Warwickshire Country House Wedding Venue In New Hands

A country house wedding venue in Warwickshire is in new hands.

Ashton Lodge at Stretton-under-Fosse, Rugby, has been taken over by The Venue Group, which specialises in managing and operating country wedding venues across the UK from its headquarters in neighbouring Northamptonshire.

The new operator says it is business as usual for Ashton Lodge, with its existing staff and bookings being retained, but has plans to further enhance its reputation as a wedding venue and extend into corporate events.

Richard Bray, a director of The Venue Group, said: “We are always looking to expand our portfolio of country wedding venues and were attracted to Ashton Lodge as it is on our doorstep and is an existing business with a good reputation and bookings.

“It is a beautiful country house dating back to the early 1900s, with many of its original period features, and set in three acres of grounds.  It is licenced for civil ceremonies and hosts about 70 weddings a year on an exclusive basis, catering for up to 150 guests.

“It was a small hotel prior to its previous owners turning it into a wedding venue within the last decade and its 16 bedrooms are a big bonus.

“We are supremely confident that we can grow and improve the business.  With our expertise, we believe we can enhance the operation and service to make it an even better experience for brides and grooms.

“We will also be increasing the corporate offering as Ashton Lodge is well-placed for Coventry, Rugby and Leicester to exclusively host company events in a country house setting, from parties and launches to away days and client entertainment.”

The Venue Group’s portfolio includes country wedding venues in Hertfordshire and on the Norfolk and Suffolk border.  Its sister company, The Chopping Block, provides in-house catering from its base at Flecknoe, Rugby.

The operator partners with commercial property investors looking to diversify their portfolios and invest into the growing country wedding venue sector.

The Venue Group bought the Ashton Lodge business and conducted a sale and lease back of the building with The Wigley Group, a leading commercial property, risk and construction company in the Midlands.

James Davies, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “We are delighted to have formed this relationship with The Venue Group.

“Ashton Lodge is an anomaly in our commercial property portfolio, although it is the second country house we have acquired in Warwickshire in the last 18 months with Kings House at Stockton being converted into our new company headquarters.

“The Venue Group’s long-term strategy and what they want to achieve with future growth is something we want to support from a property point of view, and hopefully help them build a portfolio of well-managed and located venues.”

A series of open days will be held at Ashton Lodge over the coming months with the next on Sunday, June 24, from 1pm to 4pm.

Pictured, from left to right, are Richard Bray and James Davies at Ashton Lodge.

The Wigley Group Creates Lasting Legacy At Princethorpe College

The bosses of a commercial property and construction company have created a lasting legacy at their former senior school in Warwickshire.

Robert Wigley, James Davies and James Ellerington, who are respectively chairman, managing director and director of operations at The Wigley Group, have unveiled a new water jump on the equine cross-country course at Princethorpe College.

The College, part of the Princethorpe Foundation, has a strong equestrian tradition and the cross-country course is set within its 200-acre estate off Leamington Road in Princethorpe, Rugby.

As well as being an enhancement to the course, which until now did not have a permanent water jump, the deep pools within the obstacle will be used by pupils as part of their environmental and wildlife studies.

The jump was built by Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of The Wigley Group, in time for the national riding club and schools competitions hosted by the College.

The two-day horse trials is run by Stoneleigh Riding Club in partnership with Princethorpe College and The Kingsley School, and took place over the last weekend of May.

The Wigley Group is main sponsor of the event, which attracted more than 250 competitors from riding clubs and schools all over the country, with Howkins & Harrison also sponsoring for the first time with plans to extend their support for next year.

Robert said: “The Wigley Group’s connections with Princethorpe College stretch over two generations with my two children having been pupils as well as – by coincidence – myself, James Davies and James Ellerington.

“We wanted to create a water jump for the cross-country course that could also be used by pupils as part of their studies, and it was great to see it being cleared for the first time during the two day event.

“We would like to congratulate all of those who took part in the horse trials and we were delighted to award our new Wigley Group Cup, won by those who achieved the best school team score, to the joint team of Packwood Haugh and The Grange schools.”

Ed Hester, headmaster at Princethorpe College, said: “The water jump is a wonderful addition to our cross-country course and sits in one of the most beautiful parts of our grounds against the backdrop of the main College building.

“The deep pools within the jump will be planted to create an eco-system that can be used in our teaching so it will have an all-year round and multiple use.”

Stoneleigh Riding Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is in the 15th year of running the two day event and has held it at Princethorpe College since 2014, working closely with assistant head Alex Darkes.

Andy Ruyssevelt, vice-chairman of Stoneleigh Riding Club and two day event organiser, said: “The two day event is the only ‘long format’ horse trials in the UK open to schools and riding clubs, which involves dressage, show-jumping, roads and tracks, steeplechase and cross-country disciplines, and is increasingly popular.

“This year was no exception and the unveiling of the water jump was a real highlight in presenting a new and exciting challenge for both riders and spectators to enjoy.”

James Davies, Andy Ruyssevelt, Robert Wigley, Lucy Bell on Gerry, Ed Hester and James Ellerington with the new water jump.

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.

Major Development Of Former World-Famous Manufacturing Site In Coventry

New life is being breathed into the former site of a world-famous manufacturer in Coventry with a major speculative development to help meet an acute lack of industrial property space in the city.

Leading commercial property company The Wigley Group is building 65,000 sq ft of high-quality industrial units on land which once housed the Alfred Herbert works in Edgwick Park.

The existing building on site, known as the Top Shop from its Alfred Herbert era, is in the final stages of being cleared ahead of construction getting underway on eight 5,000 sq ft units and a larger unit of 25,000 sq ft.

The three-acre site just off the main gateway from the M6 into the city is owned by The Wigley Group and the new development, to be known as Edgwick Point, will be built by its construction arm, Wigley Building and Development.

It forms part of a 35-acre plot bought by The Wigley Group in the late 1970s, making it the oldest investment in the company’s extensive commercial property portfolio.

Large sections have been sold over the years to companies including Gallagher Retail Park and Lidl, and the new scheme on Canal Road, just off the A444, is the final piece in the jigsaw.

Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “When my father, who founded The Wigley Group, bought Edgwick Park from Alfred Herbert it marked the start of our venture into the commercial property market.

“It was our first investment in a portfolio which now spans well over 1,000,000 sq ft across the West Midlands and having since developed the rest of the 35-acre site, this scheme represents the last piece in the puzzle.”

The announcement that construction is about to start on the units comes as The Wigley Group attends MIPIM, the world’s biggest property investment and development show, with the Coventry and Warwickshire MIPIM Partnership, and Midlands UK.

James Davies, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “Coventry’s profile is on the up, particularly with winning City of Culture 2021, and the regeneration of this site is a major part of our development strategy and we hope will go some way towards helping to meet the region’s lack of employment land.

“There is a proven high demand for industrial space in the city, and it is that which has given us the full confidence to undertake what is a sizeable speculative development.”

Mike Vining, from Vining Management, represented The Wigley Group in gaining planning permission from Coventry City Council and will oversee the construction and sale of the units as project manager.

He said: “The building that was here had really got to the end of its useful life and was no longer fit for purpose, and it is being replaced with a number of new units that will better suit modern industry.”

The units are now available through commercial property agents Bromwich Hardy and GVA, ahead of expected completion in September.

Tom Bromwich, partner at Bromwich Hardy, said: “There is a pent-up demand for commercial space particularly industrial warehousing and manufacturing in Coventry and this is an opportunity for companies to buy brand new premises which they simply cannot do in the city at the moment.”

Luke Thacker, associate at GVA, said: “This is a busy commercial location and there is currently a high demand for industrial units in Coventry. The units will deliver much-needed, good quality accommodation and we are excited to be involved in the scheme.”

Pictured, from left to right, are Luke Thacker (GVA), James Davies and Robert Wigley (The Wigley Group), Mike Vining (Vining Management) and Tom Bromwich (Bromwich Hardy).

The Wigley Group Joins Coventry & Warwickshire MIPIM Partnership

A Coventry-based property group which has recently sold a major retail business park believes the city is a growing target for major investors.

 

James Davies, managing director of the Wigley Group – a commercial property, risk and construction company – believes the company’s recent £5 million sale of Vantage Park to a property trust is a sign of things to come for the city and the wider region.

 

Wigley sold the development of four units totalling, 25,000 sq ft, which is let to Magnet, Formula One Autocentres and Adrenaline Motorcycles, to Schroders’ Multi-Let Industrial Property Unit Trust.

 

His company, which has been based in Coventry and Warwickshire for more than 50 years, is now constructing speculative developments in the city and believes a number of factors are enticing major funds to look more closely at the city.

 

“There is no question that Coventry is proving an attractive proposition to investors and there are a number of reasons,” he said.

 

“The success of Jaguar Land Rover and the manufacturing and engineering sector has clearly had an impact on demand in recent times and there has been increasing take-up and growing market confidence in and around the city.

 

“We have healthy interest in the two units we have speculatively developed at the Henley Road Industrial Estate and are confident they will attract tenants in the near future.

“Several other major developments – such as the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre and Meggitt’s new £120 million campus at Ansty – have not only meant that developments are being brought forward on key sites but also it has raised the profile of the city and county as a desirable location.

 

“When you then add that to the profile the city has gained through winning City of Culture 2021, it is started to change perceptions on a national level and that is being heard among the financial investment community.”

 

That confidence has prompted the Wigley Group to join the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership at the world’s biggest property investment and development show in March.

 

They will be one of around 20 companies and organisations representing the area at the show – which attracts around 30,000 delegates – in France.

 

Davies added: “We are working closely with a number of different public bodies as well as private companies and we want to attract more projects to feed our development pipeline.

 

“I think it is fair to say that the positive landscape in Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands has encouraged us to take that step and invest the time and money to have a meaningful presence at MIPIM.

 

“Coventry and Warwickshire has been to the event for more than 20 years, and not only do we want to support that presence to continue to grow its profile, we believe there are real opportunities for us to win new work.”

James Davies (far right) at the company’s development with (left to right) Robert Wigley, Rob Watts and James Brookes.

New Entrance At Warwick Racecourse Unveiled

The new main entrance at Warwick Racecourse has been unveiled on one of its biggest racedays of the year.

Racegoers attending The Gentleman’s Raceday featuring The Betway Kingmaker Novices’ Chase on Saturday, February 10, enjoyed a warmer welcome as the first to officially go through the improved turnstiles.

The new-look entrance fronted by a public plaza at The Jockey Club racecourse was opened by the Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Stephen Cross.

He was joined by Andre Klein, General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, Andy Clark, Chairman of Warwick Racecourse, and Charlie Brooks, Construction Director of Wigley Building and Development, the principal contractor on the project.

The redevelopment, featuring a timber-clad entrance wall and canopy over new turnstiles, provides the racecourse with an improved entrance, and the public with an open landscaped area with seating that can be used all-year round.

The scheme, designed by Roberts Limbrick Architects in Gloucester, also marks the first step of the St Mary’s Lands Masterplan to improve the common land which is home to the racecourse and other community assets.

Cllr Cross said: “I was delighted to open the new entrance, which not only provides a great new facility for racegoers but also improves the open space vista in that corner of St Mary’s Lands.”

Warwick Racecourse was a finalist for the Community and Corporate and Social Responsibility Award at the Racecourse Association’s Showcase Awards 2017 for its work on the masterplan.

Andre said: “The new entrance has been my number one priority since arriving at Warwick Racecourse.

“It provides a much more welcoming approach to our great racecourse and will hopefully encourage more people to come racing and experience a day at our track. The operational improvements are significant as well.

“This investment by The Jockey Club reflects a determination to set the course on a pathway to a prosperous future, and comes off the back of our increased attendances and our improving racing surface.

“It is part of a wider scheme to improve the gateway to St Mary’s Land which is a vitally important asset to Warwick.

“There has been a great team approach to this project with really valuable input from the community, in particular the members of the St Mary’s Land Working Party and Warwick District Council, who have contributed at every stage.”

It follows the unveiling in September of The Coronation Club, a new membership lounge, for which Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group, was also principal contractor.

Charlie said: “We were thrilled to be appointed principal contractor on the new entrance at Warwick Racecourse, having completed The Coronation Club refurbishment project for the start of this season.

“It’s been great to work with our local racecourse once again, and we hope visitors and the local community enjoy this latest improvement.”

The next fixture at Warwick Racecourse will be the Budbrooke Chase Family Fun Day on Friday, February 23. For membership and advanced tickets go to www.warwickracecourse.co.uk

Mayor of Warwick, Cllr Stephen Cross (centre), with Andre Klein (general manager, Warwick Racecourse) to his left, Charlie Brooks (far left, construction director, Wigley Building and Development), James Ellerington (far right director of operations, The Wigley Group), with members of the Racecourse Committee.

Wigley Building and Development Expands To Support Growth

The construction arm of a leading commercial property company based in Coventry is building on a strong foundation year by extending its management team.

Wigley Building and Development has increased its number of senior staff, including site managers, quantity surveyors and project managers, to 12 within its first 12 months.

It was established in May 2017 from The Wigley Group’s merger with UK-wide main contractor Ciexbe Limited to strengthen its construction services.

The team, led by Charlie Brooks, construction director of Wigley Building and Development, has been expanded in light of an increasing volume of commercial projects being secured throughout the Midlands.

The business is now looking to add to its established network of subcontractors and suppliers to further support its rapid growth, and will be hosting a supply chain event on Wednesday, February 28.

The event will be held from 9.30am to 4.30pm, at Warwick Racecourse, where Wigley Building and Development has been principal contractor on two schemes.

Charlie said: “The expansion of our in-house management team and network of subcontractors and suppliers reflects a first year performance which has far exceeded our expectations.

“The combination of Ciexbe’s decades of experience and ability to deliver with the financial backing and depth of The Wigley Group has proved to be a strong force, and we have been appointed on a wide range of commercial projects.

“We now want to build on our supply chain and the event at Warwick Racecourse on February 28 is open to experienced and accredited subcontractors from all construction trades across the Midlands who want to be part of our wider team.”

Wigley Building and Development specialises in industrial, office, retail, leisure and residential sectors, from refurbishments and fit-outs to new builds, and from concept to completion, up to £12 million.

Projects to date include the new entrance and Coronation Club at Warwick Racecourse, the new Red Kangaroo trampoline park on the edge of Coventry, and a major expansion of Kite Packaging’s headquarters in the city.

 

A recent restructure of The Wigley Group involved the creation of a central services division to support its growing commercial property, risk and construction businesses, including Wigley Building and Development, in core operational areas.

 

Internal promotions have been made to head up the new division’s areas with Lisa Bristow as head of finance, Claire Lynch moving to head of compliance and Bill Watts becoming operations manager.

Anyone interested in attending Wigley Building and Development’s supply chain event should contact reception@thewigleygroup.com or 02476 224600.

 

 

Charlie Brooks is pictured front centre with Claire Lynch (to the left) and Bill Watts and Lisa Bristow (to the right), and the Wigley Building and Development management team.

The Wigley Group Appoints New Chairman and Managing Director

The managing director of a leading commercial property company based in Coventry has been appointed chairman ten years since the position was last held by his late father.

Robert Wigley is taking on the new role at The Wigley Group which was founded by his father, John, in 1964 as an agricultural plant hire company and has evolved over the years into a major commercial property, risk and construction firm.

Robert has been involved in the business from a young age and rose through the ranks to become managing director in 2005, three years before his father passed away.

His appointment as chairman is part of a company restructure to support its growth over the next decade.

James Davies, whose father, Gordon, worked alongside John Wigley and passed away in the same year of 2008, has moved from a director to managing director.

Robert said: “It is ten years since my father, John, and James’ father, Gordon, who together built the foundations of The Wigley Group, passed away.

“Since that fateful year, James and I have worked closely to drive the company forward to where it is today.

“It is therefore poignant that a decade on, I am taking on the position that was last held by my father and James is replacing me as managing director.

“I am looking forward to this new chapter which will see James and I continuing to work side-by-side as our fathers did to ensure all areas of the company grow and flourish.”

The restructure follows one of the company’s most significant years of growth, which included its merger with UK-wide main contractor Ciexbe Limited to form Wigley Building and Development, which is headed by construction director Charlie Brooks.

James said: “My father and John worked together since their teens.  They were born a few months apart and died a few months apart in 2008, which is when I joined the company as estates manager and began working with Robert to carry it forward.

“We have made significant strides and it is fitting that we are now taking on these new roles as part of a restructure which will set the company up for the next ten years.

“It comes as we look ahead to this year moving from our current headquarters at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry to Stockton House in Southam, the former country house we acquired in 2017.

“It will mark a close return to The Wigley Group’s roots with the company having started out around ten miles away in Barby, near Rugby, and reinforces the family history of which Robert and I are so proud.”

As part of the restructure, James Ellerington also moves from head of asset management to the new position of director of operations.  He will oversee the new central services division which has been created to provide key support to all businesses within the Group.

 

Pictured, from left to right, are James Ellerington, Robert Wigley, James Davies and Charlie Brooks.

Wigley Building & Development begins work on Red Kangaroo Trampoline Park

Work is underway to transform an industrial warehouse on the edge of Coventry into one of the largest indoor trampoline parks in the UK.

The 54,000 sq ft unit in School Lane, Exhall, is being converted by trampoline operator Red Kangaroo which is investing around £2 million in the new leisure attraction, the first of its kind in the Coventry and North Warwickshire area.

The extensive three-month refurbishment is being carried out by Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group which owns and leases the site to Red Kangaroo.

The park is due to open on February 1 in time for half-term and is expected to create around 80 jobs.

Paul Wrightman, managing director of Red Kangaroo, said: “We’re excited for work to get underway to create a trampoline park that will be the first for the area and offer a very different experience as it will be considerably bigger than other facilities of its kind.

“It made sense for us to appoint Wigley Building and Development to carry out the refurbishment as the building is owned by The Wigley Group and we know they will do a great job.

“Alongside 75 super-sized trampolines, there will be a host of additional features combining fun and exercise for all ages including ninja warriors, foam pits, dive platforms, wipeout, dodge ball, slide tower, tumble bed, slam dunk, aeroball and a large soft play area.”

The work is being overseen by Charlie Brooks, construction director of Wigley Building and Development, which specialises in commercial projects from refurbishments and fit-outs to new builds.

He said: “We are delighted to be working with Red Kangaroo to bring this exciting new leisure facility to the area.

“It involves a total refurbishment of the building from a full electrical fit-out and mechanical installation to creating a new entrance, mezzanine floors for spectators and additional parking.

“New cladding has already been installed to the exterior of the building and the interior has been stripped out with partition walls in place to accommodate the reception area, party rooms, soft play, café and toilets around the main trampoline and activity space.”

It will be Red Kangaroo’s third trampoline park in the UK following openings in Reading and Nottingham in 2017.

Paul Wrightman, managing director of Red Kangaroo, and Charlie Brooks, construction director of Wigley Building and Development.

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.