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BLS features in Bristol Post oldest thriving companies in Bristol

Excerpt from the article: How Bristol’s oldest companies are still thriving after more than 100 years in business They include the city’s last-surviving chocolate maker a wine merchant and a tannery. Why do some companies struggle to survive beyond a year while others flourish for hundreds? Although more than 90 per cent of small companies in Britain will survive one … more

The President’s Charity of the Year 2017/18

                      Please see Freewheelers Leaflet 2017 for the fabulous work these volunteer riders undertake to assist the NHS in moving vital supplies and equipment  around the county. Who knows which one of us or someone we know may have already benefited from their amazing work?

BLS Member discount offer on GCHQ certified Social Engineering Course – 8 August

Red Goat Cyber Security are offering Bristol Law Society members a 15% discount on their upcoming GCHQ certified Social Engineering course at Imperial College on the 8th of August. This interactive half-day cyber security course helps you identify and prevent social engineering attacks such as phishing and impersonation by placing you in the position of the hackers to enable you … more

Chair of Trustees wanted for St Pauls Advice Centre

Please see below letter received:

St Pauls Advice Centre are desperately looking for a chair of trustees. The centre have been without a chair for over a year and the situation is becoming very worrying. They wonder if amongst others who may be interested, if a solicitor who has retired recently may be interested in undertaking this role. Such a person would be ideal and have the right mix of skills and professional knowledge to take the Centre forward.

St Pauls Advice Centre is a strong and viable organisation. It is badly needed in the community and provides an excellent service to the people of the area. In a period of increasing austerity many of the most vulnerable in our community are struggling to survive and have great difficulty tackling rising debt and the complex benefits system. The organisation has good reserves, next year’s funding has been agreed, and there is an experienced and very able director with a stable experienced staff group. There is a good trustee group with some from a community service background who contribute well. Importantly, there are no areas of disagreement or friction for a new chair to deal with. Of course, we have our challenges. How to adapt to growing demand is a constant worry and the Centre needs to find better premises. We are also seeking a treasurer as the previous treasurer has moved out of the area. Most of all we need a chair to take forward strategic issues and lead the organisation though a period of change and potential growth.

We would pleased to take this forward in any way a prospective candidate would prefer. We have a strategic plan and other papers which may be of interest at an early stage. Also, we would be very pleased to meet with anyone considering this role to talk through the issues they may face in more detail, and without that person committing themselves to anything.

We would be very grateful indeed if you were able to help us.

Thank you.

Ken Dolbear
St Pauls Advice Centre