Data Protection Changes: Why You Need to Start Planning Now

You may already have read about General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), a major change which will replace the Data Protection Act on 25th May 2018. Are you aware of how the rules will affect your business? Significant changes include: An increase in the responsibility of people and businesses which use and store peoples’ data, including contact information. Large fines for […]

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SAFE Forum Conference: Connectivity

SAFE Business Forum held a successful meeting at Coleg Cambria, Northop Campus on 20/06/17. 52 delegates attended to hear speakers from Coleg Cambria North Wales Police and Flintshire County Council. Direct Line Communications, based in Shotton have 25 years’ experience supporting businesses with Telephony Solutions. Lynne Wood highlighted How The Internet of Things is impacting positively on business performance but […]

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Cyber Crime Event – How to Protect Yourself and Your Business

With cyber crime in the news on an almost daily basis it is important to understand how you can take steps to protect both yourself and your business from these threats. One of the Business Digital Eagles will help you to understand what threats exist and advise on some steps you can take to help protect yourself. Agenda 08:00 Networking […]

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Three Startups Secure Investment from Entrepreneur Gary Dewhurst

Three start-up businesses in Wrexham and Chester have secured investment from entrepreneur Gary Dewhurst, founder of recruitment group Gap Personnel. Dewhurst has invested in 3ecruit, POSability and Codersource, which all operate in the recruitment market. Chester-based 3ecruit, led by Jan Vandewelle, operates as a specialist recruiter to serve the three dimensional technology, architecture and managed print solutions sectors. POSability, also […]

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Counter Terrorism Advice for Business following the Manchester Attack

Information Following the recent multiple deaths and injuries at the Manchester Arena terrorist attack the following points are relevant:- There is an ongoing large scale police investigation Police and partners are doing everything possible to protect the public Policing and security around events and crowded places is being reviewed The attack in Manchester occurred at the end of the event […]

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Pathway to Finance: Brexit, the Future of the UK Economy and Funding for Business

Deeside Business Forum’s latest conference proved yet another success for the organisation with information-packed presentations on where the economy is going, the effects of Brexit and information on financial assistance within the region. Taking place at Catrin Finch Centre at Wrexham Glyndwr University, DBF Chair Askar Sheibani opened proceedings. This paved the way for DBF President Lord Barry Jones PC […]

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Jobs Fair Hailed a Success As 400 Delegates Attend

A few weeks ago on 27 April 2017, over 400 job hunters were greeted by many small, medium and large companies situated in North Wales. In collaboration with Flintshire County Council and Job Centre Plus, many were interviewed and offered positions as employers attending looked to fill over 300 vacancies. Below is a list of the employers who attended. Army […]

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How to Spot a Spoof Email by Pro Networks

This article is by Carl Jarvis of Pro Networks. View their website at https://pro-networks.co.uk/ Related Resources User Sense – 1st Defence from Malware – https://pro-networks.co.uk/first-line-of-defence-from-malware/ Wiki article of Phishing – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing One that knows your home address – https://twitter.com/pronetworksuk/status/718039717078568960 NatWest Bank Scam – https://twitter.com/pronetworksuk/status/705788945385299969 Click a link to view the invoice (and get a virus) – https://twitter.com/pronetworksuk/status/725225982156759040 Example of a […]

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Next DBF Conference: Flintshire in Business – Pathway to Finance

Deeside Business Forum are holding their latest conference on May 23rd at Wrexham Glyndwr University. The event is open to all individuals within the local business community. Info: Pathway to Finance is a challenge for many SME’s starting or growing their businesses. The purpose of this event is to share economic information and look to the future whilst informing of […]

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A55 Junction with A494 and A548 – Deeside Corridor Consultation A55 Junction with A494 and A548 – Deeside Corridor Consultation

The following is from Flintshire County Council We are looking to improve journey time between the River Dee and Northop Interchange. We are carrying out a study to appraise two route options. Summary Project Status: Planned Region/County: North East Wales Cost: £200m, dependant on chosen route Design Consultants: AECOM and Richards, Moorhead & Laing Ltd Why We Are Doing It […]

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Welsh Government Opens £60 million of Opportunties With Aston Martin

Aston Martin contracts worth over £60 million are up for grabs to businesses across Wales following the Welsh Government’s decision to open up its Sell2Wales procurement channel to the luxury car maker, First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced. It is the first time that private sector contracts have been advertised on Sell2Wales and will ensure Welsh SMEs have easy access […]

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Welsh Government Announces Two New Property Development Funds Worth £14 million

The Welsh Government has announced two new property development funds launched with £14 million of EU funds to support business growth and job creation in the North, West Wales and the South Wales Valleys. The £7 million Property for Business Development Grant Fund (PBDG) and the £7m Property Infrastructure Fund (PIF) are each expected to attract £13 million of private […]

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Hillyer McKeown – How Can They Help You?

How Can We Help? Did you know that we cover both business and personal services, and that we offer more than legal services? So, what does this mean for you? By providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ you can be sure to receive a consistently high standard of service. We take the time to understand you, and are committed to helping you with […]

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Apply for a Share of up to £15m for Innovation Projects

Innovate UK is set to back projects that stimulate new products and services through emerging and enabling technologies. The government said it expects schemes to last between six months and three years and will range in size from £35,000 to £2m. It also said it is targeting projects in four areas including: emerging technologies, digital, enabling capabilities and space applications. […]

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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2017

March 6th to the 10th marked the 10th Anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week 2017. Throughout the week we shared stories from our apprentices about why they chose an apprenticeship, what they were learning and what they hope to do once they have completed their apprenticeship. The week ended with a celebratory lunch – including a huge cake! The National Apprenticeship […]

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Brexit Minister David Jones MP Speaks to DBF Members

Rain soaked the Village Hotel Club at St. David’s Hotel in Ewloe. But it did nothing to dampen the atmosphere as representatives from local and national businesses positioned in North Wales assembled for a packed Deeside Business Forum conference. The topic discussed was the impact of Brexit on the North Wales Business community. Prominent speaker for the conference, David Jones […]

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Update on Business Rates

The Valuation Office Agency has completed the revaluation of rateable values and published the draft rateable values online. From this you can check whether the details on which the rateable value of your property is based is correct. The new business rates will come into effect in April, 2017. Visit the GOV.UK page ‘Find and check your business rates valuation’ […]

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Latest Financial Information

Interest free energy efficiency loans in Wales One of the main barriers to businesses implementing energy efficiency or renewable energy projects is the availability of finance. The Carbon Trust can help to overcome that hurdle by providing interest free, unsecured loans from £3,000 to £200,000. For more information, click here. Small Business Tax Relief Small business rate relief has been […]

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Flintshire County Council Awarded Transport Grant

Flintshire County Council has been awarded an £85,000 grant to improve its transport links to key employment sites between the B5129 at Queensferry and Deeside Industrial Park. These are being developed ahead of the planned £50m North Wales metro system. The development will be welcomed across the North Wales community as it will help make travel quicker and more convenient. […]

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Wheelabrator Parc Adfer to Build New Energy Recovery Facility

Wheelabrator Technologies today reached financial close on a new 200,000 tonnes per year energy recovery facility, with construction to commence in January 2017 on the Deeside Industrial Park in Flintshire, North Wales. “To achieve financial close is a significant milestone and I’m extremely proud of our team for making this possible,” said Wheelabrator President and CEO Robert Boucher. “This is […]

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Skills for Employers & Employees (SEE) project

Coleg Cambria would like to inform you of a new project available through European Social Funding (ESF).The £16m Skills for Employers & Employees (SEE) project aims to support employers to build a skilled and adaptable workforce through subsidised training and development. Coleg Cambria is the lead provider of a partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai & WEA YMCA providing training programmes across the […]

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Wales’s Flagship 20Twenty Programme now available to Businesses in Flintshire and Wrexham

Businesses in Flintshire and Wrexham can now take advantage of the subsidised 20Twenty Leading Business Growth Programme delivered by Bangor University in Flintshire and Wrexham in collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University. This programme has been running very successfully for the last six years in South Wales. The aim of the 20Twenty Leading Business Growth programme is to develop the next […]

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Seminar: Business Disputes – Quick & Cost Effective Resolution

Business Disputes – Quick & Cost Effective Resolution: Seminar Tuesday 13th December 2016: 8.30am – 10.30am in the Boardroom at the Northop site of Coleg Cambria Nobody likes commercial disputes but they are part of everyday business life. However, all too often SMEs lose money by failing to tackle disputes early on and worse still, SMEs face a litigation landscape […]

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Press Release: BEN Global Entrepreneurship Week Event

The Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network (BEN) is to host an event celebrating the accomplishments of its members as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016. Established supporters in attendance on Monday include Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM, and the Leader of Flintshire County Council, Councillor Aaron Shotton. The BEN project has sought to support individuals to start […]

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People Problems: How to Handle Difficult Conversations in the Workplace

The workshop is for fast growth firms in Wales and will offer practical advice to handle potentially explosive situations. The invitation is open to selected business leaders in North Wales (particularly those on the Business Wales Accelerated Growth Programme) plus chosen clients of our partner, Hillyer McKeown, one of the region’s leading legal and professional service firms. Tuesday 29th November […]

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Hillyer McKeown: Property Seminar Notes

On 30 September 2016, a Hillyer McKeown seminar entitled, “Getting Your Space Right; Property and Business Growth” was led by Dewi Paddock and James Cullen, members of Hillyer McKeown’s Commerical Property Team. Following the seminar, you can now view the PowerPoint presentation slides below.

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Refgas Receives Multi-Million Pound Order

Refgas, a small family business based in Deeside, has received a multi-million-pound order from Denbighshire-based Duarte Energy for six 1MWe biomass gasification systems. More than four million pounds of orders have been received by local Welsh companies and which during the 18-month project an average 50 employees from each company will be working on the construction of the equipment. The […]

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Getting Your Space Right: Property and Business Growth

Hillyer McKeown in partnership with Deeside Business Forum invites you to ‘Getting Your Space Right: Property and Business Growth’ on Tuesday 8th November 2016: 08:00-10:00: Coleg Cambria (Deeside Campus): Room L14 ‘Getting Your Space Right’ will be an interactive commercial property seminar led by Dewi Paddock, a senior solicitor in the Commercial Property Team at Hillyer McKeown, plus invited speakers. […]

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BEN Global Entrepreneurship Week Event

BEN Global Entrepreneurship Week Event Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network (BEN) Monday, 14 November 2016 from 10:00 to 12:00 (GMT) Wrexham, United Kingdom Flintshire Business Entrepreneurship Network (BEN) invites you to join us at Wrexham Glyndwr University on November 14th at our event taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week. We are pleased to announce that speakers at the event include Cabinet […]

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Parc Adfer: Meet the Buyer Event

Businesses interested in the supply chain opportunities being unlocked by Parc Adfer, the new energy recovery facility for North Wales, are being invited to attend a second Meet the Buyer event being organised by Wheelabrator Technologies.  

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Grant Thornton’s Rob Turner Leads Striking September DBF Conference

On behalf of Mr Sheibani (Chair of Deeside Business Forum) and the newly appointed Board of Directors we wish to thank all of those who attended our Flintshire Business Week event on Friday September 30th at Coleg Cambria. Mr Rob Turner, Associate Director for Grant Thorton gave a fascinating presentation entitled, “Making Growth Happen”. He revealed several data points and […]

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Hillyer McKeown Solicitors Launch Free Business Growth Seminars

The 2016 Flintshire Business Week saw the launch of a series of free business growth seminars aimed at Deeside Business Forum (DBF) members and SMEs in the cross-border region. Justine Watkinson who heads up the Employment law team at Hillyer McKeown led the interactive session, Recruiting Superstars; Attracting the Best Talent Whilst Avoiding the Legal ‘Bear Traps’ assisted by a […]

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UK Steel Enterprise Grant

Flintshire Communities First has been awarded a £1,000 grant from UK Steel Enterprise which will be used to further their enterprise and entrepreneurship initiatives. The money has been split into two £500 grants and members of the Flintshire Enterprise Club were invited to apply by showing how such an award could make a real difference to starting or progressing their […]

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Gap Personnel presentation 10.06.16

Deeside Business Forum – Slide Presentation Gap Personnel are staunch supporters of DBF and have sponsored the refreshments at all the Forum meetings to date. Gary Richards, Regional Manager (07740 824840) and Chrissie Small, Branch Manager of the Flintshire Office (07803 627660), explained the comprehensive work that Gap Personnel undertake to ensure the best client experience for the employer and […]

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Deeside Business Forum Referendum Debate at Coleg Cambria 10.06.16

A lively debate from members of the Deeside Business Forum followed representatives for the Remain /Leave Campaigns at the Referendum Debate held at Coleg Cambria on Friday 10th June. Julie Ann Alison argued the case to Remain against James Pearson’s for Leave. Delegates from Deeside, Manchester and Chester listened to both sides before the Chairman, Askar Sheibani, took questions from the […]

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Invitations

Flintshire Business Week 2016 23.05.16 Flintshire Business Week 2016 would like to invite you to the Launch and Networking Event that will take place on the 6th June, 5:30pm at Soughton Hall.  Join FBW16 for Summer cocktails and canapés and find out how you can join in!  To reserve your place please contact Flintshire County Councils Business Development Team on 01352 703219 or […]

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Police and Security information

Important Notices U053163 -For Attention of Businesses – Cold Calling ‘Swedish’ Company Dear Watch Member,  U053163 -For Attention of Businesses – ‘Swedish’ Company Offering to sharpen tools We have received a number of reports which appear to be linked to a previous OWL  alert sent relating to a cold caller at a business premises which was  sent on 7th April. […]

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Commercial Property Agents

If you are looking for Commercial property in the Flintshire area please check out the following links and relevant contacts : Legat Owen Mark Diaper – Associate Director 01244 408236 07734 711409 markdiaper@legatowen.co.uk http://www.legatowen.co.uk/Property-Search   HIMOR Group Jenny Dockney – Senior Surveyor 0161 776 4411 07718 404 824 j.dockney@himorgroup.co.uk www.himorgroup.co.uk http://www.deesidebusinessforum.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/15-09-23-Engineer-Park-ibrochure-sept-15pdf.pdf   Flintshire County Council Jennifer Petrie – Business Development Co-ordinator 01352 […]

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Northern Powerhouse Conference 15/04/16 hosted by Deeside Business Forum, held at Coleg Cambria

Over 100 delegates attended the Transport and Northern Powerhouse debate which was chaired by Askar Sheibani , Chairman of Deeside Business Forum. The event was held at Coleg Cambria on Friday 15th April, All political parties were invited to take part in the debate and five AMs and MPs representing Labour, Conservatives, Green party and Plaid Cymru delivered their parties policy on transport and other issues pertaining to current and futures needs to ensure North Wales can compete on a level playing field. The session ended with q & a from the delegates. The debate was lively but conclusive in that all the Politian’s are united in their desire to improve all forms of Transport in North Wales

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SAFE notes from the Breakfast Event – 22.03.16

Sandycroft Area Forum for Enterprise (SAFE) breakfast networking event took place on Tuesday 22nd March, 8:30am at Mclean’s Bar, Chemistry Lane, Sandycroft CH5 2DA. Please see SAFE Notes for information. The agenda included a SAFE update from Adam Butler (Chair), Deeside Business Forum (DBF) update from Trish Carlin, PC Martin Price provided a crime update, Cllr David Wisinger introduced himself to the businesses […]

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Sandycroft Area Forum Enterprise (SAFE) – 22.03.16

Sandycroft Area Forum for Enterprise (SAFE) would like to invite you to a breakfast networking event kindly sponsored by 2 Sisters Group on Tuesday 22nd March, 8:30am. The event will take place at Mclean’s Bar, Chemistry Lane, Sandycroft CH5 2DA. For directions please visit: https://goo.gl/maps/iXhB3SEbNwT2 The agenda will include a SAFE update from Adam Butler, Deeside Business Forum (DBF) update […]

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The Manufacturers Alliance – 18th March 2016

The Manufacturers Alliance approach has been designed to provide a safe place for manufacturing leaders to meet, share ideas and support each other’s growth, both personally and professionally. The Manufacturers Alliance has a number of Taster Sessions planned, the Merseyside/ North Wales meeting will be held on 18th March at Central Group, Knowsley Business Park, Prescot where you’ll meet other […]

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Have your say on the future of Deeside

Following the announcement of further funding for the regeneration programme in Deeside, Flintshire County Council is holding a consultation this Thursday and Friday. The Council is working with consultants David Lock Associates to develop a 30 year plan and vision for Deeside, known as the Vibrant and Viable Places programme. The plan, which would steer the strategic direction of Deeside, […]

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Get shouting about your business!

Business Wales invites businesses to advertise in the Directory of Welsh Businesses to promote their goods, services & credentials to other businesses & to consumers. Please visit https://businesswales.gov.wales/business-directory Use their Directory to do a quick search for Welsh businesses by name or perform an advanced search using a combination of criteria. The Directory has only recently been launched & contains a very small proportion […]

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Access Broadband Cymru and Ultrafast Connectivity Voucher schemes – Live from 04.01.2016

The Ultrafast Connectivity Voucher scheme is now being opened up to businesses across Wales to help them meet the initial capital costs incurred in installing ultrafast broadband services. Previously it has only been available to those located in the Enterprise and Local Growth Zones. For the purpose of the scheme, Ultrafast is defined as greater than 100Mbps downstream, and greater […]

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Join Deeside Business Forum

Deeside Business Forum is an association of organisations and individuals committed to working together in order to improve the trading environment for businesses. Our support network provides the business community with a voice for all to campaign and promote the area regionally, nationally and internationally to policymakers.

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