Set your business up for growth

Set your business up for growth with a Government-funded university partnership. Are you and your organisation looking to increase productivity, create strategies to build resilience or improve your business processes to gear up for growth? Leeds Beckett University is leading Government-funded Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (mKTPs) – projects which run from 12 months to three…

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Leading the way in artificial intelligence safety

The potential for automation and autonomous technologies is huge. Autonomous vehicles will radically change global transport systems and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are already being used to address challenges from healthcare to energy management. But there are many more uses – as the application of autonomous systems stretches across most economic sectors from manufacturing to…

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Adapting through technology

One of the UK’s top five-star hotels, The Grand, York offers a memorable visit for all. With a variety of services from the welcoming concierge, award-winning cookery school, food and beverage outlets, a spa and eight meeting and event spaces, you are guaranteed to experience true Yorkshire hospitality and elegance in all formats. Situated midway…

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Recruiting flexi-job apprentices

Esh Construction partners with Efficiency North to recruit flexi-job apprentices. Seven new apprentices are settling into their new roles within Esh Construction after being recruited via the award-winning Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Service provided by EN:Able Futures. Bricklayers, joiners, and a trainee site manager are among the new starters who have been welcomed across Esh’s affordable housing…

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Innovate & communicate

Innovation communities are more important than ever says Dr Martin Stow, Director of University of Leeds’ innovation hub Nexus Innovation has become ever more critical to unlocking post-pandemic growth for our region and tech-enabled hubs and business communities, which are specifically designed to foster innovation and connectivity, have a vital role to play. Attracting the…

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Female manufacturing leaders inspire pupils

Bradford’s female manufacturing leaders headlined a panel event to inspire school pupils as part of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks 2021. The district’s female manufacturing role models from some of Bradford’s most established blue-chip manufacturers, took questions from Bradford Girls’ Grammar School pupils during the fortnight of in person and online manufacturing events. The women, who have…

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Teamwork drives success

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby says partnerships and people can build buses back better for Yorkshire. At Transdev, we know how to win new customers to switch to our buses. Take our flagship 36: Riding Refined service linking Harrogate with Leeds and Ripon – in 2019 just over two million people did just that, a 21…

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How can we work together to tackle the digital divide?

With lots of everyday services moving online, from healthcare to shopping, access to technology is becoming vital to our day-to-day lives. But some in society face major challenges when trying to access the world online. In the UK it’s estimated that 16.3 million adults lack core digital skills, and 1.9 million homes have no access…

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Green growth

Devolution paves the way for a pioneering green revolution to kick-start the region’s post-Covid economy The proposed devolution plans for York and North Yorkshire provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for green, inclusive economic growth – with BioYorkshire at the heart of the deal. Led by the University of York in partnership with Askham…

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Reducing CO2 emissions

TransPennine Express has already reduced CO2 emissions by almost 20 per cent in recent years and now vows to do even more TransPennine Express (TPE) has now made a public commitment to significantly step up its plans to help address climate change and reduce its carbon footprint to net-zero. The train company, which runs services…

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Business banking for Yorkshire

Head of Regional Banking (Yorkshire), John Bullock, explores the Virgin Money business banking offering in Yorkshire Commitment to our Customers This year we have launched Virgin Money Business which will bring together the expertise and experience of our three heritages of Yorkshire Bank, Clydesdale Bank and Virgin Money under a single brand. In Yorkshire, we…

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B&M celebrates 10 years of carbon neutrality

Leading UK waste management solutions company, B&M Waste Services, is marking its 10th anniversary as a carbon neutral organisation and defines its ‘net zero carbon’ journey since it began in 2011. In the past two decades, the effects of climate change have accelerated, becoming a global threat that will impact everyone. It was ten years…

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Free trade agreements – Six month progress report

Six months on from the EU-UK trade deal coming into force, what progress has been made with agreeing trade deals with the UK’s non-EU trading partners? Rollover agreements Before leaving the EU, the UK was party to approximately 40 trade deals that the EU had negotiated with more than 70 countries. Although the UK is…

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Working in harmony

In the current challenging climate for the arts, international law firm Pinsent Masons has announced a second year of support for Opera North’s award-winning music education programme In Harmony Opera North. While recognising the individual and social benefits of the programme on the lives of over 1,800 pupils in Leeds, Pinsent Masons was also impressed…

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The earthy side of law

We spoke to Craig Burman, Partner and Head of the Environmental and Regulatory team at Schofield Sweeney LLP, to discuss waste, Brexit, climate change and the year that has changed us forever. What was your route into law? For as long as I can remember, I have loved houses. It’s a good job too, because…

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Expansion for Marketing Agency despite Covid uncertainties

Full Service Marketing Agency Keane Creative has seen both client and employee growth in recent months despite ongoing uncertainties from the pandemic. The Yorkshire based agency, with a regional and national client base, has recently added to their portfolio with 2 new clients from London and the south of the country. Following a recommendation from…

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How Businesses can Take Back Control of their Outgoings

National restrictions continue to significantly affect businesses across the country. While non-essential retail, hospitality and leisure businesses have had to temporarily close during lockdown, those businesses which are still operating will also have been heavily affected by the pandemic. As such, there is an enormous pressure on businesses’ financial situation. They may be juggling reduced…

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CityFibre: enabling a digital revolution across Yorkshire

One of the biggest takeaways from months of national lockdown has been the critical importance of digital connectivity in keeping businesses running and consumers connected. From virtual meetings and exercise classes, to online shopping and catching up with friends and family, we have been utterly dependent on technology to provide a socially-distanced gateway to normal…

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Supporting SME success and resilience

Leeds Beckett University is an anchor institution in the Leeds City Region, making a significant contribution to our regional economy, with a key role in driving local economic growth and supporting SMEs in the region to prosper and grow. As we react, readjust and recover from the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the…

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Lone Worker Protection

Lone Worker Protection : advice for H&S professionals A number of businesses have had to embrace the idea of working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. While working from home is the new normal, some occupations make working remotely impossible. For these employees, it has been crucial that they and their employers take the…

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Essential planning for the future of your business

Businesses are gradually starting to understand how they might be affected by the financial impact of COVID-19. As they start to transition from crisis management to securing the future resilience of their organisation, what are consequences of some of the Government backed initiatives that have been introduced recently and how might these might affect businesses…

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Removing barriers for female start ups

The Alison Rose Review looked into the barriers facing female entrepreneurs and outlined a number of recommendations to improve female start-up and scale-up rates. Implementing the recommendations could contribute an additional £250 billion to the UK economy. The review, which was sponsored by NatWest’s CEO of Commercial and Private banking Alison Rose, found five key…

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Space for high flyers

Barclays has been revealed as the major new partner at Avenue HQ, a new, flexible workspace which recently opened in Leeds to support the city’s growing entrepreneurial business community. ‘Avenue HQ Leeds, supported by Eagle Labs’ becomes the second partnership between Avenue HQ and Barclays, following the success of their first site in Liverpool. The…

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Pecan hit the sweet spot

We spoke with Graham Kingston, Managing Director of Pecan Deluxe Candy Europe, to find out about business, Brexit and winning a business award. What business does Pecan Deluxe do and what is your role in it? My name’s Graham Kingston, I am the Managing Director of Pecan Deluxe Candy Europe. We are a bakery &…

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Good lawyers talk to you about your business

Luisa D’Alessandro, Commercial Partner at Schofield Sweeney works in contract law, covering all types of commercial agreements. Her practice includes the digital sector including IT contracting, e-commerce and data protection.  Data protection has become a hot topic over the last year, with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What impact has this…

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Put your best foot forward

A business that started at a kitchen table is now selling in shops, online and in homes all around the world. We talk to Mark Granger, Director of Operations at Pavers, about the history, successes and challenges of running a global business with over 1,700 staff and over 170 stores in the UK and Ireland.…

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Digital Dales

We live in an unprecedented era of technological advances and it is easy to take for granted the speed at which change is happening. What seemed impossible just ten, five or even one year ago is now viewed with a mild indifference. Think about it, how we interact, travel, consume and survive is being continuously…

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Cyber security – A personnel issue

All businesses collect and store data. However despite the impact technology now has on our everyday lives, most of us until very recently have been blissfully unaware of the genuine threats we now face in this everchanging digital landscape. There is an undeniable a growing sophistication coming from within the cyber-crime community that shows a…

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Yorkshire roots

Tong garden centre has been on a journey of progression of late, the over 30-year-old retail landmark on the outskirts of Bradford has been undergoing a renaissance with new owner Mark Farnsworth at the helm. Mark took on the site in 2015 and since then has worked tirelessly to build his vision of what service…

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