21 May 2013

Elite Cambridge Business Circle to discuss “Building the Cambridge of the Future”

All Cambridgeshire business people are cordially invited to attend the next business breakfast networking meeting of the Elite Cambridge Business Circle, which will take place at 8am (concluding at 10am) on Thursday 11 July at Terrington House, 13-15 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1NL.
 
 
The topic of the meeting will be “Building the Cambridge of the Future”, and speakers will include Roger Taylor, Project Director of the University's North West Cambridge Development, and Tim Ward, Cambridge City Executive Councillor for Planning.
In addition, the meeting will provide another excellent opportunity to network with other top Cambridgeshire business people.
 
The cost is £10 per delegate, which includes a buffet breakfast.
 
To book, please send your cheque payable to 1MarketPlace Ltd to:
 
Elite Cambridge Business Circle
10 Miller Road
AYR, Ayrshire
KA7 2AY
 
If you wish to pay electronically online, please phone or e-mail for account details.
 
Murdoch MacDonald
Managing Director
The Elite Cambridge Business Circle
Telephone: 01292 281498
Mobile: 07833 667322
 



14 December 2012

MP Real Estate announces sale of The Platinum Building, St John’s Innovation Park in Cambridge

MP Real Estate, acting on behalf of Ignis Asset Management, have secured a sale of The Platinum Building on St John’s Innovation Park, Cambridge, to St John’s College, Cambridge for £7.11 million.
 
 
St John’s Innovation Park is located on the north side of Cambridge at the junction of the A14 and A10, opposite the Cambridge Science Park. The prime multi-let long leasehold office/R&D property is located at the heart of the Innovation Park and extends to 40,842 sq ft over ground and 2 upper floors.
 
 
The building is let to five tenants: Teraview Limited, Telstra Limited, Ensors LLP, Amantys Limited and Light Blue Optics, and produces an income of £681,500 per annum. A small 2,500 sq ft suite at ground floor is currently vacant.
 
The sale price reflects a net initial yield of 9.00%.
 
 
Andrew McGahey, Director,  MP Real Estate commented: “We are pleased to have secured a disposal of this asset for our client, meeting their pricing and timing expectations in what remains a challenging market.”
 
 
Commenting on the sale, Stuart Paterson of Ignis Asset Management said “Our strategy to sell before the year end has been achieved, and MP Real Estate worked tirelessly to meet our goals. We are very pleased with the outcome.”
 
Ignis Asset Management was represented by MP Real Estate and Lambert Smith Hampton, whilst the purchaser was represented by Savills.
 
MP Real Estate
 
MP Real Estate is a new specialist Property Investment and Development consultancy based in Cambridge.
 
 
Directors Andrew McGahey (left) and Neil Perrin (right), pictured above, offer a bespoke service that is both personal and efficient, with client care a priority.
 
Andrew was recently Head of Lambert Smith Hampton’s Cambridge office and specialises in Investment purchases, funding and sales, acting for many of the major UK institutional investors and high net worth individuals. He has recently been involved in the funding of the new Microsoft Research building on Station Road, which Microsoft will occupy later this year, and the purchase of the multi-let St Andrew’s House.
 
Neil is formerly the Head of Mixed Use development at Savills Cambridge office and works with clients that include Aldi, Premier Inn, Costa Coffee and Marstons. He has recently acquired the former Barclays Bank in Bene’t Street, Cambridge for Kings College and is working on Octagon Park in Ely and The Arcade in Walthamstow - two major mixed-use development schemes.
 
Between them, they have over fifty years experience within the property industry and will principally focus on client requirements in the south-east and eastern region.
 
Commenting on the formation of MP Real Estate, Andrew said: “Neil and I have worked closely together over a number of years, and are both focused on delivering a high quality service to our clients.”
 
Neil commented: “It seemed a very logical fit for the two of us to team up. We are able to provide our clients with a fully dedicated service through the challenges of the development and funding process.”
 
MP Real Estate is based in central Cambridge at Millers Yard, Mill Lane.

For more information, please contact:
 
Andrew McGahey
MP Real Estate
23 Millers Yard
10/11 Mill Lane
Cambridge
CB2 1RQ
 
Telephone: 01223 755110
Mobile: 07834 566739
E-mail: amcgahey@mprealestate.co.uk 
 
Neil Perrin
Telephone: 01223 755110
Mobile: 07539 582582
E-mail: nperrin@mprealestate.co.uk

Website: www.mprealestate.co.uk
 
The Platinum Building, St John’s Innovation Park, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WS

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THE ELITE CAMBRIDGE BUSINESS CIRCLE
 
The Elite Cambridge Business Circle is an association founded in 2009 by some of the top companies in Cambridgeshire.
 
Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Cambridgeshire.
 
Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Cambridge Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.


07 June 2012

Up and coming entrepreneurs to address the Elite Cambridge Business Circle

All Cambridgeshire business people are cordially invited to attend the next business breakfast networking meeting of the Elite Cambridge Business Circle, which will take place at 8am (concluding at 10am) on Thursday 5 July in the boardroom of the Clydesdale Bank, 13-15 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1NL.


[Pictured: Elite Cambridge Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes and managing director Murdoch MacDonald.]

“Cambridge News” and “Cambridge Business” magazine are currently running a competition “Entrepreneurs – the Ones to Watch” looking for the next big things in business.

A panel of independent judges has now decided upon the 25 finalists.

Six of these up and coming entrepreneurs have been selected at random to present their ideas to the Elite Cambridge Business Circle at Clydesdale Bank Thursday 5 July.

After the six presentations, there will follow an informal discussion about successful entrepreneurship, chaired by Jenny Chapman, Business Editor of “Cambridge News”.

In addition, the meeting will provide another excellent opportunity to network with other top Cambridgeshire business people.

The cost is £10 per delegate, which includes bacon rolls (or vegetarian alternative if you pre-order), tea, coffee and juice.

To book, please send your cheque payable to 1MarketPlace Ltd to:

Elite Cambridge Business Circle
10 Miller Road
AYR, Ayrshire
KA7 2AY

If you wish to pay electronically online, please phone or e-mail for account details.

Murdoch MacDonald
Managing Director
The Elite Cambridge Business Circle
Telephone: 01292 281498
Mobile: 07833 667322


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01 April 2012

eg technology celebrates 10 years of innovation

Product development and engineering consultancy eg technology is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month.

Established in 2002 by Andrew Ede and Danny Godfrey, the Cambridge-based company has a lot to celebrate, with strong revenue growth, the addition of 5 new employees and record project sales over the last 12 months. The company will be celebrating with an event for clients and staff at the end of the month.


[Pictured: eg technology directors Andrew Ede and Danny Godfrey.]

eg technology offers product design and development services to the medical, biotech and consumer sectors with a strong track-record of developing medical devices with CE and FDA approval. Clients include Bosch, Smith’s Medical, AlertMe.com, Sphere Medical & Health Enterprise East.

Recent successes include the eg-designed Duofertility Monitor being awarded Cambridge Design Icon status as one of the top 20 products designed in Cambridge over the last 40 years and the launch of the British Gas Safe & Secure wireless security system which was designed by eg for AlertMe.com.

The eg team has grown in size and expertise recently with further additions to the design, engineering and electronics teams.

Danny Godfrey, Director at eg technology comments: “When Andrew and I sat down in the Kingston Arms to write our business plan 10 years ago, we were fairly cautious about our ambitions.

“The past ten years have exceeded our expectations in pretty much every way. We have grown a wonderful team whose creativity and enthusiasm for the challenging work that we do make each year that passes ever more enjoyable,” says Danny. “We’ve worked on some fascinating technologies alongside some brilliant people.”

Andrew Ede, Director at eg technology, comments: “We are very aware that our success rests on the quality of the team around us, a network of high quality suppliers and technical specialists, the quality of the projects we have chosen to work on and the growth of Cambridge as a prominent force in the technology sector. By continuing to build on this formula we have no doubt that the next ten years will be just as exciting.”

About eg technology Ltd

eg technology is one of the UK’s leading product design, development and engineering consultancies. Whether we are working with a small biotechnology start-up or an industry-leading blue-chip, our clients receive a level of service that forms the foundation for a long-term relationship.

Based at the heart of the Cambridge technology cluster, we work with companies worldwide to develop engineering solutions to specific product needs. We don’t simply “solve problems” – our experience ensures that we solve the right problems, managing risks and reducing time to market.

www.egtechnology.co.uk

09 November 2011

The Elite Cambridge Business Circle NEXT MEETING

You and your colleagues are cordially invited to attend the next business breakfast networking meeting of the Elite Cambridge Business Circle, which will take place at 8am (concluding at 10am) on Wednesday 14 December in the boardroom of the Clydesdale Bank, 13-15 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1NL.


[Pictured: Elite Cambridge Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes and managing director Murdoch MacDonald.]

The theme is “The Prospects for Cambridge Business in 2012”.

As usual, there will be a stellar panel of platform speakers, including:

* John Bridge OBE, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce
* Andrew McGahey and Andrew Gordon, Directors, Lambert Smith Hampton
* Ken Ford, Chairman at Brainjuicer Group PLC
* Charles Nixon, Chairman and a founding director of Cambridge Marketing Colleges
* Claire Ruskin Member of PA’s Management Group at PA Consulting Group and CEO (Interim) at Cambridge Network
* Alastair Fish, Business Restructuring Manager at BDO LLP

After the main speakers, there will follow an informal discussion chaired by Jenny Chapman, Business Editor of Cambridge News.

In addition, the meeting will provide another excellent opportunity to network with other top Cambridgeshire business people.

The cost is £10 per delegate, which includes bacon rolls (or vegetarian alternative if you pre-order), tea, coffee and juice.

To book, please send your cheque payable to 1MarketPlace Ltd to:

Elite Cambridge Business Circle
10 Miller Road
AYR, Ayrshire
KA7 2AY

If you wish to pay electronically online, please phone or e-mail for account details.

Murdoch MacDonald
Managing Director
The Elite Cambridge Business Circle
Telephone: 01292 281498
Mobile: 07833 667322
E-mail: murdochmacdonald@hotmail.com

25 October 2011

Cambridge Consultants spins out Aveillant to get wind farms turning

New high-tech radar company removes key barrier to wind energy expansion

Cambridge Consultants, creator of a stable of successful high-tech start-ups, today announced the spin out of Aveillant with venture investment from DFJ Esprit and AIFCL, the wind industry fund.


[Pictured: Aveillant's founders Craig Webster, left, and Gordon Oswald.]

Aveillant’s technology will remove the concerns about aviation safety and air defence that are holding back growth in the wind energy industry. Wind turbines in motion can mimic aircraft on an air traffic controller’s radar screen. Aveillant will provide airfields with the accurate radar data needed to eliminate the potential confusion this could cause, without any resulting loss or compromise in performance. The need is urgent; currently 66% of all wind farm applications, equating to 6.5 gigawatts of electricity, are being delayed due to this problem in the UK alone. The launch of Aveillant is a crucial step towards removing a key barrier to harvesting clean energy around the world.

Aveillant’s business will be to supply equipment and services that will reconcile wind turbines with radar. As aircraft fly above wind farms, current radar systems have struggled to distinguish between the aircraft and the rotating turbine blades, potentially causing air traffic controllers to lose sight of the aircraft on primary radar display screens. This can also cause vulnerability for national air defence. Proposed solutions already available lead to undesirable compromises either in radar coverage, sensitivity or accuracy. Aveillant’s wind turbine mitigation approach has been developed in consultation with all the key stakeholders, including wind farm developers, airport operators, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The result is a single mitigation technology that promises to meet both civil and MoD requirements, and will be cost-effective even for smaller wind farms, as well as generating jobs in the green energy sector.


Aveillant will exploit a new step-change in the development of radar technology in the form of its proprietary 3D holographic radar. The Aveillant solution will be able to recognise the presence and position of even small aircraft in the vicinity of the largest wind turbines, providing a level of accuracy that will assure safe separation of aircraft and turbine in the most demanding airspace. This capability was recognised in 2009 when successful trials of a small scale system for the MoD led to sponsorship for a proposal to the DECC’s Aviation Advisory panel. Consequently, it was the leading radar in-fill solution to be selected by the UK Government’s Aviation Management Board in 2010, and received offers of financial support from the Wind Industry.

This first part of a multi-million pound investment is being funded though a consortium of Cambridge Consultants, venture capitalist DFJ Esprit, and the Wind Industry’s funding body, the Aviation Investment Fund Company Ltd (AIFCL). Founders Gordon Oswald and Craig Webster from Cambridge Consultants are both joining Aveillant.

Ray Edgson, Ventures Director at Cambridge Consultants, said: “The unique radar offering is a result of our extensive work with aviation and wind energy stakeholders to create a technical solution which fully meets their requirements. At Cambridge Consultants we have a long history of spinning out successful companies, and we are confident we will see Aveillant go on to do the same.”

Alan Duncan, Managing Partner at DFJ Esprit, commented: “The demand for renewable energy is a global one, with governments around the world setting ambitious renewable energy targets. Aveillant provides us with an opportunity to invest in an industry leading 3D radar and a services business capable of unlocking the global potential of thousands of wind turbines, and the millions of units of renewable energy they will produce.”

Simon Christian, Chairman of the AIFCL, added: “The AIFCL was set up to support the development of technology which would eliminate the radar concerns, and we are pleased to be assisting in bringing this technology to fruition. Aveillant’s solution promises to do this without any loss of ability to the current systems, and we look forward to having the technology available to us.”

Cambridge Consultants has created more than 20 companies in the past 50 years. Five of them have gone on to be listed on the London Stock Exchange, and several have been sold in multi-million pound deals. The company has created over a billion pounds worth of value and more than 3,000 jobs through its spin outs, and is seen by many as a founding father of the Cambridge Phenomenon.

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