We are celebrating today in the best way possible, by showing you how our clients have contributed to the success of Yorkshire.
Through miner strikes, recessions, political disagreements and more Yorksha’ has persevered. At times we have had to come together as a community to support one another whether that be with food, a kind gesture or a helping hand.
Yorkshire Day is not just about endless drinking (although that is important), it’s about remembering and continuing these events and traditions that made this county what it is today.
Here at KC Communications, we wanted to celebrate Yorkshire Day by showcasing how our clients have contributed to this great county. From establishing their roots in this great county to setting up and selling their products/services elsewhere to bring money back in. No matter the size these businesses have contributed to Yorkshire in a way that should be celebrated.
British Online Archives, who are based in East Ardsley, Wakefield, are the primary source publisher. They build upon a long and illustrious history of archival publishing and preservation that stretches back almost seventy years, operating under its parent trading company, Microform Academic Publishers.
Home to over seventy digitised primary source collections, BOA supports the research of university students and academics all over the world, through the scanning and digital distribution of primary sources. They hold 3 million records covering 1000 years of world history, from politics & warfare to slavery & revolution. As their archives expand, they are developing new ways to meet the research needs of both students and academics, and they provide insights that cannot be found elsewhere!
Their globally-related collections, ranging from colonial, missionary and transatlantic relations to twentieth-century political and social development, span six continents and their customers include institutions from Britain, Japan, China, United States and Australia.
Natasha McCreesh is a Huddersfield based visionary leader in the field of business coaching and mentoring and leads people to achieve their goals.
Not content with making a difference in Yorkshire, in 2016 Natasha fulfilled a lifelong ambition to visit Africa alongside London-based coach, Simon Crowe, who had a vision to run a leadership programme in Liberia.
Collaborating on the project, an exploratory trip to the More Than Me Academy in Liberia was undertaken following which, Natasha and Simon along with a group of individuals intent on developing their leadership skills set about the challenge of helping to establish a school. While there the group also coached, mentored and trained Liberians to enable them to become changemakers in their country to provide a lasting legacy instead of short-lived investment. Another trip is planned for September 2018 with a new group of leaders that have been recruited this year.
Doozy Vape Co are based in Dewsbury and having been established for just three years; they are now one of Britain’s largest premium vaping brands. Doozy have grown their UK market share, moving into the FMCG sector and announced a new contract with ASDA earlier this year.
In addition to their UK market share, they have been working to expand their global footprint and have recently announced three new strategic partnerships with overseas distributors in USA, South America and Russia. The flavours of liquid that have been created by Doozy Vape Co have been long anticipated due to the demand created through social media which has resulted in attracting attention overseas.
As a result of the new contracts, Doozy’s export business is set to increase their turnover by up to 300% over the course of the next year. They anticipate that the new markets in which they are entering provide such a fantastic opportunity that international trade will begin to overshadow their UK sales.
Founded in Huddersfield in 2004, ConnectChina is the largest international consultancy in the North of England providing business support services to public and private sectors in the UK and overseas to develop trade and investment opportunities with China.
In 2014, they established an office in Shanghai and through a network of partners across China provide independent specialist expertise to help companies and organisations to develop business in China more effectively; whether sourcing, selling, investment or startup.
With countless companies of all sizes from the UK currently thriving in China, and as part of a recent contract win with the Yunnan Investment Bureau, ConnectChina is focused on attracting new companies and promoting the trade and investment opportunities in the Yunnan Province.
Earlier this year, Managing Director, Joanna Lavan joined the PM, Theresa May, and a multi-sector trade delegation of more than 40 businesses from across the UK on a visit to China.
Founded in Leeds in 1977, Elmwood is the world’s most effective brand design and brand experience consultancy. With its headquarters in Leeds, Elmwood has grown from a regional player to become a global consultancy. Today, they have design studios in Leeds, London, New York, Singapore and Melbourne and employ 132 staff.
Their roster of industry-leading clients now takes them all over the world working on projects for clients that include Heineken, SSE, Jet.com and Tesco to name but a few.
In September, their first accelerator programme launches, aimed at promoting the development of innovative consumer health start-ups at its headquarters in Leeds. With the region taking a lead role across health sectors, Elmwood ‘LaunchPod’ is ideally placed to advance and promote the development of consumer health entrepreneurs and help position Yorksha’ as one of the UK’s leading innovation hubs contributing to the region’s economy.
We’ve been working with Heald, an East Yorkshire based designer and manufacturer of hostile vehicle mitigation products for almost three years. Their products secure some of the world’s most prestigious buildings such as palaces, embassies, airports, shopping centres and pedestrianised areas. Their export rate accounts for almost 90% of their revenues.
Heald’s award-winning products can be found securing across the globe but stand out installs (that we can talk about) include the United Nations building in New York, the French Quarter in New Orleans which hosts the famous Mardis Gras, and recently they secured the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield.
Heald’s products have won a staggering number of awards over the past few years with Heald’s MD Debbie Heald being presented with an MBE for her services to export and women in STEM. Whereas both Debbie and founder of the business, Rod Heald were both named in The Sunday Times Maserati 100 Innovation list earlier this year.
Orthomed, based in Huddersfield, have been developing and manufacturing high quality veterinary orthopaedic implants and instruments for over ten years. They are renowned for offering gold standard implants, instruments and CPD in every continent. Unlike other companies in their industry, they only sell their products to veterinary practices after their surgeons have attended one of their workshops ensuring that those using their products have been trained by some of the industry’s leading figures ensuring the highest levels of success rates when in use.
Their products are behind enabling much-loved pets to live longer and active lives and are often sought out by pet owners.
Orthomed operate internationally and have upcoming workshops in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Phoenix, Taiwan, South Africa and many other regions.
So that’s our list, filled to the brim with Yorkshire based businesses. How will you be celebrating? Maybe there is an event coming up soon that celebrates local business, the food and drink festival perhaps? Or perhaps you have a flat cap, and a pint out, ready for your Instagram photoshoot.