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MWF Fuels Growth

4th November, 2016

Midlands Wood Fuel (“MWF”) has for some time been regarded as the leading wood fuel supplier to Central and Northern England, and Wales in respect of wood chip, pellets, fuels and wood boiler servicing and maintenance.

Now, MWF, with the help of Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers, has fueled its next stage of growth by teaming up with Forest Fuels (“FF”), a national leading wood fuel supply company for small and medium scale heat boilers.

FF is already part of Aggregated Micro Power Holdings plc (“AMP”) who are listed on AIM and are recognised as being specialists in the sale of wood fuels and the development of distributed energy projects. The combination of FF and MWF within the AMP group will allow both FF and MWF to continue to develop their expertise within wood fuel, which is a growing part of the UK’s energy sector.

Mark Appleton (Managing Director of MWF) said “MWF has since its inception prioritised service as its key offering to clients. With this in mind MWF would never have contemplated merging other than with a like-minded partner. We have found this partner in FF and using its national footprint we are able to bring together two firms having different strengths and markets, the combination of which will lead to a bigger business better able to continue investment for growth. We’ve already started re-branding MWF to operate under the trusted Forest Fuels name, together offering local service, nationwide.”

Colin Rodrigues (Corporate Partner of Hawkins Hatton) said “it is always good to see businesses with a similar focus coming together to create a new and stronger entity. As with many deals of this kind, it is important that the personalities fit, and knowing the key members of MWF I can say without hesitation that they will give it their best to ensure that FF and MWF are the jewel in the crown of the AMP group.”

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Legionella Awareness Within Business

4th November, 2016

Ames Group, one of the Midlands leading providers of environmental services including pest and bird control, clinical waste collection and washroom hygiene services, has expanded its offering into Legionella Risk Assessments and Water Management services.

Based in Birmingham, Ames has always tried to meet the nations need to address environmental matters which may affect businesses from time to time. Given that a growing number of offices are now required to be compliant, an important consideration (other than what temperature the air conditioning is set at!) is whether or not the office, retail unit, School, university and/or factory are compliant with the relevant legislation in respect of legionella.

Legionella is not just a risk associated with large cooling towers, in fact it can affect most water cooled air conditioning systems and as such the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommend that sources of risk to legionella are identified, prevented where possible or suitably managed, ensuring that accurate records are maintained.

Alan Read, Managing Director of Ames, said “legionella is one of those things that people do not necessarily associate with an office or retail environment however, given the extreme heat we have been having in recent years over the summer period, air conditioning has become more prevalent. As such, at Ames, we want to try and meet the needs for business owners to ensure that they are at all times fully compliant with HSE requirements. That is why we have set up this new business of legionella services to ensure that all of the statutory obligations for any business owner are met by Ames”.

Alan Read went on to say that “for a number of years Ames has been using Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers for all of its corporate law needs and as such knowing that Hawkins Hatton are there, we have been able to not only continue to focus on the business but find new areas to grow using their expertise to avoid legal pitfalls.”

Regulations affect every aspect of business life and as such it is always sensible to ensure businesses check they are fully compliant with all legislation and regulation in order to avoid directors falling foul of their duties which are imposed by statute under the Companies Act 2006. The HSE recommendations in respect of legionella are just another aspect of what may seem an innocuous issue turning out to be a much wider problem.

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Stroma Strengthen Building Control Division

16th September, 2016

Approved Design Consultancy Limited based in Cannock with offices in London, has in recent years become one of the Country’s foremost firms in the arena of delivering Building Regulation compliance to the Construction Industry.
Martin Watton and Steve Hilditch of Approved Design have ensured the business will now continue to grow and build on its firm foundations with the acquisition by The Stroma Group.

The transaction was led by John Higgins of Stroma Group, with support from Lester Wilson of DWF Solicitors and Ed Brentnall of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services. John Higgins said “The Stroma Group want to become the reference brand within the Approved Inspector market, and the acquisition of Approved Design represents a significant step toward this goal. We look forward to supporting Steve and Martin in their development of the business, and they will be a valuable addition to our management team.”

Martin Watton and Steve Hilditch both commented that “The transaction with Stroma has meant that the combined business has more than 40 years shared building control experience, will provide greater geographical coverage and the synergies between the businesses will increase the strength and depth of services we can offer to clients.”
Approved Design were assisted by Kevin Preece of Rice & Co and Colin Rodrigues of Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers.

Kevin Preece said “I have worked with Steve and Martin for a number of years and watched their business grow. I am sure that now that Approved Design are part of a bigger group there will be no stopping where they are going to take the business.”

Colin Rodrigues of Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers said that “This transaction was not straight forward though we helped to find practical and commercial solutions in order to ensure that completion could take place within the agreed timeframes.”

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Stroma Strengthen Building Control Division

5th July, 2016

Approved Design Consultancy Limited based in Cannock with offices in London, has in recent years become one of the Country’s foremost firms in the arena of delivering Building Regulation compliance to the Construction Industry.
Martin Watton and Steve Hilditch of Approved Design have ensured the business will now continue to grow and build on its firm foundations with the acquisition by The Stroma Group.

The transaction was led by John Higgins of Stroma Group, with support from Lester Wilson of DWF Solicitors and Ed Brentnall of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services. John Higgins said “The Stroma Group want to become the reference brand within the Approved Inspector market, and the acquisition of Approved Design represents a significant step toward this goal. We look forward to supporting Steve and Martin in their development of the business, and they will be a valuable addition to our management team.”

Martin Watton and Steve Hilditch both commented that “The transaction with Stroma has meant that the combined business has more than 40 years shared building control experience, will provide greater geographical coverage and the synergies between the businesses will increase the strength and depth of services we can offer to clients.”
Approved Design were assisted by Kevin Preece of Rice & Co and Colin Rodrigues of Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers.

Kevin Preece said “I have worked with Steve and Martin for a number of years and watched their business grow. I am sure that now that Approved Design are part of a bigger group there will be no stopping where they are going to take the business.”

Colin Rodrigues of Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers said that “This transaction was not straight forward though we helped to find practical and commercial solutions in order to ensure that completion could take place within the agreed timeframes.

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10th Anniversary Celebration Dinner At Weston Park, 11th June 2016

17th June, 2016

10th Anniversary celebration dinner at Weston Park, 11th June 2016

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10th Anniversary Celebration Dinner At Weston Park, 10th June 2016

17th June, 2016

10th Anniversary celebration dinner at Weston Park, 10th June 2016

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