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It may be “Made in Liverpool,” but the reality is its come from Sheffield. the new “Made in Liverpool” marketing campaign, developed to promote the city’s museums, is the brainchild of Sheffield-based brand and communications agency Uber. the launch of the campaign, developed for National Museums Liverpool, coincides with the opening of Merseyside’s latest visitor attraction, the Museum of Liverpool, which is claimed to be the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city. Uber has won the praises of National Museums Liverpool director of marketing and communications tracey McGeagh. She said: “We selected Uber for their clever interpretation of the design brief. It was clear they really understood the essence of what the Museum stands for and captured its distinctive personality in their submission.”

How to gain customers bUSINeSS Link Yorkshire is staging a free seminar in Sheffield to help South Yorkshire firms retain and gain customers. the business advice organisation says small and medium sized enterprises can learn a lot from the mistakes of bigger organisations, including banks like Santander, which recently announced it was bring call centres back to the UK from India in a bid to reduce customer complaints. It says 68 per cent of customers are lost because of bad service and especially the attitude of staff. to make matters worse, for every customer that complains, there are 24 who are dissatisfied with the service they receive and six of those are experiencing serious problems. Speaking at the Sheffield seminar at Kenwood hall on Wednesday, July 20 will be Michael astrop, a customer care expert with over 30 years marketing experience. For more information, contact business Link Yorkshire, tel: 08456 048 048.



Comparison website hires communications agency LeaDING comparison website moneysupermarket.com has turned to Sheffield brand communications agency We are to help it recruit the people it needs. Velocity house-based We are was called in to develop an “employer

brand” that would promote the “personality and values” of the moneysupermarket business, increase the number of direct applicants the firm gets from people wanting jobs and cut recruitment costs. We are’s managing director andy

Weir said: “It was a great brief for us to work from. “Moneysupermarket.com are market leaders within their industry which presented a fantastic opportunity to create something really bold.”

We are was launched a year ago by Mr Weir, who formerly worked for DKPM and Dig For Fire and includes among its clients air transport industry It and telecommunication SIta, Ideal bathrooms and expedition organiser Jagged Globe.

Source launches new training hub bob rAe business editor MeaDOWhaLL-baSeD training organisation, the Source Skills academy, has launched a new skills academy in Rotherham. the Source Skills academy Rotherham will offer training services to Rotherham businesses designed to increase skills levels, support trade in the town centre and attract new investment. the high Street-based academy will also develop links with business support networks and advisors in the town. Council leader Roger Stone said: “this new hub is an exciting development for Rotherham. Not only will businesses be able to access free support and guidance, but the new site is based right in the heart of Rotherham.” ann Cadman, managing director of the Source, said: “the Source was established in 2003 to support businesses across South Yorkshire with training and recruitment guidance and we have come a long way since our initial launch. “this is a very exciting development for the Source Skills academy and we are keen to work in partnership with Rotherham organisations with the goal of improving business performance and maximising opportunities in this very difficult climate.” the Source Skills academy Rotherham will be led by George elliott who more than 30 years experience business and in retail, in particular. n ann Cadman has won the

Ann Cadman: RecognisedattheannualBritishLandAwards,winningtheOutstandingCommunityContributionAward. Outstanding Community Contribution award at the annual british Land awards. the Source’s managing director won the award in recognition of the support the Source has given the local community since 2003.

She said: “the award was a fantastic surprise and I am very proud to have been recognised alongside so many talented individuals. “Our business has seen a great deal of growth in the past few years and it is down

Administration rate falls 18% the number of manufacturers going into administration in the first quarter of this year declined by 18 per cent to 86 compared with 105 in the same period last year, according to research by Deloitte, the business advisory firm. David Raistrick, UK manufacturing industry leader based at Deloitte in Leeds, said: “the manufacturing sector has shown positive signs of recovery over the

past 12 months and this reflects a healthier industry. Orders picked up throughout last year, driven by a recovery in end demand. “the 20 per cent decline in sterling against the euro has undoubtedly helped to give a much needed boost to exports in the sector. “there were fewer administrations in this sector in 2010 than in any of the previous three years. “this trend is encourag-

ing but the Q1 2011 figures lend a note of caution to this optimism. the number of administrations in Q1 2011 is higher than the previous three quarters in 2010 possibly indicating that demand is softening. “this, combined with recent data on purchase orders is less encouraging, and we cannot preclude a further rebound in these figures if the recovery in demand is not sustained.”

to the hard work and dedication of our team that we have been incredibly successful in our community activities. this award means a great deal to me and the Source.” the british Land awards were established to recognise

David raistrick: ‘Manufacturing showingsigns ofrecovery’.

and celebrate achievements in corporate responsibility, share best practice and drive business performance across the property investment company whose portfolio includes the Meadowhall Shopping Centre.


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Pair arrested over robbery

A MAN and woman have been quizzed by police and released on bail over a robbery in which an elderly couple were tied up in their Rotherham home. The man, aged in his 30s and the woman in her 20s were arrested on Saturday in connection with the robbery in Nether Haugh, near Wentworth. A couple in their 70s were asleep in bed when two masked raiders, one brandishing a weapon, broke into their farmhouse. The robbers tied up the husband and wife while they ransacked their home before fleeing with hundreds of pounds and jewellery. Anyone with information about the raid at around 1am on Thursday, June 23, should call police on 0114 2202020 and quote reference 68 of June 23. Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.

activities for city youths

YOUTH workers are spending one night a week in a Sheffield suburb in a bid to help keep youngsters out of trouble. Members of the city’s Youth Offending Team park a vehicle equipped with activities and equipment outside the children’s centre on Shoreham Street, Highfield, every Tuesday night. The weekly sessions, which run between 4pm and 7pm until July 19, were organised following complaints about youths congregating outside the centre and causing antisocial behaviour. Police hope the extra activities will keep youths entertained and give them something positive to do with their spare time. Officers are also cracking down on reports of anti-social behaviour reported around the park area bordered by Harwood Close and Randall Place, Highfield.

apprentices are sought

A JOBS fair at The Source near Meadowhall in Sheffield tonight is offering paid apprenticeships to young people. Employers in the fields of business administration, customer service, hospitality, warehousing, engineering, motor mechanics, hair and beauty and construction will be at The Source Skills Academy’s Open Evening. They will be looking for young people aged 16 and above who are enthusiastic and eager to learn. Steve Hinchliffe, recruitment manager from the SSA, said: “If you are interested in earning whilst you learn, an Apprenticeship could be the route for you.” Those interested are encouraged to bring copies of their CV and their parents to The Source Skills Academy, 300 Meadowhall Way, Sheffield, between 6pm and 8pm.

The Star, Thursday, July 7, 2011

family aid centre has to shut up shop

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Devastated: SharronBaroudi.

A SHEFFIELD centre providing families with help and information has closed its doors for the last time after its parent organisation had its budget slashed by the council. SheffieldInformationLink’s drop-in shop on Leopold Street will no longer be able to help families looking for advice on health, education, disability and employment issues. The charity has been running for 24 years and handled nearly 15,000 inquiries each year, helping almost 4,500 families. Its budget for last year was around £700,000, with most of the funding coming from

MIKE RUSSELL News Reporter the city council and a smaller amount provided by Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The services it provides have to be delivered by law and council officers have told SIL that some of their work will be transferred to the authority’s main call centre. Other functions may be stopped completely after September. SIL’s budget has been cut by 29 per cent as the council seeks to save money and has

raised question marks over the entire future of the organisation. Chief executive Sharron Baroudi said her team and customers were devastated at the loss of the drop-in centre. “Our service is highly valued by the city’s families. Our well known location allowed people to access our specialist services when it suited them while they were in the city centre,” she said. “We are being told that frontline services won’t be cut but how much more frontline could you get? “We were here to help with a wide range of expertise that

Police move into district council HQ

Sun shines on summer festival RESIDENTS of Killamarsh put in a massive effort to transform a leisure centre car park into a Caribbean haven for their annual summer festival. On a sweltering hot, sunny day, visitors could have been forgiven for thinking they were visiting Antigua, rather than a town on the Derbyshire border. “It was a marvellous day,” said Margaret Atkins of the Killamarsh Women’s Institute. “The weather brought people out and we really did the Caribbean theme justice. “There was a steel band, belly dancers, Punch and Judy and children’s rides. “It was organised by the parish council who put it on every year for the community. “But with the weather this year it was busier than ever.” Residents browsed stalls organised by local groups and took in the Caribbean entertainment. A raffle was held to raise money for a war memorial in the town, a cause spurred into action after the death of Killamarsh soldier Liam Riley in Afghanistan last year. “We don’t have a proper war memorial in Killamarsh so people have got behind this,” said Margaret.

cannot be found elsewhere; desperate people would come and see us because they knew we would have the answers – where will they go now?” A council spokeswoman said a new phone service was now in place with a face-toface service beginning in September. Julie Bullen, director of customer services for the city council, said: “This is about delivering a better service in the most cost effective way possible. “This is a direct response to what customers have told us about how they want us to deliver services.”

Caribbean theme: RitaGarnett,MurielBurgess,BerniceUpton,MargaretAtkinsandMargaretHerriot.

BOLSOVER residents can report a crime while they are paying their council tax now that police officers have moved into the District Council offices. Sherwood Lodge is now doubling up as a police station as well as council offices in a move aimed at saving money and making bobbies more accessible to members of the public. Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for community safety, Coun Brian MurrayCarr, said: “We are delighted to welcome Bolsover Police into the offices. “It makes sense really to have as many public services as possible in one building so our residents can do the majority of their business in one place. We have a very close working relationship with the police and this move will only improve this further.” Bolsover police station was based on Lime Kiln Fields half a mile out of the town centre - but was said to have been cramped for employees.

Movie day in memory of popular Stan TICKETS are still available for a movie day celebrating a history of Barnsley which will be held in memory of a well-known photographer. Stan Bulmer senior, who was involved in the initial stages of the project, died March this year aged 78. He worked for many years on local newspapers and was described as one of South

ELfIE TaN News Reporter Yorkshire’s best loved and respected former news and wedding photographers. The Barnsley in Film event will be hosted by the Friends of Barnsley Archives and Local Studies at the Parkway Cinema on Eldon Street from

10am on Monday, July 11. The two-hour show is a taster of the extensive footage donated to the Experience Barnsley Museum Archives project. Also showing will be the mining film Black Diamonds, along with other titles spanning a century of change. Tickets cost £2 and are available from the Archives

department on the top floor of the Central Library, Shambles Street. All proceeds go to the Friends of Barnsley, a voluntary group that promotes an awareness of local historical research material available in the Archives and Local Studies department of Barnsley Council, based in the Central Library.

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Glazing firm goes for growth with Lloyds

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progress with its deficit reduction plans before they decide if it can be granted its next loan instalment of eight billion euros (£6.9bn). Meanwhile, investors were awaiting the outcome of this week’s US Fed Reserve meeting, with some analysts expecting further emergency support for the country’s lagging recovery. London’s top flight was driven lower by banking stocks as Royal Bank of Scotland slipped 1.39p to 22.88p and Barclays fell 10.7p to 152.7p.

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Turnover boost: LennartJonsson,rightwithTomRumboll,leftandStevenMcGawn,DirectorofBusinessDevelopmentatLTSBCommercialFinance. ARcHITEcTuRAl curtain walling and window systems manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems is on track to boost its turnover after securing a £6 million funding package from lloyds TSB commercial Finance. The £6 million has enabled the business to develop new window systems for customers and Doncaster-based Senior is now on track to increase its turnover by 15 per cent per cent to £31 million over the next 12 months. It has also enabled the company to rebuild stock levels and bridge the gap between paying suppliers and getting paid itself as the number of building projects it is involved with

City apprentice in retail finals A SEVENTEEN-year-old apprentice from Sheffield has been shortlisted for a Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Award. April Bell, who works at florists Monica F Hewitt, is one of four to reach the finals of the Retail Apprentice of the Year category and says she has enjoyed being able to learn whilst continuing to work. The retail apprentice, who is training at The Source Skills Academy at Meadowhall, said: “I left school earlier and I’ve always felt a bit shy about the skills I have. I was nervous going back to learning, but I’ve loved every minute of it. My confidence has really grown.”

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increased during the past six months. Managing director lennart Jonsson said: “Our products and systems are constantly evolving to fit in with customer’s requirements and the wider sustainability agenda, therefore, to maintain our market-leading position, it’s become increasingly important to ensure we have flexible liquidity which can adapt to the changing conditions. “The working capital facility from lloyds TSB commercial Finance has boosted our cash flow and increased our purchasing

power, giving us greater influence in the market.” Tom Rumboll, business development director at lloyds Bank corporate Markets in Sheffield, set the ball rolling for the funding deal. He said: “Senior Architectural Systems is a company I got to know a few years ago and we have stayed in touch. They have

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a very strong management team who have successfully led the company through the tough economic environment of the last few years and post-recession are in better shape than ever. “We’re pleased to be able to support Senior Architectural Systems as they enter a period of expansion and growth. We worked closely with our colleagues in lTSB commercial Finance to provide the support just when they needed it. I am sure that the company has a very bright future and we are delighted to be part of it.” Senior has been involved in a series of prestigious projects across the uK.

Company drivers keep mobile with the help of new Lex app THE uK’s largest company car and van provider, lex Autolease, has launched a mobile phone app to encourage drivers to report accidents and faults as soon as possible and get them fixed. The company says it takes more than nine days, on average, for drivers or fleet managers to report an incident involving their vehicle – which could result in higher maintenance and repair costs as well as increased unavailability of vehicles and drivers. “Drivers and fleets are quick to report vehicle fire and theft – usually in less than five days but that almost doubles when it comes to standard road traffic ac-

cidents, which account for over 90 per cent of all incidents,” says lex Autolease’s Shaun Perks. The firm’s new app allows drivers to book repairs, order new tyres and replacement windscreens and report accidents using their mobile handset. Shaun Perks says the firm already has more than 16,000 regular users of the desktop computer version of its remote booking service so it knows there is a growing appetite for remote access to online booking and quotation services. The app incorporates accident and repair forms with driver information already filled in.

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Online grocer Ocado revealed a slowdown in sales growth and said its efforts to stem a recent decline in customer service standards would hit profits. The company said earlier this year that more orders

were being delivered late as it struggled to keep up with demand because of capacity constraints. Sales at the grocer rose 16.9% in the 12 weeks to August 7, down from 20.8% in the previous period.

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Shop That’s Still Blossoming After 40 Years - Local Business - Sheffield Telegraph

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Monica Hewitt Florist April Bell.

Published on Friday 9 September 2011 09:00 THEY could be excused for pres-enting themselves with flowers this week. For staff at Monica F Hewitt Florists in Middlewood Road are celebrating 40 years in business and 17-year-old assistant April Bell making the shortlist for the UK Retail Apprentice of the Year. Monica Hewitt, who opened the shop 40 years ago this week, is now semi-retired and her daughter, Helen Murray, who started as a Saturday girl, took over six years ago. Manager Annie Valentine has been part of the team for all but one of those years. April came to the shop, which is opposite Hillsborough Park, on work experience and joined on leaving school. Working under the supervision of The Source at Meadowhall, she is on a shortlist of three for the apprenticeship awards ceremony in London today (Thursday). “She is just such a hard worker and everybody she meet adores her,” said Helen. Photographs from the 40 years are being displayed in the shop and customers are being offered cupcakes to help celebrate the anniversary. Staple business remains weddings and funerals and the florists have kept in bloom despite many other independent businesses drooping. “You have to always keep at it but things are good at the moment,” said Helen. “You try to ignore the doom and gloom around you. “We have been here 40 years and there is no reason why we can’t continue for another 40 years.” News

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April is flowering into the real apprentice star

FORGET April showers - the future’s all about April’s Flowers. Take a bow April Bell a Sheffield teenager who has been named Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year. April, who works at Monica F Hewitt florists in the city, scooped top prize at the Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The 17-year-old of Hillsborough, beat off tough competition to win the title and was awarded her trophy by Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis. Theo said: “Winning the Apprentice of the Year Award is a massive achievement. The competition was of a very high standard and April is a great example of the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and sheer passion required to make it in retail. “April shows every sign of becoming one of tomorrow’s retail leaders and I look forward to seeing her develop her career in what I believe to be the most dynamic and exciting industry.”

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excessive bone growth results in bones becoming weaker, making stress fractures more likely. “A day after admission the situation suddenly changes and there is a marked abnormality of the left leg,” pathologist Dr Roger Start told the Chesterfield inquest.

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A 41-year-old cleaner from Ecclesall Road gives his opinion on the big issues.

Would you live at park hill?

What do you think of the retirement age rising to 67? “In my opinion it should be done on a case-by-case basis. For those who are fitter and who wish to work fair enough. But others may not be so fortunate to have their fitness.”

What really gets up your nose about sheffield

“That’s easy - smokers.They gather in groups outside offices and you can’t walk by without getting a lung full. I think there should be a city-wide ban.” n Have your say by going online at www.thestar.co.uk

Top prize: FloristAprilBellwontheprestigiousApprenticeoftheYearprize.

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OAP, 88, had not fallen before dying in hospital

BONE disease led to the death of an Eckington pensioner two days after his admission to hospital, an inquest heard. Retired forger Harry Dobb went into Chesterfield Royal Hospital with hip pain on January 1, when an X-ray revealed a small stress fracture of a hip bone. The X-ray also showed signs of Paget’s Disease, in which

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“I used to live just behind the flats and it was terrible.The area was a crime hotspot, when I was there even the playgrounds were full of used syringes. I never felt safe. I wouldn’t ever want to live there again, let alone buy a flat at Park Hill.”

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Judges noted April’s passion for floristry and development over her apprenticeship, particularly her confidence and the improvements she had implemented in the shop. April said: “I am so happy and excited I have won - it was completely unexpected. “I love my job and feel I have learnt so much over the course. I left school early and I’ve always felt a bit shy about the skills I have. I was nervous going back to learning, but I’ve loved every minute of it. “My confidence has really grown and the chance to study English and maths using more practical examples and learn about how to run a retail business as well, all whilst working, has been fantastic.” The former Ecclesfield and Yewlands School girl also met a whole host of MPs. “I was lucky enough to have a look around the House of Parliament as a guest of David Blunkett,” she said.

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He said the sizeable fracture had become displaced, shortening the left leg. Mr Dobb, aged 88, of West Street, Eckington, was not believed to have fallen or suffered any injury in hospital, or prior to admission. “The displaced fracture could easily have been sustained by him sitting up in bed or lifting his leg. It’s less likely to happen if you are standing

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LEISURE and retail training centre The Source has launched a new hub which aims to support businesses. Sheffield-based The Source has opened The Source Skills Academy Rotherham to offer advice, guidance and training services to Rotherham businesses to increase skills levels and to support trade in the town centre, attracting new investment whilst supporting individuals into employment and training. Council leader Roger Stone unveiled the facility, which is part of the town’s regeneration strategy. The project is part-funded by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, the Skills Funding Agency and The Source Skills Academy.

Council leader Roger Stone and Source managing director Ann Cadman unveil the new hub.

Coun Stone said: “This new hub is an exciting development for Rotherham. Not only will businesses be able to access free support and guidance but the new site is based right in the heart of Rotherham. “The Source will co-ordinate the new site, with experienced professionals on hand to aid the development of local businesses. I’m sure people will be pleased with what The

Source Skills Academy Rotherham has to offer.” Local businesses can access a range of opportunities, from apprenticeships, supporting staff in the workplace with flexible learning, to various training courses including Mary Portas Masterclasses and customer service courses. The service also links with other Rotherham-based support networks and advisors to offer guidance for all aspects of their business. Ann Cadman, managing director at The Source Skills Academy, said: “The Source was established in 2003 to support businesses across South Yorkshire with training and recruitment guidance and we have come a long way since our initial launch. “We have now opened our brand new site on the High Street that offers dedicated support to Rotherham businesses. This shows excellent growth for The Source Skills Academy and we are keen to work in partnership with Rotherham organisations with the goal of improving business performance and maximising opportunities in this very difficult climate.” The Source Skills Academy Rotherham is fronted by George Elliott who has more than 30 years experience in retail and business. He added: “The Source Skills Academy Rotherham is an exciting new venture designed to encourage staff training and development and connecting the dots between support networks across the region. “We offer complementary help and guidance for Rotherham businesses, supporting them to grow their organisation and up-skill their workforce.”

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Council Leader Roger Stone unveiled the new Source Council Leader Roger Stone and Source Managing Skills Academy Hub on Friday 1st July as part of the Director Ann Cadman, unveil the new hub. town’s regeneration strategy. The project is partfunded by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, the Skills Funding Agency and The Source Skills Academy. Councillor Roger Stone said: “This new Hub is an exciting development for Rotherham. Not only will businesses be able to access free support and guidance, but the new site is based right in the heart of Rotherham. The Source will co-ordinate the new site, with experienced professionals on hand to aid the development of local businesses. I’m sure people will be pleased with what The Source Skills Academy Rotherham has to offer and all will be revealed next week, come down and take a look.” Local businesses can access a range of opportunities, from Apprenticeships, supporting staff in the workplace with flexible learning, to various training courses including Mary Portas Masterclasses and customer service courses. The service also links with other Rotherham-based support networks and advisors to offer a wealth of guidance for all aspects of their business. Ann Cadman, Managing Director at The Source Skills Academy, said: “The Source was established in 2003 to support businesses across South Yorkshire with training and recruitment guidance and we have come a long way since our initial launch. We are now opening a brand new site on the High Street that will offer dedicated support to Rotherham businesses. This shows excellent growth for The Source Skills Academy and we are keen to work in partnership with Rotherham organisations with the goal of improving business performance and maximising opportunities in this very difficult climate.”

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The Source Skills Academy Rotherham is fronted by George Elliott who, with over 30 years experience in retail and business, brings a wealth of knowledge and new ideas to support Rotherham organisations. Leading entrepreneur Theo Paphitis has also hailed him as “an inspiration to the industry and a great example of the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and sheer passion required to make it in retail.” George said: “The Source Skills Academy Rotherham is an exciting new venture designed to encourage staff training and development and connecting the dots between support networks across the region. We offer complementary help and guidance for Rotherham businesses, supporting them to grow their organisation and up-skill their workforce.” Of almost 200 businesses in Rotherham who have benefited from the centre's guidance, 86 per cent have recorded an increase in profitability and from 1st July local businesses can take full advantage of the services on offer.

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It's a joint project by Sheffield Showcase, Source Skills Academy, Sheffield City Council and the Skills Funding Agency. The shop also hopes to raise a lot of money for different charities in the city and will allow the public to nominate their favourite charity every 3 months. The first charity will be Autism Plus.

Council Leader, Julie Dore, opened the shop and said; "..I think it's an absolutely fantastic scheme. It's not just because, obviously it's filling up empty shops, because we all know no one likes to see empty shops, particularly in a fastastic city centre like we've got in Sheffield, but it's also that the work they do with young people and enabling young people to learn, to gain experience and work with the best designers, artists, retailers and it's sort of that mix what it covers both angles - it's filling empty shops but it's also working with young people.....we've all got favourite charities...the fact that you're choosing different charities, I just think it's a fantastic idea..."

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First in Best Dressed, based on Cambridge Street, is a brand new charity shop that aims to develop apprentices by giving them practical experience of running a business as well as raising money for local charities. A number of charities will each gain for three months from the shop’s profits and Autism Plus will be the charity to benefit during the first quarter. First In Best Dressed is

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looking for charity nominations for the next two years from the residents of Sheffield, so please get in touch with your suggestions (contact details below). Council Leader and supporter of the project, Julie Dore unveiled First in Best Dressed on Friday (9th September). The project is supported by Sheffield City Council, the Skills Funding Agency and The Source Skills Academy. Julie Dore said: “This is an excellent project, supporting local charities, young people and revitalising an empty unit in the city centre. By donating your unwanted items, you are providing the fuel to develop young people and raising vital funds for local charities. I’m sure people will be pleased with what First In Best Dressed has to offer; come down and take a look!” Ann Cadman, Managing Director at The Source Skills Academy, said: “First In Best Dressed is an exciting new charity shop that not only supports local charities, but gives young people the opportunity to gain practical experience in a retail environment. The Sheffield Showcase has proved extremely successful for both the students and local retailers and we don’t doubt First In Best Dressed will follow suit!” Typrint Ltd’s involvement in getting the charity shop up and running by providing all the print material from kimble tickets, to labels and posters has ensured that the new charity shop ‘First In Best Dressed’ is as professional as the next shop on the high street.

To donate to this worthy cause, you can drop your goods into any of The Source Skills Academies or to the First In Best Dressed Charity Shop: Meadowhall: 300 Meadowhall Way, Sheffield, S9 1EA Sheffield: 2 Surrey Place, Sheffield, S1 2LP Rotherham: 15 High Street, Rotherham, S60 1PT First in Best Dressed - 60 Cambridge Street, Sheffield, S1 4HP. Phone: 07747 314 309 Email: david.webber@thesourceacademy.co.uk.

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Date: 06/09/2011. Story submitted by: EmmaLF The Source skills academy are making changes to the way they work in order to help the environment.

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The Source, located next to Meadowhall shopping centre, have taken advice from their employees and customers and are making changes such as installing light sensors.

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As of July 25th, businesses can access a 50% contribution towards an exclusive programme designed by Retail Expert and TV host Mary Portas – ‘The Mary Portas guide to successful retailing – An inspirational programme for shop owners/managers’ Developed in conjunction with Skillsmart Retail and delivered exclusively through the National Skills Academy for Retail’s skills shops, the Retail Masterclasses will offer an insight into improving retail businesses and include Mary’s advice on essential elements including visual merchandising, marketing, buying, finance and the all-important vision for your store. Each

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The Source Skills Academy has secured new funding to support businesses and sole tr... Page 2 of 2 module has an invaluable set of ‘Mary’s Top Tips’ creating a toolkit of hints and tips to improve the performance of any retail business. The Source can now offer each Masterclass for just £100 + VAT per individual. The offer is available exclusively to businesses and sole traders in Yorkshire and the Humber with 250 staff or less, giving business owners and managers essential knowledge to help run a successful business. Paula Windle, Masterclass Trainer, said: “This is a great opportunity for business owners and managers to get expert advice to grow and develop their business at a reduced cost. Normally £200 + VAT per masterclass, the 50% reduction makes the training accessible for small businesses and it really is an offer too good to miss.” This programme is supported by The Skills Enhancement Fund which is co-financed by The Skills Funding Agency through the European Social Fund and funded by Yorkshire Forward. To take advantage of the offer, call Paula Windle on 0114 263 5657 or email paula.windle@thesourceacademy.co.uk. ShareThis

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to Sheffield and its communities, by investing in its creativity and innovation. The trust’s donation will be invested directly in student activities and services. The building itself recently housed exhibits from the university’s acclaimed Creative Spark exhibition, and includes two galleries which are open to the public, providing real benefits for both students and residents alike. The Cantor family began trading in 1920 and their famous furniture division opened its first store in Sheffield in 1927.

New name: FurnivalBuilding from there the company expanded, opening stores across the UK and at its height, the firm operated over 100 shops.

unveiled: CouncilleaderJulieDoreopensFirstIn–BestDressedwhichwillgiveapprenticesexperienceofrunningabusiness. The store is supporting a particular charity for three months at a time, starting with Autism Plus. Sheffield Council leader, Coun Julie Dore, who opened the store, said: “This is an excellent project, supporting local charities, young people and revitalising an empty unit in the city

centre. By donating your unwanted items, you are providing the fuel to develop young people and raising vital funds for charities.” The shop, created in one of the units emptied for the Sevenstone new retail quarter, will be open for at least the next two years until the major project goes ahead.

Ann Cadman, managing director at The Source Skills Academy, which trains retail staff and has created the store, said: “This is an exciting new charity shop that not only supports local charities, but gives young people the opportunity to gain practical experience in a retail environment.”

Nearly 17,000 register using new e-voter scheme A SOUTh Yorkshire council has been praised for a programme which helps voters register. Almost 17,000 households have registered with the e-voter scheme

in Barnsley since its launch in mid-August. Most households simply need to confirm the information printed on their electoral registration forms is still correct, by phone,

internet or text. deputy leader Coun Jim Andrews said: “it is clear Barnsley people have taken the message on board and are using the various e-options to make sure they

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lily Cantor will officially rename the building on Thursday, October 6. her daughter dianne Jeffrey CBe dl, is married to former chair of the University’s Board of Governors, Nick Jeffrey, who said: “The Cantor family and Sheffield hallam have a strong bond around creativity and innovation in design” hallam’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Jones said: “i would like to thank the h and l Cantor Trust for their generous donation to the university, and am delighted to have the opportunity to rename one of our most important buildings after one of Sheffield’s most famous families.”

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It may be “Made in Liverpool,” but the reality is its come from Sheffield. the new “Made in Liverpool” marketing campaign, developed to promote the city’s museums, is the brainchild of Sheffield-based brand and communications agency Uber. the launch of the campaign, developed for National Museums Liverpool, coincides with the opening of Merseyside’s latest visitor attraction, the Museum of Liverpool, which is claimed to be the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city. Uber has won the praises of National Museums Liverpool director of marketing and communications tracey McGeagh. She said: “We selected Uber for their clever interpretation of the design brief. It was clear they really understood the essence of what the Museum stands for and captured its distinctive personality in their submission.”

How to gain customers bUSINeSS Link Yorkshire is staging a free seminar in Sheffield to help South Yorkshire firms retain and gain customers. the business advice organisation says small and medium sized enterprises can learn a lot from the mistakes of bigger organisations, including banks like Santander, which recently announced it was bring call centres back to the UK from India in a bid to reduce customer complaints. It says 68 per cent of customers are lost because of bad service and especially the attitude of staff. to make matters worse, for every customer that complains, there are 24 who are dissatisfied with the service they receive and six of those are experiencing serious problems. Speaking at the Sheffield seminar at Kenwood hall on Wednesday, July 20 will be Michael astrop, a customer care expert with over 30 years marketing experience. For more information, contact business Link Yorkshire, tel: 08456 048 048.



Comparison website hires communications agency LeaDING comparison website moneysupermarket.com has turned to Sheffield brand communications agency We are to help it recruit the people it needs. Velocity house-based We are was called in to develop an “employer

brand” that would promote the “personality and values” of the moneysupermarket business, increase the number of direct applicants the firm gets from people wanting jobs and cut recruitment costs. We are’s managing director andy

Weir said: “It was a great brief for us to work from. “Moneysupermarket.com are market leaders within their industry which presented a fantastic opportunity to create something really bold.”

We are was launched a year ago by Mr Weir, who formerly worked for DKPM and Dig For Fire and includes among its clients air transport industry It and telecommunication SIta, Ideal bathrooms and expedition organiser Jagged Globe.

Source launches new training hub bob rAe business editor MeaDOWhaLL-baSeD training organisation, the Source Skills academy, has launched a new skills academy in Rotherham. the Source Skills academy Rotherham will offer training services to Rotherham businesses designed to increase skills levels, support trade in the town centre and attract new investment. the high Street-based academy will also develop links with business support networks and advisors in the town. Council leader Roger Stone said: “this new hub is an exciting development for Rotherham. Not only will businesses be able to access free support and guidance, but the new site is based right in the heart of Rotherham.” ann Cadman, managing director of the Source, said: “the Source was established in 2003 to support businesses across South Yorkshire with training and recruitment guidance and we have come a long way since our initial launch. “this is a very exciting development for the Source Skills academy and we are keen to work in partnership with Rotherham organisations with the goal of improving business performance and maximising opportunities in this very difficult climate.” the Source Skills academy Rotherham will be led by George elliott who more than 30 years experience business and in retail, in particular. n ann Cadman has won the

Ann Cadman: RecognisedattheannualBritishLandAwards,winningtheOutstandingCommunityContributionAward. Outstanding Community Contribution award at the annual british Land awards. the Source’s managing director won the award in recognition of the support the Source has given the local community since 2003.

She said: “the award was a fantastic surprise and I am very proud to have been recognised alongside so many talented individuals. “Our business has seen a great deal of growth in the past few years and it is down

Administration rate falls 18% the number of manufacturers going into administration in the first quarter of this year declined by 18 per cent to 86 compared with 105 in the same period last year, according to research by Deloitte, the business advisory firm. David Raistrick, UK manufacturing industry leader based at Deloitte in Leeds, said: “the manufacturing sector has shown positive signs of recovery over the

past 12 months and this reflects a healthier industry. Orders picked up throughout last year, driven by a recovery in end demand. “the 20 per cent decline in sterling against the euro has undoubtedly helped to give a much needed boost to exports in the sector. “there were fewer administrations in this sector in 2010 than in any of the previous three years. “this trend is encourag-

ing but the Q1 2011 figures lend a note of caution to this optimism. the number of administrations in Q1 2011 is higher than the previous three quarters in 2010 possibly indicating that demand is softening. “this, combined with recent data on purchase orders is less encouraging, and we cannot preclude a further rebound in these figures if the recovery in demand is not sustained.”

to the hard work and dedication of our team that we have been incredibly successful in our community activities. this award means a great deal to me and the Source.” the british Land awards were established to recognise

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Published on Thursday 7 July 2011 10:04 A JOBS fair at The Source near Meadowhall in Sheffield tonight is offering paid apprenticeships to young people. Employers in the fields of business administration, customer service, hospitality, warehousing, engineering, motor mechanics, hair and beauty and construction will be at The Source Skills Academy’s Open Evening. They will be looking for young people aged 16 and above who are enthusiastic and eager to learn. Steve Hinchliffe, recruitment manager from the SSA, said: “If you are interested in earning whilst you learn, an Apprenticeship could be the route for you.” Those interested are encouraged to bring copies of their CV and their parents to The Source Skills Academy, 300 Meadowhall Way, Sheffield, between 6pm and 8pm.

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Stars of Retail – Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards The stars of retail were celebrated last night at Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The cream of retail talent from across the UK came together for the annual awards ceremony, with star guest Theo Paphitis, to find out who would be named the best talent in retail. The prestigious annual awards, organised by Retail Week and sponsored by Skillsmart Retail, celebrate all areas of retail, from the shop-floor to head office, and the individuals

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• Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year April Bell, Monica F. Hewitt Florists, Sheffield • Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year – Highly Commended Abbey Fenton, Funky Viking, Eastbourne • National Skills Academy for Retail Learner of the Year Karolina Sulinska, Superdrug, Tilbury, Essex • National Skills Academy for Retail Trainer of the Year Marcus Pescod, Central South East Skills Shop, Brighton • National Skills Academy for Retail Ambassador of the Year Suzanne Burnett, Marks & Spencer, London Skillsmart Retail Patron and Apprentice Champion, Chairman of Ryman and Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis said: “I congratulate all of the finalists in the Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards. These people are an inspiration to the industry and are great examples of the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and sheer passion required to make it in retail. “They show every sign of becoming tomorrow’s leaders and I look forward to seeing them develop their careers in what I believe to be the most dynamic and exciting industry.” Anne Seaman, Chief Executive of Skillsmart Retail said: “Well done to all the winners and finalists. They are an asset to the UK retail industry and I am sure they will all do extremely well in their future careers“These awards are an excellent way to celebrate the breadth of skills in retail. They recognise those individuals and teams who not only work hard, but make a real difference to the companies they work for.”

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Two apprentices from The Source Skills Academy, Sheffield, have won awards at the Skillsmart Retail Rising Star Awards. Apprentice of the Year April Bell, and HR Professional of the Year Laura Guest celebrated their wins at the prestigious Awards.

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Top Categories Apprentices April Bell, an Intermediate Level apprentice with The Source Skills Academy, won the Apprentice of the Year award and Laura Guest an Advanced Level apprentice was recognised as the HR Professional of the Year at the Awards, held at London’s glitzy Grosvenor House Hotel on 9th September. April and Laura who work at Monica F Hewitt Florists Hillsborough, and House of Fraser Meadowhall respectively, triumphed over stiff competition at the award ceremony. The Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards are designed to recognise the best talent in all areas of retail, from star apprentices to top-notch marketeers and buyers, all demonstrating outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative in their roles – singling them out as the ones to watch for the future. Dragon's Den star and retail heavyweight, Theo Paphitis, helped open the show with a speech that kept the crowd entertained. He once again praised all the rising stars in retail and commended the retail sector as a whole with how they have dealt with trading conditions over the last year. Comedian Russell Kane later entertained around 500 of the sector's rising stars, with the celebrations lasting until the early hours.

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With just over three weeks until the entry deadline for one of the region’s leading business award ceremonies, The Source have encouraged South Yorkshire companies to bid for success after enjoying glory last year. The Source were honoured with the much-coveted Business of the Year Award at the 2010 Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards and businesses have until Friday 23 September to submit their entry for the 2011 ceremony, which takes place at Rotherham’s Magna Centre on Friday 21 October. There are 10 prestigious prizes available, plus the Business of the Year trophy which The Source claimed last time out. Companies can download a Business Awards entry form by clicking the following link Entry Form (650 Kb). Detailed award category information can be downloaded via the following link Business Awards Categories 2011 (2.4 Mb) Ann Cadman (pictured receiving the 2010 Business of the Year award), Director of The Source Skills Academy said: “The Source was incredibly proud to be awarded Business of the Year at the 2010 Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards. We had worked hard to reach out to a wider audience in the region and the awards achievement demonstrated our successes. “The Source received an incredible amount of press following the awards which boosted our profile further in the local community. This was beneficial for us as shortly after the awards we launched our new hub – The Source Skills Academy Rotherham. “The event brought together key figures from across Barnsley and Rotherham who recognised us as Business of the Year which made us very proud. I would certainly recommend entering the awards to benefit from the excellent recognition you receive as a shortlisted or winning business.” Entries are being accepted in the following categories: • • • • • • • • • • •

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National Skills Academy for Retail Trainer of the Year Winner: Marcus Pescod - Central South East “Marcus is clearly passionate about training and consistently delivers dynamic sessions which exceed delegates’ expectations.” Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars judges. National Skills Academy for Retail Ambassador of the Year Winner: Suzanne Burnett, Marks & Spencer “Suzanne’s passion, drive and commitment to the Retail Ambassador Programme has benefited hundreds of students, inspiring many to consider a career in retail.” Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars judges. Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year Winner: April Bell – Monica F Hewitt Florist Limited, The Source “Over her Apprenticeship, April has shown enthusiasm to learn and self-belief to share her ideas. Her ambition and ability will see her go far in retail.” Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars judges. Highly commended Abbey Fenton – The Funky Viking Ltd “Abbey has demonstrated her confidence, imagination and knowledge by coming up with innovative and workable improvements to the business.” Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars judges. The events team is looking forward to an action packed autumn of back-toback events, including next week’s Mary Portas guide to successful retailing annual conference, followed by a glitzy drinks reception for competition and scholarship winners. The Employer Conference draws ever closer and we’ve been chasing up high profile retailers to ensure this is the best attended event ever. The team has also been working hard to deliver an event to celebrate the launch of the National Skills Academy for Retail in Wales which has meant lots of liaising with the Welsh Assembly. Best wishes Ja n e Posted By SkillSmart Admin at 05:08 PM | Comments (0)

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The Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards 2011 celebrated the best of the best talent in all areas of retail. Organised by Retail Week and sponsored by Skillsmart Retail, the awards recognised the individuals who have demonstrated outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative in their roles – singling them out as the ones to watch for the future. The cream of retail talent from across the UK came together for the annual awards ceremony, with star guest Theo Paphitis, on 8 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Almost 80 people and teams from a range of businesses and skills shops battled it out in 17 categories, hoping to get their hands on the much sought after trophies. The winners in the Skillsmart Retail and National Skills Academy for Retail categories were:  Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year

April Bell, Monica F. Hewitt Florists, Sheffield  Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year – Highly Commended

Abbey Fenton, Funky Viking, Eastbourne  National Skills Academy for Retail Learner of the Year

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Marcus Pescod, Central South East Skills Shop, Brighton  National Skills Academy for Retail Ambassador of the Year

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Rising stars of retail shine at awards night 09/09/2011 After a summer of retail rocked by rioting, wet weather, consumer caution and sliding sales a night celebrating what is good in retail was well needed. Retail Week’s Rising Star Awards aim to do just that. Unlike the magazine’s flagship annual and hugely successful Retail Week Awards the Rising Star Awards celebrate not the legends of today but, as the name aptly describes, the talent of tomorrow. Held last night at the Grosvenor in London’s Park Lane the awards recognised the rising stars in 17 categories overall – from best area manager to Retail Week’s overall Rising star of the year. But as Dragon’s Den star and retail guru Theo Paphitis, guest speaker for the evening said in his opening speech it wasn’t just the winners of the night who should be celebrating what they had done. “For all of you here today you are the cream of the crop and the leaders of tomorrow. Just being here is an achievement,” he said. And quoting a line from his favourite TV show — not Dragon’s Den – he said the talent in the room had much to look forward to. “Thirty years ago tonight was the first episode of my favourite TV programme – Only Fools and Horses. So in the words of the biggest trader of all – enjoy tonight. This time next year you could be millionaires.” Paphitis may have been joking of course but as an entrepreneur himself he more than most will recognise the truth of such words. The individuals recognised and indeed shortlisted for awards such as those held by Retail Week last night all demonstrate a similar trait which retail so desperately needs in the current climate – the passion and drive to succeed and be successful. If such rising stars can shine in times such as these they will be much sought after and it could well be that in amongst those rising stars are some Theos of the future who will deliver the new concepts and retail models that will ensure

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that the retail industry moves forward. And for a retail market that thrives on innovation and with things such as the Portas review demanding change on Britain’s high streets and beyond that innovation can only be a good thing.

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The Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards 2011 took place yesterday (Thursday 8 September) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Organised by Retail Week and sponsored by Skillsmart Retail, the annual awards celebrate all areas of retail, from the shop floor to head office, and the individuals who demonstrate outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative in their roles. Winners in the Skillsmart Retail and National Skills Academy for Retail categories included April Bell of Monica F. Hewitt Florists in Sheffield for the Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year category and Suzanne Burnett of Marks & Spencer in London for the National Skills Academy for Retail Ambassador of the Year category. Skillsmart Retail Patron and Apprentice Champion, and Dragonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Den star Theo Paphitis commented: 'I congratulate all of the finalists in the Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards. These people are an inspiration to the industry and are great examples of the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and sheer passion required to make it in retail.' Anne Seaman, chief executive of Skillsmart Retail, added: 'These awards are an excellent way to celebrate the breadth of skills in retail. They recognise those individuals and teams who not only work hard, but make a real difference to the companies they work for. 'Well done to all the winners and finalists. They are an asset to the UK retail industry and I am sure they will all do extremely well in their future careers.' The winners in the Skillsmart Retail and National Skills Academy for Retail categories were: Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year - April Bell, Monica F. Hewitt Florists, Sheffield Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Highly Commended - Abbey Fenton, Funky Viking, Eastbourne National Skills Academy for Retail Learner of the Year - Karolina Sulinska, Superdrug, Tilbury, Essex National Skills Academy for Retail Trainer of the Year - Marcus Pescod, Central South East Skills Shop, Brighton National Skills Academy for Retail Ambassador of the Year - Suzanne Burnett, Marks & Spencer, London < Prev

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In pictures: Retail Week Rising Stars Awards 2011 September 9 2011 Last night’s Retail Week Rising Stars awards showcased the brightest and best of upcoming talent in the industry. Industry veteran Theo Paphitis was on hand to congratulate the winners, and comedian Russell Kane provided entertainment.

BUYER/ MERCHANDI SER OF THE YEAR Category Winner - Alex Ball, Boots Also nominated: Minwei Deng, Clarks Sarah Hodges, Clinton Cards Sarah Smith, The Disney Store Geraldine McIvor, Henderson Retail

ONLI NE TEAM/ I NDI VI DUAL OF THE YEAR Category Winner - Joanna Robb, B&Q Also nominated: Rachel Horsefield, Boots Jodie Bennett, The Disney Store Lou Ashton, New Look Sainsbury’s, Beckton Store online department

STORE SUPPORT MANAGER OF THE YEAR Category Winner - Kate Barrett, Sainsbury’s Also nominated: Oliver Warner, Boots Katie Donohoe,The Carphone Warehouse Ireland Danny Greaves, Countrywide Matthew Woodward, Topshop Topman

AREA MANAGER OF THE YEAR Category Winner - Paul Cooney, I celand Also nominated: Tom Rickett, Clarks Kam Birk, The Carphone Warehouse Craig Ash, Topshop Topman

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MARKETI NG PROFESSI ONAL OF THE YEAR Category Winner - Sophie Heap, Co-operative Also nominated: Max Sydenham, Buyagift Naomi Hansford, Clarks Nicola Fox, Holland & Barrett Lewis Hamilton, Topman

HR/ TRAI NI NG PROFESSI ONAL OF THE YEAR Category Winner - Laura Guest, House of Fraser Also nominated: Sophie Hosier, Debenhams Joanna Hulcoop, The Disney Store Niall Dobson, Sainsburyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

HEAD OFFI CE SUPPORT TEAM OF THE YEAR Category Winner - Topshop Topman, Retail Operations Team Also nominated: Argos, Shrinkage and Compliance Team Debenhams, RetailOperations Support Iceland, Corporate Audit Team

CUSTOMER SERVI CE I NDI VI DUAL/ TEAM OF THE YEAR Category Winner - Schuh Customer service team Also nominated: A Suit that Fits, Customer Support Team Clarks - Leap! Customer service team The H Samuel Dewsbury Customer Service Team

STORE MANAGER OF THE YEAR: MI DLANDS, WALES & SOUTH WEST Category Winner - Amanda Allan, Debenhams Also nominated: Jonathan Hancock, Bhs Amanda Daly, Body Shop Orladh Seddon, Karen Millen Darren Dodd, Signet Alan Fripp, Topshop Topman

STORE MANAGER OF THE YEAR: NORTH OF ENGLAND Category Winner - Robert Donlan, Clarks Also nominated:

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Wes Bowie, BrightHouse Kevin Richards, Iceland Kris Waterson, Republic Phil Butterfield, Sainsbury’s

STORE MANAGER OF THE YEAR: SCOTLAND & I RELAND Category Winner - Rebecca Carman,The Carphone Warehouse I reland Also nominated: Fiona Smith, Bhs Micha Solana, Blackwell’s John Lockhart, Sainsbury’s

STORE MANAGER OF THE YEAR: SOUTH EAST AND EAST ANGLI A Category Winner - Khadijah Chaoui, Topshop Topman Also nominated: Laurie Casson, Debenhams Phil Willmott, Sainsbury’s Melissa Chowdhury, Signet Dillon Heffernan, Iceland

SKI LLSMART RETAI L APPRENTI CE OF THE YEAR Category Winner - April Bell, Monica F Hew itt Florist Also nominated: Abbey Fenton, The Funky Viking Nicholas Allen, Wickes Fiona Tillson, Wickes

NATI ONAL SKI LLS ACADEMY FOR RETAI L LEARNER OF THE YEAR Category Winner - Karolina Sulinska, Lakeside Training Centre Also nominated: Janette Susan, The Learning Shop, Bluewater Aaron Naylor, Llandrillo Retail Skills Shop

NATI ONAL SKI LLS ACADEMY FOR RETAI L TRAI NER OF THE YEAR Category Winner - Marcus Pescod, Central South East Also nominated: Helen Hodgkinson, Llandrillo Retail Skills Shop Helen Crossley, Preston Skills Shop

NATI ONAL SKI LLS ACADEMYFOR RETAI L AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR Category Winner - Suzanne Burnett, Marks & Spencer

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Currently based at Meadowhall and Voted Business of the Year at the Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards in October 2010, The Source is keen to expand its operation with a permanent base in Rotherham on High Street, allowing easy access for both businesses and individualslooking for help. The Rotherham Skills Academy is a new venture designed to offer advice, guidance and training services to Rotherham businesses, to increase skills levels and to support trade in the town centre, thereby attracting new investment. Ann Cadman, Director of The Source Skills Academy understands the relevance of this expansion, “It is very important to us opening our ‘hub’ in Rotherham, we want to develop more business within the town so that we cement in people’s minds that local towns are important places in which growth will happen.” Rotherham businesses seeking guidance already have the expertise of George Elliott to call upon. George is the National Skills Academy’s ‘Retail Trainer of the Year 2010’ and is fronting The Rotherham Skills Academy. With over 30 years experience in retail and business, he brings a wealth of knowledge and new ideas to support Rotherham organisations. George said: “The Rotherham Skills Academy is an exciting new project designed to encourage staff training and development and connect the dots between support networks across the region. We offer complementary help and guidance for Rotherham businesses, pointing them in the right direction for a whole host of training opportunities and finding the perfect solutions for their business.” “The old adage is that the proof of the pudding is in the eating and working with The Source has certainly left businesses hungry for more. Of almost 200 businesses in Rotherham who have benefited from the centre’s guidance, 86 per cent have recorded an increase in profitability. The whole operation benefits when business owners improve their skills, so training and development is key to improvement and can be tailored to meet individual requirements. The training ranges from apprenticeships at entry level, to supervisory and management and we are already experiencing great success with apprenticeships, particularly in Rotherham.” “The Source Skills Academy’s vision is to be South Yorkshire’s leading training academy and the Rotherham arm will only strengthen the reach to achieve this goal. “ www.rotherham-enterprise.org/Start-Up/The-Source-at-Meadowhall

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The Source Skills Academy’s ZaraLouise competes amongst the best at Miss Earth. Zara-Louise Gold-Manyou (22) made it to the national finals of Miss Earth, held in Birmingham this week. The aim of the pageant is to choose a candidate to actively promote the preservation of the environment. On the night the judges were particularly impressed with her commitment to environmental campaigns and also paid close attention to the unique style of the dresses worn on the night. Zara-Louise, who works at The Source Skills Academy, Sheffield said: “The competition was amazing. I felt proud to represent Sheffield people and their positive contributions towards the environment. I was ecstatic when the judges commented on my environmental projects and on the dresses I wore on the night. “ The dresses are the brainchild of local fashion designer Kerry Potts who is soon to open her retail store, Leather n Lime in Hillsborough. Dress Sponsor Kerry Potts said “It was great to see my handy work up on the stage. We only make ‘one off’ outfits for our customers and I think that’s why the judges felt the dress was unique. Zara was one of our Facebook customers and when she asked us to sponsor her I jumped at the chance. Being a local company it was fantastic to gain recognition for our work in a national competition.” Prior to the competition Zara-Louise raised environmental awareness in local schools and communities and this year has raised over £1500 for local charities. Zara made it through to the final stage of the competition however missed out on the prestigious Miss Earth Crown. The overall winner of Miss Earth will be an ambassador for environmental protection campaigns worldwide.

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April, a trainee from The Source Skills Academy at Meadowhall, said: “I love my job and feel I have learnt so much over the course. I left school earlier and I’ve always felt a bit shy about the skills I have. I was nervous going back to learning but I’ve loved every minute of it.” City MP and former Education Secretary David Blunkett paid tribute to April and the shop. “I just wish that we could replicate the experience of April and the commitment of Monica F Hewitt across the country, and we would transform the lives of young people and the contribution that businesses can make to the wellbeing of us all!” All rights reserved © 2011 Johnston Publishing Ltd.

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The stars of retail were celebrated last night at Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The cream of retail talent from across the UK came together for the annual awards ceremony, with star guest Theo Paphitis, to find out who would be named the best talent in retail. The prestigious annual awards, organised by Retail Week and sponsored by Skillsmart Retail, celebrate all areas of retail, from the shop-floor to head office, and the individuals who demonstrate outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative in their roles – singling them out as the ones to watch for the future. Almost 80 people and teams from a range of businesses and skills shops across the country battled it out in 17 categories, hoping to get their hands on one of the much sought after trophies.

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April Bell, Monica F. Hewitt Florists, Sheffield

 Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year – Highly

Commended Abbey Fenton, Funky Viking, Eastbourne

 National Skills Academy for Retail Learner of the Year

Karolina Sulinska, Superdrug, Tilbury, Essex

 National Skills Academy for Retail Trainer of the Year

Marcus Pescod, Central South East Skills Shop, Brighton  National Skills Academy for Retail Ambassador of the Year Suzanne Burnett, Marks & Spencer, London Skillsmart Retail Patron and Apprentice Champion, Chairman of Ryman and Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis said: “I congratulate all of the finalists in the Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards. These people are an inspiration to the industry and are great examples of the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and sheer passion required to make it in retail. “They show every sign of becoming tomorrow’s leaders and I look forward to seeing them develop their careers in what I believe to be the most dynamic and exciting industry.” Anne Seaman, Chief Executive of Skillsmart Retail said: “Well done to all the winners and finalists. They are an asset to the UK retail industry and I am sure they will all do extremely well in their future careers. “These awards are an excellent way to celebrate the breadth of skills in retail. They recognise those individuals and teams who not only work hard, but make a real difference to the companies they work for.”

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Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards The Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards 2011 celebrated the best of the best talent in all areas of retail. Organised by Retail Week and sponsored by Skillsmart Retail, the awards recognised the individuals who have demonstrated outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative in their roles – singling them out as the ones to watch for the future.

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The cream of retail talent from across the UK came together for the annual awards ceremony, with star guest Theo Paphitis, on 8 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Almost 80 people and teams from a range of businesses and skills shops battled it out in 17 categories, hoping to get their hands on the much sought after trophies. The winners in the Skillsmart Retail and National Skills Academy for Retail categories were:  Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year

April Bell, Monica F. Hewitt Florists, Sheffield  Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year – Highly Commended

Abbey Fenton, Funky Viking, Eastbourne  National Skills Academy for Retail Learner of the Year

Karolina Sulinska, Superdrug, Tilbury, Essex  National Skills Academy for Retail Trainer of the Year

Marcus Pescod, Central South East Skills Shop, Brighton  National Skills Academy for Retail Ambassador of the Year

Suzanne Burnett, Marks & Spencer, London

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Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards announces winners

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Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards announces winners 12 September 2011 The stars of retail were recently celebrated at Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars A wards, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The cream of retail talent from across the UK came together for the annual awards ceremony, with star guest Theo Paphitis, to find out who would be named the best talent in retail. The annual awards, sponsored by Skillsmart Retail, celebrate all areas of retail, from the shop-floor to head office, and the individuals who demonstrate outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative in their roles – singling them out as the ones to watch for the future. Almost 80 people and teams from a range of businesses and skills shops across the country battled it out in 17 categories, hoping to get their hands on one of the much sought after trophies. The winners in the Skillsmart Retail and National Skills Academy for Retail categories were: • Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year April Bell, Monica F. Hewitt Florists, Sheffield • Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year – Highly Commended Abbey Fenton, Funky Viking, Eastbourne • National Skills Academy for Retail Learner of the Year Karolina Sulinska, Superdrug, Tilbury, Essex • National Skills Academy for Retail Trainer of the Year Marcus Pescod, Central South East Skills Shop, Brighton • National Skills Academy for Retail Ambassador of the Year Suzanne Burnett, Marks & Spencer, London Chairman of Ryman and Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis, said: “I congratulate all of the finalists in the Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards. These people are an inspiration to the industry and are great examples of the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and sheer passion required to make it in retail. “They show every sign of becoming tomorrow’s leaders and I look forward to seeing them develop their careers in what I believe to be the most dynamic and exciting industry.” Anne Seaman, Chief Executive of Skillsmart Retail said: “Well done to all the winners and finalists. They are an asset to the UK retail industry and I am sure they will all do extremely well in their future careers. “These awards are an excellent way to celebrate the breadth of skills in retail. They recognise those individuals and teams who not only work hard, but make a real difference to the companies they work for.” Source: Skillsmart Retail Filed Under: Industry News, NewsTagged With: Grosvenor House, marks & spencer, Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards

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The prestigious annual awards, organised by Retail Week and sponsored by Skillsmart Retail, celebrate all areas of retail, from the shop-floor to head office, and the individuals who demonstrate outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative in their roles - singling them out as the ones to watch for the future.

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Almost 80 people and teams from a range of businesses and skills shops across the country battled it out in 17 categories, hoping to get their hands on one of the much sought after trophies.

The winners in the Skillsmart Retail and National Skills Academy for Retail categories were: Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year: April Bell, Monica F. Hewitt Florists, Sheffield Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year - Highly Commended: Abbey Fenton, Funky Viking, Eastbourne National Skills Academy for Retail Learner of the Year: Karolina Sulinska, Superdrug, Tilbury, Essex National Skills Academy for Retail Trainer of the Year: Marcus Pescod, Central South East Skills Shop, Brighton National Skills Academy for Retail Ambassador of the Year: Suzanne Burnett, Marks & Spencer, London

Skillsmart Retail Patron and Apprentice Champion, chairman of Ryman and Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis said: "I congratulate all of the finalists in the Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards. These people are an inspiration to the industry and are great examples of the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and sheer passion required to make it in retail.

"They show every sign of becoming tomorrow's leaders and I look forward to seeing them develop their careers in what I believe to be the most dynamic and exciting industry." Anne Seaman, chief executive of Skillsmart Retail added: "Well done to all the winners and

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Skillsmart Retail Rising Star Awards. Apprentice of the Year April Bell, and HR Professional of the Year Laura Guest celebrated their wins at the prestigious Awards.

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April Bell, an apprentice with The Source Skills Academy, won the Apprentice of the Year award and Laura Guest was recognised as the HR Professional of the Year at the Awards, held at London's glitzy Grosvenor House Hotel on 9th September.

April and Laura who work at Monica F Hewitt Florists Hillsborough, and House of Fraser Meadowhall respectively, triumphed over stiff competition at the award ceremony. The Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards are designed to recognise the best talent in all areas of retail, from star apprentices to top-notch marketeers and buyers, all demonstrating outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative in their roles - singling them out as the ones to watch for the future.

Dragon's Den star and retail heavyweight, Theo Paphitis, helped open the show with a speech that kept the crowd entertained. He once again praised all the rising stars in retail and commended the retail sector as a whole with how they have dealt with trading conditions over the last year. Comedian Russell Kane later entertained around 500 of the sector's rising stars, with the celebrations lasting until the early hours.

With a record number of entries, this year the judges found it harder than ever to reach their final decisions, so congratulations to all who were successful.

The Source Skills Academy managing director Ann Cadman said: "The prestigious awards are fantastic recognition for our learners. April and Laura are worthy winners, demonstrating retail

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Published on Tuesday 20 September 2011 08:46 A SEVENTEEN-year-old apprentice from Sheffield has been shortlisted for a Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Award. April Bell, who works at florists Monica F Hewitt, is one of four to reach the finals of the Retail Apprentice of the Year category and says she has enjoyed being able to learn whilst continuing to work. The retail apprentice, who is training at The Source Skills Academy at Meadowhall, said: “I left school earlier and I’ve always felt a bit shy about the skills I have. I was nervous going back to learning, but I’ve loved every minute of it. My confidence has really grown.” News

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Published on Tuesday 13 September 2011 07:53 FORGET April showers - the future’s all about April’s Flowers. Take a bow April Bell a Sheffield teenager who has been named Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year. April, who works at Monica F Hewitt florists in the city, scooped top prize at the Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The 17-year-old of Hillsborough, beat off tough competition to win the title and was awarded her trophy by Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis. Theo said: “Winning the Apprentice of the Year Award is a massive achievement. The competition was of a very high standard and April is a great example of the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and sheer passion required to make it in retail. “April shows every sign of becoming one of tomorrow’s retail leaders and I look forward to seeing her develop her career in what I believe to be the most dynamic and exciting industry.” Judges noted April’s passion for floristry and development over her apprenticeship, particularly her confidence and the improvements she had implemented in the shop. April said: “I am so happy and excited I have won - it was completely unexpected. “I love my job and feel I have learnt so much over the course. I left school early and I’ve always felt a bit shy about the skills I have. I was nervous going back to learning, but I’ve loved every minute of it. “My confidence has really grown and the chance to study English and maths using more practical examples and learn about how to run a retail business as well, all whilst working, has been fantastic.” The former Ecclesfield and Yewlands School girl also met a whole host of MPs. “I was lucky enough to have a look around the House of Parliament as a guest of David Blunkett,” she said. News

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Benchmarking selected to drive up the performance of retailers and enhance staff skills Winning Moves is partnering with the National Skills Academy for Retail (NSAfR) and the Source in Sheffield on a project aimed at supporting retail businesses in the UK. This important work is being funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service. Retail is as tough a space to operate in as any other sector you can think of right now. Its importance to the economy is obvious when you consider that it is the largest private sector employer in the UK with 291,000 businesses, three million employees and an annual turnover of ÂŁ265 billion. NSAfR plays a key role in developing and marketing skills and qualifications for current and future employees within this vast sector. They do this through offering access to consistent, high quality training and support through a network of quality-marked retail skills shops. The Source is a ÂŁ5.5 million state of the art training and development facility. Established in 2003, they are a recognised centre of excellence based in South Yorkshire, providing expert support to employers. Our brief is to develop a methodology for improving the skills of individuals employed in the industry. At the same time, the challenge has been set to make the direct link between improved staff competence and business performance, resulting in improving the commercial results of the employing businesses. This project will lead to stronger management, more profitable sales, lower costs, an enhanced customer experience, a differentiated offer for participants to stand out from the crowd, and, perhaps most importantly, improved skills for those at the cutting edge of retail organisations. Winning Moves expertise in developing powerful, impactful business support tools that make a real difference, allied to the retail industry knowledge provided by NSAfR and the Source, will result in an invaluable, sustainable resource for retailers. The service will be underpinned by our Benchmark Index database of more than 100,000 sets of business data, including more than 17,000 from the retail sector. Building on a highly effective model originally developed by us for the National Skills Academy for Construction, benchmarking is a proven, highly effective way to learn new and better ways of achieving better results. We will initially establish the blueprint to be a successful retailer, build a framework of the key processes involved aligned to the Mary Portas Master class model, and finally identify performance measures that will help manage these. The service will be piloted during the spring of 2011 with full roll out expected during the summer, so watch this space!

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