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Avaya appoints Vapour Cloud as a subscription partner

Posted: Monday 01 June 2020

Global Unified Communications giant Avaya has appointed Vapour Cloud as one of its key strategic UK subscription IPO (IP Office) partners. The announcement comes just over 12 months after Vapour was announced as one of Avaya’s fastest-growing mid-market cloud voice partners in the UK, and four months after the launch of Avaya Cloud Office (ACO) – Avaya’s primary public cloud-based UCaaS offering – in partnership with RingCentral. Avaya’s subscription model is designed to provide partners and customers with all their enterprise-ready software, support and updates under a single, simple and flexible contract. And a partner with its own private network infrastructure was sought to ensure the secure, robust delivery for contact centre operations and larger SMEs. “As Avaya’s move to SaaS and cloud continues, it’s important that we have the right profile of partners to ensure best in breed communication and collaboration technology that will modernise existing investments and infrastructure,” said Avaya’s regional channel director Alison Hastings. “Having identified last year that Vapour is a new breed of channel specialist – evidenced for example, by their £1m+ project for JCT600 – we invited CEO Tim Mercer to speak at one of our events. This was the start of this new collaboration, plus a fresh level of excitement among our long-standing partners, as to what is now possible.” Under the agreement, Vapour can empower existing Avaya partners with the ‘engine’ to deliver the subscription service to their own customer base. Vapour has invested more than £2m in building its two private MPLS networks spanning five UK data centres. Vapour can also provide an end-to-end service wrap complete with SIP, if required. “Since we were established exactly seven years ago, we’ve been committed to collaborating – rather than competing – with the channel,” explained Vapour Cloud’s CEO Tim Mercer. “And now, Avaya partners can come to us knowing we will support them in the successful delivery of the UC and ACCS cloud services, but the customer relationships and contract remain with them – entirely safeguarded. “This isn’t our only differential – we’re also hugely committed to hitting defined SLAs that put the customer at the heart of everything. Our people-orientated approach – alongside our advanced technical skill-set – enables us to achieve this.” Despite COVID-19, Vapour Cloud has net recurring revenues of 96% and maintains 30% growth targets, by the end of 2020. The company was recently revealed as position 34, in G.P. Bullhound’s Northern Tech 100 list.
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SK Sales Ltd takes 10-year lease at Copley Hill Trading Estate

Posted: Monday 01 June 2020

Brighouse-based commercial and industrial lettings specialist and landlord, Towngate PLC, has agreed a 10-year lease with SK Sales Ltd, on Unit E1 – a 4,971 sq ft industrial space in Leeds. The high-specification trade counter unit, located at Towngate’s Copley Hill Trading Estate, will see SK Sales Ltd – part of the Airvance Group, a leading pan European distributor of ventilation and air treatment systems – join existing firms Plumb & Drain Centre, PTS Plumbing Supplies, Crown Decorating Centre, Howdens, LINCS Electrical and Carpetrite at the West Yorkshire site. Recently refurbished Unit E1 is located on one of Leeds’ prime trade counter estates, just off Gelderd Road and 1.5 miles from Leeds City Centre. This purpose-built warehouse encompasses a large mezzanine floor as well as high-quality ancillary offices and is set in a large yard with generous parking, barrier entry and CCTV. Tom Lamb, property manager at Towngate PLC said: “I am delighted to welcome S K Sales Ltd as our newest occupier at Copley Hill Trading Estate. This popular location, alongside other relevant trade supplier tenants, will reap fantastic benefits for them, I’m sure.” Richard Ward, managing director at SK Sales Ltd added: “We are very excited to be moving into the Copley Hill Trading Estate and look forward to welcoming our customers as the construction sector gets back to work.” Towngate PLC was represented by Gent Visick and Carter Towler, with Paul Mack, director at Gent Visick saying: “Gelderd Road continues to be the number one destination in Leeds for trade counter and car showroom occupiers. “Copley Hill Trading Estate provides highly sought-after accommodation in a prominent position fronting onto Gelderd Road. It’s a magnificent achievement to put the ‘House Full’ signs up again despite the current economic climate.” With 11 outlets across the UK, SK Sales Ltd is a leading ventilation wholesaler with over 25 years’ experience in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) sector.
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Social media’s secret weapon just got better! 14 Day Free Trial

Posted: Monday 01 June 2020

Huddersfield based Justo software have used the lockdown period to make some sweeping changes to their social media marketing app. Originally known as “MySMARTApp”, the app provides users with useful original content, as well as scheduling and posting it for you. Content is based on your industry and business interest selections. First and foremost, the team have used this time to rebrand the app as “socialsendr” – a name that more accurately reflects its purpose and value – and improve its functionality. While the app automates and regularly posts content for you, this latest version allows you to add your own hashtags and URLs to accompany any automated or new posts. Likewise, users can now see a wider range of additional content that they can quickly add to their posting schedule in seconds. Michelle Cowan, co-founder summarises the app’s value as “a great app for sole-traders and small businesses who need some help or inspiration with their social media.” By creating an easy to use multi-platform webapp, social media novices through to experienced users can equally benefit from the fully editable content and ideas to boost and increase their social media posting frequency. Ultimately, the goal of socialsendr is to increase brand visibility, save time, reduce costs and generate new business opportunities. Available as a webapp that works on both mobiles and desktops, socialsendr is available with a free 14-day trial on their website https://socialsendr.com. If you enjoy the service, you can then subscribe to it for £9.99 per month. If you would like to learn more about socialsendr, why not join us on one of our free walkthrough events at https://tinyurl.com/yd2s2qeb
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Celebrating 5 Years in Business

Posted: Wednesday 27 May 2020

Amid all this uncertainty, we are delighted to announce that we have reached the ripe old age of 5 years old! As a birthday present to ourselves, we have launched a new website. As a birthday present for you, we are giving away 5 cyber vulnerability assessments! I have heard on more than one occasion that as a business, if you reach 5 years you’ve made it. Now I don’t know about that, it still feels like we haven’t made it, there is so much still to do. So much we still get wrong. However, it still feels like a momentous day. 5 years ago seems like such a long time ago. We have developed on such a scale, both personally and as a business, that we decided to update our website to better reflect what we know do. As you can see, we have updated our branding. We have also changed the look of the website to simplify it and make it easier to navigate. We have split our services into 3 easy to understand modules: Property Protection, Cyber Protection and Personal Protection. In each module, we have provided a free Guide that highlights best practice and provides a bit more insight into security. Our About EQ Risk page, demonstrates who we are and our approach. We have displayed the Security in Depth concept that provides a much more effective security plan. Again, we have provided a free Guide to working with Equilibrium Risk, and what you can expect if you choose to work with us. The Latest News page is where you can find all our latest information and blogs. We hope to continue to deliver high value information and guidance on all thing’s security. And lastly, the Get in Touch page, does exactly what it says! As a present to you, we have also decided to give away 5 cyber vulnerability assessments. The effects of COVID-19 on businesses has meant that most businesses are now working remotely. This has meant that your attack surface has changed, and because it was completed so rapidly, it has bound to have left vulnerabilities. We are offering 5 free vulnerability assessments to discover where your vulnerabilities are so that you can put them right. To apply, simply visit our website. Before, I finish this blog, I just wanted to say thank you for your support over these last 5 years. Whether you are a client or not, whether you visit our website regularly, or if this is the first of our blogs you have read, thank you. We wouldn’t have mad 5 years without you.
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Talking business and podcasting with fellow podcaster and Northern Lass, Deborah Ogden

Posted: Friday 22 May 2020

When our Jayne first saw Deborah speak at a local business event she spent the hour nodding like the Churchill dog. It is not often you hear a speaker who really connects with you and says the things that you are thinking, but with Deborah this is what you get. She is a fantastic public speaker and just oozes confidence and authenticity and it is this down to earth yet authoritative manner that has her connecting with her entire audience from the get go. Deborah has a varied business offer, all of it based around helping people to be the best and most authentic version of themselves, to communicate effectively and unleash a personal brand that has impact, memorability and style. She does this through 121 mentoring, public speaking, workshops and of course her very own podcast that she launched last year - On brand with ....... Give it a listen, it is really very good. In fact we were a little nervous before this interview, you know, interviewing a pro and all that. It was fine though, it's just like having a chat with friends, it just happens to be recorded so you can join in too. But Deborah's road to where she is today, as is usually the case with our guests, was not as you would imagine. She actually studied Law for 6 years (we know!!!) at university and became a lawyer but having then realised that she had a major passion and an untapped skill for communications she switched career and went to work in marketing at Lancashire County Cricket Club -- yes it was in the day when Freddie Flintoff was in his prime and no we are not jealous of Deborah at all - honest!! A successful marketing career ensued and she ended up starting her own business Deborah Ogden Ltd almost 10 years ago and the rest, as they say, is history. If you want to find out more about Deborah and her business listen obviously, and then take a look at the links below, in the meantime we will leave you with one of our favourite quotes that Deborah uses and one we should all remember - “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there's still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” - Dita Von Teese Which we translate to mean BE YOU!! Episode link is here https://anchor.fm/twonorthernlasses/episodes/Talking-business-and-podcasting-with-fellow-podcaster-and-Northern-Lass--Deborah-Ogden-eec2hf
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Brighouse-based Venari invests £400k into machinery to increase manufacturing capability

Posted: Thursday 21 May 2020

Emergency vehicle manufacturer, Venari Group – based in Brighouse – has invested £400,000 in new machinery in an effort to advance its manufacturing quality, ability and capacity. Following a successful launch into the emergency services market in early 2020, Venari has bought the automated equipment in a bid for growth, amid the challenges brought on by COVID-19. The significant investment represents a CNC router – capable of precisely cutting sheets of metal from CAD drawings – as well as press brakes and edge banders. The equipment will allow Venari to fulfil high-quality production finishes over large quantities, without outsourcing production. For example, it will see Venari’s experienced team manufacturing bodies from raw material, whilst driving significant improvements in light-weighting, which has huge environmental impacts. Customers will also experience reduced costs and lead times – and it will lead to subsequent drives in local recruitment. Venari CEO, Oliver North, commented: “We’re in the midst of the most challenging economic period that many of us have faced in our careers to-date, but nevertheless – we must move forward. The recent challenges in the global supply chain means that maximal self-sufficiency is key, to ensure that we can maintain production for our emergency services throughout their most challenging period. “We’re also more acutely aware that we must manufacture more in the UK than ever before, to drive employment and economic recovery as much as possible, and this investment shows the respect we have for our market and the economy as a whole. We’re satisfied that we’re doing ‘our bit’ in assisting economic recovery.” As a key supplier to the UK’s emergency services, Venari has been one of few manufacturers to maintain production during the Covid-19 lockdown – concentrating on ambulance deliveries to the NHS – whilst maintaining maximum protection for its workforce. Oliver finished: “Since the Covid outbreak, our team at Venari has taken strides forward in culture, togetherness and sheer work ethic. To now back up this unrivalled passion we have for manufacturing, with an increase in self-sufficiency and capability, moves us in front of our continental European rivals, which is no mean feat. And to be able to compete with global industry leaders, means we can prove a strong case to manufacture all taxpayer-funded assets right here in the UK.”
Posted by Byram, Amy
West Yorkshire manufacturer launches firefighting equipment department with major partnership

Posted: Friday 15 May 2020

West-Yorkshire based Venari Group has confirmed a major exclusive partnership agreement for the firefighting sector, with one of the globe’s leading helmet manufacturers, SCHUBERTH. SCHUBERTH is a famous, 90-year old, manufacturer of safety helmets for motorcyclists and motorsport, including Formula One. For decades, it has also been one of the most popular helmets among German motorcyclists. And having produced EN 443-certified firefighting helmets for over 50 years, the company has selected recently launched Venari Group as its UK and Ireland distributor. Simultaneously, Venari has today, 15th May 2020, announced the activation of a new firefighting equipment sales, service, and customer support division, to drive product quality and aftercare into the challenging firefighting sector. Venari Group CEO, Oliver North, said: “Pre-Venari, the team and I have supplied firefighting equipment to fire brigades since 2008, including over 80% of the current UK firefighter helmets. So, the partnership with SCHUBERTH was a very natural one. “The activation of our firefighting equipment department further solidifies our intention of being a high performing supplier to the UK fire and rescue market whilst continuing to build our emergency vehicle range to the highest quality possible.” SCHUBERTH is a company committed to researching and developing materials to withstand the toughest of environments. Oliver continued: “Our partnership will concentrate on SCHUBERTH’s truly incredible F300 helmet. The UK fire and rescue service are equipped to a very high standard in terms of structural firefighting PPE, but with more frequent wildland firefighting, RTC’s and water rescues, the F300 provides the ultimate flexibility as a rescue and wildland helmet." Thomas Heinlein, head of BU Industrial Safety and Firefighting at SCHUBERTH added: “For us, Venari is the most exciting company in the British emergency services supplier market, so we are naturally delighted to have agreed on this truly exciting partnership with them. “Our global reputation for high quality means we can only partner with highly efficient and passionate distributors in their specialist fields. Venari’s team have proven their efficiency and passion over countless years in the UK fire market and we’re excited to work with them in the UK firefighting and ambulance market with our F300.”
Posted by Byram, Amy
Talking dogs and careers with Scissett's House of Hound Hydrotherapy business owner Victoria Hoole

Posted: Friday 15 May 2020

In this weeks podcast we chat to Victoria - the proud owner and the main hydrotherapist at House of Hound Hydrotherapy in Scissett, Huddersfield. They provide all sorts of services for dogs and their owners from rehab after an operation to fun swims and man trailing events. Who knew such a thing existed eh? Well we did obviously, but not until we had met Victoria ourselves. You regular listeners will know that Michelle has 'Max the Dog' and so she went along to Victorias opening event in 2017 and met her there, she then took the third co-host Max (although he doesn't speak much) to a scenting workshop, and then another - he loves it you know (secretly Jayne thinks it is Michelle that loves it not Max!!). Victoria's career journey is what we often describe as 'not the straightest of paths', going from childcare to a probation officer to then setting up a business is not an easy route but so far has been really rewarding and allows her to work with her favourite dogs. Link to the podcast - https://anchor.fm/twonorthernlasses/episodes/Talking-dogs-and-careers-with-business-owner-Victoria-Hoole-ee0cea If you're a dog owner, or even if your'e just a little bit intrigued - have a look at the links below to find out more.... https://www.houseofhoundhydrotherapy.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/houseofhoundhydro And also here are the links to the two charities that Victoria mentions.... https://www.facebook.com/PDWRA https://www.facebook.com/WestYorkshireDogRescue
Posted by Justo Software
Fire firm’s marketing activity hots up for Yorkshire business

Posted: Friday 15 May 2020

Leading fire industry supplier CheckFire has tripled the marketing, SEO and social media support it receives from creative digital agency The Bigger Boat. Providing fire extinguishers and protection equipment to the fire trade, the Caerphilly-based business initially brought the Yorkshire marketing and design firm on board in late 2017, to create and build its website as a standalone project. Following the successful launch, 45-year-old CheckFire then signed up as a retained client – tasking the award-winning organisation with providing technical SEO, PPC campaigns and ongoing website improvements. Three years later, The Bigger Boat has seen its project work triple in size in order to increase online transactions of CheckFire’s certified, high-quality products. The growing account now includes Conversion Rate Optimisation marketing, copywriting and editorial, email comms, and brochure design. The team is also in the process of creating a customer segmentation hub for the website – to suit a wide-ranging digital audience. Speaking about the positive partnership, CheckFire’s marketing manager, Toria Jones, said: “Our existing relationship and the contextual support that The Bigger Boat provides has been a huge influence in retaining – and upping – its marketing activity. “Thanks to the team’s ongoing expertise and advice, we’ve been able to make informed decisions that not only benefit our brand but also take our organisation forward. I don’t see the agency as being an external party, but more of a significant player in the CheckFire team.” Leading on the retainer for The Bigger Boat, account manager Joe Vickers added: “Despite the difficulties concerning the current climate, CheckFire has continued to rise to such challenges and do everything it can to creatively keep customers front and centre. “We’re looking forward to helping CheckFire to build its brand and online presence even further so that the firm can keep providing vital support and first-class equipment to the fire trade.” Established in 2010, The Bigger Boat is a 16-strong results-driven agency based in Wheatley Park, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, working for global and national brands such as Little Tikes, Celloglas and Deuren.
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A charitable start to 2020 for Towngate PLC

Posted: Friday 15 May 2020

In the face of a challenging and somewhat unpredictable few months, commercial and industrial lettings specialist Towngate PLC was determined to kick off the year with a round of positive deeds – offering help and support to those who need it most. As part of Towngate’s annual giving initiative, a total of £15,000 has already been donated in Q1 of 2020 – shared amongst various beneficiaries, selected by the firm’s charity committee. Among the recipients were Kirkwood Hospice, Marie Curie, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice – all of whom deliver specialist care to patients with life-shortening or terminal conditions. An additional £5,000 was also donated to a group in Bradford devoted to delivering PPE equipment to the NHS and community healthcare providers. A tenant of Towngate Business Centre, Everite Road, Widnes – Justin Young of Q Delivery Services Limited – has been busy making essential deliveries in the local area. Justin has been running food and supplies to a well-known supermarket, distributing essential sink units to newly constructed Nightingale Hospitals – temporarily set up in England in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Furthermore, after enlisting the help of British Gas with a donation of a fleet of vans, Justin Young has also been delivering food parcels to those in need during the crisis. Dina Mistry, secretary for Towngate, has been helping to prepare, pack and deliver fresh Indian meals to members of the Bradford Police Force, who are working tirelessly through the night to keep Bradford residents safe during COVID-19. Dina Mistry Towngate 169x300 A charitable start to 2020 for Towngate PLC In addition, Dina and husband Henry have been fundraising to provide treats and gifts for pharmacy departments within local hospitals as a ‘thank you’ for working around the clock, to supply vital medication to patients in need. Dina also recently joined thousands of NHS Volunteers donating their time to deliver food, pick up prescriptions and make phone calls to reach out to vulnerable, lonely members of the community who may be struggling during lockdown. Commenting on these various acts of charity, Towngate’s marketing manager, Julia Ford commented: “During these dauting times, we believe it’s important to help in whatever we can, giving back to a community we love. It’s encouraging to know that by donating time, supplies and food we can truly help those who need it the most. We are extremely proud of the work everyone has been involved in so far this year.”
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