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20 / 01 / 19

Cradle on Air(e)

Co-author, Rachael Unsworth, was interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds on Saturday 19th January 2019. So much to say about the book, and so little time ... But presenter Andrew Edwards admires our work. ...

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10 / 01 / 19

Walking tour of ‘The Cradle’ Sunday 20th January

Author Rachael Unsworth will guide you on a walking tour of Holbeck ...

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12 / 12 / 18

An ecosystem of innovation

From its beginnings as a textile trading town, Leeds became an early manufacturing location: first textile factories, then engineering. Many more products followed to make it a city of 1,000 trade ...

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26 / 11 / 18

From engineering to behavioural research

Guy Redwood’s ‘ruthless open-mindedness’ led him from studying electrical engineering to founding SimpleUsability. Principles of neuroscience are appl ...

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25 / 11 / 18

Slumber not

Harrison Spinks have been making beds since 1840. Their vertical integration includes the whole chain of activities from sheep-rearing to hand sewing of mattresses. A lesson from looking at a w ...

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22 / 11 / 18

Can’t build? Grow veg …

MEPC was about to start developing the former railway land between Whitehall Road and Wellington Place when the recession forced a halt. Research am ...

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21 / 11 / 18

AW Hainsworth – Legendary Woollen Mill

The firm has its roots in the traditional economy of pre-industrial West Yorkshire with the forebears of the mill-owning dynasty earning a living as makers and merchants of cloth. As sources of po ...

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20 / 11 / 18

Making enterprises agile through digital transformation

BJSS is the kind of business that the early entrepreneurs of Leeds would find surprising. Founded in Leeds in 1993, the skilled technologists have an awar ...

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16 / 11 / 18

Cooking up a digital storm

Leeds Digital Festival is a celebration of the digital sector, a chance to showcase achievements and the people making it all happen. The 2018 festi ...

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16 / 11 / 18

Translation innovation

thebigword, founded by Leeds man, Larry Gould, successfully patented its Highly Secure Translation Editor connecting its expert linguists to commerciall ...

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15 / 11 / 18

Pioneers in filming and temperance

Louis le Prince came to Leeds in 1866 and experimented in cinematography. In 1888 he patented a one-lens camera and filmed activity on Leeds Bridge – probably the world’s first successful moving p ...

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15 / 11 / 18

21st century businessmen

Jonathan Straight and Chris Black attended the book launch. Jonathan’s company, featured in the 'green' section of the book, dominated the market in recycling bins. Chris Black’s father, Alan, sta ...

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15 / 11 / 18

The art of moving on

Tetley's Brewery, owned by 'Leeds Legend' Joshua Tetley from 1822, pioneered high quality beer. After the last barrel was brewed in 2011, art and education charity Project Space Leeds took over th ...

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14 / 11 / 18

Flaming bad luck for ace printer

When Alf Cooke’s printworks near Crown Point Bridge burned down he built again on Hunslet Road and continued to run a flourishing business. Fire destroyed this too but Cooke pressed on: he commiss ...

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14 / 11 / 18

Trading legends

Vickers Oils started making mineral oil preparations for the woollen industry in the mid-19th century. This bill was made out to fellow Leeds Legen ...

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13 / 11 / 18

Ad astra

Some early innovators had little formal education, yet they managed to acquire learning, some of them via the Mechanics' Institute. Tony Harrison, graduate of the Read More

01 / 11 / 18

One of the earliest factories anywhere in the world

Benjamin Gott’s Bean Ing Mill, started in 1792, was the first and largest of the Leeds woollen mills, famous throughout Europe in its day. Gott revolutionised the production of woollen cloth by br ...

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21 / 10 / 18

Culture is all around us

Compass Festival brings original live art and interactive encounters by local, national and international artists to cultural venues, civic bui ...

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09 / 10 / 18

Multi-coloured green business

Since 2001 this environmental social enterprise has been gathering in and reselling unwanted paint - up to 200 tonnes a year. This is an example of ...

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08 / 10 / 18

Reinventing the Cradle

Innovations came thick and fast through the 19th century and continued into the 20th century. There was something of a lull when British industry lost out to foreign competit ...

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01 / 06 / 18

Park here and play

Sponsors DLA Architecture contributed towards enlivening Victoria Gardens beside the Art Gallery. Leeds aims to be a child- ...

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