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by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 13 Dec, 2017

Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust is looking for new Trustees and a new Chair to join its Board as it moves into the next exciting phase of the Priory’s Reformation.


Its focus is changing from the rescue role of the last ten years to actively running a heritage venue, utilising its cultural value and working to co-develop a project with funders and stakeholders that has a 21st century purpose. The building, conservation and restoration  work as part of this £4 million project is successfully underway, and due for completion in summer 2018, when it will be open as an exciting heritage venue in Gloucester.

New trustees will bring the skill sets relevant to operating an exciting heritage venue, extending and complementing our current trustees, knowing the main restoration work has been completed.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jeremy Williamson says: “To date the Trust has been on a “rescue” mission and I and fellow trustees have had skills that matched that requirement but, as we move forward, we recognise that new skill sets are required.  It is for this reason that, after 10 years we are putting in train this recruitment exercise”.

Find out more about these opportunities and receive an information pack please contact the Trust Secretary, Liz Griffiths – by e-mail at or by phone on 01453 844203.

by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 13 Dec, 2017

The Ivy Collection’s first brasserie in Gloucestershire, The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie; a stylish all-day dining destination in the heart of Cheltenham’s bustling Montpellier district has opened.

Sitting in the old Lloyds Bank building, an iconic Grade I listed Rotunda building, The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie is open seven days a week and the restaurant menu consist of British inspired classics that span breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, weekend brunch and dinner, plus an impressive cocktail and wine menu.

The interior was created by the acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, designed to complement the heritage of the building. Sleek marble floors, bronzed antiques and burnt orange leather banquettes sit against The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie’s signature Ivy green colour palette, with an eclectic collection of artwork curated by Adam Ellis Design Studio, featuring everything from vibrant pop-art to Victorian sketches of historic Cheltenham, adorns the walls at every turn.

The  centrepiece of the restaurant is the brasserie’s  circular bar, sat directly beneath the domed ceiling that gives the Rotunda building its name. Acting as the heart of the restaurant, the bar is the central point of the main dining room.

With space for up to 200 guests across the main restaurant, bar and terrace, the brasserie also has a private dining room for up to 24 guests. Walk-ins are encouraged at The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie, with a proportion of tables held back each day to allow passers-by to drop in at a time.

The Ivy Collection is a group of restaurants, brasseries and cafés, originally established in London with sites now open in a variety of select locations across the UK. Offering accessible all-day dining, each location is carefully handpicked to value, reflect and add to the local area.

by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 23 Nov, 2017
Hazlewoods take a look at the Chancellor’s first Autumn Budget. The gloomy downgrading of the UK’s growth forecasts was offset, during his speech, by some positive announcements about increased spending for education, housing, the NHS and to improve productivity. However, with a distinct lack of tax raising measures, you have to question where the money is going to come from.

On top of the £3.5 billion previously scheduled increase in funding for the NHS, Mr Hammond announced an additional, exceptional £2.8 billion with £350 million available immediately to help improve A&E waiting times.

In an attempt to assist the next generation with the new digital economy, investment is to be made into education or, more specifically, into maths. Schools and colleges, who support their students to study Maths, will be rewarded by giving them £600 for every extra pupil who decides to take Maths or Further Maths A Levels, or Core Maths.

It was widely predicted that housing would be at the heart of this Budget and the Chancellor didn’t disappoint, with wide ranging plans aimed at achieving 300,000 new homes per year, but only by the mid 2020s.

One of his major tax announcements also related to the housing market, where first time buyers of houses worth up to £300,000 will be exempt from Stamp Duty Land Tax. Those acquiring higher valued properties of up to £500,000 will receive a nil rate band on the first £300,000, the aim being to assist 95% of first time buyers and help turn their dreams of home ownership into a reality.

The Chancellor announced that there is to be an increase in the tax free personal allowance in 2018/19 to £11,850 and for the higher rate band to £46,350.

Companies took a hit with the announcement that ‘indexation allowance’ will be frozen from 1 January 2018, meaning companies will no longer benefit from relief for inflationary rises when selling chargeable assets, which individuals lost back in 2008.

There was relief that the VAT threshold was not reduced, as had been talked about in advance of the Budget, although the registration threshold of £85,000 is to be frozen for the next two years.

It is perhaps of no surprise that there were no controversial measures announced from the Chancellor of a minority Government. The last thing they need at the moment is a Finance Bill that is not passed by the House.

It remains to be seen as to whether the measures announced appeal to the youth that appear to have deserted the Conservatives in droves. Regardless, the Government appears to be committed to giving them every opportunity of watching the next election from their own home.
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 21 Nov, 2017

For the unreconstructed luddites amongst us, the answer to any practical or mechanical problem has been gaffer tape and WD40. But the technical director at successful ployurethane materials company Watts, based in the Forest of Dean, applied science to solve a particular problem and inadvertently came up with a brand-new product which is due for launch next year.

Keen downhill mountain bike racer, Richard Brooks, was getting fed up of the chains clanging and coming loose against his very expensive Enduro bike. Whatever he put around the chain stay wore down or came off, so he developed a very thin polyurethane material at Watts manufacturing facility at Lydney, put it on his bike, and three years later, it’s still there - and he’s still pursuing his crazy passion for this extreme sport.

There was plenty left, so he put it safely in a filing cabinet assuming he might need to replace it. Fast forward two years and Watts Group’s new CEO, Dr Anthony Cooper found the tape and asked Richard what it was.

The tape is super stretchy, super strong and even though there’s no adhesive in it, because of its chemical properties, it will ‘stick’ to itself.

Anthony, traditionally more accustomed to creating and manufacturing world-leading polyurethane products for a range of industries, approached Gloucestershire-based innovation company BEAF with this tape sample, and asked the team to throw in their own ideas on how it could be developed.

Creating a consumer brand was a leap of faith for Watts – the company manufactured and sold B2B products. BEAF helped them create Adventure Tape, a new brand.

“Watts came to us with something they felt had potential, but didn’t know how to build a proposition for the consumer mass market,” says BEAF business development manager, Nav Varghese. 

BEAF turns innovative ideas into products. “We quickly saw that the product would have been wasted if it was marketed purely in the bicycle-repair market, so we came up with a concept for the wider adventure sports market.” BEAF (which stands for ‘Before and After’) developed the branding, marketing campaign, the PR and managed the Kick Starter campaign to raise awareness around the product, and see if it was something Watts should put into mass-production.

Such was the success of the BEAF campaign that the initial investment request, for £15,000, was smashed when £45,000 was raised from more than 1,500 backers across the world.

Watts is now scaling up production investment, talking to retail specialists and plans to launch it on the consumer market in 2018. The product has a wide range of potential applications over and above an incredibly useful addition to the backpacks of extreme sportspeople everywhere. It could also be used as a tourniquet in medical situations as it can be manufactured to be anti-microbial.





by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 21 Nov, 2017
Cheltenham-based PSU Technology Group is celebrating its new partnership with Gloucester Rugby.
PSU specialises in business technology solutions, ranging from managed IT services and telecoms to mobiles, connectivity and networks.
As Gloucester Rugby’s new Official Communications Partner, PSU will be supplying the club’s telecoms and mobiles, enabling them to benefit from reduced rates, controlled costs and PSU’s dedicated in-house support.
Stuart Baikie, PSU’s Director of Telecoms Sales said: “PSU started out in Gloucester 30 years ago, so we’re proud to be able to build this relationship with our local team. PSU is home to a number of Gloucester Rugby fans, myself included, so being able to support the club through this partnership is really exciting for the company.”
‚Ä®Gloucester Rugby’s Commercial Director, Mike Turner added: “We’re delighted to welcome PSU to our great group of loyal Commercial Partners. And we’re pleased that they will be displaying their brand on our mobile variant of the official Gloucester Rugby website.”
The sponsorship deal will give PSU staff and customers the opportunity to attend matches and network with other local businesses, strengthening ties to the local community. This local focus is important to the company as Baikie explains:

“Although we work nationally, we pride ourselves on our Gloucestershire roots. Many of our customers are based locally, within a broad range of industries including finance, recruitment, higher education and energy.

“Adding Gloucester Rugby as a customer is a great fit, and we’re pleased to be able to work with the club to supply them with first class communication systems to help keep them connected.”
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 21 Nov, 2017
Professor Gareth Hankins, Director – Group Manufacturing Services Division, at global engineering company, Renishaw, has been awarded one of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Achievement Awards. The awards acknowledge individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to science, engineering or technology either by research and development or by leadership. He will be presented with the award at a ceremony in London on the 15th of November 2017.

Hankins joined Renishaw as an apprentice aged 16 and following completion of his apprenticeship he went on to achieve a degree in Manufacturing Systems and Manufacturing Management at Cardiff University, sponsored by the company. He progressed through various roles in engineering, production management and operations management at Renishaw, before being given responsibility for the overall management of UK manufacturing operations in 2006.

Today Hankins is responsible for the operations, process engineering and support functions associated with manufacturing and facilities in the UK. He is also a Director of Renishaw Ireland and has responsibility for manufacturing operations at Renishaw’s German subsidiary, itp Gmbh. He was made an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University in 2013, where he sits on the School of Engineering’s Industrial Advisory Board.

“While this is an individual award, I believe that it also recognises the tremendous global success of Renishaw and the outstanding contribution of our highly skilled manufacturing teams,” explained Professor Hankins. “I have been fortunate to spend my career in a culture that encourages people to strive for excellence.

“I am also fortunate to work alongside manufacturing professionals who, on a daily basis, have risen to the challenges of delivering complex, high quality products to Renishaw’s global customers. This has been achieved against the backdrop of strong growth, rapidly changing customer demands and a constant stream of new innovations,” concluded Hankins.

“This year, we had a large number of entries and the standard was extremely high,” explained Dr Tim Constandinou, Chair of the IET Awards and Prizes Committee. “The Achievement Awards allow us to recognise the huge impact that engineers have on all our lives.

“The winners are extremely talented and have achieved great things in their careers, whether they are a young professional demonstrating outstanding ability at the start of their journey or an engineer at the pinnacle of their career,” concluded Constandinou.

Winners are nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of judges at the IET.

For more information on Renishaw visit
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 21 Nov, 2017
The corporate team from Cheltenham-based BPE Solicitors have acted for a new management team in their acquisition of the trade and assets of Bath based Regency Laundry.

Originally called Bath Steam Laundry, it was established in 1879 and is one of Bath’s most well-known and respected family-run laundry companies. It is also one of the country’s oldest commercial laundry operations.

Regency Laundry operates from two principal sites in Bath. Its commercial laundry branch operates on a national level, whereas its dry-cleaning branch operates more on a regional basis. The acquiring management team has a wealth of experience in commercial laundries which has been gained from owning and running similar businesses over many years. They aim to modernise the business practices of Regency in order to meet the challenges of operating in a highly competitive sector, as well as aiming to expand the business into new regions and markets.

The acquisition, headed by BPE Partner, Dale Williams, also included a deal to lease Regency’s principal operating property from the previous owners for a five-year period after which they will relocate the business to new, modern premises.

Dale said “We are delighted to work with team at Regency Laundry; it’s always a pleasure to see an old established business being given a new lease of life.

Stuart Calder part of the new management team said “Dale and the team at BPE supported us extremely well through this challenging period. In particular we were extremely impressed with the speediness of communication, a shared sense of urgency and a “one team” approach”.
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 21 Nov, 2017
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) will be opening the doors at its Berkeley Green Campus on 14th December for a series of workshops and presentations on the latest legal Health & Safety obligations for businesses.

Limit Your Risk - Don't Let Your Business Get Caught out by the Law will run from 3pm-7pm, with the workshops detailing current legislation across a wide range of areas, and offering businesses the chance to speak with specialists who will be on hand to offer advice on the most suitable training available at SGS Berkeley GREEN to meet specific demands. Attendees will also be able to develop a training plan for their business based on a training needs analysis.

Workshops and presentations will include:

•         Health & Safety Compliance – NEBOSH
•         Risk Management – IOSH
•         Food Hygiene / General Health & Safety
•         Asbestos / Confined Spaces / Working at Height
•         Fire Management / First Aid / Health & Safety Awareness

Attendees will be able to select the workshop that they wish to attend, which will include examples of negligence together with responsibilities and penalties on a first come, first serve basis, with a question and answer session at the end.

The importance of Health & Safety standards in the workplace has never been more apparent, with the government’s Health & Safety Executive publishing figures that show over 600,000 workplace injuries recorded in 2016/17, along with a staggering 31.2 million working days lost due to injuries or illness.

George Ridd, Site Director at SGS Berkeley GREEN believes the event will be beneficial to businesses in the region in addressing this: “It’s vital that businesses keep up-to-date with the latest Health & Safety legislation, and get the right kind of training and support for their employees. SGS College and the new Berkeley GREEN Campus are at the forefront of offering events like this and the training that goes with it.”

Some of the benefits of attending the event include:

•         Effective Health & Safety management - shows commitment and ensures a safe culture within business
•         A company’s most valuable asset is protected – its employees
•         Increase turnover - Clients want to work with businesses that are safe.
•         Effective risk management creates an environment where employees take responsibility for their own safety.

To sign up this free event, visit

Date: Thursday 14th December
Timing: 3-7pm
Venue: SGS Berkeley GREEN, Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park, Berkeley, GL13 9FB

To find out more about SGS College’s Berkeley GREEN Campus, visit or email

Source on work-place related injuries via UK Government Health & Safety Executive -
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 03 Nov, 2017
It’s tough enough to do one job for a living, but at Chipping Campden based food research company Campden BRI, one member of staff has taken things a step further by becoming a firefighter and helping the local community to stay safe.
Richard Powell of Campden BRI has joined Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) as a retained firefighter. He joins fellow colleague, Craig Ballard and nine other local retained crew members to serve Chipping Campden and the surrounding area.
Richard is a marketing executive at local food research company Campden BRI and joined GFRS after noticing a sign on the way to work. He has completed his basic training and was officially accepted into the service during his passing out parade. He said “I’ve always wanted to give something back to the community and this role gave me the perfect opportunity. My two jobs are very different and complement one another very well. It definitely keeps me on my toes!”
Craig Ballard, who also works for Campden BRI as a packaging technologist, joined the service three years ago and is now a fully competent firefighter. He said “You always feel a sense of excitement when you get a call and then drop what you’re doing and rush to the station. No two jobs are ever the same”.
Martin Hall, the director responsible for health and safety at the company, said “We’re delighted to have two members of staff involved in looking out for the safety of the local community. I’m sure we will also benefit from their added safety awareness!”
Chipping Campden community fire station, located at Catbrook, has a single fire engine equipped to handle fires, road traffic collisions and other rescue situations. It also has a breathing apparatus support vehicle to provide logistical support for jobs requiring a large number of breathing apparatus wearers and a co-responding vehicle responding to medical emergencies. The service also carries out community engagement events and offers ‘Safe and Well’ visits to help local residents protect their home from fire hazards.
Neil Anderson, watch manager at Chipping Campden community fire station, said “We’re proud to have Richard and Craig as part of the team as we build on our resources to provide round the clock support. We’re always happy to arrange ‘Safe and Well’ visits for those who need them”.
To arrange a free ‘Safe and Well’ check, contact GFRS Community Safety Team on 0800 180 4140 or visit .
by Business & Innovation Magazine Reporter 03 Nov, 2017
Gloucestershire headquartered, Howard Tenens, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned logistics companies is leading the way in the future of low carbon transportation as one of the first UK hauliers to introduce dedicated gas vehicles into its fleet. Howard Tenens will be taking delivery of two 26-tonne rigid dedicated gas vehicles from Scania on 12th October 2017, the first of these vehicles types to operate in the UK.

Dedicated gas trucks are powered solely by CNG which have the benefit of lower carbon dioxide emissions compared to diesel vehicles. Gas technology is also one of the few viable options for decarbonising freight, so has an important role to play in helping the UK meet its carbon reduction targets. Howard Tenens is a participant of the Dedicated to Gas Project which is part of the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK. These vehicles will be the first dedicated gas trucks to be deployed under the trial.

Neale Ryan, Senior Programme Manager - Automotive, at Innovate UK states: "This first vehicle deployment is another important milestone in the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial. Funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles in partnership with Innovate UK, the trial will see over 300 low and zero emission vehicles being deployed on UK roads in 2017 and 2018. These industry-led trials will make an important contribution in helping the freight sector in the UK make the switch to lower emission vehicles in the coming years".

The vehicles will be based at Swindon but deliver to a range of customers in urban areas including London. The vehicles will be monitored over the 18 months of the trial which will help answer important questions about operating cost, range, reliability and emissions. Part way through the trial the vehicles will switch to biogas instead of CNG, delivering a 75% reduction in carbon emissions.

Ben Morris, Executive Director at Howard Tenens commented: “Howard Tenens’ aim is to be a leader in sustainable logistics and actively embrace innovation and new technologies. This project clearly demonstrates our commitment to this aim and that we are constantly striving to find new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and that of our customers.”

Howard Tenens has worked closely on the project in partnership with Scania and Don Bur since April 2017 to ensure the vehicles were built in the quickest possible time. Scania have developed and provided the vehicle chassis’, with Don Bur providing the trailer bodies using their Teardrop design to improve aerodynamic flow and reduce fuel consumption.

David Burke, Specialist Sales Executive comments; “As a leader in the development of gas-powered commercial vehicles, Scania is delighted to partner Howard Tenens in this industry first. By delivering a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, dedicated gas-fuelled operation forms a key part of Scania's strategy to drive the shift towards more sustainable transport solutions. In addition to being exceptionally clean, gas vehicles are considerably quieter than their diesel counterparts and are therefore ideally suited to operating in urban environments.”

Rory Turner, Sales Director at Don-Bur comments: “Don-Bur are delighted to have been selected as the bodybuilder partner for this extremely exciting opportunity on the industry’s first 26 tonne CNG. We have worked extremely closely with both Howard Tenens on the operational compatibility and Scania on the chassis design and latterly the Type Approval process, this is an industry change that Don-Bur very much look forward to being a part of.”

Richard Philpotts, Howard Tenens Fleet and Compliance Manager comments: “Howard Tenens chose Scania in part for their dealer locations, the specialist training provided at each location for CNG maintenance and the commitment made by Scania, which is evident in the experience we have received throughout the project from the specification to build to the delivery of the vehicles.”

About “Dedicated to Gas”
In January 2017, OLEV announced that 20 trial projects were to receive funding of £20m to demonstrate new technologies and to encourage the widespread introduction of low and zero emission vehicles to UK commercial fleets. In total over 300 vehicles will be trialled across the UK. The Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial will help the UK meet its CO2 reduction targets and represents another step towards the Government’s target for all new cars and vans to be zero emissions by 2040.

There are ten project partners in the Dedicated to Gas Project, of which six are transport operators. A total of 81 dedicated gas vehicles will be delivered under the project. The funding covers 50% of the premium cost of the gas trucks as well as other associated running costs.

The Dedicated to Gas Project partners include:

  • Air Liquide (project lead)
  • Cenex
  • Microlise
  • Emissions Analytics
  • ASDA
  • Kuehne+Nagel
  • Howard Tenens
  • Wincanton
  • Brit European
  • Great Bear

The total Dedicated to Gas Project cost is £4.88m with £2.57m grant allocation. A key element of the trial will be the use of biogas instead of Compressed Natural Gas due to the greater carbon savings. A dedicated gas truck running on biogas should reduce CO2 emissions by around 75-80% compared to an equivalent diesel vehicle. Howard Tenens has developed a partnership with local Swindon based company Advanced Plasma Power, who are building a prototype plasma gasification plant which produces biogas from commercial and domestic waste. The plant is due to be completed summer 2018 and the sustainable biogas produced will be used in the latter part of the trial.

Howard Tenens provide bespoke logistics solutions to support their customers by driving business efficiency. HT differentiate themselves in the market place through an extensive freehold commercial property portfolio of over 3,600,000 ft2, supported by an experienced property department specialising in property procurement and management.

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