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Audio visual business launched from a Wythenshawe bedroom makes a big noise on the international stage

Richard Bowden, Managing DirectorFrom humble beginnings in a back bedroom in Wythenshawe, technical production supplier business Sterling Event Group now works with blue-chip clients and the rich and famous, supplies equipment to numerous far flung countries, has out-grown three offices, employs over 30 members of staff and is turning-over millions of pounds year on year.

Sterling Event Group based in the heart of Wythenshawe, is the brain-child of Richard Bowden, 33, who is now realising his teenage vision. From modest beginnings with one hotel chain client and storing equipment in his parent’s garage, he is now supplying national and international corporates with audio and visual equipment to deliver their annual events. Continue reading “Audio visual business launched from a Wythenshawe bedroom makes a big noise on the international stage”

Sweet end to the year for engineer Sam

dsc_2908It’s a sweet end to the year for newly-qualified engineer Sam Boswell.

Sam, 22 from Wythenshawe is the second engineering apprentice to complete the scheme run by Manchester peanut butter, jams and spreads manufacturer Duerr’s. Following a four year programme, Sam has now earned his Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture.

The Duerr’s Food Manufacturing Apprenticeship scheme sees young people gain industry recognised qualifications, including a BTEC in Engineering Operations & Maintenance, NVQ in Engineering Maintenance and HNC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Last year, Tom Heppenstall was the first to graduate from the initiative and now Sam has followed in his footsteps.  Continue reading “Sweet end to the year for engineer Sam”

Wythenshawe firm’s Jamfest rocks up £60,000 for brain charity

Peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll came together at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa for the Duerr’s Annual Charity Ball, this year raising a chart-topping £60,000 for Brainwave.

The Wythenshawe-based preserve and peanut butter producers are renowned for their annual themed knees-up, and with a stellar effort from all guests, this year’s ‘JamFest’ was no exception.

With wellies, wrist-bands and peace-signs galore, everyone from ‘Jimi Hendrix’ to ‘Janis Joplin’ made an appearance. Hall of fame musicians danced the night away alongside guests in Oktoberfest’s famous lederhosen and dirndls, in a festival free-for-all.

Party-goers were welcomed with a Bucks Fizz and feasted on a festival-inspired three course meal before rummaging in their bumbags to compete for auction prizes including backstage passes for Olly Murs, a money-can’t-buy trip to a Caribbean Island and VIP tickets to the X Factor final.

The money raised will go towards aiding Brainwave’s work supporting families with disabled children, providing therapy and exercise programmes to help develop children with physical and cognitive disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and autism.

Mark Duerr, managing director of F.Duerr and Sons comments: “This year had everything a good festival should have, apart from the mud and toilet queues! The room was rocking, but even better than that we raised an astonishing amount of money for a brilliant cause.

“Once again, we’ve been blown away by the generosity of our guests who are true Jamfest legends.”

Carole Headley, Development Manager at Brainwave added: “What a fantastic event! I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Duerr’s for raising such an incredible amount of money.

“The work we do is very important to families across the UK, helping children to reach their full potential; but it is dependent on donations, which is why we’re so incredibly grateful to Duerr’s for their support.”

Businessman bids for funds for invention to put brakes on bike thefts

obaidah-and-bike-2A Wythenshawe entrepreneur is hoping his brand new invention will help to cut cycle thefts in Manchester and across the UK.

Obaidah Sheikh, 22, came up with the idea for the ‘Stingray’ after having his own bike stolen three times – once by a gang of men who pushed him to the floor.

The device, which has launched on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, combines a powerful front light with a motion sensor which triggers a 140db alarm – right into the face of the crook. Continue reading “Businessman bids for funds for invention to put brakes on bike thefts”