Wakefieldfirst | Latest News Feed http://www.wakefieldfirst.com Latest News from WakefieldFirst Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.srcreative.net/ Wakefield Manufacturing Awards 2019 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-manufacturing-awards-2019-nominations/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-manufacturing-awards-2019-nominations/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-manufacturing-awards-2019-nominations/ Wakefield Manufacturing Awards 2019

The Wakefield district is home to a number of world-leading manufacturers, new businesses and industry pioneers. These awards recognise the achievements and impact of these manufacturers.

Awards ceremony 17 October 2019 at Production Park in South Kirkby

The Wakefield Manufacturing Awards exemplify the elite of manufacturing in the area, show a track record of success, dedication to employees and community investment.

The 2019 awards ceremony will take place at Production Park – Europe’s leading pre-production and live events centre. This year will see the awards categories expanded to seven awards – Manufacturer of the Year, Exporter of the Year, New Manufacturer of the Year, Food & Drink Manufacturer of the Year, Innovation in Manufacturing, Apprenticeships in Manufacturing, and Large Manufacturer of the year.

Click here to nominate a business or click here to attend the awards!

Local Business Leader Finalist for Two Prestigious Awards http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/local-business-leader-finalist-for-two-prestigious-awards/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/local-business-leader-finalist-for-two-prestigious-awards/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/local-business-leader-finalist-for-two-prestigious-awards/ Local Business Leader Finalist for Two Prestigious Awards

Poonam Kaur’s business achievements have been recognised by The IoD Director of the Year and Forward Ladies regional awards.

Managing Director of fds Director Services based in Wakefield, Poonam was announced as a finalist in the Director of the Year (Small - Medium Business) category for The IoD Yorkshire and North East Director of the Year Awards and a regional finalist for Mentor of the Year in the Forward Ladies National Awards & Summit.

The Director of the Year award celebrates business leaders that showed outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices.

The Forward Ladies Mentor of the Year Award identifies women who have a track record in mentoring and developing future leaders of industry.

Poonam was delighted to be recognised for these awards, even more so as it is the IoD Director of the Year Awards and Forward Ladies, and to not only be considered, but a finalist of both categories is hugely rewarding.

Poonam commented “I am so proud to be a finalist in both of these categories which recognise both my career journey and accomplishments. The acknowledgments are icing on the cake, as this year fds is celebrating its 30th year of business, so it’s already an amazing year for our business”.

Fds Director Services provides corporate finance services to owner managed SME businesses and director level training. Over the years fds has developed and expanded its service offering to support every aspect of a business owner’s journey. Services include assisting with the creation of business plans and sourcing funding, reviewing shareholder agreements, providing non-executive director support and selling businesses either to trade or private equity buyers, to name a few.


Billionaire‚Äôs investment firm snaffles 93% Bon March√© shares http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/billionaires-investment-firm-snaffles-93-bon-march-shares/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/billionaires-investment-firm-snaffles-93-bon-march-shares/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/billionaires-investment-firm-snaffles-93-bon-march-shares/ Billionaire’s investment firm snaffles 93% Bon Marché shares

Spectre, the Dubai-based investment firm owned by billionaire Phillip Day, has secured 93% of Bon Marché shares – triggering a de-listing announcement.

This morning, Spectre announced that by Friday (July 12) – the date it had previously announced as its final day of bidding – either owned, or had received valid acceptances, in respect of a total of 46.5m Bon Marché shares; representing 93% of the company. 

This morning, the firm confirmed its de-listing plans, stating: “Spectre intends to procure that Bonmarché applies for the cancellation of the listing of Bonmarché Shares on the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and for the cancellation of trading of Bonmarché Shares on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

“It is anticipated that such cancellations will take effect no earlier than 12 August 2019.”

Listed Bon Marché has over 300 stores and concessions across the UK and was admitted to AIM in November 2013, moving to a Main Market listing in October 2015.

Spectre first announced its hostile takeover of listed Wakefield-headquartered Bon Marché in April, when the company acquired 52% company shares for £3m. Under takeover rules, it then had to make mandatory offer for the remainder of the company and did so for £2.73m – totalling £5.7m for the struggling retailer.

However, Bon Marché resisted the full takeover offer, stating it “materially undervalues Bon Marché and its future prospects.”

But the firm last month changed its stance, after reporting poor Q1 trading.

Since then, shareholders have sold their stock to Spectre.

Spectre’s initial bid in April followed on from a very tough trading period for Bon Marche, which had issued a profit warning in March – which had followed on from poor Christmas sales.

Day is the owner of The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Peacocks, Proquip, Austin Reed, Country Casuals, Jaeger and Jacque Vert brands.


m2r Education partners with document legalisation company, Vital Consular http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/m2r-education-partners-with-document-legalisation-company-vital-consular-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/m2r-education-partners-with-document-legalisation-company-vital-consular-/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/m2r-education-partners-with-document-legalisation-company-vital-consular-/ m2r Education partners with document legalisation company, Vital Consular 

Multi award winning UK based education recruitment firm m2r Education have created a strategic partnership with Vital Consular, a leading document legalisation company also based in West Yorkshire, UK. 

Offering a unique 100% legalisation guarantee upon order acceptance, Vital Consular are used by individuals across the globe, providing a critical service for those looking to work overseas. 

m2r Education Director Munir Mamujee commented, “this is a fantastic partnership for us. With the volume of teachers we place across the world it is essential that we offer them a complete service and Vital Consular enable us to do this. Their professionalism and ethics mirror ours too, this makes a massive difference to us as well”. 

“We are delighted to have partnered with m2r” adds Matt Lawless, Managing Director of Vital Consular. “Legalisation is often a forgotten part of moving, and causes huge headaches if left to the last minute. Tying the process into the recruitment function provides genuine benefit to every candidate. m2r's commitment to improving standards in the recruitment industry is a welcome advancement and one we are pleased to support.” 

To access reduced document legalisation rates, use this link.

To find our more about m2r Education and their education recruitment services: info@m2rglobal.com / +441924 201973 

2019 Nanning International Elites Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition! http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/2019-nanning-international-elites-innovation-entrepreneurship-competition-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/2019-nanning-international-elites-innovation-entrepreneurship-competition-/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/2019-nanning-international-elites-innovation-entrepreneurship-competition-/ 2019 Nanning International Elites Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition!

Further to Wakefield Councils new relationship with Nanning we are promoting a new competition – The 2019 Nanning International Elites Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition.

The competition will provide an important platform for elite businesses & individuals operating overseas to seek entrepreneurship & business set up in Nanning.

The competition is open to those businesses that operate in the following fields…

-Electronic information

-Advanced equipment manufacturing

-New material

-New energy

-Energy conservation

-Environmental protection

-Medical apparatus & instruments



-Scientific & technological finance

-Modern agriculture

Prize winners will receive favourable awards, subsidies and supporting policies! Along with prize money that will range from 150 thousand to 10 million RMB depending on the project!

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity – Enter now: http://www.nieiec.com/ OR for more information contact hshipley@wakefield.gov.uk.

PolyGlobal join colour run for Hospice http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/polyglobal-join-colour-run-for-hospice/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/polyglobal-join-colour-run-for-hospice/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/polyglobal-join-colour-run-for-hospice/ PolyGlobal join colour run for Hospice

WAKEFIELD’S PolyGlobal are making it a family affair this weekend during the annual Colour Run for the city’s hospice at Thornes Park.

Staff at the world leading polyurethane moulders had no trouble persuading their children to take part in the 5K run through paint and water in aid of Wakefield Hospice this coming Sunday.

Four team members will join the line up, that is the latest event as part of the Thornes Lane company’s yearlong fund-raising effort for the hospice.

Vicki Bottomley, Sales and Marketing Coordinator, and her two children, Thomas, aged seven and Felicity aged four, will line up with Andy Young, Sales Manager, and his son Ted, aged two, Joining them are Tammie Blakeston, Finance Assistant, and her daughter Maddie, aged 14 and Jamie Illingworth, Account Manager, and his niece Heidi, age 6.

“I have taken part in a Colour Run before and when the children saw me they were desperate to get involved, despite it being 5k,” said Vicki.

“PolyGlobal committed to raising £3000 for Wakefield Hospice in January and have raised quite a bit so far in our target.  This seemed like a fun way to get involved with the children,” she added.

The company has set up a Virgin Money Page for donations.  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=PolyGlobal




Creative Kickstart thrilled to announce the first workshop will be held in Wakefield http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/creative-kickstart-thrilled-to-announce-the-first-workshop-will-be-held-in-wakefield/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/creative-kickstart-thrilled-to-announce-the-first-workshop-will-be-held-in-wakefield/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/creative-kickstart-thrilled-to-announce-the-first-workshop-will-be-held-in-wakefield/ The Creative Industries Council (CIC) and the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) have partnered up to create the Creative Kickstart Programme. Creative Kickstart is a new programme providing support, mentoring and advice to hundreds of creative companies that are looking to grow. The programme has been generated from the historic creative industries sector deal.

CIF is the membership body which represents champions and supports the UK’s creative industries. They celebrate and support the work of members through UK-wide events and bring them together to enable valuable connections and collaborations that generate new ideas and encourage artistic and commercial success.

CIC is a joint forum between the creative industries and the government. Council members are leading figureheads that are brought together from across the creative and digital industries including TV, computer games, fashion, music, arts, publishing and film.

Creative Kickstart are delighted to announce the first workshop will be held in Wakefield on Wednesday 4th September 2019. Wakefield Council has supported Creative Kickstart to be brought to the city as part of the commitment to investing in Wakefield’s thriving creative industries. Around 60 creative enterprises from across Wakefield and the surrounding regions will attend and hear from experts and experienced business-leaders on how to value their creative assets. Also discussed will be how to develop a strong business plan and getting access to the right finance.

The workshop is invitation only however if you are a creative business in Wakefield or surrounding areas and would like to attend, you can express your interest to eva@creativeindustriesfederation.com .

Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford businesses named in Yorkshire Top 500 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-pontefract-and-castleford-businesses-named-in-yorkshire-top-500/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-pontefract-and-castleford-businesses-named-in-yorkshire-top-500/#comments Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-pontefract-and-castleford-businesses-named-in-yorkshire-top-500/ Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford businesses named in Yorkshire Top 500

Thirty-two Wakefield companies have been named among the best in Yorkshire by a leading business magazine.

The firms made the cut on Yorkshire Business Insider's top 500.

The companies, located in Castleford, Knottingley, Normanton, Ossett, Pontefract and Wakefield, reported a combined gross turnover of £3.9billion.

TEVA UK in Castleford topped the list of companies in the district for the highest turnover of £522.2million.

Card Factory in Wakefield topped the list for the highest pre-tax profit with £72.6million while Taurus 3, the confectionery company trading as Tangerine, had the highest profit margin in the district at 27.7 per cent.

Tangerine also came in the overall top 20 companies in Yorkshire for the best profit margins.

Leader of Wakefield Council Peter Box said: "It is great to see that the Wakefield District is providing the right conditions for businesses to thrive and succeed.

"This news comes just 24 hours after the first annual review of the Wakefield District Economic Strategy, reporting the district’s progress towards this five year plan.

"The findings from the review will help to shape and refine the programme of activities in the areas of business, innovation, inward investment, regeneration, housing, employment and skills in the coming years.

“The Top 500 report demonstrates that businesses in the district are continuing to grow despite declines elsewhere in the UK due to the uncertainties of Brexit.

"At the council, we pride ourselves in being ‘open for business’ and provide policies to help companies innovate and grow.

"Our relationship with businesses has changed recently as a result of our new strategy and we are generating more social value from employers to ensure our residents benefit from the growth of the amazing companies that call Wakefield district their home. I’m delighted to see that as a result, the district continues to punch above its weight."

Of the 32 companies, 11 operate in Wakefield, seven in Pontefract, six in Castleford, three in Normanton, three in Ossett and two in Knottingley.



Haribo to create 50 UK jobs as turnover passes 180m http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/haribo-to-create-50-uk-jobs-as-turnover-passes-180m/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/haribo-to-create-50-uk-jobs-as-turnover-passes-180m/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/haribo-to-create-50-uk-jobs-as-turnover-passes-180m/ Haribo to create 50 UK jobs as turnover passes £180m

The UK arm of sweet manufacturing giant Haribo is set to increase production at its West Yorkshire facility, creating 50 jobs. The company has reported an increase in turnover to more than £180m in its latest financial results.

Based in Pontefract, Dunhills (Pontefract) makes, distributes and sells products under the Haribo and Maoam brands.

The business, which operates two UK factories and currently employs more than 720 people, will increase production at its Castleford facility in early 2020, moving from a two- to a three-shift system.

The expansion follows export success and a new agreement to supply Haribo products across the US.

Jon Hughes, who was appointed as managing director at Haribo UK in 2018, said: "This is great news for our team, for our region and for UK manufacturing.  In 2013 we announced a significant investment in a new state-of-the-art factory so that we could bolster our UK manufacturing capabilities and have the capacity not only to meet the demand for our products in the UK, but to increase our research and development and export potential.

"Our ambitious plans are being realised. Following the launch of our Castleford site we brought full production of Maoam to the UK for the very first time. From January 2020 we will be responsible for meeting the growing demand for HARIBO across the US.

"Our manufacturing excellence and ability to deliver top quality products, both traditional treats alongside new and exciting innovations developed specifically for US consumers, will be showcased globally and this will continue to support the brand's growth in the UK and overseas."

Accounts recently filed with Companies house show Dunhills (Pontefract) reported turnover of £181.6m for the year ended 31 December 2018, up from £172.7m in 2017. Pre-tax profit also increased to £21.7m from £21.2m the year before.

Haribo said strong growth for its Supermix and Giant Strawbs sub-brands, as well as portion-controlled mini-bags, had been partly offset by the decline in sales of themed product lines and the collapse of a number of customers. The company's new products also performed well, with Fruitilicious, a 30 per cent reduced sugar sweet, achieving the highest sales growth in the category.

A spokesperson from Haribo added: "Despite yet another challenging year for the UK confectionery industry Haribo has continued to outperform its competition and has maintained its category leadership. As a family business, this is testament to the continued investment we have made into our brands and our people; to listening to our consumers and our ability to deliver more choice into the market.

"Our family favourite treats continue to perform well and are supported by new products such as our sugar reduced Fruitilicious, which has delivered the highest sales growth within the category. This has been enhanced further by an increase in overseas sales for both the Haribo and Maoam brands.

"There are certainly continued challenges ahead with political uncertainty, potential advertising and promotion restrictions on the category and an expected decline in the general consumption of sweets. However, through the strength of our brands, the quality of our products and our responsible approach, we believe that we are in a relatively good position to face these in the future."

Germany-headquartered Haribo bought a stake in Dunhills in 1972 before completing a buyout in 1994.


Warehouse hits the market for more than 3m http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/warehouse-hits-the-market-for-more-than-3m/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/warehouse-hits-the-market-for-more-than-3m/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/warehouse-hits-the-market-for-more-than-3m/ Warehouse hits the market for more than £3m

A commercial building in Wakefield is up for sale due to a relocation, with a quoted asking price of around £3.1m.

The Detached warehouse at Unit 200, Premier Park, is being marketed by Knight Frank and comprises 27,716 sq ft on approximately 3.54 acres.

The modern building features a mix of offices, secure, fully concreted service yards, multiple ground and raised level loading doors as well as 70 parking spaces.

It is five miles from the centre of Wakefield and is accessible from Junction 30 of the M62 motorway, via the B6135 Castle Gate and A642.

The freehold for the property is available by way of a sale and leaseback for a term of three years, with a tenant only break option after 12 months.