However, rather than cancel it, Diane arranged for the course to be changed to Level 1 and opened it up to Astmoor firms who quickly snapped up the places and were happy to travel to Halebank for the training. Diane says “There is future training later in the year so please do take advantage of it. These are all courses that Halebank companies have requested and we run them on the estate itself to allow as many employees as possible to attend”. If you would like further information about training courses, please contact Diane (see contact details on back page).

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G

Worked closely with Merseyside Coating Ltd and neighbouring businesses to address the problem of dust which is an inevitable bi-product of MCL’s operation. A Council mechanical road sweeper now regularly cleans both Merseyside Coating’s premises and the adjacent roads resulting in a noticeable improvement in air quality in the area Been looking at an estate-wide recycling scheme. In order to keep costs to a minimum the scheme will probably involve the distribution of recycling bags to resident businesses which will be collected free of charge

Broadly, the initiatives suggested by the business community fall into three categories: security, physical and environmental improvements, business support and image improvements.

Physical and Environmental Improvements

There is still a vacancy on the Executive Committee and if anybody wishes to be considered, please contact Diane Robinson (see contact details on back page).

G

Worked with the Council’s Open Spaces Team to ensure that the general state of landscape maintenance around the estate is up to scratch

This involves: G G G

Renewing the estate wide group membership of Halton Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise which means that all Halebank business can take advantage of Chamber services, for example, Export Documentation. Putting in place a series of free training sessions for resident businesses covering areas such as Health and Safety and Management Training (see article on page 2) Creating an estate-wide wireless broadband system. The infrastructure for the wireless broadband system is now in place. Companies wishing to connect to the broadband system should contact Diane Robinson (contact details on back page) who will put them in contact with the service provider

A number of initiatives suggested by the business community were found to be either impractical or cost prohibitive. For example, the provision of a gas supply to certain parts of the estate was initially found to be expensive, however an alternative proposal is being considered. The BID Team has, however, been instrumental in introducing traffic management measures to certain parts of the estate. For example, yellow lines on Foundry Lane and modification to the junction on the south western side of Pickering’s Road.

Chamber membership renewed The trial period for free membership of Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise ceased at the end of January 2011. Due to the number of favourable comments received about this initiative, it was decided to renew membership for the forthcoming year. Diane Robinson says “The Chamber has lots of networking events, seminars and services that provide valuable contacts and information. To take full advantage of the free membership, I suggest that businesses contact Diane McLoughlin, the Chamber’s Client Relationship Officer on 01928 516146 or e-mail dianem@haltonchamber.com to ensure that their e-mail address is correct as all invitations to events are sent by e-mail. More details are on the Chamber’s website www.haltonchamber.com”

Recycling plans progress As mentioned in ‘Message from the Chair’ plans are progressing for an estate- wide recycling initiative and the Bid Team are in discussion with Halebank based company, Yield, based in Pickerings Road.

Halebank business spotlight Pickerings Road based Assembler Data Cabling Ltd (Assembler DCI Ltd ) specialise in the installation of data, fibre and telephone cabling and can also offer a wide range of other services. They can provide wireless networks, IP telephony, CCTV (digital), security products (environmental monitoring, door access etc) as well as installing total network solutions. These are all tested and warranted by their own highly skilled engineers. They also install, terminate and test a vast range of fibre optic cables.

The provision of boxes would be impractical as they need to be ordered in vast quantities, however Yield would be happy to operate a bag system. By using a local firm, businesses can save a considerable amount on their trade waste collection and additionally, the carbon footprint of Halebank’s waste will be significantly reduced.

Over the last fifteen years, the company has developed an enviable client list in industries as diverse as motor manufacturers, rail and the health sector. Director Janet Begg says ‘We make a point of understanding your business and how it operates. If you need advice, speak with one of our engineers because with all our experience we should have all the answers.’ Increasingly the company are focusing on the provision of security and environmental monitoring systems. For example, the MOBOTIX network camera technology system is an inexpensive alternative to a security service. It can be operated around the clock and configured to trigger an event-based alarm. A single gate keeper, using this camera system, can have a clear view over all building entrances and use the integrated intercom to talk to visitors or to open gates/barriers. Whether you need a single telephone extension re-located, require installation of a complete system for an office move, are considering a virtually maintenance free security system or want to improve your bandwidth by using fibre optic cables, Assembler DCI Ltd will have the solution. Janet points out that “Dedicated engineers are appointed to each account, so that you always deal with a contact who is fully informed about your site and your installation” For more information about the services provided by Assembler DCI Ltd take a look at www.assembler.co.uk or call Janet Begg on 0151-257-9797.

Janet Begg, Director

If you would like your business to be featured in future newsletters, contact Diane Robinson (see contact details section).

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Spring 2011 Farewell to Leeon Most Halebank businesses will now be aware that the Business Parks Officer, Leeon Wong has now left Halton Borough Council and moved to another job out of the area. During his time overseeing the Halebank Business Improvement District, Leeon was instrumental in setting up a number of initiatives to enhance the working environment around the estate such as landscaping improvements and installation of grit bins and he also was able to address individual business concerns resulting in an improved security provision and installation of the new broadband system.

Halebank

Tim Leather, Halton Borough Council’s Principal Business Development Officer said “Although we were sorry to lose Leeon, we wish him well in his new job. Candidates are currently being interviewed for Leeon’s post and it is hoped that a new Business Parks Officer will be in post shortly. In the interim, please contact Diane Robinson with any queries or concerns” (contact details below).

Leeon Wong has now left Halton Borough Council

Bid Business Mersey Gateway Team continues to plan ahead

Dates for your Diary Event

Date & Time

Location

Contact

Cost

Halton Women in Business Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise

22nd June 20th July 4pm - 6pm

Runcorn TBC

Nicola Holland Tel: 01928 516142 Email: nicolah@haltonchamber.co.uk

£5 for all attendees including refreshments

ICT Workshops Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise

23rd June 7th & 21st July 9.30am -12.30pm 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn

Nicola Holland Tel: 01928 516142 Email: nicolah@haltonchamber.co.uk

£65.00 plus vat for Chamber members, £85 plus vat for non-members

1stuesday Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise

5th July 8am - 9.30am

Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn

Nicola Holland £6.50 for Chamber members, Tel: 01928 516142 £20 for non-members, Email: nicolah@haltonchamber.co.uk including breakfast

UKTI (Northwest)-EEF Manufacturing Growth through Export (Multisector)

12th July Time TBC

Greater Manchester TBC

UKTI Event Support Team Tel: 0115 947 5666 Email: export2011@uktieventsteam.com

£50 +VAT

60 Minute Toolbox Talk

22nd July 8am - 9am

Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn

Nicola Holland Tel: 01928 516142 Email: nicolah@haltonchamber.co.uk

FREE for Chamber members and customers of the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme, £5 for non-members

Groundwork arranges a series of Environmental Awareness, Waste Awareness and Health & Safety courses throughout the year. Contact them for more details: E-mail:gwm@groundwork.org.uk Tel: 0151 726 2740

Just prior to Christmas 2010, Halton Borough Council received confirmation that the Mersey Gateway Project had been granted planning approval. Since then the team at Mersey Gateway has been continuing to work with officials at the Department for Transport on agreeing the final funding arrangements and they have also conducted a Market Consultation Exercise ahead of the main project procurement programme commencing in the spring. As well as explaining key aspects of the project, the exercise allowed potential bidders to provide feedback and to raise any matters they considered important before procurement is formally launched. Many Halebank businesses are potential suppliers and can register interest on line at www.merseygateway.co.uk Cllr Rob Polhill, Leader of Halton Borough Council, said “There is still a lot more work to do before we begin construction, but this brings us a huge step closer to delivering much-needed new jobs and investment for Halton and the whole region.” An estimated 4,640 new jobs will be created through direct employment, regeneration activity and inward investment, with construction work alone expected to create around 470 permanent jobs on site. Other spin off benefits include plans to kick start a major 20 year regeneration programme for Halton, incorporating the improvement of regional transport links to encourage new and inward investment. The preferred route directly affects approximately 100 office and industrial premises along its path. Where relocation is necessary, the council is working with those businesses affected to locate suitable alternative premises. So far, over 100 directly affected landowners, leaseholders and tenants have been contacted to inform them of the plans for the project and the details of how it would affect them. This continues to be an ongoing process. The current timetable is: G G G

2012 - Award contract to successful private sector partner 2012-2015 - Three year construction process 2015 - Bridge opens

Message from the Chair Hello and welcome again to every one on the Halebank Industrial Estate.

BID Manager: Post currently vacant All enquiries to Diane Robinson

BID Security Company: Select Security 24 hour control room: 01928 599928 Day Guard: 07824 680331

Business Development Officer: Diane Robinson Halton Borough Council Tel: 0151 906 3787 E-mail: diane.robinson@halton.gov.uk

Chairperson: Dave Farrell Hough Green Garage Tel: 0151 424 2148 Email: david@houghgreen.com

Cheshire Police: To report a crime or provide information: 0845 456 0000 If crime is in progress: 999 Sergeant Chris Byrne: Tel: 01244 614926 E-mail: Christopher.Byrne@cheshire.pnn.police.uk PCSO Mike Atkin: Tel: 01928 713456 E-mail: Michael.atkin@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Crime Reduction Officer: Phil Buckley Cheshire Police Tel: 01244 613971 E-mail: phil.buckley@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Halton Borough Council Switchboard: 0303 333 4300

Please display this newsletter on your staff notice board The Halebank Bid is managed by Halton Borough Council’s Economic Regeneration Department and supported by the Halebank Business Steering Group and Executive Committee.

How quick time flies. We have quite a considerable amount to report on what has been happening since our last meeting. Firstly, I would like to say a very big THANK YOU for the turnout at the February steering group meeting. It was well attended by several new faces and representatives of businesses on the estate, which makes the meeting more interesting for all who attend. However, it would have been nice to have seen more people at the steering group/AGM which was held in May. The new broadband system has been installed and the estate now has a new provider and greater internet service which was high on your list of priorities. This just goes to show that we can make a difference and we do listen to what you say about what you would like to happen on your estate. After several reports of a rat infestation within the estate, we brought in a specialist company to deal with the issue. As a result, this appears to have returned to a medium to low level problem. We are confident we are getting on top of this concern. A considerable number of you requested that we looked into the feasibility of having gas supplied to Pickerings Road. We need to know exactly how many would like this and whether, if it were available, you would use more gas as opposed to your current resources. We will continue to look into this option and let you know the outcome. We are also looking to introduce a free estate-wide recycling provision for paper, plastics, cans etc and therefore reduce costs to businesses in the process. Don’t forget - if you think there is anything we can do to improve Halebank Industrial Estate, then please get in touch to see if we can implement YOUR suggestions. Many thanks for your time in reading this newsletter and your participation in the steering group. I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting which will be 13th September so please put this date in your diary.

Halebank Newsletter - Spring 2011  

Newsletter for businesses on Halebank Industrial Estate, Runcorn

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