LEEDS BUSINESS REVIEW ISSUE #20 FEBRUARY 2017
ARTIST LAUNCHES NEW BUSINESS WITH APPRENTICE STARâ€™S SUPPORT
LEEDS RAG TAKES OVER STUDENT UNION
UNIVERSITY AND CHARITIES TEAM UP FOR FREE HEALTH CHECKS
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
CONTENTS 4 Leeds generates ÂŁ5.5m in investments 5 Brand Yorkshire networking event 6 Apprentice star invests in arts
Megan Packer Editor WELCOME TO issue number 20 of Leeds Business Review. I am proud to be the editor of this magazine, bringing you all you need to know about about the business world and the growing economy of this big, vibrant, and popular city. I urge you to ask yourself... What is not to love? Leeds is progressing to be the new London with its rise in employment, the go-to retail destinations, and all of the frequent art events. It sits right in the heart of Leeds City Region which has 109,000 businesses and therefore a lot to offer aspiring entreupreneurs and business tycoons. In this issue we will cover a variety of business sectors, from finance and law to media and the arts. We take a look at the next stages of the proposed cycle scheme in our transport section. And in development, we explore the transformation of Lloyds Bank Headquarters into new offices. Whether you are already a large established corporation or are looking for advice on how to startup, we hope that we can provide all the information that you need. It is safe to say that the city is well underway to becoming the best in the UK, and I for one am excited to be a part of the Leeds community and I hope you are too.
8 Cycle scheme to enter second phase 9 Body cameras in secondary schools 10 Symingtons loses ÂŁ6.01m 11 Leeds RAG fashion show 12 Free cancer health checks in Leeds 14 Offices replace former Lloyds HQ 15 Top 5 social enterprises
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Finance Picture caption: Natwest is one of the banks to support businesses of tomorrow
ENTREPRENEURIAL SPARK HUB FIRES UP PROFIT ACROSS CITY which is enabling them to create jobs, secure investment and support their local economies.”
Henry Burkinshaw Finance THE LEEDS HUB of Entrepreneurial Spark Powered by NatWest, has aided 142 local businesses attract close to £5.5m of investments. The Leeds Hub, based at Park Cross Street, opened its office in August 2015. Entrepreneurial Spark is a business accelerator whose vision is to inspire and enable social change through the action of “Entrepreneuring.” Its 2016 yearly report has recently been released - figures suggest that the hub has helped to create 254 jobs in the Leeds area, as well as a turnover in excess of £12.2m. Natwest’s Entrepreneur Development Manager Melissa Hulme works alongside those at the Leeds Hub. She said: “The figures for our Leeds Hub show just how much of a footprint Entrepreneurial Spark is having in Leeds and the wider Yorkshire economy. We are very proud of all of our entrepreneurs and their commitment to the programme
The Leeds base was one of eight built in major cities across the UK including Manchester, Belfast and Cardiff. Due to the successes the accelerator had in Scotland, it branched out to aid entrepreneurs in making their business dreams a reality, with the support of NatWest and RBS. Both banks showed keen interest in utilising entrepreneurial talent in the UK and supporting the businesses of tomorrow. The figures published in the latest report reflected all four nations in the UK. The businesses supported by Entrepreneurial Spark have turned over £156m and secured £151m in investment helping regional economies across the nation. With assistance of its partners, Entrepreneurial Spark has developed and brought success to over 1,700 businesses. Due to a very people-centric and action-orientated based approach, those that have been through the programme have resilient and focused leaders. The hubs have proven a huge success across the UK. Around 85% of those who sought after Entrepreneurial Spark for guidance are still trading which is more than double the national average.
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“Figures suggest that the hub has helped create 254 jobs in the Leeds area, as well as a turnover in excess of £12.2m”
The way Entrepreneurial Spark works...
The hubs have work spaces for up to 80 entrepreneurs. These are selected through a competitive application process and each regional hub hosts two intakes each year. Once the free programme is complete, each hub hosts an event that invites investors and business advisors as well as the entrepreneurs for networking and mentoring sessions. Rewards are granted at these events for outstanding businesses and the opportunity for graduate businesses to pitch in order to win cash injections to help support their business’ growth. Anyone is able to apply - any business from any stage and any sector. Applications are accepted twice per year every February and August. After signing an occupancy agreement, and you can stay with Entrepreneurial spark for up to six months.
DIGITAL MARKETING BRAND LAUNCHES IN NORTH LEEDS opportunities. An event for the club will be held on the last Friday of every month, with an experienced speaker from the industry speaking about a specific aspect of the industry.
Jessica Pickard Employment LEEDS-BASED digital marketing company Brand Yorkshire have launched their first ever property and construction networking club in Yorkshire at the Village Hotel on Otley Road in Headingley, North Leeds. The launch event took place on the 27 January and saw over 120 attendees join the Brand Yorkshire team. The club was created so that companies within the property and construction industry have a way to connect with people in similar institutions to create new business and employment
Brand Yorkshire is one-to-one business coaching which gives businesses the tools, skills and knowledge to help increase profit, create contacts within specific sectors and help with marketing and selling your brands to different clients. The property and construction sector in the Yorkshire region has been unstable over the last 10 years, and was one of the sectors that took the biggest hit in the country’s recession back in 2008.
“I do fear about how Brexit will interfere. Concerns I have are to do with the rising construction costs.”
Brand Yorkshire’s managing director Richard Norman is a specialist in the construction and property business after years of developing housing and apartment blocks around Yorkshire and Wales. He said: “I’ve been in this
Networking Event for Brand Yorkshire on Otley Road, Headingley
industry for the last 10 years, developing new houses and selling them, and being a landlord. I’ve seen its ups and downs. I think it is definitely on the rise again, but I do fear about how Brexit will interfere. Concerns I have are to do with the rising construction costs.” Respondents on a poll conducted by Carter Jonas, a UK based estate agency, suggest that the main challenges the UK property industry may face as a result of Brexit are property industry skills shortage, rising construction prices and housing shortages. However, the Yorkshire region is proving more resilient despite the UK wider regions fears. Key benefits from the club include quality networking opportunities, marketing your products to clients in the room, and access to the Brand Yorkshire community of 50,000 local contacts. Specialist speakers are also employed by the team to share relevant and useful knowledge about different aspects of the property and construction business, including how to create employment opportunities. James Jackson, Project Manager for Yorkshire Water, said: “I found the launch event for the club to be an amazing opportunity. I have aspirations in the future to progress higher in the Property and Construction sector, and I believe the club has allowed me to meet people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. It allowed me to get my name out there and to create opportunities for myself from small, short conversations. From that one event, I managed to get the contact details of ten potential future employers.” Due to the success of the first event, Brand Yorkshire are beginning plans to expand the clubs around North and South Yorkshire. For more information about the Brand Yorkshire Property and Construction networking club, please visit: www.brandyorkshire.co.uk.
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YOU’RE HIRED! Arts
Apprentice star invests £50,000 into a graduate’s art business Gareth Craven came up with the Hire an Artist concept during the final year of his business degree.
Catrina Butler Arts
AN ONLINE source of art commission - taking a 15% commission fee. started by a Leeds Trinity graduate - that is easily accessible to the public has caught Everyone is happy. the attention of former apprentice contestYou search your particular idea, choose an ant Raj Dhonota. artist and receive your personalised piece when it’s finished. Hire an Artist struck the young mind of Gareth Craven at the age of 22 during his final year of studying a business degree at It is that simple! Leeds Trinity University. “Hire an Artist is taking a fresh new Hire an Artist is a revolution.It allows you approach to commissioning artwork, giving to have a bespoke piece of artwork that is the market a much needed disruption by empowering people to be able to turn their difficult to access. own unique ideas into artwork,”says Raj who featured in the first ever series of the By doing this, Hire an Artist employs BBC1 show. artists to feature and sell their work by
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Hire an Artist belongs to 70% of creative micro-businesses that run in the city. In January last year, Hire an Artist picked up various small awards and was accepted into the world’s largest business accelerator ‘Entrepreneurial Spark.’ This brilliant revolution will help artists,consumers and future bright sparks all came from one postgraduate. The idea struck Gareth whilst on his work experience placement at a local West Yorkshire networking company. When working at the networking company, he was astounded by a beautiful piece of artwork of the Leeds Town Hall that was across the floor and the cheeky young man asked his mentor if he could have it. The answer was no. When looking into the art business sector, Gareth was shocked to discover the shocking prices it costs to commission art work and how difficult people found it to not only commission their artwork but even to access art work for consumption.
nota and he wanted to make things a little easier for bright spark Gareth Craven. The £50,000 investment has enabled Craven to develop his business even further including a re-brand and an entirely new, user-friendly website. Gareth said: “The investment has already taken us to the next level and opened up many more business opportunities. My aim is to be the staple for bespoke art; the company that you can trust to get you the artwork you wanted.” Leeds is the main city outside of London where the art industry is flourishing at such a fast pace with the growth of computing and gaming mainly. Through desk-based research there are almost 3,500 creative businesses in Leeds and Hire an Artist belongs to 70% of creative micro-businesses that run in the city. “From this we will market ourselves as being a company that has a vast portfolio of artists to choose from with a key focus on the value and the quality of the artwork”, Craven says.
Gareth wanted to change this. Hire an Artist took off in June last year and has been recognised as one of the UK’s most promising startups and has over Dhonota - who featured on the first ever 500 signed artists. series of The Apprentice - has a couple of start-up companies himself and he was It began with a young-minded, creative surprised with the creative mind of a young entrepreneur who started it as a “bit of post-grad and wanted to work alongside fun”. him. The creative businesses consider the most important factors affecting their business to be quality of life, all round cost considerations and networking. Hire an Artist caught the eye of Raj Dho-
Dhonota speaks of Gareth Craven’s interest and passion for the industry. “His knowledge of business at such a young age, combined with his passion and enthusiasm for the idea, really made it an easy decision for me.”
Seven facts about The Apprentice All candidates are paid the same 1 amount, less than £2,000, regardless of how long they last on the show. “Lord” Sugar, has an 2Alan estimated net worth of £770 million. Alan Sugar wasn’t the only person 3 approached for the shows leading role, retail businessman Phillip Green and EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannoa were also in the running for the top job.
Tim Campbell was the winner of 4 the first series airing in 2005 and since has founded the Bright Ideas
Trust and co-written an amazon top 10 book called Whats Your Bright Idea?
viewers tuned in the 56.2mostmillion recent season of the show. The selected applicants are made 6 to sign a confidentiality agreement, forbidding them from telling more than a select few people that they are appearing on the show.
Each one-hour episode has over 7 160 hours of filming, imagine how much truth you don’t see.
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Cyclist on City Connect 1
CYCLE SCHEME ON TRACK FOR NEXT LEG OF SUPER HIGHWAY that more funding opportunities will be identified as the development continues. City Connect 2 will link with the recently established City Connect 1 route along with pre-existing cycle networks in the city.
Philippa Challis Transport LEEDS CITY Council discussed plans to expand the cycle superhighway scheme in an executive board meeting earlier this month. After the success of City Connect 1 that runs from east, west and central Leeds to Bradford, the plans for an extension were favourable. The investment is part of the Government’s Cycling City Ambition Grant programme that aims to improve cycling facilities in the city. The bid was initially put forward to them by West Yorkshire Combined Authority which was approved. Since then, a second round of funding of almost £6.5m is available for the next phase. Although funding is yet to be sourced for other elements of City Connect 2, councillors behind the scheme have assured
City Connect 1 opened seven months ago and last month it reached its 100,000 user milestone proving how successful it has been. Automatic cycle counters were placed along the route from Leeds Old Road to Bradford Road, Stanningley and Armley to calculate the number of users and stages they passed. The data collection gave an insight into where cyclists started their journey and where they ended it. Councillor Richard Lewis, the council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “Investing in high quality cycle facilities is not about meeting an existing need, but is about investing in the future”. He predicts that the number of riders will steadily increase over the next few years as people see the benefits in terms of health, cost and convenience compared to other modes of transport. Leeds City Council’s strategy is
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“Investing in high quality cycle facilities is not about meeting an existing need, but is about investing in the future”.
focused on creating a prosperous city with a transport system that is also accessible. Cycling, improves the area’s environment in terms of reducing CO2 and improving local air quality as it encourages an alternative to driving in the city centre. Leeds was previously ranked 15 in the UK amongst big cities for ‘cycle friendliness’ back in 2010 but the push to create a cycle city came from the opportunity Leeds had to stage the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014. Many saw the involvement in the prestigious event as an incentive to build the cities cycle faculties up such as cycle priority at road sides, segregated cycle crossings and cycle bypasses at bus stops. As the first City Connect scheme has been completed, the next phase is hoped to be carried out more efficiently with minor disruption to local residents. During the last construction some residents were upset with ongoing disruption such as traffic and noise pollution, however the executive councillors of the scheme have taken on board the mistakes that were made and ensured that future schemes would be easier through improvements.
I SPY WITH MY LITTLE BODY CAMERA Naomi Cotham OVER A three month trial at two secondary schools, teachers have been given cameras in order to film children “when necessary”. The body cameras will be used to film incidents of aggression and disruption within the classroom. However, many people are branding the trial as over the top as the cameras and storage system will be very similar to the ones used by the armed forces.
Sure, there are major things - such as bullying - that need to be tackled but could filming the children mean that they start to lose their trust in teachers, and even lose part of their personality? Possibly children will start acting differently so they don’t get caught on camera doing anything remotely wrong. Of course this is the general idea, but then aren’t we taking away the chance for children to just act like children?
At the present moment 80-85% of schools already have CCTV cameras involved as a way to record incidents, which all students and teachers are already aware of. So could the body cameras be a step too far? This action was already tried and tested out within the US in 2015 and now the idea has come to the UK. 37% of teachers who took part in a poll by the Times Educational Supplement admitted that they would be willing to wear a body camera, some of them even believing they would one day become compulsory within classrooms.
In light of recent stories such as Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death by a pupil in 2014 in her own classroom, perhaps the body cameras could be a positive move for certain schools or classes as the method is to deal with unruly pupils. However, you don’t see cases such the murder of Ann Maguire in everyday life - those circumstances are extremely rare.
Tom Ellis, a criminal justice academic, explained: “Most schools now have some level of problems with low level background disorder in classrooms and the teachers have become quite fed up with not being able to teach.” Now don’t get me wrong, I know that every school has its problems but is there really a need to have to film in the classroom? You have to remember that a lot of these children are under the age of 16 and definitely wouldn’t be allowed to be filmed without their parents’ consent. I personally highly doubt many parents would give this sort of permission, as it could be seen as a form of invasion of privacy.
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Whilst I agree that something needs to be done about bullying and disruption to classes as it is a constant ongoing problem, it seems as though the system has brought in an over the top solution for a pretty much basic problem. Surely giving teachers body cameras similar to those used by police officers is treating children as though they were criminals? I started secondary ten years ago in September, and whilst it makes me feel old saying this, maybe something has changed in this past decade within schools and teaching methods. However, when I was there my learning was never too badly disrupted by kids talking to each other, arguing with teachers or other minor things that happen in every school. Are the privacy campaigners right to challenge state comprehensives with their new trial method? Personally I think that they are, although only time will tell if this is the right decision or not.
LEAN TIMES FOR FOOD FIRM
Symington’s products on the shelves major moves in order to survive in changing market conditions. John Power was promoted from COO to CEO in October 2016, replacing David Salkeld who held the position for nine years. Matt Lee was also appointed CCO in November, and assumed his role this year.
Stephen Garvey Manufacturing DESPITE MAJOR restructuring at the top levels, food manufacturer Symington’s has made a loss of millions of pounds in the space of 18 months. Symington’s had a huge turnover of £150 million from 2013 to 2014, utilising brands such as Chicken Tonight and Ragu, which they bought from Unilever in 2011. However, profits began to slow down immediately, and the recent round of promotions haven’t rectified that. The Leeds-based firm made a pre-tax loss of £6.01m from February 2015 to August 2016 on a turnover of £176m. In the year up to August 2016, the company’s turnover dropped from £141 million to £117.2 million. The firm has been making
In addition to leadership changes, the company sold their Australian wet sauce business and closed both their £2.5 million noodle factory in Leeds and their gravy factory in Goldthorpe. They also issued 50 redundancies during this time. This restructuring cost the firm £7.1 million, but they managed to gain £20.5 million by ditching the wet sauce business. These changes may have been due to the major loss that happened months before and has only just been revealed. Power released a statement saying, “Over the last few months, the team at Symington’s has worked hard to restructure the business to ensure its efficient and ongoing success. Having taken significant cost out of the business, for example by reorganising shift patterns, closing two small factories and relocating production to our larger
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“We are pleased with the results of our efforts to date and hope to provide more evidence of our progress”
factory in Leeds, we have created a solid foundation for future growth… We are pleased with the results of our efforts to date and hope to provide more evidence of our progress. Symington’s have been working in the food industry for around 190 years. They produce a variety of food brands including Granose, Oatburst, Ragú, Chicken Tonight and Golden Wonder, and also produces Aunt Bessie’s under licence. However, the company has decided to focus on its most powerful brands - Mugshot, Naked Noodle, Illumi and Ainsley Harriott - which make up 60 percent of its branded turnover. They have also halved the number of products it makes - from 1,400 to 700 across 25 brands. Power told Yorkshire Post, ‘Some of the brands we’ve moved away from were the smaller brands which weren’t making much money, including some ‘own brands’... We were trying to compete with the likes of Bisto and our business is about snacking and cooking and baking… We are trying to do a fewer things better and we think that will be a really smart way of competing in a tough market.’
PIN-POINTING LABOUR RIGHTS FOR CHARITY
Student fashion show aims to raise awareness of sustainability issues within the clothing industry.
Alicia Lansom Leisure & Tourism LEEDS RAG fashion show is taking over University of Leeds student union this week in order to showcase the best of young fashion designers. The show is student led which works to fundraise money for a variety of local, national and international charitable causes whilst providing students with an exciting business experience.
Run by; the entire student committee, two directors and supported by a 60-person production team, this year’s show is its biggest yet. Clifford said: “Every aspect of the show, from the VIP goodie bags to the actual garments, have been carefully selected in order to promote our cause and to inspire change. We have also made this year more like a traditional fashion show, with the production element coming from the immersive set design and music, and so in our eyes making the show more like something you would see at London fashion week.”
This year’s theme is ‘sustainability’, which is a word rarely associated with fashion trends. But Clifford says it is a hugely important issue in the fashion world. She explains: “We live in a world that we are slowly destroying and so a simple change Winning Event of the Year in the 2012, in the way we behave in terms of fashion the Leeds Rag fashion show is one of is such an easy starting point in decreasing the most highly anticipated events on the our individual impact on the world. We student calendar. Howvever, the show is want people to come away with a clear not just important to Leeds students but to understanding of how fashion links to the Leeds creatives as well. cycle of the earth and make a change to their fashion-led behaviour.” Laura Clifford, one of the directors of the project explained, “We promote through The show continues to be successful with social media, flyering, and posters, all of last years show raising over £15,000 for its which call for people to get involved. We chosen charities. This years fashion show really tried to select a wide diversity of is raising money for two great causes whilst models for the show and I think our show exhibiting the latest trends. The first of is accessible to everyone.” the charities is Labour Behind The Label
which is the only UK campaign group that focuses exclusively on labour rights in the global garment industry. Nicola Round, campaign manager at Labour Behind The Label explains the thoughts behind the collaboration. She says: “We’re so excited to be supported by Leeds Rag fashion show! This is such a great way to show that supporting positive change in the fashion industry can be lots of fun.” The money raised on the night will support the campaign in various ways, Round explains: “The donations will support activities like training and mentoring activists; lobbying brands to commit to greater transparency; bringing a shoe worker from India to the UK to tell her own story and speak to brands, policymakers and citizens about conditions for her, and what changes we need to see.” The second charity of the night is the Cruelty Free International Trust which aims to promote alternative methods to animal testing. Clifford said: “Cruelty Free International works to abolish the practice of testing on animals for the cosmetics industry, as our theme focuses on the ‘cycle of the earth’ it is hugely important to include how we treat the animals of the earth.” The show takes place on Thursday 23 February at the University of Leeds refectory. Tickets are still available with starting prices from £16.
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WISE UP TO CANCER A local community is helping to beat the deadly disease
able to find out if they have made any changes to reduce their risk or taken up opportunities for screening. Our findings and recommendations will then enable Yorkshire Cancer Research to make decisions about how to take Wise Up To Cancer forward in the future.”
Kennedy Grainger Health
The programme involves a health check in the hope of preventing cancer and increasing early diagnosis. They hope to promote healthy lifestyles, raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and encourage people to take part in the three national cancer screening programmes: Cervical, Breast and Bowel.
YORKSHIRE CANCER Research has launched a new community health programme called ‘Wise Up To Cancer’ aiming to improve cancer outcomes in the region.
The idea of this programme came from the fact that in 2010 Yorkshire Cancer Research launched a 10 year strategy which sets out the ambition to save 2,000 lives by 2025.
The programme officially launched on Friday 17th March at a family fun day in Bramley Shopping Centre.
“There are an estimate of 10,563 people in Leeds West CCG living with or beyond cancer” according to the Local Cancer Intelligience.
A partnership between Barca-Leeds and Leeds Beckett University is funding the programme with a £160,000 investment. People living in the West Leeds area will be able to take part in free health checks and receive health information in everyday locations. Researchers at Leeds Beckett University will then analyse the health checks and work out how the programme can be improved. Judy White, senior lecturer and director of Health Together at Leeds Beckett University explained: “By going back to participants 6-8 weeks after they have taken part in a health check we will be able to show whether it has made any difference to people’s awareness of the signs and symptoms and lifestyle risks associated with cancer. We will also be
Lisa Trickett, the community health initiatives manager explained why this programme is needed in Leeds: “Tens of thousands of people in the area currently participate in behaviours that are associated with an increased risk of developing cancer. 18.5% of the population – around 113,200 people - in Leeds are smokers, compared to the national average of 16.9%.” She then went on to talk about the screening process: “Many of the GP surgeries based in the local areas selected for the Wise Up To Cancer project have screening rates below the national average. Just 37% of patients aged 60-69 at one Leeds West CCG GP surgery took part in bowel screening during 2015/16 significantly lower than the England average of 56.7%.”
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LANDMARK BUILDING GIVEN A NEW £7M LEASE OF LIFE
Former Lloyds headquarters Park Row is a crucial part to the city’s centre, lying in between the financial district and the retail sectors of Leeds. With various; office spaces, banks, restaurants and bars available on this well-known street, it is clear to see why it’s important for older buildings to be modernised.
Hannah Kirk Development
After the recent opening of the first Gino D’Campo My Restaurant in Yorkshire, alongside a whole host of high-end bars and restaurants, it is clear to see that Park Row is a hive for activity. The plan is to create first-rate office space on the upper floors, with the lower floors being used as ‘flexible space’ for potential bars, restaurants or even a gym.
repositioning this asset by substantially refurbishing the building, which once completed will offer prime office space with ground floor leisure. This will create significant added value for our client.” Park Row is just next to Leeds City train station, which only last year saw the opening of a £20 million new entrance. Leeds is the busiest train station outside of London, due to the sheer amount of workers that travel into the city each day to work reinforcing the need for big office spaces that are central.
Paul Fairhurst, head of Savills Leeds, adds: “Upon completion of the refurbishment in late 2017, 7 Park Row FORMER LLOYDS bank headquarters will be one of the in Leeds city centre will become home to highest quality yet another office block as the first onsite office buildings “This will create significant added refurbishment of 2017 begins. The 40,729 sq ft. Leeds has to offer value for our client” space will feature a and a real striking The start of the £7m refurbishment comes boutique-style addition to the exactly a year after Leeds City Council reception, alongside electric charging for cityscape as people arrive into the train agreed to the regeneration scheme which cars and cycle storage. There are also plans station. The mix of smaller, creative-style will rejuvinate the landmark building. to ‘defurb’ the top three floors, which will floor plates and more traditional space The project is being led by CBRE Global involve exposing some of the surface areas means it will prove attractive to a wide and introducing creative spaces to give it range of occupier types.” Investors, with Savills being secured as letting agent for the property, after assisting more of a relaxed feel. With the development refurbishment well CBRE in obtaining planning permission Ian Wilson, senior director, CBRE Global underway, the project is set to be for this transformation to go ahead. Investors, said that: “We are totally completed in late 2017.
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CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME City charities help bridge the gap between the rich and poor
EAST STREET LEEDS Committed to the development of contemporary artists in Leeds, East Streets Art hosts programs and membership activities which provide space and materials for aspiring creatives to excel. Precipitation is not privy to practising artists, whether you are a keen hobbyist first-timer or visitor you can get involved. Founded in 1993 by Jon Wakeman the organisation has grown from a single project company into a multifaceted organisation moving in and out of a wide range of spaces across leeds such as nightclubs, warehouses, retail units and DUBBED AN economic hub, Leeds is a more. East Street mainly profits from tickprime candidate for innovative social initi- eted events, funding from local businesses. atives to enhance our community. These The Art Hostel. Further raises awareness are many initiatives that have been created. for start up artists and funding for comThey are aimed at helping people of all munity projects such as Project Positivity, socio-economic backgrounds and have which aims to inform young people about improved the lives of many. the crime in the community.
LEEDS ALTERNATIVE TRAVEL Independent travel is somethingmany of us take for granted yet it can prove a daunting task for many poeple. Leeds Alternative Travel have provided valuable and life changing travel experiences since… . The extensive training with experienced travel trainers offers a programme that will ultimately result in independent travel. s which restrict access to transport for the marginalized. Profits have grown by 15.5% in 2015/2016 yet Dai Powell, Chief Executive of HCT comments he is “intensely, uncomfortably aware of the scale of the social changes yet to be addressed” Find out more about Leeds Alternative Travel services and their contribution to the community at www.l-a-t.rg.uk
GROWING BETTER LEEDS
FEEL GOOD FACTOR LEEDS
THE ARCH CAFE LEEDS
An organisation that focuses on urban farming supporting better mental health. It provides a therapeutic environment in three varied gardens and greenhouses across the city. The nature based intervention works closely with GPs, social prescribing services and counsellors to refer troubled community members to help make a positive mental indent. Rob Moores, Growing Better Founder, states “several of our team have experience of mental health problems and so have first hand experience of how hard it can be to stay in or get back into work.” Growing Better hopes to offer support all year round for its members by growing micro greens hydroponically at indoor vertical farms. Its support will not only boost revenue but will also reduce Leeds’ carbon footprint by supporting a sustainable future with locally grown products and helping to tackle the expanding mental health issues within society. Support is greatly needed to fund this goal, plans are also underway for a future crowdfunding campaign.
What started as a small grassroots charity for the residents of Chapeltown, NorthEast Leeds, has now developed in to a city wide enterprise delivering high quality services to address the health inequalities of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. FGF have partnerships with over 26 community groups and organisations and are committed to broadening their network and connection with the citizens of Leeds. Chief executive Corrina Lawrence explains that whilst their main focus is “accessible community health information for all” they also offer collaborative programs with social partners to offer financial advice, housing advice and even DIY advice to those who are disadvantaged within the community. Support ranges from one-on-one to large group involvement schemes such as the over 60’s modern living project. The project has been created to help integrate the elderly into the modern age of technology, it also offers jewellery and cosmetic making classes. Check out whats on around you this month!
Your one meal in Arch Cafe Leeds could help improve the wellbeing of our elderly community with all profits directly poured back into localised services which offer one-to-one support programs geared at keeping older people within the workforce. The cafe is run by Age UK who run multiple initiatives across Leeds all targeted at enhancing the lives of the elderly citizens. In June 2016 the Leeds Fund reported that 37,000 of our over 60s feel immensely lonely and isolated with 600,000 older people in the UK only venturing out of the house once a week or less. By hosting a range of events and activities particularly focused on mental health and wellbeing such as free cooking classes. This space therefore offers a social hub for the elderly community to tackle isolation. Fiona Rotherway, catering manager, speaks highly of the initiative and has seen the social success for many familiar faces who regularly use the cafe assuring they “have found a new sense of being and social life.” Support Arch cafe on Facebook to find out about their upcoming events. some afternoon tea and cake!
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