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    Four new arrivals at Trinity Leeds’ BLK BX

    Shoppers in Leeds will be spoiled for choice as four new names are added to the line-up this week at BLK BX – Trinity Leeds’ pioneering new retail experience.

    Urban fashion brand Realist and British bike manufacturer Ribble Cycles will set up shop this week, alongside an extensive collection of work from local artist Nicolas Dixon and a new exhibition by Moniker Art Fair.

    BLK BX, located on the lower level of Trinity Leeds, is the first retail concept of its kind in the UK and brings both the established retail and independent scenes together, whilst offering a platform for local and international artists.

    Dan Wharton, Marketing Manager at Trinity Leeds, said: “The latest arrivals at BLK BX offer an eclectic, diverse mix of both retail and art – something you don’t expect from your average shopping centre.

    “We’re proud to offer a bold, exciting experience for visitors whilst providing a much-needed platform for local and international talent in fashion, music and art.”

    Realist will launch its new store at BLK BX on July 4th, offering the latest range of streetwear including t-shirts, tracksuits and jackets, as well as their popular summer collection, until July 29th.

    Ribble Cycles is gearing up for the launch of its new store at BLK BX on July 4th, following the success of its recent pop-up shop at the centre. Cycling fans can browse everything from bikes and frames to clothing and accessories until October 1st. A VIP launch party will be held next week, with the details yet to be announced.

    Meanwhile, shoppers can get their culture fix from Moniker Art Fair, which will showcase some of the best contemporary and urban art in collaboration with Graffiti Prints, with an eye-catching array of original artworks and limited edition prints. The Moniker Culture Leeds exhibition opens on Friday, July 5th and runs until Saturday, August 3rd.

    Leeds-based abstract artist Nicolas Dixon will also display his work throughout the years, alongside a UK exclusive showcase of pieces by New York graffiti legend Sen-1.

    For more details about BLK BX, visit www.trinityleeds.com and www.blk-bx.com or follow @blk.bx on Instagram and @blkbxstores on Facebook.

    17th July 2019

    Hundreds of teaching alumni awarded honorary degrees

    More than 700 teaching alumni returned to York St John this week when the University awarded honorary degrees to students of Ripon College and York St John who were awarded a Certificate of Education before 1980.

    Six ceremonies were held on campus over three days on 25, 26 and 27 June. The Honorary Degree of Bachelor of Education (Bed Hon) was awarded in celebration of the University’s 178-year heritage as an educational institution and in recognition of the academic rigor demanded by the Certificate of Education of the hundreds of teachers who have gone on to inspire generations of young minds.

    Speaking at the ceremonies, Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor of York St John University said, “York St John and the colleges that preceded us have trained thousands of teachers over nearly 180 years, teachers who have gone on to inspire countless children and have contributed an invaluable amount to this country. Awarding some of those teachers with an honorary degree is a fitting tribute to all their hard work.”

    Alumni who attended included sisters Molly Major, Shirley Bennett and Pam Rowe (nee Edson) who all studied at Ripon College and graduated in the 1950’s; a selection of former York and Ripon students from countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA; and Barbara Vincent and Jennifer Webb, two of the ‘Magnificent Seven’, the first seven women admitted to study at York St John in 1962 alongside the 450 men.

    Dick Bate, leading FA coach and football educator, was awarded a posthumous honorary fellowship on Wednesday 26 June in recognition of his outstanding contribution to coach education in football. He dedicated his life to football and sadly passed away in April 2018. Dick was an exemplary member of the 1965-1968 PE cohort and a member of the 1960’s cup-final winning university team.

    Children from partner schools across the city took part, with choirs from Knavesmire, Park Grove, Wigginton, Yearsley Grove and Scarcroft primary schools performing at each ceremony. A number of special guests also attended. These included: Gail Brown (Ebor Academy Trust Executive Headteacher, Alumna of York St John); Norma Machell (former Scarcroft School Deputy Headteacher, Teacher of the Year in a Primary School 1999, Alumna of York St John) and Honorary Fellows of the University, Sylvia Shepherd and Jack Linley.

    17th July 2019

    Customer service awards confirm Benenden Health as the most trusted provider of...

    Benenden Health has once again been confirmed as a ‘Most Trusted’ company after coming top in a vote for the UK’s most trusted corporate healthcare provider.

    The York-based business secured first place in the Moneywise ‘Most Trusted’ Customer Service Awards 2019 in the ‘Health Insurance Provider via your Employer’ category, whilst also picking up a ‘highly commended’ certificate for the individual ‘Health Insurance Provider’ category.

    The health insurance categories cover a range of private healthcare providers and Benenden Health, a non-profit mutual which provides healthcare services for a membership of over 810,000 across the UK – including employees of 545 businesses – received the award at a recent ceremony in London.

    They came top in a poll of UK healthcare providers including Aviva, AXA PPP, Bupa, CIGNA and Vitality.

    Helen Smith, Chief Commercial Officer at Benenden Health said: “The team at Benenden Health have been consistently recognised over the years for their commitment to great customer service for our members. But this year’s award is special, as we’ve worked incredibly hard over the last year to become an even more trusted provider of healthcare products to those businesses looking to support their people’s health and wellbeing.”

    32,000 members of the public voted for the awards which recognise the most trustworthy and reliable financial service companies in the UK. This number of respondents makes it one of the biggest polls of financial services customers of its kind in the UK.

    Helen Smith continued: “We’re so proud that our members have taken the time to vote for us as their most trusted employer-provided healthcare product. Members are at the heart of our decision-making as an organisation and it’s great to be recognised by them. It was also amazing to be highly commended in the poll of those who have a personal healthcare product.”

    The full list of winners can be found at:  https://www.moneywise.co.uk/news/2019-06-14/moneywise-customer-service-awards-2019-the-winners-revealed-voted-you

    Benenden Health are also shortlisted for four further awards over the coming months – ‘Best Private Medical Insurance Provider’ and ‘Best Healthcare Service’ at the Investment Life & Pension Moneyfacts Awards, as well as ‘Best Health and Wellbeing Provider of the Year’ and ‘Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy of the Year’ in the Workplace Savings and Benefits Awards.

    17th July 2019

    Honorary arts degrees awarded by Leeds Arts University

    A leading creative director in the interiors industry, and a renowned photographer are set to receive honorary Master of Arts degrees from Leeds Arts University.

    Marianne Shillingford and Peter Mitchell will be recognised by Leeds Arts University during a graduation ceremony at The Royal Armouries, Leeds on Thursday 4 July. The ceremony will celebrate graduating students from the University’s BA (Hons) degree courses in: Animation, Creative Advertising, Fashion, Fashion Photography, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design, and Visual Communication.

    Marianne has worked in the interiors industry with a focus on colour and paint for over 35 years. Her first job was working for one of the UK’s leading Showman’s Decorators where she spent the next four years learning the skills and craft of painting and sculpting traditional fairground rides before eventually setting up her own studio in Nottingham.

    In 2015 she became the Creative Director of Akzonobel Dulux for the UK and Ireland, a position she currently holds, and in 2017 Marianne set up a charity to recognise and reward innovative use of colour in design which manifests itself in the Colour in Design Awards.

    Ahead of receiving her honorary degree Marianne said:

    “I am deeply honoured to receive this recognition from one of the hottest beds of creative talent in the UK. Every year I come across so many outstanding graduates from Leeds Arts University – there must be something in the water here. Their work stands out from the crowd and it’s a testament to the passion and dedication of all those in the University who support and encourage them from tutors to technicians. I can’t wait to join them in celebrating the end of a long haul of study and the beginning of a whole new chapter in creative life.” 

    Peter Mitchell is a British documentary photographer, who has been documenting Leeds and the surrounding area for more than 40 years. He studied at the London College of Printing and Graphic Arts and Hornsey College of Art, before moving to Leeds in 1972 to become a printmaker. An exhibition of his photographic works at Leeds City Art Gallery in 1975 gave Peter the opportunity to make his career in photography, and he has never looked back.

    Peter Mitchell told us:

    “I landed in Leeds direct from art college in 1972 and instantly found a flat and a truck driving job which provided the revelation of a city so different from London. The die was cast, and my first photographs were shown in a celebration of the European Architectural Heritage Year at Leeds City Art Gallery in 1965. I was grabbed!

    Although I gave up trucking decades ago, I am still living in that same flat in Chapeltown, photographing and revealing the heart (or perhaps the soul) of Leeds. I was smitten with this city from when I first arrived and hope it has played the same vital role in shaping the lives of those graduating this year. It gives me great pleasure to accept this honorary degree from Leeds Arts University alongside the creatives of the future.”

    From his first major exhibition in Leeds in 1975, Mitchell has gone on to exhibit at the Serpentine, Barbican, Henry Moore Institute, Tate Britain, and the Arles Photo Festival / Photo London, amongst many others. His next publication of works, entitled ‘Lost Leeds’, will be published in 2020.

    Professor Simone Wonnacott, Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Arts University said:

    “We are delighted to present Master of Arts degrees to two such talented practioners. Both Marianne and Peter have enjoyed success and recognition in their respective fields, and I’m sure they will inspire our students by showing them what is possible through talent, commitment and hard work.”

    17th July 2019

    Kala Sangam teams up with Dance For Life for Movement!

    Encouraging healthy bodies and minds through regular exercise and activity, Movement! dance classes are for people aged 16+ with a disability, learning disability or autism and their carers, that take place from 5-6pm on Mondays at Kala Sangam.

    Happening in a supportive, friendly and accessible environment, the classes are a fun way to learn dance and performance skills, keep fit and meet new people. As well as the health benefits of dance, Movement! classes help to improve confidence and co-ordination and offer the chance to make new friends.

    No experience is required – whether you are totally new to dance or have been to classes before, come along for an hour of fun, to learn dance, movement and performance skills. There will also be opportunities to perform at Kala Sangam throughout the year.

    Classes cost £5 per session (or £30 per term), the first session is free to attend and carers are encouraged to join in anytime, free of charge.

    Kala Sangam is a disability-friendly venue that is fully accessible with a lift to all floors, with safe and secure parking available over the road at The Broadway Shopping Centre. For more information on accessibility (including information on disabled parking options) please contact Kala Sangam on 01274 303340 or info@kalasangam.org.

    Kala Sangam is also an inclusive venue, having introduced a Pay What You Decide ticket pricing policy for most shows this year. Since then, Kala Sangam has seen a major increase in new audiences visiting the Centre.

    Fay Beesley, Education and Outreach Officer at Kala Sangam said, “Here at Kala Sangam we offer a fantastic range of fun-filled dance, theatre, music and language classes for both children and adults. We encourage everyone to come along and participate in the arts whether that’s through our classes, performances or exhibitions. Kala Sangam want to be the arts hub for the community, all of our staff are DBS checked and will make sure you feel welcomed and comfortable at Kala Sangam. So come along, join in and have a great time at one of our amazing, creative and inspiring classes.”

    Laura Liddon, Dance For Life Coordinator at Bradford Council said “Movement! is a great way to get active and meet new people all within a supportive and friendly environment. Dance is brilliant way to be more healthy, confident and sociable and whatever your skill level or ability Movement! promises to be an hour of creative fun.”

    To book a place for yourself or someone you care for, contact Fay Beesley by email at fay@kalasangam.org or call 01274 303340. To find out more, visit www.kalasangam.org/movement.

    17th July 2019

    Housing swim team in charity cheque handover

    This week Incommunities Group Chief Executive, Geraldine Howley and Assistant Chief Executive, Adrienne Reid were delighted to handover a cheque for £1560 to Chartered Institute of Housing President, Jim Strang after completing a big swim challenge.

    The tidy sum is going to Women’s Aid, the President’s nominated charity.

    Geraldine and Adrienne were joined by executive management team colleague Greg Robinson and Mark Crane from the group’s Building Service in a fundraising swim at Lake Windermere as part of the Great North Swim (9th June).

    Geraldine Howley said:  “We are delighted to make this contribution towards the vital work of Women’s Aid and support their commitment to ending domestic abuse. Knowing we were raising money for such a worthwhile cause gave us that extra motivation to take on the chilly waters of Lake Windermere and do it!

    “A big thank you to staff, housing partners and businesses who have supported our swim challenge.”

    In previous years Geraldine and her swim team have taken the water to support the Prince’s Trust and homelessness charity, Crisis.

    16th July 2019

    CNG and Sound Leisure hit the high note with custom jukebox

    The UK’s only manufacturer of classic jukeboxes, Sound Leisure, has built a custom-made jukebox for Harrogate based, CNG (Contract Natural Gas).

    Taking over six weeks to design and build at the Crossgates-based Sound Leisure factory, the manufacturer worked closely with the CNG team on the unique design of the vinyl playing jukebox. Hand-made by master craftsmen and women, the jukebox features the company’s striking hot pink and teal coloured branding, as well as their company logo and tagline ‘Power Up’.

    The jukebox is now situated in a new break out area for staff at the CNG office in Harrogate, which also features table football, board games, sofas and a bar area.

    Managing director of CNG Ltd, Jacqui Hall commented:

    “Our business is nothing without its people, and it’s important to give them a working environment that allows them to think, relax and spend time with each other whilst they take breaks. The custom-built jukebox from Sound Leisure is the perfect addition to our new breakout area, and the service was second to none. They created a design that perfectly reflects both the company values and element of fun we live each day by. We’re really looking forward to hearing our team enjoying their favourite music on such a fabulous machine, for many years to come.”

    Managing director of Sound Leisure, Chris Black commented:

    “As a proud Yorkshire business, it’s been a pleasure to produce a jukebox for such a well-respected local company.  CNG’s eye-catching branding made for one of the most colourful jukeboxes we’ve ever designed. We’ve no doubt their staff will get so much pleasure from choosing their favourite track and hearing it through the unique sound only vinyl records can produce.”

    CNG join an increasing list of companies, including KPMG in Leeds, who have ordered bespoke jukeboxes to enhance their office and retail spaces.

    Established in 1978, Sound Leisure is a family-run firm which manufacturers and ships its bespoke products globally to some of the world’s most prestigious locations. The business is currently the only manufacturer of seven inch and Long-Playing vinyl jukeboxes and one of only two classic jukebox producers in the world.

    16th July 2019

    Bruntwood launches exclusive online platform to link customer communities

    Bruntwood is expanding its community programme by launching an exclusive online platform which allows customers to collaborate and connect across buildings, cities and regions.

    Known as The Bruntwood Collective, the online gateway is being rolled out across Bruntwood’s portfolio and will be accessible to all of its 50,000 customers.

    Bruntwood has over £1bn in assets and more than 100 properties across Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham.

    Over 5,000 members have already joined the online community since it launched just three months ago with numbers increasing by the day, as it’s rolled out more widely.

    The new platform, which is powered by Hivebrite, is available online and via an app. It offers a broad range of benefits and functionality and is designed to support collaborative communities, help businesses thrive and enhance the customer experience.

    The platform has evolved out of the company’s existing community engagement programme, which is curated by a team of dedicated community engagement managers based in Bruntwood buildings and provides customers with access to regular social, well-being and business support events. App users also have access to cultural, charitable and sustainability-focused events across the cities.

    The Bruntwood Collective expands upon this programme by offering customers an easy way to meet people, seek out opportunities and explore events and amenities, not only within their own building but across neighbouring Bruntwood buildings in their city region and further afield.

    The online community will have access to a constantly evolving host of functions. They will be able to create their own user profiles to showcase their skills and interests, send messages and post updates, search for jobs and seek out specific skills and talent on their doorstep.

    The platform will enable businesses to source collaborative partners for projects, promote their own events, offer mentoring and take advantage of business support across the entire Bruntwood network, and advertise roles, amongst a range of other benefits.

    On a practical level, The Bruntwood Collective will also offer users a seamless online tool for booking meeting rooms and will enable them to explore and take advantage of amenities across city region building clusters – a customer in one Manchester-based Bruntwood building, for instance, will be able to book a personal training session in another, nearby Bruntwood building. The platform will also be a hub for local retail offers and information about cultural events and experiences taking place in localities.

    Toby Sproll, director of retail, amenity and community at Bruntwood said: “Bruntwood is known for creating collaborative spaces where people and businesses can thrive, and The Collective is a really exciting extension of this – it’s a dynamic virtual space designed to enhance the experience of our physical environments.

    “What we’re saying to customers is there’s a world of opportunity outside their workspaces to be explored and we can help them to take advantage of that with the online gateway, by offering access to a ready-made, hugely diverse and innovative network of businesses and individuals. We also want to make life easier for them with the practical tools we’ve built in, and to enrich their day-to-day working life by providing information on social events, offers and access to classes and amenities in close proximity.

    “The gateway is intended to be user-led and will evolve in line with customer needs. Our hope is that, as an online community, it will grow organically as customers reach out and link to others. We also plan to use it as a way to collect customer feedback – through an ongoing dialogue that will help to inform our business decisions.”

    It is hoped that the new initiative will also give customers the opportunity to tap into Bruntwood’s connections across city regions.

    Toby added: “We’ve always been heavily immersed in our city regions’ cultures, leveraging our involvement to build strong connections with key community figures and businesses. Our new platform means that we’re now able to share this with our customers and allow them to take advantage of such relationships, which will hopefully mean that they too can grow their networks.”

    The Bruntwood Collective will be fully implemented across all of Bruntwood’s buildings by July 2019.

    For more information about Bruntwood, visit www.bruntwood.co.uk.

    16th July 2019

    Looking for trading opportunities for your business outside Europe?

    Tudor International explain what a EORI number is and why you need one to export outside Europe.

    What is an EORI Number?

    If you are involved in the movement of goods outside of the European Union, there is a good chance your logistics provider has requested your EORI number. But what does this term mean, how do you obtain an EORI number and why is it needed? We hope to explain the EORI number for you below.

    When was the EORI system created

    The Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) system was born on 1 July 2009. It replaced the old system, formerly known as the Trader’s Unique Reference Number (TURN).

    Who needs an EORI number?

    An EORI number is required if you are involved in the import, export or movement of goods within a transport procedure. You would also need this if you were providing pre-arrival or pre-departure information for goods. An entity will need an EORI number if it is looking to import or export goods outside of the EU.

    How do you obtain an EORI number?

    Here’s the million dollar question. If importers and exporters in Europe are hoping to trade outside the EU then they must apply through filling out an application form, though the form may vary depending on whether the entity is:

    1) Registered for VAT

    2) Not VAT registered and the entity is importing

    3) Not VAT registered and the entity is exporting

    Importers can use this link to apply.

    Exporters can use this link to apply.

    What will an EORI number look like?

    In the UK, an EORI number will start with the letters ‘GB’ and is then followed by a 12-digit number which will be based upon the trader’s VAT number. If a business has a UK VAT number already, they can check to see if the EORI number has linked by clicking here.

    What could happen if an importer doesn’t have an EORI number?

    The bad news is, if you don’t have an EORI number then the customs authorities are more than likely to take possession of the consignment until your business is able to display an EORI number. You should be aware that an EORI number is an obligation regardless of whether the consignment is to be delivered by sea freight or air freight. Please note that you must apply for one EORI number for each country the business is established in.

    What’s the process once you have applied?

    Once you have sent off the form, it usually takes around three working days to receive confirmation. You’ll receive your EORI number via email, be aware that you should check your spam folder if you can’t find the email in your inbox.  You should then give the number to your logistics provider and they will then use it when making customs declarations on your behalf.

    16th July 2019

    Final call for manufacturers to take part in ‘inspiring’ initiative

    With more than 75% of the district’s secondary schools and colleges already on board, the organisers of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks are making a last call for businesses to sign up to offer students valuable insights into manufacturing careers.

    Founder of the week and MD of international chemical and detergents manufacturer, Christeyns, Nick Garthwaite, is urging manufacturers to register their interest before Friday 19th July, so they can be partnered with schools before they shut for the summer holidays.

    “The success of last year’s event has been absolutely phenomenal. Not only did the initiative achieve great things during the week, but the lasting legacy is still inspiring those that took part and as a result, we have had record breaking sign ups from both schools and manufacturers for 2019. However, to ensure that we can provide at least one experience for every young person we still need more businesses on board.”

    In order to accommodate demand, Bradford Manufacturing Week has been extended to take place over fortnight. So far, more than 50 businesses are already signed up, with manufacturers such as Solenis, Airedale International, Christeyns, Expressed Steel Panels, TF Automation and Morrisons and is backed with further sponsorship from E3 Recruitment, Mitton, Gordons LLP, Naylor Wintersgill, Leeds and Bradford Airport, global training provider Dale Carnegie and the University of Bradford. The initiative will complement the Leeds Manufacturing Festival, an initiative co-ordinated by Leeds Chamber of Commerce and Leeds Manufacturing Alliance which also aims to showcase career opportunities to young people.

    One manufacturer looking forward to the event is Guyson International, the leading blast, ultrasonic and spray washing equipment manufacturer based in Skipton. Managing director, Mark Viner said “Bradford Manufacturing Week last year was an eye opener for the management team here at Guyson, in terms of relationships with schools and having a better understanding of what young people want from their future employer”

    “As part of the initiative we carried out school talks, factory visits and mock interviews with students from Keighley College and South Craven school. We were so impressed by the students from South Craven school that we have offered two apprenticeships.

    “We’re looking forward to being involved with Bradford Manufacturing Weeks again this year and can’t wait to welcome students on site once again.”

    To be a part of this year’s Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 7-18 October register here https://bradfordmanufacturingweek.co.uk/manufacturers/get-involved. For more information log onto www.bradfordmanufacturingweek.co.uk or contact the team at Bradford Chamber on 01274 206660 or email bmw@wnychamber.co.uk. For regular updates follow @Bradfordmfg on Twitter.

    16th July 2019

    Watson Buckle raises thousands of pounds for a local charity at Bradford...

    A team of accountants from innovative firm, Watson Buckle, have made a big splash at this year’s Dragon Boat Festival by raising almost £3,000 for their chosen charity, the Neonatal Unit for Bradford Hospitals Charity.

    Taking 3rd place out of 39 teams at the UK’s largest Dragon Boat Festival, the 17 strong team members from Watson Buckle paddled their hearts out to raise money for the charity at the festival which was held on Sunday 23 June at Roberts Park in Saltaire.

    The decision to raise money for the Neonatal unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary was made after Associate Director, Gillian Craven, experienced their care first-hand in 2018 when her son Rafe was born three months early and was cared for there.

    Now, with Rafe having just celebrated his first birthday in April, the firm decided to thank the hospital’s specialist neonatal unit by selecting the hospital’s charity as their chosen Charity of the Year for 2019.

    Gillian and her colleagues hope that the money raised for the race can be added to their grand total during 2019 and be used to help fund state of the art equipment and provide the best care and comfort for the people that receive assistance from the neonatal unit.

    Speaking about the team’s participation in the festival, Gillian said: “We had a fantastic time taking part in this year’s Dragon Boat Festival and the team were really driven to win by those who came to cheer us on.

    “We were really excited to be placed 3rd and we were delighted that we have raised so much for this wonderful unit who saved my son’s life last year.

    “The team at Bradford Royal Infirmary worked so hard to support our family and help Rafe when he was born, I can’t begin to thank them enough for what they did.

    “We hope that our ongoing fundraising for the Bradford Hospitals Charity will help us to raise even more money to help others who find themselves in a similar situation.”

    Donations to Watson Buckle’s fundraising page are still open and can be made here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wb-dragons

    15th July 2019

    150 more jobs at Whitby polyhalite mine

    Sirius Minerals’ shaft sinking contractor, DMC Mining UK, has announced it is recruiting for 150 more jobs for the construction of the new multi-billion pound polyhalite fertiliser mine. DMC is currently looking for experienced miners, electricians and deck operatives to help the company sink two deep mineshafts at Sirius’ Woodsmith Mine near Whitby.

    DMC will be inviting people with the relevant skills and experience to two information sessions that are being held in Whitby and Grangetown.

    More details about the new roles can be found on the Sirius website: siriusminerals.com/work-with-us/current-vacancies/. People interested in the roles and wishing to attend the events need to register their interest by emailing recruitment@dmcmining.com, attaching a copy of their CV.

    The first session will take place in Whitby on the evening of Tuesday 9 July and a further event is being held on the evening of Wednesday 10 July in Grangetown, Teesside.

    The jobs come as Sirius ramps up construction of Woodsmith Mine, which is two years into a build programme that is scheduled to reach the polyhalite seam, 1,500m underground, in late 2021. The new jobs will bring the total number of people working on the project to well over 1,000.

    “It’s exciting to see more jobs being created as the project progresses,” said Matt Parsons, External Affairs General Manager for Sirius Minerals. “Currently around two thirds of our workforce are from the local area, and we are continuing to work hard with our contractors and employment support services to promote opportunities for local people.”

    “We encourage anyone who has the right attitude and the relevant qualifications and experience to get in touch,” said Pauline Garnett, HR Director for DMC UK. “A history of working in a safety sensitive environment is paramount.”

    “We would also like to reassure people who cannot make either of the events that they can still apply through the Sirius website, and we will make sure that information about further upcoming job opportunities is made available”, she added.

    15th July 2019

    Dogged benefits case worker wins huge sum for residents

    A Yorkshire Housing worker was honoured for winning nearly a quarter of a million pounds in benefits back for elderly residents.

    Benefits and money advisor Derri Reynolds was joint runner-up at the housing association’s annual Chief Executive’s Awards earlier this month.

    She was nominated for securing more than £223,000 in underpaid housing benefit for 35 care home residents in North Yorkshire aged from their late 70s to early 90s.

    And it all began from just one case that prompted inquisitive Derri to launch a wider probe.

    Starting in September last year, she investigated and proved how the man’s housing benefit had been wrongly calculated.

    But Derri wondered if this mistake affected others – and found many more cases in a review of housing benefit claimants.

    It led to an initial rebate of nearly £59,000, but persistent Derri pursued the matter to get it backdated.

    The final figure came to more than £223,000, with one tenant receiving nearly £14,000.

    Derri said of her award: “I’m very happy to have been chosen and feel very privileged because there’s a lot of other staff who deserve it as well.”

    She paid tribute to her colleagues and added: “The team I work with, the neighbourhood officers, the income officers, the people doing the referring, are all imperative.

    “I can’t just go out and find these cases. We work collectively, and I’m very lucky to work in such an amazing team.”

    In Derri’s initial investigation, she found service charges for food were being treated as ineligible for housing benefit.

    Regulations state a flat rate of £18.05 should apply when a service charge for food is applicable.

    Anything above that should be treated as eligible for housing benefit purposes.

    But the full amount, £57.75, was regarded as ineligible.

    It was agreed to correct this and backdate it to April 2017, meaning residents could have received £58,986.37 in total.

    The average payment would have been £1,900 per customer.

    But Derri pursued the matter further to get the payments backdated to the point in 2015 when the error first occurred.

    This led to the final figure of £223,004.74 and an average payout of £7,000 per customer.

    Derri said: “Because this was an official error, it didn’t affect any current entitlement that they had.

    “I sent letters out to those people affected to explain that as it can be quite frightening for older people to get a lump sum like that.”

    Cleaner Peggy Harland won the Chief Executive’s Award for running a film club as a volunteer.

    Derri was joint runner up with anti-social behaviour officer Lesley Drake at an event held at the Quebecs Hotel in Leeds on June 5.

    It was organised to crown an overall winner from those who had been honoured in the 2018-19 year.

    Yorkshire Housing chief executive Nick Atkin said of Derri: “She’s got that resilience and determination that’s so key to that role.

    “It’s a balance of providing help and support at the time, often when people are at a point of crisis, but also seeing the bigger picture.

    “Here, she thought there wasn’t just one issue, but an issue that could affect the whole scheme.

    “And as a result, she brought in additional income that was life-changing for those tenants.”

    11th July 2019

    15th year in a row Barratt Developments wins more Pride in the...

    Three site managers from Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, which includes the Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, have won a top national award for the quality of the homes they are building.

    Ben Waines, Senior Site Manager at Saxon Gate in Stamford Bridge, near York, Martyn Thorley, Project Manager at The Chocolate Works in York and Paul Dearnley, Senior Site Manager at Tranby Fields in Hessle, near Hull, have each been recognised by the National House Building Council (NHBC) in their annual Pride in the Job Quality Awards.

    Known as the “Oscars of the housebuilding industry”, the Pride in the Job Quality Awards recognise the best run building sites in the country and are the highest accolade a site manager can achieve.

    This year, a total of 84 site managers at Barratt Developments won a Pride in the Job Quality award. This is now the 15th year in a row that Barratt Developments has won more of these prestigious awards than any other housebuilder.

    In addition to spot checks from the NHBC, site managers are judged on their consistency, attention to detail, leadership, technical expertise and health and safety, with just 450 individual winners being chosen from over 16,000 entrants.

    Daniel Smith, Managing Director at Barratt Developments, Yorkshire East commented: “These awards recognise only the very best new homes and well-run sites. They are something that customers can look out for as a quality mark knowing their home has been built to the highest standard possible. To win more of these awards than any other housebuilder for 15 years in a row is a real point of difference which shows how committed we are to building high quality homes for our customers.”

    This year also marks the tenth year that Barratt Developments has been awarded 5 stars by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for customer satisfaction. For Barratt Developments to be awarded 5 Stars means that more than 90% of its customers would be happy to recommend their home to a friend.

    11th July 2019

    Bradford garden centre sponsored team ends the season on a high

    A football team whose kit is sponsored by Tong Garden Centre brought a successful season to a close with a cup win.

    Rothwell Juniors Under-14s lifted the Leeds District Club after a tense final which saw the team beat White Rose All Stars from Heckmondwike by 4-1.

    Tong’s plant buyer, Steve Smith, who arranged the sponsorship with marketing manager, Jo Dales said: “We like to support the local community and it is a pleasure to help youngsters participate in sport.

    “They are a very talented group of young footballers and it’s really great to see their hard work has resulted in a cup win. We wish them well for next season.”

    No strangers to success, the team, many of who have played together since they were four years old, have won the league several times from the age of six, have been League Cup and District Cup winners and played in the 2017/18 season District Cup Final at Leeds United’s Elland Road Stadium.

    Coaches Mari de Laat and Matthew Loyd are very grateful to the team at Tong for their generous support. Mari said: “Rothwell Juniors is a F.A. Chartered Standard Club and is well-known in the South Leeds area in the world of football. It’s important that the team’s appearance matches the high standard of their football and this has been made possible thanks to Tong.

    “On behalf of the boys and the parents, we’d like to say a big thank you to Tong Garden Centre for sponsoring our kit.”

    Rothwell Juniors FC was founded in 1976 and is based at Woodlesford, Leeds. The Under 14s play in Division One of the Garforth League.

    Tong Garden Centre is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1,000 cars.

    11th July 2019

    Dulux academy extends Leeds College of Building partnership

    Leeds College of Building has opened a state-of-the-art training space and partnered with Dulux Academy as both continue to show their support of decorating professionals in Yorkshire.

    Leeds College of Building is the only college in the UK dedicated solely to construction and the built environment and has been working with the Dulux Academy since 2016.

    The new facility comes as the college has relocated its painting and decorating department to its North Street campus as part of a major redevelopment plan. As well as the college students having the benefit of the state-of-the-art area, now decorators attending Dulux Academy training courses also get to use the fantastic facilities.

    Training spaces across the site are being extended to accommodate the ambitious growth plans with other partners including Bell Group, one of the largest painting, decorating and building maintenance contractors in the UK.

    The new Painting & Decorating department includes over 30 painting and spraying bays and 20 wallpapering bays (all 3m x 2m), designed specifically for new teaching standards and is thought to be one of the biggest Painting & Decorating training facilities in the country.

    Leeds College of Building Principal, Derek Whitehead, said:
    “We work with some amazing industry partners already, including the Dulux Academy and so this new space can only enhance those relationships, the training we deliver and ensure that local decorators and our students are work ready.”

    The Dulux Academy supported the project by donating Dulux Trade products for the college students to decorate the space as part of their training.

    The Dulux Academy courses are designed to support decorators at every stage of their career. Dulux Academy training courses will be held regularly at the college, the next being an Introduction to Spray Painting course in July. In addition to delivering training courses for decorators, the Dulux Academy also provide support and special events for students of the college and professional development opportunities for the tutors.

    Vickie Mather, Dulux Academy Lead, commented:
    “The Dulux Academy was founded to help professional decorators up skill, especially in areas where emerging trends require professionals to stay ahead of the curve. Our partnership with colleges ensures that our courses are accessible to those who wish to develop across the UK. We have a strong relationship with Leeds College of Building and are delighted to be a part of the opening of this new facility.”

    Mark Rigby, Skills Development Consultant and lead trainer for Dulux Academy courses at Leeds College of Building, said:
    “Our continued relationship with Leeds College of Building ensures that our course delegates have access to and experience of the very best equipment that is available. As the industry develops so do our courses.”

    For more information on Dulux Academy courses at Leeds College of Building visit: www.duluxacademy.co.uk.

    11th July 2019

    Stobart Air to increase seat capacity on Leeds-Dublin route for the start...

    • Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus regional routes, will increase seat capacity by 20% on its Leeds-Dublin service, beginning 28 October 2019.
    • Flights will benefit UK and Irish business customers in particular, who require choice and flexibility of flight times, facilitating onward connections to the US via Aer Lingus transatlantic services.
    • ATR 72-600 aircraft will service routes to meet additional demand.
    • Up to 50,000 seats will be available between Leeds and Dublin during the Winter season.
    • John Cunliffe at Leeds Bradford Airport said: “We’re delighted to add additional capacity from Leeds to Dublin from Winter 2019, and I am sure this additional capacity will prove popular for business customers.”

    Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus regional routes, has announced it will increase seat capacity by 20% on Dublin routes from Leeds Bradford Airport starting from 28 October 2019. The increase will see up to three daily flights on Monday, Friday and Sunday operated by Stobart Air.

    Additional seat capacity will meet the demand of Irish and UK business customers in particular, who require choice and flexibility of flight times, facilitating onward connections to the US via Aer Lingus transatlantic services. The increase will also benefit US customers and Border Protection pre-clearance at Dublin Airport, saving time and avoiding any delays in the US on arrival.

    Stobart Air will operate ATR 72-600 aircraft to service the flights between Leeds and Dublin.  This additional capacity totals to an additional 1,700 seats monthly.

    Commenting on the announcement, Graeme Buchanan, Managing Director at Stobart Air, said:

    “Stobart Air continuously strives to meet passenger demand across our route network. We closely monitor trends and prepare for busy seasonal periods which enables us to consistently deliver an efficient, reliable service. The additional seats will ensure flexibility for our passengers, providing business and leisure customers with a wider choice.

    Commenting on the announcement, John Cunliffe, Aviation & Commercial Director at Leeds Bradford Airport, said:

    “We’re delighted to add additional capacity from Leeds to Dublin from Winter 2019, and I am sure this additional capacity will prove popular for business customers. In particular, the new mid-afternoon flight facilitates onward connections with Aer Lingus transatlantic flights, with reduced transfer times and greater choice of connections available.

    “The investment of additional capacity by Stobart Air on the route further confirms the economic significance of the Leeds City Region, the largest economy in the UK outside of London. At Leeds Bradford Airport, we offer passenger routes to over 70 direct destinations, with onward connections to all corners of the globe and I am delighted to be working with Stobart Air to support the development both of Leeds Bradford and the wider region”

    For more information on fares and flight times, and to book seats visit aerlingus.com

    For more information on Leeds Bradford Airport visit leedsbradfordairport.co.uk

    11th July 2019 Uncategorised

    Horizon Leeds wins event space award

    Leeds, June 18th, 2019 – Horizon Leeds, the Leeds-based venue hire business, has been recognised as the best conferencing and events venue in the UK for onsite technology for the 4th year running at the CHS Awards. The awards put the spotlight on exceptional hotels, independent venues and facilities that CHS believes should be recognised for their service to the industry.

    Over 230 venues entered the 5th edition of the annual CHS awards, which saw Horizon Leeds compete against other short listers including Cloth Hall @ Well Met, Mews Systems Limited and Unique Venues of Birmingham on the 6th June. A panel of over 50 industry professionals, including Capita Travel and Events, Ashfield Meetings and Events, ArrangeMy and Capital One were involved in the judging process.

    The venue teamed up with experienced Yorkshire based interactive audio-visual specialist’s Fired Up Technologies in 2017 to re-imagine their digital technology offering, with new digital signage systems for each room and refreshment area, large format interactive touch displays in Inspire@ and HD laser projectors to create the award winning facility in Create@, that delivers a truly unique interactive conferencing and training environment.

    Megan MacBrairdy, Venue Manager of Horizon Leeds said:

    “We’re thrilled to win best onsite audio-visual award again. At Horizon Leeds, we are passionate about providing our clients with the latest digital technology to ensure that event objectives are fulfilled and a return on investment is achieved, so it’s great to be recognised for this.

    We will continue to develop our facilities to stay at the forefront of conferencing technology, working with companies like Fired Up Technologies to improve upon existing and new innovative spaces, that always leave a lasting impression on our clients. Watch this space for what we bring to the table over the next 12 months”

    Emma Cartmell, Chief Executive Officer, CHS Group said:

    “We had a record number of entries and were inundated with nominations from a wide range of organisations big and small – a testament to the wealth of talent and enthusiasm in the MICE industry.”

    Horizon offers a wide range of services that can support businesses and organisations with any conferencing, meeting and training needs, it’s emphasis on digital technology and light creative spaces help make these essential business events more engaging and collaborative.

    From their CREATE@, CREATE@1 and CREATE@2 rooms to their INSPIRE@, THINK@ and ENGAGE@, Horizon Leeds provide a superior range event technology solutions that incorporates large screens with integrated PA systems, wireless presenter technology and ceiling speakers. There use of AR, VR and interactive poll technology, is a fantastic way to truly immerse an audience in a company’s world and gain confidential feedback in real time. Nothing is beyond the realm of possibility at Horizon Leeds, and together with the client they think of innovative ways to way each event a success.

    This, together with our personalised approach to event planning, 5 star reviews and bespoke package options have ensured that 100% of clients have said that they would use Horizon Leeds in the future and would recommend to a colleague.

    The team are always looking to work with businesses to improve the delivery of their events, for more information about their facilities just contact sales@horizonleeds.co.uk

    11th July 2019