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2nd August 2011

The Una Group Supports Local People in Conjunction with Plymouth University to Improve Employment in the South West

Victoria Ryde, a Business Studies student from Plymouth University, has joined The Una Group on a paid placement year as part of her degree.

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Many students today graduate with little to no real work experience; this makes finding employment challenging especially in these difficult economic times. A placement year will give Victoria the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in a real working environment, subsequently making her more employable when she enters the world of work.

Victoria joins The Una Group as a Marketing Assistant; she will be helping out with everything from marketing office space to the IT company (Stem Group) that The Una Group own. Victoria will be working closely with the Marketing & Business Development Manager, Catherine Hodges. Catherine is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate with Plymouth University. The KTP is a Government-backed scheme which connects businesses with academic establishments. 

I was keen to give Victoria real responsibility from day one so that she could put everything she’s learnt at university into practice. I hope that this experience will help Victoria in finding employment after her studies.” Catherine Hodges explains.

Plymouth Business School is proud to be engaging with The Una Group who provides placement opportunities to our students; this significantly improves their employment prospects after graduation.  The Una Group is one of the most innovative and dynamic businesses in the UK and we are delighted with our partnership”. David Wheeler, Dean of Plymouth Business School comments.



21st July 2011

The New Una Group Website

The Una Group, a diversified range of businesses grouped together under 3 core areas: business support services, commercial property development, and environmental activities, has launched their new website.

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It’s never been more important for existing and new businesses to flourish in the South West. The Una Group has recognised this and provides not only commercial space, but also business support services such as IT and HR and even mentoring for start-ups or struggling businesses. Beyond that, the group is also invovled in number of environmental activities and have built reprocessing sites for tyre rubber and wood.

The new website includes the latest information about the group, companies within as well as services provided to companies in the South West.

The Una Group has over 350,000 square feet of business space across Plymouth with a very diverse range of tenants, this variety in businesses has enabled The Una Group to get a firm grasp on what’s important to companies and this is reflected in their online community.

The Una Group believes in supporting quality people in achieving their business ambitions.


16th June 2011

10 AC45s will take to Plymouth Sound in race for the America’s Cup

Check out the latest press release for America's Cup Plymouth here!  

City businessman Dave Young, MD of the Una Group, is leading the private sector’s response and involvement with the America’s Cup as Chairman of a Task and Finish Group set up by the Council. Mr Young said: “The quality of the teams confirmed today add to the quality and significance of the event itself. The America’s Cup regatta in Plymouth presents great opportunities for businesses across a range of sectors to grasp.”

6th June 2011

Stem Group Sponsors Network Central 2011

Stem Group, part of the Una Group, is helping to boost this local business to business networking event which is going to be held at the Future Inn on the 9th June. Not only is Stem Group sponsoring the event but Mark Nicholas, the Commercial Director, is putting on a free seminar at 11:45am focused around technology for businesses: the benefits, trends and challenges. Mark will be discussing everything from the cloud to iPads and demystifying their legitimate use in business.

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Stem Group provides IT services & solutions to a number of businesses around the South West including well-known companies like Bandvulc Tyres and Plymouth Pavilions.

Stem Group is offering 10% off their entire range of IT services to any visitor of the show.

We’re really excited about Network Central 2011, events like this one are a great way to get local companies talking and doing business with one another which can have great repercussions for the South West’s economy.” Mark Nicholas, Commercial Director at Stem Group comments.

Come & see us at the show! From 10:30am 9th June at The Future Inn, Plymouth. Stand number 25.


2nd June 2011

100 Plymouth Apprenticeships in 100 Days

"A UNIQUE city organisation that strives to boost the aspirations of other businesses is using its own experiences to help an ambitious apprentice. The Una Group, which offers business support services, commercial property development and environmental activities, has recently taken on apprentice James Dolman."

Read the full story on the Herald here:

14th April 2011

Plymouth’s Entrepreneur of the Year

Late last night at the prestigious Herald Business Awards, The Una Group’s Director Ian Brooking was named as Plymouth’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2011!

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The glittering awards ceremony was held at Boringdon Golf & Country Club in front of over 400 guests. Despite tough competition Ian shone through as the clear winner for his great local work including landing the £15m Carbonarius project which recycles waste wood into energy. This has brought together a national plc in the form of Mitie Group plc together with a major international manufacturer.

Group Managing Director David Young: “This fantastic award is great recognition for Ian’s contribution to business in the South West.”

Congratulations to friends of The Una Group and Airport Business Centre who were also recognised last night, including Lime Juice’s Leane Bramhall named as Young Business Person of the Year, Brittany Ferries named Tourism Business of the Year and Pipex who won Family Business of the Year.

Despite difficult economic times, businesses in Plymouth are continuing to prosper. It’s entrepreneurs like Ian and the other nominees that will continue to highlight Plymouth as a thriving city perfect for business.