Social media help for local businesses

Aske-based web company Purple has teamed up with Richmond’s thecitysecret Academy to offer a Social Media Workshop for local businesses.

They say:

Would you like to learn more about the exciting world of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and how they can benefit your business?

Perhaps you are already a whizz on Social Media and would like to explore different ways to engage with your customers in the form on Email Newsletters and Blogging?

Local businesses, Purple Creative Studio and thecitysecret Academy have joined together for a Social Media Workshop to cover these subjects and more. The Workshop will be held on April the 6th at thecitysecret Academy’s training academy in Zetland Square, Richmond.

The workshop is open to businesses both small and large and is aimed at those with little or no experience of Social Media who are looking to embrace digital marketing and engage with a new audience.

 The Workshop begins at 9am and will cover subjects like:

 Exploring various Social Media platforms and how they are relevant to your business

 How to use Social Media to engage with your audience

 Developing a Social Media strategy and setting goals

 Measuring your engagement with Analytics tools

Places on the course are £10 and can be booked by visiting thecitysecret Academy website and viewing their current calendar of courses.

Spaces are expected to fill up quickly for this Workshop so advanced booking is recommended.

Businesses urged to help tackle dog poo

Dog warden, Lee Richardson – with Ziggy, and Recycling officer, Sally Dixon, beside the dispenser at the Fosse car park in Richmond

Dog warden, Lee Richardson – with Ziggy, and Recycling officer, Sally Dixon, beside the
dispenser at the Fosse car park in Richmond

More dog poo bag dispensers are going to be installed. In a press release, Richmondshire District Council says a pilot scheme to issue the dog waste bag has been successful enough to be expanded.

And they call on local business leaders to get involved and help fund the project. The council says:

An innovative scheme to encourage dog owners to pick up after their pets is to be extended across Richmondshire following a successful pilot project.

Free dog waste bags will be available to dog walkers at waste bag dispensers throughout the district.

Council Spokesperson, Tony Duff, explains “We trialled these dispensers and found them to be very successful in encouraging dog walkers to pick up after their pets and keep our streets, paths and parks clear of dog mess. The poo bags are free from the dispensers, which offer advertising space for local businesses. The only cost to the Council will be the initial siting of the dispensers.

Businesses are being encouraged to support the scheme by buying advertising space from TiksPac – the company providing the dispensers and the free dog poo bags.

We aim to install 10 dispensers to start in key locations and hopefully provide more in response to demand from local businesses”.

For more information please contact TiksPac on 01925 593892 or Sally Dixon at the Councilon 01748 829100.

Planners to decide on new gift shop for the town


A gift? No. 19

Plans for a new gift shop in Richmond’s Millgate will be considered by councillors on Wednesday.

The owner of a flat at number 19, Barbara Overfield, wants to change the use of her property from residential to commercial. The street is well used by visitors to the Falls and she believes her small property could host a shop.

The property comprises a long narrow building, and would be ideal for a small,
niche, boutique shop which would only serve to enhance the area.

Some of the other residents in the street have objected to the plans but councillors on Richmondshire District Council’s planning committee are being recommended to grant permission.

The proposed change of use from residential to retail relates to a very small ground floor property, just off the Market Place. There is policy support for retail use in ‘edge of centre’ locations. The proposal will not harm the character and appearance of this part of the Richmond Conservation Area, or result in any significant harm to neighbour amenity and privacy.

Given the scale of the proposed retail use, there are no grounds to reject the proposal in terms highway safety. The proposal meets the requirements and expectations of policies of the Development Plan, and the National Planning Policy Framework.

* The full agenda item report can be seen here. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 6.30pm on Wednesday, January 4 at Mercury House.

Firm launches venture to keep IT training local


City Secret’s Academy

Richmond-based software company thecitysecret has launched an academy offering individuals and companies a raft of IT training packages, ranging from simple Word and Excel programmes to sophisticated languages such as Scala.

For more information on the academy visit, email, or telephone (01748) 824735.

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Council to give away more than 0.5M in new grants schemes

Two new grant schemes – with a combined pot of £570,000 – have been set up by Richmondshire councillors.

The District Council says it is looking to help both large scale economic projects and smaller community initiatives through the two funding streams.

They form part of the council’s Economic Action Plan which was approved by members of Corporate Board earlier this year. That sets out key measures to drive forward economic growth in the district over the next four years.

Council leader, Yvonne Peacock:

Economic growth is one of the key priorities of the council and our action plan identifies the areas we believe should be addressed to achieve them.

These two new funds are a vital part of that action plan and may be used to kick start a new scheme or develop one that is already in place. It is an exciting opportunity for businesses and local groups to push forward plans that will benefit the district as a whole.

Members of Corporate Board approved the setting up of the two funds on Tuesday night. The money is being found from what the council calls its Taxpayers Reserve.

The Economic Growth Fund will award £300,000 to allocate to projects that are looking to help boost the Richmondshire economy by investing in the district – to a maximum of £100,000 awarded per project.

The Social Fund – which has £270,000 in its pot – has been ring fenced for smaller schemes in the authority’s five housing growth areas of Colburn, Hipswell, Scotton, Richmond and Leyburn. Up to £50,000 per project can be awarded – with schemes expected from schools, sports club and community groups.

Full nformation on the specific criteria under which the awards will be made and the closing dates for applications have not yet been made public although we have requested further details and will share here in due course.

Update: There’s more information in the appendix of the report which went to the committee which can viewed here. It includes a requirement of 70% match funding for the community scheme.

In the meantime, more information on how to access these funds – which open for business on November 1 – can be found by contacting the community engagement team on 01748 901037.

New role for The Old Cinema in Richmond

dsc_5043Tomorrow sees the opening of a new home interiors store for the town – Grey’s Interiors.
The Old Cinema in Queens Street is one of Richmond’s landmark buildings and has gone through a refurbishment to provide a new retail space and apartments.

The cinema closed a number of years ago and many of the locals will know the building as a hardware store and latterly as the Tourist Information Office.

Richmond resident, Jane Webster, has set up the new business to provide a bespoke home interior design service and a range of quality products, some of which are unique to our area. Products range from candles, picture frames, artwork, lighting as well as soft furnishing, upholstery, flooring, window blinds and shutters.

Jane has received plenty of support for the new venture, “The other businesses nearby have been so helpful and we’ve had so much interest from passers-by since we started setting up the store. There isn’t really anything similar in the town, so hopefully our customers can find something special without having to travel to Leeds or Newcastle.”

Grey’s Interiors opens to the public on Saturday the 24th of September at 09.30. .

Success for Kathy at national salon awards

Kathy Scott

Kathy Scott

Local salon owner Kathy Scott of Ginger Tree Beauty was invited to live it up at a Bond-themed awards ceremony as a finalist in the Small Salon of the Year Category.

The event was held at prestigious London private members club,the Hurlingham Club, which welcomed finalists from across the country to celebrate their achievements in the national BABTAC and CIBTAC awards.

Aske-based Ginger Tree was the only Yorkshire finalist in the category

Speaking about the accolade, Kathy said: “We had a wonderful evening celebrating the achievements of so many fantastic businesses. We met such lovely welcoming people from other businesses from all over the UK.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been part of this evening and to have been a finalist for this prestigious award.”

To find out more about Ginger Tree’s wide range of services or to book an appointment to visit Kathy go to or call the salon on 01748 889350.

Cash support for Richmond dog training business

 Heather is pictured with Councillor Ian Threlfall

Heather is pictured with Councillor Ian Threlfall

We Train Any Dog has been awarded £1000 to help set up the group’s new premises with signage and create a new website.

The dog training school and dog day care centre was set up in 2003 by instructor Heather Stevens who said: “This grant will help me expand my business, create a bespoke service for dog owners, and create more jobs for those wanting to work with dogs.”

She specialises in dog aggression, behaviour problems, rescue dog rehabilitation and the use of training to resolve issues pets have – both mild and severe. It covers Bedale, Boroughbridge, Catterick, Leyburn, Northallerton, Richmond and the surrounding areas.

The grant has come from the District Council’s Small Business Grant Scheme which can offer support of up to £1000 for small companies in the district. The 2015/16 grant scheme has awarded a total of £28,211.84 to 36 businesses. Previous recipients of the council grant scheme have included Mocha chocolate shop, estate agents Ward Horne and Evolve Architectural Services.

Deputy council leader Ian Threlfall said: “Our small grants scheme can make a big difference to small local businesses. This dog training facility has just moved to a new home in Richmond and with our £1000 we have helped that expansion.”

  • We Train Any Dog is holding a holistic health event for dogs in July. Full details here.

Celebration of learners’ achievements at Just the Job


Adult learners , members of the Adult Learning and Skills Service from North Yorkshire County Council and Rishi Sunak.

Adult learners based at Richmond’s social enterprise Just the Job have been celebrating their achievements.

All successfully completed training in NCFE occupational studies in the workplace, which includes garden maintenance skills, problem solving, building confidence, health and safety, working as a volunteer and as a member of a team.

The celebration event was organised for the first time by North Yorkshire County Council to recognise and celebrate the achievement, effort and dedication of the adult learners in Richmondshire. It coincides with the national Festival of Learning (formally known as Adult Learners Week), which runs throughout May and June and brings together organisations across the country to offer thousands of opportunities for people to learn something new.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Arthur Barker, Executive Member for Adult Learning and Skills, said: “It’s great to see learners developing new skills, achieving qualifications and contributing to their local community, whilst also benefiting the local environment.”

They received certificates from MP Rishi Sunak during the event.