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Farming and Agriculture

Whether seeking machinery or something for the health of your livestock there are many services out there for the farming industry, check out the many businesses below to see if you can find what you require:

Health is the key to success!

With the smaXtec health system, make the first step towards a healthier dairy herd – most precise heat detection included!

A healthy herd is the basis for your economic success. Only fit cows have a stable and high milk yield, a significantly reduced cell count, a lower insemination index, easier calvings and require less time for individual care.

To ensure or improve animal health, you have to keep a close eye on your cows at all times. This is the only way you can intervene early in case of health problems, thus prevent serious disease progression, save on antibiotics and costs

A number of issues can be recognised and solved through good observation and care but changing farm structures and sizes do not always allow for the ideal level of individual care. This is where the proven smaXtec technology supports you and detects health issues earliest possible.

Success through holistic monitoring with the smaXtec health system

The deeper the insights, the earlier you notice changes in your cows’ health status. smaXtec measures the meaningful parameters inner body temperature, rumination with smaXtec TruRumi™, activity and drinking behaviour in the highest quality directly in the reticulum. The collected data is automatically transmitted to the smaXtec Cloud and processed by the smaXtec TruD™ technology, where data is combined and supplemented. This is the basis for valuable recommendations for action and particularly helpful for the early detection of diseases. The more factors and symptoms are taken into consideration, the better, earlier and more accurate the recommendations.

As soon as the immune system reacts to pathogens or stress, for example, the inner body temperature changeslong before external signs become visible! As a result, the smaXtec system detects diseases up to 4 days before clinical symptoms become visible.

Monitoring animal health by temperature measurement offers another advantage: depending on the temperature change, you know what to check the cow for. If inner body temperature rises, it is an indication of a feverish condition, infection or inflammation. A drop in temperature, on the other hand, is an indication of a metabolic disease such as milk fever or ketosis.

In addition, continuous measurement of rumination allows you to draw even more precise conclusions about the disease and its severity. To make the unrivalled parameter package complete, smaXtec also measures drinking behaviour and activity, detecting issues such as lameness in a very early stage.

Steps ahead through early detection

Early detection allows you to intervene earliest possible, reduce the risk of serious disease progression and significantly reduce the use of medication, especially antibiotics. You can thus improve animal health and welfare and further increase the success on your farm. Customers report a reduced usage of antibiotics by up to 70% since using the smaXtec system.

With smaXtec early detection you detect diseases such as mastitis up to four days before clinical symptoms become visible. This way you are able to treat the cow with lighter medication such as an anti-inflammatory, avoid legal waiting periods caused by antibiotics, reduce the vet’s bill and workload.

Health, heat AND calving detection – is it possible?

smaXtec not only detects diseases earliest possible, by monitoring your animals 24/7 the system gives you the possibility to follow the recovery process of every cow over time. Thus, you are able to see if the treatment has made an impact on the health of the cow and when she has fully recovered.

Additionally, when using the smaXtec health system on your farm you receive precise and automatic heat detection as well earliest possible calving detection.

smaXtec detects heats for you and provides you with additional information on the ideal insemination time. Your benefits are shorter calving intervals, improved pregnancy rates, reduced insemination costs, ongoing productivity and much more.

smaXtec also supports you with reliable and early calving detection. The system not only monitors your cows’ health in the critical phase around birth, but you are also informed about imminent calving. You receive a notification on average 15 hours before calving, enabling you to take measures if necessary. This guarantees a problem-free calving and a good start for cow and calf.

The smaXtec system pays for itself

Customers report that the smaXtec system pays for itself within a very short period of time! But how?

By monitoring your herd’s health with smaXtec you ensure a stable, high milk yield with no loss of production. The system helps you to cut treatment costs by up to 30% and through early detection you are able to reduce use of antibiotics by up to 70%. Your cows are healthier and severe disease progression is 90% less likely. But also, reproduction figures, such as the calving intervals improve with the help of smaXtec.

The smaXtec health system helps you to be successful, reduce costs and workload on your farm.

Ready for your success. With smaXtec to a healthier herd. Get in touch now and implement the most comprehensive system for monitoring health and reproduction in dairy cows on your farm tomorrow!

Your consultant:

Chris Howarth

T: +44 7973 26 92 86


Farming and Agriculture – Behind the Scenes

Agriculture is typically defined as the science or business of cultivating the soil, growing crops and rearing livestock. Farming is the skill of practising agriculture. Many of us living in towns or larger villages across the UK often forget the agricultural side of Britain that is so important to us. The purpose of agriculture is to provide planned food utilisation for its dependant societies and although growing crops and rearing livestock are fundamental to this, it is the storage of produce that makes this possible.

With the coming of the Industrial Revolution and the development of more complicated machines, farming methods took a great leap forward. Instead of harvesting grain by hand with a sharp blade, wheeled machines cut a continuous swath. Instead of threshing the grain by beating it with sticks, threshing machines separated the seeds from the heads and stalks. Driven by these changes in agrochemicals, mechanisation and government support, production rose and we now rely on these machines to produce our countries ever increasing food demands. With such reliance on these machines numerous companies have popped up across the country offering sales in all types of machinery from Tractors to Quad Bikes both new and old with models to suit any budget. There are of course mechanics with the skills and abilities to get these machines up and running again quicker than ever before to ensure that the impact of their breakdowns have as little effect on production as possible.

Currently there is a lot of investment going in to buildings as production increases and new storage spaces are needed. These include Cattle Sheds, Implements Store, Hay Barns including Big Bale stores, General Purpose Building, Sheep sheds, Garages, Grain Stores, Equestrian Buildings and Pig Buildings. Onsite Farm Shops have become very popular because in recent times more and more farmers have opened their doors or set up stalls to offer fresh, local products direct to customers. Discover here the fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, eggs, cakes, preserves, and local specialities available from hundreds of farm shops, Pick-Your-Own farms, stalls at farmers’ markets, and deliveries direct to your home. What does this mean for you? It means you get the very freshest produce sold directly to you on the farm or by the producers themselves: ‘farm-direct sales’ means just that! This helps the producers by providing an income that’s not tied to the profits or whims of the supermarkets; it reinvests the money that you spend back into your local economy and the rural economy at large. It provides you with more choice and an alternative to the supermarkets, and let’s not forget the freshest, tastiest food money can buy.

So next time you’re driving through the countryside and you see a tractor harvesting the fields or a stall selling fresh foods on the markets have a think about the long hours and days that those working in our vast countryside are doing for us behind the scenes!

“Working with livestock farmers since 1968”

“Our goal is to recommend diets, based on analysis of your feeds and forages, to achieve your production goals, while promoting excellent feed efficiency, animal health and fertility”.

The dry cow in the most important animal on the farm. After three years  work on UK and Irish farms, testing our new Dry and Transition cow programme we want to introduce Fast-Start.

Lameness in Sheep.

Lameness in sheep may be due to injury, systemic illness or infections caused by organisms that have a predilection for the feet. The three most common infectious causes of lameness in sheep, in the UK, are scald, footrot and contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD).

They can all occur in the same flock and at the same time. The occurrence of one condition tends to predispose sheep to the others. As the health and integrity of the hoof and foot deteriorates, the severity of the infection, and therefore the lameness caused and decreased productivity, can progress in parallel.

Scald is typically seen as a reddening of the skin above the coronary band and interdigitally which progresses to become necrotic (the tissue dies away) the further it develops.

Footrot generally appears after scald has weakened the coronary band, thus allowing the bacterium that causes footrot (dichelobactor nodosus), to penetrate and under-run the hoof wall and colonise the foot internally. Footrot is characterised by misshapen and overgrown hoof claws, extremely lame sheep and sheep grazing on their knees to relieve pain.

A more virulent form of infectious lameness (CODD) has appeared in the UK in recent years and is believed to be caused by organisms found in digital dermatitis of cattle, namely treponeme spp. .  As the name suggests, contagious ovine digital dermatitis, is very contagious within a flock and can spread very quickly between sheep. The presence of footrot can predispose to CODD.

Kling-On-Blue footbath for sheep contains copper sulphate and zinc sulphate, an organic acid and a fixative. One 7kg bucket of Kling on Blue powder can be mixed with 120 litres of water to provide a footbath for 250 sheep. The product can be easily and readily mixed in a few minutes by agitating the footbath with a yard broom and brushing along the bottom of the bath. After standing for ten minutes, the footbath will thicken and the sheep can be walked through. Holding sheep in the bath is unnecessary. The adhesive properties enable coating of the hoof with the solution as they pass through. After walking through the footbath, sheep are left on a hard standing for 20 minutes enabling the footbath to dry as a coating. This coating process encourages penetration of the hoof by the copper sulphate and zinc sulphate for several days. Kling on Blue can be used weekly, fortnightly or whenever handling allows.

Bentley Walker Ltd

Bentley Walker LogoAccessing fast broadband can be frustrating, slow and disappointing to many rural homes and businesses. You could be just miles from the local exchange or relying on telephone lines to transfer information.

Bentley Walker Ltd provides the latest satellite internet service through a simple installation process which connects the service to your computer. Things will then burst in to life, with rapid speeds up to 10 Mobs/sec, running your business on-line or your home internet connection. This will change your internet usage to a more pleasurable experience.

Why come to Bentley Walker Ltd?

As a worldwide recognised leader in internet services by satellite we have proudly achieved over 25 years of experience due to our exceptional services and pricing.

How do I choose a suitable package?

We have a dedicated sales team who are happy to advice you on the appropriate package or you can view the packages on-line at:

What is involved with my installation?

Your satellite system will be delivered to you in readiness for our professional installation engineers to contact you. The engineers will examine the premises on their visit and make the best proposal to install the equipment in your home. For Commercial business needs a survey is required in advance of purchase due to the uncertainty of the requirements.

If you require a business installation or you believe the installation is required some distance away from your premises then a site survey is necessary, please simply make the arrangements through the following link:

If you wish to discuss your requirements please contact Bentley Walker Ltd    023 92311103

Yorkshire Home & Garden

Home improvements can make a real difference to the appearance and feel of your home. You might well be surprised to learn just how much a little bit of care and attention can do to the overall look and feel of the place. If done well, you could find out that you’ve actually increased your home value by loads.

Understandably it isn’t always as simple as a splash of paint here and there. Some projects can be more challenging than others, and some of the seemingly simplest of tasks may end up not being quiet so simple, ultimately leaving you with a not so good look. We have all seen the DIY disaster type programmes on the telly to know what could go wrong. Doing work around the home without having the relevant experience can cost a lot more money to rectify. So be wise and hand your home improvements on to a professional and see the results for yourself.

The Herald & Advertiser has put together a collection of the very best contractors in your local area. By choosing one of these experts you can be assured that your projects will be carried out to a very high standard.

Burglars take on average between 9 -12 seconds to enter your home and invade your private sanctuary and space. If you want to see how they do this then check out the video located on our website at to see for yourself. They can do these break-ins because most people don’t have SNAP SAFE locks fitted to their houses!! Lots of people spend lots of money installing sophisticated security systems and then forget that it’s their locks that will keep people out of their homes. Go figure!

The truth is most people do not need a locksmith often. Locking yourself out is a rare accident, modern locks can last many years and it’s uncommon for people to consider checking their locks to see if they are working properly on a regular basis, it’s only when they do eventually fail that they then realise how important they are to the overall security of their property and call a locksmith.

At Towergate Locksmiths we believe it’s important to have the health of your locks checked annually rather than waiting until they fail. This will mean that you can get a free appraisal of the condition of your locks and get advice on making sure you have SNAP SAFE locks installed to keep the 9 second burglars out of your house.  As skilled locksmiths we can solve any lock problem and we won’t be beaten on price. There’s No Call-Out Fee and as smaller, independent locksmith we don’t have to charge VAT either! That alone might immediately save 20% on nationally affiliated firms in the area.

Plus we’ll visit when it’s most convenient for you, whatever day or time. Operating only in a select area of North Yorkshire, we can race to your aid if you are locked out, or for a less urgent job, schedule an appointment that’s arranged to suit you.

For an expert and low cost local locksmith, call Towergate on 07935 628828 and consider your lock problem sorted or visit us at

Local Heroes to showcase their work at BCTF 2019

The British Craft Trade Fair, now in its 45th year, is the largest and most well-established event of its kind, focusing exclusively on British-made artisan products.

The show will run from 7-9 April at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Show Ground, Harrogate, a fabulous state of the art venue with plenty of free onsite parking for visitors.

Every exhibitor at the show is guaranteed to be making their products in Great Britain or Ireland, creating beautiful articles with local rather than mass markets in mind. These include a great many exceptional designers and companies from the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

Alongside a fantastic array of well-established artisans there will be a large contingent of fresh new design talent exhibiting for the very first time at BCTF 2019.

Trade prices for the unique handmade works on display will range from just a few pounds to items designed for higher budgets and product categories are to include personalised gifts, jewellery, ceramics, glassware, silver and metalwork, fine art, greetings cards and stationery, woodwork, textiles, fashion accessories and homewares.

Show organiser, Margeret Bunn, says: “With the consumer appetite for British products at an all-time high, this is the perfect event for retailers seeking exciting local design talent and products with sound provenance and strong heritage values. Shoppers want to support more local, sustainable businesses and BCTF is absolutely dedicated to this essential sector of the trade.”

Local designers who will be exhibiting at the show include Adele Taylor, Becca Macdonald, Claire Baxter Fine Art, Contrary Mary Designs, Eleanor Tomlinson, Faye Stevens, Francesca King, ItsBalderston, Galeabel Studio Pottery, Jim Stringer, Jess Withington, Lindsey Tyson and many more.

BCTF is free to attend for trade and you can register for your free ticket by visiting the website:

Hammer and Anvil Creative Iron works Ltd was started following more and more requests for artistic metal work from our customers. It is a sister company of R&V Plant Services Ltd which specialises in Fabrication and welding. Our customers started asking if we could make gates and fences, which then led to decorative window grilles and then to sculptures, garden furniture and so on and the business took a life of its own.

Our in house blacksmith has over 35 years experience in his field starting as an apprentice at the age of 16 with Charles Pearsons of Hull. He enjoys expressing his artistic flair and is always up for a challenge. Some of his work can be seen in and around the Yorkshire area. Metal is versatile and can be lovingly worked in to a masterpiece with the right techniques. We work with our customers to help them achieve their visions. Some of customers don’t always know what they want and that is where our design services fits in nicely as we can work with you to get the perfect item.

As well as making Gates, fences, furniture and larger pieces we make gifts and trinkets such as pen holders, candle sticks, novelty hooks, door knockers, bird baths and feeders, the list is endless.

Get your Conservatory Winter Ready!

With Wetheralds, your local conservatory roof specialist

It seems that our fantastic Summer is drawing to a close, the nights are drawing in and there is a definite chill in the air. So, as we all retreat back indoors surely your conservatory is the best place to be to still enjoy the outside?

Unfortunately, the extremes of heat and cold can cause real problems with condensation and simply make what should be one of the best places in your house the last place you want to be. There is a permanent solution to these problems that will not only give you a room you can enjoy, but will add value to your home. In under a week you could be benefitting from a lightweight solid roof fitted to your conservatory.

Both the outside and inside of your conservatory would look like an extension to your home, with a range of choices of tiles, slates and roof windows – all at a fraction of the cost and time of building works. And perhaps the best thing is that you lose hardly any of the natural light gained from the conservatory, but you do get to sit in it all year long!

Planning permission isn’t required but Building Regulations are. A reputable supplier like Wetheralds will include in your free quote everything from the initial visit from a trained Wetheralds Surveyor, the replacement roof through to plastering and the removal of the skip! Importantly we are the only national supplier that is an LABC Partner installing replacement conservatory roofs – as a customer you will receive visits from a LABC inspector to monitor the quality of our workmanship before a Building Regulations Certificate is issued to you.

So, if you would like another room to enjoy in your home this Autumn/Winter and throughout the year, why not consider a replacement conservatory roof. Contact Wetheralds on 0800 612 3777 for a free visit from a trained Wetheralds Surveyor for your free quote or visit to see what our customers have to say.




It is understandable that the D.I.Y trend continues to improve in popularity. With recent innovations in technology wherein useful tools and equipment are available to consumers, accomplishing any type of renovation, refurbishment, or remodeling can now be made possible without the need to hire professionals.

However, deep down we all know that the majority of improvements we want doing to our home are well beyond us… even that doesn’t stop us trying though! And we have all seen the DIY disaster type programs or visited a friend’s house with lopsided tiling in the bathroom, peeling wallpaper or dodgy plumbing. For things like bathroom fitting and tiling, kitchen building and fitting, plumbing and electrics, floors and wall tiling, laminate and solid wood flooring, plastering and even just painting it is advisable that you do not try it yourself. As well as not fixing it down correctly there could eventually be problems with moisture or cracking under strain. So… let’s say we do indeed do the job ourselves… once we’ve tried and failed we will either ‘put up’ with the result or we will have to pay out again for someone to put it right – all in all it ends up being a lot less hassle and a lot more cost effective to get it right the first time!

That’s right, if a homeowner wants quality services and quality results; he should consider hiring a contractor.

In addition to being able to provide that perfect finish you will also be able to get their experience including creative input and knowledge of safety procedures.

For this reason, The Herald & Advertiser has put together a collection of the very best contractors the local area has to offer.

By choosing one of our experts – you, as the home-owner can be assured that projects will be carried out in the most efficient and effective manner that will leave you smiling and looking forward to hosting guests.

No doubt you will have heard of the John Longley Kitchen and Bathroom studio which has existed on Barnsley’s Park Road for 35 years.

Maybe you are one of the many people who has a stunning John Longley design in their home? Or maybe you are a long-time customer who has purchased more than one kitchen or bathroom from the firm?

The business has always been headed up by South Yorkshire born and bred owner, John Longley, however, the time has come for John to retire and hand over the reins to long-serving employees Tim McCall and Frances Greetham.

John started the business in 1980 when he set-up a plumbers merchants and bathroom showroom in the old high-street Co-op building.

Kitchens followed shortly after with the Barnsley business initially stocking brand Spring Ram.

Today the showroom looks very different to the way it did when it began life in 1980: over the years it has undergone a couple of big revamps, but has always presented the best in kitchen and bathroom design.

The bathroom showroom houses beautiful displays with quality products from Vitra Sanitaryware, Clearwater Baths, Kudos Showers and Pegler’s Brassware to name a few.

The newly refurbished kitchen showroom is dedicated to stunning, high-quality German kitchens by innovative supplier, Nobilia, with a mix of elegant, contemporary and country style kitchens on display.

John Longley has favoured German kitchens for more than 20 years, as they offer forward thinking design, great value for money and long product life expectancy.

‘New’ owners of the business Fran and Tim are keen to maintain the same commitment to quality and design the firm has always been known for.

Tim has worked at John Longley Kitchen and Bathroom studio for more than 20 years. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to designing both kitchens and bathrooms, as well as offering a full project management service.

Frances started working at the firm more than 12 years ago as a bathroom designer and project manager. Over the past year she has been working alongside John and Tim in the kitchen department in readiness for John’s retirement.

Visit Tim and Fran at John Longley Kitchen and Bathroom studio, 90 Park Road, Barnsley, to see how they can help create your dream design………………………

7 Home Improvement & Remodelling Ideas that Increase Home Value

1. Remodelling the Kitchen

Most people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home, and because of this, updates in this room pay off. Just don’t go overboard. A basic rule is that you should never make your kitchen fancier than the rest of the house, or the neighbourhood.

2. Bathroom Addition

If your home only has one bathroom, you can recoup a large chunk of your investment by adding another one. When it comes to finding room in your house for an extra bathroom, take a look at any extra rooms or underutilized spaces. Consider other spaces, such as closets or areas under the stairs, too. If you want a half-bath you need at least 18 square feet. If you want a full bath, including a stand-up shower, you need at least 30 square feet. If you want a bathtub, make sure you have at least 35 square feet to work with.

3. Reinventing a Room

Adding more square footage to your home with a new room can be an incredibly expensive project. Although you can recoup some of your investment, anywhere from 50%-83%, this project’s costs can quickly spin wildly out of control. Instead, reinvent the existing space in your home to save money. Finish a basement, or convert the attic to a bedroom. Many homeowners can also add small apartments in, or over, their garages – which they can then rent out as a room. But just before you start demolishing walls and rafters, try to think about the ways that you, and potential buyers, can use the space. Versatile rooms have greater appeal to potential buyers. Basements frequently work well as second living rooms, or game rooms. Many people also turn this space into a small apartment for an aging relative or a tenant. Attic spaces often work well for craft rooms and game rooms, especially if they have high ceilings.

4. Adding Energy-Efficient Windows

These days, buyers shop for homes with energy efficiency in mind. Old, drafty single-pane windows are a major turn off. You will also save loads of money in the long term and have a warmer home.

5. Deck Addition

Adding a deck increases the value of your home. Outdoor livings spaces are becoming increasingly more desirable. If you make your deck and your backyard more appealing, your house will be more appealing to prospective buyers when you decide to sell.

6. Energy-Efficient Insulation

If your home lacks basic insulation, and has old doors that let in plenty of hot and cold air, home inspectors working with potential buyers will include this in their reports. Homes that haven’t been modified with energy efficiency in mind cost more to live in and maintain. Updating your home to save energy doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. You can add extra insulation to your attic for very little, and this small change can save you hundreds each year on your utility bill. Also, seal cracks around the house to save even more money on energy costs. Anytime you feel a draft or cold spot, you’re in an area that leaks air. A very cheap and rewarding energy efficiency thing to do is to replace all your light bulbs with, yes you guessed it, energy efficiency ones. And if you need to replace your hot water heater, consider spending a bit extra to purchase a high-efficiency water heater. Savvy home buyers know these water heaters can really trim energy bills.

7. Basic Updates

Basic updates add the most value to your home. Keep the paint fresh, fix the roof when it leaks, replace wood that rots, and get rid of any mould that you find. These types of chores keep your home from deteriorating over time. Buyers want a healthy, solid, safe home, and they look carefully for signs of routine maintenance.

Stone Walling Specialists

Heritage Masonry is owned and operated by Richard Remde and Thomas Moore stone masonry company based in Skipton, North Yorkshire incorporating all aspects of stone and building masonry, restoration, landscapes and groundwork.

With over 18 years’ experience and an increasing portfolio of new and exciting projects we are fast becoming one of the leaders in our field and the preferred contractor to some of the UK’s major developers.

It is a reputation we have earned through the quality of our employees, our attention to detail, consistent performance and on-time delivery.

At Heritage Masonry, we take pride of every job and make the project our primary goal. We are proud of the relationships we build that last well beyond the life of a project. That’s why more than 70% of our new business comes from repeat clients.We are building the benchmark through the service we provide in delivering dispute free, reliable and rewarding construction experiences.

If you need assistance with the design of your project as well as build then we are more than happy to help. We can provide stone mason supplies in the best materials, both local and throughout the Uk. With our contacts for stone, we have access to providing the best experience to ensure that your project will be to the highest of standards, securely built and aesthetically pleasing. Please review examples of our work in the gallery section of this site.

Autumn Gardening

Autumn is the mellow season. Berries are looking their best, there are oodles of vibrant warm colours out there, some misty mornings, piles of rusty coloured leaves that long to be crunched, and best of all there’s still plenty of sunshine to be had.

Although all the hectic flowering and reproductive activity of the summer is now over, it doesn’t mean those with green fingers need stop doing what they do best. For the keen gardener, there’s still plenty that can be done, and what better a time to be gardening than out in the fresh outdoors amidst all the wonderful smells and colours of autumn. Why wait until spring to get the most out of your garden when autumn is the best time for planting?

Now is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. Warm soil from summer and frequent rainfall are the ideal conditions for plants to establish themselves before winter. Although container grown plants can be planted any time of the year, they are easier to care for if planted in autumn or winter, as they need less watering than ones planted in spring or summer.

autumn and winter holsAnd it may seem rather a long way off to be sowing summer flowering plants, but the forward planning will be rewarded by an impressive early display. Many annuals can be sown in autumn. Autumn sowing is suitable for annuals (plants which are sown and flower and die in one year) that tolerate frost. Some of these annuals can be sown directly in the ground, and will withstand most frosts. Others are not quite so robust, but when covered with cloches or horticultural fleece when frost is forecast, they should be fine. Alternatively, they can be sown in pots and kept frost-free over winter. The benefit of sowing in autumn, and not spring, is that you’ll have a much earlier flowering display. This technique is not suitable for half-hardy and tender annuals unless you have access to a heated greenhouse.

Bulbs make a fine display and are one of the easiest and most rewarding garden plants to grow. They can be planted in containers or borders, especially daffodils, snowdrops and tulips. Tulips come in all shades, from dark purple to white, and bloom at a time of year when many plants only offer muted colours. Other bulbs, such as snowdrops and scillas, are some of the earliest flowering plants in the garden, brightening up the short days of very early spring. Planting summer-flowering bulbs such as lilies and gladioli can provide dramatic, tall blooms that are scented. Do plant spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, crocus and hyacinths , along with hardy summer-flowering bulbs like lilies, alliums and crocosmia by the end of this October. Tulips need to be done in November.


Your wedding is the day you dream of, something personal and something perfect. In order to ensure that it runs smoothly and that you achieve this dream day, you need to plan and arrange everything early. As a couple throughout the months leading up to your wedding you’ll be looking for businesses that can provide you with the services you will require for the big day.

As a result, one of the most popular features in The Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser are the ‘Weddings’ features that appear each issue. We bring to the Bride and Groom a range of high impact editorials that provide practical advice and guidance to achieving that perfect day. Blended with these editorials we feature a number of adverts from those who can provide these services and ensure a magical wedding day. Advertising wedding services or supplies is an essential part of success for service providers such as florists, venues, cake makers and for hiring of cars. This is especially true nowadays where the competition is strong and the amount of choice your potential customers have gets bigger by the day. Featuring within a reputable publication such as ‘The Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser’ will ensure that you achieve the highest possible return. So you see, your successful wedding advertising campaign needn’t cost the world.

As professional outside caterers we have vast experience in catering in a wide range of venue’s and offer a wide variety of wedding packages. Some of our services are;
Bespoke Wedding Packages catering to all budgets and customer needs Regular personal meetings with Bride and Groom Fully trained silver service staff.

Hot and Cold Buffets with Waitress Service

Canapé and Reception Drinks Packages
BBQ and Hog Roast Packages
Drinks Packages
Full Bar Service and Licence Application
All dietary needs are taken care of. Special menu’s are set in place and we are more than happy to speak directly with the customer on request.

We pride ourselves on offering our customers a personal bespoke service and show them the confidence from the beginning to ensure their day is full of treasured memories. We work closely with the bride and groom from the first initial enquiry right through to the finish of their day. We are a small family run business with over 28 years catering experience and are able to offer a wealth of knowledge and experience. Our aim is to meet all of our clients needs, helping us to ensure a long and rewarding relationship from start to finish.

As a company we use high quality, fresh local produce wherever possible and have strong links with local farmers and other local retailers. Our staff are fully trained and qualified and ooze professionalism setting high standards, which shows in their confidence for our clients big day.

Wedding day sweet treats

Wow factor

Dessert Tables

Move over chocolate fountains. There’s a hot trend in the wedding world of scrumptiousness. For something a little bit quirky to get your guests all in a flutter, I present to you….desert tables! Also known as cake tables, they are exquisitely stylish and truly delicious. A great spin on the old cake front. With couples increasingly keen to provide something unique and memorable on the day, having just one cake no longer seems enough…..especially when you can have many! With desert tables, couples can have a huge variety of delicious treats for their guests. It’s not to say you can’t have that traditional wedding cake, you just won’t require a towering 6 tier cake. It’s still the norm to have one cake that acts as the cutting cake anyway.

Deserts tables are also a fantastic way for brides to stamp their look on their day. For those who don’t know, it’s basically a table at the reception that showcases a selection of cakes and deserts in different shapes and sizes, all styled to fit in with the look of the day. You’ll need a reasonable sized long table or two tables pushed together covered with linens.

The fun part is arranging the gourmet desserts and/or sweets along with their custom designed dessert labels and tags, non-edible accessorize to add decoration, and of course plates and utensils.

The desserts could be anything from decadent sticky toffee puddings and rich rocky road to light as air meringues and melt in the mouth mini cheesecakes. Best bit, both families’ favourites can be included. Accessories could be wishing tees, candles, flower arrangements, bunting and even pretty bottled drinks that match the colour scheme. Just let your imagination free and you’ll be presently surprised at what you can come up with.

As for budget, you don’t necessarily want to spend half your budget on a desert table, but at the same time you want it to look special. You can have both, asks your baker to work with what you have. If money’s an issue, bulk up your display with co-ordinating sweets and fruit. Remember that desert tables are very versatile and can even bring their own homemade creations to help save on costs. Another thing as well, some venues allows the desert tables to replace the desert course at the end of the meal.

The secret to a desert table is to create a feast for the senses and always have just enough to satisfy guests, but leaving them wanting more. It’s about being totally unique, a little daring and always one step ahead of the rest!


Candy buffets (also known as sweetie bars or tables) are displays of confectionary and retro sweets which are all presented in lovely bowls and glassware. When we see a table adorned with sweets and mini treats our eyes instantly widen and were taken back to the days of being a kiddie in a sweet shop. Themes such as mad hatter work very well with these sweet displays.

Ever heard of Cake Pops? There yummy bites of cake on a lollipop stick which often form part of a desert table or candy buffet, but they work equally well on their own as favours. There just the right size to nibble on and can be dipped to match your colour theme. What’s more, they can be decorated with glitter, edible flowers or just a simple but effective ribbon tied into a bow around the stick.

Wrapped up in love: a magical winter wedding There is something about a winter wedding that brings a touch of fairy tale to the occasion. One of the best things about winter is that the evenings start early. This means more celebration time, and plenty of room for candles, fairy lights or even some fireworks. Summer may be brighter, but in winter you can create your own light. The beauty of winter lies in its ability to paint a stunning picture. Winter always has a way of bringing out the beauty in its surroundings. Think of frosty mornings, mystical days and crisp clear nights. Choosing winter means you could pick from Christmas, New Year and even Valentine’s Day for a truly indulgent day. And as winter weddings become more and more popular, designers are focusing harder to create stunning dresses fit for a winter bride. Look for styles made in heavier fabric like satin or taffeta, steering clear of chiffons or silks. And if you’re wearing a strapless dress, accessorise with a fur shrug to achieve the ultimate glamorous winter look. Complete with ivory gloves and sparkling jewellery for a sprinkle of wintery lust. It is clear to see why a winter wedding works so well, couples love the dramatic scene a winter wedding brings, but there are more reasons to choose a winter wedding. You’ll find off-season rates and always good availability too, and with many venues offering incentives to choose them for your winter wedding wonderland, you’ll have more to spend on a lovely honeymoon designed for two.

Marquees If you like the idea of celebrating your wedding party under the stars, then do just that, under canvas in a truly personal venue. Marquees are great for those who have a dream location in mind, as they can be erected almost anywhere, from the grounds of an elegant country house to a coastal beech or even a cliff top. Do double check first with your venue though just to make sure they are happy for you to hire a marquee. But if you’re thinking about having your celebrations, a little off the beaten track, do ask the local landowner if you can hire the space. Marquees can be decorated beautifully, completed with tables and chairs, flowers and lights and a whole lot more. A marquee package is only limited by your imagination. A marquee can hold a large number of guests too, often more than the average venue. Summertime is the peak seasons for hiring a marque, so if you’ve got a date in mind, do give yourself plenty of time to book. It might seem like there’s a lot to think about and sort out but there really isn’t, leave the stress behind and let them do all the hard work. Remember that marquee companies deal with hundreds of weddings and, whilst yours is obviously unique, they will have the experience with all sorts of issues and have lots of solutions up their sleeves, let them worry about the marquee and you just enjoy the experience.

A Magical Winter Wedding Dreaming of a winter wedding? Who can blame you, they are without a doubt, super glamorous, stylish and truly magical. With lots of preparation and clever ideas your winter wedding will be a wonderland to remember forever. Romantic and cosy venues are the key to creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Think of atmospheric candle-lit castles complete with roaring open log fires, glorious historic buildings with high ceilings and original beams surrounded by acres of unspoilt countryside and lakes, enchanting churches amidst the most beautiful gardens you have ever seen or simply wonderfully charming hotels and lodges set in secluded gardens. All of these make for a very special wedding, unique to you and your loved one. Transform your winter venue into a magical grotto of twinkling lights, flickering candles and seasonal colours. Winter is the perfect time for seasonal favourites like smoked salmon, Palma ham and smoked sun-dried tomato bruschetta or warming winter soup entrees. Follow these with roast lamb or beef, rich desserts and cheese boards and one of my favourite winter necessities, mulled wine! You may wish to make the most of the early winter evenings and wow your guests with a fireworks display. With the sun setting as early as 4.15pm, a firework display timed to coincide with your first toast as husband and wife will make your champagne reception truly unforgettable. Keep warm and stylish with beautiful accessories from faux fur boleros, shrugs and capes to bride’s winter boots and willies. Winter wedding flower arrangements featuring seasonal elements such as pine cones holly and evergreen boughs add festive touch to your wintery celebration. Good luck, enjoy your big day and best wishes for your future together.

cheese wedding cakeCHEESE WEDDING CAKES Perfect for rustic, country style weddings and a gorgeous addition to a stylish urban city wedding. Not only is the cheese wedding cake a fashionable trend, it’s also a healthy and delicious alternative to the sweet cake. Yes it really is a wedding cake made entirely of cheese. They are the ultimate stylish cheeseboard made to resemble a multi-tiered wedding cake and they’re growing ever more fashionable. It does have a rather continental feel to it, but if you want something that bit different to wow your guests, the cheese wedding cake will definitely impress. For the ultimate wedding breakfast, you don’t have to choose between two options, you can have a traditional iced and decorated wedding cake for the ‘cutting of the cake’ photographs and also have a cake of cheese too. If you only want one wedding cake with a difference, go for the cheese cake alone, your guests will love the savoury option. There are cheese companies who will design and build tailor-made cheese wedding cakes for you, but you can easily build your own. To make your own you will need to decide on the suppliers you’ll be using to source your cheeses and the cheese selection. You’ll need to source a variety of different cheeses, using a selection similar to that found on a good cheese board. Your cheeses should vary in colour, texture and flavour, and come in wheels so they’re easy to stack. Allow around 100g of cheese per guest, or a minimum of 10kg per 100 guests. If you are providing this alongside a traditional wedding cake, you may need less than 100g per person. By having three to five layers of cheese in varying sizes from big to small, you’ll achieve the traditional tiered wedding cake look. When it’s time to present your cheeses, you can either use a wedding cake stand stacking the cheeses directly on top of one another, or put a circle of greaseproof paper between each cheese. To finish, decorate with grapes, flowers, fruits and leaves for a stunning effect and serve with crusty bread and/or savoury crackers on the side along with chutneys and pickles. Remember as well that if you have any cheese left over, it will keep for weeks in the fridge. Hard cheese like Cheddar can be grated and frozen for use in sauces, whilst 250 gram portions of Blue Stilton wrapped in foil can be frozen for up to 3 months. The trick then is to defrost the Stilton cheese slowly in the fridge overnight. And there you have it, a very stylish, low cost, waste free and delicious alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

Why you should get married in the North…. Tie the knot in the north and enjoy picturesque views. Enjoy all that this side of the country has to offer with miles upon miles of unspoilt natural beauty. Many of the country’s most romantic wedding venues are here. So make your dreams come true and choose from Lakeside hotels to fairy-tale castles, complete with roaring log fires and cosy walks. Set amongst the most beautiful and wonderful views, there’s no better place to make your fairy-tale wedding come true. Be spoilt for choose with mountain views. 95% of the country’s highest mountains are here with the majority confined to the Lakes, North Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales. With such a vast and impressive collection of unspoilt beauty, it’s no surprise to hear its home to a large variety of wildlife. Stunning scenery and breath-taking views that stretch as far as the eye can see make for fantastic picture opportunities and on top of that you have a perfectly romantic calm to your wedding day. Have your wedding day surrounded by pure beauty made by nature with hidden gems that are everywhere here; wild moors where the whistle blows free, towering peaks too high to reach, dramatic gorges and sheer cliffs, gently rolling hills, sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs, quiet coves to hide and reflect, rocky shores to relax and reflect, sandy dunes, salt marshes and estuaries. Be assured your wedding day will be as stunning as you are by choose to have your wedding here.

Education & Training

An Introduction To The Importance of Education

So, what exactly is education? Well, simply put it is the process of learning and knowing. This process of course is not restricted to school textbooks only. Education starts from birth. It is the parents which inculcate good manners and make responsible human beings out of their children. Home is essentially then their first school.

However, typically, when we talk about education we are referring to the formal education that starts from the first school our child attends, where they learn how to behave and understand what is happening around them.

Education is important for everyone in the world. It makes one able to understand what is happening around us logically and clearly. An educated person has the ability to take viable decisions and make right moves at the right time. Human existence without education is just like fecund land.

Education not only enables individuals to put their potential to best use and do something productive in the upcoming future, but also plays a main role in shaping an individual to be a better, responsible citizen and an active member of the society.

But, just how do you pick the right school? Well, of course you need to do your research, the internet and family/friends is probably the best place to start, but the most important thing to do is visit the school you are considering. In our opinion, the very best option available to you is to attend an open day.

A School Open Day brings to life those glossy brochures that you have been poring over at home for many weeks. It really is a valuable opportunity to see the schools for yourselves; meet the teaching staff, existing pupils and maybe parents who already have children there. For this reason, it is hugely important  that you pick the right school to educate your children, your most precious possession.

Because only if the school is of a good standard will your child be able to make the very best of their future. So, because education begins at an early age; attaining good promises a good future because it is education that provides good character to the person as they age. Additionally, good education enables one to make best use of one’s skills and talent and helps in fetching the most competitive jobs. Importance of education can be realized in the height achieved by great and famous personalities in different fields of education.

Brighouse Dyslexia Centre




A new centre for the assessment and tuition of dyslexia and dyscalculia and those with similar learning difficulties has opened in Brighouse in West Yorkshire. Brighouse Dyslexia Centre is owned and managed by specialist Francine Garnier. Francine is a highly experienced dyslexia specialist and has extensive experience as a specialist teacher, SENCO, assessor, tutor and training provider. She has experience in both state and independent schools and works with pupils, students and adults of all ages in primary schools, secondary schools, FE and Higher Education. Services such as workplace assessments are also offered to local businesses.

If dyslexic or dyscalculic difficulties (a specific learning difficulty for maths) are not diagnosed early, a pattern of failure can set in which results in loss of self confidence, low self esteem and under achievement. Brighouse Dyslexia centre may be a life line for those who struggle with literacy and numeracy and aims to help people have their difficulties identified and recognised so appropriate support can be put into place. Francine says, “For school aged children, parents can struggle to have their concerns recognised at school, which sometimes means difficulties are not picked up early enough, or expertise or resources in school may be difficult to access. Brighouse Dyslexia Centre provides a service to bridge this gap”.

Some students may only have their difficulties recognised when they have difficulty passing exams at college or university . For other people difficulties may become apparent in the work place. Brighouse Dyslexia offers services including diagnostic dyslexia and dyscalculia assessments for children, college and university students and adults, exam access arrangement assessments, Disabled Students Allowance Assessments (DSA), work based assessments, visual stress assessments and specialist private tuition for children, teenagers and adults.

School, college, university and the work place can be incredibly difficult for someone with undiagnosed difficulties. People can become incredibly frustrated with their inability to meet expectations. Those with undiagnosed difficulties may feel humiliated or ashamed of their difficulties and question their ability to learn. When difficulties are not recognized high levels of anxiety may become associated with literacy tasks and a cycle of hurt, anger and frustration can develop. People can become fearful and stressed because of their constant frustration and they may be unable to tolerate the amount of failure they perceive themselves to be experiencing.

Early diagnosis, support and intervention are crucial in helping avoid this destructive cycle. Following a diagnostic assessment by a specialist, a full report is produced pinpointing precisely the area of difficulty. People often feel better about themselves when they know there is a reason for their difficulties. Suitable support and intervention work alongside strategies and suggestions as to how parents, educators and employers can help the person move forward form part of the report recommendations.

Once a diagnosis is in place educators are able to teach to learning strengths, use creative adaptations in lessons, provide additional support and set achievable goals. This helps to build self-confidence and self-esteem and break the cycle of failure and frustration.

The Centre is building close working relationships with local schools, colleges, universities and employers. Francine comments, “Brighouse Dyslexia Centre is sensitive to individual’s needs. Dyslexic difficulties can and should be addressed – dyslexia and dyscalculia should not condemn people to low achievement.”

For diagnosis, support and specialist dyslexia tuition, contact Francine Garnier 07971 105743.

Drop-in open days are very well prepared and organised, with talks from the Head, walk-around tours of all the facilities, plenty of staff on hand to answer questions, displays of music, drama, sports, DT, and inspiring classwork on the walls. This is the school on its best behaviour, showing its strengths of which everyone is justifiably proud. Open Days are the safest way to choose a school that you will be happy with. You may have set your heart on a particular school, but it is not uncommon for parents to change their mind and select another school after visiting the competition.

On the day of the open day make sure you have a good look around with an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions; child guides particularly can be very

candid! Look for work of all ability ranges on display, if there is plenty, this suggests the school is proud of all its students, not just the top achievers. Do the pupils seem genuinely engaged by inspiring and enthusiastic teachers? Take your child along and involve them, especially when looking at secondary schools. They will pick up a child’s-

eye perspective you may miss, and will have a different view. There’s no point crowing over the art department if your child only wants to explore the sports or science facilities.

You know your child better than anyone and are their best ally in finding a school where they will fit in and thrive. Open days are the closest you can possibly get to attending the school yourself and finding out what the school can offer your child for their most important years in terms of social growth and education.

Training After School

Not all adults working in the United Kingdom today were lucky enough to get the best education when they were growing up. Others may feel that over the years the lessons they learnt back at school have been long lost and forgotten. There may be others who had a very good schooling, but has gone into areas of work that need you to learn new skills. Well, post-school training is becoming increasingly important to those out of work, employees and businesses. Learning something new can open doors for you.  It can help you to earn more money, get a better job or do something you really enjoy.

Benefits for Businesses

Businesses today must do everything possible to stay competitive and maintain a highly skilled, motivated staff. Despite today’s very competitive job market, employees often have little hesitation when it comes to searching for a new job if they become unhappy with their current employer. In order to keep employees satisfied, boost morale, and remain competitive, employers need to be aware of the need for further training and education of personnel.

Keeping Skills Current

One of the most important reasons to offer further training and education to employees is to ensure that work skills stay current. Keeping employees up-to-date regarding software applications, the latest thinking on logistical methods, and ways to improve efficiency are all necessary to keep businesses on a level playing field with competitors. Training is also an excellent way to retain the best employees. An unsuccessful company is one that does not keep up with trends in business, that is reluctant to change, and that has an unmotivated job staff with stagnant skills.

Training Methods

One of the most popular methods of further training is that of computer-assisted instruction. Employees complete specific modules of instruction, usually at the employee’s own pace. Accurate monitoring of the employee’s progress is possible, and the amount of time an employee spends on a specific module is adjustable, dependent upon need. Another common method of training is the workshop model, where groups of employees learn through a combination of audiovisual aids, games, role-playing, and occasionally through lecture.

Offering senior staff and management the opportunity to learn about the jobs of the support staff is another frequent choice when companies are considering what types of training employees need. Often, management is unaware of what the hourly employees do on a day-to-day basis. They may believe that those employees are not critical to the company’s operation, or that they can be quickly and easily replaced. Training management-level employees to do non-management tasks encourages an understanding and appreciation among all company personnel and can give rise to new ideas and suggestions for improvements to current practices.


When employees learn to do the jobs of other employees, called cross-training, the business gains security by enabling an employee to step in should another become unavailable due to illness, a leave of absence, or a promotion. The company can remain productive when the option of relocating employees as needed is available. In addition, exposing staff to different jobs and departments within the company imparts a greater knowledge of how each position is important to the big picture. Employees gain an understanding of the value of the entire staff and a greater respect for each individual’s contributions. This is a moral booster and a great way of encouraging respect among employees.

Businesses wishing to retain the best employees and stay competitive in the marketplace today must offer further training to their personnel. Employees respond positively to the opportunity to improve their job skills, which results in greater job satisfaction. A well-trained staff with good morale is an enormous asset to any company.

The hottest period in the educational calendar

It is great to browse through all those glossy brochures and re-visit them time and time again, but there really is no substitute for experiencing an Open Day. An open day is your best opportunity to uncover what you really want to know about courses and learning opportunities; the stuff you won’t find in a prospectus. It’s also the only way you’ll truly get a ‘feel’ for what studying (plus maybe living and socialising) is really going to be like. As soon as you enter the big building which possesses so many possibilities and aspirations, there will be someone there to talk you through every possible query you may have. There may well be accommodation to think about (university), questions that need to be answered about the level of support available during and after education, along with queries relating to the availability of study resources, and also be sure to inquire about any specific queries regarding the actual learning. But what is often the most important thing is that you get a good warm feel about the place.

Colleges and Universities are obviously different and so you may have different questions or be looking out for different things.  A college program is shorter than an undergraduate degree and not as highly academic either. Instead, a college focuses more on applied knowledge and hands on learning for a simpler path, into a specific career.  The structure of the day is different too. In many university programs students have a lot of leeway in creating their own schedules, whereas, college classes are often fairly fixed and the ‘school days’ can be pretty intensive. So just bare these points in mind when you attend an open day.

Young people typically aged 16-18 can go onto further education which may include sixth forms, colleges, training providers and apprenticeships. Qualifications offered include GCSEs, A levels and diplomas. Foundation learning gets you ready for GCSEs and BTECs or apprenticeships and work.

And for those entering into learning after primary school, now is the hottest period in the educational calendar for parents to look at potential school places. Before you attend a school open day, do look through the prospectus, and ask yourself: does my child have natural abilities in the performing arts,
music or sport? Is he or she more academically focused? This is because some schools are more geared to vocational training and qualifications for later life than others. When you do arrive at the school, do you feel welcome? Does the school look well-maintained? Speak to the head teacher and try to form an idea of the direction he or she is taking the school in and what plans they have. Find out about entrance policy, and if prospective pupils have to sit an exam, do ask to see a past paper. Extracurricular activities are also important, so find out what activities are offered at lunchtime or in the evenings. If you have work commitments which means your child has to go to school early or go home late, is there a “breakfast club” or after school activities? One final tip, don’t take your child with you to open days, if you really like the school arrange with the headmaster for another time to return. This way you can come back with your child and judge their reaction to the school and its teachers.

Your steps to stress-free childcare!

“Mum, where are we going on holiday this year?” Half term is only just over and your children are asking you about their school holidays. You’re working, juggling sports days and school fetes and trying to book a family holiday and you really haven’t had time to think as far as July and August.

Don’t panic! Take a deep breath and follow these five steps to stress-free childcare:

1) Check out summer childcare options EARLY. Often kids’ clubs offer discounts for early booking so take advantage of it.

2) Speak to your friends and family, compare notes and diaries. If you need to help each other out, find out when your friends are going to be around; if they’re not, look at flexible childcare options where you can switch days around up to a week before, even if you book early.

3) Feed their passion and don’t feel guilty about working during the school holidays. If your children are happy developing their love for tennis, football, cookery, dance, music or adventure to name a few, then book them on to a week-long progressive course and you can rest assured that they are enjoying learning new skills. It’s educational and will enhance any skills they are currently acquiring through their term-time activities. If they’d prefer to experience a range of activities a multi-activity camp which offers variety might be more suitable. Other factors to consider include value for money, hours, staff qualifications/experience and distance from work or home.

4) Plan play dates with your children’s friends. Looking after children for 6+ weeks can be daunting and exhausting. Most parents find it less stressful to team up with other families for day trips or reciprocal play dates. The children are usually happier with friends around and nag Mum or Dad less! Some camps will even link your child’s booking to a friend’s so they are in the same group.

School Open Days

Open days shine life on the glossy brochures that have been scrutinized for far too long now. At last the opportunity has come to see the schools and meet education-and-trainingthe teaching staff, pupils and even parents whose children already attend the school. Drop-in open days are always very well prepared and organised. Open days are the perfect opportunity to grab a very good feel about a school, they are the safest way to choose a school that you will be happy with, a chance to experience the atmosphere and sample the schools philosophies. On these days there’s always talks from the head, tours showing all the very best facilities, plenty of staff on hand to answers questions and of course the chance to see displays of music, drama, sports, DT, and inspiring classwork on the walls.

On the day of the open day make sure you have a good look around and approach the school with an open mind. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions, the more the merrier, not only do you answer your own questions but others too. Take your child along and involve them, they may well pick up on things that you don’t pick up on yourself, after all, they do have the necessary attributes to be able see things from a young person’s perspective and together with your own perspective you’ll both be comfortable with your final decision.

You know your child better than anyone and you are their best ally in finding a school where they will fit in and thrive. Open days are the closest you can possibly get to attending the school yourself and finding out what the school can offer your child. 

Charity Pages

Find great charities from all areas of life that could use your help and support below:

The UK is one of the most charitable countries across the globe and most people have inevitably given to charity in some way during their lives, whether that’s via running a marathon, arranging a bake-sale or by simply donating monthly. However many do not realise that including a charity in their will, can make a huge difference to those charities. Leaving a share of the estate, or a lump sum, no matter how small in their will, can help to change someone’s life.

Leaving a gift in a will can be seen as an easy way of offering a charitable hand. As charities really need the help, if you don’t feel like you can help right now, then why not do so when you have passed on?

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing support to the UK’s servicemen and women, veterans, reservists and their families for over 130 years and it helps some 60,000 members of the Armed Forces community every year. SSAFA is only able to support veterans and their families because enough people believe their service meant something.

Tomorrow British Forces will need our support again, and the charity is calling on the local public to consider it when writing their wills. A gift of any size will make a huge difference to the lives of our past and present Servicemen and women, and the families of both, in times of real need.

To find out more or to leave a legacy to SSAFA in your will, email or call 020 7463 9257 or visit

Fireworks night can be terrifying for many dogs, but did you know that teaching dogs to cope with noise fears in advance can help lessen the stress they experience when they hear the unexpected whizz, pop and bang of fireworks? To avoid the fear and anguish many dogs will go through during fireworks displays, it’s so important that owners plan ahead to help them and their dogs feel prepared and comfortable when 5th November comes around. Gradually teaching your dog that noises are not scary will help them be able to cope with unexpected noises over time. This usually involves playing recorded versions of the scary noises, but starting at such a low volume that your dog is not worried by them. The volume and direction of sounds are changed over time, but so slowly that your dog does not show any signs of fear. The sounds should also be associated with something that they enjoy, such as their favourite treats or a game. Dogs who are very frightened already may require support from a qualified, experienced behaviourist. For more tips and advice visit Dogs Trust Dog School, a national network of experienced trainers providing fun, educational courses for all dog owners based on up-to-date scientific research.  Using reward-based training methods, we teach the key skills your dog needs to thrive in everyday situations, including focusing on helping dogs to cope with unusual sounds, so they remain relaxed and happy! We’ll help teach you how to slowly introduce noises to your dogs and help them learn that fireworks are not so scary after all!  Courses are five weeks long, with a free introductory session. To find your nearest dog school visit and take your first step towards making the most of your relationship with your four-legged friend now.

Some people have major difficulties to overcome before they can think about taking part in the everyday social and physical activities that many of us are fortunate to take for granted.

After an industrial accident at work which fractured his spine, Stephen Birkby was left paralysed and told by doctors it would be unlikely he would walk again. Now, over 14 years later Stephen is working as the founder and principal instructor at D.A.W.S Community Gym which provides support and assistance for those affected by both mental and physical disabilities.

Stephen started D.A.W.S – Disability Awareness with Sport – a non-profit community gym in an attempt to combat the lack of exercise provisions for disabled people.

Based at St George’s Park, Westfield, D.A.W.S promotes a friendly, social and safe environment which helps individuals achieve their own personal and fitness goals, as well as helping them tone-up becoming more mobile and flexible with the use of specialised gym equipment.

After gaining charity status in October, they raised money to buy a specialist wheelchair trainer – a piece of equipment that has revolutionised the gym experience for wheelchair users – and they now have three of these along with numerous other pieces of unique kit.  This equipment along with wheelchair scales can be hired out with instructors.

“We’ve got people with cerebral palsy, those with spinal injuries, ex-service men and people who have long-term health issues such as diabetes, high-blood pressure and arthritis. The beauty of this equipment is that we can put it in gym classes, so wheelchair users can exercise alongside able-bodied people,” said Stephen.

The fundraising isn’t stopping there though, as Stephen and Tracey are currently looking to raise funds for transport, so they can take their work into the wider community.

Stephen has worked hard to create a community within the gym by making it a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone, and he runs both group and private sessions to help users improve their balance, posture, health and general well-being. And, he also runs community sessions weekly for those individuals who can’t attend the gym.

“It’s not just down to exercise – it’s about getting individuals out of the house and to somewhere they can meet people – so, it’s also about tackling social exclusion too.”


“It’s true that time is a great healer and in taking small steps, these have helped me grow stronger and more confident. Thank you to Steve for developing a niche gym for people with physical and mental issues.”

“Stephen at DAWS is great at helping you. I now feel so much fitter and happier, and plan to keep coming to the gym as long as I can.”

Stephen Birkby, Principal Instructor

Tel: 07527 118968

Tracey Morris, Admin and Finance

Tel: 07414 225161


If you would like to become a sponsor of D.A.W.S or contribute to their fundraising, give Stephen a call on 07527 118968.

200,000 cats and kittens helped every year, but still many more need help.

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Through our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres, we help care for abandoned cats and kittens across the UK.

Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

It’s an ambitious vision. However, we truly believe it can be achieved because of our passion, our professional approach and simply because cats are among the UK’s most popular companion pets.
We have simple and clear objectives to help cats:

  • Homing – we help to find good homes for cats in need
  • Neutering – we promote the benefits of neutering to prevent unwanted litters from being born and becoming the abandoned cats of tomorrow
  • Information – we improve people’s understanding of cats and their care and help to educate people of all ages about cats and their welfare requirements

We live in a world where there are many more cats than available homes and yet large numbers of unneutered cats are still allowed to have kittens. Sadly, abandoned and neglected cats remain commonplace.

At any one time we can have many thousands of cats in our care across the country. And there are many more that need our help. They may be abandoned, unwanted, mistreated or seeking a new home because their owners can’t care for them any longer. Old, sick, frightened…each cat that arrives in our care is different and we are committed to giving each and every one, the love and care they need for as long as it takes to find them a loving home.

Every cat that comes into us is health checked, treated for fleas and worms and vaccinated and neutered to get them ready for rehoming. We also microchip every cat, so that if they do become separated from their new owner the pair can be quickly reunited.

This dedication ensures the best possible start in their new life. However, such a high level of care comes at a high cost. From the moment a cat comes into our care, to the happy day they leave with their new family, we will do all we can to ensure the best start in their new home.

We never put a healthy cat to sleep

It is our ambition to help even more cats than we do already and cats and their welfare are at the heart of everything we do.

We can only be there for all the cats and kittens that need us with the support of kind friends, friends who are caring and generous cat lovers kind enough to consider making a significant gift towards our work. Not only can you help us to continue to offer shelter, food and care to thousands of unwanted cats and kittens – you can also help to make the world a better place for every cat by helping to educate people to become better owners and by supporting neutering programmes that will stop unplanned litters becoming the unwanted cats of tomorrow.

Can you help give cats a better today and a brighter tomorrow?

Please consider becoming a Friend of our new Black Cat Society. For further information, please contact Mandy Pope our Major Gift Manager on 01625 877 208 or email Mandy

Charities are part of British life. They range from small groups meeting local needs with few resources to the well-known major charities with budgets of millions.

Whatever their size or purpose, an essential requirement of all charities is that they operate for the public benefit and independently of government or commercial interests.
Our job is to ensure our readers are provided with the best possible regulation and information on these charities in order to increase charity effectiveness, public confidence and trust in them.

What is classed as a Charity
UK charities are non profit organisations that carry out activities that help society such as charity events & fund rasing and help fund vital research into medical conditions such as cancer or heart disease, helping children & poverty and help raise awareness of endangered species by such acts as “adopting an animal” sponsorship schemes.

Below you will find our charity directory. It lists a number of charities that we have worked with, supported and recommended over the years.

Save The Asian Elephants is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the now highly endangered Asian elephant. Founded just 15 months ago STAE has already made enormous progress in this important cause, which recent Populus polling shows commands huge levels of public support because of the concern for this ancient, noble and gentle animal, so grievously beaten, tortured and abused across India and the other 13 range states of SE Asia. Baby elephants are snatched from the wild, isolated, starved and dehydrated, then beaten with clubs and hammers, often to death, as part of the “training” process for a life of abuse in tourism, festivals and temples.

STAE operates to raise public awareness and inform opinion, and to exert responsible commercial and political influence. STAE’s website shows the many steps taken and successes already achieved for these wondrous animals. STAE’s policies have received wide backing from across many informed groups and world figures– see       STAE:

1 was instrumental in obtaining David Cameron’s 2015 election pledge to help Asian elephants, repeated in a Joint Statement with Indian PM Narendra Modi last November.

2 is working to change the UK law to stop advertising of unethical elephant tourism. Its CEO Duncan McNair has again been invited to address a major group of MPs in the Westminster Parliament shortly.

3 works hard in Brussels and Delhi to effect political change, and to persuade the big commercial interests to stop unethical elephant tourism. A recent sad story concerns Golf the young Thai elephant who was taunted and abused and then turned on a British tourist and killed him after severe torment. Golf was taken away and tortured all night – his screams were heard across the village. But he was then placed straight back amongst tourists to work more with them! So no concern for humans or elephants.

4 is developing a programme to send UK vets and vet students to work with captive Asian elephants in India, to raise awareness, and standards in elephant care, and spark interest in vets working there with elephants for their whole careers, as has happened already.

5 to found a mahout (elephant manager) training centre in India, with licensing and accreditation, based on compassionate and positive training methods, rather than brutality.

6 has just started its primary schools competition Asian Elephants-Create Awareness, in West London. This had a massive response from 40 local schools and nearly 2000 entries, the prizegiving attended by Lords, MPs MEPs, the Mayor, the Youth Mayor, celebrities, parents, teachers and winning pupils and schools in the Town Hall. STAE wishes to roll this out across the UK to hugely raise awareness.

STAE needs funding to continue this cutting edge work. No Board member receives any pay so virtually all income goes straight to its work for the elephants. Please help STAE to continue its work – before its too late for the elephants – by donating at

Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal – A £10m fundraising campaign.

Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal is the fundraising arm of St James’s Institute of Oncology in Leeds – also known as Leeds Cancer Centre.

The ongoing appeal directly benefits cancer patients in this excellent modern facility which opened in 2008. The Centre provides a range of cancer services to a catchment community of more than 2.6m people across Yorkshire and over 2,000 patients are treated at the Centre every day.

The Appeals focus is four-stranded: specialist medical equipment, research and
education programmes, patient ‘home comforts’ and the arts and gardens projects.

The £10m appeal will enhance patient care to make this world-class facility a leading force in the early prevention, diagnosis, treatment and after-care of this indiscriminate disease that still affects one in three lives in the UK. Income to date has reached £9.6m and of that, £8.4m has already been spent.

The Yorkshire Cancer Centre fundraising team organises a range of events throughout the year to encourage participation from all sections of the community in Yorkshire; from trekking events such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks at home; global adventures trekking the Grand Canyon or competing in the London to Paris Bike Ride and a corporate team challenge in the Peak District over 2 days in September.

There are also many running events where supporters can sign up and help boost our appeal fund; the Leeds 10k and Leeds Half Marathon; the Great North Run and the London and Yorkshire Marathon. In 2016 we will also celebrate our 20th anniversary September Ball event in Harrogate – a ‘posh frocks’ affair with a high degree of entertainment for all ages. We have a lovely selection of bespoke Christmas cards in the lead up to Christmas and we warmly welcome visitors to our annual Christmas Concert which features the amazing Inspiration Choir.

Please visit our website for further information about all our events:| or telephone 0113 206 8444 or 0113 206 8620

Thank you for your support


As well as providing healthcare in our hospices and neurological care centres, our community-based services are growing across the country.

In Doncaster we run a befriending service, providing respite for carers of those living with dementia and helping those over the age of 65 at risk of social isolation.

Befrienders are specially trained to be able to:

  • provide companionship and conversation

  • support individuals to maintain hobbies and interests

  • help access local community activities and resources

  • sign-post to other services where appropriate

Volunteer befrienders support people through one-to-one home visits, telephone calls, or a combination of both, for a few hours a week.

Being a befriender is a rewarding role; while supporting vulnerable people you can develop valuable skills to improve job prospects, increase in confidence and widen your social circle.

Learn more about out befriending service in Doncaster or search our current vacancies for befriending opportunities near you

Humanitarian organization British Red Cross International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement American Red Cross Help without Frontiers Christian Aid UK Islamic Relief The Soldiers Charity Médecins Sans Frontières The Salvation Army Christian Aid Oxfam Jewish Care Samaritans Joseph Rowntree Foundation St John Ambulance Surrey Methodist Relief and Development Fund

Child abuse and other child issues Child line National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Child Abuse – Signs and Symptoms

Autism National Autistic Society

Deaf British Deaf Association National Deaf Children’s Society Royal National Institute for The Deaf

Disabled Kids American Association of People with Disabilities Down’s Syndrome Association

Blind People Action for Blind People The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Bullying A charity that deals with the important issue of bullying An internet charity that deals with bullying A charity that deals with the issue of bullying Cyber Bullying Act Against Bullying website

Mental Illness Mind SANE Rethink

Learning disabilities

The Aged Help the Aged

Animals and wildlife Royal Society for the Protection of Birds People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Scottish SPCA American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Animal aid Farm Animal Welfare Council League Against Cruel Sports World Society for the Protection of Woodland Trust Advocates for Animals; Captive Animal Protection Society, UK Wildlife Protection Society of India, Greenpeace International

British charity networks Wales Council for Voluntary Action NCVO website for Engla SCVO website for Scotland NICVA website for Northern Ireland

Yorkshire Business

Local to Yorkshire? Check out the array of companies below to see what you can find near you:

Building High Performance Organisations

In today’s highly competitive business environment, smart preparation and disaster prevention strategies are essential to achieving success. For the astute business owner, making the organisation equipped against unexpected, unfortunate incidents should be given more attention compared to establishing a speedy response and recovery system. This future-oriented perspective is proven to be a helpful approach to crafting the company’s occupational health and safety policy: successful companies understand the direct link between effective risk management and increasing business bottom line.

In order to build a sound risk management framework, companies need to invest in the right training systems to ensure employees are equipped with the relevant skills, tools and knowledge. There are various internationally recognised occupational health and safety certifications today that business decision-makers can choose for their managers, supervisors and staff.

Reduced costs

The total cost of a work-related accident or illness involves a wide range of components. For the affected employee, the costs are measured with the pain, suffering and mental anguish they have felt, the lost wages during their recovery period, and the medical expenses they have accumulated. For the employer, accidents can cost the company insurance premiums, compensation claims (if served by the affected worker) and extra expenses in terms of overtime work or training hours to compensate for the injured worker’s absence. In fact, the UK government estimates £13.4 billion get lost each year due to workplace health and safety incidents in the workplace.

Improved output

A healthier workplace promotes worker productivity and better performance. Studies have shown how employees equipped with basic health and safety knowledge can be more efficient and will show more accountability compared to their peers without proper safety training; experts say that being exposed to international-standard best practices is the first step towards career development.

Business credibility

Companies with key managers and supervisors holding a NEBOSH or IOSH certificate earn the respect and acknowledgement of other companies, industry leaders and general consumers in the locality and the global business stage. For most professionals, proper risk management training is almost synonymous with being a responsible, reliable organisation. For leaders of winning teams, guarding the safety and health of people in the workplace is the first step towards stellar performance.

The Yorkshire and Humber region is a hotspot for companies which have the potential to grow as the economy recovers, research by the BBC suggests.

The report, published earlier this year, shows that our region has the second highest proportion of “business champions” – small firms with rapid growth potential – of any region in England.

“Creating the right condition for these ambitious [firms] to flourish, with the right support and investment, could prove key to rebalancing the economy,” the report states.

“These firms have been identified across England but relatively higher proportions are located in some of the least resilient areas of the north of England, suggesting a serious mood for growth there.”

On this page you will find areas of business that the report focused on and suggested could indeed drive our economy forwards.

Business to Business Services

When we talk about Business to Business Services we are refering to the experts who help other businesses achieve what they do not have the resources to do themselves. The key to business success is knowing when to outsource and delegate, which is esspecially important when it comes to areas of marketing, branding, accounting and law. Outsourcing is not limited to these areas though, it can also include a wide variety of tasks comprising of accounting, receivables collection, administration, HR administration, recruiting, training, security and computer-related services.

This industry is one of the major industries in Yorkshire that has seen major growth in the last decade due to recent technological developments. And as organisations have become more comfortable with the benefits of outsourcing transactional processes, they have progressively started to outsource higher value-added services and more comprehensive processes for example, they move from outsourcing just one, discrete function to outsourcing an entire end-to-end process (from accounts payable to complete finance and accounting operations, from payroll to entire HR operations).

As companies move to more comprehensive outsourcing relationships, they are able to benefit from greater economies of scale, broader transformation of their processes and an accelerated speed to value.


Everything in life benefits from an injection of glamour now and again, and finding the right venue for your conference is no exception. You need space, style, comfort and all the technology to run your presentations and best show off your products and services.

In an ideal world you want your organisation to benefit from the latest cutting edge audio-visual technology in the most comfortable environment, with the benefit of experienced staff who deal with hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide on a daily basis.

Not only does hiring a conferencing suite show that your business is a large and successful organisation, but it shows you to be one that really cares about the people. So whether you need a convenient space for a critical meeting, a business-like environment for training or team building, or a prestigious location for a high-calibre conference, make sure you take your time in choosing a place to impress.

High-Tech Conferencing

Technology redefines communication particularly in business. One such technology is conferencing services. It is a valuable resource for distance communication.
Conferencing technology had helped a lot in the business industry. Through it much time and money is saved for there is no longer a need to travel. It improves productivity, allows collaboration on business proposals in real times plus it enables employees or even family members to constantly and conveniently exchange information. There are three widely used conferencing services.

Perhaps the earliest for of conferencing technology is audio conferencing services. It is the most basic and easy to use conferencing service. It simply works this way: two or more speakerphones and multiple dial up numbers are used. Then you can choose if you will do it on your own and run the long distance charges by yourself or you can sign up for audio conferencing services. These services also come in many package types. There are also several options you can choose from once you sign with the provider of the audio conferencing services.

Another option for conferencing services is web conferencing. It provides a wider spectrum of communication that many businesses are taking advantage of. This can be done by having participant sit at their own computer while logging into a service that connect to other applicable participants. Through web conferencing, participants can listen, watch, as well as communicate with presenters. There are a lot of options that web conferencing services can offer such as slideshow presentations, live or streaming video, VoIP (Real time audio communication through the computer via use of headphones and speakers), web tours, meeting recording, text chat, whiteboard with annotation, screen sharing/desktop sharing/application sharing, polls and surveys.

Third type of widely used conferencing services is Video Conferencing. It is an interactive means of communications between two or more places. This can be achieved in a variety of ways but typically it consists of live video and audio feed in both directions. It also allows participants to display slideshows and interactive whiteboards just like in web conferencing. The advanced and constantly upgrading technology turns the used to be grainy video and poor sound into a clean, clear, crisp video and high quality sound during a video conference.

Property Management

Property management can prove to be a difficult task to accomplish without professional help. As a result, property management companies have become common in Yorkshire. When choosing a property management company, the property manager has the sole intention of having all aspects of the property well taken care of. The property owner stands to reap benefits from the services offered by the companies as compared to trying to handle the property by him or herself.

An increase in the income of the property is one of the benefits of hiring of the right property management company. The company will be responsible for marketing the property and bringing in potential clients. Those properties which have no proper marketing strategy in place find that they incur losses by having unoccupied units on the property. A good company will have the necessary knowledge of the local markets and therefore will know the best pricing strategy to use to attract potential clients.

Better time management is also a benefit when working with a property management company. You, the owner, could spend a lot of time trying to deal with the different aspects of management such as marketing and the general maintenance of the property. With the help of a good Property Management company, all these issues are taken care of, allowing you to spend your time on more important issues.

A good company can also lower expenses, which is something most owners are eager to see. This is because the property management professional has all the necessary knowledge of the market and will even know who to go to for services, such as those associated with maintenance, who will charge fair prices. A good company will also take care of issues that could easily turn into lawsuits as they are conversant with the laws of the land.

Besides gaining all these benefits, the property owner can be assured that the property will achieve the best returns, especially when there is trust between the property owner and property management company. They will work hard to strike up good relationships with the property owner as well as with the tenants as they want to continue handling the property in question. Therefore their staff will not leave anything to chance as they will work diligently to meet the needs of you, the property owner.

Staff Training

Your personnel are an integral part of your company. So aside from hiring qualified individuals, you need to make it your responsibility to provide your staff with constant skills update and training. Find below the exact reasons and benefits of providing staff training.

For starters, any industry undergoes constant changes. This means that whatever works well now may not be a good idea anymore later. So your staff really needs to be trained with the necessary new skills and techniques, for the company to keep up with all the changes happening in the market. Aside from this, know that staff training can improve your business because your people will be able to identify their weaknesses and then work to overcome it. If the training is successful, you will now have employees that are better equipped to deal with all the challenges in their work. Plus, they would surely be thankful to you for helping them out. This could result to your people becoming more dedicated and loyal to your company!

Another benefit of providing staff training would be seen later on in your company’s operations. For sure, processes would become more effective and more streamlined. In fact, if the training is really successful – initiative within your employees would rise and they can even help your company come up with better operating procedures!

As you can see, the time and money you would spend on providing your staff with the needed coaching will be all worth it – especially in an area as dynamic as Yorkshire.


In business, logistics refers to the network of systems that controls how resources flow through a business and from one firm to another over the course of a supply chain or production process. The field of business logistics is its own course of study and expertise for managers who understand the benefits of controlling logistics. Logistics professionals concern themselves with the goal of continuous improvement, which can have a significant impact on a company’s bottom line.

Controlling Costs
One of the most visible and valuable benefits of continuous improvement in business logistics is the ability for a firm to control its costs. Many costs tend to rise over time, such as labor, raw materials and energy. Rising costs cut into profits unless businesses can raise prices without hurting consumer demand. By continuously improving logistics, a business can take control of its costs. For example, pursuing energy-saving manufacturing methods helps a business
guard against the rising price of energy.

Utilising Production Capacity
Logistics supply a business with the materials and other resources it needs to produce goods for sale. Improvements in logistics allow a firm to utilize the fullest extent of its production capacity. Any shortages or slowdowns of raw materials or labor could mean idle factories and production that can’t satisfy demand or meet sales targets. Managing logistics can ensure there is a steady stream of resources available, regardless of market conditions. This will be the case when a business identifies and invests in new suppliers of essential goods or pursues a vertical integration strategy to take more control of the upstream supply chain.

Improved Quality
Quality is a major element of business logistics. Having access to the right materials at the right time is of little use to a business if the materials are of poor quality and unusable. Continuous improvement in logistics strives to supply firms with rising percentages of quality resources. This is especially important for specialty goods, where there is a low tolerance for error and customer returns or rejected products are costly.

Facing Competition
Every business faces competition in some form from another company. While there are numerous ways in which businesses can compete, logistics ranks high among them. Improving logistics to a point and then taking a passive approach to the system allows competitors to gain advantages in terms of cost savings, improved quality and production capacity. Even incremental improvements in logistics can translate into significant savings over time and lay the foundation for further improvements in the future.

The Importance of Marketing for these Businesses

The heart of your business success lies in its marketing. Most aspects of your business depend on successful marketing. The overall marketing umbrella covers advertising, public relations, promotions and sales. But what is it and what does it include? Well, Marketing is the process by which a product or service is introduced and promoted to potential customers. Without marketing, your business may offer the best products or services in your industry, but none of your potential customers would know about it. Without marketing, sales may crash and companies may have to close.

Getting Word Out

For a business to succeed, the product or service it provides must be known to potential buyers. Unless your business is known in the community and have communication with your customers readily available, you have to use marketing strategies to create product or service awareness. Without marketing, your potential customers may never be aware of your business offerings and your business may not be given the opportunity to progress and succeed. Using marketing to promote your product, service and company provides your business with a chance of being discovered by prospective customers. Using mediums, such as newspapers (our publication included) is hugely important if you are looking to drive those living in the local area to your business.

Higher Sales

Once your product, service or company gets on the radar screen of your prospects, it increases your chances that consumers will make a purchase. As awareness becomes a reality, it is also the point where new customers start to spread the word, telling friends and family about this amazing new product they discovered. Your sales will steadily increase as the word spreads. Without employing marketing strategies, these sales may not have ever happened; without sales, a company cannot succeed.

Company Reputation

The success of a company often rests on a solid reputation. Marketing builds brand name recognition or product recall with a company. When a company reaches the high expectations of the public, its reputation stands on firmer ground. As your reputation grows, the business expands and sales increase. The reputation of your company is built through active participation in community programs, effective communication–externally and externally–and quality products or services, which are created or supported by marketing efforts.

Healthy Competition

Marketing also fosters an environment in the marketplace for healthy completion. Marketing efforts get the word out on pricing of products and services, which not only reaches the intended consumers, but also reaches other companies competing for the consumers’ business. As opposed to companies that have a monopoly on products and services that can charge almost any price, marketing helps keep pricing competitive for a business to try to win over consumers before its competition does. Without competition, well known companies would continue to sell while lesser known companies or new companies would stand little chance of ever becoming successful. Marketing facilitates the healthy competition that allows small businesses and new businesses to be successful enter and grow in the marketplace.


Although marketing is hugely important for a business to succeed, it can also be very expensive. In its first year, a company might spend as much as half of its sales on marketing programs. After the first year, a marketing budget can reach as much as 30 percent–sometimes more–of the annual sales. A marketing program that gives your company the best chance is a healthy mix of different forms of marketing, such as website development, public relations, print and broadcast advertising, design and printing for all print materials, trade shows and other special events.

The insolvency profession needs an image makeover
The term “Corporate Recovery” conjures up different mental pictures to different people. And it is not surprising. The insolvency profession is in serious need of an image makeover. Many people believe that insolvency practitioners exist simply to sort things out after the demise of a business.
If you have toothache you immediately think dentist; if the rain is leaking into your home – a roofing contractor. But when faced with financial problems, very few business managers think “I need an insolvency practitioner”. There is a tendency to leave things until very few options are available.
The reality is that if you are a company director and you see financial problems on the horizon, the sooner you face and address them the better chance your business has of surviving. It may be a case of arranging finance or attracting investors. But that may not necessarily be the best strategy for your company’s position if the root cause of the problem has not been identified. Borrowing money in that situation may be simply “throwing good money after bad”.
Often a company can run into financial difficulties where the core business is sound. It may be that some operations within the company are not viable and are dragging the whole enterprise in a downwards direction. Or perhaps there has been a temporary glitch – such as a large contract being delayed – which has thrown cash flow into disarray and as a result the company needs to “buy time” and trade through its problems. These are all issues which an insolvency practitioner can help the company address.
Insolvency practitioners are salvage experts. They are practical people. If they can find a way of keeping a business afloat they will.
One of the tools of trade of the insolvency industry is Administration, but there are others.
It is a relatively temporary arrangement whereby insolvency practitioners are appointed by the court to take control of the company. They look into the viability of the business to see if part or all of it can be salvaged. And while the company is in Administration it is in a protective bubble – safe from potential actions taken by creditors – such as bailiffs seizing essential equipment.The broad objectives of Administration are to halt any further deterioration which may be to the detriment of creditors and to try to save as much of the business as possible.
The insolvency industry is not just about “burials” but preserving and salvaging businesses. But saving businesses and jobs depends on owners seeking professional advice from an insolvency practitioner – the sooner the better.
We are at the beginning of a supply chain revolution that could have as great an impact on society and the way we operate our business as the Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth century.
The impact of e-commerce is radically changing the way we do business, and membership of CILT’s new Retail Logistics Forum and Outsourcing & Procurement Forum will ensure you keep at the cutting edge of developments.
With speed and standards of home delivery becoming a vital priority – and an essential part of consumer decisions – home delivery is now a key sales tool. The likely switch from retailer to manufacturer as the organisation responsible for delivery to consumers, certainly for larger products such as white goods, will mean the way we have been operating is set to change forever. Add the implications of reverse logistics and returns (perhaps accounting for the bulk of an order) and traditional supply chain patterns are altered forever.
The new resource of 3D printing is increasing in impact faster than expected. Organisations from Caterham to BAE to NASA are rapidly developing and implementing the technology. As the cost of 3D printing comes down as take-up rises, it is set to have a huge impact on manufacturing and logistics. CILT and its sister organisation, the Institute of Operations Management, are the natural home for early adopters of this technology, which cuts across many traditional production and supply chain disciplines.
To find out more about CILT visit stand 1050 at Multimodal 2014. Call them on 01536 740104, email or visit
Over 30 Years Engineering
Chirton Engineering Ltd is based in North Shields, near Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. They are a subcontractor of precision engineering components, dealing particularly in the fields of offshore oil & gas manufacturing.
More importantly with more than 30 years’ experience in the business Chirton Engineering Ltd has a wide customer base in a diverse range of fields. Whether it’s for large batch quantities or one off prototype Chirton Engineering Ltd is sure to meet your requirements. They have built their reputation upon the belief that quality isn’t expensive; it’s PRICELESS!
The company started life on a small scale, employing only five highly experienced personnel. The manufacturing facility was 1000 sq feet. Today the company works out of a facility of 12,000 sq feet and has forty employees.
This huge expansion has seen an investment over the years, in excess of £1.5 million pounds on new machine tools, measuring equipment & employee training to ensure that Chirton Engineering Ltd are now one of the leading Sub-Contract machine shops in the whole of the UK & beyond.
Chirton Engineering Ltd supply precision machined components to companies in the North East of England, Aberdeen, Southern England & export to companies in France, Norway & Germany. They have a wide customer base from Subsea Oil & Gas to the Automotive Industry, and take pride in the work supplied and our commitment to meeting tight delivery schedules.
The company’s quality management system is approved to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 UKAS Accredited. This has resulted in a significant improvement in internal procedures and has generated employee motivation and commitment.
Chirton Engineering Ltd now supply precision machined components that require 3.2 certification, they can handle customers needs from the Purchase Order stage to Delivery. Third Party Testing including Mechanicals/Tensiles, Chemical Analysis, Hardness Testing, and Charpy Impact Testing. They have extensive experience of working with DNV, Lloyds Register, Test House Procedures, Visual and Final Dimensional Inspection of components. If required a full Documentation Pack can be supplied including an Electronic Copy, all verified by the body conducting the Full Survey of Manufacture requirements.
The company continually strive to improve, ensuring that their products and services exceed their customer’s needs and expectations.
For more information you can visit:
RTS is the leading provider of specialist safety training and consultancy to the petroleum and petrochemical industries. Our safety training company has a proud history of helping employers, staff and individuals exceed workplace health and safety legal requirements.
Headquartered in the heart of the industrially-rich region of the South Humber Bank, Grimsby, we work principally with the bulk liquid warehousing and energy sectors covering:
Petroleum and Petrochemical Operations, Occupational Health and Safety, Fire Prevention in the Workplace, Custom Course Development
Safeguard staff and visitors, avoid litigation and the price of working days lost by reducing unnecessary incidents. Unrivalled workplace health and safety is what we do best.
From Design Through To Fabrication
QA Weld Tech Ltd are welding and manufacturing specialists. From design through to fabrication, they are sure to provide you with everything you could possibly need!
The company operates a clean condition fabrication facility dedicated to computer controlled hot wire TIG cladding and welding of UNS 32760 & 31803 Duplex Stainless Steels and has developed over 500 fully approved welding procedures.
With its staff of fully qualified welding engineers, metallurgists, coded welders and experienced fabricators, it can apply an extensive range of processes and procedures on materials ranging from carbon steel and AISI 4130 through to Duplex Stainless Steel, Kunifer and high nickel alloys such as Inconel 625.
Their Key Services Include:
Specialist welding and fabrication:-
– Carbon and low alloy steels – Duplex and super duplex s/steel – High nickel alloys – Weld inlay and surfacing
Computer Controlled Hot Wire TIG:-
– Inconel 625 – Stainless steel – Aluminium bronze – Stellite
For more information you can visit:
The World’s Leading Support Service for Construction Companies
Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. They offer advice, design, construction, equipment and facilities management services for society’s infrastructure. Interserve is based in the UK and is in the FTSE 250 index. It has revenue of £1.9 billion and a workforce of nearly 50,000 people worldwide.
Their ability to support our clients at any point in the life cycle of their assets – buildings, associated land and other infrastructure – begins with consultancy and planning advice, ranging from sustainability and energy management to healthcare planning and cost management.
Their design and construction expertise covers the full spectrum from strategic projects to programmes of smaller works managed through framework agreements. Interserve use their detailed knowledge of how the asset will function in practice to create an environment that will maximise operational efficiency and reduce whole-life costs. The same concepts of time- and cost-saving apply to the specialist construction equipment that they design and engineer, which is used by contractors across the world.
Interserve manage and deliver operational services in many environments – such as hospitals, military bases, schools, offices, housing, retail centres and industrial plants – that underpin their core functions through integrated relationships. The company works closely with their clients to devise operational regimes that fit their specific circumstances, often acting as a strategic partner to deliver significant efficiencies through far-reaching change management and process re-engineering.
The way that they operate is driven by their Vision of being The Trusted Partner. Underpinned by a set of goals and guiding values, this shapes how they manage their relationships with clients, employees, shareholders, suppliers and the communities in which they work. Interserve believes that openness, fairness and reliability create long-term partnerships from which all parties benefit.
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AOC Archaeology is one of the longest established and experienced archaeological and heritage organisations in the UK, with highly qualified staff based in our offices across the country. We undertake a range of archaeological work, for commercial developments to support planning applications, as well as for community and educational projects.
Our work can include documentary and historical research, geophysical and building survey, and archaeological excavation, together with a full range of post-excavation work. This allows us to build up a picture of the past form of an archaeological site, and an understanding of how this functioned, providing an insight into the lives of the people who lived and worked there. Sites can range in date from the Prehistoric and Roman periods, through medieval times, the Industrial Revolution, and even up to the Second World War. Indeed, a recent excavation uncovered a late 19th century photograph of a man, found on the site of a former cottage. This was identified as a local resident’s relative and the photograph reunited with the family!
AOC Archaeology Group has a strong commitment to community involvement in projects, including participation in excavations and surveys, through to training events, talks, workshops and popular publications. We have encouraged communities to explore, enjoy and actively engage in understanding and appreciating their cultural heritage.
We work closely with established heritage groups to provide help with funding applications, and offer support and the free use of equipment for undertaking community projects of every size. Whether it’s a community archaeological excavation, running an education initiative, designing a new interpretation panel or display, or creating an ambitious landscape study, we provide innovative, ethical, sustainable and practical solutions.
For further information please contact Mitchell Pollington in the York office of AOC Archaeology, at or call on 01904 413 404.

Quality commercial units throughout the UK

LetDirect provides competitive and flexible leases on a wide range of industrial units across the UK. Whether you’re looking for offices, warehouses, workshops, industrial units or studio space, our comprehensive management approach allows you to fully focus on developing and nurturing your company.
Businesses looking to rent commercial properties can choose from over 100 business estates across the UK that belong to the Industrial Property Investment Fund (IPIF) managed by Legal & General Property. LetDirect let a wide range of properties with short, flexible leases, offering customers the opportunity to expand or contract as their requirements demand.
Bradley-Mason LLP is a Chartered Building Surveying practice offering a full range of building consultancy and project management services throughout the UK.We recognise the commercial angle of any property transaction or building project is key to its success. We draw upon the experience of our team to combine specialist building consultancy skills with commercial awareness and an understanding of our clients’ business needs.Ranging from investment funds and property companies to high street retailers and commercial tenants, we advise clients on the life cycle of their property interest from acquisition to disposal. By considering the life cycle of a client’sBradley-Mason LLP is a Chartered Building Surveying practice offering a full range of building consultancy and project management services throughout the UK.We recognise the commercial angle of any property transaction or building project is key to its success. We draw upon the experience of our team to combine specialist building consultancy skills with commercial awareness and an understanding of our clients’ business needs.
Ranging from investment funds and property companies to high street retailers and commercial tenants, we advise clients on the life cycle of their property interest from acquisition to disposal. By considering the life cycle of a client’s property interest the initial liabilities are minimised, occupational or investment costs are efficiently managed and unnecessary disposal or exit costs can be avoided.
Our key people have all worked at a senior management level within some of the largest international property consultancies. In bringing these specialist skills together and adopting a hands-on approach, we offer a totally independent and proactive consultancy services across the UK.
Please contact Julian Mason if we can help with your Building Consultancy problems, or you would like to know more about the services we offer.
Bradley-Mason LLP, Evans Business Centre, Hartwith Way, Harrogate HG3 2XA, Tel: 01423 534604
Fax: 01423 534605
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Pathway to MIEMA, another first from Corporate Risk Systems
Corporate Risk Systems has developed a Full Membership development programme to take delegates who have completed the Associate Certificate of IEMA to Full membership, and is an ideal final step for delegates looking to become the complete environmental professional.
The package will support individuals through action planning, written submission and the IEMA assessment for Full Membership (MIEMA). Support is also available to delegates who wish to become Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). This bespoke and unique product is a natural step for delegates completing the applied learning route to Associate membership but is open to all. Head of Environment, Richard Ball highlights ‘ this unique product, allows Corporate Risk Systems to support candidates on the complete journey to becoming an environmental professional from underpinning knowledge in the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, through to application in the AIEMA applied learning course, to professional with the Pathway to MIEMA’ . Corporate Risk Systems will be launching the Pathway to MIEMA at a summer event at Force India please contact Ros Stacey for more details.