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Huddersfield house developer snaps up former fire station

Posted: Wednesday 28 June 2017

A Huddersfield-based house developer has purchased a former fire station in the town, which was marketed at an asking price of £250,000. SB Homes has acquired the Old Fire Station on Manchester Road in Marsden from West Yorkshire Fire Service. The developer hopes to turn the brownfield land into a residential rental development, primarily for people aged over 50. The 108-year old property has been empty since 2005 when part-time firefighters moved to the adjacent building, Emergency House. Managing director Stephen Byram is also set to purchase adjoining land at the back of the site, from Northern Gas Networks, making the development 20,000 sq ft in total. It occupies a prominent main road position on the A62, with Huddersfield town centre located 7 miles to the north-east. Stephen commented: “This piece of land has been on the market for a number of years now, and currently retains planning consent for use as a cafe and yoga studio. We’ve acquired it because of its prime position, just a two-minute walk from the village of Marsden — it’s perfect for over 50s who wish to retire and/or downsize. “The build-to-rent sector is typically aimed at younger generations who find it difficult to get on the property ladder, but we find that in a village setting this generally works equally well for older generations. Many over 50s want to release equity from their houses to enjoy their retirement.” SB Homes is submitting plans to Kirklees Council, following a positive pre-application consultation. Steve Mitchell, SB Homes’ designer said: “We are hopeful that this will be passed with planning consent. We’ve put a lot of thought into how it will work — we want to keep the original frontage and create communal garden spaces. A living wall planter has even been designed to make it a green building — not only for attractiveness but also to act as an additional insulator. We really want to create a sense of community for the tenants who will eventually live there.” The family-run house building firm is currently developing Empire Works, a scheme of 60 bespoke homes alongside the narrow canal in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield. Past developments include Ancion Court, a housing scheme for over 55s and Deer Hill, both in Marsden.
Posted by Byram, Amy
Scriba PR to launch communications workshop for local businesses

Posted: Monday 26 June 2017

Huddersfield-based PR technical specialist Scriba PR has announced the launch of a press release workshop, in the hope of aiding Yorkshire companies with their communications activities. The two and a half hour sessions will be open to people from the wider business community, to give an overview of how PR can raise the profile of their work, and provide practical tips to help them better tell their story. Hosted at Scriba PR’s new headquarters in the loft of Heritage Exchange, Lindley, the first workshop will take place on Thursday 13 July, from 9-11.30am. Managing director Katie Mallinson will lead a small group of six will be led through the whole press release process – from taking an effective brief, through to drafting compelling content, pitching and issuing it to journalists. Commenting on the launch of the training session, Katie said: “Many technical businesses come to us with the key goal of raising their profile in the media. This often boils down to being able to prepare well-written, engaging and newsworthy press releases that will capture the attention of their target audiences – not to mention discerning journalists. “So, this is a service we happily provide, as we want to empower people to undertake more meaningful conversations with their public, however complex their subject matter.” Comprising of group tasks and discussions, the workshop will see Katie showing her ten years’ PR and copywriting experience, providing guidance and advice to business people, as she covers a range of topics surrounding the perfect press release. And it won’t be a one-off event – the PR specialist is hoping the first session will kick-start a series of wider workshops to come. Pre-registration for ‘How to write the perfect press release’ is essential, with places costing £99 + VAT per person. Anyone interested in attending the July workshop, or wanting further information about future sessions should contact louise@scribapr.com.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
New technology investment for heritage display specialists Leach

Posted: Thursday 22 June 2017

Creative display specialist Leach Inspire has procured new print technology to further improve the longevity of its signage products. The investment will support ongoing innovations within the heritage side of the business. Set to be used primarily on Leach’s external signage system – Vault – the new print system produces an even stronger bond between the ink and substrate. The result is greater print adhesion to the base layer and heightened performance of the overall sign. The technology has already been put to good use, having helped to produce 40 interpretative Vault systems for Culzean Castle in Scotland. Commenting on the developments, Director Jim Parkin said: “Vault is a well-established signage product renowned for its durability and stunning photographic quality which has helped to transform the external tourism and heritage landscape. But we’re not a company that rests on our laurels. We believe in pushing new boundaries for clients so have invested in the print technology that will result in even more vandal-proof systems that can last 10 years with ease.” Moving forward the printer will be used on other elements of Leach Inspire projects, such as fabrics for internal museum displays. The technological investment comes hot on the heels of wider R&D announcements throughout the business. Mike Wilshaw has joined the Leach team as head of innovation for example, and elsewhere, in Leach Impact, there have been a series of new product launches including the Vision Product Wall. But with an annual R&D budget of £250,000, there could be lots more in store for 2017. “Clients are constantly demanding more for their investments, especially in the heritage sector,” adds Mike. “But rightly so. Technology is getting ever-smarter, which means we can engineer creative solutions that weren’t previously possible. It’s this innovative mindset which keeps Leach one step ahead of competitors and the public engaged with our clients’ spaces.” Leach Inspire is one of three brands within the Leach group of companies. Leach Inspire and Leach Studio serve the museum, heritage and visitor attraction sectors, whilst Leach Impact has become renowned for its retail, brand and exhibition display solutions.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
ABL Business expands into North Yorkshire

Posted: Wednesday 21 June 2017

Yorkshire-based business support consultancy ABL Business Ltd are expanding their operations into North Yorkshire. The company, which offers commercial finance and marketing support to SMEs, has engaged Fraser Irvine as an Appointed Representative to cover the county. Based in Harrogate, Fraser will be operating across the area, offering a full mix of commercial finance services. He will assist SMEs in raising the funds they need to trade, grow or stabilise their business, using all the funding lines and capabilities of ABL Business. It marks the third recent growth for the Cleckheaton-based company, who recently set up a new office in Scotland with two representatives just over a year ago and expanded into the North East region in March this year. Fraser Irvine is an experienced Independent Commercial Finance Broker and joins the company with an extensive career in financing businesses under his belt. He has spent almost 30 years working with asset and cash flow funders, which gives him a deep understanding of the financial needs of an SME business. Fraser has worked with new start businesses, as well as more established companies, arranging funding facilities to suit individual needs. His interest in business finance has also enabled him to gain extensive experience in the Management Buy-out, Management Buy-in and transactional market as a whole. He said: “I have known ABL Business and its owners, Andy Redman and Alex Beardsley for many years and really like the independent and client-focussed approach they adopt, so I’m very excited that I’m now joining the team. “ABL Business has access to a vast range of funders, which means I will benefit from being able to offer clients financial solutions that are tailored to bespoke needs. I am keen to help clients from new starts to multi-million turnover businesses to grow and achieve their full potential.” ABL Business Ltd and their appointed representatives have access to over 70 funders, enabling them to find an appropriate solution, no matter what a client’s financial requirements may be. ABL Business Director Andy Redman said: “We’re delighted to welcome Fraser to the team. He has a wealth of experience, which he brings with him from the financial sector, and in business too. Fraser, with his connections and knowledge, will be a real asset to ABL Business and to companies across North Yorkshire. His appointment has enabled us to expand our reach into yet another area and help even more businesses find funding packages that suit their specific needs”.
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
Towngate secures a quartet of industrial lets in Leeds

Posted: Tuesday 20 June 2017

Industrial and commercial property specialist Towngate PLC has secured four new leases across three of its Leeds trading estates. With the city’s accessibility making it a popular choice, Towngate has recently seen an upturn in tenancy interest in the region. Starting their occupancies at the company’s Copley Hill Trading Estate are Packaging Services Europe and Nicholls and Clarke. The spacious, newly refurbished Unit A has been occupied by reusable transit pallet and crate provider Packaging Services Europe. They have taken the 26,115 sq ft warehouse and industrial unit on a 5-year lease. Also joining the packaging experts at Copley Hill as the new occupants of neighbouring Unit E5, is the Nicholls & Clarke Group. The building product manufacturer and distributor has taken on the tenancy of the 4,985 sq ft space for 10 years. Elsewhere, distribution and courier service provider Farsley Transport is commencing its 3-year occupation of Unit 4C at the Olympia Trading Estate, located just off Gelderd Road. Adjacent to this 8,055 sq ft warehouse space, Units 4A and B are currently in the final stages of refurbishment and will be available to let individually or as a single 10,814 sq ft unit. Also setting its sights on the city, with a view to growing its northern operations, is electrical specialist TLA Distribution. The firm has taken on Unit C Turnkey Park – a 3,035 sq ft space comprising a warehouse and trade counter. With a loading yard and parking, the estate is ideally located on Royds Lane – just off Gelderd Road and the A58 – and has easy access to the motorway network. Commenting on the flurry of lettings, Towngate’s property manager Tom Lamb said: “These recent signings are another indicator that businesses can see the potential that the North – and particularly Leeds in this instance – has to offer. “The prime positioning of Towngate’s sites – combined with generous loading and parking areas, modernised facilities and optimum security – means we can supply highly functional spaces that fulfil demand.” Towngate PLC is a property specialist and landlord based in Brighouse, and was advised on these latest four deals by Paul Mack, Jonathan Jacob and Dan Walker of Gent Visick, and Jake Pygall of GVA.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Leach Studio help conquer new Vikings exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum

Posted: Tuesday 20 June 2017

Huddersfield-based exhibition designers Leach Studio has helped to bring the legendary Viking story to life at the Yorkshire Museum. A touring exhibition – which features some of the most exciting Anglo-Saxon and Viking discoveries ever made in Britain– is now on display at this prestigious museum, thanks to a major partnership with the British Museum and York Museums Trust. Star objects from both world-renowned collections, plus ground-breaking new archaeological research have come together in this new interpretative revelation. Leach’s brief was to help change the way that people perceive the notorious Vikings – an iconic group of seafarers commonly thought of as pillaging thieves. The exhibit therefore shows a more untold side of their tale, illustrating their traits as pioneering explorers and talented craftsmen, with rich religious beliefs and an incredibly discerning fashion sense! After an extensive 6 month project, Leach has created a number of beautiful graphic displays with high-resolution photographs that allow visitors to study the precious discoveries in more detail. Fun interactive features have also been incorporated to contextualise the artefacts shown throughout – there is even the opportunity to experience what it might have been like to row a Viking long boat, with a seascape backdrop plus audio of crashing waves and loud Viking voices. Commenting on the new exhibit, Natalie Buy, Curator of Archaeology at the Yorkshire Museum, said: “We wanted to provide a fresh perspective on how the Vikings shaped every aspect of British life, and, for many people, this will mean we’re challenging perceptions of what it meant to be a Viking. “But this is exactly what these exhibits are designed to do – immerse, enlighten and inspire. We’ve already received some fantastic feedback which is a true testament to the work of Leach in helping us to bring this story to life.” The exhibition will be on display at the Yorkshire Museum in York until 5 November 2017. It will then tour to the University of Nottingham Museum, as well as The Atkinson in Southport, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Norwich Castle Museum. For more information go to: www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Million pound investment for Yorkshire cloud tech specialist

Posted: Tuesday 20 June 2017

Yorkshire-based Vapour Cloud has received a £1m injection, to support its national expansion. The investment from Seneca Partners will see the tech firm plough further capital into the continued innovation of its bespoke cloud solutions. The money will also help boost the team’s headcount by 20%, with new roles across the sales, marketing, implementation and support functions. The news comes as Vapour celebrates its fourth year in business. Established in 2013 by CEO Tim Mercer, Financial Director Jason Sharp and Cloud Director Steve Dempsey, the company has now attracted £4m investment in total, including a £750,000 sum from Seneca back in 2016. The 31-strong team now has its sights set on £6m turnover by the end of 2018, with the goal being to double that revenue by 2020. Having already relocated to its new 4,500sqft headquarters in Elland, bringing together its Leeds and Manchester teams, Vapour has established a secure integrated network operation to support its base of channel partners and end customers. But Tim now has his eyes set firmly on the future. “The past four years have seen us cement our presence as a true cloud technology specialist,” he said. “Rather than diversifying like many tech companies do, and risk fragmenting our offering, we’ve remained focused on three things – secure network connectivity, voice communications and storage. “Thanks to our own secure platform and evolving solutions which bring voice and data together, we’re now the trusted cloud tech partner for organisations ranging from local SMEs through to the UK’s leading resellers and their blue-chip brands. Our projects are becoming increasingly bespoke, but it’s because people are realising the sky’s the limits when it comes to advanced cloud solutions.” Commenting on the decision to invest, Richard Manley, Managing Partner at Seneca said: “We’ve seen Vapour’s transition from a budding start-up venture to a key player in the attractive cloud space. The capabilities of their platform are superb, which enables them to deliver future-proofed and secure solutions to businesses throughout the UK. “Their true specialism in this field sees them achieve enviable results for clients. This is therefore a very exciting time for them, in which we hope the investment will fuel the next chapter of their nationwide expansion.” Vapour Cloud is based at Lowfields Business Park, minutes from the M62. The tech firm provides an array of secure cloud-based services including network connectivity, hosted servers, varied voice and data communications solutions, as well as storage, back up and replication services.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
World-renowned decommissioning consultancy appoints Scriba PR

Posted: Thursday 15 June 2017

A specialist decommissioning consultancy has appointed technical public relations specialist Scriba PR. Having managed over 700 complex, high-hazard and large-scale decommissioning, dismantling and demolition projects over the past 25 years, RVA Group has an established global presence in the petrochemical, chemical, power generation, oil, gas and pharmaceutical sectors. But strategic communications activity will prove pivotal to the team’s next chapter of international expansion. Having previously worked with Scriba’s founder Katie Mallinson – a CIPR member with more than 10 years’ industry experience – RVA’s managing director therefore turned to Scriba to undertake this new PR assignment. Commenting on the firm’s appointment, Richard Vann said: “Ours in a highly niche field of engineering, EHS and project management, which requires an in-depth level of understanding and technical accuracy. Katie is well connected in the decommissioning and wider vertical media which, coupled with her knowledge of our operations, will prove crucial to us securing the quality of media coverage that we seek.” Providing an array of PR and copywriting services including media relations, web content development and social media support, Scriba will also investigate a programme of conference and webinar content for the experienced 15-strong team. Elaborating on the 12-month rolling contract, Katie explained: “RVA already has a truly global presence having recently completed projects in Canada, the US, France and the Netherlands, to name just a few. Over the last four years the company’s Singapore branch has also been fully engaged in the management of the three largest decommissioning and dismantling projects ever carried out on Jurong Island, the country’s vast industrial heartland. “This is an organisation that already has an enviable – yet justifiable – reputation. But as they prepare for their next 25 years in business, it is important that they maintain and develop their profile in the global decommissioning arena. “Due to the inherently hazardous nature of their work and the extensive expertise within the multi-disciplined team, our activity will undoubtedly be rich in authoritative, advice-led and value-adding content.” Scriba was established in 2013 and continues to be based in a converted textiles mill in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Win Free Tickets to Bulldogs V Bulls with Comoodle!

Posted: Thursday 15 June 2017

Comoodle is offering 5 lucky winners the chance to watch Batley Bulldogs take on Bradford Bulls at the Fox's Biscuits Stadium, on Sunday 16th July. You'll enjoy free entry to the game and complimentary refreshments as you watch the match from the executive area. To enter the draw, simply register at www.comoodle.com and offer to share something, no matter how small, with your community. Once you've done that, Direct Message us on Twitter at @Comoodle Good Luck and happy comoodling!
Posted by Comoodle
KC Communications appointed by print management specialists, ABS UK Ltd

Posted: Tuesday 13 June 2017

Huddersfield-based marketing communications agency, KC Communications, has announced that they have been appointed by fellow Huddersfield Town Football Club partners, ABS UK Ltd, to increase their national profile through PR. ABS UK Ltd, based in Elland West Yorkshire, provide document production and print and document management services to a huge variety of businesses, charities and schools across the M62 corridor. The contract will see KC Communications assume responsibility for the company’s PR requirements which will include developing and delivering their national PR strategy. David Lees, Marketing & CSR Director of ABS UK Ltd commented: “It’s a pleasure to be working with KC Communications. After nearly 30 successful years in business, we are looking to broaden our customer base across the UK as well as expand our service offering. In addition, The ABS Foundation has some exciting projects coming up and with the help of the team at KC Communications, I’ve got no doubt that we will see some fantastic results in raising our profile over the coming months.” Sarah Benson, Account Manager at KC Communications added: “We are delighted to have been appointed by ABS UK Ltd to manage their PR strategy. The company have some really exciting things in the pipeline and we’re really looking forward to getting started and supporting them in achieving their growth plans.” This latest contract continues the momentum of business growth for KC Communications following a successful start to 2017; the business is on track to increase turnover this financial year by 75% following its recent relocation to Independence House and recruitment this year has included an Account Manager, a Marketing Executive and a Social Media Executive.
Posted by KC Communications
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