It's Filey's turn ... the national spotlight

Filey is fighting back … after a retail decline and being in the shadows of Staithes and Whitby, the efforts of the folks at places like the White Lodge and the Downcliffe House and others have helped to pull in more attention.

People such as Christopher Lee and his live music events have also helped … as did Filey getting its share of the Tour de Yorkshire.

The accolade of best beach by The Sunday Times and the half-page spotlight by The Telegraph about its ‘stately pace’ and ‘gentle’ pace are are layers that are building up to enhance the town that hasn’t fallen victim to too much change.

And what a great museum, great Bella Italia and great tranquil walk to Hunmanby Gap …


The Scarborough chocolatiers: the sweet battlers

Thornton’s … nice shop and staff, chocolates not great but the cafe in Westborough was always busy … Closed, leaving a large empty shop frontage, a blot on the townscape.

Amelia’s, Croft’s and Arosa luckily flying the flag for chocolate independents and how sweet that they have survived … think of them and support the independents!

Andrew Thwaite, the master chocolatier … trained in Scarborough at the old Yorkshire Coast College and helped the students of the now TEC to create amazing craftsmanship at the Michelin Star dinner with Andrew Pern and James Mackenzie.


The independents: the heroes of any retail townscape

Independent retail ploughs on as the national corporates drop towns like autumn leaves, leaving gaps as the profitability is not as high as they are used to. The independents with their bespoke, more creative signage have always been the real character of the townscape … facing an unequal battle against charity shops (six in one small area of Eastborough) and the nationals, as bolder, braver self-employed souls are happy just to make some profit … email with your views … and have council parking strategies over the years caused more damage than the digital shift?

Bentleys star at Scarborough business gathering

Bentleys in aegean blue and burnt orange were the star guests at a business gathering to promote Yorkshire's manufacturing and engineering base.

The Scarborough Business Ambassadors held the event in partnership with Leeds-based Made in Yorkshire.

It was attended by more than 100 business leaders and representatives from throughout the county.

They included  McCain Foods which is investing £100m in its Scarborough base, the £3.2 billion polyhalite mine developer Sirius Minerals, property developers Caddick Group, Boeing, structural steel group Severfield which helped to build the London Shard, and Rosti Automotive, the car components giant.

The Bentleys were on display at the entrance to the award-winning engineering company Unison in Scarborough, which hosted the meeting.

Bentley representatives included Michael Carr, general manager of JCT 600 Leodis Court dealership in Leeds who had driven one of the luxury cars to the event, and Dr Mark Marsh, head of after-sales, product and launch management at Crewe-based Bentley.

He spoke of the worldwide "megatrends" facing the motor industry, including emissions and climate change, legislation, electrification of vehicles and ever-increasing digital connectivity that was impacting on car design and engineering. He added that global changes that were leading to greater urbanisation and also the rise of the Asian car market in particular.

He said: "There are huge issues associated with the pace of change and how we cope with that."

He said Bentley was helping to expand skillsets by supporting engineering and design-based University Technical Colleges.

 "The future is bright and exciting. The UK workforce can do some amazing things," he said.

The event was sponsored by Scarborough University Technical College.

John Pendleton, MD of Rosti and president of Made in Yorkshire, said: "This is fantastic region with lots of opportunities."

Leading guests also included Colin Sirett and Adrian Allen, of the Sheffield University-linked Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, known as the AMRC With Boeing.

Peter Wilkinson, chairman of the 13 well-connected directors of Scarborough Business Ambassadors and a non-executive director at Unison which has a base in Virginia in the US from where half the company's turnover derives, said: "There are a lot of people investing in Scarborough. It has become the epitome of ambition, with cracking business companies and 12 international engineering companies."

Made in Yorkshire director Chrissie Gale said: "There are 12,500 engineering and manufacturing businesses in Yorkshire. There are also companies with £50m to £60m turnover but are under the radar in the textiles, food and drink and other sectors, and we are helping them and engineering and manufacturing businesses to raise their profile."


Pictures byline - Richard Ponter

A  Scarborough business breakfast at Unison engineers, organised by the Scarborough Business Ambassadors and Made in Yorkshire

B Leeds Bentley representative Michael Carr of JCT600 Leodis Court with a Bentley Continental GT and Unison joint MD Julian Kidger

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Heritage maintained

When Ramshill Road was known as Ramsdale Hill and most of the surrounding land was fields, Quebec-born enterprising photographer Oliver Sarony opened the majestic portraiture studio Gainsborough House in 1858 on what is now a car park alongside St Martin's Church.