Notebook

Sky Betting and Gaming can bet on him

A former CEO of the Year and Executive Chairman at Sky Betting and Gaming has recently been appointed as its latest Non-Executive Director.

Richard Flint, will take up the post immediately following the end of his two year-stint as the Chair of the CBI in Yorkshire and Humber. He said:

“It’s been a pleasure and privilege to grow a business and to bring up our family in Yorkshire, and I am looking forward to spreading the word about all that our wonderful region has to offer as a place to visit. I am also excited to join such a diverse and multi-talented Board.”  

The new non-executive
director to Sky Betting and Gaming

He oversaw the transformation of Sky Bet from the Harrogate based division of Sky with fewer than 100 employees to an independent company based in Leeds with over 1500 people and a turnover of £700m. 

Richard is the current Chairman of online dog food brand ButternutBox and undertakes various other investing and advisory roles. 

Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive James Mason added: “I believe this to be a fantastic appointment. Having known Richard for a number of years I know exactly the personality and expertise he will bring to the organisation.  Under Peter Box’s leadership, we are building a team of people that will help us create and deliver our exciting new strategy” 

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New North British Library

It has been announced that the Government will be funding £25m to support the siting of the British Library North in Leeds. In response to this, the city council are exploring Temple Works as its potential home.

In advance of the funding being agreed, Leeds City Council has been collaborating with the British Library and the CEG Group, who own Temple Works, on exploring the feasibility of what is one of the country’s most important listed buildings being home to prospective new development.

Leeds City Council Leader Councillor Judith Blake explains “This is an important and very welcome acknowledgement of our collaborative efforts to achieve national recognition of the significance of Temple Works to Leeds, the North and indeed the country.

“Its historic and modern relevance as one of the main birthplaces of the industrial revolution and an incredibly important Grade I building is incalculable.”

“We’re proud to host what is already a significant iconic national cultural asset here in Leeds in Boston Spa and this would further consolidate the British Library as a major Northern base of a national institution and create much greater community access to their rich archive.

“Its proximity to both the existing rail station and the planned HS2 station would also open it up to the rest of the country and bring many more visitors to our city.”

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Closing that wage gap

Leeds has a strong economy with the fastest private sector jobs growth and highest increase in employment rate of any Core City, and yet this picture does not reflect the significant variation of equality of work people are in across the city.

The city is now committing to tackling its issues with inequalities in employment across the city through working amongst organisations in order to become a Real Living Wage City. 

It is estimated that just under 10% of all Leeds working residents earnt less than the government’s Real Living Wage in 2017 with in-work poverty continuing to rise.

The fact that a job is no longer a guaranteed route out of poverty in the modern economy, means that there is a need for a strong call to action to employers in the city to look at and provide better and fairer employment. To align with TUC Great Jobs campaign, which has been running since 2018. This looks at the ambition for everyone to have a great job with fair pay, regular hours and the opportunity to progress.

The council have already heavily invested in bringing all directly employed staff up to or above the Real Living Wage and has now started the process to become fully accredited with the Real Living Wage Foundation and ensure the payment runs right through supply chains to ensure the best conditions where possible for all avenues of its work.

Councillor Jonathon Pryor, Leeds City Council executive board member for learning, skills and employment said “There is a vital and evident need to tackle the growing inequality in employment across the city.

“This is not a specific issue to Leeds, but something we are deeply committed to addressing and are already leading the way through using our place based partnership approach through our network of Leeds Inclusive Anchors to work together to maximise the local benefits from spending, services and recruitment and spreading this learning far and wide across the city and deep into our communities.”

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Non-essential businesses begin to close

Outlets shutting their doors
to stop the spread of the virus

Urban Outfitter’s is only one of 100’s of fashion outlets around the world who have closed their stores globally due to the Corona Virus epidemic.

The company announced on Saturday that it would be shutting around 600 stores. They released a statement explaining that “The global spread of COVID-19 is effecting every one of us. The health and safety of our communities, including our loyal customers and dedicated associates is always the upmost importance to us.

“As far as we know none of our workers have tested positive for COVID-19. In an effort to protect our communities we have decided to close all of our stores around the globe.

“We want to assure you that we are doing our best to protect our communities and we look forward to the time when we realise that we have come through this, stronger than ever.”

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This article was produced by a student or students on the BA in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University.

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