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Leading MRO logistics specialist Entec International has implemented a zero plastic packaging policy at its Midlands based warehouse in Halesowen, stripping out all plastic packaging from incoming products and replacing with biodegradable alternatives before shipping overseas to clients.

A high percentage of the firm’s business serving blue-chip companies is conducted in Africa, which according to Pollution & Waste Management magazine, has the ‘dubious honour of being the second most polluted continent on the planet’, largely due to inadequate waste management infrastructure.

Consequently, Entec International has embraced this year’s World Environment Day theme of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ and committed to remove and recycle all plastic waste from incoming packaging. The company has invested in new biodegradable shrink wrapping and box shredding machinery to enable shredded cardboard to replace the plastic packing around products.

Managing director of Entec, Chris Syner comments, “We have been doing business in Africa for almost 30 years and most of the plastic pollution comes from outside the continent, so we felt that this was something we could do that is ethically and environmentally responsible in any case, but that also puts something back into a continent in which we’ve built a very successful business.”

He adds, “In our first month, we have removed and recycled 8.5 CBM of assorted plastic waste that serves no purpose other than to fill a void in a package and protect the enclosed parts. Over a year, we will be removing the equivalent of 3.65 20ft shipping containers of plastic pollution – over five years, 18.25 containers. Apart from investment in new machinery and recycling, the cost to us is time, effort and energy, which we all deem well worth it!”

Eighty percent of the continent’s GDP is concentrated in just 11 African countries, including Nigeria and Ghana, where Entec operate – all of which are have prominent coastlines and rivers likely to transport a large quantity of land-based waste, including plastic pollution, as they make their way to the ocean.

While cardboard biodegrades in 8 weeks, Styrofoam takes 60 years with some types of plastic taking between 400 – 10,000 years.

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Portsmouth’s skyline is to take on a new look next summer as the UK’s first budget hotel chain continues its countrywide expansion programme with a new £10 million Travelodge in the city centre, its third hotel in Portsmouth.

To oversee its interests Travelodge has appointed national property and construction consultancy Wakemans as tenant’s agent on the 152-room hotel, which will offer some of the best views over the city.

Travelodge already operates two hotels in Portsmouth – Portsmouth Hilsea Travelodge and Portsmouth Travelodge in North End.

This latest development is a new build, 11-storey standalone hotel on a vacant brownfield site with ground floor car parking, reception and a Bar Café serving breakfast and evening meals on the first floor.

The hotel will also feature Travelodge’s premium economy room concept called SuperRooms. This new class of room, the first of its kind in the UK budget hotel market, dials up the comfort factor with a concept designed especially for business and leisure customers who want the extra choice of a more premium room.

The stylish SuperRoom has everything that you would expect from Travelodge but with lots of new additional creature comforts.  It has been styled in a modern residential décor scheme, creating a home from home feel. It features a new dream-light colour scheme which includes tones of calming blue, warm beige and tranquil taupe, as well as blackout curtains, creating a relaxing atmosphere for a restful night’s sleep.

Wakemans Senior Associate Director Nigel Himpson said: “With this new hotel in the city centre, which is targeting a BREEAM Excellent standard, Travelodge is reinforcing its commitment to Portsmouth.

“We’re delighted to be supporting Travelodge as it plays its part in helping to grow the local economy by addressing the need for quality hotels rooms at the right price.”

Overlooking the Grade 2-listed Victoria Park and less than a five-minute walk from the railway station, the Stanhope Road site is undergoing a transformation. The new Travelodge is one of a number of high rise developments taking shape in the area, including 1,000 student flats for the University of Portsmouth in the adjacent Catherine House building.

Travelodge Property Director, Tony O’Brien said: “We are delighted to be opening Portsmouth Stanhope Road Travelodge, our third hotel in the city and our first in the city centre. There is a desperate need for more low cost and good quality accommodation in the city. Our new centrally located hotel will help attract business and leisure travellers to the area, which will give the local economy an annual boost of over £2 million.”

Contractors are on site and construction of the new Portsmouth city centre Travelodge is scheduled for completion in June 2019.


Photo caption: Wakemans has been appointed on a new 152-bedroom Travelodge in Portsmouth city centre.

About Wakemans
Wakemans is one of Europe’s leading privately owned and managed construction, cost and property consultants offering tailored professional services across a wide range of sectors. The firm is committed to building long-term relationships with national and international clients, which come from both the private and public sector and are serviced from offices in Birmingham, Bristol and Caernarfon. Wakemans focuses on delivering solutions based on commercial awareness and shrewd business advice together with an understanding of the markets in which its clients operate. Services include project management, quantity surveying/ construction cost consultancy, building surveying, health & safety advice, CDM consultancy/principal designer, monitoring surveying, expert witness support and sustainability services.


About Travelodge
Founded in 1985, Travelodge is one of the UK’s leading hotel brands.  It operates 566 Travelodge hotels in the UK, Spain and Ireland as at 24th July 2018.  Travelodge welcomes approximately 19 million customers every year and over 10,000 colleagues work across the business.


Leading British manufacturer, Mereway has launched a new website that is jam packed with inspirational tips and ideas on how to create the perfect kitchen or bathroom.

The new website has been designed to offer consumers a mobile and user-friendly experience.  It is rich in integrated social media, making it easy for you to share your favourite ideas and create a mood board for your own project.

Both Mereway Kitchens and Mereway Bathrooms are now accessible from the one site and it has a host of features that makes it simple to find out more or connect with one of their retail partners, located throughout the UK.

Marketing Communications Manager, Emma Stuart–Stephens said, “The new website is interactive, easy to navigate and image led.  We have a new Inspirations section that will be updated regularly with tips and ideas for anyone planning a new kitchen or bathroom.  Visitors can order a brochure or free kitchen swatches in just a few clicks.  They can also find their nearest retailer via the easy to use ‘find a retailer’ function.”

The website covers all three kitchen collections, English Revival, Cucina Colore and Town & Country.  Bathrooms is presented across four styles; fitted, modular, combination and Knightsbridge.

The new website can be found at

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