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Nene Business News


Volume 1, Issue 1

February 2012

New Occupant feature… Salonserve, here come the girls....

Special points of interest: G Here come the girls


G Professional composer on site


G Can you help a worthy local charity?

3 Salonserve, one of the largest and best national trade suppliers to the professional hair, nail, beauty and spa industry, has expanded its operation by moving into Nene Park at Irthlingborough in June.

Inside this issue: New Occupiers - Salonserve - Catapult Creative - David Tobin - Phoenix Resource Centre


Dry cleaning at Nene Park


What’s going on at Nene Park


Reception opens early trial

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The 50,000 sq ft of warehousing and 7,000 sq ft of office space at Nene Park has proved to be the perfect location for Salonserve. The company required much larger premises after quadrupling in size and a two year search finally identified Nene Park as the ideal location. Salonserve required a location that was capable of handling

regular deliveries of containers as well as modern office accommodation. Nene Park affords all that as well as providing amazing views of the Northamptonshire countryside across the River Nene and nature reserve. Salonserve manufactures and imports products from all over the world under its own name as well as the Zahra brand. Well known in the professional market for its quality, reasonable prices and excellent friendly service. Since moving to Nene Park, the company has opened a trade counter which enables local

salons to call in and collect goods on the day they need them. The move to Nene Park has improved the working conditions for the entire Salonserve staff, and the company has plans in hand for further expansion with a new range of bespoke hairdressing equipment soon to be launched. They are ISO9001 and ISO14001 registered. For more information on the vast Salonserve product range visit the website or call Freephone 0800 0181 171.

Added Service at Nene Business…Quality Dry Cleaning 4

It’s so important to look your best. Introducing convenient easy dry cleaning service for virtually all items of clothing.


Whether everyday wear or special garments such as formal wear. Items are dry cleaned with ecofriendly methods. Simply drop off your items at Waterside House reception as you would with any dry cleaners, we will let you know when ready. Normal 2 day turnaround. Please see prices below that include VAT. Payment by card. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the Editor or the publisher. While considerable effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions. All images, articles and advertisements copyright Salonserve © 2012. No reproduction without written permission of the publishers.

2-piece suit ............................ £11 3-piece suit ............................ £13 Dinner suit ..........................£14.50 Jacket ...................................... £8 Trousers .............................. £6.70 Jeans .................................. £6.70 Shorts ........................................£6 Coat........................................ £12 3/4 Coat.................................. £10

Tie ...................................... £4.50 Knitwear .............................. £6.70 Waistcoat ............................ £5.50 Silk shirt ....................................£5 Cotton shirt.......................... £3.25 or 5 shirts for £9 Dress suit .............................. £13 Skirt .................................... £6.70 Pleated skirt ........................ £8.50

1/2 Pleated skirt ........................£8 Dress ............................ £12 - £17 Ball gown................................ £18 Tops ........................ £6.50 - £8.50 Silk top ....................£6.50 - £8.50 Blouse .................... £6.50 - £8.50 Silk blouse............................£6.50 For full price list see Reception.

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Occupant feature… Pilot Creative Marketing Strikes Gold “Pilot have proved to be real experts in their sector delivering an effective global solution.”

Northampton based global cleaning provider Diversey asked Pilot to deliver a solution to significantly reduce their EMA print spend. The end result is an online web2print tool delivering central brand integrity with local autonomy and ease of product input for more than 25 European countries. Paul Dowdy, NPI Purchasing Manager said “Pilot have proved to be real experts in their sector delivering an effective global solution.” David Purvis, Pilot’s Marketing Director added “The marketing benefits include improved brand integrity, reduced production costs, increased accuracy - and losing the headache of doing it manually, resulting in a reduced time to market that’s a real competitive advantage.” Pilot’s Creative Director, Ray Barnett said “By listening and adding some creative thinking, we’ve developed a suite of online technology for literature and marketing template production that works in any sector. We can demonstrate the time, process and budgetary benefits they provide.”

Ray Barnett & David Purvis of Pilot

To contact Ray or David at Pilot call 01933 654821 or visit

New Occupant feature… Composer in the Cupboard “From stationery cupboard to fully featured writing studio in less than a week. Only with Nene Business.”

Nene Park homes many of the leading media companies in Northants…Here comes a new one… This company’s requirements were somewhat demanding. No noise! And not to be overheard! Where oh where were they to go? How about the Bistro cupboard? Originally Dr Marten’s stationery cupboard! Now a fully featured writing studio in less than a week. Only with Nene Business! So who is the Composer?

David moved into the production of commercial and media music and has enjoyed huge success both in the UK and particularly in the United States.

David Tobin has been writing and arranging music for TV, film, video games and commercial companies for nearly 20 years. After completing degrees in both classical music and film scoring / orchestration and arranging,

As a writer for commercial organisations, David has been much in demand. Writing for both small business and large corporations, he's helped shape the branding of dozens of companies. He has vast

Stylistically he's worked on commercial albums for TV, he's written everything, from Basil Brush to American Soap Operas and many, many others. He's currently busy writing with his long term collaborator Jeff Meegan.

experience writing music for web, training videos, overall company audio branding, and even telephone systems as well as jingles for advertising - both TV and radio. For more details please see his website at

David Tobin

Local News… Rushden Lakes Retail Park… “Should this go ahead it can only bring an

Rushden Lakes at Nene Valley has a new owner with a brand new plan. The site is some 244 acres, of which 31 acres is developable. The site had planning permission for more than half a million sq ft of offices.

there any

LXB Retail Properties Plc has been in discussions with East Northamptonshire Council to bring an alternative scheme of up to 250,000 sq ft of RETAIL. This new plan includes a garden centre, and home and lifestyle shopping as part of the park.


Development costs are estimated at about £40 million.

for you?”

The majority of the site is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

uplift in our area. Are

The development, subject to planning permission, is intended to benefit from a hotel and various leisure activities. Should this go ahead it can only bring an uplift in our area. Being just 2 miles away, are there any opportunities for you or your business?

Take a look at the flying video presentation: http://youtube/zxS8-AwZTiE LXB Website:

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New Occupant feature… Catapult Creative Communications Catapult improves reputations by developing sustainable online and offline marketing collateral. As a design and communications company we pride ourselves on our creative and technical abilities and strive to provide the highest quality of service whatever the requirement. Peter Clark, Catapult’s MD says “We got started developing for

the internet in 1996 and it quickly became our core business, without losing our creative edge. We provide support for companies such as Whitbread, TGI Fridays, Elizabeth Arden, GM Motors, Daimler Chrysler and liberal sprinkling of small businesses. Over the past 18 months there has been a paradigm shift in our services as SEO (search), Affiliate Marketing and

mCommerce have become our specialist areas.” Having resided here two years ago, Catapult have decided to move back to Waterside House prior to an impending expansion programme, giving them the flexibility they need to grow their business. For more details please see

Peter Clark, Catapult Creative Communications

Phoenix Resource Centre Turning waste things into play things now at Nene Park New Occupant feature… Units A & B - Can you help? While looking for a new tenant for Units A&B, Nene Business have let a well known local charity make good use of the space.

youth groups, hospitals, etc, they welcome anyone interested in the Centre to visit. So please call, pop in and have a look around.

Phoenix Resource Centre is an Environmental Charity (self funded by the Trustees) and has been operating since September 2009.

They received the following letter from a member which explains how they help.

Their purpose is the practice and promotion of recycling, re-use and reduction, with a difference. They collect clean usable waste (including off-cuts of material, wood, card), books, surplus stocks, end of lines and unwanted goods/returns from industry and local businesses. Nearly 100% of the resources are brand new and unused. Anything that can be re-used then gets put onto the shelves for the members (schools, etc) to take and re-use, everything else that can be, gets recycled. They also have a members discount area where educational aids and children's furniture can be purchased at very advantageous prices. Ideal for schools, nurseries, childminders, scouts, guides, preschools, playgroups, church groups, care homes, charities,

“On behalf of Friends of Olney Middle School, I would like to thank everyone who works so hard at the resource centre in order to ensure that quality resources are available to charitable organisations. We joined earlier this year and have made excellent use of our membership which easily paid for itself after the first visit due to the excellent fundraising pack. The school has benefitted directly from project books, card, art materials and stickers. In June, we held a big 'Fun on the Field' event where there was a giant tombola boasting many items from the resource centre such as place mats, cake tins, toys, books, dvds, trays, mixing bowls, perfume, earrings and much much more! We had a lucky dip which children of all ages seemed to enjoy and again nearly all of the prizes were from the centre. We also had a massive and very popular craft tent at the event where children (and adults)

came and made the most amazing and imaginative things. There was a long table for glass painting where the children used glass pens (our only expenditure!) to draw on large and small glass discs and made coasters. In the centre of the tent were 7 or 8 big boxes with tubes, fabric, foam, paper chains, plastic trays, boxes and a huge range of card and paper. The children couldn't believe their luck and just let their imaginations run wild! The only complaints were from parents who had to carry these creations home! The event raised over £1000 which will directly benefit the children… Thank you so much for providing this service.” Kind Regards, Friends of Olney Middle School. Paul says… “They are an amazing charity doing good local works, we are lucky to have them on site.As Nene Park is rapidly becoming the premier media location in Northants. any help given to this worthwhile and local charity will be immensely rewarding. The Phoenix web site could do with a little attention. Anyone interested? Call Andy on 01933 626000”. Web:

Member Dawn Green collecting one token's worth of items for her raffle/tombola,fundraising for her own charity www.pseudomyxoma

“Want to help Phoenix? The Phoenix website could do with a little attention. Anyone interested? Call Andy on 01933 626000.”

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Impressive Lexicon House & Units A & B, at Nene Park

Quality Link 51 Racking

All enquiries for Units A & B please speak to Claire on 01933 697946 or email

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Drains, Gutters and Lights It’s been six months since the new owners have taken the site over. Paul says “due to the difficult issues that have historically afflicted the site, basic maintenance has taken a back seat! On arrival we found the foul drains blocked (yes that was the smell in reception), gutters leaking, broken lights etc, etc, etc.” Under the guidance of Nene Business the drains are now sparkling. (Oh, the glamour!) The lights have been brought up to standard, the grass cut, the trees pruned, etc, etc. If you see anything that needs doing please let us know.

Under Pressure Did you know the site does not have any water mains pressure? In fact, we need a special equipment to “make” our own water pressure. These water pumps are called “pump sets” because they are typically made of two or more pumps. So if one pump fails or needs a service the others can carry on the good work of filling our kettles and loos! The old set had two pumps and looked like it had not been maintained and was just reliant on a single pump. (its brother long ago given up). The new set (of three) has been delivered (see pic) and will be installed at a time to give the site minimum disruption.

old pumps

new pumps ready for action

Three Powerful Reasons You Reception open at 8.45am trial will be open from 8.45am, allowing Should Hold a Seminar Here Reception you to start work at 9am without having to have Seems everyone is saying the UK Business World will end this year. However did you know that Bentley Motor Cars sales are 37% up. Dairy sales up 30.5%. Tablet sales up 264%. Even Office Printer sales are up 6%. And organic beef up 18% (all recent, all same period over prior year). On examination the theme is right product, well marketed, price no barrier. (Who would have thought!)

a key in hand. Jade (pictured here) will be on reception at this time. Reception direct line is 01933 654242.

So what can you do... With a little preparation... Imagine 50 prospects sat down waiting to hear you present (sell) your products and services. The rewards can be great. So why here? Well you can change a meeting into an EVENT that has clients and Trade Press clammering! On site seminar catering from £4 to £49 per delegate. Loads of easy FREE parking. Call Claire on 01933 697946 or email her on to book your important seminar.

Congratulations! You may have met Lianne on reception. On Saturday 10th December at 8.33am, Lianne gave birth to the beautiful Greyson, weighing 8lb 3oz. We wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her when she returns from her maternity.

Meet Billy Do you love pets? We do! Meet Billy... he’s a retired racehorse. His racing days are long gone, however, in his prime he won all of his first six races. In his seventh race he snapped a tendon and was to be put down immediately. By some fluke, his owner (not us) could not be contacted, so for legal reasons he could not be shot. After recovering, he came to us at home about 6 years ago, full of life and very cheeky. He spends his days in open fields and open stables with his best mate Colonel never far away. Paul & Claire

Exciting News - If you have something to shout about, let us now so we can let all your fellow neighbours at Nene Park know about it. Email Claire at © 2012 Salonserve Ltd t/a Nene Business. Registered in England & Wales No. 0321654654. E&OE. Terms apply.

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