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Garden centre business strengthens the team with key appointments

Tong Garden Centre has strengthened its team with appointments in marketing, HR and finance.  Leigh Quinn from Leeds has been appointed to the newly created position of online insight manager to develop Tong's online presence; Carrie Mackertich from Garforth is the centre's new HR and training manager responsible for recruiting new talent

Schools pupils inundate Bradford Manufacturing Week

An unprecedented number of school pupils are set to be involved in Bradford’s first ever week to showcase a career in manufacturing. More than 1,000 young people aged 14-18 are now signed up to experience life with 55 manufacturers during the first Bradford Manufacturing Week in October (8-12) – with some

Manufacturer donates third defibrillator to village

A Cross Hills-based chemical manufacturer has ensured its local village is "covered from one end to the other" with the installation of a third life-saving defibrillator. Airedale Chemical, which was founded 45 years ago, has previously donated defibrillators at the Glusburn Community Arts Centre and the Kildwick/Farnhill Institute as part of

Just Desserts wins Northern Region craft bakery business title

Shipley-based family run bakery, Just Desserts, has beaten stiff competition to win the regional title of Northern Craft Bakery Business in this year’s celebrated Baking Industry Awards (BIA). One of seven shortlisted bakeries from across the UK, the national winner will be announced at a prestigious award ceremony at London’s Hilton

JCT600 adds Jaguar and Land Rover to portfolio of prestige car marques

Bradford-based JCT600, one of the UK’s largest privately owned motor retailers, has expanded its choice of luxury car brands with the acquisition of two Jaguar and Land Rover businesses. The Doncaster Jaguar and Doncaster Land Rover dealerships have been purchased from Pendragon, owner of Stratsone, for an undisclosed sum.   All staff

Leeds Building Society secures IRB permission from regulator

Leeds Building Society has secured an Internal Ratings Based (IRB) permission from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). By granting this permission, the PRA has confirmed the Society is able to assess its own capital requirements for credit risk through use of internal models. This ability empowers better business decisions as the

Bradford young people join the Ministry of Justice on new employability skills programme

Twelve young people from Bradford are joining the Ministry of Justice on a new social mobility programme. The ten month Smart Futures programme is being run by the Ministry of Justice with the charity EY Foundation and support from Bradford Council. It aims to give young people facing barriers to employment paid

Tong Garden Centre wins hat trick of horticultural business awards

The team at a Bradford garden centre are celebrating after winning all three of the awards that it was shortlisted for in a national horticulture industry competition. Tong Garden Centre won the Garden Centre outlet of the year (large/destination), the High Growth Business of the Year and the Service Excellence Categories

Calling on manufacturers to get involved with region’s first manufacturing initiative

Organisers of Bradford Manufacturing Week are making a further call for businesses to get involved, as the countdown begins to the school holidays. Founder of the week and president of the Bradford Chamber, Nick Garthwaite, is urging manufacturers to register their interest before Friday July 20, when schools close for the

Growing garden centre business appoints commercial director

A Bradford garden centre has strengthened its senior management team with a board level appointment.  Sharon McNair has been promoted to the newly created position of Commercial Director as the business seeks to enter an ambitious growth phase. Respected in the industry, Sharon has worked in the sector for her entire