North West Business Records: University of Manchester; Houses of Anwyl; St Helens Room; Cosalea; Design and construction Eatock
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Manchester United and England international footballer Marcus Rashford received his honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester last week (October 7), in a special ceremony at Old Trafford.
The initial announcement of the award was made in July last year, but due to the pandemic, an official in-person ceremony and celebration has not been able to take place so far. This prestigious award recognizes his ongoing charitable work and well-publicized campaign against child poverty off the pitch, as well as his outstanding athletic achievements on the pitch.
This distinction is the highest honor the University can bestow and, at just 23 years old, Marcus is the youngest recipient of an honorary degree in the history of the University of Manchester. He joins the other legends of the Manchester United club, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, who have also been honored by the university in the past. Sir Alex Ferguson joined friends and family of Marcus to watch the England international receive his award from the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell.
Marcus said: “To be here in the presence of such a great as Sir Alex and those who played such a huge role in my journey to be where I am today is special. I am here to receive my honorary doctorate for my work on child poverty. Yesterday millions of families across the UK lost a lifeline and a way to stay afloat. A decision that could reduce child poverty to one in three children. For this reason, today is bittersweet. It is time for representatives to go to communities like mine. It is time they saw firsthand the true measure of the struggle. COVID-19 can no longer be used as an excuse. “
Professor Rothwell said: “Marcus is an exceptional young man who continues to demonstrate a sense of community and a generosity that extends well beyond his years. Our university also has social responsibility at its heart, and we are extremely proud to share these values with Marcus. It is truly an honor to finally present him with this well-deserved award on behalf of our institution.
“His ongoing charity work and high profile campaigns not only help millions of people across the country, but inspire many more to try and make a difference themselves. May this continue for a long time.
The Cheshire and North Wales region of Anwyl Homes has reported a record number of new homes completed for 2021 and is on track for further growth over the next year. The Flintshire-based homebuilder completed 487 homes in its most recent fiscal year, which ended September 30, a 22% increase from the previous year.
Despite the challenges facing the industry at large, the company is now aiming for another record year and expects a further increase in the number of homes it builds by just over 10% for the current fiscal year.
The numbers mark steady growth for the Cheshire and North Wales region of Anwyl Homes, which has acquired three new locations in the past year, including the 138 home development at Victoria Mills in Holmes Chapel, a 142-home site at Clifton Drive, Chester and Glyn Farm, Colwyn Bay, which has planning permission for 39 properties. The developer has also started work on 130 new homes on Rossbank Road in Ellesmere Port.
Phil Dolan, Managing Director of Anwyl Homes Cheshire and North Wales, said: “We have had another successful year. Demand from home buyers remained strong and we exceeded our completion targets. This is a tremendous achievement in light of the supply issues and material shortages the construction industry continues to experience.
“Across the region, we have a substantial future order backlog and a strong pipeline of future developments, with several new sites acquired subject to planning. This includes The Airfields in Deeside, where we are offering 183 units in the Summers Bridge development, 109 units in a new phase of development at Aberkinsey Park in Rhyl, 49 new units in Nant-Y-Gamer Road in Llandudno and 85 new housing homes near Newcastle Road in Shavington, Cheshire.
A group of construction interns put the skills they are developing into practice at St Helens Chamber’s Construction Training Center in a local community housing estate.
St Helens Mind operates a community subdivision where service users can come and take time, work on the subdivision or just enjoy the peace and quiet. St Helens Chamber interns have created a patio that will allow visitors to sit and socialize.
Neil Rigby, Youth Development Team Leader, said: “We think it is very important for interns to put their skills into practice outside of the construction center, and what better way to do that than by supporting a great cause. We look forward to working closely with St Helens Mind to make improvements and additions to their allotment, and I’m really proud of the work the interns have done on the patio.
The St Helens Mind attribution can be found in Cabbage Hall attributions and is available to all users of their services. The award is designed to help people with mental health issues connect with nature and take time in peaceful space. Visitors can work on the subdivision doing maintenance and planting or can simply relax and socialize with others while they are in the gardens.
Gill Ellison, of St Helens Mind, said: “Many thanks to the interns for all their hard work on the allotment, you don’t know how much this means to everyone at St Helens Mind. The interns have done an amazing job, and the award is truly “A Place to Grow” – thank you. “
Just a year after opening its doors, a Bury Cafe is set to undergo a complete makeover and reopen as an upscale cafe bar, offering patrons an evening opening and an exciting menu of beers. , wines and dishes to share.
In September 2020, Cosalea launched on Walshaw Road, as a new place to eat, meet and create. Its aim was to provide high quality food and drink in a cool social space welcoming the local community and it quickly built a reputation as one of the best restaurants in the area. After listening to customer feedback after a short renovation, Cosalea will reopen this week with a new look as a fully licensed coffee bar – the first licensed premises on Walshaw Road.
Owner Lisa Moore said: “Our customers have told us time and again that there is a need in the area for a place that opens in the evening that is not a pub or restaurant, and that is not. downtown. In response, we create a relaxed café vibe in a new contemporary setting with a great selection of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails and live music. We are going to introduce an evening menu with a small plate and platters to share, ideal for sharing with friends and family.
Despite a turbulent year which saw Cosalea forced to close its doors shortly after opening due to the lockdown, the company has continued to grow stronger. Lisa Moore added, “The local community is at the heart of everything we do – being there for our customers is what we love and what we do best. We have built a loyal base of repeat customers who love nothing more than having coffee, something to eat and a chat with our friendly team and with each other.
“We want to reassure our customers that with our latest developments, daytime coffee will remain the same. They can enjoy the same good menu, the same warm atmosphere and the team they know so well will always be at their service. It’s the Cosalea they know and love, even better.
Manchester-based Eatock Design and Build celebrated a successful first year in business, securing the nomination of CarFinance247 for the refurbishment of its Manchester headquarters offices.
Founded last fall by Paul Eatock, the company now operates nationwide, serving the office and commercial sector, accommodating projects of all sizes, including complete reconfigurations to major renovations. With much of 2020 and early 2021 consisting of workplace counseling in the face of evolving COVID-19 regulations and guidelines, the company has achieved a turnover of £ 550,000 for the first year. With the appointment of several new clients, including CarFinance247, it is expected to reach £ 2million this year.
Paul said: “We worked with CarFinance247 as an advisor at the start of the lockdown as they wanted to make sure they were in compliance with the regulations. We have now been tasked with redesigning their offices to meet the changing needs of their large workforce after the lockdown.
“Most importantly, as a customer, they understand the value of their corporate culture and what it means for staff retention. This translates into the trust placed in us to create something truly unique and special. Their team will now have a range of spaces that are both calm and collaborative, offering the flexibility to allow them to work the way they want. When people don’t need to be at the desk all day, and certainly not chained to a desk, it’s the emphasis on corporate culture that keeps them coming back.
Much of Eatock Design and Build’s work in 2021 helped clients reorganize their offices to once again accommodate employees who have become accustomed to working from home. The challenge has been to transform traditional spaces into workplaces that respond to the health and well-being of staff, improve productivity, and retain and attract talent. Paul said: “Offices these days can’t just look like the same spaces employees left before the pandemic. Resimmercial is the real buzzword of the moment. We’re talking about offices with a more residential vibe, including more upholstery and spaces that look a lot more like cafes.