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News 2017

Ravenscliffe Cheque Presentation 

Friday 15 December 

On Friday 15 December Leo Group were the guests of honour at Ravenscliffe High School’s end of term assembly, where we handed over a cheque for £273,284.09. This will go towards the equipping of the new sixth form and community centre at Spring Hall. The money was raised from the Leeds 10k and Springhall summer ball which was held back in July 2017. 

Joining us at the assembly were representatives from MAZARS, AWM and Iqbal Poultry, who all helped support the Leo Group’s charitable efforts. 

The School are set to open the new facilities in September 2018. 

Leo Group takes part in Macmillan Coffee Morning

29 September 2017

On Friday 29 September Leo Group took part in hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning to raise money for Cancer Support. The morning was filled with delicious cakes with a selection of homemade goodies from Leo Group employees.

A spokesperson from Leo Group said “it was lovely to see everyone coming together to raise money for such a worthy cause and of course it was great to try out all the tasty cakes and buns people made.”

The day was a huge success with Leo Group managing to raise £146. Leo Group have matched this donation making the total a fantastic £292.

Leo Group Sponsors Queensbury Celtic Junior Football Club under 12’s

21 August 2017

Leo Group are proud to announce sponsorship for Queensbury Celtic Juniors Football Club under 12’s.

Queensbury Celtic was established in 1978 by Arthur Peel and George Hunt and the club now provides junior football to over 300 girls and boys ages 5 - 17 years old. The club is based on Pit Lane in Queensbury with the under 12’s training Monday evenings and playing matches on Sunday mornings home or away.

Damion Clancy Football Coach of the under 12’s said “each manager of the individual teams are responsible for finding a sponsor to enable the children to have new kits, so we thought it would be good if we could find a local business that would be willing to buy our boys the only 'new' kit they have owned.”

After being contacted by Mr Clancy’s wife, Leo Group agreed that the team could do with a pick me up and could go out this season in shiny new kits. Mrs Clancy said “it's wonderful to see the boys in their new kits and on behalf of the parents, the players as well as myself and my husband, a big thank you to the Leo Group for agreeing to sponsor our team”.

Mr Clancy continued to say “In the 3 years I have been involved, the boys haven't had a new kit. We are really grateful that Leo Group have kindly donated buying the new football kits”. 

A spokesperson from Leo Group said “Again this is another example of how we like to help local teams in the Queensbury community and we pride ourselves in being part of helping the younger community”.

Leo Group exceeds all expectations at the Spring Hall Summer Ball!

15 July 2017

On Saturday 15 July, Leo Group held a Spring Hall Summer Ball to help raise funds for Ravenscliffe High School. Due to capacity issues their project @Springhall has been running since 2014, raising funds to build a new sixth form at Spring Hall site in Halifax. Just before the ball the school were at its final stages of funding but still needed an eye watering £250,000 for the equipping cost to go inside the school. Leo Group’s mission was to raise as much money as they could!

The night was a huge success, Leo Group extended invitations to clients and some of school’s staff to the ball. Leo Group would like to say a special thank you to the tables that attended the ball which include the main headline sponsors; 2 Sisters Food Group and Iqbal Poultry, the table sponsors; AWM, Mazars, Clarion, and all the local and national companies that also attended; DC Commercials, Graham Developments, Process Plant and Machinery, BCA Group, Clarity Arts, Thornton Breakers, M M Acquisitions Ltd, Foulds & Turton, Ravenscliffe School and Leo Group staff.

The ball was held in a marquee on land next to the Leo Group head office. There was a 3 course meal to enjoy along with live music, DJ, live auction and a raffle, but the true purpose for the ball really showed when the children from the school performed a 30 minute set, full of singing and dancing, which received a standing ovation from the audience. The auction began after the children’s performance and it was clear that the night was going to raise some serious money. In just one night Leo Group managed to raise an astounding £230,000!

Danny Sawrij, Leo Group Managing Director, said "When the donations and pledges were counted up I was simply speechless. Not for one moment in my wildest dreams did I think we could raise so much from just two events.”

Ravenscliffe’ s Head Teacher Martin Moorman, said "Leo Group raised an unbelievable £270,000 for our school both through employee participation in the Leeds 10K run and then by hosting a summer charity ball on 15 July 2017.”

“We have NEVER received support on this sort of scale and know of no other special school that has received this kind of support in the UK. I repeat £270,000 was raised for our Springhall dream in just that one week. It remains difficult to comprehend that amount and the implications it has held for our school. The support of all participants from Leo Group has been incredible. We are humbled and remain very, very grateful both for their fundraising ability and just as importantly, for their total belief in the project.”

Leo Group’s raised total for Ravenscliffe School!

Since Leo Group have had such generous donations and sponsorship from the ball and the Leeds 10K run, they have now managed to raise a staggering £ 273,765.91. The School were short of £250,000 for equipping costs which now they don’t have to worry about, thanks to all the kind donations.

Another successful year at the Leeds 10k

9 July 2017

On Sunday 9 July, 17 Leo Group employees ran the Clarion Leeds 10k Corporate Challenge, for the sixth year running. This year’s chosen charity was Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College which is Calderdale only secondary special school.  Leo Group have become involved with the school insofar have helped them secure funding to build a new school to accommodate special needs children, who previously would have had no facilities available to them in Calderdale.

Leo Group Managing Director, Danny Sawrij said “at points during the race the team felt they could not go on but knew it would all be worth it.”

The team of runners ran the race in baking 20 degree heat and due to the tremendous generosity Leo Group managed to raise a massive £40,000 smashing their target of £25,000.

Head Teacher from Ravenscliffe School, Martin Moorman said “The whole Ravenscliffe community were totally stunned by the level of fundraising support that was generated by Danny, Leo Group staff and their families”.

Phase two playground development completed at Keelham Primary School

23 June 2017 

Over the Easter Holidays work began on developing the new playground facilities at Keelham Primary School. This is the second phase of a three part development project that Leo Group have been supporting the school with. Phase two consisted of creating a new vibrate wet pour across the playground along with new playing facilities for the children to enjoy.

Debra Butler, Head Teacher at Keelham Primary School said “The children are thoroughly enjoying the refurbished play area. They are investigating in the sand area and are having a great time with the water wall. They are confident to both climb and build on the adventure frame extending their physical abilities to reach scramble and balance.”

The children at Keelham will now be able to enjoy the rest of spring and summer with access to new facilities.

Another spokesperson from the school said “Thank you so much for the great opportunity. It has enhanced the learning immensely within our Foundation Unit and added positively to our outdoor area at Keelham.”

Playground before the development

Playground after the development

On Friday 23 June, Leo Group received an invitation to officially open the playground. Karol Lesiecki, General Manager of Omega Proteins, which is one of Leo Group’s sites near Keelham, said “it was a pleasure to open the new playground for the school and meet all the students, I drive past the playground every day on my way to work and I am proud that our company have been part of giving the children somewhere new and exciting to learn and play.”

Queensbury Rugby Juniors ARLFC proud to show off new kit

15 May 2017

Leo Group have been working closely with Queensbury Rugby Juniors ARLFC.

Queensbury under 8's have been a team since they were in the tigers group (aged 4 -6). Twice a week they train and learn basic skills, discipline, respect and most importantly have lots of fun and make friends for life. Recently the team have had to deal with hand-me-down kits from the older aged groups.

Their new coach Matthew Flanagan contacted Leo Group to see if he could get some funding for the new kits. Mr Flanagan, a local resident of Queensbury community has played Rugby most of his life and has a real passion for it.  His son had recently joined Queensbury Rugby Juniors ARLFC as Mr Flanagan had previously played for Queensbury and he felt this was the best team for his son to join.  Within a few weeks Mr Flanagan was asked to help out and before he knew it he was on a level two coaching course. After meeting with Mr Flanagan and seeing his commitment for the team, Leo Group agreed to sponsor the team’s kit wear and playing kit.

Matthew Flanagan coach of Queensbury under 8’s said “Over the time we have played and returned to club houses after matches, we have been envious of other teams with their smart team wear that they changed into. With the Leo Group’s kind and generous sponsorship, we now have our very own hoodies, tracksuit bottoms and polo shirts to wear after games”.

The new kit will do more than just make the team look smart, it will give the young rugby players more confident and a sense of pride, Mr Flanagan continued “For the Leo Group to sponsor our new kit means so much to us as previously we didn’t have enough kits to go around. We are proud of our club and team and want to be proud of our kit too. For each of us to walk out on game day with our own kits and numbers makes us full of pride and encourages us to play to our very best ability.”

 “I love coaching the children and seeing them develop week in week out and now moving forward we can promote the look of a well-established team and set up thanks to our very kind sponsors - The Leo Group”.

A spokesperson from Leo Group said “Leo Group strive to work with the local community, especially when it involves the younger upcoming talent, as you can see from the picture the boys all look very smart in their uniforms.”

Leo Group supports Queensbury community with the Tour De Yorkshire!

30 April 2017

On 30 April 2017, Leo Group contributed and assisted together with the Council, local schools and community groups to plan an event to celebrate Le Tour De Yorkshire passing through Queensbury village.
Leo Group sponsored a big screen so that the local community could watch the race before it approached Queensbury village. To make the event extra special Leo Group also agreed to provide four flower planters which were located either side of the Albert Memorial in the village and a donation to buy paint and 2,000 metres of bunting to decorate.

Managing Director Danny Sawrij said “We are happy to help assist with the local community especially with such a momentous event, we enjoyed working with Kathryn and would love to take part in future events the local village has planned”. 

The event kicked off around 10am on Sunday 30 April 2017, with stalls, an ice cream van, a BBQ, a bouncy castle, various mountain bike races, an outdoor Zumba class and performances from local bands.

Kathryn Halford the Development Manager at Queensbury Community Programme and organiser of the event said “The event was a huge success, with approximately 2,000 people attending the hub to watch the race before it arrived in Queensbury. There were positive comments made about how good the village looked with all the bunting, bikes, hanging baskets and the flower planters, there was a fantastic sense of community pride!!! On behalf of everybody concerned, I'd just like to say a huge thanks to Leo Group and everybody else that helped in any way.”

Haulage Holdings receives 18001

31 March 2017

We are proud to announce that in March 2017, Haulage Holdings in Halifax and Quarry Garage; Penrith, both simultaneously achieved the British Standard Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification: BS OHSAS 18001:2007.

This result is the culmination of both the site teams working towards continuous improvement; better operational safety and at the same time, being supported by improved and robust safety systems.

Leo Group gain accreditation for ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management!

6 March 2017

Leo Group are pleased to announce ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management accreditation for Halifax, Bradford and Penrith processing plants.

Leo Group recognises the importance of energy efficient practice and has been at the forth front of implementing energy efficiency innovations within its practices.

Obtaining this international energy standard has been the result of significant investment in Climate Change Technology and commitment from all three sites. Going forward, Leo Group will look to reduce its carbon footprint with the promotion of renewable & carbon neutral energy generation infrastructure for its sites. The company website will continue to update progress on these sustainable energy developments in the following months.

Keelham Primary School’s new playground development

7 February 2017

Leo Group are fast approaching phase two of the Keelham School playground development. Keelham Primary School is a local school close to Omega Proteins one of Leo Group’s sites in Bradford. The school and Leo Group have been working closely over the past 18 months to develop and revamp the playground, in order to give the children a better environment to play in. Back in February 2016 Leo Group helped complete the first phase of the project, resurfacing the existing concrete playground with artificial grass creating a new playing area for sporting actives such as football, tag rugby and various other sports. This new development has certainly proven beneficial to the school and has even enabled them to win a football competition!

The second phase will begin in April 2017, this phase involves improving the outdoor learning area where the children will have a water play area, sandpits, green house, basketball hoops, a bug hotel, interactive play panels and much more! More news to follow …

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