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Helmsley hosts the very first #HelmsleyTweetUp for local businesses

Helmsley has hosted its very first TweetUp, where people from across the county came together to network and offer social media support to one another.

Held at Scotts Fish & Chips Restaurant last week, the event brought together professionals and business owners from as far afield as Leeds and Whitby.

Although representatives from Hambleton, Ryedale, Thirsk and Whitby all hold their own weekly Twitter hours, and communicate with each other regularly on social media, they had never met in person. Forty people attended the event from Helmsley in Business, #thirskhour, #hambletonhour #whitbyhour and #ryedalehour, and networked while enjoying a special fish and chip supper.

The event included a ‘twitter fall’ – a screen showing all the tweets using the hashtag #Helmsleytweetup – and social media support was available to anyone who needed it.

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Tony Webster, the owner of Scotts Fish and Chips and Helmsley in Business committee member, said: “The event was fantastic and lively online and offline discussions took place, as well as everyone tucking into fabulous fish and chips. The nicest thing was lots of people were helping each other out – in fact two Helmsley businesses came along to find out more about Twitter and with the help of the group, were tweeting about their businesses before the night was out. We were delighted to host it here at Scotts and welcome so many businesses from around the region. Hopefully there will be another one soon!”

Steve Pearse, who is a local author and helped organise the event, added: “Many thanks to Tony and his staff at Scotts Fish and Chips Restaurant in Helmsley for hosting our first Helmsley Tweet Up, a business networking event that brought together people from Ryedale, Hambleton and Whitby areas to swap ideas, learn and develop links. An excellent turnout, enjoyed by all in a great location.”

Helen Teasdale from RED taxis in Helmsley, said: “I have no previous experience on Twitter so it was a bit of an eye opener for me! Everyone there was very friendly and willing to share their experience and tips on using Twitter. I was impressed by the number of people who were there to support the event and myself and another Helmsley business – Celebrate Country Cake Design – came away saying that we would get tweeting before the end of the night which we were able to do.  Once I got my page up and running it was great that the people who had been at the event encouraged me and began following me!”

To find out more about Helmsley in Business follow Helmsley @visithelmsley on Twitter