Our Annual Report 2016-17

Monday 27 November

Our Annual Report 2016-17 is now available and details our achievement, plans, people and financial information. In the report, we focus on our performance against statutory duties and how we’ve added value and impact for our customers and our partners over the past year.

In bringing together a shared hub of specialist expertise in West Yorkshire, we continue to support our five constituent authorities of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. Milestones include launching a new vision for the entire organisation and the opening of the West Yorkshire History Centre in Wakefield.

Within the annual report, the achievements of our individual service areas are listed in detail. Key highlights include:

  • Analytical Services – we successfully launched a new service to provide occupational exposure monitoring for workplace dust and other hazardous material.
  • Archaeological Services – we significantly increased the number of returning customers, with 100% of clients in each commercial service rating the service good or very good.
  • Archaeology Advisory Service – we completed the West Yorkshire Historic Landscape Characterisation project and the supply of the relevant data to the five District Planning Authorities in West Yorkshire.
  • Archive Service – we completed the West Yorkshire History Centre, with the community launch event in February attracting over 500 visitors.
  • Calibration Service – income up by £55,604 on the previous year with successful UKAS compliance completion.
  • Ecology Service – we’ve added nearly 23,000 new records to the West Yorkshire Ecological Record.
  • Financial Investigation Service – we’ve obtained confiscation orders of £414,089 and restrained assets to the value of £3,000,000
  • Materials Testing Service – sustained profitability with the addition of new clients.
  • Trading Standards – thanks to our interventions with victims of mass marketing fraud we’ve prevented further monetary losses of over £935,000.

For full details, download a copy of our annual report.