Business stories in and around Harrogate, North Yorkshire

LEP launch £340million funding for business growth in the region

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership has become the first LEP in the country to launch its European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme, providing £340million to invest in projects that will support business growth and create more, better jobs in the region over the next seven years. Leeds City Region includes: Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Craven, Harrogate, York, Selby ...

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£1m of new turbine planning permissions for growing Earthmill


Wetherby-based wind turbine specialist Earthmill is celebrating after its planning team successfully secured consent for three separate farm-scale wind turbine installations worth over £1m across the UK in just one week. Earthmill, which has grown from a one-man operation that started in managing director Steve Milner’s garage in 2009, now employs 34 people at its head office in Wetherby, has ...

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Consumer credit compliance boosts senior management team

High Standards! Patricia Harter - a former trading standards professional has joined the senior management team at Consumer Credit Compliance

A growing Yorkshire compliance and regulation business has boosted its credentials further with a key appointment to its senior team. Consumer Credit Compliance, which was launched just over 12 months ago by compliance expert Ian Beardmore, has hired Patricia Harter – a former trading standards professional. Mr Beardmore said: Pat’s appointment to the senior management team comes at a crucial point ...

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Have your say on the future of the Harrogate district local economy


Harrogate Borough Council is asking local businesses and stakeholders for their views on its priorities for supporting the local economy over the next five years. Through consultation with local companies, business organisations and councillors; analysing the latest economic data and forecasts; and taking its experience from the Economy Action Plan 2012-2015, the council have produced ‘A Strong Local Economy Action ...

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Knaresborough company helping vulnerable and elderly with smart in home technology

Steve Purdham and his mum Iris Purdham

A new smart technology that will benefit the lives of the vulnerable elderly people, and their loved ones is now available as part of an assistive care technology package supported by UK Company 3rings Ltd engaged with Knaresborough based GSPK Design Ltd, an electronic product design and manufacturing company, to create a wireless smart plug for use in the ...

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Company in Blubberhouses taking the lead in renewable energy

As demand for sustainable energy solutions continues to gather pace, Blubberhouses based Yorkshire Heat Pumps – sister company to Michael Wright Furniture – reflects on the journey that has taken it from specialist designers of high end kitchens and interiors to a leading expert in renewable energy – all in just 18 months. Owner Michael Wright explains: It all came about after ...

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Disappointing financial results forecast by the Harrogate International Centre


The Harrogate International Centre (HIC) is forecasting disappointing financial results for 2014/15. The business is reporting a forecast profit of £271k for the 2014/15 financial year. However, this needs to be viewed in conjunction with HIC receiving a one-off business rate rebate of £450K, without which the HIC would have seen a loss of £179K. The HIC is operated as an arms ...

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Rental specialists welcome new safety laws to save Harrogate tenants’ lives

Linley & Simpson director, Will Linley

New laws making it compulsory for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all rental properties have been welcomed by one of the leading names in the Yorkshire residential letting market. Linley & Simpson, the residential sales and letting agency with ten branches across West and North Yorkshire including Harrogate, Ripon and Wetherby, said the safety legislation was among the ...

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Fact file: Jonathan Walker talks about turning his life philosophy into a business

Harrogate Fitness

Jonathan Walker is the owner and very active manager of Gambaru Fitness in Harrogate. As part of a new series, we have spent some time talking to Jonathan about himself, his business and his philosophy on life. Fact file Name: Jonathan Walker Age: 39 Job title: Owner Company name: Gambaru Fitness Company address: Baines House, Station Parade Company founded: 2006 Number of staff: 10 1. In a ...

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