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County Durham business secures million-pound investment, April 2017

A Newton Aycliffe business has secured a million pounds’ worth of investment from a major private equity firm.

Growth Capital Ventures (GCV) has received a £1.1 million investment from Maven Capital Partners, a prominent UK private equity house, and worked alongside another local business, Stockton-based Endeavour Partnership, to complete the deal.

GCV is a leading developer and operator of online co-investment platforms. Their first platform, GrowthFunders, allows everyday investors to invest alongside professional investors and venture capital funds, backing the next generation of high growth British businesses.

Co-founder, Craig Peterson, explained: “We've worked closely with Endeavour for the last few years. The team have advised on a number of key areas as our business has grown. Their guidance and advice has now helped to finalise the investment from Maven Capital Partners”.

Norm Peterson added; “We're delighted to have Maven on board. The investment is part an overall £1.25m investment round and will enable GCV to strengthen the team, enhance its core technology and significantly expand its investor base.”

In addition, GCV now also plans to launch a new 'Peer to Peer' (P2P) lending platform that will allow investors to invest in asset backed property and clean energy opportunities.

Endeavour Partnership advised GCV on various legal aspects of the investment.

Martin McKinnell, associate at Endeavour Partnership, said: “This was a detailed and fast-moving deal with varying aspects. We advised on a number of elements including due diligence enquiries raised by Maven, reviewing and amending transactional documents with regards to the investment, overseeing the investment process and dealing with the administrative aspects of implementing the investment both in terms of pre-completion changes to GCV and implementation of the investment structure.

“It was an interesting deal for Endeavour Partnership, not only because it’s a fantastic achievement for another local business, but also because we teamed up with Maven, a prominent private equity firm, to complete the deal”.

Craig Peterson added: "GVC is expanding nationally but we remain committed to our heartland region of the North East. To have a business-focussed law firm based locally, with the breadth of expertise we needed on this deal, gave us confidence to complete the deal efficiently”.

Endeavour Partnership employs a team of 50 and has a reputation spanning over 16 years, providing high quality advice on a range of business law matters including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, employment, commercial property and corporate recovery and insolvency from its headquarters at Teesdale in Stockton.

 

Mind the gap, warns Teesside legal firm, as new Gender Pay Gap rules come into force, April 2017 

A Stockton law firm is advising businesses to be aware of the new Gender Pay Gap regulations that come into force next month, which are some of the highest profile legal changes of 2017 and will highlight pay differences between men and women. 

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 will become law from April 6th 2017.

Endeavour Partnership’s employment law experts are urging Teesside companies to be aware of a new ‘Gender Pay Gap’ reporting requirement for employers with a headcount of over 250 employees and act now to prevent possibly being ‘named and shamed’.

The Gender Pay Gap is an equality measure that shows the difference in average earnings between men and women over a period of time, no matter what their role is. In the UK, the average pay for men is greater than it is for women and although at its lowest since 1997, the Gender Pay Gap between men and women is currently at 18.1 per cent, according to latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

In 2015 the Government vowed to close the Gender Pay Gap and have consulted with businesses on how to do this. This has led to the new Gender Pay Gap regulations which means companies with over 250 employees will have to openly report the following:

  • Gender pay gap (mean and median averages)
  • Gender bonus gap (mean and median averages)
  • Proportion of men and women receiving bonuses
  • Proportion of men and women in each quartile of the organisation's pay structure

Endeavour Partnership is warning that failing to comply with the new laws and publish this information may result in a business being publicly ‘named and shamed’, meaning customers, employees and potential future recruits could raise concerns with the business’s support for improving gender equality. In some cases, the Equality and Human Rights Commission may use its enforcement powers to take action.

Laura Kirkpatrick from Endeavour Partnerships’ employment team explains: “These new regulations form an important step towards improving gender equality within the workplace and given that thousands of employers could be affected, it's likely to have an impact. The new rules will oblige employers to highlight any differences in pay between men and women and public pressure could encourage a business to look at their pay structures.

“As with the introduction of any new law, there’s often some confusion around how it’ll work in practice for businesses and organisations so we’re assisting companies now to keep them fully informed of their obligations in light of the new regulations.

“Although there are no sanctions for non-compliance at the moment, in the future, fines could be invoked. But companies need to be aware of the indirect effects non-compliance could have. For example, an organisation’s reputation, goodwill and share price could all be adversely affected by a lack of reported information or a large gender pay gap.

“In addition, they could experience difficulties recruiting and retaining employees or securing new contracts.”

Laura is advising businesses that they should be taking steps now so that they are ready to start collecting April 2017 data. Planning ahead will also give a company the ability to provide a narrative with its data which can explain the reasons for the results and give details about actions that are being taken to reduce or eliminate the Gender Pay Gap.

In addition, businesses with less than 250 employees are being advised to be aware of the new laws as the Government has already looked at whether the regulations should be extended to all businesses and with the increased publicity around the gender pay gap and equal pay issues, employers should now review gender equality within their business and take steps to reduce or eliminate their gender pay gap.

 https://www.endeavourpartnership.com/

Teesside experts transform historic UK shipping business, March 2017 

A Middlesbrough-based brand agency, which has seen a 50% increase in demand for its service in the last year, has started 2017 with the completion of a major project for one of Teesside’s longest-established companies. 

The award-winning agency has recently completed a contract for Casper Shipping, the UK’s leading port agency company which is based at Tees Wharf in Middlesbrough and operates internationally from across the UK. 

Better was tasked with creating a new brand for Casper Shipping, which has been established on Teesside for almost 145 years, to support the business in its growth.  

Better used its unique ‘BetterBrandBuilder’ to develop the new brand including the company’s vision, mission, values, tone of voice and strapline before the creation of new brand identity. 

The BetterBrandBuilder is a business tool developed in-house at Better and used by dozens of companies around the North East to improve their brand communications. Demand has grown significantly in the last year with a 50% increase in the number of projects. The company is now working on brand development for high profile North East companies including Endeavour Partnership, Active Financial, Baltic Training and GSC Grays to name a few.

Michael Shakesheff, managing director of Casper Shipping, said: “Casper is beginning a new chapter of growth, service delivery and geographical coverage. We needed a new brand and corporate identity to reflect and support the current business and where we plan to go in the future. After seeing the impact for other clients, the BetterBrandBuilder was the only choice for us.

“The impact of the project on our business has already been incredible and we’ve established a new brand structure and identity for our group. The inclusive BetterBrandBuilder process has meant our staff and customers all have buy-in as they feel that they have contributed. Our team now also understand our vision and mission for the business and what we are trying to achieve. Better have helped us to ‘rebrand’ our way of thinking which in turn is having a major commercial impact on our business.” 

Better specialises in brand, design, web and digital marketing and last year increased its team from ten to 14 and office space from 1000 to 1500 square feet.

The business was established in 2008 and has continued to grow working with clients around the UK including PD Ports, NHS England, the North East Chamber of Commerce, Northumbria University, Active Financial, Odyssey Systems, Faithful and Gould, Red House School, Growthfunders and author of ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ Philippa Gregory, to name a few.

Managing director, Mark Easby, said: “Working with companies to build their brand is an important business process to support growth, business change and repositioning in a very competitive marketplace. We have a stringently tried and tested process that has a significant track record, as well as an exemplary level of delivery that is helping to secure new clients for 2017.

“It’s very important in the current marketplace to have a service that no one else can offer and that’s what we have in our BetterBrandBuilder. Although the Casper Shipping brand is established and recognisable with a history spanning almost 145 years, there was a real need to ensure that its positioning was fit for purpose and fit for growth. The company needed to ensure its ‘brand story’ represents the company it is today and the messages and communication about the business are accurate and reflective of the growing ambition, service offer and reputation.” 

http://www.betterbrandagency.com/

 

 

 

 

STS saves skills with apprentice recruitment, January 2017

Darlington-based Stone Technical Services (STS) has provided a young engineer with an important apprenticeship opportunity after the firm he was working for was unable to retain him due to pressures in the restoration sector.

STS has recruited Sam Turner, from Middlesbrough, as an apprentice working across its lightning protection and restoration divisions.

The 21-year old had previously been working at a Teesside foundry training as a casting and forge specialist but the company wasn’t able to extend his contract due to economic pressures in the industry.

Managing director of STS, Dave Stone, realised Sam’s potential and offered him the opportunity to join his team.

Sam has already worked on some important projects at STS including the re-make of Darlington’s Corporate Road School’s ancient bell, which was installed at the end of 2016 and re-moulded using the original Transporter Bridge bell, and casting iron louvers for the Serpentine Bridge project for the Royal Parks in London.

STS works with a number of organisations, including Gateshead College, Historic England and the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust, to provide opportunities for young people to enter the restoration and conservation sectors.

Dave Stone said: “We’ve long been aware of a skillsgap in the North East amongst young people after struggling to recruit skilled workers in the heritage, lightning protection and high level maintenance sectors. Sam showed so much talent that we wanted him as part of our team and we certainly didn’t want his talent to go to waste.”

Sam said: “I find the heritage sector fascinating as it combines the old and new. I’m sure lots of people my age aren’t aware of the variety of opportunities that are available in the sector but I am finding all sort of different jobs that are now open to me. I’ve already worked on some brilliant projects at STS and I am excited about what my future holds.”

STS recently announced its most successful year to date by revealing a 20% year-on-year growth. The company, which is made up of five divisions – STS RopeSpec, STS Lightning Protection, STS Restoration, STS Maintenance and Facilities Management and STS Conservation- has seen its turnover increase from around £2 million to over £3 million in the last 12 months and staff numbers are now approaching 50.

Recently, STS has secured new projects with the likes of the Highland Council in Scotland, Newcastle City Council, York Museums Trust, MITIE, the Forth Road Bridge, Texaco, Mitchells and Butlers, Yorkshire Water and Westminster Central Hall.

Darlington brothers, Dave and Grahame Stone, established Stone Technical Services in 1998 and now have offices in Edinburgh city centre, near Stockport in Cheshire and in central London as well as their HQ on Kellaw Road in Darlington

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Green light for multi-million pounds Hambleton holiday park. January 2017 

Hambleton District Council has today (January 5th 2017) approved plans for the £3 million Angrove Country Park near two popular market towns. 

Alan Petch, from Great Ayton, re-submitted his plans for a green holiday park between Stokesley and Great Ayton, having withdrawn his previous application following concerns from local residents. 

After consulting with Hambleton District Council, residents, local businesses and Stokesley and Great Ayton Parish Councils, Mr Petch re-submitted a much-reduced scheme for 54 chalets, scaled down from the original application for 179.  

These have been approved by Hambleton District Council today and work will get underway in the spring.

The new scheme will feature an environmentally sustainable development with a small solar park, extensive tree-planting and new wildlife corridors and gained approval thanks to its aim to boost tourism and jobs in the local area. It’s estimated Angrove Country Park could bring over £4 million in tourism spend to the Stokesley and Great Ayton areas.

Mr Petch, who also gained the support of Welcome to Yorkshire chief Gary Verity, has worked closely with planning consultants, local businesses and councils on the revised plans which are also in line with Hambleton District Council’s ‘Vibrant Market Towns’ initiative which aims to encourage projects that support the local economies of towns such as Stokesley and Great Ayton.

The new development will be located on the Coast to Coast cycle route and will also help to safeguard the route of the proposed Endeavour Way, a much-anticipated route for cyclists and walkers between Great Ayton and Stokesley.

Tree-planning and work on Angrove Country Park will get underway in spring and the project will take place in phases with minimal disruption to the immediate area. It’s hoped completion could be around summer 2017.

Alan Petch said: “We are overjoyed to finally have these plans approved as we started initial consultations in October 2014. We have been overwhelmed by the support of local residents, businesses and councils and would like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm.

“We’re looking forward to now taking Angrove Country Park forward and making a real difference to local towns and villages in the Hambleton area, ensuring that these plans benefit the whole community.

“We spent a lot time revising the scheme and we’re excited to be able to provide a boost for tourism and jobs in the area with a picturesque and spacious country park.”

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Experienced solicitor joins Teesside legal firm, December 2016 

Endeavour Partnership is further strengthening its commercial property team by appointing a new associate with over 20 years’ experience. 

Helen Roberts, from Barnard Castle, has joined the Stockton-based legal firm having worked across the North of England throughout her career on many high-profile projects. 

Helen, who specialises in commercial property, will be developing Endeavour Partnership’s property finance offering and joins one of the region’s leading commercial property teams, recently named as a top-performing firm in the prestigious Chambers and Partners Guide for its expertise in investments and developments, particularly in retail, agriculture, waste management and industrial sectors, as well as property finance. 

A keen marathon runner, Helen joins Endeavour having worked for the likes of Ward Hadaway, Square One and Eversheds.

Helen said: “Endeavour’s commercial property team has become one of best in the North East. I am looking forward to developing the firm’s property finance offering and working with Endeavour’s high calibre of clients which rival many of the major city firms.”

Simon Wake, head of Endeavour’s commercial property team, said: “Helen has held some very high profile roles in commercial property in top firms. She brings with her a vast amount of experience as we continue to develop and grow our team. 

Endeavour Partnership employs a team of 50 and has a reputation spanning over 16 years, providing high quality advice on a range of business law matters including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, employment, commercial property and corporate recovery and insolvency from its headquarters at Teesdale in Stockton.

http://www.endeavourpartnership.com/  

Apprentice toasts success at Stokesley bistro, December 2016 

A family-run Stokesley bistro is helping a local teenager get her career started by supporting her studies whilst she works full-time. 

Megan Wilson has been working at Howard’s in Stokesley since August 2016 as part of the front of house team and is now developing her career. 

Bosses at Howard’s noticed the 16-year-old’s potential and offered to support her through her level 2 hospitality apprenticeship at Middlesbrough College and are working with Hambleton District Council to provide funding for Megan’s training. 

As part of her skills development, Megan is also training alongside Howards’ well known manager, Peter Holligon, who has worked at the bistro since it opened in 2008 having been in the industry working at a range of hotels and restaurants for over 30 years. 

Megan, who attended Stokesley School, is training on site at Howard’s supported by Middlesbrough College in a variety of areas including hygiene, health and safety, team work and customer service. 

Megan said: “I have worked with the team at Howard’s for quite a while now and it’s made me realise what I really want to do. I love the hospitality industry and the opportunities it offers. Working alongside Peter Holligon is a real learning experience which is further-boosted by my studies through Middlesbrough College which are proving hugely beneficial. It’s great to be able to work and study at the same time.”

Owner of Howard’s, Graham Howard, said: “We’re a small team but we do pride ourselves on encouraging young people into the industry and providing jobs for local people. Training provision is vital and it’s great to have the support of our local council and college who can help keep Megan on the right track.”

Howard’s employs a team of 15 local people and works with local schools and colleges to provide a range of apprenticeship opportunities for young people.

Howard’s was again awarded a five-star hygiene rating over the summer and also announced a new partnership with Rington’s, making it the only food and drink outlet in Stokesley to sell the popular ranges of teas and coffees.

http://www.howards-eatery.co.uk/ 

New director drives into Yorkshire auction business, December 2016 

Leeds-based Independent Motor Auctions (IMA) has started its period of recruitment following the acquisition of a Lancashire firm as part of its expansion plans.

Family-run IMA took over West Coast Motor Auctions (WCMA) in Poulton-le-Fylde near Blackpool in November in a deal worth an undisclosed seven-figure sum to include the business and property.

The company has now appointed a new sales director to manage growth at both sites. Michael McMullan joins the team bringing with him over 20 years’ experience in sales and development with luxury brands and within the remarketing industry.

Michael joined the remarketing industry eight years ago with SMA Vehicle Remarketing, formerly Scottish Motor Auctions, as the branch manager at Livingston. Michael then went on to become regional manager and national auction manager overseeing the company’s operations in all five SMA locations around the UK, prior to its £43-million-pound sale to British Car Auctions in June 2015.

In addition to his remarketing expertise, Michael brings a huge wealth of experience in the retail motor industry having spent many years working for prestige brands and dealer groups.

At IMA, Michael will be responsible for the growth and volume sales at both Leeds and Blackpool. 

Michael said: “I’m joining IMA at a very interesting time in the company’s development which provides me with an incredible opportunity. I’m also really excited to be joining an independent and family-run auction business- known for its first-class customer service and a personal and progressive approach to doing business.”

IMA took over WCMA as part of its expansion plans as the company not only branches into a new region but also into auctioning motorbikes as well as cars. The business has been rebranded as Independent Motor Auctions Blackpool with all 16 of WCMA’s original staff being retained, adding to IMA’s current team of 22. WCMA has a longstanding reputation spanning almost 30 years and IMA has acquired the family-owned business due to retirement.

IMA is owned and managed by the Lane family with Justin Lane recently taking over from his father, John, as managing director following his retirement. Since taking full ownership of IMA in 2006, the Lanes along with Martin Britton and their team have continually increased turnover which has recently reached in the region of £20 million

Speaking about Michael’s appointment, Justin Lane said: “Following our recent acquisition, we need to ensure we have a strong, experienced team to take us forward during 2017. It’s a very exciting time to be in our industry, especially in a business such as ours which is flying the flag for independent auction companies, of which there are very few remaining. 

“Michael has a good combination of both sales and sector experience which is a real asset to our business. He’ll have the responsibility of achieving our volume aspirations in both our Leeds operation and our new site in Blackpool as we work towards growing both companies in 2017.”

IMA is the only independent, family-run motor auction business in West Yorkshire and operates from Scotland down to Birmingham counting major names such as Vantage Motors, Jennings, SG Petch, Colin Appleyard, Richard Hardie, Derek Slack, Cars2, Burrows Motor Group, John Roe Toyota and many more as clients. This will now increase further thanks to the acquisition of WCMA.

IMA occupies three acres on Bruntcliffe Lane in Morley and employs a team of 22 with three auctions every week. In addition, IMA also offers online auction bidding to its trade customers through its LIVEBID software which has created 4 new jobs

 http://www.independentmotorauctions.co.uk/

'Pure’ success as celebrity brand names Hambleton hairdresser’s as best in business, November 2016

A Stokesley hair salon has been named as the best in the region by a world-leading supplier.

Label M, a professional haircare brand started by Toni and Guy’s founders, recently named Pure as its best performing hairdresser’s in the North East and North Yorkshire.

The brand, famous for being the official hair care product used at London Fashion Week, is used around the world by leading hair stylists. Pure uses a range of the products with its clients in Stokesley and has now been recognised as one of the brand’s top businesses.

Last month Pure, on Stokesley High Street, celebrated its second year in the town and has started a period of recruitment thanks to faster than anticipated growth.

Ben Middleton relocated to Stokesley from Brighton with his wife Naz, who is originally from the North Yorkshire market town, to establish Pure following a successful career in London and the South East.

Ben, who himself was well-known as Toni and Guy’s youngest ever franchisee in the 90s, has over 20 years’ industry experience having worked with many celebrities and well-known names for magazines both in London and in North Yorkshire.

Pure launched with just two members of staff and the salon now has a team of five with plans to double this in the next year.

Ben and his team style hundreds of clients each month, well above the average for the size of the salon, and the business is now creating new roles, including opportunities for senior stylists, stylists and apprentices.

Pure provides a range of services for ladies and gents, working closely with Label M and their styling teams in Manchester and Newcastle to provide ongoing training and development. 

Speaking about the accolade from Label M, Ben said: “Label M is regarded as one of the hair industry’s very best brands as it was established by the founders of Toni and Guy, Toni Mascolo and Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, who are very prominent figures.

“For a relatively small, boutique hair salon, being named as Label M’s best performing business in our region is a fantastic boost and I was really surprised. I’m so proud of the team at Pure who always go over and above and it’s the start of a really exciting period of growth for us.”

http://www.purehairdressing.co/

Teesside legal team strikes deal with Boro star, November 2016 

Endeavour Partnership has advised a well-known Boro player on his new venture.

Dimi Konstantopoulos has recently opened a Greek restaurant in Middlesbrough with his business partner, Nikos Pitsoulis, and with the help of Endeavour Partnership’s commercial property team, ‘Great Greek’ launched last week.

The goalkeeper has invested £250,000 in the Linthorpe Road restaurant which will create 25 jobs and has also worked with Anderson Barrowcliff Chartered Accountants on various aspects of the business’s development.

Endeavour Partnership’s commercial property team has advised Dimi on elements such as the lease and terms for the restaurant and the completion of a second lease for a further unit.

The legal firm’s commercial property team is one of the most experienced in the North East and was recently placed in the top tier of the Legal 500’s rankings. Simon Wake, partner and head of commercial property, was named as an elite ‘leading lawyer’ on the list of the Legal 500’s 2016 guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.

Natalie Kay from Endeavour Partnership, who assisted on the restaurant project, said: “Dimi’s new venture is another addition to Middlesbrough’s vibrant and diverse bar and restaurant scene. It’s in an ideal location, close to the town’s university and promises to offer something new. It’s been a really interesting project to work with Dimi and the team on and we look forward to seeing it become a success.”

Dimi Konstantopoulos said: “Opening a new restaurant is obviously quite a change of area for me. I couldn’t have done it without a team of exceptionally patient and professional individuals to guide me every step of the way to ensure the restaurant is a great success from the very beginning.”

James Dale from Anderson Barrowcliff said: “We have worked with Dimi and Nikos through every step of their journey in turning the idea of a Greek restaurant in reality. Everyone at Anderson Barrowcliff is delighted with their achievements after seeing the amount of hard work and dedication they have put into this operation.”

Endeavour Partnership employs a team of 50 and has a reputation spanning over 16 years, providing high quality advice on a range of business law matters including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, employment, commercial property and corporate recovery and insolvency from its headquarters at Teesdale in Stockton.

 

Middlesbrough brand experts ‘grow their own’ to preserve local jobs, November 2016 

Teesside brand experts have appointed their first digital marketing intern at the same time as a long-serving team member is made a director and shareholder. 

James Bolton, who has an NCTJ Diploma in journalism, is Better’s first recruit for their new Digital Internship Programme, launched at the end of summer. James will be responsible for originating digital marketing ideas along with measuring and analysing results for clients.  

The programme, which sits alongside the Middlesbrough-based company’s Creative Internship and web development apprenticeships, has been set up as part of the agency’s ‘grow your own’ approach to attracting, developing and retaining Teesside’s best creative and digital talent. 

In addition to James’s appointment, Adam Gatenby, who joined Better in 2012 as a web developer, has become a company shareholder having been made digital director in 2014. 

Adam said: “It’s been clear since I joined Better that career progression, personal development and staff retention is very important.  I’m very excited to see my commitment and hard work rewarded with an incredible opportunity to join the management team. We share the same ambitions and we’re excited about the future. I’m very much looking forward to being part of the next stage of growth for the agency.

“It’s vital that we retain good, local talent and we work closely with local universities to do this because so many young people believe they have to move to major cities for digital and creative jobs which just isn’t the case.”

As well as experience in journalism and PR, James has more than three years’ experience in retail content marketing and e-commerce management.

James said: “It’s really exciting to join such a progressive company and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. It’s great to be able to combine my love for the area, my creative skills and passion for business in a career with long-term options.”

Better’s head of digital marketing, Shaun Hogg, said: “As an agency in the North East, we have some responsibilities above and beyond producing great work for clients. A major responsibility is raising awareness of opportunities in the digital and creative sectors in our region. If you ask many local students where creative jobs are, their first answer would be London. This is an outdated myth so we want to play an active part in offering those opportunities to grow and nurture local talent. We do in effect ‘grow our own’ talent through our internships and apprenticeships.”

Managing director, Mark Easby, said “Skills development and retention is a key challenge facing many sectors across the region with creative and digital being no different. As an agency, we’re committed to developing local talent and ensuring we have the opportunities, through our continued growth, to keep them in Teesside. James is a perfect example of someone with the raw creative talent, commitment and energy to make a real difference to our growing digital team whilst at the same time, developing their career with us as we grow.”

As well as their own internship and apprenticeship schemes, Better is also involved in supporting local charities and skills initiatives such as High Tide Foundation, which delivers industry-led programmes to increase awareness of employment opportunities for young people on Teesside. 

Last month the agency, which was established in 2008, announced its expansion with increased studio space at its HQ in Plenary House on Queen’s Square and the creation of three new jobs to cope with a range of new projects that the company has recently started work on.

The award-winning strategic marketing, creative, web and social media agency now employs a team of 14 and works with a range of clients including PD Ports, the North East Chamber of Commerce, Tees Active Financial, Casper Shipping, Endeavour Partnership, Baltic Training, MyFirmsApp and OddsMonkey.

http://www.betterbrandagency.com/

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Gisborough Hall becomes an independent venue, November 2016

Gisborough Hall has announced multi-million-pound investment plans as it prepares to become a fully-independent, family-owned hotel.

Lord Gisborough and his family, supported by a newly-appointed board of directors, will take full commercial control of Gisborough Hall, which is currently a Macdonald Associate hotel, from April 2017.

This will allow for further investment at Gisborough Hall including a new spa which it’s hoped will be open by the end of next year. The team, made up of over 100 local employees, will remain the same with more jobs being created with the opening of the new spa.

Gisborough Hall has been a Macdonald Associate since 2002, when the hall became a hotel. During this association, the hotel has become one of the most successful and prestigious hotels in the North of England with a range of accolades including the North East’s best large hotel.

Nick Holmes has been appointed non-executive director to aid transition and support future spa and leisure proposals. Nick was highly regarded for launching Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, Darlington and was managing director of the five-star resort for six years, overseeing its development and success.

Nick will also support Gisborough Hall's well-known general manager, Kim Yardley, who will remain with the business when it leaves Macdonald Hotels management. Kim has managed the hotel since it opened in 2002.

Four-star Gisborough Hall dates back to the 19th century and is home to two AA Rosette restaurant ‘Chaloner’s’, a Revival Zone spa, 71 bedrooms and ‘G’ Bar and Bistro, as well as a ballroom, conservatory and events’ spaces and its traditional drawing room and inner hall.

This year Gisborough Hall has notched up several accolades including Laterooms.com’s ‘Simply the Guest’ award for being one of the best hotels in the North East and North Yorkshire and a ‘Green Leader’ award by TripAdvisor and has also been a Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Award finalist for the last two years (2015 and 2016).

Nick Holmes said: “This is a truly exciting time for Gisborough Hall as we are now going to be fully managed here in Guisborough. As we approach our 15th anniversary next year the time is right for us to ‘go it alone’. It allows us to invest and develop as we see appropriate for both the local community and also to encourage visitors to the region.”

Lord Gisborough said: “Being part of the Macdonald Hotel Group has been a fantastic experience. They have provided us with the opportunity to grow and, with their leadership, we have been able to really put the hotel on the map, for this we are extremely grateful and we wish them all the best.”

A Macdonald Hotels Group spokesperson added: “We have very much enjoyed our association with Gisborough Hall Hotel and we wish the owners and staff every success in the future.”

http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/gisborough-hall-hotel/ 

 

West Yorkshire motor group crosses borders with new 7-figure sum acquisition, November 2016

A Leeds-based, family run motor auction business has acquired a Lancashire firm as part of its expansion plans.

Independent Motor Auctions (IMA), in Leeds, has taken over West Coast Motor Auctions (WCMA) in Poulton-le-Fylde near Blackpool in a deal worth an undisclosed seven- figure sum to include the business and property.

The takeover will assist with IMA’s expansion as the company not only branches into a new region but also into auctioning motorbikes as well as cars.

All 16 of WCMA’s staff will be retained adding to IMA’s current team of 22. In the coming year, the company plans to create a number of new jobs as part of its growth plans.

WCMA has a longstanding reputation spanning almost 30 years and IMA has acquired the family-owned business due to retirement. The business will be rebranded as Independent Motor Auctions Blackpool.

Earlier this year IMA invested a quarter of a million pounds in two new transporters to increase delivery capacities and to assist with its growth plans. The fleet itself is now made up of a nine-car artic transporter, a five-car rigid transporter and two six-car transporters. Thanks to the new acquisition, IMA now plans to increase its fleet further in the coming months with the order of two more seven-car transporters due early 2017.

The Lane family originally bought into Independent Motor Auctions in 2002, taking full ownership from March 2006 along with Martin Britton who joined the Lanes as sales director, and since then the company has experienced continued growth in a competitive marketplace with turnover now in the region of £20 million a year.

John Lane originally ran IMA alongside his son, Justin, and daughter, Melissa, and Martin Britton. This year, John retired from the business and Justin took over as managing director. Despite retiring John still has an active interest in the auction and is excited to be part of the expansion plans.

Justin himself returned to IMA earlier this year having spent several years working for a large company in the sector and has almost 30 years’ industry experience. In addition, in 2013 Justin was chairman of the National Association of Motor Auctions, the industry body representing auction companies.

IMA is the only independent, family-run motor auction business in West Yorkshire and operates from Scotland down to Birmingham counting major names such as Vantage Motors, Jennings, SG Petch, Colin Appleyard, Richard Hardie, Derek Slack, Cars2, Burrows Motor Group, John Roe Toyota and many more as clients. This will now increase further thanks to the acquisition of WCMA. 

Justin Lane said: “This is a really exciting acquisition both for IMA and WCMA as we have plans in place to develop both businesses in the coming months. We have a very similar company ethos to WCMA as we’re family run and independent, both very rare attributes in the current sector marketplace.

“IMA continues to grow faster than the industry itself so it’s very encouraging to be bucking the trend and preserving and creating jobs. Expansion into a new region is a development we’ve wanted to make for some time but the acquisition had to be right for both businesses and we feel that WCMA is ideal, not only because we now cover Yorkshire and Lancashire but because we’re also expanding into motorcycles as well.

“We’re very proud to be one of few auction businesses that is still independent and family-run, providing the best customer experience and offering a personal service in a very competitive and largely dominated marketplace.”

IMA occupies three acres on Bruntcliffe Lane in Morley and employs a team of 22 with three auctions every week. In addition, IMA also offers online auction bidding to its trade customers through its LIVEBID software which has created four new jobs

http://www.independentmotorauctions.co.uk/

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Teesside legal firm works on multi-million-pound waterpark, November 2016 

Teesside’s leading firm of commercial solicitors has recently assisted in the completion of the UK’s new multi-million-pound waterpark. 

Endeavour Partnership, based at Teesdale, worked with Benchmark Leisure on the development of Scarborough’s Alpamare waterpark, which opened at the end of July. 

Endeavour Partnership’s team of commercial property experts, headed by partner Simon Wake, have worked with Benchmark Leisure on the long-term development scheme since 2003 advising on various issues. These have included negotiating a number of supplementary agreements with Scarborough Borough Council relating to various phases of the development, dealing with flat sales and retail leases in the first phase of the development and negotiating leases and agreements with other users. 

The £14 million Alpamare waterpark overlooks Scarborough’s North Bay and features the UK’s longest and fastest waterslides. The attraction also boasts a giant indoor wave pool, an outdoor garden pool and infinity pool with massage jets, whirlpools and bubble benches, an indoor area for younger children with interactive features and an outside terrace overlooking Scarborough’s coastline and landscaped gardens with sunbeds, pool bar and restaurant. 

Simon Wake, partner and head of Endeavour Partnership’s Commercial Property team, said: “The Alpamare development has been incredibly exciting to work on as it has been in the planning for many years and it is very important to Scarborough Borough Council in its efforts to keep its visitor attractions vibrant and fresh. It has been a multi-faceted project for Endeavour on which we have been working with Benchmark Leisure for many years on virtually all aspects relating to the development scheme as a whole.” 

Roland Duce, from Benchmark Leisure, said: “Alpamare is one of the most exciting new attractions to open in the North of England for many years. It has been a long time in the planning and Endeavour Partnership’s team has been with us for most of the project, advising on various elements. The whole process has been efficient and, despite a number of challenges over the years, the team made it straightforward for us to progress with this exciting project thanks to their enthusiasm and exceptional knowledge.”

Endeavour Partnership, with a reputation spanning over 16 years, provides high quality advice on a range of business law matters including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, litigation, employment, commercial property and corporate recovery and insolvency from its headquarters at Teesdale in Stockton.

In the last 12 months alone, Endeavour Partnership has created 10 new roles taking staff numbers to 50 thanks to a continued influx of new projects.

http://www.endeavourpartnership.com/ 

Brand experts put Teesside on the map as business booms, October 2016 

A Middlesbrough-based brand agency has expanded following a successful summer. 

Better has increased its studio space at Plenary House on Queen’s Square and created three new jobs to cope with a range of new projects that the company has recently started work on. 

The award-winning strategic marketing, creative, web and social media agency now employs a team of 14 and has grown its office space from 1000 to 1500 square feet. 

The investment comes following Better’s successful summer securing new contracts with Casper Shipping, Endeavour Partnership, Baltic Training, MyFirmsApp and OddsMonkey to carry out a range of brand, creative, web and digital marketing projects.

Demand for Better’s unique ‘BetterBrandBuilder’, a business tool developed in-house and used by a number of companies around the North East to improve their brand communications, has grown significantly in the last year and the company’s new digital marketing division, established at the start of 2016, is also experiencing rapid growth.

Better was established in 2008 and has continued to grow working with clients around the UK including PD Ports, the North East Chamber of Commerce, Northumbria University, Tees Active Financial, Odyssey Systems, Faithful and Gould, Red House School, Growthfunders and author of ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ Philippa Gregory, to name a few.

Managing director, Mark Easby, said: “We’re operating in a very competitive marketplace at the moment but thanks to our reputation as one of the longest established creative agencies and our established and unique ‘BetterBrandBuilder’ process, we’re seeing demand grow for what we do.

“This means we can create new opportunities for local talent that wants to break into this sector. We are also committed to the retaining and developing the best people in the region and growing a team that can support our growth and deliver impact for our clients.

“It’s a really exciting time to be a growing business on Teesside, and in Middlesbrough in particular, which is seeing a real upturn with a host of new developments in the offing. We’re passionate about putting the region on the creative map and, thanks to our exceptional team and loyal clients, I believe we are now starting to compete with areas such as Leeds and Manchester.”

http://www.betterbrandagency.com/

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Revised plans for Hambleton holiday park, October 2016

A North Yorkshire farmer hoping to encourage tourism and boost jobs with the development of a green holiday park has revised and reduced his plans following concerns from local residents.

Alan Petch, from Great Ayton, withdrew his previous application for 179 chalets as part of a new £9 million development at Angrove Country Park, located between Great Ayton and Stokesley.

Following meetings with Hambleton District Council and Stokesley and Great Ayton Parish Councils, along with feedback from local residents, Mr Petch has now re-submitted a much-reduced scheme for 54 chalets which is due to be considered by the council later this year (around December).

The new scheme still features an environmentally sustainable development with a small solar park, extensive tree-planting and new wildlife corridors.

In addition, it’s estimated Angrove Country Park would create a substantial number of new jobs and bring over £4 million in tourism spend to the local area.

Mr Petch, who has the backing of Welcome to Yorkshire chief Gary Verity, has worked closely with planning consultants, local businesses and councils to revise the plans which are also in line with Hambleton District Council’s ‘Vibrant Market Towns’ initiative which aims to encourage projects that support the local economies of towns such as Stokesley and Great Ayton.

The new development would be situated on the Coast to Coast cycle route and would also help to ensure that the Endeavour Way, a much anticipated route for cyclists and walkers between Great Ayton and Stokesley, becomes a reality.

If Angrove Country Park is approved, tree-planning and work would start in spring next year with the project taking place in phases with minimal disruption to the immediate area.

Planning consultant, Steve Hesmondhalgh, who has advised Mr Petch on this proposal and the previous scheme for Angrove Country Park, said: “We have always been keen to work with the council planners and this revised scheme will cover around half the area of the previous one with a third of the number of chalets but still deliver great benefits to the local area.

“We hope that when this goes before Hambleton District Council’s planning committee later this year they will agree that this is a positive method of farm diversification that will benefit the local area by delivering both tourism jobs and much needed accommodation for visitors.”

Alan Petch said: “We want to work closely with local residents, businesses and councils to ensure that these plans benefit the whole community. We’ve spent a lot time revising the scheme and want to reassure people that we have addressed specific concerns and, hence, have reduced our plans. Angrove Country Park would still provide a boost for tourism and jobs in the area but the smaller scale would be even more picturesque and spacious.”

 

Local MP gets a taste for ‘mouth-watering’ Stokesley Food Week, September 2016

Date: - Friday 30th September 1515 and Saturday 1st October 0900-1300              

Time: - See above, other times can be arranged, please contact Anna if required

Place: -Friday 30th, Chapter’s Deli, Stokesley High Street TS9 5DG

           Saturday 1st, throughout Stokesley High Street

Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond, is showing his support for Stokesley’s second food week by officially launching the event on Friday September 30th.

Following the success of the first ‘Stokesley Food Week’ last year, business owners and residents in the town have organised even more events to celebrate eateries, food producers and retailers from across the local area.

The event will run from October 1st to the 8th and will showcase the wide variety of restaurants, cafes, pubs and other food-related businesses in the market town.

The food week has been organised by Stokesley Parish Council with the support of local businesses and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP and will provide visitors with a range of activities and special food-related offers.

On Saturday October 1st, a series of activities will take place at the monthly Stokesley Farmers’ Market- itself named the best farmers’ market in England in 2014- including pop-up food demonstrations by well-known local chefs, cocktail-making sessions, special promotions and tasting opportunities.

Throughout the week, restaurants, pubs, shops cafes and takeaways have a host of offers* and discounts and on the final day, Saturday October 8th, Stokesley will host a ‘Free Sample Saturday’ event with businesses offering free tasters of various foods and drinks.

Rishi Sunak said: "I'm delighted that the success of the first Stokesley Food Week has led to the second event and I am really pleased to be involved in helping to launch the week. Stokesley has some great cafes and restaurants and some equally good suppliers of excellent food and drink. It's a sure-fire recipe for a mouth-watering seven days."

Malcolm Smallwood, parish councillor, said: “The support we have had for this year’s Stokesley Food Week has been brilliant. Thanks to last year’s event and the tremendous success of the Tour de Yorkshire in Stokesley, there’s a real demand for more events that the local community and visitors to our town can get involved with. We’re really looking forward to the week and hope people come along and take advantage of the fantastic offers.”

Keep up to date at https://www.facebook.com/StokesleyFoodWeek/

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Editor’s Notes

*Offers as part of Stokesley Food week include: -

  • Chapters’ Deli- 10% off food during food week
  • The Mill- daily promotional offers
  • Howard’s- free tea and coffee refills
  • Panda- 10% off evening meals and free Chinese tea samples
  • Thomas the Bakers- 10% off any artisan breads
  • Sharman Wines- £10 off cases of wine
  • Stokesley Diner-by one meal get one free or family meal deal for £15
  • Spread Eagle- order 2 mains and get a starter free
  • Newboulds- daily offers
  • Chapters’ Hotel- 20% off the new menu
  • Co-op- 5% to the customer and 1% donated to community when buying Co-op branded products if a Co-op card holder
  • Stokesley Butchers- rump steaks £6.50 per lb

Yorkshire food and drink businesses urged to ‘Simply Innovate’ at free event, September 2016

Businesses in the food and drink sector across Yorkshire are being invited to a free event offering practical advice, funding options and assistance on how to grow and develop. 

‘Simply Innovate’ is being hosted by the University of Leeds and The Food Industry Network with key speakers from global companies, such as Nestle, and Government organisations including Innovate UK.

The event, on Thursday 6th October at the University of Leeds, will provide help and guidance to SMEs of all sizes in the food and drink sector on implementing and developing an innovation project to assist with growth.

It’s the first in a series of events planned to boost innovation ideas across Yorkshire’s food and drink industry to encourage further development and create job opportunities.

Experts from The Food Theme at the University of Leeds, Nestle, energy-efficient food processing company Albion Crystallisation, Innovate UK and The Food Industry Network will come together to offer advice on issues such as funding options, how local universities can assist with development, current and future opportunities and multi-national development.

Simply Innovate is being organised by Leeds-based The Food Industry Network which promotes innovation and development in the food and drink sector driven by changing consumer demands.

The organisation works with both established businesses across Yorkshire and Humberside looking to grow and enter new markets and also start-ups seeking rapid growth and investment.

Ian Blakemore, operations director at The Food Industry Network, said: “The food and drink sector is a thriving industry across Yorkshire and Humberside but there are also very many emerging opportunities that are being driven by changing consumer demands which businesses may be unaware of.

“We’re bringing together a host of industry experts with a depth of knowledge to share who will provide practical and impartial advice, supported by representatives from the Government-backed Innovate UK who can offer help regarding funding options.”

Dr Martin Pick, chair of The Food Industry Network, added: “We firmly believe that there are so many opportunities for development across our region and that innovation is critical to the food and drink sector’s success both in the UK and to drive export.

“The free event is an opportunity for businesses ranging from sole traders to larger organisations to find out how they can get help and funding and also find out where the new opportunities may lie for them.”

The event takes place on Thursday 6th October between 0830-1200 at University House at the University of Leeds.

To reserve a free place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/simply-innovate-tickets-25640546565 www.finuk.co.uk 

Teesside law firm ranked as best in business in the North East, September 2016

Endeavour Partnership has been recognised as one of the North East’s leading corporate and commercial practices in an influential guide.

Stockton-based Endeavour Partnership has been ranked in the top tier of the trusted industry guide The Legal 500, which also highlights key partners as some of the best in their field.

The legal firm’s corporate and commercial, dispute resolution and commercial property departments have been placed in the top tier of the Legal 500’s rankings.

Endeavour’s managing partner, Paul Bury, was commended by the guide as standing out for his ‘patience, comprehension and timing’ while Lee Bramley, partner and head of litigation at Endeavour Partnership, is described as ‘an extremely knowledgeable lawyer who is good at seeing the wider picture and achieving clients’ aims'. 

The Legal 500 also singled out Endeavour for having ‘the strongest reputation for commercial litigation in the Teesside area’ and its service ‘which is comparable to London firms but with a regional fee structure’. 

In addition, Paul Bury and Simon Wake, partner and head of commercial property, were named as elite ‘leading lawyers’ on the list of the Legal 500’s 2016 guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.

Managing partner Paul Bury said: “Endeavour’s clients include regional and national businesses as well as multi-national corporations and we attribute our success to our team’s ability to understand the business needs of our clients in a precise and efficient manner whilst providing a service at a realistic price.


“Our clients are assigned a specifically selected team of lawyers and benefit from the firm’s City-standard service, its excellent connections and experience of working with businesses from a vast range of sectors.


“We’re exceptionally proud to be based on Teesside and to be able to more than hold our own against big city counterparts. Recognition from the prestigious Legal 500 confirms that we are now competing with the Leeds and Newcastle heavyweights and we will continue to build on this in all of our departments.”

 

At the start of 2016, Endeavour Partnership announced that it intended to begin a period of recruitment with plans to create a number of new roles in 2016. Over the summer months, four new jobs were created thanks to a continued demand for Endeavour’s range of legal services. In the last 12 months alone, Endeavour Partnership has created 11 new roles taking staff numbers to 51. 

The firm, with a reputation spanning over 16 years, provides high quality advice on a range of business law matters including employment mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, litigation, commercial property and corporate recovery and insolvency from its headquarters at Teesdale in Stockton.

http://www.endeavourpartnership.com/ 

Christmas gifts for the travellers- 1stclass luxury luggage, August 2016 

What?

Rowbree is a premium luggage brand designed and handcrafted in England aimed at discerning travellers who want super lightweight yet fashionable vanity cases, attaché cases, and suitcases of various sizes, as well as bespoke designed. 

The Hereford Collection by Rowbree is designed and manufactured in Norfolk using state-of-the-art techniques from design engineering experts who work with brands such as Lotus, Aston Martin, Bentley and McLaren. 

The luggage is thought to be the lightest of its kind currently available and is possible thanks to the use of carbon fibre, which not only benefits from being light and robust but also has a distinctive appearance. 

Products

The Hereford Collection by Rowbree includes a vanity case, attaché case, flight case and 73L and 100L suitcases all combining unique attributes including: -

  • Super lightweight carbon fibre that can be customised to create an individual bespoke case
  • Robust yet attractive material
  • Can withstand exposure to extreme temperature changes
  • Luxury, lightweight linings to maximise style and volume capacity
  • Handstitched leather handles crafted by British saddlers
  • Hand-polished aluminium billet components
  • Stainless steel fastenings and aerospace grade adhesives to guarantee robust construction

 

Company background

Rowbree was the brainchild of design engineer, Mike Harris, who has worked in the motorsport industry for over 20 years travelling the world. Having used a variety of luggage throughout his years of travel, Mike recognised a niche in the market for a super lightweight range that could also offer bespoke design options.

Mike and his team have spent the last year researching the market and developing The Hereford Collection to the highest standards.

MD and designer at Rowbree, Mike Harris, said: “The Hereford Collection combines and showcases traditional British craftsmanship with state-of-the-art product innovation. Our luggage has been under development for the last year and has been stringently tested to withstand extreme temperatures, is exceptionally durable and made to last a lifetime. Not only that, beyond our standard collection, any purchase from the Rowbree range can be made even more special with the option of making a bespoke item just for you.”

The Hereford Collection is available from