East Midlands Airport shortlisted for national award

East Midlands Airport has been shortlisted for Airport of the Year at The Transport Times’ Annual Transport Awards.

The shortlist comes after the airport was recognised for it’s growth on cargo operations handling over 1000 tonnes of cargo a day and is the UK’s busiest dedicated freight airport. 

Karen Smart, EMA’s Managing Director, said: “I’m delighted that we are recognised at a national level. It is our cargo operation that elevates us to the premier league of UK and European airports. The significance of our role in helping the UK trade globally should not be underestimated.

“It is a key driver of regional growth too and it is the foundation upon which much of the local growth has been built. For example, it’s no coincidence that the SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway (SLPEMG) is being constructed adjacent to the airport. When complete, this will enhance our offer by providing the UK’s only co-located rail, road and air freight hub creating thousands of jobs for local people.”

The winner will be announced on October 6th, here are the other shortlisted airports

  • Edinburgh Aiport
  • Glasgow Airport Ltd
  • Heathrow Airport, Terminal 2
  • London City Airport
  • Newscastle International Airport

£5.5m funding secured by Nottingham recruitment firm 

Nottingham recruitment firm, Thorn Baker, have secured £5.5m funding from Lloyds Bank in hopes to exceed their current £50m turnover. 

Thorn Baker, founded in 1988, specialise in the construction, industrial and estate facilities sector aiming to provide skilled workers to some of the UK’s most successful businesses including Raleigh, another Nottingham headquartered company, DPD and Bouygues. 

With their new funding from Lloyds Bank they hope to smash their current revenue of £27m a year and will start by increasing their turnover by 10% over the next year. 

Paul Jackman, chief executive officer at Thorn Baker, said: “This funding is the latest step in our growth strategy, as we continue to establish ourselves as the market-leaders in our three specialist disciplines. 2018 marks our 30th anniversary and this latest investment shows just how much our business has grown since 1988.

“This is our first time working with Lloyds Bank and we were impressed by how the team took the time to really understand our business and arrange funding support that was tailored to our exact needs.”

Unity Square development reveals details of 700,000 sq ft employment space 

Earlier this week plans were revealed for the Unity Square site that shows 700,000 sq ft of employment space along with associated car parking space. The plan details two phases, the first phase to introduce a 10 storey building over 387,500 sq ft of space whilst the second phase will see 14 storeys over 312,000 sq ft. 

The site was bought in 2-15 by Sladen Estates and Peveril Securities and is located opposite Nottingham train station. The scheme also has outline planning consent a new hotel and retail and leisure space. 

Back in January 2017, Nick Sladen of Sladen Estates said: “Unity Square will play an important part in boosting the city’s offering and will put occupiers in the heart of this regenerated area of Nottingham enabling them to take advantage of these important investments.” 

Nottingham’s former Raleigh HQ made 400,000th listed building in UK

The Howitt Building, former Raleigh HQ, once produced over one million bicycles a year and was the worlds leading manufacturer of bicycles, has been made the UK’s 400,00th listed building on the country’s National Heritage List. 

Councillor Chris Gibson, chairman of Nottingham City Council’s Planning Committee, said: “Nottingham is steeped in social history and legends. Our historic buildings and structures add to the city’s unique character and create a sense of place specific only to Nottingham.

“The city’s heritage assets are a tangible link to the city’s past, and are a powerful pull for investment, business and visitors alike. Nottingham is known the world over as the home of Raleigh bikes and so we’re really proud. [This] will help preserve this historic building for future generations to come.”

The building, in Lenton, is now used as office space and is home to the Marcus Garvey Centre and Marcus Garvey Ballroom which provides social event space for the African Caribbean Community. 

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