Tranmere Team up with the University of Bolton

Tranmere Rovers have teamed up with the University of Bolton to provide state of the art medical and rehabilitation facilities for the Club’s players. Rovers’ squad will now have access to the University’s athlete development centre which includes both an isokinetic machine which is used for screening and rehabilitation and an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill. The University of Bolton has also offered player screening during the season which will enable the coaching and medical staff to track any physical changes in the squad.

The arrangement sees Bolton University take advertising space at Prenton Park and also have the potential to send students to Solar Campus, further helping the Club’s medical and sport science staff while providing the students with valuable experience. Tranmere Physio Dai Spendiff said: “We’re delighted to be working closely with the University of Bolton. They have first class specialist facilities which will be highly beneficial to our players, particularly in the rehabilitation of injuries.”

John Lucas Associate Lecturer in Sports Rehabilitation at the University of Bolton added: “The University is associated with a host of professional football clubs and it is with great pleasure that we add such a prestigious club like Tranmere Rovers FC to that list. “Having worked previously with the current manager Micky Mellon, I understand his perspective of the importance of medical and sports science support, and this partnership shows the intent from the football club based around they’re medical and sports science provision. As a University we look forward to working with the Dai and the club for the foreseeable future.”

Club Sponsors Hankinson Painting Group Highly Decorated for Art Gallery Project

 The quality and craftsmanship of a Wirral headquartered commercial painting and decorating company has been singled out for praise in a national trade body awards. Whittle Programmed Painting, a member of Hankinson Painting Group won the Highly Decorative Category at the 29th annual Premier Trophy Awards, organised by the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA). Group Operations Director Ivor Thomas joined others from across the industry to celebrate the achievement at the awards ceremony, held at the London Marriot in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair. The accolade was given to Hankinson Painting Group for their work at the Napoleon Room of the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirral.

Neil Ogilvie, Chief Executive of the PDA said: “The judging panel described the quality of work and craftsmanship involved as outstanding. Light and brightness has been brought back into the building and the work involved has enhanced the environment.” The intricate painting restoration carried out included trompe l’oeil (‘trick of the eye’) faux panels and dado rails to frame some of the treasured furniture and artwork pieces in the gallery, as well as painted marble effect. The judges said: “The work in the Napoleon Room was exceptional with very fine work such as gold fine lining, stippling and sign writing to a very ornate standard. Words cannot really describe the finish achieved.” Visitors to the Gallery have struggled to tell the difference between real marble and the marble effect carried out by the company’s decorative artists.

Any restoration work carried out to a heritage building must be carried out precisely and sensitively to honour the existing detail, and the company were able to carefully strip back the over-coatings to expose original paintwork carried out in the 1970s. The benefit of using trompe l’oeil is that you can dramatically change the look of a room without having to make any permanent changes to the wall fixtures or structure – this is a huge consideration for heritage sites especially, where the aim is to preserve as much of the original character and structure of the building as possible. The paint that was used to achieve the effects on this contract was manufactured by Johnstone’s Trade – so it was fantastic to be able to celebrate this award with them following the recent announcement of our collaborative partnership between Hankinson Group and Johnstone’s Trade.

Ivor Thomas of Hankinson commented: “This is fantastic recognition of our workmanship and the team are thrilled with the outcome. We have worked for National Museums Liverpool for over 30 years and we have completed some amazing projects in that time, but this award winning contract in such an iconic building is definitely the highlight.” Stephen Hankinson, Group Chief Executive said: “This is the twelfth national award the company has won. That makes us one of the most highly decorated contractors in the UK.” As well as securing the award, the Group also received further recognition with Whittle being Highly Commended in the Commercial Category for work at Derby County Football Club, and Commended in the Industrial Category for work on the Odyssey rollercoaster in Lincolnshire. EPIC Painting were Very Highly Commended for their work on Main Stand expansion project for Liverpool FC – what a fantastic outcome!

Sponsors Lovells have released first phase of homes for sale at Minshull Way Rock Ferry

 A number of contemporary new homes at Minshull Way, Lovell Homes’ development in Rock Ferry, are now available for sale, with the scheme receiving a lot of interest pre-launch.

A modern and stylish development of 110 two and three bedroom homes, Minshull Way is set to create a thriving community in this newly-developed neighbourhood. The homes released for sale include the two bed Singleton, which start from £106,995 and the three bed Faraley, starting from £132,995, with both properties coming with high quality finishes including an integrated oven with stainless steel gas hob, integrated fridge freezer and UPVC double glazed windows. The properties also have their own drives and lovely gardens with patios, while the scheme benefits from excellent transport links, has a number of parks nearby and is in close proximity to the centre of Birkenhead and only 3 miles from Liverpool city centre.

With the government-backed Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme available exclusively on new build properties, Minshull Way’s homes are within easy reach of many first time buyers and young professionals. A 5% deposit of just £5,350 is all that’s required to purchase a two-bedroom Singleton. And with the home-owner requiring a mortgage for 75% of the property value and the Government providing an equity loan to cover the remaining 20%, which is interest-free for five years, Lovell are expecting these homes to be snapped up within the next few weeks.

Clare Noakes, regional sales director for Lovell North West said: “Lovell has a proven track record in the area for building thriving, dynamic communities and we are extremely excited to release this first phase of homes for sale. Lovell Homes’ reputation for delivering quality homes, alongside the excellent price, has created a lot of interest in Minshull Way and we’re expecting to sell these properties very quickly.”

A three bed Donley and two bed Singleton show homes will open at Minshull Way at the end of September to fully showcase the specification and build quality.

For all sales enquiries, call 0151 515 7449.

Argyle Taxis & Wirral Satellite Cars announce merger

Two of Wirral’s best known taxi companies are merging – with plans to add more vehicles and open a new office to serve Ellesmere Port.

Club Sponsors Argyle Taxis and Wirral Satellite Cars have combined to become Argyle Satellite, using an existing fleet of 600 vehicles which will expand to 800 within the next 18 months.

The former Argyle Taxis headquarters in Birkenhead will be the home of the new call centre for Argyle Satellite, while the Wirral Satellite headquarters will become the training academy and admin office.

The existing Wirral Satellite office in West Kirby will remain open, with a new Argyle Satellite office to be opened in Eastham to serve south Wirral, including Little Sutton, Cheshire Oaks and Ellesmere Port.

Between them, the two firms already provide 250,000 journeys every month.

Chris Jordan, director at Argyle Satellite, and former chairman of Wirral Satellite Cars, said: “In Argyle Taxis we have found a partner, which shares a similar vision and ambition to provide Wirral with the best local knowledge and customer service we possibly can, while providing local drivers a greater opportunity to earn.

“We are excited about our combined strengths as we work together to establish a taxi firm of choice for residents, businesses and visitors across Wirral.”

Terry Wilson, director and shareholder at Argyle Satellite, previous director of Argyle Taxi added: “This deal between two already established taxi firms will bring about an efficient, streamlined and dependable taxi service that the people of Wirral deserve.

“Our individual visions are aligned, and we are excited to see how this new chapter evolves as we continue our ambitious growth plans to extend our company into hard to reach communities, which will both unlock the leisure and tourism economy and provide service to local people across Wirral.”

The board of directors at the new firm is made up of the shareholders of Argyle Taxis as well as Chris Jordan – managing director of Davy Liver Taxis, non-executive director of CabFind and chairman of Wirral Satellite Cars.

Plans are also in place to further develop an existing academy, which will deliver training for existing drivers as well as supporting the recruitment and training of new drivers in house.

Customers will still be able to call the existing Argyle Taxis and Wirral Satellite Cars numbers, 0151 201 1111 or 0151 201 0001.

The art of law and fundraising from Hillyer McKeown

Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair set to raise £10,000 for Babygrow Appeal

The Countess Hospital’s Babygrow Appeal has been given a boost by being named as the official charity partner for the Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair. The UK’s largest artist art Fair will take place from 17th – 19th November 2017 at Chester Racecourse, and will have plenty for everyone including 100 pieces of art exclusively on sale for £100 or less with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity.

The announcement was made at Hillyer McKeown’s Chester office to mark 100 days before the Art Fair officially opens. The charity art sale will include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography and mixed media artwork. Highlights include over 100 international artists exhibiting 2,000 pieces of art, as well as tutoring and interactive workshops.

Richard Burnett, Partner at Hillyer McKeown commented, “There have been some incredible pieces of art donated by award-winning artists that are worth much more than £100. This goal is making art affordable, with 100% of proceeds donated to Countess of Chester Hospital”.

Lesley Woodhead, Head of Fundraising at the Countess of Chester Hospital commented “The artists have donated generously to raise funds for the Babygrow Appeal. Pieces worth hundreds of pounds from award-winning fine artist Phillip Gerrard, travel photographer Pete Aitchison, and many more will go on sale for just £100. We hope people will come along to find a bargain and raise money for a great cause”.

The 100 day countdown to Chester Arts Fair began on 10th August. Follow #CAF100 and @ChesterArtsFair to view the 100 pieces of art. For tickets and more information visit  or alternatively you can register to enter at the Fair on the day.

Club Aim To Raise £10k For #SWA2

The 2016/17 season proved a great success for our #SWA2 appeal with donations coming from the Tranmere Rovers Trust, Tranmere Rovers Official Supporters Club, club staff and players and, of course, our brilliant fans who donated and fundraised throughout the season.

This was recognised when the #SWA2 initiative won an award at the 2016 MBNA Northwest Football Awards for Best Club Sponsorship & Fan Engagement Campaign, a fantastic achievement for both the Club and our supporters.

Our #SWA2 initiative provides tickets to home games for disadvantaged people based on the Wirral. We are currently working with over 35 charities and community groups in the area and are always looking for more groups to work with. The 2016/17 season surpassed our expectations and we are delighted to say that we distributed over 10,000 match tickets around the community last season.

In addition, for the first time in 2016/17, we expanded the #SWA2 programme to include the Super White Christmas and Super White Easter initiatives, which made sure that local children were able to join in the celebrations through a series of events and gifts were distributed by the Club.

Mark Palios, Club Chairman said: “One of the most satisfying things I have seen since coming back to Tranmere is the way the club, the players and supporters have all come together to help some of the most disadvantaged people in our community feel included in what we do. Whether it is a disabled child attending a game, someone in care able to join their friends at the match, or a homeless person having a Christmas lunch and sharing in things most of us are lucky to take for granted. It is said that a society should be judged by how it looks after those who re in difficult circumstances and I am immensely proud of what Tranmere and its supporters do to help. I hope this coming season will see that continue.”

We want to develop the fund to help us reach more individuals, families and groups across the local area. Our aim for 2017-18 is to raise £10,000 with the Tranmere Rovers Supporters Trust donating a fantastic £1,000 to get this fund started. The Trust hope this total will be matched by fans in the coming weeks. Please contact to find out more.


Tranmere Rovers staff are also kicking off the donations through payroll giving, and we have received over £600 from season card holders and donations through the Tranmere Rovers Club Shop.

We are now launching the #SWA2 appeal for 2017/18 and hope to make an impact straight away at hitting our target.

To help achieve this, we are offering the first 10 supporters who pledge £100 or more an opportunity to attend Saturday’s home game as a Match Sponsor. As such, they will receive a three course meal, seats in the Directors’ Box, a player visit and a chance to pick Man of the Match.

To donate, please visit our fundraising site or please email to talk to us about setting up a direct debit or #SWA2 becoming your charity of the year.

We would also love to hear the stories of your fundraising efforts and will publish these on the Tranmere Rovers website.

Wirral Radio New Stage

Launch of the Wirral Radio Stage

Wirral Radio have just launched their brand new stage in association with Affordable Sound. The first big event was the Birkenhead Bid’s Be In Birkenhead Summer Festival, which despite bad weather drew in over 4000 people.

Wirral Radio can offer full staging, compering and acts for events. For more information contact

Introducing the 2017/18 Ambassadors Club

2017-18 Season Ambassadors Club

Tranmere Rovers launched the Official Ambassadors Club last season. Ambassador’s club members were given exclusive access to the heart of the club and the community of business that surrounds Tranmere Rovers. They received access to the Boardroom each match and guest tickets to bring clients or other guests to network with the other Ambassadors and Boardroom guests. Ambassadors Club members also received other benefits for example access to management and playing staff for events, promotion and advertising, priority access to club events and much more.

The Ambassadors Club was a great success last year with the members referring clients to other members and bringing in new sponsors and interesting guests to the club. This season we have relaunched the Ambassadors Club with some of last season’s members and a couple of new additions.

This year we have the following companies involved in the ambassadors club;


Finsa is one of the largest MDF and chipboard manufacturers in Europe. Established in 1931. We specialise in DIY Kitchens, Kitchen Carcasses & Units and Laminate Flooring – providing a quality product at an affordable price.

Barry J Fogg Electrical Services Ltd has been established since the early 1980s by the company director Barry Fogg. A family run business based on the Wirral covering all northwest areas and cover industrial, domestic and commercial sectors.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage and risk management services firms. We provide a full range of retail and wholesale property and casualty brokerage and alternative risk transfer services globally, extensive employee benefit consulting, and exceptional actuarial services. Gallagher also offers claims and information management, risk control consulting and appraisal services, human resource consulting, and retirement services to clients around the world.

BFS provide tailored independent financial advice to help you achieve your current aims and future aspirations. Whether you are an individual, a small business owner or trustee, our expertise and guidance will help you build, manage and protect your wealth, creating peace of mind during the process. They offer a highly personalised service and build life-long relationships with clients, founded on trust, integrity and fairness.

If you are interested in the Ambassadors Club or any of the businesses involved contact or call 0151 609 3390.

BVH Car Sales, the new Scoreboard Sponsor at Tranmere Rovers.

BVH Ltd is a self drive hire company, serving the whole of the Wirral and Northwest. BVH Ltd is committed to excellence in all aspects of its operations. From their modest beginnings, they have remained committed to a sound business philosophy of carefully measured expansion. Their focus remains the retention of customer loyalty and goodwill, which is achieved by ensuring that their products and services are continually refined to meet the needs of the marketplace.

BVH Ltd began trading in 1968, therefore has been an established family business on Merseyside for nearly fifty years and continues to provide excellent service to the Wirral and beyond. In 2013, BVH Car Sales Ltd was born, and continues to grow from strength to strength.   Due to their continuing growth, they have found it necessary to look for bigger premises, and wanting to stay true to their local roots, they have purchased new premises in central Birkenhead to not only expand the business further but to also create more opportunities in an area that is currently undergoing re-generation.  Coming early 2018, BVH Self Storage will also be up and running in their brand new premises, bringing more business to the local area.

Birkenhead Van Hire are delighted to sponsor Tranmere Rovers Football Club, their local team and provide support on their way up back into the league.

For further information on Birkenhead Van Hire’s services please contact Hannah at Tranmere Rovers on or 0151 6093390

Happy Birthday JF Recruitment!

JF Recruit celebrated 4 years in business last month!

Joanne Finnerty launched the business in 2013 from her home office, with the goal of providing an excellent recruitment service to businesses within Wirral, four years on, and two premises later JF Recruit want to take this opportunity to share our successes over the past four years and thank those that have helped us to achieve them.

JFR Success

  • Securing great office space in The Lauries Centre in Birkenhead which meant we could grow our team, and also allows us to offer interview rooms to our clients should they require confidential off-site interview space.
  • Recruitment and retention of a fantastic team with a shared recruitment background of over 50 years.
  • The business has grown year on year thanks to the hard work of Joanne and her team, reaching over 400 businesses across the North West, and increasing in turnover year after year.
  • Recognised Wirral Business Awards, 2016 Customer Service Award Winner
  • Recognised MIB Awards, Nominated Professional Services Business of the Year
  • Recognised Women in Business Awards, Joanne nominated for Best Recruiter of the Year
  • Recognised by the national recruitment industry magazine, “The Recruiter” following an interview by their Editor with Joanne

Third Sector Support

It’s not all about us, with the success and support we receive the JFR team like to give back in many ways including:

  • Supporter of Birkenhead Bid
  • Wirral Young Chamber Mentor for Weatherhead High School
  • Supporter of Wirral Rucksack Challenge
  • Coaching New Writers with online support via an online forum
  • Supporter of RNIB
  • Supporter of Birkenhead’s “The Hive”
  • One of the team even donated her wedding dress to St Johns Hospice

Their Support – Their Thanks go to:

  • Our Candidates & Clients – Without the business we receive from our loyal clients and the faith our candidates place in us to find them their “forever job”, JF Recruit would not exist so we thank you!
  • BNI – In the early days and still today, Joanne has built the business on referrals and recommendations and we have received invaluable support, and business from the BNI Network!
  • Wirral Chamber of Commerce – Our landlords and faithful clients, Wirral Chamber provide support to the business and our team in a number of ways which is invaluable to the business.
  • Tranmere Rovers Football Club – Our local team
  • Our suppliers – Your services allow us to provide ours, we have a fantastic working relationship with each of our suppliers.

They’ve had a fantastic last four years and the team are looking forward to the many exciting plans ahead – more news to follow………