After qualifying as a chartered surveyor Charlie worked for Savills in London and then opened their office in York in 1980. In 1992 he joined Timothy Taylor & Co Ltd, his wife's family business becoming MD in 1995. At that time Timothy Taylor's turnover was £6.5m and its most famous brand Landlord was sold principally to free trade pubs and clubs close to the brewery in Keighley and through their own small chain of pubs. As the public's enthusiasm for real ales grew, Landlord grew in popularity and is now sold nationwide. In addition Timothy Taylor developed new beers to meet evolving tastes as well as rebranding Best Bitter Boltmaker. It was then listed by Tesco's and won Camra's Champion Beer of Britain 2014 to add to the many awards Landlord and other Timothy Taylor beers have won. Brewing top quality beers are the hallmark of Timothy Taylor. Sales now exceed £20m pa. Over the last five years the company has spent over £12m on, amongst other things, a new office, transport depot, new hop store, new fermenters, new barrel handling, cleaning and filling line and a new effluent plant and a new boiler with all major items bought from Yorkshire suppliers. Charlie stood down as MD in early 2015 and is now Chairman.
Cheryl Williams is CEO of Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation and one of the founders and owners of the UK’s number one ‘Walkthrough Wildlife Adventure’, The Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The park was built on the site of Brockholes Farm Visitor Centre, which closed to the public in November 2008. Cheryl and Neville Williams (experienced zookeepers from Woburn Safari Park) and business partner John Minion purchased the site in 2008 with funding from Lloyds TSB Commercial, private investment, and a Yorkshire Forward grant. The site was renovated over the 2008–2009 winter, and officially opened on 4 April 2009. The Award Winning South Yorkshire business went from zero to 353,000 visitors in 4 years, and has continued to see visitor numbers rise, with 556,000 in 2014, and is on track to reach 600,000 by the end of November this year.
Chris and his brother Gerard started Intermarketing Communications Ltd in Headingley in 1990. At the group's inception, Chris ran the print management services and his brother ran the marketing communications business. There followed 25 years of steady organic growth as the business started attracting big names such as Next, Halifax Bank and Grattan as clients. Latterly the addition of Adidas as a client led to the development of a retail division which has enjoyed massive growth over the last five years. The employee model was to recruit bright graduates and facilitate them to grow with the business. By the time Chris disposed of his shares to a management team in 2015, the company employed over 80 staff and had a turnover approaching £20m.
Managing director of AESSEAL -Chris started out manufacturing precision engineered mechanical seals for pumps at a Rotherham workshop in 1981 with just five staff, his business AESSEAL has now grown to a company with 1,268 employees, operating from 73 locations in 34 countries. Market coverage is global – 85 countries – with the USA accounting for more than a third of export sales. Overseas sales have increased by 107 per cent since 2003, and today around 80 per cent of its entire production is sold overseas. Last year the business achieved the £100 million annual sales milestone for the first time, capping 30 consecutive years of uninterrupted sales growth. Chris is now focussed on driving the business forward and developing AESSEAL the next generation.