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Young people were challenged to design products which could be used years in the future at a Guide Bridge event.
They were taking part in Tameside HACK5, the fifth in a series of coding and science competitions delivered by Tameside Council’s Employment and Skills team. HACK5 was delivered in partnership with Brother UK.
The two-day competition was held at Brother’s headquarters over 30 & 31 October and included 13 teams of 11-18 year-olds from schools and colleges across the borough.
The Challenges were set by the Tameside Council team and Brother and themed around the future of technology over the next 50 years, celebrating Brother’s 50th anniversary year in Tameside.
For the Grand Challenge the young people were asked to develop a product that Brother UK could be making, selling or working with any time between now and 2068.
The teams of HACKERs responded with solutions that ranged from a sonar walking stick to a mobile app that offers support to individuals with dementia and their families.
Winning the Grand Challenge was team ‘The Foreseers’ from Longdendale High School for their virtual reality contact lens concept. They won a set of Tameside HACK goodies, £100 of vouchers for each team member and a Brother office solution for their school.
Extra Challenges asked teams to develop tech or software to make life easier for people with disabilities, and ‘Internet of Things’ innovations that could change the way people work or study in the future.
The young people taking part came from the following schools and colleges: Ashton Sixth Form College, Audenshaw School, Clarendon Sixth Form College, Fairfield High School for Girls, Hyde Community College, Longdendale High School, Rayner Stephens High School, Saddleworth High School, Tameside College and West Hill School.
Phil Jones MBE, Managing Director of Brother UK said: “The technology we supply to our customers now is very different to the technology we were working with when we first started out. 50 years of innovation have gone into making us the business technology solutions supplier we are today.”
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, added: “Innovation is the key to doing business. Some fantastic young people attended this event over the past couple of days and they put their planning, research, programming and teamwork skills to the test. By getting the students into an entrepreneurial mindset it will help them become more employable as they look beyond school and college.
“Events like Tameside HACK not only help young people to set off in the right direction for their future careers, but they also lay the right foundations for economic growth in the borough.”
AD Sprinklers is a Tameside born business that covers all aspects of design, project management and installation of fire sprinkler systems across all sectors. This April, they have been in business for 10 years, and what a 10 years it’s been! From Amanda Ball (Owner) starting up the business herself in 2006, it has gathered momentum and gone from strength to strength, employing over 30 members of staff and 60+ subcontractors. With a current turnover of £3.4 million and strong growth prospects, the business is well on the way to hitting the £5 million mark in the next 2 years. Not too shabby to say the least for a business which started life from a kitchen table.
As one of the borough’s Tameside Means Business companies, the Employment and Skills Team from Tameside Council were invited to speak to Amanda. The meeting allowed Amanda to provide more information about what lies behind the success of the business, along with introductions to some of the home grown talent AD has produced and nurtured over the years. Here is how it went;
Located in the former Heaton Mill in Hyde, when you first enter the office, you get an instant vibe of togetherness. AD feels like a close knit unit and everybody is very welcoming.
Amanda talks about Malcom Reade joining the company 3 years ago in the role of Managing Director, as a huge milestone for the business and whose appointment helped take the business on a real journey of growth. From a lifestyle business turning over a steady £1.5 million each year for around 4 years, the team envisaged doubling this turnover within the next 3 years. Amanda fondly recalls the team stating “with dedication and hard work, we could perhaps accomplish this in 2 years”; they actually achieved it in 1, surpassing their expectations.
AD strongly believes investing in the training, development and upskilling of their staff underpins the core values of their business, which is evidenced by its excellent staff retention record. Young people and talent are something that goes hand in hand at AD and the business has its fair share of individual success stories. Two such stories are detailed below:
James Hague, Contracts Manager
James was the first trainee AD took on in 2008. He is now a Contracts Manager heading up a whole team in the front office
Dean Smith, Fitter
Dean joined the company 4 years ago as a ‘fitters mate’. He is now fully qualified, works independently and in charge of his own van.
All AD engineers are supported to achieve the Loss Prevention Certification Board Course (an industry technical course of 3 levels).AD is also unafraid to support the ambitions of its staff by giving them opportunities to learn about other areas of the business, for example Chloe Lloyd was brought into the business as a young contract administrator and is now completing her AAT in accounts. Amanda explained how they like to move people to different departments if they have expressed an interest in other areas, are capable and willing. Over the years this has been proven to help get the best out of the team. Chloe is now solely responsible for the businesses accounts, which is a fantastic personal achievement and a huge benefit to the business.
It’s clear that AD is a business which believes in growing talent. It has taken on trainees and apprentices year upon year and developed them immensely. At present, 4 apprentices are undertaking the Level 2 Certificate in the Fire Sprinkler Installation (QCF) course, which is the first national qualification for sprinkler installers. This is incredibly significant as Amanda herself helped develop this course in her capacity, as a member of the training committee for the industry trading body BAFSA. AD’s Leah Ormrod, an apprentice, who has now become a permanent employee, is the first female to undertake the Level 2 Certification in Fire Sprinkler Installation. Having been in the industry for over 20 years, Amanda is both proud and encouraged to have Leah on board championing the course for women. It is hoped that a Level 3 Certification in the course will be developed in the near future to support progression and inspire more young people to join the sector. Amanda is also working with BAFSA on the development of a Careers Pathway for the industry.
Finally, AD’s commitment to raising the profile of the sector with young people is also at the core of business. Amanda’s belief is that it is never too early to make them aware of the skills needed and career opportunities within the sector. AD has supported the Primary Engineer Scheme for a number of years, which involves their staff going out to visit local primary schools engaging children aged 6-7, to spark their interest in engineering from a young age. They have the opportunity to get involved with hands on activities such as building a car and design drawing. Amanda says:
“It’s great to engage with the youngsters; it’s when things begin to spark after all and is always a really positive experience all round. The kids are so enthusiastic and I would encourage other businesses to get involved.”
It’s really refreshing to see a small business achieve such great success; not just the success you can count, but the achievement of people who without the help and support of the business may not have progressed to the positions they are in today.
Well done on your 10 year milestone AD Sprinklers…and here’s to another 10 years of success!
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce can now provide a free skills review service to all businesses in the Greater Manchester area.
The review will cover any training that you feel will benefit your business. Some examples of the training that has been accessed through these reviews are:
- NVQ Training and other workplace training
- Management Training
- Short IT or Business Related Courses
- Various Industry Specific Training Courses
They are offering an impartial review service which will allow them to understand all your training requirements. From that initial meeting they will then put together a training plan that will show you what training is out there to suit your needs, who are the training providers delivering the training and whether or not that training is funded. The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce will then work with you to put you in touch with the correct people at your chosen training provider.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 393 4349
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The site has access from the A627 Dukinfield Road and is situated within approximately 0.5 miles of Junction 3 of the M67 motorway.
The site adjoins Hyde Point, to the north, which comprises a high quality industrial and warehousing scheme completed approximately 6 years ago.
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Clarendon Sixth Form College held its official opening ceremony on Wednesday 9th March 2016 between 2pm and 4pm. The new £10 million centre was opened by Coronation Street star, Brooke Vincent.
Brooke attended Fairfield High School for Girls. She then went on to study drama at a College in Manchester. Brooke’s repertoire includes appearing in the cult comedy, A League of Gentleman. She also writes a weekly fashion/make-up blog and is a guest presenter on the Key 103 breakfast show.
She is currently preparing for her role in Be My Baby which will be performed at the Lowry Theatre (Manchester) as well as other venues throughout the UK.
The £10 million College is a key part of the Vision Tameside Project which aims to regenerate the borough. The College includes: drama and photography studios, science facilities and a 200 seat theatre. The College opened its doors for students in October 2015.
Councillor Kieran Quinn, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: “A new college is one of the best investments Tameside Council can make. Clarendon provides first-class facilities for our young people to study and enable them to skill-up and get the knowledge and training they need to be successful. It’s been well reported that GCSE results in Tameside have improved significantly this year. The new Clarendon College is another fantastic place for our young people to continue their education without having to leave the borough.”
To find out more about Clarendon Sixth Form College, click here.
Brother UK, based in Audenshaw has become the first large business in the UK to receive the most prestigious award in people management: Investors in People (IIP) Platinum status.
The business participated in a survey of the firm’s 180 employees. This was followed by an interview process which measured performance against the nine elements of the new platinum standard.
Brother UK recently won the Northern Power Women Medium business award which the IPP commended for taking steps to tackle equality and diversity, as well as for Brother’s programme of community engagement activities across the region.
Phil Jones, managing director of Brother UK, said: “We see learning and development as a key driver of our long-term competitiveness, as well as collaboration and innovation, which keep us at the forefront of developments in the technology industry and also as an employer.”
“It’s great that these initiatives have led to us being named as a leading regional employer here in the North West, and also nationally. As the first large business and the first technology business in the UK to achieve this, it shows that with the right strategy, execution and determination great things can be achieved in workplace culture, regardless of how long you’ve been in business.”
Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Brother UK on their achievement of Investors in People platinum accreditation. It is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. All the team at Brother UK should be extremely proud.”
Brother UK is also part of the Made in Tameside campaign, to find out more please click here.
Manchester based property developer PlaceFirst working with Tameside Council has completed the £4m refurbishment and conversion of the Grade II* listed Ashton (Old) Baths. The project has been funded with grants of £1,000,000 from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £1,712,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The Ashton Old Baths, an iconic Greater Manchester landmark, has sat empty for over 40 years until PlaceFirst Ltd acquired the building in 2014, and is now set to become home to a new digital, creative & media hub, offering flexible office accommodation, SME incubator services designed to accelerate growth and a unique event space designed to captivate, wow and inspire staff, clients and guests of the building.
Behind the restored exterior of the baths there is now is one of the most ground breaking and visually stunning commercial office spaces in the country.
A self-contained, free-standing office ‘pod’ offers over 7,000sq.ft of flexible office space over four floors, including meeting rooms, alongside 1,500 sq.ft of breakout space and a new stunning rooftop terrace for events. The new structure has been designed to minimise physical impacts on the Grade II* building structure, and to preserve the spatial quality of the large bathing hall, one of the largest in the country and second largest in Europe when it first opened in 1870.
The steel framed, timber clad structure not only provides a unique workspace that will attract quality new business to the town, it has given a much loved local landmark new purpose and helped to build on earlier regeneration work in the St Petersfield area of Ashton-Under-Lyne.
At ground floor a glazed lightweight box offers up views of and through the main hall; the box is broken down into a series of rooms that can be used by both occupiers as office space and meeting rooms. Above that, two floors of office space are provided, culminating in a unique roof terrace that runs the entire length of the building. The roof terrace provides a unique amenity space for occupiers and allows visitors a close up view of the detailed craftsmanship that went into the roof structure.
The exterior of the building has been completely restored and refurbished to preserve the Victorian heritage of the building, and former ancillary spaces and changing rooms have been integrated into the design, forming a new building entrance, new WCs and essential plant space. The new mechanical and electrical services have also been located sensitively to provide minimal impact on the building. The development also benefits from the inclusion of Dark Fibre, which ensures the building offers the fastest broadband speeds available in the UK.
David Smith-Milne, Managing Director of PlaceFirst said “The transformation of Ashton (Old) Baths from derelict landmark to 21st century workspace has been an amazing journey for all involved. Considering we only bought the building just under two years ago, to get such an innovative solution on programme and within budget is testament to the passion and commitment of everyone who has worked on the project. We’re delighted to have played such an important role in the history of this important landmark building and look forward to seeing it go live so that it can continue to play an important role within the wider Ashton-under-Lyne community”.
Since its completion, the building has been acquired by Tameside Council. The council are currently procuring a suitably experienced operator for the new building, and propose to offer a range of facilities for businesses and events.
On Saturday 19th March at 7.30pm Ashton (Old) Baths hosted a spectacular public event to celebrate the recently completed renovation. It was a free, open-air, audio-visual event including the story of Ashton (Old) Baths from its 1870 beginning up until the present day. A celebration of the building’s past and future.
The event was a huge success, bringing over 1000 spectators. The event was produced by arts outreach group Stone Soup, and brought together almost 200 performers from the borough’s many dance schools.
Councillor Jim Fitzpatrick, Executive Member – First Deputy (Performance and Finance) of Tameside MBC said
“The celebration event on the 19th of March is the culmination of years of hard work and determination and I know the community will be as fascinated as I am to see the story unfold through a fascinating audio-visual display showing the past and bright future of this much loved building.”
Sara Hilton, Head of HLF North West, said: “The project at Ashton Old Baths has managed to retain the essence of what makes being inside historic buildings so special whilst equipping it to meet the needs of the many new businesses who will now call it home. It’s a fitting example to be the first of many Heritage Enterprise projects to open in England and we are very proud to have supported it with National Lottery players’ money.”
This huge building which has stood empty and derelict for over 40 years now houses one of the most innovative, inventive commercial office spaces in the country and has preserved the future of arguably the grandest example of a Victorian swimming baths ever to be built.
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Councillor Kieran Quinn, Executive Leader of Tameside MBC announced 16 pledges for 2016 at the full council meeting in February.
The Pledges aim to create a better environment in Tameside, including a £1 million fund to tackle potholes, an expansion of super-efficient LED street lighting, the clean-up of 160 ‘grotspots’, plant a minimum of 2,016 trees, and an improvement of recycling facilities available.
Technology is a key player this year too, including the introduction of free WiFi in Tameside’s town centres, and the opportunity for primary school children to attend free coding clubs to learn basic computer skills.
The Tameside Works First initiative will source goods/services needed by the local authority from local Tameside suppliers.
Councillor Quinn said: “I believe these pledges will not only improve the lives of our residents, green the borough and improve skills, but also help us to save money.”
“Everyone knows we live in difficult times. That makes it more important than ever that we all work together to create a borough that triumphs over adversity. I believe these pledges will help us do that.”
To find out more information about the Tameside 2016 Pledges, click here.