On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Alex Brooks, Ashley Frearson, Logan Lawrence

Nottingham-based Leengate Metals, one of the UK’s largest and independently-owned multi-metal stockholders, has expanded with three new hires joining the sales team.

With over a decade’s worth of experience, Alex Brooks has joined the company as an aluminium extrusion project manager. Meanwhile, the Nottingham-based business has also hired Logan Lawrence as an external sales representative and Ashley Frearson as an internal sales representative.

Gary Peters, director at Leengate Metals, said: “We’re delighted to be able to begin expanding the sales team again and these three hires are as a result of how the market has changed and where we need to put our focus in the future.

“The COVID-19 pandemic radically changed how we needed to operate for three years but we’re now seeing the industry contract back to resemble pre-COVID times. While the role of digital communications has undoubtedly grown exponentially, we have a strong belief that people buy from people, and building strong relationships with our customers is vital.

“For 30 years, Bespoke Aluminium Extrusion has always been a very successful area of our business. We offer a premium product that can be fabricated, anodised or painted, stored on our own premises and delivered when required on our own transport.

“For a number of years, we have wanted to add a better technical service to customers and with Alex joining us, we now have that. Alex has worked for various Aluminium mills and understands the product, the industries and the challenges customers can often face. He can offer technical advice and even be a part of the design process of new products.

“Logan Lawrence joins the company with a lot of experience in the metals industry. He has a passion for developing customer relationships and understands the needs of individual businesses. He will be a valuable asset to the company and will be predominantly visiting customers face-to-face.

“Ashley will be working on the inside sales. He’s new to the metals industry but has joined us with good experience in account management and customer service. We’re delighted with the desire Ashley has shown to learn about our products and the industries we supply. He is a great addition to the team.”

Tim Barley

Chesterfield law firm Banner Jones has welcomed back property executive Tim Barley, who has returned to the firm.

Barley has started a two-year Trainee Solicitor Apprenticeship with Banner Jones and begins studying for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), following which he will be a fully qualified solicitor.

Originally joining Banner Jones in 2018, Barley will now work alongside head of business legal services, Andrew Fielder, to support with both commercial property and corporate work.

Having previously specialised in residential property matters including leasehold enfranchisement claims for landlords and tenants, his return to the firm will see him further his expert knowledge in a range of business legal services.

Fielder said: “We are really pleased to be welcoming Tim back to the firm, and to be supporting him with his apprenticeship.

“He is an extremely passionate and capable trainee, and we know he will be a huge asset to both the team and our clients.”