Film star role for Midlands businessman

Award-winning businessman Ian Hodgkinson stars in a new promotional film about the construction industry fronted by first-ever Big Brother winner Craig Phillips, now a popular television presenter.

The managing director of Pride Park-based Hodgkinson features in a marketing DVD with Craig in which they explore the role of bricks in a range of development projects with which Ian's company has been involved.

Hodgkinson's are now the largest brickwork and masonry contractors in the Midlands and, says Craig at one point in the film, ‘have probably laid enough bricks to build another Great Wall of China’.

The Avent-production company DVD will be released to key contractors in the industry, training agencies and business-development groups within the next few weeks. The film will also be featured on ‘You Tube’ and Hodgkinson's own website (

It's not the first time Ian and Craig have worked together on film or marketing projects.

They originally met ten years ago, shortly after Craig won the first Big Brother series. Ian was invited to join Craig in the Sky television programme ‘Conversion’ when they completely refurbished a Victorian house in Liverpool.

Ian subsequently helped Craig with the launch of his construction industry training centre in Liverpool which was formally opened by Cherie Blair.

Ian recently featured in BBC's Homes Under the Hammer, renovating a delapidated house in Ilkeston.
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They came together again late last year for ITV's ‘Sixty Minute Makeover’ programme when the pair worked with Bev Callard, Coronation Street's Liz McDonald, to modernise a playground for special needs children in Manchester by giving it a Corrie theme.

Around the same time, Ian also found himself starring in a BBC ‘Homes under the Hammer’ programme. A camera crew followed him as he bought a dilapidated property at auction in Derby and totally transformed it into a modern home within just a few weeks.

Ian, this year's Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, said this week: “People keep asking if I'm going to give up the construction business to concentrate on a career in Hollywood.

“And, much as I love this job, I might just do that...but only if they offer me the role as the next James Bond.”

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