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Business stories in and around Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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

Mary Portas has nothing on them!

Lettings Agency Launches Harrogate Office After Client Demand Yorkshire based, award-winning property agency, Angus Roberts, is leading the way for independent lettings agents this month and proving that great customer service does exist in their industry, as they open a new office in Harrogate on the back of popular demand from long-term customers who own properties across the region.   Angus Roberts Co-owners Simon Coulthurst & David Waterhouse with their client Gavin Rae from Cordova ltd After having serviced the needs of Wharfe and Aire Valley landlords for the past 5 years from their Ilkley base, with another successful year

New Community Platform to Encourage Self Employment

A new community activity partly funded by the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce to help people gain self-employment has been launched in Harrogate. The Harrogate Community Enterprise Hub is a new community driven and run network to assist and connect with Harrogate people who have aspirations to develop their own employment, business or social enterprise but are unsure where to start. In addition to those setting out on self employment the Hub is seeking to attract mentors to be advisors. The project has been led by Dr Richard Williams and a group of fellows of the Harrogate area

Amnesty for Plumbers Marks New Trend by Taxman

A Harrogate tax expert has said the latest tax amnesty for those working in the plumbing trade marks a new trend by HM Revenue and Customes. The taxman has announced an amnesty for plumbers and associated tradesmen ahead of a clampdown on those failing to fully declare their earnings. A new tax disclosure agreement set up by HM Revenue and Customs will allow those in the profession to declare their unpaid taxes for the past five years. The penalties for those taking advantage of the amnesty will be ten per cent for careless errors and 20 per cent for deliberate

Orthodontist Helps Secure Future of Family Practice


A leading orthodontist in Wetherby is helping to secure the future of a longstanding family business in the town. Megan Hatfield of Wetherby Orthodontics has been instrumental in positioning a dental practice started by her father-in-law to allow for future growth and expansion. Embracing change and preparing for the future is always a challenge for family businesses and although the name Cooke has been synonymous with dental care in Wetherby for decades thanks to Jack Cooke and his son, also called Jack, the family realised that significant investment was needed to keep the business at the forefront of modern dentistry. At the cutting edge

Help to reduce waste in business

A helping hand for businesses in North Yorkshire North Yorkshire County Council has teamed up with Leeds City Council to produce a handbook full of tips and advice regarding the reduction of waste in businesses. All businesses produce unnecessary waste which is costly and environmentally damaging. The aim of the handbook is to encourage businesses to think about new ways of disposing of this waste, for example recycling materials. In addition to this it will give advice about how to carry out waste audits and a guide to legislation. County Councillor Clare Wood, executive member of waste disposal, said: “The

North Yorkshire’s broadband vision set out at conference

Dozens of community groups, business leaders and industry figures have come together to discuss the future vision of broadband across North Yorkshire. The event heard that around one third of North Yorkshire’s households get below average broadband speeds with many communities unable to get any connections at all. North Yorkshire County Council set out their vision to enable as many people and businesses as possible to be connected to superfast broadband in the years ahead. The Government have nominated the County as one of four pilot areas to roll-out high speed connections and the vision is to use that as

Local businesses flying the flag at Venturefest

Two North Yorkshire businessmen will take centre stage at Venturefest Yorkshire next week – helping to put the county firmly on the map when it comes to worldwide trading. Darren Buttle, CEO of ABF Europe and ABF USA, the innovative office furniture design and manufacturing business based in Hunsingore, near Wetherby, will join intellectual property lawyer James Love, of James Love Legal in Harrogate, as a keynote speaker at the event, which takes place at York Racecourse on Wednesday, 16 February. The duo will talk on ‘Success in a Global Market’, focusing on the opportunities available to develop business internationally