Veterans Challenge for Spearhead Compliance Training CEO

CEO and Co-Founder of Spearhead Compliance Training, John Loveday, will complete a military fitness test every hour for 24 hours as part of his ongoing fundraising campaign to help veterans.

On Saturday 9 April at 10am, John will embark on a 24-hour ‘veterans challenge’ to test himself mentally and physically to reach his fundraising target of £2,000. The challenge will see him complete a fitness circuit comprising 44 press ups, 50 sit-ups and a 1.5 mile run every hour for 24 hours…and all with no sleep!

Before setting up HABC-approved centre Spearhead Compliance Training, John served with the armed forces for seven years, and it is a cause very close to his heart. ‘While serving with Veterans Challenge the British Army, I was injured in a blast and was lucky to get away with minor injuries,’ John said. ‘This was not the case sadly for many of my friends, colleagues and brothers in arms, with our regiment suffering heavy losses. I left the military and struggled to gain employment, but various civilian and military charities helped me get on my feet. Now I want to give back. Boxing and fitness have always been a part of my life, so I want to give back to those charities by challenging myself physically and mentally.’

All funds raised will be donated to military charities that help soldiers injured during combat, or struggling after service life.

To support John and help him reach his fundraising goal, please visit here.

How Scotland’s hospitality businesses are preparing for new allergen labelling legislation with Tennent’s Training Academy

allergen labelling legislationNew rules come into force across the European Union from tomorrow (13 December 2014) meaning that food and drink establishments need to provide allergy information on any food sold unpackaged.

And Glasgow-based Tennent’s Training Academy (TTA) is offering businesses in Scotland the chance to take the new HABC Level 3 Award in Food Allergen Management for Caterers to help them understand the legislation.

TTA, which is a HABC Approved Centre, currently holds weekly training courses for foodservice staff right across the hospitality sector in Scotland, with more planned for next year. And with 2015 being the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, all eyes are on Scotland’s hospitality businesses to get it right.

Training Co-ordinator, Clare Coghill, who has been championing the allergens training course for TTA, said, ‘The feedback has been interesting. Most businesses did not even realise the law on allergens were changing, and were totally unprepared. Since starting the training, companies have been taking on board the necessary actions to ensure they are prepared and can cope with the high demands of customers and their growing needs for special guidance from staff and on their menus’.

She added, ‘Over 200 managers and chefs have been trained since the introduction of this qualification to the Academy, and we expect to continue the training of hundreds of candidates throughout 2015.

If any businesses need advice about allergens we would be delighted to hear from them and help them’.
For more information, go to, email or call 0141 553 0010.

EndeavourUK help children and infants in an emergency

paediatric first aid trainingStaff and child carers at an Essex nursery recently got the opportunity to receive additional paediatric first aid training thanks to one of the region’s leading providers.

Chelmsford-based EndeavourUK, which is a HABC Approved Centre, provided a two-day session to the Buttercup Montessori Kindergarten Galleywood, Chelmsford free of charge as part of a drive to encourage schools and nurseries to go beyond the mandatory minimum of two staff trained to Level 3 in paediatric first aid.

Chris Lucas-Jones, MD of EndeavourUK, said, ‘We believe that the current standards stating the number of paediatric first aid trained staff needed in schools and nurseries is too low. Many do provide a high number of fully trained staff than the standards require, but often the training numbers are limited due to the costs and waiting lists associated with such courses. I personally feel very strongly that such paediatric first aid training is essential in ensuring adequate child care and safety standards for children is maintained, as well as providing increased peace of mind for parents. This is why EndeavourUK is looking to assist in delivering this training to any school or nursery in Essex that would like it on a non-profit basis’.

Natasha Taylor, Principal of Buttercup Montessori Kindergarten Chelmsford, said, ‘It is absolutely essential that the minimum number of first aid paediatrics within a setting should be raised. After today’s intuitive training, EndeavourUK has enabled us to increase our number of qualified first aid paediatric staff from eight to sixteen which will be reassuring and welcomed by many parents’.

Robert Villa, Mayor of Chelmsford, who toured the nursery facilities and experienced a brief taster of the paediatric first aid workshop along with the Mayoress, said, ‘It was extremely inspiring to see the tremendous amount of thought and actions devoted into the health and safety of these babies and young children who attend the nursery every day. I am impressed with EndeavourUK’s non-profit first aid course they are offering to our local nurseries’.

MPD wins customer care aware

MPD with their Award in Customer Care at the Oak FM Pride of Hinckley and Nuneaton Awards

Congratulations to corporate training provider Midlands Professional Development (MPD), which won the customer care category at the Oak FM Pride of Hinckley and Nuneaton Awards 2014.

It took the Award for Customer Care at the ceremony at the Hinckley Island Hotel on 19 September 2014, narrowly missing out on making it a double success with the small business of the year award for which it was also nominated.

Since its foundation in July 2013, MPD – which is a HABC Approved Centre – has become one of the leading providers in its region of qualifications and work-based training, gaining prominence amongst the community for its emphasis on customer focus and striving to deliver tailored training programmes sensitive to client needs.

Clair McKenzie, Associate Director at MPD, said, ‘To achieve the Award for Customer Care was a wonderful surprise. Thank you Oak FM and the judging panel. The success of MPD is due to all of our stakeholders, from our board of directors – whose vision led us to being established – to our partners, customers and especially our amazing team’.

If you would like more information or a copy of the new MPD Training Calendar, please contact the Business Team on 024 7679 6422  or email

eResponse joins winning team with football initiative

Doncaster Rovers Football ClubeResponse has teamed up with Doncaster Rovers Football Club to help unemployed locals get back on their feet.

The partnership, part of an initiative called Club Doncaster Foundation, will see 600 training places made available to unemployed people in the Doncaster region by eResponse, which is a HABC Approved Centre.

The Club Doncaster Foundation is a not-for-profit, self-funding registered charity and community organisation. Since becoming a registered charity and reforming as a sports and education foundation, Club Doncaster has worked alongside several partners to focus on sports participation, disability sport and inclusion, health and wellbeing, education and social inclusion in the borough.

Paul Alekna, Managing Director at eResponse, said, ‘Club Doncaster is very well integrated with the local community and its achievements are impressive. We are very proud of our association and look forward to developing our partnership over the years to come’.