BSP Consulting appointed on hospitals framework

East Midlands-based civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting has been appointed to the Circle Health Group Professional Services Framework for the first time. The company has been selected to provide civil and structural engineering services, along with transport and infrastructure consultancy. This is the twentieth framework that BSP Consulting is currently on – either on its own or collectively with industry partners. BSP Consulting director Paul Elphick said: “We are delighted to have secured a place on the Circle Health Group Professional Services Framework. BSP Consulting has extensive experience of working across the health sector. “We are looking forward […]
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Marble Hall Managed Workspace Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary

The iconic Marble Hall on Nightingale Road in Derby is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a managed workspace with the arrival of a raft of new tenants. The former Rolls-Royce building, located in the Osmaston area of the city, was the subject of a £4m refurbishment in 2016 to transform it into a vibrant managed workspace facility, with a range of complementary facilities. It joined the Connect Derby portfolio of managed workspaces soon after and was officially opened later that year by HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO. The building, which was home to Rolls-Royce during the First and […]
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Advice for businesses from the Food Innovation Centre on catering for a growing elderly population

New advice has been published on Healthy Eating for the Elderly to help food and drink businesses develop products for older people. The fact sheet is one of a series compiled by the Food Innovation Centre at the University of Nottingham, providing clear, concise and scientifically reliable information on key topics for small and medium-sized businesses. The UK population is ageing, and it is projected that by 2050, one in four people in the UK will be aged 65 and over. By 2069 there are likely to be an additional 7.5 million people aged 65 years and over in the UK, […]
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Frozen food distributor Central Foods scores success in BRC accreditation

Central Foods has been awarded the BRC Agents and Brokers certificate for the fifth time – achieving the highest possible classification level. The frozen food distributor was awarded Double AA accreditation, passing the audit first time and with no issues. MD of Central Foods, Gordon Lauder, said: “This is great news for the company and reflects Central Foods’ strong commitment to quality assurance and the industry gold standard. “We’re delighted to have passed the audit once again with no ‘non-conformances’, which demonstrates the expertise of our technical team. “Gaining a Double AA accreditation of the BRC Agents and Brokers certificate […]
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Focus appointed for cost management services on Blackpool’s first ever museum

Nottingham-based Focus has been appointed as part of the team developing Showtown, Blackpool’s first ever museum. The company is providing cost management services for the scheme, which will explore the history of dancers, acrobats and comedians who have performed at the seaside town as well as behind-the-scenes stories from producers, visitors and residents that provide a new insight into the history of Blackpool. On display will be more than 800 items of memorabilia, plus experiences and activities that will provide fun for all the family from juggling to Punch and Judy shows. Changing exhibitions will attract visitors back time and […]
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Younas family's latest property acquisition could become home for care provider

A FAMILY-RUN property firm has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of a block which could become an office spaces for a care provider. The Nottingham-based Younas Family has purchased Unit 2 Pelham Court, in Pelham Road, off the city’s Sherwood Rise, for a six-figure sum. It is just a stone’s throw away from two of the family’s other properties – Clarendon Park, which is Unit 1 Pelham Court, and the nearby Lancaster House. The Younas’ latest acquisition – which brings the total of its commercial acquisitions in the NG5 postcode alone to £4m – consists of 2,000 sq ft […]
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HR Consultants predict workplace trends for 2022

2021 has been witness to a number of changes in the workplace, with hybrid working becoming more prevalent and the needs of employees continually adapting and evolving – often dependent on new circumstances accelerated by an ongoing pandemic. Now, as we head into 2022, it is important for business owners to reflect over the past 12 months and prepare to make changes where required adapting to new workplace trends, employment laws and ever-changing circumstances in the world of work. As the Omicron variant spreads and it remains unclear as to what the future holds for new restrictions, award winning HR […]
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Double Promotions In Healthcare Team At Race Cottam Associates

Leading healthcare architectural practice, Race Cottam Associates (RCA) has announced the promotion of two team members following a farewell to the firm’s longstanding health sector lead. After an 18-year career at RCA spanning the delivery of more than 60 healthcare schemes, Tim Robinson retires. Paul Foster, associate director becomes RCA’s new health sector lead and will oversee the healthcare team, including the newly promoted architect, Jacob Peplow. RCA’s managing director, David Speddings said: “There has obviously been an extensive handover process in the healthcare team since Tim announced his retirement, part of which involved the restructuring of roles for Paul […]
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Heathcotes recruitment drive champions opportunities in care

Chesterfield-based care provider, Heathcotes Group, has launched a recruitment drive with an aim to attract a new intake by championing the benefits and career opportunities available within the sector. With plans to open new care provision in the next six months, the company is offering around 180 permanent roles across the Midlands, the North West, London, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for residential services in support of adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. As the sector adjusts to the post-pandemic impact on its workforce, Heathcotes has stepped up its talent acquisition strategy, advocating the job security, funding for professional development, […]
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Network Space sell Element at Knowsley business park

Leading commercial real estate developer Network Space has sold Element at Alchemy Business Park, Knowsley, to CBRE Investment Management. Completed in 2019, Element is the second phase of development at Alchemy Business Park, located adjacent to the A580 East Lancashire Road and just half a mile from Junction 4 of the M57. It comprises three modern detached industrial units with integral offices, parking and extensive service yards. The three warehouses total 103,706 sq ft and offer 35,174 sq ft, 22,946 sq ft and 45,586 sq ft respectively. Element units 1 and 3 are now the flagship headquarters and dealership for eStar […]
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Housebuilder donates hampers to village’s festive prize draw

A Cambridgeshire housebuilder has donated a collection of Christmas hampers to a local village’s annual festive prize draw. Linden Homes handed over the hampers to Caldecote Village Club for the Christmas event on Saturday 18 December. Linden Homes, which is part of Vistry Group along with Bovis Homes and Vistry Partnerships, is building 66 new homes at its All Angels Park development in Highfields Caldecote. Russell Beresford, chairman of Caldecote Village Club, said: “We are very grateful to Linden Homes for the generous donation of Christmas hampers. We were not able to stage this event last year due to the […]
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Phase four of Charterpoint’s Lincolnshire housing scheme set to start

Work is poised to get under way on phase four of Charterpoint’s popular housing development in Louth, Lincolnshire. It will bring a further 40 plots into build at Westfield Park on the edge of the town. Planning permission was granted for 240 homes on the site in 2018. This latest phase is the penultimate phase and will bring the total number of homes built at Westfield Park by Snape Properties to 200. Charterpoint CEO Adrian Goose said: “Westfield Park has proved to be a very popular housing development and the new homes can’t be built quick enough to keep up […]
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Caddick Construction on site for Tunstall Arrow Phase 2 industrial scheme

Network Space has appointed Caddick Construction to deliver the £9.5m Phase Two of its Tunstall Arrow scheme after securing unanimous planning approval in the summer. The second phase of the Tunstall Arrow development will provide an additional 109,250 sq. ft of industrial workspace on the 8-acre plot, bringing an additional 200 jobs to the area. The buildings will be ready for occupation in Autumn 2022. Acquired by Network Space in 2013, the Tunstall Arrow site is a 28-acre former colliery site adjoining the A527 (James Brindley Way) in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. The scheme is close to the A500, with access to […]
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Russell Roof Tiles believes Apprentices are the Future

Leading Burton-based roof tile manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles believes attracting young people into industry is essential to tackle the skills shortage gap. Russell Roof Tiles has always been passionate about encouraging younger individuals to pursue a career in engineering. Supporting and investing in apprentices through training, to help them develop their career is at the core of the manufacturers company values. Otto Mathiesen is Maintenance Manager at the firm’s Burton on Trent concrete site and has recruited three young talented individuals to join his team. Liam Harrison, Shaun Large and Zane Poulton, all aged 16-17, join the Russell Roof Tiles […]
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Encore’s Secret to Keeping a Happy Workforce during the Pandemic

As Government guidance returns to encouraging people to work from home in the face of rising Covid cases, leading Midlands recruiter Encore Personnel, which employs more than 200 staff and operates 10 branches across the region, has revealed its secret to maintaining a happy workforce – wherever they may be. In the last 18 months, workers have had to adjust to working from home, however as restrictions started to ease many businesses deployed the hybrid-working model and Encore was no different. Encore, headquartered in Leicester, specialises in driving, warehousing, manufacturing, logistics and engineering recruitment and given the nature of its […]
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Lincolnshire law firm rated ‘excellent’ in Lexcel audit

Following a successful audit of practices and procedures, JMP Solicitors has secured its Lexcel accreditation, achieving a rating of ‘excellent.’ The Grantham-based law firm was found to be fully Lexcel compliant in the major assessment which occurred last year and takes place every three years, alongside this year’s standard annual audit. The results showed that JMP met all Lexcel accreditation requirements, notably exceeding the basic Lexcel standard required. Lexcel is a nationally recognised legal practice quality mark awarded by the Law Society, which is granted to firms that can demonstrate good practice in structure and strategy, finances, information management, people […]
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Bourne Foodbank welcomes generous donation from local housing developer

A housebuilder based in Bourne has delivered a loaded car boot full of supplies to Bourne Foodbank, following a collection held by staff at its head office. Allison Homes, which is building new homes across the East, donated the food for those in need of essential supplies this Christmas. Bourne Foodbank, based off Spalding Road, is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks supported by The Trussell Trust, which works to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. The local foodbank, which opened in 2013, is run by Churches Together as a service to Bourne and the surrounding villages, and […]
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Henry Brothers appointed on DfE’s 2021 Construction Framework

Henry Brothers has been appointed to the Department for Education’s (DfE) 2021 Construction Framework for the first time. The company has been successful on the Medium Value Band – projects from £6m to £12m – for the East of England. The framework runs for four years and is worth £7bn. Both educational and non-educational schemes can be procured under the framework. This is the latest in a number of framework appointments secured by Henry Brothers. Others include the Public Buildings Construction and Infrastructure (PB3) LHC Framework, which allows local authorities, social landlords and other public sector bodies to source contractors […]
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Housing developer on a mission to make Christmas special for disadvantaged kids

Housing developer on a mission to make Christmas special for disadvantaged kids East Midlands housebuilder Peter James Homes has collected well over two hundred gifts as part of a drive to ensure that no child goes without a present this Christmas. Alongside its partners within the McCann Group; J McCann & Co Ltd and McCann Utilities, Peter James Homes has teamed up with Nottingham radio station Gem 106 and charity, Cash for Kids as part of this year’s Mission Christmas. Cash for Kids teams up with radio stations and companies across the UK every year to make sure every disadvantaged […]
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Housebuilder funds Christmas hampers for staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

A housebuilder has helped to spread festive cheer by sponsoring two Christmas hampers for 40 staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Vistry East Midlands has donated £300 to fund the hampers which will provide festive treats for the staff at the hospital who work over the Christmas period. Emma Bray, corporate fundraiser at Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, said the donation was fantastic news. “We are so grateful to Vistry East Midlands for kindly sponsoring our staff Christmas hamper appeal,” said Emma. “This generous donation will mean that we can deliver lots of treats to staff across Addenbrooke’s Hospital who are working […]
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