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nderfloor Warehouse (UFW) continues to be at the forefront of its market after expanding and moving to larger facilities. The Leicestershire-based firm, which prides itself on providing total renewable energy solutions packages for clients in the commercial, private and public sectors, has moved to a brand new Ecohub that will provide the very best free exhibitions in renewable energy resources, within the UK. The official opening is the 9th April.

of a year when they announced a turnover growth of 36%. In a Four times bigger than their previous move that will end up costing over premises, the business has also £400,000, UFW are now able to expanded its workforce, going from showcase their products to the around 11 staff to 23 on the back market. The move means that UFW Continues on page 4...

“The move means that UFW now boast one of the best plant rooms in the UK”

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General Haulage and Courier Service U.K. & Europe • Storage • Distribution • Depots in Leicestershire and Berkshire • A mixed fleet of 80 vehicles • Single Pallet/Part Loads/Full Loads • Storage Facilities We are delighted to be of service to Underfloor Warehouse Ltd and wish them every success for the future. Address: Soar Mill Depot, Coventry Road, Broughton Astley Leicester LE 9 6QD

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Underfloor Warehouse will become a ÂŁ20 million company within just three years. now boast one of the best plant rooms in the UK and are able to offer working demonstrations of many Renewable Systems. Furthermore, the new premises will also include a government approved Ecohub training center where Underfloor Warehouse will offer training to the next generation of renewable energy installers. Underfloor Ad:Layout 1

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THE UNDERFLOOR WAREHOUSE

For more information contact Underfloor Warehouse on:

Telephone: 0116 2581410 Web: www.ufw.co.uk Underfloor Warehouse, Unit V2, Ecohub, Winchester Avenue, Blaby, LE8 4GZ

The firm will use the new premises to continue their long term aim of ‘demystifying’ the process for its customers through providing design quotations and first class technical support. As a technically biased firm, Underfloor Warehouse boast six engineers who treat each scheme individually, which has resulted sales in excess of 100 heat pumps per month. The firm prides itself on supplying the highest quality systems which are correctly supported, at competitive prices – clients are able to arrive with an idea and leave with a system designed for their specific needs. Underfloor Warehouse are also able to recommend an installer who is qualified to install renewable systems, who themselves have had to meet the UFW code of conduct. The expansion is just one sign of Managing Director Nigel Parkes’ unrivaled ambition and plans for the business. Already he has seen an annual growth in excess of 30% since

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it was set up back in 2007 and is insistent that Underfloor Warehouse will become a £20 million company within just three years. His brand new training center that is set to open its doors in May will further enhance the solid set-up he already has on the firm and allow him to see even more growth and development within the company.

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LEICESTERSHIRE BUSINESS AWARDS PJD GROUP

Entrepreneur of the Year

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hanging the shape of any business can be a challenge but the significant changes in the energy industry meant that when David Hayle joined PJD in 2006, his battle to bring the company in line with its competitors was a tough one, particularly as his field of expertise was finance, not power stations! Four years down the line and David has emerged from the challenge victorious with a host of new clients to shout about, a turnover increased by £20 million and a nomination for Entrepreneur of the Year at the Leicestershire Business Awards. PJD is a leading mechanical engineering business, employing the very best engineers to enable its customers to build, repair, maintain and decommission high pressure heat and power generation plants as effectively as possible. The firm brought in David in 2006 to lead the management buyout (MBO) of the company. At this point, over 90% of turnover came from just two sources, making David’s first challenge marketing the business to other potential clients. PJD now have a targeted marketing plan in place, have re-branded and are enjoying a wealth of new clients. PJD has always prided itself on offering a different and innovative approach to a range of projects within the power generation industry. In 2008 the firm realised that coal-fired power generation was unlikely to grow in the short to medium term , offering David the perfect opportunity to re-market the company and position the firm at the forefront of the energy market, diversifying into new markets in order for the business to grow. Today, the company has incorporated a new market – environmental energy; allowing them to become involved in the building of biomass and energy from waste plans and expanding the services they offer customers. David spearheaded the relocation from the previous headquarters in Uttoxeter to a larger space in Castle Donington, whilst he also brought in in new faces from key blue chip companies who had the knowledge and

contacts to help PJD expand into the new markets. David completed the company’s first merger in August last year with Grayton Engineering, forming a group that now employs over 165 people with revenues in excess of £30 million per year. David’s work since taking over the firm has cemented PJD as one of the UK’s leading mechanical engineering firms across the power, environmental and industrial sectors. They are well on their way to beating their growth plans – proving that David Hayle is a great candidate for the Leicestershire Entrepreneur of the Year Award. For more information contact PJD Group on:

Telephone: 01332 819 550 Fax: 01332 810 142 Web: www.pjdltd.com Email: info@pjdltd.com PJD Group, PJD House, 6 Boundary Court, Willow Farm Business Park, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, DE74 2UD


LEICESTERSHIRE BUSINESS AWARDS • Engineering • Insulation • Asbestos • iSTAR Database Management •

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Engineering & Environmental Solutions

Here’s to another 25 years of success! From all at THOMSON Ltd, Engineering & Environmental Solutions

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you were looking for a firm that is consistently giving back to its community, then you need look no further than independent insurance brokers Brett and Randall. Having traded in Leicestershire for 28 years, not only have they attracted business to the area and created a multitude of local jobs, but they are currently financing a £2.5 million relocation in the city from their current site in Leicester city centre to a larger property just outside the city. This private sector investment in Leicestershire is just one factor that has earned them a nomination for the Investing in Leicestershire accolade at this year’s Leicestershire Business Awards. Its an even bigger celebration bearing in mind the company is approaching its 30th anniversary; an event they will enjoy in style as they are in September, due to begin a new life in a brand new 10,000 square foot office at Grove Park that is only a stones throw from the nearby motorway, providing them with easy transport links to all their clients who are based throughout the UK. Specialists in commercial and industrial risks, they provide businesses with completely independent, professional advice. The firm has already placed Leicestershire firmly on the business map for it was Brett and Randall who brought Brokerbility to the insurance market. Brokerbility is a group of like-minded, high quality, independent brokers that share common values and goals. Consisting of 34 independent companies the Group delivers £420m GWP to the UK Insurance market. Much of the work that Brokerbility does is with Insurer partners based in larger cities in particular London and operationally there is some attraction to

move to London but Brett & Randall stress this is not on the agenda and aim to continue to ply their trade in Leicester, a city they have invested so heavily in. After starting out from very humble beginnings as a motor and household brokerage in the late seventies in 1982 the firm sold off its personal lines business and has since been focusing on business insurance. The company has grown progressively throughout its 28 years in business but particularly in the last 6 years, acquiring other Brokers in Nottingham and Northampton as it aims to become a larger regional broker focusing on the East Midlands. Today, they have 92 highly qualified staff across all areas of insurance with specialists in Healthcare, Employees Benefits and Marine.

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Brett and Randall invest not only in Leicestershire but also its people and have established links with local centers of higher education to take on new staff as graduate trainees and apprentices. ‘Growing your own’ is very much part of their HR strategy so they can build on their past successes and remain one of Leicestershire’s biggest investors for many years to come.

For more information contact Brett and Randall Ltd on: Telephone:0116 222 8222 Fax: 0116 222 8300 Email: info@brettandrandall.co.uk Brett and Randall Ltd, Charles Berry House, 45 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX


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LEICESTERSHIRE BUSINESS AWARDS BRAMATT COMPUTING LTD

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hey have only been in business for four years but that hasn’t stopped Coalvillebased Bramatt Computing Ltd from emerging as one of Leicestershire’s top local firms. In fact, so rapid has their rise been that they have been nominated in the last three of the Leicestershire Business Awards in the Newcomer of the Year category. Set up in 2007 by current directors Lee Attwood and Andy Bramley, Bramatt Computing Ltd is

a value added computer reseller, supplying IT hardware, software and engineering services to the UK market and overseas. With a huge influx of Midlands-based SME clients, Bramatt Computing Ltd help out companies with all their IT requirements from the straight forward supply of hardware, through to a fully outsourced IT solution and even disaster recovery - a service that became fully established late 2009 and is fast becoming in great demand. Coming from a background in IT services, both Lee and Andy had worked in the past for similar companies but branched out on their own as they looked to introduce a complete service to the UK market. Launched in 2007, they spent a long time laying the foundations for their business ensuring they were able to offer all the services they felt were vital to businesses far and wide and developing an

Newcomer of the Year e-commerce online purchasing facility for their website. They know where you can go wrong in the IT industry from past experience and can use their knowledge of the trade to offer the very best IT solutions to any business. Bramatt Computing Ltd has already achieved a high status amongst its competitors, having accreditations endorsed by such firms as Lenovo, NetApp and Symantec. They are committed to treating every client in a personal and friendly manner and such an ethic has ensured that they are still dealing with many clients that they have had since starting up four years ago, as well as welcoming new clients from throughout the country. Clients like Burnley College for whom they are servicing installation, support and security services to after beating off tough competition from rival firms throughout the country. One of the core differences of the business is that Bramatt Computing Ltd work very closely and has strong involvements with local charities; working with the likes of Action Homeless, Rainbows Hospice and Wish Upon a Star over the last three years has enabled them to make best use of their IT. Due to increased workload Bramatt Computing are also currently on a recruitment drive looking

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BUSINESS AWARDS

Now in its eighteenth year, the Leicestershire Business Awards recognise and celebrate the success of businesses in the Leicestershire county. Held annually, the awards have eight categories, including their most prestigious accolade; Leicestershire Business of the Year, which this year is sponsored by Bray & Bray Solicitors.

For more information about the awards please see the awards website www.bizawards.co.uk or email lucy@woweffect.co.uk

The awards are designed to accommodate small and medium to large businesses, new or old, in the private and public sectors. At a Gala Dinner on April 8, companies from across the county will be hoping to join such names as Bott Ltd, Transmitton, Pall-Ex (UK) Ltd and Westleigh Developments as a Leicestershire Business Award winner.


LEICESTERSHIRE BUSINESS AWARDS BABYSTYLE UK LIMITED

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othing is more important to a business’ success than the way it markets its products; something that Sileby-based Babystyle UK Limited has been recognised for with a nomination for the Sales and Marketing Business of the Year at the Leicestershire Business Awards Awards. The firm, set up in 1999, supplies independent retail outlets with baby products and services in the nursery sector including blue chip high street stores like Boots, Mothercare and Toys r Us. Since achiveing an initial turnover of £1.3 million,

Babystyle UK Limited has become a multibranded business with a turnover that is set to exceed £7 million this year alone! In fact, for the past two years, the company has seen a 40% growth in turnover, year on year. The firm spends a lot of time with its clients, gaining feedback from them in order to improve every product. What’s more, should a retail outlet want something bespoke made, Babystyle UK Limited are always happy to design and manufacture a product from scratch as long as the demand is there. Supplying to global markets, Babystyle UK Limited supply both UK and overseas

Marketing Business of the Year

firms, building on their reputation as an internationally successful business. They have already won an award for their competitive prices and guarantee of service support from the British Association of Nursery & Pram Retailers as well as being endorsed by such brands as Practical Parenting, Which Best Buy, Made for Mums and many more. With this Leicestershire Business Award nomination, Babystyle UK Limited have been applauded for taking on a journey from humble beginnings where they sold just one

brand to marketing, creating and selling a globally recognised brand within a portfolio of successful products, creating a growing business at a time of recession. For more information contact Babystyle UK Limited on:

Telephone: 01509 817662 Web: www.babystyle.co.uk Babystyle UK Limited, 36 Charles Street, Sileby, Leicestershire, LE12 7RJ

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upply chain experts Cert Octavian are celebrating after coming through a difficult period for the business and returning to profitability despite reduced revenue. This is attributed to delivering a turnaround strategy that has been largely supported by its team of hardworking, motivated staff. It is not easy to keep over 410 staff happy but that is just what Cert Octavian have done, offering training schemes and job swaps to their team, resulting in a workforce that enjoys going to work each day and is totally committed to delivering exceptional customer service.

The opportunities that the logistics company has available to its staff and the outstanding customer service they offer which has seen an increase in clients of 40% in the last year alone - has been recognised with nominations for Leicestershire Business Awards in both the Success Through People and Customer Service categories. Managing Director, Anthony FinlaysonGreen, understands that if your workforce is happy your clients will be happy. Internal and external training courses are offers, as well as providing cross training opportunities to any member of staff who feels they would benefit from a job swap within the company.

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Success Through People, Customer Services Award transport network and is capable of delivering bulk items within 24-48 hours. With a modern fleet of vehicles based throughout the UK and contracts with eight haulage firms, the company leaves no space of the UK market uncovered.

By educating everyone that they can offer their transferable skills to other departments, employees at their eight Service Centres have driven the company to a wealth of new business opportunities. Cert Octavian began trading in 1986, holding wine in their underground storage facilities for nationwide clients. Since then, they have expanded their logistics services to include clothing, personal care, cosmetics and electronic devices, although 40% of their trade is still within the drinks industry. As a result, the company has built up an integrated

You can contact Cert Octavian on:

Telephone: 01455 205 050 Fax: 01455 559 219 Email: info@certoctavian.co.uk Web: www.certoctavian.co.uk

Contact Bartrums for your logistical needs:

TEL: 01379 870 693 / FAX 01379 870 942 EMAIL: Shaun@bartrums.com

The customer service skills and training taught to its staff has enabled Cert Octavian to retain a number of high profile contracts over several years with such established customers as Marks and Spencer, Coty and Treasury Wine Estates EMEA (formerly Foster’s EMEA). By offering everyone a committed, dedicated personal service, Cert Octavian has increased the number of its national customers over the last couple of years, seeing the attitude and work rate of staff increasing ten-fold with the opportunity of training and qualifications. Today Cert Octavian has adopted a position at the forefront of its market, dominating the UK logistics scene. Few companies have invested in their workforce as much as Cert Octavian and fewer still have seen the proven results that have attracted a host of new clients and contracts. The secret to the company’s success lies not only in its dedicated team of staff but in the belief and faith of the company’s directors and clients.

We are delighted to be of service to Cert Octavian and wish them every success for the future.

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LEICESTERSHIRE BUSINESS AWARDS IMPERIAL

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Entrepreneur of 50cycles.com Sales & Marketing the Year - Mo Bham L Business of the Year

hen Mo Bham bought out Imperial in 2004, the company was struggling. Despite having previously enjoyed success, it had fallen on hard times but Mo, who joined as a 15-year-old and worked his way up to the top of the firm, saw the business’ potential and was determined to turn it around. Seven years later and he has turned losses into profits, increased his workforce from four to 26 and moved into a £3.1 million new complex in Whetstone – you could say he has deserved his nomination for Entrepreneur of the Year at the Leicestershire Business Awards! Imperial is now one of the UK’s leading homeware accessory companies, supplying kitchen and bathroom accessories to leading high street retail and trade markets. When Mo first took over the company, it only sold items to independent stores; today it supplies a number of popular household names and even designs bespoke stainless cookware for leading retailers AGA and for Historic Royal Palaces of London. In fact, so high is the quality of the company’s designs that their first international collection is going live in America in April. As one of the fastest growing homeware suppliers in the UK, Imperial prides itself on in-house design innovation, high levels of product availability and

We would like to congratulate Mo Bham on his nomination and wish him and Imperial every success for the future. 0800 028 7318 lombard.co.uk

excellence in customer service. The company’s current site boasts an exceptional design studio complete with extended stock and storage facilities. If there is something you want that you can’t find on their products list, Imperial are happy to design it for you – in fact, they will even go as far as to invent a new product if you are after something specific! Perhaps the most admirable thing about the company however, is its commitment to its community. Since it was founded in 1967, the firm has stayed loyal to Leicester and since Mo took over the company, he has created endless jobs for local citizens and invested huge amounts of money into the local area as he has developed the business and turned it from a struggling, old fashioned firm to a company that is dominating its market. He comments: “I was born and raised in Leicester and have always known Imperial. From the very day I joined the company as a junior in the 70s, I have been building on my knowledge of the homeware sector and the city itself. One thing I wanted to do when I took over was to give something back to Leicester; my home and the city that has kept Imperial going through hard times. I am delighted to have built the business back up again and help put Leicestershire back on the international map for design and manufacturing.”

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Bakers Waste employ a team of experienced personnel to provide clients with the best possible service. Throughout the past eight years Bakers Waste have rapidly expanded both their customer base within Leicestershire and the East Midlands to offer each customer environmentally friendly alternatives for the disposal of their waste. Their focus is on reducing waste to landfill, material reuse which therefore helps the environment. Since 2007 Bakers Waste have incorporated an Environmental Division and a Health & Safety Division into the business in order to broaden the range of services they offer. Their vision is to become a complete solution for businesses of all sizes within all industry sectors. Baker Waste are 1 of 3 finalists for the Investing in Leicestershire Award at the Leicestershire Business Awards. They continuously re-invest profit and encourage emphasis on local projects which focus on community involvement. By employing staff from the local community who are able and willing to dedicate their time to local fund-raising and community events, the firm has developed into one of the county’s most benevolent companies. The nomination comes hot on the heels of last

Originally set up in 2003 by Scott Snaith and his brother Tim, the electric bike merchants started with just two cycles; one for Tim to travel to work in around London, avoiding the usual commuter traffic and one to sell. The second bike sold so well that they decided to order more and before they knew it, they had a hobby selling electric bikes on the internet. Just a year later they decided they had a profitable business selling electric bikes online and have gone from making £150,000 annual turnover in their first year to doing the same amount every month. 50cycles.com have built up such a positive reputation selling advanced and reliable powered bicycles and motorbikes through their website, that they have recently been able to open up their very first store in Richmond, London where demand is highest throughout the UK. They are not betraying their Leicestershire roots however, for they are also moving the main base of their warehouse and website into new facilities three times the size of their previous headquarters, into an area of Loughborough that boasts excellent transport links close to the Eastern Gateway.

and complements other such items like books, battery packs and Helmets. The firm is also looking to add to its existing range of electric cars and stocks some traditional pedal bikes. The company has kept on top of its marketing by using social media, enhancing their SEO and studying their site visitor analytics daily. Following their Leicestershire Business Award nomination, they are now looking to increase their marketing and explore different routes such as leaflet dropping and inclusions in trade magazines, to develop the business even further.

For more information contact 50cycles.com on:

Telephone: 01509 217775 Email: 50cycles@50cycles.com Web: www.50cycles.com 50cycles.com, Unit M, Little Moor Lane, Loughborough, LE11 1SF

Telephone: 0116 286 7000 As well as being the official UK stock importer Web: www.imperialgb.com and distributor of Kalkhoff electric bicycles

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Imperial, Whiteacres, Cambridge Road, also diversified into selling accessories. Their Whetstone, Leicester, LE8 6BB exclusive Spook lights were named by them

BAKERS WASTE SERVICES stablished in 2002 by Paul Baker, Bakers Waste Services Limited a family-run business based in Leicestershire. It has now grown into a leading total waste management provider, offering an extensive range of waste management solutions to over 6000 companies across the region.

oughborough based 50cycles. com has come a long way from an original concept to avoid commuter traffic to a successful profitable business in just eight years and now the firm’s efforts have been recognised with a nomination for Sales and Marketing Business of the Year at the Leicestershire Business Awards.

year’s success when Director Paul Baker won the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Leicestershire Business Awards 2011. Paul’s self belief and determination, combined with his passion for recycling, has seen him drive the business forward in a number of ways, including winning Leicester City Football Club’s total waste management contract and embarking on a new business venture which saw the formation of Tyres 4 Trucks Limited in 2008. In its first year of trading Tyres 4 Trucks turned over more than Bakers Waste did in their first year and it continues to grow from strength to strength. Workstuff Leicester is another venture Paul has recently launched in conjunction with Bakers Waste. Paul’s desire to create a values driven, forward thinking and profitable company has seen Bakers Waste become the largest independent and most reliable waste management company in Leicestershire.

Investing in Leicestershire Award You can contact Bakers Waste Services on:

Telephone: 0370 3506350 Web: www.bakerswaste.co.uk Bakers Waste Services, Wharf Way, Glen Parva, Leicester, LE2 9TF

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LEICESTERSHIRE BUSINESS AWARDS THE ATTIC ROOM DESIGN LTD

Best New Business

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rom their very first job for Calvin Klein, The Attic Room Design Ltd now have an annual turnover of £3million, a team of 24 staff and are into the third phase of office expansion, which incorporates an expanded manufacturing department and warehouse - a worthy finalist for Best New Business at the Leicestershire Business Awards.

Since becoming established in 2006, The East Langton based firm has introduced a new level of service and quality to the beauty industry, particularly to the prestige area of the market. Offering a full range of services; they design, manufacture, and install permanent retail sites, promotions in particular for health and beauty launches and point of sale units for prestigious cosmetic and skincare brands. The firm also designs for shopping malls, airport sites, brand launch events and window displays for major department stores. Their talent and experience means that they are able to deliver above and beyond client’s expectations, creating bespoke work from the design process right through to the final stage of installation. Recently, the company has branched out into the technology industry with clients including Samsung,

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Google and Statoil – the extension of clients coming off the back of their excellent reputation within the beauty industry. Everyone at The Attic Room Design Ltd is committed to delivering outstanding customer service to each and every client – qualities that have enabled them to enjoy working closely with such brands as L’Oreal, Dior, Giorgio Armani and Estee Lauder in the past. Situated on a local Leicestershire farm, the company’s venue offers clients a very relaxed atmosphere that gives them a chance to escape the busy city and enjoy a breath of fresh air whilst talking business at the same time. The firm has originated from very humble beginnings to become the leading retail specialist that it is today. Originally formed after director Tony Best left his role as a Creative Director in the retail industry to become a freelance designer from the surroundings of his very own attic room. Tony wanted to develop a business that created a unique product for the beauty industry which had a point of difference and was developed by people who had been working in the retail design industry for many years. Five years later, The Attic Room Design Ltd has firmly established itself as one of the leading retail design companies not only in Leicestershire but across the UK. With ambitions to take on four new staff this spring and their expansion well underway, The Attic Room Design Ltd is set to grow even further with their nomination for Best New Business at the Leicestershire Business Awards. For more information contact The Attic Room Design Ltd:

Telephone: 01858 545383 Web: www.theattic-room.co.uk Email: contact@theattic-room.co.uk The Attic Room Design Ltd, Astley Grange Farm, Back Lane, East Langton, Leicestershire, LE16 7TB

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Business Person of the Year Daniel Gidney

hen it comes to finding one influential figure in Midlands business you could do a lot worse than single out Daniel Gidney, chief executive of Arena Coventry Limited, who run and manage the Ricoh Arena. Since taking over at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, Daniel has transformed the venue’s public image as just being the home of Coventry City Football Club to a world class venue for business, entertainment and sport – efforts that have helped him win a prestigious Midlands Business Award in the category of Business Person of the Year. From a background working in leisure operations and commercial contract negotiation, specialising in catering, large scale management and ticketing, Daniel joined the Ricoh Arena in October 2006 and instantly saw the potential for development of the premises. After initially opening its doors in August 2005, the Ricoh Arena was known simply as the local club’s football stadium but Daniel wanted it to be known globally as a top business, entertainment and sport destination.

The Ricoh Arena was losing £3.5 million when Daniel took over and now has an EBITDA profit of over £3 million. In the last four years the business has repaid £5.6 million of senior debt and the balance sheet has moved from negative shareholders’ funds of -£3.67 million in 2006 to positive shareholders’ funds of +£1 million last year. The company is completely self funding and has reinvested its profits to drive future growth. 2010 saw the company invest £3.7 million in expanding its burgeoning B2B offer. It is not just a numbers game though. The Ricoh has hosted some enormous scale events over the last few years 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 has been named the only Midlands venue to host live footballing games at the 2012 Olympic Games. As if that wasn’t enough, the venue will be hosting the FA Women’s Cup final on May 21 this year, followed by a Kings of Leon concert on May 30. Furthermore, the Ricoh Arena has been named a venue for the Rugby World Cup and has even hosted England Under-19 and Under-21 internationals – not surprising then that the venue has had over seven million visitors since August 2005! However, as an aspirational businessman, this is not enough for Daniel Gidney who continues to have high hopes for the

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s the region’s only specialised Gurkha restaurant, Crossed Khukris Gurkha Restaurant, known locally as Om’s Restaurant, is already putting its resident Nuneaton on the map and continues to do so after winning a Godiva Award for the second time running. The specialist eatery has added to its 2008 Godiva Awards success by once again taking home the award for Best Restaurant in the 2010 ceremony. Set up in 1998 by current owner Om Gurung MBE who joined the British Forces at the tender age of 17, serving the Queen’s Gurkha Signal Regiment (British Army) for 22 years, Om’s Restaurant filled a unique gap in the market for serving Gurkha food. Serving a mix of Indian and Chinese food, the menu boasts a range of different menus from north and south Nepal. From the south, such dishes as curry and naan bread prove popular and from the north, such dishes as chargrilled lamb and steamed dumplings always go down a storm. The restaurant’s head chef has been with the company for ten years and regulalry travels out to Nepal to trace

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ingredients and produce for use in the meals on the menu. By regularly visiting the South Asian country, staff at the restaurant are able to continue to offer a unique dining experience for their customers. Om’s restaurant prides itself on the exceptional customer service it delivers at all times. It is something that has seen the company able to retain a mass of repeat business from customers that have become regular visitors. With their menu changing every two years and a vegetarian option, there really is something for everything at Om’s Restaurant. Not only can you enjoy a delicious Gurkha meal on the premises but they also serve up Gurkha drinks as well as a range of beers, wines and spirits. Family-friendly and with complimentary drinks for Gurkha’s, Om’s Restaurant boasts a warm, inviting atmosphere so it is not surprising that once again, its customers voted for it to receive its prestigious Godiva award.

For more information contact Crossed Khukris Gurkha Restaurant on:

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aving only opened in December 2009, Leamingtonbased The Bike Yard is already becoming one of the business success stories of the region and has added to its credentials by being named winner of the Best New Venture category at the Godiva Awards. The idea of The Bike Yard is very simple: a cycling and extreme sports shop run by professional cyclists for sportspeople of all levels. This means that not only can you pick up the latest bikes, accessories and brands at excellent costs but you can also gain advice from staff at the store, all of whom are keen cyclists. In fact, co-owners Sophia Lock and Billy Cheetham have enjoyed being on the professional biking circuit, Billy became injured during the 2009 race season giving him an opportunity to open the bikeyard, but has now fully recovered from injury and will be back on the race scene competing in this years National 4X series and 4X World Cups. The owners share a passion for cycling and are actively involved in promoting the sport to younger generations. As well as running The Bike Yard, Richard is also Chairman of RLS4X (Royal Leamington Spa four cross) cycle club and team and is always on the lookout for new members. Sophia and Billy also visit local schools to educate students on the benefits of cycling – a key aspect attributing to their Godiva award win.

Congratulations to the Bike Yard on winning ‘Best New Venture’ in the godiva awards 2010. For all your cycle needs contact your local dealer, the Bike Yard. T. 01926 460089 www.thebikeyard.net

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Ricoh Arena. Already he is negotiating to secure a secondary 130-bed hotel on car park C, which will further improve their b2b offering for delegates wanting to remain on site. In fact, Daniel even harbours an ambition to bring a G20 summit to the arena and believes there is no reason why the venue could not manage such a large scale event. For Daniel, nothing is more important than the service received by visitors at the Ricoh Arena. From the person on the gate right down to waiters and ticket attendants, Daniel wants everyone to provide a first-class service to ensure their visitors have an enjoyable and pleasant visit and together with his limitless ambition and knack for turning round figures it is no surprise he is the officially the Midlands Business Person on the Year.

For more information contact the Ricoh Arena on: Telephone: 0844 873 6500 Ricoh Arena, 71 Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE

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For The Bike Yard is not only a shop but the epicentre of Leamington’s extreme sports community. As well as stocking such established cycling brands as Loyne, Felt, Dawes, Zoo York, SRAM, Santa Cruz, DMR and the growing popular scooter brand Recreation Razor, the store also sells a line in skateboards, cycle clothing and accessories. Operating regular cycling marathons from the shop at weekends gives staff at the store the opportunity to integrate with their visitors and offer a customer service that it is impossible to beat. Repeat business acts as the main source of trade for The Bike Yard but the store also attracts new customers from further afield than Warwickshire. In fact, the owners of the store are keen to attract customers from all over the region and are already planning to not only expand their existing store, but open some outlets in different places when the time is right. For more information contact The Bike Yard on: Telephone: 01926 460089 Store: www.thebikeyard.net / Club: www.rls4x.com Email: thebikeyard@hotmail.com The Bike Yard, 75 Clarendon Street, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 4PW

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efuse collection vehicle manufacturers Dennis Eagle ended 2010 in style after their Managing Director, Norman Thoday received a nomination for the Businessperson of the Year award at the Midlands Business Awards. Norman originally joined Dennis Brothers in Guildford as an apprentice and has experienced many changes at the company, including the merger of Hestair Dennis with Eagle Engineering in 1985 to form Dennis Eagle as we know it today. A worthy nominee, his own personal success came on the back of a year of significant progress and development for the Warwick-based company. For 2010 was the year that Dennis Eagle celebrated 25 years in business at its headquarters and an expansion of the site. Furthermore, the firm’s Olympus vehicle saw unprecedented success and was shortlisted for Vehicle of the Year at the Chartered Institute of Waste Management Awards for Environmental Excellence. The company was awarded several significant contracts both in the UK and abroad and Ethan Flynn, one of the company’s second year apprentices, was awarded the Mechanical Apprentice of the Year accolade at the MGTS annual award ceremony. Overseeing the company’s dramatic rise last

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year, Norman Thoday was also involved in the completion of Dennis Eagle’s new facility, E3000, in July. The new building is situated next to the firm’s existing property and creates a dedicated facility for chassis assembly, painting and pre-inspection.

Spanning 3000 square metres, the space was transformed from an empty shell into a fully functioning factory space which comprises office space for the parts and services development, training section and human resources as well as the chassis production line. As a consequence, Dennis Eagle are now able to offer a better all round paint finish on their vehicles which lasts longer, thus improving the performance for customers and increasing the durability of the trucks.

green approach to business and justifying the success that Norman has found the company over the last twelve months and his Midlands Business Award nomination.

Norman is a strong believer in making the firm as environmentally friendly as he can – something recognised in his Midlands Business Awards nomination. He helped the company to announce it would upgrade its Euro 5 engines from the start of this year in order to achieve Enhanced Environmentallyfriendly Vehicle compliance. On top of this, the company also achieved Environmental Management System ISO 14001:2004 certification at its Blackpool cab production facility, reinforcing its pledge to adopt a

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are pleased to be supporting Dennis Eagle and congratulate them on their success at the Midlands Business Awards.

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Major products manufactured • Buckets/Shovels • Fuel & Hydraulic Tanks • Chassis • General Fabrications in batch sizes up to 1000

Key production processes • CADCAM systems • Pre-production Jig and Tool design and manufacturing capability • Laser profiling to 20mm • Traditional gas burning to 100mm • CNC press braking to 500 tonnes • Robotic welding • Automatic and manual shot blasting • Extensive wet painting and drying plants • Powder coating facilities including pickling and phosphate treatment Quality approvals: ISO 9001:2000 The company operates its own HGV fleet, which can deliver several times each day to major customers

Market leading technology from Bridgestone, the largest tyre manufacturer in the world, coupled with the excellent reputation of Bandag means that the top team is now even better. Add to this the comprehensive Pan-European Truck Point network, and you have a complete total tyre management solution that keeps your business moving forward.

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MIDLANDS BUSINESS AWARDS GEMINI WEALTH MANAGEMENT LTD

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utton Coldfield - based Gemini Wealth Management Limited have delivered on their promise to provide exceptional customer by being nominated in The Service Provider of the Year category at the Midlands Business Awards. Since its inception in December 2006, the company, which provides professional unbiased; financial products advice, financial planning, investment and tax efficiency advice to both private individuals and businesses has always had the goal to provide clients with an innovative 90-day valuation and review service, a promise recognised by the awards. Although only five years old, Gemini Wealth Management Limited has not stopped growing; already they have added extra independent financial advisors to the team as well as two new divisions in Estate Planning and Accountancy services. What’s more they have expanded operations further to develop their corporate offering as well as their services to individuals.

When it comes to experience, you cannot fault Gemini Wealth Management for their directors each boast between 16 and 25 years experience in financial services. With a total of 30 staff including a fully qualified investment management team that manage and report on client portfolios to ensure best performance and returns in line with client’s requirements, you can be sure that you are receiving the very best advice. No stranger to award success following their 2009 award win for Best Business at The Business Awards, Gemini is an ambitious company that is always looking to develop. They have continual plans to update and develop their online presence to enhance the client experience and build on the client secure login facility, launched late last year. There are also plans to further develop their corporate offering and continue to work alongside professional partners including solicitors and accountancy practices whilst never compromising on the kind of outstanding service that has seen them receive numerous positive client testimonials. For more information contact Gemini Wealth Management Limited on:

Telephone: 0121 354 2700 Fax: 0121 354 1363 Email: info@gemini-wm.com Gemini Wealth Management Limited, Gemini House, 71 Park Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6BT

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hen Nick Surface took over at Coventry – based Nettle Hill Training and Conference Centre, the business had just announced losses of £50,000. Within his first year in charge, Nick had turned this around to profits of £12,500 and has since transformed the business into one of the most recognised conference centres in the Midlands, earning him a nomination for a Midlands Business Award in the Business Person of the Year category.

Nick, an ex-project manager, followed a very simple theory in order to develop the centre into a renowned venue and instead of making one aspect of the business 100% better, he made every aspect of the business one per cent better. The results are there for everyone to see. Already, Nettle Hill Training and Conference Centre has played host to such companies as Rolls Royce and Ford, increased its number of staff and even added a new service for clients to take advantage of. Originally a farmhouse built in the 17th century, Nettle Hill was converted into a training and conference centre in 1989 after it was purchased by a Christian charity now known as Together. Boasting a total of nine rooms that can double up to accommodate from 6 – 140 people, Nettle Hill is now a leading venue for training seminars and business conferences. However, due to its unique surroundings, Nick has also introduced weddings to the venue’s list of services. Already Nick is seeing an interest from couples wanting to wed within the natural surroundings of Nettle Hill and has developed his usual food menu to suit. The venue prides itself on offering something for everyone. It’s not food that needs fancy words or over explaining. It’s just good, wholesome, traditional meals, whether for your wedding guests or your business colleagues and associates. With on-site accommodation for up to 38 people and mod-cons like Wifi thrown into the deal, Nettle Hill Training and Conference Centre is an ideal venue for

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ever you needed proof that UK manufacturing is still alive then you need look no further than award-winning Waste Spectrum Environmental Limited, a subsidy of Spectrum Environmental. Together with sister companies Air Spectrum and Energy Spectrum, Waste Spectrum Environmental Limited are dominating the export market supplying to such countries as Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Korea and Afghanistan; services that earned then the prestigious Exporter of the Year

2011 accolade at this year’s Midland Business Awards.

Emergency Incinerators, High-Capacity Incinerators and Medical Waste Incinerators.

Waste Spectrum Environmental Limited offers a complete of range of incineration systems to UK and overseas markets, including a comprehensive series of DEFRA type-approved incinerators. Their products provide the perfect solution for the disposal of animal carcass waste, medical waste and related materials. It includes Animal Incinerators, Pet Cremation Incinerators, Mobile Incinerators,

Together with a loyal team of Midlands based suppliers and marketing team Nexus Creative, Waste Spectrum Environmental Limited first moved into the exporters market in September 2006 after attending a trade

Congratulations to everyone at WASTE SPECTRUM ENVIRONMENTAL on winning the Midlands Exporter of the Year at the Midlands Business Awards. Tel: 01905 452717 Fax: 01905 458589 Email: agarenguk@aol.com

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any business development event. Boasting an ideal location in the centre of the Midlands and just an hour away from London on the train, it is easily accessible to all. More importantly however, with Nick Surface at the helm and his commitment to building relationships and offering a friendly, inviting service to all their guests, it looks like Nettle Hill, and Nick Surface, are set to prosper even further.

For more information contact Nettle Hill Training and Conference Centre on:

Telephone: 02476 621899 Fax: 02476 602992 Email: enquiries@nettlehill.co.uk Nettle Hill Training and Conference Centre, Brinklow Road, Ansty, Coventry, Warwickshire CV7 9JL

Congratulations to Nick Surface at Nettle Hill on reaching the finals for ‘Business Person of the Year’ at the ‘Midlands Business Awards’.

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Exporter of the year event in Poland. From that one event they picked up enough business to see them agree large contracts in such countries as Russia and the Far East, catapulting them onto the global industry scene. Foreign countries were impressed at the quality of the products supplied by Waste Spectrum Environmental Limited, manufactured in their Worcester factory. By using monolithic concrete casting instead of weaker materials, the firm is able to supply durable and reliable products that far outlast those built abroad and indeed within the UK Today, the company is the largest manufacturer and supplier in Europe having supplied well in excess of 3000 incinerators during the past five years alone. Under the trusted leadership of husband and wife team Steve and Elizabeth Hunt, who have been at the helm since the company first started out, the production team at Waste Spectrum Environmental Limited have increased their working hours by 40 per cent just to enable them cope with huge demand. With many staff having stayed loyal to the firm for many years, Waste Spectrum Environmental Limited is a firm that is trusted not only by its employees but also by its clients, both in the UK and abroad.

For more information contact Waste Spectrum Environmental Limited on:

Telephone: 01905 362 100 Fax: 01905 362101 Email: sales@wastespectrum.com Web: www.spectrumenvironmental.eu Waste Spectrum Environmental Limited, Spectrum House, Perrywood Trading Park, Wylds Lane, Worcester, WR5 1DZ


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alesowen-based Nicklin Business Advisers have added to their list of honours by being named a finalist in the category of Service Provider of the Year at the Midlands Business Awards. Their latest achievement adds to their success at the Institute of West Midlands Chartered Accountants awards, where they have won Accountants of the Year for three of the last four years. It is little more than they deserve after diversifying their business over a decade ago to offer a more modern variety of services to SMEs across the country.

Service Provider of the Year

Nicklin Business Advisers was originally set up in 1931 by Mr Tom Nicklin, as a sole practitioner he offered accounting, auditing, book-keeping and taxation services. However, current Managing Partner Harvey Owen saw the position of an accountancy practice evolving as the everyday demands of businesses increased. As such, the firm introduced a new range of services to their charter including management advice, tax mitigation, forensic accounting, wealth management, business development and financial services – the kind of support that most clients would usually only receive from top national firms. The expansion of the firm’s services has resulted in an increase of new business and has also allowed the company to offer more to existing clients, many of whom have been with them for a number of years and some since inception in 1931. With around 50 staff offering expertise in all areas of business development and accountancy, Nicklin Business Advisers have the depth of knowledge required to offer owner-managed businesses a surprisingly wide-ranging service. Recently, the Firm has brought together a consortium which, with the support of Walsall Council and both the Black Country and Worcester Chambers of Commerce, is applying for £4m worth of funding from the Regional Growth Fund. This project will help supply a number of services including business support, accountancy, marketing etc., to SME’s throughout the region.

For more information contact Nicklin Business Advisers on:

Telephone: 0121 550 9916 E-mail: info@nicklins.co.uk Web: www.nicklins.co.uk Nicklin Business Advisers, Church Court, Stourbridge Road, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3TT

Nicklin Business Advisers offer much more than value added service to its clients; it gets under the skin of a business to give it the edge over its competitors. They pride themselves on delivering exceptional customer service, whoever the client and whatever their needs are, meriting their nomination for Service Provider of the Year.

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WINTON PROPERTY LTD

Specialists in the supply and support of Microsoft server solutions and SAGE accounting software

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aving reached over 50 years in business, Winton Property Ltd, based in Stoke-on-Trent, are leading providers of multi-tenancy offices, retail space, workshops and warehouses, available to let.

all major bus routes and close to the A500, which links junctions 15 and 16 of the M6. The site also boasts its own car park for use by tenants and their visitors so there is no need to park away from your company premises.

Established in 1960 by William Podmore OBE, Winton Property Ltd started out as an aid to small local businesses, letting out any unused office space for a low cost. The company was one of the first firms in the area to offer this type of accommodation, after Mr Podmore purchased the site in Stoke Road.

Having spent over half a century thriving as one of the region’s leading muti-tenant office letters, it looks like Winton Property Ltd, together with its care for tenants and excellent facilities, is set for even greater success.

hen it comes to securing ongoing technical IT support, you could do much worse than choosing a company that has over 20 years experience. Coleshillbased K & M Computer Systems Ltd are qualified specialists in the supply and support of Microsoft server solutions and SAGE accounting software, also offering a repair service for network fileservers, PC workstations and other hardware. Set up in 1988 before becoming a limited company ten years later, K & M Computer Systems Ltd is a SAGE Business Partner offering SAGE 200, SAGE 50, payroll and accounting solutions with training and support services, as well as ACT! and SAGE 200 CRM (customer relationship management) applications. A qualified specialist in the supply and support of Microsoft Small Business Server, the firm boasts a dedicated team of experts with the experience and skills required to provide businesses with a trouble-free installation and outstanding after-sales support. As well as supplying and installing new equipment like network fileservers, workstations, software, security products and cabling, K & M Computer Systems Ltd also provide technical support for new and existing IT systems via a range of methods; telephone, remote diagnostics and on-site visits. They understand that nobody can afford to lose business which is why they will aim to get out to a customer on the very same day as an initial phone call in the case of a fileserver or critical piece of equipment needing attention. With the aim of retaining customers not just for a few years but forever, it is not

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surprising that K & M Computer Systems Ltd have a loyal base of regional clients who benefit from their expertise. Keeping up with major industry players in order to keep their finger on the pulse of an ever-changing technological world, the company is always first to brief businesses on the latest IT and accounting software developments. With much of their work coming via their website, K & M Computer Systems Ltd

come highly recommended by such firms as Lionheart and Thomas & Co Chartered Accountants in Coventry, proving their high calibre and excellent support track record. There is no question that the company has come a long way in establishing itself since it began trading over twenty years ago and with such a strong reputation for delivering exceptional IT services, K & M Computer Systems Ltd will be at the cutting edge of technology for many more years to come.

Today, Winton Property Ltd lets over 70,000 square feet of premises, creating a small and friendly community for all its tenants. With eight staff situated on site, they are only a phone call away should you need someone to respond to any enquiries. As a caring business, Winton Property has seen many companies grow and prosper within the site, aiding companies to expand or downgrade depending on the progression of the company. A four-story building, Winton House has kitchen and W.C facilities available on each floor and a central boardroom is also available for use by occupiers. With a main staircase and passenger lift along with full disabled access, the company caters for everybody’s individual needs. The main office block is heated by a gas fired boiler situated in the basement and radiators can be separately controlled to each floor and each unit.

For more information contact The location of Winton House is ideal for any K & M Computer Systems Ltd on: business. Just a five-minute walk away from Stoke Railway Station and 5 minutes drive Telephone: 01675 462999 from the city centre. The site is situated on

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elebrating over 30 years of business, Special Tooling Services based in Lincoln are leading precision engineers and manufacturers of specialist cutting tool in carbide and high speed steel. Special Tooling Services was founded in 1980 by business partners Clive Rowley and Robert Waterfield after the company that they were both worked for as engineering apprentices closed. Originally working from a rented premises, Special Tooling Services went on to acquire a purpose built factory which they wholly own, whilst making steady progress in establishing themselves as strong competitors within the local market.

As Special Tooling Services continue to maintain an unrivalled standard of service which sees customers returning to them time after time, they look forward to a prosperous future.

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Telephone: 01522 693993 Fax: 01522 500993 Email: specialtoolingservices@yahoo.co.uk Special Tooling Services, Exchange Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 3JZ

Operating from their impressive manufacturing site located on Exchange Road in Lincoln, Special Tooling Services employ 4 members of staff who are fully qualified and experienced, as well as being highly skilled in all aspects of engineering. They are a small company with an exceptional reputation for offering a prompt and reliable service combined with top quality products that are manufactured to the highest standard. Carrying out work for a number of prestigious companies within the precision engineering and tooling industry, Special Tooling Services have the ability to carry out all types of precision engineering including turning, milling, grinding and JIG boring, as well as tooling services, where specialist cutting tools can be manufactured in carbide or high speed steel to ensure their quality.

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it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, it is fair to say that Worcesterbased Gtech has come a long way since being a one-man bedroom project to a company with 27 staff and a turnover of £8 million a year! Gtech was set up by owner Nick Grey in 2001 with the aim of creating a cordless product that could pick up dog hair from carpets. After working his way through the ranks of his old employer’s firm, Vax, Nick developed a talent for designing and creating new products and when the firm was bought out in 2001, Nick decided it was time to create his own independent products. His idea was simple – to create cordless floorcare products because nobody likes big, heavy products that need to be plugged in and are noisy. His first invention, which became the company’s name, was an immediate success, selling out of retail stores across the country. Today, Nick has sold over twenty million of his power sweeper devices and grown his business to design and manufacture a wide number of cordless household appliances. Selling through such popular retail outlets as Argos, Lakeland, Curry’s and John

International Freight Management We are pleased to be supporting GTECH on their 10th year of trading. tel: 0161 834 6444 fax: 0161 835 3251 www.johngood.co.uk

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Lewis, as well as to the general public via their website, Gtech have become one of the nation’s leading firms for innovative cordless household products. Their range includes such products as a lightweight hedge trimmer and a hand held vacuum cleaner. Much of Gtech’s success is down to their passion for even the smallest detail in each one of their products. Nick spent every working day on his very first product as he aimed to create a sweeper that was the first ever to pick up animal hairs and his work ethic has not changed since. Everyone at the company follows a policy that every little detail has to be as good as everybody else’s; one weak link and no matter how good your own part of the product is,’ you are wasting your time. It is an ethic that has enabled Gtech to keep their products at the forefront of the UK market in stores that have housed their work for many loyal years. With ten years of success behind them, Gtech are concentrating on developing their brand and new products with ever-better performance. Just this month, Gtech have launched their first commercial product for shops, offices and restaurants – a cordless power sweeper with a two hour run time and anti-bacterial protection. And by spending more on marketing and staff to support a new marketing strategy that will propel the company into the upmarket end of the consumer market, Gtech looks set for another decade of overwhelming success.

For more information contact Gtech on:

Telephone: 01905 345891 Fax: 01905 345724 Web: www.gtechonline.co.uk Gtech, Cupola Court, Spetchley, Worcestershire, WR5 1RL

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Black Country business set up to provide chain links to its parent company who manufacture conveyor systems for the glass bottle industry has been trading so well that it has just offered its services to other businesses across the country.

Pennine ProStampLLP Unit 18 Strawberry Lane Industrial Estate Strawberry Lane Willenhall, Wolverhampton West Midlands WV13 3RS

Tel: 01902 604 077 Fax: 0871 714 5077 Web: http://www.prostamp.co.uk Email: sales@prostamp.co.uk

Willenhall based Pennine Prostamp LLP was set up in January 2010 with just one worker to supply chain links to Yorkshire assembler Pennine Industrial Equipment Limited, which has ploughed £500,000 into the business. However, the firm has proved so successful that already it has taken on three extra staff, an apprentice and two extra machines to cope with demand. Now, the business is in talks with firms throughout the UK as they look to secure the contracts that will see their work taken outside of their parent company.

inviting other work in the high quality end of the precision pressing market. We are no longer specialising in just one type of product but are offering our services to cover all aspects of metals pressing. We are able to offer a one-stopshop for clients who can visit us with a design brief and, working with our partners within the industry we are able to aid with product design, manufacture tooling, and supply finished product including any special finishes such as plating or painting. Through my time in the industry I have established important relationships with a variety of supply partners and we can call upon their expertise to ensure our customers receive a finished product to the highest level of quality”.

The chain links manufactured by Pennine Prostamp form part of a conveyor belt that is later sold onto bottle factories in over 70 countries including vineyards in Chile, perfumes in France and vodka distilleries in Russia. Set up due to the apathy experienced over three previous external suppliers, Pennine Prostamp is run by Mr Hallam, who has over 25 years experience in the metal pressings trade and is able to provide a dedicated, personal service to both Pennine Industrial Equipment Ltd and now, other firms.

Further expansion of the current suite of machinery is planned within the next few weeks with the addition of a new process which will involve cropping profiled wire. It is envisaged that this extra diversity will open up further opportunities for the company.

The expansion was announced with two open days at the company’s site, just off Neachells Lane, where other firms were invited to tour Pennine Prostamp’s facilities and learn more about how they operate. So successful were the open days that already – only a month later – the company has received a host of enquiries that could turn into potential business partnerships. Mr Hallam comments: “We will still be supplying Pennine Industrial Equipment Ltd but are also

Working towards ISO9001 Pennine Prostamp intend to build on their quality accreditation to achieve AS9100, the aerospace industry standard. This will that the customer has confidence that Pennine Prostamp can meet their specific quality and supply requirements.

For more information contact Martin Hallam at Pennine Prostamp on:

Telephone: 01902 604 077 Fax: 0871 7145077 Web: www.prostamp.co.uk Email: sales@prostamp.co.uk Pennine Prostamp, Unit 18 Strawberry Lane Industrial Estate, Willenhall, WV13 3RS


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A family-run company, Modern Roofs Ltd carry out expensive repairs and maintenance complete with a dedicated metal decking and cladding division. Trading from their Leicester base, the firm has built a reputation over the last few decades as one of few companies that offer a quality service without charging over the odds for equipment and call-outs.

local holiday company is to celebrate its 20th birthday in style... with almost 200 of its customers. Laver Holidays runs a popular weekend away every year as a reunion for people who travel with them time and again. But this year’s special event – to celebrate two decades in business – has been a runaway success.

Laver Holidays now offers cruises and flightbased holidays as well as coach tours and excursions, with customers so loyal that several of them have been to every one of Laver’s 13 ‘reunion’ weekends! Many more have been travelling with Laver for ten years or more.

“We’ll have to stop taking bookings soon because there are no hotel rooms left!”

The 20th Birthday Party is a three-day trip to a plush hotel in the Pennines, with entertainment each night... including a ‘star turn’ from the Laver family: “It will be good to see everyone,” said Tony, whose son, daughter-in-law and even a granddaughter work at the company. “Many of our customers have become lifelong friends, too.”

Tony, along with his wife, Jean, took the plunge into running his own tour business when the coach company he worked for ceased trading: “I was offered the holiday part of the firm, bought it, changed the name and it has gone from strength to strength.”

With fuel prices rocketing for people who once drove to their holiday destination, touring by coach is growing fast. Spreading the fuel cost between 40 coach passengers brings costs right down, while the buying power of Laver Holidays ensures that, on

“It’s taken us by surprise,” said Tony Laver, who set up the Loughborough-based company in 1991. “We expected perhaps 100 people to book but then it grew to 120, and is now heading towards 180 people.

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With the promise of a free quotation and turnaround of just a fortnight for an average job, it is little wonder that Modern Roofs can name the likes of Caterpillar, Walkers Crisps, Holland and Barrett and Leicester Council among their most established clients, as well as homeowners throughout the UK. Treating every job with the same kind of outstanding customer service, attention and eye-to-detail as they do their biggest contracted work, you can be sure of a great service when you call Modern Roofing Ltd.

ince becoming an incorporated company thirty years ago, Kidderminster-based LGM Ltd has evolved with the times whilst still offering the kind of personal, friendly service that it was founded upon.

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We are delighted to have been welcoming Laver Holidays to the hotel for many years and wish them continued success. Laver Holidays have 8 departures to Sidmouth in 2011.

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“And I think many people are fed up with traffic and parking hassles,” says Tony Laver. “Not only that, but the car driver can’t enjoy a lunchtime tipple or a snooze on the way home. Coach holidays are much more sociable.” Laver Holidays, High Street Chambers, High Street, Loughborough, LE11 2PZ

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For more information contact Modern Roofing Ltd:

Telephone: 0116 2879934 Fax: 0116 2871054 Email: modernroofs@live.co.uk Modern Roofs Ltd, 77 Gynsill Lane, Leicester, LE7 7AJ

Forever keeping up with changes in the roofing industry in order to continue to offer the very best service to clients, Modern Roofs Ltd have embraced the 21st century by meeting demand for single ply roofing jobs. Furthermore, they also specialise in insulation and environmentally friendly ‘green’ roofs. They also offer an over sheeting system for asbestos roofs, which enables the asbestos to remain, thereby cutting the cost of asbestos removal.

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Magnificent Regency hotel on Sidmouth’s elegant Esplanade, adjacent to the picturesque town centre. Run by the Hook family for three generations. Excellent amenities & leisure facilities.

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been awarded the honour of being an official SIG operator for single ply jobs, they also offer guarantees starting at 15 years on every job. Adhering to safety policies COSH with risk assessments and insurances correct and applied, it is little wonder that the company has established itself as one of the best roofing firms in the country over the course of just 20 years.

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ON 20 YEARS IN BUSINESS” Asphaltic Roofing Supplies, Spa House, ST Thomas Road, South Wigston, Leicester LE18 4TA

Tel: 0116 278 5262 / Fax: 0116 278 2995 Email: leicester@asphaltic.co.uk

LGM LTD

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY

We are pleased to be part of Lavers continued success and look forward to working closely with them on brochure production in the future.

lot has changed in the roofing profession over the last 20 years but one thing that hasn’t is Modern Roofs Ltd’s commitment to carrying out a quality job for a reasonable price; a promise that has helped them achieve 20 years in business.

The company is not short of awards, having

many holidays, the total cost of a half-board holiday, all excursions, entry tickets and travel is little more than the hotel price alone.

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Congratulations to Laver Holidays on their 20th Anniversary. KETTLEWELL’S are pleased to supply Laver Holidays with their coaching requirements and look forward to the continuing relationship over the forthcoming 20 years. Tel: 01777 860360 / Fax: 01777 710351 www.kettlewellscoaches.co.uk

Kettlewell Ltd, Grove Street, Retford, Notts DN22 6LA

The company designs and installs high quality, bespoke flooring, soft furnishing & uphosltery solutions for hospitality, retail, healthcare sectors and offices nationwide. Since a management buyout in 2005 the company has undergone much modernisation , increasing the use of Computer Aided Design and transferring all records to digital format, whilst retaining the traditional values of the family run business. LGM Ltd has increased its client base whilst continuing to maintain long-lasting relationships with such companies as NEXT, who they have been trading with for many decades. By priding themselves on exceptional customer service, much of the firm’s business originates from word-of-mouth recommendations and repeat business.

always happy to share their years of expertise, as well as taking on board the customer’s views and ideas, to find the very best solutions. LGM supply and install all types of floor coverings, produce and fit a comprehensive bespoke range of soft-furnishings in their own workroom and offer a complete upholstery service. LGM Ltd look to respond to an enquiry in a matter of days, not weeks, and are flexible enough to work weekends and nights when needed, to minimise disruption to the customer. With 20 qualified and experienced staff, LGM Ltd are big enough to complete a major project yet small enough to provide the kind of care and assistance that every client deserves. Having already survived one crippling recession, LGM Ltd are already looking to grow and continue the kind of resurgence that they have enjoyed since they became an incorporated company three decades ago.

For more information contact LGM-Ltd on:

Telephone: 01562 823700

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Congratulations to LGM celebrating 30 years of business

“BEST WISHES AND CONTINUED SUCCESS TO ALL AT LGM LTD” Karndean is a design flooring product which is replicated from natural materials. Crab Apple Way Vale Park, Evesham Worcestershire WR11 1GP

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order to reach thirty years of trading as a business, you have to be open to the demands and ideas of your customers – just like J & M Provisions Ltd who this year celebrate their third decade as one of the region’s best independent food wholesalers. Originally set up to supply meat and cheese to the butchery and delicatessen trades, J & M Provisions Ltd underwent a huge development when purchased by current owner John Gardiner in 1999. After listening to their client base and studying the market, John decided to introduce more products to a wider range of companies, merging his own small business with J & M Provisions Ltd. The result is a family-run business that is small enough to care but large enough to offer some leading brand names to independent wholesalers across the region. With a fleet of vehicles at their disposal, J & M Provisions Ltd offer fresh meats, sausages, frozen foods, groceries, soft drinks, canned foods, crisps, snacks and locally produced products to businesses within an 80-mile radius of Gloucester. Furthermore, if there is a product you are after that they do not currently provide, they are more than happy to look into securing new supplier contracts for you.

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OWEN’S FAMILY BUTCHERS With over 1500 different products available, delivered whenever you need them, it is not surprising that J & M Provisions Ltd have consistently been the number one choice for a number of regional schools, independent stores and hoteliers for many years. As an ambitious company, the firm is always growing and recently added packaging to its list of supplies. J & M Provisions Ltd place a large emphasis on the needs of every individual customer they work with – after all, it is the customers that have helped them reach such a milestone anniversary. By listening to customer feedback, the company is always looking to grow and widen its services. With the promise of always offering a reasonable, competitive price for goods and an ongoing commitment to deliver quality produce reliably and efficiently, it looks as though J & M Provisions will be going strong for many years to come. For more information contact J & M Provisions on:

Telephone: 1452 303203 Fax: 01452 380909 Email: sales@jmprovisions.co.uk J & M Provisions Ltd, 4 Spinnaker Rd, Hempsted, Gloucester GL2 5FD

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dding such inventive flavours as rhubarb, ginger, pheasant and blackberry to their sausages, it is no surpise that Owen’s Family Butchers has won a total of ten awards in the Heart ofbread, England Foods Tastiest brown Sausage Potato sodaFine farls, barmbrack, soda Competition in the four years since it opened. bread, fruit soda …. sure there’s nothing like Most recently Owen’s took home the Schools them. They’ve been part of Irish family life for prize as well as being highly commended in this decades and these traditional breads have been year’s regional tastiest sausage competition.

maintains its customers over larger supermarket chains by always sourcing the freshest and best local produce for its foods. By stocking the finest produce at a reasonable price, together with their imaginative flavours, Owen’s Family Butchers has drawn in range is available in Asda, Morrisons, customers from as far a field as Audley and the other Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. All our breads side of Stoke, fast securing a reputation as one of are yeast free (except the Barm Brack). All the region’s finest butchers.

RANKIN SELECTION BY IRWIN’S BAKERY

enjoying an exciting renaissance thanks to a The Stoke-on-Trent based butchers, run by Mr partnership between celebrity chef Paul Rankin Owen, is always on the lookout for new, exciting and Northern Ireland based Irwin’s Bakery. The sausage flavours which they introduce weekly to customers. They draw inspiration from absolutley anywhere – in fact, the influence behind their commended pork, rhubarb and ginger sausage came from a flavour of jam! “A lot of the time jam flavours work in almost any food so I asked myself why it wouldn’t work in a sasuage and couldn’t come up with an answer. I sampled the sausage on a few of our customers and after receiving an overwhelming response, I decided to enter it in the HEFF Tastiest Sausage Competition,” explains Mr Owen. Customers are at the heart of Owen’s Family Butchers. Situated in the village of Biddulph, the company prides itself on the amount of repeat business it receives from its regulars. Owen’s

suitable for vegetarians and made in a nut free With over years experience in the trade, Mr bakery. All30suitable for home freezing. Owen knows how important it is to offer variety to For more information visit our website: customers which is why Owen’s Family Butchers is www.irwinsbakery.com no one-trick pony. As well as their delicious range of inventive sausages, the store also serves a range of meats, mince, pies and pasties that has seen them beat off comeptition for business from two other local butchers in the same area. Having survived a recession and competition from larger supermarket chains, Owen’s Family Butchers has continued to trade well and that is largely thanks to the ideas generated by both iots staff and customers – something that has made the firm a regular in the HEFF Tastiest Sausage Competition.

For more information contact Owen’s Family Butchers:

Telephone: 01782 522113 Owens Family Butchers, 76 High Street, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, ST8 6AS

WELL DONE!

“Congratulations to J&M Provisions on over 30 years in business” Tel: 0845 1205 505 Fax: 01982 554085 Email: info@qualityburgers.co.uk www.qualityburgers.co.uk Wyeside Enterprise Park, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3UA

Sugar & Spice would like to congratulate John and his team on their 30th Anniversary. We look forward to many more years of business with J&M Provisions. T. 01235

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WHITBY SCAMPI FLIES THE BANNER FOR NOSTALGIC FOOD REVIVAL

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recent study by Seafish has shown consumers are still happy to go out to eat if they can choose scampi. The great British favourite is enjoying a revival as nostalgic comfort food thrives in this economic down turn. A whopping 38,137,000 portions were enjoyed “out of home” in the 12 months leading up to the end of October 2009 (Source Seafish Protein Comparison Report October 2009). It should come as no surprise to find out that 69% of this massive number of portions has been eaten by over 35s - the age group most likely to remember the 70s and 80s when scampi in the basket was a fashionable meal in pubs. It seems that the love affair between scampi and pubs continues with 17,000,000 portions being eaten in pubs in the last 12 months which must be good news for the demoralised British landlord. Whitby Seafoods, the UK’s largest scampi manufacturer, have

supplied their famous Whitby Scampi to pubs and restaurants around the UK for 25 years, and supply more pubs and restaurants than any other brand. They offer pubs free Whitby window stickers, table tent cards and swingboards to tempt the pub customer into ordering a meal with their drinks. Despite scampi’s slightly retro image Whitby Scampi has some very modern health credentials to boast with a portion containing less than 2g saturated fat, iron, calcium and long chain Omega 3 fatty acids, which are linked to healthy brain and heart function and development.

www.whitby-seafoods.com

“Congratulations and continued success to Owens Butcher” EKA ROBERTS & SONS

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EKA Roberts & Sons ltd Meat & Poultry Woolston Farm Nr Oswestry Shropshire SY10 8HY Tel: 01691 682682 Fax: 01691 682288

“CONGRATULATIONS! AND CONTINUED SUCCESS TO ALL AT OWENS FAMILY BUTCHERS” 2 The Courtyard, Greenfields Industrial Estate, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4TR Tel: 01260 277 117 Email: accounts@s-price.co.uk

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aynes Catering Butchers is a small, family-run business started by Eric Haynes in 1939, at 62 Springhill, Birmingham. At the end of the war Eric was joined by his brother Chris, with the two of them building up to 23 retail butchers shops, at its peak in the late 60s and 70s.

Arthur’s wife, Virginia, took over the sales side of the business.

Chris unfortunately died in 1982 and Eric’s son, Arthur took over Chris’ shop. It was at this time with the development of supermarkets that Arthur started in Haynes Catering Butchers from the firm’s depot in Bordesley Green, Birmingham. In a very short while the catering supplies side of the business took over from the retail. Arthur’s wife, Virginia, took over the sales side of the business. This has flourished to this very day and is now run from their premises in Acocks Green, which has a retail side as well as a catering department. With no plans to wind down the company just yet, Arthur and Virginia are looking forward to driving the business forward, meaning that the firm is set to enjoy many more years of success. For more information contact Haynes Catering Butchers on:

Telephone: 0121 706 0394 or 0121 706 0389 Haynes Catering Butchers, 1121 Warwick Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, B27 6RA

Birmingham Egg Marketing Limited “Congratulations to all at

Haynes Catering Butchers on over 70 Successful years in business”

Head Office: UNITS 1, 2 & 3, Poultry Market, Pershore Street, Birmingham B5 5UB

Telephone: 0121 622 3981 Fax: 0121 622 6064

THE MIDLAND CASING COMPANY LIMITED.

SPECIALIST SUPPLIERS TO THE BUTCHERY TRADE

Congratulations to all at Haynes Catering Butchers on over 70 years in business. Unit 4, Amherst Business Centre, Budbrooke Road, Warwick, CV34 5XH.

Telephone: 01926 494554

Fax: 01926 498798

Wholesale Meat & Poultry Suppliers

“Congratulations to all at Haynes Catering Butchers on over 70 years in business” 4/5 Wholesale Meat Markets, Pershore Street, Birmingham B5 6UA Tel: 0121 666 7320 (24 hours) Fax: 05603 151 384 Orders 0121 622 4070 Mobile: 07765 866644

“Congratulations, best wishes and continued success to all at Haynes Catering Butchers” TASTY BAKE LTD. 135 LUDLOW ROAD, BIRMINGHAM, B8 3BT, ENGLAND. T: 0121 326 9098 F: 0121 326 9093 E: info@tasty-bake.com

www.tasty-bake.com

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL AT HAYNES CATERING BUTCHERS ON OVER 70 YEARS IN BUSINESS tel: 0121 777 7010 fax: 0121 777 7065 email: info@lashford.co.uk

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We would like to thank all our valued customers and suppliers for their continued support 1121 WARWICK ROAD, ACOCKS GREEN, BIRMINGHAM B27 6RA Telephone: 0121 706 0394 0121 706 0389 Answer machine after 1.00 p.m. 0121 706 0394 Email: accounts@haynescateringbutchers.co.uk

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lot can change in the golfing industry over 20 years – just ask Tiger Woods! One thing that hasn’t changed however, is the kind of first class facilities and entertainment on offer at The Vale Golf & Country Club, currently celebrating two decades of business.

If golfing is not your sport, do not fear, for the club recently opened up their lake for fishing. With daily, seasonal and annual fishing memberships available at attractive prices, you can benefit from a relaxing day of leisure in beautiful surroundings.

Situated in beautiful Midlands countryside, The Vale Golf & Country Club offers extensive facilities including a par 74 18-golf course, a 9-hole shorter course and excellent practice facilities, with breathtaking views of the Malvern Hills. Whether you want a full membership, a one-off golf day or just a great place to play the sport, you are sure to have your needs met.

The Vale Golf & Country Club is also one of Worcestershire’s finest meeting and banqueting venues. They welcome conferences, seminars, training days and meetings all year round, their conference facility holding up to 150 people and designed in a traditional style with attention to luxury and elegance. With access to both the M42 and the M5 and plenty of free parking, a conference at The Vale Golf & Country Club is not only easily accessible but thoroughly enjoyable too!

The site’s clubhouse has recently benefited from a full refurbishment with a brand new function suite and changing facilities. Furthermore, they continue to develop the course itself and offer an ideal venue for a society day, with a large modern clubhouse that serves good quality food offering guests a variety of dining experiences, from a la carte to informal dining. The Vale Golf & Country Club place a large emphasis on helping young people learn the sport and offer an excellent junior training programme which runs every weekend. In fact, the club offers training for anyone looking to take up the game and will even provide tips to those with a bit of basic skill and golfing knowledge, making it an ideal venue for a family day out!

Of course, The Vale Golf & Country Club is gifted in that it is situated in breathtaking

countryside; the kind of picturesque view that would look good on anybody’s wedding photographs and it is possible! For the club also offers wedding packages to couples; designed and custom-made to suit your individual needs and make it that little bit different from all the others. With such an array of different services and facilities to offer, it is little wonder The Vale Golf & Country Club is becoming one of the premier family destinations in the region, an achievement that is testament to their 20 years in business.

For more information contact The Vale Golf & Country Club on:

Telephone: 01386 462781 The Vale Golf & Country Club, Hill Furze Road, Bishampton, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 2LZ

Fladbury Pies and Sausages Ltd. Church Street, Fladbury, Worcestershire.

“Best wishes and continued success to all at the Vale Golf Club” 01684 295514

David Dudley Butchers, 81-82 Barton Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5PY

Tel: (01386) 860228

Award winning Butcher. Purveyor of traditional meats and butcher deli products.

www.dudleybutcher.co.uk

DeepClean Hygiene Solutions Ltd are proud of their long standing working relationship with The Vale Golf Club, helping to maintain the highest standards of catering equipment and extraction system cleanliness. We wish The Vale every continued success. www.deepclean-hygiene.co.uk tel: 01527 559880

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he Lion and Pheasant on Wyle Cop has featured in the Sunday Mirror travel section, listed as one of the top ten boutique hotels in the country, offering stylish rooms at competitive prices. The achievement comes hot on the heels of a recent £950,000 refurbishment that has transformed the hotel from an old fashioned, almost derelict premises to a stylish townhouse hotel, bar and restaurant. Each of its 22 rooms have been individually designed with plush linens, silks, iron-framed beds, designer light fittings and all mod-cons – it even has an oak-trussed bedroom suite complete with free-standing Victorian bath! The old Tudor beams that add a touch of nostalgia to the building have been maintained as the hotel has adopted a minimalistic, Scandinavian- New English theme.

with the highest possible award for a first-time AA inspection – three stars. After adding two new bars to the hotel, fully stocked with Shropshire real ales and affordable wines, and investing in the hotel restaurant, all aspects of the business are enjoying huge success. The Lion and Pheasant is the ideal place to visit for business or pleasure. Situated in the heart of Shrewsbury and overlooking the historic English bridge, Abbey Church and St Chad’s cathedral; rooms at the hotel offer scintillating views of the River Severn. The venue also boasts conferencing facilities for small business meetings within its Crystal room, seating up to 30 people; offering breakfast meetings, canapés evenings, gourmet dinners and all manner of events.

Something the hotel is particularly proud of is its cuisine and offers breakfast in16:11 bed as well as 24 full NNERS ADVERTS SCHEDULE 2010:New Adverts, New Wording 13/10/2010 Page lunch and dinner a la carte menus. The modern The success of the refurbishment has European dishes change every few weeks to established the hotel as a prominent venue keep it fresh and kitchen staff will never source within the town and has recently been awarded

For a huge range of wines at genuine prices, friendly advice and award-winning nationwide delivery call Tanners on 01743 234455. Ask for a FREE copy of our wine list or visit or visit www.tanners-wines.co.uk

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For more information contact The Lion and Pheasant on:

Telephone:01743 770345 Email: info@lionandpheasant.co.uk Web: www.lionandpheasant.co.uk The Lion and Pheasant, 49-50 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, SY1 1XJ

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food from abroad if it is out of season in the UK. Instead, you can expect delicious, locallysourced meals that cater for any taste. With a history that stretches back to 1976, the Lion and Pheasant is finally enjoying the kind of success that its owners have been working hard to achieve for many years. With quality and stylish rooms available for excellent prices, the

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SHUKERS (SHREWSBURY) LAND ROVER

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hukers (Shrewsbury) Land Rover’s new showroom is now open to the public following a two-month refurbishment during which the dealership continued trading as usual. Work on the Battlefield Road dealership began in October and was completed in November in time for the new year. As part of a huge investment in future technologies and ideals, the Shrewsbury branch has been given a 21st century makeover in order to offer customers a more pleasurable experience. The new development aims to simplify every aspect of dealing with Shukers with changes inside and out. Not only has the interior of the site been altered in order to offer customers an environment in which they can relax and interact in, but by employing smart aesthetics, psychology and simplicity, the newly designed dealership will blend with Land Rover’s own ideals and present the company as more customer-focused. Changes to the showroom include a more

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spacious internal layout and complete refitting from floor to ceiling using modern materials and designs to create a brand new look and style to Euro global standards. Furthermore, the site’s offices and reception areas have been replaced with with the same innovative style. The company, which sells and services all Land Rover models as well as stocking various accessories including clothing and toys, remained open throughout the refurbishment, with the showroom split in two by a temporary wall and dust sheet. As a quality assured Approved Land Rover dealer, Shukers (Shrewbury) Land Rover’s dedicated team of staff always strive to offer fantastic service whatever their working conditions. It is something that brings their pledge to arrange financial packages and insurance quotations for customers to help them away their chosen vehicles and recive an after-sales service that is second to none! Commenting on the refurbishment, Shuker’s web marketing guru Chris Jones of Pixelmakers said: “The old showroom’s design was about showing the vehicles in their environment with almost toned down, earthy colours. The new design however, reflects the new clean, technological advancement of the current Land Rover brand.”

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For more information contact Shukers (Shrewsbury) Land Rover on:

Telephone: 01743 450045 Email: salesshrewsbury@shukers.com Shukers (Shrewsbury) Land Rover, 7 Battlefield Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 4AE

alsall-based Pinfold Motors are celebrating 45 years as a family business offering servicing, repairs, MOTs and diagnostics as well as selling quality second hand cars. Originally established in 1966, the general motor garage is currently being run by Gary France, who watched his father, Derek, establish the business into what it is today. Gary has behind him a strong team, including Derek, who assist in the day-to-day running of the company, offering the best possible service for customers. Each member of staff is fully qualified to industry standard and boasts a wealth of knowledge and experience in the motoring industry. Over time, Pinfold Motors has seen a number of changes including the departure of their petrol pump services in 1984, but they have battled through numerous recessions to cement themselves as a popular, friendly local garage. The firm has invested in the latest diagnostic technologies, enabling them to read most manufacturers engine management systems, and are always on the lookout for ways to advance and diversify the business. Pinfold Motors pride themselves on being able to offer a one-stop shop for customers. In their fully

equipped workshop they are able to repair most makes and models of cars including both petrol and diesels. As a member of the Autosafe Group, they offer a 12-month guarantee on all parts fitted and always look to deliver exceptional customer service to each and every client. In fact. the firm has become known for the friendly and personal experience they offer customers. They get to know their clients and are always on hand should they be needed for anything, which is why clients will never have to talk to a middle-man when calling them with a problem. The person fixing your car is the only person you need to contact and is always available at the other end of a phone. With such traditional values and outstanding customer service on offer, it is no surprise that Pinfold Motors has been Walsall’s first choice of local garage for 45 years. For more information contact Pinfold Motors on:

Telephone: 01922 475501 Fax: 01922 475501 Pinfold Motors, High Street, Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands, WS3 2DG

WARNER AUTO SERVICES DIAGNOSTIC SPECIALISTS “Best wishes and continued success to all at Pinfold Motors” PAUL WARNER QUALITY VEHICLE REPAIRS MOBILE SERVICE 07725 318 757 PAULWARNER313@FSMAIL.NET

“BEST WISHES AND CONTINUED SUCCESS TO ALL AT PINFOLD MOTORS” 33 Market Place, Willenhall, West Midlands WV13 2AA Telephone: 01902 601166 Fax: 01902 606925 Email: enquiries@g-owenmarketplace.co.uk

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BROCKHALL COACH AND BODYWORKS

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roving that there is no substitute for experience, Northampton based Brockhall Coach and Bodyworks are celebrating their 91st year as a small and friendly family-run business. As leading providers of all types of professional paintwork repairs, the firm has built up a positive reputation over the last nine decades as one of the most trusted firms to repair a car exactly how a customer wants it repaired. Whether you have a minor scratch, dent, stone chip or a major scrape, Brockhall Coach and Bodyworks are able to restore your vehicle in their dedicated body shop. The firm has been run by the Desborough family since its conception in 1920 and is still in the same family, currently owned by Lee and Earle Desborough, Having grown up within the family business, they boast a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry that has helped them to maintain many long lasting relationships with local Northampton dealerships, as well as attracting regular new business through word of mouth recommendations.

Having previously worked with many Mps and respected businessmen in the region, Brockhall Coach and Bodyworks pride themseleves on delivering a personal service and an exceptional standard of workmanship at a highly comeptitive price. With a free no obligation quote available for any kind of damage, you can be sure that you are receiving outstanding value for money when you choose Brockhall Coach and Bodyworks. Never ones to lack ambition, the business is always diversifying and have made steady progress in establishing themselves as strong competitors within the local market with the introduction of more modern equipment including a water based paint scheme, spray booth and hydraulic ramps.

Celebrating their 91st year For more information contact Brockhall Coach and Bodyworks on:

Telephone/Fax: 01604 638 761 Web: www.brockhallcoachworks.co.uk Brockhall Coach and Bodyworks, 119 Clare Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 3JA

After 91 years as one of Northampton’s most valued family businesses, Brockhall Coach and Bodyworks have a simple aim in the years ahead; to do the same thing they have been doing for 91 years and maintain the high standards that they have become renowned for.

Congratulations to all at Brockhall Coachworks for your ongoing success. • All vehicles are luxury Mercedes-Benz • Sat Nav Fitted • All drivers are suited with tie • All vehicles licenced and drivers CRB checked • Nationwide communication system • No more expensive than a conventional taxi

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HEREFORD UNITED

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hat better place to relax – entertain or even broker a business deal than on the sporting stage of a football club? Hereford United successfully launched their new hospitality programme at the start of the season and are now looking to the future and new horizons. The club, which has a new Chairman in David Keyte and Vice-Chairman in Tim Russon, are working hard to embrace the corporate world and are trying to bring business and sport together for the benefit of all. On top of their Golden Partner Scheme, which offers a season long package of hospitality, sponsorship and advertising the club are keen to welcome more local businesses to their Edgar Street ground to promote, reward or celebrate their own enterprise. The club have refurbished their hospitality rooms and now have three pitch side suites named after three of the club’s greatest players – Colin Addison, John Charles and Terry Paine. The match day experience can kick-off hours before Hereford’s big game. All the

rooms have a full SKY TV package, so on a Saturday you could start by watching the big premiership battle of the day, and then enjoy a drink and a meal before taking your seat in the stand to cheer on the Bulls. After the game you can chose and get to meet your Hereford Man of the Match.

“Coming to a game is a great day out. For a business it can be the chance to relax and network away from the pressures and formality of the office, it can be the chance to reward or say thanks to colleagues or clients and it can also be an opportunity to promote your own company’s service or success.”

For more information about hospitality or sponsorship opportunities with Hereford United:

Telephone: 01432 276666 E-mail: club@herefordunited.co.uk

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Catering for events such as weddings, christenings, parties and buffet foods in the county of Herefordshire. Proud caterers at Hereford United providing the fans with delicious hot dogs, burgers, pasties and a wide variety of pies. Why not try one of our high quality pies including our famous Hereford beef! For all your catering requirements call: 01432 265 147

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THE UNISEY HUB

Raising Profiles and Connecting Business Social networking has been around for many years and whilst thousands of businesses are signed up to the medium through one social media site or another, very few actually know how to use it correctly to aid their business - that’s where The Unisey Hub comes in. Set up in 2009 by social media marketing expert, Sue Cartwright, The Unisey Hub shows

companies how to combine local networking with social media marketing in order to generate more contacts and more business. The Unisey Hub was originally set up as a Linkedin group as a way of bringing local businesses together and such was the rapid growth of the Hub that it soon won Sue the West Midlands Business Consulting Professional Award 2010 in June last year for her use of social media to boost enterprise in the area. Coming from a background of business consultancy, Sue has developed The Unisey Hub into a thriving business, offering social media coaching, consultancy, workshops and advice for the region’s business community. “I read somewhere that 78% of consumers act upon positive reviews online whereas only 14% of consumers act upon an

advertisement. This is the foundation that The Unisey Hub is built upon – the idea that you should promote yourself but others as well. Integrating social media into existing marketing strategies is a key objective for my coaching, consultancy and workshop programmes – promoting fellow businesses and forming lasting relationships with other professionals is an essential factor in developing new business opportunities and

gaining competitive advantage.” “We already have over 200 professionals contributing to our Linkedin Group which is going from strength to strength. It is all because our tips for success are so simple and easy to implement, actively demonstrating that social networking can be a huge advantage to businesses when used properly.”

For more information contact Sue on: Email: sue@unisey.com Linkedin: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/suecartwright Twitter: @uniseyhub @suecartwright Blog: www.uniseyhub.posterous.com Registered Office: Unisey Ltd, 44 St David’s Hill, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4DT

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