Phase 1 of the £100m terminal at Port of Liverpool opens for business with first biomass freight train

Pix: Shaun Flannery/ COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>> 26th October 2015 First-ever shipment of biomass pellets from £100m terminal at Port of Liverpool to Drax Power Station. Andy Koss, CEO of Drax Power Ltd.

Andy Koss, CEO of Drax Power Ltd.

The Port of Liverpool became part of the biggest carbon saving project in Europe today (Monday 26 October 2015).

Phase 1 of the new £100m terminal began business with the first-ever shipment of sustainable biomass pellets bound for Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire.

Drax is the country’s largest single generator of renewable electricity, producing almost 2,000MW of renewable power, enough for three million homes.

A freight train with 25 specially-designed wagons carrying 1,600 tonnes of pellets left the port at 3.30pm for the 99-mile journey to the power station, which last year provided more than 12 per cent of the UK’s renewable electricity.

Andy Koss, chief executive of Drax Power Ltd, said: “This is the Northern Powerhouse in action; bringing east-west connectivity and driving business and economic growth between the north west and Yorkshire.”

He added: “This new Liverpool terminal adds to facilities on the east coast, bolstering our network still further.  A robust supply chain is crucial as we continue to use the latest technology to transform the Drax power station to generate electricity using sustainable biomass, providing the UK with reliable, affordable, low carbon energy.”

Already two cargoes of biomass – a by-product of the saw milling industry – have been discharged with another ship from North America expected next week. The terminal will eventually have the capacity to handle three million tonnes of wood pellets a year when fully completed in 2016.

All of the wood pellets arriving at the Port of Liverpool will be sent to Drax by rail, ensuring there is no impact on the local road network and the carbon footprint is minimised. Initially four trains a day will make deliveries and this is expected to increase to 10 daily train loads of pellets next year.

The new biomass terminal is set to create an additional 47 permanent jobs at the Port of Liverpool, while construction of the facility and the supply chain will create up to a further 300 jobs.

Gary Hodgson (left), Chief Operating Officer Peel Ports Group pictured with Andy Koss, CEO of Drax Power Ltd.

Gary Hodgson (left), Chief Operating Officer Peel Ports Group pictured with Andy Koss, CEO of Drax Power Ltd.

Gary Hodgson, COO Peel Ports Group, said: “East west connectivity is crucial for driving growth across the entire of the North of England. This is a landmark moment for both the Port of Liverpool and Drax as we provide tangible evidence of how businesses across the north can work together to fuel the Northern Powerhouse.

“The Port of Liverpool can be a huge engine for growth for the Northern Powerhouse as we already handle 45% of the UK’s total transatlantic trade. This new service is a testament to the global supply chains which can already be accessed from the Port of Liverpool and these global links will increase dramatically when Liverpool2 is up and running.”

Biomass is an important part of Peel Ports’ strategy and is in line with the businesses’ aims to transfer freight from road to more sustainable forms of transport such as rail and water. The terminal will contribute to the ambitious growth plans for the Port of Liverpool, with the company already investing £300m to create the UK’s most centrally located deep water container terminal, known as Liverpool2, which is due to open in December 2015.

Liverpool2 will enable the port to handle the largest container ships in the global fleet while at the same time doubling the port’s container capacity.

Words: Richard Harrison, Imagen Group LLP


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HRH Prince Edward opens the National Civil War Centre

Pix: Shaun Flannery/ COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>> 25th September 2015 National Civil War Centre, Old Magnus Building, Appletongate, Newark, NG24 1JY. HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, to open the National Civil War Centre

HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex

HRH The Earl of Wessex will officially opens the National Civil War Centre in the restored Old Magnus Building and handle Nottinghamshire’s very own crown jewel.

The centre created by Newark and Sherwood District Council is the first in the UK telling the complete story of the deadly 17th century British Civil Wars when crown and parliament clashed. 

Pix: Shaun Flannery/ COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>> 25th September 2015 National Civil War Centre, Old Magnus Building, Appletongate, Newark, NG24 1JY. HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, to open the National Civil War Centre

HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, pictured with Michael Constantine, Centre Manager

HRH will tour the galleries and see how the Grade II* building – which dates to 1529 – was rescued as part of the £5.4m project. 

He will also inspect a majestic golden 2,000 year old Iron Age necklace – or Torc – found near Newark and now on public display, before unveiling a plaque in the Tudor Hall to mark the occasion.

Pix: Shaun Flannery/ COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>> 25th September 2015 National Civil War Centre, Old Magnus Building, Appletongate, Newark, NG24 1JY. HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, to open the National Civil War Centre

HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex


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Celebrating 21 Years In Business

Shaun Flannery Director of Shaun Flannery Photography Ltd

Another day at the office!

Renowned Doncaster based commercial photographer Shaun Flannery celebrates 21 years servicing corporate conglomerates, local businesses and regional and international press.

HRH Princess Ann visits Harworth Colliery, North Notts

HRH Princess Ann after a visit to Harworth Colliery.

Established in 1993 Shaun Flannery Photography has seen many changes in the photographic profession over the years, from the lengthy process of using film and dark rooms to the now instantaneous, ready to publish, digital picture.

Shaun Commented: “The process and equipment has certainly changed over the years but the skill required to take a perfect image is still very much at the heart of what I do.   For me, whether I am capturing a sporting achievement, photographing a product in a studio or creating an interesting PR image, the main focus is about originality and ensuring a good composition every time.”

Fatal rail crash at Great Heck nr. Selby, Yorkshire

Devastation at Great Heck

Shaun’s gallery over the years includes remarkable front-page coverage of news events, action shots from some of the most famous sporting venues across the country and some outstanding images of members of the Royal Family.

Doncaster Rovers v Leicester City

Billy Sharp scores a ‘cracker’ for Doncaster against Leicester City

After having had his pictures featured in some of the most well know national newspapers and used by corporate brands such as Miller Homes, Drax, Finance Yorkshire along with NHS Trusts and Local Authorities, Shaun’s ability to capture interesting images has recently been applauded with his now iconic Tour de France image being used worldwide.


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth visits the Media Centre in Huddersfield

“Saturday 5th July is a day I will never forget,” explained Shaun. “After deciding on what type of Tour de France image I wanted to capture I set about finding the best spot. By using the ‘route book’ along with Google Maps and Street View I had a pretty good idea of where I should be. I wanted to encapsulate the essence of Yorkshire as well as the peloton, so a wide shot was essential. I found my spot and waited, at the very minute the peloton road past the sun shone, the riders kept together and the vibrant crowd was framed against the lush green hills of Grinton Moor, all of which created the image I wanted – it was perfect!”

Tour de France 2014: Stage 1

Tour de France, Grinton Moor

Shaun went on to explain: “The next day, I wanted to capture an alternative aspect of Yorkshire and chose a perfect backdrop in Sheffield that portrayed the industrial heritage of our county. That’s the beauty of my profession what seems like the same image, for example a group of riders on a road, a hundred different stories can be told just by some creative thought and a good eye!”

As the evolution of photography continues and the desire for more original content to be used and shared online, Shaun Flannery has included videography to his range of services.

Thanks to Helen Dillon-Pearson at Flourish Marketing & PR for the press release.


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SWLeeds Utd v RSC Anderlecht

Lee Bowyer beats Anderlecht keeper Zvonko Milojevic, to score a late Leeds United winner in the UEFA Champions League

Mid air collision between a Tornado bomber and Cessna light aircraft.

RAF Sea King over the crash site of RAF Tornado and light aircraft

Sheffield Forgemasters International..Dr Jesus Talamantes-Silva, Director of Research at Forgemasters and Professor at the University of Sheffield.

Business Portrait

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew visits Bridon International's unit at Carr Hill, Doncaster.

HRH Prince Andrew visits Bridon International

Robin Hood Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services

Fire crews at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield practice on the fire rig.

Nicola Adams - Olympic flyweight gold medalist.

Olympic Gold Medalist Nicola Adams

The last flying Vulcan, XH558,  touches down at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. .Vulcan XH558 is to spend the summer based at the airfield where she once stood on Quick Reaction Alert during the Cold War.

The mighty Avro Vulcan

Colin McRae on his way to victory in the 1995 Network Q RAC Rally

McRae and Ringer on their way to victory in the 1995 Network Q RAC Rally.

Relate - The Prime Minister, David Cameron addresses a group at the Shine Centre in Leeds.

David Cameron

Peter Emery - Drax - Biomass

Peter Emery, Drax Biomass


EasyJet A319 Aircraft at Robin Hood Airport

GB Boxing - Commenwealth Games

GB Boxing Portrait

Unknown coal miner Markham Main Colliery.

Miner at Markham Main Colliery

Environmental Company Set To Expand With Business Loan

Finance Yorkshire - Oceans ESU

L-R Rob Large, Senior Consultant Oceans ESU, David Ward, Finance Yorkshire, Michelle Gill, Director of Oceans ESU.

A £35,000 Business Loan is helping a Barnsley based environmental company to further expand its services in Europe and around the world.

Oceans ESU will use the investment from Finance Yorkshire to develop existing services and introduce new ones. It will also allow the business to strengthen its foothold in key global markets.

Established in 1992, Oceans ESU is an environmental management company providing reed beds for polluted waters, alongside contaminated land services, air, dust and vapour monitoring and consultancy services.

Customers include UK supermarkets, as well as petroleum companies in South Sudan, Malaysia, India and the UK.

The company has a long-standing relationship with the environmental sector in East Africa and has recently announced its first contract with the world’s newest country, the Republic of South Sudan. It has also recently completed its first reed bed project in Malaysia.

Co-Director Michelle Gill runs Oceans ESU with her father, Dr Lucian Gill. She said: “This Business Loan from Finance Yorkshire gives us the working capital we need to further develop our work in South Sudan, as well as opening up new markets in Kenya and Poland.”

Finance Yorkshire Portfolio Manager David Ward said: “Oceans ESU is a well-respected Yorkshire business doing valuable work in countries around the world. We are pleased that this Business Loan will help them to develop products and services in existing markets including the UK and South Sudan, in addition to opening up entirely new markets such as Poland and Kenya.”

To date Finance Yorkshire has made 609 investments totalling over £76 million.

Finance Yorkshire provides seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15,000 to £2m to help a range of small and medium sized businesses to meet their funding requirements for growth and development.

The project is supported financially by the European Union. It has attracted £30million investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme, £15million from UK Government and £45million match funding from the European Investment Bank.

For more information about Finance Yorkshire, please visit  or call 0845 649 0000.

Thanks to Cicada Communications for the press release 


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Finance Yorkshire Roadshows 2014


Photo and video assignment for client Finance Yorkshire shot during their 2014 Roadshow at Sheffield Town Hall.


Finance Yorkshire Roadshows 2014.

Bill Westwater or Xeros speaks at the Sheffield Event



Finance Yorkshire Roadshows 2014.

James Newman, Chairman of Sheffield City Region LEP at the Sheffield Event.



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Motorskills extends services to young people thanks to funding from UK Steel Enterprise

Motorskills Project - UKSE

Kelly at work at the Motorskills Project

A Barnsley based community project that offers educational, recreational and vocational opportunities to young people and families is extending its services thanks to a donation from UK Steel Enterprise.

Athersley Cares was set up in 1989 and its Motorskills project opened in 2000 to provide needs-led projects for people living in and around Athersley, north Barnsley. Motorskills provides a range of high quality accredited and non accredited vocational motor vehicle mechanics training sessions to adults and 13 – 19 year olds. Many of the people on its courses are NEETs – those Not in Education, Employment or Training.

The £1,470 grant is made up of £1,370.00 from the UK Steel Enterprise Charitable Fund with the rest coming from the “I Love Barnsley” fund and will be used to launch an evening drop in session for local young scooter riders. It will offer help and advice on safety, legal requirements and maintenance.

UK Steel Enterprise Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel that invests in growing businesses in South Yorkshire.  It also supports community based organizations and initiatives that make a positive difference to the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry. Through its fund with the South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF), UK Steel Enterprise Ltd is linked to groups and projects that are adding lasting value to local communities on a daily basis.

Keith Williams, Regional Manager of UK Steel Enterprise in Yorkshire says the funder is committed to working with community groups that bring about real change.

“The services that Athersley Cares provides reach some of the hardest to engage people in our communities. By offering them an opportunity to obtain qualifications and experience it is providing the chance for them to enter employment or full-time training/education. It is an excellent project and we are delighted to support its aims,” said Keith Williams.

The project currently has between 70 and 80 people from right across Barnsley using its services each week. One of them is Kelly Beever (19), a single mum from Athersley. Kelly discovered the project while on a training course when she was 14 and returned after leaving school. Inspired by her mechanic Grandfather, Kelly is now nearing the end of her first year of studying for an IMI Award in Car Service and Maintenance.

“At school I got in with the wrong crowd which held me back. I love this course and I’m hoping to become a fully trained mechanic in a local garage. The project has helped me in lots of other ways too; my self-confidence and self-esteem have been really lifted and I’m looking forward to hopefully working full-time,” said Kelly.

Lorraine Headen is the Project Manager at Athersley Cares and says Kelly is a shining example of how the students apply themselves. “I’m always highly impressed with what the students achieve. We have some people who attend that face challenges, however, they often rise to them and reach their goals at the project. Kelly is a total star; her attendance is fantastic and she’s a real team player. She’s well on track to achieve her qualification and I have high hopes for her. Thanks to the funding from UK Steel Enterprise we can now reach out to even more people and offer further educational opportunities”

For more information about UK Steel Enterprise Ltd please call Graham Parker at Parker PR on 07977 448 306.


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Portrait of a Doncaster Miner!

Unknown coal miner Markham Main Colliery.

A miner pictured after finishing his shift at Markham Main Colliery, Armthorpe, Doncaster, circa 1995.


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Barnsley Man Logs On To A Roaring Business Idea

Robert Lodge of Firewood Logs

When Robert Lodge installed a log burning stove in his farmhouse near Tankersley, Barnsley, he could hardly imagine what would happen next.

First the local pub and then other locals asked him to help them find hard to source timber for their own new stoves and fires.

So adept did he become, that an inkling of an idea began to form to diversify his farm business. Five years later, having spent £30,000 on timber processing machinery, 90% of his time is spent on his new timber-based business, rather than in the fields of his 1,000 acre family farm.

And Robert’s order book is bulging.

With a presence on Ebay and Facebook, he’s taken to cyberspace to connect with the soaring number of customers wanting to come home to a real fire.

Robert, 48, explained:

“I never had any intentions of getting into the firewood business, but it really sort of crept up on me.  Initially I just used wood laying around farm for my own needs, but things took off from there.  The number of people installing woodfuel boilers and log fires is really amazing.  That’s partly due to the surge in energy prices making it more attractive, but there’s also a feel good factor looking at an log fire and also using a more eco-friendly fuel.”

Robert Lodge of Firewood Logs

Robert’s success is music to the ears of the Forestry Commission, which believes that woodfuel could be a major growth area for businesses and woodland owners in South Yorkshire.  Stoked by the prospects, Robert recently joined a five day fact finding mission to Austria, organised by the Forestry Commission and South Yorkshire Forest Partnership.  It was funded by a European Union scheme called Activating Forest Owners, which has invested 200,000 Euros over two years into South Yorkshire to boost the woodfuel sector by getting more woods into management.

Robert added:

“Austria is far more advanced than we are and have lots more biomass boilers, but we are moving in their direction as oil prices keep on going up.  The trip made me even more optimistic about the future.  But we need to get more local woodlands producing timber in South Yorkshire.  At the moment most of my supplies come from other parts of the country, especially the Midlands.  But there are lots of neglected woods here that should be put back to work.”

South Yorkshire has 11,465 hectares (28,662 acres) of woodland – over 9% of land area – but forest chiefs estimate that around half remains an untapped resource.  Yorkshire currently produces about 300,000 tonnes of timber each year – over a third of which comes from Forestry Commission woodlands.

Rudie Humphrey, from the Forestry Commission, said:

“Robert’s experience shows the two sides of the story.  Woodfuel is an opportunity to create profitable rural businesses and employment, but we need more raw materials coming out of local woods.  We also had woodland owners on the trip to Austria and the message is getting home.  Our local woods are a big asset for us and well managed can produce economic and conservation gains.”

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RecyCoal Delivers Sustainable Routes to Work For Students

Nathan Tuck pictured with RecyCoal's Andy Foster

Four Yorkshire students have benefitted from the recent success and expansion by the UK’s leading waste coal recovery company, RecyCoal.  The company, that delivers sustainable solutions for previously mined sites, has appointed one qualified apprentice to the position of Mobile Plant Engineer and a further three as trainees.

Maintenance Engineer Nathan Tuck 22, from Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, has completed a four year NVQ Level 3 apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance (Mechanical) at Doncaster College.  Nathan said: “It’s great, to now be qualified, the hands on experience I have gained at RecyCoal really helped me with my theoretical work at college.  I’m really pleased to be a fully qualified member of the mobile plant unit here, and I look forward to working on the variety of projects RecyCoal will deploy me on.”

Sales and Marketing Manager, David Stafford from the Doncaster based company, commented: “The expansion of the company lies in the quality of our employees.  It is essential we continue to invest, not only in equipment but the skills needed by our employees to support the company’s worldwide expansion programme.”

RecyCoal, specialises in the recovery of waste coal sites and is working on projects throughout the UK, including Langton (on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire), the United States, Australia and Eastern Europe.  The company, utilising its own unique hybrid Dual Density Natural Medium process, removes coal from variable contaminated feed, and offers a complete service of design, build, own and operate to restore sites to high environmental standards producing final landforms which are in keeping the surrounding landscape.

Nathan along with the three new recruits, all from Doncaster and the surrounding villages, will be putting their skills and knowledge into practice ensuring the plant machinery used to complete the projects is fully maintained at all times.  The three younger apprentices, who are now embarking on the four year apprenticeship scheme with RecyCoal, come from diverse backgrounds.  Sam Jackson, 18, was previously working in retail and decided his career path was best placed in engineering and is now working to achieve the same qualification as Nathan.  Likewise, Michael Lindley 18, is a keen motor mechanic and decided to further his skills in an industrial environment and Greg Bennett 17, who found RecyCoal’s apprenticeship scheme through a dedicated website, wanted to progress from an NVQ level 2 qualification in Performing Engineering and Operations to a work based NVQ Level 3.

David continued: “Apprenticeships are an ideal resource to ensure that certain skills are not lost and for those young school leavers that have the tenacity and determination to work as hard as Nathan has done, the benefits are certainly rewarding. Our other young recruits will gain a vast amount of practical knowledge at RecyCoal, we have staff with years of experience in the coal mining and engineering industries and this coupled with a hands on approach will certainly assist them in their future career with the company.”



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Ed Miliband, MP Opens Sustainable Energy Company’s Showroom

Marcus Payne and Ed Miliband

A pioneering Doncaster company celebrated the opening of a brand new showroom with a visit from the Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband, MP. 

Family- owned business Green Energy Solutions UK Ltd held an official launch to mark the opening of its new state-of-the-art facility at Jupiter Business Park in Bentley.   The event was also attended by Doncaster’s Civic Mayor, Cllr Eva Hughes.

The company, which specialises in the supply of alternative energy products including solar and photovoltaic panels and ground-source heat pumps, has seen its turnover increase three-fold since it began trading just three years ago.  It installs products in both residential and commercial buildings, as well as in affordable housing schemes and other local authority projects across the UK.   The new showroom will accommodate its ambitious expansion plans and allow customers to see how the alternative energy equipment works.

Part of the demonstration process involved the use of a “Sunny Beam” device, which, through Bluetooth technology measures the amount of energy generated by photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the showroom, and the subsequent monetary savings which can be made by using these.

Managing Director, Marcus Payne who is a shareholder along with wife Sally, and father, David explains: “We are delighted that our constituency MP, Ed Miliband could join us to commemorate this very special occasion. The event marked a new generation of business development for us, and it’s very exciting.  The company has largely grown through word of mouth, but the fact that we can now physically show people how alternative energy equipment works in order to heat their home or office and significantly reduce their energy bills  means that we can really develop the business.”

As the company looks to the future it has already taken on two more staff, and the family anticipates that more people will be needed to fulfil new orders  as they come in from within the region and further afield.

David Payne adds: “With gas bills alone set to increase by 25% in the coming months, more and more people will be looking at other ways to heat their homes and places of work.   Our new showroom will allow those looking at new methods to see for themselves how it all operates and to appreciate just how relatively straightforward, uncomplicated and cost effective it is.”

Rt. Hon, Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North , comments:  “I’m pleased to be able to support a new, innovative venture in Doncaster at a time when jobs and work are all-important. It is fantastic to see business growth like this in my constituency.

“It is important to find new ways of delivering energy savings for homes and businesses, and Green Energy Solutions shows how technology available today can unlock that potential.”

Green Energy Solutions’ projects in the region include photovoltaic panel installations at Freshney Green, a 296 property residential scheme in Grimsby for Shoreline Housing Partnership and Stamford Homes, and a large-scale residential scheme in Sculcoates, Hull also for Stamford Homes.  The Salvation Army in Bridlington has also recently benefitted from the company’s expertise and products which have been installed on the town’s drop-in centre and community hub.  In addition, Green Energy Solutions has carried out scores of individual property installations for homeowners across Yorkshire who will benefit from lower energy bills.

To commemorate the official showroom opening, Green Energy Solutions UK is offering a special discount on photovoltaic panels, with £1,000 discount given on all installations booked during June.

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