Local start up support

There is local start up support available if you are thinking of starting your own business, or are in the first few months of trading. Take a look at the guide below with useful links and contact information. 

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Ridley and Hall Solicitors Join Huddersfield Businesses in Providing Services for Start-Up Competition

Friday 15 February 2019

Huddersfield solicitors Ridley and Hall are the latest business to offer their legal expertise to the winner of the KC Communications Huddersfield start-up competition. Due to this, KC Communications are extending the deadline of the competition from Thursday 14th February to Thursday 21st February at 5pm. The competition will support one Huddersfield-based start-up in their next year of business by providing pro bono specialist services. The aim is to encourage start-ups to remain trading in the town to enhance Huddersfield’s economy. The competition currently consists of 12-months’ pro bono marketing and PR support from KC Communications; a 12-month pro bono business coaching package from Natasha McCreesh of PiP to Grow Strong; a business risk analysis session from business recovery specialists Poppleton and Appleby plus an initial session with Sheards Accountants to establish accountancy requirements. David Amies of Ridley and Hall commented “Ridley & Hall was excited to hear about the new business start-up project and wanted to get involved. As a Huddersfield based law firm with specialist commercial solicitors, we want to help the local economy to prosper and to build close working relationships with the next generation of business leaders.” Katrina Cliffe, founder of KC Communications commented “It is fantastic that this initiative has brought together Huddersfield businesses in such a way to support local entrepreneurship. We are delighted to have an established Huddersfield business such as Ridley and Hall on board.” To qualify, organisations must operate from a HD postcode and be trading for less than three years with under £250,000 per year turnover. Organisations can visit www.kccomms.co.uk to apply or email kirstie@kccomms.co.uk.
Posted by KC Communications
KC Communications Teams Up with Other Huddersfield Businesses to Offer Start-Up Package Worth over £20,000

Thursday 31 January 2019

Marketing and PR agency KC Communications has been joined by other Huddersfield based businesses to offer one local start-up the chance to win a fully comprehensive 12-month pro bono business support package. Businesses also offering their services include Natasha McCreesh of PiP to Grow Strong, a business coaching and mentoring consultant who will offer her “Start Strong” coaching package worth £5,000. Local business recovery specialists Poppleton and Appleby will offer a business risk analysis with a feedback session and two quarterly review meetings worth £1,500 in value. Sheards Accountants will also offer their services in the form of a two-hour start-up session to offer accounting advice and complimentary places on Connection19 events throughout the year. KC Communications originally started the competition to offer 12-months’ pro bono marketing and PR support worth £15,000 to a Huddersfield start-up as a way of supporting the local business community and by encouraging new businesses to stay in the town. The package also includes hot-desking opportunities at the KC Communications office and the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre. KC Communications founder Katrina Cliffe commented “It is fantastic to see that other local businesses are on board and willing to offer free-of-charge services to support start-up businesses in the Huddersfield area. We are committed to working together to create a strong business community in the town by enabling start-ups to get the support that they need locally, rather than having to head to Leeds or Manchester.’ Charles Brook, partner at Poppleton and Appleby, commented “Getting a successful business up and running is complex. A financial review will help you to highlight any future peaks and troughs in trading where finances may be stressed an enable you to manage your cash flow. We are delighted to partner with KC Communications in this start-up competition to offer financial business advice to the winner. “ The competition is open to new businesses registered with a HD postcode that has been operational less than three years with a turnover less than £250k per annum. Applications can be made on the KC Communications website by heading to www.kccomms.co.uk/start-up-comp or by emailing kirstie@kccomms.co.uk. The application deadline is Thursday 14th February.
Posted by KC Communications
Huddersfield Marketing Agency Announces Competition to Support Local Start-Ups

Tuesday 08 January 2019

Huddersfield-based marketing and PR agency KC Communications have announced plans to support a start-up business based in Huddersfield with a 12-month pro bono marketing and PR support package in a bid to aid local business growth and contribute to the town’s economy. The marketing package, worth up to £15,000, will support the start-up to develop a 12-month marketing strategy encompassing PR and social media along with a range other marketing activities which KC Communications will assist in implementing. The successful applicant will also benefit from access to desk space within the agency’s offices and use of their meeting room, plus the opportunity to use the KC Communications 3M BIC membership to hotdesk at the facility. Eligible businesses must have been in business for less than three years and have a turnover of less than £250,000 per annum. The business must also have clearly outlined business goals with a clear business plan. KC Communications will only be accepting applications from businesses with a HD postcode. KC Communications founder Katrina Cliffe commented “We’ve long been passionate about supporting our local business community and playing a core part in its growth. As such, we’re excited to provide the opportunity to support a local start-up in achieving their growth plans. Through personal experience we have found that there is not a lot of assistance and support for start-ups in Huddersfield, which leads a lot of start-ups looking to cities such as Leeds and Manchester. We believe that businesses that start in Huddersfield should have the opportunity to remain in Huddersfield and we hope that through providing this support we can give back to the town that has helped us grow over the last few years.” Further information and application forms are available on the KC Communications website at www.kccomms.co.uk or alternatively contact kirstie@kccomms.co.uk to request a form and further information. Deadlines close on 14th February with a winner announced on 4th March. Applications should be submitted to kirstie@kccomms by 5pm on this date.
Posted by KC Communications
HGCT 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

Monday 03 December 2018

Interested in finding out more about Huddersfield Giants Community Trust? We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary on Wednesday 19th December 12:30pm-3:30pm and we would love for you to join us at our newly refurbished offices at our home, The Zone. We will be offering tea, coffee, cake, cupcakes and fizz for all! We will also be holding a competition to win 2 x Huddersfield Giants tickets for a game next season. Take a snap on our Polaroid camera, share a post using the hashtag #HGCT10 and help us create a memoir of our event. We also have a ‘Giant’ guest who will be making an appearance, as we have heard he wants to show off his new look too! And…because it is our 10th Anniversary, we are also offering 10% off any food and drink bought at The Zone between Wednesday 19th December and Sunday 23rd December, so please do make the most. We are sure that 2019 is going to be a big year for us all at HGCT as we still have a lot of impending changes. We have 3 brand new exciting additions to The Zone's 10-year-old play structure being installed in the upcoming weeks, including a climbing igloo, an 8m long traverse wall and an elevated net! In January we also have plans for a new servery counter in The Zone, supported by SUEZ Communities Trust. We are also incredibly excited to be working on plans for the introduction of a ‘Clip and Climb’ wall within The Zone…all to be revealed in 2019. In the meantime, we look forward to having your support at our celebrations on the 19th December!
Posted by Huddersfield Giants Community Trust
Huddersfield Tech Firm Announces Pilot Programme to Give the Gift of Connectivity

Friday 23 November 2018

Tech company yboo to launch a new programme helping children get connected to online educational resources. Technology firm, yboo, has announced an educational pilot programme commencing in Honley High school to enhance educational opportunities and bridge the nations digital skills gap by gifting children with the resources to stay connected. In 2018, 1 in 10 households still have no access to the internet with affordability being cited as the main factor (according to the ONS Internet Access – Households and Individuals 2018 report) and as online studying at all levels is growing to become the main educational resource, it is correct to question whether having access to the internet is a right. As Megan Markle recently stated in her most recent royal tour speech, “Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive”. yboo strongly believes that in an era where google scholar is used as the main research tool as opposed to books, connection to the internet at home is VITAL for educational development. With this in mind, yboo have launched the Give the Gift of Connectivity programme in Honley High school with plans to branching out nationwide in 2019. yboo will donate laptops and Huawei MiFi routers which will allow a child to connect to the internet off campus. yboo, which provides a free app to monitor a user's mobile phone signal strength where they work live, work and hang out, has utilised their technology to identify GiffGaff as having the strongest signal strength in the area of the pilot school, resulting in GiffGaff SIM cards being installed in the MiFi devices. The school will be able to loan the devices to children throughout the school year who require access to connectivity. The aim of the programme is to enhance a pupil’s learning experience and increase their confidence in the use of technology. yboo also encourages safe internet usage and will also support the school with technical setup and safeguarding. Mrs Lord, Deputy Head at Honley High School said; “We understand the importance of connectivity and safe online access for students in completing their work in today’s society. We’re delighted to have the opportunity, working with yboo, of obtaining a bookable resource, that will allow students to safely access a world of information to help them complete online research and project work”. Commenting on the pilot programme, yboo’s Campaign Manager, Keely Robinson, said: “yboo is deeply rooted in providing children with the same opportunities that those in our company have. Without access to online resources and the opportunity to develop digital skills, our company wouldn’t even exist. We need to support the next generation in helping them gain the skills required to provide them with a successful future whilst addressing the much talked about digital skills gap. We want children to have the opportunity to become to the next Founder of a big tech company”. To involve your school or if you are interested in supporting the project, contact Keely Robinson via email kr@yboo.co.uk
Posted by KC Communications
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
Posted by Printasys Ltd
Bee Outdoor become latest HGCT Partner

Monday 19 November 2018

Bee Outdoor become the latest business to join Huddersfield Giants Community Trust’s network of Official Partners. We are delighted to announce that we are the Official Charity Partner of Bee Outdoor. The announcement comes only weeks after Yorkshire based company Bee Outdoor launched their iconic Digital 48 Sheet screen on the exterior of Huddersfield’s premier retail destination, Kingsgate Shopping Centre. Managing Director, Alex Simpson commented: “We are very proud to become Official Partners with Huddersfield Giants Community Trust and for the Trust to be our Official Charity for the next 12 months. The Trust does some great work within Huddersfield and its surrounding areas. Sports and education have been a fundamental part of my life and journey in establishing Bee Outdoor, I am extremely proud to be able to support a charity that is driving the importance of sports and education in the local community.” Commenting on the partnership, Huddersfield Giants Community Trust’s Chief Exec Lisa Darwin said: “I am incredibly excited to be working with such a young, enthusiastic and creative new business. Their enthusiasm to work with local companies is uplifting. Also, a former University of Huddersfield Alumni, our Marketing & Communications Manager Grace Lenihan recognises the importance of building the awareness of our new brand and putting it at the forefront of the local community. Working with Bee Outdoor, we now have the ability to reach at least 500,000 vehicles and 100,000 people a week, which is huge for us.
Posted by Huddersfield Giants Community Trust
NCS South Africa Pledge To Work Scheme

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Powered by Huddersfield Giants Community Trust, The National Citizen Service are supporting 7 dedicated graduates from their 2018 programme to fundraise for an opportunity of a lifetime. Working in collaboration with Adventure for Students, the participants are working hard to raise funds to finance a volunteering trip to South Africa in the Easter holidays of 2019. In partnership with Green Sleeves Children’s Trust, the participants will support the charity by working towards renovating a school building and orphanage over a 2 week period. The aim of their work is to significantly improve an education establishment that can support with the education of young children and nannies with their incredibly challenging job roles. The Pledge to Work Scheme requires 7 businesses or organisations in Kirklees to support each young person with a 200 hour work placement and a donation of £1500 to their voluntary experience to South Africa. The role can be completely bespoke, whether it be general administration, event support or shadowing, all graduates are dedicated and keen to lend a helping hand. NCS Manager Katy Stockdale commented, “The calibre of volunteers is overwhelming, we have aspiring aerospace technicians and engineers to mention but a few, that are passionate about lending a helping hand wherever needed. One thing they all are is dedicated, with the same end goal, to support local businesses wherever needed. The young people have each completed 30 hours plus volunteering as part of the programme and were hand-picked by NCS to further their skills through the graduates programme. ” All graduates are aged between 17 and 18 years old and have volunteered their own time to dedicate a minimum of 200 working hours to local companies over a maximum of a 10 month period. With a mature, dedicated and incredibly strong work ethic, all graduates are on track to achieving their fundraising goal, and making a difference to a worthwhile cause. What will your business receive? • 1 x Graduate • 200 hours of work • Your company logo on South Africa T-shirts • An opportunity to help orphaned children in South Africa • A feature in the PR wrap up of South Africa trip • A number of social media features on HGCT social media (to over 7K followers) • Your company logo featured on Huddersfield Giants Community Trust website • Invitations to future NCS Events • Pitch side advertising within The Zone • 10 x Free Play Vouchers for The Zone • Screen advertising within The Zone • Invitation to a celebration event at a Huddersfield Giants game If you would like to support a graduate in taking part in a once in a lifetime opportunity, please contact NCS Manager, Katy Stockdale katy@hgct.co.uk / 01484 442238 for more details.
Posted by Huddersfield Giants Community Trust
Ambitious Yorkshire Tech Firm Expands with Six New Recruits

Friday 12 October 2018

Huddersfield-based tech firm, yboo, has recruited six new staff as the company continues its ambitious growth strategy to bring the money saving app to 60m smartphone users in the UK. Loren Birkett, Keely Robinson, Josh Hoyle, Helen Cullinane, Mike Constantinou and Phil Kershaw all join the firm to raise the profile of yboo in the UK and launch a range of new features within the app to help Consumers understand more and get the right mobile deal for them. New features include detailed signal strength measurements where users live, work and hang out and rewards for sharing yboo or switching networks via yboo. Loren, a graduate of Huddersfield University, joins as Social Media Manager and will be delivering campaigns to ensure yboo is able to listen to and understand what Consumers want and need. This will drive the launch of new yboo products in Q1 of 2019. Keely, a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, joins as Affinity and Affiliate Campaign Manager. Keely will be focussing on delivering yboo Social Responsibility activity including working with schools to ensure families without broadband have access to yboo mobile broadband devices. Josh joins as Project Developer, leading a website redesign and yboo outreach to Consumers raising the profile of the yboo brand both Nationally and Internationally as yboo moves into new markets and new verticals. While Helen, who has 20 years’ experience in the telecoms industry, joins as Head of Delivery. Helen will be responsible for implementing a governance structure and ensuring people, processes and technology come together elegantly to support yboo growth. Mike and Phil are talented developers with a passion for solving real problems using cutting-edge technology to process and understand millions of events and bring real value to Consumers and Mobile Operators alike. Founder and CEO Martyn Gould said of yboo’s new recruits: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Loren, Keely, Josh, Helen, Mike and Phil to the yboo team. Each person brings something different, new skills and new views. We now have a great blend of experience and talented youth as yboo continues its rapid ascendancy. yboo is the only product that recommends on price and service quality saving the average Consumer £156/year with zero effort. We compare 300,000 deals across the whole of the UK market in seconds giving Consumers real benefit and matching them to the best deal based on their unique usage pattern and behaviour. The firm continues to recruit for additional staff to support its future development strategy which includes the delivery of an insight portal launching in early November. The portal will provide anonymised data to enable mobile network operators to fix blackspots in network coverage and build dynamic products to bring better value to the Consumers they wish to target. For more information visit www.yboo.co.uk or follow on twitter @yboouk
Posted by KC Communications
Huddersfield-based money-saving firm to expand to Australia

Thursday 06 September 2018

Technology firm, yboo, are looking to launch their SIM Only deal comparison app in Australia in 2019 as their plans for global expansion continue. The company, founded in 2016 by Martyn Gould and Paul Doyle, is building a team in Australia in conjunction with the Department of International Trade, and are currently assessing the market with an anticipated launch of early 2019. yboo is an app which aims to prevent mobile phone users in the UK from overpaying by monitoring the consumer’s usage and suggesting the best SIM Only deals for them. yboo are seeding a market from the UK using advanced software to engage with and poll Australian consumers. The company has identified Australia as a potential opportunity because of its unique geography, which causes a lot of issues with mobile coverage due to the sheer bulk and scarcity of the land. Martyn Gould, yboo’s Founder, commented on the expansion plans: “We’re building the value and reach of yboo as we take our unique offering to hundreds of millions of consumers across the globe. So far, the expansion has gone really smooth, and the DIT have been particularly supportive.” “We’ve always been determined to solve problems for the 60million consumers in the UK and the hundreds of millions of consumers all over the world. "There is little competition in the Australian marketplace which means that consumers overpay for mobile services by hundreds of dollars every year. We are empowering consumers to make the decision to expand in Australia for us – which is a pretty unique approach.”
Posted by KC Communications
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