Wakefieldfirst | Latest News Feed http://www.wakefieldfirst.com Latest News from WakefieldFirst Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.srcreative.net/ Two deals at West Yorkshire estate http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/two-deals-at-west-yorkshire-estate/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/two-deals-at-west-yorkshire-estate/#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/two-deals-at-west-yorkshire-estate/ Two new tenants have agreed deals for units at the Ripley Close industrial estate in Normanton, West Yorkshire.

Medical Gas Supplies and Hey Safe Cleaning have both taken just under 5,000 sq ft on five-year leases.

The latest deals follow the letting of Unit 8, which extends to 4,802 sqft, to Anglian Group, also on a five-year lease.

The 43,000 sq ft estate was recently purchased by Ribston, a property business specialising in multi-let industrial estates. The company has undertaken a major refurbishment which has including re-roofing, recladding the elevations of the whole estate and refurbishing the vacant units internally. 

The estate comprises nine industrial units and a large, secure shared yard, is situated off Junction 31 of the M62. It is already home to tenants including Solupak, the Anglian Group and Flue & Ducting.

The Leeds offices of property consultancies Knight Frank and Gent Visick brokered the two deals.

Tom Goode, of Knight Frank's industrial team in Leeds, said: "Ripley Close is in a well-established location, within one mile of J31 of the M62 motorway, which provides direct access to the close-by wider motorway network. We have seen good interest to date and these two lettings are a testament to the refurbishment works that Ribston has undertaken."

Paul Mack, director at Gent Visick, added: "West Yorkshire is becoming an increasingly popular industrial property location and, now the refurbishment has been completed, we expect substantial interest in the final three vacant units at Ripley Close."

PTSG reports 'record performance' in 2017 as revenue increases to 53m http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/ptsg-reports-record-performance039-in-2017-as-revenue-increases-to-pound53m/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/ptsg-reports-record-performance039-in-2017-as-revenue-increases-to-pound53m/#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/ptsg-reports-record-performance039-in-2017-as-revenue-increases-to-pound53m/ Premier Technical Services Group PLC, the Castleford-based niche specialist services provider, has growth with revenue up 35%, gross profit up 33% and operating profit up 35%.

For the year ending 31st December 2017, PTSG saw group revenue rise to £52.9m from £39.2m achieved in the previous year. Gross profit also rose from £20.3m to £27.1m during this time.

In addition, PTSG reported a 35% increase in operating profit to £10.6m and also saw pre-tax profit climb 36% to £10.2m.

Throughout the year, PTSG completed a trio of acquisitions. Nimbus Lightning Protection Limited was acquired for £1m in January 2017; Brook Edgeley (Industrial Chimneys) Ltd (BEST) was concluded in July 2017 for £14m and UK Sprinklers Limited was snapped up in September 2017 for a total consideration of £2.5m.

John Foley, chairman of Premier Technical Services Group PLC, commented: “PTSG delivered a record performance in 2017, driven by strong organic growth and a number of highly successful acquisitions, including the largest acquisition made since the Group’s IPO in February 2015.

“During the year the Group took steps to diversify and reorganise the business, to further strengthen its foundation for future growth. Trading in 2018 has started well.

“We continue to review a number of acquisition opportunities and the Board is confident that the Group’s positive organic revenue and profit momentum will continue throughout the year”

PTSG is the UK’s leading provider of façade access and fall arrest equipment services, lightning protection and electrical testing, steeplejack and rope access services and fire solutions.

Headquartered in Castleford, West Yorkshire, the Group employs more than 600 people across 17 UK sites, who service more than 150,000 buildings across the whole of the UK for over 17,000 customers in a wide range of industries.

RSK snaps up Central Alliance http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/rsk-snaps-up-central-alliance/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/rsk-snaps-up-central-alliance/#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/rsk-snaps-up-central-alliance/ Cheshire-based environmental and engineering consultancy RSK Group has acquired Central Alliance Pre Construction Services, a pre-construction services company headquartered in Wakefield.

Central Alliance provides ground investigation, geo-construction, training, technology and survey services to the UK construction, defence, rail, utilities and transport sectors. It has work with high-profile clients, including Highways England and Network Rail.

The company's projects have included the Transpennine East and West rail schemes, A1 road widening schemes, saturated ground analysis for the M1 motorway, ground investigation on the A47, mobile mapping of the Sheffield Innovation Corridor, 3D laser scanning of UK canal locks and of National Grid electrical substations, and utility surveys for Sainsbury’s supermarket car park projects nationwide.

The deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions by RSK, which is based in Helsby. It follows the purchase of CJ Associates and Up and Under Group, as well as the merger with RSKW, in January, and the acquisition of acoustics, noise and vibration consultancy Cole Jarman and site investigation services business Ian Farmer Associates in November 2017.

Permira Debt Managers has backed RSK in making the acquisitions and the merger as part of a £140m funding package agreed in 2017 that will include about ten acquisitions for the group.

Dr Alan Ryder, chief executive at RSK, said: "I am delighted that RSK has been able to acquire Central Alliance. It is a great business with great people and great clients. Our plan is to invest in the company and to help it grow.

"I am delighted to welcome the 80 staff at Central Alliance and look forward to supporting their clients on all manner of interesting projects."

Richard Pidcock, joint managing director of Central Alliance, added: "I am looking forward to the opportunities we can unlock as part of the RSK group. They will ensure that Central Alliance can build on its great reputation for delivery and develop its innovations such as industry-leading satellite-based technology. We have a great team at Central Alliance and we all look forward to being part of the RSK family."

The acquisition of Central Alliance brings RSK’s headcount to more than 2,100 in 83 offices worldwide. The Central Alliance business will continue to operate under its existing brand. Richard Pidcock and Craig White will be the joint managing directors, and Jason Marbeck will join the board as the commercial director

NGC NETWORKS AT GO DIGITAL – LIVE! http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/ngc-networks-at-go-digital-live/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/ngc-networks-at-go-digital-live/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/ngc-networks-at-go-digital-live/ Business communications specialist NGC Networks is among the companies featuring at this month’s ‘Go Digital – Live!’.

The event, at Harrogate Convention Centre on 23 March, is hosted by the Digital Knowledge Exchange, part of the Digital Enterprise Business Support Programme.

Wakefield-based NGC Networks is exhibiting at Go Digital – Live! and its commercial manager Andrew Linley is among the speakers addressing key issues for business.

NGC Networks has partnered with alternative infrastructure provider CityFibre to deliver ultrafast, full-fibre internet connectivity to businesses in Yorkshire.

Andrew will share the benefits of adopting a full-fibre network and how Digital Enterprise funding can make this a cost-effective and viable option. 

He said: “The NGC Networks session will discuss the differences between internet connectivity available to businesses and how Yorkshire is bucking the trend and leading the way with superfast full-fibre internet connectivity giving the region’s businesses a competitive edge.”

Muz Mumtaz, programme manager for Digital Enterprise, will outline how businesses can apply for government grants to upgrade to faster broadband.

NGC Networks’ clients include mail order business Freeman Grattan Holdings, The Family Fund, Timpson, Manning Stainton Estate Agents, Puma UK, Lowell Group, The Car People and Sharp Business Systems.

NGC Networks has been listed as one of the 100 fastest growing technology businesses in the North of England by the Northern Tech Awards.


Plans approved for 150,000 sq ft speculative development in Pontefract http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/plans-approved-for-150000-sq-ft-speculative-development-in-pontefract/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/plans-approved-for-150000-sq-ft-speculative-development-in-pontefract/#comments Wed, 7 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/plans-approved-for-150000-sq-ft-speculative-development-in-pontefract/

Gregory Property Group has secured planning consent to develop an 11-acre brownfield site less than one mile from Junction 32 of the M62 motorway near Wakefield.

The Leeds-based developer plans to speculatively build 150,100 sq ft of production and distribution space r on a prominent site located just opposite Pontefract Racecourse.

‘Park 32’ is to offer four new units ranging from 12,000 sq ft up to 82,500 sq ft to suit a variety of occupiers such as trade counter, manufacturing and distribution.

The development is located adjacent to Park Side Retail Park which includes Wickes, Currys, PC World, Halfords and McDonald’s.

Travis Perkins already occupies a unit within the development.

Barry Gregory of Gregory Property Group said: “There is a clear lack of new, purpose built commercial space within the M62 corridor and the market indicates that demand is outstripping supply. We are confident that speculative build units on this prime site will engender good levels of interest from occupiers.

“The area is already undergoing major improvements with the former Prince of Wales Colliery under development and the vicinity of Junction 32 is attracting significant investment by leading funds”.

The Leeds office of property consultancy GVA has been appointed to market the scheme.

Director Rob Oliver said: “Park 32 is an exciting scheme that will bring much needed production and distribution space to this part of the local market.

“It’s close proximity to the M62 and A1(M) gives us great confidence that it will be well received and indeed we are in discussions with potential occupiers already.

“We are offering units of various sizes for the mid-range market with an excellent specification available on a leasehold basis.”

The site is located just off Junction 32 of the M62, where attractions include Xscape and Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Village. The new Axiom retail park and community stadium for Castleford Tigers is also proposed for the area for delivery by 2021.

MUSIC FUTURES HITS THE RIGHT NOTE FOR BUSINESS http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/music-futures-hits-the-right-note-for-business/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/music-futures-hits-the-right-note-for-business/#comments Wed, 7 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/music-futures-hits-the-right-note-for-business/ Wakefield’s reputation for nurturing talent within the music industry received a further boost this week as the first Music Futures masterclass took place at Wakefield One, bringing together leading experts from the music and live events industry to share their experiences with members of the district’s creative, digital and IT community.

Funded by AD:VENTURE, Music Futures kickstarted its programme for start-up businesses with the ‘Introduction to the Digital Music Industry’ masterclass, putting the spotlight on how labels, publishing and the Live Industry operates today in a digital world.

The session, which marked the first of 6 events that have been established to support this vibrant and emerging industry within the Leeds City Region, attracting an enviable line-up of entrepreneurs including Patrick Cloherty, Sentric Music; Steve Davis, SSD Concerts; Andy Smith, Kendal Calling; Kameil Sattar, Proper Music Distribution; Achal Dillon, Killing Moon and Rob Nancollas, Motive Unknown.

Jim Mawdsley from Generator, designers of the Music Futures programme comments: “There is real growth within live and recorded music, only this week the industry reported a six per cent growth and a contribution of £4.4 billion into the UK economy*.

“This is a staggering amount and demonstrates the opportunity for those starting out or considering a business within this innovative sector.

“Wakefield is already recognised for its forward-thinking approach, with Production Park and Tileyard each playing a role in inspiring and showcasing best in class. This programme provides the practical steps to help our local businesses push forward in the exciting industry and has received fantastic feedback from those who took part.”

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

Delegates at the event provided positive feedback including the following updates which we shared across twitter:

Scott Wilson: “Some great talks yesterday looking forward to the next session, massive thank you to the people who took the time to come and share their knowledge and experience #musicfutures @ADVENTURE_LCR @WakefieldFirst

Isaac Tyler: “Huge props to @ADVENTURE_LCR @Wakefieldfirst and @GeneratorNE for yesterday! A day filled with some great talks from some great people in the music industry.

Sue Dyde: “@isaactylermusic and I buzzing after today’s session. Highest quality input have ever experienced and people so approachable and genuinely interested. Gamechanger. #musicteacher #adventure.

As a fully funded business accelerator programme, Music Futures events are planned throughout the year with the next masterclass taking place on Thursday 15th March Wakefield One and focusing on opportunities for the Music Industry in AR / VR.

For further details about AD:VENTURE and the extensive range of business activities, master classes and grant support that is available to start-up and recently launched enterprises throughout the Leeds City Region, please visit www.adventure.org.uk  and for updates about Music Futures please follow #MusicFutures #ThinkAdventure.

FIRST CHOICE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF SUCCESS http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/first-choice-celebrates-25-years-of-success/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/first-choice-celebrates-25-years-of-success/#comments Tue, 6 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/first-choice-celebrates-25-years-of-success/ First Choice Recruitment, the trusted experts offering a personal approach for clients and candidates throughout the Wakefield district, is celebrating after reaching a key milestone; 25 years in business.

Launched by Andy Turner and Anne Lockwood in 1993, the business has since become the longest standing independent agency in Wakefield, supporting thousands of people to find employment across a diverse range of sectors including manufacturing, retail, hospitality and leisure.

The team of eight, based in the centre of Wakefield, work with a range of clients icluding leading blue-chip companies, SME’s and ‘one-man bands’ to meet with their recruitment needs and find the candidates that are right for each role.

Andy Turner comments: “Turning 25 is a big deal. Times have changed, there is no doubt about it, but we are very pleased to be one of the longest serving independent agencies in the Yorkshire region. Very few organisations can say that they have been around a quarter of a century and that they still love what they do!”

“We have so many stories to share and that’s what makes our day job so rewarding. Knowing you have made a difference to someone’s life and that you have helped them to reach their potential is a great feeling. It’s about building relationships and offering a personal service and that’s what we have always been about.”

With a selection of case studies to share, just one example would be Roy; a keen sportsman who after many years found himself out of work after being made redundant from his career in food preparation.

Despite having years of experience, Roy found it difficult to find a role that would allow him to transfer his skills.

Working with First Choice Recruitment, Roy was sent to a manufacturing and distribution facility and was given training as a temporary worker. The temporary position became permanent, which led to promotion in 2010, and as a Supervisor Roy could once again look forward to a career that he could rely on.

Roy is also looking forward to celebrating 25 years in his role as a Supervisor with the same company that he was placed in more than two decades ago. 

Roy comments: “When I was first made redundant I just didn’t know what to do. I’d never stepped inside a recruitment agency. It’s just not what I ever thought I would be doing! It’s fair to say when you work in the food industry you think you have a job for life. I hadn’t planned for anything else, this is all I knew.

“Thanks to First Choice I now love and believe in what I do. My family’s life style is just out of this world. It sounds daft, but coming from where I came from – a very humble beginning – I am now doing things that I never ever thought that I would be able to do and that’s going right back to First Choice and them giving me that opportunity.”

For further details about First Choice Recruitment please visit www.firstchoice-uk.co.uk or call 01924 201155.

Wakefield Builders Briefing http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-builders-briefing/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-builders-briefing/#comments Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/wakefield-builders-briefing/

BOOK NOW  for Wakefield Builders Briefing with Breakfast 8.30am-10am

Wednesday 14th March

FREE event for Housebuilders

When we’ll talk about skills development and business growth, business development and what funding there you might be able to tap into.

We are joined by Rachel Laybourne, who will tell you about Leeds City Region’s new careers campaign ‘futuregoals’, Suzanne Black who will be talking about construction skills and training at Wakefield College.  We’ve also have Pat Coffey who offers a range of business growth support and advice and finally Monica Costelloe from the CITB who will advise about funding opportunities for work based skills and training.

8.30 – 9.00           Registration from 8.30am – Hot drinks and breakfast sandwiches and a chance to mingle and network

9.00 – 9.10           Event Open and welcome

9.10 – 9.25           ‘Futuregoals for young people’, Rachel Laybourne, Education & Skills Strategy Manager, Wakefield Council Children and Young People’s Service

9.25 – 9.35           ‘Sustainable Construction with Wakefield College’, Suzanne Black, Head of Construction, Wakefield College

9.35 – 9.45           Business Development Support, Pat Coffey, Business Development Manager, Wakefield Council Economic Growth and Skills

9.45 – 10.00        ‘An Essential Ingredient for your Business – A CITB Adviser’, Monica Costelloe, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

We hope to see you there!

Date and Time: Wednesday 14th March, 8.30-10am

Venue: Hatfeild Hall, Normanton Golf Club, Aberford Road, Stanley WF3 4JP

TALENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF CHILDREN CELEBRATED IN WAKEFIELD DISTRICT http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/talents-and-achievements-of-children-celebrated-in-wakefield-district/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/talents-and-achievements-of-children-celebrated-in-wakefield-district/#comments Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/talents-and-achievements-of-children-celebrated-in-wakefield-district/ The Children of Achievement Awards, which celebrates the talents of young inspirational people from across the Wakefield district, is coming back for a second year when it takes place at Cedar Court Hotel on Saturday 23 June from 7pm – 12.30am.

Building on the success of last year’s event, which welcomed more than 200 business people and raised more than £7,000 for local charities, this year is set to be bigger and better than ever - starting with a champagne reception, followed by three-course meal and entertainment.

As the only event that is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of children in the district, the awards will share the stories of seven brave young people, giving them the recognition they deserve while also raising funds that will be used to support four beneficiaries; the Theatre Royal Wakefield, My Burns Club, Levi Star and The Laila Milly Foundation.

As well as delicious food and drink, guests will be entertained by a fantastic balloon artist and magician, along with singers and dancers before the seven winners are announced and receive certificates on stage.

Ian Taylor, Chairman of WACCL, hosts of the event, said: “We had no idea how successful Children of Achievement would be when we launched the event last year and how generously the business community would donate towards supporting young people within the district.

“That is why we are hosting the celebration for a second year and bringing back the opportunity for us to give young people, that have achieved some great things and who are the inspiration and talents of the future, the recognition that they deserve.

“We are encouraging companies to come forward to sponsor tables and for people to purchase tickets. In addition, we are appealing for anyone who feels they know of a young person who deserves an award to fill in a short application, which will be judged by an independent panel before the winners are announced.”

For further details about sponsorship and tickets please email ian@mediadisplays.tv and for an application form to submit the details of a young person that you feel deserves to win an award from any one of the seven categories please download www.waccl.co.uk/nominations  

Major retailers secured for 106-acre retail and leisure development http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/major-retailers-secured-for-106-acre-retail-and-leisure-development/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/major-retailers-secured-for-106-acre-retail-and-leisure-development/#comments Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/major-retailers-secured-for-106-acre-retail-and-leisure-development/

Plans to build a 106-acre ‘next generation’ retail and leisure destination with more than 75 retail, restaurant and leisure units, along with a 10,000 capacity Community Stadium, have moved forward.

The proposed development of Axiom, which will also be home to Castleford Tigers RLFC, is on land adjacent to the J32 shopping centre and Xscape off the M62. The development, which had previously been known as the Five Towns development, is expected to cost £135m and was given planning permission in September 2015.

Now Marks & Spencer, Primark, Next and Boots have signed leases for flagship regional stores at the development.

The developers, Lateral Property Group, have now acquired the site and received loan funding from Leeds City Region’s Revolving Investment Fund. Over £39m of community investment funding has been secured.

All pre-commencement infrastructure works have been completed, including diversion of a major overhead power line which used to cross the site. The site is now ready for construction to begin later on this year.

The development has received planning permission and will support around 1,100 FTE construction jobs a year over the 2.5 year build period.  The retail development will create in excess of 2,000 FTE on-site jobs.

Philip Lunn, co-founder of Lateral Property Group, said: “The world of retail is changing as technology and people’s lifestyles are evolving. Since securing planning permission we have worked with leading architects and experts from the retail and leisure industry on advancing the Axiom concept, to ensure that it is relevant in the new ‘Omni-Experience’ retail and leisure world.

“We believe that the technology-led shopping and leisure proposition offered by Axiom, alongside Junction 32 Outlet and Xscape, will make this a highly attractive regional destination.”

The developers said that research showed consumers are increasingly demanding more from their shopping locations. Global real estate specialists CBRE, joint leasing agents on Axiom, endorse this view. CBRE believes the shopping centre of tomorrow won’t just be built around the retail transaction. Instead, they will be mixed-use retail and leisure destinations that deliver experience in the form of discovery, experimentation, education and entertainment.

They say customers will seek out sustainable, open-air, mixed-use developments that blend innovative retail concepts and lifestyle amenities and will include green spaces and outdoor venues.

Rhodri Davies, UK Head of Retail at CBRE,: “There is a clear evolution of the physical store into showrooms where customers will test, try and play in-store.”

Lunn added: “With Axiom our aim has always been to incorporate the latest digital technologies, catering offers and leisure attractions so that the shopping is enhanced by an enjoyable leisure experience.

“I think about my family sitting around the breakfast table on a Saturday morning planning a day out. No other destination in the region will be able to match Axiom’s breadth of retail, leisure, sports and cultural offering. It will be the family destination of choice.”
Helen Nash, M&S’s UK Head of Property said: “We are very excited to be bringing customers a store in Axiom as it represents the next-generation regional shopping centre.”

Philip Lunn continued: “We’re grateful for the tremendous support provided by Wakefield Council and the Leeds City Region LEP. As a result of securing a loan from the City Region’s Revolving Investment Fund we have been able to carry out major enabling works which mean we can now move towards a full construction start later this year.”

Jacqui Gedman, chair of the Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund and Chief Executive Kirklees Council said: “We identified the significance of this project and the positive difference it can make to communities in the Five Towns area and provided ‘RIF’ development finance to support pre-development infrastructure and enabling works. Our assistance will help speed up delivery of over 2,000 new jobs in Leeds City Region.”

Andy Wallhead, Corporate Director of Regeneration and Economic Growth, Wakefield MDC said: “Wakefield are proud to be working in partnership with the Axiom team to deliver this significant development including a new home for Castleford Tigers.”

Roger Marsh OBE, chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), added: “The five towns area that surrounds Axiom is rich in heritage, strong in local pride and has a bright future. This project would further extend a nationally significant facility and add to the vibrancy of the five towns area.”