Works on £3.4m Staffordshire healthcare facility progress

Works are moving along well at the new Greenwood House Medical Centre on Lichfield Road in Burntwood, Staffordshire, and an event was held on 22nd June to mark the progress of the project. The £3.4million medical facility, which is being constructed by Midlands contractor G F Tomlinson, is due for completion in September 2021 and will bring first class healthcare facilities to the community to relieve the pressure on local hospitals. The new single storey centre is being constructed on a site previously occupied by a residential care home, which has been vacant since 2008. The centre will replace the […]
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Prime residential site for nine executive houses in Edwalton, Nottingham comes to the market with FHP

FHP Property Consultants have been instructed to sell a site of 1.5 acres fronting Melton Road in Edwalton which has an outline planning consent for nine large houses. David Hargreaves joint founder of FHP who is handling the sale, said: “Many people will know this site as ‘the Xmas tree site’ on Melton Road, as many have bought their Christmas trees from the site over the years.” In addition to the 0.9-acre field, there is a four-bed bungalow which sits on a further 0.6-acre site. Jules Hunt of FHP Living said: “The site has outline planning consent for nine executive […]
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The benefits of adding an apartment to your property investment portfolio – with no stamp duty to pay

For investors looking to add another property to their portfolio this year, there are plenty of options to weigh up as the market remains buoyant, with one Nottingham riverside development offering an exclusive incentive to those looking to reserve a waterfront apartment by the end of July. The developers behind The Waterside Apartments in Nottingham, Monk Estates and Harmony Bridge, are offering buyers who reserve a property by the end of July and complete before the end of September, the chance to have their full stamp duty tax paid in full. The stamp duty holiday was introduced by the chancellor […]
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Award-winning HR consultants announce partnership with IT provider True MSP

HR firm Breedon Consulting has announced a formal partnership with strategic IT support company, True MSP to offer a full scope of HR, learning and development, and IT services. Offering a no-nonsense experience, the joint venture will combine Breedon Consulting and True MSP’s services to provide a fully comprehensive offering with a straightforward approach. The partnership comes after years of friendship between Breedon Consulting managing director Nicki Robson and True MSP co-founders, Tim Rookes and Neil Shaw. Breedon will be providing its full scope of HR services, which include; strategic services, operational services and HR software systems. On the learning […]
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Gold Standard Construction Course Gets Learner Approval Despite Covid19 Challenges 

Derby based Develop Training, which had to alter many of its courses due to the pandemic, has welcomed the first intake of clients on its gold standard construction course – with many employers receiving money back from the CITB Levy. Approved by the CITB and Build UK, the IOSH Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers has been a roaring success despite the raft of challenges posed by the pandemic, and it was conducted for the very first time using both virtual and in-person sessions. Daryll Garavan, Utilities Training Manager at Develop Training, said: “Like many training companies, Develop Training had […]
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Work Commences on Phase One Of £200 million Becketwell Scheme

Construction work is underway on phase one of the £200m Becketwell regeneration scheme in Derby. Councillor Chris Poulter, leader of Derby City Council, joined developers St James Securities, representatives from main contractors GMI Construction, funders Grainger plc and other key stakeholders at a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of piling works on the site of the former Debenhams store on Victoria Street. Phase one of the scheme includes 259 one and two-bedroom Build to Rent (BTR) apartments, which will be forward funded, acquired and operated by Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed provider of private rental homes. The centrepiece […]
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Linden Homes sponsor local football team

Linden Homes East Midlands has sponsored the Brampton Rovers under 8 team as part of their efforts to support local grassroots initiatives. The team, who play in the North Derbyshire Youth Football league, provides local children aged between 7 and 18 with the chance to play football. The club also runs soccer schools for younger children to encourage them to stay active over the school holidays. Linden Homes’ sponsorship comes off the back of their work in the area with the business currently redeveloping part of the Walton Hospital in Chesterfield. Once complete, the development will feature 151 two, three […]
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Big Interview: GeoSLAM founder Graham Hunter on the UK tech being used to scan erupting volcanoes in Iceland

The boss of a business that produced a digital map of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro says the East Midlands is gaining a reputation in geospatial technology. Graham Hunter is the founder and chief executive of GeoSLAM, an East Midlands company that provides services and technology for building 3D maps of objects, structures and buildings which it sells to customers around the world. The firm’s lightweight tech uses lasers to bounce signals off objects to measure their size and shape, and the equipment can be handheld, carried on drones or mounted on cars. A GeoSLAM team […]
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£1M CONVERSION SCHEMES UNDERWAY IN LEICESTER CITY CENTRE

The conversions of two prominent buildings in Leicester city centre, representing a combined investment of circa £1m, will be overseen by local architectural studio, InkDrawn. At 171-173 London Road, overlooking the two lodges marking the entrance to Victoria Park, InkDrawn will prepare construction drawings to create 16 new studio and one bed apartments for the Build to Rent (BTR) market. Nearby in the cultural quarter, opposite Curve Theatre, InkDrawn obtained planning permission for a further six one and two bed upper floor apartments as part of a conversion scheme on the corner of Halford Street and Wigston Street. Construction works […]
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Younas family expands Nottingham empire with Clarendon Park purchase

The property arm of a Nottingham family enterprise has completed a deal that adds a further 8,000 sq ft of office space to its rapidly expanding portfolio. Younas & Virdi Group has purchased Clarendon Park, off Clumber Avenue, in Sherwood, Nottingham, for an undisclosed sum. The property consists of three units, one of which was already occupied by Safe Haven Accommodation, another arm of the Younas family corporation, and one of the fastest-growing care providers in the UK. It follows the group’s recent acquisition of Lancaster House, in nearby Sherwood Rise, which is currently being refurbished to become a new […]
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Blueprint Interiors first in East Midlands to achieve WELL Health Safety Rating

Workplace design consultants and interior fit-out specialists Blueprint Interiors has become the first company in the East Midlands region to achieve The WELL Health-Safety Rating, a new building health and safety accreditation which is informed by the WELL Building Standard and more than 600 experts from the Task Force on COVID-19. The company is also the first in its sector across the UK to achieve the rating. Designed to empower owners and operators across large and small businesses alike to take the necessary steps in order to prioritize the health and safety of their staff, visitors and stakeholders, the WELL […]
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BT launches low-cost fibre package, Home Essentials, as new research reveals nearly a quarter of people in East Midlands need financial help

BT has launched a new social tariff for low income families, as new research has found nearly a quarter of adults in the East Midlands need financial help. Exclusive to those on Universal Credit and a range of other means-tested benefits1, the Home Essentials package offers fibre broadband and calls for £15 a month, saving customers £2402 a year compared to an equivalent package. It is available now for customers to buy online at www.bt.com/home-essentials. To mark the launch, BT has conducted new research to highlight the importance of connectivity. Around a quarter of people in the East Midlands (24%) […]
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Luke Evans Bakery MD appointed chairperson of BAKO Group

MD of Derbyshire-based Luke Evans Bakery, David Yates, has been elected chairperson of bakery products distributor BAKO Group Ltd. BAKO is a leading supplier of bakery products and ingredients – servicing customers throughout the United Kingdom, with business units in Durham (BAKO Northern & Scotland), Preston (BAKO North Western) and Wimbledon (BAKO South Eastern). It takes pride in being owned by bakers, for bakers. David has served on the board since January 2018 and as deputy chairperson since December 2019. He said: “The coming years present many challenges but also many reasons for huge optimism for the bakery industry. As the […]
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Make your nominations for the East Midlands Bricks Awards 2021

Returning to recognise the region’s property and construction industry for another year, it’s time to submit your nominations for the prestigious East Midlands Bricks Awards 2021. Seize this opportunity to shine a light on development projects and people in commercial and public building across the East Midlands. 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. Nominations forms can be […]
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M40 Offices targets green future after £250,000 funding boost

Commercial lettings provider to use investment to improve its facilities and help reduce its carbon footprint at sites in Bicester Business Park M40 Offices has received a £250,000 funding package from the East & South East Midlands (“ESEM”) Fund, managed by Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), through the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (“MEIF”). The business, which specialises in providing a range of commercial lettings to firms, will use the funding to improve its facilities and reduce its carbon footprint at its sites in Bicester Business Park. M40 Offices provides office space, warehouse units, and meeting rooms across its 85 sites in […]
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Building consultancy relocates to facilitate expansion

Midlands building services consultancy, Stewarts, is facilitating its ongoing growth with a move to a new headquarters. The move comes six months after the company was acquired by Leeds-based building consultancy, C80 Group, and demonstrates the Group’s commitment to growing the businesses it acquires. Stewarts has been recruiting new staff in 2021 to increase its service capacity, requiring a relocation to a larger office in Solihull, where its expanding team of specialists will continue to provide high quality engineering solutions for the built environment. Simon Delicate, Managing Director of Stewarts, said: “The move to new offices coincides with all-new branding […]
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New online family business community launches

A new not-for-profit online initiative which connects family businesses across the UK is due to launch, providing businesses in the sector with interactive support and expert advice – and a fantastic community to be part of. Launching on 17 June and organised and backed by The Wilson Organisation, a Nottingham-based third-generation family business behind the annual Midlands Family Business Awards – the online only Family Business Futures (FBF) initiative has been designed to bring family enterprises across the UK together. Following the unprecedented events of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the absence of face-to-face meetings and […]
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Investment for Freight Transport IT Firm

Nottingham based specialist transport technology provider Forward Computers has announced a half million-pound investment in software, as well as a new name and new brand. One of the longest established firms of its type, established in 1986, Forward Computers has become Forward Solutions. The firm employs a team of 25 and is based on Glaisdale Drive in Nottingham. The business supplies software to the transport sector, providing specialist IT systems for leading players in the UK, Europe, Asia and USA, across air freight, sea freight, road freight and rail freight. This is the company’s largest single investment and sees Forward Solutions […]
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Fit-out and manufacturing firm continues positive year with double hire

Fit-out and manufacturing firm continues positive year with double hire Midlands-based handrail and balustrade specialists, SMART Balustrades, has further expanded its team with a double hire as it strides towards its ambitious 35% year-on-year growth target for 2021, following a record year for the company in 2020. The Staffordshire family business specialises in the fitting and manufacturing of bespoke glass and stainless-steel balustrades, handrails and Juliet balconies, for the commercial and residential sectors. Alexander Duerden joins SMART Balustrades as a site installation engineer and possesses a strong background in steel installation and carpentry. With a Gold Construction Skills Certification Scheme […]
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New Business Development Manager joins Glass Futures

Glass Futures’ Global Centre of Excellence, the proposed research and development and training facility, continues to deliver on employment commitments having successfully recruited in a key Business Development position. Naomi Smith has been appointed as the new Business Development role responsible for driving membership of Glass Futures and the Global Centre of Excellence. This new role will provide a key point of contact between the innovations team and members, and will help define and drive strategic activities to grow the membership base and ensure the needs of current members are fulfilled. Naomi started her career as a sales representative with […]
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