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Record growth and new wins for Metnor Construction as it celebrates 20th anniversary

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Metnor Construction, part of the Newcastle based Metnor Group, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a record number of new wins including a £17million project with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Established in May 2002, the division operates primarily in the PRS (private residential sector), care home, hotels and leisure, data centres and retail sectors. Metnor Construction’s activities as Principal Contractor cover traditional contracting, design and build and partnering. The company which employs 60 people, is based at Metnor House in Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne. With expertise to carry out multiple large scale projects, typical contract values for the business  range from £1m to £50m. And despite the challenges of the pandemic, turnover for Metnor Construction is forecast to reach £90 million in 2022. Operating across the UK, recently completed and current works for the business include two major private residential schemes at Market Quarter in Rugby, and another in Warrington, a healthcare centre in Kettering, alongside a number of student accommodation contracts. And now the firm is celebrating its anniversary with a prestigious new local client win. After a competitive tender, they are delighted to have been awarded the Principal Contractor role at the new NHS training centre at Cramlington Hospital.  The…

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WilliamsAli boosts team with Corporate Finance Director appointment

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WilliamsAli, the North East’s specialist M&A boutique, has announced the appointment of Simon Hewitson as Corporate Finance Director. With their fresh and independent approach to the corporate finance sector, WilliamsAli is well known for providing its own unique brand of financial advice to business owners, companies, and entrepreneurs throughout the region. Simon Hewitson, who is a chartered accountant, has specialised in corporate finance work for over 12 years. He has advised the owners and directors of a wide range of private and listed companies in the North East operating in a variety of different sectors on sale, acquisition, debt, and private equity activity. Simon has spent his entire career in the North East, initially working in practice before moving to an asset based lending role at Five Arrows Commercial Finance. He then moved into industry as Finance Director for Mill North East, having previously advised them on their management buyout from Inchcape plc.  Simon was appointed to strengthen the management team and advise on all corporate finance activity leading to the ultimate sale of the business to Stoneacre Motor Group. The appointment will enhance WilliamsAli’s corporate finance capabilities in the North East as it looks to grow its team after…

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Alice Rowen Hall and husband Andrew set sights on growth with Rowen Homes

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Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneur, Alice Rowen Hall is no stranger to building and scaling successful businesses.  Having in eight years gone from selling clothes out of her living room to generating sales in excess of £25 million for former business Pink Boutique. Alice, Andrew and the team are now witnessing similar success with their latest venture Rowen Homes, which in its first 18 months, has achieved top line sales of approximately £6.5 million. A luxury online home store, the business curates and sells next level, glam interiors. Part of the Rowen Group, the business was founded during the pandemic in Aug 2020, alongside husband Andrew and is a real labour of love, driven by the duo’s creative side and passion for all things interiors. The group which initially comprised of three ventures including AllergyBox, Low Kal and Rowen Homes, has now streamlined to focus solely on the latter. This is owing to the significant growth witnessed by the interiors business over the last year and a half. Starting the company with just seven staff, the team has now grown to 28.  And in the next year they are looking to deliver gross sales of £14,000,000 and recruit another 10 members of…

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Nivea launch Eco Deo with Salvalco Eco Valve technology

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Following strong collaboration with brand owner Beiersdorf, UK-based The Salford Valve Company Ltd (Salvalco) is delighted to announce the implementation of its innovative Eco-Valve technology in the first NIVEA Deo products, the NIVEA Naturally Good deodorant range. Nivea is the first global brand to go to market with this environmentally friendly aerosol valve, spearheading this new aerosol technology for the skin care industry. Used specifically within the Nivea’s “Eco Deo” product lines, such as the Naturally Good deodorant range, Eco-Valve replaces the need for hydrocarbon propellants with compressed air and inert gases such as nitrogen, with the benefit of avoiding gases that have a greenhouse effect. Yet it offers all the performance and spray quality of traditional valves. Most significantly, the Eco-Valve technology is allowing brands such as Nivea to meet the rise in consumer demand for more sustainable aerosol solutions to support a more climate-friendly lifestyle. Helping support their sustainability objectives too, the valve is also compatible for use with more natural formulations, giving brands a real opportunity to provide a holistic eco solution for their consumers. With Nivea’s Eco Deo formulation, Beiersdorf is using ingredients of 95% natural origin. With the product assortment hitting the retail shelves across…

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Challenging year but record growth forecast for The Metnor Group

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Consolidated accounts released today by The Metnor Group show a reduction in turnover for 2020 due to the pandemic but record growth is forecast thanks to a strong order pipeline and prestigious new contracts. Based in Newcastle, The Metnor Group comprises three main trading divisions which operate in the construction, mechanical and electrical services and pressure testing sectors. Each division is a specialist in its own field and this individual expertise combined with the strength of the Group’s resources enables the company to deliver first class products and services to their customers and clients. Like many other firms in the construction industry, the effect of COVID-19 has been seen across the Group. The impact of site closures – as provisions were made to operate safely and within Government guidelines – together with additional costs as sites were re-mobilised at reduced capacity, has resulted in both decreased turnover and margins.  Turnover achieved in 2019 was £92 million whilst it was £68 million in 2020 and gross profit has been squeezed from 8.5% to 5.7%. Chris Cant, CEO of Metnor Group said: “2020 was undoubtedly a very challenging year for the Metnor Group. The pandemic threw a number of challenges at us,…

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