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Visit York’s new online shop launches in time for Christmas

Visit York have today (23rd November) launched a new online shop with a range of York-themed gifts, and merchandise just in time for Christmas. Launching with over thirty high quality products, the shop features everything from beautiful York prints, mugs and candles, to iconic York Monopoly sets and a range of books about the city.  The new e-shop is now live here: shop.visityork.org

The online shop includes a new range of bespoke designed sweatshirtrs and hoodies in partnership with Visit York member Good Trip Clothing, a local York business who offer high quality organic clothes, manufactured using ethical and sustainable practices. The beautifully designed York-themed sweatshirts and hoodies will be on offer exclusively on the site, made from a blend of super soft organic cotton and high-grade polyester recycled from plastic bottles.

The shop will also include a stunning range of Temple Island products – including York themed mugs, coaster, candles and keyrings, with something for all budgets available. Products from local artists including ‘Art by Jo’ and ‘Staves Art’ will include unique hand drawn cityscape illustrations available on prints, greetings cards and cushions – perfect gifts for Christmas for residents and lovers of York. 

Visit York which is a part of Make It York, have launched the new shop area on visityork.org just in time for inclusion within the virtual Christmas market event which runs until 4th January online. The virtual market showcases a range of local traders, independent businesses and attractions selling an assortment of unique and local festive York produce, gifts and experiences.

Russell McCartney, Head of Commercial at Make It York said: “We are delighted to launch our new online shop which features some of the very best in York themed gifts and merchandise. We are really proud of the range on offer and it is wonderful to be working with local business Good Trip Clothing on some new and exclusive York-themed clothes, which are all ethically sourced and sustainably made. We’ve hand-picked a range of high-quality products which will be ideal gifts for Christmas, or as souvenirs for those who love York.”

Danny Sullivan, Owner of Good Trip Clothing said, “It’s been great to partner with Visit York on this new range for their online shop – particularly as we both share the same goals to change how people perceive souvenir clothing and offer high quality sustainable products to our customers. The new hoodies and sweatshirts created for Visit York customers are made from organic cotton and high grade polyester which has been recycled from plastic bottles –  and we are incredibly proud of the quality of these products.”

The shop is now live on the Visit York website here: shop.visityork.org.  

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Notes to Editor

Make It York

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

One of Make It York’s strategic aims is to promote York as a brilliant place to do business, helping to support business growth and innovation across a range of business sectors, such as financial & professional services, rail and high value manufacturing and to stimulate greater inward investment.

For further information please contact:

Amy Goodman – Consumer Communications Manager
Email: amy.goodman@makeityork.com

Ana Ignatova – Communications Executive

Email: ana.ignatova@makeityork.com

Launch of York’s first Virtual Christmas Market

For the first time ever, York’s Christmas Market has gone virtual, with over fifty traders, craftspeople and local businesses getting involved to be a part of the online experience.  From festive foods and Christmas decorations, to handmade jewellery and candles, the virtual market has a wide variety of gift ideas, seasonal products and festive treats from some of York’s best local businesses and independent traders.

Launching on visityork.org today (12th November) the Virtual Christmas Market has been created by Make It York in response to the recent announcement that St Nicholas Fair had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual event instead celebrates the outstanding diversity of local traders, retailers and businesses across the city, helping to bring the magic of St Nicholas Fair into homes across the country and offering a safe and snug option for those looking to purchase their festive gifts online this year, whilst also supporting York’s traders, retailers and attractions.  

Businesses taking part this year include York Gin, The Grand York, Bradleys The Jewellers, JORVIK, The Chuckling Cheese Company, Ainsty Ales and The Hat Shop York – with more being added each day. ‘Visitors’ to the online market can purchase a wide variety of unique gifts to suit all tastes – from craft gins and homemade brownies, Viking drinking horns, handmade skin care products, stunning artwork and much more.  Continuing throughout the entire festive period until 4th January, the virtual market is now live for browsing here: https://www.visityork.org/whats-on/christmas/virtual-york-christmas-market.

Sean Bullick, Managing Director of Make It York, said:

“Our virtual Christmas Market – a York first – celebrates and promotes York’s diverse local traders, retailers and attractions, encouraging people to support local businesses with their Christmas shopping this year. With a wide variety of brilliant traders from the local area taking part and a huge array of unique and quirky gift ideas, the virtual ‘event’ offers a safe way for residents to support independent traders and businesses over the festive period.”

Emma Godivala, Director at York Gin, said:

“York Gin are delighted to be part of the virtual Christmas Market. It’s the perfect way for people to show their support for all our brilliant local businesses. During these strange times, our hearts have truly been warmed by the support of our local customers. And the virtual Christmas market gives everyone in the area the chance to get behind the local economy – and buy local.”

Kay Bradley, Owner of Bradley’s Jewellers York, said:

“We are delighted to be part of the York virtual Christmas Market this year as one of the city’s many independent retailers. During these challenging times, our family-owned and run jewellers rely on the support of the local community, as we work to continue bringing joy to our customers throughout the festive period. The virtual market is a great shared space for York’s shops to offer unique local products to customers from across the city and beyond, and it helps support the city’s economy when it is vitally important.”

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning said:

“This year it’s even more important that residents support local businesses where they can. We can all play our part and think local when planning our Christmas shopping. Many of your favourite shops and services have moved their unique offerings online, so make sure you check their websites and social media accounts for ways to support them right now.

If we all continue to follow the guidance, and York’s infection rate continues to decline, we are hopeful that residents will be able to enjoy York’s magical Christmas atmosphere once restrictions are lifted.”

The launch of the virtual market coincides with the festive lights going up across the city today (12th November) – with York BID and Make It York partnering to transform the city with magical winter lights and create a wonderful festive atmosphere. York’s four historic bars; Micklegate, Bootham, Monkbar and Walmgate, the traditional gateways to the city since medieval times, will once again be illuminated with thousands of tiny twinkling white lights. York Minster and St Michael le Belfrey will also be lit up once again this year and beautiful Christmas trees will adorn St Helen’s Square, Parliament Street and Shambles Market.  For the first time, additional solar powered lights have also been added to the lighting scheme on streets which in previous years haven’t had any winter lights.  These lights, which have been coordinated in partnership between York BID and Make It York, will brighten the city throughout the Christmas period and create a wonderful festive atmosphere for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Andrew Lowson, Executive Director of York BID said:

“The winter lights are a much-loved feature of Christmas in York.  After such a challenging year it feels especially important to mark the festive season by bringing a bit of beauty and magic to the city, creating a special atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.”

A special live post this evening (12th November) on the Visit York’s social media channels will capture the magic of the switching on of the lights, with residents and visitors encouraged to share their own lights and Christmas decorations going up over the next few weeks using #LightUpYork, for a chance to be featured on the channels.

Sean Bullick continued:

“Whilst sadly due to the coronavirus pandemic we have been unable to hold a physical ‘light switch on’ event this year, we are still working with York BID to jointly fund this year’s winter lights across the city. From today York will be transformed with beautiful winter lights to give it a magical, festive ambience and instead of a light switch on event, we will be sharing content across our social media channels from tonight which captures the magic of the lights going on in the city this festive season. We are also inviting residents and local businesses to get involved by sharing their own Christmas lights and decorations going up using #LightUpYork as part of a wider seasonal campaign.”  

York’s first virtual market is now open here (until 4th January). Businesses who would like to take part can contact faye.davis@makeityork.com

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Notes to Editor

Make It York

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

One of Make It York’s strategic aims is to promote York as a brilliant place to do business, helping to support business growth and innovation across a range of business sectors, such as financial & professional services, rail and high value manufacturing and to stimulate greater inward investment.

For further information please contact:

Amy Goodman – Consumer Communications Manager
Email: amy.goodman@makeityork.com

Ana Ignatova – Communications Executive
Email: ana.ignatova@makeityork.com

York’s St Nicholas Fair Christmas Markets cancelled for 2020

Make It York and City of York Council have today announced that York’s St Nicholas Fair will not be going ahead this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Following the announcement that the government’s three-tier restriction system has resulted in York being added to the ‘medium’ alert level, and with Covid-19 infection rates rising above the national average, this has resulted in a change to city-wide celebrations, including the city’s Christmas market. 

Whilst the markets will not be going ahead as planned this year, Christmas is certainly not cancelled. Make It York and City of York Council will be working together with partners and businesses across the city to ensure Christmas in York remains a magical and unique experience for local residents.  

The focus for the city’s festive marketing activity this year will now aim to encourage a sense of community, shopping local, and supporting our local traders – recognising the individual and unique offers of York’s businesses who have worked so hard to continue keeping the city safe.   

Make It York and City of York Council will work closely alongside partners to support and promote the city’s retailers, hospitality and attraction businesses, promoting York in line with public health and Government guidance as a safe place for people to visit responsibly.   

Sean Bullick, Managing Director of Make It York said:

“It is with deep sadness that we’ve had to cancel the 2020 Christmas market. This decision has not been taken lightly and we’ve been working hard behind the scenes with City of York Council and the Safety Advisory Group to consider all possible options and look at ways to run a safe event.  We know how important this event is for the city however, our paramount priority continues to be the health and wellbeing of our residents, visitors, traders and the city as a whole. Safety considerations must come first, and the decision to cancel this year’s physical event is in line with the latest public health advice in this area.  

We understand the impact this will have on local traders, retailers and other hospitality businesses across the city and we will be working hard to support them over the next few months and promote the unique festive offering that the city has.  

Plans are underway for a virtual Christmas market hosted on the Visit York website which will celebrate the outstanding diversity of local traders, retailers and businesses across the city and allow people to experience a taste of what York has to offer from the comfort of their own home.     

We are also developing plans for ways to promote York as a warm and welcoming place for residents to explore and enjoy over the festive season, working alongside City of York Council and other partners across the city to implement this activity. 

We are already looking ahead to 2021 and planning for how we can work with City of York Council, and our traders and businesses across the city to bring the Christmas market back.”  

Councillor Darryl Smalley, executive member for culture, leisure and communities, said:  

“This is of course extremely disappointing, but public safety has to be at the heart of every decision.  And while the way we celebrate has to be a little different this year, York will always be magical at Christmas.  

The city’s fantastic businesses and responsible residents have already risen to the massive challenges of 2020. By continuing to work together we can protect the people and places we love while giving our residents and businesses a special festive season.” 

Andrew Lowson, Executive Director of York BID said:

“There is still so much to enjoy in the city – the BID have started to install the 15km of lights which transform our beautiful city over the festive period, and our local businesses are making preparations to offer a quality festive experience in a safe and controlled environment. We hope that people will continue to support local businesses and soak up the unique atmosphere found in York at Christmas time.” 

Martin Bradnam, Chair Person of Hospitality Association York, said:

“I feel Make It York’s approach to the Christmas Market was bold and forward thinking in both supporting York as a tourism destination, but also local business from retail to hospitality. The planning was collaborative, and detailed and its approach with public safety as a core pillar was sensible. The could have been the only Christmas market in operation this year in the UK. Whilst it is really disappointing that the market has now been cancelled, this is in the interests of public safety and is the right thing to do, in line with current Government guidelines at the current time”

More information about York at Christmas can be found here: www.visityork.org/whats-on/christmas 

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Notes to Editor 

Make It York  

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment. 

One of Make It York’s strategic aims is to promote York as a brilliant place to do business, helping to support business growth and innovation across a range of business sectors, such as financial & professional services, rail and high value manufacturing and to stimulate greater inward investment. 

Shambles Market Traders and Make It York support three local charities with donation boost

Three local charities – York Food Bank, York Against Cancer and My Sight York – have today each received a donation boost of £500 from Make It York and the Shambles Market traders that stayed open during lockdown. Following the partial closure of the market in March due to government guidelines, Make It York worked with the fresh food and takeaway traders who were able to stay open during the lockdown period to waive their pitch fees and instead make a donation to charity.

The six traders who have contributed to the donation alongside Make It York are Sheila’s Greengrocers, Mannion’s Fruit & Veg, Taylor Made Kitchen, Stam & Maria’s Greek Street Food, Krep and Na Na Noodle Bar. The traders who reopened to provide fresh produce and takeaway meals to residents during lockdown, came together to agree on the three charities to make the donations to.

A total donation of £1500 has been split between three York-based charities. The money will go to help York Food Bank who provide emergency food supplies for those in crisis situations, York Against Cancer who offer care, support and advice to local patients and My Sight York, a charity working to help people with sight loss stay independent.

Shambles Market reopened to all traders in June with Make It York putting in place new processes and systems to ensure the safety of all customers and traders and aid with social distancing. Measures introduced include a new one-way system and re-configuration of the stall layout to improve the flow of customers and minimise disruption to traders. New signage and barriers have also been introduced into the space to aid with social distancing. The market space has also been brightened up and refreshed with new branded gable ends installed throughout.

Russell McCartney, Head of Commercial at Make It York, said: “During lockdown, Shambles Market continued to play a hugely important role in the local community – providing residents with a safe outdoor market space to purchase their essential fresh food. Make It York were keen to see how we could work with traders to support them during lockdown and waive stall fees – instead giving them the option to donate a proportion to charity. It is great to be able to help three fantastic local charities who do such important work – and we are delighted to be able to work with traders to give something back and support them in this way.

Now the market has fully reopened, we’ve had some fantastic feedback about the new systems in place and it has been great to welcome all the traders and customers back.  We plan to continue to working collaboratively with our traders to ensure Shambles remains a safe welcoming environment for residents and visitors to enjoy.“

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic planning, said:

“The Coronavirus pandemic has been tough for everyone, none more so than charities who have seen donations drop significantly, when they are needed now more than ever. It’s great to see that several stall holders who provided a great service for residents throughout this time have extended their generosity and donated they fees that Make It York waived to these great causes.

I hope that people will continue to support the market traders, and support local businesses where possible to repay their support to the community during Lockdown. As always It’s important we all do our part to ensure everyone’s health and safety and follow guidance for wearing face coverings, where possible. We also must be mindful that not everyone can wear a face covering and be respectful of this.”

For more information on the Shambles Market traders visit: www.visityork.org/shamblesmarket and follow the Shambles Market social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

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Image: Shambles Market Traders: Christian (Taylormade), John (Sheila’s Fruit & Veg), Sophie (Na Na Noodle Bar), Martha (KREP), John (Mannion’s Fruit & Veg), Nikos (Stam & Maria’s)

For further information please contact:

Amy Goodman, Consumer Communications Manager

Email: comms@makeityork.com  

Notes to editors:

About Make It York

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. Its mission is to grow the economic prosperity and wider wellbeing of York and its citizens. In practice, this means delivering a range of projects and programmes based around our four corporate strategic priorities.  These are:

  • City positioning and profile-raising
  • Inward Investment and network building
  • Ensuring an exciting city centre
  • Delivering the city’s ground-breaking Cultural Strategy

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