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Pollution



Preventing Air Pollution
 

Local controls

Your local council can introduce extra controls on emissions if there are air quality problems in your area.

Air Quality Management Areas

If air quality falls below required standards, your council will declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and plan for improvements.

Check if your business is in an AQMA and if you’re affected by:

  • road charging
  • parking restrictions
  • increased restrictions on waiting and loading times
  • taxes to encourage moving goods by rail
  • the review of planning applications by a pollution control team

Smoke Control Areas

Your council can also declare a Smoke Control Area. This means you can only use authorised fuels, or exempted furnaces and boilers. Chimney smoke is not allowed, with only a few exceptions.

You could be fined up to £1,000 for each offence.

If you’re a contractor working at different locations you should always check if you’re in a Smoke Control Area.

Dark Smoke
 

Dark smoke

The darker the smoke, the more polluting it tends to be. Smoke darker than a specified shade of grey is officially classified as ‘dark smoke’.

The Ringelmann chart is used to define dark smoke. The chart has 5 shades of grey with 0 being clear and 5 being black. Smoke is considered ‘dark’ if it is shade 2 or darker.

Chimney and boiler restrictions

You mustn’t release dark smoke from your premises, including from:

  • chimneys serving furnaces
  • fixed boilers or industrial plants, whether they’re attached to buildings or not

There are some exemptions if emissions won’t damage health or cause a nuisance.

Boilers, Furnaces and Chimneys
 

Boilers and furnaces

You need a permit for most generators, furnaces and boilers.

Get a permit

You’ll need a Part A(1) environmental permit if your appliances:

  • have an aggregated rated thermal input of 50 megawatts (mw) or more
  • burn waste oil, recovered oil or any fuel made from waste, with a rated thermal input of 3 to 50 mw

Get a Part A(1) permit from:

You’ll need or a Part B environmental permit if your appliances:

  • have a rated thermal input of 20 to 50 mw
  • burn waste excluded from the Waste Incineration Directive (WID) with a rated thermal input of 0.4 to 3 mw

Get a Part B permit from your local council.

Small Waste Incineration Plant (SWIP) environmental permit

You’ll need a Small Waste Incineration Plant (SWIP) environmental permit if your appliance can burn either:
less than 10 tonnes per day of hazardous waste
less than 3 tonnes per hour of non-hazardous waste (equivalent to 72 tonnes per day)
Get a SWIP environmental permit from your local council.

Installing furnaces

Your local council must approve:

  • the use of a new non-domestic furnace in a building, fixed boiler or industrial plant
  • changes to an existing furnace

Contact your local council about grit and dust arrestment if you don’t have an environmental permit and your furnace is going to be used to burn:

  • pulverised fuel
  • any other solid matter at a rate of 45.4 kilograms (kg) or more an hour
  • liquid or gaseous matter at a rate equivalent to 366.4 kilowatts (kw) or more an hour

You might not need approval if your boiler won’t create emissions that can damage health or cause a nuisance. Contact your local council to check if you’re exempt.

Chimney height requirements

Your chimney must be high enough to prevent smoke, grit, dust, gases and fume emissions from damaging health or causing a nuisance. Your local council can refuse your application if your chimney isn’t high enough.

You must apply for chimney height approval if:

  • you don’t have an environmental permit
  • your boiler’s fuel consumption exceeds 45.4 kg of solid fuel an hour
  • your boiler’s fuel consumption exceeds 366.4 kw of liquid or gas fuel an hour

If your approval application is refused your local council will tell you the minimum chimney height you need.

A chimney may be exempt if it is used as part of:

  • a temporary replacement, for example if the boiler or furnace is being repaired
  • a temporary source of heat or power for building works
  • an auxiliary plant to bring the main plant up to operating temperatures
  • a mobile source of heat or power for agricultural purposes

If the use of your chimney changes you must re-apply for approval.

Boiler emission requirements

You must fit all boilers with grit and dust arrestment equipment. You can apply to your local council for an exemption if your boiler won’t create emissions that could damage health or cause a nuisance.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permit
 

The European Union Emissions Trading System applies to the following business activities:

  • combustion installations with a rated thermal input exceeding 20 megawatts eg operating boilers, electricity generators and combined heat and power (CHP) schemes
  • metal ore (including sulphide ore) or sintering installation
  • iron and steel businesses
  • mineral oil refineries
  • coke ovens
  • the mineral industry (cement, glass, ceramics, lime production)
  • production of pulp from timber or other fibrous materials
  • paper and board with a production capacity greater than 20 tonnes per day
  • nitric acid production
If you carry out any of these activities you must hold a greenhouse gas emissions permit from one of the following regulators:
  • the Environment Agency in England and Wales
  • the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland
  • the Industrial Pollution and Radiochemical Inspectorate department of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland
Once you have a permit, you may be eligible to an allocation of free emissions allowances.

Applications for the permit must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

Applications must include:
  • a description of the installation and site and its address and national grid reference and the name of the local authority or authorities the installation is situated in
  • the emissions-generating activities to be carried out in the installation including a description of the technology used and the materials used in carrying out those activities
  • the sources of specified emissions from the relevant activities
  • a description of planned measures to monitor and report specified emissions
  • a description, including the reference number, of any environmental licence issued in relation to the installation
  • any further information which the applicant wishes the regulator to take into account
  • the name, address and telephone number of the applicant, the correspondence address if different, the registered number and the registered or principal office address if the business is a registered company and the name and address of the ultimate holding company if the applicant is a subsidiary
  • a non-technical summary of the installation information
You must provide any other information requested by the regulator.
The regulator will decide your application within two months of the date the application was received. Conditions will be attached to a permit.

You will not be granted a permit if the regulator believes that you will not be the person operating the installation or that you will ensure that monitoring and reporting conditions will be met.

Where an application is for a permit to operate more than one installation, the application must contain the required information in relation to each installation.

Conditions

You must comply with all of the conditions contained in the permit. Your regulator may review the conditions of the permit at any time. You are required to notify the regulator when you cannot comply with conditions.

Conditions will include requirements to monitor and report on emissions, including specifying the frequency of monitoring and methods used and that annual reports are submitted. Conditions will require you to surrender allowances that are equal to your reportable emissions within four months of the end of the scheme year when the emissions took place.

Fines and penalties

If you fail to comply with requirements you may commit a criminal offence and be fined, imprisoned for up to two years or both. In addition there may be civil financial penalties for excess emissions or understating reportable emissions. If you fail to pay required fees your permit may be revoked.

Yellow Fish Scheme – Preventing Water Pollution
 

‘Yellow fish’ is an Environment Agency project (in England) that builds on an international approach to protecting the environment. It involves stencilling a yellow fish symbol beside drains to remind people that any waste entering them may go directly to the nearest stream, river, lake, canal, beach or bathing water - causing pollution and killing wildlife.

Complete and return the feedback form with your project details and the Environment Agency will add your project to our yellow fish map.

Yellow Fish Guidance Manual for Businesses

Yellow Fish Feedback Form.

Noise Assessment and Control
 

This document outlines permit conditions and regulation of noise. It also describes the principles of noise measurement and prediction and the control of noise by design, by operational and management techniques and abatement technologies.

Noise Assessment and Control Guidance

Ensuring your alarm doesn’t cause a nuisance
 

Ensuring your alarm doesn’t cause a nuisance

Repeated or prolonged ringing of alarms can cause nuisance and distress to neighbours. In such circumstances the council can take steps to disconnect alarms and charge or even prosecute owners for doing so.

You should therefore ensure that your alarm is properly maintained and serviced and complies with BS 4737 (1986). Alarms should be fitted with an automatic cut out to silence the alarm after 20 minutes. You should notify the Police and local council in writing of the names and contact details of two keyholders who can attend within 20 minutes. Code of practice Burglar alarms should cut out and reset after 20 minutes.

This is not law, but a recommendation and we can take action if alarms cause noise nuisance. Notifying of nominated keyholders It is important that you register your alarm keyholders with the Police and the council. This information will be needed if your alarm malfunctions and causes a nuisance to your neighbours. Inform the Noise and Pollution team with the most up to date information and we will pass a copy of this information on to the West Yorkshire Police

Getting Light Right
 

This information leaflet is designed to clearly and simply inform consumers how to install their security lights effectively to reduce light pollution.

It was jointly written with Campaign to Protect Rural England, Campaign for Dark Skies and the Institution of Lighting Professionals.

Getting Light Right Leaflet

Asbestos Regulations for Commercial Properties
 

If you’re the landlord, tenant or managing agent of a commercial property you may be responsible for managing asbestos, unless your contract or lease says otherwise.

What you must do

  1. If you have a lease or contract, check who is responsible for asbestos.

  2. Find out where the asbestos is (you’ll probably need an external accredited surveyor to carry out an asbestos survey).

  3. Have the material analysed and keep a record of what you find.

  4. Carry out a health and safety risk assessment.

  5. Share the information with anyone likely to come into contact with the area, eg builders.

  6. Keep anything containing asbestos in good repair or have it sealed or removed.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) will help you find an accredited surveyor and testing laboratory.

Penalties

If you don’t have a plan to deal with asbestos and put it in action, you could face:

  • a fine of up to £20,000
  • imprisonment for up to 12 months

For a serious breach you could face an unlimited fine and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years.

Owners of derelict or vacant premises and warehouses also need an asbestos survey.

More detailed information

In England, Scotland and Wales

Find more on managing asbestos on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

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Retail display innovation launched by Leach

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Brand environment specialist Leach Impact has revealed a new merchandise display system which integrates illuminated fabric graphics to maximise the use of retail space. Product Wall Max premiered at the Retail Shopfitting & Event Summit earlier this month, following over 12 months of behind-the-scenes research, prototyping and development. Capable of being manufactured in any size up to 15m x 3m, this display solution is designed to create an atmospheric ‘exhibition’ of hero products which increases brand awareness and captures customer attention in-store. It represents a heavier-duty version of Product Wall Lite, which was launched by Leach last spring. Whilst this display system – with its magnetic shelves – is ideal for lightweight merchandise such as jewellery and footwear, Product Wall Max on the other hand can integrate slotted rails, floating shelves and hooks, perfect for larger and/or heavier items including clothing and sports equipment. Commenting on the popularity of the new solution when unveiled at the Summit, Leach’s recently-appointed head of sales Adrian Wray said: “The purpose of this event was to match us to prospective buyers who are interested in the innovations currently available to retailers. Product Wall Max was therefore incredibly well received. “We met with household brands including Karen Millen, Well Pharmacy and Co-op, hospitality giant Whitbread, cosmetics specialist Loreal and charity Age UK, to name just a few. We’re excited to see how these conversations unfold.” Created with flexibility in mind, both Product Walls are designed so that store staff and merchandisers can update the look and feel of their displays without fuss. All component parts can be added or removed with ease, with fixings neatly concealed behind the interchangeable fabric graphic. Product Wall Lite has already been installed by Regatta, Specialized and Vivobarefoot.
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Iconic Huddersfield cloth brand celebrates growing international presence

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Heritage cloth brand Dugdale Bros & Co. is celebrating its most successful year to date, following significant expansion into fast-growing international markets and the appointment of key personnel. Through its 122-year history, the company has become renowned within the textiles world for supplying fine worsted fabrics to Savile Row tailors and iconic fashion houses alike. And it is precisely this international reach that was pivotal in making 2017 the most successful year on record for the brand. With a fast-growing presence in overseas markets – including China, South Korea, Japan and Australia, to name just a few – the company reported a 22% uplift in turnover from exports alone, compared to the previous 12 months. Significant expansion was achieved within the Scandinavian and Asian Pacific markets in particular, thanks to new distribution arrangements and the addition of two full-time export team members. 2017 also marked Dugdale Bros’ first year in partnership with its new USA agent Atlas International Textiles – a key distributor in America. Domestic growth has followed a similar trajectory, with overall company turnover up 14% on the previous year. The recent appointment of sales managers Amit Karia and Jack Rowan has been key to this steady expansion, enabling the brand to build its customer base and enhance its visibility in the competitive UK market – particularly as the popularity of modern made-to-measure tailoring increases. 2017 saw the launch of three new cloth collections, bringing Dugdale Bros’ total number of ranges up to 23 – alongside the array of trimmings and linings also supplied by the brand. Amongst these new releases was the Royal Classic Vantage series, which incorporated archival patterns from the iconic 1957 Royal Classic collection, in celebration of its 60-year anniversary. Based in Huddersfield since its establishment in 1896, the brand was taken on by chairman Robert Charnock in 2001 and is the last independently-owned cloth merchant remaining in the centre of the town. Commenting on the record year of sales, Robert said: “2017 was intended to be a year of consolidation for us, following significant internal restructuring initiated by our managing director Simon Glendenning. However, increased activity with a number of notable luxury brands has helped to bolster our figures during this period. “Dugdale Bros is undoubtedly a company with a significant legacy behind it, which we are dedicated to preserving as we take the business forward. And it is precisely this balance between celebrating our heritage – both in relation to the brand and our town – and strategically targeting new overseas markets, that has enabled us to flourish.” Building on the previous year’s successes, 2018 will see the cloth brand launching five new lightweight collections – specifically designed with the burgeoning Asian markets in mind. In addition, core lines will be refreshed with the introduction of new designs, colours and patterns. Robert continued: “The expansion of our collections will further boost our market presence, and we’re expecting to see an additional 12% growth this year. The Dugdale Bros brand has truly come of age, and we’re looking forward to more people recognising the value of cloth that has been proudly made in Huddersfield.” With headquarters on Northumberland Street in Huddersfield, Dugdale Bros & Co. has another office in Mayfair and supplies its cloths to tailors and distributors throughout the world.
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Refurb completion at iconic Copperworks site

Friday 16 February 2018

Commercial lettings specialist and landlord Towngate PLC has completed the refurbishment and rebranding of a historical property in Stourton, Leeds. Previously occupied by the world-renowned metal manufacturer Yorkshire Copper Works until 1980, Towngate acquired the site in 2003. The firm has now concluded an extensive renovation and rebranding operation, readying the 300,000sqft space and development land for a new tenant. All buildings have been reroofed and the external elevations have had cladding replaced. The demolition of an entire bay has additionally paved the way for increased loading capacity, while the installation of ground-level loading doors at the rear will further boost circulation efficiency. The internal space features an open-plan working environment with a functional height of over 9 metres. Commenting on the finished renovations, Towngate’s property manager Tom Lamb said: “We’re delighted with the overhaul of this historic property, and are excited to bring it back to the market. Whilst we have taken care of the key structural refurbishment, we have intentionally left the warehouse as a blank canvas, enabling modifications to suit a new tenant’s requirements. “This site presents a truly unique industrial letting opportunity, and all interested parties now have the opportunity to visit the building for a tour.” Mirfield-based digital marketing agency, The Bigger Boat, tackled the rebranding of the property, which has included the production of illuminated signage, a lettings brochure and a new website. The expansive site is available to let in its entirety to a single occupier, and includes industrial warehouse accommodation, two-storey ancillary office buildings and a 287-space car park, along with 11 acres of expansion land. Now that the site is open for occupancy, onsite CGI filming is set to take place to showcase the potential of the property and site as a whole. Industrial agents and potential occupants interested in a viewing should contact Property Manager, Tom Lamb or Marketing Manager Julia Ford for further information.
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Kirklees’ Biggest Business Conference Returns

Tuesday 06 February 2018

Following on from the huge success of the 2017 Conference, the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is delighted to be hosting their 2018 Kirklees Business Conference (KBC) at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday 21st March. The free, one-day conference has become an unmissable event in the local business calendar which is dedicated to helping businesses to connect, learn and grow. Attracting over 600 business people and 50 exhibitors, KBC includes a fantastic programme of engaging seminars, a discussion panel, surgery sessions and open networking throughout the day. This year the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is proud to announce an official partnership with Google bringing a Digital Garage to KBC as part of the seminar programme. Running alongside the four seminar sessions, more surgery sessions will also take place following their success last year. Held by local businesses located in the stadium boxes, the surgeries will provide the opportunity for companies to run their own seminars, workshops or one to ones. Rory Bourke, Events & Sponsorship Co-ordinator at the Chamber said: ”Kirklees Business Conference is definitely shaping up to be a day not to be missed. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile, make new contacts and learn from other experienced professionals. There are many opportunities for local businesses to get involved through sponsorship, exhibiting or attending as a delegate.” Confirmed conference sponsors and partners include; AD:VENTURE, The John Smith’s Stadium, The Design Mechanics and Social Progress. Delegate tickets are free but registration is essential, significant interest is anticipated therefore early delegate booking via www.kirkleesbusinessconference.co.uk is advised to avoid disappointment. For further information about the conference follow @MYBizConfs and #KirkleesConf on twitter. To find out more about sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please email events@mycci.co.uk or call 01484 483679.
Posted by Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
SNF enlists Smith Brothers for prestigious Billingham connection

Monday 15 January 2018

Yorkshire power contractor Smith Brothers has been appointed by world-leading polymer provider SNF, to carry out large-scale electrical engineering works at its first UK-based manufacturing facility. Having been enlisted as the Independent Connections Provider (ICP) by SNF, high voltage specialist Smith Brothers will be responsible for the 66kV load connection of the 21MVA site to the Northern Powergrid (NPg). A turnkey programme of works will see the Elland-based contractor carrying out all civil and electrical engineering aspects of the connection assignment, from initial design through to final commissioning. With the facility set to share its power supply with a nearby generation site via an existing radial circuit, the engineers will be responsible for laying a 3.5km dual 66kV cable route to the Point of Connection (POC) provided by the NPg. Smith Brothers’ civils team will additionally be tasked with the construction and commissioning of an outdoor 66kV substation, as well as a control room for NPg to house the necessary protection scheme. The outdoor substation will entail the installation of two 72.5kV 1250A 31.5kA dead tank SF6 circuit breakers, 66kV disconnectors, voltage transformers, cable sealing ends, post insulators, supporting steel structures, busbars and connectors. The engineers will also construct two transformer bunds – each containing a 66/11kV 20MVA transformer – along with two 11kV 4.23ohms 1500A Neutral Earthing Resistors (NERs), post insulators, cable sealing ends and disconnectors for SNF. Further duties for Smith Brothers will involve the construction of a private substation building and the installation of internal 11kV Unigear 500R switchboard, automatic voltage control panels, transformer protection panels, battery chargers and other associated gear. Commenting on the scale of the assignment, project manager Iliana Malatra said: “As with any project of this size, there are a number of challenges not only in terms of scale, but also the technical requirements. The outdoor substation has been designed with critical attention to detail, for example, so the construction and commissioning stages will need similar levels of consideration. “We additionally have tight timescales to meet for the work and energisation. Ensuring that minimal disruption is caused when we connect the facility to the grid is a key priority, and our dedicated team will be working hard to meet all set deadlines with this goal in mind.” With Smith Brothers’ construction works having commenced in December last year, the Billingham connection assignment is projected to be completed in July 2018. The wider 10-year construction and regeneration scheme began on the 60-acre Billingham site in 2009.
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Leach is latest local ‘signing’ for premier league club Huddersfield Town

Monday 11 December 2017

Newly-promoted Premier League outfit Huddersfield Town AFC have made a pivotal local ‘signing’, in the shape of graphic display specialist Leach Impact. The fellow-renowned Huddersfield organisation has been appointed to supply striking lightboxes for the club’s John Smith’s Stadium reception. Six individual displays – including three bespoke curved structures – have now been designed, manufactured and installed, in partnership with integrated marketing agency Fantastic Media. The result is an ultra-bright welcome that visitors would expect from Premier League facilities. “For over a century, Leach Impact’s displays have transformed major international brands across the globe,” explained Huddersfield Town’s commercial director Sean Jarvis. “So, there seemed no better partner to help take our visual identity to the next level during this exciting year at the pinnacle of the football pyramid. “The new graphics provide the extra wow factor as soon as people step inside our stadium reception, and together with our iconic Terrier brand, will hopefully leave a lasting impression.” Paul Whitcroft, creative director at Fantastic Media added: “2017-18 is a season where Huddersfield Town is used to having its name in lights! “However, having worked with Leach for a number of years, we knew their solutions would help elevate the brand further. The print quality, illumination and display flexibility tick all the boxes!” Complete with interchangeable fabric graphics, the lightboxes can be updated quickly and easily by the club’s own staff. This means Huddersfield Town can switch between its three brands – The Terriers (football club), The Giants (rugby club) and KDSL (events) – according to the focal message on any given day. The lightboxes were created at Leach’s 30,000sqft headquarters, less than four miles away from the stadium itself.
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New heritage interpretation to reveal industrial mining past of North York Moors

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Work is underway to create an exciting new interpretation of historic mining sites across the North York Moors. As part of the National Lottery funded project This Exploited Land of Iron, the mixture of interventions both out in the landscape and in local hubs and centres, will tell the story of one of the most industrial periods in the moors’ history. Huddersfield-based Leach Studio has been appointed to lead the interpretive design for the scheme. The team is currently developing themes and concept designs which aim to map stories across this vast area. On completion in 2019, the project will provide an inter-connected network that visitors can explore, revealing the astonishing stories and scale of the mining industry that once dominated this landscape. The focus of the core exhibition at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby will draw upon the history of the area from medieval smelting to the trailblazing Victorian railways. Visitors will be able to use digital maps, projected archive film and an interpretive play area for children, to learn about this chapter of the story and other places where the tale continues. A multitude of other sites such as Grosmont Village, East Kilns and Rosedale Abbey’s iconic Bank Top will continue the industrial heritage exploration, with innovative interpretive solutions in the landscape set to include bespoke furniture and hands-on engagements. At Grosmont iron works, for example, visitors will learn that the now leafy car park was once the site of a major industrial complex producing nearly 1,000 tonnes of pig iron a week. Elsewhere, at Ingleby Incline, interpretation explaining the story of ore-laden wagons being transported up and down the 1 in 5 gradient will provide a welcome break for walkers on the steep ascent. Commenting on the project, Nichola Ward, head of creative at Leach Studio said: “Ironstone mining and the Victorian industrialisation had a significant impact on this community and the surrounding landscape, so we’re telling this story on a huge, far-reaching scale. “The challenge is that this heritage isn’t always very well known or even easy to uncover, as in many places nature has taken over since the decline of the industry in the last century. Our brief is therefore to create a range of design solutions that help different types of visitors understand, explore and uncover the astonishing moors for themselves.’ Tom Mutton, programme manager for This Exploited Land of Iron added: “Through community engagement programmes, research by local history groups and enthusiasts, and dialogue with the North York Moors National Park Authority, we’re building a rich picture of our landscape’s cultural and natural heritage. The solutions created by Leach Studio will leave a legacy for future visitors to help appreciate the incredible past of this landscape and will bring together the work carried out by all project partners.” In March 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £2.8 million for the project to be undertaken. This sum was co-supported by the North York Moors National Park Authority, David Ross Foundation and other partners, to bring the total project value to £3.8 million.
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Around Town In the Huddersfield Live Hygge Tipi

Wednesday 15 November 2017

What better time to get together than Christmas? Around Town believe that connecting the business community of Huddersfield in its iconic locations and organisations is a brilliant way to share ideas, hear inspirational stories and have some FUN. Organised by Oli Smith, Michelle Crowther and Chris Buckley Around Town create memorable events every 3 months. 2018 plans are already underway; “as well as meeting at some amazing businesses we are walking Around Town in Spring - a fantastic way to get to know each other whilst experiencing some award winning locations and scenery in Huddersfield “ says Michelle And with Huddersfield Live December promises to be a memorable Around Town event. Hosted in the Hygge Tipi in St Georges Square, hear Sam Watt and Poppy Stahelin tell of the fabulous work the team at Huddersfield Live are doing and some of the stunning events planned for next year. Laura Drury sets the backdrop of how she formed the The Hygge Tipi and how it creates a convivial atmosphere for Huddersfield folk to mingle, drink mulled wine, and keep the winter night out in front of the log fire. All In the heart of Huddersfield. Tickets are limited and can be reserved FREE here. Chamber members old and new are very welcome. Around Town Events for 2018 confirmed. March 1st - Valli Opticians May 17th - Owen Scott Tailors May 25th - (Walk) Around Town - 15miles (approx) Breakfast Sarnies, The Kirklees Way, Finish in a Brewery!
Posted by The Alternative Board
Huddersfield-based Leach appointed by international outdoor leisure brand Regatta

Friday 27 October 2017

International outdoor leisure brand Regatta has overhauled the visual merchandising strategy at its Manchester headquarters, with the help of Huddersfield-based display specialist Leach Impact. Regatta’s showroom is a regular destination for corporate customers, keen to be among the first to see what could soon adorn their retail shelves. But with footwear previously housed on a dark, permanent wooden wall, the 180sqft space struggled to do the hero products justice. The brand has therefore invested in a 6.8m x 2.5m state-of-the-art bespoke display from Leach’s Product Wall Lite range. At only 65mm thick, the streamlined wall-mounted system integrates eye-catching graphics with ultra-bright LED illumination and slick magnetic shelving, for maximum impact as soon as a customer arrives. “Following an initial design consultation, we knew the team was interested in the flexibility of this graphics display alternative,” elaborated Dale Broadhead, Leach’s project lead. “However, to meet the exact requirements of this brief, our in-house innovation team built a number of prototypes to evaluate how to best showcase Regatta’s footwear range.” The finished solution was then installed only one day, which included full magnetic assemble, graphic installation and 180 shelves added and aligned. Regatta’s marketing director Jo Hawkins expanded: “We were initially drawn to the system because of its brightness and large-format photographic quality. But the construction of Product Wall Lite now allows us to change the graphics and products as often as we like, without any external input or specialist shop-fitting expertise. “This means we can refresh our showroom campaigns in line with the changing seasons, which should deliver an ongoing wow factor and a lasting impression, much more in-keeping with what we’re trying to achieve as a brand.” On the back of positive feedback from visitors to the Manchester HQ, Regatta now plans to roll the Product Wall Lite system out into its store environments. Established in 1981 with a 12-strong team, Regatta now has 200 stores and concessions throughout the UK and operates in 55 countries worldwide.
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Leach appointed as approved fabric graphics supplier to beMatrix

Monday 02 October 2017

beMatrix – one of Europe’s most renowned modular exhibition stand specialists – has appointed Yorkshire-based Leach as its preferred fabric graphics production partner for the UK. The Belgian owned events giant launched the industry’s first customisable, reusable and tool-less frame system back in 1993. And almost 25 years later, the product has gone on to be sold via an international network spanning Europe, the USA and Asia. But as the team prepared for further penetration of the UK market, they sought a reputable fabric graphics partner that could help bring their stands to life. The search stopped at Huddersfield-based Leach. Commenting on the reasons behind the partnership, beMatrix’s UK Managing Director Antony Burton said: “The build of exhibition stands is often fraught with stress, risk and cost, even for experienced contractors. This was the rationale for us creating our modular stand system. It is quick and easy to erect, not to mention adaptable and reusable. This longevity maximises stand builders’ return on investment, particularly when compared to the typical wooden stand structures that are usually disposed of after every event. “But fabric graphics are still needed for every show, and, recognising that this is an incredibly specialist area of print production, we have always sought expert partners in this field. As we prepared for growth in the UK, Leach was clearly the perfect fit.” The new collaboration means that stand builders can procure fabric graphics as high in quality as the frame system itself. Expanding on the partnership, Richard Leach – managing director of the 4th generation family business – said: “It is unfortunately widely acknowledged within the events industry that 50% of fabric graphic installations fail first time. Disappointing colour reproduction, damaged ink, poorly-sized fabrics and incorrect material choice are just some of the perceived risks. But it’s not the fabric graphics themselves that are to blame – these failings arise when they haven’t been produced properly. “When executed professionally, on the other hand, such graphics provide a modern, seamless and crease-free solution, with unparalleled photographic quality and illumination capabilities. They’re also simple and cost-effective to transport, which adds to the ‘business case’. “By working closely with beMatrix we can therefore ensure clients experience maximum ROI – rather than headaches – from the fabric graphic stands that their customers demand.” Already a well-known name within the retail, exhibition and brand environments, Leach is targeting a 25% increase in fabric graphic production over the next 12 months.
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Wednesday 21 March 2018 - Wednesday 21 February 2018, 09:00 - 16:00
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3M Buckley Innovation Centre , Firth Street , Huddersfield , West Yorkshire , HD1 3BD
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