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Strutt & Parker and BNP Paribas Real Estate have merged to form a combined business that is a top-tier UK real estate adviser, with 1,500 employees and 67 offices in the UK, and offers specialist advice in residential, rural and commercial property and remains committed to ensuring that our clients are our main focus, offering dedicated expertise to help them build innovative and tailor-made solutions.


Elstob & Elstob was founded to create a focal point in the North of England for buying and selling high-quality antiques, fine art and objects of distinction.

Located in spacious, modern premises on the outskirts of the Cathedral city of Ripon, North Yorkshire, it offers exclusive and comprehensive auction and valuation services to national and international clients whilst serving as a regional base for Yorkshire, County Durham, and Cumbria.

Elstob & Elstob is the only auction house in the region to be regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for Antiques and Arts, putting it amongst the most highly regarded and professionally qualified centres in the UK.

At the heart of the business is an emphasis on individual customer service. All clients are treated to the highest levels of courtesy and confidentiality, and everything is done to ensure the best experience possible, as well as the best outcomes.

There are currently six Fine Art & Antiques sales a year, together with a number of specialist auctions Jewellery, Watches & Silver. Other services include professional valuations for sales, probate, insurance and family division, as well as the provision for single owner and corporate sales.

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Fordy Marshall is a Yorkshire based property consultancy business specialising in residential and commercial development land and property. From initial site appraisal through to agency disposal or acquisition. The practice can assist with planning advice, valuation, site assembly, sourcing funding partners, negotiating land promotion/option agreements, and delivering solutions for multi occupied sites, structuring land owners agreements/equalisation. The business is based at Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham, with active projects throughout the North of England. It is run by Christopher Fordy, formerly Partner at Strutt & Parker, who has over 25 years’ experience in the sector.


House of Townend is an award-winning wine merchant based in Melton, East Yorkshire. We stock a range of over 1000 top quality, great value wines, beers and spirits from all over the world. Our offerings range from everyday drinking wines through to some fabulous fine wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy & the New World.

We pride ourselves on working with small, often family owned producers so we can hand select our wines which means you won’t find them in the supermarkets. You can find our Cellar Door shop in Melton, East Yorkshire, or online at


JM Finn & Co is our Principal Sponsor for 2018.  JM Finn is a wealth manager that looks to meet the demands of today’s investors by offering a personal approach to portfolio management, where individual investment needs are our primary driver. Designed to help guide our clients through the increasingly complex investment world, our personalised approach draws on traditional client service values that have been fine-tuned over the last 70 years. JM Finn has been our Principal Sponsor since 2014.


Bishopdale Group is the holding company for a group of industrial lubricants brands. Located in Manchester, the group is owned and managed by a team of Yorkshire based Directors with extensive knowledge of the market for industrial lubricants in the UK and across the World.

Owens Professional Partnership is a broker in the sale and purchase of accountancy practices.  Our role is to introduce sellers and buyers, helping them achieve a successful and balanced outcome, beneficial to both parties. Owens Professional has been actively involved in this market, throughout the vast majority of England and Wales for nearly twenty years. In this time, we have established a reputation as one of the market leaders.  The business is run by Rachel Lindley, previously a commercial solicitor and as a result, combines her experience and knowledge of the accountancy sales market with her expertise in business acquisition strategy.

Yorkshire’s premier interior design house; established in 2012 by renowned interior designer Richard Grafton, the team has over 100 years combined experience in interior architecture and design. The studio specialises in luxury classic contemporary interiors for residential and business owners across the UK and internationally. We’re proud of our Yorkshire roots and take inspiration from its heritage and beautiful towns, countryside and coastline.

Our showrooms based in the idyllic spa towns of Harrogate, Ilkley and Wetherby showcase examples of the bespoke, classic and contemporary interiors our team of designers create.


Grewelthorpe – Ripon

HG4 3DA: Tel: 01765 658009

Open Tuesdays-Sundays and Bank Holidays: March 30th until July 1st. 10.00am-4.00pm

Entrance: £8.00 – (£6.50 in April and Autumn) children 5-12 yrs £1.50 and under 5s are free.

The 30 acres of gardens are set in a beautiful valley with scenic woodland walks and are further enhanced by three lakes, a pagoda, a summerhouse, a Himalayan shelter, bridges and over 60 contemporary sculptures. They are also widely considered to have the North’s largest collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias with nearly 20,000 plants.

New attractions include a pop up exhibition and workshops by sculptor Rebecca Newman, the building of a Norse shelter and a children’s activity booklet and sculpture trail.  There is also a contemplation circle consisting of 5 chairs carved from 200yr old giant redwood trees specially commissioned from Irish artist Liam O’Neill and new woodland paths set over an additional 12 acres.

A log cabin tea room also serves a range of hot and cold drinks and a variety of food options and the well stocked nursery has 200 different varieties of rhododendrons on sale as well as many other hardy ericaceous shrubs and perennials.


T L Dallas & Co Ltd are long established independent insurance brokers, offering full commercial insurance solutions for your business, as well as individual service for your personal requirements. 


The Search Partnership are buying agents, otherwise known as property finders, specialising in finding and securing the most outstanding property in Yorkshire and the north of England for retained private clients.

We buy houses, flats, farms, sporting estates, grouse moors, forestry, as well as investment and development opportunities. We buy the best property in the best locations and have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the area and an unrivalled network of contacts.


Rougemont is an FCA authorised investment manager that provides secure income property investments that are underpinned by robust fundamentals and have the ability to deliver a planned ‘exit’ for investors.

Since its inception in 2009, the company has acquired a portfolio of properties valued in excess of £120m for its professional client base of High Net Worth and Sophisticated investors.

By using its wealth of experience in property investment, development, structuring syndicated investor schemes and funding projects, Rougemont is able to provide a diverse range of national property investment opportunities.

UK Youth North


Founded in 1911, UK Youth improves social mobility by providing high quality services for young people aged 9 to 25 that are delivered through a network of locally accessible youth organisations across the UK.

Our vision is for all young people to be empowered to build bright futures, whatever their background or circumstances.

Our reach- we work primarily with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, from a wide range of religious and cultural environments, family settings, academic ability levels and geographic locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

UK Youth simply couldn’t continue its vital work without the funds raised at Art for Youth North.

 To find out more about UK Youth’s work visit or read their latest annual review.

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