Friday, 30 May 2014

MITCHELLS RENAULT CAPTURES WOODY BEAR’S HEART WITH LOAN CAR


Woody Bear, the famous mascot of Pleasurewood Hills, will be on the road in the Lowestoft area this summer chauffeured in a brand new Renault Captur on loan from Mitchells Renault.

Pleasurewood Hills’ much loved mascot Woody Bear has just turned 30 years old and he will be visiting many local events all through the summer. He will be travelling in style too as Mitchells Renault of Lowestoft has provided a Renault Captur on loan to chauffeur him around to many different venues.

Andy Duffield, sales manager at Mitchells Renault, said: “The Renault Captur is the perfect car for Woody’s busy schedule this summer. It’s a crossover with all the space of a 4x4 and a very comfortable ride; it also has excellent fuel economy and low emissions. We are sure that Woody will love it”.





The popular theme park Pleasurewood Hills was opened in 1983 as a family adventure park with a miniature railway. Today it occupies 59 acres and has a huge range of rides and attractions including three roller coasters; a fourth one called Marble Madness will be opened later this year. Thrill rides include Hobs Pit, which is billed as ‘'one of the UK's scariest attractions” and opened in 2013. There are also two great shows at the park featuring Sealions and Parrots, and throughout July & August the Acapulco High Dive show will be performing.

Woody Bear has been a firm favourite with children for the last 30 years. His many visits to hospitals, carnivals, schools, parties and summer fetes have elevated him to celebrity status. He has even met the Queen when she visited Lowestoft in 1986.
Andy Duffield continued: “We are pleased to be a part of Woody’s summer programme which will bring pleasure to children in many different venues”.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Athena Network West Berks in the news

Thanks NWN!

www.newburytoday.co.uk/2014/west-berks-business-networking-group-celebrates-5th-birthday





Businesswomen at the West Berkshire Athena Network helped celebrate the fifth anniversary of the region’s first group this week.
Debbie Miles, regional director of the Athena Network, set up the Newbury north group in May 2009. Since then, the group has seen 60 meetings, more than 1,000 ‘monthly minutes’, thousands of referrals and recommendations and created thousands of pounds’ worth of business.
Vikki Champion of Vie Photography, one of the members who has been in the group since its inception, said: “I went to the very first Athena Newbury meeting and Debbie welcomed us so warmly - it felt so right so I joined there and then and haven’t looked back since.
“The best thing about Athena is the support and friendship of other business women, and sharing knowledge and experience. Expanding my own connections and finding new opportunities in my own business has been the wonderful spin-off from that.
“I love the format of informal networking over a wonderful lunch, once a month without pressure or targets, and the “giver’s gain” attitude really works. I can’t recommend Athena highly enough to aspiring businesswomen.”
Debbie said: “Thanks to everyone who has come along to any of our networking meetings over the past five years. It’s been wonderful to witness so many interesting individuals collaborating and finding support, advice, referrals and friendship with other businesswomen. We’re now looking forward to the next five years and as ever, welcome any local businesswoman who’d like to see for themselves.”
For more information, contact Debbie Miles at debbie.miles@theathenanetwork.com

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THE BUTTERMILK SHOP IN PORT ISAAC RAISES ANOTHER £1,000 FOR THE CORNWALL AIR AMBULANCE


Tourists flocking to The Buttermilk Shop in Port Isaac, one of the filming locations for the hit ITV series Doc Martin have helped to raise £1,000 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

The Buttermilk Confectionery Company sells its award-winning fudge from the Port Isaac shop which doubles as Mrs Tishell’s Pharmacy in the show; the only landmark in the village that fans can actually enter.

Mike Meakins, who works at the shop, along with his son-in-law Ben Broadhurst of Concorde Copiers, has been re-producing copies of a feature about Doc Martin inside Australian magazine TV Week and selling them to tourists for £2 a copy.


From left to right: Susie Smith, fundraising manager for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, with Sarah Taylor and Mike Meakins from the Buttermilk Shop at Port Isaac.







This is the second year that funds have been raised in this way; last year, the Air Ambulance and the RNLI shared £2,000 and a further £1,000 was handed over to the Cornwall Air Ambulance this week.

Mr Meakins said: “We get a lot of visitors from all over the world coming in to buy fudge and have their picture taken in the shop. The article is a useful starting point for exploring the village and people are delighted to be able to contribute to two such worthy local causes.

Tracy McDonnell, co-owner of The Buttermilk Shop and the Buttermilk Confectionery Company, added: “Well done to Mike and the team in the shop once again for raising this great sum for the Air Ambulance. Like everyone in the county, we are hugely grateful for the wonderful work that the Cornwall Air Ambulance does.”

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Business development on the agenda for West Berkshire Athena Members

Topics for this month’s Athena Network meetings include how to avoid failing in business, how to make an impact while networking and how to meaure and improve your business fitness.

The Newbury North group, held on Wednesday, June 11th at Donnington Valley Hotel, will host Rachel Slater from Griffins who will discuss “ten things you should know in order to avoid failing in business”

Debbie Miles, the regional director for the West Berkshire Athena Network will be speaking at the Hungerford group on Friday, 13th June at Audley Inglewood and also Tuesday, 19th June at Regency Park Hotel Thatcham about the ‘Business Fitness scorecard’ which enables business owners to measure how strong their firm is. She’ll then suggest quick ways to improve its ‘fitness.’

Claire and Debbie will also offer advice on how to be successful networkers at this month’s events.

Jacqueline Sandford of Flare Telecom will be talking about 'sales for non-sales people' explaining the importance of a confident approach, identifying the needs of the customer, and the need to follow up, at the Newbury south meeting on Wednesday, 20th June at La Tasca, Newbury.

Debbie Miles said: “Here at Athena, we’re very proud of the positivity and support that our members offer each other. As well as the serious business at our meetings, we also enjoy a laugh. We’d love to see any new faces along who would like to experience ‘The Athena Way’. We also hold monthly meetings called Cappuccino Connections at Strada once a month which is free for members and just £5 for non-members.”

All other meetings take place from 12pm to 2pm for West Berkshire businesswomen. For more information, please email debbie.miles@theathenanetwork.com

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Happy birthday Athena ladies!







Businesswomen at the West Berkshire Athena Network helped celebrate the fifth anniversary of the region’s first group this week.
Debbie Miles, regional director of the Athena Network, set up the Newbury north group in May 2009. Since then, the group has seen 60 meetings, more than 1,000 ‘monthly minutes’, thousands of referrals and recommendations and created thousands of pounds’ worth of business.
Vikki Champion of Vie Photography, one of the members who has been in the group since its inception, said: “I went to the very first Athena Newbury meeting and Debbie welcomed us so warmly - it felt so right so I joined there and then and haven’t looked back since.
“The best thing about Athena is the support and friendship of other business women, and sharing knowledge and experience. Expanding my own connections and finding new opportunities in my own business has been the wonderful spin-off from that.
“I love the format of informal networking over a wonderful lunch, once a month without pressure or targets, and the “giver’s gain” attitude really works. I can’t recommend Athena highly enough to aspiring businesswomen.”
Debbie said: “Thanks to everyone who has come along to any of our networking meetings over the past five years. It’s been wonderful to witness so many interesting individuals collaborating and finding support, advice, referrals and friendship with other businesswomen. We’re now looking forward to the next five years and as ever, welcome any local businesswoman who’d like to see for themselves.”
For more information, contact Debbie Miles at debbie.miles@theathenanetwork.com

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100-year-old volunteer - From generation to Generation



Great story in today's Guardian. More on From generation to Generation here

Monday, 12 May 2014

Hoarding Disorders UK

Thanks Newbury and Thatcham Chronicle!



http://www.newburyandthatchamchronicle.co.uk/news/newbury/articles/2014/05/11/100148-support-for-hoarders-in-newbury/

Friday, 9 May 2014

Tonic competition for brides-to-be!

Are you getting married? Do you know someone who is? The have a look at this competition run by Tonic Health Boutique in this month's Wedding Ideas magazine!



You could win a 30-day bespoke nutrition plan for your and your groom to whip you into shape for the big day. If you're not lucky enough to win, it costs just £99 and includes consultations with Anneliese. here


Thursday, 8 May 2014

MITCHELLS RENAULT HONOURS LONG TERM COMMITMENT OF STAFF

Two stalwarts at Mitchells Renault in Long Road have been presented with specially-commissioned motoring-related gifts after each completing 25 years of service at the dealership.

Andy Duffield, the dealership’s sales manager and John Whiting, a Renault Technical Expert (RTE) both started in the late 1980s when the new vehicle line-up included the Renault 5, the Renault 9, the Renault 11 and the Renault 25.

After leaving school and a catering career, Andy started as a trainee valet. He would occasionally step in as a sales executive to cover holidays meaning that sometimes he would clean the very car he’d just sold.

They were both recently honoured at a special staff presentation with a gift of cufflinks in the style of a tax disc with their start dates engraved onto them.




l-r Andy Duffield, Matthew Huke-Jenner and John Whiting

Matthew Huke-Jenner, owner and dealer principal said: “Andy and John are well-known in the area and have played an immeasurable part in the success of Mitchells. It’s been a pleasure to work with them both, particularly as it’s increasingly rare these days to find staff who will remain with one company for so long. We’re very grateful for their hard work and look forward to many more happy years.”

The seven essentials of entrepreneurial success



Benham Hill-based mindset mentoring firm Bigger Brighter Bolder is holding a workshop for businesspeople to ensure they have the mindset for success.
The session is entitled “Seven essentials of entrepreneurial success” and takes place on Wednesdays 4th June, 18th June and 2nd July all at 9.30am to 12pm and will be run by George Swift, coach and director of Bigger Brighter Bolder.
He said: “However long you’ve been running your business, the fact remains that your mindset has more impact on your business than any other factor. Maintaining and developing the success mindset is a simple formula but not easy to apply consistently. That’s where we help.”
Places cost £25 each and must be booked in advance via www.biggerbrighterbolder.co.uk

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