Wakefieldfirst | Latest News Feed http://www.wakefieldfirst.com Latest News from WakefieldFirst Tue, 21 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.srcreative.net/ 10 YEARS AND COUNTING FOR WAKEFIELD BASED YES WASTE http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/10-years-and-counting-for-wakefield-based-yes-waste-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/10-years-and-counting-for-wakefield-based-yes-waste-/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/10-years-and-counting-for-wakefield-based-yes-waste-/ Yes Waste will be celebrating their 10th birthday on 01/02/2020.

Yes Waste is an on demand waste collection business taking everything from single items of furniture right through to completing factory clearance or office strip out.

The company began life at Bizspace Business Park just off Denby Dale Road.

Company Director and founder James Scarlett recalls; “I remember getting the keys and thinking, I don’t even have a van!”

Originally most of the customer base was domestic and we only covered West and South Yorkshire.

“At first it was difficult. I might only get 1 job all day. It might just be an arm chair and I’d literally be rummaging around under the cushions looking for discarded coins. The other big problem was the van itself. It was always breaking down. Eventually in February 2012 the engine blew up on the M1 just South of Leeds…it was snowing, dark and I remember looking at it and thinking maybe this is as far as we go.”

Fortunately James was able to sell the van on despite it being a non runner and use the money to contribute towards a deposit on a new van.

“We hired a van for a while and eventually a new van arrived in April. Literally as soon as it arrived things really began to take off for us.”

Yes Waste expanded the area it covered and also added new services like hard drive destruction.

By 2014 a second van was added and extra staff hired.

In 2016 the company moved across Denby Dale Road to Monckton Road Industrial Estate. The move was successful and a third vehicle was purchased in 2017. This year the company also rebranded from blue and white and to yellow and black.

“By this point the market for credible, licensed and insured waste carriers had become saturated. When I initially started there was a couple of local firms but by 2017 there was several local companies plus nationwide rivals. We needed to do a rebrand and try to stand out from the crowd. Our vans are all wrapped in yellow which is expensive but does make them noticeable. All our staff are given uniforms and they also have company phones. We again expanded our services to office strip outs which proved both very popular and stress inducing.”

By 2019 the company was on the move again. Yes Waste purchased a much larger site across the road. Turnover for the calendar year increased 40% and an additional vehicle was purchased taking the fleet total to 4.

“The site we have bought has warehouse space, a yard and offices. The offices are being refurbished at the moment so we are currently renting an office back at Bizspace literally round the corner from the original site. Hopefully we will be in the new offices by the end of February.”

And what for the future?

“Our core services are busier than ever but 2020 and the future is focused on trade waste bins. We hope to get our operators licence soon, get a bin wagon on the road, some yellow bins and hopefully another 10 years!”

M2R EDUCATION SHORTLISTED FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE AWARD http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/m2r-education-shortlisted-for-international-trade-award-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/m2r-education-shortlisted-for-international-trade-award-/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/m2r-education-shortlisted-for-international-trade-award-/ m2r Education have been shortlisted for an international trade award at the forthcoming 2020 Yorkshire Business Masters Awards.

The awards showcase a cross section of businesses in Yorkshire across a range of categories and m2r Education are amongst a shortlist of 5 for the International Trade award.

The judging panel commented, 'The achievements of all those shortlisted should not be underplayed as it takes a lot of time, hard work  and entrepreneurial spirit – especially when we look at the economic backdrop of the last 12 months – to achieve what these businesses have.'

The event takes place in Leeds on the 26th March.

m2r Education could be in line to win two awards that month as they have also been nominated for a Yorkshire Choice award too.

CASTLEFORD WAREHOUSE RE-LAUNCHED TO MARKET FOLLOWING REFURBISHMENT http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/castleford-warehouse-re-launched-to-market-following-refurbishment-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/castleford-warehouse-re-launched-to-market-following-refurbishment-/#comments Wed, 8 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/castleford-warehouse-re-launched-to-market-following-refurbishment-/ A newly refurbished prime warehouse in West Yorkshire has been re-launched to market by the industrial team at CBRE in Leeds alongside joint agents Carter Towler.

Located within the M62 corridor in Castleford, the 37,555 sq ft Unit 1 on Speedwell Road has been re-launched follow a recent comprehensive refurbishment to offer contemporary warehouse space.

Unit 1 comprises two storey ancillary office accommodation which has been subdivided to create canteen and welfare facilities as well as open plan and private offices.

“We are delighted to be marketing Unit 1 Speedwell Road at a time when there continues to be very limited, good quality industrial space in the M62 corridor and across the region,” said Sophie Angus, Senior Surveyor at CBRE Leeds.

“The unit has already attracted a high level of interest and we anticipate this will increase following its refurbishment. The unit is situated 0.5 miles from J31 of the M62 benefitting from a strategic location and excellent motorway connectivity.”

Struan White, Surveyor at St Bride’s Managers, added: “The newly renovated, modern warehouse will address the lack of industrial space in the M62 corridor with demand currently outstripping supply.”

BELLINGHAM NOW LIVE AT PRODUCTION PARK http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/bellingham-now-live-at-production-park/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/bellingham-now-live-at-production-park/#comments Tue, 7 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/bellingham-now-live-at-production-park/ Bellingham IT, the Wakefield based technology solutions specialist, has been awarded the IT support contract for Production Park, the UK’s leading live events community that brings together technology, creative space and education.

Responsible for the provision of all IT services, Bellingham will simplify and rationalise the company’s technology infrastructure whilst future-proofing systems to support further growth and ambitious plans.

Delivering a bespoke package, Bellingham, which has recently relocated to Langthwaite Business Park, will provide an onsite provision to ensure that the business receives the support relevant to its size and individual requirements.

Paul Heigham, Director at Bellingham IT, comments: “At Bellingham, each and every contract is bespoke. We tailor our service to what a client requires now and importantly what they will need in the future. Our new partnership with Production Park is a great example of this.

“We both recognised the value of delivering onsite IT provision. The beauty of this is we provide all the benefits of an in-house department, without the headache of managing one! This isn’t a contract, but a long-term relationship that supports future growth for Production Park and for Bellingham as we support new clients and continue to offer varied IT related services.”

Lee Brooks, CEO at Production Park, adds: “IT is integral to supporting our future growth. Recognising this, we made the commitment to invest in our infrastructure but knew that finding the right partner was crucial. We did not want a supplier that would work at arm’s length, but one that was willing to understand our business inside and out.

“Bellingham, through their bespoke offering, can do just that.”

Bellingham provide IT support for businesses throughout the Wakefield and Leeds districts, specialising in hardware, operating systems and application software.

For further details about Bellingham IT please visit www.bellinghamit.co.uk or call Paul Lockwood on 01924 253 205.

YORKSHIRE INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION SPECIALIST SEWTEC MAKES TWO SENIOR HIRES TO DELIVER CONTINUED GROWTH http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/yorkshire-industrial-automation-specialist-sewtec-makes-two-senior-hires-to-deliver-continued-growth/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/yorkshire-industrial-automation-specialist-sewtec-makes-two-senior-hires-to-deliver-continued-growth/#comments Mon, 6 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/yorkshire-industrial-automation-specialist-sewtec-makes-two-senior-hires-to-deliver-continued-growth/ Yorkshire industrial automation specialist Sewtec has appointed two senior managers as the company further implements its expansion strategy.

Andy Perks has joined in the newly created role of head of sales, whilst Lee Brotherton has been hired as head of purchasing.

Andy arrives at Sewtec from automation and control solutions provider Applied Automation where he was technical sales engineer. Prior to that he was a sales engineer at Kawasaki Robotics. He brings more than 20 years’ experience to the business across sales and engineering. Andy will play a key role in delivering Sewtec’s strategic and operational sales activity as part of the company’s growth plan.

Previously purchasing manager at Yorkshire engineering business Qualter Hall, Lee has more than 12 years’ experience. At Sewtec, Lee will be responsible for designing, planning and implementing procurement strategies whilst leading a growing purchasing team.

Sewtec designs, manufactures, installs and commissions complex industrial automation systems for global blue-chip clients in the pharmaceutical, personal care, pet care, food and beverage and tobacco industries. More than 85 per cent of the company’s sales are exports. Sewtec’s clients include Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Imperial Tobacco, Tata Global Beverages and Hershey.

This July, Sewtec announced its turnover had more than doubled to a record £28m with EBITDA of £9m, in the year to 30 June 2019. The company is now aiming to deliver a turnover of £50m by 2023.

Welcoming the pair to the company, Sewtec managing director, Mark Cook, commented: “Andy and Lee are both great additions to the team. Together, they add more than 30 years of sales and engineering experience and expertise to our business.

“We are actively recruiting for a number of new key positions across technical, sales and production. Andy, Lee and our other new recruits will be instrumental in enabling us to achieve our £50m turnover target by 2023.”

The appointments follow soon after Sewtec announced it will relocate from its current site in Dewsbury to a multi-million pound 75,000 sq ft design and manufacturing facility in Wakefield by March 2020. The two new hires bring Sewtec’s headcount to 132, with plans to bring in 70 new people to the business over the next three years.

Sewtec’s continued business transformation and fast growth follows a successful management buyout in August 2017, which was backed by Leeds-headquartered private equity firm Endless.

For further information visit www.sewtec.co.uk

TEAM 17 ACQUIRES MEDIACITY-BASED DEVELOPER http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/team-17-acquires-mediacity-based-developer-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/team-17-acquires-mediacity-based-developer-/#comments Mon, 6 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/team-17-acquires-mediacity-based-developer-/ Listed game developer Team17 has acquired a counterpart based at MediaCityUK for about £1.4m.

Yippee Entertainment is a software developer and digital publisher focused on end-to-end production and creation of third-party games alongside its own IP.

The acquired business will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Wakeffield-based Team17. It will work on a combination of Team17-owned, original, and games label partners' IP.

The company will continue to be led by chief executive Mike Delves, who has more than 30 years' experience in senior positions at Hasbro, Acclaim and Ocean Software, prior to forming Yippee in 2011.

The purchase price comprises £922,407 in cash and the issue of 114,000 consideration shares worth £433,200 and subject to a lock-in over a three year period.

Debbie Bestwick, chief executive of Team17 Group, said: "On behalf of the group, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Mike and his team.

"MediaCityUK is a wonderful location for our second UK studio and the acquisition of Yippee allows us to accelerate our recruitment plans in the North West."

GCA Altium is the nominated adviser to Team17 and Berenberg the broker.

6B OPENS NEW OFFICE PORTUGAL http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/6b-opens-new-office-portugal-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/6b-opens-new-office-portugal-/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/6b-opens-new-office-portugal-/ 6B is excited to announce that due to recent expansion we have now opened an office in the city of Setúbal, Portugal.

This is a major step in the 6 year history of 6B... 

The company has grown over the years to a team of 28 and recently have being named one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in the North at the Northern Tech awards.

Planning for the office has been in the works for the past year, with 6B’s Swiss-Portuguese Team Leader Fabrice Dominigues assisting Managing Director Paul Brown in finding the perfect location for 6B’s new venture. 

“Portugal is an up and coming country in digital.” Says Paul. “Setúbal is the perfect location for 6B’s new office, Fabrice has grew up here and he knows the city well and it is close to Lisbon which is fast becoming a creative and tech startup hub”.

Fabrice, who has taken the helm as Managing Director of 6B Portugal, has now moved back to his home in Setúbal to take charge of the new office.

The city of Setúbal resides at the mouth of the river Sado, along the coast just below Lisbon and is famed for its fishing industry, beautiful bays and renowned moscatel wine.

In 2018, Lisbon became the home of the annual Web Summit conference, which, along with government funding, helped boost new tech start up businesses - good news for 6B, who is hoping to make a mark in the creative, tech and digital industries.

“This first month has been positive and we are now starting to work on new business relationships, both locally and in the Lisbon area” continues Paul. “2019 has been a fantastic year for 6B, and opening the new office has been the icing on the cake. We hope to keep moving forward and achieving our goals in 2020”.

About 6B

6B is a full service digital agency, offering web design, brand design and development, digital and traditional marketing packages, software and app development.

Do you have a new and challenging project for us to look at? Are you ready to give a 6B a shot at your digital and creative work? Call us on 0113 350 1290 or email us at info@6bdigital.com and one of our team will be happy to talk through your requirements.

GO MEDIA SWOOPS FOR COUNTERPART http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/go-media-swoops-for-counterpart-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/go-media-swoops-for-counterpart-/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/go-media-swoops-for-counterpart-/ West Yorkshire digital agency Go Media has acquired a counterpart in a deal that will enable it to expand its work with sports teams in the region.

Since 2007, Wakefield-based Go Media has grown from a website provider to a full-service digital agency with clients across the UK.

More recently, the agency has begun creating online products for sports clubs including Featherstone Rovers, Ossett United and Yorkshire Carnegie, under the brand 'Sportals'.

It has acquired Online Data Intelligence, which has been developing ticketing and video on demand (VoD) systems for clubs since 2015.

The deal will enable the Barnsley-based business to offer a more inclusive service to its clients, which include Castleford Tigers, Salford Red Devils and Wakefield Trinity, Hull FC, Huddersfield Giants, Sheffield Eagles and Batley Bulldogs.

Steve Roberts, former managing director at Online Data Intelligence, said: "The software we're currently developing has grown in size and customer base meaning we needed a bigger team to help us make sure every one of my customers kept on receiving the same level of support, as well as the software receiving the right amount of development time to progress beyond expectations.

"I have evaluated many different suitors and a ready-made, highly experienced team, along with a company whose products and ethos closely match my own, seemed like a perfect fit."

Roberts has been appointed chief technology officer (CTO) at Go Media and will support the development of new technologies and business relationships moving forward.

ELF-DRIVE SUPPORTS HOSPICES AT CHRISTMAS http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/elf-drive-supports-hospices-at-christmas-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/elf-drive-supports-hospices-at-christmas-/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/elf-drive-supports-hospices-at-christmas-/ In the spirit of giving back at Christmas, the region’s largest independent vehicle-hire firm is supplying two Yorkshire-based hospices with free transportation to support their Christmas fund-raising for the third year running. But this year with a twist.

Family-run Arrow Self Drive will provide three different sized vehicles to Wakefield Hospice and two to Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice; both of which are offering residents across Huddersfield and Wakefield an opportunity to dispose of unwanted Christmas trees after the festive season.

The vans will enable the charities to collect and recycle used trees, reusing them as fencing and chipping in the hospice gardens whilst raising vital funds to help the organisations to continue funding patient care year-round. 

Wakefield Hospice Tree collections will take place from Sunday 5th January through to Sunday 12th January. Local residents in postcodes WF1,2,3,4 and 5 and LS26 can call 01924 331406 or go to their website www.bit.ly/hospicetrees to book their tree collection.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Tree collections are available to Huddersfield and Bury residents between 6th – 12th January, and collections can be arranged by calling 01484 411040 or booking a collection online at https://www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk/christmas-tree-collections.

Each hospice requires a minimum £10 donation from residents per tree collection. All proceeds from the charity Christmas tree sales and collections go to support the work that Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and Wakefield Hospice does for their communities.

Adding to the festivities, the vans supplied for this year will have a Christmas makeover. The firm has rebranded 100 vans for their Christmas campaign, changing the logos on its vans from Arrow Self Drive to ‘Arrow Elf Drive’. Both hospices are dressing their drivers as elves for their tree collections to join in the theme.

Wakefield Hospice are also hosting an elf fun run on Sunday 1st December starting at Trinity Walk in Wakefield and they will be again supported by Arrow with an elf van to help transport all the event elements including ears, hats and selection boxes.

Jamie Strachan, events fundraiser for Wakefield Hospice commented:

“We are excited to be partnering up with our long time supporters for another exciting Christmas season. Arrow Self Drive’s support of vans last Christmas was a key contributor in enabling us to collect used Christmas trees. We exceeded 1,000 Christmas tree collections for the first time and raised a phenomenal £12,000 for Wakefield Hospice in 2018. This year we’re hoping to beat this target and the elfed-up vans are a great addition to the tree collections. On top of that, our elf run is perfectly matched with the #arrowelfdrive campaign. It’s going to be a good year for elves” 

Jess Lees, ForgEt Me Not Children’s Hospice’s partnership executive commented:

“This is another opportunity for us to partner with our ‘super’ supporters Arrow ‘elf-drive! The team at Arrow support Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice all year round – the relationship has gone from strength to strength over the past several years. We look forward to continuing this partnership throughout Christmas and in particular with January’s Christmas tree collection. Without Arrow ‘elf-drive our collection and the money raised would not be possible.”

Along with the rebranded vehicles, Arrow Self Drive has launched a fun filled campaign complete with competition. Everyone can join in the fun by snapping and sharing photos of the festive vans on social media, as well as themselves in ‘Arrow Elfie frames’ (available at each depot or online as a download) using the hashtag #arrowelfdrive in a bid to win an Elf on the Shelf each week on the run up to Christmas.

Arrow Self Drive’s managing director, James Hill said:

“We’re passionate about supporting communities across Yorkshire throughout the year and Christmas is a time when we like to go the extra mile to bring a smile to the faces of local people and charities. We hope our elf themed vans do just that.”

CHANNEL 4 CONFIRMS DEAL FOR THE MAJESTIC http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/channel-4-confirms-deal-for-the-majestic-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/channel-4-confirms-deal-for-the-majestic-/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/channel-4-confirms-deal-for-the-majestic-/ Channel 4 has confirmed its deal with property company Rushbond Group to make The Majestic its new National HQ.

The broadcaster will occupy third, fourth and fifth floors, with teams from across the organisation based in the iconic building.

The Majestic first opened as a 2,400-seat cinema back in 1922, and has been redesigned and reconfigured to create 66,000 sq ft of office accommodation across seven floors.

Construction is due to complete in spring 2020. Channel 4 is scheduled to move into the new building later that year, and is currently occupying space in the West Gate development on Grace Street.

Mark Finch, real estate director at Rushbond, said: "Channel 4's commitment to the building is a testament to the ambitious vision of the Leeds City Region, as well as the excitement and interest in the next chapter of the Majestic story.

"The building offers an unparalleled opportunity for those looking to Leeds as a viable source for business growth, innovation and creativity. To be alongside a stellar brand such as Channel 4, within a Leeds icon like The Majestic, is a rather special opportunity."

Channel 4's chief commercial officer Jonathan Allan, who has overseen the relocation process for the broadcaster, added: "The Majestic is an iconic building which will put Channel 4 at the heart of the city. It's a very impressive development, and the perfect location for Channel 4's new national HQ.

"We're really pleased to be part of the regeneration of such a famous Leeds landmark and I know the Channel 4 team is really looking forward to moving in when the refurbishment is finished."

The Majestic scheme was designed by DLA Architecture and is being constructed by Sir Robert McAlpine. Knight Frank and JLL are joint marketing agents acting on behalf of the Rushbond Group. 

The deal with Channel 4 leaves four floors remaining to be let at The Majestic.