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    New investment secures growth for farm yoghurt business with 1,000-year-old recipe for...

    THE only UK farm to make a nutritious yoghurt from a ninth century Icelandic recipe using British milk is set for national growth after securing major entrepreneurial investment in a deal brokered by accountants and business advisers, Garbutt & Elliott.

    Hesper Farm Dairies Ltd, Skipton, is tripling its workforce to boost production after two Yorkshire entrepreneurs became investors in a deal arranged by the corporate finance team at York-based Garbutt & Elliott.

    Hesper Farm has been producing Skyr for four years after the family farm’s third generation, Sam Moorhouse, visited Iceland in 2015 to learn the ancient Viking recipe after finding no one in Britain then made the thick, creamy natural yoghurt.

    Sam Moorhouse was introduced to Garbutt & Elliott partner, Tony Farmer, because of the firm’s specialist food and beverage sector expertise, including its own annual food and drink business awards.

    Hesper Farm’s Skyr yoghurt, made in its purpose-built diary, using milk from its award-winning pedigree Holstein Friesian herd, has been produced by only three people but is already supplied to 110 northern stores, including all Booths, and several Morrisons, supermarkets as well as farm shops and Harrods, London.

    Managing director of Hesper Farm Dairy Ltd, Sam Moorhouse, says: “Tony and his team have been integral in positioning us for the next stage in our development. We are grateful for their expertise and the new investors who have placed faith in us.

    “The investment, and setting up an accounting system, enables us to pursue a national supermarket account. Our long-term aim is to make Hesper Farm the top British Skyr brand and to introduce other innovative dairy products.

    “We are creating six new jobs and will make about 55,000kg of Skyr this year compared with around 9,000kg in our first 12 months.”

    Skyr yoghurt is made in a 24-hour labour-intensive process, with minimal mechanisation, by incubating skimmed milk with live active cultures and straining away the whey. Each pot uses four times as much milk as traditional plain yogurt, making it thick and creamy. The only sweetness is natural.

    Tony Farmer says: “Sam has a great natural product and the new investors are supporting an innovative UK food product with huge sales potential. We are excited to be applying our food sector experience to assist the growth of the business.”

    Lead investor, founder and chairman of Elland-based BCA Group, Wim Batist, says: “While Sam had financial help from his parents to set up, he needed a lot more to reach where he wants to be.  His business has potential to become a multi-million pound operation, especially with his strict quality control.”

    Tony Farmer’s team included corporate finance senior manager, Stephen Garbett, banking director, David Streather and corporate finance executive, Mark Jennings.

    Garbutt & Elliott’s 10-strong corporate finance team, which also has a base in Leeds, includes three partners and operates throughout the UK, advising on business valuations, company flotations, business exits, financial due diligence, finance raising and business sales and has 80 years’ combined experience comprising more than 200 deals across a wide range of commercial sectors.

    20th September 2019

    Property consultants LHL Group boosts team with three appointments

    Three new appointments, including an associate director, have been made by Yorkshire property and construction consultants, LHL Group.

    Daniel Bower, who joined LHL Group in 2014 as an assistant building surveyor, becomes an assistant director.

    He joined LHL Group, which has its head office at The Chocolate Works, York, with a BSc (Hons) Building Surveying from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and qualified in 2015.

    His work includes project management, employer’s agent and contract administration for new build and refurbishment schemes as well as traditional commercial and residential property building surveys and dilapidations work.

    Among schemes he has supported are Bridgehead Business Park, Hull; Fruit Market regeneration, Hull; a new-build office and workshop in Market Weighton and the continuing redevelopment and modernisation of Thorp Arch Estate near Wetherby.

    He says: “I am very much looking forward to becoming further involved in the business and developing new and existing clients across the region with interesting and exciting projects.”

    Jake Currie joins as a trainee building surveyor in the residential, commercial, and professional services sectors.

    A former apprentice plumber who switched careers for the greater challenge, Jake Currie is also a semi-professional footballer playing midfield for South Emsall-based Frickley Athletic FC, in the BetVictor South East division.

    Richard Jobling, who has a masters in Building Surveying from Sheffield Hallam and holds AssocRICS and RICS Registered Valuer accreditation, has joined the LHL Group residential team, led by director, Matthew Ward, as a building surveyor.

    He carries out detailed residential surveys including RICS home buyer reports, building and superstructure surveys and structural reports.

    LHL Group managing director, Richard Hampshire, says: “We are delighted to be continuing to build a young and dynamic team at LHL Group as demand for our services continues to grow in spite of economic uncertainty over Brexit.”

    LHL Group, which has 33 staff and works on a wide range of commercial, residential, industrial and heritage projects throughout the North, has offices in York, Hull, Harrogate and Doncaster.

    20th September 2019

    Leeds Arts University’s latest exhibition celebrates the work of another former student:...

    Rawlins was born in 1931 in Horsforth, Leeds and studied for a National Diploma in Design (NDD) and the Art Teachers Diploma (ATD) at Leeds College of Art (now Leeds Arts University) from 1947-1952.  She draws her inspiration from the Yorkshire Dales where she lives and works, and is known for her Dales landscapes in fabric collage and watercolour.


    A prolific artist, her illustrative work includes her instantly recognisable fabric collages for Waddingtons Jigsaw puzzles made during the 1960s and 1970s, as well as several illustrated children’s books. Publications include A Dales Countryside Cookbook (1992) and A Grass Rope to Catch a Unicorn: Wensleydale Wild Flowers and Other Illustrations (2014), and she has produced numerous drawings and cover paintings for the Dalesman magazine


    From 1971 to 1982 Rawlins created 39 double sided collages for the Leeds Permanent Building Society, now part of Lloyds Banking group, with a local theme for each branch. Sadly all but the Malvern and Ripon Leeds Permanent Building Society collages are now believed lost. The University and Janet Rawlins are appealing for any information about the missing collages. If you think you can help or would like to know more please contact Rachael Hickson Pearce at alumni@leeds-art.ac.uk or 0113 202 8142.


    The exhibition Life in the Dales is a celebration of Janet Rawlins’ career, showcasing a selection of her work in the same building she studied in over 60 years ago. The exhibition also provides the opportunity to see work by two recent graduates, Sonia Moran (Leeds Arts University, 2018) and Rosa Hackett (Glasgow School of Art, 2019), who have responded to Rawlins through their soft sculptural practices.


    Rachael Hickson Pearce, Alumni Relations and Development Officer said:


    “We are delighted to welcome Janet Rawlins back to Vernon Street, and to bring her her work to a new generation of creatives. It is an honour for Leeds Arts University to celebrate such a prolific artist and showcase her work in the place she studied over 60 years ago.

    It would be wonderful if the publicity could help reunite Janet with her collages from the Leeds Permanent Building Society, and we invite anyone who has any information to get in touch.”

    The exhibition has been curated by Rachael Hickson Pearce, Alumni Relations and Development Officer and Caroline Pratt, Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Textile Design. The exhibition is open from Friday 13 September — Friday 1 November 2019 at Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds Arts University.



    18th September 2019

    Watson Buckle offer helping hand to businesses during National Payroll Week

    Innovative accountancy firm, Watson Buckle, is calling on businesses to review and enhance their payroll processes during National Payroll Week

    Due to take place between 2-6 September, the week is designed to raise the profile and awareness of payroll amongst businesses in the UK.

    Watson Buckle are using the week as an opportunity to share its experience and expertise on payroll and make a greater number of businesses aware of the benefits of outsourcing their payroll to specialists.

    The week-long awareness week was created by the CIPP (Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals), which hopes that this will be the campaign’s biggest year yet.

    Susan Sedgwick, Joint Managing Director at Watson Buckle, said: “Payroll is an important function of running a business with employees, but it can be very onerous for managers and owners – taking away time that might better be spent on helping their company to grow.

    “We wanted to join the thousands of other payroll professionals across the UK to raise awareness of the importance of payroll and offer our support to businesses that are struggling with it.”

    To find out more about the firm’s celebration of National Payroll Week, please visit https://www.watsonbuckle.co.uk/services/outsourcing/payroll/national-payroll-week/

    18th September 2019

    Glen Lodge garden planted during Enable team’s 25th makeover

    An award-winning team of young people who’ve experienced homelessness has volunteered with older residents to give their independent living scheme’s garden a makeover.
    Young people from SASH, a charity which helps provide younger people with stable accommodation, and City of York Council staff, work together on projects which benefit older people who, in turn, share their skills with younger team members.

    This is the 25th project completed since the Enable team was launched five years ago. Enable won the Best Community Project award at the York Community Pride Awards in 2018.

    Earlier this month (8 August), the Enable team transformed a tired piece of grass at the front entrance to Glen Lodge, the council’s independent living scheme with extra care in Heworth. The team stripped away the overgrown turf and turned the plot into a colourful flower bed with lots of pollinating plants. It’s not only good for bees: the new garden gives the scheme a splash of extra colour and will hopefully be well-used by residents.

    While the team worked, residents kept popping out to check on progress, bringing them hot and cold drinks as well as sharing their gardening knowledge with the young people.

    These and other young volunteers give their time to help older people in York who struggle with jobs around the home and garden. In return they have been learning new skills which will help them when they move in to a place of their own.

    Sheila Makin, one of Glen Lodge’s residents said: “It looks really lovely: it’s transformed the place.”

    Liz Bratley, another Glen Lodge resident said: “It’s lovely to see young people being involved and being creative and constructive. The entrance will brighten up any dark day.”

    Cllr Denise Craghill, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said: “For Enable to complete its 25th project in five years is certainly something to celebrate. It’s very fitting this has been marked with an inter-generational project also involving residents of Glen Lodge. This has provided valuable experience for young people who’ve struggled with homelessness and has also created a lasting improvement in quality of life for Glen Lodge residents.”

    Gary Hogg, SASH Active Project Coordinator, said: “Part of our remit is to help young people prepare for the responsibilities of having their own home. Through the five years of Enable projects, dozens of young people have benefited from the scheme and used the skills they’ve learned to help maintain their own tenancies.”

    17th September 2019

    Marble centaurs to join city’s collection

    Two marble sculptures, currently on display at York Art Gallery, could be formally added to York’s museum collection if members agree to proposals at a meeting later this month (29 August).
    The pair of statues, Young Centaur (tempted by love) and Old Centaur (bound by love), both probably carved by Bartolomeo Cavaceppi (1716-1799) in Rome in around 1755, were bought by the city council in the 1940s from Wentworth Woodhouse when the estate was split up, specifically to be displayed in the Assembly Rooms.

    The centaurs were loaned to York Art Gallery in the 1970s, and were later put into storage. Following York Conservation Trust’s purchase of the Assembly Rooms, uncertainty arose about the ownership of the centaurs.

    Following discussions, York Conservation Trust’s board has agreed that it would be willing to transfer the sculptures to the city’s museum collection. These collections are owned by the council, and managed by York Museums’ Trust under a long-term loan and management agreement.

    Members of the council’s Executive will be asked whether they would agree to move the centaurs into the city’s museum collections. Doing so would ensure that the statues remain as part of the city’s cultural legacy, are accessible to York residents for perpetuity, and will confirm their ownership.

    The statues currently form part of The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2019 at York Art Gallery from 13 July – 22 September 2019. They are among a number of works inspired by the classical ideals of ancient art and complement Nicolas Poussin’s The Triumph of Pan, one of the National Gallery’s most significant works, which is the exhibition’s centrepiece this summer.

    Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, City of York Council, said: “Acquired by the city and for the city, it’s important that these historic assets can continue to be cared for and displayed for the benefit of York residents.

    “I’m delighted that all three organisations are working together to confirm the statues’ future in the city’s museum collections. We should all be proud of the fantastic art and history in our city’s collection, and this decision highlights our commitment its future.”

    Reyahn King, chief executive officer of YMT, said: “We are delighted to have been working alongside City of York Council and York Conservation Trust to ensure that these stunning marble centaurs remain in the public collections.

    “Not only are they an exquisite example of Bartolomeo Cavaceppi’s work, but having been commissioned by the Marquis of Rockingham in the 18th Century and later showcased in the Assembly Rooms, their connections to the City of York are fascinating. As artworks, the pair embody a number of themes central to York Art Gallery’s collection policy which includes flesh, mythologies, and the inspiration of past masters.

    “It is a testament to the city’s culture that three organisations have worked together to ensure that these important and beautiful sculptures, with such strong links to the city, are permanently housed in our public collections to benefit York’s residents and its visitors.”

    Jonathan Bryant, of York Conversation Trust, said: “In 1949 our founder, Dr John Bowes Morrell, twice Lord Mayor of York, was instrumental in acquiring these exceptional items for the city.

    “We are delighted that 70 years later they are to be formally accessioned into the city’s museum collection under the long-term custodianship of York Museums Trust.”

    17th September 2019

    Christeyns shortlisted for two industry awards

    Hygiene chemical specialist Christeyns has been shortlisted in two categories for the prestigious Laundry and Drycleaning Awards (ladas) 2019.

    The ladas celebrate all that is excellent in the laundry and drycleaning industry and Christeyns has been selected as a finalist in the Innovative Company and Best New Product categories.

    Now in their fifth year, the ladas aim to recognise companies, individuals, services and products which stand out from the crowd, those that bring a new level of customer service and professionalism to the industry and help it face the challenges of changing society and technology head-on.


    Christeyns is at the forefront of laundry innovation and through continuous research and development aims to engineer optimum conditions during the wash cycle.  This involves less water and energy usage and a lowering of the environmental burden of the chemistry and at the same time extending the useable life of the linen whilst continuing to maintain the highest standards of wash outcomes.


    The firm’s combination of laundry chemicals, such as newly introduced puresan, dosing equipment and engineering know-how has made them a market leader in the commercial laundry sector.


    All award finalists are invited to Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey where the awards ceremony will take place on 7th November 2019.

    17th September 2019

    Dr Phebe Mann, Women in Housing Award Professional of the Year Finalist

    Eur Ing Dr Phebe Mann, Bradford College Honorary Fellow, is an outstanding engineering surveyor in housing, an innovative teacher and a potent role model for women in STEM, a 2018 winner of Telegraph/WES-Top50 Woman in Engineering in recognition of her excellence in housing and the built environment, which goes above and beyond in a professional capacity across housing, engineering, legal and education.

    Phebe is the first woman engineer of ethnic origin appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales. In recognition of her professional achievements in different areas in housing, she was awarded Woman of Outstanding Achievement Tomorrow’s Leader Award in 2011. Phebe is the first and only woman to hold eight professional qualifications concurrently in the UK: Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Construction Manager, European Engineer, member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the first female chair of the Chartered Institute of Building in Leicester, mentor of Cambridge University Land Economy Department, Phebe inspires others to provide leadership and innovation in housing and built environment. She is pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at De Montfort University and has attained a Distinction in Property Law and Practice.

    Dr Phebe Mann is a true pioneer – the first and only woman to hold eight professional qualifications concurrently in the UK – Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng MICE), Chartered Surveyor (FRICS), Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), European Engineer (Eur Ing), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIHM). In recognition of her contributions, she was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Phebe became the first female chair of the Leicester Centre of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), being the first woman to hold this office in the CIOB’s history. Phebe feels that these achievements have helped to remove the invisible barriers of precluding women to achieve in housing, surveying, and engineering. Phebe, being a female from an ethnic minority group, has overcome numerous barriers in Housing and Engineering. Phebe is indeed an inspiration for future generations of women in Housing and the Built Environment.

    Phebe is a mentor of Cambridge University Department of Land Economy; is the first woman engineer of ethnic origin appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales. Phebe is a 2018 winner of Telegraph/WES Top50 Women in Engineering in recognition of her excellence in housing and the built environment. Her achievements go above and beyond in a professional capacity across housing, engineering, legal and education.

    Phebe is a STEM Ambassador, taking every opportunity to encourage girls to consider housing and the built environment as their career; for example, as a Warranted Adult Leader of the Guide Association, she introduces activities such as “building the tallest structures with straws and paper”, “designing a bridge crossing a stream” at camps, “build the lightest beam to carry the maximum loading competitions”, “building a waterproof shelters” at camps etc., to promote housing and the built environment.

    Phebe’s vision for her future is to inspire developments in housing through training future housing professional for the built environment and developing innovative interactive systems to support housing maintenance and management. She intends to build on her achievements and commits herself to contribute to better property design, innovation, developing and integrating computing new technologies in housing management.

    In recognition of her extraordinary achievements and leadership qualities she had displayed in her career, the UKRC (now WISE) chose her as one of their Women of Outstanding Achievement in 2011, in a prestigious campaign to increase the visibility of the most influential women in science and engineering, so that they could be role models for young women considering their career options. Phebe was very proud to accept the award as she is passionate that women know that engineering offers them interesting and rewarding careers at the very highest level. Phebe’s WISE portrait is located permanently at The David Hockney Building, Bradford College, adjacent to the sculpture of Nobel Prize winner, Sir Edward Appleton. Her WISE Portrait was unveiled on 29 November 2016 at the WISE Event at Bradford College.

    Although Phebe does so much to promote science, engineering and technology education at generally, she is also devoted to helping individuals attain their potential. Indeed, despite her own extraordinary academic performance, she takes the greatest pride in supporting others break through the barriers to achievement. Whilst working for the Open University she found that helping science, engineering and technology (SET) students, who struggled in the face of adverse circumstances, particularly rewarding. She was delighted that her intervention made a difference to many students, including a single mother who passed a crucial final year computing module, a severely dyslexic student who passed his Computing degree and a prisoner who received first class honours in his design degree.


    16th September 2019

    Giving businesses a five star fright

    Businesses visiting York’s leading hotel could come face to face with a colourful cast of characters – from Vikings, to Dick Turpin and even Guy Fawkes.


    Five AA star hotel, The Grand, York, has joined forces with The York Dungeon to create a special offer for corporate clients holding meetings or events at the hotel.


    From September through to February 2020, bookers can incorporate a tour of the popular attraction into their schedule at no extra charge – giving delegates the chance to meet famous faces from York’s past and delve into the darkest moments of its history.


    The opulent five-star hotel – which was built as Palace of Business for the North Eastern Railway in 1906 – is a prestigious venue for corporate functions, from meetings and conferences to formal dinners and team building events.


    And, along with room hire and a two-course lunch created by the hotel’s chefs, the new package will incorporate a private, 75-minute tour of The York Dungeon, with elaborate sets and performers re-enacting key historical events.


    The tour also gives delegates the chance to survive The Curse of the Witch – The York Dungeon’s newest show which promises to “bring terror to life.”


    Visitors are transported back to 17th century England to meet one unfortunate soul accused of witchcraft and condemned to the gallows – and they have to decide whether she is innocent or guilty.


    “It’s scary stuff,” said Philip Bolson, general manager at The Grand, York, “and a great way of putting people’s analytical and decision-making skills to the test.

    “But a trip to The York Dungeon is also terrific fun – which is why we are delighted to be able to offer this complimentary trip to our corporate clients.”


    The package is available for parties of 10 or more and could be scheduled for morning or afternoon for day delegates – or as a pre-dinner treat for businesses extending their stay with a 24-hour package.


    The hotel’s day delegate package costs £55 per person from September to December and £45 in January and February 2020.


    Prices for the 24-hour package, which also includes dinner in a private dining room and an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s 207 bedrooms, start at £223 per person.


    For more information about meetings and events at The Grand, York, call 01904 380038, email events@thegrandyork.co.uk or visit www.thegrandyork.co.uk.


    16th September 2019

    It’s a double! Two new deals signed at ex-emmerdale mill

    Two successful companies have signed deals at the thriving Sunny Bank Mills, the iconic Yorkshire mill, between Leeds and Bradford.

    The deals underline the renaissance of Sunny Banks Mills in Farsley, where YTV’s Emmerdale and Heartbeat were filmed.

    The new tenants at Sunny Bank are Just Lovett Design and Enlightened IT Services. They have both moved into the recently-refurbished Red Lane Mill, which is now full.

    Sami Lovett, the managing director of Just Lovett Design, commented: “Sunny Bank Mills have a great reputation for providing great spaces for creative businesses in the Leeds and Bradford area. The Mill is its own hub; there is so much there for so many people. The cafes and restaurants are great and the gallery is also lovely. The mill is a great destination place.


    “This new location is perfect for my business. I am a Bespoke Product Designer Maker.  I work with businesses and individual clients to design and hand-make bespoke products that ca be branded or personalised. I am moving the business from my Leeds home to Sunny Bank Mills. This gives me the opportunity to grow the business and I will be running workshops in Laser Cutting and DIY skills.


    “The landlords, John and William Gaunt, have been great. I met with John in February to discuss a space in the mill and he was very supportive and understood exactly what I needed. I am very happy with the service I have received from the Gaunts,” she added.


    Meanwhile Darren Hamblett of Enlightened IT explained: “We have been to Sunny Bank Mills several times as we have existing clients here and always loved the look of it. For us, security is of key importance due to the nature of our business. Sunny Bank Mills offers security and protection throughout the night.


    “We are an IT Support company that supports businesses around the globe. Our old offices are been turned into flats so this was an unplanned move; however we are now glad we made the move here.


    “The landlords pulled out every stop to help us move in.  They even managed to bring the moving in date forward to meet our leaving date from our old premises. We can’t thank them enough,” he added.




    During the past seven years the multi award-winning Sunny Bank Mills, one of the most famous family-owned mills in Yorkshire, has been transformed into a modern office complex for the 21st century. It is now home to more than 70 companies, who employ a total of 355 staff.

    It is also a best-practice case study in a report “Engines of Prosperity”, on the conversion and regeneration of West Yorkshire’s textile mills prepared by Cushman and Wakefield on behalf of Historic England.

    John Gaunt, joint managing director of Edwin Woodhouse, the owners of Sunny Bank Mills, commented: “The recent lettings emphasize our focus on achieving a really vibrant mix of occupiers at Sunny Bank Mills. Sami from Just Lovett Design is full of energy and, through her workshop programme, will bring a new audience of makers to the mill. Enlightened IT have a superb IT skill set which offers a one-stop shop for all business IT issues. They are a great asset for our tenants.”

    He added: “The refurbished 1912 Mill, where Heartbeat and Emmerdale were filmed, now has a number of quality occupiers, but 16,000 sq ft of very flexible Grade A office space is available to lease”.


    For further information, please contact Robert Beaumont of Robert Beaumont Associates on 01423 323139 or 07710 127713

    16th September 2019

    Thriving Yorkshire mill puts art at the heart of its community

    The thriving Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley, between Leeds and Bradford, has created more space for its flourishing artistic community.

    The mill complex has opened 10 new studios in the Twisting Gallery this month, which will complement the existing 14 studios in the Spinning Mill.

    Sunny Bank Mills already hosts the popular Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, the acclaimed art, design and culture space housed in a light and tranquil 3,000 sq ft old cloth warehouse.

    The spacious art gallery, together with the new and existing studios, showcases local artists and provides a creative space for the Farsley, Pudsey and north Leeds community.

    It is the beating artistic heart of the regenerated Sunny Bank Mills, where Yorkshire Television used to film their hit shows Emmerdale and Heartbeat.

    The studios and the art gallery will be open to the public as part of the special Heritage Open Days on September 14-15.

    William Gaunt, co-managing director of Edwin Woodhouse, the developers of Sunny Bank Mills, commented: “We want to support local artists in Leeds. The overriding aim is that the mill should be an inspiring place for people to come to work – and visit. The new studios in the Twisting Gallery, together with the Spinning Mill and the gallery, achieve this aim.”

    Jane Kay, a former Leeds lawyer who manages the gallery and oversees the studios, said this week: “The cultural community at Sunny Bank is thriving and it is fantastic that we can offer more space for local artists and makers to nurture their craft.

    “Artists and makers animate spaces; they encourage conversation and provide a unique perspective on our times and environment. Having a gallery space and studios enables us to bring accessible art and culture to both the mill and the local community.

    “By widening engagement and increasing the profile of those artists and makers, whom we support, we provide a platform for growth,” she explained.

    Nel Whatmore, a leading Yorkshire artist, who has just moved into Sunny Bank Mills, said: “It has been a lifetime’s ambition of mine to have a studio in a mill and to be part of a creative community. Having recently been forced to cancel my biggest show of the year, Chelsea Flower Show, I am delighted to say that I have had the time to explore new opportunities and discover Sunny Bank Mills.

    “The combination of an inspiring building and the careful curation of the spaces meant it was a very easy decision to move in to the Twisting Gallery,” she added.

    Sarah Chandler, another artist who has just moved into Sunny Bank Mills, said: “From the first moment that I walked into Sunny Bank Mills my mind was active with creative thoughts.

    It is such a beautiful building situated in a beautiful village.


    “I have only recently moved to Farsley but it already feels like home. It is a very special place full of warm friendly people. I love the sense of community here. I am honoured to have been accepted into the new studios. I can’t wait to get started.”


    William Gaunt commented: “Sunny Bank was always a place of makers, for 180 years the mill produced collection after collection to meet the demands of fashion both at home and abroad. The skills of the mill workers, honed over generations, combined to produce some of the finest cloths in the world.

    “The cultural activities at Sunny Bank Mills have, without doubt, enhanced our offer. The mill has a steady stream of visitors who go out and promote the Sunny Bank story. The whole community has been lifted by the regeneration, and Farsley is now a desirable place to live with one of the fastest moving property markets in Leeds,” he added.

    16th September 2019

    Pegasus group shortlisted for planning excellence

    Leading multidisciplinary consultants Pegasus Group have been shortlisted for a prestigious regional planning award.

    On behalf of Makin Enterprises, Create Yorkshire is a scheme to deliver a major new creative hub including a film complex and production design offices on a 450-acre site at RAF Church Fenton in Leeds.

    The scheme has been recognised in this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute North East Awards for Planning Excellence. The annual awards champion the very best examples of planning and planners in the region, demonstrate the positive impact planning has on the quality of life and celebrate professional expertise.

    Back in April, Create Yorkshire received unanimous backing from Selby District Council’s planning committee, and builds on the success of Church Fenton Studios and the content of the Council’s Economic Development Framework. It is set to deliver economic diversity and hundreds of new high-quality jobs.

    Landowner Makin Enterprises sought a major creative digital and media hub as well as a permanent film and TV studio complex. The 750,000 sq ft development at the former RAF base to the east of Leeds, is already home to Yorkshire’s largest film studio and where parts of the hit TV drama Victoria are filmed.

    Chris Calvert, Planning Director at Pegasus Group, said: “The site is already home to a major studio complex and a recent influx of small creative businesses and with this new development we expect it will eventually support nearly 2,000 high quality jobs in creative, digital and media sectors.

    “The successful masterplan was developed through a multidisciplinary approach with Pegasus Group and Selby District Council coming together at strategic economic level to provide a framework for collaborative working.

    “This is the second major award the scheme has been shortlisted for and we are delighted at the excitement and interest being generated by Create Yorkshire.”

    Pegasus Group collaborated with a number of organisations on the project, including Screen Yorkshire, North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire and Leeds Local Enterprise Partnerships and Historic England. Specialist advice was provided by Scott Royal of Royal Pilgrim Communications, supported by WSP, Alan Wood and Partners and Wright Environment.

    Regional award winners will be announced at a dinner on October 3, with an overall winner automatically entered into the RTPI’s national awards in London.

    Pegasus Group is recognised as one of the leading independent, national planning, design and environmental consultancies. With more than 330 skilled and experienced staff operating from 13 offices across the UK, the company’s services span the entire project process from site finding, acquisition and planning through to design and delivery, specialising in planning, design, environment, economics and heritage.

    16th September 2019

    York handmade shortlisted for major award at brick oscars with £200,000 contract

    The York Handmade Brick Company has been shortlisted for a second major award in the prestigious 2019 Brick Awards.

    Leading independent brickmaker York Handmade, based at Alne, near Easingwold, has been recognised for its work on the acclaimed new Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre at Perse School in Cambridge.

    The project has been shortlisted in the Education category.

    York Handmade has already been shortlisted for its Loxley Stables project in Hertfordshire in the Small Housing Development category.

    The Brick Awards, which are organised by the Brick Development Association and are regarded as the Oscars of the brick industry, will be held at a glittering ceremony in central London on Wednesday November 13.

    York Handmade Chairman David Armitage commented: “We were very proud to receive recognition for our work on both the Arts Centre at Perse School and Loxley Stables and to know that we have made it on to highly competitive shortlists.

    “We have an excellent history in the Brick Awards. We first won an award in 1995 with the Supreme Brick Building award for St Brigid’s Church in Belfast. We haven’t looked back since then, holding our own against our bigger and better-known competitors”.

    York Handmade provided 200,000 bricks for the Performing Arts Centre complete, which comprises a 370-seat auditorium, rehearsal and exhibition spaces and a pupil café. The contract was worth £200,000.

    Mr Armitage explained: “We are now establishing a strong reputation in the education sector. Apart from Perse, we have provided a substantial number of bricks for quality projects at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, Pocklington School near York and Highgate School in London.

    Jessica Daly of London-based architects Haworth Tompkins, who designed the new Performing Arts Centre for Perse, commented: “The Perse School has an extensive programme of music and drama activities which had outgrown its previous facilities. The Performing Arts Centre is named after Peter Hall, who was a pupil at the school from 1941-1949. He went on to be the director of the National Theatre


    “As with much of our theatre work, and particularly for the resilience required of a school, materials have been chosen for their durability and capacity to mature and change over time. The warm, robust palette of hand-made bricks, precast concrete and timber structure was selected with this in mind.


    “This brick clad structure is an exciting example of brick at its best. The light grey brick complements the site perfectly and also includes some matching paving on part of the front.

    “York Handmade were able to closely match the brick we had previously chosen, creating a new colour blend especially for the project. The company were helpful on both meeting our visual design requirement and providing technical assistance, going above and beyond our expectations.

    “Working with an independent company, making their own handmade bricks, was invaluable as bricks were to be used in multiple scenarios, including internal and external walls, internal and external paving along with numerous brick specials.

    “We were very pleased with the end result, the bricks are very high quality, and have proven to be an important architectural feature of the building.  The Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre has won several awards including a RIBA National Award.  In the Judge’s Citation, they said that carefully selected brick walls, extending into a brick herring bone ground floor, continued the humane glow of natural materials,” she said.

    Mr Armitage added: “We worked closely with Modular Clay Products on this project and their input and co-operation was invaluable.”

    For more information Robert Beaumont of Robert Beaumont Associates on 01423 323139 or 07710 127713 or email robert@robertbeaumont.co.uk

    16th September 2019 Uncategorised

    Housing ‘kids’ in building taster!

    Eleven youngsters got creative in a fun family challenge organised by construction training staff from Incommunities.

    The school holiday activity aimed to give the young relatives of the housing group’s staff a flavour of some of the building skills needed to make it in the world of work.

    The ‘budding builders’ who were accompanied by their ‘grown ups’, had a great time trying their hand at making wooden bird boxes and large picnic benches.

    Following the day, three picnic benches will be donated to local community causes, whilst the bird boxes will be auctioned off in an online sale amongst Incommunities staff. The money raised will go to the domestic abuse charity, Women’s Aid.

    Lucious (12) and Willow (8) from Denholme came along with their mum, Karline, who is a qualified joiner after completing an apprenticeship with Incommunities in 2017.

    Lucious said: “It’s been good fun making a picnic bench and learning new skills. My favourite subject at school is Design and Technology and it’s great to have a go at building something big!”

    Amelia (16) joined her uncle Dale, who is an electrician with the housing group and said: “I’ve been to these construction days before and it gives me valuable work experience. I hope to start an art and design course in September and really enjoy creating things. It’s been a great day.”

    Construction Training Centre staff regularly work with primary and upper schools to run fun taster days to encourage youngsters to explore different construction skills.

    Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive said: “Occupying kids over the summer holidays can be a bit of a struggle. This family challenge has given these youngsters the chance to show their creative side and make items that, at the end of the day, will benefit some of our customers and a leading charity too.

    “The day’s also been great fun for the grown-ups and our tradespeople who have supervised the exercise.

    “As an inclusive employer we are always keen to encourage boys and girls to realise their ambitions and events like this can prove really inspiring for everyone involved.”

    16th September 2019 Uncategorised

    elderly woman wowing young people on National Citizen Service with stories about...

    An elderly resident at Yorkshire Housing’s Parkfield Court scheme in Leeds wowed young people with Second World War stories at a party last week.

    Shelia Bostridge, 91, attended the event organised by teenagers doing their National Citizen Service.

    There was music and dancing, a quiz, games and party food in the lounge and garden areas of the sheltered housing scheme in Seacroft.

    Shelia, originally from Kettering, was only a child when war broke out in 1939 and was living in the Northamptonshire countryside.

    “I remember the air raids,” she said. “There were two bombing raids near where we lived as there was a limestone mine and we think they were trying to hit that.”

    This was before precision-guided munitions and Shelia added: “I don’t think they hit anything. One bomb landed in my dad’s allotment across the road.”

    Looking after neighbours was important at a time of national crisis and some facilities were communal.

    Sheila said: “Where we lived, there were two houses and we had to have a gate in the fence because the air raid shelter was in our garden.

    “Our neighbours had to come through the gate when the air raid sirens went off to get to the shelter.”

    Shelia was around 16 when the war ended in 1945 and became an office worker at the William Timpson shoe factory in Kettering.

    She met husband Alan and moved with him to London, where she continued working for William Timpson until retirement.

    The couple have three children Stephen, who now lives in Leeds, plus Andrew and Timothy.

    Shelia moved to Leeds and Yorkshire Housing’s Parkfield Court recently to be closer to Stephen and her grandchildren and great grandchildren after Alan sadly passed away.

    These were among the stories that fascinated teenagers doing their National Citizen Service at the scheme, which is off South Parkway.

    The pupils, drawn from schools across Leeds, visited Parkway Court for their project on three successive Mondays.

    Fionnuala Edwards, 16, was among the ten participants and she said they went on two residential visits before attending Parkway Court.

    These were for outdoor activities in Wolverhampton and then team building, public speaking and creative writing skills at student residences in Leeds.

    This gave them the confidence to approach residents at Parkway Court and get them involved in the project.

    She added: “One of the biggest things I noticed on the project is that the stereotypes about the differences between the youth and the elderly are completely false.

    “There’s no difference between us at all. Everyone was laughing and having fun together. It was like there was no age gap at all.”

    Fionnuala has just finished her studies at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School in Meanwood.

    She is going on to study A-Level politics, geography and English language at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College in Leeds.

    Fionnuala added: “It turns out that some of the others from the group are also going to Notre Dame.

    “So it’s been really helpful to build a foundation of friendships among people we’re going to be with over the next few months.”


    16th September 2019

    Increasing accessibilty for all: victoria leeds and opera north join forces

    Victoria Leeds, which comprises the retail destinations Victoria Quarter and Victoria Gate, has become Opera North’s first Access Ambassador, enabling more people in Leeds to engage with opera and live performance.


    The partnership will see Victoria Leeds supporting Opera North’s dementia friendly performance of La bohème which is being held on Thursday 24 October at Leeds Grand Theatre. This will be the first time a professional opera company in England has staged an opera performance specifically for those living with dementia, together with their families and carers. It builds on research which has shown the many benefits music can have, including improvements in alertness and concentration, increased confidence and social connection, and an enhanced feeling of wellbeing.


    Jo Coburn, General Manager at Victoria Leeds, said:


    “Victoria Leeds is passionate about making a positive impact in the community and we’re delighted to be Opera North’s first Access Ambassador. We’re proud to support such a unique event that will allow those living with dementia to fully immerse themselves in a stunning performance of La bohème that is perfectly tailored to them, enhancing the experience for everyone.”


    The opera will be performed in full and will feature reduced lighting and noise contrast, low level lighting in the auditorium and a relaxed approach to audience members coming and going during the show. There will be a quiet room set aside for those who need it and increased signage to help people navigate their way around a potentially unfamiliar setting. Before the performance, Opera North staff and the La bohème cast will be invited to become Dementia Friends by attending The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends information sessions to gain a greater understanding of what it is like to live with dementia. A number of these staff will assist on the day of the performance, working alongside Leeds Grand Theatre front of house staff.


    Opera North will also be holding a Dementia Café project in three settings in Leeds and touring a taster performance with a soprano and an accordion player to community venues across the city, introducing audiences to the music of La bohème alongside a selection of Parisian café songs. A special performance of this show will take place in Victoria Leeds on 12 November as part of Purple Tuesday which seeks to improve the customer experience for disabled people.


    Alice Gilmour, Access Officer at Opera North, said:


    “We are very grateful to Victoria Leeds for their generous support which will enable us to ensure that people living with dementia in Leeds get the opportunity to enjoy opera in an environment tailored to their specific needs. Experiencing live performance is one of life’s greatest pleasures for a lot of people and it is well documented that people with dementia can respond well to music even when other forms of communication are reducing. That’s why dementia friendly performances and our touring community show are such an important part of what we offer.”


    Businesses can find out more about partnership and other opportunities with Opera North at www.operanorth.co.uk/membership-support/ or by emailing natasha.brice@operanorth.co.uk

    16th September 2019

    Foodie focus for garden centre’s tasting event

    A Bradford garden centre is to host a food tasting event to showcase Yorkshire produce next month.


    Tong Garden Centre’s ‘Big Food Tasting Event‘ takes place on the 14th and 15th September, just a week before British Food Fortnight begins, and will shine the spotlight on the artisan producers from the region.


    Tong’s Food and Gift Manager, Janice Astbury said: “We are excited to host our fourth celebration of food and drink and to welcome some of our fantastic local and regional suppliers to the Food Hall.


    “We have some fantastic local producers in the Food Hall and, over the weekend, visitors will be able to meet the makers and try many food and drink products before they buy, hopefully discovering something they have never tried before. Many of the producers will have special offers on too, so it’s definitely worth a visit.”


    Suppliers on the Saturday will include Huddersfield’s Fruity Tipples, Sarrunds chocolate, Stephensons Bakery, Yorkshire Heart Vineyard, Toppings pies and Gorgeous Cheesecakes. On the Sunday, visitors can enjoy tastings from producers including Wold Top Brewery, Lottie Shaw, Fentimans, Marrds Marinades and Grandma Wild’s biscuits.


    On both days, members of the in house butchery and bakery teams will be on hand to share their expertise, hints and tips whilst showcasing some of their hand made produce for visitors to try – including sausages in tasty autumn flavours ‘hog roast’, ‘sticky’ toffee and bestselling caramelised onion flavours.


    The ‘Big Food Tasting Event’ event takes place in the Food Hall at the Tong Lane site and starts at 11am on both days.


    British Food Fortnight is a national celebration of British food and drink that is held annually to coincide with harvest festival. The aim of the fortnight is to raise awareness of the benefits of buying and eating from the “home produced British larder.”


    Tong Garden Centre is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 1000 cars.

    16th September 2019

    Leeds looks ahead to Manufacturing Festival highlights

    Leeds Manufacturing Festival, set up to showcase the range of careers on offer across Leeds’ diverse manufacturing sector, moves up a gear from the beginning of October with a series of high profile events in the city.

    Kicking off with the Skills Yorkshire careers convention on 2-3 October, expected to be attended by thousands of young people, festival organisers aim to promote the varied careers available among Leeds’ 1,800 manufacturing firms.

    Held at Elland Road, Skills Yorkshire is the region’s largest careers exhibition. Leeds manufacturing employers will talk to young delegates at the event about working life and opportunities in modern manufacturing companies at a stand shared with tandem initiative Bradford Manufacturing Weeks.

    Later that week, on 4 October, employers will take part in the Leeds Manufacturing Festival Live event at Leeds’ specialist UTC manufacturing and engineering college. Manufacturers and young people working in the industry will take questions on careers from an audience of college students, with hundreds of other young people participating online via Twitter and YouTube.

    The manufacturing festival comes to a climax on 22 October with a grand finale exhibition at Leeds Civic Hall. The ambitious event will celebrate some of the city’s most innovative and pioneering manufacturers, with bosses on hand to discuss jobs, skills and careers in person with young people.

    Unilever, whose Leeds site is the largest deodorants producer in Europe; silicon healthcare products manufacturer Medasil; the world’s only vinyl-playing jukebox manufacturer, Sound Leisure; and ESG, which manufactures lighting systems for emergency services vehicles, are among the Leeds employers taking part.

    The event will also be open to members of the public and will offer a rare insight into the city’s wide-ranging manufacturing sector.

    Graham Cooper, director at high-tech printing products manufacturer Agfa Graphics in Leeds and a festival organiser, said: “There’s a misconception among young people, which I think comes from their parents and to some extent their teachers, that manufacturing is no longer a viable career option. In fact it is thriving – and nowhere more so than here in Leeds.

    “Following the success of last year’s initiative, we wanted to make this year’s Leeds Manufacturing Festival even bigger and better. As well as the centrepiece events there is a full programme of school and college visits, talks and factory tours taking place in the build up to and beyond October.”

    He added: “Leeds Manufacturing Festival is all about opening up manufacturing workplaces to young people and highlighting the exciting careers and job opportunities that are available right here in our city, covering a huge variety of different roles. We’re urging as many young people, and employers, as possible to get involved.”

    Now in its second year, the festival is sponsored by RSM, Womble Bond Dickinson, The Works Recruitment and Leeds City College. It is organised by Leeds Manufacturing Alliance, with the support of Leeds Chamber of Commerce, Leeds City Council and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The initiative is complemented by Bradford Manufacturing Weeks, which take place in October.

    Manufacturing businesses, schools, and students can find out more about the festival, and how to get involved, at www.leedsmanufacturingfestival.co.uk

    16th September 2019