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New Year - New Plan? A Super Simple Social Media Guide....For Free

Posted: Thursday 10 June 2021

Are you struggling with social media marketing? Get our free step-by-step guide on how to build a consistent social media presence without spending £££'s and hours of time. Visit http://socialsendr.com/sssmg
Posted by Justo Software Ltd
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Posted: Thursday 10 June 2021

Are you struggling with coming up with ideas for social media? Procrastinating for ages about what to write - you can sign up to our newsletter to receive a weekly email with 5-7 content ideas for the week ahead - just visit our website and scroll to the bottom to sign up www.socialsendr.com
Posted by Justo Software Ltd
Spring is just around the corner - a time for fresh ideas!

Posted: Thursday 10 June 2021

Have you got an idea for an app? We are a Huddersfield based software development business currently working safely from home. Our passion has always been to be great coders. We know what good, and bad code can do to a digital experience. It’s why we started Torchbearer in the first place. The future’s exciting to us. The possibilities endless. Most of all, we want to give those that don’t have our programming skills, the chance to benefit from them. And if nobody ever worked again, we’d still be doing this. If we’ve learnt anything in our short history, it’s that there’s a business perception that software and apps are complicated to make, overrated and very expensive to deliver. Our mission is to dispel these myths and help the dreamers, pragmatists and sceptics out there enjoy great software that adds value to what they and their users do everyday. If you want to talk through an idea or opportunity - then please contact us at pete@torchbearer.dev or Jon@torchbeater.dev
Posted by Torchbearer Interactive Ltd
Leeds-based CDS launches new division – marking 13 new roles and seven-figure investment

Posted: Tuesday 08 June 2021

• CDS unveils behavioural insight division – eight months after SimpleUsability acquisition • £1.1m investment across a number of new roles, based at custom-built Yorkshire HQ • Additional funds allocated to bolster market research and usability testing Strategic communications agency CDS has announced the launch of a new behavioural insight division, designed to drive inclusivity and accessibility throughout the private and public sector. With 50% of the UK’s population having one or more characteristics of vulnerability at any one point in time (FCA), the news marks ongoing investment totalling £3m in Leeds-headquartered CDS’s ‘people, processes, and technology’ toolkit, which also includes the creation of 13 new roles in a bid to ensure organisations improve access to services and communications – irrespective of age, literacy, digital knowledge, physical capability, or vulnerability. The launch of the division signals further investment in – and the expansion of – SimpleUsability, which was acquired by CDS in October 2020. Based out of a custom-built research facility in Marshall’s Mill, Leeds, the new proposition will offer end-to-end behavioural insight services to support strategic and authentic communications. Having earmarked £1.1m ongoing investment in growing its headcount, the expansion will include the recruitment of eight new team members, alongside a quintet of internal promotions, as well as further positions over the coming months. CDS operations director, Clare Gledhill, will oversee the management and strategic development of the new behavioural insight agency. Lucy Beldon is the new planning and performance lead, Fiona Harwood moves into the role of head of service design, Susie Spencer will run the behavioural research team, and Martin Gittens leads on user experience design. Explaining the rationale behind the launch, Clare said: “ONS data shows the UK has more than 10 million disabled people – only 8% of whom require the use of a wheelchair – as well as an ageing population with a wide range of needs, and 4.2 million people aged 65+ who have never used the internet. “And, while the pandemic has undoubtedly highlighted the ethical needs for key services to start thinking about who and how they include everyone in communications, it also heralded a new ‘digital age’ where people rapidly embraced digital-first solutions. While it served a very timely function, it’s important we must remember that everyone has the right to the same experience as we start to shape our ‘new normal’. “Our new behavioural insight agency will help organisations to understand the needs of their audiences so that they can build and deliver experiences and communications that are truly authentic and empathic in nature.” In a bid to further understand the needs of society, CDS has invested a six-figure sum for access to research tools and tech such as Gartner and YouGov. This will bolster the organisation’s end-to-end service proposition, and provide quantitative data to back up its own in-house qualitive research capability delivered via its ResearchHelper arm – a market research, usability testing, participant recruitment, and sentiment mapping facility also based in Marshall’s Mill. However, there is still work to be done in terms of educating society about the importance of inclusivity. “As an organisation, we’ve been very vocal about this for the past three years – but the events of the previous 12 months have brought accessibility firmly onto society’s radar,” continued Clare. “Our own research has found that 67% of people have experienced a problem accessing the communications they’ve received from a range of organisations, both public and private sector. With nine million functionally illiterate adults (The Guardian), 1.9 million households with no access to the internet (Good Things Foundation), almost a million people whose first language isn’t English (ONS) and the average reading age in Britain being the equivalent to that of a nine-year-old – we mustn’t forget them as we enter the ‘recovery phase’ from the pandemic.” Further new roles include a senior user researcher, accessibility executive, accessibility consultant, acquisition strategist, planning and performance executive, user experience designer, senior user experience designer, and participant recruiter.
Posted by Scriba PR
Five key recruits at new Vapour HQ

Posted: Tuesday 08 June 2021

Cloud technology specialist Vapour has welcomed five new faces into the team as the straight-talking firm pursues its ambitious £7m growth targets. Bolstering the sales team is business development manager Dan Needham, who joins the business from Manchester-based Cloud Technology Solutions (CTS). With a strong enterprise background – particularly in the SaaS environment – his area of expertise is the more unusual technical sell, with a key focus on people-led digital transformation projects. He’s joined by fellow business development manager Mark Taylor – a technology agnostic salesperson who comes from a more varied sales background, as Vapour pursues its mission to boost the efficiencies, scalability and security of UK organisations. Sales support coordinator Becky Pritchard completes the new line up of faces added to the commercial team. Having previously worked for Next Generation Security, and Safe & Secure IT Solutions, she has a strong account management skill-set. The growing complexity of Vapour’s cloud toolkit – enhanced in recent months with the development of a dedicated SD-WAN proposition for hybrid working, to name just one new solution – has seen the company appoint David Parsons as solutions engineer. A talented cloud specialist with 13 years’ experience working for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), David bridges the gap between Vapour’s sales and engineering teams, and has fast become the ‘go to’ voice for ultra-technical projects – particularly for clients completely rethinking their cloud-first networks of the future. The fifth addition to the business is cloud UC engineer Ronnie Paton – a former military serviceman who developed a career in the telecoms space upon resettlement into civilian life. He supports the presales team with their growing workload, as well as helping to look after Vapour’s cloud communications solution. The hires coincide with Vapour’s relocation to Heritage Exchange – a converted textiles mill on the outskirts of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The extensively refurbished space was purposefully designed to give the growing team a fresh and more collaborative workplace on their return from extended periods of working from home. Commenting on the hires, Vapour’s head of transformation and operations Carol McGrotty, said: “We’ve been extremely open about our plans to expand to become a £7m business by the end of our 2021 financial year, and people will prove crucial to this. We’re as known for our team as we are our toolkit, so these five hires have been made at pace, but with extreme precision.” CEO Tim Mercer added: “Now everyone is talking about cloud-first infrastructures, we’re a safe pair of hands, making the complex simple, clever and powerful. We’ve worked hard to hand-select talented individuals who care as much about busting jargon as our existing committed team. “And things seem to be paying off. We recorded as much monthly recurring revenue in Q1 of 2021, as we did in the first half of 2020, and it’s double the amount we achieved in the second half of last year. I don’t think that’s bad, given economic turbulence caused by the pandemic. “There are three product launches on the horizon too, so we need to be ready for the next chapter of growth.”
Posted by Scriba PR
Eight jobs created at Yorkshire social enterprise to help find work for prison leavers

Posted: Tuesday 08 June 2021

Ex-offender employment specialist Offploy has been enlisted by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to help get 348 prison leavers ‘work ready’ and reduce reoffending rates – which cost taxpayers £18bn per year. As part of the Government’s new ‘Prison Leaver Pilot’ project, the peer-to-peer mentoring programme aims to pair up those preparing to leave jail with mentors who have lived experience of the Criminal Justice System – in a bid to provide the necessary tools and training to get ready for work. Appointed by the DWP to support the rollout of the scheme, Yorkshire-headquartered social enterprise Offploy will support 348 prisoners on their release from jails across Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, East Anglia, Birmingham, Solihull, North London, and Essex. 85 candidates will be enrolled on a six-week intensive course and a further 263 on a 16-week peer mentoring program. With 62% of Offploy’s own workforce having experienced the criminal justice system first-hand, the organisation will recruit an additional eight people with convictions as peer mentors to deliver the programme. Minister for welfare delivery, Will Quince, said: “Offploy must be congratulated for doing everything they can to help give offenders the best possible chance upon release, allowing them to earn an honest living without returning to a life of crime. “Helping prisoners find work is a crucial part of turning their lives around and cutting crime – and that’s good news for society as a whole.” As part of the delivery – which runs from April 2021 to January 2022 – Offploy will deliver weekly 1:1 peer mentoring sessions which cover interview skills, CV writing, job applications, and how to deal with rejection. By focusing on confidence and mindset development, Offploy aims to change thinking behaviours, enabling candidates to plan realistic goals designed to help them move closer to employment. Working with local communities to address the stigmas often associated with prison-leavers, Offploy will build support networks, provide referrals to community agencies – such as housing and financial support – and offer practical help to secure a life away from crime. "While prison can often teach basic skills and even trades, it's typically the case that people don't have access to a bank account, have never created a CV, or feel concerned about how to discuss their criminal record with a potential employer,” Jacob Hill, former prisoner and founder of Offploy, explained. “But, where individuals are supported into work upon their release, they are 9% less likely to reoffend – thanks to the security of a regular income and personal security. However, the perceived challenges associated with a life away from crime can sometimes act as a significant barrier, and drive some back into the lifestyle and habits they were previously trapped in. “That’s why, when it comes to trying to prepare prison leavers for life in 'the real world', no-one can empathise and advise better than those who have been in that exact same position. Mentors can instil hope into the individuals on our programme by sharing their challenges and how they have overcome them – and we’re humbled to be a part of this scheme.” The ‘Prison Leavers Project’ is part of the government’s £220 million package to reduce crime and forms part of a cross-government project designed to work with service users and stakeholders to test innovative ways to improve social inclusion of people leaving prison and reduce reoffending.
Posted by Scriba PR
Yorkshire charity YCC appoints new chair of trustees in next chapter of growth

Posted: Wednesday 26 May 2021

Huddersfield-headquartered Yorkshire Children’s Centre (YCC) has announced its appointment of Dr Ira Laketic-Ljubojevic as the new chair of trustees, to help steer the charity through its next phase of growth. With over 20 years’ experience working in senior roles within the public and charitable sectors – for brands such as the NHS and York Mind – Ira brings a wealth of experience to the fore in her position as strategic leader. As part of her role, Ira will be working together with the chief executive, Mark Farmer, and the rest of the board to review, agree, establish, and implement a new strategy that drives the direction of the not-for-profit organisation. Commenting on joining the YCC team, Ira said: “My passion has always been about helping people to improve their lives, experiences, and outcomes by creating equality of opportunities for those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable. “Having personally experienced some of the adversities YCC’s service users have faced, I deeply and empathetically care about making a positive, lasting difference. I feel privileged to be a part of this authentic person-centric charity, and I’m excited to play a role in its evolution over the coming years.” Alongside her role as YCC chair, Ira is also the executive director of healthcare advocacy services for blood cancer charity, Myeloma UK. YCC’s CEO, Mark Farmer, added: “Bringing Ira on board as chair is a milestone event for the charity. She stood out not only because of her extensive knowledge, expertise, and experience — spanning the health, wellbeing, care, and organisational development arenas – but her undeniable passion and enthusiasm to move the organisation forward. “Her diverse career journey was also incredibly inspirational. It’s clear that she is motivated by wanting to make a positive difference – and this will have an incredible impact on the Kirklees community. It’s a very exciting time for the organisation and all the people we help across our service provision.” Ira is succeeding the ex-chair of trustees, Roger Bryant, who stepped down in September 2020, following two years of service. YCC is a 40-year-old charity dedicated to supporting the Kirklees community with a range of support programmes. This includes a domestic abuse prevention programme, a key stage 4 alternative provision college, a telephone befriending scheme – delivered in partnership with Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees, dementia support, and safety in the home, to name a few.
Posted by Scriba PR
Shear-ly Good Wrapper For Black Sheep Brewery!

Posted: Tuesday 25 May 2021

Yorkshire Packaging Systems, the leading UK supplier of flexible wrapping solutions, are delighted to announce the installation of a turntable pallet wrapping machine at the world-famous Black Sheep Brewery in Masham. Black Sheep Brewery craft the finest independent beers, bitters and IPAs from their rural and picturesque home in the heart of North Yorkshire. Born and bred in Masham, Founder Paul Theakston hails from a long generation of family brewers but is not afraid to be bold, eclectic and innovative under the Black Sheep label. Themed ales, fruity beers and chocolate stouts all join his famous classic bitters (‘Black Sheep Ale’ holds the title of No 1 bottled ale from Yorkshire) in the line-up of popular Black Sheep beverages. In their own words, the Black Sheep journey was forged through ‘Yorkshire grit and determination’, meaning that ‘quality and consistency are top of the agenda’ for this pioneering and successful brewery. Quality and consistency is where YPS and The Black Sheep Brewery align perfectly. When the firm needed to complete their new turnkey packaging operation, they turned to YPS for a high-quality solution that would deliver consistent wrapping results and YPS were ready to assist. With a new bottling line already in place, including tray erector loaders, shrink wrapping machinery and a palletiser, the Brewery needed to round off the project with a robust stretch wrapping unit and were looking for a fast installation to commence production as soon as possible. YPS supplied a robust and reliable turntable stretch wrapping machine manufactured by Robopac, which more than met the brewery’s speed requirements of 5 pallets an hour. It boasted a power pre-stretch film carriage to maximise the yield from each roll of stretch film and improve the load containment force for each-and-every pallet. A pump truck ramp was also supplied to ensure easy and safe loading of product onto the turntable. The equipment was delivered and commissioned in less than one month from the date of initial enquiry and has been preparing consistently wrapped pallets of trayed bottles, cans and casks for transit ever since. A service visit and extended 36 month parts warranty was also included to keep the unit running at peak performance for years to come. Robert Theakston, Managing Director of Black Sheep Brewery stated ‘YPS were prompt, efficient and professional from the outset, understanding our time-sensitive requirement. We have significantly reduced damage to our bottles during transportation since utilising the new pallet wrapper, much to the appreciation of our customers across the UK and as far around the globe as New Zealand and South Korea.’ Larne Patrick, YPS Sales Director added ‘I’m thrilled that we were able to cater to Black Sheep’s high standards with this pallet wrapping solution. It’s of the utmost importance that these delicious beverages are fully protected from damage during delivery so that more people can enjoy them far and wide – I’m a huge fan myself!’
Posted by Yorkshire Packaging Systems
A funeral, but not as you know it!

Posted: Thursday 20 May 2021

When we think of funerals most of us think of them as sombre, solemn affairs, filled with grief, sadness and the colour black. The “traditional affair” of a funeral carried out in a place of worship followed by a burial or cremation has long been part of the fabric of society… ? ? However, there is another way, one that is rapidly growing in stature. It is a more modern take on how funerals are conducted, focusing on the deceased and how you wish to remember them. Hannah McKerchar, Roger Payne and Ruth Brown-Shepherd are all Humanist Funeral Celebrants leading the way for non-religious ceremonies in West Yorkshire. Peeling away those layers of formality and solemnity they offer a gentle, more bespoke way of holding a funeral. Working with you to capture the memories and tell the story of your loved one, allowing them to take centre stage. It’s an opportunity to appreciate your loved one’s life in whatever manner you choose. From writing a fitting tribute or helping family members put together their words, through to advising on music, suggesting poetry and planning the best way to conduct the ceremony at your chosen venue; they can help with it all. Covering HD8 and the surrounding areas, they collectively offer a wide range of support and understanding. Living and working in Huddersfield, they can appreciate local traditions as part of our area’s proud history. You can count on them to offer reassurance, professionalism and empathy. They also benefit from centralised professional indemnity insurance as well as accreditation from Humanists UK, where everyone undertakes the same OCN London assured training to provide the best possible service for you. Find out more here: Hannah McKerchar www.humanist.org.uk/hannahmckerchar/ Roger Payne www.rogerpaynefunerals.com Ruth Brown-Shepherd www.funerals-huddersfield.co.uk
Posted by HD8 Network
Duo of hires for Regulatory Affairs Consultancy Woodley BioReg

Posted: Monday 17 May 2021

Regulatory and quality consultancy to the global healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector, Woodley BioReg, in Huddersfield, has made two new appointments following its continued growth – and to assist in meeting its long-term strategic business goals. Michelle Hirst has been appointed as a CMC quality consultant, bringing over 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical sector to the role. Joining Woodley BioReg from Thornton and Ross, also in Huddersfield, Michelle will be responsible for maintaining quality documentation on behalf of clients in both the drug and medical device sectors, as well as supporting their regulatory activities. The company has also appointed Jo Priestley as administration manager, heading up support for the consultancy – offering, and ensuring exemplary service for clients at all times. Ash Ramzan, founder and principal consultant at Woodley BioReg, commented: “We’re thrilled to have Michelle and Jo join the team, and help us to continue to serve our clients and grow our operations. “Michelle will play an integral part in the delivery of our quality management services, with her wealth of knowledge and expertise which I’m confident will add value to all of her client projects. “Jo’s appointment comes at a time when our client base is growing. Her eye for detail and impressive organisational skills will ensure that our clients find us easy to deal with, and also facilitate the smooth running of the business.” Michelle Hirst commented: “I’m delighted to join the team at Woodley BioReg, and eager to take on the new challenges the role entails. I’m keen to put my experience in process validation and formulation, clinic trials, and pharmaceutical manufacturing to good use.” The key hires will play an integral role in the rollout of Woodley BioReg’s services to customers globally, and extend its service offering.
Posted by Scriba PR
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