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New partnership to fund entrepreneurial visions

Posted: Tuesday 24 April 2018

A new partnership has been formed to provide commercial finance to entrepreneurs who want to launch or grow businesses across the Yorkshire region. The recently-launched Business Catalyst Club has agreed a deal with commercial finance brokers ABL Business to create Business Catalyst Finance. The partnership will complement the equity and venture capital activities of the Business Catalyst Club by providing access to a broad range of funding options such as commercial property finance, business loans and venture capital along with alternative finance opportunities like asset-based lending and peer-to-peer lending. The “dealmaker” Business Catalyst Club was recently launched to promote business growth by creating beneficial relationships, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and decision-makers from across the region to share new and exciting opportunities. Their invitation-only quarterly lunches create an effective platform for a select number of ventures seeking capital to showcase their proposals to members and guests – many of whom are business angels, private investors and institutional lenders. Proposals are considered from start-ups to more established trading businesses. The new collaboration with Cleckheaton-based ABL Business follows the organisation’s first event held at Manahatta Greek Street, in Leeds. The partnership has already been called on to feed into a number of projects resulting from the event, including sourcing a business loan for a software company, organising asset finance for a machinery rental company and coming up with a bespoke cashflow package for a facilities management firm. Business Catalyst Club Founder and Director Graham Shiers said: “We had an overwhelming response to the launch – we have hit the ground running and are already helping to bring some imaginative opportunities to fruition. “We now want to add even more value by broadening the way we help entrepreneurs to source funding for their projects alongside our role in facilitating the right commercial and professional introductions. As well as enabling opportunities through Venture Capital, Business Angels and other investors, we can now help people access commercial finance support from over 120 lenders available through our ABL Business partners”. Joint Managing Director of ABL Business, Andy Redman, said: “We were delighted to attend the first Business Catalyst Club lunch which brought together key players from across the region, representing a whole range of sectors. The event attracted entrepreneurs armed with an array of ambitious and imaginative business ideas. “The event was truly inspirational. We were already impressed with what Graham is doing and had felt inspired to get involved on a much deeper level. By joining forces, we will be able to reach out to the Business Catalyst Club’s extensive network of contacts and we’re eager to play our part in turning some great projects into reality”. The next Business Catalyst Club lunch will take place at a chosen venue in Leeds on Thursday, May 17. For further information visit www.businesscatalystclub.co.uk
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
Scriba PR adds to growing team

Posted: Friday 20 April 2018

Huddersfield-based technical public relations firm – Scriba PR – has announced a new appointment as the brand continues to grow. Amy Lloyd is the latest person to join the B2B communications team. She has come onboard as junior account manager to further drive the business forward and support the increasing number of clients. Having previously worked as a project officer at aspire-international and digital content team leader at Super Break, she has developed skills across the marketing and copywriting disciplines. Being TESOL qualified also highlights Amy’s grammatical awareness and in-depth understanding of the English language, which will aid her in her role at Scriba – a company renowned for its word passion. Commenting on the appointment, Scriba’s managing director Katie Mallinson said: “Amy has already made a positive start in her position by fully immersing herself within the team and the technical clients that we work with. She will be responsible for helping to take care of the newest waste and recycling firm we have welcomed to our client list, as well as some of our latest tech customers.” Amy will utilise her Languages degree and draw upon her previous writing experience to liaise with the media and draft blogs, features, awards entries, press releases, as well as managing social media accounts. As her knowledge develops she will also become responsible for increased campaign planning and strategy. “During my one and a half year role at Super Break I built content calendars for the team, and created engaging blog, website and social media content to build upon our brand awareness. This is definitely something I will bring with me into my new role at Scriba,” explains Amy. “I have already learnt so much, but I am most excited about increasing my knowledge in the niche PR sectors in which the firm works!” “This most recent appointment highlights how much we are expanding, and with greater capacity in the team, I hope it will further cement our position as a leading PR firm for the technical world,” continues Katie. “We are all delighted to welcome Amy into the team and I’m excited to see her further develop in her role.” The addition to the company comes ahead of the business’ fifth year of trading. Scriba currently has seven employees and 32 clients, including tech specialist Vapour Cloud, global waste shredding brand UNTHA and decommissioning consultancy RVA.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
#BackingHuddersfield and keeping business local!

Posted: Thursday 19 April 2018

The fm Company UK Ltd are proud to announce their appointment of a new major client, leading nursery brand Mamas & Papas. The fm Company are set to be their provider of security solutions; a step which typifies the building of strong local links between flourishing companies in Huddersfield’s own micro-economy. The headquarters of Mamas & Papas is based at Colne Bridge in Huddersfield, and the well-known international brand is certainly working with their staff at their heart as they adopt a diligent approach to security, health and safety. Their approach has led them to invest further in professional security services to ensure the safety of their store-based staff, by implementing a national keyholding and alarm response service so that their staff don’t have to attend alarm call-outs. A Mamas & Papas spokesperson commented, “Using the call out service, that The fm company are providing, gives our valued store staff a greater feeling of security as they are reassured by the knowledge that security professionals will be in attendance should any incident occur”. The highly accredited fm Company has been brought on board to work with Mamas & Papas to provide these professional services, having already become their security guarding services provider at their stunning Head Office facility. Both businesses were also keen to work together in light of the recent campaign ‘Backing Huddersfield’. This campaign seeks to raise awareness of the need to work together in the Huddersfield area, due to the huge potential that the town holds. A Mamas & Papas spokesperson commented, “We are proud of our Huddersfield heritage and are pleased to be able to work with The fm Company at our Head Office site at Colne Bridge”. On the #BackingHuddersfield campaign, The fm Company’s Tony Goldstein (Managing Director) and Gary Shuttleworth (Commercial Director) firmly believe that “when businesses in Huddersfield physically take the steps to work together like Mamas & Papas and The fm Company UK have, it shows that we’re taking positive steps together by demonstrating a real commitment to growing and strengthening our micro-economy in Kirklees”. The fm Company offer facilities management services and are one of only a couple of SIA approved contractors in the Kirklees area. Some of the main services that The fm Company offer are national key holding, security alarm response and security guarding onsite. Written and constructed by Avalon Mae Social Media Marketing & Mamas and Papas UK.
Posted by The fm Company UK Ltd
Finalists announced for prestigious Handcraft Tailor Scholarship Award

Posted: Monday 16 April 2018

The shortlist for the inaugural Handcraft Tailor Scholarship Award competition has been revealed, with nine students having been selected to proceed to the final stages of judging. Launched last year as a collaboration between the Handcraft Tailor Academy, Dugdale Bros & Co., Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) and The Textile Institute, the scholarship competition will see the winning entrant embarking on a 12-week summer tailoring course in Monaghan, Ireland, from June to August, under the tutelage of Rory Duffy – Master Tailor and former Golden Shears Award winner. Open to students across the UK and Ireland enrolled on tailoring, fashion, costume design and fine art courses, the standard of applications was extremely high – showcasing a great deal of creative and technical talent. With the top nine entrants having now been carefully selected by Robert Charnock – chairman of Huddersfield cloth merchant Dugdale Bros and Co. – and industry-renowned tailor Alan Cannon Jones, these students will proceed to the final assessment stage of the competition. Three entrants from Limerick School of Art & Design have been shortlisted – Anna O’Doherty, Louise Marchard and Hong Zhang – alongside Jakub Lipjanec and Ffion Wym Williams from the University of South Wales, Joel Yip from London College of Fashion, Kiera Robinson from Sheffield Hallam University, Dominic Browning from Leeds Beckett University and Morgane Krischer from Westminster University. Commenting on the shortlisted entries, Robert Charnock said: “The calibre of applications has been extremely high, and we were impressed with the level of skill, creativity and dedication demonstrated by all students who entered. The hard work put in by all entrants must be applauded. “The whole idea behind the competition is to bridge the gap between education and industry, and all the finalists have demonstrated that they can effectively transfer the techniques they have learned so far to real-life tailoring applications.” Alongside a written entry, the students were required to submit a 13-sample sewing stitch book, using a minimum of five different qualities of woven wool cloth to demonstrate their proficiency in hand-stitching and pocket production. Alan Cannon Jones elaborated on the finalists’ technical proficiency: “For students with only limited experience of hand-stitching and technical tailoring applications, the entries were executed to a superb standard. But as well as this craftsmanship, we were also looking for evidence of the entrants’ potential to advance under Rory’s expert guidance. “Our chosen finalists all showed real promise and creativity, along with a desire to develop their existing skills. I’m sure all have a bright future ahead of them, and I’m excited to see how the scholarship winner will flourish after 12 weeks of dedicated training.” Set to be announced on Sunday 22 April, the winning student will be tutored by Rory Duffy in world-renowned Savile Row techniques, learning to measure, draft, fit and make a bespoke suit. All course fees have been covered by the Handcraft Tailor Academy, whilst accommodation and cloth costs have been sponsored by Dugdale Bros and travel expenses paid by The Textile Institute. Further information about the scholarship award can be found at www.htsaward.wixsite.com/htsa.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Huddersfield Business Coach Launches Service for Community Benefit Organisations

Posted: Thursday 12 April 2018

Natasha McCreesh, the founder of coaching and mentoring business PIP to Grow Strong, has launched a monthly coaching and mentoring clinic for Kirklees based third sector organisations. The clinic, known as KOKO sessions (Keep On Keeping On), will provide organisations with the insight required to help them grow strong and sustainably enabling them to continue to deliver the work they undertake in the community. Natasha’s commercial industry background, which includes almost 10 years working for Jacuzzi Group in roles such as product development, marketing and purchasing, provides a unique opportunity for interested organisations to benefit from her vast experience and in particular her ability to positively challenge organisations and help them in finding their way forward. Natasha says: “Although I am a trustee for Hoot Creative Arts and a volunteer supporter of the Huddersfield Town Foundation, this alone just didn’t feel like enough! I want to offer a service which positively impacts upon my own community and the KOKO sessions are meant just for that.” Vicky Brennan, Business Development Director at Hoot Creative Arts said: “Natasha has been an incredible support to our organisation giving us so much more than we ever asked for or thought was possible. Natasha offers an untapped amount of energy and positivity and is so refreshing to engage with. She is always keen to learn and understand a whole picture that enables her to tailor her offer and support. We have never felt like one of many clients but really her only client, this approach is driven from a clear values base resulting in an authentic offer. Natasha sees the value in the work our sector does, she sees how it transforms lives and she is truly inspired by our sectors ability to give, therefore you quickly recognise a strong sense of giving within her approach that makes working with her a joy.” To discover more and sign up to the KOKO Sessions, visit http://piptogrowstrong.co.uk/koko-sessions/
Posted by PiP to Grow Strong
Interested in Finding Out What Business Banking Can Do To Help Grow & Develop Your Business

Posted: Thursday 12 April 2018

On the 25th April 2018 Matt Caie, who is Barclays Business Manager in Huddersfield, will be with us in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre on Firth Street, Huddersfield. Matt specialises in Business Banking, seeking to help grow and develop businesses through regular contact and advice and assisting companies in overcoming the challenges faced in meeting goals. Why not pop along to our Business Engagement Centre between 1pm and 4pm to have a chat and get some no obligation, business banking advice for your company! Look out for future dates/times that Barclays and other Business Support Specialists are with us and remember, the Business Engagement Centre is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to help address the bespoke needs of your business and to provide no obligation, impartial advice and solutions or just a general chat about your company and any challenges you face. We look forward to seeing you!
Posted by 3M Buckley Innovation Centre
Leading glassmaker appoints Smith Brothers for grid connection

Posted: Wednesday 11 April 2018

Elland-based power engineering contractor Smith Brothers has been appointed by Europe’s leading flat glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain Glass, to connect its East Riding industrial site to the Northern Powergrid (NPg). Part of the Saint-Gobain Group – a global designer and producer of construction materials and solutions – Saint-Gobain Glass is the principal supplier of coated glass worldwide, with its UK base in Eggborough, Goole. With the manufacturing facility currently supplied via a private-wire network, high voltage specialist Smith Brothers has been enlisted to connect it to the local distribution network via a turnkey scheme of works. Acting as the Independent Connection Provider (ICP), Smith Brothers will be responsible for all required electrical and civils elements, from initial design through to final commissioning. Tasked with replacing the existing connection and carrying out necessary network reinforcements, a 10-strong Smith Brothers team will take care of the construction of two 66kV outdoor substations – one for NPg, the Distribution Network Operator (DNO), and another for Saint-Gobain. The engineers will additionally carry out the required cabling works to link the NPg compound into a nearby 66kV supply, and feed this into the private substation. Two parallel-fed 20MVA transformers will be installed along the route between the compounds, and Smith Brothers’ duties will also encompass the construction of a control room, 11kV substation and the fitting of all electrical equipment. Once these elements have been established, the engineers will then take care of commissioning the entire system and integrating it into both the Northern Powergrid and Saint-Gobain Glass networks. With work having commenced in November 2017, Smith Brothers is set to energise the site in June. Commenting on the connection, project manager Ryan Smith said: “For any manufacturing facility like this one, minimising operational disruption is a key priority for both the client and our team. There are always significant challenges involved, especially when there’s limited space for the construction of the compounds and buildings, as is the case with the Eggborough assignment. “But through condensing the site where possible, and tackling obstacles with our trademark efficiency and professionalism, we’re aiming to complete the Saint-Gobain connection with zero system interruptions.” This is not the first work Smith Brothers has carried out for Saint-Gobain – the electrical engineers additionally take care of high voltage upgrades and maintenance at the site. The team has also been contracted to carry out works for other household names including Land Rover, Kellogg’s and United Utilities. Elaborating on the firm’s growing list of blue-chip clients, managing director Nick Gudgeon said: “Our reputation as a leading Independent Connection Provider in the UK is steadily growing, and being enlisted by renowned companies like Saint-Gobain Glass is testament to this. “Our ongoing investment in people, training and equipment means that we’re able to provide a turnkey service that is trusted by leading names nationwide. And with plenty more complex projects on the horizon, we’re set to further cement our position in the market in 2018 and beyond.”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Record growth for Yorkshire digital agency

Posted: Wednesday 11 April 2018

Creative digital marketing agency The Bigger Boat has achieved a record 43% increase in turnover for the period 2017-18. This substantial uplift in revenue follows significant change for the Mirfield-based company – founded in 2010 by directors Doug Main, Lee Boothroyd and Andy McCaul – whose services include branding, digital and search marketing. Creative director Doug recently completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme, after a successful application to this national – and well-recognised – scheme. Launched in 2010 – and designed to provide high-quality and practical support to leaders of small businesses in the UK – the opportunity was established to unlock the growth potential for more compact companies. Commenting on the course, Doug said: “It was fantastic to be chosen to participate and learn new skills. But the chance to liaise with – and bounce ideas off – fellow business owners has been invaluable, and left me with a real hunger to inject some fresh and forward-thinking ideas into how we run The Bigger Boat moving forwards.” The agency’s biggest growth to date also comes hot on the heels of a duo of key appointments, paving the way for an increase in their 60-strong customer base. Ruby Ribbons joins the team as a junior account manager, following a degree in communications at Northumbria University. She will be working on a number of client accounts – including UNTHA UK and SNF – and providing social media support as part of her role. Another notable staff member to join the creative crew is senior account manager Emma Heslop. With a wealth of experience in marketing – including 20 years in the design and print industry – Emma is already heavily involved in numerous client projects, and is currently handling the design and digital marketing for the agency’s biggest client, Little Tikes. Managing Director Andy McCaul said: “Both Ruby and Emma have the digital skills that we look for in all our staff – and have slotted into the team perfectly. With Emma’s vast experience, I am confident that she will bring a wealth of creative knowledge to the table.” Andy continued: “And Ruby has already embraced her role with an impressive level of commitment. We are looking forward to watching her grow and evolve in this environment.” The 11-strong agency is now on the lookout for a further account manager to increase its number, as their expansion continues into 2018.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
127-year old Huddersfield firm attracts French buyout

Posted: Friday 06 April 2018

Huddersfield-based Leach – the 127-year old family-run graphic display specialist – has today announced that the business has been acquired. French-owned Chargeurs, a global manufacturing and services group based in 34 countries on 5 continents and with leading positions in four segments – temporary surface protection, garment interlinings, technical substrates and combed wool – has bought the Leach Impact and Leach Inspire divisions of the company for an undisclosed sum. Leach Studio will continue to be privately owned by directors Richard Leach and Jim Parkin. Chargeurs is no stranger to the Leach brand. Having supplied the Pearl fabric – Leach’s best-selling print material used in its iconic lightboxes – for the past seven years, the Paris-based organisation has long watched the evolution of this innovative Yorkshire firm. But only now was the time right to sell, explains managing director Richard. “Having experienced ten years of consecutive growth, we have been planning how to pursue the next chapter of our journey for some time,” he said. “A key part of our long-term strategy has been to attract investment that will allow us to generate more international sales and to keep our growth record going. But finding the best-fit business to acquire us, was crucial. “Leach started out life in 1891, when my great-grandfather opened a one-man photographic studio, in Brighouse. This family legacy is something the family shareholders were incredibly keen to preserve and build upon, and is one of the main reasons why Chargeurs – with a 146-year-old story of its own – was such a great fit. “It is also the reason why we have decided to retain ownership and management of Leach Studio – our interpretive design brand for museum, gallery, heritage and visitor environments. This brand is perfectly suited to continue operating under a ‘family business’ model – it isn’t ready for internationalisation. “But the same cannot be said for our large format display production divisions, Leach Impact and Leach Inspire. We’re ready to access different overseas markets with the products and services that these brands have to offer, and Chargeurs’ financial backing – as well as a global presence, multi-lingual expertise and decades of knowledge – will help us do that.” Whilst nothing will change on a day-to-day basis at Leach’s 30,000sqft HQ, the acquisition gives the team better access to investment that will fuel even greater product innovation and customer satisfaction. “By creating more of a closed loop business model with the supplier of our best-selling print material, we can also offer even sharper response times, which should give us a more distinct competitive edge in the marketplace,” Richard continued. “Otherwise it’s business as usual – the same offices, the same team, and the same brand.” With clients including Gap, Regatta and Barburrito Leach employs 100 people and has a turnover of £11m. With a global customer portfolio spreading over 80 countries – including the world’s leading luxury fashion houses – Chargeurs is a €533m business of which more than 90% was generated outside France with plans to double its turnover to €1bn in the next five years.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Luxury manufacturer opens door to bespoke showroom

Posted: Thursday 05 April 2018

Premium bespoke doormaker Deuren has opened its brand new on-site showroom, in readiness for further growth and the unveiling of its latest product lines. Since bringing its manufacturing operations in-house in 2014, the company has crafted more than 7,000 doors, with the new showroom opening marking the latest significant phase in the company’s in-house expansion. Spanning 2,000 sq ft, the display space will showcase 26 products from Deuren’s luxury internal, external and garage door ranges – including new additions that are set to launch this month. As well as highlighting the material, configuration, hardware, finish and security options on offer, the showroom will enable customers to interact with the doors and test the different mechanisms available. Its adjacency to the fully operational on-site workshop also means that visitors will be able to witness Deuren’s craftsmanship in action. In addition to the display area, the new space also comprises a meeting room, toilets and a staff kitchen. Commenting on the new showroom, founder and managing director of Deuren, Ian Chubb, said: “With our customer base expanding both nationally and internationally – especially in the US and Channel Islands – the need for a dedicated display space for our doors couldn’t be ignored for much longer. “We wanted a showroom that would demonstrate the potential that exists when it comes to bespoke design and manufacturing. And this new space definitely achieves that. Before, it was only at exhibitions that customers could really test our doors, but now they can visit our site and truly get a feel for our products and the craftsmanship that goes into them.” Alongside the launch of its new showroom, Deuren has also enlisted the expertise of neighbouring digital marketing agency The Bigger Boat to overhaul its website. Through migrating the site to a new content management system, it now has an improved layout to enhance the user experience and simplify the enquiry process. Integrating the website into Deuren’s CRM system has additionally granted the company greater insight into the customer journey, to help drive campaign strategy. Elaborating on the website overhaul, The Bigger Boat’s creative director Doug Main commented: “The main objective was to put more focus on the design of the doors themselves, in order to increase visual impact online. Alongside the new showroom, the website is another key avenue for prospective customers to see the quality and luxury of Deuren’s products. “User experience is central to this, so we’ve simplified the layout and enquiry process. Plus, by plugging a new CRM – Zoho – into the site, we’ll be able to better understand which keywords and channels are attracting the most traffic, and it will be far more straightforward for the sales team to keep a record of customers and order status.” Deuren is a luxury door brand, specialising in the bespoke design and production of internal, external and garage doors – often to one-of-a-kind specifications.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
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