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A brand new beauty salon is bringing a touch of the X Factor to Skipton.

Beautique has opened on the corner of Victoria and Albert Street and is the only salon in Skipton to stock the Beauty Lab International product range, as used and endorsed by the recent X Factor finalists.

Said salon owner Natacha Young: “After working freelance for four years I was keen to find premises of my own. In a stroke of luck my mum spotted that the Organic Ship was closing and the unit’s landlord, Andrew Mear, was able to have the premises ready for me in just four weeks!

“All my clients have followed me and are loving the new space and the new Beauty Lab product range. I have two floors here, one dedicated to nails, reception and a comfortable waiting area and the other is a totally private space for treatments like facials and massages. I’ve already had lots of enquires and bookings from new customers, thanks to its prominent location.”

Andrew Mear, md of Eagerlux Properties which owns the premises added: “Natacha’s done an amazing job of sympathetically transforming what is probably one of the oldest retail properties in Skipton into a really modern salon.”

Beautique is open Tues 9am-6pm; Wed to Sat 9am-7pm, Fri 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. For further information telephone 01756 228020.


Businesses at Skipton’s High Corn Mill on Chapel Hill were inspired to pool their resources to host a Bake Off and coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support on Friday morning.
The pop-up coffee morning, held on the top floor of the historic mill, raised £245 for the charity, which has been organising the annual nationwide ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ event for 27 years.
Organiser of the event, Victoria Benn from AKA PR, which is based in the mill, said: “It was wonderful to see all the different businesses here coming together to make the event a success. Raffle prizes and cake donations came from all quarters including; Just Teachers, The Frame Shop, Tom Sexton Hair Stylists, The Spirit of Pilates, Cinderella’s, The Lightwell Practice and The Home Co. We were also delighted to have members of the public come along to enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake!”



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One of Skipton’s oldest landmarks, the 14th century High Corn Mill, situated at the entry to Skipton Woods, has enjoyed record visitor numbers.
The best ever summer for more than a generation ensured visitor numbers to the historic attraction were up a massive 40%.
Said Andrew Mear, md of High Corn Mill: “The great weather brought people out in their droves this summer, so it has been wonderful to see so many people taking advantage of High Corn Mill’s free attractions. Indications are that visitor numbers are up 40%, a fantastic boost to the whole area which also features the entrance to Skipton Woods.”
Built in 1310, the mill was originally established by Robert de Clifford to grind corn for the castle and the town. After being purchased by the Mear family in 1990, High Corn Mill took on its most recent incarnation as home to a portfolio of independent shops and businesses.
The ancient water wheel which once powered the mill’s grinding stones, now the focal point of the free visitor attraction, can still be turned using a special handle. Sat alongside it, Eller Beck now powers a carbon neutral water turbine which generates enough energy to supply all the businesses within the mill, plus the surrounding residential areas. The mill also features several industrial artefacts and an exhibition about its 700 year history.


Employee’s at Skipton’s High Corn Mill on Chapel Hill are gearing up to ‘bake it or fake it’ for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on September 28, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The event, which starts at 10.30am and runs until 12.30pm, is being organised by High Corn Mill landlord Andrew Mear and AKA PR, whose offices are situated within the 12th century building.
Said Andrew: “High Corn Mill houses well over 100 employees who work for a range of different businesses and retail outlets, so we have a ready-made audience – and potential bakers – for this great national charity event.
“We are hoping that all employees, their customers and members of the general public will come along to the top floor of the mill on the morning of the 28th to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of homemade cake – all in support of this very worthwhile cause.”
If anyone would like to make a donation to the event or find out further details, please email victoria@akapr.co.uk


The latest addition to Skipton’s flourishing Victoria Square is Greenwood, a unique gourmet café bistro.
Opening its doors on August 23, highly regarded chef Helen Nixon and former management trainer Gillian Hodgson, both from Haworth, had been searching for the perfect venue in which to launch their first venture together.
Said Gillian: “Victoria Square has a lovely European café culture feel to it, which just felt perfect for our café bistro. During the day Greenwood is a stylish but traditional café, serving everything from soup and sandwiches to more gourmet foodie inspired dishes. However, what makes it that little bit special is that during the evening it transforms into an intimate bistro, with damask table cloths and a full artisan anglo-Mediterranean menu.”
Added Helen, who has previously worked at the Mitre Carlton in London: “I love creating gorgeous food with fresh local ingredients. All our food is locally sourced and made fresh to order, so absolutely everything can be tweaked to accommodate any dietary needs. Word of mouth has meant that we’ve already been quite busy and have received some fantastic feedback, especially about our evening bistro, which has been a great start for us.”
Landlord of Greenwood, Andrew Mear, said: “Gillian and Helen have transformed 6 Victoria Square into a stylish modern café bistro which really enhances this unique Skipton backwater.”

Greenwood is open Monday to Wednesday 9-6pm and Thursday to Saturday 9-5pm, then from 7-11pm for the evening bistro. On Sundays it is opens 9-6pm offering a full Sunday lunch menu. For further information visit www.greenwoodbistroltd.co.uk


The new owners of Huddersfield’s iconic former grammar school, Huddersfield College, are appealing for information and photographs about its former incarnations.
Brothers Andrew, Nicholas and Simon Mear, owners of San Pedro Properties which recently acquired Highfields, the Grade II listed former Huddersfield College building, want to incorporate elements of the property’s distinguished past into its refurbishment and redevelopment.
Said Andrew Mear: “Huddersfield College has a great personal significance to us since both our father and his sister studied there. Our plans are to convert Highfields into 33 plus very spacious, high spec apartments, which also in some way, through the incorporation of important names, facts or historical imagery, reflects the key milestones of the building’s history.”
If anyone has any information, stories, plans or photographs the brothers would be delighted if copies could be forwarded to ajmear@hotmail.com.
Built in 1839 at a cost of £5,000, the stunning 33,000 sq ft building was designed by JP Pritchett. With its distinctive castle battlement style parapet, it was originally a boy’s grammar school before becoming Huddersfield College in 1909. It later became part of Huddersfield Technical College in 1975.
The £1.2M development and makeover is due to start shortly, with the first apartments being released for rental later in the year.


Huddersfield’s iconic former grammar school, Huddersfield College, is to be converted into 25 luxury apartments.
Award winning San Pedro Properties’ ‘green’ and high spec vision for the Grade II listed building, helped it secure the classic Victorian property in a £1.25m deal.
Built in1839 at a cost of £5,000, the stunning 33,000 sq ft building, designed by JP Pritchett, with its distinctive castle battlement style parapet, was originally a boy’s grammar school, becoming Huddersfield College in 1909, and most latterly part of Huddersfield Technical College in 1975. Located at the junction of the town’s New North Road and Highfield Road, the “handsome structure of stone, in the later English style” went up for sale after the technical college relocated to its £47m Waterfront campus at Chapel Hill.
Halifax based San Pedro Properties − owned by brothers Simon, Nicholas and Andrew Mear, which recently scooped a ‘Green Business of the Year’ award − has a proven track record of bringing buildings of historic significance back into the 21st century.
Said Andrew Mear: “Highfields is not only an iconic Huddersfield building in the gothic style, but it also has a great personal significance to myself and my brothers since both our father and his sister studied there. Our plans are to retain the building’s distinctive facade, while converting the light airy interior into 25 plus, very spacious, high spec apartments, with a proportion of purpose built disabled accommodation. We believe the self-contained setting and its close proximity to the town centre, along with the installation of the latest renewable energies and carbon neutral efficiencies, will ensure the completed apartments become a desirable proposition to local residents.”
San Pedro Properties’ business model sees it consistently going beyond all legal requirements to ensure the buildings it restores and redevelop not only retain their interior infrastructure and exterior aesthetics, but also embrace the very latest green and renewable technologies.
Construction is due to start soon, with the first apartments being released for sale in later this year. For further information please contact Andrew Mear at ajmear@hotmail.com.

State of the Art Affordable Housing Now Ready

New Ing Mill, a former Batley woollen mill which once provided work to thousands has been redeveloped into 31 low cost affordable homes in a £600,000 state-of-the-art makeover.

Award winning San Pedro Properties, which has a track record of bringing historic buildings into the 21st century by installing the latest green and carbon neutral technologies, is working with Kirklees based Fusion Housing to ensure that the one and two bedroomed apartments go to those with the greatest need.

Said Andrew Mear, md of SPP: “This development is very close to my heart as the mill was one of the earliest properties purchased by my father, John Mear, who set up the family business 40 years ago. He had a vision to convert the early nineteenth century mill into apartments but saw it as financially onerous 32 years ago. When the opportunity came along to provide low cost rented properties and fill a gap in the market, we grasped it. It is incredibly rewarding to finally bring that dream to fruition.

“In addition to investing in the latest green technology efficiencies, we have installed a £250,000 carbon neutral biomass boiler system which will provide heating and hot water for the whole building, meaning each apartment will cost just £30 a month to run.”

Fusion Housing, which has successfully managed half the mill’s apartments released in 2015, has now taken over management of the entire mill’s flats, which opens April 1st.
A housing charity that assists those with housing related problems, it offers legal advice, an employment and learning service, floating support for single people and single parents, a bond guarantee scheme, resettlement into the community scheme for ex-offenders and a refuge service. It also has a managed tenancy scheme which offers low level supported and furnished accommodation.

Said Andrea Conboy of Fusion Housing: “We have been working with Andrew for three years and he genuinely wants to make a difference for people who have not had the best start in life. Having a safe, warm, affordable, stable home can help people get their lives back on track and succeed with future goals.”

For details of how to apply for an apartment in New Ing Mill contact Fusion Housing at info@fusionhousing.org.uk or call 01484 425522

Sports Massage Therapy on the Move

Sports masseuse to the professionals, Tierney Maude, has moved her specialist therapy business to a spacious new suite at Skipton’s historic High Corn Mill.

Opening her doors on January 6 2018 with a free ‘drop in’ event, Skipton based Tierney is hopeful that everyone from local athletes to those who simply lead an active life, will take the opportunity to call in and find out more about the benefits of sports therapy.

Tierney, herself an accomplished swimmer, is well known within the British cycling fraternity, having spent two years from 2015- 6, working and travelling with the One Pro Cycling team, which includes local professional cyclist, Pete Williams, a former points winner of the Tour of Britain, who competed in the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire. Most recently she has worked as a dedicated sports therapist for the Great Britain Cycling Team, who govern the sport and select the national cycling squad.

Said Tierney, whose partner Alec Duffield formerly managed the Brownlee brothers: “Sports therapy benefits everyone from elite athletes to those who just like to keep fit. Incorporating techniques like sports massage, medical acupuncture and spinal manipulation, it can have an incredibly positive impact on muscles and joints, even if clients don’t perceive themselves to be suffering from any aches, pains or injuries.”

Tierney has worked as a Level 5 qualified sports masseuse for the past eight years, and makes use of a range of specialist equipment within her therapies.

The drop in event runs from 10am – 4pm and is open to everyone. Refreshments will be available, and Tierney will be on hand to talk about the services she can offer. There will also be a complimentary ‘goody bag’ for the first 25 people who come along. For any keen cyclists, Tierney also plans to host a friendly cycle ride on Sunday January 7; details of the ride will be available at the open event.

For more information about Tierney Maude Sports Massage Therapy please visit: www.roadsidetherapy.co.uk or email: tierney@roadsidetherapy.co.uk

High Corn Mill Owner Scoops Regional Award

High Corn Mill owner and West Yorkshire property entrepreneur, Andrew Mear, has scooped a regional ‘Green Business of the Year’ award.
San Pedro Properties, which is run by Andrew Mear and his two brothers, has been developing outstanding ‘green’ properties for 17 years. The company has consistently gone beyond all legal requirements to bring buildings of historical significance into the 21st century, not only in terms of design, but also through embracing green technologies which minimise environmental impact and reduce energy bills.
Said Andrew Mear: “The award has been a wonderful endorsement of the innovative work we have done to preserve buildings of historic significance, whilst consistently ensuring that our working practices are as ecological and sustainable as possible.”
Set up in 2000, the family business has grown to incorporate over 100 residential, commercial and industrial tenants in 25 properties across North and West Yorkshire.
All San Pedro properties are buildings of important historical significance which have been redeveloped to ensure existing infrastructures and exterior aesthetics are maintained. Consistent and significant investment in the latest green renewable technologies ensures that the company is as carbon neutral as current technologies will allow.
The blueprint for its successful green business model was the redevelopment of Skipton’s High Corn Mill. Key to re-developing this 12th century corn mill into a thriving mix of retail and office accommodation, was the adaption of the historic hydroelectric system (waterwheel) to power the new building, business and retail units and surrounding houses – with any residual going to the grid.
The Green Business of the Year award was made by the Halifax Courier at a presentation dinner on December 1st.