Pateley businesses optimistic for 2013

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Last year’s washout tourist season hasn’t affected the mood of Nidderdale businesses as many say they remain quietly optimisticfor 2013.

Despite figures from The Yorkshire Dales National Park showing that visitor numbers dropped last year businesses within the Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) are hopeful for the 2013 season.

Leanne Fox, information officer at the AONB said: “I am optimistic about the year ahead.

“We are working closely with The Yorkshire Dales National Park and The Dales Tourism Business Network to work with businesses together.”

One of the projects the AONB are working on with Susan Briggs of the Tourism Network is Big Voice. She said: “It’s a way of getting all the businesses in the area to sing from the same hymm sheet.”

Mrs Briggs said: “Some businesses don’t like to speak about any struggles because they feel like they have done something wrong. Other businesses have seen last year as a chance to make changes.”

Andrew Sanders, from Andrew Sanders and David Wallace Glassmakers in Pateley Bridge said: “Last year was our best year ever.

“However our business doesn’t have to rely too much on tourism as we sell a lot of our goods nationwide.”

Keith Tordoff owner of The Old Sweet Shop on Pateley Bridge High Street said: “We are toughened up to crisis like this in the country, we survived foot and mouth and other crisis and we will this.”

However Ms Fox said she does have some worries.

She said: “There is the worry that people will go abroad this year, after last year’s weather.

“I can see that some businesses would have to close if there is another bad year. This year Elliots deli on the High Street closed which was sad.”

Julie Walter who owns Talbot House B&B with her sister Jill Hudson said: “Elliots shop has been let which is great it’s not good to see empty shops.”

Her sister said: “The tearooms kept us going through the winter. People are more wary about spending money, and I can’t blame them really.”

Tim Ledbetter owner of Sypeland Outdoors plans to move to a bigger store in June.

He said: “The business is doing well, last year was a great year for rain coats I think people still look to buy quality goods.” goods and we are knowledgable and can recommend the right gear.”