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Cotton Court welcomes Create Theatre Academy!

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We are looking forward to hosting Create Theatre Academy as they welcome back their students!

Who are Create Theatre?

Create Theatre Academy offers a unique training experience of the highest quality taught by industry professionals. Their mission at Create Theatre is to nurture talent and enhance performance skills with innovation and imagination. 

Create aim to build a strong foundation for their students so that they can succeed in reaching their full potential. They take pride in building student confidence, encouraging growth and creating a safe space for students to develop their skills in Musical Theatre and Acting. Create Theatre Academy are a triple threat school focussing on allthree disciplines, Acting, Singing and Dance, ensuring they bring to their students a wide range of knowledge in all areas of the industry.

Founded by Rebecca Eastham, Wesley Bromley and Alex May Roberts, who as a team of all working actors and creatives in the industry can provide a fresh and contemporary approach to our training, They pride themselves on being an inclusive and engaging place for individuals to embrace their own unique talents and skills.

Email : createtheatreacademy@gmail.com

Meet the team :

Wesley Bromley –

Wesley graduated from The Urdang Academy London with a distinction in Professional Musical Theatre and Dance. Wesley is currently working as a senior rehearsal director/ choreographer for talent artistic group/ tui sensatori international. 

 

 

Rebecca Eastham- 

Rebecca trained at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre London in Musical Theatre (BA Hons) as well as working as a professional actress. Rebecca has taught drama and musical theatre ( including lamda exams) in various schools across the North West.

 

 

Alex May Roberts –

Alex May Robertr trained at the University of Central Lancashire and graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre (BA Hons). She is currently working as a drama tutor and is a highly skilled vocal coach. Alex is a professional musical theatre performer and is represented by a top London agent. 

 

Luke Massie, CEO of VibePay: “We’ve got a good chance of taking market share away from PayPal”

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Former Cotton Court resident, Luke Massie, spoke to Altfi about VibePay’s chances of taking on payment giants like PayPal and how the business coped under lockdown.

Luke launched VibeTickets from the coworking space at Cotton Court in 2013, and since then he has expanded his original ticket resale platform to create VibePay, an API-driven payment processing app that simplifies subscription and checkout processes for its customers.

Like for many other companies, Luke admits that lockdown was “extremely stressful.”

However, like many other fintechs, VibePay  experienced an increase in website traffic during lockdown as more and more people were forced to shop online. This made VibePay reassess their business objectives and bring their B2B product further forward.

Massie says that a lot of VibePay’s small business customers are people selling via their social media channels, seeing a big spike in what he calls ‘social commerce’

Read more from the interview and what is coming up for VibePay in the next few months here. 

Is Your Work Success Causing You Fitness & Health Distress?

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When it comes to your job, career or business, you may be ‘hitting’ all the right moves…

You may be sealing the deals, smashing the targets and be seen as the ‘golden girl or boy’ in your specific field or industry…

And as a result of your amazingness you may very well be stacking up the promotions, building your business at a rapid rate or seeing your salary shoot upwards.

It’s all wonderful – right!?

Maybe – BUT…

Are you taking care of the ‘vehicle’ that is taking you to all these great places?

Are you keeping that ‘lifelong automobile’ well oiled, serviced and running at its most efficient?

Unfortunately, most of the busy professionals and business people I meet would have to answer a very big resounding NO to such questions!

Last week I had the privilege of meeting up with a very successful business owner, and after our official duties where done we had a really honest and insightful chat about his career, progression and overall lifestyle changes.

Here’s the main stand-out of what he told me…

“The business is going great Ian, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to reap the rewards of what I’ve built. I used to be in great shape when I was doing manual work in my younger years, but I’d now struggle to run down the street! It’s meetings with cakes and biscuits, wine and dine after work – my mind is in constant use, but my body is basically redundant in the role I have in my company. I’m 51 years of age and have type 2 diabetes and feel like crap most days!”

DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR???

You know it doesn’t have to be this way – don’t you?

All to often we make the wrong things a priority, yet won’t assign any time, money or effort in the areas which will ALWAYS pay the highest dividends for ourselves and those around us.

Right – that’s my rant over – now let’s look at why business success often brings about poor fitness/unwanted weight gain, and let’s start putting this travesty right!

  1. MEETING SNACKS & LUNCH/DINNER INVITATIONS:

When we ‘eat out’ it’s a proven fact that on average we consume more calories than when eating at home.

And guess what…the more successful you become in your career or business, the more meetings, lunch and dinner invites you will get!

“Why shouldn’t I have that bottle of wine? – I’m the boss!”

“Why shouldn’t I have that juicy fillet steak with peppercorn sauce? – I’m smashing this job!”

You may have a point – but, over-time, you will start to have a larger amount of body fat if you don’t account for these extra calories!

B) MOVING FROM A MANUAL TO SEDENTARY ROLE:

As careers progress they often become less manual and more sedentary – which is great, yeh?

Well sitting down all day might seem ideal when you’ve spent years ‘running around on the shop-floor’, but your metabolism won’t be celebrating with you!

On average you expect to burn an extra 40-60 calories per day from standing up to sitting down.

Whilst this might not sound a lot, multiple it for a month or year, and the weight gain will certainly stack up!

C) WORK BECOMES THE MAIN PRIORITY:

As we climb the career ladder ‘staying late’ becomes the norm rather than the exception.

You may have the post work gym session thought, but it’s not a priority when you have that report to finish or that customer you need to call.

Eventually, over time, that workout thought disappears until it isn’t even an option.

Work is what pays the bills, what keeps you fed and what keeps that expensive Fitness Tracker on your wrist that makes you feel fitter without actually doing anything!

There are many easy ways which you can add POUNDS to your bank account without adding POUNDS to body!

  • Keep to a calorie controlled eating schedule each week. By keeping in a regular daily calorie deficit you will avoid the unwanted weight gain associated with career progression. And if you do over-step the calorie mark on certain days don’t wave the white flag! Simply put it right the next day with a large calorie deficit which will balance out the over-indulgence of the previous day.
  • Stay well hydrated each and every day. By drinking 2.5-5 litres of water each day you will lubricate your body, reduce the likeliness of over-eating and give your body an essential ingredient it needs!
  • Be active EVERY day. That doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym each day, but it does mean you should be actively looking to be active in all you do. Take the stairs instead of the lift, park your car at the far end of the car park, do an office workout or go for a walk at lunch. Just like the small negatives add up to big problems over time, the small positives add up to big successes over time!
  • Plan it in and stick to it! If you say you are going to the gym after work make it an appointment rather than an option! Once we see it as none negotiable it will not be missed!

Guest blog by Ian Worthington from GymWolfPT

If you are a busy professional person who’s seen the result of your success bring unwanted body fat and general poor health and fitness, please feel free to get in touch with the GymWolfPT Team.

Ian specialises in helping and guiding successful people become healthier, more efficient/productive and have extra energy.

He coach both ‘in person’ and online fitness programs which are tailored perfectly to even the busiest and time challenged business people.

Contact me today at https://gymwolfpt.com/contact/

Ian David Worthington | GymWolfPT

Small Business Tips for Surviving the Pandemic (by Laura Jeffers)

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We caught up with Start-Up Competition finalist and client, Laura Jeffers who shared some of her tips for small business survival during the pandemic.

It has been a crazy year to say the least! With well established businesses shutting down all around us it’s hard to stay hopeful. If you’ve made it this far, I guess you can say you’re one of the blessed ones! 

Honestly, there isn’t yet a fool proof guide to surviving a pandemic, but here are some tips that have helped me stay afloat in business during this crazy season. 

1. Adapt your services I’m a seamstress by trade, I make garments, it’s what I love to do. Although that’s the main focus of my business, I also sell smaller accessories, African print headwraps and Bow Ties that attract other customers. Someone proposed the idea of making Masks in African print fabrics. At the time I thought it was a bad idea, I wasn’t too crazy about it, but my options were limited so I gave it a try. Initially I created a DIY mask tutorial for my YouTube channel but to my surprise, instead of generating more video views, I had hundreds more sales. Now with masks being a compulsory item in the UK, it was one of the best decisions I made for my business.

2. Keep expenses to a minimum – Last year I actually launched a second clothing brand – Stay Lit Apparel. Initially I was printing the garments locally and shipping from my studio. Although it kept costs low, I found it took a while for the garments to reach the customers, especially when the printing service was delayed or unreliable. At this point I considered buying in bulk but as it wasn’t feasible for my business at the time I researched other methods of t-shirt printing. I came across a local drop shipping company. They print the garments according to my specifications and ship them directly to the customer which also means I don’t have to hold stock. During this pandemic that has been a blessing as I haven’t had major overheads or stacks of apparel stock to shift. This has been one of the ways I’ve been able to keep business costs low and keep my brand going.

3.Tap into support where possible – The government have been offering grants for eligible small businesses. I do realise however that not everyone qualifies for this support. On doing some research I have seen that there are other initiatives being put in place to help small businesses thrive and stay afloat during lock down. It’s wise to do your research, find out what is available to you and be willing and ready to accept the support if you need it. 

4.Utilise free advertising and social media networking groups – Don’t underestimate the power of social media. My masks wouldn’t have reached as many people as they did if those who initially purchased had not shared their masks with others. It’s free for your friends, family and existing customers to share something about your brand on social media. Don’t be afraid to ask for reviews and feedback. In addition to this, there are also many groups on platforms like Facebook, that you can join, to network with other small businesses in a similar situation to you. These groups provide great support and that much needed community spirit.

5.Use your time wisely – They say time is money, so make sure you use yours wisely. Why not pick up a new skill, develop in an area that can either aid your business or even develop into another one. Invest in yourself! Do something you’ve never had the time to do, spend more time with your family, try to enjoy this season even though it’s hard. 

6.Create a new normal – Try not to dwell on the past and focus on what you have lost. Instead take time to plan the future, what that might look like and how you can move forward. 

7.Don’t give up, ask for help – Last but not least don’t give up! There is always support out there to help you create the future you dream of. Life is too short sit back and do nothing. If you need help and support, get in touch with business organisations that can offer that support to you. Cotton court are on hand to help small businesses like yours thrive and grow. Take advantage of their knowledge and services. You have come so far; you owe it to yourself to not give up! 

I hope these business tips have been helpful. What have been the pros and cons of this pandemic for your business? Let us know in the comments below.

This blog post was written by Laura Jeffers a fashion designer from Preston. She currently runs two businesses, Asikara (,a African clothing and accessories fashion label) and Stay Lit Apparel (,a Christian clothing brand). If you would like to find out more about her you can follow her via the links below.

Asikara by Laura Jane – African Fashion, Headwraps & Accessories  

Www.asikarabylaurajane.co.uk

Www.instagram.com/asikarabylaurajane

Www.facebook.com/asikarabylaurajane

Stay Lit Apparel – Christian Clothing Brand

Www.staylitapparel.co.uk

Www.instagram.com/staylitapprel.co

Www.facebook.com/Staylitapparel.co

 

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Eat Out to Help Out

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People in Preston  will be able to make the most of a 50% discount at some of the City’s favourite restaurants with the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The scheme, which will run between Monday 3rd August and Monday 31st August, offers 50% off your bill, up to a total value of £10 per person. You can benefit from the scheme by eating at participating venues every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday,

More information about the scheme can be found here 

Here is a list of some of the participating venues across Preston. It’s the perfect time to visit all your favourite places to eat and drink in Preston, or try somewhere new:

ICEBURG – Miller Arcade, PR1 2QY

Olive Tree Brasserie – Miller Arcade, Church Street, PR1 2QY

Heavenly Desserts – Miller Arcade, PR1 2QY

Smashed – Miller Arcade , Lancaster Road, PR1 2QY

Rise – Miller Arcade, PR1 2QY

The Stanley Arms – 24 Lancaster Road, PR1 1DA

Subway –  Miller Arcade, PR1 2QY

Baluga, Miller Arcade, Lancashire, PR1 2QY

Level – Lancaster Road, PR1 1HT

Cafune 35 Market Place, PR1 2AR

Stratos – 7 Avenham Street, PR1 3BN

McDonald’s – 174 Friargate, PR1 2EJ

EastZEast – 19 Church Street, PR1 3BQ

Subway – 10 Friargate, PR1 2AUA

Ravenous – 12 Cannon Street, PR1 3NR

Paluca’s – Guildhall Street, PR1 3NU

Wings and Beer Co – 37-38, Cannon Street, PR1 3NT

We Dont Give a Fork – 20 Guildhall Street, PR1 3NU

Raffles Coffee House – 29 Friargate Walk St. Georges Shopping Centre, PR1 2NQ

Brew and Bake – New Market, Earl Street, PR1 2JA

Cherry Pie Coffee & Co  – Market Hall, Earl Street , PR1 2JA

Thai Orchid – 33 Cannon Street, PR1 3NS

King Dumpling – 87 Lancaster Road, PR1 2QJ

Taste of Turkey 22-24, Manchester Road, PR1 3YH

Kimji Korean – 12 Winckley Street, PR1 2AA

The Cafe Bar – 11b Winckley Street, PR1 2AA

Tino’s – Hill Street, PR1 2BB

German Doner Kebab –7 Fleet Street, PR1 2UT

Azuma – 125-126 Friargate, PR1 2EE

Theatre Street Bar & Grill – 3b Theatre Street, PR1 8BQ

Moka cafe bar and restaurant –  Fishergate, PR1 2NJ

Grillaz – 121-122 Friargate, PR1 2EE

Bistrot Pierre – 83b, Fishergate, PR1 2NJ

Town House Coffee and Brew Bar – 62 Friargate, PR1 2AT

Plau – 115 Friargate, PR1 2EE

Shahzaad Tandoori Restaurant – 64 Friargate, PR1 2AT

McDonald’s – Fishergate Centre, PR1 8HJ

MOKA on the Balcony – Fishergate Centre, PR1 8HJ

The New York Pizza Co –  40-60 Walker Street, PR1 2RQ

Street Food Preston Ltd – 40-60, Walker Street, PR1 2RQ

Baba’s Biryani – 40-60, Walker Street, PR1 2RQ

Chicos – 133 Manchester Road, PR1 4HL

Starbucks – Fishergate Shopping Centre, PR1 8HL

Cool Panda – 90-91, Friargate, PR1 2ED

Fiza Foods Ltd – Unit 3C, Osbourne Street, PR1 6PZ

Traian Ltd/ Steakhouse Saloon – 100 New Hall Lane, Lancashire, PR1 4DT

Subway – 73 Fylde Road, Lancashire, PR1 2XQ

Manjaros – 79 London Road, PR1 4BA

Flipout Preston- Mercer Street, PR1 4LQ

The Destination – 1a Fishwick Park, Mercer Street, PR1 4LQ

The Continental – South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JP

Mastersons – 32 Garstang Road, PR1 1NA

House of Gelato – 32 Garstang Road, PR1 1NA

Tang – 241 Fylde Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, PR2 2NH

Top Cafe – 248 Ribbleton Lane, PR1 5EB

RK Dining – 75-77 Plungington Road, PR1 7EN

Gusto Italia – 6-8, Watery Lane, Ashton-on-Ribble, PR2 2NN

Rosemary on the Park – Moor Avenue, PR1 6AU

McDonald’s – Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale, PR5 4AW

Starbucks – Unit 8, Capitol Centre, PR5 4AW

The Yew Tree – 100 Victoria Road, Walton le Dale, Lancashire, PR5 4AU

Goffys – Deepdale Retail Park, Blackpool Road, PR1 6QY

McDonald’s – Deepdale Retail Park, Blackpool Road, PR1 6QY

KFC – Deepdale Park Blackpool Road, Lancashire, PR1 6QY

Pinocchios- 34 Chorley Road, Walton-le-Dale, PR5 4JA

Marinos – 156 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, PR2 8AH

No 15 Cafe – 15 Priory Lane, Penwortham, PR1 0AR

Plungington Hotel – 67 Lytham Road, Fulwood, PR2 3AR

The Hunters – Hennel Lane, Lostock Hall, PR5 5UL

Lime Bar Lounge – 42a Liverpool Road, Penwortham, PR1 0DQ

Ristorante Salvatore’s – 61-63 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, PR1 9XD

Tap and Vine – 69 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, PR1 9XD

The Cow Shed – 85 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, PR1 0QB

Preston Golf Club – Fulwood Hall Lane, Fulwood, PR2 4DD

McDonald’s – Pedders Way, Ashton-on-Ribble, PR2 2TX

Booths – Millbrook Way, Penwortham, Lancashire, PR1 0XW

The Sir Tom Finney – Central Drive, Penwortham, PR1 0NL

The Beam and Brycg – 2 Station Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6QL

Walton Arms – St. Aidans Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6GD

KFC – 456-458 Leyland Road, Lostock Hall, PR5 5RY

McDonald’s – Asda Supermarket, Pittman Way, Fulwood, PR2 9NP

Booths Cafe –  260 Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, PR2 9HD

The Ginger Bistro – 333 Garstang Road, Fulwood, PR2 9UP

Withy Arms – 122 Station Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6QP

Lyn’s Lunch Box – 14 Birkdale Drive, Ashton-on-Ribble, PR2 1UL

Subway Tickled Trout Services – Riverside Filling Station, Preston New Road, PR5 0UJ

Lillybetts – 784 Blackpool Road, Lea, PR2 1XL

Tiny TeaCups Play Cafe Ltd – Unit 4, Cotton Mill Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6LF

The Mill Cafe –  St Catherines Park, Lostock Lane, PR5 5XU

Subway – Unit 4, Fulwood Central, Olivers Place, Fulwood, PR2 9BQ

Clip n Climb – 1b Wyder Court, Ribbleton, PR2 5BW

WA Bar and Bistro – 2-4, Spinners Square, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6EQ

Preston Grasshoppers RFC – Lightfoot Green Lane, Fulwood, PR4 0AP

Ashton & Lea Golf Club –  Tudor Avenue, Lea, PR4 0XA

New Hall Tavern – Cuerdale Lane , Lancashire , PR5 0XA

Stickyweeds Coffee Shop – 328 Chapel Lane, New Longton, PR4 4AB

Dobbies Garden Centre – Blackpool Road, Clifton, PR4 0XL

 

Digital Touch – Lockdown Reconnecting us With Our Photographic Histories

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We caught up with Jilly Jackson of Digital Touch and she discussed how their photo editing and retouching services have seen a surge in popularity as people are reconnecting with their photographic histories, during the lock down. 

Many people have used the period to remind themselves what is really important in their lives, and photographs are one of the best conduits we have to the past. Digital Touch feel that this is due to nostalgic social media photo challenges, the gaining popularity of sorting through old photo albums, and people reminding themselves that what’s gone before will come again. 

Read their blog about it here.

Cotton Court Residents Pull Together to Deliver First Ever Online Preston Caribbean Carnival

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Cotton Court residents UK Media and Events and Fusion Software Consulting are helping the Caribbean Carnival organisers deliver the first ever online Caribbean Carnival!

The popular event returns in 2020, despite the current COVID-19 pandemic. The usual music, dancing and atmosphere of the Carnival will be missing from the streets of Preston for the first time in 46 years.

But the organisational committee, UK Media and Events and Fusion Software Consulting have been working hard behind the scenes to hold the festival’s first ever online Carnival instead.

In the inclusive nature of the Carnival they want everyone to take part and it couldn’t be easier to get involved!

1) Visit www.prestoncarnival.co.uk

2) Upload videos, photos or a message to the website that you’d like to be included as part of the online event. Remember, the image or video the organisers feel best represents the spirit of carnival will win an iPad.

3) Put your party clothes & headdress on, fire up the barbecue, make your cocktails and enjoy the Carnival online music and videos with your favourite tipple.

One of the Carnival organisers, Tracey Harris, says “This is definitely a carnival like no other, but it is important to maintain the continuity and have a different type of event that the community can still get involved with, we aim to bring the feel of Carnival into people’s homes and garden”

Sponsor, Bradley Lincoln from FYC said “As we prepare to launch our new hair care range, we felt that being part of one of the oldest cultural events in the UK was the place to start”

Danny Bee, Director of UK Media and Events said “We were excited to be selected to produce this project; it’s the first of a kind for us but it will definitely not be the last in this new normal”

 

DON’T LET HOME WORKING BE A PAIN IN THE NECK!

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We caught up with Cheryle Britton, Founder of Yolo Wellbeing, who has recently launched the MSK Zoom Consultations to help employers support and manage the health of their home workers.  For as little as £5 per employee she will review their existing work arrangements and provide tips on how it can be adjusted to improve posture. She will also run through mobilisation and breathing exercises that will help ease tension in the joints and muscles.

If you are working from home you may have noticed more aches and pains than usual. Maybe your neck is stiff, or you’ve noticed your shoulders ache more; or possibly you’re experiencing pain in your lower back?

A new survey has found that a third of people working from home are experiencing musculoskeletal injuries as a result of poor posture from hunching over laptops and not having dedicated work stations set up at home.

Last year, the ONS Labour Force survey of 2018-19 found that over 6.9million working days were lost due to musculoskeletal disorders. Evidence gathered by the Labour Force Survey, over a ten year period, suggests that poor posture caused by makeshift work stations at home, will directly affect posture and the musculoskeletal health of home workers; which may result in long term absence.

What is Poor Posture, how do you avoid it?

Poor posture is caused by the joints, muscles and vertebrae being in stressful positions for prolonged periods; which results in a build up of pressure on tissues, causing tension, aches and pains.

The ideal posture is to be at right angles. Back straight, Thighs at a right angle to your body, knees at a right angle to your thighs. Wrists straight and forearms at a right angle to your biceps. Your monitor needs to be at a reasonable height so you don’t have to physically bend your neck to view your screen.

You can adjust your position using a combination of books and cushions to help raise your feet, seat or monitor, But if this doesn’t feel comfortable for you try a few of our top tips to prevent tension from creeping into your joints and muscles. 

TOP TIPS TO HELP PREVENT MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES

Wherever you are seated try and keep your back as straight as possible, and your monitor high enough so as you’re not bending your neck to view your screen,

Take regular breaks – getting up and changing your posture at regular intervals will alleviate the pressure on your joints, muscles and vertebrae. A 5min break after every 25mins of work is good for your health and your productivity,

Stretch. When your joints are immobile for prolonged periods of time you get a build up of Fascia, the connective tissue that wraps around your muscles; which causes tightness  and tension, and can lead to aches and pains. 

By mobilising and stretching your joints: wrists, elbows, shoulders, waist, back, knees and ankles you help to clear the excess fascia, to relieve tension and make the movement of your joints feel freer.

Poor posture can also affect your breathing, try this simple breathing exercise to help correct your posture, relax and energise you.

Sit up straight and take in a deep breath, in through your nose. As you’re breathing in imagine the air going to the very top of your head. This will lengthen your neck, and your shoulders will drop. When you can take in no more air, hold it for a second or two.

Then exhale slowly through the mouth. Let your shoulders relax, but keep sitting up straight. Keep blowing until all the air is expelled from your lungs. Normally we shallow breathe which means we hold a lot of stagnant air in the bottom of our lungs. This exercise helps to remove it,  

Take in another deep breath, in through your nose. This breathe should be deeper as you’ll be able to take in more, fresh air. Again imagine it filling up your body to the very top of your head. Hold, breathe it all out.

Do this 3-4 times. Then notice how much calmer and more relaxed you feel. The fresh air in your lungs will help you feel more energised and focused, ready to return to work.

Cheryle held a series of wellbeing days here at Cotton Court, where our clients enjoyed the a well deserved treatment and break from work, and we are looking forward to booking another day in soon when Covid restrictions are lifted.  Yolo Wellbeing use our business phone system, which has helped Cheryle whilst remote working and keeping in touch with her clients about new services.

ABOUT YOLO WELLBEING

YOLO Wellbeing helps employers improve the physical and mental wellness of their employees; through a combination of massage and meditation; delivered in a customised, mobile, environment that has been created to intensify the feelings of calm and relaxation.

The service has been designed to be easy to implement, requiring minimum resource and minimum disruption to your business. All appointments are pre-booked via a secure online site; the YOLO Wellbeing environment is brought to your business premises; and employees only require 20minutes away from their desk to receive the treatment.

Whilst social distancing is in place to restrict the spread of Coronavirus, the YOLO Wellbeing service is suspended. However, we’re here to help provide support, information and tools you need to help keep you and your staff healthy whilst furloughed or working from home.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you please contact us or follow us on social media on the details below:

Cheryle Britton: cbritton@yolowellbeing.co.uk

01772 283139

www.yolowellbeing.co.uk

@YOLOWellbeing (Linkedin/Facebook/Instagram/ YouTube)

Water Babies are getting back in the pool!

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Following the most recent Government announcement, here in England, Water Babies will be back into pools on the 25th of July! This is fantastic news, they’ve  been working so hard behind the scenes to get ready for a safe return for their customers.

The safety of customers, as well as colleagues and teachers, is and always will be, Water Babies number one priority. In compliance with government guidance, there will be several changes to the classes to ensure that the classes are a safe place to be.

They have completely redefined their safety procedures to provide the utmost level of care and consideration for all swimmers.

Water Babies believe that learning to swim is a right that every child should have, not just for the physical, emotional and cognitive benefits it offers but also for the essential lifesaving skill that it provides. They are elated to be able to begin teaching the youngest generation to be able to swim again and can’t wait to see you back in the pool. Water Babies would like to express gratitude for the patience and enduring support of their customers during this time.

The national governing bodies for swimming have released recommended guidelines for how swimming pools can start to re-open, following closures around COVID-19 earlier this year.

Water Babies have been busy working behind the scenes to ensure they can start lessons again as soon as they can, with the safety of your family and their staff as the highest priority.

On their website, they also offer practice at home techniques, and a regularly updated FAQs section. If you want any information, contact Holly and the team on 01772 921523

 

 

Home……and Away

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Over the last few months the way everyone is working has changed. As people are starting to take steps back towards normality, we want to help people and businesses look at new ways in which they can keep both their team safe and productivity high.We’ve been looking into some of the challenges and also the benefits that the lockdown has presented to people in business, right across the spectrum from freelancers to large organisations of many descriptions.

People have gone from being in the office full time, or nearly full time, to spending an entire working week at home and have adapted quickly. However, for some people it isn’t without new struggles; whether it is a lack of focus at home due to other distractions, concerns about client confidentiality and privacy on phone calls, maintaining team cohesion and direction on collaborative projects, or simply just desperate for a change of scene and want to separate home and work life a bit more. Not to mention the aches and pains that come with sitting on a kitchen chair for 8 hours a day, hunched over a laptop.

Businesses day to day operations have had to shift, the plans for the future may look considerably different, and they are looking at new ways in which they can maintain collaboration, productivity and focus, whilst prioritising the health, safety and wellbeing of the employees and their families.

One of the priorities for businesses of all sizes now is increased flexibility, and we want to support customers and the business community to be able to work whichever way best suits their needs.

So maybe you’re an entrepreneur who only needs to use professional services such as meeting rooms, admin services or printing for a week at a time. Maybe you’re working for a large company and your office is operating at reduced capacity so you want somewhere else to work from. Or maybe you have a small team who are happy working from home but sometimes want a change of scene or need to work collaboratively. We have introduced some new service options to help customers take flexibility to the next level.

Our new services include
Remote Working Bespoke Package – We understand that every remote working team has different needs and challenges, so our new offering enables you to build a custom, remote working package for your business and your team. You can choose as few or as many of the services you need, whether its occasional office use, printing services or a business phone number.

Socially Distanced Workspace – We are also offering offices on flexible terms, even if you just need to work from somewhere for a day, maybe you have children at home and you could benefit from a few days of quiet focus each week in our new socially distanced workspaces. We have large offices set up too, so it’s ideal if you need to get your team together.

Pay As You Go Desk Space – On demand access to a professional working environment. No contracts, so it’s ideal if people want a change of scene now and again.

Digital Training Centre – Coming Soon! Training professionals and speakers that are switching to online or blended training can come into our new digital training space, fully equipped with filming equipment and access to video communications software to deliver their courses.