Blog #44 – As the world rapidly moves forward, I find myself trying to keep up to date with various social media and ways of attracting business and jobs to the area. Perhaps we should look at the past first. I was asked recently to choose a photograph that highlighted Selby. The winning photograph had a number of elements in it to help me make it win the prize. First of all it had Selby’s biggest tourist attraction in it. How many of us have actually visited Selby Abbey other than for a wedding or a school trip many years ago? The abbey has volunteers and part time employees to keep it going, it has a shop selling historical and tourist items. Why not have a look. Also in the photo, it had the market place in the foreground, How many of us use it? – remember we are famous as the ‘Market’ town of Selby. Hundreds of jobs are connected to the market either by the many traders who set up in all weathers, the town council employees who administer it or the street cleaners who collect the rubbish at the end of the day. We need to try and go buy fruit and veg from the stool near the post office, get some fresh fish for teatime or buy a brew and a bacon butty from the van. Have a look around. You never know, you might buy spot or buy something you need!
Blog #43 – Buckingham Palace has had a football pitch marked out in it’s gardens to host two of the oldest British football clubs. The game will take place on the 7th October. As president of the FA, Prince William had been behind the idea, but he needed his grandmother’s permission first. He will host the event and also present medals to 150 grassroots volunteers in recognition of the time they have given to the game. The game will be between Civil Service FC v Polytechnic FC. – Civil Service FC is the sole surviving club from the 11 clubs who founded the FA in the Freemasons’ Tavern in London in 1863 and later drafted the 13 original laws of association football as we know it today. Polytechnic FC was formed in 1875. I will post more news about the game when it happens.
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  Blog #42 ~ Another Q&A with a local business owner ~ Name: Simon Easthill ~ Company: Easthill Computers ~ Position: Owner ~ No. of people working at your company: 1 – Q1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply. Welcome boards on the outskirts of town. Each feeder road would have one indicating forthcoming events in the town. Ie, markets, Town Hall gigs. Make entrances look ‘pretty’ – spruce up the roundabouts with plants etc. FREE PARKING in town to draw people there instead of out of town developments. We have an Amphitheatre which is rarely used/known about. – Q2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? Advertising. – Q3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? We are desperate for a cinema or similar so I would propose the money went into funding for that. Also, I would address answers to question 1. – Q4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? Abbey – Q5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby? – Sadly our town in my opinion is over run by supermarkets, bookies and ‘cheap’ shops. Due to the current economic climate, businesses are closing or moving out of town to where there is FREE PARKING and a selection of varied shops all next to each other. This includes my company. I guess the market is the main draw for people but again, that seems to be dwindling. – Q6, How many hours do you work each week? 45-60. Q7, One reason to be proud of Selby? I feel generally safe due to low crime! Q8, One thing you would change about Selby? – It’s stigma. A lot of people think of Selby as a ‘lower class’ town and this profile needs to be changed. This needs to be changed again through advertising and boasting about the things we have. Q9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? Probably, mortgage to pay! Q10, Best way to unwind locally. A nice steak at Ryther!
Blog #43 – We currently have two very important, old and valuable football trophies (No cup names, so the teams don’t get told off!) in with our Silversmith repair department. Both received some damage during the celebrations after these teams had won the matches. Our silversmith can repair the damage and make it look as good as the day it was handed to them. This got me thinking, The celebration is the major part of winning the trophy. All the hard work and pain finally being put aside as you and your team have won it. Once the celebrations are over the Trophy goes up on a shelf or in a display cabinet in pride of place for all to see. (unless you need it fixing by us!) – While I was researching my ‘Trophy Facts’ (see news section) I spotted that in one of the Ice Hockey leagues, each player, member of coaching staff and backroom staff get to have the trophy for 24 hours. I wonder what exciting trips this trophy has been on! One day I will Google it and share the photos with you! – A few years ago, the ‘powers that be’ said junior teams up to a certain age couldn’t play for trophies. It was the ‘taking part that counts’ – very strange at the time, but aimed at the lesser sporty team members who never won anything. This rule seams to be ignored by the teams as earlier this year, during our peak presentation months, coaches and manager still wanted to award their team members. We still engraved the normal ‘big three’ such as Managers Player, Players Player and Top Goal Scorer, but we also found that new awards needed engraving such as: ‘Best Trainer’, ‘Best Attitude’ and ‘Best Team Player’.
Blog #40 ~ From my “Big 10x Q&A’s” business questions for the Selby Times business column printed earlier in 2013. Name: Sarah Johnston ~ Company: Quality Hotel Leeds Selby Fork ~ Position: Sales Manager ~ No. of people working at your company: 30. Q1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply. Get rid of the car parking fees even if just a couple of days to start to try and draw people back in. Q2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? To put towards an event as a thank you to the staff for all of their hard work. Q3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? Improve and tidy up the appearance of the entrance to the town and to make it more inviting for visitors. Q4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? Has to be the Abbey. Q5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby. The local and independent shops – whilst big names do draw people in it is also nice to have smaller independent stores that value their customers and do not just treat them as a number. Q6, How many hours do you work each week? 40 – 50. Q7, One reason to be proud of Selby.? The continued efforts of the local business owners to try and improve the towns reputation. Q8, One thing you would change about Selby? Raise awareness of the town through the correct advertising and change peoples perception of the town. Q9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? Absolutley. Q10, Best way to unwind locally? Feel like I am on the go 24/7 most of the time, but a stroll around Selby on a Saturday morning browsing the shops is a must!!!
Blog #39 ~ I have spent this week photographing and loading our ‘Occasions’ & ‘Vintage’ products onto our ebay site. We send our trophies and awards to any address in the world, and many of them are the all important ‘repeat customers’. The main appeal of eBay to myself as an business owner is our massive increase in audience. Millions of people have an eBay account. Online shopping is increasing every single day. Shoppers aren’t that bothered anymore if their item comes from Aberdeen or Adelaide. After a long days work, it is so easy to be sat on the sofa, click a few buttons and 3 days later open the front door. The postman has your item for you and you haven’t even left the house. – Why not have a browse in our eBay shop via the link on the main page toolbar. You can pay via paypal or credit card over the phone.
  As the #QueenOf day I started during the Jubilee is going from strength to strength I wanted to winners to be able to get something to show they were real Royalty. I met steve through being fellow #SBS winners and after looking through the styles available I chose a fab Diamond Crystal Award. An easy process to translate the design to engraving and I see other things in the pipeline that I’ll need to use LRB Trophies. Top qualities: Great Results , Good Value. http://www.aquadesigngroup.co.uk/ – Dylan Moore – owner of Aqua Design Group – September 2013
Blog #38 – More positive news in the area for people wanting a new job. The front page of last weeks Selby Times gave details of hundreds of new jobs once the future expansion projects in Sherburn start. One of the main attractions for multi national companies into the Sherburn industrial estates are the great transport links. The A1, M1 and M62 are all within a few miles, also two main railway lines are nearby for people who don’t drive and possible ‘cleaner’ delivery expansion options. Anyone who gets the train to Leeds will see the Old Gascoigne Wood site still has it’s railway sidings in place, these are a ready made bonus for a new factory to be built on it. The site did have a huge new carriage works earmarked for it, but sadly, it didn’t materialise. Watchers of the Eddie Stobart TV programme regularly see their most famous driver Mark Dixon, start or finish his shift in their Sherburn depot, Mark lives in the area and might be reading this (send @LRBTrophies a message on Twitter if you are Mark!) If the country’s biggest haulier has a large depot here already then it is easy for other companies to see the attraction and follow in their footsteps. Selby has two of it’s own huge investment plans coming soon. The Olympia Park site in Barlby and the Marina on the old Rigid site. Not only will these projects create construction jobs during the first stage, but also once completed they will both require retail and office jobs afterwards. More news on this to follow in future columns
Cliffe FC reserves welcomed close neighbours Hemingbrough United reserves to Oxen Lane in a preseason friendly and also to try and win back the Archie McCartney Trophy. This is awarded to the winner everytime the two neighbouring teams play eachother. The ‘LRB Trophies Opposition Man of the Match Award’ winner was awarded to Luke Zacharenko. Well done Luke. He wins a £25 discount voucher from LRB Trophies for the club to use in their future presentation requirements. The voucher is valid for one year so it can be saved for the end of season presentation if required. Please look out for future Opposition Man of the Match award news. FT: Cliffe FC Reserves 1 – 3 Hemingbrough United Reserves