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Family run Norfolk business invests in a new venture.


Simon Long is Norfolk born and a local entrepreneur with several companies and business premises in Thetford and Kings Lynn. Not one to sit back on his success to date, and despite the current economy, Simon has invested £500,000 in new state-of-the-art storage facilities in Hall Road, Norwich.

4 Secure Self Storage was established in 2003 as a complimentary service to Simon’s existing removal businesses, Simon Long Removals and Arrowdene.  Simon originally entered the storage market as the housing market began to slow down, identifying a need by businesses and householders for additional third party storage space.  

A local entrepreneur with a successful background in logistics, Simon started his career in the 1980’s at Arrowdene, his late father’s company. He still runs this business with his sister Andrea and his mother.  Arrowdene is one of a few local independent companies that supply facility services to the American airbases and specialises in overseas logistics.

To develop further into the UK removals market Simon set up Simon Long Removals in February 1993 offering independent removal services for residential and business customers. The business has since grown and now employs 70, with a fleet of 37 vehicles.

With the downturn in the housing market the national removals sector was hit severely and is still slow. Not prepared to hold back and wait for a recovery in the housing market, Simon turned his focus to the storage side of the business by marketing short term and longer term storage facilities to businesses and householders.

The slow housing market has left many looking for temporary storage facilities either because of downsizing, children moving back with parents or sadly because of failed relationships.

The positive growth in internet trading, for example eBay, has seen many traders using the facilities because of a need for extra storage outside of their garage space.

Businesses riding the recession choose to seek additional storage space on short term rental rather than risk bigger business premises and they use the facilities to help control overheads. Others use them purely for ongoing archiving space.  

The Hall Road secure storage facilities have just opened with 116 storage rooms over 8025 square feet.  It has the same high level of investment as the Thetford and Kings Lynn premises.  Based on Hall Road and not far from the Southern Bypass it is ideally situated to serve local businesses and households in Norwich and South Norfolk. 

The Thetford storage business started as a basic sea container concept and proved very popular. Further investment saw the business double in size to include secure indoor facilities and further investment in August 2012 increased the letting size, adding an extra 74 storage rooms across two floors and giving an extra 3630 square feet of net lettable space and an overall total of 231 units with a total of 16240 square feet all with the latest security equipment.

The success of the initial Thetford storage facilities encouraged Simon to open up premises on the Hardwick estate, Kings Lynn in 2008. The Kings Lynn premises introduced full CCTV and WIFI facilities giving internet use in all of the units which already incorporate the latest security technology. The busy site has 141 rooms over 9950 square feet with lift and bay access. The technology has now been rolled out across all the sites.    

 All three sites combined have 34215 square feet of rented space and a choice of sizes of rooms. The business now employs five people across the three sites. The investment in the sites compares favourably with other national storage businesses in the area whilst being able to provide a more friendly and personal service.    

Moving forward further investment in secured storage is not ruled out. Simon is committed to growing the business with expansion considerations in the Norfolk/Suffolk and Cambridgeshire area.     




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Fresh Pod Goes International!


 

2012 has been a great year for Fresh Pod, sales to the commercial industries have soared and The Lively Crew have ended the year securing their first order abroad. A company in Denmark tested the Fresh Pod filters and have been so impressed with the results they are now in the process of installing Fresh Pod filter machines throughout their warehouses. Of course, Denmark is just the first stop! Fresh Pod and Enviro Pod are off to Berlin in February, to the leading international meeting place of the fresh produce trade in the world – Fruit Logistica. So watch this space for more exciting international news!

 

Back in the UK, our most recent tests have kept Broccoli fresh for 57 days! If you’d like more information on the products please visit www.freshpod.co.uk or www.enviro-pod.co.uk or call 01603 702374 to speak to a member of the team.




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Star Throwers Cancer Charity Fights On


In recent years, Star Throwers Cancer charity, based in Wymondham, near Norwich, Norfolk has been a retreat for hundreds of patients suffering from many different types of cancer. The charity was founded in 2009 by Dr Henry Mannings who served as a GP for 33 years and until recently worked as a specialist Doctor in Oncology at the James Pageant hospital in Gorleston, near Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk.

 

Dr Mannings started Star Throwers having been a practicing professional in delivering treatment and support to cancer sufferers across Norfolk for many years. He was frustrated at the time pressures and procedures in place within the NHS, which prevented a more personal approach to treating those who needed care.  Star Throwers was born, aiming to deliver holistic and other treatments in a comfortable and calming environment; in comparison to a typical ward style holistic centre attached to a hospital treatment unit.

 

Such is the success of the organisation  that  400 cancer sufferers as well as many carers have passed through the doors of the charity since it opened, receiving treatments both holistic and medical (administered by Dr Mannings under his professional certification).  Support for the charity has grown to include local GP’s promoting the centre, business people supporting the charity through the supply of equipment and funding and with the backing of Pharmacists, GP’s, Nurses and Consultants practising in the NHS. Patients travel from across the UK to receive advice and support from the Star Throwers team and all free of charge; many having been discharged by the NHS system and seen as at the end of their allotted public sector treatment. Dr Mannings has been able to give support and hope to many and has extended their life expectancy through his skill to advise and administer treatments to assist with their condition and with the patient’s health and safety at the forefront of everything that is done at the centre.

 

Since the bomb shell hit the practice testimonials and support from families, friends, NHS professionals, businesses, local councils and others continues to grow. Many GP’s and Consultants across the UK refer patients to the Star Throwers Centre. A mis-interpretation of administration of a treatment by Dr Mannings by a senior Oncologist at the Norwich University Hospital ended with the Star Throwers founder being summoned at very short notice to appear before the General Medical Council (GMC). Whilst Dr Mannings was given the opportunity to present his case to the council and the panel concluded there were no grounds to suspend him, they have decided to restrict Dr Mannings prescribing of medication to within NHS premises only. As Dr Manning has recently resigned from his position as a Doctor in Oncology at the James Pageant it means he is unable to continue treatments on cancer patients at the Wymondham Centre or elsewhere.

 

Up to five patients, at any one time, are being given alternative therapy for their illness at Star Throwers and as the restriction is with immediate effect, several patients have been left in mid course as well as leaving several potential patients disappointed at being unable to start their treatment and with that their only hope to extend their quality of life.  The loss of prescribing ability at Star Throwers is a loss to many of the patients, many of which are no longer being treated by the NHS.

 

 

The restriction is based on the allegations of an Oncology Consultant in Norwich and despite the fact that the two patients mentioned in the allegations had significantly benefitted from the therapy they had received from Dr Mannings. The families of the patients concerned have gone on record to commend whole heartedly Dr Mannings support and treatment of their loved ones. The consultant concerned has on a previous occasion questioned Dr Mannings work at Star Throwers, with no evidence to suggest, at the time, the treatments were not working as designed to do so.

 

The GMC’s approach to the hearing meant the Star Throwers team had only a weekend and two working days to prepare their case. Calls made to 75 ex patients/families returned 100% letters of support for the charity and commended the work they had done for their family and/or friend. Endorsements of Dr Mannings professional approach to work ethics and administration of drugs was received from practising medical professionals and past work colleagues of Dr Mannings. All evidence suggested that work carried out at Star Throwers is ethical and carried out in a proper and professional manner. Many sufferers past and present have seen an improvement in their quality of life and an extension of their life expectancy. The support for the charity has been phenomenal and a campaign of support is in place to take forward to the appeal.

 

Star Throwers has helped so many people both as patients and by working as a support function for their families. The two patients named in the campaign did not complain about any treatment received from the NHS or Star Throwers, their families just happen to ask why the NHS could not supply the support Star Throwers was administrating to their loved one. Both families have been on TV to confirm their support for Dr Mannings and the charity and will join the fight to reverse the injustice done.      

 

To add a message of support email info@starthrowers.org.uk, write into Star Throwers, 30 Melton Road, Wymondham, Norfolk,  NR18 ODB or visit www.starthrowers.org.uk and send a message via the website.

 

Star Throwers will remain open and continue to offer holistic treatment and one to one support and advice for patients during the appeal process.

 




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