UTTOXETER Racecourse is the latest business to support the Staffordshire Police Cadets after donating 50 tickets to the BBQ Family Fun Raceday and a voucher for a table in the 1907 restaurant.
Staffordshire Police Cadets have been busy raffling the 50 BBQ Family Fun Raceday tickets in order to raise funds for the cadet units. The event, which takes place on 30th July, will include a great British BBQ and family entertainment including a Burton Albion shoot out, Wildlife displays, assault courses and inflatables.
Uttoxeter Racecourse have also invited the cadets to attend the Beer Festival Raceday on Saturday 18thNovember to promote the cadet programme and do a collection to raise funds for new units.
The Staffordshire Police Cadets have in return offered their services to Uttoxeter Racecourse and will be available to provide assistance at raceday events, including traffic management and assisting members of the public.
Mrs Arnold said: ‘This is wonderful news for the ongoing success of the Cadets in Staffordshire and I would like to say a big thank you to Uttoxeter Racecourse for their generosity.
‘The money we raise from raffling the BBQ Family Fun Day tickets, the table for four in the 1907 restaurant and the collection day will allow us to plan activities and training for the cadets. This will help the scheme to be as effective as possible, and allow more and more young people the opportunity to become a Cadet.’
David MacDonald, CEO of Uttoxeter Racecourse, added: ‘Uttoxeter Racecourse are proud to support Staffordshire Police Cadets. Their work is providing the youth of the county with skills they will need in future years.
‘It is humbling to hear stories of youngster’s lives being transformed since joining the cadets, getting themselves back on track and giving them a new found confidence and a purpose.”
DPCC Sue Arnold, DCO Graham Smout, Uttoxeter Racecourse CEO David MacDonald and Staffordshire Police Cadets.
The Staffordshire Police Cadet Service was launched by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis in 2013 to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship. Seven successful Cadet units have been launched so far including a unit in Tamworth.
The Police Cadets work towards several nationally recognised qualifications including team-working and citizenship. Many of the Cadets have found that through the scheme they are becoming not only more confident and outgoing, but that they are also benefiting both socially and academically, all while helping to build links between the police and young people.
Businesses are invited to become Patrons or Sponsors to help fund uniforms and equipment for the Cadets. In return for becoming a Patron, businesses’ contributions are recognised through publicity, a framed certificate and other opportunities. More information is available at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/police-cadets
RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on the future of a health watchdog.
Healthwatch Staffordshire is being recommissioned from April next year and the County Council, which commissions the service, is looking at ways in which it could be delivered in future.
It’s keen to ensure Healthwatch meets the needs of local people and influences the delivery of health and social care services.
The Council has launched a public survey and will take all feedback into account before making its decision.
Wendy Tompson, Corporate Community Engagement and Consultation Manager at the County Council, said: “We are recommissioning the local Healthwatch service with effect from April 1, 2018.
“To support this we are exploring ideas for how Healthwatch Staffordshire could be delivered in future to ensure it meets the needs of local people and influences the future of health and care services.
“Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion for people who use health and social care services. Its job is to ensure that local voices are heard and that people’s views and experiences are used to improve existing services and help shape future delivery.
“It’s therefore really important that members of the public have a say about the future of this service.
“We’ve developed a questionnaire to capture opinion and want as many people as possible to let us know what they think.”
The closing date for all completed surveys will be Sunday, August 20.
POLCIE say that following fantastic public support, there was over 700 knives handed in during last week’s Knife Amnesty.
Between the 10th and the 16th July Staffordshire Police were encouraging you to hand in any knives that you no longer needed or wanted to prevent them being used to cause harm.
Their no-questions-asked approach has seen hundreds of knives handed in at knife bins at Police Stations across the county. Police say that this is a positive step in efforts to make Staffordshire a safer place.
The Knife Amnesty was about much more than just collecting knives. There was a big push to discourage younger members of society from thinking about carrying a knife and throughout the week our officers were visiting schools to deliver sessions designed to educate children about the impact of knife use.
A targeted Facebook campaign also reached over 120,000 users and saw over 6,000 people respond to the event. Nearly every secondary school in the county was provided with a letter to parents alerting them to the dangers of knives and how they can be securely stored to prevent children getting hold of them.
Working with Stoke City Council, Staffordshire Police targeted businesses that sell knives to remind them that the sale to a child under the age of 18 is unlawful. This joint work saw the conducting of test purchase operations (observed and monitored purchases by children) that saw two businesses sell a knife to a 16-year-old.
Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, Head of Local Policing and Operations, said: “Thanks to the support we have had from local partners, we have been able to educate more people about the harm knives can cause and discourage them from making the poor choice to carry one. This kind of activity is critical in preventing the horrendous consequences of knife crime and we hope that this message has landed across the County.
“I am really encouraged by the willingness of people to give up their knives and I am sure that this is a campaign that we will repeat in the future in our efforts to continue to reduce harm.
“Whilst we will push the prevention message in every way we can to change behaviour and keep people safe, I will be making sure our officers continue to identify and arrest those found carrying and using knives.”
Yours Clothing staff Nicola Throves, Ashley Stretch and Dawn Young.
A BRAND NEW store opened it’s doors for the first time in Ankerside Shopping Centre today as the plus size fashion retailer, Yours Clothing began trading.
Well known for its wide range of ladies fashion in sizes 16 – 36, including clothing, lingerie, footwear and accessories, Yours Clothing opened its doors at Ankerside Shopping Centre today, Friday 21st July.
The arrival of the fabulous clothing chain at the shopping centre, which is located next to Bluc Inc and opposite Poundland, will see the creation of up to five jobs for the people of Tamworth, of which the store are still recruiting.
Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, Jeff Wigley with Yours Clothing staff.
Jeff Wigley, Ankerside Shopping Centre manager, said the opening of such a popular fashion store is a fantastic addition to the town. “It has been extremely exciting to be able to welcome Yours Clothing to the centre this week and even better to see so many shoppers enjoying the opening on Friday,” he said.
“We have a terrific mix of fashion retailers at Ankerside including Blue Inc, Peacocks and Select, so we’re thrilled for Yours Clothing to be a part of the offering at the centre,” Jeff added.
Former Yours Clothing model turned plus-size style advisor, Amy Steed at the opening of Ankerside’s Yours Clothing.
STAFFORDSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis is bringing back the popular Space programme for Summer 2017.
From Monday 24 July, youngsters across Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent can enjoy a range of free or subsidised activities this summer thanks to continued support from the PCC for the Space youth events programme.
Mr Ellis has pledged money to fund activities with an aim to increase skills, improve health and general wellbeing by creating opportunities to engage with young people positively.
Space was originally an activities scheme led by police in Staffordshire during the 80’s and 90’s to provide fun activities for young people during the school summer holiday with the aim to improve engagement with young people. The new version of Space, coordinated by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, has similar objectives and is aimed at 11 and 17 year-olds. The activities are delivered by a partnership of public and voluntary organisations, including the Police.
The programme is now in its third year since its relaunch by PCC Matthew Ellis who has been delighted by the response;
‘Space is all about giving young people confidence whilst having fun and improving their skills and fitness plus the opportunity to engage with public and voluntary sector organisations. Since the relaunch in 2015 we’ve had very positive feedback from young people and I’d encourage anyone between 11 and 17 to get involved.’
Events across Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent include glow-in-the-dark sports, trampolining, design your own t-shirt, Summer parties and even a walk up Snowdon for the more adventurous.
Full details of the Space programme can be found on the web site at www.staffordshirespace.uk
TO celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, the Friends of Tamworth Castle held a special balloon race last Saturday.
The event took place on the top of Tamworth Castle where the balloons were released and was attended by many from the local area including local MP Christopher Pincher and Cllr John Chesworth and his wife Tereasa, the Mayor and Mayoress of Tamworth.
Visitors in the Castle Grounds waived and cheered as the balloons rose into the sky. The Friends will allow three weeks for the return of the balloon tags after which, we will award a prize of £100 to the person who bought the balloon that travelled furthest.
Christopher Pincher MP said: “I very much enjoyed releasing the balloons on what were rather tricky conditions! Although I am always happy to help the Friends of Tamworth Castle in whatever the weather. Now we wait with baited breath to see which balloon travelled the furthest!”
David Ansell, Chairman of the Friends, said: “The ‘Friends’ would like to thank Chris for his help and support on Saturday, his enthusiasm for releasing the balloons should be commended particularly as we had a degree of difficulty getting them up the tower to where he was waiting because of the swirling wind in the castle courtyard and around the tower.
“The steady stream of balloons rising from the tower made for quite a spectacular sight as they gained height quickly and set off in an easterly direction.”
MP Christopher Pincher and Cllr John Chesworth and his wife Tereasa, the Mayor and Mayoress of Tamworth.
CYBERCRIME and online fraud are on the increase but recent figures suggest that company directors are twice as likely to become the victims of identity theft as members of the general public.
Cifas, the organisation that operates the National Fraud Database has highlighted the fact that a great deal of personal information about company directors is available via the Companies House register, leaving directors vulnerable.
Responding to a report in the Financial Times last month, Companies House stated that they were working with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to review the availability of personal information on the register.
Identity fraud is said to cost around £5.4bn a year according to research undertaken by Portsmouth University.
The Deputy PCC, Sue Arnold, has today written to the Right Hon Greg Clark, the minister responsible, asking for an urgent update.
DPCC Sue Arnold with Detective Superintendent Amanda Davies, Staffordshire Police lead on Cyber Crime
‘There were 173,000 recorded cases of identity fraud in the UK last year. Cybercriminals and online fraudsters are becoming increasingly sophisticated but it’s clear that Companies House has failed to move with the times. Here in Staffordshire, we are working with our partners to reduce the levels of online crime but we need to be assured that the government is doing all it can to reduce the number of incidents.’
The Police and Crime Commissioner is leading a coalition of partners from businesses, banks, law enforcement and public safety agencies who are sharing their expertise in a concerted effort to protect residents and businesses from all forms of online fraud.
‘Online fraud often targets the vulnerable but we all need to be vigilant to prevent what can be a costly and deeply upsetting form of crime.’
THE brand new Tamworth Enterprise Centre is now open for business, providing modern serviced offices to rent, meeting rooms for hire and state-of-the-art facilities for small businesses in the area.
The former Philip Dix Centre in Corporation Street has been renamed Philip Dix House and transformed into a business hub complete with16 fully serviced offices to rent, three well-appointed meeting rooms for hire, an executive lounge, virtual offices and conference facilities.
Although the centre doesn’t officially open until Wednesday, July 26, when a plaque will be unveiled in front of dignitaries, business leaders and guests, it is already home to an almost full complement of businesses.
Interest among the business community has been unexpectedly high and 14 of the 16 units have already been let, with interest shown in the remaining two.
However, there are still plenty of other services for businesses to take advantage of, including co-working space in the executive business lounge, ‘touchdown’ areas, three professional meeting rooms, conference space, boardroom facilities and virtual offices. The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including superfast broadband, Wi-Fi and interactive TVs.
The three meeting rooms have all been named after Tamworth’s iconic Reliant cars, so users will be able to hold meetings in the Regal Room, the Rialto Room and the Scimitar Room.
Businesses can use the centre for a variety of purposes, whether they’re looking for a professional setting in which to meet a client, need room for a large training session or conference, or require an official registered address.
It is hoped the centre will encourage the creation and growth of small businesses in Tamworth by providing professional facilities with low set-up costs, along with on-site business advice and support from Tamworth Borough Council’s Economic Development and Regeneration team.
Cllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “Tamworth Enterprise Centre is already proving to be a great boost to the town’s small business community by providing affordable, yet professional, offices and meeting rooms to help them start and grow successful enterprises.
“The demand has already hugely exceeded our expectations as we’ve had no shortage of businesses wanting to rent the serviced offices, which come with ‘easy in, easy out’ terms and no long leases.
The Tamworth Enterprise Centre on Corporation Street
“We hope to see lots of sole traders and companies using the executive lounge, touchdown areas and meeting rooms, so that the centre becomes a real hive of activity. It also offers a great opportunity for people who may usually work from home to come and interact in a busy professional environment. We’ve already seen examples of collaborative working among the businesses at the centre and we hope to see more of that in the future.
“Experts from Tamworth Borough Council’s Economic Development and Regeneration Team and other business organisations, such as the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP, will also be on hand at times, which will give businesses direct access to help and support in setting up or growing their ventures. Our aim is for the centre to help establish Tamworth as a great place to do business and it is already off to a great start in that respect.”
The centre’s new tenants include a variety of businesses from sectors such as recruitment, security, care provision, e-learning, research, website development and a trade body. Some are relatively new, while others are well established businesses which were looking for modern, centrally-located new offices.
The opening of Tamworth Enterprise Centre marks the completion of the first stage of the major Enterprise Quarter project to regenerate Tamworth town centre in a £6.1million project led by Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council. It has also been funded in part by the Local Growth Fund, through Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Growth, Cllr Mark Winnington, said: “Tamworth’s new enterprise centre is part of the wider regeneration of the town centre and the fact that it is already nearly fully occupied speaks volumes for the strength of our economy. It will be a real boost for small businesses in the borough, providing tenants with excellent facilities and flexible tenancy arrangements, allowing them to grow and prosper. Small business success is vital to our economy and they create thousands of jobs for Staffordshire people. We’re pleased to have worked with the borough council and LEP to support this project.”
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP Chairman, David Frost CBE, said: “We are delighted that this showpiece Enterprise Centre is proving to be so successful and attracting such strong interest from businesses – even before its official opening. It is a great example of the ‘can-do’ attitude of local business people and our partners at Tamworth Borough Council.
“The LEP is proud to be contributing a total of £2.95million to the creation of Tamworth’s Enterprise Quarter, which will revitalise the town centre and make a Tamworth a really vibrant place to live, work and do business.”
For more information about the facilities on offer, businesses can visit the website www.tamworthenterprisecentre.co.uk, or email email@example.com to enquire about hiring a meeting room. Prices range from £10 to £20 per hour depending on the size of the room.
THE town’s shopping centre is set to welcome a brand-new addition next week as the plus size fashion retailer, Yours Clothing announces the opening of its new Tamworth store.
Well known for its wide range of ladies fashion in sizes 16 – 36, including clothing, lingerie, footwear and accessories, Yours Clothing will open its doors at Ankerside Shopping Centre on Friday, 21st July.
The arrival of the fabulous clothing chain at the shopping centre, which will be located next to Bluc Inc and opposite Poundland, will see the creation of up to five jobs for the people of Tamworth, of which the store are still recruiting for a store manager and three sales assistants.
Jeff Wigley, Centre Manager at Ankerside Shopping Centre, said he is excited for the opening of a brilliant new addition to the centre. “We have a great mix of retailers and services at the centre and we’re delighted that we can now add Yours Clothing to that,” he said. “The creation of jobs is brilliant for people in the town and we are looking forward to welcoming some new faces to the Ankerside Shopping Centre team.”
“The opening of Yours Clothing in Tamworth will be a first for the town, so we are expecting it to be a huge success with our shoppers and we would like to wish the retailer’s team the best of luck with the new store.”
A spokesperson for Yours Clothing, said: “We are very excited to be growing our store portfolio by placing another Yours Clothing store in the West Midlands after receiving such huge demand for a store in the county of Staffordshire.
“Many of our online customers have commented that there is no-where to shop for plus-size fashion in Tamworth, so we are delighted to be filling this gap in the local market.”
TAMWORTH families are in for a glorious summer, as the town’s shopping centre is gearing up to host Ankerside in Bloom, featuring exciting garden-themed games and crafts.
Launching Wednesday, 2 August, the free family fun will be open to children of all ages, giving youngsters the chance to enjoy learning how their garden grows.
The centre’s first of three Ankerside in Bloom events will bring interactive characters Flora and Rosa Bloom to Tamworth, with everything from water cycle games to watering flowers and the chance to make paper flowers between 11am and 4pm. Plus, the centre will be filled with floral props including a garden swing.
Manager of Ankerside Shopping Centre, Jeff Wigley, said the children of Tamworth are in for a great school break filled with brilliant garden fun. “Our carnival-themed Road to Rio event was a huge success last summer with hundreds of people gathering in the castle grounds to enjoy the fun, so we thought introducing bi-weekly summer activities over the school holidays would be the perfect way to keep youngsters entertained.
“Children will be able to come along and learn all about water cycles and how to feed flowers by transforming into little seedlings for the Ankerside garden as well as make their own paper flowers to take home,” Jeff said.
“On the weeks where we aren’t hosting Ankerside in Bloom, we have also invited local groups to host more flower fun including Community Together and Tamworth Literature Festival,” Jeff added.
“We hope everyone has a fantastic summer at Ankerside Shopping Centre and we look forward to welcoming everyone for the first Ankerside in Bloom event.”
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