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Guarantee a positive outcome for a Huddersfield project (Huddersfield SOUP, Weds 13th November)

Posted: Monday 11 November 2019

The next Huddersfield SOUP will be held from 6.30pm this Wednesday, the 13 November 2019 at Cafe Ollo in The Media Centre Come along and hear four pitches by Huddersfield people who need your help to get an idea, project or business off the ground, or support an existing project or business to grow. Huddersfield SOUP is always well attended so we recommend pre-registering to reserve your place. You can register your place here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/huddersfield-soup-no-9-tickets-74687160307 Attending SOUP will expose you to new creative projects in Huddersfield. Your entry donation contributes to the micro-grant and gives you a vote on the project that receives it. Everyone is welcome to attend, though projects are for the benefit of Huddersfield residents. The concept of SOUP is simple – come along, make a small donation of £5.00 that includes bowl of soup provided and served by our friends at Zephyr Bar & Kitchen, and listen to local people pitch their ideas ranging from art, social enterprise, education, technology and more. The pitcher of the winning idea is awarded the micro-grant raised from the audience and use it to fund their plans, with the promise they will come back three months later to report on their progress. As always, Huddersfield SOUP features a live music set, organised by Small Seeds. We have a real treat for this month's pitch event with music from SamH. Samh has been experimenting with his unusual folk-coloured sound in Huddersfield for almost ten years. He lectures in songwriting at the University and runs songwriting workshops for communities in West Yorkshire and beyond. His most recent EP, Glowinglow, is ethereal and dreamlike and contains masterful guitar playing and odd timings. Check out his music and follow him here: https://www.facebook.com/samh.song https://twitter.com/musicofsamh https://samh.bandcamp.com
Posted by The Media Centre
Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd is now a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO)

Posted: Monday 11 November 2019

Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd has gained further industry accreditation and is now a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) for delivering high-quality construction health and safety training courses and qualifications that meet defined industry approved standards.   CITB (The Construction Industry Training Board) is the Industry Training Board for the construction industry and a partner in ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council. As such:  • We are recognised by CITB and the British construction industry as a training provider who can deliver good quality training that meets industry approved standards  • Employers can find the CITB grant-funded, industry recognised training courses on the CITB’s Construction Training Directory • You can be assured that any training booked is easily reimbursed as part of the automated grant payments system Our Level 1 Award in Health and Safety for Construction (RQF) course is listed in the Construction Training Directory. Candidates achievements will be listed in the Construction Training Register. We look forward to working with employers to assist with any external construction health and safety training requirements. About Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd Based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd provides practical and integrated health, safety and environmental risk management solutions that reduce the risks and improve the efficiency of your business. We work with various awarding bodies and offer industry-recognised qualifications that will enhance learners’ career prospects and organisational competencies. These include but not limited to Health and Safety, Health and Safety in Construction, Risk Assessment, Fire Safety, Auditing and Inspection, Business Improvement and Lean, etc.. Find us more at: http://horizonriskconsultancy.com
Posted by Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd
Shrink VS Stretch – What’s the difference?

Posted: Wednesday 06 November 2019

‘Could we have a sample roll of your shrink wrap, if this is suitable for wrapping pallets?’ ‘I wanted to enquire about your shrink film - is it suitable for use in large scale pallet wrapping?’ ‘We are looking at an environmentally friendly alternative to pallet shrink wrap.’ ‘We are interested in the shrink wrap that you offer. Is this wrap ideal for wrapping pallets for transport?’ The above are all real enquiries we have received at YPS in recent months – 'what’s the problem?', you might wonder. It’s not until you understand that shrink film and stretch film are two very different products with completely different purposes that the errors become evident. Don’t worry if you are part of their ranks, these enquirers are not alone. Mixing up the two types of plastic flexible is an extremely common mistake. To complicate matters even further, stretch wrap is routinely called ‘pallet wrap’ and both products are described as either ‘film’ or ‘wrap’ interchangeably, despite these terms having the exact same meaning. It’s not surprising at all that our customers are confused! This short guide will make the distinctions between shrink and stretch as crystal clear as our films! Shrink Film: Shrink film is a type of plastic sheeting that is designed to constrict with the application of heat from a shrink wrapping machine (or a heat gun when lower volumes are required) to produce a tight seal around an object. The finished effect is a (usually clear) plastic outer layer that is moulded around the shape of the product within. Shrink wrap is an ideal choice of packaging for a number of reasons, including making items water-tight, tamper-resistant, protected from damage, maintaining freshness, creating multipacks and improving aesthetic appearances. Shrink film is available in varying thicknesses and widths and in many different specifications with properties tailored many different applications, such as high optics, breathable, antifog and puncture resistance. Printed variations of shrink film are also possible. Uses: The possibilities for shrink film are almost endless! Food, drinks, toys, cosmetics, aerosols, doors, windows, bottles, building products, automotive parts, DVDs, sanitary units and household items are amongst the common applications for shrink film. Machines that run shrink film: L sealers, side sealers, sleeve wrappers, shrink tunnels. Stretch Film – Also Known as ‘Pallet Wrap’: Stretch wrap is used to secure many items that are stacked together on a pallet prior to transportation in order to provide stability and protection. Stretch film is applied either by hand or with a stretch wrapping machine. It has an adhesive surface that clings to itself as it is wound several times around a loaded pallet and the tension that is created maintains the bundled structure. Stretch wrap is usually clear in colour and is thicker than shrink wrap. Best for: Any pallet configuration! Compatible Machinery Types: Fully or semi automatic stretch wrap machines, either turntable or rotating head. Can also be used by hand. It is not uncommon to use both shrink and stretch films. Many of our customers wrap their products in shrink film for either presentation or transit purposes, before stacking them all on a pallet in bulk and encasing them in stretch wrap for the carrier network. For all your shrink and/or stretch wrapping requirements, contact the friendly team at YPS today! T: 01924 441355 Please note that all of our shrink and stretch films are fully recyclable to LDPE 04.
Posted by Yorkshire Packaging Systems Ltd
‘El of an appointment for flourishing public relations firm

Posted: Tuesday 05 November 2019

Award-winning Huddersfield comms agency Scriba PR has welcomed an experienced senior account manager – growing its workforce to double figures for the first time in its history. Eleanor Cropper is the tenth significant appointment for the thriving Lindley firm, bringing years of vital B2B public relations expertise from a breadth of well-known organisations in the industry – including internationally-facing Grayling, and Yorkshire integrated firm, Finn. Providing high-quality client relations, engineering trade media opportunities and creating engaging written and social media content, Eleanor’s corporate comms expertise covers many sectors relating to Scriba’s specialisms such as construction, finance, law and recycling. On her appointment, the 29-year-old said: “Scriba’s knowledge of the industries I specialise in plays to my strengths. I want to bring my B2B expertise to the forefront, in order to continue achieving the high standards the team sets itself each day. “I find PR more rewarding when you can build a brand from the ground up and make noise in an interesting sector. I enjoy untapping the potential that businesses have, and getting my teeth into establishing them as a force to be reckoned with in their industries. “The team has been incredibly friendly and welcoming since I’ve joined, and I can see how hungry and ambitious each of my colleagues are. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and helping Scriba to grow even further.” The business’s latest ‘word nerd’ will take charge of UK-wide technical clients from sectors including wayleave, fraud protection, fintech and commercial property development. Katie Mallinson, managing director of Scriba, said: “Eleanor brings a high calibre of experience and PR expertise to the team that should be of tremendous benefit to both our workforce and growing client base. “We’ve no doubt she’ll prove to be a valuable asset towards helping to drive our ambitious growth plans further, and we’re excited to see her develop in her role and add even more technical knowledge towards our offering.” Established in 2013 by Katie, the Yorkshire agency specialises in the written word – generating informative and engaging traditional and digital PR content. The team enjoys nothing more than getting under the skin of international and domestic clients and simplifying their stories, no matter how complex. It’s becoming a year to remember for Scriba following 20 new client wins, three industry and regional awards finalist accolades, and a move to a 1,200 sq ft office space – doubling the size of the firm’s previous premises – in Heritage Exchange, Wellington Mills.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Huddersfield commercial glazing specialist appoints new business development manager

Posted: Tuesday 05 November 2019

Yorkshire-headquartered commercial glazing firm Dortech has appointed Brian Carroll as business development manager, to lead the Group’s sales strategy and more than double the Maintenance division’s revenue to £2m, over the next 12 months. Bringing with him over 35 years' experience within the glazing and construction sectors, Brian has worked for a number of architectural glazing firms – in both technical and commercial roles. Prior to joining the Dortech team, he was most recently head of estimating and national sales manager at HW Architectural, where he was responsible for tendering large-scale projects and coordinating and optimising the company’s country-wide sales strategy. In this new position, Brian is looking after the sales for both of Dortech’s Architectural and Maintenance divisions, with a specific focus on identifying new customers and ultimately boosting the Group’s annual turnover. Commenting on Brian’s appointment, James Sutherland, Dortech Group’s managing director said: “With rising economic uncertainty and the unexpected closure of businesses, including some of our competitors, it’s been a turbulent year for construction. But it’s great to see an increasing number of companies starting to recognise the financial benefits of planned preventative maintenance. “With Brian now part of the business, we’re in a strong position to increase our national profile. His extensive knowledge of the sector and the challenges which exist, should hopefully enable us to further improve our competitive edge and maintain our strong marketplace position. “We’re looking forward to reaching our targets and seeing how we can further grow the Maintenance division over the next 12 months.” The Dortech Group is aiming to end 2020 on £9m turnover, and the Maintenance division is predicted to account for 20% of the Group’s overall revenue by 2022.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
It’s A Numbers Game: An Interview With Emley Bookkeeping

Posted: Saturday 02 November 2019

It’s a numbers game: An interview with Emley Bookkeeping Today, we’re doing a little double entry interviewing with Emley Bookkeeping. Founder Laura Patterson and bookkeeper and social media chief Emily Wells, both share their thoughts about their business and where MySmartApp plays its part in helping out. Tell us a little about yourself and why you started Emley Bookkeeping? Laura: Over many years I’ve held a number of bookkeeping roles for accountancy firms, mainly based in the south of England. With a final move to West Yorkshire working with another accountancy firm, I saw an opportunity to set up as a sole trader bookkeeper and service a few clients from home a few days a week. That and the appeal of a more balanced life of dog walking, gardening and the odd bit of DIY gave me the energy to make the move. Decision made, I spent the first 6 months searching for new clients and then over the following 3 realised I had achieved full to capacity. I was faced with a new dilemma; should I stay as I was or take the opportunity and build a bigger business? I chose the latter. In March 2018 Emley became Limited, VAT registered and moved to bright spacious offices with the most amazing views of Emley Business Park. July of that year I was joined by another experienced bookkeeper Anna Allsopp and in March 2019 we welcomed Emily Wells to our small but busy team. And then we were three… In our short time, the culture we’ve built here is strongly grounded in a good work-life balance, where work hours for everyone are fitted around our lives and not the other way around. What does Emley Bookkeeping do? Laura: We pride ourselves on our customer-centric approach to doing business. We focus on servicing mainly small businesses who have been trading for a year or more. Emily: We offer a full range of dedicated Bookkeeping Services, providing customers with as little or as much support as they need with their accounts. That can be anything from basic telephone support, through to efficient data processing, preparation of accounts and of submission of VAT returns. We work with both our customers and their accountants to ensure records are accurate and ready to work on at that all-important year end. Laura: Another growing area for us is providing full training and support for customers using either Xero or Quickbooks online cloud accounting software. Our support saves them valuable time and helps them better understand the financial position of their business. Emily: We definitely see this is a key differentiator and benefit for our clients, as many bookkeepers tend to specialise in either Xero or Quickbooks, rarely both. The era of Making Tax Digital is here and many businesses need support as they move from their traditional accounting practices to these new online systems & applications. We’re there to ensure that they experience a smooth transition into the new world of digital taxation. How did you choose My SMART App? Laura: Well, really My SMART App chose us! We met Michelle (Co-founder at My SMART App) at a training/networking event over a year ago, when she was looking for a bookkeeper for her business. As we worked with Michelle and found out more about the SMART app, we too saw it as a handy tool that could help market our business on social channels. Like many small businesses, we were using Facebook, fitting in intermittent posts when we found time, with no real pattern or strategy to make the most of it. When the app became available for testing Michelle asked us if we would give it a go. And that was it. We set up a Twitter account to complement our Facebook presence, downloaded the app and we were off! How do you use the app? Emily: Since joining in March I’ve taken over the social media reins (also the tea making!). Because the content is already created and schedules, I tend to review the app every couple of weeks to see what’s coming up. I then decide which posts to keep and which ones to amend. It’s really easy to make minor tweaks to the content and change the images to make it more brand aligned. I also disable any posts I don’t want. Another really helpful feature is the ability to add my own custom posts. If I find some content valuable elsewhere, I can quickly add it into the app which then posts it to Facebook and Twitter at the time I set. I’ve even set up a few bi-weekly repeating posts using local and appropriate hashtags to remind the community that we are here and what we do. The beauty of all this is that however busy we are, if we forget to attend to our social media for a week or two, we still have content going out regularly. Would you recommend this app to others? Emily: Yes! We love it! Laura: Yes, it’s such a simple, easy-to-use tool which lessens the social media burden for small businesses, just like ours.
Posted by Justo Software
Business and voluntary sectors to come together to tackle some of the challenges across Kirklees

Posted: Monday 28 October 2019

Kirklees based, grant giving charity One Community Foundation, has today announced its plans to support people from the business and voluntary sectors - so that they can come together and tackle some of the area’s challenges. Leading the drive to generate more volunteers and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) opportunities for local businesses is newly appointed Community Links Manager, Emma Woods-Bolger. Emma joins One Community Foundation with twenty years of experience across both the business and voluntary sectors, and will use her experience to connect people who care with local causes that matter. Last year, One Community Foundation distributed over £350,000 in grant funding to support grassroots community groups across Kirklees. The Foundation is ‘cause neutral’ and so acts as an informed and professional channel for the charitable giving of both businesses and individuals in the local community. Having developed local knowledge through regular engagement with their community, the Foundation is best placed to ensure that businesses Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) can make the biggest possible impact. One Community Foundation plans to connect businesses interested in supporting the work of local charities and community groups, who are often working in challenging circumstances, and in some of the most deprived areas. Far too many communities are now being left behind across Kirklees, which demands a strong business-led response. Emma says “Many Kirklees based businesses are already supporting the work of charities; and whilst there is a huge variety of worthy national charities, it is often the local, smaller ones that go unnoticed and miss out on support from their own community. We would like to see an increase in support for small local charities, which do not have the budget or resources to make themselves known to local businesses. “We would particularly encourage businesses to engage with us in a conversation about the mutual benefits of Employer Supported Volunteering, and skills based volunteering, to the charities, the businesses, and their employees”. Employer-supported volunteering (ESV) is where the employees of an organisation take paid time off to volunteer during work hours. Employees can use their volunteering time, typically one to two days per year, to support a charity or community group opportunity provided by the Community Links Manager at the One Community Foundation. Projects typically include practical tasks such as going to a homelessness shelter and assisting with the food service, helping run an activities day at an elderly care home or helping to run a sports day for disabled people, painting and decorating at a hospice or organising or taking part in fundraising days and activities. Skills-based volunteering leverages the specialised skills and talents of individuals to strengthen the infrastructure of charities, helping them build and sustain their capacity to successfully achieve their missions. Tasks typically include, advising on HR issues and policies, business planning, advice on tendering and applying for funding, marketing advice and support, website creation or updating etc. Emma says “If time is scarce, businesses can also volunteer their space for a good cause. They might consider using their store front as a drop-off location for charity collections and local food banks, gaining exposure while helping others is a win for both your business and the greater community”. Paul Johnson, General Manager of One Community Foundation, said: “This is a great time to be strengthening our communities by helping businesses and local voluntary groups come together. Emma will play a vital role developing and sustaining relationships between the voluntary and private sectors, and we welcome her to our team.” You can contact Emma Woods-Bolger at the One Community Foundation on 01484 468397 or email Emma@one-community.org.uk
Posted by One Community Foundation
KC Communications recognised for Raising the Bar

Posted: Friday 25 October 2019

KC Communications has been shortlisted in the Community and Economy categories of The West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce’s Raising the Bar Awards for their efforts in bringing Huddersfield Business Week to the local community. Raising the Bar is an initiative from the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce which helps companies with their social impact goals, with the awards held annually to recognise the hard work of businesses and employees. KC Communications established Huddersfield Business Week in 2019 in order to promote the diverse range of businesses across Huddersfield at not only a local, but also at a regional level. Over 40 events were submitted by 33 organisations across the week, with early feedback showing 56% of businesses reported new business or leads as a direct result of getting involved in the week. Kirstie Wilson, Account Manager at KC Communications, said of the shortlisting: “The KC team really came together to make Huddersfield Business Week such a huge success. To have this recognised across the Yorkshire and the Humber region makes all of our hard work worth it. “We’re extremely excited to already have the wheels in motion to support more Huddersfield businesses with Huddersfield Business Week 2020.” The winning finalist will be announced at the awards ceremony which will be held at the stunning Leeds Civic Hall on 6th November. BBC Radio Leeds presenter, Andrew Edwards, will host the event. The shortlisting comes at an exciting time for KC Communications, following a recent Workplace Wellbeing award from the British Chamber for the Yorkshire and Humber region, which sees the firm also in the running for the National Chamber Awards. Client Services Director, Laura Batchelor has also been shortlisted in the Ambassador of the Year category at The Examiner Business Awards, both of which will be announced at the ceremonies in November.
Posted by KC Communications
Sheards Accountants collaborate with Huddersfield property specialists

Posted: Thursday 24 October 2019

Huddersfield-based Sheards Accountants is pleased to announce their new property landlord open days, in collaboration with Ridley & Hall Solicitors, Tailored Mortgages and Sheards Wealth Management. Keen to get involved with Huddersfield Business Week earlier in the month, the award-winning firm joined forces with other businesses to deliver free advice and guidance surrounding the responsibilities of being a property landlord. Property landlords were invited to discuss any issues they were currently dealing with, including the end of Lettings Relief, introduced in April 2020, as well as capital gains tax rules and changes to the EPC regulations with Tax Manager, Chris Barwick. Laura Sheriff of Ridley & Hall Solicitors said of the event: “The feedback we’ve had has been absolutely fantastic. Hosting the workshop collaboratively has meant that landlords have gone away with advice that covers the bigger picture including mortgages, legal aspects and accounting.” The open day proved such a success that it has now become a firm contender in the Sheards Accountants’ events calendar with dates pencilled in for a quarterly event of its kind with the next one to take place 26 February 2020. Carolyn Atkinson, Director at Sheards Accountants commented: “We were keen to support the initiative behind Huddersfield Business Week as we’re passionate about being located in a town with such a vibrant business community. “We decided to team with other local businesses in order to emphasise this and it proved to be a great success. We’ve already had a number of follow-ups and we’re looking forward to helping even more landlords at our next event early next year.”
Posted by KC Communications
Hat-trick of senior appointments for growing Vapour Cloud

Posted: Thursday 24 October 2019

Voice, video, networks and infrastructure specialist Vapour Cloud has announced three senior appointments to the team, as the business eyes a minimum 20% turnover uplift by the end of next year. Armed with almost three decades of communications sector experience, Blaine Craig has come on board as customer services manager. He worked his way up to BT channel director following his graduation from university and has also gone on to hold notable roles with Virgin Media, EON UK and Azzurri Communications, to name just a few. In this new position with Vapour, he is now responsible for maintaining service levels for customers large and small, as the company continues to grow. He will draw on his client-facing experience to develop relationships, drive swift resolutions for in-life technical faults and proactively uncover smarter ways of working. Emma Haywood has also joined as channel account manager, following the successful launch of Vapour’s new managed service offering. She too has worked for Virgin Media and has also gone on to hold business development roles with high-end fit-out contractors in London, before moving into wealth management protection where she founded her own consultancy business. Having known Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer for a number of years, she has watched the progress of the company since it was established in 2013 and is now excited to bolster the commercial team. “Vapour’s industry positioning – as only a six-year-old-business – is really quite phenomenal,” commented Emma. “This is a high-energy, driven and incredibly competent team, and I am truly proud to be able to play a part in what comes next. “We’re on the brink of announcing two particularly exciting new channel partnerships and I look forward to showcasing what we can achieve together.” Newly appointed non-executive director Jon Pickering completes the trio of hires. As the ex-CEO and co-founder of Block – a £25m turnover IT company which he exited in 2017 – he is a strong addition to Vapour’s board. He has a wealth of technical experience and a demonstrable background of scaling technology companies. “Jon will add a really different dynamic to our leadership team,” explained Tim. “He constructively challenges technical strategies and his fresh perspective on our ambitious growth plans will – I believe – prove extremely valuable during this period of rapid expansion. “The 500% growth of our cloud division over the past two years has been widely documented in the media, and we have no plans to become stagnant now. We need the industry’s finest talent to keep pushing forward and I feel privileged to have Blaine, Emma and Jon join us. I foresee a couple of additional hires before the end of 2019 too. Vapour is a really exciting place to be at the moment.”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
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