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Expert Urges Retailers to Embrace Digital Giant Quickly

Independent retailers are being urged to take action now, and embrace online retail through Amazon quickly, if UK lockdown has already impacted on what should have been their ‘golden quarter’ for sales and especially if they did not source new back-u

North West payment provider takepayments gives pubs a lockdown lifeline 

Leading payment provider, takepayments, has launched an online takeaway ordering solution exclusively for pubs and bars after it revealed the industry saw a 75.4%* decline in card transactions during the first UK lockdown.

Salford’s Ten Locks brings Mexico’s best-kept secret to UK shores

El Tequileño tequila available to retail and hospitality sectors exclusively via Ten Locks

Decent Drop, set up by former bar owner, sees incredible growth during pandemic

Decent Drop, an at-home wine and cheese tasting experience, established during the first lockdown, has seen incredible growth over the last four months.

Growth follows success of lockdown launch for Northumberland hard seltzer pioneer

Northumberladn-based Allendale Brewery has secured up to 13 jobs following the success of its new Ride hard seltzer drink launched in lockdown.

Fresh funding fuels leisure business expansion for a young entrepreneur

Leeds-based Fresh Thinking Capital has helped a young entrepreneur acquire funding to support the expansion of his successful hospitality business. Louis Dixon, 22, has secured...

Wolfstar Cast a spell on new client, Hooting Owl Distillery

Leeds-based PR, digital, social, and creative agency, Wolfstar, howl about their new appointment with Yorkshire’s premier artisan distillery, Hooting Owl, in the most spooktacular...

Top retailers are the toast of Ashton

The cream of a town’s independent retailers have been crowned in a new awards scheme which drew more than 1,600 nominations and over 20,000 engagements on social media.

Freaks of Nature expands into Foodservice

Osset-based Freaks of Nature's award-winning vegan, egg and gluten free desserts will now be available in restaurants, hotels, pubs, cafes, garden centres and from contract caterers, independent grocers and convenience stores nationwide.

Farmers’ leader makes plea for clear Brexit policy

The president of the National Farmers’ Union has highlighted the need to clarify trading standards for the food supply chain in the North West...

The Towns & Cities Drinking The Most Coffee In The UK

We’re a nation of coffee-lovers, and when the pandemic hit back in spring, we never needed it more. Fast forward a few months, and we’re...

Product demand leads Crewe’s historic food manufacturer to expand workforce

Crewe-based food manufacturing specialists Wrights Food Group has announced plans to expand its team of operatives to help meet product demand. The family-run business which...

Award‐winning restaurant falls victim to Covid lockdown

Award‐winning North Yorkshire restaurant and inn, the General Tarleton at Ferrensby near Boroughbridge, has been placed into creditors voluntary liquidation after a period of...

Ten Locks backs local brands putting Greater Manchester on the map for spiced rum

New partners include The Salford Rum Company and Diablesse Rum

Harrogate Tipple premium gins win five awards from IWSC

Yorkshire craft distiller Harrogate Tipple has added further accolades with the IWSC (International Wine and Spirit Competition) awarding five trophies for products within its...

Peazi helps revolutionise hospitality sector in post-Covid world

Two Manchester-based entrepreneurs have launched a food and drink ordering app for the hospitality trade offering a complete in-venue solution, in a sector that...

Dine Wednesdays Dishes Up Discounts in Hull City Centre Restaurants

Food and drink businesses through Hull city centre are serving up some delicious discounts in partnership with HullBID as they join forces to tempt diners back to their tables.

Town Centre Shopping Secondary To Eating For Youngsters

The main reason for under-25s visiting town centre’s is no longer to shop, but to eat, new research has discovered. The findings from the Newcastle...

Urmston launches food and drink fringe festival

Coinciding with the forthcoming Manchester Food and Drink Festival, which takes place from 24 September until 5 October, Urmston’s superb selection of independent food...

Harrogate Tipple wins global award for Downton Abbey gin & whisky products

North Yorkshire distiller Harrogate Tipple has won a prestigious global award for its Downton Abbey range, having been named Best Newcomer in the Licensing...

Yorkshire business woman in line for national award

Dawn Carney, Managing Director at Fresh Pastures & School Milk UK, has been shortlisted for the ‘Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2020’, after steering Normanton-based...

Kirsty’s targets number one ‘free-from’ brand in the UK with rebrand

Kirsty's, the Yorkshire based ‘free-from’ food brand which operates in both chilled and frozen categories, is aiming to take top spot in the sector with an exciting new rebrand.

New Salford drinks company named Ten Locks

A new Salford-based premium drinks company has announced its name to be Ten Locks, paying homage to the location of sister company, Kingsland Drinks,...

One Day kicks-off UK wide freshers campaign for the brand Domino’s Pizza

The Manchester-based boutique digital agency has been appointed to lead a national freshers activation campaign for the brand Domino's Pizza targeting over 800,000 uni students across Scotland, Wales & England.

Coffee Company Gets A Break Thanks to Growth Hub

Cafeology, an independently owned coffee supplier based in Sheffield, is regaining lost ground as a result of the Lockdown, thanks to support from Sheffield City Region’s Re-Start to Growth initiative.

Business expert fears for the future of the hospitality sector due to local lockdowns

A Bolton-based business expert has hit out at the impracticality and unfairness of local lockdowns on a local economy. Gareth Smyth, CEO of Hilton Smythe...

Allendale Brewery toasts sparkling success of new drink

Allendale Brewery's RIDE is the first canned hard seltzer fully made in Britain with all UK ingredients. Launched in lockdown, the low calorie, gluten-free and vegan drink has smashed sales targets and is already exporting worldwide.

European Freeze Dry invests in recruitment as growth continues

Specialist food producer European Freeze Dry has continued to expand with the recruitment of eight employees across its facilities in the UK and Denmark.

Bespoke decorator revives suite dedicated to beloved North Yorkshire icon

S Nicholson and Sons, a bespoke painting and decorating service is renovating two private dining suites, one dedicated to North Yorkshire icon, James Herriot. The...

Businesses in North West to remain vigilant during ‘critical’ weeks ahead

With cases in the North West now exceeding 50,000 and many areas teetering on the brink of local lockdown, Alastair Lockwood (MA, BM BCh, FRCOphth, PhD) is urging businesses in the North West to remain extra vigilant in the coming weeks.

International tech partnership launched to safeguard supermarket shoppers from coronavirus spread

Data analytics software created by developer Panintelligence has been selected to be used as part of an innovative, high-tech trial aimed at keeping shoppers...

Northern agency Fablr launches new Sonnen Bassermann website

Northern digital agency Fablr has just launched a new website for an iconic German food brand. Based in both Leeds and Manchester, Fablr champions industry best practice across creative, strategic and development services for website design and build

Raising the steaks: Chophaus summer menu brings the wow-factor

Trailblazing North Leeds restaurant Chophaus have bounced back triumphantly from lockdown with an enticing range of summer menus worth shouting about. The stunning new...

Locals support Urmston’s August Pop Up Markets

Residents in Urmston and the surrounding areas are being encouraged to help local traders get back on their feet by supporting a series of fully Covid-compliant community pop up markets.

The Beehive Thorner returns with pitch-perfect menus and all-new team

If 2020 has had you pining for a spot of to-die-for British cooking paired with fine wines and cocktails, then you’re in luck. The...

Kingsland Drinks partners with The Hidden Sea on ocean clean up initiative

Iriam-Based Kingsland Drinks partners with The Hidden Sea on global campaign to remove one billion plastic bottles from the ocean
Top Lakes chef to open new venue with focus on ‘foraged’ local food

Top Lakes chef to open new venue with focus on ‘foraged’ local food

A Michelin star-level chef has taken over a historic Lakes venue in a move that will see a significant investment in the site and new jobs created.

York Brewery showcases iconic York imagery in an update to its flagship cask ale...

York Brewery has unveiled a new look for its flagship beer, Guzzler, strengthening its pride and association with the historic city of York. With people...

Black Sheep Brewery continues its gold standard award-winning success

Black Sheep Brewery has again been recognised for its award-winning Milk Stout by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) landmark competition. The Masham-based brewery was...

City of Manchester Distillery invests £900k to create ‘Alcohol Solutions’

The City of Manchester Distillery has created a new company and invested £900,000 in a drinks development and packing centre, as it expands its range of alcohol services.