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Get voting again…. it’s been an exciting month in the Breathe office

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Guest blog by one of our clients:  Samera from Breathe Therapies

I am so delighted to announce that our very own hardworking Shelley Perry is an Eva Award finalist!! A well recognised event that stands for Enterprise Vision Award set up to celebrate entrepreneurial growth of women in the North West.

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It is touching to see the category for which she is placed under of ‘Inspirational Woman of the year’ as it is a title she truly deserves.

Now, the votes are open and I am eager to spread the joy.

Please tell everyone you know to get the word out by following the links below to place your vote with a few quick and easy clicks:

http://www.evavoting.co.uk/vote.php?this_category=Inspirational

But the awards don’t stop there for us at Breathe Eating Disorder Service as we have also been lucky enough to be nominated for Holistic Business of the year award 2013, by the Holistic Directory who want to celebrate wonderful holistic businesses in the UK and the people that run them, so have launched an Award this year.

It’s absolutely fabulous to receive an acknowledgment and appreciation of the work we deliver within the community and to take this opportunity to thank the hard efforts and commitment shown daily by our clinical director Shelley Perry who is full of compassion and an inspiration to be around!!

You can place your vote by following the link below:

https://www.theholisticdirectory.co.uk/about/holistic-business-of-the-year-award-2013

But Hurry, because the deadline closes on the 1st September and the winner will be announced on the 17th September, wish us luck and stay posted to find out the results!!

Your vote counts: Every vote is important to us and we thank you very much for all your support and votes in advance!!  We greatly appreciate it.

So please help us by voting for both of the awards listed and stay posted to find out what happens!!

North West Fashion Networking Event

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If you are the owner of a fashion related company or are a freelance individual based in the North West then this is a must attend event. The North West Fashion Network presents their first Fashion Networking Event where you can build business connections, meet other like-minded people and also learn how the North West Fashion Network can help to support you and your business.

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The meeting is free to attend and opens for arrivals from 8.30am – with tea and coffee provided. The event will officially start at 9am where member’s will be provided with welcome information and will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves. A short 10 minute presentation will be made by members of the North West Fashion Network team then you will be given the opportunity to ask questions, discuss future networking ideas and continue networking.

Event Organised By:
North West Fashion LTD
The North West Fashion Network – Social Enterprise is an online platform designed to promote local fashion related companies, freelance individuals, job vacancies and upcoming events. Our two social aims are;

– To promote the local fashion industry, to encourage consumers to shop locally and from independent retailers
– and to increase employability by promoting and providing local work experience opportunities including careers gudeince and support, competition and workshops within a range of creative areas

 

For more details, or to book your place, please contact claire@northwestfashion.co.uk or amy@cottoncourt.co.uk or call 01772 507767

 

 

BNI make Cotton Court their choice for business networking

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BNI (Business Network International) is the worlds largest and most successful business referral network. Are now meeting weekly with us at Cotton Court Business Centre on a Wednesday morning 6:45 – 9:00 starting this week.

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BNI Members meet weekly with the prime intention of passing each other opportunities for new business through ‘word of mouth referrals’. This is the most cost-effective form of advertising possible. Being a member of Business Network Int’l (BNI) is like having sales people working for you every day who market your product or services.

BNI’s sole purpose is to provide a positive, supportive and structured environment for the growth and development of the businesses of its members through the exchange of quality business referrals. In the Diamond (Preston) Chapter of BNI, members are already referring hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of business.

BNI Members commit to a strict code of ethics and a high standard of quality is both expected and monitored through the BNI system.

Your business can benefit from the services offered by BNI members. Why select unknown services from business directories and possibly regret it later!

For more information about joining BNI, please contact Joe Makepeace (Chapter Director) BNI Preston Diamond Chapter

 

North West Fashion Networking Event

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If you are the owner of a fashion related company or are a freelance individual based in the North West then this is a must attend event. The North West Fashion Network presents their first Fashion Networking Event where you can build business connections, meet other like-minded people and also learn how the North West Fashion Network can help to support you and your business.

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The meeting is free to attend and opens for arrivals from 8.30am – with tea and coffee provided. The event will officially start at 9am where member’s will be provided with welcome information and will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves. A short 10 minute presentation will be made by members of the North West Fashion Network team then you will be given the opportunity to ask questions, discuss future networking ideas and continue networking.

Event Organised By:
North West Fashion LTD
The North West Fashion Network – Social Enterprise is an online platform designed to promote local fashion related companies, freelance individuals, job vacancies and upcoming events. Our two social aims are;

– To promote the local fashion industry, to encourage consumers to shop locally and from independent retailers
– and to increase employability by promoting and providing local work experience opportunities including careers gudeince and support, competition and workshops within a range of creative areas

 

For more details, or to book your place, please contact claire@northwestfashion.co.uk or amy@cottoncourt.co.uk or call 01772 507767

Lancashire Markets set to return!

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Preston City Centre’s about to look bloomin’ marvellous as the ever-popular Lancashire Market returns to Friargate & Orchard Street on Saturday 17th August 2013.

The Market, funded and organised by the city centre’s Business Improvement District (BID) is the biggest Easter event to date, with more than 100 quality local producers offering the very best of Lancashire food, drink, gift & crafts.

With ever-increasing numbers of people both trading and visiting the Lancashire Market, Preston city centre has something unique to offer this Easter Weekend. Mark Whittle, BID’s event manager said: “Several towns regionally host markets, but no one does what we do, on this scale, which is why it’s proved to be ever so popular. We take the best that Lancashire has to offer and promote that as far and wide as possible.”

He added: “More than 340,000 people have visited the Lancashire Market since they began in 2010, travelling from all over the North West; proving there’s a healthy appetite for family friendly events that offer quality local produce”.

Patrons will have the opportunity to sample & purchase everything from artisan breads, locally produced cheeses, fresh meat, handmade chocolates, locally grown fruit & vegetables, honey produced up the road and much much more. The event is free to attend and all Lancashire Market visitors will be offered a discount voucher booklet with money saving coupons for businesses across Preston city centre

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Cotton Court partners with Preston College to deliver social media success

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We are pleased to announce that we have recently partnered with Preston College to deliver social media courses for their students. The first series of courses aim to teach students that are looking for an apprenticeship about online employability and social media success.

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Social media is becoming a central part of recruitment and employers are becoming switched on to using social media channels to source candidates. Social media allows job seekers to job search, and build recommendations and connections into an online CV.  Over 86% of job seekers have a social media profile and around 50% of people in Britain are now using social media in their job search. The students from Preston College are learning how to do this effectively and gain a competitive advantage.

Key Findings from a study into a social media recruiting survey by Adzuna.co.uk

  • The average British adult is connected to 300 relevant, open job vacancies through their first and second degree connections on social networks.
  • Over 90% of large UK employers are now using social media to find staff. Big companies such as Google, Amazon & eBay have been leveraging social media to find staff for some time now, but the last 12 months has seen an explosion in the number of “non-tech” companies using social media to find staff. Companies such as AstraZeneca, Saatchi and Saatchi and hotel chain Hilton have all launched Facebook groups to increase the rate of job referrals for potential candidates. Marriott International even created a Facebook game to help fill vacancies in 2011.
  • While Linkedin is generally seen as “the” place to go for professional networking, job seekers in the UK would rather leverage their Facebook (43%) than Linkedin (22%) networks to find their dream job.

 

Recruiters and employers think LinkedIn is a great way of finding candidates. LinkedIn is a huge database and by using relevant key words they can quickly find the people they need so job seekers must consider what their profile says about them. Becoming established on LinkedIn can be tricky for job seekers with little or no experience or industry contacts, but this is an area in which students will look at on the course.

If you have not considered the use of social media in your job search then you may be disadvantaging yourself, as recruiters are using social media to reach out to ‘passive talent’ – people that may otherwise not apply.

The way in which people look for work has changed dramatically and this course aims improve job seeker’s presence to help you get their dream job.  Attendees learn how to make their online profiles more attractive to employers, ensuring that employees find out everything they  want them to but nothing they don’t and how to use social media to get that interview and get that job.

Breathe Nominated for the National Diversity Awards 2013

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Well done to our Clients, Breathe, who have been nominated for the national Diversity Awards 2013.  This guest blog by Breathe’s Samera tells us more about the awards and Breathe’s achievements:

We are so thrilled to hear that we have been nominated for this year’s National Diversity award!!

The award is a national recognised prestigious black tie event that celebrates and recognises the hard work and dedication of organisations that tackle the issues in today’s society, on a daily basis.

It is a real privilege to see that we have been nominated this year for Diversity in the workplace as it was only last year Shelley Perry the clinical director of Breathe Eating Disorder Service/S.E.E.D was in the top three nominees for Entrepreneurs of Excellence in the category for gender.

As we are in the early stages of the award process our next step is to answer a series of questions which will be scored and ranked. The nominees with the highest ranking will be short-listed for the top three; this is then decided upon the number of votes we receive before the winner is announced.

So for now, let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope we can prove and show what a passionate hard-working team we are! Share your support with us and wish us lots of luck. Watch this space, and stay updated with our award journey.

Breathe for the National Diversity Awards 2013

Just to give you an update of the National Diversity Awards, gather everyone you know and follow the links below as you can potentially be helping us to be shortlisted for the award!!

Please vote for us to be shortlisted for a National Diversity Award

Go to http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/  > Nominate Here > Diverse Companies #DiverseCompanyAward

Spread the word and show us your support. Lets get cracking and see how far we can get..Thank you !!

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CV – Get it right 1st time!

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Guest Blog Article by one of our clients,

Anand Lanka of  The Recruitment Provider

 It doesn’t matter whether you are an executive with years of corporate experience or a graduate with very little work history, this is your first opportunity to introduce yourself and knock on the door of any potential employer.

So where do candidates go wrong?

  • First rule is tailor the CV to the job, I know some of you will be saying that this is time consuming, but if you can highlight the requirements of the job and match your skills/ experience on your CV then you have a greater chance of being taken seriously. Remember your potential employer or recruiter is not a mind reader, they don’t know you. The employment market is very competitive and you need to tackle each job application with military precision.
  •   Personal profiles. These need to be quantified, candidates often put on their CV’s that they are “confident”, “bubbly” “excellent communicator”? If you are going to make personal statements of this nature you need to provide evidence else your CV will not get filtered to the interview pile.
  •   CV format. Make sure this is done properly. What does this mean? If you have a list of competencies/skills etc. don’t put them in one paragraph, use bullet points to make your CV concise and easy to read without putting war and peace on. Make sure everything lines up and your text is justified. Use the same font throughout.

 

  •    Gaps in employment. We see this all the time. With this, most people have genuine reasons for gaps in employment, you may have had children or spent time travelling which is understandable, so please put down the reasons. If you don’t explain the gaps then the recruiter is left thinking why? So get your dates right and make sure they coincide with each other.
  • Last thing Proof read your CV.Spelling errors and incorrect grammar will ring alarm bells to any potential employer. Most of all make sure that your contact details are up to date and correct, if you don’t no one will be contacting you for an interview!

Remember “you only get one chance to make a first impression”.

 

                        recruitment provider

 

BBC host successful North West screening at Cotton Court

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Sunday 16th June  saw the premiere of BBC 1’s medieval drama ‘The White Queen’.  Everyone at Cotton Court had been eager to watch the White Queen since Thursday 16th May, when we hosted the North West screening of the show!

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We were delighted to have been selected from a huge list by the BBC as their chosen venue it was really exciting to be part of the process. The event was a great success and we received fantastic feedback about the screening, venue and catering. The event was an invite only with many local leaders, mayors and dignitaries from around the area in attendance.

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The BBC team were great to work with and we would like to say thank you in particular to Hannah Hargrave, External Affairs Coordinator, who organised the event.

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The premiere on Sunday 16th June brought in an average audience of 5.3 million, winning the U.K. ratings in the Sunday 9 p.m. time slot.   The White Queen is based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling historical novel series The Cousins’ War, and is set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses. The series is the story of the women caught up in the conflict for the throne of England. Sunday’s episode was the first in a 10 part drama series, the next episode can be seen this Sunday at 9pm. We are looking forward to it!

Watch via BBC iPlayer The White Queen

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The StartUp Britain bus tour is coming to Preston!

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The StartUp Britain bus tour will be on Preston Flag Market on Tuesday 30th July providing information and support to new businesses in the area. It will give local start-up businesses the chance to network with local business advisors and entrepreneurs, and get expert advice from the StartUp Britain sponsors.

People in the Preston area that are wanting to start or grow their own business have the chance to get free expert advice and support on Tuesday 30th July , when StartUp Britain’s StartUp bus tour visits Preston as part of its third annual national tour. The bus, filled with start-up experts and business champions, will be on Preston Flag Market from 9am until 4pm.

People are invited to come along on the day, but can also register their interest in advance at http://prestontour.eventbrite.co.uk/# to get the latest news and information about the tour.

The StartUp bus tour is visiting over 30 locations in July and August to help boost the number of businesses started in the UK in 2013 to a record 500,000.

On the StartUp Britain bus you will be able to:

  • Meet local business advisers and entrepreneurs.
  • Get expert business advice about access to finance, selling online, accounting solutions and tips on how to get started from StartUp Britain’s sponsors (PayPal, BT Business, Intuit and Iris).
  • Read entrepreneurial books in the innovation station.
  • Discover how to pitch to large retailers.
  • Sign up for StartUp events.
  • Receive goodie bags, including useful information from the day.
  • Help Preston win the title for StartUp Britain’s Top Town!
  • Apply for a Start-Up Loan and learn about funding for small businesses and other helpful government initiatives.

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Key stats and evidence on business start-ups in the UK:

  • 2012 saw a record high for start-ups: 484,211
  • In the UK there are 4.8m private sector companies employing an estimated 23.9m people with a turnover of £3,100bn.
  • SMEs account for almost half the net growth in jobs.

60% of new business started at home