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  • Mazars puts international trade in the spotlight   International accountancy firm Mazars is to offer Midlands businesses a special insight into the latest challenges and opportunities for international trade, through the eyes of an expert panel of global trade specialists. The Birmingham office of Mazars is hosting an International Market Overview seminar, the latest in its programme of Maximising Your Business Value events. The event, on Wednesday 29 March, will consider global operations in the light of Prime Minister Theresa May’s ambition for the UK to be a leader of free trade. The event will focus on how the Brexit result in the UK and the new presidency in the US will potentially affect businesses and their customers. Vesko Petkov, international tax partner, said: “Our Prime Minister’s vision is for the UK to become the ‘leader of free trade’. “How are we going to achieve this? What obstacles will we face? Was the Autumn Statement a missed opportunity to make the UK more attractive in the light of Brexit? “There are some immediate, as well as longer term, potential issues that organisations operating globally need to consider. “And there’s more to come with countries within the EU such as France due to go to the public to vote for their political leaders in 2017. “There are constant opportunities and challenges in business – but what are they in the international arena at present?” The briefing, which is free to attend, is on Wednesday 29 March at Mazars’ 45 Church Street offices beginning at 8.30am for 9am and concluding around 10.30am. It will take a business Question Time format with a panel of experts including Mr Petkov, Ananth Krishnan, global trade and receivables finance, HSBC, Goran Anthony, partner, Squire Patton ...
  • Leading accountants present rock and roll night for charity JW Hinks LLP, one of Birmingham’s leading independent accountancy firms, is pleased to announce that The Quad Rox will be performing live in aid of regional charity Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice on Friday 3 March 2017. The Birmingham-based rock and roll cover band, fronted by former JW Hinks manager Richie Bowden, will perform an exclusive set at the Old Oscott Working Men’s Club, Great Barr, B44 8PE. Tickets cost £5.00 per person, and are available on the night or by contacting JW Hinks directly. Doors are open 7.30pm until late. All proceeds will be donated to the Hospice, JW Hinks’ chosen charity for 2017. St Mary’s cares for more than 2,000 sick and terminally ill people each year. For this special occasion, the venue has kindly agreed to waive their fee for holding the gig. Neal Aston, Managing Partner at JW Hinks, said: “This gig will be about local people supporting a local cause. We want to thank Richie and The Quad Rox for dedicating the evening to St Mary’s, and we can promise a fantastic night will be had by all.” The Quad Rox, featuring brothers Jamie and Richie Bowden, Simon Hull and Phil Vaughan, promise an evening of classics from the likes of Oasis, The Clash, The Jam, The Killers and The Rolling Stones. For all ticket enquiries, contact Laura on info@jwhinks.co.uk
  • Businesses urged to get clued-up on new Apprenticeship rules Shropshire businesses are being invited to learn more about the Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy at a breakfast briefing in Telford. The event is being organised and hosted by Telford College of Arts and Technology on March 9, with a light breakfast at 8.30am and a 9am start. The guest speaker is Beej Kaczmarczyk, director of Learning Curve Group, an experienced consultant and trainer in the post-16 education sector. TCAT’s business development manager Dale Kynaston said: “The aim of this event is to get local businesses fully clued-up on the implications of the new Apprenticeship Levy, which comes into force in April. “Beej is an acknowledged expert in education funding policy with more than 20 years of experience, and he will be giving the morning seminar.   “This is an opportunity for Shropshire companies to learn from his experience, and ensure they receive the kind of support in training that can lead to increased productivity, a multi-talented workforce, and the ability to branch out into new areas.” TCAT is already working with a number of local companies to help identify internal development opportunities, recruit and train new team members, and ensure they get access to available funding. Dale Kynaston added: “Shropshire companies may be able to access Government support, even if they haven’t contributed to the Apprenticeship levy – and Beej will be explaining how this works.”  
  • Funding Recipients Share Their Achievements   An event to celebrate the success of community projects across the Midlands has been hailed a success. Nine organisations from across the region attended the event at NatWest’s offices in St Phillip’s Place, Birmingham and shared how the bank’s Skills and Opportunities Fund supported their work. The groups included: Bangladesh Women’s Association, Birmingham;  Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Stafford;  Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust, Coventry;  Wintercomfort for the Homeless,  Cambridge; The Mighty Creatives, Leicester; Start Up Enterprises Partnership, Telford; Disability Resource Centre, Birmingham; Wolverhampton Citizen’s Advice Bureaux, and The Y (Leicester YMCA)*. All were awarded Skills and Opportunities funding by NatWest’s Midlands and East of England Regional Board. Since the Fund’s launch in 2015, grants of up to £35k have enabled 186 not-for-profit organisations to support people in some of the most deprived communities in the UK and Ireland. In total £5m has been donated to help people access the skills and opportunities required to gain employment, progress in education or start their own business. Janat Hulston, Chairman of NatWest’s Midlands and East of England Regional Board, said: “The Skills and Opportunities Fund has done incredible work to support our communities across the Midlands and East of England as well as the UK. It was wonderful to hear how the funding has been used by these organisations to support their projects and learn how fund has enabled a range of community projects.” Applications are now open for the next round funding. This year, in order to maximise regional impact changes are being made to how the Fund is distributed, as well as to the eligibility criteria, which will ensure that funding reaches the causes ...
  • Darren turns author to debunk the health and safety myths A company director is helping to debunk the myths around health and safety with the production of an easy to follow training manual. Health and Safety expert Darren Bedson, of Stoke-based BPA Services Ltd., has turned author to write and publish Simple Steps on How to Write a Risk Assessment which is available on Amazon in both paper back and Kindle editions. “We have all heard the jokes about ‘health and safety gone mad’ and listened to grumbles of how people are jumping through hoops because of regulation, but this is largely untrue,” said Darren. “I wrote my book to address some of the myths and to give businesses an easy to follow manual on addressing risk.” “The Health and Safety regulations are simply there to reduce risk – not to stop people actually doing the things they need to do.” Darren is among an elite group in the industry to be recognised as a Chartered Fellow of IOSH (the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health). He added: “Sales and downloads are going well and we have had very positive feedback from businesses who have found Simple Steps on How to Write a Risk Assessment informative and useful.” Simple Steps on How to Write a Risk Assessment is available here –     https://www.amazon.co.uk/Simple-Approach-Safety-Steps-Assessment-ebook/dp/B01NCE2WAH/ref=pd_zg_rss_nr_b_268292_9