Tag: Business Growth

£11.8m boost for region’s SME manufacturers

Small to medium-sized (SME) manufacturers in Yorkshire can start taking advantage of an £11.8m business support boost to help them grow and address key skills issues.

The Manufacturing Growth Programme, which is funded by ERDF and delivered by Economic Growth Solutions (part of Oxford Innovation), will help a further 2400 companies to tackle barriers to growth, with the potential of creating 2,500 jobs.

Dean Barnes, regional director of the Manufacturing Growth Programme, said: “The £11.8m extension will provide enhanced support to more SME manufacturing businesses in Yorkshire, as well as having the opportunity to add further value to those companies we have already supported.

“Our Manufacturing Growth Managers are trusted experts that understand the language MDs are talking and, through a new manufacturing diagnostic tool, can guide them on making the right decisions, before bringing in specialists on specific issues they are facing or opportunities they’re looking to explore.”

Going forward, support can be used for an array of improvement projects, such as continuous improvements, change, environmental and sustainability, leadership and management, marketing, people and skills, productivity and capacity, quality and strategy.

The additional funding aims to provide a more valuable and quality level of assistance from a local Manufacturing Growth Manager that has years of industry experience.

An in-depth business diagnostic and action plan will be provided as part of the new programme, alongside improvement grants starting from £1000.

“In October 2016, we were given the task of setting up a programme capable of delivering over £10.3m of dedicated business support to SME manufacturers and I’m delighted to say that, thanks to the hard work of the staff and the Manufacturing Growth Managers on the ground, we have achieved that,” said Martin Coats, operations director of Oxford Innovation.

“Over the course of the last two and a half years we have helped more than 2000 SMEs to identify and overcome barriers to their growth and this has added millions of pounds to the local economy and created in excess of 3000 jobs, safeguarding thousands more in the process.”

He added: “Supporting Yorkshire manufacturers is not easy and you need a tailored approach, delivered by experts who understand what it is like working in industry.

“The Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and local Growth Hubs have seen first-hand the value we add to firms in their respective areas and this has resulted in their commitment to support us for another two and a half years.”

For further information on how to access the programme please visit https://www.manufacturinggrowthprogramme.co.uk/

 

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AGENCY GETS ITS ‘WISH’ AS TURNOVER INCREASES 60% IN TWELVE MONTHS

Wish Digital, based just outside of Wetherby are celebrating after securing multiple account wins including Capita Customer Management, adding four new members to the team and increasing turnover by 60% in the last year.

Following an office move to a new Granary building, the business applied for a match-funded grant from AD:VENTURE, the ERDF programme supporting start-up and young businesses across the Leeds City Region, that would be used to put the infrastructure in place that would see its planned expansion become a reality.

Securing more than £7,000, the agency used the funds to fit out the office space and purchase equipment that would give digital marketers and developers access to the latest MAC computers and latest software, while older equipment was upgraded.

Wish Digital Ltd. Photography Bruce Fitzgerald

Director at Wish Digital, Chris Kell, comments: “It’s been a really strong year for us here at Wish and we have to attribute some of that to the funding we secured from AD:VENTURE. Having a professional office space, with leading equipment and facilities that give the right impression when you welcome clients should never be underestimated.

“Securing accounts, expanding the team and increasing our turnover has really set the foundations for the year ahead. As we consider our next three years we will be accessing the practical support and events that the AD:VENTURE programme offer and would encourage other young businesses with ambitious targets to do the same.”

Roger Marsh, OBE Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “Accelerating the growth of businesses across Leeds City Region is key to achieving a strong, successful economy and the support and funding businesses can access through AD:VENTURE is helping to achieve just this.

“I am delighted to hear that Wetherby-based Wish Digital is winning new customers, growing their team and increasing turn over and will continue to access the support available through AD:VENTURE as it continues to grow.”

With 16 staff working across the Wish Group, which provides specialist digital and marketing services to organisations of all sizes, the company has plans to extend its client portfolio to include more household names and blue-chip brands in the next twelve months.

For further details about Wish Digital, please visit: www.wishdigital.co.uk or call 0113 4684340 and for information about the AD:VENTURE programme and the practical and match-funded support it offers, please visit: www.ad-venture.org.uk.

Event for small businesses to boost their online brand

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New and growing digital businesses in West Yorkshire are invited to attend a free event in Halifax around the importance of creating a strong online brand identity.

The networking event takes place on Friday 30 November at Leeds Beckett’s University Business Centre at Piece Mill in Halifax, from 8.30 to 10.30am. For more information, and to book a place, please visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/eiahub/events/digi-breakfast-seminar/

The event forms part of the University Business Centre’s monthly Digi Breakfast Seminar series. Speaking at this month’s breakfast will be LinkedIn trainer Nigel Cliffe, Principal Consultant at Value Exchange.

The Digi Breakfast Seminar series aims to provide a space for businesses to gain new knowledge and skills and network with other people working in the sector.

The series is delivered as part of the Digital Shift programme, within the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)-funded AD:VENTURE project, which supports young and growing businesses in the Leeds City Region, and delivered by Leeds Beckett University and Calderdale Council. The programme aims to promote the Calderdale region as a location to start and grow innovative digital and creative businesses in the UK.

Many of the activities are delivered from the University Business Centre at Piece Mill in Halifax. The Centre provides virtual office, co-working and private offices along with access to training, events and advice.

Katie Rigarlsford, Leeds Beckett University’s Business Centre and Regional Business Development Manager, said: “Since the opening of our Halifax University Business Centre we have seen a growing interest from digital and tech start-ups who are now choosing Halifax over more traditional locations such as Leeds or Manchester due to its great connectivity, transport links and the support available to help them achieve growth.”

An added benefit for businesses choosing to base themselves at the Centre is the installation of one of the fastest internet connections available in the Yorkshire region. ‘DarkLight’, provided by partners Exa Networks, is an ultrafast internet connectivity (multi-gigabit capable) which supports businesses to achieve high-level digital engagement, from video streaming to Cloud services through to large-scale data processing all along the Calderdale valley.

Exa Director, Mark Cowgill, said: “We’re proud to be at the forefront of developing the UK’s first ‘Gigabit Valley’ and to be working with Leeds Beckett University to help lay the groundwork for the next generation of digitally engaged businesses.”

 

SUPPORT FROM LEEDS CITY REGION LEADS TO INNOVATION AWARD SUCCESS FOR HERIDA HEALTHCARE

Herida Healthcare Ltd, the Leeds based manufacturer of specialised dynamic and static mattresses and cushions designed to relieve pressure and friction for bed-bound patients, has been awarded the Innovative Product of the Year accolade at the National Association of Equipment Providers Awards 2018.

Becoming a national award-winning business, the company attributes its ongoing success and recognition to the support that it has received from a number of programmes that are delivered throughout the Leeds City Region.

On course to achieve a turnover of £3.5m in their third year of trading, the business has benefited from funding and practical support and guidance from AD:VENTURE, the ERDF funded Digital Enterprise Programme, the Manufacturing Growth Programme and the Business Growth Programme.

AD:VENTURE provided a match-funded grant of £11,000 to invest in manufacturing resource planning equipment, including bar coding and scanning items, along with practical support; the Digital Enterprise Programme awarded a £5,000 grant, the Manufacturing Growth Programme supported consultancy costs as the business worked towards securing ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 (2015).

As a result of the support that Herida has secured, as well as becoming a national award-winning business, it has expanded quickly which has led to the appointment of a quality control supervisor, and a dedicated customer service & telesales team, whilst future plans are now in place to recruit for a further seven jobs in sales and business development over the next twelve months.

Commenting on the support and recent award success, Managing Director, Neil Smith, said:

“I seem to be excited every time I come into work. When I see such talent and the enthusiasm that success itself creates, it’s better than anything we could acquire or implement strategically. The team within the Herida Healthcare Group of companies are some of the most professional individuals that I have had the pleasure of working with during my career.

“We’ve recruited a new Financial Controller and Marketing Manager in the last few months which is key to supporting our rapid growth. Our Export market has been instrumental to our strategic focus and this now represents around a third of our turnover. I’m really looking forward to 2018 and beyond. It’s such a privilege to lead an exceptional team.”

Operations Director for Herida, John Kay, adds:

“The board, supported financially by our Principal Investor and also programmes linked to Leeds Council and European funding, such as the Leeds City Region LEP, AD:Venture, Digital Enterprise and the Manufacturing Growth Programme have all been instrumental in taking the business forward so quickly. These parties have approved capital investment in 2017/ 2018 of around £300,000, primarily towards the purchase of leading edge manufacturing machinery and IT infrastructure”.

Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, Roger Marsh OBE, comments:

“Herida is a great example of how programmes across the region are benefitting businesses through a combined approach that delivers practical support as well as grant provision. Not only does this showcase how each initiative can complement the other but also how they can support young and innovative companies to overcome hurdles to growth.

“We would like to congratulate Herida on the recent award success and very much look forward to following their enterprise journey. We are sure that there will be much more to celebrate as the business continues to flourish and becomes an example of best practice for others across the region.”

The winning award submission was based on a case study which explained that after Herida was approved by both the Moving and Handling and Tissue Viability Services, they partnered with Permobil® to combine technologically advanced insight with its specialist design and manufacturing capabilities to create the perfect hybrid mattress.

The mattress was used to address the complex and specific challenges that a bed-bound patient was experiencing, leading to chronic discomfort, as well as sores and flesh wounds caused by the position they were sitting in all day.

Despite previous attempts to work on suitable interventions for the patient, no other product had resulted in a successful outcome. Using the Herida Yorkshire, the individual is now comfortable and can lead a life free from the daily worry of infected sores.

Herida is just one company that has benefited from the help and support that can be accessed by start-ups and innovative businesses with high growth potential in the Leeds City Region. For more information about the programmes that are available, please visit www.ad-venture.org.uk.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR MUSIC MASTERCLASS

Music Futures

A series of fully-funded music masterclasses are coming to Wakefield this February.

As a kick-starter to the Music Futures series of music industry masterclasses, people can now sign up to the introductory one taking place on Wednesday, 21st February.

This full day free masterclass will uncover how labels, publishing, and the live industry operates today in a digital world and give expert insights into how you can use data and technology to your advantage when setting up your own music business.

Speakers at the debut event include; Patrick Cloherty (Sentric Music), Steve Davis (SSD Concerts), Aaron Snowdon (Future Sound), Andy Smith (Kendal Calling), Kameil Sattar (Proper Music Distribution), Achal Dillon (Killing Moon), and Rob Nancollas (Motive Unknown).

Designed by talent development agency, Generator, and led by Wakefield Council as part of the ERDF funded AD:VENTURE programme, this industry relevant series will cover topics including VR/AR/XR, streaming, digitally-led marketing strategies and complex industry rights while also offering access to incredible coaching opportunities from music industry specialists including Tileyard and Production Park.

Jim Mawdsley, CEO at Newcastle-based Generator, said: “We are really excited to be producing this masterclass series in Wakefield and the wider Leeds City Region. Some of the plans underway for Wakefield and the growing music industry presence there are really forward thinking so this is a perfect opportunity for businesses in the area to increase the awareness and understanding of how the music industry operates both now and in the not too distant future.

“By bringing the elements of recent and future opportunities and developments in the technologies affecting the music industry alongside fundamentals and music related business needs to know, this series will really help push business forward in the region.”

Limited places are available for eligible SME businesses or individuals across the Leeds City Region, register your interest now by visiting www.ad-venture.org.uk/MusicFutures or call 0845 524 0210 to find out more.

The event will be held on Wednesday 21st February 9.30 – 5.00pm at Wakefield One, Burton Street, WF1 2EB

 

PwC and Sky Betting & Gaming develop taste for Lean Lunch

Lean Lunch

An innovative healthy lunch delivery service launched earlier this year in Leeds is already showing it’s appetite for growth after successful trials with two of the city’s biggest employers.

Founded in May 2017, Lean Lunch is a health conscious start-up supplying a subsidised catering service to companies who value health and wellbeing for their staff, encouraging access to a healthy lunch. Orders are made for pre-order and free delivery for companies in Leeds. The chilled meals are then delivered by environmentally friendly cycles ready to eat in fully compostable packaging, with the objective for Lean Lunch to be a zero waste food company.

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The Kitchen!

The team worked with experienced chef Matthew Benson-Smith, who trained in Paris with a Michelin-starred chef and nutritionist Elizabeth Cooper to develop incredibly tasty yet super healthy meals using high quality fresh produce with no refined ingredients.

Founder and MD Sat Mann is passionate about the effects of nutrition on mental and physical health and wellbeing and after exiting from a successful recruitment company wanted to create a solution to the problem of city centre eating, crowded queues at peak times and that habit of grabbing anything to eat – unhealthy, unsustainable, not environmentally friendly and impacting on productivity.

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The Team

Like most businesses, this start up began trials and testing at home, but after successfully securing grant funding of £11,200 towards project costs from the European Regional Development funded AD:VENTURE programme they have recently moved into a new custom kitted kitchen in the Cardigan Workspace. The move has already resulted in 4 full time jobs, with more to come. The AD:VENTURE scheme offers mentoring and growth support, including access to finance for companies showing high growth potential in the Leeds City Region and is looking for more companies to work with who want to boost their growth.

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Sat says “It’s been an amazing experience to launch the first online healthy food delivery service in Leeds. Our ambition is to change the way people eat at work with a conviction of the positive impact this will have for both employers and employees. The early adoption of our service by PwC and SKYBET has been fantastic, it validates how forward thinking employers view the positive impact of nutrition on wellness. We are very grateful for the grant support from Adventure which has crucially supported the capital costs of launching the business”

Sat’s enthusiasm and passion was evident when two of Leeds City centre’s largest employers accepted the opportunity to trial the healthy delivery service, nutritional seminars and workshops that Lean Lunch were offering, showing their ongoing commitment to the wellbeing of their employee’s.

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Catherine Boddington, Head of Learning & Development at Sky Betting and Gaming commented “It’s really important to us to look after the wellbeing of our people at SBG. Part of this is making it easy for people to eat delicious and nutritionally balanced food whilst they are at work… That’s what Lean Lunch offer. They deliver freshly prepared, healthy meals to our office every day, making healthy and tasty food accessible”

Richard Giles, Partner and Health and Wellbeing Leader for PwC in Leeds is a big supporter.  He commented “At PwC we believe it is important to look after the health and wellbeing of our team. Making it easy for our people to be physically active, eat well and take care of their mental wellbeing is the right thing to do from a moral and business point of view – Lean Lunch fits right into that. Delicious and nutritious food delivered to the office is a great option for us to make available to our teams. We are also now looking to introduce Lean Lunch to client events too.”

 

Find out more about growth support from the AD:VENTURE programme, or find out more about Lean Lunch.

Artisan Baking Starts Rise to Growth Challenge with a Business Funding Grant

Business funding grant

Award-winning Leeds based artisan bakery Tarte and Berry have shown commitment to the company’s continued growth by harnessing the support of a regional business programme and accessing a £15,000 grant towards costs of relocating to a new premise suited to their ambitious growth plans.

Named as one of Yorkshire Business Insider’s ’42 under 42’ rising stars of business, Tarte & Berry is owned and managed by sisters Jane and Lucy Batham and has seen a rapid rate of growth since it was founded in 2014, more than doubling turnover to £150,000.