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Volume 338

Circulation: 3221

29 November 2013

Enterprise Weekly

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Le Tour route through Sheffield finalised The second stage of next year’s Tour de France is set to sweep into Sheffield on 6 July. After leaving York and taking a 200 kilometre route through Pennine Yorkshire and the Peak District National Park, the world’s top cyclists will enter Sheffield on the A628 via Langsett and continue through Bradfield, Worrall, Oughtibridge, Grenoside and Hillsborough. Representatives of Sheffield City Council have been in discussions with the event organisers, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation, to avoid the Northern General Hospital. An agreement has now been reached to take a route through Shirecliffe and Burngreave, before finishing the stage outside the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena. Over 250,000 people are expected to watch the event on Sheffield streets and more than 500 local people will be involved as volunteers. Across the Yorkshire region there will be a number of large scale participation cycle rides and a 100 day Grand Départ cultural festival leading up to 5 July with events taking place in the city during that time. More details about the Grand Départ are available at http://letour.yorkshire.com/stage-2 __________________________________ Exhibit at Mach 2014 with RiDO Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO) has secured exhibition space at Mach 2014 for SME companies in South Yorkshire. Mach is the premier engineering and manufacturing technologies event in the UK. The space is flexible, but stands from 9 to 20 square metres are available and are normally cost £340 per square metre. Local companies are invited to attend the exhibition with RiDO at a reduced cost of only £170 per square metre. The remaining half is


funded through the ERDF South Yorkshire Sector Growth Enhancement Programme. RiDO hopes to provide some useful supply chain opportunities for companies attending and have located the space in the main Hall 5, not far from major exhibitors including Rolls Royce and Siemens. Also at the show are the AMRC’s MANTRA vehicle and Bloodhound SSC, which should prove to be a big attraction for visitors and exhibitors alike. RiDO will also be running a free breakfast event prior to the exhibition to introduce companies attending via the programme to each other and help with maximising the impact of the exhibition. It also aims to give companies the opportunity to meet the other City Region companies attending before the day. Also, companies signing-up via RiDO will benefit from free PR support relating to the event, including coverage in the MTA pre-event newsletter and listings on the website. Anyone interested should contact andrew.klinkenberg@rido.org.uk __________________________________ Northern Gateways Conference The Northern Gateways Conference examines investment in infrastructure, connectivity, business opportunity and sustainable growth along the east/west corridor of Northern England, and takes place at 9.00am to 4.00pm on Friday 29 November at the Freedom Centre, Hull. Speakers and debate participants include: Lord Prescott, Councillor Stephen Brady, Joe Anderson, elected mayor of Liverpool, Terry Hodgkinson, former chair of Yorkshire Forward, Hugh Pym, chief economics editor of the BBC, Rob Bell, CEO of Archomai, Carolyn Burgess, director of World Trade Centre Hull & Humber, Sam Pick, Renewables Network and Jon Moss, Centre for Digital Innovation. Aimed at business leaders and policy makers, the inaugural Northern Gateways Forum seeks to trigger and progress the debate across the corridor and beyond. It will generate ideas and provide a platform to focus viable options on different levels, from infrastructure and energy, industrial sectors and SMES, to know-how and skills. Northern Gateways is all about sustainable growth and opportunity across the corridor from Liverpool to Hull. It links with all the great cities and towns that once were motors of Britain’s industrial revolution and which now need to re-discover that innovative zeal and drive to be world beaters so attractive to global investors and vital to creating the jobs that will give purpose and spending power to our Northern communities. Building from a number of projects over the past few years such as Will Alsop’s Super City, Lord Prescott’s Northern Gateway and now Lord Heseltine’s No Stone Unturned Report, this forum opens the debate and seeks to establish the momentum to deliver a viable business case for a renewed focus on the potential on and around the Northern gateways of major ports, core cities and local communities. The delegate package to include full day refreshments, lunch and post conference reception is £100.00 per person. For full programme, please visit: www.northerngateways.co.uk __________________________________


Hull sharpens focus on trading in Europe Hull’s World Trade@1 Club is putting the focus on trading in Europe at its next lunchtime meeting, looking at two very different areas. The WT@1 Club meeting will be at The Deep Business Centre in Hull, on Monday, 2 December, from 12.00 noon till 2.00pm, with registration and coffee available from 11.30am. Presentations on The Port of Rotterdam and the culture of doing business in Scandinavia will give lunchtime guests a flavour of two very diverse areas and an insight into the secrets of doing business successfully. The Port of Rotterdam is seen as being of key importance to the Humber Region, and Patrick Vroegop, who is the Business Development Manager responsible for containers, break bulk and logistics, will explain about their port operations and the opportunities Rotterdam can offer regarding supply chain improvements. The port operates a relay location and feeder hub which is used by many deep sea shipping companies. Trading with Scandinavia raises very different challenges – the region has a different business culture to the one we are familiar with in the UK. A businessman who has lived and worked in Scandinavia for many years is Mike Ward, who says that while English is widely spoken, there are cultural differences which need to be understood and communicating properly is key to business development. In his first presentation to the World Trade@1 Club, Mike will focus on Sweden and Denmark. To reserve your place on what promises to be an enlightening event, please contact Alison Burnett on 01482 324976 or email a.burnett@hull-humber-chamber.co.uk. __________________________________ Flood defence meetings planned More than 250 businesses affected by plans to develop flood defences in the Lower Don Valley have until December 13 to vote on whether the project goes ahead. The plans were drawn up after floods hit the Lower Don Valley in 2007, causing massive disruption and damage. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is providing £5.5 million towards the £8.1 million project and a further £1.2million is being sought from the Environment Agency, but businesses are being asked to contribute the remaining £1.4 million by agreeing to the creation of a Business Improvement District, with powers to levy additional rates for five years. Small firms whose premises have rateable values less than £12,000 will be exempt. A third of businesses in the area will contribute less than £1,000 and more than 60 percent of businesses will contribute less than £2,500 over the five years of the Business Improvement District.


Meetings are being arranged on Friday December 6 to allow affected businesses to ask questions about the Business Improvement District proposal. They will take place at Riverside Court, Don Road, from 10.00am to 12.45pm and Jessop Riverside, off Brightside Lane, from 1.15pm to 4.00pm. Enterprise Weekly

REGIONAL AND LOCAL NEWS City of Culture win is “game-changer” for Hull and East Yorkshire The Hull and East Yorkshire Bondholders marketing organisation has hailed the announcement of City of Culture status for Hull as a game-changer for the city and region. Bondholders Chair Peter Aarosin said: “The decision is a landmark in Hull's history. For too long the city has been hampered by false and out-dated perceptions of the city. The decision to select Hull as UK City of Culture recognises that the city is a vibrant place, with a wonderfully diverse creative and artistic scene worth of being the country's capital of culture in 2017. “This decision will also stimulate growth and job creation locally, especially in the creative industries and cultural enterprises. It will accelerate the development of the city's cultural and artistic sector, the vitality of which has already been recognised in the City of Culture award. “The city and region is really motoring ahead. We have an engaged, proactive business community and great opportunities for unprecedented investment; a vibrant sports scene with a Premier League football club and two Super League rugby teams; and now we will be the UK's City of Culture. Business, sport and culture are a winning combination and we are strong in all three areas.” Read more at: http://www.hull.co.uk/news.asp?pageid=74&MediaCategoryId=3&NewsID=3648&Media Type=news __________________________________ East Riding’s free Christmas parking scheme is a boost for local businesses East Riding of Yorkshire Council is giving its customary Christmas present to local traders by suspending parking charges during the three weekends leading up to Christmas to keep the shops’ tills ringing. Pay and display machines in the council’s car-parks and on-street parking locations will be clearly marked to let shoppers know there is no charge on Saturday 7, 14 and 21 and Sunday 8, 15 and 22 December. Making the scheme more fitting this year is that the first day (7 December) coincides with ‘Small Business Saturday’: a national day that aims to promote the importance of small and independent traders, particularly


relevant in the East Riding which has a number of market towns. Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “I am happy to be able to promote schemes like this which have a real and tangible benefit for local businesses and shoppers alike. The council recognises that due to the current economic climate we are all watching our expenditure and it is really pleasing that we will once again, due to sound financial management, be able to run this scheme which is always well-received.” The FSB’s East Yorkshire Chairman, Mike Bisby, commented: “The Council’s sacrifice will provide a boost to businesses and help shoppers get access to smaller outlets which don’t have the facility of massive free car parks which the big supermarkets enjoy. We would urge all Christmas shoppers to make use of Small Business Saturday to park free in the towns and take a look at what the small traders have to offer. We commend the Council’s foresight for making this possible.” All council car parks will be free from 8am on Saturday until 8am on Monday. __________________________________ Help the elderly and vulnerable this winter with the Surviving Winter appeal South Yorkshire Community Foundation has now launched Surviving Winter 2013 appeal. The campaign, in its third year, is calling for people to donate their Winter Fuel Payment if they are able or whatever they can to help the elderly and vulnerable in the community this winter. Last year, £1.2million was raised across the UK with 20,000 people benefiting. In South Yorkshire £5,700 was raised. These funds delivered a variety of different benefits including individual grants to aid the paying off energy debts, support for local organisations tasked with helping the elderly and vulnerable people as well as providing valuable funds to local food banks that experience a significant increase in demand in winter. To find out more about the campaign visit: http://www.sycf.org.uk/surviving_winter_/ __________________________________ Rotherham businesses given helping hand to expand into Latvia Businesses in Rotherham will now be able to take advantage of support to set up an operation in Latvia, after RiDO (Rotherham Investment Development Office) has established a collaborative partnership with Ventspil High Technology Park in the Baltic country. Latvia is home to almost 2m people and is one of the highest growth economies in Europe. The arrangement means that enterprising Rotherham businesses will have the opportunity of three months’ rent free of charge in a Ventspil High Technology Park business centre. The support package also includes free-of-charge consultation with a mentor to make the whole process of establishing a business in the Baltic region much easier and more attractive to local businesses.


Amanda Parris, Business Development Manager for RiDO, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Ventspil High Technology Park. This new relationship will mean we can help Latvian businesses to set up in Rotherham, whilst VHTP will offer a reciprocal service by assisting our local companies with expanding their operations into Latvia. We are very excited about what this will mean for businesses in both areas.” Ventspil High Technology Park is a specialist in promoting high technology industrial development in the town of Ventspil, Latvia. The organisation’s aim is to promote job creation and foreign corporate development. Ventspil High Technology Park operates a business incubator, which helps to grow and accelerate start up businesses to enable them to become financially independent. It has already offered support to hundreds of businesses in a range of different market sectors including IT and communication technologies, electronics and mechanical engineering. For more details email: Amanda.parris@rotherham.gov.uk __________________________________ Donbac is UK’s Local Enterprise Agency of the Year At the 2013 National Enterprise Network awards held at the British Library in London, South Yorkshirebased Donbac has been named the winner of ‘Local Enterprise Agency of the Year’. The awards recognise those members that have worked tirelessly and successfully to establish and maintain recognition and impact within their local communities over the last year. The award was presented to Donbac due to its ‘impressive year on year growth, a clear emphasis on collaborative working Donbac Chairman Michael Shepherd, Executive Director and the provision of a range of activities Angela Allison and Managing Director Arthur Foreman creating a surplus for reinvestment into the community. Also with the launch of two new innovative schemes which provide a much needed boost to enterprise in the region and showcase a strong partnership with a new corporate sector partner and one of the regions Local Authorities’. Donbac’s Managing Director Arthur Foreman commented, “To be ‘highly commended’ runners up last year and winners this year is a fantastic achievement. It recognises the dedication and hard work of everyone involved with Donbac. We are extremely proud of this prestigious award’. View Donbac’s services to business at: http://www.donbac.co.uk/ __________________________________ Join the survey panel The FSB survey panel is growing and we want to boost it further. The surveys take a short time to complete and provide us with invaluable evidence to inform the highest levels of Government on issues affecting small businesses, as well as the national media. Make a change on issues that matter to you and get your voice heard by joining the survey panel at: http://www.fsb.org.uk/fsb-survey-panel __________________________________


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NATIONAL NEWS ROUND-UP 10,000 Start Up Loans awarded so far The Government has awarded the 10,000th Start Up Loan in its scheme to lend £151 million to create 30,000 new entrepreneurs by 2015. The milestone now means £50 million has been lent to entrepreneurs around the country to kick-start their business idea. Start Up Loans is one of a number of schemes brought under the Government’s ‘Business Bank’ banner and was devised by Lord Young, the Prime Minister’s Enteprise Advisor. The scheme recently lifted its age cap to make loans available to those over 30, following Lord Young’s recommendations. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Start Up Loans continue to expand, filling an important gap for aspiring entrepreneurs in the first stages of setting up their business. Helping more small businesses to get started and thrive is a key part of the government’s drive to create a more entrepreneurial society.” More information on Start Up Loans can be found at: http://www.startuploans.co.uk/ __________________________________ School careers advice is on life support Schools and college careers advice is still on life support, according the CBI, with 97% of young people not getting the advice they need. The CBI and LifeSkills programme have released survey results that underline what’s claimed to be a ‘yawning gap’ between the career guidance essential to the future of our young people in the region and what they are actually receiving. The nationwide survey of 2,000 14-25 year olds, conducted using the LifeSkills Youth Barometer created by Barclays, revealed that 97% of young people in Yorkshire and Humber felt they were not provided with all the information they need to make informed choices on their future career. Read more at: http://www.blmforum.net/en/blm/News/4303 __________________________________ Carbon Trust launches new Waste Standard The Carbon Trust has launched its new Waste Standard, a certificate awarded to organisations that can demonstrate they are measuring, managing and reducing waste. To achieve the standard, organisations must demonstrate that waste streams are being reduced or used more effectively each year, for example, through increased reuse, recycling or recovery. In addition, firms must have a diligent procurement policy for suppliers and waste management services, as well as considering the impacts of their products and packaging on the environment. Read more about the new Waste Standard at: http://www.carbontrust.com/aboutus/press/2013/11/business-achievements-in-reducing-waste-recognised-by-carbon-trust __________________________________


Small businesses to be excluded from Flood Re Small businesses are to be excluded from the Government flood insurance scheme. It is of deep concern to the FSB that Government has chosen not to include small businesses in its Flood Re scheme. FSB research shows one in five small firms were affected by flooding last year alone. If they are barred from using this scheme, small businesses in areas at risk of floods will be forced to pay exorbitantly high costs to be insured against this threat. We are calling on the Government to think again on this issue and we will be looking to Parliamentarians to table amendments to the forthcoming Water Bill. __________________________________ New research reveals Europe-wide growth in freelancing Freelancing is the fastest growing sector of the EU labour market, according to research commissioned by the Professional Contractors Group. The research revealed that by the beginning of 2013, the number of freelancers in the EU had risen by 45% since 2004 to reach 8.9 million. The UK saw one the greatest increases, with a 63% rise in freelance professionals over this period, although the increase in the Netherlands was the highest with a 93% increase. Read more about the research at: http://www.pcg.org.uk/newsevents/news/2013/11/13/new-pcg-research-shows-freelancing-fastest-growing-sector Enterprise Weekly

LEGAL UPDATES Firms should act now to comply with data protection reforms Deputy Information Commissioner David Smith has outlined several ways in which firms can prepare for forthcoming reforms to EU data protection rules. The draft General Data Protection Regulation was approved by a European Parliamentary committee last week. Although the final version of the Regulation is still subject to change, Mr Smith said business owners should start reviewing their current procedures for processing personal information to ensure individuals provide 'explicit' consent. He also said that firms should expect new laws to be introduced requiring them to have systems in place to make sure personal information is deleted upon request from an individual. The reforms are not expected to fully come into force until 2017. There is more about the recommendations at: http://www.outlaw.com/en/articles/2013/november/businesses-can-take-steps-nowto-ease-move-to-new-compliance-standards-under-data-protection-reforms-says-ico/ __________________________________


Social media could be risky business A Yorkshire law firm is advising businesses to implement social media policies following a string of high profile cases where employees’ social media posts have resulted in their dismissal or damage to a company’s reputation. Elizabeth Henry, a leading employment lawyer and Partner at law firm Last Cawthra Feather says: “The commercial benefits to a business of effective social media can be significant, however the risks can also Elizabeth Henry be catastrophic in terms of reputational damage and breaches of confidentiality. Firms can also be held liable for their employees’ actions in terms of bullying and harassment on social media sites.” Five prison officers recently hit the headlines for posting images of themselves wearing ‘we have Madeleine McCann’ t-shirts on Facebook resulting in one being dismissed and four others being disciplined. Liz continues: “In a situation like this where an employee’s actions on social media form the basis of a disciplinary procedure, it’s vital that the company has a social media policy in place. A company must show a reasonable response to an employee’s actions on social media taking into account the seriousness of the employee’s actions, how many people can and do see the post and the seniority of the employee as well as the nature of the job.” To minimise the risks associated with social media LCF is urging all businesses to implement appropriate policies and procedures. Read more at: http://www.blmforum.net/en/blm/Legislation/4295 __________________________________ FSA surveys firms' food legislation knowledge The Food Standards Agency is carrying out a survey of small businesses in the UK to establish how they find out about food regulation, for example, via a trade association or their local authority environmental health department. Feedback received from survey respondents will be used to improve Food Standards Agency guidance for firms, the type and amount of information provided, and methods of updating them about changes to legislation and processes, such as online, or via e-mail or text message. The Food Standards Agency is especially keen to hear from micro-business owners that have fewer than ten employees to find out how they learn about food-related legislation and where they go for guidance. Read more about the research and take the survey at: http://www.food.gov.uk/newsupdates/news/2013/nov/business-survey

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TAX AND MONEY HMRC cracks down on unpaid internships HMRC is carrying out targeted checks on 200 employers that recently advertised internships to ensure they are paying the national minimum wage. HMRC warned that employers found to be breaching national minimum wage laws would be publically named and shamed and could incur a fine of up to £5,000. According to HMRC figures,


penalties were issued to 466 firms for failing to pay the minimum wage in the tax year to April 2013, up from 381 in the 2009/10 tax year. There is more about the NMW checks at: http://www.workplacelaw.net/services/news/49629/hmrc-to-crackdown-on-employersnot-paying-minimum-wage __________________________________ 1 in 4 SME directors are using their own cash to support business Experian has found that quarter of SME directors have used personal finance sources of funding including mortgages, credit cards and savings accounts to support their business. Experian surveyed a range of SMEs to better understand how they fund business ventures. Of those that had used personal finance, almost a third had used personal mortgages – and thus put their homes at risk - to fund their business while 47 per cent of SME Directors said that they rely on high-interest personal credit cards for everyday business affairs. Personal bank accounts are also frequently used by SME Directors with two thirds stating that they have drawn on funds directly from their current account and nearly half saying that they had dipped into their personal savings. Read more at: http://www.blmforum.net/en/blm/Finance/4305 Enterprise Weekly

HEALTH AND SAFETY NEWS HSE publishes updated Approved Code of Practice for gas appliances The Health and Safety Executive has published an updated Approved Code of Practice for the installation and safe use of gas appliances and systems following recommendations made in Professor Ragnar LĂśfstedt's report 'Reclaiming Health and Safety for All'. The guidance applies to suppliers and users of gas, as well as to those who install, service, maintain or repair gas appliances. The revised Approved Code of Practice includes updates setting out details of the training required by those carrying out gas work, clarification of definitions of gas fitting work, and the removal of guidance for landlords, which can now be found on the Health and Safety Executive website. Read more about the updated Approved Code of Practice at: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2013/operating-safely-with-gas-appliances __________________________________


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AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY NEWS Common Agricultural Policy allocations to remain unchanged The Common Agricultural Policy budget for 2014 to 2020 will be allocated to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the same proportions as the Common Agricultural Policy budget from 2005 to 2013, the Government has announced. The Government has also announced that the overall reduction in Pillar 1 Common Agricultural Policy payments (almost 13% in real terms) will be shared equally between the four regions. This announcement follows calls from each UK region for a larger share of the Common Agricultural Policy budget, with Scotland in particular arguing that an increase was needed to redress the relatively low payments per hectare received by Scottish farmers. Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead accused the allocations of condemning Scottish farmers and crofters to the lowest Common Agricultural Policy payments in Europe, and disregarding demands of the Scottish Parliament and the wishes of the EU. Read more about the Common Agricultural Policy budget at: http://www.farmersguardian.com/home/hot-topics/cap-reform/uk-government-rejectsscottish-calls-for-cap-budget-increase/60054.article

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RETAIL NEWS Retail crime cost the UK over £3.4 billion in 2012/13 Fraud, organised crime, shoplifting and administrative errors cost the UK retail sector over £3.4 billion in 2012/13, according to the Global Retail Theft Barometer published by Euromonitor International and Checkpoint Systems Inc. Shoplifting accounted for 36% of losses, closely followed by theft by employees, which amounted to 33%. Administrative or non-crime losses were estimated to account for 25% of the total amount lost, which equates to a cost to UK shoppers of nearly £125 per household. Food theft reportedly rose during the past year due to the economic downturn, with fresh meat, coffee and mature cheese being among the most commonly stolen items. Read more about the report at: http://www.talkingretail.com/news/industrynews/report-reveals-retailers-lost-3-4bn-to-retail-crime-last-year


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