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The Wigley Group announced as sponsor of Festival of Imagineers’s BLOCK

The team at Imagineer are delighted to announce The Wigley Group as the sponsor for BLOCK, a spectacular performance that blends dance and circus and is created by leading UK companies NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse.

Part of the Festival of Imagineers, BLOCK takes place on Wednesday 19 September at the Cathedral Ruins at 8pm, some tickets are still available. BLOCK, is a powerful fusion of dance and circus that pushes the limits of both art forms. With its daring physicality, split-second timing and thrilling feats, BLOCK leaves audiences gasping.

The sponsorship marks the start of a partnership between The Wigley Group and Imagineer who are working together on the new build and development of Daimler. Imagineer has a vision to re-develop the Daimler Building as a new Creation Centre for Coventry which will provide much-needed dedicated space for artists to create mainly outdoor and site-specific work, and for resident creative companies to deliver innovative programmes of education and training for children and young people.

The re-developed Daimler Powerhouse will be a place where artists, engineers, architects and other creative industries can collaborate to make new work and where new and emerging practitioners can find professional support.

Jane Hytch, Chief Executive of Imagineer said: “We are delighted that The Wigley Group have joined our list of fantastic local businesses who are supporting the Festival of Imagineers and amazing creative events and activities happening in Coventry.

“This sponsorship of BLOCK marks the start of our relationship with The Wigley Group as we work on the development of the Daimler Building and is just one example of the kind of creative activity that could be developed and created in the new building.”

James Davies Managing Director The Wigley Group said: “Imagineer have been based at our Sandy Lane Business Park in Coventry for many years and as a long-time supporter, we are pleased to be sponsoring this performance as part of their Festival of Imagineers.

“We are also working with Imagineer on their exciting development plans which would be of great cultural benefit to Coventry particularly as we look ahead to being the UK City of Culture in 2021, which we are also proud to support.”

On Wednesday 19 September at the Cathedral Ruins expect twenty oversized blocks, fashioned to resemble giant concrete Jenga blocks, deconstructed and reformed into an infinite variety of shapes for the performers to play on, move with and explore. BLOCK is about life in the city; its contradictions and challenges.

The performance starts at 8pm and tickets cost £10 (£7 concessions). Tickets are available via the Festival of Imagineers website: http://www.festivalofimagineers.co.uk/event/motionhouse-block/

The full Festival of Imagineers programme is available at: http://www.festivalofimagineers.co.uk/festival-programme/

 

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Please share your posts and pictures throughout the Festival using #FestivalofImagineers

 

Festival of Imagineers runs from 17 – 22 September is supported by Arts Council England, Coventry University, Great Places, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, City of Culture 2021, Arup, Medwell Hyde, IDP, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Premier Group, Ramada, Coventry BID and The Wigley Group.

Golf Day Holes £17,000 for Wigley Support Fund

A world-class field of sporting stars teamed up with a Coventry company to help raise £17,000 for its fund to equip soldiers in need with skills for a new start.

Boxing legend Frank Bruno MBE, world snooker champion Mark Williams MBE and world darts champion Rob Cross were among the star-studded line-up at The Wigley Group’s annual golf day.

They were joined at The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner held at De Vere Staverton Estate, near Daventry, by more than 200 business professionals from across the region.

The money raised will go to The Wigley Support Fund, the company’s initiative to help retrain injured, serving and veteran soldiers, identified by the Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras, to make the transition from military to civilian life.

The commercial property and construction company, based at Middlemarch Business Park, has now raised close to £100,000 for Support Our Paras from six years of the event.

Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “We are hugely grateful to everyone who supported our golf day this year which included a magnificent seven current and former world champions from boxing, darts and snooker.

“The money raised will help those in need make what can be a difficult transition from military to civilian life for a variety of reasons, one of which can be mental health which is a recognised issue within the armed forces and the construction industry.

“It was particularly moving to hear our special guest Frank Bruno speak about his own battles with mental health and his support in helping others, and we have recently funded a new opportunity for soldiers to take the first step towards becoming a boxing coach.”

The event was hosted by TV sports announcer and former Paratrooper John McDonald, who compered the gala dinner featuring a Q&A with Frank Bruno and an auction of sports memorabilia.

The day got off to a flying start with the Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils making a spectacular landing on the course with The Wigley Group’s giant flag and tournament golf balls, cheered on by children from the nearby Staverton CE Primary School.

Darts legends Steve Beaton and Justin Pipe, sports promoter Barry Hearn and Mark Williams were among the celebrities to compete in the golf tournament, alongside business figures and Lance Corporal Gavin Prue, who was the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund.

Robert added: “It was also great to hear first-hand from Gavin about how within a year of receiving help to study an access course at Henley College in Coventry, he has gone from having no GCSEs to securing a place at university to study for a degree leading to a career in cyber security.”

Frank Bruno to be special guest at The Wigley Group Golf Open and Gala Dinner

One of Britain’s most loved sporting personalities will be helping a Coventry company to hit the £100,000 fundraising target for Support Our Paras from its annual star-studded golf day.

Frank Bruno MBE, former WBC Heavyweight Boxing World Champion, will be the special guest and dinner speaker at the sixth Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner taking place on Thursday, July 19.

The event will raise money for the Wigley Support Fund, an initiative launched by commercial property and construction company The Wigley Group in 2017 to retrain soldiers identified by the Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras.

It netted £17,000 for the Wigley Support Fund last year, taking the total amount raised over five years of the event for Support Our Paras to more than £80,000.

The special guest announcement comes as the Wigley Support Fund joins forces with Support Our Paras on a new opportunity for soldiers to take the first step towards becoming a boxing coach.

The first 12 wounded, serving and veteran Paratroopers will be signed up for the England Boxing and Police Community Clubs of Great Britain’s Boxing Leader course in June.

Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Frank Bruno. He is a national treasure and more than two decades on from becoming World Champion, is still regarded as one of Britain’s most loved sporting personalities.

“We are planning for this year’s event to be the best ever and with his presence, hope to attract a bigger crowd and take our fundraising total for Support Our Paras to over £100,000.

“It is fitting that we are embarking on a new collaboration with Support Our Paras to provide funding for injured veterans to train to become a qualified Boxing Leader, which can lead to them becoming a registered England Boxing coach.”

Bruno will be joined by other sporting celebrities at this year’s event at De Vere Staverton Estate, near Daventry, which attracts around 200 business professionals from across the region. They include sports promoter Barry Hearn and darts legends Steve Beaton, Rob Cross, Justin Pipe and Colin Lloyd.

As well as speaking at the gala dinner, Bruno will present prizes to winners of the golf open ahead of an auction.

TV sports announcer and former paratrooper John McDonald is the ambassador and host of the day, which gets underway with the Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils landing on the golf course with the tournament balls.

The Wigley Group is working with European Golf Challenge, which organises around 200 golf days a year in the UK and overseas, to enhance the golf element of the fundraiser.

James Davies, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “The Wigley Support Fund is about helping Paratroopers with their transition into civilian life by equipping them with the skills they need to forge a new career and make a new start.”

Coventry-born Lance Corporal Gavin Prue was the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund and has been helped with the cost of studying an access to higher education in computing at the city’s Henley College.

LCpl Prue said: “I left school with no formal education. Within a year, and with the help of The Wigley Group, I have gone from having no GCSEs to having five offers from universities to study for a degree leading to a new career in cyber security.”

Anyone interested in entering the golf open or attending the dinner, should email lianne@thewigleygroup.com.  Sponsorship packages are available through craig@europeangolfchallenge.com

Pictured ready to tee-off at The Wigley Group Golf Open last year with special guest Kevin Keegan OBE.

The Wigley Group Sign A New Sponsorship Deal With Warwick Racecourse

 

A leading property group has ensured it will be a winner at every race held at Warwick this season thanks to a new sponsorship deal.

The Wigley Group, a commercial property, risk and construction company based in Coventry, has moved from sponsoring races at the Jockey Club course, to a deal which will see its name in the winning enclosure for the next three seasons.

The company recently completed the creation of the Coronation Club for Premium members at the course which was built by Wigley Building and Development, the construction side of the firm.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “We have ever closer ties with Warwick Racecourse over recent years and that has developed from us attending meetings, sponsoring individual races and days through to this full longer-term sponsorship.

“The management of the racecourse is doing a great job in raising the standards and the profile of the course and we know that our customers always have a really good experience when they join us at meetings.”

Warwick Racecourse stopped flat racing two years ago with the ambition of being the best small jumps racecourse in the country, and has two meetings in November and two in December including New Year’s Eve which is one of the best attended dates in its calendar.

Andre Klein, the general manager of Warwick Racecourse, said: “We are working hard to form closer links with local businesses and the Wigley Group is an ideal example of a very successful company with who we have a very successful relationship.”

Pictured at Warwick Racecourse are, from left to right, Andre Klein, general manager of Warwick Racecourse, Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, and James Davies, director of The Wigley Group.

The Wigley Group Doubles Fundraising Target For Tiny Tim’s

Colleagues at The Wigley Group more than stepped up to the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge by doubling their fundraising target for Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre in Coventry.

The team had hoped to raise £1,000 for the company’s chosen local charity of the year by taking on Yorkshire’s highest peaks in under 12 hours, but managed to collect £2,012 in sponsorship.

Tiny Tim’s provides free complementary treatment to children and young people with disabilities, health problems and special needs, and the money raised will go towards therapy sessions.

James Ellerington, head of asset management at the commercial property company based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry, said: “We didn’t expect to raise so much but everyone from friends and family to colleagues and contacts dug really deep as Tiny Tim’s is such a good cause.

“Each therapy session costs £25 and so this money will hopefully go a long way to supporting youngsters in need of the treatment.

“The challenge was more difficult than any of us had anticipated and everyone in the team pulled together to make sure we completed it. It was a great experience and we’re all thrilled and thankful for the amount raised.”

Health and safety manager Claire Lynch, estates manager Louis Smith, facilities operative Lee Hopkins, accounts apprentice Alexis Considine, facilities manager Alan Greenway, director James Davies and James Ellerington made up the team.

Sarah Hemings, centre manager at Tiny Tim’s, said: “It was an amazing effort by The Wigley Group and we really appreciate their efforts to raise such a fantastic amount.

“The treatment we provide in physiotherapy, massage therapy, Bowen therapy, reflexology and occupational therapy can make a huge difference to the children and their families.

“As a small charity, we rely heavily on donations to provide the treatment. Last year we did 4,000 therapy sessions and the money raised by The Wigley Group will pay for 80 more.”

Pictured, from left to right, on The Wigley Group vehicle are Alan Greenway, Louis Smith, Claire Lynch and Alexis Considine, and at the front, Graham Hayden (massage therapist at Tiny Tim’s), James Ellerington (The Wigley Group), and Sarah Hemings (centre manager at Tiny Tim’s).

 

 

Eye-catching Image Wins The Wigley Group’s Photography Competition

An eye-catching image of runners at the start of this year’s Coventry Half Marathon has crossed the finishing line of a photography competition in first place.

Si Chun Lam’s shot overlooking Millennium Place in the city centre is the winner of the ‘Eyes on Cov’ competition, which gave amateur photographers the chance to capture a view of Coventry from up high as part of the UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group supplied specialist working at height equipment normally used for construction projects to allow finalists to turn their ideas into reality.

Si Chun, a corporate performance officer in the Insight Team at Coventry City Council, said: “I am really pleased and proud for my photo to win a competition which was all about showcasing Coventry and uncovering a hidden or new take on our great city.

“I chose to take the photo at the start of the Coventry Half Marathon as I knew it would be buzzing with activity and the location next to Coventry Transport Museum celebrates the city’s automotive heritage.

“It was a bit of a windy day when I took the photograph so it was slightly scary being up high but I was with people from The Wigley Group who knew what they were doing so I was in safe hands.

“It was quite overcast so once I’d taken the picture, I had the idea to bring out the blue which seemed appropriate as Coventry is a sky blue city. It was a brilliant experience as I wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to take a photo like that.”

The winning photo was chosen by a panel from Coventry City of Culture Trust and The Wigley Group, which is backing the city’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid as a 2021 Club member.

Si Chun, who has had a passion for photography from a young age, will now get to spend time with award-winning Coventry photographer Jason Scott Tilley, director of Photo Archive Miners.

Laura McMillan, manager of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We loved the fact that this photo showed lots of elements of Coventry – the spires and the Whittle Arches alongside new development taking place.

“You had the mix of the city’s past, coupled with its recent regeneration and then what is to come in the future. All of that was animated by people – which is actually what the city is all about – at an event that is very well known but not normally viewed from this angle.”

James Ellerington, Head of Asset Management at The Wigley Group, came up with the idea of the competition whilst enjoying a normally inaccessible view of the city when working on top of the Belgrade Plaza building.

He said: “It was great to be able to give photographers the chance to capture views of Coventry which we are fortunate to enjoy through our work at height.

“We used a 21-metre truck mounted cherry picker to give Si Chun the height he needed for the picture he had in mind and it worked out really well. His picture gives a fantastic view of one of the city’s main focal points during a big event in the city’s calendar.”

Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is Bid Sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover, Adient, Friargate, Coventry Building Society, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Airport, PET-Xi, SCC (Specialist Computer Centres), Pertemps, and CEF (City Electrical Factors) are also Bid Development Sponsors.

To show your support on social media, go to @Coventry2021 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, log onto www.coventry2021.co.uk

Si Chun Lam and his winning photo are pictured with, from left to right, Jason Scott Tilley, Nicole Malatesta (City of Culture Trust), James Davies (director at The Wigley Group) and James Ellerington (The Wigley Group).

The Wigley Group Launches new Charity Incentive

Charity has begun at home for a Coventry company which has launched a fund to help soldiers take the first step onto a new career ladder.

The Wigley Support Fund (WSF) has been set up by The Wigley Group to retrain soldiers identified by the Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras.

The first beneficiary is Coventry-born Lance Corporal Gavin Prue who is being helped with the cost of studying an access to higher education in computing at the city’s Henley College.

LCpl Prue is leaving the Army in July after 10 years’ service and hopes the course will enable him to study for a degree in computer science at Coventry University and lead to a career in cyber security.

The commercial property company has raised £63,000 from The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner over the last four years for Support Our Paras, which supports the welfare of serving and injured soldiers and their families.

Money raised from this year’s event on Wednesday, July 19 at Staverton Park De Vere, near Daventry, will go directly to the Wigley Support Fund to specifically help soldiers towards the cost of training for a new profession.

LCpl Prue, aged 25, who lives in Bedworth, has spent nine years with the Parachute Regiment and served all over the world including active deployment to Helmand in Afghanistan.

He said: “Before joining the Army, I went to Henley College for about three months to do a BTEC course in computing so I am now going back to where I left off.

“Having left school with next to no education, The Wigley Group has been kind enough to fund an access course which will hopefully enable me to go to university and ultimately pursue a career in cyber security.  It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m immensely grateful.

“The Army is a brilliant career and it can be quite daunting to leave the security of it. The Wigley Support Fund will be invaluable in helping soldiers like myself have a better chance of finding a new path.”

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “We have been a proud supporter of Support Our Paras over the last four years, raising £63,000 to help the charity with the welfare of serving and injured soldiers and their families.

“We have launched this new initiative as a fund in agreement with Support Our Paras which will see the money we raise used specifically to retrain soldiers, equipping them with new skills for a new start.

“As a company we have a corporate social responsibility to support charities and to help our local community to the best of our ability, and we are delighted that the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund is from our area.

“The funding will enable LCpl Prue to follow his dream of a new career in cyber security and we look forward to helping more soldiers like him.”

Former England football player and manager Kevin Keegan OBE will be the special guest and dinner speaker at this year’s Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner, which attracts around 200 business professionals.

 

To enter a team or sponsor this year’s event, contact gemma@thewigleygroup.com

 

Pictured, from left to right, are James Davies, director at The Wigley Group, Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, and Lance Corporal Gavin Prue.

We’re Backing The Bid!

The Wigley Group is proud to be backing Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.

We have recently become 2021 Club members – which means we are contributing to the city’s effort to become UK City of Culture, a title currently held by Hull, alongside many other businesses and organisations in the area.

As well as our 2021 Club membership, we also launched a photographic competition where we have offered up-and-coming photographers the opportunity to use our equipment to help capture the city from a different angle.

Becoming UK City of Culture in 2021 would bring huge benefits to Coventry – and the surrounding region – not only culturally, but socially and economically too.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport set a deadline of February 28 for cities to put themselves forward and now that deadline has passed, it has revealed that Hereford, Paisley, Perth, Portsmouth, St Davids, Stoke, Sunderland, Swansea, Warrington and Wells will be moving forward with a bid – alongside Coventry.

An initial bid must be submitted by April 28 before shortlisting takes place in May/June of this year. Full and final submissions will be required from shortlisted cities by September 29.

The final decision on who is UK City of Culture 2021 will be announced in December.

The bid team need all of the support it can get on social media so make sure you are following @coventry2021 on Twitter and Instagram, as well as like its page on Facebook.

The Wigley Group Return To Their Roots

The Wigley Group is planning to move its headquarters to Southam in Warwickshire.

The Wigley Group, which is currently based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry, wants Kings House in Rugby Road, Stockton, to become its new operational base.

The substantial former country house situated within five acres of land on the outskirts of the village of Stockton is being sold by property agents Fisher German on behalf of the Jesus Army.

The Wigley Group wants to restore the period property to its former glory and has applied to Stratford-on-Avon District Council for planning permission for change of use to offices.

The company intends to complete on the purchase of the property subject to planning permission being granted.

The Wigley Group owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands, including Coventry and Birmingham, as well as providing services relating to commercial property, facilities management and risk.

It was established in 1964 in Barby, near Rugby, as an agricultural plant hire company by John Wigley and in 2005, Robert Wigley followed in his father’s footsteps and became managing director.

James Davies, director at The Wigley Group, said: “The Wigley Group has significantly evolved over the last five decades and since moving into the commercial property sector in the 1980s, has continued to create new markets to provide a wide range of complimentary services.

“Although we are very much a forward-thinking company, our planned relocation to Stockton would see us closely returning to our roots with Kings House being only around ten miles from where it was founded in Barby.

“We currently rent our offices and want Kings House to be our home and foundation for at least the next 50 years.  It is an impressive period property of local historic value and we want to invest a significant amount of money to bring it back it to its former glory.

“Our plans are focused on refurbishing and updating, rather than extending, the house to use the existing space to provide offices for our 20 employees.  Many of our staff live in the locality and we are looking forward to being an integral part of the local community.”

Red Kangaroo Jumps in to Wigley Warehouse

A prime commercial location on the edge of Coventry is to be transformed into a £2.2 million trampoline park.

The new leisure attraction, which will be the first trampoline park in the Coventry and North Warwickshire area, is being created at industrial warehousing in School Lane, Exhall, previously occupied by car components manufacturer RSM Industries.

Leading Midlands commercial property company The Wigley Group acquired the site in early 2016.

It has now agreed a long lease through commercial property agents Bromwich Hardy for the 53,525 sq ft unit with new trampoline park operator Red Kangaroo after planning permission for change of use was granted by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

The park with 75 trampolines is due to open in July following an extensive five-month refurbishment and will create around 80 jobs.

Paul Wrightman, managing director of Red Kangaroo, expects it to attract about 2,000 visitors during a typical week.

He said: “We are delighted to be opening the first trampoline park in the area.  This will be our third in the UK after we are due to launch in Reading in May and Nottingham in June this year.”

“We chose this area because there is currently no other trampoline park and this site gave us the size of premises that we were looking for.”

“We expect to start works shortly with a view to opening in July. Our huge trampoline parks will offer lots of fun-based trampoline activities with a few new surprises too. I am particularly excited about the job creation opportunities our park will attract and the healthy aspect of this leisure facility combining fun and exercise all in one.”

“Our focus will be on providing a high quality and safe environment.  We will be offering a far different experience to other trampoline parks thanks to our extensive space.”

“The individual trampolines we will be using are much larger than those normally seen in trampoline parks. The main park will also feature a large half pipe, cardio wall, power tower and slide, ninja courses, dodgeball courts and an extra-large foam pit and gladiator beam.”

“There will be a variety of sessions run including toddler, fitness, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and disco nights as well as children’s and corporate parties. The park will also feature children’s go karting and climbing, a café and a quiet room.”

The Wigley Group, based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry, owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands including Coventry and Birmingham as well as providing services relating to commercial property, facilities management and risk.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “We are extremely pleased to have the right use for this unit which given its size and location, is a prime commercial site.”

“Red Kangaroo will be undertaking a complete fit out of the building and we are looking forward to helping them establish a trampoline park here as part of their plans to roll out across the UK.”

“The significant investment and job creation from this development is a great boost for the local economy and it promises to be an exciting attraction for the area.”

James Brookes, Associate Partner at Bromwich Hardy, said: “There has been a distinct lack of opportunities in the area for leisure operators and this building was identified very early on for a possible conversion, however it has been very important for us to find the right tenant.”

“This was a rare opportunity to create an interesting scheme, incorporating a trampoline park, indoor climbing walls and a junior go-karting track making it a leisure destination at a very accessible site, which will add another string to the bow of on-going development within the Coventry and North Warwickshire area.”

Red Kangaroo were advised by Richard Morris Associates.

 

Pictured, left to right, are James Brookes, Associate Partner at Bromwich Hardy, Paul Wrightman, managing director of Red Kangaroo, James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, and Alan Greenway, facilities manager at The Wigley Group, at the site of the new trampoline park.

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.”

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