Time to get IT and GDPR Smart? Whats GDPR? Come and find out!

Octobers  Seminar will be in the form of a main presentation plus a number of mini workshops lead by Paul Crudge of Pro Networks

The main presentation will be on GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into force in May 2018, replacing The Data protection act.

You have to be compliant – or face stiff penalties – so come and find out how to become compliant!

In addition there will be a number of satellite drop in workshops that members can engage with. 

Pro-Networks skilled engineers will be available to answer technical questions, and even resolve issues for you while you wait. 

There will also be Microsoft software gurus available who can answer questions on

  • Power BI,
  • tips and tricks in Excel and Word
  • and much more.

Bring your questions, laptops and get on hand help to prepare you for 2018!


CVA support Autism Hour

The National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism Hour campaign aims to improve the lives of autistic people and their families by changing public perceptions, attitudes and behaviour towards them by improving public understanding of autism and by improving access to community facilities such as shopping centres, cafes, leisure centres, heritage sites and other public places.

The Autism Hour campaign commences the week beginning 2nd October 2017 and asks retailers and businesses to choose an hour during that week when they will agree to, turn down music or other noise and dim the lights, share information with employees and increase public understanding. Chester Voluntary Action are working in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, along with many other statutory and voluntary sector partners to be a part of this important campaign

We want to encourage local shops, businesses and services to sign up on the National Autistic Website by the 15th September 2017. All of the information you need to be a part of this important initiative can be found here www.autism.org.uk/autismhour , the website also has a host of resources such as letters and flyers to explain the importance of the campaign.


The local branch of the NAS in conjunction with Storyhouse are running a TMI (Too Much Information) event to raise awareness about autism as part of the Autism Hour initiative. This will take place on Monday 2nd October at 10am at Storyhouse.

Clare Harrison

Deputy Chief Executive

Chester Voluntary Action

TOUGH MUDDER SUCCESS! In benefit of Claire House Children’s Hospice

TOUGH MUDDER SUCCESS! In benefit of Claire House Children’s Hospice

The Trustland Group turns 45 years old this year and to mark the occasion we’ve pledged to raise a HUGE £45,000 for our local childrens hospice Claire House!

As a part of our fundraising effort, a group of us took on the challenge of completing the full Tough Mudder North West on Saturday! We somehow, pushed, pulled and dragged each other over 10.7 miles and 26 gruelling obstacles in the miserable British weather. We endured being submerged in ice tanks and shocked by 10,000 volts of electricity and yet we all lived to complete the course and tell the tale! There’s a lot of bruises and sore bodies in the office this morning, but we’ve made some fantastic memories and raised over £3,650 for Claire House, so a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far! We’re currently on a grand total of £18,802 so we still have a long way to go! If you’d like to help us get even further along, please donate using the Just Giving link below. 

Thank you, Les Owens (Managing Director)


Microsoft 365 strategy announced


Microsoft 365 Business was launched at the recent Microsoft Inspire event that took Microsoft 365 Business launchplace just last month in Washington DC.

The tech giant announced a move that falls under its strategy to combine productivity-based programs. Microsoft 365 Business sees Enterprise Mobility and Security, Windows 10, and Office 365 all available in a single package.

Inspire made the package accessible to consumers in private beta mode. Earlier this month, however, it advanced to public beta. Which enabled the businesses they always intended to reach, i.e. SMEs, to benefit from it.

The package, with full Microsoft support, will be on sale by 2018.

Read the full article from Ten Ten Systems here

Microsoft 365 strategy announced

School hopes Apple devices will spell the end of lockers


An American school headteacher has cited lighter backpacks and the need for fewerApple devices - how to improve the learning experience lockers as key reasons for making Apple devices available to all students.

Allen Smithers, headmaster of Presbyterian Christian School (PCS) in Mississippi, wants his students to take advantage of technology on an individual basis. Each student is to receive a Apple device to assist them with their studies for the coming academic year.

PCS is now one of only a few Mississippi schools exclusively deploying Apple devices. The scheme was first proposed after meeting with graduates from the school. When they informed them how their professors computerised all their work.

Read the full article from Ten Ten Systems here

Apple devices will spell the end of lockers

Bridge Community Farms Harvest Festival

You are invited to Bridge Community Farms Harvest Festival  

Date : Friday 29th September 2017
Time: 3.00pm – 5.30pm
Location: Bridge Community Farms, Mill Lane, Ellesmere Port

On the day there will be:
• Live music in the form of “John & Malcolm Jazz” – they went down very well at our open event in July!
• A stall selling chutnies, jams and veg soup
• Story telling in the Solar Dome
• Fully stocked farm shop
• Woodpecker display of craft items plus our replica signs
• Competitions “Name the plants” & ” Guess how many sweets in the jar”
• Apple bobbing and lots more fun for the little ones


Please RSVP via e-mail including names of your guests

The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity Corporate Challenge

2017 is an exciting time for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, as we start our expansion into the heart of the region with a brand new hospital in Liverpool city centre and look ahead to improving our Wirral site.

It’s our vision to transform cancer care for patients across the North West and this is your chance to be with us from the very beginning! In 2015, companies across Merseyside and Cheshire raised over £30,000 in our first ever corporate challenge. This helped to fund the state of the art Varian Edge radiotherapy machine, making us the first cancer hospital in the UK to have this piece of equipment. It has since made a huge difference to the treatment plan of hundreds of patients.

In 2016, businesses of every size took part in our second Clatterbridge Corporate Challenge and raised over £25,000 to help fund The Lounge – an important social space for our most unwell patients, when the new hospital opens its doors.

We need your help once again in 2017/18!  By signing up to our challenge, and making the pledge to turn £50 into £1000 over six months, you could help us raise the additional £15,000 still needed to fund the Lounge in our new hospital in Liverpool.

This is your chance to really make a difference to the community in which you work, supporting cancer patients in our region, and having fun in the process. Sign up today to join in this ground-breaking endeavour, as, together, we create a legacy to be proud of for the rest of our lives.

For more information, speak to Elspeth (0151 556 5566 or Elspeth.wilson@nhs.net) or visit https://www.clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk/application/files/6414/7333/9399/Lets_Work.pdf


‘Networking on the Move’ with The Business Network


On Thursday 17th August 2017, in association with fellow members Virgin Trains, we have organised a Private First Class Return Virgin Rail Journey from Manchester to London to link the Manchester Membership with Members in London. On both legs of the journey you will have a great opportunity to further get to know some of your fellow Members by ‘Networking on the Move’.


  • 08.45 – Meet at Manchester Piccadilly Station
  • 09.15 – Train Departs for London – Refreshments Provided
  • 11.24 – Arrival at London Euston
  • 12.00 – 14.00 – The Business Network Lunch at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
  • 14.00 – 16.15 – Free Time for Meetings or Shopping in London
  • 17.00 – Train Departs from Euston for Manchester Piccadilly – Refreshments Provided
  • 19.07 – Arrival at Manchester Piccadilly

Book Here

The all inclusive cost for this trip is £145.00 and you can reserve your place by using this link. Naturally, places are restricted and we will therefore need to release them on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

If you have any question about the trip please contact me.

With very best regards

Helen Bennett – Partner

Charity Ball to support Chester Voluntary Action and local charities in Chester

RBS is hosting a Charity Ball to support Chester Voluntary Action and local charities in Chester, and hope they can count on your support.

Date –  Friday 13th October 2017

Venue – The Chester Grosvenor Hotel

Tickets include a 3 course meal cooked by Simon Radley and his team, plus an evening full of rich entertainment until late. 

If you can support by taking a table/ tickets then please let Joanne Walton from CVA know. 

RBS & CVA are also seeking sponsors, raffle/ auction prizes, so if you are feeling generous and can support them in any way shape or form, again please contact Joanne.

Full Details here:

Charity Ball2017

The best features to consider for a VoIP business phone system

A VoIP business phone system provides an abundance of features. As a customer, you can Best VoIP features for business phone systemsselect which features you would like. But with such a high number of options from which to choose, it isn’t easy to decide on your own. Here are some of the best features you may wish to opt for.

Document integration and smarter voicemail

A VoIP voicemail system is more intelligent than conventional voicemail. For example, such software as Google Voice is capable of transcribing voicemails to text so that you can view it as an SMS message or email.

These systems associate call data with specific conversations. You could send IP faxes or documents as attachments to the person with whom you were just speaking. All without needing to memorise their contact details.

Read the full Ten Ten Systems article here

The best features to consider for a VoIP business phone system