Legal publishing firm earns its place at heart of the community

Sweet & Maxwell's Mytholmroyd workforce, the company has been based there since 1996
Sweet & Maxwell's Mytholmroyd workforce, the company has been based there since 1996

Sweet & Maxwell is the largest private sector employer in the Calder Valley, employing approximately 200 staff at its office in Mytholmroyd.

The legal publishing firm – initially called Legal Information Resources – was started in 1986 in the Calder Valley before moving to Mytholmroyd in 1991.

Legal Information Resources was bought by Sweet & Maxwell in 1996 and as staff numbers grew, the firm moved to its current premises.

Sweet & Maxwell is an active member of the local community, and has, for example, an established relationship with Calder High School.

Sweet & Maxwell staff members offer extensive mentoring programmes to students at the school, helping with careers advice, job interview techniques and CV writing skills.

Miles Hutchinson, Director at Sweet & Maxwell, said: “We work with students at the school and advise them on the best ways to present themselves after they leave university or school.

“It’s helpful for them to hear from people who are actively working in business,” Miles added.

Sweet & Maxwell staff have helped students establish an eco-garden at Calder High, as well as sponsoring the school’s football team shirts.

The company also offers internship schemes every summer for local school and university students.

Sweet & Maxwell provides financial support for local community festivals, including the Mytholmroyd Gala, the Hebden Bridge Vintage Car Rally and the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Miles Hutchinson said: “About five years ago we decided to strengthen our connection with the local community and staff members have worked on a range of initiatives – from repainting the community town hall to clearing litter from nearby foot and cycle paths.”

“Every Wednesday we hold a charity collection and have an elected committee who decide which charities we will allocate funds to.

“We have raised thousands of pounds for worthwhile local causes, including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Cancer Research.”

Miles Hutchinson explains that the vast majority of staff at Mytholmroyd work within Sweet & Maxwell’s editorial and technology divisions.

Clients include central and local Government departments, as well as a broad range of mid-tier and large law firms operating across operating across the UK.

A trend in recent years for the company has been towards the digitisation of its information products.

Miles said: “The digitalisation of our print books is in response to ongoing customer demand.

“Web-based legal services save our clients time and money and ensure they can work as efficiently as possible.

This has been a major step forward and it is revolutionising how law firms and Government departments conduct their research.”

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