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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:
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