Why the Intaklean Maxi filter can keep your boiler running this winter

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Why the Intaklean Maxi filter can keep your boiler running this winter

With winter fast approaching, facilities managers in care homes, hospitals, schools and colleges will be checking that the boiler rooms can cope with the demands of the coldest season of the year.

Keeping the heating systems in optimal condition ensures that they run efficiently and also helps to control running costs. However, it is the cost of downtime when a boiler fails that could ultimately make managers shiver.

Because boilers are a significant investment for any business, it makes sense to put in place preventative measures to stop a build-up of contaminants, which can lead to sluggish performance, blockages and breakdowns.

Failure to put sufficient practices in place could be costly - with call outs costing around £130 to deal with a commercial boiler breakdown and thousands of pounds to replace parts or even the complete system.

The IntaKlean Maxi commercial range of magnetic filters has been designed to deliver all the benefits you’ve come to expect from an Inta magnetic system filter.

Designed and manufactured by Inta, the UK’s leading supplier to the plumbing and heating sectors, the magnetic filter that protects commercial installations from magnetite buildup, preventing corrosion inside the heating system, thus keeping it free of debris that can cause clogging and breakdowns.

It’s designed and manufactured to be retro-fitted easily and quickly for maximum convenience and, of course, it can also be installed with any new boiler to keep it at peak condition for longer.

Available in 2.5" to 4", and supplied with PN16 flanges, the IntaKlean Maxi commercial magnetic filter range features four 10,000 Gauss magnet.

It also features a manual air bleed as well as a 1" drain plug. With virtually limitless product life and negligible on-going maintenance costs, the magnets can be withdrawn from the filter without the need for draining down making servicing both quick and easy.

When you consider that in schools alone, most spend around 20% of their maintenance budget on their heating systems to make sure they perform well, it pays to be proactive by installing an IntaKlean Maxi to safeguard tight budgets.

Cost savings are also crucial for the NHS. In 2016, it published the Securing Healthy Returns, which identified 35 sustainability measures, 18 of which focused on energy saving that could result in a reduction of energy costs of £21.5 million*. The report also pointed out that good building management was crucial.

Inta offers the IntaKlean Maxi with a 12 year warranty, ensuring you and your building are in good hands this winter.

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Selfridges Birmingham Live + Loud festival hailed a huge success

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Selfridges Birmingham Live + Loud festival hailed a huge success

The Live + Loud festival at Selfridges Birmingham has been hailed a huge success, chalking up more than 30 incredible events that celebrated the city’s diverse contribution to the music industry.

From a carnival-style party of dancers and musicians to mark Birmingham’s Bhangra heritage to live collaborations between artists, the leading department store hosted a series of special performances over the ten-day event.

Birmingham’s Mike Skinner from The Streets staged Tonga, a three-hour DJ set with Murkage, and other highlights included Les Commandos Percu, which performed Les Interventions Mobiles as part of the Clash of Drums sessions, which snaked through the store and concluded with a pyrotechnic finale on the terrace.

SB.TV, whose YouTube channel has 10 million subscribers, collaborated with Selfridges to create 0121, an art installation/pop-up radio studio, while Beauty and the Beats was an exclusive experience for lovers of Selfridges Beauty Hall with live DJ sets and a live band.

Sam Watts, general manager of Selfridges Birmingham, said: “Our annual Live + Loud event gets better each year. Celebrating Birmingham’s musical heritage was the perfect way to showcase the huge creative talent there is in the city.

“We’re proud to have had incredibly positive feedback from customers, from those who came specially for the events that we staged, and from the artists themselves. We’re already looking forward to surprising, amazing and amusing shoppers with equally exciting plans for next year’s festival.”

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Guests appoints used sales executive for Coventry depot

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Guests appoints used sales executive for Coventry depot

Guest Truck and Van has appointed a used sales executive as it looks to strengthen its team in Coventry.

Paul Mason, aged 52, joins the company with more than 30 years’ experience in the commercial vehicle business, the last 10 of which was selling commercial vehicles for a private firm in Redditch.

“Iveco is a great brand and I feel very comfortable selling what is an excellent product that offers very good value for money,” he said. “Guests is a family business with a long history, which makes a massive difference to how things are run because the facilities, back up and service are second to none. I’m very pleased to be offered the opportunity to join the team.”

Welcoming Paul to Guests, Alan Phillips, Group Used Sales Manager, said: “Our customers rely on our knowledgeable staff to advise them, and Paul’s solid background in commercial vehicle retailing means he is a great addition to the Coventry depot and the business collectively.”

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Armstrong Bell celebrates expansion of its business

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Armstrong Bell celebrates expansion of its business

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid was among the guests of honour on Friday (29th September) to mark the expansion of local business Armstrong Bell.

The telecommunications specialist, which recorded a 15% growth in revenue in the last financial year compared to 2016, has doubled its office space again, just two years after it had to do the same to cope with demand.

And to celebrate, Armstrong Bell, based at Greenbox Office Park, Westonhall Road, hosted a Champagne reception at Grafton Manor Hotel, Bromsgrove, attended by Mr Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and more than 80 customers, suppliers and partners.

Will Copley, managing director of Armstrong Bell, which is a leading provider of business telephone systems, said its rapid growth was the result of winning new business and a strong product portfolio helping to strongly position it for future expansion.

“Increasing office space had been a project for January next year, but a growth in business suddenly made it a more urgent issue for us,” he said.

“Looking around, nothing was suitable but when we had the opportunity to take on the second floor in our building, we knew it would be ideal. Business is accelerating and we’re in a very strong position to meet our ambitions of quadrupling the business in six years, which is essentially 26% year-on-year growth.

“The last time we doubled our space, we attracted key senior figures to the business and we’re now looking for more talented people to join us. A few years ago it was hard to visualise such an expansion, but now we have a good framework to support our longer-term growth plans.”

He said over the past 24 months, the company had developed its Salesforce CRM, added three field sales executives and worked hard on lead generation and process development.

The new space, which takes its total space in Greenbox Office Park to 2,400 sq ft, will provide Armstrong Bell with a new meeting room upstairs, as well as enhanced management provision, sales desks and breakout facilities for staff. It will enable it to expand the engineering and sales facilities on its existing floor.

Sajid Javid MP said: “I'm so pleased to help mark the success of local telecoms star Armstrong Bell. It's a remarkable success story - right here in Bromsgrove. I wish William and his team all the very best.”

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Park Regis Birmingham appoints new general manager

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Park Regis Birmingham appoints new general manager

Mark Payne

Mark Payne

Park Regis, the deluxe Birmingham city centre hotel, has appointed a new general manager (GM) as the incumbent moves to an operations director role.

Mark Payne joins the hotel, which is located at Five Ways, from De Vere Tortworth Court, in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, where he had served as GM for just over six years. However, his involvement in the hospitality industry goes back to when he was a young boy, when he served food to customers at his parents’ pub in Herefordshire.

Mark, who lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and two teenage sons, said he was excited and honoured to take the helm at the Park Regis flagship hotel, the first to open in Europe. His appointment follows Robin Ford’s move to operations director for Fiveways Hospitality, the management company that operates the hotel.

“I’m very much looking forward to continuing the excellent work that Robin has done for the hotel since it opened in March last year and also to working alongside him and his team as they continue to establish Park Regis as the foremost luxury hotel in the city,” he said.

Mark, who has 26 years’ years experience in the hospitality sector, added: “It’s a truly exciting time for Birmingham, with the city being named the candidate city to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, HS2 rail network on the horizon and a host of ambitious developments and infrastructure schemes. I’m thrilled that I have the opportunity to fly the flag for the UK’s second city.

Welcoming Mark to Park Regis Birmingham, Robin Ford said: “Park Regis Birmingham has quickly made its mark in the city, offering four-star deluxe accommodation and facilities for both leisure and business customers. With my move to operations director we need a GM who has solid experience and a great track record and I’m delighted Mark is joining us at such a pivotal time for the city.”

For more information, visit www.parkregisbirmingham.co.uk

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Goodyear to Acquire Ventech Systems from Grenzebach Maschinenbau

  • Acquisition aligns with innovation strategy and connected business model
  • Ventech Systems strengthens Goodyear’s mobile tire/fleet management solutions capabilities
  • Technology to be integrated into Goodyear Proactive Solutions business
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AKRON, Ohio, September 20, 2017 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced today that it has agreed to acquire Ventech Systems GmbH, a leader in automated tire inspection technology, from Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH.

Ventech Systems (https://ventech.de/en), based in Dorsten, Germany, delivers innovative measuring devices for the vehicle industry. The company was founded in 2006. It provides a fully-automated tire inspection system that quickly and easily checks tire pressure, tread depth and vehicle weight for buses, trucks, cars and other vehicles.

“Over the past three years, our Goodyear Proactive Solutions business has collaborated with Ventech Systems to integrate its data gathering and analysis capabilities into our fleet management solution,” said Christopher Helsel, Goodyear vice president and chief technology officer. “Feedback from our fleet customers has been excellent, and we view this as an important opportunity to enhance our service and value proposition for customers.”

“Goodyear and Ventech Systems are both companies founded and driven by innovation,” said Andreas Pietsch, Ventech Systems chief operating officer and business manager. “Goodyear’s strong market presence enables additional worldwide growth opportunities for Ventech Systems. We are excited to support Goodyear’s fleet customers with our unique technology in terms of process optimization, business efficiency and road safety.”

Truck tire care and maintenance is one of the largest contributors to commercial fleet uptime and total cost of operations. Last year, Goodyear launched Goodyear Proactive Solutions in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region to provide a full suite of demonstrated Vehicle-To-Fleet operations management solutions supporting fleet owners to improve vehicle and fleet safety, decrease fuel use, reduce their carbon footprint and support the digital transformation of their fleet.

The acquisition of Ventech Systems will further expand Goodyear Proactive Solutions’ commercial offerings with an efficient, user-friendly closed loop service enabling fleet operators to measure tire pressure, tread depth and vehicle weight on all their vehicles each time they enter or exit their depot.

In addition to its Goodyear Proactive Solutions mobile tire/fleet management offerings, Goodyear is also working with automakers to provide tire information to vehicle control systems to enhance safety and performance. Earlier this month it announced that it is equipping Tesloop, a city-to-city mobility service that exclusively uses Tesla electric vehicles, with wireless sensors in its tires to improve overall tire management and maximize uptime for its growing fleet.

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The business and technology will be integrated into the company’s Goodyear Proactive Solutions business.

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 65,000 people and manufactures its products in 47 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate. GT-FN

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We're recruiting: PR Account Manager

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We're recruiting: PR Account Manager

One of the best small PR consultancies in Birmingham is looking to recruit a PR Account Manager with a nose for the news in an exciting new role.

Working in a team of five, you will be a vital cog in driving the company forwards and will have a wide-range of responsibilities to keep you on your toes.

With clients in the construction, manufacturing and automotive sectors, no two days will be the same. 

The successful candidate will have the confidence and ability to advise on, develop and execute communications plans for senior business figures. Strong writing skills and the ability to spot a news hook are crucial, as will the ability to build relationships with local and national trade and consumer media. You’ll need at least three years experience in a PR or communications role, and you’ll also need to have a flair for digital communications, with a strong understanding of social media, content management, and its importance in modern PR.

Getting out from behind the desk and travelling the country and sometimes Europe is part and parcel of the job.

There’s a respectable salary and some good benefits wrapped up in a package that make this probably the nicest regional PR Manager-level job in Britain.

Interested? Email your CV and a short letter (max 300 words) telling us why you’re the perfect candidate to pr@clivereeves.com
 

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Botanist to boost Barnardo’s funds with September charity events

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Botanist to boost Barnardo’s funds with September charity events

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The Botanist Birmingham is hosting three fun events this month as part of its September charity fundraiser in aid of Barnardo’s.

Musical bingo, a fashion and a beauty evening are all taking place at the Temple Street venue as it aims to beat last year’s £43,000 that was raised in a single month by its parent company New World Trading Company, in a series of events across the country for the children’s charity.

Gemma Meah, general manager at The Botanist, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming regulars and newcomers to our three fantastic events this month. We’ve been working closely with some leading brands in the city to stage our fashion and beauty evenings and all the proceeds from tickets sales will go to Barnardo’s.”

The first fundraiser on Tuesday, September 12, will see beauty fans enjoying a post-work pampering, with top brands such as Lancôme, Sisley, Molton Brown, Elemis, Toni and Guy, and Nails Inc. Guests can indulge in hand massages, facials, refreshed nails and hair styling while sipping on a complimentary gin cocktail. Tickets for the beauty event, which takes place 5.30-8.30pm, cost just £15 and also includes a packed goody bag.

Tuesday, September 20 promises to be a fashion lover’s delight when Topshop heads to The Botanist to stage a mini fashion show, showcasing four new looks for the autumn/winter season. Leading hair salon Bad Apple will demonstrate key styles to complement the clothing, while accessories specialist Stella and Dot will be dressing the season’s new styles with its range of jewellery. Make-up artists from Bobbi Brown will also be on hand to provide guests with 20-minute tutorials on the great looks that can be achieved with its new eye shadow palettes. Fashionistas can enjoy all this and gin tasting for just £10.

Regulars to The Botanist’s monthly musical bingo can also boost Barnardo’s coffers on Tuesday, September 26, with a £2 donation. This fun evening features live music and instead of marking off numbers on a bingo card, players listen out for songs. There will be nine chances to win a host of prizes, including a mini gin and tonic and a hand massage from Jo Malone.

Tickets for the beauty and fashion events must be booked in advance by calling 0121 600 7430 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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Exercise specialist for older people is recognised for its work

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Exercise specialist for older people is recognised for its work

Julie Robinson, founder

Julie Robinson, founder

A fitness business that devises exercise programmes to encourage older people to keep active in later life is celebrating after being recognised for its innovative work.

Move It Or Lose It, which provides gentle and low-impact classes that help to minimise age-related musculoskeletal decline and disease and enables older people to manage long-term conditions, has been named in the inaugural Mills & Reeve Innovation 50. Listed in the health and education category, it comprises the Midlands’ most forward-thinking companies, all chosen by an expert panel of the region’s leading business movers and shakers.

It has also been shortlisted in the Entrepreneur for Good category of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2017, which recognises businesses and charities that are pioneering ideas to drive positive social change.

Birmingham-based Julie Robinson, who founded the business in 2010 with the aim of helping older people to improve flexibility, aerobic health, balance and strength, said: “We are over the moon to have been recognised for our efforts in keeping older people fit and healthy in a fun way.

“We now have more than 100,000 people enjoying our classes and they are having an incredible impact on lives. Not only are they improving their physical health, their mental wellbeing is also benefitting.

“We already have a great network of trainers across the country but we’d love to see more instructors join us so that we can continue to increase the classes we host. I’d love to see at least one Move It Or Lose It class in every town.”

In addition to providing classes, Move It Or Lose It works with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at the University of Birmingham to create evidence-based programmes that improve muscle strength.

It also works with the NHS, the Royal Voluntary Service, St Giles Hospice and Age UK and a number of studies it has undertaken have shown the benefits of the Move It Or Lose It classes. In one study, there was a 127% improvement in lower body strength and 100% improvement in mental wellbeing. Another showed that 96% reported an improved level of independence.  

Since it was launched, it has grown to have a network of 100 trainers across the country, which delivers classes in community centres, GP surgeries and residential care homes. There is also a range of award-winning DVDs and exercise products that people can use at home.

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Inta appoints business and operations manager

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Inta appoints business and operations manager

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Inta, one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the plumbing and heating sectors, has appointed a new business and operations manager.

Neil Amphlett joins the Stafford-based company from International Piping Products, in Barton-under-Needwood, where he was warehouse operations manager.

The 41-year-old, who lives in Sandbach, Cheshire, said he was keen to join the company after being impressed with its ambitions to grow and he is now responsible for 50 members of staff, as well as looking for ways to improve Inta’s operational processes across the entire business.

He has spent more than 20 years working in the operations and warehousing sides of business, including the automotive and steel sectors, starting his career on the shop floor before progressing through the ranks to management.

Since starting at Inta, Neil has implemented changes within the warehouse greatly improving the Delivery Performance of overnight orders.

“This has had an immediate and positive impact on our customers because they receive next-day delivery as standard,” said Neil. “It’s also simplified the process in-house. I’m introducing measurable KPIs in each department to see what further improvements can be made that will benefit both staff and our customers.

“Inta struck me as a business that was keen to improve across all areas, so I knew this would be a great place to continue in the next stage of my career.”

Welcoming Neil to the firm, Director Cynthia Fisher said: “We were impressed with Neil’s experience in operations management and he’s made a great start in the business. We are working closely with him to make sure that Inta continues to provide an all-round excellent service to every one of our customers.”

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