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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

In response to its rapid growth in the UK, Koramic- the roofing tile brand of specialist clay manufacturer Wienerberger- has appointed Ray Sciberras, as area sales manager.

With over eight years' experience in the clay roofing tile sector, Ray will be responsible for developing relationships with existing customers and promoting Koramic's extensive range of clay roof tiles to specifiers, roofing contractors, and merchants throughout Greater London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and South Essex.

Speaking about his new role Ray said: "I am relishing the opportunity to promote the Koramic brand throughout the roofing and building industry. My aim is to help make Koramic the first choice for clay roofing products in the UK."

Ray is the third person to join the Koramic business development team within the last six months in line with the company's plans to increase its product range and enhance its distribution network in the UK.

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

Notes to Editors:
Wienerberger AG is the world's largest producer of bricks and number two in the European clay roofing market. With 575 employees, Wienerberger Ltd. is the group's UK operation, offering clay facing bricks under the Terca brand and clay roofing tiles under the Koramic brand.

The UK Koramic range of clay roof tiles currently includes nine profiles, which can be used to reflect traditional design, carry out refurbishments or produce contemporary architecture. All of Koramic's products are manufactured under strict quality control and are BS EN 1304 certified.

Established in 1883, Koramic was acquired by Wienerberger AG in 2004 and has around 1900 employees across the UK and Europe.

Wienerberger Ltd. believes in using natural clay products to provide a sustainable environment, which is attractive and harmonious with the local surroundings. Through all stages of production, from extraction through to the final product, the company places the highest value on sparing resources and minimising environment impact.

For further information please visit: www.koramic.co.uk


EIC has its sea legs having been awarded a £1 million mechanical and electrical contract for the refurbishment of Southampton Cruise Line Terminal, dock gate 10.

Southampton Port, part of the Association of British Ports, is one of the UK's busiest and most successful ports with most of the cruise industry's largest names - it is the home port to P&O and Cunard - docking in its waters.

The contract - which is majority refurbishment with a small percentage of new build - will cover mechanical and electrical installation work at point of check in, waiting areas and lounges, passport control and departure lounges. Work will start on October 23rd, the day after the last ship sails, and is due to be completed by the end of March, just before the timetabled arrival of the first ship at the new look terminal.

The mechanical and electrical expert will adhere to a tight programme of phased completion which will call on the team's experience honed in other sectors. Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal comments: "We are used to working to extremely tight deadlines with our retail clients. Installation work at existing stores often involves phased activity in order to accommodate our clients' customers and as an exercise in causing least disruption to business. This is our first refurbishment of a port terminal but many of the guidelines we undertake when approaching phased working still applies and, ultimately, our major concern will be the same as always - to make sure that the project is delivered on time and to the highest standard."

Mark Wilcock, principle building services manager for Waring Construction Ltd comments: "This is our third project with EIC so it's nice to be linking up with a name that is known to us and to a team that we have enjoyed good working relations with. We aim to work together to deliver the best results for Southampton Ports and the thousands of passengers who pass through this particular gate."

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Notes for Editor
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
(01625 506404)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

At another jam-packed Investor Club meeting this month, no fewer than five new business opportunities were presented to business angels, together with an update on an old favourite returning for another round of funding, and a keynote presentation on successful exits.

As ever, the companies presenting were from a broad range of industry sectors, of varying stages of development and representing all areas of the North West, including Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria. Over 30 private investors were in attendance, including 5 new members, and a number of 'serial' investors who have successfully backed TEChINVEST companies in the past.

This month's investment opportunities included:

-An electronic services provider, which specialises in the design, development, qualification and manufacture of bespoke solutions, looking for £150,000 to fund expansion.

-A medical products manufacturer, with patents valued at £500m, seeking £180,000 to bring 2 of its products to market and fund further medical trials.

-A successful e-learning service provider, looking for second round funding of around £240,000 to fund the acceleration of sales and extension of the core curriculum-based range.

-An internet-based travel company, which has successfully generated £10m in sales and now requires an additional £300,000 to capitalise on market opportunities.

-An environmentally-friendly paper manufacturer, which has developed and trialled new technology enabling it to transform straw and its attendant waste products in to paper, looking for £825.000 to build an industrial scale plant.

-An innovative seed-mat technology producer - which has already received funding of almost £1m over the last 4 years from both angels and one of the region's venture capital fund - seeking an additional £230,000 in interim funding.

Prior to these company presentations, Simon Cleaver from YFM Private Equity spoke to the assembled guests about successful exits and how to achieve them. Simon was previously North West Regional Manager for the London Stock Exchange and has worked for 3i, Charterhouse and Bank of Scotland.

Commenting on the success of the event, TEChINVEST founder and manager, Vivienne Upcott-Gill, said: "This was an excellent meeting, with a broad range of opportunities put before Investor Club members and an interesting presentation from Simon on how to structure their eventual exits from deals.

"We are always interested in hearing feedback on the progress made by companies or entrepreneurs who have presented at earlier meetings and it is encouraging to see many return to the service when looking at the next round of funding. As you can see, in practice the 'Dragons' in our 'Den' are far more friendly and approachable than their TV counterparts - and we would urge more companies to consider equity finance as a means of delivering serious business growth."

TEChINVEST is one of the UK's longest-established business angel networks. Since becoming part of the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA) in 2000, the service also acts as a gateway to the broader raft of business finance options available through the Agency, including Rising Stars Growth Fund, North West Business Investment Scheme, North West Equity Fund and North West Seed Fund.

For further information on the service, please visit the website www.techinvest.org or for details of the NWDA's portfolio of business finance options, www.nwda.co.uk

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel. 01625 506444

Monday, October 09, 2006
New appointments bring inside knowledge to Beachcroft healthcare team

Commercial law firm Beachcroft LLP continues to expand its successful Healthcare and Clinical Risk team in Leeds, with the appointment of two new solicitors.

Helen Hobman and Emma Bolland will be working with Beachcroft's existing NHS and private sector health clients across Yorkshire. With specific NHS backgrounds and insight, the new recruits will (in conjunction with the rest of the team) focus on the extensive client base in Yorkshire, but over time will help extend the team's services across the North of England as part of the firm's cross-Pennine initiative.

A trainee with Beachcroft in Leeds, Helen Hobman joined the team on qualification earlier this month. Before pursuing her law career, Helen qualified as a doctor at Leeds Medical School, completing her training with posts at various hospitals within what is now Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Jane Hayden-Smith, partner and head of the Healthcare and Clinical Risk team in Leeds, said: "Helen's medical background will be an invaluable asset. She understands how the NHS works, has knowledge of medicine and medical terminology and has first hand experience from a non-lawyer perspective of the practical legal issues that arise in providing patient services. Much of our work in the team relates to those services."

Qualifying as a solicitor in September 2004, Emma Bolland has been working in-house with the NHS as a Dental Access Facilitator in the North and East Yorkshire, advising on the provision of dental services and associated contract issues.

"Emma has detailed knowledge of the new contract arrangements for dental services," explained Hayden-Smith. "Her experience of working within the NHS rather than an external adviser to NHS bodies will assist us in our aim to provide practical, workable legal solutions to clients rather than just advice on the law."

Beachcroft's Healthcare and Clinical Risk team works on the complete range of legal issues relating to the provision of healthcare including inquests, applications for judicial review, funding and continuing care issues, data protection, integrated governance for Trusts and Foundation Trusts, dealing with independent contractors and relationships with statutory partners and the private sector. The team has an extensive client base in Yorkshire and is, for example, following a recent tender one of only four firms appointed to the panel of legal advisers selected to act for all NHS bodies across South Yorkshire.


For more information or further comment, please contact: Debbie Garritty/Natalie Gross at Bell Pottinger North - telephone 01625 506444.

Notes to Editor
Beachcroft LLP 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 (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, 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: 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 partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in last year's Legal 500; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

The Leeds team currently includes 21 partners and 169 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

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

Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Safety Rewards Local Charity

Adsteam's Liverpool operation has donated a cheque for £500 to Claire House, the local children's hospice in Bebington, Wirral, which provides specialist care and support for life-limited children and their families.

The money was raised through an internal Safety Award Scheme, which was introduced by Adsteam, the UK's leading towage operator, to reward good safety performance. Any of Adsteam's UK operations that achieve one year without a single lost time injury (LTI) is rewarded with a £500 cheque to present to a charity of their choice.

Commenting on the award, Port Manager David Waterhouse said: "Safety is a priority and a major factor in our success at Adsteam. Our crews work hard to maintain our high standards in this area. We are all pleased to receive recognition for our efforts and to be able to help a charity which contributes so much to local children suffering from life-threatening or limiting illnesses and their families."

Thomas Cummings, mate for the tug 'Collingwood', presented Claire House with the cheque. Representative of Claire House, Ron Hutchinson, thanked Adsteam Marine for their generous donation towards operational costs.

Adsteam UK is the country's leading supplier of towage services, with operations at: Liverpool, Thames & Medway, Felixstowe, Hull, Immingham, and Southampton.


For further information, please contact

Stephen Eastwood Deborah Garritty
Chief Executive Europe Director
Adsteam (UK) Ltd Bell Pottinger North Ltd
Tel 01482 337 650 Tel 01625 506444


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