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Free boost for Ryedale businesses

Ryedale District Council in partnership with SCY (formerly Science City York) has teamed up again to offer another series of free interactive workshops and one to one mentoring sessions for Ryedale businesses which are eligible organisations. There are two, 3 hour workshops, to be held at Ryedale House, Malton YO17 7HH – • Planning Better […]

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Blue Green Bunting

Bunting hire in Helmsley

Do you have a special event coming up in 2013? Why not give your celebration a special touch with some beautiful double-sided fabric bunting? This beautiful bunting has been lovingly handmade by one of our members, using  re-purposed fabrics that have been locally sourced. It is all double-sided, so that it looks good from both […]

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Woollons and Harwood saved

It was announced recently that the family business of  Woollons and Harwood, with stores in both Thirsk and Helmsley, was closing after 112 years of trading, following unsustainable losses in a series of thefts. The good news now is that a buyer has come forward for the Thirsk store, which is to continue trading under […]

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Woollons and Harwood to close

A family business which has traded in North Yorkshire for 112 years is to close with the loss of 14 jobs after being repeatedly hit by thieves. Woollons and Harwood, which has kitchenware and gift shops in Thirsk and Helmsley and a warehouse in Malton, was targeted three times last year. Managing director Paul Woollons […]

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North York Moors National Park

205 sign up for National Park’s new business network

A total of 205 businesses have signed up to the North York Moors National Park Authority’s new business network. The North York Moors Tourism Network aims to help tourism, creative, retail, and, food and drink businesses capitalise on their location in and around the National Park and Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Catriona […]

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The Look Gallery, Helmsley – latest exhibition

The Look Gallery have two floors full of paintings, sculptures, photographs and pottery from some of the best artists and craftspeople in the country. Below you can see a selection of images taken after the launch of their latest autumn exhibtion and also hear an interview with assistant manager Tabitha Grove.  Look Gallery, 20 Castlegate, Helmsley, York, YO62 […]

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Workshops to help drive tourism

This project focuses on practical solutions to the questions: How can you get visitors to stay longer and spend more? How can we get them to come back again, and to recommend the area to others? How can we attract more higher spending visitors? Looking at local distinctiveness (what makes this area special and different), […]

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Helmsley hotel prize for milliner ambassador

Local milliner Suzanne GIll has launched a nationwide search for a ‘brand ambassador’ to help promote her own-label headwear. Ampleforth-based Suzanne Gill, who runs Suzanne Gill Millinery with the ethos ‘every woman deserves to feel special’, is looking for someone to appear at specific events wearing one of her creations. The person chosen can look […]

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Helmsley announces big Yorkshire Day 2012 Shindig

Helmsley will play host to a big Yorkshire Day event to be held in the Market Place on Wednesday August 1st, with Yorkshire-themed fun, games and goodies suitable for the whole family. The event, celebrating Yorkshire new and old, will be organised by the Helmsley in Business group, a partnership of 40 local businesses determined […]

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Ryedale urged to support its shops this Independent Retailer Month

‘Support your local shops this Independent Retailer Month’ is the message coming loud and clear from the Helmsley in Business Group this July. Independent Retailer Month is a global ‘Shop Local’ campaign that runs throughout July to highlight the important role smaller, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute […]

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Bikers cast on for good yarn

More than 140 people turned up to the first World Wide Knit In Public Day held at a store in Helmsley. Specialist craft shop Castle Stores held two events on Saturday to mark the largest knitter-run event in the world. Started in 2005, it encourages those with an interest in the craft to go to […]

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Independent Retailer Month – profiling retailers in Helmsley

Independent Retailer Month is a global “Shop Local” campaign that runs throughout July. The campaign highlights the important role smaller, local, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and in the retail sector as a whole. Look out on the blog for profiles of all Helmsley’s independent shops […]

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QR images becoming commonplace

Passing a bus stop the other day in Kirkbymoorside I noticed that there was a new addition to the normal timetable. You too may have noticed these ‘QR’ images popping up all over the place recently, particularly in magazines. QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode […]

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Action group to help Helmsley beat recession

A new action group has been formed by companies in Helmsley to defy the economic downturn. So far 33 companies have launched Helmsley in Business with the aim of keeping the market town thriving. They have signed up to work together to encourage local residents to support the town and to promote the many benefits of the […]

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Major award for Helmsley travel business

Spear Travels has won UK Principal’s Regional Agent Of The Year award for Yorkshire, Midlands and North East England in the small agent category. The company has been a finalist in the Agency Achievement Awards for the last three years. Peter Cookson, managing director, said: “The awards are judged by some of the leading tour […]

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Helmsley’s new International Birds of Prey Centre starting to take shape

In this film Charlie Heap, who is heading up the development up at Duncombe Park, describes the building works that are currently taking place on site and the sustainable elements that are key to the project.    Visit the Centre’s website here but for more detailed information about ICBP visit their website here. Music – […]

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The Saltbox Gallery & Workshop

It was great to spend some time with Saltbox gallery curators and artists Louise and Matthew Dwyer. In this film they talk about their work and we tour their beautiful workshop and gallery where highly talented artists and crafts makers exhibit.   Their current exhibition ‘Creatures Great and Small’ runs until 26th May: To receive periodical updates with details of […]

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Launch of Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme in Ryedale

Customers will be better informed when eating out in Ryedale, thanks to the introduction of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) across the district. This national scheme, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with local authorities, provides information on food hygiene standards to help people to choose where to eat out or […]

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Is your favourite pub in Helmsley?

Welcome to Yorkshire, in association with the Yorkshire Post, is giving you the chance to vote for your favourite Yorkshire pub. Whether it’s a traditional country pub, a historic tavern, or a city centre pub – they want to know. Have your say and tell why your local should win Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2012 award. Your votes will […]

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Spear Travels open their 7th branch, this time in Helmsley

Earlier this month the town welcomed Spear Travels to the market square, a move that delighted Managing Director, Peter Cookson: “When Ryedale Travel were taken over by Hays a couple of years ago we were amazed they closed down their shop in Helmsley. However, such is the pressure on property that it has taken us two […]

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A lunch with Melissa White in association with Peter Silk of Helmsley

A lunch with Melissa White in association with Peter Silk of Helmsley Tuesday 3rd April Melissa White ‘Zoffany’s Arden Collection: Interiors inspired by History’ in Association with ‘Peter Silk of Helmsley’ with a Light Lunch, from 11am. Textile Designer, Melissa White, a specialist in Elizabethan and Stuart designs who has been involved with projects, such […]

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Ryeburn ice cream voted Britain’s best!!

David Otterburn, who runs Ryeburn, has been named the Champion of Champions by the Ice Cream Alliance, the trade body for the UK’s £1 billion ice cream industry, when his Nutellaflavoured ice cream was declared the best of the best at the National Ice Cream Competition final in London. Mr Otterburn, whose family switched from […]

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