Notice of Election – Parish, District and... March 26, 2015

Town Mayor and local MP open new industrial...

Town Mayor and local MP open new industrial facility in New Milton

As reported in the Daily Echo.

Town Mayor, Cllr David Hawkins and local New Forest West MP, Desmond Swayne jointly opened a filtration company’s new base in New Milton after a multi-million pound investment which included taking on 30 extra staff.

Porvair Filtration Group opened its new £3.5 million site in New Milton which is part of its plan to consolidate its industrial process business across one site in a new 42,000 square foot building at Stem Lane Industrial Estate.

The majority of the investment was spent on purchasing and fitting out the building and turning it into a cutting edge facility with £300,000 in clean room technology. Porvair has its headquarters in Norfolk, manufactures in both the UK and USA and has an extensive network of offices and distributes throughout the world. The company previously employed nearly 50 staff across separate units in the town, with a larger base in Segensworth

For nearly 50 years, Porvair has provided services for the aerospace and defence, nuclear, energy, chemical and industrial process, water treatment and life sciences markets. As well as integrating Porvair’s industrial process operations, the new facility will provide further capacity at Head Office in Segensworth to support the company’s expansion plans in energy and aerospace.

General Manager, Mike Hughes said: “This represents a significant milestone for our business. It will increase overall capacity within the group, facilitate growth across the business and provide a platform for further expansion. It will strengthen our capability to meet the growing demands of our customers across a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, chemical and industrial processing and food and beverage.”

Porvair Filtration Group Managing Director, Tom Liddell said: “This investment is a strategic step forward which will increase our capability to design and manufacture our products in line with customer expectations. I’m confident that both our staff and customers will see our investment as a commitment to technical excellence and customer service.” Chemical and industrial materials will be filtered at the new site for a range of industries.

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Civic Charity Ball March 24, 2015

Civic Charity Ball

Councillor David Hawkins, Mayor of New Milton, held his Civic Charity Ball on Saturday, 21 March 2015.

With nearly 100 guests in attendance at Shorefield Holiday Park, some dressed in period clothing, this raised over £500 on the night to be shared between the Mayor’s chosen charities….

  • Help for Heroes
  • Royal British Legion

Local band “Swing Unlimited” were absolutely brilliant, and following the Mayor’s lead with his wife Trish, guests happily danced the night away to their fabulous 1940’s music and singing.

Cllr Hawkins said…

“I am so very grateful to all my sponsors below for their generous donations, and to the many local businesses, friends and councillors who attended the ball making the event so special.”