Pete Higgs

A good laugh is key for successful networking

Having a good laugh before a business meeting can be the key to success, according to a West Midlands business leader. Pete Higgs said during the coronavirus crisis many business owners were feeling anxious and uncertain about the future and it was more important than ever to stay positive. “One of the simplest ways to do this is to smile or have a genuine hearty belly laugh before you join your networking meeting,” he said. “This releases the right chemicals in the brain to relax you and feel positive. It starts with a positive attitude and a smile to create …

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Brothers with a social conscience set to disrupt payments industry

Brothers with a social conscience set to disrupt payments industry

Two community-minded brothers are set to disrupt the payments industry by putting social conscience firmly at the heart of their new fintech start-up. Danny and Lee Dunne have launched Payaro Ltd, a payments company which will operate initially within the UK and will automatically support good causes. The team will initially take on 16 staff employed at their headquarters in Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire, plus a team of 60 self-employed sales agents. There are plans for further recruitment of 200 more self-employed sales agents during 2021 as the business grows, as well as expanding their internal employed team. Payaro’s ground-breaking …

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Jenna Clifton from Newlife with some of the items available

Charity’s new Depop store offers high fashion at low prices

The charity Newlife has launched a new online shop offering designer clothes at bargain prices to help raise vital funds after lockdown forced its seven stores to close. Newlife now offers a range of clothes, footwear and accessories for sale on online fashion marketplace Depop. The Depop store includes items from big designer names like Givenchy, Moschino and Gucci alongside items from more mainstream brands like Fila and Converse, all of which can be found in Newlife’s retail stores. Among the high-end items on the Depop platform are a ladies Gucci T-shirt that normally sells for around £340 and is …

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Desperate ICU staff helped by Hampers for Heroes after appeal for wellbeing items

Midlands volunteers have come to the rescue of desperate ICU staff driven to breaking point by Covid and forced to appeal for help with basic wellbeing items. The Hampers for Heroes team members were shocked when they received a request from doctors asking for simple items like coffee and toiletries to help them through the growing pressures of the pandemic. The staff revealed the daily struggle of coping with the pandemic, saying they had suffered mental health issues and burnout and often ended up driving home in tears. Hampers for Heroes immediately launched an appeal for help and in just …

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Debby Lucken

Trainer’s mission to help keep children safe around dogs

A dog trainer has launched a nationwide mission to help children and dogs live safely together and to stem the rising number of youngsters being bitten by their pets. Debby Lucken said many families who took on a dog were unaware of the issues that could arise – from overconfident children leaving pets stressed and anxious to youngsters who were petrified of animals. Either situation could lead to the child being at risk of being bitten or attacked. When lockdown struck last year, Debby set up a Facebook page called Kids Around Dogs to offer help in this area. Inquiries …

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Miranda Joseph

Office robots are coming – Miranda unveils new business to save time and money

A team of robots are at the heart of a new venture as a Birmingham businesswoman finds new ways of helping clients save time and money. Miranda Joseph’s futuristic helpers can be trained to ensure maximum efficiency in running a company – saving hundreds of thousands of pounds every year and helping businesses survive and prosper. Miranda is the founder of digiworkr which is demystifying what’s known as Robotic Process Automation. Designed for finance teams, it sees robots take over admin tasks like finance processes and maintaining records. Unlike R2-D2 or C-3PO, her robots are of the software variety and …

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Karen Williams, founder of The Buddy Bag Foundation

Buddy Bag founder awarded OBE for helping child victims of domestic abuse

The founder of a Midland charity that helps children fleeing domestic violence at home has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Karen Williams, CEO of The Buddy Bag Foundation, was recognised by the Queen for her services to victims of domestic abuse. The foundation provides buddy bags – back packs filled with home comforts and essential items – to children living in emergency accommodation. That can be refuges, hotels or B&Bs. Since its launch in 2015, the foundation’s volunteers have packaged and delivered over 30,000 bags to children after raising more than £750,000. Karen, 59, who …

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Jean enjoys Christmas dinner again thanks to treatment

A Staffordshire pensioner who was left unable to speak or swallow after a stroke was able to enjoy her Christmas dinner this year thanks to an innovative treatment. Jean Dickinson could only watch last year as her family enjoyed their festive meal after a stroke left her having to be fed by tube. But this year, she was able to join in the festivities after undergoing VitalStim Therapy, which means she can now eat meals and can speak much more clearly. Daughter Andrea Piddock said she was delighted with the progress her mum had made and the success of the …

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Smile for Joel donates Christmas gifts to bereaved families

Hundreds of people who have lost family members to murder or violence have been given a little extra support this Christmas thanks to the Smile for Joel charity. The charity launched its Santa Smiles campaign at the beginning of December, giving toys, vouchers and other gifts to families struggling to face the festive season in the aftermath of huge emotional trauma. The charity received 82 requests for help during the campaign, helping more than 250 family members affected by loss. The requests were all made through Victim Support and included a young boy who was living with his grandma after …

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Karen Williams, Buddy Bag Foundation CEO, with, from left, Howard Smith, Philip Hall and Rod Hinton from the Freemasons

Freemasons’ festive gift for children stuck in emergency accommodation

Hundreds of children stuck in emergency accommodation in Birmingham after fleeing violence at home will receive a little extra help this Christmas thanks to the Freemasons. The organisation has donated £7,500 to the Buddy Bag Foundation, which provides back packs filled with home comforts to children forced into hotels and B&Bs by domestic violence. The foundation recently issued a challenge to businesses across the Midlands to help pack 30 bags each after it emerged that hundreds of children had been stuck in temporary accommodation for months amid the coronavirus crisis. A rise in domestic violence meant that refuges were full …

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