Starting Tuesday 7th July and for the next six Tuesdays, The Mallows Company (TMC) is working in Partnership with the South Northants Council Job Club to run free employment and guidance webinars.
The SNC Job Club provides free employment support for both residents and employers within South Northamptonshire. From redundancy support, to all aspects of help for unemployed residents, the SNC Job Club is a one-stop shop that is completely free of charge.
The Mallows Company is a designated provider of Information, Advice and Guidance across Northamptonshire. Through a team of highly qualified and experienced advisers, they offer impartial help to assist with training and work opportunities but also tailored support to individuals in and out of work.
Cllr Stephen Clarke, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for growth and regeneration, said: “The health emergency has presented some unique challenges and what worked before might not work now.
“We have a well-educated population in the district, and I want to make sure South Northants talent is ahead of the game and ready to play a key role in the recovery.”
The webinars will cover a range of topics to help cope with current challenges, skills development, personal wellbeing and learn top tips for landing a new job. Workshops are delivered online, via zoom, with log-in details provided after registration.
TMC’s Manager, Ilham Abou Rahme, says “This partnership offers a great opportunity to support Unemployed, Furloughed or Redundant individuals in unlocking their full potential post Covid-19 lockdown and equip them with the right tools to get back on the career ladder”.
The First Webinar is on CVs and takes place via live interactive Zoom on Tuesday, 7 July 2020 from 11:30 – 12:30. It covers: CV Building / Creating a competent CV session - Revamp your profile and ensure your CV is competitive and avoids pitfalls. After the session you can get free individual ongoing support to get the CV finalised as quickly as possible and advice about how to get the CV online.
Future webinars are as follows:
“I started getting support through The Mallows Company as I had been out of work for a year after a stroke. My confidence was low and I was not sure if I was able to return to work, certainly not the sort of demanding catering roles I used to undertake. I was encouraged and helped to look for suitable roles recognising I was trying to find my feet again and that I was really looking for something part time, certainly to begin with. I have now secured around 20 hours a week in a retail role in Towcester. I had the confidence to hand my CV in when I saw that there was a vacancy and the CV Employment Consultant had prepared for me, and my improved interview skills, paid off for me. This is all very different to a few months ago before I got the support, so I am very happy with the programme and help received”.Ellie, Towcester
British breakfast icon picks up sponsorship baton!
Local breakfast giant Weetabix is to become headline sponsor of the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards, following a decade of support from Carlsberg UK.
The breakfast company, which produces 70 million of its iconic biscuits weekly at its Burton Latimer site, is proud to source its wheat for Weetabix from local farms within a 50-mile radius. The Weetabix Food Company believe this new partnership demonstrates its commitment to building on its 88 year heritage of supporting the county and building on its sustainability activities.
More details of the three-year sponsorship deal will be revealed at the launch of the 2020/21 competition next month.
Meanwhile, despite handing over the title role, Carlsberg UK’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Andrew Roache, explains that, with the competition going from strength to strength, the company’s partnership with the Awards does not end there: “Having called Northampton our home for over forty years and being incredibly proud not only to brew here but also to employ many people from all across the county, we’re equally proud to have played such a vital role in supporting Northamptonshire’s increasingly successful food and drink sector through our sponsorship over the last decade” said Andrew.
“Their public role is of course to shine a deserved spotlight on those businesses and individuals which excel in their sphere as well as driving up standards by encouraging healthy competition, but what is perhaps less well known is the invaluable support that’s offered to all those who enter, for example in providing feedback to unsuccessful venues to enable them to improve their offering for their diners".
“Our deal was only ever intended to last a year so reaching the ten year milestone seemed a good time to hand over the headline sponsorship baton and of course we are delighted to see Weetabix pick that up, while we’re thrilled that we shall continue to play our part, including lending our considerable expertise to another of the competition’s great by-products – its mentoring panels - which form such a vital way of supporting emerging and growing businesses” Andrew added.
One of those to benefit from that latter support is internationally award-winning craft gin distillers, Warner’s, based at Harrington. The company’s original Dry Gin won the ‘New Local Drink of the Year’ title in 2014, while owners Tom Warner and Tina Warner-Keogh’s further success in being named ‘F&B Achiever of the Year’ in 2017 saw them benefit from free mentoring from some of the sector’s most senior executives, something which Tom says was crucial in the company’s growth.
“As an entrepreneur, you face different challenges in your business that you won’t have encountered before and so having access to the kind of experienced leaders who can offer you an unbiased viewpoint and support you in making those strategic, critical decisions to take you to the next level is just invaluable” explained Tom.
“The confidence we gained from our first victory and the continuing guidance we received through our early years just goes to demonstrate the considerable, positive impact of the Awards on us and so many in the county, and the sector should be very grateful to Carlsberg UK for enabling that success over the last decade” he enthused.
Those are sentiments echoed by the competition’s Director, Rachel Mallows MBE, who firmly believes that the brewery’s support, which has helped to ensure that the competition has remained free to enter since its inception, has played a vital role in the sector’s recent prosperity: “Our finalists and winners not only consistently report a 20% or more increase in sales but also tell us that their success has given them the confidence to grow and, without forgetting the additional backing of our category sponsors and other partners, we have Carlsberg UK to thank for enabling that remarkable achievement” said Rachel.
“So, we are thrilled that Weetabix’s support will allow us to build on those accomplishments and, as we prepare to launch for our twelfth year, would like to raise a glass of Pilsner to the entire Carlsberg team in deepest appreciation of their considerable, hands-on approach to their headline sponsorship of the last ten years and of their continuing patronage” she added.
Further details of the new-look Awards will be announced at the launch of the 2020/21 competition next month, after which category details and entry forms will be available on this website.
You can also follow the Awards on Twitter and Instagram at @foodawardsHQ or on Facebook at facebook.com/foodawards
Meanwhile, to register your interest in entering the Awards – whose categories include those for pubs, producers, restaurants, chefs and cafés – or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01933 664437.
Network Northants feature – Business Times, April 2020
Networking - a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.
A development workshop with The Mallows Company is the perfect opportunity to not only hone essential business skills but to network with other local companies and share ideas and best practice.
With a wide range of workshops available, suitable for all business sizes, you will have the chance to connect with other businesses that you may not have had chance to access before and to build some all-important links to help you and your company develop further locally, regionally and nationally.
This spring we are offering workshops in a variety of topics including: Supervisor to Manager, Mental Health Awareness, Building Resilient Teams, Influencing Skills and Social Media for Business (perfect for online networking opportunities!)
The Mallows Company Managing Director, Rachel Mallows MBE, DL is also working with national organisation, Enterprise Nation, which aims to open the networking circle to other small business owners and find support for business challenges. These monthly events are great for people who have a business idea, who have just started their business or want to grow further. As part of the wellness-focused Heads Up campaign, Enterprise Nation want to build local communities of small business owners throughout the UK, led by successful business leaders in the local area. If you need support from your peers or just want to get to know other small business owners come along and join us for an engaging evening. If we can’t help we’ll probably know a man or woman who can!