max temp: 16°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: National CIPD honour for Blue Star director Brian England

12:59 16 February 2014

Brian England of the CIPD.

Brian England of the CIPD.


Brian England, a director of Ipswich-based Blue Star Human Resources, has received a national award from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).


The honour, presented at a dinner preceding the intitute’s annual council meeting, recognised his voluntary work for the institute in building a successful CIPD group in the Colchester and Ipswich area.

Each year, the group arranges a series of events for its local members, including a special “Breakfast Question-Time” last September, to mark the institute’s centenary, which was attended by almost 90 people.

John Toplis, chairman of the CIPD’s Essex and Ipswich branch, said: “I think is important is to acknowledge Brian’s personal contribution in building the Ipswich and Colchester Group.

“He has shown considerable skill in attracting some busy and talented people to the group and motivating them to do their bit for the benefit of members. He has done this by encouraging networking and socialising among committee members and by supporting new ideas.

“He has also shown optimism and stamina in supporting others when they are struggling to cope, and I have noticed that Brian is invariably one of the first to attend an event and one of the last to leave.”

The CIPD, which has more than 134,000 members, aims to take the lead in championing better work and working lives. Membership is by examination, with courses being run locally at New Suffolk College in Ipswich.

Members are encouraged to continue their professional development by attending events organised by the branch and group network.



New report on prosperity in seaside towns

New research has highlighted the importance of entrepreneurs in helping to revive seaside towns that have fallen into decline and unlock further potential in those already prospering.

Dan Poulter with employees at B&Q

A Suffolk MP has said he will do what he can to try and prevent a B&Q store closing down with the potential loss of around 100 jobs.

Helen Drage,  co-founder of Drage & Tozer Opticians.

Sudbury opticians firm Drage and Tozer, founded in 1995 by Helen Drage and Sandra Tozer, has celebrated 20 years in business by expanding into new premises.

Val Carrol, director of healthcare at Beckett Financial Services, receives the company’s Commendation at the Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts awards from comedian Tim Vine.

Bury St Edmunds-based Beckett Financial Services has been recognised by a national financial services publication for delivering outstanding levels of customer satisfaction to its healthcare clients.

Meadows Montessori School pupils Spencer, Luke and Ben, aka the Flower Pot Men, with The Apprentice 2014 winner Mark Wright who presented their trophy for winning the Best Community Engagement category of the Fiver Challenge Awards , supported by Virgin Money.

Pupils from the Meadows Montessori school in Ipswich have been named among the winners in the Fiver Challenge, run by the Young Enterprise programme.

From left, Michael Francis, store manager, Colchester, Robert Smith, dealer principle, Colchester and Norwich, and  Emmanuel Greffier, store manager, Norwich with the Bang & Olufsen UK Partner of the Year trophy.

The team at the Bang & Olufsen store in Colchester is celebrating after beating off competition from 60 other dealerships to be named as the audio equipment firm’s UK Partner of the Year.

Kelly-Anne Byres of Poppy Nursing and Care Services.
Picture: Stephen Waller  www.stephenwaller.com

Five businesses and organisations from Suffolk and north Essex have been named among the finalists in the 2015 East of England Business Champions awards.

The Nestle Purina site in Sudbury

A Sudbury pet food factory is under increasing pressure to tackle foul odours as it is revealed an environmental regulator recorded 40 stench complaints since last month.

Ipswich Building Society general sales manager Jo Leah and her friend Libby Smith, also from Ipswich,preparing for their charity challenge involving a 100km trip down the Zambezi River.

A executive from Ipswich Building Society will today be starting a challenge to travel 100km along Africa’s Zambezi River in aid of a local charity.


Fairline testing facility at Ipswich.

The new owner of Fairline Boats has expressed confidence in the business, despite laying off more than 100 of its production staff.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages