Fleet management business Fleet Operations has appointed Rachel Davies to the role of commercial support manager.
Rachel, who joins from IAM Roadsmart, brings with her more than a decade of commercial development expertise.
In her new role, Rachel will be responsible for strengthening the Newcastle-under-Lyme company’s go-to-market strategy in line with its commercial targets.
She said: “I’m delighted to be joining such an accomplished team and look forward to drawing on my experience to help the company build on its success and industry-leading position.
“I have gained a wealth of career experience in business development and customer retention, while acquiring in-depth knowledge of driver risk management, safety and training. I hope this will prove invaluable in my new role with Fleet Operations.”
Sales and marketing director Jayne Pett added: “Rachel has demonstrated a strategic understanding of Fleet Operations’ business and will be an important addition to our team, helping us achieve our ambitious plans for growth. We are delighted to have her on board.”
Meanwhile, law graduate Kyle Gilbert is celebrating after being awarded a training contract with Beswicks Legal.
Kyle had been working as a paralegal in the firm’s corporate law department for 18 months prior to landing the contract.
As well as achieving a 2:1 LLB Law Degree, Kyle graduated from Staffordshire University’s Legal Practice Course in 2019.
Managing Partner Nick Phillips said: “We are delighted to offer Kyle a training contract. He has done an outstanding job as a paralegal in our corporate team. He’s a great team player with bags of ability. A real asset to the firm.”
Kyle added: “I’m so pleased to be offered a training contract with Beswicks. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet! I honestly can’t imagine working with a better bunch of people and I can’t wait to begin my training in March.”
Stoke-on-Trent-based Beswicks Legal has a strong track record of offering training contracts to motivated and talented graduates. As part of the training process, trainees carry out placements with a number of different departments within the firm before qualifying into their chosen area of law.
And chartered surveyors Forge Property Consultants has appointed Dave Bates to its growing team.
Dave has joined Forge – which has offices in Eccleshall and Oswestry – as a senior building surveyor who will be supporting the growth in demand for the company’s building surveying, project management and maintenance services.
Director of Forge Property Consultants, Charles Lawson, said: “With Dave’s skills from working within the built environment, combined with his knowledge and expertise in carrying out complex condition surveys of all types of building for their repair, improvement and adaptation, his hands-on experience will be a valuable asset to the business.”
Dave added: “I am thrilled to be joining the Forge team. There has been a huge increase in the demand for rural homes over the past year, and I’m looking forward to assisting with the development of client properties through providing essential building appraisals for their habitation.”
The StokeonTrentLive Business Awards are back for 2021 to celebrate the great and good of the business community from across Staffordshire and parts of South Cheshire.
There are 13 categories up for grabs including Young Professional, Growth and International Trade as well as the coveted Business of the Year award.
The awards are being held in association with Staffordshire University which is the headline sponsor and the Science and Technology category sponsor.
The event will be held virtually on Thursday, April 22, 2021 and will celebrate the great and good of the business community from across Staffordshire and parts of South Cheshire.
The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
An apprentice from Newcastle has been promoted to a permanent role at business consultancy Strategi Solutions.
Joshua Cooper, aged 19, has been working as a finance apprentice at Newcastle-based Strategi while completing an accounting apprenticeship with Newcastle College.
Now Joshua has now been awarded a full-time business analyst role at the company.
He said: “Doing an apprenticeship has been a great decision. I’ve been able to get qualified, gain real life experience and earn money while doing so.
“It’s fantastic that my hard work has paid off and I’ve been offered a permanent role. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn and grow as the company expands and contributing to its continued success.”
Wendy Dean, CEO at Strategi, said, “Since Josh joined Strategi a year-and-a-half ago, he has made great progress, completing his apprenticeship, and gaining a promotion to a new role.
His success is a credit to his hard work, and his contribution makes a real difference to the team, and the company. Congratulations Josh – the future is looking bright.”
At the same time, a Staffordshire accountancy firm has expanded its payroll team.
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Howards Chartered Certified Accountants, in Stafford, has appointed Geraldine Astbury as payroll manager and welcomed Gemma Mars and Sarah Lloyd as payroll administrators.
The move is in response to a ‘100 per cent rise’ in demand for the company’s payroll services following the introduction of the Government’s furlough scheme.
Managing director Matt Bailey said: “Every business is responsible for paying its workforce promptly and ensuring accuracy. Payroll is part of our growing portfolio of value-added services that SMEs can access easily and cost-effectively and we have expanded our specialist team to deal with increasing demand from local businesses of all shapes and sizes.”