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Yorkshire landlords face £5,000 fines – and empty properties – if rental homes breach new energy standards

Hundreds of landlords across Yorkshire are just days away from the risk of falling foul of new rules designed to ensure more rental properties go green, a leading letting agent has warned. Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force on April 1 – and those who rent out homes to tenants face fines

NPIF invests £31m in first year

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has invested £31 million in 207 Northern-based SMEs during the first 12 months of operation, as the Fund continues to provide a boost to the Northern economy. The £400m Fund, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund, HM Government and the European Investment

Yorkshire cloud tech specialist secures £1m deal with Betfred

Yorkshire based technology specialist Vapour Cloud – in association with pure technology group (PTG) – has secured a contract with renowned UK bookmaker Betfred, worth in excess of £1m. The betting firm has invested in Vapour’s omnichannel platform Höllr, as part of an extensive project to overhaul its call centre infrastructure.

Grand Central applies to run additional services on its North East and West Riding routes

Grand Central, an open access train operator and part of the Arriva Group, has begun consultation with other train companies and the infrastructure operator Network Rail to operate more trains per day. The new services would run on its current routes as well as offer new direct journey opportunities for passengers

Virtual reality gaming technology helping Yorkshire Water engineers design futuristic sites

Engineers at Yorkshire Water are turning to virtual reality technology developed by The University of Sheffield to help design and visualise new treatment works which could help save the company £1m in design costs by 2020. The university’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has developed virtual reality headsets that allows Yorkshire

Yorkshire Water aims to create “citizen regulation” by publishing operational and service data

In a bid to increase transparency and boost operational performance, Yorkshire Water has announced that it aims to release the majority of its operational and service data by 2020. The company plans to start with critical areas such as leakage and pollution with the first major data release being all leakage

Small firms urge tax reform as they lose £5,000 and 15 working days a year to compliance

The average UK small business spends £5,000 and three working weeks every year on tax compliance, according to the latest report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Taxing Times highlights the many hurdles small businesses face when trying to pay taxes. Almost half (46%) say determining the tax rates at

Expert planner responds to Local Government Association accusations of land banking

Stuart Natkus, planning director at planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, responded to a report published by the Local Government Association which claims a significant number of new homes with planning permission are not being built. He said: “This was a table-top exercise with accusations highlighted in this report that don’t