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 in Selby. Gabrielle Owen feels the time is right to take on an a established business and at the same time, expand it. She has purchased and taken over Authentco North, formally based on New Street. She has combined and relaunced it to create ‘A Shade Braver’. This new start will be based in a new location on the Vivars Way trading estate. The business will specialise in the special design paint that Authentco use to sell and also ‘up cycling’. The aim of the company is to save pieces of furniture from going into the landfill system. Many design TV shows have taken on the new trend of changing an old unloved piece into a new and fresh look. This can normally be done much cheaper then going out to buy a new product. A Shade Braver will also run classes on how to get the ‘interior design’ look on pieces of furniture that are either unloved or heading for the tip. Also involved in the new project will be Philip, he has his own business ‘Unique’. This side of the new company will specialise in creating furniture and one off designs made from Salvaged wood & glass.
A Shade Braver will opening it's doors to a launch party on Saturday (31st January) and open to visitors and customers from February onwards. I believe all the Selby Times readers will wish them success. 
  Trophy Blog #60 ~ A very warm welcome to Coe & Co who have opened up on Gowthorpe in the old Clinton card shop. The company already have a successful branch in Scunthorpe, so it’s great that they feel positive about starting up in Selby. Also it shows that the national economy is growing more positively to give them the confidence to start up another branch. Having walked past a few times, they have the award for the brightest shop on the high street. Lots of shiny things to capture the shoppers eye as they cross at the crossing. The owners have spent a lot of money refitting and redecorating a once tired looking shop. Anything that gives Gowthorpe an extra buzz is very welcome for us local traders. We always welcome ‘something new’ in the area as it brings in extra footfall, who then are able to nip in the other shops as they are already in town. In other news the Osborne House Residential home is ready to open, I drive past it every day and have seen the progress from start to finish. It has created many local jobs and will attract the residents visiting families into the area. I remember speaking to their recruitment team at the Jobs Fair back in October. They wanted to have as many local based employees as possible and I see most of the jobs came as a direct result of the Jobs Fair. A handful of the owners of the CV’s I revamped had some careering experience so hopefully they might be starting their new job soon.