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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fine Art student collaborates with The Guerrilla Girls for exhibition at Leeds Beckett University

Final year Fine Art Student, Katie Crowe, has curated an exhibition with The Guerrilla Girls that will be showcased at Leeds Beckett University from Friday 22 March until Sunday 14 April 2024. A social gathering will be held at 5pm on Tuesday 9 April at White Column. Katie, driven by her passion for Feminist Art,…

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Vastint UK reveals first look at the second phase of Aire Park masterplan

Vastint UK, the developer behind Leeds’ highly anticipated mixed-use district Aire Park, has revealed a first look at its plans for the final phase of its masterplan. The next step in transforming the former brownfield site in Leeds South Bank into a vibrant new destination, the plans feature 502 high-quality 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom homes,…

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Leeds Beckett to increase food safety using innovative new technology

Leeds Beckett University experts have partnered with a family-owned Bradford business to revolutionise the screening process for aflatoxin in pistachio nuts, using artificial intelligence. The academic team has established a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, partially funded by the Government through Innovate UK, to develop an innovative screening platform in collaboration with Father’s Farm Foods – a…

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New lease of life for one of Boar Lane’s oldest buildings.

However you come into Leeds City Centre, you are usually sure to be greeted by the imposing beauty of Holy Trinity Boar Lane. For nearly 300 years it has stood the test of time, being a church for shoppers, an arts venue, housing the Nurture Cafe and now it is a church for workers in…

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Walker Sime launches new regeneration delivery service

Walker Sime, the Leeds-based multi-disciplinary construction consultancy, has announced the launch of a dedicated Regen Delivery service. The launch of the dedicated service comes in response to the increasing demands for regeneration initiatives, driven by government funding for Levelling Up, Long Term Plan for Towns, Future High Street and Sustainable Transport Settlement Funds. Aimed at…

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Motorcyclists who had legs amputated in separate crashes join forces to promote major trauma charity to Yorkshire businesses

Two Yorkshire motorcyclists who are supporting people with life-changing injuries after their own serious crashes will share their personal stories of recovery during a business networking event in Leeds. Henry Morris and Sam Waddington have both had their left leg amputated below the knee after suffering horrendous injuries in motorbike crashes. Henry, 37, was hit…

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AAB Wealth accredited as one of top-rated financial advice firms for 2024

AAB Wealth, a leading independent chartered financial planning firm, has qualified as one of the top-rated financial advice firms for 2024 by VouchedFor, following outstanding client feedback. This marks AAB Wealth’s inaugural VouchedFor accreditation since the initiative launched four years ago. The 2024 application process required firms to meet a higher standard of client experience…

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Blueberry Marketing Solutions empowers British exports with Department for Business & Trade partnership

BRITISH businesses looking to expand their global footprint can expect a significant boost after Blueberry secured a new partnership with the Department for Business and Trade (DBT). This latest collaboration will continue to drive the success of the Government’s UK Export Academy, breaking down export barriers and encouraging businesses to explore international markets overseas. Empowering British Businesses…

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Leeds Beckett marks 20 years in India with prestigious partnerships and alumni celebration events

Leeds Beckett University (LBU) has marked 20 years in India with a series of prestigious partnerships and celebration events in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai and Coimbatore. Reflecting the growth of LBU’s global alumni community, recruitment from Indian has increased from 100 students in 2004 when the university’s South Asia office opened in Delhi, to a…

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Spring Budget commentary by Paula Fraser

In today’s Spring Budget, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt unveiled a series of tax reforms which will significantly alter the UK’s fiscal landscape. One of the positive changes will see National Insurance contributions for employees decreasing from 10% to 8%, which will result in average savings of around £450 annually for approximately 27 million workers nationwide. This follows…

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R&D Tax Relief Procedures: HMRC’s latest notification requirement by Derek Gemmell, Head of Innovations Tax AAB

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, where staying ahead often means innovating and adapting to change, research and development (R&D) tax credits have emerged as a key tool for businesses, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  As an R&D tax credit specialist, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative impact that these incentives can have on businesses….

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Wellington Place inspires the Women of the Future

Young women from across Leeds took part in speed networking, interactive workshops and office tours as part of an inspirational day of activities at Wellington Place to celebrate International Women’s Day. MEPC, the asset and development manager behind Wellington Place, once again partnered with Ahead Partnership to host its annual Women of the Future event….

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MEPC appoints new Marketing Manager at Wellington Place

MEPC, the asset manager and developer behind Wellington Place, has announced the appointment of Sarah Limbert as its new Marketing Manager as it strengthens its customer experience, events, and marketing team. Sarah brings nearly twenty years of extensive marketing experience to the role. She spent 17 years working within leisure and hospitality, including with leading…

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Trinity Leeds and White Rose re-launch their enterprise initiatives as ‘Made in Yorkshire’, encouraging young people to help shape the future of retail

Trinity Leeds and White Rose shopping centres’ joint enterprise challenge, Made in Yorkshire, launched on Wednesday 28th February, with Oulton Academy and Bruntcliffe Academy taking part. This is the first time that the competition has run in this format, following the two shopping destinations running separate initiatives in the past. The ‘Made in Yorkshire’ challenge invites participants…

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Driving the future: embracing green mobility with Lexus and Toyota in Leeds

In the heart of Leeds, a transformative journey towards sustainability is taking place, with Lexus and Toyota leading the way. Our pioneering automotive brands offer a diverse range of vehicles, from luxurious hybrids to cutting-edge electric models, including commercial vehicles tailored for business needs. Lexus and Toyota Leeds are at the forefront, empowering both individuals…

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Sustainable Green Globe launches social enterprise to support emerging artists

Sustainable Green Globe, a SME that provides eco-friendly wall art for commercial and residential properties, recently established Sustainable Artist, a social enterprise focused on helping emerging artists advance their careers in the visual art sector. Through Sustainable Artist, Sustainable Green Globe aims to provide support for artists from all backgrounds. Initiatives include skills development workshops,…

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How your business can support St Gemma’s Hospice and help provide vital care and support to local people in Leeds

St Gemma’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people with life limiting illnesses. Care is based on a simple idea – that the person is more than the illness. Each of us – sick or well – has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. St Gemma’s responds to these needs in ways which place…

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Leeds Beckett University and ARC launch building insulation innovations

An Innovate UK-funded partnership with Leeds Beckett University has shaped the future success of Leeds-based ARC Building Solutions – implementing a New Product Development (NPD) department within ARC which has created, developed, and brought to market two new innovative building insulation and fire safety products. ARC – a specialist manufacturer of cavity fire barriers and…

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It’s Clean clears the way for hat-trick of double digit growth

Contract cleaning firm It’s Clean is forecasting double digit growth for the third year running as it marks a quarter of a century in business. The multi-million pound turnover business has expanded its management team and moved to larger premises on Harrogate’s Hornbeam Park in the past 12 months to accommodate growth. The firm promoted…

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Women in Property announces new National Chair

Dual qualified Surveyor and Planner, Jennifer Winyard from Barratt Homes to take role from 1 March 2024 Women in Property (WiP), the influencing and networking organisation for the property and construction industry, has announced that Jennifer Winyard, from Barratt Homes Yorkshire West, will become its next National Chair. Jennifer, who is Senior Strategic Land & Planning…

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Walker Sime to showcase commitment to healthy cities at leading real estate event

Walker Sime, the Leeds based construction consultancy, has confirmed its involvement with The UK’s Real Estate Investment & Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF) which takes place between 21-23 May 2024, in Leeds. As a renowned construction, regeneration and infrastructure consultancy, Walker Sime has long been committed to creating lasting legacies of regeneration that positively impact society and…

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Leeds College of Building overwhelmed by generous construction crafts donation

Teaching staff at Leeds College of Building are elated after receiving eleven articulated trailers of equipment donated by Legal & General. The materials and tools will be used to train the next generation of construction professionals enrolled across the College’s North Street and South Bank Campuses. The donation includes 60 pallets of fire, moisture, and…

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Leeds-based Walker Sime delivers social impact at The Barnum

Chamber members Walker Sime, a Leeds-based construction consultancy firm, have played a pivotal role in the successful completion of The Barnum residential project in Nottingham, leaving a lasting impact on the city’s landscape and community. Serving as Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, and Employers Agent, the company helped deliver a striking 348-apartment and studio development and…

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Leeds Business School launching small business management course

Leaders of small businesses in Yorkshire can transform their business performance and boost growth through the Government-funded Help to Grow: Management programme – delivered by leadership and management experts at Leeds Beckett University – starting in April. The 12-week programme, supporting senior managers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to boost their business’s performance, resilience…

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Leeds Beckett launches innovative apprenticeship to bridge digital skills gap

Designed to address the growing demand for digital expertise in the region, Leeds Business School will be offering the qualification from June 2024. The digital world is changing at a rapid pace, and it can be difficult to keep up with the latest developments in areas such as AI, analytics, and SEO algorithms. That’s why…

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Howard Matthews Partnership merges into SMH Group

Harrogate based Chartered Accountants & Tax Advisors, Howard Matthews Partnership, have merged into the SMH Group, allowing the established firm to offer even more financial services to its clients backed by the strength of the Yorkshire and Derbyshire based group. The merger took place on 1st January 2024, with the firm continuing to operate from…

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Leeds Beckett University’s Leeds Law School Clinic new partnership expands student-run legal advice

Leeds Law School has teamed up with national injury firm Hodge Jones & Allen to expand its student-run service offering free legal advice. The new partnership will see students and solicitors work together to provide free legal advice to those who have suffered a personal injury. It will build on the service already provided by…

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The role of finance in driving down NHS carbon emissions

Carbon reduction commitments already play a role in the assessment of public sector suppliers, but for this to genuinely shift the dial towards net zero, we all need to improve how we understand, assess and monitor carbon reduction both within our own organisations and among our suppliers. Since April 2023, suppliers for all new government…

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Bank of England expert to reveal financial outlook for Yorkshire at Leeds Beckett University lecture

For over 20 years, Leeds Business School has presented this key lecture in the region’s business calendar. Alex Golledge, who is the bank’s Agent for Yorkshire and Humber, will give an update on the performance of the economy and outline expectations for the months ahead to local business leaders, professionals, and students at the university’s…

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CitiPark expands presence in London with two new branches

CitiPark Portman Square and London Barbican Now Open Leading parking operator CitiPark, a subsidiary of property investor Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS), is celebrating its expansion across the capital by announcing the opening of two new branches in the heart of London. These strategic additions, in Portman Square and Aldersgate, mark a significant step forward…

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New comms agency Yasper launches with investment from Umpf

Communications and marketing business Yasper has launched in Leeds, following investment from established award-winning agency Umpf. The new entity will share office space with Umpf on the city’s waterfront and both parties will take advantage of collaborative working opportunities.   Launched by Julian Pearce, a PR professional with two decades of experience in media relations, stakeholder comms, marketing and…

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Savills strengthens office leasing team in Leeds with new Director

International real estate advisor Savills has strengthened its office leasing team in Leeds with the appointment of Toby Nield, who has joined as a Director. Toby has extensive office leasing and occupier knowledge spanning over a decade. He joins from real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, where he was involved in projects such as New…

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Leeds Beckett engineers collaborate to develop innovative new products using NHS healthcare waste

Leeds Beckett University and Q Medical Technologies Limited have secured Government funding to develop and commercialise innovative new products repurposing healthcare waste. The team will begin by commercialising new, low-carbon aggregate substitutes known as floc – repurposed and treated, clinical and offensive NHS waste – which are in demand for use in civil engineering. Dr…

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Town Centre Securities (TCS) welcomes new additions to estates team

Leeds Property Investor Further Strengthens Team With Key Hires Leading property development and investment company, Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS), is pleased to announce two recent appointments, reinforcing its commitment to excellence whilst expanding its portfolio and development pipeline. Lynsey Clarke joins TCS as Asset Manager for the Merrion Centre in Leeds, the company’s single…

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First Intuition Yorkshire Expands in 2024 with New Centre in Hull

First Intuition Yorkshire, a leading provider of professional accountancy and finance training, is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest centre in Hull in 2024. The expansion marks an exciting step for the organisation as it continues to broaden its educational footprint across the region. Scheduled to open its doors in the Summer, the…

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A year of triumphs and milestones for First Intuition

2023 has proven to be a pivotal year for First Intuition, marked by significant growth, notable achievements, and a continued commitment to excellence. FI proudly welcomed over 230 new apprentices into our thriving centres across Leeds and Sheffield taking us to nearly 600 live learners. Our team also saw impressive growth, welcoming 13 new members…

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