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Check You’re Registered to Vote

East Northants residents urged to check they are registered to vote

Residents across East Northamptonshire are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are correct.

 

The annual canvass ensures that East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote and encouraging them to register, so they can have their say in future elections, including those taking place in May 2021.

 

Having been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, elections for the new North Northamptonshire Council, Police, Crime and Fire Commissioner and local town/parish elections, will now take place in May 2021. The annual canvass is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can use their democratic right to vote on these upcoming elections.

 

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

 

“It’s important that residents keep an eye out for messages from East Northamptonshire Council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for you and your household.

 

“We are required by law to complete the annual canvass, regardless of the wider situation, and ask that the public help us by providing the necessary information when it is needed. This will avoid the need for a canvasser to visit your home, which will be more difficult given the current circumstances.

 

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send and you may be unable to vote in any upcoming elections. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

 

Any residents who have any questions about the annual canvass can contact ENC’s Elections team by emailing elections@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or by visiting www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/elections.

Carol Hill at Setfords Law – How has your Business Survived the Pandemic

Today’s interview is with Carol Hill – she is an independent family lawyer working with Setfords Solicitors.

I asked Carol to tell us more about what she does – As a family lawyer I deal with married and unmarried families advising and assisting on separation, divorce, financial matters and children issues.  I also prepare living together agreements and Pre-nuptial Agreements for those who want take care of their fina

Carol Hill at Setfords Law

Carol Hill at Setfords Law

ncial affairs before they enter into a relationship.

When asked did your business change during the lockdown? Carol said – My business has survived the pandemic.  I work from home, so things did not change for me workwise.  I had a lot of existing work which has continued and there have been some cases where court action has been required due to covid-19 issues and contact with children.

I have always offered telephone calls or Facetime or Whatsapp meetings with clients so just because I have been unable to meet up face to face, it has not prevented me from being in touch with people.

I have learnt how to use Zoom during the pandemic and will be able to use it with my clients to meet up in the future if they wish.

I try to embrace new technology as it will always benefit my business in some way and zoom is just another thing that I can do.  I am not sure if anyone will want to zoom once we can all meet up face to face as I think we are all getting “zoomed out” now.

I asked Carol what she had learned about herself during this time – I have learned that I must stop and take breaks during the day.  There are no holidays where I have been able to take time off or long weekends away which my husband and I used to enjoy so it is important that I take time each week to re-charge the batteries.

Finally I asked what the plans for the future were – I am really looking forward to life going back to normal and to be able to meet my clients over a coffee or tea to talk about their problems.  I like face to face meetings and miss them.  There is nothing like being able to speak to someone about your own matter and getting personalised advice.  You can learn a lot over the internet but its never tailored to your specific circumstances.

You can contact Carol Hill on her mobile 07977 125451 or email chill@setfords.co.uk.  You can leave her a message on Facebook Carol Hill at Setfords Law and she will get back to you as soon as possible.  Carol offers a free initial appointment during which you can discuss your situation and explore options.

Lockdown Sees New Business Launch in Northamptonshire

A Northamptonshire businesswoman has used the COVID-19 lockdown to rethink, reshape and launch a new business.

 

Tamara Holland, based in Mawsley, Northamptonshire, has officially launched her new marketing business Dot & Stripe last month.

Dot & Stripe - Tamara Holland

Dot & Stripe – Tamara Holland

Tamara said: “I had been doing some freelance marketing work for a leading children’s franchise for some time, which I could easily fit around the family. But I knew that I needed to take my knowledge and passion for helping small businesses with their marketing further.

 

“I did ask myself ‘Who sets up a business in a global pandemic and lockdown?’ But being based at home has allowed me the time to focus on getting my business set up. Online networking has allowed me to easily connect with other businesses and this has inspired me to be creative and launch my company.”

 

Tamara, who has juggled her lockdown start-up with family life, added: “Now more than ever, small businesses need to filter what marketing will bring them the most value, and most of the time they just need to understand the basic but essential aspects to help grow their business and that’s where I can help.”

 

Dot & Stripe provides straightforward and jargon-free marketing support to start-ups and small businesses, through online (and eventually face to face) workshops on several marketing topics such as content marketing such as blogging and social media and marketing tools like Canva, email marketing, and social media scheduling.

 

Tamara has also joined fellow Northamptonshire company Pilkington Communications, which specialises in PR and social media.

 

Jessica Pilkington, Director of Pilkington Communications, said: “Tamara’s creative and dedicated approach is a perfect fit with all we do – supporting and promoting businesses, not just during the coronavirus crisis but also as we move forward, post lockdown, to enable  businesses throughout the UK to strive to survive, expand and thrive. We are delighted to welcome her on board and also wish her well with her own business launch.”