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Improving Cost Control In Your Business
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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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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Steve Phillip
Connecting On LinkedIn But Not Engaging? Why Your Inner Buddha Might Be The Answer
By Steve Phillip
Social Media Expert
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

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

This Is How You Create Warm Prospects On LinkedIn That Become Clients

Invitation image by Elaine2
Invitation image by Elaine2
Would you like to do more than just connect with others on LinkedIn? Would you like to actually build relationships with these connections that turn into meetings and then sales? Then you need to…

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Thu 23rd Oct, 2014 | 5:29pm

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!

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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

Michael Ham
What's Hot In Social Media... September
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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Fri 3rd Oct, 2014 | 4:44pm

Panto Is Our Life, Not Just For Christmas

Dawn making a wig
Dawn making a wig
When employees of Imagine Theatre tell people they work for a pantomime production company, the inevitable question that follows is "what do you do for the rest of year?" The answer, "Panto"!

Havin…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 6:04pm

Barnsley Video Production Company Helps Youngsters Into Industry

Joada Allen-Booth
Joada Allen-Booth
A successful video production company in Barnsley is helping disaffected young people get into the competitive industry.

Visualisedit is run by former college lecturer Joada Allen-Booth and makes…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 11:29am

Andi Lonnen
'Turnover Is Vanity, Profit Is Sanity, Cash Is Reality'
By Andi Lonnen
Business Correspondent
photo by John Patrick Robichaud
photo by John Patrick Robichaud
This is a popular saying that many of you may have heard of. But what exactly does it mean?

Let's explore by way of an example. Let's say you win a brand new contract of your dreams. It's a…

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Thu 25th Sep, 2014 | 3:46pm

Rotherham Company Supports Local School Literacy

children from the school with Trudi Toms (left), Martin Gray of SteelPhalt (centre) and Richard Reasbeck
children from the school with Trudi Toms (left), Martin Gray of SteelPhalt (centre) and Richard Reasbeck
Rotherham road surface specialist SteelPhalt is celebrating its 50th birthday by giving rather than receiving gifts!

Richard Reasbeck, who works at the company's Harsco Metals and Minerals…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 1:59pm

English Institute Of Sport Choose An Online HR System


The English Institute of Sport (EIS) - renowned for providing sport science and medical support services to elite athletes throughout the country - has revolutionised its approach to Human…

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Sun 21st Sep, 2014 | 4:39pm

Package Of Support Proposed For Traders At Kirkgate Market

photo by Paco Seoane
photo by Paco Seoane
Leeds City Council has approved a 20 per cent rent reduction for traders to compensate for trading conditions during the multi-million pound refurbishment to the market.

The report, which was…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 9:35am

Unite Calls For Employer Flexibility On Referendum Day As Record Turnout Expected


Employers across Scotland should give workers as much flexibility as possible to cast their vote in the Scottish independence referendum (Thursday 18 September) amidst expectations of an…

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Mon 15th Sep, 2014 | 12:43pm

Clydesdale And Yorkshire Banks Employees Climb Ben Nevis For Help The Hospices

'Trek the Ben' participants
'Trek the Ben' participants
Almost 90 employees from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks successfully climbed the UK's highest mountain to raise over £80,000 for Help the Hospices.

A total of 89 participants completed the…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 5:32pm

Employers Risk New HMRC Penalty Regime

photo by Stephanie Klocke
photo by Stephanie Klocke
From 1 October the vast majority of UK employers could incur fines from the taxman for late returns under the Real Time Information (RTI) system, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified…

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Tue 9th Sep, 2014 | 7:50am

Mind The Gap - Men Fall Behind As Women's Skills Increase

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photo by womentowork.co.uk
Men urgently need to increase their skills and qualifications or risk being out-competed in the jobs market, according to new research published today.

The report from the government-backed UK…

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Fri 5th Sep, 2014 | 3:52pm

'LinkedIn? I've Got That Covered Thanks' - Really? 7 Points To Check If You Actually Have

Trimmy von Müller Milch photo by Thomas Kolher
Trimmy von Müller Milch photo by Thomas Kolher
Are you possibly deluded? What I mean is, you have a LinkedIn account and you believe that you're doing the right things, when in fact, there's a reason why it doesn't appear to be bringing you…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 9:32am

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Rescue Deal By Sheffield Data Centre Secures Future For 100 Small Business Websites


A Sheffield-data centre has come to the rescue of over 100 small businesses which faced the prospect of losing access to their company websites after a Barnsley-based web-hosting company closed…

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Thu 2nd Oct, 2014 | 3:42pm

5 Things You Must Check Before Creating Your Social Media Strategy

photo by Sarah Reid
photo by Sarah Reid
LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, YouTube, where should you spend your time? You could answer that your business should have a presence on each of these platforms but what evidence…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 8:47am

Free Stands Up For Grabs For Good Causes At Business Exhibition

Representatives from The Children's Hospital Charity at SheffEX in June
Representatives from The Children's Hospital Charity at SheffEX in June
Five good causes are being given the chance to exhibit to an audience of more than 1,500 people at one of the Sheffield City Region's biggest business events.

SheffEX, which is returning to Ponds…

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Thu 25th Sep, 2014 | 8:53am

Charmaine Fletcher, Managing Director at Everybody Learns
How long have you lived in this fine county? All my fine life! I was born in Leeds and have lived in the Dales for what seems like forever.

In your opinion, what is the best thing about doing business in Yorkshire? The people of Yorkshire are great - no airs and graces and a wicked sense of humour! They get on and do - they don't just talk about it!
How would you describe the Yorkshire business climate at present?

I would say it feels optimistic! It's been a great summer with lots happening, there was much shaking of heads before the Tour de France, but everyone supported it brilliantly and it brought a real boost to the county, especially in the North.
I think we were all surprised at how much we enjoyed it! It did give us all rather a kick-start and the good mood is still there. Long may it last!
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Leeds Team Raise £15,000 Walking Hadrian's Wall For Teenage Cancer Trust


A team of 14 colleagues from Leeds Building Society has completed its walk along Hadrian's Wall (84 miles from Wallsend to Bowness).

The walkers almost doubled their original fundraising target of…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 10:49am

Entry Deadline Extended For Startups Awards 2014


Up-and-coming companies across the country have been given one last chance to enter Startups Awards 2014 after the deadline was extended to Friday 26 September.

Sponsored by Simply Business and…

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Mon 15th Sep, 2014 | 8:18pm

Barnsley Sports Coach's Challenge To Businesses

Darren Padgett
Darren Padgett
Imagine going orienteering with your boss after work or taking on a rival firm at dodgeball or rounders. If one Barnsley businessman's new venture takes off - that is just what we will be doing.

D…

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Mon 15th Sep, 2014 | 12:02pm

Yorkshire Businesses - Kickstart Your Cashflow

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Hundreds of Yorkshire businesses are being urged to kickstart their cashflow and take control of their funding by attending a free seminar at Elland Road, organised as part of Leeds Business Week.

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Wed 10th Sep, 2014 | 11:11pm

From Beethoven To Bjork - Free Support For Barnsley Music Industry Launched


How to make money in the music industry is the subject of a new free programme of business support being launched in Barnsley.

Talented musicians, composers, producers, event promoters, managers…

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Fri 5th Sep, 2014 | 6:55pm

Katie Mallinson
Where Have All The Skilled Workers Gone?
By Katie Mallinson
Features Writer
The Welder. Photo by Stephen Elliott
The Welder. Photo by Stephen Elliott
It's the time of year when many young people embark on new courses and degrees that will define much of their future career path. But is there a danger that they don't understand all of the…

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Thu 4th Sep, 2014 | 1:19pm

Hull University Fisheries Conference Puts Innovation On A Plate

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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Tue 2nd Sep, 2014 | 4:48pm

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