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01.07.22 – Best of British Beer, Holditch Mining Disaster, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Longton Exchange

Written by on 30 June 2022

An award-winning online beer retailer based in Newcastle-under-Lyme has handed majority control to its eight-strong team in a move worth £650,000.

‘Best of British Beer’ founders Gill and Will Sherwin have created an Employee Ownership Trust making them minority shareholders in their business.

The husband-and-wife team say the move creates a legacy and rewards their staff for their “outstanding commitment” to a growing business, with Will commenting “I believe a business should not simply be about profit. It should also be about happiness and on both counts we are winning.”

The Employee Ownership Trust offers job security and future proofs the business as new owners cannot come in and move the business away from its Newcastle-under-Lyme base if Will and Gill were ever inclined to sell or retire.

The changes were revealed to the unsuspecting staff during a social quiz at the company’s headquarters in Silverdale, Staffordshire.

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And finally, This year marks the 85th anniversary on the ‘Holditch Pit Disaster’ which took place in 1937.  A memorial service  will be taking place at Apedale Heritage Centre this Sunday starting at 6pm. This annual memorial welcomes all who wish to pay their respects to the 30 men who lost their lives on 2nd July 1937, particularly the families of people involved in this tragic local incident.

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The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.

The Charity, ‘Kids in Museums’ has run a prestigious annual award for 16 years, recognising the most family friendly heritage sites in the UK. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.

From late March to early June, families across the UK voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. A panel of museum experts then whittled down hundreds of nominations to a shortlist of 16 heritage attractions.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is up against three other museums in the Best Medium Museum Category.

Over the summer holidays, the museum will be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the shortlisted museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner of the Family Friendly Museum Award 2022. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.

Follow the Family Friendly Museum Award on social media by following @kidsinmuseums and #FamilyFriendlyMuseum.

The Family Friendly Museum Award has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England.

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Following the recent refurbishment of the Longton exchange, Stoke-on-Trent City Council are sprucing up the Longton Exchange car park, creating a safe and attractive place for shoppers and traders to park.

Work is due to start next Monday 4 July for a month. Planned works will be undertaken overnight, to help minimise any obstruction to usual trading hours.

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage, said: “This is the start of investment into town centre regeneration in Longton. The works will help create a safe, attractive and well-kept area for shoppers and traders to leave vehicles”.