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The Big Hearts of Bob Holt OBE and Mike Turl

Tidal Training Direct’s Founder Director Clare Seed is proud to be a co-founder of , raising awareness and numbers of defibrillators in Cheltenham. The initiative seeks to make life-saving defibrillators more accessible in the town. Further to Cheltenham town centre’s first public access defibrillator by RBS on The Promendade in one the phone last year, the town is still lacking in defibrillators which are publicly accessible 24 hours a day.

Attention must therefore turn to two fabulous local businessmen, who have kindly agreed to fund not one, but two, new defibrillators. Bob Holt OBE who built his striking business reputation at the forefront of local employer Mears, volunteered to fund a lifesaving defibrillator for the town, alongside his former colleague, and friend Mike Turl, former owner of Mears Group PLC and now Founder of HM Group. The two new defibrillators will be sited in high footfall locations in the town, yet to be agreed with Cheltenham Borough Council, but will extend the life-saving network even further.

When asked about his commitment, Bob Holt OBE comments “It’s a simple case of what better can you do with your money? I have been privileged to spend the majority of my business career in Gloucestershire, having my family in Cheltenham too, giving me a long-standing link to the region. I continue to enjoy a lot of time here, and for a relatively small amount of money, we have the potential to save a life. The fact that many defibrillators go on to save many lives is a bonus and has far more value than the cost of the original equipment.”

Similarly, Mike Turl, Founder of HM Group comments “Having lived in Gloucestershire all my life, and enjoyed my business success, I feel it is important to support and help the local community. Clare’s defibrillator campaign really resonated, and it’s good to know that there is such passion behind building an accessible and potentially life-saving network. I am delighted to be able to fund a defibrillator for Cheltenham.”

Clare Seed, Director of Tidal Training Direct, and co-founder of the Public Hearts Cheltenham campaign comments “I was connected to Bob and Mike via the local Circle2Success networking initiative, which just shows the value of local business connections in the town. I was hoping to get one defibrillator funded for the town, but to get two is absolutely incredible! It just shows the big hearts of these two fantastic local businessmen, and we are extremely grateful for their contributions. Thank you!”

Anyone who is assisting an individual with should call 999 for the emergency services. They will help you confirm whether a defibrillator is required, and will direct you to the nearest unit. The Public Hearts Cheltenham campaign has so far identified over 50 defibrillators in and around Cheltenham, supporting South Western Ambulance Service who previously held an accreditation scheme.  Now, registering them with ‘The Circuit’ a national defibrillator network maps their locations and connects them with NHS ambulance services throughout the UK. Further to securing the necessary planning permissions, the kind donations from Bob and Mike will be added to the town in strategic locations to benefit the local community, and its’ many visitors as part of the Public Hearts Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign.

Bob Holt OBE formerly of Mears Group PLC is a businessman turned philanthropist. He continues to offer mentoring and coaching for businesses, alongside a number of Board level positions, and is at the helm of The Footprints Foundation which he founded to improve education and lives in South Africa.

Mike Turl, former owner and Managing Director of Mears Group PLC continues his impressive career as the Founder of HM Group, a building services contractor. The company work on a number of high-profile contracts, ably guided by Mike at the helm.

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Peter O'Connell
Peter O'Connell
10:09 01 Oct 21
After attending this first aid training I was impressed with the amount of information that was covered in the day as... well as being taught in such an engaging manor so the information was retained well.I especially liked that the trainer for the course was an active Paramedic and was able to relate the first aid training to real life scenarios and experiences and share stories which kept the course interesting and gave character to the course.Overall an enjoyable training course which has left me feeling confident in providing many forms of first aid, highly recommended.read more
Joanne O'Hagan
Joanne O'Hagan
11:48 20 Aug 21
Brilliant course! Amazing to be able to practice CPR with a live link to assessment software. Now I know my skills are... going to be effective if ever needed. Very reassuring to have my own CPR dummy for the duration of the course, and super confident of the safety protocols that Clare and the Tidal team have in place.read more
Jake Pearson
Jake Pearson
14:50 18 Aug 21
Wonderful training day, I now feel so much more confident in delivering First Aid thanks to Tidal Training Direct. I... hope I don't need to use my skills but I am pleased I have the confidence and vital knowledge available to help save someone's life.read more
Richard Neale
Richard Neale
13:08 17 Aug 21
Tidal provide first class real and relevant training for anyone who wants to learn more about first aid. They have top... quality, industry professionals who demonstrate the highest levels of clinical expertise from having spent many years in the field themselves. The training is fit for anyone, and is delivered with immense professionalism and a genuine desire to share their passion with course attendees. Brilliant....and essential.read more
Vicky Fisk
Vicky Fisk
08:46 18 Jun 21
The Emergency First Aid at Work course was very informative and delivered by a knowledgeable and engaging trainer.... Thank you so much!read more
Tess Heslop
Tess Heslop
11:08 17 Jun 21
Very well organised - felt Covid secure in the lovely venue. The course tutor has a wealth of experience and vitally a... sense of humour which makes what could be a hard topic a lot more easy to grasp and kept it very practical. Highly recommend.read more
Belinda glosinfo
Belinda glosinfo
09:25 16 Jun 21
I went on the Emergency First Aid at Work training day at the Isbourne in Cheltenham. It was an excellent day and the... training was a very high standard. Clare and the team offer a very high level of customer service ans the session is highly recommended.UPDATE: Three years later and I have now fully updated my first aid qualification with Tidal Training Direct. The course was carried out in person in a fully socially distanced way and I had every confidence that it was safe and sterile. Thank you.read more
Jessica Hargreaves
Jessica Hargreaves
07:42 16 Jun 21
⭐ Sending a HUGE thank you to Tidal Training Direct Ltd! ⭐The Cedar Construction team recently completed the Level 3... Award in Emergency First Aid at Work training course. The practical skills and knowledge delivered were extremely beneficial with our key takeaways including:✅ Understanding the importance of basic first aid✅ How to provide basic first aid treatment✅ How to perform CPRPLUS so much more!We highly recommend Clare and her team of experienced medical professionals and we will be using their services again in the future.Thanks again,Team Cedar 🌳read more
Hassan MG
Hassan MG
15:31 04 Jun 21
Excellent first aid training provided to our whole group by a very knowledgeable trainer, Alan. His delivery was... brilliant and he was very supportive. Would highly recommend.read more
thomas jones
thomas jones
10:19 29 May 21
Thank you Tidal. A great day of training for our staff - emergency first aid L3, all staff report a good learning... experience and good feedback in regards to trainer knowledge. Great to finally be getting face to face learning again !! ;) Livingstone house - Birminghamread more
Jennifer Tonner
Jennifer Tonner
16:15 25 May 21
My first aid training was really informative and gave me the confidence to know how to act decisively in a real life... situation beyond just the theory. The setting was comfortable and COVID safe and the team were welcoming! Would highly recommend!read more
Dordie Ketley
Dordie Ketley
18:22 19 May 21
I went on the First Aid Course with Tidal Training and I am so glad I did. The course was extremely well run; the... tutor, a fully qualified paramedic with military and ambulance experience, was easy to follow and learn from. We had theoretical and practical teaching and a book to take home. We all learned a lot and enjoyed it too.I did have the need to use what I had learned. I arrived on a scene where somebody needed CPR and the 999 call had already been made. As I started, the 999 operator asked me whether I was confident to proceed. I said that I had First Aid training from Tidal Training and was already applying the CPR as I had been taught.I can not recommend this course highly enough. Going along could make all the difference and save livesread more
Colin Frensham
Colin Frensham
17:34 19 May 21
I am very proud of Tidal Direct for being able to continue to offer their essential and vital first aid training... services over the last year. Not an easy job for a small local business teaching face to face during a pandemic Tidal still found time to invest in the local community and also ran free Zoom theory sessions to support learners in maintaining current theory knowledge until they could be in the classroom to renew their qualifications. One of these courses saved someone's life following a heart attack. Keep up the good work, we're all proud of you. What you do makes a difference every day.read more
Chun Kong
Chun Kong
10:54 15 Apr 21
I would highly recommend Tidal Training Direct Ltd for all 1st Aid Training! Their knowledge and their experiences puts... them way above everyone else!They take their time with you and no questions are too big, too small or too silly, they're there to help us with our training!Thank you Tidal Training!read more
Tracy Edgington
Tracy Edgington
10:43 15 Apr 21
I have recently completed the EFAW training course which was very well run, the Trainer made sure that we were all... socially distanced and felt comfortable in the room. We each had our own manikin and equipment to use and the trainer explained how the equipment had been cleaned and sanitised to a high standard which was very reassuring and made me feel very confident that it was safe to use. The course itself I would highly recommend people to go on as it was very informative from the Trainers Knowledge to the course handouts and slides used, what I also liked was how interactive the trainer made the session.I have come away having never done a First Aid course before feeling very confident that if needed I could Put the skills I have learnt into use. Thank you Tidal Training Direct for the opportunity to learn such a vital new skill.read more
Verity Godfrey
Verity Godfrey
12:08 03 Mar 21
We had the most wonderful experience with Tidal Training Direct Ltd, from the moment we enquired with Clare, to the... training itself with Alun. Nothing was too much trouble! We felt all measures had been taken to give us safe and secure training, while also keeping it interactive and engaging. The course itself did not disappoint, Alun gave us all the confidence to practice first aid and made gaining our Level 3 Award an enjoyable experience. We couldn’t recommend Tidal highly enough, anyone looking for First Aid, or any training for that matter should get in touch with Clare and the team at Tidal.Our team all commented on how in depth the course was. We had all previously taken the training with other companies and have never come away feeling as informed as we did after our session with Alun. He gave examples of real-life scenarios and helped us understand our role as First Aiders. He answered all of our questions and took the time to make sure we all felt ready before taking the exam, thanks to him as all passed with flying colours!Thanks so much to Clare, Alun and all of the team at Tidal.read more
Nikki C
Nikki C
13:27 28 Jan 21
The courses provided are invaluable. Even if you do not have staff, knowing the basics is vital and could save lives
John Bees
John Bees
12:25 28 Jan 21
What a wonderful business, I did'nt know First aid could be so interesting, and handled so carefully and very... professionally. Tidal are a positive joy to deal with and more importantly their excellent training saves lives. what more could you want.read more
Alan Ible
Alan Ible
12:06 22 Oct 20
Thank you so much to the team at Tidal Training for the Emergency First Aid Training I received yesterday. As a small... business owner I needed to ensure I had someone in the office who could be on hand should something horrible happen to a staff member. I sent 2 colleagues on the training course last year and both were so glad they learnt the techniques to help. As such I decided I would also like to do this not just for work but incase I could be of assistance anywhere else. The training was fantastic and it gave me a feeling of comfort knowing if someone was to get into an accident or have a stroke/heart attack etc I could be of some help in the interim. I would advise that not only businesses do this course but people at home too who could be there if needed for a loved one or passer by. Thanks so much - Alanread more
Jonathan Moffitt
Jonathan Moffitt
15:26 24 Sep 20
Just attended an excellent one day first aid at work training course covering most things first aid including what to... and what not do. It was run by Tidal Training Direct Ltd. Well run and Covid secure for the attendees. Wendell (the instructor) was excellent.read more
Sarah Cooper
Sarah Cooper
11:57 18 Aug 20
I could not recommend Clare and her team highly enough. A fantastic organisation who put the welfare of people above... all. You will have the most lovely experience dealing with them and they will look after the whole process of your requirements professionally and smoothly. Would not go anywhere else for any training needs and would recommend to anyone.read more
Vanessa Freeman
Vanessa Freeman
12:52 11 Mar 20
LK Flooring thoroughly recommends Tidal Training. We had a very enjoyable day learning about skills that really... everyone should know about and how to deal with an emergency or injury in the workplace or on site. Thank you so much from LK Flooring Cheltenhamread more
Tonia Gerotoliou
Tonia Gerotoliou
12:22 02 Jan 20
I never had a first aid training course before so I was a bit uncertain and anxious as to what to expect. Tidal... Training made everything really simple to follow and to the point. It is always so important to know how to help others and I was glad to finish the course confident enough to do so if needed.read more
Fiona Smith
Fiona Smith
12:46 12 Dec 19
I recently attended an excellent First Aid course with Tidal Training. The training was first rate and I left feeling... confident that I could use the skills and knowledge learnt moving forwards. The day flew by as we were taught in a fun, encouraging way; I found the hands on exercises particularly useful. I'd highly recommend.read more
Hannah Bennett
Hannah Bennett
17:30 08 Dec 19
Tidal training are brilliant at working with you so you get the best you can from your training. They are very... understanding of any needs you may have and look after you from start to finish. The training itself is relevant and taught in a manner appropriate to the group. There is a good mix of practical and theory is taught in an interactive way. The staff are very helpful and very knowledgeable. Would highly reccomend to anyone.read more
Martyn Powell
Martyn Powell
11:59 03 Dec 19
“Midway Transitional Solutions Limited have worked closely with Tidal Training Direct Ltd since the company was formed... in 2016. The training provided is exemplary with nothing but positive feedback from all staff involved. Their staff are highly qualified, articulate and engaging trainers with a wealth of experience”read more
Graeme
Graeme
16:53 27 Aug 19
As a consultant I recently coordinated training for one of my clients. I couldn't have wished for a better trainer than... the one that Tidal provided. Ive found Tidal to be very efficient and the customer service has been outstanding throughout the way. If you want a reliable training provider that provides quality and value to your company the I definitely recommend Tidal.read more
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