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Upton Business Centre enables B R Hodgson to expand their business, and build for the future

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P1040894Upton Business Centre is providing B R Hodgson Limited with the ideal flexible space required to cater for the expansion of the fabrication side of their business. Having recently taken on an additional Unit, the owners of the Centre made several improvements to the combined area to provide the increased integral space, with improved access, required for the fabrication of the Company’s pre-panelised structural framing solutions, which form easy-to-erect panels, allowing for speed of construction.

“With the help and co-operation of the owners of Upton Business Centre, we are constantly making improvements to the site, which we look upon as an investment in the future of our Company, allowing us to operate a more efficient system for the fabrication process – an area of our business that is constantly expanding. Having our own transport operation, combined with the easy access to the M5 from Upton Business Centre, ensures speed of delivery to the various development sites.” Chris Hopkins, Fabrication Manager

B R Hodgson Limited are currently working on several projects, based in Central London, West Sussex, Plymouth and Exeter, which will keep the site working to full capacity for the next two years. They employ up to 18 staff at the site, depending on the size of the projects they are working on.

B R Hodgson Ltd has a turnover in excess of 20 million pounds. They work on a wide range of commercial projects including hospitals, offices, hotels, residential apartments, refurbishments, schools, Universities, and are experienced in all types of construction.

The Company have achieved a widely acknowledged reputation within the industry since their incorporation. The company maintains core values which encompass reliability, quality and value, and provides professional support in managing their clients expectations.

Pictured above: Chris Hopkins at Upton Business Centre, with one of their vehicles loaded with frameworks ready for delivery for student accommodation at Exeter University.

Morris’ Mini Motors – the one-stop-shop for all remote control model enthusiasts

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P1040895Morris’s business started with a design idea to convert his own hobby engine. Now, Morris’s Mini Motors has an increasingly wide range of parts, engines, kits and accessories, shipped all over the world.

People who purchase from Morris online, already enjoy his impeccable customer service, and now, people have the opportunity to visit his shop at Link Business Centre (Unit 13) and experience his reputation of going the extra mile to get things right for all his customers. They can view the wide range of remote control model cars, planes and drones available, along with everything else they need, such as fuel, paint, parts etc. There is plenty of parking space and they will receive a warm welcome from owner, and fellow enthusiast, Morris.

Sue certainly doesn’t allow time to stand still at Link Business Centre!

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P1040886Sue Shackleton, Director of EasyRead Time Teacher Limited recently gave an inspirational presentation and talk to around 60 attendees, entitled ‘Time is of the Essence’ at the Malvern Festival of Innovation.

The Festival is the Annual Flagship Event organised by Innovate Malvern CIC, which promotes all aspects of innovation at a grass-roots level. It is an annual event held in various venues in and around Malvern. Their aim is to encourage engineering and technology companies to flourish by interacting with the local community, and drive creativity in business and enterprise through networking activities and local collaboration. This was the sixth edition and attracted speakers and participants from around the UK.

Sue’s talk took place at the Coach House Theatre, Malvern. She covered such topics as: What it’s like to start and grow a niche international business. How you can work across time-zones to manage the design, manufacture and delivery of a product. And how e-commerce like eBay and Amazon both help and hinder business growth. Another occupant of Link Business Centre, The Friday Beer Co, provided the liquid refreshments at the event, serving bottles of their latest ales.

EasyRead Time Teacher Limited is a family business dedicated to helping children and adults overcome the problems encountered when learning to tell the time on analogue clocks. It was started by Sue’s brother, Roger Shackleton, who is based in Sydney, Australia. Sue joined him to develop the business in the UK & Europe.

Sue and Roger’s hard work, enthusiasm and faith in their products are an inspiration to any budding entrepreneur. The Company is going from strength to strength – it’s turnover has doubled year on year – and Sue is expecting this year’s turnover to hit one million pounds.

EasyRead Time Teacher designs have been so successful that the clocks are now available in Europe, Australasia and North America, from Amazon, eBay and an increasing list of other outlets.

Andy Haigh, Mid West Automation, ‘saw’ the potential for a tie-up with another Company – and it’s paying off!

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P1040892Mid West Automation have recently agreed a joint contract with a major Birmingham based manufacturer, associated with the automative industry. In 2016, this manufacturer had a turn over in excess of £15 million, and in the last financial year, their profit was £1.5 million. 

Mid West Automation have been supplying materials to the manufacturer for several years, and have built up an excellent working relationship with them. So when the opportunity of an order arose valued in excess of £100,000.00, consisting of at least 20 tonnes of materials and around six months work, they did not hesitate to approach Andy, and suggest that they joined forces.

Andy has invested £8,000 in a new Semi Automatic Aluminium Cutting Saw, which he is going to loan to the manufacturer to use at their premises. He is then going to arrange for box quantities of aluminium to be delivered direct from Bosch. Once the contract is complete, the saw will be returned to their Unit at Link Business Centre, where it will be used for future production, so it is a fantastic opportunity for Andy and Mid West, which is already extremely busy.

Mid West Automation provide high quality aluminium frame design for many different types of applications.

The trend to replace people with robots is on the increase, and will continue to do so. When manufacturers experience the benefits of automation they like the change, and the demand for more increases. These robots  all need frameworks to sit in. That’s where we come in! We supply customers with these frameworks, along with  work benches and assembly frames.” Andy Haigh, Owner.

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!