Senior promotion for Anna-Marie

Anna-Marie Knipe, one of the founding members of BB4B, has been promoted to partner with leading Leyland law firm Birchall Blackburn Law.

Anna Marie, 34, joined the firm in 2010 and was promoted to associate solicitor in 2011. She manages the firm’s Leyland office and her areas of expertise include elderly client work, Wills and probate, Court of Protection matters, and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

She is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) and has helped advise many of Leyland’s older clients with their legal needs.

Partner at Birchall Blackburn Law, Cathy MacCracken, said: “As a firm, we recognise that the success of our business is totally dependent upon developing and attracting the very best people.

Anna Marie is highly respected by both clients and colleagues and brings great passion, expertise and dedication to her work.”

Anna Marie commented: “The firm is committed to its community and I take real pride in being given the opportunity to grow this niche and complex area of the law here in the heart of Leyland.”

Birchall Blackburn Law is one of just a handful of law firms to hold nine Law Society accreditations across its service areas, holding the quality mark in conveyancing, insolvency, family law, children law, Wills and inheritance and commercial litigation.

It has offices in Leyland, Manchester, Preston, Southport, Penwortham, Chester and Chorley. It has a turnover of £15.5 million and employs 310 people.

Everyone connected with BB4B congratulates Anna-Marie on her well-deserved promotion.

Anna Marie Knipe Birchall Blackburn

If the cap fits!

A Leyland church group is singing the praises of a local businessman who has capped their activities with a generous donation.

The Good News Group, which is made up of adults with learning difficulties and meets weekly at St Andrew’s Parish Church, took delivery of sixty branded GNG caps, thanks to Steve Ward, managing director of Ad-Options Ltd.

Lynn McCann, a team leader with the Good News Group, said: “The members are delighted with the caps and are wearing them with pride. The next step is to work with Steve and kit them out with branded T-shirts. Meanwhile, we are extremely grateful to Steve for donating the caps.”

Ad-Options Ltd, which is based at Langdale Road, Leyland, are specialists in corporate branding, promotional business materials and gifts. In 2015 the company is celebrating 30 years of trading and are donating to 30 ‘good causes’ along the way.

Steve and Lynn, who runs an Autism Specialist Consultancy, Reachout ASC met through BB4B (Breakfast Before Business), a local networking group.

He explained: “We’ve always been very active in our local community, as networking with familiar faces and people you can relate to is a very good way of building trust and valued contacts. It’s fortunate we’ve enjoyed working with so many good customers over 30 years.

“We’re delighted to be able to give something back to some great causes this year. I was very impressed with the great work the St Andrews Good News Group are doing, it’s a privilege to be able to help them.”

Good News Group with Ad-Options Donated Caps

Picture: Rear L to R : Gemma Baughn, Lynn McCann, Steve Ward, Kerry McBride; Front L to R: Sarah Tyson, Paul Martin, Anna-Marie Livesey

Leading the way in Leyland

HAPPY Birthday Leyland Leader! May 2015 marked ten years of the independent business magazine for our town.

Owner and BB4B Chairman Keith Bradshaw explains: “From small beginnings in May 2005, with 42 pages and a simple card cover with black and white print, we have progressed to a regular 96 page, full colour glossy A5 magazine. In 2005 our initial monthly distribution was 2500, now it is 4300 plus. Currently, we personally deliver free to over 12,900 targeted homes and businesses in a three-month cycle.”

BB4B’s Brian Pilkington Estate Agents have been in all 121 editions and featured on the first front cover in May 2005.

Helen Pilkington said: “Many congratulations on reaching 10 years. Advertising in Leyland Leader works for us and it’s great for local businesses to support other local concerns. I know many people mention trying to complete the Wordsearch and Sudoku on our sponsored pages. I’m glad we are keeping your brains moving – new house anyone?”

Five other local businesses have figured in every issue of Leyland Leader—CW Berry Ltd, Leyland Taxis, Paramount Roofing, Harveys Funerals and the Fish Plaice (Leyland Market). Keith is also grateful to Wrennalls, MW Garden Maintenance, Maison Cy and Derbyshire Booth Financial Management who have advertised most months since 2005. That said, in 122 issues, Leyland Leader has featured around 750 different businesses.

Keith, who runs the business with his wife Ruth, added: “It’s been quite a decade, we are extremely grateful for all the support, business and, in many cases, friendship. Thank You.”

Leyland Leader Cake for 10th Birthday

Thirty Cheers for Ad-Options’ anniversary

Thirty good causes are set to benefit from thirty acts of goodwill… all because the region’s longest established promotional product specialists are excited about turning thirty!

Ad-Options Ltd were founded in Warrington in 1985, moving to Leyland two years later. In that time, they’ve helped thousands of customers promote their brand to a wider audience – many of whom have been loyally coming back throughout three decades of trading. Consequently, they’re making this year all about giving something back.

Through a variety of concepts, the target of helping ‘thirty good causes for thirty years’ by the end of 2015 is already halfway complete.

The company’s popular Ad-Loop Keyrings have been turned into a fundraising and awareness-generating item after being donated to Defibrillators4Sports, Rosemere Cancer Foundation, The Laura Lyme Fundraiser and Leyland Cricket Club.

Meanwhile, custom branded mugs have found their way to St Catherine’s Hospice, badges have been given to networking group BB4B and cash donations have been given to the RSPCA and Preston Cats Protection. These are just a few of the beneficiaries, ranging from local initiatives to international causes.

Managing director Steve Ward set up Ad-Options Ltd in June 1985. This was around the same time that his son Adrian was born. Adrian now serves as marketing manager and Steve, who is also chairman of the Central Lancashire Business Club, is delighted his company is able to help so many others.

He explained: “We’ve always been very active in our local community, as networking with familiar faces and people you can relate to is a very good way of building trust and valued contacts. It’s fortunate we’ve enjoyed working with so many good customers over 30 years, including a select few that have been doing business with us since our very first year. We’re delighted to be able to give something back to some great causes this year.

“We’ve already identified other beneficiaries, so we’re looking forward to helping to promote all 30 in some way between now and the end of the year.”

Most recently, Sales Manager Nicola Derbyshire donated pens to Jacqui Shurr, founder of the Good Rock Foundation. The Leyland based charity raises funds for the provision of foster care or helpers for children in Chinese orphanages, many of whom have special needs.

Ad-Options have also marked their 30th anniversary by re-launching their brochure website at and are set to unveil a new look keyring website at before their June celebrations, having acquired the company last summer.

The Good Rock Foundation and Ad-Options

Pic: Jacqui Shurr (left) of the Good Rock Foundation receives promotional pens from Nicola Derbyshire of Ad-Options UK

Sally’s high jump cashes in for kids

THE sky was the limit and a children’s charity is better off thanks to the bravery of a Leyland woman who completed her first ever parachute jump.

The ‘plucky rookie’ Sally Wright took the plunge with a work colleague at Langar Airfield near Nottingham, raising over £400 for their nominated charity the ‘Make A Wish Foundation.’

Sally, who runs an InXpress freight business with her husband Paul in Leyland, explained: “It was the best and also the worst thing I have ever done, but I would advise anyone who is thinking about it, to go ahead and book.

“Myself and another InXpress franchise owner, Tim Unsworth from Twickenham, were strapped to instructors for the jumps. The actual freefalling was the best bit.  We were travelling at 120mph towards the ground, this lasted about 50 seconds before the parachute was deployed and we came sailing down to the airfield.

The Make A Wish charity seeks to grant wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

That said, being airborne is nothing new for Sally, her father Derek Grimshaw owns the Suzanna Balloons business in Leyland, and has been flying hot air balloons over Lancashire for many years.

Sally Wright Parachute Jump

Picture: ‘’Must Hang’ Sally and her instructor in ‘freefall’

Ladies Day

APRIL’S BB4B celebrated Ladies Day (it coincided with Ladies’ Day at Aintree) – and our female group members were given the floor to explain more about themselves and their businesses. For example, who knew that Isobel Pickering represented England at both codes of rugby? When Issy fits shoes, they sure stay fit (?)!

Each lady received a floral gift and several members fashionably embraced the occasion. Jane Aitken brought her fascinator, Helen Pilkington proudly sported her hat and even John Thompson got in the mood by wearing his full Scottish country dancing outfit – and that’s why we love BB4B, it’s such a wonderful mix.

Visitors Howard Anthony and Brian Ashman told us about the SRBC ‘Big Do,’ the Council’s annual awards and top networking event and Leyland Festival Radio respectively.

Our dairyman Martin Deacon proposed a popular vote of thanks to all ladies present for their efforts. Thanks everyone for another successful meeting.

BB4B Ladies Day 2015

Pic: (L to R) Jane Aitken, John Thompson and Helen Pilkington

At the heart of the community

WHEN it comes to matters of the heart, Steve Ward MD of and Leyland Golf Club are a driving force.

Thanks to Steve, his business sponsorship and colleagues from the golf club’s Winter League, a Community Public Access Defibrillator has been unveiled at Leyland Golf Club and is ready to serve.

Steve commented: “The funds for the new community defibrillator were raised from subscriptions to the Winter League and sponsorship by my own company. Ad-Options Ltd, trading as, have sponsored the Winter League for the past five years and we have also made a contribution to the defibrillator cabinet and signage.”

The ‘public’ defibrillator has been installed by the North West Ambulance Service Chain of Survival team. Working with BB4B’s Keith McIntosh of Defibrillators 4 Sports, they have engaged with golf and sports clubs across Lancashire, assisting in a number of placements of public access defibrillators including another CPAD for Leyland at Fox Lane Sports Club.

Cheryl Pickstock of NWAS explained: “Defibrillators significantly increase the chance of survival of a cardiac arrest sufferer. Placing defibrillators in public places of high footfall like sports facilities means that if someone suffers a life threatening cardiac arrest, early intervention from the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) can mean vital treatment can begin early and assist the sufferer in increasing their chances.

“An AED is safe and only delivers an electric shock to the heart when it detects an appropriate arrhythmia, therefore it can be used by a non-trained member of the public.”

This year sees the 30th anniversary of trading for The Defibrillator at Leyland Golf Club is one of 30 local projects, charities and good causes that Steve’s company are supporting throughout 2015.

Leyland Golf Club Defibrillator

Pic; (L to R): Steve Ward, Colin Greenall, Winter League organiser, Marie Hayes, Leyland GC Ladies Captain, Tim Pilkington, Men’s Captain and Chery Pickstock, North West Ambulance Service


WHEN it comes to charity, BB4B members are happy to reveal their sweeter side. Generous ‘chocolatey’ contributions helped raise a significant sum for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

GO On Tour (Golden Oldies), featuring Ruth and Keith Bradshaw, staged a charity concert at BB4B HQ, St Andrews Church, recently. A combination of donations on the door and the BB4B chocolate raffle helped to raise the fine sum of £644.39 for the cause.

BB4B members generously donated over 20 chocolate themed prizes, including hampers, selection boxes, liqueurs, Easter eggs and bunnies, chocolate feet, a celebration cake and much more.

Amy Hilton, area fundraiser for Rosemere CF, said: “It was a fun afternoon, the raffle was really impressive and we are grateful to everyone who made it possible. We are delighted with the amount raised, thank you to everyone who contributed in any way.”

A big thank you to Lynn McCann of ReachoutASC who helped to organise and oversee the raffle on the day.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation Cheque

(L to R: Keith Bradshaw, Amy Hilton (Rosemere CF) and Mandy Stableford (GO On Tour)

On the Mark for charity

BB4B’s Mark Croasdale and colleagues from Whitehead & Howarth have been raising money for St Catherine’s Hospice with a successful football challenge.

The chartered accountants threw down the gauntlet to rivals IT consultants HW Technology – a five-a-side game – and the challenge was readily accepted.

The ‘friendly’ skirmish was played at the UCLan Sports Arena, Preston, pitting the footballing skills of the Lancashire based accountants against the Chorley Information Technology experts. Much needed funds were raised through donations for the hospice that provides specialist palliative care within Lancashire.

Whitehead & Howarth accountant Mark Robinson said: “It started as a bit of fun as we wanted to help local charities, but when the match day approached we started taking it a bit more seriously. We certainly didn’t want to give accountants a bad name by getting beaten by ‘computer geeks’. On the serious side it all went well and we raised lots of money for St Catherine’s”

The matched ended 13-3 to the Accountants (pictured) and a significant sum has been sent to St Catherines Hospice who this year are celebrating their 30th Anniversary.

The triumphant accountants who act for clients throughout Lancashire are currently looking for more opponents to pit their skills (footballing and fundraising) against – as long as they aren’t too young !

Whitehead & Howarth Charity Football

Pic: Gareth Maddock, Mark Croasdale, James Schofield, Andy Goddard & Mark Robinson

Growing Places

ONE of Leyland’s best-kept business secrets was revealed at our March BB4B meeting.

At the heart of our town is a fast-growing, ever-expanding, £1m Christian resources company with global interests and a deserved reputation for integrity, personal service and quality products.

John Robb, a manager with 10 of, in conversation with Keith McIntosh, explained how the business began in the founder’s garage in Whittle-le-Woods before moving into bespoke premises in Leyland. In a matter of years a hobby – selling Christian books and resources – has been turned into an internationally respected business.

John explained: “Book sales is very competitive and our margins are very tight but we are dedicated and determined to shift as many as possible and as cheaply as possible because we believe in them.”

The ethos and passion of 10 of shone through an interesting, informative presentation as Keith guided John through the background, subsequent growth and future prospects of 10 of – so called because founder Jonathan Carswell began by selling his Christian books in batches of ten.

A true entrepreneur, John offered each table a selection of books (suitable for all ages) and, with 45 guests present, over 100 books were taken away for later reading.

Jane Aitken, of Holistic Harmony, later tweeted: “Hi John great talk on Friday @THEBB4B group. My granddaughter loved the book I brought home! Thank you”

The 10 of vision is to help local churches and Christian organisations by providing quality Christian resources at prices they can afford.

John said: “We buy our stock in bulk to get better prices and we pass that onto you, the customer. We are also passionate about getting more resources out there and used, so instead of making lots of money on each item we discount as much as we can.”

It’s certainly working as the company has already outgrown its premises on Centurion Court and are about to move into huge warehouses on the Tomlinson Road Industrial Estate, Leyland.

John Robb of 10ofthose and Keith McIntosh
Pic; John Robb (left) with Keith McIntosh