0 Have your say Stewart Arnold interview: Debate is no longer “yes or no” over a devolved Yorkshire, it’s how it will work Hailed as the “grandest” opening in the storied history of the world’s biggest annual sporting event, Yorkshire’s hosting of the Tour de France Grand Depart put the region’s name in lights on the global stage and kick-started a renaissance in local cycling.But according to Stewart Arnold, the leader of the Yorkshire Party, the spectacular success of the two days of sport in July 2014 could ultimately have an even greater significance.Mr Arnold, a passionate advocate of region-wide devolution, described the arrival of Le Tour in the Broad Acres as a “seminal moment” in the process of transferring powers to make decisions about Yorkshire to local leaders rather than Ministers and Whitehall mandarins.“We weren’t the preferred bid from the UK government, so we had to do this on our own, … [Read more...] about Stewart Arnold interview: ‘Debate is no longer yes or no over a devolved Yorkshire, it’s how’
0 Have your say TODAY marks the start of the biggest and best edition yet of the Tour de Yorkshire. A now four-day event where we will not only be witnessing the strongest line up yet of world class cyclists racing across more parts of the county than ever before, but we’ll also be showcasing the very best of Yorkshire to a global audience of millions. With upwards of 2.5 million spectators expected over the six races, the Tour de Yorkshire is the UK’s largest annual sporting event. It’s now firmly embedded in Yorkshire’s DNA and part of our identity – a chance for everyone in Yorkshire to celebrate their home county. Yorkshire can be proud that it has shown leadership to the world in pushing forward the equality in women’s cycling. This year, for the first time, the Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race is over two days, giving the strong line up of female riders even more parity in terms of media coverage, parcours and … [Read more...] about Sir Gary Verity: Showtime for the best of Yorkshire as Tour begins
Just two days remain until the region will once again rally behind cyclists taking part in the annual Tour de Yorkshire. A full race route has been revealed, and the YEP can also today reveal how much authorities are paying towards the spectacle in the city. The four-day race starts on Thursday, and the second and fourth stages will partly take place in Leeds on Friday and Sunday.Leeds City Council has revealed in a report that a budget of up to £230,000 has been put towards the event in the area.Read more: The full list of roads closed in Leeds during the Tour de YorkshireManagement fees of £100,000 have gone towards tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire and a further £130,000 has been allocated from the Leeds City Region Business Rate pot.The council’s Chief Officer Culture and Sport, Cluny Macpherson, agreed a contract with Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sport Organisation.Race organisers are responsible for dealing with “pavement to pavement” aspects … [Read more...] about How much is the Tour de Yorkshire costing Leeds?
0 Have your say COLLABORATION between Yorkshire’s universities and entrepreneurs could create a technology hub that will emulate the success of Cambridge, according to a senior figure at a global private bank.Martin Cuthbert, of Julius Baer, delivered an upbeat assessment of Yorkshire’s economic prospects as he celebrated the opening of the Swiss private bank’s new office in Leeds. The Zurich-based group has hired a number of experienced relationship managers to staff its office in the Platform building in Leeds. The office has been opened as part its expansion strategy across the North of England and Scotland.Platform is property company Bruntwood’s redevelopment of the old City House building above Leeds City Station. The development includes a technology incubator to nurture a new generation of entrepreneurs.Mr Cuthbert, who is the head of region for North East England at Julius Baer, said: “There was a clear desire for the business to … [Read more...] about Yorkshire’s technology sector could rival Cambridge, says senior figure at Swiss private bank
THE Cotswolds Distillery is flying the flag for Warwickshire in the tourism industry’s national Awards for Excellence. It is one of three on the shortlist for the Guided Tour of the Year prize. Others are World of Wedgwood in Staffordshire and York’s Chocolate Story. There are 54 finalists in 18 categories, all of whom will be invited to attend a traditional afternoon tea at the Bath Assembly Rooms on St George’s Day, 23rd April where they will be award Bronze, Silver or Gold award. The Cotswolds Distillery produces a single malt whiskey, as well as gin, martini and sherry from its premises in Stourton near Stratford-upon-Avon. VisitEngland chief executive, Sally Balcombe, said: “These awards are a celebration of our thriving tourism industry, they highlight the people and the organisations that deliver amazing experiences for visitors, raising the profile of England as a world-class destination. “The finalists have shown … [Read more...] about Cotswolds Distillery shortlisted for national tourism award