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The Heart of Motorsport featuring Mike Simpson

06 EDITOR’S LETTER

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The Heart of Motorsport featuring Ginetta racing driver Mike Simpson

18 LIFE SIZED CREATIONS The Award winning Film Producer Chris Hees takes us behind the scenes of ‘The Bigger Picture’

24 AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE This month we talk with Hull’s infamous Paul Woodford about the motor industry in the area combined with a look into some of the region’s most recognised motor dealers

31 BRASATO AL BAROLO

Hull Restaurant Al Porto provide us with the ingredients for a fantastic alternative Christmas dinner in association with Lovelle Estate Agency

32 SPARKLE AND SHINE Hugh Rice Jewellers give us an insight into what their brand new and exciting Luxe store based in Beverley has to offer

34 FOR HER / FOR HIM

Take a look at our Christmas Wish List Guide provided by Curious Alice and A Blokes Eye View

36 MIMI BOUTIQUE

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he Formula One season will come to an aweinspiring conclusion this month with a mesmeric display of glitz and glamour at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A twilight race that has over the last seven years established itself as the Middle East’s single biggest international sporting event. The race attracts over 60,000 fans every year, with nearly half of them coming from outside the UAE. This final fixture on the F1 calendar has become one of the most anticipated sporting events on the planet, often playing host to revered megastars such as Jay Z and Paul McCartney. It is an apt reaffirmation of the growing superpower status that Formula One holds both socially and economically around the globe. The sport is now visible to over 500 million television viewers worldwide and claimed to be worth a staggering $1.6 billion a year in commercial revenue. It sounds from the outside like a wildly successful business model and yet few realise the costs associated with hosting and racing in F1. Take for example Abu Dhabi, just to host the Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit costs around $75m. Then there is the cost of racing, the top manufacturers are investing upwards of $400m per season in order to put two competitive cars on the racetrack. Even with the influx of increasingly lucrative sponsorship deals, which include $5m for an advert on the wing mirror, many manufacturers are still haemorrhaging huge losses year after year. Even Mercedes Benz, who in 2014 clinched the constructors championship with Lewis Hamilton taking the drivers crown, posted losses of $77m despite being the number one team on the grid. Formula One has clearly become a playground for billionaires, megastars, royalty and in some cases even countries, with drivers now turning up on the grid backed by government funding. Some say all you really need to get into F1 nowadays is the same sort of war chest required to run for the US presidency, along with the ability to hold a steering wheel. It is a commercial juggernaut at the absolute precipice of innovation and entertainment but don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a fair representation of Motorsport as a whole. The truth is the industry is hugely polarized, with millionaire thrill seekers at one end and part time club racers at the other. Autosport magazine confirmed this in a recent edition where they claimed that there are little over 70 drivers in the UK actually making a living from racing and only two earning over seven figures. In order to get a truer perspective of both the sport and the wider automotive industry we speak exclusively to Hessle born racing driver Mike Simpson about his own personal experience in the world of Motorsport. From lining up against Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in junior Karting, right through to competing in this year’s European Le Mans Series for Leeds based car manufacturer Ginetta. Pulling up to the Ginetta Factory in Leeds I immediately got a sense of the somewhat concealed nature of Motorsport in the North. A huge hangar bears the letters ‘LNT’ standing for Lawrence Neil Tomlinson, one of the wealthiest men in the country and the founding chairman of LNT Group, owner of Ginetta. Stepping inside the main building the first sign of racing pedigree is revealed. A vintage racing car parked beneath the chrome stairwell, alongside a more modern day road-ready variant. Yet beyond these two icons of engineering excellence the whole place seemingly screams more corporate than car lot. It was, however, with the opening of one dividing door that

I suddenly realised the symbolic nature of this foyer, a place that gives a nod to the company’s racing heritage alongside the its other commercial ventures. Stepping through the doorway my senses were immediately overcome by a strong odour of petrol, the harsh sound of electric saws and the glowing bright orange paint of a full scale Le Mans racing car. Following the marked route through the factory I was getting further and further away from the end product with each and every step. What I quickly realised is that everything in this place is planned with razor sharp precision, even the factory tour. Walking through each unit allowed me to truly appreciate the minute detail and exactness of every element that goes into creating the final product I had seen just moments ago. Approaching the end of the line I overlooked the entire hangar from the office balcony and felt somewhat awestruck by what lay before me. Row upon row of road and track models, lined up like an army regiment awaiting their instructions, whilst men and women buzzed in and out of sight, tweaking and developing their creations. Attempting to switch my focus away from these awe inspiring machines I sat down in front of Mike Simpson, official racing driver of Ginetta, as we set out on our own journey into the heart of motorsport. Mike Simpson was born into a family with no motor racing background, in fact as he says nobody from his family even had a sporting mind. “My dad is a wonderful engineer having worked for much of his life at British Aerospace, so as you can imagine as a kid I grew up with spanners in my hands. I remember when I was three he built me an electric go-kart and by four he had built me a mini motorbike, from then on anything mechanical he made he gave to me”. It was at the age of seven that Mike took his first seat in a race car, “I remember seeing on the front cover of a magazine a go-kart and it looked great fun so I showed it to my dad and said I really want to do this. My mum and dad saved up as much money as possible and got me my first kart. We actually started at Sainsbury’s car park in Hessle, racing around when it was closed on a Sunday”. The spark had been ignited and Mike was already looking for opportunities to improve and compete. He informs me how his appetite grew further after watching the Hull Street Race in 1991. “People don’t realise that Hull has big racing heritage. In the early 90s the council obtained an Act of Parliament to close the streets in the city centre. Queen’s Gardens was actually the pit lane, whilst drivers like Jenson Button raced around the track with thousands cheering him on”. Mike’s dad continued to do more overtime at British Aerospace to fund the club racing that his son was now competing in. Mike recalls how they bought an old caravan from their neighbours and his mum converted it into a home for race weekends. “I would finish school on a Friday and whilst everyone would be off to play football or rugby, I would jump straight in the car with my mum, dad and sister to go racing for the weekend”. As the years went by Mike progressed rapidly through the ranks, gaining sponsorship and support from a variety of businesses on his way to winning four full British Karting Championships, beating the likes of Button and Hamilton along the way. “I had a really successful karting career. I won eight Kartmasters, then finished 3rd in the European version and won my class at the World Championships later that year”

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Mike Simpson The next stage for Mike was to look for a step into the world of professional racing with the typical progression for most drivers being single seaters. Unfortunately, Mike quickly learned that being one of the best young drivers in the world doesn’t guarantee you anything when it comes to elite level racing. Following his success in the junior ranks Mike had never really thought about single seater racing, it was only when he started to network and mix with new people at club meets that it became a possibility. “There is a huge void that you have to jump and you need a great deal of money to make that leap. The trouble with car racing is it is a huge business and extremely expensive; you need a car, workshop, truck, mechanic, specialist tools, the list goes on. It soon adds up and before you even turn a wheel in a race car there is a huge amount of labour and cost”. Facing commercial challenges way beyond his family’s capabilities, Mike was in the unusual position of being one of the most talented drivers in the country and yet unable to progress beyond his current level. “I couldn’t even afford to do a test day, they were £2,000 each time. It just wasn’t feasible for me and my family, which was highly frustrating”. Undeterred by the significant obstacle in his way Mike did what competitors do, he found a way to break down the barriers and create an opportunity. “I was at Silverstone where we had gone to watch a family friend ‘Roger Stanford’ race classic cars and I remember seeing a flyer on the floor called bearacingdriver. com. It was a scholarship opportunity where you paid per qualification round and then it was a simple knockout format to see who won. I ended up winning it and got a full year in The Clio Cup all expenses paid, which was probably worth over £100,000”. Pole positions and podiums followed for Mike as he started to get significant recognition from major car manufacturers. Unfortunately, as before, the question that naturally followed was not ‘how fast can you go?’, rather ‘how much money can you bring in?’. “At its simplest, motorsport is about motorcars and motorcars are a massive business, therefore the sport has to make money from every possible source. If you think about Formula One it is designed to promote and sell road cars, hence why the big manufacturers like Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda are all involved. The sums involved with development are huge, with a lot of constructors losing millions of pounds each year. Naturally this means you have to sell a lot of road cars to make that kind of money back or alternatively you need to get other forms of funding in through drivers and their sponsors. In truth Formula 1 is not a solid industry, at times it feels like it is built on sand”. Mike is however keen to point out that motorsport is still a valid career choice for youngsters, not just from a racing perspective but for the opportunities that its scale brings, with roles in areas such as mechanical engineering right through to marketing and sales. As the automotive industries continue to balloon in line with the growth of technological innovation Mike is confident racing will only continue to get stronger. “The industry is expanding exponentially each year because there will always be a desire for people to drive fast and have nice road cars. Therefore, whilst there is ever a human spirit people will always want to compete. As a result racing will always make money because brands and people will always want to prove that their products are the best”. After realising pretty quickly

that taking the next step in his career was not going to be achievable, Mike began to slowly fall out of love with the sport, returning to work as an engineer for British Aerospace in Brough. “It was quite depressing actually, doing karting at a young age and winning races to then see people like Lewis and Jenson getting single seater opportunities, it was difficult to take. Granted, Lewis got a brilliant scholarship through McLaren and Jenson had some very big backers that helped him on his way but it is still frustrating to watch on”. It was in 2008 that a friend of Mike and fellow local racing driver Guy Smith recommended Ginetta, who at the time were looking to bring in engineers with experience of motor racing. Mike met with owner Lawrence Tomlinson who gave him the opportunity to get back into the sport. “I remember Lawrence saying to me ‘listen I’m not looking for racing drivers, I need engineers but come on a journey with me because you have got a better chance getting back into racing here than at Aerospace”. I came in initially as an engineer and now I’m heading up sales selling over 100 cars a year, as well as being fully involved in the mechanical side of production and testing”. It wasn’t long before Mike got his chance to get behind the wheel again, driving in GT racing for Ginetta and this year participating in the full European Le Mans Series, part of a team that included Olympian Chris Hoy. Endurance racing has been a challenging transition for Mike, who says “I’m used to it just being me, the car and the track. Whereas in Le Mans you could be preparing for an entire week in a place like Florida and then your teammate crashes or the car breaks down and you don’t even get a chance to drive”. When asked if he still gets the same buzz from driving now at the age of 32 as he did as a youngster, Mike replies “It is all about being on a controlled piece of tarmac and it is the fastest team that wins, simple. The buzz you get from winning never goes, the only thing that has changed is that I race for the team now and not just myself”. Ginetta is a small team taking on some huge manufacturers like Porsche, Audi, Bentley and Aston Martin which clearly gives Mike a real sense of excitement for the future. “I have certainly got the hunger back and still have a number of years left in the tank yet”. The final question I have for Mike relates to his initial motivation at the start of his career. I ask him what he feels needs to be done to encourage more young drivers and engineers like himself to come through the ranks. “It is simply about education. More people need to know about the roles that exist in the automotive sector. The infrastructure is most certainly there, especially in our country, but there is a complete lack of awareness. People love F1 but that seems to be where it starts and ends. We need to put a focus on engineering again in classrooms and push it as a respectable and rewarding career. It is also about highlighting that the motor industry isn’t too different to any other, in that it starts with the creation of a product and ends with somebody selling it, which means there are a whole host of jobs available for a wide variety of people. You could be a mechanic working for Audi in Hull or doing the same job for Audi at Le Mans, the opportunities are endless”. For more information about Ginetta visit Ginetta.com or to keep a track on Mike’s progress follow him on twitter @MikeSimpsonP1.

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is so beautifully delivered that you don’t truly realise the hidden meaning until the end of the sequence. The inspiration for the story came from writer and director Daisy Jacobs who went through a similar experience in her own personal life. Chris told us that when Daisy revealed the plans for the film including the mixing of 2D and 3D life sized animation he was instantly drawn in. “I have always been interested in film making, I was immediately drawn to the story when Daisy told me, I loved the spectacle of that type of animation, I wouldn’t have been happy being a producer on a simple drawn animation, it was all about the huge scale of the production, the technique of mixing 2D with 3D and intertwining all of that within an emotional plot, that’s what excited me”. The technique Chris describes was completely revolutionary and never before seen in an animation. This meant that in order to produce such a feat the team would spend an exhausting amount of hours perfecting the new life sized animations. “There were significant challenges to producing it, the mental endurance was the main one, it took 5 and a half months of 6 days per week, 12 hours a day to create just a 7 and a half minute film”. With the trust and support of the National Film and Television School Chris was able to use their facilities and equipment, nevertheless it took a lot of persuasion and persistence to convince the school that the team was worthy of so much time and space in order to create the end product. “It was a huge space we needed for a long period of time, it was unheard of for the school to allow access to dedicated space for that long, so we really had to prove it’s worth to them.” Chris and his team did many tests and small scale models to demonstrate just how amazing the production would be and duly the support remained. Gruelling time and effort spent on the film has rewarded in March of ART this year on the biggest platforms possible when Chris and his team won a BAFTA for Best Short Animated Film, alongside he world of film pulls us in being nominated for the same through the screen and into award at the Oscars. “To the characters soul, walking the path start the year with winning of the antagonist we can truly feel a BAFTA award and getting the raw emotion that spills out. Chris an Oscar nomination, then to Hees, Hull born producer of the short fly to LA for the Oscars itself animation film ‘The Bigger Picture’ was an amazing experience”. Chris Hees, Film producer and BAFTA winner understands the importance of them One of the major things ardent moments, with only seven and takes us backstage, as we capture and highlight the about having these incredible a half minutes of creative content, his life experiences is being able true hidden talents from behind the big screen award winning animation still manages to share it with the ones you to conclude with a mist of emotion strong hold dearest to you. For Chris no enough to leave you breathless. Earlier this distance or time was going to stand By BETHANY PAIGE TAYLOR year Chris won a BAFTA and was nominated in the way of him sharing his with for an Oscar for ‘Best Short Animation Film’, family and friends. Chris was standing which by anyones standards represents a somewhat under London bridge alone after a meeting successful start to the year. Chris has since returned to when the Oscar nominations were announced, his hometown of Hull to mentor young aspiring filmmakers at The BFI academy. Aiming to uncover hidden talent from across the region, he says “I want to embrace what Hull can offer, the area has so Top: Behind the scenes on the set of many amazing stories of talent and success, I want to help nurture it the Bigger Picture. Right: BAFTA and put the city back on the map. ‘The Bigger Picture’ was the dawn Award winning Chris Hees of Chris’ career and yet the rapid pace at which the year has progressed is a clear sign of the frenzied global industry he is now embroiled in. Nevertheless reflection and appreciation of success should never be overlooked or ignored, so here we will to take a brief moment in order to reveal and recognise the wonderful achievements experienced in a frenetic year for the supremely talented film producer. The award-winning short animation film ‘The Bigger Picture’ focuses on the lives of two brothers looking after their sick mother. Whilst one brother does all of the groundwork and care, the other brother doesn’t help at all, he just wants to put her in a nursing home. The raw emotion of the plot was captured ironically through some of the film’s funniest scenes. The main character hoovers up everyone and everything in the room, in an effort to try and make his problems disappear, humour subtly acting as a façade to the raw emotion felt within. This is scene

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but through FaceTime he was able to share the huge news with his family and girlfriend. “I just assumed I had been nominated as soon as my girlfriend started jumping for joy, the screen was shaking around so I couldn’t really see, all that was going through my head was ‘well I have either been nominated or this is a really sick joke’”. Chris is extremely grateful for the support received from everyone on his journey so far, especially his partner Jane. “I met her at summer school in Beaconsfield, she is Irish and speaks like 4 languages, I can barely speak English so she keeps me on my toes”. For Chris ‘The Bigger Picture’ has opened up doors to so many new and exciting projects. One that is closer to home is The BFI Film Academy, which originally had no applicants from the city of Hull until Chris took the drivers seat. There are now 20 local students aged between 16-19 all on a fantastic journey through the world of film. The students are immersed in learning the tricks of the trade and will graduate with their own major screening on the 30th November 2015. Aiming to teach more students of Hull every year, Chris informs us that the most influential person in the UK film industry is actually from Hull, Jay Arthur Rank who at one point owned all of the cinemas, most of the distribution companies and 5 of the major film studios in the country. “Hull has a huge heritage in the film and creative arts industry, my view is lets try and build on that and make more films”. Following up on his own advice Chris is making a new feature film that is already in the development stages, a film on pioneering Hull born aviator Amy Johnson. The City of Culture is certainly turning the eyes of a nation onto Hull, the area will be under a countrywide spotlight and Chris believes we need to embrace it and use it as an opportunity to showcase the region’s hidden talents. “The City of Culture has galvanised people,

Above: Another behind the scenes shot on the set of The Bigger Picture Below Left: Chris Hees celebrating his BAFTA win

we have always had this internal pride and creativity that we have only ever really shared within our own city, but now we get to showcase that pride and skill to the whole country”. There is no better time than now for Chris to be sharing his knowledge and creativity, with 2017 looming it will surely open up many avenues for old and new talent to emerge from the city. Hopefully with better infrastructure and increased awareness this will create more opportunities for more people to follow in Chris’s footsteps. Chris’s own success evolved from sheer determination and hard work. Many people believe that prosperity comes from having adequate contacts or significant financial backing, Chris had neither. “I just threw myself into things and learned by doing, I had no money to go to University or film school, but I applied and went anyway, I slept on floors for the first 8 weeks, fought for scholarships and tried to raise as much money as possible for the rest.” This determined and resilient personality was developed through some highly challenging childhood experiences. Chris suffered alopecia between the critical age of 11 and 15 years old, causing him to become extremely introvert for a number of years before he one day managed to summon up the courage to battle it and begin living his life again. “I started to think you know what, it either controls me or I start controlling it”. Chris didn’t let this struggle define him or break him, he let it strengthen him, grabbing life with both hands. Chris has left us with a strong message from both his own life and his famed production; a message that life is a gift that shouldn’t be wasted through doubt, regret or fear. You must find your purpose in life and go at it with every ounce of strength you have. Because as is the case with Chris, you never know where you might end up.


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He is the Marketing Manager of Hull-based company Needlers, a regular presenter on both 99.8 KCFM and Special Stage TV. He hosts motoring events, produces car reviews, and writes for various news outlets. We manage to grab a few minutes in the hectic schedule of self confessed petrol-head and all round media man Paul Woodford, to discuss his passion for cars, filmmaking and his mission to become a Top Gear presenter.

Where did your love affair with the motor industry begin? I’ve always loved cars - my parents were both rally drivers, and in giving me the ‘car bug’, they gave me a wonderful gift in life. My passion motivates me, leads me to amazing places to drive dream cars, it’s seen me meet some brilliant people, and it’s created a lot of exciting opportunities. While I was at Hull University studying creative writing and script writing, I worked as a freelance feature writer for magazine titles including Classic Ford, Performance Ford, and Total Vauxhall. At the same time I built my first race car, a Mk2 Fiesta XR2. Cars are so much more to me than just a hobby, or a career though. They’re my life, and I want to share my excitement with everyone. How did you go from creative writing to presenting? After competing in numerous rallies across the country, I got approached to front a new rally TV show that was going to air on Setanta and Motors TV. That’s where it all started - Special Stage is now the leading rally show in the UK, and my profile from the show has led to me presenting live from the World Rally Championship, which this year aired on BT Sport. It’s not just racing though, I’m hugely passionate about cars and driving, and I simply love to share my passion with fellow petrol-heads. I do this through making my own films which star the cars I drive. Some people go for a Sunday drive in a classic sports car; some people join me for mine. December 2015 | LOCO | 24

What obstacles have you faced in the industry and how have you overcome them? Turning a passion for driving fast cars, into a commercial deal where someone pays you to drive and talk about them is very difficult. I often think it would have been easier trying to make it as a professional rally driver! Once you get into it, you realise how many talented people are trying to make it in this industry. I’ve had to be very dedicated, getting my face out in the motoring scene at every opportunity. There have been difficult and controversial moments, and times when I’ve wondered if it’s all worth it, and I’m sure there will be more but when you’ve dreamed about achieving something your whole life, you put 100% into it. My family are also hugely supportive and help me get through any challenges. I have a wife and two kids who have lived my big dream with me every step of the way. I proposed to my wife in a Subaru Imprezza World Rally Car at the finish line after my first victory, she really understands what it all means to me. What is the dream for Paul Woodford? My big dream? To be a Top Gear presenter. It’s the big one; the thing I’ve worked my whole life towards, and this year when the open auditions were announced, I embarked on what would end up being the most exciting motoring journey yet. Although I haven’t heard back from Top


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Gear, the support, and resulting profile I received after releasing my audition video led to some very exciting opportunities, it’s been very humbling. It’s not looking likely I’ll be on the first series of the revised show, but I do believe it will happen one day. Watch this space! Beyond Top Gear, what other plans do you have for the future? My motoring career in the near future will hopefully take me on more journeys with the World Rally Championship, and I’d like to get involved with Formula One at some point as well. I’m hoping to be able to announce some exciting news regarding the Special Stage Rally TV Show in the near future, and I’ll continue to shoot supercar and classic car films for as long as people are happy to hand me the keys. I’m also currently supporting a young, autistic motorsport fan in his dream of becoming a rally presenter - I’ve built him a website, helped him with a blog, given him coaching on camera techniques and filmed content with him, it gives me a huge sense of fulfilment to see him progress.

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QUICKFIRE 3 WHAT CAR DO YOU DRIVE? My current car is an Alfa Romeo, my first car was a Ford Fiesta and my first rally car was a Mk2 Cortina GT.

WHICH PREVIOUS TOP GEAR PRESENTER ARE YOU MOST LIKE? Some of my friends call me Richard Hammond

WHY DO YOU MAKE FILMS? I believe in opening up the classic motoring experience to a new generation of car fans.

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NISSAN NAVARA MAKES SENSE FOR HULL BUSINESSES We talk to Trenton Hull all about the award-winning Nissan Navara and how it can save your business money, making it the perfect match for any enterprise The Nissan Navara Priced at £18,862 + VAT Available at Trenton Nissan Hull 01482 561350

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ith a payload of up to 1,250kg and towing capacity of 3,000kg, the “go-anywhere” Nissan Navara has the muscle for any job and can earn its keep as part of any fleet. Whilst tackling anything that stands in its way, the award-winning pick-up can also save your business money, making it the perfect match for any enterprise. This is because the Navara – available on some fantastic deals at Trenton Nissan in Anlaby Road, Hull – is classed as a Light Commercial Vehicle, which means employers can claim back the VAT, making the purchase cost 20% cheaper than a non-commercial vehicle. And it can result in an instant pay rise for your employees as company car tax for the Navara is considerably cheaper, costing from just £630 a year. The savings can runs into thousands of pounds compared to a similarly-priced car. Navara – available as a 2.5 dCi or 3.0 V6 dCi engine – brings a new level of refinement, style, comfort and quality, as well as firstin-class technologies to the pick-up market. Despite its ruggedness and durability, the Navara – is priced from £18,862 +VAT– With Saving of up to £5,577 off MRRP during September, The Navara offers a car-like drive and features an array of creature comforts such as Bluetooth telephone integration, dual zone climate control and an optional sat-nav. If that wasn’t enough, all those purchased from 1st September 2015 come with a five-year, or 100,000 miles, Manufacturer Warranty. Demonstrating the confidence Nissan has in the quality of its award-winning LCV vehicles, the

Manufacturer Warranty covers a comprehensive array of component and chassis elements, from powertrain and battery through to paintwork. The warranty even extends to include Nissan Genuine accessories.* Andrew Woodhall, Brand Manager, at Trenton Nissan, Hull, said: “The Nissan Navara is an ideal business partner for companies. As well as delivering what’s needed from a robust pick-up, it can also offer great savings for employers as well as employees”. Nissan has one of the widest ranges of LCV’s in Europe, which includes the popular current Navara pick-up and all-new NP300 from early 2016. Designed to suit a variety of uses, Nissan’s vans and pick-ups provide cleverly-designed cargo spaces and the latest technological features as options, including rear view camera and NissanConnect Navigation system. The LCV’s provide for a wide range of applications, with impressive manoeuvrability, high levels of driver comfort and affordable cost of ownership from versatile and durable chassis and cabs. To find out more about Nissan’s industry-leading fiveyear Manufacturer Warranty, visit Trenton Nissan in Anlaby Road or call the dealership on 01482 561350. Nissan’s trained LCV specialists will help find the right vehicle to fit any requirements, as well as providing expert servicing and maintenance throughout the lifetime of the vehicle.

“As well as delivering what’s needed from a robust pick-up, it can also offer great savings for employers as well as employees”

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he family-run dealership Glews Garage has recently successfully completed its first year with the Isuzu brand and could not be happier. Glews Garage puts the success down to delivering an exceptional level of customer service, which has allowed Glews to grow in both size and reputation. “Our fully trained and dedicated team have all got behind our new franchise, they are all passionate about delivering an excellent customer experience which results in fantastic customer retention & loyalty”. Pictured: David Giles & Dave Badder, Regional Development Manager Isuzu (UK) Ltd. As well as Isuzu Glews Garage has a Peugeot Franchise, Used Car Sales Department, Bodyshop, Parts, MOT and Service for all makes and models. The Isuzu D-Max prices starting from £14,749 Pictured: David Giles & Dave Badder, Regional Development Manager Isuzu (UK) Ltd.

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Christmas Cocktails FOOD & DRINK

The festival of food and drink is almost here and what better way to kickstart the festive season than taking a look at some of the great cocktails that are just perfect for this time of year

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A brilliant refreshing alternative if you are going alcohol free this Christmas

An old school party punch ideal for this time of year

• 2 lemons • 2 tbsp caster sugar • 35 ml elderflower cordial • 1 handful of frozen berries • Sparkling water, to top up

• 75 ml clementine juice • 150 ml Benedictine liqueur • 225 ml Dewar’s white label scotch whiskey, or cognac • 300 ml cranberry juice • 1 vanilla pod , seeds of • 1 clementine , thinly sliced • 3 sour cherries , (optional)

Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a jug, add the sugar and elderflower cordial and mix well to dissolve. Put a few ice cubes in each glass, slice the remaining lemon and add to the glasses along with the frozen berries.

Mix all the ingredients together in a jug and store in the fridge for 2–3 hours before using. Serve in a large jug or bowl half-filled with ice. Mix well and allow to dilute for 5 minutes before serving.

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The simple and elegant aperitif with a dash of sweet seasonal berries

Winter warming notes with sweet flavours to enjoy throughout the festive season

• 2 Tbsp Chambord Rasperry flavoured liquer • 2 cups of fresh Blackberries • 1 bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine chilled • Fresh mint • Handful of berries

• 275 ml apple cider • 100 ml bourbon •1 pink lady apple, cut in thick slices • 2 teaspoon organic raw honey • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Pour 1 teaspoon of Chambord into each of 6 Champagne flutes. Place 3 berries in each glass. Pour about 2/3 cups of Champagne into each glass. Serve immediately.

Place cider, apple slices, honey and cinnamon in a sauce pot, bring to boil and let simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the mixture (saving the apple slices for garnishing) and add bourbon, serve with a cinnamon stick.

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Comedy brand Giggles Live, are creating a series of shows aimed at eliminating taboos surrounding mental health. Kardomah94, will play host to the bi-monhtly comedy socials with a difference, aiming to tackle mental health through laughter. In conjunction with Mind HEY and Talent Match Humber. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AT WWW.HULLBOXOFFICE.COM


FOOD & DRINK

Brasato Al Barolo In Association with Lovelle Estate Agency

Tired of the same old Turkey dinner, why not try a taste of the mediterranean this Christmas with an Italian speciality from the talented Chef’s at Al Porto Restaurant in Hull

PREPARATION TIME 12 HOURS (Inc marinating)

COOKING TIME 20 MINUTES Serves 4-6

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rasato Al Barolo (Beef Braised in Barolo) is the pièce de resistance of Piemontese cooking, the area in Italy where the Barolo wine comes from. It is made from the Nebbiolo grape and is often described as one of the countries greatest wines. The variety isn’t cheap but is worth every bit of the price tag, giving the Beef Tenderloin a beautiful rose like flavour that will make your tastebuds cheer with every bite. Served with creamy mashed potato and baby carrots this winter warming dish is the perfect counter to the classic Turkey and trimmings.

Ingredients Marinade: 2 tbsp olive oil 3lb of beef tenderloin cut into medallions 2 onions cut into pieces 1 cup of baby carrots 1 cup of chopped celery 2 sprigs of rosemary 2 bay leaves 1 tsp of black peppercorns ½ bottle of Barolo or good quality red wine

Cooking: 2 cups of baby carrots 10 maris piper potatoes 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp ground pepper 1 tsp kosher salt ½ cup of butter ½ cup of double cream 4-6 sprigs of rosemary ¼ cup of chopped parsley ½ bottle of Barolo or good quality red wine

Instructions Marinating: Mix the ingredients in a casserole dish, add half the wine and leave the beef to marinate overnight, turning occasionally. Cooking: 1. Heat the oil in a very hot pan and then add the medallions of beef, searing on both sides with a little seasoning 2. Reduce the heat and leave to cook for 1-2 minutes before adding the remainder of the marinade and wine. Simmer on a low heat for 8-10 minutes allowing some of the wine to burn off and the vegetables to cook 3. Add half of the butter with salt and pepper to taste 4. Remove the beef from the pan and pass the sauce through a sieve 5. Serve with a sprig of rosemary and a sprinkle of chopped parsley Mashed Potato & Baby Carrots: 1. Peel the potatoes and boil them in a large saucepan for 15 minutes or until softened. Do the same with the baby carrots 2. Add half of the butter to the boiled potatoes and mash them before adding the cream 3. Add salt and pepper to taste Wine: Why not try it with the wonderfully balanced Terre Da Vino Barolo Riserva from Waitrose priced at £17.99

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Fashion &Style

Sparkle and Shine

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Visit the brand new Luxe by Hugh Rice store in Beverley’s Saturday Market to get your hands on a vast range of elegant and stylish jewellery, that will ensure you look bang on trend this Christmas

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ashion jewellery has exploded onto the scene in recent years with a multitude of global brands such as Pandora, Nomination, Michael Kors and Thomas Sabo all displaying their own unique interpretation of style and sentiment, through a vast array of contemporary collections. Leading independent retailer Hugh Rice has embodied and acted upon this growth by creating a young, energetic and style conscious brand called Luxe, that will aim to house this ever growing array of contemporary fashion jewellery. The first Luxe by Hugh Rice store will open its doors on Beverley’s Saturday Market just in time for Christmas, aiming to provide a modern twist to the town’s current offering. Sales and Marketing Director, James Rice says of the launch, “we are stocking the most popular fashion brands such as Pandora, Thomas Sabo, Nomination, Michael Kors and Armani. There will be a wide range of lines from layered bracelets and stacking rings to pendants and chains, providing a vast and varied selection for our customers to choose from”. Hugh Rice have developed rapidly in recent years, now with three multi-branded stores within the North of England and seven Pandora concept stores in Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford. They have grown to be one of the region’s most renowned and respected family jewellers. Luxe by Hugh Rice is the next step for the thriving company, with a brand that will revolutionise the independent jeweller’s product offering and enable its customers to store their memories through the adornment of contemporary jewellery. Whilst Hugh Rice are currently custodians of both fine and fashion pieces, James believes that Luxe by Hugh Rice will allow the business to clearly segment its range in Beverley, with the fine jewellery to remain at the main Hugh Rice store on Toll Gavel, whilst the fashion lines will be presented solely by Luxe in Saturday Market. This is an important point as so often we feel fear in that moment when you gift loved ones jewellery, only to hope and pray that they like it.

The expertise and awareness of the staff at Luxe will help diminish this anxiety by recommending exactly the right product from the vast range of alternative brands available. Luxe by Hugh Rice does the groundwork in not only attaining the most stylish items that everyone will love but also in delivering them through simply stunning surroundings. The store layout will be minimalist and classy with dedicated areas for each brand, as well as a specialist trend zone. James describes this by stating “rose gold is a major emerging trend, with our new store it means we can express this through our trend area. This may not have been something we could have done in our mainstream Hugh Rice stores, it has given us the freedom to create a completely unique style and tone to the store environment.” Luxe by Hugh Rice is set to add a dash of sparkle and shine to Beverley’s Saturday Market. Surrounded by established and historic businesses, Luxe’s enthusiasm, energy and youth will light up the town centre and bring a new sense of excitement and vitality to the cobbles of Marketplace. As the Flemingate shopping centre is finally uncovered and national brands flock to the area, it is important that independent business remains innovative in the face of increasing change. James Rice believes this developing dynamic in the town works perfectly for Hugh Rice, saying “With the new retail park opening over at Flemingate, we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to build something completely different in the centre of Beverley, with a contemporary brand that will open up new options for our loyal and growing customer base”. Luxe by Hugh Rice represents a beacon of change in the town centre, built through a careful mix of heritage and modernity, it demonstrates a quiet shift that is taking place in the area with an increased focus on style and innovation. With Christmas around the corner Luxe by Hugh Rice has an abundance of expertise and elegance that will help you discover the perfect gift for absolutely everyone on your list.

“It has given us the freedom to create a completely unique style and tone to the store environment”

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For Her

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It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year...so what better way to celebrate the most wonderful women in your life than by showering her with some festive treats? Whether it’s a stocking filler or something stylish, you’ll find ten fabulous ideas right here...

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#1 Map My Style, £9.99 Waterstones Published by artist and designer Dom&Ink, this book allows your inner fashionista to document your most fabulous outfit ideas and explore you own sense of style. #2 Cacharel Amor Amor, Perfume Heaven £28 Smell evokes the most powerful memory of all the senses - that’s why I prefer perfume that’s a little more classic rather than a limited edition that may be discontinued. This is a great scent for feeling feminine and sultry; its my favourite for date night. #3 Michael Kors Bradshaw watch in rose gold, Hugh Rice £229 What time is it? Time to show off some serious wrist candy, that’s what! This gorgeous MK creation will go with errrrrthang in a stylish girl’s wardrobe...get your wallets out boys, she’s worth it! #4 Loungwear, Dorothy Perkins from £10 Christmas gifts aren’t complete without something cosy to snuggle up at home in. With soft yoga pants, cute vests and slouchy cardigans in neutral tones, DP have made down time more stylish than slob. I’m in! #5 Drape front top, Little Bird Boutique £16.50 LBB have a great selection of glamorous party wear as well as more casual pieces (as you can you tell I’m a bit of a fan!). This twist front top is perfect to dress up for drinks with the girls or a more low key Boxing Day lunch with the family. #6 Pure Colour Silver Metallic Nail Polish, New Look £4.99 Metallic silver nails are ridiculously on point for all seasons, making this shiny bauble a great stocking filler to make your hands look too glam to give a damn. #7 Pink Power Bank, River Island £10 Perfect for those (like me) whose phone ALWAYS runs out of charge at the worst times...this baby hooks up any model on the go and is easy to spot at the bottom of a handbag. #8 Harper’s Bizarre Bakewell tart candle £8 (Sold online and at Eden, Hull) I never knew it was possible for a candle to smell this yummy! This is my fave, but they have loads from the fresh I Love you but you Smell to the fruity Zombielicious.#9 Classic girly films, from £3 HMV They’re sexy and they’re cute....” And mostly cheesy as hell but, if chick flicks are wrong then I don’t wanna be right! A girls gotta have something fun and nostalgic to watch on a January night in waiting for payday. #10 Handmade chocolates, White Rabbit Chocolatiers Sweets for your sweet? This Beverley based company offers delicious flavours and delightfully quirky confections...fish ‘n chips shaped chocolate, anyone?


For Him

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Its not long now until the jolly, white bearded man himself visits your home, hopefully with his sacks full of the gifts you have asked for on those Christmas lists.Well that’s if you have been a good boy of course! So I thought I would put together a list of the ten items I would love to receive on Christmas morning.

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#1 Loungewear Set In Nepp Fabric £35, Asos These are perfect for my lifestyle. Being a Dad of two my social life isn’t what it used to be. So as a family we like to do a lot of lounging at home and relaxing, whether its watching movies, playing on the Xbox or even playing board games. #2 Beardbrands Beardsman Kit £200, beardshed.co.uk Anybody who knows me knows that I’m very keen on keeping my beard in tip top condition. I use oils, balms and facial hair cleansers on a regular basis and like to keep it in a nice shape with a comb - but the one I use I actually won in a Christmas cracker...so I think it’s about time I upgraded. #3 Ronaldo documentary on blu-ray £15.99, HMV Love him or hate him there is no hiding the fact that this is one of the best football players in the world. Filmed with the footballer’s permission, director Anthony Wonk is granted access to Ronaldo’s home life, and you get a real insight into his ambitions, family life and all of his time as a professional player. #4 Terry’s Chocolate Orange £1 I‘m 33 now and can remember way back to when I was a kid that I always received a chocolate orange for Christmas and this is something me and my wife have chosen to do for our son and will do the same for our daughter too. #5 Tom Ford Noir Extreme 100ml  £90, House of Fraser. I’m lacking a good fragrance in my toiletrie bag so this would be a brilliant gift for me. #6 Asics Gel-Kayano Evo Comic- Men Shoes £79.99, Footlocker These are a stand out statement trainer which are right up my street. I love the comic print and versatility of them because they can be styled with a nice pair of skinny jeans, joggers or even shorts. #7 St. Louis Cardinals Sweater £35, Poorboy  Poor Boy have some amazing vintage and reworked items of clothing - I owned a few sweaters like this back in the early 90s and it would definitely fit in with the wardrobe I have today. #8 Colmar Originals Jacket In rust £260, stuartslondon.com This jacket is just perfect for me this winter because I will be spending a lot of time stuck outdoors, either watching my son play rugby or train for his rugby union team, so a warm, quality jacket is a must. #9 Red Herring socks £10, Debenhams It just wouldn’t be Christmas if you didn’t get a pair of socks now would it. #10 Antique Mustard beanie £15, Not only is this an awesome beanie but for every hat sold Masato are donating one to the homeless.


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At Mimi Boutique we have amazing new stock arriving weekly from exclusive brands such as Forever Unique, Pia Michi, Yumi and Diva Catwalk all available in sizes 6 to18. Wether your looking for that perfect Christmas party dress, Christmas Day jumper or even gift wrapped stocking filers we are here to help. With the Prom season around the corner we also have lots of gorgeous new arrivals including evening bags and jewellery to help you complete your outfit. Why not pop down and see us at one of our stores in Beverley or Hessle open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. Beverley store now Open Sunday’s 11am-4pm until Christmas. Follow us on Facebook: MimiBoutique & Instagram: Mimiboutiquehessle

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right lights, chic interior and designer clothing all merge together to form the captivating fashion boutique Dias. Crystal chandeliers, a glass staircase and crisp white walls create a holistic sense of elegance and luxury. Providing an Michael Kors Ava £285 unrivalled level of class and sophistication within a relaxed and friendly environment. Fashion is all about looking ahead towards new styles and trends, Dias owner Dean Rust frequently travels to internationally recognised fashion capitals such as London and Milan, in order to hand pick only the very best garments for the store. “We are leading the believes is what sets them apart. “If our fashion of Hull, we know what you will customers don’t look good in something be buying 6 months from now because we will politely offer our advice, we know we have to source the lines 6 months in what looks good on people, it’s second advance”. Stocking global designer brands nature to us now”. Education is clearly such as Versace, McQ by Alexander an important element within the world McQueen, and Michael Kors, Dias prides of designer fashion, with a huge number itself on exclusivity; stocking only a of buyers usually put off due to a lack of limited quantity of garments, to ensure Dias Clothing are one of the regions leading knowledge or confidence when it comes to their customers are always purchasing something unique. Dean says “It’s for a fashion retailers. With an unrivalled level of class and shopping. “You won’t believe how many sophistication combined with their commitment people come in with money to spend and long time been our policy to only buy a to exclusivity we take a look at how Dias Clothing they just want to be told what items look few of each product and once they have sold we don’t get them in again. This are a truly unique assett to the local fashion industry. good together. Especially men who want to look smart but don’t know where to begin. approach has succeeded because it offers Photography by IDB Photography We are there to guide them on their outfit our customers something they literally selection in a relaxed and informal way. can’t get anywhere else”. We don’t preach or condescend, we just advise and support them by Seeing the local fashion industry develop over the last few creating a friendly and personal environment”. decades Dean believes there is now more than ever a real appetite for Dias has firmly established itself as one of the regions go to designer quality designer clothing. “People are boutiques with over 27 years of industry leading heritage. This means travelling more frequently and have you can shop in complete confidence knowing that the experienced, much greater access to information friendly and honest staff will be there to help you pick out the perfect online about style and trends. This outfit in order to look and feel great this Christmas. is creating an extraordinary level of Visit the website at www.diasdesignerclothing.co.uk or the store at awareness when it comes to fashion. 19 The Weir, Hessle, HU13 0SB, 01482 642307 You used to be seen as a radical if you wore something different, nowadays it is rightly celebrated”. It may sound a challenge to persuade people to move away from the national high street brands and spend their hard earned cash on expensive designer clothing but Dean is adamant that the market is thriving in East Yorkshire. “There is definitely a growing group of men and women in this area who are looking for top quality clothing”. Dean and Sales assistant Laura Johnson both believe that whilst quality products are important they are meaningless without first class customer service and that Dean

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roviding a personal touch Saffron Hart Salon in Anlaby continues to build a growing reputation as one of the regions best hairdressers. The key to its success according to salon owner Saffron Hart is in providing honest professional advice and first class consistent service. Saffron has vast and varied experience in the industry from her eight years working in a range of salons in both Hessle and Beverley. Building a strong following of clients she decided to take the plunge in March 2014 opening her own business in Anlaby square. The salon has gone from strength to strength over the last 12 months, with three stylists supporting Saffron in delivering high quality services to their growing customer base, which sees clients travel from as far afield as Hornsea. Saffron took the decision to start the business following the passing of her father in 2013, “He had always wanted me to open up on my own but I could never find the right place”. At the time Saffron was working at her current Salon under the ownership of Christian Brodie, who in 2014 decided to relocate, “An opportunity came up to take on the building and I grabbed it with both hands. It has been challenging at times but over the last year we have really excelled as a team and i’m so proud of how far we have come in such a short space of time”. Located on Wilson Street the salon has a quaint, clean and classy feel to it with grand leather chairs, floor length mirrors and chic furnishings. Consultation is a key part of the salons services with 2 BAFTA accredited stylists able December 2015 | LOCO | 40

to advise and guide customers on making the right decisions when it comes to colour and style. Saffron describes the process, saying “It is important that we treat each client individually and make sure we understand exactly what they are looking for so that we can work on creating the perfect look for them”. Whilst the salon specialises in colour correction and hair loss working with brands like Wella, Nioxin and Balmain, Saffron is keen to point out that they do still cater for a wide variety of clients. “We have customers of all ages, male and female, all of which have their own unique requirements. We also have a dedicated gents night on a thursday evening which is always incredibly busy”. Progression is a key theme for Saffron and her clients stating “it is all about having a schedule for hair, whether that be growth, style or colour. It is important to build a plan with each customer to ensure we keep them happy”. This type of progress is mirrored in Saffron’s business model, “for me it is about getting the right staff who believe in your approach and then nurturing and supporting them through training, to ensure they keep growing and developing, whilst ultimately getting the utmost enjoyment from their job”. Despite being open for a little over 18 months Saffron already has her sights firmly fixed on the future, “it would be great to expand the salon and grow the business potentially with a second shop but it is about doing it sustainably and finding the right place at the right time, which is by no means easy”. For a free consultation or to book an appointment call the salon on 01482 657705 or visit them at 28 Wilson Street, Anlaby, HU10 7AN.


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ocal Luxury Eyewear Specialists and award winning business Eyesite has now moved location from 13A Saturday Market, Beverley to 7 Saturday Market, Beverley. In an exciting partnership with Lens manufacturers Nikon, this new store will see the launch of Nikon’s first ever Lens Lounge in the UK. With guidance from Eyesite’s award winning optical dispensing team, Nikon’s Lens Lounge offers customers a comfortable and more engaging way of finding their perfect lenses. Eyesite believes that everyone should look and feel great in whatever it is they’re wearing. That is why they are one of the UK’s largest independent luxury eyewear stockists. To celebrate the move, Eyesite will be launching Victoria Beckham exclusively in the area, as well as adding Cutler and Gross to their extensive range of luxury brands that already includes: Chanel, Dior, Dior Homme, Tom Ford, Persol, Dita, RayBan, Oakley, Dolce and Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Chopard, Céline, Jimmy Choo, Black Eyewear, Swarovski, Bvlgari, Saint Laurent, Garrett Leight, Chloe, Valentino, Michael Kors, Tiffany and many more - most of which are also stocked exclusively in the area. Eyesite have styled music videos and TV shows, and has an evergrowing list of celebrity clients; most recently appearing in KFCs #packmoreintolunch campaign with Chipmunk, Wretch 32 and Kano, whilst also assisting in Mary Portas’ secret shopper this season, set to air in the new year. Dubbed “Eye of the Tigers”, Eyesite handle the eye care of Hull City Football Club, notably working with the team during December 2015 | LOCO | 42

both stints in the premiership and during the Tigers record 14 match unbeaten run back in 2011. In the last five years, Eyesite has been voted UK’s No.1 Luxury Eyewear Retailer, Best Optical Dispensing Team and Fashion Frames Store of the Year - all of which were awarded at the National Optician Awards. As well as their new Beverley location, Eyesite has two other stores in Cottingham and Hedon, and a sunglasses concession in Browns of York. To learn more about Eyesite and their brands, please visit their website: www.eyesiteopticians.co.uk


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GUEST AND PHILIPS JEWELLERS Founded in 1966 this iconic family run jewellers has become an independent stalwart in Saturday Market. Offering a range of luxury and lifestyle brands, new and used, from brands like Cartier to Thomas Sabo, whilst also being the largest stockist of antique jewellery in the region, there really is something for everyone at Guest & Philips. Pop down to see the friendly and knowledgable team and find that perfect gift or treat yourself this Christmas. WHERE? 23 Saturday Market, Beverley, HU17 8BB, 01482 882599

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This wonderful deli and cafe situated right in the heart of Market Place opposite the bandstand, has built a glowing reputation as one of the region’s leading eateries and providers of quality local produce. Supporting over thirty farmers, they provide everything from fruit and vegetables to meat and fish and with a raft of gift packs and specially selected seasonal hampers now available you are sure to find everything you need for a scrumptious Christmas. WHERE? 21-22 Saturday Market, Beverley, HU17 8BB, 01482 868190

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Beverley and its historic marketplace is the focus of our Christmas spotlight feature. As the festive season approaches we take a look at some of the best independent retailers located on the historic cobbles. From Hair and Beauty to Food and Drink, we shine a light on the local businesses that will ensure you have everything you need to have a very Merry Christmas.

THE PAMPERHOUSE A relatively new addition to the town centre, The Pamperhouse is a quaint and chic lifestyle store with an offering that ranges from home furnishings to handmade jewellery. Every item is handpicked for the store from all corners of the world, including Parisian toys and gifts to Danish homeware. It is the perfect place to find those specially selected stocking fillers for each and every member of the family. WHERE? 39 Ladygate, Beverley, HU17 8BH 01482 886388

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Riley’s is a family run boutique located just off marketplace at North Bar Within. Stocking luxury designer clothing and accessories for both men and women, the store has over the last thirty years become one of the leading fashion retailers in the county, attracting customers from far and wide due to its unparalleled high end offering. If you are looking for a very special gift or a unique winter outfit you won’t find many places better than Riley’s. WHERE? 11 North Bar On, Beverley, HU17 8BB, 01482 874815


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Located above Yorkshire Bank in the centre of Saturday Market, this beautifully stylish award winning salon is a fantastic contemporary addition to the town centre. Providing a great range of hair and beauty treatments at affordable prices, De Lacy was this year awarded ‘Best Beauty Salon’ at the English Hair & Beauty Awards. Often seen working on local events and exhibitions the team have built a first class reputation as one of the region’s go to salons. WHERE? 39A Saturday Market, Beverley, HU17 9AQ, 01482 887069

Browns department store opened at the old Corn Exchange in 2010 and brought with it an upmarket range of brands in the areas of fashion and style. The sparkling beauty hall is the ideal place to pick up those must have designer fragrances and cosmetics from brands such as Chanel, Benefit and Clinique. The second floor offers a fantastic range of womenswear and accessories and there is even a little Cafe to grab a Latte and slice of Christmas cake. WHERE? The Corn Exchange, Saturday Market, Beverley, North Humberside HU17 8BB, 01482 860130

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The Tapas and Cocktail bar opened earlier this year with two floors of stunning interior overlooking Saturday Market. Dedicated to serving food & drinks during the day and on an evening, Lazo provides first class fresh cuisine and an extensive collection of cocktails in a lively and friendly environment. Quickly establishing itself as a local favourite it doesn’t matter if you are kickstarting the day with breakfast, having an afternoon coffee or an evening cosmo, the team at Lazo will make sure you have an experience to remember. WHERE? 42 Saturday Market, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 8AA, 01482 888 889

Feeling a little fed up with winter already? Why not visit Beverley’s own little Mediterranean haven. Situated just off marketplace on North Bar Within, this amazing little wine bar and grill is the perfect place to relax and unwind with continental music, outdoor seating, heat lamps and a welcoming vibrant atmosphere. The perfect venue for Christmas parties or just a quiet evening with friends, Lucia will bring a strong sense of colour and warmth to those frosty December nights. WHERE? 5 North Bar Within, Bevearley, North Humberside HU17 8AP, 01482 887878

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