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Growth as Minster hires marketing apprentice

Minster are pleased to announce that we have further invested in the next generation with the appointment of a new apprentice.Nicole, Minster's Marketing Apprentice

We are proud to introduce 17-year-old Nicole Heaton as Minster’s digital marketing apprentice. She forms part of our on-going commitment to providing career opportunities to young local talent in the county.

Kidderminster teenager Nicole will spend the next 12 months working closely with our marketing team, while also undertaking a level three diploma in digital marketing.

As part of her role she will support the creation of Minster’s marketing campaigns and further develop our blogs, social media presence and website content – also helping to coordinate events and public relations programme.

Nicole will also work closely with Minster’s management team to learn more about the business and its clients, with the potential to secure a full-time post next year.

Minster’s financial director Susan Marlow, explained: “As a business we are at the forefront of new technology and IT systems in business – but we also see the importance of investing in young, talented people and giving them the chance to shine.

“We’ve been delighted with the progress our current apprentices have made and it was the right time to bring in another high calibre apprentice on the all-important marketing side as we showcase ourselves in new markets and launch new products.

“Nicole is already proving to be the perfect fit and a great asset. She constantly wants to develop herself and has the perfect blend of skills, ideas and energy we need for the future.”

Nicole Heaton added: “To join the team at Minster is an amazing opportunity for me and I am looking forward to playing a role in the company’s future.”

Nicole has joined our three current IT and engineering apprentices who joined the business last year.

Minster Micro Computers team up with Worcester Warriors Rugby Player Ryan Mills

Ryan Mills MinsterMinster are proud to announce that they have signed a sponsorship deal to support Worcestershire Warriors Rugby player, Ryan Mills, over the 2015/2016 season.

As part of our approach to local business initiatives, we have opted to take a fresh look and review how we could support their local community.

A sponsorship first, Minster Director Nick Marlow explained:  “Minster continues to experience positive business growth, which in turn has enabled our team to support many more local and regional community and charitable organisations.

“After much deliberation and looking at a range of local sponsorship opportunities, we decided on Worcester Warriors and Ryan Mills due to the clubs’ business synergy and Ryan’s positive personality both on and off the pitch which is a great example for young players looking to establish themselves in the sport.”

Mills joined Worcester Warriors in the summer of 2014 from Gloucester, proving to be a strong team player and helping the club to regain premiership status. Warriors continue to build, investing in ground refurbishments and are firmly establishing themselves as a successful Aviva Premiership club.

Ryan Mills commented: “We’ve been really pleased with our start to the season and we have been competitive in every game. It’s a fantastic time for Minster to be supporting the Club and I am looking forward to seeing them at our games this season.”

Minster Micro Computers Welcomes Apprentices

Kidderminster-based Minster Micro Computers Ltd, one of the longest established and well-known IT firms in Worcestershire, having signed up to Worcestershire County Council’s apprenticeship scheme has welcomed three new apprentices in a unified approach to Minster’s business growth needs.

Minster Director, Mrs Susan Marlow, stated: “Recruitment of young people continues to be a challenge, and like many businesses looking to recruit young and talented employees there’s no shortage of applicants, just a shortage of applicants with the relevant skills.  After attending Worcestershire County Council’s apprenticeship scheme event, we signed up and very quickly agreed to take on three apprentices all studying the same IT apprenticeship course.”

19-year old Rheece started building his own PCs when he was still at school, excited by IT as it never stagnates. 18-year old Alex wanted to follow a career in IT after taking part in GCSE work experience. The youngest of the group Esmée’s interest lies in software and grew from her studies in IT at GCSE level. All apprentices are studying IT at level 3.

One of Worcestershire’s most recognised IT firms, Minster Micro Computers is a leading provider of Microsoft, SAP, Pegasus business software and 3CX, and delivers business software and hardware IT support services to customers locally and across the West Midlands, ranging from SME’s to corporate bodies with large multi-user networks.

Added Susan: “Rheece, Alex and Esmée will each receive in-house product and workplace training until they are fully competent members of our engineering team, with the potential of securing a full time position here at Minster once they successfully complete their IT apprenticeship courses.”

Midlands Manufacturers Still Seeing Growth Despite Loss of PMI Momentum

Despite UK productivity appearing to be lagging behind most of the G7 countries last quarter and capital investment in the manufacturing sector slumping 24% below pre-crisis trends, Midlands manufacturing is still seeing trend bucking growth. 5

The Made in the Midlands industry forum met at Minster Micro in Kidderminster this month to check on the health of the sector in the Midlands with some of its members. “We’re still seeing our customers experiencing almost unprecedented growth as they continue to win orders they can’t turn down” commented Susan Marlow, Financial Director at Minster. “We hosted the forum to gain insight into the story behind the success of the ‘Midlands engine’ to get a steer on how firms in the region are strategising.”

For some, it seems breaking away from short term parts sales into more of a service mindset which seems to have been one such strategy for Intec Laser. Head of Sales & Marketing David Wheatley said; “More and more customers are looking for a complete solution, not just part of a process – our response is to handle the whole network supply chain on behalf of the customer and as a result our group have just had the best three months in our history”. The story is similar for Cannock based Aluminium Ingot Manufacturers Norton Aluminium; “We’re seeing production tonnage up by 30% this year, our USP remains the high quality of material that we’re able to produce, as a smaller proportion of our market requires such high quality material we are looking at a huge diversification strategy to capitalise” commented Norton Aluminium Managing Director Andrew Fogarty.

The past 24 months for one participant has been particularly ground breaking as Rugby based Assembled Electronics Solutions has managed to double its turnover through product innovation culminating in the launch of a new division launched this year. “Electronics go into everything and we feel we could collaborate with most firms in this forum – our company growth is very exciting – a lot of the opportunities lie around ‘the internet of things’ in industry. We realised an electronics company shouldn’t be selling into other electronics companies, but finding problems in other sectors with an electronics based solution – we’re particularly interested in creating mandated technology where customers would simply have to buy AES” said Managing Director Nigel Maris.

Minster’s MD Nick Marlow

Technology has certainly been a game changer for solving customer problems and the power of communication through the internet was echoed by sentiments of Minster’s Managing Director Nick Marlow; “We had an instance last week where we telephoned a customer to inform him his factory computer system was about to fail and we had a team with him on site before anything went wrong. He was really impressed as this meant that he didn’t lose any down-time and therefore there was no financial impact on his business”.

The Made in the Midlands forum rotates around member premises and positions company owners and managers into an environment where they can share market intel and best practice. “Research from Birmingham City University this year showed that manufacturing and engineering is behind half of the region’s economic output, so it is no surprise to see our firms yet again riding above the national trends and softening we’ve seen in 2015 reflected in the latest PMI data” commented Made in the Midlands Chief Operating Officer, Charles Addison.”

Minster Micro Computers Confirm New Appointment

Kidderminster based Minster Micro Computers Ltd have confirmed the appointment of Mike Fielding as New Business Sales Consultant. Mike Fielding

Having worked previously across a broad range of business sectors, both in the Midlands and abroad in Portugal, Mike’s retail management, customer service, and programming experience is a strategic move for Minster as they look to further enhance support for existing business and extend service offer within the retail sector.

Minster Director, Mrs Susan Marlow, stated: “Forming part of our sustained drive for growth and to further develop our team to support our expanding business portfolio, Mike’s appointment is key and a great addition to our skilled and expanding team, aiding both focus on development as well as operational skills as we progress the business and our market, both locally and further afield.”

One of the longest established and well-known IT firms in Worcestershire, Kidderminster based Minster Micro Computers Ltd offers a rapid and targeted IT business solutions response service. A leading provider of Microsoft, SAP and Pegasus business software, Minster also delivers business software and hardware IT support services to customers across the West Midlands ranging from SME’s to corporate bodies with large multi-user networks.

Living locally, Mike loves PC gaming, supporting Stourport’s Civic Hall Group and has a rather unusual interest in the sport of Mud Running. Last year he completed the Midlands event of Tough Mudder, which involved running for 12 miles and tackling 26 obstacles, an event he intends attempting again next week on Saturday 30th May!

Mike and his wife Becky are expecting their first child later this year.

Said Mike:  “Being local, and being aware of Minster’s good reputation, I was delighted to be invited to join such a respected business as Minster, and to bring my retail sales background and experience into a B2B environment.

“I’m also looking forward to next week’s Tough Mudder event, before taking on my biggest challenge yet of becoming a dad.”

Made In The Midlands 2015 Exhibition

As you may be aware, exhibition season is well underway and Minster have been taking the opportunity to attend and exhibit at as many as possible in order to meet local, well-established companies.Minster Team At Exhibition

In less than a week (Thursday 14th May 2015) we will be exhibiting at the Made in the Midlands exhibition where we are a Gold Partner. Whilst you have to be a member of Made in the Midlands to exhibit, other companies can register to attend the event.

The 2015 exhibition is set to be MIMs (Made In The Midlands) biggest and best yet with a brand new location hosting over 150 of our members exhibiting and an expected 1,000 visitors.

The Made in the Midlands Exhibition is a full day event which brings together the very best of Midlands manufacturing & engineering services from across a wide variety of sectors, including Aerospace, Automotive, Rail, Marine, Medical and Oil & Gas.

MIMs annual exhibition provides the ideal platform for networking with a view to doing more business and meeting like-minded companies from across the Midlands region.

The day will also include a series of seminars hosted by our partners on a host of topics which affect Midlands manufacturers.

Again, we are very excited to be exhibiting at this event and would love to see you there!

If you are interested in attending the Made in the Midlands exhibition in Wolverhampton next week (Thursday 14th May), then please register for your tickets at: http://www.madeinthemidlands.com/events/15690601010

*Tickets are available at no cost to Manufacturers and members of Made in the Midlands, please see the Made In The Midlands website for further details.

Minster Are The Cover Feature For Chamber of Commerce!

Chamber of CommerceMinster are proud to be the cover feature for the latest edition of Business Direction (Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce bi-monthly magazine).

We were chosen for the cover feature due to our reputation of excellent service, quality and long-standing commitment to local businesses. We were given a series of questions to answer in order to highlight the importance of IT and how relevant it is to a companies growth.

Labelled as ‘Industry Leaders In IT Solutions’ , Nick and Susan Marlow answered questions such as ‘What are the main IT issues Minster deals with on a regular basis?’ and ‘Is legislation helping or hindering sector development?’, hoping to have given the readers more knowledge on how important it is to keep IT systems up to date and how a supportive IT company can help businesses.

Please feel free to click the link below, have a read and let us know what you think!

 

Future Proof Your Business

Technology is shaping the future, and growth. That’s why Pegasus have developed Opera 3, to help you grow and future proof your business.

Future Proof To give you a helping hand with future proofing this spring, Pegasus have introduced a ‘Help To Grow’ scheme. When you upgrade to Opera 3 on a like-for-like basis, you’re entitled to a subsidy of free users and free modules until 23rd May 2014. (Minimum of 1 user and 5 modules)

Call Minster for more information on Opera 3.
(Terms and conditions apply. Finance cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.)