The London Taxi Company official opening
Steve and Rob were very pleased to be invited to the official opening of the London Taxi Company’s brand new £325m plant at Ansty in Coventry. With the support of their parent company Geely, as well as the UK Government, the new factory represents the first brand new automotive manufacturing facility in Britain for over a decade. In addition it is the first dedicated electric vehicle factory in the UK, and the first major Chinese investment in UK Automotive.
The investment will in time generate in excess of 1000 highly skilled jobs for the region. The plant has the capacity to build more than 20,000 vehicles annually and will initially focus on the brand new TX5 range-extending electric black cab which goes on sale later this year.
Output could eventually reach up to 36,000 units per year as the company also announced that a second vehicle, an electric light commercial vehicle will also be built at the factory as LTC bids to become a world leader in zero-emission capable commercial vehicles.
The event was attended by dignitaries including the Business Secretary Greg Smith MP, Deputy Chinese Ambassador Minister Zhu Qin and Geely Chairman and Founder Li Shufu. greenwellgleeson is very proud to have worked in close partnership with LTC with the recruitment of the majority of new hires in the finance team since the project was signed off in early 2015.
Q1 and Manufacturing Survey
Quarter One has seen a busy start to the year with candidate supply being the single biggest issue. The market is still buoyant with a whole host of sectors still recruiting across all levels. greenwellgleeson has been taking advantage of the market conditions and has worked with a whole range of new businesses this year. We have agreed PSL terms with major organisations in the retail, financial services, legal and aerospace sectors as well as reaffirming our presence in the SME sector. The links with our city connections (legal, VC/PE, audit, insurance, banks) has significantly strengthened as this is providing us with a strong flow of Director and Senior Finance mandates.
As a result of the above we are looking to assist RSM with their manufacturing survey:
Are you interested in understanding key trends in UK Manufacturing? We are currently compiling our Annual Manufacturing Monitor report (https://www.rsmuk.com/ideas-and-insights/uk-manufacturing-monitor-report) which will be ready by the end of April 2017.
We would like to share with you an advanced release of the report and a free, personalised one-to-one consultation to come out to talk through our analysis, highlighting the relevance to your business in areas of such as barriers to growth, adoption of technology to drive business performance, access to funding, attraction and retention of talent and impact of Brexit.
All we ask in return is that you take 10 minutes to complete the survey so that we can ensure the analysis and insights are specific to you. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/UK-manufacturing-RSM
2017 Chosen Charity – St Basil’s
This year greenwellgleeson have decided to support St Basil’s; a charity for the homeless based in Digbeth. Our decision is based on witnessing first hand the growing problem that Birmingham is experiencing with the amount of young adults finding themselves sleeping rough with no support to help them off the streets.
St Basil’s offers a structure that allows people a chance for a secure and stable life, helping 5135 young people off the streets and into programmes that support education, housing and in most cases a chance to earn a living. More importantly they offer support and counselling to help install belief into young people that they do still have options. St Basil’s offer the tools through these programmes and sessions to help young adults support themselves and stand on their own two feet.
On Monday 27th February, greenwellgleeson’s own Jan Poole joined a sit-in organised by St Basil’s in Birmingham’s Victoria Square. Jan was amongst hundreds of people supporting the movement which aimed to draw attention to recent proposals which could result in the loss of over 450 bed-spaces in the city.
We are delighted to support St Basils and look forward in getting involved in every way we can. If you would like to find out more about what St Basil’s do and how you can support a local charity please go to stbasils.org.uk
The Cheltenham Festival is paramount to the greenwellgleeson social calendar. It was certainly a new twist on an old favourite, as we swapped Gold Cup day for the opening day of the festival. We also swapped Guinness and Lager for Moét & Chandon!
The number joining us was also different than recent years; 12 select clients joined us on the day which, although started later than planned, (Missing purse, Leanne Guest, Train – you pick the order) bounced back nicely and we were swiftly on our way with drinks, laughter and quality chat flowing freely. It’s safe to say that everyone who attended was well looked after and we even managed not to lose anyone this year (there’s a first for everything).
We are sure that everyone who joined us will agree that a great time was had by all, with the party atmosphere continuing on the way home, finalised with drinks in Birmingham – the main culprit for the numerous sore heads on Wednesday morning.
We are looking to hold a number of similar events throughout the year so please let us know if you would be interested in hearing about these.