A new defribrillator based at Link Business Centre – an idea that was ‘Close to the heart’ of the Owner

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When Claire Symonds of RPM, Link Business Centre went on a Red Cross First Aid Course in Worcester last year, she discovered that if a defibrillator is used within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates jump from 6% to 50%. This made Claire realise what a huge difference having a defibrillator nearby would make to a person who has suffered cardiac arrest.
Claire approached Martin Wilesmith, Owner of Link Business Centre and suggested that it would be a great asset to local people to install a defibrillator within the Centre. The location is ideal, as it is within close proximity to several key places used by members of the public. Martin, who himself has had heart surgery a few years ago immediately agreed that it was a great idea.
Martin contacted Heartstart Malvern, who’s Treasurer is Melanie Baker, MD of Melton Support Services Ltd, Unit 1 Link Business Centre. They helped to advise and arrange the installation of the defibrillator, which is positioned just outside the gates of the Centre, so that it is available for use any time of day or night.
Since Heartstart Malvern launched in January 2017, they have provided free training to almost 3,000 local residents and schoolchildren on how to save a life by teaching them simple resuscitation skills and how to use a defibrillator.
Working together with Heartstart Malvern, Link Business Centre are offering training to any tenants and staff based on the site and other organisations in the locality.
I would like to thank Martin and his team for installing this life-saving defibrillator and would encourage as many people as possible to come forward for training. The location of this defibrillator means that it will not only benefit people working at Link Business Centre but it will also benefit the local community”. “Richard Vakis-Lowe, Chairman of Heartstart Malvern
Heartstart Malvern are keen to hear from any other local businesses or organisations who would like to arrange free training sessions for their staff. No previous first aid experience is needed. To book a Heartstart Malvern training session visit www.heartstartmalvern.co.uk

IMG_0943Pictured from left to right: Melanie Baker, MD Melton Support Services Ltd and Treasurer Heartstart Malvern. Mark Wilesmith, Partner, Link Business Centre. Claire Symonds, Accounts/Service Receptionist, RPM Malvern Ltd. Richard Evans, Property Manager, Link Business Centre.

Hip, Hip Hooray to Andy Haigh!

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IMG_1066Andy Haigh, Mid West Automation, Units 5 & 22, Link Business Centre, has nothing but praise for his workforce who pulled together to keep production going while he was having major surgery. The business was going through a particularly busy time, supplying materials to a major Birmingham based manufacturer, associated with the automative industry. Andy has built up an excellent working relationship with the manufacturer so this was a critical time for the business. Gareth Lloyd and Lisa Whitehouse took control of production, assisted by Andy’s Grandson Carter, while his wife Jennie managed the paperwork and office duties, and his daughter Lisa Haigh, gave up her job as an accountant to take the helm. 

After having suffered from pain in his hip for a quite a while, Andy was referred to The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham where he was diagnosed with bone cancer. The cancer had spread into Andy’s pelvis and he was told that he would have to have a large bulk of his pelvis removed. Andy had to wait 5 weeks before surgery could be booked because a shadow on his lungs was also detected. Fortunately this cleared, and surgery was arranged. Andy had another 5 week wait while the prosthetic pelvis was constructed. He finally had surgery, which took over 8 hours in May 2018. Thanks to the skill of the surgeon, Mr Michael Parry, Andy’s leg was saved. After a 3 week stay in the hosptial in Birmingham, Andy was transferred to Malvern Hospital, where they began to teach him to walk again. He was released after 2 months, and returned to work after only 6 months… ‘Hip hip Hooray’ to Andy – well done!

Andy, pictured showing the extent of the metal prosthetic, which is screwed directly into his pelvis, connecting his upper leg bone. 

Teaching time in Tanzania with help from EasyRead Clocks

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ER pic1Last October a group of teachers from a number of local Malvern Primary schools travelled to Tanzania to visit their linked schools in the Tanga region. This is an annual visit and there is a reciprocal visit from Tanzanian teachers back to Malvern in the summer. This link has been established over ten years with new schools joining as time has progressed. EasyRead Clocks of Unit 20 Link Business Centre gave some fabulous resources to take over to help teach time to the children. They have blackboards in the school although chalk is rationed and the children have exercise books but very liIMG_1068ttle in the way of concrete teaching resources. 

“EasyRead Clocks gave some small plastic clocks with clear hours and minuteIMG_1068s hands that children came up to the front of the class (of 85 children) and used to do different activities relating to time. They also worked on their English Swahili vocabulary for time. A large teaching clock held by the teacher helped model different times and answers. The children loved using the resources. These will be shared through the school for other classes to use too. Time is an important concept in Tanzania. In Tanga they have ‘Tanga Time’ where the day works in a different way to time in the UK. Their daily clock begins at 6am (when the day begins) and not at midnight like us. This means that 7o’clock in the morning is 1:00 in Tanzania. As if time wasn’t complicated enough already!

EasyRead Clocks also gave us two beautiful, colourful wall clocks to go up in two of the classrooms at the school. Thank you so much to EasyRead Clocks for their generosity. The resources will have a big impact at the school.” Debbie Russell

“We were delighted to be able to send some of our clocks and teaching aids over to Tanzania with Debbie and fantastic to see them in use and hear how she got on.” The EasyRead team pictured in their Unit from left to right: Eve Horne, Sue Shackleton, Stuart Blandford

Link Business Centre is proud to provide Amity International 
with the ideal location for its in-house design expansion

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Amity 1The Amity Group was founded by Mokhles Tangestani-Nejad and Ram Singh in 1991. In 2005, Amity moved into the healthcare sector by developing several patented technologies in the area of High-Level Disinfectants (HLD) for instruments, surfaces & the environment. These initial products led to the development of the healthcare range.

In 2017 Amity opened a dedicated Research and Development Centre & Equipment Manufacturing facility, housed within their Barnsley Warehouse site. This 2,000 square foot resource is mostly used for product testing, ensuring that Amity are continually pushing the boundaries of chemistry within the disinfectant market and producing state of the art technologies to meet consumer demands.

Amity had an opportunity last year to take on an experienced designer in the relevant fields to make this idea a reality. Stephen Byrne is a resident of Malvern and with Amity allowing him to choose a site for this venture anywhere in the country he chose if possible to stay in his hometown. Link Business Centre offered a chance to make this happen. Offering the right size of unit, the position of the site along with having on site management made Unit 18 an ideal proposition. Stephen will be working on projects such as automated Whole Room Decontamination Systems, which provide professionals with a highly effective means of Infection Prevention & Control. He was particularly impressed with the modern, clean and professional feel that the Centre provides, which is what Amity were looking for, crucial when receiving visitors from such organisations as the NHS. Stephen has plans to take on local young people on an apprentice basis when the manufacturing process commences at Unit 18.

AMITY group of companies are approved suppliers to some of the largest corporations in the world i.e. Shell UK, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Jaguar. Already a significant employer in the UK and USA the current expansion programme includes new initiatives creating employment prospects and partnership opportunities on a worldwide scale.

Manufacturing bespoke solutions for the aerospace industry supplying companies such as BAe Systems, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, Boeing to name but a few. 

(Photo: Stephen Byrne (left) receiving the keys to Unit 18 from Richard Evans) For more information: www.amityinternational.com