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Joey Barton to be appointed new Head Coach

Fleetwood Town can confirm an agreement has been reached which will see Joey Barton named Head Coach on June 2nd.

The vastly experienced 35-year-old, who excelled during his top-flight playing career with the likes of Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and most recently Burnley, will take charge of the club’s first team this summer after signing a three-year deal.

On the news, Barton said: “I’m very excited by the challenge and the project at Fleetwood Town.

“It’s a club I’ve known for a long time, and a chairman I already have a very good relationship with.

“My first job in management was always going to be a big decision for me and I’m delighted with the opportunity ahead, I’m joining a club with big ambitions. I’m looking forward to getting started on June 2nd.”

Andy added: “This is a huge appointment for Fleetwood Town Football Club and one I’m very excited about.

“Joey not only brings a host of experience and profile, but I also feel he has the potential to become one of the best in the new generation of coaches”

“He’s someone I’ve known for a number of years and I am convinced he’s ready to make the step into management, and that he will be a huge success.

“Joey will be able to build-on the fantastic work done by John Sheridan during the last couple of months, one he deserves huge credit for.

John joined us on a short term arrangement with the aim of keeping us in League One and I’m delighted he’s been able to do that.

“Today’s news signals a new chapter for Fleetwood Town which starts on June 2nd, and one which we are all excited about.”

Andy has spoken to Fleetwood Town’s media team following the recent news about the managerial changes at the club.

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Major boost for Fylde Coast as BES Utilities creates 50 new jobs

Lancashire-based energy supplier BES Utilities is creating 50 new jobs.

The company, which turns over more than £100m per year, currently employs almost 200 staff at its Fleetwood headquarters.

As the business continues to expand in the hugely competitive non-domestic energy sector, BES founder and chairman Andy Pilley today announced the creation of 50 new roles.

The jobs – which cover all areas of the business from Customer Services, Operations, Human Resources to Business Support Services – will be based in Fleetwood.

A two-day recruitment event will now take place on May 2nd and 3rd for potential candidates to learn more about the roles which range from apprenticeships to management positions.

Andy said: “We have seen fantastic growth since we set the company up in 2005.

“The business continues to go from strength-to-strength, so we are delighted to announce we are creating these 50 new roles here in Fleetwood.

“We want to find ambitious people who want to become a part of our future success, while offering them not just jobs, but real careers and life-changing opportunities.”

Andy’s BES Group, which include BES Utilities, merchant services company Card Saver, Fleetwood Town Football Club and the Poolfoot Farm Sports & Leisure Complex, employs more than 600 people from across the Fylde coast.

Andy added: “We are proud to be a Fleetwood-based business and one of the biggest employers on the Fylde coast.

“The recruitment event is a great way to showcase our business and the career paths available to local people. We want to see as many people as possible, with varying skill sets. These could be entry level apprentices or experienced and highly-skilled people looking for a fresh challenge.

“Over the years we have helped many people realise their untapped potential, develop their skills and open new opportunities, and that is what we are looking to do here again.”

The May 2nd and 3rd recruitment days will run into the evening to allow people the chance to attend outside of normal office hours.

Those who attend, will be able to find out more about BES, the roles on offer and how their skills could fit in the business or with other BES Group companies.

To find out more about the recruitment days and how to get involved, please visit BES’ website.

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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.