Stuart Stobie resigns from ESRG Group

It is with regret that we announce that after five and a half years as ESRG Group Director – Head of Business Development, Stuart Stobie has tendered his resignation for personal reasons to commence the next chapter of his life.

During his time with ESRG Stuart has achieved much.  His dedication has resulted in delivering tangible positive benefits to many of the investment companies and investors that have been fortunate enough to work with and alongside Stuart. He has led a dedicated team, each of whom play an integral role in the everyday running of such a successful company.

He will be sorely missed, and the board along with all the staff wishes Stuart a successful and happy future.

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Emma Wiggs Shortlisted for Sportswomen of the Year 2017

The ESRG Group celebrated another triumph this week, as its investment company EMERGE Sport Management announced that client Emma Wiggs MBE had reached the shortlist for the Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year 2017.

Wiggs’ nomination is the pinnacle of an incredible 12 months which has seen her retain the British, European and World Championship titles. These titles, along with her Rio 2016 Paralympics Gold medal, means she currently has the distinction of being a Grand Slam champion, a rarity in modern sport, and puts her amongst the greats of British sporting heroes.

EMERGE Sports Management was established in 2016, working with a select group of talented female athletes to enhance their marketing, communications, and commercial success. The ESRG Group forged a relationship having identified the EMERGE as a strong choice of investment partner. It also complemented ESRG Sport and Leisure’s existing portfolio, which holds a strong investment presence in the sports industry.

The Sportswomen Awards are among the most prestigious and influential in the British sporting calendar and are supported by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, UK Sport, Sport England and Women in Sport. Speaking of her nomination, Emma said; “I am incredibly proud to be nominated for the Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year award, and want to thank everyone who voted for me. I have trained so hard this year, especially the long hours in the gym working on getting stronger, so it’s been a great seeing the hard work pay off on the water. I’m honoured to be shortlisted alongside my teammate Jeanette as well, demonstrating the strength of British paracanoeing at the moment, and the great support team we have in place.”
The Awards will be held in central London, on Thursday 26th October, and broadcast live from 8pm on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Action.

Speaking on behalf of the ESRG Group, David Evans congratulated Wiggs on “a truly incredible year, which comes as a result of her hard work and dedication. The ESRG Group has seen firm development and great results within EMERGE, and is proud to be associated with such a dedicated and driven leadership team”.

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Evermix nominated for prestigious DJ Mag’s Tech Awards 2017

Evermix, the ESRG Group collaboration, has this week been nominated for the prestigious DJ Mag’s Tech Awards 2017. Reaching the final five for the Best Innovative Product category is Mixbox2, Evermix’s ingenious hardware solution to recording and sharing DJ live sets across the Evermix platform.

The DJ Mag Tech Awards reflect latest developments in dance technology, with industry standard nominees across all 17 categories. Six categories will be judged by high profile individuals within the industry, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the decision-making process. The remaining eleven categories will be judged by public vote, allowing the people that use them to decide which nominations really are the most deserving of the titles. With over 50,000 voters last year, the awards are at the heart of the industry.

For Evermix, featuring in the Best Innovative Product category is a reflection of how the company has grown so successfully and rapidly. The ESRG Group first invested in Evermix in 2015, with ESRG’s David Evans identifying it as a “viable, exciting, and fresh new investment, in a rapidly developing industry”. Evermix’s growth since then has been highly successful, firmly establishing itself as a major player within the music tech industry.

Macky Drese from Evermix exclaimed “We feel genuinely honoured to have been nominated in this category alongside some of the biggest and most established brands in the DJ tech industry. We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to our product already from some of the biggest international DJ’s, venues and promoters. Being selected by DJ Mag, with the respect and global reach that it has, will help shine an even brighter light on the MixBox, reaching more people in even more corners of the globe!”

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OPRO teams up with hockey golden girl Shona McCallin MBE

ESRG are today celebrating with their investment sports management company as OPRO, the world’s leading sports mouthguard brand, announced Emerge Sports Management’s and GB Hockey’s golden girl and athlete Shona McCallin MBE as its new brand ambassador.

Shona, is an inspirational figure whose integrity, passion and enthusiasm for sport are infectious. A member of GB Women’s National Field Hockey team and an Olympic Gold Medallist at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she will lend her voice to an exciting programme of activity over a three year period as the brand enters a major growth phase.

Founder of the OPRO GROUP Dr Anthony Lovat BDS commented, “We are very much looking forward to working with Shona. She is a great young talent who has only just begun her journey, despite having already achieved so much. Shona will play a key role in engaging, educating and inspiring people at a grass roots level through personal appearances, training sessions, talks and digital content. We are excited that the OPRO brand will be growing alongside her.”

Currently on duty in South Africa for the Women’s Hockey World League  Shona said: “I’m really excited to be on board with the very best mouthguard makers” David Evans ESRG Group Executive Chairman said “I’m delighted for Shona and OPRO Group – a great partnership has been formed that will grow from strength to strength.”


The ESRG Group unveils investment company Independent Sports Group (ISG)

The ESRG Group recently unveiled a new addition to its investment portfolio, having confirmed an agreement with the full-service sports management agency, Independent Sports Group.

With a business forecast reaching across a full range of sport, Independent Sports Group is initially focussing its strength on managing the needs of sportspeople within the world of rugby. The company offers a full range of services, from financial planning, managing contractual negotiations and commercial rights deals, to media representation and PR. Quality of service and professionalism is guaranteed by maintaining a small and elite client base, ensuring the needs of clients are consistently foremost and consistently fulfilled. Independent Sports Group currently represents: 21 Premiership players, 6 Pro12 players, an England 7s player, and 7 Championship players.

Independent Sports Group was established by former Leicester Tigers rugby player Billy Clark, who transitioned into coaching following early retirement through injury. Having successfully transformed the Gloucester Rugby and London Irish academy programmes he moved into player representation, noting a space in the market for experienced individuals who understand the career progression of professional players, the nature of pitfalls en route to becoming an established player, and a proven track record in guiding young players to premiership and international rugby. The business prides itself on working with young players through their transitional academy years into senior rugby, guaranteeing the right advice, support and playing programmes are in place to ensure they then thrive as senior professional players.

ISG’s most recent success was announced in April, when London Irish winger Joe Cokanasiga was awarded a position in Eddie Jones’ 31-man England squad for the two-test tour to Argentina in June. Cokanasiga, 19, was part of the winning England Under-20s side in the U20 Six Nations Champions, and has scored five tries in eleven appearances for the Exiles this season.

For more information on ISG or Joe Cokanasiga please contact Billy Clark on 07703 5601332

Annual Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

Annual Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is back!

ESRG are delighted to announce that 28th March sees the return of the very successful Annual Wheelchair rugby tournament, taking place at Sedgefield Community College. The event has been organised by the Darlington Mowden Park Community Scheme sponsored by ESRG Group.

It will see Mowden Park 1st Team players take on teams from the NE Bulls WRC, Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. Support from ESRG has enabled the event to run again this year.

Wheelchair rugby is a wheelchair based sport for disability affecting all four limbs. It is a growing sport which is developing every year as more people become associated with it. As one of the only full-contact disability sports, it is little wonder wheelchair rugby, aka ‘murderball’ was one of the biggest hits of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The North East Bulls, who compete in Division 1 of the BT Super Series, are the only wheelchair rugby club based in the North East of England and compete in fixtures Nationwide.  Graeme Smith from the Bulls said “Life doesn’t end after disability, and through this friendly tournament we hope to show just that. Able-bodied athletes and disabled athletes competing together on a level playing field, each as competitive as the other” He also added “We want to thank DMP for making this tournament happen again, and we are proud of our ever-growing relationship with the club. Also thanks to Irwin Mitchell and ESRG for the funding support to allow these tournaments to take place”

The Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre provides unique courses and tailored support to recovering wounded, injured and sick veterans, serving personnel and their families to help them achieve their long-term goals and aspirations. We are delighted to be facing their team in the tournament again this year.

David Evans from ESRG comments “The competition is a great way to continue our partnership with DMP. This is a popular event in their calendar which is enjoyed by all involved. It’s a fantastic celebration of the diversity of Rugby.”

DMP would like to say a huge thanks must go to ESRG for sponsoring this event with special thanks for their continued support as Principle Sponsor of the Mowden Park Community Scheme.”

Supporters are encouraged and very welcome at the tournament. It will take place on Tuesday 28th March (6pm – 9pm) at Sedgefield Community College (TS21 3DD).

ESRG Developments set to bring Roslin House to market

ESRG Developments are delighted to announce the market premiere of the Roslin House apartments within the next two weeks, with Hearnes Estate Agents.

Roslin House presents a rare investment opportunity, offering a range of studio, one, or two bedroom properties in a beautiful conservation area, surrounded by stunning established gardens.

Roslin House is set in a large corner plot in the heart of one of the most desirable locations in Bournemouth, Dorset. The beaches of Bournemouth are a mere 9 minute drive away, with the exclusive Sandbanks in Poole just 20 minutes away.

Sales and rentals in Bournemouth are currently very strong for apartments, second homes, and holiday homes. Hearnes therefore anticipate high market demand for the Roslin House development. For those looking to invest, gross rental yields are expected to be between 5.5% and 6%.

Neil Grinnall, director of ESRG Developments, commented – ” we are delighted with this development, and the progress that ESRG Developments are achieving overall. This is an exciting development for Bournemouth. It provides spacious living spaces with generously oversized apartments, and will be a fantastic opportunity for people to own property in one of the most desirable coastal locations in the UK.”

Birmingham development Fifty Two Degrees released

ESRG Developments raise the property bar yet further this week, with the sale of another stunning development site to the investment market. Fifty Two Degrees is sited in the grounds of the acclaimed and listed former college buildings of Crocketts Lane, Smethwick and is comprised of planning permission for beautifully designed family houses. Situated at the heart of the country, Fifty Two Degrees is situated in one of the most picturesque conservation zones in Birmingham.

Possibly the most exciting U.K. city in terms of growth, Birmingham is strengthening its international position with more foreign investment projects than any other English regional city, is home to five major universities and four major colleges, and provides convenient transport links – the train to London in 80 minutes, Oxford in 69 minutes, or Manchester in 88 minutes. Birmingham International airport offers both short haul and long haul international flights.

With a strong market in sales and rentals, Birmingham is the ideal opportunity for those looking to invest. Gross rental yields are expected to be between 6% and 7%.

Neil Grinnall, director of ESRG Developments, commented – ” we are delighted with this development. This is an exciting development for Birmingham, it provides spacious luxury living, and will be a fantastic opportunity for people to own property in one of the most up and coming cities in the UK.”

ESRG Development plans in for Birmingham City Centre Regeneration

ESRG Development plans in for Birmingham City Centre Regeneration

Planning has been submitted for 400 new apartments on two derelict industrial sites in Digbeth, Birmingham.

ESRG’s plans include partial demolition, refurbishment and erection of new buildings at 234-236 Bradford Street, to create 162 one-bedroom and 131 two-bedroom flats and six ground floor commercial units. There will also be parking for 61 cars and 292 bikes in a complex ranging from four to eight storeys.

In a second project, the team are planning to carry out further demolition before constructing 148 apartments, three ground floor commercial units and 11 parking spaces at nearby 250 and 251 Bradford Street and its corner with Alcester Street. This element will range from four to nine storeys and comprise 91 one-bedroom and 57 two-bedroom apartments with parking for 150 bikes.

Neil Grinnall, Director commented, “The vast investment in recent years in Birmingham city centre has changed the face of a once industrial city. Digbeth will be the subject of ongoing redevelopment and the scale and location of proposed buildings and associated commercial and amenity spaces reflect this city aspiration.

Both schemes add to ESRG’s current project portfolio which includes major residential and split use developments in Poole, Birmingham and the USA.