Peak Architects announce new director

Sheffield and Peak District-based architectural practice Peak Architects welcomes architect Patrick Arends to its senior team as the company enters a period of further growth.

Patrick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having worked across a variety of sectors spanning 20 years.

He will contribute to the continued enhancement of the quality and design of Peak Architects’ projects and the further development of business across multiple sectors.

Director Paul Holden said: “We are thrilled to have Patrick on board.  His appointment will add value to Peak Architects’ existing business whilst playing an integral role in our continued growth.”

Patrick said: “I am delighted to join such a talented and award-winning team. I love the dedication to design, focus on the detail, and craftsmanship in every project we create.”


New managing director for OVO Spaces

Sheffield commercial interior design and fit-out specialist OVO Spaces has appointed Rebecca Knight as MD.

Rebecca, previously a director, takes over from founder David Baldwin, who becomes chief executive.

She said: “I now look forward to working closely with David and the team on taking OVO to the next level of successful growth.”


The SEO Works signals digital growth with 12 new hires

Award-winning digital agency The SEO Works has recruited 12 new team members as a result of continued client wins and a view of increased market demand.

The new starters join different service teams across the agency, including SEO, PPC, Digital PR and Web Project Management, and bring a combined 48 years’ digital experience to the established team. MD Ben Foster said: “We’ve experienced a strong start to the year, winning new flagship clients, after overcoming many challenges and supporting clients last year. We believe that the demand for digital will increase further in 2021 and have geared up to meet the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. It’s going to be a huge year, with a move to bigger and better offices planned to support the continued growth and development of the team. Further recruitment is also planned.”



Doncaster Chamber refreshes top team ahead of move to new premises

Doncaster Chamber has appointed Suzy Broadhead as education director to head up its education work through Opportunities Doncaster and promoted Jade Dyer to business director to lead the Chamber’s membership and commercial activity.

Adrian Platts has been promoted to a new role as head of international trade, and Kelli Parnham has also joined the Chamber as business support manager.

The team are also preparing to move to new headquarters at Finance for Enterprise, having been located at the Keepmoat Stadium for almost six years. Finance for Enterprise are key strategic partners of the Chamber and the co-location will allow the organisations to provide a one-stop-shop for business support in Doncaster.


First female partners announced

Laura Pain and Liz Fisher are the first female partners to be appointed at Chesterfield-based Mitchells Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers in its 153-year history.

Partner Tony Hornsby said: “They embody the ethos and character of Mitchells and we are extremely excited at what they will bring to our continued growth and leadership.”


Spärka adds to expanding team

SPÄRKA, a leading provider of high-quality architectural ironmongery and specialist supplier of fire-rated door hardware, has appointed a sales development representative.

Jack Samples will promote SPÄRKA products and develop relationships with builders’ merchants and other customers.

He joins marketing manager Rebecca Fortescue-Halliwell and founders Kelvin Hughes, Mark Hughes and Joshua Watkins.


Powerstar prepares for future growth

Sheffield-based energy resilience solution manufacturer Powerstar has bolstered its senior management team with the appointment of new chief commercial officer, Alastair Morris.

Alastair brings more than 15 years of commercial and marketing experience from both corporate and SME engineering businesses to the Powerstar board.

He was named Business Person of the Year at the Sheffield Business Awards in 2019. Since then, Alastair has also held a non-executive director role with the International Trade Forum and South Yorkshire Manufacturing Forum.

He said: “The world is rapidly shifting towards net zero technologies, and Powerstar is perfectly placed to support that transition.

“I am a proud champion of Sheffield manufacturing, and Powerstar are one of the very best examples of that innovation and excellence.”

Powerstar CEO Dr Alex Mardapittas, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Alastair into our management team, and are looking forward to working alongside him at a very exciting time for both Powerstar and green technologies as a whole.”


‘New energy’ at Professional Energy Purchasing

Sheffield-based independent energy consultancy Professional Energy Purchasing (PEP) has expanded its team again to provide new energy management services to businesses.

Jason Martin has gained decades of experience in providing energy efficiency solutions for major brands and SMEs across multiple sectors. He was instrumental in the installation of the first battery-powered hotel in the UK for Premier Inn which used off-grid times to generate electricity and save money.


Trio of new appointments at Bhayani Law

Leading niche law firm Bhayani Law has boosted its business legal services team.

Employment solicitor Lindsey Gaimster – who joined in 2016 – has been promoted to director and head of employment law.

Rebecca Stopford is an experienced company commercial solicitor with more than 20 years’ legal expertise, working both in law firms and businesses.

James Perry is a specialist commercial litigation solicitor whose main areas of expertise include breach of contract, contentious debt recovery, intellectual property, data protection, and insolvency.

MD Jay Bhayani said: “I’m delighted our expansion is moving so quickly. We have recently opened offices in Leeds, Leicester and London and added new staff along the way.”