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Moors furloughs all staff as football season ends

Solihull Moors has appointed a new chief executive, at the same time as seeing its promotion hopes ending with the ending of the National League football season. The club has also taken the decision to furlough all of its staff, due to the coronavirus situation and although salaries are being paid in full for the time being, normal activities at the stadium have been cut back for now. The new chief executive is Anne-Marie Eden,

who has replaced Calvin Barnett, who had held the role on a part-time basis since investing in the club alongside chairman Darryl Eales in August 2018. Mr Barnett will remain involved in the club as

a non-executive director. Anne-Marie Eden has joined the club from sponsor and financial services firm, Jerroms, where she was head of client experience. She has spent 30 years working in financial services. Outside of work, she is an accomplished

flautist and member of Birmingham based ‘The People’s Orchestra’. She said: “My love of the club and discovering

a whole new world combining business with football began on Saturday afternoons last summer. “Having lived and brought up my family in

Solihull for many years, with Solihull Moors Football Club in the heart of the community, I'm so proud to be able say that I am now part of it.” Darryl Eales said: “Calvin has played a pivotal

role in the development of Moors over the past 18 months, whilst also juggling multiple other business interests. I’m delighted he is remaining on the board and staying actively involved at the club. “It’s also a pleasure to welcome Anne-Marie to

the Moors family and I’d like to thank Jerroms for agreeing to the transfer, on reasonable terms.” Mr Eales added that the club was doing all it could to get through the coronavirus crisis, and

Anne Marie Eden: New chief executive

said: “The club wanted to provide an update to reassure fans that it is taking all the necessary actions to ensure that our staff are protected as far as we can, that we continue to support the community where we can and, of course, ensure that the club emerges from the present coronavirus pandemic in as strong a position as possible. “We have taken the decision to furlough all

staff and I am delighted with the support and buy in from everyone to pull together and do what they can at such a challenging time. “Our income has effectively been reduced to

zero. In the short term, alongside furloughing staff, we will seek to ensure staff do not suffer financially. At this time, no staff have been asked to take pay reductions. “Aside from any financial support from the FA,

the Premier League or the EFL and alongside any government support, the board can reassure fans that it will ensure that the club survives the current challenges and will emerge intact with as bright a future as before the crisis.”

IT firm leaps at VPN opportunity

Solihull-based Leap IT has now set up over 1,000 virtual private network (VPN) connections for their clients to enable them to work from home. A VPN is basically a more secure internet

connection and is commonly used by people working from home. Leap has also had to cope with an increased

demand for laptops, selling a month’s worth in just two days. Managing director Stuart Watson said: “We

have taken in excess of 200 calls per day for the last eight days as business clamber to get their

staff working from home. “Some of our clients transitioned quickly as

most of the systems were already in place, others however found themselves purchasing new firewalls that include VPN technology.” Leap IT is now helping customers reduce costs

by switching off mailboxes in Office 365 for staff that have been furloughed. The firm said that any Office 365 mailbox

could be turned into a shared mailbox, which saves the monthly licence cost. The mailboxes are re-enabled when the employee returns from furlough.

Ready to build: An aerial view of the Majestic Way site

Living Space buys Telford housing site

Solihull-based Living Space Housing has acquired a 6.3-acre development site off Majestic Way in Telford from Homes England. The site will be used to build 39

affordable homes, which will be developed in partnership with an approved provider. Living Space is currently in discussions

with a number of interested parties. The project is anticipated to have a development value in excess of £7million. Living Space was only launched last year,

but is already on site at its first three developments. It has a total of 357 residential plots in the Midlands, representing a combined construction value in excess of £41million. The firm’s managing director, Steve

Davies, said: “It is rewarding to be working with Homes England and Telford & Wrekin Council to bring forward this residential development site, which is within easy reach of Telford town centre. “While the coronavirus pandemic has led

to construction work pausing on many development sites to keep everyone safe, our land team is working hard to secure many more projects like this one. “We are actively seeking immediate and

longer-term development opportunities and have the funding in place to progress these deals. We would be delighted for agents, developers and landowners to get in touch and explore how Living Space Housing can offer a safe and viable alternative for your residential land.” Living Space takes care of land, planning,

design, build and development, and its partner focuses on the funding and management of the homes. The newly-secured Majestic Way site is

within an established housing area known as Aqueduct, and is less than two miles south west of Telford town centre. The site is a similar distance from the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge.


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