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  • PKF Cooper Parry Holds Grand Opening at New Blythe Valley Home PKF Cooper Parry held a grand opening last Thursday at its new offices in Solihull, welcoming over 150 professionals to its new flagship West Midlands home. The business advisory and accountancy firm was supported by a loan from HSBC which went towards the fit out of the new 17,810 sq ft office. The new office at Blythe Valley in Solihull provides a more creative space for greater collaboration as well as improving access via better transport links. Roger Pratt, Area Director for Corporate Banking at HSBC in the East Midlands, said: “PKF Cooper Parry has a strong plan for growing beyond the Midlands and this new base will create the perfect platform for that expansion. We’re delighted to have been able to support PKF Cooper Parry in fitting out its new home and we look forward to working with the team as the business expands.” In addition to the fit-out loan from HSBC, PKF Cooper Parry has completed a full switch of its banking services to HSBC. The funding was arranged by Relationship Director, Bren O’Halloran of HSBC. James Parnell, Chief Financial Officer at PKF Cooper Parry, said: “We’re grateful for the financial support HSBC provided to enable the move to Blythe Valley Business Park and the creation of our fantastic new office. “We’re very much looking forward to forging a strong relationship with Roger, Bren and their team as we grow and expand the business.”
  • Meet the buyers for the new Worcestershire Parkway 20th June Regional specialist rail operator, The Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, will be a key speaker at the next free FinditinWorcestershire ‘Meet the Buyer’ exclusive event on Tuesday 20th June. Starting at 6.45am until 9.30am at Sixways Stadium in Worcester, the event will give SMEs in Worcestershire the chance to learn about the exciting Worcestershire Parkway project and hear first-hand from Marc Riley, Regional Director, who will be discussing supply chain opportunities for local businesses and how they can become a supplier or sub-contractor. Worcestershire County Council recently appointed The Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd to build the new Worcestershire Parkway Regional Interchange, with a completion date set for winter 2018-2019. The scheme for the station, close to junction seven on the M5, is worth £22m and construction will begin on the project in autumn. Lorna Jeynes, Business Growth Manager at Worcestershire County Council, comments: “The Worcestershire Parkway project has lots of opportunities available for local suppliers. Marc’s valuable advice will help SMEs gain knowledge, develop relationships and win valuable tender work. “The initial response to this event has been outstanding, so we would advise anyone interested in attending to book their place to avoid disappointment.” The FinditinWorcestershire website aims to bring together contractors and suppliers to provide supply chain opportunities to the local economy. With over 8,000 members on its website and growing daily, it has over 150 live contract opportunities on its website, with a total value of £961,000*. If you would like to register to attend the FinditinWorcestershire event on Tuesday 20th June please click here to book your place.
  • Shrewsbury College Engineering Centre is relaunched after £1million investment Shrewsbury College’s Engineering Department welcomed a host of special guests at its re-launch today, when nearly a million pounds of state-of-the-art equipment was unveiled to help train the engineers of tomorrow. Shrewsbury College, part of the Shrewsbury Colleges Group (which includes Shrewsbury Sixth Form College), secured nearly £500,000 from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership via its Growth Deal with Government to develop one of three advanced manufacturing training hubs in the region. The College put a further £250,000 towards the project and has received gifts from a number of other companies, including Status Metrology, who gifted £100,000 towards metrology equipment and software for the College. The total value of new equipment and software for the department totals around £1m. Head of Engineering, Andrew Lee, said: “The College entered into a robust employer consultation followed by a highly competitive bidding process to achieve the funding from the LEP, to which we have added a further £250,000 ourselves. “The areas of investment have been specifically selected to meet the local and regional employment training needs, providing specialist equipment for training in 3D CAD/Modelling, Advanced CNC/Machining, Fabrication and Welding, Electronics, Robotics, Manufacturing, CMM, Mechatronic Engineering and Automotive Engineering (in response the new training requirement for MOT testers). “The result of this funding is that we have become one of the largest and best-equipped engineering and automotive centres in the region. The investment has already had a big impact on the department. We have entered several students into the WorldSkills UK 2017 competition who have been training on the new equipment. Our relationships and partnerships with local businesses have strengthened and we have increased the number and type ...
  • Reminder – Shropshire charity ball tickets available now! People are being urged to help raise money for charity by getting their tickets for a glittering ball being held in Shropshire. All proceeds from the ball and awards night at Shrewsbury Town’s Greenhous Meadow on June 24 will go to Climbing Out – a charity aimed at changing the lives of young people. Climbing Out organises outward bound schemes for youngsters dealing with life-changing illness or injuries. Tickets for the evening are already on sale but organisers are reminding people about the event and asking them to get involved to make a huge difference to the lives of so many youngsters. Kelda Wood, of Climbing Out, said it would be the second year an awards evening had been held and she was really keen to get as many people there on the night to help with the fundraising. She said: “Tickets are £35 and available by emailing keldawood@climbingout.org.uk or by visiting our website at www.climbingout.org.uk “The ticket price includes a three-course meal and we will have a live band, Sonic Boom, to dance to, so it promises to be a great evening. “It is a very important night for us and for the young people we help. The ball is only a month away now so we thought it was important to remind people of the date and what we are trying to achieve. “Awards will be presented on the night to youngsters who have been involved in the Climbing Out programmes and inspired others with what they have achieved. “We are hoping to make it a great night out and also an inspiration for those attending.” Shropshire’s largest private hire firm Go Carz will be the event’s main ...
  • Successful launch for new Bridgnorth networking group A new networking group in Bridgnorth enjoyed a successful launch, with a wide range of business people attending. The Bridgnorth is Business event attracted 34 representatives to its initial breakfast meeting, held at the Woodberry Inn. The four businesswomen behind the initiative said they were delighted with the response to the launch. “Bridgnorth is a fantastic place to live and work in and we are excited to have created this new group, which is designed to enable networking within the town in a relaxed setting,” said Rachel Wood, a director of Terry Jones Solicitors. She, along with Louise Welsby of Buy from Shropshire, Jo Frith from Credibly Green and Ruth Burley of RMB Financial Planning are the driving force behind the organisation. “We intend to provide an invaluable platform for business people to get together over breakfast to talk about their services and exchange ideas. “Our first meeting exceeded expectations, with a large number of representatives, such as retailers, accountants, designers and consultants attending from the town and further afield, so it was a great to see such a great mix of skills and experience. “It was an excellent start and we are hoping even more people attend in future as we grow and evolve.” The group meetings, to be held monthly, will include a talk by an inspirational speaker and Dr Tim Jenkins, Head of Partnership and Economic Strategy at Shropshire Council, talked to the first event about the history of the county and the challenges it faces as it looks to develop and thrive. Bridgnorth in Business is a non-profit making group which charges £10 a meeting to attend. Any funds raised after expenses will be donated ...