Eight Staffordshire start-ups set to get a boost as BNI launch their Givers Gain grant to combat Covid-19

Photo: Tony Altham, BNI Staffordshire. Up to eight start-up businesses in Staffordshire are set to benefit from a free membership offer from the county’s largest business networking organisation. BNI Staffordshire is offering free membership to one 2020 start-up at each of its established networking groups in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Moorlands and Stafford Borough as part of a UK and Ireland programme …

New film company HQ and digital skills hub take shape in Stoke as Carse and Waterman and creative partners aim to inspire a city’s creative future

A Stoke-on-Trent animation company has joined forces with international film studio to create a new headquarters and a digital and creative hub for Stoke-on-Trent. The new complex on Campbell Place, Stoke, features Framescape, a digital and creative hub to be run as a not for profit community asset to benefit young people in the city. “Stoke-on-Trent was a powerhouse of …

New Christmas hamper spreads joy and spotlights local produce

One of the UK’s leading on line gift suppliers is supporting suppliers close to its Newcastle-under-Lyme base by offering more local produce than ever before in a new 2020 deluxe Christmas hamper. AdGiftsOnline supplies corporate and personal gifts across the UK from its base at Lymedale Business Park. The company’s Christmas stock features a host of hampers to appeal to …

Safety takes centre stage as First Aid training contains during Lockdown 2

Over 100 companies have now benefitted following the launch of First Aid training by a Stoke-on-Trent health and safety company, with workshops continuing during Lockdown 2 in a Covid-19 safe environment. BPA Safety has invested in new equipment in its spacious training room at Quantum House, Stoke. The company added first aid training to its portfolio in 2019 and acquired additional …

Lightning strikes for junior footballers as Beta backs local team

A Staffordshire Moorlands financial services company has backed grass roots junior football by sponsoring under-14s girls football at Leek Town Lightning. Beta Commercial Finance has bought new home and away kits for the team which plays in League One of the Staffordshire League. Tom Wilkinson, Managing Director, at Alton-based Beta Commercial Finance, said: “I know the team manager, Richard Weaver, …

On your marks for the virtual Santa Dash as Alice Charity raises funds for poverty hit North Staffordshire families this Christmas

The traditional Santa Dash is off the cards this winter but North Staffordshire’s Alice Charity has unveiled a way for runners, walkers, and dashers to don the red suit, get active and raise funds for families living in poverty. Alice is challenging everyone to help them complete Father Christmas’ 2,186-mile trek from Stoke-on-Trent to Lapland And they’ll be delivering Santa …

National sales drive as One Way Electrical forecasts strong growth in 2021

A successful commercial and industrial electrical contractor has signalled further expansion plans with the appointment of a national business development manager. One Way Electrical, of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, has continued to grow despite Covid-19 and carry-out design, build and maintenance projects throughout the UK. Managing Director Wayne Bennett said: “We have a strong business plan and have built a reputation for …

Legionella experts urge holiday companies to double up on flushing regimes as Lockdown 2 closes facilities again

Staffordshire-based Legionnaires’ Disease experts SAS Water Ltd is advising hotels, holiday parks and spas to ensure water safety is a priority as the new Covid-19 lockdown and the start of winter causes closures. Working with a luxury lodge park in East Anglia, SAS Water’s legionella consultants have doubled flushing regimes for the park’s lodges, along with strict  testing and chlorination …

Covid-19 highlights the need for adequate income protection insurance

Thousands of small business owners have no income protection insurance and would see their income drop off a cliff if they fell ill. The problem is particularly stark among the self-employed sector with only around 9% of sole traders  taking out insurance against falling ill and being unable to work. “The figures are concerning and are particularly relevant in the …