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Inventor receives £500k backing for toy robots that teach kids to code

A Yorkshire entrepreneur who has launched a new range of ‘smart toy’ robots which teach children to code, has secured a £500k investment from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF). BinaryBots™ is the brainchild of software developer Chris Burgess. The range features characters including

Daisy looks to plug digital skills gap

Yorkshire-based IT services and business communications provider, Daisy Group, has launched an innovative new apprenticeship scheme – the Digital Apprentice Programme. The Digital Apprentice Programme will provide those with a thirst for IT and technology with the opportunity to embark on a new career journey with the UK-wide company, for roles

Council parking regimes stifle small business community

Responding to figures from the RAC Foundation which show that 8,000,000 local authority parking penalties are issued annually across England and Wales, Gordon Millward, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) regional chairman, said: “Councils are cutting their noses off to spite their faces when they try to fill revenue gaps with parking

EY’s UK growth continues as Yorkshire’s senior partner commits to investing in talent

EY, the professional services firm providing assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, has reported UK fee income growth of 9.2 per cent to £2.35b for the year ending 30 June 2017, up from £2.15b in the previous year. EY has added over £1.3b of organic revenue since 2010. Distributable profits before

Industrial strategy success hinges on infrastructure, say small firms

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging the Chancellor to deliver promised improvements to digital and road connectivity while removing barriers for small housebuilders at his Autumn Budget next month. In November 2015, the Government committed to implementing a UK-wide Universal Service Obligation (USO), designed to give everyone access to

Miller Homes opens the door to online reservations

Miller Homes has become the first major UK housebuilder to provide customers with the option to reserve a property on its website following the launch of its new online reservation system. The innovative new development means that homebuyers wishing to purchase a new home from Miller Homes can now reserve and

New director of fundraising appointed at Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has appointed a new Director of Fundraising. Garry Wilkinson, former director of fundraising and marketing at Kirkwood Hospice, Huddersfield, joins the rapid response emergency charity following the retirement of Paul Gowland. Paul, who joined Yorkshire Air Ambulance as a community fundraiser 17 years ago, has been a significant figure

Miller Homes strengthens senior team

Miller Homes has made a key appointment as it aims to build over 600 new homes each year in Yorkshire by 2020. Michael Goodwin, 30, from Rotherham has been appointed as a sales manager with the hoWith a vision to build over 600 new homes each year by 2020 the growth plan