BSEE Poppleton buys Bordervent undisclosed sum. V

Colwyn Bay-based Poppleton has grown from humble beginnings almost a century ago to become one of the UK’s largest ventilation system providers serving the pharmaceutical, healthcare, data centre, nuclear, process, manufacturing and other high technology sectors.

It has now extended its manufacturing capabilities with the acquisition of Bordervent, which was founded in 2012 and operates out of Rhyl, North Wales, to create one of Wales’ largest manufacturers employing over 80 people with revenues in excess of £6m.

Bordervent was owned by Ian Carr, who now joins the Poppleton team. It provides ventilation systems to offices, hotels, hospitals, swimming pools, and clean rooms. It offers a full in-house design service and is a leading provider of commercial kitchen canopies, cooker hoods, ventilation systems and air handling units. “We are delighted to welcome the Bordervent team into the Poppleton fold,” said Poppleton director Tim Hopkinson. “We have watched their

entilation solutions provider Poppleton has acquired fellow Welsh manufacturer Bordervent for an

progress with interest since Ian set up the business and there is a natural fit between the two companies. We both believe in manufacturing to the highest standards and work in complementary sectors.”

Despite the economic uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 crisis, Hopkinson said both companies were experiencing high levels of demand for their specialist ventilation solutions. “There was an initial dip in demand at the start of lockdown, but the market quickly started to accelerate again,” the former BESA President said. “The additional resources and expertise of the Bordervent team will be invaluable as we seek to keep pace with our growing markets.” Carr said he was delighted to have the opportunity to make Bordervent part of such a respected and well-established larger operation. “Bringing the two businesses together is a logical step and will help us both meet the many challenges faced by the specialist ventilation industry in these extraordinary times,” he added. “This brings added employment security to our people and more opportunities to use our hard won expertise.”


J S Wright appoints first commercial manager

Continued business growth has prompted mechanical and electrical building services provider J S Wright to appoint Ian Hill as its first Commercial Manager. Based at the Birmingham headquarters but also serving its London office, Hill will manage the financing of J S Wright’s UK-wide M&E projects, ensuring these are all protected from commercial risk and achieve their full objectives.

With almost 25 years of commercial experience in contracting and consultancy, he was previously Midlands regional commercial manager for a multinational support services and construction group. Prior to that, he was associate director for a multinational professional services consultancy responsible for the delivery of all M&E services outside London.

Energy Assets Group Announces Two Senior Promoons

Energy Assets Group, leaders in metering, data management, utility construction and energy network ownership, has announced two Group-level promotions. Jen Faichney

becomes Group HR Director while James Walker is promoted to

Group IT Director as the company strengthens its senior leadership team in line with its ambitious growth plans.

Since joining Energy Assets in 2018, Jen Faichney has been instrumental in developing the Group’s HR capability, providing dedicated

support across all divisions and locations and introducing an internal recruitment function. James Walker has led the development and delivery of IT services across the Group for the last six years, during a period of significant growth.

VWT UK appoints new business director

Bradford Manufacturing Weeks helps facilitate “Bradford soluons to world manufacturing problems”

More than 30 attendees from the business, manufacturing and political arenas – including lead sponsors Barclays - joined the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce zoom launch event on Monday (5 October) to hear from manufacturers, education providers and pupils about the hopes and expectations from the initiative.


The virtual launch featured an exclusive look behind the scenes at the global manufacturer Acorn Stairlift’s Steeton headquarters and an introduction, from factory manager Andrew Longthorne, to key members of its 350-strong manufacturing team who help produce the company’s 60,000 stairlifts each year.

With an additional welcome from Bradford South MP Judith Cummins, an address from University of Bradford Vice-Chancellor Shirley Congdon and insights into the importance and value of the week from teachers and pupils of Beckfoot Upper Heaton school - part of the Beckfoot Trust - the one-hour event kicked off two weeks of online manufacturer experiences.

Speaking of the “critical” nature of the event, Shirley Congdon said the continuation of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks will support Bradford’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery and reinforce the emphasis on innovation and skills as a key growth area for the wider Leeds City Region. 6 BUILDING SERVICES & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER NOVEMBER 2020 Read the latest at:

he launch event for Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2020 heard how the initiative will inspire the district’s young people to pursue a career where their skills will help solve world problems.

Veolia Water Technologies (VWT UK) has recently appointed a new Business Director – Technology Projects, Peter Brewer, to oversee all of its current UK projects and to unify its Municipal and Industrial project teams. Since moving to the UK just over twenty years ago, Brewer has worked solely in the water and wastewater industry before joining VWT UK earlier this year.

He is responsible for all VWT UK projects, using his technologies expertise to oversee projects across the process water, municipal, industrial, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

Whilst visiting customers’ sites weekly, Peter is based along with the design teams in VWT’s new Birmingham office - now the hub of VWT’s technology projects.

Ramboll appoints Dr Ruth Bush

Ramboll has announced the appointment of Dr Ruth Bush as Senior Consultant in Low Carbon Planning and Policy, who will join the company’s Energy Strategy and Planning (ESP) service. Dr Bush joins Ramboll from the University of Edinburgh Heat and the City Research Group, where she worked on various research projects including leading the evaluation of the Scottish

Government’s Energy Efficiency Scotland pilot delivery programmes, and Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES). Most recently she conducted research for the Energy Saving Trust on Heat Network Skills in Scotland. She has an in-depth knowledge of the challenges of low carbon energy planning and delivery in the UK, particularly local energy systems.

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