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Business stories in and around Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Local Enterprise Partnership announces new chairman

A Local Enterprise Partnership set up to boost the economy of York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding has appointed a top entrepreneur as its first chairman. Barry Dodd, who turned a two-person start-up operation in North Yorkshire into a multinational company with four manufacturing plants across the UK, is to Chair the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. ‘’I am delighted that Barry has been offered, and has accepted, the position of Chairman’’ said Paul Grimwood, Chief Executive of Nestle UK, who led the panel interviewing candidates for this crucial role. “He brings a wealth of professional experience

New partners announced as accountancy firm plans for future

Mike Briggs One of North Yorkshire’s longest established accountancy firms has outlined plans to appoint two new partners as it positions itself for future growth. Lithgow Perkins LLP, which has been operating in Harrogate for more than 50 years, said the roles had been created ahead of the impending retirement of founder John Perkins to ensure succession and also expand and deepen the expertise within the firm. One of the new partners will be Mike Briggs, who joined the firm at the end of last year from RSM Tenon. He said his corporate audit and accountancy experience would allow him

Harrogate Man takes over at the helm of Property Association

A HARROGATE man has become the new President of an influential body that brings together the leading names in property. Mr Paul Lehan is the new man at the helm of the Leeds Estate Agents’, Surveyors’ & Valuers’ Association as the group enters its 122nd year. Paul, aged 39, who lives on the South side of Harrogate, is a Director of one of Leeds’ longest-established estate agencies, Headingley-based Castlehill, where he has worked on both the company’s sales and lettings operations for the past 15 years. He has a Certificate in Residential Estate Agency and was awarded Fellowship of the

Marshall Zoing take on the Yorkshire Three Peak for Disability Action Yorkshire


Colleagues from Marshall Zoing Ltd, a leading financial services firm based in Harrogate, will be taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, to raise funds for local charity, Disability Action Yorkshire. 8 members of staff will be attempting to complete the gruelling 26-mile circular route in less than 12 hours. The route climbs Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent, the three highest mountains in Yorkshire, and involves some very rough terrain. The challenge will take place on Saturday 16th April and the team have been in serious training. The colleagues have chosen Disability Action Yorkshire to benefit from their efforts, as it

Clean Energy Yorkshire Shortlisted For Top Industry Award

A Harrogate-based renewable energy company’s work installing a solar energy system at public toilets in Knaresborough has been shortlisted for a major industry award. Clean Energy (Yorkshire) has been nominated in the Best Public Building Installation category in this year’s Yorkshire and the Humber Microgeneration Partnership Awards.   Clean Energy’s Spencer Cassidy (right) and Harrogate & Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, in front of the “green” public convenience. Picture by Pat Proctor. The company, headed by husband and wife team Spencer and Tamsin Cassidy, was commissioned by Harrogate Borough Council to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system that would not only

Ackrill Media Group Business Awards 2011


Now in its 6th Year the Ackrill Media Business Awards took place on 23 March 2011 attracting 450 to the Harrogate International Centre for the awards ceremony. On the evening the following awards were made:- Howard Matthews was named Harrogate Business Personality of the Year The Mayor of Harrogate gave the  Harrogate Borough Council Award to Wolseley UK for contribution to the local economy Best Website  to the Avalon Group Best Large Company the Ellis Bates Group Sir Thomas Ingilby of Ripley Castle awarded Lifetime Achievement Award The Best Medium-Sized Company Award to Ashworth Law Kettlewell Fuels this year’s Best

Budget Encourages Entrepreneurs and Business Growth


Martin Holden of Harrogate Accountancy Firm Saffery Champness Chancellor George Osborne has announced measures that will encourage families and businesses according to one Harrogate accountant. Commenting on today’s Budget speech, Martin Holden, a partner in the Private Wealth Group at Saffery Champness, Harrogate, said that although the 56-minute speech was fiscally neutral overall, there were several ways in which growth should be expected to be stimulated. “The Chancellor said that this would be a “Budget for making things”. The lifetime allowance for Entrepreneurs’ Relief is to be increased from £5 million to £10 million, and there will also be an increase in the

Harrogate-based cupcake specialist has won a listing with ASDA


Mama Doreen’s, the Harrogate-based cupcake specialist, has won a listing in national supermarket, ASDA, following a successful relationship with deliciouslyorkshire. The business, which prides itself on creating cupcakes using only local ingredients from Yorkshire, will initially supply five ranges to the Pudsey branch of ASDA. These initial ranges will include: Sticky Toffee; Vanilla; Lemon; Chocolate, and a seasonal range. Mama Doreen’s was initially introduced to the ASDA buyer at the Great Yorkshire Show where the business was exhibiting under the deliciouslyorkshire banner. At the deliciouslyorkshire awards in November 2010, ASDA Local Sourcing Manager Alison Hamlett was also given the opportunity

Harrogate Health Expert at National Conference

A Harrogate lifestyle expert is to launch a UK-wide health improvement campaign at a national conference this weekend. Debbie Saxton, who is a regular commentator in the media on family and wellness issues, has devised the Complete Lifestyle programme to help improve the fitness of people of all ages, particularly those who find it difficult to exercise effectively due to lack of time or health issues. Many of the patients at the Family Chiropractic Clinic on Leeds Road in Harrogate, where Debbie is a partner, have already signed up to the 12 month wellbeing programme which advises on small changes

Rate advice for Businesses in Ripon


As part of Harrogate Borough Council’s ‘Working for Business’ project, staff from the Economic Development and Business Rates teams are joining forces with a representative from the Valuation Office Agency to come into business areas to explain about business rates and how business properties are valued. Councillor Jim Clark, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transport and Economic Development, hopes that businesses in the Ripon area will attend this first event. He added: “The council and the Greater Ripon Improvement Partnership are jointly hosting the roadshow. Businesses will be receiving their business rate bills about now and this is a good opportunity