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North Cheshire Chamber

Everybody launch Junior Awards nominations for 2024

Everybody launch Junior Awards nominations for 2024

(Photo Caption – L-R: Andrew Kolker Chairman at Everybody Health & Leisure, Peter Hargreaves Chairman’s Award Winner, Chris Jackson Holmes Chapel Parish Council, Diana Tames from Holmes Chapel Parish Council)

Everybody Health & Leisure are delighted to announce that nominations for the 2024 Everybody Junior Awards are now open. These awards will recognise and celebrate children aged 4-15 years for their inspirational efforts and contributions to local sporting and activity success in Cheshire East, between 19th October 2023 – 14th July 2024.

You can nominate in categories including:

Active Family of the Year – A family that has shown immense dedication to remaining healthy and active together within the past 12 months.

Rising Swim Star, for ages 4-8 years, 9-15 years – A swimmer participating in the Everybody Swim programme who always listens to instructions, is enthusiastic to achieve and gifted in the water. They also support other learners in the group and the swimming teacher too.

Sports Personality of the Year, for ages 5-8 years, 9-11 years and 12-15 years – Individuals who have competed and achieving at local, regional or national level in a sport or several sports, shown an ability to lead by example and support others.

Everybody Junior Member of the Year – An Everybody member who has shown great dedication to keeping healthy and active.

Unsung Junior Hero Award – Someone who has given their time to a local sports club or community group, ensuring that they can provide their services to as many people as possible.

Previous winners include skilled Football Players, Karate stars, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts and many more!

Kerry Shea, Director of Health & Communities at Everybody Health and Leisure shared:

We are very excited to welcome back the Everybody Junior Awards for 2024 in celebration of our 10th birthday. They are one of our favourite awards of the year and we love hearing the fantastic stories of our young local athletes. We can’t wait to read all your nominations and we are sure there will be some difficult decisions when it comes to picking the winners, so please get your nominations in today!”

After the success of last year, presenting the Junior Awards within local clubs and school assemblies, Everybody are delighted to be doing the same this year and cannot wait to celebrate with the nominee’s family, friends, teachers and club representatives.

Nominations for the Everybody Junior Awards 2024 will close on 14th July 2024. Find out more information and how to nominate here https://everybody.org.uk/about/everybody-junior-awards-2024/

Choppy times for firms must end, says British Chamber of Commerce

Choppy times for firms must end, says British Chamber of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), which represents over 19,000 companies and 18 million employees, said businesses are “not getting used to” post-Brexit trading rules.

The BCC published its manifesto as the election campaign entered its second week with the economy set as a key battle ground in the race for 10 Downing Street.

Overnight, the Conservatives and Labour clashed over VAT. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt claimed Sir Keir Starmer wanted to raise it, which Labour said was “absolute nonsense”.

BCC president Baroness Lane Fox said the next government – whichever party wins – needs to “hit the ground running with meaningful action” to help business.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Shevaun Haviland, director general of the BCC said “the last few years have been choppy times for business”, referring to Covid, inflation and high interest rates.

She added that the group wants to see less friction with the EU on trading goods and movement of people as businesses are “not getting used to” the increased paperwork since Brexit.

With trade agreements up for review in a year’s time, she called for any new deal to make the import and export of food and freedom of movement for workers “simpler”.

The BCC reiterated its call for business rates – which are a tax on a commercial properties such as shops – to be reformed to “encourage growth and investment”.

It also said that artificial intelligence, or AI, could be ” a real gamechanger for businesses”.

But Ms Haviland said “small businesses are concerned about being left behind” and the next government needs to appoint an AI champion to bridge the gap between larger and smaller firms on use of the technology.

The document has been published as political parties spar over VAT.

Mr Hunt pledged in an article for the Daily Telegraph that the Conservatives would not raise the main rate of the sales tax during the next Parliament, and suggested Labour would.

However, shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves ruled out a VAT hike, and strongly refuted Mr Hunt suggestion. The Liberal Democrats also pledged not to raise VAT.

Labour and the Conservatives have also said they will not lift income tax or National Insurance.

But Paul Johnson, director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, the independent think tank, said: “It is worth saying that it is not quite clear what they mean by not increasing things like income tax.

“We know it is baked into the numbers that income tax increases are happening over the next three years because thresholds and allowances are being frozen and that is a significant tax rise over the next few years so you can find ways of getting more money out of these taxes without raising the rates.”

Article: courtesy of – https://www.bbc.co.uk/

Image: Getty

Everybody Health & Leisure is Seriously Social

Everybody Health & Leisure is Seriously Social

We’re serious about doing social good and adding social value to people’s lives here at Everybody Health & Leisure.

That’s why we will be marking the first ever Seriously Social Week in May as part of a national campaign that showcases how the work of charities, like ours, are putting people above profit, connecting communities and helping people to become healthier, happier and more creative, regardless of age or ability.

Seriously Social has been organized by national body Community Leisure UK (CLUK). Starting Monday 27 – each day of the week will focus on a theme to show how companies like ours help create social impact and create happier, healthier communities. Themes include Health & Wellbeing, Environment, Inclusion, Community and Employment & Skills.

Kirsty Cumming, CEO of Community Leisure UK, said: “Our members don’t just deliver public leisure and cultural services, they support social change for the better every day of the week, 365 days a year.

“As social enterprises and charities, they put people above profit. They are run by local people and have everyone’s best interests at heart. This week is about showcasing how they go above and beyond supporting individuals and communities. This is a selfless sector, quietly going about supporting people and communities every day. Not because it makes them money, but because it’s the right thing to do. And we thought it was high time more people know about the great work they do and the difference they make.”

More than 110 Charitable Trusts and Social Enterprises deliver public leisure and culture in Scotland, Wales and Ireland as part of the Community Leisure UK network. Together in 2023 they:

National statistics

Welcomed more than 209 million visits

Worked with 170+ Local Authorities

Collaborated with 100,000+ Community Groups

Reduced carbon emissions by 73%

63% provided warm spaces for the community

75% provided holiday food and activity programmes

Saved the state and NHS £893million through their work getting people more active and healthier

Thomas Barton, CEO of Everybody Health & Leisure, said: “We are proud to be part of a network of charities operating with a social conscience, delivering social good when providing public leisure and culture services. Our core business isn’t about making profit, it is about purpose – helping people first. Supporting society to get healthier and happier, employing local people, creating safe spaces for everybody, connecting communities, working towards net zero and supporting people with quality health and wellbeing services for everybody regardless of age or ability.

“Seriously Social is a brilliant way to showcase not only the difference we make but also why we do what we do.”

Discover Everybody Health & Leisure’s contribution to the national picture in 2023-24, by visiting www.everybody.org.uk/everybody-stats-2023-24/

*Social Value Figure produced by 4Global using data from Moving Communities and DataHub. Full stats can be found at seriouslysocial.org.uk

AstraZeneca Macclesfield Awarded Prestigious Blue Plaque by the Royal Society of Chemistry

AstraZeneca Macclesfield Awarded Prestigious Blue Plaque by the Royal Society of Chemistry


AstraZeneca’s Macclesfield Campus has been awarded a prestigious Blue Plaque by the Royal Society of Chemistry in recognition of a contribution of almost sixty years to science and medicine.

Sarah Dayre, Macclesfield Campus Lead, said: “ We are so proud to receive this award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. It is a true recognition of the incredible work of the thousands of dedicated people who have passed through our Campus working in the service of science and patients across the world – and the 5,000 employees who still do.” “It’s fantastic that we have received this honour in the year we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the merger of the then Zeneca with the Swedish company Astra, to form AstraZeneca.”

Helen Pain, CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “ It’s a great pleasure to share in this celebration of the enormous achievements of chemical scientists at the AstraZeneca Macclesfield Campus. Events like this one are a rare chance to pause and reflect on our shared history, celebrating the vital contributions that chemical scientists have made to our society.”

The Blue Plaque was awarded to AZ in a ceremony held last week. Former AZ employees as well as current graduates and apprentices and RSC-affiliated colleagues from across the Campus were joined by local dignitaries, and representatives from AZ’s local charity partners – the East Cheshire Hospice and the Silklife foodbank.

The event also looked forward to the future, with pupils from Hurdsfield Primary School attending. Also present were pupil’s representing a group of nine schools who AZ partner with to further the awareness of STEM careers in the North West.

Chamberlink Magazine – Spring 2024

Chamberlink Magazine – Spring 2024

What’s been happening around North Cheshire?

Lots! From community events to a new Managing Directors; award triumphs to rebrands, our members have been as busy as ever.  And there are lots of events coming up for you to take part in, whether it’s for charity, for fun or for business networking, we’ve got you covered.

Read all about it and lots more in Issue 22 of Chamberlink, the magazine of North Cheshire Chamber of Commerce.


Chamber Patrons, Beyond Law Group expands into the south with new London office

Chamber Patrons, Beyond Law Group expands into the south with new London office

Following a year of record growth, Beyond Law Group announces the opening of its new premises in Mayfair, London

Beyond Law Group, which was founded in 2017 with offices in Manchester and Cheshire, has announced the opening of its first London office.

Beyond credits the expansion to the diverse nature of its work and increasing demand in the capital and the wider South East region for both its corporate and consumer legal services. For Beyond Law Group’s clients, there is no North / South divide when it comes to charge out rates and fees.

The strategically placed Georgian office, located on Brook Street, Mayfair presents clients with different surroundings to the to the Victorian Warehouse HQ based in Manchester city centre, but with the same unique client experience.

The Group’s corporate and commercial practice, Beyond Corporate, acts for many of the UK’s leading businesses and for them the decision to open an office in the capital was a very necessary response to this demand. Managing Partner James Corlett says: “The London office signals a new stage in the development for Beyond Law Group and its specialist practices, providing the opportunity to enhance our relationships with referrers and clients in the capital which, in turn, we expect to drive significant revenues into the business.”

For the Group’s award-winning Family and Children practice, McAlister Family Law, establishing a more prominent, physical presence in London is a major step forward in their plans for growth both nationally and internationally. Managing Partner Amanda McAlister says: “The new office opening signals the start of what we expect to  be a significant year for Beyond Law Group and its specialist practices having in  the last 12 months have seen a 26.2% increase in organic revenue growth. The London office gives all of our practices the ability to get closer to our valued clients in London and the South, providing the level of service and client experience that we are traditionally known for across Manchester and Cheshire.

Matt Fleetwood, Chief Executive and Founder of Beyond Law Group, adds: “The opening of a London office has been in our sights for some time, ensuring that we provide on-hand support and embrace the power of face-to-face interaction with clients. Moving into one of the City’s most prestigious districts represents an exciting new chapter in the Group’s growth, and demonstrates our commitment to expand into new arenas and create further opportunities for our people.”


About Beyond Law Group

Beyond Law Group is a disruptive, non-traditional legal business which creates, owns and builds specialist legal practices. It currently has a portfolio of three well known, award-winning practices: Beyond Corporate, McAlister Family Law and Beyond Conveyancing. The Group manages its practices independently so that its clients have a sense of the personal service associated with a high-quality specialist practice, at the same time being confident that they are working with a wider, modern legal business.

The Group has revolutionised the industry by being one of the only legal businesses which has successfully established an equal presence and reputation across both corporate/commercial and consumer legal services. As a result, it offers a vibrant and dynamic team culture and diverse environment for its people.

Media contact

For further information, please contact Beth Cregan at beth.cregan@beyondlawgroup.co.uk