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Surrey woman to run London marathon for local sexual abuse charity close to her heart, as government cuts hit the charity’s prevention work

April 12, 2013: After months of training Krystal Newbury, 32, an Administration Manager from Epsom, is going through final preparations for the London Marathon on Sunday, April 21st. 

Krystal is raising funds for the Surrey based Lucy Faithfull Foundation and its Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Campaign and Helpline which work to prevent child sexual abuse – a charity very close to her heart. 

The Foundation has been working to tackle child sexual abuse since 1992 and launched the Stop it Now! Campaign and Helpline in 2002. The Confidential Freephone Helpline, which operates from Surrey, is available for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. Due to a decision by the Department for Education to not provide funding to Stop it Now! England, the campaign now has limited capacity to deliver its successful sexual abuse prevention programme, Parents Protect!. The Helpline is also looking at cost-cutting measures despite a continued increase in demand for its services. 

Krystal selected the Foundation and Stop it Now! as her chosen charity because tackling child sexual abuse and protecting children from harm is a subject very close to her heart. She said:

 

“Someone I know was sexually abused as a child and I have seen first-hand the impact it can have.  Being so close and seeing them live a daily battle is heartbreaking. I have struggled at times with feeling so angry about the trauma they have suffered, are still suffering and will always suffer. Knowing that I am helpless to say any words of comfort to help marginally soothe their pain is really hard. 

“By raising money through running the London Marathon I want to help The Lucy Faithfull Foundation make a difference to the lives of others. The Foundation not only assists victims and the families of those affected, it also works to prevent child sexual abuse from happening in the first place.

“I’d also like every adult in Surrey to do just one thing to protect a child – that could be visiting the Parents Protect! website to get tips on keeping children safe or it could be talking to their child’s nursery or school about their child protection policies.”

Spokesperson for the Foundation and it’s Stop it Now! Campaign, Deborah Denis, said:

“Child sexual abuse is a real issue that affects around one in six children across the UK. In Surrey, this could mean at least 45,000 children are affected.

“While it is a problem that has always been around, recent media coverage of cases such as that of Jimmy Savile have brought it to the forefront of people’s minds. And while demand for our services, and crucially our Parents Protect! prevention programme, have never been greater, we unfortunately we don’t have the funds to meet the ever growing demand. That’s why support from people like Krystal is so greatly appreciated. She’s a fabulous supporter and we wish her all the very best for the Marathon which she has trained so hard for.”

Krystal originally set a target of raising £1000 but has already exceeded this and raised over £1800. 

To make a donation in support of Krystal’s determination search for ‘Krystal Newbury Virgin Money Giving’ online or go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=KrystalNewbury 

To find out more about how you can protect children from sexual abuse visit www.parentsprotect.co.uk 

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Notes to editors:

For more information and/or interview opportunities with Krystal or Deborah, please contact Deborah Denis on ddenis@stopitnow.org.uk | 01372 847160 | 07540 690 315

1.       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 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 and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. www.stopitnow.org.uk 

2.       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

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WhosOff.com wins the HR & HCM [SME] award at the UK’s Software Satisfaction Awards

Canterbury, Kent. October 16th 2012. WhosOff.com won the UK’s Software Satisfaction Award on October 11th, in the “HR and Human Capital Management – SME” category, for its globally used online staff leave planner, WhosOff.

The awards night, held at Harrods, was hosted by author, humourist, broadcaster and actor Gyles Brandreth, who was on top form and presented WhosOff.com co-founder and director Philip Cross with the award.

Says Cross, “We are really proud to be flying the flag for Canterbury-based businesses and count local firms such as Motorline Group, Heritage Transport and Intake Engineering among our many users. In addition we were delighted to be on the winners’ rostrum alongside some of the biggest names in business-to-business software such as Salesforce, AVG and PostcodeAnywhere, among others.

“We’d like to thank all those customers who voted for us. It was their votes – for our excellence in customer service – that propelled us to the winning spot.”

WhosOff co-founder Philip Cross [left] with Gyles Brandreth

Cross adds that while WhosOff.com is keen to mention its local customers and presence, the company also helps UK exports with its users in more than 40 countries around the world.

Users pay by monthly-based subscription and access WhosOff.com via laptop or desktop computers or by WhosOff’s mobile app for the iPhone and Android.

“WhosOff helps businesses reduce the time and money spent on paper-chasing staff leave requests around the office,” says Cross. “Users love it because it means they can forget about managing the mundane tasks of finding out how much holiday people have remaining, and when they’re off and when they’re not. WhosOff does it all for you, regardless of business sector.”

More at:
http://www.whosoff.com/blog/SSA2012-WINNERS-HR-and-HCM-SME-Category
and http://www.softwaresatisfaction.co.uk

About WhosOff.com

Founded in Canterbury, Kent, in 2006, WhosOff.com offers a free, two month trial period of its full service, to enable users to fully evaluate it. The tool is used by more than 800 companies globally – 600 in the UK alone. Users include small businesses of four staff up to blue chip global companies with thousands of staff. WhosOff is a registered trademark in the UK and US. It is also available via a handy mobile app for the iPhone and Android.

Web: http://www.WhosOff.com Email: phil@whosoff.com

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Note to the media. For further information please contact:

Philip Cross, WhosOff.com, phil@whosoff.com +44 (0) 1227 764806
or see http://www.whosoff.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR
paul@western-pr.com (+44 (0)1403 711177

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Online staff leave planner WhosOff.com shortlisted for the “Smarta 100, together with O2” Awards

Canterbury, October 12th, 2012. Online staff leave planner WhosOff.com is through to the finals of the “2012 Smarta 100, together with O2” Awards, described by Smarta and 02 as “the ultimate index of the UK’s savviest, supremely disruptive, most resourceful and socially-beneficial small businesses.”

WhosOff.com, used by 800 companies around the world, 600 of them in the UK, will learn next month if it has gained the £10,000 prize as overall winner, or if it has won one of six special awards for innovation, technology, resources, marketing, people and social impact.

All winners will be announced at The Smarta 100 Awards final on Thursday, November 8th at London’s Proud2, The O2, Greenwich. Voting is already under way by judges Theo Paphitis (Ryman and Dragons’ Den), Sháá Wasmund (Smarta), Ben Dowd (O2 UK), Rowan Gormley (Naked Wines), Mike Soutar (ShortList Media), Thea Green (Nails Inc) and Alastair Lukies (Monitise). The £10,000 prize is courtesy of 02.

It is the second time in two months that WhosOff.com – used in 42 countries around the world, by start-ups, SMEs and blue chip corporations – has featured in a UK-wide award. In August, WhosOff.com was shortlisted for the Small Online Business of Year Award at this year’s National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, the winners of which will be announced on November 13th.

Philip Cross, co-founder of WhosOff.com, said, “Our staff are delighted once again to see their hard work recognised and get through to an award final. They have helped us take WhosOff.com from an idea to a global enterprise that generates income from each of the tens of thousands of users on it. This a great day for the company and British innovation.”

In total, 2012’s Smarta 100 are generating revenues of over £200 million a year and employing more than 1,104 people. Sixty six per cent of the 100 – WhosOff.com among them – are self-funded.

More at http://www.smarta.com/smarta100

About WhosOff.com

Founded in Canterbury, Kent, in 2006, WhosOff.com offers a free, two month trial period of its full service, to enable users to fully evaluate it. The app is currently used by more than 800 companies globally – 600 in the UK alone. Users include small businesses of four staff up to blue chip global companies with thousands of staff. WhosOff is a registered trademark in the UK and US. Web: http://www.WhosOff.com Email: phil@whosoff.com

About Smarta

Smarta is the UK’s leading online resource for start-ups, small business owners and entrepreneurs. Smarta also operates Smarta Business Builder, a cloud-based toolkit offering accounts, website, email, legal docs and business planning software from a single web page from £20 a month. Smarta was founded by Shaa Wasmund and is backed by some of the UK’s top entrepreneurs, including Deborah Meaden, Theo Paphitis, Michael Birch and Sir Richard Needham. At the heart of everything Smarta does is a commitment to encourage more people to start and grow successful businesses.
Smarta is supported by RBS, Intuit, NatWest, Viking and Mishcon de Reya.

About O2

O2 is the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited and is a leading communications company with over 23 million customers – read more about O2 at http://www.o2.co.uk/news

O2 runs 2G and 3G networks and was the first to trial 4G/LTE, reaching speeds of over 100Mpbs, as well as owning half of Tesco Mobile. It also operates O2 Wifi, O2 Health, O2 Unify, O2 Media and has recently launched the O2 Wallet. O2 employs over 11,000 people in the UK, has 450 retail stores and sponsors The O2, O2 Academy venues and the England rugby team.

Telefónica UK Limited is part of Telefónica Europe plc which uses O2 as its commercial brand in the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, Germany and the Czech Republic and is a business division of Telefónica SA.

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For more information please contact:

WhosOff.com
Philip Cross, WhosOff.com, phil@whosoff.com +44 (0) 1227 764806
or see http://www.whosoff.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR
paul@western-pr.com (+44 (0)1403 711177

Smarta

Smarta press office contact:
Nick Giles (Seven Hills) nick.giles@sevenhillsgroup.co.uk
020 7199 2200
Or Henrietta Walsh (Seven Hills) henrietta.walsh@sevenhillsgroup.co.uk
020 7199 2200

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Dinamiks Ltd appoints Dawn Russell Consulting Ltd as a channel partner for its online employee performance management tool

August 15th 2012, Chichester. Dinamiks Ltd, the developer of Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool, has appointed Dawn Russell Consulting Ltd – dawnrussell.org.uk – as a channel partner with a specialism in the SME and housing association sectors.

The appointment allows West Malling [Kent]-based Dawn Russell Consulting to provide Dinamiks as a new service offering.

Proven in the UK and across continents, Dinamiks is a UK-developed cloud application designed for use in employee performance management, talent management, identifying why some staff are star performers, compliance, the support of personal development plans – and ensuring all staff pull in the same direction to the benefit of the employer organisation.

Dawn Russell’s company joined the channel partner programme “first, because Dinamiks provides the tools businesses need to manage the performance process within their organisations, and secondly, because it aligns objectives to business goals, which focuses everyone on the main drivers for business success and growth, she said.”

Improving staff efficiency should be paramount at all times, but is especially so now, she said, adding, “I’m a passionate advocate of information and performance efficiency across a business. It’s particularly relevant in 2012 – and looking ahead to 2013 – when businesses need to make sure their staff perform the right tasks to ensure that all aspects of the business pull together.”

Dawn Russell

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd, welcomed Dawn Russell Consulting as a channel partner. “We are pleased to have Dawn’s company on board to let SMEs and housing associations know that Dinamiks can help them maintain or improve high levels of service while reducing costs or preventing them from rising,” she said.

About Dawn Russell Consulting

Founded in 2010 by Dawn Russell after working in blue chip management consultancies in London, social housing and financial organisations, Dawn Russell Consulting helps SMEs implement business and process changes, including analysing and assessing current ways of working, advising on service improvements and system and solution implementations; developing training materials and delivering training to staff; developing policies, procedures and operating manuals to support implementations and new ways of working – ensuring the full information management lifecycle is supported.

More via dawn@dawnrussell.org.uk

Dinamiks at a glance

Available 24/7 via secure web access; reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns employees’ objectives with the business goals; helps deliver up-to-the-minute appraisals and saves a huge amount of time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training or coaching and/or other development is required; helps with compliance [including Bribery Act 2010 issues] and employment law; helps with ePDPs; identifies the stars and poor performers; aligns business goals and objectives to the annual Personal Development Review [PDR].

Dinamiks also provides for a personal development plan for recording progress against planned development targets. More at: http://www.dinamiks.com

 

 

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Note to the press.  For further information please contact:

Dawn Russell, Dawn Russell Consulting,

Tel (+44) (0)1732 848374 | 07800 945116

dawn@dawnrussell.org.uk

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd

Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835  shirley.barnes@ikdevelopments.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR

(+44) (0)1403 711177  paul@western-pr.com

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FORMAX places order for Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool

June 28th 2012.  After a three month evaluation of Dinamiks, FORMAX – a global manufacturer of reinforced composite materials used in the automotive, wind energy and marine sectors – has purchased a licence to use the online employee performance and talent management tool.

Developed by Dinamiks Ltd of Chichester, Dinamiks will be used by FORMAX to “standardise the company’s appraisal process across departments and achieve greater efficiency for all staff – management included, ” says Oliver Wessely, Managing Director. “These were the core business drivers behind our decision to use an online tool like Dinamiks.”

The three month trial came after the Leicester-based company researched a range of employee performance solutions.

Dinamiks was chosen “because it appealed as a user friendly, online and good value option and impressed us with the customer support provided during our trial period – which has continued to be similarly responsive now that our subscription has gone live,”  Wessely said, adding:

“It can be run by managers almost totally on their own, which has the benefit of minimising the need for Human Resources staff to be involved in the appraisal process.”

Another benefit “is that the objectives set for senior managers have doubled as an agenda for monthly senior management meetings. That has helped with focus and ensuring objectives are attended to and met.”

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd, said FORMAX joins other leaders in their fields as users of Dinamiks, including firms in computer security, oil and gas, commercial property interior design, pharmaceutical manufacturing and marketing, and banking.

FORMAX is a leading global manufacturer of composite reinforcements, specialising in the production of lightweight carbon fibre multiaxials and highly engineered glass fibre and aramid fibres.

Dinamiks at a glance

Dinamiks is proven across continents, available 24/7 via secure web access, reduces costs and inefficiencies, develops and motivates staff, aligns employees with business goals, helps deliver up to the minute appraisals, improves HR processes, shows where training or coaching is required – and helps with compliance and employment law across sectors.

More about Dinamiks at http://www.dinamiks.com

More about FORMAX at http://www.formax.co.uk

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Note to the press. For further information please contact:

Or Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd
Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835 shirley@dinamiks.com

Or Rob Wilder, Sales and Marketing Director, FORMAX (+44) (0) 1162 752 200 rob.wilder@formax.co.uk

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR, (+44) (0)1403 711177
paul@western-pr.com

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Content provider Immediate Network Ltd signs up for Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool

March 27th, 2012 – Dinamiks Ltd, Chichester. Media content creator and  provider Immediate Network Ltd has bought an annual licence to use Dinamiks, the online employee performance management tool from Dinamiks Ltd.

Guildford-based Immediate Network will use Dinamiks to set objectives for employees and monitor their performance against these, says managing director John Blauth, adding, “This will be good for the business because it will bring us greater efficiency and deliver extra clarity as to how we set priorities and manage projects to completion.”

Blauth was motivated to bring Dinamiks to Immediate Network “because small business MDs are often less than excellent at being strategic people managers – and I’m no exception.

“Immediate Network is first-class at delivering content and communications for our clients, but we could not claim that our staff management is as good as it should be,” he says. ” That will change and a structured employee performance and objectives tool like Dinamiks will help.”

Blauth chose the tool “after online research indicated it would do what we want and do it cost-effectively” – and plans to take a hands on approach, with his operations director, to its rollout. “The principle underlying Dinamiks is brilliant,” he says.

About Immediate Network

Founded by journalist Blauth in 2000 as a contract publisher, Immediate Network provides written content to the aerospace, automotive, engineering, scientific and media sectors. Services include content for e-newsletters, customer magazines, brochures, press releases, websites, social media and exhibition material. The company also provides clients with press and sector digests. More at http://www.inluk.com

Dinamiks at a glance

Available 24/7 via secure web access; reduces costs and inefficiencies; develops and motivates staff; aligns employees’ objectives with the business goals; helps deliver up-to-the-minute appraisals and saves a huge amount of time in the appraisals process; helps in the setting up of competency frameworks; shows where training or coaching and/or other development is required; helps with compliance [including Bribery Act 2010 issues] and employment law; identifies the stars and poor performers.

Dinamiks also provides for a personal development plan for recording progress against planned development targets. More at: http://www.ikdevelopments.com

 

 

 

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Note to the press. For further information please contact:

Shirley Barnes, Client Relationship Director, Dinamiks Ltd
Tel (+44) (0)1243 538835 shirley.barnes@ikdevelopments.com

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR
(+44) (0)1403 711177 paul@western-pr.com

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The World Birthday Connection – launching worldwide February 29th, 2012, at www.wobycafe.com

February 27th, 2012. Chertsey, Surrey, UK.  A new social networking website – WobyCafe [www.wobycafe.com] – is launched by The World Birthday Connection on February 29th 2012 and aims to connect those who share the same birthday wherever they are in the world.

The launch kicks off with a “leaperthon”* party in London on February 29th  for those born on that leap year date.  Membership of WobyCafe is free and the website can be viewed by members and non members alike, although members have privileges.

WobyCafe says the leaperthon will set a world record for the number of people born on a leap year attending a party.  “Up to 50 have been invited and so far there is no world record for such an event – so we will set a record,” says WobyCafe spokesman Ian Lynch.

Originally the brainchild of a British musician, trombonist Allan Tidbury,  WobyCafe points out that 19 million people globally share the same birthday every day, including 37,000 in London and 87,000 in Tokyo alone.

“Whether you are rich or poor, western or eastern, north or south, WobyCafe gives you the chance to say Happy Birthday to the world, to join in with other revellers and get curious about people from all walks of life,” says Tidbury. “You don’t have to be alone on your birthday or feel you can’t share it some more. http://www.wobycafe.com gives you the chance to connect with lots of people – from all walks of life around the globe – and celebrate.”

WobyCafe.com – the new place to social network and meet people who were born on the same day, starting this leap year — 29-02-12

More about http://www.wobycafe.com

Woby is short for World Birthday and WobyCafe stands for one World, one People, one Day, every Day.  It is a website for connecting, sharing, watching, learning and having fun when celebrating your birthday.

“We live in a world of difference; different cultures, different countries, different languages, different genders and different viewpoints,” says Tidbury. “And yet, despite all our differences, we all have the common bond of our sharing a birth on this amazing planet.

“It’s a people’s project, where our intention is for people to be an active part of something that, in its own small way, can hopefully make a difference for a better world, break down barriers and allow all of us to have fun celebrating 365/366 days a year.”

History of the WobyCafe project

In 1977, Allan Tidbury and his brother Nick were clearing up after a Friday night in their parents’ pub in New Haw, England, following a birthday party celebration. Allan told his brother, “Imagine what the atmosphere would have been like if there had been lots of people all born on the same day celebrating their birthday together tonight.” Nick said “what a great idea”, and the brothers imagined how that might work. Like a lot of great ideas conceived on the fly, the idea soon slipped
into their subconscious, half forgotten.

Fourteen years later, the two brothers, who by now were both professional musicians, were touring in Switzerland and across the rest of Europe. Taking a much-needed break from their busy schedule, Nick remembered Allan’s original idea and the two began to make notes on how they could gather people together for a party, all of who would have been born on the same day.

In between gigs, they explored possibilities for how they could make this happen. Back in England, they met Rosemary Dodd, daughter of the cartoonist Maurice (co-creator of the Perishers comic strip) – www.toonhound.com/perishers.htm – and together they worked on designs that would one day contribute to the WobyCafe project.

So, the idea began to take shape – but it really needed the internet to be able to happen on a broad scale.  In January 2011 Allan discussed the idea with a friend, Ian Lynch, public speaker, toastmaster and member of The Happiness Project, which runs courses on “happiness”.  Ian said, “Allan you have to do this – it’s an idea whose time has come.”

The two shook hands on it and over the next 12 months a global team began to take shape, and on February 29th 2012, The World Birthday Connection becomes a reality.

Allan says, “WobyCafe is a project for a happier, more connected world.   It’s a party for life, for the life of all of us.”

Web: www.wobycafe.com

For more information contact leila.wyatt@wobycafe.com

*Says Allan Tidbury, “The leaperthon aims to connect as many ‘Leapers’ – those born on the 29th – as we can from around the world, to create a wave that spreads from Kiribati, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, and New Zealand, to American Samoa, for a full two days of celebration. Taking into account the international date line, everyone’s birthday is actually celebrated over two days due to the date line – e.g. Fly from New Zealand to the Cook Islands and you can live your birthday again.”

Allan is an international trombonist who has performed extensively around the world at various levels, from pubs to international festivals, including Montreux Jazz Festival. He still plays in various bands, including the SkaSouls. http://www.theskasouls.com  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IylC6zLjhHg – and will perform at the leaperthon with The Fabulous Allstars.

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Note to the media: for more information please contact

Leila Wyatt, WobyCafe, on leila.wyatt@wobycafe.com or  +44 (0)1932 560308

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR on paul@western-pr.com Or +44 (0)1403) 711177

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