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Royles Jaguar Wilmslow host network event

News and views from Chamber members

Members News

James Russell captures Hero Ride

The Mere’s Head of HR awarded top industry accolade The Mere Golf Resort & Spa’s Head of HR, Jane Hubbard, has been appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. This appointment is deemed the highest accolade given to a Business Leader and recognises her strategic role in shaping The Mere’s business. It is specifically an acknowledgement of the success of the leadership programme that she developed and implement since the resort’s re-launch in 2012. Jane joined the luxury Cheshire resort in January 2012 with a brief to recruit and train staff in support of the resort’s newly extended facilities including its first residential hotel. In addition, she was tasked with developing and implementing a new HR and training strategy across the resort. She has subsequently implemented a leadership programme for all senior management and heads of department called ‘The Effective Leadership Programme’ focusing on PINNACLE: JANE HUBBARD all elements of leadership. This incorporated a ‘situational leadership’ element, coaching staff to apply these skills within the context of their day-to-day jobs, to ensure change took effect within the resort. “From a professional perspective, this appointment represents the pinnacle of my career achievements to date. I’m thrilled to receive the recognition from the ILM for the projects I have implemented here at The Mere,” commented Jane. “This appointment is extremely well deserved and recognises the sterling work Jane has carried out. The Effective Leadership Programme has had a significant impact on our senior team and sets us apart as a business, in terms of the service ethic that is now instilled within the resort. Our investment in training and development has led the way in achieving our goal in providing excellence in customer service,” commented Mark Boler, CEO The Mere Golf Resort & Spa.

James Russell Photography was commissioned by Help for Heroes recently to photograph the launch of Hero Ride 2014 at the Manchester Velodrome. As a self-confessed ‘cycloholic’ this was a dream assignment for James. The launch event was to publicise the 230-mile Hero Ride which will take place later this year from 4 - 8 June from Manchester to London. Two thousand riders are expected to participate and aim to raise £1.5m, with organised routes from Edinburgh, Manchester, Cardiff and Tedworth House, the Help for Heroes recovery centre. All the riders will meet at Blackheath Common and ride the last ten miles together, converging on London en masse. Centre stage at the launch in Manchester were Jon-Allan Butterworth, triple silver medallist at London 2012 Paralympics and Afghanistan war veteran Nathan Cumberland along with other members of the Team GB cycling squad, including Jason Kenny, triple Olympic gold medallist and double world champion. James does a wide variety of PR work and event photography for various charities across the region, producing eye-catching images to maximise impact and exposure for the respective cause. So if you happen to fancy a short bike ride to London, phone 01725 514106 or look at the website to register and get involved.


Four years in business for Mellington Estates To celebrate Mellington Estates Ltd fourth year in business, over 120 guests gathered at their flagship office space at Zurich House in Macclesfield and danced the night away. The occasion was marked with a fabulous party, catered for by The Chocolate Box in Prestbury, where the guest list consisted of friends, family, contractors and suppliers to the business. Andrew Towle, director commented that “without all the help and skills of people in this room the business would not have been so successful to date”. Mellington Estates Ltd is a property management and development company run by brother and sister team, Andrew Towle and Jane Findlow. The property management has both a residential and commercial arm,

with the commercial portfolio boasting 120,000 sq ft of property in Macclesfield made up of offices, trade counters and warehousing. The residential portfolio is a mix of student and professional lets in Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and further afield in Fallowfield, Withington, Didsbury and the trendy Manchester City Centre areas. On the development side they have just completed a ‘mini mansion’ in Mottram St Andrew and have just embarked on a four flat development in Didsbury for completion late spring 2014. Mellington Estates are always looking for development opportunities within a 30 minute drive of Macclesfield – to discuss any projects call or email Andrew Towle at, telephone 01625 615478 or visit

A PROPERTY-THEMED CAKE TO CELEBRATE MELLINGTON ESTATES’ ANNIVERSARY changing its name to North East Cheshire Business Awards More details coming soon! 2

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Contents SPRING/2014




Chamber Networking


Law Society accolade for James Macguire


About the Chamber


Getting a taste for work


Chamber events diary


Sponsorship for paralympic hopeful


Auto enrolment is here to stay


Commercial property


Legal Eye: Flexible employment packages


Campaign for dog-friendly businesses


Chess in Sunday Times employer awards


Beautiful homes for happy families


Financial Services: Bookkeeping on ‘Cloud’


Peaks & Plains in Times 100


Latest appointments


Private healthcare: Why choose Spire


Forget hotels - take a short term rental


College apprentices in job swap


10 Items for the next issue of Chamberlink should be sent to by Wednesday June 11, 2014 (please mark Chamberlink magazine) Macclesfield Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise, Churchill Chambers, Churchill Way, Macclesfield. SK11 6AS Tel 01625 665940 Fax 01625 665941 email Editorial and advertising have been received from a variety of organisations and individuals and their content does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Chamber. The contributions have been reproduced in good faith and the Chamber cannot be held responsible for errors or omissions in relation to them.

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Networking in style Mottram Hall’s Claret Jug drew a great crowd at the Chamber’s first network event of the year. The stunning venue overlooking the hotel’s 18-hole golf course encouraged easy informal networking and the business card draw gave Malcolm Reeves of MRS (UK), Jennifer Curtis of James Maguire & Co, Phil Pownall of Opus Design and Amanda Bennett of Cheshire Silk 106.9 the opportunity to do a short sharp presentation on their company.

Pictures courtesy of Emotive Creative

Business Circle gains momentum Macclesfield Chamber of Commerce held its second “Business Circle” event recently on the theme of Business Growth Now an established event within the Chamber’s calendar, Business Circle brings together IT, financial, legal and insurance services, and business efficiency processes courtesy of Axon IT, Barker Prydderch, Blunts Solicitors, Consult & Evolve and Lloyd Bolam. Held over lunch at The Bridge Hotel Prestbury, it delivers expert advice, stimulates lively interactive debate and of course provides great networking opportunities. changing its name to North East Cheshire Business Awards More details coming soon! 4

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Just see what can happen at a Chamber event ! Around 80 people came to the Chamber’s network evening at Royles Jaguar in Wilmslow recently when Robert Merrick of Milk Leisure was the lucky winner of the prize draw – courtesy of Royles, Robert will enjoy a fabulous Jaguar F-Type Convertible for weekend! One of the Chamber’s newest members, the renowned Chilli Banana of Wilmslow, served delicious thai canapés while the group networked and viewed the new F-TYPE Coupe before the Ride and Drive event at Mottram Hall the following day.


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About the Chamber

Join us and join in Produced for our members and about our members, Chamberlink aims to keep readers informed about local and national business issues, and to provide PR and advertising opportunities. All new members are welcomed with an individual and informative listing, our existing members’ successes regularly celebrated, and major issues such as legislative changes or local area developments covered by our team of expert writers.

Join in with a fourball The Chamber Golf Day, held at one of the area’s most prestigious courses, is always immensely popular and provides a great opportunity for entertaining clients.

Win an award The Business Awards celebrate everything that is good about doing business in our area.

With twelve categories to choose from, the

competition is fierce to win one of these coveted awards and the glittering black tie awards ceremony is an event that brings together the business community to acknowledge success in North East Cheshire.

Networking with ease Our networking events are relaxed and informal and we look for venues that give a bit extra from Blue Bell Mini at Dean Row to Bacchus in Prestbury, from Quarry Bank Mill in Styal to The Mere at Knutsford – we pride ourselves on making networking easy. And for those who like the thrill of speed, our speed network events are fast, furious and fun!

Join us online The website will keep up-to-date with everything going on at the Chamber and everything offered by you to your fellow members. Banner advertising opportunities are also available to help you raise your own profile. 6

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About the Chamber

Chamber events diary An introduction to social media – Wednesday 30 April A free breakfast event in association with Connecting Cheshire Superfast Business as part of their service to help business identify, maximise and profit from the opportunities that superfast broadband and new technologies present. The event is being held at The Tytherington Club and booking is essential, book online at Membership of the Chamber gives you immediate access to a thriving business community and provides a platform for business people to market their company and mix with likeminded individuals around the area through a variety of networking, business and training events throughout the year. And in addition, we offer a range of services to help your business prosper.

Networking in Knutsford - Wednesday 30 April An evening of informal and relaxed networking over drinks and canapes from 6pm - with a business card draw for selected individuals to do a two-minute presentation on their business. Check our website for the





Through the strong links we have with Cheshire East Council and national government agencies, the Chamber also plays a powerful role in representing our members’ interests and lobbying on their behalf. The Chamber is based in Macclesfield and our catchment area covers North East Cheshire including Alderley Edge, Bollington, Disley, Handforth, Knutsford, Poynton,

Drive your Business for Growth – Wednesday 14 May A free breakfast event in association with Growth Accelerator to help ambitious businesses achieve rapid and sustainable growth. The event is being held at The Tytherington Club and booking is essential, book online at

Prestbury, Wilmslow and all the areas in between, and we communicate with our members on a regular basis through our monthly electronic newsletter. Our members include businesses in all sectors and of all sizes, from start ups and sole traders to multi-nationals, reflecting the diverse nature and entrepreneurial spirit of the region.

OFQUAL Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work Course – Thursday 15 May A one day course covering basic first aid for lower risk businesses being held at Churchill Chambers, Macclesfield. See the website for more details and to book

So, whether you’re just setting out or are wellestablished, if you need business advice, information or support, we’re here to help. And if we can’t, we always know someone who can. That’s what membership of the Chamber

For more information or to book any of our events visit:

is all about!

‘Just a quick note to everybody at the Chamber to say thanks for organising last night’s networking event. Being relatively new to Cheshire, it was my first networking meeting as a member and I really enjoyed the evening.’ JONATHAN BERRY TYLER GRANGE changing its name to North East Cheshire Business Awards

‘I’ve just received the copy of Chamberlink – looks brilliant – thank you for covering our story.’ ROXANNA ANDERSON STIRLING LLOYD POLYCHEM

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Members News

Auto enrolment is here to stay

The Evolution of NtertaiN!

- a view from Brian Foreman As an employer you may already be aware of your responsibilities under The Pensions Act 2008, which defines new duties for employers and covers the automatic enrolment (AE) of employees into a Qualifying Workplace Pension Scheme (QWPS), as well as making contributions towards it. BRIAN FOREMAN OF THE PEAK VIEW CONSULTANCY

The Government’s initiative to encourage greater retirement saving amongst workers has been well under way since October 2012, the start date for large employers. In 2014 it is estimated that there will be 3518 smaller employers with staging dates in the SK and WA postcode areas alone. Latest research finds that while 82% of small employers are aware of the changes, 47% still don’t know when they will need to act – plenty of guidance is available at: Once you know your staging date, you’ll need a plan of action considering: Assessing the workforce and eligibility; processes and software for managing the scheme; review existing provisions; introduction of a QWPS; the suitability of existing systems; regulator communications to staff; cost implications to the business; record-keeping. Issues to consider From your staging date you’ll need to consider: • Enrolling and managing eligible jobholders; registration; record keeping; • On-going assessment of eligible employees and their participation There are a few provisos. The sheer number of companies reaching their staging date in the next few years is likely to cause a ‘capacity crunch’ when it is anticipated support and pension providers will find it difficult to deal with the workload. So it will pay to plan well in advance to avoid panic stations. During a Q&A session at a seminar I attended recently, The Pensions Regulator emphasised that they are sympathetic towards employers and will give them every encouragement to fulfil their obligations under AE, but there will be heavy fines enforced for non compliance and deliberate contravention of AE rules. So the message is there isn’t a “no nothing” option - contact me for an informal chat on 01625 434673 or email


By John Norcott Those of you who came to the Chamber’s Celebration of Christmas at Bacchus will remember me as the fabulous swing singer who entertained you through the evening! I have been in the entertainment business for over 15 years but more recently have specialised in wedding entertainment. Over the last couple of years I’ve been frustrated at turning down enquiries because I was already booked and I wanted to find a way of utilising these enquiries but without actually becoming an agent. I was also in demand from other entertainers wanting advice on how to promote their business. And so the idea of a Showcase began to evolve. If you are looking for an entertainer you want to see him or her live before committing, entertainers want a way to promote themselves to potential clients, and I wanted a way of utilising the marketing I was already doing as an entertainer! So I set my brain into overdrive and put together a dream team of entertainers offering the right variety without compromising on quality and created an entertainment Showcase which would bring together entertainers and potential clients under one roof – very much like you would organise a business exhibition, except no-one had done it before in my entertainment world. When I won “Best Entertainment Act” at the North West Wedding Awards it seemed like the perfect time for a launch party and so my NtertaiN dream was born and then followed a programme of Showcases around the North West. Although aimed at the wedding market, anyone wanting to book an entertainer can book to come to an NtertaiN Showcase – check out the website for the next venue changing its name to North East Cheshire Business Awards More details coming soon! 8

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Members News

Chess named as a Sunday Times Best Company to Work For Alderley Edge based Chess have been listed for the fifth year in a row as one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For in the recently published 2014 list. Only organisations with the highest level of overall employee engagement qualify for the prestigious list. David Pollock, Chief Executive, commented: “Over the last 21 years our team has focussed on building a business that is a great place to work. We firmly believe that happy people make customers happy. We’re lucky to work in a fast moving, dynamic, growth industry that creates opportunities for our people to progress their careers, develop their knowledge and skill and gain rewards and recognition for their efforts. The growth and success of our people ensures the growth and success of our business and will continue to do so for years to come.” Best Companies methodology is widely recognised as the most academically rigorous measure in present workplace engagement. As part of Chess’ entry they had to provide evidence of different workplace initiatives including examples of corporate social responsibility, environmental practices, employee benefit packages along with detailed training and development programmes. After the process was complete Chess was awarded a 3 star accreditation status from best companies, the highest ranking engagement benchmark the institution can bestow on a business, to go along with a ranking in their top 100 overall companies to work for. Chess provides its people with traditional benefits such as health and pension plans, a shareoption scheme and flexible working but impressed judges with more unusual benefits such as massages, breakfast clubs, flu jabs, sponsorships for qualifications, charity work and regular holiday prize draws. A Chess employee recently won a £2,500


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holiday to Dubai as the winner of their Christmas conference holiday giveaway and joins a long list of Chess holiday winners. The passion, energy and attitude that has defined Chess as such a great place to work for their people is also emulated in the work they do in the wider community, having raised over £48,000 for UK charities in 2013 alone. The Chess people have also continued their commitment to an environmentally friendly working ethos, having been accredited with

the prestigious ISO 14001 for its environmentally sustainable working practices. Stephen Dracup, Managing Director at Chess stated: “What separates our business from the pack is our unique spirit. As one team, together, we own and nurture our vision, culture and values. We’re an ambitious organisation and our people work to maximise their potential, striving to be the best of the best. Our spirit inspires and motivates, it is infectious, stimulating and must never be taken for granted.”

Financial Services

Bookkeeping on ‘The Cloud’ For years the market for book keeping software has been dominated by programs such as Sage Accounts and QuickBooks, which offer a good quality desktop solution for maintaining company’s financial records and providing clear management information to business owners. In recent years the internet has been able to offer a wide range of cloud based alternatives, but what are the pros and cons of moving onto the cloud. We are finding more and more of our clients either using or enquiring about cloud based programs. These programs are provided on a monthly subscription basis and offer the ability to access your financial records from wherever you are in the world, via an internet browser. This subscription can start as little as £10 per month and therefore do appeal as a much cheaper alternative to purchasing a software package installed on your computer.

The Pros – As it is cloud based you do not need to install any software onto your laptop or desktop computer, all you need is an internet browser. You therefore do not need to purchase any upgrades, as the cloud providers will constantly improve the program from their side as part of your monthly subscription fee, enabling you to always have the latest features available. Being on the cloud means that you can access the data from wherever you are. You can maintain your records whether you are in the office, at home or even on

Do you need to be mobile? Many book keepers use the train. You can even do your bookkeeping whilst sat on the same computer day in day out and therefore a a beach on holiday, but we strongly recommend against desktop solution could be a better and cheaper option, if this option! you do not need to access it from remotely. Your accountant can also login and The functionality of the programs can access the data from their offices to keep be very limited, especially for what your an eye on your company’s progress. accountant needs to do. One of the programs Many of the cloud programs enable we have seen will not even allow you to you to connect electronically to your bank export any data from the program into a PDF account data and import your or excel format which limits its usage transactions directly, thus reducing your significantly. Plus the cloud programs are time in entering all your bank items. All aimed at the smaller entities so do not expect you have to do is review each transaction sales and purchase order processing or that appears, provide some details and comparisons to budget data. post it to an appropriate nominal ledger. It will even remember recurring entries HAPPY TO ASSIST: To Summarise – and automatically give them the same ANDREW WHITELEY OF It is important you choice the right option for HARTS details you gave the previous entries, to your financial information needs and there is avoid repetitive postings. now a much wider variety of options available to suit Electronic copies of documents, such as PDF your business type and setup. purchase invoices can be attached to transaction entries Discuss with your accountant about how you want so you can store everything electronically, saving on to work, where you want to work and which option hardcopy storage. would suit you best. All the cloud has done is given us more options for The Cons – book keeping; it does not mean it is necessarily the right It can prove more expensive in the long run. The average option for you. cost of a cloud program is around £15 per month (£180 per year). In comparison, a Sage Instant Accounts n Feel free to contact, Andrew Whiteley at Harts program will normally last 3 to 4 years without any need if you would like to discuss in further depth to upgrade and costs £130. When compared to £720 over to help make the right choice for you on a four year period for a Cloud option, are you making 01625 669669 much of a saving?

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Latest Appointments

Datamere Software develop bespoke system for Mainstar

Axon appoints Business Development Manager Growing Macclesfield-based IT solutions firm Axon is supporting plans for further expansion with the appointment of James Oakes as Business Development Manager. A recent graduate of Sheffield Hallam University James joins Axon from a B2B and corporate sales role and will now work to develop the business at Axon, sourcing technical solutions for new customers and contributing to company growth. Specialising in cloud and virtual solutions, Axon is looking to continue recent success after 2013 resulted in a predicted 62.8% sales increase based on the first six months of trading, taking revenues from £1,136,132 in 2012 - 2013 to a projected £1,850,000 for 2013 – 2014. This growth comes on the back of a change of direction for the company which adapted its business model to become a specialist in cloud computing and virtual solutions in 2010.

2013 also saw the firm undergo a full rebrand while investing some £100,000 in a relocation to larger premises in Macclesfield, increasing office space from 800 to 2500 ft2. Commenting on his role, James said: “This is a very exciting time to be joining Axon. The past year has seen some significant changes for the business and I’m looking forward to being a part of the team, utilising my experience in B2B sales to contribute to the company’s on-going success.” Tim Mears, Managing Director at Axon added: “Over the past 12 months we have seen our efforts to change to a cloud computing specialist really start to pay off. Our customer base increased by 100% in 2013 and staffing levels grew by a third. We plan to continue this momentum by further expanding the sales team and we are delighted to welcome James on-board.”


First step on the employment ladder KAT, specialist bi-fold and patio door manufacturer, the have recently started their first apprentice, Eddie Clegg who will specialise in Digital Media. Rick Libbey, Managing Director of KAT was previously a Director of the Prince’s Trust and realises the importance of giving youngsters a chance to get into employment. Rick said: “The first step on the employment ladder is crucial for young people and we are very keen to nurture and guide young talent at KAT. The Apprenticeship Scheme is a great way for employers and employees to maximise potential for the benefit of all.”


Lloyd Piggott welcomes apprentices Leading North West full-service accountancy firm, Lloyd Piggott, has taken on two new apprentices as part of its continuing commitment to nurturing talent and providing quality jobs and opportunities to young people. Daniel Howard and Jonathan Heys have joined the company as accounts assistants and will spend the next 12 months developing the skills they’ll need to progress with their careers from the established team of experts at Lloyd Piggott. Initially supporting clients with bookkeeping and VAT, before moving onto accounts and tax, Lloyd Piggott will support them both in training for their AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) exams once their probationary period is complete. Daniel, 19, previously worked for Jon Child & Co Chartered Accountants and will be based at Lloyd Piggott’s Manchester office. Previously at claims management company

Joshua Brookes, Jonathan, 22, will be based at the company’s Poynton office. Sue Redmond, director at Lloyd Piggott, commented: “Although we don’t have a formal pledge to taking on a certain number of apprentices each year, we have always shown commitment to providing opportunities and training to young people wanting to take their first steps into accountancy. We currently have two employees, who started with us as apprentices around two years ago, close to completing their exams, which is something we’re really proud of. “Finding the right people is important to us. We have a great reputation among our clients for providing a friendly and approachable service, and really caring about what we are doing. I’m confident that Daniel and Jonathan share this ethos and will make great additions to the team.”

Datamere Software Solutions, the utility software specialists based in Wilmslow, has developed a new system for the international ship maintenance and repair specialists Mainstar. Datamere has been keen to expand their core software business into new and vertical markets and as a result are delighted to announce this new acquisition to their expanding client list. Mainstar have over 20 years’ experience in the ship maintenance and repair industry and specialise in providing turnkey solutions for shipyards all over the world. The recent system developed by Datamere allows Mainstar to view their database of skilled tradesmen from all over the world and quickly create the specialist teams required for a specific project. Philippa Toal, Director of Mainstar is delighted with how the new system is working, “We’ve been keen to run a system like this for a few years now but just didn’t know how to go about it. When we were first introduced to Datamere, I really liked their straightforward approach and the fact they talked about the development in such easy to understand terms.”

Cost effective



Simon Slater, Managing Director at Datamere is keen to point out that bespoke software can be so much more cost effective than buying an off-the shelf package and they trying to make it fit your set up. “So many businesses fall into that trap and end up paying for a system they are not happy with and that doesn’t actually fulfil the job requirements. By working closely with Mainstar we’ve developed a system that caters specifically for their needs and covers all of the challenges they face on a daily basis.” changing its name to North East Cheshire Business Awards More details coming soon! 12

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Silk Mill • Lowe Street Mews • Roe Cottage

Forget hotels Founder of Short Term Rentals, Martin Rossiter

Rent by the week

The Corner House • 88/90 Bridge Street

Silk Mill apartments

Short term accommodation is ideal if you or your employees or customers are: • Needing a temporary home for as little as a week providing hotel luxury you can afford • On temporary re-assignment or job relocation

Having retired at 56, Martin Rossiter was soon bored and waited for the next idea to materialise.

• Purchasing a new property or awaiting completion of a sale or purchase

What do you do having spent 30 years building up a company from a single Wimpy bar in Macclesfield’s Grosvenor Centre, to one of the U.K.’s largest privately-owned catering groups? Sell it to its management team and start again of course!

• Taking a well earned break surrounded by exquisite countryside - close to the spa town of Buxton and the Peak District

Well, the second time round, it was slow to materialise. Martin never really liked staying in hotels for more than the odd night, so that was the answer.


Short Term Rentals was born and is now in its 15th year with a wide range of international, national and local companies as regular clients, in addition to many individuals who book regularly, and visitors from around the world, many of whom stay once or more a year.

Fitted kitchen - with hob, cooker, refrigerator, freezer microwave, automatic washer/dryer & ironing facilities, toaster, electronic scales and a full range of cookware, crockery, cutlery and glassware

Fully furnished - just like the best hotel but with more style - includes TV, hi-fi, video, free unlimited Wi-Fi

Full security - alarm, electronic personal safe, entryphone, Broadband Daily housekeeping - from Monday to Friday Private parking - floodlit at night providing secure parking for guests and their visitors Including all costs - telephone line rental (calls at cost), domestic non-food consumables and all services and local & national taxes

Lowe Street Mews – six houses with a private car park, was one of Martin’s first acquisitions and is a firm favourite being so close to the town centre, the Railway Station and the Bus Station.

From 1 week to 6 months or more

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Members News James Maguire & Co secure accolade from Law Society James Maguire & Co, family law solicitors in Wilmslow, have secured the Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel. Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. It is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and in–house legal departments, which gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards. To gain and retain Lexcel accreditation, a practice must undergo a rigorous initial then annual application and assessment process. This includes conducting background checks and an on-site visit from an experienced, trained Lexcel assessor. Eimear Maguire, Practice Manager, said: “While we are proud to have secured Lexcel, it is our clients and staff who are the main beneficiaries. They can be assured that the way we manage the practice has their interests at heart and runs efficiently. There is a lot of choice in the legal services market but being Lexcel accredited demonstrates our commitment to client care and best practice.” Nicholas Fluck, president of the Law Society of England and Wales, said: “Gaining and maintaining Lexcel is no mean feat. By undergoing the rigorous Lexcel application and assessment process, practices can show the positive steps they are taking to help clients in the increasingly diverse, complicated, legal services market. James Maguire & Co can advise on all areas of Family law and are available for a free and informal chat on 01625 544650 or email QUALITY MARK: JAMES AND EIMEAR MAGUIRE

No need for hiking boots to visit Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club

When you think of the High Peak – instantly the minds eye takes you to the hills. Well, surprisingly enough Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club is far from a hilly experience. In fact it is nestled in the basin between the panoramic hills of the Peak District and is referred to as a challenging yet ‘easy walking’ course. Over the past few years Chapel has brought the club in-line with the equality laws and provides a platform for men and women to play equally whatever their golfing level or ability. Having won the GolfMark Club of the Year back in 2010, the club still maintains a ‘high achiever’ standard under this accreditation. GolfMark shows a commitment to both juniors and those new to the game. A warm welcome awaits both casual golfers and societies, any day of the week. We have 20 complimentary 2 ball vouchers to give away - so if you’ve not played the course before and would like to come and try it – simply email with your details. 14

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Members News Trust works with local businesses on placements for tenants

Getting a taste for work Based in Sutton, The Rossendale Trust supports 58 adults with learning and physical disabilities to live independent lives. Since 2013 we have been developing a new scheme called Worktaste which aims to develop partnerships with local businesses to provide work placements for our tenants. It’s a gentle way to introduce them to the workplace by taking small steps rather than a full-time commitment unsuitable for those we support. The scheme is very simple and we provide all the necessary support throughout the placement including risk assessment and insurance. There is no cost involved and the only commitment is for the placement to last an agreed period of usually between 6 and 12 weeks with no ongoing commitment. All we ask is that the tenants are given valid work to carry out; the employers take part in at least two assessments of the placement, and that the company and their workforce ‘buy-in’ to the idea so that the tenant feels part of the team.


Fantastic response The Trust have already taken the scheme “to market” and the response so has been fantastic – they have tenants working with AstraZeneca in their Hulleys restaurant; with B&Q in Macclesfield; with office furniture manufacturer Broadstocks, with a volunteer group of canal footpath workers; and with Canalside Radio. Rossendale’s tenants get invaluable experience of the business world, and a real sense of the disciplines and commitment required to work. They can make a real contribution to a workplace and it provides a huge boost to their self-esteem, and gives them

the confidence to think about other options. The Trust are already seeing how they can expand the range of opportunities Worktaste can offer – if you would like to offer one of Rossendale’s tenants an opportunity to work with your company and get a taste of working life, contact Andy Caesar, Head of Care and Supported Living Services on 01260 252216.

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With sponsorship from KAT UK to help her, Danielle Bradshaw is hoping to qualify for Rio in 2016. Danielle was born with Congenital Dislocation of both hips and right knee and has suffered numerous painful and unsuccessful operations over the years. At the age of 11 Danielle very bravely decided to have her right leg amputated at the knee. Now having been spurred on by the success of our Paralympic athletes in Sochi, Danielle is now determined to emulate that success and KAT UK are sponsoring her to help her achieve her ultimate goal. Alison Light of KAT UK said: “We believe that businesses should play a leading role in supporting the local community and assisting Danielle is something we are very passionate about.”

Context to manage PR for Broadband World Forum Tech specialist Context Public Relations has been appointed by Informa Telecoms and Media to handle the PR for this year’s Broadband World Forum to be held in Amsterdam on 21-23 October. The event, which is in its 14th year, will bring together fixed and mobile broadband operators, OTTs, governments and regulators to identify the latest in network innovation and debate the future state of the internet and our connected societies. This year’s forum will cover a wide range of subjects related to the broadband market including; virtualisation, the internet of things, big data, OTT and video management and fixed and mobile access. Context will support the Informa team by producing a wide range of content relating to these topics as well as media outreach and press office management. Commenting on Context’s appointment, which followed a formal pitching process, James McGough, Event Director said: “We have some real market disruptors and divisive subject matter confirmed for this year which will create some great on-topic stories around net-neutrality, privacy and the future of the internet. Along with our yearly line-up of C-Suite telecoms executives, we want to capitalise on this and make sure that we have a strong media presence in the lead-up to the event.”

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FOR SALE. Prime development opportunity. 0.436 acress of land to rear of Westfields/Chapel Street, ideal for residential development. Sale Price - offers around £500,000.

TO LET. Office premises located in Prestbury village centre. Ground floor unit with 3 parking spaces. 386 sq ft. Rental £12,000 p.a.x



TO LET. First and second floor open plan, modern offices with car parking. Excellent town centre location, sizes from 1,000 – 3,500 sq ft. Rental £10 per sq ft.


TO LET. Offices arranged over first floor level in Macclesfield town centre with parking. Office suite measures 4,990 sq ft, rental £5 per sq ft.


FOR SALE. Industrial premises with large yard in Whaley Bridge town centre. Sale Price £450,000.

TO LET. Ground floor retail unit with basement storage. 1,484 sq ft. retail area. Rental £12,000 p.a.x



TO LET. Double fronted retail unit on prominent corner location. Possible A5 uses 1,248 sq ft. Rental £17,000 p.a.x


TO LET. 3,100 sq ft of high quality town centre ground and first floor offices / retail. Rental £30,000 p.a.x


TO LET. 399 sq ft prime town centre ground floor retail shop. Parking to rear. Rental £16,000 p.a.x

TO LET. Prominent roadside showroom premises within Congleton town centre. 1,431 – 5,293 sq ft. Rental: Showroom and forecourt £32,000 p.a.x; workshop £14,000 p.a.x




TO LET. Prime retail unit in Macclesfield town centre. Nearby occupiers include British Heart Foundation, Subway and Oxfam. Property has a large open plan sales area with basement for storage, extends to 2,439 sq ft. Rental £28,000 p.a.x

TO LET. 2,050 sq ft GF open plan retail / trade counter unit with parking. By way of new full repairing and insuring lease. Rental £16,500 p.a.x

TO LET. Modern characterful ground and first floor offices with parking. 861 sq ft. Rental £15,000 p.a.x




TO LET/FOR SALE. 6,855 sq ft industrial unit with GF/FF offices. Open plan but can be split again. Parking and 2 roller shutter doors. £300,000. Rental £30,000 p.a.x

TO LET. Recently refurbished open plan offices in the centre of Macclesfield. Rental £10 per sq ft with incentives of up to 1 year rent-free or £5,000 reverse premium. Sizes range from 1,173 sq ft – 2,395 sq ft.

TO LET. 2,483 sq ft – 5,245 sq ft self contained quality offices with on-site parking. Can be split on floor by floor basis. Rental £10 per sq ft.

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Barkers campaigns for local businesses to open their doors to dogs Barkers, the new dog store in Wilmslow, is launching a pioneering campaign to make Wilmslow the most dog-friendly town in the UK. The shop opened its doors on Alderley Road, Wilmslow on Wednesday 26 March and has been welcoming local canine customers ever since. Claire Phillips, manager of Barkers, said: “Barkers is truly unique in its proposition, in that is has been designed exclusively for dogs – from the way the interior looks and feels, to the products and services it provides. “We’re launching a campaign for retailers in Wilmslow to allow dogs in their stores, making shopping much easier for the local dog-owning community.” Claire, who has seven years’ experience working with dogs, explained: “By allowing dogs in as many local stores as possible we’re creating a unique community for owners, where they don’t have to drop their pet home after a walk on the Carrs or a nearby park, but can shop happily with their dog. “For those local business owners participating, it’s an opportunity to welcome new dog customers and their owners through their doors. We know that owners who have the opportunity to bring their dogs with them are likely to spend longer in stores, happy that their pets are not waiting outside, and therefore spend more money with local retailers. “We have ‘Barkers welcome here’ stickers for all local retailers to use in their shop windows, promoting the fact that dogs are allowed inside their stores. “Allowing dogs inside Wilmslow’s shops is just the first of many initiatives we’d like to launch with the help of fellow businesses. Having ‘doggie discount days’ once a month where owners receive money off when they shop or even senior shopping day for older dogs, Wilmslow truly could become the most dog-friendly town in the UK.” Barkers sells a wide spectrum of dog food, chosen because of their well-balanced nutrients, organically sourced meat and great taste. There is a unique range of canine accessories and a made-to-order bedding service for dogs. The store also includes a top-of-the-range 360 degree glass grooming spa, offering a variety of services such as trimming, nail clipping and treatments such as Reiki. But as well as a unique product and services offering, Barkers also features an eyecatching community board which showcases local walks, dog-friendly destinations, canine events and anything else which may be of interest to dog owners. Claire added: “Barkers isn’t just a great store for dogs, we want it to become a real hub for the dog-owning community. And we’d really welcome fellow retailers in Wilmslow interested in our campaign to either contact us at or drop by to discuss our plans to make the area the ultimate dog-friendly town.” 17-19 Alderley Road, Wilmslow SK9 1HY 01625 415192 18

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Beautiful homes for happy families When Barbara Milner became a proud grandma in 2005, she never dreamed she would end up running an Interior design business specialising in bespoke nurseries and children’s rooms. With 30 years of design experience behind her, as well as 15 years’ teaching, she has found she is well placed to be able to offer her clients expert advice on all aspects of design from lighting and use of space to flooring, furniture and soft furnishings. With her knowledge of how children develop and her range of practical skills she creates rooms that not only look beautiful but are able to keep children happy and stimulated as they grow. With her daughter Alice, there are plans to produce an original range of nursery products which will be available from their online shop this Autumn and due to popular demand, they will be offering a few special classes to help people achieve their own individual look in the home. All details of these will be on their website or ring 07914 564628.

* Design service – room packages from £295 * Full project management NEW CEATIONS FOUNDER BARBARA MILNER WITH DAUGHTER ALICE

* Fixed fees * Tailor-made soft furnishings * Innovative products and furniture

KAT bites into the market Specialist bi-fold and patio door manufacturer KAT has recently opened a new factory on Hurdsfield Industrial Estate, dedicated to the manufacture of aluminium doors and windows. KAT Chairman David Richards said: “We are making a bold statement by opening a second dedicated factory because we want to capitalise on the UK wide trend for bifolding doors”. In April, the company will relocate all sales and admin staff to a new facility adjacent to the factory and will turn the current sales office into a large KAT Design Centre. Members of the public visiting the Design Centre are able to design their own doors and windows. KAT is a specialist sliding door manufacturer and UK market leader.

* Flooring and lighting expertly installed.

T: 07914 564628 Macclesfield, Cheshire. e:

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Members News

Peaks & Plains gets ‘Keys to the Door’ coming 21st in Times ‘Top 100’ Macclesfield-based Peaks & Plains Housing Trust gained recognition recently at The Sunday Times ‘Best NotFor-Profit Organisations to Work For’ awards, when it was rated as 21st in the UK’s top 100. The annual rankings recognise organisations with a deep-rooted commitment to being the best they can be in every aspect of the workplace and supporting the day-to-day working lives of their staff. This year alone, 897 organisations entered and 250,000 employees were surveyed, making it the largest survey of workplace engagement in the UK. Peaks & Plains, which operates across Cheshire and High Peak, employs a workforce of 229 and is dedicated to supporting its employees with a host of positive initiatives such as regular health and wellbeing days, flexible working, a work-based pension, healthcare cover, complimentary flu jabs and regular staff events. Led by Chief Executive, Tim Pinder, the organisation was rated as number 38 at last year’s awards, as well as receiving the ‘Best

Improver’ Award. Despite this success the Trust has continued to improve employee engagement throughout the year, which is reflected in this year’s high ranking. Tim Pinder said: “We are thrilled to have come in at number 21 in this year’s Top 100 – this is a real improvement on last year’s results. With so many other highly reputable companies in the list, it is a great

honour to be rated so highly, especially since that rating is based on direct feedback from our staff. “Our success is testament to an outstanding team, with an unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional services. We are, of course, always keen to improve and remain focused on ensuring Peaks & Plains is a great place to work.”

The King’s School tops Cheshire East league tables The King’s School in Macclesfield has topped the county's league tables for both A-Level and GCSE results, based on exam scores from summer 2013. The performance league tables were published online by the Government and are available at Headmaster of King’s, Dr Simon Hyde, said: “We are delighted to have our students’ hard work recognised in this way. King’s continues to go from strength to strength as we are also celebrating an incredible number of Oxbridge offers this year, with 12 students holding offers which represents around 10% of the year group and is an incredible achievement. “Most pleasing is the fact that King’s pupils are able to achieve their academic potential whilst engaging in a huge number of musical, sporting and other interests.” TOP OF THE TABLE: HEAD DR SIMON HYDE WITH KING’S STUDENTS changing its name to North East Cheshire Business Awards More details coming soon! 20

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Private Healthcare The Spire Regency in Macclesfield offers a comprehensive range of private services to patients throughout South Manchester, Derbyshire, Cheshire and North Staffordshire. Working with experienced consultant surgeons and other specialists to deliver tailored, personalised care to all whether funded through medical insurance or paying for your own treatment.

Why go private at The Spire Regency? • • • • • •

You can choose your consultant and an appointment time that’s convenient to you Appointments, tests and treatment available without delay At every appointment and throughout your treatment, you’ll see your chosen consultant Your consultant is in full charge of your care and has the support of our 24 hour resident doctor and highly experienced healthcare team If your are staying overnight, you’ll have your own private room with en-suite shower Our hospital is clean and infection rates are low.

An invitation for you Emma John – Business Development Manager “If you’d like to know more, please get in touch. We’d love to see you and would be happy to arrange an informal visit and tour to make sure we are the right place for you.” Call Emma on: 01625 505424 Emma John

Looking after you Introducing Will Pressley – Hospital Director

Will Pressley

“At Spire, our team of specialists have a single focus – you. Everyone from the house keepers to our consultants, is dedicated to your well being. And this doesn’t just mean you’re provided with the best possible care and latest technology, it means we look after the little things that make all the difference – like free parking. We also believe this level of care should be easily accessible. This is why Spire self-pay offers affordable fixed price quotation as well as a range of ways to pay, to help make the process of getting private treatment easier.”

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Members News

National Apprenticeship Week job swap To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week at Macclesfield College, the Senior Management Team held a ‘job swap’ event with apprentices. Three apprentices, who all work and train at Macclesfield College, took part in the job swap with the College’s Senior Management Team to raise awareness of National Apprenticeship Week and the many opportunities available. The fun activity provided a great opportunity for the apprentices to gain a greater understanding of how a large business organisation operates, and also for the senior managers to experience the daily tasks of a young apprentice. College Principal, Simon Andrews commented: “It was an interesting exercise to do and extremely useful to understand what some of our own apprentices do! I can tell you that they work hard and carry out lots of complex tasks during their working day. “I was very impressed with how business-like and professional their work areas were and also how supportive their teams were. It is clear to me that apprenticeships do work really well when the apprentice has a real job to do and is well supported by their teams. It was a great experience and I learned for myself the significant benefit of the Apprenticeship scheme.” James Campling, who is currently an apprentice at Macclesfield College added: “As an apprentice, I was excited to be given the opportunity to swap positions with the Principal for a short time. It


enabled me to experience the tasks that the Senior Management Team are faced with, such as greeting the students and taking part in funding meetings regarding the current position of the college. Overall I enjoyed the apprenticeship swap.”

Are pre-nuptial agreements to become officially legally binding? In a very recent case concerning the breakdown of a marriage, the court has decided that they would enforce the prenuptial, or pre-marital agreement between parties, as it had been taken out before the marriage with the aid of legal advice. The judge referred to the details of the agreement in his judgment and to the fact that they had both been involved in negotiating the contents. They were only married for just over a year but in that period the wife had a child. The judge stated that: “The court should seek to apply the terms of the prenuptial agreement as closely and practically

as it can, unless the evidence of the wife in support of her application demonstrates, to a convincing standard, that she has a prospect of satisfying a court that the agreement should not be upheld.” She failed. This is more evidence following the huge publicity surrounding the case of Gradmacher and Grantino, and subsequent cases, that the court are now moving towards a general acceptance of pre-nuptial agreements. At the same time, the government via the Law Commission is considering bringing in law reform which would actually put the agreements on a solid legal footing. There have been consultations before but nothing

has ever materialised. This time it may have to be different – otherwise the courts could be left to set the rules, something that neither they nor the government want to happen. The proposals were published in February 2014. n For more information on pre-nuptial agreements and other family law issues, please contact Shelley Hesford in SAS Daniels family team on 01625 442122

East Cheshire Hospice Art Fair 2014 launches website The East Cheshire Hospice Art Fair has launched its newly designed website – – with details of over 100 contributing artists whose work will be exhibited for sale at Macclesfield Old Town Hall from 26 September to 4 October 2014. Established in 1999, and run entirely by experienced volunteers, Art Fair Is now one of the North West’s most prestigious visual art and crafts exhibitions, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the region. The last Art Fair In 2012, raised over £40,000 for the East Cheshire Hospice, which 22

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provides free care for local people with lifelimiting illnesses. Art Fair 2014 is chaired by Fiorella Brereton, who said: “We’re delighted to be launching our newly designed website to promote this year’s Art Fair in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice. We look forward to raising as much money as possible with the help of

generous sponsors and everyone who visits the exhibition to buy art. “The Hospice needs to find at least £6,000 every day of the year to remain open – the government provides less than 20% of the funds needed – so it’s vital we fundraise to help this important charity continue its work in the community.”


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Macclesfield Chamberlink Spring 2014 non-member