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Car firm owner to branch out with coffee venture

A car servicing and MOT business owner is looking to bring a drop of European coffee culture to Bramhope in Leeds.

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James Howard, director of Yorkshire Payments in Brighouse. Picture Tony Johnson

Yorkshire more than a region - now it’s a brand

Yorkshire is more than just a region, with the name becoming a brand in recent years, according to the founder of a card payments business.

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Dinah Jones, fourth from left.

Small firms ‘in for a shock’ with digital tax returns every quarter

Small businesses could be in for a shock as many of them are unaware of and unprepared for changes to the way their tax returns are done, according to the boss of a small accountancy firm.

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Toni Eastwood

Female-led firms still face hurdles

Female entrepreneurs lack support and guidance to help grow their businesses, according to a former director of a leading supermarket.

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Tia Roqaa, centre.

Tia boxes up own beauty business

A female entrepreneur, who has launched her own beauty products subscription service, says more women should take the “leap of faith” and turn their passion into a specialist business.

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wheels in motion: Javad Mahmood, at LK Performance, wants the company to sell more into Europe.                                                          Picture: Tony Johnson

LK aims to raise profile of car parts industry

An aftermarket automotive performance parts business is looking to expand after “cracking” ecommerce opportunities.

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Tick Tock counts down to Trinity opening

An escape games business has created 13 new jobs as it prepares to launch a new virtual reality-powered game experience at Trinity Leeds.

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Gym group proves HIIT in Russia

Gym group proves HIIT in Russia

A boutique gym business is set to open its first site in Russia as it looks to international horizons for expansion.

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£5m funding puts a bounce into GraVity

£5m funding puts a bounce into GraVity

A trampoline parks business is looking to double in size after landing a £5m investment from an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fund through Guinness Asset Management.

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Sarah Agar-Brennan, director of Love Bomb Cushions. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Emoji here to bring a bit of fun to business and lives of others

Sarah Aggar-Brennan is not one for standing still when it comes to new business ventures. Ismail Mulla managed to catch up with her.

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Heather Phillips and Jane Evans, founders of Beating Time.

Venture puts prisoners in tune with work

Society has become more punitive and judgemental when it comes to dealing with ex-offenders, according to a former corporate lawyer, who is looking to help prisoners become more employable through choir singing.

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Engineer sees growing number of adults taking apprenticeships

Engineer sees growing number of adults taking apprenticeships

More adults are taking up apprenticeship opportunities as they look to learn a trade they never got a chance to when younger, the boss of an expanding electrical engineering company said.

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Jackie Mulligan has launched a website called ShopAppy, which lists independent businesses and allows people to click and collect items after closing hours, pictured in Saltaire.  14 March 2017.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Former lecturer making a stand for the high street

Shoppers will collectively regret it if small independent businesses disappear from the high street, according to a former university lecturer.

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a nose for success: Sally Steel-Jones, the founder of The Nose Warmer Company, has seen a growing demand for her products abroad. Picture: scott merrylees

Appeal for more support for the small businesses run by women

Micro businesses run by women make a major contribution to the UK economy and should be supported as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, according to the founder of The Nose Warmer Company.

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Ian Chubb, founder of Mirfield-based Deuren.

Deuren overhaul opens door to new markets for manufacturer

A luxury door manufacturer is looking to double in size over the next 12 months, following an overhaul of its business model two and a half years ago.

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Reward for entrepreneur who braved illness to give BearHugs

A young entrepreneur who launched her own business after she was diagnosed with a chronic illness has been nominated for an award by the youth charity The Prince’s Trust.

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Adept celebrates a decade with mission to keep on expanding

Adept celebrates a decade with mission to keep on expanding

A civil and structural consulting engineering business is targeting sustainable growth as it celebrates its tenth anniversary.

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Words worth: Rebecca Evans and Chris Smith, of Hebden Bridge, have developed an online platform to help writers improve their skills. Picture: james hardisty

Couple who have harnessed the power of the word to aid writers

A love of the written word brought Chris Smith and Rebecca Evans together and now the couple from Hebden Bridge are looking to help writers sharpen up their productivity.

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Move will help tech firm on track to growth

Move will help tech firm on track to growth

A Technology platform for the motor industry finance sector is targeting 40 per cent growth after sealing a move to Leeds.

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Kate Bagnall and Louise Hopkins from Bagnall Hopkins an independent boutique recruitment consultancy based in Wakefield

Recruitment firm celebrates ten years of industry success

A recruitment firm founded by two industry experts will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this weekend.

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