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Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP announces search for new chair…

July 12, 2017 – 6:00 am |

The Greater Birmingham Solihull (GBSLEP) LEP, has today announced the appointment of Berwick Partners to spearhead the search for a new Chairman to lead the ambitious economic growth programme for the Greater Birmingham region.
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Protecting data leads to £2.7m order boom for Bryland Fire…

July 28, 2017 – 8:00 am |

Bryland (L)A leading Dudley-based fire product specialist has seen turnover increase by 33% after securing a string of new contracts with data centres across the UK and Europe.

Bryland Fire Protection, which employs 54 people at its three locations across the country, has built a new niche for itself in supplying Fire Suppression systems that are protecting crucial information for the MoD, major financial institutions and even online shopping channels.

Backed by expert support from the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), the company has seen turnover rise from £6.5m to £9.2m in just twelve months, with its first export orders secured and bringing in an additional £1m in revenue.

The growth has been achieved after the management team adopted a ‘Sirus Business Transformation’ process that focused on developing strategic relationships, building the brand and increasing market share in core sectors.

It has also introduced a new approach to the retention and recruitment of skilled staff, placing people at the heart of its business and the way it deals with customers.

“We’ve had a really good few years, but the last twelve months have been beyond belief…sales have just taken off,” explained Graham Turner, whose father Rowland started the business in 1966 with just two employees.Bryland (L2)

“By accessing the MGP, we were able to build an action plan on how we wanted to expand and this led to the introduction of Sirus’ David Keefe to talk to us about a transformation programme that would unlock our potential.”

He continued: “The process was nothing short of incredible. It allowed us to take a step back from day-to-day activities and look at why we are successful and where our core expertise lies. One of the outcomes was to have a concerted push on supplying solutions to data centres and that is already paying off.

“We have significant expertise in selecting the right suppression systems and designing a bespoke solution for installation, maintenance and ongoing servicing.

“In fact, we have just been named as the DCS (Data Centre Solutions) Physical Security and Fire Suppression Product of the Year 2017 for a recent project we have completed at a key confidential Data Centre in the UK.”

Bryland offers customers the best in fire protection and services, ranging from fire suppression systems and fire alarms to room integrity testing and the supply of highly sensitive smoke detectors.

It operates from an extensive facility on Pear Tree Lane in Dudley and two recently opened satellite offices in Farnborough and Colne, providing complete nationwide coverage.

In addition to new contracts to supply data centres, the company has also seen an increase in demand for its online fire training courses as a cost effective way for clients to deploy and track their fire safety and general health and safety training.

Manufacturing Growth Programme’s Helen Fortune picked up the story: “Bryland has enjoyed rapid expansion over the last twelve months, but this is just the start. Importantly, the management team has used external advice and guidance to lay the foundations for sustainable growth going forward and the possible creation of 20 new jobs.

“It just goes to show what can be achieved from a relatively small grant and making sure the right specialist is brought in to help.”

The Manufacturing Growth Programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by Economic Growth Solutions (EGS), is promising to fill the void left by the Manufacturing Advice Service (MAS) by providing access to specialist assistance to help manufacturers to grow and improve.

This will be achieved through an 18-strong network of experienced manufacturing growth managers, access to industry specialists and the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £3,500.

Support can be used for leadership and management, R&D, lean manufacturing, productivity and capacity, quality systems, and supply chain development.

For further information on the Manufacturing Growth Programme, please visit www.manufacturingrowthprogramme.co.uk or follow @mfggrowthp on twitter. More detail on Bryland Fire can be found at www.brylandfire.com

Employment Status is a Tough Gig…

July 28, 2017 – 7:30 am |
Employment Status is a Tough Gig…

Top 40 accountants Bishop Fleming are calling on the government to provide greater clarity on employment law and taxes in the light of a new report into the gig economy. 

SARH scoops national award for employee wellbeing…

July 28, 2017 – 7:00 am |

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has scooped a prestigious award in recognition of its commitment to the wellbeing of employees.
At an awards event in London, Stafford’s leading provider of affordable homes was presented with the RoSPA Occupational Health Award …

Accurate IR35 decisions as vital to controversial HS2 as ‘expert’ contractors are…

July 28, 2017 – 6:30 am |
Accurate IR35 decisions as vital to controversial HS2 as ‘expert’ contractors are…

Following the announcement of the companies building the first-phase of the HS2 rail network and the creation of 16,000 jobs, leading contractor tax adviser, Qdos Contractor has outlined that accurate IR35 decisions are as key to HS2 …

R&D tax relief support helps Copper Alloys forge ahead with £1m sales boost…

July 28, 2017 – 6:00 am |

A North Staffordshire manufacturer has won £1m of new orders thanks to its commitment to delivering complex forgings and machined components.

Jet Environmental to exhibit for the first time at industry-leading show…

July 26, 2017 – 8:00 am |
Jet Environmental to exhibit for the first time at industry-leading show…

Market-leading HVAC system provider Jet Environmental will be exhibiting for the first time at the Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution show (TCS&D 2017) in Coventry this September.

Construction sector to benefit as big contracts move out of the capital…

July 26, 2017 – 7:30 am |

A shift in construction contracts out of London and into the Midlands will help support a sector experiencing uncertainty amid a prolonged Brexit negotiation in the region.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic kicks off The Big Sleuth in Sandwell…

July 26, 2017 – 7:00 am |

School children in West Bromwich got in the mood for summer by attending a special teddy bear’s picnic to mark the start of The Big Sleuth in Sandwell.

Midlands business receive Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation…

July 26, 2017 – 6:30 am |

Leading UK insurance and business solutions provider, The Qdos Group, has outlined the advantages of developing its own unique ‘InsurTech’, which was awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category at Buckingham …

David Vaughton is appointed chairman of Venues of Excellence…

July 26, 2017 – 6:00 am |

David Vaughton, managing director of EEF Venues – the group behind Leamington Spa conference centre, Woodland Grange – has been appointed chairman of Venues of Excellence, the 36-strong consortium of quality venues.

New partnership to boost productivity in UK and Ireland’s workplaces with latest meeting room technology…

July 24, 2017 – 8:00 am |

●   JOAN has appointed Midwich Ltd to distribute its modern digital meeting room solutions to the UK and Ireland

Grip Launches Productified Technology Marketing and PR Services Across Europe…

July 24, 2017 – 7:30 am |
Grip Launches Productified Technology Marketing and PR Services Across Europe…

Agency aims to transform international technology companies into industry thought leaders
Helsinki, 12th July 2017: Grip Marketing today announces that it has rolled-out high-visibility Pan-European content marketing and PR services to international technology companies. The first companies to sign …

European cup winners unite to kick off fundraising campaign…

July 24, 2017 – 7:00 am |

As Aston Villa fans wait for the start of the new football season, their heroes are getting the ‘old gang’ back together for an evening looking back on their time at the top. Tony Morley …

Leading contractor tax adviser reacts to Taylor Review…

July 24, 2017 – 6:30 am |

Leading contractor tax adviser, Qdos Contractor, has reacted to The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, which among other suggestions, outlines the need for simplification when establishing the employment status of freelancers and contractors.

Edge Testing will celebrate 10th year by walking 500 miles to raise funds for 10 charities…

July 24, 2017 – 6:00 am |
Edge Testing will celebrate 10th year by walking 500 miles to raise funds for 10 charities…

One of the UK’s fastest growing and largest independent software testing company, Edge Testing Solutions is celebrating its 10th year by raising money for 10 charities throughout the year. 

Wolverhampton Fiesta revs up the fun for grand return…

July 21, 2017 – 8:00 am |

Heading back to West Park for another year of summer fun, Wolverhampton Fiesta is returning with full force – and this time, it’s bringing monster trucks! The four-wheeled spectacles will be speeding, crashing, and crushing …

Staffordshire agency ranked in Top 50…

July 21, 2017 – 7:30 am |

Stoke-on-Trent marketing communications agency Plinkfizz is celebrating its third successive year as one of the Top 50 PR Agencies in the North of England.

Space creation paves way for new-look Custard Factory…

July 21, 2017 – 7:00 am |

It is the largest hub of digital and creative talent outside of London, and now the Custard Factory has sought some innovation of its own, in the form of RIBA chartered Innovation Architecture. Looking for …

Talbots invests £750,000 into its new Stourbridge home…

July 21, 2017 – 6:30 am |

One of the Black Country’s largest law firms has strengthened its presence in the region by relocating its headquarters to larger premises in Stourbridge.

Digital Transformation Event to Showcase Disruptive Technologies and Startups…

July 21, 2017 – 6:00 am |

The new event for business and digital leaders is curated by D/SRUPTION magazine and brings together 50 leading speakers on innovation, disruptive business models and digital transformation, from a wide range of industries. The dual …

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