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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Karl Oxford joins Lloyds Bank Black Business Advisory Committee

Lloyds Banking Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Karl Oxford to its Black Business Advisory Committee (BBAC). Since its inception in December 2020, led by Claudine Reid MBE, the BBAC has provided Lloyds Banking Group with invaluable insights into the challenges faced by Black entrepreneurs in Britain, guiding the development of effective strategies to mitigate barriers….

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100% Exam Success for Verner Wheelock Ethical Team

Verner Wheelock are delighted to reveal that every member of their Ethical Team has recently passed their IRCA Social Systems Auditor/Lead Auditor examination. This qualification is seen as the industry standard for social auditors and is recognised worldwide. MD Alison Wheelock explains, “Our Ethical Team, including myself, is responsible for organising and co-ordinating all our…

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Run with the Bulls

The Bradford Bulls Foundation is excited to unveil the details of “Run with the Bulls,” set to take place on April 14th, 2024, at Odsal Stadium. This event marks a significant milestone as the Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary. “Run with the Bulls” offers participants of all ages and fitness levels the opportunity to engage…

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YBS commercial underlines commitment to supporting clients through ongoing commercial market challenges by doubling team

YBS Commercial Mortgages has revealed it expects to double its workforce this year, compared to 2022, bolstering its teams by a further 20 per cent, which builds on an 18 per cent increase in numbers during 2023, taking the total workforce to 105. The commercial lender has taken the opportunity presented by an overall dip…

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Partnership delivers digital skills training to over 1,000 people from ethnically diverse communities in Bradford

A partnership to help improve digital and employability skills in Bradford district has celebrated one thousand people completing its programme. The Yorkshire Building Society Digital Skills for Employability in Bradford project is a partnership between the mutual and Good Things Foundation and was established in 2021. The programme aims to provide digital skills training, support…

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Bulls reflect on Wakefield Opener

For years it has been well known in Rugby League circles that the two major cities where professional rugby league stadium facilities have been deficient have been Wakefield and Bradford. Friday night demonstrated, should anyone be in any doubt, the economic regeneration that can be achieved by investing in rugby league facilities. The marvellous and wonderful…

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School of Law teams up with GMB Union on pioneering project

The School of Law at the University of Bradford is partnering with the GMB (North East, Yorkshire and Humber region) to provide its students with valuable experience around employment law issues. Students will act as accompanying representatives for union members at employee disciplinary hearings where such members do not have a workplace representative. Students who…

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Bulls partner with Scouts to donate kits to Morocco

Bradford Bulls, in a gesture of goodwill and community spirit, have collaborated with Bradford Scouts to extend a helping hand to communities in Morocco. Through a heartfelt initiative, the Bulls have generously donated playing kits to the Bradford Scouts groups, who, in turn, carried them to Morocco, fostering sportsmanship and camaraderie across borders. The partnership between…

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Cym D’Souza joins Manningham Housing Association as Vice Chair

Cym D’Souza has been appointed Vice Chair of Manningham Housing Association (MHA). She previously served as Chief Executive of Manchester-based Arawak Walton Housing Association, stepping down last autumn after almost 25 years in the post. Ms D’Souza is a well-known figure in UK housing having served from 2012-23 as Chair of BME National, the umbrella…

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Mutual delivers strong results and record support for members

A record number of savings accounts were opened with Yorkshire Building Society last year, according to its annual financial results, announced today. Savers benefitted from interest rates 1.01 percentage points higher than the market average, equating to an additional £441.1m in interest paid – more than double the previous year. The Society grew both its…

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Bradford College partnership with Bradford Bulls charges on

Bradford College and Bradford Bulls Rugby League Football Club have signed and committed to a new educational partnership agreement for 2024. The exciting deal will provide students and staff with benefits such as stadium tours, discounted tickets, work experience placements, and a host of opportunities to work together. Speaking about the re-signing between two of…

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Bradford garden centre group is shortlisted for two national people and culture awards

The team at a Bradford-headquartered garden centre group is celebrating after being shortlisted for two national HR awards. Yorkshire Garden Centres Group has reached the final in both the Retail Company of the Year Award and the Innovation of the Year at the British HR Awards which celebrate organisations and individuals that are driven by…

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Major new mental health contract set to improve support for ethnically and culturally diverse communities

Local charities Mind in Bradford and Staying Put have won a joint bid to deliver a range of mental health treatment and services for ethnically and culturally diverse communities across Bradford district and Craven. The £4.5m contract was awarded by NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board through the Bradford District and Craven Health and Care…

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New Manningham Housing Association website goes live

Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has launched a new website in the latest stage in the roll-out of its three-year digital business strategy. Delivered in partnership with Yorkshire-based creative design agency Redbak, the redesign seeks to improve accessibility for customers and project partners with a more modern, sleeker look. The revamped site incorporates numerous additional features…

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Budget 2024: Housing association tenants were far from the Chancellor’s thoughts

The chief executive of Bradford-based Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has responded to today’s Budget. In a statement, Lee Bloomfield said: “It is disappointing but not surprising that a commitment to build many more urgently needed affordable homes was absent from the Chancellor’s remarks. “Alongside the six-month extension to the Household Support Fund, the well-trailed cut…

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Bulls sign Aussie ace Fulton!

Bradford Bulls are delighted to announce the signing of Zac Fulton from NRL outfit Manly Sea Eagles on a one-year deal – subject to international clearance! The 22-year-old is the grandson of one of Rugby League’s ‘Immortals’, Bob Fulton, who enjoyed a trophy laden career both as a player and as a coach in the…

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New partnership a suite deal for the Bulls

Bradford Bulls are delighted to announce Cedar Court Hotels Bradford will become the club’s Accommodation Partner of choice – following the formation of an exciting, new partnership. The Cedar Court Hotel Bradford and West Yorkshire Conference and Events Centre, located at the top of the M606 just minutes from the club’s Odsal Stadium home, offers…

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Yorkshire garden centre group appoints from within for Centre Manager role

A Bradford headquartered garden centre group has promoted from within to fill the Centre Manager role at one of its six sites. Dave Denton from Cleckheaton has been promoted to centre manager at the long established Bingley Garden Centre at Harden. An experienced retail specialist, Mr. Denton began his career with Yorkshire Garden Centres as…

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South Leeds adventure park reopens for the Easter holidays

An adventure park at a South Leeds garden centre has announced its Easter opening hours. Mission Out at Tingley Garden Centre reopens on 23rd March with the launch of a new children’s annual pass and an adult ‘pay once’ initiative for the 2024 season. Suitable for children aged seven and over, Mission Out is a…

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Bulls team up with Bradford Dementia Hub

To mark Dementia Action Week this week, non-profit mental health provider, Community Links, part of the Inspire North group, announces the launch of its new Bradford-based dementia information service. Bradford Dementia Hub will open in July to provide information and advice, supporting local people to manage their condition and live well with dementia. The service…

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Introducing… The Bartercard Odsal Stadium!

Bradford Bulls are delighted to announce a significant, multi-year stadium naming rights deal with Bartercard UK – the UK’s largest business to business trade exchange! Bartercard is a Global Business to Business Network with 55,000 cardholders, where members of the trade exchange purchase products and services. People have ‘bartered’ for millions of years however Bartercard…

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Bradford College cements ambitious plans for transformational campus buildings

Work will begin on several large capital investment projects at Bradford College shortly. Over the last two years, Bradford College has successfully secured nearly £29 million in funding. The considerable investment will enhance, refurbish, and build new aspirational facilities in the heart of Bradford. The projects form part of Bradford College’s ambitious estates strategy. The capital masterplan…

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Bradford Bulls and Bradford College renew partnership

Bradford College and Bradford Bulls Rugby League Club have signed a brand new educational partnership agreement for 2024. The agreement will provide students and staff with stadium tours, hospitality and discounted tickets, together with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, amongst a whole host of exciting opportunities to work together. Both organisations have also…

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Yorkshire Garden Centres branches out into North Yorkshire with two additional sites

Bradford-based Yorkshire Garden Centres has announced it is to operate two more sites in Yorkshire.  The two Dean’s Garden Centre sites at York and Scarborough will be added to the group that already has sites at Tong, Tingley, Otley and Bingley in West Yorkshire. The Dean’s business dates back to 1968 when they opened the…

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Yorkshire Garden Centre Group celebrates the arrival of spring with launch weekend

A Bradford headquartered garden centre group is marking the arrival of spring with a weekend of activities and promotions at its four sites next month. Yorkshire Garden Centres is hosting the spring launch weekend at its sites in Tong, Tingley, Otley and Batley on 9th and 10th March. The theme of the weekend is a…

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Yorkshire Building Society appoints new Chief Finance Officer

Yorkshire Building Society has confirmed Tom Ranger will join as Chief Finance Officer (CFO) later this year. With over 25 years’ experience in financial services, he is currently Group Treasurer at Santander UK plc, a Non-Executive Director of Santander Financial Services plc Board and Senior Officer Santander Financial Services’ Jersey Branch. Susan Allen, chief executive…

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Trio of appointments boosts chemical team

Chemical specialist, Airedale Group, has strengthened its team by filling three new roles, reflecting the company’s growth and its focus on health and safety as a business priority. With the addition of a deputy head of regulatory, human resources manager and marketing executive, the number of people employed by the business has risen to more…

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The Fishermen’s Mission Charity grow in Yorkshire

The Yorkshire coastline, is a region with a rich and strong history of fishing.  Our reputation in this region is second to none and we are highly respected for the life changing services we provide. As a team at the Fishermen’s Mission we provide welfare and pastoral support for active and retired fishermen as well…

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Bulls offer unique naming rights opportunity – nine days to go!

Bradford Bulls are offering people and businesses alike the opportunity to put their name to the famous Western Terrace for just £500! Odsal Stadium welcomes over 150,000 visitors a year across various events and by purchasing a ticket, you go into a raffle to sponsor one of the most famous terraces in British Rugby League….

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Leadership transition at Leeds-based Stephenson Personal Care: Jamie Bentley passes the torch to Robert Carr and welcomes Sarah Bradley as Executive Chairman

Stephenson Personal Care (‘Stephenson’), a global leader in personal care and cosmetic ingredients, announces a significant leadership transition as Jamie Bentley, the visionary force behind the Horsforth company’s growth and success, steps back. During his tenure, Jamie fulfilled his aspiration to drive the company’s growth and enhance its intellectual property portfolio and capabilities, opening new…

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Bradford Bulls Foundation launches corporate partner packages

As a registered charity, the Bradford Bulls Foundation is on a mission to make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals in Bradford. With a commitment that extends beyond the field, the Foundation utilises sport as a powerful catalyst for positive change. Annually engaging with over 30,000 people face to face, and over 900,000…

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The Bradford Bulls Foundation 20th birthday heritage lunch

Join us in celebrating a remarkable milestone as The Bradford Bulls Foundation marks its 20th Birthday with a special commemorative “Heritage Lunch” on Monday, 26th of February, starting at 6pm. Prepare for an evening filled with nostalgia and insight as we bring together a distinguished panel of esteemed guests, including Nigel Wood, Mark Sawyer, Richard…

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RMA systems triumph at Bradford College Apprenticeship Games 2024

Building energy experts RMA Systems showcased their brightest talent when they joined Bradford College in marking National Apprenticeship Week 2024. The second-ever Bradford College Apprenticeship Games challenged local partners employing their apprentices to enter a team for a fun day of six challenges. This year, tasks across curriculum specialisms included Beat the Keeper (by Bradford…

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New Chief Risk Officer appointed at Yorkshire Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society has appointed Richard Bowles as Chief Risk Officer. Richard will lead the mutual’s compliance, risk and legal teams, ensuring the Society continues to be a well-governed home for members’ savings and mortgages. He joins at a crucial time as the function changes in line with the Society’s continued growth. Richard joins from…

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Bulls expect great things with new partnership

We are delighted to announce an exciting, new partnership with Expect Distribution – that will see the award-winning Distribution company become our official Match Ball sponsor for the 2024 season! Expect Distribution’s Head Office is located just off the M606, minutes from the Bulls’ Odsal Stadium home. They have over 30 years’ experience, meeting the…

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The Bradford Bulls Foundation partners with Morrisons Foundation and BEAP

The Bradford Bulls Foundation is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership with the Morrisons Foundation and BEAP Community Partnership to introduce rugby to South Asian communities within Bradford. This collaborative initiative aims to promote inclusivity, physical activity, and community engagement through the sport of rugby. The project, which kicked off in mid-December, has gained significant…

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