Raworths, Harrogate’s leading firm of solicitors held its second half-yearly breakfast business club which included amongst its speakers Sir Thomas Ingilby, owner of the 700-year old Ripley Castle. Sir Thomas explained how the Castle, which has been in his family for 26 generations, has fared in these difficult economic times and how the various parts of the enterprise have been transformed to weather the times.
Other speakers included Tim Munns, director of Wharfedale Property Management which manages Thorp Arch Trading Estate near Wetherby who spoke on business rates. Selena Hinds, head of Probate, Wills and Trusts at Raworths gave a short talk on the importance of planning for the future, highlighting the fact that approximately 70% of UK adults do not have wills. Christopher Butterworth, managing partner and experienced mediator, gave a presentation on mediation and its advantages over court proceedings. Christopher has an international reputation as a mediator and has worked on mediations in the UK, Europe and the USA.
The networking club was launched last June at Harrogate’s renowned tea and coffee venue, Bettys. The idea for the club is to combine Bettys’ renowned breakfast with short talks on a range of business subjects. Nearly fifty guests from local businesses attended the event which is the first event for Raworths in 2012, the year in which the firm celebrates 125 years in business.
Managing partner Christopher Butterworth says, ‘This has been a great start to our year of celebrations and we were delighted with the amount of interest from local businesses who found the opportunity to network at a more senior level than is usual at such events extremely valuable. We will be holding our next breakfast club meeting in June and the regular employment seminars led by Deborah Boylan will take place in March.’