Did you know that you can get free legal advice in Ilkley?

Did you know that you can get free legal advice in Ilkley?

Local solicitors Ison Harrison are running a free legal advice clinic every Thursday at their Ilkley branch and are welcoming all general enquiries. There is no appointment necessary and you can speak confidentially with a legal expert at no cost. ​Ison Harrison, a Leeds-based law firm with an established presence across Yorkshire, celebrate their 40th […]

Member Introduction: Matt from Foxduo

Member Introduction: Matt from Foxduo

Matt from Foxduo Design During Summer 2018, Matt relocated to an office in Ilkley Meeting Room. Matt is the creative behind Foxduo Design, a design agency specialising in brand and print design. From creating brands from concept to managing publications, he has delivered successful design projects for a large range of clients. Including: Designing the marketing materials […]

Little Tea House Christmas offer

Little Tea House Christmas offer

Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Little Teahouse Every afternoon throughout December 2018. Served 2pm to 4pm (Excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day) Cup of seasonal homemade soup, selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, homemade sausage roll, a pig in blanket, homemade mince pie, macaroon, candy cane, chocolate truffle, Christmas shortbread biscuit and a slice of homemade […]

Job Opportunities at Secret Drawer

Secret Drawer have 2 exciting opportunities to join one of Yorkshire’s leading manufacturers of bespoke furniture and interiors, The Secret Drawer. One vacancy is based in Ilkley, one in Skipton. Interiors Showroom Manager – Ilkley Do you have an eye for design and passion for colour and want to join our close knit and vibrant team? […]

Chairman’s Review of 2017

2017 has been another busy year for The Ilkley Business Forum and for Ilkley in general. We have seen some great new businesses opening in the town but also lost some too. We are lucky not to suffer from too many empty units in the town centre (though I know the high rents do hinder […]

Meeting Wednesday 10th January

A great meeting on Wednesday, but unfortunately we were unable to show the following video from the Ilkley Art Trail on the night, so we’re making it available to our members here:

Burley-in-Wharfedale Christmas Market and Lights Switch-On

Burley-in-Wharfedale Christmas Market and Lights Switch-On

Saturday 2 December 2017, 1.30pm to 5pm Main Street and Grange Park, Burley Christmas gifts – choirs – food and drink – children's rides – ukelele band – magician – Santa – craft fair – Christmas lights switch-on NOWHERE will you find more festive cheer than in Burley-in- Wharfedale on the afternoon of its Christmas Market […]

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 […]

The view from the Cow and Calf

How to make the most of our meetings: Give a presentation about your business Learn from our main speakers Network and relax for a couple of hours It was a good turnout last Wednesday with over 25 in the audience. These were mostly existing members but there were some new faces too. We had six […]