North West business briefs: Kimpton; Department Store; CEO Sleepout; Cullimore Dutton; Pace Rehabilitation; Electricity NW

Tower Hotel

Liverpool City Region heating, ventilation and air conditioning specialists, Kimpton, has been appointed to reduce carbon impact and improve efficiency of the heating and water systems at the iconic 801-bedroom Tower Hotel in London.

Having expanded nationally, and after almost 60 years in business, experts in this type of project, Kimpton will deliver new boiler plant and a sophisticated 60m flue system, running from the basement plantroom through the hotel to the roof.

The five new industrial condensing boilers will deliver a total heating power of more than 3.8mW, via an 8 inch gas main – 100 times larger than the average domestic supply.

Crucially, this upgrade will be project managed over a 16-week period to ensure zero downtime for the hotel in terms of heating or water supply, and ready for the September heating season. Once installed the new system offers a huge amount of additional flexibility as requirements change over time and season.

Matt Breakwell from Kimpton said: “We love working on hotel and accommodation projects such as the Tower Hotel in London. We’re used to demanding timelines, challenging space requirements and ensuring the resulting systems are both carbon friendly, innovative, and cost efficient. We have implemented many similar projects at prestigious sites across the UK, and are glad to once again be working with Davies Partnership on this project.”

Kevin Fields, commercial manager at Davies Partnership, sai: “With their expertise in innovative heating and ventilation systems, Kimpton were the obvious choice for this project. They are highly skilled with the technical knowledge to deliver these kinds of complex projects in short time frames.”


Manchester’s new experiential social space launched to the public this week, offering locals a new place to eat, drink, shop and socialise, and small businesses a space to showcase their products.

Department Store, an immersive shop floor at Department Bonded Warehouse in Enterprise City, will be accessible to the general public as well as workers in the district. It reflects Enterprise City’s ethos of supporting up-and-coming businesses by giving them access to a pop-up shop front, accessible by a diverse population, without the ongoing burden of their own operational overheads. The footfall in the area consists of members within Department Bonded Warehouse itself, workers, and commuters.

Retailers can take a low-commitment residency which offers a solution to reaching a wide and varied audience. There is also space for events, exhibitors, and pop-ups within the creative programming of the venue. Brands that will be part of Department Store’s opening community of businesses include accessory retailer Beaches & Cream, cyclist clothing retailer Rapha, and artist Lorna Bent.

Anthony Powell, managing director at Department, said: “Department is building a collection of iconic destinations that combine workspace, wellness, and social experiences. The new Department Store does just that. It offers the public and Department members a new space for culinary and creative ideas. The setting has been purposefully designed as a fluid venue to drink, dine, relax, and socialise, whilst providing independent retailers the platform to promote their brands.

“We have been focusing on expanding our food and beverage offering in recent months with the launch of The Stables, a casual canteen-style restaurant, and now Department Store. They are both ran by our food and beverage team who have a passion for hospitality, creative concepts and delivering an elevated experience.”


Bianca Robinson and some participants at Lancashire Cricket Club

Business leaders across Manchester are being urged to spend a night under the stars as part of a national charity initiative. CEO Sleepout events raise vital funds to combat homelessness by asking business leaders, owners, and executives to give up their beds for one night and sleep outside.

Chief executive, Bianca Robinson, said: “This will be our sixth event in Manchester, and it’s always been well supported by the local business community – raising over £300,000 to date. Anyone who has walked down Piccadilly has seen the huge number of people surviving rough on the streets. There are over 6,700 households that we know of (including families and children) estimated to be homeless in Manchester – that’s an extremely worrying figure, especially as the cost of living begins to bite. It will undoubtedly force families out of private rental, leaving them at a real risk of homelessness this winter.”

She added: “By taking part you’ll gain a deeper understanding of some of the bigger issues – and the power you have in business to lead change. You’re in for a fun, interesting and enlightening night, rubbing shoulders with some of the leading lights of Manchester’s business world and hearing from people who have overcome homelessness.”

The event takes place at Lancashire County Cricket Club on October 24, and out of the 80 available places, 64 have already been taken by leading local figures, including Diane Modahl, CEO and co-founder of The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, and John Russell, founder of Four Synergy Group.

Bianca added: “We know rough sleeping can be solved, and by making a stand, our business participants can lead by example, showing what a compassionate city Manchester can be while reflecting on their role and the power they have to create lasting social value.”


From left: Stuart Hill (Cullimore Dutton), Rik Cottrell (Chester RUFC), Mike Dangerfield (club president)

Chester law firm, Cullimore Dutton, has renewed its sponsorship of Chester Rugby Union Football Club for the new season. The company, which has moved to new offices in Newgate Street this week, has been involved with the club for five years.

Managing director, Andrew Wright, said: “As a firm we love to support our local communities, so we are delighted to renew our sponsorship with Chester RUFC, which is now into its fifth season.

“Our sponsorship will help the club to support their youth players of all ages. We’re looking forward to taking a number of clients to various games throughout the season.”

The company has a long established commitment to supporting local sports teams. As well as Chester RUFC, the law firm has been sponsoring Frodsham Junior Football Club since 2016. Andrew Wright was a club player for the club in his youth and a previous U10s squad manager.

Dave Maloney, chairman of Chester RUFC, said: “Our sponsors are extremely important to us, so we are very pleased to continue our relationship with Cullimore Dutton.”


From left: Kate Sherman, Matt Konopinski, Chris Morgan, Ian Talbot

Two clinics have joined forces to extend elite performance physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and analytics to people who have sustained life-changing limb injuries.

Pace Rehabilitation’s Bredbury clinic and Rehab 4 Performance have collaborated to support people’s pathway to recovery, mobility and freedom from pain following injury. Rehab 4 Performance was founded by Matt Konopinski and Chris Morgan who have extensive experience at the highest level of professional football, including senior physiotherapy roles at Liverpool, Rangers and Arsenal as well as working in the academies of Leeds United and Manchester City. The clinic recently passed its CQC accreditation, the only private sports injury clinic in Liverpool to do so.

Pace Rehabilitation says it is the largest independent prosthetic service provider in the UK and employs more than 40 staff across three clinics in Amersham (Buckinghamshire), Bredbury (Greater Manchester) and Glasgow. Patients are mostly referred to the clinics by lawyers, case managers and insurers working with individuals who have sustained major trauma in a road traffic collision or workplace incident. Many patients have undergone amputations or serious injury of the upper or lower limbs.

Matt Konopinski, co-founder and head of physiotherapy and performance at Rehab 4 Performance, said: “We feel that people who have been seriously injured should access the same high technology-based analytics and treatment as elite athletes are routinely used to. This collaboration brings high level gait analysis technology and a data-driven approach to enable the team at Pace to rapidly perform detailed forensic assessments, develop rehabilitation plans and then reassess their patient’s position to determine clinical outcomes.”

Ian Talbot, prosthetist/orthotist at Pace Rehabilitation, said: “We are pleased to forge this strategic partnership with Rehab 4 Performance. We both share the same values in using new technology to support positive clinical outcomes for people who have sustained an injury. This partnership is a logical addition to our Lower Limb Trauma Clinic in Bredbury, which we launched last year, providing a consultant-led, multidisciplinary approach to help people get their lives back on track following a catastrophic limb injury.”


Electricity North West, the Stockport-based electricity network operator, has announced a change in its regional workshops agenda, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

As part of its annual events in Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester this month, where it will be sharing details of its investment in the region and discussing how it and its partners are supporting customers in response to the cost-of-living crisis, it was due to hold its Manchester event at Greater Manchester Chambers of Commerce, on Monday, September 19.

This has now been cancelled, as it is now a Bank Holiday due to Her Majesty’s funeral. It will now be held on October 3, between 1-4pm, at the same venue.