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Death Of The Salesperson, Long Live The Salesperson
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 sales…
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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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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

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

Emma Pauw
What's Hot In Social Media.... June
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 to…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 4:21pm

Estate Agent Moves Up A Gear For Tour De France

Mark Kane and John Skinner
Mark Kane and John Skinner
Two property professionals from Dacre, Son & Hartley have been selected to join the first ever army of 'Tour Makers' for the Tour de France and the company is supporting the world's biggest cycle…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 9:59am

Sheffield Company Rises To The Three Peaks Challenge For Local Cancer Charity

Jack Pickford, Nathan Wallhead and John Waddington
Jack Pickford, Nathan Wallhead and John Waddington
Nine members of staff from Sheffield-based President Engineering Group (PEGL) completed the national Three Peaks Challenge last weekend, raising over £3,000 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 9:16pm

Care Home Activity- Around The World Talks

Luke Plewes
Luke Plewes
The social enterprise Care Rocks C.I.C. is a fresh approach to care home speakers based on the values of respect, opportunity, choice, knowledge and support. Prior to setting up Care Rocks, Luke…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 10:20am

How To Win The Business Race When It Comes To Using LinkedIn & Social Media


This coming weekend my local town of Harrogate, like others in North Yorkshire, is excitedly preparing for the arrival of the Tour de France. Almost 200 elite cyclists will be participating in…

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Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 3:17pm

Wonga To Pay Redress For Unfair Debt Collection Practices

photo by baslow
photo by baslow
Wonga, the UK's biggest payday lender, has entered an agreement with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) which will see it pay compensation of over £2.6m to around 45,000 customers for…

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Sun 29th Jun, 2014 | 6:28pm

South Yorkshire Companies Urged To Use Overseas Business Networks


Businesses across the Sheffield City Region are being urged to use the Overseas Business Network (OBN) to boost exports.

A series of events with representatives from the OBN are being launched by…

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Sat 28th Jun, 2014 | 3:09pm

Energy Market Competition Probe Is Long Overdue, Says TUC


Commenting on today's (Thursday) decision by OFGEM to refer the UK energy market to the Competition and Markets Authority, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Energy companies have been…

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Thu 26th Jun, 2014 | 2:19pm

Leeds PR Agency and Skipton Building Society Take Home CSR Award For Outstanding Community Funding Programme

Jenny Murphy at Skipton Building Society, Chocolate PR Managing Director, Jo Swann and Eleanor Woolmore at Skipton Building Society
Jenny Murphy at Skipton Building Society, Chocolate PR Managing Director, Jo Swann and Eleanor Woolmore at Skipton Building Society
Creative Leeds-based PR agency, Chocolate PR has seen its client, Skipton Building Society, win an internationally recognised corporate social responsibility award in a campaign to find Britain's…

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Wed 25th Jun, 2014 | 10:02am

Andi Lonnen
Sources Of Finance For SMEs
By Andi Lonnen
Business Correspondent

If you think your own business bank is your only source of finance, please think again! A common complaint from SMEs in recent years has been the lack of availability of funding to help them grow…

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Tue 24th Jun, 2014 | 10:26am

Debt Crisis Leaves Yorkshire's Most Vulnerable Businesses In Financial Peril


Each Yorkshire SME was burdened with £1.6m of trade debt during the last financial year, suggesting that despite the economic upturn, the strain on the region's smallest businesses remains…

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Mon 23rd Jun, 2014 | 8:18pm

Scholarships Provide Level Playing Field For Tomorrow's Business Leaders

Hull University Business School
Hull University Business School
Two groups that are under-represented at the top levels in business are being given a helping hand, thanks to a scholarship scheme from Hull University Business School.

Women and charity sector…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 1:53pm

Barnsley Extends Partnership With Principal Sponsor

Ben Mansford, Chief Executive, Kevin Beckett, MD at CK Beckett, Danny Wilson, first team manager
Ben Mansford, Chief Executive, Kevin Beckett, MD at CK Beckett, Danny Wilson, first team manager
Barnsley Football Club today announced a significant extension to its commercial partnership with industrial recycling company CK Beckett.

The Barnsley-based company has signed a home and away…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 1:30pm

Top 10 Tips For Protecting Your Business Online


Most businesses understand the importance of having a vibrant and engaging website that allows them to interact with their existing clients and to build relationships with potential new customers.

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 10:17am

Buyers' peril from rising house prices

Rising house prices left me high and dry - twice!

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25 Jul 2014 9:19 pm

SFO in 3m settlement with Tchenguiz

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) agrees to a 3m settlement with the business tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz for his arrest in March 2011.

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25 Jul 2014 4:59 pm

SFO in 3m settlement with Tchenquiz

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) agrees to a 3m settlement with the business tycoon Vincent Tchenquiz for his arrest in March 2011.

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25 Jul 2014 4:25 pm

RBS shares surge on surprise profit

Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland have jumped 11% after it said it expects pre-tax profits to double to 2.65bn for the first half of the year.

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25 Jul 2014 1:39 pm

Disabled face 'living costs penalty'

People with disabilities face a "premium" of 550 a month owing to extra transport, insurance and living costs, a charity has claimed, prompting a commission to be launched.

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25 Jul 2014 12:40 pm

VIDEO: Can Tunisia stamp out smuggling?

High tariffs on many goods in Tunisia make it profitable to bring everything in across the border, as Leana Hosea reports.

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25 Jul 2014 10:39 am

'Youngsters' pocket money squeezed'

The economic recovery in the UK has not been felt by youngsters who have seen their pocket money fall in the last year, a survey suggests.

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25 Jul 2014 10:14 am

VIDEO: Uncertain time for Malaysia Airlines

The future of Malaysia Airlines depends on what its biggest shareholder, the government, wants to do says an industry analyst.

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25 Jul 2014 6:33 am

Business gurus answer your questions

Three business investors answer our readers' questions about how they judge whether or not to invest in a business venture.

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24 Jul 2014 11:13 pm

VIDEO: Senegal farmers get cow tracker tech

Cattle rustling in sub-Saharan Africa comes at a huge economic and human cost. In rural Senegal, tracking cows using mobile phone tech could help.

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24 Jul 2014 11:11 pm

Banks face tougher accounting rules

Newly published banking standards could mean banks have to hold significantly more funds to guard against potential loan losses.

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24 Jul 2014 5:13 pm

VIDEO: The tale of the pub with no power

Bad weather left a Kent pub without power over Christmas, the landlord has been compensated for loss of earnings as power companies change the rules on payments for people whose power is cut off

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24 Jul 2014 3:26 pm

Barclays challenges US fraud case

Barclays challenges legal action brought by US prosecutors alleging fraud in its "dark pool" trading operations.

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24 Jul 2014 2:47 pm

Alstom charged with corruption

Alston Network, a UK subsidiary of the giant French engineering group Alstom, has been charged with corruption by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

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24 Jul 2014 11:21 am

'Act now' on tax credit renewal

Hundreds of thousands of people have a week to renew their tax credits or face losing the payments, HM Revenue and Customs says.

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24 Jul 2014 11:11 am

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

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

Steve Phillip
How To Skin A Cat Or 5 Ways To Use Social Media In Your Business
By Steve Phillip
Social Media Expert
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!
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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

Local Company Helps Leeds Town Hall Steps Go Yellow For Le Grand Depart


West Yorkshire based specialist sport surfaces company Playrite has pulled out all the stops to produce a striking yellow floor covering for the steps of Leeds Town Hall, close to the start point…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 1:37pm

Victoria Gate Breaks New Ground As Piling Work For John Lewis Building Begins

Victoria Gate groundbreaker competition winner, Margery Davey with Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan and Cllr Richard Lewis
Victoria Gate groundbreaker competition winner, Margery Davey with Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan and Cllr Richard Lewis
The first major construction milestone for the £150m Victoria Gate retail development is underway, as piling works for the 24,000m John Lewis department store, one of the largest outside…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 10:37pm

Unite's Community 'Warriors' To Target Low Wage Employers

photo by bazadwalker
photo by bazadwalker
Supermarkets and hotel groups paying below the living wage are to be targeted as part of a renewed effort to shame wealthy companies keeping communities in poverty.

The commitment to launch a war…

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Wed 2nd Jul, 2014 | 2:40pm

Clever Sponsorship For Bingley Company

(l-r) Jon Broadbent and Gary Fawcett
(l-r) Jon Broadbent and Gary Fawcett
Recent 'Green Deal Installer' award winners, Clever Energy Boilers have signed a sponsorship deal with Keighley Cougars. The deal sees branded rugby balls handed out to school kids as part of…

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Tue 1st Jul, 2014 | 9:34am

Richard Lowes, Creative Director, Graphic And Web Design Agency, Punch Creative
How long have you lived in this fine county?

Since 1997, I moved here for University and never left!
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

People have an open attitude to working together and sharing ideas. In the main there is a distinct lack of bullsh*t - which we like!
more...Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 1:04pm

Yorkshire Bank Recognises Community Spirit In Yorkshire And Humber

L-R - Heather Crombie from Young Enterprise, John Hooper, Chief Operating Officer at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and Jane Howden at Young Enterprise
L-R - Heather Crombie from Young Enterprise, John Hooper, Chief Operating Officer at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and Jane Howden at Young Enterprise
Young Enterprise has been awarded a funding boost of £10,000 through the Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards to recognise the important role it plays in local communities.

The…

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Sat 28th Jun, 2014 | 8:18pm

Steeton Firm Recognised For Supporting Local Community


Acorn Stairlifts is amongst the first to be awarded membership into a local charity's new business club after raising £36,000 and providing eight stairlifts to the charity's patients during…

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Sat 28th Jun, 2014 | 10:59am

Entrepreneurs And Students Gear Up To Give It Some Umph!

Winning team of students from Greenhead College, Huddersfield at last year's Umph! contest
Winning team of students from Greenhead College, Huddersfield at last year's Umph! contest
Business skills will top the agenda for Yorkshire's sixth formers next month when teams from more than 25 schools and colleges come together to take part in the annual Umph! business and…

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Thu 26th Jun, 2014 | 12:11pm

Has Your LinkedIn Ship Sailed? - 7 Ways To Bring It Back To Port

photo by Gail Frederick
photo by Gail Frederick
Whenever LinkedIn comes up in conversation, it becomes apparent to me that many professionals are missing the boat when it comes to really engaging with this platform. I hear comments such as…

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Tue 24th Jun, 2014 | 5:21pm

Barnsley Distribution Centre Fire Prompts Call For Unite To Have Access To The Workforce


Unite, the country's largest union, wants to be allowed to talk to workers on health and safety issues, following the fire at the large Barnsley Asos online clothes distribution centre.

Norbert…

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Tue 24th Jun, 2014 | 9:42am

Rob Seal, Director, Ucan Recycling
How long have you lived in this fine county?

I was born here, and apart from three years working in Amsterdam and Stuttgart, Germany, I have spent the majority of my working life here in West Yorkshire.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

You don't have to be down south to succeed in business. Personally, I believe that Yorkshire folk ooze integrity and plain speaking and we find our staff, all from Yorkshire, are able to gain confidence with our suppliers and customers by being down to earth and honest.
The very nature of our business involves us collecting redundant IT from all over the country, so in Yorkshire we are ideally placed to drive to meet companies in the South of the country, and we are lucky to be able to jump on a plane up to Scotland if we need to as well.
more...Mon 23rd Jun, 2014 | 3:53pm

Engineering A New Future For Girls

Amy Hirst
Amy Hirst
When Amy Hirst was at school, she was the only girl in her year taking an A Level qualification in engineering. One of 15 pupils from secondary schools across the city, Amy studied A Level…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 1:40pm

Sheffield Based Environmental Consultancy Continues UK Growth

Ecus reviewed Henry Boot's energy use
Ecus reviewed Henry Boot's energy use
Ecus Ltd, which has a head office in Sheffield, and regional offices in Stirling, Basingstoke and Cheltenham has seen staff levels more than double in the last year.

The company now employs more…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 1:05pm

Heather Vitty, HR Client Services Director at Cascade HR
How long have you lived in this fine county?

Over 50 years now.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

It is great to work (and live) in such an affordable and beautiful place, which has fantastic transport links. For us, we are ideally situated to attract new business from clients all over the UK because we have such flexible rail services and motorways, on our doorstep. Yorkshire is a brilliant location for businesses with national ambitions.
more...Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 7:18am

US firm withdraws Mothercare offer

US retailer Destination Maternity withdraws a takeover offer for Mothercare, saying it was clear shareholders wanted a "significant increase" in the offer.

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25 Jul 2014 6:11 pm

Grouse off the shelves at M&S

Marks and Spencer says it will not be selling red grouse this year after concerns about the way in which the game birds are killed.

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25 Jul 2014 4:39 pm

Why aren't I feeling better?

So why don't I feel better about my cashflow?

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25 Jul 2014 1:57 pm

VIDEO: 'Passion' is the key to good blogging

The BBC's Sameer Hashmi talks to the woman behind the successful Bollywood blog MissMalini.com.

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25 Jul 2014 12:40 pm

Coach firm collapse affects hundreds

A coach company goes into administration with the loss of 89 jobs and a knock-on effect on hundreds of customer bookings.

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25 Jul 2014 10:53 am

VIDEO: Osborne: GDP figures 'major milestone'

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has said that GDP figures showing that the economy is now 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak are a major milestone.

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25 Jul 2014 10:27 am

VIDEO: The toughest cop on Wall Street

Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, is known as the toughest cop on Wall Street.

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25 Jul 2014 9:20 am

VIDEO: Mumbai's disappearing Parsi cafes

Mumbai's grand old Parsi cafes have long been a symbol of the city's diverse cuisine and culture, Sameer Hashmi looks at why they are dying out.

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25 Jul 2014 6:28 am

Winners and losers from a strong pound

Why the ever rising pound is not all good news

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24 Jul 2014 11:12 pm

Senegals cattle rustlers challenged

Squaring up to Senegal's cattle rustlers

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24 Jul 2014 11:11 pm

VIDEO: Bill Gates talks Africa with the BBC

Bill Gates calls for an improved audit of international aid in Africa, to ensure it achieves its aims.

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24 Jul 2014 3:56 pm

Register 'fails to stop cold calls'

Only a third of "nuisance" calls are blocked by a service that allows individuals to opt-out of marketing calls, research has found.

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24 Jul 2014 3:02 pm

Standard Chartered board backs execs

Standard Chartered bank has backed its chief executive and chairman after media reports that they are under pressure to stand down.

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24 Jul 2014 11:49 am

Unipart Automotive sheds 1,200 jobs

More than 1,200 jobs are lost from Solihull-based car parts firm Unipart Automotive as it goes into administration.

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24 Jul 2014 11:19 am

VIDEO: 'Cheesegrater' construction complete

Building work is completed on the tallest skyscraper in the City of London.

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24 Jul 2014 9:23 am