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BES Utilities successfully ends 3 year online hate campaign

In January 2018, BES Utilities successfully concluded a legal action against two individuals who had orchestrated a long-running online hate campaign against the company, its directors, employees and legal representatives. The defendants, Oliver Mooney and Neil Scrivener, had published numerous abusive and inaccurate articles and blog posts including (sometimes doctored) images of Andy Pilley, his young family and others.

It appeared that large amounts of inaccurate information had been sent to by the defendants to Trading Standards, Ofgem and others. Evidence shown to the court also indicated that the men had discussed teaming up with an energy brokerage, whereby they would receive payment for forwarding customer details to the broker, who would then attempt to move customers from BES to other energy suppliers in return for a commission payment. They had also requested large sums of money from BES in return for ceasing their campaign. The defendants had also published homophobic images of Mr Pilley and others, plus shared photos online of employees’ young children.

The defendants in the case provided undertakings to the court to remove the content they had published in relation to Mr Pilley, his companies and all employees, agents and representatives. Both men were issued with court orders including penal notices which prevents further interference with BES, its directors or associated businesses.

If the men fail to comply with the order they may be held in contempt of court and could be fined or imprisoned. The court has also ordered that if the defendants breach the undertakings, they will be required to pay £250,000 towards BES’s substantial legal costs. They also signed the following statement: “We withdraw any allegation of fraud or dishonesty against Business Energy Solutions Limited and BES Commercial Electricity Limited, their directors, officers, agents, legal advisers and other professional representatives”.

Following a raid of BES and Commercial Power in July 2016, which it appears may have been influenced by the actions of the defendants, a claim for damages equating to £8.6m was launched against Cheshire West and Chester Trading Standards in late 2017. These proceedings are ongoing.

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Card Saver raises money for BHF

Card Saver Limited, the business merchant services arm of BES Group, is proud to support the fantastic British Heart Foundation and has successfully raised money to support the great cause.

The learn more about the British Heart Foundation, click here. To learn more about Card Saver and how it can help save businesses money on their card payment processing costs, click here.



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Town appoint new Head of Academy

Fleetwood Town have hired former Blackpool academy manager Ciaran Donnelly, just days after he guided the Tangerine youth team to the league title.

“He’s someone we’ve known for a long time following his brief spell here as a player and have more recently monitored the excellent job he’s done at Blackpool.

“Last season he managed the league and cup double with his U18s side and we believe we have appointed one of the top young prospects around to run our academy”

To read the full story, visit the original ‘Blackpool youth team boss in shock move to Fleetwood‘ story.

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New age of atomic power

I was working in Manchester selling to small and medium sized enterprises when the Enron financial scandal hit our company. I had around 25 salesmen out in the filed with customers ready but suddenly nothing to sell. So I set up on my own here as I had had high level contact with suppliers.

“I ended up working from 6am to midnight, which obviously could not go on so I recruited my sister who is the operations expert and it grew from there.”

BES Group has grown into a company with a turnover in excess of £100m a year and more than 600 staff.

To read the full story, visit the original ‘County stands on edge of new age of atomic power‘ story.

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Fleetwood Town posted a £4.5m pre-tax profit

Fleetwood Town not only escaped relegation last term but the club also returned to the black as recently released accounts show they posted a £4.5m pre-tax profit.

It took a final day win over Crewe Alexandra to ensure Town’s League One status last season but they have gone from strength to strength on the pitch this term.

To read the full story, visit the original ‘Town profit from their success in League One‘ story.

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Thousands turn out in support of Fernando Ricksen in Fleetwood

An England Select side featuring Darren Anderton and Lee Hendrie beat Rangers Legends 3-2 in a star-studded friendly to raise money for Fernando Ricksen’s MND foundation.

Former Gers and Holland star Ricksen was diagnosed with an aggressive Motor Neurone Disease in 2013 and watched the game from a dugout.

To read the full story, visit the original ‘Thousands turn out in support of Fernando Ricksen as Rangers Legends beaten by England Select XI at Fleetwood‘ story.

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Conor ready for a massive game

Conor McLaughlin has secured a place in the EFL League One team of the season and now the Northern Ireland international is preparing to represent Fleetwood Town on the international stage once again.

Town boss Uwe Rosler was also crowned the EFL’s manager of the season for League One, the results based on votes submitted by a regional media representative of each of the 72 EFL clubs.

To read the full story, visit the original ‘Fleetwood’s McLaughlin in team of season and ready for one of the matches of the year‘ story.

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Bobby full of praise for Andy Pilley

Fleetwood midfielder Bobby Grant hailed chairman Andy Pilley as he committed his future to the club until 2019.

Grant made the short trip along the Fylde coast from Blackpool to Town in 2015 and has not looked back since. The Seasiders have dropped into the fourth tier and Town are in the midst of a historic season and a potential promotion to the second tier for the first time.

To read the full story, visit the original ‘Grant praise for Town chief Pilley‘ story.

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Fleetwood will be ready for promotion

Town are exceeding Andy’s expectations as they prepare for the business end of the season battling at the right end of League One.

Uwe Rosler’s side are unbeaten in 17 league games and remain third after last night’s favourable results.

They are preparing for Saturday’s trip to Scunthorpe, who are still above them on goal difference only after last night’s 2-1 home defeat by Wimbledon, and Pilley will provide free coach travel for 50 Fleetwood High School students to encourage the next generation to join the Cod Army.

To read the full story, visit the original ‘Pilley: No targets but if Fleetwood go up we’ll be ready‘ story.

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Breck Apartments wins Visit England top award

Breck Apartments, 5-star gold luxury accommodation based in Poulton-le-Fylde, has won a top rating from national tourism body Visit England.

It is the fifth year running it has won the award and, to top it off, the Breck’s sister site at Northumberland Avenue, North Shore, was granted the four star award after just one year in business.

Manager at the Poulton apartments, Ami Gullane, said they were delighted to retain their top rating.

To read the full story, visit the original ‘Five out of five for Poulton apartments‘ story.