Tony Carr of made-to-measure clothing franchise, Suit the City took delivery of 11 shirts for one happy customer who pushed the ‘go’ button on his Capsule Wardrobe Builder.

The scheme devised by Suit the City founder Carol Rawson enables clients to put aside a sum of money each month to go towards the garments which make up the next season’s collection.

Once the Capsule Wardrobe Builder fund has accumulated, the client simply specifies their needs. Suit the City consults it records of measurements, styles and preferences and co-ordinates the wardrobe in terms of fabrics, colours, finishes, details and accessories.

The agreed items are then made up by Suit the City’s tailors based in Europe.

Tony Carr sums up this invaluable on tap made-to-measure clothing service for busy executives and professionals:

“My client works long hours, travels all over the country and needs to look well-dressed at all times without having to worry about it.  He was so pleased with the outcome of his first made-to-measure suit that he topped up his Capsule Wardrobe Builder, immediately ordered a second suit and a rainbow of shirts with personally monogrammed cuffs to go with.”

As it enters its third year in business, BanaBay is doubling the size of its UK headquarters to accommodate new staff members to service growing demands for its fresh produce globally.

Appointments in 2014 in sales, marketing, quality control and customer services have boosted the international team to 18 people including those based at the US and recently opened China satellite offices.

From January 2015 BanaBay will be exporting 150 containers a week of bananas worldwide with further increases expected as customer bases expand in Australasia, Poland, the Middle East and China.

Mark O’Sullivan, MD, BanaBay says: “As both the number of customers and orders increase we need to keep pace through staffing to ensure our standard of customer care is maintained and we can continue to provide the flexible and responsive service we are known for.”

The BanaBay tropical fruit portfolio includes conventional, Fairtrade, Organic & Organic Fairtrade, bananas and pineapples, plus plantains; with plans to formally introduce mangoes and BanaBino baby bananas at Fruit Logistica in Berlin 4-6th February 2015.

Property and construction consultants Wakemans has been appointed on a number of projects valued at over £100 million which, it suggests, provides further evidence of a recovering Midlands property market.

Recent reports have suggested that the recovery in the construction sector is stalling but Birmingham-based Wakemans is experiencing increasing demand from a wide range of clients, in the hospitality, leisure, residential and commercial sectors.

2014 has proved to be a better than expected year despite the variable economic outlook and continued austerity measures.  Projects secured during the course of the year include, working in partnership with one of the UK’s leading hotel brands to deliver a major multi million refurbishment programme and an £11 million project with long standing client Bidvest 3663.

Wakemans director Adrian Aston said: “Indications are that the trend is for an improving market with businesses confident to commit to improving and developing their premises.  This is despite some black spots such as retail, where changes in the way people shop has caused a significant reduction in the building of new retail outlets.

“We believe that construction will maintain its upward trend even in the face of a weakening economic outlook.”

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