Christmas Parties at The Woodman Inn

This year the Woodman Inn is feeling extra festive, and off the back of their highly successful parties in 2018, they are planning this year to be the best yet!

If you are considering hosting your party at the Woodman this year, you might like to know –

Both of their Private & Shared Party Nights will be £29.00 per person, and includes the following:

– A delicious 3-course festive meal
– All decorations, crackers & Christmas novelties
– Evening DJ Entertainment
– Dancefloor to crack out all your favourite festive dance moves on

If you would like the Menu & more information please contact 01484 605 778 or email hello@woodman-inn.com & speak to Chloe.

Chloe advises that “Each guest can choose 1 option per course from the choices in a pre-order, which we collect around 1 month before your party, and all dietary requirements can be catered for.

Party Nights will be held on Thursday’s, Friday’s & Saturday’s throughout some of November & all of December 2019, giving you a choice of either Upstairs in the Woodman Inn or across the road in Thunderbridge Gardens in our Glass Marquee.”

In addition, the Woodman Inn has 19 beautifully furnished en-suite rooms on-site, which can be booked, taking away the stress of transport logistics & you will also receive a hearty Yorkshire breakfast the next day. Please call or email us for pricing.

Provisionally places can be held for up to two weeks, and on completion of the booking they require a deposit of £10 per person to secure your places.

Call 01484 605 778 or email hello@woodman-inn.com & speak to Chloe to book!

STORTHES HALL PARK WINS BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Chamber of commerceStorthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has won the British Chambers of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for Mid-Yorkshire, following its transformation over the last 12 months.

This win, the SHP team hope, is the first of many following four nominations this year alone in the business, tourism and hospitality sectors. The spotlight has been put firmly on the  country venue set in 44-acres of parkland, after a £2m investment helped convert the popular student accommodation site into a top hospitality and wedding venue.

Storthes Hall Park has already been nominated for Business Events Venue of the Year and New Tourism Business awards, as well as a prestigious White Rose Award, due to be announced later this autumn.

Storthes Hall Park Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith said: “We are delighted to gain this recognition for the team who have worked incredibly hard throughout the year to turn Storthes Hall Park into a real destination venue for West Yorkshire.

“We can now look forward to the National Chambers’ finals, as well as our other award nominations in the tourism and hospitality sectors due to be announced later this year.”

Storthes Hall Park is now in the running for a National Chambers Award to be held at the Chamber Business Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 28th November at the Tobacco Dock, London. The Chamber Business Awards is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, recognising and promoting the best of British business.

 

SHP is up against nine other regional winners from across England, Scotland and Wales.

For contact details and more information about Storthes Hall Park please check out their directory listing here –

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park

STORTHES HALL PARK SHORTLISTED FOR TWO HOSPITALITY & TOURISM AWARDS

White Rose Awards 2019 Y Finalist - Storthes HallStorthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has been nominated in two awards for the prestigious White Rose tourism awards that recognises the very best that Yorkshire has to offer.

This is the third award nomination Storthes Hall Park has attracted in less than two months , coming on the back of an extensive refurbishment programme.

SHP will be hoping to lift a trophy after being shortlisted in both the Business Events Venue of the Year and New Tourism Business award categories.

Storthes Hall Park Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith said: “This is turning out to be a transformative year for the Storthes Hall Park and the award nominations are fantastic news for the team who have worked so hard over the past 12 months.”

White Rose Award chair Elaine Lemm said: “This year’s panel of prestigious industry-wide experts have been well and truly put through their paces shortlisting for the recently revamped White Rose Awards. With the standard of entries continuing to rise, competition was fierce, and choosing finalists not easy. With the attention to detail, passion and sheer hard work seen from so many superb businesses, it is easy to see why Yorkshire has an outstanding reputation for tourism and hospitality.”

The glitzy awards ceremony, which celebrates the very best in food, drink, accommodation and attractions in Yorkshire, will take place at the Leeds First Direct Arena in November.

 

Find out more about Storthes Hall Park British Chambers of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for Mid-Yorkshire.

For contact details and more information about Storthes Hall Park please check out their directory listing here –

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park

STORTHES HALL PARK REINVENTED AFTER OWNER’S SEVEN-FIGURE INVESTMENT

Historic venue reaps rewards following new business & marketing strategy  

 Storthes Hall Park near Huddersfield has successfully reinvented itself as a top corporate and wedding venue after adopting a new business and marketing strategy, backed up by a significant investment.

Building: Storthes Hall
Location: Huddersfield, Huddersfield University
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Turnover has increased significantly over the last 12 months as bookings for weddings and corporate events have surged following owners, South Street Asset Management, investing more than £2m in the venue and parkland.

Traditionally been known as offering only student accommodation, in 2018/19 its corporate and team building bookings have grown by an incredible 80 per cent.

Following on from the investment Storthes Hall has since been nominated for four tourism and business awards this year and created further full and part-time roles on the site. As well as a major revamp of the conferencing facilities and accommodation within Storthes Hall, the decision to bring catering provision in-house has proved to be a winning formula.

Storthes Hall Park Operation Director said: “This is been a transformative year for the venue and we anticipate further double-digit growth next year. With that we will create further employment opportunities at the Hall and hope to work with more local businesses and suppliers as part of our community-first ethos.”

Business Development Manager Miriam Pedersen-Smith added: “The award nominations have already helped put Storthes Hall Park on the map as a top business and wedding destination in West Yorkshire, but bringing our catering function in-house also allowed us to source and use local producers which is helping to boost the local economy.”

Storthes Hall Park currently has plans to recruit further staff for the accommodation, marketing and hospitality teams later this year.  It currently offers 83 well-appointed bedrooms including a family/bridal apartment, executive rooms, five contemporary meeting rooms with restaurant and bar facility, all set in 44 acres of parkland.

The new-look website can be found at www.stortheshall.co.uk.

For contact details and more information about Storthes Hall Park please check out their directory listing here –

The Venue – Storthes Hall Park

Travel Counsellors are there for you following the Thomas Cook collapse

After Thomas Cook unfortunately ceased trading this week, it’s so important that those travellers who have been affected are aware of how their holiday may be financially protected.

Travel Counsellors have created this quick guide to give insight and provide useful information on how the protection works.

Have you been affected by Thomas Cook

It’s a subject the Travel Counsellors are passionate about, and they want to help and support all those affected by the recent collapse as much as possible, so if you’d like to speak to someone for further advice about your Thomas Cook booking please call your local representative Gemma Favager from Travel Counsellors.

You can visit Gemma Favager – Travel Counsellors directory listing here – 

Gemma Favager – Travel Counsellors

01484 490026

gemma.favager@travelcounsellors.com

Gemma is on hand to answer any questions you may have and can help you with your holiday arrangements should you need it.

Cliffe House October Half Term

Looking for something to keep the kids busy over the October Half Term?

Cliffe House October 2019 Half TermThen look no further as we have lots of fun activities going on every day, activities include

– Cliffe House Club – Running 9am – 5pm – For those 8 years plus – Activities include Bushcraft, Climbing, Archery, Team building plus lots more

– Climbing wall sessions – For those who are 6+, all equipment provided and full tuition given by our instructors

– Archery – Run in our sheltered range so don’t worry about the weather, full hour session with all the equipment provided

– Fancy Dress Competition – Who has the best costume? Is it you? If so you could win a birthday party worth £200, why not join in??

– Pumpkin Picking – Come along join the fun and pick your own and carve it on the carving station

– Pumpkin Trail – An hours family fun in the grounds of Cliffe House finished off with a Halloween treat if you complete it

– Arts and Crafts in the woods – Halloween themed fun

– Food and Drink available from our kiosk every day

Most activities are pre-bookable here – https://tickets.kirklees.gov.uk/

Cliffe House October 2019 Half Term October

Cliffe House October 2019 Half Term

The kettle is always on

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group is the place where the kettle is always on!

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group is a fantastic playgroup for little ones from birth up to 4 years old.

Held every Friday between 1-3pm during term time at the Clayton West Darby and Joan Club, there is something to do for everyone (even us Mums and Dads!).

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group
Photo taken by John Steel Photography

The lovely ladies that run the group are always warm, welcoming and very friendly. Great for a chat while your little one is off exploring and playing!

The playgroup is held in a bright, clean and well maintained hall, the perfect environment to take your little ones to have a play.

There is a sensory area for babies, toys for all ages and even a craft area with different activities and things to make each week. There has been colour sand picture making, lollipop people, sensory bottles, magic bean planting and lots more! Not forgetting seasonal crafts and card making for all occasions through the year.

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group also provide learning through song as everyone sits down together to sing (and have a dance!) along to well known and much loved nursery rhymes as well as throwing in some new ones too! This is always followed by snack time where a wonderful variety of healthy snacks and drink is provided. There is also Tea and Coffee provided along with the occasional piece of yummy cake for us Mums and Dads to enjoy!

It’s a fantastic place to meet up with new friends and for the kiddies to run around and play together.

Clayton West Baby and Toddler group really is a fantastic place to make new friends and let your little ones run around and play together!

Janene and Kay look forward to welcoming you each Friday afternoon at the Clayton West Darby and Joan Club.

Want to find out more please visit their listing on our directory –

Clayton West Baby and Toddler Group

Get involved with Emley Moor Rugby Club

Emley Moor rugby club are looking for businesses that are local to their community rugby club to get involved in the club.

Emley Rugby Club LogoThey currently have junior teams from Under 7s up to Under 16s for boys and girls and are about to start pre-season training with a new open age team. They are passionate about rugby league and the opportunities and lessons that it gives the youngsters and also about bringing together the local community to enjoy sport and the social aspect that being part of the rugby community also brings.

Emley Rugby ClubThey are currently fundraising in order to build some club facilities which would include 6 changing rooms plus a kitchen and function room so that they can invite their visiting teams and all spectators to enjoy refreshments during and after the games. These facilities will also be open to, and available for, the local business community as well as the schools and other sports clubs.

As part of their fundraising efforts they have put together a sponsorship package and would encourage you to get involved on some level, there are various options available and these are detailed below.

  • For a donation of £100.00 you can get your company name on the wall of fame in the new facilities.
  • For £350.00 you can get your name and logo on the wall.
  • For £5,000.00 you can have naming rights to the new building. This would give you good visibility for your brand inside and outside of the facility and on off-site signage as well as a great social media presence when visitors check in.

For all business partners they endeavour to support your business by actively talking about you and your services/product both on and offline amongst their community, they have a large and growing community of players, parents and supporters who are your potential future customers and they also have links with Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity as well as various business owners throughout the Yorkshire area.

If you would like to support your local rugby league club in any way then please email emleymoorcolts@gmail.com and let them know how you would wish to support the venture.

Light Up the Woods 3 in Cliffe Woods

Do you/your group want to get involved?

On behalf of the event organisers (Cliffe Woods Conservation Group, Made in Clayton West and Upper Dearne Navigators & a number of local residents), you are invited to take part in the third LIght up the Woods event which will be held on Saturday 9th November in Cliffe Woods, Clayton West.
Whilst the event is located in Clayton West, it is a wonderful opportunity for the communities of the Upper Dearne Valley to come together.
Vicki Stratford from Made in Clayton West said “This event has been successfully run for the last two years and has grown each year. We would love you to get involved whether you have done so before or for the first time.”

To be involved you/your group simply need to create some amazing lanterns using appropriate safe materials.  Please note – containers made from glass are not suitable.  The lanterns will need to be lit by other means than naked flames & the lighting will need to be effective. Glow sticks are great on their own, but if diffused by paper or plastic their light diminishes considerably. It would not be good for young people making lights and lanterns to be disappointed by poor lighting.

Last year Navigators stepped in and helped out a couple of displays to ensure they had bright lights throughout the event. They do not always have the resources to hand out free lights, so please, take a look at the various options – some of these are re-useable.
Cheap battery light chains, LEDs, LED sticks, LED Candles, etc, but please make sure they will work in the environment of the woods at night.  What works in a darkened room may be lost in the open woods.
If you would like to be involved in this winter spectacular you must email by the end of WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 2019. 
It would be great if you could inform roughly what you are planning on doing so it can be factored when allocating available spaces. 
If you were involved last year & would like the same space again you can request this.  However it can’t be guaranteed that you will be allocated the same space. 
Please note after 25th September space cannot be guaranteed.

Here are a few important things you need to know.  Apologies if you know them already, if so they can act as a reminder:

  • This is an organic gathering run by volunteers where each participating group/individual will be responsible for themselves;
  • The Cliffe Woods Conservation Group & Made in Clayton West have insurance cover for the event;
  • The Secret Garden area will be used as an arts arena by the Upper Dearne Navigators & will be closed off;
  • There will  be no sparklers, fireworks, glass or naked flames;
  • The route will be a circular walk;
  • No amplified music is permitted;
  • People coming to the event will be encouraged to walk to the Woods & bring a hand torch.  The car park at the entrance to Cliffe Woods will be closed for the evening.  As in previous years in this area there will be a central hub for questions, lost children & first aid.  There will be adult marshalling throughout the event, including setting up & at closing;
  • Refreshments will be available again to purchase at the Clayton West Bowling Club by the Clayton West W.I.;
  • To ensure everyone’s safety there will be an Event Management Plan in place which includes an emergency evacuation plan.  An overall site risk assessment will be carried out on the day & just prior to the event starting;
  • Your group will need to carry out your own risk assessment for the creating & making of your lanterns & delivering them to & from Cliffe Woods on the day of the event;
  • Children under the age of 10 will need to be accompanied by an adult.  We will be making this clear when promoting the event.  If you promote the event & its details (whether internally or externally of your group) we would expect you to state this fact so everyone coming is clear;
  • This is a public event in a public space & there will be no control over who is taking photos or how or where they will be used;
  • There can be assistance available for help with design & ideas. Please just ask us.
  • ON THE DAY you will need to display your lanterns/light display in the Woods by 4.00pm & switch on the lights at dusk (which will be around 4.00pm).  Please allow plenty of time to put up the displays.  It is also a requirement that you take them down at the end of the evening (from around 8.30pm) & take them away. 

By saying Yes to being involved in the event, you are agreeing to all of the above.  Thus ensuring a successful event for all.

Ewan Scott from the Navigators said “If you have any questions please get in touch, we are more than happy to help.  We want to make this event even more creative and fun for everyone involved.”

Five Years’ Growth for Navigators

Upper Dearne Valley Navigators was created five years ago at the request of parents and young people after Ewan and Fiona Scott left the local Scout Group that they’d run for the best part of 20 years.

Ewan Scott said “We had no intention of starting anything else, we felt that we deserved a break. However, within a week of us resigning we had calls from parents and young people asking could we do something for them.

“We trialled a non-uniformed group doing the same activities as we used to do with Scouts and the demand was there, so we set up Upper Dearne Valley Navigators. We are considered by some as competition to the established uniformed groups locally, but in reality, we offer something slightly different that appeals to a different set of young people, only a handful of our current members were ever in Scouts or Guides.”

The new group started officially in September 2014, and the Leadership team was joined by James Drainer, Leanne and Maria Glover and Carol Power, all of whom had previously been part of the team at the Scout Group.

Since then Navigators has grown to offer two age ranges, covering in all, from 7 – 18 years. Across the Group there are 40 youth members and demand is growing.

Activities offered include archery, canoeing, cooking, camps, climbing, games, crafts, fire skills, circus skills, kayaking, laserquest, axe throwing and just about anything else you can imagine.

The group has run two international trips for its older members, one to the Ardennes and the other to Alsace – both included visits to war memorials, visits to The Menin Gate, canoeing, city visits, and much more. A third trip is proposed for 2020.

Additionally, Navigators sponsored a funding application to allow free two hour sports sessions at the Skelmanthorpe Community Centre, with two trained coached for 39 weeks during term time. The Group is open to similar packages that help offer activity to the wider youth and children’s community in the Upper Dearne Valley.

About Upper Dearne Valley Navigators

We are a non-uniformed youth group following the basic principles of scouting as laid out over 100 years ago.  Navigators is non-religious, non-political and we are open to any young person who comes to us with parental support and a real interest in being part of the group.

We are one of around five Navigator Groups in the UK, but interest is growing.

Navigators started in New York City in 2003 when a Scout Troop sponsored by a Unitarian Church found itself at odds with the attitudes displayed by Boy Scouts America towards minorities. The Navigators movement now has 257 Chapters in the USA, it has a group in France, at Toulouse and another in Uganda, plus of course, the UK Groups in Huddersfield, Lincoln, Dover, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, with another two expected to open by September.

 

To get in touch with the Navigators please visit their listing on the HD8 Network

Upper Dearne Valley Navigators

Residential Flats Available To Let

One of our members has asked us to let you know that there are Residential Flats available To Let

PENNINE HOUSE, BARNSLEY ROAD, SCISSETT

First floor 2 bedroom flat with main bathroom and en-suite bathroom.

Kitchen with fitted washer/dryer, oven and hob plus fitted fridge/freezer.

Asking Rent – £525.00

Bond – £605.00

Other flats available from £275 pcm

 

If this is of interest to you, please contact Vickers Carnley on 01924 291500 or isobel.smith@vickerscarnley.co.uk

https://www.vickerscarnley.co.uk

 

Photoshoot with John Steel Photography

Earlier this month the HD8 Network organised a photoshoot with the amazing John Steel Photography, inviting members and other organisations that are involved with the HD8 Network or who ‘Work’ in the HD8 area to come along and have their picture taken.

We used John Steel Photography in 2015 when we built our website, however recently, when designing a pop-up banner for the She Means Business Instagram Workshop that we hosted in June – delivered by Social Progress – we noticed that some of the images were out of date; One business has recently retired and closed their company, another has relocated to Sheffield and others had pursued different avenues in their careers.

So we realised that we needed new images that were representative of the people who currently Work, Rest or Play in the area.

To provide continuity from the previous photoshoot and existing catalogue of images, we asked our ‘models’ to bring props that illustrated their business.  For some this was incredibly easy – for example the Roofer and the Marquee Hire Company – however the services, particularly the online services, were much harder and required much more creative, out of the box thinking, but we got there.  Can you can guess correctly what they do …?

HD8 Network Photoshoot 2019 John Steel PhotographyWe also asked our models to bring their amazing smiles and told them this was a fun shoot, with lots of energy and not your typical ‘professional’ corporate headshot.

The morning was VERY busy, with some people just being able to pop in, squeezing it into their busy working day and others staying for longer and using the time to network and build relationships with the other people that came along.  Jo Cove from ‘Made in Clayton West‘, a local community organisation, said the atmosphere was buzzing and that there was a great bunch of people.

Member and regular attendee of our monthly Meetup networking events, Paul Campbell from the Effective Group, was kind enough to let us the use their new offices at Westleigh House in Denby Dale for our studio.  This was the perfect venue and we thank them enormously.

We are very grateful to everyone involved who came along and made the day super special and more importantly for creating such fantastic images.

However, of course we give all our thanks to the very talented John Steel, who used his own unique personality and banter to get the best out of the models and produce the most amazing photos.  Thank you.

We will be using these photos in our future promotions and literature, so keep a look out for this.  We had so much fun organising and arranging the day, and have a long list of people that would have loved to have been involved but weren’t able to, that we would like to do another soon.

The people and businesses featured, in no particular order, include –

If you would like to feature in these photos or even arrange for a photoshoot at your own premises then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Want to become a member of the HD8 Network please visit our Join area for more information or get in touch.

Stay in touch with our activities by coming back regularly to our website, check out our social media channels and subscribe to our mailing list (using the form at the bottom of most pages on the website).

#SheMeansBusiness Instagram Workshop

She Means Business Instagram training workshopThe HD8 Network were very honoured last month to host the #SheMeansBusiness Instagram training workshop, delivered by the amazing Esther Orridge from Social Progress.

SheMeansBusiness June 2019Local businesses, specifically startups and those adopting social media for the first time for business use were invited to attend and be shown the powers of Instagram and how it could be used for business purposes.

Esther delivered the presentation with her bubbly personality and extensive expertise and knowledge, and all the attendees agreed that it had been a very informative and useful event.

We were certainly inspired and found ourselves with renewed enthusiasm for this promotional publishing tool, prompting several images to be shared in the following days.  We hope to build on this and adopt it as a tool to engage with and find followers, furthering our communication channels.

The key takeaway point for us was that businesses should have a business profile as opposed to an individual account – which is very easy to do.

The training workshop was held at The Venue in Storthes Hall Park – where we hold our monthly Meetup networking events – and everyone agreed that it is the perfect venue for this and many other types of events – it’s even a great place to go for a coffee, something to eat or maybe something a bit stronger with family and friends.  Storthes Hall feels like a hidden gem, as if you are in the middle of nowhere, although you are no more than 15 minutes from Huddersfield Town Centre or the M1 (depending which way you drive).

Stay in touch with our activities by coming back regularly to our website, check out our social media channels and subscribe to our mailing list (using the form at the bottom of most pages on the website).

Want to become a member of the HD8 Network please visit our Join area for more information or get in touch.

What makes the perfect Google Ad?

Google’s paid advertising system, Google Ads, has long been an effective way for companies to be visible for people searching for a specific service, product or topic.

If you are thinking about starting a Google Ads campaign or want to improve the results of an existing campaign, take a look at what makes the perfect Google ad.

  • Write a great headline

  • Address Customers Directly

  • Describe the unique benefits of your product or service

  • Use keywords that mirror the searcher’s query

  • Give customers an incentive to take action

To read the full article please visit Effective Internet’s blog here

The Effective Internet team are experts in creating effective Google Ad campaigns that work.

Their team of Google Ads experts will listen to what you want to achieve from a Google Ads campaign and what budget you have.

They will then carry out thorough keyword research to find the most relevant terms to maximise results.

For more information on their Google Ads management service, get in touch with Effective Internet.

 

Want to see your business featured here?  Check out our membership packages here

Summer Activities 2019 at Cliffe House

Cliffe House is pleased to announce its 2019 Summer Programme of Activities –

What is on summer 2019 Cliffe House HD8 Network· Archery (suitable for ages 6+) Mondays & Thursdays £5.00 – Located in our indoor range, so don’t worry about the weather

· Little Cooks Bushcraft (suitable for ages 7+) Fridays 1pm – 3pm £14.00 – Want to try making some wild garlic butter, pizza’s or bread on an open fire? Then give this a try!

· Climbing Tower – Wednesdays 10.30am – 4pm £3 for 4 climbs or £5 for unlimited– Can you get to the top of all 4 climbs?

· Cliffe House Club – Limited Spaces – £30 – An all day session running from 9am – 5pm – includes walking, canoeing, climbing, archery and bushcraft

· Adventure Playground (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm) – Free access

· Kiosk (10am – 3pm) – Delicious homemade food available all day

· Woodland Walks (ask at the Kiosk for a pack) – Family Fun for only £5, includes outdoor play equipment to enjoy once you have completed the walk

All equipment provided and sessions run by fully qualified and enthusiastic instructors.

BOOK ONLINE AT tickets.kirklees.gov.uk

ALSO WATCH OUT FOR SPECIAL EVENTS BEING RUN THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER MONTHS

Check out our Facebook@CliffeHouse for a full list

Vickers Carnley offers prestigious office suites to let in Denby Dale

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Westleigh House in Denby Dale is a prestigious former Gentleman’s Residence.

Which in recent times has undergone substantial refurbishment and now provides excellent modern office suites having all the benefits of a modern environment yet retaining the characteristics of the old manor house.

The offices have the added benefit of having ample on-site car parking and CCTV monitoring. The property is only a short walk away from the Denby Dale railway station and all the local amenities that the village has to offer.

Westleigh House 400x300Tenants enjoy the relaxed environment of Westleigh House allowing them to create a tight knit community. Communal networking area allows the tenants to enjoy the relaxed, social working environment.

This really is an ideal opportunity to anyone either working from home, or anyone looking to move into a more professional environment.

The landlord offers very flexible terms and all-inclusive packages to suit a tenants needs.

Letting Agents Vickers Carnley are available to carry out internal viewings on relative short notice and interested parties should contact either Lee Carnley or Isobel Smith on 01924 291500 to discuss further.