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B-NAT Shrink Film – Finalist For Plastics Recycling Award Europe 2019!

Posted: Monday 21 January 2019

Yorkshire Packaging Systems are pleased to announce that their B-NAT Bio-based shrink film is in the running for the Plastic Packaging Product of the Year at the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe. These prestigious awards champion and celebrate achievement throughout the scope of the European plastics recycling industry, offering an insight into current developments in recycled material usage, product design and innovative manufacturing. To be recognised at these awards alongside some well-known names like P&G and Volvo is very exciting for the company. However, this is not the first time that B-NAT has garnered the attention of packaging professionals – at the PPMA 2018 awards in September, it was a finalist for the ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’. So what is really so impressive about their Bollore B-NAT film? It’s a versatile bio-based polyolefin film that is available in a wide range of widths and microns, in centre-folded or flat variations, plain or printed, for a huge variety of wrapping applications. It can be run on most shrink wrapping machines from manual through to fully automatic high speed specification machines. Unlike traditional shrink films with petrochemical foundations, B-NAT is made from a base of 'green' polyethylene and consists of more than 46% renewable sugar cane ethanol, thereby classifying it as a bio-based film. The product is 100% recyclable to LDPE 04, meaning it can be recycled at housed level. B-NAT can also be made into waste plastic sacks or back into shrink film, meaning it is not a single-use plastic. None of these green credentials come at any sacrifice to the outstanding features expected of their other films, including outstanding optics, clarity, strength and shrink ratio. This innovative bio-based shrink film is currently unrivalled by any other shrink film world-wide. Speaking about B-NAT’s shortlist, YPS M.D. Glyn Johnson said ‘Considering the current climate for environmentally friendly alternatives and its increasing demands on the packaging sector, it’s great that B-NAT’s inclusion in this pan-european awards will raise the profile of shrink wrapping and its green credentials. It’s not always considered as an eco-friendly packaging method but hopefully these awards will help show that it absolutely can be. We are really pleased to be involved in these awards and looking forward to the results.’ The Plastics Recycling Award Europe winners will be announced on 11th April, during the second day of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, taking place at the RAI Amsterdam.
Posted by Yorkshire Packaging Systems Ltd
Objective Management Group (OMG) wins Gold Award for 8th Year running

Posted: Friday 18 January 2019

Our business Ventas Sales is delighted to be a UK partner of @Objective Management Group and be able to bring the world class sales assessment and evaluation tools to growth-minded businesses in the UK, who are looking to grow sales. Yesterday, 2018 Top Sales Awards were announced and for the 8th year running Objective Management Group (OMG) won the Gold Award for the Top Sales Assessment. In addition, Dave Kurlan, CEO and Founder of OMG, also won 2 further awards. Thank you to all our clients and partners who are using the OMG tools to help better understand their sales teams, hire great salespeople and to help support the growth of their sales team. We look forward to working with you again in 2019. http://bit.ly/2R8sA54
Posted by Ventas Sales Ltd
British Canoeing announce Leach as venue dressing partner for international slalom events

Posted: Thursday 17 January 2019

British Canoeing has announced that Leach has been appointed as the ‘Official Venue Dressing Sponsor’ for the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup and 2020 ECA Canoe Slalom European Championships. The Huddersfield based company will supply the venue dressing requirements for both international slalom events at Lee Valley White Water Centre, the London 2012 Games legacy venue based on the Hertfordshire/Essex border. The event dressing will include creating a range of bespoke materials for the main entrance and buildings, wayfinding around the venue, course side branding, podium back drop and the ‘kiss and cry’ area on the finish line. Gareth May, Business Development Manager at British Canoeing said: “With just over five months to the start of the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup I am delighted that we have appointed Leach as our official venue dressing sponsor. “Leach has a world class reputation, expertise and passion demonstrated in the museum and retail sectors, and I am confident that their innovative display solutions will showcase and elevate our international events to a whole new level. “We are really looking forward to working with Leach, as they grow and diversify their business, entering into the sports arena market for the first time.” For over a century Leach has been a leader in the world of high-impact, large-format graphic displays. Founded in 1891 Leach has grown to become a 100-strong business, with over 500 customers and an annual turnover of £11 million. From HD quality display graphics, ultra-bright light boxes and wallcovering solutions, to floor graphics, screen-printing and external signage – Leach’s pioneering innovations continue to transform the look of brands, retailers, museums, heritage sites and interior environments. Tom Foster, Head of Projects at Leach said: “Leach is delighted to form a strategic partnership with British Canoeing and become the official venue dressing sponsor. With the 2019 Canoe Slalom World Cup and 2020 European Championships on the horizon, it’s an exciting time for the organisation. “There’s a shared passion for innovation across our two companies and we’re thrilled to be able to transform the look and feel of the host venue and improve the spectator experience. “We’re very much looking forward to working with the team at British Canoeing and helping them to showcase these two major events.” The 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup takes place on 14-16 June 2019. Over 1,600 tickets have been sold in advance, with tickets going on general sale from Monday 28 January 2019. For further information about 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup, including ticket prices and sign up details for the British Canoeing international events newsletter click here. https://www.britishcanoeingevents.org.uk The 2020 ECA Canoe Slalom European Championships will be held on 15-17 May 2020.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Secondary school students urged to rise to design challenge

Posted: Thursday 17 January 2019

Lesley Gulliver and Darren Evans – experienced design thinkers from brand consultancy The Engine Room – visited students at Salendine Nook High School this week, in a bid to prevent the ‘death of design’ from the UK curriculum. 280 year eight students gathered to hear the challenge set by the local design experts – four weeks to design something that will help people live a healthier lifestyle in 2019. Whether it’s an app, a cookery book, wearable tech or a promotional video, the design and technology (D&T) students have been urged to think big and not be held back by the misconception that it might not be possible. The challenge marks a new collaboration between The Engine Room and the secondary school’s D&T teaching cohort, who are equally passionate about preserving the imagination and creative problem-solving skills of young people. They’re big believers in the fact that whilst design was once a ‘top of the pile’ subject, it is increasingly being dropped in favour of seemingly more ‘academic’ subjects, in schools throughout the UK. The challenge therefore marks the start of a drive to get students, parents, teachers and employers thinking about the power of design. “We’re not saying everyone needs to grow up aspiring to be a designer, by job title,” explains The Engine Room’s founder Darren Evans. “But design thinking fits in EVERYWHERE. It encourages a collaborative, iterative and human-centred approach to tackling challenges that simply isn’t taught in other subjects. “So, whilst I applaud the country’s commitment to raising STEM subject performance, I desperately don’t want this to be to the detriment of students being able to study design too. So, what better way to hopefully inspire them, than explaining the opportunities that design can create for them, just before they’re due to make their GCSE subject choices.” “We’ve a challenge on our hands to banish misconceptions,” continues Salendine Nook’s D&T head of department Andy Loadman. “D&T is not ‘woodworking’ or home economics anymore. It’s a subject that centres on teamwork. There’s never a wrong answer. We encourage our students to conceptualise, create, test, learn, and re-think, together. This will see them learn life skills that apply to varied careers ranging from engineering through to the public health service. “We’ve got some uber-bright students within the school and having only spoken to them briefly about this challenge before The Engine Room’s visit, it was such a joy to see how excited they were by the prospect of experimenting with their creativity. This is exactly why I became a teacher in this subject.” Darren Evans and Principal Mr Christian will decide on the winner of the challenge in four weeks’ time. The victor will go on to receive a bespoke purple pencil, which mimics the prize awarded to winners of the UK’s iconic D&AD (Design and Art Direction) awards – only in Salendine Nook colours rather than the infamous yellow! “I’d like to hope this could become an annual, multi-school contest,” added teacher Nicky James. “This could be the start of a really exciting design hive for young people, which puts design firmly back on the curriculum map!”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
New client services director for graphics specialist Leach

Posted: Wednesday 16 January 2019

Graphic display specialist Leach has appointed a new client services director as the team prepares for further 2019 growth. Suzanne Pitcher joins the Huddersfield-headquartered firm with more than 15 years of design, print, brand marketing and project management experience. Previously business development manager at Service Graphics, she has a wealth of knowledge of the digital signage industry coupled with print management expertise from her time at a Leeds-based B2B agency. With £500,000 of additional investment and 20% expansion forecast for Leach over the next 12 months, Suzanne will be working alongside the sales and account management team to offer a wider range of products and services to clients, plus greater penetration of markets including sports, property and retail. She will also be responsible for maintaining customer service levels across the business, during this ongoing period of change. Commenting on her new role, Suzanne said: “I’m delighted to be joining Leach at such an exciting time for the business – the product portfolio is growing each day and with the level of knowledge and expertise we have in-house, we’re able to offer a consultative and innovative approach to working with clients in the UK and across the globe. “We’re widely acknowledged as a leading visual communications partner, with the ability to offer an end-to-end service, across markets ranging from retail to events, and everything in between. This is a great platform on which to make my own impact.” Having worked with major global brands including Manchester United and Adidas, Suzanne brings a high degree of design acumen to the already-robust Leach team. Managing director James Lavin elaborated: “Suzanne’s appointment as client services director represents the first in a number of key hires for Leach, as we continue to expand our product offering and client base throughout 2019 and beyond – watch this space for new additions to our marketing, R&D, sales and account management teams. “With a 127-year history we have a strong foundation on which to grow, but our service levels will remain paramount during the next chapter of the story.” Leach began life as a one-man photographic studio in 1891. In April 2018, the 100-strong business was acquired by French-owned global manufacturing and services group Chargeurs, to help fuel the firm’s global expansion.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Free design thinking workshops urge Yorkshire SMEs to think what could be

Posted: Thursday 10 January 2019

A fully-funded workshop is being held on Wednesday 6 February, to help businesses in the Leeds City Region use design thinking to tackle complex commercial problems and stay ahead of the game. With 20 places available, the one-day Design For Growth masterclass will empower business leaders to utilise design thinking methodologies, to transform their approach to planning, ideas generation, strategy and customer service. Aimed at firms who want to trigger significant organisational change with a human-centred approach to innovation, the workshop is the brainchild of design collective What Could Be. This team of four creative minds – with more than 110 years’ combined experience – is made up of Jonathan Ball, David Townson, Darren Evans and Lesley Gulliver. Whilst the design thinking movement is not new, What Could Be has been at the forefront since 2010. In that time, the team has helped start ups, SMEs, large corporates and public sector organisations across the country widen their design focus to instigate change, innovation and bottom line impact. But now their focus is on supporting local firms as they prepare for what could be the toughest year of the past decade. “Our world is changing, and fast,” explains Jonathan Ball. “So savvy businesses are looking for new ways to deliver products and services in order to reap a competitive advantage. “We’re not trying to turn people into designers and the challenges that delegates may face won’t necessarily be overtly design related. But we are trying to demystify the discipline, especially to people who may consider it quite ‘fluffy’. “Utilising techniques originating from design practice, we’ll show how a practical, creative approach to problem-solving can be applied to a range of contexts. Our one-day immersion workshop will provide intensive training, with guidance on how to apply the discipline to delegates’ current organisational challenges. Everyone will get to use a toolkit of methods, resources and frameworks to enable them to further their design-led innovation with colleagues or clients.” When asked who the workshop is aimed at, Jonathan added: “We hope to welcome anyone in business with real organisational challenges to address.” Design For Growth will take place at York Mills, Mirfield, from 10:00-16:00 on Wednesday 6 February. Pre-application is essential, and two hours follow up coaching will also be provided. Search for 'design thinking for business growth tickets' to book.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Growth of maintenance division signals positive year for Dortech

Posted: Thursday 10 January 2019

A brave decision made during the toughest economic conditions of the past decade, has proven a game-changer for a commercial glazing specialist. That’s the bold statement made by James Sutherland, managing director of Yorkshire-headquartered Dortech Group, as the business prepares for a big year of trading. The company’s glazing maintenance division is forecast to almost double its turnover to £1m in 2019, which will take Dortech to a £10m organisation overall. The expansion – which comes as a result of a growing reputation and complex market conditions – has also kickstarted a recruitment drive and a £200,000 investment in the team’s Huddersfield factory. Dortech Architectural Systems was established a quarter of a century ago, and has been designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke glazing solutions ever since. But Dortech Maintenance was formed in 2015 to help clients prolong the lifespan of their existing installations. “The recession had led to a contraction of the construction industry and new build projects had slowed,” explains James. “But as a direct consequence of such market forces, the desire to maintain, repair or even refurbish commercial windows and doors soon emerged, with businesses recognising this as a far more economical alternative to replacing with new.” Keen to retain as many staff as possible during this difficult time, the management team therefore focused their efforts on diversification – and now the maintenance division is the fastest growing part of the business. Having completed projects for clients including the NHS, Sheffield Business Park and the Victoria Mills residential complex in Shipley – to name just a few – the division has grown from a team of four to one with now eight aluminium glazing specialists. The hunt is also on for a further four maintenance engineers over the next 12-24 months. “There are now 62 people throughout the entire business, and we’re investing across the board,” James continues. “We’re currently reconfiguring our 24,000sqft site, for instance, to break down departmental barriers, promote company-wide knowledge transfer and strengthen our company culture. We’ve also procured new CNC machinery and increased the storage capacity for our third division – Dortech Direct – which is similarly performing well. “But the maintenance proposition has never been more important, and we predict this division will account for 20% of revenue by 2022. A ‘preserve and prolong’ mindset was borne out of the last recession, but with further economic uncertainty on the horizon, this will only rise. There are legacy issues to solve including leaks, asset deterioration and energy inefficiencies, and if customers opt to buy cheaply to keep costs down, safety standards could also be at risk. We want to ensure that none of these things happen.” Founded by Chairman Steve Sutherland in 1993, Dortech began as a 30-man operation and growth has been entirely organic, with no external investment.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Working together to ease the pain of divorce

Posted: Tuesday 08 January 2019

January is officially dubbed “divorce month” by professionals working in the relationship sector – with inquiries traditionally spiking and reportedly even doubling straight after the festive period. Financial pressures associated with the big spend on Christmas itself and family tensions over the extended holiday are generally blamed for the surge in break-ups during an intense two or three week period guaranteed to test any couple who are going through difficulties. More time spent with in-laws and other extended family members can increase the pressure which can lead to people blurting out those things that they’ve been bottling up. It may be that one spouse has been considering divorce for some time but decided to wait until after Christmas to avoid awkwardness at family gatherings, or so that the holiday won’t be ruined for the children. Dovetail Divorce is a consortium of experts who approach the problems in a very different way. A team of lawyers, mediators, financial advisers and coaches work together to make the process as painless as possible for the couple, and particularly for any children involved. Operating across the Yorkshire region, their aim is to nurture an amicable relationship between the parties and, wherever possible, to reach the best settlement for all concerned without needing to end up in court. The team has issued some tips to help couples considering divorce this January. Delia Crofts-Turnbull of JWP Solicitors is a specialist in family law and collaborative law. She said: “Firstly, ask yourself are you ready to divorce? That’s where a relationship counsellor may be able to help. You might first want to explore whether separation or divorce is actually the best route to take. With commitment and support, a relationship can often be changed for the better even if just one person alters their approach to it. “If you do decide to proceed, take a step back before rushing off to court. There are a number of stages like Arbitration, Mediation, Round Table or Collaboration which can lead to a more harmonious settlement. “A collaborative divorce means sitting down in the same room as your ex-partner but with each of you having your own lawyer at your side, helping and advising you on how to resolve your disputes. It allows you to come to decisions between you that the courts may not have thought of. “Do seek the whole range of support available to you. A divorce coach will teach you how to cope, keep calm and communicate effectively. This will give you confidence to make the right decisions about your future, knowing you did the best for yourself and your family. “Try not to get angry – if only for the sake of your children. Always remember that this is a stressful time for them too. They may not understand why Mummy and Daddy aren’t together anymore. A coach or counsellor will help the children understand what is happening and the process that is going on around them and ensure that reducing the impact on them is always a high priority”. Robert Cresswell of Gordian Financial Services added: “Do seek financial advice before agreeing to a settlement”. “In a survey of 2,000 married adults, more than a third (37%) said financial pressures were the biggest challenge to their marriage, while 22% said most of their arguments centred on money. This is only going to get worse if you’ve decided to split up. “Deciding who gets what and how to split money when divorcing can be a stressful process. Some people do even stay in an unhappy relationship for fear they might end up with nothing and find themselves in a financially precarious position. If you’re the partner who’s taken a back seat with family finance, suddenly having to take control of it can knock your confidence and leave you feeling very confused and anxious. “Bringing in an Independent Financial Advisor can take that pressure off. They will sit down with you and help you to understand the value of your assets and how best to divide them, making sure that you leave the table in a financially stable position.” In a nutshell, this new collaborative approach means that, unlike traditional divorce proceedings, there’s no extended and acrimonious communication via solicitors’ letters or having your future decided in court if things don’t work out. The couples set the agenda and talk about the issues that matter most to their family, can take their time to consider all options, rather than being governed by court timetables and can hopefully reach a more painless agreement that is best for everyone. For further information on collaborative divorce visit www.dovetaildivorce.com
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
Huddersfield Marketing Agency Announces Competition to Support Local Start-Ups

Posted: Tuesday 08 January 2019

Huddersfield-based marketing and PR agency KC Communications have announced plans to support a start-up business based in Huddersfield with a 12-month pro bono marketing and PR support package in a bid to aid local business growth and contribute to the town’s economy. The marketing package, worth up to £15,000, will support the start-up to develop a 12-month marketing strategy encompassing PR and social media along with a range other marketing activities which KC Communications will assist in implementing. The successful applicant will also benefit from access to desk space within the agency’s offices and use of their meeting room, plus the opportunity to use the KC Communications 3M BIC membership to hotdesk at the facility. Eligible businesses must have been in business for less than three years and have a turnover of less than £250,000 per annum. The business must also have clearly outlined business goals with a clear business plan. KC Communications will only be accepting applications from businesses with a HD postcode. KC Communications founder Katrina Cliffe commented “We’ve long been passionate about supporting our local business community and playing a core part in its growth. As such, we’re excited to provide the opportunity to support a local start-up in achieving their growth plans. Through personal experience we have found that there is not a lot of assistance and support for start-ups in Huddersfield, which leads a lot of start-ups looking to cities such as Leeds and Manchester. We believe that businesses that start in Huddersfield should have the opportunity to remain in Huddersfield and we hope that through providing this support we can give back to the town that has helped us grow over the last few years.” Further information and application forms are available on the KC Communications website at www.kccomms.co.uk or alternatively contact kirstie@kccomms.co.uk to request a form and further information. Deadlines close on 14th February with a winner announced on 4th March. Applications should be submitted to kirstie@kccomms by 5pm on this date.
Posted by KC Communications
February Half Term Holiday Camp

Posted: Monday 07 January 2019

Enjoyed our 3-day Christmas Holiday Camp? Our camps will be returning in February half term so why not book now? Children aged 5-12 will experience a variety of activities of their choice including rugby league, cheerleading or gymnastics, a Stadium Tour and much more! Details Dates: Monday 18th February – Friday 22nd February 2019 Registration: 8:30am-10:00am Pick up: 3:30pm-5:30pm Location: The Zone, St Andrews Road, HD1 6PT All children must come to camps with a packed lunch. COST £19.50 prebooked or £25.00 on the day BOOK NOW https://campscui.active.com/orgs/HuddersfieldCommunityTrust#/selectSessions/2581101 Kindly supported by Buster Bikes.
Posted by Huddersfield Giants Community Trust
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