Knaresborough firm is “just what the country needs” says MP

MP Andrew Jones with MD Angus Milnes

Knaresborough manufacturing firm Craven & Co is “exactly the kind of business we need to rebalance the UK economy,” declared local MP Andrew Jones, who’d made a point of visiting the firm’s modern 50,000 sq ft factory in Manse Lane to praise the company for the quality of its products and for providing local jobs. Craven & Co is one ... Read More » opens new training centre


Yorkshire’s biggest airline,, has celebrated the official opening of its new £9.5 million state-of-the-art Training Centre, marking yet further growth and investment in the region. The 32,232 sq ft facility, based on Bradford’s Euroway Industrial Estate, is a first for Yorkshire and the only one in the North which has been specifically designed as a fully integrated Simulator and ... Read More »

CNG expansion with new offices and creation of jobs

Daniel Chevrak and Jacqui Hall.

Commercial gas specialist CNG has marked its 20th year with an investment in substantial new premises; adding an extra 4,000 square feet and creating new jobs at its Harrogate HQ. The move hails a significant step towards CNG’s longer term goal to supply ten per cent of the commercial gas market in the next decade; compared to its current four ... Read More »

HMRC visit to Harrogate inspires innovation

Justine Stalker

HMRC officer Philip Metcalfe was in Harrogate last week to update businesses on the government’s latest incentive to innovation, the patent box regime. Mr Metcalfe, who is based at the Revenue’s large and complex business unit in Manchester, briefed local businesses on the emerging issues as the R&D tax relief is rolled out. He also talked about how HMRC is ... Read More »

Harrogate’s Engage Mutual sweeps the board at the 2014 Peer Awards for Excellence

Children helping to create a sensory garden in Harrogate after receiving a £5k grant from Engage Mutual

Harrogate-based Engage Mutual’s unique £1 million customer benefit fund, The Engage Foundation, has won four awards at the prestigious 2014 Peer Awards for Excellence , beating entries from international blue chip companies. The mutual launched the Foundation in January and is making £1m available over five years through the Foundation, exclusively for customers. It won four Peer Awards for Excellence ... Read More »

Business in Yorkshire theme to breakfast event

barry dodd

Barry Dodd CBE, the Chairman of the York and North Yorkshire with East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership and Heather Parry, Deputy Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society were keynote speakers at the recent Raworths Breakfast Club event at Bettys’ Imperial Rooms. The event was attended by an audience of over 45 invited local business owners and directors. Barry Dodd ... Read More »

New Premier Inn opens


A 107-room Premier Inn with direct access to the Harrogate International Centre has recently opened its doors now offering delegates a total of 321 bedrooms where guests have direct access to the conference centre. The Harrogate International Centre has said it has been working for the past 18 months to strengthen business links with Harrogate’s accommodation industry. Harrogate International Centre Sales manager, ... Read More »

Richard Grafton sees further expansion with new £100,000 architectural interiors showroom

Grafton Freestone directors Andrew Freestone (left) and Richard Grafton outside the firm’s new showroom on the Ginnel in Harrogate

Richard Grafton Interiors has announced further expansion with a dedicated showroom for its joint venture architectural interiors business Grafton Freestone. The new 1,000 sq ft showroom, adjacent to Richard Grafton Interiors’ existing 3,000 sq ft premises on The Ginnel in Harrogate’s Montpellier Quarter, is the latest in a series of investments that has seen the business grow to 12 staff ... Read More »

Business Doctors franchise launches

Carlos Horner signs the Business Doctors Franchisee agreement with founders Rod Davies and Matt Levington

Carlos Horner, an experienced financial services professional, has launched in Harrogate and Wetherby the Business Doctors franchise, a support service for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Married with two children and a keen golfer and tennis player, Horner has said he is looking forward to the challenge. Carlos said: I have been in the institutional investment world for nearly 20 ... Read More »

Berwins appoints Senior Associate


Berwins Solicitors has promoted employment lawyer Mike Patterson to the role of senior associate. Patterson joined Berwins two years ago as part of a strategic drive to expand the firm’s commercial arm. Prior to that he had worked within the employment teams of Lupton Fawcett and Irwin Mitchell and in-house for public and private sector organisations, including the Department of ... Read More »