russell howard CREATIVE ARTS
the hargreaves sisters Young creative awards
National Childrens Orchestra
£1 comedy night
beeston business club
vintage shabby chic wedding fayre
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Julie Parry-Jones talks about health Top marks on breastfeeding advice
bella returns SPORT
epic bike ride to cannes Power Lifting to help HopeKids
Aussie brings fitness training to Nottingham
Back to school
Paul Drake on the high and lows of his life
Business Sharon Roberts a true vision
does your business have a heart? ring a ring a roses EXCLUSIVE
15th March to 15th April 2014 | Issue #2
stick & ribbon fashion show
HEALTH & WELLBEING
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02 Hargreaves project in primary schools 04 Stick & Ribbon fashion show 05 National Childrens Orchestra
19 Back to school 20 Paul Drake on the high and lows of his life
HEALTH & WELLBEING 07 Health Editor: Julie Parry Jones 07 Health Benifits: Blueberries & Spinach 08 Food: Healthy recipes 09 Stand up and be counted 13 Bella returns
22 Business Editor: Sharon Roberts 23 Does your business have a heart? 24 Ring a ring a roses 26 150 jobs for Nottingham 27 Apprenticeship week
28 A guide to future events
14 Bike ride to Cannes 16 Powerlifing to help Hopekids 18 Aussie brings fitness training to Nottingham
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Creative Arts The Hargreaves Project Starts in a Primary School Lesson and finishes with a song in the Albert Hall!
he Hargreaves sisters consist of Stephanie and Elena Hargreaves, Two siblings from Nottingham. They not only are both singer-song writers but also hold a talent for acting, as Elena studied at the prestigious drama school Mountview in London. Elena recently worked alongside Danny Boyle in his latest Channel 4 TV Drama. Stephanie studied her degree in music business and vocal performance at the renowned music school ACM in London and recently won The Young Creative Nottingham Award. The sisters are known for their heart felt lyrics and also their unique blending harmonies that complement each other’s performances. The Hargreaves Project begins in the Milford School on Monday 3rd of February from 9am. The Hargreaves project is an exciting initiative to inspire children to express themselves through words, poetry and music. The Hargreaves Project is a partnership between the Hargreaves sisters, the Nottingham Robin Hood Youth Orchestra and children from the Clifton Milford Academy primary school and One
Nottingham. The Hargreaves Project will reach its finale on May 1st at the Albert Hall, Nottingham when all of the members of the initiative will take part in a showcase, at which they will perform music written by the primary school children and the Hargreaves. It will be accompanied by the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra from Nottingham City’s own music hub, made up of secondary school students, and with special guests who will be announced nearer the date. The showcase will also see the release of an EP which will feature the children and the Hargreaves to raise money for the Nottingham Education Trust. Elena Hargreaves said that “This is a fabulous opportunity to inspire Nottingham children to express themselves, we are really looking forward to writing with 10 year olds and to play the music with a full orchestra of Nottingham young people” “Through the excitement of this project our ambition is to inspire young people to create. All children have it within them to write and to make music. The work we are doing here can be a model to inspire and
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motivate children across all schools.” Said Stephanie Hargreaves, Nottingham Young Creative Awards music winner in 2013. The Hargreaves Project sets out to: • inspire Nottingham children to express themselves, to explore their potential and to aspire to achieve. • raise funds for and awareness of the Nottingham Education Trust. • enjoy the musical and artistic collaboration between the Hargreaves, the children and the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra. The Albert Hall showcase is open to all and tickets will shortly be available, also with profits going to the Nottingham Education Trust. Ian Burton, the Musical Director of the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra said “all young people in Nottingham have the potential to write to sing, to play and to succeed this is a great way to celebrate their talent and enthusiasm! We hope to inspire many more to follow this example” www.thehargreavesmusic.com
Young Creative Fresh
and aged 13-24 years? And need a platform to explore your creativity?
Join Nottingham Loves…, enter our competition and represent your city!
he Nottingham Young Creative Awards is the competition which is gaining recognition by creative businesses in Nottingham. The awards are an opportunity for young people to showcase their creative work, network with future employers, and gain valuable industry experience. Entries also have a chance of winning fantastic cash prizes, and exhibit work, as well as an opportunity to gain work experience and mentoring. In 2014 for the Nottingham Young Creative Awards we are in search of young people, aged 13 years – 24 years old, to represent and celebrate the best young talent Nottingham has to offer.
Brief: The theme for the Young Creative Awards 2014 is: Nottingham Loves… What is it that you think Nottingham Loves… and what do you love about Nottingham? There are many great things about the city and through this competition; you can share what you love with others. Nottingham loves young people… because it is a young city. Nottingham loves art and culture, its history and style, cricket, its communities, diverse, new and established, its parks and wildlife. Nottingham loves creative people, fashion,
and comedy, and music. The list is huge, but it is up to you to show us what you think Nottingham and Nottingham people love. You can enter any of the categories listed below in order to stand a chance of winning prizes, gaining recognition at a prestigious show case event and featured in the local press. Entering the competition gives you access to creative industry specialists, writers, designers, film makers and many more. The awards recognise the talent and imagination of young people. You are invited to submit a piece(s) of your creative work which could highlight aspects of what you love about Nottingham? What would you love Nottingham to be celebrated for? Be as creative, unique, experimental and expressive as you like within the categories of your choice based around the theme. The most successful of past winners have not only been creative but they have met the brief and have given us a new way of seeing Nottingham. To enter the Young Creative Awards, make yourself heard by creating something that you can give your voice to and become part of a showcase of young creative talent here in Nottingham. Just show us what you see in the theme: – Nottingham Loves…
Nottingham Loves… categories for 2014: • • • • • • • • • •
Architecture and Design Animation and Digital Media Creative Writing Dance Fashion and Textiles Film Graphic Design Music Photography Visual Arts
The formal Launch of 2014 Young Creative Awards will take place in the autumn, when the awards will be open for entry until 24th March 2014. The official entry details and criteria will be available in time for the launch. Don’t hesitate to start preparing now! The competition is open to anyone who lives, studies or works in Nottingham. You may enter as an individual, as a group, as a class/study group or club. The Young Creative Awards are managed by One Nottingham and organised by a consortium of partners from across the creative industries and education in the city. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SPRING TRENDS SET TO BE SHOWCASED AT STICK & RIBBON FASHION SHOW
NE of Nottingham’s leading independent boutiques is hosting a fashion show next month (March), and is inviting customers to see the season’s latest trends – whilst supporting two great charities at the same time.
Stick & Ribbon, a ladies fashion boutique in the Flying Horse Walk, will be giving customers a sneak peak at their latest collections on Thursday 20 March at 7pm to raise money for two important charities, Pancreatic Cancer Research and Alzheimer’s Society. This style-led evening will show you how to wear this season’s key looks on ‘real’ women, with hair and make-up courtesy of Bobbi Brown. Pippa Rees, co-owner of Stick & Ribbon, said: “Our fashion shows are a great chance for friends to get together and enjoy some ‘me’ time whilst learning about upcoming trends for the Spring/ Summer season. “All our models are invited for a styling and fitting consultation before the show, and are then treated to hair and make-up from expert stylists. “We’re often asked to host fashion shows for a number of different charities, as well as hosting our own seasonal events. It really is a
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lovely experience, and we often encourage volunteers from each charity to be models, which they absolutely love. It is a real confidence booster.” As well as regular fashion shows, Stick & Ribbon hosts a number of style masterclasses throughout the year, helping ladies to look and feel modern and stylish. Pippa added: “All our Stick & Ribbon stylists are qualified in image and style analysis and love nothing more than offering personal advice to those who want to learn more.” Tickets are £10 including wine. To book please go online to www.stickandribbon.com/events or call 0115 941 4555. To find out more about hosting a charity fashion show email email@example.com.
Delight for duo named in National Children’s Orchestra
wo Nottinghamshire primary school girls who excel in playing the viola have made it into the elite National Children’s Orchestra.
Ten-year-olds Erin Vinter and Annabel Stevens, are both pupils at Jesse Gray Primary School, Musters Road, in West Bridgford – and have had support from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Music Education Hub team led by Elaine Atkinson to realise their dream. The pair both took up playing violin at a young age, and over the last 18 months have taken on viola too. Every week during term time, Alison Sutton, from the Nottinghamshire Music Education Instrumental and Music Teaching Team (IMT) team is giving lessons and coaching to children at the school and others across the county. Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It is wonderful news and is just recognition for Erin and Annabel that they have been named in the National Children’s Orchestra for the coming year and promotes music and just what is possible with talent and determination.” Annabel’s family live in West Bridgford, and she has two siblings, eight-year-old Katie, who plays cello and Elise, three. Annabel’s mum Eva said: “Both Annabel and Erin work so hard and it is fantastic that they have made it into the National
C h i l d r e n ’ s Orchestra. They practise most days and have each studied to a level of Grade Five which is something you would not expect for children who are still at primary school.”
Erin’s family also live in West Bridgford, and her brother George, eight, also plays the violin. Erin’s mum Sally added: “We are very proud of them. They are best friends and love playing violin and viola. The group activities at school help to make the music sessions a lot of fun and it is wonderful what they have achieved.”
both sides of the brain to develop and as a school we place great importance on music in the curriculum.”
There was further success for the school as Katrina Culshaw has been named on the reserve list on violin for under 10s.
The NCO is Great Britain’s premier symphony orchestra for children. It offers children a life-changing experience with training from top professional musicians.
School Head Sarah Law said: “The standard of the National Children’s Orchestra is incredibly high – hundreds of children audition every year. I’m told it’s more unusual for state school pupils to get into the orchestra. We are incredibly proud of all three girls and send huge congratulations to them. “Music is a subject which helps
The Under 11 Orchestra is for children who are aged 7-11 years old and offers the unique opportunity to play in a full symphony orchestra at such a young age. Members have one eight-day residential course in the summer, which ends with a concert for family and friends.
If you would like more information about any of our activities, please call +44 (0)115 9410773 or visit www.dance4.co.uk
Vincent Dance Theatre Motherland
Winding its way through airbrushed beauty, boob jobs and Botox comes Motherland and funny and moving show about having it all. Wednesday 12 March 8:00pm—10:00pm Nottingham Playhouse Nottingham
This annual sell-out event is an insight into the wealth of dance and creativity in the county and provides talented young people an opportunity to showcase their work. Sunday 16 March 7:00pm—9:00pm Nottingham Playhouse Wellington Circus Nottingham NG1 5AF
Roberta Jean / Mysteryskin Road Postures
Two woman perform, they fly, lay and hover inbetween heights and depths and the physical actions they repeat become echoes. Wednesday 19 March 7:15pm De Montford University, Leicester
A Platform for Young Choreographers & Dancers Quick Shifts brings you to the edge of your seat with improvised dance performance, skillfully crafted while you watch. Saturday 29 March 7:30pm—9:00pm Lakeside Arts Centre University Park Nottingham NG7 2RD
A DARKER SHADE OF FADO Nuno Silva
Sensual contemporary dance, live music, steamy narrative and soul-bearing Fado (the national song of Portugal) Tuesday 29 April 8:00pm—9:00pm Lakeside Arts Centre University Park Nottingham NG7 2RD
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illes Peterson should need no introduction having graced the UKs music scene with his incredible ear for new and rare music for over 20 years. Following his recent move to a prime time Saturday afternoon slot on BBC Radio 6 music, his dedicated fan base of music enthusiasts is forever expanding earning him the title of one of Europeâ€™s most respected DJs. Radio is one of many strings to Gilles Bow with other projects under his belt including independent record label Brownswood Recordings, the World Wide Festival held in the South of France and the annual World wide awards also held at Camdenâ€™s KOKO. His consistent ability to spot raw and interesting talent ensures that anything blessed with the Gilles Peterson stamp of approval is guaranteed to be something special. This follows suit for his DJ sets that explore an eclectic range of genres guaranteed to take you on a weird and wonderful musical journey all the way from avant-garde Jazz to Techno. You can be sure to expect nothing less than high quality tunes all the way! The event is being run by MIMM, a independent record label and clothing shop based in Hockley opposite the Broadway.
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everal years ago whilst working in the Pharmaceutical industry I became very concerned about the way patients were often prescribed drugs that where sometimes quite old and had a recognised number of nasty side effects, these where often the cheaper drugs available to doctors. It also became clear that many people just blindly accepted whatever their doctors told them and whatever drugs they prescribed without question! Because of this observed general lack of personal responsibility and my great passion for health and wellbeing I decided to become an expert and educator on the subject of Healthy Living. Having obtained a BSc in Health Science, I now work to help people and business’s to be more aware of the action they can take to become proactive in their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of employees. I do this via Public Speaking, Educational seminars and workshops, One to one coaching and by offering free information through my website and regular blog posts www.julieparryjones.com I am equally passionate about promoting the huge benefits of preventative health care, of having the right information to make informed choices about health and life style and to protect ourselves against such things as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stress related conditions. So if you need to regain control of your health, want to become more active both mentally and physically and want to protect yourself against serious illness and live longer; then please start now!
Health Benefits: Fresh organic Spinach
pinach is believed to be of Persian origin. By the 12th century, it spread across Europe and became a desirable leafy green known for good health; a reputation that still stands firm today Spinach belongs to a family of nutritional powerhouses including beets, chard and quinoa. It has a similar taste to these two other vegetables; the bitterness of beet greens and the slightly salty flavour of chard. The dark green colour of spinach leaves indicates they contain high levels of chlorophyll and health promoting carotenoids. Called phyto chemicals they have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties and are especially important for healthy eyesight, helping to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Spinach is available all year round but is in season during the spring (March - June). It is well known
for its nutritional qualities and has always been regarded as a plant with remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood. There are some good reasons why spinach would produce such results, firstly the fact that it is rich in iron. Iron plays a central role in the function of red blood cells which help in transporting oxygen around the body for energy production. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid as well as being a great source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health, but is often forgotten in favour of calcium, it is difficult to find a vegetables richer in vitamin K than spinach. Others that come close are green cabbage, kale, and broccoli. Serve lightly steamed or raw in salads.
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All you need to do is take some form of action today! Start by asking questions, do your own research and seek out people like me to help you become more aware of health related issues generally, but especially those which may be more specific to you and your wellbeing. Remember doctors do sometimes make mistakes; they may not be up to date with the latest developments, they may also be affected by monetary restraints, so it makes sense to get educated and take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing as well as seeking professional help when needed. Starting in next months addition of insideone magazine we will be featuring the ASK JULIE column designed to answer any health and live style related questions our readers may have. Please submit your questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org all questions may not be printed but Julie has agreed to personally respond to all questions received.
resh blueberries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, the pigments responsible for the blue colour of blueberries. Antioxidants are important because they appear to be at least partially responsible for lowering the risk of cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants do this by protecting the body’s blood vessel walls, making them more resistant to damage caused by oxidation. The process of oxidation in the human body damages cell membranes and other structures including cellular proteins, lipids and DNA and is also thought to be responsible for accelerated ageing. Antioxidants also seem to have a role in delaying the aging process. Fresh blueberries contain 15 different anthocyanins, as well as other antioxidants like vitamin C.
Berries in general are considered low in terms of their glycemic index (GI) which is good. GI is a common way of identifying the potential impact of a food on our blood sugar level once we’ve consumed and digested that food. Research indicates that adding a good handful of fresh blueberries to your daily variety of fresh fruits and vegetables would essentially double the body’s antioxidant level. Fresh blueberries are rich in vitamin C and naturally low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. Fresh blueberries contain iron, potassium and other important minerals, and are a good source of dietary fibre. Great for breakfast in a smoothly, served with porridge or just eat a handful as a snack.
Health & Wellbeing
Julie Parry-Jones our new Health & Wellbeing Editor
Health fact Obesity comes with plenty of health risks, but there’s one that’s perhaps not so well known: an increased risk of developing cancer, and especially certain types of cancer like liver cancer.
healthy recipe ideas
Eating less and walking briskly for 30 minutes a day is a great way to start losing weight. (If 30 minutes is to much for you to manage, then start with just 10 minutes and build up to the 30 minutes.) Top Tip – Eat more fish. Oily fish is rich in omega 3 fatty acids thought to make the Mediterranean diet healthier and help protect against heart disease and raised cholesterol levels. Eat 2 -3 portions a week or use a high quality Omega 3 supplement daily.
Cranberry and Almond Muffins
Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15-20 minutes Serves: 6-8 Method 1. Add 100ml sunflower oil to a bowl with 1 tbsp caster sugar, 2 eggs, 2 tbsp low-fat yoghurt and an unpeeled grated apple, then beat.
Chef’s tip! When making muffins, try substituting the specified fruit for carrot and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves for a flavour like a mini carrot cake, without the fattening icing.
2. In another bowl, mix 100g dried cranberries, 125g wholemeal flour, 50g porridge oats, 1 tbsp flaked almonds and 1½ tsp baking powder together. 3. Gently fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture but don’t over mix. Spoon into eight paper muffin cases in a muffin tin, sprinkle a few more sliced almonds on top and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 15–20 minutes. Garnish with a sprinkle of sugar and a few more cranberries, and then serve.
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Herring “rillettes” Ingredients carrot 1 large lemon juice of ½ white-wine vinegar 1 tbsp pickled sushi ginger 10g dill a small bunch herrings 500g, raw, pin boned butter 90g bay leaves 2 rye bread toasted, to serve Serves 4 Method Coarsely grate the carrot to give 3 heaped tablespoons and put in a mixing bowl with the lemon juice and the vinegar. Tear or cut the pickled ginger into small pieces and add to the carrot, together with a tablespoon of juice from
the packet. Finely chop the dill and stir in with a little salt and black pepper. Lay the herring fillets in a baking dish or roasting tin, add the butter, a bay leaf or two, and bake for half an hour or so, until soft and tender cooked. Let the fish cool a little then, using a couple of forks, pull the fish from its skin. Fold the fish and the butter from the baking tin into the grated carrot, taking great care not to over-mix. Check the seasoning – it should be buttery but fresh and crisp. Serve with hot rye toast.
Stand up and be counted! Who will speak up?
I have often talked and written about taking responsibility for your own health, about asking questions, challenging medical opinion and doing your own research. Most of the people I talk to are well and living independent lives, but this got me thinking, what about older people who are alone, ill or in residential care? Well you may think; surely their family or friends would speak up for them? Or staff at the residential care/nursing home? Possibly their doctor? Or a social worker maybe? Well the truth is that all too often no one speaks up. For example, few people will challenge a GP who won’t prescribe a fluid version of an antibiotic when an elderly person can’t or won’t swallow tablets. A fluid medication is often more expensive so possibly not the preferred option for the doctor. I’ve heard a senior nurse told,”You’ll have to try harder to get them to swallow their tablets”. When I asked them why they didn’t challenge the doctor, they replied if we did that they’d think we couldn’t do our job properly! Surely this should be about the needs of the resident, not cost or perceptions? Many people, especially older people still think doctors don’t make mistakes and would never think to challenge their
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opinion, diagnosis or suggested medication prescribed. The truth is, many older people forget to ask questions and are often afraid to ask. Families are sometimes not informed or are just too busy to challenge or may also be afraid. Many care homes staff won’t challenge doctors. Some doctors don’t have time or have cost restrictions and many social workers are unaware or have such huge case loads they just don’t have time. Communication between all these services is often poor if not nonexistent. So who will speak up? Well the good news is we can all learn to speak up. By understanding how different organisations work to support older people and by being prepared to communicate with people in authority. A little research and forward planning can save time and help older people in society; friends and family have a duty to care and to get informed and involved. Often people assume others are taking care of relatives or friends, this can be a mistake! Although there are a number of great services out there, I have personally seen many examples of how social care really
doesn’t work effectively, basic levels of staff training, poor management or leadership, low hygiene standards, time and staffing restraints, long working hours, high staff turnover and low pay to name but a few! If you have friend or relative who is dependent on any type of social care then get involved, remember knowledge is power, ask questions, do your research, demand good levels of care. Attend workshops, go to residents meeting held at care/nursing homes, be around sometimes when the doctor visits or offer to go with an older person to see the doctor and offer your support. Lastly, a tip from my own personal experience; don’t take your eye off the ball, often you think you’ve solved the problem, done all you can, so you stop checking, stop asking questions. Just let me say, you need to keep involved, keep talking to professionals and carers because often things will revert to type, so stay informed and remember to ask questions! Julie Parry-Jones Professional Speaker and Healthy Living Expert. Julie@julieparryjones.com www.julieparryjones.com
The Importance of Funding for the Nottingham Rape Crisis Centre
It is more than likely that we all know at least one woman who has been affected by sexual violence. One in four women experience sexual violence and 80,000 are raped every year in the UK, however 91% of these women tell no one. There are many women, statistically women you will know, that are trying to deal with sexual violence alone. Many of these women are in relationships or have connections to their attackers and so suffering in silence more often than not leads to repeated incidents of sexual violence. This is where charities like the Nottingham Rape Crisis Centre step in. The NRCC was established in 1980 and helps women with both recent and past incidents of sexual violence. They
offer a telephone helpline, face-to-face counselling and support, accompaniment to the hospital, police and the courts and talks, training and workshops. These are vital service to the community as a whole and to the survivors of sexual violence. The NRCC estimate that they could be looking to support 130,000 women in the Nottinghamshire area, based on the 1 in 4 statistics and Nottinghamshire’s female population of 520,000 females. They cannot do this without funding.
The NRCC work to secure funding to meet their objectives, offer the services they already do and develop new areas within the charity. If you wanted to contribute to this vital work, you can
help by becoming a Friend of the Charity www.nottinghamrapecrisis.org.uk. You will receive a bi-annual newsletter letting you know about developments in the charity and what they have achieved and be informed of upcoming events where you can meet other friends of the charity.
These services are paramount in helping survivors of sexual violence. Women need a place to go where they feel safe and are given counselling and support. More women need to feel that they can speak out about being sexually attacked and that they will receive help and understanding and not be dismissed.
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Local NHS staff provide positive response
esults released today from the recent national NHS staff survey rank Nottinghamshire Healthcare within the top 20% of Mental Health and Learning Disability Trusts in the Country; scoring above the national average in a number of areas.
the results of this year’s survey and the fact that once again, our staff are testifying that they would recommend our services to their friends and family. This has been a common theme for the last few years and is a fantastic endorsement of the Trust and the services we provide.
highest scoring responses in this area included:
One of areas where the Trust scored strongly is the staff engagement category. Retaining the same high scores as in the 2012 survey, staff reported that they feel able to contribute to improvements at work, are motivated and would recommend the Trust as a place to work or receive treatment.
“There are always areas for improvement, but overall I am delighted to see that the scores show that our staff are a motivated group of people who feel valued, engaged and supported to deliver the best possible services they can. We will now be looking at the areas we need to target for improvement in the coming year.”
When compared with the national average, Nottinghamshire Healthcare was rated best in the following areas • • • • •
Low work pressure felt by staff Percentage of staff receiving job-relevant training, learning or development in the last 12 months Recommendation of the Trust as a place to work and receive treatment Effectiveness of incident reporting Low percentage of staff witnessing potentially harmful errors, near misses of incidents
Professor Mike Cooke CBE, Chief Executive of the Trust said: “I am really pleased with
This is the eleventh year the National NHS Staff Survey has been carried out to collect the views of NHS employees across England. Of the 813 staff within Nottinghamshire Healthcare who were randomly surveyed, 575 responses were received, achieving a response rate of 71%; the highest among Mental Health and Learning Disability Trusts in the Country. In addition to the national compulsory questions, the Trust also inserted 12 others specifically relating to productivity, profitability, retention and customer satisfaction. Overall 75% of all questions received a score higher than 60%. The
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I know what is expected of me at work I feel my co-workers are committed to doing quality work In the last six months, I have talked to someone about my progress I feel my co-workers are committed to doing quality work My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person
Each year, the Trust targets areas for improvement highlighted in the survey and action plans are developed accordingly. The Trust scored lower than the national average on questions relating to staff putting themselves under pressure to attend work, when feeling unwell. A slightly lower percentage than average responded to feeling satisfied with the care they are able to deliver and that their role makes a difference to patients. These findings will inform the action plans and future work to address areas of concern and make tangible improvements wherever possible.
THOUSANDS OF GIRLS IN NOTTINGHAM VACCINATED AGAINST POTENTIALLY FATAL VIRUS
ORE than 6,000 girls in Nottingham have been vaccinated against the potentially fatal HPV virus since the immunisation programme was launched in 2008, according to figures released by Nottingham CityCare Partnership.
HPV, or the Human Papilloma Virus, can cause cells in the cervix to change gradually over time. This may lead to the formation of pre-cancerous cells and in some cases can lead to cancer. In the UK, all 12 to 13-year-old girls are offered the HPV vaccination through the national HPV immunisation programme. In Nottingham, the vaccinations are administered by school nurses who are employed by Nottingham CityCare Partnership, the leading provider of community health services in the city. CityCare’s trained team of specialist nurses work with schools in Nottingham to ensure pupils are properly protected and immunised. Since the immunisation programme was launched in Nottingham in 2008, 6,318 girls aged 12 to 13 have received all three doses of the HPV vaccine spaced over a six
month period. Team manager for school nurses at Nottingham CityCare Partnership Sheila Munks said the uptake in vaccination was encouraging, but stressed that there were still some misconceptions about the immunisation. Mrs Munks, who has worked on the school nurses team for 30 years supporting generations of Nottingham ‘s school children, said: “Since launching the programme in Nottingham we have seen a steady increase in the number of girls being vaccinated against HPV. “In 2008-2009 we reached 78 per cent of 12 to 13 year old girls in the city with all three doses of the vaccine, followed by 82 per cent in 2009-2010, 87 per cent in 2010-2011, and 90 per cent in 2011-2012 and 20122013. “This vaccine is very important as it can prevent girls getting the virus, which as we saw in the case of celebrity Jade Goody, can sadly be fatal. “But there is still some misconception about
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the vaccination. The virus can be passed on through sexual contact and sexually active people are more likely to get it. Some parents therefore see the vaccination as giving out the wrong message about sex, but we counter this by explaining the vaccine is the most effective way to combat the virus before a girl becomes sexually active, hence the target age of 12 to 13-year-olds.” Mrs Munks added that the aim was to reach 100 per cent of girls in the city with the vaccination. She said: “We are working to reach as many girls as possible before the virus enters their bodies and so far we are doing very well. “We also stress the importance of having regular smear tests too, as having the vaccine does not mean that in later life you don’t need to go for smears – you do. The vaccine and smears combined give us the best chance of beating cervical cancer.” Parents who are interested in finding out more about the HPV vaccine can contact the Nottingham CityCare Partnership school nurses team of the HPV Coordinator Andrea Newsome on 0115 8839792.
CITYCARE AND NOTTINGHAM’S CHILDREN’S CENTRES GIVEN TOP MARKS FOR THEIR BREASTFEEDING ADVICE
WO Nottingham organisations which provide information and advice about breastfeeding to mums in Nottingham have been given top marks by external assessors.
Nottingham CityCare Partnership staff and children’s centre staff were visited by UNICEF assessors in November 2013 and the organisations have just received a glowing report for the way they teach the benefits and techniques of breastfeeding to mums. By completing the assessment successfully, the staff have passed stage 2 of the UNICEF Baby Friendly initiative which aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in the UK and to strengthen mother-baby and family relationships. When the assessors visited CityCare and Nottingham Children’s Centre staff, nine out of the 13 criterion assessed achieved a 100 per cent pass rate and the remaining four averaged a score of 85 per cent. Specialist health visitor in infant nutrition at CityCare Pippa Atkinson is a lead on the programme. Pippa was one 31 staff assessed and said she couldn’t be prouder of how all her team pulled together. She said: “We passed stage one of the assessment in May 2012. This was about how we understood the processes of breastfeeding. “Stage two looks at the knowledge and the skills of our staff and how they pass this on to breastfeeding mums. The assessors ask the staff questions and look at the ways they are teaching mums to breastfeed.” Key facts which CityCare and Children’s Centre staff pass on to
mums include the benefits of breastfeeding for babies - such as protection against ear infections, chest infections and wheezing, diarrhoea and gastro-enteritis - and guidelines about when to introduce babies to solid food and tips about positioning the baby so it is attached properly to the breast. Benefits of breastfeeding for the mother include lowering the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer and stronger bones in later life. The report from UNICEF said that the external assessors were “blown away” by the knowledge of all staff involved in the programme and were impressed with the “excellent communication skills and the ability to give simple open ended advice to mothers which was bang on the button.” Pippa added: “Passing stage two is a fantastic achievement for the team. It was a very intensive assessment and the assessors were extremely thorough. Everybody worked together so well and it was a really positive experience.” CityCare is now aiming to pass stage three of assessment which will take place in November 2014, when the focus will be on mother’s experience of the support they have received. Chief Executive of CityCare Lyn Bacon added: “CityCare have been instrumental in improving both health and social opportunities of parents in the city all our staff are passionate about supporting families. “This is another fantastic achievement for us and we hope to go on to pass stage three of the assessment in November.”
AISD – African Institute for Social Development
frican Institute for Social Development (AISD) is a volunteer, Africanled, community organisation that enables Africans to access health services, information, support and skills opportunities. AISD builds solid partnerships and active collaborations with local, regional and national health and skills agencies that help Africans and other ethnic minorities to live better and to fully participate in the UK society. We work in collaboration with the local authorities, NHS and regional partners to inform, educate and distribute free health information and condoms packs in the community in the effort to reduce the rate of ill health, HIV and sexual health infections.
literature. They also accompany individual who need support to take HIV test at GUM clinics, GP surgeries or other local and regional providers.
AISD provide one-to-one support in training African men and women to practice safer sex in offering emotional support, condoms, DVDs and HIV logo5and HIV & sexual health
For more information visit our website: www.africaninstitute.org.uk or you can contact them on 0115 8540 516 email@example.com
AISD offer free condoms to individuals and African Barbers, Hairdressers and other small businesses (pubs, restaurants, shops and community events etc…) We offer support and condom demonstration to small groups and individuals for better condom use and personal safety. Amdani Juma, Managing Director of AISD, said: “I wish to thank our partners for making this services available in their businesses.”
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Conceptions in young adults at record low in England
ublic Health England (PHE) welcome new figures showing the conception rate among under 18 year olds dropped by 9.8 per cent to 27.7 per 1000 in 2012, an all-time low for England. Published today by the Office of National Statistics, the number of under 18 conceptions also fell, by 10.3 per cent to 26,157, as did under 16 conceptions (5,131). Since 1998, the under 18 conception rate has decreased by 40.6 per cent – with reductions of up to 64 per cent in some top tier local authorities in England during this period. However, regional variations remain striking - with conception rates in some areas nearly 90 per cent higher than the England average.
Professor Kevin Fenton, PHE Health and Wellbeing Director, said: “Today’s data
show us high conception rates are not inevitable, if young people receive the right support. Teenage pregnancy and early motherhood can be associated with poor educational achievement, poor physical and mental health, social isolation and poverty, so it is vital this downward trend is continued. “PHE is committed to supporting local government and partners to further reduce under 18 and under 16 conceptions, and provide support for young parents, as an important route to tackling inequalities, reducing child poverty and improving public health.” Alison Hadley, Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange Director at the University of Bedfordshire, and PHE advisor on this issue, said: ‘Continued investment and dedication over the last ten
Measles figures down following successful catch-up programme
ew figures published today by Public Health England (PHE) show 24 cases of confirmed measles were reported during the final quarter of 2013. This compares to 103 cases in the previous quarter and 309 cases from the same quarter in 2012. The numbers of confirmed measles cases in England hit the highest levels since 1995 during the first quarter of 2013, with 587 confirmed cases reported -10 to 16 year olds were the most affected. The increase prompted PHE, NHS England and the Department of Health to announce a national catchup programme in April 2013 to improve MMR vaccination uptake in teenagers. The main objective of the national catch up programme was to ensure that at least 95% of children aged 10 to 16 years in England received at
least one dose of MMR vaccine by 30 September 2013. A PHE evaluation found that by August 2013, approximately 95% of 10 to16 year olds in England had received at least one dose of measles containing vaccine. In addition to measles, there were 520 laboratory confirmed cases of mumps with onset in the last quarter of 2013, similar to the 506 cases reported in the previous quarter. There was a total 3,524 cases of mumps confirmed in 2013. Three cases of rubella were confirmed in the last quarter of 2013, the same as in the previous quarter, bringing the total infected individuals for the year to 12. Dr Mary Ramsay, PHE’s head of immunisation said: “Measles is a potentially fatal, but entirely preventable, disease so we are delighted that measles cases have recently decreased in England.
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“The best way to prevent measles outbreaks is to ensure good uptake of the MMR vaccine across all age groups, so it’s heartening to see the success the catch-up programme had in ensuring 95% of 10 to 16 year olds in England received at least one dose of the vaccine. “Although mumps has increased a little from the same quarter of last year the numbers remain much lower than the levels seen in 2004/5, when outbreaks were reported in several universities. This probably reflects the fact that most young people now attending university were eligible for two doses of MMR as children.”
years has paid real dividends but the England under 18 conception rate remains higher than other Western European countries. “We need to find ways to both sustain the significant reductions we’ve made and accelerate progress. Evidence and lessons from local areas shows us young people need comprehensive sex and relationship education in and out of school, easy access to young people-centred contraceptive and sexual health services, and targeted support for those most at risk. “Progress needs to be everybody’s business with strong local leadership and all practitioners and services in touch with young people supporting them to make informed choices.”
Bella returns home after almost 5 Years W hen a pet disappears you are loosing a member of your family which would always be hard to cope with. Its is even more difficult if there has been no sighting of them, thoughts go flooding through your head and I guess you would never come to terms of saying goodbye. But what if they returned?
said they had taken a call from a lady who was in tears saying that Bella had been stolen four and a half years ago’ Ben explained.
Well, that is exactly what has happened. After almost an amazing 5 years of ‘travelling’ Nottingham and maybe further afar, Bella was reunited with her family only because of the great work by Community Protection’s Dog Control Team. When Bella was found she appeared to have some lower back injuries. Bella was scanned and the dog chip was identified. The chip company, Anibase, gave details along with two contact numbers, and an address. They also noticed that the account flagged up that the dog had been reported missing four and a half years ago, but they assumed it was an old case and needed resetting. Ben Parker who had collected Bella phoned the numbers that were provided and left an answering phone message stating that he had picked up a brindle SBT called Bella and could they contact the office. ‘Around an hour later I was contacted by the office who
Stats and figures:In Nottingham City, stray dogs are managed by Community Protection’s Dog Control Team. Under legislation, local authorities have a statutory duty to provide a stray dogs’ service, seizing stray dogs and aiming to reunite lost pets with owners. Every year, the team deals with over 600 stray dogs. Including costs of kennelling, vetinary bills and fixed costs such as staff, equipment and transport, this costs the local authority in excess of £160,000 a year. Each capture and management of a stray dog costs between £50-£150 each time; and the team regularly deal with the same dogs.
‘I rang Elounda and explained that I had Bella and that I would bring her back home, Elounda was very emotional we and broke into tears. When I arrived at the address Elounda was waiting outside the address with her mum and children. Bella knew right away that she was home and went to sit on her cushion that was still in the living room from nearly five years ago. Everyone was very emotional and although Bella was 5 years older and a lot greyer, she settled in back home.’
After seven days, if the dog has not been reclaimed by the owner, it becomes property of the local authority and is moved to a re-homing kennel. The sad reality is that some dogs are not re-homable, due to aggression or veterinary advice and the team has no option but to have the dog euthanised. Nottingham City , like many large and densely populated cities, has a problem with the over breeding of Staffordshire Bull Terriers (SBT). In many occasions used for fighting and as a ‘status symbol’, over 70% of the dogs picked up by the
team are SBTs or cross-breeds. By law, dogs are required to wear a collar bearing the name of the owner and their contact details, but this is difficult to enforce and adds an additional cost to what the pet owner must pay to have the dog released. On many occasions, the pet owner will be unable to pay the release fee and dog becomes property of the local authority, thus incurring costs for re-homing or euthanised. In addition, in March 2016, micro chipping will become law. This will require every dog owner in the UK to have their dog micro chipped. Financial penalties will be imposed on those that don’t; potentially increasing the demand on the Stray Dogs service, as pet owners are unable to pay increased release fees that include micro chipping. The current economic climate has had a profound effect on the service, as increased numbers of people who are unable to continue to pay for the ongoing cost of their pet, simply stray them. Contact 0207 8370006 for more details or visit www.chipmydog.org.uk
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Footballing Chance Ltd – Inspiring Achievement
n May 2013, Footballing Chance Ltd was created by a passion for sport and the impact it can have on someone’s life and a determination to help young people grow to have a positive impact of their local communities.
confidence in themselves. One on one football coaching sessions are on offer as well as one on one mentoring session which gives the young people a positive role model to look up to and also to open up to.
Footballing Chance Ltd works in youth offenders units all over the country, currently placed in Clayfields House (Nottingham), Lincolnshire secure unit (Sleaford), Aldine house (Sheffield) and most recently Vinney Green secure unit (Bristol).
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CITY CYCLISTS ‘GEAR’ UP FOR EPIC BIKE RIDE TO CANNES
OUR intrepid cyclists from Nottingham are set to saddle up and ride to Cannes, raising cash for charity – while travelling to the global property event MIPIM held in the south of France.
Councillor Nick McDonald – portfolio holder for employment and skills, Paul Southby chairman of the Invest in Nottingham Club and Neil Whitney from management and construction consultancy firm Gleeds will be all taking part in the 1,500 km ride for the first time. City council leader Councillor Jon Collins will be doing his third Cycle to Cannes and setting off just days after having a plaster removed from a broken foot. Initially Coun Collins thought he would have to pull out of the ride, but he was determined to carry on. He said: “I broke my foot late last year and have of course been unable to train. But this is a worthwhile cause and a major fundraiser for charity – so I want to try and complete it. I want to try and complete as much as the ride as I can but may have to pull out of some of the stages.” The cyclists will join around 80 others from the UK’s property scene to ride the London to Cannes route, setting off on 6 March and arriving at the town on 11 March – that’s six days of cycling through a mix of terrain and weather. On three of those days, the cyclists will be
pedalling for around 200 miles a day – more than the professionals ride on most days in the Tour de France.
a fundraising event that will help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.”
Jon, Paul, Nick and Neil are expected to cross the finishing line outside the Palais de Festivals, Cannes on Tuesday 11 March – when they will be greeted by Team Nottingham members who will be attending the MIPIM property event.
The riders will be tweeting and blogging their progress on their way to Cannes.
Each rider will be raising money for the charities chosen by Cycle To, a fundraising charity generating donations through a variety of cycle events. Its main beneficiary is the charity for vulnerable children and young people Coram which receives two thirds of money raised. Coun McDonald said: “I am utterly terrified. I have been training but I have never completed a ride such as this before. It will be a big challenge but one which will raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity.” Paul Southby said: “I am going to try and complete the full ride, that is my challenge. The weather has been poor so it has been difficult to train as much as I would have liked. I am pleased that I have three team mates from Nottingham to join me.” Cycling enthusiast Neil Whitney is ready and up for the challenge, he said. “It’s going to be tough, but I am really look forward to it. Gleeds is honoured to be taking part in
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A baton, representing the riders’ commitment to the charities involved, will be carried continuously for the entire distance and delivered to Cannes. To sponsor the rides, log on to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PaulSouthby; uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilWhitney; uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonCollins. Follow the team’s progress on @teamnottingham, Cllr Jon Collins: @cllrjoncollins, Cllr Nick McDonald: @Nik_McD, Neil Whitney: @gleedstv
iscussing Forest, Leicester and Derby in the same conversation is usually inadvisable if you wish to avoid consequent conflict, but such is the nature of the three rival’s success this term, that task is becoming ever more challenging. All three of the East Midlands sides are competing at the right end of the Sky Bet Championship and subsequently have a real chance of filling all three of the prized promotion slots offering a route to English football’s highest division. Leicester City, under the stewardship of Nigel Pearson, are producing some of their best attacking football for several seasons at the King Power Stadium and look a wise bet to secure automatic promotion having suffered the agony of missing out in the play-off semi finals last term. The heartbreak of a last-gasp defeat to Watford seems to have been the motivation for a tilt at the Championship title this season as the Foxes look to eradicate the woe endured at Vicarage Road. A balanced blend of reliable professionals such as skipper Wes Morgan and frontman David Nugent, alongside more explosive individuals in the shape of wide men Anthony Knockaert and Lloyd Dyer have propelled the Foxes up the table and with a settled squad producing the goods, it will take a stern challenge to get them down again. The financial power in the form of their Kuwaiti owners means Billy Davies’
Nottingham Forest have the resources to bring Premier League football back to the City Ground after a 15-year long absence. Bringing Davies back to Nottingham after a previous three-year spell which saw the Reds suffer play-off heartache in consecutive seasons may prove to be a shrewd piece of business by Al Hasawi as the Scotsman looks to make it third time lucky this term. And when you add the vital experience possessed by the likes of skipper Andy Reid and center half Kelvin Wilson to the natural, raw talent of homegrown youngsters Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles, it provides Forest with a real opportunity to get back amongst the elite and edge a step closer to the glory days experienced under the legendary Brian Clough. Derby County, with former England manager Steve McLaren overlooking a bright young squad, are producing the brand of football that can provide you success in what is a very competitive division. They have a number of key young players who remain vital assets to the club, most notably in the form of Will Hughes who has already attracted strong Premier League interest.
While automatic promotion may be a sizeable ask for the Rams, the unpredictability of the play-offs if they were to secure a top-six spot could yet see the Premier League’s big boys visiting the iPro Stadium next year. While all three sides will not shy away from broadcasting their dislike for one and other, derby games with your fiercest rivals are where the eyes immediately divert to first when fixture lists are released and are more often than not the highlights of the footballing campaign. And if these East Midlands clashes, whether it is Leicester taking on Forest or the Rams squaring up to the Foxes, were to turn into ones contested in a league considered one of the worlds best, it would add a whole new level to already highly competitive proceedings – a factor that would generate rare, common ground between the three club’s supporters.
Everyone at the club will be desperate for a return to the Premier League to attempt to better their last campaign amongst the elite where they registered a disappointing 11 points in the 2007-2008 season, a Premier League record.
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Power Lifting to help HopeKids
aniel McCaughey, 28, is a personal trainer at PureGym Nottingham. In March he will be flying out to Minnesota, USA, to take part in a Power Lifting Event to raise money for the charity HopeKids.
Daniel says: “Many families in America don’t have access to health insurance and aren’t lucky enough to have the NHS like we do in the UK. I want to give those children a fighting chance and a bit of hope and I will endeavour to raise enough money to do so.”
Power Lifting events are strength competitions which include three moves, bench presses, dead lifting and squat lifting.
Chris Woodhall, the General Manager of PureGym Nottingham, says: “We are extremely proud of Daniel. He’s doing a great thing for family’s farther afield. It’s so important that we all help each other out.”
Where Daniel has done a lot of weight lifting and strength training at PureGym Nottingham in the past, he has never taken part in a Power Lifting competition, so this is a brave undertaking. To take part in the event each entrant must raise at least $500, Daniel has set his target for $750 which he hopes to beat.
To sponsor Daniel please go to: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/DanielMcCaughey/ relentless2014
The charity, HopeKids, was set up to help children in America who suffer from life threatening diseases. The money raised by the charity goes towards helping the kids enjoy fun days out so they have something to look forward to between hospital appointments. Daniel has chosen this charity because of a friend of his in the US who suffered from colon cancer. His friend Garth Heckman coowns the gym Southside Bully with Scott & Rachel Nutter. It was Scott & Rachel who decided to put on a Power Lifting event to raise money for Garth and they managed to raise an incredible $15,000. Garth Heckman succeeded in beating his cancer, but because the event was such a success the founders Scott & Rachel now put it on annually and raise in the region of $200,000 every year for HopeKids. Around 200 people take part in the Power Lifting Event every year and are sponsored by friends and family through a donation page. Each participant sponsors a child; Daniel’s sponsor child is called Markus Bachman. Markus is a 14 year old boy who suffers from Laryngotracheoesophageal cleft, type IV.
radford girls score on the Community Matters Scheme counted up at the end of April and funds split between the three charities according to votes. We’re up against two fantastic charities: Billy’s House (Clic Sargent) and “When you wish upon a Star”. The donation from John Lewis Nottingham will help fund the hire of training facilities, transport costs and football kit for the girls.
am very proud to be asked to write in the second edition of Inside One about Radford Girls Football. It is a community project which provides free football coaching for girls aged 6-13yrs each Saturday 12-2pm at John Carroll Leisure Centre. It’s been going for a year now and the first article showed the positive impact the project has already had. I’m delighted to have been invited back to talk about how we plan to take the project forward and further support and inspire girls coming to the group. I lead the project in partnership with Lisa Dawkins, Director of Football for Nottingham Forest Ladies. We are currently funded by One Nottingham with the girls shirts sponsored by Acorn Windows. Having recently secured some more funding we are keen to look for further ways to support our members and expand the project. We are hoping to launch after school midweek sessions for 11-16year olds towards the end of March, details will be released once confirmed so watch this space! We are also currently being supported by the John Lewis Community Matters scheme. We were thrilled that our work has been recognised and supported in this way. Visitors to the John Lewis restaurant in Nottingham are given green tokens to put in the charity box of their choice. There are three to choose from with Radford Girls Footy being one of the choices. Votes will be
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On Thursday 20th February 2014 colleagues from Community Protection (Nottingham City Council) helped get 11 of our girls to the Forest Ladies versus Arsenal Ladies friendly football match at Hucknall Rolls Royce Leisure Club. Nottinghamshire Police paid for the girl’s entry to the match. We wanted to further inspire the girls by watching a top quality ladies football match especially as some of the girls had not been to a match before. The girls always work hard in their Saturday coaching sessions but we are continually looking for ways to further motivate them and give them strong positive female role models to aspire to. We hope to do more work such as this in the future. If you know a girl aged 6-13yrs who would like to give football a go please come along to one of our sessions, they would be very welcome. You can follow news about the project on twitter #RadfordGirlsFooty Sergeant Naomi Bolton, Nottinghamshire Police.
GIRLGUIDING SOUTHWELL & MANSFIELD SEEK VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN THE BIG BROWNIE BIRTHDAY FUN!
irls in Southwell and Mansfield are celebrating the 100th birthday of Brownies in 2014 – and Girlguiding Nottinghamshire is seeking volunteers to make sure even more of the area’s girls and young women can benefit from the amazing opportunities guiding offers in years to come.
The Rainbows and Brownie groups in Southwell, Burton Joyce, Rainworth and Blidworth are in need of volunteers to fill a wide range of rewarding roles. Girlguiding Nottinghamshire is part of the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK and welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities. Roles are flexible and volunteering can be arranged to fit around a busy lifestyle. Guiding gives girls and young women in Nottinghamshire their own space to have fun, build friendships, gain valuable skills and be themselves with other girls. In January Brownies in Blidworth celebrated the Chinese New Year. They hope that the year of the horse will bring them good fortune and new leaders to keep the group open so they can join in all the celebrations for the Big Brownie Birthday.
be involved during The Big Brownie Birthday, because there are loads of exciting opportunities and events going on.’ For more information about how to volunteer, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/joinus or call 0800 169 59 01. For further information regarding Southwell and Burton Joyce, please contact Clare Leggett on 0115 9313103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For further information regarding Rainworth and Blidworth, please contact Sarah Clarkson on 01623 629879/ 0779 3187741 or email email@example.com
There are a huge number of ways to get involved in addition to leading groups or helping at meetings, such as leadership, administrative and support roles. In return, volunteers are offered support, specialised training and the opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people and have fun – along with a great range of benefits like free training and resources. Kathy Straw, a Leader in Blidworth said ‘The skills, experiences and qualifications I’ve gained through guiding have been invaluable to my career, and it’s unbelievably rewarding to see Brownies grow in confidence and raise their aspirations. It’s particularly special to
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Passionate Aussie Brings His Unique Approach to Fitness Training to Nottinghamshire CCC A
few days ago I had the enormous pleasure of meeting Paul Watson. I was intrigued: I had never heard young sportsmen talk about their Strength and Conditioning Coach in the way they talked about Paul. ‘He is ridiculously strong’. ‘He’s so positive – all the time’. ‘He can run forever’. Just a few of the comments from the players he works with at Notts. It’s a very powerful motivator when the coach, who is more than twice the age of most of the squad, performs with you, (and often better than you!) rather than just instructing you. So what’s Paul’s secret? Why is he unique? Part of Paul’s power is in his passion and relentless, positive enthusiasm. I consider myself a positive person, but I managed to get 40 press-ups by using the ‘c’ word twice. (Before I use it here and get another 20, I want to put in a disclaimer that I need to use to word to inform the reader. His banned ‘c’ word is can’t). Paul started training when he was 5 or 6 and soon decided he would always train, as he didn’t want to be like his dad, who told Paul that he’d stopped training when he was 19. Paul saw the health and fitness consequences of that and he vowed to train and adopt a
by Beverley Burton
healthy lifestyle and live to be a healthy centenarian. Paul trained himself and developed his understanding and skills in local rugby before obtaining a degree in Sports Science. His earlier career included landscaping the Chimpanzee area at Taranga Park Zoo in his hometown, Sydney (as you do!). So what is different about Paul’s training regime? 1. 2. 3.
Train hard 6 days a week. Train outside as much as possible. Run – Paul himself runs for 2 – 3 hours most days with his dogs and gets the cricketers out running, in Wollaton Park, up hills in Gotham: generally exploring Nottinghamshire’s open spaces. Strength and conditioning within the context of developing a healthy lifestyle habit – a holistic approach. A relentlessly Positive Approach – and consequences for anyone who demonstrates any negativity, such as the ‘c’ word! As Paul says, ‘How can anyone be negative after exercise? With all those positive endorphins flowing.
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One of Paul’s best friends, The Late George Malacos, someone he met at University and with whom he played rugby, broke his neck in a swimming accident in 1988 leaving him a quadriplegic. George’s positive attitude made Paul think, ‘What have I got to worry about?’ He brings this positive approach to everything and insists those he’s training do the same. He makes them aware of their self-talk and insists players demonstrate a positive attitude in what they do, adopting the adage, ‘If you’re going to do something you may as well have a good attitude towards it’, or, ‘Change the situation or change your attitude towards it’. Like many of us, Paul continuously backs up his thinking with quotes. These, from people in very different contexts, reinforce Paul’s philosophy: “When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl (Concentration cam survivor and author of ‘Man’s Search for Meaning.’) ‘Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.’ Michael Jordan (renowned as one of the worlds greatest ever basketball players.)
‘If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.’ Maya Angelou (Author and poet with a writing career spanning over 60 years) From training rugby players in Wales, Sydney and latterly the London Broncos to training Mumbai Indian cricketers in the ICL, Paul’s journey to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club has been nothing if not varied. Yet he loves to run here with his magnificent Harlequin Great Danes. And Paul is getting results in his role. As one of the players said, ‘My strength and fitness has improved so much in a short space of time’. Paul swapped the hills of Nottinghamshire for the sand dunes of Sydney over Christmas and New Year but retured, as enthusiastic as ever, in January to put the players through their paces running up our frosty hills following his passion: ‘I want to make all the people I train, not only fitter and stronger now, but help them become better people and healthy into later life’.
educatio NOTTS SHOPPING CENTRE STAFF TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL S TAFF from intu Broadmarsh and intu Victoria Centre took a break from the usual working week when they returned to the classroom last month.
They joined 40 pupils at the Nottingham Academy on Greenwood Road in Sneinton for a ‘getting to know you’ session before they head out on an Outward Bound Trust residential programme together in the Lake District this month. The Outward Bound Trust course for the Academy pupils has been entirely sponsored by intu, and the company has gone a step further by encouraging staff members to get involved by becoming mentors to support pupils during their outdoor learning experience. Two staff members from intu Broadmarsh plus two from intu Victoria Centre will join the 12 and 13 year old pupils as mentors throughout the Outward Bound programme, which will include challenging outdoor activities such as mountain expeditions, walking and camping in the wilderness.
Liz Sewell, marketing manager at intu Victoria Centre, said: “The partnership between intu, the Outward Bound Trust and the Nottingham Academy is hugely important to us as one of the largest community projects that we get involved in. “This was a great opportunity for the mentors from each of the centres to really get to know the pupils they will be accompanying to the Trust’s Howtown venue in the spring.” Luke Lyons, from the security team at intu Broadmarsh, said: “This is such a worthwhile project, which will see us helping a diverse group of young people to enjoy what is a fantastic opportunity of self-discovery. I’m really excited to be involved and to mentor the pupils, for some of whom this will be their first experience of living away from home.” Groups of pupils and their intu mentors will be taking part in lessons together to get to know one another before embarking on the residential to Howtown.
David Tungate, principal at the Nottingham Academy, said: “We are incredibly grateful to intu who have helped to make this Outward Bound programme possible. We highly value the support of local companies to help provide extended opportunities for our young people at the Nottingham Academy. ”Pupils will experience a range of challenging outdoor activities to help them realise their personal potential, develop their team working skills and help them develop capabilities to achieve in school, work and life.” There will be a return visit on 25 February, when the 40 Academy pupils will visit both shopping centres in Nottingham for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour and a look at the workings of the centres. They will also be able to see their mentors in their working environments and find out more about their jobs.
Secondary schools applications - September 2014 S eptember 2014 sees over 98% of Nottinghamshire residents being offered one of their four preferred schools.
Monday, 3 March - known as National Offer Day - will see parents across the country find out which secondary school their child has been allocated.
Nottinghamshire County Council committee chairman for children and young people’s services Councillor John Peck said: “We’ve done a lot of work over this past year encouraging parents to use all four of their preferences on the application form rather than only making one choice and thereby limiting their options.” And
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residents (7,252 out of a total of 7,834) were also offered their first choice of secondary school.
“The figures show that a majority of parents in the county have seen their children successfully allocated to their top choice of school. We are of course determined to keep improving on these figures in years to come though,” added Councillor Peck.
Paul Drake shares hilarity and touching moments in his honest account of the highs and lows of life in the fast lane. J by Beverley Burton
ust before Christmas I had the honour to meet Paul Drake. He was in the process of turning his eventful life, and hilarious and poignant stories, into a book at the encouragement Nottingham Neuro-Rehabilitation. That team, to which Paul says he owes his life, had listened to some of his funny stories from a life in the fast lane of advertising, whilst helping Paul recover from his second major stroke.
Paul said he realised they were right after the team had arranged for him to give a lecture to the Royal Society of Physicians last year. He touched the audience, who appreciated how open and honest he was with humorous stories from the advertising world, combined with stories of excess and the dire consequences. Born in Lincolnshire, it was whilst working at Dunlop Tyres in Leicester that Paul found his love of the advertising world and moved to London when he was 19. He soon made his way to the top echelons of a big agency, being responsible for putting together exactly the advertising packages clients wanted to meet their objectives; PR, press, TV etc. Paul wasn’t dealing with small players in the business world! His work involved leading a long, intense, creative process. Getting to know people in that broad media world, often in social environments was part of the job. As Paul says, ‘Drinking was part of the job’. This started Paul’s journey to alcohol and drug abuse over many years. Paul’s work environment, and the excesses that led to, have taken their toll on his personal life and health. His third wife Steph, about whom Paul lovingly says, ‘Is here for good’, has been with Paul through the sharp end of his major health problems in recent years. Molly, Paul’s ‘wonderful, excitable, non-barking Springer Spaniel’, was Stephs gift to Paul after his second major stroke last year saying, ‘She’ll sort you out’. Molly has no doubt helped his recovery but Paul, a man not prone to lavish praise, cannot speak highly enough of the medical care he has received in Nottingham. Paul moved to Nottingham in the 90’s, having ‘grown very fond of it’ and says he is so fortunate to have been here during his lifethreatening strokes. All the care has been ‘amazing’, from City Hospital, QMC and especially, Linden Lodge Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit, which is a 21-bed rehabilitation unit based within Nottingham University Hospital (City Hospital). Paul has recently moved house but, ‘There is no way I’d move out of Nottingham because the facilities are supreme in every respect.’
holidays that gain humour with hindsight. It also has the real-life personal and life-threatening health consequences of alcohol and drug excesses. Paul considers himself fortunate to have lived to tell the tale and is grateful to the Neuro-Rehabilitation team, not only for his current quality of life, but also for persuading him to share his story.
I, for one, can’t wait to read Paul’s book, which recounts well written funny stories, including a colleague not arriving at a meeting and going missing for three days after being knocked out when a wooden board fell on his head at a station and disastrous
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Business Sharon Roberts a true vision
haron Roberts, recently appointed business editor of iNSIDEONE, is certainly a woman who cannot be stopped. Having faced and recovered from a huge range of setbacks throughout her life, she is a model of determination and resilience, the perfect example of success within the cut-throat world of business. Having developed a profitable business from scratch, Sharon now delivers motivational talks and workshops across the UK and overseas, from No. 10 Downing Street to The Los Angeles Chambers of Commerce. Ellie Sowden, final year English student at the University of Nottingham, sat down with the Managing Director of Vision Development Consultants as she spoke of her experience at the head of a successful company, her journey from start-up to success and her new role as iNSIDEONE’s business editor. Vision Consulting is an award-winning and internationally recognised company that has been operating successfully for over 16 years now. As Managing Director, what would you say are the company’s core values, and how would you sum up the most important decisions you’ve had to make to maintain the success of the business? At Vision we strive to work with integrity, commitment and focus. As a company we develop a whole range of people, projects and products, supporting businesses in moving out of their comfort zone and building the tools necessary to strengthen their services. I’ve had to make some really tough decisions in the past. One of the hardest would have to be deciding which people you don’t need to work with, and disassociating yourself from them. In developing your business it is crucial to stay focused; you have to decide what it is in your life that you are going to have to sacrifice. In building a successful business I realised that something was going to have to give, and that I simply didn’t have the energy or time to maintain all aspects of a busy life. After a humble start in life, you now have 16 years of experience in business and professional development under your belt. What qualities did you have to possess and build upon in order to develop such a prolific company? Something I learnt along the way to a successful business was that you can have the best degrees in the world, but if you haven’t got the commitment, focus or drive, then you’ll never
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succeed. I left school at 16 with no qualifications, never dreaming that in a world as big as this I’d be giving talks at number 10 Downing Street, or in LA. Dream big; be prepared to fail at times, but be prepared to fail and get back up again. Resilience is key within this world, and you learn to realise that there are no quick fixes. I began my first business at the age of 11, not through choice but for survival. I would go round to people’s houses and take anything that they no longer needed. I would lay them out on my dad’s bric-a-brac table and sell them to factory girls as they left work. What I learnt was that you have to have drive and persistence to own a business. You will be dealt a lot of knockbacks along the way, but it is your resilience in bouncing back that will determine your success. Alongside Vision’s work in the business sector, you deliver motivational talks and workshops across the country and abroad. What would you say are the biggest challenges currently facing those who want to succeed in the world of business? Quite simply there just isn’t enough funding to ensure that every start-up business can grow. Because of this you need to be honest with yourself, and question whether your product or service is going to be needed by potential clients. Surround yourself with truthful people who can help you make this decision, and make sure that the evidence is there to support your choice. As long as you are creating something of value that can help other people, others will naturally sway towards you and your business. In 2012 you won ‘Female Achiever of the Year’ in the East Midlands Diversity awards, following this up in 2013 with a hugely success Celebrity Women in Business event. As the number of women in business is constantly growing, what advice would you give to those who strive to develop a successful company? Ultimately I would say ditch the guilt. Realise that you have just as much of a right to be sat at that boardroom table or have that contract as anyone else. It is also important to accept that you can’t please everyone, and that you shouldn’t be trying to. So many people in business delay taking their business to the next level for fear of what others will think. Integrity is central to the running of a business, but at the same time you need to put yourself and your company ahead of helping and pleasing others.
For Vision it was a great challenge and success to host our Celebrity Women in Business event in August of 2013. When we decided to organise the event, many said that it simply wouldn’t work because of its position in the school year, and yet we created an amazing, inspiring event. If anything, it taught us to trust ourselves and to rely upon our own abilities as a company. Vision have recently set up their own business club. What does it aim to achieve for businesses within the East Midlands? Over the 16 years that Vision has been in business, we’ve developed multiple networking groups alongside a vast database of clients. During this time our client base has evolved, and we now deal with Olympians, actors, and TV producers and presenters. We identified the need to protect our new clients whilst being aware of those who just wanted a free ride on the services of others. The Vision Business Club has been created for those who are ready to fully commit to themselves and to their business, and aims to provide a quality and secure business networking environment in which to share and connect with likeminded business people. We will be having four seasonal business networking events alongside themed training seminars.
LEXMARK MAKES ITS MARK WITH NEW OFFICES
N INTERNATIONAL print firm has leased new offices in Nottingham in a deal brokered by commercial property consultants, Innes England. Lexmark, which develops and manufactures printing and imaging products for businesses, acquired software company Brainware in 2012 with the company now part of Lexmark’s Perceptive Software division. Following the corporate acquisition, the business needed to relocate to better quality office accommodation to allow for expansion that was in line with the firm’s forward thinking ethos and is now set to relocate to a 2,000sqft self-contained ground floor suite at 110 Nottingham Road in Chilwell – a purpose built office which had recently been extensively refurbished by landlord’s McCann.
Craig Straw, director at Innes England’s Nottingham office, said: “Following the acquisition of 110 Nottingham Road last year new owners McCann decided to speculatively refurbish the office in recognition of the lack of supply of good quality office accommodation. Their investment has paid dividends with the securing of a blue chip corporate occupier shortly after the refurbishment works were completed. The deal also reflects the attraction of well-presented office accommodation outside of the Workplace Parking Levy.” Nottingham Road, Chilwell, is an established office location serving both national and local occupiers including First Response Finance, JHP Group and Evo Energy.
As an individual you promote the importance of adapting to new circumstances and bouncing back after a fall. How do you feel temporary failure can be turned into something positive that can strengthen your business? Every successful individual in business that I have met has experienced huge failures and setbacks. Success is about finding a way to make sure these setbacks do not stop you. This requires a daily commitment to yourself, and planning a clear strategy to make your business work. Business is like playing chess, you have to be tactical and always anticipate your next move. It is often a case of trusting your own knowledge and your own ability to deal with problems. Becoming self-reliant comes with time, but creates a world of good within a business. As the new business editor of iNSIDEONE magazine, what are you looking forward to within the coming months working as part of the publication? At Vision we’re really excited about working with iNSIDEONE. As a magazine it has an emphasis on business whilst maintaining a community edge, and oozes integrity and passion at the same time. Every month we’ll be having some fantastic features on successful business people not only in the East-Midlands, but across the UK and overseas. I hope that in interviewing successful business professionals and looking at how they’ve achieved what they have done, we can inspire those who are starting up, as well as raising awareness of the benefits of the magazine. Article written by Ellie Sowden and Photo credited to Chris Terry Photography.
DOES YOUR BUSINESS HAVE A HEART?
f course! But does it show? There is a new way to show your customers and your staff where your heart lies, and make things easier for you to manage. The Opportunities Fund has been set up to provide an easy, simple route for businesses to ‘give back’ to Nottinghamshire. With a passion for seeing a more socially inclusive, prosperous county, The Opportunities Fund partners with charities that help disadvantaged people in Nottinghamshire, and act as an intermediary, on a project-by-project basis. Why the need for a ‘middle man’? Charities – especially non-mainstream charities – often run on a skeleton basis to maximise available funds, and struggle with finding resources to do corporate fundraising or to write complex bids for traditional grants. Many businesses would like to make a
by Christine Fraser
difference, but finding the impetus to make a start can be daunting. That’s where The Opportunities Fund comes in, looking for projects that match the values of their donors, monitoring what’s going on, and feeding back outcomes at the end of the project. Love to help, but how will it help my business? There is an opportunity to stand out as an ethical business that cares, which all helps to paint you as a business to be trusted. Even a small edge over your competitors is worth a project or two. For further information, please contact Partnerships Manager, Christine Fraser, on 07930 843 432, or email christine.fraser@ theopportunitiesfund.org The Opportunities Fund is a registered charity – Reg. No.: 1149590
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By Jackie Dunn
Ring a ring a roses, a pocket full of poses
o, I wonder how many generations have been brought up with this nursery rhyme. And how many of our pockets are full of roses these days? I’m drawn to speak of the different generations. Each has common threads that run through families and each generation has also their own identity of their beliefs, mindset and generally, ways of doing things. So I will begin and trust that you are sitting comfortably. THE BABY / CHILD New born. Adorable. You know where they are at all times. You are followed, copied, adored, obeyed (sometimes) and you, generally, are a God in their eyes. THE YOUNG ADULT Questioning. Pushing the boundaries. Wanting to do things their way ‘what do you know’ might be their mantra….. and then of course they Google and investigate everything. And why not? The internet is their world with mobile devices, a different form of communication is their world. I don’t know about you, but it beats me how they do it. It’s a marvel, using this technology. Everything seems to be so fast. And accessible. Facts, figures, opinions, anonymity, celebrity status …… all this can be evidenced within an instant, right across the world. It’s marvellous and frightening at the same time. And don’t you just wonder sometimes, how the communication between this age group and yours seems to go haywire a lot of the time? I very much know that that is my experience. And then, As Julie Andrews would sing “I remember a few of my favourite things, and then I don’t feel so bad”. So remembering how full of it I was when I was a young adult ….. before taking on responsibilities and growing into my parents. THE MIDDLE AGED This group - well, I fit in here quite nicely, thank you. With children well into their 30s. With parents well into their 70s. Their own needs often forgotten and not given an airing. So what do I think is going to
happen tomorrow? Today even. And today I am concerning myself about my parents decision about Care Homes. And the questions I ask and prod about are completely different to their questions. How come? Surely we are on the same side? Wanting the best Care. At affordable costs. With the best care and attention that our money can buy? And to be entertained and heard. Ahhhh …. Now we are getting somewhere, I guess. I know that my views aren’t always heard or adhered to. The Doctor or Specialist might have their own agenda. They might be concerned about giving advice!! About sharing their personal preferences. About getting you off their list as it is getting forever longer. About how much trouble you will cause if they don’t seem to know all the answers. Now I question so many things. I want to know how it works, this Care business. What support is available - and whilst you are there, I ask, may I have the phone number, please? And what is your track record for people in these circumstances? What are the statistics for this … and that? THE OLDER, MORE MATURE ADULTS I’m so interested in how this generation - in strictly my experience, so don’t have a go at me if yours is different - this generation usually trust the GP and the Specialist. They were brought up to believe and trust that what was told them was for the best. End of story. End of conversations or almost so, that is. This generation needs to be heard. They need to feel confident enough to voice their opinions. Then it is for us to hear their opinions, their worries and concerns and to respect them.
is SO special. How do I know this? I’m still learning. And you know what? The richness held within hearing another, completely, is so heart-warming, I could cry at times. Have you heard the expression ‘to give is to receive?’ well to give a lending ear (time and time again) without the need to rush off is a generous thing to do and the gift of truly connecting with another human? Well that’s priceless. (Try it, and find out). You see the middle aged of us are concerned about inheritance tax due or benefiting from the Estate of the older ones. Asking ourselves questions like; What if there’s no money left?! But wait. That’s also (sort of) what the young ones are saying too. In my professional experience, the 40+ year olds are also wondering the same about the next generation from them. That’s me, by the way, where I fit in. These conversations are fraught with blind alleys and feelings of inadequacy can and do often arise. And we all have to be brave, and as confident as we can to speak up. And to be heard. And to hear - with ALL senses - including the body language, the silences, the sighs! And the wanting to run away. Such conversations can be exhausting and revealing. And Rich beyond measure. And at the end of the day, how are the younger generations going to learn to hear us? The examples we set is how they will treat us ….. so I am mindful of this, only some days. Jackie Dunn Mindset Matters February 2014 published author - Clearly Having Fun with Finances - available for workshops and coaching
I do know that it can be very challenging to sit quiet for what might seem hours, to tease out what their preferences are - even up to the point of the end of the line. Whether to be buried or cremated? And not many want to go there really. It’s a biggie.
SO WHERE ARE WE GOING WITH ALL THIS? It’s about communication, communication, communication. It really takes effort on all sides to be heard. Yes, I know you want to speak and get your point across. But to be truly heard - to be valued in that way
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SURGE IN DEMAND FOR NEW BUILD PROPERTY, SAYS NOTTINGHAM LAW FIRM A NOTTINGHAM law firm has seen the number of conveyancing instructions it has received for new build properties rocket at the start of this year. Cleggs Solicitors says its new build instructions are more than double their usual levels. In January alone the company dealt with more than 40 new instructions for new builds, when the figure for last year, and recent previous years, has been more like half that amount. Cleggs Solicitors said this trend has continued into February, even though the beginning of the year is typically quieter than other months. “The early part of this year has undoubtedly been busier than in the last few years,” said residential property expert at Cleggs Solicitors, Jane Burton. “The level of demand for new build residential property is indicative that the market is improving and picking up.”
“There is much more optimism from buyers and sellers and we are expecting this to be a brighter year. “The last six months have been very busy for us with five or six new build instructions coming in every week.” “However, what has been unusual is to see this level of activity continue at the beginning of a new year.” “In January and February money is usually tight for people who are recovering from the Christmas period, but we are still seeing lots of activity with properties selling and an increase in the number of new instructions we are receiving. We even had six sales on just one site over a single weekend,” Jane added. Cleggs Solicitors deals with residential property conveyancing in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, across the rest of the East Midlands and the rest of the UK. The
government’s Help to Buy 1 scheme, which is purely for new builds, has encouraged the surge in demand. The initiative has helped first time buyers to gain a foothold on the property ladder and is also available to second time buyers who wish to buy a new build property as long as they sell their existing property at the same time. Cleggs Solicitors is the only Nottingham-based law firm to be listed on the government’s website as approved Help to Buy 1 experts and visitors can receive a conveyancing quote from Cleggs via email link directly through the site.
a very high level of demand for new build properties throughout the year,” Jane added. Cleggs Solicitors is based at Apex Court, Ruddington Lane, Wilford, Nottingham. For more information, visit: www.cleggssolicitors.com email: email@example.com or call 0115 977 5877.
“New Build Property is a particular area of strength for Cleggs Solicitors,” said Jane. “The company has built up its reputation for new build property expertise over several years and we now have a very strong standing in this sector,” said Jane. “With such a busy start to the year, we fully expect the property market to pick up significantly and for there to be
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BOOST FOR CITY AS VF BRINGS 150 JOBS TO NOTTINGHAM
ore than 150 jobs are to be created in Nottingham when $11 billion turnover American clothing and footwear company VF Corporation moves several of its European wholesale and e-commerce customer services functions to the city.
VF Corporation, which owns iconic brands such as The North Face®, Timberland®, Vans®, Kipling®, Eastpak®, Wrangler® and Lee®, is currently recruiting staff, including a significant number of multi-lingual speakers, to work in its new office at The Curve on NG2 Business Park. VF is creating a Customer Service Centre of excellence, which will work with its European wholesale customers and consumers shopping in VF’s online stores. VF’s other Nottingham location in Calverton, currently employing more than 200 people, is probably familiar to local people as Wrangler’s UK base. The company’s first European customer service and credit staff began operating there in 2000, when VF bought The North Face®, and Eastpak® brands. VF will continue to run and expand the Calverton site, where its European credit department is also looking to recruit 30 employees, most of whom will be multi-lingual. Since then they have acquired Vans®, Napapijri® Kipling®, Reef®, 7 For All Mankind® & Timberland® doubling its worldwide sales. A spokesperson for VF said: “We are pleased to expand in the Nottingham area, as VF has a strong history at our Calverton site – both in our operations and the ability to recruit quality employees to our growing company. We look forward to welcoming talented individuals, most of who will be multi-lingual with strong communication skills, who can help us continue to build strong relationships with our customers.”
Seen as the largest inward investment opportunity in Nottingham for years, creating jobs and providing a massive boost to the local economy. Lorraine Baggs of Invest in Nottingham said: “VF is a valued employer in the city and county, and is making a significant contribution to our economy. We’ve been working together for some time to find the right solutions for the company to enable them to remain and expand in the area. We’re delighted to see them moving to The Curve and very much look forward to continuing to support them in the future.” The Curve is a 30,000 sq ft prestige office building which is asset managed by F & C Reit on behalf of Friends Life. The transaction was nurtured by a team of consultants from Innes England, FHP and CBRE – and supported by the Invest in Nottingham team at Nottingham City Council. Craig Straw of Innes England acted for the outgoing tenant. He said: “This is a significant win for the city. The company has not only confirmed its commitment to retaining its presence in the county, it is planning to create further employment opportunities at both locations.”
One of the most important aspects of getting a business going is letting people know what you’re doing and growing your client base, so we’ve put together a quick, simple guide on how to start-up in social media and really get your business out there.
Councillor Nick McDonald, portfolio holder for jobs and growth at Nottingham City Council, said: “This new investment is great news for the city. It confirms the upward trend we are seeing for business in Nottingham currently”. With recent news that our city is cited by the UK’s top firms for as a prime target for recruitment, deals on Grade A office space being up 130%, and £51m of business finance secured for the city, it’s becoming clear that Nottingham is more of a prime location for business than ever. “Our aim is to keep the positive trend going and to ensure that local businesses and residents are the ones who benefit.” Simon McIntosh of F & C Reit Asset Management added: “We are very pleased to have been able to work with VF – this is exactly the kind of
Ashley Hancox, senior director at CBRE which acted for VF, said: “The letting to V F Northern Europe is great news for Nottingham. “The Curve was the perfect choice, not only because it can accommodate around 450 people, but also because of its close proximity to the city centre, access to the local skills base and the nearby transport links, and the quality of the accommodation.” John Proctor, director at East Midlands-based property consultants FHP which acted for
Start-Up with Social Media
ince the recession in 2008 the number of people in the UK starting up their own business has jumped by 367,000, taking the total to 4.2 million. There is a plethora of information online about how to set-up on your own and what you’ll need to do to get your business off the ground.
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Friends Life, said “We are delighted to be part of the team which has brought VF to the city. F&C Reit takes a strategic long term view on its property assets and has the foresight and motivation to help deliver an exciting move for the city and one which helps underpin Nottingham’s expertise in customer services.”
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3) Have a look at what companies similar to you are doing. You’ll get inspiration from their content, how often they post and what kind of engagement their fans have with them. 4) Get a plan! It’s good practice to have a Social Media Policy in place, even if you’re a one man band. This policy should outline the values and philosophy behind your business and set out what is acceptable content and what is not.
1) Take the time to research the different sites available, from Twitter to Facebook to Pinterest. Find out what works on these sites and where that fits in with your business model. You may not need to be on every social networking site!
5) Have an idea on what you’re going to talk about. Do you blog? What do your audience like? What would they like about your business? What makes your business unique? What are other people in the industry saying? It’s always worthwhile to have an idea of what is going up and when, so there is continuity and your audience know when you’re likely to post.
2) Next find out where your audience is. There is plenty of information available online that will tell you where key target demographic groups are spending their time. Once you know where your potential customers are, you’ll know where to focus your energies.
6) Get the look right. Making sure your profile is branded and gets your message across. This is paramount – you want people to know who you are and what you do instantly! Fill out as many fields as you can when setting up a profile and make sure you get the link to your website in there.
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7) Set some goals – it helps to work towards something. Make sure they are realistic and achievable; it doesn’t have to be volumetric (i.e. how many likes, fans or followers you have). It’s more useful to set some targets on engagement or flow through to website, so that social media is working for you. 8) Keep it going! Once you’ve started and people are engaging with you, don’t stop! These are potential customers and they’re interested in you and your brand. They will talk about you online and recommend you to their friends. This is how you will start to grow your business.
SHAKE SOCIAL TOP TIP: Be as engaged with your fans and followers as you want them to be engaged with you.
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MANSFIELD APPRENTICE SET FOR A PERMANENT CAREER IN RECRUITMENT ENCOURAGES OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE TO CONSIDER AN APPRENTICESHIP
17-YEAR-old apprentice from Mansfield who has gone from an admin support role to a trainee recruitment consultant is encouraging other young people to consider an apprenticeship. Sophie Bradley was taken on as an apprentice in admin support six months ago, thanks to Nottinghamshire training provider Positive Outcomes. Since starting her placement at Teachers UK in Mansfield, Sophie has progressed on the programme at a rapid pace and is now training to become a recruitment consultant. Sophie said she would recommend an apprenticeship to young people who were unsure what path to take after leaving school, as the route offered an income as well as the chance to learn and develop important skills. She said: “Positive Outcomes has really helped me to see what path I want to take in life and my apprenticeship has given me all sorts of skills in a very short space of time. “My training advisor from Positive Outcomes has been with me every step of the way and supports me when I need it. I think apprenticeships are a great choice and more young people should look into starting one.”
week into a career which not only offers an excellent basic salary but also uncapped commission plus lots of other benefits - and she is still only just 17.” She added: “So far Sophie has completed more than requested, including full diary entries of her work and annotated examples of everything she has done. Sophie was offered a place in the Royal Navy, but has declined this offer to focus her efforts on completing her apprenticeship and is already thinking of her next qualification.” The seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week which took place from March 3 to 7, with hundreds of events across the country. The Week, was co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy. National Apprenticeship Week 2013 was a phenomenal success, with more than 900 events and activities on offer. These ranged from business events designed to encourage more employers to recruit apprentices, to interactive careers events aimed at potential apprentices.
She said: “Sophie is a placed apprentice and six months into her role she is doing exceptionally well.
During the Week, representatives from Positive Outcomes attended Sherwood E-Act Academy, followed by an awards gala as a shortlisted finalist in the Apprenticeships 4 England Training Provider Awards. Prior to the Week, Positive Outcomes staff attended Sutton Community Academy on February 28 to talk to year 11 students about the benefits of apprenticeships.
“Her innovation and hard work have already been rewarded and she is currently training to be a recruitment consultant. She is looking at going from earning £100 per
CEO of Positive Outcomes Chris Longmate said everyone at the organisation was excited about National Apprenticeship Week.
Sophie’s training advisor at Positive Outcomes Gemma Brown said Sophie was a shining example of how an apprenticeship can open doors to success.
NOTTINGHAM-BASED CLEGG CONSTRUCTION COMPLETES £4 MILLION UNIVERSITY
£4 MILLION project has been completed by Nottingham-based Clegg Construction to create muchneeded additional parking capacity at the University of Birmingham. A six-storey car park covering 100,000 square feet has been built on the university’s Edgbaston Campus, providing almost 500 parking spaces for staff and students. The university awarded the contract for the project to Clegg Construction last spring looking for innovative solutions to its need for more private parking on the campus. The completed car park has dual staircase
access to its six floors.
Simon Blackburn, managing director at Clegg Construction, said: “Our policy is to apply the same standards of quality and innovative thinking to any project, whatever the building. “This project builds on our links with universities and we were pleased to be able to come up with a solution to the problems the University of Birmingham was facing. “The new car park has provided a relatively quick and effective solution to that problem and it is satisfying for all of our team involved
He said: “This national drive to shout about apprenticeships is gaining momentum year on year. Last year it was a huge success and resulted in hundreds of young people deciding to choose the apprenticeship route. “As part of this year’s campaign the National Apprenticeship Service was encouraging businesses to pledge apprenticeship vacancies within their organisation. This makes complete sense, as we know from experience that the benefits of apprenticeships work two ways – they strengthen young people’s careers and strengthen businesses for the future.” Positive Outcomes provides apprenticeships in sectors such as IT, Business Administration, Customer Services, Sales, Warehousing & Storage, Retail and Estate Agency. The head office of Positive Outcomes is located at The Village Business Park by Junction 28 of the M1. To find out more about the apprenticeships offered by Positive Outcomes, go to www.positiveoutcomes.org.uk.
to know that their efforts will make a positive difference to life on the campus.” As well as reducing the parking problems p r e v i o u s l y experienced by staff, students and visitors, the new car park was planned and designed to make good use of vacant land within the Edgbaston Campus. For more information, visit: www.clegggroup.co.uk
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whats on: March Creative Arts 14th March X Factor Live Tour 2014 Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 16th March Drake Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 18th March Russell Howard Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 20th March Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian, Magician, Psychopath 2014! Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham 23rd March Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 1st April The Wanted Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 2nd April The Wanted Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 8th-10th April Torvil and Dean’s Dancing on Ice 2014 Capital FM Arena, Nottingham 9th April £1 Comedy Night Canalhouse, Nottingham, NG1 7EH 10th April Kerry Godliman Glee Club Nottingham, NG1 7EH 12th April Cbeebies Live! Presents The Big Band Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
26th March at 16:00 Dr Crippen: The London Cellar Murderer Room 001, CELS, Nottingham Trent University, NG11 8NS
Business 12th March at 12:00 Deal Makers Club - Nottingham Mercure Hotel, 2 George Street, Lace Market, Nottingham 17th March Beeston Business Network The Last Post, 6A Chilwell Road, Nottingham, NG9 1AA 3rd April at 17:30 How will future housing be designed & built? Antenna (TBC), 9A Beck St, Nottingham 25th March at 09:00 Networking by Shamshad Walker Nottingham Playhouse 1st April at 18:00 Responsible Business Week - First Tuesday Antenna, 9A Beck St, Nottingham 7th April at 18:30 Business Ownership Opportunity In The UK Jurys Inn, Waterfront Plaza, Nottingham 16th April at 17:30 East Midlands Fastest 40 awards evening Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham
Health & Wellbeing 18th March at 18:00 Women’s Images of Men Nottingham Contemporary
19th March at 12:00 Parent First Aid Aspley Community and Training Center, Sherbourne Road, Nottingham, NG8 5PN,
19th March at 18:00 NUAST information evening 44, Nottingham South & Wilford Industrial Estate, Ruddington Lane, Nottingham
22nd March at 10:00 Creativity Workshop Home Childcare House, 3b Shipstones Business Centre, North Gate, Nottingham
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26th March at 09:30 It’s SOW Green! Aspley Community and Training Center, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham 1st April at 17:30 Earn ways of coping with stress Aspley Community and Training Center, Richard Herrod Leisure Centre, Foxhill Road, Nottingham 23rd March at 11:00 to 16:00 Vintage shabby Chic Wedding Fayre At Wollaton Hall, Nottingham
Sports 15th March Forest vs Doncaster Rovers City Ground, Nottingham 22nd March Notts County v Carlisle Meadow Lane, Nottingham 22nd March Mansfield Town v Chesterfield Field Mill, Mansfield 25th March Forest vs Charlton Athletic City Ground, Nottingham 29th March Notts County v Colchester Meadow Lane, Nottingham 5th April Forest vs Milwall City Ground, Nottingham 5-6th April Rapid Solicitors Elite League Playoff Finals National Ice Centre, Nottingham 8th April Forest vs Sheffield Wednesday City Ground, Nottingham 12th April Notts County v Port Vale Meadow Lane, Nottingham
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