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Business stories in and around Harrogate, North Yorkshire

A-Plan Insurance branches out to Harrogate


A-Plan Insurance in Harrogate has recently been opened by the Deputy Mayor of Harrogate; Councillor Zoe Metcalfe. The latest branch is located at 10 Princes Street in Harrogate

Branch Manager, Chris Bishop said:

I am excited to be coming back to my Yorkshire roots and bringing the A-Plan experience to the north of the country. I have fond memories of growing up around the Ripon and Harrogate area and am looking forward to engaging with the local community and ‘coming home’ after being away for over 20 years. It’s a vibrant town for both business and pleasure and I can’t wait to introduce my young family to everything the town has to offer.

Virtual event to bring rural women together


Rural women across Yorkshire are being brought together online for a special hour-long Autumn Gathering organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Women In Farming Network.

Featuring five inspiring speakers with vast experience of working with and as part of rural communities and businesses, the event will provide timely messages of support and inspiration following a summer of cancelled agricultural shows and other social occasions.

Kindly sponsored by Savills and The Prince’s Countryside Fund, with support from Barclays Agriculture, the Autumn Gathering starts at 10.30am on Tuesday 13th October. Addressing the theme of ‘A Momentous Year’ will be NFU West Riding Chair Rachel Hallos, The Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Olivia Spilman of Spilman Farming, Consultant Psychologist Dr Caroline Knott and Susan Briggs, Director of The Tourism Network.

The gathering will be chaired by Judith Wood, Barclays’ Agricultural Manager and will offer the rural community a sense of its collective strength and some timely messages of positivity amid otherwise trying times for many families and businesses.

Kate Dale, who co-ordinates the Women In Farming Network, said:

We continue to live through extraordinary times, unlike anything ever seen by current generations. Everyone has been affected by the coronavirus situation.

Many of our usual activities and events at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society have been disrupted, including our annual Women In Farming Conference, which is always planned for October each year. However, not to be defeated, we are taking this event online and tailoring it to current circumstances.

Therefore, you are very warmly invited to join our Women In Farming Autumn Gathering on Tuesday (13th October) from 10.30am to 11.30am in the comfort your own home or office. The gathering will consider ‘A Momentous Year’ and our fantastic range of five speakers will offer their take on 2020 so far and share their reactions, adaptations, advice and support to all those looking in on 13th October.

Our hope is that much of the discussion will resonate with our audience and offer reassurance and a sense of solidarity to everyone, both as individuals and collectively as hard working women with families, who in many cases live and work in rural outposts.

The Rt Revd Dr Helen Ann Hartley

Elizabeth Nelson, Director in Savills Rural division, said:

Savills are delighted to continue to sponsor and support the Yorkshire Women in Farming Conference. Although in a different format this year, it will provide the usual high level mix of inspiration, learning and enjoyment.

All of us working in the rural sector are having to take stock and reappraise our businesses, coping with the colliding circumstances and evolving uncertainty of the impact of Covid-19, Brexit, climate change and prospect of recession.

At Savills we are helping farms and rural enterprises across the spectrum. The list of challenges and considerations can seem endless but remembering that ‘out of adversity comes opportunity’ brings hope. The more we can share ideas and expertise to collaborate and support each other, the stronger we will be in our decision making.

Kate Dale Coordinator of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network

John Pinches, Barclays’ Agricultural Area Manager for Yorkshire and the North East of England said:

Women have always played a key part in decision making, business strategy as well as physical work on the farm. With the advances in innovative machinery and technology, farm business operation is more about management than simply performing day-to-day tasks and the next few years are definitely an exciting time for women in the farming industry.

Barclays is hugely optimistic about the future for UK farming and recognise the key role women in agriculture will play moving the industry forward in the coming years, hence we are delighted to be supporting this flagship event.

To register for this free event, see

CNG Energy supports SMEs at a difficult time and is rewarded by customer loyalty and new business


Commercial energy supplier CNG is continuing to support businesses and industries other suppliers have closed the door on, being rewarded with customer loyalty and new business.

Energy supply is essential for most businesses, yet some suppliers have refused to supply deemed ‘high-risk’ sectors, due to the possible financial instability caused by Covid-19.  Throughout the pandemic, Harrogate based CNG, has remained open and continued to work hard both internally and with its partners to support its customers through this challenging period, and will continue to do so throughout the winter months.

Providing information and advice to its customers, including Government funding and grants available, CNG has also assisted in the managing of sites – with continued meter read reminders to ensure customers are only paying for energy used. Alongside this, CNG encouraged customers to inform them should they be no longer trading, so that they are only billed a standing charge rate.

CNG also refigured its customers estimated bills based on reduced consumption, as a further helping hand for businesses.

As a result of its efforts, CNG has seen an increase in customers choosing to join them and has been rewarded with even greater customer loyalty as retention figures increase too.

Paul Stanley, CEO of CNG said:

It has been a difficult time for businesses, and it continues to be so.  The pandemic has highlighted the importance of coming together and supporting those who need it.  From the beginning of this crisis, CNG was determined to do the best it could to support customers.  It is this solidarity and support that has led to an increase to our already high renewal rate and an increase in new sales.  I am proud of the way my colleagues have responded to support our customers through these challenging times and grateful to our customers for recognising this.

Major investment at Conyngham Hall business centre

A £500,000 transformation of Conyngham Hall business centre in Knaresborough has been completed.

Harrogate Borough Council has made the investment to improve facilities for existing tenants and for firms considering a move to their first office or larger accommodation.

Conyngham Hall is a grade two listed building, set in stunning parkland in Knaresborough.

It is currently home to a number of small and medium sized enterprises who value the benefits of serviced offices which are well connected the rest of the district.

The work to improve the facilities began before the original coronavirus pandemic.

It includes the total refurbishment of communal areas, kitchens and toilets.  Meeting spaces, which can be used by tenant businesses have also received a makeover.

The investment has paid for new carpets and redecoration too.

All the work has been carried out under the supervision of the council’s conservation team to ensure period features of the listed building are retained and enhanced.

Some of the money has been used to improve digital connectivity to the building.

It means tenants now have access to ultra-fast broadband and modern telephony making Conyngham Hall more attractive to businesses that rely on a fast – and stable – internet connection.

The business centre’s serviced office model means firms pay a single rent payment covering the office accommodation the use, heat, light and power, breakout spaces and fully-equipped kitchens.

A meeting room is also offered for free on a shared basis and support services such as photocopying, postage and laminating are available in the staffed reception.

Councillor Graham Swift, cabinet member for economic development, said:

There is a continuing need for small and start-up businesses to find high quality office space that provides excellent critical services.

Our investment means we’ve been able to achieve a fantastic transformation of the hall to meet small business needs.

Before now, communal areas and facilities did not meet the expectations tenants have for a modern business centre.

As well as improving those internal spaces, we’ve made sure Conyngham Hall is better connected to the outside world with a significant upgrade to ultra-fast internet.

We recognise that so many businesses rely on robust broadband these days and I am pleased that we are able to offer one of the best connections currently available.

Conyngham Hall is now a fantastic choice for small and medium sized businesses who want to move from a kitchen table, expand their operations or for established firms looking to grow in a first class location with best in class services.


New Thorp Arch Estate small businesses units completed and let during pandemic


A new development of five small warehouse units has been completed at Thorp Arch Estate near Wetherby and fully let during the coronavirus pandemic, leaving only one new unit available at the entire 385-acre site.

Construction work on the latest 10,693 sq ft scheme, which is close to the estate’s entrance and comprises Units 155 (A+B) to Unit 158, started in November 2019 and completed at the end of the summer.

Estate owner, Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust, went ahead with the £700,000 scheme, which redeveloped part of the original 1941 wartime munitions factory after existing estate tenant, kitchen and bedroom furniture retailer, Buywell Interiors, pre-let the 2,456 sq ft Unit 155 (A+B).

The other units, ranging from 5,779 sq ft to 1,229 sq ft, which feature roller-shutter doors, offices, beverage areas, LED lighting, disability compliant washrooms and fibre connections to the estate’s superfast broadband, were let quickly to businesses including Silverfox, Glass Living Doors and Shield Access Solutions.

The rapid lettings mean that the only new-build unit available on the estate, which has 2m sq ft of business space, is at the 9,000 sq ft Unit 7, Ash Way III, a seven-metre high warehouse with an up-and-over loading door, air-conditioned office, LED lighting, concrete loading yard and fibre connection.Buywell Interiors, run by husband-and-wife team, Michelle and Simon Procter, has been on the Estate for 12 years but relocated to the new scheme to gain more showroom space for its kitchen and bedroom furniture range.

Michelle Procter said:

Our new unit is warm, bright and airy and the perfect location and environment to display our range of kitchens and bedroom furniture. It is visible from the main entrance road and will hopefully attract lots of passing trade, as well as being easy to find for our existing customers.

Being equidistant to Leeds, Harrogate and York, and close to the motorway network with good parking makes it a fantastic location for visitors and deliveries. We’re looking forward to welcoming new and existing customers.

Contractor for the latest scheme was Arcon Construction, while property consultants and building surveyors, LHL Group, acted as the contract administrator and project manager.

Tim Munns, director of estate manager, Wharfedale Property Management, said:

Despite the considerable challenges from Covid-19, the latest units were completed within budget and fully let within weeks which is testament to the skill and perseverance all those involved in the development.

In spite of the pandemic, demand for warehouse and distribution space remains strong with the only new unit available being Unit 7, Ash Way III.

The two-million sq ft Thorp Arch Estate, is base for a diverse range of more than 170 businesses, from start-ups to large Plcs, operating in local, national and international markets and employing more than 2,000 people.

​​​​​​Jones Myers shortlisted for prestigious family law award


Harrogate-based niche family law firm Jones Myers is in the final line up of the Family Law Awards for the outstanding quality of service it delivers to its clients.

The firm, which also has offices in Leeds and York, is the only family law practice in Yorkshire to be shortlisted in the Family Law Firm of the Year North category.

Peter Jones, the current national chair of Resolution’s Specialist Accreditation Committee, founded Jones Myers in Leeds in 1992. He is also an ex Deputy District Judge and former national chair of Resolution which promotes a non-confrontational approach to resolving family law issues.

Jones Myers has consistently retained its top tier regional rankings in Chambers and Legal 500 guides for over two decades.

The only family law practice in Leeds with its own specialist in-house counsel, the firm’s lawyers’ expertise jointly combines almost 300 years’ legal experience.

The Financial Remedies Department specialises in high net worth cases and is regularly instructed in multi- jurisdictional proceedings and cases involving complex corporate and off shore trust structures.

The Children Team deals with issues including adoption, child abduction, child arrangements, care proceedings, relocation and Court of Protection work.

The firm also has extensive expertise in alternative dispute resolution processes which avoid a lengthy court process and can lead much more quickly and cost effectively to a successful resolution.

Milestones include opening a Harrogate office in 2017 and expanding to York in 2019 with a three-strong team headed by partner Nicki Mitchell, a skilled mediator and collaborative family lawyer.

In recent months the practice has further boosted its teams across its Leeds, Harrogate and York offices following increased demand for its specialist matrimonial advice.

A champion of giving back to its local communities, family lawyers donate their time and expertise free of charge to raise industry standards.

Nicki Mitchell, a mediator and collaborative family lawyer said:

Despite the Covid-19 Pandemic, the award organisers have received an overwhelming number of entries this year. We are proud and delighted to be shortlisted and wish fellow finalists the best of luck.

Award judges include Juliet Harvey the current chair of Resolution and Cyrus Larizadeh, Chair of the Family Law Bar Association. The winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on November 25.

New Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton in Harrogate opens 5 October


Global furniture retailer Timothy Oulton is delighted to announce the acquisition of Sofa Workshop.

The new Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton Harrogate open its doors on 5 October 2020.

Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton will feature a  new collection of 100 handcrafted sofas. The collection will be complemented by carefully curated lighting and cabinet ranges.

Tim Oulton, Founder and Creative Director of Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton, says:

I am very excited to bring our global design capabilities and creative passion to Sofa Workshop. We manage the entire process in-house, from perfecting leather hand-finishes in our own tannery and hand-dyeing natural fabrics, to product design, production, and customer service.

Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton customers can expect a focus on innovative design, exceptional quality
and genuine attention to every last detail. I am looking forward to bringing our energy and expertise to
the brand.


The Harrogate showroom is at 50 Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1 2RL

Showrooms are located in: Bath, Battersea, Bristol, Bromley, Chelsea, Cheltenham, Chichester Chiswick,
Edinburgh, Exeter, Guildford, Harrogate, Kingston, Manchester, Newbury, Nottingham, St Albans,
Tottenham Court Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Winchester.

the treatment rooms win prestigious 5* client experience award


The treatment rooms on Mayfield Grove in Harrogate have won the prestigious 5* Client Experience Award from Phorest Salon Software.

Not only have they won the yearly prize but it is is the 5th year in succession as winners, along with the 5-year Gold award.

Alex Smith the owner of the business said:

I am delighted to receive the awards and puts their success down to the hard work and dedication the team. We will continue to strive to maintain the excellence our clients have become to expect in the future – I am so proud of all my team.

Ronan Perceval CEO of Phorest Software presented the prize:

Congratulations! I am delighted to confirm that The Treatment Rooms has received a Phorest Client Experience Award for 2020!

A covetable benchmark and prestigious award in the industry

You can be so proud of this incredible achievement.

Not only have you managed to win this award during a testing and taxing year, but it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the small group of salons that have won this award for an amazing 5 years in a row.




Harrogate Aldi to reopen following refit


Aldi will reopen its Harrogate store on Thursday 1, October.

The 990sqm of retail space ha been refitted with wider aisles and is part of the German retailers £300m investment into UK stores.

They say the format has been created to make shopping easier for Harrogate customers and the store will now clearer signs. Fresh bread and cakes have been moved to the last aisle preventing them getting squashed under customers’ shopping and the store will now offer new, easy to browse freezers.

Aldi Store Manager, Matthew Washbrook, said:

The store is looking fantastic, and we can’t wait to welcome our loyal customers back so they can see it for themselves. We’re committed to making sure that the shopping experience each customer enjoys in our stores is on a par with the products and services they’re used to.

Customers will notice a few small changes throughout the store to align with social distancing guidelines, ensuring we keep our community safe, and we thank you for the co-operation in ensuring the safety of both our colleagues and customers.

Nidec SR Drives Ltd move into Hornbeam Park in Harrogate


Nidec, a leading engineering and technology provider in the field of advanced electrical machines and drives systems, has signed up to an 8,184 sq ft modern commercial unit at the popular Hornbeam Park business park.

Nidec has taken a new long-term lease and will be adding additional offices, lab space and upgrading the power supply.

The Leeds office of global property consultancy Knight Frank brokered the deal at Hornbeam Park on behalf of Nidec SR Drives Limited.

Iain McPhail, partner with the industrial property team at Knight Frank in Leeds, said:

We are delighted to have secured this unit for our client which was negotiated during ‘lockdown’. This is a significant deal, which underlines the strength of the Harrogate industrial property market.

The property at Hornbeam Park offers easy road access and good public transport links as well as high specification office and industrial space.


Paul Rawlins, Financial Director at Nidec said:

It’s a perfect location for the business to relocate to due to its close proximity to our existing workforce. Furthermore, there is a wide variety of on-site leisure facilities including hotel accommodation, fitness centre, restaurants and cafes, combined with an on-site rail link.

Robbins Associates advised the landlords, Hornbeam Park Ltd.