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Helmsley in Business celebrates a successful fourth year and welcomes new members and committee

Four years after being set up by two entrepreneurs in the town, independent business group Helmsley in Business is celebrating a successful year with a new committee and five new members.

The latest crop of new members, taking the ranks to an impressive 60, includes Handford Hairdressing, Amanda Field Millinery, Snooty Fox, Helmsley Outdoors and Room for Antiques.

As well as new businesses, the Helmsley in Business (HiB) committee has also welcomed some new faces. The group is now headed up by Chair Carolyn Frank of Libby Butlers Jewellers. Rachel Harrison of Crema Coffee house is the new Treasurer and Christine Garnett of Hunters of Helmsley remains the HiB Secretary. Other new arrivals include Becky Boote of Helmsley Brewing Co. and Jacky Pickering of The Stick Man, who will serve alongside existing committee members Tony Porter from Porters Coffee Shop and Charlie Heap from the National Centre for Birds of Prey.

The ultimate aim of HiB is to support the independent businesses based in the town, communicating to locals and potential tourists alike why Helmsley is such a special place to live, work and visit. The group led the town to a victory in the Great British High Street Awards at the end of 2015, and is this year supporting the award organisers – the Department for Communities and Local Government – by hosting some filming this month to support and encourage entries for 2016.

Following the town’s passionate support of Small Business Saturday since its launch in 2013, Helmsley will also serve as a stop on the National Tour of Small Businesses on November 2nd – a real coup for the town as it will be the first place to be recognised in the Ryedale and North York Moors area. Other successes for the past year include a brand new website for the town and the launch of a walking app created in partnership with iFootpath. The app allows walkers to download routes and explore the beautiful area surrounding Helmsley.

Carolyn Frank, the new Chair of Helmsley in Business and owner of Libby Butler Jewellers, said: “I am particularly happy and excited to see new businesses joining this special organisation. What’s more they haven’t wasted any time in getting stuck in and working in collaboration, which is what we’re all about! New members Handford Hairdressing and Amanda Field Millinery joined forces to organise a cooperative charity event in association with Helmsley Arts Centre. The successful evening took place on the 20th July and included a special fashion show and live music.

“We are so passionate about the town and it’s incredible to see Helmsley going from strength to strength. We know that the town is a great place to live, work and visit and the businesses based here each add something invaluable to that experience. We have a two-year rolling committee so have unfortunately had to bid farewell to some colleagues who have done some amazing things but it’s always great to gain fresh ideas and insights from new members. We have lots to look forward to in the second half of 2016 including exciting plans for the festive season. Watch this space!”

Following a successful revamp of the town’s Christmas illuminations in 2015 the committee hopes to further improve the display ahead of the upcoming festive season. They will also continue work on a new Helmsley town team cooperation between HiB and the local authorities, as well as announcing an exciting new Angel Festival this December.