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New chairman for local Manufacturing Alliance

Posted: Wednesday 19 September 2018

The Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance (CKMA) has welcomed Martin Booth as its new chairman. Aiming to inspire and inform its members through factory visits and regular meetings, the CKMA also acts as a facilitator to integrate businesses into the local supply chain. As the managing director of world-renowned industrial fan manufacturer, The WITT UK Group, and a member of the Steering Group, Martin brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to this position. Taking over the role from the recently retired Jeff Monks, this new installation will see Martin heading up the CKMA – utilising his passion for growing and developing engineering businesses, as well as encouraging young people to enter the industry. Martin said: “I have been immersed in the manufacturing world for many years now, which has enabled me to become well-connected within the Calderdale area. Alongside my current positions, I believe my involvement with Fit 4 Nuclear – as well as being a part of the Leeds City Region LEP Business Innovation and Growth panel – has stood me in good stead to properly represent and give a ‘voice’ to local business people.” The news of Martin’s appointment follows the announcement of the organisation’s up-and-coming events in October, which will run on 23rd and 25th, to promote a career in manufacturing to students from local schools. “Being an Enterprise Ambassador, I love speaking to young people about the opportunities within this field,” continued Martin. “I’m passionate about helping students develop new skills, which is why I am so excited to be a part of the CKMA team at this significant time. The two upcoming workshops will see members and other supporting organisations come together to promote this under-valued industry. And in my role as chairman, this is set to be my focus throughout 2019”
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Half a million-pound investment doubles Leach print capacity

Posted: Tuesday 18 September 2018

Graphic display specialist Leach has purchased a new Durst Rhotex 325 printer that has doubled the capacity of the Huddersfield factory. The half a million-pound investment – the latest technological evolution since the Chargeurs acquisition – means Leach can now achieve a 500m² per hour print rate. At 6.5m wide x 4.5m deep, this industry-leading dye sublimation innovation produces large format graphics up to 3m wide and of any roll length. Capable of printing onto an array of materials using water-based ink, it will also widen the project briefs that Leach is able to satisfy. With a suite of printers within the 30,000sqm factory, Leach can now manufacture both indoor and outdoor graphics, solutions ideal for both warmer and colder climates, reusable products, as well as graphics for technologically challenging shapes, structures and specifications. Commenting on the investment, Leach’s managing director James Lavin said: “As demand from the retail, exhibition and heritage sectors continues to rise, we are passionate about being able to help more clients, as quickly as we can, without any detriment to quality. “The addition of this cutting-edge equipment means that we now have technology capable of satisfying virtually any print brief, regardless of budget, environmental agendas, lighting specification and material preferences.” The printer procurement process began six months ago. With other Durst machines already in-situ within Leach’s factory, this manufacturer was perhaps an obvious choice. But rigorous due diligence including a site visit to the manufacturer’s production facility in Brixen, North Italy, was required before the final decision was made. James continued: “We had to be certain of the run rate and quality, and the only way to truly verify this was to see the Durst Rhotex 325 – and its rivals – in action. We were not disappointed. “This is a dual-purpose system which can alternate between direct-to-textile and transfer printing, meaning maximum flexibility for our busy team moving forwards. When the printer and sublimating technology arrived at our Huddersfield HQ, it took a full week to install and configure, but we were ready to accommodate the machine without any disruption. We’d also revised some of our wider factory layout in readiness and have achieved further operational efficiencies as a result – this is crucial as we prepare for additional growth.” Leach hit the headlines in March 2016 when the team invested in the UK’s first Durst Rho 512R for UV ink printing on superwide graphics up to 5m. The company began life as a one-man photographic studio in 1891. In April 2018, the 100-strong business was acquired by French-owned global manufacturing and services group Chargeurs, to fuel the next chapter of this centuries old story.
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Yorkshire-based Security Manufacturer Shortlisted for Prestigious Manufacturer Awards

Posted: Tuesday 18 September 2018

Heald Ltd, a manufacturer of hostile vehicle mitigation systems which protect some of the world’s most prestigious buildings and pedestrianised areas have been shortlisted for this years’ prestigious Manufacturer MX Awards. The Hornsea-based company have secured a nomination in the ‘Export’ category, which recognises how, through exporting activity, Heald has been able to increase international sales. Over 90% of Heald’s products are currently exported overseas, and increase on 70% from the year before, with products installed in Norway, the Netherlands, Copenhagen, Singapore, Australia, Jordan and the USA. Some of Heald’s recent export successes include the United Nations headquarters in New York, the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre in Greece and the historic French Quarter in New Orleans which saw 22 of Heald’s award-winning Matador bollards installed to protect pedestrians and historic buildings. Commenting on the shortlist, Heald’s MD Debbie Heald MBE added: “During the past year, Heald’s export sales have increased from 70% to 90%, so it is an honour to have this achievement recognised in such a tough category of The Manufacturer MX Awards. “We will look forward to the upcoming award ceremony and I would like to congratulate all others who have been shortlisted for this prestigious award.” The announcement follows Heald being shortlisted for three Yorkshire Post Business Awards, which sees named in the Innovation, Leadership and turnover up to £10million categories.
Posted by KC Communications
Sheards’ renowned Property tax events to return this month

Posted: Thursday 13 September 2018

Sheards Accountants have confirmed that one of their renowned Connection Events, Property Tax Pitfalls, is returning, by popular demand. They are running an event that will take place on Thursday 27th September at the Waterloo Suite at Huddersfield RUFC. The event starts at 18:00 and will last until 20:30, and refreshments will be available. Sheards’ expert-led events are a great way to further professional development, and they also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow professionals in the industry. With topics at this event ranging from Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) to Incorporation of Property Portfolios. The event will provide attendees with an update on the current legislation regarding the purchase, renting out and selling of residential properties. It will be presented by Sheards Accountant’s Tax Manager, Chris Barwick, with special guest speaker, Ridley & Hall’s Solicitors Adam Fletcher. There is also a Q&A session at the end. Sheards’ Tax Manager, Chris Barwick, commented on the event: “Due to some really positive feedback, we decided to carry out the event again, changing the hours to the evening. It offers a great insight into the often-ambiguous world of the current property tax legislation. We are looking to add to the success of the last Property Tax Pitfalls event by sharing information to those who will need it most. It is really important and incredibly insightful for people in the property industry, and they will have an opportunity to converse with us after the event has taken place.” Please register your interest here for September 27th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/property-tax-pitfalls-connection18-tickets-47846934469 or contact lucys@sheards.co.uk
Posted by KC Communications
SDC secures growth opportunities with acquisition of new premises

Posted: Thursday 13 September 2018

SDC Enterprises has acquired a 9.5 acre site with the ambition of building a new, purpose-built factory to facilitate its successful operation. The premises – at Spinksmire Mill, Meltham – include a substantial number of leased units, and the development land required for the existing business to continue to grow. Spinksmire Mill is located around four miles away from SDC Enterprises’ current headquarters in the West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth, ensuring that all existing staff can relocate. The additional space however offers ample potential for the business to grow, and explore new opportunities. Currently based in leased premises alongside its subsidiary Sam Weller, SDC Enterprises heralds a new era with its move to its first-ever owned property. As well as overcoming the challenges faced by the limited space at its current site, the acquisition of Spinksmire Mill will see both businesses operate in fully bespoke, purpose-built premises. “Having identified new opportunities for growth, SDC Enterprises will relocate as part of a wider strategy to ensure the development of sustainable income for the charitable aims of our shareholder the Society of Dyers & Colourists,” says SDC Enterprises’ managing director Mark Yare. “The relocation of our existing workforce will ensure that our skills can be retained, and that we can continue to deliver a quality and consistent service worldwide while continuing to grow and develop.” Depending upon final designs and obtaining the necessary planning permission, Enterprises aim to begin development in 2019/20.
Posted by SDC Enterprises
Manor House Finalises Expansion with Opening of The Studio & Kitchen

Posted: Monday 10 September 2018

Manor House, an eleven-bedroom restaurant with rooms based in Lindley, has completed its multi-million restoration with the opening of The Studio and The Kitchen. The venue which hosts two restaurants, three bars, including a roof terrace bar and a flexible space for events and weddings has expanded its remit to include an onsite class based gym and casual dining facility. The Kitchen which opens from 6.30am to 7pm will offer a range of casual dining with a focus on health and wellbeing while The Studio will offer a variety of instructor-led classes such as yoga, kettlebells and HIIT. Commencing 22nd September, Manor House will also be hosting runs from the venue around the local area. Between the 10th and 19th September Manor House will be offering the opportunity for people to try the classes for free. The opening of the new facilities has resulted in further recruitment which now sees Manor House employing 50 members of staff. Commenting on the completion General Manager, Mark Ayre said: “Since the opening of Manor House earlier this year we have had amazing support from the local community. We’re now delighted to be able to expand our offering to further enhance the leisure facilities and wellbeing of people in the local area and beyond”.
Posted by KC Communications
Manufacturing event set to inspire the next generation

Posted: Friday 07 September 2018

Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance group CKMA, is set to encourage and educate students at its ‘Make it into Manufacturing’ events. In line with the national Year of Engineering, CKMA aims to showcase the crucial role that manufacturing plays within the region, as well as raising awareness for precision machining and engineering skills, in the hope of inspiring students to consider a career in this field. The first of the two sessions is being kick-started on Tuesday 23rd October at Kirklees College’s Engineering Department. The second day will be hosted at Halifax Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax two days later on the 25th. The event will be divided into three sections, allowing attendees to experience the dynamic and varied nature of the manufacturing industry. The ‘Inspiration Zone’ will display numerous videos from local businesses describing what they do, and the ‘Interactive Zone’ will be a problem-solving room where people can get hands on with challenges. Finally, the ‘Meet the Manufacturer Zone’ provides an opportunity to speak to local companies, with experts from the region on hand to answer any burning questions. Christopher Pateman, a CKMA representative, said: “13% of people employed in Kirklees work in manufacturing and over 12% in Calderdale, which shows how important this sector is for the region. With the event, we want to dispel the myths surrounding the industry that it simply consists of working on a shop floor – there is so much more to it, which will be demonstrated across the two days. “In addition, we want to instigate change and inspire young people into this field at all levels. The loss of traditional engineering and machining skills is a threat to the future of our businesses and subsequently the local national economy. It is a demanding but highly rewarding skill to develop, which takes years to master and is something our county is renowned for. We want to promote manufacturing because we believe it is an interesting and well-paid career for the next generation of young people.” Keen for this to be aimed at all young people, Chris added: “It is not only a great opportunity for STEM-focused students to come along and start planning their career next steps, but it is also perfect for those who are practical and enjoy working with their hands. This is a way of removing the institutional classroom environment and swapping it for a more practical experience of the sector, to unearth all of the different routes available.” The Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Ambassador Co-ordinators are liaising with schools to bring in the students. Leeds Manufacturing Alliance as well as Bradford and Airedale Manufacturing Alliance are also holding events in October, in order to support the Year of Engineering.
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Smith Brothers extends design offering with appointment of specialist team

Posted: Friday 07 September 2018

High-voltage power contractor Smith Brothers has acquired a new Sheffield office and appointed a specialist design team, to bolster its extensive remit of electrical engineering services. Bringing over 90 years’ combined industry experience to the firm – acquired through senior roles within Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) as well as construction, electrical and civils companies – the four designers are senior design manager and principal electrical engineer Richard Furniss, civil design manager Steve Sadler, primary electrical design engineer Lee Newheiser, and protection and control design engineer Cat Lucas. Possessing a wealth of expertise within CAD, primary electrical, network, civil and structural design, the team will be responsible for overseeing Smith Brothers’ power system design provision – covering feasibility studies along with the design of cable systems, connections to HV and EHV OHL systems, protection and control systems, and substations. The new recruits will be operating from the dedicated premises at Parkway Avenue in Sheffield, which has further space to accommodate four additional engineers. Recruitment to support Smith Brothers’ growing design capability is therefore set to continue in the coming months. Commenting on the appointment, operations director Craig Collinson said: “Clients are increasingly enlisting us for complex connection projects that require extensive studies and specialist design skills – including civil and structural alongside core electrical. We’ve had a marked upsurge in such enquires, with the number of quotes for large-scale projects over the 2017-18 period up 122% on the previous year. “We’ve therefore been on the lookout for the right design team to bolster our in-house capabilities for some time, so we’re delighted to be welcoming Richard, Cat, Lee and Steve on board. Between them they have an unparalleled level of technical know-how and expertise, which we’re sure will greatly enhance our design offering and overall service to clients.” Richard Furniss elaborated: “It’s certainly an exciting time to be joining Smith Brothers. The company’s reputation within the industry has undoubtedly been building over the past few years, and along with the rest of the new division, I’m looking forward to playing a significant role in expanding its design remit.” Established in 1999 by brothers Richard and John Smith, the award-winning Elland-headquartered firm a leading Independent Connection Provider (ICP), delivering turnkey projects to clients across the renewable energy, utility, industrial and commercial sectors. Operating throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland, Smith Brothers works with a variety of blue-chip clients across an array of sectors, including Kellogg’s, Jaguar Land Rover and United Utilities, to name just a few. With ongoing recruitment opportunities available for both office-based and operative roles, details of current vacancies at the company’s Elland, Sheffield and Dublin premises can be found via the Smith Brothers website or LinkedIn page.
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Wordsmiths at Scriba PR set to donate 250 books to Yorkshire’s youngsters

Posted: Thursday 06 September 2018

Huddersfield-headquartered public relations firm Scriba PR is encouraging youngsters to delve back into books, with the launch of a new competition on National Read a Book Day (6 September). Recognising the cognitive and wellbeing benefits associated with reading at any age, Scriba has challenged under 11s from throughout the region to pen a short story of anything up to 250 words. Authors of the best five tales will then be hand-picked to each win a selection of 50 books for their school, nursery or community group. Open to anyone up to the age of 11 with a Yorkshire postcode, the competition marks Scriba’s latest drive to maintain or ignite youngsters’ passion for the English language. The business has long supported over 16s with lessons, workshops and internships, keen to promote the power of words. But this is the first time the PR team has turned its attentions to the region’s youngest readers and writers. Commenting on the launch of the challenge, managing director Katie Mallinson said: “We’re a PR company specialising in tech so I’m not about to dissuade children from embracing the importance of digital literacy. But we are wordsmiths too and don’t want youngsters’ eagerness to delve into books, to be lost. “Away from the academic benefits, reading is proven to help people relax, relieve stress, improve memory and boost concentration. Books can also provide entertainment, stimulation and education, not to mention the opportunity for pure escapism. Plus, worryingly, UK statistics state that 5.1 million adults don’t have the reading skills expected of the average 11 year old. “We therefore encourage anyone aged 11 or under to send us their best 250 words – fictional or not – for the chance to win some books to share with their friends.” Founded in 2013, Scriba began its fifth birthday celebrations this June. The competition – with five winners – is the team’s latest way to mark its half a decade in business. The closing date for the competition is 30 September. Winners will be announced and the 250 books delivered, by Wednesday 10 October. Any youngsters wishing to enter the competition, should send their name, address, age, nominated school/community group – and of course their story – to louise@scribapr.com or Scriba PR, Wellington Mills, 70 Plover Road, Huddersfield, HD3 3HR.
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Huddersfield-based money-saving firm to expand to Australia

Posted: 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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