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Proximo has provided Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles for the G7 Summit

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Once a year, leaders of the G7 nations, a group of the world’s richest countries, gather to discuss global issues and economic policies.

They will meet tomorrow for a three-day summit in the popular holiday destination of Carbis Bay in Cornwall. World leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States have all flown in to attend the event, which is one of the biggest events in the political calendar.

As the UK is holding the G7 presidency for 2021, Proximo are proudly supporting the event with the provision of several Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles from our own fleet. Our drivers Ivan and Robbie delivered the vehicles yesterday in preparation for the event.

I am sure you will agree that this is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us all at Proximo, to be chosen as a specialist vehicle provider for this event is a great testament to the excellent standard of work we provide.

We want to extend our thanks to our people at Proximo who have been a part of making this happen for the Proximo history books!

Proximo deliver a new income stream to your business

The Civil Liability Act comes into force in May 2021.

  • This legislation will mean a financial loss for most insurance brokerages.
  • Proximo can help your business navigate these changes with you.
  • Proximo has a financial proposal that will help those brokers affected to replace that lost income.

Proximo Legal Services – Making a Public Liability Claim

Proximo Legal Services - Making a Public Liability Claim

What is public liability?

Public liability is the duty of care a person or company owning or being responsible for a public area has to ensure it is safe for public use. Businesses usually take out a public liability insurance policy which is intended to compensate members of the public who become injured on their premises/public areas due to their fault.

What is a public liability claim?

A public liability claim allows a member of the public to bring a claim following an accident or incident where they have suffered a personal injury on public property. The claim is initially presented to the business but more often than not your claim is dealt with on the public liability policy of the owner.

What types of accidents or injuries can I make a public liability claim for?

There are numerous types of accidents or injuries that could lead to a public liability claim. Some of these are listed below:

  • Slips, trips and falls caused by dangerous footpaths and pavements, untreated icy/slippery surfaces in winter weather, potholes etc.
  • These accidents/incidents could have taken place inside shopping centres, supermarkets, schools or car parks. They could even be on defective stairwells/staircases or perhaps caused on the street by protruding tree roots or uneven pavements
  • Injury from objects, for example, falling from a height or caused by sharp objects that should have been covered and made safe
  • Obstructions on the road, pedestrian footpaths or trip hazards.
  • This list is comprehensive but not exhaustive and we would be happy to have a chat with you at no cost to you to advise whether you may have a claim.

Can I make a public liability claim?

If you have had an accident or have suffered a personal injury while on public property, then yes, you may be entitled to make a public liability claim.

There are numerous circumstances where you could be in the unfortunate position of being injured while you are on public property. Our personal injury solicitors will be happy to chat with you to advise whether you’re eligible to make a public liability claim.

The owner of the place where I was injured doesn’t have public liability insurance – can I still make a personal injury claim?

Yes. Unfortunately, Public liability insurance isn’t yet compulsory under UK law, so in some circumstances, this does happen. If this is the case, you can still make a public liability claim, but any compensation awarded to you would be recovered directly from the party at fault. This can mean recovery of your damages can be more difficult if the owner liquidated the business or doesn’t have the money to pay your damages but we can chat to you about that and deal with any concerns with you.

What needs to happen to help me win my case?

To make a successful public liability compensation claim, you will need to prove that another party was responsible for your accident and your subsequent injury (in PL cases, the owner of the property/area where your accident happened).

To help strengthen your case, you should:

  • Report the accident to the staff immediately responsible or the owner at the time.
  • Make a note of your accident in the accident book.
  • Make sure any accident book entry accurately reflects what happened.
  • Sign the book immediately under the agreed entry if possible.
  • Take names and addresses of witnesses to the accident.
  • Take photographs of the area where the accident happened.
  • In cases involving badly maintained pavements, it would be advisable to put a ruler or a coin (a 10p or 50p piece is usually best) standing upright beside the trip hazard/hole/lump before you take the photograph to give an idea of depth/height.
  • Potholes can be notoriously difficult to measure and any court will need to see any alleged defect properly measured with a ruler or measuring tape. You will need to measure both the depth and width of any pothole. If you don’t have a tape/ruler and you cannot return later to the pothole then place an object in the hole (upright and laid flat) that will give some perspective to the width and depth e.g. a mobile phone or a bank/membership type card.
  • Try to measure the lowest depth point of the hole and the highest.
  • Placing a flat object across the top of the hole will help show that the hole has been correctly measured.
  • Take lots of photographs from varying distances but remember any photographs that we use to help your case need to be clear and not blurry.
  • Finally, take a picture of the defect that shows where it is in relation to the area. If we can identify the pothole for the local authority then their investigation will be much quicker.

If you are intending to claim expenses as part of your public liability compensation claim, such as prescription costs and travelling expenses for treatment, remember to keep receipts as evidence.

If you don’t have everything listed above please don’t worry, we can still investigate the public liability claim and who may be at fault for causing your injury.

How long do I have to make a Public Liability claim?

If you were over the age of 18 when the accident happened then the standard time limit for starting a workplace accident claim is three years from the date you were injured. Different rules apply if you were under the age of 18 when your accident happened and we can advise you as far as this is concerned in our initial conversation.

There are only very limited exceptions to these time limits, so please be sure to get in touch with us as soon as possible, so that we can begin investigating whether you can make a public liability compensation claim.

How do I pay for my public liability claim?

The vast majority of the Public Liability claims we handle within PLS are on a no win no fee basis. We will provide you with full details of the no-win no-fee scheme that we operate in our initial conversation with you.

If you win your case, your opponent will pay most of your legal fees, with a contribution to the remainder (up to a capped maximum limit) coming out of your compensation award. We’ll keep you fully updated throughout your claim, so you know how much compensation you are likely to receive.

Proximo Sponsors Chester Boughton Hall Ladies Cricket Team

Proximo Sponsors Chester Boughton Hall Ladies Cricket Team - Proximo

This year, Proximo has sponsored Chester Boughton Hall Ladies Cricket Team.

The Chester Boughton Hall Ladies Cricket Team have two hardball teams and one softball cricket team for women in the Cheshire women’s cricket league and U9/u11 girls squad and U13s/U15 girls squad, so there really is something for everyone, of all ages and abilities.

Did you know, Cricket’s first World Cup was played by women! Eight international teams came together for the first men’s Cricket World Cup in 1975. But what few people know is that the first Women’s World Cup was played two years earlier, in 1973! There were seven teams competing, including an under-25 Young England team and an International XI made up of the best players from the rest of the world. The Home team England took the cup in the tournament with a decisive win over Australia.

source – https://www.icc-cricket.com/womens-world-cup/history

Starting with inspirational women such as Billie Jean King and Wilma Rudolph, the world of female sport has continued to excel and we have been introduced to various other powerful women along the way. In 2018, Nielsen released a report based on the rise of women’s sport which showed over 84% of general sports fans now have an interest in the female sports industry.

Every day women are challenging stereotypes and defying odds, proving to be role models for the younger generation. These ladies have encouraged change, and with this, an ‘equal world is enabled’.

FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, Megan Rapinoe, on the next decade for women’s sport, after 1.2 billion people tuned in around the globe to watch the Women’s World Cup.

“We changed the game,” she said. “But is it enough?

“No way, man, this is only the start!”

Want to find out more about Chester Boughton Hall Ladies Cricket Team? The team train from 6 pm on a Tuesday for all women and girls, with new and experienced players welcome, with the first session scheduled for Tuesday 6th April at 6 pm.

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Proximo Legal Services – Making an Accident at Work Claim

Making an Accident at Work Claim

What types of Accident at Work are you able to deal with?

At Proximo Legal Services, we are equipped to deal with all types of accidents at work however some common examples are; head injuries sustained at work; falls from height; slips and trips within the workplace; injury caused whilst carrying out manual handling processes; defective work equipment claims; laceration and burn injuries which may or may not lead to scarring; injuries caused to you by a co-employee.

Can I claim for an Accident at Work?

Amongst other obligations, your employer has a legal duty to ensure you’re safe at work. Practically this means that they have a responsibility to:

  • Make sure you and your co-employees are properly trained
  • Provide you with suitable work and personal protective equipment
  • Undertake risk assessments
  • Manage business activities to minimise risks to your health and safety
  • Provide safe working systems

If it is that you been injured as a result of defective health and safety procedures or due to health and safety procedures not being implemented then you may be able to pursue a successful claim for damages. It could be that one of your co-employees has caused injury to you and in that case you are entitled to direct any personal injury claim to your employer rather than the co-employee who negligently injured you.

It may also be possible to claim if a workplace accident made an existing injury or condition worse.

How much compensation might I be awarded for an Injury at Work?

Our team of dedicated workplace accident solicitors will individually assess your claim and make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve. If you are successful you will you receive will be dependent upon the severity of your injury and any other financial losses that you have incurred as a direct result of your accident. Examples of additional losses could be, lost earnings, the cost of private medical care in respect of possible surgery and rehabilitation et cetera.

How long do I have to make an Injury at Work Claim?

If you were over the age of 18 when the accident happened then the standard time limit for starting a workplace accident claim is three years from the date you were injured. Different rules apply if you were under the age of 18 when your accident happened and we can advise you as far as this is concerned in our initial conversation.

Some further exceptions include:

  • Mental Capacity – if you are or your loved one no longer has the mental capacity to make a claim themselves (often the case following a traumatic brain injury), then there is no time limit on making a claim.
  • Accidents While Working Abroad – if your accident happened while working abroad, the time limit for making a claim may be shorter.
  • Defective Work Equipment – if your injury was caused by a piece of equipment that had a manufacturing defect, the time limit may be different.

If you’ve been injured with an accident at work then please contact us as soon as possible so that we can begin your claim within the relevant time limits.

No Win No Fee Accident at Work claims

The vast majority of the workplace accident claims we handle within PLS on a no win no fee basis. We will provide you with full details of the no-win no-fee scheme that we operate in our initial conversation with you.

If you win your case, your opponent will pay most of your legal fees, with a contribution to the remainder (up to a capped maximum limit) coming out of your compensation award. We’ll keep you fully updated throughout your claim, so you know how much compensation you are likely to receive.

Winter Driving – Tips for driving in Icy Weather

How to prepare for driving on ice

Firstly, think about whether your journey is necessary. Before you leave home make sure you pack a charged mobile phone, water, a few snacks and a warm blanket. If snowfall looks likely, a set of snow socks – high-grip fabric covers fitted over the car’s driven wheels – is worth having, too.

Tyre grip is hugely reduced on icy roads, and braking distances are much longer. Even if you avoid an accident, your car may get stuck – potentially leading to a long walk home. Traffic congestion is likely to be worse, too.

If you’re driving to meet someone, let them know your route and when you expect to arrive. Make sure the car’s windows and mirrors are completely clear before you set off.

How to drive on icy roads

Anticipation and smoothness are key for driving on icy roads.

Look well ahead for potential hazards – including, of course, patches of ice – and keep your speed well down.

Accelerate, brake, steer and change gear as smoothly as possible to reduce the risk of a skid.

A higher gear may be more appropriate to aid grip on packed ice. This helps manage engine power delivery, making it easier to find traction. If it’s a manual, you might need to slip the clutch a little to prevent the car from stalling.

What is the braking distance on ice?

Braking distances can increase tenfold on ice compared with a dry road.

For this reason, you should leave up to 10 times the normal recommended gap between you and the car in front.

Remember that tyres grip less efficiently in cold conditions. So even if the temperature is above zero and there’s no ice on the road, you should take extra care.

Winter tyres offer more grip and can significantly increase performance in icy conditions.

What is black ice?

Black ice is a thin layer of ice on the road surface. Because it is smooth and transparent, it appears the same colour as the road below.
Black ice can be almost invisible to drivers, which makes it particularly dangerous.

How to identify and drive on black ice

Sometimes black ice appears as a glossy sheen on the road. You may see it glinting in the sunlight, or spot cars ahead swerving for no obvious reason.
It’s likely you won’t see black ice at all, so be particularly cautious on shaded stretches of road, bridges, flyovers and tunnels.
If you hit a patch of black ice, don’t panic. Keep the steering wheel straight and maintain your speed – don’t hit the brakes. Use the gears to slow down, but avoid any sudden movements that could destabilise the car.

How to correct a skid on ice

If you do encounter a skid, steer gently into it.

For example, if the rear of the car is sliding to the right, steer to the right.

As above, do not take your hands off the steering wheel or brake hard.

Proximo has reached 1,000 LinkedIn Followers

We have recently exceeded 1000 followers on Linkedin, a great achievement for Proximo!

The aim of our page is to keep you up to date with the great work our people do every day, business news, updates and all things Proximo.

We’ve got some amazing things planned for the future so we’ll be continuing to use Linkedin as a way of telling you all about them, to make sure you’re one of the first to hear about our news don’t forget to follow us!

Here’s to the next 1000 followers! (now, where’s the cake?!)

5 simple tips to tackle working from home

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1. Set and stick to a routine. Without steady schedules, the lines between work and personal time can get blurred and be stressful to get right. Follow your normal sleep and work patterns if you can and stay consistent.  Most importantly, when your workday stops, stop working. Shut down, stop checking emails and focus on your home life.

2. Make a dedicated workspace. If you can, find a quiet space away from people and distractions like the TV. Get everything you need in one place before you start to work – chargers, pens, paper and anything else – and shut the door if you can.

3. Give yourself a break. Making time for breaks is important to help manage feelings of stress – try to take lunch and regular screen breaks. Give yourself time to concentrate on something else so you feel more focused when you return.

4. Stay connected. There are lots of ways to stay in touch with those who matter – boosting their mental wellbeing as well as our own. Human interaction matters, so schedule a Teams call and pick up the phone instead of emailing. If you are struggling with working at home, speak to your colleagues or manager about your concerns.

5. Be kind to yourself. Remember, this is an unusual situation and things may not feel normal. Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that you might not fee las productive as you usually would do in the office. Be realistic about what you can achieve given the circumstances and relax when your work is done.

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Proximo are collecting Easter Eggs for the Food Bank

Here at Proximo, our people have been invited to be a ‘good egg’ this Easter and donate chocolate eggs to struggling families or those who otherwise wouldn’t receive them. Our donations, which will be distributed by The Food Bank and other charities, will spread some much-needed joy to young people and those who need it most.

Want to get involved?

Due to the social distancing regulations that are still in place, we want to offer you a selection of ways to make a donation –

Send an Amazon or Online order to the Chester head office.
Make a socially distanced drop off at the office.
Make a monetary donation via the JustGiving Link www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/proximo

Donations can include any kind of Easter egg as well as other chocolate or sweet treats.

The West Cheshire Food Bank said: “For struggling families, things that may seem trivial like buying Easter eggs can be a challenge and cause added pressure, with many children feeling like they are missing out.”

“With numerous families suffering from this level of deprivation in the area we are hoping that this initiative can help bring some Easter cheer to families and children who are struggling most.”

Not all families are fortunate enough to receive chocolate eggs and other sweet treats that others take for granted every year, so we’re proud to be able to lend our support to the Easter campaign.

Proximo will be collecting donations of Easter Eggs until Friday 26th of April. We hope that with the help of our people and the local community, we can make an egg-cellent contribution to the Food Bank, and other local charities.

Proximo Supports World Cancer Day

Proximo Supports World Cancer Day 2021 and raises much-needed funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust with the 2800 Squat Challenge

On 4 February we celebrate World Cancer Day – a day that unites people, communities and entire countries to raise awareness and take action against cancer.

In 2018, 18 million people worldwide were diagnosed with cancer. Today, thanks to research, 2 in 4 people in the UK survive their cancer for 10 years or more. With our help, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) can transform the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, benefitting people with the disease both here in the UK and around the world.

To raise much-needed funds for World Cancer Day, and the Teenage Cancer Trust, Proximo’s Finance Director Eliane Chadwick is taking part in the 2800 Squat challenge!

The Teenage Cancer Trust has a vision for a future where young people’s lives don’t stop because they have cancer. They make sure they’re treated as young people first, cancer patients second and everything they do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival.

To donate to Eliane’s challenge and see how Proximo supports World Cancer Day 2021 follow the link below –

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Eliane-Chadwick

Proximo Supports The West Cheshire Food Bank

The Trussell Trust – “We know #ThisCanChange”.

Proximo are pleased and excited to announce that from the many worthy charities that were suggested by our people, we will be supporting The West Cheshire Food Bank, alongside Hollybank Trust and Mind, for the rest of the year.

During April 2020, food banks saw an 89% increase in need compared to the same period last year, with a staggering 107% increase in emergency food parcels for children. This 89% increase included the number of families coming to the food banks doubling and their belief is that no one should be struggling to keep their heads above water.


The situation has seen The Trussell Trust recently report the following statistics:

• Food banks have reported the busiest fortnight during the first two weeks of the pandemic.
• In the first two weeks of the pandemic, food banks in the network saw need increase by 81%
• They distributed an average of 6,250 emergency food parcels daily.
• For children, the need increased by 122%
• That is over 6,250 emergency food parcels provided to people in crisis each day, with close to 3,000 for children every single day during that fortnight!


Food banks are continuing to meet this need despite some of the most challenging circumstances, and this would not be possible without our donations and community support. The West Cheshire Food Bank have been overwhelmed by the love, compassion and empathy of our teams at Proximo and local people. By standing alongside them, you are helping foodbanks to dynamically adapt to the challenging task ahead.


We encourage you where possible to continue donating after checking with your local food bank what items are most needed, these lists can be found on the food banks website here


How you can get involved
Find your local Foodbank – find out what items they need, this can be found on their web page, email or call to check before donating.
Deliver to a collection point – direct to the local food bank, supermarket, church, or organise you own local collection point in your office (if safe to do so)
Volunteer – donate your time to help out, collecting food, sorting, packing or making tea, provide a friendly face to those who need it
Fundraise – plan a fundraising event to raise funds for The Trussell Trust central support fund supporting all foodbanks, working on expanding the additional services available to help tackle the issues that cause poverty to help clients overcome this.
Regular Donation – payroll giving, direct debit or standing order.
Partner with your local Foodbank – through fundraising, sponsoring or donating equipment or by sharing skills that the foodbank might benefit from


Proximo Supports Mind Charity

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Proximo are pleased and excited to announce that from the many worthy charities that were suggested by our people, we will be supporting Mind, alongside Hollybank Trust, for the rest of the year.


Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. Mind believes no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.


When you are experiencing a mental health problem, supportive and reliable information can change your life. Mind empower people to understand their condition and the choices available to them through the following:
• The Infoline, which offers callers confidential help for the price of a local call.
• The Legal Line, which provides information on mental health-related law to the public, service users, family members/carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates.
• The award-winning publications and website, now certified by the Information Standard.


Mind has celebrated World Mental Health Day annually since it was first observed in 1992, this occurs on the 10th of October each year. In addition, Mind is part of the Time to Change coalition, along with Rethink. Time to Change is an England-wide campaign to end mental health discrimination.


We are very much looking forward to supporting our chosen charities this year and raising money and awareness to these very worthy causes.

The Proximo Christmas Toy Drive

This December, Big Yellow Self Storage Chester launched their annual Christmas Toy Appeal that aims to put smiles on faces of sick and under privileged children and families this Christmas. The appeal has raised over £100,000 worth of new toys & gifts over the years that have then been distributed to many locally based Charities including Miles of Smiles, Kids Bank Chester, Save the Family and The Countess of Chester Hospital Children’s Ward to name but a few.

This year we were aiming to collect as many gifts as possible for those who need it more than us. We were bowled over by the support we received this year, with our people and businesses helping us with donations, alongside sports clubs. In what has been a difficult year, Big Yellow Storage with our help were able to share out over 2,000 presents to those who needed it most during a difficunt time for many.

HollyBank Trust

Proximo are pleased to support HollyBank Trust, helping to provide quality of life, for life, by raising money and awareness to this very worthy cause.
Everyone has the right to live a full and happy life. HollyBank Trust provides teaching, residential care, plus a range of therapies and enrichment activities for children, young people and adults with profound and multiple disabilities. They are there for parents and families right from their child’s first diagnosis, throughout their life.

The needs of children, young people and adults lie at the heart of everything HollyBank Trust do and that is why they’ve invested in the best facilities possible: an outstanding school, a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy and rebound service, beautiful grounds and a forward-thinking assistive technology team that helps people maintain their independence.

HollyBank Trust make peoples’ lives better – not just the children, young people and adults who go there, but also their friends and family. Because of the work they do, families can focus on being mums, dads, brothers and sisters, rather than teachers, nurses and carers. The impact of their 24/7 care and support goes way beyond the sites too, out into the communities where they operate. Our donations and support help to make HollyBank a super, special place to live and learn.

To find out more about the great work HollyBank Trust does and make a donation, click here

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