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Business stories in and around Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Harrogate Water joins B-Corp movement, a committment to building a more inclusive, greener and sustainable economy


Harrogate Water has announced it has been accredited by the worldwide B Corp movement committed to building a more inclusive, greener and sustainable economy. B Corporation goes beyond product or business performance indicators, measuring a company’s entire social and environmental footprint and evaluating how business operations impact on colleagues, community, environment and customers in pursuit of sustainable growth. It is more than a snapshot of the here and now; qualifying organisations must commit to positive corporate social responsibility impact in the long term, incorporating transparency and accountability into the business from the shop floor to the boardroom. Every B Corp

Martin House refurbishment plans


Plans to extend and improve Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People have been submitted to Leeds City Council. Martin House is hoping to build a new wing to create bigger children’s bedrooms and a new block housing a hydrotherapy pool as part of the project. If approved, it will be the biggest expansion of the hospice since it built Whitby Lodge – its teenage and young adult unit – in 2002. Martin Warhurst, chief executive at Martin House, said: Submitting our plans is a major milestone for us. We have been working closely with our families, staff

Construction Commences at £6M Marrtree Business Park, Thirsk


Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, acting as joint letting agents with Fordy Marshall, is announcing that construction has commenced at Phase I of Marrtree Business Park following the granting of detailed planning permission by Hambleton District Council in Q4 2019. Harrogate-based commercial and residential property developers Marrtree Investments Ltd is bringing Marrtree Business Park forward. Phase I will provide 38,000 sq ft of modern industrial space across 15 units set within four main blocks, benefitting from secure shared yards. Phase II will accommodate a further 30,000 sq ft on a design and build basis. Ready for occupation in Q4

New Chairman and Board for Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID)


Harrogate Business Improvement District (BID) has gone through a period of change, but now has new members on the board and a new chairman. They are now meeting weekly and have projects coming along that will give significant benefit to the town. What Is A BID ? A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. Within the BID area, businesses of a sufficient size pay a BID Levy each month. The Board now comprises 15 members, drawing expertise from different areas, including large retail, independents, restaurants, commercial, events, Harrogate

Harrogate Law Firm acts in sale of Wycombe Wanderers


A team of lawyers at Harrogate-based McCormicks Solicitors has completed a successful sale of the majority shareholding of League One football club, Wycombe Wanderers. McCormicks is known for its expertise in sports law, particularly football, and the successful sale is the culmination of six months’ work by the firm on behalf of the club, Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Limited and Frank Adams Legacy Limited, a subsidiary of the Trust, which owns the football stadium. The transaction was completed by James Towler and Emily Steed of McCormicks’ Corporate and Commercial department and Heather Roberts, head of Commercial Property. James, who heads

Danone to acquire a majority stake in Harrogate Water Brands Ltd (“Harrogate Water”)


Danone and Harrogate Water today announced that they have entered into a share purchase agreement under which Danone will (through a UK subsidiary) acquire a majority stake in Harrogate Water. The current shareholders of Harrogate Water, the Cain family, will remain as minority shareholders and continue to contribute to the growth of the company. Harrogate Water is the owner of the water brand “Harrogate Spring Water” Danone has brands, including evian and Volvic. The acquisition will further develop Danone Waters’ position in the UK and they say will support future growth for Harrogate Water’s portfolio and it will provide new

North Yorkshire partners win £6m pilot to boost rural connectivity


North Yorkshire is to benefit from one of seven projects chosen in the national Rural Connected Communities (RCC) competition. This testbed will explore how superfast mobile connectivity can bring benefits to rural communities in the region. The £6m Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) project will aim to use innovative technology to bring mobile connectivity to some areas of North Yorkshire currently missing out – 35% of the County currently has no 4G mobile coverage. It will also test how superfast mobile connectivity can benefit England’s largest rural county in boosting tourism, tackling social isolation and acting as an early warning system for flooding emergencies. The innovation project is led by Quickline Communications, one of the

Six new limited-edition beers following Rooster’s move to new brewery


Harrogate-based Rooster’s unveils six new limited-edition beers following move to new brewery Pioneering North Yorkshire brewery, Rooster’s Brewing Company, is set to unveil six new small-batch beers from its new pilot brewery, following a £850,000 investment in a new state-of-the-art brewery and taproom. The six new beers have been created to mark the relaunch of the independent, family-owned brewer’s Outlaw sub-brand, which had lain dormant for several years. The reinvigorated Outlaw Project will see Rooster’s release an ongoing range of more experimental, limited-edition beers, produced using the recently installed 10-barrel small-batch brew kit at its new site in Harrogate. The

Pavilions of Harrogate wins Wedding Venue of the Year at Britain’s Asian Wedding Awards 2020


Pavilions of Harrogate has been announced as Wedding Venue of the Year at Britain’s Asian Wedding Awards 2020. Group Head of Sales, Fiona Stilborn and Sales Manager, Ben Chatburn picked up the award at the ceremony at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester. Fiona said: We are absolutely delighted to be recognized as venue of the year. We would like to thank all our wonderful brides and grooms for their support. The wedding industry is booming for us at Pavilions of Harrogate and we are proud to be known as a leading Asian Wedding venue. The UK Asian wedding industry

UK’s only dedicated ice cream exhibition opens its doors in Harrogate


The Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show opened the doors at the Yorkshire Event Centre this morning, running from 11-13 February 2020 in Harrogate. The event is a showcase for the ice cream industry, with are a huge assortment of ice cream varieties, equipment and supplies. The event is run by the Ice Cream Alliance, the only trade association for the UK industry with a 75-year history. It attracts a high proportion of business owners and decision-makers from every aspect of the industry and other related sectors. Ice Cream Parlours grow by 20% annually, this is the only dedicated exhibition

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