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North Yorkshire businesswoman becomes UKIFDA president

North Yorkshire businesswoman Janet Kettlewell, owner and director at independent fuel oil supplier, Kettlewell Fuels, was inaugurated as the 33rd President of the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA), during the trade association’s first virtual AGM.   As UKIFDA President, Janet’s role will involve supporting UKIFDA CEO Guy Pulham and running

Centenarian theme for vintage Tractor Fest

The largest outdoor Tractor Festival in the UK takes place at award-winning country house and gardens, Newby Hall, North Yorkshire on Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7. The two-day event showcases thousands of vintage tractors and modern marques, stationary engines, commercial vehicles, cars, lorries and motorcycles from around the UK and Europe. This

Ripon entrepreneur aims to bring back Yorkshire speaker manufacturing

A Ripon entrepreneur is planning to bring back speaker manufacturing to Yorkshire after experiencing rapid growth in the past year. BishopSound was set up by Andrew Bishop in 2016. The company’s products sell worldwide and include PA speakers, amplifiers and mixing equipment. Bands such as Elbow, The Courteneers and members of

Econ’s production manager puts in 50-year shift

The longest-serving employee at a Ripon engineering company has begun his fiftieth – and final year - with the firm which recruited him as a teenager shortly after it launched. Peter Thompson was just 16 when he was taken on by Econ Engineering’s founder, W George Lupton, on a three-year apprenticeship

ECON ploughs £850,000 into new state-of-the-art laser cutter

A North Yorkshire engineering company that manufactures more than 80 per cent of the winter maintenance and repair vehicles used on Britain’s roads has ploughed £850,000 into a new state-of-the-art laser cutter. The new machine purchased by Econ Engineering will not only significantly increase throughput in its engineering workshop, it will

Ripon charity to operate environmentally-friendly Christmas tree disposal service

With Christmas just around the corner, a Ripon charity is putting the finishing touches to its environmentally-friendly tree collection and disposal service. Ripon Community Link – which sells a variety of Christmas gifts, trees and wreaths throughout December at Ripon Walled Garden to support the delivery and development of its services