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 […]


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 […]

Become a Dementia Friend sessions for Ilkley

Become a Dementia Friend sessions for Ilkley

Become a Dementia Friend Dementia Friends gives people an understanding of dementia and the small things that you can do to make a difference Come join them at: The Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley, LS29 9DZ At one of the following sessions: Friday 13th November 2015 2.00-3.00pm Wednesday 2nd December 2015 6.00-7.00pm Saturday 23rd January […]

News from Poppy Red

As well as stocking an extensive range of shoes for children, Poppy Red are now also stocking ladies shoes with styles from Ruby Shoo, Poetic License and Melissa. Poppy Red is excited to be a stockist of the fabulous Madpax back packs and also has a range of children’s and ladies brollies – I am […]

The Secret Drawer

Wednesday 7th of October 2015 10:15 – 11:30 Join Farrow & Ball at The Secret Drawer Skipton for an inspirational talk on how to transform your home with colour. Kirsty Ardis form Farrow & Ball and The Secret Drawer Interior Design team will be on hand throughout the event to provide inspirational colour advice.  

Award-winning business woman to headline Ilkley Business Conference

Award-winning business woman to headline Ilkley Business Conference

Thrive Yorkshire’ Business Growth Conference is back with award-winning business woman, Kate Hardcastle, heading the line- up of Yorkshire based speakers! Following great feedback from those that attended last year, the conference is once again offering practical strategies, tools and tips to help businesses in the region not only grow, but thrive. “It will be […]

Should there be a market in Ilkley?

At the May AGM meeting of the Ilkley Business Forum, Paula Connor presented the case for a farmers market to be started in Ilkley. She’d like to know your thoughts about this – read more here.

New Chairman Appointed

Steve Butler was appointed as the new Chairman of IBF to replace Vera Woodhead from September onwards in 2014. “It will be difficult, but I intend to work even harder than Vera did to make IBF a truly representative organisation for all businesses, large or small, in LS29.”

Knock, Knock, Knocking on Number 11’s Door

Ilkley Business Forum Chairman, Steve Butler, was invited last week to visit the Northern Powerhouse Reception by Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.  The reception, in the State Drawing Room at Number 11 Downing Street, took place on 20 January 2015 and was attended by over 100 business men and women and the MPs who […]