Protect Your Business

Protect Your Business – Free Business Crime Conference

The event is free to attend although you need to register.


Protect your business

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East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce · Red Rose Court, Clayton Business Park · Clayton-Le-Moors · Accrington, Lancashire BB5 5JR · United Kingdom



This free conference brings you the latest information and practical advice to help you protect your business, your employees and your property.

The event has been developed in partnership with key business support organisations and will be opened by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, Clive Grunshaw, who is committed to engaging with the business community to tackle the impact of crime on the local economy



  • Cyber crime and fraud and how to deal with it if it happens to your business.
  • Crime prevention advice from Lancashire Constabulary and what you can do to better protect yourself, your business, your property, your staff and your data. Business Crime Survey outcomes.


  • Ensure your business is well protected.
  • Learn about new innovative approaches being developed to tackle the emerging threats to businesses.
  • Work in partnership with other organisations to tackle business crime.

Network with other business owners, business support providers and event organisers.



10 November 2015: 9.00 am – 1.15 pm

The Best Western Leyland Hotel, Leyland Way, Leyland, PR25 4JX

The event is free to attend although you need to register.

Lunch will be provided.


Photographic Competition Winners

The 2015 Winner

1st Place - Robert Patefield - James Alpe Ltd

First Place – Mr Robert Patefield, James Alpe Ltd, Reedy Grass in Water.

We are delighted to present the winners and finalists of our 2015 Photographic Competition.

As always the standard was stunningly high and the judges had a very difficult time in choosing the final three winners.

The subject this year was Nature (close up).

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Second Place – Nicola Draper, East Lancs Chamber, Crab, Up Close and Personal.

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Third Place – Robert Singleton, Southern Hawk Dragonfly

The Judges

We would like to thank our judges:

Mr David Haslam of NatWest

Mr John Everiss of John Everiss Design Limited

Mr Keith Miller

The Finalists

Please find attached a gallery of all the finalists. We thank them for a superb effort and a very high standard, we know that you will enjoy their images.

Our Maddie – The Great North Run

Madeline Halstead

From:  Madeleine Halstead

As some of you may already be aware, this Sunday I will be taking part in The Great North Run ( Half Marathon ) on behalf of a charity that I have had close links with for a number of years, The Isaiah Trust.

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The Isaiah Trust is a charity working tirelessly on the streets of Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya, to help rebuild the lives of some of the 70,000 street children currently suffering there.

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If you wish to know any more information about the incredible work being carried out by The Isaiah Trust please visit

I am politely asking for donations towards this cause and will take great pleasure in witnessing the results of any money donated when I visit The Isaiah Trust’s orphanage in Kenya next year.

I have a JustGiving page set up at

A huge thank you in advance to anyone who donates!

Family Photographic Competition

The 2015 Pierce Family Photographic Competition is now open for entries.

Have a go,  it’s easy.

Who can enter?

Pierce personnel and their families

Pierce clients and their families

Pierce intermediaries and their families

Yes!  husbands, wives, partners, grannies, granddads, aunties, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, sons, daughters, mums and dads and any other kind of relative you can think of.

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We want your whole family to be involved.

Everyone listed above (with the exception of professional photographers) is welcome to enter.



Nature – Close Up

The main subject of your photograph must be of a natural being, plant or object (close up).

The natural world as it exists without human beings. Birds small

For example:

  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Flowers
  • Fungus
  • Insect,
  • Plants
  • Rivers
  • Rocks
  • Waves

You don’t have to stick to the above list, use your imagination, artistry and/or sense of humour.

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How to Enter

It is so EASY – just upload your image to our website.

If you find that you have changed your mind and have taken a better shot later, just upload that and it will take the place of your previous entry.

Hit the button to enter – it’s FREE and there are great prizes.

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We are looking for 3 winning images in total and are offering prizes of:

£500 for the outright winner

£200 for second place

£100 for third place.


The photographs must be taken between Wednesday 1st April 2015 and Wednesday 30 September 2015.

All entries to be submitted strictly by 12 noon on 2nd October 2015.


The competition will be judged by a member of the Pierce Team and at least two independent outside judges.

More information…

For further information regarding the rules and regulations please visit the about and rules pages.


Prizes will be presented at a presentation evening, (date to be announced). Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest news.

Emotional Chelsea for John Everiss

Emotional Chelsea Return For Garden Designer John Everiss


Pierce client John Everiss has made an emotional return to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a creation commemorating his father’s incredible escape from occupied France.


The Evaders Garden pays tribute to the French citizens who assisted RAF navigator Stan Everiss and other British servicemen in evading capture by the Nazis.


Stan was part of the seven-strong crew of an RAF Stirling shot down in Northern France while returning from a night bombing raid over Germany in April 1943.
The bomber’s pilot guided the burning plane between two cherry trees, removing both wings and reserve fuel tanks to avoid an explosion. All seven crew survived the crash landing.
Stan was knocked unconscious for several hours and suffered three compressed vertebrae in his back. He was found by members of the Chauny Resistance and kept hidden in a ditch nearby, initially deemed too poorly to move.

He was eventually moved from the crash site by wheelbarrow to the garage of Pere Alfred Logeon before being smuggled across the Pyrenees into Spain. He spent part of the journey hidden in the water tender of a steam train, immersed in near freezing water.

As arranged with his French helper, a message was broadcast by the BBC to indicate Stan’s safe return to England: “Les Muguets fleurissent encore,” translated as… “the lilies bloom again”.


Stan took a photograph of the damaged plane on a camera which he buried at the crash site. The camera was recovered and the photograph developed after the war.


Until his death in 1996, Stan was an accomplished public speaker who raised money for the RAF Escaping Society: sending funds to French helpers who needed assistance.


John Everiss Design teamed up with Chorley Council to create The Evaders Garden, which will have a permanent home in the town’s Astley Park at the end of the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The garden contains a wireframe statute of an RAF airman crouching alongside a replica of a shattered French church. A specially commissioned stained-glass window features two young French people, hands out-stretched to help.


Reports about The Evaders Garden have appeared in the Western Daily Press, the Herts & Essex Observer, The Guardian, The Chorley Guardian and  Lancashire Telegraph.

John won a gold medal at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Reachout, a garden sponsored by Newground (formerly Groundwork Pennine Lancashire).



Dragons Den seeks Local Entrepreneurs

BBC Dragons Den Looking for Local Entrepreneurs


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Do you need cash for your business idea?

Dragons Den gives you the chance to pitch your business to five of the most successful and commercial brains in the UK.

If you are an entrepreneur, with a fantastic business idea or product, and looking for investment and ready to enter the Den then we want to hear from you.

Meet the Dragons

From the left: Duncan Bannatyne, Kelly Hoppen, Deborah Meaden, Piers Linney and Peter Jones are looking to invest their own cash in ideas pitched in the Den. Find out more about the multi-millionaire investors.

Apply to enter the Den

If you’ve got a great business idea to put to our venture capitalists, here’s where you can apply to take your place in the Den.

There are two ways to apply:

1. You can either fill in the online application form here, which gets directly to the Dragons’ Den production team.


2. If you experience problems with the online application form through your browser, you can download the form here (111KB) and either email or post it as directed in the download.

As part of normal selection process we may approach entrepreneurs, or they may apply direct. In each case all applications are processed in the same way. To be considered all candidates need to submit an application form and these are then subject to the same casting criteria. Final selection for participation in the programme will be decided on a number of factors including the strength of idea, a robust business plan and projected turnover.

Please note: Your information will be treated in the strictest confidence by the BBC and individual data will not be provided to any other party. For further information, please read the BBC’s privacy policy. Unfortunately, due to the high number of applicants, only those people who are shortlisted will be contacted. However, we do consider all applications carefully. All information provided is subject to and will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will not be used for any purpose other than assessing applicants to take part in the named BBC programme. We regret that BBC members of staff and their immediate families are not eligible to apply. All applicants must be aged 18 or over.

Congratulations to Lightworks

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Congratulations to Lightworks Stained Glass on your feature in Lancashire life Magazine

From Graham Boyes and Paul Moulding

Lightworks Stained Glass in Clitheroe

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
From glass for churches to a Roman god in Lytham, they’ve all been created in Clitheroe, writes Paul Mackenzie:

Neptune is soon to take up residence in Lytham. The God of the Sea should have a good view of his kingdom from his new home where he will be forever crashing through the blue-green waves with his three white horses.

The stunning new feature was created, not in ancient Rome but a small studio close to Clitheroe town centre. It was the work of brother and sister team Daniel and Deborah Burke who launched Lightworks Stained Glass just over 16 years ago.

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The siblings, who also employ artist Abigail Fielding, specialise in the restoration and conservation of stained glass and do a lot of work with churches and listed properties across Lancashire.

And as well the Neptune window, they have recently completed a huge new window for the chapel at St Mary’s Catholic High School in Leyland, which is being rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire in September 2013.

‘The Neptune window has been a challenge artistically and it’s one we have really enjoyed,’ Daniel said. ‘It can take over your life and it certainly took over the studio. We were working on it for about 18 months. Although the window for St Mary’s is larger, there’s not a lot of hand painted detail in it so in those terms it is an easier piece to produce than the Neptune and it only took us about two months.’

Daniel and Deborah appeared in Lancashire Life 10 years ago shortly after they had removed and re-made eight nave windows for St Peter’s Church in Fleetwood and Daniel added: ‘Without wanting to sound too pretentious, we have developed as artists and learned a lot in the last ten years. We have been challenged as artists and that has allowed to develop and to be able to produce pieces like Neptune which we probably couldn’t have done ten years ago.’

Although they work on commissions for private clients – anything from a door panel or a fanlight to larger pieces like Neptune – much of their work is still for churches and they will this month start work on windows for churches in Haslingden and Bispham. ‘That will take us from January up to the summer so that’s a great position to be in, not to be worrying about where the next job will come from,’ Daniel said.

‘Those two commissions will provide a good solid base of work and that allows us to pick and choose what other jobs we take on. In the last couple of years we have had more enquiries and that may be down to people having more money to spend or it may be a result of the new website casting our net a lot wider.

‘Having ridden out the recession, we have been steadily busy since 2011. That was the worst year. We had to scale back and let a couple of people go and we did think we might have to look at something else but we made a concerted effort. We put a lot of effort into revamping our website – that seemed to do the trick and the threat had passed by the end of 2012.’

Indeed, things have picked up so much that Daniel is now hoping to take on an apprentice. ‘That would mean I could step back from the on-site work and concentrate on other aspects on our work. I spend as much time on the website as I do designing and making stained glass windows these days. It’s a job in itself, and important one that we have to keep on top of.

‘Another thing that made a difference and helped us to pick up was that we started running courses for beginners which is something we should done from the start. It’s a great way of getting in and they take away new skills and a piece of glass they have made. We run the courses every other Saturday from February to November. We have had some great feedback and met some very interesting people from all walks of life.’

Shellshock: New Computer Virus

From Margaret Scott

Shellshock: ‘Deadly serious’ new vulnerability found

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A “deadly serious” bug potentially affecting hundreds of millions of computers, servers and devices has been discovered.

The flaw has been found in a software component known as Bash, which is a part of many Linux systems as well as Apple’s Mac operating system.

The bug, dubbed Shellshock, can be used to remotely take control of almost any system using Bash, researchers said.

Some experts said it was more serious than Heartbleed, discovered in April.

“Whereas something like Heartbleed was all about sniffing what was going on, this was about giving you direct access to the system,” Prof Alan Woodward, a security researcher from the University of Surrey, told the BBC.

“The door’s wide open.”

Some 500,000 machines worldwide were thought to have been vulnerable to Heartbleed. But early estimates, which experts said were conservative, suggest that Shellshock could hit at least 500 million machines.

The problem is particularly serious given that many web servers are run using the Apache system, software which includes the Bash component.

Patch immediately

Bash – which stands for Bourne-Again SHell – is a command prompt on many Unix computers. Unix is an operating system on which many others are built, such as Linux and Mac OS.

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-Cert) issued a warning about the bug, urging system administrators to apply patches.

However, other security researchers warned that the patches were “incomplete” and would not fully secure systems.

Of particular concern to security experts is the simplicity of carrying out attacks that make use of the bug.


Analysis – Mark Ward, technology correspondent

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Shellshock rates a 10 on the scale of vulnerabilities. As bugs go, it’s about as bad as it gets.

Except that the last big bad bug, Heartbleed, rated an 11, according to one expert.

That should mean Shellshock isn’t as bad. Right?

Maybe. It’s too early to tell.

With Heartbleed, more work had been done by the folks that found it so it was easier to estimate who was at risk. There were lots of big targets, many of which had large user populations.

With Shellshock, the sheer number of potential victims is higher. And we do know that an exploit has been produced and some folks are scanning sites to see which are vulnerable to attacks based around that code.

So far, what’s keeping servers safe is the fact that cyber thieves are lazy and tend to copy what has already worked. Finding exploits is specialised, hard work so they only tend to pile in once that appears. With that code already in circulation, the early news about Shellshock may just be the first tremor of a much bigger quake.


Cybersecurity specialists Rapid7 rated the Bash bug as 10 out of 10 for severity, but “low” on complexity – a relatively easy vulnerability for hackers to capitalise on.

“Using this vulnerability, attackers can potentially take over the operating system, access confidential information, make changes, et cetera,” said Tod Beardsley, a Rapid7 engineer.

“Anybody with systems using Bash needs to deploy the patch immediately.”

Security firms have suggested that there is evidence Shellshock is being used by hackers.

“The vulnerability has already been used for malicious intentions – infecting vulnerable web servers with malware, and also in hacker attacks,” said Kaspersky Labs.

“Our researchers are constantly gathering new samples and indications of infections based on this vulnerability.”

For general home users worried about security, Prof Woodward suggested simply keeping an eye on manufacturer websites for updates – particularly for hardware such as broadband routers.

Free questions

The new bug has turned the spotlight, once again, onto the reliance the technology industry has on products built and maintained by small teams often made up of volunteers.

Heartbleed was a bug related to open source cryptographic software OpenSSL. After the bug became public, major tech firms moved to donate large sums of money to the team responsible for maintaining the software.

Similarly, the responsibility for Bash lies with just one person – Chet Ramey, a developer based at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

That such key parts of everyday technology are maintained in this way is a cause for concern, said Tony Dyhouse from the UK’s Trustworthy Software Initiative.

“To achieve a more stable and secure technology environment in which businesses and individuals can feel truly safe, we have to peel back the layers, start at the bottom and work up,” he said.

“This is utterly symptomatic of the historic neglect we have seen for the development of a dependable and trustworthy baseline upon which to develop a software infrastructure for the UK.

“Ultimately, this is a lifecycle problem. It’s here because people are making mistakes whilst writing code and making further mistakes when patching the original problems.”

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Contact: Stephen Bolton

Ribchester wall coverings company has struck a new licensing deal with Warner Bros giving them exclusive image rights to the Harry Potter movie series.


The firm specialises in creating high-quality, bespoke wall coverings, and was previously granted a deal for DC Comic’s Batman and The Dark Knight movie artwork. now have unprecedented access to some of the most popular scenes from the magical films featuring Harry, Ron, Hermione and Dumbledore as well as promotional artwork.

Andrew Gerraty, Marketing Director of, said “We are really excited about having the opportunity to bring this amazing Harry Potter artwork to fans in this way.

“With the ability to custom size the wall mural, and choose from a number of scenes and characters, there is something for everyone and we hope that fans will just love this new product.”

In addition to the new Harry Potter range, also offer wall mural ranges covering DC Comic’s Batman and Superman, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit, Justice League, Scooby Doo and more.

Pierce offer our congratulations to this very enterprising venture.

We previously blogged about the success of in supplying DIY SOS.

Well done.



Steven Butler in Rally Rollover

Our Steven Butler was involved in a car rollover whilst in a rally in North Wales – no-one was hurt (apart from the little Micra)

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It’s a rollover for Johnson

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1:35pm Thursday 21st August 2014

ROAD safety campaigner Steve Johnson saw his car terrifyingly flip over during the Gareth Hall Memorial Stages – but he remarkably recovered to finish third in class.

The Accrington rally ace, a prominent road safety figure in East Lancashire, had already smashed into a bank earlier in the rally in north Wales when he went off again in wet conditions.

His slide into a field was caught on camera as his Nissan Micra rolled over as it went down a hill.

Incredibly both Johnson and his regular co-driver Steve Butler avoided injury in the incident, and they were even able to continue the rally after spectators helped to push their car 30 yards back up the hill and on to the road.

Things got even better when the withdrawal of two rival cars saw them finish third in their category.

“When the car went over I thought, ‘Oh no, here we go again’,” Johnson said. “I have had one or two rolls before, which is not something I’m proud of.

“The last one happened 15 years ago and I had another one on a rally 30 years ago at the time when I was training for the fire service.

“I’d already slid off in the sixth stage in this event, hit a bank and bounced off it. We lost about three-and-a-half seconds and it put the steering out a bit, but we finished the stage and then took both front wheels off to repair it and get the tufts of grass out.

“Light rain started which made it very slippery before the eighth stage and I slid off on to the grass.

“You could say I ran out of talent!

“The grass took the speed off but then the car dug in.

“We rolled over 360 degrees before the car landed back on its wheels.

“It was quite a soft roll, we didn’t hit anything hard.

“We were both uninjured and apart from the panelwork the car wasn’t really damaged.

“The cars are very strong, they have a roll bar and they are built to withstand that sort of thing.

“More people die in fishing than in motor sport.”

Johnson was grateful to the spectators who helped get the car back on the road.

“We tried to get going but because the grass was damp we couldn’t get up the hill,” he said.

“But half a dozen spectators helped us and we found a route back to the road.

“If it wasn’t for their help we wouldn’t have finished the rally.

“The last few stages went without incident and I couldn’t believe it when we found out two crews failed to start the last stage and we were elevated from fifth to third in class, and 25th overall.”

Johnson promotes road safety and also works with the Under 17 Motor Club, which gives young people the opportunity to drive in motor sport events.

The club will take part in a Go MotorSport Live event at Ormskirk Motor Fest at the weekend.

The event attracted crowds of around 20,000 last year and the Under 17 Motor Club will give free passenger rides around the town centre.

On August 30 the club will also stage its latest autotest event at Blackburn and Darwen Services on the M65.

Accrington Motor Sport Club host an autotest and autosolo event at the same venue a day later.

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