August Event – Seasonal Displays



Greetings and a warm welcome to our Events Page.

Ordinarily BFC wouldn’t normally stage an August event, given that many people are taking their Summer holidays etc, however our August 11th hosts are no ordinary business and this event is one not to be missed!

A visit to Seasonal Displays, based at Brunswick Mill in Halifax, is both entertaining and inspiring and an opportunity to be a big kid for a couple of hours!

Please book your tickets early as space is limited.
We’ll meet at 5pm for a 5.30pm start until around 7pm.
As always, please book through Eventbrite and if you have any problems get in touch with David or Emma at Business for Calderdale.



Seasonal Displays

Owned and managed by a father & son team with decades of experience, they supply stunning seasonal displays and decorations to some of the most successful retailers, theme parks and shopping centres in the UK and beyond.

At The Seasonal Group they’ve managed to combine the passion and integrity of a long-standing family business with all the vision, drive and expertise of a true market leader.

By listening to and understanding the needs of their customers, then applying a customised and highly personal approach to getting the job done, they’ve perfected a formula that delivers exactly what their customers want, on time and within budget.


From traditional beginnings and a hard-earned reputation right through to our state-of-the-art design, manufacturing and installation facilities, we’re a thriving business that’s continuing to grow. And with a little help from our unique approach and unforgettable products, so could you.

Characters and Animation

This promises to be a fun and informative evening at an innovative company thriving in Calderdale, so please book early as places will be limited for this event. TWO WEEKS to go……

Thank You

Business For Calderdale

Business For Calderdale – July Event


July’s event will take place on Tuesday, 14th July at The Square Chapel in Halifax

5pm for 5.30pm start

Our July event will be held at The Square Chapel for the Arts in Halifax. An exciting time ahead for the theatre and we hope to hear more about the plans for the Theatre moving forwards

We will introduce David McQuillan, Development Manager to the BFC community and let him talk about what the future looks like for Square Chapel as well as hearing from Sally Martin on her time at the theatre.

Anna Wiseman, Project Director for Cultural Destinations will will also say a few words on developing and implementing the work they have done so far to leave a lasting legacy for Calderdale as a destination for culture and tourism.

July’s event promises to be another great event at a very exciting time for the Theatre and Halifax generally.

See you there.

Business For Calderdale – May 2015 ‘Creative’ Event



Our next event ‘BFC Creative’ is being held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, and is going to be a must attend event for any business who wants to learn more about how they can utilise creative and digital technologies in their business.

We have a line up of seven experienced speakers who will share their knowledge with you, and you will have the opportunity to ask them questions, so make sure you come armed with what you need to know for your business.

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Meet the experts:





Nick Howard – Limehouse @Limehouse_Group

With a decade of experience in retail communications Nick Howard established Limehouse in 2007 to develop and deliver internal and brand marketing channels that engage, motivate and include.

Operating out of The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre with a client base across the UK, Europe and North America Nick and his team of 17 are passionate about improving business communications. To promote; manage through change; meet new business goals, elevating them above their competition.

From the development and implementation of internal communication strategies through to video production that cuts through and truly delivers, Nick is driven by how communications can move people, alter mind-sets, influence behaviour and energise entire workforces.

Nick will share his expertise and insight into what it takes to work with some of the UK’s leading FTSE 100 companies in this field.


Lee Kenny – Snowflake Media @SocialSnowflake






Lee is Managing Director of Snowflake Media is the marketers “go-to” person for all things Facebook. Applying the direct response techniques from Television and Direct Mail.

Lee will present a brief overview on how you can use Facebook to reach both the B2B and B2C audience.

Lee will also present how a local Facebook page build an audience of over 2000 people within 3 miles of Halifax on a shoestring budget using Facebook.


Darren Cox – Liquid Lens @liquidlensUK

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Darren is a Marketing Communications Expert  specialising in Video and Multi-Media Marketing.

Video Marketing IS the next big thing. It can be  accessible and affordable to ALL businesses whether

they are a one-person enterprise or a global conglomerate and it doesn’t need to break the bank!

Darren will be telling you his top 9 tips on how video marketing can work for your business.

Nigel Cliffe – Value Exchange Ltd @NigelCliffe






Nigel is a Marketing Technologist & Digital Business  Strategist, helping organisations improve their  performance across a wide range of industry sectors.

An entrepreneurial start-up specialist, Nigel has a

wealth of experience in developing relationships and communities online – particularly through the enhanced use of LinkedIn. Most business professionals have a profile on LinkedIn, but most do not know why!

Nigel will present his 5 Top Tips to get you started on the journey of making LinkedIn your No.1 lead-generator.

Judith Wright – Wright Angle Marketing (WAM) @theWAMteam







Judith heads up WAM who don’t think in terms of B2B or B2C anymore, they prefer to specialise in H2H (Human to Human).

WAM have worked with 100’s of businesses across a

wide range of industry sectors to bring about consistent development of their clients brands which in turn has led to business growth.

Judith will be sharing with you why your brand is so much more than a logo and why managing the development of your brand is critical to business success.

Bruce Fitzgerald Photography @bfpix






Bruce Fitzgerald is a local commercial photographer,  specialising in advertising, events, interiors,  architecture and press releases.

This will be a visual display, with some talk about

enhancing your business or event image, with great photography.

Combining this with a show of some of the best Calderdale has to offer, this is set to be a visual spectacular!

Amelia Annakin – Shrewdd Marketing @Shrewedd






Amelia is client services manager at Shrewdd Marketing, an award-winning, Business to Business (B2B) branding and marketing agency, supporting many industry leaders.


Amelia has been developing marketing campaigns at the company for the last six years and will be giving her tips on how to develop and implement a successful PR strategy.

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Business For Calderdale March 2015 Event


Eventbrite - How to become one of Europe's largest Independent manufacturers!
Our March 2015 event is at Crosslee in Hipperholme. Please arrive for 5.30pm noting the travel guidance below.

Important Information: “Production finishes at 5pm please note there will be no production running when the factory tour is held.

Please note that there is always congestion on Brighouse Road at 5pm when our staff finish work heading towards Hipperholme Lights”

***A light buffet will be provided so as a courtesy to our hosts, please book in advance if you are attending***

Your host will be Managing Director David Boyle.

About Crosslee plc:

“Since its formation back in 1986, Crosslee has gone from strength to strength. As well as producing White Knight – the UK’s most popular and successful range of tumble dryers – Crosslee can draw from its extensive resources to supply and distribute high quality tumble dryers and accessories to anywhere in the world, built to any required specification. The company’s purpose-built factory utilises bespoke in-house machinery to produce over 350 dryers an hour.

Quality checks are carried out throughout the manufacturing process. In this way, the company can ensure that every dryer is finished to the same high standards that are now synonymous with the name Crosslee. 

Crosslee plc is established as Europe’s largest independent tumble dryer manufacturer. As the tumble dryer specialists, the company has the experience and resources to produce over 600,000 units per year. Sold throughout 75 countries across the globe, every unit is produced utilising Crosslee’s manufacturing excellence, to ensure that every client receives the highest quality dryers time and time again…”

Please add to your diary and we look forward to seeing you there.

Business For Calderdale

Business For Calderdale – February 2015 Event

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We are delighted to announce that our February 2015 event will take place on Tuesday, February 17 at the Halifax Courier at their new offices in Dean Clough.

Please arrive from 5 pm for 5.30 pm start.

The Halifax Courier now has a new home in Halifax right at the heart of historic Dean Clough Mills. The paper has moved into The Fire Station, in the thriving, listed, mill complex – once home to the town’s huge Crossley Carpets Empire.

You are invited to join us for drinks and nibbles at The Halifax Courier. This is your opportunity to be one of the first to see the new set up at Dean Clough.

Guest speaker 1 Helen Oldham MD Johnston Press

Helen will be letting us in on the future plans for The Courier, including the exciting events and business opportunities coming up this year. Helen will also be joined by the Editor of the Halifax Courier John Kenealy.

The Courier will give Business for Calderdale an outline of the newspaper’s plans for 2015. And the evening will be a chance for members to find out how the Courier team can help with your plans for the coming year and hopefully work together on some projects.

Guest speaker 2 Garry Brown Head of Investment at the Key Fund. 

A former Senior Business Manager with a leading High Street Bank Garry has over 25 years’ experience of providing lending to SME Businesses and is Head of Investment at the Key Fund.

Based in Sheffield, Key Fund is the UK’s biggest regional investor in the social economy that covers the North of England. As a social enterprise it is itself a social economy success story operating a loan fund where all of the returns received to the Key Fund are reinvested back into the sector.

Often lending without the comfort of asset backed security Key Fund offers loans to organisations that can’t access funds from conventional lenders. Relying instead on a thorough understanding of their clients needs in an enterprising cause and always with a truly social mission embedded at the heart of operations.

In pursuing its mission Key Fund believes that Business for Good is Good for Business – a belief that the future growth and potential for organisations wishing to deliver social impact is not only to be found in the realms of social enterprise but also in the broader arena that is less to do with legal definition and more about what a business does, the way that it does it and the difference it makes.

Please add this date to your diary and book early as places are limited. (5pm for a 5:30pm start). We look forward to seeing you there.

Business For Calderdale

The new office is in the old textile company’s fire station – but thankfully a flight of stairs has replaced the fireman’s pole.

Halifax Courier

The Fire Station

Dean Clough Mills




Speed Networking Event – January 20th




Speed Networking With Industry – Rastrick High School, Tuesday 20th January 2015


  • Nature of event: small group work, fast passed sessions with informal Q&A.
  • Focus: to allow learners to explore progression, skills and competencies across a range of industry sectors and job roles.

AIM: The aim of the event is to help young people understand more about the world of work and identify the pathways and opportunities that are available to them upon leaving education. Whist taking part students also get a valuable opportunity to ask key questions, identify vital skills sets and gain a unique insight in to a wide variety of job roles that they may never have considered.

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL ROLE: When speaking to the students you should be sector focussed and be able to illustrate opportunities within your industry as well as being able to discuss your own personal progression and experiences within the industry to the present day.

Each session will be approximately 10 minutes in length and include a short informal introduction followed by a quick Q&A session that will focus on:

 the organisation you represent

 the role you have within the organisation

 the skills you use through your work

 benefits of working within the sector/for the company

 the route you have taken to get to your current position


Rastrick High School, Field Top Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire HD6 3XB Date: 20th January 2015 Timings: 10:20 – 15:30 Year Group: 11 (age 15 -16)


To book your place, or if you require further information please contact Ailsa Brown by email at or feel free to call on 07824874216 / 01904 567616.

Business For Calderdale January 2015 Event


Our first event of 2015 takes place at Threeways in Ovenden on Tuesday, January 13 at 5.30pm

Your host for the evening will be Colin Davies.

About Threeways:

“We’re a small group of people who want to make a big difference across North Halifax.  We firmly believe that the future’s bright and we want to be instrumental in being a part of making this happen in the area.

There’s a lot of talk about the needs and the problems in parts of Halifax.  We’re not denying that these are there, but our focus is on the positive, not the negative.  In every community there are great untapped strengths, the kind of which bring people together, strengthen families and communities and which span generational divides.

Our aim is to find and feed these areas.  In case you haven’t been around for a while, we live in a time when the role of the state is changing.  This has massive consequences for both local and national government and the public sector in general.  This localism agenda is intended to decentralise control and put this in the hands of local communities.

Threeways Centre itself is a perfect example of this change;  an asset which is to be handed over to the community so that it can be used to bring sustainable change.

Threeways Centre isn’t here to ‘deliver solutions’ as such.  Our strategic focus is to empower and enable others to do this for themselves.  Amazing things can happen when people decide to do something together for themselves and for their communities”

Please take a look at their website and see the fantastic work they do












There will also be a presentation from Making Advice Work.

Making Advice Work is a partnership of four of the most trusted and established advice service providers in Calderdale. They are working together to make finding the right advice as easy as possible, especially for the most vulnerable in our communities.

As advice charities, they have expertise in a wide range of issues; from information requests through to helping people get back on track when unexpected events such as illness, breakdown in family relationships or redundancy throw lives off course. We work with people in a non-judgemental way and offer free and impartial advice right across the district. Our services are available face to face at a number of locations, online and via the telephone advice line.

Making Advice Work partners are Calderdale CAB, Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees, WomenCentre Calderdale and Kirklees and Calderdale DART (Disability Advice Resource Team). Our expertise and experience means that we can help prevent problems. Our early intervention prevents a greater cost to the public purse.

When we help clients maximise their incomes, claim benefits and seek appropriate legal advice to which they are entitled, we help bring money into the local economy and promote the wider welfare needs of individuals within the Calderdale communities.

In addition to our advice service, we invest in the training and support for a large number of volunteers. These people not only help us to deliver our services, they also use their experience and skills to develop their own employment prospects; we are often a valuable stepping-stone for those seeking to develop employment skills.

Our commitment to tackling problems at the earliest opportunity led to the development of commercial relationships with business partners. We offer dedicated support and services to the business community that enables us to use our expertise in employee assistance programmes to great effect.

Further information about Making Advice Work project, the founding partners and the new Calderdale information hub is available at

We look forward to seeing you there.

Business For Calderdale

Christmas Fayre – Hipperholme Grammar School

Christmas Fayre – The Grammar School, Hipperholme.

Saturday 6th December 2014, 1.30pm – 4 pm

“We would like to invite members of Business For Calderdale to our community ‘Christmas Fayre’ at the Senior School on Saturday, 6th December, 1.30 – 4 pm. It promises to be a great afternoon out for all the family with lots of activities to keep everyone entertained”.

Former BBC presenter Christa Ackroyd will open the Fayre at 1.30 pm

Local Halifax artist and illustrator, Stephen Waterhouse will judge a children’s Art Competition on the theme of ‘Christmas in our Community’ at 2.30 pm

‘Christmas Market’ with gift and craft stalls, local wines, cake and home produce stalls

Christmas carols and music from our Choirs and Brass Band

Santa’s Grotto and a professional photographer

Games and activities organised by our Senior School students and Junior Student Council

Grand Prize Draw in support of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice with some fantastic prizes to be won.

Refreshments in our Dining Room with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

We hope to see you then!

Calderdale & Kirklees Age UK

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Corporate Information Evening
Wednesday 15th October 5.00–7.00pm
at our Choices Centre in Woolshops, Halifax HX1 1RJ.

We would be delighted if you would join us for a drink and allow us to tell you a little bit about the local services we provide to help older people in Calderdale and Kirklees love later life !
We are keen to explore ways in which we can build closer relationships with the local businesses and how we can work together for the good of the whole community.
5.00-5.45 Drinks and networking opportunities
5.45-6.00 Presentations
– Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees local services
– Opportunities for partnership working

6.00-6.30 Further networking opportunities

Please let us know if you can attend by returning the slip below, or by contacting Lisa Dorward on 01422 252040 or
We look forward to seeing you there.
Best regards,

Sue Ellis

Chair of Trustees

You’re Hired! – The Apprenticeship Event

Community Foundation for Calderdale in partnership

with Calderdale College ,Working Wonders ltd & Business for Calderdale present

‘You’re Hired’  – The Apprentice Event,

a unique event for employers and potential apprentices. 

The event will be hosted at Calderdale College who were recently described by Ofsted as achieving ‘outstanding outcomes for apprenticeships’, by BBC Look North’s presenter Clare Frisby.


Clare is herself passionate about apprenticeships for young people.

Why attend

Ensuring the correct skills are in place, both within our existing and future work force is vital to the economy of the region. One of the cornerstones of this is Apprenticeships. Apprentices help businesses cut costs, fill skills and increase retention rates. However, many employers shy away from the scheme due to popular misconceptions and myths, or simply a lack of information.

If you’re an employer who is thinking about, or has existing apprentices in your workforce, you’re invited to join us on October 7th.

Guest speakers include:

  • Apprentice finalist  Clare Young
  • Apprentices who were funded by Community Foundation for Calderdale as part of the highly successful Mayoral campaign Cycle for Work.
  • Working Wonders Ltd a local charity offering funding of up to £3,000 per apprentice.
  • Local Training provider Calderdale College

Join us… To celebrate young people and apprenticeships
Hear how local firms & Calderdale College are designing courses to fit specific requirements in the modern-day workplace
Hear about apprenticeships from a young person’s perspective
Network with local business leaders
Enjoy refreshments provided by Calderdale College apprentices


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