Strictly Worcestershire raises £37,000 for cancer charities

Two county prostate cancer charities have received a £37,000 boost from this year’s Strictly Worcestershire, which wowed a sell-out audience of 750 at the Chateau Impney in Droitwich. The dance spectacular, hosted by TV and radio presenter Adrian Chiles, was won by Fiona Watson and Jon Bell, whose samba and American smooth routines impressed the judging panel comprising Lord Digby Jones, broadcaster Bob Warman, dancer/choreographer Katie Love and choreographer Jennifer…

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Half century mark passed as future All Stars sign up at Spa

Droitwich Spa Cricket Club is leading the way in the Midlands by signing up a record number of youngsters to the ECB’s All Stars Cricket initiative. The club, which already has a thriving junior and youth section, will be welcoming more than 50 five to eight-year-olds to the first session at St Peter’s Fields on Friday, May 19 at 6.30pm. A new programme devised by the ECB, All Stars Cricket…

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Strictly Worcestershire message travels fast

With just one month to go until Strictly Worcestershire, news of the county’s biggest corporate fund-raising event is travelling far and wide. The colourful SW4 truck decorated with photos of contestant couples in the annual dance spectacular is the brainchild of Paul Andrews, chief executive of AMCO Services International, who is teaming up with wife Rachel to take part. As well as journeying across Britain, the truck has stopped off…

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Adventurous accountants reach fund-raising summit

A family’s member’s battle with a terminal lung condition prompted six colleagues from a Worcestershire accountancy practice to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge. Doug Marshall and Graeme Pardoe, senior account managers at Ormerod Rutter Chartered Accountants in Droitwich, teamed up with four team members who came through the firm’s apprenticeship scheme – Daniel Poxon, Will Phillips, Matt Collett and Matt Wheatcroft. The 24 hour trek to the summits of Ben…

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Harry sets sights on Turkey triumph after Deaflympics call

A dad of two from Droitwich Spa will be representing Great Britain at this year’s Deaflympics in Turkey. Twenty-eight-year-old Harry Allen, who works for Ormerod Rutter Chartered Accountants in the town, has been selected for the men’s football squad to compete in Samsun in July. Senior accountant Harry is no stranger to international football, having taken part in the 2009 event in Taiwan and claiming a bronze medal at the…

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Worcester’s oldest law firm welcomes new family solicitor

Worcester law practice Hallmark Hulme has bolstered its family law department with the appointment of an experienced solicitor. Helen Hanson joins a six-strong team at the Sansome Place based firm, which has been operating for 226 years. The mother-of-two, who hails from the Black Country, first showed a flair for the specialism during a work placement with a Walsall practice after gaining a law degree at Coventry University. Mrs Hanson…

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Award-winning apprenticeship programme turns five

An award-winning apprenticeship scheme launched by expanding Worcestershire accountants Ormerod Rutter is marking its fifth year in operation. Set up to address a skills shortage across the sector, the programme has given invaluable accountancy and IT career opportunities to 38 ambitious young people from across the county since 2012. The fast-growing firm, which was named medium apprenticeship employer of the year at the 2015 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards, is currently seeking…

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Accountants spread Christmas cheer at food bank

Staff at Worcestershire accountants Ormerod Rutter put their own Christmas wishes to one side to help a local charity. Employees from the firm’s offices in Droitwich and Bromsgrove collected a wide range of items for Droitwich Spa Food Bank, which is based at the town’s Baptist Church in Ombersley Street East. The collection was co-ordinated by the secretarial services department and the festive haul delivered to the food bank. Ormerod…

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Business community backs Red Lion’s lounge launch

A Worcester pub and restaurant showcased its new business facilities with a networking event. Some 40 guests from the county’s business community and beyond attended the launch of the Business Lounge at The Red Lion in Holt Heath, which was hosted in conjunction with Worcester media consultancy Chris Green Media. Attendees enjoyed authentic Caribbean food created by tenant/chef Victoria Cullen and poetry readings from Worcestershire’s Poet Laureate Emeritus Maggie Doyle….

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Experienced recruiter joins A1 team

Bristol and London-based A1 Recruitment Solutions has welcomed an experienced international recruiter to its growing team. Kay Ghafoor, who has 25 years’ expertise dealing with both public and private sector employers, joins A1 as an associate consultant. Ms Ghafoor will work alongside business development director Tom Easen and recruitment consultant Matt Atherton to secure positions for candidates in education, IT and rec to rec and meet national and international clients’…

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