Movers and Shakers - June 28

BUSINESSMAN David Dunn from Sudbury has swapped the daily grind of commuting to London for a brand new enterprise.

The 42-year-old has exchanged a career as a regional manager with the Post Office to set up his own company Revive! Bury St Edmunds.

Revive! specialises in fixing those irritating scuffs, scratches and marks on cars and vans of every shape and size.

The father-of-one launched his new enterprise this month but already has big plans to expand. David is only a phone call away and believes his secret is down to a three pronged approach; the quality of his work, great customer service and faultless reliability.

David worked for the Post Office for seven years and opted to take voluntary redundancy so he could follow his dream and set up his own business. Earlier in his career he worked for 17 years for Sainsbury’s and is convinced the lessons he learnt with the supermarket will help him make Revive! a big success.

He said: “I have been thinking of setting up on my own for some time now and the opportunity came along. I have done a lot of research and I am convinced there is a great business opportunity in the area. I am really looking forward to working for myself and building up a successful and thriving business.

“I have looked at other franchise openings but opted for Revive! because it offers such a great service and is a really good operation.”

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David said: “There is nothing more irritating than getting a scratch or mark on your car. It is the sort of thing that annoys you every time you notice it or clean the car. The service we do means that people can get the problem fixed without the hassle of getting the insurance companies involved. The cost of carrying out the work is often cheaper than the excess on the insurance policy and what’s more customers don’t lose their no-claims bonus.

“With the cost of insurance going up all the time that has got to be a big bonus.”

David went on: “Working in retail for so many years taught me how important customer service is and that is what Revive! does best. I have already done several jobs for customers and it was fantastic to see how pleased they were.

“I was looking for an additional skill and doing the work has given me a great sense of satisfaction and personal achievement.”

David’s business covers the West Suffolk and Essex area and the plan is to expand over the next three years.

David said: “I did my research and I think there is a big gap in the market in the area. The aim is to have four vans on the road within the next couple of years. We have already been talking to the main dealers in the area but are also looking to break into the private market.”

In his spare time David coaches his son George’s rugby team in Sudbury. He said: “ Having not played since leaving school, being a coach is a lot of fun and very rewarding.”

WEALTH Management firm Atkinson Bolton Consulting based in Newmarket, is pleased to announce the appointments of Steve Edwards as financial planning consultant and Christopher Gooding as investment manager.

James Bolton, managing director and co-founder of Atkinson Bolton, who are this year celebrating their 10th anniversary, said: “We are delighted to welcome both Steve and Christopher to the team. These appointments are necessary to ensure the continued outstanding support to our existing and growing client bank on both the private and corporate sides of our business.”

Steve’s career in financial services began in 1994 and he is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Insurance, the highest designation within the financial services profession. Steve’s clients can expect service excellence based not only on his 17 years’ experience but also the 17 professional examinations he has taken during his time in financial services.

Christopher is well versed in the world of the money markets. After graduating from both St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University’s (now with both MA Hons, MSc to his name), Christopher spent 3� years working in the fund management business. Working alongside Ian Goodchild, Christopher will be responsible for the management of client investment portfolios and involved in the fund research process. Christopher will also become a member of the investment committee, which is central to the asset allocation and fund selection decisions for the award winning Atkinson Bolton Consulting investment management process.

TEES Solicitors has promoted eight lawyers with effect from June 11. Four have been promoted to partner and four to associate.

A new generation comes to the fore as David Culshaw, Letty Glaister, Rob Whitaker and Anne Coles are all promoted to the partnership. David in commercial property, Letty in wills, trusts and probate and Rob in employment all trained with the firm, joining in 2004, 2001 and 2000 respectively. Anne Coles has recently merged her specialist employment law firm AMC Law, which she formed in 2005, with Tees Solicitors.

Also rising through the ranks are Janine Collier who joined Tees in 2006 and Adam Copeland who joined in 2001. Both Janine and Adam are part of the clinical negligence team in Cambridge and have been made associates. Also promoted to associate are David Miller in commercial who trained with Tees and joined in 2006, and Sally Powell in family who also trained with Tees and joined them in 2002.

“The new promotions are hard earned and well deserved and exemplify Tees’ practice of promoting from within, as well as recruiting outstanding talent from outside the firm when the opportunity arises,” said new senior partner, David Redfern.”

At the same time Alastair Lorimer, Richard Tee and Peter Bricknell will be stepping down as partners. They will remain with the firm as consultants, continuing to deliver excellent service to their clients, as they have done for some 30 years.

TALENTED Fornham St Martin architect Stuart Jones’ vision and bold design flair has been rewarded with a partnership in one of East Anglia’s most distinguished practices, at 33-years-old.

“It has been rather meteoric,” said Stuart, who divides his working week between a studio near Bury St Edmunds and Feilden+Mawson’s offices in Ferry Road, Norwich.

The former County Upper School pupil’s burgeoning talent has seen him leading design teams on some landmark F+M projects across East Anglia.

“Being made a partner so soon is a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect it quite so quickly,” he said.

Managing partner, Robert Todd, said the appointment was a well-deserved reward for a highly-talented architect. Stuart’s career had developed very quickly as he gained experience in the firm’s London, Cambridge and Norwich offices while rising through the Feilden+Mawson ranks.

“Stuart has great design flair and has shown a real commitment to delivering what a client is looking for. He understands a client’s vision, while at the same time is very practical,” said Mr Todd.

“He is a very solid team leader working very well with his team to deliver what our clients are looking for.”

Stuart is currently working on more than 20 projects which are at various stages of completion.

“I love what I do. I am fascinated by architecture and I am looking at it all the time. I’m always thinking about the impact a building has on the lives of people who work there. I ask people what they want from a building. It’s got to work for them on a personal level as well as meeting regulations,” said Stuart.

“I see a building as a piece of furniture rather than as a big block on the side of the road and try to work out how people engage with it. I believe you can always create something special – even an industrial shed.”

Stuart’s love of architecture dates from childhood. As an eight-year-old he watched enthralled as a property his parents bought at Fornham St Martin, was converted and extended to become a care home.

Stuart and his wife of four years, South Africa-born Monique, have subsequently bought back part of that same property and converted it back into a home for themselves.

He remembers his teachers being surprised when, at age 12, he put down architecture as a hobby when filling out a CV. As a fifth-form student at County Upper School, Bury St Edmunds, the time came time for a work experience placement and Stuart naturally turned to a local firm of architects.

After gaining a BA degree in architecture at Portsmouth University, Stuart did part of his practice-based year of professional training at Feilden+Mawson in London. He was a member of the F+M team working with Norman Foster on the Treasury Building in Whitehall.

Stuart returned to Portsmouth to complete a two-year diploma for part two of his training and then it was back to F+M, this time at Cambridge. Supporting a partner involved in private finance initiative projects with Norfolk schools, Stuart found himself doing more work in Norwich than Cambridge. So in 2005 he moved his base to Norwich.

Outside work Stuart enjoys golfing off an 18 handicap – and is an enthusiastic bagpipes player, having joined the Bury St Edmunds-based Glenmoriston Pipe Band when he was 12.

“The band plays at events across East Anglia and competes in southern England competitions, said Stuart. “During the summer we can be out playing every weekend.”