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The National Living Wage applies to employees aged 25 or over. The National Minimum Wage applies to employees aged 24 and under. Increases in the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage came into effect on the 1st of April 2017. The National Living Wage rates are now as follows: Employees aged 25 and … Read more

Published 8th October 2017 under Business News

It would seem that both businesses and the public are confused about the use in the UK of old and new £1 coins, £5 notes and £10 notes. The £1 coin The new 12-sided £1 coin became legal tender on the 28th March 2017. As from 15th October 2017 the old coin will cease to … Read more

Published 8th October 2017 under Business News & Members News

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) announced on the 12th September 2017 that the UK Consumer Prices Index (CPI) for August increased by 2.9%. This was 0.3% up on the rate reported in July 2017. Increases in the price of motor fuels and clothing were the main causes of the rise. The next statement by … Read more

Published 8th October 2017 under Business News

The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee held the bank rate at 0.25% at its September 2017 meeting. There is considerable speculation that the rate may be increased at the next meeting on the 2nd November 2017. The speculation was fuelled by comments made by Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, in … Read more

Published 8th October 2017 under Business News

The Chancellor of Exchequer, Philip Hammond has announced that he will present his Autumn budget on Wednesday the 22nd of November 2017.

Published 8th October 2017 under Business News

From A £1.6m project to help North Yorkshire businesses improve their use of digital technology is being launched in Scarborough. CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, is launching a Digital Advantage project which will deliver digital technology workshops and one-to-one support to 150 SMEs across the county. Support will cover the use of … Read more

Published 13th June 2017 under Business News & Local News

Grants for up to £20k for capital projects aim to help businesses improve products and processes. For more information see

Published 3rd May 2017 under Business News

On the 5th of May 2017 the old cotton based £5 note ceases to be legal tender. From that date businesses should not accept or issue the old notes. The old notes should be exchanged for the new polymer based £5 note at any Bank, Building Society or the Post Office.

Published 3rd May 2017 under Business News

The Market Square in the center of Leyburn will again become an area for all things 1940s with music, singing, dancing, stalls and all manner of military vehicles, farm machinery, busses, vintage cars and steam traction engines. The event will start on the evening of Friday the 21st of July with a 1940’s style dance … Read more

Published 6th March 2017 under Business News & Local News & Members News

Building on the success of the 2016 Dales Festival of Food and Drink the event will again be held in Leyburn Town Squares with 80 food and drink stalls, craft stalls at Thornborough Hall and the Methodist School Hall, bands, demonstrations, and cookery displays in the Entertainment Marquee, a grand draw and children’s activities. The … Read more

Published 6th March 2017 under Business News & Local News

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The Wensleydale School to unveil “exciting” new Sixth Form offer

The Wensleydale School is launching a new offer for its Post-16 students on Thursday 9th of November. Starting from next September, students in the school’s Sixth Form will be able to access an exciting new curriculum that will prepare them to exceed and excel in the world of business. Charles Barnett, who will lead the … Read more

The Lower Wensleydale Business Network launch another service for members

The LWBN is providing additional free advertising, for LWBN members only, via the lower- web site and it’s so easy. All members have to do is email a JPEG of your business logo or a suitable picture together with web site address in landscape format to These will be posted, absolutely free of … Read more