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8th March 2017

Secure Yards at ABC

Up to 3,100 m2 (0.76 Acres) secure and surfaced yard area now available to let,

as either a whole or in equal parts; preferably no more than 2 areas.

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Click here for more details, or contact the sole agents

Bruton Knowles on (01752) 936 101

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21st February 2017

1 and 2 person offices available

We have fully serviced offices available starting at £135 per month

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For details of these offices check out our Devonshire Meadows Wesbite.

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30th November 2015

Team UNA Top Of The League

Team Una, sponsored by the Una group are top of the Netball league.

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UNA are top of the first division, read the full story in the Plymouth Herald

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18th November 2015

Plymouth Argyle Team Up With Stem

Partnership deal between STEM Group and Plymouth Argyle Football Club

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The UNA Group are delighted to see our partner company STEM Group forming a technology partnership with Plymouth Argyle

Argyle along with Plymouth Pavilions, have signed up with Stem Group, with the technology experts becoming Appointed Technology Partner on a five-year agreement. Read more on the Argyle Website

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13th August 2015

Great News as Stem Group partners MITEL

Stem Group, a business technology, IT support & services provider in the South West has become a certified Mitel Partner

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Having extended its product portfolio and grown its team in the past 12 months due to a £500,000 investment from ITEC, Stem aims to help businesses connect and collaborate by providing a range of communication solutions.

As the level of functionality varies between business communication manufacturers, it was vital for Stem Group to select the Mitel product to ensure that all customer requirements could be fully supported.
 
Stem Group has a long history of providing innovative services and solutions to its customers - situated across all sectors.
 
Working with South West organisations, such as the University of Exeter and Brittany Ferries, Stem Group will provide Mitel communication solutions to organisations of all sizes – from small businesses to large enterprises.
 
On top of business telephone and mobile solutions, Stem Group’s unified communications offering includes other methods of staying in touch, such as instant messaging, email, voicemail, and video chat, which can all be accessed through a single device or platform.
 
Stem Group additionally offers organisations the option to combine on-premise and cloud communications to optimise head office, branch office and mobile deployment.
 
Stem Group’s Unified Communications Director, Richard Hill, comments:
 
“Having spent the last two decades working with Avaya, Unify, ShoreTel and Alcatel systems, the Mitel solution is truly the most efficient, cost-effective and feature-rich solution I have had the pleasure to work with. Mitel has managed to design a Unified Communications product that is both simple to operate from an end-user viewpoint yet so thorough, its functionality will span all business sectors irrespective of the business needs…
…We are very excited to have the UK and Europe’s No.1 product in our portfolio and really look forward to helping our clients develop key business strategies to add growth and future-proofing to their businesses.”

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13th March 2015

CARBONARIUS JOINT VENTURE AT TYSELEY WOOD

140 Tonne Boiler Installation Featured on BBC News

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In another Carbonarius joint venture, a massive 140 tonne boiler, made in Houston, Texas, has been installed at the £48m biomass plant currently being constructed in Tyseley Wood, Birmingham, which will use waste wood to generate electricity .

To see the BBC News report about this story, please click here

Another BBC News Report on the background of the plant here

When the Tyseley plant is completed in 2016 it is expected to power up to 17,000 homes.

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8th July 2014

MAJOR INVESTMENT ANNOUNCED IN LEADING SW TECHNOLOGY COMPANY

Plymouth-based Stem Group, a major business technology, IT support & services provider in the South West is delighted to announce that it’s secured an investment of £500k from ITEC Group

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Plymouth-based Stem Group, a major business technology, IT support & services provider in the South West is delighted to announce that it’s secured an investment of £500k from ITEC Group – the region’s market leaders in managed print services and document workflow solutions.

James Arscott, Stem Managing Director: “We are very proud of the service Stem provides to our clients, our strong reputation, and the team we have built over the past 8 years. This ITEC investment will allow us to continue developing our IT, Cloud, Telephony and business continuity services. It also gives us direct access to ITEC’s 2,500 strong client base and the opportunity to grow in new market sectors and a broader South West geography.”

The UNA Group and James Arscott remain as the majority shareholders, but the investment from ITEC will allow Stem to make further investment in their IT Services and growing their team of IT Analysts and Technicians. Stem has over 100 clients including major organisations in Plymouth - the National Marine Aquarium, Brittany Ferries, Theatre Royal and KPM.

Nick Crawford, Information Systems Manager KPM: “Having worked with both companies now for several years I believe our relationships have gone from strength to strength. Both Itec and Stem continually strive to help KPM improve, nothing is ever too much trouble for them.”

In addition to its Plymouth office, ITEC has offices in Bristol, Exeter, Bournemouth, London and Truro with 126 staff servicing its customers across the region.

Dave Young, Group MD of The Una Group: “We have exciting times ahead! James and his team have delivered exceptional performance over the past year and I have been looking for the right partner to give them a springboard for the business. James and I believe in strong, long lasting relationships. ITEC has been in the South West for 26 years and share common values of innovation, integrity, customer service and strong community engagement in all the areas where they are represented.”

Stem’s partnerships with major technology providers such as Dell, Aruba and Pure Storage has driven much of its recent success and it still boasts the only full service IT Disaster Recovery centre in Devon and Cornwall.

Nick Orme, CEO of ITEC: “Work isn’t a place any more, it is a presence. It should be the ability to perform tasks with equal effectiveness from a car, a train, a café or home – through multiple devices and with instant access to all the information you require and with the certainty that your IT environment is robust and your data is secure. Mobile, collaborative working is the future for all businesses and Stem has demonstrated to us that it has the infrastructure, skills and appetite to deliver true workplace transformation for our clients who are eager to adopt these new ways of working.”

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12th June 2014

UNA Sponsor DEBI 2014

David Young, MD of launch sponsors, the Una Group, to be one of the awards launch speakers on June 17

26th March 2014

The Herald Business Awards 2014

UNA Group shortlisted in the "Green Business" category

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The Herald Business Awards presents Plymouth with an annual opportunity to celebrate and reward the businesses and individuals who are helping to drive this wonderful city forward, economically, culturally and socially, towards its goal of becoming Europe’s premier waterfront destination.

During the past three years the awards have highlighted the vast range of Plymouth’s enterprises, across the manufacturing and service sectors, and lauded many of the city’s prime success stories.

Working together in partnership has been critical to much that has been achieved in Plymouth already, and will be crucial in shaping its future.

The UNA Group is proud to have been shortlisted in the Green Business category of this year's awards. For more information on the awards http://www.theheraldbusinessawards.co.uk/

 

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6th March 2014

UNA Supports Sam Goodchild and 'Team Plymouth'

David Young of  The Una Group says  “We’re delighted to be supporting Sam this year, as well as building Plymouth’s profile as a great City to visit.....

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With 100 days to go until 40 of the world’s top offshore sailors arrive in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour, local yachtsman, Sam Goodchild is announcing that he’ll be racing this year thanks to a group of city companies. The 24 year solo sailor will be competing on a boat called ‘Team Plymouth’. Sam’s hoping to promote around 10 local businesses and is looking for interested industries, many have already jumped at the chance to come onboard.

Jason Schofield, Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc : “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Sam Goodchild in Team Plymouth into Sutton Harbour this summer when La Solitaire du Figaro arrives in Plymouth. Sam already berths with us in Sutton Harbour Marina so providing support for him to compete in this challenging race was a natural extension of our relationship. We feel that Team Plymouth provides a fantastic opportunity to put the spotlight on Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, to those in the sailing world in both the UK and France.”

David Young, The Una Group: “We’re delighted to be supporting Sam this year, as well as building Plymouth’s profile as a great City to visit. We offer an unrivalled sailing venue for events such as the America’s Cup World Series, the Rolex Fastnet and others, which all help showcase our wonderful city. Sam is one of our top offshore sailors with a very exciting future ahead of him and we’ll do everything we can to help him achieve his ambitions.”

 

Sam’s first race of the season is the Solo Maitre Coq that starts in Les Sables d’Olonne on 13th March. This is a warm-up for the main event of the season, the iconic La Solitaire du Figaro - a month-long, 4-leg race that will coming to Plymouth for the first time in the history of the race.

Sam Goodchild, ‘Team Plymouth’: “I can’t wait to race into Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour in June. This is one of the toughest races for offshore sailors and is incredibly popular in France. The sailing world is going to be focussed on Plymouth and I thought it was a great opportunity to promote the city and its businesses by having a local boat. I’m incredibly grateful for all the support I’ve had already and I’m hoping to add a few more supporters before I race here in a few months time.”

The Una Group, Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc and Destination Plymouth are supporting Sam already. Sam’s also had help from N9 Design who are working on the boat’s graphics. These companies will join Sam’s existing sponsors: adidas, adidas eyewear, Artemis, Brooks Macdonald, Pol Roger, Southern Ropes and Lifedge.

In last year’s Solitaire, Sam achieved the best British result since 1975 after finishing in 11th place. He’d really love to finish inside the top 10 this year as he works towards his ultimate ambition, the Vendee Globe race in 2016.

If you’d be interested in supporting Sam please email him: sam@samgoodchildracing.com

and you can follow Sam throughout the season here: http://www.samgoodchild.com/news/

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27th January 2014

Stem Group Excited to Continue 2013 Success into 2014 and Beyond

2013 was a very productive and exciting year for Stem Group.

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Already working with some of the South West’s most notable businesses from SMEs, schools, the public sector and charities, Stem Group went from strength to strength in 2013 and is looking to continue to grow on that through 2014. Several large contracts were taken on, the result being the need for three new staff and an expansion to the data center, based at our offices at Airport Business Centre in Estover, Plymouth. Cloud computing and hosted IT services have become one of the major considerations for businesses in the last couple of years. Stem Group already boasts an impressive cloud client base including Burts Chips, Brittany Ferries and Plymouth Theatre Royal. “Stem Group has continued to grow significantly over the last few years and we are always looking for fresh talent to add to our expanding team. We are very excited about our future.” Stephen Tyrrell comments, Managing Director of Stem Group.

http://www.stemgroup.co.uk/

 

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21st November 2013

UNA Winners at DEBI 2013

UNA Group WIn Sustainable Ethos Award

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Ian Brooking of the UNA Group together with the sponsor Kier Group's, Gareth Bourton

at the Met Office – Exeter, with the award for winner of Sustainable Ethos.

For more details of the awards by Devon Environmental Business Initiative

please see http://www.debi-online.org.uk/awards

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28th October 2013

UNA is a DEBI Finalist

The Una Group is delighted to announce that it’s a finalist in this year’s DEBI Environmental Awards

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The Devon Environmental Business Initiative (http://www.debi-online.org.uk/)  has been championing Devon’s business community for 21 years. The Una Group is shortlisted in the Sustainable Ethos category.

The judges from DEBI, the Environment Agency and South West Water paid the Una Group a visit last week to find out more about their ongoing environmental activities.

The awards will take place at the Met Office in Exeter on Thursday, 21st November.

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19th July 2013

CARBONARIUS WINS GOLD FOR ITS GREEN INITIATIVE

Carbonarius received the Best Energy from Waste Initiative Award at the prestigious National Recycling Awards in London.

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  Ian Brooking, Carbonarius: “It is great for us to win this award for all involved. Myself, David Pike and David Nairn have worked very hard against challenging financial markets to get this project built. We are a small company developing projects and it is great to win an award against the large waste entities.”  

  

 Carbonarius was set up in 2010 as a partnership between the Una Group and O-Gen UK Limited to develop waste timber gasification facilities. Its aim is to take waste wood such as construction materials and broken pallets and turn it into renewable energy. Its first plant, in partnership with MITIE Group PLC known as O-Gen Plymtrek is based at the Devon Enterprise Facility in Roborough. This site has the potential to convert 40,000 tonnes of timber into renewable heat and electricity each year. It could reduce CO2 levels and produce enough electricity to power 6,200 homes or make 850,000 cups of tea. 

 Ian Brooking, Carbonarius: “O-Gen Plymtrek is a state of the art facility which is highly efficient and sustainable, whilst supporting the local economy and community, and helping to meet national Government targets. The solution in Plymouth utilises the best available technology as recognised by the Environment Agency. It avoids the need to landfill and transport the wood waste over large distances. This is the first of a pipeline of projects nationwide. 

 The Plymouth facility has been developed and will be operated by MITIE. This has generated around 50 local jobs in the construction phase and around 23 in the running of the plant but it has also helped to secure around 750 jobs in the local area through its supply of renewable heat and power to nearby businesses. 

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11th January 2013

Stem Group, Expands its Free IT Seminars to Exeter

Stem Group has held a series of successful seminars over the last year and, thanks to demand, has now started hosting these events in Exeter too.

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The events are centered on current IT trends and topics, new technologies that companies may want to adopt to improve business processes.

 
The seminars have been kept unbiased to deliver the greatest amount of value to attendees possible. To date, attendees have included IT professionals and senior company individuals from companies such as Peninsular Enterprise, Plymouth City Council, Foot Anstey, Francis Clark, City College Plymouth, Plymouth High School and Cornwall Council. 
 
 “We have had many requests from companies east of Plymouth to run IT courses nearer to them, so we have chosen Exeter as a convenient base for these businesses. We are thrilled that the events in Plymouth have been such a success that we’re having requests from elsewhere in the South West.” Stephen Tyrrell, Managing Director states. 
 
To sign up for the next seminar titled “In-Depth Cloud Seminar for IT Professionals” please click here: www.stemgroup.co.uk/free-seminar-depth-cloud-seminar-it-professionals

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12th December 2012

Be a Part of the South West's Annual Business IT Survey

The South West Business IT Survey was commissioned as a joint initiative by Stem Group, a leading IT company in the South West, and Plymouth University.  The survey is aimed at assessing the health and trends of the business IT landscape in the South West of the UK year on year.

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This is the second year of the survey, it is hoped the survey will build on last year’s success and more conclusions will be drawn when comparing 2011 to 2012’s data to see how IT in business is improving in the region as well as pointing out areas for improvement. 

Surveys like this one are essential in today’s modern world to measure IT and its impact on businesses. With technology moving on quickly, some companies and organisations lag behind the times and do not realise the benefits IT can bring to a business. 

In periods of economic instability, those organisations which survive are likely to be those that identify and implement best practice. By recording how organisations in the South West are using IT, it will help them to identify gaps and issues to develop their infrastructure to better support their overall objectives. Because this is an annual questionnaire we can use longitudinal data to identify those trends which can help competitive advantage” states Dr Nigel Jackson, Associate Professor at Plymouth University Business School, Reader in Persuasion and Communication.

As an incentive, Stem Group is offering the chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher if businesses fill out the questionnaire before the 21st December 2012.

“Last year’s survey gave some real insight into IT in the South West; most organisations are looking into the latest technologies like Cloud and virtualisation to save IT budgets that have been cut. As IT becomes an increasingly integral part of our working lives, it is important to map our region against the rest of the UK.” Stephen Tyrrell, Managing Director at Stem Group comments. 

You can take part in the survey here:

www.stemgroup.co.uk/south-west-business-it-survey-2012

The questionnaire should just take 5 to 10 minutes to complete and by doing so you will be helping to identify the landscape of IT in the South West.  Please feel free to pass this link on to any other businesses within the South West.

You can find the results of the 2011 survey here:

www.stemgroup.co.uk/south-west-business-it-survey-2011

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10th October 2012

Happy 7th Birthday to Stem Group!

Stem Group celebrates their 7th year in business growing from 2 employees in 2005 to 18 today. 

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Stem Group has gone from strength to strength gaining well known South West companies as clients such as Brittany Ferries, Devonport High School for Boys and Burts Chips.
 
With the help of well-known Directors David Young and Ian Brooking of The Una Group, Stem Group has been an influential IT company in the South West.
 
We’ve got a fantastic team at Stem Group and it’s great to be able to celebrate that on our 7th birthday. We all work hard and are proud of the work we do; which is clear if you speak to any of our clients. We’ve got an exciting year ahead and hope to have expanded even further by our 8th birthday.” Stephen Tyrrell, MD of Stem Group comments. 

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5th October 2012

David Young won the Community Engagement Award 2012

THE man who led the team which brought the America's Cup World Series to Plymouth has been honoured in a prestigious award ceremony.

 
 

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City businessman Dave Young won the Community Engagement Award in the 2012 Plymouth University Vice-Chancellor's Enterprise Awards.

He joined a talented and dedicated line-up of passionate campaigners and researchers whose work was acknowledged in the ceremony on Saturday.
 
Professor Martin Attrill, director of the university's Marine Institute, won the World-Class Researcher Award in recognition of his pioneering work on the effect of climate change on marine habitats and the impacts of marine protected areas and marine renewable energy.
 
The 24 awards were separated into six categories – Pioneering, Empowering, Spirited, Expert, Connected, and Creative. Trophies were designed for the occasion by students Sean Bunton and Christopher Grover.
 
Ian Sherriff, a member of a national panel set up by the Prime Minister to improve community support for dementia sufferers, was named Ambassador of the Year.
 
Mr Sherriff, an associate lecturer at Plymouth University, said: "I am thrilled to be honoured in this way for work which, I believe, is already having an incredible effect on the lives of so many people within our communities."
 
Mr Young, who was chairman of the group which brought the America's Cup to Plymouth in 2011, said: "A huge team effort culminated in thousands of people seeing a truly amazing spectacle, and this award is recognition for everyone who was part of that success and the legacy that continues to grow from it."
 
Film-maker Danny Cooke, who has worked with Plymouth's Olympic bronze medallist diver Tom Daley, was presented with the Outstanding Student accolade.
 
Professor Stephen Sterling, head of education for sustainable development, won the Outstanding Contribution category for work which has seen the university consistently ranked in the top five institutions in the national People and Planet Green Gown Awards.

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28th August 2012

Let's tap into Olympics spirit for city by David Young

Read the thoughts of our MD, David Young and join him to promote Plymouth.

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David Young MD of The Una Group Ltd PlymouthHERE'S been a real lift in our spirits from our glorious summer of 2012 across the whole country – if you just ignore the weather for five minutes.

The Jubilee celebrations were magnificent, despite plenty of predictions of a damp squib, followed by the truly outstanding Olympics in which we built, organised, volunteered, secured and performed our socks off in so many different ways.

As a result a real sense of pride has been rekindled across the country.

I do get upset, however, by the speed at which some parts of the media turn from such brilliant coverage into the negative stories on which they generally lead.

Many, together with the general doomsayers of life, are now predicting all the euphoria will rapidly turn into post-Olympic blues.

So how can we ride this wave of positive energy into our own community for maximum collective benefit?

Well the plans for Home Park on the back of the brilliant Life Centre, and James Brent's development of Argyle/Pavilions etc, will give Plymouth sporting and event facilities of national significance.

We live in one of the most magnificent locations in the world and want more people to come and share it by promoting events like Flavour Fest, the National Fireworks Championship, the Marine City Festival or the America's Cup World Series.

We have some brilliant businesses based down here across a wide spectrum of sectors, some seeing impressive growth.

We have notable strengths in the manufacturing, marine, engineering, creative, medical and technology.

We have a private sector working very closely with the public sector at delivering economic growth against clear strategies.

We all have a part to play in this process – whether it's getting involved in the Plymouth Chamber or other community groups or to just being a vocal supporter of the city, rather than a doomsayer (those that generally expect the worst and love being proved right).

The Olympics success shows us that with dedication, belief and hard work we really can excel.

And as a city we must now emulate that journey and all play a part in supporting, believing and delivering.

So please find a way of making your contribution – get involved with the Plymouth Chamber if you are in business, as together we can achieve so much more.

At the very least let's all talk our city up and expect the best – we might get a very pleasant surprise in the process.

http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/Let-s-tap-Olympics-spirt-city/story-16774981-detail/story.html

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9th August 2012

Have you checked out the Arctic Jubilee video?

The Una Group and Stem Group sponsored this video as part of the educational outreach programme: Education Through Expeditions. This video will be going out to schools all across the UK.

 

 

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