Financial education in schools just doesn’t add up


Many British adults can be confused by financial matters due to a lack of education on the subject at schools and colleges. Just one in 10 adults say they received useful advice on finance through the education system, according to a survey by trade body R3 and polling body ComRes. “PHSE education in schools is meant to cover Personal, Social Health and the Economy, but it seems that the economic education is sadly lacking,” said Martin Williamson, Managing Director of insolvency practitioners, ipd, based at Park Hall Business Village, Stoke-on-Trent. “Learning good financial habits, ...

Inspiring the engineers of the future recognised with an MBE for KMF MD Gareth Higgins


[caption id="attachment_2429" align="alignleft" width="300"] Gareth Higgins MBE with KMF apprentices[/caption] KMF Managing Director Gareth Higgins has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Gareth, who has helped to steer KMF through 25 years of growth, is honoured for services to apprenticeships. North Staffordshire based KMF has gained a national reputation as a leader for apprenticeship and training, supporting young people into a successful career in engineering. The honour comes just a few months after KMF won the prestigious SEMTA skills innovation award, fighting off competition from major manufacturing companies including Jaguar Land Rover ...

Helping craft potters to flourish at Middleport Pottery


[caption id="attachment_2425" align="alignright" width="300"] Jasmine Simpson in her studio at Middleport Pottery[/caption] Craft businesses at a flagship pottery are flourishing with the support of Let’s Do Mentoring. Studio tenants at Middleport Pottery have gained valuable business support from a host of experienced mentors led by the Director of the ceramics factory and tourist centre, John Lowther. Middleport Pottery, which has gained national recognition as home of TV programme, The Great Pottery Throw Down, is home to 11 small businesses as well as the well-known Burleigh Pottery. These include craft ceramicists such as Jasmine Simpson, Emma Bailey ...