On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Shakespeare Martineau has expanded its team of specialist energy solicitors by hiring Rachel Kent and Isaac Murdy to its Nottingham office.

The team has been expanded after increased appetitie in the market for alternative technologies, says the firm.

Shakespeare Martineau energy partner, Peter Dilks, said: “The introduction of battery storage has long been seen as the solution to solving some of the UK’s energy supply challenges, and we have just advised on what is believed to be the largest operational battery storage plant in the northern hemisphere, second globally only to the 120MW ‘Mega Battery’ installed in Australia. This plant, installed on a piece of land smaller than a football pitch, has sufficient capacity to power the entire city of Derby.”

Dilks says renewables are also likely to continue to play a key part in the UK’s energy mix and last year we saw the first 24 hour period since the 1880s where Great Britain went without coal-fired power stations and relied solely on low carbon sources.

Mark Newman

Derby-based Tidyco, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry, has appointed Mark Newman as director in its Hose Doctor division.

Newman joined Tidyco in 2009 as customer service manageer.

He said: “Tidyco is very much a family business whereby I have been given full autonomy to grow the Hose Doctor division. It is very rewarding to be part of an expanding company which has recently recognised my endeavours by appointing me to director. As an employee, feeling valued is incredibly important.”