Lloyds Of London Visit

The Wigley Group and Thompson & Co took around 10 clients and partners for a fascinating day in London in October.

Thanks to our contacts in the insurance world we managed secure a guided tour of the famous Lloyds of London building.

The tour covered all aspects of what has grown from a coffee house on the banks of the Thames to become the world’s leading market for specialist insurance.

It is especially famous for shipping insurance and we were shown details of those who insured the Titanic (good move!) and heard the history of the Lutine Bell, which was salvaged from the French frigate of the same name which had sunk almost 50 years before – packed with gold and silver – and used to be rung every time a ship was lost.

We heard how still, despite the development of technology, human contact and relationships are still vitally important – a fact that was underlined by our hearty lunch at The City Flogger!

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)

 

A Night of Champions – The Wigley Group Open & Gala Dinner 2014

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Business professionals from across the region have swung into action to raise over £14,500 for the Afghanistan Trust.

Leading property and risk management company, The Wigley Group, played host to a number of star-studded guests at its annual celeb-am Golf Open & Gala Dinner at Staverton Park near Daventry.

The evening gala dinner was presented by former paratrooper and leading darts announcer John McDonald and included a video address by Prince Charles who spoke about the inspirational work carried out by those serving in the armed forces.

Members of England’s winning 1966 World Cup football team also came along to celebrate the kick-off of this year’s World Cup.

Those teeing off for the Wigley Group Open were also joined by a number of sporting celebrities including 16-time World Darts Champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor along with other stars from the worlds of snooker, cricket, and boxing.

Sponsors at the event included Mercedes Benz of Stratford-upon-Avon along with Ben Ross Golf,Target Darts, and local firms Core Physiatry, Oxygen Graphics, and Syclone Design.

All of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Afghanistan Trust which helps to support soldiers and their families who served with The Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan and who have been wounded or killed as a result.

Katie Wigley, marketing and events co-ordinator at the Wigley Group, said: “The event was a fantastic occasion and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

“It was an action-packed event with a number of sporting celebrities also helping to boost awareness and raise money for a really important cause.

“Last year we raised around £11,000 for the Afghanistan Trust and this year we are delighted to have exceeded expectations having raised over £14,500 for the charity.

“It is important for us to continue to show our support for both the soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and their families.

“Former serviceman Jaco van Gass shared his inspirational story at the gala dinner and we hope the money raised will have a positive impact and help to improve the lives of those who have served in the armed forces.”

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From Left to Right: Sgt. Rohan Byfield, Gordon Banks, George Cohen, Mark Selby, Phil “The Power” Taylor & Sgt. Nick Dargan 

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It’s that time of year again… and we’re ready to raise even more money for the Afghanistan Trust!

This year we’ve got special guest 16-time World Champion Phil “The Power” Taylor joining us, as well as ex-paratrooper and Team GB paralympian Jaco van Gass to remind us of what a worthwhile cause we are all raising money for. Not only this, but we’ll be joined by 2 national treasures – George Cohen & Gordon Banks – to help us celebrate the eve of the World Cup in style.

As usual, it promises to be yet another unmissable event which will sell out quickly, so act now and get your tickets!

You can download the booking form here & the full invitation here.

Please contact katie@thewigleygroup or call 02476 224600 if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The Wigley Group takes London 2013

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Back in November last year, The Wigley Group headed down to London for The Business Show.

Held on Thursday 28 & Friday 29 November at the Olympia in London, The Business Show is Europe’s fastest-growing business exhibition. The event had over 25,000 across both days, with a number of large global organisation like Aon, Standard Life and Sage with featuring stands.

We would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who has supported us and came to visit our stand – it was great to meet so many new and interesting people.

Take a look at our video to see what we got up to…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByRkgNX6VP0

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.

We’re in the Coventry Telegraph!

Property firm’s new investment

The Wigley Group prepares for 50th anniversary with an investment and marketing drive at its two major industrial developments in the city.

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Pictured: James Davies (The Wigley Group), Tom Kimbell (NRS), Tom Bromwich (Bromwich Hardy)

A Coventry-based property company is preparing for a landmark anniversary with an investment and marketing drive at its two major industrial developments in the city.

The Wigley Group owns and manages the Sandy Lane and Henley Park Industrial Estates in the city, as well developments in Newcastle and land bordering the A444 in Foleshill.

Now the firm, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, has put three properties on the market and hired two leading property agents – Bromwich Hardy and North Rae Sanders – to attract expanding companies to the units.

James Davies of Wigley’s, said the drive is a result of a comprehensive review of the company’s holdings ahead of its golden anniversary, and an improvement in the market.

“We have more than 400,000 sq ft of industrial property in the Coventry area and certainly the Sandy Lane and Henley Park estates are key employment sites for the city,” he said.

“They are a good barometer of the health of industry in the area and our anecdotal feedback is that our tenant companies are optimistic.

“We have therefore embarked on a comprehensive makeover for both estates. Vacant properties have been improved, common areas are being upgraded and we are replacing site signage. We went through a selection process to choose agents we believe that attract companies who are either new to the city or looking to expand and build their businesses here in Coventry.

“More than 300 staff are based at our developments across the city and we are confident that number will rise in the coming months.”

Sandy Lane is home to companies including Imagineer Productions – the firm behind Godiva Awakes, while Henley Industrial estate hosts more than nine companies, with many owner-managed firms.

Bromwich Hardy and North Rae Sanders have been recruited to let available property.

Tom Bromwich, of Bromwich Hardy, said: “We are taking a fresh look at both estates. They offer a really good range of property both in terms of type and size.

“Wigley’s want to maximise the potential of both developments and we will also be advising on how that can be achieved.”

The companies are marketing a 33,000 sq ft industrial/warehouse at Sandy Lane in Radford, and two industrial/warehouse properties at 4,320 sq ft and 4,537 sq ft at Henley Park.

Wigley Contracts (Barby) Ltd began life as a plant hire and earth moving company before moving into commercial property.

It now offers a full range of services including strategic property advice, maintenance and insurance.

Original article can be found here.

The Wigley Group hosts the August Phoenix Lunch Club

On Thursday 29 August, The Wigley Group hosted August’s Phoenix Lunch Club at The Oriental in Birmingham’s Mailbox. Luckily the weather was on our side, making it the perfect afternoon to enjoy a few drinks by the canal. Over 80 people attended, and the afternoon (and for some into the evening!) was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who came along.

We would like to thank everyone who joined us last week, and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

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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.

The Wigley Group hosts the Phoenix Lunch Club Thursday 29 August 2013

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The Wigley Group are proud to host this month’s Phoenix Lunch Club.  We have chosen The Oriental which has just been listed as one of the top 5 restaurants in Birmingham by Travel magazine.  Nestled at the base of the Mailbox, the venue is easily accessible and commands great views of the canal.

The Oriental serves authentic Thai, Chinese and Malaysian cuisine.  So that you will have the opportunity to sample a number of different dishes, lunch will consist of sharing platters.  Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Starters Oriental Platter

  • Vegetable spring rolls
  • Prawn spring rolls
  • Chicken satay
  • Spare ribs

 Main Course Platter (served with jasmine rice)

  • Thai Green Chicken Curry
  • Sweet and Sour Pork
  • Sirloin Steak in Teriyaki Sauce
  • Stir fried vegetables in Satay Sauce

The meal will cost £20 per head and includes 2 glasses of red or white wine.  Doors will open at midday for networking with lunch being served promptly at 1.

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To book, please return the attached booking form indicating the number of places you require, with cheques made payable to Wigley Commercial Services Ltd, for the attention of Katie Wigley.  If you have any queries, please e-mail me at katie@thewigleygroup.com.

If you are driving, use of The Mailbox car park is available at a 15% discount when your card chip is validated by the restaurant. There is cheaper Pay and Display parking around the back of the venue, however this is limited.

We look forward to receiving your booking, and hope to see you there.

Kind regards,

 

Katie Wigley
Marketing & Events Co-ordinator
The Wigley Group