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Lawyer crowned Entrepreneur of the year for the South of England


Penina Shepherd, the Founder and MD of ACUMEN BUSINESS LAW, has been named as the winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year category in the South of England by the British Chambers of Commerce.


The competition covered London, Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.


Penina founded the company in 2007 with a clear vision to revolutionise the way business legal services were provided.


Five years on and the firm now has more than 650 corporate clients and a team of commercial law experts offering services in all aspects of employment, dispute, contract, media, intellectual property, property, trademark, business sale and insolvency law.


ACUMEN has scrapped the hourly rate charging system replacing it with a fixed-free pricing model for all non-contentious matters. It has also revolutionised the culture and ethos associated with the legal profession by making sure its people are accessible, approachable and unpretentious.


Company staff step forward to support charity month Penina Shepherd


Penina said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this title. It is fantastic that a lawyer is receiving such accolade and recognition in the business community, this is particularly so bearing in mind the current economic climate generally and the changes in the legal industry specifically.”


firm’s Crawley and Dudley manufacturing plants took part, supported by the Mo Sistas.


Employees at Sussex-based Vent-Axia, the UK’s leading ventilation company, supported Movember to raise funds for men’s health awarenesss, specifically about prostate cancer and testicular cancer.


Male staff became Mo Bros for November to support the global charity initiative Movember, which is committed to changing the face of men’s health.


Tony Pill, an employee at Vent-Axia and the company’s face of Movember


Mo Bros started November with clean-shaven faces, then grew moustaches. Staff at both the


The company also supported the firm’s electrical wholesalers and their customers to take part.


Lee Nurse, Marketing Director at Vent-Axia, said: “We are keen to support Movember to help raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.”


Vent-Axia donated £1 to the charity for every Silent Fan it sold during Movember.


In total, Vent-Axia raised almost £5,000 for Movember.


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