Wednesday, 13 September 2017

J Tomlinson rises through the ranks of Nottinghamshire’s top businesses

Expanding integrated building solutions company J Tomlinson has leapt up the rankings in an annual list naming Nottinghamshire’s top 200 businesses.

The Beeston-based firm has risen from 66th position last year to 52nd place in the 2017 poll compiled by Derby Management School, part of the University of Derby.

Based on turnover, the list was revealed by the Nottingham Post at an event at Harts Restaurant attended by senior business professionals.

It was the third year that the list had been compiled, with J Tomlinson consistently moving up the rankings from 75th position in 2015, to 66th place in 2016, followed by the most recent position at 52 in 2017.

J Tomlinson CEO Mark Davis, who attended the event, said: “Following on from our recent Nottingham Post Company of the Year win in May, J Tomlinson is once again delighted to be named as a top 200 Nottinghamshire business, even more so that we have moved up the list - a testament to our continued growth and innovation, and an outstanding team that goes above and beyond to make a difference.

“It’s wonderful to see so many familiar names on the list, as well as new entries, and I look forward to seeing what the next year will bring.”

J Tomlinson, which was founded in the 1950s and employs around 420 people, has been experiencing steady and sustainable growth over recent years. Working primarily across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire, the company provides a range of integrated building services including construction, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), and facilities management.

Nottinghamshire’s Top 200 Companies for 2017 list includes a number of household names such as Boots, Wilko, Experian, Capital One, Vision Express, Paul Smith and Center Parcs. Companies which have their registered office in Nottinghamshire or an NG postcode were ranked according to turnover reported between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.

Topping the list again was Boots UK Ltd, which the list stated had a turnover of £11,985m and employed more than 47,000 people.

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Group MD to speak at new construction sector networking event in Lincoln

Tracey Glew
The group MD of one of the leading businesses in surface preparation will be the guest speaker when the Construction Leaders Club launches its networking events in Lincoln.
Tracey Glew, who founded Lincoln-based The Preparation Group in 1991, will be giving a presentation about setting industry standards.
She will be talking at the pilot event on 15th September, which marks the expansion of networking and business growth organisation the Construction Leaders Club into the city.
The organisation has been running successful networking events and programmes for professionals working in the sector in the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire areas for the past four years.
Now it is taking its proven formula to Lincoln and hoping to successfully bring together those in Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and the surrounding districts who work in the construction sector or in a business associated with the construction sector.
The inaugural session, which is being sponsored by The Preparation Group and held at the company’s Training Hub at Preparation House, Deacon Road, Lincoln, is to be held from 10am to noon on 15thSeptember.
“Since founding The Preparation Group, Tracey has grown the business to become a leading business in surface preparation and we are delighted that she will be speaking at our launch event in Lincoln,” said business growth expert Terry O’Mahony, who founded and runs the Construction Leaders Club.
“We are looking forward to taking our proven formula of connecting businesses and their professional teams into the Lincoln area – giving those who work within the construction sector and associated professions the chance to network and to find out more about each other and the services they provide, as well as discovering more about the business growth and development opportunities offered by the Construction Leaders Club.”  
As well as monthly networking events, Construction Leaders Club 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. New courses on each programme are expected to begin this Autumn.
The organisation, which is supported in Nottingham by Nelsons Solicitors, insurance and risk brokers Arthur J Gallagher and audit, tax and consulting services provider RSM, who will also be sponsoring the Lincoln event, earlier this year became 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.
Tracey Glew heads up an organisation that has grown to become a market leader in surface preparation. The Preparation Group specialises in the full preparation of any surface from concrete to marble. It has completed jobs worldwide and worked in such prestigious and high-profile locations as Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and Manchester United’s ground. The firm has operated in factories, supermarkets, airports, ships and hangars for multi-billion-pound jets. 
It is now a centre of expertise - providing environmentally friendly solutions for preparing, cleaning and finishing almost any surface in any market sector, as well as providing training.
Tracey said: “I am looking forward to welcoming the Construction Leaders Club to Lincoln and to the headquarters of The Preparation Group. I am proud to be the guest speaker at this inaugural event in Lincoln, and I hope the construction sector in the area supports it and finds it a useful way to network and build contacts and associates.”
For more details about the Construction Leaders Club or to book for the trial event on 15th September in Lincoln, which costs £30 and includes Danish pastries and coffee, and will offer plenty of time for networking, or to find out about the small business coaching offered by CLC, visit  

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Building solutions firm J Tomlinson shortlisted for two Energy Efficiency awards

Mark Davis of J Tomlinson
J Tomlinson is a proud finalist in not one – but two – categories of the 2017 National Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards.
The company has been shortlisted for ‘National Social Responsibility Company of the Year’, a title that looks at organisations that have had a positive impact within their local communities – particularly in helping to meet social responsibility targets. Following taking home the title of ‘RHI Installer of the Year’ at the regional awards for the West Midlands, which took place during May, the company has also been shortlisted for the national title.
The nomination is based around a ground source heat pump installation at two sites in Shropshire which is continuing to help residents at housing group Bromford save money, cut carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency.
Mark Davis, CEO of J Tomlinson, commented: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in two prestigious categories of the National Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards. As a business with strong social and sustainability values and a passion for supporting our local communities, we are proud to have been recognised for our ongoing work. Huge congratulations to two of our clients, Ashfield District Council and Bromford Homes, both of whom have been shortlisted for the ‘National Housing Association/Landlord of the Year’ award.”
Launched in 2015, the National Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work being undertaken within the energy efficiency sector, helping people to reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and minimise carbon emissions.
Winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony taking place on September 29th at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, based at the Birmingham NEC.
Nottingham-based J Tomlinson, which works primarily across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire, offers a range of integrated building solutions covering the whole building lifecycle from construction to refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services and facilities management. For more information about the initiative, please visit
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Friday, 1 September 2017

Deadline extended for East Midlands fbe Awards 2017

Overall winner of the East Midlands fbe awards 2016
Organisers of the East Midlands fbe Awards have extended the deadline for nominations by one week.
Companies now have until Friday 8th September to put forward construction projects and nominate rising stars in the industry from across the region.
“We’ve had some exciting nominations for the East Midlands fbe Awards already and know that others are on their way, so we’re extending the deadline by one week to give applicants a little extra time in which to submit their entries,” said Eddie Mewies, regional chairman of the East Midlands fbe and MD of M-EC Consulting Development Engineers.
“In previous years, we’ve had a wide range of projects nominated, showcasing some of the very best development schemes that have been undertaken in the region. We are looking forward to highlighting some of the latest projects and also putting some of our brightest young professionals under the spotlight in our rising stars award category.”
The East Midlands fbe Awards recognise and reward the teams behind some of the best development projects across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.
Free to enter, the awards feature the following categories: Regeneration, Residential, and Non-Residential developments, along with Rising Star of the Year. The winners of the first three categories will automatically form the shortlist for the Overall East Midlands Scheme & Team Award.
Tickets are also on sale for the East Midlands fbe Chairman’s Dinner & Awards night, held at the City Rooms in Leicester on 12th October 2017, when the awards will be presented.
Around 150 professionals from the construction, development and property sector in the region are expected to attend the ceremony, which will raise money for Wooden Spoon - the children's charity of rugby, which aims to positively transform the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland through the power of rugby.
As well as award entries now being open and tickets on sale for the ceremony, two sponsorship opportunities are also still available for the event. Sponsors already on board include main sponsor DW Hicks, BSD who is sponsoring the drinks reception, M-EC, who is sponsoring the Non-Residential Award and Arthur J Gallagher, who is sponsoring the Regeneration Award.
Details and nomination forms are available from or by contacting Mary Daw on 07883 033552.
The deadline for award nominations is now Friday 8st September 2017.
The fbe is a national organisation, with branches across the UK and is the longest established networking group for the property, development and construction industries. As well as running the annual awards scheme, the East Midlands branch also organises a number of social and other events. The East Midlands branch covers Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
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Frozen food distributor Central Foods engages new executive chef

New Executive chef Paul Hunt
Leading frozen food distributor Central Foods has expanded its team by engaging an experienced chef, who has worked with some of the largest UK foodservice operators and brands in the business.

Executive chef Paul Hunt will be showcasing products supplied by Central Foods and taking part in demonstrations and sampling sessions to help promote the range available.

He will also assist the development of products and recipes for chefs, using items supplied by the frozen food distributor, which will prove popular in foodservice outlets – helping them to grow their restaurants, bar food and other catering and hospitality operations.

In addition, Paul’s new role will help Central Foods to have a better understanding of the needs of the customers of their wholesaler customers – allowing the expanding firm to source and offer exactly what is needed in terms of foodservice products in the future.

Paul, aka The Skinny Chef, is a fully qualified chef who has undertaken recipe development work for key food manufacturers. He has also been responsible for putting food on the tables of high street restaurants and pub brands, as well as developing products for supermarkets in the UK and Europe.

Gordon Lauder, managing director at Central Foods, said: “Paul is extremely passionate about food and is an expert in his field. Not only does he speak the language of chefs, he also has a great insight into what customers want.

“We’re delighted to have him contracted with Central Foods to help us showcase the very wide range of products that we supply, and to develop recipes and products that chefs can be confident will prove popular with their customers, whether they are serving in pubs or bars, restaurants, business catering operations, sporting venues or leisure outlets.

“In due course, we will be uploading recipe videos to our website which we hope will inspire chefs with their menu ideas and highlight some of the latest trends that they can tap into.” 

Paul, who has more than 30 years of experience in food development, preparation and styling, has worked with major supermarkets, restaurant groups, wholesalers and food manufacturers.

Northamptonshire-based, he said: “I am proud and excited that I have been contracted with Central Foods as executive chef. My skill set is varied and includes customer product presentations from food service to wholesalers and manufacturers, menu and recipe development, food and concept development, food styling for photographers and most of all cooking.

“As a leading, long-standing frozen food distributor, Central Foods has an excellent reputation for insight into upcoming trends and for customer service, and I am looking forward to helping the company to build on that by promoting the products they supply and by creating menu ideas that will go down well with their customers and with their customers’ customers too.”

Central Foods, which is based at Collingtree near Northampton, supplies more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers. It also supplies to foodservice caterers across the entire foodservice industry, including pubs, hotels, restaurants, staff canteens, schools, hospitals, coffee shops, football grounds and universities.

Offering a one-stop shop to the foodservice sector, Central Foods sources products from around the world and the UK, supplying more than 400 different lines, ranging from meat, bakery items and canap├ęs through to buffet products, desserts and puddings.

The company has steadily grown since it was founded 21 years ago, and recently was named for the first time in a report by Grant Thornton as being in the top 100 companies in Northamptonshire. The company was also a finalist in the Family Business United Family Business of the Year Awards 2017 for the Midlands.

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Growing civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting invests in management training

Jef Todd and Charlotte Moreland
Six members of the BSP Consulting team are undertaking management and leadership training as part of staff and company development.
Another group of employees is being lined up to get involved in the second wave of training at the East Midlands-based civil and structural engineering firm, said business development director Jef Todd.
“As a company, BSP Consulting has been growing steadily and it’s important that we equip our teams with the necessary skills to support our continued development and to provide them with ongoing professional development too,” said Jef.
“We are committed to both staff and company development, reflecting on our wider commitment to offering the best service we can to our clients across the East Midlands and the UK.”
Those currently undertaking the Apprenticeship NVQ course, run by Training for Business, are structures director Paul Elphick, associate director – civils Matt Viggars, associate director – civils Tony Goddard, chartered civil engineer Carol Ell, principal transport planner Joanna Posnett and senior engineer Oliver Dike.
Based across BSP’s offices in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, the group will spend around 15 months completing the Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management. The next group of employees is due to start the training in six months.
The Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management is ideal for managers moving into a middle management position, who still retain responsibility for operational processes but are more removed from day-to-day line management duties. The qualification develops the knowledge and skills required to take on higher level responsibilities such as planning and implementing change.
Those involved will develop core leadership skills, take charge of personal and professional development, gain the skills to be able to plan and implement an operational plan, improve working relationships, and achieve a recognised qualification for personal development.
The course is governed by ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) and is being delivered to the BSP team as an Apprenticeship Framework which includes an NVQ by Nottingham-based Training for Business, an Ofsted rated #1 Outstanding training provider, which is part of the NHTA Group Ltd that provides apprenticeships across the East Midlands.
“Training for Business are passionate about the power of quality accredited qualifications to transform people and give them the skills they need for the future. We understand all people are different and need flexible suppliers of training to ensure each and every person reaches their full potential, and as such all our qualifications are delivered one-on-one in the work place and at a time convenient to both the learner and employer,” said Charlotte Moreland, managing director of Training for Business. “We are very pleased to be supporting the team at BSP Consulting.”
BSP and Training for Business organised the training after linking up through support from Nottingham City Council via Nottingham Jobs Hub.
BSP Consulting, which is based at Oxford Street, Nottingham, and has offices at Pride Park, Derby, De Montfort Street, Leicester, and Solly Street, Sheffield, 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.
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