What’s new? Local business highlights

June 9, 2017 11:00 am

NM Construction

Here’s a news round-up of some of the movers and shakers across Ashfield and Mansfield.  Our businesses are growing, investing and becoming more resilient.  Of course, we would love to shout about your firm’s success too.  So, if you have something to share, please contact us.  Equally we’d like to spread this news as far as possible.  So please feel free to share our news or let others know that they can easily subscribe to our newsletters.

NM Group

New contract success

North Midland Construction’s building division has won contracts across the Midlands and South Yorkshire amounting to almost £30m.

The first of these is a £24m contract for new student accommodation in Sheffield’s city centre.  The second is also student accommodation.  This time, it’s a £4m contract on a former pub car park in  Birmingham.  The division has also secured a £1.2m scheme to build 12 new affordable family homes in Stanton Hill.  This new development will be a mix of two and three bed houses.  The final project is a £540k new office development in Thurnby, Leicester.  This is for James Coles & Sons (Nurseries), the UK’s largest grower of trees and shrubs for the amenity and commercial markets

Nick Banks is NM Group’s Building Divison’s Operations Director.  Nick said: “We’re delighted to have these contracts,  with three for existing clients and one for a new client.  We always like to strengthen relationships with clients that we already work with.  Of course, it is also great to secure new clients too.  This just shows how much our business is continuing to grow and the many exciting developments coming up next year”.

New Business Development Manager

The building division has also further expanded its team, appointing a new Business Development Manager.  Fay Paterson joined the firm recently and, in her new role, will be helping to develop and expand the division.  Fay has worked in the construction industry for 18 years, starting her career in marketing.  She was previously Business Development Manager at Baggaley Construction and more recently at Robert Woodhead Limited.

Nick Banks is Operations Director of the building division of NM Group.  Nick said: “We are delighted to welcome Fay to our team as our new Business Development Manager.  This is another step forward for the business. We believe that Fay will be a great asset, helping the division grow and develop even further.”

Fay said: “I’m extremely excited to begin in the role at North Midland Construction PLC.  They are a well-respected and successful company within the industry and I’m looking forward to helping them grow and expand.  I have worked within the construction industry for nearly 20 years so I hope my background and experience will help me flourish as their new Business Development Manager.”

NM Group’s Building division are specialists in the construction of new build and refurbishment projects for the private and public sectors across the Midlands region.

Rippon Homes

Mansfield-based housebuilder Rippon Homes has strengthened its team with a promotion and the appointment of a new sales administrator.  Jessica Place has been promoted to Customer Care Manager. She will spend her time liaising with customers during and after their house move, ensuring they are happy and any questions or queries are quickly resolved.

Jessica said: “This is a new role at Rippon Homes and I’m very excited to be able to use the experience I have gained in my previous positions at Rippon to benefit our customers’ experience.”

Clare Betts joins the team as a Sales Administrator. She will focus on updating databases, visiting developments and ordering fixtures and fittings as requested by the client and being a first point of call for customers.

She said: “Everyone at Rippon Homes has been so welcoming; it’s a pleasure to join a team that is expanding in a company that has so much promise and potential.”

Ian Dyke is Managing Director at Rippon Homes.  Ian said: “I am delighted to welcome Clare to the team. She joins us from a very similar role and will be a great asset to our team here at Rippon Homes.  Jessica is already settling in very naturally to her new position, following on smoothly from her previous role.  It was essential to create this new role, reflecting the importance we place on customer satisfaction and happiness.”


Sutton-based sports sock manufacturer is to support a cycling academy headed-up by former Olympian Bryan Steel during the 2017 season.  The firm has become the official sock supplier to the Bryan Steel Academy and will kit out its six riders in the very latest technical cycling socks.  SockMine manufactures all its socks in-house and caters for a vast range of sports including cycling, running, horse riding and snow sports.

The Bryan Steel Academy is a cycling development squad established in 2016 by local four-time Olympian Bryan Steel.  Its aim is to take young, talented riders from the East Midlands and give them the platform to develop into elite-level cyclists.  In its first year, the team comprised four riders, including SockMine ambassador Ross Lamb.

The team exceeded all expectations, achieving wins in competitions across the UK and strong results in European and international events.  Lamb, from Mansfield, will not be riding for the team this year, after earning a semi-pro contract with United Cycling Team in Belgium.

Dominic Lee is Marketing and Brand Development Assistant at SockMine.  Dominic said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Bryan and his team for the 2017 season.  We are passionate about creating socks which care for your feet, to help improve performance.  Cycling socks are an essential piece of cyclists’ kit.  Furthermore, we are thrilled to help these riders care for their feet during a gruelling season, as they look to build on last year’s successes.

“Technical cycling socks are not just a statement of style, they are also essential to performance. Bunching, durability and sweat dispersal are all key factors to consider when choosing a quality pair of cycling socks.  Our socks were designed with those issues in mind, to help keep the wearer’s feet cool, dry and wrinkle-free, so they can focus on their performance and technique.  It is these marginal gains that can make the difference between success and failure and we hope our socks will enable the Academy push on again this season.”

Bryan Steel

As a track cyclist, Bryan Steel competed in four Olympics Games between 1992 to 2004.  Not only that, but he won a bronze medal at Sydney 2000, a silver at Athens 2004, and collecting five World Championship medals along the way.  He will be delving into SockMine’s product development in the weeks ahead, in order to help the firm create the best cycling socks on the market.

Bryan said: “In cycling, comfort is key. With all the power being transferred through your feet, socks are an essential, yet largely overlooked, element.  It is an honour to be working with SockMine, supporting the development of its cycling sock range.  The objective of the academy is to support local, young riders, allowing them to maximise their potential.  Having the support of a local company helping us achieve this is truly amazing and is something I am extremely excited about.”

Tecserv UK

Fire and security solutions provider Tecserv UK has recently won new business with Marks & Spencer.  As a result, the Underwood company will be installing fire alarm systems in a number of new Marks & Spencer “Simply Food” stores.  Tecserv UK is one of the preferred suppliers working on this extensive “Simply Food” roll-out across the UK.

Tecserv UK’s Project Manager is Lewis Russell.  Lewis said: “We liaise with other contractors on each new build to ensure our installation timetable is in tune. We adhere closely to fire safety regulations and that our project phase is completed both on time and within budget”.

Tecserv has been installing and maintaining fire and security systems in both existing M&S retail and food stores for a number of years.  The company is also currently involved in an ongoing project updating fire alarm systems in existing stores to the latest technology.

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