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IT WAS A busy final few months of 2013 for property services company Ian Williams, which has signed deals totalling more than £35 million for a variety of public and private sector works to be carried out over the next eight years. The contracts cover repairs, painting services,

planned maintenance and the installation of kitchens and bathrooms at thousands of properties across England and Wales. Among the most prestigious is an agreement to deliver painting services at the largest Ministry of Defence site in the UK, Abbey Wood in Bristol.

NOVUS PROPERTY SOLUTIONS has been chosen to complete fire integrity works in three private care homes in Chester, Liverpool and Warrington in a £180,000 contract. Novus workers will fit new smoke seals onto

doors in the buildings, install fire barriers in roof spaces, repair and plane doors to ensure correct closure and fire proof a number of extractor fans. All pipes and apertures leading into roof space will be fire-proofed by the team, while non-compliant or unsafe lighting will also be replaced during the work, which is due for completion in early 2014. Measures Novus install will ensure that in the

event of a blaze, the transfer of smoke and fire will be contained in certain areas for longer periods, allowing more time for either evacuation or fire fighting, therefore saving lives. The care homes will remain occupied while Novus staff carries out work, with the nursing staff going about their normal duties.

Phil Stanton, site supervisor, said: “Working in

live environments such as care homes can present various challenges but the interests of our customers are always at the forefront of the work we do. We are taking many measures to ensure residents and staff at the care homes are entirely comfortable with the works and that minimal disruption and interference is caused. We have thought about everything - from the clothes we wear to the time we work. We are generally very sensitive, cautious, clean, tidy and extremely flexible while carrying out the work. The work cements Novus’ position as the premier specialists in maintaining and refurbishing care homes and showcases the knowledge, experience and skills of our operatives.” For more information about Novus Property Solutions please visit You can also ‘like’ Novus Property Solutions on Facebook or ‘follow’ on Twitter @_NovusSolutions

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Housing sector Following the success of the company’s work at Grade-II listed The Paragon in Bath, Ian Williams has won a two further contracts with the Curo Group. The deals, which total £10 million over five year, will see Ian Williams operatives install new kitchens, bathrooms and wiring at hundreds of Victorian and Georgian properties across the Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare and Bath area. An £18.5 million contract with the Orbit Group

will see Ian Williams carry out maintenance on the housing association’s homes over an eight-year period. A three-year, £1.2 million contract with Broxtowe Borough Council will involve repairs, painting and replacement of UPVC rainwater goods on more than 750 homes. Other agreements include a four-year, £3 million

contract with Sovereign Housing Association and a deal with Kemble Housing over a five-month period that is worth in the region of £450,000.

Education sector During the next few months redecoration and repairs will continue at Marlborough College in Wiltshire. Improvements will also be made to buildings at Cabot Primary School in Bristol, thanks to a £1.1 million contract signed with Bristol City Council.

1000 Companies to Inspire Britain PDA MEMBER HANKINSON Painting Group have been named in the inaugural publication of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain – a list of the 1,000 most inspiring small and medium sized companies in the UK ( It follows 6 months research by the London Stock Exchange and recognises SME’s that have

managed to grow and outperform their peers, win new contracts, expand offices and also create jobs during the financial crisis. It is their way of highlighting the importance of SME’s to the UK economy. There are 4.5 Million SME’s in the UK and they feel they are shockingly under reported yet are of exceptional importance to the UK economic growth and job creation. They want to change this view and their opinion is shared by the Daily Telegraph who are the media partner on the report. The 1,000 Companies represent a rich and varied group of businesses from across the UK. It

includes some household names including Mulberry, the design company known for luxury bags, Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace and Gromit and Hunter Boots. Stephen Hankinson, Group Chief Executive said “I am thrilled that we have been included in the

report and that we sit alongside so many fantastic companies.. This has been an exceptionally challenging period for the economy and in particular the Construction Sector and to see our efforts to grow and develop during that period is most rewarding for all at the Company”. Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group said “When we began this project 6 months ago,

our aim was to bring to life what we know instinctively to be true, that these companies are the lifeblood of the UK Economy.”

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Health sector As part of an ongoing relationship, Ian Williams employees have spent the past few months helping to brighten up areas of Lewisham University Hospital. The company has also begun the second phase of work with Ealing Council to fit new kitchens, redecorate and refurbish its care homes. Ian Williams is also working with Bupa in the south west. Mike Turner, Ian Williams development

director, said: “It has been a busy summer and autumn for everyone at Ian Williams, with a lot of successful work carried out for our clients and several big new contracts won. A number of these have come from existing relationships, which evidences our high-level service and commitment to customers. “We are all looking forward getting started

on some of these new projects in the New Year, as our business continues to go from strength to strength.”

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