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 Completes the Build of Two New Industrial Units in Coventry

A speculative development which will help meet a shortage of commercial property in Coventry has been completed.

Two new industrial units totalling 17,000 sq ft have been built at Henley Road Industrial Estate by Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group, which owns the site.

Strong interest has already been shown in the leasehold of the adjacent 7,252 sq ft and 8,700 sq ft units which are now available through commercial property agents Bromwich Hardy and GVA.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “We have made a significant investment in this speculative development due to the recognised shortage of commercial property in Coventry.

“The clear demand for space for businesses to grow, invest and create jobs gave us the confidence to build out the scheme on what is already a thriving, multi-tenanted industrial estate.

“We are delighted with the finish. Both units have been built to a high specification for general industrial use with good circulation space and car parking.”

The 125,000 sq ft estate was purchased in the late 1990s by The Wigley Group, which owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands and provides services relating to commercial property, construction and risk.

The works were completed by Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of The Wigley Group.

Rob Watts, senior surveyor at GVA, said: “There is a significant lack of industrial units of this size in the market, especially new builds. We have not seen developers build to this scale and quality in recent years and initial interest has been strong.”

James Brookes, associate partner at Bromwich Hardy, said: “This is a well-positioned industrial estate in the north of Coventry, close to junction two of the M6.  It is already home to storage and distribution companies and the new units would be particularly attractive as a logistics depot.”

Pictured inside one of the new units are, from left to right, Robert Wigley (managing director of The Wigley Group), Rob Watts, James Brookes and James Davies.

The Wigley Group Invests In The Future With New Appointments

A Coventry company is investing further in the future with the appointment of three university placement students.

The Wigley Group is now in its fourth year of taking on placement students from Coventry University and for the first time, is providing opportunities for more than one undergraduate to gain industry experience as part of their degree.

Lianne Moir, Rebeka Linture and Becky Peckham have all joined the leading commercial property company based at Middlemarch Business Park for 12 months having completed the second year of their degree courses.

Lianne, aged 21, who is studying sports management, is an administration, marketing and events assistant. Business management student Rebeka Linture, aged 23, is an estates assistant, and Becky Peckham, aged 20, who is studying business and finance, has been taken on in accounts support.

At the same time, 19-year-old Olivia Frogley has joined in a permanent role as a health and safety administration assistant.

Alexis Considine, aged 19, who was appointed as an accounts apprentice earlier this year through Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Training (CWCT), has now been promoted to accounts assistant.

James Ellerington, Head of Asset Management at The Wigley Group, said: “We are committed to investing in the future and developing our strong partnership with Coventry University, in addition to providing apprenticeships and other career opportunities for young people.

“We have taken on a student from Coventry University as part of their degree every year since 2014 and are now extending that opportunity as we value the contribution that they make to our business and the support we provide in preparation for their future careers.”

Gemma Mukerji completed her placement as office administrator in July and has since been given a part-time role whilst completing her marketing degree at Coventry University with a view to being offered a full-time, permanent position when she graduates next year.

The 22-year-old said: “My placement year with The Wigley Group was fantastic. I was given as much responsibility as a full-time employee and was able to get involved in all aspects of the company which was invaluable.

“I’m delighted to have now been offered a full-time, permanent position when I graduate and staying on a part-time basis will enable me to build on my experience and keep in touch with company developments until then.”

Dalvinder Sanghera, employer engagement manager for the Faculty of Business and Law at Coventry University, said: “Employability is a big initiative for Coventry University and our focus is on encouraging students to gain industry placements and work experience to enhance their chances in the graduate labour market.

“We pride ourselves on supporting local companies, as well as national and international organisations, and are pleased to have been able to supply The Wigley Group with good calibre students.  Gemma is a prime example of how our placements can help a business grow its own talent.”

Pictured, from left to right, are Lianne Moir, Becky Peckham, Gemma Mukerji, Lisa Bristow (Finance Manager at The Wigley Group), James Ellerington, Dalvinder Sanghera, Alexis Considine, Rebeka Linture and Olivia Frogley.

The Coronation Club unveiled at Warwick Racecourse

The new season at Warwick Racecourse was crowned with the unveiling of The Coronation Club.

Warwickshire trainer Dan Skelton, who is an ambassador of Warwick Racecourse, officially opened the new membership lounge ahead of the first race at The Racing UK Grand Season Opener on Tuesday, September 26.

He was joined by Andre Klein, General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, and Charlie Brooks, Construction Director of Wigley Building and Development, the principal contractor on the project, Alison Deverill, from Design Difference, who assisted in the interior design, and Andy Clark, Chairman of Warwick Racecourse.

The Coronation Club, which is located on the ground floor close to the Parade Ring, has been created from space that was formerly a tote betting area and will house Warwick Racecourse’s new premium members.

Andre said: “The Coronation Club is our most exclusive membership offering at Warwick Racecourse and proved so popular that it was already sold out for this season ahead of our opening fixture.

“We are delighted with the new facility which enhances our range of membership packages and builds upon our continuing improvements to the race day experience for all visitors.

“The season has got off to a great start and we are looking forward to building on last year when we achieved the biggest like-for-like percentage increase in attendances of any racecourse in the country.”

Wigley Building and Development is the construction arm of The Wigley Group, a leading commercial property company based in Coventry, and specialises in major and minor works primarily in the commercial sector.

Charlie said: “We were delighted to successfully tender for this refurbishment project particularly as Warwick is our local racecourse. It is the first time that we have undertaken work on behalf of The Jockey Club.

“It was great to be invited to join Dan Skelton for the unveiling, especially as we built the new staff accommodation at his yard near Alcester last year.

“It’s fantastic to see The Coronation Club being enjoyed by its members for the first time.”

Eric Palmer – Warwick’s longest serving member – celebrated his 81st birthday by joining the official party along with Gerry Corum, another Warwick member who recently completed visits to every single racecourse in the UK.

The next fixture at Warwick Racecourse will be the Autumn Meeting on Thursday, October 5. For membership and advanced tickets go to www.warwickracecourse.co.uk

Left to right – Andre Klein (General Manager at Warwick Racecourse), Charlie Brooks (Construction Director of Wigley Building and Development), Dan Skelton (Warwickshire Trainer), Alison Deverill (Design Difference) and Andy Clark (Chairman of Warwick Racecourse), Eric Palmer (Longest serving member) and Gerry Corum (Been to every racecourse in England).

The Wigley Group Acquires Historic Property For New HQ

A leading commercial property company in the Midlands has acquired a former country house in Warwickshire for its new headquarters.

The Wigley Group has bought Kings House in Stockton, Southam, as its new operational base after gaining planning permission from Stratford-on-Avon District Council for change of use from residential accommodation to offices.

The substantial period property situated within five acres of land off Rugby Road was owned by the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust and sold by property agents Fisher German.

The Wigley Group, which owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands and provides services relating to commercial property, risk and construction, is currently based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry.

The move will mark a close return to The Wigley Group’s roots with the company having been established around ten miles away in Barby, near Rugby, in 1964.

Managing director Robert Wigley, whose father founded the company, said: “We are delighted to have purchased Kings House. It is a fantastic period property of local historic value and will provide a solid and impressive foundation for our next 50 years and beyond.

“We were pleased that our plans were supported by both the parish and district councils, and look forward to returning the house to its former glory and its original name of Stockton House.”

Refurbishment by The Wigley Group’s in-house team will get underway in September and involve access improvements onto Rugby Road and Napton Road, and the creation of car parking.

The company’s 20-plus employees, many of whom live in the locality, are expected to move into the new headquarters by the spring of next year.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “The Wigley Group is fast-developing as a company and with our plans to utilise the space more effectively, Kings House will perfectly accommodate our growth.

“The size of the building and the range of rooms offer great flexibility. We intend to use the rooms on the first floor for offices and those on the ground floor for meetings, conferences and functions.

“One of our big ambitions is to work with associated companies and wider business organisations in the Coventry and Warwickshire area to hold meetings and networking events here.”

Robert Russell, regional managing partner for the South Central Region of Fisher German, said: “We are very pleased to have completed on the sale of Kings House to The Wigley Group.

“Properties like this are rare to the market in this area. Given its size and location next to Rugby Road, it was unlikely to be acquired in its current form as a single private residence and was therefore more suited to commercial use.

“The layout and size of the rooms will make a great company headquarters and The Wigley Group’s plans to refurbish and update the house will add to the next chapter in its history.”

Pictured, from left to right, at Kings House are Robert Russell (Fisher German), Robert Wigley (managing director of The Wigley Group) and James Davies (director, 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).

 

 

The 5th Wigley Group Golf Day Raises £17,000 For New Charity Initiative WSF

Sporting celebrities and business professionals clubbed together at an annual golf day held by a Coventry company to raise £17,000 for a new fund to equip soldiers with new skills for a new start.

The Wigley Support Fund has been launched by The Wigley Group to help retrain soldiers identified by the official Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras.

The commercial property company based in Coventry has now raised over £80,000 from The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner over the last five years for Support Our Paras, which supports the welfare of serving and injured soldiers and their families.

For the first time, money raised from this year’s event held 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 career.

Around 200 business professionals attended with special guest Kevin Keegan OBE, former England football player and manager, and other sporting figures including darts legends Steve Beaton, Mervyn King and Colin Lloyd.

The Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils was due to get the day underway by landing on the course with the tournament golf balls, but had to cancel at the last-minute due to low cloud.

Children from the local Staverton CE Primary School who had been invited to watch the freefall display instead enjoyed a special fly-by and the chance to meet members of the Red Devils and Kevin Keegan.

Kevin said: “It was a great day raising money for The Wigley Support Fund which is a fantastic cause.  I have always had strong ties with the armed forces and so this is something that I support wholeheartedly. I was delighted to be part of the day.”

Former Paratrooper and TV sports announcer John McDonald hosted the event which was also attended by the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund, Lance Corporal Gavin Prue, who is being helped with the cost of studying towards a career in cyber security.

Sports memorabilia including a football shirt signed by former Brazilian footballer Pelé and a boxing glove autographed by heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua were auctioned for The Wigley Support Fund during the gala dinner.

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “This is the fifth year of our annual golf day and the first time that the money raised from it will go to The Wigley Support Fund which we have set-up to help retrain soldiers identified by Support Our Paras.

“The money raised will help many serving and injured soldiers take their first all-important step onto a new career ladder.  We couldn’t have hoped for a better start and are hugely grateful for the support and generosity of everyone who attended.

“We were delighted to have Kevin Keegan as our special guest and to welcome Bentley Birmingham and the European Golf Challenge as new event supporters.”

Pictured ready to tee-off The Wigley Group Golf Open with at the front, from left to right, LCpl Luke Hirst (Red Devils), Pte Cameron Clark (Red Devils), host John McDonald, James Davies (director, The Wigley Group), Kevin Keegan OBE, Robert Wigley (managing director, The Wigley Group), LCpl Gavin Prue (first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund), Capt Joseph Palmer (Red Devils).

KB Transport Takes Over The Majority of Our Sandy Lane Industrial Estate

An expanding logistics and warehousing company has taken on almost a whole industrial estate in Coventry to consolidate its operations and accommodate growth.

KB Transport Solutions now occupies 130,000 of the 136,000 sq ft at the Sandy Lane Industrial Estate, on the edge of the city centre in Radford, which is owned by leading commercial property company The Wigley Group.

Its main site had been at Henley Road Industrial Estate in Coventry, also owned by The Wigley Group, where it occupied around 70,000 sq ft, in addition to 54,000 sq ft at Sandy Lane Industrial Estate.

KB Transport Solutions was established in 2010 and specialises in pallet distribution, warehouse storage, logistics and transport services in the West Midlands and throughout the UK.

Alan Mohomed, finance director at KB Transport Solutions, said: “Our business has grown over the years and now reached the point where we needed to expand our premises as we were at capacity.

“We have had a smaller presence at Sandy Lane Industrial Estate for some time and this full relocation here will enable us to develop further and bring all of our warehouse operations together on one central site rather than being fragmented at different locations.

“It is an exciting development and we’re looking forward to building on our success which is driven by customer demand for our range of services.”

KB Transport Solutions has retained a small presence at Henley Road Industrial Estate for its home delivery business.

Sandy Lane Industrial Estate and Henley Road Industrial Estate are part of The Wigley Group’s extensive portfolio of commercial property which spans well over 1,000,000 sq ft across the West Midlands.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “We have seen KB Transport Solutions grow at our Henley Road and Sandy Lane Industrial Estates, which are both popular due to their prime locations in the centre and north of Coventry.

“We are delighted to have provided this opportunity at Sandy Lane Industrial Estate to support the company’s ongoing expansion and consolidate its main business operations.

“The move makes KB Transport Solutions the single largest tenant of The Wigley Group in terms of space occupied.

“The premises vacated by KB Transport Solutions have already been filled at Henley Road Industrial Estate, where we have recently developed a further two industrial units to help meet a lack of commercial property in the city.”

Pictured, from left to right, are Alan Mohomed (KB Transport Solutions), Ricky Davies (KB Transport Solutions), Charlotte Steele (KB Transport Solutions), James Davies (The Wigley Group) and Kevin Bennett (KB Transport Solutions).

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: Proud Main Sponsor Of The Inter-Schools National Equestrian Competition 2017

The Wigley Group was proud to be main sponsor of a local horse trials which attracted around 200 competitors from all over the country.

The two-day event run by Stoneleigh Riding Club, in conjunction with Princethorpe College and Kingsley School, took place at the weekend.

Dressage and showjumping were the focus of the opening day, followed by endurance and cross-country covering around 10km around Princethorpe College in Princethorpe, near Rugby.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “The event is held every year and is very well established, attracting around 200 competitors from all over the country.

“We were delighted to be main sponsor for the first time and look forward to continuing our support.”

Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Wigley Building & Development Help Kite Packaging Expand Their Headquarters

A premier packaging supplier in the UK is investing around £1.5 million to expand its headquarters in Coventry.

Kite Packaging is developing its base in Torrington Avenue, Tile Hill, to update and modernise its warehouse facilities servicing Midlands and online customers, and to create extra capacity.

The work is being carried out by Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of The Wigley Group, a leading commercial property company based in Middlemarch Business Park, Coventry.

Gavin Ashe, managing partner at Kite Packaging, said: “It is a significant expansion of the site with the creation of a state-of-the-art pick and pack operation and extra warehousing for our Midlands key accounts, and a near doubling of our national distribution centre.

“One of the key drivers is creating extra space for our growth and this will certainly lead to more jobs.  We are currently growing our team by more than 12 and are looking to double this during the next two years.”

Kite Packaging has seen rapid growth since being founded as an employee-owned business in 2001, and establishing its site at Torrington Avenue in 2007, to become one of the largest distributors in the UK.

It has built up a strong regional branch network across the UK with six sites including Coventry.  Its e-commerce operation and waste compliance business are also based at Torrington Avenue.

Gavin added: “This development comes on the back of major property expansion for Kite Packaging at our branches in Swindon and Letchworth.

“Kite Packaging is an employee-owned business and as such we take a long-term view on investing and trying to build a great working environment for all of our owners.”

The work at Torrington Avenue is being overseen by Charlie Brooks, construction director of Wigley Building and Development, the company recently established from The Wigley Group’s merger with established main contractor Ciexbe Limited.

Charlie said: “This is a total site development involving a full refurbishment of 25,000 sq ft of unit space which includes soft strip and demolition to fit-out, and the creation of additional car parking.

“It is a six-month project and work is on course to be completed in August.”

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, added: “Kite Packaging was recently named as one of Coventry and Warwickshire’s top 50 companies by turnover growth and is a real success story for the area.

“We are delighted to be supporting this significant investment to expand its operations which will be a boost to the local economy and create further employment opportunities.”

Pictured, from left to right, are Charlie Brooks and James Davies with Gavin Ashe and Jake Kirk, both managing partners at Kite Packaging.