Selected items in the news…..

Will Brexit Encourage Transport Training

They may work with different modes of transport but the bosses of Bournemouth International Airport based Bliss Aviation and Ferndown Industrial Estate based Wayside Transport Ltd find that their hopes and requirements for life after Brexit are very similar. Both businesses make the majority of their turnover from training people to either learn to fly or to professionally drive heavy goods vehicles for a living.  Both Bliss Aviation’s Chief Executive and a helicopter flying instructor Gary Ellson and Simon Watton Training Director who founded Wayside Transport in 1998 train people to work in an international environment beyond Europe.
Neither expects much change to the demands of the training levels other than the rules and regulations converting to UK legislation as the need for the smooth movement across boarders will be essential to be able to operate competitively and efficiently.
“There is currently a shortage and demand for more HGV drivers in the UK,” said Simon Watton. “This I expect will remain high, with or without the eastern European’s continuing to train with UK based business like ours.  I do not expect to see the UK reduce the training requirements, especially the health and safety aspects covered by the CPC certification requirement for professional HGV and Bus/coach drivers.”
Gary anticipates that the requirements to fly within international airspace will have to keep pace with Europe or there will be restrictions. Legislation on the use of different designs of aircraft can vary between countries but when it comes to flying commercially, the rules are internationally agreed.
“From our point of view, as some of our revenue is generated by flights related to the leisure industry, we have more exposure to any general economic downturn that may result from Brexit,” says Gary Ellson. “That said, we believe that the need for Commercial Pilots is going to peak again within the airline industry so the demand for flight training will remain.  Our student base even at the moment is very steady.”
Bliss aviation employs 8 full and part time people, Wayside Transport has a team of 6 training and administration people. Again both agree that the overheads of running their businesses, especially fuel cost, rates, tax and administration charges need to be kept down after Brexit. They can only hope for a positive outcome – but it is hard to keep your fingers crossed whilst driving and flying!

  (From left) Simon Watton with Gary Ellson

Demand For Coffee Success As Packaged Product Introduced

After introducing the Shutelake range of speciality coffee just under 2 years ago at the 3 Stewarts Garden Centres, demand has increased to a point where take away packs have now been introduced.    Ivan Harris started Poole based Shutelake Coffee with his family following 7 years’ experience in the coffee industry and now supplies a variety catering outlets across the UK.   Linda Sessions, Catering Manager at Stewarts, said that whilst its obvious that there is a huge demand for well-made coffees in the UK, the introduction of the blends, including decaffeinated, has boosted sales within the Garden Centre cafes.
“Ivan has packaged the popular Olney Blend as a retail product after requests from customers to be able to make their own at home. We urge customers to recycle the used coffee to help grow their plants as its full of Nitrogen which is great for plants but not liked by slugs and cats,” said Linda Sessions. “The coffee is also enjoyed by our gardening guests annually at our hospitality centre within the New Forest Show.”
Shutelake also provides the barista training for Stewarts 80 catering staff and provides essential dosing and quality checks on the coffee machines.   Stewarts are also withdrawing its takeaway cardboard cups as part of their contribution to recycling initiatives.

Linda Sessions with Ivan Harris

Construction And Property Club Predicts Growth

Members at the last quarterly meeting of Southern Construction and Property Breakfast Club have predicted that demand for commercial and residential construction will remain strong for the foreseeable future. Considered opinions from various business professionals from the Solent region who attend the meetings held at the Ageas Hilton Hotel, were likeminded when asked to appraise business during 2017.

Richard Summers, Urban Designer and Director from Southampton based Boyle+Summers Ltd, said that business has been good in 2017 with a number of key new clients bringing interesting projects to the company, most recently a housing project in Cornwall. He anticipates that 2018 will be similar to this year. That prediction is shared by Justin Galloway, Business Development Manager with Acheson Construction in Chandler Ford: “It’s been a busy market thanks to private developments and industrial Investment.   We expect business will remain buoyant and are planning new offices and investment with aspirations to grow the business this coming year.”

Recruitment will be important to many of the businesses experiencing this growth in demand. David Ardley, Director of international property and construction consultancy company Gleeds. He stated that their Hedge End offices have seen its team expand in 2017 and expects to expand more in 2018 as they win projects within most sectors including commercial, education, defence, and energy: “Next year won’t be any more challenging than any other year!  We will continue to introduce college leavers to the business with day release in our own apprenticeship program offering on the job training.”

Nick Groves, Director at Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineers WFBA agrees that 2017 was a good year with growth in their client base and repeat business introducing a multitude of interesting projects. “Our focus is now including more front end work.  This means that we are more involved with the feasibility stages, to “free up” sites and help de-risk land purchases and to boost the viability of a development.”

Offering competitive fees whilst ensure a reasonable profit and working within tight profit margins in a difficult economic climate will continue to affect developers, contractors, project managers, cost consultants, consulting engineers, architects, and planning specialists in the region.

Justin Galloway Acheson Construction Ltd, Nick Groves of WFBA, David Ardley from Gleeds.

Mental Health Issues In the Workplace Increase

NHS Digital Data Report showed that there was a 14% rise in sicknotes relating to anxiety and stress between 2015-16 and 2016-17 and that Fitness to Work notes for mental health problems were being issued for longer periods of time than any other types of illness.   Ringwood based consultancy View HR reports that the number of clients seeking advice regarding mental health issues has dramatically increased over the past few years. View HR’s Managing Director Gemma Murphy does not expect to see the problem faced by employers diminish for a number of valid reasons.
“Mental Health issues are significantly on the rise. They are now more recognised by society whereas in the past a person suffering from problems may have simply signed off work with another ailment such as a bad back. The impact of absence on the workplace is still the same. Other team members face more pressure whist the individual is not performing their role.  The impact is still costly to an employer and disruptive to the employee’s own career.”
The majority of people find it difficult to talk about mental health at home and work. Therefore, mental health issues do not normally manifest themselves until they become a bigger problem for an individual. Whilst there is often the old British approach of brush yourself down and get on with it, it’s not that simple for everyone, mental health conditions can be triggered by work, financial issues, genetic disposition, life events, post-traumatic stress, bereavement, breakdown in relationships, post-natal depression.
“Anything – Everyone’s trigger is different! We need to be talking to our staff we suspect have problems far sooner to reduce the impact on the individuals and the business” says Gemma. “The repercussions generated if the situation is not handled individually, fairly and with empathy can be very costly. We mediate to provide the best positive solution for both employer and employee.”
For additional information visit www.viewhr.co.uk

Gemma Murphy

 

Senior Promotions at Major Hampshire Architect

Three members of the busy team at Southampton based architects and masterplanners Boyle and Summers have received promotions from the founders Tony Boyle and Richard Summers. Long serving team members Andrew Hoare and Steve Smith have been promoted from Associates to Associate Directors and Steven Dorricott, who has been with the company since the  Summer 2016, becomes an Associate.
Richard Summers said that the promotions recognise their contribution to the business, especially over the last few years where significant projects include a new Ferrari after sales service facility, aircraft hangars at Lee-on-the Solent (part of the Solent Enterprise Zone) and numerous education, industrial and residential projects spread across the UK.
“We are delighted to announce these promotions and look forward to 2018 being our most productive and exciting year since launching Boyle and Summers 3 years ago, and recognise that this is thanks to a fantastic team effort,” said Richard Summers.
Boyle and Summers employ a full time team of 13 qualified Architects, Urban Designers and Technologists. They currently have 30 live projects located between Cornwall to London.
For additional information visit www.boyleandsummers.com

(L-R standing) Tony Boyle Richard Summers with (seated) Andrew Hoare  Steve Smith and Steven Dorricott

 

Topping Out Ceremony for New Aldingbourne Trust Visitor Centre 

A cold winter afternoon is not the best time of year to stand on scaffolding to top out a new 3 storey visitor building  near Chichester, but the Aldingbourne Trust did not want to let the chance to celebrate the progress made by Fareham based Amiri Construction on the £4 million project go unrecognised.  As Aldingbourne Trust helps to give adults with learning disabilities real choices and more independent lives, the trust’s Managing Director Sue Livett invited one of the original people supported at the Country Centre, Paul Dunne, to perform the topping out by nailing the first of the shingle tiles to the roof and for many of the staff, clients and trustees to enjoy a tour of the site.
The VIP’s including Aldingbourne Trust’s Chair Frances Russell, Amiri Director Mark Vincent and the Project Manager Adrian Harvey, cheered as Paul vigorously hammered in one of the 32,000 cedar tiles.  When completed in 2018, the new  facilities designed by Chichester based Architects HNW, will have seating for 100 people and will comprise of a new entrance to the centre, shop, WCs and accessible changing facilities, a modern Café for visitors, extra staff offices and car park.
“The positive difference that the new Centre will make to the people we support, our visitors who enjoy a great day out, and our hardworking volunteers and training staff, will be immense! We provide real skills, care and jobs in a very 21st century way.  Strong partnerships between social enterprise and charity fundraising helps to give adults with learning disabilities real choices and more independent lives,” said Sue Livett.
The charity is now appealing to generate additional funds to increase the support that they provide to people with learning disabilities across Sussex.   Please visit www.aldingbournetrust.co.uk for contact info and additional information.

(from left)  Mark Vincent, Sue Livett, Paul Dunne, Adrian Harvey and Frances Russell on the roof of the new Conference Centre.

DCCI Boss Opens New Accountants

A Poole based accountancy firm has become one of the latest new business start-ups to join the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Natasha Fowler has launched CrystalPoint Accountancy Ltd following 10 years’ experience in a variety of accounting roles, including PamPurredPets that was recently acquired for £6 million. Ian Girling, Chief Executive, at the DCCI, was invited to officially launch CrystalPoint where he took the opportunity to present the membership certificate.
“I’m pleased that Natasha and her team already has a client base of 10 businesses. Despite the economic climate, there is still an abundance of new business start-ups. Many of these will grow to offer more employment and generate wealth within the region.  As the DCCI we help and encourage the business community to grow and prosper, share ideas and find value from their membership,” said Ian Girling.
Natasha says she has already used discounts offered through the chamber’s membership to keep the cost of equipping the premises in Upper Parkstone down and will use the networking events and other promotional options to build the business.
More for more information visit www.dcci.co.uk and www.crystalpointaccountancy.com


(Seated left) Ian Girling congratulates Natasha Fowler with team members

(standing from left) Naomi Larry Steve Fowler Debbie Fowler.

 Another front cover story for one of our clients

Pilot magazine describes the experience of flying a former Red Arrows Gnat.  It also explains how someone can join the elite team of pilots and support the heritage flight.

 

Robot For Difficult Window Cleaning

A south coast Retailer has launched a new product that promises to make cleaning even the most difficult window easy. Ed Griffiths, Operations Manager at the Purewell Electrical Superstore says that people visiting the showroom are fascinated to see the £359 Winbot 950 crawling effortlessly and silently accords the external and internal glazing keeping the windows squeaky clean,
“We are delighted with the sales over last week since we have demonstrated the Winbot which is appealing to owners of commercial and residential properties who don’t want to wait for window cleaners to have clear smudge free glass,” said Ed Griffiths.
The plug-in robotic window cleaner, which vacuums itself to any smooth surface and uses rubber tank like tracks to propel itself, can be used with a life line to ensure that all health and safety concerns are met when its working overhead people and property. It is one of a number of robotic domestic products including vacuum cleaners which are available on an exclusive try be for buy arrangement
National Award winning Purewell Electrical was founded by Arthur Griffiths in 1950 in Christchurch and is now a £5m turnover family business employing a team of 28 people. As well as new to market products, Purewell offers a wide range of well-known brands from manufacturers within their key departments including TV, Audio, home appliances, photography, Kitchen, Bathroom and gadgets/computing.
Full info available by visiting www.purewell.co.uk

Look no Hands! Ed Griffiths faces new window cleaning technology

Spitfire and Luxury PC-12 NG Formation Flight Competition Announced

Two Biggin Hill Airport based specialist aircraft companies have announced a competition for which the prize is a special formation flight. The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, where single and twin seat Spitfires are restored to full flying condition, and Oriens Aviation who are the UK distributors for the Swiss manufactured $5m (USD) Pilatus PC-12 NG executive aircraft, will offer the lucky winner of the online draw to have a flight in a two-seat spitfire, whilst up to 8 of their family and friends can have a rare opportunity to view the Spitfire in formation.
The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, which to date has renovated 6 Spitfires, with 3 more currently in restoration alongside other collectable second world war aircraft, says that demand for the Spitfire flights grows every year:
“We find that it is often a partner that buys her man the flight for a birthday or anniversary present,” said Heritage Hangar’s Project Manager Paul Campbell. “Our display pilots enjoy the chance to let the recipients experience the view over Kent in a more relaxed flight than compared to the Battle of Britain era when the Luftwaffe would be out to shoot you down!”
One of the two seat Spitfires used for the experience flights was converted by the RAF from a single seat version that saw action and is credited with kills gained by its 19-year-old Royal Canadian Air Force Pilot Officer Sid Bregman who flew with 441 Squadron.
The Pilatus PC-12 NG executive aircraft that will fly in formation will be flown by Edwin Brenninkmeyer, who gained his pilot’s license at the age of 17, and he flies former Red Arrow Gnat trainer as a hobby when not selling new PC-12s.
“My mission will be to give our VIP passengers a very stable, pleasant flight as we fly with the Spitfire so they can get some great air to air photos and enjoy the freedom of flying in a luxury executive aircraft,” said Edwin.
The draw will take place on 30th September 2017 from entries that answer the follow question correct.
Which World War did the Spitfire help us to win?
Entries can be posted to the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill or be submitted on-line by visiting www.flyaspitfire.com/spitfire-and-pc12-formation-flight-draw where the competition terms and conditions can also be found. Tours are offered at the Heritage Hangar which is home to the largest gathering of Spitfires anywhere in the world.

Edwin Brenninkmeyer and Paul Campbell with the PC-12 and two Seat Spitfire.

Construction and Property Breakfast Club Builds with New Sponsorship

 

The Southern Construction and Property Breakfast Club, which now attracts over 70 professionals from the building and construction industry to its quarterly meetings held at the Ageas Hilton, has been boosted by a new team of four leading sponsors from the Solent region.
The sponsors will now comprise of contractors Acheson Construction Ltd, architects and masterplanners Boyle+Summers Ltd, property and construction consultants Gleeds, and consulting civil and structural engineers WFBA. Each of the companies will be responsible for the organisation of this important networking event, and selecting the invitees from a range of professionals including Developers, Contractors, Project Managers and Cost Consultants, Consulting Engineers, Architects, and Planning Specialists.
“The Breakfast Club is an excellent opportunity to network with fellow construction professionals, share views of the industry and gain insight into new opportunities, and we are all delighted to be sponsors of the re-formed Breakfast Club,” said WFBA Director Nick Groves.

 Justin Galloway Acheson Construction Ltd, Tony Deacon Gleeds, Nick Groves WFBA, Richard Summers and Tony Boyle of Boyle+Summers.

 

From Mosquito Bombers to First UK Garden Centres

Martin Stewart, Managing Director of the Dorset based Stewarts Garden Centres, achieved a lifelong ambition to sit the cockpit of a world war two  De Havilland Mosquito bomber, the type that his father few in action with the RAF’s 82 Squadron in Burma. His guide was Bob Glassy, Project Leader at the De Havilland Aircraft Museum in Hertfordshire (Junction 22 on the M25) where he and his team restore 3 variants (including the prototype) of the composite “wooden wonder” aircraft that was immortalised in the 1964 film “633 Squadron”.
Martin explained that Squadron Leader Edward Stewart, who learnt to fly in another famous de Havilland aircraft, the Tiger Moth biplane, did not give up flying after the war and as a private pilot had the opportunity to take a Dakota transport aircraft on a ferry flight to America. Whilst travelling up the East Coast on his way from Florida to Toronto before the trip home, Edward visited some of the first dedicated Garden Centres.  In the Stewarts archives is the letter that Edward excitedly wrote to his wife in 1955 explaining that their nurseries in Ferndown should adopt the process of selling plants in the containers in which they were grown as part of a cash and carry style Garden Centre. He returned to the UK in the late summer of 1955 and opened the Country’s first Garden Centre at Ferndown in October 1955.
“Had my father not joined the RAF and loved flying he many never have seen the popularity of the Garden Centre concept in the US. By the 1960s he had helped to change the way gardeners could easily select and purchase plants, and gardening equipment by opening ‘Garden-Lands’ at Christchurch in October 1961.  He even placed a café within the building, which we all take for granted today,” said Martin Stewart.
The Stewarts garden centres continue to expand. Last year they announced a multi-million pound refurbishment and rebuild for their Broomhill Wimborne Garden Centre and Nurseries, and acquired the Abbey Garden Centre in Titchfield, Hampshire.
The Stewart Family gave all of Edwards flying records to Dorset Archives 20 years ago. Martin commissioned a painting by Guild of Aviation Artists member Robert Calow depicting his father’s Mosquito in action, and still has a few photos of the Squadron Leader with crew members and his particular attack aircraft.

 

Bob Glassy and Martin Stewart with the painting of his father’s aircraft in action.

Martin Stewart in the cockpit

“Alpaca Andy” Joins Romsey’s WFBA as Senior Technician

Romsey based WFBA has appointed Andy “Alpaca” Davis as a Senior Technician at the expanding consulting civil and structural engineering firm. Andy, from Totton, studied at the Southampton Technical College and prior to WFBA, held a similar management role with an international company.
When not working on multi-million pound construction projects for clients including McCarthy & Stone, Travelodge, and Southampton University, and some of the UK’s leading Architects, Andy with his wife Sally care for 6 male and 7 female Alpacas. After 4 years of breeding, five of the animals have gained top awards in local shows, including 1st in Class and reserve Champion at Romsey Show, 1st in Class and reserve Champion at Ellingham and Ringwood Show and 1st in Class and Champion at Honiton Show.
Nick Groves, Director at WFBA, says that Andy has one of the more unusual hobbies within the team of 26 employees: “It can be a stressful environment working on projects varying from a £25,000 private home extension to a £35 million commercial development so having a rural pastime can only be a good thing!”

Andy Davis with Yoko who won First in Class at the Romsey Show.

Polish Paint Importers Positive About Brexit Trading

Dariusz Kosek and Lukasz Porebski from Skawina near Krakow, Poland, arrived in the UK in May 2016 with the opportunity to create a UK based import and distributorship for Poland’s major aerosol paint manufacturer Deco Color aerosol line.   Darius, a former member of the Polish army, and Lukasz, who works part time for Deco Color as the Export Sales Manager, do not seem concerned about the impact that the UK leaving the EU will, or will not have.
“We will find a way to trade however Brexit changes things,” Lukasz says enthusiastically with a school boy grasp of English that becomes more fluent every day. “We arrived here in the UK with nothing so every sale is a step forward.”
Considering the brief time that they have been renting a property in the East Dorset suburb Ferndown, and Dariusz holds a full time job to support the income required to make ends meet, they have already created a website for POKO limited and now sell selected products on e-bay and Amazon.
“We hope to emulate the success that Deco Color enjoys through its distributor in other countries, especially in Germany which has proved to be a successful market.   We are self-sufficient and already contribute to the British economy with tax and national insurance, and have our girlfriends working and supporting the business when we are very busy.  We also look for a larger storage unit now.”
DIY and car products, not just paint but various finishes and protective treatments, are amongst the more popular products out of the range of over 40 different lines they can supply.
“I hope that we can gain a strong market share by offering an alternative range of products. We are used to the difficulties of selling no matter which country.  If there is a need, we have the product to help. It is simple.  Brexit will not change that!”
More for more information visit www.pokolimited.co.uk

 

Photo Caption: (from left) Lukasz Porebski, Karolina Witek, Patrycja Walczewska, Dariusz Kosek

 

Sarah Has Pink Cadillac Drive As Star Treatment Winner!

If you spotted a Pink Cadillac driving in Bournemouth on Mothering Sunday you may have seen a super star mum! Sarah Annett, 45 from Throop won the Castlepoint Shopping Park’s Mothering Sunday competition after her daughter Molly nominated her as being an inspirational, strong, amazing woman and mum.  Sarah was joined by other nominated Mothers who also had their names placed on stars on the shopping mall floor similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.
Sarah prize package included a ride in a 1959 Pink Cadillac formerly owned by the screen goddess Diana Dors, and £400 worth of vouchers for clothing and hair and beauty treatments, and use the skills of professional personal shopper Liz Ryles.  The Cadillac, given to the star by Shepperton studios, was one of two she owned.  One was driven in the USA and one seen on British roads.
“It was a fun chance to anyone to nominate their mother for a very special treat and show that they really appreciate the love and care that a mother brings to a child’s life,” said Anna Proto, Marketing Manager at Castlepoint.

 

Photo Captions:  Sarah Annett (left) with fellow Star mums and the Pink Cadillac once owned by Diana Dors.

 

Charlotte Gains Dream Aviation Job

Biggin Hill based Oriens Aviation, the UK and Ireland new aircraft sales distributor for the Swiss manufactured Pilatus PC-12 NG, have appointed Charlotte Wroe as the EA to CEO Edwin Brenninkmeyer and Office Manager. Charlotte, originally from Lee, South East London returned from Ireland having worked in international marketing for the Shannon region, then focused on promoting opportunities and services for Shannon airport.  Between the age of 13- 16, she was a cadet in the Air Training Corps during which time she enjoyed every opportunity she had to fly with the RAF.
During a period of consultancy work in London, Charlotte, who now lives in Snodland saw the advertisement for the role supporting the promotion and sales of new Pilatus aircraft, and realised that the job description matched her skills and ambition.
Edwin Brenninkmeyer, says he is delighted to welcome Charlotte to the team at dynamic point in the ongoing success of the 9 seat, $6m (USD) Pilatus PC-12 within the UK.
“For the first time in the PC-12’s 23 years of operation, the new legislation introduced in March will now permit the UK based commercial operators to enjoy the luxury and benefits of the PC-12 that so many private owners have.   Its economical operating costs combined with its 9 seat capacity, long range and versatility using short grass runways, will enable commercial aviation to flourish and emulate those in other European counties, the USA and other continents.”
The PC-12 is used by flying doctor services and as surveillance aircraft by various government agencies.
Full information on the PC-12 visit www.oriensaviation.com or www.pilatus-aircraft.com

 

Photo Caption: Charlotte Wroe