National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has added five new staff to its professional team to service new clients and an increase in demand for services in the West Midlands and the South West.

Two senior Quantity Surveyors (QS), a recently qualified QS, senior Project Manager and a graduate Building Surveyor have strengthened the firm’s capabilities across its core services, working for national clients in the education, retail, industrial and hospitality sectors.

The new starters in the Birmingham office include, Dave Muirhead who has more than 25 years’ experience with a wide range of expertise across the public and private sector, QS John Kavanagh who has 8 years’ experience across a range of commercial and infrastructure projects and Lee Lloyd, a senior Project Manager and QS with experience of acting as Employer’s Agent, Contract Administrator and Fund Surveyor.

Alistair Smith is a graduate Building Surveyor that has also joined the Birmingham team. Alistair is working on a variety projects as he works towards his professional qualification with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

In Bristol Samuel Russell has joined the team as a QS. Samuel has a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management from the University of the West of England and four years’ experience of working on large health schemes, he will be working alongside associate director and manager of the Bristol office, Tony Hooper. Managing director John Woodhall says: “All five professionals are welcome additions to our growing team.  We are experiencing a significant rise in demand for all of our services as construction activity continues to grow alongside the improvements in economic outlook.”

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: Lee Lloyd, Dave Muirhead, Samuel Russell

As automotive technology accelerates and creates the need for more intelligent, exacting and demanding cooling requirements, SPAL Automotive has introduced 13 new motors to its range of brushless products.

As one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of high performance fans and blowers the new SPAL range spans the spectrum of applications from a compact 10W fan for secondary cooling up to the largest and most powerful 850W HT for conventional  main engine and battery cooling on hybrid and electric vehicles.

All the motors in the range have been built and are in production with the option of shrouds and blades – optimised for airflow – available for manufacture bespoke to customer and individual application specifications.

Software controlled for maximum efficiency, fully sealed, lightweight and robust, fans deliver up to 30,000 hours life, exceed industry safety standards, and contribute to reduction of emissions with fuel efficiency.

Kevin Aldrich, Business Development Manager at SPAL says:  “This is the most advanced cooling technology available and because the industry doesn’t stand still, we are equipped to produce fans to the exact specification of the customer.  We start with the motor and add the rest of fan unit to order to achieve the precise airflow, optimum performance and a finished component which fits within the space required.”

To accommodate increased demand for the new range, SPAL is opening a dedicated 15,000sqm brushless production facility at its headquarters in Correggio, Italy.  Fully operational by the end of 2015, it will boost brushless capacity by an additional 1.5m units a year.

To discuss your OEM requirements, contact Kevin Aldrich or access the online brochure at

BanaBay is in a bid to crack the US market in fresh produce as its Global Marketing Executive Briony Dunmore has won a UKTI scholarship to the Kellogg School of Management based at Northwestern University, Chicago.

In October, Briony will travel to the States to study at the School and discover how to tackle the biggest market in the world.
Taking on a mature and competitive market, the approach will be to target health-conscious consumers with an appreciation for quality and ethical business practices.

Briony says:  “BanaBay has much to offer in terms of its CSR record and quality assurance programme.  I feel our larger competitors are more concerned with pushing down prices and this ultimately compromises quality so there’s definitely room for an ethical, high-quality banana brand in the US.”

Briony is also mindful of the imminent Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership so the time is right for her to be doing a course in US business practice and brand development.  This will help her put together a US business plan and give BanaBay the springboard it needs to be successful in this challenging and impressive market.

Peter West, Trade Advisor at UKTI who nominated Briony for the award adds: “I have worked with BanaBay over the past 3 years and watched as they have grown throughout Europe and the Far East. The Kellogg Scholarship Programme provides the company, and Briony in particular, an excellent opportunity to understand the key Market, Legislative and Financial drivers required to enable successful expansion into the North America market.”


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