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Case Study: TouchRight Software

Posted 1st February 2017

TouchRight Software is based in York and its technology enables property professionals and letting agents to produce high quality reports for landlords.

Case Study: Vapour Cloud

Posted 1st December 2016

Technology provider Vapour Cloud specialises in cloud-based communications solutions. The company has expanded to new premises in Elland, West Yorkshire and reported turnover of more than £1million in its third year of trading.

Case Study: Arctic Hayes

Posted 1st October 2016

Leeds-based Arctic Hayes is the UK’s leading supplier of specialist safety, testing and servicing products to the plumbing and heating industry.

Case Study: Warrens Display

Posted 1st July 2016

Warrens Display is an exhibition business that has operated in Leeds for 125 years. It started life as a photographic print business but now specialises in the design, print and build of eye-catching exhibition and display stands. 

Case Study: Group Management Electrical Surveys

Posted 1st July 2016

Group Management Electrical Surveys (GMES) specialises in electrical inspection and testing for the construction industry. The company is based in Elland, Halifax and employs 16 people.

Case Study: Enjays Pancakes

Posted 1st July 2016

Enjays Pancakes is the UK’s leading manufacturer of waffles and pancakes, supplying to the food service sector.

Case Study: CBIS Education

Posted 1st April 2016

Leeds-based CBIS Education is a robotics business that inspires young people to learn about engineering and computing.

Case Study: Macbey Metal Limited

Posted 1st February 2016

Macbey Metal Limited, based in Huddersfield, is an independent manufacturer of pressed metal packaging for a wide range of everyday products including cosmetic and pharmaceutical goods, shoe polish, and whisky tube bases and closures. The company’s pressed tin plate closures are used by some of the country’s best known whisky brands to seal their bottle tubing while its aluminium screw caps are used to close personal care products.

Case Study: JBC Industrial Services

Posted 1st February 2016

JBC Industrial Services is family business, which services and repairs industrial boilers and combustion equipment. It was formed in 1978 by John Bashall and has offices in Hull and Leeds. 

Case Study: Yorkshire Laser & Fabrication Ltd  

Posted 1st February 2016

Yorkshire Laser & Fabrication is a family business which, over the last 25 years, has become one of the UK’s leading sheet metal fabrication and laser specialists. 

Case Study: Vacform 

Posted 1st February 2016

Based in Leeds, the Vacform Group designs and manufactures vacuum formed products for a diverse range of industries – from engineering and electronics to banking and education. 

Case Study: Boston Healthcare

Posted 1st August 2015

Boston Healthcare supplies over the counter (OTC) sun care, vitamin and acne products to some of the biggest pharmacy names on the high street including Boots, Superdrug and Lloyds as well as leading pharmacy multiples and independent pharmacies

Case Study: SNG Commercial

Posted 1st May 2015

SNG Commercial was established in 2010 by Simon Gunter, who identified a gap in the mid-tier laundry detergent market for a product which offered the credibility of the big-name brands, but at a lower, more affordable cost. 

Case Study: Bridgeton Steel Structures

Posted 1st January 2015

Bridgeton Steel Structures (BSS), based at Elvington near York, uses its own computer-aided design (CAD) software to design lightweight, steel-framed building systems, ranging from standard industrial units to architecturally-driven solutions.

Case Study: Route One Highways

Posted 1st November 2014

Route One Highways specialises in major bridge and highway maintenance with the majority of its work in the bridges and structures sector. Types of repair and replacement include bridge deck preparation, structural waterproofing and bridge expansion joints.

Case Study: Wildacre Cosmetics

Posted 1st October 2014

A venture which began as a boutique business is set to scale new heights, having secured a £300,000 Equity Linked investment from Finance Yorkshire. 

Case Study: Business Works UK

Posted 1st May 2014

Business Works UK provides a range of services to SMEs, from book-keeping and accountancy to strategic business advice and support. Launched in December 2008, the company employs seven staff at its base in Garforth, Leeds. Clients include small owner-managed businesses to companies employing 100 staff with turnovers approaching £3 million.

Case Study: Centre Stage Uniforms

Posted 1st May 2014

Centre Stage Uniforms is a burgeoning young business established by brass band enthusiast Martin Gernon in 2009. An innate understanding of the financial constraints brass bands are under has seen Martin establish a business model which focuses on excellent quality and low cost sourcing from the Far East. 

Case Study: Ilkley Brewery

Posted 1st May 2014

Multi award-winning Ilkley Brewery supplies its real ales in cask to pubs across Yorkshire. It also supplies its bottled beers to several of the supermarket multiples in the region including Booths, Morrisons and Asda and more recently, has gained new customers in America and Europe.

Case Study: Green Peas Solutions

Posted 1st January 2014

Wakefield-based Green Peas Solutions designs and distributes sustainable, environmentally-friendly packaging materials around the world, saving companies money and reducing their carbon footprints. The company counts among its clients some of the best known major manufacturers, including Samsung, Sony and HP.

Case Study: Control House

Posted 1st January 2014

It began life in the home of founder and Director Paul Summerskill, and 10 years on Control House counts Airbus and London’s Olympic Park among its customer base. When it became clear that investment was needed for growth and working capital, the company approached Finance Yorkshire to help take it into its second decade. 

Case Study: XCL Management

Posted 1st January 2014

XCL Management is a new global recruitment agency that started trading on 1 August, 2013. It was established by experienced Yorkshire entrepreneur David Gallagher, who has worked in the recruitment industry for over 30 years, and his son Ewan. XCL specialises in management and director level recruitment for civil engineering, waste management and renewable energies, pneumatics and hydraulics, and financial services.

Case Study: C and C Hydraulics 

Posted 1st September 2013

C and C Hydraulics was established in 1994 by husband and wife team, Ian and Lorraine Couch, in Keighley, West Yorkshire. The family-run business, which started life in a bedroom, has grown into a leading supplier of hydraulic cylinders and systems both in the UK and export markets around the world.

Case Study: Rosehill Polymers Ltd

Posted 1st September 2013

West Yorkshire-based Rosehill Polymers Ltd supply world class polymer technologies and moulded rubber products to a wide range of global markets.

Case Study: Damson

Posted 1st August 2013

Founded by CEO James Talbot, York-based Damson Ltd specialises in the design and manufacture of high quality portable speakers. 

Case Study: Stansfield International Ltd

Posted 1st August 2013

Formed in 2007, Stansfield International Ltd, which trades under the name GrassGreener Group™, is a leading West Yorkshire executive recruitment agency.

Case Study: Pinheiros

Posted 1st July 2013

Pinheiros buys and sells high residual, pre-owned printing and post press machinery by industry leading brands such as Mitsubishi, Heidelberg and Kolbus.

Case Study: Keats Engineering Ltd

Posted 1st June 2013

Established a decade ago, Keats Engineering Ltd designs, manufactures, installs, services and operates materials handling machinery. 

Case Study: Fullsun Photovoltaics Limited

Posted 1st April 2013

West Yorkshire business Fullsun Photovoltaics Limited was started in April 2012 and develops high concentrating photovoltaic (HCPV) modules for the utility and commercial markets

Case Study: Euphoria Cocktails

Posted 1st January 2013

Drinks company Euphoria Cocktails specialises in ready-made bottled cocktails. The company is the brainchild of Victoria Novis who established the firm in 2010 when she saw a gap in the market.

Case Study: Property Place 

Posted 1st January 2013

Young Leeds entrepreneur Sohail Rashid launched the first property search application on Facebook in the UK in January this year and it is now the largest property network on the social network. The 27-year-old can also lay claim to the fastest growing property website of 2012. 

Case Study: Silchrome

Posted 1st October 2012

Leeds-based Silchrome Plating Limited was established in 1949 and offers a wide range of metal finishes and treatment processes to a variety of industries including engineering, aerospace, defence, oil and gas and electronics. 

Case Study: Carlton Manufacturing 

Posted 1st August 2012

Carlton Manufacturing is a developer and manufacturer of sustainable construction materials. The Wakefield-based company produces a range of sustainable cements, mortars and concretes for construction and DIY sectors that contain a high proportion of locally sourced waste materials rather than freshly quarried new material.  

Case Study: Ember Ads

Posted 1st July 2012

Ember Ads is a unique online advertising business based in Leeds at the Round Foundry Media Centre.

Case Study: Ultimate Office Solutions 

Posted 1st July 2012

Ultimate Office Solutions, based in Silsden near Keighley, provides complete office refurbishment, design and furniture for business across the country including Smith and Nephew, Skipton Building Society and Leeds City College.  

Case Study: BCT Outdoors

Posted 1st March 2012

A Bradford-based tent and marquee specialist is venturing into the field of luxury ‘glamping’ with new product lines thanks to a £70,000 investment from Finance Yorkshire. 

Case Study: Arvensis

Posted 1st January 2012

Plastic packaging manufacturer Arvensis and sister company food plastic manufacturer PFF, recycles plastic bottles into plastic sheets and packaging for the food, healthcare and cosmetics industry.

Case Study: Bar Products and Services

Posted 1st December 2011

Bar Products and Services, based in Low Moor, Bradford, is an engineering company that specialises in supplying the global wire industry.

Case Study: Veracitix 

Posted 1st December 2011

Veracitix, based at The Media Centre in Huddersfield, is the brainchild of serial entrepreneurs Ian Pringle and David Grandinetti.  

Case Study: GSE Research

Posted 1st October 2011

Leeds-based GSE Research is a specialist online scholarly publisher in governance, social responsibility, sustainability and environment for policymakers and practitioners. John Peters, the former CEO of Emerald Group Publishing, is re-entering the market with GSE Research Ltd, which is being partially funded by Finance Yorkshire. 

Case Study: Badgequo

Posted 1st August 2011

Badgequo has been trading for more than 25 years, during which time the company has developed a wide range of cosmetic and toiletry products which combine affordability and quality. The company designs and manufactures a wide range of branded gift sets and private label products for major high street retailers.

Case Study: Microdat

Posted 1st June 2011

Microdat is a Leeds-based brewery equipment manufacturer. An established business operating in a growing market, Microdat has seen extensive new product development over the preceding 12 months and, with a strong order book, the business is well-placed to take advantage of a number of significant opportunities.

Case Study: Screen 4 LLP

Posted 1st April 2011

Screen 4 LLP, based in Barnsley, is a drug testing company which tests airline staff around the world and former drug abusers on home soil.

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