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Thursday, July 27, 2006
First patient receives treatment at £25m Cardiology and Surgical Unit

Stepping Hill’s new £25m flagship Cardiology and Surgical Unit has welcomed its first patient.

Mrs Irene Bell from Buxton, attended the cardiac catheter laboratory where she was presented with a bouquet of flowers from director of operations, Ann Barnes, on behalf of the Trust to mark the special occasion.

Mrs Bell, 74, who was referred to the unit to investigate and diagnose a possible heart condition commented: “I’m a bit nervous but very excited too. The new unit is absolutely wonderful, very modern and the staff are all friendly. I was referred here as I have been getting breathless walking up stairs and hills and they need to check if I have a blocked artery in my heart. There are 89 steps to walk up to my local supermarket so I’m looking forward to finding out what could be wrong!”

Dr Simon Horner, Mrs Bell’s consultant explains the procedure which she will undergo: “We will be performing a coronary angiography on Mrs Bell. This means a catheter will be fed through into the heart where a dye is injected to assess the width of the arteries and if there are any problems.

“We have a screen at the side of the bed to monitor progress which Mrs Bell will be able to watch before going home. It is the first time we have performed this procedure here and we are all excited to have this service available for our patients.”

Before the new Cardiology and Surgical Unit opened at Stepping Hill, patients had to travel as far as the Royal Manchester Infirmary or Wythenshawe Hospital for the same diagnosis.

Ann Barnes added: “The new unit is fabulous and we are all very proud. The facilities here mean we can now provide people from Stockport and the High Peak area with the very best service. As well as the unit being custom built to cater for every staff and patient need, another massive benefit is that patients will no longer need to travel as far to receive treatment and can continue to see their original consultants.”

Designed to carry out diagnostic procedures such as Mrs Bell’s, the cardiac catheter laboratory will also offer angioplasty (unblocking or widening an artery with a tiny balloon) and the fitting of pacemakers within a few years.

Other facilities in the unit, which will all be operational by the end of August, include a 32 bedded short stay unit, an eight bedded coronary care unit and a 21 bedded clinical management unit which will be linked to A&E and used for people with head injuries or patients who need special observation.

The coronary care unit will provide inpatient care whilst the four new theatres will give Stepping Hill increased capacity enabling the Trust to carry out more operations, thereby cutting waiting times even further.  Clinical specialities covered will include urology, gynaecology, orthopaedics and ear, nose and throat surgery.  

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For further information, please contact Vicki Baxter or Sarah Hooley at Bell Pottinger North on 01625 506444.

Email: vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or shooley@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


 
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
NEWS: TERCA BEATS THE BLUES

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Press Information

26th July 2006

TERCA BEATS THE BLUES

One of the UK's leading clay specialists is again responding to market demand, with the addition of a new 'best blue smooth' to the renowned Terca range of high quality clay facing bricks.

Produced using advanced manufacturing techniques; Terca's 'best blue' facing brick has a very smooth, clean finish and is suitable for a range of contemporary architecture.

"Blue bricks are often used for high specification projects, so their quality and finish is scrutinised very carefully," says David Simpson, national sales director at Terca.

"Some manufacturing processes can result in a bubbled surface effect, but we have developed techniques that ensure a very crisp and clean appearance to meet the highest architectural requirements.

"We anticipate that this brick will be specified by architects for a variety of one-off design projects as well as public buildings."

The launch of Terca's 'best blue smooth' facing brick is the latest move by the company to strengthen its presence in the architectural market. In May, Terca announced the appointment of Alan Gordon as specification manager, responsible for promoting Terca's full product range to specifiers throughout London and the South East.

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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

Notes to Editors:
Wienerberger AG is the world's largest producer of bricks and number two in the European roofing market. With 575 employees, Wienerberger Ltd is the group's UK operation, offering clay facing bricks under the Terca brand and clay roofing tiles under the Koramic brand.

Incorporating approximately 200 different clay facing bricks, the Terca range is manufactured from nine strategic sites across the UK to provide customers with bricks that reflect local building styles.

Wienerberger Ltd. believes in using natural clay products to provide a sustainable environment, which is attractive and harmonious with the local surroundings. Through all stages of production, from extraction through to the final product, the company places the highest value on sparing resources and minimising environment impact.

For further information please visit: www.terca.co.uk

 
STATEMENT-CRAWLEY TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

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26 July 2006

Corporate rescue specialists, Begbies Traynor, are today looking for a buyer for the troubled Nationwide Conference club, Crawley Town.

The club was placed in administration on 5 June 2006. At a creditors meeting on 25 July, the required majority of creditors did not support the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA). As a result, the club is now up for sale and the administrators have requested that all interested parties contact them immediately.

Rob Sadler, partner at Begbies Traynor, comments: "We were disappointed that the CVA was not supported by the majority of creditors, despite it being the best possible financial outcome for the them.

"We will now be attempting to sell the club and are inviting offers from interested parties. Time is of the essence and if a sale is not agreed before the new season starts, then the club may have to close.

"We will be working hard to try to ensure this doesn't happen but we do need a purchaser to come forward with a serious offer. Even if sold, the club may face further sanctions from the FA, including relegation from the Nationwide Conference."

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Press contact:
Joanne Fletcher-Wall
Bell Pottinger North
01625 506425

Information on Begbies Traynor can be accessed via the Group's website at: http://www.begbies-traynor.com

Notes to editors:

About Begbies Traynor Group plc

The Group specializes in business insolvency management and is becoming increasingly active in the area of personal insolvency. It also offers services in corporate rescue and investigation services and has entered the field of corporate finance.

In November 2005, the Group entered the rapidly-expanding volume personal insolvency market via the acquisition of W3 Debt Solutions, a firm specializing in providing advice and practical support to individuals in debt.

The Group has grown to its current network of 32 nationwide offices ranging from Scotland to the South West of England, with 350 operatives. The Company continues to pursue its strategy of organic development, coupled with the acquisition of specialist knowledge of both individuals and firms, to further increase its market share in its core services.

The Directors believe that the Group is the UK's largest independent insolvency, corporate rescue and recovery specialist with clients ranging from major institutions to individuals with business difficulties.

The Office Network

The Group operates with 60 licensed insolvency appointment takers, some 225 fee earning staff and 65 in support and administration. The Group operates from 32 locations across the UK.

Business Activities

The core business of the Group is the formal administration of insolvencies including receiverships, liquidations, administrations, company voluntary arrangements and business-related personal insolvencies. The Group has extended its activities into a range of consultancy services including corporate rescue, credit management, forensic and investigation services and corporate finance.

 
BEGBIES TRAYNOR STRENGTHENS MANCHESTER TEAM

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26 July 2006

Begbies Traynor, the UK's largest independent insolvency and corporate recovery specialists, has strengthened its Manchester team with the appointment of Kevin Coates.

Kevin, 33, joins Begbies Traynor as a director in the Manchester office following nine successful years with Ernst & Young.

A qualified chartered accountant and insolvency practitioner, Kevin brings to the firm a broad range of experience in the retail, manufacturing, engineering, construction, healthcare, technology and consumer products sectors.

His experience also includes a thirteen-month secondment to the Royal Bank of Scotland, assisting the bank in managing its distressed customer portfolio.

Paul Stanley, senior partner at Begbies Traynor, Manchester, comments: "I am pleased that Kevin has chosen to join us in further strengthening the Manchester team. Begbies Traynor has a strong reputation in the corporate recovery market and appointments of this calibre demonstrate our ongoing commitment to bringing valued expertise to our clients. This, together with our strategy of expansion, will enable us to accelerate our strong growth in the years ahead."

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Enquires, please contact:
Joanne Fletcher-Wall
Bell Pottinger North
01625 506425

Information on Begbies Traynor can be accessed via the Group's website at : http://www.begbies-traynor.com

Notes to editors:

About Begbies Traynor Group plc
The Group specialises in business insolvency management and is becoming increasingly active in the area of personal insolvency. It also offers services in corporate rescue and investigation services and has entered the field of corporate finance.

In November 2005, the Group entered the rapidly-expanding volume personal insolvency market via the acquisition of W3 Debt Solutions, a firm specializing in providing advice and practical support to individuals in debt.

The Group has grown to its current network of 32 nationwide offices ranging from Scotland to the South West of England, with 350 operatives. The Company continues to pursue its strategy of organic development, coupled with the acquisition of specialist knowledge of both individuals and firms, to further increase its market share in its core services.

The Directors believe that the Group is the UK's largest independent insolvency, corporate rescue and recovery specialist with clients ranging from major institutions to individuals with business difficulties.

The Office Network
The Group operates with 60 licensed insolvency appointment takers, some 225 fee earning staff and 65 in support and administration. The Group operates from 32 locations across the UK.

Business Activities
The core business of the Group is the formal administration of insolvencies including receiverships, liquidations, administrations, company voluntary arrangements and business-related personal insolvencies. The Group has extended its activities into a range of consultancy services including corporate rescue, credit management, forensic and investigation services and corporate finance.

 
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
NEWS: BEACHCROFT APPOINTS TECHNOLOGY LAW SPECIALISTS

Press Release: 25th July 2006

BEACHCROFT APPOINTS TECHNOLOGY LAW SPECIALISTS

In response to increasing demand from clients across the North, Beachcroft LLP in Manchester is enhancing its IT and commercial law offering with the appointment of two specialist technology solicitors.

Andrew Rankin joins from Vertex Data Science Ltd. Responsible for a range of non-contentious commercial and technology work, Andrew has particular expertise in business process outsourcing in the utility sector, software licensing, and agreements for the design implementation and delivery of technology projects.

With three years' experience, Andrew Thomas will focus on non-contentious IT law, including systems development and implementation, software licensing, website terms and conditions, as well as intellectual property rights and data protection.

Pauline Cowie, technology and commerce partner at Beachcroft in Manchester, said: "An increasing number of clients are seeking specialist IT skills from law firms, not only here in the North West, but across the UK and abroad. Technology underpins the work of so many businesses today, as well as enabling new channels to market, so there is no doubt that this demand will continue.

"Our aim is to build a leading Northern technology and commerce team that can deliver expert advice to clients across the region, and support our national technology group in meeting the needs of companies throughout the country."

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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

Notes to Editor:
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm 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.

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 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 198 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial litigation, commercial property, injury/risk, professional indemnity, corporate/commercial and employment law.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk

 
KORAMIC STRENGTHENS UK STRATEGY


KORAMIC STRENGTHENS UK STRATEGY

Koramic is stepping up sales in the UK, with plans to increase its product range and enhance its distribution network with the introduction of 20 new 'elite stockists'. Koramic - the roofing tile brand of specialist clay manufacturer Wienerberger, which also owns the well-known Terca brand of clay facing bricks - anticipates that this will help increase its market share by 5% in 2007.

"Koramic is expanding rapidly in UK and we want to build on this success and the increasing demand for clay products within the specifier market," says David Simpson, national sales director.

"Advances in manufacturing techniques and technology means that clay roofing tiles not only offer aesthetic appeal but good value for money. We're talking to a lot of architects who are finding it easier than ever before to specify our range. Our production techniques result in a wide variety of colours and textures that can match regional preferences throughout the UK.

"I think the industry is recognising the enormous potential of clay products in terms of building design, whether for traditional homes, state-of-the-art high-rise structures, prestigious public or commercial buildings and even cutting-edge industrial premises."

With a 120-year pedigree, Koramic roof tiles are now available through specialist distribution centres, roofing merchants and selected builders' merchants in the UK.
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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
Notes to Editors:
Wienerberger AG is the world's largest producer of bricks and number two in the European clay roofing market. With 575 employees, Wienerberger Ltd. is the group's UK operation, offering clay facing bricks under the Terca brand and clay roofing tiles under the Koramic brand.

The UK Koramic range of clay roof tiles currently includes nine profiles, which can be used to reflect traditional design, carry out refurbishments or produce contemporary architecture. All of Koramic's products are manufactured under strict quality control and are BS EN 1304 certified.

Established in 1883, Koramic was acquired by Wienerberger AG in 2004 and has around 1900 employees across the UK and Europe.

Wienerberger Ltd. believes in using natural clay products to provide a sustainable environment, which is attractive and harmonious with the local surroundings. Through all stages of production, from extraction through to the final product, the company places the highest value on sparing resources and minimising environment impact.

For further information please visit: www.koramic.co.uk

 
Monday, July 24, 2006
SHM SMITH HODGKINSON TO AUCTION OFF NYPRO'S ASSETS

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24 July 2006

Nypro Inc, one of the worlds leading manufacturers of injection mould parts, is to close its facility in Wrexham, England following a restructuring of its business.

SHM Smith Hodgkinson, the leading international plant and machinery consultant has been appointed as its agent to sell the surplus machinery and assets from its Wrexham site.

The Europe-wide sale by auction will take place on 7th September at the Wrexham site and will be broadcast live and interactive over the Internet. Items in the auction include an excellent range of injection moulding machinery and supplementary equipment.

Ian Maycock, director, SHM Smith Hodgkinson comments: "This will be a rare opportunity to acquire high-quality injection moulding machines and ancillary equipment from this prestigious manufacturer. What is unusual about the equipment is that it has been operated in a clean room environment"

Other items at the auction include heaters, hot runner controllers granulators, robots, dryers and hoppers.

Items in the sale can be viewed at the Nypro plant in Wrexham between 10:00 and 16:00 on Wednesday 6th September and from 9:00 on the morning of the sale. The auction will start at 11:00 on Thursday 7th September.

Full details are available from http://www.shm-group.com or by calling its Manchester office in the UK on +44 (0)161 233 2900.

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Press contacts: Vicki Baxter or Alex Henshall at Bell Pottinger North (01625) 506444 - or vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or
ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Note to Editors:

SHM Smith Hodgkinson, a Gordon Brothers company, is the UK's leading independent commercial auctioneer, appraiser and valuer of business assets providing services to banks, asset-based lenders, corporate finance professionals, and insolvency practitioners. The firm regularly undertakes the disposal of company assets for insolvency, restructuring and corporate closures.

SHM has four offices in the UK - Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London - and has a strong presence in South East Asia, Central and Eastern Europe with offices in Bucharest, Belgrade, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.

The firm has held a number of high profile auctions including, what is considered to be, the world's largest when it sold the assets of the Amedeo Development Corporation in Brunei.

For more information, please visit http://www.shm-group.com

 
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
SUMMERTIME BLUE FOR BOSSES

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19 July 2006

Yorkshire bosses are urged to look after their staff in the heat wave or lose out financially according to a leading corporate recovery specialist.

Peter Sargent, of Begbies Traynor, Halifax, suggests that the hot weather can have serious effects on UK businesses. Peter says: "The effects of the extreme heat on workers leaves them tired and de-motivated, and in turn we typically see a slump in productivity. There will always be businesses that do particularly well in a heat wave. Ice cream sales rocket, bars and restaurants and the leisure industry as a whole will see an increase in revenue. However, the business-to-business market will see a downturn, which may affect the bottom line.

"The "Summer of 76" will be remembered for it's drought conditions and sweltering heat. It's interesting if you look at the DTI statistics on compulsory and voluntary liquidations for 1976. That year recorded the highest number of liquidations (5,939) for the whole decade!

"Stifling heat, offices without air conditioning, and Britain's long hours culture all makes for a lose-lose situation. As a nation, we're simply not geared up for the heat. Stress levels rise, and the office becomes a more aggressive and short tempered place."

In a recent survey, eight out of ten workers felt their concentration was affected, by the heat and two thirds thought that normal tasks could take up to 25 per cent longer. Not surprisingly, more than half admitted to slacking off during the summer.

Peter continued: "Bosses need to look after their staff, by taking simple measures, to improve the working environment, they can get the most out of their staff in return. Relax strict dress codes, for example the accountancy and legal professions are expected to maintain a certain standard, but in the office there really isn't any need to wear a tie, it's simply uncomfortable in the heat. Keep your staff cool, and you'll reap the rewards!"

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Joanne Fletcher-Wall
Bell Pottinger North
01625 506425

Information on Begbies Traynor can be accessed via the Group's website at
http://www.begbies-traynor.com

Notes to editors:

About Begbies Traynor Group plc

The Group specializes in business insolvency management and is becoming increasingly active in the area of personal insolvency. It also offers services in corporate rescue and investigation services and has entered the field of corporate finance.

In November 2005, the Group entered the rapidly-expanding volume personal insolvency market via the acquisition of W3 Debt Solutions, a firm specializing in providing advice and practical support to individuals in debt.

The Group has grown to its current network of 32 nationwide offices ranging from Scotland to the South West of England, with 350 operatives. The Company continues to pursue its strategy of organic development, coupled with the acquisition of specialist knowledge of both individuals and firms, to further increase its market share in its core services.

The Directors believe that the Group is the UK's largest independent insolvency, corporate rescue and recovery specialist with clients ranging from major institutions to individuals with business difficulties.

The Office Network

The Group operates with 60 licensed insolvency appointment takers, some 225 fee earning staff and 65 in support and administration. The Group operates from 32 locations across the UK.

Business Activities

The core business of the Group is the formal administration of insolvencies including receiverships, liquidations, administrations, company voluntary arrangements and business-related personal insolvencies. The Group has extended its activities into a range of consultancy services including corporate rescue, credit management, forensic and investigation services and corporate finance.

 
TRUST THANKS DIRECTOR FOR 13 YEARS AT THE HELM

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust paid special tribute to consultant anaesthetist Dr Cherry Mason for 13 years’ service as clinical director of the critical care directorate.

Presenting her with a Waterford Crystal vase, the Trust’s chief executive, Dr Chris Burke, said that her tenure as a clinical director was one of the longest the Trust had ever known. During that time her personal perseverance through difficult and challenging times had ensured that the hospital had developed into the modern, forward-thinking organisation, it is today.

Chris Burke continued: “Dr Mason has been a good advocate for anaesthetists. She has also helped us change the organisation. It has been a very challenging time through which she has maintained her colleagues’ interest and motivation at a time when they have had to implement challenging national policies.

“Under her leadership the directorate has developed a recognised strength as an excellent teaching organisation. She has also been responsible for introducing innovative theatre practises, which have been fundamental to patients’ length of stay and the operation of the short stay unit.”

Dr Mason, who lives in Disley, joined Stepping Hill hospital in 1986 at a time when there were just eight anaesthetists at the Trust. She was appointed clinical director in 1994. The critical care directorate now has 25 anaesthetists and has developed a reputation as one of the leading directorates in the region for excellence in teaching and training.

On receiving her gift Dr Mason commented: “The reason my job has been possible is because we have worked together as a team - it didn’t just happen, we have worked at it. As clinical director I am grateful that I have had the support of many talented colleagues, without whom we could not have moved forward as we have done. One of the biggest challenges has been implementing the Department of Health agenda, which has constantly moved the goalposts. However, whatever the challenges we have faced, quality has always been at the forefront of our agenda.”

Dr Mason is now looking forward to devoting herself to clinical duties. Her role as clinical director has been taken over by Dr Colin Wasson.

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For further information, please contact Alison Duffy or Vicki Baxter at Bell Pottinger North on 01625 506444.

Email: aduffy@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
'TIME FOR TEA' AT SHOW GARDEN FOR 'BROOKSIDE' STAR

For former ‘Brookside’ star Alex Davies it was ‘Time for Tea’ when she visited the Pure Leisure Group garden at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show (RHS) held at Tatton Park in Cheshire.

Alex, who was Jacqui Dixon for 13 years in the Merseyside soap ‘Brookside’, was visiting her personal friend Vicki Morphet, marketing director of the Pure Leisure Group, at the prestigious event.

The Pure Leisure Group garden, designed by Tarleton Specimen Plants, was designed to highlight the pleasures of the typical English garden. The RHS judges awarded the garden a silver medal.

Alex, who has recently finished filming a role in the daytime TV soap ‘Doctors’, commented: “It’s a beautiful garden but it’s so hot you really just want to paddle in the wonderful pond.”

The main features in the garden are a luxurious 2-bedroom pine lodge and a beautiful pond surrounded by old Scottish cobbles. Over a wooden bridge lies a large lawn area complete with timber trellis. Visitors feeling flush at the end of the show, could treat themselves to a beautiful seven-foot bonsai tree showcased in the garden, which is a snip at only £9,000!

Pure Leisure Group is owned by one of the UK’s most successful leisure entrepreneurs, John Morphet. The Group offers timber lodges for sale at South Lakeland Leisure Village, situated in Carnforth, and also owns a number of overseas developments, including Cyprus, Marbella and Barbados.

John Morphet, owner and managing director of Pure Leisure Group, commented: “We are delighted to be sponsoring a garden at the Tatton show again this year. Tatton is the highlight of the northern gardening calendar and it gives us the ideal opportunity to showcase one of our luxury pine lodges from our Reiver range, which we offer at our holiday parks. Many people are surprised to find that holiday homes of this type can provide such high quality accommodation. This year’s lodge is one of the most luxurious to date, with features including flat-screen TV’s with surround sound.”

The lodge was provided by Reiver Lodges and could be viewed on request at the show. For details of holiday lodge ownership, contact Pure Leisure Group on 01524 784222.

 
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For more information on the Pure Leisure Group: Vicki Baxter or Joanne Fletcher-Wall at Bell Pottinger North (01625 506444) vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Notes to Editors

Pure Leisure Group
The Pure Leisure Group is owned by UK based leisure entrepreneur John Morphet.

The UK locations of the caravan and lodge parks he owns are:

Fell End Caravan Park, Hale, near Milnthorpe
Hall More Caravan Park, Hale, near Milnthorpe
South Lakeland Leisure Village, Borwick, near Carnforth
Billing Aquadrome, Northampton
Cogenhoe Mill, Northampton

The Pure Leisure Group also has three developments overseas:

Olive Grove Park, Limnatis, Cyprus located in a traditional Cypriot village set amongst Almond and Olive groves just 15 minutes drive from the cosmopolitan town of Limassol.

Marbella Gun and Country Club, Spain  - where an initial development of timber lodge holiday homes is nearing completion.

Royal Westmoreland, Barbados - a luxurious 500 acre estate with a world class golf course offering a choice of magnificent, newly built villas in a selection of sizes and styles - from two to four bedrooms, to larger Premium Villas and grand, individually-styled Exclusive Villas.

Tarleton Specimen Plants
Tarleton Specimen Plants offers specimen plants and trees from around the world. The centre at Tarleton, near Preston, is open to the public and also supplies local authorities, landscape gardeners, pubs, hotels and property developers. Established six years ago, it is run by the Aughton family who have over 40 years’ experience in the landscape garden trade.

 
Friday, July 14, 2006
NATIONAL MOTORCYLCLE WEEK PROMPTS SAFTEY CALL TO MOTORCYCLISTS

Motorcyclists account for over 90 per cent of deaths on one of Britain’s most dangerous roads - the A537 from Macclesfield to Buxton.

On the eve of the National Motorcycle Week (16th - 23rd July), a leading catastrophic injury lawyer from Manchester is appealing to bikers to take care on the road to avoid the serious injuries that many bikers suffer.

Motorcyclists have always run a greater risk of serious injury than car drivers and the summertime is a favourite time for riders to take to the road, serving to heighten this risk. Stephen Maguire, partner at Donns LLP, a Manchester-based solicitors, comments: “Having dealt with a large number of catastrophic injury cases over 15 years, we are seeing a significant increase in motorcycle accidents. The trend is especially worrying as this type of accident frequently results in horrific injury or even death.

“I see many cases where men in their prime have had their lives devastated by a motorcycle accident. The real tragedy is that most of these accidents do not involve other road users and therefore the victims are left with severely debilitating injuries and no right to compensation. These people then have a lifelong dependency upon the NHS and their families.

“At Donns, we recognise that these type of accidents not only affect the victims but also their families. We take a wider view on all cases to help the victims realise a level of compensation that will aid their recovery and help them get their life back on track. We also support the victims’ families and help them through what can be a very harrowing process.”

National Motorcycle Week aims to promote unity and safety between motorcyclists, encouraging thousands of bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts to ‘get on their bikes’ - and take advantage of the beautiful scenery and the summer weather.

A study carried out by an AA Motoring Trust, the European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP), based its analysis of accident data from 850 of Britain’s main roads. It found that although British roads are increasingly safe, a ‘mini massacre’ of motorcyclists on some rural main roads continues to weaken initiatives to improve safety.

The report highlighted one such accident blackspot, the A54 from Congleton, Cheshire to Buxton in Derbyshire as the second most dangerous road in Britain. This 24km stretch of road saw 20 fatal or serious collisions between 2001 and 2003 compared to the national average of 12.4.

The A537, a notorious stretch of road known as the ‘Cat and Fiddle run’ which links Macclesfield, Cheshire to the A54, is a popular haunt with bikers wanting to enjoy the winding, country roads. The survey highlighted that bikers account for nearly all the deaths between 2001 and 2003. 20 of the 22 fatal and serious injuries on that stretch of road involved motorcyclists - a chilling 90 per cent!

The report states that over 200 lives could be saved annually if a modest increase in safety was seen on some of these roads. It went on to suggest that Britain’s roads are increasingly safe and with continual road safety measures, Britain boasts one of the lowest risks of death or serious injury in Europe.

Statistics like this have prompted Stephen to appeal to bikers to be safe on the roads during this key week in the motorcycling calendar. He offers his top 3 safety tips for rider safety:

1.      Take care on the roads, especially around accident blackspots.
2.   Always ride defensively and show a heightened awareness to the road and other road users at all times.
3.   Reduce your speed, especially on unknown or country roads.

“Whilst I wouldn’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, by following these simple tips, accidents can be avoided and this type of needless death and destruction eliminated.”

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Press contacts:
Vicki Baxter, Joanne Fletcher-Wall or Alex Henshall at Bell Pottinger North (01625) 506444
vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Notes to Editors:
Donns LLP is recognised as one of the leading specialist personal injury law firms in the UK, at the forefront of personal injury litigation dealing with claims both in the UK and abroad.

They provide expert legal advice in all areas of personal injury, accident and clinical negligence cases to ensure that they secure the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time. The firm delivers exceptional levels of client service through their highly trained and experienced legal professionals and cost effective approach.

With over 35 years experience in the personal injury marketplace they have an enviable reputation for providing quality legal services. They have attained and held both the Investors in People (IIP) standard in 1999 and the Lexcel quality mark in 2001.

Donns LLP has a legal aid franchise in both personal injury and clinical negligence.

Visit their website at http://www.donnslaw.co.uk










 
GLAISYERS STRENGTHENS PRIVATE CLIENT TEAM

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13 July 2006

Manchester-based law firm Glaisyers has strengthened its conveyancing and private client team with the appointment of private client solicitor Sion Roberts.

Sion, 32, joins from Lincolnshire-based firm the Ringrose Law Group, where he trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2004. He brings with him three years experience in Wills, probate, Powers of Attorney and Trusts work. Prior to this, Sion worked for five years in financial services at Conwy County Borough Council.

His new role at Glaisyers sees him focussing on a wide variety of private client work, bringing an added dimension to their Manchester office.

Sion, currently relocating from Lincolnshire to Manchester, is enjoying his new role, he said: “Glaisyers is a recognised law firm with a strong reputation in the northwest and I am really looking forward to working with them. Manchester is vibrant city and a key location, which will provide me with a varied and challenging workload.”

Mike Charlesworth, partner at Glaisyers, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Sion who will compliment and build on our existing team. He brings strong experience in the field and will be a real asset to the team.”

Sion is originally from Colwyn Bay in North Wales and is a fluent Welsh speaker. 

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For further information please contact:

Alex Henshall
Bell Pottinger North
01625 506414

Notes to editors:

Glaisyers was established in Manchester in 1974.  It is now a fourteen-partner firm with offices in central Manchester and Longsight. With a staff of 86 people they are a medium sized firm small enough to retain the general practice ethos but big enough to ensure that all solicitors are specialists in their chosen fields.  The Manchester office specialises in commercial and residential property for both private individuals and commercial developers together with company commercial transactions, employment, personal injury, road traffic act cases, litigation and financial services.  








 
TIME FOR TEA

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14 July 2006

It's time for tea at this year's Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show (RHS) held at Tatton Park in Cheshire.

Designed by Tarleton Specimen Plants, and sponsored by leisure operators Pure Leisure Group, the garden has been designed to highlight the pleasures of the typical English garden.

The main feature of the garden will be a luxurious 2-bedroom pine lodge, with a beautiful pond surrounded by old Scottish cobbles. Over a wooden bridge lies a large lawn area complete with timber trellis. If you're feeling flush at the end of the show, why not treat yourself to the beautiful seven-foot bonsai tree showcased in the garden, which could be yours for a snip at only £9,000!

Complimenting the garden is a range of charming garden furniture and tableware provided by North West retailer, House Shop.

Phil Aughton of Tarleton Specimen Plants, near Preston, one of the North West's leading landscaping companies, has designed the garden.
This will be the fourth year in succession that they have created Pure Leisure Group's show garden, and will be hoping to add a fourth award to their existing hat trick of prizes.

Pure Leisure Group is owned by one of the UK's most successful leisure entrepreneurs, John Morphet. They offer timber lodges for sale at South Lakeland Leisure Village, situated in Carnforth, and also own a number of overseas developments, including Cyprus, Marbella and Barbados.

John Morphet, owner and managing director of Pure Leisure Group, commented: "We are delighted to be sponsoring a garden at the Tatton show again this year. Tatton is the highlight of the northern gardening calendar and it gives us the ideal opportunity to showcase one of our luxury pine lodges from our Reiver range, which we offer at our holiday parks. Many people are surprised to find that holiday homes of this type can provide such high quality accommodation. This year's lodge is one of the most luxurious to date, with features including flat-screen TV's with surround sound."

The lodge has been provided by Reiver Lodges and is open to be viewed on request at the show. For details of holiday lodge ownership, contact Pure Leisure Group on 01524 784222.

The show is open to press on Tuesday 18th July and the general public the following day.

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For more information on the Pure Leisure Group: Vicki Baxter or Joanne Fletcher-Wall at Bell Pottinger North (01625 506444) vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Notes to Editors

Pure Leisure Group
UK based leisure entrepreneur John Morphet owns the Pure Leisure Group.

The UK locations of the caravan and lodge parks he owns are:

Fell End Caravan Park, Hale, near Milnthorpe
Hall More Caravan Park, Hale, near Milnthorpe
South Lakeland Leisure Village, Borwick, near Carnforth
Billing Aquadrome, Northampton
Cogenhoe Mill, Northampton

The Pure Leisure Group also has three developments overseas:

1.Olive Grove Park, Limnatis, Cyprus located in a traditional Cypriot village set amongst Almond and Olive groves just 15 minutes drive from the cosmopolitan town of Limassol.
2. Marbella Gun and Country Club, Spain - where, an initial development of timber lodge holiday homes is nearing completion.
3. Royal Westmoreland, Barbados - a luxurious 500 acre estate with a world class golf course offering a choice of magnificent, newly built villas in a selection of sizes and styles - from two to four bedrooms, to larger Premium Villas and grand, individually-styled Exclusive Villas.

Tarleton Specimen Plants

Tarleton Specimen Plants offers specimen plants and trees from around the world. The centre at Tarleton, near Preston, is open to the public and also supplies local authorities, landscape gardeners, pubs, hotels and property developers. Established six years ago, it is run by the Aughton family who have over 40 years' experience in the landscape garden trade.

House Shop

Have stores located in Bramhall, Didsbury, Heswall, Stockon Heath and Wilmslow. New store openings planned for this year include, Chester, Macclesfield and Stockport. To contact House Shop visit: http://www.houseshopuk.com or call customer services on 0161 946 1777.

 
Thursday, July 13, 2006
AUSSIE APPOINT LEEDS AUDITORS

RSML 16 06
13 July 2006

Adding to its recent success in the international arena, Leeds-based chartered accountancy firm RSM Robson Rhodes have been appointed auditors to Australian company, Vision Systems Limited.

RSM Robson Rhodes' audit team will be working for the UK subsidiaries of Vision Systems, a top 200 ASX listed company in Australia, with a market capitalisation of Aus $340m.

The Vision Systems Group manufactures and markets automated instrument and biochemical reagents for biopsy-based detection of cancer and infectious diseases in pathology laboratories. They also undertake significant research and development primarily in the biomedical industry - its principal overseas operations are based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Andy Wood and Neil Maynard will lead RSM Robson Rhodes audit team, working closely with the Melbourne office of RSM Bird Cameron.

Commenting on the appointment, partner, Andy Wood said: "The panel were impressed by our pragmatic approach and the speed with which we got to grips with understanding their business needs. This is a great opportunity for us, we beat off stiff competition from three of the big four accountancy firms, and we're looking forward to working with the Vision Systems team."

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Press contacts: Joanne Fletcher-Wall or Alex Henshall at Bell Pottinger North (01625) 506444 - jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Notes for editors:

RSM Robson Rhodes
RSM Robson Rhodes LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership. The firm practices from nine offices in the UK and Ireland, offering a full range of services to the public and private sectors. As the UK member of the world's sixth-largest accounting and consultancy organisation, it is able to call upon the skills and experience of more than 20,000 professionals in over 70 countries. http://www.rsmi.co.uk

RSM Robson Rhodes LLP is registered to carry out audit work by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is regulated and authorised by the Financial Services Authority.

 
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
NEWS: Top public relations group appoints Clein in Liverpool expansion

July 11, 2006

Top public relations group appoints Clein in Liverpool expansion

Britain's leading public relations group today strengthened its commitment to Liverpool and Merseyside with the appointment of a senior consultant and the announcement that it is to open its first ever office in the area.

Richard Clein, 35, is a former BBC Radio Merseyside broadcaster and journalist and joins Bell Pottinger North from October Communications, where he headed the public relations team as director of media and campaigns.

Clein will be responsible for driving Bell Pottinger North's presence in the area and comes with considerable media relations and public affairs experience.

"Richard is probably the best connected public relations consultant in the area. We are delighted to have attracted him to lead our operations in Liverpool," said Bell Pottinger North director, John Butters.

"We see great opportunities for our business in Merseyside. There isn't another consultancy in the region that can match our local, national or international capability for strategic and tactical public relations consultancy."

"I am extremely excited," added Clein. "This is not only a fantastic opportunity for me personally, but the fact that Bell Pottinger is coming to Liverpool is also great news for organisations in the city.

"We have seen other public relations agencies hint at their commitment to the area, but very few have made their mark."

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Notes to editors

Bell Pottinger North, part of the Bell Pottinger Group - voted number one in PR Week's league tables for the last three years - was established in July 2004.

It is based in Cheshire and works for all types of organisation. It specialisms include air transportation, construction, education, engineering, healthcare, NHS Trusts, professional services, property and technology and telecoms.

For more press information contact John Butters, director, Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444 or email jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
NEWS: On Target For Record 2006 At The Half Year

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11th July 2006

On Target For Record 2006 At The Half Year

2006 looks set to be a record year for national mechanical and electrical specialist, EIC, as the company reaches its half-year with 87% of its £72 million turnover target in the bag.

After a year of investment and consolidation in 2005, during which the company recorded a dip in profits of 30% on the previous, record-breaking performance in 2004, EIC believes that the stage is set for its best year yet.

So much so, in fact, that it is investing over £2 million in a prestigious new, national headquarters in Alcester, just 8 miles from its current location in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Commenting on the company's performance to date, financial director Graham Lyall said: "EIC is a company with a long history and pedigree and we understand that we have to invest in the future in order to drive the company forward. We have always been strong in the retail sector, but have deliberately diversified our service offering over recent years so that we could enter new markets, such as education, health and leisure. 2005 was all about these new market sectors and establishing a reputation that we could build on. As a consequence, while we reported a dip in pre-tax profits, although our turnover was up by 2%.

"This year is already showing signs of strong growth, with turnover up by between 15% and 30% in all sectors. Our patience has paid off, with the education sector proving particularly buoyant. As a consequence - and to demonstrate our confidence in continued growth going forward - we have just acquired a 2.5 acre site in Alcester, for our new integrated headquarters."

A privately owned company still in the hands of the original founding families, EIC has built an impressive reputation for mechanical and electrical engineering contracts in large-scale retail, commercial, educational and leisure developments across the UK. With a network of regional offices which extends from Edinburgh in the North to Plymouth in the South, its national capability is matched by a strong regional focus and locally based management team.

EIC has been in its present head office building in Stratford since the 1970s, purchasing an additional operational site in nearby Wilmcote to accommodate its growing Test & Maintenance business back in the early 1990's. The move to the new Alcester site will provide an opportunity for both teams to be combined in a single integrated operation.

"This is a major move for the company," adds Graham, "and a clear indication of our commitment to the future expansion of the business. By bringing both operations together, we hope to achieve greater synergy between our various areas of expertise, maximise our multi-disciplinary teamworking and further improve our service to customers."

For further information on the range of service available from EIC, please visit the website www.eicltd.com

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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 working collaboratively with all members of a project team, providing innovative, sustainable solutions and best whole life value. For further information log on to www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk /eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506404)

 
NHS TRUST RESPONSIBLE FOR BOTCHED VASECTOMY

Steven and Sharon Wright from Todmorden, West Yorkshire have been awarded £37,000 after a failed vasectomy resulted in the ‘wrongful birth’ of their third child.

The low settlement figure comes after a ruling by the House of Lords in 1999 in response to a similar case that changed the law, removing the right to compensation for the cost of bringing up a child.

Specialist clinical negligence solicitor, Janet Johnson of Donns LLP, who represented the couple said: “I believe that the ruling from the House of Lords which limits damages goes against one of the fundamental principles of law - the law should have the power to return the Wrights to the situation they would have been in but for the negligence. Had the test results been interpreted properly and the correct advice given, the Wrights would not have to pay the extra costs of bringing up a child, which is directly attributable to the Hospital’s negligence.

“Prior to 2000, these types of cases were typically awarded upwards of £100,000 - although not as high, I believe that the final settlement figure is a substantial improvement on the ‘tariff award’ imposed by the House of Lords limiting pain and suffering claims to £15,000.” 

Claims are now limited to:
·       Pain, discomfort and inconvenience of an unwanted pregnancy and birth;
·       Additional medical expenses;
·       Clothes for the mother during pregnancy;
·       Equipment on the birth of the baby;
·       Loss of earnings during pregnancy and birth.

Mr & Mrs Wright, both 33, had taken the decision to limit the size of their family to two children. They opted for a vasectomy and Steven Wright underwent the operation at Rochdale Infirmary performed by Mr Mohamed Kourah, consultant urologist on 7th September 2001.

Following this, Steven Wright submitted a number of sperm samples in order to confirm infertility. The tests of these samples confirmed that he was still fertile which indicated that the vasectomy had failed. However, the hospital confirmed, in writing, that Mr Wright had been rendered infertile by the operation. The Wrights were advised in the letter that they should stop using contraceptive measures - information that was given negligently as the results of the tests showed Mr Wright still to be fertile.

Later in 2002, Sharon Wright fell pregnant - the news devastated the couple. In June 2003, on the birth of their third child, Steven Wright became anxious and depressed. As a result of the pregnancy, Sharon Wright suffered complications including severe abdominal pain and asthma, she also developed a significant psychiatric reaction to the pregnancy and birth, and post-natal depression, for which she was prescribed antidepressants. Her symptoms were so severe, she was, and remains, unable to work and has lost her job.

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust which runs Rochdale Infirmary did not admit full liability until January 2004 and agreed to pay out £37,000 to the Wrights in June 2006 after previous unreasonable settlement offers were rejected.

Steven Wright commented: “We were both devastated when we discovered Sharon was pregnant, we had geared our whole future around our two children and had planned not to have any more - our rights have been taken away, you just don’t expect these things to happen.

“I was aware that these types of operation are not always 100% successful and would have had an additional operation if I thought there was a problem but I was never given the opportunity.

“We did discuss an abortion but how can you terminate the product of a loving relationship? It just didn’t seem right.

“Of course the settlement will help and will be used wisely but the amount is insignificant when you compare it with what we have had to spend in the last few years to support our family. Sharon has already lost her job and her pension; we have had to double the size of our mortgage just to cope. It’s not fair that we are in this situation because of someone else’s negligence and we are being kept there because of the law.”

Sharon Wright added: “I just want an apology for what has happened, my life has been ruined and I have lost all the confidence I once had. There seems to be no respite to the way I feel. I suffered a breakdown at work and have since had to leave, I have sought counselling but am currently on a waiting list - I just feel that my life has hit an all-time low.”

Janet Johnson continued: “I really feel for the couple in this case. The Trust did not enter into reasonable negotiations on a settlement until January 2006 and this two-year delay exacerbated the situation, in particular Sharon’s anxiety and depression. The evidence supports claims that her condition would have been less severe and would have been resolved sooner had the litigation concluded earlier.

“These types of cases are always traumatic due to their emotive nature. Through the hospital’s negligence, the Wrights lost their freedom to plan their family and the opportunity to live their lives in the way they had planned - the whole family will have to live with the repercussions for the rest of their lives.” 

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Press contacts:

Vicki Baxter, Joanne Fletcher-Wall or Alex Henshall at Bell Pottinger North (01625) 506444 vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


Notes to Editors:

Janet Johnson
Janet joined Donns in December 2004, having qualified as a solicitor in 1998 at Irwin Mitchell.  Janet has specialised in clinical negligence for over 9 years.

She specialises in high value and complex injury work.  She has clients with cerebral palsy and other forms of brain injury, whose claims require dependency and complex loss of earnings calculations.  She has been involved in a number of cases with values in excess of £1million.

Many of Janet’s cases involve traumatic circumstances and her work covers a range of areas including birth injury, neurology, gynaecology, brain injury, fatal accidents involving both adults and children and failure to diagnose cancer.

On 1st May 2004 Janet was appointed as a member of the prestigious Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.  This recognises those lawyers who provide a very high level of expertise in handling clinical negligence cases.  Janet is also a member of the Association for Personal Injury Lawyers and a member of Manchester Law Society

Donns LLP
Donns LLP is recognised as one of the leading specialist personal injury law firms in the UK, at the forefront of personal injury litigation dealing with claims both in the UK and abroad.

They provide expert legal advice in all areas of personal injury, accident and clinical negligence cases to ensure that they secure the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time. The firm delivers exceptional levels of client service through their highly trained and experienced legal professionals and cost effective approach.

With over 35 years experience in the personal injury marketplace they have an enviable reputation for providing quality legal services. They have attained and held both the Investors in People (IIP) standard in 1999 and the Lexcel quality mark in 2001.

Donns LLP has a legal aid franchise in both personal injury and clinical negligence.

Visit their website at http://www.donnslaw.co.uk

 
Monday, July 10, 2006
NEWS: CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME..THANKS TO LOCAL FIRMS

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Press Release: 10 July 2006

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME....THANKS TO LOCAL FIRMS

The generosity of Bristol businesses has been praised at an event held by Emmaus - an international organisation that offers homeless people a home, work and the chance to rebuild their self-respect in a supportive community environment. President of Emmaus UK, Terry Waite CBE, joined the celebration which gave particular thanks to commercial law firm Beachcroft LLP, and Temple Quay developer Castlemore Securities Ltd. for their continued support, and help in raising over £60,000 within the last three years.

Speaking at the event, Simon Hodson, national senior partner of Beachcroft LLP said: "I strongly believe that businesses have a duty to support the communities in which they operate. Supporting Emmaus was a natural choice for Beachcroft employees, not only because of its tremendous work, but because it's a national organisation with a community in each city where we have an office, ensuring everyone at the firm can get involved in this worthwhile cause."

Terry Waite praised the success of Emmaus Bristol and how local donations have enabled it to support new communities not only in Britain, but across the world; the organisation has recently supported an operation in Mozambique to help persuade child fighters to give up their weapons and lead normal childhoods.

Emmaus is based on the principle of helping to build self-supporting communities who live and work together. . Emmaus Bristol became the tenth Emmaus Community in the UK when Terry Waite opened Shaftesbury House in September 2003. Its strap line is "a bed to sleep in.... and a reason to get out of it". Typical work projects in Bristol involve furniture restoration sold cheaply to formerly homeless people setting up home.

For further information about EMMAUS, please visit www.emmaus.org.uk. For more information about Beachcroft LLP, please visit www.beachcroft.co.uk

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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

Notes to Editor:
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm 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.

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 is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

The Bristol office currently includes 24 partners and over 400 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk

 
Friday, July 07, 2006
NEWS: NORTH WEST ANGELS KEEP BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS FLYING HIGH


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7 July 2006

NORTH WEST ANGELS KEEP BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS FLYING HIGH

The North West's thriving business angel community united last week to see three unique investment opportunities from the region's budding entrepreneurs. Around 50 people attended TEChINVEST's Investor Club meeting in Warrington to listen to a diverse range of business cases from companies looking for funding of between £60,000 to £100,000.

The event saw presentations from three very different organisations including:

* a soon to be formed company looking for £60,000 to help set up a specialist facility to handle perishable air freight

* a UK agent requiring £100,000 to help develop a business selling a highly innovative audio-visual lectern aimed initially at the higher education and overseas markets

* an established company requiring a £60,000 investment for a new project to help develop websites which provide nurses with a range of personal development resources, and healthcare companies with a new recruitment media.

"The business angel network continues to grow here in the North West, with some very promising entrepreneurs moving forward and taking the opportunity to strengthen their businesses with the help of private investors," said TEChINVEST's founder, Vivienne Upcott-Gill.

"The meeting also gave investors the opportunity to hear how one organisation has benefited from their investment, with a presentation from John Hinnigan, Chairman of voice-recording telephony expert, Veritape."

Veritape specialises in producing advance call recording and management software, which has now been installed in over 300,000 computers worldwide. John Hinnigan gave an update on the significant growth and success of Veritape since its initial backing by TEChINVEST angels three years ago. Since it was set up in 2003, the company has seen strong five-year growth projections of between 50% and 100% per year, based on its recent track record and excellent market acceptance of its system.

TEChINVEST is the region's equity advisory service provided by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). Founded over 15 years' ago, it is one of the longest established and most successful services of its kind. Since its inception, it has helped local companies raise over £19m in direct finance and unlock a further £38m in indirect funding.

TEChINVEST's next meeting for companies and investors is on 26 September 2006. For further information on this meeting, the TEChINVEST, please visit www.techinvest.org call 01925 400302.

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

 
NEWS: Beachcroft's Lord Hunt Appointed Chairman of Legal Services Bill Committee

Press Release: 7th July 2006

Beachcroft's Lord Hunt Appointed Chairman of Legal Services Bill Committee

Lord Hunt of Wirral, Chairman of the Financial Services division at national law firm Beachcroft LLP, has been serving as Chairman of a special Parliamentary Joint Committee, set up to consider the draft Legal Services Bill. The Committee will produce a detailed report on the Bill by the end of July.

The all-party Joint Committee consists of six members each from the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and has the power to take evidence and to appoint specialist advisers. The draft Bill outlines plans to set up an independent Legal Services Board (LSB) to oversee legal regulatory bodies such as the Law Society and the Bar Council.

Lord Hunt commented: "I am delighted to be involved with such an important Bill, which will provide a framework for regulatory services, protecting the consumer and promoting competition. This is a unique opportunity to build a new system of regulation to underpin a system of legal services in this country that will combine greater flexibility with professionalism and the highest standards of integrity."

David Hunt became a partner at Beachcroft in 1969 and from 1996 to 2005 was senior partner of the firm. He graduated in law from Bristol University, where he won the British Debating Championship with Bob Marshall-Andrews. He went on to represent British Universities on a debating tour of America.

In 1979, David became a member of Margaret Thatcher's first administration. After serving as Minister for Local Government and Inner Cities from 1989-90, he was appointed to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales. Re-appointed in that position by John Major, he subsequently became Secretary of State for Employment in 1993 and then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1994-95.

David Hunt was awarded the MBE in 1973 and appointed to the Privy Council in 1990. He was made a Life Peer as Lord Hunt of Wirral in 1997 and is still President or Patron of over fifty charities and voluntary organisations.

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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

Notes to Editor:
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm 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.

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 is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

The Bristol office currently includes 24 partners and over 400 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk

 
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE APPOINTS RSM ROBSON RHODES

The education risk assurance services team at chartered accountants RSM Robson Rhodes, in Manchester, has been awarded a five-year internal audit contract with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

RSM Robson Rhodes is now the second largest internal auditor in the UK education sector, acting for 19 higher education institutions. 

The appointment further strengthens its offering, and wins in the last twelve months include the University of Leeds, University of Central England, University of Coventry, University of Bangor, Norwich School of Art and Design and re-appointments at De Montfort University and the University of the West of England.

With over 30,000 students, campuses in Preston, Carlisle and Penrith and with an annual income of £122m, UCLan is one of the largest universities in the UK.

RSM Robson Rhodes’ team is headed by Ian Falconer and David McIntyre. 

Ian Falconer comments: “We’re only a couple of appointments away from being the UK’s leading internal auditor for higher education institutions and, as such, are a dominant player in the market.  We have made significant inroads over the last twelve months, and this is a key appointment for the education team in the North West.  It should add significant weight to our efforts to build our higher education portfolio.”

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Press contact:
Joanne Fletcher-Wall at Bell Pottinger North (01625) 506425
jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or Alex Henshall (01625) 506414 ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Notes to editor:
RSM Robson Rhodes LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership. The firm practices from nine offices in the UK and Ireland, offering a full range of services to the public and private sectors. As the UK member of the world’s sixth largest accounting and consultancy organisation, it is able to call upon the skills and experience of more than 20,000 professionals in over 70 countries. RSM Robson Rhodes is registered to carry on audit work by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is regulated and authorised by the Financial Services Authority for investment business.


 
Thursday, July 06, 2006
GOOD MEDICINE FOR RSM WITH INTERNATIONAL WIN

Manchester-based accountants and business advisors RSM Robson Rhodes is celebrating its latest win after being appointed auditors and tax advisors to Controlled Therapeutics (Scotland) Limited (CTS).                               

                                                                           
The contract was won through RSM’s international network, and fellow members, RSM McGladrey & Pullen, based in Philadelphia following a tender for the audit of Cytokine PharmaSciences Inc in the US.  RSM Robson Rhodes was invited to tender for the audit of the UK subsidiary based in Glasgow.     

Established in 1987, CTS develop, manufacture and licence pharmaceutical products based on patented drug technologies. 

They are the wholly owned subsidiary of Cytokine PharmaSciences Inc, based in Pennsylvania employing 60 people in pharmaceutical research and manufacture.

David Barnes, head of RSM Robson Rhodes, Manchester, comments: “We have been building strong links with our international partners, and we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of audit work for UK subsidiaries. 

“We’re pleased that CTS had the confidence to choose a Manchester firm, this is an exciting opportunity for us.”
           
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Press contact: 
Joanne Fletcher-Wall at Bell Pottinger North (01625) 506425
jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or Alex Henshall (01625) 506414 ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  

Notes to editor:
RSM Robson Rhodes LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership. The firm practices from nine offices in the UK and Ireland, offering a full range of services to the public and private sectors. As the UK member of the world's sixth largest accounting and consultancy organisation, it is able to call upon the skills and experience of more than 20,000 professionals in over 70 countries. RSM Robson Rhodes is registered to carry on audit work by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is regulated and authorised by the Financial Services Authority for investment business.


 
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
GET CARTER

Janet Johnson, legal aid solicitor is available for immediate comment on the Carter Report to be published 6 July 2006

On the eve of new reforms to the existing criminal defence procurement system, a leading clinical negligence solicitor reviews the changes to be announced in the Carter Report and examines the impact of the proposed shake-up.

Janet Johnson, category supervisor and solicitor at Manchester-based Donns LLP expects the proposed changes to be generally well received across not only the legal profession, which has nearly 101,000 practitioners, but also by taxpayers in general thanks to the introduction of greater accountability for public money which fixed pricing should establish.

Janet comments: ”The introduction of fixed pricing will allow law firms to restructure or consolidate their businesses which should, theoretically, make them more efficient. A smaller number of large businesses will emerge - rather than the large amount of relatively small suppliers we currently have jockeying for business - who will be able to deliver increased volumes of work at a lower cost.

Larger volumes of work will be concentrated according to geographical spread, which will add to the reduction of costs, and contracts will be tendered on quality, capacity and price. Professional bodies such as the Law Society and the Legal Services Commission will oversee these tendering practices which should ensure that the changes are fairly monitored with a rolling rota basis ensuring a balance of availability of work for each supplier.

There is no reason for smaller firms to lose out under the reforms as they can form consortia allowing them to benefit from the efficiency savings and increased profits as with the larger practices.

One highly anticipated outcome is that solicitors will now have to demonstrate, through past turnover and figures, that they can actually deal with the volume of cases they are looking to gain through the new tendering process.  A positive aspect of this is that they will have a manageable number of clients rather than taking on too many for the size of the practice, minimising the risk of compromising on time and quality.

Janet adds: “There has been a marked rise in the costs of Legal Aid since 1997, and the service has been heavily criticised.  By completely reviewing the system, it is hoped that expenditure can be more successfully monitored. I favour the onus that will be placed on solicitors to increase their workload, however a cap on fees may prevent legitimate access to justice.  If, for example, a case reaches the limit, would a lawyer then have to drop the case or work for free?  We may see cases that would otherwise have won, not seeing their day in court. Where public money is concerned, it is vital to regularly review procedures and recognise the need for efficient working practices and budgeting.

 At the end of the day, we all want to do the best for our clients and, if these reforms enable us to do that and present a fair solution to all involved, then it has to be a win-win situation for lawyers, clients and, ultimately, taxpayers.”


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Press contact:
Vicki Baxter, Joanne Fletcher-Wall or Alex Henshall at Bell Pottinger North (01625) 506444 vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


Notes to Editors:

Janet Johnson
Janet joined Donns in December 2004, having qualified as a solicitor in 1998 at Irwin Mitchell.   Janet has specialised in clinical negligence for over 9 years and is the clinical negligence category supervisor.

She specialises in high value and complex injury work.   She has clients with cerebral palsy and other forms of brain injury, whose claims require dependency and complex loss of earnings calculations.   She has been involved in a number of cases with values in excess of £1million.

Many of Janet’s cases involve traumatic circumstances and her work covers a range of areas including birth injury, neurology, gynaecology, brain injury, fatal accidents involving both adults and children and failure to diagnose cancer.

On 1st May 2004 Janet was appointed as a member of the prestigious Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.   This recognises those lawyers who provide a very high level of expertise in handling clinical negligence cases.    Janet is also a member of the Association for Personal Injury Lawyers and a member of Manchester Law Society.

Donns LLP
Donns LLP is recognised as one of the leading specialist personal injury law firms in the UK, at the forefront of personal injury litigation dealing with claims both in the UK and abroad.

They provide expert legal advice in all areas of personal injury, accident and clinical negligence cases to ensure that they secure the maximum compensation in the shortest possible time. The firm delivers exceptional levels of client service through their highly trained and experienced legal professionals and cost effective approach.

With over 35 years experience in the personal injury marketplace they have an enviable reputation for providing quality legal services. They have attained and held both the Investors in People (IIP) standard in 1999 and the Lexcel quality mark in 2001.

Donns LLP has a legal aid franchise in both personal injury and clinical negligence.

Visit their website at www.donnslaw.co.uk


 
NEWS: Northern Lynx welcomes new finance director

PR115
July 5th 2006

Northern Lynx welcomes new finance director

National property development and investment specialist Northern Lynx plc has appointed Alison Tumilty to take over the role of finance director. She has also been invited to join the Board as an executive director.

Tumilty, 41, has worked in a number of senior finance positions within UK companies including the Manchester Airports Group plc, the UNITE Group plc (the student accommodation specialists) and Ballard Campbell and Partners Ltd. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW), she is expected to be awarded her EMBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School later this month.

Northern Lynx's interim finance director, Charles Caton, who joined the company in April for an initial 4 months, has agreed to remain with the company as a non-executive director of the company.

Northern Lynx, which was listed on AIM in March, is the parent company of Manchester-based property investment specialist Urban Logic. Its chief executive, Andrew Lazare is believed to be the youngest ever CEO in the history of the Stock Exchange.

With an established profile on the North West business scene, Andrew was recently awarded the 'Special Contribution' award by North West Business Insider magazine and was nominated for the 'Young Property Professional' award. He has also been named 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006' by EN magazine.

Andrew comments on the new appointment and positions on the Board: "We are delighted to welcome Alison as we believe that her experience and knowledge of both property and finance will be pivotal to management of the company and its on-going growth.

"We are especially pleased to have retained Charles's services as a non-executive director as his strategic approach and well-thought execution have enabled us to adapt and grow in-line with the market and shareholder expectations."

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Editor's note
Northern Lynx, the property development and investment company, launched onto the AIM market in April 2006 following the acquisitions of Manchester-based investment company Urban Logic and developer Northern Lynx Developments.

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

 
TIME FOR TOUGH LOVE...

A generation of debt-ridden adults is on the cusp of making its presence felt in UK society according to Bev Budsworth of The Debt Advisor - and it’s the parents that are to blame!

Budsworth believes that today’s teenagers, and those early twenty-somethings who have yet to flee the nest, are incapable of living independently - cooking for themselves, paying bills and generally managing money. She suggests it is because they have been cosseted by parents who have been able to provide well materially and who are also prepared to do everything for their off-spring.

Budsworth outlines what she describes as ‘a culture of learned helplessness’: “These parents are shooting themselves in the proverbial foot. They think that by doing everything for their children they are demonstrating their love and fulfilling their duty to look after them but they are actually rendering them helpless. They would be doing far more for both their children and society if they taught them the rudimentary basics of how to manage in life so that they can operate independently.”

Budsworth cites Big Brother contestant, Glyn Wise, an 18-year-old part-time lifeguard from North Wales, as a typical example of what is going wrong for today’s teenagers: “Glyn went into the Big Brother house unable to boil an egg and with no knowledge of how to run a household. Unfortunately this is a trait shared by many his age and doesn’t bode well for these teenagers when they are met with the harsh realities of the outside world.

“Teenagers who are given no responsibility in the family home tend to have no respect for the material items surrounding them as they have no real knowledge of how much things cost and how to maintain large items - such as a house!

“It is proven that young adults who have not been raised to play a hands on role in the household - closely managed pocket money awarded in return for help with the chores, meal preparation etc - are more likely to spiral into debt when they are cut loose. They have not been taught budgeting skills and are more likely to tend towards easier lifestyle options - clothes, drink, meals, etc with little or no concept of the consequences of the bills dropping onto the mat.”

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Press contacts:

The Debt Advisor
Joanne Fletcher-Wall or Alex Henshall  
Bell Pottinger North                                   
01625 506444                                   

Notes to editors
The Debt Advisor is licensed by the Insolvency Practitioners Association to offer skilled and specialist advice on personal debt. Formed in 1999, the Debt Advisor works closely with those in debt to find solutions, which can protect assets from creditors, freeze interest and charges to repay debt in five years or less. At its website - http://www.thedebtadvisor.co.uk   there is useful information including an online debt calculator to assist with budgeting.

BEV BUDSWORTH
Bev Budsworth is an insolvency practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience in dealing with debt issues. 

A regular media commentator, Bev has spoken on a wide-range of issues including divorce, self-certificated mortgages, DIY, mature debt and online gambling. She has been regularly quoted in The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The Observer, Daily and Sunday Express as well as women’s magazines including Woman and Red. In the last 12 months she has offered advice on regional television news programmes and BBC local radio phone-ins.

In June 2000 she established The Debt Advisor, one of the first firms to offer comprehensive advice on all debt issues.  She had previously spent 17 years with an international firm of chartered accountants where she specialised in personal and business insolvency.

Her experience of dealing with personal debt issues led in 2005 to her being asked to join a government-led working party to look at ways of simplifying the formal procedures of helping people out of debt.

Since then she has led the way in calling for a professional personal debt/insolvency study course to be set up for all people involved in debt advice to individuals. 

She works together with a psychologist and they have developed strategies to help motivate clients to change their lifestyle.  As a busy married mother of three teenage children she understands the pressures that families face.  She believes that with a positive outlook there is always a sensible way to deal with financial difficulties and turn lives around.

Bev recently launched a campaign to bring about a greater understanding of debt and its links to depression giving debtors in the UK access to a two-pronged approach to relieve the misery caused by debt.  She is the first in the UK to offer debt advice and personal counselling under one roof.  The campaign is geared to help those who are seriously struggling with the wider effects including depression, relationship breakdown, poor work performance and associated health problems.




 

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