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Category: Stories from the High Street

Ilkley based accountants keep clients updated with the latest government support during the pandemic

Julia Forrester from TaxAssist Accountants based in Ilkley spoke to Ian Oliver, manager at our Ilkley branch. From 20th March Julia and her teams shut their offices and worked from home. “We were lucky really because we were able to adapt quickly to lockdown as all of our systems are cloud based and everyone was…

Barnsley Clothes Shop Uses Social Media To Keep In Touch With Its Customer Base

Anne Robertson from our Barnsley branch spoke to Claire Swallow, owner of Closet Queen in Barnsley which is a clothes shop offering fashion for ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes. Claire opened her shop in Barnsley two and half years ago and moved to bigger premises in January. “It was bad timing really as…

Chapel Allerton Café Introduces Drive Through In Response To Covid

Geraldine Levison, branch manager at Ison Harrison’s Chapel Allerton branch spoke to Nicola Newlove who owns Crust and Crumb Café about the challenges they have faced during and post-lockdown. Nicola has certainly been very creative in the service she is providing to locals. She has even introduced a ‘drive through’ service at the rear of…

York’s City Host Scheme Introduced to Provide Help & Advice to Visitors

The York BID (Business Improvement District) has implemented a City Host programme to provide help and advice to people visiting the city and to provide reassurance post-lockdown. The programme is due to end on the 25th September but has been well received by those who have used it. Olivia Williams, Wills and Probate Solicitor at our…

Otley Mobiles- Keeping Connected During Lockdown

Sarah Laughey, Head of Family Law based at our Otley Office spoke to Ish from Otley Mobiles to see how Coronavirus has affected his business. Ish closed for 3 months and for the first month downed- tools completely, but it wasn’t long before he was receiving messages to his Facebook page asking if he was…

Charity Shop Sees Massive Increase In Donations

Amy Kwil, Wills and Probate Solicitor at our Huddersfield branch popped down to Kirkwood Hospice’s charity shop on Byram Street in Huddersfield to speak to the team there. Donna Weston, Head of Retail for Kirkwood Hospice’s charity shops said “we have been overwhelmed with donations since we started to re-open our shops. People have used…

New Pontefract Estate Agent Opens During Lockdown

Daniel Kenworthy, Branch Manager and Licensed Conveyancer at our Pontefract branch, spoke to Bradley Sutcliffe of Logic Real Estate who opened up a new Estate Agent in Pontefract right in the middle of lockdown. Bradley had previously been working for another Estate Agent and was concerned when businesses started to slow down during lockdown. He…

The Orchard Florist Otley in full bloom post-lockdown

Our Licensed Conveyancer Laura Lavelle-Marshall, who is based at our Otley Branch spoke to Alishia Easthope who owns The Orchard Florist, Otley located next door to our Otley branch. Alishia had only been open for 8 weeks when she was faced with shutting shop due to the lockdown. “I cried for two weeks. The timing…

First Draw of the Pudsey Lottery Takes Place at our Pudsey Office

Ison Harrison Pudsey branch was delighted to host the first draw of the Pudsey lottery on Tuesday 4th August. The lottery has been set up to support businesses looking to bounce back following lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – and encourage people to shop local. Pudsey Business Network Forum, which was revamped last year to support businesses…