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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Best in the North West for training and education in Cheshire East


Cheshire East Council has been declared best in the North West - and fourth nationally – for providing education and training opportunities to youngsters aged 16 and 17.

The Government’s September Guarantee scheme requires local authorities to find education and training opportunities for every young person within this age range. It is responsive to the needs of young people today offering apprenticeships, training opportunities and further education in school sixth forms and colleges.

In Cheshire East, 7,630 young people (99.4 per cent) are successfully being engaged in the scheme.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East Council cabinet member in charge of children and families, said: “I am tremendously proud of these figures which demonstrate the outstanding work that colleagues are doing to give our young people the best possible start to their working lives.”

The achievement was made possible by the work of the Council’s youth support service team which works to engage with young people in the Borough in addition to developing strong partnerships with schools, colleges and training providers.

This news supports the Council’s children and young people’s plan which can be found by visiting and searching for children’s trust.

The plan strives to ensure all children and young people leave school with the best skills and qualifications they can achieve and the life skills to support them in the workplace.

Council’s parking enforcement teams to trial body cameras


Aggressive motorists who challenge and threaten enforcement officers may soon find their behaviour is caught on camera.

Cheshire East Council’s parking enforcement teams may be issued with body cameras in line with many other local authorities, in a bid to protect themselves in the event of volatile parking disputes. 

Use of the cameras is to be trialled by a small number of enforcement officers and if they are found to be of value, the Council may choose to issue them on a regular basis to all members of the civil enforcement team.

The Council says it is about protecting Cheshire East residents as well as the Council’s traffic patrols.

The civil enforcement officers are responsible for enforcing parking regulations both on street and off street and occasionally become the target for abuse.

The cameras would capture crucial evidence in the event of a confrontation or assault and it is hoped their use will deter motorists or members of the public from using abusive behaviour towards civil enforcement officers.

Councillor Les Gilbert, Cabinet member for communities and enforcement, said: “We are an enforcing authority and we will not tolerate the appalling behaviour and abuse that some of our enforcement offices have been subjected to.

“Fortunately incidents of abuse or violence towards our teams in Cheshire East are few and far between.

“However, we cannot deny that there have been one or two pretty unpleasant events where capturing the evidence on camera would have helped to prosecute an offender.

“Our civil enforcement officers do an excellent job in enforcing parking regulations for the benefit of our residents, some of whom have expressed their frustrations to the Council when witnessing motorists who flagrantly breach on-street and off-street parking orders, including taking up blue badge spaces for the disabled.

“They also do an excellent job in helping the public with advice and information, even first aid, and do not deserve to suffer abuse or assault.”

Many authorities across the country are now using body worn cameras and they are known to prove extremely effective in reducing the number of incidents involving abusive and aggressive behaviour.

The Council will trial the cameras for an indeterminate period before deciding if they should be used on a permanent basis. 

Cheshire East visitor economy sees another leap in hotel business


Cheshire East’s hospitality industry enjoyed a boom year with hotel room bookings rising by 2.1 per cent in 2015.

The increase shows the Borough did better than Cheshire West, Liverpool, York and Warrington.

Cheshire East has enjoyed year-on-year success in its hotel and guest house sector with an increase in hotel occupancy rates of 14 per cent since 2012, compared with a national increase of 7.8 per cent.

Hotel and guest house occupancy increased for the fourth year running, rising from 59.9 per cent in 2012 to 75.6 per cent in 2015.

The number of bed nights rose to nearly 447,000, compared to 426,000 in 2014.

The Borough’s hospitality economy has continued in an upward spiral since 2009, when it was worth £152m compared with £218m in 2014, while the overall visitor economy is worth a staggering £800m to the Borough, with huge spin-off benefits to local businesses.

A wide range of events and attractions are credited for the Borough’s hospitality and tourism performance, from canal boating to wedding fairs and venues, artisan markets, cultural festivals and even brewery trails.

The prospect of staging a leg of the famous Tour of Britain cycle race later this year is certain to give an added injection of income to the industry and celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday will also generate additional investment.

Councillor Les Gilbert, Cabinet member in charge of communities, said: “This is fantastic news and sends out the message that there is always a warm welcome here in Cheshire East.

“I congratulate our hoteliers and guest house owners, who continue to raise the bar in standards so that our visitors know they will get quality accommodation with a smile and that here in Cheshire East there is plenty to do and see throughout the year.”

Other factors which have added to the rising numbers of visitors are the RHS Flower Show, the agricultural and trade shows and the Borough’s proximity to Liverpool, Manchester and Manchester Airport. Last year’s Tour de France cycling event through Yorkshire also helped to boost visitor numbers.

Hoteliers and guest houses reaped a 5.1 per cent rise in room revenue, with guests prepared to pay more for their accommodation, reflecting a £2.59 average increase per room.

Monday, 1 February 2016

"Your Package Has Been Seized" Royal Mail Scam Email

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Sound financial control limits Council tax rise in Cheshire East


Cheshire East is set to raise its Council Tax by 3.75 per cent in order to invest in vital frontline services for residents.

A substantial part of the tax rise will boost services for the vulnerable elderly and young.

The Council tax increase on a Band D property will mean an increase of £45.61 per year from £1,216.34 to £1,261.95, which equates to just 88 pence per week.

The authority is re-assuring its 370,000 residents that its economy remains strong and vital front-line services will continue to be protected despite the toughest financial challenges the Council has faced in its seven-year history.

A greater than expected reduction in central Government grant has left the Council with little option but to introduce the first increase in five years. But it remains lower than many other authorities.

Councillor Peter Groves, Cabinet member in charge of finance, said: “This Council is proud to have maintained a zero tax increase for five years. It is to be regretted that our excellent record has come to an end.

“This increase is required due to the change in national policy to shift the burden of funding from central to local taxation.

“Strong leadership and sound financial management have helped to offset higher costs but in time we will have to become even more resourceful in the way we deliver services, achieve our economies and minimise any future rate rises.

“The public sector must play its part to help reduce the high level of national debt and Cheshire East has responded to the challenge through a strategy of innovation and creativity with a relentless pursuit of greater efficiency and productivity.”

A cut of more than £16m in government grant in 2016-17 alone – far more than anticipated – has placed substantial strains on the authority’s purse strings. 

But through strong financial management, the Council is able to keep its proposed tax rise to 3.75 per cent. This includes the Government’s allowance of two per cent to fund adult social care pressures.

Many other authorities are asking their residents to meet a greater increase.

The Council recognises residents want to see less bureaucracy and its innovative local delivery business models such as Ansa and Orbitas achieve a high level of sustainable, quality services at lower overall cost.

Value for money, rather than cheapest price, is the fundamental principle behind the 500-plus local services the Council delivers for its residents.

Cllr David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “I congratulate our finance team on developing a robust budget in very challenging circumstances.

“This Council has never faced this situation before but, due to the effective way we have delivered services in recent years, we are in a far stronger position than many other authorities.

“I hope our residents will understand our position and recognise that, as a Council, we continue to deliver excellent value for money.

“While our increase is 3.75 per cent, some local authorities are increasing their council tax by 3.99 per cent with the prospect of the same level of increase each year for five years.”

A proactive, robust approach to economic development is shaping the future prosperity of the Borough so that the aspirations of residents, families and children can be realised.

Major infrastructure projects such as new road schemes contribute to this through improved connectivity.

In Cheshire East, unemployment is at its lowest for more than 10 years and the local business economy and private sector investment continue to expand.

Ofsted has ranked 92.1 per cent of the Borough’s schools good or excellent, placing Cheshire East second in the country.

The Council’s newly-created skills and growth company will lay the foundations for a highly-skilled workforce locally to meet the future competitive needs of business and industry.

Delivering a low-cost energy scheme through Ovo, Fairerpower has helped residents to save more than £1m in less than a year. More than 4,000 residents have signed up to the low-tariff scheme, which has helped to shake up the market and address fuel poverty.

Better recycling performances help to cut landfill costs, while the success of the Council’s innovative ‘best fit’ business model has delivered significant savings for the long-term benefit of residents.

The Council will enhance customer choice through improved digital technology, while the roll-out of superfast broadband continues apace.

These policies and innovations – embedded in the Council’s core strategy – help to make Cheshire East an attractive place to live, learn, work and do business. They ensure better value for money for local taxpayers.

Cheshire East intends to meet its commitments as a ‘residents first’ and listening authority and Cabinet will be asked to recommend the increase to Council at its next meeting on February 25.

For further information about the Council’s budget proposals go to


Crewe cyclists to get new safe route with shared cycle/footway


Crewe cyclists are to have their own safe cycling route from the town centre to Leighton Hospital with the first phase of the scheme to be started on Saturday February 13.

A section of Bradfield Road in Crewe is to be converted to a shared footway and cycleway to provide an enhanced walking and cycling environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cheshire East Council’s highways teams will install the shared use facility between Parkers Road and Minshull New Road in the first phase of the scheme, which will take three weeks to create.

The works have been planned to minimise disruption, with work outside residential premises taking place between Saturday February 13 and Sunday February 21 from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Phase two of the scheme will begin on Monday February 22 and will be focused around the Bradfield Road, Minshall New Road and Flowers Lane roundabout.

That work is expected to take two weeks and will be carried out between 7pm and 6am when traffic volume is at its lowest.

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation to allow the road to remain open and safe for users. The lights will be removed at the end of each shift.

Personnel will be on site to provide help and advice throughout the improvement works and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member for highways said: "These improvement works will provide an enhanced walking and cycling route for our residents to enjoy. Please bear with us whilst these essential works are completed.”

Anyone requiring further information should contact Cheshire East Highways online at or by phoning 0300 123 5020.

German DJ SASH! performing at The Studio in Nantwich

Reporter Jonathan White, Crewe

SASH! - - performed at 'The Studio Nightclub & Entertainment Venue' - - in Nantwich on Saturday 30th January 2016.

SASH! have sold over 22 million records worldwide and have performed for over twenty years.

German DJ Sascha Lappessen flew from Dusseldorf into England especially for the one-off show, which was organised by VIP Promotions.

Before the show Sascha said, "It is always nice to meet people who have enjoyed my music from the '90s and beyond. It will be great to play in such a fantastic venue. I hope everyone enjoys my set."

Sascha posed for photographs with fans, then moved to the stage in the large music and stage area.

Sascha's set contained several SASH! floor-filling electronic dance music hit singles including 'Mysterious Times', 'Raindrops', 'Move Mania', 'Adelante', 'Stay' and 'Encore Une Fois'. He also played his latest single, which is a remix of 'Ecuador'.

The set was enhanced by a fantastic laser & light show.

Nigel Woodhouse, Director of Operations at The Studio, said, "We are pleased to bring this international DJ to entertain the people of Nantwich, Crewe and surrounding areas. At The Studio it is all about the entertainment. We hope everyone had a great night."

Sascha Lappessen introduces another floor-filling  recordThe Studio was full of clubbers

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Fly Tipping

A group on Facebook are trying to clean up Crewe and stop fly tipping which is a major problem. We have reported before on the Mother and Baby Unit in Oxford St which houses new born babies were for the past 12 months rubbish is tipped twice a week at least. In warm weather it then gets flies and maggots from the nappies and food waste. Environmental health say its nothing to do with them and its not a health risk how they can say that when its new born babies a few feet away?


The problem has been reported many times to ANSA, local councillor and wardens. The CEC send a van every week to pick u the rubbish how much does that cost the tax payer? The wardens come and there is evidence who is doing this but they claim they cant prosecute every other council does so we not CEC? A complaint has gone into the council on this matter as they dont have to live with this mess every week and they should be taking action.

Its the same in other areas of Crewe and its down to the fact the CEC dont take action and of course the people who fly tip. One problem is a lot of foreign people live in the areas and they think its acceptable or dont know any better in this case its down to wardens to trace them and educate them. The other side is a cost one if your poor maybe on the dole and get a new bed what do you do with the old one? You dont have a car and if you ask CEC to remove it they charge you and as you cant afford that your only option is to dump it which often turns into a fire as people set them on fire and in the west end there have been some really bad fires over the years. You used to be able to report rubbish on a free phone number but now you dont know what your paying for.

The CEC also create the problem if you put the wrong stuff in a recycle bin they wont take it and people dont understand they then come along and take the bin away so what happens then people have no bin so what do they do you got it fly tip

Report from Bob Jackson

This is an update that I posted on

"On Tuesday 19th January Gary Palin and myself went to the Crewe Town Council meeting and took advantage of the public speaking session. We presented the feelings expressed on this Facebook page and our own. I would say that we felt that we had unanimous support from the Town Councillors for the issues that we raised and it was suggested that we attend a Cheshire East Council meeting. This morning we went to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny meeting at Cheshire East headquarters and again took advantage of the public speakers slot. We gave a presentation to the committee expressing feelings from what we have learnt over the last week. We put forward proposals but no discussion took place. However, we were then invited to address the Fly Tipping Task Force meeting this afternoon where discussion did take place and we learnt how to proceed. The key at the moment to progress this issue is to keep the photos coming in and we must report all instances via the Council web site."

There is a partition at

and the signatures rose from 213 to 220 since the article that appeared in this weeks Crewe Chronicle. Either Crewe residents are not aware of what's going on or they don't care. I'd like to believe that they do not know.

Elderley and Disabled left stranded

I have sent this to the Borough Council.
"The public right of way through the Victoria Centre from Meredith St Crewe has been blocked off because of the development of the UTC College.This is a severe inconvenience to those who live in that part of Crewe.They have to make a very long detour to walk into town and this is almost impossible for some of the elderly residents. Was this closure advertised? If so, please let me know when and what was the response? Can anything be done to restore the right of way through the site as soon as possible?"

Cllr Brian Silvester

UKIP Councillor

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Friday, 29 January 2016

Timeshare Recovery Room Fraud

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The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning people of the dangers of Recovery Room fraudsters targeting former victims of Timeshare fraud.
Recovery Room Fraud refers to a scam whereby fraudsters contact the victims of previous frauds, often by way of cold calling them, and claim to be able to recover previously lost funds. In July 2014 the Financial Services Authority (FSA) estimated that 30% of people who had lost money through Investment fraud would also fall victim to a Recovery Room fraud.
When Recovery Room fraudsters target victims of timeshare frauds they usually claim to be a legal professional or a representative of a government agency (normally within the country where the original timeshare property was based) in order to legitimise the scam. The fraudsters know personal details about the victim and their previous investment which gives them credibility. They claim that the advanced fees requested are for ‘local taxes’ or ‘litigation costs’ incurred during the recovery of the funds. It is suspected that the persons behind Recovery Room frauds are often the same people involved in the original scams even though these crimes may have occurred years earlier.
Initially, a small fee, typically in the region of £200-400, is requested by the fraudsters which they often claim is refundable as part of a ‘no-win no-fee’ basis.  The fraudsters rely on the victims seeing this as a nominal fee compared to the amounts lost, which often run into the tens-of-thousands of pounds, and therefore worth paying if it facilitates the return of their money. Once paid, various excuses are made by the fraudsters to explain delays in the recovery of the funds.  Subsequently, further larger amounts are then requested by the fraudsters.  Needless to say, no refunds ever materialise and no money is ever recovered.

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  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls – if in doubt, hang up.

  • Always check that the details of the organisation or company contacting you (such as website, address and phone number) are correct – the fraudsters may be masquerading as a legitimate organisation.

  • Don’t be fooled by a professional looking website as nowadays the cost of creating a professional website is easily affordable.

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Cheshire East holds poignant service to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day 1

Cheshire East Council held a poignant service of remembrance to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Council Deputy Leader Councillor David Brown and Cheshire East Mayor Cllr Hilda Gaddum led civic dignitaries representing communities from across the Borough at the Act of Remembrance at Sandbach Town Hall, at 10.30am today (Weds, January 27).

Around 75 people, including dozens of members of the public, attended the ceremony. The Council decided in 2013 to make this an annual commemoration by the authority.

Holocaust Memorial Day has taken place on the same date since it was introduced in 2001. January 27 was chosen as this was the date when the Nazis’ notorious Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp complex was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945.

The Holocaust resulted in the annihilation of six million Jews, two million Gypsies, 15,000 homosexual people and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

Since 1945 there have been many other attempted genocides across the world and these are also commemorated on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Cllr Brown said: “This was a very poignant and necessary occasion for remembrance and reflection on man’s inhumanity to man.

“This ceremony allows communities and individuals from across Cheshire East to join together, symbolically, to remember these human tragedies and bear witness.

“Tragically, as the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Jakarta make all-too-painfully clear, humankind is still blighted and brutalised by beliefs that religion, race, political outlook, disability or sexuality make some people’s lives ‘worth less than others’.

“We come together each year to bear witness to the unspeakable horrors to which such unacceptable and evil beliefs can lead. The road to genocide is a gradual journey – which can begin if discrimination, dehumanisation and hatred are not prevented.”

The act of remembrance included readings, music, lighting of candles to the victims of genocide and two-minutes’ silence, followed by the tolling of a bell and prayers.

Flautist Toby Brady, a year 11 pupil of Sandbach School, played the theme from the Holocaust film Schindler’s List during the ceremony and Sandbach Mayor Cllr Gill Merry read the poem ‘First They Came’ by Pastor Martin Niemoller.

A Hebrew prayer was read out by Rabbi Chanan Atlas, of the Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, of Cheadle and Gatley, in Cheshire.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Site investigation to conclude on Middlewich site


Cheshire East Council is completing a site investigation on a potential new waste transfer station in Middlewich.

For the last five months the former Ideal Standard factory site has been cleared, with the land being prepared for final checks which started on Monday January 25.

The location was originally commandeered by the Ministry of Defence during the First World War and for this reason, and those of public safety, we are taking the precaution of checking for munitions.

Specialists were present on Monday January 25 as the presence of phosgene chemicals manufactured during the First World War were looked for as a precautionary measure.

Councillor Sam Gardner, Cheshire East Council portfolio holder for open spaces said: “The application to build a new waste transfer station in Middlewich went through the due planning process and was approved by the Strategic Planning Board.

“A number of sites across the Borough were looked at and the Middlewich site was considered the most suitable due to its central location”.

The final stages of these checks began on Monday and for any updates visit: or call our contact centre on 0300 123 5014 and select option 3.

Report warns against risks of drinking alcohol


Cheshire East are encouraging residents to think more seriously about their levels of alcohol consumption and the impact that this has on their wellbeing.

A new report published this month by the UK Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies says ‘drinking any amount of alcohol regularly can cause harm to health’.

The expert group that produced the guidelines, following an alcohol guidelines review looked at new evidence about the potential harms of alcohol that has emerged since the previous guidelines were published in 1995. The guidelines are out for consultation until 1 April.

Alcohol consumption is one of the main health issues in Cheshire East. The Borough has one of the highest proportions of alcohol-related hospital stays in under 18s in the North West region, as well as a higher proportion of regular drinkers compared to England as a whole.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of health and care in the community said: “It is important that our local residents understand the risks and the harm of drinking alcohol, not only to their own health and wellbeing but also the social impacts within our local community.”

The report recommends the following:

• There should be a single weekly guideline for men and women of 14 units (14 units is equivalent to a bottle and a half of wine or five pints of five per cent strength ABV export-type lager);

• People who drink as much as 14 units per week, should spread this evenly over three days or more;

• There is no safe drink level – meaning any drinking may cause harm to health;

• Pregnant women are to avoid drinking throughout their pregnancy to avoid harm to the baby:

Dr Heather Grimbaldeston, Cheshire East’s Director of Public Health; welcomed the recommendations form the report and said: “Alcohol is a significant risk factor for a number of physical health conditions such as cancers and liver cirrhosis, as well as mental health conditions.

These new recommendations will shape the development of local, targeted alcohol prevention services that will help reduce harm caused by alcohol across the Borough.”

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Monday, 25 January 2016

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Crewe police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was attacked by a man in Badger Avenue.

At around 3pm on 15 January 2016 a 29-year-old woman was walking along Badger Avenue, Crewe towards the junction of Ford lane.

As she walked past a telephone kiosk at the junction of Ford Lane she was grabbed by a man who was inside the telephone kiosk and an attempt was made to drag her back towards the kiosk. The victim managed to get away and alerted police.

The offender had in his possession a knife at the time and the victim received a minor injury.

Officers investigating the motive for the attack believe it may have been the intention to commit a sexual assault.

The offender is described as white with dark brown eyes and of medium build and average height. He was wearing a black woolly hat, a scarf which covered his face, dark trousers and black gloves. The victim described him as having a foreign accent. 

Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 546 of 15 January 2016. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

The Battle of Nantwich

Reporter Jonathan White, Crewe

‘The Battle of Nantwich & Winter Fayre’ took place in and around Nantwich town centre and on Mill Island on Saturday 23rd January 2016.

The event is organised by The Holly Holy Day Society - - in association with the Sealed Knot re-enactment society.

Holly Holy Day traces back to the 17th century and the four year long first English Civil War between Parliamentarians (Roundheads) and the Royalists (Cavaliers) loyal to Charles I. This year is the 372nd anniversary of the original battle, which took place on 25th January 1644. It is the 44th time the re-enactment has taken place.

A variety of events took place around the town during the day with a parade from Malbank School and at Nantwich Market Hall, St Mary's Church, Nantwich Bookshop, Nantwich Museum, Pillory Street, the Town Square and Mill Island.

There was entertainment from The Funky Choir, Josh Whittaker, Benjamin Stubbs, Sean Clark-Wilkinson, Wistaston Young Drama Group, Nantwich Players, Domesday Morris Dancers, and the Plough Witches. There was also a Living History demonstration and a horse parade. The Museum held Civil War Tours, a musketry demonstration led by Sealed Knot, children’s activities and 17th century music from Forlorne Hope.

There was a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial on the town square to commemorate people who died in the Civil War Battle of Nantwich and other battles.

The 1644 battle was re-enacted on Mill Island, followed by Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Andrew Martin presenting the Rose Bowl to the best regiment won by the King's Lifeguard.

Thousands of people enjoyed the event which took place, despite recent heavy rainfall, in dry weather.

Battle of NantwichTroops march to Nantwich Town Square (1)Troops march to Nantwich Town Square (2)

Free training to boost local business people’s bids to win deals


Cheshire East Council is to hold a series of free workshops to help business people learn how to win public sector contracts.

The Council’s award-winning procurement training events are targeted at local businesses, charities and social enterprises.

The aim is to show small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) how to ‘get started’ in the bid process and how to produce a tender for local and central government work. The workshops are suitable for businesses new to the tendering process or looking to improve how they tender. 

Councillor Paul Findlow, Cheshire East Cabinet member in charge of performance, said: “Tendering for a public sector contract can be a daunting prospect and these free workshops provide excellent guidance to help businesses develop their bids.

“We are always interested in receiving tenders from local businesses and organisations and these workshops can significantly help to simplify and demystify the process.

“We are keen to support local firms and businesses and work to ensure as many services as possible are provided locally. As a local authority, we are committed to working with others to deliver quality services and value for money for the people of Cheshire East.

“We want to encourage even more local businesses to get involved in working with not only Cheshire East Council but also other public sector bodies. It is vitally important, as more than £300bn of services are procured by the public sector each year.”

The annual figure for procurement for Cheshire East is £260m.

The latest procurement workshops, which aim to cover the whole process from start to finish, are:

Let’s get started – on Tuesday, February 23;

The ‘invitation to tender’ process – on Tuesday, March 1.

The first workshop is an introduction to the tendering process, which will show how the framework for public sector tendering operates, how to navigate it and how to prepare for tendering opportunities.

The second workshop will explain the best-practice procedures and structures that you should put in place in your organisation to make sure your bids are as professional as possible and also how working in consortia can provide further opportunities.

People that attend will also be asked if there are other business areas in which the Council could potentially offer advice and support.

The free workshops are conducted by award-winning Melanie Bryan, from WhyNotChange – an organisation which helps businesses tender for public sector contracts. Melanie won the best social enterprise partnership award in the Prime Minister’s Big Society Awards 2011.

Both workshops will take place at Riverside, Mountbatten Way, Congleton, CW12 1DY. Each event starts with refreshments and bacon rolls at 7.45am for a prompt 8am start. The sessions finish at 11am.

Places are strictly limited and businesses are advised to attend both events in order to get the most benefit and understand the whole process.

To book a place on the latest workshops, contact Cheshire East Council on 0300 123 5001 or email: