£13k worth of illegal vapes seized by City of York Council’s trading standards

£13k worth of illegal vapes have been seized during ‘Operation Hunter’ by City of York Council’s trading standards team. The team targeted businesses selling oversized e-cigarettes, which are non-compliant because they contain more than 2ml of nicotine liquid. Typically, legal vapes produce no more than 600 puffs. Operation Hunter took place over two days, where…

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Andrew Jackson advises on yew tree farm development

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP announces that it has advised Huddersfield-based John Radcliffe & Sons, thought to be the oldest development company in the north of England, on the purchase of land at Yew Tree Farm in Farnley Tyas, West Yorkshire. Radcliffe Developments Farnley has already developed 31 houses in Farnley Tyas on…

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Augmented reality sessions bring science alive for primary pupils

York St John University team creates augmented reality software to provide interactive learning experiences for science in primary school. A multi-disciplinary team from York St John University comprising of academics from Virtual and Augmented Reality teaching, Games Design, Graphic Design, Education and Music Production have joined forces with a York-based multi-academy trust and industry professionals…

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Transdev opens new ‘future ready’ bus depot in York

Fully accessible and employee focussed working space packed with power-saving and local biodiversity features New depot will support York local routes and CitySightseeing open-top tour buses Yorkshire-based bus operator Transdev has officially opened its new green depot on the northern outskirts of York – with an upbeat assessment of the prospects for future expansion. The…

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Historic Hull-based Whitaker Tankers acquired by Lindsay Blee

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP announces that its client, Whitaker Tankers (“Whitakers”), a long standing, family owned shipping business based in Hull, has been acquired by marine fuel specialists Lindsay Blee. Whitakers is an internationally renowned fuel transportation company, operating a fleet of sea going tankers and specialising in ship bunkering services. The company is proud…

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York and N Yorkshire investigators help secure verdict for ticket touts guilty of online fraud

The final pair of a family of ‘ticket touts’ have been found guilty at Leeds Crown Court of fraudulently and dishonestly buying and reselling tickets – often at vastly inflated prices – for high profile music events such as Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and Little Mix concerts. The hearing is the latest in a series…

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Extra pitches planned to meet community’s needs and to improve health

An Executive report being discussed by councillors today will consider how the Council can fulfil its responsibilities to the city’s Gypsy and Traveller Communities on various sites across the city. The Council is landlord for sites at James Street, Osbaldwick and Clifton on which it collects rent for 61 pitches. The draft Local Plan identifies…

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Castle Employment: celebrating Yorkshire’s manufacturing excellence at the Insiders’ Made in Yorkshire awards

Leeds, England – Castle Employment Group, a leading Yorkshire based recruitment firm, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the prestigious “Made In Yorkshire Awards” hosted by Insider Media. This sponsorship underscores our commitment to showcasing the exceptional manufacturing talent within Yorkshire and further solidifies our dedication to supporting our local Yorkshire community. The awards,…

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Photo story: we will not tolerate domestic abuse in York

Far too many lives are impacted by the devastating effects of domestic abuse – an estimated 32,500 adult victims alone in York and North Yorkshire. A new strategy has been adopted by City of York Council (CYC) with a clear message that we will not tolerate domestic abuse within our region. The strategy will help…

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Refugee Council CEO to call for compassion at York St John University’s Doing Change event

“Now is the time to show the world that Britain is unwavering in its belief in a shared humanity”    York St John University and the Office of the Archbishop of York are delighted to announce that Enver Solomon, Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council is to deliver this year’s Lecture in Social Justice:…

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Azets and Andrew Jackson help York bus company get on board with First Group

A deal has been completed for the sale of York Pullman Bus Company Ltd (“York Pullman”), with advisory services from top 10 UK accountancy firm Azets and regional law firm Andrew Jackson. The long-established family business has been acquired by FirstGroup plc, which represents a strategic expansion in the North Yorkshire transport sector. Azets advised…

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Farming partnerships: beware the higher rate Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) charge on additional dwellings

Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) can be a significant cost on property transactions – and an area that farming partnerships need to be aware of, says Andrew Jackson’s tax partner, Fiona Phillips It is well known that partnerships are treated for the purposes of income tax as tax transparent, with the profits from the trade…

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Health Leaders back new vaccination campaign

Health leaders in York and North Yorkshire are backing a major new campaign to remind parents and carers of the risk of their children missing out on protection against serious diseases – with an urgent call to action to catch up on missed vaccinations. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) campaign has released a powerful…

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Civic Party celebrates International Women’s Day

The Civic Party of York celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March with an evening event at the Mansion House entitled ‘One City – Many Women’s Voices’. The event, which brought together inspiring women from across they city, was hosted by the Lady Mayoress, Joy Cullwick and focussed on women who are making the…

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York residents have their say on the future of transport

Initial results from Our Big Transport Conversation, the recent consultation about transport in York, have shown overwhelming support for the ten policies put forward by Councillors. On Thursday 14 March, Council Executive will hear an overview of the consultation process, which reached a wide audience including primary school children, college students, disabled residents, business and…

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TIER to end e-scooter and e-bike trial in York

City of York Council has been informed that TIER do not wish to extend their contract, thereby taking the decision to end its e-scooter and e-bike trial in York. The trial was part of the Department for Transport micro-mobility trial and has been operating since September 2020 in York. The TIER service in York will…

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Free support for parents launches in York

Parents-to-be and new parents in York can now get support and advice in a handy booklet, thanks to a new initiative as part of the Raise York Family Hubs network. Supporting your parenting journey in York – a short booklet focussing on key parenting themes and signposting to further sources of information – is now…

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Andrew Jackson strengthens private client practice to meet growing demand

Regional law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP announces the appointment of Amy Youngman, who has joined the firm’s highly regarded tax and trusts team as an associate. Amy has over 10 years’ experience advising on wills, trusts, the administration of estates and Lasting Powers of Attorneys (LPAs). As a full member of the global professional…

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Academic insights and funded research on offer for charities, social enterprise groups and community activists in Yorkshire and the Humber

Applications are now open for Community Research Grants at York St John University’s Institute for Social Justice York St John University’s Institute for Social Justice (ISJ) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the third year of their successful Community Research Grants (CRG) programme. This initiative aims to empower individuals and groups…

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Recruitment fair offers support and direct access to jobs

Over 70 recruiting employers, training providers and support services will be offering jobs to residents at The York Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair. The fair will be held at York Barbican on Wednesday 13 March 2024 from 11am-6pm. The event is open to everyone and brings together employment and training opportunities for people of all ages….

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93.6% York pupils get first choice of Secondary School

Secondary school admission figures for entry in September 2024 reveal that 93.6% per cent of York children have been allocated their first preference of school. Parents who applied online can find out where their child has been allocated a place by logging into their parent portal account today via www.york.gov.uk/SecondarySchoolAdmissions. Parents who made written applications…

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York supports LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week

City of York Council’s fostering team and One Adoption North and Humber, the regional adoption agency for York, North Yorkshire and Humber, are showing their support for LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week (4-10 March). This year’s campaign, #DifferentTogether, reinforces the message that people from all backgrounds and sexualities make excellent adopters and foster carers, who…

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We’re listening – now we’re adding hearing loops to our buses!

For World Hearing Day, Yorkshire-based bus operator Transdev reveals plan to add induction loop technology to help hearing aid users travel with ease Yorkshire-based bus operator Transdev is marking World Hearing Day this Sunday (3 March 2024) by unveiling plans to install hearing loop technology to more than 60 of its buses. Hearing loops, also…

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Expedition Yorkshire delivers unforgettable exclusive tours of Yorkshire the north of England and beyond with distinction quality and flair!

Expedition Yorkshire delivers unforgettable exclusive tours of Yorkshire the north of England and beyond with distinction quality and flair! Tour guiding found me, I was working as an actor but Shakespeare wasn’t paying the bills, I wasn’t great at waiting tables but I had a knack for meeting people and showing them round London, I…

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Rollits strengthens its family law team with new appointment

Leading York law firm Rollits LLP has strengthened its family law services with the recruitment of an additional Senior Solicitor. Having gained experience with firms across Yorkshire, Lilly Walker joins Alison Benson, Partner and Head of Family, and Senior Solicitor Sarah Wasling in the highly regarded family law team. Lilly decided on a career in…

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Blue Badge holders’ second route into footstreets opens one month early

One month ahead of time, Blue Badge holders’ access into the city centre has been fully restored. Holders of valid Blue Badges and their drivers will once again be able to drive into the city centre at any time via Blake Street from 1 March. Access through Goodramgate opened on 4 January 2024. By making…

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Analysis: delays to building new UK power generation creates energy security ‘crunch point’ in 2028

By 2028 the UK’s demand for power is set to exceed secure dispatchable and baseload capacity by 7.5GW at peak times “Crunch point” is a result of delays in bringing new generation on to the system, increasing demand for power and upcoming retirement of existing assets Shortfall would leave UK more dependent on intermittent domestic…

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Help shape Front Street improvements

City of York Council is seeking the views of residents and businesses on new ideas for Front Street in Acomb. In October 2023, £570,000 of UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) money was approved by the council’s Executive for phase 2 improvements to Front Street. The council is now inviting residents, visitors, businesses and other stakeholders…

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Make a difference this Great British Spring Clean

City of York Council is appealing to residents, schools, businesses and community groups to get involved in the Great British Spring Clean 2024. This year the ninth annual Great British Spring Clean will take place from 15 -31 March 2024. During the Great British Spring Clean, the council will lend a hand to support anyone…

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C-Kore Sales Team expanding in 2024

C-Kore Systems, a UK based company specializing in subsea testing tools, has rounded off an excellent 2023. With a healthy order book for 2024, C-Kore is looking to expand their Sales Team, basing the new staff in Aberdeen, UK. C-Kore Systems has a range of subsea testing tools used globally by operators and contractors on…

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State-of-the-art airport scan complete as Teesside gears up for Summer season

A state-of-the-art scan to offer those visiting Teesside Airport a real feel of the terminal has been completed as work gears up for the upcoming summer season. The immersive virtual tour – available here – is all part of the push to make Teesside the most accessible airport in the UK. Stockton-based firm Tricore Technical…

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Is it time to introduce the right to disconnect?

By Gillian Reid, Head of Employment, Hethertons Solicitors Disconnecting from work is vital for employee wellbeing and to achieving a healthy, sustainable work-life balance. The Covid-19 pandemic gave rise to a quantum shift in the working practices of millions of workers, blurring the lines between work and home. Working from home on a hybrid or…

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Resident feedback brings changes to cashless parking plans

The Executive Member for Economy and Transport has agreed to allow cash payments to continue in two council car parks following strong resident feedback. The decision was made at a public meeting this week (20 February). In July 2023 it was agreed that the council would go out to consultation on plans to move all…

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It’s Clean clears the way for hat-trick of double digit growth

Contract cleaning firm It’s Clean is forecasting double digit growth for the third year running as it marks a quarter of a century in business. The multi-million pound turnover business has expanded its management team and moved to larger premises on Harrogate’s Hornbeam Park in the past 12 months to accommodate growth. The firm promoted…

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Residents invited to in-person workshops to make York city centre more accessible

To help make York city centre more accessible for all, residents are invited to sign up to a series of in-person, detailed workshops. Blue Badge holders’ access to the city centre reopened on 4 January 2024 and we’ve been gathering feedback on users’ experiences and suggestions for improvement as part of an accessible and inclusive…

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Documentary premiere and panel discussion to explore mental health and gaps in the benefits system

The Royal College of Psychiatrists, healthcare professionals, York Mind, and Rachael Maskell MP join filmmaker and bereaved families for York St John University event York St John University is proud to announce the first public screening of the acclaimed documentary Pip, Pop and a Pandemic. Recently shown in Parliament and submitted as evidence to the…

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More homes proposed for Council’s low-energy, 100% affordable Ordnance Lane site

A new planning application is proposing an extra 16 low-energy, 100% affordable homes at the Council’s Ordnance Lane site, to be set in even more green space. Following Executive’s decision in November 2023 to build 100% affordable homes off Fulford Road, these zero-carbon in use homes are proposed to increase in number from 85 to…

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National innovation award for AI powered help to cut household food waste

Data scientist from York St John University is on a mission to help us to keep track of what’s in our fridge and cupboards An artificial intelligence expert has won a national innovation award worth £50,000 to further develop a sustainability app that is helping to cut global food waste. Dr Somdip Dey, a Lecturer…

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Introducing The Crown Spa Hotel: Your premier destination for luxury, business, and wellness

As proud new members of the West & North Yorkshire Chamber, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to The Crown Spa Hotel by Compass Hospitality. Situated majestically along Scarborough’s coastline, our hotel embodies sophistication and excellence, offering a comprehensive experience for both leisure and business travellers. Where Victorian-era charm meets contemporary luxury, our modern rooms…

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Social Enterprise Yorkshire Awards – York-based social entrepreneur, Sue Williamson shortlisted

It was a shock to Sue Williamson, CEO of Tang Hall SMART CIC, when she found out she had been shortlisted for the award of Yorkshire’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, because she hadn’t actually submitted an application. “Some of the Directors and staff at Tang Hall SMART, notably Carmel Appleton the Chair of the…

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CSI York – Project to boost green construction skills

A new initiative which plans to create new jobs, boost green construction skills and in turn help tackle the climate emergency will be discussed at a meeting next week (20 February). The council, with partners on the Retrofit One Stop Shop York (ROSSY) project, has been awarded £3.37m from Innovate UK to support, promote and…

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Council Executive to consider undertaking Front Street engagement

At a meeting next week (20 February), the Executive Member for Economy and Transport will be presented with the proposed approach and potential scope of works for Front Street in Acomb, one of York’s key secondary shopping areas. In October 2023, £570,000 of UKSPF funding was allocated to make improvements in Front Street. Since then,…

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Bus network progress to be heard at Council Executive

Three important updates on York’s bus network will be presented to City of York Council’s Executive on Tuesday 20 February. The first follows a review of the city’s existing bus network, undertaken by independent consultants Momentum. The results of their report will be used for long-term planning but have also informed some more immediate proposals to…

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PM’s electrifying visit to Harrogate’s leading bus operator

Sunak hails progress on multi-million pound switch to zero emission bus fleet Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has today (12 February 2024) welcomed progress towards a multi-million pound switch to zero emission electric buses during a visit to Harrogate’s leading bus operator. The Harrogate Bus Company, a subsidiary of Transdev, placed orders in Autumn 2023 worth…

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York is better by bus this half term

City of York Council is encouraging everyone to travel by bus this half term, and is encouraging families to take up the new, lower and free fares. The new fares, which were first introduced in September 2023, have been extended and updated in time for half term. Each subsidy will run until December 2024, to…

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Top marks to York Learning for renewing national quality award

National assessors have given full marks to City of York Council’s learning and training organisation by renewing its nationally-recognised quality mark. The award recognises that support is given to individuals to make learning and work more accessible. It was made following a rigorous inspection involving evaluation by and discussions with learners, employers, partners and staff….

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Two new self-build plots available on Dane Avenue

In response to the need for more homes in the city and following the success of Lowfield Green’s six self-build plots which featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, City of York Council is offering two new opportunities for self-builders. These plots are to support people to get on the housing ladder by building their own…

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York’s hospitality and retail sectors attend first industry forum

Key representatives from York’s retail and hospitality sectors gathered at City of York Council’s West Offices headquarters on Wednesday 7 February for a special industry forum. Attendees welcomed James Sawley, HSBC Corporate Banking’s head of retail and hospitality, who delivered a keynote speech on the challenges and opportunities facing these sectors in the months and…

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