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Aurora Looks to Capital for Partnership

Posted: Thursday 21 June 2018

Huddersfield's Aurora Fireplaces, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of fires and fireplaces have entered into a strategic partnership with leading UK trade supplier, Capital Fireplaces Ltd to enhance the range of fire and fireplaces products available to showrooms in the South of England. The partnership will see two of the UK’s market leaders work together to increase the depth of Capital’s product portfolio to meet the demand from showroom partners for a greater range of designs. It will also result in enhanced levels of customer service and delivery, in turn supporting independent showrooms with the growth of their businesses. Aurora Fireplaces, based in West Yorkshire, proudly manufacture all their products in Britain, will provide Capital with entry price fireplaces without compromising on the quality of Aurora’s products, ensuring the consumer receives the best value from their investment. Commenting on the partnership, Andy Hitchman, Managing Director at Capital Fireplaces Ltd said: “To respond to the demand from our showroom partners to offer a wider range of high-quality fireplaces at affordable prices, it made sense to partner with Aurora. I believe our respective brands strongly complement each other and working together will have a positive impact on both our showroom partners and the consumer”. Jonathan Nicholls, Sales Director at Aurora Fireplaces, added; “The partnership with Capital is a great testament to the quality and style of our product range, all of which are made here in Britain. We’re proud to be working with Capital and I believe this partnership will have benefits all round”.
Posted by KC Communications
Vapour Cloud becomes approved Avaya partner

Posted: Thursday 21 June 2018

West Yorkshire-headquartered tech specialist Vapour Cloud has become only the sixth organisation in the UK to achieve approved Avaya Cloud Solutions partner status through BT Wholesale. BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, approached Vapour to deliver its cloud-based omnichannel solutions to British businesses, having seen the firm’s ability to supply another complex industry product – Storm. With a robust technology roadmap plus a growing presence within the IT and telecoms space, Vapour colleagues also had to complete multiple exams to prove the team’s knowledge of Avaya’s portfolio. Now the partner accreditation expands the breadth of Vapour’s unified communications (UC) offering, whilst helping Avaya to further penetrate the voice market. Vapour can recommend and implement Avaya Contact Centre Select (ACCS), for example – a multichannel solution that can be fully integrated with Avaya’s IP Office platform. An increasingly popular choice for growing businesses that want to harness the potential of unified communications, ACCS powers call handling, email, instant messaging, conferencing, SMS and video conversation. The result is an improved customer experience – using the channel that most suits them – plus workforce flexibility, as the cloud-based product can be used on any device irrespective of location. Commenting on the new official relationship, Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer said: “Many organisations are starting to realise that on-premise telephony systems are holding them back, so they’re beginning to explore the world that we have operated in for the last five years. Avaya’s cloud-first strategy means they are one of the hottest names in the space, and interest ACCS is vast. “Enquiries for ACCS go via BT Wholesale who will recommend an approved Avaya partner that they think is suitable for the job. I’m delighted that we’ve succeeded in the rigorous process to achieve this prestigious status.” Driven by the latest WebRTC, Avaya’s cloud-based UC offering is very attractive to Vapour – an organisation renowned for its specialism in real-time communication technologies. “ACCS sits extremely well amongst the other products within our H?llr suite of voice solutions,” continued Tim. “It facilitates flexible working, is easy to deploy with no hardware or software installation required, and with multiple options available it can satisfy the needs of varied small to midsize organisations. “We’ve already specified the solution as part of some of our most exciting upcoming projects and I look forward to seeing the relationship unfold. The partner status could add up to £250,000 to our business by the end of this year alone.” Elaborating on Vapour’s approved partner achievement, Vincent Sivori, BT Wholesale Sector Sales Manager said: “We have to identify businesses who would be a good partner for the re-selling of Avaya services that we supply. From working with the Vapour Cloud team we very quickly realised that with their excellent cloud skills and strong service focus, they will offer a compelling proposition to the market. It is exciting times and working hand in hand with Vapour we will support their clients’ move to cloud.”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Funding deal gets business buy-outs off to a flying start

Posted: Wednesday 20 June 2018

A funding deal put together by ABL Business has enabled Ignite Capital to purchase the first investment in a portfolio, by acquiring Bristol-based manufacturer and wholesaler Albert E James & Son Ltd. Corporate finance brokers ABL Business, based in Cleckheaton, structured a full asset based lending package from funder IGF group to support the seven figure purchase of the company. Established in 1962, Albert E James & Son manufactures and markets bird feeds that have been developed to match the nutritional requirements of particular birds and breeds. The range includes corn feed that has been designed to optimise the performance of racing pigeons. The company operates under two brands, Country Wide and Willsbridge Leeds-based Ignite Capital was formed in 2017 by managing director Paul Thompson. A corporate finance boutique, it offers a range of services relating to the sale and purchase of businesses and is currently in the process of developing its own portfolio through the acquisition of a handful of UK SMEs. Management buy-in candidate Joe Mogg invested alongside Ignite as part of the transaction and is now responsible for the day-to-day running of the specialist bird feed manufacturer as managing director. Joint Managing Director of ABL Business Andy Redman said: “Albert E James & Son is a successful business with much potential for the future, so we were delighted to be able to support Ignite Capital to complete the purchase, ensuring that it can now go on to be developed to even greater heights." “This is an excellent example of how we get to know our clients’ businesses and provide the appropriate funding, chosen from a broad range of options, then tailored to suit their specific needs. We felt that an asset based lending package was most suitable in this case as it is a very flexible funding arrangement. It enables a business to raise the large amount of capital required to purchase a high-value company by securing the loan against a variety of different assets that they already own.” Managing Director of Ignite Capital, Paul Thompson said: “ABL Business were quick to recognise the potential of the business and were able to identify a selection of potential funders to support the transaction. Now the acquisition is complete, we look forward to developing and growing the business."
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
Apply for a micro-grant for your idea or business: Huddersfield SOUP

Posted: Monday 18 June 2018

There is still time to apply to pitch your idea at Huddersfield SOUP No 6. You could be one of four projects selected to pitch to our audience for a chance to win a micro-grant. All ideas are welcomed as long as they benefit a Huddersfield community or person. It takes just 15 minutes to apply online at http://mediactr.link/soup5app. Deadline for applications is 1pm on Saturday 30th June 2018. What is SOUP? SOUP is a great way to raise money, build community support and get connections to local resources that can help you carry out your project. In exchange for a minimum donation of £5, the audience receive soup, entertainment and a vote. Four pitches will be chosen to present and the winner is the pitch that receives the most votes and they are given all the door money as micro-grant. SOUP aims to make Huddersfield a thriving community and a supportive place to bring ideas alive. The rules are simple, you have to live in Huddersfield and / or the project must benefit a Huddersfield person, business, organisation or community. Huddersfield SOUP No 6 is being held on Wednesday 11th July 2018 and we hope you will join us. Tickets are available via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/huddersfield-soup-no-6-tickets-46491523398
Posted by The Media Centre
Access North Structures relocates as turnover hits new heights

Posted: Monday 11 June 2018

Following a 35% uplift in turnover, rope access specialist Access North Structures has relocated to a new office in Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield as it prepares for further expansion. Newly released figures for 2017-18 demonstrate significant growth for the work at height experts, with client numbers reaching 54 – a 38% increase on the previous year. To facilitate a marked upturn in service demand over the last 12 months, the firm has also welcomed three new recruits on board, bringing the in-office headcount up to eight. With technical project manager Richard Knight having been appointed last spring, the latest additions to the growing team of specialists are Diane Basnett and Tara Calvin. Joining as a project manager, Diane will be a single point of contact for clients and work closely with Richard to plan and manage assignments. Meanwhile, office administrator Tara will be responsible for providing essential support to the whole team. Requiring additional space to accommodate its internal expansion, the firm has relocated to a larger unit at Brooke’s Mill in Armitage Bridge, where it has been based since 2013. The new office is twice the size of the previous base and will provide scope for further recruitment – a key focus for the company in the year ahead. Managing director Berenice Northcott commented on this continuing growth: “2017-18 was a brilliant year for us and with client numbers rising, we’re expecting our turnover to increase even more over the next 12 months. “Further recruitment is on the cards for 2018 – especially for our on-site team – so our relocation to a new, larger office will provide us with ample space to expand our core workforce. We’re also looking to increase the number of vehicles we have, in order to fulfil nationwide demand for our services.” Notable names to have joined the firm’s growing client roster in the past 12 months are the British Racing Drivers Club – which is headquartered at the world-renowned Silverstone Circuit – along with the University of Huddersfield, Denbighshire County Council and The Bulwell Academy, Nottingham. Berenice elaborated: “We’re already working and winning contracts with small, local companies and blue-chip clients throughout the UK – spanning an array of different sectors – and we have the expertise to provide fully tailored assignments to them all. “Having such a varied customer base requires us to be versatile, so we’re constantly balancing our professionalism with our trademark down-to-earth approach, in order to deliver our work at height services safely and efficiently.” Established in 2011, Access North Structures specialises in the installation, inspection and maintenance of complex structures, ETFE facilities and tensile fabric canopies via rope access techniques. The company additionally deploys fall protection solutions and is an approved partner of SFS intec – provider of the industry-renowned SOTER safety systems.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Dugdale Bros launches 100% British-made cotton collection

Posted: Monday 11 June 2018

Heritage Huddersfield textiles brand Dugdale Bros & Co has launched a new collection of 25 cotton cloths, bringing its total number of fine fabric ranges up to 24. Entirely made in Britain using premium-quality Supima yarn from English Fine Cottons, this latest release is the first cotton collection for tailors in 50 years to have been spun, dyed, woven and finished in England. Named ‘Cottonopolis’ in honour of Manchester’s cotton-making legacy – aside from the agricultural aspect involved in growing the cotton – the collection’s provenance lies entirely in the North of England. Using extra-long staple yarn spun by English Fine Cottons in Cheshire – the last remaining cotton spinner in Europe – these individual strands have been dyed by Blackburn Yarn Dyers, woven at John Spencer in Burnley and finished at H & C Whitehead in Brighouse. With a tightly woven gabardine construction and lustrous, water-resistant finish, the versatile cloth is available in 25 different colour variations, ideal for tailoring suits and trench coats. Commenting on the launch of ‘Cottonopolis’, Dugdale Bros’ managing director Simon Glendenning said: “This is a truly exciting and innovative cotton range, and the first of its kind for decades. Provenance and premium-standard production are central to all our collections, and we place a huge amount of impetus on sourcing the best materials available. “As the last remaining independently-owned cloth merchant in the centre of Huddersfield, we chose to work with English Fine Cottons on ‘Cottonopolis’ because their values and dedication to quality align closely with ours. The finished range is a testament to the North of England’s prevailing cloth-making legacy, and we’re delighted to be able to supply this 100% British-made collection to tailors and fashion houses around the world.” Having achieved an uplift of 22% in export sales in 2017, Dugdale Bros is building on its significant growth with these burgeoning overseas markets in mind – including China, South Korea, Japan and Australia. Although traditionally renowned for its heavier weight worsted cloths, the brand’s broadening portfolio incorporates a number of linens, cottons and silk blends, which are especially popular with tailors and fashion houses in more temperate climates. Simon continued: “This is a pivotal time for UK manufacturing, and we’re thrilled to be amongst the makers that are helping to drive the country’s export market forward.” The ‘Cottonopolis’ release follows the 122-year-old cloth merchant’s launch of two linen collections earlier in the year – ‘Lisburn’ and ‘Crommelin’ – along with a high-twist Merino range, ‘Tropicalair’. Available now, the full collection can be viewed on the Dugdale Bros website.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Market-leading customer engagement platform appoints Scriba PR

Posted: Friday 08 June 2018

Visitor behaviour tracking specialist Boostify has appointed technical public relations specialist Scriba PR to help boost brand exposure. Conversion rate optimisation expert – and managing director – Jonathan Thirkill first entered the sector in 2013 with a live chat service. The last five years has seen him invest considerably in the development of the platform, which has resulted in the tech start-up transforming into a fully-fledged conversion rate optimisation platform. Now providing a completely integrated service to customers, the next generation technology firm is looking to further raise its industry profile through a strategic communications collaboration with the B2B agency. Jonathan commented on the reasons for appointing Scriba: “I knew that the team specialised in technical PR, which is why I specifically approached them. Our product isn’t easy to explain, and after seeing the other clients Scriba work with, it was clear that they have extensive experience in complex fields. This gave me the confidence that they could convert my product into something everyone can understand. “I have some big goals and objectives for 2018, and I believe Scriba will play a key part in helping me to achieve them.” Boostify’s cutting-edge technological development is the only ‘all-in-one’ hub on the market, which empowers organisations to track, engage and convert website visitors into revenue. This is achieved through its powerful suite of customisable widgets, granular targeting and segmentation functionality. Elaborating on the new partnership, Scriba’s founder Katie Mallinson added: “There are tech companies of all sizes within our client base, so I'm pleased that Jonathan thought of us when it came to supporting the successful launch and onward growth of his exciting start-up firm. PR is a valuable tool, especially in the early stages of a company's communications journey, and we look forward to seeing how Boostify's story unfolds. “Boostify is a shining example of the level of tech innovation taking place in the North, and I'm sure the interest in his business is going to be huge.”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
New look website for Little Tikes

Posted: Thursday 07 June 2018

One of the UK’s most renowned and trusted toy manufacturers – Little Tikes – has undergone a complete website overhaul, to propel the company forwards in line with the current digital climate and reflect its updated direction and brand values. Designed and developed by Yorkshire-based creative agency The Bigger Boat, the online platform reflects the best practices of design and digital, and amalgamates a range of existing information from various partner sites into one ‘brand hub’. This both supports retailers and enables visitors to easily access full, detailed product advice for the entire Little Tikes range of merchandise in one central location. To further revamp the site, a range of unique typography has been introduced throughout – alongside custom drawings – to give the platform a fresh and modern feel. The homepage has also seen the integration of user-generated content, with social media now feeding into it via Facebook and Instagram, to provide the target audience – millennial parents – with a more engaging experience. Reflecting on the design, creative director Doug Main said: “In addition to the new website we also helped to reposition the Little Tikes brand online. We updated the logo to make it simple and flat – as opposed to skeuomorphic – and refreshed the colour palette. The creation of bespoke hand-drawn doodles helped inject personality and fun to imagery throughout the site.” The six-month project – which involved over 500 hours of manpower from the multi-disciplined Bigger Boat crew and was strategically timed to launch at one of the quietest times of the year for the toy arena – was designed via a mobile-first approach. The call to action buttons on each page are even positioned in a more accessible place for a phone user’s thumb. Andy McCaul, managing director at the agency said: “The fact that 80% of people use mobile technology when visiting e-commerce websites meant that we had to cater for this audience first and foremost when planning the site – whilst still delivering a rich desktop experience. We tackled the brief from a data-driven perspective to ensure that we delivered the best possible UX.” He continues: “This was a huge project for our 12-strong team, and we are extremely proud of the finished article. The move away from stock shots and a custom style of text has made the site more eye-catching and vibrant, and given the Little Tikes team a solid platform for growth.” Developed using Wordpress and WooCommerce to better support future development and provide enhanced reporting functionality, early statistics are already showing an improvement on the previous offering, with the average order value up by 30%, the goal conversion rate up by 130% and a 35% increase in engagement. Michelle Lilley, head of marketing at Little Tikes said: “We’re really pleased with our new direction and website, which helps to bring our exciting range of toys to life online. Importantly, it delivers on our key objectives – to engage millennial parents, become a brand hub and support our retail partners. We’ve had some fabulous feedback globally and our new brand style is now being rolled out internationally.”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Key appointments mark next chapter for Yorkshire Chartered surveying firm

Posted: Tuesday 05 June 2018

One of Yorkshire’s leading Chartered surveying and project management firms has made a number of key appointments as the organisation prepares for a 25% increase in turnover for the 2017-18 period. With offices in both Leeds and Huddersfield, Lucas Lee has taken on three new members of staff, boosting the firm’s headcount to nine. This phase of recruitment will help to fulfil a number of the business’ new contracts, which span large residential developments in the North West, a distribution warehouse in Yorkshire and a hotel in North Yorkshire. Joining the quantity surveying team, headed by Andy Gladwin, includes Lee Thompson, who has formerly worked on five-star hotel projects in Cape Verde. He has been appointed as a Senior Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor, while Walter Mashumba has joined as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor. John Clay, an experienced Building Surveyor graduate – who was employed in-house at St Gobain for several years to manage day-to-day lease issues for Jewsons – has also joined the firm. He will complete his Assessment of Professional Competence with Lucas Lee this summer. Commenting on the appointments, Lucas Lee’s Director Christopher Lee said: “Our recent phase of expansion makes it an exciting new chapter for the business. We have spent many months recruiting new members for our experienced team to deliver the specific needs of our clients. We wanted to take on people who are able to bring their own expertise and ideas, but will also grow alongside the company, and we think that’s what we’ve achieved. “We’re currently working on the Grantley Hall project in Ripon, which is a five-star luxury hotel, for example. Lee’s experience will help us to solidify our reputation within this industry. John and Walter are also brilliant additions to the team. But our recruitment isn’t finished yet!” The firm is now on the lookout for a tenth member of staff. The newly created position is for a Senior Building Surveyor to be based in Leeds. Chris elaborates: “Although we have instructions nationwide, there’s a huge opportunity for us here in Yorkshire too. Leeds is a hotbed of investment and development at the moment, so we’re looking to take advantage of our region’s prosperity as much as possible.” Recently completed projects for the firm includes Vets4Pets and a multi-million pound expansion of Gobal Autocare — both in Leeds. Other notable customers comprise Card Factory, Kwik-Fit, Signet, Tony and Guy, Yorkshire Trading Company, Mitchells and Butlers, Johnson’s Cleaners and Deekay Management.
Posted by Byram, Amy
Kirklees TV Interview

Posted: Saturday 02 June 2018

We recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Liz Hey from Kirklees TV as part of their series of business programmes. We were delighted to be able to discuss how important using the Objective Management Group sales evaluation and sales candidate assessment tools can help improve sales performance in companies with sales teams. We also had the opportunity to discuss how we use the tools of one of other partners Sales STAR to help develop sales managers into super coaches. Enjoy watching the interview. http://bit.ly/2JlyThB
Posted by Ventas Sales Ltd
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