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Growing Wyboston Lakes Company Promises Secure Future for Keen Apprentices

Following their recent move to The Knowledge Centre at Wyboston Lakes, ACTON Security Ltd is looking for apprentices as part of their growth strategy to become one of the leading national companies in the security services market place.

Jewers Doors Helps Open New Wales Air Ambulance Helipad

Wales Air Ambulance has just installed a Jewers' electrically operated multi-leaf sliding folding Osprey hangar door to their new purpose-built helicopter hangar at Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The new hangar is integral part of their new headquarters due to be completed later this year, and will be a fully operational airbase housing the South Wales helicopters as well as the charity’s administration centre.

Is Employee Engagement Really That Important?

Fortunately, the days of staff clocking in and out with punch cards and time clocks are long gone. Old-fashioned time and attendance systems not only treated employees simply as numbers on a payroll, but implied their honesty was suspect. As a result, shop floor and management were poles apart; employee engagement was unheard of so it’s hardly surprising that increasing productivity was challenging.

Jewers Doors Supplies Fast-Acting Swift Doors for Nine New London Fire Brigade Stations
Jewers Doors have just completed the installation of forty six Swift fast acting, bi-fold doors for  nine new London Fire Brigade (LFB) stations under a £51.5 million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project constructed by Blue3 consortium, comprising Kier and DIF Infrastructure.
Bedfordshire Mark Masons Raise over £15,000 for Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Prostate Scanner Appeal

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Bedfordshire have today presented a cheque for £15,116.27 to the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Prostate Cancer Appeal to aid the early diagnosis of this condition.

Jewers Doors Speeds Response for Wrexham's New Emergency Centre

Jewers Doors put the finishing touches to the new £15 million Ambulance and Fire Services Resource Centre (AFSRC) at Wrexham with the installation of 14 pairs of Swift fast-acting, bi-fold doors. The new AFSR Centre accommodates eight fire appliance vehicles and six ambulances and replaces an obsolete fire station and two ambulance stations which are now co-located onto one modern, fast-response site.

Are Your Offices Reflecting Your Success?

More than three quarters of small businesses that have outgrown their offices are delaying upscaling because of the hassle of moving, according to a recent survey by E.ON. This means many businesses are operating from premises that are often cramped, dilapidated, expensive or inefficient which is seriously compromising their future growth and success.

Are Your Staff and Students Ready for Lockdown?

One hundred and thirty schools went into lockdown in one month alone because of a perceived threat to the students according to a BBC report1. Admittedly this was in the USA, where 50 school shootings are reported annually, but UK schools have also experienced a growing trend for violent attacks on staff and students.

A Decade of Success at The Knowledge Centre

A real party atmosphere abounded at Wyboston Lakes when tenants of the Knowledge Centre celebrated a decade of success since the serviced office centre was opened in December 2005. More than 70 people representing over 38 businesses that have built their businesses at Wyboston Lakes downed their pens, switched off their computers and met their colleagues to mark the 10th anniversary of the Knowledge Centre.

Jewers Doors Open Hitachi's Flagship Rail Manufacturing Centre

Specialist industrial door manufacturer Jewers Doors have installed several of its Phoenix range sliding folding doors at Hitachi’s new UK rolling stock manufacturing centre at Newton Aycliffe. Flagship buildings require that little extra, which is why leading architects Ryder Associates chose Jewers to develop bespoke industrial doors  for Hitachi’s recently opened £82m facility in County Durham; the Japanese giant’s first new rail factory outside of Japan.

Bodet Launches New Employee-Friendly Clocking In System

Europe’s leading Time Management specialists have just introduced a new interactive time and attendance system that not only saves time for HR and payroll staff but also dramatically increases staff engagement. Employees simply clock in and out, and the data is used by payroll for calculating wages and by management for historical attendance reporting.

Specialist School Resonates with Harmonys

Blossom House School have just installed a new child-friendly class change and PA system to help the smooth running of the school, increase learning time and improve safety for staff and students.

Bodet Launches New Award-winning Staff Communication Terminal

Bodet Ltd has just launched the Kelio Visio X7, an award winning interactive attendance and communication terminal designed to simplify and improve staff interaction. The new multifunctional terminal has already scooped a 2015 Red Dot Award for its innovative qualities and design excellence.

New Automated Laser Cutter Means Increased Productivity and Higher Quality for Dolphin Sails

Dolphin Sails, one of the largest manufacturers of sails, covers and awnings in the UK, has just installed a new Blackman and White Mastercut heavy duty automated flatbed cutting machine which is both improving productivity and saving costs.

New Recruitment Agency Aims to Challenge NHS Staff ‘Rip Off’

There is neither a shortage of permanent jobs in the NHS nor fully qualified staff to fill them, but it’s in the interest of agencies to ignore this and focus on temporary staff according to Margo Leftly, director of recruitment agency Healthier Recruitment  Ltd.

Illuminating Class Changes at Chatham Special Needs Academy

Bradfields Academy, a leading centre of excellence in the Special Education sector based at Chatham, Kent, has just installed a new ‘child-friendly’ class change system to help the smooth running of the school.

YOTEL Crew go Hands On at Airport Hotels
YOTEL, the affordable luxury hotel group have just installed an automated, biometric time and attendance system in their innovative European airport hotels for staff or ‘crew’ as YOTEL like to call them to register for duty.
Hotel & Conference Booking Agency Comes Home to Roost at Wyboston Lakes
Business Bookings Ltd, one of the UK’s leading bespoke conference, exhibition and hotel booking agencies has just returned to Bedfordshire and established an additional fully serviced office at the Knowledge Centre, Wyboston Lakes.
New Integrated PA and Sounder System introduced by Time Management Specialists
Harmonys, a versatile network-based PA, audio and bell sounding system has just been launched by Bodet Ltd one of Europe’s leading suppliers of time management solutions.
The Sun shines on Wyboston Lakes

Wyboston Lakes has its fingers crossed that the sun will keep shining following the installation of 80 new slim-line solar panels on the roof of the Knowledge Centre. This investment is the next stage of the company’s policy to reduce the carbon footprint of the whole site.

West Midlands Care Home goes ‘Hands On’
Swallows Meadow Court, a residential care home with Nursing in the West Midlands employing over 120 staff, has installed an automated biometric time and attendance system which not only ensures accurate and reliable data for payroll and management planning, but saves time for all staff.
Industrial Flooring Company’s Rapid Growth means Move to New HQ at Wyboston Lakes

Acrylicon, one of the world’s fastest growing industrial flooring specialists has moved it’s UK headquarters to The Knowledge Centre at Wyboston Lakes in Cambridgeshire. Formerly based in a small office in St Neots, the UK operation has grown to a turnover in excess of £5M in just 4 years and now has 8 additional licensees and employs over 25 people.

Top Comic eats ‘The Most Evil Chilli in the World at Bedford's Edible Ornamentals

Stand up comedian, actor and writer, Omid Djalili, accompanied by a TV film crew recently dropped into Bedford’s renowned chilli experts Joanna and Shawn Plumb at Edible Ornamentals. The reason for their visit was to discover some of the truths and myths behind the fascination so many people have for this fiery gourmet ingredient to include in Omid’s new culinary programme ‘Hot and Dangerous’.

Somerset Sports and Leisure Centre goes Biometric
Writhlington Sports and Leisure, who employ over 70 staff, has made paper-based time sheets redundant by installing a new time and attendance system that incorporates digital fingerprint scanners. The new biometric system means clocking in and out is now totally automated saving time for staff at every level.
Computer Games Specialist receives Microsoft Accolade

Universally Speaking, providers of localisation and quality testing services to the computer and video games industry has just received approval from international software giant Microsoft and has become an integral part of the Microsoft Authorised Xbox Test Program.

New Biometric Scanners means Reliable Staff Attendance Data for Historic Country Hotel

The historic Stapleford Park Country House Hotel and Sporting Estate in Leicestershire has just installed biometric fingerprint scanners to provide accurate real-time staff attendance data for the HR and payroll teams

Successful Management Consultancy Sustains Growth with Move to Wyboston Lakes

A rapidly growing management consultancy which specialises in working with public sector organisations to deliver long-term and continuous improvements in effectiveness, quality and performance has just moved their headquarters to The Knowledge Centre at Wyboston Lakes.

Pasta Company Improves Efficiency with New Bodet Biometric Time and Attendance System

UGO Foods, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high quality pasta and noodles, has just installed a new biometric-based time and attendance system to improve data accuracy and save time for payroll staff. The award winning company employs over 100 production staff and runs a complex range of shifts as the company operates 24/7 to supply leading retailers including Waitrose and John Lewis Food Halls.

Hope Technology Develops New Range of Composite Bicycle Components

Hope Technology, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high precision bicycle components and accessories has just taken delivery of a Blackman and White Genesis automated flatbed cutter to help development of new range of composite bicycle components.

New Chilli Restaurant officially opened in Bedfordshire

A new café/restaurant at Chawston serving chilli inspired dishes has just been officially opened by Rt Hon Alistair Burt, the MP for North East Bedfordshire.  The Edible Kitchen is the latest addition to Edible Ornamentals which will ensure that every chilli aficionado will enjoy their visit to the nursery even more.

Blackman and White introduce new entry level plotter/cutter

Blackman and White, the UK’s only manufacturer of flatbed industrial automated cutting machines, have broadened their portfolio of entry level machines with the addition of the Graphtec FC8600 series of roller cutting plotters.

Talk Talk install new Biometric Staff Attendance system
Leading telecom company Talk Talk, has just installed a new digital biometric time and attendance system at its Solihull headquarters and five of it’s regional shops. The new system provided by The Bodet Group uses networked biometric scanners to acquire real time staff attendance data to reduce HR administration time and improve workforce management.
European Parliamentary candidate gets hot under the collar

Local European Conservative Party Parliamentary candidate for the Eastern region Margaret Simons felt things were definitely warming up when she visited chilli specialist Edible Ornamentals at their nursery in Chawston last week.

Bedfordshire Onion Growers are crying for Joy

There were tears in the eyes of the staff at Bedfordshire Growers on Tuesday night, but fortunately not from the onions for which they are famed. The consortium were celebrating after they scooped a farming ‘Oscar’ award having been proclaimed Vegetable Grower of the Year at star spangled ceremony held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

Bedfordshire Chilli Grower voted Best Loved Farm Shop in UK

Chawston-based chilli specialists Edible Ornamentals have once again achieved national acclaim having topped the poll as ‘The Best Farm Shop in the UK’ in the Local and Loved Awards organised by Thebestof.co.uk national website.

Blackman & White appoints new International Sales Manager
Blackman & White, the UK’s only manufacturer of high end flatbed automated cutting equipment for Graphic & Print, Marine, and Composite industries, has just appointed Jos van Eunen as International Sales Manager. Van Eunen, a graduate in Commercial Economy from Saxion Institution for Professional Education in the Netherlands, brings with him over 25 years of International Sales and Product marketing experience in the Graphic industry....
Heston Blumenthal visits Bedfordshire Chilli Experts
Michelin star chef Heston Blumenthal accompanied by a film crew visited Bedfordshire’s celebrated chilli specialists Joanna and Shawn Plumb at their Edible Ornamentals chilli nursery in Chawston. Heston’s visit was to film a feature on chillies for his Great British Food programme which will be screened on Channel 4 in the New Year.
Blackman and White expand Technical Sales Department
Blackman and White, the UK’s only manufacturer of industrial flatbed cutters has expanded its technical sales department to cope with the increased demand for their high-tech automated machines. John Ichikawa has been promoted to head of Technical Sales to work alongside managing director Alex White who will now focus more on International sales.
Blackman and White Continues Recruitment Programme
As part of its planned investment programme, Blackman and White, the UK’s only manufacturer of industrial flatbed cutters has just recruited Adam Dobkin to spearhead the company’s new on-line spare part division. Dobkin, a graduate in Computer Solutions, will be responsible for ongoing development of the Essex-based company’s new website www.cuttingresources.com and ensuring customers receive the high standards of service.
Hot stuff at Edible Ornamentals Chilli Nursery
Bedfordshire’s renowned chilli experts, Joanna and Shawn Plumb of Edible Ornamentals have just opened the Edible Kitchen at their chilli nursery at Chawston. Recognised as one of the UK’s leading authorities on growing and cooking with chillies, Joanna and Shawn teamed up with Masterchef Grant Hawthorne to offer visitors to their nursery an opportunity to enjoy a range of TexMex-Sicilian fusion dishes prepared using the spicy peppers that are grown on site and picked freshly each day.
Things are buzzing at Beds Growers
During the last 50 years, the continual demand to maximise crop yields has resulted in more intensive farming techniques, a move towards monoculture and the widespread use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides. However, greater awareness of the effects of agricultural practices on the natural environment has seen a move to become ‘greener’ and ensure that our activities are complimentary to and do not adversely affect our wildlife.
The Mansion House promises a Hot Day for Chilli fans
The Mansion House, Old Warden will be hosting the Chilli and Gourmet Food Fiesta for the third year running, attracting chilli enthusiasts from all corners of the UK. This popular event promises even more entertainment for the growing band of discerning fans of chillies and gourmet food.
Computer controlled cutter means more numbers and less wastage for Kayospruce
Blackman and White, the UK’s only manufacturer of industrial flatbed cutting machines have installed and commissioned a Genesis 2100 automated precision flatbed cutter for Fareham-based Kayospruce One of the UK’s largest suppliers of specialised outdoor textile materials and ancillaries for boats, tents, marquees and awnings, Kayospruce have seen a significant growth in demand for pre-cut numbers and letters from sailmakers and chandlers.
UK Chilli Cookoff comes to The Mansion House

Chilli aficionados who believe they can cook an amazing Chilli-Con-Carne now have an opportunity to see how their favourite recipe compares with the best in the UK.  The Mansion House at Old Warden, in association with Edible Ornamentals and the UK Chilli Cook Off Association, are holding   the first heat in the Great British Chilli Cook Off. This event will be one of the highlights of the Chilli and Gourmet Food Fiesta which will be held in the grounds of The Mansion House on 8th and 9th June.

Most successful ever Wedding Fayre at Chartridge
Wedding Show at Chartridge, Chesham
Despite nine other Wedding events locally, over 150 visitors including 49 brides-to-be, many of them new faces, attended the Wedding Fayre held at Chartridge Lodge and Conference Centre recently. There was a real buzz throughout the day, with many of the visitors commenting that this was the best and most professional Wedding Fayre they had been to..
Local vegetable distributor to generate over 2.4 million kW of electricity
Bedfordshire Growers reduces it's energy bill and carbon footprint
Biggleswade based Bedfordshire Growers have generated over 48,000 kilowatt hours of electrical power during the last year following the installation of 80 solar panels on the roof of their vegetable distribution centre on Potton Road.
Bedfordshire Growers reduces it's energy bill and carbon footprint
Finance wizards finally scoop George Hay Jubilee Shield
RHG win the George Hay Jubilee Shield
Stevenage-based Richmond House Financial Services (RHG) demonstrated that quality outshines quantity when they claimed a resounding victory at the George Hay Jubilee Quiz which was held at John O’ Gaunt golf club this week
Finance wizards finally scoop George Hay Jubilee Shield
Rapid Response medical agency moves to Wyboston Lakes
Based at the Knowledge Centre, Wyboston Lakes. RM Medics recruit doctors
A new company set up to assist the NHS cope with the increasing demands on its services has just moved to Wyboston Lakes’ Knowledge Centre. Originally based in Bedford to supply qualified doctors to hospitals throughout the UK, RM Medics needed larger premises with excellent communications channels to deal with the dramatic growth it has experienced since its formation just six months ago.
Brides-to-be pampered at Lydiard House ‘Calling All Brides’
Brides-to-be pampered at Lydiard House, Swindon
Forty seven potential brides were among over 80 people who visited Lydiard House for an evening of self indulgence and pampering last week when the historic venue hosted a ‘Calling All Brides’ which was arranged by wedding specialists, Love to Plan.
New automated onion palletiser gains 10% efficiency for Bedfordshire Growers
New automated onion palletiser for Bedfordshire Growers
Bedfordshire Growers have just successfully completed evaluation trials of a new automated palletiser for their onion packing line which was recently installed by Dutch specialist company Symach.
Hitchin Priory Wedding Fayre a resounding success
Hitchin Priory Wedding Fayre
The sun was certainly shining when more than 400 visitors attended the Hitchin Priory Wedding Fayre making this the busiest Wedding event ever held at the historic venue. It was even more remarkable as several other wedding fayres were being held locally on the same day.
Hitchin Priory Wedding Fayre
Bedfordshire’ Chilli specialist awarded £40,000 grant from BRCC to develop new Edible Kitchen
Bedfordshire’s celebrated chilli specialists, Joanna and Shawn Plumb of Edible Ornamentals, have been awarded a major grant in excess of £40,000 to create an Edible Kitchen. The grant was awarded through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) by the Greensand Ridge Local Action Group which is managed locally by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC).
 Edible Ornamentals awarded major grant to create an Edible Kitchen.
Record attendance at Lydiard House Wedding Fayre
Despite being mid-winter, the sun shone for the 146 budding brides who visited latest Wedding Fayre held at Lydiard House on Sunday 13th January. “It was our most successful Wedding Fayre ever,” commented Lydiard House’s event coordinator Sophie Mayes..
Biggest Wedding Fayre ever at Lydiard House
Management Change at Chartridge
Peter Darnell
After 15 years the founding directors of The Chartridge Conference Company Ltd (CCC), Barry Wilson and Peter Darnell, will be leaving CCC for pastures new and handing over the management of the four conference centres to Hamilton Hotel Partners.
Barry Wilson and Peter Darnell, leaving CCC for pastures new
Bedfordshire Growers celebrates 50th anniversary
Bedfordshire Growers, Potton Rd, Biggleswade
2013 is a key anniversary for Bedfordshire Growers, as it marks a half century since the establishment of this major distributor of vegetable, potato and field lettuce crops to multiple retailers, food processors, caterers and wholesalers
2013 is a key anniversary for Bedfordshire Growers
More skilled staff at The Beeches
Head chef Dean Capener
The Beeches Conference Centre at Bournville, near Birmingham have just completed another successful year in staff training to help maintain the very highest standards of customer service that underline the ethos of all Chartridge Conference Company venues.
Another successful year in staff training at The Beeches, Birmingham
‘Coffee mornings’ on the menu at Chartridge venues
Business meetings at Chartridge
Chartridge Conference Company have introduced the concept of a ‘Business Coffee Morning’ at all its four dedicated conference venues (Chartridge, Hitchin Priory, Lydiard House and The Beeches). Far removed from the traditional social gatherings of genteel ladies from the village, it provides the opportunity for small business groups to hold impromptu meetings in the lounges and general quiet areas.
Chartridge Conference Company have introduced the concept of a ‘Business Coffee Morning’ at all its four dedicated conference venues (Chartridge, Hitchin Priory, Lydiard House and The Beeches).
Strictly Stars and Military Wives ‘Remember’ at Lydiard House
Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Kristina Rihanoff
Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Kristina Rihanoff danced before a select group of dignitaries in Lydiard Park while the Military Wives Choir from Shrivenham Defence Academy sang a track called ‘Stronger Together’.
Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Kristina Rihanoff danced before a select group of dignitaries in Lydiard Park
Hitchin Priory supported Garden House Hospice celebrate Starlight Walk success
Hitchin Priory

Hitchin Priory supported Garden House Hospice celebrate when they raised £32,000 on annual Starlight Walk

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Hitchin Priory supported Garden House Hospice celebrate when they raised £32,000 on Starlight Walk
Speak my language - win my vote
PrintHut.co.uk® has produced a sample print campaign entitled ‘Democrazy’
A Cambridgeshire-based entrepreneur is spearheading a innovative campaign to persuade the Government to customise polling cards that target specific age groups and motivate more people, especially younger age groups, to vote in local and national elections. On average less than 30% of eligible voters bother to turn out for elections and less than 4% of 18 – 25 year olds are forecast to vote at the forthcoming Police Commissioner elections.   
Campaign to persuade the Government to customise polling cards
Bedfordshire Growers launch new High Quality 10kg Onion Tray
Bedfordshire Growers onion tray
Bedfordshire Growers has just introduced a new 10kg cardboard tray for distribution of onions to wholesale markets. The new ‘Bedgrow’ tray is a higher quality method of storage than traditional nets. The tray has been specifically designed for easier handling and to dramatically improve cleanliness.
Bedfordshire Growers has just introduced a new 10kg cardboard tray
Alimak Hek Lift ensures sustainable access solution to London’s Danes Yard Landmark Tower
Alimak Hek Lift - London’s Danes Yard Landmark Tower
Alimak Hek have just completed installation of a permanent refurbished lift at the new 40 metre landmark sculpture at Danes Yard, part of the Strand East site close to the Olympic Park at Stratford, London E15 that complements the philosophy of sustainability that underlines the whole Strand East development.
Alimak Hek Lift ensures sustainable access solution
Local Chilli Expert features in Gordon Ramsay’s new TV Cookery Programme
Joanna Plumb - on Gordon Ramsay’s new ‘Ultimate Cookery Course’ programme

Local chilli specialist Joanna Plumb hit national television screens once again this week when Edible Ornamentals was featured on Gordon Ramsay’s new ‘Ultimate Cookery Course’ programme on Channel 4.

The programme looked at growing and storing chillies to get the maximum flavour, so the film crew visited Cherwood Nurseries in Chawston during the summer to get advice from Joanna Plumb

Edible Ornamentals featured on Gordon Ramsay’s new ‘Ultimate Cookery Course’ programme on Channel 4.
Shining Solar Power Company moves to Wyboston Lakes
Shining Solar Power Company moves to Wyboston Lakes
Prosolia UK, one of the fastest growing solar energy companies in Europe, has just moved their UK operation to the Knowledge Centre at Wyboston Lakes. Established less that a year ago with offices in Cambourne, the company has experienced dramatic success with UK turnover exceeding £12 million, and required larger offices to cope with their rapid growth.
Prosolia UK  has moved to the Knowledge Centre at Wyboston Lakes.
East Marries West at Lydiard House
Wedding table
Bright colours, hot food and great music were the order of the day, when over 200 people attended the first East/West Indian wedding held at Lydiard House. Nearly all the guests wore national apparel, so vivid saris and brilliant colourful shirts and dresses were in abundance.
Over 200 people attended the first East/West Indian wedding held at Lydiard House.
Wyboston Lakes is Switching On for Electric Vehicles
Wyboston Lakes is Switching On for Electric Vehicles
Wyboston Lakes have just installed electric vehicle recharging points at their Hotel and Spa near St Neots which will be available to all visitors to the site. These are the first vehicle recharging points in the St Neots area, and an integral part of the Source East Electric Vehicle Recharging Network which will extend throughout the East of England.
Wyboston Lakes is Switching On for Electric Vehicles
Hitchin Priory hosts the Hitchin Hard Half Marathon
Hitchin Hard Half Marathon at Hitchin Priory
Rain of biblical proportions didn’t stop more than 200 runners testing their fitness in the relaunched Hitchin Hard Half Marathon which was a resounding success. This aptly named race is very highly rated by Runners World as one of the hilliest and hardest of long distance courses.
Hitchin Priory hosts the Hitchin Hard Half Marathon
Wyboston Lakes Head Hunter Awarded Top European Accolade
Christopher Luttik, Head Hunter  MRI Network
International executive placement specialist Christopher Luttik has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading head hunters when he recently received a Bronze accolade from MRI Network, the oldest, largest and most successful recruitment organisations in the world. Presented at their recent convention in Madrid, Christopher came third out of over 250 European franchisees who find and place top flight specialists and key executives in leading international corporations.
Christopher Luttik has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading head hunters when he recently received a Bronze accolade from MRI Network
Chartridge Conference Company upgrades Free Wi-Fi service
Chartridge Conference Company venues
Chartridge Conference Company has just invested in excess of £25,000 in a major upgrade to the Wi-Fi broadband coverage at all four of their conference venues in the Home Counties and West Midlands. This new system is the latest development to ensure that all facilities meet customer demand and means that visitors can now access the free Wi-Fi service in all areas within each venue.
Chartridge Conference Company has just invested in excess of £25,000 in a major upgrade to the Wi-Fi
Chartridge girls raise over £700 for Cancer Research
Chartridge Chesty Cherubs
Six ‘Chartridge Chesty Cherubs’ took part in the Race for Life Aylesbury 2012 and raised over £700 which will go to Cancer Research UK. The event was held at Waddesdon Manor at the weekend and was organised by the national charity.
Chartridge Race for Life raised over £700
How I used science to beat the heat
S Colbert
I’d had issues with my sleep for some years but cycling highlighted my particular problem. I used to find, four or five hours after coming home after doing hard training sessions, I’d start to feel my core temperature rise and that affected my ability to get a good night’s sleep. .
Chartridge launch Leisure Golf Breaks
Chartridge launch Leisure Golf packages

Chartridge Conference Centre has teamed up with Chartridge Park Golf Club to offer special weekend break leisure golfing packages for players of all abilities from just £99 per person. 

Family owned Chartridge Park Golf Club is set in the tranquil Buckingham countryside, and golfers can enjoy the wonderful views over the Pednor Valley and Chiltern Hills which have been designated areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Latest Wedding Fayre at Lydiard House a Resounding Success
Lydiard House Wedding Fayre
More than 70 brides visited Swindon’s historic Lydiard House 31st May to experience the unique atmosphere of the venue and gain advice and expertise from over 25 exhibitors that attended the event. Many of the visitors commented that this was the best Wedding Fayre they had visited in the area, and 3 brides took advantage of the special offers available and booked Lydiard House for their Wedding Day on the spot.
SilDerm Scar Gel – clinically proven to reduce unsightly scars
SilDerm Scar Gel
Following the successful introduction into pharmacies of SilDerm Oil and Cream the first clinically proven products for prevention and repair of stretch marks, SilDerm Ltd has just launched Scar Gel, the ingredient of which are clinically proven to not only prevent but can repair the unsightly scars caused by surgical operations, trauma injury, wounds or burns.
The first clinically proven treatment for stretch marks now available in pharmacies
SilDerm Stretch Mark Prevention Oil & Repair Cream now available over the counter
Pharmacists can now recommend with confidence clinically proven products specifically formulated to prevent and repair stretch marks. Previously only available on-line, SilDerm Stretch Mark Prevention Oil and SilDerm Stretch Mark Repair Cream is now available through independent pharmacies. To increase customer awareness in pharmacies, SilDerm Group will supply counter display units, posters and sample packs.
Lumixyl Revitaleyes is clinically proven to lighten dark under-eye circles
Lumixyl Revitaleyes treatment
The SilDerm Group has just launched Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream, the first and only eye cream that uses the latest Decapeptide-12 technology to roll back the years by rejuvenating the eyes. It has been shown to be especially effective in lightening the dark circles around the eyes, a particularly common problem in Asian women due to the darker pigmentation of the skin.
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SilDerm Group has launched Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream suitable for Asian skin
Bodybuilders – don’t let ugly stretch marks mar your perfect body
Bodybuilder
SilDerm Stretch Mark Repair Cream improves the appearance of stretch marks in just 4 weeks

No matter how good their skin tone, at some point during their training every serious bodybuilder will develop stretch marks. When a bodybuilder bulks up too quickly they put on pounds of muscle in a very short space of time. As the muscle builds the skin surrounding it has to stretch to accommodate the bulk, and a stretch mark is formed.

SilDerm Stretch Mark Repair Cream improves the appearance of stretch marks in just 4 weeks
Banish Stretch Marks in Pregnancy 
SilDerm Oil

No longer do women have to accept that stretch marks are an inevitable side effect of pregnancy, thanks to a new product that is now available in pharmacies in the UK.  SilDerm Stretch Mark Prevention Oil is the first treatment that has been clinically proven to prevent stretch marks developing during pregnancy.

SilDerm™ the first clinically proven treatment to prevent stretch marks
Roll back the years with SilDerm’s Revitaleyes
The SilDerm Group has just launched Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream, the first and only eye cream that uses the latest Decapeptide-12 technology to roll back the years and rejuvenate the eyes
The eyes are probably the most attractive of our physical features, yet the area of skin around the eyes is one of the most sensitive. This is often the first area to show the ravaging signs of age such as dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles, dryness and inflammation

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Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream, the first and only eye cream that uses the latest Decapeptide-12
Bollywood Nights comes to Swindon!
Bollywood at Lydiard House, Swindon
Lydiard House Conference Centre in Swindon played host to its first ever Bollywood Night on Friday 23rd March. The event had a strong Indian influence and Lydiard House was specially decorated to portray the Bollywood theme. The term ‘Bollywood’ is used in reference to the Hindi film industry which is famous for its expressive music and dance.
Bollywood  Evening at Lydiard House
SilDerm Stretch Mark Repair Cream means mums can wear bikinis with confidence
SilDerm Stretch Mark Repair Cream
Now the clocks have gone forward that is the signal for many of us to start frantically dieting to get that bikini body for our holidays. But not everybody looks forward to summer. Many women dread this time of year and fear exposing their skin, because it will reveal the dreaded stretch marks.
Alimak Hek and CAS rise to new heights on St George’s Wharf Project
Alimak Hek and CAS high speed hoist system St George's Wharf
Brookfield Multiplex has installed a high speed Hoist and Common Tower Access System which is now fully operational at The Tower currently under construction at 1 St George Wharf, London. This is a St George South Limited project and this tower will reach a height of 185m making it one of the tallest residential building in Europe.
Alimak Hek  CAS  high speed Hoist and Common Tower Access System
SilkPeel Dermalinfusion - The very latest in skin resurfacing and rejuvenation
Before and after Silkpeel treatment
SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is the next generation of skin rejuvenation techniques that has just been officially launched into the UK by SilDerm Group. This new innovative system combines a non-invasive exfoliation of the stratum corneum with simultaneous infusion of clinically proven nutrient rich skin treatments deep into the epidermal/dermal layer to revitalise the appearance of the skin.
SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is the next generation of skin rejuvenation techniques
Life at Tower Hamlets Homes gets a lift from an AlimakHek Temporary Lift
AlimakHek temporary lifts for Tower Hamlets Homes
Lift and Hoist specialist AlimakHek has recently installed two temporary lifts for Tower Hamlets Homes as part of a recent internal lift refurbishment project at Ansell House which avoided the need to re-accommodate any of the 250 residents during the 12 week refurbishment programme.
AlimakHek has recently installed two temporary lifts for Tower Hamlets Homes
Snow added finishing touch to latest Chartridge Wedding Fayre
Chartridge Wedding Fayre Fashion show
Over 200 visitors and more than 25 exhibits ensured that the recent Wedding Fayre held at Chartridge was a resounding success with many of the visitors commenting that this was the busiest event they had experienced in the area. Even the slight flurry of snow didn’t dampen anybody’s enthusiasm, and in fact one of the brides-to-be was so impressed how the sprinkling of white added to the delightful location that she even considered a winter wedding!
Wedding Fayre at Chartridge, Chesham
New DNA-based skin rejuvenation treatment repairs sun-damaged skin
SilDerm™-Celfix™, a range of new DNA based skin treatments

SilDerm Group, the UK’s leading cosmeceutical company, have just launched SilDerm™-Celfix™, a range of new DNA based skin treatments that use natural enzymes to repair the fine lines, wrinkles and age spots caused by the damaging effects of the sun.

In the past it was considered not only fashionable but positively good for us to lie in the sun baking for hours just to get a tan. Now we know that it the absolute opposite and too much exposure to the sun is not only harmful but also accelerates the ageing process.

SilDerm™-Celfix™, a range of new DNA based skin treatments that use natural enzymes
Therapeutic Singing workshops help Disadvantaged Adults
ising2win Launch Singing workshops
iSing2Win a new concept that uses the power of group singing as a form of therapy is about to be launched at the Riverside Conference Centre Luton. Members of the public will be welcome to attend and join in the launch which will take place at 11 am on Friday 30th March. iSing2Win will be holding workshops which will not only aim to improve people’s singing skills, but will also be used to help disadvantaged adults regain their self esteem and enhance their social skills and personal development as part of their rehabilitation into their local communities  
ising2win launch singing workshops at Riverside Conference Centre Luton, 11 am on Friday 30th March.
New Lightweight Hoists from Alimak Hek gives Competitive Edge for smaller building projects
Alimak Hek TPL Hoist
Alimak Hek has launched two new lightweight transport platforms and material hoists which have been specifically designed for smaller building projects which make them the perfect choice for scaffolders, building companies and rental/hire companies supplying the construction industry.
Alimak Hek has launched two new lightweight transport platforms
Alimak Hek Serves A Room for London
A Room for London - Access by Alimak Hek
On the Southbank of the Thames Alimak Hek provide passenger lift access to this unique experience………

A Room for London, designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with Fiona Banner, is a one-bedroom installation that sits on the roof of Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and is part of the London 2012 Festival.

Alimak Hek provieded passenger lift access for visitors to A Room for London
New survey reveals dramatic fall in symptoms of atopic dermatitis in children after wearing specialist therapeutic clothing
DermaSilk Body
DermaSilk recently conducted a telephone survey on clients who had purchased body suits or leggings for children between the ages of 3 months and 3 years, who suffered from moderate to severe eczema. Of the 100 families polled, 87 stated that DermaSilk had had a positive effect on their overall quality of life within one month of changing to the therapeutic garments with over 2/3rds reporting a significant reduction in sleep disturbance. (or 2/3 reporting a dramatic improvement in sleep pattern)
DermaSilk recently conducted a telephone survey on clients who had purchased body suits or leggings
It may be mild but it’s still winter!
Long tailed tits
As I write this the warmth of the sun and the unseasonably mild temperatures could almost make you believe that we had missed winter altogether! There has been such a marked contrast in this year’s winter weather to last year’s when humans and birds alike shivered in the ice and snow that gripped our land
It may be mild but it’s still winter!  - Parrish's Farm
Ho ho ho Hotel Santa!
Headed by The Royle Family’s Sue Johnston, the impressive cast includes Stephen Graham from This Is England, Elizabeth Berrington (Secrets And Lies), William Ash (Waterloo Road), Julie Graham (Survivors), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Keith Barron (Benidorm).

Chartridge Conference Centre was magically transformed into Lapland-style ‘Hotel Santa’ when it was used by BBC One to film its Christmas comedy drama special, ‘Lapland’.

The bittersweet comedy features the Lewis family from Birkenhead who save all year to make Christmas special. This year they decide to really push the boat out and book a package tour to Finland to see Father Christmas, complete with huskies and reindeers and, maybe even the Northern Lights. But when they get to Lapland, things don’t go quite to plan!

Chartridge Conference Centre was magically transformed into Lapland-style ‘Hotel Santa’
Espère Healthcare upgrades DermaSilk underwear 
 DermaSilk underwear
Espère Healthcare has announced changes to the range of DermaSilk men’s and children’s underwear which takes effect from December 1st 2011. DermaSilk underwear, a ‘Class 1 Medical Device’ approved for prescription use in the treatment of eczema, now has an ability to stretch to twice its size by an innovative process which overlays the DermaSilk fibroin silk completely around an elastane core.
Espère Healthcare has announced changes to the range of DermaSilk men’s and children’s underwear
Two new chefs join Hitchin Priory
Andrew McCusker, Stephen Hepworth  and Jerry Cox at Hitchin Priory
Following a surge in restaurant bookings Chartridge Conference Company has appointed two new sous chefs at Hitchin Priory. Bringing fresh ideas and a range of new dishes, Andrew McCusker and Jerry Cox will play a major role in taking the standard of cuisine to an even higher level.
Conference Company has appointed two new sous chefs at Hitchin Priory.
Don’t forget our garden birds - they need you more than ever!
At Parrish Farms we have now harvested most of the maize crop and drilled the winter wheat crop

You may think that because the weather has been so mild, our garden birds no longer need our help. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Unlike mammals small birds have a high body temperature and high metabolic rate which means that they must feed regularly. During a normal winter they use a great deal of energy just trying to survive and it is vital that they replace that energy by having access to food from dawn to dusk.

More than ever the birds will rely heavily on our providing food for them in our gardens and will visit regularly.
CAS low profile hoist tower streamlines London’s St George’s Tower construction
CAS common tower system at London’s 51 storey St George’s Tower project.

Cambridge-based Construction Access Systems (CAS) working in conjunction with the University of Southampton Research Institute for Industry (RIFI) has developed an innovative low profile, common tower system designed to speed up construction and save costs on high rise construction projects up to 70 storeys or 300 metres. The first system is now in use at London’s 51 storey St George’s Tower project.

Construction Access Systems (CAS)  common tower system
It’s not only Cuckoos that fly south for the winter
Parrish's Farm A-maiz-ing fat balls.
Autumn is one of the busiest times of year for many wild birds as they fly to warmer climates where they are guaranteed a plentiful supply of food. Although we lose summer visitors such as Swallows, House Martins, Warblers and Flycatchers, their place in the garden will soon be taken up by birds flying in from Scandinavia, Russia or even further afield.
Autumn is one of the busiest times of year for many wild birds as they fly to warmer climates where they are guaranteed a plentiful supply of food
Will the Bribery Act see the end of Corporate Hospitality?
Hospitality
The Bribery Act came into effect on 1st July 2011, with penalties of 10 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine for those caught acting like a politician!
But is this a sledgehammer to crack a nut? Will it be another example of the law of unforeseen consequences? What are the ramifications for the meetings industry where entertainment and hospitality have long been regarded as a legitimate activity?
Will the Bribery Act see the end of Corporate Hospitality?
Wyboston Lakes introduces new concept for growing entrepreneurs
Serviced office Workplaces, Knowledge Centre, Wyboston Lakes
A new business initiative launched at the Knowledge Centre, Wyboston Lakes has found a solution to the age-old problem faced by home office entrepreneurs. How do you make the leap from the back bedroom to fully functional commercial premises, without bankrupting the company along the way?
A new business initiative launched at the Knowledge Centre, Wyboston Lakes
RWE npower employees celebrate with their families at Lydiard House
Lydiard House, Swindon, Wiltshire
Employees of RWE npower and their families had a great bonding day at Lydiard House, when the West Swindon-based company held their second Family Party Day at the Palladian stately house as thanks to staff for all their dedication during these hard times
 RWE npower held their second Family Party Day at Lydiard House
Feed the birds – their lives may depend upon you
Nuthatch - Parrish's Farm Fat Balls  www.parrishsfarm.co.uk
We are now coming up to the main bird-feeding season, and as temperatures fall, it is vital that we continue to feed the birds. A bird can use 10% of its body weight to keep warm on a cold winter night, so if they arrive at your garden expecting to find food and there is none, they may have no other source. It can literally be the difference between life and death.
Parrish's Farm - When you feed birds in your garden there are a few simple rules to ensure their safety
Lydiard House holds Wedding Fayre
Wedding Fayre at Lydiard House

The wedding day is the highlight of every girl’s dreams. The importance of the occasion, the excitement, the dressing up, the party atmosphere all make it a special day that will be treasured by all the family and friends. But planning and organising a wedding to make sure it all goes smoothly isn’t easy. There is so much to arrange, which is why Lydiard House are holding another of their successful Wedding Fayres on Sunday 11th September.

Bedford company’s special sheets could be solution for Doctor Who’s Night Terror!
Nine-year old Lewis Pitcairn

If Doctor Who fans suffer sleep disturbance after watching ‘Night Terrors’, the next episode of the popular sci-fi TV programme, they  might find a solution from a Healthcare company based in the i-Lab in Bedford.

Dermatherapy sheets could be solution for Doctor Who’s Night Terror!
Why a racing pigeon hung up its wings
Racing pigeon from Dudley, currently residing at Parrish's Farm
For the past few weeks our farm has played host to a racing pigeon from Dudley who decided it wanted to enjoy its summer vacation in the green and pleasant lands of Chicksands in Bedfordshire.
Our fat balls are fast becoming the feed of choice for wild garden birds
Could your baby’s bath lotion lead to a lifetime of eczema?
DermaSilk Therapeutic Clothing
A new study by Professor Michael Cork, and his colleagues at Sheffield University, has identified a direct link between the growing number of newborn babies who develop eczema within the first 6 weeks of their lives and the use of soaps, modern bath oils and even medically prescribed lotions such as aqueous cream and olive oil.
Study of newborn babies who develop eczema within the first 6 weeks
Free ‘taster’ golfing sessions at Wyboston Lakes Golf Centre
Paul Ashwell, Wyboston Lakes professional
Wyboston Lakes Golf Centre is holding free golf ‘taster’ sessions in August for people who have never tried golf but want to get the flavour of the game. Participants will receive expert tuition from Wyboston’s golf professional who will teach them how to hit long shots on the driving range and then move to the short game for chipping and putting.
Golf taster sessions being offered by Wyboston Lakes Golf Centre during August 2011
Specialist Games provider moves global headquarters to Wyboston Lakes
Knowledge Centre, Wyboston Lakes
Universally Speaking, one of the leading providers of specialist games services to the global games sector, has established their worldwide headquarters at the Knowledge Centre, Wyboston Lakes.
Universally Speaking has established their worldwide headquarters at the Knowledge Centre, Wyboston Lakes.
Are you killing your garden birds with kindness?
Nuthatch enjoying Parrish's Farms A-maiz-ing fat balls
Bedfordshire is the UK capital of the bird world and we are very lucky to have the RSPB headquarters on our doorstep in Sandy. Thanks to the excellent work they do we are now able to identify and enjoy the many different species of wildlife birds that visit our gardens
Parrish's Farm have developed a new type of fat ball ‘the A-maiz-ing fat ball’
Vodaphone doubles success for Hitchin Priory’s Charity Family Fun Day
Family Fun day at Chartridge Conference Company venue, Hitchin Priory
Vodaphone has come to the aid of Keech Hospice Care for Children by doubling the money raised at the charity Family Fun Day recently held at Hitchin Priory.
Vodaphone doubles money raised at  Fun Day recently held at Hitchin Priory.
Hitchin Priory rocks to Rhythms of the World
ROTW will be at Hitchin Priory on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July 2011
Hitchin will be rocking to the Rhythms of the World when the charity celebrates the 20th anniversary of their “Festival of World Music”. Held at Hitchin Priory on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July, the festival has evolved into one of the biggest world music events in the UK, last year attracting over 31,000 music fans
ROTW, Hitchin Priory on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July
Family Fun Day at Hitchin Priory raises over £500 for Keech Hospice Care for Children
Hitchin Priory played host to a Family Fun Day on Father’s Day

Hitchin Priory played host to a Family Fun Day on Father’s Day to raise funds for Keech Hospice Care for Children.  The event was the brainchild of Hitchin Priory’s head chef Stephen Hepworth and Keech Hospice’s Sandra Luff and despite the atrocious weather, which kept many visitors away, more than £500 was raised for the charity during the event.

Family Fun Day at Hitchin Priory
New high-tech underwear produces dramatic relief for sufferers of chronic genital skin disease
DermaSilk Intimo underwear

New UK data confirms that underwear made from a high tech, biofunctional material dramatically reduces the chronic itching and burning sensation of the genital area that plagues the 1 in 300 women in the UK suffering from Lichen Sclerosus.

DermaSilk intimo underwear produces relief for sufferers of Lichen Sclerosus
Easi-Dec Systems bucks the trend by taking on more staff despite the recession
Paul Radford, Easi-Dec external sales engineer
Following a surge of enquiries over recent months from the construction industry for their working at height solutions, Sandy-based manufacturer, Easi-Dec Access Systems Ltd, has just recruited Paul Radford as External Sales Engineer responsible for the North West and Scotland.
Easi-Dec Access Systems Ltd, has just recruited Paul Radford as External Sales Engineer
Josh wins his wings at RRS
Josh Sparrow,  RRS Recovery Services
At the tender age of 17, Josh Sparrow is the latest recruit to join the rapidly expanding team at Yorkshire-based RRS and must be one of the leading contenders for the title of 'Youngest Recovery Driver of the Year'.
Josh Sparrow is the latest recruit to join the rapidly expanding team at Yorkshire-based RRS
New therapeutic silk underwear combats misery of recurrent thrush
Dermasilk Intimo silk underwear  www.dermasilkintimo.co.uk.
A recent double blind clinical trial carried out at the University of Bologna in Italy has shown that a new range of specially treated silk underwear dramatically reduces the itching and redness that plagues the many women who suffer from persistent and recurrent thrush infections.
Dermasilk Intimo: Specially treated silk underwear that dramatically reduces the itching and redness that plagues many women
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