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Leeds City Region Funding - University Of Huddersfield Proud To Be Part Of Initiative
The University of Huddersfield is delighted that it will receive £2.9 million government funding through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership's (LEP) Local Growth Deal. The…
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photo - Richard North
photo - Richard North
The University of Huddersfield is delighted that it will receive £2.9 million government funding through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership's (LEP) Local Growth Deal.

The…
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Update On Rural Payments Service


The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is inviting thousands more farmers and landowners throughout England to take the first online step towards claiming this year's new scheme payments.

If you can't…

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Wed 28th Jan, 2015 | 2:17pm

Steve Phillip
When Social Bland Becomes Social Media Suicide & 5 Rules You Must Break
By Steve Phillip
Social Media Expert
photo by Peter aka anemoneprojectors
photo by Peter aka anemoneprojectors
First came social media then social proof . What is social proof? Essentially, it is a psychologicalphenomenon where a group of people or individuals alone, assume the actions of others in an…

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Mon 26th Jan, 2015 | 10:31am

Labour Market Statistics Suggest The Economy Is Still Expanding, But May Be A Sign Of Lower Growth Than We Saw For Most Of 2014


Commenting on today's ONS Labour Market Statistics, Mark Beatson, chief economist for the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said:

"This set of statistics raises more…

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Thu 22nd Jan, 2015 | 10:00pm

Julie Grail, Chief Executive of British Bids
Chris Booth, Partner at Pinsent Masons, talks to Chief Executive of British Bids, Julie Grail, about the BID concept and why Leeds would benefit from having a BID company for its city centre.

Chris Booth and Julie Grail
Chris Booth and Julie Grail


As Chief Executive of British BIDs, it would seem you are perfectly placed to explain what a Business Improvement District - or BID - is?


A BID is essentially a mechanism to bring partnership activity together with a fair and sustainable funding stream. Following a successful ballot of business occupiers, a levy is charged on all businesses that voted for a five year period.


How many other locations have BID companies and how long have they had them for?


There are almost 190 BIDs around the UK now and the concept has been live for nearly a decade here. Many of the big cities have had BIDs for many years now with 41 established across London, 11 in Birmingham, and both Liverpool and Newcastle in their second terms, 6 and 7 years old respectively.


more...Thu 22nd Jan, 2015 | 12:00pm

Benefit Of A Business Improvement District For Leeds

Chris Booth, partner at Pinsent Mason talks to Julie Grail, chief executive of British BIDs
Chris Booth, partner at Pinsent Mason talks to Julie Grail, chief executive of British BIDs
As businesses and organisations in Leeds prepare to vote on the establishment of a Business Improvement District (BID) for the city centre, Chris Booth, a partner at Leeds law firm Pinsent Mason…

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Tue 20th Jan, 2015 | 3:39pm

25,000 New Businesses Supported By Start Up Loans


The government's Start Up Loan scheme has hit another milestone as the 25,000th business loan is approved, taking the total amount lent to new firms to nearly £130 million.

The scheme…

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Mon 19th Jan, 2015 | 4:30pm

Challenges And Changes In 2015

photo - Ant Jackson
photo - Ant Jackson
As political parties position themselves ahead of the election, John Cridland has spelt out in his New Year message how to create a stronger economy, deliver a better future for our young people…

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Sat 17th Jan, 2015 | 12:11pm

CBI Comments On Government Apprenticeship Reforms

Neil Carberry
Neil Carberry
Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment and Skills, said:

"A world-class apprenticeship system is critical to the future prosperity of the UK, so the continued commitment from government to…

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Thu 15th Jan, 2015 | 2:47pm

Xercise4less Attracts Further £31m In Equity And Debt Funding As CEO's Vision Is Realised

Jon Wright
Jon Wright
Yorkshire-based, low cost gym chain, Xercise4Less, has announced this week that it has attracted a further £5m equity investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) in addition to an increased…

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Tue 13th Jan, 2015 | 4:31pm

Olivia Newby
Arc Inspirations' Continues To Expand
By Olivia Newby
Features Writer

£3 million of funding from Santander Coporate & Commercial has boosted Leeds-based business Arc Inspirations to open more venues. The leading independent bar and restaurant chain across…

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Thu 8th Jan, 2015 | 10:16am

Barnsley Support Programme Helps More Than 200 Successful Business Starts

BBIC business development manager James Herbert with potential business owner Victoria Price and Jacqui Price at the latest Smartstart open day
BBIC business development manager James Herbert with potential business owner Victoria Price and Jacqui Price at the latest Smartstart open day
A free business support programme has helped more than 200 new businesses set up in the last two years.

Smartstart, run by Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC), has helped 204 business…

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Mon 26th Jan, 2015 | 3:07pm

Vince Cable, The CIPD, Investors And Employers Come Together To Put Workforce Performance Measures At Heart Of Business Productivity


The long-term growth potential of organisations and the economy are being hampered by a lack of consistency in the measurement and reporting of human capital information, contributing to…

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Sat 24th Jan, 2015 | 12:13pm

Stephen Hart
3 Myths Of The Superhuman Manager
By Stephen Hart
Development Specialist

What's your image of a manager?

Is it someone who knows everything, is eternally wise and patient and knows exactly what to do?

What I find is that the above 'superhuman' image is often lurking…

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Thu 22nd Jan, 2015 | 2:44pm

Understanding What LinkedIn Is.......

Six chains photo by Mark Skipper
Six chains photo by Mark Skipper
...........And 3+1 Golden Rules You Must Adhere To

A blurring of the lines is taking place - where once there was clarity, confusion now reigns; uncertainty has replaced certainty and as we sit…

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Thu 22nd Jan, 2015 | 8:28am

Andi Lonnen
Planning for Successful Business Growth
By Andi Lonnen
Business Correspondent
photo pantoo47
photo pantoo47
Happy New Year everyone!

I hope 2015 has got off to a dynamic and exciting start for you. Do you know exactly what you are aiming to achieve this year in your business? Have you broken these…

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Mon 19th Jan, 2015 | 7:19pm

Skills Threat To Workforce Competitiveness

photo - Giovana Milanezi
photo - Giovana Milanezi
This year half of British businesses expect to create jobs and grow their workforce in every part of the UK, with permanent jobs created at a faster rate than part time positions.

The latest…

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Sat 17th Jan, 2015 | 12:27pm

Niche Sales And Marketing Company Expands In The South

Steve Evans and his new boss, Zara Watson
Steve Evans and his new boss, Zara Watson
Network Scientific, a Harrogate based provider of Scientific Sales and Marketing and Recruitment services, has announced the opening of a new office in Welwyn, Hertfordshire to drive the expansion…

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Fri 16th Jan, 2015 | 12:16pm

Margaret Hartley, Owner, Benchmark Marketing Services
How long have you lived in this fine county?

I was born here! My parents moved from Huddersfield to Kendal when I was 4 years old, but I returned to Yorkshire to read Politics and Economics Leeds Polytechnic (as it was then) when I was 18. In total, I've lived in the county for 40 + years.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

I know it's a cliché, but the people. As a sales and customer service trainer, I help people learn new skills that they can use tomorrow and the aptitude of the Yorkshire people I train is great. Their sense of humour makes my job even easier.
more...Thu 15th Jan, 2015 | 11:50am

City Centre Businesses To Vote On A Business Improvement District For Leeds

Leeds skyline - photo Melfiire
Leeds skyline - photo Melfiire
Over 1,000 businesses and organisations in Leeds city centre are being balloted on the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID) which, if given the go ahead, will be instrumental in…

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Mon 12th Jan, 2015 | 8:00am

Take A Break

Eating at desk - photo - Seth Werkhelser
Eating at desk - photo - Seth Werkhelser
Less than one in three (29%) workers take a proper lunch break each day
Two in five (43%) employees believe they have too much work to pause for a few minutes
Two in five employees respond…

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Wed 7th Jan, 2015 | 4:24pm