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Jukebox manufacturer secures $100,000 first order from Japan

Leeds-based jukebox manufacturer Sound Leisure has won its first Japanese export order, with a US $100,000 contract for its classic vinyl jukeboxes from a luxury Tokyo retailer. Retro specialist Flat 4 sells vintage VW vehicles, parts and ‘50s memorabilia, which have gained cult status in Japan. The Yorkshire-manufactured jukeboxes, the only

Nexus shines spotlight on Leeds at FinTech North International Trade Mission

Chelsea Hardy, Nexus engagement manager at the University of Leeds’ new £40m innovation centre, has shone the spotlight on Leeds, as part of the FinTech North International Trade Mission. The three-day event, planned by the Department of International Trade (DIT) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), saw 20 FinTech scale-ups from

HS2 launches public consultations on plans to extend the railway North

Plans for the development of Britain’s new high speed railway between the Midlands and the North moved a step closer today, as HS2 Ltd revealed more detailed design proposals. Construction of the Phase One route between Birmingham and London is now well underway with 7,000 jobs already supported through the project.

Sweet times ahead for chocolate manufacturer

A Yorkshire confectionery company is thriving in Europe and beyond despite the continuing uncertainties of Brexit. Whitakers Chocolates, the UK’s largest supplier of personalised chocolates, based in Skipton, has seen its export strategy triumph with orders from as far afield as Uruguay contributing to a 30 per cent increase in sales

Brandon Medical receives second Queen’s Award

A Yorkshire medtech company has been awarded the most coveted accolade in British business – for the second time – in recognition of its export fuelled strategic growth. The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson, presented the Queens’s Award for International Trade to Brandon Medical which designs, manufactures, installs and

Yorkshire-based fashion brand launches new collection worldwide

A Leeds-based fashion brand has launched a new collection of hats which is now being sold in 28 countries worldwide. Founded in 2013, Kempadoo Millar is the brand behind a range of stylish flat-caps and baker boys, known as Express Yourself 18. The designs are made from luxury British-made cloth and manufactured

First Bus appoints Delete to drive online customer experience

Following a three-month competitive pitch, one of the largest bus operators in the UK, First Bus, part of FirstGroup PLC has appointed Leeds and London digital agency Delete to lead a programme of customer experience (CX) website transformation. The appointment comes as part of a wider strategic commitment by First

Yorkshire pints being pulled in Portland as part of beer exchange

A 12m long refrigerated shipping container filled with beer from across the Northern Powerhouse regions will be shipped to Portland, Maine next month, as part of a beer exchange following last week’s Leeds International Beer Festival. The beer exchange comes after the Maine Brewers’ Guild, a group of craft brewers from the US state of Maine, brought

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