A Study report about Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs
Introduction: In 2009, the RHS commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to implement a research study looking at the impact of gardening in schools. The study surveyed 1300 teachers and conducted an in-depth study of 10 schools ranging from a large primary school in urban London to a small village school in Yorkshire. The findings of this study, published in June 2010, showed that school gardens provide a dynamic platform from which to build better learning outcomes for young people.
These outcomes fall into four key areas:Cognitive: This is the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, the ability to think independently, to question and to apply concepts and principles in different contexts. Other outcomes include enhanced communication skills and use of vocabulary across the curriculum. Keep reading..
Wakefield-based Boston Healthcare received £1.25 million investment from Finance Yorkshire’s Equity Fund.The company, which was established in April 2010, will use the investment to procure, market and distribute a range of well-known pharmaceutical products. The portfolio of over-the-counter (OTC) products produced by Boston Healthcare includes a range of sun protection products and multi-vitamins already available in high street retailers and pharmacies..
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A Bradford-based tent and marquee specialist is venturing into the field of luxury ‘glamping’ with new product lines thanks to a £70,000 investment from Finance Yorkshire. The company – which started in 1896 as Bradford Cover and Twine Company – manufactures tents for youth groups, tour and adventure holiday operators as well as garden marquees and soft play equipment for individual as well as large international clients. BCT Outdoors Director Chris Fawcett said: “The company’s success relies heavily on research and development and listening to customers, and this philosophy, backed by traditional skills, has enabled the company to build a large customer base both at home and abroad..
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Finance Yorkshire provides valuable financial support to the manufacturing and engineering sector across Yorkshire and the Humber. The venture capital and loan fund has the financial packages available for a variety of requirements to help businesses achieve their growth ambitions. It can also join forces with other investors to provide gap-funding for specific projects…
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The Company: Sheffield-based metals stockiest and distributor firm, Broder Metals Group Ltd, was established in 2006. At that time they sought initial help from Finance Yorkshire’s predecessor, South Yorkshire Investment Fund, to assist with systems, stock and the associated cost of business development.
The Challenge: The business continued to grow and now encompasses four companies which all focus on the same market but specialise in a different area of metal supply. In order to continue their expansion programme they needed larger premises and after finding suitable premises in Ecclesfield which were more than twice the size of their previous site in Attercliffe…
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The Company: Young Leeds entrepreneur Sohail Rashid launched the first property search application on Facebook in the UK in January this year and it is now the largest property network on the social network. The 27-year-old can also lay claim to the fastest growing property website of 2012.
The Challenge: Building on strong foundations, the company felt it was time to go to the ‘next level’. Sohail said: “The team at Finance Yorkshire took the time to ask questions about the business and talked me through the finance, decision-making and due diligence processes, as well as what they felt was needed to take Property Place to the next level…
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Introduction: Provident Financial was founded in West Yorkshire, England in 1880 by Joshua Waddilove. The company’s headquarters are still based in West Yorkshire. However Provident Financial has grown from a family owned business to a public limited company (plc) whose shares are quoted on the London Stock Exchange. Provident Financial is a group plc; its largest subsidiary is Provident Personal Credit.
Provident Personal Credit is a home credit company. This means that it provides small, unsecured, cash loans to customers in their own homes and collects the repayments weekly from their homes. Provident Personal Credit has more than one million customers in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. So someone in one in every twenty homes in the British Isles is a customer. Provident Financial has recently started to offer its services outside the UK and Ireland and now has over 80,000 customers outside the British Isles, mostly in Poland and the Czech Republic. Click here to read more on Provident Financial
Total Mortgage Solutions, Ltd. (TMS) is one of South Yorkshire’s fastest growing intermediaries within a diverse marketplace. Based in Doncaster, TMS is not only a self-generating business, but the organization maintains high-profile strategic partnerships with a number of large concerns throughout the UK. These partnerships range from a nationwide window companies to corporate insolvency businesses. In short, TMS delivers the much-needed sales platform for rejection or renege databases, helping to ensure introducers’ time is spent generating more of their own core business. Click here to read more…
The Challenge: With the company previously receiving high profile contracts from London 2012 and Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, Electrastar Ltd needed more cash flow to purchase new equipment and move with technology.As this is such a niche market, kit is rare and comes from all over the world. It can cost between £1,000 to £20,000 and funding was needed to service current equipment and buy more so the company can carry on developing.
The Solution: Electrastar Ltd received a £25,000 business loan from Finance Yorkshire.The money will help Electrastar maintain its position in the industry and will keep standards high. The business is currently installing security measures and CCTV into the new £80m tube system running between London’s Olympic village and the main tube system.Equipment will need servicing after this large contract has been completed. Get more information..
The Challenge: Following a tough year for the industry, the company centralised their national operations to Dinnington to cope with the economic climate. The South Yorkshire site is now their main production facility with 29 staff. This has helped Labfacility become more efficient and is now starting to see an up-turn in the market. Labfacility has previously received investments from South Yorkshire Investment Fund and needed further investment to take advantage of the growing business opportunities.
The Solution: Finance Yorkshire has given their support to the company with a £50,000 business loan, while Labfacility has also gained a £40,000 loan from Donbac, an Enterprise Agency and Loan Fund in Doncaster. The investments will help Labfacility with capital investment in new tooling and to redevelop the company website with a new e-commerce facility. Learn more..