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Smith Brothers wins five-year maintenance contract from Saint-Gobain Glass

Posted: Thursday 16 September 2021

Yorkshire high voltage power specialist Smith Brothers has been awarded a five-year contract to provide ongoing maintenance at the Goole home of Europe’s leading flat glass producer, Saint Gobain. The appointment follows news that Saint Gobain is investing £30m in its East Yorkshire site*, in a bid to further secure the long-term supply of high-quality glass in the UK – marking one of the largest single investments made in manufacturing capability in the UK glass and window industries this year. Under the new agreement, Smith Brothers’ services and infrastructure division will be responsible for conducting all routine maintenance relating to one 11kV and two 66kV substations – as well as the power control room and all associated electrical and protective equipment. Ben Whitaker, business development and sales manager at Smith Brothers explained: “This comprehensive maintenance agreement provides a healthy stream of work until 2026 – and falls firmly in line with our business strategy to bolster our flourishing maintenance portfolio. “There are not many contractors that can suitably operate and maintain both 66kV and 11kV infrastructure – as industrial sites usually rely on the latter. Therefore, we’re proud that our in-house expertise in high voltage (HV) and extra high voltage (EHV) – earned through years of working across a range of renewable and generation settings – enables us to ensure Saint Gobain Glass remains operational 24/7.” The contract comes three years after Smith Brothers was appointed as the Independent Connection Provider (ICP) to upgrade the Eggborough manufacturing facility’s HV system and connect it to the grid. Mick Dickinson, global reliability manager at Saint Gobain Glass added: “For manufacturing sites like ours – where smooth operations are key to business success – zero-downtime is really important, as any unforeseen interruptions can be highly disruptive. “Having worked with Smith Brothers on various electrical upgrades to the site in 2018 – and knowing the reliability and quality of service we received – we were keen to keep them involved in our day-to-day operations when the time came to review our long-term maintenance provider.” Works have already begun on the programme rollout – which will last until at least the end of May 2026 – in a bid to limit unnecessary downtime, nuisance tripping, and unexpected faults, while also ensuring substation safety for site workers. Headquartered in Elland, West Yorkshire, Smith Brothers is a leading high-voltage power contractor with an expanding portfolio of completed network connection assignments throughout the UK – spanning the industrial, commercial, renewable, and utility sectors.
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Allvotec and Vapour partner to accelerate the next generation UC integration

Posted: Thursday 02 September 2021

Allvotec – an ICT specialist for major service providers – has partnered with Yorkshire-headquartered disruptive cloud specialist Vapour, to bolster its Unified Communications portfolio. The 30-year-old organisation empowers more than 200 partners to drive the digital transformation and growth of their public and private customers. And as the market’s retirement of legacy systems continues at pace, in favour of next generation, cloud-based UC adoption, Allvotec sought to collaborate with a true UC specialist to accelerate its innovation roadmap. Vapour has therefore been appointed as a select partner for Avaya projects with <250 users. The Vapour Subscription Service (VSS) means Allvotec can securely deliver enterprise-grade UC services via Vapour’s private network infrastructure, with an end-to-end service wrap, complete with SIP if required. But the customer relationship and contract remain with them. Commenting on appointing Vapour, Allvotec’s CEO Dave Gardner said: “For three decades, we’ve delivered, supported and maintained tech solutions that enhance customers’ communications, collaboration and productivity, via a partner-exclusive business model. We only collaborate with true experts who are as confident and experienced in their respective fields, as we are. We’re forecasting a big growth over the next 12 months, as organisations’ digital transformation projects continue at pace. Vapour will now play a key part in accelerating our ability to innovate, and deliver successful UC solutions which are agile, robust and compliant.” Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer added: “Today’s UC offerings don’t always meet the needs of partners and their end users. However, with businesses demanding better quality cloud voice solutions than ever before, this is a great opportunity for a ‘Vapour x Allvotec’ collaboration to drive change in the market. Together, we can deliver enterprise-grade Avaya tools to Allvotec’s customers, while they retain complete control of the relationships they’ve built over the years.” Vapour has been one of Avaya’s fastest growing mid-market cloud voice partners in the UK, since 2018. Originally specialising in secure cloud voice, video, networks and storage, the eight-year-old business revealed a new tech toolkit at the turn of 2021, which now includes SD-WAN solutions, a Technology as a Service offering, TeamsLink integration to supercharge customers’ MS Teams capabilities, and more.
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Award-winning Leeds agency delivers distinctive design for Leach

Posted: Thursday 02 September 2021

Trio Media has launched a new website for print and display design solutions business, Leach. Leach is a market-leading print house that counts All Saints, Marks & Spencer, and Peloton as its customers. The Huddersfield-headquartered business develops bespoke, large-format display products for global customers, including graphics, lightboxes, and acoustic solutions for multiple sectors – including retail and events. Following on from a rebrand, Leach needed a website to champion their new brand design and drive customer enquiries and conversions. Trio Media transformed the look and feel of the website, building in a new user journey with emphasis on calls to action to encourage customer enquiries. Daniel Deakin, Head of Sales & Marketing at Leach said: “From the first meeting, the team at Trio Media understood our needs and consulted with us on how to get our website delivering a return for us. They were very supportive along the way even when we changed our minds, and we’re really happy with the result. We’ve had great feedback so far on the website, and we’re looking forward to continuing our great working relationship with the team at Trio.” Claire Daniels, CEO of Trio Media added: “Encouraging leads and conversions through the website was a really important factor for Leach, so we’ve worked hard to develop a website with this in mind. We’re pleased that this project has led to a longer-term relationship with Leach, as we’ve now started working with them on their email marketing, PPC and SEO. Trio Media is a fully integrated digital marketing agency based in Leeds and providing website design, SEO, PPC, social media, branding, and creative and lead generation services. They work with clients across the UK to drive business growth through digital marketing and web design, with clients including Lily Comms, Omniya Clinic and eSales Hub. Their talent for developing websites recently led to the agency winning Web Design Service of the Year at the Yorkshire Prestige Awards 2021. Assessment criteria for the awards included service offering, marketing, branding, social media presence, employee satisfaction and service excellence based on Trustpilot and Google reviews. The agency has received multiple awards in recent years, with Claire named CEO of the Year in 2020 and Most Influential CEO of the Year in Leeds in 2021. She also co-hosts two marketing podcasts - The North Star Podcast and Bobble Pod.
Posted by LIT Communication
Four key hires for technical PR agency

Posted: Monday 02 August 2021

Technical communications specialist Scriba PR has made four key hires – taking the headcount to 13 – to bolster its service offering and tackle even more strategic briefs. Bolstering the account management team is Katie Coxall, who joins the B2B PR firm from Open Communications Ltd – where she looked after messaging for the likes of HARIBO and The Yorkshire Mafia. With a wealth of agency experience and a masters degree in linguistics, Katie’s passion for the written word will see her lead on several of Scriba’s complex client accounts – including employee relations technology and workplace data analytics. She’s joined by digital marketing executive, Danielle Butler – a specialist in visual content who also volunteers for the CIM’s Yorkshire Regional Board as events and education ambassador, delivering support for students and industry professionals in the county as they further their career. Coming from a higher education background and having worked at the University of Huddersfield for the last seven years, Danielle strengthens Scriba’s service offering to ensure content is maximised and made accessible across various online platforms. Having recently graduated with a 2:1 in marketing from Manchester Metropolitan University, Bethany Lunt is Scriba’s newest PR executive. Already working on 15 client accounts, Bethany is responsible for drafting social media, newsletter, and web news copy, as well as helping with the distribution of press releases and collation of coverage. Executive assistant Shona Stringer completes the new line-up, swapping a career in personal training to work closely with Scriba’s management team, to oversee the smooth running of the award-winning comms agency’s Huddersfield HQ. These appointments complement increased demand for the firm to act as organisations’ bolt-on communications department, offering a complete marketing director service to those without access to an in-house resource. Speaking of the growing team, Scriba’s founder Katie Mallinson explained: “As our team develops to encompass a range of skills and strengths, everything comes back to a genuine passion for the written word. People are often surprised to learn that not one of our 13-strong team has a formal PR degree, but instead come from several relevant backgrounds – including journalism, marketing, linguistics, and law. “The business climate and world of communications never stops evolving, and there are so many more opportunities for us to add value with our content – especially for clients where we have a direct ‘in’ to the board. It’s true that PR often gets a bad reputation as being nothing but a costly expense, but we’re on a mission to change that.” Having welcomed 16 new accounts over the past 12 months, the news follows the communication agency's listing within the Prolific North Top 50 PR Agencies 2020.
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Huddersfield digital agency with humble beginnings marks three years in business with new client wins

Posted: Thursday 29 July 2021

Huddersfield-based Beanie Media, a web design and development, video and social media agency is celebrating its third birthday with two new client wins. Marking the anniversary, the team are celebrating winning website maintenance contracts for two large e-commerce brands, which will see projected growth over the next twelve months rise by 680 percent from its £57k start in year one. Melissa Roberts, Beanie Media’s managing director explained: “Selling products and services online is a growing market, accelerated by the recent pandemic. “We work closely with online retailers to ensure their products are seen and importantly, sold. We understand the importance of providing a positive first impression when customers visit a client’s website, and we provide the all-important tools to ensure this. “Winning two clients whilst celebrating our third birthday is the icing on the cake, and we can’t wait to grow the Beanie Media team and client base further.” Melissa and Dan Atkinson started the business from Starbucks with £30 in the bank in 2018, both leaving their jobs to take the plunge and launch Beanie Media. They were 18 and 19 at the time and spent the first six months building a reputation, networking and saving enough money to rent their own office space. Beanie Media has been built from the ground up, with the entrepreneurial co-founders using money from sales to reinvest into the business as it grows. Beanie Media specialises in supporting e-commerce businesses and believe that a web agency should consist of more than just creating a website, helping their clients implement the right marketing strategy to increase customers and profits. The digital agency works on marketing projects with clients in the UK, recently completing a design and web development project for the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and working with Hello Huddersfield – a project funded by Huddersfield BID. Beanie Media also handles the paid advertising for an online furniture company, driving a 32x return on their advertising spend and decreasing the cost per lead for a Yorkshire-based, electric gate company by over 60 percent, following a takeover from another agency. Looking to the future, Melissa has ambitious plans to grow Beanie Media and is focused on expanding their technical capability for website development and design projects. This will support the company in servicing its growing portfolio of e-commerce clients and attracting new customers. She’s also joined the board for the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, after being a patron for the last year, and a member since Beanie Media launched three years ago. Beanie Media has recently added two new employees to the team, welcoming Anna Coleman as a social media executive and Harry Howells joining the business as a paid media specialist. The company is currently recruiting for an e-commerce assistant and junior web developer to join their expanding team.
Posted by LIT Communication
Former EA games designer joins Yorkshire-headquartered The Engine Room as senior artworker

Posted: Tuesday 27 July 2021

Strategic brand consultancy The Engine Room has welcomed an established creative professional who has worked on global projects for Electronic Arts – including FIFA and The Sims – as well as Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Universal Pictures. Joining the Yorkshire firm as a senior artworker, Natalie Smith brings with her more than 15 years of professional design experience and project management expertise. Her appointment marks another milestone in The Engine Room’s recent growth trajectory which – despite Covid-19 – has seen the award-winning organisation expand its headcount by 50% after securing a number of new business opportunities since March 2020. Natalie will play an integral role in helping to deliver compelling campaign assets for market-leading brands spanning sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, tech and the public sector. Speaking about the latest appointment, The Engine Room’s managing director Lesley Gulliver said: “Natalie has a vast amount of experience and has worked on some major creative projects in B2B sectors, but also gaming, television and film that will really bolster our service offering. “We’re already beginning to see the impact she’s making on our clients’ projects and collaborations with employees. This is an exciting time to be a part of our sector as organisations continue to develop their propositions and review how their identities are perceived by customers.” Following a challenging climate, Natalie also believes brand has an important role to play in not only helping businesses to move beyond the pandemic but become more forward-thinking. “There have been some really positive movements in terms of enterprises embracing modern-day society and tackling issues that have an impact on us all – in particular, how vital it is for us to build more diverse and inclusive workforces,” she said. “Although there’s still a long way to go, brand can be the catalyst for societal change because it has the power to make us think differently and truly challenge what was once considered ‘the norm’.” And when commenting on her new surroundings, Natalie added: “Everyone has been so welcoming. There are no egos and colleagues are encouraged to provide valuable input, and a personalised, expert touch to all projects. I think that’s what makes The Engine Room so special when it comes to true design thinking.” Established in 2001, The Engine Room is based at York Mills – a 19th century refurbished mill once owned by an employer of Anne Brontë. A six-time DBA Design Effectiveness Award winner, the Mirfield-based consultancy’s has list of notable clients both in the UK and across the world.
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Trio set to cycle over 1,000 miles to raise funds for mental health support

Posted: Monday 26 July 2021

The team behind Halifax-based mental health services provider, Unmasked Mental Health is preparing to cycle over 1,000 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise awareness and fund support services for suicide and mental ill-health. Doug Dennison and Logan Bonham Smith – both co-founders of Unmasked Mental Health, and Andy Banks, e-commerce director at Veloskin will begin their journey to pedal across the length of Great Britain on 7 August. The trio will be cycling for 14 days, in honour of the estimated 38,346 people around the world who will sadly die due to suicide during the two weeks. Doug explains: “It’s estimated that 2,739 people per day take their own lives, and 1 in 4 people experience some form of mental illness and Unmasked Mental Health is on a mission to reduce this number through offering effective mental health support. “Our goal is to remove the stigma surrounding mental health, help others living with mental health issues and providing a safe, stable and regulated platform for people to get the support they need.” The fundraising event has received sponsorship and support from several businesses, including Bam Nuttall, Primal Europe and Veloskin. The trio aims to raise £10,000 for Unmasked Mental Health to help the organisation maintain and provide their free UK peer support services for men and women aged 16+. It will also help fund the organisation’s new counselling service. Unmasked Mental Health was set up by three friends from Halifax – Doug Dennison, Logan Bonham Smith and Robin Cunningham, who have all battled and overcome mental-ill health first-hand. The team runs a counselling service, mental health training for businesses, support hubs, walking groups, and an App that people can use anonymously to access peer-to-peer support. The Unmasked Mental Health App is used by people in 67 countries. The team’s cycling schedule Day 1: Lands End to Bodmin - 64 Miles Day 2: Bodmin to Tiverton - 73.32 Miles Day 3: Tiverton to Wells - 49.70 Miles Day 4: Wells to Hereford Cathedral - 70.21 Miles Day 5: Hereford Cathedral to Iron Bridge - 51.51 Miles Day 6: Iron Bridge to Standish - 82.2 Miles Day 7: Standish to Kirkby Longsdale - 51.32 Miles Day 8: Kirkby Longsdale to Talkin – 57.10 Miles Day 9: Talkin to Peebles - 74.56 Miles Day 10: Peebles to Perth - 64 Miles Day 11: Perth to Ballater - 67.72 Miles Day 12: Ballater to Inverness - 74.56 Miles Day 13: Inverness to Lairg - 49.2 Miles Day 14: Lairg to John o’ Groats - 87.61 Miles Donations can be made via the following link: https://localgiving.org/unmaskedcharitybikeride
Posted by LIT Communication
Award win for Brighouse direct mail firm

Posted: Thursday 22 July 2021

Brighouse-based Flow Solutions have been awarded ‘Direct Mail Marketing Company of the Year’ by the Yorkshire Prestige Awards. The Yorkshire Prestige Awards have been created to recognise small and medium-sized businesses that have proven to be the best in their market over the last 12 months. The judging panel looks at service excellence, quality of service, innovative practices and other elements within each business to decide on a winner. Over the last 18 months, Flow Solutions have seen significant growth in demand for their direct mail and linked services following their merger with Mr Flyer in March 2020. Managing Director, Richard Standing, commented: “After such a challenging year for everyone, this is such a great team achievement for everyone involved at Flow Solutions.” The judges commented: "We were impressed with Flow Solutions’ personal touch, consistency of reviews, and community feel. It's extra special to know the hard work and positivity is paying off, and we hope this achievement brings more success in 2021." As a result of the award win, Flow Solutions will feature in The Yorkshire Prestige Guide and will attend an Awards Ceremony in the summer to celebrate their achievement with other award winners.
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The Bigger Boat win duo of contracts to bolster Calderdale tourism and feature on the big screen

Posted: Wednesday 21 July 2021

Tourist information service Visit Calderdale has appointed integrated agency The Bigger Boat to manage two website projects – one of which is aimed at attracting film producers, as well as sightseers to the popular West Yorkshire borough. Welcoming over eight million visitors – who generate more than £320 million in tourism per year – the area has been the selected location for several award-winning television shows including Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley, and Last Tango in Halifax. To capitalise on this interest from ‘out-of-towners’, the team at Visit Calderdale tasked The Bigger Boat with making much-needed improvements to its existing website, and also launch the brand-new FilmCalderdale.com to highlight the area’s beauty and appeal to big screen producers. For VisitCalderdale.com, the Yorkshire-based agency has enhanced the site design and layout with an emphasis on ‘mobile-first’ to cater for 60% of its online users. The Bigger Boat has also created interactive functionality – including an online ‘chat’ option and a shop – to help the team better engage with customers. Meanwhile, as a completely new venture, Film Calderdale’s focus began at the very beginning, requiring the design and building of a website, logo, and colour palette to work across multiple platforms. Speaking about the timing of the project, particularly following 18 months of challenges for tourism, Peter Vardy, events and licensing officer, at Visit Calderdale said: “There’s no question it’s been difficult for the industry recently, so we’ve had to be innovative in how we can provide a more engaging, digital experience for individuals – and each of our websites now do exactly that. “The two creative briefs were handled so efficiently by The Bigger Boat, and we’re proud of the final outcomes that target two separate audiences beautifully. We truly hope visitors like them too and can’t wait to welcome both them and film crews to enjoy the beautiful borough of Calderdale.” The Visit Calderdale website is anticipated to launch early August, with Film Calderdale the next project for the team to complete. Joe Vickers, account manager at The Bigger Boat, added: “This was a really exciting project to design and manage from start to finish. By focusing on improving the user’s digital experience, we’ve been able to provide a greater level of accessibility and more functionality, to keep customers engaged for longer online. “Visit Calderdale has always been a pleasure to work with – right from when we were brought in to design the organisation’s first ever website around seven years ago. It’s a strong Yorkshire partnership that is hopefully helping to put Calderdale firmly on the UK map and also welcome more international interest.” Last Tango in Halifax. Photo: Kyte Photography
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Yorkshire social enterprise to help support 65k people under supervision of NPS

Posted: Tuesday 20 July 2021

Over 45,000 people supervised by the National Probation Service are set to receive Education, Training and Employment (ETE) support under the roll out of four major Ministry of Justice contracts across London, the North West, the West Midlands and Wales. Maximus UK – a global leader in the delivery of health, employment, and case-management programmes – will be the single largest provider of the new service, and has enlisted the help of ex-offender employment specialist Offploy CIC to provide lived experience of what it takes to break the cycle of crime. With 62% of Offploy’s own workforce having experienced the criminal justice system first-hand, the social enterprise will consult on the content and tone of internal and external communications – from the viewpoint of the service user – working in partnership with Maximus UK to advocate for ex-offender employment. Offploy’s director of sustainability, Richard Strauss, explained: “Maximus is a global leader in government services, and we’re humbled that Offploy’s unique peer-lived experience of the criminal justice system has earned us a place on its radar. “Our role is to support Maximus UK with their employer engagement strategy to make the case for, and support the implementation of, employment opportunities for ex-offenders across the UK – through the delivery of focused training alongside the creation of resources.” Offploy has worked closely with Maximus during the development of its ETE service offering, and the ETE contract director, Craig Walker, added: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Offploy on the roll-out, providing first-hand experience on both sides of the criminal justice system, as well as proven success in the delivery of this type of programme.” Richard Strauss concluded: “We celebrate Maximus UK’s ongoing commitment to harnessing Offploy’s lived experience of the criminal justice system in order to consult across various aspects of the delivery – and look forward to working with the team during the course of these contracts. “Being recognised by an industry leader such as Maximus UK is a real ‘feather in the cap’ for Offploy. From a business plan written in a prison cell, to now being a team of over twenty colleagues, we are committed to supporting people with criminal convictions into meaningful, mentored and sustainable employment in any way we can.” The three-year programme, designed to help candidates to access education, improve their skills and to find or maintain sustainable employment will also see Maximus UK target employers, in a bid to raise awareness of the benefits of more inclusive recruitment practices, and source job opportunities across a range of sectors.
Posted by Scriba PR
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