City of York Council Executive approves new Equalities approach

City of York Council’s Executive has endorsed its new ‘Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2024-27’, pending the outcome of public consultation. Equality objectives are required as part of meeting the council’s Public Sector Equality Duty and are a core commitment in the approved Council Plan, ‘One City, for all.’ The Executive has also approved that…

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Gareth Robertson joins Walker Sime as UK Director of Quantity Surveying

Leeds-based construction consultancy Walker Sime has announced the appointment of Gareth Robertson as the UK Director of Quantity Surveying. He joins from CBRE where he was Senior Director and Head of Cost Management for the North of England. It was in this role that he led and grew the cost management team over his four-year…

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Jamie Taylor to Speak at ABP’s Annual DotNetConf on May 9th, 2024

Leeds, April 18th, 2024:—RJJ Software, a leading bespoke software solutions provider, is pleased to announce that Jamie Taylor, Founder and Managing Director, will be delivering a talk at ABP’s Annual DotNetConf on May 9th, 2024. The session titled “Empathy, Sympathy, and Compassion: Essential Skills for Software Developers” will delve into the importance of understanding users’…

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£750,000 funding secured to extend and improve Acomb Explore Library

£250,000 has been secured to add to the Council’s committed £500,000 capital investment to extend and redevelop Acomb Explore Library. The additional £250k is the result of a successful application to the Arts Council’s Libraries Improvement Fund. It will support significant upgrades to the popular library learning centre in Acomb to ensure it continues to…

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Bradford garden centre group beats industry giants to win a national HR award for a second time

The team at a Bradford-headquartered garden centre group is celebrating after winning a national HR award for the second consecutive year. Yorkshire Garden Centres Group won the Retail Company of the Year Award at the British HR Awards that took place in London on 16th April. “The HR awards celebrate organisations and individuals that are…

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Azets appoints UK lead for national minimum wage

Experienced employment tax specialist joins top ten firm as a director in the Leeds office to support clients across the UK in ensuring their compliance with National Minimum Wage (NMW) legislation Top ten accountancy and advisory firm Azets has appointed a new employment tax director who will lead its National Minimum Wage (NMW) service line…

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Huntington School becomes first in York to receive Silver Healthy Schools Award

Huntington School has become the first in the city to be awarded a coveted Silver Healthy Schools’ Award. The award is part of the Healthy Schools Programme, launched by City of York Council and North Yorkshire Council in partnership last year. The programme aims to encourage state-funded schools across the county to work towards improving…

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Leeds Beckett research helping people with Type 2 Diabetes

New research by Leeds Beckett University has helped improve an NHS programme to support people living with Type 2 Diabetes and obesity or overweight to lose weight, reduce the need for medication and achieve remission. The programme is now being rolled out across the country. Experts in the Obesity Institute at Leeds Beckett University led…

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Off to a flyer! Yorkshire bus firm Transdev teams up with ad agency to promote family jetaways to the sun

Outdoor advertising agency Adverta brings travel agency chain Althams on board with high-profile bus sponsorship deal Yorkshire airport bus firm FLYER is teaming up with advertising agency Adverta to launch a new bus sponsorship deal featuring one of the region’s best-known names in travel. Travel agency Althams, which has 33 branches across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and…

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National Offer Day for primary schools: York children allocated their Reception school place for September

A total of 95.8% of children who applied for a Reception place at a primary school in York this September were allocated their first choice on National Offer Day (Tuesday 16 April). All the children who applied for a Year 3 place in a junior school were allocated their first choice. Parents who applied online…

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Drax Community fund donates nearly £20k to Yorkshire organisations

First round of funding from the Drax Community Fund will see donations given to 33 organisations across the UK. This includes donations to more than 20 organisations in the Yorkshire area, which deliver STEM education and skills development, enhance green spaces or improve communities. Renewable energy leader, Drax Group has announced the support it will…

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What is Vishing? Tips to spot and prevent vishing attacks

As technology develops, so do the tactics cyber criminals use to exploit individuals and organisations. In a recent article, we talked about phishing, the most common type of social engineering. This blog will discuss vishing, its types, and how to prevent this looming cyber attack. What is Vishing? According to Statista, 69% of IT departments have been…

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Andrew Jackson advises on purchase of key North Yorkshire site as McClarrons eyes further expansion

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP announces that it has advised independent insurance broker McClarrons on its purchase of the former BMW and Mini showroom located on York Road, Malton, from Inchcape Estates Limited. The showroom will now be transformed into spacious and modern head offices for well established Malton-based McClarrons, which specialises in…

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Manningham Housing Association shuts down X account

Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has closed its account on X, formerly known as Twitter. In a statement, a spokesperson for MHA – which manages more than 1,400 homes for over 6,000 residents in Bradford and Keighley – said: “Following a review of our internal and external communications strategy, we have decided to withdraw from X….

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Call for video games to adopt a ‘positive PEGI’ system after new research uncovers self-care benefits of gaming

Academics from York St John University have published a groundbreaking new study on the positive effects of video games in helping young people manage loss. Dr Matthew Spokes, Dr Jack Denham, Matt Coward-Gibbs and Caitlin Veal from the investigate.games research group have explored how adapting grief models can shed light on the processing and understanding…

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Move your career into top gear! Bus firm Transdev offers York job seekers and switchers a fresh start at its new green base

Try your skills behind the wheel at new Rawcliffe bus depot’s open event Yorkshire bus firm Transdev is inviting career switchers and job seekers to get behind the wheel of one of its training buses at its award-winning Academy in York – with a fast-tracked application process and higher pay awaiting those who take up…

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Bradford garden centre group is shortlisted for two national HR awards

The team at a Bradford-headquartered garden centre group is celebrating after being shortlisted for two national people and culture awards. Yorkshire Garden Centres Group has reached the finals of both the Best HR Team of the Year and the ESG Program of the Year categories of the UK Company Culture Awards. The awards recognise organisations…

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Phishing social engineering tactics and how to avoid them

With the rise of social media and increased digital connectivity, social engineering has become easier, and cyber attacks are more frequent. The importance of raising awareness of social engineering tactics Everyone in your organisation, from the director to the newest employee, is prone to making mistakes. The need to stay alert of looming cyber threats…

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Extraordinary achievements of York St John University graduate highlighted in a new national campaign to champion first generation students

100 Faces celebrates those who were the first in their families to attend university and is led by Universities UK.  Richard Holmes graduated last year from York St John University with a BA (Hons) in Product Design. He is the creator of the groundbreaking Global Anthem – a hand gesture flashcard system that facilitates effective…

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Key York road to close for two weekends in April

City of York Council has published information to support residents and visitors with a key road in the city set to close for two weekends this month. As an essential part of works to transform the entrance to York Station, parts of Station Road and Queen Street Bridge will be closed from 8pm on Friday…

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Covid Facebook Marketplace fraudster sentenced in York to 12 months

A fraudster who used Facebook Marketplace to exploit people looking to refurnish their homes during the COVID-19 lockdowns has been sentenced for money laundering and running a fraudulent business at York Crown Court today (11 April 2024). Ryan Rhys Burns, aged 32 of 26 St Mary’s Road, Rotherham, conned customers out of £14,544 for furnishings,…

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Sixty years of manufacturing marked with regal flourish

Three generations of Haworth’s military accoutrement manufacturer Wyedean Weaving have celebrated 60 years in business. The West Yorkshire firm, which was formed in 1964 by husband and wife team David and Norma Wright, is Haworth’s oldest employer and today produces over 10,000 uniform-based items each year including the King’s Coronation Medal ribbon and most recently,…

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New advertising rules to support children’s health

City of York Council is proposing to introduce new advertising rules across York to support children and families with healthy eating. The new advertising policy will be taken to an Executive meeting next week, and aims to restrict high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) adverts being displayed across the city. The council is following in…

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West Yorkshire homebuilder awarded five stars by customers for 15th consecutive year

Leading housebuilder Barratt and David Wilson Homes has once again received the maximum five star rating in the new Home Builders Federation (HBF) annual New Homes Customer Satisfaction Survey. This is the fifteenth year in a row that parent company, Barratt Developments, has achieved the top five star rating – far longer than any other…

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Leeds Beckett research reveals how NHS health inequalities funding is used

A new report has been published – based on Leeds Beckett University research – showing how Integrated Care Systems (ICS) nationwide are making use of funding targeted to address health inequalities. The research was led by Professor Mark Gamsu and Professor Anne-Marie Bagnall at Leeds Beckett University, in collaboration with the NHS Confederation, Clarity and the Care…

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Bradford Bulls Foundation empowers local community clubs and the development of rugby

The Bradford Bulls Foundation continues its mission to revolutionise the landscape of rugby league development, proudly welcoming 19 local Community Clubs for the 2024 season. This initiative underscores the Foundation’s unwavering commitment to supporting grassroots rugby and fostering strong ties within the community. “At the Bradford Bulls Foundation, we believe in the power of rugby…

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C-Kore celebrates deploying 800th Subsea Testing Tool

C-Kore Systems, a UK company specializing in automated subsea testing tools is celebrating the mobilization of their 800th unit. The job is with a major operator off the coast of West Africa for a fault-finding operation on a complex subsea electrical network. C-Kore have been assisting operators worldwide for over a decade with more than…

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Leeds Beckett University collaboration to drive innovation in construction industry

Construction innovation experts at Leeds Beckett University have partnered with Yorkshire’s largest public sector procurement framework organisation to drive innovation in the construction sector and boost opportunities for small businesses in the region. Leeds Beckett University will work with YORhub to create a Supply Chain Engagement Toolkit. This aims to increase the number and diversity…

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Whaling: Personalised cyber attacks targeting business leaders

Whaling is a phishing attack that targets the “big fish” or high level executives within an organisation masking as a legitimate email. As mentioned whaling attacks are highly targeted as they seek to trick specific group of individuals. As such these targeted phishing attacks may typically include the name, job title, and company of the person they…

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AAB Private Client team short-listed for prestigious Tolley’s Taxation Awards

Tech-enabled, business critical services group, AAB, has been shortlisted for the Best Private Client Tax Practice award, in the coveted UK-wide Tolley’s Taxation Awards 2024. The Group’s Private Client team are set to attend the glittering awards dinner in London on 16 May. The Awards celebrate exceptional achievements, unwavering commitment to the industry, and groundbreaking…

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Law firm bolsters top-ranked Private Capital team with senior hire

A lawyer who spent more than 60 years working for the  practice his father founded has now made the move to join another firm in the city. Patrick Burstall has been appointed as a Consultant Solicitor in the Private Capital team at Rollits LLP. Burstalls was founded by Bryan Burstall in 1946 and Patrick joined…

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One In A Million charity launches CHANGE campaign

One In A Million charity is delighted to have been chosen as Mark Cowgill Bradford Chamber of Commerce president’s chosen charity during his two year tenure.  Mark invites you to support him with his ‘CHANGE’ campaign. As a local business, we are asking you to join us by signing up today to support our CHANGE…

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York St John University sponsors the York International Shakespeare Festival

The annual festival returns on Thursday 18 April 2024 Artists from the UK, the United States, Ukraine, Japan, Bulgaria, France and Turkey will arrive in York for 10 days of world and UK premieres, storytelling in schools and libraries, book launches, seminars, lectures and exhibitions. While York St John University has been a main venue…

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How to protect your physical workplace security

Physical security can pose a huge risk to your organisation whether your employees work from home or in the office. This blog will tackle the complexities of physical security to help you enhance your organisation’s security culture outside of the online environment. The components of physical security in the office Simply put, physical security characterises…

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Yorktoberfest returns to York Racecourse this Autumn with beer, bratwurst and all things Bavarian!

Autumn cheer is forecast today with the news that Yorktoberfest, York’s traditional Bavarian beer festival, will be returning to the Clocktower Enclosure at York Racecourse this October, for a fourth successive year.  York’s very own Oktoberfest has proved hugely popular since its debut in 2021 with all sessions selling out last year. Yorktoberfest 2024 will…

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Double bus boost to open up the best of Yorkshire’s town and country

Bus operator and council join forces to deliver more buses, more often from this weekend A bus boost at the double – it’s on the way from this weekend as bus operator The Keighley Bus Company prepares to run more buses, more often on two key Yorkshire routes. The bus firm is working in partnership…

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Supercharged growth for renewable energy start-up as it reports £1 million turnover in just one year

Leeds-based specialist renewable energy and electric vehicle (EV) firm, E-Merge Group, has experienced a supercharged first year of operations, reporting a turnover of £1 million since the start-up business was established just 12 months ago. Set up in April 2023 by renewable energy experts, Marc Haley and Charlotte Ward, the E-Merge Group has experienced unprecedented…

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Bradford Bulls are delighted to become the 1st Rugby League club in the UK to sign up as Muslim Friendly Employers

The Bradford Bulls believe in the power of diversity and the importance of creating environments where everyone feels valued, respected and appreciated. We have received support and guidance from Muslim Friendly Employers’ CEO Humayun Islam BEM BCAc in recent weeks, with a number of exciting developments still to come from this partnership. Humayun Islam BEM…

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St Gemma’s Hospice to stage innovative fundraising appeal

The precious time appeal will see donors get their support instantly doubled On Sunday 21 and Monday 22 April, St Gemma’s Hospice will stage a first for Leeds – an online fundraising appeal using the CharityExtra platform, where donors will have their support instantly doubled. To enable this, the charity has persuaded a group of…

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Yorkshire Building Society supports customers and colleagues with hidden disabilities

Yorkshire Building Society has joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower network, showing its support for customers and colleagues with non-visible disabilities. It is estimated that around 80% of disabilities are non-visible, including physical, mental, sensory and chronic conditions. Branches and offices will display “We Support the Sunflower” stickers and colleagues have taken part in training. Colleagues…

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Zero trust security: a safer approach to cyber security

Humans are lazy, we all are, it’s been studied, documented and evidenced time and time again. The Principal of Least Effort (PLE) or Zipfs Law manifests itself in all our daily behaviours, if there’s a quicker, easier way to achieve a goal, that’s the one we choose. Of course, we never consider these shortcuts as…

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Candlelighters receive donation of 50 Easter eggs from local housebuilder

Local housebuilder Barratt Developments Yorkshire West has donated Easter eggs to children’s cancer charity, Candlelighters, after hosting a 24-hour Easter egg collection challenge. The housebuilder received generous donations throughout the collection from their employees. The donation to Candlelighters allowed the charity to distribute Easter eggs to patients on the paediatric oncology ward at Leeds General…

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King’s Colour gets finishing touches at Haworth manufacturer’s 60th anniversary event

A Haworth manufacturer is putting the finishing touches to a regimental King’s Colour on its 60th anniversary next week (8 April). Invited guests will have a unique opportunity to see the fourth-generation family business finalising the intricate embroidery of the Irish Guards regimental Colour (flag) alongside the regiment’s King’s Colour which has been selected to…

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Castle Employment Group champions future hospitality leaders

Scarborough, North Yorkshire – Castle Employment Group, a leading recruitment company, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the York and North Yorkshire Junior Hospitality Board. This innovative initiative marks a significant step forward in nurturing talent and changing perceptions within the hospitality sector, a vibrant and essential industry facing recruitment and retention challenges. The…

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Bradford Bulls are delighted to announce a major new investor in the form of NIC Services Group.

NIC Services Group are West Yorkshire based and are the largest privately owned provider of Facilities Management Services across the UK. Bulls Chairman Nigel Wood OBE said, “We have been talking to NIC for some time and we are delighted that they have joined the club and the board at this very important time in…

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Bradford College achieves West Yorkshire Fair Work Charter

Bradford College is one of the latest certified members of the new West Yorkshire Fair Work Charter. Created by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin, the Charter is an ambitious new initiative that supports and celebrates great employers across the region.   The Charter welcomes employers of all sizes and across…

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New Yorkshire Building Society mortgage helps first-time buyers get on the housing ladder earlier, for just £5k

Yorkshire Building Society is today launching its new and innovative £5k Deposit Mortgage to help tackle one of the biggest issues preventing people from achieving their homeownership dreams. The new mortgage is available directly to customers and via brokers through Accord Mortgages – the lender’s intermediary-only arm. This new and innovative product, believed to be…

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Council commits additional £100k to York’s free school meals pilots

An ambitious scheme to run pilots providing free school meals in primary schools in York has received a £100k boost, thanks to a commitment from City of York Council. The authority agreed to allocate a further £100,000 towards the scheme in 2024/25, in addition to the £100,000 provided in 2023/24, at its recent budget meeting….

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