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6 The Chronicle, Thursday, 29th December, 2011. www.chronicleseries.co.uk

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It will be easier for shoppers to know whether they are buying from reputable businesses, thanks to a new Cheshire East Council scheme. Three Congleton companies have already signed up.

The scheme, run by the consumer protections and investigations team, lists businesses that have made a commitment to trading fairly and have signed up to a code of practice.

Each business is vetted before being accepted and the process includes a review of their complaints history, references and a visit from local trading standards officers.

If any complaint cannot be resolved, trading standards officers will attempt to reach a solution and can mediate between the two parties.

The first 10 members of Buy With Confidence received their certificates at a presentation in Sandbach.

Coun Rachel Bailey, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “I am confident that the majority of businesses in Cheshire East deal with consumers fairly and I would urge as many as possible to sign up to Buy With Confidence.

“This scheme is good for consumers and it also helps boost trade for local businesses. When residents ask us for reputable traders, we will direct them to members of Buy With Confidence.”

Businesses will have their company name featured on the Buy With Confidence website and will display the scheme’s logo on their vehicles and paperwork.

Details about joining can be found through the website cheshireeast.gov.uk and residents can find local traders at buywithconfidence.gov.uk

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The first 10 businesses to be accepted onto the scheme are: R Whyte Decorators, Congleton; Sunset Landscapes and Tree Surgery, Congleton; David J Byram, heating engineer, Congleton; KF Electrical, Macclesfield; D Broome, builder, Crewe; Andrew Denton, decorator, Crewe; TJ Cheetham, electricians, Macclesfield; M&K Wildman Roofing, Nantwich; Crown Pest Control and Environmental Services, Crewe; Hough Construction UK, Middlewich.

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Coun Bailey (centre) with the local traders at the presentation.

Students could make it in world of manufacturing

Taking part in the “Make it” challenge were, from left, Matthew Jones and Sophie Hammond, both aged 14 and from Congleton High School and Chloe Doggett, aged 13 and Charlie Yates, aged 14, o Eaton Bank High School. (“Chronicle” photo. 5104/11).

Congleton teenagers found out what it is like to work in the high-tech world of modern manufacturing last Thursday.

Pupils from Congleton and Eaton Bank High Schools competed against pupils from eight other Cheshire schools in the Siemens Make it Challenge at Sandhole Oak Barn, Hulme Walfield, near Congleton.

The 13 and 14 year-olds were challenged to establish their own mini-manufacturing businesses. As part of the challenge they had to design, cost, build and market existing Siemens products for one of a choice of customers including an airport, theme park and hospital.

The event was a collaboration between The Manufacturing Institute and leading global engineering company Siemens, whose facility at Congleton produces drive technologies.

It is part of a series of challenges that The Manufacturing Institute is supporting through the “Make It” campaign, which aims to attract new talent into manufacturing by promoting the sector as an exciting and rewarding career option for young people.

Teams completed in a series of tasks, each taking on job roles from managing director to operations managers through to finance, sales and marketing managers.

They then pitched their fully costed ideas in a Dragons’ Denstyle presentation to Siemens managers, who judged the winning team, runner-up team.

St Nicholas Catholic High School, Northwich was awarded the winners trophy, impressing the Dragons with their “Evolution Theme Park” design which included roller-coasters powered by Siemens drive technology and eco-friendly dodgem rides.

The team from Brine Leas High School, Nantwich wowed the judges with the development of their TDC Hospital, designed to move patients around the hospital on a Siemens powered conveyor belt.

Finbarr Dowling, Siemens Congleton’s managing director, said: “This is the second Make It event that Siemens Congleton has hosted this year, and we are delighted to do so. In fact such was the demand from schools in the Cheshire and Staffordshire areas for an event that we were obligated to have a second one.

“It’s essential that children are given a close-up opportunity to see the virtues of a career in manufacturing and engineering. Our experience has shown us that once the children receive that exposure through the Make It event they are absolutely more inclined to consider such a career.”

Mr Dowling added: “Today we have a shortage of key skills in certain parts of our manufacturing industries. This shortage of skills will only get more acute in the years to come and ultimately pose a serious threat to the U economy. This campaign is only the beginning of the process with respect to closing that skills gap, but it is an essential one. That’s why we are proud to be associated with the event with our partners The Manufacturing Institute.”

Both winning schools will now go through to Make It’s grand regional final to be held in summe 2012.

Scholar Green burglary

Jewellery and ornaments were stolen from a house on Little Moss Lane, Scholar Green.

Police say the burglar forced the lock on a conservatory window and forced open sliding patio doors into the living room. They ransacked the maste bedroom.

The intruder struck between 3pm on 11th December and 10.50am on Sunday.

Thieves target car

Thieves left empty-handed after breaking into a car on a driveway on Walgrove Close, West Heath, Congleton.

Police said they struc sometime between 11am last Sunday and 8.30am on Monday.