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£1m+ machine investment proves just ‘Mint’ for the new pound coin…

December 1, 2017 – 8:00 am |

A Black Country-based supplier of high quality punching technology is playing a crucial role in the production of the new £1 coin.
Bruderer UK, which has nearly 50 years’ experience creating world renown precision high speed …

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‘Customer Focus’ hands West Midlands manufacturer major industry honour…

December 18, 2017 – 7:00 am |
Customer Focus Award

The PP Control & Automation team collect the TMMX Award

A leading West Midlands manufacturer has secured one of industry’s major titles after beating off competition from some of the sector’s largest businesses.

PP Control & Automation, which employs 200 people at its state-of-the-art facility in Cheslyn Hay, picked up the ‘Customer Focus’ Award at the recent TMMX Awards held by The Manufacturer and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The company was praised by a high-profile judging panel for its ability to deliver strategic subcontract solutions to many of the largest and most successful machinery manufacturers across the globe, saving them time, money and increasing capacity in the process.

It was also singled out for its new ‘Technical Seminar’ programme that has seen it team up with a number of suppliers to offer interactive workshops on smart machines, cyber security and exporting to UL standards.

“We have worked really hard on creating a more detailed approach to customer engagement to find ways where we can create innovative high-added value solutions that provide them with genuine business benefits,” explained Tony Hague, Managing Director at PP Control & Automation.

“It is an approach that is already reaping dividends, with £2m of new sales added over the last twelve months. Securing the TMMX Award illustrates how far we have come as a company and all of the hard work our staff have put in over the last twelve months.”

PP Control & Automation collected the trophy in front of 800 people as part of The Manufacturer’s annual conference in Liverpool.

The company was one of twelve winners on the evening, which included some of the largest manufacturers in the UK, such as McLaren, Leyland Trucks and Jaguar Land Rover.

Celebrating 50 years in 2017, the title marks a major year of expansion for the business that has also seen it invest £1m into a 1000 sq metre extension, featuring additional production space and a dedicated logistics and materials department.

“We have to find new ways to support our customers in ever changing markets, with new competition and technology moving at an incredible pace. The recent investment has given us the platform to target new contracts across the world and in fast growing markets, including communications, food processing, machine tools and the medical sector,” added Tony.

“Our growth plan is to turnover £40m by 2020. Ambitious yes, but one we can achieve if we keep our ‘customer focus’.”

Co-working community project gets green light…

December 18, 2017 – 6:30 am |

Local creative services expert, Hamish Gill, director of Worcester-based F8 Creates creative services agency, has announced that renovation work will shortly begin on a new purpose-built co-working initiative in Copenhagen Street in the heart of …

Hosting a vegan this Christmas? The Vegan Society has your back…

December 18, 2017 – 6:00 am |
Vegan Society

Due to the ongoing rise in plant-based diets, it’s very likely that more people than ever will be eating vegan over the festive period this year. That means more people than ever hosting a vegan. …

Bowcock & Pursaill strengthen its team with two new appointments…

December 15, 2017 – 8:00 am |

Staffordshire solicitors Bowcock & Pursaill has strengthened its team with the appointment of two new conveyancers.
 Sam Tolley has joined the firm as a conveyancing executive specialising in residential and commercial property, having worked at a …

Shrewsbury manufacturing chief wins major industry award…

December 15, 2017 – 7:30 am |
Chris G

Christopher Greenough, the Commercial Director of Salop Design & Engineering, a manufacturer of pressings and assemblies based in Shrewsbury has won a prestigious regional business award at this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.
Christopher won the …

Families can be first to play at new LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Birmingham…

December 15, 2017 – 7:00 am |
lego

Families across the region are set to gain exclusive access to Birmingham’s new indoor LEGO® playground before it opens to the public.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham will officially open its doors in summer 2018 but the …

Ed Newman- Sanders – Atkins/Arup to design Crossrail Custom House station…

December 15, 2017 – 6:30 am |
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The Custom House station in East London will be unique and the design and build will bring some individual challenges. The project must be completed without causing major disruption to the existing Docklands Light Railway’s …

Lee Longlands’ £300,000 investment secures another 100 years of jobs in the Midlands…

December 15, 2017 – 6:00 am |
Lee Longlands - Minworth 1

Premium furniture retailer Lee Longlands celebrated another successful year, by upgrading to a new Logistics & Distribution facility in Minworth. The warehouse relocation from 15,000 sq. ft. to 23,000 sq. ft. has seen a £300,000 …

Drivers on the road to success thanks to new jobs…

December 13, 2017 – 8:00 am |
Joe Alekna from Workforce Staffing

Almost 200 driving jobs have been created across the West Midlands thanks to the growth of a recruitment provider – with hundreds more drivers to be placed into work in the next 12 months.
Workforce Staffing …

Overseas order boost for Alloy Wire International…

December 13, 2017 – 7:00 am |
Mark Venables

A sustained campaign focused on increasing export work is reaping dividends for a specialist Black Country manufacturer.
Alloy Wire international (AWI), which supplies more than 60 different ‘high performance alloys’, has seen overseas sales grow by …

Selco brings jobs boost to Solihull…

December 13, 2017 – 6:45 am |
selco

Leading national builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse is set to bring 50 jobs to Solihull as it strengthens its West Midlands heartland with the opening of its latest branch.
The new Selco Builders Warehouse will be …

Edge Testing Solutions appoints 10 new recruits for Midlands team…

December 13, 2017 – 6:30 am |
Rikki Miles, Rohini Bhat and Jamie Hoey

Edge Testing Solutions, one of the UK’s fastest growing and largest independent software testing companies, has announced that ten new recruits, including nine trainee test analysts, have been appointed to support its recently launched, second UK …

Monika Shine of Semilac UK has been appointed brand advocate for Darren Campbell’s PAS…

December 13, 2017 – 6:00 am |
Darren Campbell and Monika Shine

The company was founded in 2006 by Olympic Gold medallist sprinter Darren Campbell MBE and Welsh Rugby Union’s National Nutritionist Jon Williams, BSc. Apart from the Wales Senior squad, the long list of notable PAS …

Birmingham R&D tax specialist believes Government action holds the key to innovation boost…

December 11, 2017 – 8:00 am |
Scott Henderson (L)

One of Birmingham’s leading R&D tax relief specialists is urging the Government to back up its recent rallying call for more companies to embrace innovation and technology by making it easier for firms to invest.
Jumpstart, …

Bartercard announced as Exclusive Partner and Official Headline Sponsor of London Broncos Rugby League …

December 11, 2017 – 7:30 am |
Broncos Kit Release 171117

Bartercard are pleased to confirm that they have been announced as Exclusive Partner and Official Headline Sponsor of London Broncos Rugby League for the 2018 season.
This latest news follows after Bartercard – the world’s largest trade …

Wireless broadband firm Airband scoops awards for innovation and family values…

December 11, 2017 – 7:00 am |

Worcester-based broadband firm Airband scooped the Fastest Growing Family Business award at the Midlands Family Business Awards on November 9, in recognition of its rapid growth in both size and turnover during the past few …

PP looks to inspire the next generation at World Skills Show…

December 11, 2017 – 6:30 am |
PP Action 2017

One of the UK’s leading specialists in automation and control is adding its support to the World Skills Show this weekend in a bid to inspire more young people into engineering.
PP Control & Automation, which …

72% of Tech Startups Change Their Market Within 3 Years…

December 11, 2017 – 6:00 am |
72% of Tech Startups Change Their Market Within 3 Years…

 For many start-ups, the need to clearly define and focus on a specific target market is held with utmost importance for success in a fast-paced, competitive industry. However, as a new in-depth study reveals, such …

How diverse is your board of trustees?..

December 8, 2017 – 8:00 am |

This week is Trustees’ Week, and one of the key messages this year is promoting diversity on charity boards.
Higgs & Sons’ Head of Charity & Not for Profit, Kirsty McEwen, says diversity is not simply about …

Entrepreneurs invest £200,000 into launching Carlini in Albrighton…

December 8, 2017 – 7:30 am |
Carlini

Two local entrepreneurs are sharing their passion for food by launching their second restaurant in just nine months.
Michael Gale and Laura Goodman opened Carlini in Albrighton last week, providing local people with a new take …

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