Business Breakfast: Manager appointed to Knaresborough’s new community bank
Last updated Aug 2, 2022
Heather Pearman

Business Breakfast is sponsored by Harrogate law firm Truth Legal. 

Newcastle Building Society has appointed Heather Pearman to manage its new community branch in Knaresborough which opened in July.

Since the last bank in the town was closed in 2021,  the building society said it had worked closely with the borough and county councils to restore banking access.

The building society said its community branch, inside Knaresborough library, showed its commitment to maintaining a high street presence across North Yorkshire.

Heather Pearman joins with over 10 years’ experience in financial services, having previously worked for Knaresborough’s Bradford & Bingley and Santander branches for 15 years.

She said:

“The people of Knaresborough have been crying out for the return of financial services to this thriving market town and we hope the arrival of our community branch will deliver the essential support they’ve been missing.

“After some time away from Knaresborough it’s a privilege to return to the town I love, and engage with some of the familiar and new faces that make this town such a jewel in North Yorkshire’s crown.

I look forward to integrating our new community branch into the heart of Knaresborough and delivering the much-needed local financial facilities for people and businesses in our area.”

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Harrogate solicitors, McCormicks, is the main sponsor for this year’s 28th annual Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards.

The awards mark the achievements of outstanding young people aged under 35 and nominations are now open. Organisers say the winners don’t need to be famous, they can be completely unknown but have achieved something amazing for themselves or their community.

Chairman Peter McCormick OBE said: “This year has already seen some terrific achievements by young people from Yorkshire but we want to hear about more!”

The Awards dinner will be held for the first time since 2019 on Thursday 17 November at the Centenary Pavilion at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground and is the main fundraiser for the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation which makes grants to young people and organisations supporting them across the region.

The nomination categories are as follows:

  • Personality of the Year (sponsored by Rudding Park)
  • Youngster of the Year (Nabarro McAllister)
  • Unsung Hero (Jamboree Entertainment Ltd)
  • Achievement in the Arts (Martin Gerrard)
  • Achievement in Education (Harrogate Town FC)
  • Achievement in Management and Enterprise (CHR Group)
  • Achievement in Sport (Leeds United Football Club)
  • Special Award (Peter Gilman and GMI)

The Awards have raised more than £1.3m for young people and projects helping them across the region and anyone nominate a potential winner. Simply visit the Awards website at The closing date for entries is Friday 2 September.