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    Yorkshire pudding with a heart takes on traditional pie market with help...

    An innovative artisan Yorkshire pudding manufacturer plans to fill the UK market after securing major entrepreneurial investment in a deal advised by accountants and business advisers, Garbutt + Elliott.

    Family business, The Yorkshire Pudding Pie Company, which has developed and protected its namesake gourmet pie, is using the investment to expand production so it can sell its pies nationally.

    Yorkshire Pudding Pie Company founder, Ted Harrison, stumbled on the commercial potential for the pies in 2017 after enjoying Sunday lunch leftover chicken and stuffing in a pie made out of Yorkshire pudding for an evening snack.

    Using locally-sourced ingredients Ted Harrison and his family have developed a range of fillings including sausage and red onion marmalade, chicken and chorizo, wagyu steak and onion and Mediterranean vegetable with mozzerrella,

    The pies have been sold at food festivals, pop-up pubs, the pop-up Shakespeare Theatre, York; weddings and online and have been received enthusiastically by customers including tourists to York.

    After the early success, Ted Harrison contacted Garbutt + Elliott for help with developing the business because of the firm’s food sector expertise. Initial plans include selling Yorkshire Pudding Pies through farm shops and supermarkets.

    As well as sourcing investment from a small group of food entrepreneurs, the Garbutt + Elliott team, led by corporate finance partner, Tony Farmer, who has joined the Yorkshire Pudding Pie Company board, advised on the company structure, provided start-up advice and will supply accounting, management information and taxation services as the business grows.  The team also included corporate finance director, Stephen Garbett and corporate finance assistant, Adam Copley.

    Garbutt + Elliott, which has offices in York and Leeds, has also brought in external marketing, branding and sales strategy support and is also providing strategic business advice.

    Ted Harrison says: “Tony Farmer and his corporate finance team and Garbutt + Elliott commercial director, Paul Ellison, have been invaluable. We would not be where we are – on the brink of significant expansion – without their help.

    “We believe our product has huge national potential as Yorkshire Pudding Pies can be served in restaurants, sold hot as street food or cold to reheat at home. When in York, we’ve had tourist customers asking us to take them to America, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong to name a few, so they may even become global.”

    One of the food entrepreneur investors, Jim Bloom, a director of Warrendale Farms, near York, which produces a range of foods, including Wagyu beef, says: “We invest only in products that we enjoy and believe in. Yorkshire Pudding Pies are unique and have an amazing taste, especially with a Wagyu beef filling, and we expect them to do very well.”

    Tony Farmer says: “Yorkshire Pudding Pies combine brilliant taste and flavour with a modern slant in a sector that needs a fresh approach. Our confidence in the Yorkshire Pudding Pie Company is best demonstrated by the commitment we have made to the business, beyond traditional accounting and business development advice, as we believe they can become market leaders.”

    22nd January 2020

    York Handmade plays pivotal role in stunning North Yorkshire development

    The award-winning York Handmade Brick Company has played a significant role in a stunning new North Yorkshire residential development.

    The Easingwold-based firm, one of the leading independent brick-makers in the country, supplied specially-manufactured bricks for a state-of-the art barn development at Manor Ridge Barns, Slingsby, near Helmsley.

    The bricks have helped to create a brand-new home, designed by acclaimed London and Suffolk-based architects TAS Architects, for property renovator Charles Saggers.

    York Handmade provided Slingsby bricks and Bullnosed Brick Specials, which were used on the curved-edge pillars of the development.

    Christophe Spiers of TAS Architects explained: “This was a tremendously exciting design challenge, converting a series of listed agricultural buildings to create a sustainable new family home. York Handmade’s bull-nosed bricks were perfect for this purpose and blend perfectly with the original bricks of the old barns.

    “Set on a spacious site in the pretty village of Slingsby, a cluster of listed farm buildings have been lovingly restored by Charles and his brother, Will, to create a new family home. We linked the existing barns with new interventions including frameless glass links and a ‘floating’, weathering steel clad extension.

    “A mix of traditional building methods and off-site manufacturing were brought together successfully to achieve a material-rich, contemporary aesthetic which works sympathetically with the historic buildings.

    “We are proud to have helped to create a welcoming family home with intimate living spaces and flexible entertaining areas.  The finished buildings are highly insulated, with triple glazed windows and an MVHR system, and benefiting from a biomass boiler – fuel for which is being grown on site for future use,” explained Mr Spiers.

    Alun Nixon of York Handmade commented: “It has been a privilege to play a part in creating a really fantastic family home.”

    Homeowner Charles Saggers has worked in property renovation for most of his adult life but, ironically, he never seriously expected to build his own home.

    He explained: “It was only when my wife Clare and I were looking to move back to North Yorkshire from London with our two young children that it actually entered my head.

    “After a year of fruitless house hunting we stumbled across a cluster of derelict farm buildings that were for sale near Helmsley and instantly saw the potential. It was such an exciting collection of buildings. There were so many different shapes and forms and building materials. We couldn’t get it out of our heads.”

    “The biggest highlight of the project for me has been incorporating traditional building materials into the scheme, creating a contemporary space but with a firm nod to the site’s agricultural heritage.”

    He added: “I would like to thank TAS Architects for working with us in transforming our dream into a fantastic reality.”

    22nd January 2020

    Al fresco continental dining comes to Sunny Bank Mills

    A radical remodelling of space at the award-winning Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley has created an al fresco dining area outside two of the town’s most popular cafes and restaurants.

    An £100,000-plus investment in the area outside the historic Old Combing building has enabled the popular Mill Kitchen and Grumpy’s to offer an atmospheric continental-style eating area to their customers.

    An attractive pedestrianized area now leads to the heart of the mill, where Yorkshire Television’s Emmerdale and Heartbeat were filmed.

    This investment by Edwin Woodhouse and Co Ltd, the owners of Sunny Banks Mills, follows hard on the heels of the regeneration of the historic Old Combing, which has allowed both the Mill Kitchen and Grumpy’s to expand within the building.

    John Gaunt, co-managing director of Edwin Woodhouse, explained: “The Mill Kitchen and Grumpy’s have proved a tremendously popular members of our Sunny Bank Mills community in recent years. We are delighted to help them build on the success they have already achieved.

    “Indeed the Mill Kitchen hit the national headlines last month when it hosted Emma Barnett’s Election Show on Radio Five. Emma was impressed by the Mill Kitchen, and indeed by Sunny Bank Mills itself, and we were delighted to show her around.”

    William Gaunt, co-managing director, added: “One of the key aspects of our strategy at Sunny Bank Mills is to help our tenants if we possibly can. The regeneration of the Old Combing building, together with the creating of an outdoor eating area, has allowed us to do exactly that.

    “We look forward to the Mill Kitchen and Grumpy’s going from strength to strength. That’s not just good news for everyone who works here, but for Farsley as a whole.”

    Many original features of the Old Combing building, where the mill used to comb the wool tops prior to spinning the worsted yarn used in the weaving of some of the finest worsted cloth in the world, have been kept, and these are complemented by recycled and reclaimed furniture.

    The investment in the Old Combing has taken place alongside a much wider regeneration of the mill complex. At the moment work is currently underway on a £2 million project called Weaver’s Yard, which will transform the mill. The central part of the flourishing estate is being re-modelled to create open spaces and to re-establish the prominence of historic mill buildings.

    There are now 70 companies, and more than 355 employees, at Sunny Bank Mills.

    22nd January 2020

    Former England and Yorkshire cricketers unite for a unique ‘Audience with’ event...

    Tickets have gone on sale at a Bradford garden centre for a unique event for cricket fans.

    On 7th July 2020, Tong Garden Centre will host an ‘Audience with’ former England test captain, Michael Vaughan and former Yorkshire captain, Darren Gough. Introducing the pair on stage is former Yorkshire wicket keeper, Richard Blakey, who will also host a charity raffle.

    Vaughan and Gough, who both played for Yorkshire, will chat to guests about their cricketing careers before drawing the raffle that will raise funds for Tong’s charity of the year, Bradford Stories.

    Tong’s MD, Mark Farnsworth said: “We’re very excited to host this unique event featuring two Yorkshire cricketing legends. It will be the biggest event to date that we’re hosting in our new event centre, and certainly paves the way for a calendar of exciting events.”

    Tickets for the ‘Audience with’, which includes a cricket tea platter and a bespoke bottle of beer from sponsor Wold Top Brewery, cost from £30 and are available online and from the reception desk at the Tong Lane centre.

    “The event is a perfect precursor to the Ashes International T 20 match taking place at Headingly later the same day, and where both Gough and Vaughan will be in attendance,” concluded Mr Farnsworth.

    Tong Garden Centre occupies a 14 acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 700 cars.

    Photo: L – R Mark Farnsworth, Janice Astbury and Dennis Keen Gough and Vaughan event

    22nd January 2020

    Join LNER for their breakfast briefing

    In 2019, London North Eastern Railway started a rail revolution with the launch of their Azuma trains on the iconic East Coast route. Setting new benchmarks in rail travel is part of LNER’s DNA and Azuma will be truly transformational.

    Launching the new fleet on the Leeds to London route first, LNER demonstrated its commitment to its biggest business travel audience; a market it truly values. As LNER continues to transform rail travel to/from Yorkshire, London, the North East and Scotland, the team are absolutely committed to engaging with stakeholders and businesses along the route.

    On Wednesday 29th January 2020, LNER will be hosting an ‘LNER Business Breakfast Briefing’ at the Doubletree Hilton, Leeds. Join them, before work, to meet the new team and hear about their journey so far, their latest news and how they support the travel needs of businesses large and small. LNER welcomes your input so they’ll also be hosting a Q&A following their presentation.

    Details:

    LNER Business Breakfast Briefing

    Date:                   Wednesday 29th January 2020

    Time:                  0800-1000

    Location:            The Bute & Arran function room on 13th floor, Doubletree Hilton, Leeds

    Agenda:

    0800-0830         Arrival tea/coffee and pastries

    0830-0900         Presentation from LNER + Q&A

    0900-1000         Flexible time to meet the team and networking

    Tea/Coffee/Juice and Pastries included plus an LNER goodie bag

    Please RSVP to BDTeam@LNER.co.uk – First 50 spaces guaranteed

    15th January 2020

    York University engineering students gain unique insights from local solicitor

    Students at York University have taken part in a series of lectures delivered by David Scott a Senior Associate at Hethertons Solicitors.

    The engineering students have learned about several areas of the law from the local specialist who covered employment law, contracts, engineering law and dispute resolution.

    The series of lectures are part of the Law for Engineering Management module which is part of the MSc in Engineering Management course at the Department of Electronic Engineering.

    Dr John Issitt, the course leader at York University, said:‘Our students had a very valuable and rich learning experience in David’s lectures. To listen to a practising legal expert and benefit from the wealth of his knowledge was both unique and an excellent contribution to their experience here in York. The lectures were well crafted, accessible and useful.”

    Each session lasted two hours and saw David speak with more than 125 students. During one session David held a mock court case to give students a greater appreciation for the conduct of lawyers and the courts.

    Speaking about his experiences at York University, David said: “I was honoured to take part in this year’s lecture series for these Masters students.

    “They were attentive and had a passion to learn more about how the law affected their profession. I would like to thank York University for giving me this opportunity to share my knowledge with these future leaders of the electronic engineering industry.”

    To find out more about Hethertons Solicitors and its expertise, please visit www.hethertons.co.uk

    9th January 2020

    Learn all about encryption and where to use it

    On Thursday 16th January, Robert Briggs, Director at CSP is hosting an informative lunch time event in Leeds City Centre.

    In the world of Cyber Security, Encryption is often seen as the cure-all to protect the Confidentiality and Integrity of data. But is it really?

    We will talk through the pros and cons of using encryption and, more importantly, where and how to implement it. Looking at in-house and cloud based solutions.

    • What is it?
    • Why do it?
    • Where to implement it?
    • How to implement it?

    This event is free to attend.

    Register to attend here

    8th January 2020

    Sirius Minerals charity gives £250,000 to local sporting groups

    The Sirius Minerals Foundation has given grants totalling £250,000 to improve the facilities of seven local sport clubs throughout the local area.

     

    The capital grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 each are part of a drive by the charity to increase participation in amateur sports across Teesside, East Cleveland and the Whitby and Scarborough areas.

     

    It follows a £52,000 programme of smaller grants awarded to 56 clubs in September to purchase kit, equipment or invest in training.

     

    The charity was set up by Sirius Minerals to share some of the economic benefits of the company’s multi-billion pound polyhalite mining project, which is being built in Whitby and Teesside.

     

    The successful applicants were:

     

    Teesside Athletic FC Ltd – creation of a new modular sports building complete with social lounge, toilets and café as well as two spectator stands to assist a football and sports exercise programme aiming to increase football participation for all ages and genders.

     

    Redcar Town Football Club – contribution to the cost of replacing the club house roof and providing fencing for currently unused, unfenced pitch areas to bring them into use.

     

    New Marske Harriers Athletic Club – contribution to the cost of refurbishing and upgrading the current hammer and discus cage into an all year-round use facility.

     

    Whitby Cricket Club – installation of perimeter fencing and a new female changing room to encourage the participation of women.

     

    Whitby Boxing Club – contribution towards the cost of new training equipment, a full-sized boxing ring, disabled access toilets and building extension costs to bring a currently unused space into use and create more inclusion.

     

    Scalby Cricket Club – contribution to the completion of the club’s pavilion extension and the complete renovation of the clubhouse to bring new cricket facilities to the area.

     

    Scarborough Disabled Swimming Group – purchase and installation of sensory lighting and equipment for the village pool to enable children, older people and people with a disability to take an active part in swim sessions.

     

    David Archer, Chairman of The Foundation commented:

     

    “It has always been important to us that the local area benefits as much as possible and amateur sports clubs are an important part of the social fabric of the area and can make such a positive difference to people, helping them lead healthier and more fulfilled lives.”

     

    “The Board was pleased to see a range of high-quality applications for a range of sports.  During the very tough selection process, we made the decision to increase the original budget of £200,000 to almost £250,000.”

     

    This was the third grant-giving programme launched by the Sirius Minerals Foundation.  The charity has already awarded over half a million pounds to projects throughout Redcar and Cleveland, Whitby, Scarborough and the North York Moors National Park, for education and skills training, improving public spaces and facilities, health and wellbeing, environmental initiatives, and community building schemes.

     

    The Foundation is currently utilising an initial £2 million in start-up funds that it was awarded in 2017 by Sirius Minerals Plc, following the commencement of construction of its Woodsmith Mine near Whitby, North Yorkshire.

     

    Longer term, the Foundation will be funded by a revenue royalty when polyhalite production begins, which is expected to be over £10 million a year once the mine reaches full production.

     

    A list of successful recipients, for both small and capital grants, is available at www.siriusmineralsfoundation.com.

    8th January 2020

    Brideshead Revisited celebrated in new festival

    To mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of Evelyn Waugh’s novel, Brideshead Revisited, The Brideshead Festival will celebrate and interrogate the ongoing appeal of this seminal novel and its screen adaptations.

     

    Bringing together the worlds of literature, film, TV and heritage, the Festival is the brainchild of former publisher, Victoria Barnsley, and promises to be one of the most exciting new additions to the cultural calendar in 2020.

    The Festival will take place from 26th to 28th June 2020 at Castle Howard, Sir John Vanbrugh’s baroque masterpiece that became synonymous with Brideshead when it was used as the location for the agenda-setting 1981 TV adaptation and the subsequent feature film in 2008.

     

    Published in 1945, Brideshead Revisited is arguably Waugh’s most popular novel, having won legions of fans around the world in its 75 year history.  The Festival will explore the place the book holds in the hearts of readers and viewers and the novel’s themes of youth, sexuality, nostalgia, decadence, religion and class.

     

    Speakers will evaluate Waugh’s place in the cultural canon of 20th century literature and the relevance of the novel for today’s audiences.  Taking a modern-day perspective, presenters will also look at the impact of the TV adaptation on the imagination of generations of viewers and the role literary adaptations play in today’s cultural landscape. Members of the original cast and crew will join well known writers, novelists and commentators in the festival line-up.

     

    A host of other festival activities will pay homage to scenes and themes in Brideshead including a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, a Wine Tasting at the Temple of the Four Winds and an immersive Brideshead Party.  Bespoke Brideshead tours will offer a look behind the scenes of the iconic adaptations and a specially commissioned Sound Installation will focus on Castle Howard’s place in the Brideshead story.  Echoing the theme of plenty in the novel, food and drink will be a particular feature with local producers and well-known chefs providing Brideshead-inspired culinary experiences.

     

    Victoria Barnsley who runs Castle Howard with her husband Nicholas Howard comments;

    “I am delighted to be launching The Brideshead Festival.  It has long been an ambition of mine to celebrate Castle Howard’s connection to Brideshead, and what better time to do it than its 75th anniversary.  We look forward to bringing together a vibrant mix of speakers and performers to interrogate and interpret this brilliant work and its screen adaptations in the wonderful setting of Castle Howard.”

     

    Further programme details will be announced in early 2020.

    8th January 2020

    York City Football Club teams up with York St John University to...

    The partnership comes at an exciting time for York City’s Academy who have gone through a difficult period of rebuilding since the Club exited the Football League. Now, boasting National League Academy status as well as UEFA A or B coaches at all age groups, the Academy is on the up and securing support from York St John University is testament to their progress.

    The York City Academy has seen the recent successful development of Ben Godfrey (now playing Premier League football at Norwich City) and Ryan Edmondson (now at Leeds United) as well as current Minstermen, Nathan Dyer and Ryan Whitley.

    Rob Hickey, Chief Operating Officer of York St John University said: “We are passionate about sport and its scope as a vehicle for positive social change, so working with York City Football Club is a perfect fit for us. It cements the University’s commitment to the economic, educational and cultural life of our city and the region. As a major provider of sporting facilities in the city, we are proud to support the next generation of players.”

    Today’s partnership announcement builds on a strong existing relationship between the two organisations. In addition to providing the Club usage of sporting facilities, York St John students work with players on periodic fitness tests and performance analysis, sports science and physiotherapy support.

    This partnership will provide a number of new collaborative opportunities, as well as discounted match tickets for all university students. The University – along with that of its sport subsidiary Yorkshire Academy of Sport – will be heavily involved across the operations of both the Football Club and the Academy.

    Yorkshire Academy of Sport specialises in delivering physical development, sports performance and injury support. Its expert team of practitioners are based at Haxby Road Sports Park, with many of services portable to meet the environmental needs of partners.

    Yorkshire Academy of Sport coordinator Jamie Salter said: “Establishing formal links with the football club is a sign of the progress we are making as an institution, particularly through the Yorkshire Academy of Sport. We are keen to offer support, expertise and resources to our community partners whilst integrating students in real-world scenarios to help boost their future employability opportunities. The proximity of the University to the football club provides the ideal opportunity for sharing practice and experience and we hope that this is the start of bigger things.”

    York City Football Club’s Commercial Manager, Chris Pegg, said: “Having a close relationship with a high-quality university is a magic combination – both our institutions play a major role within the city. York St John University is essential in driving aspects of the economy and community – alongside the partnership we’re proud to actively encourage increases in participation rates in higher education.”

    Dan Wilson, the Head of Youth Development at York City Football Club said: “There is a huge sense of pride amongst the Academy lads knowing that they’re being supported by such a fantastic organisation. We have an excellent youth setup here and this partnership will only improve the support we can provide to the aspiring young footballers in our ranks.”

    “It’s fantastic that the Club can also support York St John students as they gain experience within a professional environment. Last season, Robbie Hurworth joined us as a sports science and physiotherapy intern and has now works for the club as academy physiotherapist four days a week. As well as providing a pathway for young players it’s great that this partnership allows us to support people like Robbie who want to progress into a career in the sport.”

     

     

     

     

    For further information/comment…

    The Communications Team at York St John University

    01904 876466  press@yorksj.ac.uk

     

    Chris Pegg – Commercial Manager at York City Football Club

    01904 624447 chris.pegg@yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk

    8th January 2020

    Employer opportunities with brand new cyber security apprenticeship course at York College

    York College is looking for local and regional employers aiming to get ahead of the game with cyber security, and is delivering a brand new Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship in 2020.

     

    Figures from the Global Information Security Workforce study show there could be 100,000 unfilled cyber security jobs in the UK by 2022.  Helping to fill the regional skills-gap in this specialist growth area, York College has students keen to take on the Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship training, they are simply looking for employers to take them on.

     

    As part of the Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology, York College has invested £60K in a state of the art cyber security lab utilising the latest virtualised working environment, enabling students to learn the kind of skills needed in industry.

     

    Cyber Security apprentices will focus on the technical side of security design and architecture, security testing, investigations and response.  They will also learn how to apply an understanding of cyber threats, hazards, risks, controls, measures and mitigations, to help protect organisations, systems and people – reducing the risk of cyber-attacks and unauthorised exploitation of systems, networks and technologies.

     

    The new course is also an opportunity for employers to upskill existing staff through the apprenticeship route. David McNorton, Head of Digital Technologies at York College says: “The College’s new cyber security lab is the ideal educational environment in which to develop the knowledge and skills required to secure modern IT infrastructures. The British Computer Society’s Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist apprenticeship provides businesses in the area with the opportunity to ensure they have staff who can meet and defeat threats to their IT security.”

     

    To find out more about taking on a Cyber Security apprentice, employers should contact 01904 770368 or email: businessdevelopment@yorkcollege.ac.uk

    8th January 2020

    KC Communications welcomes two new recruits

    Huddersfield PR and communications agency, KC Communications, has welcomed two new members of staff as it sets out to increase turnover by 25% in the next 12-months.

     

    Huddersfield University photography graduate, Hollie Thornton joins as Junior Account Executive and will undertake a digital marketing qualification with training partners, Estio, whereas Lana Eardley, who is currently studying Travel & Tourism Management, also with Huddersfield University, joins as part-time Admin & Finance Assistant following experience working as a travel firm Office Manager.

     

    Hollie and Lana’s appointment follows a strong start to the current financial year which has seen the firm appointed by clients across the manufacturing, and education sectors including Specialist Glass Products and Coppice Valley Primary School which is part of the Red Kite Learning Trust.

     

    Hollie’s role will see her supporting the client services team with their growing remit undertaking public relations and social media activity, whereas Lana will work closely with Katrina Cliffe, the firm’s Managing Director to improve several processes and enhance productivity across the business. A further senior recruit is in the pipeline to join the team in the new year.

     

    Commenting on the appointments, Managing Director, Katrina Cliffe said “Hollie and Lana have both added so much to the team in the short time they have been with us. They are both passionate about their roles and exceptional team players, and I have no doubt their input will help the business to achieve its goals while supporting them to achieve their personal aspirations”.

    8th January 2020

    Working together for success…

    Back in September 2017, Castle Employment were delighted to announce that the bulk of their operations had moved to a new, state-of-the-art office at Newchase Court on the Eastfield Business Park. However, two core divisions – Hospitality and Cleaning, Industrial and Construction along with our Accounts team stayed at the York Place, Scarborough Office as these were the divisions that had the most candidates ‘calling in’ to the office, so Castle felt it was right that they should stay in the town centre for the time being.

     

    Due to the team’s rapid expansion over the last few years which has seen the Castle team grow to 47 and counting – Castle are excited to announce they have expanded the Newchase Court office to now accommodate all of our divisions!

     

    As the business expands throughout Yorkshire, the new location should now be much more accessible: the Newchase Court office is right on the A64, and just two minutes from Seamer train station.

     

    So, what will happen to the York Place Office that has housed the Castle Team since 1966?

     

    Well, It’s not quite the end of an era! They are going to enable all of the divisions the flexibility to work from the York Place Office so that they can continue to offer registration appointments to those unable to access the new office.

     

    From Monday 9th December 2019, the York Place Office in Scarborough will only be open from 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm with registrations by appointment only.

     

    Tina Tout; Manager of both the Industrial and Hospitality divisions is thrilled with the move and commented – “It’s another stage in the evolution at castle. I have been here for 13 years and we have grown significantly in the last 5 years. As a business we need one main office for all the staff to work together, we are using York Place as a satellite office to ensure we still meet candidates in town if they can’t access Eastfield.”

    8th January 2020

    Christeyns UK holds second group strategy day in preparation for 2030

    The senior management team at chemicals specialist Christeyns met last week to discuss strategies to ensure the company is “Fit for 2030”.

     

    Managers from all of the Christeyns UK businesses met at the Radisson Blu East Midlands for a day of in-depth discussion on the current status of the business and future goals.  Representatives from Adcrete, Belfast, Christeyns Food Hygiene, Warrington, Clover Chemicals, Peak District, Oscrete, Bradford and Cole & Wilson, Huddersfield, as well as the commercial laundry team and key personnel from Head Office, were all in attendance.

     

    Led by Managing Director Nick Garthwaite, the conference looked at the group’s current position across all its market sectors, with a focus on synergy and social, technical and environmental issues that will influence the business over the coming decade.

     

    Inspirational speaker, Major Dick Gale RE, opened the day with his ‘View from the top’ talk, covering a 2017 mission to take the first serving Gurkhas up to Everest summit.  Guests also heard from Helen Wood, recently appointed Managing Director for Workwear at Johnson Service Group, who gave an insight into the current view from a commercial laundry customer perspective.

     

    “It was a very packed day but one which highlighted our strengths and recent achievements as well as giving clarity to future goals,” commented Nick Garthwaite. “A new decade is just around the corner and our energies must now be focused on the next ten years and the opportunities and challenges ahead.”

    8th January 2020

    Delete Graduates with Joint Honours to Deliver Leeds Beckett’s New Digital Marketing...

    Leeds Beckett University has strengthened its partnership with digital agency Delete after seven years of success.

    Following two separate competitive tender and pitch processes, Leeds and London-based Delete was selected to deliver a digital marketing strategy focused on student recruitment, while also being chosen to deliver the University’s new digital platform for 2020. This means Delete retains both contracts, having first been instructed following an initial pitch in 2012.

    The agency’s digital marketing services will include; Digital Marketing strategy, Display & Social Media, PPC, supporting the University’s overarching UK student recruitment objective. The wider aims beyond growing recruitment and maximising conversions include improving access for under-represented groups and creating a sector-leading applicant journey.

    The new web platform for 2020, built on Sitecore, will see Delete overhaul the University’s current website. The digital strategy will be focused around building lasting relationships with users through their journey from Prospect to Alumni.

    Dee Reid, director of external relations at Leeds Beckett University, said:

     

    “Having worked closely with Delete over the last seven years, we have seen first-hand their ability to understand our objectives and deliver successful strategies and campaigns to support our ambitions. During this time, Delete has helped Leeds Beckett to establish itself as a sector-leading university in terms of technology and we are excited to see how they can continue to push the boundaries even further on our plans for the transformation of our website and sustained marketing activity.”

    Polly Pospelova, Digital Marketing Director at Delete, added:

    “We are proud of our continued working relationship with Leeds Beckett and the results we have achieved together. We are in the unique position of understanding the University’s brand, target audience segments and the wider market, as well as the internal organisational structure.

    “Since the start of our relationship, we have made a significant impact on Leeds Beckett’s digital presence, and have introduced a number of innovative approaches that have led to improved results and increased overall digital performance for the University.”

    Leeds Beckett makes up a strong roster of higher education clients at Delete, which includes the University of Essex, University of Hull and University of Birmingham.

    8th January 2020

    Acorn Stairlifts sponsorship is further lift for Keighley Cougars!

    Yorkshire manufacturer Acorn Stairlifts has signed a deal to be primary team sponsor of rugby team the Keighley Cougars.

     

    The team, which came close to collapse in December 2018 after several months under new ownership, is enjoying a resurgence under new management headed by former 1990s chairman Mick O’Neill and his son Ryan Cowie.

     

    It will start the 2020 League 1 season in style thanks to the five figure Acorn Stairlifts deal which will cover the cost of the new team’s kit and further boost the profile of the team.

     

    Nick Wilson, Acorn Stairlifts operations director, said the company’s sponsorship of the team reflected the ‘very special’ place the Keighley Cougars have in the hearts of many of its 500 employees – and a workplace visit from the players last week confirmed the support that’s felt across the workforce.

     

    “The Keighley Cougars have been at the heart of our local community for many years and we’ve all felt the pain of their struggles in the last 12 months. We’ve been speaking with the new management team for a number of months and are delighted to announce our 12-month sponsorship deal which really cements our brand with the team in a way which reflects our pride in and support for everything they stand for.

     

    “This season marks the start of a new era for this hugely loved and respected rugby team and as a company, our values of community support, team spirit and active living match perfectly with the Keighley Cougars and we were delighted to meet members of the team last week and to be fuelling their match performances for the coming season.”

     

    Lisa Gill, general manager of Keighley Cougars said the team couldn’t be more delighted with the Acorn Stairlifts backing. “It’s true to say it’s been a difficult time for the club and the team so to have such big business support for our upcoming season really is a lift for all of us.

    “Cougarmania is clearly alive and kicking within the Acorn Stairlifts workforce and we know many staff have followed the team for decades and some have family members who have played for the team. Our combined heritage, belief and investment in this town is a perfect reflection of the power of team spirit and of community support and we can’t wait to start the new season with our new players, new investment, new Acorn Stairlifts branded kit and an even stronger sense of local pride.”

    8th January 2020

    Bradford Garden Centre bakers’ festive treat for charity race

    A Bradford Garden Centre donated 600 mince pies to runners participating in a recent charity running race.

    Tong Garden Centre’s head baker, Lee Parnham and his team of three crafted the pies for the second sellout Bah Humbug 10k race on 8th December.

    Mr. Parnham, a keen runner and member of the South Leeds Lakers, said: “Ours is a free to join club and the race is a fundraiser to help fund coaching at the club. The money raised from last year’s event helped to set up a Junior Lakers Club, which currently has over 50 members.

    “Supporting our community and encouraging people to spend time outdoors is important to the team at Tong, so we’re delighted to help by donating these festive treats.”

    Phil Hodgson, a member of the South Leeds Lakers and a trustee with the Hunslet Rugby Foundation said:” Last year’s run was a sell-out of 450 people and this year we’ve added another 100 spaces and it still sold out a month before race day, showing that it’s going from strength to strength each year and really helping to bring the South Leeds communities together.”

    The race, a hilly, multi-terrain 10k route that went through Middleton Woods, started from the South Leeds Stadium. The race was won by Jonathon Harding from South Leeds Lakers in a time of 39:13.

    The Bah Humbug 10k is organised by a number of groups including the South Leeds Lakers Running Club, Hunslet Rugby Foundation, Morley Running Club and the South Leeds Sisters Running Club. All proceeds from the race are equally distributed between those clubs.

    Tong Garden Centre occupies a 14 acre site in Tong village. It is one of Yorkshire’s biggest garden centres with 110,000 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 700 cars.

    South Leeds Lakers is a free, friendly, social running club for runners of all abilities over the age of 14. The club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and has 29 fully qualified run leaders and a mental health ambassador.

    7th January 2020

    Supporting Elite Female Sport in Yorkshire

    Castle Employment are proud to see the York City Football Club Foundation Tier1 RTC Under 12 Girls looking very smart in their brand-new Castle Employment Sponsored Kit.

    The Regional Talent Club (RTC) provides player development opportunities for elite female players across the region at U10, U12, U14 and U16. York City FC Foundation has again been awarded a Tier 1 licence by the Football Association and follow the England player development pathway. There has been a great start to the season with several players having been selected to attend England National Performance Camps.

    Castle Employment are pleased to be supporting the RTC and the U12 team this year. Louise Scott, Senior Recruitment Consultant at Castle said “It is fantastic to see how hard the girls train; they all have an amazing work ethic. It’s really inspiring to watch them play and to see how well they are supported by the coaching staff. They are learning valuable life skills which will help them not only with their football but with their future working careers as well. All the team at Castle hope that the girls enjoy wearing their new match kit and wish them success for the rest of the season.”

    Jill Stacey, RTC Club Manager said “We are delighted that Castle Employment have chosen to sponsor the RTC U12 team this year and we are very grateful for their support. It is fantastic when local businesses get involved in backing these talented players and our programme. If any other businesses would like to get involved, they can contact me on Yorkrtc.ycfc@hotmail.com

    Established in 1966, Castle Employment Group is Yorkshire’s leading independent recruitment agency based at Clifton Moor, York with offices in Scarborough and Leeds. Castle provide recruitment solutions across specialist divisions including Accountancy, Business Support, HR, Manufacturing and Engineering. Castle were awarded “Best Employer 2018” at the York Press Awards and the team work hard to develop strong working relationships with some wonderful clients in and round York. The team also enjoy supporting and enriching the local communities across the region. For further details please contact the York office on 01904 405251.

    7th January 2020