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Netpoint now servicing SME's with Corporate level Voice & Data Solutions

Posted: Friday 18 August 2017

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Voice & Data solutions. Netpoint Solutions can now offer a full range of telecoms and data products. We offer a full range of competitive VOIP, SIP, ISDN and traditional products. In addition, we offer data connections from broadband, 4G to leased lines. Whatever your data requirements we have a solution to fit your budget. Finally, we also have a full range of mobile voice and data packages from the leading providers such as Vodafone, O2 and EE. With the convergence of IT and Telecoms services, telecoms are becoming an integral part of the IT infrastructure within your company and these products complement our IT services so we can now offer a complete range of solutions. Please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can save you money on your telecoms requirements Telephone 01484 506966 for further details.
Posted by Netpoint Solutions Ltd
Batley based haulage and storage companies bought out of administration

Posted: Friday 18 August 2017

Batley-based haulage solutions and storage companies have been acquired out of administration securing all 15 jobs. Charles Brook and Allan Cadman, insolvency practitioner partners at Poppleton & Appleby were appointed as the joint administrators of both companies on 10th August 2017. CIS Industrial Ltd and CIS Industrial Hire & Sales Ltd, both family businesses, have operated side by side dating back to the 1980s. They offer haulage solutions and storage facilities serving customers both locally and nationally from their premises in Birstall, Batley. Both Companies had suffered cash-flow difficulties in part caused by restrictive historic finance issues to the point where the companies were under imminent threat of being wound up through the Courts by HM Revenue & Customs. Immediately following Poppleton & Appleby’s appointment, the Joint Administrators undertook a ‘Pre pack’ sale of the business and assets of both companies, where the purchasers are the existing family management team. The deal saved the jobs of the workforce in its entirety and ensured the continuity of supply to their customer base. Joint Administrator, Allan Cadman, said “It is gratifying to be involved in such a matter particularly in a week where there has been a media spotlight on family-owned and run businesses. The deal not only saves the jobs of 15 people in the locality but provides continuity for customers and new opportunities for suppliers. The deal will ensure that the creditors’ position will be enhanced through this process as opposed to the winding up and shut down position which was narrowly avoided.”
Posted by Poppleton & Appleby Northern
Equilibrium Risk partners with Huddersfield University to deliver cyber security solution for SME’s

Posted: Thursday 17 August 2017

Equilibrium Risk have joined Dr Simon Parkinson and two placement students: James Bray and Daiyaan Shreef in an aim to develop a bespoke cyber security solution, tailored specifically for SME’s. The project will run over the course of the student’s 12-month placement, and conclude with a tangible, physical product which will be the answer to cyber security threats. The partnership comes in the wake of recent numerous cyber-attacks, as well as an attempt to answer the needs of numerous SME’s who will be obliged to comply with the upcoming GDPR regulation. It will also help those SME’s which aim to comply with ISO 2007, PSSID and Cyber Essentials certificates. Dr Simon Parkinson, Lecturer in Informatics within the school of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield commented: “Many security monitoring organisations are developing one-time solutions that examine vulnerabilities based on a snapshot of a system, but vulnerabilities are arising so quickly that a security audit is out-of-date within hours.” “Equilibrium Risk are developing innovative software solutions capable of providing continuous monitoring, which have huge potential to address the shortage of cyber-security expertise and knowledge within SMEs. This is particularly important with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an increasing public awareness of data privacy, as well as the need for cyber-essentials compliance in B2B activity.” Jason Donaldson, Equilibrium Risk’s MD added: “We are extremely excited to be embarking on such an interesting project. We deeply believe that it’s outcomes will provide real value to SME’s, which will allow them to be compliant with the regulation and feel safe knowing their business are fully protected from cyber threats.” “This project gives Huddersfield University students a chance to employ their knowledge in a practical environment, giving them experience and employing them with tools useful for their further development. We are hoping to prolong this relationship and contribute to Huddersfield being one of the best places to live, work and study.”
Posted by Equilibrium Risk
HQ overhaul underway for property experts Towngate

Posted: Wednesday 16 August 2017

A comprehensive refurbishment has begun to revitalise Woodvale House, the Brighouse base of commercial and industrial lettings specialist Towngate PLC. The construction of the offices was originally completed by the property experts in the early nineties, when it became their headquarters. However, the current revamp is the first overhaul of the 9,500 sqft property in a significant number of years. The flagship building on Woodvale Road will benefit from a refurbishment of the lobby and stairs area, new toilet and shower facilities, plus full redecoration – including new carpets, balustrades, handrails and doors. Vital infrastructural repairs and the installation of a shared cycle shed will also take place. With the support of fit-out experts Desk Office Interiors, Towngate’s own office space will additionally benefit from a refreshed reception area and team breakout room. Commenting on the unfolding renovations, Towngate’s marketing manager Julia Ford said: “The HQ makeover has been in the pipeline for a while, but with our growing site portfolio and influx of new tenants across our estates, our priority has naturally been our clients’ spaces. Our own project has therefore taken a while to get off the ground. “However, Woodvale House itself is an extension of our own branding, so whilst we’ve largely focused our time and energy on developing properties elsewhere up until now, investing some care and attention into our own premises is long overdue. All last-minute design decisions have now been ironed out, and we will be excited to see the final result after months of planning and preparation.” The property specialists’ flagship building is currently shared with structural engineering tenants JNP Group and new leaseholders Digital High Street. All occupants will be remaining on-site throughout the renovation, which is expected to be completed in mid-September. The refurbishment closely follows the announcement of four new occupancies across the firm’s Leeds sites, with additional preparations also underway for the unveiling of its newly renovated Olympia Trading Estate units in early September.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Technical PR specialist shortlisted for National Awards

Posted: Tuesday 15 August 2017

Managing director of Huddersfield-based Scriba PR, Katie Mallinson, has been shortlisted for a Forward Ladies National Award. Since 1999, the awards’ aim has been to bring together start-ups, multi-million pound businesses, academics and international business leaders, in order to showcase and empower women who have been successful within their organisations. A total of 67 entrepreneurial female business leaders, who have been shortlisted from the Yorkshire, North East and Scotland regions, will now compete across twelve unique categories. The categories include Corporation Leader, Inspiring Leader and Not For Profit – all of which focus on championing inspiring women. Katie, who founded the niche B2B communications agency Scriba PR in 2013, has been shortlisted for the Start Up category, which recognises distinctive women in business whose companies are within their first five years of trading. Commenting on her achievement, Katie says: “I feel extremely privileged to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious accolade. Scriba is going from strength to strength, and to be acknowledged alongside other hugely successful women is very humbling indeed.” The glittering evening, which will take place on Friday 22nd September at the Crowne Plaza, Newcastle, will bring together all of the shortlisted applicants for the regional final. The winners from other regions will then be invited to appear before a live panel of independent judges in November, followed by the national final in Leeds on 1st December. Managing director of the Yorkshire, North East and Scotland region, Griselda Togobo stated: “This has been a fantastic year for women, and now it’s time to change gear and focus on the support needed to nurture talent, regardless of gender, sector or region. The calibre of entries has been increasing year on year, but this year we have a number of outstanding entries and here at Forward Ladies we very much look forward to celebrating and sharing their success.” If you wish to attend the Forward Ladies National Awards, find out more information or view the full shortlist, visit: http://forwardladies.com/national-awards/ .
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Access North’s MD shortlisted for Forward Ladies award

Posted: Tuesday 15 August 2017

Berenice Northcott, managing director of Access North Structures, has been revealed as a finalist in the Forward Ladies 2017 awards for the Yorkshire, North East and Scotland region. Holding the role of MD at the work at height specialist firm since 2011, Berenice has played a pivotal part in growing the company and building its profile around four key provisions – rope access, ETFE, tensile fabrics and fall protection. Having been shortlisted for the SME Emerging category, her fellow competitors hail from a wide range of sectors – from accountancy to digital services and recruitment, to name just a few. With a total of 67 high-achieving female business leaders announced as area finalists across the twelve categories, Berenice will be in good entrepreneurial company at the regional awards ceremony – set to take place at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle on 22 September. The winners from the night will be invited to appear before a live panel of independent judges in November, with the overall victors finally being announced at the national ceremony in Leeds on 1 December. Commenting on her nomination, Berenice said: “I’m delighted to have been shortlisted for the SME Emerging award, especially as it’s alongside such inspiring women. And no matter the outcome on the night, it will undoubtedly be an exciting event. “Working within a driven team who are committed to doing a great job and growing the business is reward enough. But it’s still humbling and thrilling to receive such recognition from outside the company too.” Based in Huddersfield, Access North Structures conducts complex work at height projects at sites across the UK, with particular expertise in rope access techniques and the installation and maintenance of ETFE, tensile fabrics and fall protection systems.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
What you need to know when rebranding a business

Posted: Tuesday 15 August 2017

Darren Evans, Director of award-winning brand consultancy The Engine Room, guides marketers and business owners through how to maximise the return from a rebrand project. 1. Plan. Ensure you have a clear strategic reason for rebranding and tie it to the commercial objectives of the organisation. If you don’t, you’ll end up confusing yourselves and the customers you’re trying to attract. At that point your investment starts to become a cost. 2. Understand Brand v Branding. They are different. Your brand IS your business and branding is how you communicate that. This means a rebrand should be lead from the top of the organisation and not just the marketing department. 3. Find your purpose and wear it on your sleeve like a creative badge. Brands with a clear purpose are easier to understand. 4. Know your customers. If you’ve never done it, spend a day in their world to obtain user insight that will go on to shape the entire project. 5. Don’t make assumptions. Understand the true commercial needs of your market and tailor your messaging to evoke the behaviour you hope to drive. 6. Think message before logo. Logos can make brands famous but this is only a small part of your identity. Branding goes so much deeper and conveys the real personality of your business – make sure you find your tone of voice first. 7. Set realistic expectations for your brand. As brand guru Marty Neumeier says: “Your brand isn’t what you say it is, it’s what your customers say it is.” It’s therefore crucial to deliver the experience you’ve promised, as customer feedback will ultimately shape your brand in the long term. 8. Exclude employees at your peril. Make sure you launch your new brand internally before it goes external. It’s essential that you involve your team in the actual development work. They need to understand the purpose of the rebrand if they’re to communicate it well externally, so make sure they’re 100% behind you. 9. Keep it simple stupid. Even complex brands rely on simple ideas. We have enough information to take in everyday without more clutter to add to it. 10. Be creative. True differentiation comes from being brave, being visionary, being people-centred and not following the herd. Return on investment is sure to follow if you look after the detail.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Access North elevates technical team with new appointment

Posted: Monday 14 August 2017

Rope access specialist Access North Structures has appointed Richard Knight as its new Technical Project Manager, to oversee its growing portfolio of assignments across the UK. Joining the Huddersfield-based team of height professionals with 13 years’ industry experience, Richard brings a wealth of technical and work at height expertise to the newly created role. Having been self-employed as an industrial rope access subcontractor for more than ten years, he will be undertaking more management and client-facing responsibilities in his new position. Qualified at the highest grade for the industry with IRATA Level 3 certification, Richard’s duties will include building client relationships and providing job quotations, alongside project and team management. Prior to scaling tall buildings and leading teams of technicians over the past decade, Richard initially qualified as a mechanic. Transitioning into work at height when he was employed as a tree surgeon in 2004, he moved into industrial rope access and building maintenance two years later. His previous subcontractor role didn’t just see him overseeing health and safety at sites all over the world – he was also tasked with training other technicians in onsite tower crane rescue and telecomms access. With an expanding portfolio of rope access projects across many different sectors, Access North Structures required someone with adaptability and considerable technical experience to take on this challenging management position. And according to Managing Director Berenice Northcott, this is just what Richard brings to the role. She comments: “With such a varied client base, we needed someone to join the team who is versatile, personable and skilled, and not put off by the travelling that this position entails. Richard has worked on a huge array of projects worldwide – from maintaining indoor rollercoasters in Dubai, to steel erecting on the Shard in London – so his technical know-how, vast on-site experience and charisma makes him an excellent fit. “As we set our sights on expanding into more challenging areas, Richard’s past expertise in working on demanding projects – such as oil rigs and petrochemical plants – will be invaluable for our wider project planning and management.” Elaborating on the responsibilities and objectives of his new role, Richard comments: “With my background in rope access and site safety, taking on this more office-based technical management role is a whole new challenge for me. I’m looking forward to learning from the other side of the fence, and helping to progress the business further. “The creativity and forward-thinking nature of Access North is what attracted me to the position, as they’re not afraid to do things differently. I’m excited to be able to play a part in bringing the company even more success, by putting my own expertise into practice.” Access North Structures is based in Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield and provides specialist rope access, ETFE, tensile fabrics and fall protection services to sites across the UK.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Huddersfield-based Crowther Accountants strengthens management team with recruit from HSBC

Posted: Monday 14 August 2017

A former HSBC senior commercial banking manager has been appointed by Huddersfield-based Crowther Accountants as its new business development manager. David Busfield joins the firm’s 20-strong team with over 40 years’ experience in the banking industry. His role will see him generating new opportunities, working with existing relationships and managing sales activities. Starting his career with Midland Bank in 1976 — more latterly HSBC Group — he initially worked in the retail banking sector before moving into the commercial and corporate environment over 20 years ago. His career has seen him work in various roles, before being appointed to the senior commercial role five years ago. Throughout this time, he’s supported a wide variety of SME’s and corporate clients, covering both West and South Yorkshire. Whilst this is a new role created within the firm for David, he’s been an associate of Crowther Accountants for many years. He said: “In the past we’ve shared some of the same customers and I’ve always been impressed with the way Crowther do things. The team is extremely proactive, on-the-ball and quick to spot opportunities for clients. “So when this new role became available and I saw their plans for growth, I decided that I wanted to be part of it. I’m excited to be joining such a great team.” And David’s diary is already filling up with opportunities for the Crowther team – among both new and existing clients. Next month, the firm is hosting a social event at Huddersfield Tennis Club for Crowther Accountants’ clients, partners and contacts, as well as some of David’s own business and professional connections. Michelle Crowther, the firm’s business development director, added: “We’ve always had a fantastic working relationship with David — it’s been built on mutual integrity and trust over a number of years. He’s a very well respected member of the Leeds and Huddersfield business community and we know that he’ll be a great ambassador for the firm. “We’re delighted that he has joined us and, in fact, he’s already proved to be a brilliant addition to our team! His experience of dealing with small and medium enterprises across the region will only add to our reputation of delivering a first-class service to our clients.” Crowther Chartered Accountants provides accountancy, taxation and bookkeeping support to over 600 clients across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. The firm is also set to further expand its team and is currently looking to recruit an accounts manager and has recently filled various trainee positions within the firm.
Posted by Byram, Amy
New look digital presence for 50-year-old Yorkshire brand

Posted: Thursday 10 August 2017

A Yorkshire heritage brand has launched a new-look digital presence as the company marks 50 years in business. Leeds-based Yarwood Leather supplies luxury upholstery leather to some of the world’s most prestigious brands, including Emirates, Morgan Motor Company and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. But while the organisation’s printed literature has long been symbolic of the calibre of Yarwood’s craftsmanship and client-base, the website simply did not reflect the quality of the brand. The team therefore turned to Mirfield digital marketing agency The Bigger Boat, to undertake the online overhaul. The three month project has seen the site switch from a somewhat cumbersome Magento build to a fresh WordPress platform. Stand-out features of the new website include a bolder use of project imagery, integration of a craftsmanship video, greater use of case studies and an intuitive colour picker for interior designers and refit specifiers. Already, statistics show a marked improvement on the previous site’s performance, with sample orders up 50%, the conversion rate up by 60% and organic traffic up by 20%, when compared to equivalent 2016 point-in-time figures. Commenting on the project execution, The Bigger Boat’s co-founder and account director Andy McCaul said: “We actually became very familiar with the Yarwood business, as we were initially appointed to optimise the old site. But there were a number of flaws that had to be addressed. The aesthetics and navigation did not consider the user experience, seemingly simple updates were time-consuming to administer, and increasingly, the capabilities of the old version of Magento were becoming quite restrictive. “The decision was therefore made to move to a new site, more befitting of modern customer expectations, CMS requirements and the luxury feel of the brand itself.” The Bigger Boat’s services have now been retained to support Yarwood with paid search activity, conversion rate optimisation and fine-tuning as required. Elaborating on the finished product, Yarwood’s marketing manager, Laura Wood said: “We’re delighted with the more impactful front-end of our beautiful new website but, aesthetics aside, this project has been all about results. In the modern world of digital marketing, sites need to perform, and the heightened engagement and conversions, which we’ve seen almost instantly, are indicative of the true value of our new online presence.” Established in 1967, Yarwood Leathers is based in Morley, Leeds, and has an on-site laboratory, cutting room and sewing department, plus in-house embroidery and debossing team. The 50-year-old business provides an array of bespoke services to well-known brands within the hospitality, commercial furniture, aviation and transport sectors, to name just a few.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
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