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Optare secures NZ$40M New Zealand deal

UK bus manufacturers Optare has secured its biggest ever Australasian export order with a NZ$40m (£21m) deal to supply 114 buses to Tranzit Group, one of New Zealand’s largest public transport operators. The agreement will see Optare, subsidiary of India-based Ashok Leyland, provide 114 innovative and environmentally efficient Metrocity buses to

HomeServe South Yorkshire backs national Gas Safety Week

A Barnsley-based heating firm is encouraging homeowners across south Yorkshire to give their gas appliances an annual safety check this week in support of a national awareness campaign. HomeServe South Yorkshire is backing Gas Safety Week (18-24 September) by urging local residents to ensure a Gas Safe registered engineer has inspected

Caravanning popularity boosts innovation at Sheffield engineering company

A boom in caravanning is fueling innovation at a historic Sheffield company. Sub contract engineering company PCT, which is based in Sheffield, is now designing four new towbars a month to cope with demand from the UK’s burgeoning caravanning sector. PCT operates across a wide range of industries but manufacturers up to

Yorkshire-based energy firm shortlisted in national award

The founder of a Leeds-based off-grid renewable energy company has been shortlisted in a national award to celebrate Great British entrepreneurs. Xerogrid has been announced as just one of six finalists in NatWest’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the #GoDo Entrepreneur category. The awards, which will take place at The Imperial War

Boeing starts construction of its first European production facility in Sheffield

Boeing ceremonially broke ground at the Sheffield Business Park site where its first European manufacturing facility will be built after Sheffield City Council recently granted planning permission. The 6,200-sq m (66,700 sq ft) building, due to open in late 2018, will manufacture actuation system components for Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX

Baling specialist expands team with new appointment

North Yorkshire-based baler provider Riverside Waste Machinery has recruited a new lead service engineer. With a varied career, Mic Harrison he initially trained to become a Navy marine mechanic at HMS Sultan, Plymouth, where he remained for five years. He has gone on to enjoy a number of engineering roles, working

Hat-trick of senior appointments paves way for further Smith Brothers growth

Electrical engineering firm Smith Brothers has secured a hat-trick of senior appointments as the high voltage specialist prepares for the next wave of growth. John Benson has joined the team as Head of EHV (Extra High Voltage) Projects. With more than 30 years’ industry experience and a number of high profile

Leeds drainage contractor appoints business development manager

Leeds-based drainage contractor, Jet Aire Services, has appointed John Richmond as business development manager. Previously business development manager at Preston-based Sapphire Utility Solutions, John has an impressive track record of driving substantial revenue growth for companies in the drainage and utilities sectors. His wealth of industry experience also includes three years as

ISG wins leisure centre project in Yorkshire

ISG has been awarded a £2.5 million contract by Alliance Leisure to deliver the refurbishment and extension of Hambleton Leisure Centre in Northallerton. The project will result in a new 5,100 sq ft extension to the complex that will house a gym and toning area to allow the current gym space

Automotive manufacturers to create new jobs in South Kirkby

VFS Ltd, a Southampton-based manufacturing firm specialising in vehicle conversion, is to develop new trading premises in South Kirkby, West Yorkshire, thanks to funding worth over £1.5 million from NatWest. The investment will allow the business, winners of ‘What Van’ Converter of the Year in 2016, to hire new employees, increase

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