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Hull University Fisheries Conference Puts Innovation On A Plate
The Deep in Hull will provide a fitting and poignant setting for the launch of a major international fisheries conference being hosted by the University of Hull on 16-17 September. The…
Simon Dwyer, left, MD of Seafox Management Consultants, with Nicholas Riley, senior lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Hull
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Simon Dwyer, left, MD of Seafox Management Consultants, with Nicholas Riley, senior lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Hull
Simon Dwyer, left, MD of Seafox Management Consultants, with Nicholas Riley, senior lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Hull
The Deep in Hull will provide a fitting and poignant setting for the launch of a major international fisheries conference being hosted by the University of Hull on 16-17 September.

The…
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UK Government Confirms NHS Is Not Exempt From Controversial Trade Deal


Unite, Britain's biggest union, has called on David Cameron to use his veto to exempt the NHS from a controversial EU-US trade deal following the admission from the government today (1 September…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 10:16pm

Emma Pauw
What's Hot In Social Media... August
By Emma Pauw
Social Media Writer

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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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 4:22pm

285,000 Working Couples Eligible For Shared Parental Leave

photo by Jody Digger
photo by Jody Digger
Couples finding out now that they are expecting a child will be among the first parents eligible to take advantage of new shared parental leave rights.

The new rules, which apply to couples whose…

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Sat 30th Aug, 2014 | 1:10pm

Steve Phillip
Your Most Vital 30 Minutes - 7 Must Do Steps To Social Selling On LinkedIn
By Steve Phillip
Social Media Expert
Bank Holiday UK photo by Stevie-B
Bank Holiday UK photo by Stevie-B
Here in the UK, we have just experienced a wet & windy bank holiday weekend and if you're a business owner or salesperson, you were no doubt wearily sat at your desk first thing this week,…

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Thu 28th Aug, 2014 | 9:40am

Business Networking Group Success

First Monday volunteers
First Monday volunteers
Launched last year, First Monday is about to celebrate its first anniversary. Run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis, members have the opportunity to attend an informal networking group…

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Wed 27th Aug, 2014 | 10:23am

Top Employers Gear Up For Cycle To Work Day On 4th September 2014

photo by NCDOTcommunications
photo by NCDOTcommunications
With only a couple of weeks to go before Cyclescheme's second national Cycle to Work Day on 4th September, top employers from across the UK are getting on board and offering their support for the…

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Mon 25th Aug, 2014 | 9:00am

Unite Calls On New HSE Chief Exec To Ensure More Is Done To Protect Workers


Unite, the UK's largest union, is looking forward to working with the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) newly appointed chief executive Dr Richard Judge to make UK workplaces healthier and safer.

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 3:19pm

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

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

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

Staff Cycle Equivalent Distance To Russia In Charity Bike Ride

Staff  present a cheque to Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Staff present a cheque to Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Staff at a freight management company has helped raise more than £6,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance after cycling the equivalent distance from Sheffield to northern Russia.

512…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 8:03pm

State Of The Economy Preventing Brits From Starting Their Own Businesses


New research has revealed that the UK's precarious financial situation is preventing Brits from starting their own businesses.

The study, released for Small Business Advice Week, has revealed that…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 1:46pm

Jane Ansell, Branch Manager at Van Monster, Wakefield
How long have you lived in this fine county?

I have lived in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, for 43 years, having spent my very early childhood in Lancashire.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

There's always been a massive community spirit in Yorkshire, everyone is friendly and helpful - the glass is definitely 'half full'.
more...Fri 29th Aug, 2014 | 6:01pm

Success Brewing For Leeds Entrepreneurs

Richard Quayle and Phil Graham
Richard Quayle and Phil Graham
Former Leeds University students are hoping to revolutionise the way Britain brews and enjoys its favourite beverage with their newly-launched tea brand.

Phil Graham and Richard Quayle, both 24,…

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Wed 27th Aug, 2014 | 1:38pm

Search For The Great British High Street Moves Up A Gear In Final Week


High Streets Minister Penny Mordaunt today (25 August 2014) urged town and cities across Britain to get their applications in for the Great British High Street competition before it closes on 30…

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Mon 25th Aug, 2014 | 6:33pm

Think Outside The Box & Save On Your Packaging Costs


An ordinary product that we often use every day, we never think twice about boxing something up and sending it. Businesses large or small around the world use boxes every day, an amazing fete…

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Sat 23rd Aug, 2014 | 10:25am

Competitive Intelligence & Why I'm Disappointed With Myself On LinkedIn

DC hero minifigs photo by Julian Fong
DC hero minifigs photo by Julian Fong
Imagine my excitement, just a few weeks ago, when LinkedIn told me that as a Premium member they had given me a whole bunch of new features, from a striking new hero banner photoat the top of my…

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Thu 21st Aug, 2014 | 5:35pm

Workplace Pensions Becoming 'Social Norm'


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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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 10:26am

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

Is Social Proof Killing Your Social Media Success?

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

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