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CITY NEWS - April 2013

Welcome to the April 2013 edition of CITY NEWS!

Well, we have an exciting few months ahead of us here at Park City.  Thursday 25th April will see our Business Growth partner event taking place at Stock Brook Manor, Stock - an opportunity for guests to glean useful hints and tips from our guest speaker, Steve Clarke - one of the country's leading experts on grassroots sales and marketing strategies - followed by an exclusive networking opportunity with like-minded business owners and directors from around the region.

We will also be co-hosting an exclusive evening event at the historical Layer Marney Tower on Wednesday 9th May that will be of particular interest to those family businesses out there, like ours.  Nicholas Charrington, the current owner of this stunning venue, will provide a brief history of the Tower from its links with Tudor England to it's recent hosting of the Antiques Roadshow.  And we are proud to boast that we will be joined by none other than Hugo Fenwick, of the world-renowned Fenwick Department Store chain, to talk to us about his thoughts on family businesses and the company's recently approved plans for a £30 million investment into Colchester's very own William and Griffin store.

As we've now officially entered British Summer Time, we can but hope that we have finally put the cold winter weather behind us - athough it doesn't much feel like it at the moment!  Let's hope April will bring sunnier - and hopefully warmer - weather, without too many of those much-sung-about 'April showers'...!








Juliet Price
Managing Director



Facebook and Employment

As the number of cases regarding dismissals for the misuse of Facebook at work or in relation to employment increase, employers are being advised to revise their related policies to adequately protect them when considering disciplinary action against their staff as a result of misuse of social media. We must be mindful that for many Facebook is an accepted forum for frank discussion with not just friends, but friends of friends, and derogatory statements about the employer can potentially bring the Company into disrepute. [Read more]


April deadline for changes to deadlines

Small businesses may struggle with new Government legislation that comes into force this month, it has been claimed. [Read more]


'In Conversation With...'

This edition of CITY NEWS, see the reintroduction of this popular feature.  This issue, I'm talking to Wendy Twydell, Park City's Business Development Manager. [Read More]



Teenager set on fire while on school excusion

A teenage girl has been left with permanent scaring after she was engulfed in a fireball while using a cooking stove during a school camping trip. [Read more]



Tuesday 16 April 2013, 9.30am - 12.00pm

MANAGING A DISCIPLINARY Management Skills Training
Wednesday 15 May 2013, 1.30pm - 5.00pm

COACHING FOR RESULTS Management Skills Training
Tuesday 21 May 2013, 9.30am - 1.00pm

IOSH MANAGING SAFELY TRAINING 4-day Accredited Training Course
commencing Wednesday 5th June 2013, 9.30am - 4.30pm each day

Tuesday 18 June 2013, 9.30am - 12.00pm

Wednesday 10 July 2013, 9.30am - 1.00pm



Following our attendance at the 2013 Business East Exhibition at Colchester's Weston Homes Community Stadium, we are pleased to announce the winner of our Magnum of Champagne business card draw as Robert Murray, of Core Data Systems.

We would like to thank all those of you who visited us on our stand, or joined us for our VIP Reception. It was great to have the opportunity to catch up with you.











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