On the up · 1 August 2018

Yorkshire Day 2018: Why these business owners wouldn’t want to trade anywhere else

Yorkshire Day – August 1 2018
Known for their humour, honesty andyorkshire puddings, this Northern region of England welcomes in the month by celebrating their annual day. Yorkshire Day, 1 August, is in full swing and these local businesses have a thing or two to say about why trading in the beautiful countryside rivals all regions.

Fat Lad At The Back

This cycle and sportswear brand makes gear for all sizes because all sizes of people do sport. Richard and Lynn Bye were inspired by Richard not being able to find any cycle wear to fit.Richard’s nickname amongst his cycling mates was the Fat Lad At The Back.On an Alps cycling trip, it occurred to him that he saw loads of lads of a similar size to him, out cycling and if he couldnt get kit that fit, neither could they.

What’s the best thing about trading in Yorkshire?

“Having customers in 42 different countries, we could live anywhere and run FLAB but we are both born and bred in Yorkshire and it is a beautiful place to live. Yorkshire people have a brilliant sense of humour, we do stuff our way, we say it how it is and we like that the fact that the water tastes great straight out of the tap.”

Anthology Brewing Company

Musician turned brewer, Liam Kane, runs his own microbrewery which produces an ever-changing range of small batch seasonal beer in Armley, Leeds. The brewery has monthly taproom days where anyone can come along and sample the beers at the source. After his hobby as a home brewer got out of hand, he decided to go for a career change.

What is the best thing about trading in Yorkshire?

“Yorkshire is full of so many great small independent businesses, artists and musicians and presents so many opportunities for collaboration. For instance, I recently brewed a beer with Headrow House using forced Yorkshire rhubarb purchased from Leeds Market, as well as a collaboration with a Leeds based electronic music collective called ‘Nightports’, with a beer launch and gig.

“I’ve been working with accountants Garbutt and Elliott who put on an excellent awards event in York, it was a perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people running their own small businesses as well as enjoying lots of Yorkshire based produce.

“On a daily basis, I’ve met some great people on the same trading estate in Armley, from guitar repairs, motorbike and car workshops to a fabric shop. Being a brewery owner is a good way of making friends!”

Twisted Automotive

A firm specialising in the re-engineering of one of Britain’s most iconic motor vehicles, Land Rover Defenders. Following in his dad’s footsteps, founder Charles Fawcett and his team revamp both new and use Defenders.

What’s the best thing about trading in Yorkshire?

“London would have been the obvious place to set up a company selling an aspirational product that nobody really needs, but that most people find an excuse to try and own.

“If we sat on Saville Row, this business would be ten times the size. But the fact is – I love Yorkshire – I love the people and the views. We are never far from the city but always close to the country.

“Alongside Twisted, there are a number of other local businesses that specialise in 4×4. Ultimately, were competitors, but there is a collective spirit and determination to promote the interests of the area to outside investors.

“it’s that collective philosophy of pulling together for the betterment of all of us operating as part of Yorkshire’s economy that will equip us to better compete with other regions, including London.”


In previous jobs John England used to drive a lot, so was used to the peeve of droppingphones, credit cards, money and food, you know name it, down the side of his seat. After never being able to retereieve some of the items England decided to come up with Cabung, a car seat gap filler.

What is the best thing about trading in Yorkshire?

“There is a wealth of enterprising talent in Yorkshire and lots of businesses who like working together to bring new things to market.

“This is something I tapped into with Cabung and I was delighted, being Yorkshire born and bred, that we were able to come up with and manufacture the product in this region.

“I also had fantastic support from the Manufacturing Growth Programme, which helps SMEs to overcome barriers to growth by providing grants towards improvement projects.

“It provided expert advice and guidance on making the brand packaging stand out from the crowd, pricing levels and routes to market, not to mention exploring how we can reduce the manufacturing cost to provide even better value for money for our customers.”

Yee Kwan Ice Cream and Adventures

Yee Kwan began her ice cream business in 2009 after she became inspired by Far East flavours whilst traveling through South East Asia. Yee began exporting her delicious ice creams and sorbets only three years ago but already sells products across

10 European countries, supplying desserts to Japanese-inspired restaurant chain Wagamama.

Yee Kwan came into the spotlight after securing a 50, 000 investment on BBC Dragons? Den after impressing Deborah Meaden.

What is the best thing about trading in Yorkshire?

I love living and working in Yorkshire. Sheffield is my home and where my roots are, I have a fantastic team that support me, they are creative and inspirational.



Carly Hacon is a reporter for Business Advice. She has a BA in journalism from Kingston University, and has previously worked as a features editor for a local newspaper.

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