Spotlight turns on nightclub exhibition project managed by Focus

Museum exhibition project management specialist Focus is celebrating the opening of the Night Fever: Designing Club Culture exhibition at V&A Dundee which unveiled on 1st May. Developed by Vitra Design Museum in Germany and ADAM – Brussels Design Museum – the exhibition is the first to explore the relationship between club culture from the 1960s to today and V&A Dundee will be the only UK venue for this unique exhibition. Nottingham-based Focus was the project manager, employer’s agent, and quantity surveyor for the exhibition, which charts how nightclub design has changed and developed. Appointed just before the pandemic struck, Focus […]
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BEDFORDSHIRE HOUSEBUILDER SUPPORTS GREENSAND COUNTRY AS THE KEY FESTIVAL SPONSOR

Mulberry Homes is supporting this year’s Greensand Country Festival as the Key Festival Sponsor for 2021. Greensand Country is a beautiful and well-loved landscape defined by the Greensand Ridge, a band of higher ground stretching from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay, which rises out of the surrounding vales to create a locally unique environment. The area is home to all of Bedfordshire’s remaining heathland, more than half of its woodland and more historical parklands than anywhere else in Britain. For five weeks this May, Bedfordshire locals can enjoy the breath-taking landscape during the Greensand Country Festival. The festival is a celebration […]
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First homes snapped up at Rolleston-on-Dove development

A new housing development has launched in Rolleston-on-Dove, with buyers already snapping up the first homes available. Bellway is building 100 homes at Rolleston Manor, off Forest School Street, including seven affordable properties for rent or shared ownership. Construction work is well underway on the site and the first residents are expected to move into their homes in August. Prospective purchasers can now look inside the five-bedroom detached showhome at Rolleston Manor, either by taking the virtual tour on the Bellway website or by making an appointment to visit the development. Marie Richards, Sales Director for Bellway West Midlands, said: […]
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CONNECT DERBY LAUNCHES FURNISHED OFFICES AT FRIAR GATE STUDIOS

Connect Derby, the city’s primary managed workspace provider, is expanding its offering with the launch of new fully furnished Covid-secure office accommodation at its Friar Gate Studios headquarters. The building on Ford Street, which was launched in 2007, has furnished nine of its offices, which will be available to rent on a short-term basis of up to six-months. The move comes as a result of the changing working environment since the advent of the pandemic and the increasing demand from prospective tenants for a more flexible, short-term letting arrangement as they reassess the impact that Covid-19 has had on their […]
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LEAVING LOCKDOWN: ULTI-MUTT TIPS FOR CAMBRIGESHIRE PETS REVEALED FOR NATIONAL PET MONTH

To celebrate National Pet Month (April), Cambridgeshire housebuilder Barratt and David Wilson Homes has teamed up with leading animal charity Wood Green to provide pet owners with advice on looking after their fur-friends as lockdown restrictions begin to ease. Changes in lifestyle during the last year have been significant for our pets, and as lockdown is easing, their lifestyles will inevitably alter once again. For example, owners returning to work or attending social events will be a big adjustment, and some pets will need a bit of preparation to help them. To help its Cambridgeshire residents with this, Barratt and […]
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Multi Queen's Award Winning Company, TruNet Group, Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Henry Winning & Co Ltd. Wins prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. With history dating back to its inception in 1880, Henry Winning & Co Ltd. are leading twine and string manufacturers in Glasgow and following its acquisition in 2014 by The TruNet Group, it has firmly established itself as a World Leader. Announced today, Thursday 29th April 2021, Henry Winning & Co Ltd. has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. This prestigious award is given to those who demonstrate their company has achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings and commercial success. Producing millions of metres of twine and string every week the […]
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Top tips for choosing a trusted builder for your home improvements

Homeowners and landlords looking to find a quality builder to carry out improvement works to their property can follow these top tips for choosing a trusted professional from the experts at Taggart Homes. Whether you are planning an extension, looking to create an open-plan layout, or are simply seeking repair and maintenance work, finding a reliable professional can feel like a daunting task if you are unfamiliar with the process and work involved. With the country subject to lockdown restrictions over the past few months, which has seen many of us adjust to spending more time staying in and working from […]
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Sir David Wootton joins Bradford 2025 UK City of Culture bid

Bradford’s bid for UK City of Culture has been given a major boost with the announcement that former Lord Mayor of London Sir David Wootton is supporting its bid to become UK City of Culture in 2025. The Bradford-born lawyer and politician was the Lord Mayor of London 2011-12 but, having never forgotten his Yorkshire roots, is now actively supporting his home city’s exciting bid to win the significant contest that would help put the District on the map as a cultural destination. Sir David has a long affinity with his childhood city, growing up there and studying at Bradford […]
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Two housing developments set to open in Oadby

Two housing developments which are bringing 310 new homes to Oadby will both be opening their doors next month. Bellway is building 221 new homes at Stoughton Park, off Gartree Road, while Ashberry Homes is delivering 89 homes at neighbouring Horwood Gardens. Work on site began last autumn. Sales centres at the two developments will open on Saturday 1 May, when the first homes will be released for sale. A mix of 217 two, three, four and five-bedroom homes will be provided for private sale across the two developments, alongside 93 affordable homes available for local people through rent or […]
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Geldards successfully advises on BioCity Group acquisition

Nottingham solicitors firm Geldards is proud to have successfully advised on a landmark deal for the city. BioCity Group, the life sciences incubator based in Nottingham, has been acquired in a joint venture by Harrison Street, a leading investment management firm, and Trinity Investment Management, an operator, developer and manager of life sciences real estate. Jenny Chatten, Geldards’ partner for Corporate Finance, led a 15-strong team of solicitors on the deal from across the firm’s real estate, commercial and construction arms. The £120 million deal will see the merger of BioCity Group with Trinity’s science real estate arm, Knowledge Factory, to form […]
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Easing employees back into the workplace – what you need to know as an employer

As restrictions begin to lift across the UK, employers should be thinking about the future of work and how best to help their employees as they return to the workplace after a long period of furlough or remote working. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), employers must plan for any return to the workplace in a way that cares for their staff members and safeguards their health and wellbeing.* The HR experts at Breedon Consulting have highlighted five tips that businesses can use to ensure the successful integration of staff members, while taking into account the […]
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MAVEN CAPITAL PARTNERS AQUIRES NOTTINGHAM PROPERTY FOR £3.7 MILLION

UK Alternative Asset Manager aims to secure planning consent for purpose built student accommodation scheme. Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), a leading UK property and private equity manager, has acquired a 28,000 sq ft building in Nottingham city centre for £3.7 million from a South African-listed property fund. The transaction was funded by Maven Investor Partners, an established network of professional client investors. The acquisition is in line with Maven’s strategy to target properties with value-add potential across key UK regions. The property comprises a city centre building over basement, ground, and first floor level, and benefits from rental income from […]
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Ibstock plc confirms investment in pathfinder project to achieve world’s first Net Zero brick factory

Ibstock plc has confirmed its intention to make a major investment in one of its brick factories in the West Midlands. The factory will be a pathfinder project to test and pilot operational efficiencies which, the company believes, will lead to Atlas becoming the world’s only Scope 1 & 21 Net Zero brick factory.  A combination of reduced process emissions and greater thermal efficiency will cut the carbon intensity of bricks produced at the Atlas site by 50% compared to the existing factory. The remaining emissions will be offset using high quality emission reduction projects. Once completed, Atlas will be an […]
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UK’s leading designer, supplier and operator of critical communication infrastructure completes MBO

Team Telecom Group (TTG), the international communications organisation behind Affini and Simoco Wireless Solutions have concluded a Management Buy-Out (MBO). The Group was already partially owned by the existing management team, who have now bought the remaining stake. TTG operate on a global scale, for national governments and major transportation organisations to deliver mission-critical communications products and services in sectors where reliability, integrity and security are paramount. The group operates across multiple sectors, including emergency services, utilities providers, public service operators and airports. The buy-out team comprises Chairman Peter Burridge, Group CEO Mike Norfield, Chief Commercial Officer Phil Williams, Executive […]
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Chartered Financial Planner bolsters team at Midlands wealth management firm

Leicester-headquartered Smith Cooper Independent Financial Services (SCIFS), independent financial solutions provider and member of the Smith Cooper group, has further enhanced their team of specialist financial advisors, welcoming Chartered Financial planner Mufaddal Travadi to the firm. Mufaddal joins SCIFS from Hargreaves Lansdown, where he has spent over 8 years as a financial advisor, providing clients with strategic financial advice that adds long term value. Mufaddal has also spent time at Skipton Financial Services and Santander and is well regarded in the field. Smith Cooper IFS offers bespoke wealth management services exclusively to corporate and private UK high net worth clients, […]
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Specialist manufacturer Aquaspira sets course for zero carbon drainage pipe product

Manufacturer Aquaspira, which specialises in producing large low carbon pipes for the housing, utilities and infrastructure industries, is on course to deliver on ambitious targets to reduce its embodied carbon by 50% by 2023 – with its sights set on a zero-carbon product by the end of the decade. A six-figure investment into R&D is already paying dividends with Aquaspira boasting its first drainage product using 20 per cent recycled material. Heavy investment has already been committed with the delivery of a new research laboratory at its Nelson-based headquarters. As a specialist manufacturer of large diameter drainage pipes, Aquaspira is […]
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Home Bargains to open new store in Chesterfield creating 48 new jobs with £1m investment

Home Bargains has invested approximately £1 million in its new store in Chesterfield, which will be officially opened at 8.00 am on Saturday 1st May 2021 As one of the UK’s largest family-run retailers, Home Bargains is creating 48 new jobs in the local community with its store on Carnworth Drive, Clay Cross. In total, the store will employ 55 team members, including some staff and management who will be transferring from local stores. It will also be donating £2,000 to local charity Clay Cross Foodbank, which provides three days’ worth of food and offers toiletries and cleaning products to […]
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Local Logistics Firm Reveals Top 100 Place

Ambitious independent logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group which has three sites based in the East Midlands, has appeared for the first time in The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 2021, which ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing profits (over their latest three years). Europa is the highest listed logistics company, placed at number 32 out of 100 businesses in the league table, alongside two other logistics firms (listed at 78 and 100). Last year, the firm opened its state-of-the-art, £60m warehouse in Corby (Northants) and the business has a further two sites across the East Midlands at Colwick […]
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Experienced project and operations professional joins Mather Jamie

Experienced project and operations professional Andy Smith has joined Loughborough based strategic land and commercial property consultancy Mather Jamie as their business manager. Andy, who is from Derby, joins the company from consulting engineers Rodgers Leask and prior to that spent 18 years working at Bombardier in various roles including systems integration manager. Andy has a HNC in Business and IT from Buckingham University and holds a level 5 qualification in operational management. In his new role, Andy will be taking over from Jon Steel who joined the firm on a part time basis back in September 2019 after a […]
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Temporary insurance change and 10 other ways Brits may be invalidating their car insurance

Brits risk invalidating their insurance due to upcoming changes 10 things you need to be aware of before you embark on a summer road trip Temporary insurance measures introduced to cover drivers during lockdown are set to end on 30th April 2021, meaning that drivers may risk invalidating their cover if they do not update it before then1. Car insurance is a legal requirement for motorists, and your insurer needs to have accurate information about you and your vehicle in order for it to be valid. Providing false information or failing to update it can mean that your insurer refuses […]
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