DWP letting a banker!

The Department for Work and Pensions will soon be setting up shop in a former Derby banking centre. The property, which is located on Sir Frank Whittle Road, was last occupied by Barclays Bank PLC but has now been let to DWP. Hugo Beresford, of Salloway Property Consultants, is delighted to have secured the letting and sees it as a real boost to the local office market. “There has been considerable interest in the property mainly from prospective purchasers but our client has always preferred to let the building. A single 10,000sqft office letting to a public sector tenant is […]
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Works underway on £3.7m expansion of Coventry secondary school

Midlands contractor G F Tomlinson is progressing with multi-million expansion works at Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Coventry, for Coventry City Council. The project involves the construction of a new dining hall and the refurbishment of existing buildings for optimised teaching spaces, which will allow for an additional 200 places at the school, in line with a government drive to provide extra student spaces in Coventry. Procured through Pagabo’s National Framework for Medium Works, this is the first scheme G F Tomlinson has been awarded through the framework in its allocated region, which covers projects between the value of £1m-£5m […]
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How to settle a divorce seamlessly

Couples looking to separate can look to advice from family law experts who can help the difficult process move forward more seamlessly. From financial assets, to future shared contact arrangements and the marital home, there are a number of important considerations to look after when it comes to separating, so it’s important to have full disclosure and to split assets fairly. Relationship breakdowns can be distressing and complicated, with plenty of difficult decisions and arrangements to think about and implement, so seeking legal advice from specialists can provide support during an undoubtedly stressful time. From listing outgoings, to providing full […]
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New MD takes over at buoyant PDS

Specialist engineering company P Ducker Systems has appointed a new managing director from within its ranks to succeed long-serving Mike Rose. Nathan Lawson has taken the helm of PDS at a buoyant time for the business. A strong order book means revenues for its next financial year are already on course to be 25 per cent higher than the current year, which ends on March 31. Mike, who has been managing director since 2012, will remain with the Derby-based company as a consultant until the summer. Nathan, who has been promoted from services director, joined PDS in 1997 as a […]
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Competition launched for tradespeople to win £5,000 apprenticeship funding

One in five tradespeople consider apprentices more important than ever despite Covid-19 decline Over a fifth of companies that regularly hire apprentices took on fewer in 2020 A quarter of tradespeople and companies plan on hiring new apprentices in 2021 Percentage of female, BAME and apprentices with learning difficulties continues to grow year on year IronmongeryDirect launch competition to win £5,000 towards funding an apprentice   A third of companies and tradespeople (31%)1 who regularly hire apprentices feel that the program has been made harder due to the pandemic, as new ONS figures2 show a 30% drop in new construction apprentices between August and October […]
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LinkedIn helps Big Issue vendors reconnect with customers online

‘Raising profiles’ campaign launches in partnership with LinkedIn The Big Issue and LinkedIn have partnered to help the magazine’s sellers reconnect with customers after losing their livelihoods in the pandemic LinkedIn supports the Big Issue vendors with training, building their digital skills and helping them find new opportunities People can support The Big Issue vendors and buy their magazines on LinkedIn The Big Issue (TBI) and LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, have partnered on a pilot scheme to support 9 of the magazine’s vendors who have lost their livelihoods and their sense of community as a result of the […]
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Entrepreneur’s tasty Bird Dust range of chicken coatings is flying off the shelves after support from the Food Innovation Centre

Entrepreneur Hamza Qureshi has developed a new range of signature seasonings to help consumers recreate the restaurant experience at home after his ‘dark kitchen’ business took a hit during the Covid pandemic lockdowns. He devised the Bird Dust range of chicken coatings with support from the Food Innovation Centre at the University of Nottingham, which offers free expertise and advice to food and drink manufacturers in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Now he is selling three different flavours of seasonings direct to consumers online via a webshop, Amazon and Ebay, and also in more than 30 independent retailers across the UK and […]
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Midlands building consultancy plays key role in award-winning project

Midlands-based building services consultancy, Stewarts, played a key role in delivering the sustainable design which helped Aston University’s Adrian Cadbury building to win the Guardian’s prestigious ‘Buildings that Inspire’ award. Replacing the old students union building constructed in the 1960s, the new facility provides flexible socialising and learning space comprising a two-storey, steel-framed construction with double-height reception, cafe, bar, restaurant, and full-height glazing maximising the benefits of natural light. The students were regularly consulted as part of the project team and the building reflects the importance they placed on sustainability, which was supported by Stewarts’ Mechanical and Electrical solution delivering […]
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CELEBRATE HEALTH & FITNESS BRINGS RAPID COVID-19 WORKPLACE TESTING SERVICES TO BUSINESSES IN NORTHANTS

Health, Wellness and Fitness company, Celebrate Health & Fitness, is offering professional Covid-19 workplace testing services to businesses across Northampton and the county, as company owners look to safeguard their workforce and customers, and minimise disruption to operations. Carried out by trained and qualified Professional Healthcare Technicians, Celebrate Health & Fitness provides bespoke on-site, one-off screenings or regular testing programmes tailored to requirements.  In addition to the RT-PCR Lab Tests currently used by the Government testing centres, Celebrate Health & Fitness also offers two alternative ‘rapid tests’: the Covid-19 Lateral Flow Test (aka the Covid-19 Antigen Test) and the Covid-19 […]
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DERBY BASED MEDICAL MANUFACTURER, PENNINE HEALTHCARE, DELIGHTED TO SUPPLY UK MANUFACTURED FACE COVERINGS TO COLLINS AEROSPACE

Pennine Healthcare, one of the UK’s leading privately-owned medical manufacturers, has fulfilled an order from the aerospace and defence products specialists for 96,000 Face Coverings. The face coverings are produced by Pennine Healthcare onsite, after partnering up with the Cabinet Office to help in the fight against COVID-19, as reported at the start of the year. Collins Aerospace Systems in Wolverhampton placed the order, which has now been fulfilled, in order to help protect its staff that cannot effectively work from home during the pandemic. Ben Madoc, Supply Chain Director, Actuation Systems at Collins Aerospace said: “The health and wellbeing […]
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FARMING’S MENTAIL HEALTH EPIDEMIC

Tackling the biggest hidden problem facing farmers today 133 suicides were registered in England, Wales and Scotland in 2019 for those working in farming and agricultural related trades according to the Office of National Statistics and the National Records of Scotland. 88% of farmers under the age of 40 rank poor mental health as biggest hidden problem facing farmers today, a recent study reveals. 89% of young farmers believe that talking about mental health in farming will remove any stigma attached to it. This year the Farm Safety Foundation’s Mind Your Head campaign will focus on prevention and early identification […]
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HOME “TWEET” HOME: DEVELOPER LAUNCHES BIRD QUIZ TO ENCOURAGE UK RESIDENTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FEATHERED FRIENDS

To celebrate British garden birds, five star housebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes have launched a digital bird quiz to encourage people to learn more about where their feathered friends live. Like property seekers, birds need homes, and this quiz aims to highlight how residents in the county can help to provide a space for wildlife in their gardens. The launch of the quiz coincides with National Nestbox Week, which runs from 14th to the 21st February and encourages people to create homes for birds, whether these are built from scratch or bought from a shop. It comes as part […]
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David Lloyd Clubs opens its (virtual) doors free to all

DAVID LLOYD CLUBS OPENS ITS (VIRTUAL) DOORS FREE TO ALL David Lloyd Clubs @home App now free of charge Up to 600+ classes with new live and on demand content available every day Includes David Lloyd Clubs exclusive signature classes and wellness sessions For children, a virtual after-school club including sport skills, cooking & story time Exclusive virtual social and wellbeing events to support mental health With Lockdown 3 and nearly a year of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic taking a physical and mental toll of the nation’s health, David Lloyd Clubs wants to do its bit to help by […]
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iwocaPay becomes Xero’s first invoice checkout integration with Pay Later option for small businesses

iwocaPay becomes Xero’s first invoice checkout integration with Pay Later option for small businesses iwoca’s invoice payments product – iwocaPay – becomes the first invoice checkout integration with a Pay Later option for SMEs in the UK with small business platform – Xero Small businesses that use Xero can now add an invoice checkout solution with flexible payment options and quick digital reconciliation iwoca is calling for more integrations like this one to help small businesses get paid (London, 16 February 2021) iwoca, one of Europe’s largest small business lenders, is today announcing a UK-first integration with leading small business […]
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Leading Leicestershire lighting firm expands horizons with appointment of US FEC specialist

A lighting specialist has bolstered its US reputation with appointment of a 25-year veteran of the amusement and entertainment market. And the recruitment is already paying dividends with the acquirement of a new project win in Waterloo, Iowa and a number of other prospective projects. Ventola Projects has taken on Tony Tallarico as the new Director of US Operations, following a period of strong success in the US Family Entertainment Centre (FEC) lighting market. The role, which will see Tallarico based near Richmond, Virginia, will help expand Ventola’s presence, having already set up its LED lighting service & installation operation […]
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Food Sector Construction Acquires Lusaflors

Family-owned national Construction Company breathes new life into an already established flooring business. Food Sector Construction, a Grimsby-based company who specialise in construction and maintenance project in hygiene conscious industries, has acquired Ludaflors—formerly based in Louth, Lincolnshire and established in the 1980’s.  The business supplies and installs commercial and domestic flooring solutions nationwide, the move to acquire Ludaflors first started mid-way through 2020. On the acquisition, Food Sector Construction Director, Sharon Brown said, “We are delighted to welcome Ludaflors to our family. Ludaflors already have a talented team in place, so the business’s day-to-day running will largely remain the same […]
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Network Space sell four industrial sites across the North

Specialist developer and investor Network Space today announced that it has sold four property assets comprising more than 400,000 sq. ft of prime industrial and logistics real estate across the north of England to 4th Industrial (“4i”), a new venture backed by TPG Real Estate Partners. Included in the deal are mid-box industrial schemes at Tunstall Arrow South in Stoke-on-Trent – an award winning, fully let 126,000 sq. ft scheme on a 28-acre former colliery site completed in 2018 – and the newly completed 110,000 sq. ft Ashroyd Business Park in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. The deal also includes two light […]
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Five ways to add value to your home quickly

Homeowners wishing to refresh and update their homes can look to five simple ways to add value to properties quickly, as suggested by home improvement experts. Whether you are looking to sell your home this year or simply wish to make changes to improve your living space, there are a number of ways you can add value to your property that will prove to be a worthwhile investment, lasting for years to come. As many of us are now spending more time indoors and working from home, it is important to consider upgrades to your home that can improve your […]
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Planning Permission Granted For New Leicester City Centre Homes

Specialist urban planning consultancy, Hybrid Planning & Development has secured permission for a new, six storey residential development in the heart of Leicester city centre. Working on behalf of a private developer and alongside Leicester-based architects, InkDrawn, Hybrid’s successful application will see the construction of 21 one and two bedroom apartments and associated amenities on a derelict, brownfield site on the corner of Jarvis Street and All Saints Road in the city centre. “Following a series of proactive negotiations with the local authority, including an effective pre-application process, we’ve been able to bring forward viable plans for a characterful new […]
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Stamp Duty holiday drives sales at Oadby development

National Housebuilder Bloor Homes Midlands is seeing strong sales across its developments, fuelled by the Government’s Stamp Duty holiday. Michele Rose, Regional Sales Director for Bloor Homes Midlands, said: “We have definitely seen an increase in sales across our sites in the Midlands region. Buyers have been taking advantage of not having to pay any stamp duty on properties up to the value of £500,000. “This means that at our Cottage Farm development in Oadby, buyers can purchase a three- or even four-bedroom home without incurring Stamp Duty costs, potentially saving themselves thousands of pounds. “Although they are cautious, and […]
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