Articles and Features

Celebrating 10 years in business at Ian Townley Plasterers

September 2016

Ian Townley Plasterers are celebrating 10 years in business this year and with almost 700 customers in that time, they really deserve to celebrate!

Knowing the right materials to use, how to approach the job and ensure a durable finish with a quality surface is a real art. Calling in the experts for a plastering job – especially a team of highly-qualified, apprentice-trained plasterers with more than 20 years’ experience between them – makes good sense, as it’s no job to skimp on.

The team comprises Ian and Jake Skilbeck and they specialise in boarding, dry lining, wet plaster and normal plastering ie skimming. They also do small rendering of any type including new and old buildings such as churches, barn conversions and farm buildings.

More of the team’s recent jobs have required lime work plastering which is ideal for older buildings and conservation areas. They also take on damp proofing work.

Ian said: “We pride ourselves on our professional and clean standards of work and very competitive rates which will be hard to beat locally. References are available for private customers. We also work with many building firms in the area and across Yorkshire.”

For professionalism and an expert plastering job, call Ian Townley or Jake Skilbeck
on 07971 002506 or 07807 914319

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York Brewery to defend ‘Knockout’ Title are you up for the Challenge?

August 2016

A crack team from York Brewery are in training to ensure they retain their crown in the annual ‘It’s a Knockout’ tournament, held to raise funds for St Leonard’s Hospice.

The team made the competition look like half-pints last year when they won not only their heat, but the overall title, by taking part in a variety of fun, but challenging games on the Knavesmire, based on the old TV series.

Nick Webster from the team, nicknamed ‘The Ghost’ said “Last year the lads all had a great time and came out overall winners, so this year we’ve been furiously brewing up plans to knock the froth off the competition again…all for a good cause of course!”

19 teams have already signed up for this event, some are family teams they are :-
• Supermarkets - Tesco Askham Bar and Morrison’s Foss Islands Road
• Solicitors - Crombie Wilkinson, Langleys and RG
• SBL – Soft Box Limited (Information Security Specialists)
• Adva Optical Networking
• Benenden
• York Brewery
• Hilton Hotel
• Howdens Selby
• Screwfix
• City Screen York
• Electronics Direct and Plowmans Electrical
• Pocklington Dentist “we must be Dental”
• Several family and friend teams including “Wottos Winners” the “Assaulted Nuts” and the “PhilBillys”

Annie Keogh from St Leonard’s Hospice said “This is a great team event, ideal for businesses, families or groups of friends to enter. As well as being great fun, it provides the opportunity to do some team-building and to soak the boss, whilst raising thousands for the Hospice. York Brewery came out top last year ahead of lots of other businesses, but it remains to be seen whether they can keep their head and retain the title”

It is not too late for you to enter your own team. Who would you like to challenge?

To secure your team place we need £100 non-refundable deposit, we will then send you a fundraising and general information pack (we ask that each team tries to raise as much as they can for the hospice, most teams raise in excess of £500)

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It’s a Knockout is held on the Knavesmire on August 28th. Teams of up to 10 can enter by visiting www.stleonardshospice.org.uk or calling Annie Keogh on 01904 77 77 77.

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Strensall and Towthorpe Village Show

August 2016

Saturday 10th September is the date for this year’s annual Strensall and Towthorpe Village Show.

This busy village event showcases the best in local produce and crafts, beautiful flowers, photography and the ever popular childrens’ section.

Whether you have a talent for a particular category, need something for the children to get involved with or simply just want to have a go, then why not take part this year?

Once again, no less than 104 classes will be judged in eight sections: Fruit and Vegetables; Flowers; Flower Decoration; Handicraft; Produce; Special Class; Children’s Section and Photography.

The worthy winners in each category will receive a Trophy and new to the silverware this year is ‘The Marquis Trophy’ which be presented to the winner of the childrens’ photography section.

The show schedule is available from the Library and various other outlets in Strensall, and includes an exhibit entry form, a list of sections and classes, a list of trophies to be won and the names of last year’s winners. On the day itself, the Village Hall will be open between 9.30am to 11am for entries to be made to the Secretary.

The Village Hall will be cleared while judging takes place and then re-opened at 2.30pm when all entries will be on display along with the Judges’ awards. The trophies will be awarded from 3.30pm prompt.

Admission is just 50p with accompanied children free. Refreshments will be available, along with a sale of show produce to finish the day with proceeds going to the good of the show.

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THE Pirates of Penzance

August 2016

Swashbuckling adventure with tender-hearted pirates and bumbling policemen!

Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company return to The Joseph Rowntree Theatre in September 2016, for piratical goings-on in one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous and popular hits, The Pirates of Penzance.

As a child, Frederic was apprenticed to a band of tender-hearted pirates, by his hard-of-hearing nurse, who misheard her instructions. Today Frederic celebrates the completion of his 21st year, which means he is now free to return to society and respectability, or so he thinks.

Throw into the mix a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family, and the timid police force, and you have all the ingredients for a fun-filled adventure.

To help everyone discover (or re-discover) their inner pirate, a specially created newspaper, with instructions, will be available to all audience members, so they can make their very own pirate hat!

Performances run from Thursday, 22 September 2016 to Saturday, 24 September 2016, starting at 7:30pm each evening, plus a Saturday Matinee at 2:30pm.

Tickets are priced at £12 (Adults); £10 (Concessions), with under 16s free, and are available from The Joseph Rowntree Theatre Box Office: 01904 501935 or online at www.josephrowntreetheatre.co.uk

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North Yorkshire Community Messaging

August 2016

By Jimmy Hannon, PCSO 5637

North Yorkshire Police have recently launched the new Community Messaging Service. This is a new system that replaces all of the old and outdated systems that have previously been used to contact organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch.

The Community Messaging platform is accessible by all members of your Local Police Teams to use and is available to any member of the public or business within the County of North Yorkshire.

The system provides an easy way to get information to the public in a format that suits them. You can choose to receive messages by email, by SMS or by voicemail should you prefer. Whilst the use of Community Messaging is still very much in its infancy we have already sent messages with information about current crime trends in specific areas, appeals for help locating missing persons and to advertise upcoming community events which your local police team will be attending.

Its quick to register and can be done online at www.nycm.co.uk or you can print a registration form and fill in by hand. You can also contact your local Police Team who can send you a copy of the form and ensure that you are entered onto the system promptly. When you register you can specify the types of alerts that you are interested in receiving and the system will recognise your address details and ensure that you only receive alerts that are relevant to your location. You can enter multiple locations on your registration so that you would receive alerts relevant to your home address, work address and children’s school or any other area that you may have an interest in.

At the end of June there were 1273 users registered in the City of York and we are hoping to increase this number rapidly as the more people that are on the system the more effective it can be. I hope that many of you will take a couple of minutes to complete the registration form. If you have any questions just visit the North Yorkshire Community Messaging website or ask a member of your local Police Team.

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Bouncy trouncy pouncy, Handy Mag fun fun FUN!

August 2016

Working at the Handy Mag we have some fantastic opportunities to visit events and attractions. Imagine our delight when Energi York, the new trampoline park at Nether Poppleton, asked us to give it a try. The park has been open since May and is full of shiny new interconnected trampolines.

With an age range from 6 to 49 across both of our families Energi York would be a test of entertainment for younger children to teenagers and adults. There aren’t many attractions that can appeal to such a wide range for a whole hour.

Before getting on the trampolines everyone has to watch a sobering health and safety video and we nervously walked up the steps to face a huge indoor park filled with wall to wall trampolines. It’s not all about bouncing though. There are also games, foam pits, a dodgeball area, basketball hoops, giant airbag and an assault course.

The children were off straight away. Max, age 6, was like a jack-in-the-box and Jack, 10, ran up and down the trampolines with ease. Both teenagers, Imogen (19) and Jared (16), headed for the assault course and the balance beam over a large foam pit where a duel ensued. Having not been particularly keen before arriving, both Dads made a very enthusiastic start, even trying some flips! Nicky and I were more cautious and it took us the whole hour to learn how to jump from one trampoline to the next!

From getting stuck in the foam pit to flips on the gigantic pillow and Smith versus Whalen dodgeball that descended in to chaos, it was a full hour of laughing. And whilst an hour doesn’t sound like long, we all crawled out at the end completely exhausted!

One of the things that impressed us the most was that not only could all the activities be enjoyed by all ages, but the staff members were all friendly, helpful and kept a watchful but unobtrusive eye on everyone whilst we bounded, flipped and jumped around.

Afterwards the café and viewing area is the perfect place to relax, recharge and indulge in locally sourced food and drink whilst laughing at everyone else’s attempts to trampoline!

Energi York have really thought about how they can engage the wider community with structured sessions for under 5s, individuals with additional needs, women’s and men’s fitness, toddlers, teenage disco and Energi Club for over 18s.

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Facial Acupuncture, Your Solution for a Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation

August 2016

by Paula Koeppen

Are fine lines beginning to appear on your face?  Are you feeling and looking drained and tired? Are you looking for a non-surgical facial rejuvenation to help you freshen up and diminish the signs of ageing? Look no further!

Based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Facial Enhancement Acupuncture involves the insertion of very tiny needles into the acupuncture points on your face.

Facial Acupuncture encourages increased blood circulation to your face and stimulate collagen production, which will gently fill out the lines and give firmness to your skin – keeping it fresh, firm and vibrant. Facial Acupuncture also boost the supply of oxygen, moisture and nutrients to your skin whilst toning your face muscles in a natural way.

Facial Acupuncture offers a holistic, alternative approach to combat ageing process by:
• Reducing fine lines and soften deep facial lines
• Minimise dark circles, puffy eyes
• Firm chin lines, lift droopy eyelids

Facial Acupuncture is effective in improving your complexion and skin tone by recapturing the fresh-faced radiance and natural glow of youth.

Unlike surgery, which may require a recovery period due to swelling and skin discoloration, there is no trauma from Facial Acupuncture as it is a natural and holistic anti-ageing treatment.

As well as acupuncture points on the whole face, body points may also be used. A course of treatment is required to show pronounced results and people often report that they feel healthier, sleep better, have brighter eyes and feel more balanced.

For further information about Facial Acupuncture or TCM Acupuncture contact Paula Koeppen at The Clinic, 12 Newbiggin, Malton on 01653 228026 or mobile
07875 433241.

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Giant Maze Celebrates Roald Dahl Centenary

August 2016

Roald Dahl fan and farmer Tom Pearcy has carved a giant image featuring some of the famous children’s author’s iconic characters into a 15 acre field of maize plants near York to create a giant maze. The York Maze celebrates 100 years of Roald Dahl who was born in 1916.

Says Tom Pearcy, “Roald Dahl’s stories speak to the child in us all and are loved by children, parents and grandparents. Throughout 2016, there will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 around the UK but I wanted to pay my own special phizz-whizzing tribute to the amazing storyteller.”

The York Maze design is a montage of Roald Dahl characters and features a depiction of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. Other Roald Dahl characters hidden in the maze include; The BFG, The Fantastic Mr Fox and the Enormous Crocodile. The pathways in the field form an intricate maze for visitors to explore. The York Maze is believed to be the largest maze in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

“Willy Wonka is definitely my favourite Roald Dahl character,” says Pearcy, “he is an adult but still has childish qualities, incredible curiosity and excitement. He relishes nonsense and reminds us that life is fun and we shouldn’t forget it. Much of what we aim to achieve here at York Maze.”

Guest of honour to officially launch the maze was British actress Julie Dawn Cole who played Veruca Salt alongside Gene Wilder in the 1971 film ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’. Julie took a helicopter flight over the giant 15 acre maize maze to see the design.

The York Maze in tribute to Roald Dahl 100 is open for visitors to explore this summer from Saturday 16th July to Monday 5th September, when the maize will be harvested and fed to the cows. For details of opening times visit
www.yorkmaze.co.uk.

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More Than 200 Pickering Pick-Your-Owners Hop Onboard Farm Shop’s New ‘Strawberry Express’

August 2016

Visitors to Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Café weren’t just picking their own fruit and veg last month they were tracking it down too, thanks to the farm shop’s new miniature railway!

Crowds of families, local business people – and the Mayor of Pickering, Joan Lovejoy – turned out to take a trip on the award-winning farm shop’s new 600-metre train track, which quite literally gives a platform to its most famous crops.

Buying their boarding passes at a replica Victorian railway station, passengers on ‘The Flying Yorkshireman’ were able to alight from the carriages to enjoy a spot of fruit picking along their journey around the farm.

Mandy Avison, who runs the business alongside husband Karl and daughter Chloe said the day was a great success, especially as it raised £320 for a local charity.

“We were so pleased to see so many people enjoying themselves and tucking into all the lovely seasonal produce,” says Mandy from Cedarbarn, which has recently been shortlisted for two national Red Ribbon Awards. “And also to raise so much money for Ryedale Special Families. You could say we were chuff, chuff, chuffed!”

Cedarbarn’s Railway and Dining Cart will be open from July until October. Go to www.cedarbarnfarmshop.co.uk for more information.

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Owner of Duncombe Sawmill heads to Buckingham Palace to receive MBE

August 2016

Helmsley businesswoman Emma Woods visited Buckingham Palace in June to receive her MBE from Princess Anne for services to rural business and skills in North Yorkshire.

Emma, who owns Duncombe Sawmill, was on the 2016 New Year’s Honours list and was invited to Buckingham Palace on 22nd June for her investiture. She was accompanied by her husband William, their two daughters Milly and Isabelle, and her parents Nigel and Jackie Packer.

In 2003, as a customer of Duncombe Sawmill, she received a letter saying the 100 year old Helmsley-based business was closing. With no previous industry experience, Emma took it over and has spent 13 years creating a niche timber business which focuses on its core strengths to manufacture good quality British products.

The sawmill uses locally sourced FSC timber to create gates, fencing, outdoor furniture and timber framed buildings using traditional woodworking techniques. By taking on the business Emma ensured valuable skills, passed down through generations for well over a century, were not lost forever.

Emma, 48, said: “It was such an amazing experience to be given the award. I’m so glad my family could be there as obviously they’ve played a huge part in everything that has happened in the last decade. I just wish the wonderful team at the sawmill could have come along too! They have taught me so much and been instrumental in me receiving the award. I have also had wonderful support from the community in Helmsley, it’s a fantastic place to be based.

“Taking the sawmill on was a risky decision but it was something I am very glad I did. It hasn’t been plain sailing, it’s been a lot of hard work. We manufacture items that people can’t get elsewhere and we have customers from around the world. We’re always moving forward and developing new ideas, whilst not losing our traditional values, which are so very important in a business such as ours. Hopefully the sawmill will still be thriving another 100 years on from now.”

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Heritage Open Day marks the 75th Anniversary for Poppleton Community Railway Nursery

August 2016

Poppleton Community Railway Nursery is Britain’s last surviving Railway Nursery. On Saturday 10th September, the Nursery is opening from 10am until 4pm to mark their very special 75th Anniversary.

There will be an opportunity to walk the red carpet (weather permitting), using the carpet, rope and poles that were originally used by British Railways for Royal rail visits, and a chance to see the work of the Nursery and what it offers the local community. The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Dave Taylor, will also be attending and will cut the Anniversary cake.

The Nursery relies on volunteers for all aspects of its day to day activities and the team are always looking to recruit more people to come along. There are a variety of opportunities to fulfil a range of different needs, interests, levels of ability and time commitments. The hours are flexible and support and training is available. 

The Nursery also has a partnership with health agencies in the area, which has long found horticultural skills training to be therapeutic for adults recovering from mental health issues. The benefits of working at the nursery include improvements in confidence, social development through working alongside a range of different people and the opportunity to make new friends and build relationships. It also helps people to learn about growing plants, simple DIY skills and could help to enhance their future career prospects.

Why not pop along to Poppleton Community Nursery on Saturday 10th September to see what it’s all about!

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Marketing on a Budget

August 2016

By Ann Brown BA MCIM

Keeping track of marketing and advertising spend is advisable at any time. With an uncertain economy this is even more important as is making the best use of the resources you already have.

The first important step is to be clear what is it you want to achieve. Set objectives based on business goals, for example suppose you want to increase sales of a specific product or service or bookings by ?%. Set marketing objectives to achieve this. Make your objectives SMART, that is, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed.

Specific – how are you going to achieve your objectives? Where will you advertise? Are you sending a mailing out by E mail to your customers? Are you using social media?
Measurable – Monitor enquiries and sales by phone and your web site etc? How many enquiries and sales do you need?

Achievable – how will you achieve your objectives? Do you have the resources in terms of staff, investment and is it physically possible.

Realistic – Is your plan something that will meet your objectives? Is it practical?

Timed – Set a time frame for your campaign. Doing this will increase your success. Leaving a campaign open ended results in plans put to once side, abandoned or campaigns drift.

Who you are aiming your products and services at?
This is crucial for the success of your campaign. Being clear about the audience for your products and services makes it easier to target them. Your audience might be young professionals. Your ad must talk in the way to appeal to your audience. Make an offer that will appeal to them in a publication they will read.

Which marketing and advertising brings in most sales for you?
Your next step for successful marketing on a budget is to look back over the campaign. What marketing, advertising and PR did you do, which brought in most enquiries. Did most enquiries come from your web site or by phone?
No matter how small or large your campaign your evaluation process is vital for the success of future campaigns. Monitor the number of enquiries, sales and bookings you received and if online the number of mentions you receive. How many contacts and followers have you gained on Twitter and Facebook?

Successful marketing on a budget
Set a budget and stick to it.
Don’t use any marketing activity in isolation. Use on and offline marketing together for maximum impact. For example combine a mail out with an offer on your web site and an advertisement in your local publication. Take the cost of each marketing activity and compare sales from each activity to find your return on investment.

Summitup.co.uk

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Poppleton Artists’ Exhibition 2016

August 2016

For the 16th year running, an abundance of art will be on offer when the individual works of Poppleton artists will be shown and made available for sale to the public this August Bank Holiday.

The diversity of work is remarkable and all shown in a beautiful medieval Tithe Barn. This exhibition will show fascinating work in a variety of styles and media and allows the opportunity to purchase affordable art or to just enjoy viewing the works in beautiful rural surroundings. A lovely pop-up cafe will also be serving refreshments including homemade cakes.

The exhibition will take place from the 26th to the 29th August. The Preview Evening takes place on the 26th August and the exhibition continues over the Bank Holiday weekend (including Bank Holiday Monday). Tickets for the Preview Evening (only available in advance) cost £5 to include wine and refreshments and admission to the rest of the exhibition is free. There is ample car parking and disabled access.

Preview Evening Friday 26 August: 7pm to 9pm
Saturday 27 August and Sunday 28 August: 10am to 6pm
Monday 29 August: 10am to 4pm

To purchase advance tickets please contact June Hardy on 01904 797217

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Is your business ready for Auto Enrolment??

August 2016

You may have seen the adverts on TV with groups of workers shouting “We’re all in!” but what exactly are they going on about? Well, Auto Enrolment is the biggest change to workplace pensions in over a decade, and is basically the process of employers enrolling their workers in to a pension scheme. If you’re a business owner and employ people, you will be receiving a letter from the Pensions Regulator on what you are expected to do.

What is Auto-enrolment?
Auto-enrolment is the Governments way of encouraging people to save into a pension, and it requires businesses to have a work based pension scheme. Qualifying employees are then “automatically” enrolled and the employee and employer both pay contributions into it. Qualifying employees are those who are aged between 22 and state pension age, and earn over £10,000 per year.

Will Auto-enrolment affect my business?
If you own a business and employ people then this will affect you, and you will need to make sure you comply with the strict rules and deadlines set by the Pensions Regulator. However, if you own your own limited company and are the only director and employee, it may not apply to your business.
What do I need to do?
WHEN – find out your Staging Date – the date by which you need to comply with the new rules – this is set by the Pensions Regulator and depends on how many employees you have. Most small businesses staging date will be between 2016 and 2017. It is recommended you start planning 12 months in advance.

HOW – you need to find a suitable Pension Scheme. For small businesses there are a handful of providers, including NEST (set up by the Government specifically for Auto-enrolment). The scheme you chose will depend on cost, quality and investment profile.

WHO – once you have your scheme, your need to:
Assess your workforce – consider who are qualifying employees, and who needs to be automatically enrolled.

Communicate with your workforce – tell all your employees about the pension changes and explain their options. Employees who don’t qualify may still be eligible to join.

Automatically enrol your qualifying employees – the relevant employees join the pension scheme.

Pay contributions into the pension – minimum contributions must be paid into the scheme from both employer and employee combined.

Do employees have to join?
Qualifying employees have to be automatically enrolled but can chose to “opt out” and leave the scheme within a month, and receive a refund of any contributions.

You may have seen the adverts on TV with groups of workers shouting “We’re all in!” but what exactly are they going on about? Well, Auto Enrolment is the biggest change to workplace pensions in over a decade, and is basically the process of employers enrolling their workers in to a pension scheme. If you’re a business owner and employ people, you will be receiving a letter from the Pensions Regulator on what you are expected to do.

What is Auto-enrolment?
Auto-enrolment is the Governments way of encouraging people to save into a pension, and it requires businesses to have a work based pension scheme. Qualifying employees are then “automatically” enrolled and the employee and employer both pay contributions into it. Qualifying employees are those who are aged between 22 and state pension age, and earn over £10,000 per year.

Will Auto-enrolment affect my business?
If you own a business and employ people then this will affect you, and you will need to make sure you comply with the strict rules and deadlines set by the Pensions Regulator. However, if you own your own limited company and are the only director and employee, it may not apply to your business.
What do I need to do?
WHEN – find out your Staging Date – the date by which you need to comply with the new rules – this is set by the Pensions Regulator and depends on how many employees you have. Most small businesses staging date will be between 2016 and 2017. It is recommended you start planning 12 months in advance.

HOW – you need to find a suitable Pension Scheme. For small businesses there are a handful of providers, including NEST (set up by the Government specifically for Auto-enrolment). The scheme you chose will depend on cost, quality and investment profile.

WHO – once you have your scheme, your need to:
Assess your workforce – consider who are qualifying employees, and who needs to be automatically enrolled.

Communicate with your workforce – tell all your employees about the pension changes and explain their options. Employees who don’t qualify may still be eligible to join.

Automatically enrol your qualifying employees – the relevant employees join the pension scheme.

Pay contributions into the pension – minimum contributions must be paid into the scheme from both employer and employee combined.

Do employees have to join?
Qualifying employees have to be automatically enrolled but can chose to “opt out” and leave the scheme within a month, and receive a refund of any contributions.

You may have seen the adverts on TV with groups of workers shouting “We’re all in!” but what exactly are they going on about? Well, Auto Enrolment is the biggest change to workplace pensions in over a decade, and is basically the process of employers enrolling their workers in to a pension scheme. If you’re a business owner and employ people, you will be receiving a letter from the Pensions Regulator on what you are expected to do.

What is Auto-enrolment?
Auto-enrolment is the Governments way of encouraging people to save into a pension, and it requires businesses to have a work based pension scheme. Qualifying employees are then “automatically” enrolled and the employee and employer both pay contributions into it. Qualifying employees are those who are aged between 22 and state pension age, and earn over £10,000 per year.

Will Auto-enrolment affect my business?
If you own a business and employ people then this will affect you, and you will need to make sure you comply with the strict rules and deadlines set by the Pensions Regulator. However, if you own your own limited company and are the only director and employee, it may not apply to your business.
What do I need to do?
WHEN – find out your Staging Date – the date by which you need to comply with the new rules – this is set by the Pensions Regulator and depends on how many employees you have. Most small businesses staging date will be between 2016 and 2017. It is recommended you start planning 12 months in advance.

HOW – you need to find a suitable Pension Scheme. For small businesses there are a handful of providers, including NEST (set up by the Government specifically for Auto-enrolment). The scheme you chose will depend on cost, quality and investment profile.

WHO – once you have your scheme, your need to:
Assess your workforce – consider who are qualifying employees, and who needs to be automatically enrolled.

Communicate with your workforce – tell all your employees about the pension changes and explain their options. Employees who don’t qualify may still be eligible to join.

Automatically enrol your qualifying employees – the relevant employees join the pension scheme.

Pay contributions into the pension – minimum contributions must be paid into the scheme from both employer and employee combined.

Do employees have to join?
Qualifying employees have to be automatically enrolled but can chose to “opt out” and leave the scheme within a month, and receive a refund of any contributions.

If you employ people and want to know more on how Auto-enrolment affects you, or how we can help run your scheme, contact us now for a FREE Initial Consultation with a Director (no obligation) email phil.kitchen@pclg.co.uk, call 01904 558300 or visit www.pclg.co.uk for more information.

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Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Cafe crowed ‘Best of British’

August 2016

On Friday 15 July 2016, over 350 family business leader and entrepreneurs descended upon London’s iconic Wembley Stadium for the seventh annual Red Ribbon Awards – celebrating the achievements of Britain’s finest family-run businesses.

After months of searching and interviewing, 11 family firms were crowned the winners of the UK’s most prestigious family business accolade. With over 3 million family firms in the UK as well as hundreds of entries for the Awards, the winners had to be exceptional.

Family firm, Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Café were crowned winner of the Yorkshire Bank ‘Best of British’ award. The judges commented –

“For over 100 years this family has grown a strong identity, evolving into an iconic local feature in the Northern community. They are passionate about British local and home-grown produce. They’re committed to supporting the local community, creating jobs and sourcing local produce in the area from businesses throughout Yorkshire. From a farming background four generations of ‘Avisons’ have built this business into a fresh and tasty showcase of the best British produce.”

Mandy says ....“We’re absolutely thrilled to have won this award, honoured to have been in the company of some iconic national businesses such as Walkers Shortbread and so proud of our daughter Chloe (22) who was also a regional finalist in the ‘One to Watch’ category - particularly as these awards recognise the thing most precious to us: our family as well as our extended family the amazing Cedarbarn team”

Hosted by Family Business Place, and now in their seventh year, the awards seek to recognise and honour some of the most exciting, innovative and longstanding family businesses around the UK. From 200 year old cheese makers in Yorkshire to second generation perfumers in London and sibling start-ups in Devon, the awards have become one of the most sough-after accolades in business.

Amalia Brightley-Gillott, Director of Family Business Place says,

“Family businesses are the shining stars of the British economy and the beating heart of our local communities, employing 1 in 3 people. Despite their incredible contribution they are often modest and shy about publicising their achievements and so we founded the Red Ribbon Awards to celebrate them. This year’s winners are national champions who all excel in their field and are true beacons of British commerce.”

To find out more about the Red Ribbon Awards and see a full list of winners visit
https://familybusinessplace.com/events/red-ribbon-awards/

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Ryedale Walking Group celebrate their 10 year anniversary!

July 2016

Ryedale Walking Group was founded by four people in September 2006.

Our aim was “To promote the enjoyment of fresh air at minimal cost and to keep local public rights of way open by using them”.

We became an independent organised walking club in 2009 when we adopted a constitution, elected a committee and became affiliated to The Ramblers’, who safeguard walkers’ interests in the UK.

When we started out we had just two walk leaders and we organised two led walks each month for our 30 members. We now have 100 plus members and organise at least one walk every weekend all year round and on some evenings during the summer.

We usually have up to twenty members out on our walks, with distances varying from five miles to fifteen miles. Two walking holidays are organised each year, one of which is in the UK, the other in mainland Europe. In 2015 our holidays were in Mallorca and on Hadrian’s Wall. This year we have organised walking holidays in the Czech Republic and Derbyshire.

Our varied programme of walks are mostly based in Ryedale, the Howardian Hills AONB, the North York Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Wolds. Every few months we travel further afield to the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District, sharing cars wherever possible.

We hold regular social events such as visits to pubs for meals, a barbecue and an Xmas dinner walk. We support two charities, Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Potential new members are always welcome to join us for their first walk free of charge. Just turn up for your first walk with good strong footwear for walking on uneven surfaces, the right clothing to suit the day and the season, and a packed lunch. An annual membership fee, currently £7, is then payable on your next walk.

For more information go to our website at www.ryedalewalking.com where you can find our walk programme and the latest updates on forthcoming walks.

Alternately telephone 01751 476380, 01723 371700 or 01751 474344 for more information.

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Wow!

July 2016

That’s what people are saying when they visit the fabulous new Electric Fireplace and Interior Showroom at Focus Fireplaces.

It’s called FOCUS ON LIVING.

Electric fireplaces continue to rise in popularity, and for this reason Focus have created a new showroom specifically to display a large selection of them.

It is often true that when customers have chosen to install a new fireplace, a decision has been made to give their room a total makeover as well. That’s when a visit to FOCUS ON LIVING would bring plenty of inspiration and offer some practical solutions.
In addition to all the stunning electric fireplaces on display, FOCUS has introduced a carefully selected range of products to put the WOW factor into your living room.

Lighting is an important factor in creating the right ambience in a room, and the large selection of wall and ceiling lighting will certainly not disappoint. There are over forty stylish table lamps to choose from and, of course, all the lighting comes complete with energy saving LED bulbs.

If you are thinking about laying a new floor, there is a range of high quality engineered oak flooring to select from, with the further option of colour matched oak skirting and architrave.

Also on display are some amazing timber wall panels - all made in the Focus factory.
These can be used to make a stunning feature wall or a decorative panel.

If you are doing a total refit and changing your electrical sockets and switches there are some unique designs that would give your room a particularly individual style.

For the final flourish – you can choose from an inspirational mix of occasional furniture, mirrors, clocks and stylish ornaments.

Visit FOCUS ON LIVING and put the WOW factor into your living room!

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Citizens Advice Ryedale

July 2016

In common with many other organisations, both in the statutory and voluntary sectors, Citizens Advice Ryedale (CAR) is experiencing a shortfall in funding.

Whilst they are supported financially by Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Town and Parish Councils and other grant making trusts, in the current financial year the shortfall in income means that CAR will have to reduce its face-to-face advice service to clients.

Chief Officer, Sue Bywater said ‘in the first six months of 2016, CAR has seen a 28% increase in the numbers of people seeking assistance with a huge range of issues affecting their lives. It is a cause of deep concern that the service will have to make cuts that will affect clients at this time. It is our number one priority to apply for and secure funding going forward’

Michelle Fletcher, who joined as a volunteer in 2012, but is now a paid staff member, said ‘CAB volunteering provides individuals with an opportunity they might not otherwise have had, to develop their personal skills and abilities.

For those in work, these skills are transferable, increasing their employability and career options. Volunteering can help your career too and is something that prospective employers like to see on a CV’.

CAR are currently looking for a volunteer Community Engagement Worker, to create and manage community engagement and to be the first point of contact for activities and interactions, including online engagement and social media. The role requires excellent communication skills, a passion for developing community fundraising ideas and assist in writing strategies for local and national appeals. Training will be given and help to set up effective results monitoring and evaluation reporting.

If you are interested, please contact Sue Bywater at Citizens Advice Ryedale ceo@ryedalecab.cabnet.org.uk or Michelle Fletcher at charity@ryedalecab.cabnet.org.uk for an informal discussion.

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Musical Memories

July 2016

A Musical Memories ‘Happy Hour’ is a fun, social singing session during which we sing together some of the best known songs of the 20th century (everyone is provided with a songbook in large print for easy reading) accompanied by live piano and guitar.

Studies have shown that singing together can boost levels of immunity, reduce stress, and improve mood and memory leading to a positive impact on overall health and well-being.

A Musical Memories ‘Happy Hour’ is the perfect opportunity to get together in a social setting, have a cuppa, reminisce, make new friends and sing!
Why not join us this Autumn at a Musical Memories ‘Happy Hour’ near you!

Autumn 2016 Programme
Pickering RVS
Monday
Sept 12,19, 26
Oct 3,10,17,31
Nov 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec 5

Kirkbymoorside Moorside Room
Tuesday
Sept 13, 20, 27
Oct 4,11,18
Nov 1, 8,15, 22, 29
Dec 6

Helmsley Arts Centre
Wed
Sept 14, 21, 28
Oct 5,12,19
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Dec 7

All ‘Happy Hour’ sessions run from 11am to 12 Noon. Minimum voluntary contribution of £2 per person to include refreshments. Contact Ruth at Musical Memories on 07527 006402

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Charity Shop for Action Medical Research

July 2016

The Ryedale Committee for Action Medical Research’s pop-up Charity Shop will be open once again in Middleton, near Pickering from Thursday 11 August to Tuesday 16 August.  There will be lots of great items at bargain prices including clothes, toys, china, glasses, books, records (vinyl), videos, etc.  

Action Medical Research funds research across the UK dedicated to helping babies and children.  We particularly want to make a difference in tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies, helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections and targeting rare diseases that severely affect many forgotten children. 

Location: Action Medical Research Charity Shop, The Village Hall (immediately next to our previous location, The Old School Room), Middleton, Near Pickering, YO18. (Located on the A170 between Pickering and Aislaby, The Village Hall is on the left hand side of the road in Middleton (driving from Pickering), just beyond High Back Side on the right).
Please come and support us!

Dates and times:
Opening from Thursday 11 August to Tuesday 16 August 2016, 10am to 4pm every day. 
The shop will close at 1pm on the last day.

Entry free. Suitable for all ages.
Please contact 07904 739560 for any enquires.

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