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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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Young Enterprise success for local company

Posted on Sunday 3rd July 2016 at 1:57 pm by Nikki Hallur

Students from St Bede's Catholic College, Bristol involved in 'Vitae', formed as part of the Young Enterprise scheme.

A group of Year 10 students from St Bede’s Catholic College have formed a company called Vitae which has become popular in the locality and won several awards for its original product. The team members and business directors include Ann Biju, Samuel Brady, Amara Fordham-Vizcaino, Gelo Tano, John Estopen, Kieran Wilson and Adam Ankudowicz. We spoke to managing director Ann Biju, who lives in Bradley Stoke, about the product her business sells and how her team works together.

“We have created a product that is centred around putting the life into music,” Ann told us. The young entrepreneurs are selling an increasingly popular headphone wrapping kit. It is a trendy product which enables users to buy headphones which wrap in a way that avoids them getting tangled. The team has won awards such as ‘Overall Best Team’ and ‘Best Trade Stand’ within the Young Enterprise competition. It was also selected to participate in the South West Area Finals on 5th May.

Ann says, “One of our company values is aiming high”, and part of this involves extending the business’s consumer base and audience. The team has been recognised for its customer service skills and wishes to reach and connect with more people in the local community. Ann adds that “although we are only young, with your help we can achieve our dreams and bring people closer through music”.

Ann says family and friends are delighted with how well the business is doing, selling a product that “perfectly fills a gap in the market”. They have also been impressed with how the team has conducted itself, showing passion and maturity with their business skills. Vitae sells its products at local trade fairs which have previously been held at local outlets such as Cribbs Causeway. For more information about the company and their product range, visit their page on Facebook.

Photo: Vitae team members man a stand at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway.

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