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Engraving business changes name to Fox Engravers

Posted: Thursday 28 April 2022

On April 01 2022, Ballcraft Engravers changed its name to Fox Engravers. After being founded in 1987 by John and Lesley Ingleby, Ballcraft was taken over by brothers Dave and Shaun Fox in 2017. Since the acquisition, the brothers had made positive progress to grow the business, but after covid hit, corporate and sporting events were put on hold for nearly two years. Business slowed down considerably which led the new owners to explore a different direction for the traditional engraving business. With support from Leeds LEP Digital Enterprise Programme and Innovate UK, Fox Engravers were able to invest in a state of the art laser engraving machine, to be used to engrave items for personalised gifts. This led to the transition to their new company name, brand and website to reflect the businesses new offerings. The brothers have recently appointed a third partner, Sharon Lumb, who joins as Business Development Director. The trio will combine the tradition of Ballcraft with modern technology to provide trophies and awards, business and corporate goods and a unique personalisation offering. Fox Engravers will trade from their refurbished premises at Thorpe Lane in Almondbury and will provide a warm welcome to new and existing customers. Commenting on the future growth plans for the business, Shaun Fox said: We are proud of the Ballcraft history which has been instrumental in creating a loyal customer base. However, the time is right to move forward and with the new technology at our disposal we are very excited about the growth prospects for Fox Engravers. Personalisation is proving very popular and there are now few limits to products that we can make unique for our customers. The brand new website, developed by local company Beanie Media can be seen at www.foxengravers.co.uk
Posted by Fox Engravers Limited
Huddersfield firms’ collaboration nears decade of connectivity

Posted: Thursday 28 April 2022

Renowned commercial property rental specialist Towndoor has renewed its connectivity agreement with cloud tech firm Vapour, as the two popular Huddersfield brands near a decade of working together. The relationship initially began with the supply of managed internet lines for Towndoor’s Holmfirth HQ and Dyeworks industrial property. Powering the organisation’s business-critical operations as well as tenants’ own connectivity, the 100mb lines have long proven their quality of service, however busy Towndoor has been. But mindful of the company’s upcoming growth plans, Operations Director Jack Dixon sought an upgraded connectivity package to support the firm’s evolving cloud tech infrastructure. “We are continuing to expand our commercial property portfolio in Huddersfield and Holmfirth, with the development of additional facilities including our recently launched café and some upcoming new industrial units,” Jack said. “It is vital that as we look ahead to future growth, nothing holds us back. Vapour has powered our connectivity for nearing a decade, and they’ll be our ISP long into the future too.” Impressed by the level of personal service delivered since the relationship began, Towndoor still conducted due diligence when it came to the upgrade project. “Our latest Vapour contract was signed three years previously, and it’s only right that we benchmarked their quality of service and price point against the wider market, for peace of mind,” Jack continued. “Once again, they did not disappoint.” Vapour has therefore rolled out 500mb over 1000mb connectivity. “While Towndoor’s operations are not IT-heavy, we are renowned for being at the forefront of adopting the latest systems and technologies, particularly if they will have a positive impact on customer service levels,” concluded Jack. “We were therefore keen to futureproof our internet provision, so that we’re equipped with the speeds and uptime we will need, as we grow.” “We have clients throughout the UK, not least because we have a satellite presence in Scotland, Lancashire, South Yorkshire and London, to complement our Huddersfield HQ,” added Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer. “But there’s something quite special about cultivating and sustaining a relationship with a fellow local business, especially one as respected as Towndoor. “Like us, they don’t stand still, and it’s a pleasure to work alongside a progressive, ambitious firm like that. Despite all their success to date, I still feel like there’s an awful lot to come from this continually-expanding team. It’s great to play even a small part in supercharging their growth.”
Posted by Scriba PR
New Managed Service for the Socailsendr App!

Posted: Monday 25 April 2022

Yorkshire-based tech firm socialsendr has launched a new managed service to help growing businesses and entrepreneurs to build a social media presence. Socialsendr is an app which aims to make it easier for businesses and entrepreneurs to post and create content on social media. The new managed service will provide growing businesses with a professionally-run social media presence to free up time for entrepreneurs and start-ups. The managed service posts content provided by a business and schedules posts with the aim of boosting brand visibility. Entrepreneur and socialsendr founder, Michelle Cowan, said: “Social media is hugely important to new and growing businesses and is vital to growing a brand and building a trusted reputation online. “The socialsendr app allows businesspeople to take control of their social media and our new Managed Service takes that a step further. It’s like having your own social media manager but without the costs.”
Posted by Justo Software Ltd
Access Control: what you need to know

Posted: Monday 11 April 2022

This quarter we are talking all things access management. We have started with a blog about access control systems. Do you know the difference between proximity reader systems and NFC systems? Do you know your cloud hosted systems from your networked systems? More importantly, do you know what's best for your business? Read this blog to find out more, and keep an eye out for more information this quarter: https://bit.ly/3rczGpZ
Posted by Equilibrium Risk Ltd
Tech boss turns boxer for Borne charity

Posted: Tuesday 15 March 2022

Huddersfield tech boss Tim Mercer has signed up for his toughest fundraiser yet, all in aid of the premature birth charity, Borne. On 19 May, the CEO of cloud technology specialist Vapour will don his boxing gloves and step into the ring for the CRN Fight Night, at The Brewery in London. A sell out industry event that has raised £220,000 for charity since the contests began in 2008, this is Tim’s first time up against an opponent. Aware the selection process is notoriously tough, he applied to fight at the start of 2022, before being invited for a nerve-racking assessment. He was one of only 16 UK tech professionals selected, and all eyes are now on the black-tie event to see if Tim ‘No Mercy’ Mercer can bring home the title. Fighting for the blue team, he will face Paul O’Sullivan, UK sales director at Threatscape, in the red corner. Travelling to the Ring Boxing Club in Southwark, South London, every week for training, Tim had already upped his fitness regime last year, in preparation for his ‘week of hell’. That particular challenge - which saw him row, cycle, run and climb 286km - was one of his first major fundraisers for Borne back in October. Since then, he and the Vapour team have raised £8,500 for the charity - and counting - with hopes that Fight Night will get them to £15,000. The ultimate goal is to reach £23,000 before the year is out. Commenting on his latest challenge, Tim said: “I’m a big boxing fan, so when I saw the application process open for Fight Night, I thought - why not?! “But when the news dropped that I’d made the lineup, it got real! “There’s a difference between sparring and going toe to toe with an opponent - as I’ve already learned. But I’m tackling this event just as I would anything else - properly! I’m training hard, eating really well, and improving my technique week by week. I’ve got a table of supporters coming to cheer me on but I hope people will get behind me from a distance too, and dig deep for Borne.” Over 15 million babies are born too soon every year, and 1 million of those die. Borne is a charity dedicated to saving lives, preventing disability, and creating lifelong health for mothers and babies. Anyone wishing to sponsor Tim can donate via Vapour’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/vapourteamdigsdeepforbornecharity
Posted by Scriba PR
Huddersfield’s first business community hub set to welcome new and existing businesses

Posted: Tuesday 01 February 2022

The retail unit, named Hello Huddersfield! has been created by Huddersfield BID (Business Improvement District) to welcome businesses and charities to offer meeting space, co-working opportunities and a shop front which is open to the public offering tourist information and gifts. Located at 5 Market Avenue in the centre of the town, this facility is the first of its kind in the centre of Huddersfield. Members of the public and businesses are invited to attend the launch event on Friday 4th February, from 12-7pm where the HelloHuddersfield! team will showcase the facilities available. Sam Sharp, Manager of Huddersfield BID, commented, “We’re so excited to be able to provide charities, small and micro-businesses the much-needed space and environment to be able to thrive.” “Ultimately our aim is to generate more footfall in the town centre and by creating this valuable space we hope to be able to make a difference.” Huddersfield BID is a not-for-profit organisation created by levy payers from businesses in the town. The BID is entirely focused on developing Huddersfield into an accessible, safe, vibrant, and attractive destination.
Posted by Hellomint Ltd
ISO specialists give IT and digital Consultancy the answer for data protection

Posted: Thursday 13 January 2022

Huddersfield based ISO consultants, Synergos Consultancy Ltd. are delighted to have worked with Answer Digital to help the business gain the ISO 27001 standard. Answer, based in Leeds work with organisations across all sectors, applying data and digital technology to help them achieve their ambitions. Amongst other large-scale projects, they are supporting the development and delivery of the NHS Integrating Care Programme, working with NHS Digital to join up IT systems. Answer had already achieved ISO 14001 and their technical work meets many internationally recognised standards, however they say they are further committed to demonstrating their dedication to data protection. Jenny Kilburn, Managing Director of Synergos Consultancy says: “When your business holds ISO 27001 certification, you automatically demonstrate to your stakeholders that you are serious about protecting data and your physical environment through the implementation of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) which enables organisations of any kind to manage the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted by third parties.” Nigel Garner, chief technology officer at Answer, said: “Answer works with large organisations that range from financial institutions to the NHS, and information security is paramount for our business. So, we worked in partnership with Synergos Consultancy to review our existing capabilities and support our ongoing development. “Achieving ISO 27001 certification is recognition of the hard work our team do to ensure the highest standards, and it was invaluable to work with the compliance experts at Synergos who deliver an efficient process.” As well as their successful certification, they look to further grow the business, alongside looking to recruit 100 new staff in their two-year expansion strategy.
Posted by Synergos Consultancy Limited
Trio Media CEO Joins Board of Trustees for Children’s Heart Surgery Fund

Posted: Tuesday 21 December 2021

Yorkshire charity, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF) has appointed Claire Daniels, CEO of Trio Media as its newest trustee. Claire is the most recent Board Member to join CHSF and will use her expertise to support with strategic digital marketing for the children’s charity. Claire and the Trio Media team will work alongside the internal marketing team to drive initiatives to increase donations and raise awareness of CHSF and congenital heart disease (CHD). As part of her role as trustee, Claire will share joint responsibility for governing the charity whilst supporting the Executive to deliver on strategic plans for growth. CHSF is a self-funded, regional charity established in 1988 by then heart surgeon Duncan Walker. The charity supports the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit based in Leeds General Infirmary, its patients, and their families by funding care and treatment. CHSF provide state-of-the-art medical equipment, parent accommodation and ward facilities, plus staff training, essential research, and clinical posts. The Leeds Congenital Heart Unit is the only specialist centre for CHD in the region, providing a vital resource for the 5.6 million inhabitants of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire who are treated at a network of 18 hospitals. Each year around 17,000 babies, children and adults pass through the Heart Unit as inpatients, with around 1,600 undergoing surgery and interventional procedures, and as outpatients in Leeds and at clinics across the region. CHSF is the only charity in the region that supports babies, children and adults with CHD, from the womb through to adulthood. CHD affects almost 8 in 1,000 newborn babies in the UK each year. Around 60% of these babies will have significant heart defects which are likely to require surgery or interventional procedures in early infancy, and many will need multiple procedures and lifelong care. Claire Daniels, CEO of Trio Media said: “I was keen to lend my expertise to a worthy cause, and when I found out about the amazing work that CHSF do, it felt like a no brainer. I couldn’t believe the volume of how many children will be born with CHD and the role the charity has played in saving so many lives.” During 2021, fundraising donations from individual supporters, Trusts and Foundations and corporate partners have enabled CHSF to purchase vital equipment for Leeds Congenital Heart Unit, including a revolutionary new baby MRI incubator and life-saving breastfeeding equipment to support inpatients and families at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit. Commenting on Claire’s appointment and plans for 2022, CEO of CHSF Sharon Milner added: “CHSF are thrilled that Claire has joined as Trustee and her knowledge, contacts and support within digital marketing are already contributing greatly to our Board and team. “Next year will mark a period of further growth for our charity. We are planning to increase CHSF staffing further and deliver more holistic care for the whole family plus numerous vital projects within the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit. “Please visit our website at chsf.org.uk to find out more about CHSF and look out for the 10th anniversary of our Wear Red Day fundraiser on Friday, 4th February 2022.”
Posted by LIT Communication
Flex: Hot desking and co-working at The Media Centre

Posted: Monday 13 December 2021

Over the last two years we have seen big changes in the way we work and flexibility in workspace is becoming increasingly important to many businesses With this in mind we have launched our new Hot desk and Co-working area Flex here at The Media Centre. Flex offers hot desking from £10 per day / £35 per week (+VAT) Monday to Friday , 9am to 5pm, giving you the option to pop in when you fancy a change from working from home, or yo use the space on the days you are working from Huddersfield town centre Our co-working package Flex: Your Desk offer the opportunity to have a permanent desk with 24/7 access, a Huddersfield business address and access to meeting rooms and breakout space for £150 (+VAT) per month If you need flexible working solutions check out our website www.themediacentre.org/flex to see how we can help you or call 01484 483000 for more information
Posted by The Media Centre
Synergos Consultancy Ltd to support the Children’s Air Ambulance for another year

Posted: Friday 10 December 2021

Huddersfield based compliance and health and safety experts have announced that they are going to extend their corporate partnership with The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) for another 12 months. Synergos have always supported charities and named the vital inter-hospital transfer service, which flies critically ill babies and children from one hospital to another for specialist care, as their chosen Charity of the Year in November 2020. So far, they have raised £2,488 for this wonderful charity through some of the fundraising events that they have done and have enjoyed working with the team at TCAA so much, that they have decided to keep them as their chosen charity of the year for another year. In July 2022, two of the team, Steve Kilburn and Steve Byrom, will be taking to the skies themselves and taking part in the 'Keeping Hope Alive Yorkshire Skydive' Sharon Evans, Community Fundraising Officer at the Children’s Air Ambulance says: “We are so grateful to the team at Synergos for their fantastic support. Just five months into the Charity of the Year Partnership, the dedicated team at Synergos raised almost £1,500, making a real difference to the Children’s Air Ambulance charity – it’s meant that we have been able to continue our lifesaving service through transferring critically ill babies and children, at high-speed, from local hospitals to specialist paediatric and neonatal treatment centres across the UK. The funds raised also helps us to further improve specialist, lifesaving equipment onboard our aircraft such as the recent ECMO and nitric oxide functionality modifications. The Children’s Air Ambulance charity is continually looking at ways in which we can increase support to the NHS and the clinical teams we work with, so partnerships like this are vital in continuing to lead the way in paediatric and neonatal transfer aviation, and to continue saving little lives.” Jenny Kilburn, Managing Director of Synergos Consultancy added: “We chose to partner with the Children’s Air Ambulance due to the work that they do to support the needs of critically ill children. We realised that this national charity isn’t as well known or as in the spotlight as others, and we liked the engagement and support from our very first interaction with them. My team and our clients and contacts have shown amazing support for them this year and we look forward to raising even more vital funds for them in 2022.”
Posted by Synergos Consultancy Limited
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