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Friday, April 28, 2006
EIC HELPS TO 'SUSTAIN' MINSTEAD STUDY CENTRE

PR167
28th April 2006

EIC HELPS TO 'SUSTAIN' MINSTEAD STUDY CENTRE

EIC has started work on site at Minstead Study Centre, in the heart of the New Forest, which is currently undergoing redevelopment and refurbishment led by main contractor, Mowlems.

The project is part of the Hampshire Framework Agreement and the £300k mechanical and electrical contract is the third consecutive job awarded to EIC by Mowlems. The Centre, which maintains a curriculum based around environmental issues and sustainability, is partly funded by the local education authority, ensuring wider access for local children.

Work is expected to take approximately 25 weeks to complete and will include rainwater harvesting, energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources (including a wood burning stove and solar water heating), recycling systems and eco-friendly and ethical products. The Centre will continue to welcome visitors during this period.

Nigel Le Marechal, joint managing director of EIC, comments: "We're absolutely delighted to be involved in a project that supports water and energy reduction as we are, ourselves, working as a company to promote sustainability. With this in mind, our single goal is to help the Centre to achieve key sustainability issues by helping to deliver both environmentally and user-friendly facilities that can be enjoyed by all visitors."

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Editor's note
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors working collaboratively with all members of a project team, providing innovative, sustainable solutions and best whole life value. For further information log on to www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk (01625 506404)

 
Thursday, April 27, 2006
WHAT IS THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL HR CAREER?

Over 50 per cent of senior/Board level HR professionals believe that it was operational experience and business exposure rather than academic or professional qualifications that helped them progress their careers. What’s more, 80 per cent would not consider studying for further qualifications.

  
These were the findings from a survey conducted by Strategi Search & Selection targeting senior HR professionals and directors. The survey was designed to ascertain whether there was a link between professional/academic qualifications and successful careers for high fliers within the HR Industry, and what experiences had assisted them in developing their careers. It also sought to discover what other factors helped these individuals perform so strongly and what makes a successful HR professional.

Bachelors degrees were held by over a third of the respondents (37 per cent), with Institute of Personnel and Development (IPD) qualifications held by 23 per cent and postgraduate qualifications held by 12 per cent.

Sharon Mullen, operations director at Strategi commented: “Whilst it is encouraging to see that most people believe in the strength of qualifications, it was surprising that less than a quarter of respondents held a CIPD qualification.

“However, nearly half (42 per cent) stated that they felt that qualifications had only really helped them with progression early on in their career. This is further reinforced by the fact that over 80 per cent of respondents did not plan to embark on any further qualifications in the future.”

The survey also sought to establish what experience had helped respondents the most in their career. Over half of the respondents (52 per cent) cited that increased operational exposure/business responsibility across the organisation and hands-on experience of more commercial issues, had been of most benefit.

Sharon continued: “It is continually clear that a high level of exposure across the business is a key factor in providing HR professionals with the knowledge to lead and direct businesses. This is further endorsed by the fact that 81 per cent of respondents stated that they have had, or would value, experience across wider business areas, outside of HR. The view that qualifications are of most use early on in a career is echoed here with only six per cent stating that graduate or academic programmes assisted them most.”

Finally, the survey questioned respondents on what they believed personified a successful HR professional and which skills/competencies had helped them progress in their career. Of the wide variety of responses, the need to be strategic (in terms of thinking and viewpoint) and the need to possess a keen business acumen topped the list.

 
Joanne Sellwood, managing director, concluded: “This survey returned some unsurprising, yet interesting results. It is clear that the overwhelming majority of HR professionals have academic qualifications, though the majority only really use them when setting out on their career or progressing up the early rungs of the career ladder. More commercial skills and experience are cited as the major contributing factors throughout their career.  As a specialist in HR search and selection, one of the key factors our clients look for when hiring an individual is their breadth of commercial awareness and their ability to deliver business objectives through HR initiatives.

“From these results, I believe that there is a real need for organisations to offer greater exposure for their HR teams to different parts of the business. This is resonated by three quarters of respondents who stated that experience across the wider business areas is essential.

“Learning is a continual process; it doesn’t just stop when you finish education. The key to developing a successful HR career is to expose yourself to as many areas of the business as you can. This will ensure you are able to fully understand your business and be able to clearly align the relevant HR initiatives to meet commercial objectives. The ability to do this can make a real difference to the organisation’s commercial success and ultimately increase your personal credibility.”

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Press contact:  Vicki Baxter or Alex Henshall at Bell Pottinger North (01625) 506444 vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk> or ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk>

Notes to editor:
Strategi Search & Selection
Part of the Strategi Group, Strategi Search & Selection specialise purely within middle, senior management and board level HR appointments, both interim and permanent. Our approach is based on integrity, flexibility, quality of service and professionalism, and these values lie at the heart of every solution we provide. Established in 2000 in Manchester, the company is now one of the UK’s leading HR recruitment specialists. We now have over 30 years’ combined experience with extensive, well-developed networks and resources covering the UK and internationally. We have offices in Exchange Quay, Manchester and also in Berkeley Square, London. For more information see our website: www.strategi-group.com <http://www.strategi-group.com>.


 
A FOND FAREWELL TO H R WANSBROUGH..

PR132B
27 April 2006

A FOND FAREWELL TO H R WANSBROUGH....

As part of a deliberate move towards greater commercialisation and transparency, one of the city's longest-established legal partnerships is moving to LLP status and a brand new corporate identity. Beachcroft Wansbroughs - and its predecessor firms - has been a fixture in the Bristol landscape since 1882, with its Bristol-based population growing exponentially over recent years to its current size of 450 staff housed in two separate office buildings in Victoria Street.

From 1st May 2006, the firm will be saying goodbye to the name Wansbroughs, rebranding as 'Beachcroft LLP' in another clear manifestation of its market-driven philosophy. However, Regional Senior Partner Michael Bothamley is keen to acknowledge the name's proud history before bidding it goodbye.

"The Wansbrough name has been in continuous use in Bristol since 1882," he explained. "H R Wansbrough, who founded the firm, was born in Bristol in 1856 and regularly attended the office until he reached the age of 84 in 1940.

"The last of the Wansbrough family to take an active role in the firm retired at the end of 1963 and the name of the firm (which by then had become Wansbroughs, Robinson, Taylor and Tayler) was simplified to Wansbroughs in 1969."

The modern firm of Beachcroft LLP employs over 1400 people nationally, turns over in excess of £100m and recently announced that it is to occupy new purpose-built offices at Deeley Freed's prestigious Portwall Lane development opposite St Mary Redcliffe church in 2008.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (Manchester, London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firms delivers integrated legal services to clients in four main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); and technology, media and telecommunications.

Chambers UK 2005 recognised 56 Beachcroft Wansbroughs partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in Legal 500 2005, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award.

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs will become Beachcroft LLP, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm. For further information, please visit: www.bwlaw.co.uk

 
BEACHCROFT APPOINTS FIRST NORTHERN-BASED HEAD

PR152
27th April 2006

BEACHCROFT APPOINTS FIRST NORTHERN-BASED HEAD OF NATIONAL PROPERTY TEAM

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has announced the appointment of partner Virginia Clegg as head of its national property team, the first of its national team heads to be based in the North. Virginia, who already heads up the firm's cross-Pennine property groups in Manchester and Leeds, will take over the national helm from Bristol-based partner Michael Bothamley from 1st May 2006.

The national property team currently includes 140 staff based across the firm's network of UK offices. Led by 20 partners and including another 80 lawyers, the team's impressive client list includes UK and overseas property companies and institutions, leading retailers and corporate organisations, contractors and landowners.

Virginia has a long and successful track record of acting for major property owners and developers. Her particular specialisation is in retail development, one major client being Asda.

Commenting on her new role, Virginia said: "I am delighted to be heading up one of the best legal teams in the country for property clients. We can offer tremendous strength and depth, as well as a really pragmatic, well-informed approach to industry and business issues. I am very proud to be the first national team head to be based in the North and look forward to working with every member of the team to build on the great work Michael Bothamley has done to date."

Virginia also has an impressive personal pedigree in the commercial property arena. She trained at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP under the legendary John Fenner and is one of the daughters of the late Tony Clegg, the dynamo who built his company, Mountleigh Group, into one of the stock market's star performers in the '70s and '80s. Measured over a 12-year period from 1976 to 1987, Mountleigh's share price out-performed every other British quoted company, due to the celebrated 'Clegg formula' of rigorous analysis, innovative financing and astute risk management. His local 'good works' were also a matter of public record and he served as the first Chairman of the United Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the Princes Youth Business Trust and the first non-medical honorary member of the charity he helped to found, Cansearch.

For further information on the range of services available from Beachcroft's national property team, please visit the website www.bwlaw.co.uk or call Virginia direct on 0113 251 4783.

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For more information, please contact:
Deborah Garritty/Emily Goehler
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, London, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firms delivers integrated legal services to clients in four main industry groups: real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); health and public sector; and technology, media and telecommunications.

Chambers UK 2005 recognised 56 Beachcroft Wansbroughs partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in Legal 500 2005, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award.

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs will become Beachcroft LLP, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm. For further information, please visit: www.bwlaw.co.uk

 
EIC HELPS TO 'SUSTAIN' MINSTEAD STUDY CENTRE

27th April 2006

EIC HELPS TO 'SUSTAIN' MINSTEAD STUDY CENTRE

EIC has started work on site at Minstead Study Centre, in the heart of the New Forest, which is currently undergoing redevelopment and refurbishment led by main contractor, Mowlems.

The project is part of the Hampshire Framework Agreement and the £300k mechanical and electrical contract is the third consecutive job awarded to EIC by Mowlems. The Centre, which maintains a curriculum based around environmental issues and sustainability, is partly funded by the local education authority, ensuring wider access for local children.

Work is expected to take approximately 25 weeks to complete and will include rainwater harvesting, energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources (including a wood burning stove and solar water heating), recycling systems and eco-friendly and ethical products. The Centre will continue to welcome visitors during this period.

Nigel Le Marechal, joint managing director of EIC, comments: "We're absolutely delighted to be involved in a project that supports water and energy reduction as we are, ourselves, working as a company to promote sustainability. With this in mind, our single goal is to help the Centre to achieve key sustainability issues by helping to deliver both environmentally and user-friendly facilities that can be enjoyed by all visitors."

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Editor's note
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors working collaboratively with all members of a project team, providing innovative, sustainable solutions and best whole life value. For further information log on to www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk (01625 506404)

 
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
WIENERBERGER PRESENTS GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE PRIZE

25 April 2006

WIENERBERGER PRESENTS GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE PRIZE

Wienerberger, the world's largest brick manufacturer, has hosted its prestigious Brick Awards 2006 an international event that culminates in a prize for the world's most contemporary architectural project.

Initiated by the company in 2004, the awards attract over 300 decision-makers from the global architectural and construction industry.

Following 235 submissions from countries around the world, an international judging panel, including some of the world's most highly regarded architects and architectural critics, selected a total of five winning projects at a recent ceremony in Vienna.

"Every submission demonstrates the innovative ways in which bricks can be used to create stunning and creative buildings of all kinds", said Andrew Jackson, managing director for Wienerberger UK. "It's always a tough choice, but the judges consider a number of key criteria including architectural design, innovative ways in which the material has been used, and the functionality of the building."

The overall winner was a residential and office complex in Hungary, where bricks have been skilfully used to integrate the building into a historic environment.

The top 38 submissions are illustrated in Wienerberger's 'Brick 06' book and include a UK project from MBLC Architects and Urbanists. Located in Manchester suburb West Didsbury, the 'Woods End' project involved the upgrade of a Victorian villa development with a range of high quality apartments.

Designed to respect and enhance the existing qualities of the Victorian complex and mature landscape of the surrounding conservation area, the 16 apartments are arranged over four floors within two 'pavilions'. The pavilions are a contemporary counterpoint to the villa, framing the existing building and forming a private garden space within the heart of the site.

The company's next European brick awards will take place in 2008.

Complimentary copies of Wienerberger's 'Brick 06' book will be made available to key media contacts on request.
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Photo caption - located in Greater Manchester, the Woods End project from MBLC Architects and Urbanists, was one of the top submissions at Wienerberger's Brick Awards 2006.

For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk /egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

 
Brown to share top job with Qureshi at CREATION

25th April 2006

Brown to share top job with Qureshi at CREATION

Mark Brown has been promoted to the role of joint managing director of multi-service advertising and design agency CREATION. The position will be shared with current managing director and agency founder, Shazan Qureshi who has given Mark the increased responsibility within six months of him joining the Manchester-based company.

Mark initially joined CREATION as business development director leading an aggressive new business drive and spearheading a change in strategy which has seen the number of clients of the company almost double in the last six months. Most recently the firm announced the launch of a 12-month mailing programme for the corporate relations department at The Lowry.

In his new role, Mark will continue to oversee the new business strategy whilst heading up human resource activity and managing client relations, focusing on service delivery.

Existing managing director of CREATION, Shazan Qureshi is delighted to share the driving seat with Brown: "Mark's made a real difference to the business since joining last October. He has presented us with a totally fresh approach, having existed outside agency life for the past five years or so.

"I strongly believe that businesses flourish by keeping an eye on the methods practised by those who operate outside their own industries, evaluating the various processes and results and adopting best practices from what they have learnt. Mark has demonstrated a particularly rounded way of working which he has practised at CREATION to great effect."

New joint managing director, Mark Brown comments: "The added responsibility is a welcome by-product of our on going success, CREATION is turning from a fledgling agency into a vital business concern and it's a real buzz to watch it grow and be part of the on-going management of the business."

Mark returned to agency life after five years in professional services, joining CREATION from PRG-Schultz, the NASDAQ listed leading US financial Services specialist, where he was corporate development director for FTSE and Fortune 500 clients.

CREATION's clients include Urban Logic, Paul Kennedy, Nadlan plc, RentSmart, Bury Grammar School and the Lowry.

For further information on CREATION, please visit www.creationadm.com

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Editor's note
CREATION is a multi-service advertising and design agency, which is committed to delivering results by providing creative solutions that result in tangible benefits for its clients.

For more press information contact Elizabeth Swain or John Butters at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444 or email eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
BEACHCROFT APPOINTS CLEGG AS HEAD OF NATIONAL PROPERTY TEAM

BEACHCROFT APPOINTS CLEGG AS HEAD OF NATIONAL PROPERTY TEAM

25 April 2006 - Beachcroft Wansbroughs has announced another first for the North with the appointment of Leeds partner Virginia Clegg as head of its national property team. Virginia, who already heads up the firm's cross-Pennine property group, takes over the helm from Michael Bothamley from 1st May 2006.

The national property team currently includes 140 staff based across the firm's network of UK offices. Led by 20 partners and including another 80 lawyers, the team's impressive client list includes UK and overseas property companies and institutions, leading retailers and corporate organisations, contractors and landowners.

Virginia has a long and successful track record of acting for major property owners and developers. Her particular specialisation is in retail development, one major client being Asda.

Commenting on her new role, Virginia said: "I am delighted to be heading up one of the best legal teams in the country for property clients. We can offer tremendous strength and depth, as well as a really pragmatic, well-informed approach to industry and business issues. I am very proud to be the first national team head to be based in the North and look forward to working with every member of the team to build on the great work Michael Bothamley has done to date."

Virginia also has an impressive personal pedigree in the commercial property arena. She trained at Berwin Leighton under the legendary John Fenner and is one of the daughters of the late Tony Clegg, the dynamo who built his company, Mountleigh Group, into one of the stock market's star performers in the '70s and '80s. Measured over a 12-year period from 1976 to 1987, Mountleigh's share price out-performed every other British quoted company, due to the celebrated 'Clegg formula' of rigorous analysis, innovative financing and astute risk management. His local 'good works' were also a matter of public record and he served as the first Chairman of the United Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the Princes Youth Business Trust and the first non-medical honorary member of the charity he helped to found, Cansearch.

For further information on the range of services available from Beachcroft's national property team, please visit the website www.bwlaw.co.uk or call Virginia direct on 0113 251 4783.

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For more information, please contact:
Deborah Garritty/Natalie Gross
Tel: 01625 506444

 
Monday, April 24, 2006
TOP SPOT FOR GLAISYERS DUO

Two lawyers have had their hard work paid off with the announcement of their promotion to partner at Manchester-based law firm Glaisyers.

The new partners are Russell Brown, and Michael Key, both of whom trained at Glaisyers. 

Russell currently heads the employment team and has been with the firm for eight years.   He has a broad range of experience within the field of employment law advising both employers and senior level employees in a broad range of sectors throughout the North West.

Michael joined the firm in 1996 and specialises in alternative dispute resolution.  His particular niche is in construction disputes and he has a wealth of experience in commercial landlord and tenant disputes, insolvency issues.  He has a masters degree in construction and arbitration.

Russell Brown comments: “Both Michael and I have been with the firm a number of years and we’re pleased all our hard work has been recognised.  As a firm, we take a long-term view to staff retention, we have low staff turnover with excellent good organic growth.  We’re looking forward to the challenges our new roles bring.”

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For further information please contact:

Joanne Fletcher-Wall
Bell Pottinger North
01625 506425

Notes to editors

Glaisyers was established in Manchester in 1974.  It is now an fourteen partner firm with offices in central Manchester and Longsight. With a staff of 86 people they are a medium sized firm small enough to retain the general practice ethos but big enough to ensure that all solicitors are specialists in their chosen fields.  The Manchester office specialises in commercial and residential property for both private individuals and commercial developers together with company commercial transactions, employment, personal injury, road traffic act cases, litigation and financial services.  

 
Friday, April 21, 2006
WHO'S THE NATION'S FAVOURITE TV BUSINESS PUNDIT

While the BBC TV show ‘The Apprentice’ is drawing millions of viewers, when it comes to the nation’s favourite business pundit Peter Jones leads the pack.

In a survey of 200 entrepreneurs and new business owners by Begbies Traynor, the corporate restructuring and turnaround specialists, Peter Jones topped the poll with 29 per cent of the popular vote. 

Second place went to Sir Alan Sugar with 26 per cent of the votes. His hit show The Apprentice is building towards its second series’ climax. 

Scottish Dragon Duncan Bannatyne came third with 17 per cent.  The newest Dragon, Theo Paphitis, scored 10 per cent.  Martin Webb from Channel 4’s Risking It All tied on 5 per cent with Doug Richard of Dragons’ Den. 

Plumb last, with just 2 per cent of the votes, came Rachel Elnaugh, whose Red Letter Days went into administration late last year.

The favourite business TV programme was The Apprentice, scoring 55 per cent.  Dragons’ Den came second with 45 per cent, and Risking It All, the Channel 4 series, received no votes.

According to Begbies Traynor’s research findings, 85 per cent of the budding entrepreneurs claimed they would have the courage to pitch to the Dragons.  And a mere 2 per cent said that the programme had put them off seeking private equity capital.  Interestingly, more than half (55 per cent) of the respondents found these programmes useful to running a business.

In fact, 19 per cent claimed that these business programmes had actually prompted them to set up their own business.  And 38 per cent admitted they had adapted their interviewing and pitching techniques because of these programmes.

Less positively, nearly 40 per cent said that the popularity of these TV shows about business was ‘encouraging idiots’ to start businesses. 

James Martin, partner at Begbies Traynor, Birmingham comments:

“TV programmes like Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice are good entertainment.  From our survey, they certainly seem to make setting up in business look quite exciting.

“While it’s very encouraging that people are willing to have a try, one result from our survey set some alarm bells ringing.  Only 5 per cent said they found dealing with HR issues difficult.  This finding reveals the early stage these businesses must be in.  Anyone who’s run a business for some time knows that people issues are always the hardest to deal with.

“As a firm that deals with troubled or insolvent businesses, we want new entrepreneurs to understand that building a successful enterprise is never going to be easy.  In fact, going into business should not ever be undertaken lightly.  In the end TV is TV, and real business life can be much less glamorous.”

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Enquiries, please contact:
James Martin                            Joanne Fletcher-Wall
Begbies Traynor Group plc                       Bell Pottinger North
0121 200  8150                          01625 506425

Notes to editors:

About Begbies Traynor Group plc
The Group specialises in business insolvency management and is becoming increasingly active in the area of personal insolvency. It also offers services in corporate rescue and investigation services and has entered the field of corporate finance.

In November 2005, the Group entered the rapidly-expanding volume personal insolvency market via the acquisition of W3 Debt Solutions, a firm specialising in providing advice and practical support to individuals in debt. 


The Group has grown to its current network of 30 nationwide offices ranging from Scotland to the South West of England, with 350 operatives. The Company continues to pursue its strategy of organic development, coupled with the acquisition of specialist knowledge of both individuals and firms, to further increase its market share in its core services.


The Directors believe that the Group is the UK's largest independent insolvency, corporate rescue and recovery specialist with clients ranging from major institutions to individuals with business difficulties.

 
The Office Network
The Group operates with 60 licensed insolvency appointment takers, some 225 fee earning staff and 65 in support and administration. The Group operates from 30 locations of which five are regional offices, a further 12 are full offices and 13 are satellites.

Business Activities
The core business of the Group is the formal administration of insolvencies including receiverships, liquidations, administrations, company voluntary arrangements and business-related personal insolvencies. The Group has extended its activities into a range of consultancy services including corporate rescue, credit management, forensic and investigation services and corporate finance.




 
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
DON'T BEAT YOURSELF UP - TAKE A HOLISTIC APPROACH

Depression is the epidemic of this generation with one in five people affected at some stage in their life.  National Depression Week launches this week (17-23 April), and a leading debt advisor aims to spearhead a campaign to lessen the burden caused by financial misery.

Bev Budsworth of The Debt Advisor sees a direct correlation between debt and depression and aims to tackle the root causes though a new service offering lifestyle counselling and debt advice under one roof.  Last year consumer debt in the UK broke the £1,000bn mark and while more recent figures from the Bank of England show the growth in consumer credit is falling, there are still many thousands who desperately need help.

Major depression is a huge problem.  It is the number one psychological disorder in the western world.  Although depression is increasing across all age groups and in virtually every community; the rise is most prevalent amongst young people.  At the current rate of increase, it will be the second most disabling condition in the world by 2020, just behind heart disease. 

Bev comments:  “We see so many people who are crippled by the effects of debt, and in extreme cases contemplating suicide with many suffering from spending addictions.  It’s a familiar tale we hear often, but generally there are deeper routed problems, divorce or relationship failure for example which have lasting scars and need to be addressed, it’s not just a case of curbing the spending addiction.  

“There is a need for a more holistic approach to help break spending habits, people reach the end of the line and think there’s no place to go.  If you are in debt, it’s absolutely essential that you accept 100 per cent responsibility for your situation; it’s not the fault of your friends, partner, spouse or family.  No one else is to blame - only then can you move on. That’s why we linked up with a psychologist to offer lifestyle counselling with sound financial advice.  We’re still in the early stages, but tangible benefits are being reaped and debtors can see the light at the end of the tunnel. “ 


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For further information please contact Joanne Fletcher-Wall or Alex Henshall at Bell Pottinger North on 01625 506444 or email:

jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk>
ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:ahenshall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk>

Out of office hours please contact Bev Budsworth on: 07932 603999

Notes to editors
The Debt Advisor is licensed by the Insolvency Practitioners Association to offer skilled and specialist advice on personal debt. Formed in 1999, the Debt Advisor works closely with those in debt to find solutions, which can protect assets from creditors, freeze interest and charges to repay debt in five years or less. At its website - www.thedebtadvisor.co.uk <http://www.thedebtadvisor.co.uk/> - there is useful information including an online debt calculator to assist with budgeting.

BEV BUDSWORTH
Bev Budsworth is an insolvency practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience in dealing with debt issues. 

A regular media commentator, Bev has spoken on a wide-range of issues including divorce, self-certificated mortgages, DIY, mature debt and online gambling. She has been regularly quoted in The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The Observer, Daily and Sunday Express as well as women’s magazines including Woman and Red. In the last 12 months she has offered advice on regional television news programmes and BBC local radio phone-ins.

In June 2000 she established The Debt Advisor, one of the first firms to offer comprehensive advice on all debt issues.  She had previously spent 17 years with an international firm of chartered accountants where she specialised in personal and business insolvency.

Her experience of dealing with personal debt issues led in 2005 to her being asked to join a government-led working party to look at ways of simplifying the formal procedures of helping people out of debt.

Since then she has led the way in calling for a professional personal debt/insolvency study course to be set up for all people involved in debt advice to individuals. 

She works together with a psychologist and they have developed strategies to help motivate clients to change their lifestyle.  As a busy married mother of three teenage children she understands the pressures that families face.  She believes that with a positive outlook there is always a sensible way to deal with financial difficulties and turn lives around.

Bev recently launched a campaign to bring about a greater understanding of debt and its links to depression giving debtors in the UK access to a two-pronged approach to relieve the misery caused by debt.  She is the first in the UK to offer debt advice and personal counselling under one roof.  The campaign is geared to help those who are seriously struggling with the wider effects including depression, relationship breakdown, poor work performance and associated health problems.

SUE SMITH
Sue Smith gained over a decade of experience in the medical profession as a State Registered Nurse and State Certified Midwife and specialised in obstetrics and assisted reproduction before diversifying as a health and exercise consultant, personal trainer and provider of teacher training programmes to fitness professionals.  She is a graduate of psychology, sociology and biomedical health, is a master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming, trained hypnotherapist and Time- Line Therapist and Reiki practitioner. 

Sue now works in the field of mentoring, coaching and personal development and is passionate about motivating and inspiring people to lead successful and rewarding lives, to reach their highest potential and overcome barriers to personal fulfilment. 

She is currently working in partnership with Motivational Systems who are leading experts in the field of social and behaviour change and whose clients range from corporate executives and sporting professionals to voluntary sector agencies working with the most severely financially disadvantaged, socially excluded and disengaged client groups.  Using cognitive behaviour techniques she inspires people to change their negative behaviours and dysfunctional cognition whilst enhancing their self-belief, self-efficacy and confidence.  By promoting emotional engagement she provokes them to challenge their limiting beliefs, assisting them in building personal awareness, inner strength and self-motivation thus cultivating improved coping skills and more effective stress management techniques.  The enhancement of internal motivation assists clients to take personal responsibility and helps them move towards financial independence and achieve a sense of purposefulness that is in alignment with their values hierarchy.



 
Monday, April 10, 2006
PURE LEISURE GROUP EXPANDS WITH NEW APPOINTMENT

Fast-growing leisure park business, Pure Leisure Group, has strengthened its team by appointing Nick Dodd as Group Finance Director.

Nick, a chartered accountant, joins Pure Leisure Group in this newly created role following a nine-year career with KPMG. A specialist in corporate finance, Nick has extensive experience in investment banking and mergers and acquisitions.

Working alongside managing director John Morphet, Nick will head a team of eight and will be responsible for over-seeing the finance function of the Pure Leisure Group.

The decision to appoint Nick in this new role follows four years of rapid growth for the business. Earlier this year, John Morphet purchased Northampton leisure park Billing Aquadrome in a multi-million pound deal. Also this year, the business was ranked 76th in the Sunday Times UK ‘Profit Track 100’ listing. Profits in 2005 rose to £11.5m.

Nick commented: “Only six years ago the business consisted of a handful of parks. Within that time it has grown to incorporate 14 leisure parks in the UK, a luxury estate in Barbados and a number of other overseas interests. Due to these developments, a need emerged for someone to be responsible for overseeing the finance for the whole group.

 
 “My previous experience in investment banking is important to the role. Not only is it my responsibility to manage the finance of the group, but John felt it was essential there was someone to supplement the existing Board and further assist and advise him on the future strategic direction of the business.”

Nick formerly worked in the New York and Dublin offices of KPMG before returning to Manchester where he trained.

He added: “I am delighted on my appointment at Pure Leisure Group. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to work with one of the best, if not the best entrepreneur in the North West.”

Nick, 30, lives in Manchester and is based at Pure Leisure Group’s head office in Carnforth.

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For further information please contact: Vicki Baxter or Joanne Fletcher-Wall at Bell Pottinger North on 01625 617611 or vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk> or jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk>


Notes to Editors


Pure Leisure Group
The Pure Leisure Group is owned by UK based leisure entrepreneur John Morphet. Included within the group is South Lakeland Caravans a fast-growing company, which specialises in developing and operating holiday parks, with caravans and timber lodges for sale or hire. At selected parks there are also pitches for touring caravans. Established in 1988, it now has 14 UK locations ranging from smaller caravan parks to larger holiday villages complete with leisure facilities.

The UK locations are:

White Cross Bay Leisure Park & Marina, Windermere
Limefitt Leisure Park, Windermere
Fallbarrow Leisure Park, Bowness, Windermere
Gatebeck Caravan Park, Endmoor, near Kendal
Ocean Edge Leisure Park, Morecambe
Regent Leisure Park, Morecambe
Hawthorne Caravan Park, Morecambe
Marina Caravan Park, Glasson Dock, near Lancaster
Fell End Caravan Park, Hale, near Milnthorpe
Hall More Caravan Park, Hale, near Milnthorpe
Little Todber Caravan Park, Gisburn, Clitheroe
South Lakeland Leisure Village, Borwick, near Carnforth
Billing Aquadrome, Northampton
Cogenhoe Mill, Northampton


The Pure Leisure Group also has three developments overseas:

Royal Westmoreland, Barbados - a luxurious 500 acre estate with a world class golf course offering a choice of magnificent, newly built villas in a selection of sizes and styles - from two to four bedrooms, to larger Premium Villas and grand, individually-styled Exclusive Villas.

 
Friday, April 07, 2006
BUSINESSES HAVE NO BIRD FLU PLAN

Over three quarters of UK businesses lack contingency plans for bird or pandemic flu pandemic

New research has shown that 80% of UK businesses do not have specific contingency plans to deal with the threat of bird or pandemic flu.  Business continuity could be impacted severely by either. The research, carried out on behalf of The Bell Pottinger Group tells a startling story with approximately four in every five SMEs admitting they are unprepared for the impact of a pandemic.

“Today’s news that avian flu has been found in Scotland is a serious reminder that the threat is real.  While the likelihood of avian flu being a real risk to human health - it is also a serious risk to business continuity. Meanwhile many commentators regard a human flu pandemic as inevitable - saying it’s not a question of if but when1. Imagine at least twice the demand and half the resource,” said Vicki Baxter, a director of Bell Pottinger North and a member of The Bell Pottinger Group’s 24hr issues and crisis management service.

At this stage no one knows what proportion of the UK workforce will be affected but estimates range from 20-60%. The implications are serious, yet the research shows it is a threat which has to date been largely ignored. When asked if contingency plans existed:

Predictions on the extent of the impact of a pandemic vary. At best the infection rate could be 10%, at worst 50%. Deaths are predicted at anything from 21,000 to 700,000 plus - some say 2 million in the UK alone with up to 12 million worldwide. The World Bank estimates the total cost of a global outbreak to be in excess of $800 billion whilst the WHO has said that a bird flu pandemic is a question of when not if, and that governments and business should work in cooperation to prepare.

The urgent need for businesses to plan for significant losses to the nation’s workforce was reinforced by Kevin Murray, Chairman of The Bell Pottinger Group.  “The board should not assume that they won’t be affected. Businesses need to recognise the risk now and be ready to respond in twice the speed with half the people,” he stressed. “Throwing money at the problem will not solve it, businesses need to understand that their support services will be in the same position and that is what makes this situation unique.”

At a recent conference hosted by The Bell Pottinger Group, Dr David Salisbury, Director of Immunisation, Department of Health and Chairman of Strategic Advisory Group commented on the situation at the time: “We have a contingency plan which we review constantly. We have all the key components in place, including teams ready to produce a vaccine to match the pandemic strain of virus if and when it emerges.  We don’t know what will happen, so we must prepare for the worst case scenario. Antivirals won’t stop the pandemic but they will give us more preparation time.


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For more information call:      Vicki Baxter

                                On: 01625 617611

                                Mob: 07768885835

                                vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk




Note to editors

Sample

201 interviews with Managing Directors, Financial Directors and other senior managers of businesses (PLC’s and Private companies) with an annual turnover of over £1m. Quotas were applied by turnover, region and industry type.

Sample Source
Dunn & Bradstreet
 
Interviewing

All interviews were carried out from Continental Research’s 100 line telephone unit in central London.  The agency is IQCS approved, its interviewing procedures meeting MRS industry approved standards.  To further ensure quality standards were met all interviewers were fully supervised throughout the field period and a proportion of their interviewers independently monitored.

Weighting

Weighting was applied by turnover, region and industry type to make the sample representative of the 147,000 companies with a turnover of over £1m as estimated by the DTI.

Field Dates

20th - 24th March 2006

Continental Research asked 201 businesses:

Does your organisation have specific contingency plans in place regarding the threat to continuity of your business presented by bird or pandemic flu?

Turnover

£1m-5m - 80% said NO

£5m-20m - 89% said NO

£20m+ - 62% said NO

Industry

Manufacturing - 87% said NO

Distribution - 79% said NO

Service - 76% said NO

Region

North - 86% said NO

Midlands - 94% said NO

South - 70% said NO



Further details on research results call:
Camilla Way
On:  020 7861 3869
cway@bell-pottinger.co.uk <mailto:cway@bell-pottinger.co.uk>


The Bell Pottinger Group

The Bell Pottinger Group is made up of more than 20 specialist communications companies.  Bell Pottinger has a specialist ‘Issues and Crisis Management’ team which helps countries, corporates and individuals to prepare, build, manage, protect and recover their reputations.  The service is led by Claire Cater, a Director of The Bell Pottinger Group.

Leading health and medical experts recently met with representatives from UK businesses and governmental agencies to provide a realistic assessment of the potential impact of an outbreak of bird flu and advise attendees on how to plan for significant losses to the nation’s workforce. Organised by The Bell Pottinger Group, the conference was presented in the light of recent news from pharmaceutical companies that their capacity for manufacturing flu vaccine will be substantially short of global demand if a pandemic strikes.

Expert speakers and panel members included:

 
EIC TO LIGHT UP HERTFORDSHIRE'S NEW CHAMBERS


7 April 2006

EIC TO LIGHT UP HERTFORDSHIRE'S NEW CHAMBERS

EIC has been awarded a contract, to the value of approximately £360,000, by main contractor, Pettifer Construction, to cover mechanical and electrical design and build work at the new commercial building, Albany Chambers in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

The leading mechanical and electrical services specialist is due to start work in June on the contract, which is due to run until October, and will be responsible for lighting, power, CCTV, lighting protection, heating and ventilation. The three-storey office block will be suitable for subletting to a total of six different parties when work is completed.

The announcement of EIC's involvement follows on from the news released in February that the company has been awarded a £2 million contract by Pettifer, to cover mechanical and electrical installation work at St Georges Tower, the tallest tower block in Leicester.

Nigel Le Marechal, joint managing director of EIC, comments on the company's share of the commercial market: "We've undertaken quite a few office blocks in the last 12 months which represents an upturn in this field when compared to our previous year's activity, when the market seemed to be quite stagnant.

"It's great to continue the relationship with Pettifers. We have a good track record of close working relations with this contractor and the repeat business is a good indicator of the quality of work we are providing. We look forward to further commercial ventures together going forward."

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Editor's note
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors. For further information log on to www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain / Deborah Garritty @ Bell Pottinger North
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506444)

 
SPECIALIST TEAM HELPS TO STAMP OUT INSURANCE FRAUD


7 April 2006

SPECIALIST TEAM HELPS TO STAMP OUT INSURANCE FRAUD

Commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs is helping to clamp down on insurance fraud throughout the Northwest by establishing a specialist claims validation team in Manchester.

Led by partner, Michael Suddards, the team will focus on eradicating the large number of non- genuine claims that continue to plague insurance firms across the region, and increase consumers' premiums.

"Advanced fraud detection techniques have unveiled a huge amount of fraudulent claims over the last three years," says Suddards. "Not only is this costing the industry £millions, but it can have a negative affect on genuine compensation claims.

"One of the main reasons behind our new team is the increasing number of 'staged motor accidents' here in the Northwest. There are literally hundreds of 'professional claimants' in our region who are using innocent motorists to set up a motor accident, so that they can then claim for damages.

"Unfortunately this is another indication that the claims culture is still thriving in the UK, so we need to look for new ways to help address this. By utilising our litigation expertise and working closely with the insurance industry, we can help eliminate these fraudulent claims. Importantly, this will also ensure that genuine claimants do not miss out on the compensation they deserve."

Currently the team consists of four specialist lawyers in Manchester, including Frances Hickey and Kate Singleton who join the firm this month from Keoghs and Horwich Farrelly.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (Manchester, London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firms delivers integrated legal services to clients in four main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); and technology, media and telecommunications.

Chambers UK 2005 recognised 56 Beachcroft Wansbroughs partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in Legal 500 2005, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award.

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs will become Beachcroft LLP, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm. For further information, please visit: www.bwlaw.co.uk

 
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
LIFELINE FOR NEWADE STAINLESS PRODUCTS

Halifax-based Newade Stainless Products Ltd, placed in administration in February, has been sold, saving 15 jobs.

A new company, a subsidiary of Ormandy Limited, a local heat exchanger and packaged solutions manufacturer, has bought the company.  They manufacture stainless steel pressure vessels and process equipment for many major high profile companies, across the chemical, confectionery, food and pharmaceutical industries.  The business will relocate to Ormandy’s premises in Halifax.

The company’s current premises will now be sold and it is hoped that creditors will receive a substantial return, if not paid in full. 

Joint administrator, Peter Sargent of corporate recovery and turnaround specialists Begbies Traynor comments: “We’re absolutely thrilled at this outcome, it’s been hard work, but we’ve managed to save 15 jobs and we’re pleased with the result.

“Newade went into administration because the overheads were too great for the level of production it could achieve and by pooling its resources with Ormandy it should be able to return to profitability. The deal will secure the future of the company, we wish the new venture every success in the future.”


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Enquiries, please contact:
Peter Sargent                           Joanne Fletcher-Wall
Begbies Traynor Group plc                       Bell Pottinger North
01422 348448                    01625 506444

Notes to editors:

About Begbies Traynor Group plc

The Group specialises in business insolvency management and is becoming increasingly active in the area of personal insolvency. It also offers services in corporate rescue and investigation services and has entered the field of corporate finance.

In November 2005, the Group entered the rapidly-expanding volume personal insolvency market via the acquisition of W3 Debt Solutions, a firm specialising in providing advice and practical support to individuals in debt. 


The Group has grown to its current network of 30 nationwide offices ranging from Scotland to the South West of England, with 350 operatives. The Company continues to pursue its strategy of organic development, coupled with the acquisition of specialist knowledge of both individuals and firms, to further increase its market share in its core services.


The Directors believe that the Group is the UK's largest independent insolvency, corporate rescue and recovery specialist with clients ranging from major institutions to individuals with business difficulties.

<http://www.begbies-traynor.com>
 
The Office Network

The Group operates with 60 licensed insolvency appointment takers, some 225 fee earning staff and 65 in support and administration. The Group operates from 30 locations of which five are regional offices, a further 12 are full offices and 13 are satellites.

Business Activities

The core business of the Group is the formal administration of insolvencies including receiverships, liquidations, administrations, company voluntary arrangements and business-related personal insolvencies. The Group has extended its activities into a range of consultancy services including corporate rescue, credit management, forensic and investigation services and corporate finance.


 
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
TERCA INVESTS IN THE BEST

Press Information

4 April 2006

TERCA INVESTS IN THE BEST

Following a recent investment in its Ewhurst manufacturing plant, Terca has involved over 80 potential customers in the development of its new 2006 range of facing bricks.

The Ewhurst site near Dorking in Surrey, played host to a unique event, which saw brick factors, developers, architects and builders' merchants test 34 of Terca's wide range of clay facing bricks. The direct feedback, recommendations and comments arising from the event will now be used to develop an enhanced product range that is perfectly matched to customers' specific needs.

Andrew Jackson, managing director for Wienerberger Ltd., comments: "Where possible, we want our customers to be involved throughout our brick development process. Not only does this ensure we can meet individual's specific requirements, but it allows us to continuously innovate and enhance our products. Colours, surface texture, technical requirements and shapes vary from project to project and we are keen to develop our new range that will be second to none.

"The initiative follows our successful introduction of the Ewhurst Red Class B Engineering bricks into the South East market, and highlights our next step towards future product launches at the site."

The Ewhurst state-of-the-art facility is one of only two extruded brick factories in the South East of England. It has been developed specifically by Wienerberger to meet the growing demand for Terca high quality facing bricks in this region.

The recommendations and positive customer feedback from the event is currently being collated and the new product range will be announced in early summer 2006.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editors:

Wienerberger is the world's largest producer of bricks and the second largest manufacturer in the European roofing market, with a total of 234 plants in 24 countries.

The company's clay facing bricks are manufactured under the Terca brand.

 
Monday, April 03, 2006
SOUTH LAKELAND CARAVANS SCORES PROFIT HAT-TRICK

Leading independent leisure business South Lakeland Caravans, part of The Pure Leisure Group, has been named as one of the top 100 companies in the UK for the third year running.

The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 identifies British firms with the fastest growing profits. South Lakeland Caravans, whose head office is in Carnforth, Lancashire was listed no 13 in the North West and no 76 in the UK. Its annual profit growth over three years was a staggering 57.24% with profits for 2004/05 at £11.5million - the year in which the business acquired the prestigious Royal Westmoreland resort in Barbados for £53 million.

Managing director John Morphet commented: “We are delighted to have been recognised as one of the UK’s most successful businesses again. Appearing in the league table once, would be an achievement but to maintain our position in the table for three years, by continuing to increase our profits, is a tribute to the commitment and hard work put in by the whole team.

“While we continue to drive up the quality at all our UK leisure parks we are also expanding our leisure empire with strategic acquisitions at home and abroad. South Lakeland Holidays, the holiday rental business in the UK, continues to go from strength to strength.”

In March John Morphet made his largest ever acquisition in the UK, Billing Aquadrome, Northampton, in a multi-million pound deal. The 235 acres parkland estate, with nine lakes, provides sites for 2000 static and touring caravans. One of the UK’s largest independently owned parks, it offers an extensive range of leisure facilities, including a jet ski lake, fishing, licensed bars and variety of entertainments.

At Royal Westmoreland, which is located on the west coast of Barbados, Mr Morphet has already built 23 new luxury villas to add to the 150 prestigious homes set in beautifully landscaped gardens around a championship golf course. Sporting celebrities, including Gary Lineker, Ian Woosnam, Mike Gatting and Virginia Wade, have homes on the complex, where prices range from US $1.5 million to over US $10 million. Recent buyers include England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, Chelsea footballer Joe Cole and national hunt jockey Richard Johnson.

As well as property development opportunities, the villa rental business at Royal Westmoreland is also proving to be a Barbados leader providing exclusive accommodation to predominantly UK holidaymakers at the luxury end of the market.

Alison Lever, partner and head of the North West Entrepreneurial and Private Companies Team at PricewaterhouseCoopers commented: “It’s fantastic to see so many examples of private companies, either family, employee, or private-equity owned, delivering sustained profit growth and making a great contribution to both our regional and national economy.”

In the North West 15 companies are in the top 100. They directly employ a total of 4,716 staff. In their last financial year they racked up profits of £224 million.

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For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Joanne Fletcher-Wall at Bell Pottinger North on 01625 617611 or by e-mail:

Vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:Vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk>
Jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk <mailto:Jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk>

To find out more about the Sunday Times PricewaterhouseCoopers Profit Track 100 go to http://www.fasttrack.co.uk

Notes to editors


Pure Leisure Group
The Pure Leisure Group is owned by UK based leisure entrepreneur John Morphet. Included within the group is South Lakeland Caravans a fast-growing company, which specialises in developing and operating holiday parks, with caravans and timber lodges for sale or hire. At selected parks there are also pitches for touring caravans. Established in 1988, it now has 12 UK locations ranging from smaller caravan parks to larger holiday villages complete with leisure facilities.

The UK locations are:

White Cross Bay Leisure Park & Marina, Windermere
Limefitt Leisure Park, Windermere
Fallbarrow Leisure Park, Bowness, Windermere
Gatebeck Caravan Park, Endmoor, near Kendal
Ocean Edge Leisure Park, Morecambe
Regent Leisure Park, Morecambe
Hawthorne Caravan Park, Morecambe
Marina Caravan Park, Glasson Dock, near Lancaster
Fell End Caravan Park, Hale, near Milnthorpe
Hall More Caravan Park, Hale, near Milnthorpe
Little Todber Caravan Park, Gisburn, Clitheroe
South Lakeland Leisure Village, Borwick, near Carnforth


The Pure Leisure Group also has three developments overseas:

 

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