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Issue 3 March 2013 / April 2013

Inside this issue CTruk sponsors Olympic hopefuls Become a ConďŹ dent Blogger Focus on: Appliance Care Recycling PTC - Is an Apprentice for you? Postgraduate Consultancy Service

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Welcome A very warm welcome to you all on our third issue. I would like to thank all the advertisers, sponsors, and participants who, without their tremendous support and encouragement, have made the third issue possible! Our second networking event was held in January on board the LBK6 clubhouse at the Dovercourt and Harwich yacht Club. We would like to thank Tony Woods and Robert Day, and of course, Ed and Tiffany of A J Woods Ltd for hosting (and cooking!) on the day. Well done to all the attendees who turned out in sub- zero temperatures and negotiated the frozen car park and gang plank without any casualties. (We did check the attendees register and are pleased to report no missing persons!). With over 25 in attendance we had a very relaxed and informal meeting and have been delighted by all the positive feedback about the event. We promised we would move the event around Tendring, and this we will be continuing to do on a regular basis.

Members who placed a full page advertisement can bring one other as well as themselves for free. Sponsors will also get two free places per company. All other Advertisers are entitled to one free place. All are welcome and for advertisers wishing to bring any extra people there will be a charge of £10.00 per head. Non advertisers are very welcome and can book for just £15.00 per head Please contact me at any time via email at kevin@tbcm.info Thank you all for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you in Brightlingsea for breakfast at our next, informal networking event.

Our next networking event will be held at the Colne Yacht Club, Brightlingsea on Friday 19th April 2013 from 8am – 10 am and a full English buffet style breakfast will be served.

The next issue (Issue 4) will be out in early June 2013.

Address: Colne Yacht Club, Waterside, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0AX (sat nav).

Kevin Barnes Managing Director Tendring Business Community Magazine

Tel: 01206 302594

Editor: Steve Huckle email: steve@tbcm.info www.tbcm.info Managing Director: Kevin Barnes email: kevin@tbcm.info www.tbcm.info Design: Gyles Harden - Silverloop email: gyles@silverloop.co.uk www.silverloop.co.uk Photography: David Gynn Printed by: Colt Press Tel: 01376 516260 www.colt-press.co.uk Your Tendring regional representative for Colt Press is Steve Huckle who can be contacted on 07956 399321 or stevehuckle@hotmail.com at anytime.

The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Editor or the Publishers. The Publishers cannot accept responsibility for the errors or omissions, although the utmost care is taken to ensure that the information contained is accurate and up to date.

For more information please feel free to contact me at any time.

email: kevin@tbcm.info

In this issue Become a Confident Blogger - JC Piech

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Economy to improve

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CTruk sponsors Olympic hopefuls

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Focus On - Appliance Care Recycling (ACR)

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Editors Message

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Is an Apprentice for you?

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Postgraduate Consultancy Services

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Our Voluntary Community - CVST

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Become a Confident Blogger

Author: J C Piech

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oes your business have a blog? Yes? Well done! You’re driving up to 55% more traffic to your website as a result. Plus, you’ll be tapping into the 78% of internet users who conduct product research online.

However, if the answer is no, you don’t have a blog: why not? It might be because you don’t know where to begin, or what makes good content, or even what the point of a blog is… A good blog does two things: It offers engaging, informative content that your customers want to share on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. It also raises your rank in Google searches.

snippets. Using your two topics, start thinking about possible blog posts. For example, ‘Three accessory trends for this Spring’. And this is important: don’t filter your ideas! Get it all down on paper. No one has to see it but you. What might seem like a bad idea at first could lead onto better ones. Even if you only come up with 4 at first, that’s a month’s worth of weekly content! 2) DOn’T WAFFlE - The more succinct your blog post, the higher the chance you have of holding your customers interest until the end. Never say in 600 words what you can say in 400. 3) SHArE YOur COnTEnT - Every time you update your blog, tell people about it! Use social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to let your followers know where to find your blog posts.

So, how can you become a successful blogger? 1) MAKE A PlAn - Sit down and start planning your content. Think of which topics will be interesting to your customers. You don’t need loads, just start with two or three. For example, a fashion boutique could choose ‘fashion news’ and ‘advice & tips’. A graphic designer could profile artists who’ve inspired them and relevant news

Sure, blogging regularly requires time and effort. But so should any decent marketing strategy. Blogging is an excellent way to make direct contact with the people you want to sell to, and by creating informative web content you’re demonstrating your expertise in a way which is beneficial to both you and your customer. J.C. Piech is an author, freelance copywriter/editor/ proofreader and creative confidence mentor. For more info please visit her blog: jcpiech.blogspot.com, or contact jc.piech@yahoo.co.uk.

Economy to improve

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ts only four months since our last article for TBCM, but it now seems a long time ago. There continues to be mixed messages about the state of the economy, some signs of improvement and then recently news of a drop in GDP for the last quarter of 2012 and talk of a triple dip recession and there have been further problems for the banks, with more evidence of the scale of the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedges. In our last article, we said that we did not expect the economy to improve significantly within 12 months, and I stand by that comment. We are seeing some great successes within our client base. The fact that some business are doing well, despite the state of the economy bodes well for the future, as it can only get better. However, there are many who are still struggling to maintain the status quo. Many of those businesses that are not doing so well are linked to the construction industry. We are coming across

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many developers who cannot raise finance for development projects. It appears that the lenders are not keen to fund speculative development unless the outcomes are fairly certain. Of course in this sector that is rarely the case! On the tax front, another January has passed and hopefully you submitted your tax returns on time! The penalty regime is now quite onerous for those who don’t fall into line with HM Revenue & Customs. We have also been out and about advising of the impending introduction of the new PAYE system known as Real Time Information (RTI). This is a major change to the way in which PAYE is administered and some of the changes could easily catch out the unwary. Please do contact us if you have any questions on this issue. Call 01255 220044 or email: info@jamesons.net.

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FOCuS On

Appliance Care Recycling

“Our aim is to offer a comprehensive solution to most recycling needs for businesses and the general public alike.”

Think recycling...Think ACR

ACr is an example of a truly successful Tendring based company!

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BCM visited their purpose built recycling centre, based in Thorrington, recently to see how a company formed just under two years ago is expanding and rapidly becoming a household name within the recycling industry. A family firm founded by three co-directors, Russell Dow, Matthew Dow and Alex Jones in March 2012 soon expanded quite rapidly in its diversity within the industry and another member of the family, Lucy Dow joined them after completing college. Within two years they now have twenty nine full time operatives. The company covers Eastern and Southern England and undertake a comprehensive range of recycling solutions.

ACR work with some major companies across East Anglia, London, The Home Counties and Southern England with some clients as far north as Birmingham. The company also service the recycling needs of brand names such as Euronics (200 outlets), Hughes Electrical and Bennetts to name but a few. Locally they work closely with The St. Helena Hospice and Ipswich Furniture Project. ACR also look after the electrical recycling requirements of The University of Essex, Anglia Ruskin University and NHS Colchester and Ipswich.

How to use ACr’s services Alex Jones (Director) explained:

They offer their services to Businesses and Householders alike and offer a secure and safe way to dispose of computers, white goods, cardboard, polystyrene and more recently scrap metal. They have various licenses including Hazardous Waste, Standard Waste, WEEE, and are a licensed Controlled Waste carrier and Recovery of Scrap Metals, amongst others. Computer equipment is subject to a safe and secure cleaning and a Certificate of Destruction is issued for every item processed.

“At ACR our aim is to offer a comprehensive solution to most recycling needs for businesses and the general public alike. Our purpose built recycling centre can take one off items such as DVD players, washing machines and most unwanted electrical goods, large and small. ACR undertake contract work from a host of various sized companies with individual needs and requirements. No job is too small or too large for us to appraise and we offer a non-obligatory quotation and advice on your recycling needs. We offer a “Drop Off” service where businesses and the general public can dispose of their unwanted items knowing they will be safely and securely recycled by professional technicians and will receive a payment for their goods(terms and conditions apply). Alternatively we can offer a FREE collection service (subject to terms and conditions) and we welcome all enquiries regarding this service.”

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Operating a large fleet of vehicles ranging from 7.5 tonnes to 18 tonnes they can accommodate most requirements in the safe removal and disposal of surplus and redundant items. The general ethos regarding electrical equipment is “if it has a plug” we can most probably recycle it. To find out more please visit their website www.appliancecarerecycling.co.uk or call 01206 251400 where one of their specialists will be happy to answer any questions on any recycling query you might have.

Did you know? 75% of White Goods, Computer Servers and Monitors plus most other electrical items end up going to landfill instead of being recycled!

WEEE Directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations have been introduced by Government to reduce the burden placed on landfill. Electrical goods are the fastest growing waste stream in the UK and currently rising by 5% per year. It is estimated that at least 1.2 million tonnes of electrical equipment is disposed of this way in the UK.

Vehicles: ACR have a large fleet of vehicles ranging from 7.5 tonnes up to 18 tonnes and can accommodate most recycling requirements, be it polystyrene, cardboard, scrap metal and electrical equipment. Their staff are highly trained operatives and conversant with the loading of all types of waste and carry the appropriate certification to ensure that the items are removed in a safe and responsible manner. To view all the certification and licenses please visit www.appliancecarerecycling.co.uk Another service offered by ACR is the sale of refurbished electrical goods. All appliances are sold with a three month guarantee for peace of mind. (terms and conditions apply). TBCM are proud to be associated with ACR and there will be regular updates about them in the forthcoming issues.

“We offer a “Drop Off” service where businesses and the general public can dispose of their unwanted items.”

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ACR are at the forefront of changing the way we dispose of our unwanted goods and metals by offering a safe, secure service, thus reducing our carbon footprint and protecting the environment from harmful toxins and the potential health risks that accompany landfill disposal.

At your service: It is quite easy to arrange disposal of your unwanted goods. Here are a few step by step guides to assist you. A. Visit our recycling centre and drop off your unwanted items. You will receive a receipt and a certificate of destruction. In many cases a cheque to the current scrap value of the goods. B. Call ACR or e- mail them for more information or to arrange for collection of goods to be recycled.

ACR Directors (left to right), Matthew Dow, Lucy Dow, Russell Dow and Alex Jones in front of their fleet of vehicles.

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Editors Message

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s the Editor for TBCM I thought it was time to put pen to paper and give you all an update on what’s been happening since our launch in September 2012. Firstly, may I say a big thank you to all of you who have supported us since “Day 1”, without your encouragement, articles and most importantly your advertising and sponsorship, we would not be able to move forward. When we first set out to produce a “feel-good” magazine highlighting Tendring exclusively we knew it would be a challenge to produce and maintain a quarterly magazine giving advertiser’s and sponsors a free of charge chance every quarter to get together and network freely in a relaxed manner we did not envisage that you, the business community, would welcome us so warmly. It has been very enjoyable to see the magazine evolve since we started the process and the two networking events we have hosted have been very enjoyable. At the last networking event in January aboard The LBK6 (converted landing vessel from WW11 now the HQ and Clubhouse of The Dovercourt and Harwich Yacht Club) it was good to see so many people networking in a relaxed environment , unlike so many networking groups who run a rigid and inflexible agenda.

Our last meeting on-board the LBK6 landing vessel

It’s working! We have had feedback from numerous companies (all good I am glad to say) and reports of several companies “finding” each other and trading purely through TBCM and that is exactly what we set out to achieve from the outset. As promised, we said we would move the networking events around the Tendring area, and this we are doing with our third event visiting Brightlingsea in April 2013. Our lifeblood is, of course, you the advertiser, sponsor or supporter, without your continuing fantastic support and contributions we would not be improving the magazine and looking forward already to Issue 4 (due out in June 13). The magazine is already attracting attention from outside the Tendring area with companies from Chelmsford, South Woodham Ferrers, Ipswich and Colchester wishing to advertise with us. (Unfortunately we have had to decline their business as this magazine is exclusively for Tendring). BUT it shows that the magazines we distribute are being read across the region. Don’t forget that as an advertiser your piece is not only in the magazine but published on line in our e-mag for all to access.

Helping us to help the excellent Tendring Business Community If you are a regular advertiser, supporter or sponsor of TBCM please recommend us to your contacts within Tendring, as word of mouth and recommendation are very powerful business tools. We are still “discovering” more and more fantastic companies within our region and look forward to meeting them in due course. Our aim is to support you, The Tendring Business Community, and welcome your submissions for blogs, news about your success and of course your on-going support. Wishing you all a fantastic year ahead.

Steve Huckle Editor If you’re a Tendring business and would like to submit your good news story for consideration for future publications please email: info@tbcm.info

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Is an Apprentice for you?

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ccording to the statistics from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular in Essex. This comes as no surprise taking into consideration the benefits of offering employment through the Scheme including; a skilled workforce, as well as increased productivity, staff retention and revenue for the business. On top of that most businesses are eligible for funding to help them cover the costs of training. The Professional Training Centre (The PTC), Services to Business Department within Colchester Institute, offers access to the College’s Apprenticeships Scheme. We actively promote the Programme and encourage employers to help people over 16 years of age find employment. Our aim is to advertise the benefits of having an apprentice and therefore reduce unemployment. We provide a feefree recruitment service, helping employers find the right candidate. On top of that The PTC delivers quality training solutions to local, national and international employers. Our programmes range from personal development courses that last one day to recognised qualifications such as NEBOSH, gas safety courses and electrical qualifications. It is our mission to work in partnership with individuals and the business community to provide high quality, flexible and innovative training that can be delivered regionally and nationally. Individuals can book courses for the dates shown on our website (www.theptc.co.uk), or our Business Training Advisors can talk to you about your organisation’s specific needs and produce a completely bespoke

programme. Training can be delivered at The PTC, in-house or at a venue of your choice. What is more, through our relationship with Colchester Institute we have access to many funding opportunities that businesses may be able to benefit from. To help employers with their training needs, we hold a variety of events throughout the year. Our next event is to take place on Wednesday, 13th March 2013 at the Colchester Campus of the College and will focus on Apprenticeships and The Employment Law. Lisa Larman, Business Training Advisor at The PTC has stressed the importance of this presentation: “The event will be a great opportunity for local business to find out more about the legal requirements of employing an Apprentice. It is always good practise to ensure that your knowledge is up to date, whether you employ Apprentices already or simply because you would like to consider it in the future. This workshop should answer any queries and help organisations to realise how beneficial to business Apprentices are.” For more information please call The Professional Training Centre on (01206) 712943 or email magda.andrzejewska@colchester.ac.uk.

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ur new Postgraduate Consultancy Service gives your business or organisation access to the freshest thinking from our research students. Highly qualified researchers are available to help you with specific projects, supervised by our internationally renowned academics.

Who are our researchers? The researchers come from varied backgrounds, are already degree qualified, and are studying on our Masters or PhD programmes. Many of the researchers have significant experience in their fields which cover a wide range of subjects.

What are the projects? Projects can be anything from a week to 12 weeks, providing you with innovative research at competitive rates that may also attract some subsidy. The researchers gain invaluable experience by using their expertise to solve live business problems.

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Our researchers can work up to 18 hours a week on projects such as: Designing surveys and questionnaires Writing reports and reviews Developing marketing strategies Sports and exercise programming, health promotion Language translation, interpretation and subtitling Analysis of datasets Policy development Environmental surveys, water quality analysis Logistical evaluations of products/processes/projects Feasibility Studies

Who do I contact? The Postgraduate Consultancy Programme is run by the Research and Enterprise Office. For more information Email: partners@essex.ac.uk, contact us on T: 01206 872925

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Introducing businesses in Tendring! To network in a relaxed, friendly environment without the pressure to sell.

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Clacton Community First Cash Available To Fund Projects In Clacton’s Pier Ward Almost £30,000 is up for grabs to pay for community projects in the centre of Clacton – and a call has gone out for schemes to be put forward. The cash, which can be spent only in the Pier Ward, will be paid out over three years with grants ranging from £250 right up to £2,500. The Community First Funding must be linked to one of three priorities: increased support for the homeless; better support for people with mental health issues and encouraging community activities to engage different groups. A panel has been set up under the leadership of Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST) to consider bids and there is £8,489 in the pot for this financial year, the same amount for 2013/14 and £11,309 for 2014/15. Application forms for the Pier Ward can be found at http://communityfirstclacton.webs.com/ Contact: Karen.tedderward@cvstendring.org.uk for further information.


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TBCM free networking launch We are delighted to announce the venue for the third of our networking events It will be held at The Colne Yacht Club in Brightlingsea on Friday 19th April 2013.

Directions and Sat Nav co-ordinates: Take the B1027 and look for signs for Brightlingsea. At roundabout take the B1029 and look for signs “To Waterfront” or “Waterside Marina”. Follow B1029 for approximately 2 miles. There are limited spaces outside the Yacht Club otherwise there is a Pay and Display Car Park at the corner of Tower Street. Once you have parked head to the waterfront and The Colne Yacht Club will be on your left adjacent to the floating pontoon.

*Advertisers who took out a full page are entitled to two attendees free of charge. *Advertisers who took out an ad up to half a page are entitled to one attendee free of charge. Advertisers who wish to bring additional guests are welcome at a discounted charge of £10.00 per head. Non advertisers and Businesses in Tendring are very welcome to attend at a cost of £15.00 per head.

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Advertising

Address: Colne Yacht Club, Waterside, Brightlingsea. Essex CO7 OAX

Deadlines for advertising and payment for the June issue is Friday 24th May 2013.

Telephone number: 01206 502594

We are delighted to say that we already have a number of new and repeat bookings and our next spotlight will feature another great Tendring based company. Bookings are already being taken by new and repeat advertisers, so please book early to avoid disappointment. There will be a minimum of 4 half page free blogs for all advertisers.

Nominated Charity. As the TBCM grows with the support of you, the business community, we will be, at some stage, nominating a charity/charities and donating a cash sum from the proceeds of TBCM.

Agenda 8.00am Arrival and registration. Teas, coffees and juices, will be available. 8.15am A Buffet style Full English Breakfast will be served with vegetarian options. 8.45am Kevin Barnes and the team will be giving a short informal update on the magazine and forthcoming spotlights. 9.00 - 10.00am Open networking . Don’t forget to bring any advertising collateral with you. Please e mail Kevin Barnes at kevin@tbcm.info to book or confirm your place on or before Monday 15th April, if possible, as space will be at a premium. Although booking is advised it is possible to attend on the day without reservation. All *advertisers are invited to attend the event absolutely free of charge but can bring any number of guests with them at a charge of £10.00 per head (payable in advance or on the door).

Call: 01255 740021

We really value your opinion and would love to hear your views and feedback and any ideas you may have that you think may help to improve the publication. Our whole hearted thanks to all advertisers, sponsors and supporters of the magazine for their continuing loyalty. Special thanks to John Williams and all at Colt Press for their help in producing the Tendring Business Community Magazine. Printed by Colt Press 01376 516260 or visit www.coltpress.co.uk for more information.

Free Networking Events for all advertisers

Your Tendring regional representative for Colt Press is Steve Huckle who can be contacted on 07956 399321 or stevehuckle@hotmail.com at anytime.

Email: kevin@tbcm.info

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Another milestone reached for a successful Tendring based company that delivers a World Class service. After 43 years in business and at the tender age of 71 Peter Dewing has decided to semi retire and take on the role of Chairman, and has handed over the day to day running of the company to his son, Paul who now becomes Managing Director. Paul Dewing has been with GCS Alarms Ltd since he left school and has worked his way up through the various stages of the companies’ development from apprentice to trainee and from trainee to engineer and on to surveying where he took on the role of General Manager. He has also taken courses in First Aid, Fire Risk Assessment, Health and Safety and IOSH plus a host of others. Paul has now taken on the challenging role of Managing Director and will continue to take GCS Alarms Ltd forward through 2013 and beyond by maintaining their commitment to quality and after sales customer service. GCS Alarms is based on Clacton’s Gorse Lane Industrial Estate and serves the whole of Essex and Suffolk. Specialising in Fire, CCTV and Security Systems for both the commercial and domestic market GCS offer a bespoke service second to none for all their clients and welcome enquiries. Their Customer Care operatives are there to answer any questions you might have about new and existing installations and as they do not employ any Sales personnel your enquiries are answered by highly trained professionals who will advise you on the most cost effective way of dealing with your requests. With a dedicated team of technicians and installers at your disposal you can rest assured that GCS Alarms Ltd will be at the forefront for all of your security requirements. From their Clacton-on-Sea HQ with a fleet of service vehicles, you can rest assured of a fast and efficient response for all your security requirements. From a basic door entry system to a sophisticated control room environment GCS have the solution. For further details please contact the GCS team on 01255 220316 or email us at contactus@gcsalarms.co.uk


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