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The Dog Walker celebrates franchise success

Yorkshire’s largest pet care service, The Dog Walker, is celebrating success after annual turnover at its Ilkley franchise increased by 600 per cent to £30,000. Benjamin Barlow took over the struggling Ilkley franchise two years ago, and has since built up the business by expanding the daily dog walk, pet boarding

BGF backs Filmore & Union

A northern-based chain of restaurants and delis has secured a £3.5m investment from BGF to accelerate its new site rollout. Filmore & Union, which currently operates 14 sites and recently opened a concession in John Lewis, will use the funding to expand its portfolio across the North of England and

Yorkshire businessman cleans up with George Formby-inspired anti-litter film

Thomas Black, a well-known West Yorkshire businessmen, has made a George Formby-inspired anti-litter film, following the astonishing success of his first anti-litter campaigning film three years ago. Mr Black, the former joint chairman of the Keighley-based Peter Black Holdings, a major supplier of a wide range of products and services to

Historical past of family home in “Calendar Girls” village revealed

AN Ilkley estate agent is offering homebuyers the chance to live in a piece of Yorkshire history - at the heart of the "Calendar Girls" countryside. The Quaker House, a stone-built Grade II listed building dating to the early 17th Century, is being marketed through Linley & Simpson with an asking

Ilkley businessman honoured with MBE

Mike Davies, the founder and chairman of the Principle Healthcare Group and founder of The Principle Trust Children's Charity, both based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.  The Honour has been awarded, and the Citation in The London Gazette reads for "Services

Yorkshire estate agency beats its toughest charity challenge

Footsore staff from a Yorkshire estate agency have broken new ground – quite literally - in the way they are raising £20,000 to help children with life-limiting illnesses.  Linley & Simpson marked its 20th anniversary by setting staff the gruelling non-stop challenge of hiking 20 miles across 20 Lake District peaks in

Rare redevelopent opportunity overlooking Ilkley Moor

A former religious retreat situated in almost four acres of picturesque grounds and overlooking the dramatic expanse of Ilkley Moor is being sold for redevelopment.  Myddelton Grange, which is being marketed by national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), is owned by the Diocese of Leeds and was previously a

Ison Harrison welcomes experienced new lawyer to its family in Ilkley

Leeds Law firm Ison Harrison has appointed Sarah Laughey to head up and help expand the family law department at its Ilkley branch. Born and bred in Ilkley, Sarah joins the firm from Switalskis Solicitors in Bradford where she worked for 12 years. Sarah has more than ten years’ experience as a family solicitor after qualifying in 2007.

Local business owners urged to act now to avoid pensions penalty nightmare

As over 750,000 employers face new responsibilities this year to contribute to their staff pension pots, small business owners across the region are being urged to act now to avoid hefty fines and potential prosecution.  Julia Forrester who owns TaxAssist Accountants in Ilkley said: “A record number of businesses reach their