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Some Cheerful Business News for Suffolk
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Son Returns Magnus Group to Family Ownership

Olly Magnus has taken over the family logistics business, The Magnus Group, following the death of his father, Paul. But this is no ordinary hand me down: Olly had to sell his 50% interest in his own company, Burhill Logistics, to fund the purchase of Magnus Group shares and regain overall control for the family.

The Magnus Group was set up by Paul in the 1970s and now has a fleet of more than 50 lorries, 110 staff and 225,000 square feet of warehouse space at its Great Blakenham HQ.

Olly has already rebranded the company, increased the warehouse capacity, added a freight forwarding department and won some important new business. He said: “I grew up admiring everything dad had done to create a business here in Suffolk which provided employment, trading relationships, and an incredible reputation for transport and logistics which spanned across the country, and wider.

“Now is my chance, as CEO of The Magnus Group, to take us forward into a much-changed world, but with the same foundations of commitment to our customers, and care of our staff.”

Olly Magnus has returned the Magnus Group to family ownership. Photo credit Swallow Marketing

Inform Direct Celebrates 150,000 Milestone

Company secretarial software, developed in Ipswich to save businesses time and money, is now being used by more than 150,000 customers.

Inform Direct launched the software in 2013 and has seen sales snowball, with 50,000 customers added in the last 12 months alone.

The system crafts a company’s annual confirmation statement in a way that’s easy to understand and update. It also automates submissions to Companies House.

CEO Henry Catchpole said: “We continue to expand the functionality of our product. All members of our team must take credit for reaching this milestone.”

Timberwolf Chips in With Made in Britain Initiative

The UK’s leading manufacturer of professional woodchippers, Stowmarket-based Timberwolf, is now recognised as a member of the Made in Britain organisation.

Made in Britain is the collective mark for British manufacturers who embody quality engineering, and the inclusion reflects Timberwolf’s position in the UK and export markets.

Managing director Chris Perry said: “Everyone at Timberwolf works incredibly hard to deliver unbeatable power and performance from every machine, and to be part of a collective promoting British engineering is very important to us.”

The inclusion is the latest in a string of successes for the Stowmarket company. In 2019, it was included as part of the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain report. And Timberwolf also won the 2019 Large Business and Business of the Year titles at the Suffolk Business Awards.

GP Telephone System Wins National Award

A Framlingham company that supplies an innovative telephony solution to more than 500 GP surgeries in the UK has been recognised with a prestigious award from the health sector.

X-on developed Surgery Connect, allowing GP surgeries to cope better with the increasing volume of patient inquiries. The system adds multiple phone lines and gives staff a call-back functionality, helping to avoid patients joining a “fastest finger lottery”.

The annual General Practice Awards are the Oscars of the sector, and X-on was up against some well-established national tech providers for the Technology/Digital Solution Provider of the Year award.

CEO Paul Bensley said: “With our modern, adaptable communication tools, we are helping GP surgeries to manage demand, and deliver a better patient experience.”

Surgery Connect is a cloud-based VOIP service which also helps patients to cancel or rearrange appointments using their phone handset.

Tru7 Gets Green Light for Further Expansion

2019 finished on a high for the Tru7 Group when it gained planning permission for two new 1,500 square metres units to be built adjacent to its HQ at Sinks Pit in Kesgrave.

Over the last couple of years, Tru7 has gone from strength to strength and now supplies a range of services to predominantly the construction sector. Owner Guy Nicholls said, “This is great for the continued expansion of our group companies. Tru7 has a fast-growing portfolio, which now offers plant hire, demolition and aggregates, as well as vehicle hire and sales.

“I don’t need to look too far around East Anglia and you’ll see our people and our vehicles hard at work, whether that’s on construction sites, demolishing or recycling. Bring on 2020!”

Melton Business Park Construction Enters Final Phase

With the construction sector under increasing scrutiny for its environmental impact, builders at an expanding Suffolk business park have saved three trees.

The final phase of the Riduna Park complex at Melton is well underway, and staff made an effort to replant three silver birch trees, under the direction of the Greener Growth community interest company.

Stuart Leech, Operations Director at Mixbrow, said: “It is important to us that we mitigate our impact on the environment. So, we asked for Greener Growth’s help in advising on ways to ensure the finished scheme encourages biodiversity and protects the existing habitats of insects and birds on the site.”

Katie Emerson, from Riduna Holdings, added: “We’re lucky to have this location in the heart of the countryside and so close to Suffolk’s coastline, and we feel that part of our responsibility is to protect, sustain and enhance our surroundings for both flora and fauna.”

Brewer Greene King Invests in Green Fleet

Bury St Edmunds brewer Greene King has obtained 14 “green” trucks to improve the environmental impact of its distribution fleet.

Supplied by DAF dealership ChassisCab, which has a base just outside Ipswich, the DAF CF75 models are incredibly fuel-efficient as well as being driver-friendly.

The new lorries will operate from Greene King bases in Bury St Edmunds, Nottingham and Abingdon in Oxfordshire.

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Let’s B Positive is compiled by Simon Young of Suffolk copywriting agency Magic Word Media. Contact simon@magicwordmedia.com