Message from our Chairman

I believe Skipton to be a unique place, of which all of us who live or conduct business in the town can be justifiably proud. We are fortunate to be connected with this historic town, with one of the finest medieval castles in the North of England, a wonderful and charismatic retail area, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and its basin, a fascinating museum which houses a rare Shakespearian First Folio, and an ancient market, alongside many other attractive features. Skipton is a great place for families and animal lovers having Skipton Castle woods at the top of the High Street. In addition Skipton is the historic Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, an area that can be fairly described as one of the finest examples of natural beauty in the country with all the benefits that brings for tourism in the area.

Back in 2009 businesses voted for a Business Improvement District to be set up in Skipton and by doing so enabled the BID board to make investments in Skipton which, arguably, have enabled Skipton to weather the current economic storm far better than many comparable market towns.

Now that in 2014 a second five year term has been achieved, we will continue to help improve Skipton and become an innovative leader in town development. The next five years are something to look forward to; continued development and improvements will require effort, but nothing of significance can be achieved without drive and hard work

Andrew Mear

Andrew Mear, Chairman

Andrew is a retail and commercial property manager and is the managing director of Eagerlux Ltd, a property management and investment company with various properties in Skipton.

Robert Bellfield

Robert BellfieldRobert is Principal of Craven College and Chief Executive of Craven Educational Trust which is a Multi-academy Trust responsible for The Skipton Academy.

Janet Collins

Janet runs The Skipton Mill Shop on Rope Walk.

Robin Hargrave

Robin works at Skipton Building Society, and is part of the Senior Leadership Team.

Billy Moffat

Billy is President of Skipton Chamber of Trade and is a Chartered Accountant with Reid Moffat in Skipton.

Dave Parker

Dave is Chief Officer of Skipton Town Council.

David Smurthwaite

David is Strategic Manager of Craven District Council.

Geraldine Thompson

IMG_0591Geraldine has lived most of her life in Skipton, married to Adrian and Mum to Rachael, Jessica & Jack!

Geraldine joined the BID Board because she loves this Town and wants to help keep Skipton vibrant for both the Businesses and the Community.

Malcolm Weaving

MalcolmMalcolm runs the Rendezvous Hotel on Keighley Road in Skipton.