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Shortlist for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards Announced

It has just been announced that Birmingham based Tani Dulay has been shortlisted for two categories in this year’s NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards’; Young Entrepreneur of The Year and Family Business Entrepreneur of The Year. Tani Dulay beat off tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 entrepreneurs entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories. Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group. Speaking about the nomination, Tani Dulay said: “It’s an honour to be nominated and I’m fortunate to be here. Finalist selection was made possible by the commitment of team players who work hard to turn our vision into reality. I’m very proud of what the company has achieved so far and excited about what the future holds as we grow.” Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: “This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength of applications. We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

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Family Business of the Year Award 2017

Family-owned and run Woodbourne Group, won the Family Business of the Year Award yesterday. CEO, Tani Dulay commented: “It’s an incredible opportunity to be involved in an event that appreciates the role family businesses play in our economy. We are also very grateful for an award that acknowledges the culmination of best efforts across the team. We thank our stakeholders, friends and family. We have big dreams. Big ambitions. We will continue to do what we do best to realise them; hard work. We’ve grown substantially over the last two years but there is a long journey ahead of us. As they say, watch this space.”

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Woodbourne Group relaunch development arm.

After 9 years, Woodbourne Group are relaunching their development arm with a £31,790,744 pipeline. Exciting developments to follow, stay tuned.

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70 new homes on way to Black Lake under £13m plan

Developer Woodbourne Group has submitted a planning application, backed by the Local Enterprise Partnership and MP Adrian Bailey. The application seeks permission to demolish the part-derelict industrial estate to make way for a £13m project. If it is approved, Woodbourne says the demolition work is likely to start at the end of this summer. The proposed housing scheme will have 53 houses and 17 apartments. The estate will sit next to the Black Lake tram stop, with a travel time of just 19 minutes to Birmingham city centre. Tani Dulay, the 25-year-old chief executive of Woodbourne Group, says the new project is in line with the Government's housing white paper – 'Fixing our broken housing market' – released in February and setting out a broad range of reforms to increase the supply of new homes. Mr Dulay said: “Notwithstanding current increased market uncertainty following the snap election, Woodbourne Group remains in robust health to capitalise on a continuing benign land market with £10m under offer on sites in the region and a pipeline now close to £50m. “The number of households in England is projected to increase at an average of 210,000 a year between 2014 and 2039 according to government figures released last summer. "The housing market fundamentals remain strong with high demand from home buyers, good availability of affordable mortgages, ample land supply and cross party political support to build more homes in the UK." He added: “For a long time, Black Lake has remained a part-derelict estate. This exciting opportunity will help breathe new life into this area. One that is well-connected to communities by car, public transport, cycling and walking” Adrian Bailey, MP for West Bromwich West, said: “Projects like this that can add even greater value to the geographical area but can also give a boost to the local economy.” Chris Handy, board member of the Black Country LEP, said: “We support the application for Black Lake which will bring 70 new homes to the area and we will work with partners like the Woodbourne Group to ensure the project shares the same principles as the Black Country Garden City project. “The Garden City, which will see more than 45,000 homes built over the next 10 years, is creating a mixed economy of housing, through projects like Black Lake, building affordable homes alongside high quality, and sustainable, amenities to ensure we attract and retain people in the Black Country.”

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WG behind Birmingham's most expensive EVER property - worth £4million!

Birmingham’s first £4 mlllion house is set to be built in Edgbaston – where it will boast seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms. Woodbourne Group has been given planning permission for the property at 46 Westfield Road. Aiming to mix traditional values with a modern vision, the home on a 0.75 acre site will also boast a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, gym, cinema, squash court, table tennis and snooker room and a luxury garden building. Seven of the ten bathrooms will be en-suite and the home will also include a drawing room, reception room, family room, dining room, kitchen diner, dedicated laundry room, utility rooms, cloak store, an entrance hall and a tandem garage. Due to complete in early 2018, if the home does realise its market potential, it is set to be the most expensive residential property in the city’s history. Its current estimated value of £4.1 million would be half a million pounds more than city’s current record holder at 4 Woodbourne Road which was sold in 2011. The council’s consent for the property marks the first stage in a £31.7million-pound pipeline for Woodbourne Group. Based on Harborne Road in Edgbaston, the company recently re-launched its development arm after nine years. Its new expansion plan is being spearheaded by Tani Dulay, a 24-year-old entrepreneur with a masters degree in Real Estate. “We’re very excited to get this project in motion,” he said. “As a family business that is committed to the region, delivering exceptional service, backed by quality and design is crucial. “46 Westfield Road, whilst a significant project in it’s own right, is just a small step in the right direction for the company.” Mr Dulay, who is a mentor to the Business School students of University of Wolverhampton, added: “Experience across the board culminated with our start up mentality positions us well to deliver in a post-Brexit landscape. “The UK still has the foundations for a boom in house building and we remain committed to meeting these needs.”

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Leading Insurer Atradius relocates in Birmingham

Following an extensive property search in the city centre and in the Edgbaston district of Birmingham, Cooke & Arkwright has secured newly refurbished offices for leading global trade credit insurer, Atradius Credit Insurance. The 2,560 sq ft Grade A offices on the first floor of 10 Harborne Road in Edgbaston, have been acquired from Woodborne Group on a ten year lease. Atradius is relocating from nearby Hagley Road, following lease expiry, to the upgraded accommodation where they will benefit from reduced overheads through energy efficiencies, as well as a layout more suited to their office and staff requirements. Tim Lawley, Associate with Cooke & Arkwright’s Business Space team said, “We have acted for Atradius at locations across the UK for a number of years, and in Birmingham we were instructed to find new office space either in the Edgbaston area where the company has been located for ten years, or within the city centre. The preference was for Edgbaston where a number of other financial organisations are based. Various opportunities were shortlisted and finally narrowed down to 10 Harborne Road. Complete refurbishment by the landlord, The Woodborne Group - which occupies the top floor – made the building the perfect option, providing contemporary accommodation to a high standard, and a layout which much better suits our client’s needs.” Richard Reynolds, Regional Manager for Atradius Midlands Hub has told us that he and his team are delighted with their new home; Richard said: “Atradius has a strong association with businesses in the Midlands region and we have a long history in Birmingham. This new chapter in our history promises to take us from strength to strength: and the timing couldn't be better, with the region showing real signs of growth we can all look forward to a positive future. The new office suite is just around the corner from our previous location on Hagley Road and is easily accessible from both city centre and motorway links. The addition of a dedicated visitor zone is a bonus and we can't wait to show it off to our brokers and customers. Tani Dulay, Director at Woodbourne Group said, “Atradius are an industry leader in their field and we are delighted to welcome them to 10 Harborne Road. This transaction reflects our ability to deliver high quality space and the commitment to our significant growth plan over the next couple of years.”

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