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by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 16 Aug, 2017
In the run up to SGS College opening the doors at the Berkeley GREEN Campus to learners this September, Managing Director of
Kier Construction Central, Mark Pausey, visited the site, Tuesday 15 August, donating a defibrillator to the campus and taking a tour of the new facilities, along with SGS Group Chief Executive, Kevin Hamblin.

Kier, who are the main contractors on both SGS Berkeley GREEN and the University Technical College (UTC), started work at the former Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories site in October 2015, refurbishing a former Magnox engineering hall building. Now named the John Huggett Engineering Hall, the facility will provide workshops, project spaces and offices for engineering learners.

In 2016, work commenced on the demolition of an adjacent building and the construction of a brand new £12m, 6,000m2 University Technical College (UTC), which will provide specialist education to learners aged 14-18 in digital technology, cyber security and advanced engineering.

The redeveloped site will offer some of the best training facilities in the country for the Built Environment, Welding, Engineering and Digital Technologies. The Campus, which came in response to the region’s growth in engineering and nuclear, will deliver full and part- time training to learners from the age of 14 upwards including apprenticeships, adult re-training programmes and degree level learning.

The redevelopment also brings new business opportunities to the area, offering 300,000ft2 of commercial floor space consisting of office premises, workshops, laboratories, conference rooms and more.

Leading property, residential, construction and services group Kier, locally based in Gloucester, is an ‘employer of the future’ partner to SGS Berkeley Green and has been actively engaged with students during construction works. A summer project invited students to have their say on the future of their campus by conceptualizing their new breakout area, exploring connections with the built environment and challenging them to build upon their presentation skills in a Dragons Den themed judging forum. A summer work placement programme elevated nine students understanding of the construction world through short practical challenges complimented by interactive learning sessions.

Speaking of the proactive engagement with students of Berkeley GREEN, Assistant Principal of the UTC, Andrew Keenan said: “Not only have Kier built a fantastic state of the art building for the UTC, they have also supported throughout our recruitment of students. They have agreed to maintain an ongoing relationship to help develop our future graduates who are looking to progress into Design and Civil Engineering. The support already given by Kier on open days, information sessions, work experience and UTC tours is a fantastic example of how employers and UTCs can work together to make learning relevant to young people’s future careers. We are looking forward to continuing this relationship with a company who are so obviously invested in giving young people the best start possible.”

Commenting on the development at Berkeley GREEN, Mark said: “These are fantastic modern facilities for students and the local community. The Kier team has established excellent relationships with SGS Berkeley Green which we hope will progress further with future work on the site and with our involvement as employer of the future”

Speaking about the new campus, Kevin said: “This brand new, state of the art facility, is part of a £12m investment in education in Gloucestershire, which Kier have completed one week early and under budget. The College is really looking forward to seeing its learners take advantage of these new facilities this September.”

To find out about Berkeley GREEN Campus facilities, opportunities and open events, the first of which takes place Saturday 30th September, visit:
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 11 Aug, 2017
Tigerfish a website design and development agency based in Cheltenham joins as part of the Finnick Group collective.
In today’s age, websites are rapidly becoming the principal starting point for online marketing. The implications are that there is a growing importance to make sure that your business has a solid website built to ensure a secure foundation for further development.
Tigerfish work with businesses to specifically meet a company’s business objectives when building websites. Support will continue once the website is built – assistance can be given about promoting your website and helping to monitor and gauge your success.
The world of websites can be a daunting and perplexing place, this is why Tigerfish value customer relationships. They understand that investing in a website can be overwhelming, especially when you have little understanding and knowledge of website development. To supplement this, Tigerfish can provide training, on-site at its Cheltenham office, so you are able to get the most out of your online activities. This means that, if you wish, you can take control of your website and there will be no need to contact Tigerfish to make updates, as you will have the power and knowledge to control your own content.
“Joining Finnick Group has allowed the team to not only offer clients our excellent bespoke services but we can also put clients in touch with the rest of the group to offer full marketing solutions. The friendly, helpful staff of Finnick Group have made Tom and myself feel right at home from the get go and we look forward to seeing what the future holds.”
  Peter Brazier, Front End Developer, Tigerfish
Tigerfish will lay the foundations for your solid, responsive web site. The friendly Tigerfish team will then work with you to make it work across all platforms. These platforms may include newsletter creation, copy, photography and videos. Tigerfish can help you harness as much traffic to your site as possible, enticing your audience to engage, either with a sign up, a landing page offer, product purchase, or any other call to action. All of these activities contribute to improving your Search Engine Ranking as part of the SEO programme Tigerfish offer.
Areas Tigerfish actively work with clients:
  •   Responsive and Platform focussed websites
  •   SEO: Search engine optimisation
  •   PPC marketing consultancy
  •   Email marketing
  •   E-commerce and payment systems
  •   Content creation and e-Newsletters
  •   Photography and image manipulation
  •   Video and video editing
  •   Fully Content Managed Solutions
  •   Fast and Secure website hosting
Finnick Group can now offer you a dedicated and responsive team of design and print professionals that work in partnership to offer a first-rate, in-house solution to all your marketing needs. Our collective of four companies means that we can manage jobs with complete control throughout.
Typecraft have rapidly become one of the leaders in print over the past 25 years and are renowned for delivering high quality print solutions with a fast turnaround. Supplementing this, Finnick Solutions provide printers and photocopiers to businesses and professionals locally and nationally.
Our creative hub of top notch designers and wordsmiths at Finnick Creative combined with our website wizards at Tigerfish allow us to make your projects work effortlessly across all platforms.
If you think your company could benefit from the services that Tigerfish offer, feel free to contact our developers Pete or Tom. Call them on: 01242 507550 or email:
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 10 Aug, 2017
A massive round of applause for Gloucestershire marketing and advertising agency The Isaac Partnership which has secured the contract to design the branding and website for a game-changing NASA and MIT mission.

Proof, if proof were needed, that it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, whether in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, or Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, if you’re brilliant at what you do, then the world is your oyster.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission is a two-year project developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to discover exoplanets (planets beyond our solar system). The mission is being led by Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science and Physics at MIT, Massachusetts.

MIT is one of the world’s most prestigious universities renowned for its work advancing knowledge, particularly in the areas of science and technology.

Chris Isaac, Creative Director at Isaac Partnership, is delighted with securing the larger project after a successful working relationship with MIT earlier this year:

“Our strong science and engineering background means that MIT are confident that they can hand us the information and we can present it in a way in which they are happy. We have had three of our design team working on branding and website concepts in order to meet the tight deadline set by the team at MIT. I think our work will really portray the ambitious work that this mission is working towards.”

TESS is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral in June 2018 for the two-year mission. The satellite will be launched using the SpaceX re-landing Falcon 9 rocket and will discover thousands of planets during it’s time in orbit

The website will clearly present the mission through its various stages, from launch to its findings. Chris explains: “It’s a platform that the science team can use to present their data and a share it with the world. We want to create a website this incredible mission deserves.”
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 07 Aug, 2017
Gloucestershire based Printwaste the recycling, waste management and shredding business has won a new national award at a major industry set of awards. Printwaste won The Environmental Award and was one of six-member companies of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) to be recognised for their commitment to promoting the worldwide reputation of the industry.
The brand-new awards were presented at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Presented in three main categories – the awards invited contributions from all sections of BSIA membership, with one special commendation and one overall winner being announced in each category.

“The nominations we received this year were a testament to the fantastic reputation of our member companies and we look forward to the ongoing success of these awards,” comments James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA. “We felt it was important to ensure that the success of entire companies was also rewarded”
The Environmental Award
The Environmental Award recognises the commitment of a security company or its employees to improve sustainability within the organisation or to improve the wider environment in their local community.
Printwaste Recycling & Shredding received the accolade for the installation of 384 solar panels on their roof in order to move away from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources. As well as installing the solar panels, the firm also fitted light sensors in corridors, toilets and to external lighting in order to reduce the amount of electricity being used. Printwaste continued to show a commitment to energy conservation by closely monitoring usage against material processed in order to assess ways in which electricity consumption could be reduced, whilst increasing output. 

By transforming the unused roof space into an environmental asset, the electricity bill has been reduced by 51% with the annual C02 emissions decreasing dramatically. The commitment to the environment has also resulted in employees being more energy conscious, as well as their customers being happy in the knowledge that their materials are being shredded through eco-friendly solar energy.
Don Robins, Managing Director of Printwaste Recycling & Shredding, enthused: “Winning this award is fantastic recognition for the business and our staff at our security shredding facility in Cheltenham. We all know that in this day and age it is increasingly important that data and media products must be securely destroyed. It bolsters our green credentials and gives even greater re-assurance to our clients to know that the electricity used in shredding their data and confidential papers is generated by solar panels on the Printwaste building roof.”
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 07 Aug, 2017
Chris Stock, Managing Director of Finnick Solutions, met with Mr. Kazuyoshi Yamamoto, the president of Epson Europe at the Epson headquarters in Hemel Hempstead to celebrate Finnick Solutions continued support and affiliation with Epson. The Epson Partner Programme is a mutually beneficial scheme which helps both Finnick Solutions and Epson to grow their businesses and increase market share.

In addition to this, Finnick Solutions have also become a centre of excellence for the distribution of Epson products and an Education and Public Sector Partner – this means that Finnick Solutions have shown excellence in supplying products to the public and education sectors. Within these areas Finnick Solutions have displayed ways of supplying Epson technology to help beat budget restrictions, work more efficiently and deliver the best possible service.

Why Partner with Epson?
Epson has always been at the forefront of technology. Founded in 1942 as a small watchmaking factory – Daiwa Kogyo Ltd. (later Seiko). Seiko technology inspired the subsidiary company Epson, whose printers, were the first of which was launched in 1968 as the electronic printer (EP). The EP was quickly followed by the EP-101 (the first and world’s smallest commercial printer, the EP’s “son”). Therefore, Epson was born!
The 1990s saw Epson Europe establish itself in Amsterdam, and became the European headquarters of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation. Today, Epson operate in 94 countries worldwide, delivering products built on their piezoelectric technology, while aiming to enhance the lives of Epson customers.
By partnering with Epson, Finnick Solutions are able to supply innovative, convenient and easy-to-use products that can be used anytime and anywhere. These products will be able to help customers and businesses reduce waste, save time and resources, and contribute to a sustainable society.
For more Epson product information, visit:
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 07 Aug, 2017
The Pegasus Group, which has offices in Cirencester, has secured Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for The Ivy Group to convert a former Lloyds Bank branch at Montpelier Walk, Cheltenham to a Class A3 restaurant with outdoor seating area.

Originally built in the early 1800s, the Grade I listed Rotunda Building is one of the most recognisable and important buildings in Cheltenham with its dome inspired by The Pantheon in Rome. The conversion will see the restoration of the interior of the building and most significantly, the opening up of the ‘long room’ which is currently partitioned into offices.

After extensive negotiations with Historic England and Cheltenham Borough Council Conservation Officers, it was agreed that a new circular bar and servery will be located in the centre of the Rotunda and act as the focal point of the new restaurant.
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 03 Aug, 2017
ADEY’s pioneering work in maintaining and protecting central heating systems has been rewarded with a second Queen’s Award for innovation, presented by Gloucestershire’s Lord Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter.

ADEY’s staff were joined by local dignitaries to celebrate receiving the certificate and Queen’s Award bowl, as well as a citation signed by HRH The Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise celebrates the excellence achieved by Cheltenham-based ADEY in developing its innovative range of high performance chemicals used by heating engineers and plumbers in households and workplaces all over the UK – and to a growing international customer base too.

Specifically, the award recognises the development of new chemical formulations for the company’s MC1+ ‘Protector’ and MC3+ ‘Cleaner’ range of products, uniquely designed to work in tandem with ADEY’s market-leading MagnaClean magnetic filters. The chemicals safely help to clean the water that circulates inside central heating systems and prevent further corrosion, before the water passes through a magnetic filter which makes it easy to capture and remove the ‘sludge’. By keeping the system clean, the boiler will work more efficiently, saving energy and reducing repair costs.

“We were delighted to welcome Dame Janet Trotter to ADEY and incredibly proud to receive this great honour,” says John Vaughan, ADEY Chief Executive. “It’s a real achievement to be able to show the Queen’s representatives around the business and have the highest recognition for what we do. We also celebrated with an afternoon tea for the whole team.

“Since our original invention of magnetic filtration and the MagnaClean filter – which also received a Queen’s Award for innovation – we’ve been committed to developing an integrated approach to heating system protection. The introduction of a new arm within the business to research, create and test innovative and highly advanced chemical formulations was a natural step,” he adds.
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 03 Aug, 2017
Gloucester’s commercial property market performed well in the first half of 2017, supported by robust occupational demand for industrial and office space, particularly from the engineering and residential redevelopment sectors, says property consultancy Alder King in its half-year report Market Monitor Update.
Despite the ongoing political and economic uncertainty, occupational activity has remained resilient this year, with strong transaction levels.
Of greater concern is the steady fall in stock levels across all size ranges and sectors. Office and industrial rental and capital values have increased in many centres across the region including Gloucester as supply shortages continue to bite.  
The key findings of the report are:
  • Half-year industrial take-up in Gloucester totalled 350,000 sq ft, half of 2016’s record take-up of 700,000 sq ft. The most significant deal of the first half of the year is an agreement to construct a new 110,000 sq ft manufacturing facility at Gloucester Business Park.  
  • Industrial supply in the city has fallen further to 200,000 sq ft, its lowest level for 15 years. 
  • Whilst developers remain cautious about speculative office development, there are a number of new build industrial schemes underway in Gloucester and there is strong demand for office and industrial refurbishments where schemes can be turned around quickly. Speculative schemes now underway include two buildings by St Modwen at Gateway 12 and Howard Tenens is about to start the part-speculative construction of Phase 2 at Severn Distribution Park which will provide over 440,000 sq ft in three buildings.  
  • Gloucester’s office market performed well with take-up of 75,000 sq ft. Notable deals so far this year include the 6,000 sq ft letting of 1260 Landsdowne Court on Gloucester Business Park to Lockheed Martin and the 12,500 sq ft letting of Building 1, The Office Campus at Barnwood to River Marketing.  
  • The supply of available office stock currently stands at 140,000 sq ft. Of this only 30,000 sq ft is Grade A stock. There is growing interest in new build space as occupiers are often unable to source suitable existing buildings.
  • The lack of supply in the city’s out of town office market and increased construction costs have led to increases in the headline rent which has risen from £19 per sq ft to £20 per sq ft. Rents on secondary office space have also increased to £14-15 per sq ft. In the industrial market, Grade A rents have increased to £6.75 per sq ft.
  • The city’s retail and leisure market has been active.  Demand for drive-thru opportunities and out of town retail units remains strong with little availability. Whittle Square at Gloucester Business Park is fully let, as is St Oswalds Park.
  • The investment market has been held back by a lack of stock. Prices have been sustained by strong demand and competitive bidding, particularly where benefiting from rental growth or opportunities to add value.
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 03 Aug, 2017
Fast-growing Dairy Partners has completed the purchase of a 4.5 acre development site on the Stroudwater Business Park at Stonehouse following a deal brokered by Bruton Knowles on behalf of clients Ashville Asset Management.
The site was originally purchased on behalf of clients by Ashville Asset Management who have a long history adding value to strategic land and providing high quality bespoke buildings for companies. Consent was secured for a 90,000 sq ft commercial use on behalf of their clients before the land was marketed for sale as a whole or for bespoke design and build opportunities.  
Bruton Knowles acted jointly with Cushman Wakefield on behalf of Ashville in selling the land with the benefit of the planning consent.
Will Bennett from Dairy Partners said: “We are wanting to update our offices and warehousing as we have out grown our current location. We wanted to stay within the business park as we have a well-established presence here - location wise, it is perfect for us.”
Robert Smith from Bruton Knowles’ Gloucester office said: “Dairy Partners is one of the fastest-growing independent businesses in the country producing mozzarella cheese for the UK, Europe and overseas markets from their sites in Gloucestershire and Carmarthenshire.”
Existing occupiers at Stroudwater Business Park include Schlumberger, Renishaw, Dairy Crest, Dentsply and Delphi.
In addition and in close proximity there is currently a further plot of 1.2 acres available to purchase as a whole or offer companies a design and build option.  
Phil Cranstone from Cushman Wakefield added: “Stroudwater Business Park offers bespoke design and build opportunities for businesses looking to expand in Gloucestershire.
“This is the latest phase of the business park which is already an established location providing much needed accommodation for business in the Stonehouse and Stroud Valleys.”
 “Ashville have more than 45 years’ experience in providing bespoke buildings for businesses and are also able to offer the plots for sale. The developers are offering very flexible options in terms of freehold or leasehold basis. The Brunel Way site is available to purchase as a whole.”
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 12 Jul, 2017
Fanzi Down, of DPS Designs at Coleford has won a coveted Women in Innovation award from Innovate UK.

Fanzi is the Commercial Director at DPS Designs Ltd – a Gloucestershire confectionery design and mould manufacturer. If you wonder how M&S can create Troll shaped Easter eggs and equally exotic Christmas shapes, it’s because Fanzi’s team got them there.

Fanzi said: “I’m thrilled. I didn’t expect to win. I am really lucky that I have amazing technically minded people around me who help. I am strong on ideas, but it’s the whole team which bring them to life. We are passionate about our business and also offering training for young people. On top of that personally, I am passionate about bringing more women into engineering.”

She practices what she preaches. The five strong DPS Design team has just one man.

Following an 8-year senior logistics career with Arcadia, Fanzi left behind the globetrotting fashion world and has transferred her considerable skill set to the family business.

Innovate UK launched the nationwide competition in May 2016. The aim was to challenge the low numbers of women entrepreneurs in the UK.

Each winner receives £50,000 and a tailored business support package. They will also receive mentoring from Innovate UK’s list of well-known business leaders, who are also ambassadors for the infocus campaign. These include Facebook VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Nicola Mendelsohn, Cambridge Wireless founder and former CEO, Soraya Jones, and Williams F1 Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams.

The proportion of UK women in entrepreneurial activity is around half the level of men. Boosting female entrepreneurship could deliver approximately £180 billion to the UK economy.

Innovate UK’s infocus campaign is an umbrella initiative to encourage diversity in innovation. The competition aims to address an important barrier to female entrepreneurship - having limited access to relevant role models and identification with entrepreneurs as ‘women like me’.

Women are also less likely to seek external sources of finance than men. The campaign is a way of increasing awareness of how simple it is to apply for game-changing funding.

Dr Ruth McKernan CBE and Chief Executive of Innovate UK said: “It is very clear that harnessing the talent of women entrepreneurs could significantly enhance UK economic growth. I am delighted that we are taking action; supporting and funding female entrepreneurs to help them succeed and inspire other women to come forward, apply for funding and turn their ideas into successful businesses.”

Innovate UK’s infocus women in innovation exhibition will be at the Getty Images Gallery, London, from 18 to 29 July. Featuring profiles of female entrepreneurs.

The exhibition aims to break down the barriers to women in innovation and present the next generation of female entrepreneurs with inspiring, relevant role models.

This follows research that:
- one in 3 female innovators believe their gender has negatively impacted their career
- the proportion of UK women engaged in entrepreneurial activity is around half the level of men
- if we can increase participation to the same level, women-led SMEs could contribute a £180 billion boost to the UK economy by 2025
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