Coventry Rugby Foundation calling on businesses to help boost life changing work in county

Coventry Rugby Foundation is appealing to West Midlands businesses to get behind its 150th Anniversary Appeal and help transform lives through the power of sport.

More than 100 attendees heard the message at a Coventry & Warwickshire Champions breakfast meeting hosted by Coventry Rugby.

John Edwards, chair of Coventry Rugby Foundation, said that the support of business was vital to help the Foundation to reach and help the large numbers of people who needed a lift in life in these difficult times.

“We want to help people be the best they can be, and we know that sport can play a pivotal role in this – we see practical evidence of this all the time. We want to be able to do more and we need the support of our local businesses to do that and help us leave a lasting legacy for the 150th anniversary of Coventry Rugby.”

Over the past five years, Coventry Rugby Foundation has invested more than £500,000 and impacted the lives of more than 10,000 people.

Mr Edwards said: “Our many, well-established programmes are testimony to the fact that sport can create positive opportunities, build social cohesion and enhance physical and mental wellbeing.”

Coventry Rugby Foundation, a fully independent charity, works hand-in-glove with Coventry Rugby which has been at the heart of the city since 1874.

John Edwards said: “To celebrate Coventry Rugby’s 150th Anniversary, we are launching an Appeal to raise funds for the Foundation.

“We are offering a variety of packages for business’s ranging from regular monthly donations of just £100 to one-off donations of £500 to £5,000.

“We are also open to discussions should any business wish to become a more permanent and visible Foundation Partner.  Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss any options: jedwards@coventryrugby.co.uk.”

“Alternatively, if you would be interested in making a personal donation, please head to our newly registered Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/coventryrugbycommfdn.

“Thanks in advance for considering our Appeal. Your support really will make a difference to people in need in the local community.”

Attendees at the launch were welcomed by Jon Sharp, executive chairman of Coventry Rugby Club, who outlined Coventry Rugby’s strategic plan.

Coventry Rugby is the only professional club in the West Midlands, having achieved a second successive season at 3rd place in the Championship and being the 13th best place club in England, and Mr Sharp outlined some of the exciting next steps in the club’s strategy.

He highlighted four key transformation areas:

  1. The recently announced rugby academy to develop local talent from around Coventry and Warwickshire and increase numbers participating in local clubs
  2. The further expansion of the club and Foundation’s work in the community to make Coventry Rugby a “force for good” across the city
  3. The redevelopment of Butts Park Arena to increase capacity, develop affordable homes for older persons and provide additional and much-needed community facilities
  4. The commitment to make Coventry Rugby sustainable and financially independent

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For further information, please contact:

John Edwards, Chair, Coventry Rugby Foundation, Coventry Rugby Club, Butts Park Arena, Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3GE

j.edwards@coventryrugby.co.uk

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Warwickshire fleet management CEO welcomed by King Charles III at Windsor Castle reception

Steve Whitmarsh, chief executive officer of Henley-in-Arden based Multifleet Vehicle Management, which trades as runyourfleet, was privileged to meet King Charles at a ceremony for winners of The King’s Award for Enterprise at Windsor Castle.

The invitation came after runyourfleet was recognised for its innovation in developing its unique online platform for fleet management.

runyourfleet launched the platform in 2021 and was one of only 252 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise, and just one of 59 businesses to be recognised for innovation.

Mr Whitmarsh said it was a great honour to be invited and a privilege to be in the same room as so many successful business people.

“We were very honoured to meet King Charles III and he took time to talk to as many people as possible, showing great interest in their businesses and the innovations they had introduced.

“It was a fabulous event and it was great to soak up the atmosphere of the official drinks reception in such an historic setting. The event ran from 6pm to 7.30pm but we arrived as early as possible just to view Windsor Castle and its interior.”

Not only was His Majesty King Charles III in attendance, but Steve and other award winners also had the chance to meet many of the UK’s Lord Lieutenants, and judges of The King’s Award for Enterprise plus other royal guests.

Also in attendance were the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent.

But for Mr Whitmarsh there was yet another surprise during the evening.

“I was very pleased to share the occasion with one of our customers, David Coldwell-Horsfall, managing director of one of Birmingham’s oldest businesses, Webster and Horsfall who had also been awarded The King’s Award For Enterprise for sustainability.

“The wire manufacturing company is over 300 years old and is perhaps best known for laying the first transatlantic cable. It was great to see a familiar face at Windsor Castle and to be able to share the joy of the occasion.”

runyourfleet, based in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, now has a customer base of over 1,200 businesses across the UK, providing fleet management services for more than 32,000 vehicles.

Its customers range from accountancy firms to NHS ambulance services, and it provides a wide range of services including fleet management, leasing, rental and salary sacrifice schemes.

Mr Whitmarsh is a co-founder and part-owner of Multifleet Vehicle Management, which was launched in 2011. Chief finance officer Simon Shiner is also a co-founder and part-owner, along with investment from Forward Group plc.

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For further information please contact:

Joanna Lees, Marketing Manager, Multifleet Vehicle Management,

Forward House, High Street, Henley in Arden, West Midlands, B95 5AA

Tel: 07511 532325

Email: jo.lees@runyourfleet.com

Notes to Editors

About Multifleet and runyourfleet

Multifleet Vehicle Management Ltd is one of the leading leasing and fleet management businesses in the UK. runyourfleet is a trading name of Multifleet Vehicle Management Ltd providing a complete fleet management solution through its cloud-based platform. Based in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, Multifleet has been trading since January 2011 the company now works with 1200 business with fleets from two to 1,500 vehicles. runyourfleet’s managed fleet now stands at 32,000 vehicles.

Working in partnership with leading service providers, the company offers businesses of all sizes a comprehensive range of fleet management services. Major investments in the finest fleet management system and pioneering, flexible, cloud-based customer service technology have resulted in runyourfleet offering customers an innovative, industry leading fleet management solution, with Multifleet providing forward thinking vehicle leasing options designed to future proof its customers’ fleets. 

About The King’s Awards for Enterprise

The King’s Awards for Enterprise, previously known as the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, were renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding businesses. The Award programme, now in its 58th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

Applications for King’s Awards for Enterprise 2025 open on His Majesty The King’s Coronation, 6th May 2024. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/kings-awards-for-enterprise

Senior promotion and experienced recruit strengthen finance team at Bromwich Hardy

Bromwich Hardy, Warwickshire’s commercial property agency, has strengthened its expanding finance team with a senior promotion and an experienced new recruit.

Jazz Sadhra, who first joined Coventry-based Bromwich Hardy as a sales ledger and credit control clerk in August 2019, has been promoted to the position of head of property finance.

Meanwhile, Samantha Pittom has joined the company as sales ledger clerk, following an extensive career in accounts spanning the last 38 years.

Dawn Cooper, partner at Bromwich Hardy, said: “When Jazz first joined the company nearly five years ago, she quickly helped us to achieve a high success rate in debt collection for rent and service charge.

“Her hard work and efficiency soon saw us promote her to sales ledger manager, and we are now delighted to have promoted her again.

“We have really valued Jazz’s proactive manner and good communication skills and are looking forward to seeing her lead the team in her new role.

“We are also pleased to have recruited Samantha to the Bromwich Hardy, where her long and wide-ranging experience in accounts will add extra strength to the team.”

Before joining Bromwich Hardy in August 2019, Ms Sadhra worked for a residential property management company in London for 11 years, helping to establish its finance department and managing a team of four by the time she left.

Commenting on her promotion, Ms Sadhra said: “I’ve really enjoyed the last few years at Bromwich Hardy and feel proud of my new role at what is one of the region’s leading agencies.”

Ms Pittom started her career as an accounts manager at a large furniture specialist in 1986, becoming an insolvency administrator at what was then known as Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte before taking a career break in 1992.

Since returning to work in 2002, she has spent time in accounts departments at various companies and was with Freightline Carriers immediately before joining Bromwich Hardy.

Ms Pittom said: “I’m impressed with the set up at Bromwich Hardy and am looking forward to playing my part in the expanding finance team.”

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For further information, please contact: 

Dawn Cooper, Bromwich Hardy, 1 The Cobalt Centre, Siskin Parkway East, Middlemarch Business Park, Coventry, CV3 4PE

02476 308 904, dawn.cooper@bromwichhardy.com

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Editors’ Notes

Bromwich Hardy is Warwickshire’s leading commercial property agency and advises a wide variety of companies and public bodies on all aspects of property, acting for international and listed companies in the UK as well as small and medium enterprises with property holdings.

Based in Coventry, Bromwich Hardy was named top commercial property agency in Warwickshire in 2023 in the EG Radius ratings and was rated in the top five in the West Midlands for office disposals and acquisitions.

Already this year, Bromwich Hardy has lifted the 2024 CoStar title for the most office disposals in Coventry, and the most active single branch agency for sales and acquisitions in the city.

Nicol & Co scoop Residential Estate Agents of the Year trophy in Innovation & Excellence awards

Leading Worcestershire estate agency Nicol & Co has picked up a top trophy in the Corporate Livewire Innovation & Excellence Awards.

Nicol & Co was unveiled as Residential Estate Agents of the Year in the awards, which were judged after nominations were invited from over 90,000 businesses and corporate professionals.

Scott Reeves of Corporate Livewire said: “Congratulations to Nicol & Co for being selected as the winner of our Residential Estate Agents of the Year category in this year’s Innovation & Excellence awards.

“These awards celebrate the success and achievements of leading companies who have stood out for being results driven, service focused and, most importantly, taken an innovative approach to demonstrate exceptional business performance.

“The judges made their decision after looking at each case individually and assessing how the team  harnessed more effective processes, products, or ideas to transform their industry for the better.

“We invited over 90,000 businesses and corporate professionals, magazine contributors and our subscribers to nominate companies based on factors such as quality of service, innovation, experience, sustainability and other areas.

“Additionally, our research team has put forward a selection of firms which they felt are deserving of recognition.”

Matt Nicol, managing director of Nicol & Co, said: “We aim to lead in embracing change, new ideas, and the latest technology at Nicol & Co, while consistently delivering excellence to our clients.

“Therefore, we are delighted to accept this award in recognition of our innovation and excellence.”

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Any media planning to attend the garage sale can contact Matt Nicol, Managing Director at Nicol & Co, on 07854 131559 or at matt@nicolandco.co.uk.

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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runyourfleet’s innovation recognised by Kings Award for Enterprise

Multifleet Vehicle Management, which trades as runyourfleet, has been recognised for innovation by the prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise, marking the successful development of its online platform.

The success comes after the launch of runyourfleet’s platform in 2021, which has resulted in company profits growing by more than 100% in each of the last three years.

runyourfleet, based in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, now has a customer base of over 1,200 businesses across the UK, providing fleet management services for more than 32,000 vehicles.

Its customers range from accountancy firms to NHS ambulance services, and it provides everything from vans, company cars and rental services to salary sacrifice schemes.

Steve Whitmarsh, chief executive of runyourfleet, explained that company revenues had grown to £19 million in its last financial year, with staff numbers rising by 30% to 37 since 2022.

Mr Whitmarsh said: “We are honoured to receive the prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise for innovation in recognition of all the hard work our team has put in to developing this platform.

“The flexible architecture used to build the platform is where the true innovation rests, enabling us to develop and launch new modules and services at short notice in response to changing market and customer needs.”

He said one example of runyourfleet’s flexibility was a customer who wanted all its 5,000 staff to use the platform to book a range of hire vehicles from cars to specialist HGVs.

Mr Whitmarsh said: “They had been asking this question of fleet management companies for many years with no results, but we adapted our platform to meet their needs within six weeks.

“The runyourfleet platform is now continuing to drive our significant growth across the UK.”

Mr Whitmarsh is a co-founder and part-owner of Multifleet Vehicle Management, which was launched in 2011. Chief finance officer Simon Shiner is also a co-founder and part-owner, along with investment from Forward Group plc.

runyourfleet was one of 252 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise, and just one of 59 businesses to be recognised for innovation.

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For further information please contact:

Joanna Lees, Marketing Manager, Multifleet Vehicle Management,

Forward House, High Street, Henley in Arden, West Midlands, B95 5AA

Tel: 07511 532325

Email: jo.lees@runyourfleet.com

Notes to Editors

About Multifleet and runyourfleet

Multifleet Vehicle Management Ltd is one of the leading leasing and fleet management businesses in the UK. runyourfleet is a trading name of Multifleet Vehicle Management Ltd providing a complete fleet management solution through its cloud-based platform. Based in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, Multifleet has been trading since January 2011 the company now works with 1200 business with fleets from two to 1,500 vehicles. runyourfleet’s managed fleet now stands at 32,000 vehicles.

Working in partnership with leading service providers, the company offers businesses of all sizes a comprehensive range of fleet management services. Major investments in the finest fleet management system and pioneering, flexible, cloud-based customer service technology have resulted in runyourfleet offering customers an innovative, industry leading fleet management solution, with Multifleet providing forward thinking vehicle leasing options designed to future proof its customers’ fleets.

About The King’s Awards for Enterprise

The King’s Awards for Enterprise, previously known as the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, were renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding businesses. The Award programme, now in its 58th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

Applications for King’s Awards for Enterprise 2025 open on His Majesty The King’s Coronation, 6th May 2024. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/kings-awards-for-enterprise

Asha’s top chefs cook up a classroom treat for Selly Park Girls School pupils

Birmingham’s favourite dining experience, Asha’s Indian Bar & Restaurant, beloved of visiting film and rock star celebrities, has given pupils at a Birmingham school an exclusive peak behind the scenes.

Year 10 students from Selly Park Girls School learned how to make dishes that have been enjoyed by the likes of Tom Cruise, Pink, the Rolling Stones and celebrity chefs including Heston Blumenthal, Glynn Purnell, James Martin and Nathan Outlaw.

Asha’s general manager Nouman Farooqui said: “In a business like Asha’s, we recognise that it is a vital part of our business plan that we promote the hospitality industry to the next generation of talent at a young age.

“We want them to be as enthused and excited as we are about serving customers with very high quality food and making every visit to Ashas an experience never to be forgotten.”

He said that Ashas was approached by the Impact Food Group and was happy to take part in the event at the school.

Ashas’ top chefs demonstrated their culinary skills to the pupils, showing them how to make two very popular starters – Tandoori Chicken Tikka and Chingri Chaap, a prawn starter.

And then it was the turn of the students to follow the instructions under the watchful eye of Miss Stott, Head of Technology at Selly Park Girls’ School.

Nouman added: “They clearly had a great time and, by their results, there is definitely a well of untapped talent in Selly Oak!

“A passion for cooking and catering starts at home, so if just some of the pupils take these skills away and then begin to consider a career in the hospitality and leisure industries, we will be delighted to have sparked the idea!”

He said that he sincerely hoped that what was a fun-filled day turns out to be the beginning of a career for some of the pupils.

“There are endless opportunities in the hospitality industry and the best talent can swiftly rise to the top with application and enthusiasm.”

Ashas Indian Bar & Restaurant has been the recipient of countless awards over the years including Best Restaurant in the British Curry Awards, Best Restaurant in the Asian Business Awards and was named in the Top 130 restaurants under £50 in The Sunday Times.

For bookings, go to https://ashasbirmingham.co.uk/

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For more information, please contact:

Nouman Farooqui, General Manager.

Asha’s Indian Bar & Restaurant
12-22 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 3LX

0121 200 2767

www.ashasbirmingham.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/AshasBirmingham

https://twitter.com/Ashas_UK

https://www.instagram.com/ashasuk/

https://www.youtube.com/user/WAFIRestaurants

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Record November for sales points to Likewise hitting its year end targets

Likewise Group plc, the fast growing UK floor coverings distributor, has notched up a record month in November.

The AIM-listed company, headquartered near Birmingham, recorded total revenue of £14 million for November 2023.Group revenue to the end of the month increased by 13.3% compared to November 2022, while revenue in the expanding Likewise Floors business rose by 29%, reflecting excellent organic growth.

Tony Brewer, chief executive of Likewise Group plc, said the record performance had been achieved despite challenging market conditions, which were undoubtedly adversely impacted by macro-economic headwinds.

He added that the group remains on track to achieve its current market expectations for the financial year ending 31 December 2023.

Mr Brewer said: ““The growth of Likewise Group plc has been achieved through the huge contribution from our management and staff, plus the support from suppliers, customers and shareholders. We thank all our stakeholders and wish them a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

Likewise has continued to invest in logistics, sales teams and point-of-sale to expand its geographical coverage and presence with existing customers.

Following successful development in South Wales, Valley Wholesale Carpets Ltd is now expanding into Bristol and South West England. Further capacity has been created in Derby which will allow Valley to increase its processing volumes in 2024.

A&A, acquired in 2020, has developed its residential business and is now also investing in additional sales management to expand into commercial flooring. The group is near to agreement to relocate A&A into new premises and is progressively benefiting from the Likewise logistics network.

Likewise has established a presence in South Wales by recruiting a team in both residential and commercial flooring to operate from the previously under-utilised distribution centre in Newport with further support of the extensive Likewise product portfolio.

The new Glasgow Distribution Hub is now established, and Likewise operational procedures are being implemented to allow Likewise Scotland to be a key component to the Likewise Logistics Network, while also providing considerably more capacity to increase business in its home Scottish market.

Further investment has been made to develop the management and sales teams in Likewise South East and Likewise London to increase significantly market penetration in these important geographical areas.

Likewise South will now increase its reach by investing in additional sales resource for Bristol and South West England.

Likewise has also invested in the Delta, H&V and Floors by Lewis Abbott Trade Brands during 2023 which have provided limited return currently but are poised to improve their market presence and return on investment during 2024.

Tony Brewer said: “The development of the group reflects the excellent relationship with suppliers and, very importantly, the presence in independent retailers and flooring contractors through the experienced sales teams.

“Likewise has undoubtedly increased market share during 2023 and with capacity in the logistics network developed over the last three years can look forward to further growth in 2024 towards the group’s medium term ambition of £200 million sales revenue.”

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For further information, please contact: 

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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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Teenager joins dad at Midlands steel specialist as finance apprentice, helped by PTP

School leaver Mia Liggins has become an apprentice in finance at the Midlands steel specialist where her dad works, with the help of Performance Through People (PTP).

Mia has just started her Level 2 Accounts/Finance Assistant apprenticeship with Steel Processing (Midlands) Ltd in Staffordshire, a programme accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians.

The 18-year-old from Aldridge made the decision to start earning a wage at the same time as continuing her learning when she was due to leave school this summer.

Her dad Nick Liggins is commercial director of Steel Processing (Midlands) Ltd, a privately-owned steel service centre occupying a 50,000 sq ft warehouse in Burntwood.

He explained that the company had long been committed to apprenticeships with the assistance of PTP, and that he was delighted to see Mia starting her new role.

Mr Liggins said: “There are always some reservations about taking on relatives as there is probably more pressure for family members to live up to the standards we set for other employees.

“That said, we are fundamentally a family business and I came into the firm when my father was a director/owner.

“Also, Kevin Haynes – our managing director and owner – currently has his son and daughter in the business which has worked well, so there is no reason why Mia should be any different.

“Ultimately, there was a vacancy arising, the timing was right for her and I trust she will show the desire and appetite to learn the role and become an asset to our business.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to learn in the classroom with the back-up of real-life situations in the workplace, applying learning to practical situations to build your knowledge.”

Mr Liggins added: “I’m more than happy that Mia has decided on this route, as the transition from apprentice to fully-fledged employee should be much easier as she progresses in her career.”

Steel Processing (Midlands) Ltd employs around 45 people and has been working with PTP for more than 20 years to recruit and train its staff.

It supplies around 100,000 tonnes per annum to many market sectors and has built strong relationships with its customers over the last 30 years.

The company has invested around £5 million over the last few years in specialist technology that enables it to offer a one-stop-shop for many of its customers.

Gill Durkin, business executive at PTP, said: “We have worked with Nick and the team for many years, and Nick supported our original Ladder for Staffordshire campaign back in 2016.

“Steel Processing has always punched above their weight and is a great place for apprentices to start and then develop their careers.”

Other former apprentices include Georgia Edwards, aged 23, from Burntwood, who started with the company in 2019 and studied Business Administration Level 2, finishing this in 2020.

Another worker who came through an apprenticeship scheme is Nathan Hitchcock, who has accompanied Mr Liggins to St James’s Palace in London to meet royalty.

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For further information, please contact:

Gill Durkin, Business Executive

Tel: 01543 460050, mobile: 07734 814905

Email: gill.durkin@ptp-training.co.uk

Website: www.ptp-training.co.uk

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Note to editors:

PTP Training Ltd has been providing high quality training to companies throughout the Midlands for over 40 years. It has a strong track record of working with employers, with Ofsted commenting that its partnership engagement is ‘outstanding’.

Likewise Group continues growth in challenging conditions with sales up 17.3%

Likewise Group, the fast growing UK floor coverings distributor, has weathered a challenging year to report continuing sales growth in the six months to 30 June 2023.

The board has announced the AIM-listed company will pay its maiden interim dividend of 0.1p on 17 November 2023.

Total sales revenue increased by 17.3% from £56.8 million to £66.6 million, including Likewise-branded sales growth of 23.3%.

Adjusted underlying profit before tax of £0.7 million (H1 2022 – £1.9 million) has principally been affected by the board’s decision to accelerate investment in the business.

Likewise balance sheet continues to be strong with net assets of £38.9 million including four freehold properties valued at £22.3 million and net debt of £2.1 million.

Tony Brewer, chief executive of Birmingham-based Likewise Group, said: “”We have so many opportunities before us as we continue to enlarge the group’s infrastructure which will create additional sales and increased profitability.

“With the original targets before us, Likewise can now focus on creating a much larger business than previously anticipated.”

Positive cash generation from operating activities of £1.68 million has allowed for further investment in property, plant and equipment.

The company has increased the capacity of its distribution network to 15 million cubic feet and has continued to invest in point of sale materials.

Mr Brewer said that strong increases in group revenue over the past four years demonstrated an exponential gain in market share, and the ongoing continuation of logistics and sales infrastructure will facilitate the further winning of increased market share.

Further testimony of the group’s progress is that August was a record month for total revenue which provides confidence entering the traditionally busy Autumn period.

Along with normal business development, Likewise Group has accelerated its logistics capabilities.

The new high bay distribution centre in Glasgow is now operational and the group is in the process of significantly increasing the cutting capacity in Birmingham and Derby, with additional opportunities to now fully utilise the previously dormant distribution centre in Newport.

Likewise has now established a sophisticated logistics network from its distribution centres in Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Newbury, Sudbury and London.

Valley Wholesale Carpets Ltd distributes significant volume from three centres in Erith London, Derby and Newport.

Mr Brewer pointed out that the group is currently using less than 60% of its total processing capacity through its established logistics operations and this headroom could be further increased with relatively small investment and capital expenditure.

Likewise has also announced that, following five successful years implementing the financial infrastructure, reporting procedures and supporting the group’s successful listing on AIM, Roy Povey has chosen to step down from his role as Chief Financial Officer for personal reasons.

He will continue to support the business until his proposed exit in Spring 2024, and he will be replaced in the immediate term by a combination of internal promotions for Ben Ashforth to Head of Financial Accounting and Reporting with Ian Roberts and David Fullard who will be responsible for the Operational Finance team.

Mr Brewer said: “The board wishes Roy well for his future and thanks him for his significant contribution to the group’s development.

“Undoubtedly the most pleasing aspect is that we have recently been able to make announcements whereby individuals who are ‘learning their trade’ have been promoted into senior and middle management positions across our various activities of logistics, IT, sales and finance.

“As Likewise Group continues to expand, it allows hardworking, diligent people the opportunity to fulfil their career aspirations with the group.

“Likewise continues to make significant progress and it is brilliant to see our people progressing their careers and make an increasingly important contribution to the group’s future.”

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For further information, please contact:

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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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Black Country engineers join Ladder campaign to recruit welding apprentices

Two engineering businesses are the latest to join the Ladder for the Black Country campaign as they look to recruit five new apprentices.

Lead training provider Performance Through People (PTP) is recruiting for four welding vacancies at European Heathyard Engineering in Brownhills, which supplies the nuclear power industry, and two more for kiln and furnace manufacturer Bricesco, based in Wednesbury.

To support the recruitment programme – and provide an opportunity for anyone local who is considering an apprenticeship in welding – PTP is running a six-week Route to Work programme at its engineering centre in Walsall.

Kevin Newell, the project manager at PTP Training working with the two companies, said: “There is a high demand for skilled welders in the Black Country but also for fabrication skills.

“This course will provide applicants with a grounding in both skill sets and follows consultation with both employers. We work closely with recruiting companies to ensure they can find recruits with the right attitudes and aptitudes.

“Here at PTP we are also ensuring that these new recruits will fill the needs of the engineering businesses we work with, as well as providing opportunities for applicants to launch themselves into new careers, learning skills while being paid a wage.

“Ensuring the right fit between company and recruit is vital to the success of any apprenticeship. For example, European Heathyard needs to find candidates with a particular approach, combining a positive attitude to persistence and precision.

“Welding in the nuclear industry is an especially delicate and accurate job – there are very narrow margins of error. As a result, the company has very particular needs when it comes to recruiting apprentices.

“Here at PTP we recognise these needs and have already helped recruit a previous apprentice at European Heathyard who is make excellent progress.”

Both Bricesco and European Heathyard are recruiting due to expansion, so both employers are providing an ideal opportunity for the right candidates.

Gill Durkin, business executive at PTP added: “Both businesses want to recruit apprentices who wish to learn new skills, be rewarded for a good day’s work and grow with them.”

The six-week welding course is fully funded for any West Midlands resident aged 19 years or over who is not in employment, education or training.

The course will provide English, maths and digital support where required, pre-employment training to give the applicant the best chance of securing the job, training in the principles of MIG & TIG welding, health and safety, crane handling, safe use of grinders and cutters, basic understanding of Computer Aided Design, understanding drawing and diagrams, measuring and marking out.

As part of the process both employers are offering hands-on work experience where the applicant can shadow experienced welders whilst being mentored in the workplace. Any interested parties should email apprenticeships@ladderforblackcountry.co.uk or call 01922 651100.

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For further information, please contact:

Gill Durkin, Business Executive

Tel: 01543 460050, mobile: 07734 814905

Email: gill.durkin@ptp-training.co.uk

Website: www.ptp-training.co.uk

PTP Training, Essex Terrace, In-Town, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 1SQ.

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Performance Through People (PTP Training) is one of the leading providers of workplace training and apprenticeships in the West Midlands. PTP supports employers, individuals and communities offering local solutions with national coverage. It delivers apprenticeships, bespoke commercial courses and a range of government funded training programmes to suit the needs of our customers, whoever they may be.