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A survey of working age adults has found that almost 3 quarters of the population are aware of automatic enrolment, the flagship government policy which just last week marked the milestone of seeing…
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Yorkshire Times AdvertisingYorkshire Times Charity of the Year 2014

A survey of working age adults has found that almost 3 quarters of the population are aware of automatic enrolment, the flagship government policy which just last week marked the milestone of…
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PR Agency Helps The Homeless With Harvest Donation

Tracy Viner, marketing and development manager at Cathedral Archer Project with Jill Theobald, copywriter and content manager at HR Media
Tracy Viner, marketing and development manager at Cathedral Archer Project with Jill Theobald, copywriter and content manager at HR Media
A Sheffield-based PR agency is helping the city's homeless by donating much needed food and supplies.

Staff at HR Media have been collecting tinned and dried food, condiments, snacks and…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 3:13pm

Saltaire Employees Take The Chilli Growing Charity Challenge

Ashlea Rockett, administration assistant at Cimlogic and winner of 'Hottest chilli' title, with Shipley MP Philip Davies
Ashlea Rockett, administration assistant at Cimlogic and winner of 'Hottest chilli' title, with Shipley MP Philip Davies
Employees at Saltaire firm Cimlogic were getting hot under the collar this week as their lovingly cultivated plants were judged at the company's Chilli Growing Challenge charity fundraiser.

The…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 6:09pm

Danielle Firth, General Manager of Heritage Lofts
How long have you lived in this fine county?

Since birth - almost 29 years.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

The friendliness. I also enjoy the events such as Buy Yorkshire and the many initiatives set up to encourage buying locally. There's a really positive, supportive business community in Yorkshire and everyone is keen to celebrate other people's success.
more...Wed 13th Aug, 2014 | 9:20pm
Steve Phillip
Is Social Proof Killing Your Social Media Success?
By Steve Phillip
Social Media Expert
Standing out from the crowd photo by Ruth Ellison
Standing out from the crowd photo by Ruth Ellison
One definition of social proof is that it's a psychological phenomenon where people assume the actions of others in an attempt to reflect correct behaviour for a given situation (I know I sound…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 9:25pm

Rotherham Company Plans Expansion After Securing International Distributorship

John Clarkson
John Clarkson
JEC Vac Solutions Ltd, a company that supplies dust free vacuuming and conveying solutions, is set for growth after becoming an international distribution partner, thanks to support from RiDO's…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 2:17pm

Children's Cancer Charity Gets Support from Doncaster Supermarket


Sainsbury's Edenthorpe Doncaster has announced that CLIC Sargent will receive a year's worth of fundraising and awareness support. The Charity will be the new Local Charity for the store.

To…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 11:33am

A & E Doctor Invents Cleaning Equipment To Help Beat Hospital Bugs

Paul Hercock
Paul Hercock
An accident and emergency doctor has used his frontline experience to create equipment to clean everyday medical devices, to help drive down rates of hospital associated infections.

Paul Hercock…

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Fri 8th Aug, 2014 | 10:00pm

Humber Business With Pulling Power

The Yorkshireman
The Yorkshireman
The Humber, the fourth busiest trading estuary in Europe, is home to SMS Towage Limited, which operates a fleet of 10 tugs locally and has just floated its latest investment; the aptly name Yorkshi…

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Wed 6th Aug, 2014 | 8:26am

Stephen and Judith Uttley, Maths And English Tuition Specialists From NumberWorks'nWords
How long have you lived in this fine county?

All our lives - that's over 100 years between us!
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

Working with friendly, intelligent and articulate people, who love to talk! For us, this means our students and families spread the word and share their positive experiences with other local people who might benefit from our help.
more...Mon 4th Aug, 2014 | 3:27pm

Entrepreneur Maps Out Route To Start-Up Success

Patricia Dieng with one of the TacMap products
Patricia Dieng with one of the TacMap products
An entrepreneur who began developing an idea while at university to increase accessibility for blind and partially sighted people is going places with her tactile maps business after help from…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 7:14pm

Yorkshire Construction High Flyers To Represent Region In Industry Awards

A number of Yorkshire based construction companies are celebrating after being recognised as the best in the region, taking home awards in The Constructing Exellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards held at…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 3:52pm

You Made Me Cry, Thank You - 5 Tips To Creating Emotional Social Content

crying baby photo by Brandon Baunach
crying baby photo by Brandon Baunach
Did you know that 80% of the decisions you make in life are based on emotion and not intellect? This single piece of knowledge could be the difference between you getting social media marketing or…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 11:57am

James Durham, Managing Director Of Systemwork In Wakefield
How long have you lived in this fine county?

36 years
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

Yorkshire folk of course. When dealing with Yorkshire people you tend to get to the point very quickly and usually with a smile.
more...Sun 27th Jul, 2014 | 6:25pm
Andi Lonnen
Treating Tax And VAT As A Precious Jewel!
By Andi Lonnen
Business Correspondent
precious jewels - photo by Ashleigh Nushawg
precious jewels - photo by Ashleigh Nushawg
Tax and VAT - our favourite subject!! Described by some as a "necessary evil", paying taxes is inevitable for most companies and we therefore need to make friends with it and learn to love it…

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Sat 26th Jul, 2014 | 9:27am

Young Entrepreneur Supports York Business With Start-Up

Imogen Bell
Imogen Bell
After a career in events and publishing since graduation, Imogen Bell was in a similar position of last-in, first-out that many graduates have faced since the credit crunch began. With writing her…

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Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 | 4:21pm

Phil Ellerby, Director, Northern Accountants Ltd
How long have you lived in this fine county?

32 years now - 24 in East Yorkshire, 8 in West Yorkshire
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire? Honesty and value. Yorkshire people make no secret about being careful with money but this does not mean they don't appreciate value. If the offer is right, the price is not an issue.
more...Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 | 3:23pm

PM And Environment Secretary Announce Multi-Million Pound Boost For British Food Industry


£400 million of potential new business for the British food industry was announced today by Prime Minister David Cameron and Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, as part of the…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 1:47pm

Charity Of The Year; Groundwork's Commitment For A Cleaner City


For the first time ever, environmental Charity, Groundwork, which operates 21 Trusts across the UK, has been named nationally as PricewaterhouseCooper's (PwC) charity of the year.

Staff from…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 5:50pm

Rotherham Inventor Set For Worldwide Success With Water Recycling Product


Melvyn Davenport, a talented plastic injection moulding specialist, has embarked on an exciting business venture to develop a rainwater harvesting product, with support from RiDO's Soft Landing…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 11:34am

Yorkshire Plays Host To Construction High Flyers As Region Showcases Best Practice In Industry Awards

The Queens Hotel
The Queens Hotel
The construction industry in Yorkshire is getting ready to swap its hard hats for its glad rags as over 350 people from across the region prepare to celebrate the county's finest at The…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 9:37am

Leeds Accountants Recognised Amongst Nation's Finest

The Norther Accountants team
The Norther Accountants team
Leeds-based Northern Accountants is one of only four firms in the UK to have achieved the prestigious Six Star Excellence rating from industry association AVN - and the only business in Yorkshire…

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Tue 15th Jul, 2014 | 3:04pm

Leeds Law Firm Announces Winner Of Art Competition


Leading corporate solicitors Shulmans has announced the winner of its student art competition, launched to mark the firm's recent landmark move to 10 Wellington Place, Leeds.

Enrika…

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Mon 14th Jul, 2014 | 10:02pm

Post Office Results Put A Gloss On A Sorry Picture Of Mismanagement, Says Unite

photo - Cristiano Betta
photo - Cristiano Betta
The Post Office results (Thursday 10 July) put a gloss on a sorry picture of mismanagement said Britain's largest union, Unite.

While turnover has increased the union warned that operating losses…

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Fri 11th Jul, 2014 | 10:03pm

Owen Paterson Announces £19M To Help Rural Businesses

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
More than 2,500 rural businesses are set to receive a share of £19 million of government funding, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will say today.

This funding has been specifically…

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Tue 8th Jul, 2014 | 12:10pm

Local Builders Swap Trowels For Ice Creams On 4th July

 members of the Lindum York Team enjoying their ice cream with York MP Hugh Bayley
members of the Lindum York Team enjoying their ice cream with York MP Hugh Bayley
All employees at local construction company Lindum downed tools today but only for the time it took to enjoy an ice cream!

The employees, the majority of whom own shares in the company, were…

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Tue 8th Jul, 2014 | 10:21am

Hundreds Of Rogue Claim Firms Closed

photo by baslow
photo by baslow
Almost 600 of the claims companies responsible for bombarding people with nuisance calls and texts have left the industry.

The latest figures show that more robust enforcement against claims…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 1:53pm

10,000 Jumbo Jets Fly Towards Better Retirement With Automatic Enrolment


Four million people have now been automatically enrolled in workplace pensions - an increase of over 1 million this year or over 6,000 a day on average.

This is the equivalent of enough people to…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 4:33pm

Communications Company Helps To Raise Over £50,000 For Local Charities

Race For Life Team
Race For Life Team
CommsProvider, a leading communications company based in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire has been instrumental in helping local charities and schools raise vital funds, over £50,000 collectively!

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Tue 12th Aug, 2014 | 3:21pm

Funding Helps Beauty Business Rejuvenate

Kathryn Danzey of Rejuvenated
Kathryn Danzey of Rejuvenated
Sheffield-based Kathryn Danzey is quickly increasing her share of the lucrative health and beauty market thanks to her innovative ideas - and support from Finance For Enterprise.

Kathryn and her…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 8:52pm

Student Inventor Designs Interactive Doorbell App


An interactive doorbell, designed by a Sheffield Hallam University business student, has caught the attention of some of Europe's leading innovators.

Daniel McGrane, a third-year Business and…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 7:36pm

Wearing A Wig Raises £1065 For Young Cancer Patients

TSB Headrow Branch
TSB Headrow Branch
Julie Rodwell, charity lead for TSB branches in South and West Yorkshire, has helped to raise £1065 by persuading all TSB branches in the area, including Area Director Dave Smith, to don…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 11:11am

Michael Ham
What's Hot in Social Media...July
By Michael Ham
Social Media Expert

With the ever changing nature of the social media industry it can be hard to keep track of what's going on and so it's easy to fall behind. With that in mind...we have created a monthly round-up…

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Thu 7th Aug, 2014 | 7:02pm

Leeds Businesses Urged To Apply For Funds

Leeds Skyline by Mark Ramsay
Leeds Skyline by Mark Ramsay
Businesses in Leeds are being encouraged by the council to apply for grants from a multi-million pound funding pot to help create new jobs and boost growth.

The Leeds City Region Enterprise…

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Tue 5th Aug, 2014 | 6:13pm

TUC And CBI Agree Joint Statement On Traineeships

photo by Lee J Haywood
photo by Lee J Haywood
The TUC and CBI have today (Friday) marked the first anniversary of the government's Traineeships programme by signing a joint statement of support for those wanting to take part in the scheme.

Bot…

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Fri 1st Aug, 2014 | 11:43am

World Trade Centre Hull & Humber Opens A Passage To, And From, India

Dominic Ward, WTC Hull & Humber director
Dominic Ward, WTC Hull & Humber director
Bucharest sounds an unlikely place to start setting up new India-UK trade links; but a chat between Hull delegate Philip Tighe and Mumbai-based businessman Vijay Kalantri at the World Trade…

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Wed 30th Jul, 2014 | 9:19am

Businessman's Cycle Crash Leads To New Product

Ian Asquith on his bike with a YouTrack Solo
Ian Asquith on his bike with a YouTrack Solo
A Yorkshire businessman who had a light bulb moment after a cycling accident is now seeing the results of his idea.

Ian Asquith, whose company YouTrack was already making vehicle tracking devices,…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 12:16pm

Tribunal Fees Have Been A "Huge Victory" For Britain's Worst Bosses, Says TUC

photo by clagnut
photo by clagnut
Employment tribunal fees have been a huge victory for Britain's worst bosses, according to a new TUC report published today (Tuesday) to mark the one year anniversary of the new charges.

The…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 9:19am

Restore Inspection Across The Food Industry: Unite Call Amidst Fears For Public Confidence In Core Industry


The food inspection service must be restored to at least pre-coalition levels to avert food safety concerns, Unite, the biggest union in the food industry, urged (Friday, July 25).

A 2013 Food…

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Sat 26th Jul, 2014 | 12:54pm

Local Businesswomen Found New Network

From left to right Claire Else, Janet Thornton and Sue Ford
From left to right Claire Else, Janet Thornton and Sue Ford
Three well-known local businesswomen have just launched an exciting new networking group they are calling Network2network in Sheffield at lunchtimes. This group offers places for small business…

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Thu 24th Jul, 2014 | 12:32pm

Minister Urges Councils To Support Small Businesses By Paying Bills On Time

Kris Hopkins MP
Kris Hopkins MP
Newly appointed Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins has told MPs that local authorities must play their part in supporting small firms by avoiding late payment of invoices.

Speaking in a…

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Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 | 3:04pm

Death Of The Salesperson, Long Live The Salesperson

salesman by A.K.M Monjurul Hoque Topu
salesman by A.K.M Monjurul Hoque Topu
5 ways to engage with social selling on LinkedIn

You've only got to check out Google Analytics or Google Adwords and see the volume of searches for the term 'sales training' to recognise that…

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Mon 21st Jul, 2014 | 8:10pm

Morrisons Graduates Toast Retail Success At University Of Hull Degree Ceremony


The retail leaders of the future headed down the aisles at Hull City Hall on July 17 after completing a pioneering degree course offered by the University of Hull in partnership with supermarket…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 5:58pm

Relax Workplace Dress Codes To Help Staff Cope With This Week's Heat, Says TUC

photo by Rakesh
photo by Rakesh
With the temperatures likely to hit the low 30 degrees centigrade tomorrow (Friday) across the South East, and the mid to high 20 degrees centigrade in other parts of England and Wales, the TUC is…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 3:09pm

Self-Employed Dream Could Become Nightmare

Jillian Thomas
Jillian Thomas
A Sheffield financial planner is warning that the dream of setting up your own business could become a nightmare.

Jillian Thomas' warning comes after the latest employment figures out today show…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 7:50pm

Katie Mallinson
Italian Family Eyes Wine Café Opportunity In Leeds
By Katie Mallinson
Features Writer

Work is underway to transform a disused hair salon in central Leeds, into an authentic Italian wine café.

The family-run Sicilian business - Veeno Wine Company - has invested in the 50sqm unit on…

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Tue 15th Jul, 2014 | 3:08pm

How To Skin A Cat Or 5 Ways To Use Social Media In Your Business

Photo by Vassilis
Photo by Vassilis
Last week, I followed up with one of our largest clients, to ask how they were now using social media in their business and was it really producing results?

EnviroVent Ltd is a manufacturer of…

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Tue 15th Jul, 2014 | 8:50am

Marian Smith, Founder and Director of Doo Marketing
How long have you lived in this fine county? 18 years with a few years behind that in my hometown of County Durham.

In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire? It's a positive place to be - it moves with the times and aims for big things. The fact that Leeds is the third biggest shopping centre in the UK, for example, shows it doesn't get stuck in a rut and there's always a feeling of 'there's more to come'.
How would you describe the Yorkshire business climate at present?
There is a fantastic vibe right now in Yorkshire. Everyone I talk to is busy - not just busy but really taking off. Having worked in construction marketing and gone through the recession, the doom and gloom from the press was unbearable at times. Now business news seems to be a lot more positive, showcasing the best of Yorkshire and really getting behind those doing well. Keep it up!
more...Sun 13th Jul, 2014 | 7:24pm

Blacklisters Facing Millions Of Pounds In Compensation As High Court Action Starts

photo by mueritz
photo by mueritz
The beginning of a group action which could lead to eight construction companies having to pay millions of pounds in compensation to hundreds of blacklisted workers starts tomorrow (Thursday 10…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 4:29pm

This LinkedIn Setting Could Be Losing You Business - What You Need To Do

Postman by Yoel Ben-Avraham
Postman by Yoel Ben-Avraham
How much business have you missed this year? Or, let me be more specific, how much business have you missed, which would have come directly from LinkedIn? Not sure? well if you don't have your…

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Tue 8th Jul, 2014 | 10:59am

Tour De France Officials Congratulate Baker Tilly Charity Bike Riders

Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle and Cyrille Tricart from the Tour de France with the Baker Tilly cycling team
Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle and Cyrille Tricart from the Tour de France with the Baker Tilly cycling team
Two officials from the Tour de France have congratulated all the riders at the finish line of the Tour de Baker Tilly, a 660-mile bike ride organised by the accountancy firm which has so far…

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Mon 7th Jul, 2014 | 9:00pm