Highway Care take the road to Upton Business Centre

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15th February 2021: A national provider of highway safety and security solutions with 4 depots across the UK is set to take up new space at Upton Business Centre, following an expansion of the site by 2 acres.

Highway Care, which had an annual turnover of over £16m in 2019, is relocating from its depot in Ledbury in Herefordshire to a newly developed secure 70,000 sq ft compound at the Centre which is based in Welland Road in Upton. This is the largest amount of space let by the owners, Martin and Mark Wilesmith, in Upton Business Centre’s 25 year history. The remainder of the tenants, which include national and local companies, rent a mix of commercial/industrial units ranging in size from 600 to 3,500 sq ft.

Andrew MacCuish, Highway Care’s Operations Director says:

‘We have been looking for suitable premises for some time, to provide the business with a better location and site from which to operate.  Upton Business Centre offers Highway Care a much improved depot location from which to base our Operational Delivery Services team and rental assets in the West, to service our customers now and into the future.’

One of the key advantages of Upton Business Centre is its location, given its proximity to the M5 North and South, together with the M50 to South Wales allowing easy access to the wider region.

Martin Wilesmith says:

‘We are delighted to welcome Highway Care to Upton Business Centre. They are local employers and the extra space we have provided them will enable them to expand their operations. We have the skills and capacity to adapt the premises to Highway Care’s requirements and support their plans for the future’

The father and son duo also own a further site at Link Business Centre in Malvern where they rent 31 commercial units, ranging from 760 to 3,300 sq ft.


For further information about Upton or Link Business Centres please contact Martin Wilesmith on 01684 561238 or visit www.uptonbusinesscentre.co.uk


For further information about Highway Care please contact Natalie Owen at natalie.owen@highwaycare.com or call 01622 291135

Building for success at Upton Business Centre

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22 September 2020: Owners at Upton Business Centre have been granted planning permission by Malvern Hills District Council to increase the site by 2 acres.

Picture shows Martin Wilesmith (left) and Mark Wilesmith (right) joint owners of Upton Business Centre

Picture shows Martin Wilesmith (left) and Mark Wilesmith (right) joint owners of Upton Business Centre

The expansion amounts to a 50% increase in lettable space at the Centre which is in Welland Road, Upton. Planning permission has been granted for a secure compound extending to approximately 70,000 sq ft. Smaller secure compounds from 15,000 sq ft  are available.

Current tenants include national companies such as Greenthumb Lawn Treatment Services, RSK Raw Ltd which specialises in pollution response and BR Hodgson Ltd which supplies key services to the construction industry. One of the main advantages of the site is its secured hard surface yard area which provides ample storage for materials and equipment. There are no working hours limitations at the site.

There are currently 9 units at Upton Business Centre and a further 31 at Link Business Centre in Malvern, with both centres being operated by father and son Martin and Mark Wilesmith.

Martin Wilesmith said ‘We have already received a number of enquiries to take up space on this new extension which is ideal for general industry use. Upton Business Centre has excellent motorway links to the M50 and M5 and it is a popular location for expanding businesses. There is plenty of open space available and it is a well-maintained site with high levels of security.  We have the flexibility to respond quickly and can tailor the premises to our client’s requirements.’

For further information about the space available please contact Richard Evans on 01684 561238 or richard.evans@linkbusinesscentre.co.uk

Upton Business Centre in Worcestershire provides an efficient working environment for small and medium sized businesses. It offers spacious commercial/industrial units ranging from 600 to 3,500 sq ft in size and ample parking. It is a secure, well-maintained and serviced site close to the M5 and M50 and is located on high ground near Upton town centre. The Centre is in close proximity to Great Malvern, Worcester and Tewkesbury.

Diving equipment specialist takes the plunge into new premises

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1 July 2020: A company specialising in making customised diving gear has relocated to new premises in Upton on Severn to accommodate its expanding range of equipment.logo_CircStickerSML_white

Nammu Tech has moved to a 1,990 sq ft unit at Upton Business Centre, close to the town centre at Upton-on-Severn in Worcestershire.

Nammu Tech’s enquiry was received 5 weeks into lockdown and the keys were handed to the tenant only 4 weeks later.

Anthony Smith, Nammu Tech’s Managing Director said ‘We’ve very pleased to have relocated to our new premises and would like to thank Martin Wilesmith for helping the move go so smoothly. We’re passionate about using innovative technology to enhance the diving experience and we have more capacity to do that here ’

Martin Wilesmith, owner of Upton Business Centre said ‘It was a pleasure to welcome Anthony and his team to Upton and wish them every success with their plans. The unit offers 160 sq ft of mezzanine storage, good links to the local motorway network and two parking spaces so it was ideally suited to this tenant’

Upton Business Centre is affiliated to Link Business Centre in Malvern, with both sites offering high quality light industrial commercial units to rent.

For further details about Upton Business Centre please contact Martin Wilesmith on 01684 561238 or see www.uptonbusinesscentre.co.uk

For further details about Nammu Tech see www.nammu-tech.com

Teaching time in Tanzania with help from EasyRead Clocks

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ER pic1Last October a group of teachers from a number of local Malvern Primary schools travelled to Tanzania to visit their linked schools in the Tanga region. This is an annual visit and there is a reciprocal visit from Tanzanian teachers back to Malvern in the summer. This link has been established over ten years with new schools joining as time has progressed. EasyRead Clocks of Unit 20 Link Business Centre gave some fabulous resources to take over to help teach time to the children. They have blackboards in the school although chalk is rationed and the children have exercise books but very little in the way of concrete teaching resources.
“EasyRead Clocks gave some small plastic clocks with clear hours and minutes hands that children came up to the front of the class (of 85 children) and used to do different activities relating to time. They also worked on their English Swahili vocabulary for time. A large teaching clock held by the teacher helped model different times and answers. The children loved using the resources. These will be shared through the school for other classes to use too. Time is an important concept in Tanzania. In Tanga they have ‘Tanga Time’ where the day works in a different way to time in the UK. Their daily clock begins at 6am (when the day begins) and not at midnight like us. This means that 7o’clock in the morning is 1:00 in Tanzania. As if time wasn’t complicated enough already!
EasyRead Clocks also gave us two beautiful, colourful wall clocks to go up in two of the classrooms at the school. Thank you so much to EasyRead Clocks for their generosity. The resources will have a big impact at the school.” Debbie Russell

IMG_1068“We were delighted to be able to send some of our clocks and teaching aids over to Tanzania with Debbie and fantastic to see them in use and hear how she got on.” The EasyRead team pictured in their Unit from left to right: Eve Horne, Sue Shackleton, Stuart Blandford

Link Business Centre is proud to provide Amity International 
with the ideal location for its in-house design expansion

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The Amity Group was founded by Mokhles Tangestani-Nejad and Ram Singh in 1991. In 2005, Amity moved into the healthcare sector by developing several patented technologies in the area of High-Level Disinfectants (HLD) for instruments, surfaces & the environment. These initial products led to the development of the healthcare range.
In 2017 Amity opened a dedicated Research and Development Centre & Equipment Manufacturing facility, housed within their Barnsley Warehouse site. This 2,000 square foot resource is mostly used for product testing, ensuring that Amity are continually pushing the boundaries of chemistry within the disinfectant market and producing state of the art technologies to meet consumer demands.
Amity had an opportunity last year to take on an experienced designer in the relevant fields to make this idea a reality. Stephen Byrne is a resident of Malvern and with Amity allowing him to choose a site for this venture anywhere in the country he chose if possible to stay in his hometown. Link Business Centre offered a chance to make this happen. Offering the right size of unit, the position of the site along with having on site management made Unit 18 an ideal proposition. Stephen will be working on projects such as automated Whole Room Decontamination Systems, which provide professionals with a highly effective means of Infection Prevention & Control. He was particularly impressed with the modern, clean and professional feel that the Centre provides, which is what Amity were looking for, crucial when receiving visitors from such organisations as the NHS. Stephen has plans to take on local young people on an apprentice basis when the manufacturing process commences at Unit 18.
AMITY group of companies are approved suppliers to some of the largest corporations in the world i.e. Shell UK, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Jaguar. Already a significant employer in the UK and USA the current expansion programme includes new initiatives creating employment prospects and partnership opportunities on a worldwide scale.
Manufacturing bespoke solutions for the aerospace industry supplying companies such as BAe Systems, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, Boeing to name but a few. 

Amity 1(Photo: Stephen Byrne (left) receiving the keys to Unit 18 from Richard Evans) For more information: www.amityinternational.com

Nationally renowned Company give Upton Business Centre the ‘thumbs up’!

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GT logo1When GreenThumb Lawn Treatment Service, the largest and most recommended lawn care company, with over 200 branches nationwide decided that they needed more space for storing their products and machines in the Three Counties area, Unit 1C at Upton Business Centre proved to be the ideal solution. 

Its proximity to the M5 and M50 will provide easy access to their Head Office in North Wales and the strategic, secure location of the Centre will be the perfect additional base to provide their Lawn Operatives with the necessary equipment and support to carry out in excess of 1 million lawn treatments every year.

GreenThumb was started by Stephen Waring in North Wales 32 years ago. His first office was in the back of his Ford Sierra, but has since seen his business blossom, with the Company having an annual turnover of over £15m. 

Stephen started his first business venture when still at school in north Wales, selling loft insulation. And he was still only 19 when he invested £64 in 1,000 leaflets, put a bucket of fertiliser in the back of his Sierra and knocked on doors, offering to feed and weed lawns. He ended up with 70 customers on one housing estate alone. Stephen, determined to be a success, realised that with an estimated 20 million UK lawns, there was a huge untapped market. He researched the idea and set up GreenThumb UK, tailoring the concept to meet the needs of the British market and climate.

The company, now based in Denbighshire, North Wales, grew steadily, with Stephen taking on staff to help him deliver the service across the whole country.

In 1994, Stephen took the next big step in his business career. He decided that to spread across the whole of the UK more quickly, he would expand through franchising.

GreenThumb now perform millions of treatments every year nationwide – from Northern Scotland to the Isle of Wight. They continue to pioneer the very best there is in every aspect of lawn treatments, including lawn fertilisers.

There are now approximately 800 GreenThumb vans travelling around the country, regularly seen in cities, towns and villages, the nearest one being in Great Malvern.

It’s ‘Full Marks’ for Point to Point Bank Holiday Weekend success!

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Mark1Mark Wilesmith owned, trained and rode Jack’s Ranger to win the Open Maiden Race at the Radnor and West Hereford Hunt Point to Point, held at Coldharbour, Leominster on Sunday 6th of May.

In a field of nine runners, Jack’s Ranger was in the lead from the start and had a winning margin of two lengths at the finishing post.  The photograph shows three generations of the Wilesmith family enjoying their success. 

New improved CCTV security system provides added protection for tenants

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sue with monitor1For the safety and security of the businesses located at Link and Upton Business Centres, the owners have installed a new CCTV security system. The security system includes 16 CCTV cameras. The system is operated from the CCTV control centre based at the Estate Office at Link Business Centre, and is regularly monitored by members of the management team. 

The new system will play a major role in protecting both business premises by providing detection that can allow the site to be watched over 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Security cameras on each site also provide the opportunity to record any criminal activity for evidential purposes.