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Workshop launched to help Northern family businesses grow

Posted: Monday 16 September 2019

Strategic brand consultancy The Engine Room has launched a new workshop aimed specifically at helping family businesses from across the North thrive. The creative specialists will open the doors of their freshly-converted York Mills HQ in Mirfield (West Yorkshire) on 20 November, to hold this practical half-day session. Inviting mid-senior level decision makers from family-run start-ups through to established multi-generational family businesses, the workshop will explore how to leverage deep-rooted family values to fuel organisational development. The aim is to empower such companies – large and small – to harness the opportunities that come with a changing economic climate, so that they can continue to grow. “The role of the bloodline should not be underestimated in family firms,” explains Darren Evans, The Engine Room’s founder and design director. “It is usually the bedrock of a brand that drives a deep-rooted sense of purpose, a strong team dynamic and a feeling of togetherness which corporate-led entities struggle to emulate. “A bloodline therefore often acts as a key differential in a competitive marketplace and can prove crucial to business longevity and growth. But sometimes engrained values make family-run organisations resistant to change, and cultures sometimes start to waiver if the company passes from generation to generation.” “It’s our job to help evolve the DNA of a family business so that – rather than it becoming diluted – it can prove the springboard to greater innovation, increased sales and reputation continuity,” elaborated Lesley Gulliver, managing director of The Engine Room. “We’re therefore looking forward to sharing 50 years’ of combined experience working with family firms, so that organisations without a brand partner can unlock the same successes.” The idea for the workshop follows the recent publication of The Engine Room’s white paper – The evolution of a family business: A guide to using brand to boost sales – which has gone on to be the consultancy’s most popular resource download to date. “The paper talks readers through the evolution of an eighth-generation company which dates back to 1832, the role that brand has played in the global expansion of scalp-cooling specialist Paxman, and the story – so far – of a much younger husband-and-wife-owned venture,” concluded Darren. “But we recognise that some people would rather meet in person to get ‘hands on’ with a topic, rather than finding the time to digest a detailed white paper. That’s the rationale behind this event.” The practical workshop will run from 09:00-13:00 on 20 November and costs £200 to attend including lunch and refreshments. Pre-registration is essential – please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leveraging-family-values-in-a-family-business-tickets-71676485297 to book a place.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Electrical specialist relocates to larger premises in Brighouse

Posted: Wednesday 11 September 2019

Commercial and industrial electrical services expert Brightlec has signed a three-year lease on Unit 1 Woodvale Workshops, Brighouse, to support company growth. Previously based in Leeds, Brightlec has expanded considerably during 2018/2019, adding four new team members and increasing turnover by 30%. The firm is now moving to the new 1,846 sq ft space with industrial property lettings specialist Towngate PLC, to facilitate further team growth before the end of the year. The workshop also includes a newly-refurbished office and reception, ample parking and a modern kitchen. With clients including BT/Openreach, Airsys, Leeds City Council, Service2 and M&E, Brightlec has over 30 years’ combined experience in providing cost-effective and quality electrical services for organisations throughout the UK. The company’s move to Brighouse will be another boost to the town’s business community. And this new location will benefit the brand considerably, with its easy access to the national motorway network – meaning staff can reach customers easily and efficiently. Tom Beetham, director at Brightlec, commented on the new warehouse: “Due to our company expansion we outgrew our old premises, so we were on the lookout for somewhere larger with good motorway access. We contacted Towngate PLC to enquire about this unit and within the day we were invited over to take a look. “Towngate were fantastic throughout the process, from the initial visit through to contract completion. When the previous tenants left, the building was fully refurbished which was to a high standard and managed excellently.’’ Towngate PLC’s facilities manager, Jake Wilde, added: “We are delighted to have Brightlec on board. We too are based at Woodvale, within the Office Park, and we welcome the company as both our tenant and neighbour. “The modern workshop unit was on the market only for a very short time, as Brighouse continues to attract more businesses to the area. Brighouse is ever increasing in popularity due to its scenic surroundings, local amenities and proximity to the M62. I am sure the property will work well for them, and we’re looking forward to working with them throughout 2019 and beyond.”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Bling Fling charity lunch returns with a vintage theme

Posted: Wednesday 11 September 2019

The Bling Fling charity businesswomen’s lunch is back again in 2020 raising money for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice – and this time with a Vintage theme. Next year’s event takes place on Friday, 1st May, at The Arches in Dean Clough Halifax and with the 75th anniversary of VE day falling the week after, it was decided that the Vintage theme would be a great way to incorporate this into the celebrations. The Bling Fling is a charity ladies’ lunch with a difference. Guests will spend the day having the opportunity to win spectacular prizes in a multitude of ways before dancing the night away to live music. For anyone hoping to get tickets they have, unfortunately, already missed the boat as the event sold out in just a week. However, there are still ways that people can get involved. “The Bling Fling needs you!” … Organisers are looking for businesses to sponsor the event. There are many ways in which sponsors can give their support, from being the Headline sponsor, to taking out an advert in the event brochure. There is even the opportunity for you to create your own Bling Sponsorship pack to share your suggestions and support in a way that works for you. Sponsoring the Bling Fling is a great way for people to get their business in front of 300 businesswomen. Head of the Bling Fling Committee Vicki Davenport said: “We are so excited to be back for a third year. The event has always received great feedback and we can’t believe how quickly it sold out. Not only is the event a great chance for businesswomen to let their hair down but it’s a fantastic way of raising money for a good cause. “Forget Me Not do amazing work each year. However, without funds they can’t continue to do this. We feel privileged to be able to hold this event each year and raise money for them. But we need you to get involved! Businesses who sponsor the event help to make it the great success that it is.” The Floral Bling Fling raised an amazing amount of £22,000 at the 2019 lunch and in 2018 the Diamond Bling Fling raised £17,750. In 2020 the Bling Fling is hoping to beat the amount raised once again. The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, based in Huddersfield, supports families whose children have life shortening illnesses. They need to raise £4 million a year to continue to care for the more than 500 families they currently look after. If you’d like to be a sponsor for the Bling Fling you can get in touch by emailing marketing@theblingfling.co.uk
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
Huddersfield Copywriter Wins New Legacy Client

Posted: Monday 09 September 2019

Huddersfield based copywriter Rob Beadle has signed a new client who works with businesses to plan their legacies. The Legacy Studio help individuals and business owners with wills, lasting powers of attorney and funeral plans. Rob Beadle will write content for their marketing campaign to small businesses in the dental sector. Tony Carter, Director of The Legacy Studio, comments: “I’ve chosen to work with Rob because I need a professional who can get my points across. And who I can trust to meet our deadlines. “Many small business owners don’t realise that having a will isn't enough to protect your business. You also need a lasting power of attorney, in case you have a serious illness or accident.” Rob Beadle said: “It’s great to support the growth of other local businesses. I look forward to helping Tony and The Legacy Studio get their message out to other small businesses.” Rob Beadle writes copy and content for companies' online and print marketing campaigns. He also trains small businesses on how to improve their marketing through copywriting. The Legacy Studio is based in Huddersfield and has customers across England and Wales.
Posted by Rob Beadle Copywriting
Greenhead College launches new initiative for life beyond the lecture theatre

Posted: Monday 09 September 2019

Huddersfield’s Greenhead College has launched a new initiative for the forthcoming academic year – designed to prepare young people for adulthood. Once per month, inspiring Yorkshire professionals from a range of backgrounds and professions – including a racing driver, soldier-turned-CEO and life coach – will deliver a series of seminars, set to highlight crucial life skills. Reflecting the diverse student population – and with something that appeals to all – the monthly talks are intended to further strengthen Greenhead's commitment to delivering a rounded learning experience, for ages 16 – 18. Confirmed names include Daniel Northcott, founder of Access North, Tim Mercer, CEO at Vapour Cloud as well as owner of PiP To Grow Strong, Natasha McCreesh, while other notable speakers include chartered financial advisor, Louise Woollard, Dr Shelley Harrington, a lecturer in organisational behaviour, and founder of Benchmark Marketing, Margaret Hartley, who will present alongside racing driver Max Coates. Subjects covered will include managing finances, setting up a business, presentation skills and project management. As a result, it is here that A1 and A2 students will leave each session feeling inspired, energised and confident about life after college. The programme is being driven by college alumni and governor, Katie Mallinson, who has built a successful career as the founder and MD of award-winning firm, Scriba PR. Katie explained: “It’s important for young people to leave college with a solid education, but Greenhead is also passionate about equipping young people with the life-skills they need for life after studies. Those who are preparing for further education, considering the path they want their careers to follow, and/or getting ready to leave home for the first time will need off-syllabus support. “When developing the programme, I thought about what I wish I’d known more about at 17 – or at least had on my radar. With one seminar per month, the topics will rarely be academic, instead looking to equip the listeners with knowledge which they can take with them when they progress beyond Greenhead.” Simon Lett, principal of Greenhead College, added: “Ofsted is increasingly looking at colleges to provide a more holistic educational experience – which goes far beyond the four walls of the classroom. We’re sure that, given some of the confirmed speakers, uptake will be high!” Each month, up to three leaders in their field will present for half an hour and participate in an interactive Q&A. Afterwards, there will be one-on-one time, enabling students to field any extra burning questions in a more closed setting.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Specialist Glass Products appoints Sales Manager

Posted: Friday 06 September 2019

Specialist Glass Products Ltd (SGP) has appointed Simon Moore in a newly created position as Sales Manager to help drive growth after recent substantial investment and expansion of the business. Moore has more than 30 years’ experience in the glass and fenestration industry and brings a wealth of sales knowledge and experience to the role. Responsibilities include developing the strategic sales plan of the business in the next few years as well as focusing on customer service and customer development. Moore also has previous experience in senior management sales roles. Specialist Glass Products has invested £5.5 million in the past year into expanding its factory, allowing the business to be the only manufacturer of certain glass products within the UK. New equipment has also allowed SGP to refine its current offering and become more efficient. Andrew Taylor, co-founder and MD of Specialist Glass Products commented, “We are pleased to get Simon on board at this exciting and pivotal point in the development of the business and we’re looking forward to his assistance in the expansion plans.” Simon Moore commented: “It is a pleasure to work with such an established brand as Specialist Glass Products and I am excited to get the opportunity to be a part growth that is in the pipeline.”
Posted by KC Communications
Young Kirklees women urged to apply for exciting music studio opportunities

Posted: Thursday 05 September 2019

• YSWN launches two paid traineeships to boost women in the music industry • Huddersfield’s BASSment Studios and Greenmount Studios in Leeds teaching skills • Rare opportunity is open to women* aged 18-25 living in Kirklees Women* in Kirklees with their sights set on the music industry have an exciting new opportunity to take their first steps towards their chosen career. Yorkshire Sound Women Network (YSWN) is launching two trainee opportunities for young women living in Kirklees who want to gain real-life experience of working in a recording studio. The organisation, a non-profit Community Interest Company based in Huddersfield, has teamed up with BASSment Studios in Huddersfield and Greenmount Studios in Leeds to offer two paid internships that will give trainees a valuable first step into the world of music production. The internships have been created as part of YSWN’s mission to provide better opportunities for women within the music industry, combating a gender gap which means that currently fewer than 5 percent of ‘behind the glass’ studio sound engineers and only 10 per cent of undergraduate music technology students nationally are women. The organisation’s own research uncovered a similar situation in Yorkshire, with around 7 in 10 of recording studios surveyed across the region being entirely male environments. Each successful applicant will get hands-on experience in assisting with the day-to-day business of a busy recording studio, shadowing sound engineers as they record and mix bands, helping with studio maintenance and learning about production from members of staff. The chosen trainees will have a real love of and enthusiasm for music and how it’s made, and while previous experience with a digital audio workstation (DAW) is welcomed. Instead, applicants should demonstrate that they have a positive attitude and are willing to learn all they can about how studios work. To make the opportunities accessible to as many eligible women as possible, each placement is for 16 days in total, worked flexibly between September and December this year and comes with a £2,000 bursary (including travel expenses). The opportunity is supported by Kirklees Council via the Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool. ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to get some valuable, real-world experience of working in a music studio – _an area where we know that employment opportunities for women can be all too scarce,_’ says Heidi Johnson, YSWN Development Manager. ‘YSWN is delighted to be able to partner with BASSment Studios and Greenmount Studios to begin to rectify the gender gap with these paid trainee opportunities.’ How to apply Visit https://bit.ly/2Lhph6C via the YSWN website at yorkshiresoundwomen.com to download full details of each placement and how to apply, or email info@yorkshiresoundwomen.com to request the information. Please note this is a positive action paid trainee opportunity aimed at women and non-binary people aged 18-25 years old. Applicants must be currently resident in Kirklees. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 9 September 2019. *The opportunities are open to cis- and transgender women and gender non-binary/non-conforming people.
Posted by KC Communications
Events Announced

Posted: Monday 02 September 2019

The next couple of months promises to be a busy period for Equilibrium Risk with 2 events planned. The first is the Understanding your Security Risk workshop being held on the 25th September, the second is a seminar being held on the 2nd October as part of Huddersfield Business Week- Modern Protection in a Modern, Connected World. These events continue to cement Equilibrium Risk’s aim of helping business growth through effective, balanced security. The Understanding your Security Risk workshop is run in collaboration with the Mid-Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce (MYCCI). It is the third one that has been run this year and promises to be another well-attended event. It will be held between 9am and 12pm in the MYCCI offices- off Bradley Road in Huddersfield, HD2 1GQ. Equilibrium Risk are also hosting a joint seminar with insurance partner Ravenhall Risk as part of the inaugural Huddersfield Business Week. The seminar will take place in Lockwood Park, HD4 6EN and promises to be a bonanza of information of what business can do pre and post a security incident. Equilibrium Risk are intent on helping business owners make better decisions about security by providing accurate and useful information. According to CPO magazine, 50% of all cyber-attacks in 2019 are targeted at small business, so there has never been a better time to fully understand what your options are. Understanding the risks your business faces is vital in achieving effective security. The workshops help business owners, particularly manufacturers who are looking to automate more of their operations, identify what assets in their business need protecting, what threats there are against those assets and assesses how vulnerable each asset is to attack. Each analysis is individual to every business and allows for detailed security planning. Run as part of the Huddersfield Business Week, the seminar promises to be a fantastic morning of information about protecting your business effectively. Huddersfield Business Week has been organised by local marketing agency KC Communications, with events running throughout the whole week and across the region. Partnering with insurance company Ravenhall Risk for the second time, the seminar will provide expert information about what steps you can take to protect your business and what steps you can take after a security incident. Previous attendees of the workshop have said: “A complex subject that is broken down to manageable, practical sections.” – Kerry, Winder Power. “It was well delivered and very informative” – Steve, SMP Training. Luke, Director at Equilibrium Risk said, “I am really looking forward to the next couple of months and what promises to be a busy but rewarding period for Equilibrium Risk.” “I am excited to be working with the Chamber of Commerce again. They are a great partner and have really supported us over the last few years. The workshop, we run with them, has been well received and I have no doubt it will continue to be so” “Working with Neil at Ravenhall is always a pleasure; his knowledge is second to none and he doesn’t fail to bring a smile to the room. I’m sure it will be a well-attended event.” “Laying on these events free of charge really highlights our aim of supporting business to grow through effective and balance security.” Equilibrium Risk will publish how you can attend either of the events soon.
Posted by Equilibrium Risk Ltd
Batley and Spen MP opens fire vehicle manufacturer factory

Posted: Monday 02 September 2019

Batley and Spen MP, Tracy Brabin, has officially opened a new factory at Angloco, Britain’s longest-established manufacturer of fire engines – doubling the company’s production capacity. The 12,000 sq ft site on Alexandra Road, Batley, is now up and running, alongside Angloco’s 30,000 sq ft headquarters, meaning it can now turn out more than 100 fire engines per year. And the business, currently employing 90 people, is searching for 15 new employees to join the team before the end of the year – with further recruitment planned in 2020 and beyond. The new nine-bay unit will allow Angloco to fulfil increasing numbers of large orders such as its latest multi-vehicle contract with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, totalling 33 fire engines. The first of Lincolnshire’s vehicles was ceremonially driven out of the factory doors at the opening, with Ms Brabin on board. Alistair Brown, managing director at Angloco, said: “We only moved in to the new factory space in April and to have completed our first fire engine just a few months later is an amazing achievement. “I can’t thank the production team enough for working so hard to make this happen. They have done a fantastic job getting the new space up and running, so we’re now looking to significantly boost the team to support our growth.” Established in 1965, firefighting and rescue vehicle specialist Angloco predicts turnover to rocket from £13m (2017-2018) to £25m by the end of 2020. “We’re looking for people who are skilled and eager to learn, to join our teams of auto electricians, coachbuilders, fabricators mechanical fitters and service engineers,” continued Alistair. “This is a great and exciting time for Angloco, and we are looking forward to welcoming some new, fresh talent to the business.” Batley and Spen MP, Tracy Brabin, toured the works and met staff. She told the assembled team members: “It’s always a great experience visiting Angloco – I love coming here. The sense of family, as well as the level of skill in the team, is just fantastic. “The expansion is amazing, and I’ll be talking about this success with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for fire services in Westminster. I’m super proud of what you do, and you’re a real credit to the Batley and Spen area.” Angloco supplies all UK Fire and Rescue Services with vehicles and equipment, and has now exported to 70 overseas countries to date. Anyone interested in working for Angloco should contact the HR department at personnel@angloco.co.uk.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Smith Brothers enlisted by NextEnergy Solar Fund for Little Staughton solar project

Posted: Monday 02 September 2019

High-voltage power contractor, Smith Brothers has been appointed by NextEnergy Solar Fund as the Independent Connection Provider (ICP) on a new solar-generation project. The Yorkshire-based contracting firm will design, construct, install and test a UK Power Networks (UKPN) 132kV substation and Private 132/33kV customer substation in Little Staughton, Cambridgeshire. A specialist investment and asset manager in the solar sector, NextEnergy has been a leading light in the generation of a more sustainable future since 2007 and, most recently, a forerunner in the UK market driving towards subsidy-free solar. This is the first time the two firms have worked together and, with construction work underway, Smith Brothers are responsible for delivering both contestable and private works. With the location set to be operational by the end of 2019, the project isn’t without its challenges. Plans also need to be made for a 4km fibre connection between the new 132kV substation and that at Eaton Socon – which will run across agricultural land. Commenting on the partnership, NextEnergy Capital Ltd’s managing director, Ross Grier, said: “This is the first time we have worked with the Smith Brothers team, but their turnkey solutions were exactly what we were looking for in an ICP for this project. “Their reputation for efficient project management and delivery on similar connection assignments helped them to stand out from their peers and we hope to continue to work together on subsequent schemes in the future.” John Benson, Project Manager at Smith Brothers, added: “We are excited to be welcoming Next Energy to the Smith Brothers portfolio. We have seen a rapid rise in the demand for our expertise within the renewables sector in recent years, a trend we hope to see continue through 2019.” Headquartered in Elland, West Yorkshire – and celebrating their 20th birthday in 2019 – Smith Brothers is a high-voltage power engineering contractor and accredited ICP, specialising in delivering turnkey network connection packages across an array of sectors – including renewable energy, utilities, industrial and commercial.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
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