Talesha Chisholm, Derek Hands and Beckie Wait, from Elevate FM. Picture by Carol Bailey

First birthday brings double delight for facilities management firm

A facilities management firm launched in lockdown is marking its first birthday by doubling its workforce. Elevate FM, based in George Street, Birmingham, was set up last June, offering property maintenance services for schools and businesses. Instead of having to find, vet and co-ordinate a host of different contractors, clients were able to contact Elevate FM and get the job sorted in one phone call. The firm started with two people and has now taken on Talesha Chisholm as office administrator and Derek Hands, an in-house maintenance engineer. Director Beckie Wait said a second maintenance worker was due to be taken …

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Leo and Paul from hyybab

Birmingham entrepreneurs say ‘Hi Bab’ to innovative hospitality venture

A couple are celebrating the launch of their luxury hospitality business named in honour of a cheery Brummie welcome. Leo Platt and husband Paul Lloyd are the brains behind hyybab, which offers potential upmarket hotel and attraction bookers, planners and accommodation buyers all the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of a visit – virtually. Those who are invited receive a luxurious box filled with treats including cocktails, nibbles and hotel beauty products, enabling them to become “fully immersed” in the venue. There are also headphones and a 3D viewer so the visitor can experience a big step up from a …

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Outspoken mentor says autism makes him a better businessman – as he launches trades’ profit-boosting ‘bible’

A veteran mentor diagnosed as autistic at the age of 54 who says it makes him a better businessman is publishing his new book to help men and women in construction and the trades supercharge their businesses and profits. Jon McCulloch, now 56, also known as the Evil Bald Genius,  is the author of Get Off the Tools – The Smart Tradesman’s Business Bible. Described as a blueprint to help change the way you think about your business, the book focuses on Jon’s renowned Trades Accelerator Model™ and is being published as World Autism Month gets under way. Jon, who …

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Lockdown toilet paper venture cleans up with £1 million sales forecast

An environmentally friendly toilet paper business rolled out since lockdown hit is set for £1 million of sales in its first year.  Award-winning Tanki, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, is both glue and plastic-free and as well as for household use, is also aimed at the maritime and leisure market.   Founder Matt O’Crowley, 37, is a former deck officer with the Merchant Navy and switched careers as the pandemic took hold after discovering he was ineligible for furlough cash.    He said he turned to toilet paper because everyone needs it and there was a gap in the market for a brand that doesn’t …

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‘Don’t let safety go out of the window’ – Nationwide safety call for hotels and student accommodation

Hotel owners and student landlords are being urged to ensure buildings are safe amid government guidelines on allowing fresh air inside to stem the spread of Covid. Health campaigns have highlighted the importance of opening windows to allow fresh air indoors to protect people against coronavirus. But with travellers forced to quarantine in hotels and students preparing to return to universities, safety experts say stringent checks should be completed to prevent accidents. While government advice is to make sure fresh air can circulate through open windows, all public organisations have a legal duty to keep people safe, with experts warning …

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Businesses donate 10,000 drinks and snacks to support NHS staff

Two Midland businesses have joined forces to help support under-pressure NHS workers by collecting over 10,000 donations of bottled water, coffee, tea and biscuits.  Bosses at Drain Doctor Plumbing and Coinadrink jumped in to help when they saw an appeal by Hampers for Heroes, a community enterprise which helps key workers by delivering hampers of treats and wellbeing items.  Hampers for Heroes had received a request from ICU doctors, who were looking for coffee, toiletries and other essentials, and shared it on social media to gather support.  When Richard Scandrett, director at Drain Doctor Plumbing in Burntwood, and Tom Williams, sales and …

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Business support scheme to boost UK space industry has lift off

A scheme to boost the UK’s space businesses, and alert more firms to the possibilities space-related enterprise can bring is set to be launched by the UK Space Agency.  The up to 10-week Business Accelerator programme, delivered in partnership with business growth experts from Entrepreneurial Spark and The University of Strathclyde, offers free virtual sessions to help companies with their sights set on space to make progress.  Businesses that may not have previously considered the opportunities presented by the space industry can also benefit. Pre-launch activity already involves a nationwide targeting of relevant businesses to alert them to the possibilities …

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Hannah’s golden opportunity for businesses to help charity

Businesses are being offered the chance to help elderly people who may be struggling during lockdown with the launch of a new marketing venture. Award-winning marketing professional Hannah Montgomery is launching her new business Golddust Direct this week. Dubbed ‘Moonpig for businesses’ it offers firms a direct mail package to raise their profile. As part of the service, firms can add an extra donation to help Hannah’s charity Re-Engage Lichfield, which helps combat loneliness in the elderly by providing social contact. The donation through Golddust Direct would pay for a letter or card to be sent to an elderly person. …

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