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Yorkshire Forward Learning Legacy

21/07/2011

About the Learning Legacy Series

The Learning Legacy is a series of reports that captures knowledge, achievements and lessons learned from twelve years of regional economic development in Yorkshire and Humber.  It seeks to pass knowledge on to other bodies who may be able to apply it now or in the future. 

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Yorkshire Forward enters Politically Restricted Period

14/04/2011

Yorkshire Forward goes into political restriction on the 14th of April, until the 6th May. This is for Local Elections.  As a result, whilst our work continues in the region, we are unable to host any events, make any media announcements or provide any comments for media.

For archived news on Yorkshire Forward and its activities in the region, please visit our news pages and refer to our events calendar for future events.

Development Agency appoints new Chair

03/12/2010

Julie Kenny CBE DL, managing director of award winning Pyronix Ltd has been appointed as the new Chair of Yorkshire Forward, the Region’s Development Agency, and will officially take up the post on 14 December 2010.
 
Today’s announcement came from Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, as he confirmed the appointment and welcomed Ms Kenny to the role:
 
Dr Cable said:

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Offshore Wind Opportunities in the Humber - Questionnaire

Investment to spark new Sheffield start-up

10/09/2010

A new Sheffield start-up, named after a 19th century scientist, is ready to spark into life after becoming one of the first companies to receive an investment from Finance Yorkshire.

Faradion, based at the Electric Works, Sheffield Digital Campus, has received a five-figure Seedcorn Fund investment to help bring down the cost of high-capacity batteries which will make electric vehicles more practical.

At present electric vehicles are dependent on batteries that in some cases cost as much as the whole of a conventional petrol car, and which have uncertain lifetimes.

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The Stanley Works Ltd

Introduction

A grant from Yorkshire Forward was the catalyst for further private investment, in which 125 jobs will be safeguarded and 2 jobs created at a plant Rotherham .

Summary

This was a £5,330,100 capital expenditure project in which 125 jobs will be safeguarded and 2 jobs created in a plant in Hellaby Industrial Estate, Hellaby Lane, Hellaby, Rotherham South Yorkshire S66 8HN.  The plant manufactures Stanley branded hand tools.

The project is to improve productivity and reduce costs on 3 product lines; trimming knife blades, chisels and steel rules.

The American parent company Stanley Black & Decker chose to invest in the Hellaby plant for both trimming knives and chisels because of the case put forward by the local management team.

In recent years the Company has faced increased competition from cheaper goods manufactured by other companies in the Group and third party vendors especially in China and the Far East. The Company has an on-going strategy of keeping its machinery as modern as possible to enable costs to be kept to a minimum and to carry out R&D to continuously improve existing products and launch new and innovative products into the market place.

The Project was completed in a number of phases with the trimming knife blade production line being in place mid 2008. Following this the company upgraded the Chisel grinding section with the latest grinding technology available during 2009. Unfortunately due to the achievable quality and processing issues the planned investment in the rule manufacturing process was not taken up although the product is still manufactured on site. Overall the Company has spent a total of £3,152,315 against grant paid of £601,472 resulting in 125 jobs safeguarded; 2 jobs created and products currently being in-sourced from Asian vendors back into the facility in Rotherham.

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Education and Archive Centre

Introduction

Yorkshire Forward funding has contributed towards building a dual purpose education and archive centre to allow North Yorkshire Moors Railway's (NYMR) education programme to be developed and to provide a purpose-built archive facility for numerous, and historically important, documents and publications.

Summary

The new Education and Archive centre, built behind a wall on Platform 2 now allows NYMR to run their education programme from purpose-built facilities. Schools will be offered a curriculum based educational programme based upon the themes of how steam engines work, Victorian Railways, Wartime Evacuation Experience, the history of rail transport, how signal systems work and rail architecture. This centre is also available for conferences and meetings when not being used for educational purposes.

The archive centre replaces various ad-hoc storage arrangements and allows for the historically important documents to be stored in a temperature controlled environment. The new filing system also makes it much easier for archivists, researchers and the general public to access the documents.

In addition Yorkshire Forward’s RMT programme has also invested in a new restoration shed at the station allowing for year-round repairs and restorations to be carried out. Previously all work was carried out outside and the new facility will have a considerable impact on the time it takes to have a carriage or train in use.

Find out more about the NYMR.
 

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Settle Hydro

Introduction

Settle Hydro is an award-winning community-owned power generation project funded by Yorkshire Forward’s Renaissance Market Towns programme and by share offer. 

Summary

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the directors of the project Settle Hydro is a regional and national award winner and has continues to receive good press coverage.

  • Yorkshire’s first community-owned hydropower station
  • The 50kW Archimedean screw at Settle Weir (near Bridge End) is expected to generate approximately 165,000 kWh (units) of electricity per year – enough for around 50 average houses, saving 80 tonnes of carbon emissions per year or 3,200 tonnes of carbon emissions over an expected lifetime of 40 years
  • The project relies heavily on community involvement and returns from selling the electricity will be used to fund further community projects in Settle

Settle Hydro was established as part of an initiative between StART (The Settle Town Team set up as part of the Renaissance Market Towns Process) and Green Settle. This scheme saw members of StART put forward the project and then become involved in direct project delivery with the creation of an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS).

After deciding on a hydro scheme they worked with h2oPE (Water Power Enterprises, a Community Interest Company committed to developing Hydro schemes) and the scheme progressed.

Settle Hydro and h2oPE worked hard together to issue a share prospectus to raise significant funds for the scheme. Shares were issued prior to the project being granted planning permission to ensure sufficient funds were available for the project to proceed. The target was to raise £100,000 and by the close of the issue in December 2008, thanks to good publicity and hard work, this had been met with 165 individual shareholders. The actual shareholding raised was £135k.

For more information on the Hydro please click here to read the full case study.

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Whitby Marina Facility

Introduction

A distinctive new building has been added to the Whitby harbour-side with the opening of the Whitby Marina Facilities Centre, offering services to the thousands of marina users who visit Whitby every year.

Summary

The new Whitby Marina Facilities Centre was opened by Scarborough Mayor Cllr Hazel Lynskey and Whitby town Mayor Cllr Terry Jennison in June 2010. The building incorporates facilities including toilets, showers, laundry and recycling which will cater for hundreds of boat and yacht users, as well as providing free public toilets for visitors. It is also hoped that in combination with other improvements to the marina, new visitors will come improving the town’s visitor economy.

The £850k building is part of a wider £2m Whitby Marina development delivered by Scarborough Borough Council with £800k of Yorkshire Forward financial support.  Work so far has created new marina pontoons, expanding the number of berths from 100 to 160, and improved revetments to prevent erosion of the banks of the River Esk. After the summer season, a further £300k will be spent making further improvements, including new paving, lighting and planting and public art.

The upturned boat design was developed following a lengthy consultation with local stakeholders working with Scarborough Borough Council and Consultant Architect Salt Architects. Council Project Manager Alex Richards said: “We now have high quality public toilets and facilities for the thousands of marina users who come to Whitby each year in their leisure craft, as well as the yacht and boat enthusiasts who live in the town. The building itself draws inspiration from the existing and historic architecture of Whitby. There has been particular reference made to the whalebones on the West Cliff, the gothic arches of the Abbey, the vertical lines of the townscape and the ruggedness and character provided by its natural stone structures. We believe this new building will provide a memorable and enduring image for residents and visitors to Whitby.”

A decorative panel features artwork by local school pupils and their ideas have also been incorporated in metalwork gates produced by a local craftsman.

Andy Tordoff, Assistant Director for Rural Renaissance and Tourism, said, “We believe that this new building provides the marina with the sort of excellent facilities Whitby needs and deserves. Boat owners bring considerable income to the town and the quality of the design enhances environment of this popular resort.”

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Scunthorpe’s Pods & Central Park

Introduction

As part of the Yorkshire Forward Urban Renaissance programme, Scunthorpe Town Team is investing in new sports and leisure facilities for the town.

Summary

A new top-class sports centre is being created in Scunthorpe, thanks to the local authority and Scunthorpe Town Team and support from Yorkshire Forward. The Pods and Central Park will become a centre of excellence for sports and recreation, and a hub for sports education and leadership training.

The Pods will provide a range of modern facilities, including:

  • A 25-metre swimming pool
  • A training pool
  • A state-of-the-art gym
  • A dance studio
  • A six-court sports hall
  • A café and a crèche.

As part of the project, £2m will be spent on rejuvenating Central Park, with:

  • A new £450,000 children's play area
  • A pavilion and street furniture 
  • A boulevard through the park, linking the entrance and the Pods to the colleges
  • A refurbished fountain
  • An events area with an open-air amphitheatre for musical and theatrical events.

Town Teams form part of the Yorkshire Forward Urban Renaissance programme. This initiative helps to ensure that our region’s urban areas are places where people want to live, work and invest. The goal is to make our towns and cities stronger and more competitive through the advantages of good design and management, good connections and high levels of accessibility.

What is Yorkshire Forward’s connection with this initiative?

Yorkshire Forward instigated the Urban Renaissance programme, providing financial and practical support throughout to develop a shared vision and strategic framework for each urban area.

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