A fifth of UK renters would pay over £1K more a year for smart home tech

Tech is now so important in our lives that a fifth of UK renters say they’d fork out up to 10 per cent MORE in rent each month for smart features in their home, an industry poll has found. Wise Living, a build-to-rent (BTR) provider which creates purpose-built homes for the private rental sector, surveyed 1,000 renters across the UK to find out what people look for in a new home – including their attitude to technology, eco-features, and landlord services. According to the latest rental stats from Rightmove[1], the average UK rent (excluding London) is £982. Using Wise Living’s […]
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LOOKING AHEAD: LEICESTERSHIRE RESIDENTS WOULD INVEST IN A LARGER HOME NOW TO FUTURE PROOF THEIR LIVES, SURVEY REVEALS

With many Leicestershire residents looking ahead to the future now Coronavirus restrictions have eased, 41% of people living in the county have revealed that they’d consider future proofing when moving home. A recent survey, conducted by Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes*, disclosed that residents in the area would prioritise buying a bigger home now to accommodate a growing family and their changing needs in the future. As trends such as multi-generational living continue to rise, investing in a larger property now could also ensure that buyers have the space they may need if their parents moved in with them […]
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Food Innovation Centre supports small breweries to identify spoiling issues

Brewing experts at the Food Innovation Centre have been helping small breweries across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to prevent a beer spoiling issue which can be more prevalent during hot weather. Infection can occur at any point in the production process of beer, but as temperatures rise, so does the chance of it happening. Large breweries have formal laboratories to test for infections during the production process but that’s cost prohibitive for many very small breweries. Brewing experts at the Food Innovation Centre at the University of Nottingham have been helping local small breweries to introduce a relatively new, simple technique […]
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New housing development in Kettering opens for business

Bellway is now welcoming visitors to its Hanwood Park development in Kettering. House-hunters can now go along to the 167-home development, off Barton Road, after the opening of a sales office and two showhomes at the site. The housebuilder is delivering 133 properties for private sale and 34 affordable homes for rent or shared ownership at the development, which is at the western edge of the wider East Kettering Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) scheme. Luke Southgate, Sales Director for Bellway Northern Home Counties, said: “This is the first opportunity for anyone interested in buying a home at Hanwood Park to […]
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Translation and localisation services company PAB Languages unveils new multilingual website

Award-winning translation and localisation services company PAB Languages has unveiled a new multilingual website to showcase its translation, interpreting and localisation services. The new website offers content to users in ten different languages and is localised for clients based in Germany, Poland, and Portugal. As recommended by Google, PAB uses different URLs for each version of a page rather than using cookies or browser settings to adjust the content language on the page. It reflects the global nature of PAB, which serves clients in the UK and Europe. Offering localisation, interpreting and translations services in more than 200 languages PAB […]
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EMBS Finds New Home at Friar Gate Studios

East Midlands-based EMBS is the latest high profile business to take a new furnished office at Friar Gate Studios, the flagship building of the Connect Derby managed workspace scheme. Since it was founded in 2003, EMBS has redefined the recruitment services market by providing its clients with competitive advantage via a range of traditional and digital talent attraction services. The company has clients throughout the UK and has successfully placed thousands of candidates with hundreds of employers. Its team of talent partners work in the technology, property, engineering and manufacturing sectors and other specialised markets. The changing recruitment market brought […]
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Raising Big at Charity Golf Fundraiser

Burton based, leading pitched roof tile manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles’ (RRT) Ryder Cup style charity golf tournament was back for 2021, raising over £5,000 for Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire Blood Bikes. The tournament was held at Horsley Lodge Golf Club, Derbyshire, with around 80 players taking part from various organisations, customers, suppliers and partners. Entrants were split into teams of RRT England and RRT Rest of The World to battle it out for the coveted RRT Ryder Cup Challenge Trophy. In the end it was the RRT Rest of the World team that claimed the trophy, winning with 11 points […]
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Nearly half of homes sold at Derbyshire development

Nearly half of the homes for sale at a new housing development in Hartshorne have been sold, as the new neighbourhood begins to take shape. Bellway is building 116 new homes at Woodland Rise, off Woodville Road, including 86 houses for private sale and 30 affordable homes available for local people through rent or shared ownership. With construction work progressing well, 16 private homes and seven affordable homes have already been completed and occupied, with many other private sales also taken by Bellway. Marie Richards, Sales Director for Bellway West Midlands, said: “Demand for this development has been strong from […]
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Lawyers advise on thorny issue of 'no jab, no job' for employers

UK employers navigating their way through the pandemic and subsequent ‘pingdemic’ are becoming increasingly aware of the challenges of seeking to enforce double vaccination status for staff. At present it is only compulsory for employees who work in care homes – with effect from 11 November 2021, but employers in other sectors are understandably keen to protect their workforce and keep their businesses moving. Tim Copplestone, partner and employment law specialist with national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP, flags that employers should tread carefully in regards to introducing vaccination policies. “Employers in sectors outside of care homes potentially face the […]
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More than 8 businesses created every day in Nottingham during first half of 2021

More than 1,520 businesses were created in Nottingham in the first half of 2021, according to research by iwoca – one of Europe’s largest small business lenders.  Analysis of Companies House data reveals that over 8 new businesses were registered in Nottingham every day. The total number of new firms increased by 37% compared to the same period in 2019 when 1,110 businesses were registered. Nottingham sees highest spike in business registrations in the East Midlands  iwoca’s Small Business HotSpots UK 2021 shows that across the East Midlands, Nottingham saw the highest percentage increase of new firms registered out of […]
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Cawarden wins ‘Demolition Contractor of the Year’ at the 2021 British Demolition Awards

Derby-based Specialist Contractor, Cawarden has been crowned ‘Demolition Contractor of the Year’ at the third annual British Demolition Awards, a prestigious celebration of all things demolition, held on Friday 3 September at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton. The rigorous judging process involved the written submission of detailed evidence showcasing Cawarden’s impressive projects carried out throughout 2020 – 2021. In addition to recognising the challenging projects successfully carried out across the UK, the judges were won over by Cawarden’s commitment to future-proofing the business and sustainability. Commercial Director, Oliver Crooks commented: “We are all delighted to receive the Demolition Contractor […]
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Decline of department stores means more space for mixed use

The gradual decline of the high street has been taking place over a number of years, with retail battling the impact of the 2008 crash followed by the massive growth of online shopping and then a global pandemic. A significant part of the rapidly evolving face of the high street has been the decline of the familiar department store, with BHS, House of Fraser and Debenhams all collapsing. In the last five years the UK has seen an 83% loss in its department store space with 388 stores being shut since 2016. These are large units, many of which are […]
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LET READY STUDIOS DELIVERED IN LEEDS CITY CENTRE

Following the success of the Let Ready studio concept at Number One Kirkstall Forge, CEG has completed the delivery of five fully-furnished studios at 84 Albion Street in Leeds. Providing workspace for teams of 4 to 24 people, they enable a company to move in, plug in and start work immediately. Robert Morton, investment manager at CEG, said: “The Let Ready studios have been a phenomenal success at our developments in Kirkstall Forge, Leeds and Westminster Place in York. The new space at Albion Street complements our out-of-town offer with a prestigious city centre address, just a stone’s throw from the […]
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REAL FOUNDATION TRUST OPENS LANDMARK BUILDING

The transformation of The Landmark at Pleasley into a new social hub and sports centre has been completed by the R.E.A.L Foundation Trust. After many months of restoration, the first phase of the centre is now complete and open for education, community use and for hire by businesses and individuals. The building, which has been branded ‘The Landmark’ now offers a sports hall, a boutique gym, meeting rooms and physiotherapy. The development doesn’t stop there with the launch of a new café and outdoor all-weather pitch coming in 2022. Services from the centre include education, coaching and fitness training provided by Performance […]
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Ambitions 'Sky High' As Flats Given Green Light in Hanley Town Centre

A development of 21 flats in Hanley, was given the greenlight on Monday in a bid to regenerate the area Nottingham based ALB Group put forward the ambitious plans, which will see the vacant office space in Fountain Square, Hanley, transformed into much needed housing. Managing director at ALB Group, Arran Bailey said: “The town has a desperate need for more housing, and this project will be vital to the wider economy in that area. By allowing more people to live in Hanley, it will mean that shops, cafes and restaurants will ultimately benefit from the increased footfall.” The site was purchased by the team at ALB Group back […]
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Developer builds big-top dreams for disadvantaged children

East Midlands housebuilder Peter James Homes has made dreams come true for dozens of disadvantaged children by treating them to a trip to the circus. The developer donated much-needed funds to independent charitable organisation Circus Starr, which supports disadvantaged, disabled and vulnerable children across the UK by putting on world-class circus shows. The donation by Peter James Homes meant that 40 local children and their carers were able to attend one of two special big top performances in Nottingham on Saturday, September 11. The sold-out event, held in the grounds of Nottingham High School, was originally planned for earlier this summer but was postponed due […]
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Recruitment Firm Welcomes First Joint Hire After Sky High Demand For Jobs 

Sky Recruitment Solutions is responding to the enormous increase in job vacancies across the country with another key appointment. Many firms continue to expand after the UK lockdowns and are driving the economy’s growth by taking on more workers across all sectors. Derby-based Sky Recruitment Solutions, plus Nottingham-based sister company Capella Professional, has made a key appointment in the shape of Romey Lee as business development manager. It is the first time the two firms have made a joint hire. Romey, aged 34, is from Heanor in Derbyshire and for nine years worked at  Pfizer  Animal Health known as Zoetis, as pharmaceutical account manager in […]
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Caddick Construction win RoSPA’s Health & Safety top accolade

Caddick Construction has been awarded the prestigious RoSPA Order of Distinction Award for its health and safety performance throughout 2020. Dubbed the toughest health and safety competition in the world, the RoSPA Order of Distinction is only bestowed on companies that achieve a minimum of 15 consecutive Gold Awards in a single year – Caddick Construction achieved 18, easily surpassing the high benchmark. Caddick’s award was presented to the Caddick team in a virtual ceremony by RoSPA’s President Baroness Jolly, and Chief Executive, Errol Taylor. Caddick Construction Managing Director, Adrian Dobson, said: “We are all delighted to receive this award […]
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Grade A industrial unit snapped up by Grady Joinery!

Grady Joinery has recently purchased a brand-new industrial unit on Victory Park, Victory Road, Derby in a deal brokered by Salloway Property Consultants. The construction of Unit 15 Victory Park completed just weeks before it was snapped up by Grady Joinery through an efficient sales process that went from initial viewing to completion within a period of just under two months. Grady Joinery, who are one of Ireland’s premier manufacturers and suppliers of high-quality windows and doors, intend to utilise their new building to expand their presence within the UK. Hugo Beresford of Salloway Property Consultants, who acted on behalf […]
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All homes sold on new housing development in Ashby de la Zouch

All 145 homes on a new housing development in Ashby de la Zouch have been sold, four years after building work started on the site. Ashberry Homes has delivered a mix of one, two, three, four and five-bedroom properties at its Broadleaf development off Moira Road, at the western edge of the town. The final few homes for sale – a selection of four-bedroom detached houses – have now been snapped up, with the buyers due to move in November. Construction work has already been completed at the development, which features large areas of public open space including two lagoons […]
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