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October 12, 2021

Tritax appoints GMI on 190,000 sq ft logistics scheme in Middlewich

Significant new project will see development of two new speculative logistics/warehouse units of 149,000 and 41,000 sq ft… GMI Construction has announced that it has been instructed by leading logistics development company Tritax Symmetry to develop a huge new speculative logistics/warehouse scheme at a site in Middlewich known as MA6NITUDE.

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Stewart Milne Group divests timber systems business to invest in growing housebuilding in Scotland and North-west England

Stewart Milne Group is selling its market leading timber systems business to focus on investing in the growth of Stewart Milne Homes across Scotland and North-west England. The independent housebuilder and manufacturer of timberframe for offsite construction is capitalising on Stewart Milne Timber Systems’ (SMTS) position as the recognised UK

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Financing Options Expanded for Buying Bobcat Machines

Wider choice of 4 finance schemes for buying new Bobcat equipment Under a special promotion running to the end of December 2021, Bobcat is offering customers an expanded choice of attractive hire purchase financing options for buying new Bobcat loaders, mini-excavators and telehandlers. The roster of finance options in the

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HAE SHOWCASES NEW SAFETY ALLIANCE AT SAFETY IN CONSTRUCTION SHOW

Providing the safest possible working environment for hire and construction operations is crucial for sectors that play such a vital role in the UK economy. However, it comes at a cost – financial and time – which is why cross-recognition between member safety schemes is much more productive. Hire Association

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GLP appoints Natali Cooper to lead ESG in Europe

GLP, a leading investor and developer of logistics warehouses and distribution parks, announced today that it has appointed Natali Cooper as Head of Portfolio, Asset Management and ESG, Europe. Natali has played a lead role in the development of GLP’s ESG strategy across its European portfolio and through its funds.

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Chubb Appointed as Main Security Provider for Hinkley Point C

Chubb, a leading provider of security and fire safety solutions has been appointed by EDF Energy as the main security systems provider for the operational station at Hinkley Point C (HPC) – the UK’s largest construction project and first new generation of nuclear plant to be built in over 20 years.

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RENDALL & RITTNER RETAIN PLATINUM ACCREDITATION

Leading property management agent, Rendall & Rittner, is proud to announce that it has been awarded a We invest in people, platinum accreditation by Investors in People. This is the highest level possible and is only achieved by 2% of organisations. Rendall & Rittner first achieved Investors in People accreditation

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October 12, 2021

Tritax appoints GMI on 190,000 sq ft logistics scheme in Middlewich

Significant new project will see development of two new speculative logistics/warehouse units of 149,000 and 41,000 sq ft… GMI Construction has announced that it has been instructed by leading logistics development company Tritax Symmetry to develop a huge new speculative logistics/warehouse scheme at a site in Middlewich known as MA6NITUDE. Infrastructure works are well underway on the Cheshire East development site which will see the construction of two units of 149,000 and 41,000 sq ft respectively. Both units will be net zero carbon in their construction and when complete, 15% of the roofs will be fitted with solar panels with the ability for the roofs to be fully covered in photovoltaic panels at a future date. Speaking about the instruction, Marc Banks, Divisional Managing Director at GMI Construction, said: “We are delighted to be working with Tritax Symmetry to deliver these important new facilities in Middlewich. Our team has made an excellent start and the site is already taking shape to what will eventually be a first-class sustainable building that will be a huge business asset to the area.” Also commenting David Nuttall, Development Director at Tritax Symmetry, said: “We are excited to see spades go in the ground here at MA6NITUDE and bring forward high quality facilities at a time when demand for space is at record levels. “There is a huge amount of activity happening across the site, with Swizzels’ facility also due to complete next year and detailed planning submitted for 238,000 sq ft of space at unit 41 which could also be delivered before the end of 2022.” Jonathan Atherton, Director at Savills, joint letting agents for the scheme with B8RE and Legat Owen, added: “The development at MA6NITUDE will provide much needed floor space to a market when supply is falling at its fastest ever rate. The location and quality of the units are expected to attract strong occupier interest.” This scheme is being delivered by GMI’s expert operations team including Project Manager, Dan Meadowcroft, Site Manager, Rebecca Shiels, Site Engineer, James Rushton, and supported by Construction Director, Anthony Judge. For further information about the development visit: https://ma6nitude.com/

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Stewart Milne Group divests timber systems business to invest in growing housebuilding in Scotland and North-west England

Stewart Milne Group is selling its market leading timber systems business to focus on investing in the growth of Stewart Milne Homes across Scotland and North-west England. The independent housebuilder and manufacturer of timberframe for offsite construction is capitalising on Stewart Milne Timber Systems’ (SMTS) position as the recognised UK market leader by putting the business up for sale at a time when the market is set to grow exponentially. Demand for timberframe has been rising rapidly and its use is anticipated to double in the next five years to meet government housing targets. As housebuilders tackle the dual challenge of achieving net-zero carbon targets and dealing with acute skills shortages, they are increasingly turning to modern methods of construction using renewable sources. Stewart Milne Timber Systems has experienced “stellar” growth in the last five years with a current order book of close to £300million. This growth is attributed to a combination of technical and manufacturing excellence with strong customer relationships with the UK’s leading housebuilders, including Barratt, Taylor Wimpey and CALA. The £100m turnover business, which employs 400 people, has become the undisputed market leader with around 20% of market share. Alex Goodfellow, Stewart Milne Group Managing Director – Strategic Development, who is leading the sale process, said: “With the scale of the opportunity in the growing timber frame market, SMTS presents a highly compelling investment proposition. We anticipate attracting a high level of interest from potential buyers who will invest in order to capitalise on that opportunity.” Stewart Milne Group has been investing in SMTS’ product and manufacturing innovation and capacity at its factories in Aberdeen and Witney to keep up with the extremely strong demand. Increased volumes have led to the creation of a third production facility in central Scotland. Stewart Milne Group’s CEO, Stuart MacGregor, added: “To keep pace with demand, it’s clear that further investment in production capacity in both Scotland and England will be required. As a privately run, independent company, we need to prioritise where we invest in the future. “Since reopening last summer, after the initial COVID lockdown, we’ve seen record levels of activity in the UK housing sector. The strength of our business with its award-winning developments, new homes range and record sales has enabled us to capitalise on these favourable market conditions and positioned us superbly for future growth.” The buoyancy of the current homes market, however, does mean that land prices in Scotland and North West England are increasing rapidly says Mr MacGregor.  “We have therefore chosen to divest our successful timber systems business to increase investment in additional sites for Stewart Milne Homes. Using our considerable land buying experience to take advantage of the development opportunities, we will invest in land in the short term and concentrate on growing our homes business in the longer term.” Once a sale has completed, Stewart Milne Group will be primarily focused on investing in the growth of its homes business in Scotland and North West England, reinforcing its reputation as one of the country’s leading independent housebuilders.

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Terra Secures a Hybrid Agreement to Promote and Part-Purchase 49-Acres of the Swindon New Eastern Villages Allocation

Terra Strategic has entered into a hybrid agreement to promote and part-purchase a 19.7 Ha (49-acre) land parcel to the east of Swindon, which forms part of the New Eastern Villages (NEV) allocation. The site could accommodate up to 280 high quality new homes. The land – which lies north of Redlands Farm – forms part of the wider context of the NEV Local Plan allocation for 8,000 homes, 40 Ha of employment space, a secondary school and primary schools, together with health, retail and leisure facilities, across a total area of 724 Ha. Significant new transport infrastructure is also planned as part of the NEV strategic development, with the Southern Connector Road now under construction to establish a new 1.5-mile-long link to the existing Commonhead Roundabout and Pack Hill. Terra has appointed Savills to undertake pre-application work with Swindon Borough Council, which includes a request for the Council to adopt an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Opinion, to determine whether the proposal is EIA development. In 2022, Terra will be looking to progress an application to bring the site forward and implement further delivery of the New Eastern Villages. It is intended that the first phase will be undertaken by Terra’s sister business Hayfield; a five-star housebuilder, which has a live development of luxury homes in nearby Broad Blunsdon. James O’Shea, Managing Director of Solihull-based Terra Strategic said: “We are pleased to have secured land within the New Eastern Villages allocation to bring forward high quality new homes in this vast new community. Terra’s sister company Hayfield has already established a reputation in the Swindon area, with Hayfield Wood in Broad Blunsdon being one of the most popular new developments in the Borough. We look forward to working with the Council’s Officers and all stakeholders, as we prepare our plans, ready for wider consultation.” Terra agreed terms with two national charities and a private landowner to secure the 49-acre land parcel, which is within the south eastern area of the NEV, known as Redlands Village. In addition to the proposed 280 new dwellings, the plans will also incorporate extensive Public Open Space, including a Locally Equipped Area of Play, and strategic pedestrian and cycle routes – to connect with the new community and beyond. There will also be a 50m wide safeguarded corridor, to allow for the future delivery of a canal. The North Wessex Downs AONB is located approximately 1.5miles south of the site, on the southern side of large village of Wanborough. The proposed development will be around five miles from Swindon Train Station, which provides regular services to London Paddington in under an hour. Richard Pitt, Strategic Planning Director for Terra added: “We are very excited by the ambition for Swindon New Eastern Villages and our comprehensive plans for this prime site will reflect this. Wiltshire is already a hugely popular place to live, work and explore, and a scheme of this scale and calibre could genuinely push the boundaries in terms of design, specification, and green credentials.” Terra Strategic is an experienced residential land specialist with a portfolio in excess of 10,000 plots. The company enters into agreements with landowners and then pursues, funds and secures an agreeable planning permission. It also has the financial resources to secure land with or without residential planning consent to assist landowners looking for a quick sale process. Terra Strategic has a national reach, having recently secured additional residential land in Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, The West Midlands, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

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25 years of stamp duty – homebuyers see 490% tax cost increase

The latest property market analysis by London lettings and estate agent, Benham and Reeves, has revealed that in the last 25 years, the cost of stamp duty has increased by 490% for the average homebuyer. Now that the stamp duty holiday is done and dusted, the average homebuyer in England will once again pay the government for the pleasure of purchasing their own home, a bill of £3,548 on the current average house price to be exact. Thanks to a house price boom spurred by the stamp duty holiday itself, that’s a tax bill some 44% higher than the average stamp duty paid prior to its introduction. In fact, in the last 25 years, the cost of stamp duty has never been higher, despite the effective rate being paid falling below one percent when the old ‘slab’ structure was abolished in December 2014 and replaced by the new ‘slice’ system. When removing both unique instances of the recent SDLT holiday and the reprieve granted in 2009 in the wake of the financial crisis, the average cost of stamp duty has increased by an average of 8.4% every year since 1997. In fact, other than the two occasions where stamp duty was paused and reduced, the tax bill paid by homebuyers has only seen a year on year decline on four other occasions. The first three of these came prior to, and following, the initial stamp duty break in 2009 as house prices continued to decline following the financial crisis. The other materialised in 2015 following the switch from a ‘slab structure’ to a ‘slice’ structure whereby a property paid a percentage of stamp duty at each value threshold, rather than a full percentage based on the single threshold at which is sat. The cost of £3,548 now faced by the average homebuyer is also a whopping 490% more than the £601 paid back in 1997. Director of Benham and Reeves, Marc von Grundherr, commented: “With the latest generation of homebuyers enjoying a taste of stamp duty free property purchases there are renewed calls for its complete abolition but, as always, these will continue to go unheard. Over the last 25 years, the government has become very good at fuelling buyer demand while failing to address the housing crisis and building more homes. This has worked very nicely for them where an increased cost in stamp duty is concerned and their free slice of the pie, cut from the savings of struggling homebuyers, has continued to climb with absolutely no justification whatsoever.” Table shows how the rate of stamp duty paid by homebuyers in England has changed over the last 25 years Year SDLT type AveHP – England (July) SDLT cost SDLT effective rate SDLT cost change 1997 Slab Structure £60,089 £601 1% N/A 1998 Slab Structure £65,475 £655 1% 9.0% 1999 Slab Structure £70,612 £706 1% 7.8% 2000 Slab Structure £82,563 £826 1% 16.9% 2001 Slab Structure £91,430 £914 1% 10.7% 2002 Slab Structure £110,001 £1,100 1% 20.3% 2003 Slab Structure £132,318 £1,323 1% 20.3% 2004 Slab Structure £156,730 £1,567 1% 18.4% 2005 Slab Structure £165,756 £1,658 1% 5.8% 2006 Slab Structure £176,164 £1,762 1% 6.3% 2007 Slab Structure £193,360 £1,934 1% 9.8% 2008 Slab Structure £185,844 £1,858 1% -3.9% 2009 Stamp Duty Holiday £167,673 £0 0% N/A 2010 Slab Structure £180,519 £1,805 1% -2.87% 2011 Slab Structure £177,164 £1,772 1% -1.9% 2012 Slab Structure £179,756 £1,798 1% 1.5% 2013 Slab Structure £184,274 £1,843 1% 2.5% 2014 Slab Structure £200,825 £2,008 1% 9.0% 2015 Slice Structure £213,518 £1,770 0.83% -11.8% 2016 Slice Structure £230,868 £2,117 0.92% 19.6% 2017 Slice Structure £241,406 £2,328 0.96% 10.0% 2018 Slice Structure £247,981 £2,460 0.99% 5.6% 2019 Slice Structure £248,468 £2,469 0.99% 0.4% 2020 Initial Stamp Duty Holiday £253,226 £0 0% N/A 2021 Reduced Stamp Duty Holiday Threshold £270,973 £1,048 0.39% N/A 2021 Slice Structure £270,973 £3,548 1.31% 43.7% Median Rate of Annual Stamp Duty Tax Growth – 1997 to 2021 8.40% House price data sourced from the Gov.uk UK House Price Index based on a July annual change as the latest month available Historic stamp duty rates sourced from stampdutyrates.co.uk and applied to the respective average house price in each year            

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Hundreds of Thousands of Businesses Denied Right of Appeal Still Waiting for Business Rates Reliefs

Hundreds of thousands of businesses promised business rates reliefs through the £1.5 billion Government Business Rates Relief Fund have still not received a penny, despite promises made by the Government last Spring. In March, the Government took the unprecedented step of announcing it would legislate that Material Change of Circumstance (MCC) business rates appeals for businesses impacted by Covid-19 would not be valid for the appeals system – a move that was lambasted by the rating profession at the time and put paid to the hopes of hundred of thousands of businesses who had started the appeals process against their rates bills, on the grounds of the impact the pandemic had had on their businesses. * As a sweetener the Government announced a £1.5 billion New Business Rates Relief fund for businesses affected by COVID-19, outside the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, which would be distributed by Local Authorities. The relief fund would “get cash to affected businesses in the most proportionate and equitable way.” The Government also said, “We’ll work with and support local government to enable ratepayers to apply as soon as possible this year, once the legislation relating to MCC provisions has passed and local authorities have set up local relief schemes.” All well and good- except the legislation relating to MCC provisions has still not passed through Parliament and become law- six months on – and there are no signs it will be passed in the immediate future. Not only that but as John Webber, Head of Business Rates at Colliers points out, “As far as we are aware neither the government nor the billing authorities have engaged with the rating industry or set out any guidance for businesses to apply to receive this relief fund. We are still very much in the dark.” There are also rumours that the government will leave it to each billing authority to draw up its own guidance – a situation Webber describes as “carnage.” “Giving the local authorities the ability to decide who will be eligible for the reliefs is just not prescriptive enough and we know from past experiences that authorities all have different interpretations of the regulations. We’ll have 300 odd policies and whether businesses receive relief or not will be a total  ”postcode lottery.” Webber points out that by the time the billing authorities get their plans together it will be between 18 months and two years since Covid set in and the first Lockdown began and  the Government told office workers to work from home. That’s nearly two years for businesses who’ve been adversely impacted by Covid-19 to miss out on the support they need. “One wonders what state they’ll be in by the time the reliefs are actually paid out.” “As we said at the time when the government announced this retrospective move to deny MCC appeals, £1.5 billion will not even scratch the surface for businesses struggling to pay their rates bills from last two year- over 400,000 of whom had started the appeals process in what was “the largest MCC caused by a single event in rating history”. “But to not even get the scheme started yet is a disgrace and affront to businesses.” Please Note *between April 1sts 2020, just after the start of the first Lockdown, and end March 2021, 409,430 checks (the first stage of the appeals process) were registered by businesses, most of whom had been impacted by Covid-19. This dwarfs the 158,910 number of checks registered in the previous three years (April 2017 to March 2020) and shows the total disruption to hundreds and thousands of businesses caused by the pandemic and lockdowns.

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Financing Options Expanded for Buying Bobcat Machines

Wider choice of 4 finance schemes for buying new Bobcat equipment Under a special promotion running to the end of December 2021, Bobcat is offering customers an expanded choice of attractive hire purchase financing options for buying new Bobcat loaders, mini-excavators and telehandlers. The roster of finance options in the special promotion now includes a new Seasonal Payments Plan launched by Bobcat. This adds to the Buy Now, Pay Later; 50% Half Price Rentals and 0% Over 3 Years plans also available in the promotion period. These finance schemes are attractive for customers in all markets, including construction, rental, agriculture, horticulture, waste, recycling and landscaping. “Particularly suited to seasonal industries such as agriculture and horticulture, the new Seasonal Payments scheme adds another financing option to the wide array available to Bobcat customers. This expands choice and helps new and existing Bobcat customers to develop their businesses, both to weather tough market conditions, but also to meet increased demand,“ says Hayley Quinn, Finance Manager for Doosan Financial Solutions EMEA in the UK & Ireland. A Choice of Four Different Financing Schemes Seasonal Payments Plan – Under this scheme, customers pay an initial 10% downpayment, followed by an agreed schedule dictated by the seasonal nature of their businesses of further payments over a 36 month period, based on a very attractive 0% interest rate. Buy Now, Pay Later – Complementing the seasonal payments scheme, this plan provides up to 180 days deferral on the first payment. This allows customers to generate profits from their new Bobcat machines, well before they need to complete their first instalment payment, with no downpayment and a 0.45% interest rate. 50% Half Price Rentals – Providing another level of flexibility, under the 50% Half Price Rentals finance scheme, customers pay a 10% downpayment, but then only need to pay half of the regular monthly hire purchase payments for the first 12 months of the plan. 0% Over 3 Years – Completing the choice of finance plans is a 0% interest scheme, with payments spread over 36 months and with a 10% downpayment. As with all the plans, the customer will own the equipment following the final payment. John Christofides, Regional Sales Director, Northern Europe, East Europe and CIS and Russia for Bobcat EMEA, added: “With the addition of the new Seasonal Payments scheme, we are providing our customers with even more answers for purchasing Bobcat machines, so they can ensure their businesses prosper and meet increasing demand as we come out of the pandemic. Our special finance schemes also provide our customers’ businesses with the flexibility they need to deal with ever changing market conditions.” All details and applications for the finance schemes are available via Authorised Bobcat Dealers in the UK. For more information about Bobcat and Bobcat products, visit the website www.bobcat.com

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HAE SHOWCASES NEW SAFETY ALLIANCE AT SAFETY IN CONSTRUCTION SHOW

Providing the safest possible working environment for hire and construction operations is crucial for sectors that play such a vital role in the UK economy. However, it comes at a cost – financial and time – which is why cross-recognition between member safety schemes is much more productive. Hire Association Europe’s (HAE) membership with SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) aligns its SafeHire Certification Scheme with government backed construction pre-qualification modules within PAS 91. This provides an improved benefit for those members that can not only demonstrate SafeHire compliance but also satisfy SSIP’s core criteria. HAE will be promoting SafeHire and the new alliance with SSIP at this year’s Safety in Construction Show, the UK’s premier trade show for safety products in the construction and related industries, scheduled for Holywell Park Conference Centre in Loughborough on Wednesday October 6th. SafeHire is in demand from the industry as it enables customers to approach tool and plant hire companies with confidence. It proves a firm’s competence in upholding high standards in health, safety, environment and quality of equipment as well as a highly-trained workforce. Since its introduction, SafeHire has been a key feature of HAE’s support for members through thick and thin for over 10 years, especially through the turbulent transition of trading with the European Union after Brexit and then the significant disruption to business caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now the association has aligned with an umbrella organisation that helps remove red tape in the supply chain. SSIP reduces duplication and demands on suppliers who have multiple certifications to different schemes, saving them time and money and allowing more focus on day-to-day operations. As the construction industry is more regulated than ever, HAE says having SafeHire certification and SSIP approval is a simple way to prove hire businesses take health and safety assessment seriously. Since its inception SSIP mutual recognition has facilitated savings to suppliers in excess of £280million (source: ssip.org.uk). SSIP is voluntary for HAE members but it recommends they get on board to make life easier for winning work from procurement departments. HAE’s Director of Certification Services, Carl Bartlett, says: “SafeHire and SSIP are not just for large organisations, but also for SMEs. SafeHire is a robust industry-specific standard designed by the industry for the industry, and achieving SafeHire certification and SSIP approval will help businesses secure more opportunities.   “As all SSIP members agree to mutually recognise each other’s schemes, so procurement departments should as well. The whole purpose is to remove bureaucracy and reduce costs associated with the different schemes.” HAE is pushing ahead with its SafeHire programme and achieved a record number of site audits booked in September and a steady stream of enquiries sustaining the momentum. SafeHire Certification is not a goal for the faint-hearted as standards are challenging, but once attained the benefits of the scheme are plentiful.  In order for hire firms to achieve certification, participation in SafeHire requires that businesses are inspected annually and everything from paperwork, day-to-day operations, staff training and environment is checked for continued compliance with the scheme’s rigorous standards. Achieving SSIP’s core criteria also demonstrates a supplier’s professional reputation for health and safety management systems. For more information catch up with HAE at the Safety in Construction Show, or visit www.hae.org.uk

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GLP appoints Natali Cooper to lead ESG in Europe

GLP, a leading investor and developer of logistics warehouses and distribution parks, announced today that it has appointed Natali Cooper as Head of Portfolio, Asset Management and ESG, Europe. Natali has played a lead role in the development of GLP’s ESG strategy across its European portfolio and through its funds. Through the new role, Natali will be responsible for the ongoing implementation and evolution of the strategy across the European business. In addition, Natali will remain in charge of the portfolio and asset management functions as an ongoing strategic priority for the business. GLP has established a broad range of environmental, social and governance commitments that elevate the business and create value for its stakeholders. These cover a number of areas including developing and managing sustainable assets and promoting the well-being of its people, partners and communities. GLP has pioneered market-leading sustainability initiatives in the logistics real estate sector including the development of Magnitude at Magna Park, Milton Keynes which is one of the first designated net-zero logistics building in the UK. Nick Cook, President, GLP Europe, said: “Our approach to sustainability and ESG sits at the heart of our decision-making process. Natali has led the way in developing our long-term ESG strategy and we are thrilled that she will be leading on its execution over the coming years. We have made great strides in integrating ESG considerations across our business but recognise that we, and the industry as a whole, have a long way to go. I look forward to working closely with Natali to further develop our sustainability credentials.” Natali Cooper added: “The logistics sector’s stratospheric growth and increasingly important role in the global economy has already placed the industry in the spotlight. It is essential for the long-term success of our business that we take meaningful action to reduce our carbon footprint and create a blueprint for integrating these buildings into communities. This is both a moral and commercial imperative. The whole team is committed to delivering on our ambitious strategy and I look forward to implementing it in the years to come.”

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Chubb Appointed as Main Security Provider for Hinkley Point C

Chubb, a leading provider of security and fire safety solutions has been appointed by EDF Energy as the main security systems provider for the operational station at Hinkley Point C (HPC) – the UK’s largest construction project and first new generation of nuclear plant to be built in over 20 years. Chubb is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions. HPC will generate low-carbon electricity for up to six million homes, which equates to 7% of the UK’s energy supply. The plant is also expected to generate approximately 25,000 employment opportunities throughout construction and operation jobs, 900 permanent jobs and contribute significantly to the UK economy. Chubb came on board in October 2020, to provide physical and electronic security systems. The total solution deployed includes unique design and in-house software development, integration, delivery and accreditation of bespoke systems. The comprehensive security system will include CCTV, intruder alarm, access control and visitor management technologies, as well as perimeter intruder detection for the nuclear power station. “We are delighted to work with the HPC teams for this project. Our long-standing relationship with EDF Energy is important to us and we value the opportunity to work on such a high-profile project. Chubb is able to fully leverage its expertise as a leading designer and integrator of security systems, identifying and solving complex requirements to critical national infrastructure and major, large-scale projects across the public and private sector,” said David Dunnagan, Systems Director at Chubb.      To learn more about Chubb’s solutions and services, visit https://www.chubbfiresecurity.com/en/uk/

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RENDALL & RITTNER RETAIN PLATINUM ACCREDITATION

Leading property management agent, Rendall & Rittner, is proud to announce that it has been awarded a We invest in people, platinum accreditation by Investors in People. This is the highest level possible and is only achieved by 2% of organisations. Rendall & Rittner first achieved Investors in People accreditation in 2006, and since then has continued to develop its people management practices in the pursuit of excellence. The company, which currently employs 500 members of Head Office staff and over 1,500 on-site staff, has achieved an award that matches the Platinum standard it was awarded in 2018. Commenting on the award, Catherine Riva, Director at Rendall & Rittner, said: “This is a great result, which reflects the significant hard work of everyone in our company. From our apprentices to our team managers, and from our cleaners to our lead executives, we would not have been able to attain a Platinum standard without their commitment. At Rendall & Rittner, we aim to continuously improve and have goals of being a lead employer in the industry, offering value-added services and delivering high levels of customer care to residents across all of our developments. This tremendous news provides verification from an international awarding body that we are achieving our goals. We will continue to strive for excellence in our future work.” Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively in order to achieve the best results. The platinum accreditation means that policies and practices focused on supporting people are embedded in every corner of Rendall & Rittner. As a platinum company, everyone knows that they have an important part to play in the company doing well, and is always looking for ways to improve. The award demonstrates Rendall & Rittner’s ability to deploy the essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Rendall & Rittner. Platinum accreditation on We invest in people is a remarkable effort for any organisation, and places Rendall & Rittner in fine company with a host of organisations that understand the value of people.” For more information on Rendall & Rittner visit www.rendallandrittner.co.uk or for more information about Investors in People please visit www.investorsinpeople.com

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