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Supermarket signs up for business district site
January 06, 2021

Hot on the heels of the largest single office deal in the region for 2020, New Bailey has announced a deal with supermarket giant Sainsbury’s for 4,000 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor of Two New Bailey Square. Sainsbury’s will begin the store fit out soon, with doors set to open to customers in Spring 2021. The letting takes the recently completed 188,500 sq ft Grade A, BREEAM ‘Excellent’ office development to 66% let, following significant pre-lets to law firms BLM and Eversheds Sutherland. Phil Mayall, regional director at The English Cities Fund, said: “We’re proud to have secured this letting and bring such a well known brand and much loved supermarket to the New Bailey community. “We’ve recently announced the 175,000 sq ft deal to BT at neighbouring Four New Bailey, and we’ve got a host of prominent organisations already in-situ or due to move into New Bailey in the coming months. “As a result, and with hundreds of new employees coming to the city, we need to make sure that we’re meeting our occupiers’ needs and providing easy access to a wide range of local amenities, so we look forward to welcoming Sainsbury’s to the scheme.” Patrick Dunne, Sainsbury’s property director, said: “We’re delighted to be opening a new Sainsbury’s Local in the heart of this new development

Brothers complete acquisition of storage business
January 06, 2021

Brothers and local businessmen, Neil and David Clemson, have acquired the commercial storage business K2 Storage Solutions from E. Sutton Group, for an undisclosed sum. The transaction, which includes the acquisition of a 105,000 sq ft high bay warehouse at Shuttleworth Mead Business Park near Burnley, was completed just prior to Christmas. A team of 14 staff have transferred with the business. Together with the existing storage facility near Preston the acquisition expands capacity to more than 30,000 pallet locations plus a broader range of services including picking and packing, product re-working and non-standard storage. Neil Clemson, managing director of K2 Storage Solutions, said: “The acquisition of K2 represents a significant expansion of our commercial storage and outsourcing capabilities. Our plan is to continue to provide the high standard of service for our clients and to attract new customers throughout North West England who are seeking highly efficient and cost-effective storage solutions. Mark Chalmers, finance director of E. Sutton Group, said: “We are pleased to conclude the transaction to a local business whom we have worked with over a number of years. “I am confident that Neil and David will continue to take the business from strength to strength in the future.”

Jaguar will recruit 300 apprentices by next September
December 15, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover is looking to take on 300 new apprentices, undergraduates and graduates to join the business in September 2021. The company, which has manufacturing plants in Halewood, Merseyside, and Solihull and Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands, has unveiled a new engineering degree apprenticeship in partnership with the University of Warwick to develop technical skills and knowledge across engineering. This will enable JLR to continue to build its engineering capability for an autonomous, connected and electric future. The new apprenticeship joins an established line-up of early careers programmes already offered by JLR, including different options for school leavers, college and university students. JLR is the UK’s largest automotive apprenticeship provider, accounting for about half of all UK automotive manufacturing apprentices. It is also currently ranked the fourth most attractive employer for engineering. All the early careers’ programmes deliver on-the-job training with invaluable coaching and mentoring from the company’s experienced engineers. The degree apprenticeship combines real-world and academic experience, with the additional benefits of earning a competitive salary while learning – and no university tuition fees. Carrie Barber, talent and people capability director, said: “These are rapidly evolving times and the automotive industry is transforming to respond. “Developing young talent is crucial to the future of our business and having diversity in our people at this stage of their career is pivotal. We need young people who are passionate about our industry and brands, who desire to shape a different kind of world and who want to work together with innovation. “We design modern, tailored and up to date early careers programmes to ensure we equip our people with skills for now and the future, whilst providing a supportive and inclusive environment.” She added: “Recent events have meant we have had to learn to do things differently and to be flexible. We will continue to innovate and digitalise, to deliver our early careers programmes during these times to ensure our people have access to opportunities and growth in a safe way.” This new four-year programme will enable JLR to train and develop potential engineers, preparing them for a future in product design, development or manufacturing. The new engineering apprenticeship scheme follows the successful introduction of the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship in 2018, which was designed to build JLR’s capability and skills needed to develop and deliver future mobility technologies. Over the past three years JLR has recruited almost 2,200 young people to its apprentice, undergraduate and graduate programmes.