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Refurbished cattle market is shortlisted


Melton Mowbray Cattle Market has been shortlisted for a top property award recognising outstanding developments across the East Midlands – thanks to assistance from Pick Everard. The £5.5m refurbishment of the market’s 4,295sq m livestock facilities has been nominated for Best Regeneration Project at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) East Midlands Awards. Leading property,


construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard provided project and cost management services, ensuring the project was completed on time and on budget. Matt Hall, Director at Pick


Everard, said: “We’re delighted this scheme has been nominated for such a prestigious award. “The market has enormous


economic value to the town, so completion of phase one will safeguard the market’s key role in the local economy for the next 20 years.”


Role model and former Captain up for award


A Nottingham-based chartered financial planner has been announced as a finalist in a prestigious national award ceremony. Nick Onslow, a former Late


Entry Army Captain who spent 25 years in the military, has been shortlisted in the Role Model of the Year category at the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards. Nick is now a chartered


financial planner and member of the senior leadership team at The RU Group, a leading group of independent, personal and corporate financial advisers headquartered in Nottingham. Putting the skills he learned in the military to good use, Nick has been the sole architect of The RU Group’s “Culture of Learning” transforming the level of knowledge within the business. Nick said: “Working hard and


developing the skills of individuals to create effective teams is central to how the military operates and I am pleased to be able to draw on my experience to make a positive impact at The RU Group and for our clients. “I am delighted to be


shortlisted as it is a cause that means a lot to me. The transferrable skills you learn in the military can be hugely valuable to companies and I encourage all employers to consider hiring former military personnel when recruiting.”


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Royal recognition for Leanne’s work


Leicestershire Technology business owner and CEO Leanne Bonner-Cooke has been honoured with an MBE in an investiture at Buckingham Palace. The appointment, presented in opulent surroundings by


Anne, Princess Royal, is in recognition of Leanne’s commitment and support for services to women in business and was part of the New Year 2018 Honours List. Heading up her software development business,


Evolve-IT Consulting in Ratby, Leicester, Leanne Bonner-Cooke has been championing women in technology since the launch of her business in 2007 in a space that traditionally sees few women leaders. Her MBE for services to women in business highlights Leanne’s dedication in making her business a success and in promoting the technology industry to young women who might be thinking of a career in tech. Leanne attended the palace with her husband


Tom and parents Roger and Valerie alongside others receiving recognition, from charity pioneers to servicemen and women. The day started at 9.30am and continued into early afternoon as worthy recipients were individually addressed by Princess Royal. Leanne said:


“Princess Anne was really lovely, we chatted for a good five minutes about the importance of women in business and how it’s imperative we encourage young people, boys and girls, into STEM subjects to ensure our future tech leaders. “I am so honoured to have received an MBE, I am still in


‘In recognition of Leanne’s commitment and support for services to women in business’


shock and would love to know who nominated me for it. The experience was out of this world and I will never forget it.”


Leanne receives her MBE from HRH Princess Anne


Freeths celebrates another year of continued growth


Freeths LLP has announced another year of continued growth, with a recorded fee income of £78.9m, a 9.5% increase on last year. Over the past year staff numbers


have increased significantly across all offices, going from 784 to 844. The Nottingham office is the firm’s largest office both in terms of number of turnover and staff. Turnover for the office for this


year was nearly £2m higher than the previous year. Freeths has 12 offices across the


UK and has recently opened a new office in Liverpool, while the office and meeting room space at the Nottingham and Derby offices have undertaken refurbishment programmes to accommodate the growing legal teams.


The Leicester office will celebrate


its 20th anniversary later this year and has just won the Large Law Firm of the Year award at the 2018 Leicestershire Law Society Awards, along with Fiona Harrison being crowned Junior Lawyer of the Year. Chris Freeston, Managing Partner


of Freeths in Nottingham, said: “We are very proud that we have continued to grow organically and attract high calibre lawyers. “The financial results


are testament to the work our teams put in throughout the year and we recognise this wouldn’t be achievable without everyone’s valuable input, so all staff will be rewarded.”


Chris Freeston


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