APD Communications Managing Director Mike Isherwood, back left, with members of the ESN Development Team – Technical Manager and ESN Lead Sean Hancock, back right, and, from left, Keeley Barrick, Darren Jackson and Declan Whiting, with the National Approval Testing Service (NATS) certificate.

APD Communications is the first to gain accreditation for next generation Emergency Services Network

Technology leader APD Communications is the first to be officially certified to support a new state-of-the-art communications network for the UK’s emergency services.

Applications open for consumer health innovators at design accelerator, Elmwood LaunchPod

We are delighted to announce that the world's most effective brand design consultancy, Elmwood, has today opened applications for their first STEAM-focused accelerator hub based at their global HQ in Leeds. The first cohort will be for entrepreneurs innovating in consumer health (more details of which can be found at the bottom of this email). Elmwood is looking for start-ups that apply creative or design-thinking to deliver consumer-centred solutions, as well as those that apply emerging technologies such as AI, automation, robotics and Augmented Reality to improve consumer health.

Double Partner Promotion at Leading Law Firm

UK top 200 corporate law firm, Shulmans LLP, has strengthened their Property and Employment units by announcing the promotion of two of its associates to partner as part of its career progression scheme, Forward with Shulmans.

River Island Opens New Flagship at Leeds’ White Rose

British fashion retailer River Island has this weekend (14 April) unveiled a new 26,000 sq. foot flagship store at White Rose Shopping Centre.
The refurbished Reel Cinema Burnley

Starring role for Medlock FRB as cinemas are transformed

Leisure sector contractor Medlock FRB has landed a starring role in another cinema upgrade as it strengthens its presence in the sector. Oldham-based Medlock is to begin work this month on a £1m project at the Astoria in Chippenham, Wiltshire, for family-owned Reel Cinemas.

Kids Planet secures £6.5m follow-on funding

Family-owned Kids Planet has received a further £6.5m investment from BGF as it plans to double the number of nurseries within the group in the next five years.

Five things to consider if you’re buying an industrial property

It may not have the kerb appeal of residential purchases, or the corporate feel of commercial premises, but for investors looking to make strong returns industrial property is becoming a popular choice.

Animated first quarter for Harvey & Hugo

Darlington-headquartered PR agency, Harvey and Hugo PR is celebrating a period of rapid growth following a string of successful new client wins throughout the UK. The innovative agency has taken on five new team members to meet demand for its brand-building services of PR, social media and content marketing after winning new business in Milton Keynes, London and the North East.

Orchestra in tune with care home residents

A partnership between one of the UK’s leading orchestras and a Withernsea care home has revealed some budding musicians and composers. Tamarix Lodge residents have...

SME Digital Cash Treasury Manager Akoni Partners with Fitch Solutions to Distribute Financial Implied...

Akoni, the digital cash treasury manager company, has partnered with Fitch Solutions to offer Financial Implied Ratings (FIRs) through the Akoni platform. FIRs from Fitch Solutions will enable Akoni to offer clients an impartial assessment of credit worthiness for many banks, building societies and other non-bank financial institutions included on the platform, that may not be rated by one of the “big three” rating agencies. Akoni ensures maximum deposit returns for clients through the portability of cash and cash management tools that lets users choose the best deposit accounts for their cash and savings - with the best interest rates.