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Childnres Hope Foundation

Base Group raises money for Children’s Hope Foundation

March 2014


In February Base Group donated £262.60 to the charity Children’s Hope Foundation, the proceeds were raised as part of a company raffle held at the end of 2014.

The charity was chosen after being brought to our attention by the fundraising ‘snack box’ we were asked to place in our staff canteen. The charity aims to improve the quality of children and young people who have been affected by illness, disability or poverty. “Children's Hope Foundation's aim is to ensure that children regardless of their illness, disability or indeed poverty, all have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and achieve their potential...”

www.childrenshopefoundation.org.uk

 

Rainsbows Childrens Hospice

Base Group raises money for Rainbows, East Midlands Children’s Hospice

March 2014


In late 2014 Base Group held two further company raffles which in total raised £335.10 for the charity Rainbows, and its East Midland Hospice. These proceeds were donated to the charity in February.

The hospice looks after children and young people in the East Midlands who have life limiting and/or life threatening conditions, and also supports their families.

Just like everyone else, our children need a place to play, laugh and love life. A place where they and their families are cared for and supported. Welcome to Rainbows – the East Midlands’ hospice for children and young people.

www.rainbows.co.uk/the-hospice

"We are delighted to have been able to raise funds in support of these amazing charities and their work, and hope to plan further future events to continue to do so.

Samantha Littler, Commercial Director Base Group

 

The Guardian

Guardian Website Interview with John Miller

March 2015


In January, Managing Director John Miller spoke to Mark Williams as part of a piece for the guardian website, Goldman Sachs partner zone- “What skills do you need to be a successful exporter?”

John explained about the formation of what was then Composites Limited, and the subsequent growth to form Base Group. He described both the challenges and opportunities involved in becoming what is now a successful export business, as well as plans for continued future growth of Base Group.

“It took us years to become export­-ready, but in 2012 exports made up 20% of our turnover. Our key overseas markets are Italy, Germany and Austria, with sales growing in Belgium and Luxembourg. We started selling in Russia in 2014; we’re finalising negotiations with a distribution network in China and seeking growth in North America this year.”

John has been involved in the Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Business programme since 2012.

The full article can be found by clicking here.

What skills do you need to be a successful exporter?
Date: 26 Jan 2015
Author: Mark Williams
Source: The Guardian, Goldman Sachs partner zone (sponsor of the Entrepreneur Stories hub)

 

Three Peaks Challenge

Base Group 24 hour Three Peaks Challenge for Charity

March 2015


On September 12th 2015 Managing Director John Miller, and a team from Base Group will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge. The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, within just 24 hours- Ben Nevis (1344m), Scafell Pike (978m), and Snowdon (1085m).

The team are taking on the challenge to raise awareness and funds for Leicester Hospitals Charity, ‘Little Lives, Big Journeys’. The Little Lives, Big Journeys Appeal, co-ordinated by Leicester Hospitals Charity is supporting the CenTre Neonatal Transport team to raise money to buy cooling equipment for their ambulances. This equipment is vital in protecting the brains of babies who have suffered lack of oxygen at birth when transporting them from one of 14 different maternity units in the Midlands to one of the three specialist intensive care units which are in Leicester, Nottingham or Coventry.


Each team member has pledged to raise £500 the charity. Joining the Base Group team will be valued customer and composite professional Andy Moss from Williams Advanced Engineering. Full details of the team, sponsorship and further information can be found by following the links below.


https://www.justgiving.com/Base-Group/
http://www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/aboutus/leicester-hospitals-charity/little-lives-big-journeys/

“We are delighted to be able to take part in such an exciting challenge, and raise awareness and funds for this amazing cause. Myself and the team will certainly all be training hard in the coming weeks and months.”
John Miller, Managing Director

 

base group mark of precision
Base Materials partner with Italian Composite Industry leader BComp

March 2014


Base Materials, a subsidiary of Base Group Limited are delighted to announce that they have assigned BComp as their distributor of pattern and mould materials.

Base Group is excited by the opportunity to partner with BComp, their wealth of experience and knowledge of the Italian market will support Base Group in achieving its long term, international growth objectives, explains Samantha Littler, Commercial Director of Base Group.

Elena Del Maschio, Sales and Department Manager for BComp adds; BComp is honoured to have become a distributor of Base Materials internationally recognised products, we believe their range of pattern and mould materials offer the best choice in terms of both quality and price for our customers. We believe this partnership will result in strengthening our market presence across Italy and also support BComp’s plans to become more active within the Mediterranean market.


www.base-group.co.uk
www.bcomp.it

B COMP composite materials

 

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Base Group set the test for the Goldman Sachs Student Challenge

March 2014


This February Base Group Managing Director and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses graduate John Miller set one of three real business problems for the inaugural Goldman Sachs Student Challenge. This prestigious competition provides university students with a unique opportunity to demonstrate their analytical, creative and entrepreneurial skills.

Eleven finalists were invited to present their innovative solutions to the 10,000 Small Businesses programme graduates who had personally experienced these problems within their own businesses. The winner secured a place on the 2014 Spring Internship with Goldman Sachs and to also won one year of university fees.

When asked about his participation John Miller said "Having experienced first-hand how support from the 10,000 Small Businesses programme can benefit an individual and an SME business I was very excited to be partnering with Goldman Sachs on the Student Challenge. The solutions presented will positively impact Base Groups globalisation strategy and I would like to thank each applicant for the time and effort put in to presenting such innovative ideas”.

Janine Glasenberg from Goldman Sachs added, “I would like to thank the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni for taking part in the GS Student Challenge. The students truly valued the opportunity to work on a real life project and then present to the business owners”.

 

Goldman Sachs Student Challenge


Aston University awAston Universityards Visiting Industrial Fellowships to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni

January 2014

 

Aston University is proud to award Visiting Industrial Fellowships to thirteen Alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme, in recognition of the contribution they have made across the university to the understanding, experience and awareness of business growth and entrepreneurship.

The Visiting Industrial Fellows were awarded the title at a lunch event held at Aston Business School on 14th January 2014, attended by Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Academic Lead on Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme and Professor George Feiger, Executive Dean, Aston Business School.

Professor George Feiger said: “I am delighted that thirteen of the 10,000 Small Businesses programme alumni have been awarded Visiting Industrial Fellowships. We value the contribution these high growth, entrepreneurial business leaders are making to the work of Aston Business School and the key role they play in fostering relationships between the small business community and Aston University”.

Stephanie Chamberlain, CEO of Magic Milestones, a consulting firm specialising in the field of digital product management is one of the alumni to be recognised as a Visiting Industrial Fellow. Stephanie has been involved in a number of consultations involving Lord Heseltine and the University’s Enterprise Research Centre and also acts as a mentor to young entrepreneurs for the BSEEN programme.

Talking about receiving the title Stephanie said "I am honoured to be made a Visiting Industrial Fellow by the University. Since joining 10,000 Small Businesses I have valued the support and opportunities I have had to engage with both Aston Business School and the wider University community. As the owner of a growing business within the region I particularly appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the discussion of enhanced government policy support for small businesses and for budding entrepreneurs”.

The University plans to award these Fellowships annually to 10,000 Small Businesses alumni who demonstrate their commitment to supporting Aston Business School and the business community.

The thirteen Visiting Industrial Fellows are:

BSEEN is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Notes to Editors

Aston Business School, Aston University is renowned for the quality of its innovative learning and teaching, world leading research and for having a friendly and supportive culture. The School has strong business links, and offers life-transforming experiences that make a real difference to organisations, economies and the global society. Aston Business School is committed to helping small businesses realise their potential through dedicated services which are specifically tailored to meet their needs. The School also delivers cutting edge entrepreneurial research (especially on high growth firms) and is home to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK project and jointly hosts the new national Enterprise Research Centre with Warwick University.

10,000 Small Businesses UK

10,000 Small Businesses UK is an initiative to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises across the United Kingdom through providing the resources they need to grow, including greater access to business education and business support services. It is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that a combination of education and support services best addresses the barriers to growth for small businesses.

The programme is based on an innovative and successful approach to supporting entrepreneurs, as developed through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative and the 10,000 Small Businesses programme launched in the United States in 2009. A programme tailored specifically for the UK market was brought to Yorkshire in 2010 and then to the North West of England in 2011, the Midlands in autumn 2011 and London in early 2012. Programme partners include Saïd Business School (University of Oxford), Leeds University Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Aston University Business School and University College London.

10,000 Small Businesses in the UK is funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

BSEEN

The BSEEN project is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf

 

Base Group 2013 News

 

 

Made by Young People
Base Group place new order with Made by Young People

 

This August, Base Group Ltd placed their new order for uniforms with Made by Young People, a tremendous organisation which works towards reducing the number of unemployed 16-24 year olds across the UK which currently stands at 1 million.

Made by Young People provide young adults with employment, experience, mentoring, a chance to develop their entrepreneurial skills and opportunities to attend workshops where they can learn about starting their own business. T-shirts which may be recognised include the popular “made in the NHS” tees which was a concept thought of by a team of young adults within the organisation. When asked about the new order from Base Group, Lee Blake, founder of Made by Young people stated, “MBYP received sizeable order from Base Group which has enabled us to help even more young people learn new employment and entrepreneurial skills, for which we are extremely grateful.”

Base Group is proud to be supporting such a wonderful cause and would like to encourage others to do the same. “The high unemployment rates amongst the youth of today can only be reduced by providing these young individuals with the practical experiences and confidence within a workplace environment. Here at Base Group we have implemented an apprenticeship scheme within our Base Patterns advanced engineering division in an attempt to help reduce the growing youth unemployment rate” explains Commercial Director, Samantha Littler.

 

Base Group sponsor Formula Student Team UBRacingBase Group sponsor Formula Student Team, UBRacing

 

This year Base Group has sponsored the University of Birmingham’s racing team, UBRacing, as they took part in the Formula Student competition.

The Formula student competition is considered to be the testing ground for the next generation of world class engineers. The challenge is to make a single seat race car prototype to compete in static and dynamic tests demonstrating the technical capability of the vehicle.

Base Group has supported UBRacing by manufacturing the mould assembly for the team. To complete this this we blocked up our high temperature epoxy tooling board and used our 5 axis CNC milling technology to machine the parts required. Finally we hand finished and inspected each of the five parts within our design and manufacturing facility. By supplying the mould assembly for the vehicle we were able to support the team in minimising their costs, thus contributing to them ranking 9th in the cost minimisation element of the competition.

When speaking to Philippa, the head of media for the University of Birmingham about the sponsorship she said; “the sponsorship that you have provided has been a huge contribution to the quality of our bodywork this year. In the past, the bodywork moulds have been created using handmade bucks, therefore the accuracy and finish was relatively low. This year with your help, the bodywork can be designed using CAD and is therefore a much better finish and the end product is much better.” Using CAD to design the vehicle contributed to the team ranking 24th in the design event which is a “marked improvement from previous years” explained Andrew Glen Cross, the team leader.

Overall the UB racing team ranked 33rd out of 95 teams in the Formula Student competition and at Base Group we were proud of their success and happy to support the next generation of advanced engineers.

UBRacing

 

CML Rebranded to Base Materials
Composite Materials Limited rebranded to Base Materials

 

From July 1st 2013 Composite Materials Limited (CML) will be rebranded to Base Materials to create a unifying brand identity as a part of Base Group. This rebrand further strengthens the online and offline presence of Base Group within the marketplace.

In April 2012 Base Group Ltd acquired 100% of the shares of Composite Materials Ltd to complete the groups USP of being only company worldwide that controls the entire manufacturing cycle from polymer to 3D machined prototype/tool & mould. As Base Group continues to expand and grow both domestically and internationally we wanted CML to be easily recognised as a part of the group. All other company details will remain unchanged as will the company values and the high level of service delivered to customers.

To further strengthen the brand of Base Materials a new website has been created which coincides with the online branding of Base Group. This new website address is www.base-materials.co.uk.

For more information please about the rebrand or the services Base Materials has to offer please call 0116 2865073 or email info@base-group.co.uk.

 

Technology Strategy Board
Base Group Secure TSB Grant Funding for Development of Prototype

 

Base Group has recently secured a Smart Award from the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency, for development of prototype. This significant financial support allows Base Group to further its technical development and research into innovative processes for the impregnation of technical fibres.

The project is anticipated to take two years before full commercialisation, and will see an investment in excess of £1.2 million pounds. This forms part of our long term growth strategy and will position Base Group as a global supplier to the composites industry supporting the entire manufacturing cycle across multiple market sectors.

Over the past 3 years Base Group has implemented a vertical integration programme, providing technical products such as formulated resin systems, model and tooling boards, pre impregnated fabrics and surface coatings. Furthermore we service our clients engineering needs through our state of the art 5 axis machining facility.

The TSB Smart scheme is a competitive process which supports projects that potentially offer significant rewards and look to stimulate UK economic growth through innovation in the areas of Technology, Science or Engineering.

Without this Smart award Base Group would not be able to maximise the opportunity. This commitment creates further employment within the East Midlands and further supports the UK’s commitment to leading edge manufacturing.

Commercial Director, Samantha Littler said “this is an exciting time within Base Group, and this announcement will strengthen our product and service offering as well as enable the commercial team to maximise customer lifetime value.

About Smart Awards

Managed by the Technology Strategy Board, the Smart scheme offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology, from which successful new products, processes and services could emerge.

www.innovateuk.org/deliveringinnovation/smart.ashx

 

Goldman Sachs Small Business ProgrammeManaging Director Completes Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small business programme

 

In April 2013 Base Group managing director John Miller graduated from the third cohort of the prestigious “Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme” at Aston University.


Goldman Sachs
The programme provides business leaders with education and support to grow their businesses as well as create economic opportunities and employment across the nation. In over 100 hours of study sessions leading experts help candidates remove the barriers to growth, and with only 300

participants to date, this was a rare opportunity for John to utilize such an excellent resource. Candidates are selected from a large pool of applicants; those selected are from companies with high growth potential and have leaders with the ability to focus their attentions on an intense, detailed, practically-focused business and management education.

John chose to attend this programme at Aston University due to its renowned reputation as an excellent provider of education, world leading research, innovative learning styles and great support system. Professor Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, said; "Aston University is at the forefront of understanding and encouraging entrepreneurial behaviour. We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Goldman Sachs to bring the 10,000 Small Businesses programme to the Midlands”.

For Base Group John’s work with the Goldman Sachs programme has become instrumental in shaping our plans for strategic growth. It has enabled us to identify opportunities and use the relevant tools to convert them in to tangible goals currently being achieved. We have found new routes to markets and developed our global infrastructure. As a direct result of the opportunities identified within the programme Base Group plans to achieve in excess of 21% growth this year and a 90% export growth rate, in 2015 we forecast a growth rate of 47%. The expansion plan shaped by this programme has also resulted in an aggressive recruitment drive; by 2015 we will have increased our employee total by 89%.

Since graduating from the programme John has received continued support from both Aston University and Goldman Sachs. Most recently he attended the first UK Alumni Conference held at Goldman Sachs head quarters. At the conference growth strategies from market leading global businesses were presented concluding with Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein co-hosting a discussion panel. Blankfein explains “Our approach to 10,000 Small Businesses is that this is more than just philanthropy.” This represents an investment that is self-sustaining and that has a compounding effect on local communities through economic growth and job creation.”

 

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Case Study


 

 

Base Group attend NEC advanced engineering show

 

After the success of the Composites Engineering Show, hosted at the NEC Birmingham November 2012, we would like to thank everyone who visited our stand and took the time to meet the team at Base Group Ltd.

The exhibition reported a record number of attendees totalling over 9,000, a 35% increase from previous years with over 550 exhibitors trying to promote their businesses. The high level of attendance, assisted by the Red Bull Formula 1 racing car positioned prominently on our stand, contributed to the Base Group achieving a record number of enquiries and the group receiving its largest single order for machining to date. Winning this order simply added to the celebratory mood of the Base Group team as this show fell on the 10th anniversary for CML a company which has transformed and grown from distributor to manufacturer of tooling and pattern components.

Press Articles

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Base Group raises money for Children’s Hope Foundation§
March 2015

In February Base Group donated £262.60 to the charity Children’s Hope Foundation, the proceeds were raised as part of a company raffle held at the end of 2014. [...]

// New Article

Base Group raises money for Rainbows, East Midlands Children’s Hospice
March 2015

In late 2014 Base Group held two further company raffles which in total raised £335.10 for the charity Rainbows, and its East Midland Hospice.[...]

// New Article

Guardian Website Interview with John Miller
March 2015

In January, Managing Director John Miller spoke to Mark Williams as part of a piece for the guardian website, Goldman Sachs partner zone- “What skills do you need to be a successful exporter?”[...]

// New Article

Base Group 24 hour Three Peaks Challenge for Charity
March 2015

On September 12th 2015 Managing Director John Miller, and a team from Base Group will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge. The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing [...]

2013

Base Materials partners with Italian Composite Industry leader BComp
March 2014

Base Materials, a subsidiary of Base Group Limited are delighted to announce that they have assigned BComp as their distributor of pattern and mould materials.[...]

Base Materials partners with Russian distributor BMP Technology
March 2014

This February Base Group Managing Director and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses graduate John Miller set one of three real business problems for the inaugural Goldman Sachs Student Challenge[...]

Base Materials partners with Russian distributor BMP Technology
January 2014

Base Materials, a subsidiary of Base Group Limited are delighted to announce that they have assigned BMP Technology as their distributor of pattern and mould materials across Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.[...]

Aston University awards Visiting Industrial Fellowships to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni
January 2014

Aston University is proud to award Visiting Industrial Fellowships to thirteen Alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme, in recognition of the contribution they have made across the university to the understanding, experience and awareness of business growth and entrepreneurship.[...]

2013

Base Group place new order with Made by Young People
October 2013

This August, Base Group Ltd placed their new order for uniforms with Made by Young People, a tremendous organisation which works towards reducing the number of unemployed 16-24 year olds across the UK which currently stands at 1 million.[...]

Base Group sponsor Formula Student Team, UBRacing
August 2013

This year Base Group has sponsored the University of Birmingham’s racing team, UBRacing, as they took part in the Formula Student competition. [...]

Composite Materials Limited Rebranded to Base Materials
June 2013

From July 1st 2013 Composite Materials Limited (CML) will be rebranded to Base Materials to create a unifying brand identity as a part of Base Group. This rebrand further strengthens the online and offline presence of Base Group within the marketplace.[...]

Base Group Secure TSB Grant Funding for development of prototype
June 2013

Base Group has recently secured a Smart Award from the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency, for development of prototype. This significant financial support allows Base Group to further its technical development[...]

Managing Director Completes Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme
April 2013

In April 2013 Base Group managing director John Miller graduated from the third cohort of the prestigious “Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme” at Aston University. [...]

2013

Base Group Attend NEC Advanced Engineering Show
November 2012

After the success of the Composites Engineering Show, hosted at the NEC Birmingham November 2012, we would like to thank everyone who visited our stand and took the time to meet the team at Base Group Ltd.[...]

 


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