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ISSUE 73 AUGUST 2011

INSIDE THIS ISSUE MOBEX SEE PAGES 11-12 Rod Thomas (right), managing partner at Harrison Clark, welcoming Keith Shawcross

Leading regional law firm Harrison Clark recently announced its merger with Herefordshire-based solicitors Shawcross & Co., expanding its geographical presence and legal expertise across the three counties. Following exchange of contracts in March, Harrison Clark, which previously had 181 partners and staff at its Worcester and Cheltenham offices, merged with the Hereford and Ross-on-Wye based firm on 1st July 2011. The expanded firm, continuing to trade as Harrison Clark, now comprises four offices, with a combined total of 24 partners and 182 employees. Shawcross & Co. was established in 1820 and, like Harrison Clark, offers an extensive range of legal services to private and business clients. Shawcross & Co. brings additional private client work to Harrison Clark, as well as further supporting its rural land and business department. With local Herefordshire knowledge and considerable experience, Keith Shawcross joins Harrison Clark as a consultant and Andrew Perrett joins as partner. The merger enhances Harrison Clark’s services to its existing business and private clients across the region, as Jonathan Brew, senior partner at Harrison Clark, explains: “Both Harrison Clark and Shawcross & Co. have a similar ethos of delivering City-quality legal expertise, tailor-made for local people and their businesses. By opening additional offices in Hereford and Ross-on-Wye Harrison Clark are able to provide a more local, yet top quality, service to our Herefordshire clients. Together

“The next step in our strategy to offer the leading legal service in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.” - Rod Thomas we are also able to service existing and new clients across an even wider geographical area, with strengthened capabilities.” Rod Thomas, managing partner and head of business services at Harrison Clark, confirms: “Harrison Clark’s merger with Shawcross & Co. represents the next step in our strategy to offer the leading legal service in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Merging with Shawcross & Co. represents a significant investment in that strategy, adding valuable breadth and depth to our expertise. We are looking forward to working with Keith, Andrew and their teams as we grow further in the years ahead.” Keith Shawcross, of Shawcross & Co. adds: “Andrew and I are delighted to have merged with Harrison Clark. The expanded firm enables even more clients to access Cityquality, locally located legal expertise across all aspects of law - whether it involves family issues, a company sale or an international business deal. We look forward to developing the business together.” The merger with Shawcross & Co. comes less than two years since Harrison Clark expanded its Worcester practice by merging with Cheltenham-based solicitors Jordans. Since then Harrison Clark has attracted an unprecedented increase in demand for its

strengthened services, and welcomed a number of new partners and staff at both offices. In 2010 the firm also gained both Investors in People (IIP) and the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation for outstanding customer and staff management. Harrison Clark provides a complete spectrum of City-quality legal services to business and private clients across the south Midlands and beyond. Following the merger with Shawcross & Co. the leading law firm has a total of 206 staff and partners based in Worcester, Cheltenham, Hereford and Ross-onWye. Harrison Clark’s work in all aspects of law is nationally recognised. As well as joining MSI Global Alliance in 2007 - one of the world’s leading international legal and accountancy associations - in 2010 the firm was again recognised for the national quality of its work through a listing in the prestigious Legal 500 and Chamber and Partners lists of the major firms in England and Wales.

IBP EXHIBITION COMPANY OF THE YEAR

SHP ENGINEERING SEE PAGES 5-7 IBP ENGINEERING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

UNITED CAST BAR GROUP SEE PAGE 2 IBP CASTING MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR

SPECIALIST Jonathan Brew To find out more about Harrison Clark visit their website at www.harrison-clark.co.uk, or call 01905 612001.

PUMPING SERVICES

SEE PAGE 8 OVER 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS


IBP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2011

United Cast Bar Group

IBP CASTING MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR Like many companies in the last years, United Cast Bar Group has had to adapt their business as a consequence of the global recession, consolidating their manufacturing base from four foundries to two; one in Chesterfield, UK and one in Zaragoza, Spain. By adopting this leaner, more modern approach to business, the company has been able to match production figures of 2007 and continues to enjoy business from across the globe, earning it the title of IBP's Casting Manufacturer of the Year 2011. Established in 1998 after the merger of three of Europe's most prestigious continuous cast iron bar foundries; Eurocast Bar Limited (UK), Starkey's Technicast Limited (UK) and Cast Profil SA (Spain), together with their associated stockists and service centres, United Cast Bar Group manufacture cast iron bars for home, European and Far Eastern markets as well as the USA. As the only wholly concast-iron manufacturer to operate in Europe, United Cast Bar Group is one of the leading manufacturing brands in the world. Despite the consolidation, United Cast Bar Group still enjoys the same production capacity as previous years, with the capability to produce 80,000 plus tonnes of Unibar - the brand of products the company created in 2002. Much of this year's success has come from recent investment in electrical power, enabling the business to melt nearly double the liquid iron as any year prior. Furthermore, investment in a new fume and dust extraction system has enabled the company to boost its product output, whilst reducing their environmental impact and continue to offer the very best service. As the only cast iron manufacturer to boast its very own supply chain network, United Cast Bar Group is able to supply to iron to hydraulic and fluid power control, automotive, oil and gas, defence, general engineering and renewable energy markets across the globe. The business philosophy is to have a global reach but maintain a local presence. The company's aim with Unibar is to establish standards of quality, consistency and customer service that far exceed current market demands and provides the very best technical and

commercial support. It is a prophecy that has helped the company retain its key clients throughout 13 years as the United Cast Bar Group. In fact, even when partner companies move their workforce to such developing countries as China, they tend to move the UNIBAR product with them to ensure that they continue to receive the same consistent and high quality product and service for all their concast iron applications. Unibar is produced in a wide range of sizes and grades to both international standards and customer's specific requirements. Produced in round, square and rectangular shapes with special shapes (profiles) available if required, Unibar is available in a wide range of finishes making it a durable and effective product for most manufacturing industries. United Cast Bar Group (Service) centres offer a range of various machining capabilities from sawn cut lengths to six side milling, their flexibility enabling them to meet the needs of every individual customer. What makes United Cast Bar Group unique is its dedication not just to overseas clients and large industries but also to the smaller, bespoke manufacturers and subcontractors who have irregular requirement for concast iron. UCB is the only cast iron manufacturer

to have its very own distribution/service centres, where all clients can simply walk in and purchase the product there and then. The company understands that it is not just large manufacturing firms that require its products but that some items are often needed immediately. To say that United Cast Bar Group is not as formidable a force within the manufacturing industry would be a stark inaccuracy. More than 270 people work for the company across the business, with each one experienced and highly professional in every job they do. The company continues to dominate European and domestic markets and harbors the ambition to conquer many more corners of the Far and Middle East in years to come, as well as developing its trade with America currently their goods are distributed

through strategic partners in the US. As the business sector becomes more and difficult to achieve success in, companies like United Cast Bar Group continue to defy all the odds and come out fighting, which is why the business is our official Casting Manufacturer of the Year. For more information contact United Cast Bar Group on: Website: www.unitedcastbar.com United Cast Bar Group, Spital Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0EX


THE STADIUM BUSINESS AWARDS

The Ricoh Arena

TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND SPECIAL COMMENDATION AT TWO DIFFERENT AWARD CEREMONIES The Ricoh Arena in Coventry is celebrating after two members of staff have enjoyed awards success. Humans Resources and Operations Director Jacky Isaac has been named Team Player of the Year at the Stadium Business Awards 2011 while Chris Owen has earned a special commendation at the prestigious Exhibition News Awards 2011. Jacky, who is also human resources director at Coventry City, was chosen by an independent panel of industry experts at the Stadium Business Award 2011 in Barcelona. Her responsibilities include handling human resources and staffing issues for the Ricoh Arena and Coventry City and establishing new policies in line with current legislation, and running the joint venture agreement with the Compass Group which is a £10 million a year business. Ricoh Arena chief executive Daniel Gidney, who recently won a Midlands Business Award for Business Person of the Year, was shortlisted in the Executive of the Year category at the Stadium Business Awards while events manager Justine Hewitt was nominated for Rising Star. In addition the venue’s new conferencing and hotel facilities were among the schemes in the Project of the Year section. Daniel commented: "Jacky thoroughly deserves to have won this award because she is an integral part of our management team. Like all team players, people truly notice when she is not around – which is not very often. Jacky’s feet are always on the ground and she is one of the most popular members of the team at the Ricoh.” Chris joined the award-winning venue ahead of its opening in 2005 as duty manager and over the last six years he

has worked his way up the ladder to his current post of senior event manager. The 26-year-old was presented with a special commendation at the Exhibition News Awards 2011 for Best Venue Event Manager ahead of the NEC in Birmingham and ExCeL in London. Chris is responsible for all aspects of event management from meeting potential clients and preparing presentations to overseeing the operation on the day and taking part in a debrief with customers, suppliers and his team. As far as events go, the Ricoh has hosted some enormous scale events under his leadership that has helped it to become a recognised venue worldwide. In business, the venue has hosted a conference for a global company for 3,500 delegates; in entertainment they attracted over 115,000 fans for three-

sell out nights of Take That in June 2009 – the largest concert to ever take place in the Midlands; and in sport, the Ricoh Arena will be the only Midlands venue to host football matches at the 2012 Olympic Games – not surprising then that the venue has had over six million visitors since August 2005 and continues to be the number one destination in the Midlands for business, sport and leisure.

For more information contact the Ricoh Arena on:

Telephone: 0844 873 6500 Ricoh Arena, 71 Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE


IBP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2011

Rapid Frame

IBP WINDOW MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR At a time when the market for window manufacturing has slightly stalled, Walsall based Rapid Frame has proved the exception to the rule by continuing to dominate the market both in the Midlands and further afield, earning the business the title of IBP's official Window Manufacturer of the Year 2011. Established back in 1998, Rapid Frame caters for both the public and trade markets, manufacturing for the trade and installing for the public. A slight dip in the market has not deterred Rapid Frame from continuing its outstanding output and to this day, the business manufactures in excess of 550 UPVC frames a week with a turnaround speed of just five days for each frame. Running a flexible and accommodating service, Rapid Frame are able to increase the speed of each job without compromising on quality of required and can even complete jobs in 48 hours where necessary! Rapid Frame owes much of its success

problems occurred on site meaning that even once your frame has been delivered, Rapid Frame enhance the customer experience with a first class after sales service.

to the loyal businesses that return for repeat business year upon year which is why the company listens to the needs of each individual client. Following a

telephone call detailing the shape and structure of your frame, Rapid Frame can have your product delivered to your door in no time. The business has come along way from its early days back in the nineties when it had only one unit with a delivery service comprising of just one vehicle. Today the company boasts a total of four units with a livery of three vehicles that deliver nationwide. What's more, the business has its very own service engineer who can assist with first installations right down to any

In order to continue to offer the very best service, Rapid Frame make an effort to keep up with the latest technological advancements within the manufacturing sector. In fact, the business has only just secured Design by Accreditation; the official Police approval for all manufacturing appliances. With a number of internal quality practices consistently adhered to, it is little surprise that Rapid Frame continues to remain at the forefront of window manufacturing, earning them our Window Manufacturer of the Year award. For more information contact Rapid Frame on:

Telephone: 01922 412 333 Fax: 01922 412 323 Rapid Frame, Unit 6-8, Landywood Enterprise Park, Holly Lane, Great Wyrley, Walsall, WS6 68D


IBP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2011

SHP Engineering Ltd

IBP ENGINEERING COMPANY OF THE YEAR Excel in the unusual

The last 12 months has seen Cambridgeshire-based SHP Engineering Ltd continue to enjoy major business wins and experience new areas of market domination. As well as continuing to supply racing vehicles to such established brands as the Pickup Truck

Championship, the firm has also extended its partnership with popular BBC motor show Top Gear, supplying the series with a number of vehicles for its MPH Live tour, including two Porsches, two Mustangs and a prototype supercar. Furthermore, the company has

continued to work with all of its national clients, adding new business partnerships all the time, without making a song and dance about its success and service. SHP Engineering Ltd is not a company to brag or show off about its overwhelming success in the

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Currently available is the race spec space frame RSR MkI Escort, which has featured in several publications such as Retroford Magazine where it adorned the front cover as well as receiving 10 pages of coverage inside the magazine. Production is also underway for a short wheel based version of the Mazda RX8 due to be available later this year. All vehicles produced by SHP can be purchased as a turn key vehicle or as a rolling kit with everything available for the customer to self build. SHP Engineering Ltd offers advice, technical assistance, project planning and bespoke engineering solutions to a wide range of businesses. Although the roots of the company was set in race build and preparation during the early 1980s, the firm's skills now extend beyond motor sport and from the basic engineering to the outlandish and extreme.

Working in close partnership with M & D Body Shop, which is situated just down the road from SHP's main workshop, the company specialises in making the impossible possible. SHP is pursued every week by clients to produce new vehicles, projects or components or work on existing vehicles that need a new lease of life.


IBP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2011 Engineering Ltd is a large company; the size of the business is dictated by its global reputation, its awardwinning products and services as well as its popular demand. However, the company takes great pride in continuing to implement the values and traditions that helped the company establish itself thirty years ago. This is why to this day the business offers a personal, friendly and reliable service to all its clients. With a total of just seven staff, SHP Engineering Ltd has the necessary skills and workmanship to accommodate large jobs whilst also offering a unique service where each client is treated as a friend to the business as opposed to just another number - an approach that has seen the company retain its impressive client base year after year.

This encompasses everything from the mechanics of the vehicle right down to the paintwork and tyres. With a total of four dedicated workshop professionals, specialising in reverse engineering, SHP boasts the ability to produce whatever is required in the time it would normally take another company to simply draw up a plan of the work. With over 20 years experience producing tubular chassis used for circuits and off road racing, SHP designs, develops and produces roll cages to suit customer requirements, also providing assistance to small companies by offering roll cage kits that can be self-assembled. With ongoing support included in all the company's products, it is not surprising that SHP Engineering Ltd beat off tens of rival companies to be named the IBP Engineering Company of the Year! It is the kind of professionalism and outstanding skill that the company has shown in its thirty-year history that has helped it enjoy long lasting partnerships with some of the largest racing associations and brand names in the UK. Utilising its three decades of experience, the company is involved in short and long track oval racing, sharing its views on how to make motor sport in the UK a profitable and exciting enterprise generating new growth and enthusiasm for future generations of drivers, mechanics, motor racing officials and staff. Many applications have been produced at the SHP workshop; some bear the company's recognised name and some do not but they all share one thing in common - revolutionary design and outstanding performance. Such performance is recognisable on every bit of work the company carries out whether it be on suspension components, axle and transmission conversions, or smaller servicing and repair jobs. Its not just in auto car racing where SHP Engineering Ltd have excelled over the past 12 months and even beyond that. For the company has

The team at SHP Engineering Ltd have an innovative approach to their work, all led by Sonny and his extensive expertise.

or more information, speak Fo to one of the team at SHP Engineering Ltd on:

Telephone: 01353 861168 also taken part in military programmes, initially implemented through a private request made by the Private Office of His Royal Majesty King Hussein of Jordan. From producing a cost-effective, lightweight replacement for the outdated Willy Jeep, used by the JAF, the business has since contributed a number of vehicles to

various different countries and armed forces in the past. In fact, SHP Engineering Ltd, despite making its name in the auto car industry, never limits itself to one specific field and is happy to consider and take on any job where the professionalism and sought after skills of its workforce, are required. There is no doubt that SHP

Fax: 01353 861877 Web: www.shpengineering.co.uk Email: shpengineering@aol.com SHP Engineering Ltd, Unit 7, Faraday Road Business Park, Littleport, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 1PE


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Specialist Pumping Services Ltd OFFERING A PERSONAL SERVICE AND AN UNRIVALLED STANDARD OF WORKMANSHIP With over 25 years in business under the ownership of the Green family, Specialist Pumping Services Ltd, based in Stourport-On-Severn is one of the most respected names for the service and supply of pumps and associated equipment throughout Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Specialist Pumping Services was originally founded in 1972 and was purchased by Richard Green in 1984 as a going concern. Richard has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry and works alongside his wife Diane, Company Secretary, his son James, Service Director and James' wife Samantha who is also a Company Director, making the business a true family concern. Throughout the years Specialist Pumping Services has gone from strength to strength, starting out as a one man operation; the business now holds many contracts, with its own site located on Sandy Lane Industrial Estate.

Richard Green Both Richard and James have a combined experience of over 40 years and they are able to carry out sales, installations, service and repairs to all types of pumping equipment, both on and off site, according to the needs of each client. The business prides itself on

James Green offering a personal service and an unrivalled standard of workmanship, all at a highly competitive price, which sees customers returning time after time. Working within a number of industries including the private sector, Specialist Pumping Services has carried out projects for prestigious organisations such as Mercia Drain in the past. As the business continues to maintain the exceptional standards for which it is renowned, Specialist Pumping Services looks forward to a prosperous future.

For further information please contact Specialist Pumping Services Ltd on: Telephone: 01299 827073 Web: www.specialistpumpingservices.co.uk Email: james.green1979@live.com Specialist Pumping Services, Unit 1, Plot 8, Sandy Lane Industrial Estate, Stourport On Severn, Worcs, DY13 9QB


THE PERA COACHING FOR HIGH GROWTH AWARDS

Kennedy-Little Associates RUNNER UP PERA COACH OF THE YEAR 2011 Improved customer service satisfaction, increased sales, 12 new clients, a reduction in staff turnover and improvement in team morale are just some of the many benefits that Derbybased Office Care Ltd enjoyed after working with PERA Business Coach Anne Kennedy. In fact, so effective Anne was in bringing results to Office Care and improving the business, that they nominated her for the award of PERA Coach of the Year 2011, which she has recently been announced the runner-up for. Anne, who runs Kennedy-Little Associates, a strategic development and mentoring business, has been working as a PERA Coach since November 2008 and spent eight months working with Office Care Ltd. Her aims upon being assigned to the company after they applied to PERA for business coaching, were to help the business develop its business plan with clear goals, involve staff in the business

planning process, review management resources, support the development of a strategic marketing plan and advise on setting up an appraisal process - all of which she achieved with effective results. In fact, Anne proved such an asset to Office Care Ltd that they are already in talks to extend their working relationship even further after the summer. The partnership was all arranged after Office Care, a family-run company providing office and commercial cleaning services to business within the Derbyshire area, applied to take part in the Coaching For High Growth scheme. The programme aims to help ambitious businesses in the East Midlands to expand their bottom line through a tailored package of intensive coaching. The initiative is majority funded by the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) and the European Development Fund (ERDF) and run by Melton-Mowbray-based innovation and

support organisation PERA. It is no surprise that Anne did so well as a Business Development Coach with PERA, for the work required echoes the services offered by her current business, Kennedy-Little Associates Ltd. Established in 1999 under the name Business Development Services, Anne's company has grown to work with such businesses as Pattonair and Zibrant in Derby, Nottingham County Council and the University of Birmingham as well as other SMEs in a broad range of sectors. With the Conservative government

pledging funding for a new programme in 2012 to aid job creation, economic and business growth there has never been a better time to hire Anne and take advantage of her skills. For more information contact KennedyLittle Associates Ltd on:

Telephone: 07968 198288 Web: www.kennedy-little.co.uk Email: anne@kennedy-little.co.uk 21 Sterling Close, Derby, Derbyshire, DE5 8NU


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PASHA

SANJEEV'S RESTAURANT

RECENT FACELIFT TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS

TASTE OF STAFFORDSHIRE GOOD FOOD AWARD

Having undergone a recent facelift to celebrate 25 years in business, Worcester's Pasha restaurant is now looking as sophisticated as ever. With brand new marble flooring, a lick of paint and new interior, Pasha continues to offer a relaxing environment in which to enjoy a family meal out or business lunch.

Sanjeev's Restaurant is celebrating after adding a Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Award to its already bulging trophy cabinet that also contains awards for International Indian Chef of the Year and various food quality awards. The restaurant, set up in 2009 by current owner Sanjeev Kumar, specialises in authentic Indian dishes that lighten the moods of diners and such a unique menu was instrumental in securing Sanjeev's most recent award.

Serving up a variety of dishes including peri-peri lobster, lamb shanks and kebab cakes, Pasha specialises in a mixture of Indian and contemporary English dishes. Pasha makes a special effort to source all ingredients as locally as possible. This means that all the restaurant's dishes remain fresher for longer and are fit to burst with an explosion of exotic tastes. With the menu changing

once a year and dishes made with care and attention, you will find something to suit everybody's tastes. Pasha has built up a reputation in the local Worcestershire area as one of the top dining hotspots, building on the honor of becoming one of the first restaurants to be awarded five stars by Worcester City Council upon its recent years of trading. The family-run business has also been inducted into the Worcestershire Ambassadors Group, recognising it as one of the shire's most trusted, respected local businesses. With tables available to hire every lunch time for business lunches, conferences and events, Pasha remains one of the most flexible eateries in the Midlands, serving both business and public diners. The venue is also available to hire for private parties and weddings, for which it can accommodate up to 70 people and adopt any theme required. Furthermore, Pasha maintains excellent links with the community and has raised thousands of pounds for local charities over the years it has been in business. Fully air conditioned and licensed to sell beers, wines and spirits on the premises, Pasha is a restaurant well known for offering exceptional customer service – that is why the eatery regularly welcomes people from as far afield as Hereford, Birmingham and Bromford as well as more frequent local visitors. For more information contact Pasha on: Telephone: 01905 756812 Pasha, 56, St.Johns, Worcester. WR2 5AJ

Sanjeev's Restaurant prides itself on offering 'real Indian food', which means that as well as those dishes you would find in any average curry-house, you can also enjoy such specialist dishes as balti and steak. Such a unique array of traditional Indian dishes is just as can be expected from Sanjeev, a man who has won various awards in the past for his Indian cuisine and regularly trains chefs from other restaurants as well as teaching cookery classes. Whilst trying at all times to source local produce wherever possible for his meals, Sanjeev imports many of his herbs and spices direct from India to give his dishes an unrivalled, authentic taste.

conferences where you can invite others to the awardwinning restaurant for an edible pick-me-up. After all, it has worked in the past for thousands others and even contributed to making Sanjeev's Restaurant a multi-award winning eatery. For more information contact Sanjeev's Restaurant on: Telephone: 01782 545533 Web: www.sanjeevs.com Sanjeev's Restaurant, 861 Leek New Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 7HQ

Open for business at lunch times and evenings throughout the week, Sanjeev's Restaurant also boasts an in-house bar that serves up a wide array of different Indian beers and beverages. Child friendly and familyorientated, Sanjeev's is very much a family-run business, catering for other families. So appetising and effective is Sanjeev's mood measuring menu that he regularly enjoys custom from as far afield as Macclesfield, Lichfield and Derby as well as his regular nearby visitors from Stoke-on-Trent. Available to hire daily is a function room catering for up to 46 people for private functions or business

ANDREW GRANT

ULTRA ELECTRONICS, PMES

'40 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE'

GOLD MEDAL AT THE 2011 ROSPA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY AWARDS

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Andrew Grant, is dynamic and forward thinking organisation, that is recognised as the region’s premier Independent Group of Chartered Surveyors, Auctioneers and Estate Agents.

their associate Rules of Conduct. Selected membership of the Homesale Network is another coveted credential that the business has to assist buyers and sellers with their relocation needs.

From the Outset in 1971, Andrew Grant has progressed from strength to strength into the innovating, challenging and established practice that it is today. The company embraces the latest technology, whilst providing an unrivalled personal service throughout 9 residential offices, with a London Office in Pall Mall, which compliments other specialist departments in Surveys, Commercial, Lettings, New Homes and Fine Art.

The Andrew Grant office network is open seven days a week. The offices form a high speed computer linked network of prominently positioned sales showrooms spanning Worcestershire and Hereford in addition to the London Office in Pall Mall. A purchaser can access any property from any office at any time and in turn the business can offer any property, from any office at any time. The Andrew Grant sales teams are skilled in providing advice, information and feedback, as well as being amongst the most experienced agents in the industry.

With a team of experienced and well trained employees, who are experts in their respective field, Andrew Grant provides each of its clients with a service that meets their individual needs and surpasses their expectations, through combining principles of professionalism and integrity. Andrew Grant is an ISO 9001: 2000 accredited business, as well as being fully committed to its membership of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and National Association of Estate Agents together with

Successful sale of property is invariably determined by the size and quality of an estate agent's database. Andrew Grant is able to offer its vendor clients rapid access to the most impressive buyer database in the region, managed by the leading estate agency IT software. The company proudly enjoys a reputation for securing the highest possible market value for its clients' properties. With all of this in mind it is clear why Andrew Grant is a thoroughly outstanding organisation, that is eager to service every property related requirement. Whilst continuing to maintain the exceptional standards for which it is renowned, Andrew Grant looks forward to the next 40 years.

Ultra Electronics, PMES, an established and experienced provider of innovative electrical power and magnetic technologies, has once again been awarded a RoSPA Gold Medal. The Gold Medal, awarded at the 2011 RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards, marks the achievement of six consecutive gold level performances for PMES. The prize ceremony took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in the Kings Suite on Tuesday May 17th 2011. Lynette Percox, Manager for QHSE (Quality Assurance, Health, Safety & Environment) at PMES, explained how the prestigious award was won: "Our apprentices made a significant contribution to our RoSPA submission by running a 'hazard poster competition' earlier in the year. The competition was open to all PMES personnel, who were asked to send photographs showing the safety issues they encounter at home. The winners all received WHSmith vouchers." Safety is of paramount importance to all members of staff at PMES. From its purpose built facilities in Rugeley, Staffordshire, PMES designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of power electronics products, systems and services. These utilise the latest energy efficient technologies in a variety of differing applications and environments worldwide. The company’s products are derived from five main categories including power conversion systems, underwater measurement systems, railway power systems and power transformers. In its defence markets, PMES provides a range of

For further information please contact the Worcester specialist power conversion systems and subsystems office of Andrew Grant on: for naval and land applications. PMES has also been a leading UK supplier of high quality DC power systems for traction applications in the transit power Web: www.andrew-grant.co.uk market for over 50 years. It is the company's past and Andrew Grant, 59-60 Foregate Street, present successes that have recently helped it win a Worcester, WR1 1DX £23 million order, relating to the supply of nuclear reactor control and instrumentation systems for Royal

Telephone: 01905 734735

Navy submarines. The contract covers the manufacture of multiple systems and further procurement of long lead time materials, making PMES’s RoSPA award success even sweeter. For more information contact Ultra Electronics, PMES on: Telephone: 01889503300 Fax: 01889 572929 Web: www.ultra-pmes.com Email: enquiries@ultra-pmes.com Ultra Electronics, PMES, Towers Business Park, Wheelhouse Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 1UZ


IBP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2011

Mobex Ltd

IBP EXHIBITION COMPANY OF THE YEAR The last 12 months have been highly successful for exhibition and roadshow specialists Mobex Ltd. Despite difficulties facing all businesses due to the economic recession, Mobex has been able to significantly increase its market share in the general exhibition trailer hire business and seen increases in both trailer build and indoor stage design and build order intake. The business has supplied exhibition units to nearly 1000 events for clients, an uptake of last year's figure of 600 and remains the one brand associated with all large and small scale trade exhibitions, earning it the title of IBP's official Exhibitions Company of the Year 2011. Established nearly 50 years ago as part of a haulage company becoming a limited company in 1996, Mobex started by providing trailers for Agricultural and County shows. Today, Mobex is involved in all sorts of different exhibitions and runs a global operation, having recently started working with a Dutch agency installing their stands in the UK. Mobex has regular clients from Germany, Austria, France and Eire and has had interest for both trailer builds and road shows from prospective clients in USA, Greece and India, proving there are no limits to Mobex's aspirations.

The issue every company faces is where to spend the limited resource it has on marketing. Mobex gives business owners and managers the ability to take their products or services directly to

their chosen market place. They are directly able to associate the cost of this type of marketing spend with the outcome. It is cost effective and enables face to face selling time with

prospective and current customers. Businesses know that when they need to plan and deliver events involving talking to, consulting with, raising

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awareness or selling, the company they turn to for a comprehensive, expert service is Mobex Ltd. The delivery of outstanding customer service is Mobex’s main aim a new office in Scotland was opened in 2010 followed this year with offices in London and Halifax to complement the head office based in Gloucestershire. Mobex now has trailers positioned nationwide and is able to service clients from the nearest depot, making it more cost effective. The London office is somewhat different, in that it is specifically to service the agencies based in the capital looking for assistance with experiential events. Such service has seen Mobex enjoy masses of repeat business from SMEs to multi nationals, the industries they assist ranging from Agricultural Services to Pharmaceutical, Construction to Public sector organisations. Many of Mobex's clients have been working with them for over 20 years and by adding 40% new clients each year, Mobex continue to sit at the forefront of the exhibitions industry. With ambitions to expand trailer build capacity by moving into larger premises, and developing internal stand design and build and modular stand, IBP's Exhibitions Company of the Year is showing no signs of slowing down just yet. For more information contact Mobex Ltd on:

Telephone: 01453 511210 Web: www.mobex.co.uk Email:allan@mobex.co.uk Mobex Ltd, Rigestate, Station Road, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9RL


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