Wakefieldfirst | Latest News Feed http://www.wakefieldfirst.com Latest News from WakefieldFirst Wed, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.srcreative.net/ Eric Richmond helping others to a slice of the pie …. http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/eric-richmond-helping-others-to-a-slice-of-the-pie-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/eric-richmond-helping-others-to-a-slice-of-the-pie-/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/eric-richmond-helping-others-to-a-slice-of-the-pie-/ Life of Pie

Just Like it started, Eric Richmond’s commitment and work ethic is ever growing with the latest addition to their 15 strong team, Dan Channer.

Via the ‘Access to Community and Employment’ scheme, after completing his time as a student at Pennine Camphill Wakefield and despite his learning difficulties plus mobility issues, Dan has showcased his skills becoming an instrumental part of the team for the champion butchers and Award winning Pie makers in Ossett. 

Dan started with just two hours per week and quickly showed his flair for preparing pastries and pasties to shop standard.

MD Tom Martin said “He really has impressed the team here … It’s not just about the work we have for Dan, it’s about what he brings to us. The whole team look forward to the days he works with us, everyone likes him and wants him to succeed. Unfortunately there is a stigma around people with learning disabilities and people frequently are faced with being told what they can’t do rather than finding out what others are actually good at & allowing these individuals to show their talents”

So what’s next on the agenda for the Eric Richmond team you might be thinking .. Tom Martin went on to tell us how it’s time to pull out all the stops for the Christmas rush. Christmas is an extremely busy time for the company making 4 x as many pies as any other week in the year and each of those pies is probably 4 x as big. The pièce de résistance for Christmas are their specialist festive recipe pies, including, Game, Ham and the traditional turkey with cranberry sauce & stuffing pies. Of course, it goes without saying that all Eric Richmond ingredients are sourced as locally as possible. Showcasing their individuality and hand made products Eric Richmond are always happy to create customers owns recipes. To find out more about Eric Richmond and their ethos visit www.meatandpie.co.uk

Click here to view how it all started for Dan at Eric Richmond https://www.dropbox.com/s/rvf1h18xqwsu1ep/Dan%27s%20Story%20ACE%20Edit1.mp4?dl=0

Former student returns to buy Wakefield College site http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/former-student-returns-to-buy-wakefield-college-site/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/former-student-returns-to-buy-wakefield-college-site/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/former-student-returns-to-buy-wakefield-college-site/ Former student returns to buy Wakefield College site

Wakefield College is pleased to announce the sale of its Thornes Park Campus to Wakefield-based, award-winning humanitarian charity Penny Appeal. Founded by local entrepreneur and former College student, Adeem Younis, Penny Appeal will unveil plans for the site in the coming weeks.

College Principal, Sam Wright said: “We are delighted to have agreed the sale of the Thornes Park Campus to such a fantastic charity and one with a strong community focus. Adeem’s time studying at the Thornes Park Campus, left a lasting mark on him, and I’d like to think we helped shape him into becoming the successful businessman and entrepreneur he is today. 

“We are extremely proud of what Adeem has achieved and are delighted we have secured a deal that benefits all parties involved.  We look forward to working with Penny Appeal during the transition period. Plans are well underway and on schedule for the refurbishment of the former Registry of Deeds building, as well as the formation of the Creative and Digital Arts Centre at the City Campus. I’m certain the facilities at the Thornes Park Campus will be put to great use by Penny Appeal.”

Commenting on the purchase, Adeem Younis added: “I know the value and power of local investment, I am a product of it. As a businessman and humanitarian, I credit much of my success to my time at Wakefield College. Just as Wakefield invested in me, Penny Appeal is investing back. The Medina (simply meaning city or town), will be a unique landmark that represents a long term multi-million-pound strategy from Penny Appeal into the infrastructure and all communities of Wakefield. This commitment will create jobs across the region and a sustained contribution to the local economy.

“The charity has a long list of strategic partners and renowned ambassadors who will engage with the new site,” continued Adeem, “these include The Baroness Warsi Foundation, Amir Khan Foundation and a number of initiatives linked to famous singer songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens.”

Ossett Brewery opens new craft beer concept in Leeds city centre http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/ossett-brewery-opens-new-craft-beer-concept-in-leeds-city-centre/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/ossett-brewery-opens-new-craft-beer-concept-in-leeds-city-centre/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/ossett-brewery-opens-new-craft-beer-concept-in-leeds-city-centre/ Ossett Brewery opens new craft beer concept in Leeds city centre

Acting on behalf of Ossett Brewery, CBRE Leeds’ specialist markets team has advised on the acquisition of a unit at 26 East Parade in Leeds city centre.

The property is being transformed into a new craft beer and gin concept under the Craft Asylum brand.

Ossett Brewery has acquired the new unit to extend its Salt beer brand through two craft centred venues - the first Craft Asylum bar launched in the venue formerly known as Candlebar in Granary Wharf last Friday (November 16).

The second Craft Asylum at 26 East Parade, Leeds, just off Greek Street, will open its doors on Friday November 30.

Sam Potrykus, senior surveyor for the specialist markets team in Leeds, said: “We are delighted to confirm the deal on 26 East Parade for Ossett Brewery.

“Craft Asylum will be ideally situated fronting the rejuvenated Greek Street area, home to many of the high end bars and restaurants in Leeds.

“Yorkshire may be the spiritual home of the traditional English bitter, but the craft beer scene has a huge following throughout the UK and is growing in popularity year on year.

“We think Craft Asylum will give a real boost to the bar scene along East Parade and Greek Street.”

Craft Asylum is a concept set to showcase modern beers from Salt and guest breweries.

Salt is a micro-brewery and brews many beers in keg, can and cask formats, including IPAs, NEIPAs, stouts and lagers.

The taproom will feature brewery tours, a DJ booth, touring bands, comedy nights, viewing mezzanines, a gift shop and wood-fired pizza.

Jamie Lawson, owner of Ossett Brewery, added: “The vision for Salt has been three years in the making, a concept that began with an idea to brew some beer at the back of the Hop in Saltaire, has now evolved into something much greater than we could have ever imagined.

“The vision has now extended beyond the brewery as we aim to showcase the best in craft beers and gin, in a modern pub environment.”

Will Hepplewhite at Pudney Shuttleworth advised the vendor.

Have your say on how the Council spends its budget in 2019-20 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/have-your-say-on-how-the-council-spends-its-budget-in-2019-20-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/have-your-say-on-how-the-council-spends-its-budget-in-2019-20-/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/have-your-say-on-how-the-council-spends-its-budget-in-2019-20-/ Have your say on how the Council spends its budget in 2019-20

As we head into Christmas and New Year, we’re consulting on how the Council budget should be spent in 2019/20 and we’re actively seeking the views of local businesses.

Things such as domestic abuse, homelessness, care in old age, insecure jobs, low pay and keeping vulnerable children safe are all real issues in this district right now, but they only affect a few people directly. Unlike other issues that affect nearly everyone such as bins, litter and roads.

We want the Wakefield district to be a place where people thrive, businesses succeed and visitors are welcome.

To achieve this, we’re planning to align the Council budget to support the delivery of our priorities:

·Successful businesses – Growing a higher value economy and creating good jobs.

·Successful people – Reducing inequalities, growing skill levels, enabling a good quality of life and supporting families.

·Successful places – Celebrating a unique cultural offer and creating vibrant communities that are better connected.

·Successful council – Ambitious, enterprising, dedicated and efficient in delivering excellent services.

Our challenge is to try and balance the delivery of services that affect everyone, along with delivering services that only affect a few.

Cuts in our Government funding, and increase demand for some services mean we need to deliver things differently and find new ways of funding what we do.

We’re asking for views on where we should invest our budget to best focus on our priorities, help businesses thrive and improve the lives of residents. To give your views please visit here

A copy of the 2018/19 budget can be found here

The consultation is open until Sunday 6 January 2019 after which the views collected will be used to inform the budget proposals for 2019/20, which will be published on 5 February 2019.




Half-year profits rise at 600 Group http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/half-year-profits-rise-at-600-group/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/half-year-profits-rise-at-600-group/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/half-year-profits-rise-at-600-group/ Half-year profits rise at 600 Group

Pre-tax tax profit has grown by more than a third in the half-year results for engineering business 600 Group.

The Heckmondwike-based group reported an underlying pre-tax profit of $1.46m (£1.14m), up 36 per cent from $1.07m (£832,000) in the same period of 2017.

Revenue also increased to $32.8m (£25.5m) from $32.2m (£25m) the previous year.

During the period, 600 Group undertook a pensions transaction which has freed it from the risks associated with $270m of scheme liabilities. It said this will de-risk the group's balance sheet and secure the UK scheme for its some 2,000 pensioners and 800 deferred members through a buy-in insurance policy with Pension Insurance Corporation Plc.

Paul Dupee, executive chairman of the 600 Group, said: "We are pursuing a strategy to build a global industrials business. In the period we made further progress in de-risking the Group, both operationally and financially, as we create a more flexible platform from which to leverage the strength of the Group's brands and grow the business into increasingly diversified niche markets worldwide."

"As previously announced, the buy-out of the group's $270m pension liabilities will significantly de-risk the group's balance sheet, with the expected $4m - $5m post-tax cash surplus providing improved financial flexibility.

"Despite certain macro-economic and political uncertainties across our end markets, enquiry and quotation activity remains good with revenue visibility underpinned by an improved orderbook. I am also pleased to announce an interim dividend of 25p per share, reflecting the board's confidence in the Group's prospects and the significant opportunity ahead."

Swim start-up in Ossett and Sandal makes a splash http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/swim-start-up-in-ossett-and-sandal-makes-a-splash-/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/swim-start-up-in-ossett-and-sandal-makes-a-splash-/#comments Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/swim-start-up-in-ossett-and-sandal-makes-a-splash-/ West Yorkshire based swim school is celebrating rapid growth as it enters its third year in business.

Founded by young entrepreneur, Nathaniel Birkett, 29, The Swim Specialist has increased turnover by 90% and grown membership numbers by 67% in 2018.

The firm has taught more than 1,300 people to swim since opening its doors in June 2016 and has ambitious plans to reach one million people by 2025.

This will be achieved through the firm’s innovative swimming lessons and online resources including a YouTube channel which currently attracts views from across the globe including America, Canada, Australia, India, Italy and Germany.

The Swim Specialist operates in four locations across West Yorkshire including Ossett, Sandal, Brighouse, Drighlington. The company also has offices in Leeds city centre. 

Designed for all ages and abilities, The Swim Specialist helps clients learn to swim, improving stroke technique through the use of games, themes and challenges tailored to the individual.

Founder, Nathaniel who has an undergraduate degree in sports coaching from Leeds Beckett University, established The Swim Specialist after spending three years coaching various sports teams abroad. 

Nathaniel completed a year in America, where he trained several youth football teams and two years in Mallorca, Spain as a swim instructor and activities team leader.

In 2017, Nathaniel was successful in securing a place on the UK’s largest free business growth accelerator programme, Natwest Business Accelerator. 

The Swim Specialist now has plans to make two new hires before the end of 2018 and secure two new locations in West Yorkshire by September 2019.

Commenting on the company's growth, Nathaniel said: “I am delighted by how far The Swim Specialist has come. It’s been an exciting journey and we have some really interesting plans in the pipeline.

“It’s not just about delivering swimming lessons for us; it’s about surpassing customer expectations and creating added value.

“I had a ‘light bulb’ moment when teaching a young Swedish boy on holiday in Mallorca. Despite the language barrier, I was able to transform the child’s water confidence through my imaginative approach to teaching. I wanted to share these skills with the rest of the world.

“The Swim Specialist is keen to create a nurturing environment for all our swimmers and we believe that taking a holistic approach to teaching, yields the quickest results. Our sessions are strategically planned, monitored and evaluated to ensure the best possible outcome for each individual.”

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Positive sales quarter for listed Card Factory http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/positive-sales-quarter-for-listed-card-factory/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/positive-sales-quarter-for-listed-card-factory/#comments Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/positive-sales-quarter-for-listed-card-factory/ Positive sales quarter for listed Card Factory

Wakefield-headquartered listed retailer Card Factory has seen group revenue during the night months to 31 October increased by +3.4% (2018: +6.7%).

In a trading update this morning, the company said that during Q3, store LFL sales of +0.1% improved the year-to-date store LFL to -0.5%, “reflecting an improvement in the performance of our core Everyday Card product category and increased average spend.”

Its website sales grew +47.3% in the third quarter, bringing YTD Card Factory website growth to +70.9%. Including the  growth delivered by the Card Factory website, overall Card Factory LFL performance for the quarter was +0.4%.

Sixteen new UK stores were opened in the third quarter, bringing UK store openings to 41 with one new store in Republic of Ireland. As a result, the total number of stores as at 31 October was 963 including seven trial stores in Republic of Ireland. Card Factory said: “The business remains on track to deliver approximately 50 net new UK stores in the current financial year and has a solid pipeline of new store opportunities for the next financial year.”

Card Factory added: “Getting Personal continues to face a market environment defined by heavy discounting and increasing customer acquisition costs. The business is focused on delivering profitable sales via lower cost acquisition channels, and continues to be a profitable contributor to the group.”

As at 31 October, net debt, before deduction of capitalised debt costs, totalled £172m (2018:  £156m). The £12.2m increase since the FY19 interim results reflects the planned build-up of stock for the forthcoming Christmas trading period.

A 2.9 pence interim dividend and 5 pence special dividend announced on 25 September, amounting in total to £27m, will be paid to shareholders on 14 December.

 Karen Hubbard, Card Factory’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Despite the continuation of challenging high street trading conditions, we delivered positive LFL sales in the third quarter, marking a slight improvement on the LFL performance seen in the first half. This reflected further growth in average spend and improved performance of our redesigned Everyday ranges, in addition to our growing Card Factory online business.

“The business faces reduced, but ongoing, external cost pressures such as national living wage and foreign exchange-related input cost increases; the latter is expected to ease in FY20. We remain focused on mitigating these headwinds with our ongoing programme of business efficiencies.

“Given our new ranges and our seasonal performance to date, we approach our Christmas trading period with confidence.  We also remain positive about the growth prospects for the business over the medium term.”

Pontefract headquartered HARIBO to launch in designer York outlet this month ... http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/pontefract-headquartered-haribo-to-launch-in-designer-york-outlet-this-month--/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/pontefract-headquartered-haribo-to-launch-in-designer-york-outlet-this-month--/#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/pontefract-headquartered-haribo-to-launch-in-designer-york-outlet-this-month--/ UK confectionery manufacturer, HARIBO is opening its second outlet store at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York.

Officially launching on Thursday November 22, the 1,487 sq ft unit follows the unveiling of the London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park, in 2017.

Rebecca Fox, retail manager at HARIBO, said: “Having our own stores has been on our agenda for some time.

“It’s a move that is integral to our growth strategy and to driving our success as we continue to showcase our range and communicate our fantastic brand personality and strength across the UK.

“With such a diverse mix of leading brands and strong footfall the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York is the perfect location for us and further builds on the success that we have seen from our first outlet store in London, bringing us closer to achieving our ambitious retail plans.”

As a family-owned business, HARIBO has been making sweets for nearly 100 years. Launching into the UK market in 1972, HARIBO operates two manufacturing facilities in West Yorkshire, home to more than 700 staff members.

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York’s centre manager, Mike Thomas, added: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming the HARIBO store to our portfolio.

“The brand will be a great addition to our diverse collection, and will no doubt be a firm favourite amongst our customers and just in time for Christmas as well.”

Channel 4 HQ plans to be explored after “breakthrough” moment http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/channel-4-hq-plans-to-be-explored-after-breakthrough-moment/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/channel-4-hq-plans-to-be-explored-after-breakthrough-moment/#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/channel-4-hq-plans-to-be-explored-after-breakthrough-moment/ A meeting next week is set to discuss the next steps following the landmark news that Channel 4 has chosen Leeds as the location for its national HQ and to explore the wider impact the decision has on the screen and creative sectors in the Leeds City Region which includes Wakefield.

The Channel 4 decision to relocate outside London is set to lead to up to 250 jobs being based in the Leeds national headquarters.

Early estimates from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are that the decision will contribute to more than 1,200 new jobs in the next ten years, and a cumulative impact of £1.2bn to the Leeds City Region economy.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: "The announcement by Channel 4 to locate their national HQ in Leeds was a breakthrough moment for the city, and the start of a truly formidable partnership with the major broadcaster.

"Moving forward from the announcement, we are working closely with Channel 4 to ensure we use the momentum the news has generated as a catalyst for wider transformation of the TV/Film and creative sectors across the city region, as well as a chance to boost our economy, create more local jobs and create opportunities for our young people to further enhance the diversity of the sector.

"Leeds and the city region have a unique opportunity which will allow a huge host of benefits to be recognised by the wider ecosystem and must not be missed. As a partnership we will work proactively to make sure Channel 4's influence is felt within in the city region, especially Bradford and York and across the wider North and East of the country.

"We will be looking to develop initiatives which will maximise the investment benefits of Channels 4's decision, be that through developing new skills and training initiatives within the TV/Film sector, working with schools and education providers, as well as looking at expanding the TV, film and production capacity in Leeds.

"There are very exciting times ahead, and we look forward to the huge impact this will have on a number of sectors in the city, and look forward to seeing this come to fruition in the near future."

Redrow’s Montpellier semi, available at St John’s Mews, Wakefield and viewable as a fully furnished show home at Aspen Park, in Garforth http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/redrows-montpellier-semi-available-at-st-johns-mews-wakefield-and-viewable-as-a-fully-furnished-show-home-at-aspen-park-in-garforth/ http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/redrows-montpellier-semi-available-at-st-johns-mews-wakefield-and-viewable-as-a-fully-furnished-show-home-at-aspen-park-in-garforth/#comments Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/news/all/redrows-montpellier-semi-available-at-st-johns-mews-wakefield-and-viewable-as-a-fully-furnished-show-home-at-aspen-park-in-garforth/ Redrow’s Montpellier semi, available at St John’s Mews, Wakefield and viewable as a fully furnished show home at Aspen Park, in Garforth


WOULD-BE homeowners keen to see exactly what they can expect at a Wakefield development can now take a short trip for a first-hand view.

St John’s Mews is a brand-new development from Redrow, close to Wakefield town centre, on the site of the former West Yorkshire Police training facilities in Westfield Road.

More than 100 new two, three and four-bedroom homes from Redrow’s Georgian-influenced Regent Collection will eventually be built here, with available homes currently starting from £339,950.

Among them is the Montpellier four-bedroom, three-bathroom semi, from £344,950.

With a show home due to open in December, the St John’s Mews homes are already for sale ‘off-plan’, with all the advantages that can bring; such as a wider choice of homes, the pick of position within the development and more opportunity for customers to personalise their home through specification choices plus optional extras and upgrades available through ‘My Redrow’.

 “However, we understand that some people prefer to view a house before they buy it and the good news is that now they can,” says Patsy Aicken, sales director for Redrow Homes (Yorkshire).

“We’ve opened a fully furnished Montpellier show home at our Aspen Park at Roundwood development in nearby Garforth, which is about a 20 minute drive away.  For those who just can’t wait until we open the doors to a Montpellier in Wakefield it’s a chance to see everything this beautiful home has to offer.”

The Montpellier makes the very most of its three floors and, because it’s been expanded upwards instead of out, it’s competitively priced for a family sized four-bedroom home. Downstairs is a spacious lounge, plus a kitchen and dining area overlooking the garden that’s perfect for family life, dinners and get-togethers.

On the first floor is the master bedroom with en-suite shower room, a second bedroom and family bathroom. On the floor above are two more bedrooms and another bathroom, making this space perfect for older children or guests.

And if a trip to Garforth whets homebuyers’ appetites, Redrow has some incentives to make owning a new home at St John’s Mews an even tastier treat.

Initiatives like the Government backed Help to Buy equity loan can reduce a customer’s initial outlay by up to 20% and means they may only need a 5% deposit to secure a brand new home.  Recently announced regional price caps won’t kick in for a couple of years so, for now, Help to Buy is still available on new homes up to £600,000.

For those with an existing property to sell, Redrow’s Mastermove scheme could be the answer – using a local estate agent to help find them a buyer and contributing to estate agent fees.

For more information about St John’s Mews call in to the sales office, usually open Thursday to Monday between 10am to 5.30pm, visit www.redrow.co.uk/stjohnsmews or call 01924 589480.

And for a sneak preview of the Montpellier home don’t forget to visit Aspen Park, Garforth, which has similar opening times: visit here.