Movers & Shakers - January 2016

Movers & Shakers - January 2016

A round-up of the month's appointments, hires and promotions...

North East

Scotland

West Midlands

Yorkshire

 

North East

A Northumberland businesswoman is working alongside some of the biggest names in fashion to support the UK’s designers and manufacturers. 

Kate Dawson, founder of The All-in-One Company, has been appointed to the advisory board of Meet the Manufacturer – which later this year is staging a major exhibition of the best of British clothing, textiles and leather goods.

Other members of the 10-strong advisory board include Kate Stacey, the head of group sourcing for the Arcadia Group – which owns high street giants and brands Topshop and Topman, Burton Menswear, Miss Selfridge, Wallis and Evans – Adam Mansell, CEO of the UK Fashion & Textile Association, and Bruce Montgomery, professor in design craftsmanship at Northumbria University.  

Kate’s company created its first onesie for adults in 2008 and has gone from strength to strength. Its success has been based on the quality of its products, handmade at its factory in Ashington, and the ability for customers to create their own onesie through The All-in-One Company website. 

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Gateshead-based serviced and managed accommodation specialists The Office Co. is targeting further growth with the appointment of Rebekah Milne as its new sales and marketing director.

She brings considerable expertise and sector understanding to the role and will be responsible for business development work, targeting regional and national organisations for the company’s property services and workspace.

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Scotland

Alasdair Ramsay has this month officially taken over from Eric Forgie as regional senior director of Bilfinger GVA’s 60-strong Glasgow office. The prominent investment agent will look to bolster and strengthen the office further as he and Keith Aitken, the head of Bilfinger GVA’s Scotland business, look to build on the exceptional growth the company has achieved over the past two years following the acquisition of James Barr in 2013.

Ramsay is one of three new regional senior directors announced by Bilfinger GVA with Roger Spiers taking over in Newcastle and Ben Hall in Leeds.  Their remits are to lead, strengthen and grow their respective offices in line with the company’s national and regional business strategy.

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BGF (Business Growth Fund) has expanded its investment team in Aberdeen with the appointment of Keith Barclay, taking its dedicated investment staff in Scotland to ten people.

Keith joins BGF’s 70-strong nationwide investment team responsible for providing long-term minority growth capital in businesses with revenue typically between £5m and £100m. BGF’s investors also provide support either as board members or observers in the companies in which they invest.

Keith joins BGF from Souter Investments, the private investment vehicle of Sir Brian Souter. Before that, Keith worked at boutique corporate finance house, Blas, and originally trained and qualified as a lawyer at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

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West Midlands

Lloyds Bank has appointed Kelly Henney as director, business development, to its growing Trade and Working Capital team in the Midlands, to bolster its Asset Based Lending offering to mid-market firms in the region.

Kelly joins the bank’s Global Transaction Banking division after 16 years at RBS, where she originated and completed new business opportunities and helped small and medium sized firms across the Midlands drive efficiencies and optimise their operations.

Based at the bank’s flagship office on Colmore Row in Birmingham, she will be working closely with colleagues Ian Bath, Sam Owen and David Squibb to provide funding solutions to new and existing clients with annual turnovers in excess of £25million.

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Birmingham-based fit-out company Estilo Interiors has beefed up its management team with a senior appointment to drive growth at the expanding business.

Tony Graddon has more than 30 years experience in the fit-out industry. He was co-founder and director of CPL Group plc, selling his stake in the business in 2008, and has worked at director level at Legion Group and Eastwood Group.

He will work with Estilo founder and managing director Andrew Moore to develop the business and add to the company’s prestigious national client base, which includes Vax, EON UK, Dolby, Aviva, Handelsbanken and Nurton Developments.

Estilo specialises in commercial interior design, fit-out and refurbishment for the office, retail and education sectors. Projected turnover for this year is in excess of £10million.

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Dr David Ward has been appointed managing partner of the UK’s largest firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, Marks & Clerk LLP. Based in the firm’s Birmingham office, he has been elected for a three year term and will be working with the international and UK boards to lead the UK firm, which has eight offices, over 150 patent and trade mark specialists and several hundred support staff.

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Birmingham-headquartered No5 Chambers, one of the country’s leading sets of barristers, is to have a new head of chambers.

Paul Bleasdale QC has held the post since 2010 and his term of office expires at the end of the month. He is to be replaced by Chancery silk Mark Anderson QC who has been one of the deputy heads of chambers since 2014. Mr Anderson is a leading specialist in commercial dispute resolution and professional liability as well as being authorised to sit as a deputy high court judge.

Mr Anderson said: “It is a great honour to be asked to take over as head of such a progressive and successful set and I look forward to the challenge, but Paul Bleasdale will be a hard act to follow."

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Yorkshire

Marketing specialist Jaywing has announced the appointment of Brendan Moffett to the newly created role of client partnership director.

The role provides a senior strategic partner for key brand communications clients, with a focus on deep understanding of client industry challenges.

Brendan joins Jaywing following his tenure as director at Marketing Sheffield, one of the UK's largest destination marketing organisations.

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North Yorkshire estate agency, Ewemove York, has strengthened its team with the appointment of two new associates.

Jonathan Dawson, a former retail manager, and Simon Burbridge, a former operations manager, who also previously ran his own business, have joined as the latest ‘Lambs’ in the York office of the rapidly-growing business.

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Sheffield-based haulage and logistics firm, DBL Logistics, has added to its ranks with the appointment of a new customer service manager.

The company, based on Tinsley Park Road, has appointed Pauline Semple, to head up the company’s new customer service department.

Pauline joins from Aviva, where she worked for over 25 years in various customer service roles.

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Brighouse-based Arkoni Metalwork has recently welcomed back an old face in the form of production manager Dave Leigh.

Dave, who spent 15 years with Arkoni before departing for pastures new just over a year ago, has resumed his role and he's pleased to be 'home'.

"I suppose you could say that I couldn't keep away but it's great to be back with a company that is doing things right. I've got a long history with Arkoni and long may that continue," explained Dave.