Sewell Estates Newsletter February 2023

Hi and welcome to our February round-up.

We have pulled together some highlights from across our group, including exciting news of our recent move to part employee ownership. Our Independent Chair of the new Employee Trust, Deb Oxley, explores this change and what it will mean for our Co-Owners (aka our team) and our customers (spoiler alert – it’s all good stuff!)

As always, coffee is on me if you’d like to chat.

Very best wishes,
Jo Barnes, Managing Director of Sewell Estates


Sewell Estates take first step on employee ownership journey

In a move to secure the long-term future of the business and protect its culture, Sewell Estates has become part employee-owned. Majority shareholder and group Chair, Paul Sewell has moved 25% of the company’s shares into an employee ownership trust, meaning the 286 people who work for the group’s businesses have become Co-Owners.

Hear more about what this means from Independent Trust Board Chair, Deb Oxley OBE…

Resolving estates challenges in the acute sector

Shared Agenda Associate Director, Nikola Idle, examines some of the challenges facing the acute sector in our latest ‘Shared Insights’ piece and explains how strategic estates assessments can provide valuable insight to enhance efficiency and deliver additional capacity.


Patients benefit from improved health facilities

Following a major recent refurbishment project for Stokesley Health Centre in North Yorkshire, patients are responding very positively to their new environment. Managed by Community Ventures, the £1.9m refurbishment project has transformed an outdated facility into a bright, contemporary health centre for the future benefit of patients and staff.


Parallel software maps ideal locations for CDCs

Community Diagnostics Centres (CDCs) are central to the Government’s plan to reduce NHS waiting lists and have already significantly bolstered capacity, delivering an additional three million checks. ICBs across the country are utilising Parallel’s mapping tool, SHAPE, to assess the best locations for people to access the tests they need in their local community.


Yorkshire Energy Park team inspire next generation

The team from Shared Agenda working on the Yorkshire Energy Park project have joined forces with UKSTEM to roll out an education programme across the region to inspire students about the next generation of green skills coming to the Humber.


Students explore digitisation of the construction industry

Creative media students from Ron Dearing UTC have created a first of its kind 360 tour of their new school expansion at the former Central Fire Station to show employer partners, stakeholders, students and parents just how the building is progressing before it opens its doors in September 2023.



I&G build on health portfolio with trio of repeat clients

West Yorkshire based construction company I&G have further strengthened their acute health expertise after securing new contracts with three NHS Trusts across Yorkshire. The repeat business comes off the back of several successful years delivering acute and community health care projects to help improve facilities for patients across the region.


Sewell FM invest in future talent

Leading Yorkshire-based facilities management company, Sewell Facilities Management, is investing in the future talent of its team after new contract wins and ambitious growth plans for 2023. 12 new roles have been created in recent months, including a number of apprenticeship and graduate roles, which span its commercial, operational and management teams across the region.

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