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City Relay announce appointment of Simon Kingsnorth as Chief Marketing Officer

City Relay, one of London’s leading short let property management services companies, has today announced the appointment of Simon Kingsnorth as their Chief Marketing Officer.
The appointment of the highly experienced global marketing leader and author reflects the strength of City Relay’s offering as the company continues to enhance its status as a key player in the London short-term lettings market.
Simon Kingsnorth is a highly successful Senior Marketer, with a strong track record of designing and implementing a number of award winning marketing strategies. Prior to joining City Relay, Simon was Global Head of Digital Marketing at Citi Private Bank where he built a transformational digital strategy delivering significant growth. He has also held senior positions at other global businesses such as Fidelity, Vodafone and Admiral Group as well as working with many start-ups and small businesses.
Simon is also the author of the international best-selling book Digital Marketing Strategy. This title, in its second edition, is available around the world in multiple languages and is used in curriculums at universities and institutes across the globe, including The Chartered Institute of Marketing.
This announcement comes shortly after the company received substantial investment funding which will drive its expansion and presence across London. City Relay will open a number of Reception Spaces across the capital, a first in the short-term letting sector, allowing the City Relay team to provide a local, personal and fully-managed service. Their new Shepherd’s Bush Reception Space will open its doors in early July this year and a new Reception Space in Victoria is also in the pipeline. There is already one Reception Space located in Earls Court and the company’s long-term ambition is to open a further 25 Reception Spaces across the capital by 2026.
The company has also just announced the acquisition of industry leading yield management software OutSwitch. Built with professional property managers in mind, OutSwitch provide users with the ease of having both revenue and operations management systems simplified into one platform, enabling a more streamline and simplified approach. The platform allows City Relay to hone in on both yield and operations management, aspects often overlooked in traditional management services companies.
City Relay is a market leader in operational efficiency, offering property management services that include housekeeping, fresh pressed linen, the provision of luxury amenities, property maintenance and check-ins – a reliable and convenient way to ensure every guest has a hotel-like experience.
Commenting on his new role, Simon Kingsnorth, City Relay’s new Chief Marketing Officer said: “I am delighted to join City Relay as Chief Marketing Officer and am looking forward to driving the expansion of the company throughout London. City Relay is unique in its approach to the short term letting industry, and I look forward to working with the talented team to bring this fantastic offering to more people across our vibrant city.”
Maxime Leufroy-Murat, Founder and Chief Executive of City Relay, added: “The appointment of Simon Kingsnorth is further evidence of City Relay’s growing ambitions for further expansion within the short lettings industry. I am confident in his ability to drive us forward as Chief Marketing Officer and his boundless experience will be greatly beneficial to the company. He has proven his ability to drive growth, reach and deliver milestones and we are very happy to have him join our growing team.”


 

Morris & Spottiswood delivers multimillion pound Britvic transformation

Morris & Spottiswood has completed the latest phase of a major multimillion pound transformation at Britvic’s Rugby manufacturing site.
The construction company has now delivered seven separate projects at the Rugby-based facility in a cluster contract lasting more than two years.
Morris & Spottiswood Director Spencer Lee said since securing the position of Britvic’s preferred construction services supplier the firm kick-started a major overhaul to maximise output capacity and increase production lines.
Work involved complex service installations and major civil engineering projects with a full range of M&E and refurbishment services. Design and build projects were delivered across the plant, including drink production lines, office areas and warehouses.
“Key elements of the latest £2.4million construction project involved the complete fit-out of a new portal frame warehouse,” said Mr Lee. “This included a roof-mounted plant deck, a cantilever canopy over a goods yard and a new toilet block. It also saw an M&E HVAC installation to enable a new production line.
“A broader £1.4million project saw a full range of mechanical and electrical services for the refurbishment of the Automated Goods Vehicle (AGV) area. This required design, installation, testing and commissioning works, including upgrades to electrical sub mains and distribution boards, lighting, small power installations, fire alarms and sprinkler systems. The project also included demolition works and an extension to the loading bay area.”
Morris & Spottiswood further worked alongside Britvic’s appointed designer delivering a full refurbishment to office space on site. The £300,000 project was undertaken in a live environment requiring careful scheduling and health and safety planning.
“Our in-house management teams and key account managers have been fully embedded with Britvic’s project teams throughout each project,” said Mr Lee. “This close communication enabled us to master each brief and ensure management decisions could be made quickly and efficiently. All work was programmed on a flexible basis to ensure minimal disruption. We continue to collaborate with Britvic’s project team, in line with our Key Account Management (KAM) strategy, to achieve their vision for the site and UK portfolio, delivering state of the art facilities.”
Morris & Spottiswood CEO Jon Dunwell said the two-year masterplan amounts to one of the biggest and most ambitious construction transformations within the UK food and drinks industry.
“We have now successfully delivered a large number of critical milestones for Britvic across multiple complex and high value projects, all of which have been completed to a high quality, safely, to budget and on time,” he said.
The wide-ranging work has ultimately enhanced Britvic’s capability and flexibility, driving further innovations across its product range. It further serves as a model case study demonstrating Morris & Spottiswood’ ability to deliver at the highest level.
“A close working partnership with the supply chain has ensured that our programme incorporated their requirements at all times. We have been able to deliver demonstrable cost savings throughout. These have been achieved through efficient working practices and subcontractors’ partnerships to ensure we deliver best value. Further savings have been delivered through early engagement, innovation and the use of in-house design and M&E expertise.”
Britvic Project Engineering Manager Adam Hartley said: “Morris & Spottiswood played a major part in helping us deliver one of the most transformational projects ever undertaken within Britvic. The final result at Rugby will be a fantastic showcase for M&S to demonstrate to future partners and represents the excellent business relationship we have had.”
Britvic Senior Category Manager Robert Wolfe said: “M&S have done a great job working in partnership with the Britvic project team to ensure the best proposal, plan, delivery and completion is achieved on time and on budget to the required quality and health & safety standards. Reporting of progress is robust with clear roles and responsibilities.”
Morris & Spottiswood is a family-owned business founded in Glasgow in 1925. The early Morris & Spottiswood workshop serviced Glasgow’s strong industrial base. When the second generation of the Morris family were leading the business in the 1960s, the shop-fitting and construction divisions were built up. The business is now being led by the third generation of the Morris family and has a UK-wide reputation in fitout, M&E, housing and facilities management, a turnover of circa £100million and employees in offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Warrington and Leeds. The culture of the company has always remained strongly people-centred.


 

RIWAL Supports Customers With BIM Library Launch

Riwal has created an online library of branded BIM machine models to assist architects, engineers and developers in modelling construction sites and planning for effective working at height.
The aerial work platform and telehandler rental and sales specialist also has in-house experts who can advise customers on which aerial work platforms are best suited for specific tasks in the space they are working in.
Riwal has branded 30 BIM (building information modeling) files of machines in its rental fleet. Each file can be accessed free of charge via the company website, through the My Riwal customer portal, or at bimobject.com, one of the largest BIM libraries.
The 3D machine models have been sourced from leading manufacturers such as JLG, Genie, Skyjack, and Nifty Lift. Eventually, Riwal will make BIM files available for all machines in its fleet.
Riwal Chief Finance Officer René Timmers, who is responsible for digital and IT developments, said: “Riwal places a strong emphasis on innovation, and we believe that these BIM models will help our customers to plan out their work more efficiently.
“By advising our customers on projects using BIM technology, we aim to make our customers’ jobs easier and more efficient, helping us to provide the best customer experience in the industry.”
Riwal UK Country Manager Mick Ledden said: “This BIM initiative demonstrates the additional value Riwal always seeks to deliver. We recognise that the physical machine is part of a wider package of customer services that make working at height safer, more cost-effective and more sustainable.”
The Riwal BIM models are to scale, so can be used in combination with other BIM files to create realistic 3D models of construction sites. This allows contractors to create plans that are more realistic and anticipate where machines are needed.
All mobile elevating working platform (MEWPs) models offered can be easily found in one Riwal library on bimobject.com, making it easy for contractors to select and trial machines in their models from across the Riwal fleet.
This increases information flow and aids decision-making around working at height for all supply chain members involved in a particular construction project.
Riwal also has in-house expert consultants who can advise customers about which aerial work platforms are best suited for their work, and then add the BIM models directly to construction site models.
Specially-trained Riwal consultants can advise the customer in the development phase about the cost and usage of equipment, so the right type and number of machines are used, maximising safety and up-time.
For example, if a customer needs to install lights or sprinkler systems, Riwal consultants can suggest which aerial work platform is best suited, considering factors like entrance sizes and working heights.
This also lowers future maintenance costs, because the customer will already have a record of the machines needed. In this way, Riwal acts as both a supplier and expert consultant, serving all customer needs when working at height.


 
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