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Smith Brothers to provide EPC services as part of £78m net zero flexible power generation scheme

Posted: Tuesday 30 November 2021

Specialist high voltage engineering and contracting firm Smith Brothers, has been appointed to provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) expertise to a portfolio of projects – designed to support the transition towards more sustainable power generation. The £78m programme – a joint venture between LMPH and Victory Hill – represents a commitment to fund innovative net zero flexible power generation projects in the UK. Under the scope of works, Smith Brothers will provide EPC support in relation to the pair of planned combined heat and power plants, which will bring together high-efficiency, gas-fired engine technology with a carbon capture and re-use system – to provide a clean, net-zero, flexible, and dependable electricity solution for the UK. The Yorkshire-headquartered electrical engineering specialist will also act as the Independent Connection Provider (ICP) for the new 10MW, 33kV Western Power Distribution (WPD) loop connection at the Rhodesia site in Nottinghamshire. Once operational, the projects will produce highly efficient flexible power, which will help secure the supply within the UK electricity grid and contribute to the growth in renewable generation capacity. Alan Hoyle, project manager, of Smith Brothers added: “This carbon capture project is the first project of its kind in the UK and represents the future of power generation – if we’re to achieve our nation’s net zero ambitions. As such, we’re delighted to be joining such a powerhouse of organisations to deliver on this vital scheme.” Richard Lum, Co-CIO of Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP said: "The UK harbours ambitious plans to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and is rightly increasing capacity for renewable power generation. At the same time, fossil fuel generators continue to leave the system. “While admirable, the situation risks creating a perfect storm for system interruptions if supply from weather-dependent renewable sources is unable to keep-up with accelerating demand for electricity in the coming decades. “The aim of this portfolio is to ensure the UK electricity grid can meet growing demand and keep the lights on without resorting to excessive levels of harmful fossil fuels, as it becomes increasingly reliant on renewable power. These projects will provide a highly efficient, flexible source of power that can be called upon when needed, and at short notice, to plug any shortfall in power generation from wind or solar." Six months of design work is already underway, with work scheduled to begin on site in summer 2022, and energisation expected in 2023. Smith Brothers joins some of the world's leading industrial technology companies as part of the delivery, including Rolls Royce/Yellow Power, Swedish industrial group, Climeon, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group subsidiary Turboden based in Italy, and privately-held Swiss Carbon Capture technology manufacturer, ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd.
Posted by Scriba PR
Smith Brothers to provide EPC services as part of £78m net zero flexible power generation scheme

Posted: Monday 22 November 2021

Specialist high voltage engineering and contracting firm Smith Brothers, has been appointed to provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) expertise to a portfolio of projects – designed to support the transition towards more sustainable power generation. The £78m programme – a joint venture between LMPH and Victory Hill – represents a commitment to fund innovative net zero flexible power generation projects in the UK. Under the scope of works, Smith Brothers will provide EPC support in relation to the pair of planned combined heat and power plants, which will bring together high-efficiency, gas-fired engine technology with a carbon capture and re-use system – to provide a clean, net-zero, flexible, and dependable electricity solution for the UK. The Yorkshire-headquartered electrical engineering specialist will also act as the Independent Connection Provider (ICP) for the new 10MW, 33kV Western Power Distribution (WPD) loop connection at the Rhodesia site in Nottinghamshire. Once operational, the projects will produce highly efficient flexible power, which will help secure the supply within the UK electricity grid and contribute to the growth in renewable generation capacity. Alan Hoyle, project manager, of Smith Brothers added: “This carbon capture project is the first project of its kind in the UK and represents the future of power generation – if we’re to achieve our nation’s net zero ambitions. As such, we’re delighted to be joining such a powerhouse of organisations to deliver on this vital scheme.” Richard Lum, Co-CIO of Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLP said: "The UK harbours ambitious plans to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and is rightly increasing capacity for renewable power generation. At the same time, fossil fuel generators continue to leave the system. “While admirable, the situation risks creating a perfect storm for system interruptions if supply from weather-dependent renewable sources is unable to keep-up with accelerating demand for electricity in the coming decades. “The aim of this portfolio is to ensure the UK electricity grid can meet growing demand and keep the lights on without resorting to excessive levels of harmful fossil fuels, as it becomes increasingly reliant on renewable power. These projects will provide a highly efficient, flexible source of power that can be called upon when needed, and at short notice, to plug any shortfall in power generation from wind or solar." Six months of design work is already underway, with work scheduled to begin on site in summer 2022, and energisation expected in 2023. Smith Brothers joins some of the world's leading industrial technology companies as part of the delivery, including Rolls Royce/Yellow Power, Swedish industrial group, Climeon, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group subsidiary Turboden based in Italy, and privately-held Swiss Carbon Capture technology manufacturer, ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd.
Posted by Scriba PR
Secure Yourself a Better Future

Posted: Monday 22 November 2021

As STEM professionals we understand how important it is to lead your team, continually develop your career, and build your business or department successfully. Leading effectively from the front requires not only great people skills, but also a level of self-awareness. Designed with you in mind, our practical self-awareness workshop will help you gain insight into not only what makes you unique, but how your thoughts and working practices influence those around you. Having an insight into your own inner workings is what makes the difference between ‘a good leader’ and ‘an outstanding leader’. It is about understanding yourself, as much as the people that work with you. We will provide you with the tools and techniques to enable you to build a happy and successful team, business or career. Book today and secure yourself a better future with this Royal Society of Biology CPD approved interactive workshop. You will receive a certificate of completion too. https://bit.ly/STEM-Leadership-Skills-Jan2022 Image Source: Pixabay
Posted by SYJTL (Dr R Brown-Shepherd T/A)
YPS Acquire Second Distribution Centre in Response to Period of Explosive Growth

Posted: Monday 22 November 2021

Yorkshire Packaging Systems (YPS), the leading UK suppliers of flexible wrapping solutions, have announced the acquisition of an additional Northern distribution centre opening for business on Friday 19th November 2021. The addition of this Heckmondwike-based site will see the scale of YPS occupied territory increase significantly to 70,000 sq foot and represents another great success for the unstoppable family packaging business. The securement of this purpose-built warehouse space comes only nine months after the official opening of YPS’s new HQ, showroom and distribution centre in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, following a wholesale relocation from a significantly smaller site in Dewsbury. The thriving firm have consistently gone from strength to strength over the last decade but report that over the last twelve months in particular their growth has been ‘explosive’. 2021 has indeed shaped up to be a landmark year for the business, with growth stimulated not only by the investment in their sleek new headquarters, but also by a rebranded image, a workforce which has increased by 50% and a significantly expanded product range recently bolstered by cutting edge e-commerce packaging equipment and a range of recycled content flexible films. YPS M.D. Glyn Johnson disclosed that the leased Heckmondwike facility is to be used as a storage and distribution site and is a stop-gap measure to accommodate the ever-growing demand for shrink and stretch film from the firm’s customer base until a suitable plot becomes available to amalgamate the business back to a single site operation. YPS prides itself on its capacity to stock-hold large quantities of these market-leading films that are primed and ready for next day deliveries to customers across the UK, something the firm were not willing to compromise on. As such, YPS drew on the expertise of local property experts Wharfdale, with whom the business has enjoyed a longstanding relationship, and this ideal space was sourced, scoped and secured within only a ten-day period. ‘Heckmondwike will allow us to meet our growing demand with almost immediate effect and uphold our fantastic levels of customer service without interruption. Longer term we are actually on the lookout for a permanent acquisition that will take our domain up to 100,000 sq foot in total, but this site was just too good an opportunity to pass up on in the short term’ Johnson continued. The 20,000 sq foot distribution centre in Heckmondwike boasts a high double bay, state-of-the art warehouse space flanked by over one acre of dedicated yards and car parks. Situated within a fenced and gated industrial estate, the property is only a short 12 minute drive from the businesses’ primary Brighouse address and offers excellent transport links up and down the M62 corridor. Find YPS’s secondary NDC at Unit 25, Flush Mills, Westgate, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, WF16 0EN.
Posted by Yorkshire Packaging Systems
Old Buildings Vs New Buildings

Posted: Monday 15 November 2021

Operating out of a factory means that you will be concerned with the security of the building. Any damage to the building itself, could delay or even cease operations. While a breach of your building could mean your machinery, stock or products are damaged or destroyed. Or even worse, your staff are harmed! All of which costs you valuable time and money. As we continue to look at the security of buildings, in this blog, we explore the differences between old and new buildings. For more information about protecting buildings, look at our Guide: https://bit.ly/3m2BLm8 Old Buildings Old buildings are more likely to be compartmentalised – broken down into smaller manageable spaces. This allows better control of access & egress into these areas. Higher values items can be centralised into a single compartment with stronger security controls. Corridors and stairways are often not in straight lines. Although this is not ideal for surveillance purposes, it is a strength in terms of protection against terrorism. A marauding gunman, for example, will not have clear fields of fire. Building layout may be difficult to navigate. This can mean it is difficult for an intruder to find his way around a building to find an asset or item of value. Windows in older buildings, especially if they are original, have weaker frames and glazing. The windowpanes were often secured using putty which allow for easy removal. As with windows, doors and their frames, maybe weaker than more modern door sets. Older buildings often have roof spaces that are easy to access. This leads to easy and concealed unauthorised access as roofs are often easy to penetrate. Although stated as a ‘Pro’ earlier, often older buildings do not have straight corridors or stairways which can lead to blind spots for natural and CCTV surveillance. There can also be a lack of natural light which gives the potential for easy places to hide. Neighbouring buildings are often closer with older buildings, often sharing a wall or roof space. Inherent weaknesses in the neighbouring buildings will cause weaknesses in your building. Further to the above, it can be difficult to establish a perimeter with older buildings. So, more thought needs to go into creating that layered security plan. New Buildings Modern buildings integrate security aesthetics in a better way but are not perfect. Let’s have a look: Modern windows are designed to be more secure. Often, they are not designed to open if there are air conditioning units or environmental control systems built in. Security is often designed into the building. Meaning high value items, such as server rooms, will be located in purpose built rooms. New buildings often have straight walls and corridors which provide good surveillance. Although, as mentioned, this can be a double edged sword. Most modern buildings are now open plan. Although this is good for natural and CCTV surveillance, it must be noted that insecurities are often created by valuable assets being on display. Ducting and crawl spaces can provide cover for assailants and offer increased opportunity for concealment. And lastly, new buildings are built to a tight budget. Unless otherwise specified, the builders may have installed weak locks with commonly available keys. Whether you have an old building or new building, it is important to: 1. Take advantage of the strengths of that building 2. Put in measures to mitigate the weaknesses. If you would like to know more about protecting buildings, then please download our guide here: https://bit.ly/3m2BLm8
Posted by Equilibrium Risk Ltd
New Year - New Plan? A Super Simple Social Media Guide....For Free

Posted: Tuesday 09 November 2021

Are you struggling with social media marketing? Get our free step-by-step guide on how to build a consistent social media presence without spending £££'s and hours of time. Visit http://socialsendr.com/sssmg
Posted by Justo Software Ltd
International DJ Tom Zanetti unveiled as face of new clothing brand, led by Huddersfield businessman

Posted: Monday 08 November 2021

Internationally renowned DJ Tom Zanetti has been unveiled as the face of a new lifestyle clothing brand, led by a Huddersfield-based businessman. BE VIP – the brainchild of Joshua Lockwood – launched in June, with a capsule range of hoodies, t-shirts, swim shorts, hats and loafers, starting from £45. The brand was initially launched in 2016 as a venture between the-then 20-year-old Josh and founder of Owen Scott Bespoke, Scott Hufton. An exclusive loafer brand, BE VIP quickly became the footwear of choice for young 20 and 30-party goers and influencers who wanted a luxurious, high-quality loafer without the high price tag of a Louis Vuitton one. After three years, the brand evolved, and the business partners realised that they needed to expand their range of clothing. Rather than rush it, they took their time to create a range of products which had a strong brand, and that elevated quality, to compete with high-end designers. Scott is still involved in the business, and the line has been heavily influenced by his 17-year background in tailoring. Each piece has a hint of tailoring added to make them unique. In the four months since its launch, thousands of products have been sold nationally, which are shipped straight from the firm’s fulfilment company based in West Yorkshire. Speaking about the launch, Josh said: “We are incredibly proud of the brand that we’ve created. It’s taken a long time of working behind the scenes to get to this point. We were pretty much silent for two years whilst we tested hundreds of different samples, from the fabrics to the fit, even down to the detailing on the eyelets. “We knew that there was a huge opportunity within the middle to high-end clothing sector to build an aspirational brand. Our brand embodies the party-goers and the Ibiza lovers. That’s why Tom Zanetti is such a good fit. He is very down to earth and aspires to achieve, he’s very humble and he puts his all into everything he does. That’s what BE VIP is all about.” Josh was just 16 when he set up his first business, buying Fruit of the Loom t-shirts and branding them up with his own logos. He continued: “I’ve always known that if I want to make something of myself, I’d have to do it for myself. I left school and went to Huddersfield University. I quickly realised it wasn’t for me, so knowing that Scott was well-known locally, I went into his shop and spent what was left of my student loan on buying a suit, just to get the chance to speak to him. My gamble paid off and I somehow managed to convince him to start BE VIP with me. The rest is history, as they say!” It's been a busy few months for Josh, having welcomed his first child in June 2021. The brand is now working on an exclusive VIP lifestyle members-only club card.
Posted by Byram, Amy
Chadwick Lawrence joins Empire House in bid to reach new area of Huddersfield

Posted: Monday 08 November 2021

A 250-strong local law firm is the latest brand to join a business members’ club in Slaithwaite, Huddersfield. Chadwick Lawrence has signed up to a ‘Business Member Plus’ membership at Empire House – the highest tier of membership available. The membership unlocks marketing benefits and business support, which will help to power Chadwick Lawrence’s ambitions of becoming Yorkshire’s number one law firm. Joining 25 other brands, including Venari Group, Red Diamond Executive, Redbak and Cloud Gateway, Chadwick Lawrence will use its membership to improve its reach within the Colne Valley without the need for a fixed-cost physical office presence. Empire House will host regular, free drop-in clinics with an expert from Chadwick Lawrence, offering other members and the public free advice and guidance in various areas of law. Sarah Power, Partner and Head of the Family Law Team at Chadwick Lawrence, said: “As local business continues to evolve, it has never been more important for us to seek new ways to stand out, whilst increasing our reach and deepening our relationships. We recognised Empire House as a new, exciting, and unique business that is building momentum locally, and we were keen to work them from the outset. “We are impressed by the other brands that have a presence at Empire House and we look forward to building new local business relationships, whilst taking advantage of other benefits, such as being able to meet clients in a professional environment, use of the boardroom and afterwork drinks for our team.” Chadwick Lawrence’s first drop-in clinic is taking place on Wednesday 10th November with a focus on wills and probate, where the firm will be offering free legal advice in relation to the preparation of Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney. Amy Byram, founder of Empire House, said: “We are delighted to have Chadwick Lawrence on board as a member and admire their growth plans. Part of their membership gives them exclusivity for their sector, so it’s a shrewd business decision. We look forward to helping them drive their ambitious business objectives whilst simultaneously seeing the value they add to our community. It’s already a really strong partnership.” Commenting on the development of Empire House since its launch in July, Amy continued: “We are proud to see how organically relationships happen at Empire House. It's a laidback place to network but it's also given people the opportunity to meet others who they may never have crossed paths with before. In the past, members' clubs were seen as being elitist, but we want people to feel at home here. Empire House is for people who expect more of themselves and their workplace – proper entrepreneurs and self-made people – and there is a real positive energy about the place. Now is a great time to join.”
Posted by Byram, Amy
Yorkshire cloud disruptors join forces to shake up industry

Posted: Thursday 04 November 2021

Two disruptive cloud tech firms – both headquartered in Yorkshire – have announced an industry collaboration to supercharge the digital transformation solutions delivered to clients. Managed IT specialist CloudCoCo, based in Leeds, will strengthen the cybersecurity offering provided by Huddersfield’s Vapour. And in return, network guru Vapour will enhance CloudCoCo’s infrastructure with the addition of security-first SD-WAN connectivity – a cost-effective, scalable cloud technology that integrates network and user security, with ease, for high performance remote working. The alliance signals the latest in a series of strategic partnerships for Vapour – an organisation that has never shied away from joining forces with the industry’s brightest talent, when approaching customers’ digital transformation projects. “Organisations – certainly in the larger SME market and above – don’t expect or want a vendor to be a ‘jack of all trades’ anymore,” explained Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer. “They seek to place their trust in a small number of proven experts who will listen carefully to the brief and deliver exactly what the business needs. Partnerships, in this environment, are therefore key. But they have to be carefully formed, between specialists whose technologies, standards, and cultures, are on a par, with no exceptions.” With both companies closely aligned with enterprise cybersecurity giant Fortinet, the credibility of the two brands was clear when discussions to partner first began. “We’re here to demystify cloud technologies to make the impossible, possible,” Tim added. “You can only do that by remaining straight-talking and customer focused at all times, and sometimes going against the grain. We’re not afraid to do that, and neither is CloudCoCo. I think both companies – and the teams within them – are respected for their honesty, so we’re a good fit when it comes to devising solutions, together.” Like Tim, Mark Halpin’s cloud-first vision was also dismissed when he too left the corporate world to set up CloudCoCo. Fast forward three years, and the business now has more than 1,000 customers, £27m turnover, and has recently acquired managed service provider IDE Connect and Nimoveri IT Support. “I was told I was cloud cuckoo for believing the managed IT sector had become slow, unresponsive, boring and broken, so in April 2018 I left my long-term job and built a company of agile, fiercely passionate, and supremely talented cloud, cybersecurity, connectivity, hardware and hosted voice professionals,” explained Mark. “Tim and I share a similar back story and many values too – not least a passion for delighting customers with the help of progressive people and powerful technology that doesn’t have to be complicated. This partnership could mean great things for both our respective teams. CloudCoco has an unlimited ambition in terms of growth, so the future starts now.” Vapour is also forecasting 25% revenue growth by the end of the financial year.
Posted by Scriba PR
TEN years of Social Progress

Posted: Wednesday 03 November 2021

Social Progress announced this week that it has achieved a major milestone: 10 years of success in business. The Social Media Marketing Agency, which was launched in 2011 by Janet Bebb was originally set up to deliver LinkedIn Training has grown it’s services and team members over the years. The business now delivers training in all the most popular social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. They also started managing social media for businesses in 2014 and have grown to a team of eight. Most of which are Social Media Account Managers looking after over 44 different businesses both locally and UK wide. “To say that I am proud, grateful and extremely thankful to the team at Social Progress is an enormous understatement. They all work tirelessly to help our clients and are so professional in their approach and dedication.” Said Janet Bebb, Managing Director of Social Progress. “I’m also equally grateful to all the people we have met along the way, be those people that have attended training, trusted us with their social media management, supported us as suppliers or just being there for a natter, a coffee and of course a slice of CAKE! But there’s so much more we’re looking forward to in the future – the best is yet to come.” Although the bulk of the work Social Progress get involved in these days is the management of social media, they are also providing more and more in terms of video production, website design and build, graphic design. Some of which is provided directly in-house and some with trusted partners. And of course, Janet Bebb continues to work with Facebook and Enterprise Nation in support of the She Means Business Programme as she has since 2017. - Janet Bebb is one of only 30 Facebook Accredited She Means Business Trainers in the UK and is the only She Means Business Trainer in Yorkshire! Janet is also an Accredited Facebook Blueprint Lead Trainer. Through these programmes Social Progress have access to exclusive training tools from Facebook, or as we now know them to be, Meta. The ethos of Social Progress has always been to treat people with honesty and integrity. To them community is key. Whether that’s the local business community, causes close to the SoProTeam’s heart such as local or national charities, Fairtrade or eco-friendly related organisations. Over the past 10 years they have been nominated for various awards, including this year where in August 2021 they were the Eaton Smith Business of the Month. Social Progress have also won a Chamber Business Award for Best Use of Social Media and were Finalists for the UK Blog Awards for 2 consecutive years. Being awarded large tenders with Digital Enterprise and AD:VENTURE to deliver social media training amongst others have also helped Social Progress to be recognised as ‘experts’ in their field and extended their client reach across the Yorkshire region and beyond. Next year sees the return of Big Screen Social. In 2016 Social Progress launched their very own Twitter Wall software which has been used at various conferences and events, including Kirklees Business Conferences and Wakefield Business Conference to engage exhibitors, speakers and delegates alike with the event hashtag - in effect turning those associated into advocates for the events themselves. So watch out for Big Screen Social’s return coming soon. Even though everyone has had to change and adapt with the recent uncertainty, Social Progress have powered through and currently have their largest number of clients ever and have had a record year in terms of client retention rates. If readers are interested to know more about how the company can help you take your digital marketing to the next level, contact Social Progress Ltd on 01484 506336 or email: info@socialprogress.co.uk. And of course, you can find them on all social media platforms - Do get connected and say “hello” on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest & Instagram. #SoProHigh5!
Posted by Social Progress
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