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Force24 acquires tech pioneered by former Ogilvy social head

Marketing automation platform Force24 has announced its acquisition of the social media innovation SoAmpli for an undisclosed sum, in what marks the company’s latest move to become the UK’s leading martech provider. SoAmpli is the brainchild of Maz Nadjm, who also founded one of the UK’s first social networks 2BMates and

Peer-to-peer lender bolsters presence in the Yorkshire and Humber region

Peer-to-peer lender Assetz Capital has appointed David Reed as regional relationship director in the Yorkshire and Humber region. David has a breadth of experience across a range of industries. Before joining Assetz, David held roles as a commercial director for Leeds-based ERE Property and a client relationship manager position at Progeny

Festive cheer for Yorkshire pubs

Despite high numbers of pub closures across the UK in recent years, Yorkshire’s pubs appear to be weathering the storm with a fall in the percentage of businesses in the sector at higher than normal risk of insolvency for the second consecutive month. According to the latest research by insolvency and

Yorkshire renewables could soon power a million refrigerators

Yorkshire and The Humber could soon have enough renewable energy capacity to power more than one million refrigerators a year, research by Barton Willmore has shown. Analysis of the number of renewable energy schemes already operating in the region – and those yet to be built – shows Yorkshire is on

New £15m fund for the North

A Yorkshire-based social enterprise has secured £15m of funds to support businesses in the post-industrial areas of the north of England; the first of several planned funds. The Business Enterprise Fund (BEF) has received an initial £7.5m cash boost from Big Society Capital, a major social impact investor which works with

British Business Bank appoints UK Network senior manager

The British Business Bank has appointed Mark Wilcockson to a new position as senior manager, UK Network for Yorkshire, Humber and the Tees Valley. The British Business Bank – the government-owned economic development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses – is establishing a UK Network, with

Start up loans deliver £40m to regional micro businesses

Yorkshire and the Humber is fast becoming a hub of entrepreneurship, according to new figures from the Start Up Loans Company, which show that it has lent £40m to new business owners in the region since the scheme launched six years ago. The figures suggest that entrepreneurship is thriving in the

Yorkshire region’s productivity on the up but city growth slows

Yorkshire & Humber will see its overall productivity improve to 2021, and overall economic growth will increase although there will be a slowdown in the recently stronger performing cities such as Leeds Hull and Sheffield, according to a new report from EY. EY’s annual UK Regional Economic Forecast shows that Yorkshire’s

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