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Duo of appointments for expanding creative agency

Posted: Thursday 16 August 2018

Yorkshire-based creative digital marketing agency The Bigger Boat has strengthened its growing team with the appointment of two new shipmates. Carrie Webb has joined the company as a senior content writer, having spent the last three years of her career based in Leeds at marketing agency Sticky Eyes. With an English with journalism degree from the University of Huddersfield – plus seven years’ writing experience at Press Association – under her belt, Carrie will be responsible for all in-house and key client copywriting, with toy giant Little Tikes one of her key accounts. Joe Vickers is also now on board as a junior account manager, following a previous sales-based role at cloud-tech firm Vapour Cloud. Joe – who has successfully completed the Google Search Advertising exam – will be assisting his colleagues on a range of tasks, including general maintenance of client sites, Google Ads, email marketing and SEO. The hires follow the recent news that the business had achieved a record 43% increase in turnover for the 2017-18 period, and was committed to plans for further expansion as a result. Commenting on the latest additions to the team, director Andy McCaul said: “These new appointments are crucial for us to further aid the growth of the agency at such a pivotal time. Carrie joins us with a wealth of writing experience, and her skills will certainly be put to good use. Joe has all the right client-facing qualities we look for in our junior staff members, has fully embraced his role, and is already showing tons of future potential. He continues: “We read so much about the battle for great people, but our vibrant culture and idyllic office location attracts some of the finest talent on offer in the North. This allows us to continue to provide high-quality design and digital services to our wide range of customers, and we’re always on the lookout for more!” Last month, The Bigger Boat was shortlisted in the Digital Impact Awards for its work on the digital rebrand of client Little Tikes, and is now on the hunt for a further designer as expansion continues.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Brand consultancy invests £100,000 in 19th century mill transformation

Posted: Wednesday 15 August 2018

Huddersfield-based strategic brand consultancy The Engine Room is midway through a £100,000 plus project to transform a 19th century mill and former piggery, into its new HQ. The company purchased York Mills back in January 2017 for £250,000, following a long hunt for the perfect premises. And having secured £20,000 funding from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Business Growth Programme, work is now well underway to refurbish the 4,000sqft space into a creative hub in the centre of Mirfield. Once owned by the Ingham family who employed Anne Brontë as a governess, it is believed that the site also previously housed a textile mill and confectionery warehouse. Outbuildings have already been cleared to pave the way for a car park, the former car port is being converted into a main reception, and an adjoining cottage has quickly been let. Attention has now turned to overhauling the heart of the mill. The Engine Room team will occupy the first floor of the premises, with room to accommodate the two new recruits set to be appointed over the next six months. The ground floor is being transformed into a workshop space for use by local businesses as well as The Engine Room’s own team . The cellar with brick-vaulted ceiling has the potential for a number of small lettings, perfect for small creative businesses. Commenting on the project, The Engine Room’s managing director Lesley Gulliver said: “This is a massive undertaking for us, both in terms of financial expenditure and human resources. However, we’ve long been on the lookout for the perfect new ‘home’. The move – whilst daunting – feels extremely well-timed as we’re maturing as a business, shifting towards a pure brand focus, and planning for our next phase of growth. “We can’t wait to reveal the result of our efforts!” The anticipated completion date for the six-month refurbishment is late September 2018. “Great effort has been taken to reuse as many of the site’s original materials as possible,” continued Lesley. “We’ve salvaged the mill door for use as a boardroom table, for instance, and the beams from the demolished outbuildings have been set aside to mark out the soon-to-be car parking spaces. “It will hopefully be the perfect blend of old and new.” The Engine Room is an award-winning brand consultancy founded by design director Darren Evans 17 years ago. Clients include Yorkshire manufacturer Polyseam, global scalp cooling specialist Paxman, and Cummins – to name just a few.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
34 jobs saved as popular Charcuterie and Bar enters administration

Posted: Tuesday 14 August 2018

Renowned Specialist Bar and Brasserie, Friends of Ham, with premises in Central Leeds and Ilkley entered Administration on the 7th of August 2018 when Charles Brook and Michelle Chatterton of Poppleton & Appleby, Huddersfield office were appointed Joint Administrators by the Company’s directors. Trading in New Station Street, Leeds since 2012, the business introduced a novel and popular experience for its clientele, specialising in charcuterie, cheese and craft wines and beers. The original business in Leeds has remained very popular with loyal and new clientele but the business in Ilkley took longer to establish itself. Meanwhile, the companion business of Ham & Friends, operated through a separate company, didn’t flourish and was latterly re-launched as a drinking venue trading as Lucky No. 7. After in-depth reviews, the directors reluctantly concluded that a sale of the businesses, as a going concern, should be pursued urgently with a view to saving jobs and improving the outcome for creditors. Friends of Ham Limited which was the company running the businesses trading from New Station Street, Leeds and Ilkley, entered Administration on Tuesday the 7th of August 2018 whereupon an immediate sale was concluded with a local independent buyer, Glentrool, who have 25 years’ experience within the corporate sector and drinks industry. Ham & Friends Limited, which ran the premises trading from Merrion Street, Leeds ceased trading on the 5th of August 2018. Charles Brook Partner of Poppleton & Appleby said: “In a highly competitive market the cost of managing the development of the Ilkley and Merrion Street businesses placed significant strain on the combined financial resources of the two companies. Although the original business was resilient, cash flow suffered and the companies came under increasing pressure to maintain payments to their creditors. The directors took advice and it was initially hoped that a CVA might be proposed to and agreed by creditors; however, even as those proposals were distributed, it became apparent that the protracted UK heatwave had caused a significant short-term reduction in footfall within the Leeds City Centre and especially at the flagship premises which didn’t have the benefit of an outdoor area for its clients.” Katie Pannu of purchasers, Glentrool said: “We are delighted to be investing in such a unique and vibrant business and want to confirm that all of the remaining employees from each of the locations have been retained.   Friends of Ham has been meticulously developed by Anthony and Claire Kitching over the past 5 years as the go to destination for the craft beer and food lovers of Leeds. It is a fantastic concept in great locations with loyal customers. Our investment ensures the future of Friends of Ham and we look forward to working with Anthony and Claire”. The Joint Administrators were represented by Peter Harling a Partner at Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors in Leeds. Marketing and valuation support was provided by Daniel Hey of Walker Singleton, Chartered Surveyors. Glentrool were represented by Matthew Thompson and Dahren Naidoo of Freeths Legal Services.
Posted by Poppleton & Appleby Northern
Force24 appointed to supercharge growth of Vapour Cloud

Posted: Monday 13 August 2018

Elland-headquartered Vapour Cloud has enlisted the support of marketing automation platform Force24, as the tech firm ploughs on with its next chapter of growth. Vapour recently hit the headlines when the board announced a £10m pot to fund at least two acquisitions before the end of 2018. But with plans to expand to a £12m business by 2020, Vapour’s market activity does not look set to end there. The cloud specialist is also on the hunt for 10 new channel partners, to further cement the brand’s position as the leading provider of connectivity, voice and storage solutions for UK clients. Marketing automation technology from Leeds-based Force24 has therefore been implemented to supercharge Vapour’s multichannel communications strategy, during this pivotal expansion phase. Commenting on the investment, Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer said: “The IT industry is unfortunately renowned for a ‘smoke and mirrors’ approach to working with clients. This has to stop. We believe in being extremely straight talking and specialising in only what we’re good at. That way, clients can truly experience the value of great tech, without being burned. “But we also recognise the benefits of collaboration – something many of our peers seem to shy away from. Force24 will therefore help us to actively target, communicate and nurture relationships with prospective partners – we’ll even support them with their comms activity too. We have proven that we can add upwards of £2m revenue to a partner’s bottom line, in a matter of months, so there are advantages all round, to this way of working.” Force24 has also been tasked with supporting on other marketing projects including Vapour’s upcoming Innovation and Disruption event. The cutting-edge tech expo first came to Leeds in October 2017, but Tim is now keen to build on its inaugural success. “This year, we want to go bigger and better. We’re aiming for more than 300 delegates, and already have some fantastic speakers lined up to talk all things AI, virtual reality and digital transformation,” he explained. “Yes, the tech is next-generation, so it will be exciting to see some ‘first reveals’ on October 18th. But we will focus on its application in businesses of any size, which is where things get really interesting. We want to rev everyone up to aim for higher performance by 2019, and Force24’s deployment of multi-channel communications, will help us get as many relevant bums on seats as possible. “The pace of our growth is undeniable, so it is the perfect time to take our automation efforts to the next level – especially in a company that revolves around using the very best tech.” Force24’s commercial director Nick Washbourne concluded: “Vapour is fast becoming a leading light in the tech sector – particularly in the North – so this represents a great client win for us. The brief is also right up our street because Tim is clear on the company’s objectives – we therefore have the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the bottom line impact that savvy use of marketing automation can have.”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
New Recruits Join Moneysaving App Firm

Posted: Monday 13 August 2018

Technology firm, yboo, have smashed growth targets over the last month which has resulted in the recruitment of a new Project Manager, Gabrielle Caves, along with a Social Media Intern, which has resulted in the need for an office expansion. Gabby will be working on engaging the end user and recording their experiences, as the firm strives to bring their app to 60m smartphone users in the UK. Gabby previously worked in financial services attracting the attention of millions of consumers to competitive mortgage deals despite each consumer’s unique circumstances. The firm, which was founded in 2016 by Martyn Gould and Paul Doyle, are also looking to recruit three software developers to join their growing team. The additional recruits have meant that yboo have had to expand their office space in Holmfirth to ensure they can deliver on further growth targets and support their international expansion. Martyn Gould, Founder of yboo commented: “In the last few months we have gone from strength to strength; in addition to our recent investment announcement, we have taken on Gabby – who I’m sure will be a huge asset to the yboo team. We have always been committed to bringing job opportunities into the Holme Valley, and with the need to further recruit for software developers and a social media intern, we have expanded our office space in Holmfirth.” “Exceeding our growth plans for this month means that we are on track to pursue our international expansion plans in the Middle East and in Australia over the next year. In addition, we will be launching our B2B portal this month which we anticipate will have a huge impact on UK mobile operators and their propositions” yboo is a mobile phone application that compares SIM only deals from the UK mobile market by measuring consumer usage to match them with the best deal and saves the UK consumer on average £156 per year on their mobile phone bill.
Posted by KC Communications
Huddersfield Aesthetics Clinic Relocates to Meet Demand

Posted: Thursday 09 August 2018

Huddersfield businesswoman and registered nurse prescriber, Jen Vittanuova has relocated her town-centre based clinic, Pretty Machine Aesthetics, to support demand for results-based non-surgical aesthetic treatments. The exclusive clinic which has relocated to Heritage Exchange in Lindley has undergone extensive renovation to meet the standards suited to treatments available, in terms of medical safety and any aesthetic risks associated with the procedure, as well as client comfort and confidentiality. The clinic specialises in a range of non-surgical treatments such as wrinkle smoothing, dermal fillers, lip augmentations, skin needling and chemical peels. It also stocks a range of clinician led skincare. With the addition of two further therapists the clinic will also offer internationally reknowned Deluxe Brows Microblading, and the latest innovation in tattoo and permanent make up removal, known as Pigment Off; the treatment has no requirement for the use of lasers and is ideal for all skin types. Laser hair removal using the Aesthetic Industry Award winning Soprano Ice machine will also be available.. A Registered Nurse Prescriber with more than eighteen years’ experience working for both the NHS and some of the UK’s most prestigious private clinics and hospitals, Jen is a strong supporter of the Safety in Beauty campaign, which raises awareness of malpractice in the beauty and aesthetics industry. She is also a member of the BACN (British Academy of Aesthetic Nurses) which operate a strict code of conduct to ensure safety within the industry. Commenting on the relocation, Jen Vittanuova said: “Having run private clinics across the UK, the time was right to grow the clinic in my home town. In recent years demand for services has increased dramatically and it is important that people opting to undergo non-surgical treatments have somewhere safe that they can go. We believe that providing a luxury environment for our clients is important. We are aiming for the highest standards, reflected in our treatments and our staff within the clinic. The clinic has great transport links and is easily accessible via the M62.compressed Pretty Machine Aesthetics also run clinics in Leeds, Birmingham, and Harley Street in London.
Posted by KC Communications
Luxury five-star hotel on track to open doors in 2019, with support from Lucas Lee

Posted: Thursday 09 August 2018

A luxury five-star hotel in Ripon is on track to open its doors in Spring 2019 — two years ahead of schedule — on the back of consultancy support from Lucas Lee, the Yorkshire-based firm of Chartered Building Surveyors, Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors. Grantley Hall, a grade II*-listed building, is currently being renovated and refurbished by Grantley Hall Ltd. The project will create a hotel, a wellness facility, a range of dining experiences and a spacious wedding and event suite. Following acquisition advice in 2015, it was initially thought that a traditional procurement route could have taken the project five years to be completed. But specialist management from Lucas Lee has brought the completion forward to spring 2019 — just in time for the booked-up wedding season. Using knowledge formed by working on similar previous projects — including grade II listed Clumber Park Hotel in Nottinghamshire and projects for hospitality market leaders, Mitchells & Butlers — Lucas Lee were able to create crucial time-saving efficiencies with a bespoke procurement strategy. By appointing Yorkshire architects Bowman Riley and two contractors - R N Woolers and The HACS Group - Lucas Lee brought each company onto the design team, involving and consulting all parties at each stage of the design and build phase. Commenting on why Lucas Lee was appointed, Richard Sykes, Managing Director at Grantley Hall said: “Our project brings together a range of suppliers and contractors who we believe are the best at what they do, and Lucas Lee is no exception. “Their passion, expertise and integrity have shone through throughout, enabling us to deliver the scheme to the very highest standards.” Six of Lucas Lee’s team members are currently working on the project. As well as assembling the Design Team, the firm is also acting as Contract Administrators, Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors. Christopher Lee, of Lucas Lee, said: “We were delighted to be appointed to this project back in 2016. With the vision of being the best luxury hotel in the North of England, and aiming to attract visitors from across the globe, it’s an honour to work on such a prestigious and complex scheme. “Our previous experience of the industry provided us with insights which allowed us to shave two years from the expected completion date. This was a crucial aspect of the contract, saving Grantley Hall Ltd additional construction costs and allowing the business to generate income well ahead of schedule. “The hotel industry is one in which our team excel, and we think it stands us in good stead for winning similar projects in the future.” Lucas Lee has offices in both Leeds and Huddersfield and works on contracts nationwide.
Posted by Byram, Amy
Businesses of Huddersfield invited to compete against each other in Kirkwood Hospice’s ‘It’s a Knockout’

Posted: Wednesday 08 August 2018

The businesses of Huddersfield are being invited to team up and compete against each other in the ultimate bonding challenge – ‘It’s a Knockout’ – to raise funds for Kirkwood Hospice. Taking place on Saturday 15th September at DRAM Sports and Community Centre in Dalton, the action-packed event is due to attract over 180 participants, all competing against each other in a bid to be crowned business champions. Organisations will go head-to-head in a series of crazy games – hurling themselves over giant inflatables and getting covered in over 5,000 litres of foam and water – all while raising vital funds for patient care. The team left standing at the end of the day will be presented with the top trophy. Companies wanting to embrace their competitive side are being encouraged to enter well-ahead of the day. Ridley and Hall, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, Direct Blinds and SB Homes are some of the firms already signed up to compete, while Meltham-based manufacturer Rosenbauer UK is set to provide a fire truck which will supply the 5,000 litres of water. Kate Leadbeater said: “It’s a Knockout is a well-remembered comedy TV classic, which has been brought to life by Graham Fisher’s International for over 30 years. It’s a fun, entertaining event that you can’t help but laugh at and enjoy. We’re delighted by the teams who’ve already signed up and are looking forward to the tough – but light-hearted – competition on the day." Entry costs £100 per team of 10, and each group must pledge to raise a minimum of £600 in sponsorship. Participants must be aged 16 or above. To register for It's A Knockout, download a registration form from www.kirkwoodhospice.co.uk or call the hospice’s fundraising team on 01484 557911.
Posted by Byram, Amy
Towngate widens property portfolio with first residential site

Posted: Friday 03 August 2018

With over 50 years of commercial property experience, Brighouse-based Towngate PLC has successfully secured its first residential purchase. Situated on Mill Dam Lane in central Pontefract, the 6.4 acre site is ideally positioned for local and national transport links and schools, presenting the opportunity for a well-connected new housing development. Demolition on the site is now complete, with a further phase of remediation under way in order to create the development platform. The land will be ready for purchase in November 2018. With the advice and expertise of the firm’s agent, Harvey Burns & Co, Towngate has managed to apply and be awarded vacant building credits. This has resulted in planning permission from Wakefield Council for up to 80 dwellings with no affordable housing on the former large industrial facility. Tom Lamb, Towngate’s property manager commented on the purchase: “Close to the M62 and rail network, the site is ideally located, which will be an attractive proposition for any future homeowners. We’re delighted to bring this development opportunity to the market – the versatile land has a lot of potential and will be a great project for one of the region’s house building experts. “Our strong commercial experience has certainly aided our involvement in this project and we’re pleased that we have been able to diversify in this way, thus adding to our talents and expertise in the Yorkshire region”. Lyndsay Burns of Harvey Burns & Co added: “It has been a pleasure to be involved in this project, especially as the space enjoys the benefit of such a lovely environment, taking in views of Pontefract Castle, and just a short walk from the town centre. There are excellent communications on the doorstep and Monk Hill Station has direct routes to Leeds and York. There is a brochure and data room which can be viewed for additional information. “We will shortly be seeking offers to purchase and expect a great deal of interest.” Property developers should contact Harvey Burns & Co selling agent Lyndsay Burns for further information on 0113 243 2400, or visit the Towngate PLC website. Headquartered in Brighouse, Towngate PLC is a lettings specialist with a substantial portfolio of industrial and commercial sites in the North of England. Established in 1962, the company has a strong history of refurbishing properties to accommodate tenants across an array of industrial and commercial sectors.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Huddersfield’s fastest growing firm partners with Huddersfield Town in a bid to increase community outreach

Posted: Thursday 02 August 2018

Huddersfield’s fastest growing firm has partnered with Huddersfield Town in a bid to increase community outreach. Rosenbauer UK – which manufactures firefighting appliances and equipment – is the latest brand to appear on the Premier League club’s kit, and will be emblazoned on the Terriers’ walk-out jackets for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. The aim of the partnership is to boost awareness surrounding fire safety, and to support the organisation’s recruitment as it expands. Who is the new partner? Formerly North Fire Limited – founded by local businessman Oliver North – the Meltham-based fire truck and equipment manufacturer merged with Austrian giants, Rosenbauer International, in 2014. The firm is now the leading manufacturer of innovative fire trucks in the UK, supplying fire services and airports across the country with state-of-the-art equipment. An exponential growth in revenue means that the firm is expected to achieve a 255% increase in 2018 from the previous best year of 2017 – making it the fastest growing firm in the region. Keen-eyed film fans may recognise Rosenbauer’s airport fire truck – the Panther – from Transformers 3, in which the appliance played a leading role as Sentinel Prime. The £700k Panther has been supplied to the vast majority of UK airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Glasgow, as well as for NATO in Afghanistan. The organisation also designed and manufactured what is often referred to as the most famous fire truck in the UK – the ‘AT-Stinger’. The appliance is stationed at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, and is capable of piercing the roof of a building, a wall or a window and deliver 1,000 litres of water per minute from the injected spike. Commenting on his decision to become a Huddersfield Town partner, Oliver said: “Rosenbauer UK is an organisation which has a reputation for pushing boundaries and giving everything, with every order that we supply – which are values that have also shone through at Huddersfield Town over the past couple of seasons. “The club is well recognised throughout the UK as alleged underdogs with a good old-fashioned Yorkshire-fighting spirit, and it has a loyal following. While we don’t expect many of them to be in the market for a fire truck, we’re delighted to align ourselves with our local, family-friendly club, which will extend our reach within the community and support our recruitment as we grow. “From the club’s owner in Dean Hoyle, through to the players and the management team, both on and off the field, Huddersfield Town has demonstrated how good ethics, hard work and professionalism can not only drive organisations to dizzying heights, but also maintain life at the top. Our philosophies are completely aligned, and as we look to humbly consolidate our growth, we’re proud to associate ourselves to our home-town through an avenue which most people can relate to.”
Posted by Byram, Amy
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