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Textile firm makes its mark worldwide

A leading Huddersfield textile firm has joined a global marketing initiative. Woollen yarn spinner Z Hinchliffe & Sons Ltd, which has operations at Denby Dale and at Dalry in Ayrshire, Scotland, has joined The Woolmark Company Quality Assurance Programme for wool. The company will be an active participant in the global Woolmark Gold marketing initiative, used primarily in China to identify Merino wool as a premium luxury ingredient in quality apparel. The Woolmark symbol was launched in 1964 to counteract the global rise in the production and purchase of chemical-based fibres. This year, the symbol is celebrating its 50th anniversary – which is crucial at a time of ever growing interest in the environmental impact of fashion. Appearing on more than 5bn products since its launch, the Woolmark symbol is trusted as an international independent hallmark of quality and a guarantee that any garment which carries the mark has been manufactured with an entirely renewable natural resource, quality and integrity throughout the processing pipeline. Z Hinchliffe, founded in 1766, spins more than 1m kilos of yarn per year for speciality

knitwear and woollen weaving. The company traditionally sources its much sought after lamb’s wool in the Geelong area of Victoria in Australia, purchasing the majority of the available lamb’s wool clip annually. It has a reputation for soft, quality consistency and durable lamb’s wool yarns in a spectrum of shades each season. The firm has maintained a long established tradition of direct wool grower involvement in fibre sourcing for the company’s luxury premium brand customers. Peter Ackroyd, global strategic adviser for the Woolmark Company, said: “I have known Hinchliffe for many years and have always

been impressed by the way leading fashion houses around the world specify Z Hinchliffe yarn as an essential ingredient brand to their products. “With such an emphasis on consistent excellence, Hinchliffe perfectly represents the Woolmark strategy and philosophy of promoting Merino wool through the use of the Woolmark symbol as a quality assurance for an increasing numbers of consumers concerned about the provenance of premium brands.” Z Hinchliffe joins the Woolmark programme at a time when the Yorkshire woollen and worsted manufacturing industry is enjoying a strong resurgence as consumers – especially from China and Japan – demand the craftsmanship and heritage offered by British manufacturing. “The sourcing of British yarns and fabrics responds to an increasing consumer demand for greater accountability and transparency in the expanding quality sector of the fashion market,” said director James Hinchliffe. “We are delighted to see our yarns being increasingly specified by Chinese customers eager to showcase fashion integrity with the quality assurance our company has prided itself in for generations gone and generations to come,”

Food retailer gets a whole new look as Brighouse goes back to the 1940s A Brighouse business – which has been at the heart of the town centre for 32 years – has unveiled a new look. Mr Pizza, taken over by Des and Samantha Claypole last year, has been serving pizzas, potatoes and more to residents, businesses and visitors to Brighouse since 1982. The Bethel Street outlet is now launching a new look just in time for the Brighouse 1940s Weekend and will have a street café and stall as part of the event on Saturday and Sunday. The new look has been developed by working with fellow Brighouse business Waverley Consultancy, which specialises in communi-

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cations, media and strategy for individuals and companies. The work will showcase Mr Pizza’s own food, with pictures taken by a member of staff who is studying photography, and includes a new website – www.mymrpizza.co.uk – and development of Mr Pizza’s social media channels. Mr Claypole said: “Mr Pizza is a name familiar to people across Brighouse and our new look aims to reinforce what we offer and build on the work of the previous owner who set up the business in 1982. “We pride ourselves on being different by

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using fresh ingredients, freshly cooked every day so when people buy from Mr Pizza they know they are getting a high quality product. “ It is that approach that has been so successful for the past 32 years and it is one we will be building on in the weeks and months ahead.” Stephen Naylor, Director of Waverley Consultancy, said: “We were delighted to be asked to work with Des and Sam to develop the look of a business so familiar to many across Brighouse. Mr Pizza is known for high quality food and our fresh new look for the shop aims to reflect that.”

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Future of manufacturing is focus for major conference Businesses, schools and colleges in Kirklees are being urged to sign up for a free conference focusing on the future of manufacturing. The one-day event is being run by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, in partnership with Siemens on June 25 at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool. The event will focus on skills, diversity and attracting more science, technology, engineering and maths students to manufacturing as well as tackling the key issues facing manufacturing and engineering companies as they emerge from the recession. It will pull together industry experts and business leaders to debate the future of manufacturing, the challenges and opportunities of “Make it Britain” and how the country can

secure the world-class skills and talent required for manufacturing growth to carry on at a pace. The event is part of the prestigious International Festival for Business, which will put Britain on the world stage, showcasing the strength and the diversity of its businesses and skills. Andy Tuscher, Yorkshire and Humber region director at EEF, said: “The IFB will be bringing the world to Liverpool and we want to ensure that businesses, schools and colleges in Yorkshire are making the most of this golden opportunity. “Our event with Siemens will be the flagship of Manufacturing, Science and Technology Week at the IFB and I would urge anyone interested in our sector to sign up and get involved.” For more details go to: www.eef.org.uk/ifb

Chance for food and drink entrepreneurs to stand out The search is on for Britain’s best food and drink entrepreneurs. Business people in Kirklees have been urged to compete for the firstever Investec Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2014. The competition – which is free to enter at www.investecfoodanddrinkentrepreneuroftheyear.com – aims to recognise producers and retailers of all sizes – with winner scooping a £5,000 prize. The judging panel includes businessman

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Luke Johnson, bst known for his involvement with Pizza Express; Lord Karan Bilimoria, co-founder of Cobra Beer; and Julian Metcalfe, founder of Pret a Manger. The competition is sponsored by Investec, the specialist bank with deep entrepreneurial roots and a core focus on working with entrepreneurs and their businesses. The closing date for entries is Friday, September 12, 2014. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 6.

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