Natasha Inan – Mama Life Magazine – Advertising Director

Name: Natasha Inan

Business Name: Mama Life Magazine

Profession: Advertising Director

Town/City of business:

Telephone: 07816861248 / 01283 533 888







Founder and director of Mama Life Magazine a multi awarding luxury lifestyle and parenting publication.

The publication was founded on the concept of keeping it real and empowering women.

Mum of three, wife to one

Products & Services Offered:

Ideal Clients:

Dave Harper – Silverpoint Property Services – Professional Property Services

Name: Dave Harper

Business Name: Silverpoint Property Services

Profession: Professional Property Services

Town/City of business: Tamworth

Telephone: 07914 048915







Working with estate and lettings agents and landlords we provide the essential services need to make sure that things run smoothly throughout the buying and renting process

Products & Services Offered:

  • EPC’s(Energy Performance Certificates)
  • Property Inventories
  • 360 Degree Tours
  • Floor Plans
  • Ideal Clients:
  • Estate Agents
  • Letting Agents
  • Landlords
  • People selling their home

Jessica Davanzo – Square Peg Promo – Promotional Merchandise and Business Gifts

Name: Jessica Davanzo

Business Name: Square Peg Promo

Profession: Promotional Merchandise and Business Gifts


Town/City of business: Based in the midlands but happily serving the whole of the UK and even the globe in some cases! J

Telephone: 01543 241003







We absolutely delight in supplying clients with unique and memorable promotional products and business gifts that get their brand noticed and keep it remembered!  Whether you have an upcoming event, an exhibition, or simply want to say thank you to a new or existing customer – we would love to help!

We truly value our clients and enjoy building lasting relationships by offering a personalised service and striving to go the extra mile!

With access to thousands of fantastic customisable products and an expert sourcing team, we can find the perfect product for your requirement (and even create bespoke products just for your brand)!  So go on…give us a challenge!

Products & Services Offered:

Eco Friendly Products

We are very passionate about recycled, sustainable and eco- friendly products and are constantly updating this range!

Some examples are:

Recycled pens, pencils, coasters, cups and keyrings  & notebooks.

Bio-degrable sugar cane water bottles , corn pens, recycled tyre coasters, bamboo power banks,  recycled stone notebooks, desk top gardens and solar powered products to name a few.

Promotional Merchandise

Pens, Mugs, Keyrings, Air fresheners, Water Bottles,  Notebooks, Shopper Bags, Frisbees, Power Banks, Head Phones, Pencils, sticky notes, torches, stress balls,  and rulers for starters!

Corporate Awards & Gifts

Stunning gifts sets such as A. T Cross Pens and Mole Skin Notebooks, Silver paper weights, Crystal and silver gifts and Bespoke Awards.

Techy Gift and Video Cards

Bluetooth speakers, power banks, wireless headphones, fully customisable video cards with a high definition screen.

Ideal Clients:

  • Variety is the spice of life and we love working with all kinds of brands; from owner managed businesses to multinationals companies!


Lee Gwinnett – White Lodge Group – Suppliers of Personalised Clothing & Workwear

Name: Lee Gwinnett

Business Name: White Lodge Group

Profession: Suppliers of Personalised Clothing & Workwear

Strapline: Experts in Branding

Town/City of business: Lichfield

Telephone: 01543 250506



Facebook: /WhiteLodgeGroup

Twitter: /WhiteLodgeGroup



Clothing Printers & Embroidery Company.

Supplying all aspects of personalised clothing through workwear, uniform & office clothing, safety wear, hospitality and leisurewear

Products & Services Offered:

  • Polo shirts, Sweat shirts, Hooded tops, fleeces, Jackets, High Visibility & any most other clothing types…

Ideal Clients:

  • Businesses, Construction Companies, Sports Teams, Charities and any orgnaisation requiring branded, personalised clothing

Beckie Head – Four Oaks Legal Services – Solicitors

Name: Beckie Head

Business Name: Four Oaks Legal Services

Profession: Solicitors

Strapline: Clearly Different

Town/City of business: Lichfield

Telephone: 01543 440308 / 07961 576780




Twitter: @fouroaksls



Preparing for the future is important. It’s something we all put off. But in preparing for the future, we not only know our loved ones are protected but we also get the peace of mind that comes from knowing we’ve done everything we can for them. And that’s where I can help.

Many people are daunted by the thought of taking legal advice. I don’t believe in jargon and I’ll come to you if that’s easier. We are all more comfortable in our own homes.

I can help with all matters of estate planning, including the preparation of wills, understanding and planning for inheritance tax and nursing home care fees. I also deal with issues surrounding capacity, such as the preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney and applications to the Court of Protection in circumstances where a person has lost capacity to deal with their own affairs.

I also deal with the administration of estates, whether straightforward or more complex involving business interests.

I am a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and I am also a MENCAP recommended solicitor who advises parents/carers of those with learning disabilities on the preparation of wills.


Products & Services Offered:

  • Jargon free; straight talking; practical and cost effective legal advice

Ideal Clients:

  • People aged 40-65 with children and parents; business owners

Ashley Bayliss – Compare Energy Bills Ltd – Energy Broker / Consultant

Name: Ashley Bayliss

Business Name: Compare Energy Bills Ltd

Profession: Sales Director

Town/City of business: Staffordshire

Telephone: 01902742691





Twitter: @AshleyBaylissUW


  • Helping Business and Residents get the best prices available, changing the way we buy energy and maximising the savings available

 Products & Services Offered:

  • Energy Consultant
  • Energy Broker
  • Collective Purchasing
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Reduction

Ideal Clients:

  • Hotels
  • Schools
  • Licence Trade
  • Sports Clubs
  • Anyone with a light switch


Andi Way – Boningale Garden Creations – Garden Designer

Name: Andi Way

Business Name: Boningale Garden Creations

Profession: Garden Designer

Town/City of business: North

of Wolverhampton

Telephone: 07979843596





  • We do all things garden from design to build to planting

 Products & Services Offered:

  • Garden design and landscaping

Ideal Clients:

  • Anyone with an outdoors who want to make the most of the space they have, large or small



Jo Foster – Lumina Studios – Video Production/ Video Marketing

Name: Jo Foster

Business Name: Lumina Studios

Profession: Video Production

Town/City of business: Video Production/ Video Marketing 

Telephone: 0121 271 0350





Twitter: @luminastudiosuk


  • Lumina Studios pride themselves on their creativity and technical skills, using both of these to produce high-end engaging video content for their clients
  • Video marketing is not just a trend; it’s only ever going to grow so standing out online is the most important thing

 Products & Services Offered:

  • Promo videos
  • Brand identity films
  • Testimonial video
  • Blog video packages
  • Social media campaign video
  • Music videos

Ideal Clients:

  • We work with all types of clients from owner managed businesses to big brands, across all sectors
  • Video can work to boost any company’s online presence
  • Target client – SME’s with 5+ staff / Marketing & PR agencies 



Sue Cliff – Proactive Assistants Limited – Virtual and On-Site Assistant / Business Support

Name: Sue Cliff

Business Name: Proactive Assistants Limited

Profession: Virtual and On-Site Assistant / Business Support

Town/City of business: Uttoxeter – but happy to provide our remote services to the whole of the UK or on-site to local businesses Staffordshire, Derbyshire & West Midlands

Telephone: 07969199325







  • Virtual Assistant
  • On-Site Business Support (Staffordshire, Derbyshire and West Midlands)

Products & Services Offered:

  • Secretarial
  • Personal Assistant
  • Administration
  • Telemarketing
  • Association Management
  • Project Coordinator

Ideal Clients:

  • Small to medium sized businesses that are serious about growing their own business and need help to do this

Mark Plumb – Zero Dry Time – Dry Carpet Cleaning / Upholstery / Hard Floors

Name: Mark Plumb

Business Name: Zero Dry Time

Profession: Carpet Cleaning

Town/City of business: Burton Upon Trent

Telephone: 0800 1804930




LinkedIn: uk.linkedin/in/zerodrytimeburtonontrent


Products & Services Offered:

  • Dry carpet
  • Upholstrey cleaning
  • Sandless woodfloor cleaning
  • Tiles cleaned and sealed
  • Any vinyl cleaned and sealed

Ideal Clients:

  • Landlords
  • Letting agents
  • Hotels
  • Pubs
  • Sports clubs
  • Offices
  • Doctors
  • Vets
  • Dentists

Andy Robinson – Office Recycling Solutions UK Ltd – Buy / Sell / and Relocate Office furniture

Name: Andy Robinson

Business Name: Office Recycling Solutions UK Ltd

Profession: Office Environments

Town/City of business: Burton on Trent

Telephone: 07376 426475






  • Your only call for everything to do with Office Interiors, from a single chair to a complete multi storey office fit out
  • Complimentary site measuring and planning service including full 3d visuals
  • Visit us or  We visit you, you decide

 Products & Services Offered:

  • Used Office Furniture
  • New Office Furniture
  • Bespoke Office Furniture
  • Office furniture relocation / Removal service
  • Recycling unwanted furniture

Ideal Clients:

  • Businesses moving premises or taking on more staff

Mark Evans – Mossvale – Construction / Maintenance / Mechanical and Electrical

Name: Mark Evans

Business Name: Mossvale

Profession: Construction Company

Town/City of business: Birmingham

Telephone: 0121 333 7001




  • Construction
  • Maintenance
  • Mechanical and Electrical

Products & Services Offered:


Ideal Clients:

  • Government
  • Schools
  • Developers
  • Private Clients

Soaz Nedelec – Soas & Co – #BodyFixer

Name: Soaz Nedelec

Business Name: Soas & Co


Bowen Therapist

OldPain2Go Practitioner

Town/City of business: Sutton Coldfield

Telephone: 07811 678 666 / 0121 240 8178





  •  At Soas and Co, we understand that pain or physical ailments are merely symptoms expressing the body’s difficulty to function as it should
  • Whether you suffer from injuries, pain following past injuries, joint mobility issues, digestive / hormonal issues and any other physical problems, we can help you regain improved or optimum health and so give you back the freedom to live the life that you want
  •  The OldPain2Go Method has proven to be highly effective to significantly improve or eradicate symptoms of Fibromyalgia, ME, CFS or many other debilitating physical symptoms that have been preventing people from living a (full) life
  • The Bowen Technique, based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine system of the meridians and understanding of how everything connects and functions as a whole in the body, is steadily gaining ground in the world of holistic therapies as an essential tool to recover from many physical problems / traumas and alleviate or eradicate debilitating pain. It can be used on new-borns and frail adults alike

Products & Services Offered:

  • Bowen Technique
  • OldPain2Go

Ideal Clients:

  • Anyone wishing their physical pain or physical dysfunction (mobility, pain, ache, digestive / hormonal / respiratory issues etc.) to be significantly reduced or altogether go away, so as to resume their (normal) life


Ryan Stott – SEO NUTS Limited – Website Design & Online Marketing Services



Name: Ryan Stott

Business Name: SEO NUTS Limited

Profession: Online Marketing Specialists

Town/City of business: Dudley

Telephone: 01384  451399







  •  Web Design & Online Marketing Specialists – Google Certified Partners

Products & Services Offered:

  • Website Design
  • E-commerce Websites
  • E-Business
  • Websites
  • Budget Websites
  • Promotional Websites
  • Content Managed Websites
  • EBay
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Online Marketing
  • Pay per Click Marketing (PPC), E-shots Mailers

Ideal Clients:

Any business or organisation that;

  • needs a new website
  • wants to sell products or services via an e-commerce website
  • wants to sell more products via EBay
  • or that has an existing website that requires SEO or Pay per Click marketing in all major search engines

Jonathan Lewis – Virtus Solutions Ltd – Bookkeeping Services


Name: Jonathan Lewis

Business Name: Virtus Solutions Ltd

Profession: Bookkeeper

Town/City of business: Tamworth

Telephone: 07762 792889





  • Provide bookkeeping services to small & medium sized businesses
  • A Xero Partner and Quickbooks Pro advisor & proficient in the use of Sage 50

Products & Services Offered:

  • Management reports
  • VAT returns
  • Account reconciliation
  • CIS accounting
  • Catch-up service
  • Free bookkeeping health check

Ideal Clients:

  • Businesses with 1-10 employees with a turnover of up to £1m
  • Start up businesses



Karl Grace – Karl Grace Design Ltd – Architectural Practice

Name: Karl Grace

Business Name: Karl Grace Design Ltd

Profession: Chartered Architectural Technologist and Chartered Building Engineer

Town/City of business: The Woodlands Design Studio, 20 Lichfield Rd, Sandhills. Walsall, WS9 9PE

Telephone: 01543 820 825 / 07973 114 971




Products & Services Offered:

  • Bespoke Architectural drawing packages, providing a full or partial service to suit the client needs.
  • On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor providing Energy Performance Certificates for new build houses.
  • Party Wall Surveyor.

Ideal Clients:

  • Individual Residential clients looking to undertake new build construction of extensions to existing houses.
  • Developer looking to develop newbuild site or conversion of existing property.
  • Clients requiring the issue or responding to Party Wall Notices.
  • Clients requiring Energy Assessments and issue of EPC’s

Tracey Willmott – Mission to Motivate – Professional Coach FCIPD abd ACC

Name: Tracey Willmott
Business Name: Mission to Motivate
Profession: Leadership development and professional coach
Town/City of business: Lichfield Staffordshire – with national coverage
Telephone: 01543 268600 / 07775 858612
Linkedin: uk.linkedin/in/traceywillmott

Products & Services Offered:

  • Leadership development
  • Business and personal coaching – accredited by the International Coaching Federation
  • Ilm accredited programmes
  • Team building
  • Organisational development and consultancy
  • Behavioural development

Business 1st donation to We Love Lichfield Fund

Business 1st raises money for good causes every year, and members of Business 1st were delighted to hand over a cheque for £500 to the We Love Lichfield Fund recently, which is a charity that benefits many local community and voluntary groups across the District. The We Love Lichfield Fund is Business 1st’s chosen charity for 2017, and the cheque was handed to Simon Price, CEO of cutlery company Arthur Price and Patron of the We Love Lichfield Fund at the group’s recent visitor day.



Successful Visitor Day

Thank you to all our members and visitors for making our Visitor Day last week such a success. The room was full and everyone enjoyed networking with like-minded business people. It was lovely to hear from our guest speaker, Simon Price, CEO of cutlery company Arthur Price and Patron of the We Love Lichfield Fund, which is Business 1st’s chosen charity for 2017.

Don’t worry if you missed the Visitor Day. Visitors are welcome to attend a meeting on any date as long as their particular business sector isn’t already represented. Just fill in the form on the home page to let us know you’d like to attend…

Bernadette Ratcliffe – Ratcliffe Education

Name: Bernadette Ratcliffe
Business Name: Ratcliffe Education
Profession: Coming Soon
Town/City of business: Staffordshire
Telephone: Coming Soon
Facebook: Coming Soon
Twitter: Coming Soon
Linkedin: Coming Soon


Products & Services Offered:

Coming Soon!


Business 1st is holding a Visitors Day on Thursday 11th May 2017 for local businesses to come along and find out more about how networking over breakfast can increase business enquiries.

Please note we have a one seat policy so please ensure that you check the Members Page on our website before booking onto the event to make sure that no-one else offers your services. If in doubt please call 01543 406131 to check.

Please click here to complete the booking form to secure your place at this FREE event.  We look forward to meeting you!

Ann Schwarzenbach – Advantage House – Serviced Offices

Name: Ann Schwarzenbach
Business Name: Advantage House
Profession: Serviced offices and meeting space
Strapline: Modern office and meeting space in central Lichfield
Town/City of business: Lichfield
Telephone:01543 250469

Products and Services offered:

Serviced offices ranging in size from a single desk in a co-working space to a four-person office. Our tenants pay a simple monthly charge which covers broadband, electricity, water, business rates, a reasonable amount of printing, use of the meeting room for short meetings and tea/coffee from the kitchen. The offices are let on a rolling monthly licence, meaning there is no long-term commitment or expensive legal fees. Our flexible meeting room can be set out in a board room style, an open U shape for training courses or in theatre style for larger groups. It is fully equipped with an LCD TV, which can be used with a laptop to deliver presentations, flipcharts and whiteboards. Tea, coffee and water are provided in the meeting room as required at no extra charge. Biscuits, buffets and other refreshments can be arranged as required. The meeting room can be hired on an hourly, half day or daily basis and is available at evenings and weekends. It has been used for all kinds of events from team meetings to networking, from First Aid training to charity talks.

Gary Williams – Seventeen43 – Event Management

Seventeen43Name: Gary Williams
Business Name: Seventeen43
Profession: Event Management
Strapline: Delivering your ideas to create that perfect event
Town/City of business: Based just outside of Lichfield, Staffordshire.
Telephone: 07721 678704

Products and Services offered: Event Management and Consultancy Company. Bespoke, tailor made services covering a wide range of events, incentives and group travel bookings. All delivered with passion.

Neil Sargeant – PHD Design – Graphic Design

Name: Neil Sargeant
Business Name: PHd design
Profession: Graphic Design
Strapline: Great design is great business, bad design… isn’t.
Town/City of business: Based outside Lichfield, concentrating on greater midlands area but servicing the whole nation.
Telephone: 01543 473 191

Products and Services offered:

PHd are a family of talented individuals coming together to bring ideas to life in the spirit of equality, creativity & independence. Our mission is to raise the level of design communications across our client base in the UK. We achieve this through the creation of intelligent, thought-provoking design solutions that make a positive difference to our clients and their customers.

PHd love what we do, that’s why we’re so good at what we do, and it’s why our customers love what we do. We excel at using graphic design, experience, and reasoning to solve complicated business challenges.

We’re one of the most experienced graphic design companies in the midlands, now in our 25th year, we can confidently state that we really know what works. Our award winning graphic design solutions are based on real knowledge of how to turn your investment in our services into real world tangible business.

We don’t use templates, we don’t copy others, we don’t guess, we tailor all solutions to your exact requirements. Our approach involves you at every stage to make sure the solution we give you fits your needs exactly.

Variety is the spice of life and that’s why we’re so very happy that each and every one of our clients is different. PHd caters to a huge range of industry types using an ever expanding range of media solutions, it keeps us on our toes, and every day offers something new and exciting.

Based in a lovely Barn near the historic City of Lichfield, we work Nationally, but focus on the Midlands area, including regions in and around Birmingham, Cannock, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sutton Coldfield, Burton, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby, Nottingham, Tamworth and Stafford.

Things we design very well

How should you get your message out there? We’ll help guide you through the options, assessing your company, your target clients and your budget to get the perfect set of design solutions for you, we’re nice like that!


Industries we’ve worked for

You need to get noticed by your customers, but all the competitors in your industry are fighting for the same customers. It’s tricky, so give yourself an ‘edge’ and use a design company with the experience to make a difference.


Farewell Paul Brown and good luck for the future

It was a sad day for Business 1st members as long standing member, Paul Brown, attended his last meeting before retirement. To make his last Business 1st meeting special, Sue Green (current Chair of the Group) had asked every member to use their 60 second slot to tell a personal story or experience of working with Paul, before presenting him with a special gift to commemorate the occasion.

As one of the founding members of Business 1st, Paul has attended the Thursday morning meetings regularly for the last 12 years, so, as well as current members, some previous attendees made a special visit to Business 1st in order to personally wish him well in the future.

Good luck in your retirement Paul – we’ll all really miss you!

Local Insurance Broker Enters National Industry Awards Following Phenomenal Business Growth

After achieving a 38% growth in commercial customers in the 12 months ending 5th May 2016 independent insurance broker Prizm Solutions Limited, based in Tamworth, has entered the national Insurance Age UK Broker Awards in the Commercial Lines Broker of the Year category.

Peter RobinsonThe firm currently employs 9 local people and set a strategic goal to achieve 20% growth in commercial customers in 12 months from the Tamworth, Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield area and resoundingly exceeded this target achieving 38% growth from an already healthy commercial customer base. Annual turnover and income targets were also exceeded and in April alone they gained 32 new commercial customers.

Well known in the insurance industry for being innovators, in the last 12 months Prizm has worked with leading insurers to help them develop and launch Cyber Insurance policies for small businesses owing to the unique skills and experience of their directors IT expert, Tracy Pound and insurance veteran, Peter Robinson.

Prizm was founded in 2006 by Peter Robinson and Tracy Pound who saw a gap in the market for an ethical insurance broker with the ability to provide professional advice and high value at low cost. The business has grown every year and they operate from offices in Albert Road, Tamworth which they have recently renovated to accommodate their growing team.

“What sets up apart,” says Peter Robinson “is our approach. We’re ethical, we treat all our customers as human beings and we believe we are there to ‘save the day’ when things go wrong and our customers need to make an insurance claim. We work very hard to get to know our customers and make sure they get the right insurance cover in the first place. Then if they do need to claim we help them every step of the way to make sure they get the settlement they are entitled to.”

Prizm often prefer not to take commission from insurance companies instead charging a fee for their services, which is much more transparent.  Customers can be sure that the advice they get is impartial and honest and the best option for them.  Prizm donate £1 for every insurance policy to a local charity, this year’s charity is the County Air Ambulance.

Prizm Solutions Limited has won several awards including the Variety Club Small Business of the Year in 2008, Best Loved Insurance Broker in the UK in 2010. They won the Professional Business of the Year 2015 and were Highly Commended runners up for the Professional Business of the Year 2016 at the Tamworth, Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield Business Networking Awards.

For more information contact:

Peter Robinson
Managing Director
Prizm Solutions Limited
21a Albert Road
B79 7JS
01827 313 931

Thursday 21st April – VISITOR DAY

Business 1st is holding its first visitor day of 2016 on Thursday 21st April.  If you’d like to come and find out more about how networking over breakfast can increase business enquiries, and learn more about how Business 1st has passed over £1.5 million pounds worth of business between its members every year for the past 2 years, then we’d be delighted to see you.

Please visit this link to book your ticket –

Business referrals total over £1.5 million in 2015

It’s official! In 2015, for the second year running, Business 1st has passed over £1.5 million pounds of business between its members! success.

David Turner – Gemport Jewellery – Jewellers

David-Turner-Gemport-JewelleryName: David Turner
Business Name: GemPort Jewellery
Profession: Jewellery Services
Strapline: Bespoke Quality Jeweller Like No Other
Town/City of business: Jewellery Quarter – Birmingham
Telephone: 0121 448 5545 / 07999 592424
Twitter: @gemportjeweller

Products and Services offered: Engagement, Wedding and Eternity Rings, cast to order (not pre-worn or from stock) Platinum, Gold & Silver. Bridal and Bridal Party Accessories, Diamonds and Diamond Replacement Service, Precious Gem Stones. Re-sizing/modifications/alterations & commissions undertaken. Luxury new and pre-owned watches including Rolex, Breitling, Omega, Cartier, Oris –  plus watch servicing and refurbishments. Computer Aided Design Technology, Silver Jewellery, Christening Gifts, Valuation Service. Engraving. Full Repair Service. Private Consultations By Appointment and gold and silver part exchange considered.

Ideal clients; People getting engaged, couples getting married, persons celebrating birthdays/anniversaries or persons seeking that ideal gift. Watch lovers! Individuals with jewellery they no longer wear or have been left jewellery from a loved one and wanting it remodelled into something special, people wanting a private bespoke service, persons wanting Christening ideas.

Mark Zaccaria – Mark Zaccaria Photography – Photographer

MarkName: Mark Zaccaria
Business Name: Mark Zaccaria Photography
Profession: Photographer / Aerial Photography
Strapline: I provide a professional service and deliver complete packages with no hidden extras.
Town/City of business: Based in Lichfield
Telephone: 07866 522549
Facebook: Mark Zaccaria Wedding and Portrait Photography

Products and services offered: I’ve always been a photographer! Ever since I bought my first camera I just fell in love with photography.

I have many years experience and photographed many subjects all over the country. From Business Portraits, to Products shots, Agricultural shows,and recycling centres just to name a few.

I also am CAA qualified to carry out Aerial Photography with Drones. This offers another viewpoint which is now much more affordable.

Business First hits £1,000,000 again!

Over a million pounds of business has been passed between members of Business First already this year.  This morning’s meeting saw the total value of business passed at the group in 2015 reach the dizzy heights of £1,079, 963.08.  Well done everyone!

Member has show at Birmingham Comedy Festival

Sheila McMahon performing

Business First counsellor and comedienne, Sheila McMahon is performing her M.H.S. Mental Health Show at this year’s Birmingham Comedy Festival, at 8pm on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at The Mockingbird Theatre & Bar, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA. Tickets are £12 each from on 0121 224 7456.

‘Clean’ shot for photographer

Mark Zaccaria

Business First’s resident photographer, Mark Zaccaria doesn’t always dress like this – but one of his recent project’s involved photographing a clean room, hence the outfit!

Business 1st member performing at Lichfield Garrick in September

Sheila McMahon

If you’ve been entertained by Sheila’s sixty seconds at Business 1st, then you’ll definitely want to book a ticket for her upcoming show at the Lichfield Garrick on Friday 11th September 2015.

Tickets for ‘Sheila’s M.H.S – Mental Health Show are selling fast, after her sell-out show earlier this year. For tickets and more information, contact the Lichfield Garrick on 01543 412121.

Paul Deaville – Associated Technology Solutions – IT Consultant

PaulName:    Paul Deaville
Business Name:   Associated Technology Solutions
Profession:    IT consultants
Strapline:    ‘bringing the best of our world, into yours’
Town/City of business:  Aldridge/Lichfield/Tamworth
Telephone:    0121 667 4147
Linked In:    Paul Deaville LinkedIn
Facebook:    Associated Technology Facebook
Twitter:         Associated Technology Twitter
Products and services offered: Professional, independent IT consultants based in Aldridge, Lichfield and Tamworth. Born out of a group of likeminded companies with differing skill sets, we have merged to produce one company capable of meeting the higher demands and needs of a growing client base. Associated Technology Solutions not only provide a core base support service but also provide speciality services within the IT industry such as communication and bespoke private backup solutions, to cater for a wider range of sectors and have the expertise to thrive in an ever expanding and demanding industry. We pride ourselves on providing what our clients require to be successful, not what meets a price point or beats a timescale. Quality products, with quality service for a quality overall solution, that is second to none. We have a passion for what we do and understand that every company differentiates itself from its competitors by the way in which it delivers customer service.
Ideal Clients: All SME companies in any industry sector who need day to day technical support or an appropriate business backup solution.

Martin Ward – Four Oaks Independent Financial Advisors Limited – Dip PFS

Name: Martin Ward – Dip PFS
Business Name: Four Oaks Independent Financial Advisors Limited
Profession: Financial Advisor
Strapline: Providing Positive Solutions
Town/City of business: Lichfield/Tamworth/Sutton Coldfield
Telephone: 0121 323 2070

Products and Services offered:

Products and services offered: Martin has been a financial advisor since 1989 and is the Managing Director of a well established and well respected business. As a fully qualified independent financial advisor Martin will always provide the very best financial advice tailored to your specific circumstances and he is able to give advice on products from the whole of the UK financial services market, often with access to financial products that are not available on the high street. Martin has worked at senior management level with national financial companies and has provided a wide range of advice to clients with different needs over many years. For advice on pensions, investments and savings, financial protection, mortgages, estate planning and long term care contact Martin Ward. Your first meeting is funded by Four Oaks Independent Financial Advisors and is without obligation.

The value of pensions and investments and the income they produce can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested.

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on the mortgage.

Equity Release will reduce the value of your estate and can affect your eligibility for means tested benefits.

Estate Planning is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

Ideal clients;

Private individuals and business owners who are looking for unbiased financial advice.

Julie Pound – Prizm Solutions Ltd – Insurance

traceyName:  Julie Pound
Business:  Prizm Solutions Ltd
Profession: Insurance Broker
Strapline:  Here to hold your hand, even on the bad days.
Town/City of business:  Based in Tamworth
Telephone:   01827 313931

Products and services offered:
All types of insurance, including:
• Commercial Liability Insurance
• Commercial Property Insurance
• Commercial Motor Insurance
• Personal Insurance

Description:  Insurance specialists offering a friendly and personal service. The team at Prizm Solutions work hard to create bespoke insurance solutions that perfectly match requirements, and save people and businesses time and money.

Ideal Clients:  SME businesses in Lichfield & Tamworth, with a turnover of up to £1 million, and up to around 10 employees.


Business group delights local charity with donation

St Giles cheque c1

Business networking group, Business 1st has continued its fundraising efforts by handing over a cheque to St Giles Hospice.

As one of the longest established independent business networking groups in Lichfield, Business 1st raises money for local charities each year at its annual networking awards evening.   So far this year, the networking group has donated over £500 to worthwhile charities, including £250 to St Giles and £250 to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

To collect the £250 cheque on behalf of St Giles, Community Fundraiser Aaron Coleman attended a recent Business 1st meeting, and took time to brief the group about the vital services offered by the charity, and how local businesses can help in important fundraising efforts.

Aaron says: “We very grateful to Business 1st for including St Giles Hospice in its charity collections. St Giles needs donations and fundraising to enable the charity to continue to provide the free medical and nursing care that patients and their families need.”

Current Chair of Business 1st, Peter Robinson says: “We’re delighted to be able to help raise money for good causes, and will be keeping in touch with Aaron with regard to other ways we might be able to help.”


Alison Taylor – Forever Living – Network Marketing Professional

AlisonName:    Alison Taylor
Business Name:  Forever Living
Profession:  Network Marketing Professional
Strapline:    ‘looking after your health and wealth’
Town/City of business:  Lichfield
Telephone:    01543 256036
Linked In:    Alison Taylor
Facebook:    Alison Taylor
Products and services offered: independent income and natural health products
Ideal Clients: those looking for work/life balance and a professional income.  Products suit anyone from the nursery to the nursing home.


Allan Rotchell – Fire Safety Net Ltd – Fire Safety & Security Consultant

AlanName: Allan Rotchell
Business Name: Fire Safety Net Ltd
Profession: Fire Safety & Security Consultants
Strapline: “We do all things fire – except light them!”
Town/City of business: Cannock
Telephone: 01543 570172 / 07530 863959
Linked In: Allan Rotchell
Facebook: Fire Safety Net
Products and services offered:
•Fire Risk Assessment – for all types of premises and businesses – comprehensive assessments written in plain English designed to be easily understood by the client and to meet the standards required by the Fire Service and Insurance Companies.
•Fire Alarms and Smoke/Heat Detection – specified, installed, tested and maintained.
•Emergency Lighting – specified, installed, tested and maintained.
•Fire Safety Training – Fire Marshal/Warden courses & Fire Awareness Training for industry, commerce, hospitality, caring and teaching professions.
•Fire Extinguishers – specified, installed, tested and maintained.
•Intruder Alarms- Domestic and Commercial – specified, installed, tested and maintained.
•CCTV- Domestic and Commercial – specified, installed, tested and maintained.

Ideal Clients: Commercial Insurance Brokers, Commercial Estate Agents, Commercial Solicitors, Property Developers,
Facilities Management Companies/Managers, Health & Safety Consultants, Academy Schools and Colleges, Any company or establishment with 5 or more people working in their building, Companies who have received a Notice from the Fire Service, Companies considering up or down sizing into new premises – we advise on the fire safety suitability of the proposed building before you commit to buying or leasing, Companies making significant alterations to their existing building – we advise on the fire safety of the alterations before you do them!

Ben Harrold – Viking Vehicle Finance – New and Used Cars

Colette Bratton – Marketing Angel – Marketing Consultant

ColleteName: Colette Bratton Business: Marketing Angel
Profession: Marketing Consultant
Strapline: Guiding Your Business Towards Success
Town/City of business: Lichfield
Telephone: 07976 329522
Linked In: Marketing Angel Linkedin
Facebook: www.facebook/mktangel
Twitter: @mktangel

Products and services offered:

Marketing Strategy, Copywriting & Public Relations Description: Marketing Angel takes the mystery out of marketing for Midlands businesses – providing professional, flexible marketing assistance to help small to medium size companies prosper.
Ideal Clients:

Owner managed Midlands based companies who are serious about growing their business to the next level via a cost-effective marketing strategy. Companies who want to use PR to shout about their product and service successes in the local, regional or national media. Companies looking for good copywriting, to help the words on their marketing literature and websites work harder to sell the benefits of the business.

Business 1st comedienne on mental health mission

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Business 1st’s counsellor and comedienne Sheila McMahon has written a book as part of her mission to try to reduce the social stigma that surrounds mental health issues.  Using her counselling experience and sense of humour, she wants to educate people about depression so that people can understand more about the condition.

In the book, Sheila shares some of the personal childhood experiences that have shaped who she is today.  Sheila wrote her book as a way to share her learning and experiences, in the hope of helping others suffering from similar issues. The book contains exercises designed to give readers the tools to break free from limiting thoughts and negative patterns of behaviour, to help them move forward with their life, and be the best they can be.

Sheila says: “Statistics suggest that one in four people in the UK suffer from depression or a similar mental health issue. It’s a very dark place to be in, when negative thoughts completely overwhelm you and you struggle to cope with everyday life.“

Sheila’s book, ‘The Power of Knowing You’ is available to purchase from Amazon, priced at £12.99.

Malcolm Gibbs – Q&A Management Services Ltd – Quality Systems Management Consultant

Name: Malcolm Gibbs
Business Name: Q&A Management Services Ltd
Profession: Management Consultant – Quality Systems
Strapline: Quality is NOT expensive, it’s Priceless
Town/City of business: Anywhere ……
Telephone: 07802 374830
Linked In:  Malcolm Gibbs
Facebook:  Malcolm Gibbs
Twitter:  The Quality Coach
Products and services offered: Creation and support of management systems including, ISO 9001, 14001, 27001, 13485 and OHSAS 18001.
ISO Helping Hand a service for those having difficulty in maintaining the necessary certification.
Ideal Clients: SME, <25 employees Manufacturing or service companies.


Mandy Matkin – Go Cruise – Holiday specialist

Mandy MatkinName: Mandy Matkin
Business Name: Go Cruise
Profession: Cruise Expert
Strapline: To travel is to live
Town/City of business: Staffordshire
Telephone: 01543 897215
Linkedin: Linkedin
Twitter: @gocruisemandy

Products and Services offered: A specialist in ocean and river cruising anywhere in the world while also offering beach and city breaks or bespoke holidays to suit you or your family.

Matthew Hales – Integrity Mortgage Solutions – Independent Mortgage Advisor

MattHalesName: Matthew Hales
Business Name: Integrity Mortgage Solutions Ltd
Profession: Mortgage and Protection Advisor
Strapline: We provide professional and qualified mortgage advice.
Town/City of business: Sutton Coldfield but cover all of UK.
Telephone: 0121 308 5409 /07581 255860
Linked In:Matt Hales LinkedIn
Products and services offered: All types of Residential and Commercial Mortgages.
Ideal Clients: Anybody at all that would like Mortgage Related advice.

Paul Dukes Thomas – Print Design Team – Printer

Name: Paul Dukes-Thomas
Business Name: Print Design Team
Profession: Account Manager
Strapline: Quality is not expensive, it’s priceless
Town/City of business: Jewellery Quarter Birmingham
Telephone: 0121 233 4919

Products and services offered: commercial print
Ideal Clients: print is required by most companies and organisations so anybody that requires the printed word

Phil Grigg – Radmoor Training – First Aid Training

PhilName: Phil Grigg
Business Name: Radmoor Training
Profession: First Aid Training
Town / City of Business: Cannock
Telephone: 01543 274 452

linkedIn:  Phil Grigg
Facebook: Radmoor Training
Twitter: Radmoor Training

Products and Services: First Aid at Work Training, Paediatric First Aid Training, First Aid Kits and Equipment, Manual Handling Training

Ideal Clients: Any company with 5 or more employees!

Phil Watson – HR Unlimited – HR Consultant

Name: Phil Watson
Business Name: HR Unlimited
Profession: HR Consultant
Strapline: Don’t take risks, take advice.
Town/City of business: Lichfield
Telephone: 0121 285 1020
Linked In:Phil Watson

Products and services offered:

Human resources, employment law, health and safety and training.

Ideal Clients:

Businesses from 5 to 150 employees that want to make sure they’re ticking all the right boxes when it comes to Human Resources, Employment Law and Health & Safety and Training. Ad-hoc, retained services and part time Directorships a speciality.

Sheila McMahon – Mental Wellbeing

sheilaName: Sheila McMahon
Business Name: Sheila McMahon
Profession: Mental Health
Strapline: ‘Life is too serious to be taken seriously’ – besides no-one gets out alive anyway!
Town/City of business: Based in Sutton Coldfield
Telephone: 07799 791537

Linked In:  Sheila McMahon
Facebook: Sheila McMahon 
Twitter: Sheila McMahon

Products and services offered: Products and services offered: One to one Counselling sessions, Mind
Management workshops and Mental Health Theatre Shows.

Ideal Clients: Event organisers