Nottingham firm buys Ipswich shopping centre

A major shopping destination in the heart of Ipswich has been bought by a Nottingham property firm on a mission to revive struggling town centres. ALB Group has completed the purchase of Sailmakers shopping centre, in Tavern Street, Ipswich, which is home to numerous high street brands including Boots, HMV, River Island, Poundland and Baldwins department store, and the refurbishment process has already begun. With around 25 per cent of the 133,000 sq. ft of retail space currently unoccupied, including the 7,500 sq. ft former Top Shop store, the new owner is promising to take a fresh approach to encourage more local […]
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Network with decision makers at the East Midlands Bricks Awards 2022

Taking place on Thursday 15 September, at the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, the highly anticipated East Midlands Bricks Awards 2022 will celebrate the region’s property and construction industry while providing a prime opportunity to connect with local decision makers over canapés and complimentary drinks. The event will additionally feature John Forkin MBE DL, Managing Director at award-winning investment promotion agency Marketing Derby, as keynote speaker, as well as award-winning mind reader, magician, and professional mentalist Looch, who will bewilder and astonish guests during the evening’s networking. Tickets can now be booked for the awards event – click here to secure yours. […]
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East Midlands Based Fencing Industry Leaders Launch ‘Sustainability Week’ and Spill the Tea on Lowering their Carbon Footprint.

In a bid to raise awareness among both their employees and their customers, First Fence are launching a company-wide sustainability week on the 27th of June 2022 as part of their latest campaign and sustainability plan. They have filled us in on their plans for the week and beyond. First Fence are committed to positively impacting the public, environment, and planet. They have a fleet of over 40 vehicles on the road with over 100 deliveries made daily, it has become a huge part of the company’s future to create and implement their sustainability plan and move toward reducing their […]
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Property firms raise more than £23,000 at inaugural Newton Cup clay shoot

Supporting the farming community was the target for property professionals as Midlands-based firm Newton LDP hosted its first ever ‘Newton Cup’ clay shoot on the Warwickshire-Northamptonshire border. More than 160 property professionals took part in Newton LDP’s charity clay shoot at the prestigious Shuckburgh Estate, which raised more than £23,000. The event also included a dinner, auction and raffle with all profits from the day being donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) – a national charity that provides local support to the farming community across England and Wales. It was the first held by Warwickshire-based land, development and property […]
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AWARD-WINNING DIGITAL MARKETING AGENCY APPOINTS FIRST AIDER TO PRIORITISE EMPLOYEES MENTAL HEALTH

Leicestershire-based digital marketing agency Digital Ethos is making mental health awareness its top priority by appointing a Mental Health First Aider to help its employees. Jess Harvey, Head of Operations at Digital Ethos, recently applied for and completed a mental health training course designed to bring better mental health support to the workplace for employees that need it. The training has allowed Jess to understand risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations and where people can turn for help.  “It’s incredibly important that workplaces […]
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Nominate outstanding projects and businesses NOW for the East Midlands Bricks Awards 2022!

It is time to submit your nominations for East Midlands Business Link’s esteemed Bricks Awards! Shine a light on your team and reward their hard work. The East Midlands Bricks Awards celebrate the region’s property and construction industry, its people, and outstanding developments. Award categories include: most active estate agent, commercial development of the year, responsible business of the year, residential development of the year, developer of the year, deal of the year, architects of the year, excellence in design, sustainable development of the year, contractor of the year, and overall winner. Winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony on Thursday 15 September, at […]
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Frozen food distributor Central Foods expands bread range with new flatbreads

Frozen food distributor Central Foods has launched a range of KaterBake Lebanese flatbreads for its foodservice customers. The new breads are available in a selection of flavours and sizes and can be used as wraps, pizza bases, traditional accompaniments to hummous and dips or for dipping into olive oil flavoured with herbs. Also known as Khoubz, the Arabic word for bread, the KaterBake Lebanese flatbreads are extremely versatile and more than earn their keep in any kitchen. MD for Central Foods, Gordon Lauder, said: “We are very pleased to be expanding our range of exciting breads for the food service […]
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Approval for Network Space industrial unit in South Yorkshire

Network Space Developments (NSD) has been granted detailed planning approval by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council for the final phase at the successful Ashroyd Business Park, Barnsley close to M1 Junction 36. The detailed Reserved Matters approval is for a detached 94,500 sq ft unit comprising 90,000 sq ft at ground level and 4,500 sq ft of first floor office. The building offers 110 car parking spaces, a clear height of 12 metres internally, 8 dock levellers, 2 level access doors, and a large secure 49m depth yard. The building will be delivered to a highly sustainable specification targeting BREEAM rating […]
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Newark community celebrates The Queen’s Jubilee with a big tree plant

A vibrant cherry tree has been planted at David Wilson Homes’ Fernwood Village development in Newark to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Queen’s reign, David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes – both subsidiaries of Barratt Group – have planted over 1,500 trees in communities across Britain. The Jubilee Big Tree Plant saw the country’s largest housebuilder plant trees to recognise the Queen’s wish to create a legacy for future generations. Members of the David Wilson Homes site team, alongside the Chairman of Fernwood Parish Council, Barry Smith, and representatives from Royal […]
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UK construction unemployment falls to lowest level since 2019

Dominick Sandford, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect, said:  “The pandemic hit the construction industry hard, but the latest ONS data shows that the level of unemployment has plummeted in recent months, and is now at its lowest figure in almost three years.  “At its peak in July-September 2020, there were 77,000 UK construction workers out of a job, which was the highest the country had seen since 2015.  “However, the number has fallen consistently since November, and now stands at 46,000, which is the first time it has dropped beneath pre-pandemic levels (50,000 in March-May 2020).  “In fact, construction […]
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Caddick chosen as construction partner by York City for first zero carbon homes scheme

Building on the city’s history of being a housing pioneer, the City of York Council has contracted Caddick Construction to build the council’s first ever zero carbon homes. Contracts have been signed to build 112 certified Passivhaus homes as part of the council’s Housing Delivery Programme. This ambitious council-led programme is building 600 homes across the city. Between 40% to 60% will be affordable, over two-times what current planning guidelines require. The first zero carbon homes will be built on sites at Duncombe Barracks in Clifton and Burnholme in Heworth. Local residents co-designed the projects alongside the council’s Stirling Prize-winning architects […]
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Encore Makes Mental Health Support for HGV Drivers the Priority

The number of HGV drivers on the road is at a record low and a major factor as to why is the long, lonely working conditions that have already left 27%[i] of the workforce suffering from mental health issues. Specialist driving recruitment agency, Encore Personnel, which has 10 branches across the region, including its head office in Leicester and offices in Nottingham and Derby city centres, is taking a stand with a focus on helping tackle these issues by supporting its drivers through introducing a new health and mental wellbeing CPC course. The course gives drivers access to a variety […]
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Eden PR Expands with Duo of New Recruits

Eden Public Relations, one of Nottingham’s leading public relations agencies, has expanded its team with the additions of PR & Digital Account Executives Daisy Bradford and Rosie Vacciana-Browne. In the last six months, the specialist public relations and marketing communications consultancy based in the Lace Market has widened its digital offering as it takes on new business, entering new sectors. As Eden evolves its multimedia services, the appointment of Daisy and Rosie adds to the broad expertise in the agency. Both joining the team with first-class degrees, the duo stood out at interview for their creative spark and passion for […]
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Charterpoint submits plans for housing development near Louth

Developer Charterpoint has applied for outline planning permission to build up to 90 new homes on land in Louth. It is proposed that the new properties on the 12 acre site off Daisy Way would include a mix of two to four bedroom homes. The development would also feature a children’s play area, surface water attenuation ponds, wildflower meadows, sustainable drainage and an amenity lawn for communal informal recreation. Charterpoint has submitted outline plans for up to 90 homes and garages, plus associated highways, drainage and green infrastructure for the site to East Lindsey District Council. Adrian Goose, CEO of […]
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Antiques Roadshow Meet Titus the T. rex for Nottingham Show

Fiona Bruce and experts from Antiques Roadshow have been shown some fascinating, ancient items over the years – but none more so than Titus, a 66m-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex! The Titus T. rex is King exhibition is hitting our screens as Wollaton Hall hosted the filming of Antiques Roadshow on Tuesday 7th June 2022. The exhibition, which showcases the first real Tyrannosaurus Rex to be displayed in England for over a century, recently appeared on BBC One’s Bargain Hunt as Charlie Ross came face-to-face with Titus in a memorable meeting. Now the Titus exhibition is in the spotlight again as BBC’s […]
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A.W. Lymn Help ‘Oink’s’ Memory Live on with Special Plaque

A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service, one of Derby’s largest independent funeral directors, has highlighted the legacy of one of the city’s most beloved animals with a special commemorative plaque. Local residents may remember Oink, a water buffalo who became a much-loved local celebrity after he arrived in the city over 20 years ago. His field, which was located off Haslams Lane, Derby, near the river Dewent, even has its own entry on Google Maps. Oink was owned by Kathleen Moore, who was gifted the 1.4 tonne animal by his previous owner. She cared for Oink dearly, visiting daily, before […]
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Cambridgeshire Business Anglia Translations Ltd Supporting Children with Brain Tumours

Cambridgeshire translation company have made a sizeable donation to Peterborough children’s charity Anna’s Hope. Cambridgeshire company Anglia Translations Ltd have made a major donation of £10,000 to local charity Anna’s Hope, which will go towards helping children and young people diagnosed with brain tumours to reach their full potential through specialist support and rehabilitation. Director of Anglia Translations Ltd, Mary Gilbey, had this to say, “We have been immensely proud to have Anna’s Hope as our charity of the year, these past twelve months. I have known Carole for quite a few years and the work that her and her […]
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New machine cuts clear path for Wilkins' expansion

A packaging giant has invested in a new die-cutting machine, to bolster its already strong fleet of equipment. The award-winning Wilkins Group, based on Colwick Industrial Estate, in Nottinghamshire, has bought the hi-tec device – making the trailblazing firm the first in the UK to purchase this piece of kit. It comes as the family-run company, which manufactures packaging for most major supermarket chains, undergoes a multi-million-pound extension. This will add a further 50,000 sq ft to its headquarters and increase turnover – the last financial year saw the UK turnover top £46m, up by more than 20 per cent […]
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Schroder REIT appoints Caddick Construction to deliver first Net Zero Carbon in operation warehouse development in the North West

The North West office of family run business, Caddick Construction, has been appointed by Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust (“SREIT”) to deliver eleven warehouse units at SREIT’s Stanley Green Trading Estate (“Stanley Green”) in South Manchester. The new units will have a GDV of approximately £22.5 million and will deliver a further 80,000 sq ft of trade counter space on a 3.4 acre development site adjacent to the existing estate. The development will, on completion, be the first Net Zero Carbon in Operation industrial scheme in the North West and will also be delivered to BREAAM Excellent certification with an […]
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East Midlands Fixed Fee Divorce Specialists Awarded UK’s Most Innovative Divorce and Family Law Firm 2022

Leicestershire-based Fixed fee divorce specialists, East Midlands-based Fair Result scooped the SME Legal News award for The UK’s Most Divorce & Family Law Firm 2022. The SME Legal News awards were held virtually on Friday the 27th of May 2022, for the first time following the pandemic. The aim of the awards is to highlight small and medium-sized firms in the industry, that have shown true excellence, commitment, and determination over the past year, in the UK. Fair Result boast a completely unique fixed-fee offering for their clients, with over 70 years of combined experience in commercial negotiation. Using a […]
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