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Procurement specialists expand into scotland with motherwell office

services in Scotland with the opening of a new, dedicated Scottish office in Motherwell – which will be headed by experienced construction professional, Peter Queen. The organisation, which is


headquartered in central Hull, provides local authorities and public sector bodies with compliant framework agreements for the procurement of construction works and goods and has been rapidly expanding its team and services over the past two years.

Jason Stapley, managing director of Pagabo, said: “We are extremely pleased to be opening this new office, which will be entirely dedicated to our services, clients and suppliers in Scotland. This is an exciting time for Peter to be joining the business and we are very pleased to have him on board to help lead our Scottish operation; he brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and will really help us to establish Pagabo in Scotland.

“We understand the power that lies in being physically at the heart of where business is being done, which is why our frameworks appointments are made across different area lots to ensure clients have access to the best services in their area, and have created dedicated user- guides for every area we work in.” Peter joins the framework provider as a relationship manager for Scotland and said he is looking forward to a new challenge.

He said: “I have worked within the construction industry for more than two decades in pre-construction and work winning roles working both client side and as a contractor and developer as well as

ATIONAL framework provider Pagabo has reinforced its commitment to gold standard procurement

NEWS & APPOINTMENTS Appointments Albion Welcomes New Director

Albion Valves (UK) Ltd, one of the UK’s leading valve suppliers, is pleased to announce that they have added an additional member to their Board of Directors, appointing Stephen Bloomer, who will hold the role of Financial Director. Bloomer joined Albion three years ago as Accountant / Company Secretary, in this time he has modernised the finance department which has enabled greater efficiencies for the company and its stakeholders. As well as improving the finance department, he has also been involved in improving other areas of the business too, such as overhauling the company’s ICT systems and HR department.

having worked with organisations across both the public and provate sectors, so have a really wide-ranging experience across the sector which I hope will really benefit my new role with Pagabo. Stapley added: “Our expansion over recent years has been focussed on serving areas with dedicated services and team members, but it’s important for us to take this one step further with a physical base. With the post-pandemic recovery and its associated opportunities underway, we will be able to centre our Scottish operations from this central position and work much more closely and collaboratively with businesses and public sector organisations to produce the best possible outcomes.”

One of Pagabo’s core business objectives is the delivery of real community benefits through sustainable procurement. To date, its frameworks have enabled various community benefit outcomes including more than 2,000 apprentices and work placements, the creation of more than 3,500 new jobs, and the safeguarding of more than 14,000 further jobs.

Pagabo’s Motherwell office will be located at Trilogy One, 11 Woodhall, Eurocentral, Motherwell, ML1 4YT. The team can be reached on 01698 738 730.

Registration opens for the 9th edition of the Engineering Design Show (EDS)

egistration for EDS 2021 is now open, heralding a return to live business events and reinforcing the value of meeting face to face for the UK’s engineering sector. The Engineering Design Show is the UK’s only event entirely dedicated to engineering, electronics and embedded design. It is also the only design engineering event powered by Eureka, New Electronics and, new for 2021 The Engineer publications. The show provides the ideal environment for design engineers to benefit from direct access to the latest products, services and innovations available to the sector. It comes at a crucial time as businesses of all sizes recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and adjust to life outside the EU. The show will be championing our engineering heroes and there will be a dedicated area for this, looking at the work done on the ventilator challenge. Taking place at Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry on 19 - 20 October, EDS headline sponsors are Wurth Elektronik and Solid State Supplies. 80% of stand space has already been sold, with companies such as Elmo Motion


Control, Heidenhan, Robafoam, and Nanuk confirmed to exhibit.

A two-day conference will run in parallel to the exhibition. The all-new ‘The Engineer Keynote Stage’ will include panel discussions and keynote addresses from Paul Stein, Chief Technology Officer, Rolls-Royce Plc and Dick Elsy, Ventilator Challenge CEO. EDS 2021 will provide visitors with unrivalled access to expert speakers exploring best practice, new design techniques and industry issues. Gordon Kirk, EDS event director, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to hold a physical event in October focused on providing information and insight to the engineering design community. We very much look forward to once again facilitating engineers and designers to meet in person.

He continued, “After a torrid 18 months for the industry, the show will highlight the many challenges and opportunities in this sector. A major focus of the show will be to spotlight innovation, particularly among start-ups who are providing incredible service to the UK, including throughout the pandemic.” 4 BUILDING SERVICES & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER AUGUST 2021 Read the latest at:

Before joining Albion, Bloomer held a number of accounting roles over a ten-year period, within finance functions of various sizes, enabling him to gain substantial experience.

David Keys, Albion’s Managing Director, comments, “Stephen is a great asset to the team, since his appointment as Company Secretary he has implemented many changes within Albion, which has greatly improved the efficiency of our day-to-day operations. I am sure he will have great

success in his new position as Financial Director. He has the full backing of the board, and we are pleased to offer him this opportunity”.

Bloomer, comments, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the shareholders and the board for putting their trust in me. Being invited to join the board in this capacity at such an exciting time for the company is a great pleasure. I am looking forward to working with the other directors in taking the business forward in the years ahead.”

FläktGroup Celebrates Retiring Hero

Throughout Tony Watkins career he has been a hero of Data Centre Cooling, something that allows us to use technology like never before. The training room at the Hereford Head Office was named after Tony on his 50th anniversary. FläktGroup is celebrating his retirement this week, with donations from colleagues in the UK & throughout the world. With that, we are matching the contributions of our employees. Giving Tony a personalised cake, personalised Plaque for retiring and a presentation virtually and from our Hereford office

Words from Tony.

Today is my last day of work after nearly 51 Years with the company in its various historical forms and titles.

It has been a fantastic journey from my first day, at DENCO in Hereford England on 1st September 1970, until today. The start of my journey was with “Denco Miller Limited” where I worked alongside the joint company founder Allan Miller on some of the very first “Computer room units”, and Refrigerated Compressed Air Dryers. This was also the year the original founder DENares COlam retired, so as you see I am part of the history, which does make me feel old but also very proud. From a local perspective over this time I have worked with, I think, about 12 Managing Directors and somehow survived all changes and restructures.

It has been said that this length of service within one company is not that common. My recipe for the longevity is my deep passion for the involvement in product designs, taking many forms with continuing evolving technologies, every single day presented me with a new challenge.

In my opinion, each and every product I have had the pleasure of being some part involved in, have been world beating if not in some cases pioneering. This I believe is still the case to this day within FläktGroup, again it has been a pleasure to work alongside the brilliant professional engineers within FläktGroup. I would like to thank all colleagues who have been involved in the many projects over the years and last but not least, thanks to the Executive board for Guidance and support especially in the participation of the accolades that have been bestowed on me in recent events.

Tony Watkins IEng, MIET, MinstR Chief Engineer

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