December 7, 2015
On Friday 27th of November at the Edgbaston Stadium audiences voiced their appreciation for Birmingham, as the city’s people came together to join finalists, sponsors, ambassadors and judges in a night of celebration and entertainment.
The Birmingham Awards is the first of its kind to encompass a plethora of different categories celebrating everything from the best bars, restaurant and club to small businesses, the best individual business man and woman of the year, best independent retailer and best blogger, to name a few.
Professional Polishing Services attended the event and were ‘very excited’ for not only were they finalists for Business of the Year but their MD, Kirsty Davies-Chinnock, was a finalist for Businesswoman of the Year.
They are delighted to announce that Kirsty was named Businesswoman of the Year.
December 5, 2014
See The Brummie aggregator site (left) and ‘Our Birmingham’ for more news about Aston’s Kirsty Davies-Chinnock winning a ‘Working Woman’s Oscar’.
In June 2012, Peter Davies, chairman of Professional Polishing, Smethwick, noted that although the usual downbeat attitude to manufacturing persists, when he attends business gatherings the attitude is buoyant, with news of orders coming in. Co-founder Pauline Davies and managing director Kirsty agreed.
This remark eventually led to the setting up of the West Midland Producers website, which records good news from the West Midlands’ small and medium producers, which has not been highlighted in the mainstream press.
After reading Power Capacitors of Tyseley at Westminster a locally based engineer who travels the world in the course of his work emailed: “Glad someone local is making something”.
This underwhelming remark prompted the editor to count the number of firms covered on this site since August 2012 and reply:
“Look at https://westmidlandsproducers.wordpress.com/ and you will see news of 54 WM companies making something – the large majority located in the Birmingham area. There must be so many others in the region. And that is only in the SME sector”.
July 18, 2014
Leamington-based Encraft was established in 2003 by Matthew Rhodes and a small group of engineers and investors. The company vision makes low carbon energy technologies for buildings more commercially viable in the UK by reducing the costs of high quality independent technical advice and now delivers high quality engineering and technical services to thousands of customers.
One of the worldwide projects involved Encraft’s senior consultant Kate Ashworth who travelled to the Philippines to help to set up wind monitoring for a remote off-grid island, joining ex Encraft consultant Diana Benato who is now working for Engineers Without Borders.
Kate was able to join Diana for 2 weeks in July under the Encraft CSR policy, where half a consultant’s time to the project in donated by the firm and the other half by the consultant.
Encraft are organising a breakfast meeting on 22nd July at Coventry University targeted at manufacturing companies in the West Midlands to present new opportunities available in purchasing, managing and reducing energy for their sites. The meeting will showcase where reductions can be made, including measures which do not entail a large capital outlay. Funding opportunities available to West Midlands-based SMEs to reduce energy costs will also be presented at the meeting.
Energy costs have a significant impact on business profitability, particularly in the case of manufacturing SMEs. A range of new smart technologies to optimise existing manufacturing processes and funding incentives to drive potential savings are now available, and Encraft can help manufacturing companies unlock these.
The event is aimed primarily at energy managers for West Midlands-based manufacturing SMEs – however larger manufacturers are welcome to attend. SMEs/Companies that will benefit most from this event will be those with large energy bills, aging energy infrastructure or building fabric, or cases where the organisation has identified a need to upgrade heating and lighting plant but needs qualified independent assistance to understand the available options.
The event is free, but early booking is strong advised as there is a limit on numbers at the venue. To book your place, please visit the Eventbrite booking page.