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AD:VENTURE – Do Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time? Or do they help you and your business

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Management Consultants frequently appear on “most despised professions” lists, alongside Estate Agents, Journalists and the Tax man. Stories of highly paid, self-important individuals spouting endless management jargon whilst ruining businesses abound. And yet, despite the negativity, the Management Consultancy business continues to grow and becomes ever more important, shaping all aspects of the companies, institutions and governments that we rely on in our daily lives. Whether you are a junior employee, a senior manager, a business leader or an entrepreneur, your work and career will at some stage be changed by these outsiders who it appears know more about your work than you do.

Love them or loathe them, to understand the modern business environment we all need to understand the role that management consultants play and the benefits and dangers of working with consultants.

To mark the launch of the recent publication, edited by Olga Matthias, Graham Manville and Julian Campbell, we are organizing this event, which will give you the opportunity to hear more about consultants and what they do; Graham Manville and one of the contributing authors, Ian Fouweather, will be talking about “Management Consultancy Insights and Real Consultancy Projects” and the insights provided into the world of consulting. With many years of experience from within the industry and as academic researchers, they are well positioned to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of management consulting. So whether you dream about becoming a management consultant, are thinking about hiring some, or have had your job changed by them; the launch will provide an invaluable and thought provoking opportunity to understand how the industry works and why it has become so important in the 21st century

 

23rd October 2017

5.30-6.00pm: Registration.

6.00-7.30pm: Evening speakers.

7.30-8.15pm: Coffee and Cake – Networking in the Atrium.

 

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE

Bitter rivalry: conflict brews as craft beer makers take on big firm

Acivil war is brewing in the normally convivial craft beer fraternity, as anxiety grows about the threat posed by multinational companies’ insatiable thirst for every last drop of the market.

Heineken and Molson Coors are both “associate members” of the Society of Independent Brewers (Siba), a situation that rankles with some of its members.

In a recent ballot on the issue, they voted 101 to 60 to end the situation, but the motion did not carry because change requires a majority of all 861 members to vote in favour, and most did not turn up to do so.

Even if the big boys of brewing are shown the door, however, misgivings will persist. Heineken and Molson along with Budweiser’s owner, AB InBev (ABI), and Carlsberg have teamed up with Siba to provide funding for the “There’s a Beer for That” campaign, an industry-wide promotional initiative.

“They should be nowhere near anything that we do as they are the complete antithesis of everything we stand for,” said Tom McNeill of Heavy Industry Brewing in Denbighshire, north Wales.

Craft beer aficionados have good reason to mistrust major brewers beyond a distaste for bland beer. Heineken is persona non grata among some pub owners after its deal to buy thousands of pubs via a takeover of Punch Taverns, a deal many fear will lead to less choice at the bar.

The Dutch company was also fined for market abuse in Greece, where it was found guilty of trying to exclude smaller competitors from the market.

Carlsberg recently muscled in on the UK craft beer scene with a deal for London Fields Brewery, and Molson has also shown an appetite for smaller rivals in the US. It’s a trend that makes indie brewers break out in a cold, barley-scented sweat.

Nor is Siba alone in hosting unlikely bedfellows. The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), the collective that thumps the tub for cask ale, accepted sponsorship for its Great British Beer Festival from the delivery company Beer Hawk.

The conflict was not apparent until it became clear that Beer Hawk is owned by ABI, a company that invites perhaps more suspicion than any other among beer lovers.BI agreed a $100bn (£76bn) deal to take over its only real rival SABMiller last year but has not rested on its laurels. The company’s thirst to dominate the global beer market is nothing short of relentless, evidenced by its determination to swallow up much of what moves in the beer world.

In the UK, it is most famous for taking over Camden Town Brewery, a deal some brewers fear will ultimately diminish the brand’s quality and innovation. Camden was just the latest domino to fall in a chain of craft breweries ABI has snapped up for its High End portfolio, but its horizons stretch far further.

RateBeer is a smartphone app that lets pub-goers rate brews as they drink them, sharing reviews and bookmarking tipples they might forget in the fug of the morning after. ABI bought a minority stake earlier this year and, while there is nothing to suggest it will be able to tamper with ratings, many users are unhappy.

Their concerns are particularly acute given that ABI accounts for half of the 20 worst-rated beers on RateBeer.

It has also tightened its grip on the international supply of key ingredients. Buying SABMiller saw ABI annex vast swaths of South African hop fields that produce sought-after varieties. These will be now be diverted exclusively to “craft” brands within the ABI estate, affecting rivals’ ability to make interesting new brews.

ABI has also opened a bar in Balham under its Goose Island brand, with more UK outlets expected to follow. That puts it in direct competition not only with pubs, but also with up-and-coming British breweries which rely on income from their tap-house bars to keep going.

Concerns about ABI’s grip on larger scale distribution in the US even attracted the attention of the Department of Justice, which forced the company to stop practices limiting the ability of smaller rivals to distribute their wares.

Practices like these make it easy to understand why craft brewers might see their larger rivals as an existential threat. Some now feel that those who are supposed to represent their interests are increasingly complicit in the big brewers’ efforts to choke off or co-opt the so-called craft beer revolution.

Siba and Camra might well look at the history of revolutions and remember that it doesn’t always end well for their leaders.

  • https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/09/bitter-rivalry-conflict-brews-as-craft-beer-makers-take-on-big-firms

Nobel prize in economics awarded to Richard Thaler

University of Chicago academic described as a pioneer of behavioural economics whose work had made a ‘profound impact’

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The 2017 Nobel prize in economics has been awarded to the US academic Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago for his contribution to behavioural economics.

The prize, worth 9m Swedish kroner (£845,000), is not among the Nobel Foundation’s official awards for literaturepeacemedicinephysics and chemistry, but was established separately by Sweden’s central bank, Sveriges Riksbank, in memory of the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences described Thaler as a pioneer of behavioural economics, which had progressed in recent years from a fringe and somewhat controversial field of research into a mainstream component of the economics profession.

He is a leading proponent of “nudge theory”, a concept of behavioural science that suggests small interventions in the environment, or incentives, can encourage people to make different decisions. Thaler co-authored a book, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness, with the US professor Cass Sunstein, which brought the subject to a wider audience in 2008.

The prize-givers said his research was often cited in marketing literature, while his insights helped people recognise marketing tricks and avoid bad economic decisions. They said his work had made a “profound impact on many areas of economic research and policy”.

Festival Of Business Conference

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Business events offer a whole host of benefits to savvy SME business owners, these benefits can range from developing new skills, increasing efficiency, improving strategy, keeping up to date with the latest industry news and creating new connections for business.

Festival Of Business Conference

Everything you need to know to run a successful business.

Held on Wednesday 11th OctoberThe Festival of Business is a day dedicated to everything you need to know about running a business.

HR support, Financial advice, GDPR, etc. Made up of 36 seminars, and a small exhibition, The Festival of Business has the capacity to seat 2000 individuals.

AD:VENTURE and it’s partners will be exhibiting and on the Growth Zone all day – If you are Starting Up, Scaling Up – You need to come and see us!!

 

Visit here to book your place

Town twinning: Visits from Todmorden’s two twin towns

Our coach of 43 adults and children was warmly welcomed by our Roncq hosts, despite the late hour (we missed the designated ferry).

ADVERTISING After a free day with our host families, we drove to the historic town of Guise, to learn of a fascinating social experiment, founded in 1846 by Jean Baptiste Godin. Godin was a ‘Utopianist’ philanthropist who channeled the profits from his cast-iron manufacturing business into building the “Familistère” or Social Palace to house his workers – three huge four-story, rectangular blocks of family apartments, each block with a large, glassed-in central courtyard where children could play in bad weather and to encourage ‘social sympathy’ among the inhabitants. This ‘palace’ is set in parkland but within a short distance of the factory.

The site also provided creches, schools, a theatre, shops with goods at minimal mark-up, a cafeteria, swimming pool, communal laundry, allotments, it was in fact, a worker’s utopia. In 1880 Godin completed his vision by converting his project into a co-operative society, to be owned by the workers themselves. The Society survived two world wars and was only wound up in 1968. An amazing man! During our visit we also toured a museum showcasing historic crafts and artifacts; a garden centre and a snail farm where we learned how to breed, prepare, cook and, yes, eat them.

Our visit to Roncq concluded with a social evening together, with food, music and bonhomie. A little less than a month later, it was our turn to host a group of some 40 town-twinners from our twinned town of Bramsche. They arrived in Todmorden on Saturday evening, just in time for (some) to be whisked off to the Town Hall to enjoy an excellent opera-themed concert given jointly by Todmorden Orchestra and Choral Society. On the free day on Sunday, most were entertained by the wonderful Hand Made Puppet Parade in Hebden Bridge during the day and an evening at the Golden Lion, listening to an accompanying band from Bramsche.

Monday saw a walk around Aysgarth Falls in the sunshine where some of the younger german participants were hardy enough to strip off and swim. Then it was shopping and fish and chips in Skipton on the way home. The following day the group visited Cliffe Castle in Keighley and then Haworth where they learned about the Brontes. In the evening we hosted our social evening at the Fielden Centre with an excellent buffet from Ham Corner, music and dancing. Wednesday brought non-stop rain sadly.

Fortunately the organised trip was to the Armories in Leeds with a chance to shop but the visitors were decidedly damp by the time they returned to Todmorden. The group had an early departure on Thursday, intending to spend the day at Bridlington before catching the boat from Hull. However, the weather thought otherwise so I hope there was a Plan B.

Despite the bad weather of the last days, it was judged to have been a very successful trip and we look forward to our return visit to Bramsche next year.

http://www.todmordennews.co.uk/news/town-twinning-visits-from-todmorden-s-two-twin-towns-1-8643549

Awards will celebrate Calderdale’s great community spirit

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The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) is delighted to be hosting the very popular Community Spirit Awards 2017. The Community Spirit Awards highlight local excellence within the charitable sector, recognising and celebrating charities’ recent achievements and best practice, thus raising the profile of charity and voluntary activity in Calderdale. Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation, said: “Since the last awards in July 2015 so much has happened.

 

“On Boxing day 2015 much of Calderdale felt the impact of Storm Eva resulting in the worst flooding in living memory, we have had a deep recession and now experiencing austerity and political uncertainty, and to top it all – barbaric acts of terrorism. But one thing is for sure regardless of what is thrown at us in Calderdale we are a resilient lot and CFFC promises you a memorable, heart-warming and inspirational charity awards event to look forward to in September.

 

“So, if your charitable organisation is doing something great, nominate your organisation. If you have been supported by a local charitable group, nominate them. Or if you have a volunteer you just couldn’t live without, let us know.

 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Calderdale Council for allowing us to use the Shay Stadium to host the awards and a special thanks to our main sponsors BCA Leisure, Ryley & Co and Covéa.” There are 12 award categories – for details visit www.halifaxcommunityspiritawards.co.uk.

 

The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 4. All forms of charitable organisations can apply along with organisations without a charity number that are “not for profit” and provide a community benefit. Organisations can nominate themselves or be nominated.

 

The judging panel is Steve Duncan, CEO Community Foundation for Calderdale; Jason Stamp, chief officer of North Bank Forum; Simon Walton, director of accountancy firm Riley & Co; Sian Rogers, the policy and projects manager, lead for voluntary and community sector at Calderdale Council. The ceremony will take place on September 28, presented by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Anna Foster

Waddington and Ledger

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Waddington and Ledger and Shark! Design and Marketing, both part of the W&L Group, hosted our monthly meeting in May at their premises at Lowfields in Elland.

Members networked before being introduced to Waddington and Ledger following a tour of their impressive premises.

The W&L Group are a marketing services business helping local, national and global brands grow market share by out-selling and out-thinking their competitors. Their ideas have increased the sales of fudge, fire engines, fish sauces, shoes, paint, silicone and cider.

The tour demonstrated how W&L Group have moved with the times from their beginning as a pure print company, and now provide an in-house design, marketing and print for many local and national household names.

Nick Worsnop, chair of Business for Calderdale and partner in Chadwick Lawrence solicitors, introduced Emma Heslop of Shark! Who gave the presentation on behalf of the W&L Group. Nick said “W&L are a local company with long standing roots in Calderdale. Thank you to them for hosting our event and providing a fascinating insight into their business and how they have gone from strength to strength with incorporating modern printing capabilities with in house branding and design.”

At the event, ABS UK Ltd were presented with the Business for Calderdale award for March. Each month, Business for Calderdale select a winner from the business features in the Courier. All winners then go through to a final where an overall winner for the year is presented with an annual award at the Courier Business Awards.

Skills service provides support and funding

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) skills service provides support and funding for training to small/medium sized businesses in Calderdale and throughout the region. Over £100,000 has been awarded to Calderdale businesses to help identify training needs, support with skills planning and provide funding towards training costs. Grants of between £500 and £50,000 are available to eligible businesses and over 40 Calderdale businesses have been successful in securing funding. Funding is time limited and businesses are encouraged to contact the skills service to see how they can benefit. Call 0113 386 1910, email skills@the-lep.com or find out more: www.the-lep.com/skillsservice

Case study-

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BARRIER MANUFACTURER EXPANDS WITH LEP INVESTMENT
A grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has helped a manufacturer of trademarked safety barriers expand its business.
The grant of over £1,500 from the LEP’s skills service is being used by Calderdale-based A-Safe (UK) Ltd to provide specialised accountancy training to new and existing staff, as the company plans to expand the financial administration facilities of its global headquarters.
A-SAFE UK, which invented and manufacturers fixed polymer safety barriers, supplies its products to some of the world’s largest organisations including Jaguar, Nestlé and Coca-Cola. Amongst the company’s product offering are barriers for pedestrian walkways, airport apron protection and car parks.

CONTINUED GROWTH
As the company continues to grow, the skills service from the LEP is enabling A-SAFE UK to introduce more accountants into the business, and train them with skills that are specialised to the industry.
Adrian Banks, finance director of A-SAFE, said: “The LEP has encouraged us to invest faster and increase our product range, which has meant that it’s possible to employ more people. As our plans for 2016 are to expand even further, we’re aware that we need to put a foundation in place that will support our international sites.

BOOSTING EMPLOYMENT THROUGH TRAINING
Adrian continued: “With the skills service, our expansion plans for next year are becoming a reality as we’ll be able to train new staff in accountancy that’s specialised to our needs. I was pleasantly surprised at how straight forward it was to apply to the LEP’s skills service, and it was easy to guarantee I received the funding that I needed.
We’re delighted that we could provide A-SAFE with the funding that the business needs for the next stage of its expansion plan.”
Mark Ridgway, LEP Board member and chair of the skills service management board, said: “With grants of between £500 and £50,000 available to businesses with a budget to put towards training, employers have the opportunity to work with a team of expert skills advisors, discuss their long term growth plans and skills needs, and put together a robust training plan for their staff.
“Offering a comprehensive service to businesses, the team of advisors support employers to tackle paperwork, source appropriate training provision and submit an application for funding. The LEP is dedicated to ensuring local businesses primed for growth have the skills to succeed.”
As part of the LEP’s wider ambitions to invest in business growth, the skills service can support up to 50% of training costs for eligible businesses throughout the Leeds City Region.

ORCHARD Facilities Management

ORCHARD Facilities Management staff at Elland base.

ORCHARD Facilities Management staff at Elland base.

ORCHARD Facilities Management has bought Independence House, one of Huddersfield’s landmark commercial properties, which it intends to use as a space to nurture start-up businesses.

The three storey Victorian property on Halifax Road has been acquired by Orchard Facilities Management and its charitable arm Henderson Firstfruits and will become Orchard’s UK headquarters as it expands its presence nationally over the next five years.

Orchard Facilities Management works with businesses nationwide looking after their complete facilities management portfolios including waste management, IT managed services, pest control, maintenance and compliance.

It currently employs 30 people at its current premises in Elland and is set to create a further 18 jobs in the next three years.

Russell Dean planning permission granted

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A flood-hit furniture store in Mytholmroyd is to be rebuilt on stilts after plans were passed by council bosses.

Russell Dean is to stay but with the building lifted further off the ground to make it more resilient after it was hit by severe flooding in December 2015 when the River

The plans have been agreed by Calderdale Council’s planning committee and include a partial demolition of the existing structure and construction of a three-storey retail building.

The £3m works will begin shortly and the new store is planned to open on Boxing Day, exactly two years after the floods hit the village.