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Newly-named firm set for more deals
A SPECIALIST business finance firm has changed its name – almost a year after it was taken over. Absolute Invoice Finance, which has offices at Cleckheaton, has been rebranded Aldermore Invoice Finance. The business – known at the time as Cattles Invoice Finance – was acquired by Aldermore, the new British bank, in November last year. The relaunch coincides with the announcement that the invoice finance firm achieved a 35% surge in new business volumes for the seven months to July 31, 2010, compared with same period last year. Dave Jones, senior regional managing director of Aldermore Invoice Finance in Yorkshire, said: “Joining forces with Aldermore nine months ago enabled us to take huge strides forward as a business, not least because of the liquidity it provided. “Having access to a deep pool of
capital has meant that we have been able to better support the SME sector at a time when many high street banks are retreating from lending at the smaller end of the market. “As well as enabling us to increase market share, the support of an exciting new name in British banking has also increased our ability to attract the best people in the commercial finance industry and we have increased headcount across our six regional offices by 30% this year to 192 people. “Rebranding as Aldermore Invoice Finance marks the final step in the integration process and brings the invoice finance division in line with the other areas of the wider Aldermore bank, which comprise commercial mortgages, asset finance, residential mortgages and savings.” Said Mr Jones: “Our appetite to grow and do deals has never been so strong or well supported and we are committed to
providing the same level of support to the SME market. “Being part of a specialist SME lender like Aldermore will enable us to achieve that ambition and implement our own growth plans at a rapid pace.” Aldermore Invoice Finance’s client turnover is in excess of £1.1bn. Funding solutions include factoring and invoice discounting as well as support services, such as payroll. The former Cattles Invoice Finance was relaunched with a new £100m fund dedicated to supporting the growth of established, early stage and start-up businesses. Providing cash flow solutions to small and medium enterprises, the invoice financier has a network of six regional centres across the UK, including a major site at Cleckheaton to offer rapid, local decision-making to clients across a range of industries.
Blackcurrant Cough Lozenge and Allens Extra Strong Cough Lozenge. The purchase includes all intellectual property, trademarks and stocks relating to these licences. Thornton & Ross takes over the sales, distribution and marketing of the products with immediate effect. Dieno George, chief executive of Thornton & Ross, said the acquisition was in line with the company’s “core competencies” and was set to broaden its distribution base with an introduc-
tion to new trade sectors. He added: “The Allens range will enhance our growing presence in the cough market which is led by Covonia, the UK’s number two and fastest growing major cough brand. “Overall Thornton & Ross will now supply more than one out of every five bottles of cough medicine sold in the UK each year.” Previous distributor Allens & Co (Anglesey) Ltd will be forwarding details of all outstanding orders to
Moving occasion A MOTHER of two who runs music and movement classes for young children in Huddersfield has won a regional franchising award. Kerry Higginbottom who runs Jo Jingles for babies and children up to five years of age, was named Best Franchisee for the North East by the Jo Jingles franchise organisation.
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■ GROWTH PLANS: Dave Jones, senior regional managing director of Aldermore Invoice Finance in Yorkshire
Company coughs up to buy lozenges brand A COLNE Valley company has completed a key acquisition. Linthwaite-based medicinal and household products firm Thornton & Ross Ltd has bought the Allens brand of products from Allens & Co (Anglesey) Ltd. The brand, which was established in the early 1900s, has a loyal and growing consumer base. The range consisting of Allens Pine & Honey Balsam, Allens Original Cough Lozenge, Allens Menthol &
Thornton & Ross for delivery and invoicing. Thornton & Ross will contact all existing Allens Brand customers in order to ensure a smooth transition of the business. Thornton & Ross produces a number of medicinal and household products. They include Covonia cough medicines and the Care range – the largest volume brand sold in pharmacy. Other products include head lice treatment Hedrin and Zoflora, the leading floral disinfectant.
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Traders on course INDEPENDENT retailers are drumming up trade among Huddersfield’s new student population. Huddersfield University Students’ Union is staging a Market Day during Freshers’ Week to promote the offerings of local firms.
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Finance sector set for 1,400 new jobs TWO major names in the finance sector have unveiled plans to create up to 1,1400 jobs in separate announcements. Business services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said it planned to create 800 jobs – despite a fall in profits during a tough year for trading. And banking giant Barclays said it would generate up to 600 jobs in Scotland as part of an expansion of its operations in Glasgow. PwC posted pre-tax profits of £665m in the year to June – down by 3% from £688m before. The average payout for each of its 820 partners was down by 2% to £759,000. PwC’s turnover rose by 4% to £2.33bn – outstripping rival Deloitte, where revenues recently fell by 1% to £1.95bn. However the average return for partners at Deloitte was higher at £873,000.
PwC blamed the fall in profits on heavy investment during the year – including the recruitment of 1,750 staff and 57 new partners – and the building of a new eco-friendly office in London. Ian Powell, PwC chairman, said the company was right to “hold its nerve” and continue to invest, but warned that competition in the UK economy still remained challenging and urged the Government to ensure that the country was seen as “open for business”. He said: “The government is clearly addressing the debt burden and making spending cuts is unavoidable, but the emphasis must be on investing to accelerate business growth in the interests of the UK’s long-term economic health.” Revenues in the firm’s advisory business rose by 9% to £804m, reflecting growth in business consulting and
restructuring – which includes PwC’s role as the administrator to Lehman Brothers’ European operations. Turnover for auditing and assurance was up by 4% to £893m, while its tax practice saw a slight decline to £634bn. The new jobs at Barclays are being created with the help of public cash as the bank is to receive a grant of up to £6.6m from Scottish Enterprise. This regional selective assistance funding is linked to Barclays meeting a number of conditions over the coming years, which could see the number of people it employs in Scotland rise to more than 2,000. As part of its expansion plans for Glasgow, Barclays is to establish a global shared services hub to support its investment banking and wealth management divisions.
■ INVESTMENT: PwC chairman Ian Powell
BA identifies takeover targets
Flotation plan for FxPro
BRITISH Airways boss Willie Walsh has drawn up 12 airlines as potential acquisition targets once BA’s merger with Iberia is complete, it has emerged. The list, which has been compiled following talks with colleagues at the Spanish flag carrier, is thought to include budget airlines as well as full-service carriers in countries such as Brazil, India and China. Mr Walsh, who will head International Airlines Group following the completion of the BA-Iberia tie-up later this year, has already stated that the new business will look at further consolidation.
A CURRENCY trading firm and sponsor of Premier League football clubs Fulham and Aston Villa confirmed plans for a stock market debut less than three years after launch. FxPro announced its intentions to sell about 30% of the company in a move that is expected to value the firm at about £200m. Founders of the Cyprus-based business – marketing director Denis Sukhotin and chief executive Panagiotis Xydas – who own the business alongside other FxPro colleagues are set to net hefty windfalls from the flotation.
He said: “We started with a list of about 40 airlines that could be attractive to us and we narrowed it down to 12. “The ambition of International Airlines Group is to consolidate this industry further and that is why we didn’t call the combined company something like BA-Iberia.” Analysts have speculated that Mr Walsh could be interested in carriers such as Qantas, Cathay Pacific, American, LAN and South African. However, foreign ownership restrictions in many countries would make it hard to buy some of those targeted.
The company, which secured shirt sponsorship deals with Aston Villa and Fulham earlier this summer, allows private investors to trade on international currency markets. It launched in late 2007 and posted an 84% leap in net income last year to £34.1m. The company has also posted net income of £26.5m for the first six months of 2010. The group, which employs 160 staff, now has nearly 17,000 clients – up from just over 13,800 in 2008. FxPro has focused heavily on marketing and sports sponsorship deals to boost brand recognition.
Page 2 Weaker picture BUSINESS confidence among Yorkshire’s leading firms has dipped slightly, said a survey today. The latest Business Confidence Monitor from Grant Thornton and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales slipped by just 3.6 points this quarter to give a Confidence Index of 22. That is slightly higher than the UK national average of 21.5. ICAEW regional director Chris Manners said: “Businesses in Yorkshire and Humber reported relatively weak turnover and profit growth in the third quarter of 2010 – in sharp contrast to the UK as a whole, where these key performance indicators all returned to positive territory this quarter. “However, they are more upbeat about future prospects, with a 4.1% increase in turnover and 2.8% increase in gross profits forecast for the next 12 months. Further, these expected annual growth figures are up on last quarter’s forecasts.” Jonathan Riley, managing partner at Grant Thornton in West Yorkshire, said: “There is a mixed picture for businesses across Yorkshire with some sectors struggling more than others. While it is still tough for businesses, reflected in their confidence levels, there are companies which are beginning to grow and adjust their business strategies accordingly.
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KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS AMANDEEP Kooner is a true “town” fan. As well as following the fortunes of the Terriers, the partner at law firm Austin Kemp Solicitors is a vocal supporter of his home town and all things Huddersfield. “Why would you want to be anywhere else?” he asks. “Everything it here. “We have a fabulous university, a fantastic railway station, a wonderful football stadium and positive developments such as Kingsgate and the Media Centre. “All we need now is the economy to pick up and we are really up and running.” Says Amandeep: “When my brothers and I were working in Leeds, we could have uprooted and gone to live there, but we preferred to commute because we wanted to live in Huddersfield. “It is one of the biggest towns in the UK and has so much going for it. “Business levels will increase as the economy improves because we have plenty of strong companies.” Amandeep sees positive signs from his vantage point as commercial property partner at town centre law firm Austin Kemp Solicitors. He says the firm, based at the Media Centre, focuses on “niche” corporate work. Clients range from sole traders to medium-sized limited companies operating in sectors as varied as retailing and property development. They even include an Essex-based firm with a Huddersfield-based director, which also has interests in Japan. Amandeep admits: “We were a little bit gobsmacked to get this particular client.” But he explains: “Our location is not a sticking point. It isn’t that we are based in Huddersfield rather than Leeds or London, but what we can deliver – the right level of service at the right price. “Our ethos is to understand the client’s business, not just the issue at hand. “That way, we can pre-empt problems which might otherwise appear further down the line and avoid having to fire-fight all the time.” With the current economic climate in mind, the firm has also joined forces with other professionals in the town – including accountants and chartered surveyors – to provide business health checks and in-house seminars for clients. It’s a form of team work which Amandeep finds rewarding. “The downturn was a blessing in disguise in some ways,” he says. “Clients are more conscious of what they are getting for their money. “While we have a wide range of services, we are small enough to be flexible.” In terms of the commercial property scene, Amandeep says: “We are
He’s a true ‘town’ fan! seeing fewer acquisitions, but that will change as the economy picks up. “However, there are lot of bargains for those of our clients that are not heavily indebted and have funds to inject into businesses such as retail units, nursing homes or small restaurants.” Amandeep’s parents came to Huddersfield in 1975 and quickly demonstrated a work ethic that seems part and parcel of Asian culture – one in which Amandeep shares. His family embarked on retailing – with shops in Huddersfield, Halifax and as far afield as Newcastle. Amandeep was involved as a youngster, helping out by stacking shelves. “It was a cultural thing,” he says. “You went to school, helped the family and from a young age you got a real sense of the value of hard work – and money. “The one thing my parents drummed into me was that
they’d had a hard life and worked because they had to – whereas their children had the opportunities presented by education which would help them reap the rewards in the future. “My mother and father impressed on me that I should go to university – so much so that when I was at Rawthorpe High School and my career teacher asked what I wanted to do after leaving, I said I wanted to go to straight to university. I didn’t realise I would have to go to college and get my A-levels first!” In the event, Amandeep went from Rawthorpe to Greenhead College before studying law at Huddersfield University. Despite his affection for Huddersfield, he “jumped ship” and went to York to undertake his law practice course. “It was an enriching experience because the
■ KEEPING FIT: Amandeep Kooner, of Austin Kemp Solicitors, says five-a-side football is the perfect way to relax
Page 3 Amandeep Kooner Role: Real estate partner Age: 30 Family: Married to Harvinder with daughter Gurlene, two Holidays: Maldives Car: Maserati Gran Turismo First job: Shop assistant Best thing about job: Opportunities to make a difference Worst thing about job: Not enough hours in the day!
course at York was geared towards the commercial sector,” says Amandeep. He began his career back in Huddersfield with Parker Bird before two years in Leeds at Legal 500 firm Ford Warren. Amandeep recalls learning a great deal from Ranjit S Uppal, senior partner at what is now Parker Bird Gardner Solicitors, adding: “He was a fantastic mentor to me while I trained with him.” Life at Austin Kemp is busy, but Amandeep makes as much time as possible for family life with his wife Harvinder and their two-year-old daughter, Gurlene. “I find myself working at weekends,” he admits “It’s the nature of things at the moment. “But if it’s a nice day I’ll
whisk my daughter off to Greenhead Park and the swings.” Amandeep also plays five-a-side football at the Sikh Leisure Centre and works out at the gym as often as he can. “I have been playing five-a-side for about 15 years,” he says. “It began with a group of friends when we were in college and we have kept in touch. It can get very competitive! “Keeping fit and playing football is one of the best ways to just switch off from work. For 60 minutes at least you can concentrate solely on the game.”
Austin Kemp Solicitors Work: Full service law firm Sites: Northumberland Street, Huddersfield Employees: 11 Phone: 01484 483033 Email: mail@austin kemp.co.uk Website: www. austin kemp.co.uk
University places for local retailers! INDEPENDENT retailers have been urged to get involved in a great university tradition. Huddersfield University Students’ Union is busy planning this year’s Freshers’ Week, which runs from Monday, September 20, to Friday, September 24 at the university’s Queensgate campus. The week of activities includes a Market Day on Tuesday, September 21, which provides an opportunity for local independent retailers to share their wares with the new student population of the town. This year’s intake of students – from all over the world – will see more than 3,500 people come to study in Huddersfield. Students’ union president, Matt
■ OPPORTUNITY: Matt Christie, of Huddersfield University SU
Christie said: “This opportunity is one not to be missed. The university is consistently growing in size year after year and – as a result – offering more and more prospective custom not only to the big national chains in the town, but also to local business. “We see the importance of local organisations to the local economy and our aim through the Market Day is not only to provide an interesting day for the students, but also to help local businesses seize the chance to develop ties and showcase what they have on offer. “The opportunity is there for those not already involved to come along and market their business with the opportunity of gaining some new customers who are new to Huddersfield.” Two marquees will be set up on campus for the full week and Matt is eagerly anticipating the occasion. He said: “The whole freshers period has taken months of planning to ensure we portray Huddersfield in the best possible light to fresh students who are ready for a completely new experience. “Not only do we have the independent traders’ Market Day, but also – on the Thursday – a chance for bigger local and national organisations to come along and speak to students about their organisations.” To find out more or take a stall at this year’s event, contact Liam Walton on 01484 473442 or email email@example.com
GOVERNMENT plans to cut the financial burden on small businesses have been welcomed by a tax expert in Huddersfield. Nick Brook (right), head of TaxAssist Accountants at Lockwood, said the current tax system has become a hindrance to businesses. A planned Office for Tax Simplification will streamline the 11,000-page tax code, simplifying the tax system for small businesses and stimulating economic growth. Said Mr Brook: “I have worked in the local business community for over four years, guiding business owners through the increasingly complex tax laws. “There is now so much red tape that the tax laws have become an overwhelming burden for small businesses. “At a time when we should be encouraging new start ups and supporting our local businesses, this comes as very welcome news.” TaxAssist Accountants operates across Huddersfield, the Holme and Colne valleys providing tax and accountancy advice and services to more than 320 small businesses.
Merger creates a new force ■ SHOP TALK: Above - traders at last year’s Huddersfield University Freshers' Week browse the stalls. Below - student shoppers look through the racks
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■ BONDED WAREHOUSE: Rastrick-based Boge Compressors has helped improve efficiency at Bostik's cement works in Thirsk, North Yorkshire
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A RASTRICK company has helped adhesives firm Bostik avoid a sticky situation. Boge Compressors has installed one of its machines at Bostik’s cement manufacturing plant in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Bostik is one of the world's leading providers of adhesive and sealants. Millions of DIY enthusiasts and professionals use its products every day. At Thirsk, a constant and reliable supply of compressed air is required to power the manufacturing process. Mike Brier, engineering manager at Bostik, had invited a number of compressor suppliers to assess the energy-efficiency of the existing compressed air system as part of the company’s overall drive to optimise energy use.
A comprehensive audit revealed that Bostik could reduce their compressed air energy costs by upgrading the equipment. The Boge screw compressor now installed has achieved that end by producing the exact volume of compressed air at the pressure required. Frequency control minimises idling time and evens out air demand fluctuations. Said Mr Brier: “We are really pleased with the new compressor which has not only reduced our compressed air energy costs by 32% but has contributed to overall site energy savings of 8% a year. “It is also providing us with a continuous and reliable supply of compressed air.”
TWO companies have merged to form a new force in the vehicle repair sector. Independent Land Rover parts specialist Pennine 4x4 have merged with tractor and agricultural repairs business D Barnes to provide a new and comprehensive parts and mechanical service. The merged business, based at Brookwoods Industrial Estate, Holywell Green, is headed by owners Chris Barnes and Ian Culpan and now offers full repair facilities, electronic diagnostics, tyre services routine checks and 4x4 parts. Mr Barnes, who heads the mechanical side of the business, has worked for 14 years as a specialist mechanic. His interest in agricultural machinery was sparked as a young child helping his father, David Barnes, work on various tractors and farming machinery. Mr Culpan is in charge of the parts and administration side of the business and has more than seven years experience, which includes founding the original Pennine 4x4 business, which he built up from a small parts supplier into a healthy and competitive business.
Apprenticeships offer the solution TEENAGER Sarah Howarth is getting ahead in her industry – thanks to apprenticeships. Sarah, 18, is a business and administration apprentice at Kirklees College in Huddersfield – where she works 37 hours a week and has one day a week to study and develop her skills outside the office. After doing one year of AS Levels at her sixth form, Sarah took a job at the Media Centre in Huddersfield, but was later made redundant. She put her career back on track when she applied to do an apprenticeship at Kirklees College. She now plans to progress from Level 2, which she has just passed, to Level 3 this September while continuing to work at the college’s New North Road campus in Huddersfield. She said: “I really enjoy working here. I like the office atmosphere and I’m learning all the time, which has helped me to progress well and gain confidence. I get the support of the team I work with and the college tutor, too. “I think this apprenticeship will give me a competitive edge when I’ve finished as I’ve got the experience and the qualifications to go into the world of work. It’s definitely been the right route for me as I can gain qualifications and earn money at the same time, so I have got the independence I need, too.” Since joining in February, Sarah
has carried out vital work for the employer engagement team at the college and learnt essential administration and business skills. From updating databases to event preparation, Sarah’s job has led her into the Level 3 stage of the apprenticeship, where she will plan her own work and manage her own projects. Sarah, who lives at Halifax, added: “I’ve feel I’m confident at solving problems on my own now, which can be satisfying. It’s also great being part of a team that covers a wide range of business disciplines and I think I’ll be able to bring those to whichever job I take up once I’ve completed my apprenticeship.” Kirklees College offers apprenticeships in 14 different areas and has on average 550 apprentices. Some of them, like Sarah, are employed by the college. Apprenticeships are offered in areas such as construction, hospitality, hairdressing, business and professional studies, childcare, health and social care, engineering and motor vehicle working with employers across West Yorkshire. Marie Haigh, the college’s head of e m p l oy e r e n g ag e m e n t , s a i d : “Kirklees College runs a very successful apprenticeship programme with employers in the local area. “It made good business sense to adopt this approach for our employer engagement team.
■ TRAINING DAYS: Business support assistant Sarah Howarth is getting ahead thanks to an apprenticeship at Kirklees College in Huddersfield
“We are better placed to demonstrate firsthand the benefits of the scheme. “Not only does taking on an apprentice make financial sense in terms of lowering the costs of staff recruitment and training, it also allows us the opportunity to develop good practical skills around our
business need. “Sarah is definitely an asset to the team and contributes with both enthusiasm and ideas. “For employers who are keen to enhance and sustain the resources of the company the apprenticeship programme is a sound business investment.”
Region focusing on technology A GROUP promoting networking for the IT and telecoms industry in Yorkshire is to stage its first-ever exhibition and conference later this month. Techmesh will stage the event on Thursday, September 30, at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The free event will showcase latest trends in the industry and future technologies – with speakers from major players in the industry such as Google, Microsoft, Virgin Media and Mitel. Gary Rowbotham, techmesh programme manager, said: “The techmesh EXPO will be an opportunity for Yorkshire and Humber’s IT and telecom sector to demonstrate their products, services and new developments. “Collaboration and working together is one of the best ways to drive the sector forward. “Techmesh allows IT and telecom companies in the region to meet,
exchange and share information. “Best practice and partnership working fuels the ambition of making Yorkshire and Humber a highly regarded destination for IT and telecom businesses to locate and trade.” Jim Farmery, assistant director of business at Yorkshire Forward, which is supporting the event, said: “The digital industry in the Yorkshire and Humber region is a thriving one and we’ve done all we can to promote this growth. “One of the key things we’ve done is set up Digital Region, a partnership of local authorities and public sector organisations that have joined forces to provide high-speed internet access for more than 40,000 businesses and over a million homes in South Yorkshire. “Through schemes such as this, we hope to enable the continued growth of the sector in our region, which will benefit the local and
■ ROYAL APPOINTMENT: Gary Rowbotham, techmesh programme manager, is urging firms to attend the group’s event at the Royal Armouries in Leeds
national economy in the long-term.” For further information go to ww.techmesh.org/expo, contact the techmesh team on 0113 384 5641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Training with trust A TRAINING provider has linked up with the West Yorkshire Probation Trust to provide training for more than 100 prisoners and ex-offenders. BOSS Training, which specialises in working at height and safety training courses, joined The Corporate Alliance in 2007 and has since worked on a number of projects for the probation board, including helping prisoners and ex-offenders to develop a among other things, a DVD about working with employers to find job opportunities and provide training for ex-offenders. BOSS Training has worked with ex-offenders in the Yorkshire region and across the UK, helping them gain qualifications for real job opportunities. Some of the courses provided include training on using scaffold towers, scissor lifts, cherry-pickers and first aid. Debbie Clark, regional employer engagement manager for the Yorkshire and Humber Probation Service, said BOSS Training’s instructors were particularly good at being able to empathise with delegates from a diverse range of backgrounds. Many ex-offenders taking part in the training have gone on to find work as a direct result of the support provided by BOSS Training. The Corporate Alliance works with employers to find feasible employment opportunities for ex-offenders in labour-based sectors. Finding a job is one of the factors that can significantly reduce re-offending rates by up to 50%. Andy Murphy, managing director at BOSS, said he was pleased to be able to help reduce re-conviction amongst ex-offenders.
KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS
Demand for rental continues to grow
Agency on its mettle PROPERTY agent DTZ has secured a sale at a Yorkshire industrial park. Acting on behalf of Mountcity Group, DTZ has sold unit 14 at Provincial Park Industrial Estate, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, to steel stockholder Meridian Metals, which has moved from existing premises in Wakefield. The industrial unit provides a good quality second-hand facility of 34,000sq ft. The property benefits from five existing cranes and a large secure yard area. Provincial Park is about one-and-a-half miles from junction 35 of the M1. This deal follows on from global manufacturer Braiform taking 146,000sq ft at Provincial Park in June.
THE lettings market remains buoyant – as increased tenant demand and a shortage of properties pushes rents higher. The latest residential lettings survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors showed that 26% more RICS members reported a rise in demand for property rather than a fall. It is the second consecutive quarter that lettings demand has risen at a pace above the long-run average. Tenant demand increased across
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all regions, but was strongest in London and eastern England. The survey said that continued difficulty in securing mortgage finance, worries about a double dip in housing and large deposits required by lenders are leading to higher numbers seeking to rent rather than buy. As a result, rents increased for the second consecutive quarter – with 27% more surveyors reporting a rise in rents than a fall. Just a year ago, the picture was very different as over supply pushed rents down and 29% more surveyors reported falling not rising rents. Although interest rates are at a record low – making property a potentially attractive option for investors – difficulty in securing buy-to-let mortgages is contributing to the lack of supply. The survey said new supply of property to the market remained low and had now fallen for four consecutive quarters, although at a slightly slower pace. In the run-up to July, the net balance of surveyors reporting a fall in landlord instructions was minus 6% in comparison to a net balance of minus 12% in the previous quarter. However, existing landlords do not appear to be in any rush to
dispose of their property. Just 4.1% of landlords said they intended to sell their properties at the end of a tenancy agreement. Looking ahead, the outlook for rents remains positive. Some 33% more surveyors expect rents to increase over the next quarter rather than fall. RICS Yorkshire spokesman on the residential sector, Gary Edgar, said: “The housing cycle appears to have changed whilst mortgages are more difficult to obtain. “We are seeing more people selling houses to move into rented accommodation rather than trying to find their next house to buy, preferring to sit tight to see how the housing market develops over the next year.” Said Mr Edgar: “Reports of falls in house prices last month has encouraged more sellers to do the same. “There is not a shortage of houses in the rental market because some investors are making the most of the current opportunity to buy properties from people in financial difficulties. “This is resulting in more properties available to let but matched by the increase in demand for rented property from tenants.”
Auction gets to heart of the town PROPERTIES in the heart of Huddersfield town centre are among the lots at an auction later this month. The part-Grade II listed building at Cross Church Street is being offered at a guide price of £280,000 at a two-day auction to be held on September 16 in Leeds and on September 21 in Manchester.. The property being auctioned by Eddisons is let to three tenants at a current passing rent of £34,740 rising to £37,140 in October. Meanwhile, a part-let commercial property at nearby Beast Market, off Lord Street, which incorporates three ground floor retail/office units plus first floor accommodation is offered at a guide price of £120,000-plus. The property currently generates annual rent of £4,200 with the potential for this to increase to £21,000 a year. In Lockwood, freehold development land fronting Lockwood Scar is being offered by Eddisons on the instructions of the joint LPA receivers at a guide price of £80,000-plus. The site has lapsed full planning permission for the erection of 10 flats. And an empty two-bedroom terraced house in Longwood has a guide price of £70,000-plus. Eddisons will look to build on the success of their July sale when 90 of the 112 lots offered were sold, generating proceeds of £6.1m.
■ GOOD SIGNS: Demand for rental accommodation is rising, according to the RICS survey
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KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS
A marketing move you can really see through!
FOR SALE 3 Swan Lane
Lockwood, Huddersﬁeld HD1 3TW
A RESIDENTIAL lettings specialist with offices in Huddersfield has a “hole” new image. Belvoir Lettings, which has a branch at John William Street, is re-branding its “To Let” boards with an eye-catching new design. More than 3,500 new boards – featuring a cut-out exclamation mark within the company’s logo – are going up in the local area. All houses, flats and apartments managed by Belvoir around the Huddersfield area will have the new distinctive design placed outside them. Srini Ram, of Belvoir Huddersfield, said: “I am very excited about the introduction of the new board. It’s bright, eye-catching and different! “The cut-out feature is inspired – it certainly makes our signs stand out from the rest and we are sure it will get Belvoir properties noticed!” Dorian Gonsalves, managing director of Belvoir Lettings, said: “The design of our ‘To Let’ board has not changed since 2002, and whilst we believe brand consistency is key, we also want to show we are a modern and evolving company. “This new design is different to those of any other agent and provides us with great ‘stand out’ appeal and local visibility.” Belvoir is considering a variety of environmentally responsible proposals for recycling the old boards – including the possibility of recovering the plastic content and turning it into plant pots and milk crates! Belvoir’s UK network looks after a property
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL HALIFAX, ROAD, ROCHDALE PREMISES HOSTEL FORMER
For Sale £600,000
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) ● Residential Development ■ Vacant possession
■ Acres Suitable for refurbishment for ● 0.6 alternative occupational residential ● Outline Planning Consent for 6 properties possible complete uses or redevelopment, subject to ● Freehold planning consent ● Residential Development
Modern Industrial Unit
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL
HD1 3ER HUDDERSFIELD, ROAD, COLNE PREMISES HOSTEL FORMER
To Let £8,000 p/a
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) 2 Mezzanine Levels 46.64m² (502ft²) ● Includes ■ Vacant possession ■ Suitable for refurbishment for ● Trade Counter alternative occupational residential uses or possible complete ● Secure Site redevelopment, subject to planning consent ● Prominent location
2nd floor office suite
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL
WESTGATE, HUDDERSFIELD, HD1 1NX FORMER HOSTEL PREMISES
To Let £6,000 p/a
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) ● Town centre location ■ Vacant possession for refurbishment for ■ Suitable storage heaters ● Night alternative occupational residential ● Close bus station and railway station complete possible usestoor subject to redevelopment, ● Victorian building planning consent ● * 175.12m² (1,885ft²)
1 Prominent retail showroom 1 433m2 (4,665 sq ft) 1 Private on-site car parking for 4 – 6 vehicles Price: On Application
Caldervale Business Park
Off Birds Royd Lane, Brighouse HD6 1NL
1 Modern Workshop/Warehouse units 1 265 – 2748m2 (2,857 – 29,581 sq ft) 1 Generous secure yard/parking area Rents: From £3.50 psf
Albert Street, Huddersﬁeld HD1 3QD 1 Single storey workshop & ofﬁces 1 310m2 (3,337sq ft) 1 Garage & secure compound Rent: £15,950 per annum exclusive
FOR SALE – PRICE REDUCED
■ BOARD AIM: Belvoir Lettings’ new-look signs
Land at Red Doles Road Huddersﬁeld HD2 1AT
portfolio valued at more than £1bn. Recently, the company won gold in the Best Lettings Agency Franchise category at the annual Lettings Agency of The Year Awards. It is now hoping for success in another major lettings award in an awards scheme organised by the estate agency journal The Negotiator.
1 Large surfaced secure yard area 1 0.24 ha (0.60 acres) 1 Redevelopment potential (STP) Price: Reduced to £300,000
Transport Yard 0.32 acres
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL WF14 8EE Upper Hopton, Liley Lane, HOSTEL PREMISES FORMER
HUDDERSFIELD, MANCHESTER PREMISESHD4 5TA HOSTEL FORMER ROAD,
To Let May Sell £18,000 Per Annum
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) ● Single Storey Industrial Building 296.46sqm (3191sqft) ■ Vacant possession
■ Suitable for refurbishment for ● Secure Yard alternative occupational residential ● 2uses Rolleror Shutter Doors complete possible redevelopment, ● Vehicle Inspection Pit subject to planning consent ● Close proximity to the M1 and M62 motorway
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL
HD3 4DD HUDDERSFIELD, MILL WEST, OAKES PREMISES HOSTEL FORMER
To Let From £2,000 p/a
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) premises ● Workshop ■ Vacant possession 417.96sqm (4,499sqft) (934sqft) ● 86.86sqm for refurbishment for to ■ Suitable residential occupational alternative Mill of Multi-occupied ● Part or possible complete uses ● Loading doors redevelopment, subject to town centre ● 2planning Miles from Huddersfield consent ● Close to M62 Motorway network
Attractive retail unit
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL
WESTBOURNE ROAD, HUDDERSFIELD, FORMER HOSTEL PREMISESHD1 4LF
For sale £140,000
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) ● Attractive retail unit ■ Vacant possession for refurbishment for ■ Suitable (1,165sqft) ● 108.23sqm alternative occupational residential ● Located in possible a popular shopping parade complete uses or subject to redevelopment, ● Fully self contained planning consent ● Possibility to create separate flat over
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL
To Let £32,500 p/a
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) ● Main road frontage ■ Vacant possession
■ Suitable for refurbishment for alternative occupational residential ● Will splitor possible complete uses redevelopment, subject to planning consent ● 3 Miles from Huddersfield town centre
Characterful office building
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL
HUDDERSFIELD, ROAD, PREMISES GREENHEAD FORMER HOSTEL
To Let £19,500 p/a
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) location ● Accessible ■ Vacant possession for refurbishment for ■ Suitable ● On-Site car parking alternative occupational residential ● Excellent system possible complete uses orsecurity redevelopment, subject to ● Perimeter of Huddersfield town centre planning consent ● 227.4sqm (2,446sqft)
New Retail Unit with living accommodation
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL
HOLT AVENUE, HUDDERSFIELD, HD2 1NX FORMER HOSTEL PREMISES
To Let £12,000 p/a
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) ● 53.23sqm (572sqft) ■ Vacant possession ■ Suitable for refurbishment for ● Two bedroom living accommodation residential occupational alternative uses or possible complete residential development ● Within subject to redevelopment, planning consent ● Suitable for various uses
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL
HD6 1EJ HUDDERSFIELD, INGS, OWLER PREMISES HOSTEL FORMER
To Let £16,000 pcm p/a
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) ● Industrial premises ■ Vacant possession
■ Suitable for refurbishment for ● 318.56sqm (3,429sqft) alternative occupational residential ● 2uses Loading or doors possible complete subject redevelopment, ● Outskirts of Brighouse town centre to planning consent ● Office accommodation
1st Floor Office Accommodation
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL
HUDDERSFIELD, LOCKWOOD PREMISESHD1 3TG HOSTEL FORMERROAD,
To Let £25,000 p/a
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) Contained ● Self ■ Vacant possession for refurbishment for ■ Suitable ● Fully Inclusive Rent alternative occupational residential ● Computer possible complete uses or Cabling redevelopment, subject to ● Car Parking planning consent ● 193.6m² (2,084ft²)
Lock up shop
4 RANGE LANE Halifax, HX3 6DL Southgate, 0PS FORMER HOSTELHX5 PREMISES
To Let £8,250 p/a
395m2 (4,250ft2) Site Area 0.13 Hectares (0.33 Acres) ● Lock up shop ■ Vacant possession (504sqm) ● 46.82sqm for refurbishment for ■ Suitable occupational residential alternative town centre ● Elland complete possibleshop uses ● Lock upor hairdressers redevelopment, subject to ● Car parking space planning consent ● Rateable value £5,800
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KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS Cathy Cleland
Regional Food Group AN organisation promoting Yorkshire’s food and drinks industry has a new chairman. Cathy Clelland (pictured) takes up the post at the Regional Food Group’s deliciouslyorkshire brand in succession to Patrick Farnsworth, who steps down after five years in the post. Chief executive Jonathan Knight; said Mr Farnsworth had created a solid foundation on which to build a strong commercial future. Ms Clelland has a strong commercial track record – working as financial and commercial director at Leeds-Bradford International Airport and finance director for programme production at Yorkshire Television. She also chairs the board at social housing organisation North West Homes Ltd. She said: “The next phase of deliciouslyorkshire’s development will focus on further commercial development as its public funding is reduced in keeping with our contract with Yorkshire Forward. “I am now looking forward to working with the team with the ultimate aim of becoming self-sufficient in the future. This will be achieved by offering a larger range of services to our members and also the food and drink industry as a whole.”
Decorative Concrete UK DRIVEWAYS company Decorative Concrete UK Ltd has appointed Julian Smith as head of franchising for the group, which includes Spectacular Driveways and Spectacular Restoration. Mr Smith, who has 25 years of sales and business development experience, will lead the expansion of the group’s franchise business. He moves to Decorative Concrete from a franchise development role at Midlands-based business growth consultancy Franchise Business Booster. His first task will be develop the group’s new Spectacular Restoration franchise, which offers specialist cleaning and restoration services for surfaces, including decorative concrete, block paving and asphalt. Mr Smith, 42, said: “Decorative Concrete is a company full of opportunity and the success of the franchise to date is clear proof that its sights are set firmly on continued growth. I’m very much looking forward to working with a great team.” Spectacular Driveways, based at Lockwood, has already established successful franchisees in the North of England. The company has also received franchise enquiries from across the UK and overseas. Managing director John Quinn said: “Our commitment to the Spectacular franchise grows with Julian now on our team. “His extensive career in designing and developing successful franchises and networks further strengthens our position as the market leading specialists in the design and installation of decorative concrete.”
Movers and shakers
Franchise with the right moves A MOTHER of two who runs music and movement classes for young children in Kirklees has won a regional franchising award. Kerry Higginbottom who runs Jo Jingles for babies and children up to five years of age, was named Best Franchisee for the North East by the Jo Jingles franchise organisation. Kerry, mother of Mollie, aged six, and Ben, who’s three, has been running Jo Jingles classes in the area for nearly three years and is continuing to expand the business. Jo Jingles music and movement classes are now in their 15th year and operate across the country. Sessions take place in local community centres, play places and church halls as well as nurseries, pre-schools and toddler groups. Kerry, who lives in Ripponden, began in January, 2008, and has grown the business so that there are now 18 classes running weekly and many more on an irregular basis. She is assisted by Zoe Douthwaite, who has joined the team.
Kerry was recognised for expanding the number of classes – which now cover about 250 children – as well as the smooth running of the business. Said Kerry: “I was a paediatric speech and language therapist before I did this. “I loved working with the children and decided to take up the Jo Jingles franchise after I had my second child, Ben. “I wanted to do something that fitted in with my family – allowing me to spend more quality time with them, while also doing something that I loved. I chose Jo Jingles because I wanted to run groups that would be enjoyed by children and their parents and would also be good for them developmentally. “Communication, speech and language is very important to me and I thought this was a good, fun way to promote this – along with lots of other things such as physical development and social skills. I love doing it and have such good fun doing the classes that I know I made the right decision!”
Budge up! Forum makes more room A REGIONAL event for businesswoman has proved a sell-out. Now organisers of the Women’s Business Forum have announced the release of additional capacity after the original 500 delegate places were snapped up. The conference, which takes place on September 23 at Harwood House, near Leeds, has attracted interest from companies across the UK. The event will address under-representation of women in the UK’s boardrooms and has attracted support from major corporates from around the country. Holmfirth-based founder Heather Jackson (pictured) said: “This is an issue that has come of age. With major corporates including IBM and BT attending it is clear that businesses recognise the benefits and challenges of bringing more women into senior management and ultimately the boardroom.” The event will bring together directors, chief executives, chairmen and business women to discuss the most effective ways of supporting more women into board level positions. Speakers include Andy Hornby, group chief executive of Alliance Boots; Kate Bostock, chief executive and executive director of clothing for Marks & Spencer; Collette Dunkley, global head of marketing and communications for Barclays Wealth; Ruth Sealy, from Cranfield School of Management; and Asda chief financial officer Judith Mckenna. Visit www.thewomensbusinessforum.co.uk or call 0845 6048183
■ CHILD’S PLAY: award-winner Kerry Higginbottom (right), of the Jo Jingles franchise for Huddersfield and Halifax, with Gill Thomas, Jo Jingles managing diector