Festive flurry feeds huge surge in enquiries for Heaton House

Elevate Property Group has experienced a huge rise in website traffic with prospective city home buyers searching for more details of the Birmingham developer’s Heaton House project in Camden Street in the Jewellery Quarter.

David Hofton, Elevate’s sales and marketing director, said the Heaton House development had more inquiries and individuals registering their interest over the Christmas and New Year period than all the firm’s other developments together.

Elevate is undertaking a prestigious restoration of the historic 19th century Georgian villa, Heaton House, and the scheme also provides 14 townhouses with terraced gardens, 42 apartments including six lofts and on-site gated car parking.

Knight Frank’s Birmingham office has been appointed to market the development.

Heaton House will be formally launched on the market on Thursday 20 January when buyers will be able to meet the agents, developers, study the model of the site, the high specification and ‘cherry pick’ and reserve a plot of plan.

Peter Smith, associate at Knight Frank New Homes Birmingham, said: “Elevate Property Group delivers tremendous developments in popular areas, and we are excited to be launching their latest project that will provide exclusive, quality homes in a much sought-after area.”

Kavannagh Construction began work on the Camden Street site in May last year, and completion of the scheme is scheduled for the third quarter of 2022.

The project includes the restoration of the historic Georgian mansion, Heaton House, originally a Regency villa that dates back to the beginning of the Jewellery Quarter.

The original Heaton House was the home of a leading Birmingham merchant, William Cotterill. It was an early 19th century villa on Camden Street, which at the time was part of the middle class suburban developments that grew up on the fringes of the city centre in Birmingham.

When completed, this will provide a luxurious 3,455 sq ft, five bedroom dwelling.

David Hofton, sales and marketing director, said: “Heaton House, during its refurbishment programme, will provide a prestigious marketing suite and show home for buyers wishing to see the quality and finish delivered by Elevate Property Group, while construction of the new build properties is underway.

“The scheme, which also includes 4,300 sq ft of commercial space, has on-site gated parking for the town houses with electric vehicle charging points and a bike park.”

The news of strong interest in Elevate’s Heaton House development comes after a warning before Christmas from leading Birmingham independent residential agent Davidson Estates of a drastic shortage of new build starts in the city.

However, Elevate is bucking the trend and will start or deliver some 234 new homes in Birmingham alone this year.

David Hofton said: “We are already well ahead with construction on 57 properties at Heaton House, and will be delivering 79 apartments at Priory House, the former Birmingham Forensic Service offices in the Chinese quarter, and 85 new apartments in Price Street.

“And we are in the process of seeking planning permission for a mixed use development of 11 three bedroom townhouses and 2 two bedroom duplex apartments at Sapcote Yard, at 78 Camden Street.”

This year will also see work starting on 258 apartments at Liversage Street Derby, 60 new apartments on the next phase of the popular Princes Gate development in Solihull, and the second phase of the Trent Bridge Quays development in Nottingham will also provide 58 new homes, with construction commencing on 18 new homes at Edith Walk, Malvern.

Elevate Property Group has built a reputation for quality medium rise residential developments in the past decade and is acquisitive, constantly looking for more redevelopment opportunities.

In its first ten years, Elevate has constructed over 1,000 homes and in 2022 alone will be starting work or completing a further 628 properties.

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For further information, please contact:

David Hofton, Sales & 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 that respect how important your home is for easy living and wellbeing.

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Deadline looms for £3,000 apprenticeship incentives

The clock is running for employers to secure £3,000 incentive payments for hiring new apprentices, top Midlands training Provider Performance Through People (PTP) has warned.

PTP, part of the BCTG group, is urging employers to start new apprenticeships before the deadline of the end of this month – 31 January – or miss out on the incentive scheme launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak last year as part of his £500 million jobs support package.

PTP is also reminding firms that have already taken on a new apprentice between 1 October 2021 and 31 January 2022 that they should apply for the £3,000 payment as soon as possible.

Rob Colbourne, MD of Performance Through People, said: “The closing date for firms to apply for the latest incentive payment scheme to take on an apprenticeship is the 15th May 2022, for eligible employees. With Government budgets under increasing pressure as the Covid crisis continues, it makes sense to get take advantage of this opportunity sooner rather than later”

PTP is a key partner in the hugely successful Ladder programmes in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Greater Birmingham, encouraging more companies to increase their involvement in apprenticeship schemes.

Mr Colbourne added: “We would also urge companies considering apprenticeships to get them started now, rather than miss out on these valuable incentives.

“We can provide all the advice they need to offer an apprenticeship to new recruits or to aid in up-skilling their existing workforce.”

Originally offered from April 1 last year, the £3,000 grant was for anyone who had started an apprenticeship between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021, but Mr Sunak extended this in September to anyone starting a programme from 1 October 2021 until 31 January this year.

Rob Colbourne continued: “This £3,000 incentive payment has been a huge boost for employers. The payments are not only supporting the cost of employing someone and giving them the time to train while at work but can also be utilised for other costs incurred.

“Some of our employers have utilised the payments to reward staff – in one case by paying for driving lessons – while others have helped meet the cost of uniforms or PPE.

“We urge all employers to look at staff that they have recruited since 1 October 2021, irrespective of age or level of experience, and consider an apprenticeship programme to aid staff development and help staff retention.

“The 31 January 2022 will soon be upon us. As part of the Ladder network, we have a dedicated team who are eager to support businesses by offering impartial advice and guidance enabling them to make informed decisions and choose the right programme.”

The Ladder campaign has seen over 4,500 apprentices start their apprenticeship journey with some starting Level 2 programmes while others going straight onto degree programmes.

The Ladder campaigns across Greater Birmingham, Staffordshire and the Black Country have successfully created thousands of new apprenticeships at companies across the Midlands since the programme began rolling out in 2014, with hundreds more added every year.

For information on apprenticeships and accessing the incentive scheme, contact PTP Training by emailing skills@ptp-training.co.uk or telephoning 03332 408302.

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For further information, please contact:  

Carolyn Stokes, Operations Director

Phone: 01922 651100 Mobile: 07980740007

Email: carolyns@ptp-training.co.uk


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Note to editors:

PTP Training Ltd is part of the BCTG Group, a West Midlands-based training organisation which supports almost 10,000 young people and adults each year.

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

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.

Davidson Estates more than doubles in size as Birmingham’s property market surges

A fast-expanding estate and letting agency in Birmingham is set to more than double in size within a year as the city’s property market continues to surge.

Davidson Estates, which has offices in Edgbaston and the city centre, had just four staff this time last year but now has seven and is currently advertising for a further three posts.

The latest recruit is Jenna Coghlan who has joined the company as a marketing assistant and front of house, after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a first-class degree in History, Ancient History and Archaeology.

Ms Coghlan, aged 22, was born and raised in Stafford, and used to work part-time for an estate agency in Harborne during her studies, which was when she got to know Davidson Estates.

She said: “I saw this job offer as a welcome advancement in my career away from simple administrative duties and towards a role which demands so much more responsibility.

“I spent much of my degree handling human skeletons, talking about the Iliad, or debating Thatcherism, so it’s been quite a bizarre transition from writing my two dissertations on the Neolithic and contemporary Conservatism, to marketing million-pound properties!

“But I’m adoring the creative freedom that marketing is giving me, as my main passion is writing, and I’m at my happiest conjuring up property descriptions and promotional materials.”

Ben Davidson, managing director of Davidson Estates, said: “We’re really pleased to have added Jenna to our team as she’s brought some refined skills in writing and describing all the great properties we have on offer.”

Mr Davidson explained that the company’s expansion was being driven by the fact the property market had remained strong, despite the interruptions caused by Covid-19.

He added: “There’s been a steady growth in all areas despite the lockdowns, and there’s now quite a surge in the number of deals we’re sealing for the new homes market across the city.

“We’re now keen to get the right people in place to help us handle more new homes appointments and to manage the ever-growing finance department.”

The three new roles Davidson is now adverting for are a new homes associate, a property manager and accounts assistant, and an inventory clerk.

Anyone interested in working at Davidson Estates can call Mr Davidson on 0121 455 7727, 07834 561 537 or email him at ben.davidson@davidsonestates.co.uk.

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For further information, please contact:

Ben Davidson, Managing Director, Davidson Estates,

Head office: Unit 2, Liberty Place, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE

14 Frederick Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 1JD

Tel: 0121 455 7727

Mobile: 07834 561 537

Email: ben.davidson@davidsonestates.co.uk


Editors’ Notes

Davidson Estates is an established estate and letting agency based in Edgbaston and Birmingham city centre, specialising in residential property lettings, property management, PRS Management (Build-to-Rent), residential sales, new build (presale) sales, land/site finding, development consultation, furniture, maintenance and refurbishments. Founded by Ben Davidson in January 2009, the business has built up an excellent reputation for its high level of service and is now regarded as one of the best and most reliable property agents in Edgbaston and Birmingham city centre.

Worcestershire estate agent’s community fund donates £12k-plus to local groups

Scores of charities, schools and local groups have received donations totalling more than £12,000 from a community fund launched by a Worcestershire estate agent.

Nicol & Co, which has three branches in Droitwich, Malvern and Worcester, launched the scheme in March 2021 by pledging £100 to the seller’s choice of community group for every property sale it handles.

And after the success of the scheme in the last nine months, the company has now decided to continue the community fund in 2022.

Matt Nicol, managing director of Nicol & Co, said: “The initial idea came in the midst of Covid-19, when people were emerging from such a difficult lockdown.

“Being rooted in the community has always been part of our culture at Nicol & Co, and we were determined to continue showing that in a more regular and meaningful way.

“We decided that for every completion we achieved on new instructions we would donate £100 of our fee to the school, community group, local charity or food bank of the client’s choice.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response from both customers and local groups who all love the idea that every sale equals something good happening in the community.”

Just one of the charities which has benefitted from Nicol & Co’s community fund is St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.

Ria Simons, fundraiser at the hospice, said: “We’re really thankful to Nicol & Co for launching its incredible community fund.

“It’s a great idea, and we know how popular it’s been because we’ve been lucky enough to receive several donations from the scheme.

“We especially like that Nicol & Co give their customers the option to choose which charity to donate to. At a difficult time for the charity sector, this support is very gratefully received.”

Mr Nicol explained that the community fund has been organised and administrated by a team of his staff at Nicol & Co.

He said: “This has been a great initiative that all our staff have enjoyed being a part of because it has helped so many local groups.

“The process is simple: we leave a leaflet about the community fund with potential vendors on our valuation appointments, and vendors are then asked to fill out a donation form as they near completion.

“We then discuss the vendors choice and liaise directly with the beneficiary to get their payment details, and once each sale has completed, our finance director arranges for the donation to be made.

“The £12,000-plus paid out so far this year has gone to a huge range of local charities, schools, community groups and organisations in Worcestershire, as chosen by our vendors.”

Mr Nicol added that some vendors give Nicol & Co the honour of choosing which local group the £100 should be donated to. Any group that would like to be considered should email community@nicolandco.co.uk.

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For further information, please call:

Matt Nicol, Managing Director, In-House Design & Marketing Ltd, 30 St Georges Square Worcester WR1 1HX

Tel: 01905 799072

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Sweet treat set to open in Redditch, thanks to John Truslove

A new dessert shop is bringing a range of sweet treats to the heart of Redditch, served up with the assistance of property agents John Truslove.

Bakes & Shakes is the latest venture from businessman Farhan Khan and will open in one of Redditch town centre’s most prominent retail units – the corner building at the top of Unicorn Hill.

Mr Khan secured the lease on 940 sq ft at 2 Unicorn Hill – taking both the ground floor and the basement of the four-storey building – after contacting Ben Truslove, joint managing director at Redditch commercial property agents John Truslove.

“I’ve been running a mobile coffee business for the last few years but, after the impact of Covid on the festival and outside events industry over the last year, I decided to start something a bit more ‘bricks & mortar’,” said Mr Khan.

“I’ve been mulling over the idea of a dessert shop for a while but in Birmingham, where I’m from, the market is just saturated. I thought Redditch would be a better place to open – and it’s a very nice place to work and run a business.”

He added: “I was looking for suitable premises on various websites and spotted the premises on Unicorn Hill. I got in touch with Ben Truslove and he’s been great – really helpful, always responded to my calls and answered queries.

“We’re doing a lot of work on the premises to get them ready and hope to open sometime this autumn.”

Ben Truslove, at John Truslove, arranged a five year lease at £15,000 per annum with Mr Khan on behalf of the landlord.

He said: “This is a prominent unit at the heart of Redditch town centre, so it is ideal for a new business hoping to attract a lot of attention. Dessert shops have become extremely popular in recent years, and I am sure local people will find Bakes & Shakes to their taste.

“This is another example of John Truslove securing an excellent tenant on behalf of one of our landlord clients.”

Law firm Wildings represented Mr Khan.

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For more information, contact:

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

01527 584242

Editor’s Notes

Redditch-based chartered surveyors and valuers John Truslove was established by John Truslove in 1981 and has become the market leading independent agent for commercial property in North Worcestershire and North Warwickshire as well as the wider West Midlands.

The firm was named Most Active Agent in Worcestershire in the Radius Data Exchange survey produced in conjunction with EG, the commercial property market magazine.

Joint managing director Ian Parker was also named Worcestershire Dealmaker of the Year AND Warwickshire Dealmaker of the Year for 2020. The survey year, which runs from August to August, saw John Truslove record a 36% increase in deals negotiated over the 12 months.

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Latest Likewise Group plc acquisition further increases share of UK flooring market

Likewise Group plc, the AIM-listed residential and commercial floor distributor, has agreed to pay a maximum of £30 million for Kent-based Valley Wholesale Carpets.

The deal increases Likewise’s share of the UK flooring market to approximately 5.6% of the £1.9 billion UK industry.

Likewise, which has its UK head office at Birmingham Business Park, is paying an initial £24 million in cash, a deferred consideration of £1 million and the issue of five million ordinary shares in Likewise.

Tony Brewer, chief executive of Likewise Group plc, said: “The Likewise team has made significant progress over the last 18 months and the acquisition of Valley Wholesale Carpets is a major additional step forward in the aspirations of Likewise to develop a meaningful flooring distribution business throughout the UK.”

Valley Wholesale Carpets will operate as an autonomous business within the Likewise Group, which now includes William Armes Ltd, Bruce Starke & Co Ltd, Lewis Abbott Ltd, Heatseam Ltd, H&V Carpets BVBA and A&A Ltd, following rapid growth in less than three years since the business was launched.

The purchase of Valley Wholesale Carpets Ltd will increase Likewise’s presence, particularly in the south east of England and the Midlands.

“The acquisition is expected to be immediately earnings enhancing, and is expected to deliver approximately 25% earnings enhancement during its first full year of ownership.”

Valley Wholesale Carpets Ltd generated audited revenue of £47.3 million in the year ending 30 September 2021, up 32% on the previous financial year, and EBITDA of circa £5.7 million, up around 89%.

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Andy Skinner, at ASAP PR – 07990 978257

Editors’ Notes

 Likewise Group plc is a distributor of floorcoverings and mattings established with the intention of consolidating the domestic and commercial floorcoverings markets to become one of the UK’s largest distributors in this sector. The UK floor and wall covering market is worth circa £3.2 billion and is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 2.1% from 2019 to 2024 to reach £3.5 billion, split between the residential, commercial, public and industrial markets. Likewise Group’s strategy is to focus on the residential and commercial sectors.

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BCTG wins second Skills Boot Camp finance package for digital training for 260-plus people

Top Midlands training organisation BCTG has won a second package of government funding for running a Skills Boot Camp, this one worth £845,000 to support 263 people with digital training.

The new finance comes hot on the heels of a separate £875,000 sum that was announced for BCTG last week to support a HGV driving Skills Boot Camp.

The new  digital funding runs until 31 March 2022 and BCTG is working with delivery partners that include Birmingham-based Brit Asia and Creative Alliance, Walsall-based Studio School and Wolverhampton-based Learnplay Foundation.

Chris Luty, chief executive at BCTG, said: “We’re thrilled to have won our second funding package to provide Skills Boot Camps that will deliver essential digital training and testing for people and then matching them to job vacancies.

“This will enable us to help people to access a range of courses that include topics such as the  fundamentals behind marketing, delivering marketing campaigns, digital and social media strategies.

“As a result we will help to fill the gap in digital shortages and enable businesses to grow faster and further than ever before, locally and nationally, across the internet.”

The Bootcamps are being developed as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs.

BCTG’s task will be to raise awareness and drive the uptake of the new courses so the greatest number of people as possible can benefit.

Delivery partner Brit Asia is providing the opportunity to learn more about camera production, video post-production and podcast theory and production.

Giorgia Succi, chief strategist of Brit Asia, said: “We are delighted to be working with BCTG on this campaign.

“We have seen a surge of interest from people across the West Midlands and it is encouraging to see that a high volume of people have already started their digital journey of learning.”

The delivery of the Bootcamps will be coordinated by Performance Through People, known as PTP Training, one of the companies in the BCTG Group.

Richard Weightman, project manager for PTP Training, said: “These Bootcamps are providing people with excellent opportunities to develop their skills through these short courses.

The support of our partners has meant that we can make our delivery offer more varied and attractive which has resulted in us being able to reach more people.”

For more details contact enquiries@bctg.org.uk.

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For further information, please contact:

Gill Durkin, Business Executive, PTP Training

Phone: 01543 460050  Mobile: 07734 814905

Email: gill@ptp-training.co.uk


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Bond Wolfe launches into 2022 with million pound investment sale in Bourton on the Water

Bond Wolfe has greeted the New Year with another million pound investment sale of a freehold modern warehouse/showroom in Bourton on the Water in Gloucestershire.

Such is the red hot demand for prime industrial investments that the sale for £1,435,000 went through in just 18 days from Heads of Terms being agreed.

Bond Wolfe has sold Unit J, Bourton Industrial Estate, on behalf of retained clients, which is currently let to Parlane Living Ltd on a renewed ten year lease.

The 14,7145 sq ft property has a passing rent of £93,417 per annum, with a fixed uplift to £103,417 per annum in November 2026, representing a net initial yield of 6.14%.

The showroom, office and warehouse accommodation has feature glazing to the front and parts of the side and rear elevations, with reconstituted Cotswold stone external elevations. Inside, the showroom has a staircase leading to offices on the first floor.

James Mattin, managing director agency at Bond Wolfe in Birmingham, said: “This is further example of our growing national reach, following on from significant industrial sales in Ilfracombe, Gillingham and Southampton.

“This freehold unit occupies a highly visible corner plot within 0.25 miles of the A429 Fosseway and is let to a tenant who has been in occupation for over 20 years.

“The vendors are retained, long established clients of Bond Wolfe and we were pleased to achieve such a successful sale for them.”

Andy Price at AP Investment advised the purchasers. The vendors were represented by Terry Dickson of Leamington Spa law firm Wright Hassall.

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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


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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.

Crowe’s Kent office gives quay advice in superyacht media deal

The corporate finance team in the Kent office of national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe has advised the purchasers on an acquisition which brings together two of the global leaders in superyacht multimedia, events and intelligence.

Corporate finance partner Geert Struyven led the team that provided corporate finance services, financial due diligence and tax advice to London-based BOAT International Media (BOAT) which has purchased Boating Communications of Godalming, Surrey, publisher of International Boat Industry (IBI) magazine for an undisclosed sum.

Geert Struyven said: “The acquisition sees BOAT strengthen its position in the B2B market. Founded in 1968, IBI is the most established and respected magazine serving the volume boat industry.”

The deal also includes IBI’s market intelligence platform, IBI Plus, its digital channels and the company’s events.

The Crowe team included Lewis Clarke, Harvir Atwal and Geert Struyven on the corporate finance side, Emma Reynolds and Simon Cookston who supplied tax advice.

Helen Garner from law firm Cripps Pemberton Greenish led the legal team that supported BOAT.

Three of Boating Communications’ directors, Ed Slack, Philippa Drysdale and Philip Pereira will continue with the company as will all the staff, while its CEO Nick Hopkinson, who has been associated with IBI since 1968, will act as a consultant to BOAT.

BOAT will maintain the B2B services IBI provides to the global boating industry and will develop its print and digital offering. IBI Plus, meanwhile, will complement BOAT’s existing and market-leading BOAT Pro market intelligence platform, which serves the superyacht industry.

BOAT’s co-CEO Toby Moore said: “This is an incredibly exciting partnership for both BOAT and IBI. The synergies are strong and the opportunities moving forward are huge, given IBI’s credibility and authority in the B2B space.”

Tony Euden, co-CEO of BOAT, added: “This natural alliance allows us to further develop both the BOAT and IBI brands. It offers us the opportunity to expand on the brilliant work that Nick and his team have undertaken over the past years especially within the data, digital and events arena.”;

Nick Hopkinson, CEO of Boating Communications, said: “I am delighted that we have found such a complementary partner in BOAT to assist with the future development of IBI and that our combined resources will enable the new group to focus on providing the very best information and data available on both the superyacht and volume boat business globally.

“Our experienced team will remain in place, and I am pleased to have been asked to continue as a consultant after more than 53 years’ involvement in the business.”

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Miriam Sherwood, Director, People Communications & Marketing

Crowe UK. Tel: (0)121 543 1900, miriam.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 – 2021)
  • Ranked 6th in the AIM auditors ranking by number of audits (AIM Advisers Rankings Guide, October 2021)
  • 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)

About BOAT International Media

BOAT International Media (BOAT) is the leading global multimedia, business intelligence and entertainment brand for the superyacht world, influencing and serving the sector for more than 30 years. BOAT connects, informs and entertains the wealthiest and most inaccessible people across the globe with a shared interest and passion for superyachts through their unrivalled magazines, digital channels, world-class events, luxury books and insight resources. BOAT produce market leading magazines that sell in 57 countries worldwide. Its events portfolio includes the World Superyacht Awards, the Design & Innovation Awards, the Superyacht Design Festival and the Explorer Yachts Summit.

About Boating Communications

International Boat Industry was founded in 1968 by the former marine equipment distributor John Threlfall and was later sold to Reed Business Publishing before being acquired by Nick Hopkinson in 1982 followed by UBM in 1990 and eventually by Time Warner and Time Inc in 1998. Boating Communications has owned IBI for nearly five years following a management buyout by the directors from Time Inc. in early 2017. IBI has been the official magazine of the world’s largest marine equipment exhibition, METSTRADE, since its inception in 1988 and is the co-owner with RAI Amsterdam of the annual Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement which are presented during the show.

Surging workload sees building firm move to bigger base, aided by John Truslove

Major growth over the last year has led to a Redditch-based building and maintenance firm taking on more workers and tripling the size of its premises, aided by commercial property agents John Truslove.

Beaman Developments Ltd has seen its workload double over the last year, from maintaining facilities for a range of client companies to carrying out a string of home improvement projects.

The resulting growth has created new full time jobs at the firm as director Neill Beaman contacted commercial property experts John Truslove to find bigger premises.

Mr Beaman said: “John Truslove helped us find our last set of premises, so they were my first port of call when we decided we needed somewhere bigger.

“The ideal unit turned out to be over the road and wasn’t even being advertised when Ian Parker at John Truslove suggested it. It is three times the size of our previous unit. The process has been plain sailing; no hitches, no problems.”

Ian Parker, joint managing director at John Truslove, agreed a five year tenancy agreement with Beaman Developments Ltd on the 1,744 sq ft Unit 4 at Howard Road, on the popular Park Farm industrial estate in Redditch, at £10,000 per annum.

Neill Beaman founded his building and maintenance business in 2002 but has seen substantial growth over the last year, despite lockdown.

“We’ve built up a strong reputation for our work – most of our business comes through word of mouth from existing customers. Business has doubled over the last 12 months and I’ve been able to start employing tradespeople such as a bricklayer and a carpenter, so there are six of us working full time now.

“As well as home improvement projects, such as extensions, bathrooms and kitchens, we have seen more commercial work.

“We do regular premises maintenance and building work for a number of companies, most recently the Steamhouse Bakery bagel business. We worked on their new bakery and restaurant in Redditch as well as their branches in Worcester and Leamington Spa.”

Neill added: “One of the benefits of our bigger premises is that we can hold more stock, reducing the impact of the shortages in supply that have hit the building industry over recent months.”

Ian Parker said: “It is always satisfying to be able to help a thriving business find new premises to provide them with the platform for the next stage in their growth, and this is the second time we’ve worked with Neill and Beaman Developments Ltd.

“We have the widest portfolio of business premises across this area, so we are always in a position to help a business whatever its property needs.”

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For more information, contact:

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

01527 584242

Editor’s Notes

Redditch-based chartered surveyors and valuers John Truslove was established by John Truslove in 1981 and has become the market leading independent agent for commercial property in North Worcestershire and North Warwickshire as well as the wider West Midlands.

The firm was named Most Active Agent in Worcestershire in the Radius Data Exchange survey produced in conjunction with EG, the commercial property market magazine.

Joint managing director Ian Parker was also named Worcestershire Dealmaker of the Year AND Warwickshire Dealmaker of the Year for 2020. The survey year, which runs from August to August, saw John Truslove record a 36% increase in deals negotiated over the 12 months.

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