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Help to reduce waste in business

A helping hand for businesses in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire County Council has teamed up with Leeds City Council to produce a handbook full of tips and advice regarding the reduction of waste in businesses.

All businesses produce unnecessary waste which is costly and environmentally damaging. The aim of the handbook is to encourage businesses to think about new ways of disposing of this waste, for example recycling materials. In addition to this it will give advice about how to carry out waste audits and a guide to legislation.

County Councillor Clare Wood, executive member of waste disposal, said: “The handbook is an excellent resource for local businesses to help them find practical advice on reducing waste.”

The handbook has been funded through the Yorkshire and Humber Improvement Efficiency Partnership. It will be available to download from the commercial waste and recycling page of the business section at

North Yorkshire’s broadband vision set out at conference

Dozens of community groups, business leaders and industry figures have come together to discuss the future vision of broadband across North Yorkshire.

The event heard that around one third of North Yorkshire’s households get below average broadband speeds with many communities unable to get any connections at all.

North Yorkshire County Council set out their vision to enable as many people and businesses as possible to be connected to superfast broadband in the years ahead. The Government have nominated the County as one of four pilot areas to roll-out high speed connections and the vision is to use that as a catalyst to get the whole of North Yorkshire online.

The Broadband North Yorkshire website ( was also formally launched to provide a gateway for further information about the campaign.

Andrew Jones, Harrogate and Knaresborough MP

Almost 200 people attended the event held at Ripon Racecourse.

The campaign is supported by every Member of Parliament from across North Yorkshire and York including Foreign Secretary William Hague who recorded a video interview for the event.

Among the companies represented were BT, Virgin, Cable and Wireless, Avanti, the Post Office and Black Sheep Brewery. Organisations attending included the NHS, DirectGov, Race Online 2012, councils, charities and voluntary groups.

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, said:

“The campaign is great news for Harrogate and Knaresborough. Superfast broadband in North Yorkshire will mean improved communications capabilities for many local businesses and individuals, placing them in a better trading position and encouraging growth.

“As industry moves towards increased online trading, it is important that our local area does not get left behind. The government’s decision to pilot the roll-out of superfast broadband here ensures that we are at the forefront of this nationwide race for superfast internet connection.”

William Hague, Foreign Secretary and Member of Parliament for Richmond, said:

“It is an essential part of the infrastructure of our economic success in the future. Clearly public sector spending is not going to be the engine of growth in Britain or any European economy in the years to come.

“That means we need private sector expansion, we need businesses to be able to trade more easily with each other and we need the future economic recovery to be more evenly spread out across this country including in the North of England.

“So in the same way as high speed rail is important to the future of our economy including the North of England, high speed broadband is critical – it’s part of that infrastructure.”

A date was set for the next Broadband North Yorkshire Conference in one year’s time to assess the progress made as more of the County connect to broadband. It will take place at Ripon Racecourse on Saturday 11 February 2012.

Local businesses flying the flag at Venturefest

James Love and Darren Buttle

Two North Yorkshire businessmen will take centre stage at Venturefest Yorkshire next week – helping to put the county firmly on the map when it comes to worldwide trading.

Darren Buttle, CEO of ABF Europe and ABF USA, the innovative office furniture design and manufacturing business based in Hunsingore, near Wetherby, will join intellectual property lawyer James Love, of James Love Legal in Harrogate, as a keynote speaker at the event, which takes place at York Racecourse on Wednesday, 16 February.

The duo will talk on ‘Success in a Global Market’, focusing on the opportunities available to develop business internationally and how to avoid the mistakes made by others.

They will also highlight the role played in their success by UK Trade & Investment, which both credit as a major contributor to helping grow their businesses overseas.

“In the past 12 months we’ve expanded our European business, held successful trade events in the British Embassies in Paris, Madrid and Barcelona and established our new facility in Pennsylvania,” explained Mr Buttle. “We’re also looking at the Far East as a growing new market. UKTI has played a key part in helping ABF identify and explore these opportunities.”

Mr Love added: “UKTI has been essential in helping us obtain work from three visits to China and in marketing events in Europe and the USA. The majority of our case load now involves an international angle, and our success abroad was recognised recently in the prestigious national Law Society Excellence Awards.”

‘Success in a global market – Yorkshire companies reveal how they developed an international business, the benefits and how not to do it’ takes place from 10.45am to noon in The Voltigeur Suite, 3rd Floor, York Racecourse as part of Venturefest Yorkshire.

For more details on the event, visit

Darren Buttle will be available throughout Venturefest Yorkshire on the UKTI stand to offer independent, impartial advice on export strategy. He’s also happy to discuss the benefits of providing ‘a great meeting experiences’, a subject on which he advises some of the world’s largest companies.

New Support for Henshaws Means Business

Henshaws has welcomed a number of new corporate supporters to its Henshaws Means Business programme, including Hunters, VocaLink and Barclays Bank.

The businesses have pledged to help the charity, which provides a range of educational, residential, day-care and community services support for visually impaired and disabled people of all ages, with wide-ranging fund raising and promotional activities during 2011.

Henshaws Means Business has provided wide-ranging services such as visual impairment awareness training, disability etiquette training and disability advice and

consultancy since its launch in March 2009.

Supporters include hlw Commercial Lawyers and the Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

Henshaws Yorkshire CEO Caroline Smale said: “It’s tremendous that we’re

being approached by more companies who understand the business benefits of

embarking on a corporate social responsibility programme.”

Taking CSR on board: Hunters managing director Kevin Hollinrake

Jobs and economy boost for North Yorkshire

A new organisation dedicated to planning and promoting a prosperous economic future for York and North Yorkshire has been given the go-ahead by the Government.

The York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership will bring together business leaders and local authorities in a partnership dedicated to ensuring a flourishing private sector.

The Partnership was officially recognised today by the Government.

The process of recruiting private sector members of the board is now under way.

Shaun Watts, chairman of the Partnership steering group and President of the York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said the Government’s recognition was a “great step”.

He added: “It enables the private sector and the public sector to take co-ordinated action in driving job creation, prosperity, and investment.

“The LEP will lie at the heart of local decision-making, and sitting on the board will be a fantastic opportunity for business leaders to play an influential role in the growth and success of the local economy. We want the board to consist of the best people from a range of sectors.”

Besides the Chamber, the steering group involves key business organisations, including the Federation of Small Businesses, the Country Landowners and Business Association, the National Farmers Union, and local business groups.

“This is an exciting development which gives all of us in both the private and public sectors the chance to help shape the economic future of York and North Yorkshire,” said Councillor John Weighell, the Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, on behalf of the local authority partners in the new organisation.

The new LEP will work closely with existing Partnerships in the Leeds City region and the Tees Valley, as well as a Partnership being proposed for Hull, the East Riding, and Scarborough.

Further details on applying for Board membership can be obtained from Jonathan French, the Executive Manager of the York and North Yorkshire Partnership Unit on 01904 477974, or by email to More information can be found on the Partnership’s new website

New senior appointment for local branding agency

Jonathan Robson joins Bluestone Design

Jonathan Robson joins Bluestone Design of Harrogate after eight years as a leading figure in the growth of signage and graphics company, Ad Bells.

He is also a director of Connect Conference Services.

He explained: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed playing a part in making Ad Bells an established name, but I’m really excited about the opportunities that lie with Bluestone. It’s a fast-changing world, especially in the branding and digital media industry, and being able to offer clients a full service is essential. “I’ve built up a lot of contacts in the Yorkshire region and look forward to continuing to work with them.

Bluestone is a very forward-thinking company with big ambitions and I’m delighted to be part of it.”

The Bluestone Design team has also been bolstered in recent weeks with the appointment of additional designers in the studio, underlining the company’s expansion plans.

Managing director Jonathan Armstead said: “Bluestone is growing rapidly and it was definitely time to bring a sales director on board.

Jonathan has developed a reputation as one of the leading sales professionals in the region and has a focused, entrepreneurial attitude that will be invaluable for our future success. “It’s great to have him with us – his experience, knowledge and approach will really benefit the team.” Bluestone was created in 1998.

The business currently employs seven people at its head office just outside Harrogate and also has satellite offices in London and Edinburgh.

Voluntary & Community Sector leaders urged to raise profile

Leaders in the voluntary and community sector (VCS) are being urged to raise their profile in order to survive funding cuts.

According to a major player in Yorkshire’s voluntary sector and a profile management expert, it is really important for the future for voluntary organisations to maximise their exposure to showcase their great work.

Judy Robinson, Yorkshire & the Humber Forum

Judy Robinson, director of Yorkshire & the Humber Forum – the umbrella group for the region’s VCS, understands the need for the leaders of charities and social enterprises to come out of their shell and blow their own trumpets more so the public get their message. She said:

“The VCS does admirable work up and down the country, often in areas that the Government cannot reach. However, the industry has a habit of shying away from letting others know about their achievements.”

Judy attributes this to the modest nature of many volunteers and a lack of resources for public relations: “It is difficult to see profile raising as a priority amongst all of the other work that volunteers put in. However, as alternative means of funding have to be sourced, having a visible public profile is important for attracting interest and crucially money.”

Steve Wainwright of

Steve Wainwright, Chief Executive of reputation management company agrees with Judy. He said: “In business people buy from people. In the VCS the profiles of the senior people have not always been as crucial with central and local government funding channeled through different methods to those used in the private sector”

“If the Government is cutting those funding streams, then a private sector approach to funding will have to be taken on by the VCS.”

Steve recalls how he approached new business pitches during his 20 year career in the IT industry – nine of which as a director of a fully listed Stock Market company.

“Prior to a business pitch, I tried to find out as much as I could about the people I was presenting to. I found searching them to be unreliable, and there are few more embarrassing situations than recalling incorrect facts about someone you are trying to impress.

“Many times I longed for a current online profile that told me what that person was about and what they were looking for. Many organisations profile their employees on their websites, but the profiles are infrequently updated and important information is often forgotten about. Staying current is key to any successful online profile.”

Steve concluded: “Trustees with excellent business connections will be of great value to VCS organisations now. I would expect those organisations with the best connected trustees and directors to be first in line for private sector funding.”

Steve Wainwright, chief executive of and Judy Robinson, director of Yorkshire & the Humber Forum

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