Wakefieldfirst | Latest News Feed http://www.wakefieldfirst.com Latest News from WakefieldFirst Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.srcreative.net/ B38 Group’s cleaning services division wins 2m of new contracts in first quarter http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/b38-groups-cleaning-services-division-wins-pound2m-of-new-contracts-in-first-quarter-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/b38-groups-cleaning-services-division-wins-pound2m-of-new-contracts-in-first-quarter-/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/b38-groups-cleaning-services-division-wins-pound2m-of-new-contracts-in-first-quarter-/ B38 Group’s cleaning services division wins £2m of new contracts in first quarter

Fast growing facilities management firm B38 Group has announced £2m of new contract wins for its support services division in its first three months of operation following its launch last August as part of the group’s strategy of increasing the in-house services it provides to clients.

Headquartered in Wakefield, B38 Group has a diverse property support offering covering both ‘hard’ technical building services as well as cleaning and ‘soft’ services for private sector clients and blue-chip organisations nationwide.

Led by Sue Cawley and Steve Trott, the new division is designed to improve service through self-delivery of soft FM and cleaning services with B38 Group having recruited 200 additional staff to run the operation. The move saw the company take direct control of its existing support service contracts including the Whistl account. 

“We made the decision to integrate self-delivered cleaning services into our existing facilities management operation in order to further control service delivery for our clients, particularly in terms of improving communication and speed of response,” explains Richard Phillips, co-founder of B38 Group. “This approach forms an intrinsic part of our mission to become one of the most highly regarded privately owned hard and soft service maintenance companies in the UK. 

“It’s fantastic to see the new division achieve such impressive results in its first three months of operation and testament to our ability to work with clients as an extension of their own internal property teams in order to deliver best in class services.”

Phillips continues: “In the capable hands of Steve Trott and Sue Cawley, the soft service division has got off to a flying start and we look forward to continued growth as it perfectly complements our already strong hard services offering.”

The group has enjoyed one of its most successful quarters having won a number of hard and soft service tenders including securing several new total facilities management contracts worth in excess of £12m over the contract lifespans. 

B38 Group provides a range of hard and soft facilities management services to leading businesses across the retail, manufacturing, logistics, corporate, education and healthcare sectors.


West Yorkshire Combined Authority calls for rail investment http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/west-yorkshire-combined-authority-calls-for-rail-investment/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/west-yorkshire-combined-authority-calls-for-rail-investment/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/west-yorkshire-combined-authority-calls-for-rail-investment/ West Yorkshire Combined Authority calls for rail investment

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has called for "significant investment" in the North's rail infrastructure in its submission to a government-commissioned review.

The combined authority said the commissioning and operating rail services is not working for the region.

In its submission to the Williams Review, it has called for reforms to the railway framework which should put customers first.

The combined authority added that the rail system should be designed to support the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ programme of regeneration and provide a reliable, punctual and value for money service.

Cllr Judith Blake, West Yorkshire Combined Authority lead on transport and leader of Leeds City Council, said: "As recent months have demonstrated, the current system for operating the railway is not working for our region. Alongside significant investment in infrastructure, we urgently need a rail system that meets the needs of, and is accountable to, the North of England.

"It is vital that the Williams Review delivers the rail reforms that our region urgently requires and ensures that passengers are put first. We would welcome the opportunity to further contribute to the review and to help shape its recommendations."

The Williams Review, led by Keith Williams, was commissioned in 2018 to recommend the most appropriate organisational and commercial frameworks to support the government’s vision for the railway. The government is due to publish a White Paper in response to its recommendations in autumn 2019, with reform of the sector to begin in 2020.

Seven West Yorkshire projects backed http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/seven-west-yorkshire-projects-backed/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/seven-west-yorkshire-projects-backed/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/seven-west-yorkshire-projects-backed/ Seven West Yorkshire projects backed

Funding support for seven developments designed to support economic growth, including £37.3m for the York Central development, has been approved by West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Investment Committee.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Fund will contribute £37.3m to the York Central project. This will include, a new access road into York Central, a series of accessibility and public realm improvements to the front of York station and pedestrian access improvements to the western station entrance. The scheme is set to support the delivery of up to 2,500 new homes and up to 6,000 new jobs.

The committee backed two business support schemes, with a £2.46m fund for growth services to support 690 SMEs across Leeds City Region and a £3.78m Resource Efficiency Fund both approved.

The £6.5m restoration of Rutland Mills, adjacent to the Hepworth Gallery, and the regeneration of the Kirkgate area forming Wakefield's South East Gateway were also backed, as was a £4.6m scheme to develop new homes in Dewsbury.

A series of road improvements and flood alleviation works in Leeds were given the go-ahead, including the £16.1m A61 Bus Priority Corridor Scheme in Leeds, and the second phase of a flood alleviation scheme to improve defences on the River Aire, between Leeds Station to Apperley Bridge.

Cllr Peter Box, chair of the West Yorkshire combined Authority Investment Committee, said: "All of these schemes are ambitious and designed to generate inclusive economic growth from which everyone across West Yorkshire and the City Region can benefit, and to improve our transport network to support that growth and connect people with jobs and training opportunities."

Approval for stadium and shopping centre http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/approval-for-stadium-and-shopping-centre/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/approval-for-stadium-and-shopping-centre/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/approval-for-stadium-and-shopping-centre/ Approval for stadium and shopping centre

Planning permission has been granted for a shopping centre and new stadium for rugby league side Castleford Tigers.

Lateral Property Group, which is behind the development together with the Highgrove Group, was awarded planning consent by Wakefield Council's planning committee at a meeting yesterday (14 March 2019).

The Axiom scheme will comprises 75 retail, restaurant and leisure units, along with a 10,245-capacity community stadium for the Castleford Tigers, set within a 27.9-acre country park.

Retailers including M&S, Next and Primark have already been signed up as tenants for the retail scheme.

Three of the four stands of the stadium would be standing-only with facilities including corporate boxes, club shop, ticket office and bar also provided.

A total of 2,746 parking spaces would be provided for customers of the retail units, with a further 237 spaces for the stadium.

Outline planning permission for the scheme, at the time known as 'Five Towns Park' was granted in August 2015. The reserved matters application approved at the meeting covers the proposed retail facilities, stadium and country park.

Chapman Taylor is the architect for the development.

The approval was in line with the recommendation of a planning officer's report prepared for the meeting, as previously reported by Insider.

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 to travel through our district on 3 May http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/tour-de-yorkshire-returns/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/tour-de-yorkshire-returns/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/tour-de-yorkshire-returns/ Tour de Yorkshire returns!

The Tour de Yorkshire is returning to the Wakefield district on Friday 3 May 2019!

Stage 2 of the men’s race and Stage 1 of the women’s races will both pass through parts of the district as they ride from Barnsley to Bedale. The cyclists will enter the Wakefield district at Ryhill and travel through Wintersett towards Nostell Priory, before heading along the B6428 into Purston Jaglin.

The riders will turn left onto Pontefract Road and ride through Featherstone towards Pontefract, travelling through Town End junction along the A645 and turning left at North Baileygate before following Monkhill Lane and Spittal Hardwick Lane into Airedale.

Once in Airedale, the cyclists will head to Redhill Drive, Queen’s Park Drive and Ferrybridge Road before arriving on Bridge Street, travelling over Lock Lane Bridge and out of the district towards Allerton Bywater.

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “I’m very pleased that we’re welcoming this fantastic sporting event back to our district.
“It generates a lot of interest and enthusiasm and is an excellent platform to showcase our area and encourage visitors into the area.

“I hope that once again hundreds of spectators will line the route and the Tour will be just as successful as in previous years, giving another huge boost to our district.”

Race times and traffic disruption – plan your day on 3 May

To minimise disruption, rolling road closures are being put in place during both races instead of full closures. They will come into effect approximately 15 minutes before the races pass through and are likely to last a maximum of 45 minutes.

The women’s race is expected to enter Ryhill at around 9am and leave Castleford at around 10am, based on an 8.30am start at Barnsley.

The men’s race is expected to enter Ryhill at around 2.30pm and leave Castleford at around 3.30pm, based on a 2pm start at Barnsley.

Times are approximate and are subject to change. Further updates will be posted here. For the latest information, visit the Tour de Yorkshire website.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to plan their day in advance to minimise any inconvenience caused and spectators are encouraged to ensure they are in their preferred location in good time.
Local businesses and schools are advised to consider how the rolling road closures may affect them, and plan accordingly.

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Loan agreed to support Belle Vue purchase http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/loan-agreed-to-support-belle-vue-purchase/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/loan-agreed-to-support-belle-vue-purchase/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/loan-agreed-to-support-belle-vue-purchase/ Loan agreed to support Belle Vue purchase

Wakefield Trinity are set to buy their Belle Vue home after Wakefield Council agreed a £3.15m loan.

The funding will enable the Super League club to purchase the freehold of the stadium and surrounding areas.

The loan will help the club to provide positive assurance to the Rugby Football League (RFL) that there is clear intent to make the stadium compliant with RFL regulations.

It will also support the club's ambition of developing a new community stadium.

John Minards, Wakefield Trinity chairman, said: "We are grateful for the support of Wakefield Council, without whom this purchase would not be possible. While it is great news that we will be owners of our own ground, this is only very much the first stage of our redevelopment plans and we continue to be in active discussions with a number of parties as we progress towards our ambitions for a world-class stadium fit for the 21st century."

Cllr Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for economic growth and development at Wakefield Council, said: "We have a proud history of rugby league in the Wakefield District and I'm pleased that this loan will help Wakefield Trinity secure the ownership of the stadium and provide a catalyst for development.

"We have been exploring the potential of redeveloping Belle Vue for some time and as I have said before, the Council is committed to working with the club to support the development of a community stadium."

Designs for a new community stadium at Belle Vue (pictured) were previously revealed in 2017.

Jobs lost as engineering business ceases trading http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/jobs-lost-as-engineering-business-ceases-trading/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/jobs-lost-as-engineering-business-ceases-trading/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/jobs-lost-as-engineering-business-ceases-trading/ Jobs lost as engineering business ceases trading

More than 50 jobs have been lost at a West Yorkshire fabrication and engineering business, which has ceased trading and appointed administrators.

Dewsbury-based A&J Fabtech provided a full-service from concept design to commissioning to companies in a range of sectors.

Its products included steel moulds for the concrete industry, steel chimneys and platework, bridge structures and turnkey systems for rotary treatment equipment for the water industry.

A&J Fabtech experienced severe cashflow pressures in recent months and this led it to enter administration. The business ceased to trade on 7 March 2019 and all 54 employees were made redundant.

Phil Pierce and Paul Whitwam at FRP Advisory were appointed joint administrators of A&J Fabtech Ltd on 7 March 2019.

The joint administrators are now marketing the business’ assets, including plant and machinery and its 29,000 sq ft property, for sale.

Phil Pierce, partner at FRP Advisory in Leeds, said: "A&J Fabtech had suffered severe cashflow pressures in recent months and despite further investment from the business’ shareholders earlier this year, the challenges facing the business proved too great. These included problems in relation to one particular contract and delays in relation to new contracts starting. Unfortunately, this led to the directors’ appointment of administrators and the closure of the business.

"Our priority is now to support affected employees and work closely with the Redundancy Payments Service to ensure the best possible outcome in this difficult period. In the meantime, we would urge any parties interested in acquiring the assets to contact us as soon as possible."

The Leeds team at Sanderson Weatherall is assisting FRP Advisory with the sale of the property (Neil Bestwick) and plant and machinery (Mark Rowlands).

Channel 4 move will help inclusive growth, says LEP chair http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/channel-4-move-will-help-inclusive-growth-says-lep-chair/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/channel-4-move-will-help-inclusive-growth-says-lep-chair/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/channel-4-move-will-help-inclusive-growth-says-lep-chair/ Channel 4 move will help inclusive growth, says LEP chair

Channel 4’s move to Leeds will impact the region far beyond inward investment, according to Roger Marsh, chairman of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

Speaking to Insider at MIPIM today (13 March 2019) Marsh said the decision by the broadcaster, which was taken in October last year, would help address the social divide that sits behind economic development.

It is part of a growing narrative in the regional cities about inclusive growth, which are seeking to create cities and city regions that ‘work for everyone’.

Marsh said: "It helps brand the city and city region, but our campaign was all about creating a spark in the digital and creative industries and that means more opportunities for young people.

"Rather than having to think they have to go somewhere else to develop their careers, they can do it in Leeds."

Marsh said focusing on key sectors that supported growing productivity and pushed up living standards were essential in order to create the "social dividend from economic growth that is the real prize".

He added that while the city region had a lot to celebrate it also had one in eight homes that still lived in fuel poverty, which "is not acceptable".

Following the Channel 4 announcement, production companies including Workerbee (formerly Endemol Shine North) and broadcaster UKTV have announced plans top open offices in the city.

Marsh added: "An important point is that after London, Leeds City Region produces more STEAM (science technology, engineering, arts and maths graduates) than anywhere else in the country.

"We also have the largest teaching hospital in Europe, the Open Data Institute and the largest concentration of health analytics in the country. We have got all the ingredients to be competitive and be the northern solution to the UK problem in terms of growth.

"As a region that is a fifth of the Northern Powerhouse, if we don’t really knock it out of the park, it will be suboptimal."

Marsh is also the chair of the NP-11, the group of northern LEPs which was brought together by government to explore opportunities to collaborate.

He said progress was "so far, so good".

"We have decided some of the areas – such as trade and investment – where we could make the case more meaningfully for each other. If health tech is a strength in the Leeds City Region, let’s get behind that as the north."

WAKEFIELD POLYURETHANE MOULDER WINS COLLABORATION AWARD http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-polyurethane-moulder-wins-collaboration-award/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-polyurethane-moulder-wins-collaboration-award/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-polyurethane-moulder-wins-collaboration-award/ WAKEFIELD POLYURETHANE MOULDER WINS COLLABORATION AWARD

WAKEFIELD polyurethane moulder PolyGlobal has been recognised for their partnership with Bradford University’s Polymer Interdisciplinary Research facility and won the Insider Made in Yorkshire Collaboration Award.

The Thornes Road based manufacturer of injection and cast moulded components is working with the internationally acclaimed university to test the mechanical performance and integrity of its core range of materials. The partnership has also helped facilitate the launch of Hyperpol, a range of  high-performance polyurethane elastomers.

Utilising the world leading facilities, equipment and knowledge of Bradford University’s Polymer Research Centre, PolyGlobal are creating simulated environments reflecting those experienced in the sectors and industries it supplies to. PolyGlobal are testing the materials’ performance under varying extreme conditions including temperature, pressure, abrasion and chemical exposure.

The aim of the testing is to identify and verify the suitability of specific materials for use in specific environments it will also establish any reasons for the failure of materials.

The results of these tests then enable PolyGlobal to advise and recommend specific materials to customers from an increased technical and performance perspective as well as publish credible data which can be accessed by wider market sectors.  The company is ambitious that Hyperpol will become an industry standard specified material.

Jordan Cook, Managing Director of PolyGlobal said: “PolyGlobal partnered with the Bradford University Polymer Research facility to prove the quality and performance of our materials in harsh global environments.  Winning this award confirms the value that it brings to our products and processes.”

The Insider’s Made in Yorkshire Awards honoured manufacturers from across the Yorkshire region. PolyGlobal are now invited to take part in the Made in the UK Awards in Coventry in June.



Bringing Islamic beauty to property protection http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/bringing-islamic-beauty-to-property-protection/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/bringing-islamic-beauty-to-property-protection/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/bringing-islamic-beauty-to-property-protection/ Bringing Islamic beauty to property protection

Ingenuity was key for Yorkshire’s leading metal fabricators who have been working with an expert in Islamic geometric design to bring functionality to art.

Author, educator and designer specialising in Islamic geometric design, Eric Broug returned to Yorkshire Laser Fabrications to manufacture bespoke Islamic inspired metal screens that he’d been commissioned to produce for a client’s London office.

Designed to fit internally directly in front of floor to ceiling sized window panes measuring 250cm x 250cm or 140cm x 250cm, the screens are made of 8mm thick stainless steel which has been laser cut to precisely form an intricate Islamic geometric pattern through which light casts artistic shadows while the robustness of the metal provides security.

Halifax based Eric’s designs were sent digitally to Yorkshire Laser where they were processed and laser cut into the steel. The screens were then rolled flat, the necessary bracketry welded on to enable them to be bolted into masonry and they were cleaned up and prepared before being powder coated a matt black.

Manufacturing the screens wasn’t without its challenges. With so much of the sheet metal needing to be cut away, doing so while minimising the amount of heat going into the metal in order to prevent distortion meant calling on YLF’s 15 years’ experience of sheet metal fabrication to come up with a solution.

“We programmed the laser to conduct a random cutting sequence skipping from one pa rmorling@datateam.co.ukrt of the sheet to another in order to keep the screens flat and straight,” explained Yorkshire Laser’s MD Matt Orford. “The steel lends itself beautifully to Eric’s geometric designs creating a product that is both artistically decorative and functional as a security screen.” 

This is the second time Eric has worked with Yorkshire Laser Fabrications having turned to them ten years ago for a similar commission for the same client’s London home.

“I shopped around for potential manufacturers for the screens but still came back to Yorkshire Laser Fabrications. They did such a good job on the first project, are responsive, competitively priced and I knew I could trust them,” he explained.

“Steel is durable and reflects the type of screens that were made traditionally of wrought iron,” said Eric. “It is a traditional material for today’s security screens and the manufacturing technology that is now available opens up so many more opportunities for making them look beautiful.”