Bradford garden centre group beats industry giants to win a national HR award for a second time

The team at a Bradford-headquartered garden centre group is celebrating after winning a national HR award for the second consecutive year. Yorkshire Garden Centres Group won the Retail Company of the Year Award at the British HR Awards that took place in London on 16th April. “The HR awards celebrate organisations and individuals that are…

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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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MasterChef: The Professionals stars to create six-course menu for Castle Howard event

Chefs Alex Webb and Philli Armitage-Mattin are creating a six-course tasting menu for a brand-new evening event at Castle Howard this April. Alex and Philli featured on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2020, with Alex taking the crown and Philli in final four. Alex and Philli are collaborating with Castle Howard on a seasonal menu showcasing…

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Third Cast of the Wand!

The Potions Cauldron Group are excited to announce their third Hole In the Wand Mini Golf Attraction in the historic city of Chester. The attraction is part of award winning The Potions Cauldron Group’s continuing expansion. The group celebrated 5 magical years in October 2023 and already has ‘The Hole In Wand’ mini golf attractions…

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York’s red city sightseeing buses gear up for a busy Easter

City’s leading open-top tour plans more trips, more often all summer long York’s leading open top bus tour, CitySightseeing York, is to boost its service to four trips per hour, seven days a week as the historic city prepares to welcome thousands of visitors this Easter. The famous bright red buses give a bird’s eye…

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Yorkshire garden centre group appoints from within for Centre Manager role

A Bradford headquartered garden centre group has promoted from within to fill the Centre Manager role at one of its six sites. Dave Denton from Cleckheaton has been promoted to centre manager at the long established Bingley Garden Centre at Harden. An experienced retail specialist, Mr. Denton began his career with Yorkshire Garden Centres as…

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South Leeds adventure park reopens for the Easter holidays

An adventure park at a South Leeds garden centre has announced its Easter opening hours. Mission Out at Tingley Garden Centre reopens on 23rd March with the launch of a new children’s annual pass and an adult ‘pay once’ initiative for the 2024 season. Suitable for children aged seven and over, Mission Out is a…

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Trinity Leeds and White Rose re-launch their enterprise initiatives as ‘Made in Yorkshire’, encouraging young people to help shape the future of retail

Trinity Leeds and White Rose shopping centres’ joint enterprise challenge, Made in Yorkshire, launched on Wednesday 28th February, with Oulton Academy and Bruntcliffe Academy taking part. This is the first time that the competition has run in this format, following the two shopping destinations running separate initiatives in the past. The ‘Made in Yorkshire’ challenge invites participants…

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Yorkshire Garden Centres branches out into North Yorkshire with two additional sites

Bradford-based Yorkshire Garden Centres has announced it is to operate two more sites in Yorkshire.  The two Dean’s Garden Centre sites at York and Scarborough will be added to the group that already has sites at Tong, Tingley, Otley and Bingley in West Yorkshire. The Dean’s business dates back to 1968 when they opened the…

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Yorkshire Garden Centre Group celebrates the arrival of spring with launch weekend

A Bradford headquartered garden centre group is marking the arrival of spring with a weekend of activities and promotions at its four sites next month. Yorkshire Garden Centres is hosting the spring launch weekend at its sites in Tong, Tingley, Otley and Batley on 9th and 10th March. The theme of the weekend is a…

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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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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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Executive Council Member speaks at York Tourism conference on benefits of tourism for York

City of York Council Executive member, Councillor Jo Coles, the Council’s lead for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Social Care spoke at Thursday’s high-powered ‘York Tourism Conference’ in a challenge to the industry to make a bigger tourism contribution to the city, through stronger businesses and finding ways that tourists contribute more towards the upkeep costs…

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Executive Council Member speaks at York Tourism conference on benefits of tourism for York

City of York Council Executive member, Councillor Jo Coles, the Council’s lead for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Social Care spoke at Thursday’s high-powered ‘York Tourism Conference’ in a challenge to the industry to make a bigger tourism contribution to the city, through stronger businesses and finding ways that tourists contribute more towards the upkeep costs…

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Teessider returns to his roots as his global aviation firm announces airport base

A Teessider who founded a world-leading aircraft painting firm is returning to his roots by setting up a new base at Teesside International Airport. Steve Darbyshire is the founder and Chief Executive of Airbourne Colours – a world-leading company which paints aircraft from around the globe. Now the 49-year-old’s company has been confirmed as the…

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Adams Foodservice wins top national industry award

In a momentous achievement, Bradford headquartered Adams Foodservice Trading Ltd has been awarded the prestigious Federation of Wholesale Distributors Gold Award for Foodservice Wholesaler of the Year. From its humble beginnings as a corner shop on Little Horton Lane funded by World War II veteran Mirza Khan (Dad), Adams Foodservice has evolved into a leading…

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Teesside voted best UK airport for leisure travel at British Travel Awards

Passengers have voted Teesside International Airport as the Best UK Airport for Leisure Travel at the country’s biggest travel awards. The airport picked up the gong at the British Travel Awards – the largest survey of consumer opinion on everything to do with leisure travel. The awards cover the whole holiday sector, with travel companies,…

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Trad Collective Ltd joins prestigious Leeds scheme

Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS) announces the opening date for the latest brand set to join its premium Vicar Lane scheme in the heart of Leeds, Trad Collective Ltd. A unique, sustainable clothing and lifestyle products retailer, Trad Collective Ltd will open on  December 10 2023. This exciting addition to the Yorkshire retail landscape promises…

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Buttercrumble helps a boutique brand blossom

Recently, Buttercrumble has been supporting the wonderful Bluebell Petite brand, which is due to launch its first boutique in central Leeds. Rebecca has such an uplifting story; we are delighted to be involved and share in this journey! The collaboration between Buttercrumble and Bluebell Petite bears heartfelt social impact on multiple fronts. Buttercrumble became brand…

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All aboard the new Boat Bar in York

City Cruises York, the number one sightseeing and dining cruise operator on the River Ouse, is launching a Boat Bar this weekend, situated at Lendal Bridge Landing in the heart of York during the city’s annual Christmas Market, from 12pm until 8pm until 23rd December. This unique and stationary boat has been designed to offer…

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Bradford-based garden centre group wins National Sustainability award

The team at a Bradford-based garden centre group is celebrating after winning the Sustainability award in a national competition. Yorkshire Garden Centres, owner of Tong, Tingley, Bingley and Otley Garden Centres, won the Sustainability award at the 2023 Garden Centre Catering Awards. Yorkshire Garden Centre’s Commercial Director, Sharon McNair, is delighted with the win: “Sustainability…

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Bus operators join forces to launch The Best for West Yorkshire

As a public consultation opens on the future of bus services in West Yorkshire, bus operators from across the region have revealed a dynamic new plan for Bus Reform, which they are confident meets the ambitions of the Mayor, Tracy Brabin. ‘The Best for West Yorkshire’ campaign sets out the case for the ‘Enhanced Partnership…

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Harrogate bus firm gets set for Christmas shopping rush

Festive bargains start at your nearest stop! Harrogate bus firm gets set for Christmas shopping rush as £2 fare cap stays in place Customers urged to plan ahead as seasonal schedules unveiled early Forget sitting in traffic queues and battling for expensive parking spaces – Harrogate’s leading bus operator The Harrogate Bus Company is preparing…

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Award-winning Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland Now Open at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York

York’s award-winning festive destination – Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet York – is back for its 18th season with a new look. The popular attraction, which comprises the North of England’s largest outdoor rink of real ice, a Santa’s Grotto, as well as a funfair, had its ‘lights switch-on’ for the 30ft high Christmas…

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Christmas at Castle Howard: Following a record-breaking 2022, Castle Howard launch their 2023 Peter Pan-themed Christmas event

The North Yorkshire stately home is transformed into Neverland, running until 7th January. Iconic North Yorkshire stately home Castle Howard have opened their 2023 Christmas event, Christmas in Neverland. Last year’s 2022 event saw a record-breaking visitor numbers, which was a landmark moment for the stately home in the context of post-pandemic recovery. Christmas in…

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Bradford Garden Centre Group Wins National Sustainable Catering Award

The team at a Bradford-based garden centre group is celebrating after winning the Sustainability award in a national competition. Yorkshire Garden Centres, owner of Tong, Tingley, Bingley and Otley Garden Centres, won the Sustainability award at the 2023 Garden Centre Catering Awards. Yorkshire Garden Centre’s Commercial Director, Sharon McNair, is delighted with the win: “Sustainability and community are…

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South Leeds Garden Centre adds Ice Rink to its list of seasonal attractions

A South Leeds garden centre is launching a seasonal ice rink on 18th November. Tingley Garden Centre has added an undercover boutique ice rink for up to 130 skaters to its seasonal activity programme for 2023. “We’re very excited to introduce an Ice Rink to Tingley for fabulous family fun this festive season. Make memories over…

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The Potions Cauldron celebrates 5 magical years

From York Shambles to the United States via Blackpool & Edinburgh … A magical Potion of Success! Since opening our doors on the 27th of October, The Potions Cauldron has been a haven for those seeking a unique and magical experience that transforms wizards into the realms of fantasy and wonder. With a popular Potion…

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Bradford Garden Centre to host wreath-making workshop

A Bradford garden centre is hosting two wreath-making workshops as part of its seasonal festivities. The new events take place in the Mezzanine Restaurant at Tong Garden Centre on two dates in December and include everything needed to create a 16-inch Christmas wreath, plus refreshments. The events have been organised by senior marketing assistant, Harriet…

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Bradford garden centre group reaches final in three categories of a regional business award

The team at a Bradford-based garden centre group is celebrating after reaching the final of three regional business awards. Yorkshire Garden Centres, owner of Tong, Tingley, Bingley and Otley Garden Centres has been shortlisted in the Community, Sustainability and Medium Business categories of the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards. Yorkshire Garden Centre’s MD, Mark Farnsworth, said: “We are delighted…

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City Cruises York features in the new Netflix series – Bodies

City Cruises York, the number one sightseeing and dining cruise operator on the River Ouse, features as a filming location for Bodies, a new eight-part drama series on Netflix that airs on the 19th October. In October 2022, filming began for the series in York featuring City Cruises York Boatyard and boat – River Prince….

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Yorkshire Garden Centre group sponsors blogger awards

A Bradford-based garden centre group sponsored two categories in the Yorkshire Blogger Awards that were held in Leeds recently. Yorkshire Garden Centres, owners of Tong, Tingley, Bingley and Otley Garden Centres, was one of the sponsors of the awards that celebrate talented, inspiring and creative bloggers throughout Yorkshire. Yorkshire Garden Centres sponsored the Lifestyle award…

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Seasonal attractions added at Yorkshire Garden Centres

Two Yorkshire garden centres have added a Pumpkin Patch to their popular play attractions. Yorkshire Garden Centres has launched the venture in the outdoor play areas at Grass Hoppers at Tong and Tingley Garden Centres. Visitors to both centres have the option to pick their own pumpkin to take home and are given a stencil…

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Helmsley Group demonstrates further high street commitment with Big Tent festival sponsorship

Property investment and development specialist, Helmsley Group, has announced its support of the Big Tent Ideas Festival in York. Taking place on Saturday 17th June, the Big Tent Ideas Festival invites political representatives and prominent names in media, business and academia to take part in a wide range of discussions on subjects including devolution, social…

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Leeds’ original vintage store expands portfolio with new Merrion Centre outlet

Blue Rinse, Leeds’ original vintage fashion store is set to open its second city centre outlet at the Merrion Centre in the popular Arena Quarter. Blue Rinse was established in 1997 in Leeds by brothers Mick and Jeff Barnett and went on to wholesale across Europe, work with Urban Outfitters to develop reworked/vintage ranges and…

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City Cruises and York’s Chocolate Story bring an Easter Egg-stravaganza to York

City Cruises and York’s Chocolate Story are teaming up this Easter to bring an exciting Easter egg hunt to York. The two companies have collaborated to create an egg hunt that will see 16 eggs hidden around the city over a two-week period from April 1st to April 16th. One egg will be hidden at…

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Bradford Garden Centre relaunches its butchery offering

A Bradford garden centre has relaunched its butchery offering following feedback from customers. Hearty’s Food Hall at Tong Garden Centre has introduced a new butchery department in partnership with East Yorkshire-based Yorkshire Wold butchery. Yorkshire Wold’s MD, Christopher Smith, is excited by the opportunity: “This is our first retail partnership, and we’re delighted to be…

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Fish & ‘Ships’ – the new business partnership taking to the river in 2023

City Cruises, the leading provider of sightseeing, dining experiences and private events in York, is excited to announce a new addition to their line-up: the Fish & Chips Cruise. Departing from the City Centre, guests will be able to enjoy a 90-minute cruise through York and the surrounding countryside while savouring the delicious and award-winning…

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Freshly Made Food and Organic Coffee Shop Opens Within Popular Arena Quarter

Established freshly made food and organic coffee chain, Pret A Manger, has opened its doors at the Merrion Centre located within the popular Leeds City Centre Arena Quarter as part of the chain’s UK expansion plans. The new shop in Merrion Centre will create 18-20 new jobs. The new look 4,510 sq ft Pret, spread…

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