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FHL Cloud Solutions Raises £1,640 for Children’s Hospice

Kingsley Burn from FHL presents Katie Tams from The Donna Louise with a cheque for £1,640

Crewe-based FHL Cloud Solutions (FHL), a leading European cloud solutions provider, raised £1,640 for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice over a 12-month period by organising events, casual dress days and donating proceeds from the company’s snack bar. ‎

The money will go towards the charity’s #ONEINAMILLION campaign which is raising funds for children and adults with life-limiting conditions, and their families, across Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Kingsley Burn, FHL’s operational support manager said: “We are proud to support The Donna Louise Hospice as it provides much needed help and respite to families in the local area. We pledge to continue raising more donations throughout 2018 and beyond.”

Katie Tams, corporate fundraiser for The Donna Louise added: “We’re so grateful the FHL team chose to fundraise for The Donna Louise. We rely almost entirely on the support of the local community and companies like FHL are vital to ensure we can continue to offer a range of care services for local children and young adults.”

The charity cares for more than 240 children and young adults across Staffordshire and Cheshire. Care is provided in the charity’s purpose-built hospice; in the family home or a combination of the two.

The Donna Louise was registered as a charity in 1999 to respond to the need for a children’s hospice service for Staffordshire and Cheshire. It takes its name from a young local girl, Donna Louise Hackney, who sadly died from a life-limiting condition at the age of 16.

Her family wanted to help other children and families in a similar situation and began fundraising in her name.


Waste-to-Energy firm appoints Scriba PR


Macclesfield-based food waste and energy-from-waste (EfW) company, Tidy Planet, has appointed technical public relations specialist, Scriba PR, to help fuel its 2018 growth strategy.

Specialising in organic waste management solutions, the company has become internationally renowned for supplying innovative, waste-recycling products. This has seen the firm develop bespoke solutions for household names such as Gatwick Airport, DHL, BP and Liz Earle Beauty Co., to name just a few.

Tidy Planet’s director, James Taylor, said: “It was clear that Scriba PR would be the perfect fit for boosting our visibility within the industry. The team’s extensive experience with the waste management and recycling arena – including their established media contacts – will be key to achieving our growth objectives for the coming year.”

With estimated UK food and drink waste standing at 10 million tonnes per year – 60% of which could reportedly be avoided – management of this surplus has long been a global public policy issue.

Scriba’s founder, Katie Mallinson, added: “Failing to responsibly manage surplus materials is something many companies are guilty of, but Tidy Planet’s innovative technology is enabling them to do incredible things with otherwise redundant resources.

We’re looking forward to raising their profile within the industry by building up their media relations in the UK and overseas.”


Record Year for Food Ingredients Company

Beating all forecasts, Macclesfield-based Direct Food Ingredients Limited, the UK’s largest privately-owned ingredient distributor, has achieved significant annual sales of £21.2 million (year ending 31 December 2017).

This represents a massive year-on-year increase of 22% on the previous year’s sales of £17.6 million which, until now, was the firm’s most successful trading year in its 23 years of operation.

The leading ingredients specialist has continued to benefit from several key developments, including the further expansion of its highly successful US operation in California; the roll out of its now substantial own label brand Blue Diamond and the company’s on-going improvements in the areas of customer service which underpin all areas of operation.

Managing director, Steve Loake, said: “We are immensely proud to report another incredible year. Our expansion has continued both here in the UK and in the United States, with our focus on customer service remaining central to everything we do.

Our approach, as ever, is based on offering the best possible service throughout the customer journey and, as a result, we continue to grow both existing business accounts and win new ones. Exciting plans are afoot for 2018 and beyond, and we feel confident that these will bring continued business expansion in the short term and for years to come.”

Direct Food Ingredients is an established leader in the importation, storage and distribution of functional foods, nutritional and sports ingredients as well as vitamin and mineral premixes.


5th Anniversary for TROOPER Beer

Bruce Dickinson gives thumbs up to TROOPER'S fifth birthday. Bruce Dickinson gives thumbs up to TROOPER’S fifth birthday.

TROOPER Beer, the award-winning collaboration between Stockport-based Robinsons Brewery and British music icons, Iron Maiden, celebrated its 5th birthday recently.

Since its launch in 2013, the 4.7% ABV Premium British Beer has sold more than 20 million pints, firmly establishing itself as a top 40 UK beer brand, having been sold in over 50 countries.

The TROOPER family has grown to include three limited edition beers: TROOPER 666 in 2015; RED ‘N’ BLACK, a porter-style beer launched in 2016; and 2017’s HALLOWED, a Belgium inspired hybrid ale.

2018 has seen the launch of LIGHT BRIGADE, a 4.1% ABV Golden beer brewed in support of HELP FOR HEROES, the British charity that provides recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives are affected by their service.

These beers are the brainchild of Iron Maiden vocalist and ale aficionado, Bruce Dickinson, working in partnership with Robinsons’ head brewer, Martyn Weeks.

Dickinson said: “I’m incredibly proud of the success that TROOPER has had, and long may it continue. To sell 20 million pints in 5 years is something we couldn’t have imagined when we started out. It has been great fun to work with Robinsons on TROOPER and the Limited Editions we have created.

TROOPER won multiple Gold medals at the prestigious British Bottlers’ Institute Awards, as well as picking up awards at the World Beer Awards, Global Beer Masters and International Beer Challenge.


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