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RAW Pollution & Remediation Specialists – now based at Upton Business Centre

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technical workers cropWhen Neil Stothert, Managing Director of RAW Technology Ltd, visited Unit 9 at Upton Business Centre, he knew it was the ideal place to relocate. Having outgrown their existing premises, they were looking for a strategically located site, which was also near their Head Office in Great Malvern. The completion date of 19th April was met, allowing RAW Technology Ltd to move to their new location on the programmed date.

RAW provides a range of spill response, remediation and specialist environmental services throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally. It is a global company with a turnover in excess of £12 million. Its 130-strong team deals with over 700 pollution incidents in a typical year. It has 17 offices and depots nationwide.

Upton Business Centre will not only give RAW additional space for building, maintaining, and storing their equipment; loading and parking their vehicles in a safe, secure area, but will also provide them with the opportunity to house the technical facilities required for their team of professionally trained experts to react quickly to spillage incidents throughout South Wales and the
M4 corridor and carry out rapid response testing on site.

“RAW’s success is built on consistently offering efficient and timely solutions, and, due to its proximity to major motorway networks, I am positive that our recent move to Upton Business Centre will improve our overall service. Providing rapid response to protect the environment and our clients reputations both commercial and domestic”.

Neil Stothert, Managing Director

Exciting developments at Link Business Centre as two companies double in size

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ME 1Malvern Engineering Ltd is going from strength to strength. Chris Smedley, owner, has recently taken on another Unit, doubling his floor space to 2,000 sq ft, as he continues to build up his wide range of customers, all of whom are large, well-established top brand companies, from within the automotive and automative sectors. 

Chris has recently invested a total of £60,000 on new machinery, including a Bridgeport Vertical Machining Center, a fully digital, high-quality machine tool, designed to achieve maximum capacity and performance. This new machine has given him the capacity to expand his production line to produce high precision components for robotics. He has two experienced engineers who work alongside him as a team. “We are always busy, taking great pride in the quality of our production and our service. We have a reputation of trustworthiness and always deliver on time. Being based at Link Business Centre has many benefits, including the great atmosphere and the feeling of security. Tenants at the Centre support and promote each other’s businesses and encourage cross-trade.” Chris Smedley

The fact that all of Malvern Engineering’s customers have been gained through recommendation is a testament to how Chris
runs the company – smoothly and efficiently – like a well-oiled machine. 


image1David Mabey, owner of Black Pepper School Lunches, has seen a large increase in the need for school lunch deliveries since the introduction of free school lunches for all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools, which commenced in September 2014.

Over the last 3 years, David has doubled his floor space, now totalling 1,520 sq ft, taking on Unit 3 in addition to Unit 2, to allow for the extra equipment needed to prepare the ever-increasing volume of lunches, and he now has a fleet of 4 vehicles for delivery. The meals are packed in special thermos-boxes, keeping them at their serving temperature whilst in transit.

His reputation for providing excellent quality lunches has spread, and David now supplies lunches to 16 schools in total, across the Three Counties. Local Primary Schools include: Powick C of E; Wyche C of E; Castlemorton C of E, Malvern Wells C of E and St James C of E.

Food is prepared by Black Pepper’s four chefs using the best locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Additives and processed food are avoided and fried foods, high quantity sugar products and confectionery in puddings are strictly restricted.

David’s business expansion has also been good news for local people – he has recently taken on two new members of staff to join the friendly Black Pepper team of 12.

Link Business Centre is the ideal location for Black Pepper, being close to local shops for supplies, and having plenty of space for loading the vans in preparation for deliveries.

A tasty new addition to Link Business Centre

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P1040839After having been in the butchery profession for over 40 years, Colin Osborne, owner of Osbornes of Malvern Butchers, recently moved from his shop in Malvern Link to Unit 8. The larger premises have given Colin’s partner, Sarah, the extra room needed for the manufacturing of their new venture, ready meals, all of which contain only the best ingredients, are gluten free, low in salt and contain no additives or preservatives.

Colin carried out extensive market research, and discovered that people’s expectations of eating at home have changed over the past few years. No longer are they prepared to spend time creating meals from scratch with basic ingredients… now it is all about the speed and ease of the preparation. Realising that the majority of ready meals available on supermarket shelves are not of the best quality, and contain far more than the basic ingredients, Colin and Sarah decided that there was a gap in the market for good quality meals that are still easy to prepare, and can be cooked from frozen.

Colin spent 20 years working in Scotland, where he mastered the art of making his own Scottish black pudding, Scottish white pudding, faggots, and is the only person who makes his own haggis in this area!

Colin is very keen to explain to people the benefits of purchasing meat from a traditional butcher, being now one of only two remaining in the Malvern area. He continues to provide loyal and new customers with the finest selection of local beef, pork, lamb, poultry, game, sausages, bacon and pies, and advice on what cuts of meat are suitable for grilling, frying (BBQ) and slow cooking.

To gain more knowledge of the benefits of traditional carcass butchery and to purchase the finest quality cuts of matured meat, visit Colin at Link Business Centre.

Morgan Three Wheeler Club visit Business Centre

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P1040634P1040638On Friday 16th September, The Friday Beer Company (Unit 4, Link Business Centre) hosted the Morgan Three Wheel Club as part of their social weekend, based in Malvern.

Owners were given a tour of their brewery and the opportunity to sample their great range of bottle conditioned premium ales.

Available immediately – unique commercial space!

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Print4,500 sq ft covered area – 7m to eaves, 21,000 sq ft secure hard standing. 


Open Fronted Warehouse: 35m (114ft 10in) x 12m (39ft 4in), 7m (24 ft) to eaves.
Portakabin: A portakabin office can be provided, together with separate WC facilities.
Yard Area: The yard area extends to approximately 21,000 sq ft. The yard area will be secured with 2.4m high security fencing with 6m wide entrance gates off the main Business Centre access road.

Rent: £1,300 per month plus VAT. Service charge: £133 per month plus VAT.


Sue Shackleton gets her new office space

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Unit 20hWhen Sue Shackleton, co-owner of EasyRead Time Teacher, moved into Unit 20, Link Business Centre, she was delighted with her new work place. There was plenty of space for storage, and the location was ideal. However, there was a need for a new office area.

Sue project managed the mezzanine development, with the full agreement of Martin Wilesmith, owner of the Centre.

The end result is the perfect room for Sue and her two members of staff to do all of the administration work involved in the business, without having lost any of the storage space on the ground floor. There is plenty of light, and the large glass frontage enables them to keep an eye on stock… and Sue’s dog, Indie, is pleased with the new space too!

Link Tools provides the opportunity to find the ‘right tool for the job’!

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tools1On Friday 9th September, Link Tools (Unit 14, Link Business Centre) held a trade show, where visitors had the opportunity to meet experts representing several of the best known brands known in the building trade, such as DeWalt, SMART, Stablia, Toughbuilt and OX.

There was also a free prize draw for everyone who attended, and many other exclusive deals on offer.

Link Tools supply power tools, hand tools, fixings, fasteners and ironmongery to the building and allied trades. They offer a full range of services, ranging from small local projects to major national work, and everything in between. For more information, contact Steve or Gary on 01684 578866.

It’s onwards and upwards for B. R. Hodgson – and in record time!

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When Unit 3 at Upton Business Centre became available recently, B. R. Hodgson Ltd of Unit 5, were very keen to move in. They had a real need for increased storage space as they were more or less at maximum capacity, even though they occupy the largest area at Upton Business Centre.

Owners, Martin and Mark Wilesmith, made every effort to make the tenancy agreement as speedy as possible. On the 19th of July, John Dempster the Managing Director of B.R. Hodgson Ltd., gave the go ahead for an initial short term Lease on Unit 3. Exactly one week later they took occupancy of the Unit. That is pretty quick by anyone’s standards!

B R Hodgson Ltd. are a long established Company, who operate nationwide with a turnover in excess of 20 million pounds. Since moving to Upton Business Centre earlier on this year, they have increased their workforce, creating employment for local people. They have great plans for future expansion of their business from their base at Upton.

Praise indeed!

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An occupier of Link Business Centre recently found it necessary to terminate their Tenancy. Here is a excerpt from the email message they sent to Martin Wilesmith and Richard Evans:

“… We also want to add that working from Link Business Centre for the past twelve years has been an absolute pleasure and we are certain there cannot be a more gentlemanly landlord in all of England, maybe even the whole of the UK! It will be a sad day when we hand the keys over.”