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  • Writing their own script
    Information technology in the modern world is ubiquitous. From social media, banking on the go, to the shop in your pocket, everything just seems to be effortless. Every time you pinch a photo, swipe a story or scroll through the infinitely expanding digital universe, there is a little bit of code running to make your […]
  • Chamber members collaborate to help children create their own history
    Mightier than the sword Next year the Royal Armouries is looking to launch ‘Mightier than the sword’, a project inspired by a rare manuscript in the museum’s collection. I.33 is a fourteenth century illustrated sword-fighting manual. Remarkably the illustrations feature a young female fighter named as Walpurgis, whose story is unknown. The project is to […]
  • Removing barriers for female start ups
    The Alison Rose Review looked into the barriers facing female entrepreneurs and outlined a number of recommendations to improve female start-up and scale-up rates. Implementing the recommendations could contribute an additional £250 billion to the UK economy. The review, which was sponsored by NatWest’s CEO of Commercial and Private banking Alison Rose, found five key […]
  • Space for high flyers
    Barclays has been revealed as the major new partner at Avenue HQ, a new, flexible workspace which recently opened in Leeds to support the city’s growing entrepreneurial business community. ‘Avenue HQ Leeds, supported by Eagle Labs’ becomes the second partnership between Avenue HQ and Barclays, following the success of their first site in Liverpool. The […]
  • Pecan hit the sweet spot
    We spoke with Graham Kingston, Managing Director of Pecan Deluxe Candy Europe, to find out about business, Brexit and winning a business award. What business does Pecan Deluxe do and what is your role in it? My name’s Graham Kingston, I am the Managing Director of Pecan Deluxe Candy Europe. We are a bakery & […]
  • Good lawyers talk to you about your business
    Luisa D’Alessandro, Commercial Partner at Schofield Sweeney works in contract law, covering all types of commercial agreements. Her practice includes the digital sector including IT contracting, e-commerce and data protection.  Data protection has become a hot topic over the last year, with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What impact has this […]
  • Put your best foot forward
    A business that started at a kitchen table is now selling in shops, online and in homes all around the world. We talk to Mark Granger, Director of Operations at Pavers, about the history, successes and challenges of running a global business with over 1,700 staff and over 170 stores in the UK and Ireland. […]
  • Digital Dales
    We live in an unprecedented era of technological advances and it is easy to take for granted the speed at which change is happening. What seemed impossible just ten, five or even one year ago is now viewed with a mild indifference. Think about it, how we interact, travel, consume and survive is being continuously […]
  • Cyber security – A personnel issue
    All businesses collect and store data. However despite the impact technology now has on our everyday lives, most of us until very recently have been blissfully unaware of the genuine threats we now face in this everchanging digital landscape. There is an undeniable a growing sophistication coming from within the cyber-crime community that shows a […]
  • Yorkshire roots
    Tong garden centre has been on a journey of progression of late, the over 30-year-old retail landmark on the outskirts of Bradford has been undergoing a renaissance with new owner Mark Farnsworth at the helm. Mark took on the site in 2015 and since then has worked tirelessly to build his vision of what service […]
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