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We are pleased to announce the merger of LRB Trophies with Cameo Engraving in York and The Trophy & Print Shop in Norton. We’ll be moving production over to our York workshop very soon and LRB Trophies’ customers will be able to benefit from their wealth of experience in the Trophies and Engraving business. You’ll Continue Reading

Community House in Selby held an event on the 12th June to highlight the ‘Disability Confident campaign’. This is promoted all over the UK by Justin Tomlinson, who is the UK’s Minister for Disabled People. Disabled people make a huge contribution to our national economy both as customers and as employees. Our newly elected MP for Continue Reading

A report published recently shows that Asia has overtaken Europe as the world’s second richest region. The Asia Pacific, which excludes Japan, held £30 trillion in private wealth. The number of millionaires also rose drastically in China and India. North America remains the world’s richest region with £34 trillion of private money. The report predicts Continue Reading

Six of the world’s biggest banks have been fined £3.6 billion between them for manipulating the foreign currency exchange market. JP Morgan, Barclays, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland & UBS will all plead guilty to charges made against them. Barclays was fined the most as it did not help the investigations team. Eight employees from Continue Reading

Earlier this week local businesses and support groups held their 2nd Selby Enterprise Day. The event took place on Monday at the Selby District council offices. It was attended by many people and around 30 different businesses, Support groups and networking associations who gave tips to new and old business owners. Heidi Green, from Business Continue Reading

For all those thinking about starting up in business this year, some help and guidance is available in our area very soon. This is part of a national programme that has been running since April 2012. The service is hoping to continue until at least March 2017. The advice and programme is funded by the Continue Reading

New technology has gained momentum in our high streets. Some Blog readers may already use it, while others are not aware of it. Have you spotted a ‘contactless’ card reader in your favourite shop? The technology and card readers have been around since 2007, but mainly in our big cities. It works in a similar Continue Reading

In October 2015, the minimum wage will rise by 20p to £6.70 an hour. This increase will mean more money for over a million lower paid workers throughout the UK. The Government has accepted the advice and independent recommendations to also raise the levels for younger workers over 18 by 17p to £5.30 an hour, Continue Reading

Shoppers have been spending their hard earned pennies even more recently. We’ve just had the sunniest April since records began, and this has helped lift quarterly retail sales figures for businesses across the country. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has announced an 0.6% increase in overall retail spending. The ‘feel good’ weather has made people Continue Reading

Recently I was delighted to be invited to meet the UK’s Taiwanese Ambassador, Dr Liu Chih Kung on his visit to see our historic town. Following on from Selby’s sudden increased tourism due to Asian Pop Star, Jay Chou getting married in the Abbey, the ambassador wanted to see the famous location for himself. Selby Continue Reading

In the run up to Christmas I wrote about the ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ madness that happened across the UK. These two days had been borrowed from America and became big news stories in themselves. These were the two big days when Christmas shoppers pushed and shoved their way to purchase items, just because Continue Reading

Selby’s new Leisure Centre was opened by Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington on the 21st March. £7 million has been spent re building the site and future work on a separate building could still go ahead in the future, We are delighted to have been commissioned to create the actual commemorative plaque. I’ve recently been emailing Continue Reading

Guest Blog from: http://www.forevergreenlawns.co.uk/ – Artificial grass in Football – In World Football, it is yet to be seen whether or not artificial will have an impact and will be widely used as a playing surface for major competitions. The FIFA secretary general, Jerome Valcke has previously said that he believes that the men’s world cup could be Continue Reading

Sadly for over nearly 3,000 workers, Christmas was not a enjoyable time. The courier company City Link went into administration on Christmas eve. Unless a last minute rescue package is found, they look set to be made redundant by new years day. For those who have used City Link to send their parcels, customers are Continue Reading

One of London’s famous city landmarks has been sold to a Brazilian Billionaire. Joseph Safra is reported to have paid more than £700 million for ‘the Gherkin’ tower, which is officially known as 30 St Mary Axe. Given the nickname ‘Gherkin’ because of it’s appearance, famous architect Norman Foster designed the building. It was completed Continue Reading

First published in October 2014 – This column features news that is a little bit closer to home for me, I worked for the Home Retail group for five years in total, so was regularly updated on it’s expansion details and future ideas. Home Retail owns Argos and Homebase and has it’s head office in Continue Reading

Parking in our town centre has been highlighted again with the Parking Mad TV series currently being shown on the BBC. Depending when you are reading this, Selby’s parking problems are shown in episode 2, which is aired tonight (24th). Will this be the big push required by our council to change things for the Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #121 – We have some good news for the area. With the UK’s economy slowly increasing in productivity and production, we need progression and expansion to continue in our businesses. We sometimes forget that All of our big businesses use to be ‘small businesses’ at one stage. One such progression news has arrived Continue Reading

  In previous blog postings, I have written about the Jobs Fair created by Nigel Adams MP. The event took place in October 2014 at Selby College. I was unable to attend myself, but my business partner, Janet took my place and said it was very successful. Over 700 people visited during the day, and Continue Reading

We have completed another year and Christmas has arrived. This time of year we reflect on what has happened over the last twelve months and also what the new year brings. Business wise the area has seen some large investment and has more to come. Lots of jobs have been created this month with the Continue Reading

Last week the nations retailers promoted ‘Black Friday’ which was quickly followed up by ‘Cyber Monday’ earlier this week. Both names coming from America, it is the start of the stress and panic Christmas present buying period. The idea involves retailers across the UK slashing their prices in the hope to attract shoppers into their Continue Reading

Recently, Chancellor George Osborne announced news to increase help to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in his Autumn Statement. He has pledged £400m to extend the Enterprise Capital Funds system and he would guarantee up to £500m of new bank lending. Both of these will be administered by the British Business Bank. The government has Continue Reading

LRB Trophies business partner and Selby Times ‘Trading up’ column writer, Steve Butler, was invited to the historic Mansion house in York to meet the Lord Mayor of York this week. (17/11/14). As part of York Business Week, the Lord Mayor had arranged a business meeting and breakfast for Young Entrepreneurs. After a warm welcome Continue Reading

The Selby Times readers will hopefully be busy planning their Christmas shopping lists. My kids have already circled various Doc McStuffins toys and Xbox computer systems. It will depend on the size of mince pie left out on Christmas eve, on weather Santa brings them. The logistics of getting that exact present delivered to the Continue Reading

This Saturday (6th December) thousands of independent businesses across the UK are getting together for ‘Small Business Saturday’. The was founded by American Express to celebrate and support small businesses all over the world. It shouldn’t be confused with the other ‘Small Business Sunday’ set up by Theo Paphitis. The December event is just for Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #111 – Exporting products produced or designed in the UK is a huge income for companies wanting to expand. But according to a report produced recently, Almost three out of five firms do not export and less than one in ten are thinking about doing so any time soon. This gives us a bigger Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #110 – Mixed news has arrived two years after the High Street Portas project was put in place in various locations. “Queen of Shops” celebrity Mary Portas has received positive reviews, but at the same time, come under fire after her mission to revive the UK’s High Streets. Twelve town centres had been Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #109 – Did you know that some small sized businesses are entitled to extra help from the council? Some businesses in the area are entitled to hundreds of pounds worth of help per financial year. (for up to 2 years) starting from this month. This is a UK government incentive introduced recently to Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #108 ~ Sadly over the last few weeks it looks like another high street name has been affected. Phones 4U recently went into administration putting over 5,000 jobs at risk throughout the UK. This includes the staff at the Selby branch in Market Cross. I’m sure everyone reading this wishes the local staff good Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #107 ~ Darlington based Entrepreneur and multi millionaire, Duncan Bannatyne, is set to quit the BBC Business show Dragons den after the new series has been aired. It starts later this month and was filmed earlier in the year. He is famous for telling it how it is, and isn’t afraid to tell the Continue Reading

York Trophy Blog #105 ~ This month we celebrated our third year of trading from our current Market Lane office & showroom. Our actual company birthday is in April, but we ran for the first four months from the dining room table as an online only company. Four months later we grew big enough to Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #103 ~ A local Trophy and Engraving business doesn’t just send their products to near by sports clubs and businesses, they have now ventured further afield into new territory. The Romanian Curling Federation are now customers to the Selby town centre based company. The Federation chairman got in touch with Business Partner Steve Continue Reading

York Trophy Blog #102 ~ Selby’s night life has been given four new options in the last week or two. These new venues have created numerous jobs, investment and opportunities. It is also another way to relax with friends and family saving the hassle of travelling to our near by towns and cities. Any reason Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #100 ~ As reported in last weeks Selby Times, Another positive step forward has been made for the land between Barlby and Selby. The new housing development at the former Hovis factory site, will create 800 new homes and many jobs in the process. This is a huge boost for the area, people Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

  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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

  Trophy Blog #94 ~ Earlier this month, the government announced a number of new ideas to help businesses in the Queen’s Speech. New proposals are being put into place to make it easier for small businesses to access finance and remove red tape and paperwork. Zero hour contracts and national minimum wage abusers are Continue Reading

    The football world cup is only a days away, and a poll has been produced about the worries business owners have while it is taking place. 1 in 4 senior managers and directors are concerned about the drop in productivity during the tournament. The competition is taking place in Brazil this year, and Continue Reading

  Everyone at LRB Trophies would like to send a Massive Good Luck to Mia & Emily from Sherburn Community Gymnastics Club Display Team, they are beginning the countdown to Helsinki in July 2015 for the World Gymnaestrada where the squad will represent Great Britain. We look forward to following your news over the next Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #88 – A few weeks ago I attended a workshop set up by Business Support York & North Yorkshire (BSYNY) and Selby district council. They are working together in the Selby area to help businesses and owners. I have been asked to attend many groups and meetings in the past, but they have Continue Reading

Cliffe FC, sponsored by LRB Trophies, are crowned East Riding County FA Qualifying Cup Trophy winners with a 3-2 win over Drum Athletic. Malcolm Bryce writes. Cliffe FC travelled to the home of Pocklington Town FC on Tuesday evening to face Drum Athletic from the East Riding Amateur League. Manager Keith Tiplady making four changes from Saturday’s FA Cup Continue Reading

Trophy Facts #20 – Cliffe FC, sponsored by LRB Trophies, are crowned York FA Junior Cup Trophy winners with a 2-0 win against Fulford.     Malcolm Bryce writes: A less than smooth FA Cup campaign that started way back in September with a 9-0 win against Crayke. The first half of the final was an Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #84 – On the 16th of April we celebrated our 3rd birthday of trading in the trophy & engraving world. Three years ago we changed the name of our eBay account to LRB Trophies, and off we went. Since that day we have served over 2500 customers, with all sorts of trophies and Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #83 – Manchester United have turned to the man who has won them the most trophies to replace David Moyes. The former Everton manager was sacked earlier today. Giggs, who was already player-coach under Moyes, will be thrown in at the deep end until a permanent replacement is found. The club said: “Following the departure Continue Reading

  Lewis Hamilton added another trophy to his collection after racing to victory in the Chinese Grand Prix. This was his third consecutive win for the first time in his formula 1 career. His team-mate Nico Rosberg claimed second, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso joining them on the podium. Hamilton was full of praise for the Continue Reading

Part 2 – In last weeks ‘Trading up’ column I wrote about how the Budget announcement would affect the retail and business world in the months ahead. Industry leaders have commented that it is the ‘Election’ Budget. The government is beginning its new campaign, so we all knew that a few sweeteners would be placed Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #79 – Part 1 –  In the last few weeks, the Governments Chancellor, George Osborne has announced his budget plans for us all the UK. He says that Small to Medium sized businesses will be helped more, with less paperwork and more financial assistance. Sometimes the money and help is available, we just Continue Reading

  Our Trophy & Engraving Business Partner Steve Butler, has joined the world of guest blogging to promote and help other retailers all over the world. MarketMe.co.uk invited Steve via Twitter account to add his thoughts so other people could learn from his day to day experiences. The team at MarketMe first found out about Continue Reading

The success of the fun SBS competition keeps on growing. The #SBS Winner of the previous month will get to choose the photo for the next entry. The previous months winner will also get the chance to showcase a product and get some promotion during the competition. The only rule is that the photo has Continue Reading

  Trophy Blog #72 ~ The future of our local power stations have been in the news recently. The three power stations close by are some of our areas biggest employers. I’m sure nearly every reader of this column will have a friend or relative connected somehow to the local power industry. Selby was once Continue Reading

  Trophy Blog #70 ~ Millions of sports fans around the world will tune in tonight for the 2014 Super Bowl. (11pm UK time) The Denver Broncos face The Seattle Seahawks for the title of Super Bowl XLVIII winners. American football is watched by millions of people during the season, but hundreds of millions could Continue Reading

  Trophy Blog #67 ~ This piece was written for my newspaper column last year >>> Selby has a number of large empty shops currently doing nothing. The old Kwick Save and Do It All stores are boarded up, sat collecting dust. Here’s one idea, while the owners and agents are waiting for the next Continue Reading

Following the success and number of people taking part in the first Theo Paphitis #SBS Caption Competition, I am going to co-ordinate a monthly caption competition going forwards. The #SBS Winner of the previous month will get to choose the photo for the next entry. That winner can also donate a prize and will get Continue Reading

As part of #SBS networking and building business relations, I started the Theo Paphitis #SBS caption competition just after the #SBS event in November 2013. #SBS winners on the Theo Paphitis #SBS facebook group are invited to write a funny caption underneath an Theo Paphitis / #SBS themed photograph. These are some of the captions Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #64 ~ 2014 will hopefully see the start of some massive engineering projects in the Selby area. As long as all the red tape is cleared and all questions and enquiries are answered, we can look forward to three huge projects taking place. The Main one is the new Leisure centre on Scott Continue Reading

– Trophy Blog #58 – From my newspaper column – Over the last few weeks I have been involved in various discussions via the facebook group ‘SOS Selby’ about the state and attractiveness of our shops and businesses in the town centre. One positive highlight is the new Home Bargains superstore has now opened. A Continue Reading

Trophy Blog #55 ~ I write this column having spent the day at the York Railway Museum attending a S.E.O. (Search Engine Optimization) workshop and training course. In today’s fast pace of life, business owners need to try and be one step ahead of the competition. In the past, customers dug out the old yellow pages, Continue Reading

  Trophy Blog #49 – Last weekend all sorts of venues, shops and businesses grouped together to host the first ever Selby Fest event. It was superbly advertised in advance and the ladies giving out the maps had great enthusiasm. The market place was transformed into lots of colour and laughter, while other town centre locations Continue Reading

  Blog #46 ~ This Blog continues my 10x Q&A questionnaire from earlier in the year. Name: Tony Flannery Company: TK Engineering Projects Ltd. Position: Director/owner. No. of people working at your company: Just myself, I subcontract everything to other local companies. 1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply. I wouldn’t do Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading