All the latest news and information from our clients as well as the Shepherd PR team.


North West business figurehead to retire from trade body role

19/02/2020 A North West business figurehead, who has carved out an inspirational career in the building industry, is set to retire from a key industry trade body. Peter Hindle MBE is retiring as Chairman of the Builders Merchants Federation at the end of March, after six successful years in the role. During his tenure as […]


Degree apprenticeship puts advanced materials on the map

13/02/2020 A new degree apprenticeship will help open-up opportunities for trainees in materials science across the UK. After two years in development, the Materials Science Technologist (Level 6) Degree Apprenticeship is now approved and ready for delivery. The national programme, which provides a bachelor’s degree qualification and extensive workplace experience, has been approved by the […]

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Michelin Development relaunched to support jobs growth

06/02/2020 Michelin is relaunching a scheme which will help create hundreds of jobs in Dundee and Angus. Michelin Development will provide funding and advice to firms with the potential to expand – providing high-quality, long-term employment. The news comes as civic and business leaders from across the region attend an event today to learn more […]

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Job Alert: PR Apprentice

14/02/2020 We are looking for a PR Apprentice to join the team at our office in the Staffordshire Peak District! This is an opportunity to learn the basics of our industry. We’ve been running our apprenticeship scheme since 2013 and are looking forward to giving a keen and motivated trainee their first step on the […]


Appeal to business community to change children’s lives in 2020

16/01/2020 A charity that transforms young people’s lives across Stoke-on-Trent is urging the city’s business community to help support its activities for 2020. The Hubb is issuing a New Year’s appeal to organisations to back its flagship project, ‘Ay Up Duck.’ Launched in February 2019, the project has gone from strength-to-strength across the city, making […]

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Stoke signage company points the way to growth with Michelin Development

08/01/2020 A Stoke-on-Trent signage company specialising in fleet and vehicle livery is conquering new markets and creating jobs following a £50,000 cash injection from Michelin Development. Dresden-based A2B Signs and Graphics is investing in state-of-the-art technology to reach new customers in the UK and overseas. The money, which has been match funded by a grant […]

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New acoustics, ventilation and overheating guide set for launch

07/01/2020 After almost two years of research, ANC, the Association of Noise Consultants, is launching its Acoustics Ventilation and Overheating (AVO) Residential Design Guide. Produced by the ANC’s AVO Group, the guide provides a resource for practitioners and designers to balance the interdependence of noise, ventilation, and overheating in the acoustic assessment of new residential […]


UK building sector trade body sets out value of European relations for future success

20/11/2019 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR One of the UK’s most influential trade associations has set out a blueprint to support industry connections with Europe over the next 12 months. The move comes as John Newcomb, CEO of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), completes one year in the elected role as President of UFEMAT, the European Association […]


BFM flies the flag for British furniture manufacturing with new brand design

18/11/2019 TRADE ASSOCIATION PR British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is flying the flag for the sector with the launch of a strong new brand identity. The trade association has implemented a bold new look across the organisation, designed to take the BFM forward and ensure it remains at the heart of the British furniture industry for […]