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Bond Wolfe helps old glass unit get new training role in Brierley Hill

wantspacegotspace.co.uk - Bond Wolfe helps old glass unit gets new training role in Brierley HillA leading training organisation is following in iconic footsteps – moving to new premises in Brierley Hill once used by glass industry apprentices.

Mercury Training Services is renting the 4,700 sq ft first floor at The Glass Centre, 5 Moor Street, on the edge of the town centre.

The deal was brokered by commercial property specialists Bond Wolfe.

The expanding business has helped more than 5,000 students since its launch in 2005.

The locally Listed two storey building, close to the Merry Hill Centre, has prominent architectural features.

It was constructed in the early 1900s and formerly used as a library and technical institute. In the 1960s, Dudley College, in conjunction with the local crystal industry, refurbished the building and set up a centre to train apprentices in glass blowing and associated skills in decorative work.

James Mattin, Bond Wolfe managing partner, said: “This is another example of how character-filled listed buildings prove popular with training and call centre providers.

“We have concluded a number of these types of deals over the last two years and, despite challenging conditions, there is still good demand from companies looking to assist people either training for a first job or helping them get back to work following redundancy.

“We were approached by the landlords for assistance as previous efforts to let the vacant building had been unsuccessful. We have an ever-growing database of possible office occupiers and our ability to match requirements with stock proved decisive in this transaction.”

Mercury Training Services, operator of the mercurytrainme brand, is owned by managing director Paul Lawton-Jones, a former submariner who has also worked in the prison service.

The company partners with industry bodies, employers and learners, providing a range of development, consultancy and training services to both private and public sector clients. These include mandatory industry courses as well as personal and leadership development qualifications, coaching skills and funded training.

It has worked with international security companies as well as 15 of the UK’s most prestigious shopping centres and some of the largest local authorities, including Nottingham, Sheffield and Birmingham City councils.

Posted by The Editor (wantspacegotspace) on 4th December 2012

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