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2018 has started well for our client KFC, as, thanks to the hard work the Jephsons’ interior fit-out team put in just before the holidays, two new restaurants were opened up ready to start trading.

In Hounslow, West London, we completed a full shell-to-handover project on the High Street. The 93 cover restaurant is fitted out with KFC’s latest distressed wood finish furniture, and although there was serious pressure to make sure it opened before Christmas, the keys were handed over on December 22nd to the satisfaction of the client.

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Further west in Worcester, Jephsons gave the KFC estate office the keys to a new drive-thru. This was another shell-to-handover project, but was in a less complicated location, which meant the whole K3 style fit-out, with its 102 covers, was completed in just over four weeks.

Project Manager, Andy Nixon, says both fit-outs presented challenges that the Jephsons’ team rose to overcome. “Working in London is never that easy, as time and space are under great pressure, but the lads really pulled out all the stops in Hounslow to make sure the restaurant opened in time for Christmas. Our experience of managing shell-to-handover drive-thru projects really paid off in Worcester. To complete yet another snag-free restaurant for KFC is a really good feeling for us and the customer,” said Andy.

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Thanks to the commitment and experience of the Jephsons’ interior fit-out teams working on the project, the brand new KFC restaurant in Sprowston on the outskirts of Norwich opened a full week earlier than anticipated.

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The new restaurant and drive-thru is situated on the Sprowston Retail Park and occupies two floors of a converted building that now offers 80 covers for shoppers. The design makes good use of clean lines that complement the open ceiling to give a contemporary industrial, all aided by the use of stainless steel banisters and matt grey pillars.

Andy Carter was Jephsons’ Project Manager for the job and says although the pressure was on for this task, the fit-out teams pulled out all the stops to make sure the customer was happy when it came to handover. “There had been some previous delays in areas that we had no control over, but we knew how important it was to KFC to have the restaurant open as soon as possible. The team worked flat out and managed to shave a whole week off of the expected opening time, which even with our commitment to keeping to budget, quality and timescales is really going some. Our experience of working in the retail and hospitality sector means we know just how valuable time is to our customers, which is why we will always go that extra mile for them whenever we can in order to get them open and trading as soon as possible, “says Andy.

National specialists in interior fit-out services for the food retail and hospitality sector, Jephsons Shopfitters, has hit a new milestone with the handover of its 200th Costa Coffee café in the company’s home town of Mansfield.

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The new Drive-to Costa on St. Peter’s Retail Park was handed over on September 6th and opened for business on the 8th after a 17-day shell-to-handover fit out. Jephsons first started working with Costa Coffee, the UK’s biggest coffee brand in 2010, when it became one of only five approved interior fit-out providers in the UK for the Whitbread owned company.

The St. Peter’s Retail Park café has 90 interior and 32 exterior covers so customer can choose to sit outside while taking a break from shopping in the open air if they wish. The café sports Costa’s new Janus Style interior design which features a duck egg blue finish to the serving counter, light fittings and some of the seating.

According to Jephsons’ Project Manager, Mark Betteley, the whole project went as smoothly as possible, leaving the client delighted at the point of handing over the keys.

“We had a team of two joiners on the project from start to finish and I have to say the quality and end result is possibly the best I’ve seen. We handed the café over completely snag-free with the New Stores Opening Manager from Costa saying it was one of the smoothest and easiest handovers he had ever been involved with,” said Mark.

Jordan Waites is the newly appointed Manager at the St. Peter’s Retail Park Costa and says that the new store has received a really positive response from shoppers; “We have had lots of comments from customers saying how much they like the bright, light and airy interior of the store,” said Jordan.

Jephsons services customers all over the UK from its offices and workshops just off Hermitage Lane in Mansfield. It has been providing interior fit out services for big name brands such as KFC, Pizza Express and Costa Coffee for nearly 60 years with its team of 40 plus joiners and fitters.

“We benchmark all of our work on quality and believe in maintaining high standards for our clients, that’s why we are still in business and keeping globally recognised brand managers happy. With an ever increasing order book we are always on the lookout for experienced joiners and fitters to complement our existing team, so if you think you can match our standards, please get in touch,” said Jephsons Operations Director, Nigel Schofield. 

A new stone commemorating the military service of Mansfield soldier, Driver Albert Henry Ward will be unveiled at a special ceremony at the Mansfield’s Heroes Memorial at Carr Bank Park, Mansfield on Saturday the 22nd of July. The ceremony will begin at 11am.

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The ceremony will mark the end of a long journey for Driver Ward’s family as they will finally see recognition for the price he paid in serving his country.

Albert Ward who lived on Leeming Lane North, Mansfield Woodhouse, joined the army for three years in 1929 at the age of 18, then as soon as war broke out ten years later, he signed up again.

In September 1939 Albert was sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force. He was transferred to RASC and served with it until being rescued from Dunkirk. He later saw active service in North Africa where he was wounded and hospitalized in May 1943. On discharge from hospital, he was sent to Italy, then Egypt, Syria and Palestine. In February 1945, he was back in Italy, then Greece, back to Italy, and then Austria until May 1945.

In May 1945, he was diagnosed as having Tuberculosis, hospitalized in Italy until February 1946, taken to Chester military hospital in the UK, then discharged in September 1946 as "permanently unfit for any form of military service, with 100% pulmonary tuberculosis". He later died on the 26th November 1948, aged 37 in Ransom Wood Sanitorium, just outside Mansfield.

Albert’s death certificate clearly states the cause of death as being due to Tuberculosis.

Due to that fact that Albert died after the war he does not appear on any roll of honour for military personnel; even though his cause of death is directly attributable to his service and active duty in the war.

Albert’s Granddaughter, Karen Dowsing, has been trying for years to get some recognition for her Grandfather, which is why she approached Mansfield’s Heroes Memorial Fund to see if his name could be added to the 10 other service men from the District already commemorated.

Karen spoke of her delight at finally getting recognition for her Grandfather; “I'm so proud of him and I find this all really touching. It's taken me so long to get him commemorated and it’s been a long road, but now, everything that is being done for him makes it all worthwhile.”

“Mansfield’s Heroes Memorial exists to pay tribute to those from Mansfield and District that have paid the ultimate price because of their Military service. The main wall of the Memorial carries the names of those killed in action since the end of WWII, whereas the two Rose Gardens either side of it are dedicated to those who died due to service but cannot be featured on the wall. We are honoured to be able to pay respect to Driver Ward and the price he paid for defending his country by place a stone bearing his name in one of the Rose Gardens. He fought through virtually the entire War and his death is clearly due to that service and as such it is only right that he is remembered,” said a Mansfield’s Heroes Memorial spokesperson.

The ceremony to recognise Driver Ward will include the laying of wreaths by Karen and Albert’s sisters. The Mayor of Mansfield, will lay a wreath on behalf of the District Council and the Last Post will be played at 11.11am with members of the Royal British Legion lowering their Standards in respect.

Veterans, services’ personnel and members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony and are asked to arrive not later than 10.45am at the Memorial which is at the Bath Lane end of Carr Bank Park.

Jephsons has a long and proud tradition of supporting its local business community. When local business forum, MakeIT 2020, which is part of business and community group Mansfield & Ashfield 2020, decided to put on an “Access to Free Money” event to explain the financial support options available to business owners in the area, Jephsons was only too happy to step in and offer sponsorship.

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Over 60 delegates attended the well-received event, many of them giving really positive feedback about the help and advice they had received; the hosts are already planning to run similar events in future.

Speaking after the event, Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 Operations Manager, Caroline Cox said; “The MakeIT 2020 group is driven by the passion and desire to help our business community thrive and take opportunities. Ian Jephson of Jephsons Shopfitters plays an integral role within the group that helps research the current needs of the business community. Sponsorship is vital to help 2020 host valuable events and make our events happen! We thank Jephsons for sponsoring an event that, judging by the turn out, there is clearly need for!’ 

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