Queen Anne's school logoQueen Anne’s School in Caversham recently hosted an ‘IOSH Working Safely Course’ run by Stepping Stones for Business. The delegates, who included staff from Queen Anne’s and surrounding schools, passed the end of course assessment and are now fully IOSH Working Safely qualified.

This was the first course organised as a joint venture between Stepping Stones for Business and Queen Anne’s.  Following its success a number of safety courses are being scheduled for 2014, including ‘IOSH Working Safely’, ‘IOSH Managing Safely’, ‘Manual Handling’ and ‘Asbestos Awareness’.  Queen Anne’s boasts excellent conference facilities, has fantastic transport links and ample parking for visiting delegates – making it a perfect venue for hosting training courses.

‘IOSH is a well-recognised qualification and at Queen Anne’s we strive to provide the best safety training for our staff.  We opened up the opportunity to other schools in the area and were inundated with enquiries.  Following the success of this first course we are now planning a series of courses for 2014!

Judith Tremayne, HR Advisor, Queen Anne’s School

We are very pleased to announce that Paragon Training are to become sole distributors for It’s Just an Office Darling! Health and safety training DVD.

After several years of searching, unsuccessfully, for a film that would provide the facts about safety in the office with a modern, relevant and engaging approach, Rebecca wrote and directed It’s Just an Office Darling!

A couple of extracts from the film were recently spotted on You Tube by Paragon Training who got in touch. Paragon Training are specialists in health and safety training, providing a wide range of training support including DVDs, elearning, software, etc.


Last October we met Jessica May when we took a stand at an exhibition in Bristol. Jessica is the Managing Director for Pillow May Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers.

Six months later, and out of the blue Jessica got in touch and we are very happy to now welcome Pillow May as a client.

We are delighted to welcome Common Ground Estate and Property Management as a client. Common Ground can provide a complete property management services for leaseholders, freeholders and developers for apartments blocks and estates.

At Stepping Stones for Business, we are able to offer Common Ground and their clients a tailored service for the their safety and fire risk assessment needs. We both like to offer a flexible, helpful and relevant service, so you could say we are on common ground!

Stepping Stones for Business has Quality and Safety franchise partner opportunities nationwide.  Take a look at our video to find out more.

Many readers will know that we have been sponsoring local swimmer, Harry James, for the past few years. Harry has been achieving some fantastic results this year and has been selected to represent the UK at the Junior Olympics in Australia in January. All the early starts and training are now paying off. Harry flies out to Australia on 20th December. We wish him well and look forward to reporting on his achievements in the New Year.

Harry James, our sponsored swimmer, is aiming for the top. Last week he competed at the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships in Sheffield, achieving a personal best in the 100mt breast stroke of 1.07.08 minutes, which has placed him 1st in the South East Region ranking and 7th in the UK.

Harry has been chosen to represent the UK at the Junior Olympics in New South Wales in 2013.  Stepping Stones for Business are really pleased to see him achieving his dreams and are very proud to be his sponsors. A local sportsman and our next generation Olympian!

At the IOSH Thames Valley Branch meeting last night, Rebecca Russell, MD of Stepping Stones for Business, was nominated and voted onto the regional IOSH executive committee.

The Thames Valley branch represents the interests of around 1,350 professionals in the region in all aspects health and safety. The committee acts as the focal point and liaison role between IOSH and the branch members.

Rebecca commented that “the place of health and safety in the workplace is changing. At SSFB, we believe that safety issues should be an integral part of the business process. Sensible interpretation of legislation is key to ensuring the welfare and safety of employees and makes good business sense. Through my involvement with IOSH at committee level, I will be in a better position to influence the decision makers and a voice representing the views of other likeminded consultants.”to the regional IOSH executive committee. The Thames Valley branch represents the interests of around 1,350 professionals in the region in all aspects health and safety. The committee acts as the focal point and liaison role between IOSH and the branch members.

For further information, please visit IOSH Thames Valley

Harry achieves 12 personal bests and that’s just the icing on the cake!

Stepping Stones for Business has been sponsoring Harry James, of Wantage White Horse Swimmers, for the past three years. Harry recently represented the Club at the County Championships, achieving three silver medals and two bronze medals.

But for Harry, the medals aren’t the only results to be proud of. He achieved 12 personal bests, 12 regional qualifying times and 13 club records.

The Big Lunch at Goring and Streatley – the longest street party in the country?

It’s official – Goring and Streatley have been granted permission to close their High Streets and the river bridge on the 3rd June. Hosting the only Jubilee party spanning 1 km and two counties, the Big Lunch will definitely be a weekend to remember. Before the Big Lunch, there will be a grand parade, Thanksgiving service and while everyone is still in festive mood, there will be a carnival procession and Jubilee concert.

At a meeting this week, to confirm the planning and safety arrangements with the West Berkshire Highways and emergency services, the organisers were praised for their plans and preparation for the road closure. The chairman commented that the detail of the written plans and risk assessments, created under the guidance of Stepping Stones for Business, were ‘light years’ ahead – much to the delight of SSFB Managing Director, Rebecca Russell.

The organisers for each event are responsible for planning their events and drafting the risk assessments. Safety considerations are an important element for the planning of any event. On an event of this scale it’s critical. The duty of care to all participants to ensure they enjoy a safe, exciting and fun filled day is a great burden to organisers. Stepping Stones for Business are the appointed safety advisors and we are proud to be involved with the organisation.

To find out more visit the Goring-on-Thames website