Birmingham’s Bond Wolfe Media to partner Sky Sports to promote Include Summit 2022

Birmingham digital marketing firm Bond Wolfe Media has been chosen alongside Sky Sports as media supporters for Include Summit 2022.

Include Summit is the UK’s No.1 equality, diversity and inclusion summit for sport which takes place on 8 & 9 March 2022 at Unique Venues Birmingham.

Unique Venues Birmingham is the brand promoting greater use of the space at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in Centenary Square.

Craig Upton, managing director of Bond Wolfe Media, said: “Include Summit has already announced a great panel of speakers, with more to come.

“We are very pleased to have been selected to support this major event which will really turn the global spotlight on Birmingham on the eve of the Commonwealth Games.”

Bond Wolfe Media was created in April this year, when Bond Wolfe, the multi-disciplinary property consultancy headquartered in Birmingham, invested and took a 50% stake in See You Social which provides digital marketing strategy, implementation and guidance for businesses in the UK and across the world.

The company, rebranded Bond Wolfe Media, has clients not only in the West Midlands and UK but also as far afield as restaurants and aesthetic brands in California, USA.

The business was founded in 2018 by Craig Upton and provides the full range of digital marketing services for some of the West Midlands’ largest property institutions and organisations, plus a diverse clientele across the globe.

Bond Wolfe Media in turn partners with press and public relations firm ASAP, and Jigsaw Design & Print and Action Graphics & Display Ltd, to provide a full range of marketing services to Midlands and UK-wide businesses.

You can more about Include Summit and purchase tickets at https://includesummit.com/

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 Craig Upton, Managing Director,

Bond Wolfe Media, 5th Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 716 6300

Email: info@bondwolfemedia.co.uk

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Bond Wolfe Media is a full-service digital marketing agency specialising in social media management and advertising for customers worldwide. With a diverse client base across multiple sectors, our team executes their knowledge of digital marketing strategy and implementation to deliver performance-focused campaigns that meet clients’ objectives. Bond Wolfe Media is a jargon-free agency that strives to be a fundamental extension of our customer’s business.

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Likewise reports strong growth in turnover and margins in first half of 2021

Likewise Group plc, the Midlands-based floor coverings distributor, has released its first interim results since floating on AIM, showing a 52.2% increase in turnover in the first half of 2021, compared to 2020.

Turnover to 30 June 2021 was up to £28 million, from £18.4 million in the first half of 2020, and gross profit margin up to 29.4%. Operating profit before tax increased to £0.7 million, from a loss of £1.7 million in the similar period in 2021.

As a result, the board has announced its intention to declare a maiden dividend in 2022.

Chief executive Tony Brewer said a significant increase in operational capacity was the main driver in Likewise’s latest results.

“Combined with support from our suppliers, this performance is a result of the relationship our excellent operational management and sales representatives have with flooring retailers and contractors.”

He pointed to the rapid growth of Likewise Scotland and Likewise North East, with Likewise North also performing particularly well from its distribution centre in Leeds which is also the hub for Likewise Residential Products nationally.

A&A in Manchester has continued to trade strongly and has extended its geographical reach from the North West of England and now includes parts of the Midlands.

Mr Brewer said: “Our plan is to continue this expansion and negotiations are underway to move A&A to a new distribution centre close to their current location.

“Likewise Midlands is establishing a presence, and with the Birmingham Distribution Centre operational by the end of 2021, we expect a meaningful business to develop in 2022.”

He also reported that Lewis Abbott has performed well, and the Floors by Lewis Abbott Premium Carpet Brand was launched throughout the Likewise businesses at the recent National Floorcovering Exhibition in Harrogate.

Likewise South East continues to enlarge its market position and also provides a logistics service for all Likewise businesses in the South East of England.

H&V Carpets operating through most of the UK has traded positively and has many opportunities in both flooring product development and geographical reach. Likewise is also advancing plans to provide product and logistics into western Europe from the distribution centre in Meulebeke in Belgium.

Likewise Matting and Rugs has strengthened its business in both the independent and multiple retailers. The continual improvement in product, design and marketing provides an extremely positive future.

Marquee Floors has also had a good year given the return of the hospitality industry. With the positive development of these businesses and Likewise South East, Likewise has applied for planning permission to extend the freehold distribution centre in Sudbury.

Mr Brewer added that Likewise will continue to increase market presence through product launches and placing an increasing number of point of sale displays into independent flooring retailers and also providing a comprehensive product offering for flooring contractors.

The group has continued to enhance the IT infrastructure and Logistics Network. Both the Business to Business Website and Paperless Delivery Device will be live during the Autumn of 2021.

Tony Brewer said: “The appointment of Mike Steventon as a new non-executive Director further strengthens the board and the guidance of the senior Team to fulfil the aspirations to build a significant flooring distribution business.

“They are supported by employees developing their skills and a reflection of their commitment to Likewise is that 175 of our 247 employees have joined the Share Save Schemes that have been launched over the last three years.

A further indication of the relationship that Likewise has with the flooring marketplace is that after such a short time in its development, Likewise has been voted Distributor of the Year by Flooring Retailers in the Interiors Monthly trade journal. We would like to thank all our customers for their support over the last three years.”

He added: “Likewise has developed really well over the last fifteen months. We have now established a meaningful business in the UK flooring market and with our excellent operational management and staff have a very exciting future ahead.

“The board would like to thank all of our management and employees for their contribution to the development of Likewise and also thank all of our advisors for the successful IPO onto AIM recently.”

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For further information, please contact:

Likewise Group plc

Tony Brewer, Chief Executive

Roy Povey, Chief Financial Officer

 

Tel: 01527 314 000
Zeus Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser & Joint Broker)

Jordan Warburton / David Foreman / James Edis (Corporate Finance)

Dominic King (Corporate Broking)

Tel: 0203 829 5000
Ravenscroft Consultancy & Listing Services Limited (Joint Broker)

Semelia Hamon (Corporate Finance)

Tel: 01481 732746
Novella Communications (Financial PR)

Fergus Young / Tim Robertson

Tel: 0203 151 7008

ABOUT LIKEWISE GROUP PLC

Likewise is a UK distributor of both domestic, commercial floorcovering matting and rugs. It is challenging the established competitors in the industry by providing access to a wide choice of flooring from multiple manufacturers across the globe at competitive prices for its customers.

Currently, the Group has a presence in the majority of the UK through seven distribution facilities as well as one in Belgium. It supplies over 2,600 customers and the Group currently has c.25employees.

Likewise is listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM: LIKE).

For further information please visit: www.likewiseplc.com

ASAP teams up with major media and marketing partners to deliver full service to Midlands businesses

ASAP PR, the Midlands business-to-business PR agency, has announced a three way partnership to enhance its end-to-end marketing services to clients.

The journalist-run PR agency, which has its roots dating back to 1988, has teamed up with BW Media to provide social media and Jigsaw Design & Print to provide graphic design and print services.

ASAP managing director Andy Skinner said: “Our credentials are well known among our media colleagues as we provide well over 100 years’ newspaper and magazine experience across our writing team.

“And we have always worked in partnership with complementary businesses such as BW Media and Jigsaw Design & Print to provide what I like to call our ‘Thunderbird 2’ service to clients.

“We always pick the best partners for the required job and have now established a reciprocal understanding with BW Media and Jigsaw Design & Print.”

BW Media was created when the major Midlands property consultancy Bond Wolfe took a 50% stake in See You Social, the business founded by managing director Craig Upton. The company, which was launched in 2018, now numbers seven staff with more to be recruited this year to handle fast growth.

BW Media has clients in the West Midlands and UK as well as restaurants and aesthetic brands in the USA.

Jigsaw Design & Print was launched by Paul Jeffcoat in 2004 and provides design, print, digital, large format print, exhibitions and display, signage, photography and vehicle livery, working for clients extensively across the UK and in the Middle East.

A sister company, Action Graphics & Display Ltd, based in Aston, is a full service signage and graphics solutions provider.

Andy Skinner added: “While the pandemic has created havoc among many businesses, it has also created opportunities for those who are quick of thought and action, and many are seeing very quick growth as the wider economy reopens.

“Working with Craig and Paul, we feel we can work as a mutual gateway to all the marketing services that fast growing, entrepreneurial businesses want and require.

“It also means that one phone call to any member of the team means that you have the best service and products at your fingertips without having to source multiple suppliers, who may not have worked together before, and may not have a shared understanding of your brand and aspirations.”

Any of the partners can be contacted via andy@asap-pr.com, cupton@bondwolfemedia.com or paul@jigsawnet.co.uk

For further information, see www.asap-pr.com; www.bondwolfemedia.co.uk, www.jigsawnet.co.uk and https://www.action-graphics.co.uk/

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Apprenticeships can make financial sense for teenagers considering futures after A-levels

Young people considering their futures after A-level results could find more profitable careers via apprenticeships, according to the leaders of one of the Midlands’ largest training organisations.

The comments from the BCTG Group come after one of the UK’s most respected social mobility experts said that too many young people were heading to university without clear job targets.

Sir Peter Lampl, the founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust, highlighted how graduates were in too many cases gaining skills not wanted by the marketplace, while accumulating “astronomical” levels of debt they could never pay back and that the UK cannot afford.

Rob Colbourne, managing director of Midlands-based PTP Training, agreed with Sir Peter’s warnings and explained why apprenticeships made more “financial sense”.

Mr Colbourne said: “There has never been a better time to enrol on an apprenticeship. The brand has considerable credibility with employers, and with the levy payments large employers are now making, it makes absolute financial sense to recruit new staff through this route.

“The government has seen the light with the positive impact apprenticeships have on value for money as is the case in many countries such as America, Switzerland, Australia and Germany, who value an apprenticeship on a par or indeed higher than university in some cases.

“With hundreds of vacancies currently on offer there is a fantastic opportunity for A-level students to earn and learn on an apprenticeship and continue with their lifelong learning journey while in employment.”

PTP Training, trading as Performance Through People, is part of the BCTG Group, which supports the training of almost 10,000 young people and adults each year via ten sites in Birmingham, the Black Country, Staffordshire and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The group also includes Eurosource Solutions, Further Training and The Apprenticeship Works, as well as the BCTG Construction Skills Centre at Kelvin Way Trading Estate, West Bromwich.

In total, 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.

Chris Luty, chief executive of BCTG Group, explained it was crucial for A-level students to explore all options in detail.

Mr Luty said: “But leaving the nation’s debt challenges aside for a moment, I would encourage young people to think about their own finances and to work out what might be the most profitable way for themselves to gain well-paid careers.

“This may well be via a university degree, especially if they are considering jobs in medicine, law, finance or other professional services careers.

“But if someone wants a solid career elsewhere, they could consider other areas that are simply crying out for people with the right skills.

“Take construction, where there is an acute shortage of young people willing to train and work in skilled jobs like brick-laying, plastering, painting, plumbing and electrical work.

“The best route into all those jobs is via apprenticeships where they will be earning a salary from day one and will end up in well-paid jobs.

“But the sector is also about design, planning, and increasingly environmental skills, and if a young person starts with what you might call the core trade skills they could then target long-term career progression routes to make the step into management and even more senior jobs.”

For more details of the apprenticeships that are available, visit www.ptp-training.co.uk and www.bctg.org.uk.

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For further information, please contact: 

Lisa Kelly, TAW Agency & BCTG Business Development Team Manager

T: 0121 544 6455 Option 1

E: lisa.kelly@theapprenticeshipworks.com

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Note for editors:

BCTG Group is 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 includes PTP Training, trading as Performance Through People, BCTG Ltd, Eurosource Solutions, Further Training and The Apprenticeship Works.

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.

PTP Training lifts two trophies in top national apprenticeship awards

Midlands-based PTP Training, which trades as Performance Through People, has won two major categories in a prestigious national apprenticeship awards programme.

PTP Training, which runs hundreds of apprenticeship contracts for young people at employers across the region, is celebrating after its success in the AAC National Apprenticeship Awards 2021.

Rob Colbourne, managing director of PTP Training, picked up the ‘Individual’ trophy for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships, and the organisation was also named Provider of the Year in the Transport & Logistics category.

Carolyn Stokes is operations director at PTP Training, which is part of the BCTG Group, an organisation which supports almost 10,000 young people and adults each year.

Ms Stokes said: “We’re thrilled that the dedicated leadership of Rob and the skilled experience of the wider PTP team has been recognised in these awards.

“Rob has worked tirelessly for the sector for over 25 years, and he’s determined to provide a level playing field for all providers, whether they are in FE, the community or an independent.

“Rob doesn’t just ‘talk the talk’ he ‘walks the walk’, with two of his own children having completed apprenticeships, choosing this over academic routes, with a third about to embark on this path.

“Rob has historically chaired the West Midlands Training Provider Network Group, engaging stakeholders to develop the market for apprenticeships and skills.

“And he originally launched The Ladder campaign that has developed across the Midlands, which has since created over 4,000 apprenticeship enrolments in the region.”

On the Transport & Logistics award, Ms Stokes added: “This is the second year running that we’ve won this award, which reflects our apprentices’ outstanding results with a 100% pass rate, 57% achieving a ‘Distinction’ and 97% progressing into permanent employment.”

The AAC Apprenticeship Awards were established in 2017 as a joint project to celebrate excellence in the UK’s apprenticeship delivery, backed by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP).

Jane Hickie, chief executive of AELP, said: “This year’s award winners are truly exceptional and have all been beacons of best practice throughout the pandemic.

“Means of training delivery have had to change, often with limited or no additional funding support, and yet we have a new generation of apprentices stepping into the skilled vacancies that employers are keen to fill.”

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Lesley Turner, The Apprenticeship Works Manager, PTP Training, Essex Terrace, Intown, Walsall, West Midlands WS1 1SQ. Telephone: 03332 408302 Email: Lesley.turner@ptp-training.co.uk Website: www.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.

Apprentices need financial support just as much as employers, training boss urges

Trainees and apprentices need financial support even more than employers who are now being offered £3,000 for every apprentice they take on – that’s the verdict of one of the Midlands’ leading training experts.

Chris Luty, managing director of Black Country-based training group BCTG, said that while the increase from £2,000 to £3,000 was welcome for employers, young people choosing a Traineeship to prepare for an Apprenticeship Job get no financial help.

“Employers are concerned that the young people taking up a Traineeship often have little or no money for travel or food to eat during the time they are at work. Some are going a full day without food, and struggle to pay for public transport to get to training opportunities.

“The Government is investing heavily in the Traineeship programme, which provides an essential stepping stone for young people. Apprentices earn a wage, but currently Traineeships don’t receive anything.”

“In some cases, employers are helping, and in our case BCTG, via The Apprenticeship Works, is effectively funding young people by providing incentives. However, this is a hit and miss approach and doesn’t help all young people who need support to develop the skills needed to move on into long term employment,” he said.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has increased the bonus to employers to £3,000 for every apprentice they take on, regardless of age, and provides a £1000 to companies who provide Traineeship Work Experience.

Mr Luty added: “There are no conditions attached to how the money can be used, but it is up to the employer to choose whether to keep the money or use it to support the individuals they take on. There is the opportunity to provide travel or uniform costs, or provide vouchers for the canteen where there is one, but this is left up to the individual employer.

“This means that not all apprenticeships or training opportunities are equal and we need to see stronger guidance on how the Government Grants could and should be used.”

He said the support was vital as the total number of apprentices on schemes fell by more than 20,000 between 2018-19 and 2019-20 as the firms made staff redundant on enrolled them on the furlough scheme as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolded.

Firms that have taken on apprentices since 1 April this year are able to claim the enhanced allowance back from the Treasury. The boost to incentives was announced in the Budget earlier this year as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs to boost UK employment as the country emerges from lockdown and the economy begins to recover.

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For further information, please contact:

Chris Luty, Chief Executive Officer,

BCTG Group, European Business Park, Taylors Lane, Oldbury, B69 2BN. Tel: 0121 544 6455

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Eight refurbished laptops donated to needy families in East Midlands by BCTG Group

Black Country-based training group BCTG Group has donated eight fully refurbished laptops to needy families in the East Midlands.

BCTG, which supports almost 10,000 young people and adults with training each year, handed over the computers to Home-Start North West Leicestershire, which helps families with young children who are going through challenging times.

The laptops, which would otherwise have been scrapped, were overhauled by business IT specialists Declaro Support Ltd, based in Stourbridge, which devoted two to three hours of expertise to each machine free of charge.

Pamela Moretta, manager at Home-Start North West Leicestershire, said: “To receive donations of expensive equipment like this is the equivalent of pennies from heaven for our charity.

“Each laptop will go to a family that desperately needs one to allow children to do their homework, to help parents look for jobs and enable them to access financial help.

“We really appreciate the gift from BCTG and also want to thank Declaro Support for generously refurbishing the machines free of charge.”

Sarah Matthews, group operations manager at BCTG, said: “One of our staff volunteers for Home-Start and was discussing how the families they help often struggle to do things we all take for granted because they have no access to technology.

“We realised that we had a number of old machines that were no longer being used, and so we asked Declaro Support, the IT company we use, how easy it would be to service them before donating them to charity.

“Declaro decided they also wanted to be part of our efforts to help this charity and did all the necessary work for nothing as their own donation.

“We very grateful to everyone as Declaro who helped and everyone at BCTG is pleased that the end result will be helping families to access the education, jobs, financial help and other services they need.”

Declaro Support explained that it sorted through more than two dozen old laptops at BCTG and found eight that would be suitable for Home-Start to use.

Lee Matthews, technical director at Declaro Support, said: “BCTG is one of our customers, and after discussing this with them we decided it would be great to help out rather than seeing these laptops simply discarded to landfill or shoved to the back of a cupboard.

“I am a firm believer in karma, and that if you do things out of the goodness of your heart then good things will also happen to you.

“We chose the best out of the old bunch and got our apprentice Craig Russell to spend about a week of his time over the period of a month to restore them to full working order.”

Mr Matthews added: “We’re delighted they are going to such a good cause and were really pleased to have played our part.”

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For further information, please contact:

Chris Luty, Chief Executive Officer,

BCTG Group, European Business Park, Taylors Lane, Oldbury, B69 2BN. Tel: 0121 544 6455

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Note to editors:

BCTG Group is 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 Performance Through People (PTP Training), 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.

Skills boost needed now – not 2025

The head of one of the Midlands’ largest training organisations has called on the government to speed up plans to enhance and support skills development.

Chris Luty, managing director of BCTG based in Oldbury, said: “We broadly welcome the government’s commitment to Lifetime Skills and a Lifetime Loan Entitlement – but this needs to happen more quickly, not from 2025 as proposed.

“It is essential that employers are central to local planning for skills, but there needs to be sufficient flexibility in what and how government funds this to ensure we see real benefits on the shop floor.”

He added that as well as focussing on colleges, the government should notignore the key role that Independent Training Providers (ITPs) play in delivering high quality, highly flexible workplace skills.

“Already ITPs deliver the majority of apprenticeships as well as a range of adult education training, so are well placed to support this major government policy,” he said.

BCTG Group is 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 includes PTP Training, trading as Performance Through People, BCTG Ltd, Eurosource Solutions, Further Training and The Apprenticeship Works.

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, Chief Executive Officer,

BCTG Group, European Business Park, Taylors Lane, Oldbury, B69 2BN. Tel: 0121 544 6455

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New open days start at BCTG’s Construction Skills Centre in Midlands

BCTG Group, one of the top training specialists in the Midlands, has arranged a new series of “open afternoons” for potential trainees and employers.

The new monthly events start from 1-4pm on Friday 21 May at the Construction Skills Centre at Kelvin Way Trading Estate in West Bromwich.

With the timing closely linked to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, there will then be additional open afternoons on the last Friday of every month from June onwards.

The centre hosts the theory and practical elements of skilled jobs like bricklaying, painting and decorating, plastering, roofing and cladding, as well as other courses.

Lisa Kelly, the business development manager at BCTG, said: “Now that people can start visiting again, we thought an open afternoon would be a great way of showing potential trainees how they can join the world of work.

“We’re inviting people in for a look around, a taster session if they wish, and even to sign up for next courses on the day.

“We’re also hoping to attract employers to take a look at the centre if they are interested in recruiting trainees and apprenticeships for their business.”

Ms Kelly explained that the Construction Skills Centre was targeting the government-funded training spaces at three groups of students living in the Midlands:

  • 16 to 18-year-olds taking basic, pre-apprenticeship training courses
  • post-18s taking Level 3 apprenticeship courses, and
  • adults wanting to reskill or upskill.

She added: “With HS2’s ongoing progress alone, the construction industry estimates it will need an extra 50,000 trained workers.

“Even without that, the growth in housebuilding in this region, let alone the constant construction work underway in Birmingham, has created an urgent need for young building workers.

“Our Construction Skills Centre in West Bromwich can cater for up to 80 people at a time on a range of roll-on, roll-off courses, and we hope to be training hundreds of new people in the next few months.”

The BCTG open days will be operating in a COVID-19 safe environment, with appropriate social distancing applied.

Anyone interested can find out more can call 0121 544 6455 and select option 1, or there are more details on the BCTG website at www.bctg.org.uk.

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For further information, please contact:

Lisa Kelly, TAW Agency & BCTG Business Development Team Manager

T: 0121 544 6455 Option 1

E: lisa.kelly@theapprenticeshipworks.com

Note to editors: 

BCTG Group is 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 includes PTP Training, trading as Performance Through People, BCTG Ltd, Eurosource Solutions, Further Training and The Apprenticeship Works.

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.

Bond Wolfe launches BW Media as property group teams up with See You Social

Bond Wolfe, the multi-disciplinary property consultancy headquartered in Birmingham, has invested in a digital marketing business as the company looks set to expand its national and global influence.

The firm has taken a 50% stake in See You Social, which provides digital marketing strategy, implementation and guidance for businesses in the UK and across the world.

The company, which has been rebranded BW Media, has clients not only in the West Midlands and UK but also as far afield as restaurants and aesthetic brands in California, USA.

The business was founded in 2018 by Craig Upton and has now grown to seven staff. It provides the full range of digital marketing services for some of the West Midlands’ largest property institutions and organisations, plus a diverse clientele across the globe.

He has been joined on the BW board by chairman Gurpreet Bassi and director Bobby Bassi. The company is now based in Bond Wolfe’s headquarters building at 75-77 Colmore Row at the heart of the Birmingham central business district.

Gurpreet Bassi said: “Our experience both on the agency and the auctions side during the past 12 months has been that West Midlands property is gaining a worldwide audience.

“We have been clients of See You Social since its inception and so have seen for ourselves the reach, range and results that Craig and his team can produce.

“As we grow the Bond Wolfe brand, this is a logical step designed to enhance our communications.”

Craig Upton said: “Our discussions with Bond Wolfe grew out of the work we were carrying out with them. They understand our skillsets and were keen to add our range of services across all digital marketing to the Bond Wolfe brand.

“And the opportunity to place the business physically at the heart of the Birmingham business community was also too good to miss.”

The news comes as Bond Wolfe Auctions announced a record amount raised for a UK livestreamed auction with its 31 March result which totalled over £30.2 million.

Both the auctions and the commercial agency sides of Bond Wolfe have been reporting increasing interest in Midlands and UK property assets from investors abroad. A Hong Kong-based buyer paid £1 million in the February auction for an industrial/office investment at Island Works, 122 Holyhead Road, Birmingham.

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For further information, please contact:

Craig Upton, Chief Executive Officer,

BW Media, 5th Floor, 75/77 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AP

0121 716 6300

Email: info@bondwolfemedia.co.uk

www.bondwolfemedia.co.uk

Notes to Editors

BW Media is a full-service digital marketing agency specialising in social media management and advertising for customers worldwide. With a diverse client base across multiple sectors, our team executes their knowledge of digital marketing strategy and implementation to deliver performance-focused campaigns that meet clients’ objectives. BW Media is a jargon-free agency that strives to be a fundamental extension of our customer’s business.

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