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Peak achievement for Yorkshire Housing

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Published by Kathy Burke for Yorkshire Housing in Communities and also in Housing

Members of the Yorkshire Housing team who took part in the challenge or helped out on the day Members of the Yorkshire Housing team who took part in the challenge or helped out on the day

A team of over thirty staff took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for homeless charity Simon on the Streets. The team raised £4625 to help the charity offer street-based practical and emotional support to homeless people in West Yorkshire. 

The challenge was run by Leeds based Kuta Outdoors, an outdoor events company, which is supported by Yorkshire Housing’s Business Enterprise Service.   

Yorkshire Housing’s Business Enterprise Coach Nikki Flett came up with the idea of setting up a Yorkshire Housing team to take on the 24.5 mile challenge, which includes climbing the three peaks, each with a height of over 2,500 foot. 

Nikki said: “I advised Kuta to look at increasing business with corporate clients, so it made sense for Yorkshire Housing to get involved and take part in a challenge. We had a fantastic response with lots of people wanting to take on the three peaks. We have raised a lot of money for a great cause. The walk and training for the big day have been a fantastic social opportunity, with people pulling together and developing new friendships.”

“Yorkshire Housing is committed to helping make people’s lives better by offering good quality, affordable homes. It made sense to raise money for a homeless charity to support people who have slipped through society’s safety net. Simon on the Streets do a great job helping those in need who are hardest to reach.”

Kuta Outdoors ran the challenge providing safety briefing, marshalls, maps, and refreshments along the way. It also offered a series of training walks to help participants build up their fitness. 

Kuta Outdoors is run by Phil Lee, a Yorkshire housing customer. Kuta has received support from Yorkshire Housing’s Business Enterprise Service since September 2013. This has included help to identify the right target market, and mentoring from a Yorkshire Housing board member, which covered financial planning. 

 Phil Lee said:”I’d like to say a big thank you to Yorkshire Housing, the support offered has been invaluable to help Kuta become established. The financial mentoring was really useful – it helped me set up the company accounts. I also received a £250 grant, I used this for marketing materials which have generated new business. I feel confident that the future is looking good – I’m now planning to do more work with companies to offered tailored events.”

“I’d also like to congratulate everyone at Yorkshire Housing who took part in the challenge. We had a great day with a high completion rate. It was fantastic to see everyone getting stuck in from the Chief Executive down.” 

Yorkshire Housing’s Business Enterprise service is available to all Yorkshire Housing customers.  It offers a friendly and confidential service to anyone who is thinking about becoming self employed or who has a skill or hobby that can be turned into a business. The service also supports existing businesses. In South Yorkshire support is also offered to people who are not Yorkshire Housing customers through the Locally Grown project. 

It provides guidance around marketing, book keeping, raising finance, networking, taking on premises, building up business and taking on contracts. To find to find out further information about the service contact Business Enterprise coaches Nikki Flett, Nicola.flett@yorkshirehousing.co.uk / 07584 312 092 or Stacey Parry stacey.parry@yorkshirehousing.co.uk / 07917 556533. 

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