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WALL TO WALL SHOES FOR SKIPTON

Sam Wall - Owner of Wall To Wall Shoes A new fashion outlet, Wall to Wall Shoes, has launched in Skipton.

Continuing in the footsteps of the previous tenant, Wall to Wall Shoes has opened at Seven Victoria Square where the famous Beryl’s Shoe Shop was for many years selling fashionable, quality ladies footwear.

The family run business, owned by Sam Wall offers a wide range of brands such as Aspiga – which has an ethical ethos to address poverty issues in other countries like Africa and India – Cara, Karika, Rieker, Josef Seibel and Caprice with more brands to come next season. The shoes are sourced from various countries including Germany, Italy and Spain and accommodate different tastes and styles.

Said Sam: “I have always loved visiting Skipton because of its diversity and its unique character. I couldn’t think of a better location to open my first shop.”

Wall to Wall Shoes opening hours are: 9:30 – 16:30 Monday to Friday and 9:30 – 17:00 on Saturday.

Said Andrew Mear, landlord of Victoria Square: “It’s great to see a new shoe shop opening in where one of Skipton’s most renowned shoe shops used to be. It’s a busy shopping area of Skipton so I’m pleased that Victoria Square will continue to have a fashion outlet to offer visitors.”

WHAT’S THE BID IDEA?

Did you see High Corn Mill featured on the BBC’s One Show as Dom Littlewood visited Skipton to discuss Skipton BID?

In case you missed it, here is a link to the piece… http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03qb24l

EAGERLUX INVESTS IN SKIPTON LANDMARK

Andrew outside High Street HouseFamily-owned property development business, Eagerlux, has invested in another of Skipton’s historic landmarks, High Street House.

The building, which has been an integral part of Skipton since Victorian times, is situated on the town’s award-winning High Street. It consists of five retail units with attractively refurbished offices on the first and second floor.

Eagerlux owns a portfolio of properties across the town including Skipton’s medieval High Corn Mill which it bought in 1991. Since then the company has made over £2 million worth of investments and improvements. It also owns properties in Victoria Square and across the wider West Yorkshire area.

Said Eagerlux md, Andrew Mear: “Skipton is a fantastic town with so much character and it’s such a friendly place. I love that so many of its original features are still intact – that’s a large part of what makes Skipton such a great place. I believe in the town and that it will continue to be one of the Yorkshire Dales’ most loved tourist attractions. With this new investment I hope I can contribute further to the success of the town.”

Skipton’s High Street House was built in the 1860’s and originally used as a jewellery shop. The town was recently named by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in the UK, and won High Street Of The Year in 2008.

For more information on office and retail space to let in High Street House please call 01756 748100 or visit www.westlakeandco.co.uk.

HIGH CORN MILL STARTS 2016 ON A HIGH

Andrew Mear outside High Corn MillOne of Skipton’s most historic buildings, High Corn Mill, has entered 2016 with a bang.

As new tenant Slimming World opens in the last available unit, the building is now fully let taking the total number of businesses within the mill up to 13. And with over a hundred people working within the mill it’s at its highest employment level ever.

High Corn Mill is owned by family business, Eagurlux, a property company managed by md, Andrew Mear. The company bought the mill in 1991, and has since made over £2 million investments and improvements. This includes restoring the medieval waterwheel and turning it into an educational tourist attraction with The Water Wheel House.

As part of an environmental initiative, a water turbine was installed over six years ago which, alongside the restoration of the original waterwheel, generates power for the building and surrounding properties.

Said Andrew: “It’s great to see the mill so alive and busy with such a mix of businesses. Some of the tenants have been in the mill for many years and it’s great to see them grow and also exciting to see new businesses come in.

“2015 was a busy year at the mill. Just Teachers and Sexton & Co expanded, Eagurlux bought the established Home Company and moved its showrooms, AKA PR had a complete refurb, and three new businesses moved in.”

Slimming World opened its doors on December 28 making it the first branch in the UK to rent a permanent office. It has 300 members and hopes its new base will encourage more people to join.

Andrew Mear is the md of property development company, Eagerlux Ltd. His father and two brothers are directors of the company. Eagerlux’s portfolio holds a selection of historical buildings across the region, including Skipton’s medieval High Corn Mill.

V.SQ OPENS IN SKIPTON

Lorraine Forshaw owner of the V.SQ bar 2A new bar, 1 Victoria Square (V.SQ) has come to Skipton, specialising in gin, high end spirits and champagne. It will officially launch on January 2.

The family owned bar, just off Skipton’s historic High Street and opened by Lorraine Forshaw, has created 11 jobs and has sourced its bespoke interiors and food from local suppliers. It will be introducing meat and cheese platters alongside its carefully selected drinks. The bar also offers gin, wine and whisky tasting sessions as well as being available for private hire.

Lorraine who is from Thorlby, near Skipton, said: “This is the first bar I’ve opened and it’s been great to get such a warm welcome from local residents and lots of positive feedback. We’re open for the holidays as a soft launch but will be officially opening on Saturday January 2 and welcome all to come and see V.SQ.”

Although Lorraine is now permanently based in Dubai, V.SQ’s operations will be managed by daughter Aimee Forshaw. The bar side will be managed by Tom Grummett who has a background in hospitality.

Landlord of 1 Victoria Square, Andrew Mear, said: “It’s great to see this space being used for something completely different and I believe it is going to add a new dynamic to Skipton’s social scene.”

The bar’s opening hours are Monday – Friday 12.00pm – 11.00pm and Saturday – Sunday 12.00pm – 12.00am.

HOLDEN STOVES MOVES TO SKIPTON’S HIGH CORN MILL

The Holden Stove Company team outside High Corn Mill  Dave Kirkman Simon Holden Emma HoldenThe Holden Stove Company, specialists in stoves and fireplaces, has relocated to one of Skipton’s most historic buildings, High Corn Mill.

Originally opened in Station Works Cononley in 2012, the company specialises in Jotul and Scan fireplaces, which are considered the ‘Rolls Royce’ of stoves.

Co-owner and founder Simon Holden, from Ilkley, has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years offering customers a wealth of knowledge and expert advice. He said: “High Corn Mill is the perfect location for our brand and the type of business that we want to grow. With easy access parking and being just off the High Street, we couldn’t be happier.”

Simon and his team offer a free estimation service for any installation in any property within a 30 mile radius of Skipton, as well as services and free advice on chimney safety.

The Holden Stove Company employs three people; Simon Holden as senior installer and sales director, Dave Kirkham as senior stove installer and Emma Holden as administration and accounts.

Situated in the heart of Skipton and just a stone’s throw away from the High Street, High Corn Mill has been an integral part of Skipton’s life for over 700 years with records dating back to 1310 and once formed part of the castle’s property. The mill’s offering for the 21st century is somewhat different to 700 years ago – educational fun and a selection of independent shops plus hair and beauty establishments.

The store’s opening times are Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm and Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm. For more information on services and products please call 01756 794839 or visit www.holdenstoves.com

HIGH CORN MILL CALLS FOR SHOEBOX DONATIONS

High Corn Mill's Operation Christmas ChildSkipton’s High Corn Mill is collecting shoeboxes this November in aid of The Samaritan’s Operation Christmas Child. It will be the only drop off point in the town.

Contributions of shoeboxes filled with a variety of small gifts, can be dropped off The Home Company, based in the 14th century mill on Chapel Hill, from November 1 to November 30.  The operation run by Samaritans Purse will ship off all donations to disadvantaged children all over the world.

Said Andrew Mear, owner of High Corn Mill: “We wanted to give the children in need something special this Christmas. It is simple, easy and will have a positive impact on a disadvantaged child’s life. Please join us this November by donating your shoebox.”

All shoeboxes should be wrapped, ideally lid and box separately in colourful wrapping paper. The donation should clearly state if the gift is for a boy or girl and the age category: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Fill it with wow items such as; a cuddly toy, school supplies, hygiene items or small items of clothing.

Situated in the heart of Skipton and just a stone throw away from the High Street, High Corn Mill has been an integral part of Skipton’s life for over 700 years with records dating back to 1310 and once formed part of the Castle’s property. The mill’s offering for the 21st Century is somewhat different to 700 years ago – educational fun and a selection of independent shops and hair and beauty establishments.

For more information on Operation Christmas Child please visit: www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

‘CAPTURE THE WONDER OF HIGH CORN MILL’ WINNER IS ANNOUNCED

Lynda Hall with her voucher from The Home CompanySkipton resident, Lynda Hall, has won the town’s High Corn Mill’s ‘Capture the Wonder of High Corn Mill’ photography competition.

Locals and tourists were invited to submit their pictures of the mill in its summer glory during July and August.

Lynda’s photograph will be featured in the next High Corn Mill leaflet and its website. She also received a £100 voucher for The Home Company furniture shop based in the mill.

Lynda said: “I’m delighted that I won the competition, I came on four occasions to capture the true beauty of the mill. I look forward to spending my voucher.”

Said Andrew Mear, owner of High Corn Mill: “Congratulations to Lynda. We had an influx of entries from locals and visitors to the town but her photo really stood out.”

Situated in the heart of Skipton and just a stone’s throw away from the High Street, High Corn Mill has been an integral part of Skipton’s life for over 700 years with records dating back to 1310 and once formed part of the castle’s property. The mill’s offering for the 21st century is somewhat different to 700 years ago – educational fun and a selection of independent shops plus hair and beauty establishments.

 

Here is the winning shot:

The winning shot of High Corn Mill

THE HOME COMPANY IS CELEBRATING WITH OPEN DAY

Snuggler sofaSkipton’s long established furniture and furnishings store, The Home Company, is celebrating the launch of its new look showrooms with an open day.

The event will take place in the lifestyle store’s High Corn Mill showrooms on Friday 16th October between 2.00 pm and 8.00 pm. Free food and refreshments will be provided by the newly established RachAls Kitchen. There’s also a chance to win a Snuggler sofa in a fabric of choice.

The brand new showrooms are just one of the many changes to have taken place at the store recently. The running of the business has been taken over by local businessman, property entrepreneur and owner of High Corn Mill, Andrew Mear.  And joining the long established sales team of Linda Lee and Michelle Swinscoe, are new appointments Amanda Fellows, Mark Smith and Richard Judge.

Said Andrew, whose family business Eagerlux owns a wide portfolio of properties across West Yorkshire: “The open event is our way of thanking our existing customers for their continued support and to welcome new customers into the store.

“The Home Company is a flourishing business thanks to the hard-work and determination of all the team and together we will continue to provide the very best service to all our customers.”

The Home Company has thrived thanks to a belief in bringing together contemporary furniture and accessories that are practical, attractive and great value for money. The spacious show rooms allow the ranges to be displayed in an inspirational way so customers can pick up ideas for their own homes.

Andrew is the md of Eagerlux whose portfolio includes a selection of historic buildings across the region, including Skipton’s medieval High Corn Mill, www.highcornmill.co.uk  Andrew is also chairman of Skipton Town Partnership.

Originally built in 1310 to mill Skipton’s corn, High Corn Mill today houses a number of retail, beauty and business tenants as well as the Waterwheel House, which features a 15 Kw crossflow water turbine, creating enough energy to power up to 20 homes around the local area via the National Grid.

LONG ESTABLISHED SKIPTON’S SEXTON & CO EXPANDS

Linda O'Hagan Anne Marie Longmire Claire Wilde Tom Sexton Emma Day Eloise Foster Karen CowenA Skipton based hair, beauty and nail salon is expanding its premises to incorporate an ‘Urban Spa’ within its High Corn Mill base.

Sexton & Co is increasing its existing floor space by 600sqft so it can offer even more beauty treatments in its newly created spa area.

Said Tom Sexton, owner: “When I first opened the salon at 18, almost 12 years ago, I never imagined the success and positive response I have received from my clients.

“I wanted to create a one-stop shop for all hair and beauty needs and make the luxury spa experience more accessible to all – whether it’s a lunch break appointment or a day of pampering. We have now enhanced our treatment menu and the extension creates a greater feeling of space and relaxation.”

Sexton & Co now employs a total of six members of staff; Emma Day as salon manager, Karen Cowen as senior stylist, Eloise Foster as junior stylist, Linda O’Hagan as nail Technician and mii make-up artist, Claire Wilde as a facial aesthetic practitioner and owner of NuDerm, and latest addition Anne Marie Longmire as beautician, make-up artist and dermalogica skin specialist.

Situated in the heart of Skipton and just a stone’s throw away from the High Street, High Corn Mill has been an integral part of Skipton’s life for over 700 years with records dating back to 1310 and once formed part of the castle’s property. The mill’s offering for the 21st century is somewhat different to 700 years ago – educational fun and a selection of independent shops plus hair and beauty establishments.

For more information on treatments and offers please call 01756 709388 or visit www.tomsexton.co.uk

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