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Smith Brothers marks new chapter of growth with appointment of MD

Posted: Thursday 19 October 2017

High voltage electrical engineering firm Smith Brothers has expanded its board of directors with the appointment of Nick Gudgeon, as it looks to further its stake in the independent connections provider (ICP) market. Founded in 1999 by brothers Richard and John Smith, the West Yorkshire power contractor has grown significantly within the renewables, commercial and industrial connections markets in recent years – sustaining its £26m turnover this year end (July 2017). And with sights set on £40m turnover for the 2017-18 period Nick’s appointment is set to help facilitate further expansion for the firm. With more than 20 years’ experience in the electricity supply industry, he joins as the power contractor’s new managing director, with founders Richard and John moving into the roles of joint chairmen. Previously director of project management and engineering at renewables giant Lightsource, Nick brings with him a wealth of technical, operational and strategic knowledge. His strong background additionally includes consultancy and managerial roles with such industry-renowned names as Fichtner Consulting Engineers and Nordex UK where he oversaw wind, solar, biomass and waste to energy connections throughout the UK. In his new role Nick will be responsible for the overall development of the business, working to build and maintain robust relationships and helping to further cement Smith Brothers’ presence as the UK’s go-to ICP. Commenting on Nick’s appointment, John Smith said: “Nick joining as MD comes at an excellent time for the business. After a year of consolidation and with plans to achieve a 50% uplift in sales in the year ahead, the firm is ready to enter a new chapter of growth. “We were never going to hand over the reins to someone we didn’t know or trust to take the business on the path we set it on, and Richard and I will still be overseeing things on-site from our roles as chairmen. However, having worked with Nick on a number of projects over the past few years, we are confident that with his vast managerial and technical experience – not to mention an excellent team alongside him – he is the right person to take the company forward.” In addition to his technical expertise, Nick has built excellent links throughout his career with funders, DNOs, ICPs and the supply chain and developer community, which will prove invaluable to Smith Brothers’ ongoing market progression. He also resides on several high-profile panels, regularly engaging with Energy Networks Association, OFGEM, UK DNOs, Lloyds and trade association members. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity this role presents to help Smith Brothers advance even further,” said Nick. “Having worked with the team over the past three years, I’ve seen how much they’ve grown in that short amount of time and I know that by sharpening up certain aspects, there’s no reason we can’t continue to surpass expectations moving forwards. “Developing strong relationships is at the heart of any successful business and I’ll be focusing on building these with clients old and new, small works customers in the industrial and utility sectors and – of course – the whole of the Smith Brothers team. It’s a promising time for the ICP market, so a key priority for us will be to further cement our presence within it.”
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Double Delight for TH Electrical

Posted: Wednesday 18 October 2017

Double Delight for TH Electrical which sees them shortlisted for two upcoming awards. The first awards evening is taking place on Thursday 26th October at The Royal Garden Hotel, in Kensington, London. This awards evening is for the Electrical Times, where Dominic Bramley, second year apprentice for TH Electrical will hopefully swoop in and claim the 'Electrical Apprentice of the Year 2017' for all his hard work and dedication to the role. On Wednesday 1st November, owner Thomas Hall, will commute to The Grand Connaught Rooms in London for the Black Tie event which will hopefully see TH Electrical be selected as 'Sole Trader of the Year' in the Small Business Awards 2017. Speaking ahead of the awards, Thomas quoted ' It would be amazing for both Dominic and I to claim the awards we are shortlisted for. Its been a fantastic year for the company which has grown strength to strength and winning these awards would be the icing on the cake for us and one we would be shouting from the rooftops if we won. We are small company in comparison, however coming from a highly regarded reputation and being NICEIC approved, we are definitely a successful. trustworthy and honest Electrical Contractor looking after West Yorkshire.' Good Luck!
Posted by TH Electrical
Kirkwood Hospice calls for businesses to help top off record-breaking 30th year

Posted: Thursday 12 October 2017

Huddersfield-based firm Crowther Chartered Accountants held a social event at Huddersfield Lawn Tennis Club (HTLC) last month (Friday 29th September) to raise money for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. Rallying together clients, business associates, partners and contacts, the day raised £365 from donations, a raffle and advertising opportunities. Commencing at 11.30am with coffee, attendees of all skill levels were then invited to play doubles tennis against each other, in a bid to clinch the ‘most outstanding player’ accolade. Other awards included ‘hardest working’, ‘noisiest’ and ‘smartest dressed’ players, to name a few. An extra £840 was raised on the same day by Huddersfield Lawn Tennis Club for Macmillan Coffee Morning, with Crowther Accountants pledging £100 towards the final sum. The full-day event marked one month since the appointment of business development manager David Busfield from HSBC. Michelle Crowther, business development director, said: “This was a really fun way to introduce David to our connections, socialise with new and existing associates and finish off the last of summer, while raising money for these fantastic charities. “Last year we also sponsored Kirklees and Calderdale Charity Lunch (KACCL) — the group which raises valuable funds for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. This event was another way for us to support them. And what better way to bring people together than on a tennis court with some food and fun games!” Jeremy Mills of Riley Dunn & Wilson clinched the top prize of best tennis player, with Crowther Accountants’ Kristian Lee taking second place. Tim Grimshaw — a business banking manager at HSBC — won ‘best entertainer’, after he dislocated his shoulder within five minutes of play. Jess Lees, corporate fundraiser at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice said: “We are delighted that Crowther Accountants continually chooses to support our hospice. “They are a long-standing supporter of our charity and help to not only raise funds, but also awareness of the hospice across Huddersfield and Kirklees. We really value what they do for us!” Crowther Chartered Accountants provides accountancy, taxation and bookkeeping support to over 600 clients across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. The firm has also just announced the recruitment of a business administration apprentice and an account manager.
Posted by Byram, Amy
Roots and routes the key themes at Huddersfield’s inaugural Design Conference

Posted: Wednesday 11 October 2017

180 creative practitioners, students and enthusiasts gathered at Bates Mill in Huddersfield last week for the town’s first Design Conference. Organised by Wilson’s Republic, the inaugural event brought together a number of high profile speakers, many of whom grew up in the Huddersfield district. And those roots proved a popular theme throughout the packed day of seminars and workshops. Headline guest James Sommerville stole the show with an honest insight into his journey from an ambitious young punk from Paddock, to the founder of world-renowned design agency Attik and now Vice President of Global Design for the Coca Cola Company, based in Atlanta. Like the creator of Coca Cola John Pemberton, James shared how he found success almost by accident – in his case because he couldn’t get a job. This led him and a friend to set up by themselves in James’ grandmother’s loft. Like Coca Cola, Attik’s ambition was to do things that would capture attention and disrupt the market, and both are now iconic brands within their respective fields. Other highlights included a two-part presentation by John Lee, who told his story from a Colne Valley High schoolboy to model maker for the soon-to-be-released Star Wars: The Last Jedi film. He spoke openly about the lack of careers guidance available as a youngster wanting to get into the seemingly unattainable world of special effects, but with passion, self-motivated research and a vast amount of hard work with another local friend, they went on to realise their childhood ambitions. Huddersfield-based photographer Christopher Nunn shared a powerful account of his image-led documentation of the Donbass war in Ukraine – the country of his mother’s roots. Craig Oldham, from Barnsley, illustrated the often-overlooked use of creative expression from the opposite worlds of the professional football field and the front line of the miners’ strikes – again something close to Craig’s own roots. And Eve Warren from Robot Food stressed that a designer’s roots – and career progression – needn’t be London centric, especially given the movement going on in the North. Commenting on the very different presentations, the Design Conference’s co-founder Darren Evans said: “I think the audience were particularly inspired by the honesty within all of the talks, which is perhaps another Yorkshire trait. James Sommerville encouraged delegates to consider potential ‘failures’ as simply stepping stones, for example, and urged people not to always worry about completely reinventing designs in favour of making refinements to preserve legacy and evolve a concept. “There was also a great deal of talk about collaboration – commonplace in Huddersfield, as evidenced by the expansion of the Wilson’s Republic design network over the past two years,” continued fellow event co-founder Aidan Nolan. “The design community’s sharing of ideas and knowledge is ultimately what is driving the prolific reputation of the creative sector in this region. The talent hub here is rich and people are recognising it. And, the number of filled chairs in the room last week, and speakers’ eagerness to contribute, really evidences this.” Numerous other workshops were delivered on the day by The Engine Room, Crowther Chartered Accountants, the Intellectual Property Office and Foilco. The Design Conference looks set to return to Huddersfield in 2019.
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Huddersfield chartered accountants play ball to raise money for charity

Posted: Monday 09 October 2017

Huddersfield-based firm Crowther Chartered Accountants held a social event at Huddersfield Lawn Tennis Club (HTLC) last month (Friday 29th September) to raise money for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and Macmillan Coffee Morning. Rallying together clients, business associates, partners and contacts, the day raised £840 from donations, a raffle and advertising opportunities. Commencing at 11.30am with coffee, attendees of all skill levels were then invited to play doubles tennis against each other, in a bid to clinch the ‘most outstanding player’ accolade. Other awards included ‘hardest working’, ‘noisiest’ and ‘smartest dressed’ players, to name a few. The full-day event marked one month since the appointment of business development manager David Busfield from HSBC. Michelle Crowther, business development director, said: “This was a really fun way to introduce David to our connections, socialise with new and existing associates and finish off the last of summer, while raising money for these fantastic charities. “Last year we also sponsored Kirklees and Calderdale Charity Lunch (KACCL) — the group which raises valuable funds for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. This event was another way for us to support them. And what better way to bring people together than on a tennis court with some food and fun games!” Jeremy Mills of Riley Dunn & Wilson clinched the top prize of best tennis player, with Crowther Accountants’ Kristian Lee taking second place. Tim Grimshaw — a business banking manager at HSBC — won ‘best entertainer’, after he dislocated his shoulder within five minutes of play. Jess Lees, corporate fundraiser at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice said: “We are delighted that Crowther Accountants continually chooses to support our hospice. “They are a long-standing supporter of our charity and help to not only raise funds, but also awareness of the hospice across Huddersfield and Kirklees. We really value what they do for us!” Crowther Chartered Accountants provides accountancy, taxation and bookkeeping support to over 600 clients across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. The firm has also just announced the recruitment of a business administration apprentice and an account manager.
Posted by Byram, Amy
Smith Brothers powers up the UK’s biggest battery

Posted: Thursday 05 October 2017

Power engineering specialist Smith Brothers has contributed its high voltage expertise to powering up the UK’s largest standalone battery storage site. Acting as the Independent Connections Provider (ICP) for the 15MW Lockleaze Fast Frequency Response (FFR) facility in Bristol, the Elland-based firm was enlisted by contractor Metka-EGN to carry out the high voltage electrical connections and substation construction. Commissioned by clean energy giant Hazel Capital in partnership with Noriker Power, the prestigious project was developed by renewables experts Aura Power and is expected to set a new precedent for battery generation export capacity in the UK energy sector. As part of the contract, Smith Brothers was tasked with the design, project management and delivery of the 33kV infrastructural connection to the battery storage facility. The point of connection (POC) was close to the site at the existing Western Power Distribution (WPD) Lockleaze BSP 132/33kV substation, and the firm carried out 80m of trenching works to install three single core 33kV 185mm2 CU EPR cables. The 12-strong team was also responsible for the civil design and construction of the 33kV Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) substation for WPD, along with the design, supply, install and commission of the HV internal equipment – including a 2-panel NXPlus Siemens switchboard. Further to undertaking the contestable works as the ICP, the electrical engineering firm also provided a containerised solution on the private side of the project. This involved fitting a nine-panel switchboard as well as installing and commissioning the interconnecting cables between the private and DNO sides. Smith Brothers had to overcome significant challenges posed by strict timescales, but by quickly sourcing alternative solutions, they managed to complete the work in advance of the deadline. Commenting on the assignment success, project manager Iliana Malatra said: “Thanks to the ongoing effort, dedication and solution-focused attitude of our team – as well as the excellent cooperation from all other parties involved in the project – we didn’t just hit our target, but actually delivered the ICP works two weeks early.” Working on high voltage assignments across the renewables, commercial and industrial, water treatment and capacity management sectors, Smith Brothers specialises in providing turnkey services for large-scale and complex electrical engineering projects. Developers and contractors with similar project requirements should contact Smith Brothers’ business development manager Danielle Tile for further information.
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A Cure for Cabin Fever!

Posted: Monday 02 October 2017

As a Sole Trader, Freelancer, Consultant, Nomadic or Home Worker we all know how challenging it can be to work on your own, by your own. As an answer to the lack of social connection, creative thinking, strategic brainstorming, professional critique or just a chinwag with other professionals, Co Up is launching Sole Trader Social. A quarterly meetup that turns the 'standard networking event' on its head. First and foremost it is a social event that encourages individuals to get out more and meet with other like-minded professionals in a relaxed environment. Danny Bulmer, Founder of Co up says... "We've all been there - either when starting up a new business, being a sole trader or working remotely or in your kitchen. Whilst we have some luxuries to hand, we as human beings lack the social connections and the serendipitous moments of working with others. These moments are often where new discoveries, developments and ideas flourish. Some of the best ideas, business concepts and conversations are often had down the pub, in a cafe or around the kettle. These are places where people can feel more at home and open to new ideas and are possibly more comfortable in expressing themselves. Sole Trader Social is a space where professionals and entrepreneurs will hopefully feel part of a community of like-minded individuals. The social aspect is important but these meetups definitely help to develop oneself, your wider network and your businesses in very a natural, unforced and productive way" The Sole Trader Social kicks off on Thursday 8th October at 5:45pm-7:45pm at Co Up in Slaithwaite and will run quarterly from thereon in. Find out more on their website: www.co-up.co or on the Co Up Facebook page.
Posted by Co Up.
Leach appointed as approved fabric graphics supplier to beMatrix

Posted: 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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Vibrant growth outlook prompts relocation for Plasticolour

Posted: Monday 02 October 2017

Plastics specialist Plasticolour Ltd has announced its relocation to Ashfield Close on the Whitehall Road Industrial/Trade Counter Estate in Leeds, after signing a 5-year tenancy contract with commercial and industrial landlord Towngate PLC. The company – which supplies polymers and colours to the injection and extrusion moulding industry, and specialises in the production of small-batch bespoke orders – celebrated a successful first year of trading in March this year. And now, formerly based in Armley, the team has moved into the 2,397 sq ft unit at Ashfield Close as it prepares for further growth. Commenting on the new base, Plasticolour’s managing director Ian Morgan said: “We had a brilliant first year in business, and once we realised that we were on track to at least double in size over our second, it became clear that additional space was needed to expand our operations. As well as increased warehouse square footage and larger offices, we also required better accessibility for larger vehicles to fulfil our delivery and collection needs. “Ashfield Close was actually the first place we looked at, and even though we scoped out other similarly sized premises in the Leeds area, nothing could beat it for suitability or affordability. Plus, it was obvious that Towngate shared our values of providing excellent customer service and building great relationships, so the choice was easy.” Relocating alongside its sister company Academium – a digital marketing agency – the plastics firm will now benefit from a vast warehouse with 4m high ceilings, steel loading door, additional office accommodation, new toilet facilities, kitchenette and trade counter. Situated on the well-established Whitehall Road Industrial Estate, the premises also have the advantage of security fencing and lockable gates. Towngate’s property manager Tom Lamb commented on why this is such an exciting let for the client: “Thanks to its combined warehouse and trade counter offerings, proximity to Leeds city centre and accessibility to the M621, Ashfield Close is a favourite amongst industrial firms. We are delighted to welcome Plasticolour as the site’s newest tenant and now that Unit 7 has been leased, the whole estate is fully occupied.” Plasticolour’s tenancy announcement comes at a busy time for Towngate, as the property specialist has recently relaunched Units 4A and B of Olympia Trading Estate. Following an extensive refurbishment – including comprehensive recladding works and a refreshed interior – the 10,786 sq ft space on Gelderd Lane is now available to let. Elsewhere, the company has newly welcomed turbo repair and reconditioning expert Turbo Clinic UK to Unit C3 at Copley Hill Trading Estate, and is preparing for the much-anticipated unveiling of the revitalised Copperworks site in Stourton, due to take place in November.
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You're Hired! Finding the right people for your business

Posted: Friday 29 September 2017

We are hosting the 2nd of our Autumn seminars on Tuesday 10th October and you are invited! This seminar will focus on recruitment and will help you find the right people for your business by looking in the right places and selecting effectively. We will show you how to navigate the complex legislative environment. We are hosting the seminars at our office in Lockwood and there will be a session at 8.00 am (with continental breakfast) and another at 4.00 pm (with cakes). For more information and to book email steve@penninebusinesspartners.com or call 01484 841776
Posted by Pennine Business Partners
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