Landmark Bristol city centre property scheme completes

A huge property scheme on an old industrial site in Bristol city centre has been completed after five years. The second phase of Finzels Reach includes hundreds of build-to-rent and affordable homes, and office space. The £150m regeneration project is a collaboration between developer Cubex, funder Fiera Real Estate and global property advisor JLL. The development brings together three separate projects alongside £5m of public urban space. The new landmark office building Halo consists of 116,000 sq ft of Grade A space, with tenants including law firm Osborne Clarke and professional services company Deloitte. The scheme also includes the £63m […]
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Johnsons Aggregates & Recycling targets net zero with six-figure investment

BGF-backed Johnsons Aggregates has made a major six-figure investment in new technology and equipment as it accelerates its carbon reduction strategy.The business recycles incinerator bottom ash (IBA), reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. Metals are extracted from the IBA, turning the residue into a quality aggregate suitable for the construction industry, thereby avoiding any material going to landfill and prolonging the life of finite resources in the country.
Johnsons currently handles more than 700,000tonnes per annum of waste and quarried material, projected to rise to 1,000,000tonnes in the next 24 months.
It is committed to an ambitious carbon reduction program as part of its ESG strategy, reducing its carbon output by 33 per cent to date since 2020.
It has invested £750,000 on the installation of the latest technology PV panels across the two largest of its three processing sites, generating circa 700kwh of annual energy generation. The investment will save more than 200 ton of carbon emissions each year, with periods of self-sufficiency.
2024 will also see further exploration with bio fuels & electric vehicles on the road, as well as electric shovels and kit on sites, plus the introduction of hydrogen fueled vehicles, two of which will be operational by the end of 2026.
Lewis Johnson, CEO of Johnsons Aggregates and Recycling, said: “The waste sector has a lot of work to do in reducing carbon output – we’re proud to be leading the way with these significant investments which form part of an ambitious ESG strategy. It’s vital that the industry commit to major innovation and improvement as we target net zero carbon.”
BGF backed Johnsons Aggregates in 2016.
Jonathan Earl at BGF said: “Johnsons has made significant capital investments across its infrastructure and is also focused on major fleet improvements and other new technologies. Its ambition is matched by its performance, which is fantastic to see – investment in ESG is vital for the long-term, sustainable growth of the business.”
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Nottingham to host key debate in general election run-up

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Occupiers on site as spine road opens at Fairham Business Park

Fairham Business Park, which is being developed and managed by Clowes Developments, is open for business, with occupiers including Vision Express (Essilor Luxottica) and SLS Medical now on site and fully operational from their new premises.Situated in Fairham, the 606-acre brand new neighbourhood minutes from the centre of Nottingham, Fairham Business Park consists of one million square feet of purpose-built commercial space.
With over half of this already built and occupied and a further two units under construction, property developers, Clowes, felt it was the right time to open the business park spine road, Foresters Way.
James Richards, Development Director at Fairham Business Park and Clowes Developments, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Fairham Business Park is officially open for business.
“Whilst there remains construction on certain plots, this milestone marks a significant step forward for our community, with leading local manufacturing companies already on site and two additional manufacturing and logistics occupiers to be named soon. This vibrant hub of industry and innovation is set to drive economic growth and create numerous opportunities for the region.”
Clowes have also invested heavily into the business park’s green open space and landscaping. Whitings Landscaping have successfully completed an extensive planting task over the last six weeks, with a variety of trees, shrubs, flora and fauna now embedded into the business park’s DNA.
The planting is heavily centred around creating an impressive vista along Foresters Avenue, with its infrastructure designed to create clean, straight lines down the middle of the business park featuring wide footpaths, a treelined street scene, and low-level evergreen planting. There is also a designated footpath around one of the park’s attenuation ponds providing a clear walkway all year round.
With half of the site now under offer or sold, there remains opportunities for build to suit facilities. The next phase of the development will see not just manufacturing and distribution space available but also space suitable for offices, a hotel, leisure facilities and other conveniences including roadside retail and trade counters.
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Press for Attention PR returns to back ‘Responsible Business’ at the East Midlands Bricks Awards 2024

Long-running sponsor, Press for Attention PR, has returned to back the East Midlands Bricks Awards for 2024, eager to once again support the Responsible Business category.Greg Simpson, founder of Press for Attention PR, shared: “I have sponsored The Bricks for many years now and as far as I recall, always this particular category. Why is that? Well, it is the PR and the former journalist in me combined.
“There are some superb stories that come to light here that might otherwise struggle to make the news or are perhaps kept under the bushel to an extent. I get that. The work and changes that are being created are the key thing when it comes to being responsible from an ESG perspective, not the column inches. That being said, here’s a chance to cast off those sharing shackles and to shine the spotlight proudly on some of the fantastic feats and worthy work that is taking place across the region within the built environment. Cheers to you all.”
A former business journalist, Greg Simpson is the author of The Small Business Guide to PR and has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 5 PR consultants, having set up Press for Attention PR in 2008. He has worked for FTSE 100 firms, charities and start-ups and conducted press conferences with Sir Richard Branson and James Caan. His background ensures a deep understanding of every facet of a successful PR campaign – from a journalist’s, client’s, and consultant’s perspective.
Offering advice to those entering Press for Attention PR’s sponsored category, Responsible Business, Greg shared: “First up, tell us judges a story.
“We don’t need to hear about what you do, your history and inside leg measurements. Set the scene by all means but grab our attention early on by explaining the problem or challenge as it stood and how you tackled it and crucially…why?
“How did you change things? What does it mean for the user/stakeholder.
“Remember, nobody wants a drill…they want a home in the wall. Show us the results.”
The East Midlands Bricks Awards, which will take place on Thursday 3rd October, at the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, recognise development projects and people in commercial and public building across the region – from office, industrial and residential, through to community projects such as leisure schemes, schools and public spaces. We also highlight the work of architects, agencies and those behind large schemes.
Winning one of these awards will add considerably to a company’s or individual’s brand and enhance their commercial reach significantly.
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Nominations end Thursday 5th September
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Tickets can be booked for the 2024 awards event here. Connect with local decision makers over nibbles and complimentary drinks while applauding the outstanding companies and projects in our region.
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How effective logistics support the achievement sustainability goals 

Sustainability is a vast conversation across multiple industries, with many mapping out lofty net zero carbon emissions targets in the coming decades. Logistics is no different, with the wider industry looking to achieve net zero by 2040.
Being able to effectively manage logistic operations can significantly affect the level of emissions produced and the harm it can cause both environmentally and socially. So, how can logistics operators introduce changes to their fleets and practices to meet these sustainability goals? Here, Wincanton, leading logistics partners, have offered some industry-level insight into how sustainability goals can be hit.
Cleaner fuel alternativesOne of the key challenges for logistics to overcome is the carbon footprint that the industry faces due to the use of vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE) that require traditional petrol and diesel to fuel them.
That’s why it’s so important for fleets to explore alternatively fuelled vehicles to move towards more sustainable operations. Fully electric and hybrid vehicles are beginning to emerge significantly in the UK, with over 950,000 fully electric cars estimated to be on the roads. With the public so readily embracing alternatively fuelled vehicles, logistics as an industry should also be prepared to start integrating them into their fleets.
Similarly, reviewing transport routes can help identify areas of improvement to reduce the level of carbon emissions from the fleet. This could work in tandem with more advanced route planning to assess how best to balance fuel consumption and the emissions produced.
The social and economic benefits of sustainable logisticsConversations around sustainability usually focus on environmental concerns, but there’s a lot to be gained positively from a social and economic perspective. Prioritising sustainability and displaying it to your customers and consumers can help to build and establish trust within the supply chain.
Within the supply chain, focusing on sourcing ethically and fair labour practices is important from a social perspective. This is where the logistics industry can have a huge impact by working with companies that embrace and prioritise local sourcing. Not only does this help to stimulate local economies, but it also helps to grow local communities.
By focusing logistics on local areas, the environmental impact of long-distance journeys and routes associated with the industry can be reduced.
Emerging technologiesNewer technologies will be massive in helping logistics optimise their operations and reduce the waste and emissions produced. One emerging tech concept that could offer a solution is the Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to a network of devices and software that are all connected and communicate for a fluid experience of each working in tandem.
Using these devices and sensors in fleet vehicles can allow for real-time monitoring of anything from the temperature to the humidity of the goods you’re transporting. From this, logistics companies can make informed, data-driven decisions for the efficiency of their routes and transportation.
Another that could be hugely beneficial to the industry is blockchain tech. This is most associated with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin due to it being a ledger that is tamper-proof and offers duplicates of transactions for better visibility. Integrating this into the supply chain could reduce fraud, as well as ensure ethical and sustainable processes are being kept within standards.
Collaborative approach and setting standardsA wider industry shift could be required to achieve sustainability goals, particularly when moving towards a collaborative approach. This extends towards suppliers and manufacturers, and working closely with the logistics industry can set standards for sustainability that can not only be established but also upheld accordingly.
Tackling these goals collectively can promote a commitment to these practices that focus on sustainability, leading from the onus moving away from just individual companies and offering a much larger impact for a whole industry.
The standards set through this collaboration could include monitoring and reporting on the levels of CO2 emissions and overall landfill waste produced by businesses or projects. Once a median has been found, setting collaborative standards throughout the industry that align with government targets could help establish the sector’s commitment to greener, more sustainable practices.
The key to sustainability success in logistics is through the integration of not just established and proven green strategies like alternatively fuelled vehicles but also embracing social and ethical practices. This aligns with the changing preferences of consumers and customers who want to engage with businesses that place sustainability at the heart of their mission.
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Revival of Manchester’s historic Hotspur Press includes new public square and commercial units

Manchester’s landmark Hotspur Press is poised for revitalisation after a new developer secured permission to redevelop the long-disused site. The central Manchester mill is set to be converted into a 595-bedroom student accommodation complex, with a commitment to include affordable units making up ten percent of the total. It follows previous stalled plans at the site, which has fallen into disrepair after closing as a printing mill in 1996. The building’s historic exterior and the distinctive ‘Percy Brothers’ sign will be preserved and integrated into the new structure. The development plans also feature a 37-storey tower, complete with commercial spaces […]
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Crewe employment scheme approved despite ‘‘blot on the landscape’ claims

Councillors have approved two developments in Crewe which could create an estimated 2,900 jobs – despite suggestions the “grey sheds” would be a “blot on the landscape”. Muse Developments secured full planning permission for three large units for light industrial or warehousing and distribution on land at Basford East. They have a combined gross internal floorspace of 72,803sqm. Outline approval was also granted on another part of the site for employment units suitable for offices as well as warehousing, manufacturing and distribution uses, with a combined gross internal floorspace of up to 53,463sqm.The site, which neighbours a 325-home development being […]
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Fit-out specialist designs manufacturer’s new HQ

Fit-out specialist DSP have completed the design and fit-out of a new 8,400 sq ft commercial unit for material handling firm MasterMover at their headquarters in Ashbourne. MasterMover is a designer and manufacturer of electric tug solutions designed to improve safety and efficiency when moving heavy, large, or unconventional loads across industrial manufacturing, retail, and logistics environments. DSP transformed the unit with an interior fit-out to accommodate two floors of multi-functional office, meeting and training space including toilets, tea points and additional storage/demonstration space to the rear. The new facility in Ashbourne will provide the company with a new space to streamline its operations […]
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New funding to support Jewellery Quarter factory conversion

A former factory in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter is set to be converted into a rental scheme following a new round of funding. West Midlands Combined Authority has supported developers Great Hampton Street Button Works and Hanehouse Developments with their work to restore the disused warehouse at 80-82 Great Hampton Street. The pair bought the building last summer with consent already in place to create 29 one- and two-bedroom apartments to rent, capable of accommodating up to 53 people. The apartments will include original features such as exposed beams and brickwork set around two landscaped courtyards but there will be […]
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Yorkshire business park to be extended for creative industries hub

Work on a £12m extension that could make a West Yorkshire industrial estates a centre for the creative industries is expected to start next month. Langthwaite Business Park, in South Kirkby, is to be increased in size by 27,000 sq m to make room for more warehouses and business. It is hoped the area could become home to a £51m centre of excellence for the creative industries. The site is owned by West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and is one of 10 designated enterprise zones in the region to benefit from tax breaks and enhanced government support. The authority approved […]
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General Election hustings to take place in North Derbyshire

Business representatives will have an opportunity to hear from and question candidates for the General Election at a hustings event in Chesterfield on 20th June.
Labour candidate for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins and Conservative candidate for North East Derbyshire, Lee Rowley have confirmed participation so far.
Put together by East Midlands Chamber, in partnership with Destination Chesterfield and Chesterfield Champions, the session takes place at the Chamber’s Millennium Way office in the town and will follow established hustings convention, where candidates respond to audience questions within a time limit.
East Midlands Chamber Chief Executive Scott Knowles said: “Exactly two weeks before the country takes to the polls, this hustings event offers the North Derbyshire business community the opportunity to put questions directly to the candidates and hear how their parties would support business and the regional economy, should they be elected.”
To register for the free of charge hustings event on 20th June at East Midlands Chamber’s office, Millennium Way, Chesterfield S41 8ND, click here.
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Legal duo launch new property and planning law firm

Legal duo, Shruti Trivedi and Iain Hibbert, have launched Devello Group, a specialised law firm in property and planning. With over 40 years of combined experience, they previously managed large teams in law firms in the East Midlands. In addition to its specialised legal services, Devello will provide high-level advice to those involved in planning and development, from developers to investors. The team will be there from the start of negotiations to handle legal aspects and can manage the entire project for clients. Related Articles Devello plans to create numerous job opportunities over the next two years, which will be […]
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FIFA partnership with Loughborough University paves way for turf testing

A partnership involving Loughborough University and football’s governing body is hoped to improve the durability, safety and performance of artificial pitches.
FIFA have this week issued new testing methods and introduced new testing devices which will be used to assess artificial playing surfaces in line with the highest industry standards.
The changes are the first since 2015 – when the FIFA Test Manual for Football Turf was last updated.
Prof. Steph Forrester from the University’s Sports Technology Institute said: “With the development in artificial pitches since the standards were last updated, it was important that we assess the move in technology and implement a new foundation for testing to take place.
“More and more football is being played every week and these artificial surfaces need to be able to handle it.
“As part of the FIFA Football Turf Technical Advisory Group, we’ve worked incredibly closely with FIFA and Labosport to finalise these new tests which looks to ensure pitch quality across the globe whilst developing new, safe and sustainable innovations and technologies.”
Work at the University led the development of a new advanced artificial athlete algorithm – providing a comprehensive insight into the surface’s performance by measuring peak shock absorption, peak deformation, and energy return – and a lighter and more advanced rotational traction athlete test – providing a deeper understanding of the surface’s rotational traction characteristics.
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83% of all website customers did this before buying…

Over the past six months, local video production company Glowfrog have been collaborating closely with White Knight Appliances to create product videos for each appliance showcased on their website, with the aim being not only to enhance SEO and drive traffic to the site, but also to increase sales conversions.
Mr Bulgacs, the director of White Knight Appliances, observed remarkable results following the implementation of these product videos.
“Having seen a significant uplift in sales after integrating the videos onto our website – indeed selling out of one particular fridge-freezer within just four days – we decided to monitor customer behaviour closely,” he explained.
“What we discovered was that a staggering 83% of all purchases were made by people who had viewed the corresponding product video. Combine this with the fact that sales increased so rapidly and I can only conclude that these product videos have been even more powerful than I’d hoped.”
This revelation underscores the profound impact that video marketing can have on consumer behaviour and purchasing decisions. Matt, director at Glowfrog, said: “We are delighted to see such tangible results for our client. This is yet another example of how video marketing can really help businesses to boost sales and enhance brand visibility.”
If you’re looking to increase sales on your website, Glowfrog Video Production can help you by producing outstanding and effective product videos.
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Local hospice urges Newark residents to ‘get talking’ about death and grief

Beaumond House is hosting a coffee morning to promote Dying Matters Awareness Week Local charity, Beaumond House Hospice Care, is encouraging people to speak more openly about death and dying by hosting a free coffee morning in Newark town centre. Taking place on 9th May between 11:30am and 1:30pm at the charity’s retail store on Beaumond Cross, Robins Hood Walk, the event will offer free refreshments whilst people speak honestly about death, dying and grief.  Beaumond House care staff will be on hand to provide expert advice on how to approach difficult conversations with friends and family, as well as […]
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MEC’s Acoustic Team Boosted With New Associate

A new Associate has been appointed at one of the Midlands’ leading technical consultancies, MEC Consulting Group, enabling the firm’s Acoustic team to expand its services.   Martin Hamer joins MEC as Associate Acoustic Consultant, bringing with him over two decades of experience, including most recently as a Director of a specialist acoustic consultancy employing ten staff. A full corporate member of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA), Martin has worked on hospitality, healthcare, education, commercial and residential developments across the UK. His appointment means MEC can now offer building acoustic design and compliance testing for developers, housebuilders and architects, complementing […]
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Morley Hayes Hotel Named One of The UK’s Best Hotels

Derbyshire hotel, restaurant and golf complex Morley Hayes has been named one of the Top 25 hotels in the UK & Channel Islands by TripAdvisor, one of the world’s biggest travel resources. The four-star, 32-bedroom hotel on Main Road in Morley was ranked 16th in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice Awards, which recognise the best hotels across Britain and the Channel Islands. It is the only hotel in the Midlands to earn a place in the prestigious Best of the Best Hotels listing. Morley Hayes was also recommended as a wedding venue and as an ideal base for people wanting to […]
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Instarmac Transforms Sales Office into Bright, Modern Workspace with Accent

Instarmac, a leading specialist in construction adhesives, proudly announces the completion of their sales office refurbishment project in collaboration with Accent Office Interiors Ltd. The initiative aimed to revitalise their head office environment, creating a dynamic and modern workspace for their team. The existing Instarmac office space had certainly stood the test of time but with an ever-expanding internal and external sales team, Instarmac’s Board of Directors knew the time was right to modernise the office space into a vibrant and airy environment for their team. Central to the redesign was the incorporation of light and modern furniture, amplifying the […]
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New Engineering Recruitment firm becomes part of growing Leicester business 365 People

A new Leicester-based engineering recruitment firm has entered the market.  Engineering @ 365 will be exclusively delivering recruitment services for the engineering sector, covering everything from shop floor staffing to director level appointments.  The company will be led by directors Mikey Phillips and Sam Taylor, who between them have 13 years of experience delivering engineering recruitment services for clients. “Engineering @ 365 is an engineering recruitment firm built on the right foundations,” said Mikey Phillips, Director at Engineering @ 365. “Our aim is to operate a business that prioritises efficiency and practicality, removes red tape and ensures candidates and clients […]
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