Commercial property solicitor Jamie Cooper has taken up a position with Beswicks Legal.
Jamie has a wealth of experience having worked for a number of large regional law firms, as well as in-house for a leading strategic land promoter.
He joins Festival Park-based Beswicks as a commercial property associate.
Jamie deals with all aspects of commercial property law and specialises in residential and commercial developments, strategic land (including promotion and option agreements) and landlord and tenant asset management.
Beswicks managing partner Nick Phillips said: “We’re delighted that Jamie has joined us. His energy, motivation, technical ability and commitment to delivering an outstanding service to clients is a perfect fit for Beswicks.
“His appointment really does underline the strength and depth of our commercial property team establishing them as the go-to experts in this area of law.”
Jamie added: “I was attracted to Beswicks because of the calibre of work and clients that they attract. The ability to live and work within a vibrant property market which is seeing huge investment and development is also a big draw. Beswicks has a strong reputation in the local area and further afield and I’m looking forward to enhancing that reputation further.”
Law firm Thompsons Solicitors has hired a new partner.
Glen Edney has joined the company to lead its Stoke-on-Trent office, in Etruria.
He joins with 26 years’ experience in personal injury law and will manage a team of more than 70 staff, with particular focus on employer liability and public liability accident claims.
Glen said: “In my career, I have always acted on behalf of claimants, not defendants, so Thompsons Solicitors’ status as a leading social justice law firm really resonated with me.
“In my short time at the firm, I have already seen just how much value is placed on people – whether that is the clients, union members or staff – so I’m confident this new role will be a perfect fit for me.”
Clare Mellor, chief executive of Thompsons Solicitors, added: “In 2021, Thompsons will have been acting only for the injured and mistreated for 100 years, fighting throughout that century to ensure we get the maximum compensation for those injured through no fault of their own. Throughout Glen’s impressive career, he has echoed this approach in his work, which is why we are so excited to bring him on board.
“The Stoke-on-Trent office plays a vital role at Thompsons, supporting thousands of people who have suffered injury or received poor treatment every year. By ensuring their cases are quickly resolved and they get the financial help they need, our clients can move on with their lives.”
Meanwhile, Trentham law firm RJS Solicitors has welcomed Selina Pavey to its private client department.
Selina, who was born in Manchester and worked in the area for several years after qualifying as a solicitor in 2010, has joined RJS after spending the previous three years at a well-established firm in Cheshire.
She specialises in wills, estates, lasting power of attorney, inheritance and other personal matters.
David Carson, head of estates and trusts at RJS, said: “Having worked with Selina previously I was very keen to get her on board. The empathy she demonstrates with clients, particularly the elderly, is just one of her many talents.”
Selina said: “I’m delighted to join the team at RJS and really looking forward to establishing a strong client base and delivering a first-class service.”
Caravan, campervan and motorhome leisure equipment specialist Miriad Products Ltd has appointed Penny Whitelock to the role of CEO.
The company – which recently relocated from Derby to Uttoxeter – was established in 1999 following a management buy-out.
Penny joined the business as managing director in November 2019 with more than two decades of experience at senior leadership level.
Now Penny is taking over from Mike Ham who is stepping down from the role of CEO.
Penny said: “With a keen eye on our customers and innovation, we are ambitious to see the business grow organically by 25 per cent in the next three years.
“Acquisition plans are also being considered to broaden our product and customer bases.
“We are investing in our future, not only in new premises and machinery, but in our people. They have been highly motivated, keen to learn, open minded and together we will continue to enthusiastically drive Miriad forward to embrace new opportunities and progress and grow the legacy of the original owners.”
Also welcoming new recruits is e-commerce and digital marketing agency Kanuka Digital which has recruited Lucie Oge as SEO Manager.
Lucie joins the firm following a record month in business for the Stafford company whose clients including Tile Giant, Bacofoil, Mountfield Lawnmowers and Heritage Parts Centre.
Lucie has previously worked at UK fashion brand Nasty Gal and as SEO director at PHD Media in New Zealand.
Joe Turner, Kanuka Digital’s marketing manager, said: “We’ve doubled turnover in the past few years, and our ambition remains sky high for 2021. Although Covid-19 has thrown some big hurdles at us and our clients, I couldn’t be happier with how we’ve responded at Kanuka Digital. The whole team has embraced the challenge and achieved some fantastic results to help our clients get the most out of their online presence.”
At the same time, clay manufacturer Valentine Clays has appointed a technical manager to help with its current expansion plans and avid support of the ceramics industry.
Mark Cumberlidge joins the Fenton business from the UK’s leading mineral processing company, Furlong Mills, where he worked as technical manager for the past 26 years.
Mark will manage and develop Valentine Clays’ ceramic recipes, including the sourcing of the relevant raw materials, to ensure Valentine Clays produces the best quality products for its customers.
This appointment will also enable Valentine Clays to support the ceramics industry by offering a technical consultation service.
Mark said: “I have worked with Valentine Clays for a long time during my previous role, they are a great company with a can do attitude and I look forward to the challenge ahead in helping to develop the best possible ceramic products.”
“It’s exciting to be part of a local company with great ambitions that are focused on supporting our industry the best way they can.”
Alan Ault, managing director and owner of Valentine Clays Ltd, added: “Mark was the obvious choice when considering the company’s restructure and having worked with him for many year’s is one of the country’s leading ceramic Technical minds.
“As a company we are very much looking forward to working with Mark who will be invaluable when it comes to helping our business to grow but in also ensuring the ceramics industry has the support that it needs from a manufacturer such as ourselves.”
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LLOYDS Bank has strengthened its support for businesses in the North West following the appointment of a new relationship manager to its commercial banking team.
Jonathan Pendlebury has been appointed to support the bank’s portfolio of SME customers, working with firms across South Cheshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Bringing almost two decades of experience in the financial services sector, Jonathan joins the team from his previous role as a local business development manager in Lloyds Bank’s business banking division.
Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Jonathan joins a team of eight relationship managers focused on providing financial support and guidance to businesses with annual turnovers of between £3 and £10 million.
Together, the team works with more than 1,600 companies in the area.
The appointment follows the departure of long-standing relationship manager Phil Steele, who retires following 43 years of service with Lloyds Banking Group.
Ken Garvie, area director for North Staffordshire and Derbyshire at Lloyds Bank, said: “When planning for growth, it’s vital that firms have the support of an advisor who truly understands their objectives and the challenges they face and Phil has been instrumental to the success of so many firms in that respect.
“Jonathan is ideally positioned to continue providing the region’s businesses with the tailored funding and guidance needed as they look to recovery over the coming months.”
Jonathan added: “Having worked across North Staffordshire for close to two decades now, it’s a patch I know well. And I look forward to bringing my previous experiences in supporting the region’s businesses to my new role in the commercial banking team.”