Wigley Helps Business Expand

A sports therapist to professional football referees is kicking off the year by expanding his business in Rugby.

Barry Phillipson, whose most high-profile work is treating match officials for the Premier League, Football Association, Football League, UEFA and FIFA, is taking on two additional units at The Craft Studios at Hillmorton Locks where he runs Smart Studios.

His three existing units house six treatment rooms for therapists offering a range of therapies including physio and sports massage, injury rehabilitation, reflexenergy, relaxation massage and beauty treatments.

The extra units on the ground floor will provide another treatment room to offer sports therapy for less mobile and disabled clients, and launches the Smart Progress Room with a range of exercise and rehabilitation equipment to enhance the services and treatments.

Barry said: “I established Smart Studios at Hillmorton Locks in 2009 and it has grown in that time with my approach being to develop and mentor younger therapists and encourage new therapists by giving them the opportunity to develop their own skills and businesses here from my 18 years of experience.

“My dream has been to develop a holistic, progressive clinic with each therapist confident to express their unique characters and treatment packages.

“This expansion will enable me to take Smart Studios to the next level.  My long-term plan has been to have an area where I could continue the progress of clients not just from hands-on treatments but by using rehabilitation and exercise equipment.

“As well as providing that new facility, we will now be able to support the growing focus on making more sports accessible to all abilities with a treatment room that has disabled access.”

The Craft Studios, located off Brindley Road and next to the Oxford Canal, was acquired by Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group in early 2016 with the aim of offering an improved service to tenants to allow the estate to thrive.

Barry said: “I would not have taken this step if it wasn’t for the commitment and support from The Wigley Group.  They have been able to make a dream of mine come true.”

The 3,163 sq ft estate is made up of 11 studio units, ranging from 250 to 1,000 sq ft, which are occupied by small and micro businesses.  Two units are currently available through agents George and Company Chartered Surveyors.

Louis Smith, estates manager at The Wigley Group, said: “A year on from acquiring Hillmorton Locks, we are delighted to see the estate enjoying growth and to have been able to help make this expansion happen for Smart Studios.

“Hillmorton Locks is a high-quality development in a prime location with a wide range of established businesses and we are continually looking to improve their experience to help them develop.

“With our extensive portfolio of commercial properties throughout the West Midlands, the aim is that we will ultimately be able to assist with their next move should they outgrow these units which are ideal for small and starter businesses.”


Pictured, left to right, are Louis Smith (The Wigley Group) and Barry Phillipson (Smart Studios) at Hillmorton Locks.

Wigley Winter Roof Works

With the weather turning cold and damp the work load changes for The Wigley Group’s Facilities Management team. Following some sudden down pours and stormy weather, leaks had started to appear throughout one our client’s estates. Water was getting in through damaged sections of the roofs in three of the properties, causing damage to the tenant’s equipment and storage areas.

We received a call early on Monday morning from the concerned landlord. With our wealth of experience of maintaining our own portfolio of commercial property we got out within the hour to survey the damage and measure up in preparation for quoting.

By the end of the week we had quoted for replacement roof lights on 2 of the buildings, gutter replacement and heavy duty clean on 1 of the buildings along with replacement glass panels and flashings on the other building.

These quotes were accepted within 48 hours and the work commenced one week later with full Health & Safety procedures being implemented.  With the right accredited staff being allocated to the job, we were ready to go.

With the latest storms passing, the roofs remain dry and the landlord is more than happy with the works carried out. The landlord has also signed up for an annual gutter clear to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future.

For more information about The Wigley Group’s Facilities Management services please contact me at peter@thewigleygroup.com or phone 02476 224600.

Pete Burnell

Facilities Co-ordinator

New Development Begins at The Wigley Group’s Henley Road Site

Work has started on a speculative development of industrial space in Coventry which aims to tackle a shortage of commercial property in the city.

Construction of three industrial units totalling nearly 16,000 sq ft is underway at Henley Road Industrial Estate, owned by Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group.

Two of the units are 3,600 sq ft which could be combined to create one 7,200 sq ft space. The third unit is 8,700 sq ft and all have parking and roller doors.

James Davies, director at The Wigley Group, said: “We have heard for some time that Coventry lacks sufficient space for businesses who want to relocate or expand but companies in our sector need the right signals to take risks like this.

“In our experience, businesses that decide their current premises no longer meet their needs want to move quickly and aren’t prepared to wait for the right space to be built or become available.

“Therefore it’s important that buildings are ready to meet immediate requirements and firms aren’t forced to consider alternative location.

“We know that companies like ours can step up to meet these needs and help the local economy to grow but there needs to more signs from those responsible to drive development.

“We know we would be able to take greater risks if we had a pre-let in place and there are many agencies who help existing businesses in this area expand or are tasked with attracting firms to the region. We’d welcome the chance to work more closely with them.

“This is something we are keen to progress in 2017 and ensure that lack of stock is no longer a barrier to economic growth in this area.”

The Wigley Group met lead contractor Ciexbe Limited at a Platform Event networking event which brings together buyers suppliers in sectors including construction and facilities management. Vining Ltd will act as consultants and project managers throughout the site’s development.

Bromwich Hardy has been appointed as lead agent for the scheme.

Tom Bromwich of Bromwich Hardy said: “This is already an active multi tenanted industrial estate which has been consistently popular and we’re certain there will be strong interest in this new development.

“These new units are well positioned in the north of Coventry only a short drive from junction two of the M6 and offer easy access to central Coventry too.”

“Construction has already commenced but early enquirers could request the units were tailored to meet their needs where possible.”

Further details are available from Bromwich Hardy on 02476 308900.


Left to right – Tom Bromwich (Bromwich Hardy), James Davies and Robert Wigley (both The Wigley Group), Charlie Brooks (Ciexbe Limited) and Mike Vining (Vining Ltd).

Coventry 2021 UK City Of Culture Bid – ‘Eyes on Cov’ photography competition with The Wigley Group

Keen amateur photographers are being invited to capture a unique angle on Coventry as part of the UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

The ‘Eyes on Cov’ competition will give ten photographers the chance to use specialist working at height equipment to capture views of the city from up high.

Their ideas will be turned into reality by The Wigley Group who will supply the lifts which are normally used for construction projects.

After submitting their best photos from height, one winner will be chosen and will get to spend a day with award-winning Coventry photographer Jason Scott Tilley.

Laura McMillan, manager of the Coventry City of Culture Trust said: “Over the years, Coventry is a city which has had to reinvent itself countless times. It’s a place which – still today – is constantly rethinking what a city is for.”

“After the Second World War, the city which gave birth to modernism and attracted followers around the world with its revolutionary architecture.”

“Through our UK City of Culture bid we hope all eyes will again be on Coventry.”

“We’re calling all amateur photographers to join us in showing Coventry in a different light –in fact showing it from a completely different angle.”

“A huge part of our bid is about promoting the diverse cultural scene in Coventry including many aspects which don’t always enjoy much publicity.”

“In the same way this competition will give everyone a chance to capture a hidden or new take on our fantastic city.”

When choosing which applications to take forward, consideration will be given to the strength of the idea and the feasibility of the chosen location.

The competition was the brainchild of James Ellerington, The Wigley Group’s Head of Asset Management.

He said: “The Wigley Group is proud to call Coventry home and as soon as we heard about the UK City of Culture bid we wanted to show our support.”

“In the course of our facilities management work we are often required to work on top of buildings or use specialist lifts which give us a completely different view of the area we’re operating in.”

“In fact it was working on top of the Belgrade Plaza building one morning earlier in the year – with a view of the city that no one else would be able to access – that I had the idea for the competition.”

“As a company we regularly use working at height equipment such as boom, trailer mounted and scissor lifts as part of our facilities management service and I realised we could also use our training and expertise to give photographers a really unique view of the city.”

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the photographs and hope they can be used to illustrate to the wider world why Coventry deserves to be City of Culture 2021.”

For more details and to make an application to use the specialist equipment go to www.coventry2021.co.uk/news. The closing date for applications is Friday November 4th 2016.


The Wigley Group director James Davies with Juliet Colley, bid assistant at Coventry City of Culture Trust, and one of the lifts which ten selected photographers will have the chance to use to capture views of the city.

Kestrel Honda Moves To Vantage Park

An established motorcycle dealership in Coventry is revving up for a new era as it expands into The Wigley Group’s Vantage Park.

Kestrel Honda is relocating to the final two available units at the retail trade park in Coventry where it will also open the city’s first outlet for KTM road and off road motorcycles.

The expanded business will create 10 new jobs when it moves to the new base which is located on the A444.

Kestrel Honda has sold new and used motorcycles and scooters from its current 5,000 sq ft home in Holbrook Lane since it was opened by husband and wife Colin and Kay Dewey in 2005.

It has now taken the final two adjacent units at Vantage Park where it will create a 10,000 sq ft space to sell bikes from the two manufacturers.

The other businesses on the now fully-occupied business park – which has been developed by owners The Wigley Group – are Formula One Autocentres and Magnet. Vining Ltd have acted as consultants and project managers throughout the site’s development.

Kay Dewey of Kestrel Honda said: “The business has grown dramatically over the past 11 years when we’ve gone from start up to an established dealership.

“We pride ourselves on our customer service. Last year we were in the top 20 Honda motorcycle dealers in the country and we have been the number one off-road Honda motorcycle seller for a number of years. As a result we really had outgrown our original premises and frankly we were bursting at the seams.

“The new showroom will allow us to stock everything Honda sells with two wheels including, for the first time, the Montesa Trials range.”

“At the same time we’ve been talking to KTM for 18 months about bringing the brand to Coventry and I’m delighted we’ve been able to secure the right site for this new venture.”

“The KTM brand fits well with our current offering and this move is all about expanding the choice for our customers.”

The fit out of the new showroom has started and it will open for business in November.

Vantage Park is part of Edgwick Park which was formerly the home of the Alfred Herbert works – one of the world’s largest machine tool manufacturing businesses.

It was purchased by The Wigley Group in the late 1970s and the company has turned the redundant manufacturing site into a vibrant, mixed use development with sections of the site sold to companies including Gallagher Retail Park, Atritor, Lidl, and DK Packing.

The Wigley Group director Robert Wigley said: “Vantage Park is a high quality development in a very visible site which lies on the main gateway route from the M6 into Coventry.

“I’m delighted Kestrel will join other national retailers on the site which is also next door to the Gallagher Retail Park, a new Brandish Vauxhall dealership and Greene King pub.”

“The Wigley Group has worked hard over the past 30 years to regenerate this area which was formerly the home of the Alfred Herbert works. Full occupation of Vantage Park is another milestone in the regeneration of the site and is evidence of the health of the commercial property market in Coventry.”

Following the success of Vantage Park, The Wigley Group and agents Bromwich Hardy are advertising a number of new build industrial units on Edgwick Park ranging from 5,000 – 20,000 sq ft. Details are available by contacting James Brookes at Bromwich Hardy on 02476 308900.


(left to right) Mike Vining of Vining Ltd, Kestrel Honda owner Kay Dewey, The Wigley Group Managing Director Robert Wigley and James Brookes from Bromwich Hardy.

FM Job of the Month – Wild Flower Cutback

Trident Park, Leamington was the location for this month’s FM job. An autumn cut back was in order in what has been a really busy month for the whole Wigley team.

Alan Greenway, our horticultural specialist, was set the task to quote works of de-weeding and cutting back a wild flower meadow. It was going to take the efforts of pretty much the whole team; Lee, Jon and Will, even Alan had to get his hands dirty on this job in order to complete the task on schedule.

On the first day the team set about de-weeding the whole area, using nothing but forks, spades and brute force to hand pull self-set Willows, Buddleia and thistles, which if left unchecked would have eventually invaded the whole scheme. It was tough going with the sun beating down on us, but we manged complete the task. “We are going to sleep well tonight” proved to be the comment of the day by Jon Wigley. And trust me, we did!

Day two involved cutting and removing all the vegetation, with Lee Hopkins operating a two-wheeled tractor scythe cutter, along with Jon and Will raking, bagging up and removing the cut vegetation. The job was making very good progress, once all the cut foliage had been raked away we concentrated on strimming any areas that the tractor could not reach and tidying up it was now a case of the strimming the missed areas and tidying up.

After solid days of hard graft by all four Wigley FM team members the scheme was looking neat, tidy and empty of all weeds. Now the meadow will re-grow and have a better chance to establish in the coming months, by mid-summer next year it will be abundant with native flowers.

Once again it was really good team effort by the FM team, from start to finish.

Keep up the good works boys.

Lee Hopkins






The Wigley Group FM team (left to right) Jon, Will, Lee, Alan

A Timely Relocation

The leading global pioneer in activity trackers and training computers has re-located to a modern new premises in Warwick.

Polar UK has moved into a new 5,000 sq ft property on Wedgnock Industrial Estate with the help of Coventry-based property, risk and facilities management firm The Wigley Group.

Polar caters to all levels of fitness by offering a product range including cycling computers, wearable sports devices and activity trackers, training apps and online services.

The company operates in more than 80 countries and its award-winning training computers are sold through more than 35,000 retailers globally.

Polar’s UK and Ireland base previously operated from a nearby 12,000 sq ft building in Warwick which included an 8,000 sq ft warehouse area which was used to distribute products around the UK until 2014 when shipping moved to Amsterdam.

The company wanted to move to a more suitable nearby premises to ensure it could keep its workforce and called on The Wigley Group to help with the re-location.

Polar UK finance director John Gibbs said: “We wanted to stay reasonably close so we could retain our staff. Essentially we wanted the same amount of office space but without the warehouse which was now obsolete to our needs.

“I knew I needed to find someone with broad commercial property experience rather than someone to simply find us a new building. We wanted an advisor who could help throughout the process including the preliminary negotiations.”

The Wigley Group director James Davies used the company’s network of property agents to find Polar UK its new base. The company guided John through to heads of terms alongside the property agent before solicitors handled the final contracts.

To create the right space for Polar UK’s staff, The Wigley Group’s facilities management division were also appointed to fit out the new building which included dividing up the two floors and creating a new kitchen.

John added: “I was genuinely impressed with James and all of the team at The Wigley Group.

“They helped in anything they could and never quibbled over the scope of what their services included and I would definitely use them again.”

James Davies said: “Many companies find that their commercial space no longer meets their needs but aren’t sure what their options are.

“We’re able to give companies unbiased advice on all aspects of their business strategy connected to property. That includes exiting previous lease arrangements, finding a new property and the negotiations around new rental or purchase agreements.

“We know that finding a space which meets the current and future needs of a business is about more than just finding an empty building – our commercial acumen, knowledge of the property market and negotiation skills are where our team can really add value.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to find Polar UK the right commercial property which meets their current and anticipated future needs.”

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(From left to right) The Wigley Group facilities co-ordinator Pete Burnell, Polar UK finance director John Gibbs and The Wigley Group director James Davies outside Polar UK’s new base in Warwick.

UK’s biggest kitchen retailer signs up for space at new trade park in Coventry

Work has started on a new trade park in Coventry which has already attracted its first national client – the UK’s biggest kitchen retailer.

Magnet has taken up the first unit at the brand new Vantage Park in the north of the city, just off the A444.

Vantage Park is being developed by Wigley Contracts (Barby) which has been behind the major regeneration of the former Albert Herbert engineering site.

The new park will feature four units from 4,000 sq ft to 12,000 sq ft – totalling 25,000 sq ft – and is aimed at trade products and services available to the public.

Magnet is the first company to sign up, opting to move into a new 12,000 sq ft purpose-built unit.  Its new base will incorporate a kitchen showroom, trade counter, warehouse, offices and parking.

Mike Vining from Vining Management Ltd and Development Consultant for Wigley said: “This will be a very beneficial development for the area which has undergone considerable regeneration in recent years.

“It is fantastic to be able to welcome a firm of Magnet’s stature to the new trade park. It will provide them with a suitable showcase in this area of the city with very good transport links and car parking. They will also be a flagship operator which will help us attract other leading tenants.

“The improvements to the A444 have transformed the links from the city to the north of the city and this development uses that location to the full.”

Andy Cartlidge, head of group property and store development at Magnet, said: “We are delighted to be included in this development in such a prominent and busy location, and this will be a flagship store for us in the Midlands.”

The new trade park is the latest of several developments in the area from The Wigley Group.

It created a new northern hub for Royal Mail and sold land to Lidl for a new store, while the Signal Box pub was opened in the summer – all located on the A444 between the Gallagher Retail Park and Foleshill Road roundabouts.

James Davies, of The Wigley Group, added: “We have been developing in this area of Coventry since the mid-1980s, after gaining planning permission for Gallagher Retail Park, and have played a leading role in its regeneration. This new park is another major landmark for the area.

“We are a Coventry-based company who invest for the long-term, and that commitment has certainly allowed us to take a strategic view on the regeneration of the area.”

Construction is expected to last until next summer, and Councillor Kevin Maton, Coventry City Council Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Employment, was invited to see the work start.

Vantage Park is being marketed by Bromwich Hardy and Jones Lang LaSalle.

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Left to right: Steve Jagger (JLL), Councillor Kevin Maton, Rob Wigley (Wigley Group), James Brookes (Bromwich Hardy), James Davies (Wigley Group), Mike Vining (Vining Management)


Rugby landmark to be transformed

A Rugby man and a leading property company in the town are coming together to restore a much-loved landmark building.

Businessman Oliver Taylor has brought the former It’s A Gift department store on Sheep Street and is converting into offices for his company, creating serviced offices and opening a new store on the ground floor which will “celebrate Rugby’s rich heritage”.

Taylor, who is the managing director of SureTECH – a Daventry company specialising in adhesive tapes – has hired Rugby-based Wigley Group to undertake the purchase of the building, gain the relevant permissions and project manage  all the conversion and renovation work.

Taylor, who was raised in the town and played for Rugby Lions, said the purchase was a very positive move on several fronts.

“A few months ago I was looking to expand SureTECH and that chances were we would have to move which would come with all the usual complications, costs and interruptions.

“I was working on the project with Wigley looking at the all various possibilities in Daventry, when I walked past It’s A Gift, and it struck me that we could move our administration staff to Rugby and not only would that give me the room to expand in Daventry without taking a new building, but also open up several business opportunities.

“And on top of that we will be restoring a well-loved landmark building and making it once again a hive of commercial activity.”

Wigley will be creating SureTECH offices on the second floor and four serviced offices on the first floor, which are being designed to attract small and start-up companies.

Taylor will then open the ground floor as a store – and is currently finalising the concept for the business.

“All I can say is that it is an idea I have been working on for a long time now, and it is something which will favourably reflect the history and heritage of the town.”

James Davies, of The Wigley Group, which has its head office in Regent Street, said: “We have worked with Oliver for a couple of years and this is a really exciting move for him and for the town. We have advised him right across the board looking at all aspects of property, finance, insurance, and business planning.

“It is also an added bonus that we will be helping to bring such a well-loved building back to its former glory.”

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Pictured: James Davies (left) and Oliver Taylor.

Offgrid Energy Ltd & The Wigley Group – a powerful partnership!

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Photo: James Davies, Director of Wigley Commercial Services Ltd, and Phil Halcrow, Director of Offgrid Energy Ltd, at Offgrid’s new premises at Pelham Road, Rugby. 

As a retained client of The Wigley Group, Offgrid Energy Ltd have instructed us to carry out new lease negotiations on their behalf . We’re happy to say that we have completed the deal, and they are now in a lease at Pelham Road, Rugby (please see photograph above).

This is now the 4th commercial property that The Wigley Group has completed for Offgrid, with other properties in Rugby and Wincanton. Additionally, Offgrid Energy Ltd have also utilised The Wigley Group’s financial services arm, and have been introduced to Premier Wealth Creation to set up their life insurance and pension provisions.

James Davies, Director of Wigley Commercial Services Ltd, explains ‘our suite of services allows our clients to turn to us for most professional service requirements. We are in a very fortunate position to have high quality business partners and in-house consultants to be able to deal with most scenarios relating to your commercial property, insurance, and financial service requirements’.

On reflection, James Buckland remarked “The real beauty of using The Wigley Group is the hassle free nature of it all. You have one meeting, outline what you want achieve and they do everything. The result being I get to carry on doing my usual day-to-day tasks and end up with a better deal than I would ever have been able to negotiate. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.”

Core Physiatry & The Wigley Group – pain-free property negotiation!

We have been instructed to act on behalf of Core Physiatry to renew their existing lease at The Old Post Office in Warwick and look to expand their leasehold portfolio with a new lease on a potentially very exciting project at Hatton Park. The renewal of their lease at Warwick will provide them with security and peace of mind to allow them to grow as a business moving forward whilst continuing to provide the quality service they have become synonymous for.

The plan will be to develop the beautiful Georgian three-storey building known as and Nunhold House in Hatton. With this additional property and its ground-floor, disabled access, the clinic can treat clients with Parkinson’s disease in a rural location which is accessible from all over the country as well as cater for the ever-growing clientele from the world of sport looking for expert rehabilitative care.

Stefaan Vossen, owner of the business, stated ”James has come on board to allow me to get on with what I do best – and while he gets on with the negotiations and surveys, he is in regular contact so I still feel part of the process. Negotiation is an aspect of business which I have come to appreciate more and more over the years. Property negotiation in particular is such an area of expertise that I would not recommend anyone go into it without a solid guiding hand”. If terms can be agreed, further news will follow in the exciting development of what can only be described as a perfect example of Georgian architecture.