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Simon Acres Group has committed to not use any plastic for marketing merchandise at the KBB exhibition (01-04 March NEC Birmingham), and donate the money they would have spent, £5,000, to wellness charities.

The move follows a recent KBB forum on ‘Wellness in the Workplace’, hosted by Simon Acres Group that raised awareness about how many people are affected by mental health issues and the impact this can have on business.

Simon Acres Group principal director Simon Acres says, “We were so moved by the support from our guests at the forum that we wanted to continue the conversation about this taboo topic.  We hope that visitors to our stand will support us and help us make a difference, one that could ultimately lead to saving lives.”

The £5,000 donation will be allocated across three charities, based on the preferences of visitors.  They will be able to select which of the three charities they would like to support when they visit the stand.

The three charities that will benefit are TT Training – Children’s Mental Health, The Samaritans and Mind.

Simon Acres Group can be found at stand N70.

There will be an introductory 25% discount to all new clients who register at the show for any of the recruitment, training, digital marketing, web development or business consultancy services.

KBB retailer Trevor Scott is the latest KBB professional to feature in the Simon Acres Group ‘Industry Legends’ series. Launched last year, the films have provided a platform for some of the most well-known figures in the industry to share their thoughts on best practice and success strategies for the sector.

“It was a pleasure to talk with Trevor,” says Simon Acres Group Principal Director, Simon Acres.
“He has a wealth of experience and knowledge from the 40 plus years he has spent in KBB sales and design.”

Trevor is still involved with the family business, RFK Kitchens based in Rugby, which he established in 1993.  He says, “I was honoured to be asked to participate in the ‘Industry Legends’ series and share my experience of building a successful KBB retail business.

“Consumers are super savvy in this digital age, making it even more important for a retailer to understand the product and be able to offer expert advice. Training should not be neglected, even though there is not enough available. At RFK we have developed our own training manual to ensure that all of our staff understand the fundamentals of listening and building relationships with customers.

“We have never underestimated the amount of skill, knowledge and expertise required to design and fit a kitchen. Our sales and design staff have to understand the technicalities of how to fit a kitchen and we have made it a priority to work with the very best installation teams.

“The era of Brexit has created an uncertain market place but there are opportunities for those that have control of their cash flow and are committed to delivering outstanding service.”

The Trevor Scott film can be found on the Simon Acres Group website seen here.

With its appointment on a second project at one of Wolverhampton’s most prestigious schools, national property and construction consultancy Wakemans is reaping the benefits of its education sector expertise.

Wakemans is acting as quantity surveyor on a new science block at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School. The building has been designed by Seymour Harris Architects (SHA), which was instrumental in the School securing Selective School Expansion Fund (SSEF) funding last year.

Joe Harris at SHA said: “As Wakemans are a trusted partner and have worked closely with us on the first project for the school, you have really appreciated what we as architects and the school are trying to achieve. We were therefore keen to work together again on this expansion project that will provide dedicated science, dining and community sports facilities in readiness for a growth in pupil numbers over the next five years.”

Wakemans quantity surveyor Gerard Belfield said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with SHA on this important school expansion project.”

Over the past 40 years Wakemans has worked in partnership with SHA on a wide variety of regional and national projects. Most recently the two companies have collaborated on the £2.4million Sixth Form hub at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School and a £4.2million teaching block at Joseph Leckie Academy in Walsall.


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