A Month In Pictures!

Loch Etive - Scotland

Loch Etive, Argyll and Bute

Cusworth Music Festival 2013.

Wilko Johnson – Cusworth Music Festival

Doncaster Wheelers Cycle Club Summer Road Race.

Doncaster Wheelers Cycle Club Summer Road Race.

Army Westland Lynx Helicopter

Army Westland Lynx AH.7 XZ608 helicopter

Eurofighter Typhoon

Eurofighter Typhoon multirole jet fighter at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

Funny Business - Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Weston Park Hospital ‘Funny Business’ Contestants.

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle, Argyle and Bute.

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Team Sky Ben Swift helps celebrate 20 years of trade at DVC

Ben Swift - Team Sky - Don Valley Cycles

Team Sky cyclist Ben Swift with Martin in the shops new race bike showroom.

Don Valley Cycles is celebrating its 20th year in business this year, They have been serving cyclists needs from the same business premises at 10 Chequer Road during the whole 20 year period.

Owner Martin Maltby said the early days were quite tough, starting business in the middle of a recession was quite daunting but keeping positive and knowing the cycle trade very well after working for 5 years for a national cycle supplier set him in good stead .He also knows the sport of cycle racing very well as he has represented Great Britain both at junior and senior level on numerous occasions  highlighted by being selected to compete in the Junior World Championships in Casablanca, Morocco in 1986.

Martin has seen a major increase of cycling and cycle sales in the last few years with the recent success of the Olympic cycling team in London and Sir Bradley Wiggins victory in the 2012 Tour de France. Due to the popularity, Don Valley Cycles in conjunction with Doncaster Wheelers cycling club run a novice ride on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month which is proving very popular on a stepping stone for riders to increase their cycling knowledge and to progress through the Doncaster Wheelers club runs.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, Don Valley Cycles are organising a series of cycle road races with the 1st one being in conjunction with the sprotborough scouts fun run on the 23rd of June at Sprotborough called the Danum Trophy road race where anyone can come to see the spectacle of a cycle race. Also in the summer staff and some regular customers are taking on the challenge to cycle from Doncaster to London in a day covering approximately 200 miles.

Later in the year we will also be having an evening meal at the Earl of Doncaster hotel with Doncaster Wheelers cycling club members who have been sponsored by Don Valley Cycles for a number of years.

Martin is definitely looking forward to the next 20 years and eats, sleeps and breathes cycling. “I was a cyclist long before I started Don Valley Cycles and will be for a long time after having just returned from a cycle tour by flying to Berlin with his bike he has just cycled back over 6 days covering 650 miles back to Doncaster.

“All the staff who work in the shop are also very experienced cyclists so if its knowledge and advice you need from a cycle shop we are the ones to try. We have a very busy workshop and service and repair all makes of bikes. Our speciality is the custom build market of racing bikes using the best brands and components to satisfy the customer’s requirements. We spend time and pay attention to detail by making sure the bike fits the customer perfectly. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and word of mouth is our main business promotional tool.”

Contact:  Martin Maltby, Don Valley Cycles

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Royal Visit to Doncaster Business!

HRH The Duke of York with Bridon Group CEO Jonathan Templeman

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew visits Doncaster based wire and rope manufacturer Bridon International.

The Duke of York visited the factory so as to better understand Bridon’s offer to international customers and more effectively promote their products and services overseas.

During the visit the Duke toured the wire mill and attended a presentation by CEO Jon Templeman who highlighted the technical complexity or wire rope manufacture and showcased how it’s innovation supports and drives progress in a range of sectors across the globe.

Factory Tour.

After unveiling a commemorative plaque and signing the visitors book the Duke spent time chatting to staff.

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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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Doncaster Dragon Boat Challenge

Village People in determined mood!

Businesses from around Doncaster took part in the town’s second Dragon Boat Challenge to help raise money for The British Heart Foundation and other good causes.

Up to 10 people paddled a 30′ boat with a drummer at the front beating time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course at the popular Lakeside beauty spot.

Invest in Doncaster’s Tourism Team and St George’s Rotary Club worked with Gable Events to bring this poplar water sport to the lake which is becoming the fastest growing water activity in Britain today!

Spectators enjoy the afternoon.

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Fancy a nice cup of tea?

Ann with a Flowering Tea Bloom

A former Royal Mail human resources manager has lifted the lid on a new career by turning a hobby into a growing online speciality tea business.  Ann Davis from Doncaster set up The Tea Experience, originally selling traditional China teapots, after being inspired by a gift from her husband, Paul.  The business is expanding and now offers a complete tea drinking experience from imported loose tea to tea ware and gifts.

Recovering from breast cancer a few years ago, Ann was looking for a new direction which would give her the quality of work and lifestyle balance she wanted and with support from Paul, she established The Tea Experience.  What’s surprising about Ann’s new venture is that she has transformed herself from being a non tea drinker to a tea guru, having trained with international tea masters in London.

Importing loose tea from the Far East, Germany and the UK from specialist tea importers and wholesalers, the company ensures consistency of taste and quality for its customers.  The husband and wife team have been lucky enough to travel and work in the Far East, mainly in China, over a number a years.   Each trip provided the opportunity to try a variety of teas which often made them question the quality of what they were drinking at home.

The actual turning point was the gift of a Yixing ‘purple sand’ China teapot. After learning more about them and frequently being asked by friends where they could buy one, the enterprising couple decided to sell the teapots themselves. It was only natural that a small range of teas was added.

The growing business is always looking for innovative new products to bring to the UK market and its latest launch, an artisan tea, is causing a stir.   The Flowering Tea Bloom, a blossoming beverage handmade to order for the company by an award-winning producer in China, offers top quality blooms ensuring customers get the benefit of both great tasting tea and a stunning floral display too.

The blooms are skilfully made with silver needle green tea, a tea variant with leaves that are long and slender rather than the usual Camilla Sinesis leaves.  This tea also has a very fine coating of silver hairs which give the tea blooms a distinctive greyish appearance before it is infused.   The tea leaves are sorted by size and then made into miniature hand sewn bouquets with the dried flowers at the centre.

The artisan skill can take up to 10 minutes to make one bloom.  The tea is light and delicate with a whispered hint of the flowers. The Chinese believe that the flowers may also have health benefits, in the same way we drink flower teas in the UK, so combining this with known benefits of green tea this is a refreshing and healthy drink.

Commenting on her growing tea business, Ann Davis said: “After appreciating the quality of some loose teas versus teabags on our travels, it has become our passion and goal to encourage others to try loose tea.   We want our customers to enjoy a whole tea experience from trying the very best quality loose teas in the most beautiful traditional teapots.  We are still very small, but I can’ believe that my hobby of selling teapots is now growing into a viable website business.  It’s very exciting times for us and we are currently investing in new branding and marketing to help build the business further.”

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