Chinese investment in Birmingham underway

China’s biggest lighting manufacturer has started work on its new £5million Birmingham factory, which will see the company double the size of its existing base and create 170 new jobs.

Local MP Richard Burden (Lab, Northfield), visited NVC (Manufacturing) Ltd’s Rubery headquarters to see steelworks being erected at the firm’s new 49,000 sq ft research and design, manufacturing and warehousing facility.

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Colliers International staff take a walk on the wild side

Staff from Colliers International in Birmingham went back to nature for a day to help spruce up a local environmental education centre.

Around 50 people from the property firm’s national rating team, including 24 from Birmingham, took a day out of the office to help staff at the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country’s EcoPark in Small Heath with various maintenance jobs around the park, including re-roofing a bird hide, re-laying broken bricks on paths, trimming back vegetation and clearing rubbish.

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Colliers International wins Stratford estate management brief

Martyn Edwards and Tarquin Murray-Holgate of Colliers International, with Michael Wyldbore-Smith (centre) of Stratford Town Trust, outside The Garrick Inn, the oldest pub in Stratford.

The Birmingham office of property consultants Colliers International has won the brief to manage Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust’s £35m property portfolio.

The charitable organisation was set up in the sixteenth century and granted a Royal Charter by Edward VI, nine days before his death in 1553.

It boasts a varied portfolio of more than 100 properties, all in Stratford-upon-Avon, including listed buildings such as 1 High Street (Judith Shakespeare’s home) and Mason’s Court, Shrieves House – England’s most haunted site – the Boathouse on the River Avon, land adjacent to Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Stratford’s oldest public house, the timber-framed Garrick Inn. Continue reading

Pair promoted to associate director at Colliers International

Susannah Smith and Ben Briant

Property consultancy Colliers International has promoted Ben Briant and Susannah Smith to associate director at its office in Birmingham.

Ben joined Colliers International’s Automotive and Roadside team in 2006, having studied planning and property development at Nottingham Trent University. He specialises in the sale and letting of vehicle dealerships, trade counter/retail units and tyre and exhaust service centres, and has acted for a number of major motor manufacturers, dealer groups and roadside occupiers. His clients include Formula One Autocentres, GSF Car Parts, Inchcape, Mercedes-Benz Retail Group and Volkswagen Group UK.

Susannah has worked in residential property sales and marketing for 15 years, specialising in the disposal of new homes, residential and mixed-use schemes. Continue reading

Birmingham lawyer wins national recognition for pro bono work

Ruth Creed, a senior solicitor at the Birmingham office of national law firm Mills & Reeve, has bagged a second award for her pro bono work.

Named Birmingham Law Society’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in March this year, Ruth has now added a national award for launching the Birmingham Free Legal Advice Group (FLAG), in conjunction with Birmingham Law School, to her trophy cabinet.

The specialist healthcare lawyer won the “best contribution by an individual” at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards, in conjunction with the Law Society.

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CB Richard Ellis achieves carbon neutrality goal

CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (CBRE), has achieved carbon neutrality for its 2010 global operations, including its office in Birmingham.

In 2007, CB Richard Ellis adopted a companywide Environmental Stewardship policy, which included the goal of becoming carbon neutral.  CB Richard Ellis is the first global commercial real estate services firm to achieve carbon neutrality.

The company achieved neutrality by implementing carbon mitigation programs, such as green leasing standards and sustainable operation protocols, and then offsetting the remainder by investing in carbon mitigation projects, such as conservation-based forest initiatives, landfill methane destruction and sustainability projects in emerging economies. For 2010, the company offset more than 50,000 metric tons of emissions.

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Works starts on phase two of multi-million pound refurbishment of Livery Place

Work has started on the second phase of a multi-million pound refurbishment programme to upgrade up to 36,665 sq ft of office space at Highcross‘ Livery Place, in Birmingham.

Highcross is investing £1 million in the building, which is located on the corner of Livery Street, in the Colmore Business District, to bring the 1st to 4th floors up to Grade A specification, in what is the largest refurbishment programme in Birmingham this year. The refurbished space will have new raised floors, suspended ceilings, LG7 compliant lighting and a new ducted comfort cooling and heating system.

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