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It’s difficult to imagine, but not everyone gets as excited about insurance as we do. It’s understandable - with some cover being compulsory and some very highly advised, it can sometimes feel like a grudge purchase.

Tameside Council's executive cabinet have responded to the government's consultation about proposals to reform the planning system.

Local businesses have been playing their part to support the borough's response to the coronavirus pandemic by providing vital items to be shared with residents.

Local businesses and parents are being reminded of the rules and regulations in place to safeguard children who are in employment.

Local organisations with live vacancies and training opportunities are encouraged to exhibit at an autumn job fair.

NTBS will once again be exhibiting at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC In Birmingham from 30th April till 2nd May 2019.

ITS Technology Group (ITS) and local partner Network Connect are holding an event next week to inform businesses based in Tameside about the benefits of the full fibre network that’s on their doorstep which is driving a fibre revolution in the area. 

Full fibre alternative network provider (Altnet) ITS Technology Group announce that Network Connect have joined as a new connectivity partner. Based in the north west, Network Connect will have a key role working with ITS to promote and sell full fibre and wireless services across its 22 networks.

A SHARED procurement service that works in partnership with Tameside Council has won an award for innovation.

Some forms of workplace misconduct may appear so serious as to obviously justify dismissal as a matter of common sense. However, as an instructive decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) showed, the need for even-handed fairness and consistency is a constant in every employment case, no matter how grave (Doy v Clays Limited).

CONGRATULATIONS to Tameside Council worker Alex Milhench who was recognised in the new Greater Manchester Health and Care Champions Awards.

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, Tameside Council fully funded the Key103 bus’s visit to Mossley Hollins High School.

Tameside Council has confirmed the appointment of Brenda Warrington as the local authority’s first ever female leader.


IF you want to end the year with a new career, there’s no better place to start than the next Tameside Jobs Fair.

FOLLOWING the revaluation of Business Rates which took effect from 1 April, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced that a discretionary fund would be made available to local authorities to help them to administer relief that would target and support those business ratepayers who faced significant increases in their bills

Ian Wolstenhulme of pearson Legal looks at your options when things go awry on holiday.


In October 2016, the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor, a former policy chief to Tony Blair, to look at how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business needs.


A BUILDING that is set to become a Tameside landmark has already reached a landmark in its own brief history.
The joint public service centre, which is being built on the site of the old TAC complex on Wellington Road, Ashton, was topped-out on June 21 with the final piece of steel being fixed into place by Kyle Gallagher.
Kyle, who comes from Droylsden, is an apprentice joiner employed by Carillion Training Services and is completing a placement on the scheme.
The ceremony was attended by Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council and Jackie Moores, principal of Tameside College.
Cllr Quinn said: “The topping-out ceremony marks a major landmark in the Vision Tameside project which is now approaching the end of its second phase.
“The joint public services centre will provide a much more customer-friendly environment that provides better services for residents. By incorporating the latest energy saving innovations it will allow us to make dramatic cost savings.
“Of course Tameside Council will only occupy part of the centre. We will be sharing it with our partners from Tameside College. The advanced skills centre will be a fine addition to Clarendon College and the Beaufort Road advanced technologies centre which have already opened.
“I also look forward to renewing our partnership with Wilko, who will have a store as part of the complex.
Tameside College principal Jackie Moores added: “This is a very exciting time for Tameside College. The new campus will accommodate our service courses such as hospitality, travel and tourism, bakery, hair and beauty.
“By having a high-street location in the town centre our students will benefit from direct contact with the public. It will also house some of our advanced vocational academic courses such as childcare and health and social care.


Joanne Jones from Pearson Legal looks at Changing trends in family and living arrangements.

A recent study indicates that a third of parents are not willing to offer an inheritance or financial aid to their married offspring due to the fear of divorce.
The report by Investec Investment and Wealth stated that 30% of adults were unwilling to pass on money to their children due to the risk of money leaving the family through divorce.
So you dont disinherit your nearest and dearest, you need to plan accordingly. In this era of the ‘blended’ family, second and sometimes third marriages, most of us want what we have worked hard to achieve to remain ‘in the family’.
Of the 1,000 parents surveyed, 12% of their children had parted from their spouse and an additional 14% stated unlike their own marriage they had little or no confidence that their children’s would last “a lifetime”.
Extravagant spending was also considered a risk factor, so the Ferrari that the youngest son has planned would have to go on hold if the bank of mum and dad did not pay up.  Some 14% of those surveyed believed that an inheritance would lessen the incentive for their children to “work hard and earn their own money”.
In order to mitigate these risks many parents said they preferred to provide smaller financial gifts to aid day-to-day living, as opposed to larger lump sums, or even skip a generation and bequeath assets to grandchildren.
One in seven stated that they were considering a discretionary trust, something which could be a “useful means to protect family wealth from future divorce within a family.
If you have any concerns in this area you can contact Daniel Prince about a Will or a Family Matter you can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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A recent survey by the Will Aid charity found that over half of all adults in the UK do not have a Will, 51.6% say the reason is they have just not got around to it.

Unexpectedly  high number of celebrity deaths in 2016 had the effect of us all questioning our own mortality, surprisingly some of them with multi-million fortunes had no Will, their affairs left behind in disarray.

IF you want to give your local economy a boost, the answer’s simple – shop small.
For every £1 spent at a small business, at least 50p circulates back into the local economy. That’s why Tameside Council is backing Small Business Saturday (SBS) on December 3.
SBS highlights the 4.9 million small and medium-sized companies around the country which provide a personalised alternative to the mass-produced offerings of anonymous national retailers.
Shopping locally supports traders, their suppliers and the people on whom they depend to run their businesses. It helps the local economy by restoring confidence in the community, which in turn enables businesses to prosper and grow.
The organisers are hoping this year’s event – the fourth – will be the best yet. It has the enthusiastic backing of Tameside’s six town teams, all of which are promoting it on their individual websites.
To add a seasonal twist, the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, will be criss-crossing the borough on December 3, visiting town-centre businesses accompanied by beautiful dogs from Tameside Huskies.
In 2015, customers spent an incredible £623 million at UK small businesses - an increase of almost £120 million or 24 per cent on the previous year. #SmallBizSatUK trended number-one on Twitter throughout the day after more than 100,000 tweets were issued in support of the initiative. These reached at least 25 million people.
Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council, said: “Our borough has many, wonderful small businesses across its town centres and Small Business Saturday has the full support of Tameside Council.
“We have always encouraged residents to shop locally and to look out for the many bargains on offer - that’s the whole point of our Tameside Loyalty Card scheme - but we especially ask them to do this on Saturday, December 3.”

Public Health England (PHE) has now published guidance setting out the key principles that should guide policy making on the use of e-cigarettes in public places and in the workplace.
Nearly 2.8 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes, almost all of whom are smokers or ex-smokers. The guide is aimed at helping employers create policies that will support smokers trying to give up the habit whilst managing any risks specific to their setting.
There is no 'one-size-fits-all' approach as working environments vary. For example, a factory or warehouse is a very different setting from a nursery school, so a different approach will be appropriate in each case.
There are five key areas for organisations to take into account:
Make clear the distinction between vaping and smoking;
Ensure policies are informed by the latest evidence on health risks to bystanders;
Identify and manage risks of uptake by children and young people;
Support smokers to stop smoking and stay smoke free;
Support compliance with smoke-free law and policies.
Under each heading, the guidance provides considerations to enable employers to produce a policy that is suited to their particular working environment.
Legislation under the Health Act 2006 that prohibits smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces, on public transport and in vehicles used for work does not cover the use of e-cigarettes. The devices do not burn tobacco or create smoke but work by vaporising a flavoured liquid for the user to inhale, which is why their use is referred to as 'vaping'.
While debate continues about the absolute level of safety of e-cigarettes, the consensus across England's public health community is that they are significantly safer for users than smoked tobacco. Nor is there any evidence so far of harm caused by second-hand e-cigarette vapour.
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IS your home ready to withstand another big freeze? Does your central-heating boiler need a service? Do your gutters need cleaning? Is your roof watertight?
Whatever the job, you need to be sure it'll be done properly. No one wants to be part of the next cowboy trader story – and that’s where Tameside Trading Standards’ Buy with Confidence scheme offers you peace of mind.
BWC is a list of businesses you can trust. Members are only accepted after a thorough vetting process by Trading Standards which includes criminal records checks. You can contact any of the 200-plus firms safe in the knowledge that you will receive reliable, customer-friendly service.
Alternatively, search for the service you want at
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for environmental services, said: “The reason the Buy with Confidence scheme has been so successful is that it’s all about finding traders you can trust. That’s important for everyone, but especially for old and vulnerable people as they are targeted most by cowboy traders.
“When you do business with a Buy with Confidence member you do so knowing they have been subjected to a long list of strict checks.”
Companies which sign up benefit in various areas:
• Independent recognition of business standards.
• Beneficial publicity.
• A place on the BWC website, including a link to the business’ own website.
• Certification.
• Use of the BWC logo.
• Company’s name on a recommended list of council-approved firms.
• Training opportunities.
• A mediation service in the event of a consumer dispute.
• Regular updates with information about the scheme, new legislation and trade scams.

Think you can create the next must have digital app like Pokemon Go? Are you aged 13 to 18? Looking for something to do in the school holidays?

Job seekers in Tameside are being given the power to instantly search over one million jobs across the country.

Education welfare officers will be visiting Tameside businesses over the next two weeks to check the arrangements for any children they employ.

In an age of fastmoving trends & disposable designs it’s comforting to know that you don’t necessarily have to throw the bath out with the bathwater! Help is at hand…an expert team of specialists will lovingly restore your bath, basin, indeed your whole suite to look better than new (and even a different colour if desired!)

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