24 Jan West Berkshire business news
Highnett Group appoints MD as founders step back.
After 40 years of being in charge, Stewart and Christine Highnett, founders and directors of the West Berkshire business Highnett Group, are relinquishing their roles and handing control of the company to Toby Bartlett and Nicky Varley.
The company manufactures control and instrumentation systems and carries out electrical and mechanical installation, maintenance and servicing across a range of sectors including steel, gas and water works, renewable energy control panels and bespoke R & D panels.
One of the biggest challenges Bartlett faces is finding more skilled staff. “We currently have two apprentices completing their final year of the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Electrotechnical Technology and we are keen to talk to anyone who may be interested in developing their career with us.”
Macklin Controls joined the group in 2008 and extended the offering to cover switchgear and control systems. The third and most recent addition, Solatest, creates and delivers complete solutions for G59/3 regulations in the renewable energy market place, where there is an increasing demand for support.
New chief executive for Thatcham Research in West Berkshire
Thatcham Research has appointed Jonathan Hewett as its new chief executive. Mr Hewett brings a wealth of senior management, international and strategic leadership skills from across the insurance, automotive and financial sectors at a significant time for the company as it approaches its 50th anniversary.
Thatcham Research is the independent voice of automotive safety, security and repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs and to realise the vision of ‘Safer cars, fewer crashes’, while driving standards in vehicle security.
Mr Hewett’s expertise will lead and evolve Thatcham Research’s strategy and help guide its insurer members through vehicle safety, repair and security in a period of exponential technological advancements in connectivity, future automated driving capabilities as well as complex vehicle materials and structures. Jonathan joins from Octo Telematics, where he was global chief marketing officer and drove business growth at board level.
30 new jobs planned for Wasing Park, Aldermaston
Wasing Estate has submitted plans to expand the business into a modern sustainable business and promote it’s reputation as one of West Berkshire’s top wedding locations. The estate has submitted plans to build more overnight accommodation, along with a farm shop and on-site restaurant at Shalford Farm.
This is to support both the estate’s existing farming enterprise and increase the number and size of wedding receptions held there. The 3 wedding venues incoude Wasing Park, The Secret Walled Garden and Woodland. Owner Joshua Dugdale said the proposed development would help ensure the sustainability of the estate and could provide up to 30 additional local jobs and a community hub. It is hoped the development of the barn, piggeries and old dairy at Shalford Farm will be completed in 2021.
Source: The Business Magazine & Newbury Weekly News
Contributor: James Page
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