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Local hotel opens new alfresco dining area

Posted on Tuesday 15th May 2018 at 9:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Bradley Stoke mayor Andy Ward cutting a ribbon to officially open the new pergoda.

Local hotel and restaurant DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North, located in Woodlands Lane, Bradley Stoke, has created a fantastic new alfresco social and dining space in part of a previously under-utilised grassed area in the centre of the complex.

Known as ‘The Courtyard’ and accessed from the rear of the existing public lounge area, the pergoda-style structure (a hybrid between a pergola and pagoda) offers a sheltered dining space with built-in heaters and mood lighting.

The roof is of a transparent polycarbonate design that allows full natural daylight to permeate and this sits atop an oak-framed structure which the hotel says was designed and constructed by local businesses and contractors.

The capacity of The Courtyard for alfresco dining is 45 covers, however, it can hold more people for social gatherings and when use is made of the opportunity to extend onto the grassed area.

The new flexible outside space will also allow the hotel to cater for a multitude of other guest experiences, including pre-arrival banqueting drinks, wedding ceremonies and corporate BBQ events.

Bradley Stoke mayor Andy Ward was invited to officially open the new pergoda at a special launch event held on Thursday 19th April, at which local business people, supporters and stakeholders were treated to an arrival drink (sponsored by Thatchers), canapés and a barbecue-themed buffet.

Representatives of the hotel’s two local charities, The Grand Appeal and Avon Autistic, also joined in the fun and everyone enjoyed the beautifully sunny weather that blessed the occasion.

More: Concept was two years in the making, says general manager »

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New business centre opens in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 7:50 pm by SH (Editor)

BizSpace offices at Equinox South, Bradley Stoke.

On Wednesday 17th January, BizSpace, the largest provider of flexible workspace with offices and workshops across the UK, hosted a launch event, opening the doors to their brand new business centre for Bristol.

Located at Equinox South, Great Park Road (opposite Mama Bear’s Nursery), the building has been fully refurbished to include a range of first-class facilities and services specifically aimed at small businesses.

Attendees at the launch event were the first to preview the site and network with other like-minded individuals.

Twisted Kitchen were on site with a wood oven pizza van serving fresh stone-baked pizza to attendees, with champagne and other refreshments provided. The lucky winner of the ‘business card draw’ was Tim Macmillan from Enable Recruitment, who was delighted with his prize of a £100 Red Letter Day experience.
The site comprises 55 offices ranging from 140 to 400 sq ft, offering 24-hour access, parking facilities and telecoms packages.

Its proximity to the motorway network, Bristol Parkway Station, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and Bristol city centre is seen as a major selling point.

Tim Macmillan from Enable Recruitment commenting on the site launch said:

“Lovely offices! This new centre is great for the area as it is in a perfect location and enables small businesses in Bristol to expand.”

More: Venue will host monthly networking get-togethers »

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Bradley Stoke boss wins national ‘manager of the year’ award

Posted on Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 10:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Jim Roach receiving his award.

The boss of a Bradley Stoke recruitment firm has been named as the winner of a national award for outstanding managerial skills.

Jim Roach, managing director at ARV Solutions, who are based at Buckingham Court, Woodlands, was delighted to win Manager of the Year at the Investors in People (IIP) Awards on 23rd November 2017.

Jim has been a leader in the recruitment industry for over 30 years. He established ARV Solutions in 2003 in order to focus on recruitment for the construction industry, in particular the growing sector of off-site construction. With stiff competition in the Manager of the Year category from large organisations, it was a real honour to win the award. Finalists at the IIP Awards this year included heavyweights such as Great Western Railway and GlaxoSmithKline.

Jim commented:

“I am very proud of the supportive and nurturing environment we have at ARV Solutions, and I know that it is something that the whole team values. The IIP recognises the importance for companies to train and develop their employees, so winning this award means a great deal to me and reconfirms that we are doing the right thing.”

Despite the current economic climate ARV Solutions has flourished in the last three years, with plans to grow significantly over the next year and hire additional staff. Jim’s attitude to business is slightly unusual for a recruiter, placing an emphasis on team work, collaboration, long-term results and professional development. The company gained the Investors in People Standard Gold Accreditation in 2016, which is only granted to the top 2 percentile of organisations assessed.

More: "Friday morning bacon butties keep the team happy," says Jim »

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New MOT & Service Centre opens in north Bristol

Posted on Thursday 31st August 2017 at 9:33 pm by SH (Editor)

LCM Automotive's MOT and Service Centre on Golf Course Lane, Filton, Bristol.

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A local motor trade company is celebrating the opening of a new MOT and Service Centre in north Bristol.

LCM Automotive, well known for selling quality used cars and commercial vehicles in the local area, has recently opened the centre at a site on Golf Course Lane, Filton BS34 7QS.

Business owner Nick Malpas, who established LCM Automotive in 2013, says the business has built up a reputation for “extremely well prepared vehicles at competitive prices” and offers “excellent levels of customer service”. Speaking about the firm’s new venture, he told the Journal:

“Our MOT and Service Centre was setup to provide a trustworthy, friendly and reliable garage that offers its services at a reasonable price in the local area. We have kitted out our new workshops with the latest equipment, so that our highly skilled and experienced technicians have all of the tools they need to carry out their work to the highest possible standard. We operate a small but efficient workshop and provide a polite, professional and personal service to all of our customers.”

Nick added:

“Our main aim is to put the customer first. We treat all customers fairly, which means we will quote you before we do any work to your vehicle, we won’t use complicated jargon when we speak to you and, wherever possible, we will show you any parts that we have replaced to show that they truly did need changing.”

Servicing starts from just £99 and MOTs are usually £49. Combo Offers (MOT combined with a service) are even better value, starting from £119.

More: "Main dealer quality and service, but at much lower prices"

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