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KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS The business NEWSpaper for Kirklees

By HENRYK ZIENTEK Business Reporter henryk.zientek@examiner.co.uk

Business confidence among firms across Kirklees remained bullish during the first quarter of the year, according to a survey today. But raw material costs continued to be a worry, latest figures from the Lockwood-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce have revealed. The survey of chamber member firms across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield, showed an “ongoing encouraging picture” during the first half of 2014 – with home and export sales rising and employment continuing to grow. The chamber said: “Business confidence remains bullish, with turnover and profit expectations running at levels not reported for some years – and our survey reports a welcome revival of cashflow balances, which continued to rally for most companies.” The first quarter of the year also marked a reported increase in investment – both in training and on capital projects. But businesses in the region were still

concerned about continued inflationary effects – with raw material costs the primary concern for the manufacturing sector. But the chamber said: “Overall, the results are positive and encouraging and certainly in line with forecasts for a return to more sustainable economic growth during the course of the year ahead.” Steven Leigh, chamber head of policy, said: “This quarterly economic report for the first quarter of 2014 evidences the continuation of the broadly positive trends reported at the end of last year as well as a recovery that is gathering momentum. “This is particularly apparent in the employment figures and in our ‘Business Confidence’ indicators. “There are also encouraging signs that investment is picking up pace. Government announcements on investment allowances will bring an additional boost and hopefully encourage companies to bring forward deferred expenditure on research and development and plant and machinery. We hope that the positivity evident in this quarter’s survey will be maintained throughout the year.

“Clearly, the global recovery remains finely balanced and the threat of instability – most recently evidenced by the political events in Ukraine – illustrates the sensitivity of the global economy to unexpected news. “However, there are also great opportunities for UK firms and renewed domestic levels of confidence in the economic outlook should help to encourage businesses to expand, take on staff, develop new products and explore new markets.” Among the survey findings, 92% of firms said domestic sales had remained constant or increased during the first quarter of the year while 90% reported Uk orders had remained unchanged or increased. Export sales balances were up by 11% to 55% while balances for export orders were 18% higher at 58%. Employment growth increased from a balance of 6% in the fourth quarter of last year to 23% this time. Employment expectations have remained steady, rising from 19% to 21%. Cashflow balances, which fell to 11% in the fourth quarter of 2013, rose by 16% to 27% this time – while balances for capital investment have increased from

■■ Chamber head of policy Steven Leigh

8% to 14% . Investment in training, which suffered a 30% fall in the final three months of last year, rallied from 7% to 11%. Inflation and business rates were the factors most likely to have a negative impact on firms in the second quarter.

International students set to help Kirklees companies Specialists from Huddersfield University are set to help Yorkshire firms boost their exports or break into new overseas markets. Universities have been successful in placing graduates with companies looking for specific skills. Now businesses are being offered the chance to select graduates and masters level students from Huddersfield University and four other universities in

Yorkshire which have the specialist skills and expertise needed to capitalise on international markets. The Graduates for International Business project is being coordinated by Yorkshire Universities, the membership association that represents all 12 higher education institutions in Yorkshire. Emily Wolton, executive director of Yorkshire Universities, said: “Our universities attract students from over 150

countries, including postgraduate students who already have a degree and are working towards a higher level qualification. “Their cultural awareness and connections in international markets, language skills and other specialist knowledge could be a massive boost for companies and this project will help to make that happen.” Said Emily: “The project is really easy

for companies to use. They simply contact Yorkshire Universities, tell us the profile of the person they need and we will put a call out to the higher education institutions to find candidates that fit the bill.” Students are paid by the firms that employ them as part of the Graduates for International Business and companies must be based in Yorkshire. Visit www.yorkshireuniversities.ac.uk.

Tourism award Louise Holmes, cofounder of Denby Dale ice cream company Yummy Yorkshire, has beaten off stiff competition to win the title Woman in Tourism of the Year at the 2014 Network She Foundation International Women’s Day Awards. Her success follows that of Huddersfield businesswoman Kate Hardcastle, who one of the categories last year.

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Home again A funeral business has “come home” with the dedication of new premises in Honley. Radcliffe Funeral Service, owned by husband and wife Andrew and Gwen Schofield, has opened a new funeral home at Westgate – just yards away from the site where Gwen’s father Brian Radcliffe started the family business 50 years ago.


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BT nets Sky executive in battle of broadcasters BT has poached a top Sky executive to head its TV division as the two companies square up for the latest phase of their multibillion-pound war over football rights. Delia Bushell has spent the past 14 years at BSkyB and Sky Italia in a variety of roles and is likely to go head to head with her former employees in the next battle over Premier League rights. Ms Bushell, 41, has been chief commercial officer at Sky Italia since last June. She will take up her new role in July. The announcement comes a couple of weeks after BT announced the departure of TV chief Marc Watson. In her previous role at BSkyB, Oxford-educated mother-of-three Ms ■■ BT has underlined its determination in the TV war with rival Sky Bushell is credited with its transformation into a “triple play operator” offering broadband and telephone service from launch to more than cled in on Sky’s sports patch, chalservices as well as TV. 3.5m subscribers. lenging its Premier League domiAs director of broadband and The shift saw the broadcaster come nance by snapping up the rights to telephony, she took its broadband up against BT, which has now mus- show 38 live games a season for three

H&T makes move for rival’s stores Pawnbroker H&T has offered to buy parts of stricken rival Albemarle & Bond out of administration. The group confirmed speculation that it was eyeing up the collapsed firm, saying it had submitted a proposal “regarding a potential purchase of some of A&B’s assets”. It is one of a number of potential buyers looking at the business, with administrators at PwC saying they were “talking to a number of interested parties”. Further details of the H&T bid were not immediately available. More than 1,000 jobs are at risk – including some in Huddersfield – after Reading-based Albemarle announced two weeks ago that it would go into administration. The group, which has 188 stores across the UK, including ones under the Herbert Brown jewellery chain, threw in the towel after lenders said they did not consider options to save the business “capable of being completed”. Administrators said they would seek to sell all or part of the business and aimed to “protect as many jobs as possible” but warned some redundancies may be necessary,

years for £738m. The telecoms giant has since snatched Champions League football rights in a £900m three-year deal and is widely expected to challenge BSkyB in the next auction for rights to English top-flight action. Ms Bushell will set the long-term strategy for BT TV and BT Sport, as well as their financial performance, and will oversee the development and acquisition of content, including premium rights. BT TV has a customer base of more than 950,000. BT Sport channels, which can also be accessed via rival platforms, are already enjoyed by more than 4m homes. Ms Bushell said: “BT is shaking up the UK TV market and I am thrilled to be joining at such an exciting time.” BT Consumer chief executive John Petter said: “Delia has an excellent track record of delivery and is an experienced top-class executive.”

Lafarge and Holcim cement deal

Co-op stores plan for pub sites

Cement makers Lafarge and Holcim have announced plans to merge in a deal creating a business with combined sales of about £26bn. LafargeHolcim is set to be the world’s leading player in cement, concrete and aggregates once the tie-up is completed in the first half of next year. France’s Lafarge entered the

The Co-operative is to open 54 shops on pub sites over the next two years as it looks to step up expansion of its 2,000-strong convenience store estate. Most of the new stores will be built on car parks and other land next to the public houses, with the rest coming from converted pubs to help the mutual grow its estate by

UK market in 1987 before acquiring Redland in 1997 and Blue Circle in 2001. It recently merged its UK operations with those of Anglo American to create LafargeTarmac, a business employing 5,500 staff at 300 sites. Holcim owns Aggregate Industries in the UK. The companies plan to offload assets generating between 10% and 15% of their

global earnings. No country will account for more than 10% of combined revenues. The tie-up has been presented as a merger of equals, with the new board featuring equal numbers of Lafarge and Holcim directors. Lafarge employs 64,000 people and posted sales of £12.6bn in 2013, while Zurich-based Holcim achieved sales of £13.3bn.

150 in each of the next five years. The deal involves around a quarter of the 202 pub sites that retail property group NewRiver bought from Wolverhampton-based brewer Marston’s in November for £90m. Most of the sites are located in central, eastern and northern England and the first shop

is set to open its doors early next year. Each store will be between 3,000sq ft and 4,500 sq ft, with almost 200,000sq ft of new retail space set to be developed in total. Steve Murrells, chief executive of the Co-op’s retail division, said its focus was on convenience stores and a move away from larger format stores.

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Richard keeps his focus as ‘one to watch’ for the future He’s been hailed as one of the region’s most influential young business people. Richard Jones, operations director at Birstall-based Fantastic Media, has won a place in the prestigious 42 Under 42 programme for 2014 – a listing which recognises some of Yorkshire’s “most dynamic and inspiring young entrepreneurs”. But while Richard is understandably “extremely honoured” by the accolade, he’s not about to let it go to his head. Instead, he’s focusing on the job in hand – helping to build further a business that has enjoyed year-on-year success since its formation seven years ago. “We have grown from working solely with small and mediumsized enterprises to having some large-scale FTSE 100 companies wanting our services,” he says. In the first five years, Fantastic lifted turnover from £300,000 to £1.2m. Despite the recession, the full service strategic marketing agency posted turnover of £1.25m two years ago and £1.3m last year. The agency was certainly not without work during the downturn, but the recession provided a bit of “breathing space” for Fantastic to hone its operations, says Richard. “It gave us time to ensure everything was sorted out,” he says. “Now we can be extremely competitive in price and we have a very efficient way of working.” While Fantastic offers all that could be expected of a markting agency – PR, websites, brand identity, advertising, design, e-marketing and e-commerce – it stresses the importance of defining a strategy to ensure clients get a measurable return on their investment. It’s a way of working that has brought results for a wide range of clients – including familiar local names such as Paxman Coolers, The Pink Link, Brewfitt and Bonmarche, Richard, 35, was born and raised in Meltham and attended Honley High School, where his main interest was music. “I got to Grade 8 on the trom-

bone,” he says. “My mum picked the instrument for me when I was in junior school and I stuck with it.” Later, he studied music technology at Sheffield University’s Barnsley site, which sparked an interest in producing CDs, videos and websites for bands. He says: “It was always going to be challenging making money in the music business and as a trombonist you would have to be veryvery good!” Focusing on the technology, Richard started a business with a friend from university producing innovative business card interactive CDs. That led to him working with fellow Huddersfield man Andrew Hobson on a joint venture to produce a CD Rom for PricewaterhouseCoopers – and the duo deciding to set up business for themselves. As operations director at Fantastic, Richard is responsible for the day-to-day running of the agency – from IT infrastructure and communications systems to overseeing the digital department

and creating digital strategies to increase sales and boost efficiency for clients. Richard also leads the internal research and development programme to ensure Fantstic remains up-to-date with the latest technology and techniques. More recently, his role has expanded to helping some of the UK’s largest businesses trade online for the first time – helping them integrate online with their core business. One of its earliest successes in this area was to take Grange Moorbased ladieswear retailer Bonmarche online. For clients already trading online, Richard is helping them increase sales by exploiting multichannel shopping, such as mobile commerce. At the top of the organisation, Richard and Andrew have proved a winning combination with complementary skills to bring to bear. Says Richard: “Andy has a creative background and knows everyone! I do the technology! We have the skill sets we need.” Fantastic has raised its profile through a close involvement with

■■ Fast cars are a passion for Richard Jones, of FantasticPicture caption

Huddersfield Town and the John Smith’s Stadium. It started out in the town’s Media Centre and later had offices at New North Road before moving to Birstall to bring it into the orbit of Leeds. But Richard says: “Huddersfield is still at the heart of everything we do. “A large chunk of our business is still related to the town. What has also happened over time is that a lot of the friends I went to school with have started their own businesses or are working their way up to decision-making positions in other companies and that it helping to strengthen our links with the local business community.” Richard says Fantastic’s success is also down to the quality of its 20-strong staff. “Six years ago, we started taking students on placement every year and we got five permanent fulltime employees from that.” The strategy is to develop members of the team doing “work on the ground” into management level posts and bring others in to take their former roles. With a whole raft of responsibilities, Richard is kept very busy. “We work 12-hour days and we work hard during the week,” he says. “We think it’s important to keep weekends free – although I always have my phone on and if there is an issue with a website or whatever, we will deal with it.” Richard loves his football and is playermanager of Fantastic FC’s second team. “We are based at a pub in Lockwood,” he says. “We are getting ready for our end-of-season party at the Fantastic Media Suite at the stadium. I love the game and love playing too much to give it up just yet.” Cars are another passion. Says Richard: “I’ve got a Range Rover and an Aston Martin – my two dream cars. “I decided to get the Aston while I had the chance – before my wife and I started a family.” His enthusaism for fast motors is also reflected in the names of his two cocker spaniels – Rossi and Enzo.

Richard Jones Role: Operations director Age: 35 Family: Married to Lucy Holidays: We visited Hawaii and the US following our wedding but also holiday in Europe and the UK Cars: A Range Rover and an Aston Martin First job: I worked at the Jacob’s Well in Honley in the cellar and stock-taking Best thing about the job? Technology is ever-changing and it is still new and exciting Worst thing about the job? There are times when things get incredibly stressed, but it is always satisfying to resolve an issue and “come out the other side” Business tip: If the opportunity doesn’t exist – create it

Fantastic Media Work: Full service strategic marketing agency Site: Birstall Phone: 0845 0176090 Email: rjones@fantasticmedia.co.uk Web: www. fantasticmedia.co.uk or www.fantastic-mobile.co.uk


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Business confidence among firms across Kirklees remained bullish during the first quarter of the year, according to a survey today. But raw material costs continued to be a worry, latest figures from the Lockwood-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce have revealed. The survey of chamber member firms across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield, showed an “ongoing encouraging picture” during the first half of 2014 – with home and export sales rising and employment continuing to grow. The chamber said: “Business confidence remains bullish, with turnover and profit expectations running at levels not reported for some years – and our survey reports a welcome revival of cashflow balances, which continued to rally for most companies.” The first quarter of the year also marked a reported increase in investment – both in training and on capital projects. But businesses in the region were still

concerned about continued inflationary effects – with raw material costs the primary concern for the manufacturing sector. But the chamber said: “Overall, the results are positive and encouraging and certainly in line with forecasts for a return to more sustainable economic growth during the course of the year ahead.” Steven Leigh, chamber head of policy, said: “This quarterly economic report for the first quarter of 2014 evidences the continuation of the broadly positive trends reported at the end of last year as well as a recovery that is gathering momentum. “This is particularly apparent in the employment figures and in our ‘Business Confidence’ indicators. “There are also encouraging signs that investment is picking up pace. Government announcements on investment allowances will bring an additional boost and hopefully encourage companies to bring forward deferred expenditure on research and development and plant and machinery. We hope that the positivity evident in this quarter’s survey will be maintained throughout the year.

“Clearly, the global recovery remains finely balanced and the threat of instability – most recently evidenced by the political events in Ukraine – illustrates the sensitivity of the global economy to unexpected news. “However, there are also great opportunities for UK firms and renewed domestic levels of confidence in the economic outlook should help to encourage businesses to expand, take on staff, develop new products and explore new markets.” Among the survey findings, 92% of firms said domestic sales had remained constant or increased during the first quarter of the year while 90% reported Uk orders had remained unchanged or increased. Export sales balances were up by 11% to 55% while balances for export orders were 18% higher at 58%. Employment growth increased from a balance of 6% in the fourth quarter of last year to 23% this time. Employment expectations have remained steady, rising from 19% to 21%. Cashflow balances, which fell to 11% in the fourth quarter of 2013, rose by 16% to 27% this time – while balances for capital investment have increased from

■■ Chamber head of policy Steven Leigh

8% to 14% . Investment in training, which suffered a 30% fall in the final three months of last year, rallied from 7% to 11%. Inflation and business rates were the factors most likely to have a negative impact on firms in the second quarter.

International students set to help Kirklees companies Specialists from Huddersfield University are set to help Yorkshire firms boost their exports or break into new overseas markets. Universities have been successful in placing graduates with companies looking for specific skills. Now businesses are being offered the chance to select graduates and masters level students from Huddersfield University and four other universities in

Yorkshire which have the specialist skills and expertise needed to capitalise on international markets. The Graduates for International Business project is being coordinated by Yorkshire Universities, the membership association that represents all 12 higher education institutions in Yorkshire. Emily Wolton, executive director of Yorkshire Universities, said: “Our universities attract students from over 150

countries, including postgraduate students who already have a degree and are working towards a higher level qualification. “Their cultural awareness and connections in international markets, language skills and other specialist knowledge could be a massive boost for companies and this project will help to make that happen.” Said Emily: “The project is really easy

for companies to use. They simply contact Yorkshire Universities, tell us the profile of the person they need and we will put a call out to the higher education institutions to find candidates that fit the bill.” Students are paid by the firms that employ them as part of the Graduates for International Business and companies must be based in Yorkshire. Visit www.yorkshireuniversities.ac.uk.

Tourism award Louise Holmes, cofounder of Denby Dale ice cream company Yummy Yorkshire, has beaten off stiff competition to win the title Woman in Tourism of the Year at the 2014 Network She Foundation International Women’s Day Awards. Her success follows that of Huddersfield businesswoman Kate Hardcastle, who one of the categories last year.

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BT nets Sky executive in battle of broadcasters BT has poached a top Sky executive to head its TV division as the two companies square up for the latest phase of their multibillion-pound war over football rights. Delia Bushell has spent the past 14 years at BSkyB and Sky Italia in a variety of roles and is likely to go head to head with her former employees in the next battle over Premier League rights. Ms Bushell, 41, has been chief commercial officer at Sky Italia since last June. She will take up her new role in July. The announcement comes a couple of weeks after BT announced the departure of TV chief Marc Watson. In her previous role at BSkyB, Oxford-educated mother-of-three Ms ■■ BT has underlined its determination in the TV war with rival Sky Bushell is credited with its transformation into a “triple play operator” offering broadband and telephone service from launch to more than cled in on Sky’s sports patch, chalservices as well as TV. 3.5m subscribers. lenging its Premier League domiAs director of broadband and The shift saw the broadcaster come nance by snapping up the rights to telephony, she took its broadband up against BT, which has now mus- show 38 live games a season for three

H&T makes move for rival’s stores Pawnbroker H&T has offered to buy parts of stricken rival Albemarle & Bond out of administration. The group confirmed speculation that it was eyeing up the collapsed firm, saying it had submitted a proposal “regarding a potential purchase of some of A&B’s assets”. It is one of a number of potential buyers looking at the business, with administrators at PwC saying they were “talking to a number of interested parties”. Further details of the H&T bid were not immediately available. More than 1,000 jobs are at risk – including some in Huddersfield – after Reading-based Albemarle announced two weeks ago that it would go into administration. The group, which has 188 stores across the UK, including ones under the Herbert Brown jewellery chain, threw in the towel after lenders said they did not consider options to save the business “capable of being completed”. Administrators said they would seek to sell all or part of the business and aimed to “protect as many jobs as possible” but warned some redundancies may be necessary,

years for £738m. The telecoms giant has since snatched Champions League football rights in a £900m three-year deal and is widely expected to challenge BSkyB in the next auction for rights to English top-flight action. Ms Bushell will set the long-term strategy for BT TV and BT Sport, as well as their financial performance, and will oversee the development and acquisition of content, including premium rights. BT TV has a customer base of more than 950,000. BT Sport channels, which can also be accessed via rival platforms, are already enjoyed by more than 4m homes. Ms Bushell said: “BT is shaking up the UK TV market and I am thrilled to be joining at such an exciting time.” BT Consumer chief executive John Petter said: “Delia has an excellent track record of delivery and is an experienced top-class executive.”

Lafarge and Holcim cement deal

Co-op stores plan for pub sites

Cement makers Lafarge and Holcim have announced plans to merge in a deal creating a business with combined sales of about £26bn. LafargeHolcim is set to be the world’s leading player in cement, concrete and aggregates once the tie-up is completed in the first half of next year. France’s Lafarge entered the

The Co-operative is to open 54 shops on pub sites over the next two years as it looks to step up expansion of its 2,000-strong convenience store estate. Most of the new stores will be built on car parks and other land next to the public houses, with the rest coming from converted pubs to help the mutual grow its estate by

UK market in 1987 before acquiring Redland in 1997 and Blue Circle in 2001. It recently merged its UK operations with those of Anglo American to create LafargeTarmac, a business employing 5,500 staff at 300 sites. Holcim owns Aggregate Industries in the UK. The companies plan to offload assets generating between 10% and 15% of their

global earnings. No country will account for more than 10% of combined revenues. The tie-up has been presented as a merger of equals, with the new board featuring equal numbers of Lafarge and Holcim directors. Lafarge employs 64,000 people and posted sales of £12.6bn in 2013, while Zurich-based Holcim achieved sales of £13.3bn.

150 in each of the next five years. The deal involves around a quarter of the 202 pub sites that retail property group NewRiver bought from Wolverhampton-based brewer Marston’s in November for £90m. Most of the sites are located in central, eastern and northern England and the first shop

is set to open its doors early next year. Each store will be between 3,000sq ft and 4,500 sq ft, with almost 200,000sq ft of new retail space set to be developed in total. Steve Murrells, chief executive of the Co-op’s retail division, said its focus was on convenience stores and a move away from larger format stores.

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KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS 

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Richard keeps his focus as ‘one to watch’ for the future He’s been hailed as one of the region’s most influential young business people. Richard Jones, operations director at Birstall-based Fantastic Media, has won a place in the prestigious 42 Under 42 programme for 2014 – a listing which recognises some of Yorkshire’s “most dynamic and inspiring young entrepreneurs”. But while Richard is understandably “extremely honoured” by the accolade, he’s not about to let it go to his head. Instead, he’s focusing on the job in hand – helping to build further a business that has enjoyed year-on-year success since its formation seven years ago. “We have grown from working solely with small and mediumsized enterprises to having some large-scale FTSE 100 companies wanting our services,” he says. In the first five years, Fantastic lifted turnover from £300,000 to £1.2m. Despite the recession, the full service strategic marketing agency posted turnover of £1.25m two years ago and £1.3m last year. The agency was certainly not without work during the downturn, but the recession provided a bit of “breathing space” for Fantastic to hone its operations, says Richard. “It gave us time to ensure everything was sorted out,” he says. “Now we can be extremely competitive in price and we have a very efficient way of working.” While Fantastic offers all that could be expected of a markting agency – PR, websites, brand identity, advertising, design, e-marketing and e-commerce – it stresses the importance of defining a strategy to ensure clients get a measurable return on their investment. It’s a way of working that has brought results for a wide range of clients – including familiar local names such as Paxman Coolers, The Pink Link, Brewfitt and Bonmarche, Richard, 35, was born and raised in Meltham and attended Honley High School, where his main interest was music. “I got to Grade 8 on the trom-

bone,” he says. “My mum picked the instrument for me when I was in junior school and I stuck with it.” Later, he studied music technology at Sheffield University’s Barnsley site, which sparked an interest in producing CDs, videos and websites for bands. He says: “It was always going to be challenging making money in the music business and as a trombonist you would have to be veryvery good!” Focusing on the technology, Richard started a business with a friend from university producing innovative business card interactive CDs. That led to him working with fellow Huddersfield man Andrew Hobson on a joint venture to produce a CD Rom for PricewaterhouseCoopers – and the duo deciding to set up business for themselves. As operations director at Fantastic, Richard is responsible for the day-to-day running of the agency – from IT infrastructure and communications systems to overseeing the digital department

and creating digital strategies to increase sales and boost efficiency for clients. Richard also leads the internal research and development programme to ensure Fantstic remains up-to-date with the latest technology and techniques. More recently, his role has expanded to helping some of the UK’s largest businesses trade online for the first time – helping them integrate online with their core business. One of its earliest successes in this area was to take Grange Moorbased ladieswear retailer Bonmarche online. For clients already trading online, Richard is helping them increase sales by exploiting multichannel shopping, such as mobile commerce. At the top of the organisation, Richard and Andrew have proved a winning combination with complementary skills to bring to bear. Says Richard: “Andy has a creative background and knows everyone! I do the technology! We have the skill sets we need.” Fantastic has raised its profile through a close involvement with

■■ Fast cars are a passion for Richard Jones, of FantasticPicture caption

Huddersfield Town and the John Smith’s Stadium. It started out in the town’s Media Centre and later had offices at New North Road before moving to Birstall to bring it into the orbit of Leeds. But Richard says: “Huddersfield is still at the heart of everything we do. “A large chunk of our business is still related to the town. What has also happened over time is that a lot of the friends I went to school with have started their own businesses or are working their way up to decision-making positions in other companies and that it helping to strengthen our links with the local business community.” Richard says Fantastic’s success is also down to the quality of its 20-strong staff. “Six years ago, we started taking students on placement every year and we got five permanent fulltime employees from that.” The strategy is to develop members of the team doing “work on the ground” into management level posts and bring others in to take their former roles. With a whole raft of responsibilities, Richard is kept very busy. “We work 12-hour days and we work hard during the week,” he says. “We think it’s important to keep weekends free – although I always have my phone on and if there is an issue with a website or whatever, we will deal with it.” Richard loves his football and is playermanager of Fantastic FC’s second team. “We are based at a pub in Lockwood,” he says. “We are getting ready for our end-of-season party at the Fantastic Media Suite at the stadium. I love the game and love playing too much to give it up just yet.” Cars are another passion. Says Richard: “I’ve got a Range Rover and an Aston Martin – my two dream cars. “I decided to get the Aston while I had the chance – before my wife and I started a family.” His enthusaism for fast motors is also reflected in the names of his two cocker spaniels – Rossi and Enzo.

Richard Jones Role: Operations director Age: 35 Family: Married to Lucy Holidays: We visited Hawaii and the US following our wedding but also holiday in Europe and the UK Cars: A Range Rover and an Aston Martin First job: I worked at the Jacob’s Well in Honley in the cellar and stock-taking Best thing about the job? Technology is ever-changing and it is still new and exciting Worst thing about the job? There are times when things get incredibly stressed, but it is always satisfying to resolve an issue and “come out the other side” Business tip: If the opportunity doesn’t exist – create it

Fantastic Media Work: Full service strategic marketing agency Site: Birstall Phone: 0845 0176090 Email: rjones@fantasticmedia.co.uk Web: www. fantasticmedia.co.uk or www.fantastic-mobile.co.uk


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SINESS NEWS 

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A mobile coffee service is brewing up big business. Former barrister Jocelyn Lodge has turned barista to run Go-Go Gaggia, operating a mobile coffee service from a strikingly-liveried Smartcar. Jocelyn formed Go-Go Gaggia in October, 2011, after being made redundant from her legal role with Greater Manchester Police. Now her dream of turning it into a successful franchising operation is being fulfilled – with a fifth franchise all set to take coffee and cakes to businesses in the Sheffield area, adding to Jocelyn’s existing business covering the Colne Valley and franchisees operating in parts of Leeds, Halifax and Thameside, Greater Manchester. Another two potential franchises are planned for other parts of Kirklees. Jocelyn got a big boost through the Local

Business Accelerators (LBA) campaign, which teamed her with mentors to help develop her business. “I went into this with the idea of just having a go,” she says. “Mentoring has helped me to look to the future and look at growth. It has helped me find ways to ‘tighten up’ the business – for instance by getting a leasing deal for the Smartcars instead of buying outright, which reduces the costs for franchisees, and by tightening up the franchise agreement.” Jocelyn’s patch covers the Colne Valley with Slaithwaite railway station an early morning stop to provide refreshments for commuters, followed by visits to villages including Slaithwaite. “I call at companies where people don’t have time to leave the premises to find a coffee – such as hairdressers and businesses on industrial estates.”

Jocelyn developed the concept of Go-Go Gaggia over a bottle of wine one evening with the family when talk turned to the lack of “quality coffee” for commuters, especially at local train stations. It’s a business model that has evident appeal. “We are getting a lot of enquiries for franchises from people who are retired or semi-retuired or being made redundant, said Jocelyn. “They want to work in a way that fits around things like looking after the grandchildren and they want be doing something nice.” Jocelyn doesn’t regret setting up a business. “I don’t miss what I was doing,” she said. “It’s a much nicer world to be in! It works around my priorities and it is the lifestyle I have chosen. You end up making nice friends and meeting different people. ■■ Jocelyn Lodge gets ready to serve up another cup of coffee from her Smartcar It’s just a nice thing to do.”

Michael proves an enterprising chap A Huddersfield man is helping enterprising young people in the UK to work with businesses in developing countries. Michael Butcher, of Cumberworth, was among a group to meet International Development Secretary Justine Greening before the announcement of the scheme, ICS Entrepreneur. Michael volunteered in India last year with the charity Raleigh International, working alongside Indian volunteers to support the work of local charities. The 23-year-old was one of a number of young people in Kirklees to volunteer on the government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) scheme. He has now taken up a new job with a social enterprise that aims to support small businesses both in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa. Building on the success of the current ICS programme, ICS Entrepreneur will pair UK volunteers aged 18 to 25 with volunteers of a similar age from some of the poorest communities in the world. Together, these volunteers will work alongside entrepreneurs overseas to help them grow their businesses. Volunteers will build business skills, confidence and knowledge of overseas markets so they can return home to become the entrepreneurs and business leaders that Britain needs to remain a global success. Meanwhile, host countries will benefit from the volunteers’ hard work, helping them to become more competitive and, ultimately, less reliant on aid. The 18 to 25-year-olds selected will spend up to three months

■■ Michael Butcher (left) with International Development Secretary Justine Greening (centre) and other young people backing the ICS Entrepreneur scheme

working in start-up enterprises and companies in fast growing economies like Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania creating business plans, managing finances, devising marketing and boosting sales. ICS Entrepreneur is part of the UK’s successful VSO-led International Citizen Service programme. About 400 young people will go through the programme over the next 18 months and participants will also qualify for academic credit that can be used towards qualifications from the Open University. Ms Greening said: “Britain was built on the dynamism and graft of its entrepreneurs and our country’s future will be no different. That’s why we’re investing in the skills and energy of young

people, no matter where in the UK they’re from or what their background, so that we continue to be competitive and successful. “For anyone determined to be the next James Dyson or Hilary Devey, this is an amazing opportunity to kick-start a career in business and entrepreneurship. It’s a win-win for the host countries where the volunteers will work and great for British employers who are crying out for workers with the right skills and a global perspective.” Brian Rockliffe, director of ICS, said: “ICS Entrepreneur is based on the established principles which underpin ICS and its proven approach in bringing together young people from the UK to work alongside young people

from developing countries to contribute effectively to international development. “ICS Entrepreneur will not only support private sector development and economic growth in developing countries, but it will also enable skilled young volunteers – both from the UK and incountry – to build a global perspective and a practical understanding of the vital role of economic development in reducing poverty.” A recent survey of chief executive officers in the UK highlighted concerns that young people’s horizons were not broad enough for a globalised and multicultural economy – warning that Britain risked being left behind unless this issue was addressed.

Export objectives for ConnectChina China is the destination for a forthcoming trade mission. Honley-based Jo Lavan, of trade and investment support service ConnectChina, said the trip from May 19 to 26 had two objectives. The first was to celebrate the opening of ConnectChina’s new office in Shanghai – when delegates have the chance to meet potential business partners. And the second was to visit Xi’an – home of the Terracotta Warriors. The trip to Xi’an is a follow-up to a visit led by ConnectChina last September. This time, delegates will be able to exhibit at the Xi’an Silk Road Trade & Investment Conference at no cost. Said Jo: “China is the great economic success story of the past 30 years. China’s growth has been sustained and the economy continues to grow at around 8% per year – the best performance of all major economies. “China offers opportunities in abundance to companies, large or small, across the full range of sectors, goods and services – educational, manufacturing, services, tourism, IT, design and communications to name but a few.” She said Shanghai with its population of 19m was the industrial, trade and financial centre of China. The trip to the city will include the official opening of ConnectChina’s new office and the chance to arrange business-to-business meetings through the Shanghai Technology and Innovation Centre. Xi’an is the most developed engineering centre of northwest China. High-tech industries account for 50% of the city’s industrial output split between ICT, automotive and aerospace. It also has a strong service sector. Go to www.connectchina. co.uk

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KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS 

property

Family firm ‘back home’ A funeral business has “come home” with the dedication of new premises in Honley. Radcliffe Funeral Service, owned by husband and wife Andrew and Gwen Schofield, has opened a new funeral home at Westgate – just yards away from the site where Gwen’s father Brian Radcliffe started the family business 50 years ago. The new home complements Radcliffe’s existing site at Kirkheaton, which opened in 2009. The premises at Honley were bought in July last year and were opened in December after major refurbishment to provide a large office and reception area, two viewing rooms and car parking to the rear with disabled access. Gwen said: “The building was an empty shell when we got it and had been disused for quite a while. Everything was back to the bare walls - but I could see its potential.” She said: “We had been looking for somewhere in the Honley area for more years than I care to think. In March last year, I was driving past and saw the ‘To Let’ sign outside and decided to have a look.” The premises had previously been a kitchen and bathroom retailer and many years earlier had been a butcher’s shop. Gwen joined the family business of joiners and funeral directors on leaving school in 1976 and qualified as an embalmer in 1983 as well as passing the Diploma in Funeral Directing with the National Association of Funeral Directors in the same year. Gwen’s husband Andrew joined the firm in 2009, gaining his diploma in 2012. Both are members of the British Institute of Funeral Directors while Gwen is also a member of the British Institute of Embalmers and was awarded fellowship of the Institute in February, 2013.

■■ Attending the dedication of the new Honley premises of Radcliffe Funeral Service are (back, from left) the Rev Liam Beadle, the Very Rev Henry Stapleton, Simon Fisher, Clr Martyn Bolt and the Rev Tim Moore with (seated) Andrew and Gwen Schofield

The premises originally occupied by Brian Radcliffe remain a joinery business to this day. The dedication of the new premises was conducted by the Very Rev Henry Stapleton, the Rev Timothy Moore and the Rev Liam Beadle. Also attending

were Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney; the Mayor of Kirklees Clr Martyn Bolt, who unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion; and Simon Fisher, president of the National Association of Funeral Directors, who officially opened the funeral home.

Rise in new registrations The number of new homes registered in the UK increased by 14% during the three months to the end of February against the same period last year, according to figures from the National House Building Council (NHBC). However, Yorkshire and Humber went against the trend with 1,452 registrations during the quarter compared to 1,548 for the same period last year. In total 29,557 new homes were registered from December, 2013, to February, 2014, compared to 26,004 for the corresponding period 12 months ago. The UK total for February alone was down at 9,484 against 10,538 for the same month in 2013 – possibly a knock-on effect of the bad weather at the start of the year. NHBC commercial director Richard Tamayo said the results for February in isolation were not particularly strong, but the rolling quarter showed registrations continued to rise. He said: “There is still a way to go before the country starts seeing figures on a par with prerecession registration statistics, but the new measures revealed in the Budget show that the Government remains committed to boosting the house-building sector.”


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KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS 

property

Letting agents ‘upfront about fees’ Most letting agents are upfront about the fees their tenants have to pay, according to a survey. The survey by the UK Association of Letting Agents found that four out of five tenants said their letting agent explained what fees they would be required to pay at the beginning of the tenancy, either comprehensively or in part. However, one in 10 tenants say their agent did not explain what fees they’d be required to pay from the outset and a further 10% couldn’t recall what information they received in relation to tenancy charges. The findings come before impor■■ Workmen erecting the wind turbine at the recycling plant at Denholme, Bradford

Wind power roars for Leo A Huddersfield company has helped another West Yorkshire firm harness wind power. Shepley-based Newgen was main contractor on a £250,000 scheme for a new wind tubine at the Bradford plant of Omega Proteins, part of recycling and green energy business Leo Group. Since it was erected at Erling Works in Half Acre Road, Denholme, the turbine has already offset more than 21,500 kg of carbon dioxide. The energy saving so far is the equivalent to an individual carbon footprint created by flying twice around the world in a plane, or a computer being switched on for aalmost 2,000 years. Jane Brindle, group technical manager at Leo Group, said: “As a company focused on renewable energy and sustainability,

considering our impact on the environment is at the forefront of everything we do. “We are all very excited about the introduction of this green energy supply for our Bradford site and will be closely monitoring the amount of energy it produces. “The new wind turbine is an additional way that we are helping to further reduce the company’s carbon footprint.” The turbine is the latest in a series of investments underlining the Leo Group’s commitment to renewable energy and sustainable business practices. Last year, to mark World Environment Day, the company planted 1,500 trees at the site as well as at its headquarters in Swalesmoor, Halifax. Omega Proteins produces renewable energy

sources used in cars and industry. One of the products made by the company is tallow, a natural byproduct from animal waste, which is a key component in the process to create an advanced form of biodiesel that can be used in modern diesel engines. The Leo Group employs more than 400 people across its 10 operational sites in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The company’s investment strategy sees 98% of its retained profits re-invested back into the business. This includes long-term investment in renewable energy technologies to widen its service portfolio and diversify into energy generation. Newgen specialises in developing and installing solar and wind energy systems.

Firm getting totally tropical A landscaping company in Huddersfield has plans to create a tropical paradise at a forthcoming industry show. Hot on the heels of the successful launch of its new GrassGreener artificial lawn product at last year’s show, Kirkburton firm Paxman Landscapes is set to unveil a “tropical dream courtyard” show garden at Harrogate Spring Show. The event takes place at

the Great Yorkshire Showground from April 24 to 27, 2014, Under the Professional category, Paxman Landscapes will build the garden which will showcase the team’s skills in the construction of walls, raised beds and pathways as well as their planting and design expertise. The garden has an air of the tropics and will be scattered with ferns, climbers, bamboos, grass-

es and exotic plants as well as garden structures, lighting and a seat for visitors to rest and take in the garden’s full splendour. Justin Paxman, company director and the person responsible for the concept and construction of the garden, said, “We hope to create a little tropical corner of Harrogate during the Show, and to share a Piña Colada with everyone who takes time to enjoy the garden with us.”

tant legislative changes that will grant both tenants and landlords the right to independent redress if their letting agent fails to resolve a complaint to their satisfaction. The requirement, part of the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Act, will mean all letting agents in England must belong to a government approved property redress scheme when implemented later this year. UKALA and Ombudsman Services have announced a partnership that will see all existing and future UKALA members automatically comply with the forthcoming requirements ahead of time, should

the redress scheme gain government approval to operate under the new legislation. Ombudsman Services is one of the leading providers of independent redress in the property sector and has over 12 years’ experience of dealing with property disputes. If approved by the government, the partnership will mean that all UKALA members will automatically comply with the forthcoming legislative requirements. Richard Price, UKALA executive director, said: “Our research findings suggest the majority of agents are upfront with their tenants about the fees they charge.”


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TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014 HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER

KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS  Tim Welton

Appointment to partner

movers and shakers

Louise is lauded for promoting tourism By HENRYK ZIENTEK Business Reporter henryk.zientek@examiner.co.uk

Law firm Chadwick Lawrence has appointed Tim Welton as partner. Chadwick Lawrence, which has offices at Railway Street in Huddersfield, said the appointment came in recognition of Mr Welton’s profile in the Wakefield business community and his numerous achievements in the dispute resolution team, Mr Welton (pictured above right with managing partner Jeremy Garside) studied ancient history and archaeology at Liverpool University. He joined Chadwick Lawrence in August, 1996, as a paralegal in the criminal department and has been with the firm ever since. He completed a post graduate diploma in Law at Huddersfield University before qualifying as a solicitor in May, 2006, and works at the Wakefield office as team leader of the dispute resolution team.

Mr Welton is also an expert in road traffic offences and privatelyfunded criminal law and continues to work in the criminal department. He chairs a number of local groups, including the Wakefield Enterprise Partnership Professional Group and Wakefield is Working Group. He is a founder and committee member of Wakefield Annual Christmas Charity Lunch, which last year raised £14,000 for the Performance Academy at Wakefield Theatre Royal. He is a director of Wakefield-based social enterprise Topic UK. Mr Garside said: ‘The dispute resolution team has grown significantly over the past few years and Tim has played a pivotal role in this growth and the development of the firm in the Wakefield community. Therefore, we are delighted to announce his promotion to partner.”

Seeking out ‘intrapreneurs’ Freeserve founder Ajaz Ahmed isto be a key speaker at a conference on “intrapreneurship” this month. Ajaz will be joined by Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, at the event to be held on Wednesday, April 23 at the premises of Steelcase Solutions in Leeds. The aim is to encourage businesses to harness the passion and entrepreneurial spirit within companies, creating a culture for “intrapreneurs”. Jamil Ahmed, head of marketing and customer services at the Centre for Enterprise Ltd, said: “Following the behaviour of some sectors, we are gravitating towards a nation of businesses which no longer take risks. “Taking the safe option will result in our economy stagnating, so we want to encourage

businesses of all sizes and across all disciplines as well as within the public sector, to initiate their individual entrepreneurial journeys which will help to stimulate creativity, challenge boundaries, build amazing businesses and grow the economy. “Ajaz Ahmed is an exceptional individual and much-sought after speaker. “He successfully persuaded his then employer Dixons to set up the ISP Freeserve - which at its peak was valued at £9bn and is one of the best and well-known examples of an intrapreneur. Ajaz said: “I’m looking forward to talking about how people can achieve success without leaving their companies to set up risky businesses on their own.” For details of the event,, go to www.intrapreneurhub.com

It’s a double scoop for Huddersfield. Louise Holmes, co-founder of Denby Dale ice cream company Yummy Yorkshire, has beaten off stiff competition to win the title Woman in Tourism of the Year at the 2014 Network She Foundation International Women’s Day Awards. Her success follows that of Kate Hardcastle, of Huddersfield-based business transformation company Insight With Passion, who took the title Woman of Influence in the 2013 awards and hosted this year’s ceremony. Louise Holmes was presented with the award at De Vere St David’s Hotel, near Chester. The awards are organised by the North West and Yorkshire networking organisation Network She and are now in their seventh year. The event recognises and rewards the inspiring achievements of women in business who continue to succeed in their chosen field during such difficult, turbulent and unpredictable times. This year’s awards also saw the official launch of the new Network She Foundation Charity, which aims to get businesses to pool together their skills and resources to help charities and to develop woman and young people from across the country and beyond. Louise established Yummy Yorkshire with

■■ Louise Holmes (centre) receives her prize with event host Kate Hardcastle (right) and Pat Frost, of

her husband Jeremy in 2007 to diversify their milk processing business and to enhance the value of milk from their herd. She is responsible for ice cream production and the development of new flavours as well as marketing, PR and administrative work for the Denby Dale-based company. Yummy Yorkshire produces 35,500 litres of ice cream a year, supplying farm shops, res-

taurants and visitor attractions across the county. It also has its own ice cream parlour and coffee shop on the farm Speaking about her award win, Louise said: “It’s such an honour to receive this award and it’s testament to how far we have come from selling our ice cream from the farm gate to becoming a visitor attraction in our own right. I’m over the moon to have won.”

Michelle brings a third dimension Three is definitely a magic number for Huddersfield-based Brook Business Recovery. The company, which is based at the town’s Media Centre, celebrates its third anniversary this month – and has started the new financial year with the addition of a third member to the team. Charles Brook and Manraj Mand have been joined by Michelle Chatterton, a licensed insolvency practitoner who has significant experience in the world of business recovery and insolvency. Ms Chatterton has worked for top 10 practices at offices across the north of England. Her experience covers a broad range of corporate work. Her key focus at Brook Business Recovery is in the owner-managed sector.

Ms Chatterton worked with Mr Brook in a former business which also provided solutions for businesses and their owners facing financially distressing circumstances. Brook Business Recovery also advises individuals on personal financial problems and provides working solutions such as Individual Voluntary Arrangements to help resolve debt issues. Mr Mand works with Mr Brook and Ms Chatterton on all projects, but is especially skilled in the field of personal debt advice. The firm also provides nonaccountancy advice and support directly to business owners and also to accountants, lawyers and other professionals wanting to deliver their clients a full package of support services.

■■ Charles Brook (centre) with Michelle Chatterton and Manraj Mand

IoD chief economist set to meet Yorkshire directors A senior economist is heading to Yorkshire to meet the region’s business leaders. James Sproule, chief economist at the Institute of Directors, will be “in conversation” with IoD members and their guests on April 30 at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds to discover the challenges

they face and the measures they want the IoD to take up on their behalf. Also taking part will be Caleb Deeks, deputy director for innovation and growth at HM Treasury, who will discuss how policy is formulated and decided. A spokeswoman for the IoD

said Mr Sproule, who took up his post in January, was committed to sharing his own vision for economic policy and how that should be tailored to boost growth – but also wanted to hear the difficulties Yorkshire members face. He has already set up a monthly breakfast Economic Update with

members to encourage regular dialogue between the IoD’s Pall Mall HQ and the regions, but is keen to hear form those unable to get to the London events. He has argued that distributing wealth to all is vital for a successful recovery – but not at the cost of taxing high earners.


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SINESS NEWS 

local

Mobile coffee service that’s really going places

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A mobile coffee service is brewing up big business. Former barrister Jocelyn Lodge has turned barista to run Go-Go Gaggia, operating a mobile coffee service from a strikingly-liveried Smartcar. Jocelyn formed Go-Go Gaggia in October, 2011, after being made redundant from her legal role with Greater Manchester Police. Now her dream of turning it into a successful franchising operation is being fulfilled – with a fifth franchise all set to take coffee and cakes to businesses in the Sheffield area, adding to Jocelyn’s existing business covering the Colne Valley and franchisees operating in parts of Leeds, Halifax and Thameside, Greater Manchester. Another two potential franchises are planned for other parts of Kirklees. Jocelyn got a big boost through the Local

Business Accelerators (LBA) campaign, which teamed her with mentors to help develop her business. “I went into this with the idea of just having a go,” she says. “Mentoring has helped me to look to the future and look at growth. It has helped me find ways to ‘tighten up’ the business – for instance by getting a leasing deal for the Smartcars instead of buying outright, which reduces the costs for franchisees, and by tightening up the franchise agreement.” Jocelyn’s patch covers the Colne Valley with Slaithwaite railway station an early morning stop to provide refreshments for commuters, followed by visits to villages including Slaithwaite. “I call at companies where people don’t have time to leave the premises to find a coffee – such as hairdressers and businesses on industrial estates.”

Jocelyn developed the concept of Go-Go Gaggia over a bottle of wine one evening with the family when talk turned to the lack of “quality coffee” for commuters, especially at local train stations. It’s a business model that has evident appeal. “We are getting a lot of enquiries for franchises from people who are retired or semi-retuired or being made redundant, said Jocelyn. “They want to work in a way that fits around things like looking after the grandchildren and they want be doing something nice.” Jocelyn doesn’t regret setting up a business. “I don’t miss what I was doing,” she said. “It’s a much nicer world to be in! It works around my priorities and it is the lifestyle I have chosen. You end up making nice friends and meeting different people. ■■ Jocelyn Lodge gets ready to serve up another cup of coffee from her Smartcar It’s just a nice thing to do.”

Michael proves an enterprising chap A Huddersfield man is helping enterprising young people in the UK to work with businesses in developing countries. Michael Butcher, of Cumberworth, was among a group to meet International Development Secretary Justine Greening before the announcement of the scheme, ICS Entrepreneur. Michael volunteered in India last year with the charity Raleigh International, working alongside Indian volunteers to support the work of local charities. The 23-year-old was one of a number of young people in Kirklees to volunteer on the government funded International Citizen Service (ICS) scheme. He has now taken up a new job with a social enterprise that aims to support small businesses both in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa. Building on the success of the current ICS programme, ICS Entrepreneur will pair UK volunteers aged 18 to 25 with volunteers of a similar age from some of the poorest communities in the world. Together, these volunteers will work alongside entrepreneurs overseas to help them grow their businesses. Volunteers will build business skills, confidence and knowledge of overseas markets so they can return home to become the entrepreneurs and business leaders that Britain needs to remain a global success. Meanwhile, host countries will benefit from the volunteers’ hard work, helping them to become more competitive and, ultimately, less reliant on aid. The 18 to 25-year-olds selected will spend up to three months

■■ Michael Butcher (left) with International Development Secretary Justine Greening (centre) and other young people backing the ICS Entrepreneur scheme

working in start-up enterprises and companies in fast growing economies like Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania creating business plans, managing finances, devising marketing and boosting sales. ICS Entrepreneur is part of the UK’s successful VSO-led International Citizen Service programme. About 400 young people will go through the programme over the next 18 months and participants will also qualify for academic credit that can be used towards qualifications from the Open University. Ms Greening said: “Britain was built on the dynamism and graft of its entrepreneurs and our country’s future will be no different. That’s why we’re investing in the skills and energy of young

people, no matter where in the UK they’re from or what their background, so that we continue to be competitive and successful. “For anyone determined to be the next James Dyson or Hilary Devey, this is an amazing opportunity to kick-start a career in business and entrepreneurship. It’s a win-win for the host countries where the volunteers will work and great for British employers who are crying out for workers with the right skills and a global perspective.” Brian Rockliffe, director of ICS, said: “ICS Entrepreneur is based on the established principles which underpin ICS and its proven approach in bringing together young people from the UK to work alongside young people

from developing countries to contribute effectively to international development. “ICS Entrepreneur will not only support private sector development and economic growth in developing countries, but it will also enable skilled young volunteers – both from the UK and incountry – to build a global perspective and a practical understanding of the vital role of economic development in reducing poverty.” A recent survey of chief executive officers in the UK highlighted concerns that young people’s horizons were not broad enough for a globalised and multicultural economy – warning that Britain risked being left behind unless this issue was addressed.

Export objectives for ConnectChina China is the destination for a forthcoming trade mission. Honley-based Jo Lavan, of trade and investment support service ConnectChina, said the trip from May 19 to 26 had two objectives. The first was to celebrate the opening of ConnectChina’s new office in Shanghai – when delegates have the chance to meet potential business partners. And the second was to visit Xi’an – home of the Terracotta Warriors. The trip to Xi’an is a follow-up to a visit led by ConnectChina last September. This time, delegates will be able to exhibit at the Xi’an Silk Road Trade & Investment Conference at no cost. Said Jo: “China is the great economic success story of the past 30 years. China’s growth has been sustained and the economy continues to grow at around 8% per year – the best performance of all major economies. “China offers opportunities in abundance to companies, large or small, across the full range of sectors, goods and services – educational, manufacturing, services, tourism, IT, design and communications to name but a few.” She said Shanghai with its population of 19m was the industrial, trade and financial centre of China. The trip to the city will include the official opening of ConnectChina’s new office and the chance to arrange business-to-business meetings through the Shanghai Technology and Innovation Centre. Xi’an is the most developed engineering centre of northwest China. High-tech industries account for 50% of the city’s industrial output split between ICT, automotive and aerospace. It also has a strong service sector. Go to www.connectchina. co.uk

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KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS 

property

Family firm ‘back home’ A funeral business has “come home” with the dedication of new premises in Honley. Radcliffe Funeral Service, owned by husband and wife Andrew and Gwen Schofield, has opened a new funeral home at Westgate – just yards away from the site where Gwen’s father Brian Radcliffe started the family business 50 years ago. The new home complements Radcliffe’s existing site at Kirkheaton, which opened in 2009. The premises at Honley were bought in July last year and were opened in December after major refurbishment to provide a large office and reception area, two viewing rooms and car parking to the rear with disabled access. Gwen said: “The building was an empty shell when we got it and had been disused for quite a while. Everything was back to the bare walls - but I could see its potential.” She said: “We had been looking for somewhere in the Honley area for more years than I care to think. In March last year, I was driving past and saw the ‘To Let’ sign outside and decided to have a look.” The premises had previously been a kitchen and bathroom retailer and many years earlier had been a butcher’s shop. Gwen joined the family business of joiners and funeral directors on leaving school in 1976 and qualified as an embalmer in 1983 as well as passing the Diploma in Funeral Directing with the National Association of Funeral Directors in the same year. Gwen’s husband Andrew joined the firm in 2009, gaining his diploma in 2012. Both are members of the British Institute of Funeral Directors while Gwen is also a member of the British Institute of Embalmers and was awarded fellowship of the Institute in February, 2013.

■■ Attending the dedication of the new Honley premises of Radcliffe Funeral Service are (back, from left) the Rev Liam Beadle, the Very Rev Henry Stapleton, Simon Fisher, Clr Martyn Bolt and the Rev Tim Moore with (seated) Andrew and Gwen Schofield

The premises originally occupied by Brian Radcliffe remain a joinery business to this day. The dedication of the new premises was conducted by the Very Rev Henry Stapleton, the Rev Timothy Moore and the Rev Liam Beadle. Also attending

were Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney; the Mayor of Kirklees Clr Martyn Bolt, who unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion; and Simon Fisher, president of the National Association of Funeral Directors, who officially opened the funeral home.

Rise in new registrations The number of new homes registered in the UK increased by 14% during the three months to the end of February against the same period last year, according to figures from the National House Building Council (NHBC). However, Yorkshire and Humber went against the trend with 1,452 registrations during the quarter compared to 1,548 for the same period last year. In total 29,557 new homes were registered from December, 2013, to February, 2014, compared to 26,004 for the corresponding period 12 months ago. The UK total for February alone was down at 9,484 against 10,538 for the same month in 2013 – possibly a knock-on effect of the bad weather at the start of the year. NHBC commercial director Richard Tamayo said the results for February in isolation were not particularly strong, but the rolling quarter showed registrations continued to rise. He said: “There is still a way to go before the country starts seeing figures on a par with prerecession registration statistics, but the new measures revealed in the Budget show that the Government remains committed to boosting the house-building sector.”


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HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014  

KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS 

property

Letting agents ‘upfront about fees’ Most letting agents are upfront about the fees their tenants have to pay, according to a survey. The survey by the UK Association of Letting Agents found that four out of five tenants said their letting agent explained what fees they would be required to pay at the beginning of the tenancy, either comprehensively or in part. However, one in 10 tenants say their agent did not explain what fees they’d be required to pay from the outset and a further 10% couldn’t recall what information they received in relation to tenancy charges. The findings come before impor■■ Workmen erecting the wind turbine at the recycling plant at Denholme, Bradford

Wind power roars for Leo A Huddersfield company has helped another West Yorkshire firm harness wind power. Shepley-based Newgen was main contractor on a £250,000 scheme for a new wind tubine at the Bradford plant of Omega Proteins, part of recycling and green energy business Leo Group. Since it was erected at Erling Works in Half Acre Road, Denholme, the turbine has already offset more than 21,500 kg of carbon dioxide. The energy saving so far is the equivalent to an individual carbon footprint created by flying twice around the world in a plane, or a computer being switched on for aalmost 2,000 years. Jane Brindle, group technical manager at Leo Group, said: “As a company focused on renewable energy and sustainability,

considering our impact on the environment is at the forefront of everything we do. “We are all very excited about the introduction of this green energy supply for our Bradford site and will be closely monitoring the amount of energy it produces. “The new wind turbine is an additional way that we are helping to further reduce the company’s carbon footprint.” The turbine is the latest in a series of investments underlining the Leo Group’s commitment to renewable energy and sustainable business practices. Last year, to mark World Environment Day, the company planted 1,500 trees at the site as well as at its headquarters in Swalesmoor, Halifax. Omega Proteins produces renewable energy

sources used in cars and industry. One of the products made by the company is tallow, a natural byproduct from animal waste, which is a key component in the process to create an advanced form of biodiesel that can be used in modern diesel engines. The Leo Group employs more than 400 people across its 10 operational sites in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The company’s investment strategy sees 98% of its retained profits re-invested back into the business. This includes long-term investment in renewable energy technologies to widen its service portfolio and diversify into energy generation. Newgen specialises in developing and installing solar and wind energy systems.

Firm getting totally tropical A landscaping company in Huddersfield has plans to create a tropical paradise at a forthcoming industry show. Hot on the heels of the successful launch of its new GrassGreener artificial lawn product at last year’s show, Kirkburton firm Paxman Landscapes is set to unveil a “tropical dream courtyard” show garden at Harrogate Spring Show. The event takes place at

the Great Yorkshire Showground from April 24 to 27, 2014, Under the Professional category, Paxman Landscapes will build the garden which will showcase the team’s skills in the construction of walls, raised beds and pathways as well as their planting and design expertise. The garden has an air of the tropics and will be scattered with ferns, climbers, bamboos, grass-

es and exotic plants as well as garden structures, lighting and a seat for visitors to rest and take in the garden’s full splendour. Justin Paxman, company director and the person responsible for the concept and construction of the garden, said, “We hope to create a little tropical corner of Harrogate during the Show, and to share a Piña Colada with everyone who takes time to enjoy the garden with us.”

tant legislative changes that will grant both tenants and landlords the right to independent redress if their letting agent fails to resolve a complaint to their satisfaction. The requirement, part of the Enterprise & Regulatory Reform Act, will mean all letting agents in England must belong to a government approved property redress scheme when implemented later this year. UKALA and Ombudsman Services have announced a partnership that will see all existing and future UKALA members automatically comply with the forthcoming requirements ahead of time, should

the redress scheme gain government approval to operate under the new legislation. Ombudsman Services is one of the leading providers of independent redress in the property sector and has over 12 years’ experience of dealing with property disputes. If approved by the government, the partnership will mean that all UKALA members will automatically comply with the forthcoming legislative requirements. Richard Price, UKALA executive director, said: “Our research findings suggest the majority of agents are upfront with their tenants about the fees they charge.”


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TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014 HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER

KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS  Tim Welton

Appointment to partner

movers and shakers

Louise is lauded for promoting tourism By HENRYK ZIENTEK Business Reporter henryk.zientek@examiner.co.uk

Law firm Chadwick Lawrence has appointed Tim Welton as partner. Chadwick Lawrence, which has offices at Railway Street in Huddersfield, said the appointment came in recognition of Mr Welton’s profile in the Wakefield business community and his numerous achievements in the dispute resolution team, Mr Welton (pictured above right with managing partner Jeremy Garside) studied ancient history and archaeology at Liverpool University. He joined Chadwick Lawrence in August, 1996, as a paralegal in the criminal department and has been with the firm ever since. He completed a post graduate diploma in Law at Huddersfield University before qualifying as a solicitor in May, 2006, and works at the Wakefield office as team leader of the dispute resolution team.

Mr Welton is also an expert in road traffic offences and privatelyfunded criminal law and continues to work in the criminal department. He chairs a number of local groups, including the Wakefield Enterprise Partnership Professional Group and Wakefield is Working Group. He is a founder and committee member of Wakefield Annual Christmas Charity Lunch, which last year raised £14,000 for the Performance Academy at Wakefield Theatre Royal. He is a director of Wakefield-based social enterprise Topic UK. Mr Garside said: ‘The dispute resolution team has grown significantly over the past few years and Tim has played a pivotal role in this growth and the development of the firm in the Wakefield community. Therefore, we are delighted to announce his promotion to partner.”

Seeking out ‘intrapreneurs’ Freeserve founder Ajaz Ahmed isto be a key speaker at a conference on “intrapreneurship” this month. Ajaz will be joined by Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, at the event to be held on Wednesday, April 23 at the premises of Steelcase Solutions in Leeds. The aim is to encourage businesses to harness the passion and entrepreneurial spirit within companies, creating a culture for “intrapreneurs”. Jamil Ahmed, head of marketing and customer services at the Centre for Enterprise Ltd, said: “Following the behaviour of some sectors, we are gravitating towards a nation of businesses which no longer take risks. “Taking the safe option will result in our economy stagnating, so we want to encourage

businesses of all sizes and across all disciplines as well as within the public sector, to initiate their individual entrepreneurial journeys which will help to stimulate creativity, challenge boundaries, build amazing businesses and grow the economy. “Ajaz Ahmed is an exceptional individual and much-sought after speaker. “He successfully persuaded his then employer Dixons to set up the ISP Freeserve - which at its peak was valued at £9bn and is one of the best and well-known examples of an intrapreneur. Ajaz said: “I’m looking forward to talking about how people can achieve success without leaving their companies to set up risky businesses on their own.” For details of the event,, go to www.intrapreneurhub.com

It’s a double scoop for Huddersfield. Louise Holmes, co-founder of Denby Dale ice cream company Yummy Yorkshire, has beaten off stiff competition to win the title Woman in Tourism of the Year at the 2014 Network She Foundation International Women’s Day Awards. Her success follows that of Kate Hardcastle, of Huddersfield-based business transformation company Insight With Passion, who took the title Woman of Influence in the 2013 awards and hosted this year’s ceremony. Louise Holmes was presented with the award at De Vere St David’s Hotel, near Chester. The awards are organised by the North West and Yorkshire networking organisation Network She and are now in their seventh year. The event recognises and rewards the inspiring achievements of women in business who continue to succeed in their chosen field during such difficult, turbulent and unpredictable times. This year’s awards also saw the official launch of the new Network She Foundation Charity, which aims to get businesses to pool together their skills and resources to help charities and to develop woman and young people from across the country and beyond. Louise established Yummy Yorkshire with

■■ Louise Holmes (centre) receives her prize with event host Kate Hardcastle (right) and Pat Frost, of

her husband Jeremy in 2007 to diversify their milk processing business and to enhance the value of milk from their herd. She is responsible for ice cream production and the development of new flavours as well as marketing, PR and administrative work for the Denby Dale-based company. Yummy Yorkshire produces 35,500 litres of ice cream a year, supplying farm shops, res-

taurants and visitor attractions across the county. It also has its own ice cream parlour and coffee shop on the farm Speaking about her award win, Louise said: “It’s such an honour to receive this award and it’s testament to how far we have come from selling our ice cream from the farm gate to becoming a visitor attraction in our own right. I’m over the moon to have won.”

Michelle brings a third dimension Three is definitely a magic number for Huddersfield-based Brook Business Recovery. The company, which is based at the town’s Media Centre, celebrates its third anniversary this month – and has started the new financial year with the addition of a third member to the team. Charles Brook and Manraj Mand have been joined by Michelle Chatterton, a licensed insolvency practitoner who has significant experience in the world of business recovery and insolvency. Ms Chatterton has worked for top 10 practices at offices across the north of England. Her experience covers a broad range of corporate work. Her key focus at Brook Business Recovery is in the owner-managed sector.

Ms Chatterton worked with Mr Brook in a former business which also provided solutions for businesses and their owners facing financially distressing circumstances. Brook Business Recovery also advises individuals on personal financial problems and provides working solutions such as Individual Voluntary Arrangements to help resolve debt issues. Mr Mand works with Mr Brook and Ms Chatterton on all projects, but is especially skilled in the field of personal debt advice. The firm also provides nonaccountancy advice and support directly to business owners and also to accountants, lawyers and other professionals wanting to deliver their clients a full package of support services.

■■ Charles Brook (centre) with Michelle Chatterton and Manraj Mand

IoD chief economist set to meet Yorkshire directors A senior economist is heading to Yorkshire to meet the region’s business leaders. James Sproule, chief economist at the Institute of Directors, will be “in conversation” with IoD members and their guests on April 30 at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds to discover the challenges

they face and the measures they want the IoD to take up on their behalf. Also taking part will be Caleb Deeks, deputy director for innovation and growth at HM Treasury, who will discuss how policy is formulated and decided. A spokeswoman for the IoD

said Mr Sproule, who took up his post in January, was committed to sharing his own vision for economic policy and how that should be tailored to boost growth – but also wanted to hear the difficulties Yorkshire members face. He has already set up a monthly breakfast Economic Update with

members to encourage regular dialogue between the IoD’s Pall Mall HQ and the regions, but is keen to hear form those unable to get to the London events. He has argued that distributing wealth to all is vital for a successful recovery – but not at the cost of taxing high earners.

Kirklees Business News 08/04/14  

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