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GymPlay announces GymPlay Spring Boards as practical, fun-to-use keep fit and gymnastics aids for beginners and young children
– Designed in partnership with British gymnastics coaches and the students of Pennine Gymnastics Club
January 18th 2018, Wakefield. GymPlay, the British designer and manufacturer of sports and fitness products, has announced GymPlay Spring Boards as practical, fun-to-use keep fit and gymnastics aids for beginners and young children.
Dispensing with the need for traditional chalk markings, and very competitively priced, “The spring boards take training equipment to the next level with their design, including where to jump from, a ‘no jump’ zone, spotting line and the optimal point of contact,” says Neal Spencer, GymPlay Managing Director.
He adds, “Together, these features encourage consistent training practice and creative training methods.”
Designed in partnership with British gymnastics coaches and the students of Pennine Gymnastics Club, GymPlay training aids and equipment are tailored to the needs and requirements of gymnasts at different levels of the sport.
The foam-based spring boards, measuring 80 x 50 x 20 cm, have a PVC cover that includes fun shark and alien imagery that is intended to be jumped over. More information at http://www.gym-play.co.uk
Craig Richardson, Head Coach at Pennine Gymnastics Club says, “Working with GymPlay gave us the opportunity to co-design better, more practical equipment. The whole GymPlay range is of an exceptional quality and we couldn’t be happier with how much it has boosted performance among members”.
Established in 1973 and headquartered in Wakefield, Yorkshire, GymPlay is the newest member of the GNG Group plc – a leading foam converter and manufacturer of quality, innovative foam-based products with over 40 years’ experience crafting sports equipment on site at its Yorkshire HQ.
GymPlay works closely with leading sports brands and figures to create training aids and safety equipment of the highest quality and at the highest level, including manufacturing the Rugby Training equipment for the British & Irish Lions for the past 20 years.
Championed by Gymnasts
As described above, designed in partnership with British gymnastics coaches and the students of Pennine Gymnastics Club, GymPlay training aids and equipment are tailored to the needs and requirements of gymnasts at different levels of the sport.
Craig Richardson, ex-professional gymnast and British Gymnastics coach and judge, also says of GymPlay products, “GymPlay delivers innovative designs and high quality gymnastics products. The equipment we’ve got now is really fantastic.”
TestApproved launches, offers a new, on-demand way to test web pages and entire sites quickly at low cost
TestApproved is for use by independent web designers, SME and large Ecommerce operations, digital agencies and public sector website developers
Wakefield, July 5th 2016. Businesses are now able to test small and large sections of their website quickly and cost effectively thanks to TestApproved – testapproved.com – which launches today. An affordable alternative to costly traditional testing projects, TestApproved has individual page tests from as little as £50 and end to end checkout tests all the way up to full site testing conducted by experienced, UK based testers.
TestApproved provides a new, on-demand way of testing by dispensing with contracts and briefs and allowing customers to pick and choose online what they want tested – and giving them the option to purchase different testing credit bundles. The offering includes bigger discounts on larger credit bundles. Alternatively, customers can pay as they go without purchasing credits.
“The service is a perfect solution for digital agencies to outsource to because it provides a healthy balance between flexibility, resource management and price sensitivity,” says TestApproved Managing Director James Hepton.
“Traditional human testing of web pages can be time consuming and come with briefs, specs and high costs. TestApproved is the complete opposite. It’s quick and inexpensive making it ideal for checking a website or any part of it prior to launch or after an update.
“And by not being tied to a contract, customers can pick and chose from a menu whenever they want and at any time in the 24-hour cycle, without having to worry about contractual obligations.”
Testing reports are delivered through the website’s easy to use bug tracking service with every customer having its own private access. Customers have the option to be emailed every time a new issue or bug is found or a recommendation is made.
Hepton says, “We’ve worked hard to bring something to market that allows people to test the most commonly changed elements of their site easily and cost-effectively, with no time wasted on briefs and contracts. TestApproved is a genuine breakthrough in bringing on-demand, commonly required testing solutions to the mass market.
“Our test menus are produced and conducted by experienced people who have been building websites their entire career. As a result, we’re able to make recommendations around content, structure and general best practice.”
Hepton adds, “While our core products are complemented by a fully bespoke test creation for larger orders, the primary focus of TestApproved is on reducing the cost of everyday testing requirements. We all know how tight resource can be sometimes when having to get multiple projects over the line but too often critical testing gets overlooked. With TestApproved it needn’t be.”
A free trial without obligation is available at testapproved.com offering free credits to experience the process before making any commitments. “TestApproved can help make websites better with unbiased, fresh eyes,” says Hepton. “Our free trial allows users to find that out for themselves, at no cost.”
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New event to focus on Manufacturing & Engineering in the North East
Kent, UK. January 29th 2015. Building on the success of its market-leading brands, including Works Management, Eureka, FAST, Machinery and New Electronics, Findlay Media has announced the launch of Manufacturing & Engineering North East (MENE) – a completely new type of event aimed at manufacturing and engineering professionals in the North East region.
Taking place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on July 8th-9th 2015, Manufacturing & Engineering North East will showcase the region’s strengths and provide a platform for the local and national manufacturers, engineers and their suppliers to meet, learn, solve problems and develop business ideas.
The event will comprise three key elements covering the full range of design, production and manufacturing:
Keynote conference sessions from market-leading engineering and manufacturing businesses
Focused technical workshop sessions
An exhibition with access to market-leading suppliers
With keynotes from senior manufacturing and engineering professionals at leading brands across the aerospace, automotive, motorsport and electronics sectors, the Manufacturing & Engineering North East conference will provide delegates with powerful content spanning all areas of production, design and manufacturing management.
High quality practical workshops will also be taking place on both days within the two theatres on the show floor. The workshop sessions are free to attend and will provide best practice learning and insight into the latest engineering and manufacturing techniques. Subjects covered will range from metrology and rapid prototyping, to factory floor automation and test and measurement.
“Ultimately, the event’s most fundamental aim is to champion the manufacturing industry in the region and offer professionals in the sector a comprehensive event focusing on their needs and their needs alone. I’m very pleased to report that the response has been phenomenal, with the exhibition space now completely sold out, over five months before the event takes place,” says Findlay Media’s Executive Director, Ed Tranter.
A number of leading trade bodies and institutions have pledged their support for Manufacturing & Engineering North East, including the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), North East LEP, Gateshead & Newcastle Inward Investment and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).
Manufacturing & Engineering North East was created on the back of independent research and interviews with over 200 manufacturing and engineering decision makers from the North East. Registration for the event is free for all qualifying professionals and opens on 9 February at: www.menortheast.co.uk/register
About Manufacturing & Engineering North East
Independent market research and interviews with over 200 manufacturing and engineering decision makers from the North East confirms a demand for a new type of manufacturing and engineering event. Manufacturing & Engineering North East has been created and is supported by Findlay Media’s market-leading brands Works Management, Eureka, FAST, Machinery and New Electronics to meet that demand and to champion manufacturing industry in the region.
Manufacturing & Engineering North East will showcase the North East’s strengths and provide a platform for the local and national manufacturers, engineers and their suppliers to meet, learn, solve problems and develop business. For more information, please go to: www.menortheast.co.uk
About Findlay Media
For more than 35 years, the name Findlay has been synonymous with high quality brands and values that make it the UK’s number one media business in the manufacturing and design communities. Its long established core products are targeted at design, production technology and management readers across every discipline and manufacturing sector.
Findlay Media is part of the Mark Allen Group. The Mark Allen Group is a progressive media business, which delivers high-quality content through market-leading journals, magazines, books, events and websites.
For Manufacturing & Engineering North East press enquiries, contact:
Events Marketing Executive
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Tel: +44 (0)1322 221144
Free seminar in London on May 23rd for Heads of Business, Heads of Business Development and Heads of HR
Aligning Talent Development with Business Strategy – A Global Perspective
“Culture could eat Strategy for Breakfast” [Peter Drucker]
May 14th 2014. Odiham [Hants]. Verax International Ltd and two of its global clients will be presenting their experiences of aligning global talent development with the business strategy, at a free seminar in London on May 23rd. “One lesson to be learned is that significant breakthroughs can be made in the area of aligning talent with strategy,” says Verax Chairman Keith Bedingham. “In one case, a company won a contract worth £25m from what had originally looked like a losing position.”
The seminar will be full of practical ideas and tips from Kris Wadia, a former managing director with Accenture and now Head of Humanized Leadership [Accenture], and Martin Bushell, Head of Tata Consulting Service’s Business School.
Verax will present its integrated system that scientifically calculates the relationship between leadership and talent development and business strategy.
Verax will also demonstrate its online system that calculates a financial ROI on learning and development.
The event starts at 10:30 on 23rd May, at the Knapp Gallery, Regents University, Regents Park, London, NW1 4NS.
For more than 30 years, Verax has been researching and developing a rigorous, scientific, evidence-based methodology that pinpoints exactly what, where, when and if changes are necessary to achieve an organisation totally aligned to create its strategic objectives.
The company has worked internationally with major organisations to help them operate more efficiently – making significant improvements to effectiveness and business (revenue and profit) results.
Verax specialises in enabling clients make their strategy work, speedily and at all levels throughout the organisation.
About Kris Wadia
Kris Wadia is Founder of Humanized Leadership, which demonstrates how to lead multi-cultural teams, especially when cost-controls require management of them by “virtual” means using email, conference calls and the occasional video conference. During his tenure as a managing director at Accenture, he developed talent across 30 countries while shaping a bespoke Global Delivery Network culture for more than 150,000 employees.
About Martin Bushell
Martin Bushell is Head of Tata Consulting Services Business School. At the seminar he will explain how linking talent development with business strategy generated a £25 million contract for customer.
Note to the press:
For further information contact Keith Bedingham, Verax International
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or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,
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Black Dog HR signs up as a channel partner of Dinamiks, the cloud-based, online employee performance management tool
January 29th 2014. Buckingham-based Black Dog HR Consultancy Ltd has signed up as a Channel Partner of Dinamiks, the cloud-based, online appraisal and employee performance management tool that can also provide support for employee development planning [EDP].
The agreement with Dinamiks’ UK developer, Dinamiks Ltd, of Chichester, allows Black Dog HR to market the tool locally, nationally and globally to existing and prospective clients, as a state-of-the-art solution for performance appraisal, performance management, EDP and talent management.
Says Black Dog HR director Gill Craik, ”Our decision to become a channel partner of Dinamiks was based on a number of factors, including (i) the potential we saw for the system to improve appraisal processes with a number of our clients (ii) the continuous development of Dinamiks based on both channel partner and user feedback, which enables it to work even more effectively for users through the addition of new features.
“Other factors included ease of use and intuitive structure, cost effectiveness and the ability to customise text and personalise the screens,” adds Gill. ”Customisation and personalisation are a key advantage of Dinamiks because they enable clients to know that time and thought have been dedicated to them rather than feel they have been subjected to a one-size-fits-all approach.”
More about Black Dog HR and its choice of Dinamiks
Founded in 2006, Black Dog HR specialises in HR support mainly to SMEs in Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire, but also further afield in the UK and Europe. The consultancy is based in Buckingham, near Milton Keynes.
Says Gill, “Following turbulent years for some of our clients during the recession, it has become clear that there is an increased appetite among companies to develop their staff and a willingness by them to invest in ensuring the process is as effective as possible. We identified a computer and/or web-based system as the most effective way of doing this and began looking for a product that would fulfil requirements in the SME market.
”Our key drivers were that the solution should be cost effective, easy-to use and intuitive – and doesn’t try to turn an appraisal process into something more complicated than it needs to be. We wanted to avoid a system that comes with unnecessary facilities, which increase costs and have limited additional benefits. Dinamiks came the closest to meeting our requirements.”
More at blackdoghr.co.uk
Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd, says, “We welcome Black Dog HR to our Channel Partner programme. A channel partnership enables the partner to provide a 24/7/365 days a year appraisal and staff development solution to the market, and expand its client base and geographical spread. Channel partners can and do win new clients and in one recent client win the user is a US-headquartered company that is using Dinamiks at its head office, giving us our first North American customer.”
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Family fun day focuses on preventing child sexual abuse in Ceredigion, and culminates in balloon release
(July 26, 2013) Two organisations committed to making the lives of children better will put preventing child sexual abuse firmly on the agenda this week by hosting an awareness and prevention family fun day. The one day event taking place at Cardigan Leisure Centre today (Friday, July 26) will be attended by Julie Morgan AM, Chair of the Cross Party Group on Children.
The event is a collaboration between the national child sexual abuse prevention campaign Stop it Now! Wales and Jig-So Children’s Centre, Cardigan, and marks the fourth anniversary of Stop it Now! Wales.
Attendees include:- Julie Morgan AM; Mr Tim Burton, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys; Mr Parry Davies, Strategic Director – Care, Protection and Lifestyle and Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, Ceredigion County Council and Chief Inspector Angela Reed, Dyfed Powys Police.
Activities throughout the event (11am-2pm) include face painting, outdoor games, mobile making with Welsh Women’s Aid, mini sports, activities from various organisations and a design a balloon competition.
The day will culminate in a charity balloon race to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Stop it Now! Wales. The balloons carry contact numbers for Jig-So and the Stop it Now! Helpline. They cost £1 each and are environmentally friendly. Local Florist in Cardigan, Pink Orchid, has donated the helium. Prizes for the furthest balloon travelled that is returned include, among other things, a hamper of “goodies” and a family ticket to Folley Farm Adventure Park and Zoo.
Multi-agency staff from across Ceredigion who work with children or families are also expected to attend.
Julie Morgan AM Chair of the Cross Party Group on Children said:
“I’m delighted to take part in this event organised by the Stop it Now! Wales campaign.
“It’s so important that the issue of sexual abuse of children is highlighted and is brought out into the open so that we can discuss it and debate how we can best come together to stop it.”
National Manager of Stop it Now! Wales Rebecca Morgan said:
“Sexual abuse affects more children than we would like to think – at least one in ten across Wales. Events like this, where we get to raise awareness of the problem and talk about what can be done to prevent abuse from happening in the first place, are really important.
“Stop it Now! Wales is celebrating four years of working to protect children from sexual harm and campaigning for more emphasis on prevention in government policy.
“When we launched in 2009, our public survey told us that 70 per cent of people in Wales wanted to know more about child sexual abuse. Since then we have delivered over 400 awareness raising and education sessions and courses to over 4000 parents and carers across Wales. Calls to the Stop it Now! helpline have increased steadily year upon year and we continue to expand and support both the current child and family workforces as well as the workforces of the future in taking a pro-active approach to protecting children and young people from sexual harm.”
Linda Grace, Jig-So Chair of Trustees said:
“It is a privilege to be working in partnership with Stop it Now! Wales on this vitally important campaign on preventing the sexual harm of children.
“This work has added a significant dimension to the work Jig-So delivers in support of families throughout Ceredigion and other communities.
“Both parents and professionals consistently tell us how much they value the opportunity to discuss this issue and how to gain access to other resources of support.”
The Stop it Now! campaign operates a Freephone confidential helpline – 0808 1000 900 – which people can call for advice and support in relation to child sexual abuse issues.
Residents of Ceredigion and the surrounding areas can access further information on protecting children from sexual abuse from the Parents Protect! website – www.parentsprotect.co.uk
Notes to Editors:
1. For more information please contact Deborah Denis, Stop it Now! Media and Communications Manager, on +44 (0) 1372 847160, +44 (0) 7540 690315 or email@example.com or Linda Grace, Jig-So Chair of Trustees on +44 (0) 7974 732275.
2. Media are invited to attend the event on July 26th where photo opportunities will be available. The event begins at 11.00.
3. The event will be attended by
· Julie Morgan AM and Chair of the Cross Party Group on Children
· Mr Tim Burton, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys
· Mr Parry Davies, Strategic Director – Care, Protection and Lifestyle and Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board, Ceredigion County Council
· Chief Inspector Angela Reed, Dyfed Powys Police
· Stop it Now! National Manager, Rebecca Morgan
4. Stop it Now! Wales aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children. Stop it Now! believes that it is the responsibility of all adults to take positive action to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Stop it Now! is supported by an alliance of leading children’s charities, working with the government and child protection agencies, to promote public education and prevent child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! helpline has been operating since 2002 and aims to prevent child abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children safely. The Stop it Now! Helpline is funded by the Public Protection and Mental Health Group in the National Offender Management Service of the Ministry of Justice, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, charitable trusts and donors. Stop it Now! Wales is supported by the Welsh Government. www.stopitnow.org.uk Stop it Now! also runs the public education website www.parentsprotect.co.uk.
New report shows more than half of parents and carers do not feel confident to protect their children from sexual abuse – while calls for help relating to protecting children continue to rise
July 17th 2013: Six out of ten (59%) parents and carers are not as confident as they would like to be when it comes to protecting their children from sexual abuse. And if they had concerns only 70% would feel confident to act upon or report these concerns. 7.7 million families have dependent children in the UK which could mean 4.5 million families are lacking the confidence to protect their children.
The only UK-wide charity dedicated solely to tackling child sexual abuse, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, reveals the figures in a new report from its Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Campaign and Helpline.
Data was collected from 2,303 parents and carers who Stop it Now! worked with between October 2012 and March 2013. Parents and carers were asked to rate their confidence levels in a number of areas before attending a seminar on child sexual abuse prevention. Findings show:
· Prior to the workshop only 41% of parents and carers rated themselves as ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about being able to keep their children safe from sexual abuse. Post-workshop this almost doubled to 79%
· Prior to the workshop only 70% of parents and carers stated they felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about acting on, or reporting, any concerns they may have about child sexual abuse. Post workshop this had risen to 92%
· Prior to the workshop, only 27% of parents and carers stated they felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about being able to spot signs of sexual abuse in their child’s behaviour. Post workshop this almost trebled to 79%
· Prior to the workshop only 13% of parents and carers felt ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ about spotting potentially concerning behaviour in an adult. Post workshop 69% rated themselves as ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’
The findings are contained in the Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Helpline and Campaign ten year report, which also shows that calls to the confidential resource climbed from 1,024 in 2003 to 5,676 in 2012. Over the last three years the number of callers has increased at an average rate of 24% each year as the public has become more aware of the Helpline’s existence and as public concern about child sexual abuse has risen.
Calls fall into three main categories of caller:- adults concerned about their own sexual thoughts or behaviour (38%); family, friends and other adults concerned about the behaviour of another adult (27%) and parents and carers concerned about a child or young person’s sexual behaviour (6%). Other callers include adults concerned about children who may have been abused (5%), professionals seeking case advice (13%) and adult survivors of sexual abuse (7%).
Donald Findlater, Director of Research and Development with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and Director of Stop it Now! UK and Ireland said:
“Our report clearly shows that while adults can and do take action to protect a child when they know where to go for help, many are not sure of what to look for and what action they can take if they do have concern. The Stop it Now! Helpline is one of the few places they can go for confidential, expert help, and growing numbers of adults are using the service.
“Child sexual abuse affects one in six children in the UK. Whilst it often hits the headlines, this is typically only after harm has been done. It is a scandal that so little is done to prevent abuse before it happens. Sadly the Parents Protect! sexual abuse prevention seminars, which achieved so much in improving the knowledge and confidence of those best placed to protect their children, have lost funding from the Department of Education, despite on-going demand. The Governments of Scotland and Wales continue to fund Parents Protect work for their parents and carers.
“If we are to take the problem of child sexual abuse seriously, we must behave as if prevention were a possibility. At present it feels like we are resigned to the fact that lots of our children are being abused and we simply wring our hands after the next publicised tragedy. This does nothing to stop it happening and it does even less for the thousands of children suffering abuse in silence.
“We need a public education campaign on the same scale as the drink drive and child obesity campaigns. We need Government to take a comprehensive look at services to prevent abuse from happening as well as to respond appropriately after it has happened – and we need all of this yesterday. Our children deserve nothing less.”
Peter Saunders, Chief Executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said:
“’The majority of adult survivors of sexual abuse who contact the NAPAC support line tell us they were abused by someone they knew.
“It is absolutely vital that parents and carers are confident about what to look for and what to do if they have concerns. It is not up to children to protect themselves and we know very few children disclose the abuse that is happening to them at the time.
“Parents, carers, family members and other protective adults are best placed to protect children but they must be informed and able to seek help and take action if they have concerns.”
The Helpline and Campaign report covers ten years of pioneering work to protect children from sexual abuse. It concludes by stating that to really tackle child sexual abuse in the UK, Government needs to adopt a comprehensive approach to prevention.
The Stop it Now! Helpline is currently the subject of an independent evaluation funded by the EU and conducted by NatCen Social Research, Britain’s largest independent social research organisation. Due to conclude in Spring 2014, the evaluation will inform the development of similar sexual abuse prevention helplines elsewhere in Europe.
Notes to editors:
For interviews contact:
Donald Findlater, Director of Research and Development at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, on +44 (0) 1372 847160 | +44 (0) 777 853 2851 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Denis, Media and Communications Manager at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, on +44 (0) 1372 847160, +44 (0) 7540 690315 or email@example.com
1. About the Lucy Faithfull Foundation
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation celebrated 20 years of protecting children from sexual harm in 2012. Named after its founder, Baroness Lucy Faithfull of Wolvercote, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. It works with entire families that have been affected by abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members. Drawing on expert knowledge about child sexual abuse the charity offers a broad range of services for professionals and members of the public. These include: assessments, intervention and treatment of known offenders, case specific advice and support, training and development courses and workshops, educational programmes for internet offenders and their families, circles of support and accountability, internet safety seminars for schools (teachers, parents and children) and Parents Protect! training for professionals, parents, carers and other adults. http://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk. It also runs the Stop it Now! Campaign and Helpline (0808 1000 900) www.stopitnow.org.uk and www.parentsprotect.co.uk
2. About Stop it Now!
Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a national campaign and Freephone confidential Helpline. It aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children. Stop it Now! believes that it is the responsibility of all adults to take positive action to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Stop it Now! is supported by an alliance of leading children’s charities including the NSPCC, Action for Children, Children England and The National Association of People Abused in Childhood, working with the government and child protection agencies, to promote public education and prevent child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! helpline has been operating since 2002 and aims to prevent child abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children safely. The helpline is funded by the Ministry of Justice, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation and donations. www.stopitnow.org.uk
 Office for National Statistics, Family Size 2012