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AESSEAL® featured among LSE 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain

posted 12 Dec 2013, 03:38 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 12 Dec 2013, 03:42 ]

Rotherham based AESSEAL plc, has been named as one of the “1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain” in a recently released report by the London Stock Exchange Group.

The report that launched on Friday 25th of November identifies some of the fastest growing and most dynamic small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK.

The report paints a bright picture of the UK economy and in particular dispels certain myths, for example: The report includes businesses from all regions of the UK and, manufacturing businesses account for almost 200 of the 1,000 companies listed.

AESSEAL® are the world’s fourth largest manufacturer of mechanical seals and systems. They supply customers in a wide range of industries including oil & gas, pharmaceutical, food, water and mining. The company has more than 1,600 employees in some 230 locations worldwide.  As a specialist in the design and manufacture of mechanical seals and systems, AESSEAL® are featured as one of the UK’s most innovative companies within the report.  

“At AESSEAL we pride ourselves on exceeding customer expectation, meeting complex briefs and the most challenging lead times.  This pursuit of excellence has helped us prosper during both the good and bad times.  We feel extremely honoured to be included in this report and are proud to be playing our part in the UK’s economic recovery” said Jonathan Wilkinson CEO of AESSEAL®.

To be selected for the list, companies had to have positive growth in the last four years, along with an increase in employee numbers, workspace, contract wins or patent filings.

Zavier Rolet, CEO of London Stock Exchange Group commented: “The UK has some of the most inspiring growth businesses in the world.  Our report showcases some of these fast growing and dynamic companies; the type of companies we believe will help fuel the long term growth of the UK economy”. The report can be found at www.1000companies.com

14 million pound bid to attract investment

posted 2 Dec 2013, 06:09 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 2 Dec 2013, 06:10 ]

The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is bidding for £14.2 million of central government funding to help to attract modern manufacturing and technology investors to the area.

If successful, the money from Government will help to fund £37.5m of improvements to the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone which is part of Derbyshire County Council’s Markham Vale site near Chesterfield. This will help to unlock over £80m of private sector investment and create over 2,000 jobs.

The LEP’s bid includes plans to build 180,000 square feet of medium sized business units to provide ready-made workplaces for international businesses to move straight into. The project also includes developing large areas of land so that big investors can build premises for their businesses more quickly.

Improvements at Markham Vale will help the LEP to build on the success of the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone. In its first year the zone attracted 15 new occupiers, created 228 new jobs and was picked out as the number 1 UK free zone by the Financial Times.

David Grey MBE, LEP Board Member and Chief Executive of Sheffield-based manufacturing group OSL Group Holdings Ltd, said, 

“Every month the LEP Inward investment team talk to dozens of investors looking for locations for their businesses. They are attracted by the benefits of an Enterprise Zone, including the attractive tax breaks, however, many companies are unable or unwilling to wait for buildings to be built. 

“I hope that Government will seize this opportunity to satisfy the unmet market need for available modern business premises in the Sheffield City Region.”

Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: “We’re extremely hopeful this will be another exciting development for Derbyshire County Council’s Markham Vale site which continues to grow, despite the current economic challenges we are facing.

“We’ve invested over £70m to put in place solid foundations towards our long-term aim of creating 5,000 jobs and are delighted to have attracted a number of high profile companies.

“Over 600 jobs have been announced for Markham Vale during the last year alone and, if successful, this money will help open another large area of land for development.”

Councillor John Burrows, LEP Board Member, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council and member of the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone Governance Board, said:

“Through this bid we’re asking for Government to make a £14m investment in our Enterprise Zone which will give growing companies the high quality workplaces they are looking for.

“This work will boost the local economy by £100m and create hundreds of jobs in the Sheffield City Region.”


Rotherham’s Young Entrepreneur Wins Chamber Award for Most Promising Business Startup!

posted 23 Oct 2013, 02:13 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 23 Oct 2013, 02:14 ]

12 months ago Andrew Thomas (25), from Clifton, Rotherham, gave up his day job as a sales engineer for a local manufacturing firm and followed his lifelong dream to start his own company whilst on holiday in Mexico. 

Andrew started the company CCTV Factory UK LTD after been inspired by the enormous amount of people who were buying and selling on eBay, little did he know of the roller-coaster ride he had let himself in for. Just three months into the business, he was buying and selling CCTV cameras at a phenomenal rate, which meant he could no longer hold down a full time job. 

“It was the biggest decision of my life leaving a career with many prospects and a guaranteed salary to start my own businesses. - People ask me if I am a gambling man, usually I would answer no, but having gambled my everything I owned on nineteen products on eBay, I now can only answer yes, I am a gambling man!” 

The Barnsley & Rotherham chamber awards ceremony are held each year and this year took place at Magna’s Science and Adventure Museum, where he was up against five other businesses in his category. 

”Winning the award for ‘Most Promising Business Start-up’ still hasn't sunk in yet. When I started the company I never envisioned winning an award or how difficult and mentally straining a business would be. I soon realised there was nothing glamorous about being a company director, the role comes with immense pressure, accountability and many sacrifices along the way. Whilst my gamble is still on-going, I now feel the odds are starting to go in my favour.” 

Just three days prior to the awards ceremony, the company achieved a turn over of £100,000 and has now started to manufacture their own range of security products, which are being sold throughout the UK and Europe. Due to this rapid growth the company has recently moved into larger premises on Wombwell, High Street. “I never thought the business would take off so quickly, I didn't expect to be competing and winning business from some of the UK’s major CCTV suppliers. I am really pleased with what I have achieved, and extremely grateful to win the award and to everyone who has helped me. I hope the next 12 months are as good as the last and look forward expanding the company even further.”

Local Company Launches Halal Food Festival at ExCel London

posted 23 Oct 2013, 02:04 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 23 Oct 2013, 02:15 ]

A specialist South Yorkshire Exhibition consultancy is reeling in the success of one of their most recent projects, after assisting the recruitment of around 100 exhibitors and 15000 visitors at the inaugural Halal Food Festival at ExCel London.

The event, brainchild of London based Halal Events Ltd, was created to fill the growing desire from affluent Middle Class Muslims to experience a greater range of Halal offerings and companies wishing to raise the profile of their Halal Brands. 

“We were approached by the organisers of the Halal Food Festival to help them with the recruitment of exhibitors”, said Paul Tomes, Director of The Expo People. 

“With such a specific brief and a really fresh vision, it was a project we were immediately excited about and are pleased that we were able to assist during the recruitment process and also provide a level of exhibition specific support to the participating exhibitors.”

The festival featured many famous names on the food circuit and included top chefs such as Jean Christophe-Novelli, Shelina Permalloo and Abdul Yaseen as well as performances from superstars of the Islamic world Saif Adam and Mesut Kurtis, described as ‘the Michael Buble of the Islamic world’.

The event attracted over 15,000 visitors over the course of the weekend, with many exhibitors stating that the festival exceeded their own expectations.

“We hope to continue to work with Halal Events to drive the continued success of this model and indeed other concepts that they have in the pipeline”

The Rotherham based business is currently working on a number of projects in the UK and overseas, offering consultancy services to companies organising or attending events with an exhibition element. 

“It’s a really exciting time for the business – we have lots of projects ongoing both in the UK and overseas, we believe we are able to add value to many events and continue to engage with as many companies as possible”
Fore more information visit www.theexpopeople.co.uk 

Fripp Has Designs On Expansion

posted 9 Oct 2013, 03:50 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 9 Oct 2013, 03:51 ]

Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) based industrial designers, Fripp Design and Research has announced the opening of their new office at Chiswick Park in Chiswick, London.

Tom Fripp, Managing Director at Fripp Design and Research. commented; "We have established an enviable reputation for providing our clients with highly innovative, creative but pragmatic industrial and product design within the Sheffield City Region. That reputation has spread nationwide and we are getting more interest in our design capabilities from London based companies."

The Fripp team realised that, to better support and service their clients in the south of England, they needed to be able to provide customers with easier access.

As Tom added; "We understand how valuable time is to our clients. Expecting clients to spend the entire day coming to see us at the AMP in Rotherham just did not make sense to us. We wanted to demonstrate our support to our clients by establishing a local office; making it easier for them to work with us to achieve their design objectives.

"We wanted a location which was easy for clients to reach us from Central London, as well as being commutable for those who are located further afield. Not only is Chiswick Park convenient for our clients, the environment is great for creative design too. The office is only two minutes from Gunnersbury tube station, on the Central Line and five minutes by car from the M4."

Rotherham Bed Firm Gets Royal Seal Of Approval

posted 7 Oct 2013, 08:17 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 7 Oct 2013, 08:18 ]

A Rotherham-headquartered bed maker, which can trace its history back to 1893, has provided a four-poster bed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Kensington Palace apartment.

Healthbeds was asked by the royal couple to make a bed like the one they had slept in at their former Anglesey residence.

"We got a call out of the blue from one of the Duchess' staff asking if we could provide one like the model they slept in," Healthbeds' David Smeaton told the Daily Mail. The businessman said that his company was "thrilled to have royalty buying one of our beds".

A four-poster 'Natural Choice 4500' bed has now been installed.

Since 1893 The Smeaton family are the founders and owners of Healthbeds and have been making beds since 1893.

£50 million energy saving funding announced for businesses

posted 7 Oct 2013, 08:11 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 7 Oct 2013, 08:12 ]

EMSc (UK) Ltd, manufacturer of the UK’s market-leading voltage optimisation solution, Powerstar, has announced available funds of £50 million for public and private sector companies wishing to invest in implementing specific energy saving technologies.

The £50 million has been made available for EMSc (UK) Ltd to administer to companies implementing efficient, effective and reliable technologies that can deliver a return on investment within a 5 year period. Funds will be provided interest free for up to 5 years, making it an attractive investment package for companies keen on reducing their impact on the environment, as well as cutting energy consumption and costs.

The funds are only available for the top three technologies that have been proven to provide the highest energy savings and payback, as identified in reports prepared by the NHS Sustainable Development Unit and St Georges University.

Applications for the funding can only be made through EMSc (UK) Ltd until the 31st of December 2013 and will be subject to status and approval. 

Saving on energy costs is paramount to many organisations in the current economic climate. Dr. Alex Mardapittas, managing director of EMSc UK Ltd commented. “The funding will allow public and private sector companies across the UK to become more energy efficient and save money at the same time. The £50 million available will ensure that projects with a payback period of less than 5 years become cash positive from day one. We are looking forward to working with them to help them maximise their energy savings.” 

Dr. Mardapittas added, “We are also very proud that our award winning Powerstar range of products has been recognised, by these very influential reports, as one of the top three energy saving technologies available. EMSc (UK) Ltd is committed to helping UK companies achieve sustainability targets and this funding will give many organisations the opportunity and the means to do so.”

For further information visit the EMSc (UK) website, email info@ems-uk.org or call on 01142 576 200.

LEP targets small businesses with funding pot

posted 24 Sep 2013, 03:54 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 24 Sep 2013, 03:54 ]

The Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) business funding programme launches into a new phase this Autumn - enabling more small businesses to access money to grow.

The Sheffield City Region LEP has decided to earmark £2.5m of its fund for smaller grants starting from £25,000. A further £7.5m is being made available for grants of over £100,000.

The LEP’s scheme has so far chosen over 50 projects to receive grants of £100,000 upwards. The LEP has allocated over £20m to these projects, which are forecast to create over 1,500 new private sector jobs by March 2016.

The LEP’s “Unlocking Business Investment” programme makes a total of £32 million of Government Regional Growth Fund (RGF) money available to businesses that want to grow and create high value jobs in the Sheffield City Region.

LEP Board Member, and LEP RGF Programme Steering Group Member, David Grey, said:

“Businesses have until October 31st to apply to the LEP for grants. 

“The LEP is calling on ambitious businesses in the City Region to start pulling together their business ideas, talk to their Local Authority Economic Development officers and visit our website find out more about the application process.

“The Sheffield City Region is home to tens-of-thousands of small businesses, led by entrepreneurs with ambitious plans to grow. 

The LEP is using £32m of Government RGF money to create a funding pot that can give the Sheffield City Region’s best businesses the funds they need to grow and create jobs. I’m looking forward to seeing plans for some exciting new projects.”

Businesses looking to access the funding are invited to find out more on the LEP’s website.

Testing facility for Yorkshire construction companies at SHU

posted 13 Sep 2013, 05:27 by RiDO Rotherham

Sheffield Hallam University has invested in expertise and support to help construction and engineering companies make the most of the university’s heavy duty testing equipment for materials research and development. 

The equipment has the capacity to apply large loads to complex construction materials and components to assess their suitability for a host of multi-million pound infrastructure projects across the UK including the motorway network for national clients. 

Dr Fin O’Flaherty from the university’s Centre for Infrastructure Management (CIM), said: “We are in a very strong position in terms of having the equipment on-site and the academic and technical knowhow to support companies' needs.

"The laboratories here have road-tested construction products destined for major infrastructure projects and been able to assess why components have not performed to the high-standard required.”

Large companies including Mott MacDonald have taken advantage of the testing facility, which is one of only a few in the country capable of testing full size construction elements for strength and serviceability as well as performing structural assessments of large international structures. 

The staffing to support the investment has been funded by the ERDF-supported Innovations Futures 2 project, which aims to deliver growth in the region through supporting Yorkshire and Humberside businesses on innovation and research and development projects.

Contact Sheffield Hallam University on 0114 225 5000 or email business@shu.ac.uk for more information about how the university could help your business grow.

Business Leaders Discuss Economic Growth

posted 5 Sep 2013, 06:28 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 5 Sep 2013, 06:28 ]

Business and council leaders from across the Sheffield City Region came together on Wednesday 4 September to discuss what is needed to stimulate economic growth and create jobs over the next decade.

The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) invited business and council leaders from Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield to identify the key future priorities for the Sheffield City Region.

James Newman, LEP Chairman, said,

“This was an incredibly positive event which shows the significant scale of ambition of leaders in the Sheffield City Region. 

“It is clear that leaders from the public and private sector are keenly committed to working together to create economic growth and jobs for our City Region.”

Diana Terris, Chief Executive of Barnsley Council and Chair of the LEP’s Growth Strategy Steering Group, said:

“The next step will be to start turning our ideas into a growth plan which will give our City Region a clear vision and strategy to achieve our economic growth goals.”

The meeting identified the areas on which a growth plan would need to focus. These included how to better promote and sell the City Region, grow existing businesses, attract investment, accelerate improvement in education and skills, and encourage creativity and innovative ideas.

The UK Government has asked the LEP to set out its economic ambitions for the City Region by December 2013. Through its Growth Plan, the Sheffield City Region will compete with other UK areas for powers and funding to be handed down by Government.

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