Tour De France Meeting For Local Business Owners

28 January 2014


The Tour de France pages on the CDC website have now been updated for all the information you may need for planning your business activities over weekend. There is also a helpful "Tour de France - Information for Businesses" page. Templates to help with business contingency planning that Matt Robinson (North Yorkshire – Emergency Planning) distributed at the meeting, can also be downloaded from this page.

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Local business owners and managers are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday 28th January at 6 p.m. in Skipton Town Hall to learn more about the many business opportunities the Tour de France will bring to local enterprises.

The overall impact of the Grand Depart on Yorkshire’s economy is estimated to be more than £100 million. Therefore Skipton Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Craven District Council and Skipton Town Council are encouraging businesses to plan ahead and make the most of the passing of the world’s greatest cycling race through Craven.

Business opportunities

“We are expecting large numbers of visitors to come to Skipton during the Tour de France weekend. We want businesses to think about how they can capitalise on this great event,” explains Chris Harbron of Skipton Town Council.” Amanda Casey of the Skipton Chamber of Trade & Commerce adds: “This is not just a one-off chance to generate extra income. If we get it right, the Skipton economy will benefit for years to come.” Simon Myers, Craven District Council Lead Member for Tour de France, points out: “The big screens with live coverage of the event on the High Street and the Canal Basin will keep visitors in Skipton during the entire weekend. We want to help businesses to make the best of this opportunity.”

Expert information

The following topics are on the meeting’s agenda:

- Practical information for businesses about race day logistics and the impact on trade.
- Opportunities for businesses to become involved in the lead up and the legacy of this great event.
- Question and answer session.

The meeting will be hosted by representatives of the Skipton Chamber of Commerce, Craven District Council and Skipton Town Council. In addition, David Shields of Welcome to Yorkshire, Inspector Will Scarlett of North Yorkshire Police and Emergency Planning Officer Matt Robinson of North Yorkshire County Council will address specific issues and answer any questions attendees may have.

Any local businesses that are planning to attend the event are requested to inform Lesley Haworth, Secretary, Skipton Chamber of Trade & Commerce on 01756 798257 or

For further information contact Fiona Protheroe at the Craven District Council on 01756 706277.

Contact the Chamber

Skipton Chamber of Trade & Commerce
Skipton Town Hall
High Street
North Yorkshire
BD23 1FD

01756 700100 Rendezvous Hotel
01756 700553 Skipton Town Council

Please leave a message for the Chamber at one of the above numbers and a member of the Chamber Executive committee will respond at the earliest opportunity.

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