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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

30th August 2005

Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Manchester's fastest growing commercial law firm, has introduced in-house advocacy training, which is available for all solicitors engaged in contentious work.

In an innovative move spearheaded by the Commercial Litigation Department, Beachcroft Wansbroughs has become one of a handful of firms which have obtained the necessary Law Society accreditation to provide the course in house. Those who successfully undertake the course will acquire rights of audience before all courts.

Beachcroft Wansbroughs already has a market-leading reputation for staff training and development and is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK to have obtained 'Investor In People' accreditation across all its offices.

Course Director and Commercial Litigation Partner Peter Southeran commented: "We are totally committed to achieving the highest possible skill-set within the practice and recognise that clients increasingly seek in-depth skills. By providing the course and providing an environment where junior advocates have access to senior practitioners, we hope to build on our success to date and create an offering which delivers unbeatable strength and depth in all areas of legal practice - including advocacy. It is also the case that by acquiring this qualification and exercising Higher Rights, individuals become much more attuned to the nuances of any particular dispute and bring a material additional benefit in terms of overall approach to preparation and strategy - advocacy is an extremely demanding activity!

"We anticipate that we will soon have the largest number of Higher Rights Advocates in Manchester - and this may be the case already. This is a tremendous platform on which to build our expertise in this field and is very much an additional offering to clients. Where and when appropriate we can of course still utilise the services of in particular the Specialist Bar and we anticipate this will continue in addition to what is offered from our own resources."

For further information on the range of legal services available from Beachcroft Wansbroughs, visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk.

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Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,220 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, London, and Winchester. Its customer-focused service proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices and was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards.

The Manchester team currently includes 19 partners and 160 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, injury/risk, professional indemnity, corporate/commercial and employment law.

For further information please visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0161 934 3000

Press contacts: Deborah Garritty/Natalie Gross @ Bell Pottinger North
Tel. + 44 (1625) 506444 Fax + 44 (1625) 500900
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk/ ngross@bellpottingernorth

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

EIC has secured the contract to carry out electrical installation work on one of the Scottish Borders' most ambitious urban regeneration projects to date. The £7.7 million Heart of Hawick project, part financed by the European Regional Development Fund, Scottish Borders Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is set to transform derelict industrial and commercial sites at the centre of Hawick into a modern arts and business complex and a family history centre.

The leading national mechanical and electrical specialist is due to begin work on the project in November 2005, working with main contractor, GHI and consultant, KJ Tait.

The project involves the conversion of two prominent, historic buildings: Tower Mill, the former Victorian textile mill, complete with large-scale water wheel in the basement, will become an arts centre with theatre, cinema, information and communications technology suite, artists' workshops, shop, café and exhibition space. The Heritage Hub building has already undergone radical transformation having started out as the town's corn exchange before becoming a cinema, a bingo hall and a nightclub. It will now be refurbished to house the Borders Regional Archive and a public access family history centre.

Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal is delighted that EIC is contributing to such a prestigious project: "The overall work will mean a great deal to those who live in Hawick as these buildings will not only provide attractive and uplifting focal points but they will also generate more jobs thanks to the businesses that will be based within them."

Work will be carried out by EIC's Scottish region, which has recently carried out projects at the Ettrick Riverside offices in Selkirk, Jedburgh Grammar School, Mount Castle Medical Centre in Edinburgh, New Mart Road office pavilions in Edinburgh and the Glasshouse Hotel in Edinburgh.

EIC Scotland recently announced that it is currently on target to match the 20% financial growth it experienced last year. It is currently making an impact across a wide variety of markets, producing high quality work for all sectors including retail, leisure, commercial, health, education and, most recently, residential.

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Editor's note
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors. For further information log on to http://www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
(01625 506404)

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Technology specialist Azzurri Communications commits over £1m investment to Hull regeneration

Revolutionising teaching and learning in schools across the country

Hull - Scores of new IT jobs are being promised for Hull with news today that leading communications and technology company Azzurri Communications is furthering its commitment to the area with over £1m of regeneration investment.

Azzurri Communications, which recently acquired two Hull-based educational solutions firms - Chisholms Computers and CMS - will also invest in new facilities for its research and development team and in further improvements to its leading educational IT applications.

Divisional director Gerard Toplass, who also acts as chairman of City Digital Limited, is driving the move. He is now in talks with Hull City Council regarding the plans and ways that the council can get involved in helping to bring extra technology-based jobs to the area.

"Azzurri Communications is pledging its commitment to Hull, not only in confirming that it is to base its successful national education business in the city, but in significant investment that will lead to enhanced facilities and more jobs," said Toplass.

"This is great news for the city. It is important for the area that it can attract investment from companies like Azzurri in order to create high paid jobs in new industries. We are looking for support from the council to help us maximise our latest investment in the area."

Azzurri Communications' flagship suite of applications, TALMOS, continues to be developed in association with five local secondary schools. It is a revolutionary system that enables teachers to easily share and access lesson plans and manage ICT delivery in the classroom at the click of a mouse.

In association with the Digital Home showcase project with Hull City Council, Azzurri Communications is trialling a system that further enhances the TALMOS suite by providing a 24x7 learning environment.

This empowers parents to play a greater role in supporting their children's education at home, enabling those with home computers and broadband connections to connect to resources that are being used in the classroom.

"TALMOS was developed in partnership with local schools," continued Toplass. "It is testimony to their vision and professionalism that we have been able to work together to create a system that is already recognised by educationalists as a leading IT solution.

"Already TALMOS has been shortlisted from over 400 products for an award at BETT, the annual educational technology show, and it has also been implemented nationwide by secondary schools and a group of educational collaborators.

These are federations of schools, including feeder primary's that have grouped together so that they can share best practice for the greater good of their pupils across the area.

"Our investment in Hull will enable us to further develop this solution and other products that will help improve education in schools up and down the country."

Organisations wanting to find out more about Azzurri Communications' solutions and services for the education sector can telephone Sarah Burdett on 07976 952104.


For further information contact:
John Butters
Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506444
Email: jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Sarah Burdett
Azzurri Communications
Tel: 07976 952104
Email: sarah.burdett@azzu.co.uk

About Azzurri Communications

Azzurri Communications was formed in June 2000 with support from 3i and the Bank of Scotland and is currently made up of twelve strategic company acquisitions. Azzurri Communications is one of the largest leading voice and data resellers and managed service providers in the UK. Annual turnover stands at £90 million. There are 600 employees nationwide. Headquartered in Newbury, Azzurri currently has sales and support operations in Fareham, London, Kingston, Birmingham, Burnley, Hull, Leeds and East Kilbride.

Backed by leading manufacturers and networks, Azzurri provides solutions that include voice, data, consultancy, networking, digital print and mobile. Azzurri also provides education solutions plus consultancy such as in-depth communications audits for large corporations and comprehensive telecoms management services. For further information visit http://www.azzurricommunications.com


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