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Lea Miller to help frontline emergency services personnel 5 days, 1 hour ago

Lea Miller to help frontline emergency services personnel

Lea Miller from Bayee Holistic Therapy is delighted to be supporting frontline emergency services personnel at the UK’s first “Intensive Programme’ event.

The event is aimed at courageous frontline staff such as the police, paramedics and firefighters who have dealt with harrowing events such as the very recent London Bridge attacks, the Manchester Arena Bomb and the fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington. The event will take place in London in November.

The Intensive Programme is being run by the Upledger Institute and is the first of its kind in the UK. During the event a team of highly qualified CranioSacral Therapists will treat the frontline personnel for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other long-term issues over the course of a week. 

To help deliver this event Lea is aiming to raise £10,000 which will go towards the care, venue, accommodation and food of the personnel being treated.

Lea is looking for anyone who can contribute to this extraordinary cause to help many of these forgotten heroes so they can continue to support our communities.

Lea commented, “I feel very humbled to be part of such a valuable cause. Our frontline staff are exposed to so many traumatic incidents and it is crucial that we heal the negative effects of these and enable the incredibly brave individuals to continue their work in supporting us all.”

Lea continued, “We know how successful this particular treatment and these events can be, as the Upledger Institute in America has been running them for decades for war veterans, going back all the way to the Vietnam War. 

To support Lea please call or email her on 07970 633130 or  and she will discuss how you can make a contribution to this worthwhile cause. 

Any business that makes a contribution over £50 will have their logo, company information and a link to their website included on Lea’s website to demonstrate their support.

Wayne Pontin joins Nugent Santé as Non-Executive Chairman 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Wayne Pontin joins Nugent Santé as Non-Executive Chairman

Leading health insurance expert Wayne Pontin has joined Lancashire based Nugent Santé as their Non-Executive Chairman. This is a major coup for Nugent Santé. 

Nugent Santé has experienced significant growth since its inception in January 2016 and the team currently manages over £7 million of annual premiums. With products ranging from Company Health Insurance, Health and Wellbeing Schemes, Health Cash Plans, Group Risk Schemes, International Private Medical Insurance, Travel Insurance and Dental Insurance, the team can deliver a range of innovative and tailored health insurance solutions for both businesses and individuals.

Wayne Pontin commented, “I accepted the post of Non-Executive Chairman to help develop and guide Nugent Santé through its formative years, but more importantly because I believe in the ethos and ambition of the board of directors and can testify to the professionalism of the staff and advisors. I have ambitions to lead this company by example and have no doubt we will achieve all objectives we set ourselves both domestically and through an exciting development in the International Private Medical Insurance arena.”

With 40 years’ experience in the health and wellbeing sector, Wayne also has numerous accolades to his name. In 2012 he was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his services to the health and wellbeing industry, and during the same year Wayne was also elected Chairman of the professional body, The Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries (AMII), a position he held for an un-precedented three years. Under Wayne's chairmanship the CII exam IF7 was introduced, which over 1,000 advisors in the UK have now passed and Wayne was instrumental in extending membership to Insurance Providers making AMII truly industry representative. 

Nugent Santé has recently become directly authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is delighted to have Wayne to support and guide them through the regulations. 

Paul Nugent, Managing Director of Nugent Santé commented, “Having Wayne as our Chairman is a significant achievement for our rapidly developing company.  The health insurance market is evolving and he will be crucial in ensuring we do everything correctly under the regulation of the FCA.  Wayne brings vast experience to the business and will help us provide training, governance and strategy. Combined with my experience, we truly believe that Nugent Santé will become a major player in this industry.”

Wayne concluded, “When I first met with Paul Nugent, I felt invigorated and suddenly saw my vision of over forty years ago reincarnated! I was a colleague of his co-director and knew a little of Paul’s background, but his ambition and drive and the potential of his new organisation was amazing. Given my experience and standing in the health and wellbeing industry I passionately believe that with guidance and the correct governance this company can grow to become one of the largest independent health insurance intermediaries in the UK.” 

For further details please contact the Nugent Santé team on 01772 585085 or visit the website at 

Nugent Santé is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Financial Services Register number 770038.

Win a BMW for the weekend at Lancashire Business Expo 3 months, 5 days ago

Win a BMW for the weekend at Lancashire Business Expo

Bowker BMW have partnered with the Lancashire Business Expo, giving delegates the exciting opportunity to win a BMW for the weekend. 

The car, filled with balloons, will be at the entrance of the Guild Hall as visitors arrive at the Expo on Friday 24th March.

The Expo, undoubtedly Lancashire’s principal annual business event, already has well over 2,000 delegates registered, all eager to visit the 160 exhibitors who will be spread over the two floors of the Guild Hall.

Ian Coupe, from the Shout Network, the organisers of the Lancashire Business Expo commented, “We’re thrilled to have Bowker BMW involved in this event. Many of our partners and exhibitors will be running competitions with some fabulous prizes, but we think this is a real coup and visitors will be very enthusiastic about taking part. We’re overwhelmed with the response we’ve had from businesses keen to exhibit and we now have an extensive waiting list.” 

Details about the BMW competition will be featured on the prominent tweet wall in the Grand Hall of the Guild Hall. The tweet wall has proved unbelievably popular at previous Lancashire Business Expos and was actually trending on Twitter one year! Announcements and updates will be shared on the tweet wall during the course of the day.  

Bowker Marketing Manager Amy Lancaster said, “We know that the Lancashire Business Expo is one of the most eagerly awaited events on the Lancashire business calendar.  It has established itself with a unique blend of fun and business. We are delighted to be involved and hope the lucky winner will enjoy a special journey in their prize.” 

Additionally, The Villa Italian and Mundo Tapas, both based in the Guild Hall Arcade will be offering all visitors a 20% discount on the day of the Expo!

Make sure you join us for what we know will be an exceptionally successful event for many Lancashire businesses. 

Register to attend at the Expo at

Business development support for UCLan Sports Therapy graduates 3 months, 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Business development support for UCLan Sports Therapy graduates

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is offering its Sports Therapy graduates a unique opportunity to enable them to set up a sports injury business.

Through the University’s Student Enterprise and Business Incubation initiative, two successful candidates will benefit from a free business development package worth £3,000.

Available to UCLan graduates only, support will be provided for 12 months and consist of advice and expertise from mentors, in addition to a range of marketing materials including the creation of a new website.

UCLan’s Student Enterprise and Business Incubation facility provides a range of support to help businesses develop and grow, including consultancy, incubation units, workshops and the latest technology.

Andy Cunningham, Principal Lecturer in Business Development at UCLan’s School of Health Sciences, said: “This is a unique opportunity for UCLan Sports Therapy graduates who are interested in establishing a sports injury business, or those who have an existing start-up but need support to grow.

“In return, the successful applicants will act as ambassadors for UCLan and the School of Health Sciences, working with us to promote courses and build relationships with our students, as well as local schools and colleges.”

The School of Health Sciences offers courses in Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy, Paramedic Practice, Operating Department Practice, Health Informatics and Acute and Emergency Care.

For more information about the Sports Therapy business support opportunity, and to apply, visit or contact Andy Cunningham on The closing date for applications is March 17, 2017.

UCLan has also announced a new scheme which will cover the cost of travel expenses incurred by Sports Therapy students while on placements.

Funding provided by the University’s Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will support students undertaking work-based learning opportunities as of the 2017/18 academic year.

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