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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.

The Granby Care Home receives Top 20 accolade in annual awards 2020

brighterkind’s The Granby Care Home in Harrogate is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a ‘Top 20 Large Care Home Group 2020’ award by leading care home review website This is the fourth consecutive year that the home has received this accolade.

The annual awards are based on reviews from care home residents as well as their friends and family. The Granby has a score of 9.6 out of 10 with reviewers praising the excellent standards of individualised care, the fantastic entertainment programme and the kindness and compassion of the care team.

Home Manager Michelle Poole said:

It’s been a challenging year so far and we are thrilled to receive this award from and would like to thank everyone who took the time to review us and of course our passionate and committed team members who help our residents to love every day.

This award is particularly special because it is based on the unbiased opinions of residents living in our home and their family and friends.

The Granby is located at Granby Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and is currently welcoming new residents with safety and welfare measures in place.

Whole Caboodle develop revolutionary AI platform for the automotive industry


The Whole Caboodle in Harrogate have developed CaboodleCode that is  revolutionising the automotive industry with an AI platform that lets dealers know what their website visitors are doing.

The first of its kind, CaboodleCode is an artificial intelligence (AI) website that delivers tailored content together with state-of-the-art customer tracking technology to tell you who is on your site and what they are doing.

Launched during lockdown, this cutting edge platform has already helped many dealerships, with six sites live and a further nine in development. Industry giants including Google, Amazon, Facebook and the BBC use similar technology, but CaboodleCode is the world’s first AI website platform designed specifically for the automotive industry.

Karl Rahmani is Managing Director of The Whole Caboodle, a full-service digital agency based in Harrogate. He has more than 26 years’ experience in the motor industry specifically around automotive marketing.

Karl Rahmani is Managing Director of The Whole Caboodle
Karl Rahmani is Managing Director of The Whole Caboodle

Karl said:

This is the future of dealership websites. Everyone will soon be deploying AI sites; it’s the next generation platform.

Why commission a new site with yesterday’s technology, when you can have tomorrow’s technology right now? Your customers aren’t all the same, so why give them the same online experience?

When people visit the site they give each visitor a unique ID number. It then tracks and follows what visitor looks at and record things like categories, products and offers allowing a picture to be built up of what the visitor is looking for. On subsequent visits the content is tailored and favour result of searches to match what our algorithm believes is relevant to the visitor.

The system essentially takes a digital fingerprint of the customers’ browser and matches that on each visit. So when a user revisits the  the personalisation makes the journey more beneficial for everybody. It can ask questions such as “Welcome back are you looking to buy for yourself today or buying a gift? Because if you are buying for yourself we can show you things in your size” – as an example.

Tailored content is proven to increase conversions by around 20%, so everyone wins; the customer gets a better online experience and the retailer increases sales.

Karl said:

Through the intelligent use of data tracking, analysis and content-tailoring algorithms, CaboodleCode influences what the customer sees. It displays relevant content to each visitor making the site easier to navigate, increasing conversions and lowering marketing costs. And the hard work doesn’t stop there.

CaboodleCode’s unique insight focuses all future communications to ensure messages and offers are properly personalised. This is done automatically and is built into the core capabilities of the site. CaboodleCode has a user-friendly, real-time lead centre that uses a visitor quality scoring system that can identify “just browsing” and “in-market customers”. And, incredibly, it also identifies each visitor by name! You can see a visitor’s entire viewing history, most recent search parameters, and all the vehicles they have viewed. Flags can also be set to alert a dealer when a chosen customer returns to the site and allows dynamic relevant digital interventions to be implemented, such as special offer roadblocks or price reductions alerts while browsing.

Sir William takes up presidency of Yorkshire Agricultural Society


North Yorkshire landowner Sir William Worsley has become the new President of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Sir William, who runs and lives at his family’s award-winning Hovingham Estate in the Howardian Hills, is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

Earlier this year, Sir William was appointed as Chair of the Forestry Commission. He is also Lay Canon of York Minster and Chair of the Howardian Hills AONB Joint Advisory Committee. He also serves on the North Yorkshire Rural Commission. He has previously served as the Government’s Tree Champion and has chaired the National Forest Company.

Sir William has also held office as President of the CLA, the Country Land and Business Association and as a member of the North York Moors National Park Authority.

Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said:

We are delighted to welcome Sir William as our new President and look forward to working with him as we plan for the Great Yorkshire Show’s return in 2021.

Sir William succeeds Charlotte Bromet, who handed over the President’s Crook in a short and socially distanced ceremony held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. The handover marked the finale of the Great Yorkshire Virtual Show earlier this summer, an online first for the Society which attracted viewers from more than 40 countries.

Sir William said:

I am hugely privileged to become President of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. For a Yorkshire landowner, it is probably the greatest honour you can be given.

It is sad that we have not had the Great Yorkshire Show this year, but we very much intend to make up for it next year. The Show is a very special county event and I used to enjoy stewarding at it many years ago.

Agriculture and Forestry are really important industries in Yorkshire and we need to ensure that they are celebrated, that new support schemes are right and that their introduction is properly managed.

The Society’s new President Elect is Margaret Chapman, the Great Yorkshire Show’s long-serving Chief Cattle Steward.

Harrogate Tipple wins global award for Downton Abbey gin & whisky products


North Yorkshire distiller Harrogate Tipple has won a prestigious global award for its Downton Abbey range, having been named Best Newcomer in the Licensing International Excellence Awards 2020.

The winners were unveiled at a ceremony (usually held in Las Vegas) which this year took place virtually in front of a crowd of close to 1,000 licensing and retail executives from around the world. Hundreds of entries were received and narrowed down to a field of 175 nominees and eventually to just 23 winners that were announced last month, including Harrogate Tipple, the distiller of Harrogate Gin and Rum along with the Downton Abbey gin and whisky range.

The Licensing International Excellence Awards, which have been running for 35 years, highlight the achievements and accomplishments of the global brand licensing industry. The Best Newcomer award recognises ‘a company, property, product, service, platform or experience new to the licensing business, which has demonstrated success in its first year and shows promise for future growth’. Also honored at the event was licensing powerhouse Martha Stewart, who was inducted into the Licensing Hall of Fame.

Harrogate Tipple, the independent craft distillery that is part owned by master distiller Tom Nichol, was set up in 2016 by husband and wife, Steven and Sally Green, who launched the Downton Abbey range last year. Housed in a converted barn close to the Ripley Castle Estate near Harrogate, it has an ethos of local provenance with many of its botanicals grown in the estate’s kitchen gardens and Victorian hothouse as well as using the spa town’s famous spring water.

Steve said:

These awards have become like the Oscars of the licensing world, so it’s a huge honour to have our Downton Abbey drinks range recognised by them. We received news that we were finalists earlier this year, alongside some huge and well-known nominees, so being shortlisted was a privilege in itself.

Although we were gutted to miss out on the usual glamorous Las Vegas awards ceremony, we were thrilled to still be a part of the awards from the comfort of our Ripley distillery.


Sally said:

Our Downton Abbey drinks are a relatively new addition to our Harrogate Tipple family, but after all of the care, love and research we have devoted to every aspect of our Downton Abbey collection, it’s extremely rewarding to have achieved international recognition for the team’s hard work.

Licensing International is the leading trade organisation for the global licensing industry and its mission is to foster the growth and expansion of licensing around the world, raise the level of professionalism for licensing practitioners, and create greater awareness of the benefits of licensing to the business community at large.

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