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Monday, February 27, 2006
News: BRISTOL LAW FIRM EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS IN NATIONAL POLL


27 February 2006

BRISTOL LAW FIRM EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS IN NATIONAL POLL

Commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, is helping to put Bristol's legal eagles on the map, having achieved top scores in an independent national survey.

Commissioned by Legal Week, the survey states that Beachcroft is systematically 'exceeding expectations', and awards it first place scores for 'service delivery', 'partner involvement', 'responsiveness' and 'added value'. In almost all instances, Beachcroft exceeds not only the industry average, but also client expectations in areas such as 'relationships', 'cost' and 'service delivery'.

Commenting on the strong performance of the firm, Michael Bothamley, senior partner of Beachcroft Wansbroughs in Bristol said: "This is excellent news and further evidence that Bristol is a serious competitor to the capital in terms of professional services.

"We have always said that excellent communication and transport links make the city an excellent base for senior professionals working on national and international business. And many of the heads of our national sector-based teams have opted to move Bristol because of the excellent quality of life it offers, when compared to London and other UK conurbations."

For further information please visit www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0117 918 2000.

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Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, Manchester and Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firms delivers integrated legal services to clients in four main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); and technology, media and telecommunications.

Chambers UK 2005 recognised 56 Beachcroft Wansbroughs partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in Legal 500 2005, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award.

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs will become Beachcroft LLP, another move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm. For further information, please visit: www.bwlaw.co.uk

Press contacts: Deborah Garritty / Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506444
Email: dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Shoring Up Norfolk's Sea Defences

Adsteam's specialist projects arm, Felixarc Marine, has recently completed a £2m contract for Jackson Civil Engineering to replenish the beaches of Heacham. The project is part of the Environment Agency's comprehensive package of works to improve sea defences between Hunstanton and Snettisham in Norfolk.

The project, which began in July 2005, required up to 230,000 cubic metres of sea-dredged aggregate to be trans-shipped from a dredger into barges, then towed for four miles across shallow sand flats to a number of specially constructed berthing piles.

The work was completely tidal based, with the berthing of the barges only possible around spring tides. Each of the three barges carried 900 cubic metres (1,600 tonnes) of aggregate and had to berth, discharge (each barge carried a 50-tonne excavator) and sail again within a 90-minute window. They then had to clear 2.5 miles of extreme shallows.

Felixarc Marine supplied two tugs and two multi-cats to handle the barges and the 24-hour nature of the operation meant that 26 men were needed. Felixarc also provided a Beachmaster and its sister company United Salvage pitched in, providing the services of salvage expert, Eric Johnson as on-site project manager.

Ian Harrison, Project Manager for Jackson Civil Engineering, commended the team's technical expertise, saying: "This has been a very successful project for the Environment Agency and also the residents of Heacham, who now have new sea defences. The marine challenges on this job were significant; Felixarc handled these challenges in a very competent manner. I look forward to working with them again."

Despite having to deal with severe weather (the barges were often handled in a 1.5m swell), the final load was delivered on schedule. Because almost no material had been lost during trans-shipment, the design profile was achieved with 196,000 cubic meters of aggregate.

Steve Peck, Project Manager for the Environment Agency, suggested that: "The successful completion of the works demonstrates that this approach is a viable alternative to the more usual method of pumping ashore. This method produced some significant advantages particularly by localising and therefore minimising the impact on the environment."

Andrew Gregory, general manager of Felixarc Marine, was delighted with his team's performance: "This has been a fascinating project which required high levels of technical excellence. Fortunately, we were able to demonstrate skilled seamanship and practical experience of dealing with unforeseen challenges as they arose. I am very proud of the way in which the team managed the process and congratulate them all on a highly successful and satisfactory outcome."

Adsteam UK is the country's leading supplier of towage services, with operations at seven key ports: Felixstowe, Hull, Immingham, Liverpool, London, Medway and Southampton. One of the longest-established ship-assist specialists in this field, the company has been operating on the Thames & Medway for over a century.

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For further information, please contact:

Stephen Eastwood Deborah Garritty
Chief Executive Europe Director
Adsteam (UK) Ltd Bell Pottinger North Ltd
tel 01482 337 650 tel 01625 506444

 
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
EIC JOINS TALLEST TOWER PROJECT

Leading mechanical and electrical services specialist EIC has been awarded a £2 million contract by main contractor, Pettifer Construction, to cover mechanical and electrical installation work at St Georges Tower, the tallest tower block in Leicester, which is located in the heart of the City Centre.

Permission has been given for the buildings on site - consisting of co-joined tower blocks of 11 and 22 storeys - to be retained and refurbished. EIC is due to start work on the first phase - the 11-storey block - in April and the contract is expected to take 43 weeks to complete.

The development will comprise refurbishment and alterations to the existing building, together with new build construction to form a service tower to provide leisure and residential units. Besides refurbishment, new works will include the build of additional floors and the conversion of various aspects of the existing building to accommodate future tenants.

Nigel Le Marechal, joint managing director of EIC, comments: "We're delighted to be able to take the opportunity to demonstrate our ability to work across a variety of sectors simultaneously - retail, commercial and residential - in a prime City Centre location. We've worked closely with Pettifer for the last twenty years and its great to be asked to team up with them on what is a significant project for the people of Leicester."

Chris Collison, Operations Director for Pettifer Construction adds: "EIC is one of our most trusted sub-contractors as the company has never failed to deliver regardless of the size and scale of a job. We're looking forward to working with the team once again on this project."

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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 / Deborah Garritty
@ Bell Pottinger North
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506444)

 
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
JEWISH CHARITY IN BID TO LIGHT 'THE SOUL' OF MANCHESTER

A new charity will launch in Manchester later this month backed by young entrepreneur Andrew Lazare.

Aptly named Ignite the Soul, the non-profit making registered charity aims to support young Jewish adults by running a programme of events which will allow them to interact socially while learning more about their heritage.

Rabbi Danny Bergson is joining Andrew Lazare to head up the charity, having spent the last two years working in a similar role with young professionals and students in Fallowfield.

"The main purpose of Ignite the Soul is to give young Jews the chance to make a connection, with both each other and their religion," said Rabbi Danny Bergson.

"We will provide regular Friday night meals, monthly shabbatons, Hebrew speaking lessons, festival events, educational programmes, one-to-one learning, an annual shabbaton in Israel and we are also planning an educational trip to Eastern Europe later this year."

Andrew Lazare, managing director of Manchester-based off plan property specialist Urban Logic, is delighted that what has been a long-term goal of his is finally in sight.

"Urban Logic supported a group of young Jewish adults last year on an educational trip to Israel - the highlight of which was a breakfast meeting with Moshe Katsav, president of Israel, followed by prayers in his private synagogue," he said.

"The trip was a tremendous experience for the individuals concerned and it was a privilege for my company to offer its support.

"Witnessing the level of fulfilment this trip achieved, strengthened my determination to drive the launch of Ignite the Soul and to work closer with Rabbi Danny Bergson.

"Today pressures of work and the consumer society mean that traditional community ties have been weakened.

"The aim of Ignite the Soul is to provide quality time and space to re-establish the connection between Jews as individuals and with their heritage. We hope to make the Jewish faith more accessible to young people."

Ignite the Soul is aiming to raise £150,000 during its first year of activity to help subsidise its projects. To learn more about the charity and its programme of events, call Rabbi Danny Bergson on 07976 312 825.

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For more press information contact Elizabeth Swain or John Butters at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444 or email eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
Monday, February 20, 2006
BEACHCROFT WANSBROUGHS COMPLETES NHS KEY WORKER HOUSING SCHEME

National commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, has played a key role in successfully achieving the financial close of a major Residential Accommodation Scheme for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

The £22m capital investment scheme involves the provision of affordable housing to aid the recruitment and retention of key NHS Staff on four of the Trust's hospital sites. Beachcroft Wansbroughs, appointed due to its experience in working with the NHS and its expertise in the healthcare sector, advised the Trust on all elements of its contract with Progress Care Housing Association Limited, the charitable arm of not-for-profit organisation Progress Housing Group. This is one of 21 NHS staff, keyworker and student accommodation schemes for which Beachcroft Wansbroughs has advised upon nationally.

Progress Care Housing Association Limited will provide 590 units of accommodation in a mixture of new build and refurbished buildings units on the four sites at Lincoln, Grantham, Louth and Pilgrim Hospitals. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust employs over 7,000 staff, so the need for local affordable housing has become increasingly pressing. Nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy students will be amongst the key workers housed in the new accommodation.

Frank Suttie, the partner leading the Beachcroft Wansbroughs team, said: "With the provision of good key worker housing so crucial to the NHS's overall vision for a world-class healthcare system, this scheme is important and necessary. We are delighted to have again used our experience in this sector to help close a deal that will benefit NHS staff and the local community."

Accommodation sites on the hospital grounds at Lincoln, Boston and Grantham are already being prepared and construction work at all sites is expected to be completed within two years.

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For more information, please contact:
Natalie Gross, Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506 427

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, Manchester and Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firms delivers integrated legal services to clients in four main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); and technology, media and telecommunications.

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has acted on 21 current and concluded NHS staff, keyworker and student accommodation schemes. The firm was also instructed by the Department of Health to draft standard form documentation for these staff accommodation schemes because of its extensive knowledge of the health and PPP market sectors.

Chambers UK 2005 recognised 56 Beachcroft Wansbroughs partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in Legal 500 2005, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award.

Legal 500 (2005 edition) entry in relation to Social Housing: "Beachcroft Wansbroughs fields a national team .... whose expertise in the health sector has led to a raft of instructions from Registered Social Landlords on outsourcing of NHS staff accommodation "clear quick and unambiguous" advice is delivered by a "friendly and utterly professional" team with an eye on clients' budget allowances."

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs will become Beachcroft LLP, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm. For further information, please visit: http://www.bwlaw.co.uk

 
BEACHCROFT WANSBROUGHS ACQUIRES TECHNOLOGY LAW FIRM

National commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, is to take on all four lawyers from v-lex, a Sheffield and London-based law firm servicing major purchasers and suppliers in the IT, telecoms and technology sectors. The move is part of Beachcroft Wansbroughs' strategy to expand its highly successful Technology and Commerce practice in light of increasing demand from clients in the UK, Europe and the US.

The v-lex team of two partners and two solicitors will join Beachcroft Wansbroughs' 25-strong Technology and Commerce practice and will be based in the firm's offices in Leeds and London. v-lex brings specific expertise in business process outsourcing, a target growth area for Beachcroft Wansbroughs, as well as experience in advising clients on data protection, intellectual property, e-commerce and software licensing. Existing v-lex clients will transfer to Beachcroft Wansbroughs and the company will cease trading.

Nick Holland, Beachcroft Wansbroughs partner and head of the firm's Technology and Commerce practice, said: "Technology underpins the work of so many businesses today, as well as enabling new channels to market, so we have seen a sharp increase in demand for our expertise from clients in the UK and abroad. The capabilities of the v-lex team are well-known to us, combining excellent IT commercial and legal skills. We are looking forward to working with them, deepening our expertise in the BPO market, and continuing through this exciting phase of growth."

John Yates, Chief Executive of v-lex, commented: "The key to us joining Beachcroft Wansbroughs is that we will be working with people like us. Like v-lex, Beachcroft Wansboughs has a strong sector focus and a culture of delivering advice that is 'fit for purpose'. Our strong outsourcing heritage will fit well with Beachcroft Wansbroughs' international client base, whilst v-lex clients will be able to tap into Beachcroft Wansbroughs' range of technology experience, as well as legal services such as litigation and corporate law."
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For further information or an interview, please contact:
Natalie Gross, Bell Pottinger North
01625 506 427 or ngross@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firms delivers integrated legal services to clients in four main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); and technology, media and telecommunications.

Chambers UK 2005 recognised 56 Beachcroft Wansbroughs partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in Legal 500 2005, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs will become Beachcroft LLP, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm. For further information, please visit: http://www.bwlaw.co.uk

 
Monday, February 13, 2006
REAL-LIFE 'DRAGONS DEN' COMES TO MERSEYSIDE

13th February 2006

REAL-LIFE 'DRAGONS DEN' COMES TO MERSEYSIDE

Local professionals have teamed up with one of the country's leading private investment networks and North West Seed Fund (NWSF) to bring exciting new business opportunities to Merseyside-based business angels. For the first time, Brabners Chaffe Street, Hursts and the Royal Bank of Scotland will pool their resources to invite guests to a TEChINVEST Investor Club meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool on Tuesday 7th March 2006.

This interactive event is designed to introduce high net worth individuals and other potential sources of seed and venture capital to local entrepreneurs and growing companies looking for equity finance. In addition to presentations from real companies currently seeking investment, it will outline tax incentives available to potential investors, provide advice on how to structure a deal and suggest opportunities for executive and non-executive directorships in the area's new and growing companies.

TEChINVEST has been actively involved across the Northwest region since the early '90s, helping local companies raise over £19m in direct finance and unlock a further £38m in indirect funding. As part of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), it also acts as a gateway to the raft of seed and venture capital funds set up and/or administered by NWDA, providing a single source of expert advice on the best routes to finance available.

Commenting on the aptly named 'Dreamcatchers' event, founder of TEChINVEST, Vivienne Upcott-Gill, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for Liverpool's prospective angels to come forward and dip their toe in the water. We have a continual stream of exciting Northwest businesses looking to raise finance - and often to access marketing, financial and other management expertise. This is where angels come into their own, investing time and care as well as finance to the future success of the company.

"And in an environment where so many traditional investment vehicles are performing erratically, business investments can be a very popular choice as they at least allow investors to remain close to and have a direct hand in managing the growth of that investment. In the Northwest too , angels can have the benefit of accessing additional finance for their rapidly growing companies from the region's seed and venture capital funds"

One of the most successful of these funds is the £4.5m Northwest Seed Fund, managed by Steve Sealey, which aims to help exceptional North West entrepreneurs and businesses to achieve their potential through seed capital investment and business building support. Established in September 2003, it has generally made early stage investments of up to £100,000 in businesses from all industry sectors, with some exceptional financing of up to £350,000 per company.

Registration at the Dreamcatchers event will start at 4.30 with tea and light refreshments. A series of pre-prepared presentations from real-life companies will then take place from 5.00 pm to 6.45 pm, followed by informal discussions and networking.

"This is how the Dragons Den works in practice," added Steve Sealey. "We've been working closely with TEChINVEST since the Fund was set up and their Investor Club meetings are always fascinating, friendly and fun. They give companies a chance to see that Northwest angels are not 'dragons', but a valuable source of constructive and practical support, as well as cash !"

Due to issues of confidentiality, the Dreamcatchers event on 7th March will be restricted to registered potential investors only. If you would like to register to attend, please contact the TEChINVEST team as soon as possible for a registration form on 01925 400301/2/3 or visit our website www.techinvest.org

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty, Bell Pottinger North (01625 506444)
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
Friday, February 03, 2006
AZZURI HELPS TEACHERS REGAIN CONTROL OF THE CLASSROOM





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3 February 2006

Azzurri launches Classroom Manager in line with the Government’s action on Improving Behaviour in Schools
 
UK: Education specialist, Azzurri Communications, today launches its unique Classroom Manager product, a piece of web based software that enables teachers to have control of what every pupil has access to on their classroom computers.

 
In line with the Government’s action on Improving Behaviour in Schools, Classroom Manager gives teachers the power to control ICT access across the classroom, ensuring that ICT does not have a detrimental effect on education.

 
“Classroom Manager helps our teachers to control what pupils can and cannot see when they are using computers. When using this application, teachers can be sure that children aren’t surfing the Internet and logging into chat rooms while their back is turned,” comments Alan Greensitt of St John’s RC Comprehensive School at Bishop Auckland. “Classroom Manager has certainly complemented the way our ICT lessons are delivered.”

 
The solution gives teachers complete management of classroom access to the Internet. Teachers can control which web sites the student have access to so that the students are focused on the solely on the lesson topic.  The system is very simple to use and allows a library of Internet based resources to be amassed and presented to students whilst preventing them from wasting time on unrelated Internet browsing.

 
“ICT is an extremely powerful tool that promotes effective learning, but we need to be aware of both the benefits and risks and ensure that it isn’t having a detrimental affect on learning. With Classroom Manager teachers have access to a practical and useable solution that enables them to regain control of the classroom,” comments Gerard Toplass, managing director, Azzurri Education.

 
Classroom Manager enables teachers to set the environment for children to learn in, giving teachers the ability to hand out applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel as if they were workbooks. The dynamic menu allows the teacher to make applications available as and when they require the class to use them, allowing them to focus on the task in hand.

 
“With Classroom Manager, time wasting and disruption have been eliminated. We now have peace of mind that ICT is being used appropriately and safely in our classrooms at all times.” concludes Greensitt.

 
For further information contact:
Rebecca Dean
Insight Marketing and Communications
Tel: 01625 500800
Email: rdean@insightmkt.com
 
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 15 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 £120 million. There are 750 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

 
 

 
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
EMPLOYMENT TEAM TOASTS THE TREBLE

1 February 2006

The Manchester employment team at Beachcroft Wansbroughs has announced its most successful year to date with turnover up 20% and work from 11 major new clients, including iSoft plc, Littlewood Stores and Manchester Enterprises. The team, which has trebled in size in recent years, attributes much of its success to its style of working and its sector-focused approach.

"We have added four lawyers into the Manchester team within the last 12 months and expect this growth to continue in 2006, says Sue Jenkins, employment partner. "We have become a sought-after team to work in - we are devoutly committed to team-playing, flat management and hard work.

"Our sector-focused approach allows us to draw on the expertise of other practice areas within the business. This means that we don't look at employment issues in isolation - for example, working with our financial services team, we ensure that clients regulated by the FSA are compliant in the way they manage people.

"Feedback from clients tells us that our straight, practical talking - and our "can do" approach - is refreshing, as is our desire genuinely to understand their business. We are not afraid to invest our own time to achieve these close relationships - clients tell us that they appreciate the fact we don't always reach for the stopwatch."

The firm boasts employment specialists in a number of industry sectors - real estate, construction, financial services, health and technology, media and communications. Sue Jenkins is founding partner of the Manchester team, which provides a full range of employment services including tribunal advocacy and advice, plus support at strategic and operational levels. Particular areas of expertise include discrimination, TUPE and trade union and industrial relations.

The Manchester team forms part of Beachcroft Wansbroughs' national employment practice of over 50 lawyers across four locations. Short-listed for 'Employment Team of the Year' in 2005, the national practice has handled over 700 cases within the last 12 months, including the largest single test case in employment tribunal history.

For further information about Beachcroft Wansbroughs and its employment team, please visit http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0161 934 3000.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, including 772 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.

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.

 
ANGELS HOST NETWORKING LUNCH

1 February 2006

As part of the Northwest Regional Development Agency's (NWDA) commitment to supporting new and growing businesses in the region, TEChINVEST is opening its next Investor Club meeting to would-be private investors - so that they can see for themselves what makes a real-life angel tick and the sort of young and growing companies they invest in.

In addition to a series of individual presentations from Northwest companies seeking seed or equity finance, a speaker from the North West Business Investment Scheme (NWBIS) will also discuss "Valuing Potential Investments and Appropriate Deal Structures". The idea is to provide first-hand feedback on how to make a deal work, as well as giving delegates an informal networking opportunity over lunch and a chance to chat with some of the region's long-established angels and serial investors.

Commenting on the event, TEChINVEST founder Vivienne Upcott-Gill said: "We are keen to encourage new members to attend one of our Investor Club meetings as a day delegate and get a genuine insight into how the process works. This is a format which combines valuable information-gathering with social interaction and networking to provide our guests with a clear understanding of how this type of investment works."

TEChINVEST is one of the UK's most successful equity advisory services, with a business angel network that has been active across the Northwest for almost 15 years. It also provides a single gateway to the raft of new seed and venture capital funds created or administered by the NWDA as a means of stimulating new business growth.

At the service's bi-monthly Investor Club meetings, up to five different Northwest entrepreneurs or companies have the opportunity to present a detailed business cases to a roomful of potential investors. On average, at least 1 in 3 of these companies raise some or all of the finance they seek as a direct result of these presentations.

For further information on the TEChINVEST service, or to register for attendance at the 14th February event, please contact the 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 (01625 506444)
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 

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