Chloe Smith MP for North Norwich and within the Broadland area, as well as a member of the government team who puts the budget together, has agreed to deliver a post budget speech to the Broadland Business Forum on Wednesday 4th April.
The briefing is being held at the Oaklands Hotel and will run from 7.45am – 9.30am. This event is being put on by the Broadland Business Forum, which brings together business leaders from across the area. The forum meets quarterly and has won praise from the Olympic Development Committee for encouraging economic growth in the area.
Places are still available but demand is expected to outstrip availability, so if you are interested in attending this unique chance to hear from and question an influential member of the government’s finance team, book now to avoid disappointment.
The BOLD Group, which manages the Broadland Business Directory was founded in 2009 with the introduction of the Breckland Online Business Directory and now includes directories for Breckland, Broadland and South Norfolk. Together, the directories are designed to improve the connections between local businesses and District Council’s across Norfolk. The directories have thus boosted the economic output of the areas they serve, on one occasion alone over £100,000 of business was passed between two members. The directories have also given the private sector a powerful collective voice.
In addition to improved local links, the directories act as the marketing arm for many local businesses, providing a forum for their news, events and job vacancies as well as online and offline marketing support, increasing access to the local business community. Monthly bulletins to the 11,000 listed businesses also keep businesses in the loop with key stories, opportunities, vacancies and public sector initiatives locally and further afield.
If you are a business in Breckland, Broadland or South Norfolk, you are entitled to a free listing on the directories. In addition to the free listing, the directories are marketing tools for your business, allowing you to post your news, event and job vacancies to the local community. For more information, to register your business, or check your business’ listing is up to date, please go online.
To book your place, please call Robert on 01603 702374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnham Common has been given a winter makeover ready for summer. Local garden and ground maintenance company Roots and Routes
, undertook the extensive winter clearance programme on the common on behalf of Breckland District Council to help preserve it as a prime example of ancient breck land.
The common, which stretches from Barnham to the outskirts of Thetford, is located within an area of ‘Special Site of Scientific Interest’ and is a listed nature reserve. As such Barnham Common is a favourite destination of walkers and nature enthusiasts. The quieter winter period, therefore offers an ideal opportunity to carry out necessary work, with the minimum disruption to both visitors and the wildlife that call the common home.
Traditionally an area of classic breck land, featuring large expanses of grass and gorse and very few trees, Barnham Common is famous for its unusual array of flora and fauna, work was required to scale back the advance of non-indigenous plant life. Breckland District Council recognised this and commissioned garden and grounds maintenance company Roots and Routes to undertake a conservation cut, including coppicing 275 oak trees, to open the area up and return it to its former glory.
“We were delighted to be offered the chance to carry out this felling contract for Breckland District Council on Barnham Common. The common is a beautiful and typical part of breck land and we are proud to have played a part in its upkeep” said Roots and Routes Director Iain Hyson.
“Winter is the ideal time of year to tidy up gardens and prepare the ground for spring planting and turfing. Spring is a key time for flora and fauna and, because the sap isn’t currently rising, now is the time to ensure that conditions are optimised. Now is also the time to lay turf, to allow it time to bed deep roots ahead of the drier summer season” Iain explained, adding “this is a beautiful part of the world and I’d encourage everybody to go along and look at the work that has been done to preserve and enhance the environment and really enjoy this gorgeous part of Thetford”.
Roots and Routes is based in Thetford, and was established in 2003 by Iain, using just a van and £200 of second-hand tools. Roots and Routes now employs seven full-time staff and specialise in all aspects of ground maintenance from assisting in individual gardens, through to commercial properties, full-landscaping and car park maintenance, including tree surgery, litter picking, site clearance, pressure washing and painting.
With a barrage of wet spells forecast by the Met Office, for the end of March and into April, caused by large areas of low pressure building up over Eastern Europe, homeowners are being urged to make the most of the predicted warm, dry weather in the coming weeks to ensure their homes are ready for the wet weather.
Having recently suffered heavy snowfall and a winter of windy conditions, homes are more vulnerable than ever at this time of year says Paul Dack from Less2Build, who is used to the havoc winter weather can wreak on the family home. Paul has set up a dedicated forum to help people ensure their homes have recovered from a cold, wet and icy winter.
“Snow and ice build ups can weaken roof structures, through their sheer weight and the constant freezing, melting and re-freezing of water, caused by the home’s central heating working overtime to combat the frigid outside temperature, can result in potentially serious damage. With any water damage, prevention is greatly preferable to cure, with the costs of repair often running into the thousands. That is why we are urging people to use this dry spell to check their roofs for any sign of damage and make the necessary repairs while the weather is cooperating.”
Paul is also setting up a dedicated online blog where people can get advice on the telltale signs of damage and also ask for expert advice on what they can do to repair their property, without having to call out expensive engineers.
“In many cases, people are able to make the repairs they need easily and without breaking the bank and we are only too happy to help people who may not be able to afford the expense of an outside contractor. That said, we obviously advise people not to undertake any structural work on their homes without expert assistance. Safety must always be the paramount concern where roofs are concerned. If in doubt, always call in an expert.” Paul says.
For more information on how Less2Build can assist you with minor repairs to your home after winter, or to ask their resident experts your building questions, visit www.less2build.com
The Lively Crew and BOLD Group were represented at the Norfolk MPs and Business Leaders Forum on Friday 9th March.
Director Valerie Bullard attended the event alongside fellow business leaders from the region including Martin Lake from the Federation of Small Business, Caroline Williams from Norfolk Chamber, Rachel Carrington NFU, , Dick Palmer CBI & City College Norwich, Chris Starkie New Anglia LEP and many more. Also attending will be Norfolk MPs, Chloe Smith MP, Richard Bacon MP and George Freeman MP.
The forum was called to allow business leaders, to address isues including Start-up grants for young people to start their own business, Broadband, ensuring the best deal for Norfolk, procurement, drought in Norfolk and skills training and knowledge transfer for food and farming sector.
Valerie represented both The Lively Crew and the BOLD Group, which covers the Online Business Directories of Breckland, Broadland and South Norfolk, giving her the opportunity to raise members concerns to the MPs and give more say to Norfolk's small businesses.
Our Charity of the Year, Star Throwers
have collaborated with Norfolk Council Adult Education Services and Norwich MIND to organise an event to promote various paths to improving wellbeing.
Wymondham based cancer charity Star Throwers offered its premises for the event which will provide an opportunity for anyone interested in improving their wellbeing to have a go at some fun, unique, relaxing activities and also learn something new which they can take away and use at home.
The day will feature over ten different types of activities for people to try out, including relaxing massage workshops and taster sessions, engaging presentations from doctors and professionals on various aspects of healthy living, and an opportunity to have beautiful henna hand painting. Also planned for the day is the chance to participate in Art as never seen before, fun group singing sessions, gardening workshops, yoga, qigong classes, a djembe performance and workshops, and more.
There will also be a plant stall where people can buy plants donated to Star Throwers in aid of their Well Being Day.
The event will be hosted at Star Throwers' centre in Wymondham on Saturday 31st March from 10am - 4pm and is open to anybody where they're from and whatever their situation. Please arrive early to allow time for registration.
For more information, please visit www.starthrowers.org.uk
or call 01953 423304