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Huddersfield brand agency set to highlight the power of design in the North

Posted: Tuesday 25 April 2017

Huddersfield-based brand agency, The Engine Room, is set to highlight the power of great design in the North, in a variety of upcoming seminars and workshops. Discussing the impact that design can have on a firm’s bottom line – as well as some of its wider benefits such as cultivating employee advocacy – the company is now encouraging local business leaders and design professionals to attend. The series of four sessions is being kick-started in Leeds on Friday 28th April. Focusing on the topic ‘The Power of the Brand’, The Engine Room’s managing director Lesley Gulliver will take to the floor of Design Network North’s monthly Rise and Design event. Joined by client Olando Salina of Polyseam, the duo will discuss how they collaboratively achieved an annual sales increase of 744% for the sealant manufacturer, and in turn, won the prestigious Grand Prix for the DBA’s Design Effectiveness Awards. Lesley will then head to The National Festival of Making for the Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) conference on Thursday 4th May. This seminar – taking place at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery – will examine the role of design thinking in driving change and exploring new business opportunities. Design director, Darren Evans, will also share his design expertise at Manufactured Yorkshire on Wednesday 10th May. Discussing how internal branding can help to embed a positive culture, he will shine the attention on the work undertaken with world-renowned manufacturer Cummins. Commenting on why The Engine Room is championing the power of the brand at these events, Lesley said: “Branding is often interpreted as a ‘nice to have’, or even a side-line of marketing efforts. But, as these case studies will show, that’s simply not true! Branding is not an art, it is a strategic exercise that can act as an unrivalled catalyst for growth. “So, whether a business is looking to develop their own brand, or an individual working within the branding industry wants to improve their knowledge, these sessions will give people a real insight into what’s possible!” The fourth workshop is set to take place on Tuesday 16th May at the Museum of London, in conjunction with the DBA. Speaking to other design agencies and commissioners, Lesley will chat about how effectiveness and creativity worked hand-in-hand to deliver real results for Polyseam, which led to the Grand Prix award win. Founded in 2001, Huddersfield-headquartered The Engine Room is run by founding director Darren Evans and MD Lesley Gulliver, and has clients in varied business sectors ranging from manufacturing to health and the public sector.
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Smith Brothers appoints finance director as revenues soar

Posted: Thursday 20 April 2017

Following unprecedented success over the past twelve months, Elland-based high voltage electrical engineering firm Smith Brothers has appointed Richard King as their financial director. With over 30 years’ experience as a financial adviser, and previous directing roles within SMEs, Richard King brings a wealth of accounting and business expertise at an exciting time in the company’s growth. After a year of significant growth in which turnover increased to over £27m, the power contractor has secured a run of new projects. This will see revenue exceed £40m in the next financial year. Commenting on Richard King’s appointment, director John Smith said: “We’ve expanded our operations massively over the past 12 months, so taking on a financial director was the next logical thing to do. “His impressive track record made Richard an obvious choice for the role, and his effective decision-making and vast financial awareness will be pivotal to our continued growth over the coming year.’ With wide-ranging experience in property, manufacturing, the supply chain and public sector, Richard brings versatile financial management, budget strategy and fundraising skills to the position. He commented: “Joining a fast-growing, end-to-end business like Smith Brothers always brings excitement and challenges in equal measure, but I’m looking forward to both. “The company’s expansion over the past 12 months is certainly something to be proud of, and we’re focused on consolidating that growth this year, with our move to bigger premises and recruitment of additional skilled workers. This will set the groundwork for further expansion into 2018.” Taking charge of the firm’s finances, Richard King joins founders John and Richard Smith, as well as David Ogden and Craig Collinson, on the board of directors. Established in 1990, Smith Brothers works on high voltage power engineering projects up to 132kV, providing turnkey electrical and energy management solutions to a widening client base throughout the UK and overseas.
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New creative signage puts Halifax on the cultural map

Posted: Thursday 13 April 2017

Yorkshire marketing agency The Bigger Boat has developed a new culture and heritage map for the centre of Halifax, West Yorkshire, to showcase the changing face of the town. Featuring a hand drawn plan, recreated digitally, the project is designed to help both locals and tourists navigate Halifax’s many cultural hotspots. With highlights including The Piece Hall, Square Chapel Centre for the Arts and the Victoria Theatre, the key destinations have been carefully selected to cover arts, crafts, leisure and history. With style inspiration taken from the maps of cosmopolitan cities including Madrid, Paris and London, the designers have put their own unique spin on things to reflect the most important elements of Halifax’s history. Grass takes on a woven texture, for example, harking back to the textile mills of days gone by, and vibrant illustrations provide interesting insights into what people can expect to find at each location. The project has been funded by Arts Council England through their Cultural Destinations programme. For Calderdale this is part of a partnership project that aims to develop a strong culture-based tourism offer, with a view to increasing the number and length of stay of visitors coming into the area. Attention to detail was therefore key from the outset, as The Bigger Boat’s creative director Doug Main explained. “I went ‘old school’ for this project, and visited each of Halifax’s prime cultural locations myself, to sketch the buildings by hand,” he explains. “These pencil drawings have then been digitally recreated which will allow the map to be altered as the town further develops, whilst maintaining an authentic, quirky and fun feel to the finished illustration.” The project began in July 2016, and 18 maps have been installed in prime locations throughout Halifax. Commenting on the result, Doug elaborated: “We’re Yorkshire through and through, so it’s great to have worked on a project where we can help Halifax showcase all it has to offer. From the textile mills and intricate architecture of the past, to things like the brand new Library and Square Chapel centre, it’s certainly an exciting time to be visiting this contemporary town.” Square Chapel director David McQuillan added: “It was important to us to work with a high quality local agency who could create something for the benefit of the project partners, the people who live in Halifax, and new visitors. It’s not easy to do the rich story of the town justice, but we’re thrilled with the finished maps.”
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Systems consultancy makes senior appointment to support trebled turnover

Posted: Tuesday 04 April 2017

A West Yorkshire business systems consultancy has made a senior appointment as the company prepares for three-fold growth. Huddersfield-based All My Systems has recruited experienced business analyst Rob Nightingale. Responsible for devising and configuring process-led technologies for the company’s expanding client base, he will increase capacity in the team as All My Systems prepares for a significant hike in turnover. The five-strong firm has recorded turnover of £145,000 for the current financial year. But early indications show that the company is on track to secure £444,000 of work for the 2017-18 period. The hunt is therefore on for a sixth team member – a second business analyst – to support this next chapter of development, as well as an apprentice. A second office at The Craggs Country Business Park in Calderdale has also been secured, meaning All My Systems now has a rural base to complement the town centre HQ at the 3M BIC in Huddersfield. The young micro-company has had an exciting three years since it was established in the spring of 2014. The brainchild of IT expert Mark Pullar, it has grown to become a respected information systems consultancy which offers the Microsoft technology and expertise to optimise data and processes that fuel business growth. One of the team’s most exciting 2016 projects was a 12-month assignment with KPMG which included the training of 13,000 CRM (Customer Relationship Management) users and the spearheading of a change management programme. But enquiries continue to flood in from both national blue-chip firms and local SMEs, with a CRM and data project for Craggs Energy among the most recent client wins. Commenting on the company’s growth, founder and managing director Mark said: “It’s been a whirlwind time for us, but it feels quite significant that, as we mark three years in business, we’re also projecting three times greater turnover for the next financial year. “I think the evolution of our company to date is also a result of three key factors. We’ve got a highly specialist team, recruited from the local area, with technical skills that you would normally only find in organisations at least five times our size. We’ve also purposefully designed the business, from the outset, to scale it. This means that as we grow, we become even more productive and efficient than before! “But, perhaps most importantly, I think there is an appetite among UK businesses, to turn to niche consultancies, such as ours, as they strive to work smarter. Gone are the days of hiring big, multi-disciplined suppliers, purely because of their size. There is a greater tendency to seek out experts – rather than generalists – with a depth of knowledge in their specific field. This has stood us in good stead to expand and is the real reason why our forward order book is strong.”
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Yorkshire businesses get behind £10k fundraising campaign

Posted: Tuesday 04 April 2017

As preparations for the charity football initiative ‘The Match 2017’ continue to gain momentum, the latest supporters to get on board are Huddersfield-based businesses Magic Rock Brewing and Lindley Financial Management. The inaugural event, which will take place on Saturday 20th May at The MBI Shay Stadium in Halifax, will bring together footballing amateurs and Huddersfield Town legends, in a game that will help to raise much needed funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Both firms have dug deep for the cause, and have each donated £500 in return for becoming an official shirt sponsor. With a running cost of £12,000 per day for the two yellow helicopters to remain active, the organisation relies entirely on donations to continue saving lives. And now further support is required to keep The Match proceeds growing, and help this initiative reach its £10,000 target. Magic Rock Brewing was founded by brothers Richard and Jonny Burhouse and inspired by brewing traditions and the US craft beer scene in particular. The award-winning and ever-growing company produces an innovative range of idiosyncratic beers in their 4,000sqft Tap Room, close to the town centre. When approached via social media and asked to get behind The Match, Richard says there was never any doubt about getting involved: “We are a community focused business, keen to support local initiatives wherever possible. We are aware of the excellent work the air ambulance does for the region, and wanted to do our bit.” Regular charity supporters Lindley Financial Management also had no qualms about signing up to help the event. The independent financial advisers, based in Brighouse, also support Pilgrim Bandits Charity, aiding soldier amputees injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Commenting on The Match, director Mark Learmont, said: “I hope as many people as possible attend on May 20th. Nobody knows when they may need the help of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance – supporting them is vital and their services must be applauded.” Organiser, and founder of grassroots football specialists Coaches Club, Dave Learmont, adds: “I am so thankful that two local businesses have gone the extra mile to raise awareness and proceeds for this fantastic charity. 100% of all funds donated will go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and these shirt sponsorships put us well on our way to hitting our huge target.” But the search for sponsors isn’t over, with the players themselves now looking for individual support. For only £150, companies will secure their name and details on the official match website, alongside their logo on the programme. The players and Town legends are also appealing for members of the public to get on board and buy tickets. Available at £10 for adults and £5 for children, the aim is to provide a fun, low cost day out for all the family. Pre-match and half-time entertainment – as well as a couple of extra special guests – will be revealed over the coming weeks. All tickets must be purchased before the game, via justgiving.com/teams/coaches-club. Further information and updates about The Match and player sponsorship can be found at The Coaches Club website, and on Twitter @cccmatch.
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Smith Brothers helps power new Cumbrian wind farm

Posted: Monday 03 April 2017

A 13.2MW wind farm in Cumbria is one step closer to completion following the appointment of Elland based power engineers Smith Brothers. The high voltage electrical experts have been awarded the design and build contract for Hallburn Wind Farm – a prestigious project developed and being constructed by REG Power Management. The renewables giant is in the process of constructing a six turbine wind farm on the former RAF Longtown base on the outskirts of Carlisle. And once Smith Brothers’ work is done, it is expected to be energised and exporting to Electricity North West’s network by the close of 2017. Acting as the Independent Connections Provider (ICP) for the contract, Smith Brothers is now responsible for the diversion and underground cabling of 1.5km of overhead lines running across the site. In addition to the contestable works package, Smith Brothers will also fit out the adoptable ENW sub-station and supply the 33kV switchboard and control equipment. A turnkey Balance of Plant (BOP) contract will run concurrently. This 7-month phase of works will include the design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and energisation of a customer main substation, comprising of a 4-panel main 33kV switchboard. Associated control and supply equipment, an auxiliary supply pole-mounted transformer with low voltage automatic changeover switchboard and a mobile generator will also be included, as well as small power and lighting for the substation and a fibre ring network with SCADA control system. Smith Brothers will additionally design and install a full site earthing system and comprehensive cabling package, including 2.5km of trenching and reinstatement works for interlinking earth, 33kV, fibre optic and multicore control cables. Commenting on the project, Smith Brothers’ director John Smith said: “Wind power has an increasingly important role to play in the UK’s energy agenda, and the demand for our services in this sector shows just how progressive the renewables industry has become. “This is the fourth contract we’ve delivered for REG in the past 12 months, and we’re excited to be able to help energise this 12MW site.” Having worked on a number of wind and solar farm contracts throughout the UK, Smith Brothers has now connected close to a Gigawatt of power for the renewables sector alone.
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Fibre Architects wins Best of Houzz Awards 2017

Posted: Friday 31 March 2017

Huddersfield Architecture firm Fibre Architects has won the Best of Houzz Award 2017 for Customer Service. This national award is presented to the best-reviewed firms on the popular architecture, interior design and decorating website Houzz.co.uk. Fibre Architects, based in Edgerton, focuses on high-quality building design, and is said to have a what Managing Director Martin Booker says has a “unique approach to architecture”. Martin Booker enthused about winning the award: “We’re so thrilled to have won the Houzz award here at Fibre. We always strive to impress our clients by going above and beyond their brief, so getting such a great response from them is really encouraging.” “We have an exciting year ahead, with some big projects being built so winning this award is the perfect start to 2017.” “We’re so pleased to award the Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Fibre Architects,” said Andrew Small, Managing Director of Houzz UK and Ireland. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping them turn their home improvement dreams into reality.” One of Fibre’s satisfied clients who has reviewed the firm on their site, David Partridge. said of Fibre: “They have been attentive to our brief and have understood our vision for the project whilst using their skill and flair to create a truly exciting design.” “We have no prior experience of commissioning significant projects and they have supported us at every step, explaining what is required and suggesting professionals, who have all been efficient and of high calibre.” Fibre Architects has been established since 2009 and has been commissioned to design a growing number of both residential and commercial projects in recent years.
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Growth gives private Huddersfield dental practice reason to smile

Posted: Tuesday 28 March 2017

Huddersfield-based private dental practice The Courtyard has purchased its fourth premises in the centre of the town, to help pave the way for further growth. The acquisition of 1460sqft of additional space marks the latest phase of significant expansion for the award-winning cosmetic dentistry specialists. With 1,200 registered patients – and plans to enrol a further 300 during 2017 – The Courtyard has evolved to become a 15-strong team. And, with interest in proactive dental care, implants, veneers and Invisalign* continuing to rocket, founder Marcos White has his eyes on the recruitment of four more colleagues before the year end. This ongoing development of staff comes following a £¼ million investment in new dentistry technology over the past two years. As a result, The Courtyard is now the only practice in the North of England with a lab that houses this level of digital scanning, 3D printing and CAD CAM capabilities on-site. And this investment in property, people and processes is set to continue, says Marcos. “I joined this practice in 2003, bought it 18 months later aged 28 and, in 2009, I decided to go private. I wanted to do something different by creating a relaxing environment where people could genuinely feel comfortable, and the ethos of The Courtyard soon began to take shape. “We’ve worked with interior designers from the hospitality industry for example, to ensure luxurious, personalised surroundings that couldn’t be further from the stereotypical clinical setting you get with many practices. And this theme will continue into the fourth premises when work gets underway. We’ve become as renowned for the customer experience as we have for the services we provide. This commitment to quality must therefore be maintained however large we grow.” A four-month renovation project will now take place to turn a two-storey terrace building into the new implant suite. The existing 2900sqft space will then become The Courtyard’s flagship clinical academy. “Whether a patient has been coming to us for a decade, has just become a member, or has been newly-referred from another practice for a more complex treatment, we want to show them just how sophisticated modern dentistry can be,” concludes Marcus. “The expansion of our facilities, and the creation of customer-focused space, is as crucial to that as the skill-sets of our dental experts.” The Courtyard is so-called because the dentistry’s soon-to-be four converted premises surround a cobbled square, tucked away off King Street in Huddersfield town centre. The new building will open in June.
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Momentum Wins Objective Management Group Outstanding Achievement Award

Posted: Sunday 26 March 2017

Momentum has been a partner of Objective Management Group (OMG) for nearly 18 months and at the end of 2016, completed it;s first full year as a partner. OMG are the We are the pioneer and industry leader in sales force evaluations and sales candidate screening. Through being a partner of OMG, we are able to help businesses with accurate accurate insights for growing sales, profits and market share. We look at your people, strategies and systems and can tell you whether your people can actually execute the company’s strategies, meet your expectations and belong in the roles they are in. At the recent OMG international partners conference in Boston, Momentum received two awards, one as the best new partner or "rookie" of the year award and an outstanding performance award. We are delighted with these awards and look forward to working with businesses locally to help them increase sales. For further information about how we can help you, then click on the link below:- http://stats.objectivemanagement.com/397
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Luxury door manufacturer enrols help of students for latest designs

Posted: Thursday 23 March 2017

Bespoke door manufacturer Deuren has enrolled the help of three design students to develop its next cutting-edge craftsmanship. Three creative young minds from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) were chosen as the winners of a competition set by Deuren’s founder and managing director Ian Chubb. And now the stand-out work will be put into production at Deuren’s West Yorkshire workshop. Ian set the same design parameters he would give to anyone who approaches Deuren with an enquiry – no limits. He was looking for something eye-catching and truly unique for an internal door set. The students did not disappoint. In first place 28-year old Leigh Nikita Cain came up with a bold geometric design with sophisticated mali wenge and driftwood vinyl – a modern twist on a traditional piece of furniture. Abigail Bailey came second with a striking aged wood and resin door with twig handle cast in bronze. Finally, in third place, Ben Hunter impressed by focusing on the technical composition of a door rather than the aesthetics – his work highlighted the need for adaptable doors that can easily be changed with inlays that update the look and feel of a room. Both Leigh and Abigail’s work will now come to life when Deuren’s own craftsmen turn the concepts into reality. Commenting on the reason for the competition, Deuren’s founder and managing director Ian Chubb said: “We’re constantly encouraging home owners to think differently about door design. So who better to help us do that, than the creative talent of the future. “We were truly shocked by the innovative thinking among these young students. Choosing the winners was incredibly tough.” Deuren works with architects, interior designers, commercial clients and consumers throughout the UK. With more than 100 years’ combined door industry experience, the team has manufactured more than 3,000 doors in the last three years alone. For more information, please visit www.deuren.co.uk.
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