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Samantha Harvey


Volunteers prepare for Flower Show


A group of 35 volunteers who help to restore and maintain the historic gardens at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall campus are busy creating an exhibit, designed by Head Gardener Samantha Harvey, for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. The volunteers have been


working alongside Broomfield Hall’s Samantha to restore and develop the Victorian gardens to their former glory by increasing the collection of plants, shrubs and semi-mature trees. Samantha said: “It is an


incredible honour to be invited to exhibit at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Our border is designed to celebrate the history and beauty of Broomfield Hall Gardens at Derby College and champion the work of our amazing volunteers.”


Leadership programme comes to the region


Nottingham-based Workplace Innovation Europe has developed an accredited Leadership and Management programme which recognises that skills development and skills utilisation go hand-in-hand when there is two-way interaction between formal courses and action-based learning. The Leadership for Workplace


Innovation programme is now available in the East Midlands, having previously been launched in Scotland. Results there have been impressive, helping companies achieve transformational changes in working practices and culture. David O’Byrne, Operational


Excellence Lead at a business which attended the programme in Scotland, gained an Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification, with the programme also enabling him to kick-start the company’s change process. He said: “Workplace Innovation Europe teaches you to go and find out what people’s problems really are, to listen to what they are saying, and to work with them to identify how you can help.”


16 business network June 2018 Jonathan Ashworth MP with Glynis Wright


Glynis Wright meets MP to raise national awareness


Glynis Wright, Head of Practice at Leicester-based Glynis Wright & Co, met with MP for Leicester South Jonathan Ashworth recently to highlight the plight of unmarried couples as part of a national cohabitation awareness campaign. According to Resolution, an organisation which campaigns for a fairer family justice system, there are about seven million people in the UK living as unmarried couples, making this the fastest-growing family type in the country. Glynis said: “When you marry in England or Wales,


you’re looking at a 50/50 split of all marital assets if you divorce. This provision does not exist for cohabitees. I urge all couples who are living together, but who are not married, to gather the facts about what they would be entitled to should the worst happen.”


Mr Ashworth met with Glynis to discuss how


Parliament can change the law to give cohabiting couples more protection. He said: “It was extremely enlightening to meet with


Glynis to discuss the growing number of cohabiting couples in Leicester and the issues they potentially face. The meeting has prompted me to write to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) - Lucy Frazer QC MP – to ensure she is fully briefed on the issue. “It’s likely the number of cohabiting couples will


continue to grow in future, and that more people will be affected by these issues. This is why I would urge all cohabiting couples in Leicester and Leicestershire to consider their legal situation and take steps to better protect themselves in the future.”


Recruitment firm aims for the sky


Sky Recruitment Solutions, a Derby-based recruitment agency situated in Derby city centre and Ripley, has made an impressive start to 2018 with a number of key developments and wins. Having recently moved offices to


new and bigger premises at 12 The Strand, in Derby, the company has now been nominated and named as finalists for two awards at this year’s Derby Telegraph Business Awards in the Professional Services and Employer of the Year categories. The nominations come at a time


of expansion for Sky Recruitment Solutions, having recently appointed Craig Cheetham to the role of Ripley Business Manager. Craig joined the business 18


months ago as a recruitment consultant and has now taken on the responsibility of managing the company’s Ripley branch, with the remit of overseeing the continued development and progression of the office as the business continues to grow.


The Sky Recruitment Solutions Derby team Business Development Manager


Max Pitt said: “These are really exciting times at Sky Recruitment Solutions. We are realising our strategy for growth and expansion while simultaneously delivering


high quality work for our clients and showing full commitment to developing our excellent staff, which is highlighted by the fact that we have been nominated for these two prestigious awards.”


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