Trophy Blog #53 ~ Here is another of my ‘Big 10 Q&A’s’ from my newspaper column printed earlier in the year. Name: Steve Whitehead ~ Company:The Griffin Pub ~ Position: Manager ~ No. of people working at your company: 15 1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply? lower business rates to a greater variety of shops into town ~ 2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? Take my staff out on a team building exercise ~ 3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? invest in something for teenagers to do ~ 4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? Selby Abbey ~ 5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby? can’t think of one especially now the market stall holders have to put their own stalls up, so shoppers don’t bother coming if weathers bad. ~ 6, How many hours do you work each week? 50 average ~ 7, One reason to be proud of Selby? it’s a welcoming place with lots of untapped potential ~ 8, One thing you would change about Selby? the people who make decisions about selby’s future ~ 9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? hopefully ~ 10, Best way to unwind locally? 10 go for a walk around Selby horse shoe then go to your local for a nice cold beer
  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 anything to improve Selby on the cheap. I would do it properly or not at all. 2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? I would improve my IT skills. 3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? I would provide free car parking and finish the building at the junction of Brook Street and Gowthorpe. 4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? The Abbey (obviously). 5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby. Good range of shops, but too many charity shops. 6, How many hours do you work each week? 55/60. 7, One reason to be proud of Selby. I have lived here all my life, if I was not proud of it, I would move, Selby is individual and rightly so. 8, One thing you would change about Selby? Provide free car parking. 9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? Yes. 10, Best way to unwind locally. For me, Burn Gliding Club.
  Blog #42 ~ Another Q&A with a local business owner ~ Name: Simon Easthill ~ Company: Easthill Computers ~ Position: Owner ~ No. of people working at your company: 1 – Q1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply. Welcome boards on the outskirts of town. Each feeder road would have one indicating forthcoming events in the town. Ie, markets, Town Hall gigs. Make entrances look ‘pretty’ – spruce up the roundabouts with plants etc. FREE PARKING in town to draw people there instead of out of town developments. We have an Amphitheatre which is rarely used/known about. – Q2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? Advertising. – Q3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? We are desperate for a cinema or similar so I would propose the money went into funding for that. Also, I would address answers to question 1. – Q4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? Abbey – Q5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby? – Sadly our town in my opinion is over run by supermarkets, bookies and ‘cheap’ shops. Due to the current economic climate, businesses are closing or moving out of town to where there is FREE PARKING and a selection of varied shops all next to each other. This includes my company. I guess the market is the main draw for people but again, that seems to be dwindling. – Q6, How many hours do you work each week? 45-60. Q7, One reason to be proud of Selby? I feel generally safe due to low crime! Q8, One thing you would change about Selby? – It’s stigma. A lot of people think of Selby as a ‘lower class’ town and this profile needs to be changed. This needs to be changed again through advertising and boasting about the things we have. Q9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? Probably, mortgage to pay! Q10, Best way to unwind locally. A nice steak at Ryther!
Blog #40 ~ From my “Big 10x Q&A’s” business questions for the Selby Times business column printed earlier in 2013. Name: Sarah Johnston ~ Company: Quality Hotel Leeds Selby Fork ~ Position: Sales Manager ~ No. of people working at your company: 30. Q1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply. Get rid of the car parking fees even if just a couple of days to start to try and draw people back in. Q2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? To put towards an event as a thank you to the staff for all of their hard work. Q3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? Improve and tidy up the appearance of the entrance to the town and to make it more inviting for visitors. Q4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? Has to be the Abbey. Q5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby. The local and independent shops – whilst big names do draw people in it is also nice to have smaller independent stores that value their customers and do not just treat them as a number. Q6, How many hours do you work each week? 40 – 50. Q7, One reason to be proud of Selby.? The continued efforts of the local business owners to try and improve the towns reputation. Q8, One thing you would change about Selby? Raise awareness of the town through the correct advertising and change peoples perception of the town. Q9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? Absolutley. Q10, Best way to unwind locally? Feel like I am on the go 24/7 most of the time, but a stroll around Selby on a Saturday morning browsing the shops is a must!!!
Blog #29 ~ Training and Qualifications are very inportant in the modern business world. One of the biggest is having all of your team members trained in the latest Health & Saftey requirements. The following Q&A’s are from the owner of Selby’s number one training specialist Phil Harvey. Look them up via: www.icetecltd.co.uk (Originally Printed in the Selby Times earlier in the Year) ~ Name: Phil Harvey Company: Icetec Training Solutions LTD Position: Director No. of people working at your company: 5 Q1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply? ~ promote Selby to larger national business to try generate large names move to the area to create jobs. Q2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? ~ Towards the extorsionate rates bills we and other Selby business are faced with each year which hinders growth and in some cases causes failure. Q3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? ~ Towards an all ages charity training scheme to aid people back to work now that there is no funding available for training in the area and to aid those people to travel to areas with more work available. Q4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? ~ Abbey Q5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby. ~ Everything is accessable for all ages no cobbles,slopes or large amounts of steps. Q6, How many hours do you work each week? ~ 60 Q7, One reason to be proud of Selby. ~ Its history. Q8, One thing you would change about Selby? ~The stigma it has attached to it for substance misuse and unemployment. Q9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? ~ I would hope so but with the cost of overheads and lack of growth in Selby there are cheaper alternatives near to the town just as accessable which may force a move to allow growth. Q10, Best way to unwind locally? ~ Selby has an array of fine restaurants.
Blog #19. ~ Today’s Blog features another ‘Big 10 Questions’ from a local business owner. These are from Joe, who owns JR Classics based in nearby Askern. Sadly these never made it to print as the newspaper editor at the time asked me to focus my ‘Business Matters’ column into other areas. To make up for not getting his views into print I have added the link to his website: www.jrclassics.co.uk – please take a look to see if he can help you with any car related problem you have. ~ Joe Ratcliffe ~ JR Classics Ltd ~ Owner Q1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply. ~ Presently there is a lack of business / industrial space. More reasonaly priced business units would attract new small businesses to Selby. Q2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? ~ Either on equipment or advertising. Q3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? ~ I would develop more cheap business/industrial space to attract small/new businesses to the area. Q4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? ~ Selby Abbey. Q5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby. ~ Selbys outdoor market. Q6, How many hours do you work each week? ~ Approx 45 hours. Q7, One reason to be proud of Selby. ~ Selbys history and its countryside/nature. Q8, One thing you would change about Selby? ~ If I could change anything about Selby it would be for there to be more opportunities for people locally. Q9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? ~ Probably, yes. Q10, Best way to unwind locally. ~ Getting outdoors, running/walking. Hambleton Hough, Fairburn Ings and the waterways.
  Blog #15 – Here is another of my ‘Top 10 Business Questions’ I did for our ‘Business Matters’ newspaper column. Name: Jackie Mallinson ~ Company: Station Pub ~ Position: Manager ~ No. of people working at your company: 5 ~ Q1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply? Make new street one way or a precinct for shoppers as a local shopper in Selby myself it’s so dangerous walking down there when a bus nearly takes off your arm and the pavement is so narrow. Q2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? I would probably have an event like a Sunday BBQ for my regular customers to thank them for their support and give them something back. Q3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? As ousegate is a main route in and out of Selby I would improve the look of it . There is a lot of waste ground all the way along ousegate from the traffic lights up to the riverside apartments this could be used as car parking for the town centre. Q4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? the abbey in my opinion it’s such a beautiful piece of history living here I don’t think we appreciate that enough. Q5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby. apart from our beautiful abbey and park we have a very compact shopping centre and 3 major supermarkets . Q6, How many hours do you work each week? I personally don’t work more than 20 as I’m semi retired my husband does a lot more than I do . Q7, One reason to be proud of Selby. the abbey . Q8, One thing you would change about Selby? I would change the image we have with positive advertising , I have family visit every year from Canada and they just love the history we have and the market and parks . Q9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? yes we certainly will . Q10, Best way to unwind locally. Selby has a good range of pubs ,restaurants , walks, gyms, I could go on but my way is a walk or a meal out .
  Blog #10 – When I started my newspaper column earlier on in the year, I included a section called ‘the big 10′. This involved asking business owners and managers the same ten questions and adding the different answers to the column. It was great to hear their views, so I will add these to the blog at various stages. The first one is answered by Daniel Richardson from Serenity Studios Limited Position: Co-Owner ~ Number of people working at your company: Two. Q1, One way Selby can be improved easily or cheaply. ~ No Parking Charges. Q2, If I gave you £100, how would you spend it within your company? ~ A photographic paper backdrop for shoots & more props. Q3, If I gave you £1 million to improve Selby, How would you spend it? ~ To reduce business rates in Selby to attract more shop/store owners. Q4, Selby’s main tourist attraction? ~ The Abbey. Q5, One reason for a shopper to visit Selby. ~ Variety of shops. Q6, How many hours do you work each week? ~ 40+ hrs. Q7, One reason to be proud of Selby. ~ Community spirit in Selby and its surrounding villages. Q8, One thing you would change about Selby? ~ The number of empty shops/units. Q9, Will you still be trading in Selby in 5 years time? ~ Would hope to be yes, either from a studio or freelance/location. Q10, Best way to unwind locally. ~ My personal favourite is a walk with my family at Skipwith Common to grab some family pictures.