The De Montfort University is preparing to welcome Professor Jonathan Deacon, Professor of Marketing, University of South Wales, and Director of the University’s Centre for Marketing and Entrepreneurship, through its doors on 18th May, when he visits to share his knowledge with local entrepreneurs at the DMU Innovation Centre.

As part of a one day package of workshops and talks offered by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), and De Montfort University, local business leaders and budding entrepreneurs have been invited to hear Jonathan share his marketing secrets, in the hope they will learn and be able to apply some of his wisdom to their own ventures.

“We have carefully put together a selection of workshops, case studies and academic research, in order to give local business leaders some useful marketing insights,” says Richard Allsop, CIM Small business ambassador in the East Midlands.

“Local small businesses often have the desire to grow, but often not the marketing knowledge of how to do it. This talk will cover everything from an interactive workshop on how to create and manage a digital marketing campaign, through to case studies on what does and doesn’t work.”

Local businesses are encouraged to attend, all are welcome.

For more information on how to join, and further details of the workshop, visit the website.

The ever popular Knowle Fun Run has seen runners with many different outfits and accessories over its 32 year history but for the first time this year a team will be running with a bath in a racing cradle

The team from Tysley based manufacturer Mereway is running to raise money for its 30th anniversary charity initiative and has pledged to raise £30,000 for four nominated local charities.

The ‘Bath Racer’ was the brainchild of Mereway buyer Wayne Frost and SpeedFab, a supplier to Mereway that manufactures bespoke stainless steel parts.

“We were delighted to be asked by Mereway to work on the Bath Racer,” says Trevor Pritchard at SpeedFab.  “We love a challenge and were able to design and build the Bath Racer within just a few weeks.”

The bath cradle has been constructed using SpeedFab stock materials and parts donated by SpeedFab suppliers, SAL Abrasives and Acorn Industrial Supplies.  It will be pushed around the course by a team of runners from Mereway.

The company has chosen to support the Knowle Fun Run because the Norris family, the owners of the business live locally and have partcipitaed in the run for many years.

“It is an annual event for the family to join in the Knowle Fun Run and enjoy the atmosphere whilst raising money for good causes,” says Mereway MD Bob Norris.  “We are grateful for the support we have received from SpeedFab as they have not only made the Bath Racer for us but also made a generous donation to our appeal.

“We are looking forward to bringing the Mereway Bath Racer to the event this year and having a lot of fun whilst helping us reach our £30,000 target.”

Picture caption: SpeedFab employees with the Bath Racer: Kevin Page – workshop manager (holding helmet), Jack Burley – fabrication/welder (sitting in bath) and Marcin Dymkowski – fabrication/welder

Like many people who responded to BBC One’s Panorama ’I’m Broken Inside – Sara’s Story’ aired last week, we were struck by the distances families are forced to travel to be with their loved ones while they undergo treatment for mental health.

Having close contact with your family during this time is absolutely essential and one of the key strands of the person-centred approach to mental health rehabilitation advocated by Dr Ivan Bakaltchev.

About to open a third facility in the Derbyshire area, the director of Aspire Mental Health strongly believes more emphasis should be placed on the planning and location of care units so that there is enough provision locally.

“Young people in particular, need their families to be there throughout treatment as well as when they finally come home. As we could see in the film, it is extremely distressing for families to be separated at this time and feel distanced from the long and delicate process of recovery.  The journey back to positive mental health is full of small gains and set-backs along way and each stage requires enormous support from all parties.

“At Aspire we understand this need for closeness and a gradual staged readjustment back to everyday life so that there is every chance of an enduring recovery and playing a part in their local communities once more.”

The new facility Bromley House in Heanor, will be providing much needed supported living accommodation for the elderly and those with learning disabilities in the area and the project is scheduled for completion this summer.

The move follows the success of Aspire facilities Chilwell House in Ilkeston and Riverside Gardens in Sandiacre, an £800,000 purpose-built facility for people suffering from mental illness, which was fully occupied within weeks of opening in October last year.

The next project is already in view for Aspire, with plans to open a fourth facility in Long Eaton in December this year, which will include 12 assisted living apartments and 12 bed residential care facility for clients with challenging behaviour.


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