Free workshops and webinars for local businesses announced

Throughout February 2021, Selby District Council are offering a range of free online workshops and webinars to support retail, tourism and hospitality businesses in Selby District.

Together with experts from across the District and North Yorkshire, the free business support workshops and webinars will help businesses working in retail, tourism and hospitality plan ahead for reopening, understand how they can adapt their business and use marketing tools to reset for recovery.

Retail businesses within the District are invited to a 1-hour session that will be delivered by Ian Sadler of Insight6 on 10th February. The session will look at how retail businesses can get ready for reopening and welcoming people back, as well as sharing and discussing issues faced by retail businesses and working together through issues to a positive outcome.

The free hospitality workshops, taking place on the 10th and 17th February, explore how Covid has changed the way customers think and looks at ways in which hospitality businesses can engage with customers in a meaningful way and build customer confidence, so they’ll want to return. The sessions, delivered by Paula Kaye from the Boost Consultancy, will also work through creating a plan for reopening, seeing it as an opportunity to review and reset.

Businesses working in the visitor economy are welcome to join the positive and practical workshops with tourism marketing specialist Susan Briggs, taking place on 17th and 23rd February. The sessions will look at the marketing tourism businesses can do right now to bounce back quicker and stronger post-Covid and talk about what marketing is needed to make business more profitable and feeling less overwhelmed. There will also be an opportunity to ask marketing questions, such as how to get more followers on social media or how to drive more traffic to your website.

Executive member and Selby District Councillor, David Buckle, explained, “We’re really pleased to be able to support retail, tourism and hospitality businesses by providing these online opportunities. Not only do they deliver practical advice and help with planning ahead for reopening, it’s also an opportunity for businesses within the District to come together, to share experiences and collectively work towards a positive future.”

All of the events are free to attend but they must be booked in advance, via Eventbrite. Further information and booking links can be found:

New consultation launched for Local Plan proposals

Selby District Council is asking people to get involved in ambitious long-term plans about new homes, business growth and local services such as schools.

It’s part of the development of a new Local Plan. This will set a framework for future development in the district up to 2040.  It’ll be used by the Council to guide decisions on planning applications and to support work with developers.

The consultation will take place over six weeks from 29 January to 12 March. Residents, businesses and community groups can get involved by visiting

Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Place Shaping, Cllr Richard Musgrave, explained: “The Local Plan sets out the vision for future development in the district. It is the local guide to what can be built where, shaping infrastructure investments, and determining the future pattern of development.

“It strikes an important balance between the need for development, regeneration and renewal and the protection of the natural and historic environment. The plan makes sure that future development will take place in a planned way, supported by improvements to highways, schools, healthcare facilities and other local infrastructure. This means we can continue to attract investment that creates jobs, opportunities and good quality homes.

“Our Local Plan supports our long-term ambitions as a local authority and sets out where there is potential for growth and the development opportunities in our district.

“This stage is an important opportunity for residents to comment on the options and tell us what they think.”

The Local Plan has four key themes – housing, environment, communities, and employment. It comprises a number of different, detailed documents with policies that address key planning issues as well as policies that allocate land for specific uses.

Following the consultation exercise the comments received will inform the final version of the plan which will be subject to further consultation before it is sent to the Secretary of State when it will be subject to examination by an independent inspector.

Lorry Watch –  to report a vehicle not complying with the 7.5 ton limit through the village, please click here for the form and further information to help you complete.

Looking for a career in the Care Sector and want to make a difference, Click here for more information on opportunities within North Yorkshire

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Selby Treasures Exhibition, This exhibition is now virtual and available to view online. Visit the website for the Selby Treasures Online Exhibition.

Due to Covid-19 volunteering opportunities within the village have had to be put on hold.  We hope to set something up at a later date once it is safe to do so.

Crag Rock Fall Update – work has been undertaken to survey the site and we are awaiting confirmation of the next steps.  The footpath will remain closed until the work has been completed as a safety precaution and we would ask that the path on the opposite side of the road is used in the meantime.

How to report non emergency offences to the Police.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service offer a Safe and Well Service, for more information click here


There are lots of ways to get involved in Selby Big Local to find out more click here.

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