Simon Acres, former Group Retail Sales Director of Omega PLC, has launched a new consultancy business, which aims to deliver support services to the KBB sector.

Simon has brought together a team of experienced professionals to offer considered recruitment, accredited sales training, video marketing, social media solutions, end to end web development and business consultancy.

Simon says, “We are very excited about the launch of the new business and looking forward to adding value to our clients’ businesses.

“With a unique range of consultants, we are confident that we will become a first choice KBB provider for all support services.   Our remit is to make a tangible difference, helping our clients to stand out from the competition, improve sales conversions and increase profits.”

The business is located at The Hall, in Raunds, Northamptonshire, with full training facilities.  Dates are available for accredited training courses, every month from February to April, with the next one taking place on 12 February.

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As national property and construction consultancy Wakemans progresses its strategic expansion plans, Dean Watson is promoted to managing director.

Dean joined Wakemans as a trainee surveyor in 1984, going on to gain a BSc degree and become a qualified quantity surveyor and project manager working on hospital schemes and land remediation as well as the full spectrum of commercial developments. As a key account director, and a member of the Wakemans board of directors since 2008, he has been instrumental in the running of the business for many years.

Most recently, as joint managing director, Dean was responsible for the delivery of professional services. In his new role he will also support executive chairman John Woodhall, who will continue to focus on shaping the commercial and strategic development of the business.

Commenting on the appointment, John said: “Strong growth means we’re on track to push forward with our strategic plans. Whatever challenges the construction industry faces post-Brexit, we remain committed to delivering the highest quality professional services to clients throughout the UK and Europe.’’

Dean said: “I’m delighted to take on this new role and relish the challenge. We’ve enjoyed significant growth over the past 12 months, especially in the leisure and industrial sectors, and I look forward to building on this achievement and maximising our resources to capitalise on new business opportunities.”

Operating from offices in Birmingham, Bristol and Caernarfon, Wakemans is one of Europe’s leading privately owned construction, cost and property consultants. Combining the core professional services of project management, quantity surveying and building surveying with strategic advisory services, including construction cost, employer’s and tenant’s agent and CDM/principal designer consultancy, the firm’s core focus is to help clients achieve their business goals against the backdrop of a constantly evolving construction landscape.


During 2018 UK based MRO specialist Entec International stepped up its engagement with the UN Global Compact UNGC), moving from a signatory to ‘Active Member’ status.

As the world’s largest global corporate citizenship initiative, the Global Compact is concerned with demonstrating and building the social legitimacy of business and markets. Entec joined this voluntary initiative in 2016, also supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, the company has increased its commitment and joined the UNGC Network UK, as CEO Mike Robinson explains.

“Entec understands that corporate sustainability starts with our company value system and having a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet our fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

By incorporating the Global Compact principles into our strategies, policies and procedures, and by establishing a culture of integrity with our staff, Entec companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to the people we interact with and our environment, we are setting out to ensure we deliver compliant long-term success.”

A key example is the zero plastic policy implemented throughout the company’s main Birmingham-based warehouse, where all plastic packaging from incoming products is now stripped out and replaced with biodegradable alternatives before shipping overseas to clients.

Chris Syner, Managing Director says, “We have been doing business in Africa for almost 30 years, most of the plastic pollution we see originates from outside the continent, so we felt that removing this plastic from our shipments was something we could do that was both ethically and environmentally responsible and also puts something back into a continent in which we’ve built a very successful business.”

By being a UNGC Network member, Entec is already contributing to support and apply some of the UN SDG’s throughout its organization and is encouraging its partners to engage too. Further initiatives are planned in line with Entec’s commitment to the UNCG Network in 2019.

The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles
The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
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