Mix of private and public sector investment keeping Yorkshire & Humber market strong says latest market intelligence from RLB

Leading construction and property management consultants, Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB UK) claim that the market in Yorkshire & Humber continues to be strong thanks to a steady level of activity and new starts across a mix of public and private sector projects with clients planning new developments as well as rationalising existing assets, according to…

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Forget Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown, the most savage high society commentator of Georgian times was an angry green parrot

York St John University students make The Parrot accessible for modern audiences for the first time    A fascination with royal affairs and high society gossip may seem at its peak during the current digital age but history shows us there was a huge appetite for it in Georgian England too. In the eighteenth century…

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New report delivers blueprint for colleges to enhance West Yorkshire’s finance and professional services sector

A new report sets out how colleges can play a leading role in supporting West Yorkshire’s flourishing finance and professional services (FPS) industry. Commissioned by Luminate Education Group, the research builds on the work of the Yorkshire and Humber Financial and Professional Services Skills Commission, and highlights how colleges are currently an untapped resource for…

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City of York Council hits tree planting milestone

Almost 2,500 new trees have been planted as part of the council’s Green Streets© project. Working with local schools, parish councils and other stakeholders, trees have been planted along Malton Road and at Melrosegate Park, Huntington Environment Park, Carr Infants School, Lakeside Primary Academy, Burton Green Primary and seven other school sites. This first year of…

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West Yorkshire woman shortlisted for two Women in Rail Awards

A West Yorkshire woman has been nominated for two national awards for her contribution to making the rail industry more inclusive. Harriet Harbidge, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at TransPennine Express (TPE), has been shortlisted for two Women in Rail Awards. Despite her relatively short tenure of just 18 months at TPE, Harriet, a 28-year-old from…

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Painting students fix up farm with volunteer makeover

A group of Leeds College of Building students brushed up on their skills after volunteering to redecorate facilities at Herd Farm Residential and Activity Centre. Painting & Decorating and Multi-Skills students from the College spent several weeks on site, prepping walls and woodwork before painting two office rooms, a reception area, and the staff kitchen….

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Oscrete lays “foundations for play” at Bradford primary schools

Employees at Bradford concrete admixture manufacturer Oscrete went back to school this month to improve the grounds at a local primary where two of the staff started their education. Oscrete’s concrete technicians and brothers Michael and Keiron Todd attended Lower Fields Primary School in Bradford between 2001 and 2011 and returned with colleagues this month…

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Yorkshire bus firm Transdev’s new drive to better mental health

New training mission launches to boost care for customers and colleagues as UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week Yorkshire-based bus operator Transdev is launching a new drive to boost care for its customers and staff as the UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Campaigning charity The Mental Health Foundation is leading a nationwide week of…

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Kids carnival at White Rose this May half term

White Rose Shopping Centre is hosting an exciting Kids Carnival this May Half Term, 24th May – 9th June. With rides suitable for children of all ages, this event is the perfect springtime family day out. The carnival will include a host of different rides and activities for visitors to enjoy including classics such as Dodgems…

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Andrew Jackson facilitates Casper’s latest vessel purchase

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors announces that it has recently assisted Immingham-based Casper Chartering Limited (”Casper”), on its purchase of the cargo vessel “MV VESPER” (formerly “ATLAS”), from Norwegian owners. MV Vesper is the latest vessel to join Casper’s growing fleet, which now comprises  seven ships. Built in 2006, Vesper is 88.60m LOA (length…

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City of York Council Executive approves new Improvement Plan

City of York Council’s Executive has approved a new Corporate Improvement Framework, subject to consultation. The Framework is part of a programme of work to deliver the Council Plan, ‘One City, for all’ that was agreed by full council in September 2023. That plan embeds four core commitments; Equalities, Affordability, Climate and Health (EACH). The…

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White Rose marks Mental Health Awareness Week

White Rose Shopping Centre is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week’s 2024 theme of Movement with a wellbeing walk on Wednesday 15th May. The event has been arranged with the centre’s long-established group of mall walkers as well as a number of White Rose brands including JD, Footasylum, M&S, McDonald’s, Wetherspoon, Superdrug, Flying Tiger, Lush, and Office….

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Interest rates held, for now – Economist’s view

Commenting on the Bank of England’s decision to hold interest rates today, Max Shepherd, Group Economist at Yorkshire Building Society, said: “The Bank of England has agreed to leave the base rate unchanged, at 5.25%, as expected. Andrew Bailey has said he is optimistic things are moving in the right direction, implying interest rate cuts…

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York City-wide Leaders’ Meeting to host new Mayor

When they meet this week, York City Leaders are to be joined by the newly elected Mayor for York and North Yorkshire, David Skaith, in his first week in the job. The Mayor has confirmed he will meet key partners from across the city on what will be only his third day in office. City…

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Building a smokefree generation in York

City of York Council is helping to create a smokefree generation in York. The council has been allocated £195k government funding to help expand its existing offer to residents and provide even more support to help people quit for good over the next five years – as new figures from Action on Smoking and Health…

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Launch date announced for new ‘Nike Rise’ concept store at Trinity Leeds

The brand new Nike Rise store will open its doors at Trinity Leeds this week – on Thursday, May 9th. Taking over a prime location on the ground floor, at the former Victoria’s Secret unit, the new 10,000sq ft store aims to enhance shopping experiences through innovative digital services, including a digitally powered Footwear Fastlane…

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Bradford College team up with Sewell Construction for ambitious T Level project

Bradford College have partnered with Sewell Construction for the creation of their new multi-million-pound T Level facilities. The work, which starts in May, will involve the remodelling of a number of areas within the College’s David Hockney Building to create a high-quality training environment, enabling students to learn skills which will help them in their…

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Ofsted praise for York St John University’s Degree Apprenticeships

Ofsted has judged York St John University’s provision of Degree Apprenticeships as ‘good’ for overall effectiveness in its latest report.   In the first report by Ofsted into the University’s degree apprenticeships, the University was awarded ‘good’ for its quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development of students and leadership and management. The report…

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Another key hire for law firm: partner joins firm’s nationally renowned shipping & transport practice

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce that Gavin Farquhar has joined its nationally renowned shipping & transport practice as a partner. Gavin – who is dual Scottish and English law qualified – has over 30 years’ broad experience acting nationally and internationally for a range of businesses operating in the…

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Fifty is the magic number for Alan

A leading light in Yorkshire’s business world has called time on an illustrious career spanning fifty years in accountancy. Alan Wintersgill has stepped down as a consultant with top ten UK accountancy and business advisory firm Azets in Bradford exactly half a century after he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1974. He opened his…

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C-Kore Systems receives a Third Royal Award

C-Kore Systems Limited from Escrick, York have been honoured with a King’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade 2024 due to their outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over 3 years.  This is their third award in just over 5 years, having already received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation in 2019 and a…

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Yorkshire garden centre group smashes its fundraising target for its Charity of the Year

The team at Yorkshire Garden Centres is celebrating after raising over £24,000 for its 2023 Charity of the Year, Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The teams at Yorkshire Garden Centres’ four sites at Tong, Tingley, Otley and Bingley had aimed to raise £19,000 for the independent charity that relies solely on donations to provide its lifesaving rapid…

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White Rose celebrates Leeds community champions

White Rose Shopping Centre has honoured heroes from South Leeds and beyond at its annual Community Awards this week (2nd May), with recipients including charity leaders, landscaping specialists, and campaigning centre visitors. The Community Awards celebrate the incredible local people working hard to benefit their local community. 2024 winners include:  Lyn Morgan, a regular White…

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Celeb chef hosts dinner kickstarting £32million Bradford College redevelopment

Over 40 VIP guests attended a launch dinner at The Grove Restaurant to hear about exciting plans set to transform Bradford College Hosted by former MasterChef finalist Exose Grant, the event showcased several of the College’s extensive construction projects, which will soon take shape. Projects include new £3.5m vocational T Level facilities, a £6.9m refurbishment…

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City of York Council Executive to consider new Corporate Improvement Framework

City of York Council’s Executive is set to discuss a new Corporate Improvement Framework, developed by the Chief Operating Officer, in consultation with the Corporate Leadership Group (Corporate Directors, Directors and Assistant Directors). The move comes as part of a programme of work to deliver the new Council Plan, ‘One City, for all’ – agreed…

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Teesside Airport secures Eastern Airways as new operator for Aberdeen service

Teesside International Airport has secured an agreement with Eastern Airways as the new operator for flights to Aberdeen.    Initially the new daily flights will be the only direct service from the North-East to Aberdeen when they begin on Monday 20th May, operating daily weekdays and Sundays before increasing to twice daily from Monday 9th…

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Leeds Digital Careers Fair 2024: Inspiring Tech Talent In The Region

As Leeds digital economy grows, so too does Leeds Digital Careers Fair (LDCF24) 2024.  Delivered by Employment and Skills at Leeds City Council, this pivotal event aims to inspire individuals who are not currently working in digital or tech, providing a place for people to explore diverse career paths and training courses, and to connect…

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Rollits recruits experienced accountant to support Private Capital team

An experienced accountant who has held senior positions with firms across the region has joined leading law firm Rollits as Trust Administrator to the Private Capital team based at its York office. Clare Stones attended Joseph Rowntree Secondary School in York and then embarked on her career in accountancy, completing her Association of Accounting Technicians…

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Outsourcing delivers double-digit growth

Demand for outsourced services has increased by 20% at UK top 10 accountancy and business advisory firm Azets in Yorkshire. It has recorded the year-on-year revenue growth with a series of significant five-figure instructions from medium to large owner-managed businesses across the region. The firm’s Accountancy and Business Advisory (ABAS) team says the traditional image…

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Castle Howard presents first major exhibition by a contemporary artist

Internationally renowned sculptor Tony Cragg presents a landmark exhibition at Castle Howard this summer. Tony Cragg at Castle Howard (3 May – 22 September 2024) is the first major exhibition by a leading contemporary artist to be held across the house and grounds of the historic estate. Castle Howard is Britain’s most famous country house,…

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Yorkshire Building Society welcomes new Chair at Annual General Meeting and donates £25,000 to Fareshare

Yorkshire Building Society welcomed new chair Annemarie Durbin at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Met Hotel in Leeds last week. Members voted overwhelmingly in favour of all resolutions, including the appointment of board members, and in so doing raised £25,000 for FareShare, the mutual’s charity partner. The Society donated 20p for every vote…

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Major acquisition for Leeds based Privilege Executive Cars

After months of hard work, Privilege Executive Cars are proud to announce our acquisition of Elite Voyager Chauffeur Travel. This acquisition will further increase our presence in the industry whilst expanding our client base, executive fleet, and chauffeurs to further provide a quality, safe and professional service. “We look forward to working with all our…

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York St John students take over York Theatre Royal for week-long arts festival 

Performance students from York St John University will take over York Theatre Royal in May as part of the Takeover 2024: In The Limelight festival.   Now in its twelfth year – but the fourth run exclusively by York St John students – the Takeover Festival gives young people the opportunity to gain valuable real-life work…

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Vinyl record manufacturing start-up takes on new premises in York

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce that it has advised start-up business Vinyl Press UK Ltd, on the lease of 2,500 sq. ft premises at Monks Cross – the first pressing plant of its kind in the city of York. Vinyl Press was established by musical entrepreneurs Lucy Johnson (managing director), Neville Proctor…

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York businesses help support local young people leaving care

Young care leavers in York have been able to learn new skills, increase their independence and get life-enriching experiences thanks to the support of local businesses. City of York Council has been working with local businesses to help care leavers gain access to work experience, training and employment opportunities. The partnership has included GMI’s bespoke ‘Construction…

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Bradford Bulls Foundation’s May Heritage Lunch to feature Head Coach Eamon O’Carroll

The Bradford Bulls Foundation is delighted to announce the upcoming May Heritage Lunch, featuring a special appearance by Bradford Bulls Head Coach, Eamon O’Carroll. The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 30th, 2024, at Bartercard Odsal Stadium. The Heritage Lunch, a beloved tradition hosted by the Bradford Bulls Foundation, occurs on the…

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New initiative launched to boost girls’ participation in sports and elevate female coaches across Europe

With girls in Europe four times less likely than boys to engage in organised sport1, the new initiative ICOACHGIRLS (ICG), led by researchers from Leeds Beckett University, aims to promote physical activity and sport amongst primary school-age girls. Co-funded by the European Union, with Leeds Beckett University’s Dr. Ruth Brazier managing the programme, ICG is…

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Leeds Beckett University using AI to support autism and ADHD diagnosis and services

Leeds Beckett University is leading a new project to develop ways of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support the diagnosis of ADHD and autism in adults, and to help with prioritisation of services. In partnership with South-West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT), computing experts at Leeds Beckett aim to digitise the Trust’s adult ADHD…

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New temporary road reopens after work to remove parts of Queen Street Bridge

Following two weekends of intensive work, significant progress has been made on the Station Gateway project which looks to transform the area around York’s historic railway station. The past two weekends have seen Queen Street Bridge closed to all users. The first weekend saw the completion of a temporary diversion road. The second saw work…

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AAB’S Restructuring & Recovery team grows to support businesses in challenging times

AAB, the tech-enabled business critical services group, has announced a significant appointment to its Restructuring & Recovery team. Glasgow-based Phil Dunn has joined AAB as Restructuring & Recovery Director, bringing over 20 years restructuring experience within three of the big 4 accounting firms. With Phil’s appointment, the Restructuring & Recovery department now comprises 28 professionals…

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University’s All About Respect project secures Home Office funding to tackle sexual harm and hate crime among teenagers

Project to address harassment and unwanted sexual behaviour expands to include schools and colleges in York. York St John University is pleased to announce the expansion of its ground-breaking All About Respect (AAR) project to tackle gender-based violence and harassment. All About Respect in Education has already caught the attention of the Home Office as…

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Q1 trading update – strong system support performance and balance sheet refinancing

Highlights Strong system support and generation performance during first three months of 2024 Full year 2024 expectations for Adj. EBITDA(1) in line with analysts’ consensus estimates(2) New balance sheet facilities further extending maturity profile £408 million(3) of term-loans with three to five year maturities €350 million five-year (2029) bond Repayment of 2025 bonds Notice of…

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Drivetech launches driver training course to boost minibus safety

Drivetech, part of The AA, is on a mission to improve safety while traveling by minibus with the launch of its latest dedicated driver training course. Minibus Safe Drive has been specifically designed to support minibus drivers with the unique range of skills required, as well as improve driver and passenger wellbeing. With minibuses in…

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Relentless dedication earns Housing Hero status for Carolina

Carolina Padovezi de Oliveira, Corporate Project Manager at Manningham Housing Association (MHA) in Bradford, has been shortlisted in the Inspirational Colleague of the Year category for the Housing Heroes Awards 2024. Organised by Inside Housing magazine, the awards celebrate “the leaders, innovators and changemakers across the housing sector.” Originally from Brazil, Carolina joined MHA as…

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From balaclavas to ballgowns

One of the biggest suppliers of police protective equipment in the UK is turning its hand to couture fashion in a new venture with one of Yorkshire’s top designers. MLA, based near Pocklington, will be launching items from a collection, designed by Yorkshire born James Steward, at York Fashion Week in May. The company, which…

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SMH appoints new director to leadership team

Leading Yorkshire and Derbyshire based Chartered Accountants, SMH Group, have appointed ACCA qualified Senior Manager, James Salim to Director at their Sheffield office. James will also be appointed as RI of Sutton McGrath Hartley. James qualified in 2016 following a number of years with a large regional practice, joining SMH Group as a Client Manager…

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Ebor Lecture: Professor Rupert Read explores climate change emergency

Spiritual orientation, climate chaos and reconnecting with nature will all be under the microscope in the first Ebor Lecture of 2024 Professor Rupert Read, Co-Director of the Climate Majority Project and Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia, will share his thoughts on eco-spirituality in his Ebor Spring lecture, Earth-Hope, at York St John…

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Andrew Jackson welcomes associate to family law team

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP has welcomed Kerri Beaumont as an associate, marking further growth for its highly regarded family law practice. With many years’ family law experience, Kerri’s experience covers all legal aspects concerning relationship breakdown, including financial disputes, child arrangements and divorce. Kerri also has significant experience in advising on disputes…

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