Business Breakfast: Ripon firms share concerns with MP at first networking event
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Last updated Jun 27, 2023
Ripon MP Julian Smith and Lilian Bathurst, manager at Ripon BID.
Ripon MP Julian Smith and Lilian Bathurst, manager at Ripon BID.

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A Ripon business organisation held its first networking event this past week as traders shared their concerns with the town’s MP Julian Smith.

Ripon Business Improvement District hosted the session at the Town Hall which was chaired by Stuart Gill of the Newby Hall Estate.

It included a question and answer session with Mr Smith as well as discussion over anti-social behaviour in the city, business rates and banking facilities.

Lilia Bathurst, manager at Ripon BID, said:

“Ripon BID would like to thank all those who attended, Stuart Gill for chairing the meeting and Janet Moore from Wakeman’s House Café who provided the excellent buffet lunch and looks forward to being able to host another networking event soon.”


Knaresborough firm wins award for fourth time

A Knaresborough car finance firm has won an award for the fourth time in a row.

Oracle Car FInance, which is based on Manse Lane, won the best specialist finance provider at the Credit Strategy Car Finance Awards 2023.

Staff from Oracle Car Finance at the ceremony.

Staff from Oracle Car Finance at the ceremony.

Held at Lancashire Cricket Club, the event aims to recognise dealers, brokers and independent lenders in the car industry.

Oracle picked up the award after winning it in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

A spokesperson for the firm said:

“The win is a huge testament to the hard work and dedication that everyone at Oracle Finance put into ensuring that we remain the ‘gold standard for car finance’ – not our words, the words of a number of our lenders on our expansive panel.”


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