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Business Support Events at Pocklington and Goole

Businesses across the East Riding are benefitting from investment by the council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with a grant of £4.4m, to collaboratively help small and medium sized enterprises take advantage of digital technologies enabled by faster broadband. 

The Broadband East Riding project has developed a FREE business support programme, which helps eligible businesses to learn about and exploit advanced technology and discover the opportunities that high-speed broadband can offer.

The programme includes the expertise and guidance of a dedicated business adviser providing one-to-one advice, combined with an external Search Engine Optimisation Audit, which includes an action plan to take forward. Various workshops and training courses are also been provided that cover a range of topics devised to get the most out of being connected and to assist with business growth.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities, said: “Having access to the internet is an important aspect of modern life with many of us using it on a daily basis to keep in contact with family and friends or commercially, with many businesses requiring a secure, reliable and faster connection in order to compete and trade.

“The Broadband East Riding business support scheme will help eligible businesses get the most out of modern technology and embrace the opportunities presented by high-speed broadband.”
The Broadband Business Support Programme currently still has spaces available on the following FREE workshops for business:

• Twitter for Business on Monday, 11 August 2014 at 12.30pm – 4.30pm
• Linkedin for Business on Wednesday, 13 August at 9.30am – 1.30pm
• Cloud Computing on Tuesday, 19 August at 12.30pm – 4.30pm

• Social Media Basics for Business on Tuesday, 12 August at 9.30am – 1.30pm
• Facebook for Business on Thursday, 14 August at 12.30pm – 4.30pm
• Twitter for Business on Wednesday, 20 August at 9.30am – 1.30pm
• Linkedin for Business on Tuesday, 26 August at 9.30am – 1.30pm
• Cloud Computing on Thursday, 28 August at 12.30pm – 4.30pm
• Search Engine Optimisation on Tuesday, 2 September at 9.30am – 1.30pm

Places on the workshops are free, but priority will be given to businesses that are eligible and that have registered with the programme.

For more information on the business support that is available and to register an interest, visit 


Students secure work through Beverley bypass course

Students who are learning their trade as part of the construction of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s £22million Beverley Integrated Transport Plan have secured job offers before they have even finished their studies.

Learners are developing new skills quickly as they undertake practical lessons on-site, with classroom elements being delivered in the Balfour Beatty site office and other elements at East Riding College’s Beverley campus.

They are working towards the Level Two Diploma in General Construction Operations and improving their essential skills in maths and English. They will also gain the Construction Skills Card Scheme, the industry standard for on-site workers.

Tutor Dave Symonds said: “I’m really, really pleased with how they have developed. It’s so valuable for them to be learning their skills on a real construction site and also to see how a major project takes shape over time.

“They have been really committed to the course and some of the learners have already had job offers or begun working part-time while they complete their studies.”

Student Chris Long, 28, from Driffield, said the course had given him a new lease of life after suffering with depression, which resulted in him leaving his previous job, over the past year.

He said: “It’s given me a purpose in my life and I’m enjoying it. I definitely see myself going into the construction industry but I’m going to keep my options open and decide later whether I go onto the level three course or into work.

“I had basic labouring experience and this course has taught me a lot more in depth and in different subject fields.”

Neil Beck, Operations Director, Balfour Beatty said; “We are delighted to have been able to offer this on-site experience to students from East Riding College. On all Balfour Beatty sites we look to engage with local colleges and schools to open up our sites and provide valuable learning experience to those interested in a career in construction. During the bid stage for the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan we created a detailed Employment and Skills Plan with East Riding College to ensure we maximised the opportunities for learners throughout the project.”

The learners were given access to the course through a partnership between the College and Jobcentre Plus and a link-up with main contractor, Balfour Beatty who have given the College exclusive access to the construction site.

Opportunities with local colleges and training providers, such as placements and site visits, are a standard Employment and Skills Plan requirement for any tender under East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s framework.

The continued partnership work between East Riding College and Jobcentre Plus aims to provide the necessary training required by local people to meet the needs of the labour market.

Susie Walmsley, provision manager from Jobcentre Plus, said, “Civil engineering and general construction operatives are two of the projected growth areas within the construction industry over the next five years and we are thrilled that our customers are able to access this excellent opportunity to gain not only a Level Two Diploma in General Construction Operations through the College but also receive support from the main contractor, Balfour Beatty.

“Feedback from our customers has been really positive and hopefully this will be just the help they needed to start them off on a long career within the industry.”

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I welcome this excellent initiative between East Riding College and Balfour Beatty to allow local young people to develop their skills and gain practical experience of the construction industry. It is very pleasing that this scheme, which will provide a much improved transport infrastructure for Beverley, is also providing these unrivalled training opportunities.”

For more information about East Riding College courses, go to or call 0845 120 0037.

Sewerby Hall Countdown to Reopening on 9th August

The final stages of the £2.6 million project to restore Sewerby Hall are now underway. East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s contractor for the project, William Birch & Sons, has now completed the restoration works to take the hall back to how it would have looked during the country house’s heyday of 1910. 

Over the next few weeks, the focus of the restoration will turn to the installation of furniture, paintings and historical artefacts to recreate the look and feel of this beautiful country house. The museum curator at the hall has brought together furniture and artefacts from the Victoria and Albert Museum, in combination with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s collections, to recreate the style of the house as it was.

Max Donnelly, Curator of 19th-Century Furniture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, said: ‘We are delighted to be loaning 40 objects from the V&A’s collection to help recreate the look of Sewerby Hall in 1910. The V&A has been working on the project for five years, and I am looking forward to seeing so many important objects from the Museum’s collection in place. We hope that the furniture will help bring alive the history of Sewerby Hall for visitors to this fine building.’

This year is very special for Sewerby Hall and Gardens and will see the house celebrate its 300th birthday. In its three centuries, the house has evolved from a small Georgian villa into a resplendent country house with unrivalled sea views.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, congratulated William Birch & Sons on the work. He believes that the investment made by the council, and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of just under £1 million, will strengthen Sewerby’s reputation as ‘the jewel in the East Riding’s crown’.

He said: “The contractor has a track record of historical restoration work and has done a first-class job on the restoration of the hall.

“Thanks to prudent financial management, the council is able to invest in its assets and the money being spent on Sewerby Hall reflects its importance as a tourist attraction and heritage asset. We are looking forward to opening the hall's doors on Saturday, 9 August and it will certainly be a must-visit for all families during the school summer holidays.”

Paul Goyea, managing director of William Birch & Sons, said: “We have been working with the project team for over 18 months now at Sewerby Hall and have gained a real appreciation of the importance of the Estate to the region.

William Birch & Sons has been restoring and refurbishing buildings since 1874 and in the year Sewerby Hall celebrates its 300th birthday we celebrate our 140th year of being in business.

Whilst we have some catching up to do to reach 300 years, it is fair to say that we are both very proud of the achievements to date at the Estate and we look forward to unveiling this next phase of the project later this year to mark the occasion.”

For further information about Sewerby Hall and Gardens, visit



Flamborough Resident Receives Criminal Record for Benefit Fraud

A resident from Flamborough has received a criminal record after fraudulently claiming over £7,000 in benefits.

David Turton, 70, formerly of Tower Street, Flamborough, appeared at Bridlington Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to failing to promptly notify East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions of a change of circumstances affecting his entitlement to council tax benefit and pension credits.

The case was brought to court following information passed to East Riding of Yorkshire Council under the National Fraud Initiative* that identified that David Turton had failed to declare that he had been working as a taxi driver.

Bridlington Magistrates sentenced Turton to a three year order of conditional discharge. He also has to repay the £7,295.95 he fraudulently claimed between June 2010 and August 2013.

Andy Hardy, fraud investigation and enforcement manager for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “ The public of the East Riding of Yorkshire are ultimately the victims of this type of fraud. If you are aware of any fraud being committed against the council, be it benefit fraud, tenancy fraud or council tax fraud, please ring us with your concerns and we will look into it.”

Anyone who suspects benefit fraud in the East Riding can call the 24-hour benefit fraud hotline in confidence on (01482) 394949, text 07786 200850 or email 

Council Launches Adult Learning Course Guide

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will launch a new guide of adult learning courses, aimed at people aged 19 years and over, from the week commencing Monday, 28 July. 

This packed programme promotes a number of courses which are designed for people who want to improve their skills, gain new qualifications for work or entry to higher education and those who want to learn something completely new.

You might be considering turning a hobby into self-employment and wanting a taster course to see if it's right for you. You might simply be looking to learn along with your children or want specific support to help you get a job.

Courses are delivered from specialist venues across the East Riding and range from one-day workshops to year-long qualifications and daytime classes to those on an evening and weekends.

With introductory short courses in computer skills, maths and English, a level 4 certificate in education and learning and a whole range of family learning programmes, including junk jewellery making, there really is something for everyone.

The council is continuing to grow the number of apprenticeship courses on offer for young people and adults and has a range of vocational subjects to choose from. If you've recently been made redundant or are unemployed, the authority now has a specialist team who can advise you on the free training that you might be eligible for.

The majority of courses are designed for people who are aged 19 years and over, however study programmes are also available for young people aged 16 - 19 who need additional support in getting a job, apprenticeship or place at college. Family learning courses are also on offer designed for parents and carers and their children aged five-15 years.

Sara Arnold, employment, education and skills group manager, said: "It's an exciting time to live and work in the East Riding right now and, with Hull being City of Culture in 2017 and the emerging renewable energy sector just around the corner, we want people in the East Riding to make sure they have the right skills to open up new opportunities in life and work and truly reach their potential. Join us and be among 4,000 local learners who benefit from education and training from us each year in our specialist centres and community venues."
Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Providing quality adult education provision is a key priority for the council in supporting and growing the local economy by ensuring our residents have the necessary skills to achieve their aims and ambitions, whether that be securing employment or access to higher education or in setting up their own business.

“By combining our employment and skills and adult education teams into one service, we can now offer a one-stop-shop for all our learners’ needs and continue to build on the good work already achieved to date, including our low NEET (not in education, employment or training) level amongst youngsters and the improving economic picture.”

Look out for the new course guide dropping through every resident's door on or around 28 July. Alternatively visit a local council outlet to pick up a copy or download a copy online at

To book onto courses you can call (01482) 392818 or receive a five per cent discount when you book online at

Help is available at all stages of the enrolment process. For help completing the forms you can call on the number above.

Visit the website to find out more information regarding help for learners with learning difficulties, the 24+ advanced learning loan and to find out where your nearest centre is.

Residents urged to vote - new electoral registration system

East Riding residents are being urged to ensure they are registered to vote under a new electoral registration system.

The new system, called Individual Electoral Registration (IER), is being introduced nationally and means that every individual in a household is now responsible for their own voter registration.

This is a change from the previous system under which the head of each household was responsible for registering everyone who lived at an address.

Residents now need to include more details when registering, including National Insurance number and date of Birth, to make the electoral register more secure.

Registration can now also be carried out online at

Letters explaining the change will be sent out to all residents in the East Riding between the end of July and the end of August.

Most people who are already registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system and they will not need to do anything.

These people will be sent a letter confirming they have been registered to vote automatically.

But some people may need to take action to join the new register and the council’s electoral services team is writing to those people to tell them whether they need to take action.

Residents are urged to respond to this letter, if asked to. A registration form and envelope will be provided with the letter.

Those who do not respond and are not included on the updated electoral register risk not being able to vote in the future.

Councillor Margaret Chadwick, portfolio holder for council support services, said: “This is the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years and East Riding residents need to be aware of these changes.

“The letters that will be sent out shortly will explain the changes fully and I would urge all those affected to respond to their letter as soon as possible to make sure they are registered to vote in the future.”

The new system was introduced by the Government through the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013.

Further details are available at 

Donation Helps More to Take Up Duke of Edinburgh's Award

More young people in the East Riding will have an opportunity to take up the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, thanks to a generous donation from the Dewhirst Charitable Trust. 

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s youth and family support service (YFS) is encouraging young people to take up the award, at either bronze, silver or gold levels.

In order to enable the award to become more inclusive, the council is delighted to announce the establishment of the new Dewhirst Charitable Trust DofE Bursary Fund.
Following a generous donation from the Dewhirst Charitable Trust, the fund will enable young people who would not normally become involved with DoE the opportunity to gain a bursary to help meet the cost of taking part.

The award will be administered by the DofE Yorkshire and Humber regional office and YFS.
Tim Dewhirst, chairman of the Dewhirst Charitable Trust, said: “The Dewhirst Charitable Trust is very aware of the fantastic benefit young people gain from taking part in DofE. By establishing the new bursary fund we wish that one barrier to joining us – cost – has been removed.”

The DofE gives young people aged 14 to 24 the chance to develop skills for life and work.

Councillor Julie Abraham, the council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “This is good news for those families and carers that might find the cost of doing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award prohibitive. The DoE Award opens many doors to higher education and employment opportunities and I am pleased that the generosity of the Dewhirst Charitable Trust will enable many more young people to gain this advantage as they move towards adulthood.”

For details of how to apply for a Dewhirst Charitable Trust DofE Bursary, please contact Lynn Harris, DofE Award leader, youth and family support, County Hall, Beverley HU17 9BA, tel (01482) 392806 or email

Caption: Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for children, young people and education; Gail Steele, representing the Dewhirst Charitably Trust; and Sue Emmerson, operations manager Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Yorkshire and Humber region.

Pop-Up version of an exhibition on Cavalry, Camels and Camaraderie

A Pop-Up version of an exhibition on the First World War is on tour around all libraries in the East Riding. “Cavalry, camels and Camaraderie”, looks at the East Riding Yeomanry’s role in the Egypt/Palestine campaigns in 1915-1918. The mini display is touring venues including Howden, Bridlington, Withernsea and Hessle, finishing at Beverley library on Thursday, 23 October.

The display includes a selection of artefacts and folders of reproduction photographs and documents about the campaigns. The full exhibition can be seen now at the Treasure House in Beverley until Friday, 19 September 2014.

Said Dr. David Marchant, museums registrar with East Riding of Yorkshire Council: “We are really grateful to our colleagues in Libraries for providing us with the opportunity to tour this display, which will hopefully bring new visitors into the Libraries and also help promote the main exhibition later in the year. It is part of our mission to reach a wider audience than just those coming into our own museum sites and to build partnerships with other cultural services.”

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, added: “This is a great tour around the council’s libraries in our region, giving everyone a chance to visit a display nearest to them. I do encourage people to go along to one of the Pop-Up events to see yet another fascinating and informative display about World War One.”

The display has been funded with money from Arts Council England and is part of a wider programme of World War I related activities being put on by the Council and the Joining Up the Humber Museums Partnership.

Tour venues as follows:



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Tuesday, 22 July

Tuesday, 29 July


Tuesday 29 July

Tuesday, 5 August


Wednesday, 6 August

Wednesday, 13 August

North Ferriby

Thursday, 14 August

Thursday, 21 August


Thursday, 21 August

Thursday, 28 August


Friday, 29 August

Tuesday, 9 September

Withernsea Centre

Wednesday, 10 September

Friday, 19 September


Friday, 19 September

Friday, 26 September

Hessle Centre

Monday, 29 September

Wednesday, 8 October


Thursday, 9 October

Thursday, 23 October

Thousands More to Benefit from Faster Broadband

Thousands of homes and businesses across the East Riding of Yorkshire are set to benefit in the next phases of the multi-million pound Broadband East Riding project.

More than 20,000 premises in the Aldbrough, Beeford, Bishop Wilton, Bridlington, Burton Agnes, Burton Pidsea, Dalton Holme, Elvington, Flamborough, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Hornsea, Keyingham, Kilham, Langtoft, Leconfield, Leven, Market Weighton, Melbourne, Middleton on the Wolds, North Cave, Patrington, Pocklington, Stamford Bridge, Skipsea, Skirlaugh, Spurn Point, Tibthorpe, Watton, Wilberfoss and Withernsea BT exchange areas are included in plans for phase two and three of the roll-out, with work starting from July running in to the New Year.

Further announcements will be made as the high-speed technology ‘goes live’ in each area.
Broadband East Riding will make superfast fibre broadband speeds of more than 24Mbps available to more than 42,000 homes and businesses in the East Riding of Yorkshire by December 2015. In addition, the project aims to ensure the whole area will have access to broadband speeds of 2Mbps or more. This will take into account the commercial roll-outs of communication providers with networks in the area.

This is exciting news for those living, working and learning in East Riding, as the boost to broadband speeds will bring new opportunities to home life, businesses and schools. Improved access will also bring social benefits to rural communities, supporting them to grow and thrive.
Councillor Jonathan Owen, deputy leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and cabinet portfolio holder for transformation and strategic partnerships, said: “Delivering a project as far-reaching as Broadband East Riding is an excellent example of the public and private sector working together for the benefit of residents and customers.

“Both ourselves and BT are working in partnership to ensure our local communities benefit from high-speed broadband, which is essential is this digital age as technology develops and more and more business and social connections are made online.”

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to work with BT and other partners to improve broadband across our area.

“It is fundamental for our residents and businesses in this digital age that they can access the very best broadband services, it is important that local firms are able to make the most of the improved broadband and I am particularly pleased that we as a council are running a support programme to ensure this happens.
“This is truly the start of a new era in the East Riding and of course this announcement is just part of the rollout, which will eventually benefit the whole region."

BT is contributing £4 million towards the programme which, together with grants from BDUK of £5.57m, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of £4.4m and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will see a total investment of £14m by December 2015.

Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We are now starting to reach into the heart of communities across the county that have so far been beyond the reach of high-speed broadband. The progress so far is all the more impressive given that we are laying a whole new network across a county covering roughly 930 square miles where around half the population live in dispersed rural communities.

“In the modern world, digital connectivity is as important as having access to electricity and running water. From children doing their homework to caring for our elderly population and from social media to e-commerce and home entertainment – fast broadband is the critical enabler.”

The new superfast network will be open to all communications providers on an equivalent basis. Households and businesses inside the project area will therefore benefit from a highly-competitive market, bringing greater choice and affordable prices from a wide range of service providers.

Faster speeds will boost the competitiveness of local businesses, helping them to find new customers and operate more efficiently. For business, it means quick and easy downloads, shorter upload times to get large documents and data to customers and suppliers and time and cost savings by enabling video conferencing and remote working.

To help businesses take advantage of all of the benefits that this new technology will bring, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is running a free business support programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This programme will demonstrate the benefits of high-speed internet with targeted support and information to help businesses turn faster broadband speeds into business growth.
The business support that is available includes the guidance of a dedicated business adviser, providing one-to-one advice, external IT system diagnostic reports, providing an action plan to take forward, and various workshops covering a range of topics devised to help businesses get the most out of being connected and to stimulate growth.

Support is targeted primarily at eligible businesses, as defined by ERDF criteria.

At home, superfast broadband will enable people to run multiple bandwidth-hungry applications at the same time making gaming, watching BBC i-Player, using Skype to keep in touch with friends and family anywhere in the world, or downloading films and music much quicker and free from ‘buffering’ or screen freeze.

Many communities inside the project area will benefit from a host of new learning and development opportunities for local people as well as easier access to local authority and health services.
For up to date information on available business support and the roll-out, visit

Extra Funding Welcomed for East Riding Schools

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has welcomed a decision by the Government to increase the amount of funding for its schools.

Earlier this year the Government announced a funding increase for some of the worst funded authorities, but the East Riding’s allocation of 500,000 left it at the bottom of the education funding table.
The council argued for a fairer funding settlement and Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart met the Schools Minister to ask him to reconsider the allocation.

Now the Government has announced that the East Riding’s settlement will be increased to £1.8million.
Kevin Hall, the council’s director of children, families and schools, welcomed the increase and thanked campaigners, including Mr Stuart and Councillor Julie Abraham, the council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, for their efforts in securing a fairer settlement.

“Schools across the East Riding will be pleased that the overall increase in the amount of funding available to schools has risen from 500,000 to 1.8million. This is a significant step in the right direction,” he said.
“We would wish to acknowledge the hard work of Councillor Abraham in keeping funding issues in the East Riding to the forefront of the debate.

“We are grateful to Graham Stuart MP, who has championed our cause and ensured that a principled and passionate debate about the equity of school funding has taken place within the select committee and in the House of Commons. The F40 group, which represents the worst funded local authorities in the country, has also been very active in fighting for fairer funding.”

Councillor Abraham said: “I am pleased that the Government has recognised that the original allocation of funds did not take into account the circumstances of the East Riding and that there has now been a further announcement of an additional £1.3m for our children and young people.

“I am also assured that there is a longer term commitment to look at the methods used by local authorities to fund schools and particularly those children and young people with additional needs. I am hopeful that this will bring about change that will allow education in the East Riding to be funded on a more equitable basis when compared to the rest of the country.”


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