Yorkshire Business Insider September 2022


P for people and goods and some R&D

Questions of people and ownership dominated Insider’s recent roundtable for middle-market companies as part of our data on the most profitable companies.

Even though hiring intentions have surged slightly, attracting and retaining talent remains a challenge for virtually every company in almost every industry.

Companies must be innovative when it comes to recruitment. Take Atlas Leisure Homes of Hull, who work in the roller coaster world of holiday home manufacturing. The huge demand presented an urgent need for manpower. Faced with escalating wages in a highly localized industry, owner Steven McGawn chose to bring in and train 40 17- and 18-year-olds eager for a job opportunity. And most are still with Atlas.

Real estate remains a moot point and most companies are still considering their needs as they approach the end of their lease.

We highlight new commercial property across office, industrial, healthcare, education, retail and leisure in our annual Rental Leeds City Region investment guide. Leeds is a transformed city. While other towns in West Yorkshire have not seen such rapid growth, their municipal leaders know it and are making strident efforts to address it.

Our Entrepreneur of the Month for September, Kevin McCabe, has had a long and (usually) successful career in property development and he continues to develop vital projects in Yorkshire. One of these is the Olympic Legacy Park (OLP) in Sheffield, a potentially unique offering in health and wellness research. Fiona Haran assesses recent investments and plans for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) which stretches from the PLO to Doncaster.

And in two key interviews this month, Professor Dave Petley said he hopes to replicate the success with spin-outs during his six years at the University of Sheffield when he takes on the role of vice-chancellor. in Hull; while Duncan Johnson, managing director of derivative investor Northern Gritstone, calls for more funding options.

Ian Leech, editor


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