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Accountancy firm moves into Corsham offices

Written by Peter Davison.

22 High Street CorshamAccountancy and tax advisor Aylmer-Kelly Partnership has moved into new offices in central Corsham, in a deal brokered by commercial property agents Kilpatrick & Co.

The firm has moved into first and second floor offices at 22 High Street, Corsham above Haine & Smith Opticians.

The offices, of approximately 892 sq ft are self-contained in a period Cotswold stone building. The layout comprises three individual rooms on the first floor with a large kitchen and two individual offices with a WC on the second floor.

Andrew Kilpatrick said. “We are pleased that the lease has now completed and wish Aylmer-Kelly every continued success in their new offices.”

New doors for Open Dawes as training firm relocates

Written by Peter Davison .

Chris DawesSwindon-based Open Dawes Training Ltd has moved to smart new offices, as business flows in for the presentation, public speaking and media training company.

Open Dawes Training, which offers CPD accredited training for organisations and individuals, has relocated to Nexus Business Centre’s serviced offices in Swindon, moving from Gemini House at Groundwell Industrial Estate.

The company’s founder and managing director Chris Dawes, who has a second career as a motor sports commentator, said the new venue better reflected the nature and growth of the training business and its clientele.

“We loved being in Gemini House, as our first office for the media side of Chris Dawes Comms, but the facilities at Nexus are great, and it’s an excellent venue to bring our clients when we are delivering one-to-one training.”

Open Dawes trains groups or individuals, either in-house or at its head office training centre at Nexus, in Cheney Manor. Its clients range from accountants and insurance companies, to public sector and charities, and professional sports people/management.

Chris is also developing an online training service, and has already coached a young Australian racing driver based in Brisbane, in presentation and public speaking skills.

Earlier this year the company was recognised by BBC Dragons’ Den’s former dragon Theo Paphitis, and invited to become one of an elite group of small businesses in the entrepreneur’s Small Business Sunday network.

In January, Chris – a regular commentator at motor sports venues across the UK and in Europe – was runner-up in the Commentator of the Year annual awards run by Motorsport Media, which broadcasts Motorsport Radio and online live visual broadcasts.

“Both sides of my business – Open Dawes Training and Chris Dawes Comms – are doing really well. Open Dawes Training in particular has really taken off and has now overtaken the media side.

"The commentating, voiceover, TV/radio presenting, and live event hosting business will become a sub-brand of Open Dawes.”


Power components firm creates a buzz with business park expansion

Written by Peter Davison.

Unit 77 Shrivenham Hundred Business ParkA leading UK specialist distributor of components and systems for high voltage, pulsed power and power electronics is expanding into a further unit at Shrivenham Hundred Business Park near Swindon following rapid growth over the last two years.

Pulse Power and Measurement Ltd, which was founded in 1994, has four business lines: PPM Power, ViaLite Communications, PPM Test and PPM Systems.

Further to growth across all four divisions, the company found itself requiring additional office space. The acquisition of Unit 77 met these requirements, with the property offering 2,000 sq ft of high-quality offices, additional meeting rooms and further parking. Martin Ryan, managing director at PPM, said: “The business has grown rapidly over the last two years and we needed more space to house the additional people and operations.

"We looked at potential new sites in the area but were happy to be able to co-locate our new facility on the same business park as our existing offices and manufacturing units.”

PPM expects to be settled in the new unit from the start of August. The existing PPM units (63-66) will continue to house the business’s manufacturing, production, test and stores areas, anechoic chamber, and existing offices and meeting rooms.

Bradley Forbes, of chartered surveyors Loveday, said: “We are delighted to have sourced a tenant for our client and wish PPM well with their expansion. It is encouraging to see businesses on Shrivenham Hundred thrive and expand.”

Growing plant hire firm moves to larger premises

Written by Peter Davison.

Tiger Plant HireGrowing plant hire firm Tiger Plant Hire has moved to larger premises in Swindon. The firm, which runs a fleet of diggers, dumpers, telehandlers and forklifts which it rents to businesses in the construction industry, has moved to a two-acre site on Bridge End Road.

The new yard has dedicated workshops, offices and enough space to launch a training academy, will run courses for CPCS, Pasma and IPAF qualifications as well as class room based O-licence and CPC modules.

Their recent expansion has seen the appointment of a full time fitter and they are on the hunt for an apprentice to complement their growing team.

Director Andy Rohrer said: “We’ve had a solid start to 2019 and are continuing to make cap-ex investment into new machinery as we approach the 110 unit mark as well as invest in our people.

"The introduction of the training facility will allow us to improve the skills of our own workforce as well as offering a solution to the skills shortage the construction industry currently faces."

Global tech firm moves to Chippenham

Written by Peter Davison.

Bewley HouseLogistics technology firm Descartes Systems Group is moving into office space at Bewley House in Chippenham, coinciding with their UK team expansion.

The multinational technology company, headquartered in Canada, specialises in software and services to improve the operational efficiency and regulatory compliance of logistics and transportation operations with customers including John Lewis Partnership, Maersk Group and The Coca-Cola Company.

Employing over 1,300 people globally, they operate from 72 offices, three of which are in the UK.

Descartes Systems UK Ltd will be moving to the third floor of Bewley House, occupying 2,695 sq ft of office space joining global technology giant, Siemens PLC, and international engineering, design and consultancy company, Ramboll.

The Chippenham team will also be expanded having recently added a number of new hires in software development, customer support and marketing.

Andrew Tavener, head of marketing at Descartes, said: “Descartes is making this investment in the UK in order to continue to grow and attract the best talent in software development, support and sales and marketing.

“The new office is required to accommodate this and future growth. It will also provide us with first class facilities for staff, meetings and training with our customers.

"The central location and direct transport routes to London, Bristol and Bath makes it an ideal location for our employees and for business connections.”

HPH Commercial Property owns and manage the landmark Chippenham building in addition to many other office, industrial and retail space across the region.

HPH has invested heavily in Bewley House in recent years and the office building offers occupiers, shower facilities, superfast fibre to premises broadband, LED energy efficient lighting, electric vehicle charging points, intelligent lighting in stairwells, boasting strong sustainable and environmental credentials.

Lindsay Holdoway, managing director of HPH Commercial Property, said: “Descartes is a global leader in their sector and we look forward to welcoming them to Bewley House.

"HPH is delighted that another blue chip international company has decided to relocate to Bewley House. Our decision to undertake a significant investment in environmental technologies and facilities to promote greater health and well-being, as well as providing outstanding connectivity for the building is proving a compelling offer for modern businesses.”

Sweet dreams as sleep company beds down in unit

Written by Peter Davison.

Unit 17 Harnham Trading Estate SalisburyA Polish family company providing products designed to help people get a good night’s sleep has taken space on a Salisbury trading estate.

Property consultancy Myddelton & Major successfully brokered a deal for Unit 17, Harnham Trading Estate, which is owned by Legal & General’s Industrial Property Investment Fund (IPIF).

Senso-Rex Ltd has agreed a five-year deal on the 2,202 sq ft factory/warehouse premises for which the quoting rent was £15,000 per annum.

Myddelton & Major partner Dean Speer said: “Previously Manchester-based Senso-Rex Ltd makes therapeutic products to help people sleep, the best known of which is the Weighted Blanket.

The firm’s Weighted Blankets are mainly recommended for children with Sensory Integration Disorder, sleep problems and hyperactivity, as well as adults with the symptoms of insomnia, stress and depression.

“Senso-Rex Ltd was seeking a base in the Salisbury area and Harnham Trading Estate, one of the city’s most well-established and popular industrial/warehouse developments, proved ideal.”

Located at Netherhampton Road (B3094), linking with the A36 on the south west side of Salisbury, the estate is particularly conveniently placed to serve the city and beyond.

It comprises a range of factory/warehouse units with cavity brick/blockwork elevations and profile sheet metal cladding with insulated fibre cement roofs.

Small businesses get chance to rub shoulders with global firms

Written by Peter Davison.

Bewley HouseSmall businesses in Chippenham are being offered the chance to share an address with global names.

Modern office space is now available at the newly renovated Bewley House. The west wing on the ground floor offers approximately 850 sq ft and is suitable for eight to 10 employees.

The new tenants will be rubbing shoulders with global technology giant Siemens, and international engineering, design and consultancy company, Ramboll, with another global brand expected to announce shortly.

Owned and managed by HPH Commercial Property, Bewley House has seen significant investment and now includes shower facilities for staff to use, excellent digital connectivity with a wide choice of broadband services available and a number of green credentials.

Lindsay Holdoway, managing director of HPH Commercial Property, said, “Bewley House presents a fantastic opportunity for smaller companies in Chippenham looking for more, centrally located space in the town. With the likes of Ramboll and Siemens already taking space,

"Bewley House is established as an innovative and diverse business hub with great rail and road access.

“Bewley House offers a plethora of modern facilities and provides the perfect environment for businesses to operate. It is just a short walk from the town’s railway station making it an ideal location for companies needing easy access to London, Bristol and Bath.”

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