Two Coventry based businesses celebrated their relationship – that has blossomed over the course of two decades – by supporting a local woodland charity, the Heart of England Forest.
Construction and development company, the Deeley Group, began working with Advent Communications just a few weeks after the PR and communications firm business was launched 20 years ago.
The two companies joined forces for a charitable event and, rather than planting positive news stories about the property firm, the Advent and Deeley team were planting trees that will form part of the Heart of England Forest at Sheriffs Lench Farm.
On a freezing cold day which included sleet, snow, wind, rain and the occasional bout of sunshine the 12-strong team planted 1,000 trees that will form part of the forest that will eventually stretch across 30,000 acres and will consist of 13 million trees.
Dr Chris Iddon, design and build co-ordinator at Deeley Construction, said: “As a company, we take immense pride in doing all we can for the community and also for ensuring we are as environmentally friendly as we possibly can be.
“We have expertise in delivering energy efficient homes and BREEAM rated education & industrial buildings – an industry standard for environmentally-friendly buildings – but taking part in a day like this is a reminder of how important it is to not only protect our environment but to actively improve it.
“It was a fantastic day and it was great to join forces with Advent who have worked with the Deeley Group for 20 years. We’d encourage other companies to look at getting involved with the Heart of England Forest as they offer excellent team building days whilst reducing the negative impact of your company’s carbon emissions.”
Lee Corden, Advent Communications director, added: “It was a really good team effort all round and everyone really got into the spirit of the day.
“We were offered the chance to stop when we got to 850 trees but we decided to push on and get to the 1,000 mark.
“Advent and Deeley have been working together for two decades now and joining together for this event underlined the fact that the relationship between the two companies goes further than business.”
Stephen Coffey, head forester, said: “We were delighted to welcome a small, but mighty team of Deeley Group and Advent Communications corporate volunteers to the Forest, on what was a rather chilly and blustery day.
“Deeley Group are the first developer to come and take part in a corporate tree planting day at the Heart of England Forest and, with the planting of an incredible 1,000 trees in just one day, we couldn’t have asked for more! We look forward to welcoming both companies back again soon.”
To find out more about how to get involved, visit https://www.heartofenglandforest.com/get-involved/get-your-company-involved/
A Coventry charity cycle ride has raised funds to cover the costs of one week’s care for a child at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice – and received an additional boost too.
More than 260 cyclists hit the roads in support of the hospice for the Starley Sportive cycle ride, organised by Deeley Group and Coventry Road Club.
The event initially raised £4,500, but the total was boosted by a further £2,500 due to private sponsorship from two riders, taking the overall amount to £7,000.
The costs to support one child for one week at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice total £4,200, with care for a day for six children costing £3,600.
Marc Dwyer, challenge events officer at Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be the beneficiary charity of the Deeley Group and Coventry Road Club Starley Sportive. The event was a huge success, with hundreds of cyclists enjoying the day and raising £7,000 for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.
“The babies and infants that come to Zoë’s Place have life-limiting or life threatening illnesses. They face challenges every day that many of us would take for granted. So it really is apt that people took on the challenge of a bike ride to help us.
“We extend our thanks to everyone involved, particularly the organisers and Deeley Group for hosting the event and of course all of the cyclists for taking part.
“We have many more events on our calendar this year, including a Coventry to Skegness Bike Ride, and these can be seen at www.zoes-place.org.uk.”
The Starley Sportive also recognised the contributions of cycling innovators James Starley and John Kemp Starley, who both worked and lived in Coventry.
It marked Coventry Road Club’s sixth sportive and followed on from the successful Deeley 80 Cycle Ride.
Ian Court, of the Coventry Road Club, said: “We’d like to thank all the riders that took part in this year’s Starley Sportive and helped to raise such a huge amount for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.
“In addition to the ride, we also held a great prize draw, raising £275 and I would like to thank all the companies that donated prizes.
“The event is one of the most anticipated events on our calendar and has grown year-on-year, especially with joining forces with the Deeley Group, we hope to attract even more riders for next year’s event.”
The ride started from the Deeley Group’s headquarters in Coventry, before heading out into the Warwickshire countryside, with riders able to choose from a 59 mile and 30 mile route to take.
Edward Hudson, business development manager at the Deeley Group, added: “It was great event and brilliant day especially as we exceeded our funding target.
“We have been long-standing supporters of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice at the Deeley Group. The charity does brilliant work and it is fantastic that we have been able to raise so much to support them.”
A Coventry construction company has been shortlisted for an industry award for its work at a local school.
Deeley Construction, which is part of the Deeley Group, is a finalist in the Refurbishment Project of the Year award category at the NFB Awards 2018.
The company has been shortlisted for the £5.8 million project it completed on behalf of Warwick School on the former Guy Nelson Hall, which is now known as Warwick Hall.
The new hall has already played host to a range of events and performances and has proved to be a hit with staff, pupils and the local community.
Simon Jones, foundation secretary for Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, said: “Deeley Construction was courteous and flexible in their approach to minimise disruption to the school. We were impressed by Deeley’s willingness to host site visits for pupils, teachers and governors who were eager to view progress.
“The hands-on approach from all of the employees – from site managers to directors – gave a personal touch which all at Warwick School appreciated. The building provides a focal point for our school campus, helping to shape future plans, and we are grateful for such a wonderful building.”
Winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony taking place at The Belfry Hotel & Resort on Tuesday, March 27.
Martin Gallagher, managing director of Deeley Construction, said: “We are very pleased to be shortlisted for our work on Warwick Hall.
“It was a project that required a great deal of expertise and, also, strong communication between our team, the client and the community. We look forward to finding out if we’ve won in March.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Co-director Cat Price, Warwick School Director of Drama Mike Perry and Peter Deeley with the cast of Les Misérables, which was staged in the new Warwick Hall
A former World Championship cyclist has been gifted the number one jersey for an upcoming charity cycle ride.
David Miller will don the jersey for the The Starley Sportive in recognition of his achievements in cycling and contribution to the organisers, Coventry Road Club and Deeley Group.
The event – which takes place on Sunday, 18 February – will raise money to support Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and will also celebrate cycling innovators James and John Kemp Starley, who both worked and lived in Coventry.
It features two routes to ride, one of 59 miles and the other 30 miles.
David competed in the Cyclo-Cross World Championships for the British Cycling Team and has been a member of the Coventry Road Club for more than 60 years – now holding the role of chairman and is also a life member of the club.
He worked for Deeley Group for 37 years, before retiring 10 years ago and took part in the World Championships during his first year with the company in 1972.
David worked as manager of Castledine Services, which was part of the Deeley Group, and was hired by current managing director Peter Deeley.
David said: “It’s a great honour to be given the number one jersey and be recognised for what I have done within cycling and for the Coventry Road Club itself and my long-service to Deeley.
“I remember when I first started working at the Deeley Group, they wanted me to start but I had tell them ‘I will start with you but I’m riding the World Championships in February and I’m certainly not going to miss that for anything!’
“We were at the 80th anniversary event for Deeley Group and I saw Peter there, I mentioned we were running our cycling ride to him and from there we decided to join forces and put on this great event.
“I still try to get out on my bike three or four times a week and I’m really looking forward to this event – it’s a great chance to raise funds for Zoë’s Place too, which is a very important cause.
“This is a ride to encourage people to get out on their bikes, with a marked out route and to enjoy cycling.
“The longer route, which is 58 miles, is quite testing, but people can definitely do it!”
Edward Hudson, Business Development Manager at Deeley Group, said: “It is fantastic to be able to recognise the contribution that David has made to cycling in the area and the many years of service he gave to our company.
“We’re all looking forward to the charity cycle ride, catching up with some familiar faces and raising money for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, who we have been long standing supporters of here at the Deeley Group.”
On-the-day entry will cost £15, with complimentary tea, coffee and cake for participants after the ride. Online entry is priced at £12 and closes on Sunday, February 11.
For more information and to register for The Starley Sportive visit www.coventryroadclub.org.uk
A new £1.4 million speculative industrial development is being created in North Warwickshire.
Coventry-based Deeley Construction has started work on the former Mallard Lodge site in Marsh Lane, Water Orton, on behalf of Flexdart Limited.
Flexdart is a scrap metal merchant, with clients around the world, and is branching out into property development as the business expands.
The firm, which was established in 1957, selected Deeley Construction to undertake the work on the 16,000 sq ft industrial property with a two-storey office, delivery area and car parking.
The site was previously a house known as Mallard Lodge and had historically been used as a workshop for car repairs in the 1940s.
Nic Bevan, of Flexdart, said: “The scrap metal side of the business is expanding. We have a global customer base and are always looking for new opportunities within the trade.
“However we also want to diversify the business and saw this as a great opportunity to develop a property that we could lease out to another company and bring further employment into the area.
“It’s ideally located, close to the M42 and M6 motorways which provide ready access to the rest of the UK mainland and ports, within 15 minutes’ drive of an international container base, train station and airport we believe it will attract significant interest.
“We went out to tender and we were impressed with the plans that Deeley Construction put forward during the interview, particularly how they would ensure the development would cause minimal disruption to the local area and environment. It is important to us and our business to be good neighbours and Deeley shared that ethos.”
Martin Gallagher, the managing director of Deeley Construction, said that speculative industrial development had been rare in recent years but was vital for the regional economy.
He said: “We are delighted to be underway at Water Orton on behalf of Flexdart after being successful in the competitive tender process.
“There is not a huge amount of speculative development being undertaken when it comes to industrial premises but there is certainly a need for it.
“The ability to regenerate a site in this way and work in partnership with our clients is a great strength of Deeley Construction.”
Pictured: Richard Hammond (Deeley Construction, left) with Nic Bevan
An annual award, in honour of a ‘delightful man’ and respected figure in the property industry, has been handed out for the sixth time.
The Gary Neville Award, created in 2012 by Deeley Group, has been given to Receptionist/Administrator Nora Lowe, who has worked for the company for a decade.
The award is voted for by employees and honours Gary Neville, who joined Deeley Group as an apprentice before progressing to become contracts manager and leading on some of the firm’s major projects including the development of Belgrade Plaza, in Coventry and St George’s Square, in Bristol.
He died suddenly in 2011, and the company introduced the award to recognise the employee who has demonstrated the most commitment to their role within the company over the previous year.
Nora received many glowing recommendations from her colleagues for the award but still says she was ‘absolutely gobsmacked’ to become the sixth member of staff to receive it.
She said: “I have loved every moment of working at Deeley Group so far, the people are incredible and the working environment is great.
“I am still shocked to have won the award but I was absolutely gobsmacked when I found out, it isn’t something I imagined myself winning.
“It is great to win this award, partly because it is flattering as a professional but also because Gary was such a great man.
“We didn’t work too closely together because I was always in the office and Gary would be out and about a lot but we would have a chat over a cup of tea from time to time and he was great to talk to, a delightful man who is still missed.”
Peter Deeley, managing director of Deeley Group, said: “Some of the comments I received from staff include that Nora is always willing to help, she looks after everyone and has a heart of gold.
“Nothing is too much trouble for her and she is always on hand to sort out the small but important things, her work is very much appreciated.
“Gary was a well-known and popular member of the Deeley family, a fantastic member of the team, and I’m sure that he would have agreed that Nora was fully deserving of this year’s award in his remembrance.”
Businesses from across the region gathered to support the construction of a new headquarters for a local community group.
More than 70 people packed into Warwick Hall for the inaugural 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts business breakfast to support the group’s ‘Building a Future’ initiative.
The group needs to raise £650,000 for the construction of a new HQ, as the 50-year-old current hut is in a bad state of repair and too small for the size of group.
A new HQ will also allow the group to grow, supporting more young people and become a valuable resource for the local community. The group has already worked hard to raise £170k and their next phase is to raise a further £200k in 2018.
The morning event, which was supported by Deeley Group and Warwick School, saw business people, civic leaders and politicians attend to hear about the group’s plan for the new headquarters.
Martin Stockbridge, 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts Group Scout Leader, was the first in a packed line-up of speakers – introducing attendees to the Sea Scouts and its fundraising goals.
Highlights of the morning were the talks from current scouts Bethany Ellis and Tom Bosworth, who spoke about the opportunities that Sea Scouting has given them.
The 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts welcomed back two past members too, who shared their memories and explained how being a member had impacted on their later life.
Simon Talling-Smith, CEO of private travel company, Surf Air in Europe and Alan Haywood, CEO of BP Integrated Supply and Trading, were Sea Scouts in the early 1980s and have remained friends for more than 35 years.
Simon Talling-Smith said: “The experience of those years with the Sea Scouts, the resilience and belief it helped us develop were hugely formative.
“I don’t think I would be in the position that I am now if it wasn’t for those years with 2nd Warwick.”
Alan Haywood added: “Being a scout was a defining characteristic in who I was growing up. The group gave me great opportunities. Community is something that is vital for young people and 2nd Warwick gives you that.”
Former Captain of RMS Queen Mary 2, Commodore Bernard Warner, was the final speaker at the breakfast and told stories of his 45 year career at sea.
He highlighted his final voyage in 2011, when at port in Japan he received news of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and was tasked with getting his passengers aboard the Queen Mary 2 home safely.
Peter Deeley, Managing Director of the Deeley Group, who sponsored the business breakfast, said: “It was a fascinating and informative morning, it is clear that the Sea Scouts group have a hugely positive impact on the lives of young people.
“Hearing from former and current Sea Scouts about their experiences further showed the benefits of a community group like this and why it is vital that people support their new fundraising initiative.”
“The new headquarters would be a valuable resource not only for the group but for the rest of Warwick and we wish them the best of luck in raising the money needed to complete the project.”
There was ‘snow’ stopping one of property and construction’s annual Christmas traditions in Coventry.
The Deeley Group, based at George House on Coventry Business Park, invited clients, contacts and colleagues to its festive lunch to celebrate a successful 2017 for the firm.
And, despite snow on the ground and freezing conditions, more than 60 industry professionals joined the team at Deeley to toast the company.
Peter Deeley, managing director of the company, said: “It was another wonderful turn-out for our festive lunch.
“As a company, we value relationships and partnerships and that’s exactly why we hold this event each year. There is no fanfare, no speeches – just a chance to say thank you and Merry Christmas to those people we have worked with during the year.”
Pictured: Peter Deeley (managing director) right, and Peter Hartill (chairman) seated as the celebration gets into full swing