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Postmen’s Epic Journey Completed



On Wednesday 25th April four work colleagues from Post Office Limited at Wymondham completed their eleven day cycle ride from John’O Groats to Lands End.

Paul Wightman, Dean Whitnall, David Crisp and Trevor Manser (pictured) pedalled the entire journey, a distance of over 900 miles and which spans the length of Great Britain.

The team from Wymondham are all keen cyclists and after deciding they would like to take part in the endurance challenge thought it would be an added incentive to attract sponsors and collect for a local charity.

‘We chose Star Throwers cancer support as it is a local charity and does great work for local cancer sufferers and their families,’ said Paul.

The lads, who have been in serious training since January, set off on Sunday 15th April from John’O Groats in Scotland and pedalled south through snow, high winds and lashing rain to reach Land’s End eleven days later on Wednesday 25th April.

‘The weather could have been kinder! But we made it, and would like to thank everyone for all their support,” said Paul.

The teams support van was driven by Andrew Howard, who also kept the cyclists supplied with snacks, drinks and dry clothes along the way.

Upon arriving home, the team were very pleased to find that they reached their target of raising £2700 for Star Throwers. Steven Ho from Star Throwers said, “It is awe-inspiring what they have done for Star Throwers, what an incredible achievement. We are so proud of the team and grateful that they chose to support Star Throwers and the work we do.”

Star Throwers would like to express special thanks to everyone who has supported the team, Barford Van Hire for helping out with the support vehicle and Sainsbury’s at Longwater who provided energy drinks and snacks and for all the donations to our charity.

To see details and pictures of this amazing cycle ride visit www.polscnrjogleblog2012.co.uk If you would like to find out more about Star Throwers you can call a member of the team on 01953 423304 or email info@starthrowers.org.uk.



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The Lively Crew and BOLD Group represented at Norfolk MPs and Business Leaders Forum


 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.



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Disabled Motoring UK Ask Shoppers not to be Selfish this Winter


 Shoppers are being asked to consider others in the festive shopping rush this Christmas. National disabled motorist charity Disabled Motoring UK are appealing to shoppers to not be selfish when they park their cars in retail areas and ensure that disabled parking provisions are not compromised.

The issue of disabled parking bay abuse is one which affects disabled motorists and their passengers throughout the year, but the problem is particularly apparent in the run-up to Christmas. Increased visitor numbers to retail centres and heightened stress levels creates the perfect condition for rushed parking jobs, which leads in turn to more incidents of parking abuse. In addition to this, poor weather condition can lead more people to take to their cars, further exacerbating parking problems.

Popular television show Top Gear has recently come under fire for parking abuse after presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May parked in disabled bays to discuss the merits of electric cars, while soaps including Coronation Street have also been pulled up for characters parking in disabled bays.

Helen Dolphin, Director of Campaigns and Policy at Disabled Motoring UK said “The festive period is a very busy one for lots of people. We are asking shoppers to remember that many disabled people rely on a car to get around. Public transport is not always accessible and disabled people may not be able to get to the bus stop or station in order to access it. But in order to be able to work, shop and socialise using their vehicle, disabled people rely on being able to park close to their destination. Often people don’t set out to cause a problem for others and don’t realise the impact that their actions can have. We want to show what the impact is and make people aware that there is no excuse for parking abuse.”



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Rob’s just the job - Apprenticeships sail us through stormy economic seas


 South Norfolk business leaders have been urged to consider taking on apprentices, following a meeting of the South Norfolk Business Forum, to boost the economy and give valuable experience to the next generation of business people.

Dan Baron from City College Norwich encouraged businesses to look past the traditional industries associated with apprenticeships, and take a fresh look at the huge range of industries apprentice schemes now cover, which can provide a business with fresh skills, without the commitment of a full-time permanent salary.

“An apprenticeship is a work based training program. This means the employer benefits from an additional pair of hands and an ever-expanding skill-set whilst the apprentice gains from on-the-job experience.”

“The minimum wage for an apprentice is £2.60 an hour and while this may seem low, the apprentice gets invaluable experience and skills to put on their CV as well as an unrivalled opportunity to impress.”

As Robert Ediker, who is currently doing an apprenticeship with local marketing agency The Lively Crew confirmed “I was looking for a job for five months without success before I started my apprenticeship. The Catch-22 is that you can’t get a job without experience, but you can’t get that experience if no-one will give you that initial chance.”

Jackie Tinkler from JobCentre Plus also updated members on what steps the JobCentre are taking to help individuals and businesses get back into the workplace. Whilst Colin Wright of Britannia Training Services urged businesses to ensure that the training they give their staff is appropriate and tailored to their own needs, to ensure the maximum economic return on their investment.



Published on 07-Dec-2011 12:00 with No comments  
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Find Resources in the Lost Generation


In the week that the Government announced that unemployment levels amongst the under 25’s rose above 1 million for the first time, businesses in South Norfolk will be urged to come together to help the ‘lost generation’ by benefiting from the ever-increasing pool of talent at the forthcoming South Norfolk business forum, taking place at The Old Feathers in Framingham Pigot.

Julia Nix from Job Centre Plus will talk to businesses about the employment opportunities available, including work experience schemes, which can provide businesses with talented individuals and give experience to graduates and job-hunters, looking to enter employment.

City College’s Dan Baron will also be telling members how they can link their business with the college and their apprenticeship scheme which can provide employers with cost-effective hands-on help in the workplace. The College is also keen to foster links between students and businesses with vocational courses, training and education.

Britannia Training will follow, updating business leaders on the full range of training service available across the area.

Local Marketing Manager Andrew Lawn and Marketing Apprentice Robert Ediker from The Lively Crew Ltd, will be giving businesses their first-hand experiences of the apprenticeship scheme and the positive effect it can have on both parties.

The forum is open to any business located in South Norfolk. For more information, or to book your place at the forum, businesses should contact Jodie McGill on 08456 345 185.



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