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Four key hires for technical PR agency

Posted: Monday 02 August 2021

Technical communications specialist Scriba PR has made four key hires – taking the headcount to 13 – to bolster its service offering and tackle even more strategic briefs. Bolstering the account management team is Katie Coxall, who joins the B2B PR firm from Open Communications Ltd – where she looked after messaging for the likes of HARIBO and The Yorkshire Mafia. With a wealth of agency experience and a masters degree in linguistics, Katie’s passion for the written word will see her lead on several of Scriba’s complex client accounts – including employee relations technology and workplace data analytics. She’s joined by digital marketing executive, Danielle Butler – a specialist in visual content who also volunteers for the CIM’s Yorkshire Regional Board as events and education ambassador, delivering support for students and industry professionals in the county as they further their career. Coming from a higher education background and having worked at the University of Huddersfield for the last seven years, Danielle strengthens Scriba’s service offering to ensure content is maximised and made accessible across various online platforms. Having recently graduated with a 2:1 in marketing from Manchester Metropolitan University, Bethany Lunt is Scriba’s newest PR executive. Already working on 15 client accounts, Bethany is responsible for drafting social media, newsletter, and web news copy, as well as helping with the distribution of press releases and collation of coverage. Executive assistant Shona Stringer completes the new line-up, swapping a career in personal training to work closely with Scriba’s management team, to oversee the smooth running of the award-winning comms agency’s Huddersfield HQ. These appointments complement increased demand for the firm to act as organisations’ bolt-on communications department, offering a complete marketing director service to those without access to an in-house resource. Speaking of the growing team, Scriba’s founder Katie Mallinson explained: “As our team develops to encompass a range of skills and strengths, everything comes back to a genuine passion for the written word. People are often surprised to learn that not one of our 13-strong team has a formal PR degree, but instead come from several relevant backgrounds – including journalism, marketing, linguistics, and law. “The business climate and world of communications never stops evolving, and there are so many more opportunities for us to add value with our content – especially for clients where we have a direct ‘in’ to the board. It’s true that PR often gets a bad reputation as being nothing but a costly expense, but we’re on a mission to change that.” Having welcomed 16 new accounts over the past 12 months, the news follows the communication agency's listing within the Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies 2020.
Posted by Scriba PR
Huddersfield digital agency with humble beginnings marks three years in business with new client wins

Posted: Thursday 29 July 2021

Huddersfield-based Beanie Media, a web design and development, video and social media agency is celebrating its third birthday with two new client wins. Marking the anniversary, the team are celebrating winning website maintenance contracts for two large e-commerce brands, which will see projected growth over the next twelve months rise by 680 percent from its £57k start in year one. Melissa Roberts, Beanie Media’s managing director explained: “Selling products and services online is a growing market, accelerated by the recent pandemic. “We work closely with online retailers to ensure their products are seen and importantly, sold. We understand the importance of providing a positive first impression when customers visit a client’s website, and we provide the all-important tools to ensure this. “Winning two clients whilst celebrating our third birthday is the icing on the cake, and we can’t wait to grow the Beanie Media team and client base further.” Melissa and Dan Atkinson started the business from Starbucks with £30 in the bank in 2018, both leaving their jobs to take the plunge and launch Beanie Media. They were 18 and 19 at the time and spent the first six months building a reputation, networking and saving enough money to rent their own office space. Beanie Media has been built from the ground up, with the entrepreneurial co-founders using money from sales to reinvest into the business as it grows. Beanie Media specialises in supporting e-commerce businesses and believe that a web agency should consist of more than just creating a website, helping their clients implement the right marketing strategy to increase customers and profits. The digital agency works on marketing projects with clients in the UK, recently completing a design and web development project for the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and working with Hello Huddersfield – a project funded by Huddersfield BID. Beanie Media also handles the paid advertising for an online furniture company, driving a 32x return on their advertising spend and decreasing the cost per lead for a Yorkshire-based, electric gate company by over 60 percent, following a takeover from another agency. Looking to the future, Melissa has ambitious plans to grow Beanie Media and is focused on expanding their technical capability for website development and design projects. This will support the company in servicing its growing portfolio of e-commerce clients and attracting new customers. She’s also joined the board for the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, after being a patron for the last year, and a member since Beanie Media launched three years ago. Beanie Media has recently added two new employees to the team, welcoming Anna Coleman as a social media executive and Harry Howells joining the business as a paid media specialist. The company is currently recruiting for an e-commerce assistant and junior web developer to join their expanding team.
Posted by LIT Communication
Former EA games designer joins Yorkshire-headquartered The Engine Room as senior artworker

Posted: Tuesday 27 July 2021

Strategic brand consultancy The Engine Room has welcomed an established creative professional who has worked on global projects for Electronic Arts – including FIFA and The Sims – as well as Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Universal Pictures. Joining the Yorkshire firm as a senior artworker, Natalie Smith brings with her more than 15 years of professional design experience and project management expertise. Her appointment marks another milestone in The Engine Room’s recent growth trajectory which – despite Covid-19 – has seen the award-winning organisation expand its headcount by 50% after securing a number of new business opportunities since March 2020. Natalie will play an integral role in helping to deliver compelling campaign assets for market-leading brands spanning sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, tech and the public sector. Speaking about the latest appointment, The Engine Room’s managing director Lesley Gulliver said: “Natalie has a vast amount of experience and has worked on some major creative projects in B2B sectors, but also gaming, television and film that will really bolster our service offering. “We’re already beginning to see the impact she’s making on our clients’ projects and collaborations with employees. This is an exciting time to be a part of our sector as organisations continue to develop their propositions and review how their identities are perceived by customers.” Following a challenging climate, Natalie also believes brand has an important role to play in not only helping businesses to move beyond the pandemic but become more forward-thinking. “There have been some really positive movements in terms of enterprises embracing modern-day society and tackling issues that have an impact on us all – in particular, how vital it is for us to build more diverse and inclusive workforces,” she said. “Although there’s still a long way to go, brand can be the catalyst for societal change because it has the power to make us think differently and truly challenge what was once considered ‘the norm’.” And when commenting on her new surroundings, Natalie added: “Everyone has been so welcoming. There are no egos and colleagues are encouraged to provide valuable input, and a personalised, expert touch to all projects. I think that’s what makes The Engine Room so special when it comes to true design thinking.” Established in 2001, The Engine Room is based at York Mills – a 19th century refurbished mill once owned by an employer of Anne Brontë. A six-time DBA Design Effectiveness Award winner, the Mirfield-based consultancy’s has list of notable clients both in the UK and across the world.
Posted by Scriba PR
Trio set to cycle over 1,000 miles to raise funds for mental health support

Posted: Monday 26 July 2021

The team behind Halifax-based mental health services provider, Unmasked Mental Health is preparing to cycle over 1,000 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise awareness and fund support services for suicide and mental ill-health. Doug Dennison and Logan Bonham Smith – both co-founders of Unmasked Mental Health, and Andy Banks, e-commerce director at Veloskin will begin their journey to pedal across the length of Great Britain on 7 August. The trio will be cycling for 14 days, in honour of the estimated 38,346 people around the world who will sadly die due to suicide during the two weeks. Doug explains: “It’s estimated that 2,739 people per day take their own lives, and 1 in 4 people experience some form of mental illness and Unmasked Mental Health is on a mission to reduce this number through offering effective mental health support. “Our goal is to remove the stigma surrounding mental health, help others living with mental health issues and providing a safe, stable and regulated platform for people to get the support they need.” The fundraising event has received sponsorship and support from several businesses, including Bam Nuttall, Primal Europe and Veloskin. The trio aims to raise £10,000 for Unmasked Mental Health to help the organisation maintain and provide their free UK peer support services for men and women aged 16+. It will also help fund the organisation’s new counselling service. Unmasked Mental Health was set up by three friends from Halifax – Doug Dennison, Logan Bonham Smith and Robin Cunningham, who have all battled and overcome mental-ill health first-hand. The team runs a counselling service, mental health training for businesses, support hubs, walking groups, and an App that people can use anonymously to access peer-to-peer support. The Unmasked Mental Health App is used by people in 67 countries. The team’s cycling schedule Day 1: Lands End to Bodmin - 64 Miles Day 2: Bodmin to Tiverton - 73.32 Miles Day 3: Tiverton to Wells - 49.70 Miles Day 4: Wells to Hereford Cathedral - 70.21 Miles Day 5: Hereford Cathedral to Iron Bridge - 51.51 Miles Day 6: Iron Bridge to Standish - 82.2 Miles Day 7: Standish to Kirkby Longsdale - 51.32 Miles Day 8: Kirkby Longsdale to Talkin – 57.10 Miles Day 9: Talkin to Peebles - 74.56 Miles Day 10: Peebles to Perth - 64 Miles Day 11: Perth to Ballater - 67.72 Miles Day 12: Ballater to Inverness - 74.56 Miles Day 13: Inverness to Lairg - 49.2 Miles Day 14: Lairg to John o’ Groats - 87.61 Miles Donations can be made via the following link: https://localgiving.org/unmaskedcharitybikeride
Posted by LIT Communication
Award win for Brighouse direct mail firm

Posted: Thursday 22 July 2021

Brighouse-based Flow Solutions have been awarded ‘Direct Mail Marketing Company of the Year’ by the Yorkshire Prestige Awards. The Yorkshire Prestige Awards have been created to recognise small and medium-sized businesses that have proven to be the best in their market over the last 12 months. The judging panel looks at service excellence, quality of service, innovative practices and other elements within each business to decide on a winner. Over the last 18 months, Flow Solutions have seen significant growth in demand for their direct mail and linked services following their merger with Mr Flyer in March 2020. Managing Director, Richard Standing, commented: “After such a challenging year for everyone, this is such a great team achievement for everyone involved at Flow Solutions.” The judges commented: "We were impressed with Flow Solutions’ personal touch, consistency of reviews, and community feel. It's extra special to know the hard work and positivity is paying off, and we hope this achievement brings more success in 2021." As a result of the award win, Flow Solutions will feature in The Yorkshire Prestige Guide and will attend an Awards Ceremony in the summer to celebrate their achievement with other award winners.
Posted by Hellomint Ltd
The Bigger Boat win duo of contracts to bolster Calderdale tourism and feature on the big screen

Posted: Wednesday 21 July 2021

Tourist information service Visit Calderdale has appointed integrated agency The Bigger Boat to manage two website projects – one of which is aimed at attracting film producers, as well as sightseers to the popular West Yorkshire borough. Welcoming over eight million visitors – who generate more than £320 million in tourism per year – the area has been the selected location for several award-winning television shows including Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley, and Last Tango in Halifax. To capitalise on this interest from ‘out-of-towners’, the team at Visit Calderdale tasked The Bigger Boat with making much-needed improvements to its existing website, and also launch the brand-new FilmCalderdale.com to highlight the area’s beauty and appeal to big screen producers. For VisitCalderdale.com, the Yorkshire-based agency has enhanced the site design and layout with an emphasis on ‘mobile-first’ to cater for 60% of its online users. The Bigger Boat has also created interactive functionality – including an online ‘chat’ option and a shop – to help the team better engage with customers. Meanwhile, as a completely new venture, Film Calderdale’s focus began at the very beginning, requiring the design and building of a website, logo, and colour palette to work across multiple platforms. Speaking about the timing of the project, particularly following 18 months of challenges for tourism, Peter Vardy, events and licensing officer, at Visit Calderdale said: “There’s no question it’s been difficult for the industry recently, so we’ve had to be innovative in how we can provide a more engaging, digital experience for individuals – and each of our websites now do exactly that. “The two creative briefs were handled so efficiently by The Bigger Boat, and we’re proud of the final outcomes that target two separate audiences beautifully. We truly hope visitors like them too and can’t wait to welcome both them and film crews to enjoy the beautiful borough of Calderdale.” The Visit Calderdale website is anticipated to launch early August, with Film Calderdale the next project for the team to complete. Joe Vickers, account manager at The Bigger Boat, added: “This was a really exciting project to design and manage from start to finish. By focusing on improving the user’s digital experience, we’ve been able to provide a greater level of accessibility and more functionality, to keep customers engaged for longer online. “Visit Calderdale has always been a pleasure to work with – right from when we were brought in to design the organisation’s first ever website around seven years ago. It’s a strong Yorkshire partnership that is hopefully helping to put Calderdale firmly on the UK map and also welcome more international interest.” Last Tango in Halifax. Photo: Kyte Photography
Posted by Scriba PR
Yorkshire social enterprise to help support 65k people under supervision of NPS

Posted: Tuesday 20 July 2021

Over 45,000 people supervised by the National Probation Service are set to receive Education, Training and Employment (ETE) support under the roll out of four major Ministry of Justice contracts across London, the North West, the West Midlands and Wales. Maximus UK – a global leader in the delivery of health, employment, and case-management programmes – will be the single largest provider of the new service, and has enlisted the help of ex-offender employment specialist Offploy CIC to provide lived experience of what it takes to break the cycle of crime. With 62% of Offploy’s own workforce having experienced the criminal justice system first-hand, the social enterprise will consult on the content and tone of internal and external communications – from the viewpoint of the service user – working in partnership with Maximus UK to advocate for ex-offender employment. Offploy’s director of sustainability, Richard Strauss, explained: “Maximus is a global leader in government services, and we’re humbled that Offploy’s unique peer-lived experience of the criminal justice system has earned us a place on its radar. “Our role is to support Maximus UK with their employer engagement strategy to make the case for, and support the implementation of, employment opportunities for ex-offenders across the UK – through the delivery of focused training alongside the creation of resources.” Offploy has worked closely with Maximus during the development of its ETE service offering, and the ETE contract director, Craig Walker, added: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Offploy on the roll-out, providing first-hand experience on both sides of the criminal justice system, as well as proven success in the delivery of this type of programme.” Richard Strauss concluded: “We celebrate Maximus UK’s ongoing commitment to harnessing Offploy’s lived experience of the criminal justice system in order to consult across various aspects of the delivery – and look forward to working with the team during the course of these contracts. “Being recognised by an industry leader such as Maximus UK is a real ‘feather in the cap’ for Offploy. From a business plan written in a prison cell, to now being a team of over twenty colleagues, we are committed to supporting people with criminal convictions into meaningful, mentored and sustainable employment in any way we can.” The three-year programme, designed to help candidates to access education, improve their skills and to find or maintain sustainable employment will also see Maximus UK target employers, in a bid to raise awareness of the benefits of more inclusive recruitment practices, and source job opportunities across a range of sectors.
Posted by Scriba PR
SYJTL helps to bridge the skills gap in the STEM industries

Posted: Monday 12 July 2021

In March, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) released a report in conjunction with the Institute of Directors (IoD). The report highlighted the need for “high-quality core skills training, including digital, communication and management and leadership provision”. You can read the full report here: https://www.managers.org.uk/knowledge-and-insights/policy/driving-uk-post-pandemic-prosperity/ The government also published the UK Life Sciences Vision on 6 July 2021, to outline their growth plans for this sector over the coming years. To ensure the success of this plan, they need to develop a highly skilled workforce, allowing strong collaborative partnerships to form between industry and academia. SYJTL is therefore pleased to announce its STEM Leadership Skills: Self Awareness Workshops have now been approved by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), for the purposes of continuing professional development (CPD) and can be counted as 9 CPD points. These online workshops have been designed to help STEM professionals and graduates, develop their leadership skills by improving self-awareness. RSB members are also eligible for an exclusive discount when booking these workshops! For more information and to book a place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/syjtl-dr-r-brown-shepherd-ta-33132337161
Posted by SYJTL (Dr R Brown-Shepherd T/A)
Huddersfield media buying agency grows turnover by 60% to £7m and relocates to Empire House

Posted: Friday 09 July 2021

Huddersfield-based media planning and buying agency, Media Performance, has doubled its headcount to eight, grown turnover by 60% to £7m+ and relocated to a luxurious business centre in 2021, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. The firm, which had been based at The Media Centre since its formation in 2014, moved to Empire House in Slaithwaite – the new business members club and office facility – earlier this year. Simultaneously, the firm has taken on two new recruits and is hiring for a third and fourth – paving the way for an ‘ambitious but achievable’ business growth strategy, which will see the firm hit £20m turnover within four years, growing by 30% per annum. Mohammed Abu Bkr and Louis Jones joined the growing company as graduates in June, and the firm is already on the lookout for two more digital marketing specialists with experience running PPC campaigns. Founded by Huddersfield-based businessman George Carter, the firm specialises in securing cost-effective advertising opportunities for some of the UK’s most well-known ‘household’ brands, across the FMCG, home improvement, ecommerce and retail sectors, to name a few. In 2017, Paul Thompson joined the business as managing director after 19 years at MediaCom, handling accounts such as Iceland, Taylor Wimpey, JD Sports and more. George commented: “2020 was a tough year for many businesses, not least ours. What we had worked incredibly hard to build over six years was almost completely wiped out, but we decided to use that period to strengthen our client relationships and make growth plans for the next five years. We’ve come out fighting. “In the last two months we turned over more than we did in the whole of the previous year, for example, and we have a very strong order book for the next six months. We decided to move to Empire House to give us a fresh start. It is a convenient location for access by both road and rail, with prestigious office facilities with state-of-the-art meeting room and luxury entertaining facility. Slaithwaite is such an up-and-coming village too, with great independent shops, bars and restaurants. It’s a great place to be based.”
Posted by Byram, Amy
Huddersfield component supplier donates parts to Oxford Brookes Racing to support young engineers’ careers

Posted: Monday 28 June 2021

Huddersfield component supplier, Accu, has chosen to continue its support of young British engineers with the donation of £1,200 worth of components to Oxford Brookes Racing (OBR) for use in the Formula Student 2021 Competition, organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Formula Student is Europe’s biggest educational motorsport event. Backed by industry and high profile engineers such as its patron Ross Brawn, the competition aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers. Accu will be pledging a range of precision components for the creation of an innovative new electric vehicle concept. Universities from across the globe are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car in order to compete in static and dynamic events, which demonstrate their understanding and test the performance of the vehicle. OBR has a long tradition of being the #1 team in this competition, enabling them to form close partnerships with F1 teams many of whom have ex-OBR team members among their staff. Its model will be based on a 4-wheel drive in-hub motor configuration. It has AMK AC servo motors mated to a compact epicyclic gearbox, which is capable of producing over 300 N-m of torque at each wheel. Energy is supplied from a 600 V, 6.6 kW-hr battery pack using LCO pouch cells with a peak output of over 130 kW. All of this is managed through an open controls platform ideal for implementing torque vectoring and advanced vehicle controls to unleash the full performance potential electric vehicles allow. Martin Ackroyd, co-founder of Accu said: “We are incredibly proud to support OBR within this competition. Not only is it important for us to support young engineers, but we have close links with auto racing, as we supply components to F1 teams, and it is these grassroots projects which will fuel the future of the industry. Good luck to the team!” The 2021 event will be a story of redemption after a scaled back virtual competition was held in 2020 due to COVID restrictions. The global pandemic hit engineering students hard but OBR has taken adversity as a motivator of success, and each individual has embraced the team’s mission to unite to become part of this ever-growing multi-year legacy.
Posted by Byram, Amy
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