Your RBN - Celebrating our 6th anniversary.

That's right, we're entering our 7th year - It doesn't seem like it for those of us who attended the first event in September 2010 and it is great to see how the RBN has grown during the past six years with numerous relationships being developed and businesses prospering. Going forward we are looking to introduce some new elements to what we do, so if you have any suggestions, please let us know. For example, we are planning to extend our November business breakfast event perhaps for a full morning to allow local businesses to exhibit their goods or services (in time for Christmas) - If you're interested please email We will of course continue with our tried and trusted events and we look forward to meeting up again in September for our business breakfast at The Cross View Cafe.

Enjoy your summer holidays and we'll see you again in September.

RBN Business Breakfast

Join us at the Cross View Tearooms, in the Market Place, Richmond, on Wednesday the 7th of September 07.30 – 09.00 

An attendees list will be issued on Monday the 5th to allow introductions / meetings to be made prior to the breakfast - So if you want to be included, make sure that you're registered before 12.00 noon on the 5th.

We know that you’ll enjoy the food here and with over 20 other local business people in the room you’re bound to have a good start to your day! To book, email or click here


Dedicated to the needs of Yorkshire tourism businesses, the Welcome to Yorkshire Y Hub is back at Wetherby Racecourse for this year’s event. The exhibition is open to any relevant business to attend, you only have to be a Welcome to Yorkshire member to exhibit. The Racecourse has an onsite café where refreshments will be served all day, free car parking and easy accessibility.

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W2Y White Rose Awards

Swaledale Festival is a finalist in the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards in the Arts and Culture category. There are 5 other finalists in the category, Huddersfield Literature Festival / Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, / The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds / York Theatre Royal / Yorkshire Young Sinfonia. A very mixed bag of competition then!

The White Rose Awards are the biggest such awards for tourism related businesses in the country and there is strong competition for them. The winners are announced at a glitzy awards ceremony in the autumn.

Janet Hall (Swaledale Festival, Marketing & Publicity Group) mentioned our friends at Purple Creative Services, "The rebranding that we went through with Purple helped us put a good application together as it showed we were moving forward".

Lee Whitworth

L3 First Aid at Work 19-20-21 Aug
L2 Emergency First Aid 28 or 29 Aug
L2 Food Safety Catering 1St Sept
L2 Food Safety Retail 2nd Sept

First Aid courses have only 12 spaces
Food Hygiene courses have 16 Spaces

Daisy Cooil Appeal

Following our business breakfast at Richmond School in June you will be aware of the appeal in support of Daisy Cooil. Daisy is an extremely talented canoeist who competes in national and international competitions against adults. We're backing her to become a regular in the GB team - Austin Gordon from the Richmondshire Leisure Trust is heading up the appeal with the immediate goals of securing some training and buying a new canoe. If you want to support Daisy please contact Austin at


Tanya Cook - Google Garage

Congratulations to Tanya Cook - achieving Google Digital Garage Certification

The Google Digital Garage is an online learning platform for business digital skills, and covers 23 topics including website development, online marketing and others. A business’s progress is tracked using a personal dashboard. The training if free to businesses and can be delivered one to one or in small group seminars.

A1 Community Works experienced coaches will support each business to ensure that get the most out of Google Digital Garage and being online.

The Dash Max Team

At the July RBN Business Breakfast, Richard Tarron (Range Advantage Limited) gave us a brief insight into the 1,100 miles cycle ride from John O'Groats to Paris in support of research into Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

The group had the support of various notaries including rugby legends Will Carling, Gavin Hastings and Roger Utley, also J.K. Rowley and C4 newsman Krishnan Guru-Murthy. The team were also sent a message from space - from Tim Peake in the International Space Station - not something that happens everyday!

Riding a bike for approximately 125 miles every day for a week is some challenge, especially as the weather wasn't kind during May, but 9 of the core team completed the task. Well done to all of them! You can still contribute to this worthy cause - click Here

Jacob Shannon - Triathlete

Continuing the sporting theme, we thought that you might like to hear about the achievements of one of the younger members of Richmond Triathlon Club. Due to consistent performances in local events, Jacob is currently leading the Under-20’s Triathlon England North-East Adult Grand Prix Series. Earlier this year he became the National Under-20 Standard Distance Duathlon Champion, and notably qualifying at the St. Neots Triathlon to represent Great Britain in the World Age-group Standard Distance Triathlon Championships in Cozumel, Mexico.

A trip to Mexico is a bit of a financial struggle for a young student (Leeds University) so Jacob is looking for the support of local businesses - if you would like to help please email: