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The Yorkshire Magical Lantern Festival debuts at Roundhay Park in Leeds following the hugely successful UK launch in London earlier this year.

The Magical Lantern Festival is a festive celebration, bringing magnificent lanterns and festive magic alongside a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture to Yorkshire. This is an event like no other, giving a unique glimpse at the traditional Chinese festivals of light and illumination.

Visitors will follow a trail around Roundhay Park and explore amazing giant lanterns, which represent Christmas, traditional Chinese culture and the amazing 2000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals.

Visitors will enter the festival through a giant 16 metre wide lantern entrance feature before they embark on a fascinating journey through the park uncovering stunning lanterns in all shapes, colours and sizes from Santa Claus and his reindeers, to flowers and animals, offering something for everybody to enjoy, surrounded by beautiful scenery in one of Europe's largest city parks.

To spread the festive cheer, the glorious lanterns and garden landscapes will be joined by a market area, complete with street food and drink stalls, a family funfair, and our very own Santa's Grotto to ensure a magical run up to Christmas.

To find out more about the Yorkshire Magical Lantern Festival and where to purchase tickets, visit the website or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @MagicalLantern.


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BBC Yorkshire is one of the leading broadcasters in the UK, delivering impartial and entertaining news across television, radio and online to the UK's biggest county.


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Johnston Press is one of the largest local and regional multimedia organisations in the UK. We provide news and information services to local communities through our extensive portfolio of hundreds of publications and websites which span Scotland, the North East, Yorkshire, the North West & Isle of Man, the South, Midlands and Northern Ireland.

Each month our news brands touch the lives of more than 29m people across our publishing regions, delivering extensive coverage of local news, events and information. We offer national and regional advertisers a highly successful platform to link them directly with local audiences.

As the industry goes through profound change, we continue to innovate and evolve to ensure we maintain our place at the forefront of the changes in our sector whilst providing the communities we serve with the best news and information in print and online, 24-hours a day.

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Barclays is a transatlantic customer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

At Barclays, we are passionate about helping businesses to grow. Every single business we work with brings value. Driving growth, jobs, innovation and helping to foster the export mentality the UK needs to succeed on a world trade stage.

These are exciting times. The last few years have seen unprecedented challenges for businesses across the UK. We are focused to deliver for our clients, ensuring they are at the heart of everything we do.

The innovation, energy and depth of knowledge displayed by the corporate businesses we work with are a continual source of inspiration. It's a privilege to work with such a wide and diverse range of innovative businesses, across a breadth of markets.

Barclays is actively engaging with businesses and committed to providing the support they require to achieve their ambitions. Identifying trends, clients' needs and consumer behaviours is imperative. It enables us, and indeed the industry, to create an optimum environment to support this valuable economy, which in turn will boost economic growth.

Caroline Pullich, Business Banking Head of SME for North and West Yorkshire comments "The Team are looking to make new relationships & look forward to welcoming any new clients".

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Biffa are proud to sponsor the ‘Large Hotel of the Year' category at the White Rose Awards 2016.

Here at Biffa we pride ourselves on providing an essential professional and compliant service to satisfy the needs of our industrial, commercial and public sector customers throughout the UK, and help them to meet their legal obligations and corporate responsibility commitments.

Your needs matter to us; that's why we have the largest specialist waste and recycling vehicle fleet in the country.

This allows us to provide you with an exceptional level of service, tailored to your requirements. Through our national network of collection depots covering over 95% of UK postcodes we provide a local service to all our customers.

Did you know as a nation, we are producing more waste than ever before; every year, UK businesses throw away more than 7 million tonnes of food. Most of the biodegradable food waste ends up in landfill, where it produces greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. This is costly to you and the environment, as landfill disposal costs continue to rise.

Changing the way we deal with our waste is no longer an option. It's a necessity.

As the UK's leading food waste collection service provider, Biffa can collect and recycle your food waste to help you control your waste costs and divert more waste from landfill.

Our cost-effective, food collections are available local to you. Telephone - 0800 054 6090

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Ingrid Flute's Yorkshire Holiday Cottages has been providing visitors with holiday accommodation and a high level of customer service since 1970. That makes us one of the country's longest established self-catering agencies, and Yorkshire's largest independent, family-owned agency. We have holiday homes in all the popular destinations including the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, and along Yorkshire's coast including Whitby, Scarborough and the many picturesque coastal villages.

When Ingrid started her Holiday Accommodation Agency, small card adverts in her shop window in Robin Hood's Bay were the order of the day. Now, we utilise all technology can offer to promote our properties and business from our offices in Whitby and Leyburn. However, we continue to embrace being part of a "people-focused" industry and our team is a wonderful mix of locally-based and knowledgeable people who are passionate about where they live and what they do.

Our properties range from quaint fisherman's cottages on the coast to countryside eco-lodges with all the mod-cons. We can offer visitors a range of facilities from hot tubs and spa access for a special break, to pools and tennis courts for those who like to keep fit. Relaxing isn't a problem in our properties with real fires, squishy sofas and within staggering distance of a good pub! For those who holiday with pets we have a great choice, and we've found cottages for cats, ravens and even two skunks and a parrot (yes, really!)

We're delighted to be sponsoring the Self-Catering, Cruisers & Serviced Apartments Award at the White Rose Awards and celebrating quality in Yorkshire.

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Arrow Self Drive is delighted to be sponsoring the Visitor Information Award category in this year's White Rose Awards, aligning our own standards in customer service with the best that Yorkshire has to offer.

Arrow Self Drive is the largest independently owned vehicle rental company in Yorkshire supplying fully serviced fleets to local businesses. We offer competitive rates, first class service and flexible terms on a wide range of vehicles from small economy cars, to vans, minibuses, trucks and other light commercials at our eight depots throughout Yorkshire.

When you hire a vehicle from Arrow Self Drive, you are guaranteed a level of personal service that cannot be matched by our larger competitors. We control all of our processes in house so that our customers are taken care of by experienced and qualified members of our own team from start to finish.

Away from the bread and butter of providing flexible vehicle solutions, Arrow Self Drive enjoys giving back to our community. Regionally we sponsor Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Welcome to Yorkshire and backed the bid to bring the 2014 Tour de France to Yorkshire. Locally each depot fund raises for local hospices and discounts given to a range of charities and events.

Managing Director James Hill explains, "We are keen to support the communities in which we operate, to invest in our region and its people. As a family run business community is key and Yorkshire is our home, we won't ever forget that."

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As the leading specialist training and apprenticeship provider for the UK's hospitality, and catering sector HIT provide employers with tailored award-winning vocational training which helps develop world-class businesses and top-performing employees. To date, HIT has delivered more than half of all hotel and catering apprenticeships across the country supporting more than 50,000 students at over 10,000 hospitality employer sites.

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In 1571 William Slingsby discovered the unique properties of the natural spring water from the Tewit Well in Harrogate. Slingsby Artisan Gin has been crafted using locally-sourced botanicals that are synonymous with the beautiful and restorative nature of Harrogate including primrose, sweet cicely, nettle, rhubarb, milk thistle, rosehip and Taylors of Harrogate green and jasmine tea. These unique botanicals are complemented with water drawn from the world-famous Harrogate aquifer, pure single grain spirit and a handful of the finest ingredients sourced from around the world.

We are delighted to be part of this year's White Rose Awards, as a sponsor for the Inns and Restaurants with Rooms Award category.

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Aspire-igen is a Yorkshire based social enterprise committed to changing lives for the better through learning and work.

For the past 25 years, we have successfully helped individuals, organisations and communities to achieve their ambitions by providing them with the high quality tools, motivation and support they need, whenever and however they need it.

We are the Yorkshire region's largest provider of employability, training and guidance services.

We have developed a strong, resilient and responsive service across the north of England, maximising opportunity for local people, stakeholders and all of our staff. Our combined capabilities and geographical reach enable us to provide an unparalleled level of service across the whole of Yorkshire and beyond, ensuring that young people and adults receive the very best independent careers and training help and advice.

We are extremely proud of our achievements. We work in partnership with numerous organisations in education, training, employability and skills to generate positive outcomes for a broad range of client groups from all ages and backgrounds. We work tirelessly to support the social and economic regeneration of our region, recognising the skills priorities set by our Local Enterprise Partnerships in order to promote investment in education and training that is properly informed by real labour market demand. This focus not only ensures that our clients are better equipped to understand where their future job prospects lie, but also supports an efficient and vibrant labour market.

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Proudly started in Yorkshire, where William Jackson first opened his original shop in 1851, the William Jackson Food Group is a sixth-generation family business.

Abel & Cole, Aunt Bessie's, The Food Doctor and Jackson's Yorkshire's Champion Bread are our brands enjoyed by people up and down the country. We also own Jacksons and MyFresh which supply leading supermarkets, food service businesses and food manufacturers nationwide and abroad with bread and freshly prepared salad and vegetables.

We're very true to our values and people are unquestionably at the heart of everything we do.

We look after our own people. We respect them and appreciate their role in our success.

We also work very closely with communities local to our businesses as we believe a community should be a better place for having one of our businesses in it.

Not only do we really value our relationships with our customers and the people who buy our food, but we also put a lot of energy into building really strong links and ties with our growers and suppliers. With all our relationships we seek to ensure that the trust placed in us is justified and that those who do business with us find it enjoyable and easy.

We strive daily to live up to our ambition of being ‘a business to be proud of' and this helps guide what we do and how we do it.

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North Yorkshire Artist Lucy Pittaway is the UK's ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year 2016' as voted by the Fine Art Trade Guild, and was the Official Artist of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire with her picture aptly titled ‘Hills, Dales and Woolly Tails'.

The Fine Art Trade Guild Award caps a phenomenal year for Lucy as an Artist and local entrepreneur of the North East region. Following a number of successful exhibitions, Lucy opened her first stand alone Gallery outside Richmond, in November 2015, launching a collection of greetings and Christmas cards, calendars, beautiful notebooks and family planners which are sold in card shops, department stores and garden centres across the country and overseas, all designed to bring bright, fun and different products to the consumer market.

Lucy has seen her artwork shipped around the World with a growing audience of Facebook followers in over 30 countries, all avid followers of a local North East lady simply following her love of art and trying her hand in a professional career as an artist. What started out as a hobby-turned-part-time vocation just over a couple of years ago, has blossomed into a burgeoning career and reputation in the national art world and retail sector.

Lucy's art work is available as original works of art, limited edition prints, and open edition art work, with Lucy also open to commissioning individual pieces for collectors and art enthusiasts.

Lucy Pittaway products are available in the Gallery at Unit 7, Station Road, Brompton-on-Swale, DL10 7SN

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Froneri is an exciting joint venture in ice cream, frozen food and chilled dairy between Nestlé and R&R Ice Cream which launched on October 4th 2016.
Froneri - which is the world's third largest ice cream business - has sales of around 2.6 billion Euro, operates in 22 countries across the world and employs around 15,000 people. It is headquartered in the UK and has ice cream activities in Europe, the Middle East (excluding Israel), Argentina, Brazil, Australia and South Africa.
Froneri in the UK consists of three manufacturing sites with the largest factory located in Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire. This is the largest manufacturing ice cream facility in the UK, producing over 565m litres of ice cream a year! The business in the UK employs 800 people, producing a diverse range of ice cream products from well-known brands such as Cadbury, Oreo, the iconic fab®lolly, Rowntree's®and Kelly's of Cornwall to supermarket private label ranges.

Movenpick of Switzerland is another jewel in the Froneri crown. With more than 50 years of ice cream heritage, the combination of creativity, savoir-faire and attention to detail turns every ice cream created by the Mövenpick Maîtres Glaciers into a unique little work of art. The culinary finesse of the Mövenpick recipes is firmly rooted in gastronomy.

Nestlé and private equity firm PAI Partners (which owned R&R) have equal equity interests in Froneri.

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Republic of Media is an independent media agency based in Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh providing effective solutions across paid communications channels.

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JCT600 is one of the most highly respected names in Motor Retailing in the UK, offering vehicles from dealerships across Yorkshire and the North of England.

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innovative British company who offer a simple to use online booking app to independent hotels, B&B's and guesthouses.

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PwC are proud to be part of this dynamic and successful region. They employ over 1000 people across Yorkshire & North East.

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The Yorkshire Beer & Pub Association represents the interests of brewers, publicans and consumers of beer across Yorkshire and the North East and is part of the national, the British Beer & Pub Association. The YB&PA represents 96% of all beer brewed in Yorkshire and the North East and 94% of all beer duty paid and covers some 176 brewing companies and 6,731 pubs and clubs between them. The association members contribute over £2billion a year to the UK economy. The industry directly and indirectly employs nearly 80,000 people.

Our principal mission is to support, represent and maintain our proud Yorkshire brewing tradition and heritage, some of the country's best known and loved breweries and some of the finest pubs in the country. Our pubs are considered landmark destinations and were in the vanguard of the proud display of Yorkshire as promoted world-wide through the coverage of the opening days of the Tour de France in July 2014. Beers brewed in Yorkshire are exported all over the world, reflecting the international reputation for the distinctive Yorkshire style of traditional brewing. Many of our members are also members of Welcome to Yorkshire underpinning the very close link between our two industries.

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