Forget Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown, the most savage high society commentator of Georgian times was an angry green parrot

York St John University students make The Parrot accessible for modern audiences for the first time    A fascination with royal affairs and high society gossip may seem at its peak during the current digital age but history shows us there was a huge appetite for it in Georgian England too. In the eighteenth century…

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City of York Council hits tree planting milestone

Almost 2,500 new trees have been planted as part of the council’s Green Streets© project. Working with local schools, parish councils and other stakeholders, trees have been planted along Malton Road and at Melrosegate Park, Huntington Environment Park, Carr Infants School, Lakeside Primary Academy, Burton Green Primary and seven other school sites. This first year of…

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Yorkshire bus firm Transdev’s new drive to better mental health

New training mission launches to boost care for customers and colleagues as UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week Yorkshire-based bus operator Transdev is launching a new drive to boost care for its customers and staff as the UK marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Campaigning charity The Mental Health Foundation is leading a nationwide week of…

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Andrew Jackson facilitates Casper’s latest vessel purchase

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors announces that it has recently assisted Immingham-based Casper Chartering Limited (”Casper”), on its purchase of the cargo vessel “MV VESPER” (formerly “ATLAS”), from Norwegian owners. MV Vesper is the latest vessel to join Casper’s growing fleet, which now comprises  seven ships. Built in 2006, Vesper is 88.60m LOA (length…

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City of York Council Executive approves new Improvement Plan

City of York Council’s Executive has approved a new Corporate Improvement Framework, subject to consultation. The Framework is part of a programme of work to deliver the Council Plan, ‘One City, for all’ that was agreed by full council in September 2023. That plan embeds four core commitments; Equalities, Affordability, Climate and Health (EACH). The…

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York City-wide Leaders’ Meeting to host new Mayor

When they meet this week, York City Leaders are to be joined by the newly elected Mayor for York and North Yorkshire, David Skaith, in his first week in the job. The Mayor has confirmed he will meet key partners from across the city on what will be only his third day in office. City…

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Building a smokefree generation in York

City of York Council is helping to create a smokefree generation in York. The council has been allocated £195k government funding to help expand its existing offer to residents and provide even more support to help people quit for good over the next five years – as new figures from Action on Smoking and Health…

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Ofsted praise for York St John University’s Degree Apprenticeships

Ofsted has judged York St John University’s provision of Degree Apprenticeships as ‘good’ for overall effectiveness in its latest report.   In the first report by Ofsted into the University’s degree apprenticeships, the University was awarded ‘good’ for its quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development of students and leadership and management. The report…

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Another key hire for law firm: partner joins firm’s nationally renowned shipping & transport practice

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce that Gavin Farquhar has joined its nationally renowned shipping & transport practice as a partner. Gavin – who is dual Scottish and English law qualified – has over 30 years’ broad experience acting nationally and internationally for a range of businesses operating in the…

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C-Kore Systems receives a Third Royal Award

C-Kore Systems Limited from Escrick, York have been honoured with a King’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade 2024 due to their outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over 3 years.  This is their third award in just over 5 years, having already received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation in 2019 and a…

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City of York Council Executive to consider new Corporate Improvement Framework

City of York Council’s Executive is set to discuss a new Corporate Improvement Framework, developed by the Chief Operating Officer, in consultation with the Corporate Leadership Group (Corporate Directors, Directors and Assistant Directors). The move comes as part of a programme of work to deliver the new Council Plan, ‘One City, for all’ – agreed…

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Teesside Airport secures Eastern Airways as new operator for Aberdeen service

Teesside International Airport has secured an agreement with Eastern Airways as the new operator for flights to Aberdeen.    Initially the new daily flights will be the only direct service from the North-East to Aberdeen when they begin on Monday 20th May, operating daily weekdays and Sundays before increasing to twice daily from Monday 9th…

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Rollits recruits experienced accountant to support Private Capital team

An experienced accountant who has held senior positions with firms across the region has joined leading law firm Rollits as Trust Administrator to the Private Capital team based at its York office. Clare Stones attended Joseph Rowntree Secondary School in York and then embarked on her career in accountancy, completing her Association of Accounting Technicians…

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Outsourcing delivers double-digit growth

Demand for outsourced services has increased by 20% at UK top 10 accountancy and business advisory firm Azets in Yorkshire. It has recorded the year-on-year revenue growth with a series of significant five-figure instructions from medium to large owner-managed businesses across the region. The firm’s Accountancy and Business Advisory (ABAS) team says the traditional image…

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Castle Howard presents first major exhibition by a contemporary artist

Internationally renowned sculptor Tony Cragg presents a landmark exhibition at Castle Howard this summer. Tony Cragg at Castle Howard (3 May – 22 September 2024) is the first major exhibition by a leading contemporary artist to be held across the house and grounds of the historic estate. Castle Howard is Britain’s most famous country house,…

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York St John students take over York Theatre Royal for week-long arts festival 

Performance students from York St John University will take over York Theatre Royal in May as part of the Takeover 2024: In The Limelight festival.   Now in its twelfth year – but the fourth run exclusively by York St John students – the Takeover Festival gives young people the opportunity to gain valuable real-life work…

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Vinyl record manufacturing start-up takes on new premises in York

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce that it has advised start-up business Vinyl Press UK Ltd, on the lease of 2,500 sq. ft premises at Monks Cross – the first pressing plant of its kind in the city of York. Vinyl Press was established by musical entrepreneurs Lucy Johnson (managing director), Neville Proctor…

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York businesses help support local young people leaving care

Young care leavers in York have been able to learn new skills, increase their independence and get life-enriching experiences thanks to the support of local businesses. City of York Council has been working with local businesses to help care leavers gain access to work experience, training and employment opportunities. The partnership has included GMI’s bespoke ‘Construction…

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New temporary road reopens after work to remove parts of Queen Street Bridge

Following two weekends of intensive work, significant progress has been made on the Station Gateway project which looks to transform the area around York’s historic railway station. The past two weekends have seen Queen Street Bridge closed to all users. The first weekend saw the completion of a temporary diversion road. The second saw work…

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University’s All About Respect project secures Home Office funding to tackle sexual harm and hate crime among teenagers

Project to address harassment and unwanted sexual behaviour expands to include schools and colleges in York. York St John University is pleased to announce the expansion of its ground-breaking All About Respect (AAR) project to tackle gender-based violence and harassment. All About Respect in Education has already caught the attention of the Home Office as…

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Q1 trading update – strong system support performance and balance sheet refinancing

Highlights Strong system support and generation performance during first three months of 2024 Full year 2024 expectations for Adj. EBITDA(1) in line with analysts’ consensus estimates(2) New balance sheet facilities further extending maturity profile £408 million(3) of term-loans with three to five year maturities €350 million five-year (2029) bond Repayment of 2025 bonds Notice of…

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From balaclavas to ballgowns

One of the biggest suppliers of police protective equipment in the UK is turning its hand to couture fashion in a new venture with one of Yorkshire’s top designers. MLA, based near Pocklington, will be launching items from a collection, designed by Yorkshire born James Steward, at York Fashion Week in May. The company, which…

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Ebor Lecture: Professor Rupert Read explores climate change emergency

Spiritual orientation, climate chaos and reconnecting with nature will all be under the microscope in the first Ebor Lecture of 2024 Professor Rupert Read, Co-Director of the Climate Majority Project and Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia, will share his thoughts on eco-spirituality in his Ebor Spring lecture, Earth-Hope, at York St John…

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Andrew Jackson welcomes associate to family law team

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP has welcomed Kerri Beaumont as an associate, marking further growth for its highly regarded family law practice. With many years’ family law experience, Kerri’s experience covers all legal aspects concerning relationship breakdown, including financial disputes, child arrangements and divorce. Kerri also has significant experience in advising on disputes…

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Reminder: second Queen Street bridge closure to take place this weekend

City of York Council is reminding residents and visitors that a second road closure will take place this weekend as part of the Station Gateway project. This follows the first closure which took place last weekend and saw the creation of the new temporary diversion road. Queen Street Bridge, the new temporary road and the…

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Andrew Jackson announces several promotions as firm marks 150th anniversary

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce several promotions across the firm, which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary. Solicitors Yasmin Fenton and Harry Mills (real estate & property), Pippa Heuck (private client) and Grace Moreton (corporate) have been promoted as associates; Rikki Foster becomes a senior solicitor (litigation); and, Benn…

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Statement: Queen Street Bridge closures

Following the weekend’s closure, Councillor Pete Kilbane, Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Transport and Economy, said: “It is so far so good with Queen St works and big thanks go out to everyone involved in helping make this weekend go so smoothly. We are only half-way through this part of the…

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City of York Council Executive approves new Equalities approach

City of York Council’s Executive has endorsed its new ‘Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2024-27’, pending the outcome of public consultation. Equality objectives are required as part of meeting the council’s Public Sector Equality Duty and are a core commitment in the approved Council Plan, ‘One City, for all.’ The Executive has also approved that…

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£750,000 funding secured to extend and improve Acomb Explore Library

£250,000 has been secured to add to the Council’s committed £500,000 capital investment to extend and redevelop Acomb Explore Library. The additional £250k is the result of a successful application to the Arts Council’s Libraries Improvement Fund. It will support significant upgrades to the popular library learning centre in Acomb to ensure it continues to…

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Huntington School becomes first in York to receive Silver Healthy Schools Award

Huntington School has become the first in the city to be awarded a coveted Silver Healthy Schools’ Award. The award is part of the Healthy Schools Programme, launched by City of York Council and North Yorkshire Council in partnership last year. The programme aims to encourage state-funded schools across the county to work towards improving…

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Off to a flyer! Yorkshire bus firm Transdev teams up with ad agency to promote family jetaways to the sun

Outdoor advertising agency Adverta brings travel agency chain Althams on board with high-profile bus sponsorship deal Yorkshire airport bus firm FLYER is teaming up with advertising agency Adverta to launch a new bus sponsorship deal featuring one of the region’s best-known names in travel. Travel agency Althams, which has 33 branches across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and…

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National Offer Day for primary schools: York children allocated their Reception school place for September

A total of 95.8% of children who applied for a Reception place at a primary school in York this September were allocated their first choice on National Offer Day (Tuesday 16 April). All the children who applied for a Year 3 place in a junior school were allocated their first choice. Parents who applied online…

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Drax Community fund donates nearly £20k to Yorkshire organisations

First round of funding from the Drax Community Fund will see donations given to 33 organisations across the UK. This includes donations to more than 20 organisations in the Yorkshire area, which deliver STEM education and skills development, enhance green spaces or improve communities. Renewable energy leader, Drax Group has announced the support it will…

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Andrew Jackson advises on purchase of key North Yorkshire site as McClarrons eyes further expansion

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP announces that it has advised independent insurance broker McClarrons on its purchase of the former BMW and Mini showroom located on York Road, Malton, from Inchcape Estates Limited. The showroom will now be transformed into spacious and modern head offices for well established Malton-based McClarrons, which specialises in…

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Call for video games to adopt a ‘positive PEGI’ system after new research uncovers self-care benefits of gaming

Academics from York St John University have published a groundbreaking new study on the positive effects of video games in helping young people manage loss. Dr Matthew Spokes, Dr Jack Denham, Matt Coward-Gibbs and Caitlin Veal from the investigate.games research group have explored how adapting grief models can shed light on the processing and understanding…

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Move your career into top gear! Bus firm Transdev offers York job seekers and switchers a fresh start at its new green base

Try your skills behind the wheel at new Rawcliffe bus depot’s open event Yorkshire bus firm Transdev is inviting career switchers and job seekers to get behind the wheel of one of its training buses at its award-winning Academy in York – with a fast-tracked application process and higher pay awaiting those who take up…

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Extraordinary achievements of York St John University graduate highlighted in a new national campaign to champion first generation students

100 Faces celebrates those who were the first in their families to attend university and is led by Universities UK.  Richard Holmes graduated last year from York St John University with a BA (Hons) in Product Design. He is the creator of the groundbreaking Global Anthem – a hand gesture flashcard system that facilitates effective…

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Key York road to close for two weekends in April

City of York Council has published information to support residents and visitors with a key road in the city set to close for two weekends this month. As an essential part of works to transform the entrance to York Station, parts of Station Road and Queen Street Bridge will be closed from 8pm on Friday…

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Covid Facebook Marketplace fraudster sentenced in York to 12 months

A fraudster who used Facebook Marketplace to exploit people looking to refurnish their homes during the COVID-19 lockdowns has been sentenced for money laundering and running a fraudulent business at York Crown Court today (11 April 2024). Ryan Rhys Burns, aged 32 of 26 St Mary’s Road, Rotherham, conned customers out of £14,544 for furnishings,…

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New advertising rules to support children’s health

City of York Council is proposing to introduce new advertising rules across York to support children and families with healthy eating. The new advertising policy will be taken to an Executive meeting next week, and aims to restrict high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) adverts being displayed across the city. The council is following in…

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C-Kore celebrates deploying 800th Subsea Testing Tool

C-Kore Systems, a UK company specializing in automated subsea testing tools is celebrating the mobilization of their 800th unit. The job is with a major operator off the coast of West Africa for a fault-finding operation on a complex subsea electrical network. C-Kore have been assisting operators worldwide for over a decade with more than…

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Law firm bolsters top-ranked Private Capital team with senior hire

A lawyer who spent more than 60 years working for the  practice his father founded has now made the move to join another firm in the city. Patrick Burstall has been appointed as a Consultant Solicitor in the Private Capital team at Rollits LLP. Burstalls was founded by Bryan Burstall in 1946 and Patrick joined…

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York St John University sponsors the York International Shakespeare Festival

The annual festival returns on Thursday 18 April 2024 Artists from the UK, the United States, Ukraine, Japan, Bulgaria, France and Turkey will arrive in York for 10 days of world and UK premieres, storytelling in schools and libraries, book launches, seminars, lectures and exhibitions. While York St John University has been a main venue…

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Yorktoberfest returns to York Racecourse this Autumn with beer, bratwurst and all things Bavarian!

Autumn cheer is forecast today with the news that Yorktoberfest, York’s traditional Bavarian beer festival, will be returning to the Clocktower Enclosure at York Racecourse this October, for a fourth successive year.  York’s very own Oktoberfest has proved hugely popular since its debut in 2021 with all sessions selling out last year. Yorktoberfest 2024 will…

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Double bus boost to open up the best of Yorkshire’s town and country

Bus operator and council join forces to deliver more buses, more often from this weekend A bus boost at the double – it’s on the way from this weekend as bus operator The Keighley Bus Company prepares to run more buses, more often on two key Yorkshire routes. The bus firm is working in partnership…

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Castle Employment Group champions future hospitality leaders

Scarborough, North Yorkshire – Castle Employment Group, a leading recruitment company, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the York and North Yorkshire Junior Hospitality Board. This innovative initiative marks a significant step forward in nurturing talent and changing perceptions within the hospitality sector, a vibrant and essential industry facing recruitment and retention challenges. The…

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Council commits additional £100k to York’s free school meals pilots

An ambitious scheme to run pilots providing free school meals in primary schools in York has received a £100k boost, thanks to a commitment from City of York Council. The authority agreed to allocate a further £100,000 towards the scheme in 2024/25, in addition to the £100,000 provided in 2023/24, at its recent budget meeting….

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Key York road to close in April

York’s Queen Street Bridge is set to close in April. To help them plan ahead, the council is forewarning residents and commuters that – as part of work to transform the entrance to York Station –  Queen Street Bridge is set to be closed from 8pm on Friday 19 April 2024 to 6am on Monday 22…

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