Poynton in Business News
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Jelly Café | NatWest Bank will Close | PACE Awards | Anson 5 Star Attraction Again! | Davenport Golf Club's Hadrian Hoofers | Spanish children visit Poynton | Poynton Friend's Fashion Show for Headway | Budget News | David Rutley visits PIB Meeting
Calling all Poynton people who work from home. The Jelly Café offers a chance for freelancers, home workers and small business owners to get away from their desk for a few hours and work alongside other supportive local businesses in a different setting, where you might also be able exchange help and advice or even come up with a new idea to collaborate on.
Hosted by a member of Poynton In Business in partnership with the Council, you can drop-in anytime between 9am and 12.30pm at the Civic Hall, charge is £3. There's light refreshments, FREE WiFi and parking.
MEETINGS: Last Thursday of each month.
For more info, please email Liz Osborn at Poynton Town Council: Liz.Osborn@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk
We are delighted to announce that the Anson have once again received a 5/5 rating, Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. These are given for consistently achieving outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor. Everyone at the museum is thrilled and sends their thanks to everyone who has taken the time to leave comments on the website about their visit.
There's more to the Museum than a fantastic selection of engines small and very large. In the local history section you can see a giant model of Poynton and on certains days (see the museum website) you'll see demonstrations by blacksmiths at the forge and wood turners/bodging at their lathes at the craft centre. You can also take a break for refreshments in the café or browse the shop.
Watch a video showing engines in motion, the craft centre and the giant model of Poynton.
Discover who won the awards on our P.A.C.E. 2015 Winners Page
On Tuesday 19th May an intrepid group of Davenport Golf Club members started their walk of Hadrian’s Wall in support of the Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, the Golf Club’s Charity this year.
The eleven members of the Club’s Hadrian’s Hoofers, as they have called themselves, are walking from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. The 84 mile walk will take them along the route of the famous Hadrian’s Wall built in AD 122 for the Emperor Hadrian.
They will have 8 days of hard walking, sometimes as many as 15 miles in a day. In preparation, they have been in serious training come rain and shine, even snow. You may have seen them around and about the Poynton area using their Nordic poles.
The Hoofers are excited about their trip, they say “It’ll be hard work but fun, and it’s for a great cause”.
If you would like to support us our charity website is www.justgiving.com/captainscharity2015 or via your mobile just text HOOF84 with your amount and send to 70070.
Spanish Visitors enjoy the Home to Home experience!
During the last week of April, Home to Home’s new Poynton English Centre welcomed its first group of young Spanish visitors. They enjoyed a five day programme of activities around Poynton and visits to nearby places of interest – and were kind enough to bring the sunshine with them! A great attraction of the programme is the opportunity for the students to stay with local families (who receive a payment for hosting) which can be a great experience for both.
Further visits are scheduled in the coming months and hosts are always welcome to join the team – further information about what’s involved and how to earn some extra income in the process is available from: email@example.com or 07801 910004 (or see facebook.com/poynton.english.centre)
Poynton youngsters put on a show for charity Headway
Two young friends from Poynton put their best feet forward for a fashion event to help a local charity shop launch its new clothing range in the run up to prom season and Action for Brain Injury Week (18-22 May).
Wilmslow High School student Jessica Waller, 16, and Chloe Watkins, 21, modelled a variety of evening dresses for the launch party at the Headway charity shop on Park Lane, which saw volunteers and customers come together for an afternoon of glamour.
The themed event was organised by Headway, a charity that supports people affected by brain injury, after shop volunteers spent months collecting a total of 90 donations of prom, bridesmaid and cocktail dresses.
Chloe Watkins, who works as a nursery nurse in Handforth, said: "Jessica and I thoroughly enjoyed the buzz of the evening. "The aim of the launch was to attract younger people to the shop, both in terms of customers and volunteers, and it was a real confidence boost trying on the different high quality outfits that are on offer at the shop."
Mayor of Poynton, Rebecca Horseman, who has become a regular visitor at the Headway shop since it opened in January, also turned out to show her support of the charity at the fashion event.
Shop Manager and Chloe's mother, Sue Watkins, said: "Chloe and Jessica both did a fantastic job modelling our new array of generous donations.
"We have had a phenomenal response to our evening wear appeal, including everything from stunning gowns to men's tuxedoes. The icing on the cake would be for someone to donate a wedding dress for us to sell and display in the shop window.
"Brain injury can devastate every area of a person's daily life, and we rely heavily upon the continued support of our volunteers, customers and generous donors to keep the shop running.
"Whether you are a survivor of brain injury, know someone who has been affected by brain injury or just want to support a good cause in your free time – everyone is welcome to come along and find out more about Headway.
For more information about how to donate or volunteer, please call Sue Watkins on 01625 877 978 or visit the Headway charity shop at 19 Park Lane, Poynton.
Chancellor George Osborne delivered his 2015 'pre-election' Budget in bullish mood. Proclaiming that 'Britain is walking tall again', the Chancellor announced that the national debt target has been met and predicted the 'end of austerity' a year early.
The Office for Budget Responsibility has revised economic growth slightly upwards from 2.4% to 2.5% for 2015, while inflation has been revised down to 0.2% and borrowing levels revised downwards from the previous Autumn Statement forecast, to £90.2bn for 2014/15.
However, despite assigning significant funds from bank asset sales and lower welfare bills to 'pay down the national debt', the Chancellor announced plans for further deficit reduction.
While keen to emphasise the benefits of 'sticking to the fiscal path', the Chancellor found room for a number of measures for individuals and businesses. Among the headline measures for individuals was the announcement of plans to scrap annual tax returns, replacing them with 'digital tax accounts'.
The income tax personal allowance will also see additional increases, rising to £10,800 next year and £11,000 from April 2017, while the higher rate threshold will see an above inflation rise from £42,385 to £43,300 by 2017/18. Meanwhile, the pension lifetime allowance will fall from £1.25m to £1m from 2016/17.
The Chancellor also unveiled some key reforms for savers, confirming that five million existing pensioners will be given access to their annuities from April 2016. In addition, cash ISAs are set to be made more flexible from the Autumn.
A new Personal Savings Allowance will make the first £1,000 of interest on savings tax-free (£500 for higher rate taxpayers), while first time buyers will be offered a helping hand onto the property ladder, via a new Help to Buy: ISA.
Having already confirmed the launch of a business rates review in the run-up to the Budget, the Chancellor announced that the Annual Investment Allowance will not be cut to £25,000 in January 2016, with the limit instead being reviewed at the 2015 Autumn Statement. Additional news for businesses included further measures aimed at building a Northern Powerhouse and supporting regional growth, investment in science and tax cuts for the North Sea oil and gas industry.
Other measures announced include a 1p cut in beer duty and a cancellation of September's planned fuel duty increase, a move which prompted the Chancellor to quip 'That's a tenner off the tank with the Tories'.
For a detailed overview of the Budget Report and what it means for you and your business, visit Nolan James Ltd's Report summary.
Guest Speaker - David Rutley, MP for Macclesfield
Despite the weather, nearly 30 attendees came to March’s meeting at Poynton Civic Hall. Delicious baked goods were supplied by Bramhall Bakery on Queensway.
Fitting tributes were paid to Cllr Phil Hoyland, who sadly passed away this week. Alan Rashleigh (Alan Rashleigh & Associates) asked the group for Newsletter content, announced an upcoming Members Survey and invited comments on Poynton’s Christmas lights.
Local MP, David Rutley, addressed the group on a range of topics including apprenticeships, the importance of local infrastructure, like the Poynton Relief Road and the Neighbourhood Plan.
David invited questions, and the availability of industrial space, office space for start-ups and promoting local creativity were all discussed. David highlighted Poynton’s outdoor activities, community spirit, heritage and culture as all make it unique.
The next meeting is on Wednesday 8th April 2015 at 5.30 pm. A local venue to be announced shortly.
PIB Logo is 'Highly Commended' in Cheshire Business Awards
Congratulations to Paul Parkinson of Typo-graphics, who has received a 'Highly Commended' Award Certificate in the Best Design/Creative category, in the North East Cheshire Business Awards, for the Poynton in Business logo.
Another to add to his 2014 PACE Awards and certificate in the Business to Business category. More details on the PACE 2014 winners page.
New Store for Aldi
The Brookfield Hydro Motors site on Lomdon Road South will no longer be a 'blot on the landscape'. Aldi has purchased the site and already has planning permission for a supermarket. Building is due to start mid 2015.
Aldi say their proposals for Poynton offer:
How another supermarket affects current Poynton Retailers only time will tell. Find out more about Aldi's plans for the new store on their www.aldiconsultation.co.uk/poynton website.
Headway – the UK’s leading brain injury charity – provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields. It has more than 100 groups and branches throughout the UK
Michael Harnor, a local brain injury survivor, officially opened the new charity shop in the town centre of Poynton on Thursday 2nd October.
In 1980, Michael suffered a brain haemorrhage that left him with a severe brain injury. He spent more than a month in hospital and, even when he was finally well enough to return to his job as a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, he struggled with basic tasks he once took for granted, such as reading and writing but gradually managed to rebuild his life - until tragedy struck again at Christmas 2012.
Michael had been at home when he fell and hit his head, which resulted in him suffering frequent epileptic fits after sustaining further damage to his brain. It was only after this second incident that he discovered Headway.
Official Opening (Michael Harnor pictured above, about to cut the ribbon, with Poynton Town Mayor Cllr Rebecca Horsman-Johnson).
Carol Tennet, Head of Retail at Headway, said: "We rely heavily upon the support of the public and we will warmly welcome anyone who wants to clear out your clutter by donating their unwanted items to the shop so that we can help people affected by brain injury."
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PIB at the Poynton Show
A very successful day - find out more here.
Connecting Cheshire - Women and Broadband Challenge Fund
Connecting Cheshire have been awarded funding as part of the Women and Broadband Challenge Fund by the Government. This fund was established to help female entrepreneurs and women-led businesses to take advantage of the UK’s broadband infrastructure in order to work more effectively, access new markets and grow business online.
Connecting Cheshire plans to focus on female entrepreneurs in rural and semi-rural areas, that will benefit from the Connecting Cheshire fibre broadband roll-out, as well as female-led businesses in the retail, creative industries and the visitor economy sectors, to ensure they can get the most of the opportunities that digital technology and faster broadband offers.
The project is expected to start in September 2014 and run for six months.
More information is available at: Connecting Cheshire - News
Poynton in Business at Poynton Show
PIB had a stand at the Poynton Show on Saturday 23rd August 2014, which helped to raise Poynton In Business’s profile with businesses and the public.
Members demonstrated the PIB website and Business Directory and to launch the Newsletter signed up subscribers who were then entitled to pick a raffle ticket from the free tombola. This will give the Directory and Newsletter some real marketing clout.
Anson Engine Museum wins prestigious Trip Advisor Award
Now it has won a 2014 'Certificate of Excellent' Award from Trip Advisor for a 5/5 rating.
Click on the image (left) to view a larger version of the Anson Engine Museum's 2014 Trip Advisor award certificate (PDF 150KB)*
The museum will have steam engines, including the fabulous giant Stott mill engine, running and demonstrations in the Craft Area in 2015.
David Rutley MP Backs Poynton In Business
Local MP David Rutley joined over thirty Poynton business owners and managers to talk shop at the Poynton In Business breakfast meeting on 15th October 2013.
David, who has a strong background in business, addressed the Breakfast. He discussed the positive reputation that Poynton and its business community enjoys.
He also endorsed the Poynton In Business group as a means of encouraging local trade and having a voice to represent the interests of Poynton’s business community.
Those attending also heard about the Poynton In Business Directory, which provides a comprehensive listing of all businesses in the village. It is hoped that the Directory will become the preferred point of reference for residents and businesses looking to “Shop Local.” The Directory currently lists over 230 businesses and is free to use on this website.
David said, “We all know that Poynton is a great place to do business and I am pleased that this message is being heard loud and clear across Cheshire and further afield. Poynton in Business is a great way to support and represent our local businesses. I hope more people will turn to the Poynton In Business directory as their first port of call when looking to do business.”
Richard Holland, Operations Manager at the Town Council said, “There are over 200 businesses of all types and sizes in Poynton, but it’s amazing how many people don’t know what is available on their own doorstep. The Poynton In Business Directory will be a fantastic way to raise awareness of what Poynton has to offer.”