We love it when businesses send us their good news and here’s our latest good news round-up. Awards, expansion, new contracts or new appointments, if you’ve got some good news you want to share please email the editor, Martin Shaw, on martin@huddersfieldhub.co.uk.

Nurtur Student Living – which has its head office in Fenay Bridge – has been crowned the Best Small Operator at the Global Student Living Awards 2022.

Nominations for the award are based on feedback from students received in the Global Student Living Index, with those providing the most exceptional living experience selected as a winner.

The GSL Awards is unique in its nature, removing a panel of judges in favour of acknowledging the industry’s best directly from the source. Feedback is welcomed from students only, covering all areas of the living experience from quality and cleanliness to the care and support of the site team.

Nurtur has just entered its third operational year and has sites in Sheffield and Preston and managing director Mark Robinson said: “I’m exceptionally proud of the Nurtur team.

“I’ve confidently instilled a company-wide culture that focuses on student satisfaction. We go the extra mile every day to provide the best experience for students at home in our buildings, and to receive this incredible recognition is a wonderful feeling.

“Participating in the housing survey each year is important to us; it provides us with valuable feedback that we can action.

“When we began managing Canterbury Hall in Preston that had previously received negative online attention, we listened to what changes residents wanted to see. This resulted in an investment of over £60,000 in renovating the social spaces.

“Similarly, when Nurtur House residents in Sheffield voiced that access to Mandarin documents would make their experience more comfortable, we invested in translating our welcome packs, and employed Mandarin-speaking employees to assist over the moving in period.

“As we continue to grow and acquire more buildings, I’m extremely confident that this high level of service and resident satisfaction will continue.”

Emma Jickells of Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has expanded its team with the appointment of a new export certification supervisor, Emma Jickells, to manage the day-to-day workings of its MY Export Hub department. 

Emma will lead the drive on compliance procedures, accuracy levels and service delivery standards, as a British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) accredited chamber. 

Martin Hathaway, managing director at the Mid Yorkshire chamber, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Emma to the team, supporting our chamber in our aim to connect, support and represent organisations across Halifax, Huddersfield and Wakefield.  

“Emma is already proving to be a vital asset to the team in overseeing the smooth running of our day-to-day services.” 

Speaking of her new role, Emma added: “The history of the chamber speaks for itself, and I am excited to be part of such a long-standing institution. 

“I’m very excited to be involved in the future of the chamber, expanding our customer base and ensuring a continuing excellent service. My team have been very welcoming and it’s lovely to be around like-minded people. 

“Having a very strong administration background, I was very attracted to this role. Also, the focus on training was a draw for me as I am a firm believer in constant development, and I try to inspire that in others.” 

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce, aiming to drive growth among businesses of all sizes across Halifax, Huddersfield and Wakefield by providing relevant and valuable support and benefits. 

MY Export Hub is the international trade arm of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, supporting businesses in the region with their trade needs. This includes documentation services, export advice and support, accredited training courses, translation, notary, legalisation services and more.

Martin Greaves – payroll manager at Walker & Sutcliffe

When Martin Greaves left Huddersfield New College following his A-levels, taking his first position at Walker & Sutcliffe chartered accountants in 1996, there was no way he could have known that 26 years later he would be celebrating a milestone with the practice.

Starting his career as audit and accounts junior, with his first week seeing him work alongside original partner Stephen Sutcliffe, Martin has progressed throughout the business to become payroll manager, working with a growing list of clients throughout the UK. 

Martin said: “It’s fair to say that when I joined Walker & Sutcliffe in 1996, I didn’t expect to be celebrating 26 years with the practice. When I look back, making some great life-long friends is what I consider my greatest achievement.

“Not many people can look back with fondness and forward with excitement, however that is exactly what I am doing. Working here isn’t just having a job, it’s more of a lifestyle. You become part of a working family.”

Managing partner of Walker & Sutcliffe, Nick Ledgard, said: “As we celebrate 25 years with one colleague, we are raising a glass to 26 years with another. I can’t begin to explain how much that means to us as a practice.

“Martin is a wonderful example of the talent we have here at Walker & Sutcliffe. Not only has he worked his way through the business, he’s also a real advocate for the culture we have here. It sounds like a cliché, but it really is one big family.

“I’d like to pass on my thanks to Martin. We look forward to celebrating the next milestone and to making more memories along the way.”

Walker & Sutcliffe is a chartered accountants in Huddersfield working with a national portfolio of clients. For further information about the practice, please visit: https://www.walker-sutcliffe.co.uk/

Smith Brothers is helping break new ground

Specialist contracting firm Smith Brothers has ‘broken ground’ on a UK-first carbon capture power generation project designed to support the country’s transition towards more sustainable energy sources.

The £28 million carbon capture and power generation plant – a joint venture between Landmark Power Holdings and Victory Hill Capital Advisors LLC – represents a commitment to power generation projects in the UK, with the first located in Rhodesia, Nottinghamshire.

The Rhodesia plant is the first to be developed under Landmark Power Holdings’ FlexPower Plus concept for flexible power generation with natural gas-powered engines and waste heat recovery, for increased energy efficiency and carbon capture technology.

John Smith, co-founder and joint chairman of Elland-based Smith Brothers, said: “This carbon capture project is the first of its kind in the UK and represents the future of power generation, if we’re to achieve our nation’s sustainability ambitions.

“This breaking ground is a milestone moment and we’re proud to be part of the powerhouse of organisations which are committed to delivering on this vital scheme.”

Marking the commencement of work on a significant carbon capture and re-use system – designed to provide a clean, net-zero, flexible, and dependable electricity solution for the UK – chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, Madelaine Richardson, broke the ground alongside Eleanor Fraser-Smith, head of sustainability at Victory Hill Capital Partners, Mick Avison, founder and managing director of Landmark Power Holdings, and John Smith, of Smith Brothers.

The project brings together some of the world’s leading industrial technology companies as part of the delivery, including Rolls Royce/Yellow Power, Swedish industrial group Climeon, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group subsidiary Turboden based in Italy, and privately-held Swiss Carbon Capture technology manufacturer, ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd.