Approach PR are media sponsors for Ilkley’s Race for Life

Approach PR are media sponsors for Ilkley’s Race for Life

As part of its 16th year in business, Team Approach is taking its corporate social responsibility even further as media sponsors for this year’s Ilkley Race for Life. The fun, fundraising event taking place on East Holmes Field in Ilkley on Sunday 11th June, invites mums, daughters, sisters, friends and colleagues to run, walk or […]

A Boards – it’s not over yet!

On the 7th March the Council’s Executive Committee considered all the points put forward from the disability groups and the local businesses affected by the year long trial ban. They made a resolution to retain the ban in the 4 trial areas but to modify its operation to allow for a licencing scheme where a […]

Our Chairman’s A-Board Ban proposal letter reaps rewards!

This letter from our Chairman Steve Butler obviously made a difference in the publishing circles! We’ve had a great article published in the Ilkley Gazette of 2nd March 2017 as a result: Dear Sir A-Board Ban Proposals Bradford MDC have spent years researching the best way to tackle “problems” with A-Boards. A recent FOI request […]

4 Steps To Achieving A  Successful Exit Plan For Your  Business

4 Steps To Achieving A Successful Exit Plan For Your Business

Exiting you business is not an event, its not all about the “deal”. Good exits depend on your strategic thinking before the deal, and the new purpose of your life after the deal. In the UK, as business owners we still generally tend to shy away from talking openly about “Exiting” or selling our businesses. […]

Growing your business through eLearning.

Growing your business through eLearning.

Why social media and online marketing? Social media is used by millions of people everyday so this is a huge resource for business to hack into! It’s important to pick the right type platform for your market, and these courses can help you identify what is best for you. One of the best aspects of […]

The view from the Cow and Calf rocks

From my eyrie on the Cow & Calf Rocks I look back on our THRIVE Yorkshire conference held at the Craiglands Hotel on 29 September. What did I learn? What a successful event this turned out to be. For those who were really keen it started at 6.30am with the special BNI breakfast which was […]

Businesses urged to use #HelpMeAPR for free social media support

Businesses urged to use #HelpMeAPR for free social media support

Multi award-winning public relations consultancy, Approach PR, has launched its autumn training programme with a social media competition. The team’s training arm, Approachability, is running a #HelpMeAPR competition on Twitter asking local businesses, within a 20-mile radius of its offices in Ilkley, to share their social media challenges. The winner will receive two hours of […]

Approach PR finds its perfect fit with Kirkgate Shopping

Approach PR finds its perfect fit with Kirkgate Shopping

Ilkley-based public relations consultancy, Approach PR, has been awarded the PR and social media contract for Bradford’s established retail destination, Kirkgate Shopping. The multi-award winning team secured the two-year contract after a three-way pitch between local agencies and starts its online and offline media campaigns and events immediately. Approach PR will also support communications around […]


MANY PEOPLE ASK WHAT MEMBERS CAN GET OUT OF MEMBERSHIP Executive Summary You get a wide range of educational sessions in a variety of venues; you get the chance to network with other businesses; you get an organisation which has some clout in the town to give you backing; you get fantastic events like Thrive […]

New arrivals: Bloch and Lamborghini

Super car specialist Lamborghini is known for its keen design eye when it comes to four wheels – but did you know it’s equally stylish when it comes to two feet? The Lamborghini boys collection is new at Poppy Red this spring and we’re wheely excited (sorry!) to be bringing them to you. Cheerful colours, […]

Spring time arrivals: Froddo and Akid

Will your child’s school shoes make it to the end of term or are there one to many scuffs from the playground? Thankfully, Poppy Red stocks a wide range of school shoes all year round and we’ve just taken a delivery we think you’ll love! With the use of all natural materials, Froddo embraces active […]

Meet the team: Jenny Rhodes

Jenny Rhodes is one half of our mother-daughter team here at Poppy Red – and probably a face you’re familiar with if you’ve popped in to the shop! We get to know her a little better here… What’s your role at Poppy Red? I’m in the shop five days a week and I love greeting […]

Meet the team: Helen Rhodes

Ilkley is an incredible place to live and work and not least, because of its sense of community. Running a popular local store means we’re always meeting new people and chatting with old friends. With a high street that has so much to offer, nothing beats wandering around our town’s incredible range of shops and […]

The view from the Cow & Calf rocks

The April 2016 meeting Steve Butler Chairman, Ilkley Business Forum 18 April 2016 Three of our speakers turned up – Richard Stringer from Leeds Beckett Uni, Sarah Haworth from Craven College and Lester Hurst from Hunters Estate Agency (Ilkley & Otley.) Our fourth speaker was from Leeds but was not able to attend this time. […]

VAT, Tax and Accountancy Q+A with Julia Forrester of Tax Assist Accountants

Ilkley-based small business specialist, Julia Forrester of TaxAssist Accountants, gives advice on recent changes on tax & accountancy matters: Employment Allowance – single director companies Question My brother and I run a company together- we’re the only directors and shareholders. We don’t have any other staff members. We our company still be eligible for the […]

Ilkley business forum growing in 2016

The past year has been a great success for Ilkley Business Forum and this year is going to be better. The invitation to meet George Osborne at Number 11 in January 2015 was the start of a full year for IBF. It was followed by many successful monthly meeting and the launch of the Ilkley Business Awards together […]

Bad new for Ilkley traders

The A-Board and highway obstruction ban came into effect on 1 January 2016 despite the fact that Bradford MDC gave no notice. Traders should be receiving a letter about this today or later this week. A-Boards will not be allowed anywhere in the retail area of Ilkley and after an initial warning will be removed […]

Christmas campaign brings gift to Ilkley agency

Christmas campaign brings gift to Ilkley agency

    An Ilkley-based PR agency is celebrating continued success after being shortlisted for the Regional Campaign of the Year category at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ PRide awards. Approach PR, which won the title in 2013 and took home the silver and gold category accolades in 2014 is in the running for the […]