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.

The Wigley Group Team Are Doing The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for Tiny Tim’s Children’s Hospice

Colleagues at The Wigley Group are taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre in Coventry.

Health and Safety manager Claire Lynch, Estates Manager Louis Smith, Facilities Co-ordinator Pete Burnell, Head of Asset Management James Ellerington, Accounts Apprentice Alexis Considine, Facilities Manager Alan Greenway and Director James Davies are in training to complete the 24 miles, which includes 5,200 ft of ascent, in under 12 hours.

Staff at the commercial property company based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry raise funds and promote awareness for a local charity every year and have chosen to support Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre in 2017.

The charity provides free complementary treatment to children and young people with disabilities, health problems and special needs.

Claire, who is co-ordinating the challenge, said: “We recently visited Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre to see the incredible work it does in offering treatment to families who might otherwise not be able to access it.

“We all found it an inspirational visit and want to raise as much money as we can to support the charity’s work.

“We have set up an online fundraising page and hope that colleagues and associates, family and friends will get behind us. Training is going well and we have all vowed to complete the challenge no matter what.”

The group will be taking on Yorkshire’s highest peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough on Sunday, July 2nd.

Anyone interested in sponsoring is asked to visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=TheWigleyGroup

Pictured, from left to right, are Louis Smith, Alan Greenway, Alexis Considine, Claire Lynch, James Ellerington and Pete Burnell during their visit to Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre.

The Wigley Group Announces Merger With UK-wide Main Contractor, CIEXBE Ltd

A leading commercial property company in the Midlands has merged with a UK-wide main contractor to strengthen its range of construction services.

The Wigley Group, which has its headquarters at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry, has joined forces with Swindon-based Ciexbe Limited to form Wigley Building and Development.

The new enterprise, which is part of The Wigley Group, will be able to undertake a wide range of construction projects nationwide, from minor to major works up to the value of £12 million.

Charlie Brooks, director of Ciexbe, has been appointed construction director of Wigley Building and Development and will lead an experienced and expanding team of employees and subcontractors from the Coventry and Swindon offices.

The Wigley Group owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands and provides services relating to commercial property, risk and construction.

It has been involved in property development and construction for more than 40 years, with the building of 82,000 sq ft of units at two of its industrial estates in Coventry among current projects.

The Royal Mail North Hub and Vantage Park in Coventry are among its most notable developments in the last decade.

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “The Wigley Group was founded as a construction plant hire and road building contractor and our success as a commercial property business is built on civil engineering and construction.

“The company has evolved to undertake a wide range of developments of our own property portfolio, which spans well over 1,000,000 sq ft across the West Midlands, and on behalf of clients.

“With Ciexbe’s wealth of experience and ability to deliver combined with the financial backing and depth of The Wigley Group, we have got a really unified business that can undertake small and large schemes up to £12 million across the UK.”

Ciexbe has over 30 years of combined experience in the construction industry and operated primarily in the commercial and retail sectors completing new build, refurbishment and fit-out projects as construction manager, project manager or main contractor.

Projects have included the construction and fit-out of retail units, design and build of a staff training facility with accommodation, fit-out of a manufacturing plant, refurbishment of a museum bar and railway attraction.

Charlie said: “I am delighted to be merging with The Wigley Group and look forward to securing big contracts, increasing our workforce and growing our portfolio of projects nationwide.

“We have already got two projects lining up to the value of £7 million and £5 million, and taken on a quantity surveyor and project manager.  We will be looking at adding to our team further as the projects come in.

“By combining our forces to create Wigley Building and Development, we will have the capability to take on more and bigger construction projects as main contractor.”

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, added: “This is a significant and exciting development for The Wigley Group.

“We have always been involved in construction and in recent years, have worked in partnership with Ciexbe.  The formation of Wigley Building and Development will take us to another level and extend our range of construction services both in terms of size and geographical reach.”

From left, Charlie Brooks, James Davies and Robert Wigley

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.

The Wigley Group Acquires 42,000 sq ft at Crick

A prime industrial unit for warehousing and logistics, located in the heart of the nation’s distribution network has been acquired by a leading Midlands commercial property company.

The Wigley Group, which owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands, has invested around £1.8 million to buy the 42,000 sq ft unit adjacent to J18 of the M1 at Crick in Northamptonshire.

Law firm Wright Hassall acted for The Wigley Group in the freehold purchase of the unit on the Crick Industrial Estate, Eldon Way.

The Wigley Group, which also provides services relating to commercial property, construction and risk from its headquarters in Coventry, has refurbished the unit ready for leasing.

James Davies, director at The Wigley Group, said: “This is a significant purchase for The Wigley Group and a fantastic addition to our growing portfolio of commercial property.

“We acquired the unit predominantly because of its location being immediately adjacent to J18 of the M1, and with its floor space and high eaves at just under eight metres, will be ideal for warehousing or logistics.

“We have refurbished the unit with plans to resurface the yard area, and believe it will be a very attractive proposition not just to large PLCs but also to medium-sized businesses particularly for distribution.”

James Richards, senior associate in the real estate team at Leamington-based Wright Hassall, said: “This was a particularly challenging deal mainly due to a tight timescale which saw us manage to complete within six working days.

“It shows the appetite and demand for good quality industrial and logistics stock, and that opportunistic buyers and their teams can secure such stock at short notice to retain a competitive edge.

“We have a long-standing relationship with The Wigley Group and were pleased to be able to support them with this latest acquisition.”

The leasehold for the unit is now being marketed by commercial property agents Drake Commercial in Northampton.

Tom Drake, partner at Drake Commercial, said: “The key attraction of this unit is that it is located right on J18 of the M1 that serves not only existing occupiers in Northampton but also Rugby and the wider West Midlands.

“In a market that is starved of good quality stock, we expect a lot of interest in what is a rare opportunity to lease a newly refurbished building in the heart of the distribution network.

“There is likely to be potential interest from a range of logistics operators, including potential overspill requirements from those large scale occupiers located at Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).”

Pictured at the unit on the Crick Industrial Estate are, from left to right, James Davies (director at The Wigley Group), James Richards (senior associate in the real estate team at Wright Hassall), Tom Drake (partner at Drake Commercial) and Nicholas Roberts (partner at Drake Commercial).

Construction Works Near Completion at Henley Road Industrial Estate

Construction is nearing completion on a speculative development within a thriving industrial estate in Coventry to help meet a lack of commercial property in the city.


Two industrial units totalling 17,000 sq ft are being developed at Henley Road Industrial Estate, off Henley Road, by Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group, which owns the site.


Work on the 7,252 sq ft and 8,700 sq ft new build units is due to be completed in May by The Wigley Group’s construction team.


Strong interest is expected in the leasehold opportunities available through commercial property agents Bromwich Hardy.


Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “There is a distinct shortage of commercial property in Coventry and this development will help to address the demand.


“Both units are being built to a high specification for general industrial use and the 8,700 sq ft unit has a disproportionately large yard which lends itself to most uses including leisure.


“Henley Road Industrial Estate has always proved to be a popular location. It is well positioned in the north of Coventry close to junction two of the M6 with easy access to the centre of the city.


“It is a thriving multi-tenanted estate and this expansion at the rear of the site will enhance it even further.”


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.


Nick Abell, vice-chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and chairman of Wright Hassall, was invited to tighten the last bolt in the final steelwork.


He said: “Speculative builds are a very good barometer of a local economy, so it is really encouraging that The Wigley Group has invested in this project in Coventry, confident that it will be able to attract a tenant.


“That in turn will bring further investment and new jobs to our area so it is extremely welcome. We are seeing a growing number of developers investing in the market with speculative developments and that bodes well for the future.”

Nick Abell is pictured tightening the last bolt with, left, Robert Wigley, and right, Charlie Brooks, construction manager at The Wigley Group.


The Wigley Group Are Doing The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge to Raise Money For Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre!

Every year, staff at The Wigley Group raise funds and promote awareness for a local charity. This year we are supporting Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre who provide care for children. A group of us are attempting the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge which involves a 24 mile walk in under 12 hours.


We visited the centre this month to see the incredible work Tiny Tim’s do. Please look at the Charity Information on the website to see for yourself.


Please donate through out Virgin Money Giving page, we would be grateful for any sponsorship received.


Thank you, from The Wigley Group Team.

The Wigley Group Golf Day and Gala Dinner 2017

We are delighted to announce that our 5th Annual golf day and gala dinner will be held on Wednesday 19th July!

Come and join us in raising money for our new Wigley Support Fund initiative, working with Support Our Paras to retrain soldiers after they leave the armed services – RSVP gemma@thewigleygroup.com.

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.”