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Senior role: Phil Morgan

Ricoh Arena to host major conference on impact of 5G

Some of the UK’s biggest technology giants are to visit Coventry’s Ricoh Arena to discuss how 5G is impacting workforces working at height. The Mast and Tower Safety

Housing firm adds production manager

Solihull-based Living Space Housing has appointed Phil Morgan as its production manager. Mr Morgan has joined the

affordable housing specialist’s senior management team, heading up the production function across its portfolio of sites. Living Space is a development-

led residential planning, design and construction services solution for Registered Providers, PRS Funds, the NHS, Universities and Defence Estates. The firm was only launched last

year, but it already has 322 residential plots under construction across the Midlands region. Mr Morgan has joined Living

Space from Staffordshire-based Crest Nicholson Homes, where he was contracts manager. His previous jobs include 14

years as production director at Miller Homes, construction director at Prowting Homes (Midlands) and construction director at Swan Hill Homes (South West). He said: “Living Space has

ambitious growth plans to quickly gear up to delivering 400 homes per annum. It’s really exciting to be on board at this early stage and be able to play a major role in the shaping of this well-funded business. “I have over 40 years experience

in the housebuilding and construction industry, working for both large and small companies. In this new role I will be heading up Living Space’s production function, responsible for delivering all new home completions.” Living Space is delivering its first

batch of affordable homes in Kidderminster, Telford and Cradley, on the outskirts of Malvern. Schemes are coming online in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire.

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(MATS) Group Conference is set to welcome around 300 visitors and more than 40 exhibitors on 6 October. MATS members in attendance will include Vodafone, EE, O2 and BT. MATS Group provides guidance

to companies on up-to-date safety procedures when working at height on structures such as masts and towers, as well as radio frequency- related issues associated with broadcast and communications antennas.

‘The roll out of 5G will really gather pace towards the end of this year’

MATS chairman Stewart Mardle

said: “The roll out of 5G will really gather pace towards the end of this year, as more mobile phone providers begin to roll out 5G mobile phones, so this year’s conference will have a big focus on how this will impact engineers out in the field. “The speed of 5G will require the

upgrade of existing cell towers in addition to the installation of additional ones, which is great for the industry, but with more powerful technology comes big changes to consider. “We are so used to technology getting smaller, but in actual fact

Show time: The MATS Group Conference will take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in October. Below: Stewart Mardle

the cell towers are becoming heavier and bigger to accommodate increasing volumes of data at faster speeds. “There are also some

misconceptions flying around that the increase in cell towers could cause a risk to health, but we will have health professionals at the conference to allay fears around this, backed up by scientific evidence. “The conference is also a great opportunity for industry professionals to gain insight into products of the future at our Dragons’ Den style innovation station, where industry professionals will be showcasing their inventions. “This worked really well last year,

with a tethering tool that prevented the user from dropping tools while

working at height proving popular. “For the first time, we’ll also have

a thought-provoking session with a former health and safety inspector turned lawyer, who will act out a scenario where a company is being interviewed by the Health and Safety Executive after a major accident on- site. “This interview

scenario will be very rare for our visitors, but it gives the audience the

chance to think about how they would answer the questions, and to consider if their own processes are robust enough. “The conference continues to

grow year-on-year – aided by the central location of Ricoh Arena – and we are looking forward to another successful year with some of the biggest communications companies in the country.”

A beautiful deal for marketers

Birmingham marketing agency HDY has clinched beauty products firm Vivalis as a new client. Vivalis sells skincare, haircare and bodycare,

products and among its markets is the Asia Pacific region. HDY partner Angel Gaskell said: “Partnering with

such a well-revered and well-respected global beauty house is a huge honour. “With its CEO famous for creating the dry shampoo category – a global market now worth $3.3bn (USD) –

Vivalis are tried and tested industry experts.” Vivalis owner and CEO Graham Lynch-Staunton

said: “Spanning strategic build to delivery, we’ve been thoroughly impressed with HDY. Working at pace with a can-do attitude, the commercially savvy team understood our challenges from day one. We can’t wait to continue the journey.” The new win adds beauty to HDY’s sector list,

which includes travel and transportation, B2B technology, property and education.

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