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National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has added three new trainees to its team in the West Midlands and the South West.

The three students are all attending university part time in order to gain their professional qualifications whilst gaining valuable work experience on a diverse range of projects at Wakemans.

Richard Coles and Matthew Gannon both joined the company after A levels and are studying at Birmingham City University whilst working at Wakemans Birmingham office.

Samuel Longley is a former business studies student attracted to the profession because of the career opportunities.  He is working in the Bristol office and is studying at the University of the West of England.

Managing director John Woodhall says: “All three students are welcome additions to our growing team.  We are committed to training young people and bringing on board home grown talent.  Students that join us after their A levels or equivalent have a unique opportunity to blend academic study with real experience that gives them a depth of experience that will prove invaluable as their career progresses.”

Wakemans is one of Europe’s leading privately owned construction cost and property consultants with over 100 years of experience in the industry.  They have three offices in Birmingham, Bristol and Caernarfon.

Pictured – Left – right: Richard Coles and Matthew Gannon

Thousands of families in the Severn Trent area could cut their water bills by up to 90% thanks to a new partnership by charitable body Severn Trent Trust Fund (STTF) and Severn Trent Water.

STTF is now an administrator of The Big Difference Scheme which has been launched to help families finding it difficult to pay water charges and anyone living in the area is eligible to apply.  Awards will vary but low income families are most likely to meet the criteria and could be eligible for a reduction of 10 to 90 % off their water bills for a full twelve months.

For STTF it is an opportunity to provide even more support to vulnerable families that may have already applied for a grant to help with arrears for unpaid water bills.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this extra help,” says Kim Wootton, Operations Director at STTF. “Many families come to us with serious debt issues and we like to work towards giving them the skills and tools to manage their money more effectively rather than just a quick fix of taking their debt away. The Big Difference Scheme will help by reducing outgoings as they plan their future budgets.”

“We can assess people for a grant for water debt and their eligibility for The Big Difference Scheme at the same time,” says Kim, “making it one easy step to access both sources of financial support.”

Applications can be made by contacting STTF on 0300 123 0890, by email or visiting the website


Note for editors
This area served by Severn Trent Trust Fund incorporates over 8 million people, across 8,337 Square miles in an area that spans from Scunthorpe in the north to Gloucester in the south and Leicester in the east to Welshpool in the west.
The Severn Trent Trust Fund is a charitable trust established by Severn Trent Water that has donated over £60 million to help customers who are experiencing severe hardship.   The Charitable Trust Fund also provides grants to help individuals, in many cases helping with essential household items or bills.

Further Info on the Severn Trent Trust Fund:
DDPR. Tel: 01384 878777  e:

Severn Trent Water serves more than 4.2m homes and business customers and has the lowest combined water and waste water bills in England and Wales.

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