GB Railfreight celebrates 10,000th delivery to Drax Power Station

GB Railfreight has today completed the delivery of its 10,000th biomass train from Liverpool to Drax Power Station, North Yorkshire. Since 2016, GB Railfreight’s trains have moved over 15m tonnes of sustainable biomass between Peel Ports, Liverpool and Drax Power Station in Selby, Yorkshire. The biomass hauled by these 10,000 train journeys – equivalent to…

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Greece is the word as ThatZiki announces a new permanent residency at Trinity Kitchen

Due to open at the end of July, ThatZiki will bring its popular Greek gyros across the Pennines to Leeds, taking over the former Absurd Bird unit at Trinity Leeds, creating 25 jobs. As part of the launch event, ThatZiki will give away 50 free gyros plus free Greek soft drinks – with details to…

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Whitby Netwalking with English Heritage

The West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce team visited the beautiful North Yorkshire landscape yesterday, for a guided tour around Whiby Abbey led by English Heritage. Joined by various business representatives from across the region, guests enjoyed the glorious sunshine on offer whilst also being treated to an insightful talk about the rich history…

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King’s Awards for Enterprise – Chamber webinar

The West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce recently held an online webinar for the King’s Awards for Enterprise. Hosted by Jon Hammond DL, spectators were joined by Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson, Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Jo Ropner and a number of previous winners including: Nathan Hughes, Founder & Managing Director, Restrap Ltd….

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LBB joins BB!

Bradford Bulls are delighted to announce the signing of Australian-born forward Logan Bayliss-Brow on a two and a half-year deal – subject to international clearance! The towering 24-year-old joins from Queensland Cup outfit Redcliffe Dolphins. The Bulls would like to thank the Bradford Bulls Squad Booster Association for their help in making this happen. Bayliss-Brow,…

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Bulls turn it up to the Max

Bradford Bulls are delighted to announce the signing of Brisbane Tigers’ three-quarter Max Lehmann on a deal until the end of the season – subject to international clearance. The 24-year-old joins from the Queensland Cup outfit where he has scored 16 tries in 22 appearances since his debut in 2023. Lehmann is an American-born speedster,…

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Work to start near Millennium Bridge

Work starts next week between Millennium Bridge and Butcher Terrace to improve accessibility and to allow it to stay open for longer when the river levels rise. Work will begin on Monday 17 June 2024 and is expected to last for five weeks. The works will: Raise part of the path (the dip which is…

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UPDATE: Road closures for planned resurfacing works

There have been changes to the times of resurfacing works on Bishopthorpe Road that will require road closures this June. Due to the poor condition of the underlying carriageway, we will be closing Bishopthorpe Road to vehicle traffic on Thursday 6 June and Friday 7 June (6.30pm-Midnight). This will be instead of the closures originally…

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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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Money launderers jailed for £1 million fraud after York-based investigation

Five money launderers who laundered the proceeds of bogus computer service companies that conned victims – many of whom were elderly and vulnerable – out of over £1 million have been sentenced to 9 and a half years imprisonment at Leeds Crown Court (3 June 2024). The sentences follow an investigation led by the National…

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MOU agreed to develop ‘bioship’ technology and plans to construct the world’s first biomass-fuelled ship

New bioship technology would use gas from biomass to propel ship MoU between Japanese and British companies contains plans to develop bioship by the end of the decade Technology could decarbonise shipping of biomass pellets to Japan, potentially reducing carbon emissions by 22% Leading Japanese companies, NYK Line (NYK), NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers (NBP),…

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Council supports Pride month

City of York Council will be joining communities across the city to celebrate Pride Month, joining in the annual Pride parade on Saturday (1 June). Under a Pride banner, council staff will parade from York Minster through the city to the lively and varied celebration at the Knavesmire. There, council staff and partners will be…

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Road closures for planned resurfacing works

City of York Council will be carrying out resurfacing works on Bishopthorpe Road and Elvington Lane (B1228) requiring road closures this June. Works will start on Bishopthorpe Road on the evening of Friday 31 May and be complete by Wednesday 19 June, weather permitting. Bishopthorpe road will be closed to vehicle traffic: 6.30 pm on…

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Yorkshire garden centres awarded membership of prestigious Garden Centre Association

Two members of a Bradford-based garden centre group have been accepted as members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA), joining an elite group of 200 garden centres nationwide. Tingley and Otley Garden Centres were awarded membership of the GCA, which champions professionalism in garden centre retailing, after passing a stringent audit that covered all elements…

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City of York Council celebrates the life-changing impact of its amazing foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight (13-26 May)

City of York Council is celebrating the life changing impact its foster carers have on the lives of local children and young people. The council cares for over 200 children and young people in York and local foster carers provide safe, loving homes if they can’t live with their own families. Ordinary people doing the…

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Access consultation delivers five new bays for Blue Badge holders and businesses

Following the Council’s consultation on making York city centre more accessible, five new experimental bays open today (21 May) for Blue Badge holder parking and business loading. Disabled people, residents and business have been consulting with the Council since November 2023 in a number of different ways, including drop-in sessions, online and in-person workshops. They…

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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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Bradford College Vice Principal named Muslim Woman of the Year

A Bradford College Vice Principal has been named Muslim Woman of the Year at a prestigious national awards ceremony. Alina Khan won the ‘Noor Inayat Khan Muslim Woman of the Year’ category at the British Muslim Awards 2024 which took place at the Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester. Now in their 11th year, the British Muslim Awards…

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Oscrete lays “foundations for play” at Bradford primary schools

Employees at Bradford concrete admixture manufacturer Oscrete went back to school this month to improve the grounds at a local primary where two of the staff started their education. Oscrete’s concrete technicians and brothers Michael and Keiron Todd attended Lower Fields Primary School in Bradford between 2001 and 2011 and returned with colleagues this month…

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Andrew Jackson facilitates Casper’s latest vessel purchase

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors announces that it has recently assisted Immingham-based Casper Chartering Limited (”Casper”), on its purchase of the cargo vessel “MV VESPER” (formerly “ATLAS”), from Norwegian owners. MV Vesper is the latest vessel to join Casper’s growing fleet, which now comprises  seven ships. Built in 2006, Vesper is 88.60m LOA (length…

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City of York Council Executive approves new Improvement Plan

City of York Council’s Executive has approved a new Corporate Improvement Framework, subject to consultation. The Framework is part of a programme of work to deliver the Council Plan, ‘One City, for all’ that was agreed by full council in September 2023. That plan embeds four core commitments; Equalities, Affordability, Climate and Health (EACH). The…

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Interest rates held, for now – Economist’s view

Commenting on the Bank of England’s decision to hold interest rates today, Max Shepherd, Group Economist at Yorkshire Building Society, said: “The Bank of England has agreed to leave the base rate unchanged, at 5.25%, as expected. Andrew Bailey has said he is optimistic things are moving in the right direction, implying interest rate cuts…

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York City-wide Leaders’ Meeting to host new Mayor

When they meet this week, York City Leaders are to be joined by the newly elected Mayor for York and North Yorkshire, David Skaith, in his first week in the job. The Mayor has confirmed he will meet key partners from across the city on what will be only his third day in office. City…

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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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Fifty is the magic number for Alan

A leading light in Yorkshire’s business world has called time on an illustrious career spanning fifty years in accountancy. Alan Wintersgill has stepped down as a consultant with top ten UK accountancy and business advisory firm Azets in Bradford exactly half a century after he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1974. He opened his…

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C-Kore Systems receives a Third Royal Award

C-Kore Systems Limited from Escrick, York have been honoured with a King’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade 2024 due to their outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over 3 years.  This is their third award in just over 5 years, having already received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation in 2019 and a…

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Yorkshire garden centre group smashes its fundraising target for its Charity of the Year

The team at Yorkshire Garden Centres is celebrating after raising over £24,000 for its 2023 Charity of the Year, Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The teams at Yorkshire Garden Centres’ four sites at Tong, Tingley, Otley and Bingley had aimed to raise £19,000 for the independent charity that relies solely on donations to provide its lifesaving rapid…

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City of York Council Executive to consider new Corporate Improvement Framework

City of York Council’s Executive is set to discuss a new Corporate Improvement Framework, developed by the Chief Operating Officer, in consultation with the Corporate Leadership Group (Corporate Directors, Directors and Assistant Directors). The move comes as part of a programme of work to deliver the new Council Plan, ‘One City, for all’ – agreed…

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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 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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Bradford Means Business Awards 2024: Entries now open

Bradford Means Business and the Telegraph & Argus are delighted to once again be bringing you The Bradford District Business Awards for 2024. For the first time we are proud to announce a new partnership with Bradford College who are our headline partner this year and we thank them for their great support. This is…

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Statement: Queen Street Bridge closures

Following the weekend’s closure, Councillor Pete Kilbane, Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Transport and Economy, said: “It is so far so good with Queen St works and big thanks go out to everyone involved in helping make this weekend go so smoothly. We are only half-way through this part of the…

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

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

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Drax Community fund donates nearly £20k to Yorkshire organisations

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

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

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

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Covid Facebook Marketplace fraudster sentenced in York to 12 months

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

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Sixty years of manufacturing marked with regal flourish

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

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C-Kore celebrates deploying 800th Subsea Testing Tool

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

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

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

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Bradford Bulls are delighted to 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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Yorkshire team advises Mainprize Offshore on partial sale and multi-million pound development investment

A team of Yorkshire advisers has assisted the shareholders of Mainprize Offshore, a designer and operator of bespoke crew transfer vessels to the offshore wind industry, on its partial sale to private equity fund, Alcuin Capital Partners (“Alcuin”), together with the re-financing of its fleet with Siemens Financial Services. Under the terms of the deal,…

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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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Andrew Jackson advises on yew tree farm development

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP announces that it has advised Huddersfield-based John Radcliffe & Sons, thought to be the oldest development company in the north of England, on the purchase of land at Yew Tree Farm in Farnley Tyas, West Yorkshire. Radcliffe Developments Farnley has already developed 31 houses in Farnley Tyas on…

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