A growing water safety company has appointed a new operations manager as it seeks to expand customers across the UK.
Nick Hemmings joins Leek-based SAS Water Ltd following successful management roles in the construction sector.
SAS Water support companies in the vital area of controlling Legionella, and other waterborne bacteria that threaten public health, and also has a commercial plumbing division.
The company has continued to thrive, despite the pandemic, and has customers across a wide range of business sectors, from factories to holiday parks and care homes.
Managing director Lizzie Ward said: “The operations manager post is new and is part of our plans to bolster the company’s internal operations to engender growth. We welcome Nick as he brings additional management expertise to our team.”
Nick, aged 42, of Leek, said: “I see this as a huge opportunity. It’s a challenge that I’m really excited about and one that, with time and support from the team at SAS, I am fully confident about rising too.
“I am committed to bringing any past experiences and skill sets gained from my previous managerial roles to the table, which may help develop, strengthen and build on, what is already a successful and strong business platform at SAS Water.”
Meanwhile, software company TOR Systems has appointed Gabriel Leatham to head-up its growing development team.
The 27-year-old has joined the Trentham business – which provides ticketing, booking and CRM solutions to visitor attractions such as the National Memorial Arboretum and British Museum – following a successful career as a software developer.
Gabriel’s appointment is part of the company’s ambitions to develop a ‘feature-rich, cloud-based ticketing solution.’
Sarah Bagg, TOR’s business development manager, said: “Having someone with this level of experience will bring huge benefits to the company, its development and our customers.
“We are the longest successfully operating ticketing supplier to the visitor attractions sector and our recruitment of Gabriel reflects our standing in the sector.
“We offer the best of both – personal service with world standard development.”
Maintenance and construction contractor Novus Property Solutions has made two new appointments.
The Festival Park company has welcomed Claire Bailey-Jones as its new head of business development, while Aine Girn has been recruited as head of marketing.
Claire – who will be responsible for continuing to drive the company’s growth across its target sectors nationwide – said: “I am delighted to join Novus at an exciting time as we move forward to drive ambitious growth plans.
“I aim to achieve business growth through strategic targets in both the private and social housing sector focusing on sustainable, long-term build and refurbishment projects with key clients across the UK.”
Aine – who is already overseeing the business’ internal and external communications – said: “My move to Novus couldn’t have come at a better time, as the company enters the next exciting stage of its journey.
“Novus has a strategic growth plan in place and I will be working hard to support this through tactical marketing, improving market engagement and brand awareness, and supporting a number of events and exhibitions nationwide.”
Elsewhere, Keele University has welcomed Glenn Handforth as its new entrepreneur in residence.
Glenn joins a team of talented business professionals who form a cornerstone to Keele Gateway’s Innovation Leadership programme providing programme participants with years of combined business insights, one-to-one mentoring, and real-world leadership and strategy knowledge.
Glenn is a qualified coach and NLP Master Practitioner, member of the Uttoxeter Learning Trust and the Chair of the Board of Trustees at YMCA North Staffordshire.
For over 30 years, he has been helping a range of individuals – from entrepreneurs to directors of SMEs – to address their leadership, vision and direction, strategy, brand communications, and operational challenges.
In Glenn’s new role at Keele, he will help to enable individuals, teams and organisations to grow by ‘bringing strategy to life through creative thinking.’
LendTech company DivideBuy has announced the appointment of three senior hires to aid its ambitious growth strategy.
The Newcastle-under-Lyme-based interest free credit (IFC) provider has appointed Heather Goode as retailer risk and risk oversight manager, Jarone Macklin-Page as business development manager and Charlotte Bright as marketing manager.
Heather will lead on risk management for both DivideBuy and its retailers and Jarone’s wealth of experience in data analytics and relationship management will be used to expand DivideBuy’s interest free credit offering into new markets and sales channels. While Charlotte’s expertise in managing traditional and digital marketing channels will support DivideBuy’s overall multi-channel marketing strategy for 2021 and beyond.
DivideBuy CEO Robert Flowers said: “We’re excited to welcome Heather, Jarone and Charlotte to our team here at DivideBuy, where they will play instrumental roles in our plans for 2021.
“As we press into this year with these new members of the team, we’re ideally placed to continue revolutionising the payments industry, redefining the possibilities for LendTech and enabling retailers to take advantage of the many benefits that interest free credit can provide.”
And the Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District (BID) has appointed Alex Taylor as its new manager.
Alex Taylor is highly experienced in business and employer engagement and has been brought in to help the BID deliver even more engaging projects, events and activities as part of its continued five-year business plan.
Her past experience includes running successful employer engagement events and initiatives at Stoke-on-Trent College and working at Abbey Hill SEND College in developing a new supported internship programme.
Alex started her new BID role earlier this month and has already begun setting up steering groups, meetings and Q&As for businesses.
Alex said: “I am a true local and a real people person which is why I feel so passionate about bringing the community together, especially as the town centre starts to recover from the pandemic and with all the inward investment happening in Newcastle too.
“I have been supporting businesses through training, development and networking my entire working career, and I know that listening to issues and responding is the key to building meaningful relationships and making a real difference.
“I want people to get to know me and feel they can come to me with their concerns and ideas – both businesses and members of the public. We have a wonderful sense of community and a fabulous history in our town centre, and I want everyone to feel they can input into our BID events and projects.”
Waste and recycling firm Willshee’s has appointed Simon Lowe as commercial manager following a ‘very successful year.’
Simon has joined the Burton business with over eight years’ experience of the recycling sector.
He has specialist knowledge of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) production and was responsible for securing recovery routes in the UK and in Europe in his previous role as senior project manager at Geminor.
Dean Willshee, managing director of Willshee’s, said: “Simon has excellent knowledge of the waste and utilities industries. He is skilled in environmental awareness, waste management, waste to energy process as well as operational and project management.
“We are delighted to welcome Simon to the team, strengthening our in-house specialist skillset and therein our service to customers too.”
Simon added: “There is great potential for Willshee’s to increase its market share given that so many businesses are putting increasing importance on minimising their environmental impact and looking for a zero waste to landfill solution.”