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Monday, April 30, 2007
ISG Dean+Bowes has won one of the UK's most prestigious health and safety awards, with a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

This is the second consecutive year in which the company has received a Gold Award for Occupational Health & Safety, clearly demonstrating its commitment to achieving the highest possible health and safety standards across all areas of the business.

"This is an excellent achievement and one of which everyone at ISG Dean+Bowes can be justifiably proud," commented ISG Dean+Bowes MD Jim Parker. "To win a Gold Award requires hard work and sustained commitment from all members of the team. To do it once is brilliant, to win it two years in a row is just a fantastic achievement as it is the highest quality endorsement for not only our systems and processes, but the implementation of health and safety standards across the organisation."

ISG Dean+Bowes believes that a first-class health and safety record can only be achieved by all employees taking full responsibility for delivery. The company deliberately ensures that health and safety considerations that not just meet, but exceed legal requirements, are at the forefront of its fit-out and refurbishment solutions.

RoSPA Awards Manager David Rawlins applauded the company's approach, saying: "ISG Dean+Bowes have demonstrated how seriously they have taken health and safety management and are a fine example to many other companies. We would like to see more organisations follow their lead."

The Award will be formally presented to ISG Dean+Bowes at the RoSPA Awards Ceremony in Birmingham next month.

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Editor's note
ISG Dean+Bowes provides a broad range of fit-out and refurbishment services to property owners and operators in the retail, lifestyle, education, healthcare and commercial sectors. The company is part of ISG plc, the UK's leading construction services group.

Press contact: Deborah Garritty / Elizabeth Swain
Bell Pottinger North (01625 506444)
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk /
PJ Livesey has sold the first phase of luxury apartments at its exclusive Frodsham development, Kingsley Park, before the properties have been formally launched. The conversion specialist, who is planning an official launch soon, has been inundated with enquiries and has secured a high percentage of sales from interested parties who were familiar with the local landmark building and who were waiting for site boards to go up and the sales office to open.

Situated on the edge of Delamere Forest, hidden from the road, with its grand sweeping drive and lush, green, overhanging surrounds, Kingsley Park is gradually being transformed into the pride of the local area. PJ Livesey has no plans to delay the launch, in light of the rapid sales success, as the company is keen to accommodate local residents who hold the Grade II listed building in great affection and have a keen interest in the development's progress.

PJ Livesey has maintained close relations with local schools, as well as residents, since starting work on the restoration and redevelopment of the buildings (once known as Crossley Hospital East). Last month, the company welcomed pupils from a cross-section of primary schools in the area to the development, to demonstrate the range of habitat improvements the company has undertaken to protect local wildlife.

Sales manager Colette Gannon believes that Kingsley Park inspires strong feelings in both local people and visitors alike: "People have fallen in love with this development for a variety of reasons - history, location, architecture, to name but a few. The main hall is a particularly striking building and the natural surrounds are simply breathtaking. Many housebuyers forge a bond with a property when it manages to meet their daily living requirements and deliver stylistic surprises. We had a group of interested parties from the outset who were keen to consider Kingsley Park - and happily, their expectations have been surpassed."

Besides the individually designed one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, the development also includes period outbuildings - the old pump house and hospital chapel - which are being carefully restored to create a number of semi-detached and detached properties within the boundaries of the hospital estate. There will also be a sympathetically designed 3-bedroom detached home in the grounds.

The original Grade II listed buildings first opened their doors as a hospital in 1905, having been funded by Sir William Crossley, the owner of a large engineering company in Manchester. The main building's south-facing aspect, set approximately 480 feet above sea level, boasts beautiful views of the adjoining Delamere Forest, the Cheshire Plains and distant Welsh and Peak District mountain ranges.

The sales office at Kingsley Park is open from Thursday to Monday (10.00 am to 5.00 pm) and sales advisors can be contacted on 01928 740078. For information on other PJ Livesey developments log on to www.pjlivesey-group.co.uk

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
01625 506444

Thursday, April 26, 2007
It was space, but not as you know it, for homebuyers in Bolton last weekend at the official launch of PJ Livesey's The Cottonworks. The conversion specialist, who is fast growing a reputation for providing purchasers with an abundance of space, has not disappointed on its latest north Manchester development by designing apartments, including one-bedroom properties, with lots of square footage.

The appeal of the extra space is supported by stylish and innovative designs including original pillars, decked patios and elegant mezzanines. Unsurprisingly, the apartments attracted a high propensity of young professionals at the official launch who had returned to take a look around the four show apartments and two view units.

Sales manager, Colette Gannon explains the appeal of the development: "Bolton is close enough to Manchester City Centre to travel into work or go for a night out yet has a vibrant town centre of its own to explore for a meal, a drink or to engage in some retail therapy. It's the perfect location for those who want to enjoy the benefits of living close to Manchester without paying the price tag attached to properties South of the Centre.

"With the location stamped as a winner, the property itself is often a second priority, especially for young professionals and first-time buyers who are hampered by cost. The Cottonworks has literally stopped these buyers in their tracks as they are viewing high design, dream homes which come in within budget."

PJ Livesey is currently offering fitted carpets, stamp duty paid and £350 towards legal fees on the apartments at The Cottonworks. It also has a starter pack for this development which includes five per cent deposit paid and £350 towards legal fees. One-bedroom apartments start at £116,950 and it is these properties, according to Colette, that caused the biggest stir at the weekend: "Visitors were standing in the lounge of what they thought was a two-bedroom apartment, because of the large proportions and generosity of size, and being absolutely astounded to discover that they were actually in a one-bedroom property."

The 1926 Grade II listed building - the last mill to be built in the area - was designed and built for Sir John Holden by Bradshaw, Gas and Hope and has retained a number of distinctive architectural features. For further information on The Cottonworks, please call 01204 305012 (open Thursday to Monday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm) or 0800 7830259 (freephone).

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
01625 506444
Fit out and refurbishment specialist ISG Dean+Bowes officially unveiled the ultimate in ecolearning at the topping out ceremony for the new studio extension to Cambridge University's School of Architecture, the highly respected centre for architectural learning and research.

Providing a unique and inspiring environment to architectural students, the new timber-framed studio is a monument to 21st century eco-friendly best practice in the built environment.

The £1.4M project consists of a workshop at ground level and a naturally lit, versatile timber framed studio space on the first floor. It sits behind the School's main building in Scroope Terrace, a striking Georgian Terrace in Central Cambridge which is being refurbished by ISG Dean+Bowes.

The fit-out specialist is translating the design of architects' Freeland Rees Roberts of Cambridge (principal architect for the Terrace) and Mole Architects of Prickwillow (architect for the Studio) to protect their vision and make sure there is no conflict in the build translation. ISG Dean+Bowes has worked pro-actively to overcome any design issues and anticipate any problems in order that the work can be delivered in advance of any set deadlines.

With space limited due to planning constraints to preserve both existing trees and the integrity of the listed Georgian terrace, the new-build has been carefully tailored to slot into a tight site. The first floor is larger than the ground floor and is built over the existing car park. Access to the new studios is provided by an enclosed bridge connected to the rear of the terrace and an open bridge connected to the landmark 1958 extension, designed by St John Wilson.

The building creates a central cloistered garden space between the new building and the existing extension and provides a physical link between the group of buildings that make up the School of Architecture.

The design of the new build, with its timber frames and exposed structure, is a model of sustainable construction for all of the budding architects that pass through its doors. The thinking behind the building, and the process of construction, has already been incorporated into the students' coursework. Natural materials have been used and the environmental impact of the building has been further minimised by the use of efficient construction and energy systems.

Panel cladding to the building is a large scale version of weather boarding, recessed between the timber columns, whilst the north lights in the saw-tooth roof provide even, natural light without solar gain. A low-energy cooling strategy has been developed by Max Fordham LLP, using high-level windows for night-time cooling, good cross-ventilation and an innovative water-based thermal cooling system. The approach has been tested by extensive thermal modelling, and will be verified by monitoring energy in use. The building will form the basis of research projects being developed by the Architecture and Engineering schools.

ISG Dean+Bowes' MD Jim Parker is delighted that the company has played a prominent role in such a high-profile, innovative eco-design project: "We've worked closely with both the client and the architect throughout and have enjoyed the experience of engaging creatively with individuals who are highly-respected in their fields and have an expert knowledge of sustainable building and development.

"The team was aware from the outset that the building would attract significant attention and that all works would be closely scrutinised because it is the Department of Architecture and that in itself has provided us with a stimulating and enjoyable challenge."

Mole Architect's founder partner, Meredith Bowles comments: "This building has an added significance because it is a site of education and the students who use these faculties are the individuals who we hope will be the future influencers of architecture and design."

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Editor's note
ISG Dean+Bowes provides a broad range of fit-out and refurbishment services to property owners and operators in the retail, lifestyle, education, healthcare and commercial sectors. The company is part of ISG plc, the UK's leading construction services group.

Press contact: Deborah Garritty / Elizabeth Swain
Bell Pottinger North (01625 506444)
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk /
An innovative Burnley-based business has been boosted thanks to funding secured through TEChINVEST, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA)'s business angel network.

The £182,000 investment, raised from a combination of sources, including private investors, Michelin development funding, Enterprise Ventures and HSBC Bank, will ensure Process Instruments can manufacture and market new products to support its ambitious growth plans in the waste, water, paper and chemical sectors.

After receiving advice from the agency's specialist team of business angel finance advisors, Process Instruments presented its business case at a TEChINVEST Investor Club meeting. With plans to develop a number of cutting-edge products, including the UK's first autocalibrating water safety device that analyses parts-per-million of chlorine, Process Instruments soon attracted interest from private investors.

"The support we received from TEChINVEST was excellent and we really couldn't have secured the funding without the team's help," said Mike Riding, managing director of Process Instruments. "Our advisor helped us to prepare the most appropriate presentation and within a matter of months, we had reached our £175,000 target."

"Importantly, our 'angel' will also act as company chairperson, using his experience to help provide strategic business advice and guidance to ensure we can meet our growth targets."

Vivienne Upcott-Gill, founder and manager of TEChINVEST added: "Process Instruments is growing rapidly and has significant potential to grow which was recognised immediately at the Investor Club meeting."

"It was clear from its presentation that the company has the experience and expertise to enhance its specialist range of products for the processing industries and this was immediately recognised by our investors."

TEChINVEST is one of the UK's longest established and most successful business angel networks. It forms part of the North West Regional Development Agency's broad portfolio of business finance options, designed to help entrepreneurs, start-ups and growing companies generate employment opportunities and wealth as part of the region's thriving business economy.

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Press contacts:

Deborah Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North (01625) 506444
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Beachcroft strengthens specialist injury risk team
Beachcroft's Bristol-based injury risk team has been boosted with the re-location of partner, Paul Parke, from its Winchester office. Paul is a nationally acknowledged expert in the field of catastrophic injury and has been involved in the sector since 1986.

"Paul will be a great asset to our already excellent injury risk team, with 20 years' experience of handling high profile catastrophic injury claims," said regional senior partner Michael Bothamley. "He was closely involved in Lord Woolf's reform of the civil justice system and is a member of the working party that drafted the Personal Injury Protocol.

"Our injury risk practice here in Bristol already has a leading reputation in the South West and achieved a top ranking in the latest Chambers UK Guide. Paul's arrival further strengthens that reputation and maintains our positioning as a centre of excellence for this type of work."

Alongside his work on catastrophic injury claims, Paul will continue to advise on the legal aspects of the fourth UK Bodily Injury Awards Study, a major research project commissioned by the International Underwriting Association of London (IUA) in conjunction with the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The report will investigate trends in bodily injury awards over the last four years and the legal factors behind these trends. Paul also co-authored the three earlier studies in 1997, 1999 and 2003.


For further information, please contact
Deborah Garritty or Emily Goehler at Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottinngernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444
Monday, April 23, 2007
To meet the demands of the largest plain tile market in the UK, Koramic - the clay roof tile brand owned by Wienerberger - has opened its newest and largest distribution centre in Sittingbourne, Kent.

To ensure customers benefit from a faster and more efficient service, the full range of Koramic clay roof tiles will be available at the new facility, including all standard fittings. A state-of-the-art product showroom and customer meeting area are also available.

"Our aim is to make Sittingbourne one of our most advanced distribution centres," says Martin Fewtrell, UK sales director for Koramic. "We have invested in a significant amount of new racking and storage facilities to ensure that stock can be quickly and easily identified, so customers receive their goods as efficiently as possible. These facilities also significantly reduce the risk of any tiles getting damaged as they are now very safely and securely stored.

"With the vast range of facilities and stock now available, we feel we can truly offer customers a one-stop-shop for all their clay roof tile needs and are currently looking at further ways in which we can continuously improve the services on offer."

Koramic tiles are now available from three specialist distribution centres across the UK. In addition to Sittingbourne, there are depots strategically located in Hull and Ipswich to meet the needs of customers across the country.


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

Bristol law student shines in debating cup final
Law student, Larissa Pye, has beaten over 45 of her peers to win the 'Hunt Cup' final at Bristol University.

The annual 16-week debating competition was founded over 40 years' ago by Lord Hunt of Wirral - Chairman of the Financial Services division at law firm Beachcroft LLP and a Bristol University graduate. Lord Hunt gave the University the cup after he won the British Debating Championship for the Observer Mace in 1964-6. He went on to represent British Universities on a debating tour of America.

The final saw four students - two proposition speakers and two opposition speakers - debate the motion 'This House believes the United Kingdom is an anachronism'. Larissa roundly defeated the motion in a lively debating session. Lord Hunt attended the prize-giving ceremony to present the cup.

"Achieving the Hunt Cup is particularly fitting for Larissa as she helped re-establish the competition at the University in 2004," said Lord Hunt. "The Hunt Cup helps Beachcroft to strengthen its links with Bristol University, with a number of our partners helping to judge the final debate. The competition is also an excellent way of testing the skills of our future lawyers and helps us to spot potential candidates for work placements."

Now Chairman of the English Speaking Union (ESU), Lord Hunt has used his debating skills extensively in politics taking on, and defeating, Enoch Powell in the 1970s, and most recently, had success in the House of Lords debating amendments proposed by him to the Compensation Bill.

In 1979, Lord Hunt became a member of Margaret Thatcher's first administration and has since served in a number of key roles including Secretary of State of 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 (and Minister for Public Service and Science) in 1994.
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For further information, please contact
Deborah Garritty or 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 six main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial institutions (including the insurance industry); consumer and industrial goods and services and technology and telecommunications.

The firm has received a number of industry accolades in the last year. Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2007, recognised 65 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, ranking the firm at number 16 in the UK, up from 19 last year. In Legal 500, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK, the firm received a Tier 1 ranking for 17 of its practice areas across the UK. In Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK. 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 33 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, April 20, 2007
An invitation to care
Anyone interested in learning more about a career as a health care assistant (HCA), can visit Stepping Hill's open day, on Monday 30 April.

HCAs work within a hospital or community setting, supporting healthcare professionals with the day-to-day duties surrounding patient care. Stockport's HCA team are keen to inform the public about this valued and rewarding role and HCAs will be on hand during the open day to answer any questions and provide more information about job opportunities in the area.

With friendly advice on applying to become an HCA, guidance on how to apply online or the chance to pick up an application form at the event, the team are aiming to make the day informative and helpful to visitors interested in developing a career as an HCA.

Stockport's HCA open day will be held at Lecture Theatre B, Pinewood House, Stepping Hill Hospital between 10.30am and 7.00pm on Monday 30 April. For further information please contact Lisa Ackers on 0161 419 4784.


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

Tel: 01625 506444
E-mail: aduffy@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Specialist developer PJ Livesey has already sold half of the apartments at Quarry Bank Mill, the first phase of its Parkwood Mills development on the outskirts of Huddersfield, within months of the first site board being erected. With a postcode ranking the highest in the UK for desirability and potential return on investment by The Royal Bank of Scotland's First-Time Buyer (FTB) Property Index, it is no surprise that these unique, architecturally superior mill properties are proving such a draw.

For those jaded by the market prices for apartments in the nearby cities of Leeds and Manchester and their surrounding areas, Quarry Bank Mill is the perfect antidote. Nestled in a valley, surrounded by rolling hills and fields, the development is minutes from the motorway yet would seem to be in the heart of Yorkshire's deepest countryside.

The site is marked by the tall mill chimney, dominating the horizon and creating an immediate air of authenticity, which is supported by the long cobbled street providing the approach to the Mills.

Lighting plays a key role at Quarry Bank Mill as homeowners at the rear of the building are treated to an abundance of sunshine during the day and a striking view of a floodlit quarry at night. At the front of the building, those in the penthouse apartments have the delight of overlooking the development's focal point - an historic mill pond and waterfall.

Perhaps the key to the Mill's success is the attention to detail. The apartments are individually designed so that each of the one and two-bedroom properties differs stylistically leaving the potential buyer with an abundance of choice. The stone work and the high beams of the interiors have been left exposed, original columns are now features and solid walls and floors complete each private sanctuary.

So far, the appeal of the development has been wide. First-time buyers, young professional couples, empty nesters and those in search of a second home with investment potential have all reserved at Quarry Bank Mill. Sales manager Colette Gannon comments: "There was a lot of immediate interest from those who lived locally and were familiar with the old mills and from there it has spiralled. Quarry Bank Mill is a Grade II listed building which has been sympathetically converted to showcase the scale and architectural styling of the original mill and all our visitors appreciate that immediately. We have a lot of buyers who have been brought in by family and friends who are purchasing on the development and they, in turn, have been captivated.

"As a place to live it ticks all boxes - it's a beautiful building in a beautiful location; each property - be it one-bedroom, two or three - is extremely spacious; it's within five minutes of a large, thriving town and it has close motorway links to the major cities of Manchester and Leeds."

The specialist developer has deliberately included a number of reasonably priced one-bedroom apartments in this fabulous mill conversion, keeping prices under £100,000 and making them an attractive proposition for local first-time buyers.

There are larger, two- and three-bedroom properties also available on this development, with a selection of specification options to give buyers the best possible flexibility and choice. In a further demonstration of PJ Livesey's commitment to individuality, there are several different show apartments available to view - each illustrating the various specification packages available. Prices for the 2-bedroom properties start at just £149,950.

For further information on Quarry Bank Mill, or to request a viewing, please contact the Sales Centre direct on 01484 655364 or call in and see for yourself why PJ Livesey is fast becoming the nation's favourite residential developer (Sales Centre open daily, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm).

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
01625 506444

ISG Dean and Bowes has recruited Audra Francis as business development manager to be based at its Cambridgeshire head office. Audra will utilise her extensive retail experience support the company's strategic development plans and to continue to grow the national fit-out and refurbishment specialist's retail market share.

Audra joins ISG Dean and Bowes from Kinnersley Kent Design where she worked as the business development and marketing manager, driving new growth from the domestic market and securing the company's international presence. Key clients included Bateel, Fortnum & Mason and House of Fraser.

ISG Dean and Bowes MD Jim Parker comments: "Audra is a welcome addition to the team. She is able to demonstrate a wealth of experience both as a marketeer and as a business strategist and we are confident that she will play a key role in growing the business over the coming months. We're delighted to have her on board."

Audra adds: "ISG Dean and Bowes is fast developing a reputation for adding to its clients' bottom line, especially as a result of its expertise in working in live environments. I'm looking forward to helping the team to maximise new opportunities and build on existing business."

ISG Dean and Bowes has developed a strong portfolio of retail work in recent years and now lists T-Mobile, HSBC, Monsoon, Next, Primark and Woolworths among its blue-chip client base.

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Editor's note

ISG Dean and Bowes provides a broad range of fit-out and refurbishment services to property owners and operators in the retail, lifestyle, education, healthcare and commercial sectors. The company is part of ISG plc, the UK's leading construction services group.

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

Thursday, April 05, 2007
Web site set to be top of the class with funding from Stockport entrepreneur

Stockport-based entrepreneur David Kaitiff has invested a six-figure sum in Sell Student Books.com, the new Web site that enables students to reduce their debts by buying and selling used textbooks.

Kaitiff, who founded textiles firm Friedman's and sold it to Signature Fabrics for £1.7m, made the investment because he sees huge potential in the business and the 'green' vision of the company's managing director, 28-year-old, Mark Fraser.

"With student debt being such a problem for graduates and students, this Web site should sell itself," said Kaitiff. "It is easy to use, and offers a really simple way for students to both save and make money.

"But this is not just a profitable venture - it's about helping to reduce the demand for new books to be printed. We estimate that for every 1,000 second-hand books sold via the Web site one tree is saved from being cut down.

"Our aim is to show students that there is a value in the books they no longer use, and that they can help save the environment too."

The investment will be used to fund marketing, as well as 'green' schemes such as 'Books for Cash', which gives students the opportunity to generate money quickly by selling their books directly to the Web site rather than waiting for them to sell online.

Sell Student Books.com was launched last month, with an initial focus on supporting students in Manchester and Liverpool.

Michael Cattell, 18, is a first-year history student at the University of Liverpool, and was one of the first people to use the Web site. "University course books were costing me a fortune," he said.

"By using this new Web site I've been able to save more than half the cover price of many of my books. It's a great idea and I've found the site really easy to use."

Sell Student Books.com has a database of 700,000 books covering every college and university course in the UK.


Notes to editors
Based in Cheadle-Health, Stockport, Sell Student Books.com the first commercial Web site linked to innovative mobile phone ISBN search technology to specialise in giving past and present students the opportunity to buy and sell used academic books. www.sellstudentbooks.com

For more press information contact John Butters, Faye Burton or Alex Henshall at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444 or email fburton@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


A mix of first-time buyers, investors and local residents descended on PJ Livesey's Quarry Bank Mill last weekend for the launch of the specialist developer's latest one-bedroom show apartment. A high percentage of visitors were those who had seen plans and were keen to see the balcony which stretches across both the lounge and the bedroom allowing a generous amount of outdoor space.

This is the only show apartment to have the highly-desirable balcony and PJ Livesey is now expecting a surge in sales of these exclusive properties as over 25 per cent of the balconied apartments had already sold off plan prior to last weekend's launch.

Situated in a picturesque valley location Quarry Bank Mill has already built a reputation based on charm and character. In a striking transformation, PJ Livesey has retained the very best of the building's architectural heritage, incorporating exposed brickwork, original steel framework and impressive full-length windows into a design scheme which maximises light and living space throughout.

Commenting on the success of the development to date, PJ Livesey Group Sales Manager Colette Gannon said: "This is a fabulous development which offers buyers an enviable lifestyle. As the country's leading developer of listed buildings, we have built our reputation on creating high quality, high value homes in prime locations - and Quarry Bank Mill is a classic example.

"At the same time, recent media reports have identified Huddersfield as one of the region's property hotspots, which means that the combination of the quality of these apartments, the lifestyle choice they represent and the investment potential of the location make it a very attractive option for both homebuyers and investors. I'm not surprised that the show apartment with the balcony has caused such a stir - the balcony is the final flourish."

Quarry Bank Mill is just a short drive from Huddersfield town centre and is only five minutes' drive from the M62 motorway, making it an ideal choice for commuters to both Leeds and Manchester.

To help would-be homebuyers in the region take their first step onto the property ladder, PJ Livesey is offering a one-bedroom apartment priced at just £99,950. Other incentives available this spring include financial assistance with deposits, searches and legal fees, as well as stamp duty paid, on selected properties.

For further information, please contact the Sales Centre (open daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm) on 01484 655364.

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
01625 506444

Monday, April 02, 2007
Hospital invests in in-house cleaning team

After over 20 years using contract cleaners, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust has decided to bring the cleaning, portering and security services back in-house, in a bid to ensure that these vital services are an integral part of the Trust workforce.

The Trust's Board of Directors, which reviewed four competitive tenders for the contract, considered four factors in reaching their decision: cost, human resources, risk management and quality/customer assurance.

Chief executive Chris Burke said: "The cleanliness of our hospitals is a crucial factor in controlling the spread of infection. We therefore feel it is important that the staff doing this job are an integral part of our ward teams.

"All these staff, including our porters and the security team, make a significant contribution to the quality of the patient experience and we are delighted to bring this group of over 240 staff on to our payroll. Improvements to the skills, quality and morale of this part of the workforce will undoubtedly pay dividends in the quality of services to patients."

The cleaning, portering and security staff who are currently employed by the Trust's present contractor will be transferred to the Trust payroll under employment regulations, when the new contract commences at the start of June.

Dr Burke added: "We have received a very positive response from all the staff involved."


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


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