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A Mansfield based aquatics firm and a social enterprise in Langwith have created an unlikely partnership that has turned an environmental headache into a positive business solution.

Mansfield Aquatics receives its weekly supply of new fish and plants in Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) boxes. While they are perfect for carrying fish, they have proved very difficult to dispose of in the past – but that has all changed thanks to the company’s new partnership with Rhubarb Farm.

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The community-based farm on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border grows a wide range of vegetable crops which are sold to local families, restaurants and farmers’ shops; it also provides training opportunities for people facing social and personal challenges. It will now be making regular trips to Mansfield to collect the various-sized boxes which it will then use when delivering soft vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce and broccoli to customers.

Managing Director of Mansfield Aquatics, Dave Ferry explained how Rhubarb Farm approached him offering the perfect solution to his waste disposal problem:

“Rhubarb Farm rang me asking if I had any boxes it could use to transport the vegetables it grows. I told them about the EPS ones we get our fish in, which they said were perfect. The boxes take up space and in the past we have even had to pay for them to be taken away and disposed. I love the fact that our partnership has found a green solution to our waste problem and my business headache.”

Sharon Storey, Horticulturalist at Rhubarb Farm says the partnership is a win-win-win solution; “We use organic methods of growing produce at the farm and are very environmentally conscious, so to be able to reuse waste materials like this is a winner for us. Mansfield Aquatics wins because it no longer has to pay for the boxes to be taken away and together we both stop waste going to landfill sites; which means everyone wins!”

The British Plastics Association estimates that around 2,255 tonnes of plastic waste is created in the UK each year, with only 25.2% of that ending up being recycled.

Mansfield District Council does accept trade waste EPS at its Hermitage Lane Recycling Depot. Businesses are charged a trade rate of £140 a tonne to dispose of it with a minimum payment of £10 for waste handled by the Depot.


Notes to editors:

Photo caption:
L-R Josh Wagstaff and Dave Ferry from Mansfield Aquatics, Sharon Storey with Rhubarb Farm Volunteer, Marcus Ellis.

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The announcement by bi-fold door specialist manufacturer that it has brought out a new range of larger sized doors in its Supreme range has been picked up by Aluminnium Trades Supply. The website, which promotes products to the fenestration industry, has featured the range on its website - you can view the whole article by clicking here.


One of Mansfield’s youngest building companies is celebrating landing its biggest contract of the year so far.

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KC Construction was launched just 17 months ago by its Managing Director, Keir Corbett (24) and in February it won the contract to plaster and paint three new bungalows and a four bedroomed house just off Southwell Road in Mansfield. Two of the bungalows are close to completion, with the other properties due to be ready in weeks. The properties are being built by Leybank Limited, the Mansfield Woodhouse based home builder.

“This is a great contract for us to start off the year off” says Keir Corbett, “We specialise in interior and exterior  finishing and to have a project this size allows us to show just what a professional job we can do.”

To contact KC Construction call 01623 612 761

Photo caption: L-R Dave Chambers and Keir Corbett from KC Construction. 

Vufold, the leading British manufacturer of bifold sliding doors is transforming its Ultra range by increasing the glass size in all of its large size sets, and it predicts they will be a massive hit with homeowners across the UK.

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The company has taken its 10ft to 16ft versions of the Ultra range and effectively taken a full door out to create a more spacious looking sets with no impact on door stability and security. This means that the 10ft set can now be supplied with three instead of four doors, the 12ft has four instead of five while the 14ft and 16ft sets reduce from six doors to five. All of the sets will be available in the original configuration while stocks last apart from the 16ft set will be available in both.

The new range additions will be in stock at the company’s warehouse from the beginning of April 2015 and available for free delivery within 7-14 days

“Our Ultra range door sets are completely unique and have proven very popular with customers. They are stylish and low maintenance which means they look good for a long time with little or no additional effort needed by the home owners. What we have done with the new sets is to substantially increase the glass area so that views out into the garden and beyond are better than  ever – something we know our customers appreciate. We are very confident the new Ultra sets will be a big hit this coming summer,” says Kerry Murphy-Kaytan, Marketing Manager for Vufold.

The Ultra range is weather resilient with aluminium cladding on the outside which maintains the external looks while the ultra-fashionable oak on the inside can be made to match interior flooring, doors and furnishings. The sets are available in white or grey powder-coated aluminium outside and natural clear oak inside; all sets are triple glazed as standard to provide extra insulation and heat retention.

The sets come in a comprehensive range of widths from six foot (1790mm) with three doors to 16 foot (4790mm) with six or five doors; all sets are universal in height. Prices range from £2,699.00 to £5,599.00#

Vufold has been manufacturing and supplying bi-fold, sliding doors and room dividers since 2006. The company is based in Macclesfield where it stores manufactured units that are made abroad under precise construction instructions.


Notes to editors:

# Prices correct as of beginning of March 2015

Photo captions: The new three door set of the wider Vufold Ultra range- Higher resolution images can be provided in request

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Ellesmere Children’s Centre in Burngreave, Sheffield is one of the best performing children’s centres in England according to inspectors from Ofsted, the Government’s office that inspects and regulates children’s services. EEC Ofsted Cake2web

The recent inspection by Ofsted found Ellesmere Children’s Centre to be Outstanding in all areas of provision, including quality of practice, leadership, governance and access to services by children and their families. The assessment puts the Centre in the top performing 4% of children’s centres of its type in England.

Centre Manager, Dr. Sharon Curtis, says everyone is blown away at the achievement; “To get awarded outstanding across all areas is totally amazing. The inspectors said some wonderful things in their latest report, including that all children, including the two-year- olds, are making superb progress in their learning and development and that our children are developing excellent social skills in preparation for the later move into school. They also put a strong emphasis on how committed the staff team is to working with families and keeping them informed of children’s progress. We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised in this way.”

The Centre celebrated the announcement by having a special event to which all parents were invited and for which Centre Administrator Libby Hamilton baked a special “Ofsted Outstanding” cake.

Ellesmere Children’s Centre has been catering for 0-5 year-olds in and around Burngreave for over 15 years. It is a registered charity and is run as a social enterprise, providing care and education for up to 50 children.

The Ofsted report identified a number of key areas where the Centre was excelling including:

A commitment by staff and the committee to making safeguarding a priority

  • The provision of rich, varied and imaginative teaching techniques
  • Superb parent/teacher relationships
  • Stimulating and creative play that leads to excellent behaviour by the children

“We won’t be resting on our laurels following the outcome of this report. The inspectors said that to improve further we need to extend the already successful relationships with parents and provide even more inspiring learning opportunities for children. That will be out aim so that the next time Ofsted pay us a visit, they go away again knowing we are outstanding,” said Dr. Sharon Curtis.


Notes to editors:

Photo caption – L-R Ellesmere Children’s Centre staff Emily Headford, Dr. Sharon Curtis, Crystal Wright, Lisa Bramhall and Jo Gash prepare to cut the celebration Ofsted cake.

For further information about this release, please contact Graham Parker at Parker PR on 07977 448 306

Ellesmere Children’s Centre is located on Maxwell Street, Burngreave, Sheffield, S4 7JN

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