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Two Experts Join Clarion’s Real Estate

Two experts in planning and related areas of law, Carolyn Lord and Kate Butterfield, who have 60 years’ experience between them, have joined Clarion’s real estate practice as it continues to develop the breadth and depth of its services.

Now one of the largest real estate teams in Yorkshire, Carolyn joins as its seventh partner while Kate becomes the seventh legal director in the dedicated real estate practice. After qualifying in 1992 at a leading law firm, Carolyn’s and Kate’s expertise was honed at the nationally renowned commercial planning law firm Wilbraham & Co, which Carolyn was instrumental in setting up in 1994 and where both were partners.

Carolyn was subsequently employed in-house for development and construction group, GMI, before setting up well-known specialist planning and highway law practice LB & Co in 2012. Kate went on to be a partner at two other regional firms before joining Carolyn at LB & Co in 2015.

The pair have become renowned in the region and across the UK for their strategic and pragmatic advice on legal planning and related areas of law, handling the full range of planning work from planning applications and appeals, highway and rights of way law, to compulsory purchase orders and enforcement.

Carolyn and Kate have worked on large, high-profile projects nationwide across diverse sectors including commercial and strategic residential sites, town centre regeneration, energy, waste and other infrastructure, minerals-derived work and major highways schemes as well as leisure, education and retail.

Partner Martin Grange, who heads up Clarion’s 45-strong real estate practice, said: “As two of the most respected legal planning experts in the north, the addition of Carolyn and Kate to the Clarion team not only boosts our real estate offering, but their skills will also strengthen many of our areas of expertise such as energy, regulatory, logistics, education and the public sector.”

“They have an extremely impressive track record – over the last 30 years, Carolyn and Kate have supported many of the best-known schemes in Leeds, including the regeneration of Holbeck and the South Bank, the White Rose Centre and Thorpe Park Leeds, plus projects across Yorkshire and the country, such as work for rail freight operator DB Cargo (UK), major logistics and residential sites and a range of minerals operations. They are a great fit with us, sharing the Clarion ethos and we are genuinely excited to welcome them to the team.”

Carolyn comments: “We know many of the Clarion lawyers well, having trained with some of them – they’re our friends, and joining Clarion feels like ‘coming home’. Not only has Clarion established a strong reputation both regionally and nationally, Kate and I were also attracted by the firm’s commitment to investing in and developing its planning services which it sees as a crucial part of its offering. By joining Clarion, we will have the advantage of continuing to advise on planning as we have always done, but within the context of being part of a larger law firm which supports our ambitions to recruit and grow the practice.”

Carolyn is active in the wider Yorkshire business community: she is on the board of trustees of Yorkshire Sculpture Park; a board member of Luminate Education Group; chair of the board of directors of Leeds Conservatoire; and a co-founder of Yorkshire Textiles/Leeds Fashion Works.

Clarion’s real estate practice provides a full range of property expertise from development, investment, asset management, corporate occupier work through to retail, leisure and secured lending.


Huddersfield Town are proud to have achieved the EFL’s Family Excellence ‘Gold Award’ status in recognition of the quality of the match day experience we provide for families.

The Family Excellence scheme sees Clubs receive two visit assessments each season from a family who rates their match day journey: from the website experience, ticketing, pre and post-match communication, entertainment and activities and more. The scheme recognises the continuous improvement and best practice that emerges across the League and rewards Clubs for their efforts in attracting and retaining young supporters.

After the second visit to the John Smiths Stadium, our assessor commented:
“There were many high points for this season’s two assessments including the warm, friendly, organised Club representatives, the external Stadium experience, the lovely post-match ‘thank you’ from the Club and the way the Club picked up on the fact a young girl was attending her first match.”

In addition to achieving scores which ranked Town seventh in the EFL for family experience, we were also one of just 12 Clubs handed the ‘Gold Award’, recognising our continued efforts to engage the next generation of Terriers. These efforts have contributed to a 12% increase in Under 11 Season Card Holders, and a 160% increase in match day tickets from 2021/22 to 2022/23.

Head of Supporter Services, Robyn Kennerdale, stated:
“We are immensely proud to have been recognised by the League for our commitment to attracting and engaging with junior supporters!”

“Delivering an affordable and enjoyable experience is key to ensuring the next generation of Town fans come through the turnstiles and want to keep coming back. From the pre-match activities in our Community Hub, to the opportunity for fans to meet players in the Family Area, many people behind-the-scenes come together to try and make a match day more than just the 90 minutes.”

“We now look forward to the upcoming 2023/24 season, when we will continue striving to improve match days for all groups of supporters.”

Yorkshire Linseed Paint Manufacturer In Collaboration With US National Park Service

Michiel Brouns, a natural paints expert and CEO of Leeds-based linseed paint manufacturer Brouns & Co, is collaborating with the National Park Service of America to help ensure the buildings and other structures across the 424 National Park sites in their care are maintained sustainably.

In the first transatlantic collaboration of its kind, Brouns, a leading expert on property restoration and sustainability, delivered a workshop on the use of linseed paint, which is ideal for maintaining the wooden and metal elements of any building. Attended by materials conservators, historical architects and preservation craftsmen from the National Park Service’s Historical Architecture, Conservation and Engineering Centre, the event took place in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Michiel Brouns said: “The National Park Service cares for thousands of important properties within its portfolio, along with gates, fences; wooden, iron or steel bridges, and linseed paint, a centuries-old, natural way to protect timber, metal and plaster from exposure to the elements, will help to preserve them for future generations.”

US demand for the Brouns & Co’s environmentally sustainable products is growing exponentially, with orders to the States increasing by more than 120% over the past 12 months. A series of landmark restoration projects in the US have recently been completed using the firm’s linseed paint, in New England, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia.

“It’s vital to spread the word about this sustainable replacement for plastic-based paints,” said Mr Brouns. “I now visit the US regularly to deliver workshops to key groups such as this one from the National Park Service, they hold the key to us making the switch to all-natural linseed paint, with no plastics or VOCs, on a large scale.”

“The team from the National Park Service were super enthusiastic and, having tried and tested linseed oil paint in Wyoming in the past, we showed them how to use it on timber, steel, copper, brick and a puttied window frame.”

Jack Glassman, historical architect and project specialist at the National Park Service, said: “Michiel’s presentation about the past and present use of linseed oil paints was informative and compelling and we had a hands-on opportunity to apply linseed oil finishes to samples of unfinished and previously painted wood and sheet metal. “

“He explained the production process and the environmental benefits and delineated the various architectural applications for linseed oil paints. The long-term performance, spanning centuries in some cases, and many benefits of linseed oil products, was impressive.”

Care Home Marks The King’s Coronation

Not-for-profit care provider, Harrogate Neighbours, St Aidan’s CE High School, and Harrogate-based artist Sarah Charneca from Brunswick Studio have joined forces to create a unique and vibrant art installation at The Cuttings, Harrogate Neighbours’ extra care scheme.

The project, which is inspired by the work of pop art icon Andy Warhol, is a community celebration and a tribute to the upcoming Coronation of King Charles III.

Acclaimed artist and art tutor, Sarah Charneca was chosen to lead the project based on her previous work for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Sarah set students at the school a brief to create their own interpretation of the King’s Coronation on a silhouette of King Charles III. 42 students between the age of 11-18 took part in the art project during the Easter break led by Teacher of Art at St Aidan’s, Sarah Meader.

Sarah Meader said, “As the teacher leading the project in school, I was overwhelmed by the response from the students; they have shown strong excitement and enthusiasm for the collaboration.”

“It is such a privilege and honour to have been asked to work with Sarah Charneca to produce a joyful and creative response to King Charles III’s Coronation as a lasting memory at The Cuttings.”

The art installation showcases a series of 42 pop art style colourful canvases which feature a unique silhouette of the King designed independently by each student. Bunting in regal colours was created by the residents at The Cuttings to frame the installation with support from Sarah Charneca.

Sarah Charneca said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this wonderful project. The students and residents have worked so hard to create a visually stunning and meaningful piece of art.”

“It has been fantastic to see how the young students interpret the Coronation – what they have produced is truly amazing and they should all be so proud of themselves.”

Pupils at St Aidan’s shared their thoughts on their involvement.

Bella and Maise (age 13) in Year 8 said, “We are so happy to be part of such an amazing project. St Aidan’s has really helped us with our art skills, and we are so happy to showcase our artwork for an incredible cause!”

14-year-olds Priya and Bethany in Year 9 added, “We were so excited to have this opportunity, to not only practise our mixed media skills in preparation for our GCSE’s but to also brighten up and bring joy to a community.”

Speaking about the collaboration, Sue Cawthray, CEO of Harrogate Neighbours, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Sarah Charneca and St Aidan’s School on this fantastic project.

“Bringing together different generations and promoting understanding and cooperation between them is a key part of our ethos, and we are thrilled to have been able to achieve this through the creation of this beautiful installation.”

“The art has already become a focal point at The Cuttings, with residents and staff alike enjoying the vibrant and colourful tribute to the upcoming Coronation.”

Hatmill Ranked First In UK’s Best Workplaces™

Hatmill, one of the UK’s largest independently owned supply chain and logistics consultancy, has today been named as the UK’s Best Workplaces™ 2023 (small business category) by Great Place to Work®, the global authority on workplace culture.

The unique, self-managing culture and employee ownership is just one of the reasons why the company ranked number one in the small business (20-50 employees) category and why employees love working for Hatmill.

Hatmill topped the list after a rigorous survey and interview process with its staff and faced tough competition to reach the top spot.

Hatmill, based in Grantley near Ripon, provides end-to-end supply chain and logistics support to deliver improvements to warehouses, transport, forecasting and inventory, so clients become more profitable and transform their customers’ experience.

The employee-owned company works with some of the UK’s leading and most trusted brands including Asda, Greggs, NHS England and Royal Mail.

Hatmill joins well known firms recognised on the list including Lindt,, Hello Fresh and Laithwaites Wine. Simon Dixon, Founder of Hatmill said: “I’m thrilled Hatmill has been recognised as THE Best Place to Work. Creating a great place to work is fundamental to my business principles so to be ranked top of the list is such an honour and is credit to our amazing team”

“I believe Hatmill has been so successful in the programme due to our unique culture and innovative ways of working which is in direct contrast to so many traditional consultancy firms. While growing Hatmill I’ve been determined to create a culture focused on collaboration and shared values that avoids the usual corporate traps and focuses on what’s important – for our clients and our team.”

“It’s a key differentiator between Hatmill and our competitors; our clients value the difference it makes to them. It hugely influences our ability to attract and retain the very best talent in the industry. We’ve demonstrated time and time again that a growing firm from Yorkshire can compete against the big consultancy firms.”

“Despite the challenging economic environment, we’ve got ambitious plans for growth at Hatmill in 2023 following a 41% increase in turnover last year with plans to expand into the US and Europe on the back of client demand.”

Hatmill’s culture matches that of ‘Teal’ businesses as researched by Fredrick La Loux in his book “Reinventing Organisations”.

As a ‘Teal’ organisation, Hatmill’s operating model is non-hierarchical – and the team have significant influence over their work, something that has boosted staff retention, morale and wellbeing.

About Best Workplaces

“As the global authority on workplace culture, our mission at Great Place to Work® has always been to build a better world by helping organisations become a great place to work for all. We strongly believe in the notion of ‘better for business, better for people, better for the world,” said Benedict Gautrey, Managing Director of Great Place to Work® UK.

“Best Workplaces™ consistently put people first – not just in terms of looking out for their own employees but also by caring for and supporting their surrounding community and environment. We’re incredibly proud to recognise the very best ‘For All’ organisations committed to equity and unfaltering in ensuring that all employees are empowered to deliver the right strategic solutions to ever-changing business opportunities and challenges.”

A great workplace is more than lavish perks, fancy parties and amazing benefits. While those elements are present in many Best Workplace™ organisations, at its core a great workplace is about the level of trust that employees experience in their leaders, the level of pride they have in their jobs; and the extent to which they experience camaraderie with their colleagues.

Great Place to Work® performed rigorous evaluations of hundreds of employee survey responses alongside Culture Audit™ submissions from leaders at each company to create the 2023 UK’s Best Workplaces™ list. They then used these data insights to benchmark the effectiveness of companies’ employee value propositions against the culture their employees actually experience.

Those businesses who achieve the highest scores after evaluation receive Best Workplaces™ status.

Bull’s LDRL Team Makes History

The Bradford Bulls LDRL team made history by competing in their first ever festival at the weekend!

The action got underway from 10:30am at Leeds Modernians RUFC, with a 11-strong squad taking part representing the Bradford Bulls.
Our Learning Disability is one of nine teams running under the Bradford Bulls umbrella in 2023, which includes a Women’s team, Physical Disability team and a Wheelchair team.

Having lost 5-3 against Hull KR, our LDRL team won their four other matches including an 8-3 victory over Leeds Rhinos! The Bradford Bulls are a wholly inclusive club and remain committed to providing pathways for all to participate in Rugby League.

Bradford Bulls Foundation Chief Executive Chris Chamberlain said:
“This is a great achievement to see a new Learning disability Rugby League team off the ground and competing. This has taken a lot of hard work from a number of people; however I’d like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to Mick Colborn, Darren Collins and Chris Chamberlain for their continues work”.

There are sponsorship opportunities available for the team and players for this 2023 LDRL season, for further information please contact
Bradford Bulls’ 2023 LDRL Squad.

  1. Harry Naylor
  2. Barry Mason
  3. Kian Collins
  4. Lily-Rose Chamberlain
  5. Ryan Hobson
  6. Danny Bayliss
  7. Callum Heald
  8. Jamie Readyhough
  9. Charlotte Foster
  10. Jake Fahey
  11. Ben Metcalfe

British Bedmaker Achieves Double King’s Award

Leeds-based fifth generation family-run bedmaker Harrison Spinks has achieved two prestigious King’s Awards for Innovation and International Trade, bringing the total number awarded to the company to seven.

The luxury bed brand, which is active in 13 European countries, plus the USA, Canada, Korea, and Australia, secured the King’s Award for Innovation thanks to significant work as an industry leader in innovation and design, including its design and manufacture of revolutionary glue-less fine-wire pocket springs used in its 100% recyclable mattresses.

Since its last successful Award win in 2019 – the Queen’s Award it holds for Sustainable Development – the business has made progressive leaps in innovation, developing and patenting new technology and design. To reach the goal of affordable, ecological luxury, it has focused on developing an innovative pocket-sprung mattress design, leading the way in which it transforms raw materials into world-leading innovation.

Harrison Spinks also secured the King’s Award for International Trade thanks to its continued focus on manufacturing premium, sustainable handmade beds in international markets.

Simon Spinks, Chairman of Harrison Spinks, said: “It is a huge honour to be recognised with two inaugural King’s Awards this year, which sit proudly alongside the Queen’s Award we hold for Sustainable Development. These awards are a reflection of the hard work the team has delivered, ensuring we are constantly championing innovation and high-quality, sustainable design.”

“From an international trade perspective, we’re proud that our British values of sustainable innovation and quality have truly set us up for success in a global marketplace.”

“These awards are especially important to us as a British business – we are a company that champions homemade and homegrown materials; supports businesses that manufacture in the UK; and one which works with organisations such as British Wool on campaigns like the Traceable Wool Scheme.”

“Our team has put in a lot of hard work this year and we’re proud this has been recognised with an award for International Trade. We’re also thrilled to have been awarded the title for Innovation as we continue to be industry leaders while maintaining the highest standards of production.”

The two King’s Awards follow a standout year for the company which saw it awarded Bed Manufacturer of the Year at the 2022/23 National Bed Federation Awards as well as becoming C2C accredited, a process which verifies products are safe, sustainable and ethically sourced, and consists of a rigorous, 18-month third-party product certification program.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 57th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

New Employer Partnership To Boost Regional Welding Skills

Bradford College has become the first education partner in the UK to launch the Energas Fabrication Excellence Student Support Scheme.

The programme is part of a wider initiative by Energas, a Air Liquide Group company specialising in cylinder gases and equipment, to address the global shortage of welders that governments and industry bodies are urgently trying to reverse.

In the UK, Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic have worsened a national skills shortage, with the number of welders falling by a quarter in five years. Nearly half the nation’s welders are expected to retire by 2027.

The new Energas initiative is helping to stem this decline and support welding educational establishments, such as Bradford College and its students. The partnership will enhance existing college welding equipment, offer grassroots exposure to Energas products and services, and deliver safety and technical advice.

Safety is a crucial focus for the content of support materials designed for all skill sets and which enhance awareness of gases, equipment, storage, handling, and transportation used in metal fabrication processes.

Bradford College Trinity Green Campus currently offers Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications in Welding and a Level 1 Certificate in Engineering Fabrication and Welding alongside other Level 2 and 3 Engineering qualifications.

Tony Carter, Lecturer in Fabrication and Welding at Bradford College, said: “We’re delighted with the bespoke package of support Bradford College has been offered, taking in to account our specific needs as an education provider. Energas will now be the go-to welding equipment and gas supplier for all students, including workwear, PPE, and ongoing consumable supplies.”

“This mutually beneficial agreement is driving footfall into the local Energas branch and increasing web traffic while also giving our students access to the latest industry equipment and sector knowledge.”

Bradford College has placed a large order with Andrew Bamford, Account Manager for Energas Bradford, for eight high-quality Lincoln Electric welding machines for MIG and TIG applications, plus a range of other metal fabrication cutting and welding equipment.

The state-of-the-art equipment will be used to train students at all levels – from those starting out in the field to experienced welders looking to upskill in new techniques, including individuals joining new part-time/night classes at Trinity Green Campus.

In recognition of the collaboration, Bradford College has also placed the Energas logo on welding marketing materials, new learner welcome packs, departmental banners, and safety posters to boost the Bradford Energas branch presence within student learning spaces.

Students will also benefit from an Energas discount scheme and QR codes for quick access to offers and support in a dedicated section of the Energas website.

Forbes England, Fabrication Excellence Market Manager for Energas, said: “Welding is an essential trade for future economic growth in the UK and so collaborative work like this is vital if we are to stop the decline in skilled welding professionals.”

“This is a fantastic example of a local business, Energas Bradford, supporting nearby welding education at Bradford College. By partnering together, we are united in our ambition to attract more individuals into a diverse and exciting industry offering international job opportunities across sectors and specialisms.”

Harrogate Business Women Receives LifeTime Achievement Award

Sue Cawthray, CEO of not-for-profit care provider, Harrogate Neighbours has been praised for her service to care catering with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’

Sue was recognised for the prestigious award at the Public Sector Catering Awards 2023 at the London Hilton Metropole.

The awards celebrate the very best catering operators working across schools, hospitals, care homes, universities, prisons, catering colleges and the military. Sue, who is also chair of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), won the Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to care catering over nearly 30 years.

Sue said, “I am absolutely shocked and did not expect it. I am just so grateful that I have been given the opportunity to do the job I do every day. I believe at Harrogate Neighbours we make a difference to people’s lives every day.”

Sue was celebrated for pursuing higher standards of care catering and championing the positive impact that good nutrition, hydration and mealtimes have on the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of older and vulnerable people.

Sue added, “I have the most amazing team at Harrogate Neighbours who are dedicated and hardworking. I am just so grateful for the work they put in as well as their dedication and commitment because we do it together.”

The commitment to care shown by Harrogate Neighbours and its staff has been recognised over the years with a number of awards.

In 2020 Harrogate Neighbours was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, the highest form of recognition a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Sue also spoke out on many occasions to remind the Government of its obligations to the care sector as it bore the brunt of Covid-19 itself and the restrictions in place to contain it.

Azets advise on the MBO of MTE Heat Treatment

Azets, the UK Top 10 accountancy firm, has advised the incoming management team on the management buy out (MBO) of MTE Heat Treatment.

MTE Heat Treatment, based in Huddersfield, provides sub-contract services for the heat treatment and surface engineering of metals. Based in over 30,000 sq ft of custom-designed facilities in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, they service a broad customer base, including the automotive and heavy automotive sectors, marine, energy and precision engineering industries.

Azets advised the senior management team, Ben Redfearn and Jason Beaumont who have acquired the business from Geoff Windas and Nigel Dyson who are retiring. This was led by Tariq Javaid and supported by Richard Weston and Patrick Cree. Ramsdens, led by Stephen Newman, provided legal advice to the MBO team.

Funding was provided by HSBC, led by Vickie Kielty with legal support from Manjit Virdee at Schofield Sweeney. The sellers’ solicitors were led by Deborah Melluish from Eaton Smith.

Ben Readfearn, Finance Director and Jason Beaumont, Technical Director MTE Heat Treatment, said: “We are delighted to be part of this succession opportunity which provides continued security for colleagues and customers. The business has been set on a fantastic journey by Nigel and Geoff, we wish them all the best on their retirement and would like to thank them for leaving such a great legacy.”

“We received terrific support from Azets, who helped us navigate and negotiate the acquisition. We appreciate the dedication of the team in managing a smooth process throughout and delivering a successful transaction.”

Tariq Javaid, Corporate Finance Partner at Azets said: “We are delighted to have advised Ben and Jason on the MBO. They’re in a fantastic position to take MTE from strength to strength building on its excellent reputation. Despite the uncertain economic environment, this deal demonstrates the vibrant business environment in Yorkshire.”

“This is a great transaction and highlights the strength of the Yorkshire deals market. MTE is a long standing Azets client and we look forward to working with Ben and Nigel and the team on their growth journey.”