Costa Coffee at Beacon Business Park

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Work has started on a new Costa Coffee drive-thru in at Beacon Business Park in Stafford by construction specialist Stepnell.

Peveril Securities appointed the company’s West Midlands team, based in Kidderminster, to build the 1,800 sq ft unit at the entrance to the business park on Weston Road.

The drive-thru scheme is project managed by Cadman Associates and is set to be handed over in April 2018.

Stepnell regional director John Rawlinson said: “We’re delighted to be working with Peveril Securities to deliver this new drive thru for Costa Coffee which will further extend the facilities available at the Beacon Business Park for both Park employees and commuters.

“Our team has a strong record of delivering commercial and industrial projects on time, to an exacting quality standard and we’re excited to be bringing that expertise to this development.”

Stepnell has previously completed a drive thru for Costa at the Eastgate Business Park, Burton on Trent.

Mark Rothery, managing director of Rothstone Estates, Peveril Securities’ joint venture partner, added: “Stepnell’s highly professional approach and cost management made their appointment a very easy decision to make.”

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 set to benefit Midlands and Staffordshire

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The whole of the Midlands including Staffordshire will benefit from the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the county council leader said today.

Staffordshire could host one of the events, with Cannock Chase being lined up to potentially stage the mountain biking competition if it is selected as one of the optional sports.

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: “It is great news for the Midlands now Birmingham has finally been selected to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. I am sure the whole of the Midlands including Staffordshire will benefit.

“Mountain biking is one of the optional sporting events which could be included at the games. Cannock Chase has been mentioned as a potential venue which is not surprising as it is a nationally renowned location for the activity.

“It would give us another opportunity to showcase Staffordshire internationally, with leading sportsmen and women competing here.

“Whether or not mountain biking is selected, we would expect to see an economic boost for Staffordshire and the Midlands with the large number of visitors generated by the games, making the most of our shops, restaurants and other attractions.”


Brownfield Site For Housing in Cannock

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The Homes and Communities Agency has applied for Planning Consent for the former Parker Hannifin site in Cannock to be used for housing  development.

The site, in Walkmill Lane has been left unused since Parker Hannifin moved in 2000. With the support of property consultants, Cushman & Wakefield, plans have been submitted to Cannock Chase District Council for a 116 home development including 20% affordable housing, infrastructure and public open spaces.

Karl Tupling, the HCA’s Midlands general manager, said: “The HCA is really pleased to be helping bring this local site back into use to provide 116 new homes and help local people in Cannock to have access to a home of their own.”

Claire Biddle, of Cushman & Wakefield’s Planning and Development team, added: “The proposals will visually and physically improve this brownfield site, providing green space and an attractive frontage along Walkmill Lane. The wider area is becoming more residential in character and the proposed mixture of housing and apartments will contribute to this growing neighbourhood.”

Burton Company in Buyout.

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A Burton upon Trent based tyre company, Kings Road Tyres Group (KRTG) has been sold by their Chinese owner, Sailun Jinyu Group. KRTG has a £50 million turnover and an exclusive UK agreement to distribute Fullrun TBR and passenger car tyres; Taurus and Speedway agricultural tyres and house brand Kingstone, for implement products and tubes.

Investment and backing was provided by London based specialist finance house ReSolve and The Bayway Group.

KRTG managing director Adrian Bader said: “ReSolve has shown great commitment and clarity in what is needed for our next stage of development and I am looking forward to a successful, long term relationship with them.”

Senior Partner of ReSolve, Cameron Gunn, added: “We are delighted to complete this transaction with the support of our investment partner Ken Browne at The Bayway Group. We are already working with Adrian Bader and his team on the next phase of Kings Road Tyres’ development.”

KPMG’s Midlands deal advisory team acted as advisor to KTRG.

Chris Pole, partner, said: “This transaction reflects a great opportunity for KTRT to re-establish itself in the market.

“The joint investment and support will provide the platform for future growth and expansion.

“We are delighted to have advised KTRG and wish them, ReSolve and Ken Browne the best for the future.”

Spanish Automotive Manufacturer Creates 150 Jobs in Staffordshire

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Spanish automotive manufacturer, Grupo Antolin have completed a deal with St Modwen for a further unit of 113,000 sq. ft. at Barton Business Park, Burton upon Trent. The 15 year lease increases Grupo Antolin’s manufacturing space on Barton Business Park to 183,000 sq. ft. and has created 150 jobs.

Ian Romano, Development Director at St. Modwen, said: “Grupo Antolin has been an occupier at Barton Business Park for 10 years and their expansion at Barton reinforces the strength of the automotive industry in the Midlands, which is a key market for us.

“It’s important to St. Modwen to help occupiers grow at our developments and we have worked with Grupo Antolin to create a facility to suit their needs for the foreseeable future.”

Robin Hills, General Manager at Grupo Antolin, said: “Since relocating from Bristol in 2006, the Barton facility has been awarded new and replacement business over a number of vehicle programmes and reached its full manufacturing capacity.

“Grupo Antolin has committed to a major investment at the Barton facility to take a new the lease on the adjoining plot from St. Modwen to consolidate future growth. Initially this will create an additional 150 positions within the business with further vehicle programmes planned in the next few years.”

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Multi-million pound business investment creates thousands of Staffordshire jobs

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Investment totalling nearly £400million in Staffordshire business developments since 2014 will lead to the creation of over 13,000 jobs on schemes completed as part of the county council’s growth programme.

A report published today states that since 2014, economy boosting projects with a total value of £383million have been completed, are under construction or being planned. Of this total, some £56million of direct investment will come from the county council. This means that for every £1 invested by the county council an additional £15 is levered in from the private sector or from the Government.

The number of small businesses with fewer than 49 employees in Staffordshire is growing and makes up 96 per cent of all businesses in the county. Larger businesses account for 55 per cent of employment in Staffordshire, reinforcing their role in the local economy. Staffordshire has seen near full employment for some time with just one per cent of the local population claiming unemployment benefits. This is lower than both regional and national averages.

In addition to its business development investment, the county council has continued to develop its business support programme. This includes the delivery of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub on behalf of the Local Enterprise Partnership. The hub has helped more than 4,300 local companies since it was set up in 2014.

Redhill StaffordSuccessful development schemes have included i54 South Staffordshire, Redhill Business Park in Stafford and Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock. The county council is also supporting development at Branston Locks near Burton and Bericote Four Ashes in South Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “Staffordshire’s economy is in healthy shape and this report demonstrates how far we have come in a relatively short time. We have seen considerable investment in the last three years which has seen significant returns and will result in the creation of thousands of jobs.

“It is a county council priority to do all we can to create the right conditions for businesses to grow and thrive. As figures suggest, employment is fairly evenly distributed across large and small businesses and so it is important that we promote a mixed and balanced economy.

“We have established a number of good quality employment sites with more in the pipeline which gives us a strong basis to make the most of Government funding opportunities. We are continuing to support businesses of all sizes and attract new investment and look forward to building on our successes into 2018.”

The economic growth capital and development programme report will be discussed by the county council’s Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee next Friday December 15.

Plans approved for new city centre residential development

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Plans for a ground-breaking 11-storey city centre residential development have been given the go-ahead today – the first of its kind in Stoke-on-Trent. The city council planning committee has approved Genr8 Developments’ mixed-use apartment and office scheme at Smithfield.

Genr8 is working in partnership with the authority’s housing company Fortior Homes, which will own the site. The scheme will now vastly expand and improve the quality of the city living offer in Stoke-on-Trent and bring about a huge impact on the streetscape and economy.

The Smithfield residential scheme will provide 277 ‘build to rent’ flats, the largest single apartment development in Stoke-on-Trent. Designed by Cartwright Pickard, and sitting at the heart of the Smithfield development alongside a new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, this scheme will provide a residential offer not previously available in the city.

As the first ‘build to rent’ development in Stoke-on-Trent it will set a benchmark for high quality city living developments not only in the Midlands, but also in sub-regional cities across the UK. The scheme includes substantial additional amenity provision for the prospective tenants, including cycle storage, function rooms, a roof terrace with barbecue facilities and a contemporary private, landscaped courtyard.

The scheme will deliver a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments all with contemporary and high quality fittings throughout. The design will reflect Stoke-on-Trent as a place with a history to celebrate while meeting the needs of the 21st-century tenant.

The first residential block will deliver 151 apartments for Fortior Homes with amenity space and communal gardens. There are also leisure and commercial units planned for the ground floor, including a gym and office space. Work is due to start on site in early 2018 with an anticipated completion date of the end of 2019. The second approved building of 126 apartments will form part of a future phase of development.

Consultation for the development took place in July 2017 and the planning application for the two blocks was submitted to the city council in September.

Fortior Homes is a private housing company established by the council to deliver high quality homes that address identified gaps in the private sector housing market. Delivering this scheme through Fortior Homes will generate income for the council and form part of a programme of ongoing activity in years to come, with this proposed scheme being an exciting early example.

Richard Ingham, partner at Genr8 Developments, said: “This is another huge step forwards in the delivery of Smithfield. Having a high quality build to rent apartment offer is key to the ongoing regeneration of the city centre and the wider Stoke-on-Trent economy.

“We are hugely excited to be commencing, early in 2018, the first 151 unit build to rent phase and the Hilton Garden Inn, which will deliver a further transformation at Smithfield.”

Councillor Randy Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “It’s fantastic news that the plans have been approved, meaning we are a huge step closer to improving our city living offer. These high quality apartments will give the city centre permanent residents, who will increase footfall, support the local businesses and lead to further investment.

“We hope that Smithfield will be the first of many schemes we’re considering and are confident that it will give the delivery of our future development strategy a positive kick-start.”

The first phase of Smithfield Stoke-on-Trent, which includes 210,000 sq ft of office space – now known as One Smithfield and Two Smithfield – was completed in August 2015 and is occupied by the city council along with private sector companies. Further phases are in the pipeline, including a 140-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn – which received planning permission in July 2017 – and the next phase of offices.

Further information about Smithfield Stoke-on-Trent can be found at


Rapida Planning Consent At Kingswood For Trebor

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Developers have secured planning permission for a new speculative industrial unit along the M6 Toll corridor.

Trebor Developments and funding partner, Kay Properties (Midlands) have been given consent to build the 102,000 sq ft Rapida unit at Kingswood Lakeside.

The site overlooks the toll motorway to a main toll station and route’s service area at Norton Canes. The nearby Junction 7 at Churchbridge offers easy access to the lakeside site.

The building is being marketed for manufacturing or logistics uses and could be available for occupation in 2018.

Bob Tattrie, managing partner for Trebor Development, said: “The new development will provide quality, industrial, premises in an area with excellent motorway access.

“Over 700,000 sq ft of larger, industrial, premises are currently being developed in the immediate location.

“Our building, at 102,000 sq ft, will be the smallest of these, but we believe responds to occupiers needs for accommodation of that size.

“It can be available for occupation in 2018.”

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, Cllr Mark Winnington said: “Kingswood Lakeside is one of our flagship business parks with major companies operating there.

“There has been a lot of activity and new development on site recently and the Trebor unit will be another welcome addition.

“We have worked with Trebor at another of our sites at Redhill in Stafford and look forward to seeing this development in Cannock completed and ready for business as soon as possible.

“This is further demonstration of investor confidence in Staffordshire.”

Trebor Developments and Kay Properties are represented by joint agents JLL and Knight Frank, through their Birmingham offices

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Omicron moves to new Stafford Centre

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Global energy technology company, Omicron have received the keys to their new purpose built service centre in Stafford from builders, Pave Aways.

The state-of-the-art centre on Redhill Business Park, Stafford, contains Omicron’s technical, training and sales centre serving staff from electrical utilities, industrial plants, equipment manufacturers and service companies.

This new 750 sq. m. centre will see staff relocated from nearby Staffordshire Technology Park.

Classeq factory in Stafford

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Commercial dishwasher, glassware and ice machine manufacturer, Classeq has relocated to a new, purpose built factory on Beacon Business Park, Stafford. The new 2,700 sq. m. factory will enable Classeq to increase UK production by 60% from 10,000 units to meet worldwide demand.

Managing director David Smithson said: “This is an incredibly exciting move in Classeq’s growth, and underpins our 100 per cent commitment to our manufacturing future in the UK.

“We are delighted to be opening the doors to our new manufacturing facility and supporting the local jobs market here in Stafford.

“In a category where the majority of white goods are manufactured overseas, we are proud to be investing in Britain and demonstrating that we can produce high quality machines that offer great value for money – and remain highly competitive in today’s market.”

Steven Hulbert, supply and logistics manager at Classeq, said: “Our site at Hixon was in an ideal location but it was very dated. This new facility is purpose-built for our exact needs, it has been a very significant investment.

“At the moment, Classeq exports to around eight countries, but we see international sales as a major growth area for us. We want to increase our annual production to 16,000 units and to do that we needed somewhere which would allow us to expand.

“So as well as the new factory, we have planning permission for a new building on a parcel of land at the back of the factory which we can construct when the time comes.”

Steven added: “We have transferred our 30 staff from the old site in Hixon, to the new factory and as we grow there will be an opportunity to create even more new jobs.”

The new facility was officially opened by Jurgen and Ralph Winterhalter – directors of Classeq’s parent company, Winterhalter.

Jurgen said: “Classeq is well set for the future and this new factory shows our commitment to the business in the UK.”

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