North West Business Notes: Capalex; Russell & Russell; Bach 95; Sedulo Group; Russell Taylor Group; United Kingdom

Specialist manufacturing company plans further growth under £500,000 investment. Capalex, which employs over 50 people in West Cumbria, is further strengthening its manufacturing capacity and capabilities at its 5,700m² site at Cleator Moor.

Having already invested in robotic technology to improve its capabilities, Capalex is adding new specialist machinery this month to its Leconfield site from where it exports worldwide, including Europe, the United States and South Asia. – Is as well as throughout the UK. . A one-stop aluminum extrusion manufacturing service Capalex (Capital Aluminum Extrusions Ltd) serves a range of industries including aerospace, architectural, automotive, aviation, defence, display, electronics, engineering, furniture, leisure, marine, product design, retail, rail and signage.

Its products are found in a diverse range of environments, from airplane seats to railroad cars, from high-end audio to hospitals, they are even found in space as part of satellite systems orbiting the Earth. earth. All of its manufacturing, extrusion, machining, powder coating, heat treatment, assembly, storage and shipping takes place under one roof at its Leconfield site which takes delivery of the new equipment this month.

Richard Owen, Managing Director of Capalex, said: “This investment and our continued commitment to improving our processes helps us maintain our leadership position in our industry and is good news not only for Capalex, but also for Cleator Moor and the community at large.

“The vast majority of people who work at Capalex live in the immediate area, many have worked with us for a long time and have developed their skills here and helped the business move forward with their proactive problem solving approach. have a great team and we take great pride in the way we develop our staff.

Once the new equipment arrives, Capalex is planning a number of environmental improvements to its site, including the creation of a wildflower meadow.

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Some team members: Jane Penman, Nick Ross, Judith Bromley, Andrew Perry, Louise Rance, Andrew Costello, Emma Wood, Zoe Harryman, David Kitchen, Jill Chan and Asef Sarab

One of Bolton’s oldest law firms celebrates its 135th anniversary by moving into new, contemporary premises.

This month, Russell & Russell is moving from the historic Wood Street building in the town center that has been its home since the turn of the last century to the Atria in Spa Road. Around 94 of the 200 employees will be relocated here while others will move to the company’s walk-in center in Newport Street.

The move is the latest in the company’s long history founded by former Bolton MP and Mayor William Russell, later joined by his brother Walter. Today, in addition to Bolton, Russell & Russell has offices in Wesoughton, Farnworth, Horwich, Atherton, Bury, Middleton and Chester.

Managing Partner Judith Bromley said: “It was time to move to new, more modern offices with improved facilities and where we can better see and support staff and meet client needs.

“It will be strange to leave these premises after so long but, truly, we have passed them.”

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Bach 95, a premium low-calorie lager, has been officially launched in the market with the aim of disrupting the low-calorie sector.

Founded by Sale Sharks rugby player Will Cliff, former rugby player Tom Holmes and former rugby player and sports agent Jesse Coulson, Bach 95 is a passion project for the trio as they seek to create a product unique and tasty that all can enjoy. Bach 95 finds its name in Sandbach, Cheshire, where Cliff and Holmes grew up, the 95 having a double meaning as the shirt number of Cliff on the rugby pitch (nine) and Holmes (five), but also the content of calories from each can of Bach 95.

Made in Cheshire, Bach 95 is developed by experienced brewmasters and beer consultants in the North of England, brewed using a detailed recipe, the highest quality ingredients and brewing techniques experienced to create a top quality product. Suitable for all dietary requirements and lifestyles, Bach 95 is a full strength beer with 4.2% alcohol, it is also a reduced calorie lager, with only 95 kcal per can , as well as vegan and gluten-free ingredients.

Having already achieved rapid retail success, Bach 95 secured a listing with the New World Trading Company, with Bach 95 stocked at The Oast House in Manchester city center and The Botanist locations. The New World Trading Company operates some of the country’s most exciting brands in the pub and bar market, including The Oast House, The Botanist, The Florist, The Smugglers Cove, The Club House and The Trading House.

Bach 95 has also secured a series of local Cheshire listings, including Suburban Green Wilmslow, The Lambing Shed Knutsford and Toast Altrincham, with the aim of expanding across the UK throughout the year. Co-founder Will Cliff said: “Bach 95 has been an idea of ​​ours for years, something that started as a conversation between friends and has now become something we want to throw everything at because we believe in it so much. . ”

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Paul Cheetham-Karcz

Business advisory group and investment firm Sedulo will offer non-financial services, in the form of professional IT management and support. The new entity, Sedulo IT, is a joint venture with Cheshire-based IT provider Blue Spot.

Sedulo, with offices in Manchester, London, Leeds and Liverpool, currently employs around 175 people having recently celebrated its 13th anniversary. It offers services in accounting, taxation, business consulting, forensic accounting, financial planning and mergers and acquisitions. Thanks to the merger with Blue Spot, it will now be able to add services such as enterprise IT, Office 365, hosting, data security and disaster recovery strategies.

Blue Spot was established in 2003 by founder Guy Brittain and operates on behalf of clients across the country from its premises in Congleton.

Sedulo Group Founder Paul Cheetham-Karcz said, “We have 2,000 growing customers, all of whom need basic IT infrastructure. As our clients grow, they require more complex technologies and consulting solutions, and Guy and his team are perfect for that. Most of our customers are at risk without the right security solutions and data backup and recovery plans in place, an area where Blue Spot has helped us, so it’s a perfect fit.

Guy Brittain said: “After working with Sedulo for many years, we are all very happy to join forces and provide their customers with the friendly and professional IT management and support services that we have provided to our own customers over the past 19 years. It makes perfect sense to partner with a company that has the same dedication to providing customer service as we do. »

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Andy Cain with interns

Cheshire-based recruiter Russell Taylor Group has launched a new initiative to equip its workforce with the skills needed to strengthen the economy. Now with its own training academy, the company is extending its focus on in-house talent to train, develop and develop its recruiting teams, from apprentices who have just joined the company to existing staff on their way to leadership positions.

Among the delegates for the first program are 10 new interns recently recruited by the group at its Burton Manor headquarters and its Wirral-based affiliates, Recruit Right and Knutsford-based NMS Recruit and Perpetual Partnerships.

The intensive course, which runs until November, is held at Burton Manor and is led by Russell Taylor Group Training Partner Andy Cain, a recruitment specialist with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. Company Chairman Peter Russell said: “A workplace strategy of nurturing and developing our own local talent to become the white collar workforce of the future has been at the forefront of our operations for starting the business 17 years ago. During this period, we have mentored over 50 apprentices, many of whom have stayed with us to become key players and senior managers.

“However, the new Training Academy has taken our focus to the next level as we plan another ambitious expansion path for the business. By investing more in talent and training, we recognize that our people are our greatest asset. Most importantly, they are part of the future of our business – as we continue to grow, so do they.

“And for employers who work with us to recruit workers, that means we can open bigger doors to provide them with the right workforce with the right skills to grow their business.”

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The Pilkington OLC1 range

Pilkington UK, part of Japanese NSG Group, has manufactured its 50 millionth square meter of specialist glass on its state-of-the-art coating line in St Helens, as the site celebrates 10 years since production began.

This milestone was reached after the manufacturer ramped up production to meet consistently high demand from building designers and the construction industry over the past year. The volume of glass produced by its OLC1 offline coater at Cowley Hill in the city is enough to cover 7,000 football pitches. This total includes glass that blocks heat from escaping through windows, such as Pilkington K Glass S, a low-emissivity glass designed to provide the highest performance in Window Energy Rating (WER) and Pilkington Optitherm S1 Plus which helps building designers meet increasingly stringent regulations. insulation requirements.

The line also manufactures its Pilkington Suncool range of solar control glass which helps prevent overheating in buildings by limiting the amount of energy transmitted by the sun through the glazing. The company expects to see higher demand for solar control glass in the UK as building designers mitigate the increasing frequency of heat waves and strive to meet new Part O regulations for overheating in new homes.

OLC1 uses advanced glass coating technology to apply additional performance to float glass produced on Pilkington UK’s UK5 production line in Greengate, St Helens. UK5 recently carried out the world’s first three trials of hydrogen and biofuel to power a glass furnace as part of the industry’s journey towards decarbonisation.

Neil Syder, Managing Director of Pilkington UK, said: “Demand for advanced coated glass that helps deliver better energy performance to buildings is increasing as building regulations tighten and developers go beyond. to achieve their own environmental goals. Advanced coated glass is also solving new challenges through R&D breakthroughs, from antimicrobial glass that helps sanitize healthcare and transportation facilities, to glass with a special UV pattern that helps protect wildlife by being visible to visitors. birds.

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