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Skipton business man, Andrew Mear, is helping to introduce a new on-line service designed to boost local shopping in the town. 

Andrew, md of Eagerlux, which owns High Corn Mill, High Street House and Victoria Square, is keen to promote a new shopping website – ShopAppy − which has recently been featured on BBC’s The One Show, and is already making a difference in nine towns across the region.

Research indicates that one of the biggest barriers to people shopping locally is ease of information and convenience.  ShopAppy, created by Yorkshire based entrepreneur Jackie Mulligan, addresses these issues by offering an easy and convenient way to shop at local independent shops.  It works in a similar way to supermarket ‘click and collect’ websites.

Andrew, who is also Chairman of Skipton BID, is helping to launch ShopAppy in the town by providing his own tenants with the service, free for the first year.  With Skipton BID also offering a 50 percent subsidy to BID businesses, the town now has 11 retailers − including its first market stall – signed up to the scheme, which is scheduled to go live mid-November.

Said Andrew, “ShopAppy is a great solution to the problem of big online retailers taking business away from our local independent shops.  The website allows local businesses to be ‘open’ 24 hours a day, and most importantly gives customers choice and flexibility around shopping closer to home.

“ShopAppy is already working well in Ilkley, Otley, Saltaire and Shipley, with clear evidence that it is encouraging visitors and residents to buy from their local retailers more often.  So it’s fantastic that the service will be going live in Skipton in plenty of time for Christmas.” 

If you are a Skipton retailer and require further information about how to join ShopAppy, please email info@skiptonbid.com

For further information about ShopAppy please visit http://shopappy.com


One of Skipton’s longest established shops is on the move – after finding its perfect match!                                   

Cinderella’s bridal shop is moving to the town’s historic High Corn Mill. Owned by husband and wife team, Doug and Mandy Abramson, Cinderella’s was established 18 years ago, originally starting out as an alterations shop. The couple quickly expanded, branding the business Cinderella’s, and opening their first bridal shop in the town’s Victoria Street. In response to an increased demand, not only for bridal wear but also suit hire and prom dresses, they soon needed larger premises, resulting in a move to Coach Street in 2006.

Said Mandy: “We have been making brides’ dreams become a reality for nearly 18 years, and this move to High Corn Mill will enable us to take our business to the next level. Our new premises will continue to offer the in-house alterations, a cleaning service, and the ability to pop in without an appointment. It also makes life much easier for our customers with everything now on one level with private parking close by.”

Owner of High Corn Mill, Eagerlux’s md, Andrew Mear, said: “We are delighted to welcome Cinderella’s to High Corn Mill. With Sexton & Co hairdressing and spa, Georgina Brewster Photography and The Home Company’s wedding list service all already on site; High Corn Mill is well on its way to becoming a ‘one stop shop’ for brides to be!”

For more information about Cinderella’s please visit http://dreamdress.co.uk


A couple wanting to improve their work-life balance have chosen Skipton as the base for their private therapy practice, Being Better, which offers a range of wellbeing treatments.


Husband and wife team, David and Corinne Yeadon, are specialists in treating addictions.  Their new practice, based at High Street House in Skipton, provides a private, confidential and discreet therapy service for those looking to simply change bad habits, to those wishing to explore deeper issues.


Corinne has over twenty years’ professional experience working with people suffering from loss, trauma and addiction.  However it was a re-evaluation of personal circumstances which prompted David to leave his job as a pensions consultant and retrain as a therapeutic practitioner in 2011. 


Establishing their own private practice together in Skipton, a town they both love and have links to, now enables the couple to spend more time with their family and friends. 


Corinne Yeadon said: “Due to changes in public funding, people are increasingly choosing to go down the private therapy route in order to enhance their wellbeing.  Our High Street House location in Skipton is perfect, as it is central yet discreet enough for those wanting to preserve their anonymity.  We have two therapy rooms and a large space for workshops which we will be advertising shortly.”


Owner of High Street House, Eagerlux’s md, Andrew Mear said: “Being Better is the latest company to join our recently refurbished modern suite of offices at High Street House.  It’s great to be able to support new businesses launching in Skipton, and I think Being Better’s proposition and its central accessible location means that it should do very well.”

Skipton’s Four Historical Hot Spots

We were delighted to have been mentioned in the Skipton Press recently in its feature on Victorian hot spots in Skipton. This old market town is steeped in history and we’re pleased to be a part of that. Have a read of the full article here…      



Award-Winning Tenant for Skipton’s High Street House

A state-of-the art, fully integrated hair, beauty and lifestyle concept salon has opened in High Street House in Skipton.

It is part of the award-winning Westrow group established in 1987 by Steve Rowbottom and Marc Westerman. The highly anticipated launch is Westrow’s 10th salon in Yorkshire and coincides with the hairdressing group’s 30th birthday.

Headed up by Jeremy Bridgeman, the franchisee behind the successful Westrow Harrogate salon, Skipton is the largest of the company’s sites. Set over two floors with a total of more than 2,500 sq ft, it is the first Westrow salon to offer express beauty treatments as well as a luxurious lifestyle area and private consultations. Jeremy’s wife, Kirsty Bridgeman is heading up beauty.

Said Jeremy: “I wanted to really push the design boundaries to give it a look of pure luxe in line with my own individual interior style.”

Owner of High Street House, Eagerlux’s md, Andrew Mear, said: “Westrow has really added a wow factor to High Street House. It’s always great to see tenants invest in their site and Westrow has transformed the property to make it their own. The group has a great reputation across the region so I was pleased that they chose our building for its new Skipton branch.”

Opening hours are: Tuesday 9am-6pm, Wednesday 9am-7pm, Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-7pm, and Saturday 8:30-5:30pm.


celebrate-christmas-at-skiptons-high-corn-mill-with-a-sleighselfieSkipton’s medieval High Corn Mill is inviting seasonal shoppers to take part in its Christmas competition for a bit of festive fun.

From December 1 up to Christmas Eve visitors to the 14th century mill are being encouraged to take a selfie with the sleigh in the building’s courtyard and share it online. Pictures will be entered into one of two categories: 14 and under, and over 14s.

Said owner, Andrew Mear: “This year we wanted to do something different and with smart phones and social media being such a big part of everyday life, we thought a selfie competition would be a great way to help get families into the Christmas spirit.”

All entrants need to do is upload their selfies onto Twitter using the hashtag #sleighselfie and tag @akapr1 before December 25. The two winning photos will be announced in January 2017. The winner of the under 14s will get a prize from The Present Planners in Craven Court and the over 14s will receive a voucher for Tom Sexton, a beauty salon based in the mill.


andrew-mear-by-hcm-waterwheelFamily-owned businesses, Eagerlux and San Pedro Properties have been voted as one of Yorkshire’s top three property developers to put commercial space to inspiring use.

The Yorkshire Post’s ‘Excellence in Business Awards 2016’ recognised that the Halifax-based companies had completed some of the most imaginatively repurposed buildings in the region. Examples included Skipton’s medieval High Corn Mill, the town’s historic High Street House and the Old Woollen Mill in Batley.

Said Andrew Mear, md of both Eagerlux and San Pedro Properties which were started by his father and are now run with his brothers:“We were delighted to have been shortlisted from hundreds of entries to the final three. That in itself is an incredible achievement and a recognition of the work we do on properties across West Yorkshire, which we try to redevelop both imaginatively and with the environment very much front of mind.”

The Yorkshire Post awards, which first started in 2006, aim to highlight and celebrate the strength of the region’s business community and are open to firms and companies of all shapes and sizes. Winners were announced at an awards night on November 4.

Eagerlux and San Pedro Properties have a multi-million pound property portfolio in and around Yorkshire, 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 to the mill. Earlier this year it acquired it’s latest historic building – High Street House – which is also in Skipton.


andrew-mear-outside-hcmOne of Skipton’s most historic buildings, High Corn Mill, has retained its accreditation as a VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction for the second time running.

The prestigious recognition means that the mill has been rigorously assessed by the VisitEngland quality team including; car parking, cleanliness, the website, and the overall maintenance and appearance of the building, to ensure it adheres to a number of strict guidelines set out by the body.

Said Andrew Mear, owner of High Corn Mill: “I am delighted that we’ve been awarded accreditation for a second time. High Corn Mill is a great attraction that can be enjoyed by all the family – hopefully our accreditation from VisitEngland will encourage more people to come along to the mill and Skipton.

“The Waterwheel House, located in the centre of the building, is a must see and shows visitors the inner workings of the giant water wheel and water turbine, as well as discover how it generates power for the building and properties nearby.”


The heron at Skipton’s High Corn Mill. https://vimeo.com/187309418


Maria Birkett and Lou Burns of eshoesBringing the latest in shoe fashion, visitors to Skipton High Street can now browse its latest shop opening, eshoes, which opened in June.

Adding to the wide range of fashion outlets in Skipton, eshoes is a dedicated shoe shop on Skipton High Street.

Opening in High Street House, eshoes, owned by Maria Birkett, follows the success of Maria’s first store which is based in Colne.

Eshoes brings styles from across the world and offers big brands such as Dr Martens, Toms, Irregular Choice, Iron First, and Ruby Shoo. The original eshoes store has been trading in Colne for three years and online for eight.

Said Maria: “We’re excited to be opening a store in the beautiful historic town of Skipton. There is such a mix of people of different ages and tastes. I’m pleased we’ll be bringing them the latest in shoe fashion and feel confident we will accommodate their different styles and needs.”

Family run eshoes has seven employees and its opening hours are: 9:30 – 17:00 Monday to Saturday and 10:00 to 16:00 Sunday.

Said Andrew Mear, landlord of High Street House: “It’s exciting to see confidence returning to Skipton’s High Street – it’s great to welcome independent retailers into the area.”

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