EMG Solicitors celebrate opening of fourth office in Darlington alongside growing COP team

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Hot on the heels of the opening of their Penrith office only five months ago in September 2022, EMG Solicitors are expanding further with a brand-new division in Darlington. This is supported by a growing Court of Protection (COP) offering, making EMG the largest independent team in the North East with 36 practitioners. Specialising in court of protection (both in Health & Welfare and Property & Accommodation), wills, trusts and probate, family, employment, residential conveyancing and commercial property services, the Darlington branch is a welcome addition to their existing Newcastle, Durham and Penrith offices. Demonstrating the strength of the brand’s growing reputation in the legal sector. Officially opened in January 2023, the Darlington office will be led by Court of Protection Director, Sarah Jackson who also joined the business at the start of this year. Law Society accredited, she brings with her over 13 years’ experience in Health & Welfare COP work – a specialism that looks after the best interest decisions of clients in areas including accommodation, care and support. The team of 5 along with Sarah join the existing COP Health & Welfare team to support the businesses North East client base. Sarah Jackson, Court of Protection Director,…

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EMG Solicitors celebrate opening of third office in Cumbria to support growth

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A fast growing, North-East firm of solicitors is celebrating the opening of their third office in Penrith, Cumbria. EMG Solicitors specialises in court of protection, wills, trusts and probate, family, employment, residential conveyancing and commercial property services as they continue to build a strong reputation in the legal sector. The new office which officially opened last week (on 21st Sep 2022) will support EMG Solicitors’ continued growth which has seen revenue increase in the last year by approximately 28% from £3.4 million to £4.3 million. Total headcount has also grown in 12 months with a further 23 staff members, taking the total number of employees to 103.  The opening of the new branch is testament to their ongoing growth and becomes a welcome addition to their existing Durham and Newcastle divisions. The Penrith office will be led by Director and Wills, Trusts & Probate solicitor Samantha Edward where their full range of legal services will be available.   Joining Samantha will also be an experienced team of property and family lawyers. Emma Gaudern, Managing Director of EMG Solicitors said: “The opening of the Penrith office marks an incredibly exciting time for EMG Solicitors as we continue to grow and expand. I’m…

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Continued growth for the Metnor Group

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Consolidated accounts released today by the Metnor Group show continued growth and a significant bounce-back from the COVID pandemic.  With turnover for the Group reaching £81 million in 2021.   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.   The Group achieved turnover of £81 million, compared to £68 million in 2020 with gross profit margins improving from 5.0% to 9.9%.  The cost-saving initiatives introduced in 2020 having had a positive impact for the business with workforce numbers being maintained throughout the period.   The Group’s focus on cash management has continued throughout and whilst some unwinding of the 2020 year-end balance of £7.8 million has occurred, the 2021 consolidated cash balance was £4.2 million.   A number of contract wins for both 2022 and 2023, also further support the Metnor Group’s future ambitions.     Chris Cant, CEO of the Metnor Group said:    “Despite a challenging…

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WilliamsAli supports The Lakes Distillery fundraise to aid future growth

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North East specialist Corporate Finance boutique, WilliamsAli is pleased to announce that it has supported The Lakes Distillery in securing funding from specialist lender, Beechbrook Capital. Nestled on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick, in The Lake District, The Lakes Distillery creates an exceptional collection of spirits and attracts over 30,000 visitors to their whisky distillery each year. The funding comes at a time when the company is increasing its production of single malt whisky and is beginning to export the brand to major whisky markets such as USA, France, and Japan. In September 2019, the brand unveiled The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1, their first widely available single malt whisky in what has become an internationally award-winning series showcasing their sherry-led signature style.  Earlier this year, The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.4 was awarded the World’s Best Single Malt at the prestigious 2022 World Whisky Awards. Twice named ‘one of eight distilleries to visit before you die’ by the World Whisky Day campaign, their visitor centre, bistro, and distillery tour has held Visit England’s Gold accolade since 2018 and was voted the Icons of Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019 by Whisky magazine. Beechbrook Capital is a specialist lender providing loans…

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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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