Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Croots Farm Shop helps put Great British family businesses on the map

Steve and Kay Croot
Derbyshire farm shop Croots is hosting a visit from the Family Business Road Trip 2017.
On April 24th, Family Business United begins its annual tour of some of the UK’s most successful family businesses with the launch of The Family Business Road Trip 2017 in the South West – with plans to visit Croots Farm Shop the following month.
The Family Business Road Trip is an innovative event that celebrates the essential contribution family firms make to national GDP and regional economies, and, as a family firm, Croots is delighted to be taking part in the event this year.
In the UK, the family business sector accounts for more than 4 million firms, £1.1 trillion in turnover (almost a quarter of UK GDP) and employs more than nine million people. In addition, the top 20 family owned firms in the UK generate turnover in excess of £49 billion.
Family firm Sturgess Jaguar is providing the car for the trip and the event is being sponsored by PwC, Farrer & Co, Western Pension Solutions and Close Brothers Asset Management. The Family Business Road Trip 2017 runs for six weeks covering Yorkshire to the Lake District and the Midlands to London, East Anglia, Sussex and a whole host of counties in between.
It will be popping into Croots Farm Shop at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, near Duffield, on Monday May 15th.
Steve Croot, who runs the farm shop with wife Kay, said: “Croots Farm Shop is very much a family affair, based on the farm run by Kay’s parents and the place where she grew up. Our staff are part of that extended family, and we’ve even got my sister Val involved, as after her appearance on the Great British Bake Off TV programme last year, she’s launched a range of bakes at our farm shop here in Derbyshire.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming the Family Business Road Trip 2017 during May. It’s great that they recognise the value that family businesses bring to the economy.”
Over the six weeks, the tour will meet with families behind some of the UK’s most noteworthy businesses, including Wyke Farms, Thatchers Cider, Cotteswold Dairy, Heck Foods, Troy Foods, Arighi Bianchi and Hypnos Beds.
Penny Lovell, head of private client services at Close Brothers Asset Management, said: “Family businesses are a key driver of the economy and we look forward to meeting some of the UK’s most successful firms.”
Sian Steele, head of family business at PwC in the UK, added: “Events such as this enable us to see first-hand the real diversity of the family business sector and the great contribution they make to the local, national and international economy.”
Richard Lane, head of family business at Farrer & Co, added: “It is a real pleasure to meet family business owners in their own environments, to see the passion they have for what they do, and in many cases, have been doing for generations. It reinforces our understanding of the sector and is a real insight into the family business world.”
Paul Andrews, Founder and managing director of Family Business United, concluded: “Family firms are the very backbone of the UK economy, and we are excited to be meeting with some of the best known family businesses in the UK, as well as some lesser-known hidden gems. We want to celebrate the businesses that do so much for the country, by helping them to link up and share the knowledge and experience of other family businesses, as well as having access to advice from who are committed to helping family businesses shine. The Family Business Road Trip is a great way for us to champion the sector and to help put some great British family businesses on the map.”
More details are at www.familybusinessunited.com
All of the visits will be covered with pictures and quotes throughout the trip on social media. The Family Business Road Trip 2017 can be followed on twitter by using #FBRoadtrip2017.
Paul concluded: "This is the fourth year that we are undertaking the trip around the UK and we are undoubtedly going to meet some great businesses, some inspirational family business and their leaders and we are really looking forward to putting the family business sector on the map.”
Croots Farm Shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm (Shires Eatery until 4.30pm) and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays. Croots runs Fresh Fish Thursdays between 9am and 1pm on Thursdays.

For more information, visit www.croots.co.uk Find Croots on Twitter @crootsfarm_shop or on Facebook www.facebook.com/Croots-Farm-Shop
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Monday, 24 April 2017

Residents treated by construction services firm J Tomlinson

J Tomlinson hands over cheque at Tom Eatough Court
Residents living in a retirement housing scheme in Leicestershire have been given a cash bonus by construction services firm J Tomlinson to give themselves a treat.
The company has recently replaced the plant room at Tom Eatough Court in Earl Shilton and decided to make a £500 donation to the residents of the sheltered housing development to spend on social activities.
“We’ve heard that the residents living at Tom Eatough Court do a lot of fund-raising for a range of good causes, so we thought it would be lovely for J Tomlinson to give them a treat, which they fully deserve,” said Dave Fisher, operations manager at J Tomlinson. “They were so welcoming to our team. Even though we undertook the work through the Christmas/Winter period and at times had to disrupt the heating and hot water, and we had workmen in and out, at no time did anyone complain, which made the works on site a pleasure to complete. We hope they enjoy the social activities that this donation will fund.”
Managed by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Tom Eatough Court, on Ronald Toon Road, features 24 ground-floor flats. Within the complex there is a laundry room, guestroom, hairdressers, library, shower room and conservatory.
J Tomlinson recently installed a new modern plant room at the development to upgrade facilities.
Sharon Stacey, Director of Community Services at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, said: “The work undertaken was to renew the communal heating boilers which are now controlled by a computerised ‘state of the art’ system, making them much more efficient. 
“We are really pleased with how J Tomlinson interacted with tenants during the upgrade and with the standard of the completed work. Tenants were delighted at the contribution J Tomlinson made to their residents’ fund and are looking forward to spending the £500 for the benefit of all tenants.”
J Tomlinson provides a range of integrated building services which include construction, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), facilities management, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance and regeneration. It primarily operates across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire.
For more information about J Tomlinson, visit www.jtomlinson.co.uk
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Work begins on new community centre with Focus Consultants as project manager

New Community project in Lincolnshire with Focus
Work is now underway on building a new community centre in Lincolnshire village Mareham le Fen, which will replace a 100-year-old tin and timber hall.
Focus Consultants is project managing the scheme, having earlier supported the Village Hall Management Committee in securing a grant of just over £500,000 from The Big Lottery Fund. Other main funders include WREN, a not-for-profit grant-giving business, who donated £50,000, and Lindsey Action Zone.
The committee has raised further funds through community events and donations to cover the overall £800,000 cost of the project for the new multi-purpose building, which will serve the residents of Mareham le Fen, situated between Horncastle and Boston, as well as the surrounding parishes. 
Long-standing community member John Ellwood was given the honour of cutting the first sod. He was accompanied by pupils of Mareham Le Fen Church of England Primary School along with their headteacher Avril Moore.
Graham Beacham, chairman of Mareham le Fen Village Hall and Memorial Lawn Management Committee, said: “This is a great day. It’s so good to see the start of a new centre for the community. It has been quite a journey, but with the support of so many, success has been achieved.” 
Focus Consultants building surveyor Chris Smith, who grew up in the village and played a key role in helping to secure the Big Lottery Grant and in taking the project forward, said: “A new community building for Mareham le Fen is long overdue and I am delighted to have played a part in getting the scheme to where it is now, with a start on site.
“Focus is project managing the development and I am looking forward to seeing the building taking shape over the next few weeks and months.”
Local company Taylor Pearson has been contracted to carry out the building work, which is due to be completed in November 2017. The Boston office of Focus Consultants is handling the project management side of the scheme.
Additional funders who are supporting the building include Lincolnshire County Council, East Lindsey District Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champions.
Focus, which has its headquarters in Nottingham and other offices in London, Leicester, and Aubourn in Lincolnshire, offers a range of services in funding and economic development, project management, sustainable development and building surveying.
Since 1994 Focus has also secured for clients more than £953 million of grants for projects and businesses across the UK and delivered more than £1.3 billion worth of projects and programmes – making it one of the most successful businesses of its kind in the country.
For more information, visit www.focus-consultants.co.uk
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Charity cycle ride supported by J Tomlinson

L to R, J Tomlinson's Martin Gallagher, with Paul Talbot & Richard Scott
Building services company J Tomlinson is backing a charity cycle ride taking place over the Easter weekend in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK.

The Nottingham-based company is providing a support van, minibus and driver for the team undertaking the 140-mile coast-to-coast trip from Morecambe in the West to Whitby in the East.

The group of cyclists is being organised by Richard Scott, Building Control and Land Charges Manager at Ashfield District Council and the national president of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC), who is aiming to raise £20,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK during his year of office as LABC President.

The choice of his charity for the year is in remembrance of his father-in-law John Radford, who for many years ran the family furniture-making business Touchwood, of Mansfield Woodhouse, and who died in 2012 as a result of pancreatic cancer.

Colleagues from Ashfield District Council, Mansfield District Council and the LABC are among those joining him on the ride, which takes place on 15th and 16th April and goes through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors.

Richard said: “The support van and minibus are vital for our trip – carrying spares and giving us extra security – and we are very grateful to J Tomlinson for providing this back-up.”

J Tomlinson managing director (construction), Martin Gallagher, said: “Richard and I have been good friends since 1985 when we started our careers as apprentice joiners at West Notts College in Mansfield and, as a company, J Tomlinson is very pleased to support Richard and the team of cyclists undertaking the coast-to-coast cycle ride to raise money for such a good cause. We wish them well as they raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK during Richard’s year of office at the LABC.”

Richard was elected as LABC president, representing all local authority building control sections throughout England and Wales, in December 2016.  Acting as the ambassador for LABC in 2016/2017, he will attend regional and national events as well as travelling to Europe to promote local authority building control.

To continue his fundraising during his presidential year he also plans to complete the Great North Run in September.

To donate to the fund-raising effort, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LABC-President3

Those taking part in the cycle ride with Richard include Dave Waring, Lee Sycamore, Glen Beaver and Paul Crawford, who all work at Ashfield District Council, Richard Buckwell, who is retired from Ashfield District Council, Marsha Mann, who works at Mansfield District Council, Martin Taylor, from the LABC, and Stephen Carrington, from Pelican Control Systems Ltd. They are being supported by retired Ashfield District Council colleague Paul Talbot, who will be driving, and Sarah Patrick, from Mansfield District Council, as first aider.

J Tomlinson provides a range of integrated building services which include construction, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), facilities management, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance and regeneration. It primarily operates across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire.
The company has strong links with Ashfield District Council, having worked for many years on the council’s refurbishment, repairs and maintenance contracts for its housing stock.

For more information about J Tomlinson visit www.jtomlinson.co.uk

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Personal trainers are not just for the gym, says business coach and Construction Leaders Club founder

Terry O'Mahony
Business professionals are being urged to treat their business growth aspirations the way they treat their fitness programmes – and hire themselves a personal trainer/business growth coach.
Terry O’Mahony, who runs the East Midlands-based Construction Leaders Club, says that small business coaching helps small business owners reach their targets in just the same way as a personal trainer helps fitness fans to meet their physical goals.
“Many people have personal trainers at the gym or fitness club, who coach them in the best ways to get the most out of their workout,” said Terry. “Yet small business owners sometimes forget that they can do the same in their business life and hire a coach to help them make the most of their role and the businesses they run or own.
“As someone who has worked in the construction sector all my life, my mission is to get the whole construction industry coached because it can lead to tremendous benefits for business, the construction industry and society at large.”
Terry established The Construction Leaders Club in Nottingham four years ago as a networking and business growth organisation supporting businesses and individuals related to or associated with the UK construction industry.
As a business growth and development coach, he has worked with many professionals to develop their skills, and he believes business coaching can help with problem solving, overcoming challenges, client retention, building a dream team, generating additional revenue and implementing positive changes.
“I work with small business owners, primarily associated with the construction industry, who want to grow and develop themselves and their businesses. I only coach small business owners who are already successful but who want to get to the next level and beyond,” added Terry, who has 40 years in the construction industry operating at every level and at every phase in the construction process.
“The moment I first started coaching, it felt free. I love small business coaching and I love helping people grow, develop and get the results they want. Financially speaking I could retire right now, but I love what I do. I love coaching, learning and training. 
“Imagine this. If every small business owner was doing what they loved to do and what they were meant to do and were operating from their strengths, they would all be more successful, effective and profitable.”
The Construction Leaders Club was recently recognised for its high professional standards by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) by becoming what is believed to be the only business growth, leadership and management development organisation for the construction industry to be awarded the new Chartered Building Consultancy status.
The next Construction Leaders Club networking events take place on 13th April and 11th May at The Grill at Twenty Five, 25 Bostock’s Lane, Long Eaton, near Nottingham. For more details or to book, or to find out about the small business coaching offered by CLC, visit http://www.constructionleadersclub.com/ 
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Yorkshire contract extension for building services firm J Tomlinson

J Tomlinson and SYHA staff with SYHA customer Carmelle
Building services company J Tomlinson Ltd has secured a contract extension with South Yorkshire Housing Association after successfully supporting the organisation with its kitchen and bathroom replacement programme for almost three years.
The additional contract means that J Tomlinson will be undertaking a further £1.8 million worth of upgrades and repair and maintenance work on properties across Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley, and Rotherham in South Yorkshire.
It was won after the firm achieved a 99% customer satisfaction score on work carried out on kitchens and boilers for SYHA over the past year.
Antony Newton, regeneration director at J Tomlinson, said: “J Tomlinson has worked on kitchen and bathroom replacements for South Yorkshire Housing Association properties since September 2014 and we are very pleased to have secured a two-year extension to continue the renovation and improvement programme being undertaken by the organisation.
“Our teams have wide experience in refurbishments of this type, and it is always pleasing to receive a contract extension, as it is an endorsement of the work already completed to date. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the housing association and to improving residents’ homes by updating and installing new kitchens and bathrooms, and carrying out other key maintenance and repair work.”
Nottingham-based J Tomlinson operates across South Yorkshire, the East Midlands and the West Midlands, offering a range of integrated building services which include construction, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), facilities management, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance and regeneration.  
The latest contract extension for South Yorkshire Housing Association includes boiler installations, and kitchen and bathroom installations, which will be undertaken by the J Tomlinson repairs and maintenance and regeneration teams. 
Mike Fisher, senior property services officer at South Yorkshire Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to have offered a contract extension to J Tomlinson following the successful completion of a programme of works over the past three years. 
“Their teams have always acted professionally and represented SYHA brilliantly – we’re pleased that we’re able to use their skills and expertise in these areas to carry out improvement work in our customers’ homes. It’s clear from our customer satisfaction surveys that they are very happy with the quality of the work they carry out.” 
South Yorkshire Housing Association provides homes and care for people across North, South and West Yorkshire, and across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It currently owns and manages 5,687 properties.
For more information about J Tomlinson, visit www.jtomlinson.co.uk
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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Wheely good effort, as J Tomlinson supports cycling initiative

J Tomlinson supports Leeds Superhighway ride
A team from J Tomlinson took to the saddle in support of a mixed-ability bike ride along the Leeds Superhighway.

The Nottingham-based construction services company has built links with community cycling group Streetbikes on a number of levels. 

The firm has come to the rescue of Streetbikes, and sponsored the building of a classroom at Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, to enable the group to work effectively with local schools and community groups teaching children, young people not in education, training or employment, and adults, how to maintain and recycle bikes, putting them back into the community for use by low-income families, sometimes in deprived neighbourhoods. For some of these individuals, the bike is the only means of transport.

Now J Tomlinson has also joined forces with Streetbikes CiC to sponsor a cycle ride along the Leeds Superhighway from Bradford to Leeds and back, which was supported by City Connect – an organisation that promotes cycling and active travel improvements.

A group of approximately 25 -30 cyclists including staff, volunteers and members of the public from Streetbikes, J Tomlinson and City Connect completed the ride. They included Tmara, an eyesight-impaired tandem cyclist, Karen, also on a tandem, recovering from severe head injuries, and other members of the public who wish to maintain healthy minds and healthy bodies by continuing their riding experiences. The make-up of the group reflected the mixed ability riders for whom the Cycling Superhighway was built.

They were waved off on the ride by cycling veteran and Streetbikes patron Brian Robinson, who was the first British person to win a stage of the Tour De France and who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for his services to charity and cycling. 

Among the cyclists were nine J Tomlinson staff, including CEO Mark Davis, who said: “As a company, J Tomlinson was keen to support Streetbikes in the valuable community work that the group does, so we were delighted to sponsor the classroom build and also the ride along the Leeds Superhighway.”
He handed over a cheque for £1,800 to Streetbikes during the 20-mile round trip.

Gill Greaves, coordinator for Streetbikes, said: “We are tremendously grateful to J Tomlinson for the sponsorship that the firm has given us for the cycle ride, and also for the support to build the classroom, which will prove to be a big bonus in helping us to teach people how to maintain and recycle bicycles. Our role is important in helping low-income families to access safe bicycles for use either as a transport method or for leisure.

“We were delighted that a team from J Tomlinson could join us on the Superhighway cycle ride, along with others.”

J Tomlinson provides a range of integrated building services which include construction, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), facilities management, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance and regeneration. 

Based in Nottingham, the firm primarily operates across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire. It is currently involved in a number of Yorkshire contracts, including responsive repairs contracts with North Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Police, a kitchen replacement contract with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and a facilities management contract with Yorkshire Water.

Streetbikes is a community initiative based near Huddersfield, which organises mixed ability and community cycle rides, teaches people to ride bikes, recycles unwanted bicycles and donates them to those in need, encourages cycling for health and fitness, undertakes bike mechanic training and generally raises the profile of cycling. 

For more information about J Tomlinson, visit www.jtomlinson.co.uk For more information about Streetbikes visit www.streetbikes.org.uk

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