Battery business is latest recruit at Royal Enfield, thanks to John Truslove

A growing battery business has found a new home in Redditch thanks to property agents John Truslove.

Fogstar, which specialises in lithium-ion batteries, had outgrown its previous premises at a business centre in the town.

The company has taken 1,506 sq ft at Unit 11, on the Royal Enfield Business Park, renting at £12,800 per annum on a five year lease.

Ian Parker, a director of John Truslove, said: “We are delighted to have helped find the right premises for this growing company and it underlines the need for business space that Royal Enfield is helping to fill. This is exactly the kind of young business that new units at this famous former factory site were built to cater for.”

The onetime site of the Royal Enfield motorcycle factory was redeveloped two years ago into 11 factory and warehousing units by local firm EDR Developments Ltd, with John Truslove handling the marketing of the site.

The speculative development totals 24,310 sq ft and is part of the wider Enfield Industrial Estate.

Ian Parker added: “This project showed confidence in a market where there was evident demand for flexible space. Fogstar is one of several companies that have already made the Royal Enfield Business Park their home.”

Lyndsey Hodgetts, retail manager at Fogstar, said: “Ian Parker and the team at John Truslove were quick to see the kind of property we needed to cater for our growth. The unit is equipped with large loading bay doors as well as plenty of office space, which is ideal for our business distributing our batteries across the UK and into parts of Europe.

“Fogstar was founded in 2015 to fill a gap in the market for smaller lithium-ion batteries used in torches, vape pens and even video door bells. As well as selling direct to the public we supply many independent retailers, particularly vape shops.

“There are five of us working here at present but we expect that to increase in the future as demand continues to grow.”

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For more information, contact:

John Truslove, Daralbee House, Archer Road, Redditch, B98 8DJ

01527 584242

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The sky’s the limit as Consort House soars past 50% sold

Speculation is growing on potential buyers for a spectacular three bedroom top floor penthouse with huge rooftop garden at the Princes Gate development in Solihull.

Elevate Property Group is just weeks away from completing the first phase – Consort House which will offer 30 apartments out of 100 to be developed on the site.

David Hofton, Elevate’s sales and marketing director, said that they had seen a massive surge in interest in Consort House since the New Year.

Buyers have already reserved more than 50% of the 30 apartments with Consort House’s first owners due to move in in April.

“Intriguingly, we have had a really strong spread of interest, ranging from first time buyers who can now take advantage of Help to Buy, through to buy to let investors looking at a 5% yield and downsizers who are attracted by the luxury specification and the fantastic location.

“Waitrose is your ‘corner shop’, the train station with a 12 minute run into Birmingham is 250 metres away and John Lewis is a stroll around the corner.

“One interested older couple described it as the ‘easiest living’ in the region. Older buyers are also attracted by the ability to lock up and leave – particularly those who may spend part of the year abroad or travelling in their retirement,” he said.

But it is the top floor penthouse apartment that is proving a magnet with speculation rife that it might attract a Premiership footballer or reality TV star.

David Hofton said: “Obviously we are not at liberty to reveal who has made serious inquiries about any of our developments, but the luxury specification and location of this penthouse has certainly kickstarted the rumour mill!”

The penthouse apartment – price on application – on top of Consort House measures 1,550 sq ft and has a 1,000 sq ft south west-facing roof garden – perfect for parties or large family gatherings.

To get a flavour of the luxury specification that can be expected at Consort House, Elevate has opened two show apartments, a one bed and a two bed example, with a further two apartments also finished and available for inspection.

Prices for the one bedroom apartments start at £184,950 and for the two bedroom apartments from £289,950.

David Hofton added: “With the reception hall now decorated and a total of four apartments to inspect, this gives potential buyers the chance to see how their Consort House home can look, and also gives them a blank canvas to create their own look and finish.”

The two show apartments are currently open on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm but will soon be opening on Fridays and Sundays as well to satisfy the strong interest in the development. Viewings can be arranged at other times by appointment.

For further information see or call David Hofton on 0121 272 5729.

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For further information, please contact:

Steve Dodd, Managing Director,
Elevate Property Group, St Pauls House, St Pauls Square, Birmingham B3 1RB

0121 272 5729

Editors’ Notes

Elevate Property Group creates exceptional architectural spaces.
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City Sightseeing Worldwide chooses Redditch for its strategic location

A company that takes millions of sightseers on open-top bus tours in cities around the world has made its new home in Redditch, thanks to property agents John Truslove.

The move puts City Sightseeing Worldwide in position for fresh growth after expanding over the last two decades to run bus tours in over 100 destinations worldwide, across more than 30 countries on five continents.

Moving from its former home in Henley-on-Arden, the company has taken 1,800 sq ft of space at Suite 8 in the prominent Grosvenor House office block in the centre of Redditch, in a deal handled by Ian Parker of leading commercial property agency John Truslove.

Mr Pearson said: “Grosvenor House provides high quality office accommodation in a landmark building, making it the ideal UK office for an ambitious company like City Sightseeing Worldwide. It also provides them with plenty of space for future expansion, as well as offering easy access to a major regional transport hub such as Birmingham Airport.”

City Sightseeing’s Andy Lawrence is enthusiastic about the company’s new home and the opportunities the move provides for the company as it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

He said: “We had outgrown our previous home and needed bigger offices, but Redditch also has a demographic that fits the bill for us in terms of future recruitment of high quality staff. There is clearly a lot of ambition for new development in the area, which was also attractive to us.

“Ian Parker at John Truslove quickly understood our needs and Grosvenor House is ideal for us. As well as space for our 25 staff, the offices offer the ability to continue growing without having to move again.

“The nature of our business involves a lot of international travel – as well as the cities where we operate we have another main office in Seville – so easy access to Birmingham Airport also made Redditch attractive.

“As an international operation we employ more than 3,400 people worldwide and Grosvenor House is a strategic location for our business. As we continue to expand globally, that is going to mean more growth for us here in Redditch.”

City Sightseeing Worldwide is the world’s leading operator of open-top, double decker buses that provide hop-on hop-off tours. It also offers its services on boat and trains in some cities. As well as panoramic views of some of the world’s most iconic sights, the tours also provide a multi-lingual commentary so people can learn all about their destination’s history and culture.

City Sightseeing is also a market place for the most exciting attractions in the most popular destinations worldwide.

Mr Lawrence added: “We handled more than 14 million customers in 2018 and with our current growth plans we expect that figure to continue to rise.”

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Pic cap: Ian Parker of commercial property agents John Truslove with Gary New (centre) and Andy Lawrence from City Sightseeing Worldwide

For more information, contact:

John Truslove, Daralbee House, Archer Road, Redditch, B98 8DJ

01527 584242

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Five new Black County industrial units completed in £32 million development

Commercial property agents Bulleys and CBRE are marketing five new industrial units in the Black Country after the completion of phase one of a £32 million development.

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Bond Wolfe Auctions offers chance to breathe new life into Selly Oak water tower

One of Birmingham’s historic landmarks will be brought back to life after it goes under the hammer at Bond Wolfe Auctions’ inaugural sale at Villa Park on Wednesday 13 March.

The locally listed former water tower which previously formed part of Selly Oak Hospital has planning permission for conversion into three apartments.

Jonathan Hackett, consultant director at Bond Wolfe Auctions, said: “Selly Oak Hospital’s water tower was built in 1902 as a new entrance to the workhouse, but since the closure of the old hospital it has lain dormant.

“But now there is a chance for a local developer to take on an oven-ready project that is bound to spark interest in the area.

“The tower now has permission for two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment, with one car parking space each.”

The ready-made development project is offered with a guide price* of £100,000+.

It is situated on a corner plot on Meadow Drive, reached via Raddleburn Road, on the former site of Selly Oak Hospital.

Mr Hackett said it was just one of a number of interesting residential, commercial and land development opportunities that Bond Wolfe Auctions was lining up for the first of six auctions the company will be holding in 2019 at Villa Park.

Bond Wolfe Auctions was launched in early 2019 by Bond Wolfe, one of the region’s leading property consultants. The team behind the new business is led by chief executive Gurpreet Bassi and managing director Ian Tudor who until recently were the heads of residential and commercial auctions respectively at the Bigwood auctions business.

Bond Wolfe Auctions is based in newly refurbished offices on Colmore Row, Birmingham with further offices in West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

To view a selection of the properties already lined up for Wednesday 13 March, go to – or to offer your property please call 0121 312 1212.

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* Each property is subject to a Reserve Price which may be different from the Guide Price.

For further information, please contact:

Suzanne Randell, Head of Marketing and Communications,
Bond Wolfe Auctions,
1st Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 312 1212

Twitter – @BondWolfeAuc

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Editors’ notes:

Bond Wolfe Auctions has a record breaking and award-winning team with over 250 years of combined property experience.  They sell all types of residential, commercial and mixed-use property, investments and land/development sites for private individuals and corporate clients. They will hold six auctions in 2019 at Aston Villa FC as well as offering online auctions, selling properties nationally across the UK.

Is Assay Lofts Birmingham’s hottest new address?

Buyers are already signing up online for details of a new luxury Birmingham residential address which won’t even be launched until Easter 2019.

Demand for Assay Lofts, Elevate Property Group’s 32 apartment development in Charlotte Street which overlooks St Paul’s Square in one of Birmingham’s most sought-after locations, has been so strong the developers are expecting to sell out off-plan.

The scheme of one and two bedroom apartments has been designed by Birmingham practice Glenn Howells Architects and is Elevate Property Group’s fourth development in The Jewellery Quarter and tenth development deal in the city.

It is scheduled for completion in August 2019 but with demand for more information so strong, Elevate has released the latest CGIs indicating how the £3.9 million scheme will look when completed by contractors NM Group.

Elevate’s sales and marketing director David Hofton said: “Assay Lofts will be a flawless fusion of heritage and 21st Century style at the heart of Birmingham’s resurgent Jewellery Quarter.

“It is proving very popular with young professionals as it is only a few minutes’ walk away from the city’s leading accountants, lawyers and other professional firms.”

Prices range from £215,000-£270,000 for the one bedroom apartments and £325,000-£355,000 for the two bedroom apartments. Duplexes are available from £390,000-£490,000 and the price for penthouse apartment is available on application to Elevate Property Group.

Assay Lofts is being constructed on part of the site of former Assay Office which was based there from 1878 but moved to a purpose-built new home on the other side of The Jewellery Quarter in 2015.

The news of Assay Lofts’ popularity follows on from the success of Elevate Property Group’s latest completed development in Birmingham’s “West End”.

Buyers have already moved into Tennant Street Lofts with one buyer commenting: “The finish is first rate, the quality of the fixtures and fittings is outstanding. It is obvious that it has been designed and built with people who care about building exceptional homes.”

Elevate Property Group is already known for its quality developments in Birmingham, including Concord House, Queensway House, St Paul’s House and Honduras Wharf, unique developments of townhouses, apartments and penthouses.

Developments in Birmingham currently completed or underway include Tennant Street Lofts in West Side, Assay Lofts in the Jewellery Quarter, the recently-approved Cliveland Street development and a site in Camden Street – part of an ongoing development programme in which Elevate has secured sites and has plans in preparation for another 250 new homes around the city.

Elevate Property Group currently has nationwide interests in 1,300 plots with a gross development value in excess of £330 million.

For further details of Assay Lofts, contact or call David Hofton on 0121 272 5729.

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For further information, please contact:

David Hofton, Sales and Marketing Director,
Elevate Property Group, St Pauls House, St Pauls Square, Birmingham B3 1RB
0121 272 5729

Editors’ Notes

Elevate Property Group creates exceptional architectural spaces.
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Déjà vu as Bond Wolfe Auctions unveils record breaking team

Bond Wolfe Auctions has unveiled the team to power property auctions across the Midlands, with many familiar faces.

The team currently numbers 11 with four new members of staff due to join in the next few weeks.

Chief executive Gurpreet Bassi said: “This is an experienced and award-winning team that has an enviable track record, made up of established auction property professionals with large existing client networks.”

The team behind Bond Wolfe Auctions produced the largest-ever Midlands’ auction – 172 lots in May 2018 – and hasn’t held an auction below 100 lots or achieved a sales success rate below 80% in over three years.

Last year, those now working for Bond Wolfe Auctions were responsible for raising a Midlands record of just under £95 million in sales and set another Midlands record of 680 properties sold at auction.

Bond Wolfe Auctions is based in Colmore Row, Birmingham, with offices in West Bromwich and Wolverhampton, from where team members with over 250 years’ combined expertise, service their clients including businesses, housing associations, banks, receivers and property investors.

Managing director Ian Tudor said: “We are encouraged by a very busy start to the New Year and have been overwhelmed by the support from clients old and new. We look forward to welcoming many of them to our first auction on Wednesday 13 March at Villa Park.”

For advice about selling a residential or commercial property or for a free no obligation auction appraisal please contact enquiries@bondwolfeauctions.comor call 0121 312 1212.

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Pic cap: Bond Wolfe Auctions’ Midlands team (from left) Sue Randell, marketing director, Ron Darlington, consultant director, Teresa Allen, accounts manager, Jonathan Hackett, consultant director, Perm Daley, auction manager, Gurpreet Bassi, chief executive, Ian Tudor, managing director, Aimee Rossiter, assistant auction manager, James Rossiter, auction valuer, Kylie Pearson, executive PA and Damien Triplett, auction negotiator

For further information, please contact:

Suzanne Randell, Head of Marketing and Communications,
Bond Wolfe Auctions,
1st Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 312 1212

Twitter – @BondWolfeAuc

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Editors’ notes:

Bond Wolfe Auctions has a record breaking and award-winning team with over 250 years of combined property experience.  They sell all types of residential, commercial and mixed-use property, investments and land/development sites for private individuals and corporate clients. They will hold six auctions in 2019 at Aston Villa FC as well as offering online auctions, selling properties nationally across the UK.

Shopping boost for Walsall as REI lets former BHS store

Real Estate Investors, the Birmingham-based property investment company, has signed a deal that will draw more shoppers into Walsall.

Retail Multiples (Walsall) Ltd has taken the 35,000 sq ft former BHS store on Park Street which has been vacant since the demise of BHS in August 2016.

Retail Multiples has signed a new lease from January 2019 for 20 years and plans to convert the unit into an indoor shopping centre with approximately 35 tenants.

On the busy shopping parade of Park Street, Retail Multiples (Walsall) Ltd join neighbouring occupiers including Superdrug, Waterstones and Foot Asylum.

Jack Sears, asset manager at REI, said: “This is great news for Walsall shoppers and is bound to create significant footfall for Park Street. It’s also great news for REI as the property had been vacant for some time and we are pleased to have signed up Retail Multiples (Walsall) Ltd.”

Donna Barnes of law firm Shakespeare Martineau acted for REI and Retail Multiples (Walsall) Ltd were advised by Alun Price at Morgan La Roche.

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For further information, please contact:

Jack Sears, Asset Manager,
Real Estate Investors plc, 2nd Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 212 3446

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About Real Estate Investors Plc

Real Estate Investors Plc (REI Plc) is a publicly quoted, internally managed property investment company and REIT with a portfolio of 1.5 million sq ft of commercial property, managed by a highly-experienced property team with over 100 years of combined experience of operating in the Midlands property market across all sectors.

The Company’s strategy is to invest in well located, real estate assets in the established and proven markets of central Birmingham and the Midlands, with income and capital growth potential, realisable through active portfolio management, refurbishment, change of use and lettings.  The portfolio has no material reliance on a single asset or occupier.

On 1st January 2015, the Company converted to a REIT.  Real Estate Investment Trusts are listed property investment companies or groups not liable to corporation tax on their rental income or capital gains from their qualifying activities.

The Company aims to deliver capital growth and income enhancement from its assets, supporting a progressive dividend policy. Further information on the Company can be found at

Burger King opening puts focus on further quick service restaurant opportunities at Brampton Hut Services

A new Burger King which has opened at Godwin Developments’ Brampton Hut Services on the A14 near Huntingdon has already created 14 new jobs with the team expected to grow to 25 during peak trading.

Now the focus is on two further turnkey units to let on the site which will create even more jobs at the busy A1 and A14 routes.

Jason Doe, area manager at EuroGarages, who are the lead tenant on site, said: “Brampton Hut Burger King represents a fantastic opportunity for a progressive, forward thinking and rapidly expanding organisation such as the EuroGarages to bring a high-profile quick service offering to what promises to be one of the foremost roadside services currently under development in the UK.

“We very much look forward to growing our team and customer base both here and further afield.”

Letting agents were Rapleys who specialise in the retail, leisure and roadside markets.

Jonathan Jones, surveyor at Rapleys said: “Rapleys are delighted to have acted on behalf of the Godwin Group in the letting to EuroGarages trading as Burger King at Brampton Hut Services.

“The excellent traffic of the A1 and A14 combined with the critical mass of food and beverage occupiers has established Brampton Hut Services as a strong ‘Food to Go’ destination and as such Burger King will undoubtedly trade well here.

“There are now only two turnkey units available to let, one of which benefits from a drive-thru lane, and leasing inquiries in the roadside market are encouraged for this rarely available opportunity,” he said.

Ketan Patel, development manager at Godwin Developments, said: “This site now offers a Greggs, Subway, Starbucks and Burger King with close amenities to a large BP Connect filling station and truck park, with a Brewers Fayre restaurant, Premier Inn Hotel close by.

“It is clearly a magnet for motorists looking to take a break and top up at this busy A14 and A1 interchange, and so the remaining two units to let provide an excellent opportunity for food outlets that are complementary to the existing local provision and add value and consumer choice.”

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Pic cap: Ketan Patel of Godwin Developments, Jonathan Jones, Rachel Legge and Jason Doe

For further information, please contact:

Shivani Parmar, Marketing Manager,
Godwin Developments, 1 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3NH
0121 516 9508

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Editors’ Notes

Godwin Developments is an established UK-focused regional developer of freehold residential, retail, mixed use, commercial and industrial projects. It has offices in Birmingham, Nottingham and London. The company has a strategy of acquiring and building out an extensive and diversified portfolio, either on its own account or in partnership.


Putting the equestrian business on a stable footing

Horse riders and all involved in the equestrian industry can benefit from a new service launched by Else Solicitors which has offices in Birmingham and Burton-on-Trent.

The equine law and safety division of Else Solicitors which operates nationwide has been set up by lawyer Kate Stubbs and health and safety consultant Lizz Fields-Pattinson.

Kate Stubbs said: “Horses are a very valuable commodity now and the equestrian industry is big business.

“But although horse people are very professional when it comes to looking after and bringing on their horses, the industry has tended to lag behind on legal and health and safety issues.

“Livery yard businesses and horse owners in general have in the past only consulted a solicitor when something has gone wrong, and health and safety issues have been something to which people have tended to turn a blind eye.

“It could be said that too often the tendency is to try and close the stable door after the horse has bolted!”

She said the new division was intended to be as much pre-emptive and advisory as a source of legal support in crisis or when disputes have arisen.

“Too much equestrian business has in the past been conducted on the basis of a handshake but it is difficult to prove what was agreed verbally in a law court when disputes arise,” she said.

“And the tendency in the horse business has been to think that health and safety regulations are so rigorous and overwhelming that if you pay regard to them then any equestrian business would become automatically unworkable overnight.

“This is not so, and nevertheless the equestrian industry is governed by the same rules that apply to other sectors of business – albeit it is accepted that there are inherent risks involved to a degree in handling and working with large and unpredictable animals such as horses.

“Ignorance of the law, far less wilfully ignoring it, is no defence and horse owners and equestrian professionals need to ensure that they start out on the right leg and continue to operate in a way that is legal and within the health and safety regulatory regime as it applies to their industry.”

She added that areas that often caused controversy and dispute included issues such as horse loan agreements and sale agreements when the terms are agreed verbally.

“A well written agreement, signed by both parties at the outset, can often help to clarify what is expected on both sides and avoid disputes arising in the first place,” she said.

Areas covered by Else Solicitors’ equine law division include drafting agreements and contracts to cover a wide range of situations from livery agreements to contracts for the sale or purchase of horses, dispute resolution services and advice on land use and property issues concerning the sale and purchase of agricultural and commercial land and premises, planning permissions and grazing arrangements.

Lizz Fields-Pattinson said: “Our health and safety service helps protect you, your property as well as your livelihood and employees. We will help you assess the risks associated with your operations such as fire, safety, work activities and accidents. We also advise on the running of an event to reduce the risks involved in this activity.”

Kate Stubbs said: “Our new equine law and health and safety advisory service is not about telling people what they can’t do, it is about helping both equestrian professionals and the weekend rider to stay within the law and try and pre-empt disputes before they arise.

“To that extent it is an advisory rather than a purely legal service.”

For a preliminary chat on all matters equestrian or in relation to health and safety issues, contact Kate Stubbs on or call 01283 526200.

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For further information, please contact

Kate Stubbs, Head of Equine Law,

Else Solicitors, Gibraltar House, Crown Square, First Avenue, Centrum 100 Business Park, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 2WE

01283 526200


Else Solicitors, Aspect Court, 4 Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5HG

0121 222 2602

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Notes to Editors:

The firm was established by Chris Else in November 2003. Chris has over 25 years experience in the legal profession and working in the business community. He was joined by Andrew Hickman as a Partner in October 2007 who has in excess of 20 years experience in acting for the Construction Industry.

The firm currently employs 14 additional lawyers, many of whom have been recruited from leading law firms with the objective of bringing together a team of experienced advisers providing city advice at competitive rates for the benefit of UK based businesses and private clients.