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Rotherham residents and businesses are being invited to attend and get involved with a special Macmillan Coffee Morning and vintage market with a twist taking place on Saturday 27th of September at Wynsor World of Shoes car park on Woodhouse Green in Thurcroft.

There will be 20 stalls displaying local arts and crafts as well as displays from local businesses including Fresh ‘n’ Chic Boutique, Thurcroft Emporium and Lorec Electricals.  There will be a BBQ provided by the Steakhouse, a large bouncy castle provided by Wilk’s Entertainment, Face Painters, Mascot Appearance’s,                                                                                               Raffle/Tombola, Competitions and coffee and cakes! The event runs from 11am till 4pm.

Event organiser, Dawn Brown from Fresh ‘n’ Chic Boutique says the event has two main aims: “This is a family day out for all whilst raising money for the nurses that hold the hands of patients and touch the hearts of their families.

“We want lots of people to get involved spread the word and let everyone know about our event! The Macmillan Nurses need your support in whatever way you can offer, whether that be a small donation, request a stall, help out on the day - anything you can do will be much appreciated,” says Dawn.

Any volunteers, businesses or stall holders wanting to get involved should call Dawn on 07809 895 359 or email her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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The Trustees of Paces Sheffield, the specialist education charity in High Green, Sheffield wish to announce that on 31 August 2014 Mr. Norman Perrin is retiring as its Chief Executive.

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Seventeen years ago, Norman co-founded Paces. Since then, he has committed and dedicated himself to promoting the education and upbringing of children and young people with motor dysfunctions, helping them on the journey to independent adulthood. He has a particular interest in supporting children and young people with Cerebral Palsy by the promotion and provision of facilities for Conductive Education.

The proudest moment in Norman's career came when he was awarded the status of an Honorary Conductor of the International Petö Institute at the 8th World Congress of Conductive Education in Munich last October.

Speaking of Norman's retirement John Biggin, Chair of the Trustees of Paces Sheffield said:

"Norman's leadership of Paces Sheffield has brought many successes, not least of which was just last year when Paces School was recognised as "Outstanding" in all aspects of its assessment by the Ofsted inspectors.

"His experience and knowledge has been invaluable in our mission to make Paces Sheffield a world-class institution for the practice of, training in and research into Conductive Education that supports children and adults
with Cerebral Palsy, as well as their families,"

Paces' Trustees are very pleased to announce that with effect from 1 September 2014 Mr Gavin Teasdale BA FCMA will become the new Chief Executive of Paces Sheffield.

"Gavin is a highly experienced Senior Executive with both General and Financial Management skills; his experience in Higher Education will be particularly valuable to Paces Sheffield. Gavin has already stated that he intends his new role as Chief Executive to be focused on the growth and development of the full range of our services that support the children, young people and of course the families of those we help from childhood through to independent adulthood," said John Biggin,.

International metals stockist, Broder Metals Group has strengthened its Specials Processing Department by welcoming back two former employees, who have substantial experience between them of sourcing materials for customers wanting nickel alloy and stainless material in accordance with standard and customer specific technical specifications.

Muriel Slater and Lee Perry spent nine and three years respectively with Broder Metals Group before leaving to spend time with other metal industry related companies. They will head up the sales side of the Specials Processing Department which sources and supplies material that may require testing or conversion, or, if required, full component manufacture and supply.
Mark Burton is Managing Director of Broder Metals Group and says that the return of Muriel and Lee is timed perfectly to coincide with new developments at the company.

"Muriel and Lee have substantial experience and industry knowledge that will be invaluable in the continuing progression of Broder Metals Group as a leading expert in the field of sourcing and supplying technically correct metals and alloys to the oil & gas, petro-chemical, marine, valve, power generation, and specialist automotive industries. It's great to be able to welcome them back into the team," says Mark.

Broder Metals Group is a leading supplier of nickel alloys, high tensile stainless steel, duplex, super duplex, flanges and fittings to fastener and valve manufacturers. Broder Metals Group employs 22 people at its head office in Ecclesfield, Sheffield from where it despatches orders to customers located in 42 different countries.


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A young entrepreneur from Rotherham who has experienced sustained growth since launching her chocolate manufacturing business says it’s important that start-ups get the right support in the early stages of launching a new business.
 
Cocoa-ChicLibby Carl (29) from Wickersley in Rotherham launched Cocoa Chic two years ago with help from UK Steel Enterprise and a grant from its Kickstart Fund, as well as business planning support from Rotherham Youth Enterprise.
 
“It’s been very hard running a new business as a sole trader for the last two years but the support I had at the start was critical. The grant I got from UK Steel was very useful and the help I got from Rotherham Youth Enterprise in finding me subsidised premises was critical; without both of them I don’t think I would be here today,” says Libby.
 
Two years on from launching the business that makes artisan chocolates for special occasions Libby has expanded the business to include collaborations with Sheffield food manufacturers, chocolate making workshops in schools and colleges as well as teaming up with other businesses for special complementary events.
 
Cocoa Chic is the only chocolate manufacturer and one of only a very small number of food manufacturers to have been awarded the Made in Sheffield Mark; a standard that recognises an ongoing commitment to quality and excellence in manufacturing by companies in the Sheffield City Region.
 
“I’ve been very busy working with schools in Rotherham for the last 18 months. I run chocolate making classes for the students, where they not only get to make things that taste nice, they also learn exactly what goes into our foods and because I only use natural products they understand about the healthy options we all need to take when eating. I also make the point that I use locally sourced materials where possible, like Made in Sheffield honey and jam, so they get to understand the importance of local economics too” says Libby
 
Hayley Middlebrook, Regional Secretary for UK Steel Enterprise says that Libby is a real inspiration to anyone thinking of starting up a new business. “Libby’s passion for what she does is obvious and underpins all she does with Cocoa Chic. She’s taken the business in new directions and creates part-time jobs at peak times such as Christmas. She has vision and drive and sets a brilliant example for other aspiring entrepreneurs.”
 
Applicants to the Kickstart Fund can get support from Rotherham Investment & Development Office and Rotherham Youth Enterprise to help them with business planning and mentoring through the early stages of running the business. UK Steel Enterprise has helped over 200 people start a business in Rotherham since 2009.
 
UK Steel Enterprise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel. Its Kickstart Fund provides grants of up to £500 to start-up businesses to purchase essential equipment and or services that can get them trading. Its main investment fund provides business finance in amounts from £25,000 up to £750,000 to companies in South Yorkshire and other areas affected by changes in the steel industry.
 
Libby’s latest venture sees her supplying chocolate creations to a Rotherham coffee shop. 
“I’m really excited about this new direction for the business. I will be supplying sunken chocolate muffins, chocolate milkshakes with edible straws and my truffles made with local honey. The people of Rotherham are in for a very special treat,” says Libby. 
 
Jackie Frost, Manager of Rotherham Youth Enterprise encouraged more people to follow Libby’s example in saying; “Libby is a great role model for what can be achieved with hard work and determination. It’s nice to hear her say how much we helped her in the early days. We are delighted she is doing so well and look forward to providing further support as her business goes from strength to strength.” 
 
Anyone wanting to make an application to the Kickstart Fund should call Rotherham Youth Enterprise on 0114 269 5053. 
 
 
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Photo caption: L-R Libby Carl, Jayne Taylor and Hayley Middlebrook sample some Cocoa Chic goodies.
 
About UK Steel Enterprise
 
UK Steel Enterprise was established in 1975 by the then British Steel Corporation and today is a subsidiary of Tata Steel. The aim of the company is to help the economic development of those areas of the UK most affected by changes in the steel industry.  UK Steel Enterprise provides loan and equity finance of up to £750,000 to growing companies based in such areas as well as business premises at its Business & Innovation Centres.  The company also provides support to local communities in times of change in the industry by helping to fund local projects and initiatives which contribute towards job creation and regeneration. 
 
South Yorkshire Community Foundation helps philanthropists, local businesses and trusts to achieve their charitable goals by setting up charitable funds that support community groups at a grass roots level. Over the last three years the South Yorkshire Community Foundation has awarded more than £4.6 million in community grants. www.sycf.org.uk
 
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