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feva window competition – August 2022

Help us turn the town pink with the annual feva window competition, which will run from 12 – 21 August 2022. Decorate your shop or town centre window in feva pink and you could be in with a chance of winning this year’s competition and feva cup.

There will be a chance for residents and visitors to vote for their favourite windows, with the results assisting the judging panel with their final decision.

Chamber have also funded a gorgeous new art trail map for this year’s feva festival, illustrated by a local artist.

Find out more about feva at www.feva.info.

feva art trail map 2022

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Chamber ‘Dress Up’ Competition Winner – June 2022

Congratulations to the winners of our recent Jubilee Dressup Competition. We had lots of great entries, but we really liked the innovative nature of Amanda and Joanna’s ‘Trooping the Colour’. They even had their own trainer!

Amanda, one half of the winning horse ‘Betsy’ commented

‘We’re so pleased that the Chamber appreciated our mad idea. It was a hot day to be wearing a horse’s head, but worth every minute when we saw people’s reaction’

Co-winner Joanna and her husband Max, who moved to Knaresborough in March, would love a shout out to the wonderful community spirit and the local businesses who have blown them away with their welcome and customer service since they moved here, including Huttons, Appletons, Wild Thing, Perfect Nails, Fred Browns and Kelly Teggin Hair and Beauty. Hopefully they will choose to spend their £50 winnings in one of Knaresborough’s fantastic local businesses!

When not dressed as a horse, Joanna works for the organisers of the new Marco Pierre White Food Festival, which is coming to Harrogate at the end of October to celebrate the great Yorkshireman’s 45th year in catering.


We ran our ‘Dress up for Jubilee’ competition in honour of the Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee. Entrants were asked to upload a photo of themselves or their team in their best 1950’s or Jubilee themed outfit using #knaresboroughjubileedressup and tag in @knaresboroughct. There was a £50 cash prize for the lucky winner. The person uploading the photo had to have the consent of anyone featured, or their parent or guardian if under 18. 

The competition launched on Monday 30 May 2022 and closed on Monday 6 June 2022. See full terms and conditions below.

There were also various community events taking place over the Jubilee Bank Holiday period, including a children’s flag making workshop, a flag parade through the town, an artisan market in the Market Place, 1950’s themed Garden Party and live entertainment in the grounds of Knaresborough House and a dog show on St John’s Church field. You can find out more by joining the official Knaresborough Jubilee Facebook group or following the Platinum Jubilee Facebook Page.


Dress up for the Jubilee Competition Terms and Conditions

Promoter: Knaresborough Chamber of Trade & Commerce, c/o 8 York Place, Knaresborough, England, HG5 0AA

Opening and closing date: The competition will launch on Monday 30 May 2022 and close at 11.59pm on Monday 6 June 2022.

How to enter: The competition is open to any person or organisation in the HG5 postcode area who uploads a photo to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram of themselves or their team in 1950’s or Jubilee fancy dress, using the hashtag #greatknaresboroughdressup. The person uploading the photo must have the consent of anyone featured, or their parent or guardian if under 18. 

The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries which are not successfully registered, or which are delayed, due to a technical fault, technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure of any kind.

Prizes: There is one cash prize of £50, as stated.

Winner selection: One winner will be drawn by a panel of judges from all valid entries within 10 working days of the closing date.The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into, except with the winner(s). The winner may be asked to participate in publicity following selection.

Notification: The winner will be notified by the promoter using the details displayed on their social media account, or if necessary via Direct Message or the contact section of their business website. If the winner fails to respond to the notification within 14 days of receipt, the prize will be awarded to the runner up. The winner should allow 28 days from responding to the promoters notification for delivery of their prize.

Winners details: The winners details (name or company only) will be available 28 days from the competition closing date for a period of 6 weeks by sending a SAE requesting the information to c/o 8 York Place, Knaresborough, England, HG5 0AA. 

Agreement to terms and condition: entry to this competition constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions and an agreement to be bound by them. 

Withdrawal of competition: The promoter reserves the right to withdraw, cancel, suspend this competition or amend these terms and conditions without prior notice and without liability to any party if it becomes necessary to do so.

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Knaresborough Trading Conditions Survey – May 2022

A recent survey undertaken by Knaresborough Chamber of Trade suggests that the town may be bucking the national trend.  3 out of 4 traders said that conditions were either the same or better than pre-COVID suggesting that all the efforts to support local during the pandemic are bearing fruit.  However, they also reported growing pressures on costs of both stock and overheads, which were the top concerns of traders impacting on profitability. 

Chamber Committee member Charlotte Gale says “whilst we’re obviously pleased that most traders in Knaresborough are positive about current conditions there is also a real concern about the impacts of rising prices for both business costs and people’s spending power over coming months.”

When asked what would further support recovery Traders said that most effort should be put into encouraging existing and new residents from the town’s local housing developments to continue to shop local.  This message was part of the joint initiative between Chamber and Knaresborough Connectors, the Lions and Rotary with the ‘Welcome to Knaresborough’ booklet distributed free to all new residents. 

Peter Lacey, another Chamber Committee member, says “everybody in the town wants to see a thriving business community for convenience, recreation, jobs and ensuring an attractive visitor experience.  It’s only by working together in that goal that we can weather whatever the cost of living crisis sends out way.”

Some of the comments by traders in the survey responses reflect the cautiously optimistic mood reflected in the survey.

“We need to keep working on making the High Street tidier.”

“The recent Spring Fair was brilliant because it supported business and didn’t compete with them.”

“Never seen Knaresborough so busy its fantastic.  Town is buzzing”

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Chamber attends Knaresborough Voice workshop – April 2022

Chamber is part of a group of community organisations that are exploring key issues relating to the future reorganisation of local government

A recent event organised by Chain Lane Community Hub and Knaresborough Connectors, but involving about a dozen other town groups, reviewed findings from several recent local surveys to identify areas where working together could bring positive change. Charlotte Gale attended the three hour workshop on behalf of Knaresborough Chamber, with Peter Lacey also chairing the event.

The group includes members of the new Town Council, so we’ll hopefully be singing from the same hymn sheet as a town when discussing what responsibilities we wish to see devolved from the new Unitary Authority from April 2024. 

There were also other matters of significance for local businesses which came out of the recent surveys. These included attracting businesses that could fill town centre gaps and in encouraging more people from the town and surrounding areas to use the centre for shopping and recreation.  Chamber will continue to play a key role in these discussions going forward.

You can find out more about this initiative at www.knaresboroughvoice.org.uk.

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Chamber Knaresborough Banking and ATM Update – 2022

The loss of all seven banks and building societies, as well as all but two of Knaresborough’s town centre ATMs, had a significant impact on the town. Not only due to loss of local amenities, but also reduced footfall and other challenges for the local business community.

Knaresborough Chamber campaigned against banking closures and more recently has worked with local councillors to help address the needs of local businesses and work towards solutions to the town’s banking problems.

Current banking projects include a multi-bank Banking HUB, the re-instatement of a Market Place ATM and a community branch of Newcastle Building Society in the library.  Both the Banking HUB and Newcastle Building Society projects will include provision for the business community.

Newcastle Building Society are also looking to recruit staff to join their Knaresborough team. For more information, visit https://www.newcastle.co.uk/careers.

Chamber are Proud to Support Henshaws Beer Festival

It’s great to see Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre back open … just in time for their Beer Festival on 14 and 15 May 2022.

We’re delighted to financially support this event and hope that you’ll join us in welcoming back this fantastic community asset.

Henshaws Beer Festival - May 2022
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Coherent Mind

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But we are all different! Therefore any lasting improvement in our life must be rooted in our work, our home and our play – we can’t do it all on our own!

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A strong and resilient organisation has strong and resilient individuals because strong and resilient individuals form a strong and resilient organisation, be that a business, friendship, or family.

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Find out more at: www.coherentmind.co.uk.

Knaresborough Chamber Member Coherent Mind

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The Whole Systems Partnership

The Whole Systems Partnership supports the health service at all levels to implement national policy.  It offers consultancy services that bring partners together to consider how best to respond to local needs.  WSP works with experts in service redesign to support this work and has developed an expertise in building computer simulation models that help people make sense of complex challenges.  In recent years its work has focussed on strategic workforce planning, COVID modelling and system wide demand and capacity modelling.

The WSP team also provide pro bono support to local community groups who have played a critical role in the recent pandemic.  WSPs office is also home to Knaresborough Connectors and makes its offices available at no charge to local community groups as the need arises.

Find out more at: www.thewholesystem.co.uk.

Whole Systems Partnership Knaresborough Chamber Member Logo

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Chamber Sponsors New Civic Society Market Blue Plaque

We were delighted to contribute to a new Market Place blue plaque, commissioned by Knaresborough Civic Society to commemorate the town’s historic Wednesday market. 

The market is one of the oldest in the country, with King Edward II granting Knaresborough a Royal Charter to hold a market in 1310, and is an important asset for our community.

Chamber have played an active role in its preservation over the past 5 years and we hope that it will continue to thrive at the heart of our historic market town for many years to come.

Roger the town crier expertly announced the unveiling at today’s market, with photos taken on behalf of the town by Chamber Member Charlotte Gale.

Roger the town crier

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Beginners Guide to Knaresborough – Welcoming our New Residents

One of the key things which has been highlighted by Chamber surveys and group discussions is the importance of local trade for many businesses in the town.

Whilst some do rely heavily on tourists, many are almost entirely dependent on local residents or businesses. The new housing developments on the outskirts of the town will bring many new residents to Knaresborough, many of whom may struggle to feel part of the community due to geographical location.

Chamber recognised an opportunity to engage with this new potential customer base and have worked with Knaresborough Town Council, Knaresborough Connectors, Knaresborough Rotary and Knaresborough Lions to produce a ‘Beginners Guide to Knaresborough’ booklet, ably narrated by Roger the Town Crier.

These booklets have been delivered to new residents and also distributed to local estate agents. New residents can also find out more information on the knaresborough.community website, managed by Knaresborough Connectors. 

Beginners Guide to Knaresborough Booklet Beginners Guide to Knaresborough Supporters

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