£10,000 Grants available

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Community Foundation for Calderdale have partnered with Calderdale Council to launch new Business Enhancement Grants for businesses who have recovered from the Boxing Day floods and are now ready to grow.

The deadline for the first round of applications is Friday 31 March 2017. Applications will then go through an approval process based on the criteria set out in the application form.

Before applying please familiarise yourself with our Grant Acknowledgement Requirements Booklet. CLICK HERE 

Since the floods, the Council and the Community Foundation have continued to provide intensive support to businesses to help them get back on their feet. The Council has paid out more than £4 million in grants and Business Rates discounts so far for immediate flood recovery and future resilience, and the Community Foundation has awarded over £600,000 through the Calderdale Flood Fund.

Now that over 90% of affected businesses are fully operational again, the Council and the Community Foundation are offering further financial support to businesses which have recovered from the floods and are in a position to start planning for growth.

Businesses can apply for a Business Enhancement Grant of up to £10,000 each to invest in their expansion, which could include buying new machinery or premises, developing their current premises or taking on new staff or apprentices.

Interested businesses can contact the Council at business@calderdale.gov.uk or on 01422 392222 for more information and an application form. The deadline for the first round of applications is Friday 31 March 2017. Applications will then go through an approval process based on the criteria set out in the application form, decisions on funding will be made by CMBC and Community Foundation.

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The Grammar School, Hipperholme

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Hipperholme Grammar School’s Annual Speech & Awards Night

“The annual Senior School Speech and Awards Night is the most prestigious event in Hipperholme Grammar School’s calendar. It was an honour for the School to hold this evening once again at Bradford Cathedral yesterday evening. Around seventy prizes and even more certificates were awarded to pupils for their outstanding efforts and achievements in the academic year 2013 – 14. Former and current pupils, their proud parents, teachers and guests were present at the Cathedral to applaud and celebrate their success. A Level and GCSE certificates were also presented to last year’s examination candidates.

The evening began with a warm welcome from Residentiary Canon at the Cathedral, The Revd Canon Sam Corley. Guest of Honour at this year’s event was Mrs Margaret Denton, Honorary Life Member of the Independent Schools Association and recently retired Headteacher, who was asked to present the prizes to the students. Mrs Denton also spoke to the students and their families. She reflected on the School’s Motto, ‘Doctrina Fortior Armis’ (The Pen is Mightier than the Sword) and that this is as relevant in today’s turbulent world as it was when the School was endowed in 1648 during the English Civil Wars.

Form prizes and GCSE and A level subject prizes were awarded for merit and achievement to last year’s students from Year 7 through to Year 13. The R B Jones Prize for Chemistry was presented to Year 13 student James Brown. The Jack Wilkinson Prize for English was received by Year 13 Rebecca Firth and the Kath Atkinson Award for Sports Studies was awarded to Stephanie Teale. Both R B Jones and Jack Wilkinson are former Heads of Department at the School.

Rotary Club Prizes were kindly donated by Brighouse Rotary Club and presented by Chair of Governors Mr Chris Redfearn on behalf of the Rotary President Elect, Mr Tony Perryman, to three pupils: Jarred Bland, Sophie Godlington and Christy Ellis. These prizes were awarded for ‘Service above Self’, ‘Outstanding Personal Effort’ and ‘Achievement in the Face of Adversity’.

In addition, the Chairman’s Prize was awarded to last year’s Head Boy and Girl, Oliver Firth and Marianne Suddards. There was also a special Headmaster’s Prize awarded to Laura Godlington.

In addition to the awards, pupils, families and guests enjoyed a wide variety of performances and presentations given by pupils from different departments, including School Council, House and Sports reports, poetry recitals and music from the School Choir.

Headmaster Jack Williams congratulated all the students on an extremely busy and fulfilling School year, and this year’s Head Boy and Girl Kane Butler and Abigail Phillips reflected on their time at Hipperholme Grammar School.

The evening concluded with everyone singing the School Song Carmen Hipperholmiense in Latin, which is sung by the whole School every Monday morning in Assembly!

Hipperholme Grammar School would like to thank Brighouse Rotary Club for donating prizes as well as the families of Jack Wilkinson and Kath Atkinson and the Trustees of R. B. Jones.


Headmaster Jack Williams, Guest of Honour Margaret Denton and Chair of Governors Chris Refearn.


Prize winners current Year 8 Hannah Coe, Jarred Bland and year 12 Lydia Chin with Headmaster Mr Williams

For more information: Sue Oliver, Marketing Manager, Hipperholme Grammar School

T: 01422 202256

E: s.oliver@hgsf.org.uk

W: www.hgsf.org.uk


Welcome to Our New Look…

Welcome to the new look Business for Calderdale website.

We thought it was about time we freshened up our image, and made our website more user friendly.
We’ve taken on board all your comments and feedback and incorporated this into a new site that works for you; the members.

The committee hopes that all the members will find the new B4C website more up to date and user friendly, in particular providing the opportunity for members to access and utilise the site to promote their businesses.

The site still has the same desirable characteristics it had before, such as; being able to find out about and book events online, as well as a list of the members of the group and how to contact them, and you can still arrange your membership payment online.

The new site allows members the opportunity to;

– Submit membership forms online
– Utilise the new members’ Noticeboard
– Access the Resource area
– Create your own resources and blogs to add to the site
– Keep in contact via the various Social Media platforms

We hope that all members will use the site regularly, not only to promote their business and make other members aware of news and facts about their businesses, but in terms of resources and through constant interaction via the blogs and Social Media platforms.

The noticeboard is a new feature that will allow members to discuss different topics and introduce new members, if you wish to provide some useful insight into the area of business you operate in, feel free to send us your resources in a word document, and we can add it to the site for other members to use.

The Committee see a vibrant and interactive website as an important feature of the membership at B4C and to help the organisation grow and prosper.

We’ve also had a new brand image created for the Business for Calderdale network, thanks to Judith at Wright Angle Marketing (WAM), which generated the starting point for our new website. The new site has been built and developed by Nigel and his team at The Marketing Lab, so a big thanks to them too… we hope you like it.

As part of the re-brand, we are pleased to be able to confirm that membership rates will continue at the same rate over a twelve month period. But memberships will now be renewed on the anniversary of the date each member joined, rather than en masse every September; we hope this makes the process much simpler for everyone.


Contributed by Nick Worsnop