The Bristol office of national property and construction consultancy Wakemans has been appointed by the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, on the second building to be developed at its 16 acre, Gateway 12 development at Waterwells Business Park, Gloucestershire.

Work began on the 16 acre site last year and is now well underway with the first 40,500 sq.ft. unit completed for a major UK cookware and kitchenware supplier.

Work has begun on a second 40,500 sq. ft. speculative unit now under construction, with a planning application submitted to continue delivery of further buildings.

Wakemans has been appointed as employer’s agent, contract administrator and quantity surveyor.  Local contractor Barnwood Construction is delivering the second building which is due for completion by August this year.

The £25m Gateway 12 scheme will continue to be developed and will include a 280,000 sq.ft Business Park comprising warehouse, industrial and office units when complete.

The region’s most well-loved hospice, the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent is hosting a marketing event on 15 March.

The in-house marketing team will make a presentation to members of the professional body, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) about how they  promote the hospice within the local community and maintain the fund raising that is necessary to provide the vital services they offer.

Known affectionately by locals as Dougie Mac, the hospice has been part of people’s lives since it opened in 1973, supporting patients and families facing life limiting conditions from North Staffordshire.

Liz Clarke, Head of Marketing & Communication said, “We are delighted to welcome CIM to the hospice.  The hospice has grown considerably since it first opened and we now have a full range of facilities alongside the shops and the fund raising events that all form part of our marketing strategy. We are looking forward to sharing our marketing story and the strength of our partnership with the local community, which has been central to our success.”

Non-members of CIM are welcome to attend for a fee of £8 that includes a tour of the facilities and full buffet, click here to book.


Picture: The Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent

Two new recruits have joined a rapidly growing welfare benefits teams as the number of families under claiming benefits continues to grow, says charitable body, Severn Trent Trust Fund (STTF).

The new positions have been funded by STTF enabling welfare support officer Lesleyanne Dutton and welfare rights adviser Nicola Turner to become part of the six strong Auriga Assist team.  Since April last year the team has helped nearly 300 families and individuals with queries around unclaimed benefits.

“We offer a free benefits check and if unclaimed benefits are found the team will help maximise income and realise the customers benefit entitlement,” says Kim Wootton Operations Director, STTF.

“There are many different reasons why customers need help, sometimes the most vulnerable are just not able to get out of the house or they don’t have access to a computer to take the necessary first steps.  Often the forms are complex and long, making it difficult for people to complete.

“In some cases we have had to support and represent customers all the way to an appeal tribunal to help them get the help they need,” says Kim.

The Government recently back tracked on its plans to cut tax credits but this is not going to ease the situation according to STTF.  They believe, like many other organisations such as the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Resolution Foundation that millions of working families will be worse off by 2020 because of the changes.

“The introduction of Universal Credit will not necessarily make things better.  There will only be one benefit instead of six but every claim must be made on-line and this in itself will be a major barrier,” concludes Kim.

Pictured: The Auriga Assist team including (from left to right:  Eleanor Poole, Mark Smith, Aadal Shafiq, Lesleyanne Dutton, Nicola Turner and Kerry Garland.

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