Fitness trainer Flo, 26, opens new North Staffordshire studio with an aim to transform the lives of gym-phobic local residents

An award-winning volleyball coach and personal trainer has opened a new fitness studio in North Staffordshire. Flo Owen is expanding her aptly named Go With The Flo training company and has ambitions to attract a new audience of people who want to improve their health but may feel anxious about attending a traditional gym. Aged just 26, Flo, from Penkhull, …

How to Avoid the Euro Football Hangover in Your Workplace

As England prepares to play in a Euro 2024 quarter-final, employment expert Richard Tunnicliffe discusses how to avoid a Monday morning office hangover. The quarter finals are this weekend but the semi-finals take place midweek and  this could cause far more disruption, especially if England progress. Now Richard is offering to give a copy of his Major Sports Events policy …

Success for Belvoir as education and know how add up to more home lettings

North Staffordshire estate and lettings agency Belvoir has doubled the number of rental homes it manages to 300 under the guidance of property expert and entrepreneur Ramona Hirschi. Nationally times are tough for landlords and letting agents but Belvoir Stoke-on-Trent, Biddulph and Leek continues to buck the trends and increase its property portfolio. Ramona said: “We now have 300 homes …

Funding postcode lottery leads to call for change by Mow Cop MND sufferer James

Photo: James and Lisa Gilliver as they renewed their wedding vows three years ago A North Staffordshire businessman who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in early 2024 has urged people to call on General Election candidates to sign the MND Guarantee. James Gilliver formerly a fit and active 62-year-old, from Mow Cop, has seen his health deteriorate and will …

High Street move proves a chocolate delight for Michaela

A chocolate maker who has bucked retail trends by moving her business on to a Staffordshire high street has praised the people of Stone for their support.  “It has been fantastic, even better than I could have dreamed of,” said Michaela Jones, of Mishka Truffles and café.  “Mishka is my passion, I love making my chocolate creations, and local residents …

Building a business by design pays dividends as family run Powell Design and Construction celebrates five years of growth

A Staffordshire-based design and construction company is celebrating five years in business by rolling out their revamped brand and sleek, modern website. As co-founders of the Powell Design and Construction business, husband and wife team Richard and Alexandra Powell proudly provide a full-service solution for homeowners looking to extend, renovate, or build their homes. From a standing start in spring …

Golf club Captains raise £10k for Cancer Research UK and campaign for more people to take a potentially lifesaving Lynch Syndrome test

Outgoing Trentham Golf Club captains Val Davis and Richard Marks are urging people to get tested for Lynch Syndrome after raising £10,000 to support research into bowel cancer research. The duo joined forces to organise a series of fundraising events during their recent year in office at the club on Barlaston Old Road. North Staffordshire Cancer Research UK fundraising champion …

Jobs saved as Currie Young complete sale of Wolverhampton construction firm.

More than 40 jobs have been safeguarded in the West Midlands after a deal was completed for the sale of a company hit hard by the non-payment of a debt. Marshdale Construction Ltd, of Essington, has been saved after insolvency specialists Currie Young completed a pre-packaged deal which has seen the business and certain assets purchased by a company led …