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Tutors learning a lesson in business dersfield New College and in Batley.” She said: “We have been working on this since we got our redundancy notices and we have signed a partnership agreement. We launched the business on July 4 – Independent Day, which was rather appropriate!” Dominique said the partners also had business experience to draw on. “I came into teaching about nine years ago,” she said. “Before that, I worked for 25 years at a workers’ co-operative and learned quite a lot about various facets of running a business, such as marketing and finance. “Vicky has also worked as a manager.” Dominique said teaching modern languages was vital for the UK economy – not just for people holidaying or working abroad. “If we give up completely on foreign languages, how are we and our children going to get jobs on the British, European and global markets? Employers will seek people who speak English, but also their native language such as French, Spanish or Italian. F G o t o w w w. m o d e r n l a n g u ag e school.co.uk
101 to 500 employees more than halved year-on-year, falling from 0.17% to 0.08%. Yorkshire logged 144 insolvencies in June – 3.8% up on the same month last year. The tally was unchanged as a percentage of the total business “popula-
A SHOP supplying artists’ materials is under new ownership. Calder Graphics has been part of the Huddersfield town centre scene since 1979, but hit hard times in recent years before closing down earlier this year. Now Stuart Hoyle has acquired the business and has ambitious plans for the future.
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■ BUSINESS CLASS: Language teachers (from left) Lynne Hill, Vicky Addy and Dominique Rebout, who have set up The Modern language School after losing their jobs at Kirklees College
Failure rates down for UK’s larger companies MID-SIZED and large businesses are performing better, says to a survey. The latest Insolvency Index from business information group Experian showed that firms employing 51 to 100 staff saw failure rates drop from 0.23% in June, 2010, to 0.19% last month. The rate of failure among firms with
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THREE language lecturers from Kirklees College have bounced back from redundancy to set up their own business. Lynne Hill, Vicky Addy and Dominique Rebout found themselves out of work after Kirklees College cut back on adult education provision. Now they have formed a partnership, The Modern Language School to support their current adult learners in Huddersfield, Holmfirth and Batley – and provide language training for businesses, young children, individuals and students needing coaching for GCSE or A-level exams. The trio are staging an open day between 11am and 2pm on Saturday, August 6, at the Storthes Hall campus, Kirkburton. Dominique said: “When the college closed down our section, the three of us decided we wanted to continue and not leave our learners in the lurch. “We had exchanged resources and ideas when we were working for the college. “Vicky lives in Holmfirth and Lynne lives in Shepley. We are using my address in Brighouse as a postal address, but most of the classes will be at Storthes Hall. We will also have classes at Hud-
tion” for the region at 0.12%. The East Midlands was the most improved region in June, 2011, with the rate dropping from 0.11% in June last year to 0.09%. The South West had the lowest rate of failures, with just 0.07% of the business population becoming insolv-
ent last month. Experian’s figures showed that the UK failure rate was stable at 0.09%. Construction and building materials were the worst-hit sectors. The best-perfor ming sectors included chemicals, pharmaceuticals, mining and utilities.
Bearing the load KIRKBURTON firm Easilift Loading Systems has completed a £6.5m contract – the largest of its kind in the UK – to install loading bay equipment at a Tesco grocery distribution centre.
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Takeover secures care homes’ future A FORMER boss of Priory clinics has stepped in to help rescue 249 care homes facing an uncertain future with the demise of Southern Cross. NHP, which owns a third of the homes run by Southern, will form a new care home operating company in conjunction with Court Cavendish, a healthcare turnaround specialist headed by industry veteran Dr Chai Patel. Staff working at the homes will be retained to ensure a seamless transition to the new operator. Dr Patel, who re-established Court Cavendish in 2007 after the Priory chain of rehab clinics he led was sold in 2005, said: “We hope this announcement is the start of bringing to an end the uncertainty that residents, their families and staff in all the homes have had to endure over the last few months.”
He said the two companies would work towards building an integrated health and care service company – with Court Cavendish holding an equity stake in the new company. “The country cannot afford another company to go through what happened to Southern Cross,” the former NHS doctor said. Southern Cross, the UK’s largest care home operator with 31,000 residents, ran into crippling financial problems this year due to a combination of a rising rent bill and declining fees from local authorities as occupancy rates declined. The firm’s homes in Huddersfield are Abbey Place Care Centre, Fartown; Alwoodleigh Care Centre, Edgerton; Botham Hall, Milnsbridge; Bryan Wood Care Centre, Edgerton; and Astley Grange, Fartown. The group had tried to negotiate a
■ CROSS PURPOSES: Rescuers have moved to save 249 care homes
deal with its landlords to enable it to survive, but all 80 of the owners of its properties decided to walk away from the group, leaving it with no choice but to announce it would shut down. NHP said the new company will rent the same properties, but will not be
subject to the same financial uncertainty that dogged Southern Cross. It is retaining £14m of interest payments due this month and £14m due in October to provide funding for the new operator, which will continue to use back office services provided by Southern Cross. The new company is likely to take over at the end of October after a four-month handover period. NHP’s move follows an earlier decision by landlords of 250 of Southern Cross’s other homes to take them back and operate them themselves. It still means the fate of one third of the 752 homes is undecided, with negotiations ongoing with their landlords. The Government has insisted residents will not be affected by the restructuring, though there have been suggestions that some will have to close and patients be moved.
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TOUR operator Thomas Cook gave a lift to its beleaguered share price by announcing a one-year extension to its banking facilities. The new arrangement, which comprises a £200m loan and £850m credit facility through to May, 2014, comes a week after Thomas Cook shocked markets with its third profits warning in a year. Shares closed ... as investors also digested speculation that the company may sell £200m of assets in order to reduce debt. The group is reportedly seeking buyers for several hotels and a European office, as well as its stake in air traffic control service NATS.
A LEADING business group has urged the Government to cut VAT for construction and tourist firms following a “dramatic” slump in confidence. The Federation of Small Businesses said VAT should fall to 5% in the two sectors to encourage consumer spending. VAT increased from 17.5% to 20% at the start of the year, but the FSB said cutting it now would help create jobs and boost consumer spending in tourism and construction – something it said the Government’s growth plan had failed to do. A survey of 1,600 firms by the FSB
In addition to the extended lending arrangement, Thomas Cook said the 2.75% interest margin on the facilities had been reduced with immediate effect. It is now 2.25% on the loan while the credit facility has been reduced to between 2% and 2.5% depending on the amount used. Chief financial of ficer Paul Hollingworth said: “We are pleased that we have extended the terms of our committed bank facilities.” Thomas Cook warned last week that rising duel costs, the consumer downturn and turmoil in north Africa meant full-year operating profits be £60m less than expected.
showed a decline in confidence among companies in recent months. FSB chairman John Walker said: “The economy is still in a fragile state and these figures clearly show that the Government’s growth strategy is just not working. “In an economy characterised by high unemployment and muted demand, more needs to be done to encourage businesses to take on staff and grow their business so that the recovery can really get back on track. “We now need the Government’s actions to match its rhetoric, and it must finally deliver on actions.”
Page 2 Need for certainty THE sale of the Government’s stake in bailed out banks Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group is unlikely until there is more certainty over the regulations they will face, the body managing the investments said. UK Financial Investments, which manages the Government’s 41% stake in Lloyds and 83% holding in RBS, said in its annual report it will increasingly focus on how to sell the investments as part of the largest ever privatisation programme in the UK. But it added that greater regulatory certainty is needed to create a stable trading environment and allow the City to put a value on the businesses.
Shares slump THE London market fell by 1.5% yesterday as banking shares took a hammering amid fresh fears about the eurozone debt crisis. Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds saw their shares dive more than 6% despite none of the four UK banks having failed the banking stress tests, which were published on Friday. The FTSE 100 Index fell by 90.9 points to 5752.8 after analysts considered the prospect of a Greek debt default.
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KIRKLEES BUSINESS NEWS TECHNOLOGY holds no fears for Richard Chadwick. The 32-year-old managing director of Huddersfield Hi Fi Centre and Audiovation enjoys the challenges thrown up by the ever-advancing digital age. Wrestling with the technicalities of installing the latest home cinema system with 100-inch screen is second nature to him. But he also values tradition – as head of a family firm which has been part of Huddersfield’s retail landscape for more than 40 years. Richard’s father Hugh began working at Huddersfield Hi Fi Centre in 1970 and bought the business in 1988. Young Richard started working in the store at Cross Church Street when he was just 12. His mother Anne still works for the firm, handling administration for both the retailing division and Audiovation, the installation business. Says Richard: “I was a pupil at Rastrick High School and grew up in Brighouse. I went to Huddersfield University and did a business degree. As part of that, I did 12 months working in marketing for the catalogue store GUS in Leeds. It was useful to see how a big company operated.” Richard joined the family business and soon found himself running its Halifax shop. He muses: “There was a time when I thought I might become a professional golfer, but I quickly realised that was not going to be. I have played golf from the age of 14 and played at Fixby. But more recently I haven’t had time to devote to it. Instead, I keep fit by going to the gym three times a week.” Richard has also grown up with changing technology. “When the business started in 1970, it was purely hi-fi and we still have that hi-fi heritage,” he says. “People have grown up with us! We are still happy to be a town centre shop, although online sales have widened the scope for us. People want quality products, support and service.” Richard recognises the value in running two strands to the business. “It means we don’t have all our eggs in one basket,” he says. “On the retail side, you get customers who have read all the hi-fi magazines and know what they want. On the installation side, people don’t know exactly what they want, so they need someone to set it up so that the system is used to its full capability. “Everyone knows where we are. Until four years ago, the shop was very traditional – a hi-fi shop with grey slats on the walls and lots of products on the shelves. We completely refitted it and put more installation products in as
Starring on the silver screen well as a demonstration system with a screen which comes out of the ceiling. We have the most respected brands because we have been around a long time.” Says Richard: “We started opening Sundays a few weeks ago and I do one in three Sundays. On those occasions, I work a six day week because I’m busy Monday to Friday in the shop or working on projects. At the end of the week, I often have meetings with customers. When it’s your own business, you end up wearing many hats.” He adds: “During July, we will be launching our new website, which is a full click-and-buy website to allow people to buy from us or use it as a shop window to get people into the store. Another website for Audiovation will be aimed at end-users, developers and builders who may want to work with us.” Although the hi-fi market remains buoyant, the potential for Audiovation to grow is clear. “We have increasingly moved into the installation business over the past 10 years,” says Richard. “Now people are installing technology into new buildings or integrating technology into existing buildings. We are now designing packages which
include IT, security, entry controls, curtain controls, lighting, audio and cinema systems. “People are cramming more and more technology into their houses and they want the IT hardware ‘hidden’. They need people like us to help them do it right. We have links with interior designers, architect firms and developers. We have people we have worked with over the years, such as cabinetmakers, electricians and IT programmers. “We have converted a number of garages or swimming pools into home cinemas with screens which drop down from the ceiling. It is a family thing now – families settling down together to watch a film. “We put a big cinema system into one house, a system worth £60,000. Once the system was working, the other tradesmen working on the house came into the room to see what we’d done. There can be difficulties sometimes, but there is still a buzz when the system works for the first time!” Richard knows he’s in an industry that never stands still. He undertook training in America to become a THX certified professional. THX is the cinema system developed by George Lucas because he did not think that
conventional cinema systems did justice to the scope of his space epic Star Wars. Richard also attends major trade shows such as the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Home Technology Show in London and exhibitions in Berlin and Amsterdam. “The shows are important because people asking me to design a system for them deserve the best help possible,” he says. “They show what technology is coming in. By being able to see and assess it, we can make a business decision about what brands we should be aligning with and what products we should be promoting. “Technology moves at such a ferocious pace. There’s a saying that once Sony load their latest television onto the lorry and close the doors, it is already out of date!” Keeping up with
technology keeps Richard very busy. “Last year, I didn’t take a holiday – apart from attending trade shows! I have been to Dubai a couple of times because I have a friend working out there. But I realise the importance of having downtime to re-charge your batteries because things can get very pressured.” But there’s still time for relaxation. “My musical taste ranges from bands like Coldplay to dance and rock,” says Richard. “I was brought up with lots of different types of music. I’m also into films – the big blockbusters look good on our systems with high-definition and good quality sound. But I still go to the cinema. I’m at the Odeon quite a lot. I’ve also been to IMAX with its eight-storey high screen.” And he adds: “We still have a real passion for what we do.”
Huddersfield Hi Fi Ltd t/a Audiovation Work: Audio visual and hi-fi systems Sites: Cross Church Street in Huddersfield Employees: Eight Phone: 01484 424000 Email: info@audio vation.co.uk Website: www. huddersfield hifi.co.uk
On the board with Incentives for Valued Employees Did you know that by using an employee share scheme you can provide your employees with a valuable incentive which is taxed as capital rather than as income? The highest rate of taxation charged on income is currently 50% whereas capital gains are taxed at a maximum of 28%. There are a range of share schemes to suit your requirements. The most ﬂexible is the enterprise management incentive scheme (EMI). If EMI does not meet your needs there are other share based incentives that may be suitable.
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Shares schemes can be used in place of a cash bonus to tie in key members of staff, enabling them to participate in the future growth of the business.
■ RICHARD CHADWICK: Enjoys the challenge of running a business in the fast-paced world of technology
Role: Managing director Age: 32 Family: Girlfriend Stacey Holidays: Dubai, Cyprus Car: Mercedes C250 First job: Part-time in the shop Best thing about job: I have a passion for technology and a genuine interest in what we do Worst thing about job: Working in technology can be frustrating at times Business tip: Whatever you do, make sure you give good customer service.
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Artist supply shop back in the frame A SHOP supplying artists’ materials is drawing the customers – under new ownership. Calder Graphics has been part of the Huddersfield town centre scene since 1979, but hit hard times in recent years before closing down earlier this year. Now Stuart Hoyle has acquired the business and has ambitious plans for the future. Huddersfield-born Mr Hoyle takes on the business with 15 years experience in retailing, working in management roles for Tesco and Sainsbury’s and latterly operating an online business supplying artists’ equipment. Mr Hoyle, who lives in Fixby and studied business management at Huddersfield University, said: “When I heard there was an opportunity to buy Calder Graphics, I decided to go for it. “Coming from a retail background, my ambition has always been to move into my own retail outlet.” He added: “There is tremendous demand from both professional and amateur artists as well as students. “It is an opportunity to bring
some of my existing stock into the shop and expand into other areas.” Mr Hoyle said he was modernising the shop, which occupies a double unit at the Victorian Byram Arcade, and is using his experience in supermarket store layouts to make more space for customers as well as improving storage. He is joined by employees Michelle Bomber and Nick Tomlinson. Mr Hoyle said: “I am trying to cater for all generations with new products such as spray paints as well as traditional artists’ supplies such as acrylics. “If there are products customers are seeking, I will be willing to bring them into the store.” As part of promotional activity for the re-opened store, Leeds-based artist Les Childs was at the arcade at the weekend to give a demonstration of his artistic skills. “Feedback from customers has been astonishing,” said Mr Hoyle. “It is a very specialist market and Calder Graphics had built up a good name. We are getting customers from all over Yorkshire.”
■ SYSTEMS: Martin Page (left), director of P2 Technologies, with An Wood, Kingsgate operations manag
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■ ART CLASS: Stuart Hoyle (centre), proprietor of Calder Graphics, with customer assistants Nick Tomlinson and Michelle Bomber
IT company is Town’s key partner A FOOTBALL club has updated its links with a computer firm. Huddersfield Town has confirmed that South Yorkshire IT business CBC Computers has renewed its official partnership with the Galpharm club for another year. CBC Computers is one of the biggest providers of IT infrastructure services in the region. The extension of its partnership with the club will see its brand feature prominently around the stadium throughout the 2011/12 season. For a number of years CBC has provided IT support to the Huddersfield Town Academy, but the relationship has moved up a gear recently – with CBC getting involved with Town supporters. The firm sponsored a set of free vuvuzela horns in the club’s family stand for the 2010/11 season-opening game against Tranmere Rovers. CBC managing director Mark Goodwin said: “We are very proud to be associated for a second year with Huddersfield Town – a local club that has strong family and local business values. We have seen first hand the club’s progression on and off the field over the last year and we look forward to this continuing”
A SHOPPING centre in Huddersfield has joined forces with a technology firm to increas the efficiency of its IT systems. Kingsgate brought in Lockwood-based business IT specialist P2 Technologies to hel the retail complex enhance its business operations – by delivering an outsourced proactiv IT service with 24/ 7 monitoring o systems together with cost controlled on-site and remote support. In addition, P2 will provide strategic IT advice and guidance ensure that the centre’s IT system are continually updated and at th forefront of all technological developments – while allowing centre staff to focus on the day-to-day running of the business. Andy Wood, operations manager Kingsgate, said: “P2 have provide us with a cost-effective IT solutio which will provide us with the support we need. Their customer service is excellent and I am confident there will always be someone on the end of the phone should we need it.” Martin Page, director of P2 Technologies, said: “We are pleased to be working with Kingsgate to provide the centre with the ongoing IT support it requires. “Our service provides Kingsgate with the reassurance that any IT problems or issues will be dealt with immediately – often before th client is even aware there is a problem. We will also be on hand to offer ongoing strategic advice providing the business with up to date IT solutions.”
■ LINKED IN: Town commercial director Sean Jarvis (seated left) and advertising manager Mark Jacobs (right) with Ben Mitchell and Mark Goodwin, of CBC Computers
BRAND consultancy 10 Associates, based at Bradley, has been recruited by Skipton Financial Services to help create marketing campaign for branches of the Skipton Building Societies across the UK. Skipton marketing manager Iain Tyrer said: “They have delivered some fantastic designs which we are confident will make a significant impact in the financia market place.”
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Exporting offers route to success recently attended a business Ileading event where one of HSBC’s economists high-
lighted to the audience the significant role that exporting has to play in the economic recovery of UK Plc. So I thought I’d return to this important subject in this column. During the past 150 years, trade has fuelled economic growth and development around the world, widened choice for consumers and businesses, increased access to new markets, driven innovation and prompted development in new skills. Modern communications and technologies have accelerated this pattern over the last 20 years and there has never been a better time to explore world markets. In addition, research shows that companies with an international presence have been in a better position to weather the economic storm, as they are less dependent on one market.
BANKER’S BLOG Jill Hague
With the emerging markets offering huge potential for overseas trade, they are also poised to access our existing markets. So we know how important it is for the UK to take advantage of this myriad of opportunities and not lose out. But for many budding exporters the prospect of developing an international platform, however modest the aspiration, can be daunting. HSBC has unrivalled presence across the world, with 7,500 offices in 87 countries and territories across Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, North, Central and South America, the Middle East and
Africa, and is therefore able to aid global business connections. International trade is an integral part of the bank’s “DNA” and its global network allows businesses to take advantage of one banking relationship, in addition to expertise in everything you need to know about trading overseas. Many businesses require lending to build international trade and a clear message from HSBC is that we are very much open for business and keen to lend to viable propositions. Approaching a bank about funding should not create the same dread as a visit to the dentist, but it
Jill Hague is HSBC area commercial director for Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield
does need some time spent on preparing your business plan so you are better able to demonstrate the skills and business acumen banks are looking for before deciding to invest. Banks need to see you have a good understanding of your business and your ability to run it and generate profits. They’ll want to see that you have management expertise and knowledge of your marketplace and environment and, of course, they’ll look at your financial track record. So consider getting advice on your business plan or help from a mentor. It’s worth having a conversation with us whatever your business aspirations, whether or not you are interested in trading abroad. But if you are exploring the possibility of expanding overseas and just don’t know where to start, or if you are already doing, why not see what we can do to improve the way you do businesses?
Time to join the Games YORKSHIRE firms completing contracts for the 2012 London Olympics are set to help other companies in the region go for gold. Some 100 delegates to a meeting of the Yorkshire Business Club on Friday will have the chance to hear about the experience of companies which landed contracts for next summer’s sporting extravaganza. With many of the larger contracts already completed, it’s an opportunity for smaller or niche Yorkshire businesses to learn how to capitalise on the opportunities. About half of contracts are based outside London – and more than half of suppliers are small and medium-sized firms. The event, entitled 365 Days and Counting, will be held at The Rose Bowl in Leeds and will be opened by Emma Tiernan, manager of the Yorkshire Gold Business Club, which has organised the event in partnership with Leeds City Council. Other speakers will include Paralympic swimmer Claire Cashmore and women’s boxer Nikki Adams. The event is free, but registration is required. Go to www.ygbc.co.uk
Bribery and corruption? he Bribery Act 2010 came T into force on July 1, consolidating the previous common
law provisions relating to bribery and corruption. The scope of offences has now widened; prohibited conduct under the Act now involves offering a financial or other advantage to induce someone to do something improper or to reward them for having done so. Obvious ways in which individuals and businesses can fall foul of the Act include bribing someone, accepting a bribe, bribing a foreign public official and failing to prevent bribery by someone performing services for, or acting on, its behalf. Many businesses have expressed concern about whether gifts, hospitality, entertainment, charitable donations, sponsorship and publicity will fall foul of the new provisions in light of the wording of the Act. Guidance issued in advance of the Act confirms that normal and appropriate hospitality, given and received, will not be a breach of the provisions. The intention of providing such gifts, hospitality etc is imperative. If it is done with the aim of expecting that a person will not act in good faith, impartially, or in accordance with a position of trust, an offence is likely to have been committed. The giving or receipt of such hos-
EMPLOYER’S BRIEF Neil Wilson
pitality or gifts must not be made with the intention of influencing a third party to obtain or retain business or a business advantage, or to reward the provision or retention of business or a business advantage. The relevant guidance gives an example of hosting an annual event for clients at a hotel in London with the intention of meeting them and forging better relations. This is unlikely to be an attempt to induce them to perform their respective functions improperly, nor is celebrating the successful completion of a transaction with clients going to amount to rewarding improper conduct. In addition to the guidance provided with The Bribery Act, the Serious Fraud Office has issued its stance on the use of corporate hospitality and gifts. Just like the guidance, the SFO has stated that hospitality and promotional expenditure that is reasonable, proportionate and made in good faith is an established and
important part of doing business and the Bribery Act does not seek to penalise it. Put simply, businesses must ensure that hospitality is proportionate and is not so lavish that it goes beyond the legitimate aims of building better relations or generally building profile and reputation. Businesses are also advised to put a detailed anti corruption and bribery policy in place setting out what is and what is not acceptable corporate hospitality and providing a facility whereby concerns relating to suspected bribery can be raised. It should be noted that individuals found guilty of an offence can be imprisoned for 10 years and an organisation found guilty can be subject to an unlimited fine and banned from tendering for public contracts. There is a defence if the company can show it had adequate procedures in place designed to prevent bribery, which again highlights the need for a policy to be put in place which is communicated to all staff.
Neil Wilson is an employment lawyer at Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors
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■ BAYS OF PLENTY: Easilift Loading Systems has completed the largest single order ever placed in the UK for loading bay equipment with a £6.5m contract foror Tesco’s new state-of-the-art grocery distribution centre in Daventry
Easilift completes £6.5m Tesco contract A COMPANY in Huddersfield providing loading bay equipment for warehouses and depots has completed a £6.5m project for supermarket giant Tesco. Kirkburton-based Easilift Loading Systems was awarded the contract – the largest single order ever placed in the UK for loading bay equipment – to supply the system for installation at Tesco’s new state-of-the-art grocery distribution centre in Daventry. The 800,000sq ft facility is a major investment designed to meet Tesco’s long-term distribution requirements. Easilift, already an existing supply partner to Tesco, was recruited to take care of the centre’s widespread and complex loading dock requirements. Easlift, working closely with Tesco and main
contractor Volker Fitzpatrick, project managed the installation of 40 double deck lifting platforms and 100 dock leveller bays, all housed in external loading pods. Tesco project manager Duncan Robertson said Easlift had proved its abilities in the past – and that by involving them in the process from the start, the partners could provide “a robust loading bay environment a scale never attempted before in UK distribution”. Each of the 40 double deck bays incorporates a heavy duty, surface-mounted 16,000kg lifting platform,capable of carrying up to 30 roll cages. The lifts are located in external modular pods, made and partially pre-assembled at Easilift’s Penistone Road factory before delivery and final on-site erection using a 60-tonne crane.
All loading bays were fitted with a dock management system – an innovative hi-tech management reporting and safety system designed to prevent vehicles leaving the loading bay before they should. The system combines Easilift’s dock door and associated control equipment with Traka’s electronic key control system and was tailored to complement Tesco’s existing safety processes. Easilift has 35 years experience in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of high quality loading bay equipment and industrial doors for some of the biggest names in retailing, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, warehousing, construction and the service sector.
‘Stifling impact’ of Localism Bill
■ FEARS: Martin Walsh says job-creating schemes will suffer from BANANA lobbyists
THE owner of a longstanding architectural firm has warned that a new Government bill to put power into the hands of communities may stifle growth and development at an already critical time in the economy. Martin Walsh, of Dewsbury-based Martin Walsh Associates, fears the proposed Localism Bill will give too much muscle to the minority who oppose development of any kind. The Bill, which is now at committee stage in the Commons, sets out a range of ways in which power can be devolved from government to communities. Crucially, for the building industry, these include neighbourhood forums where local people will be able to define developments and vote in referendums to decide where new shops, offices and houses should be built. Mr Walsh, who celebrates 35 years in business, said: “With the Localism Bill, I fear that developments which create jobs, such as supermarkets and employment units, will suffer from the evolving BANANA – Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything – movement. “I fear it will stifle developments and so stifle
Mr Walsh said it was another blow to the Yorkshire building industry, which was already suffering from Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to curb so-called garden grabbing. “The policy makes sense in southern areas where garden developments are being abused, but in northern areas people don’t want to stick blocks of flats in someone’s garden,” he said. “They are doing garden developments that are sympathetic and fit perfectly with the existing street scene. “In lots of cases, these large gardens are crippling the old folk that are living in them. “Building on the garden is a way to downsize and relieve the burden of looking after a large garden yet still live in the same spot they’ve always lived.” Mr Walsh started his architectural consultancy practice in 1976. Today, the family firm employs 13 members of staff and has been involved with more than 5,000 projects throughout the UK, taking on a wide variety of developments from factories to nursing homes as well as traditional office and residential projects.
HOUSEBUILDER Redrow Homes has received a top award for its “six in a row” track record on health and safety. The Gold Medal comes after the company won six consecutive gold awards from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in recognition of its safety record on building sites all over the UK. The award was presented at a ceremony in Birmingham. Redrow’ group health and safety director Bob Sayers (pictured) said: “Taking pride in a job well done is very much at the heart of Redrow’s operations. “Having robust health and safety procedures in place and adhering to them constantly is essential and we rely on the input and cooperation of every member of staff and all of our sub-contractors on site to maintain our strong record. “Naturally we’re pleased when our achievements are recognised with awards like this but we will continue to prioritise health and safety in our business and to ensure we do not become complacent.” RoSPA launched its awards programme 55 years ago. The scheme looks not only at accident records, but also entrants’ health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.
Agents tackle big city scheme THE office agency team at CB Richard Ellis in West Yorkshire has been handed the job of marketing a major city development. Ripley Capital, working with Formal Investments, has been awarded planning permission to redevelop and extend the 1980s building at 21 Queen Street, Leeds, to create a 37,000sq ft high quality Grade A office building. The work, which includes adding two new floors and installing sustainable features such as PV Cells and electric car charging, will begin next January for completion in January, 2013. Jonathan Shires (pictured) , director of office agency at CB Richard Ellis, said the project was one of the most exciting in the city centre. He said: “With more than 1m sq ft of lease events due in the Leeds City centre market in the next few years, 21 Queen Street is well placed to attract occupiers seeking high quality accommodation in the core of the city’s business district.” CB Richard Ellis joins Jones Lang La Salle/King Sturge as joint office agents.
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TO LET ■ DESIGN FOR LIVING: Huddersfield-based architectural consultancy, Fibre Architects, and building contractors Envicon Ltd, are working together on a £750,000 project for a new residential development in Brotherton, West Yorkshire
School’s out in £750,000 plan TWO Huddersfield businesses are working together on a £750,000 residential property scheme. Independent architectural consultancy Fibre Architects and building contractor Envicon Ltd have completed designs for the project to transform an old schoolhouse and the site of a former derelict school into a development of 10 houses at Brotherton, east Leeds. The one-year contract will include building a series of three-bedroomed terrace houses, a bungalow and a detached house All materials used for the new buildings will be in keeping with the style of the existing schoolhouse – while environmental sustainability and energy efficiency will also be important features. The two companies have worked together before on several contracts, including a refurbishment project for charity Mencap in Kirklees which was completed at Easter. They are looking to work together on projects in the future – bucking the trend in a challenging construction industry. Martin Booker, director of Edgerton-based Fibre Architects, said: “This project really shows that land has all sorts of hidden potential.
“Turning previously developed land into something more viable and maximising the return through well thought out and precise design is what we pride ourselves on. “We’re thrilled that Envicon recognised the quality of our initial concept and look forward to seeing the project through to its completion next year.” Said Mr Booker: “Working with other local companies is crucial in the more challenging market and, through our work with Envicon, we hope to drive growth for both businesses.” Mark Ladocha, managing director of Envicon Ltd, which is based at Old Leeds Road, said: “We’re both relatively young local businesses who are looking to grow in more trying times and make the most out of an investment. “The new development in Brotherton has a lot of potential and – with Fibre’s vision and design skills – we’re confident that a great return will be generated. Fibre Architects is a consultancy with more than 20 years experience in a variety of sectors, including residential, commercial, health, transport, utilities, listed buildings and community.
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Community involvement A HOUSING association In Huddersfield has been making the “positive” case for social housing in a meeting with MPs and peers at Westminster. Edgerton-based Sadeh Lok Housing Group joined seven other housing associations in explaining their work to support communities. The visit follows Sadeh Lok’s success in winning the Northern Housing Consortium’s “Big Society” Award for its work to tackle joblessness through its community employment project Up &
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Helen Greenwood & Nikki Taylor
The Engine Room A DESIGN and branding agency in Huddersfield has announced two new appointments. The Engine Room, which is based in the Media Centre, Northumberland Street, and celebrates its 10th anniversary in October, has expanded its team to six members with the arrival of Helen Greenwood (right) and Nikki Taylor (left), pictured with operations director Helen Whitehead.. Ms Greenwood, of Wakefield, has worked for more than seven years in the design industry before joining The Engine Room. She studied graphic media communications at Bradford College and specialises in brand identity, advertising and website design. She said: “The Engine Room are a lively bunch and have made me feel very welcome since day one. Its like I've been here much longer – in a good way!” Ms Greenwood has already worked on a variety of jobs and begun building strong relationships with clients and suppliers. Nikki Taylor has begun a 12-month marketing placement with The Engine Room as part of a degree at Huddersfield University. She has just completed her second year studying marketing with PR. Her previous experience lies in the supermarket retail sector, where she worked in commercial and product promotion. She will be involved in organising plans for the company’s 10th birthday celebrations, working in an account management role with clients and assisting the design studio.
Movers and shakers
Giants fan still a howling success ACCOUNTANCY firm Balance is carving out a niche for itself – in the world of rugby league. In recent months, the Holmfirth firm has added another five players to its growing portfolio of Super League clients. It has also given a presentation on financial responsibility and financial planning to the players of Warrington Wolves. The presentation by Balance’s Ashley Barrowclough was part of the club’s initiative to help their players deal with issues that they might come across in everyday life – but which school and their job does not prepare them for. The initiative is being driven by former England and Huddersfield Giants head coach Tony Smith, who is now in charge at Warrington. Said Ashley: “Warrington are a socially responsible club who want to look after their players and help them to respond to the various challenges that life might throw at them. They have already had presentations on drug and alcohol abuse.” But he added: “The only problem in giving the presentation was that I am a big Huddersfield Giants fan myself and have hurled abuse at many of the Warrington players from the terraces at previous Giants v Warrington encounter! “I didn’t think that I would like any of the Warrington players, but when I met them during the presentation they were some of the nicest, most genuine people that you could wish to come across. “I will now look at them in a different light when I watch them playing against Giants in the future — but I’ll still want Giants to win, of course!”
■ BALANCING ACT: Giants fan Ashley Barraclough (left), of accountancy firm Balance, with Warrington Wolves' Australian star Matt King
Colliers International PROPERTY restructuring and recovery expert Nigel Nattress has joined the West Yorkshire office of Colliers International as director to set up the corporate restructuring team serving Yorkshire and the North East. Mr Nattress is a well-known figure in the region having spent 18 years working in the insolvency and advisory arena for accountants, banks, property firms and investors. He previously led corporate recovery services at Knight Frank in Leeds. Mr Nattress, who is a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors registered property receiver, will work with banks and other property lenders together with restructuring and insolvency practitioners.
■ THANK-YOU GIFTS: Kirklees Council leader Mehboob Khan (third left) with (from left) Graham Lewis, Bluebird Care; Sandy Rainsbury, of the Yorkshire & Humber Apprentice Training Agency; Clr Peter McBride; Samantha Wilson, training and operations manage for A&R Training; Derek Liddell , of St. James Parish Centre; and Darren Thomas, of The Chestnut Centre A TRAINING company in Huddersfield has said thank-you to employers who are helping promote apprenticeships. A&R Training staged a special event for representatives of local companies and other organisations who have worked with the training firm – and invited other local employers to find out more about apprenticeships and meet its qualified assessors. Clr Mehboob Khan, leader of Kirklees
Council, presented employers with certificates and thanked them for giving young people the opportunity of gaining work experience. The event was opened by Samantha Wilson, of A&R Training. The company, based at John William Street in Huddersfield, provides apprenticeships in childcare, social care and customer service.
Luck’s nothing to do with it! CASINO operations director Paul Benton has won one of the gaming industry’s highest accolades – for recognising women working in the sector. Paul, who is operations director for Grosvenor Casino in Huddersfield, received the award after being shortlisted in the Men Championing Women category of the prestigious Women in Gaming Awards. The award acknowledges a company leader or innovator in the industry who has shown a commitment to progressing the development of women in business over the last year. Paul worked for the distinguished Spencer family for more than two years in a variety of roles – from estate manager to butler for Raine Spencer, stepmother of Princess Diana. He went on to work for Mecca Bingo before moving to the casino side of The Rank Group plc as operations director at Folly Hall. Now almost a quarter of Paul’s senior management team across the Grosvenor Casino estate are female. Paul actively encourages his top team to “push the boundaries, challenge the norm and raise their own profile” among the senior executives. John Fordham, general manager for the casino in Huddersfield, said: “Paul supports and nurtures his team – something which is really appreciated by the female members of the team. Said Paul: “I’m honoured to win such a renowned and respected category at the Women in Gaming Awards. “Women are starting to play a much more influential role in the gaming industry and we look forward to continuing the great work we do as we firmly believe in championing females in the industry, especially those we employ.”