Mason Advisory listed in 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report

The thriving North West IT consultancy celebrates five years in operation so this accolade adds to the celebrations. The sixth edition of the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report celebrates some of the fastest-growing, dynamic SMEs with companies representing over 40 sectors and spanning every country and region across the UK. It also examines the opportunities and challenges facing businesses and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of British economics.

To be included in the report, companies need to show positive revenue growth over the last three years and demonstrate that they are outperforming their sector peers.

Established by Steve Watmough, Mason Advisory has a growing reputation in the UK and globally as an IT specialist, renowned for its high-quality consultants, specialist skills, and support through digital transformation projects and partnerships. It counts many well-known brands as customers, from sectors such as finance, life sciences, retail, FMCG, emergency services, health, energy, water, education, government and transport.

Steve says: “This recognition is such a huge honour for us and the whole team is so excited to be featured in the report. In the last five years, we’ve had consistent revenue growth, expanded the team and developed our customer base in the UK and abroad. We have grown from a specialist player to a leading IT advisory company, competing with the industry heavyweights in the £8.2 billion UK management consultancy sector.

“We are in a position to build on our success, and accolades such as this one, strengthen our reputation in the marketplace and allow us to take the business to the next level.”

Steve adds: “Despite the uncertain, disruptive times we are in, I’m proud of the outstanding results our team continues to deliver and their hard work and commitment behind this fantastic achievement. Our success is down to the high calibre of consultants on the team and our shared desire to bring digital transformation and technological innovation to our customers around the world.”

David Schwimmer, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group, says: “Congratulations to all the companies selected for inclusion in the sixth edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report, which identifies the UK’s most dynamic SMEs. SMEs drive growth, innovation and job creation and are the lifeblood of the British economy. We believe that supporting the growth of these businesses is critical to the UK economy and the creation of a society that works for everyone.”

Earlier this year, Mason Advisory was recognised by the Financial Times as one of the fastest growing companies in Europe, and one of the leading management consultancies in the UK. It was awarded the Queen’s award for Enterprise in the international trade category, and was also recognised by Great Place to Work ® as a centre of Excellence in Wellbeing.

With offices at MediaCityUK, Salford, and London, Mason Advisory provides IT consultancy and advisory services, solving complex business challenges through the intelligent use of IT resources. Its range of advisory services includes IT strategy and transformation, sourcing, architecture, IT delivery, service management, operating model and organisational design.

The London Stock Exchange Group announced the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain at a prestigious ceremony on 26th June at the Group’s headquarters in Paternoster Square, London.


Iconic Watches: Genuine Luxury Watches at Discount Prices

We have been in Blackburn’s town centre since 1943 and have just completed our third expansion, this time into next door. Its nice to know that if you want a face to face discussion we are open 9-5 Monday to Saturday.

We only sell 100% genuine watches and we only buy unworn watches directly from authorised dealers to ensure their full provenance. This means that any and every watch you buy from us has a lifetime authenticity guarantee.

We check our prices to make sure we are the cheapest in the UK but sometimes we miss something. So if you find a watch we are selling cheaper elsewhere in the UK we will do our best to match it. We can’t always do this but we will try.

All our in stock watches come with a 14 day no quibbles money back guarantee and what’s more, we handle the returns process, even collecting the items from your home or office! All we ask is that the item is received back to us in the same condition you receive it.

Ancient & Modern the company behind the Iconic Watches brand has been a family company since its inception 74 years ago. Zachary and Gayle are still actively in control of the company and spend most days in the high street shop.

If you would like more information about Iconic Watches, please visit their website:


NRC Health Awards Annual Scholarship to UNL Students

NRC Health is pleased to announce Conrad Shiu and Nathan Netz as recipients of the 2018 Rising Stars Scholarship. In partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), the annual scholarship celebrates, rewards, and encourages students with an interest in business development, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Each recipient received $2,000 to be applied toward their tuition and fees during the spring 2019 semester. The scholarship program began in 2011.

Conrad and Nathan will be recognised and awarded the scholarship at a dinner hosted by NRC Health on Wednesday, December 5, at Misty’s Steakhouse in downtown Lincoln. NRC leadership will attend the event along with the recipient’s guests. Conrad and Nathan’s names will be displayed on the Rising Stars Scholarship plaque located in the Sales Center for Excellence at the College of Business (CoB).

Conrad is a senior Accounting and Marketing major and a member of the CoB’s Business Honors Academy and Center for Sales Excellence. He is a Founder of Builer Advisory, the world’s first workplace consultancy run by students.

Nathan is a junior Finance and Marketing major and a member of the CoB’s Center for Sales Excellence. He has held several leadership positions in Farmhouse Fraternity and aspires to transform his family farm by delving into a new agricultural market.

NRC Health actively pursues students from UNL to join the organisation as interns. For more information on internship and career opportunities, contact [email protected]

About NRC Health

For 37 years, NRC Health (NASDAQ:NRC) has been committed to achieving human understanding and bringing healthcare organisations closer to their customers than ever before by illuminating and improving the key moments that define an experience and build trust. Guided by their uniquely empathic heritage, proprietary methods, skilled associates, and holistic approach, NRC Health helps its customers design experiences that exceed expectations, inspire loyalty, and improve well-being among patients, residents, physicians, nurses, and staff.

For more information, write to [email protected], or visit


Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP recognised by Best Lawyers®

Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) LLP, one of the world’s largest immigration law firms, has been named “Immigration Law Firm of the Year” by US News – Best Lawyers®. Only one law firm per legal practice area receives this recognition, making the award a significant achievement. BAL has also received a First Tier ranking in Houston, San Francisco and Washington, DC by Best Lawyers®.

The award caps a tremendous milestone year for the firm:

  • Opening of a 60-person office in mid-town Manhattan.
  • Establishing an unprecedented strategic alliance with Deloitte UK that combines the best of Deloitte’s scale, expertise and breadth outside of the US with BAL’s unparalleled legal expertise and high quality immigration services in the US.
  • Launching a large-scale Center of Excellence in Richardson, Texas to support over 600 cross-functional professionals including attorneys, legal and operational staff, as well as expansions of offices in Boston, Houston, McLean, Va. and Walnut Creek, Ca.
  • Unveiling of the industry’s first mobile immigration app, enabling anytime, anywhere case management across Android and iOS devices. The app is a component of Cobalt® the firm’s innovative digital immigration platform.

Commenting on the award, Managing Partner Jeremy Fudge stated, “This has been another extraordinary year for BAL. We have been quietly leading the industry for several years now and are honoured to receive the US News – Best Lawyers® ”Law Firm of the Year’ in immigration.”

About Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers® “Law Firm of the Year” awards are country and practice area specific. They are determined based on a handful of factors, including: feedback from lawyers recognized by Best Lawyers® on individual lawyer and firm-wide work, the size and coverage of the firm in a specific practice area, historical analysis of the firm’s “Lawyer of the Year” awards in this area, and research surrounding the firm’s overall scope and areas of expertise.

About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

BAL is singularly focused on meeting the immigration challenges of corporate clients around the world in ways that make immigration more strategic and enable clients to be more successful. Established in 1980, the firm provides immigration expertise, top-notch information security and leading technology innovation like its Cobalt® digital immigration services platform. In 2018, the firm formed a strategic alliance with Deloitte UK to create the world’s first global immigration service delivery model. BAL and its leaders are highly ranked in every major legal publication, including Best Lawyers, Chambers, The Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal. For more information about Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, please visit:

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Former attorney’s book named ‘Book of the Year’ at award ceremony

The steel mill is an industrial giant, providing livelihood for the immigrant neighbourhoods all around the city.

Christmas shoppers frequent the bustling downtown storefronts.

And major crime in the city of about 70,000 people isn’t an issue.

That is until the arrest of Casper Bennett, accused in the death of his wife, Florence Bennett, who was found by her husband in a bathtub of scalding water, just before Christmas 1963.

Was her death an accident? Was it suicide? Or was it murder?

Retired attorney David Miraldi still isn’t sure, but in his book, “The Edge of Innocence: The Trial of Casper Bennett,” Miraldi re-creates the trial of a man that captivated the city, and 54 years later still demands attention.

Miraldi was just a boy when his father served as Bennett’s defense attorney in 1964. But he still remembers the case. And he remembers reading the ongoing newspaper coverage and asking the question, “Did he do it, Dad?”

So when his mother moved to an assisted living facility in 2005, and Miraldi and his family were going through boxes, finding his father’s file on the case was intriguing.

The file stayed closed for another five years, but Miraldi felt himself pulled back to it.

When he finally opened it, he discovered his father’s closing arguments and some briefs, altogether not very much. But there was something about it that Miraldi could not put down.

“You’ve got a man accused of murdering his wife in scalding bath water,” Miraldi said. “His hand showed some burns. He had an alibi that was not that solid. And the police rushed to arrest him.”

Because there was no transcript of the trial, Miraldi had to piece the story together using his father’s file and newspaper accounts, such as articles from The Chronicle-Telegram that were written by then-reporter Don Miller.

“I imagined the thoughts of the characters, and I had to re-create the testimony,” he said.

He published the book as historical fiction, and it was named the 2018 Book of the Year by the International Rubery Book Awards.

“The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award that seeks out quality books from independent writers, self-published writers, and books published by small independent presses from all over the world,” according to a news release.

When the book won the award, it was reclassified as non-fiction.

“It’s somewhere between narrative non-fiction and creative non-fiction,” Miraldi said.

Whatever it is called, the story is compelling, agreed authors and critics who judge submissions for the award.

In awarding the top prize to Miraldi, the judges found that the book was “a page turner (that built) to a gripping climax.” The judges praised the book because “it provided an insider’s perspective on the gamesmanship that underlies the jury system.” The judges also “were captivated by the author’s description of Lorain in the mid-1960s, a typical Midwestern steel town with its sense of community, strong immigrant population, and belief that its thriving way of life would never change.”

A Lorain native, Miraldi is a 1971 graduate of Lake Ridge Academy. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster, and his law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law.

He began practicing law in 1978 and worked as a civil trial attorney until three years ago, when he retired.

As an attorney, Miraldi often would write legal briefs on issues, trial briefs, evidentiary briefs or motions to dismiss, and it always was something he enjoyed.

Writing a book wasn’t too difficult, he said.

“It actually flowed pretty well,” Miraldi said. “It took four to five months to write the first draft. I took some advice from another attorney-turned-writer, John Keyse Walker, who said to let it sit 60 days and revise it again. So, that’s what I did.”

Miraldi enjoys the writing process.

“It’s laborious, but it is also fun and rewarding,” he said.

He’s already been working on two new books, but is focusing his attention on just the one for now, a narrative non-fiction book about a former client and an episode in her life. He’s about one-third of the way finished, he said.

“I have a lot of things I enjoy doing,” Miraldi said. “I play tennis. I like to play the piano. I’m interested in photography. And I have two grandchildren in Cincinnati that I try to see, and I travel. But I also try to write a little every day.”

As for his award, Miraldi was pleased and surprised after learning he had won.

“It’s nothing I expected, but it’s certainly the icing on the cake,” he said. “I had a story to share. You always wonder if anyone is going to read it; and if they do read it, you wonder if they are going to enjoy it. If nothing else happens, I’ve had a tremendous amount of fun.”

“The Edge of Innocence: The Trial of Casper Bennett” is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Google Play, iBooks and Audible. It also is available locally at Nielsen Jewelers in Lorain, Jax Store for Men and Women in Lorain, Ben Franklin in Oberlin and Barnes and Nobles in Westlake.

“It’s a courtroom drama, but it’s also the story about a bygone era,” Miraldi said. “It returns us to Lorain, Ohio, when it was a thriving industrial city. It is fun to revisit that era and think about life back then. I grew up in Lorain. I’ve lived in Amherst, Elyria and now Avon. I’m Lorain County through and through.”

Miraldi resides in Avon with his wife, Leslee, who also is an attorney. The couple has three adult children and two grandchildren.

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Williams Parker Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Williams Parker has announced that Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters lawyer-rating service, has named 13 of its attorneys as 2018 Super Lawyers and three as 2018 Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The following Williams Parker attorneys were named as 2018 Super Lawyers: Charles D. Bailey, III, Gail E. Farb, Jennifer Fowler-Hermes, Rose-Anne Frano, Ric Gregoria, John M. Hament, J. Michael Hartenstine, Elizabeth C. Marshall, Mark A. Schwartz, William M. Seider, Jeffrey T. Troiano, Kimberly P. Walker and Michael J. Wilson. 2018 Rising Stars are Douglas J. Elmore, James-Allen McPheeters and Elizabeth M. Stamoulis.