1813 Club and Premier Members

1813 Club and Premier Members

Greater Birmingham’s leading companies

UK must take a lead on solving climate change

A green energy expert at law firm Clarke Willmott says that this is the year the Government needs to ‘get serious’ about climate change. Dale Edwards, a strategic

consultant in green energy at the firm, which has an office in Birmingham, said the UK needed to take a lead on efforts to tackle climate change. He said that there were opportunities to do precisely that in 2021, via this month’s G7 summit in Cornwall and COP26 in Glasgow in November, which is a climate change conference. Mr Edwards said the

government had already kicked things off by announcing bold new targets to cut emissions. He said that this was

a 68 per cent emissions reduction on 1990 levels by 2030, increasing to 78 per cent by 2035.

However, he added that previous

environmental announcements by UK governments had fallen flat, including a pledge made in 2006 which claimed that by 2016 all new homes would be zero carbon due to changes in planning and a new code for sustainable homes. This pledge was officially adopted

in 2011 but by 2015 the proposed regulations governing this measure were scrapped, which meant builders were no longer required to achieve zero carbon status on new builds. The result was that in 2016 only nine per cent of new homes achieved the highest environmental rating.

Mr Edwards said: “One of the

barriers to achieve these ambitious targets is infrastructure development. If we look at transportation, in 2030 the plan is to ban selling new petrol and diesel cars, which requires a comprehensive and reliable charging network for electric cars. “I have heard people who have

recently bought electric cars of having ‘re-charging anxiety’ when going on long journeys. Confidence in available infrastructure for people to switch early to electric cars is essential as this will start to change behaviours in society. “On a positive note, with the

Covid-19 pandemic many business owners who I have spoken to have taken the opportunity to reset their business with environmental considerations starting to play a bigger role in decision making. “Increasingly businesses are

Dale Edwards: Future is in our hands

creating, developing and driving corporate social responsibility strategies, which in turn will support the ambition to reduce emissions.”

Registry tackles modern slavery

Businesses are being urged to sign up to a new Government-sponsored registry, which aims to crack down on modern slavery. The registry has been introduced by the Home

Office as part of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The purpose of the registry is to provide

consumers and investors with easier access to statements about modern slavery, in the interests of promoting transparency. According to law firm Trowers and Hamlins, which

has an office in Colmore Row, any commercial organisation trading in the UK which has an annual turnover in excess of £36m is now required to publish a modern slavery statement. The firm said that the Home Office had been

contacting organisations directly to remind them of this requirement, and said that anyone receiving such correspondence should sign up the registry and

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submit their modern slavery statement. Trowers added that publishing on the registry was currently voluntary, though the firm said that it believed that many companies would opt to publish on the registry from a transparency point-of-view. Moad Giebaly, senior associate at Trowers’ Birmingham office, said: “We encourage companies, particularly those in high-risk sectors, to consider if they are legally required to publish a modern slavery statement and to register the statements on the modern slavery statement registry. “High risk sectors include Industrial, cleaning, hospitality, construction, manufacturing, agriculture and fishing. “Smaller organisations whose turnover is under

the £36m threshold should also consider producing a voluntary statement if they are bidding for contracts with larger businesses above the threshold.”

Fantastic opportunity: Darren Hodson

Big opportunity after buy-out

A leading designer, supplier and operator of critical communication infrastructure has been bought by its management. Derby-based Team Telecom

Group (TTG) and its subsidiaries Affini and Simoco Wireless Solutions are now wholly owned by its existing management team, in a deal put together by the corporate team of Smith Cooper. The management team

previously held a partial stake in the company. TTG operates around the world, delivering communications products and services to sectors where reliability, integrity and security are important, such as airports, utilities providers and emergency services. The buy-out team includes chairman Peter Burridge, CEO Mike Norfield, chief commercial officer Phil Williams, and executive directors Ian Carr and Andy Woodhall, who have more than 70 years of combined experience between them. Smith Cooper Corporate

Finance’s deal team was led by Darren Hodson, who said: “The business has been decisively managed by the existing management team, becoming one of the UK’s leading designer, supplier and operator of critical communication infrastructure. “This was a fantastic opportunity

for the management team to conduct a complete buy-out. “The team’s extensive domain

knowledge will no doubt ensure TTG continue to lead the way in the communications sector but will also provide them with the opportunity to tap in to new markets.”

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