New recruits for local Wealth Management Firm

Hartey Wealth Management, a fast-growing, family-run financial advice business based on Chester Business Park, have gone on to recruit two more members of staff to their team.

The recruitment of the two new Paraplanners is an asset to the local community, and it also means that the company can better serve their clients in the local area.

What’s more, there’s scope for the team to grow a little more too over the next few months, which means a number of other job openings may become available to job seekers too in the not too distant future.

Tristan Hartey, Managing Director at Hartey Wealth Management shares his thoughts; “As well as creating more job openings for the local community, the recruitment of the two new Paraplanners gives us greater stead in better serving our clients.”

If you are interested in finding out more about us and our services or would like a second opinion on some advice you’ve already received, why not get in touch? Simply call 0808 168 5866 or email 



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Enjoy a cruise on the Mersey as part of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta

The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Liverpool's World Heritage waterfront in 2018

The Tall Ships ‘Parade of Sail’ is the highlight of the global maritime spectacular and Mersey Ferries has a special viewing cruise to give guests unique views

The viewing cruises launch a week of half term activities on the River Mersey, including the family River Explorer and Spaceport ticket, which gives access to U-Boat Story and Spaceport; which is currently hosting the popular “Sci-Fi Icons” exhibition

This weekend, Mersey Ferries is offering a full roster of cruises to give visitors to the waterfront an opportunity to take to the water as part of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta. With a 17-strong international fleet of Tall Ships set to make a triumphant return to the River Mersey, the festival is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Taking place from Friday 25 to Monday 28 May and launching the May half term for many North West families, The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta links Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux through a hotly-contested race across the Irish Sea and Bay of Biscay. The race will help the city celebrate the 10th anniversary of its year as European Capital of Culture.

Gary Evans from Mersey Ferries said: “Every one of these visiting ships has an incredible history and exciting story to tell, much like the Mersey Ferries. It’s great that we’re able to bring together the vessels for a weekend of family fun on the River Mersey.

“On the Saturday and Sunday the Tall Ships will be berthed on the Liverpool Cruise Terminal, Canning Dock, Canning Half Tide Dock and Albert Dock before taking part in the Parade of Sail on Monday. Across the weekend, our River Explorer Cruises will give customers a chance to also take to the water and enjoy the festival with great views of the world-famous waterfront.

“For families it will be a great day out, as our range of family tickets also provide free entry to U-boat Story and the chance to visit Spaceport, where there is currently a Sci-Fi Icons exhibition, which will be open throughout half term.”

On Monday 28, Mersey Ferries will pause its usual River Explorer Cruises to deliver a special Tall Ships Regatta - Parade of Sail Cruise, which will give customers a unique opportunity to view the parade of sail and follow the vessels along the River Mersey. Onboard, there will be live music and commentary about the maritime history of Liverpool and the parade.

Gary Evans continued: “Our special viewing cruise will offer the ideal way to see the fascinating Parade of Sail, as the Tall Ships make their way up the river to start the hotly-contested Regatta from Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.

“For those who are unable to make the cruise on Monday, our usual River Explorer Cruises will run throughout the half term and are one of Liverpool’s most iconic days. They really are a ‘must-do’ experience for families looking for an action-packed day out this May half term.”

Tickets for the special viewing cruise are priced at £30 for an adult and £15 for a child (3-15 years), with a licensed bar, drinks and light snacks available to buy-on-board. The special viewing cruise will board from Seacombe, Wirral at 11 am, Woodside, Wirral at 11.10am and Pier Head, Liverpool at 11.30am, with the cruise lasting two and a half hours.

For more information or to book tickets, call the Mersey Ferries ticket office on 0151 330 1003, visit any of Mersey Ferries terminals or visit the Mersey Ferries website




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From TV’s Mr Bloom to a Science Rapper: Wild Worlds festival launches at Chester Zoo

Children’s TV star Mr Bloom, a science rapper, flamingo dancing, a life-sized giraffe puppet and a poo science lab are among the stars of the show as Chester Zoo launches its major summer-long Wild Worlds festival.

A spectacular parade of specially commissioned performances and events for families will take over Chester Zoo this May bank holiday and half term week.

The events mark the launch of Chester Zoo’s first ever Wild World’s festival, which includes a series of specially created installations in garden spaces throughout the zoo, celebrating gardens, science and nature.

The festival of installations and activities will run throughout the summer, from 26 May to 30 September 2018.

Diana Hamilton, organiser of Wild Worlds at Chester Zoo, said: “Why not pop along and say ‘ello!’ with Mr Bloom from CBeebies. There’ll be a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games, and catchy nursery songs for tiddlers and parents alike. To sum it up in the words of a famous aubergine: ‘Let’s sing and dance and have some fun!’

“Alternatively, become a mini Chester Zoo keeper and meet Dolly the VIP giant giraffe puppet. You’ll get the chance to feed Dolly and find out all about giraffes with our Zoo Rangers. Then head to our poo science lab where the clue is in the poo! Drop in and find out how we use animal poo to help save species from extinction.

“Meanwhile, amazing science rapper Jon Chase has collaborated with us to create a new performance piece exploring science and our understanding the world around us. Cheshire Dance will also lead a collaboration of performers in a live dance show inspired by the senses and behaviour of flamingos. It will draw upon the simplicities and complexities, beauty, grace and quirks of flamingo life. With all this and so much more over the summer months, come and join in!”

The events will complement the range of new outdoor art installations which have been popping up in Chester Zoo’s 125 acres of garden spaces in time for the festival launch. From a botanist’s lab to oversized talking chairs and a dormouse garden, the artworks are designed to inspire a connection between people and wildlife, gardens and science.

World class education and visitor interaction are at the heart of Chester Zoo’s fight to prevent extinction of species here in the UK and around the world. The zoo hopes that the unique new Wild Worlds festival - as well as being fun - will inspire a new generation of conservationists.

Charlotte Smith, Head of Discovery and Learning at Chester Zoo, said: “We really hope this will be a spectacular way for people of all ages to take delight in some of the ground-breaking science we carry out here at the zoo – and inspire new connections with the natural world.”

The Wild Worlds festival is free with normal zoo admission. For a full programme of events and to purchase zoo tickets in advance, visit:


Mr Bloom

Performances: Monday 28 May 11am and 1pm

Location: Chester Zoo, Madagascar PLAY! Basecamp

Why not, pop along and say ‘ello!’ with Mr Bloom. There’ll be a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games, and catchy nursery songs for tiddlers and parents alike. To sum it up in the words of a famous aubergine: ‘Let’s sing and dance and have some fun’! Limited availability, viewing access granted on first come first served basis.

Meet Dolly the Giraffe – The clue is in the poo! (walkabout)

Performances: Saturday 26 May, Chester Zoo Main Entrance 10am – 10.45am, The Oakfield Lawn 1pm – 1.45pm and 3pm – 3.45pm

Sunday 27 May, Chester Zoo Main Entrance 10am – 10.45am, The Oakfield Lawn 1pm – 1.45pm and 3pm – 3.45pm

Look out for Dolly the life-sized giraffe puppet as she wanders around the zoo. She shouldn’t be hard to find – keep an eye out for her poo! Become a mini Chester Zoo Keeper and meet Dolly the VIP giant giraffe puppet. You’ll get the chance to feed her and learn all about the wonderful world of giraffes with our fantastic Zoo Rangers.

Wild Science Rapping: by Jon Chase

Performances: Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May, 12pm, 2pm and 4.30pm

Location: Chester Zoo, Madagascar PLAY! Basecamp

Amazing science rapper Jon Chase has collaborated with Chester Zoo to create a new performance piece on Sustainable Palm Oil as part of a fun fact packed performance exploring science and our understanding the world around us. Visitors are invited to come and join in!

Super Senses

Performances: Saturday 26 May, 11am (group performance), 1pm (duet) and 3.30pm (group performance)

Location: Chester Zoo, Madagascar PLAY! Basecamp

Film shown in Sumba School Room from 18 August

Fly straight into the beauty, grace and quirks of flamingo life with this mesmerising dance performance!

Inspired by the flamboyant animal and their incredible senses and behaviour this piece of dance draws on the simplicities and complexities of what the world of a flamingo looks like.  Watch as the dancers take you on a journey – observe them portraying some of the key behaviours of a flamingo, including wading in water, courtships, mating dances and relationships with others in the flock. Cheshire Dance is working with choreographer Lauren Tucker and collaborators to create this unique piece of dance.  Performed by two professional dancers and an ensemble of young people from across Cheshire, watch the story come to life as they create a synchronised display for our visitors.

Shadow Puppet Cinema

Workshop times and location: Sumba School Room, drop-in from 10am – 5pm

Make your own shadow puppet theatre using projections, woodlands sounds and torches, inspired by the Wild Worlds Dormouse Garden.

Tree, Plant, Bee and Mi

Performances: Saturday 26 May – Chester Zoo, Madagascar PLAY! Basecamp at 10.30am and 3pm, Main Entrance at 11.30am, and outside the Plant Project at 1pm 

Sunday 27 May – Chester Zoo, Madagascar PLAY! Basecamp at 10.30am and 3pm, Main Entrance at 11.30am, Outside the Plant Project at 1pm

Meet Tree, Plant, Bee and Mi Mi the gardener – four new and surprising characters based on the amazing and rare plant collections found right here at Chester Zoo. This piece of theatre, performed by our friends The Denbigh Workshop, will explore the zoo’s conservation work and the fantabulous horticulture and botany team who care for the hundreds of plant species and stunning gardens at the zoo.  The shows are packed full of fun opportunities for you to discover more about the wonderful and wild worlds of plants.

Each performance will last approximately 20 minutes.

Poo Science workshops at the Lab

Workshops: 11am, 2pm and 4pm

Location: The Botanist’s Lab

The clue is in the poo!  Drop in and find out the science behind the scenes and how we use poo science to save species.

Natural Mandalas

Workshops: Saturday 26 May 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm

Sunday 27 May 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm

Location: The Oakfield Lawn

Get truly wild in the beautiful setting of Oakfield Lawn to create simple but effective foraging artwork.

Help artist, James Brunt of Responsible Fishing, in the search for natural fallen materials around the zoo and be part of creating natural circular mandala artworks.  Explore the zoo with a different focus, opening up to different sights, sounds and experiences.

And don’t forget to share the artwork you help to create on social media using #WildWorldsatCZ!

Buzzing Garden: Live Encounters

Performances: Saturday 26 May 11am – 4pm

Location: Chester Zoo, Wild Worlds Honey Bee Garden

A sensory spectacle delivered by the artists behind the Honey Bee Garden and members of the Bee Friendly Collective. The performances bring together all elements of natural beekeeping into a truly unique interactive performance. Find members of the collective their bee suits and explore the sights, sounds or smells of bees.



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Mob of meerkat pups born at Chester Zoo

Four mischievous meerkat pups have been born at Chester Zoo.

The quadruplets have been tucked away in their den since being born, but have ventured out and started exploring their habitat for the very first time.

The new arrivals, which are yet to be sexed or named by keepers, were born to first time parents Huskie and Beagle.

Lead keeper Kirsten Wicks, said:

“There are 21,000 animals here at the zoo, but surely none are cuter than these pups.

“Parents Huskie and Beagle have been minor celebrities since they appeared on Channel 4’s The Secret Life of The Zoo last month. Visitors have been really keen to know how they’re getting on, so it’s amazing to be able to share the great news about their new arrivals.

“This is their first litter and the pups are doing incredibly well, they have already began learning how to forage for food and are spending lots of time grooming and playing together. It’s the start of a growing, happy new mob!”

Meerkats are native to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Angola and inhabit open country and sparse woody scrublands.

Chester Zoo is a wildlife conservation and education charity, utilising income from the zoo to deliver more than 80 projects in 30 countries around the world to prevent extinction. 

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Engagement is what social media’s all about

There’s no point doing social media if it’s not engaging. It’s like shouting about your business to an empty room.

When we say engagement we mean getting people to interact and engage with what you post. So that means likes, shares, tags, retweets, favourites, comments, mentions, follows and clicks. Whatever form it takes, engagement is vital.

But it’s not as easy as it sounds is it? You might post updates and pictures all day and night but no-one does anything with them. So how do you know what will engage?

The first thing to do is to join in with what’s going on. You need to be engaged yourself to engage others. Social media’s full of conversations about all sort of things so become a part of at least one. You can ask and answer questions too. Don’t be shy as you’ll be surprised what people are willing to tell you when asked on social media!

Then you need to make sure your content’s great. And that means all content. Write entertaining, informative blog posts people will want to read. Use images too. Images that grab the attention, make people laugh or tell a story work best. Also think about video. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy as you can make your own on Persicope or Vine to start with. Mix and match your forms of content to really boost engagement. Repost popular items regularly for new followers to discover.

Throw in the odd podcast as well. Recording an opinion piece or simply reading a blog out loud and recording it can build engagement as people have to concentrate on what you’re saying and just hearing your voice can often create a connection. There’s loads of software around for podcasting. In fact, you can probably do it on your phone.

When you post is as important as what you post. Maybe even more so. You might find scheduling tweets and posts on something like Hootsuite or Sprout can help you find when the best time to do it is. Generally speaking, afternoons and early evenings are a good time to post. Of course certain days of the week are better for engagement than others. Thursdays and Fridays consistently score highest in the engagement stakes. You’ll also find people are more in the mood for humour towards the end of the week so you can get away with less business-like updates.

These are relatively quick and simple ways to generate engagement with your social media. But to take it to the next level, you’ll need a bit more time and have to make an effort. It involves engaging with influencers. These are users with massive followings everyone knows. To engage with them, review their articles or books, tweets links to blogs they’ve written or write about them in one of your own, and let them know by mentioning them. They might like it and share it with their followers. Ask them for advice too as most influencers will have a pretty big ego and like it massaged. They relish being seen as experts and influencers so take advantage of that. Once you’re in with a major influencer, your engagement will go up a good few notches.

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