Going into business this year? Here’s what you should know

By Raspberry Jim,

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The new year presents itself as a fresh start for many people, with a number of us using the opportunity to revaluate our career aspirations and goals.

For some, this could mean a journey into self-employment or building a new business. If 2018 is the year you plan on going it alone, or embarking on a new business venture, it can be tricky to know where to start. With financial responsibility and legal requirements, it can seem like an intimidating process. … Continue reading

Welsh IP firm among top sponsors at CoInnovate 2018

By Raspberry Jim,

Leading intellectual property firm Wynne Jones IP is among the top sponsors at a prestigious Cardiff event championing worldwide technological innovation.

The firm is “thrilled” to be supporting the annual CoInnovate 2018 conference, which encourages industry-leading collaboration between established and developing innovators in the technology sector.

Wynne Jones IP, which advises businesses on all aspects of patents, trade marks, design rights and copyright, is sponsoring the IP Management Expert Corner at the event at Mercure Holland House Hotel on January 24.

They will be joining sponsors including European Regional Development Fund, The University of Manchester Intellectual Property Limited, Innovate UK, and Endeavr.

Commercial director at Wynne Jones IP, Jayne Nation, said it was a privilege to be supporting this international event which has the potential to create unparalleled technological advancements.

She said: “Wynne Jones IP is thrilled to be sponsoring the IP Management Expert Corner at this year’s CoInnovate event.

“We are delighted to be able to support an event, which plays such a vital role in bringing together some of the world’s leading innovators with the aim of driving technological change.

“One aspect of innovation that we, as patent attorneys, feel is vital in supporting the development of any innovation is intellectual property.

“With that in mind, we will be on hand to provide expert advice to participants during the event, to ensure they are able to grow and enhance their products with maximum effect.”

Wynne-Jones IP is a UK firm of intellectual property specialists, with offices in Cardiff, London, Cheltenham and Telford. Trading for over fifty years, the firm advises businesses and inventors in a wide range of sectors worldwide on all aspects of IP rights, strategy and renewals.

Cardiff IP experts smash Headway fundraising target

By Raspberry Jim,

Generous intellectual property experts have raised over £2,000 in the last year for people fighting to rebuild their lives after a traumatic brain injury.

Staff at Wynne Jones IP generated the funds for brain injury association Headway, after it was selected as their charity partner for 2017-2018.

Initially the firm, which advises businesses on all aspects of patents, trade marks, design rights and copyright, set a fundraising target of £1,500 over the two years.

However, thanks to the determination of staff across its Cardiff, Cheltenham, London, and Telford offices, over £2,127 has been raised to date.

Fundraising activities have included staff climbing the roof of the O2 Arena in London on June 15.

The funds will help to support the charity’s work to improve the lives of people who have suffered a brain injury, by offering support, services and information to survivors, their families and carers.

Amy Kasprzyca, Senior Marketing Executive at Wynne Jones IP, said it was a privilege to support the charity which provides priceless support to thousands of people across the UK.

Miss Kasprzyca said: “Headway is a charity which has made such a vast difference to the lives of thousands of people who have sadly suffered a traumatic brain injury.

“Not only does it offer invaluable support to those directly affected to help them rebuild their lives, it also guides their families through a potentially challenging time, and even offers advice and information to professionals in support services and legal fields to ensure the continued care of survivors across the UK.

“It has been a pleasure to raise vital funds for Headway’s fantastic work this year. Our staff have united behind this cause and we hope that the money raised will enable them to continue their amazing work.”

Wynne Jones IP will continue to fundraise in 2018 for Headway with events being organised throughout the year.

Miss Kasprzyca added: “Our team are more than ready to throw themselves into fundraising once again this year, and we look forward to raising as much as possible for Headway in 2018.”

 

Daredevil Oil 4 Wales director jumps 12,000ft for charity

By Raspberry Jim,

A daredevil Oil 4 Wales employee has plunged over 12,000ft to raise vital funds for brave patients battling cancer.

Paul Owens, a director at the national oil distributor, has undertaken a skydive to raise funds for national research and awareness charity Cancer Research UK.

 The 37-year-old, who is based at Oil 4 Wales’s Cardiff office, signed up for the challenge in a “moment of madness” after choosing to raise more funds for charitable causes in 2018.

Mr Owens, a director at the firm which supplies 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales, jumped at the chance to take part when he received an email at work.

The Llantwit Major resident said: “Everyone said I must be mad to sign up for this! But it’s something I’ve always wanted to have a go at, so when we got the email I decided in a moment of madness to sign up.

 “I was quite excited and nervous before, but I just kept reminding myself it was for a great cause and that spurred me on.”

 On the day of the jump at Swansea Airport Mr Owens joined 10 other people to ascend to 12,000ft where they prepared to take part in a tandem skydive.

He said: “Sitting on the edge of the plane and looking out was both exhilarating and nerve-wracking, and is certainly a feeling I’ll never forget.

 “But it was an absolutely amazing experience and it’s something I’ll never forget. I’ve definitely ticked that off my bucket list and encourage everyone to give it a go.”

Mr Owens said what made the experience even better was raising over £500 for the charity, which helps to fund pioneering research into cancer diagnosis and treatment.

His employer Oil 4 Wales, which supplies 16,000,000 litres of fuel annually to some of Wales’ leading businesses, generously supported his fundraising efforts with a donation of £100.

The company, which prides itself on working for the community and with the community, has demonstrated its continued support for charitable and community causes throughout 2017. This has included donating fundraising prizes to local events, sponsoring community shows, and supporting school initiatives throughout Wales.

 Oil 4 Wales managing director Colin Owens said this reinforced the company’s commitment to supporting local communities across Wales.

He said: “We would like to congratulate Paul on his fantastic achievement and the great amount raise for such a worthwhile cause.

“This is just one example of Oil 4 Wales’s commitment to supporting local residents and communities across Wales, something which we as a proud Welsh business are proud to be able to do.”

 

New Verde CF director to ‘drive continued growth’

By Raspberry Jim,

An industry-leading accountant with two decades experience in the financial industry has been appointed as director of corporate finance boutique Verde Corporate Finance (CF).

Craig Blackmore, who joined the company as a consultant in July 2017, has been promoted to the senior role due to his input during the last six months.

Verde CF, which is part of the Greenaway Scott Group, specialises in providing advice around mergers and acquisitions, business finance and growth capital.

Mr Blackmore has over two decades of experience in the business sector as a commercially driven accountant.

Principally trained with Deloitte, an international accounting firm, he acted as a director in a mid-tier accounting practice, before moving on to take up executive and non-executive financial director positions with a number of SME businesses.

Mr Blackmore will lead Verde whilst also maintaining his roles as CFO at Global Welsh, a not for profit company whose aim is to connect the international diaspora of Wales, whilst continuing to coach on the Accelerated Growth Programme.

The role at Verde is an extension of his proven desire to connect with fast tracked and developing businesses throughout Wales and further afield internationally.

During his time at Verde CF, he has worked alongside commercial law firm Greenaway Scott, which is also part of the GS Group, in a strategic and collaborative partnership to combine services that provide a multi-disciplinary team solution. This one stop shop for corporate advisory is unique in Wales.

On his appointment Mr Blackmore said: “I am delighted to step up to the role as a director of Verde Corporate Finance, and very much look forward to working with co-director director Nigel Greenaway and integrating Verde within the wider Greenaway Scott Group.

“Verde Corporate Finance has seen solid growth over the past year, acting on a number of interesting transactions including MBO’s and growth funding.

“It has been a privilege to contribute to its growth over the past six months along with our talented team. I am excited to take on this new role and look forward to working towards driving further growth in Verde CF in 2018.”

Director of Greenaway Scott, Nigel Greenaway, said Mr Blackmore’s appointment would provide a more in depth and expert service for Verde CF’s growing client base and to build on the solid start since its inception in 2017.

He said: “Craig has been phenomenal in his role as consultant since starting at Verde CF last year. As such we were delighted to appoint him to the role of director to help drive Verde’s continued business ambitions even further this year. We look forward to working with him to make this a fantastic offering supporting businesses across the UK.”

Verde has also welcomed Joanna Porgozelska, who will act as a financial analyst for the corporate advisory firm. Director of Verde Craig Blackmore said he was thrilled to welcome Ms Porgozelska to the team.

He said: “The addition of Ms Porgozelska to the team reinforces the impressive growth that Verde has seen this year. We look forward to working with her on future projects and we are sure her experience will strengthen our offering.”

Verde Corporate Finance operates as an advisory boutique within the Greenaway Scott Group, a multi-disciplinary professional advisory business within the mergers and acquisition sector.

 

Cardiff experts recover over £20m for international piracy victims

By Raspberry Jim,

Experts at Cardiff’s CJCH Consulting recovered over £20 million for companies which have fallen victim to international intellectual property theft last year, it has been revealed.

Consultants at the specialist firm, which offers industry-leading anti-piracy and compliance services, recovered the “significant sum” for its clients throughout 2017.

The figure includes recoveries for industries ranging from engineering, to oil and gas, and film, which faced severe copyright, primarily software, infringements over the 12-month period.

In order to recover any funds lost as a result of intellectual property theft, CJCH Consulting’s experts combine their technical knowledge, research and legal enforcement skills to recoup any losses.

Antony Crampton, Compliance and Investigations Director at CJCH Consulting, said the vast sum recovered was fantastic news for hundreds of businesses whose intellectual property was illegally targeted in 2017.

He said: “As a team we are thrilled to have recovered this significant sum of money for our clients across the UK and internationally.

“This achievement reflects the determination and skill demonstrated by our dedicated teams, who have worked tirelessly to recover these funds for our clients.

“Our Anti-Piracy and Compliance Team is developing an international reputation thanks to its expertise in this area, and with impressive results such as these it’s easy to see why.

“We are proud to be supporting the fight against international intellectual property infringement and look forward to supporting our existing and new clients further in 2018.”

The figure comes on the back of a successful year for the consulting firm’s anti-piracy team, which attracted investment from the Welsh Government in March to create a global IP Anti-Piracy Unit at its Cardiff head office.

Alongside its Anti-Piracy achievements, CJCH Consulting and its legal arm CJCH Solicitors also recruited 36 new members of staff across both businesses in a bid to further strengthen its client offering last year.

And this year will bring even more good news, as 2018 marks the five-year anniversary since Colin Jones Solicitors merged with Clarke & Hartland to form CJCH Solicitors in its current form.

The merger took place in 2013 when founding partners Stephen Clarke, Tim Hartland, and Jacqui Seal, brought together the two established firms with over 30 years’ experience in the Welsh legal sector.

They chose to combine Mr Clarke’s expertise in intellectual property and criminal law, Mr Hartland’s specialism in criminal law and conveyancing, and Ms Seal’s skills in criminal and military law to create a fully comprehensive legal and consulting firm which met the evolving needs of people across Wales.

Now, CJCH is a Wales top-20 law firm with headquarters in Cardiff, which has grown to more than 100 members of staff. Its expertise covers the full range of legal services including commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, intellectual property, mental health, employment law, motoring, property, family, child care, crime, wills & probate.

Cardiff experts recover over £20m for international piracy victims

By Raspberry Jim,

Experts at Cardiff’s CJCH Consulting recovered over £20 million for companies which fell victim to international intellectual property theft last year, it has been revealed.

Consultants at the specialist firm, which offers industry-leading anti-piracy and compliance services, recovered the “significant sum” for its clients throughout 2017.

The figure includes recoveries for industries ranging from engineering, to oil and gas, and film, which faced severe copyright, primarily software, infringements over the 12-month period.

In order to recover any funds lost as a result of intellectual property theft, CJCH Consulting’s experts combine their technical knowledge, research and legal enforcement skills to recoup any losses.

Antony Crampton, Compliance and Investigations Director at CJCH Consulting, said the vast sum recovered was fantastic news for hundreds of businesses whose intellectual property was illegally targeted in 2017.

He said: “As a team we are thrilled to have recovered this significant sum of money for our clients across the UK and internationally.

“This achievement reflects the determination and skill demonstrated by our dedicated teams, who have worked tirelessly to recover these funds for our clients.

“Our Anti-Piracy and Compliance Team is developing an international reputation thanks to its expertise in this area, and with impressive results such as these it’s easy to see why.

“We are proud to be supporting the fight against international intellectual property infringement and look forward to supporting our existing and new clients further in 2018.”

The figure comes on the back of a successful year for the consulting firm’s anti-piracy team, which attracted investment from the Welsh Government in March to create a global IP Anti-Piracy Unit at its Cardiff head office.

Alongside its Anti-Piracy achievements, CJCH Consulting and its legal arm CJCH Solicitors also recruited 36 new members of staff across both businesses in a bid to further strengthen its client offering last year.

And this year will bring even more good news, as 2018 marks the five-year anniversary since Colin Jones Solicitors merged with Clarke & Hartland to form CJCH Solicitors in its current form.

The merger took place in 2013 when founding partners Stephen Clarke, Tim Hartland, and Jacqui Seal, brought together the two established firms with over 30 years’ experience in the Welsh legal sector.

They chose to combine Mr Clarke’s expertise in intellectual property and criminal law, Mr Hartland’s specialism in criminal law and conveyancing, and Ms Seal’s skills in criminal and military law to create a fully comprehensive legal and consulting firm which met the evolving needs of people across Wales.

Now, CJCH is a Wales top-20 law firm with headquarters in Cardiff, which has grown to more than 100 members of staff. Its expertise covers the full range of legal services including commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, intellectual property, mental health, employment law, motoring, property, family, child care, crime, wills & probate.