Leeds’ original vintage store expands portfolio with new Merrion Centre outlet

Blue Rinse, Leeds’ original vintage fashion store is set to open its second city centre outlet at the Merrion Centre in the popular Arena Quarter. Blue Rinse was established in 1997 in Leeds by brothers Mick and Jeff Barnett and went on to wholesale across Europe, work with Urban Outfitters to develop reworked/vintage ranges and…

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Rollits welcomes new Compliance Officer

Leading York law firm Rollits LLP has announced the appointment of David Richardson as its new Compliance Officer. A qualified solicitor, David worked for a prominent Newcastle-based personal injury firm for almost 20 years, specialising in cases which included disputed liability, alleged fraud RTA and employer and public liability. He moved into an IT development…

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City Cruises and York’s Chocolate Story bring an Easter Egg-stravaganza to York

City Cruises and York’s Chocolate Story are teaming up this Easter to bring an exciting Easter egg hunt to York. The two companies have collaborated to create an egg hunt that will see 16 eggs hidden around the city over a two-week period from April 1st to April 16th. One egg will be hidden at…

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Bradford garden centre is shortlisted for a national people and culture award

The team at a Bradford garden centre is celebrating after being shortlisted for a national HR award. Tong Garden Centre has reached the final in the Retail Company of the Year Award of the British HR Awards that celebrate the organisations and individuals that are driven by delivering a world-class people experience. “This is the first…

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Rising stars of manufacturing and engineering to be celebrated in Leeds awards

Manufacturing and engineering employers in Leeds are being urged to nominate outstanding younger talent from among their own organisations for an awards initiative that is now in its second year. The Leeds Manufacturing Festival Awards aim to identify and recognise the achievements of the industry’s next generation of rising stars and potential business leaders. The…

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Vertically Urban and Microsoft plot growth of AI Partnership

FEED THE WORLD With the world’s population set to rise to around 9.8 billion by 2050, it is thought that global food production must increase by around 70% to ensure food stays on everybody’s table. At the same time, we are already losing traditional farmland at an alarming rate mostly because of pollution and climate…

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Bradford Garden Centre to host free houseplant advice session

A Bradford garden centre is hosting a free drop-in session for customers to get expert houseplant advice. Gardeners’ World Live presenter Joe Bagley will be in the houseplant department at Tong Garden Centre from 12 pm on Saturday, 25th March to give advice and answer questions about houseplants. “More people are interested in indoor gardening than…

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Helmsley Group makes further public realm commitment at Coney Street Riverside

Yorkshire property specialist Helmsley Group has submitted a second planning application for its ambitious Coney Street Riverside masterplan. The plans, submitted to City of York Council (CoYC), feature numbers 3-7 Coney Street and include proposals to create a new snickelway connecting Coney Street to the riverside walkway outlined in the initial planning application. This new…

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Bradford Garden Centre relaunches its butchery offering

A Bradford garden centre has relaunched its butchery offering following feedback from customers. Hearty’s Food Hall at Tong Garden Centre has introduced a new butchery department in partnership with East Yorkshire-based Yorkshire Wold butchery. Yorkshire Wold’s MD, Christopher Smith, is excited by the opportunity: “This is our first retail partnership, and we’re delighted to be…

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Leeds Commercial Property Lunch launched by regional businesses

Bradley Hall, Schofield Sweeney, and Together have partnered to launch the first Leeds Commercial Property Lunch. The three regional businesses have come together to create a forum for key commercial property professionals, with the aim of introducing new opportunities, education and encourage collaboration in the sector. David Cran, managing director of Bradley Hall Yorkshire, said:…

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Squire Patton Boggs Promotes Senior Leeds Lawyer to Partnership

Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that senior litigation lawyer Jenny Broderick has been promoted to partner. Jenny’s practice comprises a range of commercial litigation and dispute resolution work for clients in the UK and internationally.  Recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ by Legal 500 in its 2023 client guide, she has experience of representing…

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Clarion builds on its growing international reputation with continued double-digit growth to £26.9m revenue

Recently named as Europe’s third fastest growing law firm1, Clarion’s rapid upward trajectory is continuing with the firm once again achieving double digit growth, seeing turnover rising by 16% from £23.2m in 2021 to £26.9m last year (ending 31st May 2022). As the firm strengthens its client base both nationally and internationally, it has also seen…

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Bradford garden centre wins regional sustainability award

The team at a Bradford garden centre is celebrating after winning a regional sustainability award. Sustainability Lead, Steph Bates and Head of People and  Culture, Neil Barwise-Carr from Tong Garden Centre were presented with the Sustainability Award at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards in Yorkshire and The Humber on 24th February. Organised by the…

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Transdev offers unique bus sponsorship deals to drive Yorkshire’s business success

Operator’s move to promote local firms from city to coast follows successful trials with prestige retailer John Lewis Yorkshire-based bus operator Transdev is giving local firms a chance to take their message onto the road with a unique new bus sponsorship deal – following a successful trial with one of Britain’s most prestigious retailers. Transdev…

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Government Minister sees Transdev team battling heavy snow to keep buses on the move

Buses Minister Richard Holden salutes Yorkshire-based firm’s hard work in wintry weather Buses Minister Richard Holden has enjoyed an access-all-areas tour of North of England bus firm Transdev’s Harrogate base – seeing for himself how hard work behind the scenes kept the Yorkshire spa town on the move following heavy snowfall. Mr Holden, who was…

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A life in BBC News revealed in new lecture series

BBC News presenter Reeta Chakrabarti to welcome journalist Ben Brown for York St John University lecture on Thursday 2 March With a career spanning over 30 years, the University’s Chancellor Reeta Chakrabarti will introduce a lecture entitled ‘From the frontline to the studio: A life in BBC News’. Reeta will be joined by fellow BBC…

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Britain’s most scenic bus route saved as customer numbers soar

Coastliner route 840 across the North York Moors to Whitby to continue The Coastliner 840 route linking Leeds and York with the historic port of Whitby – named Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route in a national poll – has been saved after the Government confirmed further funding to support buses. The funding extension means more…

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Charity and social enterprises encouraged to apply for university community research grants worth £54,000

York St John University’s Institute for Social Justice (ISJ), established in 2020 to pursue positive change through research, is now accepting applications for its second year of Community Research Grants. Voluntary, charity and social enterprises (VCSE) can now apply to the innovative scheme that invites community groups to work in partnership with university academics. The…

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Rollits adds to its ranks with appointment of dispute resolution specialist

A lawyer with more than 20 years of dispute resolution experience has joined leading law firm Rollits LLP as an associate based in the York office. Emma Farrell, who lives in York, draws on an extensive background of advising in all areas of commercial and general civil disputes. She will work closely with colleagues in…

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Leeds Manufacturing Festival announces headline sponsors for 2023 programme

Launched last week at a packed event addressed by West Yorkshire Mayor Tracey Brabin and manufacturing employers’ organisation MAKE UK, Leeds Manufacturing Festival has announced the three organisations that are headline sponsors for its 2023 programme. Leeds City College, engineering and manufacturing recruiter E3 Recruitment and Next Gen Makers, which runs a benchmarking and accreditation…

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Tang Hall SMART CIC has expanded their business this year

Tang Hall SMART CIC, a social enterprise that was established 2014 in the grounds of the former Burnholme Community College, and that has been operating from The Centre @ Burnholme since its opening, has expanded their business this year so that they are also delivering out of The Jam Factory in The Groves. The set…

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Leave those car keys at home! £2-a-trip price drop boosts Yorkshire bus firm Transdev as money-saving motorists switch from cars

Operator’s unique ‘Spill The Beans’ research reveals almost six out of ten customers on its buses have access to a car … but choose the bus instead An extended Government-backed low fare deal to attract customers back to the bus is helping Yorkshire-based bus operator Transdev to attract record numbers of motorists to leave their…

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Homeowners in Leeds can sell their home quicker with a new scheme

Homeowners in Leeds can sell their home quicker thanks to a new buying scheme from David Wilson Homes. Moving house is considered one of the most stressful life events that a person can go through (57%)[2], but Part Exchange aims to reduce stress by removing the sales chain. Prospective buyers can use the Part Exchange Guarantee Scheme to sell…

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C-Kore’s new product, Topside Wireless Modem, improves safety on the back-deck during umbilical installations

C-Kore Systems is launching a new product, their Topside Wireless Modem at GUH’s Subsea Expo Exhibition in Aberdeen. This latest product completes their line of test tools to now offer a complete solution for Umbilical Installation Monitoring. The Topside Wireless Modem improves safety on back-deck operations by reducing the risk to offshore personnel while monitoring…

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First Intuition’s 2023 Accountancy Academy back as strong as ever

“An amazing couple of days and a huge success” At First Intuition, we pride ourselves on our ability to create a warm and inviting environment in which aspiring accountants can flourish.   First Intuition’s Accountancy Academy plays a pivotal role in ensuring we consistently achieve this aim. Our hugely popular First Intuition Accountancy Academies were launched…

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Bradford Garden Centre’s apprentices complete their courses

Management at a Bradford Garden Centre are celebrating after its first two apprentices have passed their qualifications. 19 year old Alfie Taylor from Wyke was employed by Tong Garden Centre as a Plants Apprentice and studied at Shipley College to gain a Horticulture Operative Level 2 qualification and 27 year old Brandon Cox from Birkenshaw has completed Level…

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Sovereign Health Care completes purchase of the Waterfront, Shipley

Bradford-based health care cash plan provider, Sovereign Health Care, has announced its completion of the purchase of The Waterfront, a modern four storey purpose-built office building, located adjacent to Salts Mill and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The purchase marks the latest chapter of Sovereign’s 150-year history in the Bradford area. It follows Sovereign Health…

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Local Homebuilder, Barratt Developments Yorkshire West is celebrating the success of a local student who has completed his apprenticeship

Local Homebuilder, Barratt Developments Yorkshire West is celebrating the success of a local student who has completed his apprenticeship at Momentum, Waverley development in South Yorkshire Cameron Dalton-Heppenstall, from Sheffield was awarded a certificate and a £100 voucher to mark his successful completion of the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery by Andy Dawson,…

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International project AgriLoop is launched to accelerate the future of circular agriculture by converting residues into high-value, eco-friendly products

Thirty-five academic and private partners from across Europe and China are now working together on the AgriLoop project, which will develop sustainable processes to convert agri-food residues into high-value, eco-friendly products for use in food, feed and bio-based materials. This new collaboration will find new uses for agri-food residues: currently an underexploited resource for both…

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Jungle IT takes office space at the flagship Kirkstall Forge development

Managed Service Provider Jungle IT is taking 2,987 sq ft at Number One Kirkstall Forge. The team of 60 will relocate this week following a bespoke fit-out. Delivering complete IT strategies and solutions, Jungle IT is expanding and was keen to grow in an environment designed to support collaboration, creativity and prioritise health and wellbeing….

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Sustainable Hosting that won’t cost the Earth

Sustainable Hosting. One of the easiest but most important changes to make to minimise your online carbon footprint and improve your reputation. Yet it’s a consideration a lot of companies overlook when developing their sustainable strategy. But sustainable hosting doesn’t have to cost the Earth. Neither environmentally nor financially! York based web hosting company, HA,…

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Holiday lettings specialist Yorcation celebrates successful launch

Yorcation, a holiday lettings specialist designed to help owners of holiday lets to reach their full potential and to create the best possible guest experience, has launched. The York-based company is headed up by Michelle Bailey, head of residential lettings, with 18 years’ experience, who joins from City Lets in York. It forms part of…

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Micklefield housebuilder online quiz takes flight again for national nest box week

With National Nest Box Week (14th to 21st February), Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, which includes Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, is encouraging Micklefield homeowners to test their knowledge on garden birds by flocking to its digital bird quiz. Following the success of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, the five star housebuilder has launched its…

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Career opportunities in the spotlight as 2023 Leeds Manufacturing Festival launches to address recruitment challenges

Manufacturing employers from across Leeds will come together next week to launch a programme of events aimed at highlighting the latest career opportunities available in the modern manufacturing and engineering sectors in the city and the wider region. A high-profile launch event kicking off the Leeds Manufacturing Festival will take place at Leeds City College’s…

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Strategic appointment marks next phase of ambitious Yorkshire-wide growth plans

Leading recruitment agency Castle Employment Group is pressing ahead with its West Yorkshire growth plans through the strategic appointment of Gemma Watmough to head up its Leeds office. Gemma, a highly experienced accountancy and finance recruiter, joins a 5-strong team and will be responsible for driving Castle’s expansion ambitions in West and South Yorkshire. Building…

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C-Kore work with Cranium Engineering on another successful Nigerian deployment

C-Kore’s Subsea Testing tools have successfully completed a complex subsea electrical integrity campaign for a major oil operator in Nigeria, via VAYCO Oil Tools and their Nigerian partner, Cranium Engineering. C-Kore was selected as fast and accurate measurement was essential to minimise disruption during Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) on the FPSO and remove the need…

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Embracing Equity and Empowering Women in Business

York’s businesswomen have been invited to join City of York Council for the first of three events planned for 2023, aimed at supporting entrepreneurs in the city. This event, Empowering and Inspiring Women in Business in York, will take place at York St. John University’s Creative Centre, Lord Mayor’s Walk, YO31 7EX, on Thursday 2 March from 10 am to 2 pm….

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Employment law update: what lies in store for 2023?

Whilst there are no imminent major changes in employment legislation for the start of 2023, there have been plenty of talking points for employers and employees alike. Nick Wilson, employment partner with Andrew Jackson Solicitors, considers three of the biggest employment law topics at the moment. Strike Action Update In October 2022, we looked at…

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Watson Buckle proudly declares Candlelighters as its Charity of the Year

Cancer charity Candlelighters has been selected as the annual charity of Bradford-based accountancy firm, Watson Buckle. The practice is continuing its long tradition of supporting a single good cause each year by choosing this local charity, which provides emotional, practical and financial support, and hope to families of children with cancer. Candlelighters does this in…

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Cost of Living – A timely archive film with an uncanny sense of déjà vu

York St John University partners with Yorkshire and North East Film Archives to highlight social issues of the past that feel uncomfortably contemporary “How does it feel to be homeless? Terrible. You know, I never thought it would happen to me.” “We have cut down. We have!” “I’ll make do without during the week, in…

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Creative festival provides young people with insights into performing arts industry

York St John University hosts performing arts festival for school pupils in Yorkshire Co-Create is a one-day festival produced by York St John University that celebrates the making of music, dance and theatre with, and for and by members of the youth community. Collaborating with schools in York and North Yorkshire, the festival brought together…

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Seal of approval for local training provider

A local Professional training provider has been granted Study Centre approval as part of the companies 5-year growth plan. S.L. Procurement Solutions Limited is a training company delivering Procurement and Supply chain training for professionals who want to gain their CIPS qualifications. The training provider decided to apply for approval with CIPS – and now…

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Bradford College Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2023

Bradford College is joining the rest of the country in marking the 16th annual National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2023).  Taking place this week from 6th to 12th February, the week-long celebration showcases the incredible benefits apprenticeships bring using this year’s theme, “Skills for Life.” Bradford College has a packed timetable of #NAW2023 activities planned, including specialist staff training, an apprenticeship…

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More than just the ticket! Handy free app is a winner on the buses

Transdev Go app hits 100,000 users a month for the first time It’s so much more than just the ticket – Transdev Go, the free app that makes the going easy by bus across Yorkshire, has started 2023 by reaching a major milestone. The Harrogate-based bus firm says numbers using its handy app on mobile…

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Option to Tax: HMRC changes will increase risk on property transactions

These important changes will affect all those seeking to buy and sell commercial property says Fiona Phillips, partner with Andrew Jackson Solicitors, who considers the implications The VAT default position for the majority of commercial property sales is to treat them as exempt supplies, meaning the seller is unable to reclaim input VAT. It is…

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Leeds College of Building Showcases Higher-Level Training for National Apprenticeship Week 2023

Higher and degree apprenticeships are the focus for Leeds College of Building as the country marks National Apprenticeship Week 2023 (#NAW2023).Taking place this week from 6th – 12th February, #NAW2023 is the 16th annual celebration of apprenticeships. The week brings together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships…

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Fish & ‘Ships’ – the new business partnership taking to the river in 2023

City Cruises, the leading provider of sightseeing, dining experiences and private events in York, is excited to announce a new addition to their line-up: the Fish & Chips Cruise. Departing from the City Centre, guests will be able to enjoy a 90-minute cruise through York and the surrounding countryside while savouring the delicious and award-winning…

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CO2Sustain set to sparkle in North America in 2023

Leeds-based beverage additive manufacturer CO2Sustain is to launch into the North American market in 2023, leveraging its existing success with leading carbonated drinks manufacturers and bottlers in over 50 countries across four continents, including Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. CO2Sustain recently achieved GRAS approval (Generally Regarded As Safe), providing a green light…

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