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8 Things to Consider BEFORE Investing in Security

Posted: Monday 15 July 2019

Solving your businesses security challenges is not always about spending money. However, one of the first questions I always get asked is: How much will it cost? Now we all know it’s not all about cost, there are other things to consider such as the benefits it will bring to the business. But still, the cost can be the deciding factor on whether a project is given the green light or not. So, I’ve put together a list of eight things that you should consider BEFORE investing in security. https://www.equilibriumrisk.com/news/8-things-to-consider-before-investing-in-secuity I hope you find it useful. Luke
Posted by Equilibrium Risk Ltd
Enterprising project win for The Bigger Boat

Posted: Friday 12 July 2019

Creative digital marketing agency, The Bigger Boat, has been appointed to kick-start a supportive scheme for upcoming University of Huddersfield students, to help unlock their enterprise and employability potential. The Enterprise Team offers guidance for students and graduates who need help to successfully launch their own start-up, pursue self-employment or become a freelancer. In particular, the service provides business-focused workshops on-site, which they want to make more appealing and relevant for the many modern-day employability options now available, to attract a much wider audience. Following a competitive pitch win in April 2019, The Bigger Boat has been instructed to design a series of new-look, advice-led, engaging sessions, which cover key career kick-off skills – including branding, business finance and marketing. Doug Main, creative director – alongside Huddersfield alumni, account manager Grace Lenihan – will lead on setting up the interactive project, to ensure it is ready for launch in the build-up to Fresher’s Week this September. Doug said: “Being a start-up ourselves, we’re cut from the same cloth, so feel we’re in a really strong position to be able to tailor a creative way to offer the crucial and useful guidance that people need – and answer the questions they might be struggling with when going it alone. “This project will be a great way for us to form even stronger bonds with the local economy, and we always love working with those who share the same values as us – which The Enterprise Team does in spades. We are looking forward to seeing how these workshops help the university’s talent become successful, sustainable and sought-after entrepreneurs.” Philip Clegg, head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, from The Enterprise Team, added: “We’ve been able to gain a ‘fresh pair of eyes’ perspective from The Bigger Boat in terms of how we approach such a challenge, and successfully change direction, focus and style – which could make a huge difference to our target market. “Doug, Grace and the team truly understand what it means to set up a business, so when the opportunity came to work with them on this project, we jumped at the chance.” Although this is the first time both will have worked together on an individual project, The Bigger Boat has been part of The Enterprise Team’s ‘Friends Of’ network for the past 12 months – offering support and advice to students and graduates on a range of creative disciplines. A strong supporter of the local economy and corporate social responsibility projects, The Bigger Boat also runs its own free digital marketing and design-based workshops, to help upskill the region’s entrepreneurs.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Case Study: Local School

Posted: Wednesday 03 July 2019

Blocked drains, blocked sink, blocked toilet, or flooding issues can cause significant inconvenience to education premises, and in worst case scenarios, can lead to the temporary closure. The education sector is a large part of what we do here at Metro Rod West Yorkshire. Whether it’s emergency reactive work on blocked drains, pre-planned maintenance or plumbing services. If you’re a Facilities, Operations or Estate Manager for any education institutions across West Yorkshire give us a call as we are your local drainage company with 30 years expertise in unblocking blocked drains, drain repair, PPM and CCTV surveys. Recently Metro Rod West Yorkshire was called to solve an ongoing issue of blocked drains and flooded tennis courts at a local school in Sowerby Bridge. The school has used Metro Rod West Yorkshire for many reactive emergency call outs such as blocked drains, blocked toilets, CCTV Surveys and more. After the phone call regarding the flooded tennis courts, one of our engineers went to the site to look at the site, evaluate and report back to the office. The engineer was able to report to the Metro Rod West Yorkshire team that the flooded tennis courts were due to blocked drains overflowing and running down the banking. Due to the logistical position of the blocked drains, it was not accessible by usual conventional methods. From the report of the first engineer, a plan was put together by Metro Rod West Yorkshires tanker driver and managing director Dave Carter. Dave has worked in the drainage industry for over 25 years. His experience, drive and commitment allow Dave to professionally and efficiently tackle any drainage and plumbing problems. The plan was put forward to the facilities management company who confirmed the works. Dave and our tanker driver returned to site with Metro Rod West Yorkshires high volume Jet Vac tanker and hired Jetchem remote reel to jet the blocked drains, remove the roots and soil deposits. The remote was rented from Jetchem. Designed for superb performance in a very compact package, delivering high quality combined with high performance and ability to cope with the most demanding of tasks, efficiently and reliably. Due to the awkward location of the blocked drains at the top side of the school in a remote, secluded area, we used a remote reel to drive through the wooded area to the blocked drains. Using our high-volume Jet Vac tanker, we connected the remote reel to then jet the blocked drains from the remote location. After clearing the blocked drains, we used a camera and sonar probe to survey the pipework which enabled us to locate a buried manhole further down the banking and left the pipework free flowing. However, due to the findings of a buried manhole, this means further work will need to take place. Here’s a previous testimonial from the Assistant Facilities Manager: “Metro Rod West Yorkshire team are fantastic! Extremely helpful and understand the needs of our contract. The office team are friendly and approachable, willing to assist wherever possible. We recently had a collapsed drain which was promptly attended, surveyed and further works suggested. Works were carried out at a time to suit us and to ensure there was no disruption to our clients and site. The works were undertaken by 2 friendly and informative operative who discussed the issues as the excavation took place. We felt very confident that the work undertaken was done to a high standard and in our best interest. Cost effective and rapidly resolved the issue. Highly recommend them!” The best way for schools to ensure their drainage systems are running at peak capacity is to keep on top of regularly maintaining the drains’ cleanliness. To avoid the inconvenience of blocked drains, a blocked toilet, or a blocked sink, Metro Rod West Yorkshire provides Pre-Planned Maintenance (PPMs) for a number of educational premises. We can propose bespoken maintenance plans (PPMs) to prevent the inconvenience of temporary closures. A PPM agreement will help to prevent blocked drains emergencies from occurring. Contact us, and we can arrange for one of our team to attend the site at a time convenient to you and assess your exact requirements: Step 1 A Technical Site Surveyor will visit your premises to carry out a FREE site survey. They will analyse previous drainage problems and highlight areas of concern. Step 2 We usually recommend an initial clean that will return the pipework to full flow and optimum performance. Step 3 A tailor-made programme is prepared showing which part of your system requires more frequent attention. Step 4 By prior arrangement and at a time which is convenient to you and your business, our engineers will carry out scheduled works as agreed. A tailor-made solution for your business.
Posted by Metro Rod West Yorkshire
HD8 Network celebrate 6 years of Meetups

Posted: Tuesday 02 July 2019

This month the HD8 Network are celebrating 6 years of Meetup networking events. The HD8 Network aims to be the place people turn to whether they work, rest or play in the HD8 area. The Meetup business networking events are designed to connect local businesses, introduce their businesses and make business relationships. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite - https://hd8networkmmmmm-july.eventbrite.co.uk
Posted by HD8 Network
Plastics recycling firm moves to new site

Posted: Friday 28 June 2019

Plastic packaging waste recycling specialist OSO Polymers has agreed a 10-year lease on a new headquarters in Leeds, with property lettings expert Towngate PLC. Work is now under way to prepare the 87,000 sq ft space within the Copperworks 2 site, Haigh Park Road, Stourton, for OSO Polymers’ operations. The firm will benefit from a newly-refurbished plastics plant, which includes a clear working height of 9.7 meters – and will aid with its reprocessing of plastics to produce general-purpose resins and engineering polymers. In addition, ground level loading bays will serve the company well in the transfer of waste materials into granules, for use in transformation processes, from extrusion to moulding – an initiative that aligns with Leeds City Council’s vision to increase recycling across the area. The site benefits from 360° circulation and ample parking, while barrier entry and a secure gatehouse will maximise security at the site. Tong Shen, director at OSO Polymers, commented on the new warehouse: “We are very pleased to set up our first UK plastic recycling facility in this extensively refurbished premises, on a well-established historical industrial location within Leeds area. I am confident the site and the extremely supportive team of Towngate will meet our business needs well into the future, as OSO continues to grow.” John Wignall, property director at Brighouse-based Towngate PLC, added: “We are delighted to have facilitated this letting. I have no doubt that OSO will settle well into this prime industrial location – just minutes from the city centre – on the outskirts of Leeds. The site is certainly ideally positioned for this particular industry. “We are also marketing the remaining 180,000 sqft space within Copperworks 2 on the Haigh Park Road site in Stourton, Leeds, and a refurbishment of this historic building is due to take place shortly.” Leeds-based Gent Visick and Knight Frank acted for Towngate PLC on the Copperworks 2 facility.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Tech specialists collaborate to form partnership

Posted: Thursday 27 June 2019

Digital transformation specialist Vapour Cloud has announced it has joined the Affinity Partner Programme with tech giant Apogee Corporation – Europe’s largest multi-brand provider of managed print services. The two companies agreed on a partnership model as they continue to learn about each other’s capabilities and the breadth of services they both provide to an array of organisations, providing unique benefits within the technology space. Vapour’s voice, video, network and storage services complement – rather than compete with – Apogee’s portfolio of print and document technology and associated expertise. The agreement allows introductions into organisations who can benefit from the others services and solutions, account director for Apogee David Wright commented: “It’s great to work alongside Vapour through our Affinity Partner Programme. Like Apogee they are a forward thinking company, where digital transformation is core to their values.” Alec Stephens, Vapour’s account director said: “Knowing we can deliver digital transformation elements that the other party doesn’t have in their portfolio, makes this a perfect partnership.” Both David and Alec agreed:, “Together we can provide our clients with some extremely powerful, fully-integrated solutions, whether they’re looking for a unified communications contact centre or a robust automation platform that improves efficiencies within their business.” Apogee has more than 100,000 machines in operation throughout the UK and Europe. Headquartered in Maidstone, the company currently has 21 offices in the UK, with an additional three bases on the continent. Vapour Cloud is on track for 50% revenue growth in 2019, having boosted its voice division by 500% over the past two years.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Client Services Director promotion at marketing and PR agency KC Communications

Posted: Wednesday 26 June 2019

Huddersfield based PR & Marketing communications agency, KC Communications, has promoted Account Manager, Laura Batchelor to Client Services Director as it restructures the business to support future growth ambitions, which includes doubling turnover by 2020. Laura’s increased remit will see her assume responsibility for managing the client services department supporting the ongoing development of the business, in particular focusing on internal talent management. With 15 years agency experience working on accounts such as Asda, Sheards Accountancy and insolvency specialists Poppleton and Appleby, Laura has spent the past two years with KC Communications in an account manager role, developing and implementing client marketing and PR strategies. During the past six months, she has embraced additional aspects to her role, which has included overhauling the organisation's staff recruitment, retention and ongoing employee development. During 2018, KC Communications invested over £17,000 on a programme of employee training and development adopting a holistic approach to employee care, focusing on health and wellbeing to boost productivity and encourage a healthy work-life balance. Laura said of her new role: “I am eager to support the team in their development here at KC Communications. We are truly committed to supporting the people and clients who contribute to the business and my role will focus on that. Our success with new client wins and maintaining current clients is down to the amazing team’s ability to service their clients’ and respond to their needs.” Katrina Cliffe, founder and managing director of KC Communications, added: “Laura’s new role is the first internal promotion since we were established in 2014 and recognises a shift in our approach and the clients we work with to support our future ambitions. Laura’s promotion is just one of the exciting things we currently have in the pipeline and I’m excited about what we can further achieve with this new structure in place. In particular, I look forward to seeing how this will positively impact on our client delivery.” KC Communications’ clients span across the manufacturing, hospitality, professional services and property sectors which include Heald Ltd, Manor House Lindley and Round Foundry Marshalls Mill.
Posted by KC Communications
Case Study: How a Layered Security Plan Prevented Loss

Posted: Tuesday 25 June 2019

Huddersfield Rugby Union Football Club (HRUFC) has been a long-standing client of ours. We are tasked with the overall security of this large sprawling site. We conduct a full security analysis of the site when we first took it on and implemented security measures to mitigate the risk. You can read more about that here: https://www.equilibriumrisk.com/news/case-study-providing-security-by-upgrading-safety-measures However, around 6 months ago they suffered a break-in – the first under our watch. So, I thought I would tell you about it. You may well wonder why we are sharing this information. Prior to this incident, we held a 100% record for keeping our clients safe. Our unblemished record of 3 (almost 4) years has been stained. However, at Equilibrium Risk we fully understand that security cannot completely prevent an incident occurring. In most cases, you can only reduce the likelihood. That’s why we champion a layered security approach- where the strengths of one system overlapping the weaknesses of the next. Our recently released Guide to Protecting Property highlights our 5-step approach to security. Following our free security analysis, we won the contract at HRUFC several years ago. Using the security analysis as a guide, we implemented a layered security plan, including improvement of key control, better security of high value items and cash and a more robust response plan. In the middle of the Christmas party season last year (2018), HRUFC suffered its first break-in under our watch. The perpetrators came prepared, swiftly gaining access to the building by smashing the main door with some form of sledgehammer. They made their way directly to where the safe was located, hoping to get hold of all the cash from the recent Christmas parties. Unable to find anything of value laying round and unable to gain access to the safe, the perpetrators eventually left empty handed. Our team was on site within 10 minutes of the alarm activation, the CCTV system showing that they had disturbed the culprits in the act. Unfortunately, they were not able to apprehend them. The up to date security plan and swift response of our team prevented HRUFC from suffering any loss. All high value items had been secured away and not left lying around as was the previous habit. All takings from the bars had been properly secured in the safe overnight, while the correct procedure for securing the keys had been adhered to. We were able to board up the site and replace the alarm panel within an hour of the incident occurring to ensure the building could be secured again and speeding along the recovery time. Stuart Leach, the Club Manager said, “A swift response by the security guard responding to the alarm meant that the perpetrators left empty handed." "By the time the manager got to site, Equilibrium Risk was on site and had organised glaziers to be on site and secure the building by boarding the broken doors. An alarm engineer was also on site fixing the alarm panel ensuring that the building could be left secured." "The response has left us feeling extremely reassured that we have the correct systems in place and that if anything were to happen that we will receive a swift and thorough response." "We are extremely glad that we chose Equilibrium Risk for our security services.” The security measures we implemented all those years ago, may seem minor, and in truth they are, but it’s only when things go wrong and you see how they work together, that you appreciate them. For more information about a layered security approach, download our guidebook. Luke
Posted by Equilibrium Risk Ltd
Huddersfield partnership produces industry-first display spectacle for Sports Direct HQ

Posted: Tuesday 25 June 2019

A striking ultra-illuminated display spanning more than 40m has been installed at Sports Direct’s headquarters in Nottinghamshire. Designed by shopfitting specialist Replan and produced by the retail graphic display experts from Leach, the industry-first installation has transformed an ordinary stairwell into a stunning nature exhibit. The idyllic scene – complete with perfect sky and cascading waterfall – has been made possible thanks to a 4m x 11m curved lightbox suspended overhead, with 30 1m² lightboxes staggered to the floor to showcase the vast water feature. Conceptualised by Replan and manufactured utilising Leach’s new cutting-edge Lightwave technology, the result is a graphic display which looks uncannily like a giant video wall. But instead, dynamic LED has been integrated into the lightboxes to create an eye-catching sense of movement – in this case, flowing water – for only 20% of the cost of the video wall alternative. “With more than 470 stores across Europe, Sports Direct is one of the most well-known names on the high street. They stock a number of iconic brands within their spaces, but this installation proves that they too are an organisation that loves to stand out,” explained Aaron Eaton, Managing Director from Replan. “We were therefore bold at the conceptualisation phase as we wanted to create an industry talking point, and I think we’ve done just that.” With the powerful yet energy-efficient lighting reflecting beautifully off the glazed balustrade of the stairway, visitors to Sports Direct’s HQ and pro shop may forget they are simply in a retail space. But beyond this waterfall landmark is a new-concept, premium-feel flagship environment with dedicated equestrian, rock climbing and golf areas, to name just a few. “Thanks to Replan’s approach to breaking new boundaries with design, Sports Direct now has a real wow factor installation within their HQ retail environment,” continued Daniel Deakin, Sales Account Manager at Leach. “We’ve combined dynamic, ultra-bright, programmable LEDs with HD quality graphics. This digital hybrid is one of the most exciting uses of lightboxes that we’re seeing in the retail space at present, without any need for a single screen.” As with all of Leach’s lightboxes – irrespective of size – the display is designed so that the fabric graphics can be interchanged to create an entirely new look and feel, to suit the client’s evolving brand activity. The magnetised LEDs can even be repositioned to produce a completely different visual effect, such as shooting stars or exploding fireworks. Leach’s new Lightwave product is proving popular across varied sectors including retail, sports, events and exhibitions, plus museums and heritage.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Olé! YPS Sponsor Sporting Barcelona Trip!

Posted: Tuesday 25 June 2019

When we aren’t focussing on our passion for packaging, we’re a real good sport when it comes to getting involved in our local community! At the end of May this year, Salendine Nook High School Academy in Huddersfield - located not too far from YPS HQ on the outskirts of Leeds - were looking for kit sponsors for a trip to Barcelona for their PE students. 65 lucky girls and boys from year 9 were travelling to Salou for a week-long netball and football tour, competing against lots of other school teams from across Spain and England! Only too happy to support this wonderful opportunity for these sporting hopefuls, our M.D. Glyn Johnson waved them all off, with YPS emblazoned across their shirts, on a sunny May 25th. Now that’s a photo finish! We are pleased to report that the school’s second team came fifth overall in the football tournament and the first team came second in the netball. Great results guys!
Posted by Yorkshire Packaging Systems Ltd
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