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In Brief

Chartered accountants Haines Watts Tamworth supported a Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber speaker event with Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher. Representatives from the firm and other

local businesses heard from the Conservative MP, who has served as a member of the Armed Forces Bill Committee, been a member of the energy and climate change committee and was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to then Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. Steve Butler, partner at Haines Watts, said:

“Local issues are important to us and our clients, and we looked forward to hearing what Chris had to say.” Chris Brewerton, senior business

development and relationship manager for the Chamber, said: "This is a major event in our annual calendar in Tamworth. The team at Haines Watts are all about engaging with the local community, their sponsorship of this event was the perfect opportunity to speak with businesses around key local issues and highlight the services they can offer.”

A Tamworth-based graphic design and marketing consultancy is celebrating its 10th birthday. The firm is 52 Degrees North, run by

husband and wife team Paul and Katie Connor and located in Victoria Road. During its decade, the business has built up a varied client list, working across sectors including education, construction and manufacturing, hospitality and more. Ms Connor said: “Reaching our 10th birthday

feels like a momentous occasion. As with any small business, we spend much of our time looking forward – but with it being our birthday, we’ve also been reflecting on some of the things we’ve achieved over the years. “We’ve hit every deadline, delivered thousands

of projects on time and on budget, seen revenue grow and worked shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of businesses and people to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude.”

Major arts festival is backed by Chamber

Lichfield Cathedral: The venue for KT Tunstall’s appearance at the city’s festival

Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber of Commerce has confirmed its support for a multi-arts festival. The Chamber has agreed to sponsor Lichfield

Festival, which this year stars Scottish singer/ songwriter KT Tunstall and takes place 5-13 July. Lichfield Festival features a collection of music,

arts and entertainment, literature and books. More than 50,000 visitors from across the

world visit the festival every year. This year, as well as KT Tunstall, the festival will feature BBC young musician of the year Lauren Zhang, Curzon Brass, Albion String Quartet, Ballet Cymru, the Voces8 choir, Australian violinist Emily Sun and the National Orchestra of Wales. Chris Brewerton, senior business development

and relationship manager at the Chamber, said: “As sponsors of the festival we will be hosting guests at a Friday night comedy at St Mary’s on the 12 July and it’s great to be able to further publicise a hugely positive event for the city to our members and local businesses.

“The festival cannot bring such high quality

culture to the city without sponsorship and support from the Lichfield business community.” Caroline King, development director for the

festival, said: “The Lichfield Festival is excited to be partnering with the Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber of Commerce. “We are winners of What’s On ‘Best Midlands

Music Festival’ 2018 and ‘Best Staffordshire Arts Festival’ 2019, and we bring upwards of 50,000 visitors to the city every summer, positively impacting on tourism and revenue streams for local and regional businesses. “The Lichfield Festival is looking forward to

meeting more chamber members and discussing how the festival can benefit your business.” This year’s festival opens with KT Tunstall on

Friday 5 July in the cathedral and closes with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on 13 July which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Stick Man encourages children to get outdoors

Staffordshire’s National Memorial Arboretum has launched a new free activity trail featuring popular children’s character ‘Stick Man’. Stick Man is a children’s story written by

former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson, and is about a wooden stick which becomes separated from his family tree, and embarks upon an adventure to return there. The trail at the 150-acre woodland Arboretum

- home to more than 370 memorials including the national Armed Forces Memorial - has been designed to encourage children to get outdoors and explore the natural world. The trail has an interactive learning experience

Branching out: The Stick Man trail at the Arboretum 54 CHAMBERLINK May 2019

for three to seven year olds and has been designed to help children go on their own adventure with the character.

Brightly coloured boards featuring Stick Man

and other characters from the story are positioned along the trail to be used alongside a map which can be collected free of charge from the Arboretum welcome desk. The National Memorial Arboretum was chosen

to host the trail as part of a nationwide scheme supported by Stick Man brand-owner Magic Light Pictures and Social Farms & Gardens. Heidi Seary, from Social Farms & Gardens,

said: “We hope that the trail at the National Memorial Arboretum will inspire young children and their families to go on their own outdoor adventure with Stick Man, where they can have fun, as well as learn about the natural world.” The Stick Man trail is free of charge and is available daily until early 2020.

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