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EVA shortlist for the fourth time

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

I have made the EVA shortlist for the fourth time!  The widely anticipated shortlist for this year’s Enterprise Visions Awards (or Evas) was announced last week and I have been shortlisted for the second time in the ‘Professional Services’ category.

The Enterprise Vision Awards recognise women in business from across the North West in sixteen categories, ranging from best small business to business woman of the year and are the largest awards celebrating women outside London.

As you may well know I am no newcomer to the awards, winning the accolade for Sole Trader in 2015 and 2016 and Professional Services in 2017.  This year I am amongst 30 businesses from Cumbria shortlisted in the awards in 2019.

Acorn Marketing Cumbria makes EVA shortlist for the fourth time

When I first entered the awards in 2015 I’d not really heard of them and I was only one of three businesses representing Cumbria.  The awards have grown over the years and it is fantastic to be sharing this platform now with so many other talented business women.

The initial stage of the awards was via an application, where a panel of judges assessed my application on various aspects including the inspiration to become self-employed, achievements and challenges to date, future plans and the drive and passion behind the business.

The next stage of the process was a presentation and interview, which I did earlier this week at Ribby Hall Village to a panel of judges from Salford Business School, Blackpool & the Fylde College and Ribby Hall.   Following that, there will be an online vote via social media, before the final awards ceremony, which will take place on 27th September at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

I am delighted to be representing Cumbria again at the 2019 EVAs.  It is such a fantastic event to be part of and a unique opportunity to reflect on your business and celebrate your achievements.  I didn’t enter in 2018 as I didn’t want to push my luck, but I was eager to get involved again in 2019 as it’s such a fantastic event and I am thrilled to be shortlisted in the very competitive category of Professional Services once again.  The judging process has gone well so far, now I’m just waiting in anticipation of the big night in Blackpool.

What makes it even more special for me this year, is that two of my clients have also been shortlisted.  Salon Rouge, also from Penrith, have been shortlisted in the Beauty Business category, the only hairdressing salon in the whole of the North West in the category and Raspberry Fields Pony Parties, who are based in Warrington, are shortlisted in the Customer Services category.  Fingers crossed it will be an evening of celebrations all round.

New lease of life for the Beep Fund as it celebrates 25 years

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

The Beep Fund Ltd, which has been running since 1994, has undergone a transformation, with new branding, improved marketing and social media.
The charity now covers a wider geographic area across Cumbria and has more volunteer doctors. To mark its 25th anniversary, it is on the lookout for volunteers to help spread the word about the charity now and in the future.

When the charity began, only doctors from the Birbeck Medical Group, Penrith, were involved and they covered a fifteen-mile radius of Penrith. Now there are 10 volunteer doctors on the team who cover most of Cumbria, including the north and west of the county as well as south west Scotland and occasionally south Lakeland.

The Beep Doctors are all unpaid and are on call 24/7. They attend serious incidents in the county including road traffic collisions, farming accidents or other life-threatening medical emergencies, as well as major Incidents.
Paramedics are very well trained and able to deal with the vast majority of emergencies that they are called to. However, there are some critical medical interventions they are not able to perform, and having a consultant level doctor at the scene of an incident means more advanced procedures can be accomplished, and a casualty stabilised before they are transported to hospital. Over the years, the Beep team have saved numerous lives and have become an integral part of the emergency services.
To mark the 25-year milestone, the Beep Fund has had a makeover. This includes a refreshed, more modern logo, creation of social media pages and a new website coming soon. Beep’s supporters will be attending more events across the county this year to raise awareness of the vital work of the charity. As part of the new initiative, they are looking for more volunteers to join the team to attend events and help with fundraising efforts.

Dr Theo Weston MBE, who launched the initiative, commented: “We are so proud of how far the charity has come, but we’re moving into a new era with more doctors giving up their time to be on call attending emergencies and covering a wider geographic area in Cumbria. Our new look reflects the changes we have made in the charity, but now it is time to shout about what we do. Not only will this help raise awareness of the Beep Fund Ltd, but also help us raise vital funds to sustain the charity in the future.”
Everyone who is part of the Beep Fund is unpaid, but there are ongoing costs for continuous doctor training, the updating of protective clothing and medical equipment, and maintaining the specialist vehicle. It is essential that the charity continues to raise funds to support this.
As part of their renewed marketing efforts, the Beep Fund doctors, trustees and other supporters will be attending several events across Cumbria; however, they are on the lookout for more volunteers to help them.
“We are only a small team, but we cover a large area, so we are reaching out to anyone who has some spare time that could help us attend events across the county, organise fundraising events for us or become an advocate for what we do. We’re looking for people from all across Cumbria to be part of the team,” said Dr Weston

If you live in Workington, Carlisle, Longtown, Brampton or anywhere in North Cumbria, get in touch with the Beep Fund on beepfund@gmail.com to find out more about how you can be part of the team and help raise awareness of this lifesaving charity.

Hunter Hall pupils move into new Science Centre

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Hunter Hall pupils returned to school this term to a new science centre complete with a skeleton affectionately known as Ainsworth.

The new science centre has been built ahead of schedule after huge efforts by all of the Hunter Hall community who worked tirelessly in the last academic year to fundraise for the build. Everything from auction evenings and sponsored walks to bike challenges and cake baking, breakfast meetings and music events were hosted last year. The parent’s group worked incredibly hard to organise events, as did the children who thought up and implemented their own fundraising ideas.

Head teacher Mrs Donna Vinsome commented:
“I am absolutely thrilled that the new science centre has been built ahead of schedule. This really was a massive undertaking and I could not be prouder of everyone who helped us make this vision a reality. For the children to be able to benefit so quickly from such a resource is amazing – we may have the scientists of the future here at Hunter Hall and now they have the science centre to fulfil their dreams.”

Hunter Hall is continuing on its fundraising mission this year to equip the new science centre with the latest technology and gadgets as befits the 21st century.

new science centre open at hunter hall school penrith

 

Carleton Manor Park – first apartment residents move in

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Cumbrian Homes handed over the keys to one of their newest residents last week, who has bought one of nine luxury apartments at Carleton Manor Park in Penrith.

The apartments, which are available to view from the 16th June, have been hailed as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the Carleton Manor Park development, which is located on the outskirts of the town. Sue Nicholson, a lady local to the area has bought one of the new apartments and will be the first resident to move in next week.

Cumbria Marketing of Carleton Manor Park Penrith

The development consists of 44 luxury homes, including one, two and three bedroom apartments within the ‘Manor’ and its flanking buildings that prominently overlook the site.

Like the houses, the apartments are built using high quality materials; modern in design yet with a traditional feel offering exclusive living in this sought-after location. What makes these apartments really special is the size,

Nigel Pallister, Managing Director of Cumbrian Homes explains,
“People really need to see these apartments to get a feel for how spacious they are. Some of the apartments are bigger than your average home, so ideal for people wanting to downsize, but not lose the space. We also encourage people to get involved as early as possible when buying with Cumbrian Homes, so they can add their own input into the style of the apartment, including fixtures and fittings.”

Cumbrian Homes has also collaborated with British Gypsum to include some premium enhancements in the apartments, including magnetic walls, super-strength plasterboard and soundproofing products, allowing the people who move into these apartments to really get more from their rooms and really enjoy living in a creative space.

Sue Nicholson, who has completed the first purchase at the Carleton Manor Park apartments, commented
“I am so delighted to finally be moving into my new apartment. They really are something else. I would not have believed I could get such a spacious and beautiful apartment. Flats I’ve viewed before always felt small and cramped, but I don’t feel like I’m making a compromise on size or quality here.”

The apartments will be available to view from 10am on the 16th June. Early viewing is advisable.

Morrison Construction invests in virtual reality induction

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

A £50,000 investment has been made by Morrison Construction to create a new virtual reality (VR) induction as an engaging way to provide education on site safety.

Today the induction, developed in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland with the expertise of 3D animation specialists Animmersion, was unveiled at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre in Blantyre.

The site and construction teams from the Morrison Construction Scottish Water business were heavily involved in the eight-month development process to create a realistic experience for induction participants.

Industry experts who attended the event learnt about the VR experience for site induction and had the opportunity to take part in a live demonstration to experience the technology first-hand.

The induction, set in a Computer-Generated Imagery construction site, allows users to immerse themselves in the animated environment as they navigate their way through three modules using goggles and hand controllers.

These modules allow users to become familiar with a construction site, recognise common dangers and complete a simple activity on site emphasising the importance of correct safety procedures.

The first module asks the participant to identify the safety board, key staff and important locations such as the muster point on site.

Participants are required to mark key site dangers such as buried services with red flags, receiving a mark on the completion of the second module.

An interactive task in the third module is set on a site where underground services works are taking place demonstrating the consequences of not being aware of safety risks.

Morrison Construction Scottish Water Operations Director, Stephen Slessor said:

‘‘We are very excited to showcase our VR site induction, providing an engaging way for employees to receive vital safety training. Today marks this significant investment in site safety by Morrison Construction and I would like to thank members of our team and our project partners for their valued contributions.

‘‘Health and safety is our number one priority at Morrison Construction and we believe this real-time learning system can benefit the wider construction sector by enhancing traditional site processes. Using this VR induction allows participants to make mistakes in a safe environment.’’

University of the West of Scotland Senior Lecturer in Construction Engineering, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab said: “It is great to see Morrison Construction launching this innovative VR induction.  VR application in the construction industry provides an effective means for health and safety training. It helps to raise awareness of on-site hazards and ensure compliance with HSE guidelines, thereby reducing the likelihood of on-site incidents. This project is an exemplar of university-industry collaboration for the application of VR. We can only make a difference and change industry’s practice through truly collaborative endeavours such as this.”

 

N.B – Press release from Morrison Construction PR team.  Acorn Marketing (Cumrbia) Ltd helped with event oranisation of this event.

Smarties challenge for Hunter Hall Pupils

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Hunter Hall School in Penrith is well on the way to raising funds for their new state of the art S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) facility, which they hope to build within the next two years.

The school has been undertaking many fundraising initiatives since 2017, including their most recent which was a ‘Silver Smarties’ Challenge.  Children from across the school were tasked with helping parents, family, friends and neighbours with household tasks and chores and in return swapped Smarties for silver coins. Each Friday assembly the children added their spoils to the total and told each other how they had helped make their contribution to the school’s fundraising. Jobs included; washing the car, laying the fire, cleaning out the shoe cupboard, cleaning out pets, feeding the pigs and making winter homes for animals to shelter from left over bracken in the fields!

It fell upon Year 6 pupils, along with Head of Mathematics Mr Philip Sturgess to count all of the silver coins collected since the challenge was set prior to the Christmas break.  The children managed to raise a magnificent £656.81, which brings the total fundraising sum to £22,270.14.

Hunter Hall School aims to raise at least £75,000 which will support the building and fitting of a new bespoke S.T.E.M Centre.  This will be built on the site of an old classroom building, thereby further enhancing their facilities to provide a 21st century establishment from which the children can enthuse about subjects such as Science. As always, Hunter Hall remains keen to continue links with the community and in time offer the facility for others to also benefit from as it does with its sports facilities.

The next event in the fundraising calendar is the Spring Ball on St Patricks Day, Saturday 17th of March at The Roundthorn. The Spring Ball is not just open to Hunter Hall parents, but to all members of the local community who are all very welcome to come along prior to booking through the school.

The school will be continuing to run many fundraising events throughout the year and hope that with support from the local community, businesses and alumni they will reach their target.

If you run a business who may be able to support the school in their challenge, please contact them on 01768 891291 or donations can be made online at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/hunterhallsciencecentre

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Lake District brewery launches wholesale ales

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Brack’N’Brew, the micro-brewery based at the Brackenrigg Inn on the shores of Ullswater has recently launched a range of 500ml bottles to complement its existing real ales brewed on site.  The wholesale beers are being stocked across the UK and the local brewery has seen a spike in sales as a result.

Brack’N’Brew was born in March 2015 when an old horse stable at the back of the Brackenrigg Inn Watermillock, was converted into the brew house.  After a few months of trialling recipes, the first ale named ‘Boathouse Blonde’ was brewed and served in the bar at the Brackenrigg Inn.

The Brewery currently has five regular ales available at the Brackenrigg, Inn, including Alfred’s Golden Ale, The Rambling Bookkeeper Bitter, The Steamer Stout and Aira Force IPA.  Seasonal ales make an appearance throughout the year; including a Marmalade ale as part of Dalemain’s Marmalade Festival on the 17th March.

The new 500ml bottle range, has been well received locally and is stocked in a variety of bars, restaurants and shops across the county including Chestnut House in Pooley Bridge, The Sunn Inn Newton Reigny, The Kings Arms in Stainton, Glenridding Mini Market, The Royal at Dockray, Beer Shop Ambleside, House of Malt in Carlisle and Embers Bar in Carlisle.

The bottled beers are also being shipped further afield to Leicester, Nottingham, Wigan, Ingleton and Clitheroe.

Ben Clementson is the Master Brewer behind Brack’N’Brew’s Ales and has been with the brewery from day one. Ben comments,

“We always had a plan to sell our beers in other establishments across Cumbria right from the start.  The range of new bottles have been very well received and we have noticed an increase in sales as a result.  We are very much looking forward to working with more stockists across the country.”

As well as supplying their 500ml bottle range of beers to retailers and bars, Brack’N’Brew is looking to supply their cask ales to an exclusive number of pubs in Cumbria.  The Brewery wants to ensure the exclusivity of the ales, but hopes to supply a select number of establishments with their range of ales in the next year, as well as opening an online shop to sell their bottled craft ales via the internet.

 

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Top 100 in England

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

The ‘Parent Power’ supplement from The Sunday Times has been published, citing Hunter Hall School in Penrith as one of the Top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools in England.

The paper, published on Sunday lists the Top 100 Schools based on SATs results taken in 2016 from  Preparatory schools across England. There are over 600 such schools who are members of the Independent Schools Association.  The results have been published by The Times for the last 25 years and uses a ranking system that aggregates the averaged scaled scores achieved by children in tests in reading, grammar and maths.  Hunter Hall achieved a score of 312 based on 15 pupils sitting the tests.

The way that SATs have been calculated since 2016 is via a new aggregate system, which looks at a scaled scores ranging from 240 to 360, (the old system based was based on the percentages of children reaching level 5 in tests).  The Sunday Times states that schools that get the best out of every pupil are the ones who have fared best in the list.

Hunter Hall is one of only seven schools based in the North West of England to make the Top 100 and the only school in Cumbria to make the list.

Donna Vinsome, Head Teacher at Hunter Hall School comments,

“We are absolutely thrilled to be listed as one of the top 100 schools in England.  This is another wonderful accolade for us and helps to substantiate what we as staff and governors feel; that children get an outstanding education at Hunter Hall in all areas of the curriculum both inside as well as outside of the classroom.

Hunter Hall was inspected recently by the Independent Schools Inspectorate who gave them a glowing report with 100% in all areas of compliance with no actions for improvement. They have also recently been shortlisted for two TES Education awards.

Donna continues,

“All these successes are down to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic team of specialist teachers we have at Hunter Hall School and the dedicated children we have the privilege to work with every day. I believe we are incredible value for money, giving children the best possible start in life from 3 through to 11 right here in Cumbria”.

Expansion into South Cumbria for System IT

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

System IT Expansion.  I.T. support specialists System I.T. are delighted to announce the opening of a new office in Barrow, South Cumbria.   The expansion sees the IT company move into premises at the Phoenix Business Centre in Barrow, where they began operating in October.

Established in 2001 System I.T. operates across Cumbria and South West Scotland with offices in Carlisle and Workington supplying and maintaining computer network infrastructures through IT support and maintenance and the supply of IT hardware.

Managing Director of System I.T. Alan Taggart comments,

“System I T have made a commitment to providing specialist I T Support to existing clients and potential new clients in the area by taking on additional staff and opening an office in the centre of Barrow. Over the last 18 months we have steadily increased the number of customers that we look after in the south of the county to the point where it now makes perfect sense to have a permanent presence in the area. As a service provider it is essential that we have the right geographical coverage and resource going forward for all of our clients.”

Whilst specialising in school support, System I.T. works across many industry sectors and offers a comprehensive range of I.T support packages for commercial businesses throughout the county.  Alan continues,

“We’re excited to bring our expertise and experience of dealing with many differing types of industries and providing first class service and products to businesses in Barrow.”

For further information, please contact Lisa Jackson at Acorn Marketing (Cumbria) Ltd on 07751212662 or email lisa@acorn-marketing.co.uk Or contact System IT directly on 01228 516555.

Notes to Editors:

If you think your School or Business could benefit from an informal discussion or a free I.T. audit then please contact Alan Taggart at System I.T. on 01229 440578 or email to alan.taggart@system-it.co.uk

Double celebrations for Hunter Hall School

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Hunter Hall School in Penrith, had important visitors at the end of September as the Independent School’s Inspectorate (ISI), an independent body approved by the government’s Department of Education called for two days.

The inspectors who visited Hunter Hall School; Cumbria’s only stand-alone preparatory school, looked at many facets of school life including the pastoral welfare of the children, safeguarding procedures and all aspects of health and safety. Parents and children were asked to complete questionnaires and the inspectors spent time talking to children, staff and governors, as well as pouring over policies and procedures and monitoring their implementation.

The school was delighted to get a 100% complete clean bill of health and therefore continues to be an outstanding school of excellence.

All standards were met with no further action required as a result of the inspection.  The children, staff, parents and governors were thrilled with the outcome, a report richly deserved. Head teacher of Hunter Hall School Donna Vinsome said,

“We are absolutely thrilled with the results of our latest inspection.  It has been a very worthwhile exercise and whilst it was never in any doubt what a super school Hunter Hall is, as a place to educate children, it was wonderful to hear a ringing endorsement that the school had met each standard with aplomb!”

Hunter Hall School opened in 1985 and has provided an independent education for hundreds of children from around the area since.  Hunter Hall School provides a strong foundation for learning, with exam results and senior school destinations including 11+ pass rates extremely high making the school a very appealing place for children to begin their education.

Mrs Vinsome continues,

“We work very hard to ensure our school and our pupils flourish and the results we achieve through inspections, exam results and secondary school places are evidence of this.  All the team and each of our pupils should feel very proud”

Hunter Hall School continues to provide very affordable independent education with fees well below the national norm offering extremely good value education. Fees are also inclusive of after school care which helps many hard working parents knowing that their children are being looked after at the end of the school day with fun structured activities taking place.

TES Education awards

Another reason to celebrate this week is that the school has been shortlisted for two awards from the Times Educational Supplement in the annual Independent School Awards – for Marketing Campaign of the year and an Independent State School partnership award

The awards, which take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London in February, celebrate those schools making remarkable strategic contributions to independent education.  From individuals to teams, TES look to applaud excellence and reward innovation; providing benchmarks for the sector as a whole.

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