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 http://www.selbyfoodfestival.co.uk/ or call into mollies cheese shop for more details. LRB 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 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