Trinity Leeds launches innovative sustainable retail concept ‘Re:Pair Lab’

An innovative new sustainable fashion concept from Trinity Leeds will see up-and-coming designers showcased alongside local fashion brands and second-hand sellers this summer. Re:Pair Lab is a new initiative from Trinity Leeds owner Landsec, partnering with Leeds Beckett University and Wayne Hemingway – co-founder of HemingwayDesign, who have been at the forefront of bringing sustainable retail…

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Keeping a cool head during election fever will pay dividends

By Gunhild Dam, Private Client Partner Politicians up and down the land are currently pounding the campaign trail, following the Prime Minister’s shock announcement of a General Election of 4th July. The sense of impending change is inevitably unsettling for many, particularly as the election of a new ruling party (or parties) could entail a…

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AAB raises over £100k at second AABIE charity ball

FPM, an AAB Group Company, hosted over 450 guests at the AABIE Charity Ball, held for the first time in Newry on Saturday night (June 8) Held in the city’s Canal Court, the Ball raised a remarkable  £100,369 for the AABIE Charitable Initiative (known as ‘AABIE’) with all funds going directly to the charity. Feargal…

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Specialist Yorkshire wholesale food and drink business becomes employee owned

North Yorkshire-based wholesale distributor Crofter’s Foods Ltd has become the latest company to transfer its entire shareholding to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). More than 10 staff have become part-owners of the artisan food and drink business. Founded in 2005 by Grahame and Jane Armitage, the specialist company works with small local suppliers to distribute…

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‘Tree of Pride’ set to return to White Rose this month

In celebration of Pride Month, White Rose Shopping Centre is once again hosting its ‘Tree of Pride’ on 8th and 9th June, inviting visitors to decorate the tree with their pledges to work toward a more inclusive and caring future. Following a successful debut in 2023, the community art piece will be touring the country gathering the…

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Leeds Beckett experts leading new project to reduce carbon footprint of Leeds manufacturers

Business and computing experts at Leeds Beckett University are joining forces with Leeds-based Quality Bearings Online Ltd (QBOL) to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, by creating an innovative new business model for the net zero era. The project is a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), part-funded by the Government through Innovate UK. The academics and QBOL will create…

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Latest acquisition boosts AAB Wealth Assets Under Advice to £800 Million

Award-winning chartered financial planning firm, AAB Wealth, has today announced the acquisition of Synergy Financial Planning, based in Bishopbriggs, Central Scotland. Having experienced year-on-year growth since the firm was established in 2011, following this latest acquisition, AAB Wealth will have assets under advice (AUA) in excess of £800 million. The combined team of 37 are…

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West Yorkshire homebuilder’s gardens given wildlife-friendly accreditation

Leading developer David Wilson Homes has received accreditation from the RSPB for the wildlife-friendly gardens at its Centurion Meadows development in Burley in Wharfedale. As part of its corporate partnership, the housebuilder has created gardens in line with RSPB guidance, in a bid to create a welcoming space for wildlife and to inspire new homeowners…

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West Yorkshire school’s launch event supported by local housebuilder

Barratt and David Wilson Homes Yorkshire West were recently invited to Southroyd Primary School in Pudsey, where the team watched the children perform their Leeds Rhinos Dance Spectacular, to mark the launch of the school’s exciting new eco-friendly building project – ‘The Cabin’. Representatives of the housebuilder’s Commercial team visited Southroyd Primary School, located near…

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Authentic Vietnamese street food comes to the Merrion Centre

Pho 37 Set to bring the authentic tastes of Vietnam to Leeds The Merrion Centre has announced its newest addition which is set to join its ever expanding culinary scene with the upcoming opening of Pho 37, offering authentic Vietnamese street food. This exciting venture is due to open its doors to the public in…

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RJJ Software wins prestigious Digital Transformation Award

RJJ Software, a leading software development firm, has won the prestigious 2024 Digital Transformation Award at this year’s UK Business Awards. The nomination recognized companies that have demonstrated exceptional innovation in their approach to digital transformation, leveraging emerging technologies or implementing creative solutions to drive digital change. As a company specializing in .NET, Python, and…

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Leeds Beckett to host employer workshop for new degree apprenticeship aimed at bridging the digital skills gap

Leeds Business School invites employers to a free lunch and workshop event on 4th June to learn about our Digital Marketer Degree Apprenticeship. Designed to address the growing demand for digital expertise in the region, Leeds Business School will be offering the qualification from January 2025. To help employers in the region learn more about…

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Navigating the complexities of VAT in a digital world

The e-commerce landscape has evolved significantly over recent years, revolutionising the retail sector by enabling businesses to reach global markets. However, the rise of digital services and online shopping, both B2B and B2C, has generated some complex tax implications, in particular relating to Value Added Tax (VAT). VAT—a consumption tax—is generally applied based on where goods and…

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Behind the scenes of TPE’s new timetable as train operator increases services on some routes across the North of England and into Scotland

TransPennine Express (TPE) is showing how its timetable is created ahead of changes to some of its services in June, as well as encouraging customers to be prepared and check their journeys. The new timetable will be brought in from Sunday 2 June, along with the rest of the national rail network. The behind-the -scenes…

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Twin sisters publish The Brand Power Manifesto to upskill female entrepreneurs

Chloe and Abigail Baldwin, are twin sisters, business partners, and now co-authors. They were shaped by their modest upbringing and sought out their own opportunities. With no prior business experience (but fuelled by sheer determination) they established Buttercrumble, an award-winning creative studio. Their inspiring but down-to-earth story is now immortalised in their debut book, The…

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A fine line: top tips for a suitable work-life balance at home

North Yorkshire housebuilder Barratt and David Wilson Homes has compiled a series of top tips to achieve a good work-life balance. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week (13th to 19th May), the leading homebuilders are stressing the importance of making sure work and home life are kept separate. This year’s theme is “Movement: Moving…

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Dome is where the Farke is: Trinity Leads play-off push

Shopping Centre’s Super-Sized Show of Support for Leeds United is the City’s Biggest. Football fever is reaching new heights as a 294-square-metre portrait of Leeds United manager Daniel Farke has been unveiled on the glass dome roof of Trinity Leeds shopping centre ahead of this Sunday’s Championship Play-Off Final. The supersized Farke portrait – which…

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Carpentry students create bug hotel for RHS cancer-awareness garden

For the second consecutive year, students at Leeds College of Building are using their skills to help create a poignant RHS show garden. The Level 1 Diploma Carpentry & Joinery students have crafted two five-foot triangular wooden bug hotels. The structures will feature at the main entrance of a garden going on display at RHS Tatton Flower…

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Korean corndogs take over Trinity Kitchen alongside bao buns & more

Trinity Kitchen has announced an exciting line-up of street food vendors, including Korean corndogs – a unique new offering for Trinity Kitchen. Guests can explore a huge range of options from the new vendors, including: Wagyu Lookin’ At?, Return of the Mac, Bao Machine, Clapping Corndog and Otherside Fried Chicken, which will be taking over the…

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RJJ Software shortlisted for UK Business Awards’ Digital Transformation Award

RJJ Software, a leading software development firm, has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2024 Digital Transformation Award at this year’s UK Business Awards. The nomination recognises companies that have, “demonstrated exceptional innovation in their approach to digital transformation, leveraging emerging technologies or implementing creative solutions to drive digital change.” As a company specialising in .NET,…

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Leeds Beckett forms new partnership to boost growth of Doncaster-based Westdale Group

Marketing experts at Leeds Beckett University have teamed up with Doncaster-based Westdale Group Ltd to support the company’s ambitious plans for growth – and help them meet the increasing demand for home energy efficiency projects crucial to the Government’s net zero plans. The project is a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), part-funded by the Government through Innovate…

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RJJ Software recognised as a top five software development company in Leeds by Design Rush

RJJ Software, a leading software development company specialising in .NET, Python, and AI technologies, has been listed among the top five software development companies in Leeds by Design Rush (https://www.designrush.com/agency/software-development/uk/leeds). This recognition highlights RJJ’s position as experts in their field and further solidifies its reputation as a trusted provider of high-quality software solutions. As a…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CISI appoints Hannah Daniel, Chartered MCSI, as new president of the Yorkshire branch committee

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is delighted to announce Hannah Daniel, Chartered MCSI, as the new president of the Yorkshire committee. She takes over from Rebecca Keating, Chartered MCSI. Hannah is an investment manager at LGT Wealth Management based in Leeds. She has over eight years of experience in wealth management and…

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The Modern .NET show reaches major milestone with over 675,000 total unique downloads

Leeds, April 25th, 2024:—RJJ Software is excited to announce that its podcast, The Modern .NET Show, has recently surpassed an impressive milestone of 675,000 total unique downloads. As a leading software development company specializing in .NET, and AI-based technologies, RJJ Software is proud to have produced and shared this valuable resource for the developer community….

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AAB Group launches ESG division to support businesses build sustainable futures

In line with the global imperative for decarbonisation, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting legislation is ramping up around the world. In the last year ESG reporting changes have been written into EU regulations and will be written into UK regulations over the next three years, impacting a range of businesses from larger companies through…

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TPE on track to break taboos around women’s health

TransPennine Express (TPE) has signed up to become an Endometriosis Friendly Employer, helping to drive positive change in the workplace. By joining this scheme, the train operator pledges its commitment to colleagues with endometriosis, promising to raise awareness and break taboos surrounding women’s health issues. One in ten women suffer from endometriosis, a painful and…

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New jobs, retailers, and refreshments at White Rose

White Rose Shopping Centre has welcomed two new brands to its mix this April, CUPP and Deichmann, with a huge expansion now underway for existing retailer JD Sports.  Europe’s largest shoe retailer, Deichmann, has invested £688,000 in a new store, creating 15 jobs. The footwear fashion giant stocks options for the whole family including exclusive…

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Sheards Chartered Accountants merges into SMH Group

Huddersfield based Chartered Accountants, Sheards, have merged into the SMH Group, allowing the established firm to offer even more services to their clients, backed by the strength of the Yorkshire and Derbyshire based group. The firm, now named SMH Sheards, continues to operate from their office in Huddersfield, with all the team remaining unchanged. The…

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Yorkshire & Humber shows strong market with more competitive procurement approach

Local Yorkshire construction and property management consultancy, RLB UK’s fifth annual Procurement Trends report reveals that Yorkshire & Humber shows a strong market and more competitive procurement practices than the national picture. Indicators such as Yorkshire having the highest proportion of single-stage projects and with single-stage procurement activity likely to continue going forward, show confidence…

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Leeds Beckett University research shows importance of community organisations in reducing health inequalities

New research, led by Leeds Beckett University, recommends that national health and arts strategies should include the important roles of community anchor organisations in tackling health inequalities in their areas. The research – a partnership between Leeds Beckett University, Locality and Social Life – found that community organisations are able to reach people that statutory…

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Hot proper-tea: coffee’s the top pick for West Yorkshire developer

With Yorkshire being home to one of the most iconic tea brands in the world, employees at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Yorkshire West have revealed their first choice for hot drinks in celebration of National Tea Day (Sunday 21st April). The survey interviewed employees both on developments and at head office, and shockingly revealed…

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Top tips for a stress-free house move for pets in North Yorkshire

As part of National Pet Month in April, Barratt and David Wilson Homes has teamed up with the UK’s leading animal charity, RSPCA, to provide pet owners with advice to make moving home as stress-free as possible for animals. Sam Wood, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes, said: “We want our customers’ home…

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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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