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 […]

Opportunity to sponsor Ilkley Business Awards

Opportunity to sponsor Ilkley Business Awards

Ilkley Business Forum is organising the Second Ilkley Business Awards in February 2017 and they’re keen to hear from sponsors. The awards will be held on Friday 24th February 2017 at the Kings Hall & Winter Gardens, Ilkley. Sponsorship opportunities available A headline sponsor at the cost of £1500 will give you: Your company name […]

Football fever

Football fever

I am sure that during the coming weeks you will see an England supporter George Cross wall chart appearing in windows throughout the region. If you look more closely you will see that Bright Wealth Management – through our Workplace Pensions division, Bright WPP – are main sponsors of this major production, with over 20,000 […]

Don’t let holiday workforce give you the summertime blues!

Local business owners who take on temporary workers over the next few months are being warned not to let paperwork oversights give them the summertime blues. Local small businesses will be taking on temporary staff throughout this summer and with seasonal pressure on employers’ summer holiday rotas and work schedules, it could be tempting to […]

Tales from Behind the Counter

Tales from Behind the Counter

A new community project has been developed by local photographer Alan Carmichael of Capricorn Photography, ‘Tales from behind the counter’ is a project developed to support the local independent shops and businesses of Ilkley. “This great project has been designed to engage the local residential community of Ilkley and give something back, what better way […]

THE VIEW FROM THE ROCKS – ANNUAL REPORT MAY 2016

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, […]