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Ready meal maker out of the red with sales of £33.5 million

10:31am Tuesday 30th June 2015

PRE tax losses of £1.4 million have been turned around in a year into profits of almost £300,000 at Malton ready meal manufacturer Pro-Pak Foods.

New hotel and chocolate attraction join forces to promote city's confectionery based past

York Press: York Chocolate Story's Factory Zone

9:03am Tuesday 30th June 2015

YORK'S newest hotel is embracing the city's confectionary heritage by teaming up with York's Chocolate Story attraction.

Audio technology specialist tunes into advances on triple digit growth after securing £300,000 funding package

York Press: Thomas Robertshaw, aged 14, from Boroughbridge tries the new headbones headphones created by James Talbot (right) of Damson Audio, York. Picture Anna Gowthorpe. (30435236)

6:03am Tuesday 30th June 2015

A YORK based audio technology business which has seen triple digit growth is predicting its turnover will double this year after securing £300,000 finance to fund the production of its latest consumable.

York travel agent moves into Designer Outlet

12:23pm Monday 29th June 2015

AN independent York travel agent has become the first of its kind to take up residency at McArthur Glen York Designer Outlet.

Double award win for York building firm

11:13am Monday 29th June 2015

YORK-based construction company F Parkinson has won two awards at the North and East Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards 2015.

York company expands medical product reach to more than 20 million people

10:04am Monday 29th June 2015

A MEDICAL treatment devised by a York life sciences firm to heal wounds is now available to 20.7 million people following further approvals in the US.

Office supplier embarks upon "most exciting new chapter in its history"

9:01am Monday 29th June 2015

COMPLETE Office Solutions is set to see turnover surpass the £50 million following three acquisitions as part of a expansion strategy aimed at reaching £120 million within five years.

Cycle business to move York headquarters after 22 years

York Press: Piers Maffett, co-director of Cycle Heaven.

6:02am Monday 29th June 2015

A LONG established independent cycle retailer has revealed expansion plans in York with the relocation of it main premises to a former furniture store.

Hotel team named best in Europe for customer service

York Press: Hotel team named best in Europe for customer service

12:04pm Friday 26th June 2015

A HOTEL group's national York-based call centre has won a European award for customer service.

New store brings eight jobs for Selby

10:16am Friday 26th June 2015

NATIONAL retailer The Edinburgh Woollen Mill is investing in a new store in Selby, bringing eight new jobs to the area.

Poultry farmers secure £2.5 million of new business after winning accreditations

York Press: From left, Nigel Upson, Mel Jackson and Andy Dolman

9:05am Friday 26th June 2015

MANAGEMENT and staff at an East Yorkshire poultry company are celebrating after recording a 20 per cent increase in sales year on year.

Potash mine will "add benefits for multiple generations" says business leader ahead of decision

York Press: York Potash mine site animation - north west

6:03am Friday 26th June 2015

BUSINESS groups have restated their support for a proposed £1.7 billion potash mine in North Yorkshire ahead of a planning decision due next week.

Record year for revenues at Saville Audio Visual

York Press: Colin Nixey

10:06am Thursday 25th June 2015

RECORD-breaking results have been reported by one of York's largest technology companies as Saville Audio Visual see turnover top £40 million.

Anniversary celebrations marked with 52 tonne investment

York Press: From left, Ben Sowersby, sales director Northside Truck & Van; Nick Brighty, transport director, Potter Logistics; Matthew Lamb, managing director, Potter Logistics; Tim Ward, managing director Northside Truck & Van

9:03am Thursday 25th June 2015

POTTER Logistics has taken delivery of two new 26-tonne lorries complete with personalised registrations as part of the firm's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Strong order pipeline to save Paragon following £1 million loss and banking breach

6:03am Thursday 25th June 2015

UNEXPECTED project delays has led to losses of £1 million and a banking covenant breach for York-based attraction designer and operator Paragon Entertainment.

High hopes of quick sale for £3.4 million retail unit being sold for the first time in 40 years.

York Press: The Goodramgate retail unit for sale with a £3.4 million asking price. (29866628)

12:11pm Wednesday 24th June 2015

A CITY centre retail unit has gone on the market for the first time since it was built in the 1970's with an asking price in excess of £3.4 million.

Former wartime munitions factory to become office space

York Press: How Unit 710 looked before the start of work.

11:23am Wednesday 24th June 2015

BUILDING work has started on the speculative refurbishment of two empty buildings which were once part of a wartime munitions factory at Thorp Arch Estate near Wetherby.

Former pub revamped as a shared workspace for creative firms

York Press: An artist's impression of ACREATIVE workspace (29700000)

10:16am Wednesday 24th June 2015

PART of a former York city centre pub is being transformed into a shared workspace for businesses in the creative industries.

Software specialists unlock growth opportunities with award win

York Press: Paula Radcliffe presents Rachel and Terry Lightfoot of TouchRight software with their award  (29695955)

9:12am Wednesday 24th June 2015

A YORK couple who launched new software to serve the property industry are celebrating after being recognised with a national award.

Plans gather pace for York Business Week 2015

York Press: Last Year's Business Conference as part of York Business WMembers of the York Business Engagement Group and conference speakers, from left Charles Storr, David Parkin, Joan Concannon, Cherie Federico, Tracey Smith, Emma Smailes, Jo Pickering, Lord Stuart

6:06am Wednesday 24th June 2015

PLANS are being put in place for the return of York Business Week with a call to the city's businesses to get involved.

Latest appointments

York Press: Glenn Bemment

11:05am Wednesday 24th June 2015

THE employment team at Langleys Solicitors has boosted its ranks with the appointment of assistant solicitor Lyndsey Crook.

Insurance team heads to York to drive growth plans with accountancy firm

York Press: Adam Verney (left) and David Fryer

6:02am Tuesday 23rd June 2015

A TEAM of insurance brokers is relocating to York in a bid to drive growth through a joint venture with one of the city's accountancy firms.

New £100 million port to handle biomass for Drax

York Press: Drax Power Power Station, Cooling towers and Biomass facility (29686802)

11:19am Tuesday 23rd June 2015

DRAX is to see biomass pellets arrive at its North Yorkshire power station from the port of Liverpool following the creation of a new £100 million terminal.

Optare impresses Swedish transport operators with electric bus offering

York Press: Sweden's new all-electric buses, designed and manufactured in North Yorkshire (29693340)

10:24am Tuesday 23rd June 2015

A SWEDISH transport operator has become one of the first in the country to run all electric buses after enlisting the help of North Yorkshire bus manufacturer Optare.

More small businesses planning to grow then ever before

York Press: Simon Williams, North Yorkshire Regional Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses  (29690036)

9:12am Tuesday 23rd June 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire business leader is calling for Government to simplify taxes, raise skills and tackle poor payment practices as research among small businesses reveals new heights for growth and investment intentions.

Frozen food specialist wins savoury award

York Press: Marie Medhurst, of Bannisters’ Farm, receiving the award from, left, Peter Allan, President of the BFFF, and Harry Yearsley, of the Yearsley Group.

10:48am Monday 22nd June 2015

A FROZEN food firm founded out of a family farming business has won a gold award from the British Federation of Frozen Food (BFFF) awards.

Make it York asked to hold up Bishy Road as an example of online success

York Press: Make it York asked to hold up Bishy Road as an example of online success

9:14am Monday 22nd June 2015

COUNCILLORS are being asked to amend an agreed contract with Make it York to accommodate work to support businesses online.

Archaeologists looking to uncover new talent in recruitment drive to meet growing demand

York Press: Archaeologists looking to uncover new talent in recruitment drive to meet growing demand

6:02am Monday 22nd June 2015

AN archaeology group is further expanding its York team having seen staff numbers grow from two to seven in two years along side quadrupling turnover.

Discussing mediation in the workplace

10:25am Monday 22nd June 2015

AN INTERNATIONAL mediation expert is speaking in York after being signed up as the keynote speaker for Network York's latest event.

Hunters to float next month with £16.9 million price tag

York Press: ( front ), Hunters MD, Kevin Hollinrake and Director Glynis Frew  join members of staff in their new offices in Heworth, York   Piccture Frank Dwyer (29380220)

6:02am Friday 19th June 2015

YORK-based estate agency group Hunters has confirmed it will float on AIM next month with shares worth a total of £16.9 million.

Landscaping firm on track for move to new £2 million HQ

York Press: From left, Green-tech project manager Tom Parker, Green-tech chairman Richard Kay, Green-tech managing director Rachel Kaye and Sutcliffe Construction managing director James Sutcliffe

3:07pm Friday 19th June 2015

CONTRACTORS have been appointed by a York landscaping firm as part of a £2 million project to develop new headquarters on a 10-acre brownfield site.

Outdoor activity firms team up for partner work

York Press: Outdoor activity firms team up for partner work

11:55am Friday 19th June 2015

TWO outdoor activity companies, Log Heights and Live For Today Adventures, have teamed up to expand the range of outdoor experiences available through on the Ripley Castle estate.

Help to Buys helps house builder sell 1000 homes

York Press: The Derwenthorpe development by David Wilson Homes, where 43 per cent of purchase were made through the Help to Buy scheme

10:42am Friday 19th June 2015

REGIONAL housebuilder David Wilson Homes has completed the sale of its 1000th house through the Government's Help to Buy scheme.

Plans for new governors to improve enterprise in schools

York Press: Plans for new governors to improve enterprise in schools

9:23am Friday 19th June 2015

PLANS to introduce Enterprise Governors at schools in York are to be discussed in a bid to tackle the city's low start business start up rate.

The new smartphone app that could save your life

York Press:

6:04am Thursday 18th June 2015

A PERSONAL safety mobile app developed by a York graduate has won the top prize in a competition to celebrate businesses launched by students while at university.

Hotel's parent company bought in £363 million deal

York Press: Exterior shot of Hotel Du Vin. Picture: Ceri Oakes (29318879)

11:55am Thursday 18th June 2015

THE parent company of York's Hotel du Vin is under new ownership after being bought by a Singapore-headquartered group for £363.4 million.

Bolt replacement costs hit Severfield's profits

York Press: The distinctive "Cheesegrate" building in London, centre, caused problems for Severfield

10:36am Thursday 18th June 2015

STRUCTURAL steel giant Severfield has seen profits hit after being faced with a £6 million charge relating to a bolt replacement programme for one of London's new skyscrapers.

New trails facility launched at horticultural research centre

York Press: Kirsty Wright

9:02am Thursday 18th June 2015

A NORTH YORKSHIRE horticultural research station is building on its expertise in transferring technology to the horticulture and agriculture sectors with the launch of a new trials facility.

City's science scene booming with growth in innovation and revenues

York Press: Tracey Smith, managing director of York Science Park in the Catalyst building

6:04am Wednesday 17th June 2015

YORK'S largest dedicated centre for science and technology based businesses has reported a surge in innovation as nearly half of all resident firms introduced a new product or service in the past year.

Latest appointments

York Press: Jessica Valenghi

4:16pm Wednesday 17th June 2015

COACH manufacturer Optare has appointed Alastair Munro appointed as engineering director.

Patent funding helps OptiBiotix continue product development pipeline

York Press: From left Stephen O'Hara from OptiBiotix Health and Simon Bradbury from Appleyard Lees

2:11pm Wednesday 17th June 2015

YORK life sciences business OptiBiotix has been awarded funding towards a range of new inventions aimed at tackling obesity.

Duo's plan to showcase York under a new light

York Press: The UNESCO project aims to build on York's existing festival programme, including Illuminating York, pictured.

1:51pm Wednesday 17th June 2015

WORK is underway to determine how York can benefit commercially and culturally from its UNESCO status with an international festival programme spearheading the plans.

Transport and storage firm invests in fleet additions

York Press: Gill (foreground), managing director of Reed Boardall Transport; with (from left) Sam Walton, operations manager for Reed Boardall Transport; Andrew Baldwin, managing director of Reed Boardall Cold Storage; and Paula Towers, head of operations for Reed Bo

9:51am Wednesday 17th June 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire storage and distribution firm which deliver 12,000 pallets a day and store around £100 million worth of products for its customers has invested in expanding its transport fleet.

Housebuilder's £75 million injection as house prices reach record high

York Press: A David Wilson Homes development

12:33pm Tuesday 16th June 2015

THE regional division of a national housebuilder has revealed a £75 million injection in Yorkshire's economy as house asking prices reach a record high.

Benenden takes top spot for trust for a record breaking fifth consecutive year

York Press: Peter Byrne (29036728)

11:04am Tuesday 16th June 2015

YORK-based Benenden has been voted the UK’s most trusted private healthcare provider for an unprecedented fifth year.

First look at new student development for York convent site

York Press:

7:00am Tuesday 16th June 2015

DEVELOPERS behind a £73 million project to transform a former York convent into a 600-bed student village have released the first images of how the completed scheme will look.

Aviva looks to sell York office as part of £225 million savings bid

York Press: Aviva's Yorkshire House, pictured left, which has been identified as "an opportunity for sale" by the insurance giant. Picture : Garry Atkinson (29029337)

3:27pm Monday 15th June 2015

INSURANCE giant Aviva has announced plans to sell one its city centre offices in York in a bid to make savings following the acquisition of rival Friends Life.

Hunters continues on expansion path

York Press: Hunters continues on expansion path

11:34am Monday 15th June 2015

A YORK-based estate agent looking to expand its network to more than 500 offices in five years time has acquired another business.

Engineering firms combine to enlarge UK presence

York Press: Alex Birch and Christian Hunt of Langleys

10:16am Monday 15th June 2015

GLOBAL engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services firm GHD has increased its UK presence by merging with GHA Livigunn, a multi-disciplinary consulting engineering business.

Accountant secures £4 million grant for region's businesses

York Press: FUND: Simon Allen, eft and Neville Baldry of Clive Owen LLP right.

6:02am Monday 15th June 2015

A YORK accountancy firm which advised on funding deals from government for businesses in the region has secured a new grant fund for growing enterprises.

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Taking stock and seeking stock, by Ben Pridden, of Savills York

York Press: Ben Pridden

10:39am Wednesday 24th June 2015

AS we reach the half way point of the year (where has the time gone!), it’s time to take stock of the property market and make some predictions for the coming six months.

Don't Shout, Communicate by Ed Reid owner of The Alternative Board

York Press: Ed Reid, The Alternative Board (28475455)

10:13am Thursday 11th June 2015

Social media’s here, and it’s here to stay. Whatever platform you use – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or any of the others – social media is playing an increasingly influential part in our lives.


Sally Trousdale, managing director of Pick & Mix Marketing Solutions

York Press: Sally Trousdale

9:39am Wednesday 24th June 2015

WITH the premise that companies of all sizes and budgets should have access to the latest technologies and marketing strategies, Sally Trousdale set up Pick & Mix Marketing Solutions in 2011.

Dave Broadbent, partner at Begbies Traynor in York

York Press: David Broadbent

11:58am Wednesday 17th June 2015

WITH more than 20 years’ experience in the insolvency profession, Dave Broadbent is passionate about supporting struggling SMEs and individuals.