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FSB and Radio York cool down in Helmsley

In what is thought to be a first for Radio York, the morning show was broadcast live from Helmsley outdoor swimming pool during one of the hottest weeks of the year.

Radio York at Hemsley Swimming Pool

Breakfast show host Georgey Spanwick was joined by Carolyn Frank, FSB Development Manager for North Yorkshire, who reviewed the morning’s newspapers. Carolyn started by discussing an article about broadband coverage from the Financial Times, with gaps in coverage still remaining a key issue for businesses in rural parts of North Yorkshire.

Next up, Carolyn looked at a story on keeping talent local from the Yorkshire Post covering the Yorkshire Dales efforts to tackle “brain drain”, where young people from the region move away to London in the hope of furthering their careers.  Large firms based in the area including Covance and Fera have increased the number of apprenticeships they’re offering and have come together in partnership with the campus and regional education providers to create a training hub for the next generation of talent.

Finally, talk turned to an article from Diageo on the growth of gin sales globally. Much of the growth has been put down to local small producers driving product innovation, a number of who are based across the region.

Carolyn and Georgie were also joined by a range of local businesses including FSB members Lynn Hempsall from Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop and David Otterburn from Ryeburn Ice Cream. Lynn was able to talk about a decorated welly trail that the independent business group Helmsley in Business have organised for Summer, with decorated wellies across the town to boost visitors to their high street. David talked about his delight of winning two awards for his strawberry ice cream at this year’s The Yorkshire show. The breakfast show team were equally delighted when they found out he’d bought along some taster pots!  

Helmsley open air swimming pool, the venue for the morning’s show, has this year celebrated its 50 birthday. With help from local fundraising and a grant from the European Agricultural for Rural Development LEADER Project, the pool has been able to undertake a number of improvements recently. The pool hosts a variety of sessions including aqua aerobics and aquathlons and is a real community asset. 

All the breakfast team finished with a dip in the pool (apart from producer Jericho Keys who was tasked with keeping all the equipment dry!) and were very glad of the opportunity to cool down after such an early start.

Interview in the Pool