Spotlight on our tenants… Ben’s School of Swimming

Established in September 2019, Ben’s School of Swimming offers group and private 1-1 sessions to children as little as 8 weeks old.

Run over two sites, one at our countryside location in the beautiful Cragg Vale and the other in Elland, Ben’s School of Swimming have fully qualified staff to provide your children with the best learning experience around and who are dedicated to teach individuals to swim confidently.

Open from Monday to Saturday they offer times to suit different needs ranging from 10am right through to 7pm. It has become very popular with the parents in the Calder Valley and beyond!

They have recently expanded their services and now provide training courses for members of the public, along with their own pool cleaning service to local residents with swimming pools and even offer water safety sessions to children from local schools.

For further information or to enquire regarding lessons please visit bensschoolofswimming.com or call 01422 888429.   

Spotlight on our tenants… Portelli Dog Spa

Established in October 2019, Portelli Dog Spa is the perfect place to take your pooch for a pamper!  Set up by Karen after completing her City and Guilds qualification, she is passionate about ensuring you and your fur baby have a happy and positive experience, taking time to ensure that your canine companion is comfortable.

From puppy grooming to confidence building, the focus is on providing an environment that is safe and welcoming for your treasured pets.  Sessions range from 30 minutes to two hours depending upon the needs of your pet.

To book an appointment please phone 01422 8585042 or e-mail bookings@portellidogspa.com.  You can also check them out on facebook – http://facebook.com/portellidogspa

Spotlight on our tenants… Equinox Kombucha

Equinox Kombucha, which was established in 2012,  is an award-winning, socially conscious B Corp (https://bcorporation.uk/) which produces organic kombucha at Orchard Business Park, based in Mytholmroyd.

Equinox Kombucha is an organic cultured beverage made by fermenting green tea and unrefined cane sugar with a Kombucha culture called a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria & yeast). It’s a natural alternative to traditional fizzy drinks but generally has much less sugar.

Currently employing approximately 30 staff across two sites in Calderdale, Equinox are dedicated to brewing the best organic, sustainable artisan Kombucha you’ve ever tasted. With their unique brewing process creating an equally unique delicious taste, it’s easy to see why Kombucha is now flying off the shelves in Britain and several other countries across Europe & Scandinavia.

With a mission to make affordable, organic, healthy, sustainable soft drinks that are good for you and the planet, what’s not to love?  To place orders, please visit their website www.equinoxkombucha.com; there is free delivery on all orders over £25.

Spotlight on our tenants… Craggies Butchery Deli Cafe

Established in 2015, Craggies is a family-run business incorporating a butchery, delicatessen and farm shop with café, which is situated on our business park in beautiful Cragg Vale.  With fresh fruit, vegetables, locally- reared meat and produce it is extremely well-stocked to suit all tastes.  Craggies also stock alcoholic beverages from the on-site brewers – Vocation & Little Valley Brewery. Open seven days a week and with customers coming from all over by foot, cycle and car, it really is a lovely place to bring the family or to meet with friends.  Due to current Covid restrictions, the café is unable to open to the public however they are operating a takeaway facility.      Craggies are looking forward to re-opening their doors as soon as restrictions are lifted.  Meanwhile, you can place orders online at or by telephone www.craggies.co.uk or by telephone 01422 417417.

Spotlight on our tenants… JVL

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Established over 30 years ago, JVL is a leading supplier and distributor of household products in the UK.  Based at Orchard Business Park in Mytholmroyd, JVL supply products including doormats, home furnishings, laundry essentials, cleaning products and car care goods to leading high street retailers, wholesalers and independent retailers. They have now extended their range and have the facility for customers to order directly from their website, head over to their social channels, search @jvlhomeware on FB or Instagram.

Employing around  60 staff, JVL pride themselves on providing first rate customer service and products which provide excellent value for money.  To place orders, visit their website www.jvl.co.uk or telephone 01422 888555.

Spotlight on our tenants… Vocation Brewery

Vocation Brewery, which was established in 2015, is an independent brewery which brew beers from our site in Cragg Vale. Ranging from their core collections, such as Heart & Soul, Bread & Butter, Pride & Joy and Life & Death to name but a few, Vocation also brew a vast array of specials. Such specials include DIPA’s and TIPA’s (Double IPA and Triple IPA’s) and more recently beers from their barrel aged collection such as the chocolate & banana stout or salted caramel collaboration with Norwegian brewer Amundsen. There really is something to suit all tastes. After the installation of their new canning line in 2020, they now sell around 12 million cans per year.

Currently employing 35 staff across two sites, Vocation is going from strength to strength with orders coming in from all over the world.

With the current lockdown restrictions, visits to their bar in Hebden Bridge are put on hold but orders can be placed online or you will find their products in independent outlets and major supermarkets. They even offer a same day delivery service (if ordered before 12pm) for customers in the HX postcode!To place orders, visit their website www.vocationbrewery.com or telephone 01422 410810.

Our tips for working from home

With everyone being encouraged to work from home where possible, we have outlined our top five tips we’ve come across and adopted for our days at work. Being in a position where you can work from home is brilliant at this time and getting your work done is important for your business. Staying healthy both mentally and physically is important for you. The tips below are what we have outlined for you to be able to get the best out of your days working from home and to remain with a healthy mind.

1.Get Dressed:

Would you believe it, something so small as getting dressed has made the list. As tempting as it is to sit in your pyjamas all day, getting washed and dressed to start your day will psychologically gear you up to be productive with your work. Ensuring you do this can have much more of an impact than you ever thought was possible.

2. Find the best work space:

Working from home can be tough as you are more prone to distractions. If there’s other people in the house, set boundaries (if possible). Set the times you can be approached and the times where you need to get your head down and work. Dedicate an office space and surround yourself with inspiration to work hard.

Ensure your home has a work free zone, none of us want to feel like the place where we work is the place we spend relaxing. Maintaining this divide can be crucial to keep a healthy work life balance.

3.Keep your routine:

Humans are creatures of habit. Having a routine is vital, whether its setting your alarm for the same time each day, going to bed at the same time to ensure you have a good nights rest or taking your lunch break at the same time you normally would at work.  Routines help us mentally and physically prepare for something. Keeping your routine the same even if you don’t physically go to work will help you gear up for the day ahead. Make the most of what would have been your commuting time and spend this doing something that will set you up to have a positive mindset instead and make this a new part of your routine for the time being.

 

4.Pick up the phone:

Working from home can be isolating, especially if you live alone. Where appropriate, instead of emails why not pick up the phone to a work colleague, client or customer to discuss the matter. You can always follow this up with an email detailing the topics covered in the call, but you’ve been able to have some interaction with others and they will probably benefit from this too.

 

5. Take regular breaks:

Finally, you shouldn’t spend all your day glued to your screens and It’s been said to be more beneficial to take short breaks throughout your working day. If it’s safe to do so, why not sit in your garden or take a short walk adhering to the government’s guidelines. Just like any working environment, giving yourself breaks is incredibly important to let your brain and body relax and keep your mind fresh.

 

A work environment that works for you

We’ve covered blogs about the benefits of an office space as opposed to working from home and covered finding the right space for you, but we want to delve deeper on what the impact the environment you work in can have on you and the effect it can have to your productivity and work abilities.

According to a study found online we spend approximately 13 years and two months of our lives at work, not including overtime and the sneaky checking of emails on an evening and weekend.

When choosing a place to set up office or deciding on the wall colours, furnishings and finishing touches, it’s important to know the impact these can have. To make this easier for you we have identified these elements and an understanding of the impacts they can have.

 

Lighting:

Whether it’s, natural, artificial, bright or dimmed lighting, all of this can impact your productivity levels. If you work inside do you have enough windows? Is there space for you to be able to walk and take 5 minutes out in the fresh air when its needed?  It has been said that natural lighting is the best source of lighting to boost productivity and reduce mental health related issues. Bearing this in mind, don’t worry if you don’t have enough natural lighting flooding in, you can create this by the clever use of lighting and bulbs as well as keeping away from rich tones in the office.

 

Sound:

Finding the right level of noise in the office can sometimes be tough, especially when you have multiple staff members. Maybe you are someone who finds comfort in the radio playing low in the background or someone who can’t hear themselves think if the whole office is filled with noise. Both could even work for you. Understanding this and what works best for the people you spend your time in the office with can help to boost workflow and crate a happy office environment.

 

Colour:

There’s so much that can be found about the psychologies of colour. Colour is a visual experience that subconsciously affects the brain and how we work. Having subtle hints of colour could inspire workers at pinnacle moments and can encourage stimulation and motivation. There are many different websites that help you make the right choice for your office. A common colour often used within offices is blue. Blue is said to be an intellectual colour and promotes thinking. Whereas yellow is usually used in moderate to promote optimism and innovation. These pops of colour don’t always have to be on the walls, why not add bright cushions, mugs, mouse mats or even hang paintings on the walls.

 

Layout:

When planning the layout of your office and the furniture you want to buy its important to plan this properly, working with the space you have and the best furniture to provide comfort at work. Spending around 8 hours a day in the same office space is a long time, so you need to be comfortable. Thinking about desk space so you and any staff members have enough room to comfortably spread out. Do you have the right chair for your needs? Do you have a space for stand meetings? Meetings with staff can often go on tangents, stand-up meetings keep things short and to the point.

 

Within the Craggs business parks, we have a range of different work environments all in the beautiful countryside. We may look remote, but we are in fact in a prime location. We are only 10 minutes away from two local towns, Sowerby bridge and Mytholmroyd as well as being easily accessible from the M62.

With neighbours like Vocation Brewery, Alpaca comfort, Portelli dog spa to name a few, there are multiple different businesses you can interact with, why not come visit and take a look, we would be happy to show you around. Please contact, info@thecraggs.co.uk or 01422 888450 and we will ensure someone will be around to help you with all of your needs.

Eating at your desk

I’ll just finish this. This deadline is too close. A customer needs this fast. Does this sound familiar when asked if you would like to go for lunch? We all know that eating at our desks everyday is bad for us but taking a break at lunch time to step away from your desk can improve both your body and brain, keeping your muscles and mind fit.

Boosting your wellness in the workplace can all start with stepping away from your computer screens and putting down your smart phones to practice mindful eating. Many of us get distracted whilst eating and working and then we don’t recognise when we are full.

Why not make this a social thing? Take time to sit and talk to a colleague about non-work related topics and whether it’s going for a walk, sitting in communal area or visiting Craggies, give yourself that much needed break. You’ll reap the benefits in your mental state and work.

Exciting Environmental Advancements

At the Craggs Country Business Parks we want to do as much as we can to support the environment. As a result, we are always looking to embrace technologies that enable us to be a more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Our latest exciting development is the addition of more solar panels to our sites.

We now have 555 panels across two of our sites, The Craggs and The Chapel. The plan is to expand this development even more in the upcoming years.

 

The solar panels join the 4,000 trees planted by Treesponsibility in 2017 and help us reach our aim to be a net carbon zero establishment as soon as we can.

The solar panels will allow us to have a sustainable energy source that is reliable and independent and have minimal impact on the beautiful scenery we are lucky enough to be based within.

A view of the Upper Cragg Valley

Clean energy is key tool for us as a long-term energy goal and allows us to contribute to the preservation of our phenomenal surroundings.

Embracing technology allows us to adapt and evolve as a site for which businesses can thrive within.

The new panels will make up 25% of our total energy allowing us to make a huge stride towards environmental sustainability.