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Friday, September 30, 2005

27 September 2005

Following the completion of Phase 1 of its fashionable new ARC development in bohemian Withington, Crosby Homes is to unveil two stunning new Show Homes on 1st October. Designed to demonstrate the flexible living space and high quality specification on offer at ARC, these properties include a fully furnished 3-storey townhouse and 2-bedroom garden apartment.

Sales & Marketing Director Caroline Saville wanted to develop a strong design statement which would reflect the distinctive look and feel of the ARC brand. The end result is a bold and striking interpretation of 21st century chic and ergonomic design. Vibrant new wall-coverings, natural wood, contemporary glass and chrome fixtures and fittings throughout all add to the appeal, while the soft furnishings combine new and traditional textures in a bold mix of colours and styles.

With only ten of the 3-storey townhouses being built in total at ARC, together with 36 spacious 2-bedroom apartments, this exclusive development is likely to become a highly sought-after new address. The weekend launch and official opening of the Show Homes will coincide with the release of three townhouses and five of the apartments. Each are nearing completion and purchasers could expect to be in and settled in as little as 8 weeks.

The popularity of today's elegant townhouses has been attributed to the flexible living space they offer. The design scheme used for Show Home accentuates the larger than average accommodation on offer, with each of the three generous double bedrooms having a unique character and telling its own story. As homebuyers would expect, the fully integrated Siematic kitchens and designer bathroom fittings in both the apartment and the townhouse underpin the overall theme of understated elegance, while the lounge, dining and drawing rooms provide a cutting edge alternative to traditional formality.

"I wanted to create something really special at ARC," said Caroline. "With so many developers building new properties across South Manchester, I think people are bored with seeing the same, bland schemes. ARC is something completely different. In fact, it's as individual as the people who will choose to live there. We've deliberately created a strong visual and sensual impact, designed to make a statement. As a result, these Show Homes will set the standard for everyone else in the vicinity to follow."

St Paul's Road is itself a quiet residential road tucked away off Parsonage Road, just behind the main Wilmslow Road through the village, and within a minute's walk of all local amenities - including Manchester's most popular bus route, running direct to the City Centre. In addition to the obvious appeal of the properties themselves, ARC's small scale and its excellent location makes this development an obvious choice for commuters, home buyers and investors alike. Withington is widely acknowledged as one of South Manchester's desirable locations and ARC's proximity to nearby teaching hospitals and large employers such as Astra Zeneca also make it an obvious 'buy to let' option.

In its architectural form, ARC clearly reflects Withington's Victorian heritage, with traditional styling and construction materials used throughout. The eponymous ARC comes from the feature archway, which will lead to a central private gated courtyard at the heart of the development.

Prices at ARC start at £195,000 for a spacious 2-bedroom apartment and £320,000 for an imposing 3-bedroom townhouse. The Show Homes and Marketing Suite are open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. For further information, please contact the Marketing Team direct on 0161 448 2031.

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty @ Bell Pottinger North (01625 506444)

Country's first Law firm to offer cosmetic surgery negligence support

September 27, 2005

Law firm TJ Legal Solicitors is believed to have become the first organisation of its type in the UK to launch a specialist department to support the growing number of women and men who have become victims of cosmetic surgery negligence.

Cosmetic surgery is becoming accessible for an ever-increasing number of people, with figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons showing the number of procedures undertaken rose by 60 per cent last year.

But as more women and men have cosmetic surgery, many are finding to their cost that not all operations go to plan, leaving them with disappointing results and, in some cases, considerable pain, prolonged suffering and trauma.

TJ Legal Solicitors, a professional niche law firm specialising in personal injury litigation, has a history of successfully representing more than 3,500 clients who have had genuine claims involving personal injuries caused by accidents at work and slips and trips.

All of TJ Legal Solicitors' work is carried out without any financial risk to its clients, with all the firm's costs being recovered directly from the third-party as part of the settlement and with the client receiving full compensation.

"Our new service for sufferers of cosmetic surgery negligence has been established with the sole intention of obtaining the maximum recompense for our clients in an understanding and efficient manner," said Mike Saul, partner, TJ Legal Solicitors.
"More people than ever before are undergoing cosmetic surgery, and we have been hearing of horrific cases where people have suffered personal injury and trauma as a result.

"We will help those individuals take action against the clinic or doctors concerned so that they can afford corrective surgery and receive financial compensation to cover any trauma or embarrassment that they might have experienced."

Anyone who believes they have suffered from cosmetic surgery negligence has up to three years from the date of the operation or date of knowledge to make a claim.

If you have any questions or are seeking immediate advice in this area then contact TJ Legal Solicitors on 0800 085 88 85 or access the Web at http://www.tjlegal.co.uk


Notes to editors:
TJ Legal Solicitors is a highly professional niche law firm that specialises in proactively handling personal injury litigation and cosmetic surgery negligence.

Formed in 2000, the Manchester-based firm has successfully represented more than 3,500 clients - and over 80 per cent of them received their compensation in less than 12 months.

The firm is regulated by the Law Society of England and Wales and subscribes to the Client Care Charter of the Law Society and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

For more press information contact John Butters or Oliver Danby at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444 or email jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or odanby@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Friday, September 16, 2005
Esendex signs 1,000th business 'texting' customer

* Market grows over 200 per cent in last year

Esendex, the leading provider of business text messaging solutions, continues to benefit from the ever-growing importance of SMS as an effective communications tool for companies wanting to keep in touch with their employees and customers.

The Nottingham-based company today announced that it has signed its 1000th customer, and that over 100 new customers are signing up to use its market-leading service every month.

The 1000th customer is Overview Mapping Ltd. It has integrated Esendex's SMS SDK as part of its location based services under the VeriLocation brand, one of the UK's largest mobile phone and fleet tracking providers in the UK.

And the good news for Esendex goes even further. Not only is the company attracting scores of new customers every month, but those companies using the service are also sending more messages than ever before.

This year, the number of 'texts' being sent by the average customer has increased by over 35 per cent over the same period.

Esendex now handles more than two million SMS messages every month, and many of its customers are using the technology for business-critical communications.

"Customers see texting as an affordable, reliable and non-intrusive form of customer and employee communication," said Esendex's managing director, Julian Hucker.

"We have seen our market grow by over 200 per cent in the last year as companies recognise that business texting is an affordable, reliable, effective and non-intrusive way to keep in touch with their employees and customers.

Esendex provides SMS messaging solutions to organisations of all sizes, including BAA, First Choice Airways, NTL, Parkers Price Guide, RAC Auto Windscreens and public sector organisations such as housing associations and police forces.

The company recently announced the opening of overseas offices in Barcelona, Spain and Melbourne, Australia.


Notes to editors
Esendex is the leading provider of SMS messaging solutions for businesses and public sector organisations.

The company, which handles more than two million messages every month, makes sending business SMS affordable, reliable and effective, and is an established Orange approved technology solution.

For more press information contact John Butters or Fiona Whyatt at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444 or email jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or fwhyatt@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


MPSL has undertaken 3 new contracts for Persimmon, working closely with the leading national housebuilder's divisional contacts to secure work in Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Last year, the national supplier of complete solutions to the construction industry was contracted to work for Persimmon on a 40-acre development in Newcastle under Lyme. The proposed work included liaison with the regional environment agency to design using various SUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems) on the site adjoining Pool Dam marshes.

Since being awarded the Pool Dam contract, MPSL has also picked up work for Persimmon for a planned development on Candle Lane on the edge of the village of Woore. The work, which will require the services of both of MPSL's divisions - Planning & Design and Civil Engineering - will again include SUDS where appropriate ground conditions allow.

Of the 57 properties, 40% of the homes are expected to be affordable housing in this rural area. The mix will include a varied range of properties from 4-bedroom detached family homes to a selection of smaller bespoke mews properties.

MPSL will also be working with Persimmon on Edge Lane, Nelson in Lancashire on a series of properties to be refurbished in what is a conservation area.

In Yorkshire, MPSL Civil Engineering has been contracted to carry out flood risk studies at a new site planned at Irby near Skipton. Peter Sykes, Managing Director of MPSL Civil Engineering comments: "It's great that both of our divisions are building a strong relationship with such a known name. Persimmon is respected for its sympathetic approach to the environments in which it builds and its strong focus, at a local level, upon community.

"We're delighted that our work with this housebuilder is taking on a larger geographical spread and we also welcome the diversity of these 3 specific jobs."

MPSL Planning & Design offers master planning, urban design, architectural services, technical services and landscaping. MPSL Civil Engineering undertakes structural engineering, topographical surveys and site investigations, feasibility and cost studies, highways and roads designs and drainage designs. Clients include Gleeson, Bryant, Hyten, Fairclough, Crosby, Linden, Bellway, David McLean, Wimpey Homes and Taylor Woodrow.

For further information on MPSL, call 0161 973 2277 or visit http://www.mpslgroup.com

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

Editor's Note:

MPSL Planning & Design and MPSL Civil & Structural Engineering work throughout the residential, commercial, retail, leisure and public sectors offering support, as needed, on a whole host of projects. The divisions are supported by a dedicated team of architects, designers, planners, engineers and senior consultants.


16 September 2005

Homebuyers will have a last chance to Crosby Homes' aptly named Freedom service, designed to give homebuyers greater freedom to move - whenever and wherever they choose - has proved extremely popular at the company's Carberry Court development in Cheadle Hulme. And, with just one property still available for sale on this exclusive development, homebuyers now have a last chance to enjoy that Freedom for themselves !

By removing many of the traditional stresses associated with the moving process, and providing assistance with stamp duty, legal fees and removal costs, Crosby Homes has helped record numbers of homebuyers to secure the home of their dreams at Carberry Court. The key to its popular success, according to Sales & Marketing Director Caroline Saville, lies in the fact that the service is tailored in each instance to suit an individual purchaser's requirements.

For example, for those with an existing property to sell, there is a user-friendly part-exchange option, which provides customers with a single point of contact to manage both the sale of their old home and the purchase of their new property. The service also provides homebuyers with the option of a guaranteed moving date to assist with scheduling and rule out the unforeseen delays which are often the source of aggravation and stress.

"We originally developed the concept in direct response to research carried out among visitors to our Carberry Court development in Cheadle Hulme," explains Caroline. "Its convenient location on Albert Road, stunning Victorian architecture and the fact that it backs onto Oak Meadow Park meant that this development generated a great deal of interest from the moment the 'site acquired' boards went up. We wanted to capitalise on this and provide buyers with a guaranteed hassle-free moving experience as well as a fabulous new home. That Freedom has proved a popular choice with all those who have bought and we will definitely look to build on it as part of our customer service ethos."

Each of the properties created at Carberry Court features larger than average living space imaginatively planned to provide versatile accommodation over three floors. Built in traditional materials, including reclaimed brick, slate, York stone and hardwoods, all are exquisitely finished to the superior standard and specification synonymous with the Crosby brand. The development itself is small and exclusive, comprising just 2 semi-detached villas and five elegant 3-storey townhouses set back in a private courtyard.

Currently available exclusively at Carberry Court, the Freedom service is expected to roll out across Crosby Homes' portfolio of residential developments by the end of the year.

For further information on Crosby Homes' Freedom service, or to arrange a viewing of the final property for sale at Carberry Court, please contact the marketing team direct on 0161 485 7346.

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty @ Bell Pottinger North
+ 44 (1625) 506411 / 506444

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

One of the most interesting growth sectors currently emerging in the Northwest business economy is the aptly named 'creative industries' cluster, which encompasses everything from arts and crafts to cutting-edge animation and cinematography. According to Vivienne Upcott-Gill, founder/manager of the Northwest Regional Development Agency's equity advisory service, TEChINVEST, more and more of these companies are springing up across the region and this trend reflects the bigger picture across the UK.

"We've already seen a massive shift from traditional manufacturing into more service-based industries over recent years," she comments. "Now, as the service sector matures, we're seeing a number of areas showing significant growth, including creative industries. Growth in the creative sector is a clear indicator of the region's rich cultural heritage combining with its enterprising businesses, and it is very encouraging to see new companies drawing on this to generate new business and employment opportunities across the Northwest."

According to research analysts Burns Collett, even the recent popular TV programme 'Dragons Den' highlighted the inexorable rise of the creative sector. "Interesting, over 50% of actual investments made during the series were actually in creative industries," points out Marc Collett, "and of a total investment value of £755,000, some £460,000 was in the same sector. Pretty impressive statistics!"

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) is so convinced of the potential for further expansion in this sector that it identified it as one of the region's key growth targets, developing a range of financial and business support services to help growing businesses. However, Vivienne Upcott-Gill warns that these companies must put themselves forward if they are to benefit from the funds potentially available to them.

"Both our business angel network and our seed and equity funds have been keen to invest in these sorts of businesses," she adds, "providing expert advice and funding to help them develop. We have already helped film production companies to produce award-winning

short and feature films, as well as supporting new start-ups and further expansion in music, fashion and design. Just a few months ago, the North West Seed Fund and a number of private investors came together to invest £225,000 in a new film company, Made Up North Productions, indicating that there is still plenty of interest in this sector.

"However, creative companies must be 'in it to win it'...they must let us know who and where they are so that we can work with them to advise on the most appropriate sources of funding and help them raise the money that they need. With the major conurbations of Liverpool and Manchester in our region, as well as the national treasure that is Cumbria, we have a vast cultural heritage and should be leading the UK in terms of our creative industries."

In addition to its regional and national register of business angels interested specifically in businesses here in the Northwest, TEChINVEST also provides an initial gateway into the £200 million plus currently available through NWDA-initiated or funded seed and venture capital funds, and other public sector funds. These have been developed specifically for new and growing businesses and many of them provide opportunities for co-investment and the unlocking of larger sums over the longer term.

For further information on the opportunities available to creative entrepreneurs and businesses operating in the Northwest and wishing to grow their businesses, please contact the TEChINVEST team direct on 01925 400301/2/3 or visit our website: http://www.techinvest.org.

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty @ Bell Pottinger North
+ 44 (1625) 506411 / 506444

Friday, September 09, 2005

9th September 2005

Consultants, suppliers and contractors from across the Midlands could put themselves on the inside track when bidding for projects to design, build and refurbish the outdated infrastructure of many of the region's schools and colleges. The Building Schools for the Future: Complete Guide to Participation conference has been expressly designed to provide information and advice on the bidding process, as well as a genuine insight into the specific requirements of the local market. The event, which is hosted by national commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, will take place between 12.00 noon and 3.00 pm on 22nd September at Nine Brindleyplace, Oozells Square, Birmingham.

Over the next 10 to 15 years, the Government plans to spend £2.1b per annum on upgrading the infrastructure of the UK's secondary schools. Over half of the schools involved are likely to be new build projects, with the remainder undergoing extensive refurbishment. Birmingham forms part of the second wave of projects in an extensive programme which addresses all areas of the country in order of the severity of the existing problem.

This conference will provide information/on the structure of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Project arrangements, looking at legal frameworks and the various contractual relationships, the funding aspects for consortia and those involved in the supply chain and project management of bids. An educationalist will add information for potential bidders about the issues they will need to address to interface successfully with the schools' teachers and head. In addition, a local authority representative will explain Government plans for the BSF project in Birmingham and the factors that are important for bidders to.

Speakers will include Peter Watson (Procurement Group Manager, Birmingham City Council), Ken Gill (Director of Project Management, Cyril Sweett), Paul Rowan (Director, David Wylde Project Finance) and Marcus Orlovsky (Director, Bryanston Square) and experts from Beachcroft Wansbroughs' BSF team of lawyers.

Commenting on the event, Frank Suttie, Partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs and national specialist adviser on the BSF programme, said: "We are trying to give local companies a
real insight into how to become involved in these projects, whether or not it makes economic sense and what the potential pitfalls are. With such a huge programme of work scheduled for implementation over the next decade or so, involvement in these projects could have a huge commercial impact on contractors, suppliers and consultants alike.

"This is a chance to access practical hands-on advice and a much clearer understanding of how to manage the bid process and what the future funding issues may be. And it's all information which is totally up to date and specifically relevant to this local market."

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has been appointed to the Partnerships for Schools Panel accredited to deliver legal services in support of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme and is advising first and second wave authorities in the initiative. The Birmingham conference is part of a national roll-out of similar events hosted by the firm in Bristol, Leeds, London and Manchester.

For further information on the day's agenda or to reserve a place at the conference, please contact Louise Blythman on 0117 918 2578.


For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty, Bell Pottinger
Tel: 01625 506411
Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1220 employees including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, Manchester and Winchester.

Committed to service excellence, its unique and innovative proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is also the largest law firm in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

A prominent player in the financial services, health and public sectors, it provides increasingly comprehensive services in employment, construction, property and technology. It was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards.


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