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 require our own premises and this is where we are trading from today. Since August 2011, we have served nearly 3000 customers and now have repeat customers all over the UK, Europe, America and further afield. In our three years of trading we have won four awards ourselves, included in one of the prizes is the ongoing work we do with Multi Millionaire Theo Paphitis and his Ryman group. Many new businesses fail to mark the three years of trading mark without going bust. Sadly those who don’t make it have many different reasons for failing to do so. We are very proud to say we are still around and look forward to many more successful years to come. The secret behind this is to give customers what they want, when they want and at a price that keeps them returning year after year. I have been given help and guidance from all sorts of areas, but I had to go out and look hard to find it. Do some homework and research the problem online. Business owners can learn all sorts of tips to help their own business grow and become successful. Local councils and the UK government want businesses to be successful as it creates more jobs and means more money being spent in the local economy. Everyone at LRB Trophies would like to thank all of our local customers for using our services and the many people who have helped our business grow.  
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 engraving services, from all over the world. After our first four months of online trading we moved to our current Market Lane office and showroom. 2013 was a very busy year of trading, with many new customers and products sent to new territory. It was also very successful year for us both in progression and recognition. We won three social media awards and gained praise from a multi-millionaire retailer. Theo Paphitis has one of our trophies in his office. Our prize package from Theo Paphitis is still ongoing and we might have some exciting news to come soon. As soon as I know the full details I promise to let the ‘Trading Up’ readers know first. So watch this space! During the last three years, Selby and the surrounding area has slowly changed for the better for the shopper and trader. The economy is bit by bit gathering pace again and I’ve got my fingers, toes and eyes crossed that this continues. I still think that Selby could follow in Tadcaster’s footsteps and offer free parking, even if it is just a Tuesday morning or Saturday afternoon, if the powers that be can get the people into the town centre, it is up to the traders and businesses to do the rest. Sadly another two long established shops on Gowthorpe are closing down for good, both for different reasons. Hopefully they will not be empty for long and some of the staff can work in the new businesses.