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How can I serve? The Rev Dr Rich Johnson talks about modern ministry and mental health

The parish of All Saints at the heart of Worcester city is one of the oldest in the city.  It now uses two buildings. St Helen’s, a 15th century church building occupies a site used for worship since Roman times. You may have seen the scaffold wrap artwork on the High Street earlier this year, […]

Meet Lloyd Baker of Cozmetica

You must have a particular drive and passion for your products to launch a niche brand into an already crowded skincare marketplace, but Lloyd and his business partner, Luke Wellings, were undaunted by the challenge. A year and a half later, with a prestigious Highly Commended at the National Safety in Beauty awards under their […]

Meet Duncan Sutcliffe of Sutcliffe Insurance

“No schoolboy dreams of becoming an insurance broker” says Duncan Sutcliffe, who is the fourth-generation business owner of Sutcliffe and Co.  He went to University, served in the army for 6 years and then decided to “give insurance a try”. Starting at the bottom rung with no knowledge of the industry, his first tasks included […]

Meet Tom Blencowe and Imogen Heath of RLUK

“Diversify or die” is the business mantra of Tom Blencowe, CEO of RLUK group. He believes in today’s fast-moving world of retail, being quick off the block with new ideas and having a flexible approach is the key to long term success. Labels Shopping is certainly in a challenging marketplace, with the toll of failures […]

Meet Mark Harrison of United Glass Group

Mark Harrison had a background in manufacturing and then in corporate finance before starting to manage glass processing businesses. United Glass Group has grown out of small team of dedicated directors who spotted opportunities to buy and transform family businesses where the owner was ready to retire. The team are close with Mark’s Father involved. […]

Meet Chris Hutchinson of Aardvark Marketing

Chris started Aardvark Marketing in the summer of 2005.  The company he worked for was acquired by Motorola and he had the choice between another employed job in marketing or an opportunity to try something different on his own.  Friends and neighbours said it was a brave decision, but it just seemed the right thing to […]

Meet Martyn Rees of County Building Supplies

Martyn isn’t one for titles or formality. He’s the MD at County Building Supplies which has grown from a “two bloke, one van and a passion to get things done” start-up with his mate David Lloyd in 1987 to a highly successful business group of 6 companies serving 10 locations throughout the Midlands. Starting out […]

Meet Ian Smith, Chair at Bishop Fleming

Today I met a remarkable man. Ian Smith is chair of Bishop Fleming, the accountancy firm that has made The Sunday Times ‘Top 100 companies to work for‘  list for the last 4 years, as well as a string of regional awards for excellence in professional services and Investors in People.  For Ian, the success […]

Meet Gary Jones, MD of Glevum

Gary Jones has a simple business philosophy: whenever he bumps into a customer before or during his beloved Gloucester Rugby – he wants to be assured that they are happy. After 35 very successful years at the helm, customers remain the most important people to him and repeat business or personal recommendation account for 75% […]