Monday, October 22, 2018

News: Businesses celebrate success at Chamber awards

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More than 500 representatives from South Yorkshire's business community came together to celebrate the achievements of local businesses over the past twelve months at one of the most prestigious business events on the local calendar - the Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards.

Taking place at Magna in Rotherham and hosted by TV and Radio Broadcaster Stephanie Hirst, the awards were sponsored by University Centre Rotherham and recognised the special achievements of local companies, charities and individuals for the outstanding contribution they have made.

The highly coveted title of "Business of the Year" was presented to Barnsley-based LNS Turbo UK (pictured) whilst Sheffield-based Molly's Fund was awarded the title of Chamber Charity of the Year and received £3,000 cash donation from Fortem.

Special recognition was also given to Julie Kenny CBE DL who was presented with the lifetime achievement award, whilst David Thackrah of IVS Materials Handling was awarded the Business Person of the Year.

The awards also recognised young individuals who are taking the first steps in their career and Katie Andrew of Liberty Speciality Steels won the Apprentice of the Year Award, with Armands Velavs of Code Green and Bryn Roberts of NPS Barnsley receiving highly commended.

Rotherham winners included the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, MGB Plastics and Grimm & Co.

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Andrew Denniff, chief executive of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber, said: "This year's awards has seen a record number of entries, culminating in a sell out event which proved to be a memorable evening which celebrated the achievements of businesses of all shapes and sizes based in the region.

"I would like to congratulate the winners on the evening, especially our newly crowned business of the year LNS Turbo. The success of the event illustrates some of the truly amazing work which is being undertaken in our region, from the new and promising companies who have a bright future ahead of them to established companies who are celebrating milestone anniversaries."

The winners:

Brook Corporate Developments Most Promising New Business Award
- Winner – Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust
- Highly Commended – CSP Systems Ltd
- Highly Commended – Knowledge Bank

SheelPhalt Harsco Business Community Impact Award
- Winner – De Hood CIC
- Highly Commended – Rejus Limited
- Highly Commended – XPO Logistics

Russell Richardson Environmental Commitment Award
- Winner – MGB Plastics
- Highly Commended – Bizspace (Ltd.) Rotherham
- Highly Commended – Free Running Buildings Ltd

Enzygo Apprentice of the Year Award
- Winner – Katie Andrews – Liberty Speciality Steels
- Highly Commended – Armands Velavs – Code Green
- Highly Commended – Bryn Roberts – NPS Barnsley

The Cloud Co. Marketing Campaign of the Year Award
- Winner – 0114 Marketing
- Highly Commended – Hallam FM's Cash for Kids
- Highly Commended – Pyronix Limited

Chamber Skills Solutions Skills Development Award
- Winner – MED-EL UK Ltd
- Highly Commended – Impelling Solutions Ltd
- Highly Commended – XPO Logistics

Finance For Enterprise Business Growth Award
- Winner – Enzygo Limited
- Highly Commended – Azzure IT
- Highly Commended – IVS Materials Handling

National Fluid Power Centre Innovation in Manufacturing Award
- Winner – LNS Turbo UK Ltd
- Highly Commended – CEAG Limited
- Highly Commended – MGS Plastics

Pyronix HikVision Excellence in Customer Service Award
- Winner – IT Desk (UK) Ltd
- Highly Commended – Brook Corporate Developments
- Highly Commended – DEB Chartered Accountants

Rotherham Together Partnership Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Award
- Winner – Grimm & Co
- Highly Commended – MAGNA
- Highly Commended – TWESH – The Weddings Event Supplier Hub

Shorts Business Person of the Year Award
- Winner – David Thackrah – IVS Materials Handling
- Highly Commended – Andy Adams – T3 Training & Development
- Highly Commended – Ian Faulkner – Code Green

Chamber's Charity of the Year Award – In association with Fortem
- Winner – Molly's Fund
- Highly Commended – Grimm & Co
- Highly Commended – Royal British Legion

Salute to business:
- 15 years: Jeremy Neal Independent Funeral Directors
- 30 years: Morthyng Group Limited
- 40 years: Russell Richardson & Sons
- 50 years: Derek Hattersley & Son Printers

BR Chamber website

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News: Gulliver's to bring forward accommodation to first phase at Rotherham resort

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£1.5m of investment looks to be heading to Rotherham to support the Gulliver's Valley leisure development and help bring forward further accommodation into the first phase.

The cash is being set aside by the Sheffield city region to support the £37m Gulliver's Valley development where work has recently got underway on land alongside Rother Valley Country Park.

A year round destination aimed at 2 - 13 year olds is being created which includes a theme park hub, woodland adventure centre, ecology and education centre, lodges, hotels and a holiday village.

Rothbiz has previously reported on the risks encountered by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority (CA) and its large scale investment programme that is backed by the Government's Local Growth Fund (LGF).

Infrastructure projects such as the Superfast South Yorkshire broadband scheme and the BRT North transport scheme have utilised cash from the six year, £360m pot, but with projects that have underspent, or where spend has slipped into later years, the programme was opened up to ensure that the city region spends all of its growth funding.

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A £400,000 grant from the Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund (SCRIF), and a £1.1m loan, is being sought that would be used for new the junction from the A618 to open up the site with further work planned on developing the centre.

The business case outlines that the funding will support the £7.5m first phase and 93 new jobs. It would enable Gulliver's to invest £6m and accelerate the creation of accommodation on the site.

The documents state: "This project specifically will accelerate delivery of elements of the visitor accommodation planned as part of the Resort, bringing forward accommodation units into phase 1 of the development (to open in 2020) rather than being delivered in phase 2 of the scheme (2024). This acceleration of visitor accommodation delivery will establish the resort as a short stay destination from day one of operation.

"Gulliver's has already completed three similar projects, all of which have been self funded and profitable. As a business, Gulliver's do not take on any project that they do not consider to be a viable proposition, nor one that would have a negative impact on the company values. By building on a phased approach with each phase funding the next one, the build out will be steady, but crucially will not be encumbered by heavy financing costs that many larger scale developments carry.

"However, costs associated with the project have increased significantly due to the complexity of the site's history and difficult access arrangements from the highway network. The site was a former pit, open cast mine and has been used historically as a landfill site. The A618 is a busy route that will require increased traffic management measures to facilitate access to Gulliver's Valley."

In the North of the borough, Rotherham Council is close to securing a grant of £1.6m for around 17,000 sq ft of new floor space at its Century Business Centre for office and clean manufacturing "move on" space.

The £3.2m project for phase 2 plans to generate 110 gross additional jobs by 2024/25. Operated by RiDO, the regeneration arm of Rotherham Council, since it was built in 2000, Century has enjoyed occupancy rates of over 96% in the last three years.

A final sign off from the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority is expected next week.

Gulliver's Valley website
RiDO website
SCR website

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News: Rotherham precision engineers on upward trajectory

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Swallownest Engineering Ltd, a Rotherham-based specialist provider of precision engineering solutions, is on track to grow its workforce and increase its turnover by a further 15% this year following a £100,000 investment from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).

With premises on the Nine Trees Trading Estate at Thurcroft, the leading engineering providers have been servicing a wide range of businesses and industries with the "complete engineering solution" for over 30 years.

The investment from UKSE, a subsidiary of Tata Steel committed to investing in businesses looking to grow, has enabled business owners Ian McCrossan, Steve Sample and Mike Smith to press ahead with business plans which will see turnover reach over £2.2m this year, a £500k improvement over the last two years.

Currently a team of 26, the funding has provided working capital for the appointment of three engineering specialists over the last four months, with plans to appoint more skilled machine workers later in the year.

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Mike Smith, a former steel industry man and head of finance for Toyota at Derby (pictured, far right), said: "We are delighted to have received this investment from UK Steel Enterprise, which has immediately helped us to drive the business forward. By increasing our cash flow, we have been able to appoint extra employees who have increased efficiency and productivity.

"Our skill is in the ability to adapt and provide engineers with the replacement parts they want, when they want them. UK manufacturing output is at its highest for ten years, which has helped us to maintain our recent progress and with the support of the UK Steel Enterprise funding, we are confident we can continue on our upward trajectory."

Allan Wood from UKSE (pictured second right), added: "Over the last ten years the management team have worked hard to rebuild Swallownest Engineering after 2006 when its major customer closed its Sheffield production facilities and moved the orderbook to Finland, resulting in a loss in turnover of over £1.5m.

"Our connection with the company goes back over 15 years and we are pleased that we have once again been able to support its current growth plans."

Swallownest Engineering website
UKSE website

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Friday, October 19, 2018

News: New bar and restaurant planned for Old Post Office

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Fresh from renovating the George Wright Building, an inspired Rotherham businessman is looking to put his unique stamp on the town centre again with a new regeneration project.

Mark Mcgrail, owner of SME Environmental Holdings, led a £500,000 revamp of the George Wright Building - a Grade II listed "hidden gem" - which reopened as as boutique hotel, bar and restaurant earlier this year. It followed on from the completion of the 1915 Bar & Bistro on Domine Lane.

Now plans have been submitted by SME for the conversion of the Old Post Office building on Main Street / Market Street for commercial and residential use.

Sitting alongside 1915 and Westgate Chambers - which has had its own redevelopment plans approved - the Old Post Office has most recently been used as offices for the likes of Rotherham Rise, Direct Learning and Ant Marketing. It has around 6,600 sq ft of floorspace over four flours.

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The plans, drawn up by Self and White Design, are for a change of use to enable a restaurant, bar and kitchen to be created on the ground floor and cellar, with residential apartments on the first and second floors.

Proposals show that space could be created for 84 covers in the restaurant areas with the kitchen in the cellar.

Six residential units could be created on the first and second floors - a mix of studios, one and two bedroomed apartments - with separate access from the bar and restaurant.

The plans state: "The site is in a key location within Rotherham town centre with the potential to be a key component in the rejuvenation of Rotherham. It will bring vibrant leisure facilities and high quality residential accommodation right in the heart of Rotherham.

An end user for the bar and restaurant is not named in the plans but a potential Bierhalle, a Bavarian themed establishment, has already been announced for Rotherham.

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Whilst not a listed building, the attractive Victorian property is on Rotherham Civic Society's local list which compiles properties of architectural or historic interest. The society state that it was completed and opened in March 1907 having been designed by Mr W. Pott, ARIBA, of His Majesty's Office of Works.

The building features decorative carvings on the exterior including the Royal Arms and the arms of the Borough of Rotherham.

All architectural features are to be retained as part of the planned conversion with the outward appearance of the building expected to change very little.

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News: Builders' merchant to open new £2m Rotherham branch

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Leading independent builders' merchant, James Burrell, has announced that it is developing a new £2m branch in Yorkshire, set to open in Rotherham early next year.

The new site will be the tenth for the family-owned Gateshead company and is expected to open in spring 2019. The announcement follows a wave of investment in 2018, with £250k pumped into the existing Ossett branch to provide a dedicated trade counter and office space and a brand new branch in Morpeth.

The 48,000 sq ft Rotherham branch will feature a 3,000 sq ft office and trade counter area, displays, a warehouse and onsite vehicles. As with existing branches at Ossett and York, it will offer a full range of high-quality civils, drainage, timber, roofing, insulation and heavyside building materials.

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Plans were approved earlier this year to enable a change of use at 1-4 Wortley Road for an unnamed builders' merchant. The site was vacated in 2016 by Esco Corporation.

Mark Richardson, joint managing director at James Burrell, said: "We are very excited to reveal the plans for our new South Yorkshire branch. The area has a wealth of talented and experienced professionals operating at all levels across the building trade, and so it feels a very natural progression to bring our reliable, trusted service to their doorstep.

"We are proud to be an independent merchant who truly cares about the communities in which we operate. Our recent growth is a result of the dedicated and knowledgeable teams we employ in each of our branches. It is their expertise, coupled with efficient service and an effortless sales process, which keeps our customers returning."

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Stephen Richardson, joint managing director at James Burrell, added: "It's wonderful to be announcing our tenth new branch, which is the culmination of a year of significant investment for our business.

"We are an ambitious company and the team have built a well-deserved reputation for delivering consistently fantastic service. Any customers in South Yorkshire who have previously visited a James Burrell branch can expect the same reliable, no-hassle experience from our latest location."

James Burrell website

Images: James Burrell

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