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Thursday, August 31, 2006
CRAWLEY TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

Statement from Rob Sadler, partner at Begbies Traynor and joint administrator for Crawley Town Football Club.

The Administrators are pleased to confirm that the majority of creditors of Crawley Town Football & Social Club Limited agreed to the revised proposal for a Company Voluntary Arrangement.

 
The Administration will be discharged shortly and the Joint Supervisors of the Arrangement will be Rob Sadler and Geoff Rhodes of Begbies Traynor's Brighton office.  Under the terms of the proposal the Club's current owners are required to provide the Supervisors with sufficient funds to pay the creditors 50 pence in the pound before Monday 30 October 2006.

 
The Supervisors wish Crawley Town Football Club future success on and off the pitch.
 

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Press contact:
Sarah Hooley or Alex Henshall
Bell Pottinger North
01625 506444
Email: shooley@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Information on Begbies Traynor can be accessed via the Group’s website at

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.

 

 
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
NEWS: EIC HOLDS 'FIRM' POSITION IN LEISURE INDUSTRY

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EIC HOLDS 'FIRM' POSITION IN LEISURE INDUSTRY

EIC continues its relationship with the luxury hospitality group, Firmdale Hotels having secured a contract valued at £800,000 for the design and installation of electrical services at the company's latest hotel next to the Haymarket Theatre, near Trafalgar Square.

This is the leading mechanical and electrical provider's fourth London-based contract for Firmdale, having completed work on three other hotels situated in Knightsbridge, Charlotte Street, and Dean Street, in Soho.

The Haymarket hotel promises to uphold Firmdale's reputation for launching exclusive, luxury boutique hotels as the refurbished listed building is expected to include private screening rooms and sitting rooms, a chic bar and a private townhouse to be accessed from Suffolk Street.

Electrical work includes the design and installation of an electrical distribution system, lighting and small power, fire alarm, cctv, security, satellite television and data systems.

Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal is delighted that the company's on-going relationship with Firmdale Hotels is continuing to develop: "Our work with Firmdale allows us to demonstrate our expertise and knowledge of the hotel industry whilst allowing us to add to our proven portfolio of luxury, individual leisure destinations. Firmdale is extremely hands-on - with the company taking on the role of main contractor - which gives us the opportunity to liaise directly with the Client and to have the best working knowledge of what is required to deliver the most satisfying results."

Ron Cheles, project director for Firmdale Hotels comments: "EIC is an extremely able and reliable partner who has helped us work through and around any minor problems we have encountered in the building process. The team is thoroughly professional and has constantly delivered on time and on budget over the years that we've worked together, removing any of the concerns relating to meeting scheduled opening dates and maintaining the high standards that our guests are accustomed to."

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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: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506404)

 
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
PRESS CALL: FUNDRAISING HERO DRIVES IN TO SPECIALIST ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL

Date:  30th August 2006

Time: 3.30pm

Photo opportunity:  Mr El Masry, head of spinal injuries centre at Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic hospital meets inspirational fundraiser Colin Javens, founder of the Colin Javens Spinal Injury Trust 

Location: Spinal Injuries Unit, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt NHS Trust


Oswestry’s Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt (RJAH) Orthopaedic hospital will welcome fundraising inspiration Colin Javens as a special guest when he calls in to meet spinally injured patients during a sponsored trip from Lands End to John O’Groats. 

Founder of the Colin Javens Spinal Injury Trust, Colin (26), is paralysed from the shoulders down after breaking his neck in a diving accident in 2000. Since then, he has been raising money for his charity which funds spinal research and rehabilitation. His first major fundraising event was an expedition which took him from Stoke Mandeville hospital to Cape Town in South Africa behind the wheel of his specially adapted car which allows him to drive using just one tiny movement in his wrist. 

The main purpose of Colin’s visit to RJAH is to speak to some of the patients with spinal injuries about his achievements since he was paralysed and give them hope and encouragement for the future. He will also be demonstrating the incredible technology used in his car which has enabled him to carry on driving.   

To date, Colin, a former student at Harper Adams University College near Newport, has raised £378,000 through his charity but hopes to top the £1 million mark. All the money will go towards spinal research and rehabilitation in the UK and Africa. 

Colin’s current trip from Lands End to John O’Groats was inspired by a colleague from his charity who is cycling the same route. Their journey begins on 26th August and is planned to finish on 7th September. 


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For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Sarah Hooley at Bell Pottinger North on:
Tel: 01625 506444 or e-mail: vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or shooley@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Notes to editors:

There are approximately 40,000 paraplegics and quadriplegics in the UK, with these numbers increasing by about three each day.

The Colin Javens Spinal Injury Trust was founded to raise money to fund research into cures for spinal cord damage and for organisations involved in the rehabilitation and welfare of those paralysed by spinal injury.




 
Thursday, August 17, 2006
RSM ROBSON RHODES EXPANDS AUDIT AND BUSINESS ASSURANCE TEAM

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Manchester-based chartered accountants and business advisers, RSM Robson Rhodes has appointed Martin Bailey as senior manager of its audit and business assurance team.

Martin, 32, has seven years managerial experience having previously worked as a group manager for chartered accountants Horwath Clark Whitehill and for PKF in London as a senior manager.

With a brief to focus mainly on the corporate and listed markets, Martin is looking forward to working on business development as part of a much larger team: "RSM Robson Rhodes has an enviable reputation both regionally and nationally. Usually you have to change location to secure the right position in the company of your choice but I've been presented with the opportunity to work for one of the UK's leading practices in my home city."

David Barnes, partner and specialist in audit and commercial business assurance for RSM Robson Rhodes comments: "Martin is a welcome addition to the team. He is able to give us the support to drive the business forward and maintain the high level of service our clients have grown accustomed to whilst playing a key role in developing new business."

Martin currently lives in Knutsford and has two children, two-year-old Amelia and six-month-old Max.

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Press contact:
Vicki Baxter vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk (01625) 506413
or Alex Henshall ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk (01625) 506414
at Bell Pottinger North

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, August 16, 2006
CRAWLEY TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

Statement from Rob Sadler, partner at Begbies Traynor and joint administrator for Crawley Town Football Club.

The administrators have issued a second proposal for a revised Company Voluntary Arrangement with the Company's creditors. Should creditors accept the Company Voluntary Arrangement, they will receive a dividend of 50 pence in the pound. If the creditors reject the offer, the administrators will have no choice but to cease to trade and wind up the Company.

It is hoped that everyone, both the creditors and fans, will get behind the proposal and continue to show their support, on and off the pitch. The administrators are delighted that the team is playing its part in reducing the Football Conference's ten points deduction as quickly as possible.



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Press contact:
Sarah Hooley
Bell Pottinger North
01625 506425

Information on Begbies Traynor can be accessed via the Group’s website at

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.

 



 
A HEALTHCARE COMPLEX FOR OSWESTRY

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust continues to support proposals to build a £30 million healthcare complex in Oswestry.

The Trust, which is currently home to the town’s Minor Injuries Unit and Maternity Unit, is working with Oswestry Borough Council and Shropshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) to secure a smooth transition of services to the state-of-the-art centre.

Jane Cox, assistant chief executive at the orthopaedic hospital, said: “We will continue to work with partners at the council and the PCT so that patients in Oswestry and the immediate surrounding area receive health services in the most appropriate and accessible place.”


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For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Sarah Hooley on 01625 506444 or email shooley@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
RECORD NUMBER OF PATIENTS AT SHROPSHIRE'S SPECIALIST ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL

Shropshire’s specialist orthopaedic hospital has replaced 100 more hips and knees in the first three months of this year compared to the same period three years ago.

Five hundred and 49 patients received hip and knee operations at Oswestry’s Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt (RJAH) Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust in April, May and June this year compared to 444 in 2003.

The Trust has seen a steady increase in patients receiving joint replacements and revisions thanks to improved equipment and more efficient procedures.

Today Chris Evans, orthopaedic consultant surgeon, said: “The Trust is treating more people more quickly than ever before. Thanks to modern practices such as appropriate pre and post operative assessment, shorter operating times and an extremely low rate of post operative problems, such as infection, patients are able to return home much quicker, free from pain.”

The average length of stay in hospital for a patient receiving a new hip is about four days but in some cases patients have left RJAH within two days.

Employing measures such as starting a discharge plan on arrival, clear indications for all staff about when patients are due to go home and co-ordinating with families and carers to ensure arrangements are in place can all help reduce the length of stay for patients.

The Trust is also vigilant about infections and latest figures revealed no cases of MRSA during October 2005 and March this year. The figures released by the Health Protection Agency showed that no patients were identified with MRSA in the blood.

Mr Evans said: “All our patients are treated individually and are only allowed home when they are clinically ready. The quality care they receive here at the Trust together with the state of art facilities such as the unique theatre suite, which is the only one of its kind in the UK, has allowed us to free up capacity and time to deal with new patients coming in. This has improved services for patients but is also saving the Trust money.”

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For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Sarah Hooley at Bell Pottinger North on:
Tel: 01625 506444
E-mail: vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or shooley@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Notes to editors:

 
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
TOP MARKS FOR STEPPING HILL HOSPITAL

Stepping Hill hospital has received the highest possible rating of ‘excellent’ from the Healthcare Commission in a recent report about the management of medicines.

In a national review on the issues of prescribing and dispensing medicines only 18 acute hospital Trusts out of 173 in England received the highest rating. The Commission concluded that the three star Foundation Trust performed exceptionally well after being awarded the highest score in six categories. 

Areas of excellence at Stepping Hill were identified as:

·       Managing the risk of infection through medicines. Stepping Hill is attempting to reduce the risk of infections such as MRSA and clostridium difficile by having effective antibiotic guidelines. This includes changing oral antibiotics in preference to intravenous antibiotics where it is appropriate. A pharmacist with a special interest in antibiotics has been appointed to help achieve this. 

·    Creating effective barriers to prevent allergic reactions. Many people have allergies to medicines and the Trust has a strong system in place to prevent such reactions occurring as a result of administration or prescribing errors.

·       Percentage of patients using their own medicines. The use of patients’ own medicines is important for continuity of care and can provide vital financial savings for hospitals.

·   Developing strategies for medicine management. The Trust has a good strategy in place for managing medicines and contributing to clinical polices.

·   Ensuring staff have a personal development plan. As well as enabling staff to be clear on what they need to deliver and gain regular feedback, a personal development plan can aid progress in medicine management as staff changes can identify required improvements.

·    Aseptic preparations of medicines. Stepping Hill has an Aseptic Unit in the pharmacy, which enables certain injections to be prepared individually for patients instead of on a busy ward. This reduces the risk of errors and bacterial contamination.

Chris Burke, chief executive of Stepping Hill hospital said: “I am delighted with the findings from the report as the ratings reflect and recognise the hard work by all our staff. We can now build on this and discuss the best way to move forward and will implement any necessary changes to continue our success.”

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For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Alison Duffy at Bell Pottinger North on:
Tel: 01625 506444
E-mail: vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or aduffy@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
Monday, August 14, 2006
HEALTHCARE COMMISSION REPORT GIVES HOSPITAL THE 'THUMBS-UP'

Oswestry’s Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt (RJAH) Orthopaedic hospital has received the ‘thumbs-up’ from the Healthcare Commission in a recent report about the management of medicines.

The Commission concluded that the specialist orthopaedic hospital performed well in a number of areas. However the hospital agrees that improvements need to continue being made in other areas.

Areas of good performance were identified as:
· Empowering patients to take control of their own medicines. Most people administer their own drugs at home, but this is often routinely taken over by ward staff in hospital. For some patients this is appropriate, but more patients need to be given the choice to remain in control of their drugs. RJAH is in the top scoring eight per cent of Trusts progressing towards self-administration.

· Managing the risk of infection through prescribing and administering medicines. Hospitals can reduce the risk of infections such as MRSA and clostridium difficile by prudently using antibiotics and by using oral antibiotics in preference to intravenous antibiotics, where appropriate. RJAH is included in the top 40 per cent of Trusts that received the highest score for this category.

· Preventing allergic reactions. Many people are allergic to medicines such as penicillin, which if prescribed in error can cause serious side effects and even death. RJAH is included in the top seventy-three per cent of Trusts who demonstrated strong systems in place to prevent mistakes.

However, areas where improvements need to be made include:
·       Involving pharmacists in patient care to ensure medicines are being used to the best effect and to minimise medication errors

·    Ensuring that the side effects and purpose of any medications are communicated fully to all patients
·    Assessing the risk in areas where intravenous and injectable drugs are prepared.

Mandy Edwards, director of service improvement said: “I am pleased with the hospital’s overall result found by the report and we will continue to make improvements to our routine and practice. We will now discuss the best way to move forward and implement any necessary changes.”

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For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Alison Duffy at Bell Pottinger North on:
Tel: 01625 506444
E-mail: vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or aduffy@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


 
Friday, August 11, 2006
BEACHCROFT ADVISES ON £25 MILLION ACQUISITION OF ROSEBYS

BEACHCROFT ADVISES ON £25 MILLION ACQUISITION OF ROSEBYS


Partners Ian Roberts and Stephen Birchall, plus associate Stephen Hadlow from Beachcroft's Manchester office have acted for India-based GHCL, on the £25 million acquisition of Rosebys, Britain's leading home furnishings retailer.

Completed in just over four weeks, the acquisition means that GHCL is now a fully integrated home textile company with presence across product design and development, sourcing and distribution to retail stores.

Beachcroft's 25-strong corporate team has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, listing and delisting, OFEX/AIM flotations and regulatory issues affecting public and private companies and financial institutions.

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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




 
BIRMINGHAM PHARMACY RISES FROM THE ASHES

An unlucky Birmingham pharmacist whose shop had been destroyed twice in the past year by both a tornado and fire, at last has reason to celebrate as he finally re-opens his new look pharmacy to the public.

Sirpal Chemists located in Sparkbrook, Birmingham, was officially opened by Sonia Deol a radio presenter for BBC Asian Network, during an open day which included a buffet lunch laid on by wholesalers Mawdsleys.

Owner of Sirpal Chemists, Rakesh Sirpal, explains events over the last 12 months:  “I thought that things couldn’t get any worse after the tornado which struck parts of Birmingham last July, also devastated one of my pharmacies. That was until the same pharmacy was destroyed again when a fire swept through the building just six months later!

“At the time the tornado hit Birmingham I was on holiday in Sharm el Sheik in Egypt, where only a few days earlier we’d escaped terrorist bombs. I received a text message from a friend saying there had been a tornado in Sparkbrook, although at that time I had no idea just how shocking the damage would be.  It was only when I arrived back in Birmingham I realised the extent of the devastation.  Tree’s were uprooted, cars overturned and the road where my pharmacy is had been cordoned off by police. It looked like a bomb had hit the whole area.”

Rakesh, who has owned pharmacies in the area for 21 years and has three other shops in Solihull and Sparkbrook, continues: “After the tornado times were difficult, but we had almost recovered financially by Christmas. Then the fire hit us in January and we had to close again. Watching my business burning in front of me was heartbreaking.

“Fortunately, I own another pharmacy on the same street and operated from there. This meant I was still able to retain and provide a service for some of our existing customers. If it hadn’t been for my other shop, I would have without doubt lost all my business.”

Despite the catastrophic chain of events, Rakesh remains positive:  “After the pharmacy was destroyed by the fire, I decided to take the opportunity to re-design the layout. We now have a new large consultancy and treatment room and can offer additional services such as acupuncture and chiropody. The dispensary has also been re-designed to be more open plan and welcoming for customers.

“During the rebuild, Mawdsleys were particularly helpful and supportive.  For example, we lost all our computer records during the fire and Mawdsleys were invaluable helping to check our old order records to ensure that we had the correct stock in for customers when we re-opened.  It has been wonderful to watch the pharmacy be transformed from a burnt out shell to a new and modern pharmacy and I hope that all customers, old and new, will appreciate it.”


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For further information, please contact Alison Duffy or Sarah Hooley at Bell Pottinger North.
Tel: 01625 506444
E-mail: shooley@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


 
Thursday, August 10, 2006
CRAWLEY TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

Statement from Rob Sadler, partner at Begbies Traynor and joint administrator for Crawley Town Football Club.

The Administrators are pleased to announce that the Club has received a last minute opportunity to stay in the Nationwide Conference. Whilst bids were being sought for the sale of the Club's assets, a significantly improved sum to be paid to the creditors was offered by the current owners. The offer could not be ignored and was put to the Creditors' Committee for their views. Following extensive discussions with the Committee, the vote to pursue the new offer was split, one for and one against with two abstentions. As no serious offers for the assets of the Club have been forthcoming, the Administrators have decided that the offer should be pursued.

 
The offer will see a return to unsecured creditors of 50 pence in the pound, although it is yet to be approved by the general body of creditors through a Company Voluntary Arrangement. It is sincerely hoped that the fans will be pleased that the Club is a step closer to staying in the Nationwide Conference and achieving some stability. Following the joint statement previously issued by the Supporters Club and Devils Trust offering support for the current owners, subject to certain assurances, the Administrators wish that all parties will now work with the common goal of achieving the best future for Crawley Town Football Club.

 
The Club's next step is to comply with the rules and regulations of the Football Conference and Football Association in order to start the new season.

 

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Press contact:
Sarah Hooley
Bell Pottinger North
01625 506425

Information on Begbies Traynor can be accessed via the Group’s website at

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.


 
ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL RECEIVES DIY DONATION FROM FOCUS

The nationwide hardware and gardening store, Focus DIY, have donated sealants and fillers worth about £3,500 to the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt orthopaedic hospital.

Paul Beardmore, estates manager, and Terry Lewis, building services team leader at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt orthopaedic hospital, went to the Oswestry DIY store to receive the donation.

The mixture of equipment, including wood and poly fillers, will be used by the hospital in vital repair and maintenance work, such as, re-sealing bathroom fittings and windowsills.

Paul Beardmore said: “We are delighted that Focus DIY thought of the orthopaedic hospital to donate the equipment to and are extremely grateful. We are keen to build and strengthen relationships with local businesses and hope to continue this in the future.”

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For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Sarah Hooley at Bell Pottinger North on:
Tel: 01625 506444 or e-mail: vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or shooley@bellpottingernorth.co.uk      


 
'BLOOMING MARVELLOUS'

Pure Leisure Group marketing director, Vicki Morphet, has been lending a helping hand to ensure a Milnthorpe Church will be ‘blooming marvellous’ at their annual flower festival by becoming a sponsor.

The festival, which will be held at the Church of Christ the King in Milnthorpe from August 11 - 13, will display an assortment of religious themed floral arrangements, ranging from ‘All things bright and beautiful’ to ‘If I were a butterfly’. Vicki Morphet commented: “I am delighted to be helping such a valuable part of our community by being a sponsor of the flower festival.”

All money raised from the flower festival, after meeting costs, will be donated to charity. 


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Press contact: Vicki Baxter or Sarah Hooley at Bell Pottinger North (01625 506 444) vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk  or shooley@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 INVITATION FOR DEDICATED HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER

It’s not every day a party invitation from the Queen lands on your doormat, but for one Shropshire resident that’s exactly what happened.

Mrs Frances Savage, an ex-employee from Oswestry’s Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt orthopaedic hospital, was nominated to attend the Queen’s Royal Garden Party by the chairman of the Trust, David Sear, for her outstanding commitment and dedication to the hospital.

Before retiring last September, Mrs Savage from Whittington, spent 18 years working as the patient and staff librarian, in addition to chairing the hospital’s voluntary service committee for 10 years. Throughout both her roles, she provided excellent leadership to the voluntary sector at the hospital and gained the respect of both hospital management and the other volunteers.

Mrs Savage, 75, commented: “I was humbled and overwhelmed to be nominated to attend the Royal Garden Party by the hospital. My birthday is the same day as the Queen Mothers so I have always had an interest in the Royal family and although I visited Buckingham Palace a few years ago with my grandchildren it was wonderful to go there as a guest.

“The party was on a very grand scale, with large marquees, bands playing music and the most wonderful tea. There were savouries, scones and strawberries and cakes - I had one with a gold crown on! The Queen was there for about two hours, with the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. She was very gracious and certainly didn’t look 80 years old!”

Mrs Savage added: “Something like this only happens once in a lifetime, and it was particularly special as I shared the event with my sister, Margaret, who attended the party as my guest. It was a perfect day which went way beyond my expectations and I hope that I represented the many people who carry out voluntary work at the orthopaedic hospital.”

Chairman of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt orthopaedic hospital, David Sear said: “Everyone at the hospital is delighted that Frances had a fantastic day. She is greatly missed by everyone at the hospital, however, she carries on her work in the community where she is equally respected. We are proud to have nominated her and that we were able to give something back to a person who has given so much to the hospital.”

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For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Sarah Hooley at Bell Pottinger North on:
Tel: 01625 506444
E-mail: vbaxter@bellpottingernorth or shooley@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


 
ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL LAUNCHES NEW PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICE

Oswestry’s Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt (RJAH) specialist orthopaedic hospital is offering a brand new service from today - a private physiotherapy clinic which can be accessed without referral.

The clinic, which will be open from 5.00pm - 7.00pm on Monday and Thursday’s, will have a dedicated team of chartered physiotherapists who will be able to treat back and neck disorders, fractures and post-surgical conditions, sports and soft tissue injuries and arthritic problems.  The RJAH has an international reputation and as such, the physiotherapists are amongst the best in their field, working at the cutting edge of rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy manager for RJAH, Gill Pitcher, comments:  “We are delighted to be able to offer this new service which members of the public can access without being referred by their GP or consultant.  I would however like to make it clear that our NHS patients won’t be affected in any way whatsoever and our first class service for these patients will continue as normal.  Anyone coming to us for private physio treatment will be able to make use of our superb facilities including our specially equipped gym, hydrotherapy pools and fitness suite.  We hope the new service will prove to be a big success and that patients will be pleased to have another option available to them for receiving treatment.”

The range of treatments on offer will include:

For further information contact the RJAH private physiotherapy clinic on 01691 404545.

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For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Sarah Hooley at Bell Pottinger North on:
Tel: 01625 506444
E-mail: vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or  shooley@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


 
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
CRAWLEY TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

Statement from Rob Sadler, partner at Begbies Traynor and joint administrator for Crawley Town Football Club.

“After four days of deliberations the Creditors' Committee has finally cast
its votes after considering the offer for the Club by the current owners, SA
Retail Limited. The offer would have seen football creditors paid in full
and an immediate dividend to unsecured creditors of approximately 15 pence
in the pound. As importantly, the offer would also have been a step closer
to ensuring the Club's survival in the Nationwide Conference.

“The Committee's view, by a majority of two to one with one abstention, was
that the offer should not be pursued. In a move, which is unusual in these
circumstances, the Committee listened to the fans who have urged that their
own Club be placed into Liquidation in order that a fresh start could be
made in a lower division.

“The Administrators are disappointed that their hard work in attempting to
save the Club whilst seeking the best return to creditors has ultimately
proved to be in vain, although they respect the decision of the Committee on
behalf of the creditors. They also wish to thank those at the Club and others
generally, who have worked with the Administrators over the past two months.

“The Administrators are now seeking offers for the Club's remaining assets.
At this stage, the only certainties are that the Club will not be in the
Nationwide Conference for the 2006/2007 season and that Crawley Town
Football & Social Club Limited will be wound up. If a reformed Club is to
rise from the ashes of Liquidation then it must move quickly to seek
admission into a league a minimum of two divisions lower than its current
placing, otherwise there will be no football at the Broadfield Stadium in
the forthcoming season.”

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Press contact:
Sarah Hooley
Bell Pottinger North
01625 506425

Information on Begbies Traynor can be accessed via the Group’s website at

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.

 

 
Monday, August 07, 2006
NEWS: Beachcroft Academy: Open For Business

Press Release

Beachcroft Academy: Open For Business

As part of its commitment to becoming a more 'transparent, people-focused business', leading commercial law firm, Beachcroft LLP, has launched a national initiative designed to make it the legal employer of choice in an increasingly tight labour market.

The Beachcroft Academy will provide a central focus for all training, learning and development initiatives across the firm's network of regional offices, benchmarking performance standards and kite-marking areas of best practice.

The firm already has a comprehensive development programme for lawyers in many practice areas, including a compulsory course on the procedural aspects of advocacy in employment tribunals, a commercial property diploma delivered in conjunction with the University of the West of England, and an externally accredited programme which allows lawyers to obtain higher rights of audience.

The new Academy will seek to extend the principles of lifelong learning across all practice areas and will include opportunities for support staff as well as lawyers to pursue their professional goals in line with personal development plans.

Commenting on the new initiative, partner Jane Hayden-Smith, who is heading up the Academy team, said: " We have always taken a progressive approach to training and development and this is the next logical step in that process. We already actively encourage secondments into different teams and sabbaticals for senior staff to help them keep a more sensible life-work balance.

"What is different about the Academy is that it will combine our understanding of the skills and aptitudes our clients tell us they are looking for in a lawyer with the knowledge of our own HR professionals. In that way, we can ensure that everything we do is effective, both in terms of learning methodologies and techniques, and in developing the knowledge and skills we need all our staff to have. This gives us a 'quality control' capability and allows us to align everything that we do with the commercial objectives of the business."

Beachcroft LLP has also this month been re-accredited as an Investor In People, making it one of only five firms with more than 1,000 employees to have achieved the national standard.

National Managing Partner, Paul Murray, is delighted with the result: "We invest substantially each year in learning and development because we believe this ensures our people are at the top of their game and can provide the very best service to clients. This
latest accreditation from Investors in People is proof of those efforts. Capitalising upon this investment will now be one of the key responsibilities of the new Beachcroft Academy and was one of the chief objectives of the conversion to an LLP earlier in the year."

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For further information, please contact Deborah Garritty or Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North on 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.

In 2005, Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, recognised 56 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm also received 20 new entries in Legal 500, 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.

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

 
Friday, August 04, 2006
DEBTS OF DESPAIR AS DTI INSOLVENCY STATISTICS RISE

BB 21 06
04 August 2006

According to the second quarter insolvency figures published by the DTI, people are taking a more practical approach to their debt through the use of the Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) procedure. Over 11,000 IVA's were approved in the quarter from April to June 2006 an increase of 34.9 per cent on the previous quarter and a 153.2 per cent increase on the same quarter in 2005. Bankruptcies for the period have actually declined by three per cent on the previous quarter 2006.

Bev Budsworth, managing director of The Debt Advisor Ltd says: "the majority of people do actually want to pay off their debts, and the thought of filing for bankruptcy fills them with dread. The inability to pay your debts brings about feelings of shame and guilt which, in turns, lowers one's self esteem. The IVA procedure allows individuals to repay their debt in an affordable manner and can also provide debt relief for the proportion of debt that you can't afford to repay."

Michael Geoghegan, chief executive of HSBC, recently hit out at the marketing of easier bankruptcy and IVA's and is concerned over borrowers taking the easy route to escape their debts. This came as third of all the UK's five largest banks provisions on its UK unsecured loan book were related to people going bankrupt or taking out IVA's, up from 22 per cent in the second half of 2005.

Bev comments: "It's easy to apportion blame on the borrowers but it is hardly surprising that people have ended up with serious levels of debt when you consider how available credit has become in the last 25 years. It stems back to a call by the Bank of England in the early 1980's to make credit more freely available to the man in the high street. Lord Griffiths, then a director in the Bank of England has subsequently commented that he could not envisage how overwhelmingly credit institutions would respond.

In the good old days no-one had coined the term 'retail therapy' as shops were only open nine to five, Monday to Saturday! There were a handful of banks who ruled the world of money, banking and credit and building societies were the 'safe' places where you stashed your spare cash or got your mortgage. We all had a bank manager you knew but dreaded seeing and who called you in occasionally to talk about your inability to stay within your £100 overdraft facility.

Lifestyle magazines were everywhere and paper-thin models did look great in the designer threads but the price tags were so exorbitant that there was little sense getting worked up about ever owning them. Most of us could barely manage on our meagre salary and only the middle class had a 'flexible friend'.

Contrast that with today and it is apparent that we are living in another century. It is now not uncommon to find the man on the street with three or more credit cards, a fistful of store cards plus a couple of personal loans funding luxury items.

Budsworth continues: "In 2006 it is just so easy to get credit and it seems the more credit you have the more you are offered. Many people don't have the time or inclination to work out the effect that an additional credit will have on their budget or take the time to prepare a personal balance sheet of their assets and liabilities.

"In the industry, we have seen a vast growth in companies offering IVA's. I firmly believe that we should offer individuals a choice as to how they deal with their debt and always take a pragmatic approach. It's a balancing act and no two debt cases are ever the same. There are people on benefits whose only option is bankruptcy but many others may be able benefit from consolidating their debt through re-mortgaging or a secured loan or repaying their debt in affordable, monthly instalments through a tailored formal solution - an IVA. It isn't a case of one size fits all, you have to take each case on its own merit and work with that individual to get the best outcome."

The approval rates for IVA's demonstrate that creditors themselves are taking a practical approach to debt resolution. This could take the form of either a five-year payment plan, or full and final settlement which usually involves offering a lump sum raised through re-mortgaging - the balance of the debt being written off.

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There are lots more useful hints and tips for dealing with life and debt at :
http://www.thedebtadvisor.co.uk
Tel: 0161 877 2081

For further information please contact Joanne Fletcher-Wall or Alex Henshall at Bell Pottinger North on 01625 506444 or email:
jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or
ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

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.

 
DEBT CRISIS FUELLED BY UNEMPLOYMENT HIGH

BT 45 06
4 August 2006

Unemployment, the scourge that once plagued Thatcher's Britain, is fuelling the rise in debt levels, as personal insolvencies hit another record high.

Joanne Wright, partner at corporate rescue and insolvency specialists Begbies Traynor, says that the latest figures, which show that personal insolvencies are up by 10 per cent on the last year, are no surprise. She believes the depressed labour market and emergent skills gap is causing the increase in debt misery for thousands across the UK.

Figures released by the Department of Trade and Industry this morning show the number of personal insolvencies reached 26,021 in the second quarter of 2006 an increase of 10 per cent on the previous quarter and an increase of 66.3 per cent.

This was made up of 14,915 bankruptcies, a decrease of 3.3 per cent on the previous quarter and an increase of 32.5 per cent on the corresponding quarter of the previous year, and 11,105 IVA's, an increase of 34.9 per cent on the previous quarter and an increase of 153.2 per cent on the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

UK unemployment, hit a six-year high in May 2006, as the number of people finding jobs failed to keep pace with the expansion of the workforce. The figures rose by 90,000 in the three months to May compared with the previous quarter. The claimant count, which measures the number of people out of work and claiming benefit, increased by 5,900 in June compared with May, giving a total of 956,600 claimants for the first half of 2006.

Wright comments: "What we are seeing now, more than ever, is a society of 'haves and have nots'. There has been an unprecedented increase in the amounts of "extreme" debt, people owing over £100,000, this year. Unemployment is pushing people into bankruptcy or IVAs and there is a wider cost to society, if creditors receive nothing, it stands to reason that someone has to pay, lenders will simply pass on the cost to other customers.

"We have seen a rise in the number of clients who have been made redundant. The redundancy package may not have been what they were expecting, and finding a new job took longer than anticipated. It can be difficult to change their lifestyle, to take into account the loss of a wage, and spending habits can remain the same as when they were employed, which, in turn, leads them to max out their credit cards, leaving them unable to meet their mortgage repayments.

"This new quarter's statistics shows no signs of abatement and no respite for the thousands of people literally drowning in a sea of debt."

Ends

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.

 
News: EIC GETS 'IN THE SWIM' IN FORMBY

PR174

EIC GETS 'IN THE SWIM' IN FORMBY

EIC's Northern team is on site in Formby with ISG InteriorExterior PLC working on the installation of electrical services for the new state of the art pool and leisure complex for Formby Land Trust.

The £250,00 contract, which includes the installation of lighting, power, fire alarms, LV distribution, CCTV and data systems, is expected to be completed by October 2006.

EIC is also currently working with ISG InteriorExterior PLC at the Belgrade Theatre. The Northern office of the national electrical and mechanical contractor has agreed to take on the Formby Pool contract at the behest of Formby Land Trust who had already built a relationship with the team.

Joint managing director of EIC Ltd, Nigel Le Marechal comments: "Our Northern team has excelled in building relationships and has made quite an impact on both the retail and leisure sectors in the North. Our concern now is to continue our work in these sectors whilst establishing a foothold in the education and health fields thus demonstrating the expertise that we are recognised for nationally on a local level. "

EIC Northern's clients include Debenhams, Asda, Tesco, Gala Leisure, JJB Sports, the Macdonalds Hotel Group, Bupa, North Yorkshire County Council, Styles & Wood, Simpson Shopfitting and Morris & Spottiswood.

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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, 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: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506404)

 
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
NEWS: TEChINVEST 'DEVELOPS' CORE TEAM WITH NEW APPOINTMENT

PR256

20 July 2006

TEChINVEST 'DEVELOPS' CORE TEAM WITH NEW APPOINTMENT

The region's leading equity advisory service, TEChINVEST, is to expand its core team with the appointment of Gary Pennington to the position of Business Finance Development Manager. Based at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) headquarters in Warrington, the service advises North West companies and budding entrepreneurs on appropriate sources of finance available to help realise their growth potential.

Gary joins the team from Manchester's Inward Investment Agency (MIDAS) where he was Northwest Business Club Membership, Web and Data Manager. Previously, Gary spent over 20 years in a directorial role at Fliteline Events, Manchester.

Commenting on the appointment, Vivienne Upcott-Gill, TEChINVEST's founder, said: "I am sure that Gary' s vast experience and professionalism will make him a valuable addition to the team. With such a broad range of seed, equity and venture capital funds available, as well as our thriving business angel network, we have an excellent track record in supporting investors and helping companies develop a viable business plan and an investment case which will be attractive to investors. Gary will help us to further strengthen and expand the service we offer and we are looking forward to working with him."

Speaking about his new position, Gary said: "I am delighted to be joining the UK's longest established and most successful equity advisory service. I look forward to being part of the team and to contributing to the service's continued success in the region."

TEChINVEST is one of the UK's longest established equity advisory and gateway services and is delivered under the auspices of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). It has been actively involved across the Northwest region since the early '90s. Since its inception, it has helped local companies raise over £19m in direct finance and unlock a further £38m in indirect funding. For further information, please visit www.techinvest.org.

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Press information: Deborah Garritty at Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
01625 506 444

 
NEWS: TEChINVEST 'DEVELOPS' CORE TEAM WITH NEW APPOINTMENT

PR256

26 July 2006

TEChINVEST 'DEVELOPS' CORE TEAM WITH NEW APPOINTMENT

The region's leading equity advisory service, TEChINVEST, is to expand its core team with the appointment of Gary Pennington to the position of Business Finance Development Manager. Based at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) headquarters in Warrington, the service advises North West companies and budding entrepreneurs on appropriate sources of finance available to help realise their growth potential.

Gary joins the team from Manchester's Inward Investment Agency (MIDAS) where he was Northwest Business Club Membership, Web and Data Manager. Previously, Gary spent over 20 years in a directorial role at Fliteline Events, Manchester.

Commenting on the appointment, Vivienne Upcott-Gill, TEChINVEST's founder, said: "I am sure that Gary' s vast experience and professionalism will make him a valuable addition to the team. With such a broad range of seed, equity and venture capital funds available, as well as our thriving business angel network, we have an excellent track record in supporting investors and helping companies develop a viable business plan and an investment case which will be attractive to investors. Gary will help us to further strengthen and expand the service we offer and we are looking forward to working with him."

Speaking about his new position, Gary said: "I am delighted to be joining the UK's longest established and most successful equity advisory service. I look forward to being part of the team and to contributing to the service's continued success in the region."

TEChINVEST is one of the UK's longest established equity advisory and gateway services and is delivered under the auspices of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). It has been actively involved across the Northwest region since the early '90s. Since its inception, it has helped local companies raise over £19m in direct finance and unlock a further £38m in indirect funding. For further information, please visit www.techinvest.org.

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Press information: Deborah Garritty at Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
01625 506 444

 
OVER £1M DAMAGES FOR MOTOCYCLIST PARALYSED BY HOSPITAL NEGLIGENCE

Donn 07 06
26 July 2006

A motorcyclist who was injured in a road accident was then paralysed for life by the Nottingham hospital, which was treating him.

Mr David Skinner, age 58, who has just received £1,040,000 in damages, commented: "The facts speak for themselves. I went in on crutches and came out in a wheelchair. I've got the money but it doesn't mean anything - £1million hasn't given me my legs back. My wife is very bitter about what happened to me.

"Before the accident I was very active. We loved going biking, camping and going to rock concerts; I can't do any of that any more. I don't even listen to my music now as it makes me too upset."

After Mr Skinner was hit by a car in a road accident in December 2002, he was admitted to Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, for emergency treatment and then transferred to Nottingham City Hospital for an operation on his leg. The operation was carried out after Mr Skinner had a spinal epidural, which Nottingham City Hospital has now admitted was delivered negligently.

Manchester-based personal injury lawyer Stephen Maguire of Donns LLP, who acted for Mr Skinner, said that if the hospital had done its job properly Mr Skinner would still be walking around today and enjoying life to the full.

"The case has devastated the whole family, his wife and son will never be able to enjoy their time with him in the same way, his life has been destroyed through the negligence of the hospital. We expect hospitals to make us better, not make us worse.

"£1 million may seem a significant settlement but when you take into account that he is now paralysed for life and will require a lifetime of care, it's a fair and just sum. He is in constant pain and now needs care, assistance, special aids and new accommodation just to cope with everyday life."

Mr Skinner was hit by a car and suffered a compound fracture to his lower leg, with major tissue loss to the calf muscle and a fracture of his metatarsal bone. The wound became infected, and so he underwent skin, muscle and vein grafts, following which he developed pressure sores and after several attempts his lower leg was amputated. All procedures were carried out whilst under anaesthetic, delivered, in part, through a spinal epidural. During this time, Mr Skinner was also receiving anticoagulation therapy which can carry a greater risk of haematosis.

The case went from bad to worse when, after having the epidural in place for ten days, the hospital discovered that Mr Skinner was rendered paraplegic due to their negligence. As a result, he is no longer able to walk, and lacks control of his bladder, bowels and sexual organs. A professional glass-cutter before the accident Mr Skinner has now had to give up his job.

As part of standard practice for administering epidurals, hospitals are required to carry out checks before starting the procedure to see if the patient was at risk of developing a haematoma due to the nature of the treatment required, namely whether the continued use of anticoagulation therapy increases the risks of the spinal epidural creating a haematoma. They also failed to discuss the risks of surrounding spinal epidurals and anaesthetic procedures. Following the operation they also failed to test his motor reactions.

Mr Skinner, who lives in Bulwell, Nottingham, said: "I'm very pleased with this settlement, Stephen has done a good job and I now want to get back to my day-to-day life. I'm glad the case has been settled, there's not an awful lot you can say about the hospital's negligence, the facts speak for themselves, I went in on crutches and came out in a wheelchair!"

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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:
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

 
RSM STRENGTHENS EDUCATION PORTFOLIO

RSML 17 06
18 July 2006

RSM Robson Rhodes, Leeds, has added a further two academic institutions to its education portfolio.

The University of Leeds and The Leeds College of Music have both chosen RSM Robson Rhodes for its expertise in internal audit work in the UK higher education sector.

With a turnover of approximately £380m, The University of Leeds is one of the UK's largest universities with over 7,500 staff and RSM Robson Rhodes have won a three-year contract. The University has over 32,000 students and aims to be one of the top 50 universities in the world by 2015.

Berenice Smith, finance and commercial director at The University of Leeds comments: "RSM Robson Rhodes were chosen for our internal audit work, not only because of the firm's expertise in the sector, but because the team's approach to working with our faculties was exactly the sort of partnership relationship we were looking for. We're looking forward to working with the team."

The Leeds College of Music has also awarded the firm a five-year internal audit contract. The college is the UK's largest music college, with over 1,000 full-time and 2,000 part-time students. 2005 saw the transfer from the further education sector to the higher education sector as part of its long-term strategy, allowing the college to improve its service to students and staff by investing heavily and bringing them inline with other UK conservatories

Paul Smith, ddirector of ffinance and aadministration at the college comments: "RSM Robson Rhodes's appointment as internal auditors was significantly influenced by the college's move to HE status and the firm's demonstrated ability, capacity and its approach to working in partnership to help the college move from a further education to a higher education regulatory environment over the crucial initial years."

The RSM Robson Rhodes' team is headed by Ian Falconer. Ian comments: "We are now in a strong market position to offer education institutions one of the best services in the UK. Our reputation has grown considerably over the last few years, and our appointment to the University of Leeds and Leeds College of Music confirms our reputation in the region is extreamely pleasing."

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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.

For further information on Leeds College of Music visit:
http://www.lcm.ac.uk/info/

For further information on University of Leeds visit:
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/

 
Press Information: TEChINVEST 'DEVELOPS' CORE TEAM WITH NEW APPOINTMENT

PR256

26 July 2006

TEChINVEST 'DEVELOPS' CORE TEAM WITH NEW APPOINTMENT

The region's leading equity advisory service, TEChINVEST, is to expand its core team with the appointment of Gary Pennington to the position of Business Finance Development Manager. Based at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) headquarters in Warrington, the service advises North West companies and budding entrepreneurs on appropriate sources of finance available to help realise their growth potential.

Gary joins the team from Manchester's Inward Investment Agency (MIDAS) where he was Northwest Business Club Membership, Web and Data Manager. Previously, Gary spent over 20 years in a directorial role at Fliteline Events, Manchester.

Commenting on the appointment, Vivienne Upcott-Gill, TEChINVEST's founder, said: "I am sure that Gary' s vast experience and professionalism will make him a valuable addition to the team. With such a broad range of seed, equity and venture capital funds available, as well as our thriving business angel network, we have an excellent track record in supporting investors and helping companies develop a viable business plan and an investment case which will be attractive to investors. Gary will help us to further strengthen and expand the service we offer and we are looking forward to working with him."

Speaking about his new position, Gary said: "I am delighted to be joining the UK's longest established and most successful equity advisory service. I look forward to being part of the team and to contributing to the service's continued success in the region."

TEChINVEST is one of the UK's longest established equity advisory and gateway services and is delivered under the auspices of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). It has been actively involved across the Northwest region since the early '90s. Since its inception, it has helped local companies raise over £19m in direct finance and unlock a further £38m in indirect funding. For further information, please visit www.techinvest.org.

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Press information: Deborah Garritty at Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
01625 506 444

 
RSM ROBSON RHODES STRENGTHENS CORPORATE FINANCE TEAM

RSMM 27 06
26 July 2006

Manchester based chartered accountants and business advisers RSM Robson Rhodes have strengthened their corporate finance team with the appointment of Karen Griffin as assistant director.

Karen joins the firm from the Co-operative Bank, where she worked for over four years; firstly as a business development manager, and then as a public sector consultant.

Previously she spent 11 years at NatWest Markets seven of these in London, before moving to Manchester in 1996 to assist in setting up the local acquisition finance office. This was followed by a couple of years of working in industry.

In her new role she will focus on the education and the public sectors, specialising in debt advisory and corporate finance services. Karen has a high profile in the industry and many in the region may remember her under her maiden name, Karen Quinney.

Karen comments: "The corporate finance team at RSM Robson Rhodes was what drew me to the role. It's a great team, and well regarded in the region - I'm looking forward to helping to build the practice further."

Head of corporate finance, Andy Humphrey comments: "The corporate finance team has shown steady growth over the last few years. Karen's arrival means we can now offer even greater strength in depth and further sector expertise for our clients and bolster the long term strategy that will help the business grow further."

Karen currently lives in Wilmslow, with her husband and 20 month old son.

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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.

 

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