Gunnebo UK unveils innovative new product at NEC Show

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MIDLANDS INNOVATION SHOWCASED AT NEC SHOW

ONE of the very latest innovations from Midlands-based security solution giants Gunnebo UK Limited will be in the spotlight at next week's National Convenience Show at the NEC.

The UK-developed SafeCash Counter Deposit Smart (CDS), which is billed as "just what your cashiers and finance teams have been waiting for", is a very welcome entry level product for retailers making their first inroads into automated cash handling.

"Most retailers are comfortable with paying money into a device, but the automated and integrated market is still relatively embryonic in the UK.

"The CDS, which can also be linked to our web-based CashControl monitoring software, will be a winning first step," explains Andrew Willdig, Services Director for Gunnebo UK, which was granted a Royal Warrant last year.

The SafeCash CDS, which gets pride of place on the Gunnebo UK stand at the March 24-36 Show, is a super secure and intelligent cash handling solution that means money is untouched from customer to cash centre or bank.

It joins Gunnebo UK's impressive range of high-end cash handling products, including the SafeCash Retail Station and SafePay.

Gunnebo UK, operating from its Wolverhampton head office, has been working with banks, retailers, cash In transit companies and public and commercial businesses for almost 200 years.

The company, which includes Chubbsafes, supplies its integrated solutions service to businesses large and small across the country, and specialises in developing innovative answers to customer challenges.

Other recent innovations include the trail-blazing eSecur, which gives customers unique smart control over their entrances and perimeters.

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Hillers Farm Shop offers special food for thought

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A POPULAR farm shop that is passionate about local produce is offering customers some home-grown food for thought too.

Hillers, of Dunnington, is hosting a special event for local author Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, who will sign copies of her gripping new novel, The Piano Player's Son, there on December 19.

"Hillers is a wonderful place, and a lovely setting for a book signing. I'm really looking forward to it," says Lindsay, who will also be selling copies of her book at the event.

The Piano Player's Son, about a family torn apart by a devastating secret, is Evesham-based writer and creative writing teacher Lindsay's second novel. Her first, Unravelling, won three awards and her latest was specially selected for publication by Cinnamon Press.

Award winning Hillers - which also features a cafe, a plant centre, gift shop and bird hide set in a pretty display garden - has grown and sold its own produce for over 80 years and is an ardent support of local food and enterprise.

It is promoting tasty goodies alongside Lindsay's latest thrilling read as a perfect winter warmer Evening of Bliss.

The shop, which is renowned for its gift hampers, will also package up The Piano Player's Son with tasty treats as a blissful Christmas present.

Teaming up with a local author is a great match, says Sally Hiller, who added: "Locally sourced goodies, with delicious produce, drinks and a good book - what better way to spend a blissful evening in front of the fire?"

Lindsay will be selling and signing copies of The Piano Player's Son (price £8.99) on Thursday December 19, between 10am and 11.30am in the farm shop.

Standing ovation for The Piano Player's Son

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Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn author of The Piano Player's SonTURNOUT OFF THE SCALE FOR BOOK LAUNCH

LOCAL author Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn's launch of new novel The Piano Player's Son has been greeted with a glorious fanfare of approval.

People queued at the official launch event for signed copies of the enthralling book about a family torn apart when a death and a deadly secret strike a distinctively discordant note.

Worcester's St Swithuns Institute was packed with eager readers keen to hear Lindsay (pictured) read excerpts from her story and they also enjoyed music provided by local band Slowtrain, Trevor Stanberry-Flynn on the piano, and poetry from Amy Rainbow and Gary Longden.

The Piano Player's Son was picked for publication in a nationwide search by Cinnamon Press, whose founder Jan Fortune said: "It's a novel that hooks the reader from the opening line.

"In the best novels there is a sense not only of immense satisfaction, but also loss when we finish the book. The Piano Player's Son achieves this."

The novel is the second by Lindsay, who teaches creative writing in Evesham, where she lives, and Malvern and addresses groups round the Midlands and Cotswolds.

Her first book, Unravelling, and her short stories have also won awards, and she was recently a winner in the Fish Publishing flash fiction competition.

Lindsay is also turning her writing skills into a chorus of creative high spots, as writer in residence for the English Symphony Orchestra. Her flash fiction stories of the characters were flashed on to the orchestra's website in the build up to their series of productions of Benjamin Britten's Noyes Fludde.

"It has been a busy year so far, and it's not letting up as I'm in the middle of writing my third novel," says Lindsay.

"But it was wonderful to take time out to celebrate the publication of The Piano Player's Son, and I am delighted that so many people came to support me at the launch."

For everyone who purchases a copy of The Piano Player's Son, Cinnamon Press is also offering a free novel. For full details, visit www.cinnamonpress.com/the-piano-players-son/ 

The book is also available to buy from Amazon and all good bookshops, including Blandford Books of Broadway.

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Greswolde Construction: MP on site visit

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MP to visit £1.4 million school sports hall development

SUTTON Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell will visit the site of a long-awaited £1.4 million Sports Hall being built at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls by Greswolde Construction.

The MP has been a supporter of the project which has been in the pipeline for decades and has benefited from a massive £500,000 fund-raising effort by students both past and present, staff, parents, donors and the school’s governing body.

“I look forward to visiting the school to see the progress on this exciting development which will be such an asset to the school and which will deliver the sporting facilities that the girls and the local community all deserve,” says MP Andrew Mitchell.

Headteacher Maggie Shackleton says: “We are all hugely excited about seeing this project come to fruition after so many years of fund-raising. The old building was totally impractical for sport in the 21st century. This hall will provide a sporting legacy for generations to come both in school and in the wider community. 

“I am very proud of all the hard work which has gone into fund-raising by students, staff, parents and generous local benefactors, in addition to years of careful budgeting by the school’s Governing Body to bring this about.

 

“MP Andrew Mitchell has been very supportive and we look forward to welcoming him to the school on October 11th to show him the latest progress.

“The building work is complex, as the old gymnasium shared walls with other parts of the school, but Greswolde is doing a great job minimising the disruption and we are grateful to Greswolde Site Manager Dave Jenkins for his efforts.

The hall, which will be completed in the Spring, will be four times larger than the 1930s building it replaces and will feature state of the art facilities including the area’s first indoor hockey pitch.

The school’s 1000 pupils will enjoy hugely improved sports facilities including spacious changing rooms and an extra community space to promote sporting events in school and in the local community. 

Plans to replace the gymnasium were first discussed some 30 years ago. However fundraising efforts were ramped up in 2008 and students have taken an active part, last year raising almost £5,000 last year from one event alone, when hundreds joined the school team to take part in the Great Midlands Fun Run. 

The school also secured some £800,000 from the Government’s Academy Capital Maintenance Fund.

 

“We are delighted to be involved in such a prestigious project which will enhance facilities for both the school and the local community,” said Malcolm Priest, MD of Solihull-based Greswolde Construction, which has an excellent reputation in education and health care building projects.

“Our priority as always, is to ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors and to minimise disruption during the project, in line with our usual Building With Care ethos.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. For further details, please contact Anne Adams at Crucial PR on 01295 780490 or you can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or log on to www.greswoldeconstruction.com

2. Greswolde Construction is a leading Midlands contractor, based in Knowle, Solihull, with a long-standing track record in educational, health care, commercial and housing association projects.

3. For more information about Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, please call 0121 354 1479, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it