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 jobs, if you’ve got some good news you want to share please email the editor, Martin Shaw, on martin@huddersfieldhub.co.uk.

A Huddersfield-based, purpose-driven PR agency has been appointed to handle the PR for the secondhand cashmere brand, Nearly New Cashmere Co.

LIT Communication is supporting Nearly New Cashmere Co with a tailor-made digital PR strategy and media relations to help grow the digital presence of its e-commerce store. They’ll also be raising awareness on a local and regional level for the fashion company’s physical retail store in Masham in the Yorkshire Dales and their busy schedule of pop-up events.

Established in 2018, LIT Communication is a copywriting and PR agency specialising in ethical communications, public relations management and strategy. The agency is a remote-first, four-day working week business that supports clients from all over the globe to drive organic business growth and brand awareness.

Nearly New Cashmere Co was founded in 2015 by Alison Orr after she decided to pursue her passion for secondhand buying and selling.

Now, the sustainable fashion retailer has a growing team and continuously finds innovative new ways to restore and recycle discarded 100% cashmere that would otherwise face a future in landfill – transforming them into high-quality, unique cashmere pieces.

The company is on a mission to be the go-to destination for luxurious, sustainable cashmere clothing and accessories at affordable prices. 

Sophie Marsden, director of LIT Communication, said: “We’ve recently started to focus on working with climate-conscious and sustainable companies and are delighted that Alison and the team at Nearly New Cashmere Co have chosen us to manage their PR. 

“While we don’t exclusively work with eco-friendly businesses, we are being much more selective about the types of clients that we work with. The opportunity to work with people like Alison and her team, whose values closely align with ours, is fantastic. We can’t wait to communicate the brand’s story and raise awareness of the positive impact that second-hand fashion can have on the planet.

“Our values must align with that of our clients, and we would rather grow slowly without compromising on that. I’m not afraid of turning down briefs from companies that aren’t a good fit for us.”

The new client win follows a successful first nine months of the year for LIT Communication after securing new PR contracts with Systemise Fulfilment, Bobble Digital and That Works Agency.

Jason Clough, MD at Propack

Huddersfield-based direct mail provider, Propack, has won an award for its ethical practices, as well as being shortlisted in three more prestigious awards programmes.

Founded in 1995, Propack is a leading provider of technology-led print and direct mail solutions, creating innovative campaigns for its clients, producing in excess of 25 million mail packs per year from its 30,000 square foot bespoke site in Huddersfield.

Propack was named as September’s Shooting Star in the monthly award programme hosted by Huddersfield Town. Propack was nominated by the judging panel for its commitment to ethical and sustainable mailing practices through its in-house postage brand, Ethical Mail.

The firm has also been shortlisted in the TheBusinessDesk.com’s Yorkshire Business Masters Awards for recent investments to its Huddersfield-based factory and workforce, as well as being named as a finalist in two categories of the Prolific North Marketing Awards for its work with palliative, neurological and bereavement support charity, Sue Ryder.

In addition, Propack has secured a shortlisting in the 2022 Digital Printer Awards, in the Web-to-Print category, for its work with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) on its print-on-demand storefront.

Propack’s award successes have come from its work throughout the pandemic and beyond, to support its clients and deliver the best campaigns possible achieving stellar results.

The nominations recognise Propack’s £2.7m investment into new technology and equipment for its site as well as its work within the third sector with Sue Ryder and Christians Against Poverty.

The business has achieved a 21% increase to its seven-figure annual turnover, after winning over 30 new clients since January 2021, resulting in a 38% growth in headcount of its production team to 40 employees.

Its campaigns with Sue Ryder and CAP have achieved incredible results, with Sue Ryder’s average gift donation values exceeding forecasts by 140% and the creation of a print-on-demand solution that delivers circa 2,500 orders per year, on time, on brand and on budget for CAP.

Managing director of Propack, Jason Clough, said: “I am incredibly proud of the team for delivering consistent and impressive results that have helped secure these award nominations and the win from Huddersfield Town.

“This recognition solidifies my commitment to growing our operations here in Yorkshire, expanding our workforce and ensuring that our stellar client delivery continues for years to come.

“We are lucky to have such wonderful clients, and I am grateful to see our efforts being recognised by these four highly respected organisations.”

Kathryn Moore

Kathryn Moore is celebrating after clocking-up an impressive 25 years of service at Huddersfield-based chartered accountants Walker & Sutcliffe.

After completing an NVQ in Business Administration at Huddersfield Technical College in 1997, Kathryn applied for the position of office junior. She has since worked her way up the practice and is now PA and a member of the senior leadership team.

Kathryn said: “I’m really proud of what I have achieved during my career at Walker & Sutcliffe. I think that being at one business for so long is pretty rare, and knowing that I have such a supportive team around me is certainly one of the reasons that I am now celebrating 25 years.

“I really enjoy my work, both in terms of the variety of tasks and also the people I get to work alongside. That is real testament to the culture we have here. I’m pleased to have reached this milestone and look forward to the next 25 years!”

Managing partner of Walker & Sutcliffe, Nick Ledgard, said: “Firstly, I would like to congratulate Kathryn and to thank her for her support over the years. She is the perfect example of why our clients choose to work with us.

“As we look ahead, there are lots of exciting plans for Walker & Sutcliffe, and I know that it is because we have great people like Kathryn in place that we can make them happen. I look forward to working together to meet with our shared objectives as individuals and a business.”

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/