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The support acts to Status Quo when they headline the Friday night of the Clumber Park music festival have been announced and bring together former Super Bike champion James Toseland fronting his eponymously named guitar rock band and classsic progressive glam rockers, The Strawbs.

Toseland, who hails from just up the road from Clumber Park in Doncaster is set to release his debut album "Renegade" later this month. Toseland will also be appearing as special guests with Status Quo this April. Toseland's appearance at the Clumber Park Festival follows a successful debut with an accoustic set at the Download festival last year.

The band's two singles Renegade and Life is Beautiful have both been critically acclaimed by the power rock and ballad music press.

The Strawbs make a welcome return to Clumber Park, having played at the three day event in 2012. The band was formed in 1964 and went on to become a firm favourite with folk, glam and progressive rock fans. Their best known hit was Part of the Union but they were also admired for several albums including Hero and Heroine. After several changes in line ups and reformations the band has maintained a solid global fan base. For its 50th anniversary performances the band is gigging with a line-up of Cousins, Lambert, Cronk, Adam Wakeman and Tony Fernandez.

Neil Butkeratis from UK Events, which is organising the festival says the line-up has something to offer every rock fan; "With the addition of the classic sound of The Strawbs and Toseland's full-on power rock we have two great bands to warm everyone up in anticipation of Status Quo taking the stage. It will be really rocking at Clumber Park and the way tickets are going it looks like being a bumper crowd in August."

Status Quo will make their first appearance at Clumber Park on Friday 15th August. Founder members Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt will be joined on stage with keyboard player Andrew Brown, bassist John 'Rhino' Edwards and drummer Leon Cave.

To book tickets for Status Quo call 0845 075 6101 or visit the website

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Haven House in Sheffield has received a grant of £3,000, of which UK Steel Enterprise provided £810, which will help it run a variety of events throughout the year for women and children living in refuges in Sheffield. The activities include fun workshops that help the women and children build self-confidence by developing new skills or building on existing ones. Other funders were the Cllr Jackie Drayton Grassroots fund and the Sir Hugh and Lady Sykes Charitable Trust fund.

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Haven House is one of three refuges within Sheffield that house women and children, the refuges are due to merge as one organisation in 2014. They provide safe, temporary, emergency accommodation and support to women and children who have fled physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Haven House is often the first step to a better way of life for these women as they are helped to move on, find a safe home and begin their new lives.

Jo Rudd from Haven House said, "We are so grateful for the money from UK Steel Enterprise. We are using the grant to fund a variety of events over the year for women and children from all three refuges. We try to arrange one event per month such as a fire sculpture event and outdoor cooking on bonfire night and a Christmas party with an entertainer who had all the children and mothers laughing for a couple of hours - so far all of them have been great successes. "
The latest event to be organised was an African drumming session held at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground.

Allan Wood, Regional Executive for UK Steel Enterprise said, "Haven House is a great organisation that we are glad to help. It is providing women and children with workshops, events and activities which will play a big part in their personal development, which in turn will allow them to learn new skills and hopefully go on to play an active part within the community."

UK Steel Enterprise Ltd is a subsidiary of Tata Steel that invests in growing businesses within the South Yorkshire area. It also supports community based organisations and helps them to make a positive difference within communities that have been affected by the changes to the UK's steel industry. UK Steel Enterprise has strong links with projects that are helping to regenerate local communities through its funding that is managed by South Yorkshire Community Foundation.

Haven House was established in 1978 and has since helped thousands of women and children get their lives back on track, in the past year alone they have helped almost 60 women and over 100 children. It provides specialist support and advice as well as therapeutic opportunities, activities and family based work. The projects and services aim to form strong trusting relationships with the residents in order to help them build secure and confident lives." South Yorkshire Community Foundation has been working with UK Steel Enterprise for over six years to deliver much needed funding to our local communities. With its help we are able to make progress in regenerating local communities and fulfilling the needs of the area." – Sue Wragg, Fund Manager

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Photo Caption - Allan Wood (centre) joins in the fun at the African drumming session.

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A recent survey has revealed that the UK manufacturing industry could be losing up to £166 million on any given day, due to the late delivery of essential raw materials. A key finding was that 11% of respondents believe that just one late delivery could cost them between £1,000 and £10,000; a figure that has stunned a leading manufacturers association.

The British Engineering Manufacturers' Association Limited (BEMA) s a trade association set up to promote the interests of the engineering and manufacturing companies in the UK.

“We were surprised at the potential cost to industry that late delivery could be making. Many of our members work themselves to “just in time” principles to be efficient in today’s market place so having a trusted supplier of raw materials is of great importance,” said Ian Mynett, Director of Training at BEMA.

The survey asked firms how much they estimated they would lose if a key raw material was not delivered to the agreed time when ordered. The respondents were given a sliding scale to choose from of £0 to over £10,000 per late delivery.

The respondents came from all business sectors but the figures have been extrapolated to obtain a picture of the cost to UK manufacturers.

The survey was carried out by B2B research specialist TLF on behalf of international metals stockist Broder Metals Group (BMG). TLF count Nationwide, Barclaycard and the Cooperative Bank as clients. The survey was sent out to around 50’000 UK businesses on TLF’s database. Just over 2,000 responses were received to give the insight into how much late delivery is costing British industry.

The survey revealed that 8.1% of UK manufacturing companies estimate they could lose between £1,000 to £5,000 a day if a delivery of raw materials is late, whilst 3.5% may lose between £5,000 and £10,000. These figures have also revealed the cost these late deliveries can have on the UK’s manufacturing industry each day. If every manufacturer in the UK were to experience at least one late delivery of a key raw material it could cost the economy£166,038,750.

Nationwide bespoke fit-out specialist Jephsons Shopfitters has taken receipt of two new transit vans to add to its vehicle fleet as it gears up to meet additional customer demand

Jephsons-New-Vans-A-webThe two vehicles had to be branded up with the company's new contemporary livery before they arrived at the Jephsons offices on Hermitage Business Park in Mansfield this week.

Ian Jephson is Commercial Director at Jephsons and says the investment was necessary to keep up with customer demand. "We specialise in interior fit-outs for food and catering retail clients that have restaurants, bars and cafes from the top of Scotland to the Channel Isles. This means our teams are on the road a lot so we need vehicles we can rely on. With more work coming in we needed the extra capacity to be able to respond to our clients and the two new vans will make sure we can do that."

Jephsons Shopfitters has been providing high-class services to many of the High Street food retailers for over 50 years. It currently employs 40 people at its Mansfield headquarters that includes a 3,500 sq ft manufacturing workshop.

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Notes to editors: Photo caption – L-R Production Manager Dave Sanderson and Senior Estimator Dave Soar get the keys to the two new vans.

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) has been awarded a grant of £1,440 from UK Steel Enterprise so it cancarry on running its successful Jobshop. The Jobshop is run as a drop in session for unemployed people at Rotherham United’s New York stadium on Wednesday afternoons. It provides essential advice on CV writing, interview tips and on-line job search opportunities to help long-term unemployed people find jobs.  

03-sf-ukse-rotherham-comm-trustLast year RUCST ran a 20 week pilot Jobshop in partnership with Job Centre Plus which proved hugely successful.

Russell Morgan is a Jobshop Tutor for the Trust and says the grant from UK Steel Enterprise is essential if the project is to continue. “We have had great success over the summer with most of the people coming to us now in full or part time employment. Basically if we did not have the grant from UK Steel we could not carry on. It’s great that we now have the funds to keep making a difference in Rotherham,” says Russell Morgan.

The Jobshop also gets support from the National Careers Service. Rob Rooker from NCS works alongside Russell, playing a key role in helping job seekers by advising them on the best way to find employment.

Allan Wood is Regional Executive for UK Steel Enterprise and says that RUCST fits perfectly with UK Steel Enterprise’s social corporate responsibility ethics. “We are committed to supporting community organisations that help people get into employment and this project has proved quite clearly that it can do that and that there is a demand for its services. It would be a shame to see a successful project like this close, which is why we are delighted to be able to support it,” says Allan Wood.

Wayne Reed (46) from Eastwood, Rotherham attends the Jobshop in the hope of finding a new job in the security industry. “I’ve found it really helpful so far. I have my SIA Door Supervisor’s Licence, CCTV Operator’s Licence and Level 2 in Spectator Control but I’m finding it hard to get in front of employers, so the help I get at the Jobshop is great,” says Wayne.

UK Steel Enterprise is a subsidiary of Tata Steel that invests in growing businesses within the South Yorkshire area. It also supports community based organisations and helps them to make a positive difference within communities that have been affected by the changes to the UK’s steel industry. UK Steel Enterprise has strong links with regeneration and community support projects through its work with South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF).

RUCST grew out of a football in the community group. The Trust does a lot of work within the community such as running reading programmes, summer activities and community events with the aim of promoting the benefits of social inclusion, community cohesion and skills development.

“The Rotherham United Community Sports Trust continues to produce beneficial activities for the community in Rotherham, particularly with disadvantaged individuals and groups. This Jobshop is just another aspect of its excellent work and it is wonderful to hear about how effective it is in helping people back into work,” says Sue Wragg, Fund Manager for SYCF.

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Photo Caption: Russ Morgan, Job Shop Tutor, Allan Wood of UKSE and service user Wayne Reed.

 

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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