Trophy Blog #99 ~ In the past few weeks, two retail units have become vacant near my office on market lane in the town centre. Sadly both of these are former independent traders who have been trying to earn a living in the town centre for many, many years. At the time of writing, the reasons for closure are unknown, so I can’t go into why they have closed down. However this gives other businesses in the area an opportunity to expand. They could increase their own opportunities on the high street and progress to the next stage up the ladder. Is this the time to increase his or hers own shop floor space? For some people the economy seems to be slowly picking up so is this the time to do something about it? Moving into these bigger premises could vastly increase your sales area, but at the same time also increase income and all important case flow. Also some businesses could be cleaver and may want to downsize from their current premises. Paying big bills for unused space takes up vital cash flow that could be used on other things. Apart from the busy end of season football presentations in June and July, about half of our own customers buy from us online, so moving from our current location isn’t in our own business plan. Our online customers don’t care if the item comes from a computerised warehouse or from a second floor rented office. As long as it arrives within a reasonable time frame it doesn’t matter to them. I look forward to welcoming new neighbours into these retail units in future ‘Trading up’ columns.  
001 (77)LRB Trophies will happily give any unwanted awards, trophies and Cups a new home. We can fix and re-engrave them, or use them for parts to make up new ones. This is a great way to Go Green! Recently we started selling our own recycled trophies to help clubs and groups with limited budgets. If you wish to keep any trophies and awards you already have, for a small fee we can clean, rebuild, repair and re-engrave them for you.
001 (77) Do you have any old trophies sat around collecting dust or boxed up in the loft? We will gladly take them off you to free up some space. LRB Trophies can reuse and re-engrave them, or use them for parts to make up new ones. We can collect any old Trophies, Awards, Cups, Medals or Plaques in the York and surrounding North Yorkshire area for Free (subject to quantities etc). These Trophies can be transformed, recycled, and reused back into the sporting world. While our collection service is available in Yorkshire, people wishing to donate from further afield can send them to our Selby office/showroom. (2 Market Lane, Selby YO8 4QA) You can drop them off anytime between Monday – Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm – We recommend you call us on 07535 555 410 if dropping off a large quantity of trophies so we can assist you if need be. This is a great way to Go Green! Recently we started selling our own recycled trophies to help clubs and groups with limited budgets. If you wish to keep any trophies and awards you already have, for a small fee we can clean, rebuild, repair and re-engrave them for you. Customers can come into the showroom or shop online (via our ebay store link on our toolbar) to purchase these trophies at a discounted rate via the ‘Make Offer’ button. They are all unique, individual, and ready to add to your event, presentation or sports competition.

Vincenzo Nibali races to Victory

Vincenzo Nibali has won the 101st Tour de France as he finished the final stage on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. He had a winning margin of 7.37 minutes over second placed Jean-Christophe Peraud. He is the first Italian winner since Marco Pantani in 1998. The Tour de France started over here in the UK with billions of fans tuned in to watch the various stages in and around Leeds, York, Harrogate, Cambridge and a classic finish in front of Buckingham Palace in London. The tour de france has been running for weeks. It started on Saturday July 5th and ran on 21 different courses in the UK and French countryside until the victory celebration on Sunday July 27th. The total distance of the race is over 2,200 miles. 2013’s trophy winner and UK favourite, Chris Froome had to quit the race early after crashing in the opening stages. Nibali won four stages of the Tour, including one in each in the mountain stages in the Vosges, the Alps and the Pyrenees.

Trophy Blog #96 ~
In 2013 I attended a breakfast meeting about the roll out of Super Fast Broadband being 
installed across the country. Our MP Nigel Adams gave us some information on how it can
improve internet coverage and how business can improve from it. You may have noticed the 
Green cabinets being installed in a street near you. These are the Broadband hubs doing 
all the work. North Yorkshire has been one of the most successful, but also challenging 
areas to cover. The governments plan is to have 100% of all residential and business 
premises in North Yorkshire to have broadband by 2017. This includes all the farms and 
villages across the Moors. Already 110,000 premises now have improved access of 25mps or 
more. The focus now is to increase effects on the 10% of really rural areas that are miles 
away from our main city of York and towns such as Bridlington and Malton. A separate 
innovation fund involving millions of pounds has been set up to focus on the exceptional 
engineering and logistics needed to supply a farm or village off the beaten track.

The village of Burn near Selby, had a reasonable service a few years ago, but when the kids 
came home from school and logged onto facebook and online computer games those levels 
dropped. Now the new cabinet is in the village, it has given everyone the same level of 
service. This level stays the same all the time, rather then dipping in and out. 

Another part of the broadband roll out has been helping businesses in the area.
I've been on two of these master classes myself and gained all sorts of advice and 
guidance which I have used in my everyday business.
Trophy Blog #95 ~ Local business owners and shop keepers in the area are always thinking of ways of attracting shoppers and visitorsinto the town. Once new visitors see what is on offer, they could be tempted to leave the near by busy cities and stay longer in Selby. One event happening soon is the Selby Food & Wine Festival due to take place on the 12th July. Lots of local suppliers, caterers and producers are working together to create a bigger and improved attraction for us to attend. This is the third year it has taken place and this time is on a much bigger scale. You may have attended the first two held indoors at Selby Town Hall. Richard Sharp of Mollie Sharp’s Cheese & Deli on Finkle street is the mastermind behind the event along with Tony from Rooms4all and Richard from Heaven & Home. This year a lot of red tape and paperwork has been filled in to make it even better. Selby community groups have pulled out all the stops to move it outdoors so more people can enjoy what is on offer. Richard says that with the cooperation of Selby Town Council and other sponsors, it has been possible to expand the event into the town centre itself. Lots of stalls and food tasting events are taking place outside on the market place outside the Abbey and expanding along Finkle street itself. This will be a great day out with something for everyone, so why not go and try something different, get tasting something new as it may become your new favourite food! Check out their website or call into mollies cheese shop for more details.
LRB TLRB Trophies recently completed three trophy presentations for different age groups at local football club, Goole Town Tigers. We are delighted to receive the following review from them: “On behalf of Goole Town Tigers JFC, I would just like to say a massive thank you to LRB Trophies for the speed and quality of the trophies for our presentation evenings. I’m sure we shall be doing business again!” – Marc Brown – July 2014  
LRB T Everyone at LRB Trophies loves hearing positive feedback from our customers, – here is our latest Review: “Steve Butler from LRB Trophies has done several top jobs for The Willows and NY Images over the past few months – excellent engraving on name tags and inscriptions. Thanks Steve great job. Highly recommended” – Graham Watson – June 2014