Ostrich or owl? Come check how future proof you are?

Louise Holmes from Oliver and Co & Carla Brown from Oakmere Wealth Management.

So – which are you? An Ostrich or Wise owl?

Are you burying your head in the sand or do you have full 360-degree vision about your future?

This month’s seminar will be a double header –

  • Tackling the often ignored and yet thorny issue of Wills, and Lasting Powers of Attorney,
  • An update on the latest changes in pensions and question packed to get you thinking!

Louise Holmes from Oliver and Co. will guide you through

  • The reasons to make Wills & Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • How to do so
  • What happens if you don’t!

She will also share handy “quiz” to help attendees assess their LPA and Will status and they will learn what actions they can take.

Carla Brown from Oakmere Wealth Management will then help you learn about

  • New state pension and pension freedoms,
  • Retirement – I Wasn’t Expecting That! How much is enough to retire on?
  • What do you expect retirement to look like?
  • What age do you want to retire?
  • Are you making the most of your pensions?
  • How lifestyle financial planning can help you get the future you desire.

So – to join the info packed seminar please join us at our event on 18th January 2018 at The Double Tree by Hilton.

Simple press book, call us on 0844 310 1400 or simply email tracy@business-network.co.uk

Get ready to go green for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

Get ready to go green for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity from 3 – 11 Feb 2018 to support the development of a specialist cancer hospital in the heart of Liverpool and investment in our current Wirral site. Could your workplace light up your building green, or organise some green fundraising? Do you know anyone who could get involved? We’re asking local schools, colleges, businesses and well-known landmarks to go green – whether it’s wearing green socks or holding a green bake sale!

Full details here https://www.clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk/charity/events/Social-and-Cultural/LetsGoGreen


Christmas Charity Extravaganza in aid of Claire House Children’s Hospice

Willaston Physio & Sports Rehab would love you to join them at their Christmas Charity Extravaganza in aid of Claire House Children’s Hospice, on 8th December from 4pm

Sample the delights of Wirral Gin • Cheshire Phoenix Meet & Greet • Authentic Indian Canapes • MUFF’s Food Platter • Wirral PT • APPI Pilates with Sue Coppack • Christmas Raffle • Handmade Christmas Cards • Claire House Merchandise • Cheshire Phoenix Merchandise • Festive Cheer


FREE EVENT – Are you ready for the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on your business next year?

Are you ready for the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on your business next year?

I would like to invite you to an event which Oliver & Co are holding on 21st November 2017 at Chester Racecourse together with Protos Networks and Grosvenor Insurance.  We are holding this event to help small and medium sized businesses in Chester prepare for the coming changes.  Here are the details:

If you’re feeling apprehensive at the mention of GDPR, then you’d be forgiven – there’s been enough scaremongering!  What businesses need now is some clarity and a plan of action.

Thankfully, a team of Chester’s finest professional services, Oliver & Co Solicitors, Protos Networks and Grosvenor Insurance, are joining forces to bring local businesses like yours, professional guidance and an opportunity to have your questions answered by the experts.

This FREE event will take place at Chester Racecourse, where there will be speakers from each of the hosts, as well as a live Q&A.


11.00 – 11.30 – Registration and Networking

11.30 – 12.30 – Expert Presentations

12.30 – 13.00 – Delicious Lunch Provided

13.00 – 14.00 – Panel Discussion and Q&A

14.00 – 14.30 – Informal Networking


We expect this event to be extremely popular, and it would be great to see you there, so please book soon through the link below to avoid missing out. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/getting-ready-for-the-uk-data-protection-bill-2018-tickets-39183831896?utm_term=eventimage&invite=MTMwMDg2NjMvam9lLmpvaW5zb25AcHJvdG9zbmV0d29ya3MuY29tLzA%3D&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&ref=enivtefor001


Any questions please let me know.  

Kind regards.

 Tim Polding

Associate Director & Head of Commercial Department

Oliver & Co Solicitors



T 01244 312306 

F 01244 354666

W oliverandco.co.uk


Networking at Boodles !!

Champagne Fizzy Friday !

Andrew Musgrave of Boodles Chester would love you to join him on Friday 10th November for their champagne fizzy Friday, 4-6pm.

Boodles are also inviting local businesses so the evening could be a great networking opportunity !

Could you kindly RSVP to Andrew andrewmusgrave@boodles.com

How can you support The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity ?

Could you and your colleagues turn £50 into £1000 by the end of March 2018? Join businesses across Merseyside and Cheshire to help fund The Lounge – a social space in our new cancer hospital (due to open in 2020), where our inpatients can relax, watch TV, and build friendships with other people who are going through a similar experience. For more info, please visit – https://www.clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk/charity/fundraise/clatterbridge-corporate-challenge. Simon O’Rourke and Hillyer Mckeown took part last year and helped to raise a whopping £25,000!


Have your Will written in November and support your local cancer centre. Instead of the usual fees, the solicitor will draw up a basic single Will in return for your donation of £100 to The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. For the full list of participating solicitors (including Oliver & Co – Chester Business Network members!), visit https://www.clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk/charity/more/write-will-month-2017




Win a Car Raffle

Children Today have a raffle to win a car and are looking for any companies that have a Corporate Social Responsibility policy and would commit to using some of your volunteer hours to sell these raffle tickets. 

If any companies have a display area they could even have the car at the premises for a week or so.

Please contact Paula Handford of Children Today for further details

Paula Hanford

Regional Fundraising Manager

Children Today Charitable Trust

Office 01244 335622

Mobile 07912 308 576

Children Today’s Ladies Lunch

Children Today are holding a Ladies Lunch on Thursday 30th November at the Grosvenor Hotel.  Pop-up boutique shopping, glass of bubbly, 2 course lunch and fashion show by LK Bennett and Hobbs with a fantastic goody bag to go away with.  Tickets are only £39 or £350 for a table of 10. See flyer below for full detail

children today ladies lunch


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