Business Doctor gives support centre a lifeline


business adviser based in Bath has helped an adoption support charity get over

£300,000 of Government funding – so it can extend its services of lifelong support for adopted families. Richard Tidswell, of Business

Doctors, who was adopted at birth, used his experience in business development to help secure a grant for The Centre for Adoption Support and Education. The funding from the Department

of Education will now enable The Centre, a sister charity of CCS Adoption, to increase access to therapeutic services. Richard, who supports businesses


Economy powered by UWE Bristol

The scale of the contribution the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) makes to the regional economy has been revealed for the first time. Independent analysts have

measured the impact the university has on the prosperity of the Bristol area in a special report, compiled by Oxford Economics. They calculated that one in

every 79 jobs in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset was dependent on UWE Bristol’s existence. Altogether, the university supported 8,280 jobs in the region and contributed £400.1m to its economy in 2014/15. It says: “UWE Bristol makes a

A team at The Centre for Adoption Support and Education

across the Avon and Somerset area of the national network from a base in Queen Square, said: “This is a charity close to my heart as I’ve experienced the impact a loving family can make. “I was happy to play a small part in assisting the

board in setting out the long-term strategy for The Centre and securing the funding to make it happen.” Richard has since become a trustee of the charity,

which supports families across the South West, on a voluntary basis. He chairs the group helping to establish the site as a regional Centre of Excellence.

The Centre for Adoption Support and Education

offers workshops, courses, activities and social events to help promote attachment – long after the children have been placed. The Centre is a place where families of adopted children can get together and share experiences.

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very substantial contribution to the economy of the West of England. It does so through its own operations, its purchases of goods and services from local suppliers, the wage-financed spending of its staff and the expenditure of its students and their visitors. “In total, UWE Bristol is

estimated to have supported 8,280 jobs in the West of England, and aptitudes that businesses and other employers need in order to thrive and succeed.”

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