News Release: Wolverhampton IT firm quadruples capacity as demand soars

The growing trend for businesses to outsource their Information Technology infrastructure has seen Wolverhampton-based VeloxServ Communications Ltd open a major new data centre in the city. The facility has quadrupled their capacity, creating five jobs and will provide services for businesses of every size and type.

Data centres house the equipment used to power a wide range of Information Technology applications, from websites and database systems, to smartphone apps and online games. Businesses are increasingly accessing these facilities from external service providers, instead of building their own data centres.

The Managing Director of VeloxServ Communications Ltd, Craig Messer, explains: “Our services enable businesses to access vital computer and networking systems without the capital investment required to build and maintain their own secure and reliable infrastructure. Clients can either house their own equipment in the data centre, or utilise our systems on-demand.”

VeloxServ’s new Wolverhampton data centre has been created by converting a former industrial building into a dedicated hub for Information Technology services. Over £200,000 has been invested in digital and physical security measures, as well as equipment to ensure uninterrupted power and network connectivity supplies.

The investment represents a major milestone for the business, which was founded eight years ago by Wolverhampton-born Craig Messer. It has grown from a sole-trader venture into a business operating data centres in Wolverhampton and London, supporting clients ranging from small website design agencies to national retailers.

Craig Messer says: “By investing in Wolverhampton, we can provide clients across the region with facilities that are within easy reach of their businesses, 24 hours a day, throughout the year.”

The MP for Wolverhampton North, Emma Reynolds, was instrumental in campaigning for the local telecommunications infrastructure works required to facilitate high tech businesses such as VeloxServ. Ms Reynolds says: “This new centre will create jobs for local people and provide greater capacity to support local businesses with IT solutions. I strongly welcome and encourage local companies like VeloxServ Communications investing in our City to help it further realise its potential.”

Businesses interested in finding out how VeloxServ’s services can support their Information Technology needs can do so by visiting www.veloxserv.co.uk or calling 0800 084 3521.

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Caption: “VeloxServ’s Managing Director, Craig Messer (left) with Adam Ryan, Datacenter Operations Engineer (right) in the new Wolverhampton data centre.”

For further information please contact:
Craig Messer – Managing Director
VeloxServ Communications Ltd
Email: craig@veloxserv.net
Tel: 0800 084 3521

Andrew Hemmings – Marketing Co-ordinator
Email: hello@andrewfm.com
Tel: 0121 285 3399

News Release: Mountain Warehouse to sponsor the Anglo Irish Challenge

Leading outdoor clothing and equipment retailer, Mountain Warehouse, will be the title sponsor of the international point-to-point meeting at Chaddesley Corbett on Monday 25th May 2015. The Mountain Warehouse Anglo Irish Challenge will see teams from Great Britain and Ireland competing head-to-head for the third year.

Having been hosted in Ireland for the past two years, this year’s competition moves to Worcestershire as part of the Albrighton and Woodland Hunt South’s annual Bank Holiday point-to-point meeting. In a historic first, Irish riders will compete in Britain using riders’ certificates gained in Ireland.

Mrs Diana Williams, Chairman of the Albrighton and Woodland Hunt South Point-to-Point Committee, said: “We’re delighted to have Mountain Warehouse on board as we welcome competitors and guests from Ireland to Chaddesley Corbett. It promises to be one of the highlights of the season.”

The founder and Chief Executive of Mountain Warehouse, Mr Mark Neale said: “With stores in Britain and Ireland selling the very best outdoor wear for all the family, this is a great opportunity for us to reach and support the communities we serve. We’re really looking forward to a great day’s racing.”

The event will also feature the final fixture of the AGA All Comers Championship and an AGA sponsored challenge race, thanks to support from the AGA Rangemaster Group. Tattersalls Ireland will return as a feature race sponsor, having supported the event in Ireland for the previous two seasons.

Other sponsors include David Dennis Racing, Bissell Wood Equestrian, Henry Oliver Racing, The Jockey Club, The Four Counties Point-to-Point Pitch Committee, Nicol & Co, Simon Wall and Paul Nicholls.

Mrs Diana Williams said: “The Committee is extremely grateful and proud to benefit from the support of such prestigious sponsors. They join our highly valued group of supporters and volunteers who help us to maintain the success of our events for competitors and racegoers.”

Further event details are available by visiting www.chaddesleyraces.co.uk or by contacting Mrs Judith Healey on 07703 126 123.

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Editor’s Notes:
About Mountain Warehouse: With 180 stores nationwide and strong online sales both in the UK and internationally, Mountain Warehouse has been offering quality outdoor clothing and equipment at the lowest prices since 1997.

About Chaddesley Corbett Racecourse: Located on the A448 between Kidderminster and Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, Chaddesley Corbett has been used as a point-to-point racecourse since 1925. It is the home of point-to-point racing in the West Midlands and one of the premier point-to-point courses in the UK.

For further information please contact:
Judith Healey – Joint Secretary
Albrighton & Woodland Hunt (South)
Tel: 01562 852642
Fax: 0872 331 6285
Mobile: 07703 126 123
Email: judithandjim@hotmail.co.uk

Chaddesley Corbett Racecourse, Kidderminster Rd (A448), Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire, DY10 4QT

  • Point-to-Point Racing Company – “Mountain Warehouse to sponsor the Anglo Irish Challenge”
  • Irish Point-to-Point – “Mountain Warehouse to sponsor the Anglo Irish Challenge”
  • Pointing West Midlands – “Mountain Warehouse sponsor the Anglo Irish Challenge”
  • Pointing Plus (Racing Plus Newspaper) – Page 19 – 7th March 2015
  • Go Pointing – Page 7 – 10th March 2015 – “Mountain Warehouse to sponsor the Anglo Irish Challenge”

News Release: Kingshurst Parade to host tropical fun day

Residents in and around Kingshurst are invited to sample tropical-themed music, dance, food, arts and crafts at The Parade in Kingshurst, on Saturday 16th August between 11am and 3pm. The Kingshurst by the Tropical Sea event will feature a packed programme of entertainment for all ages.

Event manager, Alison Saint, explains: “There’ll be opportunities to try Rumba and Salsa dancing, taste delicious Caribbean food, join craft workshops and experience all the fun of the beach with our sandy play area. Entertainment will also be provided by a steel band, magician, DJ, donkeys and children’s rides. The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Kate Wild, will be attending and we hope many others will join us too.”

Members of Kingshurst Arts Space’s Stitch ‘n’ Knit group and the Kingshurst Girls’ Brigade have spent several weeks creating props and decorations to turn The Parade into a tropical paradise.

The event has been organised by Kingshurst Arts Space, in partnership with Kingshurst Library, the Seeds of Hope community hub, the Parade’s traders, Kingshurst Parish Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture, Councillor Joe Tildesley said: “It’s great to see residents, traders and community groups come together for what promises to be a fantastic day. ”

Further event details are available at www.kingshurstarts.co.uk or by visiting Kingshurst Arts Space, 39 The Parade, Kingshurst, B37 6BD.

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Editor’s Notes:
Established in 2011, Kingshurst Arts Space is an arts outreach project funded by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to improve lives and communities through creative activities and experiences. Located in a shop unit on Kingshurst Parade, it is a hub for a wide range of arts groups, events and activities for all ages.

For further information please contact:
Alison Saint – Creative Project Manager
Kingshurst Arts Space, 39 The Parade, Kingshurst, B37 6BD
Tel: 07770 262 245

Andrew Hemmings
Andrew Marketing & Communications
Email: hello@andrewfm.com
Tel: 0121 288 5224

News Release: Kenilworth winner drives away with Smart Car prize

Kenilworth resident Ruth Vaughan scooped the top prize in the Win A Smart Car competition organised by Birmingham-based Finesse Windows. The winning entry was drawn at a special fundraising gala for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The Smart Fortwo Pulse car was presented to Mrs Vaughan by the Managing Director of Finesse Windows, Russell Bridge. Mrs Vaughan lived in south Birmingham before moving to Kenilworth, so returned to a familiar name when looking for home improvements.

Commenting on her win, Ruth Vaughan says: “I was shocked and thrilled to received the news that I’d won. I entered when I visited the Finesse showroom with my daughter, but you never expect to actually win!”

Russell Bridge says: “We hope that Mrs Vaughan enjoys many happy miles of safe motoring in her new Smart car. The competition generated so much interest, that we were keen to use the prize draw to divert some of that attention to the Motor Neurone Disease Association – a cause very close to our hearts.”

Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting. It can affect any adult at any age and there is currently no cure.

Russell Bridge explains: “Held in honour of my father, David Bridge, the co-founder of our family business, our fundraising gala raised over £2000 to fund vital research and support for people affected by the disease. We’d like to thank everyone who donated their time and money.”

Kenilworth residents are invited to enter the latest Finesse Windows competition, to win one of the company’s range of ultra-secure Palladio doors. Entries can by made by visiting www.winyourdoor.co.uk or by calling Finesse Windows on 0121 433 3027.

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Caption: “Smart Car winner Ruth Vaughan is presented with the keys to her Smart ForTwo by Russell Bridge, Managing Director of Finesse Windows”

For further information please contact:

Russell Bridge – Finesse Windows Ltd
Kings Norton Business Centre, Kings Norton, Birmingham, West Midlands, B30 3HP
Email: russell@finesse-windows.co.uk
Tel: 0121 433 3027

Andrew Hemmings
Andrew Marketing & Communications
Email: hello@andrewfm.com
Tel: 0121 288 5224

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News Release: Stourbridge mum’s bookkeeping business is a Dragon’s favourite

Dragons’ Den star, Theo Paphitis, has chosen Stourbridge-based Bookkeeping Boutique as one of his favourite small businesses. Bookkeeping Boutique’s owner, Sarah Lewis, was selected as a winner of Theo’s Small Business Sunday review on the popular social networking site Twitter.

Although famed for his role as an investor on the BBC show, Dragons’ Den, as well as the revival of retailers including La Senza and Ryman, Theo Paphitis is also a keen supporter of small businesses. Each Sunday Theo provides an invaluable publicity boost to his six favourite small businesses, by promoting their details to his 172,000 followers on Twitter.

Commenting on her win, Sarah Lewis says: “I was shocked to be selected as it was the first week I’d entered Theo’s review. It’s great to receive his support, as bookkeeping doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves as a means to boost business performance.”

Having spent 15 years in industry-based accounting roles, Sarah established Bookkeeping Boutique following the birth of her second child. Sarah explains: “Setting up my own home-based business has enabled me to find a better balance between work and the needs of my young family. I really enjoy working with some fabulous local businesses and it’s been a real bonus to be recognised by a famous entrepreneur like Theo.”

Anyone interested in finding out how Bookkeeping Boutique can help their business are invited to visit www.bookkeepingboutique.co.uk.

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Editor’s Notes:
Sarah Lewis was announced as a Small Business Sunday winner on 25th September 2011 – Theo’s ‘tweets’ can be found on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TheoPaphitis

Photograph available:
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Caption: “Bookkeeping Boutique owner, Sarah Lewis, with daughters Ava (l) and Lily (r)”

For further information please contact:
Sarah Lewis – Bookkeeing Boutique
4 Ashdene Gardens, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 5JQ
Email: sarah@bookkeepingboutique.co.uk
Tel: 01384 404318

Andrew Hemmings
Andrew Marketing & Communications
Email: hello@andrewfm.com
Tel: 0121 288 5224

News Release: Solihull Producer’s new comedy exposes the Pied Piper’s centuries old secret

PiedPiperIISolihull theatre producer, Richard Frazer, is staging a comedy sequel to the legendary tale of the Pied Piper, at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College’s new campus in Highgate, Birmingham, between the 28th and 30th of October 2010.

Whilst the original tale famously tells of the Pied Piper clearing Hamelin’s plague of rats, the Pied Piper II explores a flaw that has gone unnoticed for centuries.

Richard explains: “Since rats can swim, the Pied Piper couldn’t have drowned them in a river. So after a year-long march back upstream, the rats are determined to wreak revenge on the people of Hamelin.”

The rat’s unscrupulous plots include a bank heist, sheep rustling and a crime wave that sees Hamelin stripped of essential pie and beer stocks. With the Pied Piper now in retirement, the townsfolk hold a talent competition to play his magical pipe, whilst the town’s cats plot their own counter-attack, fearing a loss of privilege if they don’t tackle the rat problem.

Created as a comedy for all the family, The Pied Piper II will feature over 30 characters, played by a local cast of new teenage talent and experienced amateur stage performers. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College’s student hardship fund.

Richard says: “The show promises to provide great value, laugh out loud, family entertainment. The audience will also be helping us to continue to take theatre into the community, as well as supporting our host’s students.”

Solihull-born Richard joined his first drama group whilst studying at Solihull Sixth Form College in the mid-nineties. He now combines a career as a vehicle fleet sales manager, with the demands of running the Rat Productions community theatre group. As well as producing the Pied Piper II, Richard has co-written it with the show’s director, Andrew Rowley.

Pied Piper II tickets are on sale now, priced £8 for adults and £6 for children. They can be booked online at www.musiconstage.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0121 742 3021.

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Editor’s Notes
Rat Productions is a Music On Stage (MOS) theatre group. Established in 1972, MOS encourages community involvement in the arts and supports local charities. Our last event, a 22 hour marathon of all thirteen Gilbert & Sullivan operettas in Birmingham’s Town Hall, raised over £10,000 for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal.

Photograph available:
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Caption: Stars of Pied Piper II (L-R) Ben Connolly, Natalie King, Richard Frazer, Amy King and Clare Harwood

For further information please contact:
Richard Frazer
Email: frazerr@musiconstage.co.uk
Mob: 07875 699 394

Andrew Hemmings
Andrew Marketing & Communications
Email: hello@andrewfm.com
Tel: 0121 288 5224