2009 News Archive
Pharmaceutical world leader stays on Teesside
A drug development and manufacturing company has moved into The Wilton Centre after coming to the end of its lease at the former ICI site in Billingham.
Instruments company makes move
ecom Instruments, the global ATEX equipment manufacturer, is relocating its UK operation to The Wilton Centre. The company has moved from Chesterfield because it wishes to be at the heart of the region's oil and gas, pharmaceutical and petrochemical sectors.
Educational logo launched
The North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), which is based in The Wilton Centre, has launched a logo representing its education work.
Agreement goes from strength to strength
An agreement between Darlington-based firm CTC Marine Projects Ltd and engineering recruitment company TechConsult UK Ltd is helping to increase the number of skilled workers finding employment in the global oil and gas industry.
Medacs completes acquisition
Medacs Healthcare has acquired Capita Health Solution's Occupational Health business based in F1 of The Wilton Centre.
New programme is launched
CPI has launched a Biosource programme which will help open new doors to companies looking to embrace the industrial biotechnology revolution.
Company appeals for more help with shaping fragrances of the future
Centre resident Givaudan, a global fragrance and flavour company, hosted an open day at the Wilton Centre.
New look for exhibition area
Work to refurbish The Wilton Centre's exhibition area has now been completed and residents are already using the new-look facilities.
Health Round-up: Sessions a success
The NHS offered Centre residents a free Healthy Heart Check at the end of October.
Health Round-up: Healthy accolade
The Wilton Centre has secured an award recognising its commitment to health in the workplace.
Health Round-up: Blood Donors 2009
The National Blood Service have visited the Wilton Centre four times this year and 107 donations were made. This is the first year that the Wilton Centre has invited the Service and they will become regular visitors.
Happy Christmas and a nutritious New Year
Taylor Shaw Catering is inviting customers to enjoy its Christmas Fayre in The Lakeside Restaurant on the 17th & 18th December.
Building Refurbishment Update
Work will start shortly to refurbish "G" Stairwell together with a number of coffee points. The coffee point work will include additional facilities to assist residents in efforts to increase recycling of waste materials. The latest statistics show that during 2009, 40 per cent of solid waste generated at The Wilton Centre was recycled.
Wilton Centre Brochure and Website
A reprint of The Wilton Centre brochure will be available by the end of December. The opportunity has been taken to update the content and copies will be sent to all businesses located at the Centre. Further development of the website includes a revised home page which now includes the latest Wilton Centre News and press releases, local searches for hotels, airports, rail stations, taxis, nurseries and public transport and new photographs.
Christmas Tree 2009
The Presents Round the Tree initiative is running again this year with all presents left by the tree, in Main Reception, given to good causes.
Children in Need 2009
A number of fundraising activities took place for this year’s Children in Need which raised an impressive £919.24. Former Wilton Centre resident Gillian Hayden- Smith returned once again to run a raffle and tombola. WCFM staff Rona Doolan, Sharon Norton, Ann Sherwood and the team at Medacs baked a range of cakes and savouries that they sold around the Centre in the week running up to the event. Many thanks to all of them for their hard-work and to all who lent their generous support.
Pharmaceutical world leader staying on Teesside thanks to Wilton Centre
A top drug development and manufacturing company at the end of its lease at the former ICI site in Billingham has found suitable alternative lab space at The Wilton Centre.
Investment supports pioneering industrial biotechnology work
The Government is investing £12 million in a Wilton Centre-based project which will further develop industrial biotechnology (IB).
Success for Lucite International
Lucite International won the Chemical Industries Association Innospec Innovation award for its new process for the manufacture of methyl methacrylate (MMA).
TechConsult UK doubles turnover
Specialist recruitment company TechConsult UK has defied talk of recession by posting its best ever half-year figures.
Tackling waste in the chemical process
INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT) has acquired a unique residue recovery technology that greatly helps reduce by-product waste in chemical processes.
Taking the pain out of PAYE
With PAYE regulations ever changing, and the penalties for non-compliance being a real headache for companies large and small, Wilton Centre resident Quill Pinpoint has a cost-effective answer.
Industrial Thinking looking to help industry
Industrial Thinking, a recent arrival at the Centre, is a small company with a wealth of experience in offering supporting software services and products to the manufacturing industry.
DuPont Teijin Films helps the next generation
DuPont Teijin Films has recorded five years of supporting students keen to learn more about the industry.
Investment helps research scientists
A six-figure investment in sophisticated new equipment is helping scientists to identify new ways of helping their customers.
Recruitment specialists move in
New Wilton Centre resident Engineering Recruitment Services Ltd (ERS) is one of the UK’s leading specialists in temporary and permanent recruitment.
Five years of achievement
October marks the fifth anniversary of LaSalle Investment Management taking over the management of The Wilton Centre on behalf of its new pension fund owners.
Birds make their exit
Buildings Supervisor Alf Wilson was in for a surprise when he approached F Turnstile because a house martin flew past his ear.
Around the Centre - Sessions target healthy living
The NHS is offering Centre residents the opportunity to have a free Healthy Heart Check during late October.
Around the Centre - Blood Donor Sessions
Blood donor sessions in April, May and September will be followed up by another one in October. Details are on the building notice boards.
Around the Centre - Building Refurbishment
Refurbishment of the Main Reception area, plus N, H & D Block stairwells, is complete. The Reception work included the installation of automatic doors that have improved visitor access.
Around the Centre - Gymnasium
The proposed Gym development in the ground floor of the Restaurant building has reached the point where a design package is being sent out for tender.
Around the Centre - Energy Conservation Work
Following the reduction of energy use in the ventilation modifications in T Block, a similar project in R Block has completed the design and tendering stage. Implementation is likely to start soon.
Investigations Company Detects Business Growth
Good old-fashioned detective work is paying dividends for one of the newest tenants at The Wilton Centre.
Success in the pipeline for companies
Recruitment specialist TechConsult UK is helping a rapidly-growing pipeline company fulfil a contract on a giant cross-continent gas pipeline.
Investigations company offers to help companies
Former Cleveland Police officer Abdul Shakeel has moved his investigations company into The Wilton Centre.
Centre resident celebrates award
DuPont Teijin Films has won another Award for the development of PET and PEN polyester films in the flexible electronics market.
Help for new businesses
July will see the launch of a shared workspace package at The Wilton Centre, designed to help new businesses.
In search of bright ideas
Centre resident Stopford Projects has launched a national competition to help develop bright ideas in the environmental sector.
Technology and Enterprise come alive for youngsters
Children around Teesside have been learning about the wonders of technology in a mobile classroom launched last Autumn by NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster).
Courses tackle costly wastage
Training events have been organised by Renew at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), aimed at educating residents about reducing wastage.
Wilton Centre recognised by science park body
The Wilton Centre’s reputation for innovation in science and technology has been confirmed by an invitation to join the prestigious UK Science Park Association (UKSPA).
Making healthy eating easier
Taylor Shaw, which operates the catering area, is responding to customers’ increasing interest in healthy eating by providing more information with its dishes.
Hortech honoured for third year running
Hortech Ltd, which carries out landscaping work at the Centre, has won another award.
Around the Centre - Blood donors
The National Blood Service ran a session for the first time at the Wilton Centre in April with more than 30 donors taking part. It is hoped to make this a regular event.
Around the Centre - New database
An Incidents and Injuries Database has been created and uploaded onto the Wilton Centre website. It is comprised of injuries and incidents that have occurred in the Centre since 2000 and any personal references or company names have been removed.
Around the Centre - Voice and Data Services
The landlord supplied voice and data service is now fully operational. A voice over data telephone service, and up to 100 Mbps data service with a choice of bandwidths is available. Contact Steve Duffield on 01642 438012 for further details.
Around the Centre - Building Refurbishments
The refurbishment to the Gents toilet and locker room in TDA South laboratory is complete. Work is in progress on Main Reception, N, H and D Block Stairwells and the picnic tables at the rear of the restaurant. The Reception area refurbishment includes the installation of automatic sliding doors to aid access and a 60-inch display screen to replace the existing tenant board. The screen will have a varied content but will include all building tenants’ names and logos and news updates.
Around the Centre - Road and Path Repairs
Sections of road and pathway surfaces around the centre are being re-surfaced including the pathways at the side of the lake, to the rear of the restaurant and at the visitor car park and access roads at the west side of the building, plus the road adjacent to the Development Building and the TDA north west access road.
Lucite International launches new plant
Technology developed and piloted at The Wilton Centre has been used to start up a new world-scale plant in Singapore.