Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Focus Consultants appointed as energy consultants on retirement village scheme

Hughenden Gardens Village
Experts at Focus Consultants have been appointed as the consultants on a 260-home retirement village being built in Buckinghamshire.
Members of the Energy and Sustainability Team at Focus have been retained to advise, support and assess a range of related aspects for the Hughenden Gardens Village development being built by registered charity The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe District Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The contract is being handled by the Leicester office of Focus, which is headquartered in Nottingham and also has branches in London, Boston and Aubourn in Lincolnshire.
Partner Jason Redfearn, who leads the ECS Team at Focus, said: “Focus Consultants offers support on all aspects of sustainable development and associated energy advice through our professional team, and we are very pleased to have been appointed on this new community being built as a retirement village near High Wycombe. This project continues a strong track record for Focus in the delivery of Supported Living schemes across the UK.”
The role of Focus includes BREEAM Assessor services targeting a ‘Very Good’ rating, Part L1a and Part L2a services supporting the team in compliance with Building Regulations.
Hughenden Gardens Village is being built by Galliford Try on a five-acre site on Hughenden Road, just to the north of High Wycombe town centre and features 105 one-bedroom and 155 two-bedroom apartments. There will be apartments available for purchase, shared ownership and rental, and care will be available on site for residents who need support to live independently.
The development, which also includes a village centre, with a range of health and leisure facilities, is due to open next year.

Focus Consultants offers a range of support on all aspects of sustainable development, as well as services in funding and economic development, project management and building surveying.
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

J Tomlinson gas engineer a winner in the Building Communities Awards 2017

Macauley Shaw wins Apprentice of the Year 2017
J Tomlinson gas engineer Macauley Shaw has won the title of Apprentice of the Year (16-24) in the Building Communities Awards 2017. 
The 20-year-old scooped the accolade at an awards ceremony held at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.
Macauley has been with Nottingham-based building services company J Tomlinson since leaving school at the age of 16 and is now a qualified gas engineer.
Martin Ardron, J Tomlinson’s operations director repairs and maintenance and facilities management, said: “We are thrilled that Macauley has been named Apprentice of the Year at the Building Communities Awards and are very proud of him. It’s a richly deserved award.
“As a company, J Tomlinson is very committed to training our workforce, improving our team and individual performances, and giving our employees the opportunity to achieve professional and personal growth. Macauley has been with us since leaving school and has grasped all the opportunities that have been given to him with both hands. He receives many compliments from customers and is a much-valued member of the J Tomlinson team.”
Macauley works in the Repair & Maintenance – Service & Repair division at J Tomlinson and travels across the Midlands and Yorkshire as part of his role. He is a key member of the 24-hour call-out rota, working on plumbing emergencies overnight, and has recently begun attending gas call outs too.
He undertook part of his training at Derby College and since joining J Tomlinson he has completed his NVQ level 2 and NVQ level 3 in Plumbing and Heating, as well as the Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) – the industry recognised and accepted route for operatives to gain a certificate of competence, needed to become a member of the Gas Safe Register. He is now hoping to undertake further qualifications so that he can, in his own words, ‘better myself in the company’. 
His line manager, project manager, Jim Upex said: “Macauley is a great engineer and a great team player. We’re delighted that his hard work and dedication has been recognised and rewarded with this title of Apprentice of the Year.”
The Building Communities Awards recognise the professionalism, excellence and innovation sitting at the heart of the East Midlands’ construction and housing community in both the public and the private sectors. The Apprentice of the Year (16-24) Award was sponsored by J Wright Roofing Ltd. 
As a company, 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 and current job vacancies, visit www.jtomlinson.co.uk
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Monday, 6 March 2017

Construction Leaders Club recognised for its excellence

Terry O'Mahony
East Midlands-based Construction Leaders Club has been recognised for its high professional standards by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
The team has become 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.
Construction Leaders Club has held the accolade of Chartered Building Consultancy status for the past three years but the CIOB asked holders to re-apply after setting down new and tighter rules for compliance in a bid to drive up standards within the sector.
“I am very pleased that the Construction Leaders Club has met the more stringent conditions required to gain Chartered Building Consultancy status from the CIOB, which reflects the exacting and ethical standards that we follow in our training programmes, coaching and consultancy,” said business growth expert Terry O’Mahony, who runs CLC.
“This accreditation gives individuals and companies in the construction sector, whether they are large firms or small organisations, the confidence that they will receive the most professional support via our services and expertise.”
The Construction Leaders Club was established in Nottingham three years ago by Terry as a networking and business growth organisation supporting businesses and individuals related to or associated with the UK construction industry. As well as monthly networking events, CLC also runs development programmes and workshops for individuals including a Mastermind Programme, aimed at business owners and senior decision makers, and a Rising Stars Programme for high potential individuals who want to step-up to the next level.
Terry has warned that although businesses and individuals in the construction sector appear to be very busy currently, they should aim to keep an eye on the future.
“I get the impression that many people working in construction at the moment are running in circles, fighting fires and having to deal with all manner of other problems and so they find it difficult to get out of the office to learn how to build their businesses or careers,” he said. “Few of them are planning for growth properly not to mention preparing for the next recession or crash. But time out of the office to plan is crucial.
“In my experience, business leaders are not always really sure how to address the question of business planning so they just carry on as normal, not really wanting, or expecting, more out of their business or are just happy to receive what the market gives them instead of paving their own path. Coaching or training could really help.”
The next Construction Leaders Club networking events take place on 9th March and 13th April at The Grill at Twenty Five, 25 Bostock’s Lane, Long Eaton, near Nottingham. For more details or to book visit http://www.constructionleadersclub.com/ 
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Five new apprentices and two trainees join J Tomlinson

Some of the recent apprentices and trainees hired by J Tomlinson
Construction services company J Tomlinson has taken on five apprentices and two trainees as part of the firm’s commitment to training young people.

The new recruits are spread across a range of disciplines within the Nottingham-based company, and have been announced ahead of National Apprenticeship Week 2017, which runs 6th to 10th March.

Daniel York, 22, has been appointed as a plumbing and heating apprentice within the repairs and maintenance department. He will work as part of the J Tomlinson team undertaking five years of investment work on Ashfield Homes properties, and will be involved in heating installations. During this time, he will study at Vision West Nottinghamshire College for an NVQ Level 3 Plumbing and Heating.

Seventeen-year-old apprentice joiner Max Anthony has been hired by the regeneration department and will also work on the Ashfield Homes project – undertaking housing refurbishment work and general joinery. A former student of Holgate Academy, Hucknall, he is studying for an NVQ Level 3 in Joinery at Vision West Nottinghamshire College.

Danielle Baguley, 17, has been taken on as an apprentice customer liaison officer based at J Tomlinson’s Sutton- in-Ashfield office at Brierley Park Industrial Estate, Stanton Hill.

Meanwhile, apprentice bid coordinator Jess Stone, 19, has joined the business development and marketing team at J Tomlinson’s head office in Beeston, Nottingham, where she is supporting the bid team in putting together tender submissions and carrying out general administration support in the department. She is undertaking work-based learning and studying for a BTEC Level 3 in Business Administration. 

Daniella Ward, 21, has also recently started with the company and is an apprentice administrator working in the Facilities Management team at head office.

In addition, the company has also recently appointed part-qualified trainee electrician Robyn Burch, 33, from the Ashfield area, who began working at J Tomlinson after switching from a job in retail to a career in the electrical sector.

Completing the new starters is trainee quantity surveyor Alex Bartin, 19, who is in his first year of a QS degree at Sheffield Hallam University and who comes from Dronfield, near Chesterfield. Both Robyn and Alex are also working on the Ashfield contract.

“I’d like to welcome our latest apprentices and trainees to J Tomlinson,” said J Tomlinson regeneration director Antony Newton. “As a company, we are committed to investing in apprentices and trainees across a range of disciplines. We currently have several apprentices undertaking work-based and college-based learning and training, plus many employees who have been appointed on permanent contracts after successfully completing their apprenticeships schemes.”

Cllr Keir Morrison, portfolio holder for housing at Ashfield District Council, added: “We are pleased that as part of the Ashfield Homes contract, J Tomlinson is able to invest in the future of these young people. With the current skills shortage within the construction industry, offering apprenticeships and traineeships shows they are committed to addressing these skills gaps.” 

J Tomlinson provides a range of integrated building solutions including construction, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), and facilities management. It operates across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire, working with private sector and public sector organisations. 

In 2015, the firm began working on a five-year, £30 million improvement programme being invested into Ashfield District Council homes – its largest ever single contract.

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

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

“You’re hired!” BSP Consulting takes on third apprentice

Simran Gangarh, Katie White and Hannah Rawson
Civil and structural engineering company BSP Consulting has taken on its third apprentice administration assistant, who follows in the footsteps of two colleagues who have since climbed the career ladder after being hired as apprentices themselves.
Twenty-year-old Simran Gangarh is the latest recruit to join the firm’s head office in Oxford Street, Nottingham – arriving just ahead of the 10thNational Apprenticeship Week, which this year has the theme of ‘ladder of opportunity’.
“It’s rather appropriate that the theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is ‘ladder of opportunity’ as BSP Consulting has just employed the company’s third apprentice administration assistant, with the previous two apprentice admin assistants having progressed their careers within the firm,” said BSP business development director Jef Todd.
“In the 1980s, I was a former candidate of the Youth Training Scheme – a scheme for helping 16 and 17-year-olds into employment –  and I am a firm believer in training and apprenticeship schemes. 
“We’re very pleased to welcome Simran to BSP and hope she will enjoy working alongside Katie and Hannah, who were our first and second apprentices.”
Katie White joined BSP in 2012 as a 19-year-old apprentice and completed level 2 in Business Administration. She was then taken on by BSP and subsequently completed level 2 in AAT, an accounting qualification, followed by level 3. She is now office manager.
Hannah Rawson joined BSP in August 2013 as a 17-year-old apprentice, completing level two and level 3 in Business Administration, and was also taken on after a year of working as an apprentice. She is now administration assistant at the company, which has offices in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.
Simran, who lives in Derby, will study at New College Nottingham (ncn), as well as working at BSP Consulting, while she undertakes her level 2 in Business Administration. 
She said: “After leaving school and then taking my A-levels at college, I thought an apprenticeship was a better opportunity for me because I didn’t have a particular course in mind and I didn’t want to spend three or four years on a course at university and come out not wanting to do it any more. 
“When I saw the job description for this position at BSP Consulting it seemed like there was room for progression within the company, which is what I was looking for.”
Jenny Clarke, ncn b2b sales, recruitment and work experience manager, said: “Katie’s story shows just how careers can evolve from an apprenticeship. Katie started her apprenticeship at BSP in 2013 and has progressed through her career to now become the office manager there. We are delighted that Katie and BSP have chosen to return to ncn to support and grow the team’s future talent by taking on further apprentices. In placing Katie, Hannah, and now Simran, we are proud to continue to build on the excellent working relationship that we have developed with BSP over recent years.”
National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy, and runs from 6th to 10th March 2017.
BSP Consulting provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK.
Its Derby office is based at Pride Park, and its Leicester office recently expanded by moving to larger premises on the floor above in the building it has occupied in De Montfort Street since 2007.
For more information, visit www.bsp-consulting.co.uk
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Friday, 24 February 2017

Trot along to the Shire Horse pub to find out about Staffordshire’s spectacular Shire horse show

Photo courtesy of Paul Milgate-Scarrott
The world’s largest gathering of Shire horses will be welcomed to Staffordshire in a pre-event ‘meet and greet’ at the appropriately named Shire Horse pub in Stafford on 4th March.
The Shire Horse Society will be staging its national show at Staffordshire Showground from 17th to 19th March, when around 250 pedigree Shires will be shown in all their glory. Open to the public, the event is widely regarded as the largest gathering anywhere in the world of these magnificent animals.
But on Saturday 4th March at the Shire Horse pub in Hurricane Close, the charity will be staging a ‘meet and greet’ for the public, giving them the chance to find out more about Shire horses and the up-coming three-day show.
It will be attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Stafford, Councillor Geoff and Mrs Cathy Collier, and runs from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
On display will be Shire horse Queenie, who is owned by Mick Anson, who lives near Uttoxeter, and who is partial to a pint of ale.
“Shire horses traditionally love beer, and I’m sure that Queenie will enjoy her time at the Shire Horse pub meeting people and helping to raise awareness about our big show,” said Victoria Clayton, Shire Horse Society secretary. 
“Last year was the first time we held the world’s largest gathering of Shires in Staffordshire and it went really well, so we are delighted to be returning to the county and look forward to welcoming lots of visitors. Ticket sales are flying, and it looks like it will be a great event where we can raise the profile of these beautiful horses, which are still regarded as an ‘at risk’ breed.
“We’re expecting around 250 horses and we have almost double the number of trade stands than last year, as well as some entertainment for children, so it should be a good day out.”
During the ‘meet and greet’ Shire Horse Society members Chris and Jayne Malkin, from near Market Drayton in Shropshire, will be chatting about the gentle giants of the horse world and handing out flyers about the big show.
The national show is the flagship event of the Shire Horse Society - the only charity dedicated to the protection, promotion and improvement of the Shire horse.
This year the charity has secured Great British Bake Off star Val Stones as the after-dinner speaker at the show dinner, which is held at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire Showground, on 17th March. Tickets for the dinner cost £30 and are available by contacting the Shire Horse Society on 01536 771611.
Tickets for the show are on sale via www.shire-horse.org.uk – discounted if bought in advance. Adult tickets on the gate are £12, or £10 online in advance, while tickets for children aged five to 13 years on the gate are £10, and £8 online in advance.
Children aged 14 years and over are charged at the adult price, while under fives enter free. Entry for Shire Horse Society members is free.
Gates open on Friday 17th March at 8.30am and at 7am on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March.
For more details and ticket information about the show, visit www.shire-horse.org.uk or follow @saveourshires on Twitter or at www.facebook.com/shirehorsesociety
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Construction services company J Tomlinson completes office upgrade

Mark Davis of J Tomlinson
Integrated building solutions firm J Tomlinson has given its head office in Beeston a revamp with a raft of improvements and efficiency measures.
The work, completed by its own commercial refurbishment division, comes as the company announces a number of new vacancies across the group.
The improvements represent an investment in the firm’s commitment to the Nottinghamshire area and the local economy, said CEO Mark Davis.
They include a new reception area to the building in Lilac Grove, new windows and wrap-around cladding to the front fa├žade, a new kitchen and break-out area for staff, refurbished offices and meeting rooms, and new energy efficient LED lighting, as well as new air conditioning.
J Tomlinson CEO Mark Davis said: “The company has been based at Lilac Grove since the 1950s and this improvement work marks an investment in our headquarters and our teams.
“It includes measures to make the building more efficient and to create a more pleasant work environment for our staff. Our commercial refurbishment division undertakes this type of work across the regions but, on this occasion, has carried out the work on our very own doorstep – quite literally.”
The commercial refurbishment department of J Tomlinson became a standalone division last year and specialises in interior and exterior refurbishments. It works across private and public sector, with a wide-ranging portfolio including education, emergency services and commercial buildings.
As a company, 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.
It has just announced a number of new vacancies as part of its on-going expansion, including positions such as gas engineers, electricians, a mechanical estimator, customer liaison officers, electrical quality control supervisor, and construction business development – based at a variety of the firm’s locations in the East Midlands and West Midlands.
“J Tomlinson has been steadily and sustainably growing, as a result of an increasing number of contracts throughout its divisions,” added Mark Davis. “The company now employs more than 400 people. Last year we opened a new West Midlands headquarters after experiencing expansion in the region – transferring our West Midlands base from a site in Birmingham to larger offices in Canwell, near Sutton Coldfield.”

For more information about J Tomlinson and current job vacancies, visit www.jtomlinson.co.uk
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