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Growing Your Business



Overview
 

Once your business is established and you’re making a profit on the products and services you sell to customers, you may want to start thinking about how to grow.

Many businesses think of growth in terms of increased sales, but it’s also important to focus on how to maintain or improve your profitability.

Things you can do to help grow your business include:

  • looking into ways of increasing your sales, both to existing customers and new customers
  • improving your products and services by researching and testing changes with your customers
  • developing new products and services, and selling them to new or existing markets
  • taking on staff or training your current staff, including working with apprentices and mentors
  • looking for additional sources of funding, such as bringing in new investors
  • thinking about selling your products or services online
  • work with a business mentor, who can help you think about how to do all of these things
As your business grows

You must register for VAT if your VAT taxable turnover reaches more than £85,000.

You may also find that a different legal structure is more suitable as your business grows.

Get Extra Funding
 

Growing your business, whether through increased sales or improved profitability, often means you need to invest more. You can do this by:

  • investing previous profits back into your business
  • taking out a loan
  • selling shares to outside investors
  • looking for other sources of finance, including government-backed schemes

Professional advisers such as accountants can help you to work out whether it makes financial sense to take on loans or investment. You should take legal advice before taking on new investment in your business.

Find a chartered accountant on the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) website, or a solicitor on the Law Society website.

Taking out a loan

You should make sure that your business will be able to pay back the debt before you take out a loan. Repayments are often made in instalments over a number of years, and you’ll need to pay off any interest on outstanding debts.

If you’re a sole trader looking for a loan, a lender might ask you to provide a personal guarantee or promise to hand over assets like your house or car if you can’t repay the loan.

Selling shares

If you’re thinking of bringing in new investors, they’ll want to know how much your business could increase in value if they buy shares. To work this out, they’ll need to know how much their investment will increase your sales and profitability.

You’ll need to provide potential lenders and investors with a financial model showing:

  • how your business will spend the extra money to increase sales and profitability
  • how initial costs and increased ongoing costs will affect your cash flow
Increases in sales usually only happen after taking on additional costs like employing more staff, moving to larger premises or putting in bigger orders for raw materials. You’ll need to take all of these into account in your financial planning.

Increasing Sales to Existing Customers
 

How you go about increasing sales depends on your circumstances and how your business is performing. You might choose to focus on customers who’ve already bought from you, or you could try to win new customers in your local area, nationally or overseas.

Target your existing customers

The simplest way to increase your sales is to sell more of the products or services you’re selling at the moment to the customers who are already buying them. For most businesses this involves:

• persuading one-off customers to become repeat customers
• finding customers who’ve stopped buying from you and trying to win them back
• selling more of the same products or services to your regular customers

By keeping a record of who your customers are and what you sold to them, you can work out who’s stopped buying from you, and who might consider buying more. Targeting these customers is often a cheaper and more effective way to increase sales than trying to find new ones.

Review your prices


Regularly reviewing your prices and checking them against your competitors can be an effective way of increasing your sales, profits or both.

You should try to estimate the likely effect of different price changes on the sales, cash flow and profitability of your business before making any changes. To do this successfully, you need to understand:

• the ‘cost structure’ of your business (including regular ‘fixed’ costs, and ‘variable’ costs that change according to your business’ activity)
• the value your customers place on your products and services

It’s worth bearing in mind that offering a discount can sometimes reduce your overall profitability, even if your sales go up. Equally, you might be able to make more profit overall by increasing prices, even if you’re selling fewer items.

Small changes to pricing like providing loyalty schemes or bulk discounts can increase sales to both existing and former customers.

Example

A car wash offers free cleaning every tenth visit if customers opt for the deluxe service. Even though they’re giving something away for free, the value of repeat business from loyal customers means that profits go up.

It’s likely that it would’ve cost significantly more to generate the same amount of sales with new customers, resulting in less profit.

You should also regularly check the price you’re selling products and services at against competitors. This will help you find out if you’re:

• losing customers who get the same product or service elsewhere for less money
• sacrificing profitability, because customers are willing to pay more than you're charging them

Attracting New Customers
 

Increasing awareness

One way of finding new customers for your products and services is by increasing awareness in your local area. You can do this by:

• asking your customers to recommend you to their friends and colleagues
• advertising in local media
• using other forms of marketing, including online

You could also talk to potential customers who don’t use your business at the moment and find out what it would take for them to switch from your competition.

Expanding outside your local area

If you want to sell your product or service through new sales channels or markets elsewhere in the UK, there are different organisations you’ll need to work with, including:

• wholesalers
• retailers, including online retailers
• distributors

You could also try using direct marketing to find new customers.

Expanding outside the UK

You might decide to find new customers outside the UK by exporting your products. UK Trade and Investment offers help and resources on successfully selling your products and services to customers in other countries.

Make sure that you’re aware of your legal responsibilities around the sale of goods and services, and data protection.

Improving Your Products and Services
 

If you’re looking to grow your business, start by focusing on your existing customers and their needs. Talk to them and use their feedback to improve your products and services.

Talk to your Customers

Find out your customers’ views on:

• what they’re buying from you, and what they value most about it
• what you could do to make it more useful and valuable to them
• what would encourage them to buy more

Make changes based on feedback

Getting customer feedback should help you to identify ways to improve what you're offering to your current customers. It may also allow you to:

• increase the price you charge to your existing customers
• attract new customers whose needs you weren’t meeting before

Try to ensure that any changes you make will increase your sales and profitability enough to make the time and money you’ll need to invest worthwhile.

If possible, you should test out prototypes of improved products or services with a few existing customers. By doing this, you can get their feedback and avoid making unpopular changes that could harm your business.

Doing this is equally important for all businesses, whether you’re starting up or established, improving an existing product or service, or bringing something new to market.

Think about selling online

Selling your products or services on the internet can:

• help improve efficiency and productivity
• reduce costs
• help you communicate better with customers and suppliers

You can use analytics software to help you understand how customers use your site and show you ways to improve it.

You’ll need to make sure you understand all the costs involved (eg hardware, software, hosting, training, services, maintenance and support, upgrades etc). You must also provide your customers with certain information.

If you’re going to sell online, protect your customers and business with measures to keep systems and data safe from theft or hackers.

Developing New Products and Services
 

If you’re planning to develop new products and services, you should test them with your customers with just as much care and attention as a new business going to market for the first time. 

Is there a demand?

By making sure theres real demand for what you’re planning to sell, you can find out about any problems and fix them before you’ve wasted too much time, effort and money.

1. Talk to existing and potential customers and find out about their needs.
2. If you can, develop a prototype as quickly and cheaply as possible. Work out the minimum investment that lets you find out if you’re meeting a real need.
3. Test it with customers and get feedback. Find out what they’d be willing to pay for it. Try out different prices with different customers in a consistent, realistic way to see what people will really pay. Can you make enough money for a return on the investment you’d need to develop your new product or service?
4. If there are are other businesses competing for your market, think about what will make you different. Can you provide something better than what’s already available? And is it significantly different or better to what you’re already offering?

Benefits of development

By developing new products and services, you can:

• sell more to existing customers (making the most of existing relationships is cheaper than finding new customers)
• spread fixed costs like premises or machinery across a range of products
• diversify the products you offer so you’re less reliant on certain customers or markets

Another way of expanding your product range is by importing goods from overseas to sell in the UK. Make sure you know the rules on things like tax and commodity codes if you’re planning to import.

Business ideas and intellectual property

If you’ve invented something or come up with an original idea that you want to turn into a product or service, you should register it to make sure nobody copies it without your permission. Find out about trademarks, copyright and intellectual property.

You can find local support in England for coming up with business ideas and developing them on the National Enterprise Network website.

Other sources of advice and support include:

• the Design Council’s business resources
• the British Library business and intellectual property centre

You may be able to benefit from developing your idea in partnership with experts in academic institutions through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Hiring and Training Staff
 

As your business expands, you’ll need more capacity to produce or provide your product or service, and a wider range of skills. The easiest ways of achieving this are usually by taking on new staff, or training your existing workforce.

Employing people

By taking on new people you can spread your workload, expand production and take advantage of new and different skills and expertise.

This applies whether you already have employees, or you started your business on your own as a sole trader and are thinking about taking on staff for the first time. Find out about your responsibilities when employing someone.

Apprenticeships


Taking on an apprentice allows you to grow your capacity by investing in people who want to learn. Your business benefits from the skills they develop as they train both on and off the job.

Training your staff

You can improve the range and level of skills in your business by training up existing staff. Giving staff training opportunities can increase their loyalty to your company and their productivity - as well as your profits.

Schemes and organisations that can help you to grow your business through training include:

  • finding training courses specific to your business area through the National Careers Service or Business Events Finder
  • using a business improvement framework, like Investors in People

See the Human Resources section of Business Hub Kirklees for further information on employing people and training staff http://www.kirkleesbusinesshub.com/BusinessSupport/HumanResource 

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Technical PR agency adds to growing client numbers with biggest month to date

Wednesday 05 December 2018

Huddersfield-based technical PR specialist Scriba PR has reported its biggest client win month to date in October, taking its total current number to 36. The firm welcomed six new client projects on board and has more recently secured a seventh, predicting 2019 to be the biggest year yet. Commercial cleaning innovator Regenex, motor finance and insurance platform DealTrak, occupational health expert Prohms, solicitors firm Invalesco Family Law and glazing specialist Dortech Maintenance, are amongst the new brands to have joined Scriba’s client roster. Smarter Business Processes – Smartsheet and AppSheet consultants – also joined the B2B PR agency last month, to promote the company’s New York expansion. And finally, existing client Cascade HR has invested in an additional retainer, in order to further boost the firm’s digital footprint. Managing director at Scriba PR, Katie Mallinson, commented on the growth: “Our newest clients are from the sectors we are passionate about, so we’re very excited to be working with these brands! They are all different, but are each looking for content-driven support to help develop their businesses in 2019 and beyond.” Scriba’s growth to date has been entirely organic, and it’s the continuity of word-of-mouth recommendations that has seen the firm successfully acquire the seven new clients. DealTrak and Regenex were subsequently won via competitive pitch. Simon Banoub, marketing director at DealTrak, explained why they chose Scriba: “All the companies that pitched were of a high standard, so the competition was tough. Scriba was the last to see us and their clear knowledge of the tech sector, and their passion to grow brands was exactly what we were looking for. We wanted a PR agency to share our values as well as be very hands-on with us, and Scriba ticked all our boxes. “With the help of Scriba, we hope to further evolve our business over the coming year, as well as be recognised as an authoritative figure in our sector.” Katie added: “We see it as our role to give organisations – who often feel they are their industry’s ‘best-kept secret’ – a voice, and that’s exactly what we intend to do for DealTrak, and the other businesses.” The news coincides with the appointment of account manager Ruth Harrison-Davies from Ginetta, as well as the promotion of two team members – Paige Catton to junior account manager and Luci Ownsworth as PR assistant.
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A New Home for the Printasys team!

Friday 23 November 2018

Recently we made the decision to find somewhere to set up our base and create a space that allowed us to meet clients, connect with other local businesses and introduce them to CFH Docmail. It was important for us to have a base in the heart of our local town of Huddersfield so we could ensure we feed back into the local economy. We found a perfect solution that allows us the flexibility to meet clients and book out space when we need it. We are excited to announce that our new base is at the excellent 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and we couldn't be happier with our decision as we share the building with over 40 other businesses! We are also very pleased to be connected directly with the University of Huddersfield and we have had the chance to meet many of the academic team and students. We really look forward to working with them on projects in the future. Are you local or in the area? It would be great to see anyone who wants to learn more about what we do, or just to have a coffee and a chat. Let us know and we can book a time that works best for you! Get in touch: brian@printasys.co.uk or john@printasys.co.uk
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Garage repairs specialist TFSmiths signs Towngate tenancy lease

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Industrial property landlord Towngate PLC has expanded its client portfolio in Leeds, with mechanical expert TFSmiths signing a four-year lease at Unit 1 on New Princess Street. Founded over 35 years ago, TFSmiths is a garage repair centre which provides vehicle and fleet servicing as well as recovery. The family-run business now operates across three workshops throughout Yorkshire and completes over 350 accident repair jobs every month. At its new 11,340 sqft premises, the firm will benefit from a detached warehouse unit, which includes a two-storey integral office. The space also incorporates a large loading bay and secure yard, which will allow the team to continue providing an efficient service to its customers. Elaborating on the new occupancy, Towngate’s property manager Tom Lamb said: “It is a pleasure to welcome TFSmiths as a new tenant at our New Princess Street unit. The site is ideally located for the company’s services – being near the M621 and having easy access to Leeds City Centre. We’re looking forward to having them on board over the next four years.” Leeds-based property agent Gent Visick supported Towngate with the marketing and letting of the property. Surveyor at Gent Visick, Dan Walker, added: “We are delighted to complete on such a fantastic letting to TFSmiths. The property benefitted from a large yard area which resulted in significant interest and highlights the lack in supply of properties such as this in the Leeds market.” The announcement is one of a list of lettings in Leeds for Towngate in 2018, which has included the long-term lease of its newly revamped iconic Copperworks site to Allied Glass.
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Smith Brothers powers to the rescue of new community hub

Monday 05 November 2018

Yorkshire power contractor Smith Brothers has salvaged a local not-for-profit project, after providing charitable domestic supply work for the new Bradley Park community centre. The Elland-based contractor was approached by Friends of Bradley Park to help with the activation of a brand-new community hub, after the relationship with the incumbent provider failed. Smith Brothers provided all labour, cable and equipment free of charge, whilst NPS Group also donated a meter housing. The new community centre will provide a much-needed home for local charities, sports teams and groups, including the Bradley Brownies and Guides. The building will also be used by various youth and after-school clubs and can be hired for events, meetings and private parties, as well as for use by local sports teams. Smith Brothers delivered technical assistance through cable calculations and cable route design as well as resources and expertise to assemble the power supply. This involved the building of a new plinth to site the metering kiosk, as well as excavation and preparation works to lay 100 metres of 3c95 copper cable. Other electrical works included jointing, installing a single-phase connection, removing the condemned supply and reconnecting a temporary supply to provide power and lighting whilst snagging works were being carried out. Emma Charlesworth, project manager at Smith Brothers explained; “It was a pleasure to be able to help Friends of Bradley Park with the new community centre. Smith Brothers is committed to supporting our local area, and when two of our employees mentioned the struggles Bradley Park had encountered, we were keen to offer our expertise. “The team did a fantastic job to turn the project around in two days – we even built a rockery out of the surplus spoil and landscaped the site prior to leaving, which is testament to the hard work of our dedicated colleagues. We also have to thank residents Betty and Dave for providing plenty of tea and biscuits along the way!” The four-strong team, led by senior design engineer Richard Furniss, completed the project in early September, with Northern Powergrid making the final connection live on October 3.
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Towngate unveils new build on Leeds site

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Commercial and industrial lettings specialist Towngate PLC hosted a launch earlier this month, to showcase the soon to be complete Towngate Link site, located on Cross Green Way, Leeds, LS9 0SE. Phase one of the new build programme includes the construction of two brand new industrial warehouse units – TL1 and TL2. The 55,000 sqft and 62,500 sqft properties are set to be ready for occupation in February 2019. Situated on the well-established Cross Green Industrial Estate, the high specification buildings are strategically located for easy motorway access, and both comprise a two storey office space with the option to add an additional floor if required. In addition, the spaces benefit from a 12m eaves height, 45m deep service yards, and ground level loading. The site has the added advantage of CCTV systems to improve security. Towngate’s property manager Tom Lamb commented on the launch of the new units: “Our opening event in Leeds was really well attended by industrial agents from the region, so it was a great opportunity to provide an update on this fast-moving construction, along with showcasing CGI images of the completed Phase 1. “The redevelopment is really starting to take shape and we cannot wait for the completion early next year, so we can bring these exciting properties to the market.” Building surveyor David Stanway – of David Stanway & Associates Ltd – oversaw the site clearance and preparatory work, and commented on the project progress: “Caddick Construction is well underway with phase one. Momentum is building and it’s exciting to see the programme advancing. The architects have done a great job with the designs for the site, so we’re looking forward to seeing the development unfold.” Phase two of the construction will commence during 2019. Initial plans are to create a number of units ranging from 5,000-40,000 sqft – or a single space of up to 80,000 sqft – at this stage, potential occupiers can be given the opportunity to have these tailored to their specific requirements. Interested parties should enquire via Tom Lamb and Julia Ford at Towngate, or through agents Iain McPhail at Knight Frank and Paul Mack at Gent Visick in Leeds.
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Yorkshire firm launches ground-breaking new healthcare tech

Monday 22 October 2018

Yorkshire-headquartered technology specialist Vapour Cloud has launched the first video tool of its kind for the UK healthcare sector, powered by a free, simple SMS. TeleDOC will enable GPs and other medical professionals to hold secure, encrypted, recordable, geo-tagged video calls with their patients, wherever they are located, on any device. With cutting-edge WebRTC* technology at the heart of the product, the result is the ability to efficiently discuss and diagnose health issues remotely, before storing the encrypted video file in a secure vault. And, because TeleDOC works by sending the patient a one-time-use SMS or email, with hyperlink, which automatically activates the video consultation, there is no cost to the user. With no username, password or app required – only two clicks to authorise the camera – the result is maximum ease of use, before the appointment is carried out in much the same way as a face-to-face scenario. The patient also has the appointment with their own GP, rather than a stranger. Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer explains: “So many healthcare appointments involve a patient who is either in some form of discomfort or suffering from contagious symptoms. Because TeleDOC circumnavigates the need for them to physically travel to their appointment, the benefits are clear. “The video element means the doctor have visual cues that can help diagnose and advise, and the secure post-appointment storage of the file provides a valuable point of reference further down the line.” This is not the first time that video technologies have been utilised within the healthcare sector, elaborates Tim. But existing solutions are comparatively cost prohibitive. “TeleDOC has been purposefully-developed so that it is easy to use, regardless of the patient’s technical literacy,” he said. “There is also no need to download – and pay for – a costly app. This is an important SMS-powered service delivered by the surgery – there shouldn’t be a charge to the patient. “From a data security perspective, it is also fully compliant, which is of paramount importance in a world of mounting cybercrime risks and GDPR obligations. The secure vault means the data can be shared with other encrypted users to streamline a patient’s care from start to finish, but amidst security concerns surrounding existing apps, ours is extremely robust. In fact, TeleDOC has already attracted the attention of Government ministers keen to look closer at healthcare technology.” The launch of TeleDOC follows 12 months of development and an extensive three-month beta phase. It also comes hot on the heels of Vapour hitting the headlines in August for the revelation of its revolutionary GP appointment booking system. “We’ve seen telehealth begin to revolutionise the administration of healthcare advice in the US so, given the strain being placed on the UK’s medical infrastructure, it’s about time technology eased some of the pressures,” added Tim. “We’re increasingly using WebRTC in our personal lives, via What’sApp for instance. But the UK has been slow to adapt to the wider utilisation of this powerful application – until now. We’re unbelievably excited to see the impact that TeleDOC has. What’s more, we already have six other applications of the video consultation technology in beta testing in very different sectors. So, watch this space!” Established in 2013, Vapour specialises in secure network connectivity, voice communications and data storage. The fast-growing organisation has attracted £4m of investments since it was founded, and has its sights set on £12m turnover by 2020. *Web Real-Time Communication
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Business Catalyst Club launches in Manchester to meet demand

Friday 19 October 2018

Following the success that the Business Catalyst Club has generated since launching in Leeds in January of this year, Founder and Director Graham Shiers has made the decision to launch the Manchester Business Catalyst Club to meet the demand of businesses and entrepreneurs in the North West region. The Business Catalyst Club promotes business growth by creating beneficial relationships, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and decision-makers to share new and exciting opportunities. Launching on the 25th October in Manchester, the quarterly invitation-only lunch events, are designed to bring added value to an extensive network of business contacts by facilitating new commercial and professional introductions. At the same time, the Lunch provides an effective platform for a select number of companies seeking growth 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, with the focus on strong, scalable ideas and profitable ventures, rather than on any specific industry sector. Graham Shiers has built a solid reputation for encouraging entrepreneurial values, emergent talent and stimulating business development and growth alongside funding services with particular focus on the Northern business community, acting as a trusted source of introduction between new and existing business contacts. Commenting on the launch he said: “The demand from entrepreneurs and professionals from the Manchester region attending our Leeds event was just too great to ignore and the interest we have had for the inaugural Manchester Lunch has been incredible. The lunches are a great way to provide entrepreneurs and decision-makers with a dynamic, yet friendly environment where they can share ideas, information and new business opportunities with like-minded individuals at the right level and Manchester is the perfect location. We have made over 500 business introductions and connections so far this year, have over £12m of deals currently in negotiation and have raised over £1,500 for local charities. We can’t wait to do the same in Manchester.” The launch event is almost sold out and will take place on Thursday 25th October at an exclusive Manchester City Centre restaurant venue. Attendance is available to decision makers from all walks of business life including entrepreneurs, MDs, directors, business partners and owner managers. To find out more about The Business Catalyst Club, obtain an invite or find out more about membership please visit www.BusinessCatalystClub.co.uk
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Towngate facilitates West Yorkshire’s biggest letting of 2018

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Towngate PLC has announced that premium glass bottle manufacturer Allied Glass will be relocating its main storage facility to the newly refurbished Copperworks site on Haigh Park Road in Leeds, after signing a 10-year lease contract with the industrial landlord. The move has been revealed as the biggest letting of an existing building in West Yorkshire so far in 2018, and the newly refurbished 300,000 sqft space will now support Allied Glass as it prepares for its next chapter of growth. Having previously occupied Scheme 3 at Haigh Park Road – along with Units 1 and 2 at Towngate Link on the Cross Green Industrial Estate, prior to a fire at the site in 2016 – the manufacturer has been on the lookout for new long-term premises. Whilst the first phase of construction of brand new industrial warehouse units is currently underway at Towngate Link, it has been agreed that rather than returning to its previous base, Allied Glass will relocate to the iconic Copperworks site. Commenting on the company’s new premises, Mike Falgate – commercial manager at Allied Glass – said: “Towngate has always offered us a tremendous amount of support and flexibility, especially during what has been an unsettled couple of years and we look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with them. “We are impressed with the size, layout and full circumference access of the Copperworks space and can’t wait to take full occupancy of the property in the New Year!” The firm will benefit from a revamped space, including a large loading bay with ground-level doors at the rear to aid circulation efficiency. There is also an open-plan working environment with a functional height of over nine metres, ancillary offices with ample parking and yard space. Towngate’s property director John Wignall elaborated on the significance of this let: “We are really pleased with the overhaul of this historic property – which was completed earlier this year – and we are delighted that our existing tenants, Allied Glass, will be occupying this unique industrial site.” Towngate has worked alongside agents Knight Frank and Gent Visick to market and lease the space. Iain McPhail, partner at Knight Frank commented on the recently signed lease contract: “We are delighted that Allied Glass has continued its commitment to Leeds as a city – as well as Towngate as a landlord. The building has been transformed by the lettings specialist since it became vacant, and has been further adapted to serve the needs of the new tenant for the foreseeable future.” Director of Gent Visick, Paul Mack added: “The Copperworks was one of the few large scale industrial warehouse premises available in the West Yorkshire region. Towngate was bold in its decision to invest significantly in a major refurbishment programme, and this has clearly paid dividends, with the firm having secured such a large tenant on a long-term lease.” This latest news comes hot on the heels of the property specialist obtaining planning permission on its first residential site in Pontefract, as well as the purchase of a further highly prominent warehouse unit on Gelderd Road in Leeds.
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New data network partnership for Yorkshire’s Vapour Cloud

Monday 15 October 2018

Digital transformation specialist Vapour Cloud has formed a new collaboration with one of the UK’s most progressive network providers – Virtual1 – in a move that means Vapour is now a key data partner for the North of England. With a fully software defined (SD) network, Virtual1 operates the largest and most advanced business-only fibre infrastructure in the UK, connecting over 180 towns and cities across the country. Built using state-of-the-art technology, it will therefore enable Vapour to provide clients with high capacity, low-latency connectivity that delivers the ultimate in flexibility. “The selling points of this new network provision are multiple,” commented Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer. “But it’s the extended reach, bandwidth speed and scalability that will really take our client offering to a whole new level. The portal – with 24/7 access – provides the opportunity to ramp things up or down in real-time, which will satisfy the ‘of the moment’ demand that so many organisations now come to us with. I’ve never been more excited about our connectivity portfolio.” Commenting on the new relationship with Vapour, Virtual1’s CEO Tom O’Hagan said: “Eighteen months ago we decided to expand our network throughout the UK, and as a wholesale-only business we relied on partner relationships, to capitalise upon our expanded nationwide presence. “We are clear on what we look for in partners though – like us, they need to have innovation, a commitment to the customer and a forward-thinking mindset at their core. Vapour fits the bill completely.” Tim expanded: “We’ve seen what poor service levels and pitifully slow connectivity can mean for UK organisations. It is holding them back. But the Virtual1 network has changed the playing field entirely. I have eagerly watched their story unfold as they have really shaken up what had the risk of becoming a stagnant and monopolised market. This new partnership has the potential to boost our revenues by 15% over the next 12 months I’d say.” This channel partnership is one of the latest to be announced by Elland-headquartered Vapour. At the start of October, the team revealed a new collaboration with Target Components’ enterprise division, to enable Servers Plus to deliver a wide suite of cloud and hybrid services alongside its extensive range of hardware.
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Towngate reveals revamp plans for new Gelderd Road site

Monday 08 October 2018

Following the recent announcement that Towngate PLC has acquired an industrial warehouse on Gelderd Road in a £3m deal, the commercial lettings specialist and landlord has now unveiled its refurbishment plans for the 62,000 sqft space. Acquired by Carter Towler on behalf of Towngate Plc, the freehold property was previously occupied by wholesaler Palmer & Harvey. Located at 135 Gelderd Road – less than 1 mile from Leeds city centre and the Motorway Network – the site is excellently located within Leeds’s prime industrial/trade area, and complements Towngate’s existing portfolio of properties in the area. Now completion of the purchase has taken place, a total refurbishment of the site is due to commence imminently. This will entail, a new roof to the main section of the building, demolition of outbuildings to create a large service yard, and installation of additional loading doors which will increase loading capacity and boost circulation efficiency. Once complete the facility will offer an impressive looking building with a clear working height of 10 metres, plus extensive yard and parking areas. Josh Holmes, director at Carter Towler commented on the property’s potential: “Interest in the site is already encouraging, with occupiers expressing enthusiasm regarding the proposed works. With plans in place to conduct a full refurb, Towngate is on track to transform it into a highly sought-after warehouse space – perfect for companies operating in the urban logistics and trade leasing market. “We’re happy to see Towngate adding to its impressive portfolio of industrial properties, and looking forward to seeing the site’s full potential realised.” With its close proximity to the city centre and excellent transport links, the warehouse is ideally situated for occupants within the logistics and transportation sector and is expected to be in high demand. Elaborating on the refurbishment plans for the newly acquired site, property manager Tom Lamb said: “We are delighted to add yet another warehouse unit to our portfolio of Leeds properties on Gelderd Road. It’s in a prime location, whilst its highly functional space has tonnes of potential which we can’t wait to build on. “We’re excited to start the revamp and breathe new life into the site. Demand for such industrial units is healthy in the Leeds area, so we’re confident there’ll be no shortage of interest.” Renovation of the newly branded Gelderd Cross is expected to conclude later this year and the property will be marketed to let via Carter Towler and Eddisons. For further information please contact agent’s or Towngate’s Property Manager; Tom Lamb/ Marketing Manager Julia Ford viewing should contact Towngate’s marketing manager Julia Ford.
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