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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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CGM blog: A question of trust

Here’s a tough question for you. Do you think people really, truly trust you and your business? Why does this matter? Because trust is the most important facet of any business – so building trust should be the No.1 aim of every successful venture. Trust is about credibility, integrity, reliability – possibly even respect – solid character ethics and values that are not easily won or, for that matter, readily…

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CGM blog: What’s YOUR story?

Last week I spoke at a fantastic conference attended by lovely people at the University of Salford. Understanding Abuse in Sport and Safeguarding Children was gripping and thought-provoking in equal measure. We heard first-hand accounts from two women who had been abused by their coaches – horrendously so in former Spanish Olympic gymnast Gloria Viseras’ case. Gloria was repeatedly raped as a child by her coach. By comparison, my own…

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CGM blog: Nature’s way to good PR

If you want a suitable analogy for how good PR works, take a look outside your window. You won’t see a beautiful array of golden daffodils in your garden unless you planted bulbs last autumn or they grow back perennially because you’ve kept the bulbs dry and deeply embedded. When it comes to PR and marketing, too many people demand an instant splash of colour but fail to heed nature’s…

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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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Delivering Perfect Presentations and Speeches – April 11, 2017

Are you daunted by the prospect of speaking in public? If so, it’s time to book a place on our forthcoming Delivering Perfect Presentations and Speeches training day. You’ll leave being able to deliver a 10 minute note-free speech with tips to manage nerves, overcome any fears and master memory recall. Ideal for business owners, leaders and directors, executive staff, company spokespeople and marketing and communications staff, the course comprises…

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CGM Birmingham Business Media Club – April 21, 2017

Learn how to promote your business by attending the CGM Birmingham Business Media Club, which meets at Longbridge Innovation Centre every month. The next meeting will be held on Friday, April 21 from 9.30am to 12.30pm. The theme is: Image and reputation planning. Create a plan to raise your profile, build credibility and develop a positive reputation. Read Chris’s blog on this theme.  The Business Media Club, which celebrated its…

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