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  • Telford company to raise funds for charity at new event Telford company to raise funds for charity at new eventHundreds of spectators at next week’s Wacky Races in Shrewsbury will be able to support a charity that offers a lifeline to young people who have been affected by physical or mental trauma. Climbing Out was founded by Kelda Wood, who hit the headlines this year after becoming the first adaptive person to row the Atlantic solo. Her challenge, which saw her row at sea for 76 days, 15 hours and 37 minutes in a specially adapted boat, raised more than £50,000 to run programmes for young people, aged 16 to 30, who have been affected by injury, illness or trauma. And furniture and office supplies firm Chrisbeon were with her every step of the way – and will continue to support Kelda and her charity at the Wacky Races on May 26 in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park. Craig Hughes, of Chrisbeon, said : “The Climbing Out motto is ‘To Try Is To Succeed’ which is something the teams of this event should maybe bear in mind as the carts make their first run down the route in the Quarry! “We are really looking forward to it and the team have been working really hard to create our soapbox over the past few months, our final touches will go on just before the event and we are looking forward to unveiling it on the day.” The charity races will see more than 40 teams racing their handcrafted vehicles along a special track in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park. It is the first year Shrewsbury has hosted the Wacky Races and as well as vying to be the winning soapbox Chrisbeon staff and volunteers will be jiggling their Climbing Out donation ...
  • Nominations open for the West Midlands Finance Awards Nominations open for the West Midlands Finance AwardsBusinesses from across the region can now submit entries for the prestigious West Midlands Finance Awards. Returning for the fourth year, the West Midlands Finance Awards is the only accolade of its kind to recognise the work and achievements of the region’s top finance professionals and businesses. Bigger than ever, the awards will feature a new category – Excellence in Diversity, as well as the hotly contested annual competition for Rising Star of the Year, Business Innovation and Business of the Year. Applicants will be judged by a panel of industry leaders in the region – last year this included Aston Martin, West Midlands Railway, Severn Trent, Britvic and Erics. Deadline for entries is Friday 5 July 2019. Habiba Khatoon, Director of Robert Walters, comments: “The number of applications has increased every year so far, which is testament to the Region’s burgeoning finance community. This event offers the opportunity to recognise high achievement across businesses, teams and individuals, whilst also celebrating diversity across the West Midlands. “As always, I look forward to seeing the impressive entries this year’s event has to offer!” 2018 Winner Karen Owen from McDonalds comments: “We came last year and didn’t walk away with an award, and tonight we’ve won two awards – Rising Star Non-Qualified and Finance Team of the Year – Over 20 People. “We’ve had a busy 2018 and made significance improvements over the past year through a big continuous improvement drive, process and automation. We have plenty lined up for 2019 and so we will definitely be putting ourselves up for an award next year!” Dr Sophie Dale-Black, ICAEW’s Regional Director in the Midlands, comments: “We are delighted to be ...
  • Crowds gather for Shropshire’s first ever free from event Crowds gather for Shropshire's first ever free from eventOrganisers of Shropshire’s first ever free from festival have vowed to build on its success – with plans for 2020 already under way. The event saw hundreds of people descend on the Greenhous West Midlands Showground in Shrewsbury to find out more about free-from lifestyles and allergies and intolerances. Chefs took to the cookery theatre stage to cook up a variety of dairy-free, gluten-free, Vegan and low-carb delights, while the lecture theatre saw visitors learn about raw chocolate, Vegan wine, reducing plastic, combating allergies and more. Children at the event enjoyed a ‘free-from technology’ area, having fun with Juggling Jim and his circus tricks, a straw pool and mud kitchens, while visitors browsed the traders’ village, offering ‘free-from’ food and products and the lunch quarter, which provided free-from cuisine and dairy-free ice cream. Organiser Ian Bebbington said the first ‘free-from’ festival went really well. He said: “We were delighted to see lots of people visiting the showground, especially as the weather wasn’t great. It was fantastic when the sun did come out later in the afternoon. “People were really interested in hearing from others already living a free-from lifestyle due to allergies or choice and Frestival was the perfect way to get more information. “We have had such great feedback from both traders and the guests and the whole event has been very inspiring for us all.” The event also welcomed the Shropshire Veggies and Vegans group who were able to give visitors information and goodie bags, talk about the Vegan lifestyle – and learn the tips and tricks to living it. It also boasted a vegan bar with Darren from Gindifferent and Tom Holt from Paso Primero able ...
  • MTC apprentice to compete on world stage MTC apprentice to compete on world stageAn apprentice trained at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre in Coventry is to represent the UK at the international Skills Olympics competition in Russia. Jack McCarthy, who was one of the first cohort of apprentices to be trained at the AMTC – part of the Manufacturing Technology Centre – will compete at the WorldSkills competition in Kazan in August, having successfully competed in WorldSkills UK to win his place. Jack, who is 20 and comes from Coventry began his apprenticeship at the AMTC in 2014, completing it last year. He now works for DMG Mori in Coventry. He will compete in Russia in the CNC turning category. Apprentices from all over the world will battle it out to win gold, silver or bronze in their chosen skill. The UK is currently tenth in the WorldSkills rankings. Paul Rowlett, Managing Director of the AMTC, said it was a great achievement for Jack. “Representing your country on the world stage is no easy feat. It takes hard work, determination and a high level of skills. We are delighted with what Jack has achieved and wish him luck in Kazan in August,” he said. Steve Finn, Managing Director at DMG Mori said, ” Jack is a fantastic example of how the cross-collaboration between different industrial partners – in this case the AMTC and DMG Mori – can produce exceptionally well-rounded engineers that will go on to shape the future of British manufacturing.” The MTC was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. The MTC’s industrial members include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers. The MTC aims to provide a competitive environment to ...
  • PRPSFL’s premier Purpose seminar PRPSFL's premier Purpose seminar  Last week, PRPSFL’s very first Purpose seminar headed to the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator hub, to help the city’s business leaders understand – and put into practice – policies that put Purpose first for employees. With a line-up of ten of Birmingham’s top speakers taking to the podium to explain what Purpose means to them, the day encouraged those in attendance to get to grips with the changing face of employee engagement so they could feel empowered to do more in their own offices. Speakers on the day included: James Bolle, PRPSFL; Rosie Ginday MBE, Miss Macaroon; Lorna Gavin, Gowling WLG; Faye Pressly, Vanti; Dr. Nishat Babu, Aston University; Patricia White, Suited for Success; Yiannis Maos, Hyve; Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence, Honey Bee Copywriting; Jon Coldridge, Big Red Recruitment; Amardeep Gill, Trowers & Hamlins; and Jan Smart, The Church of England.