C’mon you Spurs! Principle recruits experienced commercial building surveyor to its team

An experienced commercial building surveyor who helped on the construction of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London has joined Principle Estate Management.

James Lucas joins Principle after spending nearly eight years with property consultancies Stace and Ingleton Wood.

Mr Lucas is a proficient computer aided design (CAD) technician who has also previously worked on renovations of one of the royal historic palaces.

Richard Coles, senior building surveyor at Principle, said: “We are delighted to have appointed James who will help us to focus on delivering even more major works projects.

“He impressed us with his strong background in commercial surveying and he will bring several transferrable skills into the residential market for Principle.

“His CAD skills will also allow Principle to produce floor plans for our properties and detailed design drawings for major works, which will help the procurement of new projects further down the line.”

Mr Coles explained that Mr Lucas will join the drone training programme at Principle to ensure that all the properties under management have their inaccessible or non-visible roofs inspected and maintained for weather tightness over the winter period.

He added: “The recruitment of James enables the building surveying department to set new key targets for growth over the next year as the company expand and grows.

“The acquisition will allow the department to focus on ensuring the quality of works for each project is completed to a higher standard and will allow us to meet all client and leaseholders’ expectations.”

Mr Lucas, from Essex, graduated from the University of Leicester in 2013 with a BA in Management Studies, and then took an MSc in Building Surveying at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2014.

He plans to continue assessments with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors with the aim of becoming a qualified chartered surveyor in the future.

He said: “I’m pleased to be joining the team at Principle and look forward to not only putting my skills to new use but also to gaining new experience in property management.”

With offices in Birmingham and London, Principle now has approximately 50 staff and looks after nearly 9,000 property units in more than 250 developments across the UK.

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For further information please contact: 

Brett Williams,

Principle Estate Management LLP, 137 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 1SF

Tel: 07954 078711 / 0121 289 4315

Email: BWilliams@PrincipleEstate.co.uk

www.PrincipleEstate.co.uk

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https://www.linkedin.com/company/principle-estate-management/

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Editors’ notes:

Operating from offices in Birmingham and London, Principle is a forward-thinking, customer-focused managing agent providing professional property management services nationwide. Founded in 2018 and led by experienced Chartered Surveyors, Principle’s vision is to positively impact the everyday lives of its communities. The company manages modern apartment buildings, traditional blocks of flats, mixed use developments, private housing estates and private rented sector (PRS) or build-to-rent (BTR) developments, as well as portfolios of rented properties for residential or commercial landlords.

UK needs a Minister for Manufacturing to drive sector forward

The UK would benefit from a Minister for Manufacturing to recognise the strategic importance of this vital sector, according to the Head of Manufacturing at national, audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe.

Johnathan Dudley, who is also Managing Partner of the firm’s Midlands office at the heart of UK manufacturing, said the post should be at senior Cabinet level to recognise the critical contribution manufacturing makes to the UK economy.

He said:  “A dedicated minister would be well placed to target the previously unsupported plight of manufacturers in terms of frightening energy costs, supply chain issues around spiralling costs and unavailability of certain raw materials.

“Working to create a strategy to support our manufacturing sector, to add value by solving the problems of our world, both today and in the future while meeting the Levelling Up and Regeneration objectives at the same time.

“What’s more, it would help to solve our transport issues and contribute to solving the energy crisis while delivering on our net zero commitments made at the COP summit, just last year.

The percentage of GDP controlled by the manufacturing sector is often billed as limited, usually between 10-12%, but he points out that this radiates into other sectors too.

He said: “For every OEM job, there are ten others in the supply chain,  and these well paid jobs must surely provide support in other sectors such as retail, real estate, business and professional services, agriculture and others maybe?

“As an island we are short on natural resources but have a wealth of talent and a reputation for high-value add.”

He said there is a recognised need for world beating innovation in energy generation, transport, efficient food production, carbon offset and other global issues that have not been solved yet.

“Why shouldn’t it be the UK that solves these problems?

He said that UK technology is responsible for arguably the best aero engines in the world, and Great Britain is leading in designing the best ‘next generation’ small nuclear reactors too.

“We have the best aircraft carrier design, and we still build “the best 4×4… by far” – according to the advertising.

“Other areas where our innovators lead include ground-breaking LED driver technology, and the best designs for consumer goods, from handbags and clothes design, to vacuum cleaners.

“We also produce the best diggers, soon to be powered by hydrogen internal combustion engines; world beating innovation, being conceived designed and produced right here, right now.

He points out that major infrastructural projects in the UK, already emerging from the ground, will require UK-based engineering and manufacturing capability and a secure supply chain to deliver results in a manner that still achieves net zero targets and within budget.

These include major projects such as HS2, Hinkley Point and the various regional rail and road improvement network developments.

Dudley said: “The Chancellor is basing our Covid recovery on an export and innovation-led economy.

“A Manufacturing Minister should arguably be a cabinet post, to be strategic and drive an agenda where we are not reliant on rogue nations for power or semi-conductors and for rolling stock.

“We support manufacturing businesses – take a look at our annual outlook report and insights to see how we can help you – https://www.crowe.com/uk/industries/manufacturing.”

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Contacts:

  • Miriam Sherwood, Director, People Communications & Marketing, Crowe UK. Tel: (0)121 543 1900, sherwood@crowe.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

About us
Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organisations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.

For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk

Crowe industry recognition

  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2021)
  • Top charity auditor (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2020)
  • Ranked 5th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2022)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, July 2021)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2021 for the second consecutive year (InsuranceERM) – Crowe was recognised to be at forefront of two key areas of focus for insurers in 2020: operational resilience; and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, including climate change.
  • Awarded Bronze for Accountancy Firm of the Year – Large (2020 Citywealth Magic Circle Awards)
  • Global Mobility Provider of the Year (Global Payroll Awards 2020)
  • Employment Tax Specialist of the Year (Global Payroll Awards 2019)

Importance of resolving divorce finance underlined by appeal court’s decision against aristocrat 

A decision to award maintenance to an aristocrat’s estranged wife after a seven-year legal battle should serve as a warning to divorcing couples, according to Thursfields Solicitors.

Experts at the leading Midlands law firm said the high-profile Villiers v Villiers case underlines the importance of people resolving their marriage finances when applying for a divorce.

The comments come after the Court of Appeal allowed Emma Villiers’ claim for a £10,000 per annum maintenance order, plus an as-yet-undetermined lump sum, from her former husband Charles Villiers, the cousin of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Shane Miller, director and head of the Family Law Department at Thursfields, explained how the court had heard that Mr Villiers was from a very wealthy background and that his ex-wife alleged he had failed to provide for her and their child.

Ms Miller said: “Mr Villiers had disagreed, claiming the assets were all tied up, and an earlier Family Court hearing had dismissed Mrs Villiers’ case because the divorce had taken place and it would be a huge and disproportionate amount to provide to her.

“But the Appeal Court disagreed and said that her claim should not have been dismissed and that the maintenance should have been an ongoing obligation until a financial hearing or her re-marriage had been determined.

“The details of this specific case are of course complex, but in short it makes clear how the financial obligations between former married partners continues until their financial ties are severed.”

Ms Miller added: “The Appeal Court’s decision should serve as a warning to people to sort out the finances of their marriage when they apply for a divorce and not to leave them, as they will not go away.”

Anyone seeking advice on a divorce can contact Ms Miller on 0345 20 73 72 8 or by e-mailing smiller@thursfields.co.uk.

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For further information, please contact: 

Dani James, Business Development Manager, Thursfields Solicitors

Email: djames@thursfields.co.uk

Tel: 01905 677066

Or

ASAP PR – 07990 978257.

www.thursfields.co.uk

Twitter – @Thursfields

LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields

Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with nearly 130 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Student halls in Birmingham sold in multi-million-pound deal by Bond Wolfe

What is thought to be one of the largest student residential investment sales across the West Midlands in the last year has been completed by top regional property agency Bond Wolfe.

The property at 18-20 Dawlish Road in Selly Oak, Birmingham, has been sold for an undisclosed sum off a quoting guide price of £14 million to an existing student housing operator.

The purpose-built student halls contain 129 bedrooms over three blocks, 122 of them with ensuite toilet and shower rooms, and five of them described as “premium studios”.

The property  also recently received planning consent for the development of an additional 35 rooms.

James Mattin, managing director agency at Bond Wolfe, said: “We are delighted to have concluded this substantial sale on behalf of our clients after a competitive bid process.

“This deal represents months of hard work often not recognised in the agency world, so we are proud to have got this sale over the line.

“This was a tricky sale to navigate and has culminated in an excellent result for both parties.

“The seller disposed of the property after 20 years of successful ownership, and the purchaser jumped at the opportunity.“

Mr Mattin added: “This is one of numerous sales that Bond Wolfe are handling in what has already been a record year for their agency team.

“This deal represents an excellent opportunity for the buyer to take an existing successful student scheme and take it to the next level with further refurbishment work and development of more rooms following recent planning permission”.

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For further information, please contact:

James Mattin, Managing Director Agency,

2nd Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 525 0600 or 0121 524 1172, Email: jmattin@bondwolfe.com

www.bondwolfe.com

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Editors’ notes

Bond Wolfe is an established commercial property practice based in Birmingham and West Bromwich. Its services include commercial property sales and lettings, auctions, property investment, and development throughout the West Midlands.

Harrow House is latest millionaires’ pad from DM & Co. Premium

One of the most stunning homes in Warwickshire has just come on the market with DM & Co. Premium as the Dorridge-based independent agent celebrates its first £4 million sale.

Harrow House, built in 2005, is a fabulous modern seven bedroom family home set in 16.67 acres in Langley, Warwickshire, and is on the market for offers over £3 million.

DM & Co. established the Premium brand in March 2019 to market and sell homes in the £1 million to £5 million price bracket.

So successful has this specialist division headed by Kathy Griffiths become, it currently has an astonishing 29 homes worth more than £50 million on its books, with more in the pipeline.

Kathy said: “The launch of Harrow House comes off the back of our success with our first £4 million pound sale, which was completed off market, low profile and is a real sign of the direction the business is taking.

“We are gradually seeing a significant increase in our average sale price of our property portfolio, but also the area in which our business is expanding. Later this month we will be launching our first property in Leamington Spa to the open market, which is incredibly exciting.”

Set in spectacular Warwickshire countryside east of the A3400 between Stratford-upon-Avon and Henley-in-Arden, Harrow House provides over 6,300 sq ft spread over three floors.

The property was awarded the Stratford-upon-Avon District Council Celebration of Excellence Design Award in 2007 and it’s easy to see why when you take a tour – https://youtu.be/CLlfr8Vj6Kw

Kathy said: “Harrow House is a spectacular property which blends contemporary design into its countryside setting, with stunning views from every aspect.

“It’s light and spacious throughout and extremely well planned. It feels large without ever feeling overwhelming and vast, and retains a family feel while offering modern contemporary living.”

From the front door, an ante-hall with glass bricks and double height ceiling provides a taste of what is to come.

An impressive long hallway takes the visitor through to rear of the home, past an office and snug on the left into a fabulous modern kitchen, with central island, electric AGA and large sliding glass doors on to a stunning patio area.

Outside is the perfect area for entertaining, with an outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, canopied awning and plenty of space to relax, eat and entertain – including a ten-seater hot tub included in the sale!

From the kitchen a step down leads into the incredible lounge/sitting room with open views out on to the green valley below.

The space, light and setting is enhanced by opulent furnishings and accessories, including a suspended WW2 model aeroplane.

In the basement, there is a large gym which doubles up as a cinema room, with large fixed screen, overhead projector and sound system, as well as in infrared sauna.

This area also includes two guest bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and access to the ground via sliding doors. The basement also has a storage room, large utility room, guest cloakroom, boot room and boiler room.

Moving back upstairs, the large landing on the first floor leads to five further bedrooms.

The spacious master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom and a balcony with spiral staircase down to the outside entertaining area.

All the remaining bedrooms have the advantage of individual balconies and built-in wardrobes. Three bedrooms even have their own mezzanine floors, making them ideal for children to do their homework, play games or relax in front of the TV. These bedrooms share two shower rooms.

Kathy Griffiths, Head of Premium, works alongside managing director Dominic Murphy to provide an unobtrusive approach to luxury property sales.

She said: “We can market multi-million pound properties equally successfully either on the open market or on a very low profile basis, only offering your home to a private database of discerning buyers.

“Many high net worth clients do not wish their property sales and purchases to be available to public scrutiny, and we are now established as the go-to independent estate agent in the Solihull and north Warwickshire region for discreet property marketing, as our results show.

“Of the 29 £1 million plus properties we had on our books in May, over 50% are under offer.”

DM & Co. Homes is a local, independent estate agent covering Solihull, Dorridge, Lapworth, Tanworth-in-Arden and the surrounding areas.

To find out more about DM & Co. Premium’s property marketing service, contact Kathy Griffiths.

Kathy said: “Whatever your taste in luxury properties, DM & Co. Premium is here to help you find your dream home, and remember, if you can’t see it on our website, ask about our Low Profile Listings, as we may have just the property for you.”

For more details, see https://dmandcohomes.co.uk/premium-property-for-sale

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For further information, please contact:

Kathy Griffiths, Head of Premium, DM & Co. Homes

T: 01564 777 314 E: kathy.griffiths@dmandcohomes.co.uk

Unit 2, Forest Court Shopping Centre, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8FG

www.dmandcohomes.co.uk

Editors’ notes:

DM & Co. Homes is a local, independent estate agent covering Solihull, Dorridge, Lapworth, Tanworth-in-Arden and the surrounding areas.

The company has traditional high street offices at The Forest Shopping Centre, Station Road in Dorridge and at The Pavilions, Cranmore Drive in Solihull, along with a recently launched Land and New Homes division that is quickly growing.

It has made a major investment in its head office, based on Cranmore Drive, where its land & new homes, lettings, financial advisors, sales progressors and administration teams are based.

DM & Co. Home’s media team also operates from the Cranmore Drive offices, providing photography, video and content planning that attracts more than 100,000 views a month via YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Aerial platforms specialist expands into new Black Country warehouse, assisted by Thursfields

The commercial property team at Thursfields Solicitors has advised an aerial working platforms specialist on its expansion into a new warehouse in the Black Country.

Dingli Machinery UK Ltd has moved into the 20,704 sq ft premises at Cygnus Way in West Bromwich, which are just off the A41 Black Country New Road and a short 2.5-miles drive from Junction 1 of the M5.

Dingli is the UK sales arm of the China-based Zhejiang Dingli Machinery Co Ltd, which specialises in industrial aerial platforms such as boom lifts, scissor lifts and vertical mast lifts.

Parmveer Virdee, a solicitor in the Commercial Property department at Thursfields, said: “We were pleased to be able to help Dingli with their acquisition of new premises.

“This was required due to Dingli needing an additional storage and distribution facility because of its continued growth in the aerial working platforms market.

“We dealt with their initial lease of another unit in West Bromwich a couple of years ago and were pleased to have been of assistance again.

“It is always rewarding to see a client expanding its operation due to the success of its business, and we look forward to working closely with Dingli as they continue to grow.”

Andy Northwood, sales manager at Dingli Machinery UK, said: “We urgently needed additional warehouse space to meet the needs of our business as it continues to expand in the UK.

“We’ve always been impressed with Thursfields advice on property transactions and were once again pleased with the service they provided and grateful for their commercially-minded advice throughout.”

The deal was arranged through the Oldbury office of commercial property agents Bulleys.

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For further information, please contact:

Dani James, Business Development Manager, Thursfields Solicitors

Email: djames@thursfields.co.uk

Tel: 01905 677066

Or

ASAP PR – 07990 978257

www.thursfields.co.uk

Twitter – @Thursfields

LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields

Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Davidson Estates enjoys record audience reach after surge in social media activity

A top Birmingham estate agency has become one of the city’s largest social media players in the property arena.

Davidson Estates recent surge in social media activity has resulted in record reach and audience statistics on Instagram, while its new TikTok site is rapidly gaining thousands of new views.

In the last 90 days, the company has seen its engagement and reach across the Instagram channel grow by more than 1,300% and 500% respectively, while followers have grown by 114%.

A recent example was Davidson Estates’s post on Instagram for a rental property on Frederick Road in Edgbaston which attracted more than 16,000 views and 5,000 likes in a single day, plus 1,000 new followers.

And the company’s new TikTok account launched just six weeks ago which already netted the company more than 7,500 views, with its followers list growing healthily every day.

Luke Croft-Faulkner, marketing coordinator at Davidson Estates, said: “I’ve been in social media marketing for over six years and I wanted to ensure an immediate impact when I joined Davidson Estates’

“I noticed a clear gap in the online market for value-based property content which no one else in Birmingham is consistently doing.

“Recognising this, we devised a social media strategy taking on a much more modernised approach to marketing our properties online.

“We started creating 15 to 20-second daily videos and posting them on TikTok and Instagram, which has already exceeded our expectations with thousands of views becoming regular and meaning enquiries for sales and lettings are starting to roll in.

“I plan on continuing to stay one step ahead of our competition and grow our following to even greater heights.

“Mark my words: it won’t be long before we sell a house not because of a Right Move listing but because of a video on TikTok.”

Ben Davidson, managing director of Davidson Estates, said: “We’re delighted that our recent focus on social media has resulted in what for us are record engagement statistics with new audiences.

“This targeted marketing across all media is crucial in a fast-changing technological world which requires agencies like ours to always be up to speed on the latest communication channels.

“We believe we are now one of the city’s largest social media players in the property arena and we are determined to invest in the latest channels to maintain this momentum.”

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For further information, please contact:

Ben Davidson, Managing Director, Davidson Estates,

102 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2AG

Head office: 14 Frederick Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 1JD

Tel: 0121 455 7727

Mobile: 07834 561 537

Email: ben.davidson@davidsonestates.co.uk

www.davidsonestates.co.uk

Advanced manufacturing technologies highlighted in key Midlands briefing

National audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe is teaming up with experts from the manufacturing sector to present a major briefing on the future of advanced technologies.

The event will take place at The School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham on Wednesday 29 June.

The briefing includes Crowe, in association with the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies to Create, Activate & Automate (AMTECAA) programme, Gauge and Tool Makers Association (GTMA) and Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM).

Johnathan Dudley, Head of Manufacturing at Crowe, said: “If you are looking to explore how advanced manufacturing technologies can help you be more productive, or provide a competitive edge, then this is the perfect opprtunity to see what fully funded support you can access through AMTECAA.”

The event includes sector updates from Crowe, CBM and GMTA, as well as an introduction to the AMTECAA programme, followed by the opportunity to visit state-of-the-art laboratories.

Dudley said: “During the tour, delegates will be able to see how they can create new products with additive, subtractive and hybrid engineering.

“Demonstrations will include how they can activate surfaces with laser and plasma processes and how to increase the automation of processes with robotics.”

The free event is open to businesses with fewer than 250 employees, and a turnover of less than 50 million euros, located within Greater Birmingham and Solihull, the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire and Stoke and Staffordshire.

To be held in the Staff House at University of Birmingham, the programe will include registration and breafast, sector updates, a tour of the laboratories and a Q&A session to conclude the event.

More details can be obtained from https://www.crowe.com/uk/events/accelerate-your-manufacturing-business-29-june-22

Or call Nathan Sanghera on 0121 543 1900, email nathan.sanghera@crowe.co.uk

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Contacts:

  • Miriam Sherwood, Director, People Communications & Marketing, Crowe UK. Tel: (0)121 543 1900, sherwood@crowe.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

About us
Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm offering global reach and local expertise. We are an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world. With exceptional knowledge of the business environment, our professionals share one commitment, to deliver excellence.

We are trusted by thousands of clients for our specialist advice, our ability to make smart decisions and our readiness to provide lasting value. Our broad technical expertise and deep market knowledge means we are well placed to offer insight and pragmatic advice to all the organisations and individuals with whom we work. Close working relationships are at the heart of our effective service delivery.

For more information, visit: www.crowe.co.uk

Crowe industry recognition

  • UK Member of one of the top 10 accounting networks in the world (International Accounting Bulletin World Survey 2021)
  • Top charity auditor (Charity Financials Auditor Benchmarking and Charity Finance Audit Survey, 2009 – 2020)
  • Ranked 5th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, January 2022)
  • 9th largest audit firm in the UK (UK fee income of audit firms that audit PIEs – by fee income on audit, FRC Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession, Figure 33, July 2021)
  • Risk Consultancy of the Year 2021 for the second consecutive year (InsuranceERM) – Crowe was recognised to be at forefront of two key areas of focus for insurers in 2020: operational resilience; and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, including climate change.
  • Awarded Bronze for Accountancy Firm of the Year – Large (2020 Citywealth Magic Circle Awards)
  • Global Mobility Provider of the Year (Global Payroll Awards 2020)
  • Employment Tax Specialist of the Year (Global Payroll Awards 2019)

New homes at Ravensbank snapped up off plan

Nine properties on a brand new development by Ravensbury Homes near Bromsgrove have been selling as fast as they were released on to the market by estate agents Nicol & Co.

The Ravensbank development, based by the canalside on Westonhall Road, in the village of Stoke Prior, is the first residential development by Ravensbury Homes.

Bromsgrove-based contractor Tricas Construction is over three-quarters of the way through a 52 week project to deliver five affordable and nine open market properties.

The nine properties, all sold off-plan by Nicol & Co, include a mixture of three and four bedroom homes priced from £350,000 to £575,000.

Jasmine Podmore, new homes sales manager at Nicol & Co, said: “The site had so much to offer with the versatility of the nine properties, there was something for everyone which made the site so popular.

“All of our buyers were local to the area and already registered on our database. We found it was important to keep in touch with them to provide as much information possible before  Ravensbank formally launched.

“We have been able to secure the properties to a range of different buyer types creating what will be a lovely community to live in.”

“Ravensbank includes six different types of lay-out for the nine market-priced homes, and the majority of the units will have bespoke studies designed on the ground floor, providing dedicated spaces that reflect our new hybrid working.”

Matt Nicol, managing director of Nicol & Co, said: “We have been able to work with Ravensbury Homes right from the outset, which has been a tremendous advantage to both parties.

“Our contribution has included consultation on specifications, branding, signage, CGIs, brochures including content, interest register management, phased release, reservations and now sales progression.

“This detailed, meticulous approach has resulted in the nine open market properties selling within a week each time they were released. Our client has always had input throughout and trusted us to deliver.”

“Mike Fletcher, managing director of Ravensbury Homes, has been exceptional to deal with – he has very high standards and clearly takes great pride in the site. The contractors Tricas have also been superb to work alongside.”

Jasmine Podmore added: “Ravensbank is a very distinctive new build site, with its canal location and proximity to the countryside.

“It is also very handily placed with Bromsgrove just three miles away, and Birmingham and Worcester just minutes by rail from the town’s new railway station. The M5 leading into the national motorway network is also very close by.

“The high quality finish, coupled with the buyer’s ability to have some input in the choices has contributed to the undoubted popularity of this scheme.”

Now Ravensbury is on the lookout for its next project and Nicol & Co’s land and new homes department is working closely with them to identify suitable sites.

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For further information, please call:

Nicol & Co, New Homes Department, 226 Worcester Road, Droitwich Spa, WR9 8AY

Tel: 01905 930404

Notes to Editors

Established in 2009, Nicol & Co is an award-winning estate agency offering advice on sales, lettings, new homes and land purchase. The company combines the latest in digital media with traditional high street courtesy and service to provide the perfect blend of old and new technology.

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New chief executive and chairman announced at BCTG Group

Leading Midlands training group BCTG has announced two major changes to its senior executive management team.

Sarah Matthews, formerly the group’s operations manager, has been promoted to chief executive, and will have responsibility for BCTG Ltd, Eurosource, BCTG Skills Centre and The Apprenticeship Works.

Meanwhile Chris Luty, the former chief executive, has been appointed to a new role as group chairman.

Rob Colbourne will continue to be responsible for PTP as managing director, and Alan Phillips will continue as group finance director.

Ms Matthews, who has worked at BCTG for nearly 15 years, serving as operations manager since 2016, said: “I am thrilled to be taking on this new position.

“I look forward to working closely with the strong executive team we have here at BCTG to achieve even more success in the training and apprenticeship sectors.”

Mr Luty, who had previously served as chief executive at BCTG since 1993, said: “We have built a very effective senior management team in recent years, and Sarah was more than ready to take over the reins after proving her abilities as operations director.

“My move to group chairman will now allow me to focus on maximising the collective potential of the whole group offer across all six businesses, and the other directors on the executive team will give the group continued strength and consistency.”

The BCTG Group, based in Oldbury, now supports almost 10,000 young people and adults in training and apprenticeships each year across the whole Midlands region.

The group has ten sites in Birmingham, the Black Country, Staffordshire and Newcastle-under-Lyme, and also includes Performance Through People, The Apprenticeship Works, BCTG Ltd, Eurosource Solutions and Further EPAO.

Overall, the group offers 166 different types of apprenticeship, 84 different adult upskilling and reskilling courses and 27 pre-apprenticeship programmes for 16 to 18-year-olds.

These include everything from healthcare and early years care to construction, engineering, manufacturing and logistics, through to business skills in IT, management and team leading.

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For further information, please contact:

Chris Luty, Chairman,

BCTG Group, European Business Park, Taylors Lane, Oldbury, B69 2BN.

Tel: 0121 544 6455

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