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Deputy Prime Minister Calls On Businesses To Revolutionise Family Friendly Working
It comes as the results of a major Mumsnet survey has revealed that 39% of dads have had to use their paid annual leave just to get time off after their child was born and 80% of parents said they…
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photo by Roberto DAngelo
photo by Roberto DAngelo
It comes as the results of a major Mumsnet survey has revealed that 39% of dads have had to use their paid annual leave just to get time off after their child was born and 80% of parents said they…
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UK's Biggest Tourism Awards Cap Off Historic Year For Yorkshire

White Rose Award Winners 2014
White Rose Award Winners 2014
An historic year for Yorkshire tourism was capped off at the country's biggest tourism awards as 16 winners were named best in the business.

Almost 1,000 people including celebrity guests from…

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Sat 22nd Nov, 2014 | 8:17pm

Ministers Urged To Give Efford NHS Bill More Time Says TUC


Commenting on the vote today (Friday) on Clive Efford's NHS Bill, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
"MPs have voted overwhelmingly in support of this Bill that, if successful, could…

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Fri 21st Nov, 2014 | 3:04pm

Businesses Urged To Take Advantage Of £2,000 Windfall

photo by Philip Taylor PT
photo by Philip Taylor PT
Leading West Yorkshire based chartered accountancy firm Clough & Company is advising businesses to make sure they are taking advantage of a recently introduced scheme that enables them to claim…

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Wed 19th Nov, 2014 | 7:54pm

Jonathan Oldfield, Managing Director - Riverside Waste Machinery
How long have you lived in this fine county?

I moved to North Yorkshire when I was four, so have lived here for as long as I can remember. I think I can justifiably call myself a Yorkshire man as a result!
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

However clichéd it sounds, the people. I love the mentality of Yorkshire folk - there doesn't seem to be any hidden agenda, just straight talking, common business sense and a seemingly mutual desire to support regional economic growth.
more...Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 2:35pm
Rachel Taylor, Director of Keycare
How long have you lived in this fine county?

All my life and I'm very proud to be Yorkshire born and bred. I briefly worked and lived in Manchester and joined Keycare in the early 90's when the business clinched its first major customer - the Halifax Building Society which took us to the next level.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

Our county is vibrant and dynamic and its success and reputation has soared even higher with the news that The Tour De France has boosted Yorkshire's economy by £150m - £50m more than was estimated. The milestone event has put us on the world map which is fantastic.
more...Sat 15th Nov, 2014 | 10:00pm

Commute Times Increase As The UK's Transport System Gets More Crowded

photo by Ant Jackson
photo by Ant Jackson
The amount of time that commuters spend travelling to and from work has increased substantially over the past five years, according to a TUC analysis of official figures published today (Friday).

T…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 11:42am

North Yorkshire Teenager Carves Himself Unique Brewery Position


A North Yorkshire teenager has secured himself a unique position with one of the UK's best-known breweries.

For Ashley Thompson, from Thornton Watlass, has joined Masham-based T&R Theakston Ltd in…

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Thu 13th Nov, 2014 | 12:20pm

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Small Businesses Supported By The Employment Allowance


New data released this week reveals how over 850,000 UK employers are benefitting from the Employment Allowance in each region and sector across the UK.

The Employment Allowance is a reduction in…

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Sat 8th Nov, 2014 | 10:39am

Emma Pauw
What's Hot In Social Media.... October
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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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 4:09pm

Harrogate Charity Marks 20th Anniversary With Lightwater Valley Family Fun Day

Avalon Group chief executive Larry Hollando cuts the birthday cake with the help of Chair of Trustees, Louise Drake
Avalon Group chief executive Larry Hollando cuts the birthday cake with the help of Chair of Trustees, Louise Drake
A Harrogate charity has celebrated its 20th anniversary by holding a family fun day at a North Yorkshire theme park.

More than 300 employees and service users, together with friends and family,…

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Tue 4th Nov, 2014 | 2:46pm

Paper Tax Returns A No-No From November


If you haven't yet sent your 2013/14 tax return to HMRC, remember not to do it on paper - or you'll end up with a £100 late-filing penalty.

The 31 October paper-filing deadline for 2013/14…

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Mon 3rd Nov, 2014 | 8:28pm

Barter Business Offers Innovative Swap-Shop Option

Adele Guillen
Adele Guillen
An innovative online business is offering a new way of acquiring goods and services - using a concept which is actually as old as the hills.
Launched in Yorkshire, myswango provides a flexible…

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Fri 31st Oct, 2014 | 4:01pm

Connecting On LinkedIn But Not Engaging? Why Your Inner Buddha Might Be The Answer

Buddha blessing photo by Alice Popkorn
Buddha blessing photo by Alice Popkorn
Permit me a rant, if you would............. you invite me to connect with you on LinkedIn, I assume because you have an interest at some level in what I do? In return, I send you a pleasant reply…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 3:40pm

Andi Lonnen
Improving Cost Control In Your Business
By Andi Lonnen
Business Correspondent
photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Controlling costs in your business is crucial, particularly during periods of growth and expansion when costs will increase greatly.

Firstly, remember that controlling costs means boosting your…

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Tue 28th Oct, 2014 | 4:12pm

How To Use LinkedIn To Turn A Warm Prospect Into A Hot Lead - 4 Steps

With open arms photo by Jesslee Cuizon
With open arms photo by Jesslee Cuizon
In my last previous blog This is how you create warm prospects on LinkedIn that become clients- a snappy title I know - I shared with you the early stage LinkedIn relationship building techniques…

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Mon 27th Oct, 2014 | 10:55am

Fifty Years Young

L-R: Nick Beecroft, Operations Director, HLM; Tony Monk (one of the original 3 founding partners and the 'M' in HLM); Lord Mawson OBE, The Mawson Partnership; Chris Liddle, Chairman of HLM)
L-R: Nick Beecroft, Operations Director, HLM; Tony Monk (one of the original 3 founding partners and the 'M' in HLM); Lord Mawson OBE, The Mawson Partnership; Chris Liddle, Chairman of HLM)
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Sheffield-based architects, HLM, which has grown to become one of the region's leading architectural companies, with 4 strong and integrated elements including…

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Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 | 2:06pm

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Champions Manufacturing in South Yorkshire


Following his announcement a few months ago of £5m funding for The British Glass Academy Building as part of the Sheffield City Regional Growth Deal, on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister and…

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Mon 20th Oct, 2014 | 9:30am

Funny Business

Can Business be funny? Sometimes!
Can Business be funny? Sometimes!
Nine high profile business leaders from Sheffield are in training to that to the stage at the City Hall to find out who is the funniest of them all.

In a bid to raise as much money as possible for…

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Tue 14th Oct, 2014 | 4:31pm

Former College Student's Brush With Success


A former painting and decorating apprentice from Leeds College of Building who works alongside his father at their family run Harrogate-based business, has had his skills rewarded at a national…

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Fri 10th Oct, 2014 | 9:00pm

Skipton Applauded A 'Giant Killer'

CEO David Cutter and staff celebrate its 'giant killing' act for customer excellence
CEO David Cutter and staff celebrate its 'giant killing' act for customer excellence
Skipton also climbs to become the UK's third best financial services organisation for customer excellence
Latest accolade demonstrates that Skipton's customers appreciate how the Society is…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 8:13pm

Hull Personal Trainer Running For Top Award

L-R a happy client with head personal trainer Tom Cowen
L-R a happy client with head personal trainer Tom Cowen
Hull-based Xercise4Less personal trainer, Tom Cowen, has been nominated for The National Fitness Awards Personal Trainer of the Year category for the second year running.

Tom is up against five…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 9:53am

Be Fabulous At Finance


Experienced Commercial finance director and Yorkshire Times Business Correspondent, Andi Lonnen has published her first business book, Be Fabulous at Finance.

Aimed at solopreneurs and one-man…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 9:32am

George Clooney Wouldn't Make This Mistake

photo by Josh Jensen
photo by Josh Jensen
Are you struggling to decide whether you and your business should be spending time on social media? You kind of believe you should be committed to it, if only because everyone else, including your…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 7:29pm

Cabinet Office Project Leads To Award

Michelle Mook
Michelle Mook
An innovative and creative approach to a learning and development project with the Cabinet Office has seen a local Yorkshire business woman shortlisted for a prestigious award with the Training…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 1:35pm

Unions Hail 'Great Victory' As MPs Vote On NHS Bill


The decision of MPs today (Friday 21 November) to vote in favour of the private member's bill to roll-back the privatisation of the NHS was hailed as 'a great victory' by unions and health…

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Fri 21st Nov, 2014 | 3:26pm

Yorkshire-Based Budget Gym Chain In The Running For Four Prestigious Awards

Jon Wright with his award at the EY North of England Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
Jon Wright with his award at the EY North of England Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
Leeds-based, multi award-winning national budget gym chain, Xercise4Less, has been shortlisted for four National Fitness Awards further cementing its place as one to watch in the industry.

The…

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Fri 21st Nov, 2014 | 10:21am

Steve Phillip
Don't Be A Jack Of All Trades & Master Of None - How To Tame Your Social Media Monster
By Steve Phillip
Social Media Expert
Jack of All Trades photo by herval
Jack of All Trades photo by herval
Do you feel daunted by the volume of activity that you see being shared on social media? Is this possibly one of the reasons why you haven't thrown yourself, wholeheartedly, into using social…

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Wed 19th Nov, 2014 | 8:25am

71 Coalition MPs Who Voted For NHS Sell-Off Linked To Health Firms


A new a dossier of disgrace published by Unite, Britain's biggest union reveals that 71 coalition MPs with links to private healthcare interests, voted to sell-off our beloved NHS.

Len McCluskey,…

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Tue 18th Nov, 2014 | 11:01am

Staff Retire After More Than 74 Years Combined Service

Peter Hough and Peter Bull joined Joe Manby Limited in 1976 and 1978 respectively
Peter Hough and Peter Bull joined Joe Manby Limited in 1976 and 1978 respectively
Harrogate-based event services company Joe Manby Limited has recently bid a fond farewell to two long-standing members of staff who between them have chalked up a combined service record of more…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 9:12pm

No Time For Social Media? 7 Steps To Saving Hours Each Week!

photo by damn_unique
photo by damn_unique
You just don't have the time for social media right? I mean you've been on all the courses, you've read the 'How to' books, you've attended all those breakfast seminars - you know you should be…

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Fri 14th Nov, 2014 | 9:33am

Hull-based Company Awarded Contract To Help Ebola Crisis


Arco, the UK's leading safety company, has been awarded a contract by the Department for International Development to supply protective suits, hoods and gloves as part of the UK Government's…

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Mon 10th Nov, 2014 | 3:59pm

Family Fun At 'It's A Knockout' Fund Raising Event


Arco, the UK's leading safety company, raised over £37,000 for charity at its recent Family Fun Day event which fired up the competitive spirit of employees and their families from across…

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Fri 7th Nov, 2014 | 4:03pm

Just Ask Domestic Services

Accepting the Award from Andrew Davies MD, Principle Healthcare International
Accepting the Award from Andrew Davies MD, Principle Healthcare International
What makes us different from other cleaning companies? And why use us?

Just Ask is a not for profit community interest company based in Skipton. Our unique business model uses the profits…

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Thu 6th Nov, 2014 | 11:25am

Deck The Halls For Your Tax-Free Christmas Party

photo by Niki Odolphle
photo by Niki Odolphle
With the festive season fast approaching, ICAEW reminds employers that there's no need to be a scrooge - staff Christmas parties can be tax-free - thanks to HMRC's seasonal gift. This rare gift…

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Tue 4th Nov, 2014 | 9:08am

Companies And Governments Across The World Should "Retain, Retrain And Recruit" Older Workers

photo by 8mm & Other Stuff
photo by 8mm & Other Stuff
Pensions Minister says the situation is improving for older workers but we must "keep our foot on the accelerator".

Ros Altmann, the UK Government's Business Champion for Older Workers has this…

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Sat 1st Nov, 2014 | 1:04pm

Katharine Haenelt, ABP General Manager at Doncaster
How long have you lived in this fine county?

For the past three years I have split my time between Doncaster and my family home in Staffordshire. It's quiet a drive, but I enjoy business in Yorkshire, it's straight talking and an extremely rich county in terms of business opportunities and networks.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire?

Undoubtedly, the quality and strength of the people of Yorkshire; people are the biggest asset our business has. We're very lucky to have such a dedicated and committed team of talented individuals working with us at ABP Doncaster.
more...Fri 31st Oct, 2014 | 9:14am

Action Needed On Rise In Illness And Injury At Work, Says TUC

photo by www.mayfirm.com
photo by www.mayfirm.com
New figures published (Wednesday) by the Health and Safety Executive on workplace illness and injury rates in 2013/14 paint a worrying picture, says the TUC.

The figures show that the number of…

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Thu 30th Oct, 2014 | 1:13pm

Yorkshire Print Business Celebrates Charity Initiative Success


Keighley-based personalised marketing specialist, Hello Market, is celebrating after a number of big-name charities have signed up to its new Giving.Cards initiative.

The business, which has…

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Tue 28th Oct, 2014 | 10:44am

Brass Factor Founder Named Community Champion

Alex Bray
Alex Bray
One of Yorkshire's brightest young entrepreneurs has received yet another accolade to his collection to cap off a year of individual success.

Alex Bray, founder of the Brass Factor,…

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Fri 24th Oct, 2014 | 3:14pm

Overseas Visitors Open Up World Of Export To City Region Firms

The SYITC's Nick Patrick (centre, back row) with some of the OBN overseas visitors
The SYITC's Nick Patrick (centre, back row) with some of the OBN overseas visitors
Representatives from more than 40 companies across the Sheffield City Region attended a special business export event to meet overseas visitors from countries including South Africa, Chile and the…

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Tue 21st Oct, 2014 | 11:56am

Social Enterprise Award Winners For Yorkshire And Humber

Yorkshire and the Humber's finest social businesses of 2014 have been chosen, these organisations combine the best of enterprise with a commitment to a social mission to aid local communities.

Social…

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Wed 15th Oct, 2014 | 5:41pm

TUC Slams Eurostar Sell-Off


Commenting on today's (Monday) announcement that the government is to sell off its 40 per cent stake in Eurostar, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Eurostar has thrived under public…

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Mon 13th Oct, 2014 | 10:46am

Many Unhappy Returns For Late Filers!

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Small businesses in Yorkshire who file their tax returns on paper are being urged to avoid spiralling penalty charges by ensuring they meet HMRC's October 31st deadline.

Andrew Thornton who runs…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 8:26pm

York Woman On A Mission To De-Clutter Homes

Anne Wyn-Jones
Anne Wyn-Jones
A 'good samaritan' deed which transformed a pensioner's life has led to a York woman launching a novel new business to help people de-clutter their homes.

Anne Wyn-Jones has a passion for helping…

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Thu 9th Oct, 2014 | 8:04pm

Employers Struggle With Absence Levels Due To 'Secret' Carers, Reports CIPD


More than one in three employers report that absence levels have increased because their staff are struggling to cope with their caring responsibilities outside of work. But, new figures from the…

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Tue 7th Oct, 2014 | 2:27pm

Business Growth Conference Is Hailed A Success


The first Thrive Yorkshire business growth conference, that took place last week in Ilkley, has been hailed a resounding success by delegates and exhibitors.

The event sponsored by the Ilkley…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 9:43pm

Yorkshire Dales Meat Company Says Have A Drink On Us

L-R: Father and son team Stephen and James Knox
L-R: Father and son team Stephen and James Knox
Yorkshire Dales Meat Company is celebrating 10 years in business by partnering with Wensleydale Brewery to send bottles of specially brewed beer to chefs as a way of saying thank you for their…

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Mon 6th Oct, 2014 | 4:14pm

Everything's Coming Up Daisies For Enterprising Couple

Paul and Belinda - Cycle In Company
Paul and Belinda - Cycle In Company
Cycling husband and wife Paul Stanton and Belinda Noda wheeled away with three of the top prizes at last night's Enterprise Challenge to celebrate the best graduate and student start-ups produced…

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Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 | 2:35pm