Bathgate Group Invests in LJMU Entrepreneurs

Bathgate Group sponsored and attended the IdeaLab 2016 Student Showcase, at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), on Wednesday 14th September. Gary Laverick, Bathgate Group CEO and Alastair Jones, Head of Underwriting at Bathgate Business Finance, were involved in judging presentations by four teams of student entrepreneurs, hoping to win support for their ideas, in a Dragon’s Den style pitching process.

The Centre for Entrepreneurship at LJMU is behind IdeaLab, a pilot accelerator programme for technology driven ideas. During the past ten weeks, four teams of students have been put through their paces, including having to perfect their business plans and develop their concepts ready for the IdeaLab 2016 Student Showcase.

The four teams presented a range of ideas including: a conference delegate app, technology to improve solar panel efficiency, a student social app and a new approach to identifying airport runway debris.

Only one team could win the IdeaLab trophy and the judges decided that the prize should go to DIGI-HAWK, for their innovative idea of airport runway debris detection. DIGI-HAWK was presented with the winner’s trophy by Gary Laverick.

Gary Laverick commented that the “creative ideas and professionally presented business plans, together with the students’ enthusiasm and product knowledge, made for a truly inspirational event.  Everyone involved deserves great credit”.

All of the teams involved in the IdeaLab Student Showcase have opportunities to continue progressing with ongoing support from the Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Bathgate Group is involved in a five-year partnership with the Centre for Entrepreneurship at LJMU providing financial support to entrepreneurs through the Bathgate Start-up Fund.

Rod Walker, Founder and Chairman of Bathgate Group is a former Pro-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University and as an Honorary Fellow has been involved with the group for some 50 years.  He explains how the Directors of the company were seeking an opportunity to give something back and support a new generation of enterprising graduates in a tangible way.

“Bathgate is privileged and delighted to be able to support Liverpool John Moores University in the important work of Entrepreneurship through the start-up Fund. The health and welfare of the community is best achieved by the provision of employment and this is vital for our future.”

Bathgate Group comprises a range of companies including Bathgate Silica Sand, Arclid Transport, Bathgate Flooring, Bathgate Business Finance and Databax Hosting Solutions. Each Bathgate company shares a common objective to provide customers with the highest level of trust and confidence in all of their products and services.

Bathgate Flooring Ltd acquires Sandhurst Flooring (UK) Ltd

We are delighted to announce that on Friday 22nd July Bathgate Flooring Ltd acquired Sandhurst Flooring (UK) Ltd. The acquisition further enhances Bathgate Flooring’s offering, with Sandhurst Flooring’s expertise in floor coverings complimenting Bathgate Flooring’s offering of high quality raised access flooring and installation services.

Sandhurst Flooring was a leading flooring contractor, servicing commercial and industrial clients and the construction industry for over 20 years. They provided a range of services and floor coverings including the installation of vinyl, carpet, ceramics, laminate, rubber, entrance matting, commercial and industrial hardwood flooring.

As of Monday 25th July all new orders and contracts will be undertaken by Bathgate Flooring Ltd. All existing orders and contracts placed with Sandhurst Flooring prior to Monday 25th July will continue to be undertaken as Sandhurst Flooring (UK) Ltd.

Bathgate Flooring welcomes Tony Osborne with his wealth of expertise as the manager of the Bathgate Flooring coverings operation. The coverings operation will consist of the existing Sandhurst Flooring team, combined with key members of Bathgate Flooring. At present we will continue to operate from Warrington, Cheshire, however in line with growth plans the coverings operation will expand into a larger premises in 2017.

We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with a wide range of the highest quality flooring solutions and services, with an ultimate goal of being our customers’ first choice every time.

Contact info@bathgateflooring.co.uk if you would like more information or visit www.bathgatefloorcoverings.co.uk

Bathgate Team Delivers

Led by Director/ General Manager Karl Rye and Head of Contracts Management Ernie Smyth Bathgate Flooring has developed a dedicated and experienced team of flooring professionals with a wealth of knowledge and expertise to provide you with complete raised flooring system.

Combining this technical knowledge with our own state of the art manufacturing facility to produce the world renowned Permaflor range of products allows Bathgate Flooring to provide you with a raised access flooring solution that is tailored to your specific needs in terms of specification, product performance and budget.

For sales, service, design assistance or technical advice, please give us a call to discuss how we help.