"LRB Trophies responded to my request for help with sourcing silk-lined presentation
boxes after I had been let down by my previous supplier. A speedy and efficient
exchange of emails followed and within a week the boxes were delivered to my door. 
This is a company that really goes above and beyond to deliver excellent personable
and professional service".  - Joanne Taylor, Callula Glass
"LRB Trophies were great to deal with when organizing our end of season trophies.
Their customer service went beyond what I expected, working to our needs for
meetings and delivery. They were are to advise us on the trophies and had stock on
hand to help with our decision on which to choose". - Liam, Barlby Raiders JFC.
"Just wanted to say thank you for the trophies, they looked amazing and
everyone loved them! Thanks for the hard work and effort in getting them to
us on time".
- Rachel Berry - Redstor Limited
"We have used LRB Trophies for our presentation trophies for the past two seasons, the
quality has been excellent on both occasions but above all it was the prompt,
personal service and attention to detail that made sure we went back a second time". 
- Tracey, Snaith JFC u9's. 

Trophy Blog #111 –

Exporting products produced or designed in the UK is a huge income for companies wanting to expand. But according to a report produced recently, Almost three out of five firms do not export and less than one in ten are thinking about doing so any time soon. This gives us a bigger indication that over half of small to mid-sized businesses questioned for the report are still trading cautiously. Companies like mine would love to have more overseas customers, but where do you start in finding them? Is it worth putting in the hours searching for them when customers on our own door step also need attention. You don’t know until you try it.

Recent news shows that firms are more confident about the improving UK economy, but stepping outside the comfort zone is treated differently. Our News and Social Media Feeds are full of events happening in Europe, America and further afield. It is true that not all businesses can export or expand overseas. So perhaps the report didn’t take this into account. The same reports show a third of businesses are still focusing on reducing their costs and increasing their productivity. Businesses and their owners are aware of the benefits of exporting, such as expanding their customer base. I recently started some free workshops with the UKTI and will be looking to continue working with them in the future. The UKTI is the Governments Trade and Investment section who are actively helping businesses grow overseas. The main aim is for extra cash to arrive in the UK and then in turn, be spent in the UK.

 

LRB Trophies Will be attending the SELBY JOBS FAIR offering FREE CV help and guidance.

For the 3rd year in a row, Business Partner, Steve Butler will be giving up his time to help Job seekers. Using his previous management and recruitment experiance, he will offer tips and guidance on CV’s. He will take in current CV’s and give his honest opinion to see if it can be improved or changed. Some basic errors are made such as not putting on a contact number or having it run over to 4 or 5 pages.

Full details can be found via: http://www.selbyandainsty.com/jobs-fair

Taken from the Jobs fair website: Press coverage can be found in The Press here and also here Coverage on Minster FM here and here . Following last years event, Mr Adams said: “It was fantastic, the best Jobs Fair we’ve had yet” – “The first person came in at 9.15am, and the first person to tell us they had an interview lined up was at 9.25am. We also had a lady who secured a job on Thursday and started on Friday.” Mr Adams said there was a correlation between the lower attendance at this year’s jobs fair and the reduction in unemployment since last year, but said he would continue to hold the events until they were no longer needed. He said: “The previous events have been a real success, but there was great feedback from jobseekers and employers who were impressed with the quality of candidates.” Unemployment in Selby and Ainsty is down by over 45% since the last election and successes at this years Jobs Fair have contributed to the jobless total falling especially youth unemployment which is down by over a third since 2010. Companies at Nigel’s 2013 Jobs Fair included Marks & Spencer, John Lewis Partnership, Heineken, Caddick Construction, Drax Power, Lindum Construction, Shepherd Construction plus many others.

Trophy Blog #110 –
Mixed news has arrived two years after the High Street Portas project was put in place in 
various locations. "Queen of Shops" celebrity Mary Portas has received positive reviews, 
but at the same time, come under fire after her mission to revive the UK's High Streets. 
Twelve town centres had been chosen, and the government provided £1.2m in funding. 
A local group of business men and women applied on behalf of Selby at the time, but 
we're unsuccessful in the main funding. However £10,000 was issued to the Selby enterprise 
to help with a future project. This is still in the planning stage and more news will be 
issued via the Selby Times once announced. The whole project was filmed and aired on TV 
two years ago. During the programmes, Mary issued some basic recommendations to each 
location such as a reduction in business rates and free local parking, but these we're 
ignored by the councils. The money helped finance five retail outlets in Wolverhampton. 
Three of them have been a success, one has diversified, and the fifth went bust. Four out 
of five is a good success rate as the economy was in a nose dive at the time, but people 
will focus on the negatives of the 5th business folding. Chairman of the Government's 
Business Select Committee, Adrian Bailey, has been critical of the scheme: "You will not 
change the basic problems of the High Street just by putting in these sort of pilots”. 
However Penny Maudaunt, the High Streets Minister, says the scheme has been successful. 
"There has been a huge amount of really good work and ideas come out of the project, 
some ideas may not have worked so well, what we have to do now is replicate the positives 
in other High Streets."
 
Trophy Blog #109 – Did you know that some small sized businesses are entitled to extra help from the council? Some businesses in the area are entitled to hundreds of pounds worth of help per financial year. (for up to 2 years) starting from this month. This is a UK government incentive introduced recently to support businesses and enterprises. The government wants all businesses to grow as it helps with the economy, job growth and possible export overseas. Once again, it appears that most of us are unaware of the help available to them. I’ve recently spoken to somebody who works in this sector, they tell me that different things are happening all over the UK. Some councils are implementing the reductions without being requested, some are advertising the incentive in there local press, while our own local council have included a small section about it in the recent Rates letters they sent out. Did you see it? It’s buried in the small print so why not dig your letter out and look into it further. The person I spoke to says that councils will not be financially penalised as the funds are underwritten by the central government in London. Sadly I have heard of another three shops closing including the Jack Fulton freezer shop. I’m told this is only a local closure and the rest of the national chain remains open as normal. I’m unsure whether these closures are linked to the amount of monthly cash flow they had, but every penny helps. I hope this information will help somebody reading this. Sadly, landlords who own buildings on the high street are more and more likely to let charitable businesses take up their empty property. Charities are largely exempt from the Business Rates and other bills normal retailers have to pay.