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Jon Thelwell, former showrooms director of Jewson is the latest industry professional to join the team at KBB & merchant service provider Acres Consultancy.
Jon will enhance the company’s expertise in the merchant sector in his role as recruitment and business consultant.

With 20 years’ experience within the KBB and builders’ merchant sectors, Jon currently offers consultancy services focusing on commercial strategy development for merchant and SME retailers.  Jon is also a member of the advisory board of the British Institute of KBB Installation, responsible for developing the organisation’s commercial strategy.

Principal Director at Acres Consultancy, Simon Acres says, “Jon is passionate about the industry and has been employed by some of the sector’s leading players.  He has initiated and led change in each organisation, creating new business opportunities, strengthening customer relationships and sharing market knowledge.
“He is a valuable addition to our expanding team of experienced industry professionals that will help us service our growing, diverse and high profile client base.”


Global logistics specialist Dimerco successfully streamlined the total freight transportation process for the delivery of components crucial to the completion of the aviation fuel pipeline – the initial stage in the construction of the new Beijing Daxing Int’l Airport.

Dimerco shipped the vital 33 tons of valves for the pipeline from Milan, Italy to Zhengzhou, China by cross-border train freight, saving the customer nearly three weeks transit time compared to ocean shipments previously also handled by Dimerco. Additionally, the parts were delivered on time to three destinations along the route of the pipeline during a major national holiday in China.

On average, train freight is 70% cheaper than air freight, up to 20 days faster than ocean freight and can be GPS tracked more effectively. Utilizing its dedicated Dimerco Value Plus System® and the latest module, ‘eRMS – Railway Freight Management System’, specifically designed to manage cross-border train freight, the company was to coordinate each leg of the journey ensuring smooth end-to-end transition between road and rail, handling complex customs clearance requirements at the borders and keeping the customer informed at each stage.

CEO Mr. Edward Lin comments: “At Dimerco we make sure to keep abreast of latest trends and regulations, so that we can provide optimized, efficient and cost-effective solutions for our customers, based on their specific requirements. In this case, we recognized that cross-border train freight would provide the fastest route to destination. However, to deliver a seamless solution, it was necessary to work closely with our long-term trusted strategic partner in Italy and deploy Dimerco’s experience in train freight and technology to manage the complexities involved.”

Key to the success of the enterprise was Dimerco’s dedicated Cross-Border Train Freight (CBTF) Task Force Team that monitors and analyzes the performance and freight capacity of each rail route on a weekly basis.

Team leader of CBTF, Ms. Lexi Zhang, explained: “We were able to take the initiative to adjust the documentation, monitor onsite loading and personally oversee customs clearance while communicating closely with the customer and our strategic partners to ensure everything went to plan. As a result, Dimerco’s performance was pivotal in keeping the construction of the new Beijing Daxing Int’l Airport on schedule.”


Photo Caption: Dimerco completed the customs clearance and truck loading for 33 tons of valves one day before National Holiday in China.

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As Travelodge continues its expansion across the Midlands, national property and construction consultancy Wakemans has completed work on the budget hotel chain’s latest development in Solihull.

Wakemans acted as tenant’s agent on the £10million Solihull Travelodge, which has 82 rooms including SuperRooms, an on-site restaurant called the Bar Café and free car parking.

The new Solihull hotel joins the Birmingham Central Bull Ring Travelodge in offering SuperRooms, the company’s increasingly popular room designed around the ‘premium economy’ concept familiar to airline users. This new class of room is the first of its kind in the UK budget hotel market and enhances the comfort factor for business and leisure customers who want the extra choice of a more premium room.

In a central location, the Solihull Travelodge is a few minutes’ walk from the railway station and close to local amenities, including two shopping centres and a cinema as well as bars and restaurants. It is also a short drive from Birmingham Airport.

Wakemans Divisional Director Nigel Himpson said: “We’re delighted to support Travelodge in implementing its strategic growth plans in the West Midlands. As the region’s economy grows and Solihull, in particular, benefits from rising visitor numbers, this new hotel meets the need for good quality, affordable accommodation.”

Travelodge operates 25 hotels across the West Midlands and Wakemans also played a key role in the development of its Dudley Town Centre, West Bromwich and Walsall properties.


Photo caption: Wakemans has completed work on the new Solihull Travelodge, the budget hotel chain’s 25th property in the West Midlands.



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