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Huddersfield-based PR and communications specialists Wild PR has been appointed by The Kid Collective, an online retailer of wooden and sustainable children’s toys and products.

Following a successful working relationship with sister brand and sustainable baby store The Nappy Gurus, Wild PR will now support The Kid Collective with a range of PR activities ahead of their peak season over Christmas. Services Wild PR will deliver include both traditional and digital PR.

The Kid Collective is a female-led team, proud to offer an amazing collection of brands that champion fun, imaginative and inclusive play for all.

Not only does the brand boast a wide range of inclusive toys, but they also offer sustainable choices for parents in the form of wooden and sustainable products.

This new appointment for Wild PR follows a flurry of new client wins including dog food brand Dragonfly Products, software development company Propel Tech, sustainable waste management organisation Envirovue and community interest company Fertility Matters At Work.

Based in Lindley, and founded in 2014, Wild PR works with clients in the e-commerce, professional services, travel and manufacturing sectors, including BPI Auctions, Specialist Glass Products, Heald Ltd, Fishtank Agency, Aventus Clinic and The Uniform Exchange, among others.

Wild PR works with businesses across the UK to raise brand profile, increase online visibility and drive growth through traditional and digital PR and marketing.

Laura Davies, founder of The Kid Collective, said: “We’re so excited to appoint Wild as our PR team for The Kid Collective. Following such a successful relationship with our sister brand, we are confident of seeing some amazing results as we move into our peak season, and beyond.

“We’re passionate about the toys we sell, the growth they inspire in little people, and that play matters – Wild are absolutely the right team to understand our messaging and produce results.”

Katrina Cliffe, managing director of Wild PR, added: “We’re over the moon to strengthen our working relationship with the teams behind both The Nappy Gurus and The Kid Collective with this new appointment and we’re really looking forward to supporting the brand ahead of the festive season.

“The products they have on offer for parents are really great and we are confident we can help them showcase these to a wider audience and strengthen their market position in 2022.”

Jess McKenzie

Law firm Holden Smith has appointed Jess McKenzie as head of new build property.

The property lawyer has over 17 years’ conveyancing experience and will assist both developers and purchasers with the buying and selling of new build homes.

Ms McKenzie said: “Holden Smith is a dynamic, forward thinking law firm and I am pleased to be joining at a time of significant growth to develop our specialist new build property team and offer a specialist service in this area to our clients.

“New build conveyancing can often be complex as more things can go wrong with the build, such as homes not being built in accordance with the original plans, so it is important clients can work with a solicitor who is experienced in handling the nuances that can impact a new build sale or purchase.”

James Smith, co-founder and director at Holden Smith, said: “Jess brings expertise in a specialist area of law to Holden Smith.

“Her wealth of experience and background will ensure all our new build clients access the very best legal support, whether they are developers looking to sell new build houses, or residential purchasers looking to buy a new build property.”

Holden Smith was founded in 2019 by James Smith and David Bancroft and employs a team of 60 people. The firm specialises in residential and commercial conveyancing, family law, and wills and probate, with offices in Huddersfield, Leeds, Halifax and Ilkley.

Slaithwaite-based creative brand and digital agency Smith has recently completed a naming and rebrand for Digital 2000.

Digital 2000, now called SmartSource, helps businesses streamline their costs when buying business supplies, print, workwear and labels.

Smith were approached by SmartSource to help articulate their proposition, create a new brand identity, design and build a website that supports their growth plans.

Based in Sheffield, SmartSource works with businesses throughout the UK including Aldi, BT, FedEx, DHL, Pets At Home and Bunzl.

Oli Smith, creative director at Smith, said: “Naming is a very complicated and subjective process. We were hell-bent that Digital 2000 needed a new name to reflect what they did.

“We worked through several names and settled on SmartSource. We feel the new name, as well as the standout brand identity and website, will help SmartSource in the future. They are a great team and we can’t wait to see what they get up to in the future.”

Matt Cotton, managing director at SmartSource, said: “Over the last 12 months, it’s been an interesting journey, where we’ve looked at what we do, how we do it, and then how we capture that into a new brand identity.

“The name Digital2000 served us for many years, and did a great job, however SmartSource clearly expresses what we do, and it will definitely help us move forward.”

The two Chambers of Commerce in West and North Yorkshire will lead the development and delivery of two Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs) for the sub-region.

The Huddersfield-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, working with West & North Yorkshire Chamber, will deliver the LSIPs for the two sub-regions, working closely with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Skills shortages have been frequently cited by local businesses as a significant issue and LSIPs, funded by the Department for Education, aim to put the voice of local employers at the centre of the learning and skills system to build a stronger partnership between employers and further education providers. The aim is to make provision more responsive to employers’ needs.

Several chambers of commerce across the country have been chosen by Government to lead and deliver the LSIPs programmes in the areas in which they operate.

Martin Hathaway, MD of Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Martin Hathaway, managing director at the Mid Yorkshire Chamber, said: “We look forward to speaking to businesses across the area to find out what their future skills needs are, and how we can make sure that our residents have these skills to better protect the future of our region.

“Ensuring we can develop our people from the early days of their careers and learning is vital to help them and our areas prosper for years to come.

“I am keen to start conversations with our businesses, local authorities, colleges, education providers and our young people to ensure we are maximising the opportunities for successful LSIPs.”