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Property Development Expert Boosts Geldards’ Expanding Real Estate Team

Leading law firm Geldards has further expanded its nationally renowned real estate team with the appointment of commercial property expert Leanne Cook as a senior associate.

Leanne joins Geldards’ Pride Park office following the two recent partner appointments of Heather Dixon and Tiffany Cloynes to Geldards’ growing real estate team.

Specialising in property development work associated with commercial sites, Leanne advises clients on acquisitions, occupational leases, completion of planning agreements, forward sales and funding agreements.

Graham Banks, real estate partner and head of Geldards’ Derby office, explained: “Leanne’s excellent reputation, both locally and beyond, makes her a valuable addition to Geldards.

“The commercial real estate market remains increasingly competitive and our clients expect a comprehensive level of service. Adding Leanne’s experience considerably boosts the strength of our real estate team and enables the firm to continue to deliver innovative and cost effective legal solutions to our wide range of clients.”

Having worked within the field of commercial property for the last 10 years, Leanne has also built up vast experience of landlord and tenant matters and acquisitions and disposals of leasehold and freehold sites.

Leanne is also set to support Geldards’ multidisciplinary automotive team which specialises in acting for motor vehicle retailers, manufacturers and their support networks.

Leanne said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work within an ambitious team and firm that continues to look at ways of developing its wide client base and improving the already high level of service it provides clients.

“I look forward to working as part of a nationally recognised real estate team, whilst also working closely with colleagues in other practice areas to help further develop the firm’s offering within the automotive sector.”

Civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting is reporting a major increase in inquiries about new housing developments – signalling what it believes is a significant upturn in private house building.

The company, which has an office at Pride Park in Derby, has been approached to assist with the design of plans for more than 6,000 new private homes across the region and beyond since the start of 2015.

The proposed developments range from large-scale schemes featuring hundreds of houses to bespoke individual projects of ten or 20 homes.

The trend marks a 40% increase on the same period last year, said business development director Jef Todd.

“The demand for civil and structural engineering skills is very often a barometer of how trends are going in the construction sector, as we tend to get involved in the process at an early stage, and we have noticed a sharp increase in the number of inquiries we have received in our East Midlands offices for work connected to private housing developments,” said Jef.

“Since the start of this year, we have been approached to assist with proposals for 6,000 new private homes in areas from Lincolnshire in the east up to County Durham in the north and down to Northamptonshire. Some are being planned and built by multi-national developers, while others are due to be constructed by smaller companies.

“There is a recognised shortage of housing and the trend that we are experiencing is not only welcome news for the construction sector generally, it is also good news for those individuals and families who are looking for private homes to buy.”

BSP Consulting, which is based at Oxford Street, Nottingham, and also has offices at Pride Park, Derby, De Montfort Street, Leicester, and Solly Street, Sheffield, provides civil, structural, traffic, transportation, geotechnical and environmental engineering services across the construction industry in all sectors.

Its pre-planning work includes site feasibility studies, flood risk assessments, transport and travel plans, design of infrastructure, such as roads and drainage, as well as design work on homes and buildings.

The company is involved in a number of key East Midlands housing schemes currently, including regeneration schemes Castleward in Derby and Cotgrave Colliery in Nottinghamshire.

Earlier this month, data released by Barbour ABI showed that the number of contracts awarded for new build residential units has been strong so far in 2015, with the comparative figures for the first four months of this year showing a 32% rise from the corresponding months of 2014.

Barbour ABI is one of the chosen providers of construction data for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Government, and has a reputation for being a leading provider of construction intelligence services.

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PKF Cooper Parry  are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our annual finance seminar on the 10th July 2015.

Covering a wide range of topics, the seminar is targeted at the region’s finance directors and finance controllers – and is fast becoming a key date in the business diary.

The half day event will feature guest speakers Chris Hobson, head of information and representation from the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Jonathan Earl, senior investment manager from the Business Growth Fund.

Experts from a variety of teams at PKF Cooper Parry will also be leading discussions on the summer budget, accounting technical update, IT and the Cloud Revolution and also vision and strategy for growth.

Ade Cheatham, CEO of PKF Cooper Parry said: “We are delighted to be hosting another finance director seminar. The event has grown year on year and we always have excellent attendance figures.”

“Our speakers will demonstrate the clear business benefits of each topic, as we look ahead with a new government and new budget. The speakers&nbsp will lead discussions, provide realistic guidance and advise the audience on how they can support their business needs and growth.&nbsp Feedback we’ve had in previous years, and attendance figures, show that this is becoming one of the go-to events on the financial calendar.”

The event on 10th July will start at 9am with breakfast and networking. The seminar starts at 9.30am and will end with lunch at 12.30pm.

The event is free to attend and those who wish to confirm their place can do so by registering here or emailing Anne-Marie Smedley at

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With just a day to go before the general election, we thought now would be an appropriate time to take a look at the main parties’ plans for taxes and pensions as they describe them in their manifestos. And, as you might expect, their proposals will give you plenty to think about when it comes to the impact on your personal finances.

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Recruitment Open Day

More than 100 job seekers attended a recruitment event at leading East Midlands business advisory and accountancy firm PKF Cooper Parry.

The event was held at the company’s ‘Google-esque’ headquarters at East Midlands airport and involved a presentation from the CEO Ade Cheatham, office tours and various stands showcasing the business’s current and future opportunities.

CEO Ade Cheatham said he was delighted with the turnout at the event and encouraged by the level of skills and talent currently on offer in the region.

He said: “We were thrilled to see more than 100 people at our recruitment event. Our office was buzzing with people who were eager to learn more about the PKF Cooper Parry ethos and the opportunities on offer with us.

“We have recently announced our plans to open a Birmingham office, as well as our incredible people benefits such as unlimited holiday, flexible working hours, an email curfew between 7pm and 7am and lots more.”

“We met a lot of really interesting and promising candidates who expressed an interest in working with us and have already started receiving applications for a number of roles on offer.”

PKF Cooper Parry also launched 10 new internship places at the event, which will all start in August 2015.

Ade added: “Our 12 month internships are a fantastic opportunity for people looking to gain experience working in a variety of key business areas, providing exciting and challenging opportunities for personal and professional development.

“They will offer successful candidates the chance to sample working within our various teams and wide client base, while at the same time making a difference, and having fun.”

“We are on a mission to alter the view of accountancy as a dull profession to one full of dynamism and forward thinking individuals.

“People with drive and ambition are exactly what we are looking for and we were delighted to see so many promising personalities at our open day.”

Roles currently available at PKF Cooper Parry include the 10 internships, two positions in the restructuring team, three in the IT team, four in audit and three in the tax team as well as a number of AAT and ATT trainee positions.

The next half yearly recruitment day for the firm will take place on Thursday, October 15. To register for the event or to find out more about any of the positions available, visit our Recruitment Open Day – Registration page.


Derby City Council and Connected are pleased to provide information on the new Pride Park and Ride bus service – D2 and D3 that will be operated by ARRIVA Midlands.  The new service will replace the current 111 Pride Park and Ride service  operated by Littles on Tuesday 5th May.   The location of the Park and Ride bus stop will also move back to its original location at the front of Derby Arena.

For timetable information, please visit the Derby Connected website, or download the PDF 

More information will be issued about the launch of the service in the coming weeks.


Derbyshire Constabulary are hosting a business continuity event called ‘Operation Rackan’ on Tuesday July 14 between 9:30am and 12:30pm.

This is an opportunity to better understand the hazards and threats that lead to serious emergencies, how the emergency services will respond and how you can be better prepared.

The team will also simulate a thought provoking major incident to help you assess “how prepared are you.”

The event is being held at the Roundhouse College, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby DE248JE.

Places are on a first come, first served basis. To register for the free event, please email Julie Coulton at

Following its announcement of plans to open a Birmingham office, leading business advisory and accountancy firm PKF Cooper Parry is working with a Business Development Executive to help build a wide contact base in the West Midlands.

Adrian Gill is working for the firm, which recently moved its three teams from Leicester, Nottingham and Derby into one Google-esque super-office at East Midlands Airport.

Adrian was previously commercial director for HSBC in Birmingham. Due to his extensive knowledge of businesses in the area, his brief at PKF Cooper Parry is to build a strong and organic pool of contacts in and around Birmingham, raising the firm’s profile and attracting new clients for when it opens its new office.

He said: “After 40 years in banking, many of which were spent in the West Midlands where I integrated three HSBC centres into one in Birmingham with an income stream in excess of £20m per annum, I decided to retire.

“However, after six months of retirement I was approached by PKF Cooper Parry to help to build their profile in Birmingham and I couldn’t resist the offer. The firm is extremely forward thinking and full of energy, which is infectious as soon as you step through the doors of the new office.

“My task is to help PKF Cooper Parry with raising their profile in Birmingham, using my contacts within the business community, in the £10m to £200m turnover category.

“The overall aim is to boost PKF Cooper Parry’s national reputation and help to position the firm as the leading business advisory and accountancy firm in the West and East Midlands.”

Adrian explained that one of the challenges for an accountancy firm opening a Birmingham office was the current economic climate, with business picking up at different rates in different areas following the recession.

He said: “The West Midlands is a challenging area to penetrate because it is home to a lot of manufacturing businesses which experienced really tough times recently. However, we are going in to this with our eyes open and, thanks to the global reach of the PKF network, we know what we have to offer clients is a really appealing suite of services with the potential for both national and international business development.”

Chief executive at PKF Cooper Parry Ade Cheatham said he was thrilled to be working with Adrian and confident that he would help to boost the profile of the firm’s new base in Birmingham.

Ade said: “Adrian has an extensive list of contacts in the West Midlands and very wide experience, spanning several sectors of banking at HSBC. We are delighted that he has joined our firm and we are looking forward to building relationships with many of his contacts in Birmingham.”

PKF Cooper Parry are currently looking at the options for the move into the West Midlands market, be it through a merger, acquisition or taking key individuals on board. The firm hopes to take on around 75 new staff at the new office.

PKF Cooper Parry Birmingham Office

Following the move to its new ‘Google-esque’ style office and strong growth in the last year, leading business advisory and accountancy firm PKF Cooper Parry has outlined plans to open a Birmingham office.

The firm, which joined forces with the global accountancy network PKF International in January 2014, is looking to create a base with 75 or more staff in the city centre.

PKF Cooper Parry are currently looking at the options for the move into the West Midlands market, be it through a merger, acquisition or taking key individuals on board.

CEO at PKF Cooper Parry Ade Cheatham said the new Birmingham office would be a reflection of the firm’s ambitious and bold three year plan.

He said: “Since moving to our new office, which visitors have dubbed ‘Google-esque’ in its design, layout and atmosphere, we’ve been full steam ahead with our plans for expansion and domination of our market aiming to double in size in the next 3 years.

“We would want to be in the heart of the business community, so we wouldn’t want to service it, or even try to service it, from the East Midlands. We need to be in Birmingham city centre where the action is.”

Ade added that the move was part of a very clear and defined plan, recently outlined at the firm’s CEO roadshows where all team members from trainees to Directors, attend an annual strategy session.

He said: “I see our continued success as a reflection of the hard work and dedication of every single member of our team, from board members to students. We are really flying at the moment, with our business growing and many of our clients expanding too which has been helped by our international links.

“Now we’re at a point of standing back, taking stock and looking to the future and where we go next. We’ve got a clear plan of how to do that.”

The firm brought staff from its Nottingham, Derby and Leicester bases under one roof at the East Midlands Airport “super office” in May last year.

It has also taken on 60 new team members over the last 12 months – bringing its headcount to 220 – and is currently recruiting across most parts of the business. Wealth management grew by 57 per cent last year, and there was a 25% growth in its tax and audit business.

Ade added that as well as collaboration with other UK firms, joining up with PKF International has provided a platform for international work.

“Our clients were increasingly looking overseas in terms of their aspirations and where they’re taking trading. We needed a stronger international network, support and a greater reach, which PKF gave us.

“The level of inbound work we’re seeing and opportunities introduced to us from overseas member firms is significantly higher than we’ve ever seen,” he said.

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PKF Cooper Parry has appointed serial entrepreneur Brett Critchley to head up its IT team, to dramatically expand its Microsoft Cloud offering, infrastructure & IT outsourcing services.

Brett will be a partner at the firm, driving the now 25-strong IT team forward with his vision for PKF Cooper Parry to be the No.1 IT Solutions provider in the Midlands. .

Brett established his first company, Orchid IT in 1996. Initially working from his bedroom at home, the company grew rapidly to become a well-respected business in Derbyshire with £10m turnover, winning several customer service awards prior to it being sold to GCI in 2011.

Brett said: “As soon as I met Ade Cheatham CEO, and the other partners, I knew PKF Cooper Parry was a place I wanted to work. You walk in and you see 200 plus people with smiles on their faces in a vibrant, quirky office – and the last thing you think is ‘accountants.’ Continue reading..