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  • Cheers to the Return of Shropshire Oktoberfest
    10 Aug 2022
    A group enjoying Shropshire Oktoberfest

    Shropshire Festivals’ sell out drinks’ festival is set to return to its huge marquees in the Quarry this autumn on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.

    Last year the festival sold out ahead of the event, and the organisers have reported that early bird tickets have already sold out to this year’s festival. Many people have been opting for a luxury festival experience in the Chrisbeon VIP area.

    The festival site will be filled with independent brewers, distillers, and local drinks producers, serving up the best locally made ale, lager, cider, perry, wine, gin, rum, fizz and cocktails.

    Fibre Heroes are sponsoring the reusable beer cups and the live music stage. On both days the line-up features lederhosen wearing, Oktoberfest favourite - Vorsprung Durch Oompah, and 17-piece shanty music power show – Old Time Sailors.

    Friday’s acts also include The Follicles, The Vertigo Band and Lost The Plot. The Saturday music line-up will deliver sets from Microbaby, Groove Dynamite, Something 4 The Weekend, Dirty Rockin Scoundrels, Five O'clock Hero, and Ego Friendly. The stage will be hosted by BBC Radio Shropshire’s Paul Shuttleworth.

    On Saturday there will be barrels of laughs to go with the beers in the Comedy Club. So far, confirmed comedians include Britain’s Got Talent finalist - Micky P Kerr, English Comedian of the Year 2016 - Josh Pugh, master of mixing punchlines with unpredictable audience interaction - Liam Pickford, the highly regarded international act - Gordon Southern, and the compere for the night will be North Devon stand up - Luke Honnoraty - with his stories on life and embarrassing moments.

    Festival goers can pick their own music in the silent disco tent, sponsored by Throgmorton Associates Wealth Management, and have 5 minutes of fame in Volvo Shrewsbury’s Carpool Karaoke tipi. 

    Shropshire Festivals’ Director of Fun, Beth Heath, said, “Momentum is building for Shropshire Oktoberfest 2022! From beer buffs to gin aficionados, local event lovers to party people – you will find the best night out at our annual event.

    “There will be loads of lederhosen, Oompah, real ales and our big beer hall, plus there will be all the ingredients for a brilliant day and evening out, with bands performing singalong favourites, our popular silent disco tent, carpool karaoke, delicious street food, and anyone who’s anyone will be there!

    “We are big advocates of independent, local businesses, so there won’t be any mainstream beer at Shropshire Oktoberfest, just the region’s best independent brewers.”

    Oktoberfest in Germany traditionally is held mid-late September, ending on the first Sunday of October. Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. 

    Beth adds, “If you haven’t been before you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how big the event is – there isn’t just one bar and a couple of beer options – we have huge marquees, stretching across the bottom of the Quarry, filled with local brewers serving hundreds of real ales, ciders, and lagers straight to our festival goers, plus our gin, wine, and cocktail bars.

    “Our Hopportunity Bar from CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) is always a big hit, selling their top picks and unusual choices, usually including vegan and gluten free options, which you just don’t get on tap normally. CAMRA will crown the best beer at the festival ‘Shropshire’s Choice’.

    “Don’t miss the county’s best party – we’ll see you there!”

    Tickets can be purchased from www.shropshireoktoberfest.co.uk.

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  • Kia Sportage
    10 Aug 2022

     

              Here’s a question for you: Which car brand do you think, this year to date, is the UK’s best-selling? Ford perhaps? What about Vauxhall? Hang on! Surely, it’s Volkswagen. Or is it Toyota?

     The answer is Kia.

        Without going too “Financial Times” on you. The first quarter of 2022 began with Kia’s rather successful January, in which they sold 10,504 cars; sales of another 3,795 followed in February. The new 22-plate change at the start of the March, and the launch of their all-new Sportage, continued Kia’s success. Kia’s sales in March grew by 58 per cent year-on-year, in a car market that declined by 14 per cent.

       Those sales across that first quarter were helped in no small measure by Sportage.  It was the best-selling Compact SUV, as well as being the third best-selling car of any make for both March and YTD, racking-up 4,563 and 8,697 sales respectively. Also, the out-going Sportage was Kia’s best-selling car worldwide and, the UK’s ninth most popular new car in 2021. Impressive! Kia, eh? That one-time Korean budget brand. Would have thought…

        Based on such things, not to mention the now fifth-generation Sportage’s altogether more striking new look – sharper creases that echo those of their all-electric EV6, funky boomerang LED daytime running lamps, and a distinctly more European and premium appearance overall - I thought it was high-time the Sportage and I got reacquainted.

         You do have to wonder if the reason the Sportage has sold so well is because Kia offer its prospective buyers so much choice. Petrol, Diesel, mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive; from a frugal(ish) 113 bhp to a swifter 226bhp, Kia offer them all, plus manual, automatic, and DCT gearboxes too. Then, of course, there are the different trim levels; the range starts at the entry-level ‘2’ and includes ‘GT-Line’, ‘3’, ‘and 4’ before topping-out with the fully-loaded ‘GT-Line S’. Prices start at £20,085 and rise to £34,765 - before you start adding options that is. Nevertheless, all Sportages get a rear-view camera plus front and rear parking sensors as standard, as well as automatic LED headlamps, auto wipers, and the now all-important Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

       “My” Sportage came in mid-range ‘3’ spec, and thus benefited from a larger 12.3in digital instrument cluster (‘2’ spec Sportages don’t get digital dials). Together with the faux-leather seats – heated both front and rear no less – the heated steering wheel, and the oodles of space, the brilliantly clear and logically laid out display certainly adds a very welcome new sense of sophistication. When the touch-sensitive panel beneath the screen isn’t performing air-con controlling duties, it also provides shortcuts, thus enabling you switch between sat-nav, radio and other functions. It really does all feel rather clever – even if some of the plastics lower down in the cabin don’t. Other nice cabin additions are 40/20/40 split folding and reclining rear seats, USB ports mounted in the rear of the electrically adjustable front seats, and proper metal (as opposed to metallised-looking plastic) door handles. Sometimes it’s the little things… Which also brings me to the question: Why Kia did you put the parking brake where I’d have put the Start button?

         Despite what its name and sharper styling suggest, the Sportage is set-up for comfort first, rather than anything… err… well… sporty. The steering is definitely on the light side and offers little of anything that could be considered as actual feel, and the ride has been set-up for long motorway cruises rather than B-road blasts. That said, the odd thump from rough road surfaces aside, refinement is excellent. Just don’t expect to be entertained.

        Perhaps part of that is down to the 1.6 litre turbo-charged petrol engine’s somewhat modest performance; 0-62 mph takes 9.9 seconds. Presumably the higher specced hybrids are more fleet of foot. The six-speed manual gearbox (you’ll need at least a ‘4’ spec Sportage to get an auto) has a pleasant shift action tough, and you should see the best part of 40mpg on a good run.

         So, the Sportage isn’t sporty. No real surprises there. What it is, is an even more well-judged and refined version of an already best-seller from a brand that continues to push itself ever more towards being – or at least feeling – premium. Quite whether the Kia badge will have the necessary kudos come trade-in time remains to be seen. Nevertheless, spec your Sportage wisely and you’ll find yourself in a very accomplished car.

       

     

     

    Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDi “3” MT F

     

    Engine: 1,598cc 4Cyl, 16V turbo-charged, petrol.

    Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive.

    Power:  148bhp @ 5,500pm

    Torque: 185lb-ft. @1,500 – 4,000 rpm

    0-62 MPH: 9.9 Sec

    Max Speed: 113 mph

    CO2: 154 g/km

    MPG: 41.5 (WLTP combined)

    Price: from £30,975 (on the road)

     

    Many thanks to Chloe and Niamh, at KIA’s UK press office for the loan of the Sportage

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    Liam Bird
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  • Former racehorse breeder launches new home care business
    15 Jul 2013

    A former Shropshire racehorse breeder has left her equestrian career to take the reins of a new bespoke home care company following the experience of caring for her maternal grandmother for the last two years of her life.

    Rachael Birchall developed such a passion for the role that she was inspired to set up a care company that could provide the kind of one-to-one care and companionship that she had been able to give her grandmother.
       
    She has established a franchise of Home Instead Senior Care, a national award-winning care provider, offering tailormade care and support services to older people living in Shrewbury, Ludlow, Oswestry and the surrounding rural areas.

    So far the company, based at Leaton Knolls, near Shrewsbury, has recruited over 20 caregivers and plans to recruit up to 150 over the next two years.

    “We differ from many other home care providers because we’re geared up to covering rural areas and we offer a flexible service which allows clients to get the help they want, exactly when they want it, no matter what time of the day,” said Rachael, who was a horse breeder for 20 years.

    “That help might range from personal non-medical care, chores around the home and doing the shopping, right through to looking after pets, cooking meals and accompanying clients on social visits.”

    After becoming a widow, Rachael’s 93-year-old grandmother moved into a flat nextdoor to her home on the family-run stud farm Helshaw Grange, at Tern Hill, near Market Drayton.

    “She was struggling to live on her own and had endured the indignity of poor home care, such as being left lying in a wet bed by care providers,” said Rachael.

    “In between my work with the horses, I was able to become her main carer. I helped her to get dressed and go to bed. I took her on visits to the shops and other outings. She was able to attend church, which she hadn’t done for some time and, for those last two years of her life, she enjoyed the love and interaction of her family around her.”

    Rachael chose to team up with Home Instead Senior Care because of its track record of high quality care and its values and ethos reflected those of her own.

    “Companionship is very important to us. We match one caregiver per client, so our carers always have the time for a proper chat and don’t have to dash off to the next appointment,” added Rachael.

    “Research shows that maintaining mental stimulation, social interaction and independent living in their own home not only enhances older people’s quality of life, it also prolongs their life.”

    Rachael, 41, was a racehorse breeder based at Helshaw Grange for nearly 20 years. She also achieved personal success as an event rider at Riding Club level. Her father, Alan Birchall, owned Saxon Farm, a race champion that came to national prominence in 1983 when he won the Daily Express Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

    The family also enjoyed a great deal of success with Accumulator, a top event horse that represented Great Britain and was short-listed for the Olympics until he was injured. The stud now leases its training facilities to the racehorse trainer Nicky Vaughan.

    Home Instead Senior Care was launched in 1994 by American couple Paul and Lori Hogan after they failed to find a suitable care provider for an elderly relative. The franchisor now has 1,000 branches throughout the world. It has 130 offices in the UK, including one based in Telford. Earlier this month the UK arm won the 2013 HSBC Franchisor of the Year Gold Award.
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    Michael
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  • First phase of £100,000 revamp at Shropshire's largest independent furniture store is unveiled.
    12 Apr 2013

    Staff at Shropshire’s largest independent furniture store has unveiled the first phase of its £100,000 refurbishment programme.

    Alan Ward in Shrewsbury completed the £10,000 revamp of its bed department as part of National Bed Month.

    Stores bosses said the investment was the first phase in a major £100,000 refurbishment at the flagship store on Ennerdale Road in Shrewsbury which will see several new departments open this summer.

    Organised by The Sleep Council, the awareness month which was held throughout March aimed to remind people why a sound sleep is good for their health.

    “This is an exciting development for all at Alan Ward as the refurbishment programme continues.

    “We wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to find their dream bed,” said Alan Ward department manager, Debbie Pitcher.

    “On average, we spend one third of our lives in bed so it is worth investing time and effort in making the best choice.

    “What better month to revamp the bed department than National Bed Month.”

    The make-over at the Ennerdale Road store included new carpets throughout, a new internal refit, the addition of several stunning room-size displays and, most importantly, expanding the bed range to include more than 60 divan beds and bed frames including leading brands like Sealy, Vi-Spring and Tempur.

    “We have the largest range of beds in Shropshire as well as five staff members with over 40 years experience in helping people choose their perfect bed so there will always be someone on hand to offer help and advice,” Mrs Pitcher said.

    “The investment of £10,000 is significant and has made the department look fantastic for our customers.”

    Mrs Pitcher added: “We understand that getting a good night’s sleep really relies on having the perfect bed for you which is one that is comfortable and supportive, not too firm and not too soft.

    “And because we carry such an extensive range of beds with anything from divan, TV beds, adjustable beds, bed frames and mattresses as well as headboards, it means that we can usually deliver in a matter of days,” she said.

    The store also offers a bespoke service to help people with specific needs.

    “The longest standard size mattress is six feet six inches long which isn’t long enough for many people and so we are often asked to supply specially long beds for very tall people.

    “We have also produced special size bed bases to fit inside antique bed surrounds and we can normally find a solution to most problems people come to us with,” said Mrs Pitcher.

    “This is a significant investment in one department alone but shows the commitment we are continuing to make to our flagship store here in Shrewsbury.

    “The bed department looks completely different and it has been well worth the wait,” she added.

    Mrs Pitcher said there are some key points to consider when shopping for a new bed, such as taking your time and trying more than one bed in the showroom to make sure you make the right choice.

    For more information and help on choosing a new bed, visit www.alanwardfurniture.co.uk, call 0800 130 3103 or email [email protected]

    To see the new revamp for yourself, visit the Shrewsbury store at Ennerdale Road.

    For more information on how to choose a good bed, visit The Sleep Council website at www.sleepcouncil.org.uk

    Editor
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  • Bingo Regulations UK
    18 Nov 2021

    Bingo, or Lotto, as it is sometimes known, is a family friendly game that has been bringing people together since the middle of the 1500’s. These days, there is an abundance of online UK casino’s, which have a strong focus towards bingo gaming. 

    The UK is at the nucleus of the online gambling industry, and so has a responsibility to implement laws which ensure safety and fairness throughout. These regulations involve bingo, so we are going to look into what all players should be aware of when gaming in the UK.

    The Responsibilities of the UKGC and the Roles it has

    The United Kingdom Gambling Commission has worked locally to implement licensing and regulation for both online and retail gambling operations, since September 2007. It regulates online lottery, sports betting, online casinos, and online poker. As well as licensing gambling operators, the commission has a responsibility to ensure safe and fair practice. The work it does is as follows:

    • Prevent illegal activity associated to gambling – License holders are asked by the UKGC to apply effective policies with the aim of avoiding as much illegal activity as possible. If the policies in place are insufficient, then the operator will be subject to punishment. Read review for more information.
    • The use of GAMSTOP – The UKGC will ensure that an operator offer products obtained only from licensed providers. Online bingo operators may not be registered to GAMSTOP and still provide games of high quality, but the UKGC works to ensure that consumers are not being deceived by non-GAMSTOP advertising.

    • Gambling License Delivery – Each gambling form requires a separate licensing, in the UK, and the UKGC provides operators with each type of license. There are 7 different licenses, as follows, Casino, Betting, Arcades, Gaming machines, Lotteries, Gambling software, and Bingo.

    The Regulations and Legislations for UK Bingo

    Bingo has a large following in both bingo halls, clubs, and online platforms. It is a game reliant on chance, and can be played either remotely or in a public premises. The law in the UK, states that bingo gaming can only be performed under licensed premises. Bingo is included in the Gaming Act of 1968, and 2005, where it regulates that the game must be based on three fundamentals:

    • The game is fair
    • There can be no illegal or criminal activity involved
    • Children and other vulnerable players must be protected by the operator

     Bingo also features in the Gaming Act 2014, where it rules that any platform conducting business involving UK based must be licensed through the UKGC. In addition, advertising laws must be adhered to, and they must follow tax laws.

    UKGC Whitelist

    There is a whitelist in the UK for rules regarding licensing and advertising. The countries listed below are permitted to provide services and operate in UK territory. These countries each have similar legislations to protect players, like the scheme whereby a player can self-exclude. The countries gambling commissions for are as follows:

    • EEA Countries
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Alderney
    • Isle of Man
    • Gibraltar
    • Tasmania

    Safety and Protection is Crucial for Sustaining the Industry

    Player safety should be at the forefront of all gambling operations, and bingo is no exception. The future of the industry relies heavily on safety and fairness, and that is why regulations are so important. Gambling in any form is for the purpose of entertainment, so any unfair or dangerous actions would put that in jeopardy.

    As a consumer, it is important that you know your rights, as you can then gauge what to expect from a gambling operator.

    The commission is working constantly to keep gambling activity legal, which will improve the experience for the player.

    Pete White
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  • Onshore vs. Offshore Bonds – The Pros and Cons
    20 Mar 2018

    When it comes to offshore bonds and investment opportunities, there remains a tremendous amount of scepticism. After all, these assets are often misunderstood within the wider community, due to the fact that they can be used to hide income and drive tax evasion.

    Despite this, offshore bonds remain a viable asset class for investors to pursue in the current climate, while there they also have similarities with onshore alternatives.

    In this post, we'll look at the similarities and differences between these two entities, and ask which is likely to offer the best returns in 2018.

    In simple terms, offshore bonds are assets that are issued from tax havens outside of the UK's jurisdiction. Prominent locations include Dublin, Luxembourg, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, while any income accrued through an offshore bond will not be subjected to taxation.

    Conversely, onshore bonds are issued from within the UK's borders and initially liable for the basic, corporate tax rate of 19%, along with capital gains after the deduction of indexation allowance.

    Interestingly, there are also a number of similarities between these two types of bonds, as switching between funds does not give rise to a personal liability tax. Similarly, 5% of the amount invested can be withdrawn tax deferred for a maximum of 20 years, with this allowance cumulative and capable of being rolled over for future use. This could lead to a large, lump sum withdrawal further down the line, and one that will not be immediately taxed.

    Both bonds are also easy to administer, and they're non-income producing assets. This makes them easy to administer, as there are no reporting requirements to HMRC until a chargeable event occurs.

    The Last Word – Onshore vs. Offshore Bonds in the Current Climate

    In this regard, there are more similarities between onshore and offshore bonds than initially meets the eye, with the tax benefits of the latter standing out as the most obvious. Still, with wealth management firms keen on optimising their margins and those of their clients, it's important to consider each option in the context of the current, economic climate.

    With this in mind, offshore bonds may represent the best option in the current climate. After all, the global economy is poised to grow at its fastest rate in seven years in 2018, while the UK will slump to its weakest expansion since the last recession. This makes it possible to pursue far greater gains abroad, while offshore bonds are also portable and particularly appealing for clients who may be planning to move or retire overseas.

    Offshore bonds also offer far greater flexibility and agility, while the accrued funds can be protected from future inheritance taxation. As a result, it's an excellent vehicle for building wealth and saving for long-term costs such as school fees or university costs.

    These considerations, along with the obvious tax benefits, help offshore bonds to stand out from the crowd in the current economic and financial climate.

    Pete White
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  • Marches LEP delighted by success of green scheme
    05 Aug 2022
    Energy Meter on home table

    The success of a pioneering project aimed at reducing carbon emissions and tackling fuel poverty should pave the way for similar projects across the region, the chief executive of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership said today.

    Rachel Laver says she is delighted that the Marches LEP-funded scheme – to install green energy systems into 68 existing homes and a further 11 new builds – has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

    The Wrekin Housing Group partnered with Telford-based renewable energy and battery specialists AceOn Group and electrical distributors BEW on the scheme which has been nominated for climate change retrofit project of the year at the Inside Housing Development Awards.

    The project has seen the installation of solar panels, inverters and 7kWh batteries to allow the homes to capture solar energy and then store it in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way for later use.

    Rachel said: “We’re delighted with the success of the project and hope that the pilot enables similar schemes to be delivered across the region.

    “It is a brilliant example of how we can become more energy independent while reducing fuel poverty and cutting carbon emissions.  This scheme alone is expected to lead to a 1,678,750 kWh reduction in energy consumption off the grid and a 720 tonne reduction in carbon dioxide over a 10-year period.

    “We see this very much as a signal of our intention to establish the Marches as an innovative low carbon area. The LEP is focussed on helping bring pioneering new ways of meeting Net Zero to market and ensuring we benefit from the new jobs and opportunities that new technology will bring.

    “That is why we have recently launched our £4million Energy Fund, to help fast-track into production some of the incredible work going on across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to combat climate change.”

    The Wrekin Housing Group said some of its tenants had seen monthly bills cut by as much as 75 per cent as a result of the project, which received £1million from the LEP through the Getting Building Fund.

    The project has also established a new national training programme to upskill the existing workforce and train apprentices in battery storage installation, with Telford College becoming the first college in the country to pilot and roll out the training.

    Rachel added: “It is particularly pleasing to see that these training courses are selling out and that our investment in this project will be repaid over and over again as these new skills are put to use by a new generation of specialists in the coming years.

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  • Who is going to be top dog for Halloween?
    03 Nov 2014

    Eat, drink and be scary with Maynard's Farm Haute Dogs

    All treats (and no tricks)

    Diners will be getting in the spirit of Halloween at a foodie evening that's sure to go with a bang, thanks to a top Shropshire producer and restaurant. Award-winning, artisan pork specialist, Maynard's Farm is launching its new Hickory Smoked Hotdog or ‘Haute Dog’ at Eat Up, in Shrewsbury, this Halloween.

    The Haute Dog, created by Maynard’s Farm’s Rob Cunningham, is already a sizzling success, having earned a Gold medal at a prestigious industry award. Now Rob and his team, are giving Halloween revellers the opportunity to try their brand new ‘designer’ hotdogs.

    Shrewsbury's Eat Up restaurant, in Milk Street, is holding a Gourmet Hot Dog evening on October 31st, serving Maynard's Farm award-winning Hickory Smoked Haute Dogs and other sizzling sausages. These will be served with home-made sauces, relishes, wedges and an artisan roll provided by Swift’s the bakers from Ludlow. The night, which starts at 5pm, also promises some seriously scary cocktails.

    Locals’ unable to attend  Eat Up’s Halloween event will still be able to enjoy this latest recipe as they will also be available through local retailers in the run up to British Sausage Week from 3-9th November.

    Haunting flavours

    The casual dining trend in restaurants and bars throughout the country has seen the unstoppable rise of gourmet burgers and hot dogs. Maynard's Farm's latest sausage creation proves that fast food doesn't have to skimp on quality or flavour.  Their Haute Dog is created using 70% shoulder pork that is finely ground to give it the correct consistency. The sausages are then gently infused with the distinctive hickory flavour in the farm's traditional on-site smoke house.

    Winter warmers

    Maynards Farm continues to support the charity Action Against Hunger, this time helping with a fundraiser at Taste of London Winter.The event which runs from 20th-23rd November will see five top chefs each design a gourmet hotdog, using Maynard's Farm Haute Dog sausages.

    The star chef line-up includes Michelin-starred chefs Jason Atherton and Alfred Prasad, as well as TV chef Valentine Warner and restaurateur José Pizarro.

    Catherine Davis, Corporate Partnership Manager, Action Against Hunger comments; “We are delighted to work with Maynard’s Farm at Taste of London Winter for our 5 Star Haute Dog. They have been great Action Against Hunger supporters for a number of our events and we couldn’t be more excited to serve their delicious hotdogs.”

    Festive Ham available at ‘Best Department Store in the World’

    Lastly, if you’re heading to London to do some Christmas shopping this year then Maynard’s Farm award winning Treacle Ham will be available in Selfridges Food Hall from Thursday 20th November. The iconic Oxford Street  store has been voted "Best Department Store in the World"  by Global Department Store Summits in 2010, 2012 and  2014.

    Adrian Boswell, Cheese & Deli Buyer for Selfridges comments; Maynard's Farm Treacle Ham is set to become a seasonal favourite at Selfridges. We take great pride in sourcing our festive food from the best producers and are delighted to stock a British artisan ham with provenance and a fantastic flavour.

    The Maynard’s Farm team are delighted to have had such a successful and busy year. Rob comments: “2014 has been marvellous and we are ending the year on an absolute high. Our Hickory Smoked Haute Dog has already been awarded a Gold medal and so we’re really looking forward to seeing customers’ reaction at Eat Up’s Halloween Hot Dog Supper. It’s always rewarding developing relationships with people who share our passion for excellent produce - Brian at Eat Up is a super advocate for local producers such as ourselves. The icing on the cake has been securing a presence both in Selfridges and helping provide thousands of sausages for Action Against Hunger's fundraiser at Taste of London Winter. When five celebrity chefs are using your products it makes all the hard work worthwhile."

    Pete White
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  • Cautious welcome to Budget from Q
    27 Oct 2021
    Steve Parry

    Leading commercial finance company Q Financial Services gave a cautious welcome to today’s autumn Budget – but said that the devil would lie in the details of the Chancellor’s speech.

    Q – which has offices in Wellington and Shrewsbury – said it was encouraged by moves to boost the construction sector, improve regional transport and develop skills and training.

    But it said the Chancellor could have gone further in creating an efficient tax system which would allow businesses the confidence to invest in their own growth and meet the climate emergency challenge.

    Q director Steve Parry said: “We very much welcome the Chancellor’s £3.8billion plans to invest in education, skills and training and boost housing construction on brownfield sites with a £1.8billion investment. The investment in regional transport improvements will also help our region compete on a level playing field with the South East.

    “We are also pleased to hear that the review of business rates is now moving forward, with a move to a three-year valuation cycle and overall cuts in the tax take of some £7billion.

    “But we will have to study the detail of the proposals in some depth to see exactly what they will mean for many of our clients.  

    “The Chancellor has outlined some measures to help businesses further in relation to Covid and that is also to be welcomed. But we will have to now study the fine print behind some of the announcements to see just how effective they will be.

    “As ever with the Budget, the devil will lie in the detail and the full picture of what the Chancellor has announced today will only begin to emerge in the coming days and weeks.”

    Q offers a full range of services including commercial finance support, mortgage and protection planning and financial planning across Shropshire and the West Midlands.

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  • Christmas hampers boost for Shrewsbury families
    22 Dec 2014

    Generous members and staff of a popular Shropshire health and fitness club are spreading Christmas joy by helping ensure that less fortunate families in Shrewsbury enjoy a fabulous festive feast.

    The Shrewsbury Club, on Sundorne Road, asked its members for a third successive year to donate towards hampers which will be distributed to families around the town most in need under the guidance of the Shrewsbury Food Bank run by Barnabas Community Church and also Social Services.
    The Shrewsbury Club, recognising the importance of contributing to the overall wellbeing of the local community, enlisted the help of the local branch of Tesco, on Battlefield Road, who readily agreed to put the hampers together and deliver them.
    The hampers contain everything families need to enjoy a Christmas lunch which otherwise they would struggle to afford.  

    Mark Reynolds, regional manager for Mosaic Spa and Health Clubs, the owners of The Shrewsbury Club, said: "We believe in supporting local charities whenever possible so we are pleased that during this festive season our members, ourselves and Tesco have been able to help some less fortunate families have a lovely Christmas lunch.

    "It is one of the most important family meals of the year and should be a time of celebration, not worry.

    "We hope the donation of hampers will allow some local families to have a happier Christmas Day. We would like to thank our members for their generous donations and also Tesco for their support."

    Dan Edwards, customer service manager at the Shrewsbury branch of Tesco, said they were delighted to lend a helping hand.

    He added: "We were honoured to help The Shrewsbury Club with such a worthy cause. We just hope the hampers help the families enjoy the Christmas period that bit more."

    Pete White
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  • The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
    12 Jun 2013

    A Nearly New Children's Table Top Sale to raise funds for the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital’s Neonatal Unit is being held later this month.

    The event will take place at The Grove School in Market Drayton on 22 June 2013, from 10am until noon. People are asked to make a 50p donation to the Neonatal Unit on entry.

    It is the latest of a series of events that have been organised by Tanya Grey and Nicola Hughes, both of Market Drayton, to raise money for the specialist unit at the hospital.

    Tables are available to sellers on a first come first served basis and for more information contact Tanya on 07734 902892 or Nicola on 07824 885922.

    Michael
    http://www.loveshrewsbury.com/node/1442
  • Bright young brains unveil their business ideas
    24 Jan 2013

    TOMORROW’S brightest young business brains will descend on the Darwin Shopping Centre on Saturday (Jan 26).

    It will be one of the biggest ever Young Enterprise Fairs seen in Shrewsbury with 29 newly formed companies promoting their products and vying for a place in a national final.

    The competition is organised by Young Enterprise, an education and business charity that runs a suite of programmes designed to initiate young people into the world of business.

    The Darwin Centre hosts the event on Saturday (Jan 26) and again on March 2.

    It will be a chance for the young entrepreneurs to experience meeting the general public, as they promote their products and services and present their companies as part of the Young Enterprise Company and Team Programmes.

    Kevin Lockwood, Manager of the Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside Shopping Centres, said: “We are delighted to host this event which really encourages a spirit of entrepreneurship among young people.

    “I’m sure many of them will build successful careers in retail and may well return to work here at the centres in Shrewsbury, perhaps running their own businesses from the units here.”

    Companies on show include Tick Tock, one of two set up by the girls from Shrewsbury High School, an innovative scheme to manufacture clocks using recycled vinyl records, and other materials.

    The school’s head of economics and business Marion Rumble (corr) said: “They make clocks from vinyl records and wooden clocks with Union Jack and maps designs. They have already been out selling on market stalls in Shrewsbury and other trade fairs.

     

     

    “Our other company Luna up-cycles glass ware such as jam jars, making them into candle holders.

    “The school has been involved in young enterprise companies for many years. It helps students network, make contacts, gives them a reality check, teaches them life skills about how to co-operate with others – some find it a shock to disagree with others and to have to negotiate.

    “It’s a really good thing to have on your university application. I meet with the girls once a week, but they are very pro-active and put in hours by themselves, producing and making and procuring materials.

    “They have to produce monthly accounts and sell shares and are even expected to pay corporate taxes. It costs about £1,500 to set up a company, which is a lot of money so the girls and their parents will want to see some return on the investment. Being at the Darwin is like a market stall for them and a chance to meet the public and they will be judged at one of the fairs on how they cope.”

    Company managing director is 16- year-old Year 12 student Millie Ward. She said: “It’s very, very time consuming but very rewarding. In the last few weeks we have all started our A levels and it’s difficult, you have to be on top of your time management.

    “You mainly acquire life experiences. It’s been very interesting and we enjoy it a lot. We have gained a lot of skills and we know how to run a business.

    “We have two clock ranges, those made from old vinyl records and wooden ones ranging, in price from £7.99 to £15.99. At one trade fair in school we made a few hundred pounds at another it was more like one hundred. It varies from place to place,” said Millie, who is boss of the 13-strong company.

    She hopes to go to university to study psychology, angles particularly towards business and marketing.

    Tim Barker, YE Shropshire manager, said: “Students will be judged by their approach to the general public, their products and their attitude.”

    The county-wide competition is part of an international event and is the first rung on the ladder of a potential roller-coaster of a ride for budding business people.

    David Barker, YE Regional Manager, said: “Winners of the Shropshire event will represent the county at the West Midlands Finals with the hope of progressing to the UK Finals held in London, and the JA-YE European Competition.

    “Each year more and more young people are taking part in this competition. Last year, for example, 19 companies took part, this year we have 29”.

    Young Enterprise programmes are delivered by business volunteers, supported by the YE-Shropshire team who operate out of offices in Harlescott Barns, Shrewsbury.

    Details of how to become involved with Young Enterprise can be obtained by phoning Tim Barker on 01743 464 270 or from the YE website: www.young-enterprise.org.uk

    By the end of May each County’s overall winning company will submit its company report for the Regional Finals, which are held in June across the UK. The winning company in each region is invited to take part in the UK Final in July with the winning company representing the UK in the JA-YE Europe Company of the Year competition.

     

     

    Caption: Students from Shrewsbury High school witht he products they have made for their Youth Enterprise project and will be appearing at a trade show at the Darwin Centre this weekend. Managing Director Millie Ward with the rest of her team, Grace James, Lucy Greatorex, Ellie Balderson, Holly Bishton, Miho Sugiyama, Annabelle Beaman, Emma Benge, Beth Dawson, Dommy Goddard, Charli Armstrong and Posey Mehta

     

     

    Michael
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  • Severnside raise money for Hope House
    05 Feb 2014

    Staff and residents at Severnside Housing raised money during December and January for Hope House – donating a fantastic £188.50.

    Hope House Children’s Hospices provide specialist nursing care and support to life-limited children, young people and young adults from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

    Severnside office staff raised money by holding a number of raffles and a guess the name of the cuddly rabbit, who was aptly named Peter!  Staff also donated money to write Christmas wishes to each other on baubles hung on the office Christmas tree.

    Severnside residents living at Cross Hill Court, Moston Green and Greenacres Sheltered Housing Schemes raised money by taking part in an Inter-scheme Quiz, using Skype to see and speak to each other.  Each scheme had a quiz master and residents had great fun battling it out over a number of general knowledge rounds.

    Vanessa Thomas from Hope House who recently visited Severnside’s offices to collect the donation and thank everyone involved said “In the current challenging financial climate we are totally reliant on our regular supporters for donations to keep the doors of Hope House open and our services running.  Severnside has been supporting us for many years, their help is so appreciated by everyone at Hope House and we can’t thank them enough.”

    Pete White
    http://www.loveshrewsbury.com/node/10073
  • Exclusive business courses on offer at Shrewsbury College
    01 Jul 2013

    Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology has been announced as the first FE College in Shropshire to achieve accreditation from the Association of Business Executives (ABE).

    The new status means that the College are able to deliver a range of new courses in multiple management disciplines from September 2013.

    “We are the first college in the county to be approved to deliver Level 4 and Level 5 ABE qualifications,” explained Assistant Principal at the College, Catherine Armstrong. “Students will have the opportunity to study a variety of themes including Marketing, Human Resources and Tourism. In 2014/15 we will expand the offer to include Level 6 and Level 7 options, which can help fast-track students at university.”

    The courses will be housed in a new Business Centre at the College’s London Road campus, where students can study in a professional working environment.

    “Whether you’re employed or looking for work, the ABE provides flexible professional business qualifications that help you gain the necessary skills to tackle work projects and situations more effectively,” said Mrs Armstrong. “This in turn gives you the potential to earn promotion within your organisation or a platform from which to progress onto a Bachelors, Masters or MBA degree course around the world.”

    “There’s never been a better time to have marketable skills,” Mrs Armstrong concluded. “ABE qualifications allow you to get ahead of the competition and in an increasingly competitive job market, it is essential that you give yourself every chance to succeed.”

    Changes to funding mean that some students will be eligible to study an ABE course for free. For more information, please call the Shrewsbury College Course Information Team on 01743 342342. Alternatively, prospective students can drop-in at the College’s next Advice Event on Wednesday 10 July. Staff will be on hand between 5-7pm to offer advice and guidance.

    Pete White
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  • Shrewsbury’s original and most popular night club venue will re-open next week as Trade following a £100k re-fit
    21 Nov 2014

    Formally known as Tiffinys, The Fridge, Park Lane, Liberty's, Liquid & Diva and most recently, Onyx and Blu, which closed over a year ago, the venues at Raven Meadows Shrewsbury have been through many names changes but their function as the town’s most active nightclubs over the last 30 years has remained the same.

    The venues originally closed due to a planned re-development of the Riverside Shopping Mall, but due to re-analysis and delays with the project, a window for new social projects and shops to occupy the empty space has opened up. The re-opening of the nightspots is set to create more than 50 full and part time jobs and support at network of thousands of people.

    The venues have been named Trade and Niche, with Trade - the larger of the two venues featuring four rooms, opening Friday, November 28.

    Under new management, a Community Interest Company (CIC) has been established called The Shrewsbury Arts and Communities Collective. The CIC will focus on what has been popular in the past and combine the new image with new ideas and experiences, including a focus on social enterprises.

    Club Manager, Dene Edwards said: “What is set to be unique and exciting about Trade and Niche, is the social mission we have set out to achieve during the daytime. The project will offer up a space for community groups and musicians alike to meet, work and rehearse.

    “A wealth of groups are also collaborating in this project, including many charities and major events such as Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival, which has brought a wealth of artists to the town including Tinie Tempah, The 1975, Zane Lowe, Maximo Park, The Charlatans, Faithless and the venue itself has hosted historic artists such as The Stone Roses.

    Trade is and inviting all over 18's to come and celebrate its opening with a bubbly reception on Friday. It will be open from 8.30pm for invited guests and to the public from 10pm with free entry before 11pm and normal opening on Saturday 29.

    Niche, the sister venue, will open up at later date yet to be announced and will provide a space for more 'genre free' musical events such as live bands and 'niche' music projects.

    Mr Edwards added: “We are really excited by this project. In the evening we are providing a re-invented vision of the traditional nightclubbing experience with a few new concepts put in for good measure.

    “But what is truly great about this project is that the nightclub in the evening will help fund social enterprises in the day, which should not only help nurture the local creative scene but also provide a space and opportunity for many outlets and community groups to collaborate in a networked environment.

    “We have already invited in local artist Tasha Dale to create some original artwork for Trade – which has of course undergone a total image overhaul, and many more projects such as this are planned.

    “A few surprises are planned for Trade’s official opening which will offer a broad musical palette catering for tastes across the board across the rooms.”

    For more information on working at Trade and Niche, collaborating as a promoter or community group or to guarantee your space at the grand opening of the nightclub on November 28, visit www.tradeandniche.com

    Pete White
    http://www.loveshrewsbury.com/node/11007
  • Low-Key Workouts Anyone Can Do
    22 May 2020

    The summer is an energetic time of year with people out riding men's bike or womens hybrid bikes and playing around on beaches. The increase in activity often gets people thinking about healthy living and positive lifestyle changes. One of the healthiest decisions someone can make is including exercise in their daily routine. Unfortunately, not everyone can hulk it out in a gym or run marathons, so what can you do? The answer is to implement low-key exercises to help motivate you. There are at least seven exercises and workouts you can do that are fun, relaxing and easy to implement.

    1. Cycling

    Biking is one of the best exercises for the spring, summer and fall. Not only is cycling a low impact exercise, but it also gets you out in the world, enjoying the fresh air and possibly socializing. There are several options in bikes for women and men that can benefit any rider. Seniors may do well with trikes or recumbent bikes, while younger, more adventurous people may want to explore trails on a mountain bike.

    2. Walking

    Walking is likely the most underrated activity. Not only is walking more comfortable than running, but it also is lower impact, meaning reduced risks of joint or knee injuries. While running burns twice as many calories in the same timeframe, people can walk longer and farther because they are less winded.

    3. Skating

    While ice skating is an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise, that is not the type of skating referenced here. It's time to get back to your roller rink days. Lace up your favorite roller skates or blades and go out on your favorite paved trail. Skating uses a lot of the same muscles as running, but the impact against the pavement is not as strong, making it the perfect low-key workout for summer exploring.

    4. Swimming

    People with arthritis, joint pain or other injuries that prevent them from regular workouts can benefit from a little extra pool time. Swimming is an excellent full-body workout, requiring focus, breath control and form. Thankfully, almost anyone can learn to swim and enjoy this summertime essential.

    5. Tai Chi

    Tai Chi is a Chinese tradition and is based on breath control and slow movements. Participants in this exercise describe reduced anxiety and cognitive benefits beyond physical gains. However, the martial art is fantastic for people who struggle with balance and flexibility.

    6. Yoga

    Yoga is an ancient Indian philosophy that has gained popularity and notoriety of the last several decades. This low-key workout is focused on the mind, body and soul, with many exercises bordering on meditation. Like Tai Chi, it is useful in establishing greater balance and flexibility.

    7. Water Aerobics

    Like swimming, water aerobics is a pool exercise regimen. However, instead of focusing on swimming, participants use weights and body movements to improve tonality and balance. The water exercises also allow for minimal joint pain.

    Starting an exercise routine this summer does not have to be challenging. If you want to get healthier, choose one of the low-key workouts above. However, if you also want to enjoy the sun and fresh air, choose cycling. Head over to a local bike shop and take a bicycle for a test ride.

    Pete White
    http://www.loveshrewsbury.com/node/16472
  • Q welcomes new partner Dan Harris
    02 Aug 2022

    A leading financial services group has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new partner. 

    Dan Harris steps up from his former role as senior mortgage and protection adviser at Shropshire-based Q Financial Services, just two years after joining the company. 

    Q director Mitch Gough said he was delighted with the appointment, which he said reflected the key role Dan had played with the group since joining as a mortgage adviser in 2020. 

    “I have known Dan for many years and he brings huge energy and passion to everything that he does. He has made a huge impression at Q over the past two years and we are delighted to be able to offer him this senior role. 

    “Mortgage and protection is a key part of our business and under Dan’s leadership I look forward to continued success over the coming years.” 

    Dan, who has 13 years’ experience in the financial sector, said he was thrilled to be taking up the new role at Q, which has offices in Wellington and Telford. 

    “I started my first business at the age of ten, washing cars with a school friend, and have been passionate about the world of business ever since. At 14 I set up a children’s DJ and party company, and then a mobile bar for weddings and events at 18, so you could say I have always been business minded. 

    “I love the way Q do business – always working to get the best results for our clients and putting them at the heart of everything we do – and am hugely honoured to have been offered this promotion. 

    “I want to work to establish Q as one of the largest financial firms in the Midlands – with the best reputation for client satisfaction.” 

    Outside of work Dan is married to Abi. The couple have a daughter Ariella and a son on the way in November. He is a Leeds supporter and rugby player. 

    contrib
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  • We're off to see The Wizard!
    23 Mar 2022

    The Wizard Of Oz

    Theatre Severn

    23rd March-26th March (Matinee on 26th see brochure)

    One of the biggest projects that an amateur theatre company can take on must be The Wizard Of Oz; not only did the Shrewsbury Musical Theatre Company take it on, they owned it.

    With a cast of 49 the stage was filled with people enjoying themselves and their performance, as was the audience that gathered tonight at the theatre ready for a voyage to anywhere. Heaven knows it’s a pretty cruel world at the moment and to escape into pure joy for a couple of hours has to be something on everyone’s list. Well, the SMTC provided that tonight.

    I shall deal first with the first night gremlins. Perhaps sound engineers; a little sharper on the microphone before the speaking starts will tighten things up. It was only a little thing but a couple of lines were lost. Also there is a need to be slightly mindful of the natural volume of the orchestra and raise the volume of the singers to peak just above the full sound of the music. Occasionally this didn’t happen and the songs were lost.

    Although it is fun to watch this show and fun to be in it, perhaps the man with the hearty laughter sat in the wings might keep his laughter down to a chortle. Any illusion being created on front of the stage can be shattered instantly if there is a hint of backstage activity. Mind you, you can’t blame him for laughing there are some great moments in this bag of fun.

    The lighting was great and no cues were missed it’s a complicated job and it was done well. One can only imagine the size of the technical script. It was handled beautifully.

    As for the show, it was great. A really good family affair. The children loved it and the little girl sat in front of this reviewer, dressed as Dorothy stole everyone’s heart. It also showed just how excited the children are about this show.

    Tika the dog playing Toto was another little jewel. When he decided to accompany Dorothy in her first big number, “Over The Rainbow,” it was probably unrehearsed but utterly charming. If the dog wants to sing, you got to let it, It really added something.

    This show is a shared experience, the audience want it to succeed as do the cast. The question is does it? The answer is a resounding yes. With a cast of 49 and a dog, one is hard pushed to mention the too many names but the principals were well cast and really did a proper job.

    The Wicked Witch , Jayne Garner, was played frighteningly well and had the children scared in their seats relieved only by the kindness of the good witch played by a beautiful singer named Elly Clark. Professor Marvel or the Wizard of Oz Andrew Murray was great too. He found the level of comedy and mystery that the part offers and he grabbed it and did a fine job.

    The accents, I don’t know quite how a Kansas accent sounds for real,  but the whole cast made a superb job of convincing one that it sounds just as it did. Playing an accented part adds yet another dimension to the actors already full palette, however all rose to that challenge and the accents were good and solid.

    One believes the Director and Choreographer, Benjamin Connor is to be especially commended, one must need such a mercurial brain to constantly see the big picture when each move, each nuance is a mere pixel of the full thing. Its knowing where those pixels go to make the picture, enough of the analogy, just needless to say Benjamin did a great job. What radiated from the stage was a happy and confident cast. That is the work of a good director. Lorna Parker also did a great job as Musical Director. The live music adds so much to a show, tonight we saw children, some for the first time, seeing just how magical a theatre can be when it is worked well. Every inch of space counts, every fly, every effect, everything working together is what live theatre is all about this was caught so well by this cast.

    Obviously there can’t be an Oz without Dorothy and Aimee Sellars sure owned her part. One was never aware of her not being on stage. It’s a huge ask for young shoulders especially with such big famous songs. Well done Aimee, you nailed them all. It was a great performance and there really wasn’t anytime when the plot was brought into disrepute by lack of ability. There was acres of talent in all the players, Aimee owns one or two of those acres herself.

    Strawman, Tin Man and Lion were also played so well with their poor conditions, no brain, no heart and no courage respectively. Well done to David Sudlow, Dan Wrench and Scott Sutherland for creating and maintain their characters.

    The Munchkins were adorable and such a clever and talented troupe at such an early age is hard to find. We have it here in spades.

    There was some very professional work in this show, the days of amateur being a by-word for not brilliant, are gone! Shrewsbury is lucky to have this company in their midst turning out top notch entertainment. All in all, a cracking night out. I would have said a wizard of a night, but this reviewer isn’t a big fan of puns!

    This is a Four Star Review.

    Owen J.Lewis

     

    Owen Lewis
    http://www.loveshrewsbury.com/node/17531
  • Twingo Twingo little star
    02 Oct 2012

    It’s difficult not to have an affinity for Renault’s Twingo. The original slightly wedged shaped, bug-eyed, left-hand-drive-only version was rarely seen this side of the channel and as such was something you used to associate with European travel.

    Next came the Mark II Clio based car of 2007. Significantly stronger and all together more attractive, if paradoxically, less distinctive than the car it replaced, the second generation Twingo not only became available with the steering wheel on the correct side but is also gave rise to the near rigidly suspended, franticly fast and thoroughly entertaining Renaultsport 133. I once scared myself,and a particularly important passenger, half to death in one of those – but that’s a completely different story.

    Since then both I and the Twingo have matured a little. So much so that Renault decided late last year that it was time to give their little runabout a facelift. The Twingo now sports new rear light clusters and a completely new nose. Gone are the cutesy toy-town looks that defined the previous car. Instead the latest Twingo has been treated to a blacked-out grille, some prominent oversized badging and not one, but two sets of lights. The combined fog-lamp and indicator units have helped to not only give the Twingo its own “face”, but also contributed, together with some funky new colours, to a much more modern and dare I say it, chic appearance.

    Mechanically things have remained the same. There’s only one choice of engine to accompany those external revisions: All 1,149cc, 16valves and 74bhp of it! But let’s not be too unfair. It might not get you anywhere particularly quickly, and it has to be said, it does make a bit of din when it’s worked hard, but the upsides are a combined MPG of 55, a punchy eagerness around town, and it feeling that it’s happy to cruise at the legal limit all day long.  The steering is light, if a little lacking in feedback, the gear-change is smooth and accurate, and the Twingo’s tiny size and excellent all-round visibility means it’s a doddle to thread through traffic.

    Once out in the open the ride is pretty good. Poorer surfaces do mean things suffer a little bit and there’s a fair amount of body roll through the twisty bits too. But ultimately long distances are not what this car was built for; in the city car it works just fine.

    Swing open one of the Twingo’s long doors and it soon becomes apparent that Renault may have given the outside a fresh new look but inside things remains the same. Swathes of hard and un-forgiving looking, grey plastics cover everything from the doors to the dashboard. A single centrally mounted pod houses a cheap looking combined digital speedo and fuel gauge, and…. Well that’s about it. You do get a CD player with MP3 connectivity and individual rear seats that slide fore and aft to increase either boot space or rear passenger room. Plus there’s driver and passenger side airbags that help give a 4 star Euro Ncap star rating and Bluetooth too; you’ll have to turn the steering wheel to the left to find the controls though, there are completely obscured by its spokes. Comfort wise it’s not bad but calling the Twingo’s interior plush is stretching the imagination a little too far.

    Thanks to its facelift the Twingo, on the surface at least, now looks better than ever. And a four year, 100,000 mile warranty makes it pretty appealing too. However more modern city car offerings from the likes of VW, Skoda, and SEAT offer better packaging,  more technology, and smoother, cleaner engines, meaning that sadly the Twingo is beginning to feel its age.

    For little more than £10,000 you could take a Twingo home. If you do though, you’ll always have that nagging feeling you that could spent your future with a younger model instead.

    Renaultsport Twingo 1.2 Dynamique

    Engine: 1,149cc 4cylinder, 16Valve
    Transmission: 5 speed manual, front wheel drive.
    Power: 74 bhp @5500rpm
    Torque: 79lb ft @4250rpm
    0-62MPH: 12.3 Sec
    Max Speed: 105mph
    MPG: 55.4 (combined)
    CO2: 119g/km
    Price: from £10,350 (car driven £11,485)

    Many thanks Renault’s UK Press Office for the loan of their Twingo.

    www.liam-bird.com

    @bird_liam

    Liam Bird
    http://www.loveshrewsbury.com/node/492
  • Award winning recruiter celebrates 16 years assisting Shropshire jobseekers and employers
    08 Oct 2019

    Red Recruitment, one of Shropshire’s leading independent recruitment agencies based in Shrewsbury has much cause for celebration as it marks its 16th year in business.

    Rob Griffiths, Director of Red Recruitment, explained: “Red Recruitment launched in 2003 with the vision of providing a local, personable service to individuals and employers across the region, and that’s something we hold on to firmly and something that still makes us proud to deliver”

    “The exceptional quality of the service we provide is our priority and something we are proud to consistently maintain. Like many businesses we have also had to innovate to counter-act any wider economic and political challenges”

    “It’s been a great sixteen years in business so far, and we’re looking forward to many more years to come. We’d like to thank all of our clients, past and present, for the support they’ve shown us as a business and we look forward to sharing more exciting news, and details of our latest plans in the near future.”  

    Established in 2003, Red Recruitment has grown to supply employers from a wide range of industries and geographical areas to recently becoming proud signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant.

    Red Recruitment is a Shropshire-based consultancy specialising in the supply of permanent, contract and temporary staff across a range of sectors including executive, PA/secretarial, finance, HR, legal, IT and marketing.

    Led by a team of highly-experienced and REC qualified consultants, Red Recruitment ensures that it meets the precise needs of both candidates and businesses across the county and beyond.

    contrib
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