Jen And | N/A Bibby consulting and support appoints new chairman Tue, 06 Mar 2012 13:00:00 GMT David Robertson joins the Newcastle-under-Lyme Company from Bibby Financial Services (BFS) where he was global chief executive. Robertson won a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 after overseeing Bibby Financial Services' aggressive growth strategy which saw pre-tax profits soar from £4.3m in 1997 to £40m plus in 2011. The award was given in recognition of Robertson's role in "shaping the invoice finance industry" and setting best practice standards for the sector. By 2011, Bibby Financial Services had expanded its operations into 13 countries and experienced a 25 per cent growth in new business year-on-year – and this was in a period when banks had tightened their lending criteria and company insolvencies went up by over 50 per cent. Bibby Financial Services was also listed in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For in 2010 and 2011. Of his new post, Robertson said: “I am very proud of what we achieved at BFS and I am delighted to be joining Bibby Consulting andamp; Support which is an organisation that is really starting to go places. The latest growth figures underline that this dynamic company clearly has a great future ahead." January 2012 saw sales beat target by a staggering 32%. Managing Director Michael Slade said: "Considering the economic climate over the last few years, this achievement is really something to be proud of. Without doubt this success has been achieved thanks to the sheer dedication from all our employees in meeting the needs of customers while being able to diversify into new markets with a range of innovative products." He added: "David has worked with the Board here as a non-executive Director over the last few years, but we are delighted to see him taking a more active role as Chairman.For further information about Bibby Consulting andamp; Support employment law specialists and health and safety advisors, visit Management Hedging plants nursery springs open its doors this april Mon, 05 Mar 2012 13:00:00 GMT The open weekend starts on Friday 13th April 2012 and runs through to Sunday 15th April 2012, 9am-5pm each day.With spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to purchase your plants from Hopes Grove Nurseries, the largest specialist grower of hedges and hedging plants in the UK having over 70 acres of hedge plants in production. Hopes Grove sell economical bare rooted hedging and larger rootballed hedge plants where instant effect is important and have the widest selection of varieties and sizes available anywhere.. Pot grown hedging plants are suitable for planting all the year round and come in many sizes. For ease of reference the main groups of hedging plants may be found on the left hand menu or images below.To keep all their prices low, they only sell hedges direct to the end user, delivering to many thousands of customers nationwide. Their hedging plants come highly recommended by keen gardeners, designers, landscapers, farmers and columnists.Hopes Grove are very pleased to be awarded the Gardening Which best buy for both garden and native hedging plants. All the plants sold are covered by the Hopes Grove guarantee and prices already include vat.Orders can be placed online through the Hopes Grove website, but for any questions or comments Hopes Grove welcome telephone calls and their sales staff have worked outside on the nursery, so have the plant knowledge to answer questions. Telephone orders are also most welcome.The nursery is only open to the general public on the three open house days. All other visits by prior appointment only. For further information on all the hedging plants offered by Hopes Grove and for location details, visit Gardening