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Bourne-based house-builder and development organisation Larkfleet Group (www.larkfleetgroup.co.uk) has created three new roles within its group of companies that are providing local young businessmen with invaluable experience.
Tom Kelly from Stamford and Angus Riddel and Craig Templeman from Peterborough are working with directors of Larkfleet Group in order to gain knowledge and insight into how a successful business operates.
Tom Kelly, 26, has taken on the role of business manager for chief executive of Larkfleet Group, Karl Hick, after a 15 month spell at group company Lark Energy.
Tom is helping Karl further Larkfleet Group’s growth within the sustainability sector by reporting on the progress of various renewable energy ventures and assisting in bringing new technologies and projects to fruition.
Tom also assists Karl in promoting and maintaining channels of communication within the Larkfleet group of companies and acts as an advocate for the business in attendance at various local and national events.
Angus Riddel, 23, is filling the role of graduate business manager and is shadowing Jonathan Selwyn, the managing director of group company Lark Energy. Lark Energy focuses on financing, developing and installing large scale, commercial solar projects as stand-alone energy assets.
Angus conducts business analysis and research on potential business opportunities and assists with the management of specific projects and budgets.
Angus also helps represent Lark Energy at a variety of external stakeholder events.
Angus said: “I am really enjoying working alongside Jonathan and having the chance to be involved in many areas of the business. Larkfleet has provided a great opportunity for people like me by creating these roles.”
Craig Templeman, 22, is the business development manager for Larkfleet Group company Deepings Building and Plumbing Supplies. His role involves working closely with other group companies such as Lark Energy and Larkfleet Renewables. This includes meeting with suppliers, as well as pricing and identifying which products are required for Larkfleet Group’s renewable energy projects.
Tom has a first class honours degree in environmental health and is a member of the CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health) and IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment). He is also in the process of gaining a postgraduate masters degree in risk management.
Angus has a degree in environmental science from the University of Nottingham and a postgraduate masters degree in environmental management from the University of Reading.
Craig recently graduated with an upper second class honours degree in construction management and is a member of the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building). His undergraduate major project topic at university focused on identifying methods that can increase energy efficiency in social housing. Craig’s knowledge on renewable energy and retrofitting existing properties will complement the sustainable expertise within the Larkfleet group of companies.
Chief executive Karl Hick commented: “Angus, Tom and Craig are doing excellent work within Larkfleet Group and it is a pleasure to have them work with us.
“Larkfleet is committed to investing in the future of young people and has been running construction apprenticeships for many years. I hope that these more business-focused roles that these young graduates have filled will create a pathway for new young recruits to follow in years to come.”
Tom said: “It’s really encouraging to see the company taking on more graduates at a time when national employment levels are so low. I have experienced involvement in some really ground-breaking projects in my time here and have the potential to be involved in many more in this new position.”
Craig added, “My time working with Larkfleet Group has already proved extremely interesting and is providing me with a great start to my career in the sustainable construction and development industry.”
Larkfleet Group comprises several companies that have a joint focus and established expertise in many areas of sustainability. The group provides high quality, energy-efficient housing, domestic and large scale energy saving technologies, and renewable energy generation projects, whilst investing in the future sustainability of the construction industry.