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The 12 most influential Twitterers, bloggers and businesses in Yorkshire

16 December, 2014

ID-100109829Going with the 12 days of christmas theme, this is a guest blog from Carrwood Park.

It’s no secret that if you’re a business, Yorkshire is a great place to be.  The stats speak for themselves –  a report conducted by the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey that looks at SME growth in the UK, revealed that 65% of SMEs in Yorkshire have reported growth in revenue in the last 12 months.

It’s also no secret that social media and blogging is playing an almost imperative role in aiding business success. Not only does treating your website and social media platforms to a fresh stream of quality content benefit SEO, but it is also unrivalled in generating leads, augmenting brand recognition/appeal, providing market insight and reducing marketing expenses – simultaneously.

Consequently, it is safe to say that Yorkshire’s recent boom in entrepreneurialism and business success has been assisted by some savvy Twitterers, bloggers and business-minded individuals.

Carrwood Park, a co-working, meeting room and events space Business Park on the outskirts of Leeds, discovers the 12 most influential Twitterers, bloggers and businesses in Yorkshire.

ID-10053957You can forget a Partridge in a Pear Tree, these guys mean business…

The bloggers…

1-     The Good Stuff

Of course whether you’re a business in Yorkshire, a visitor or a resident, you simply couldn’t experience the county without sampling some of its legendary beer.

The Good Stuff blog, written by Leigh Goodstuff! – is designed to be not only a beer blog, but a foundation for beer bloggers to reach out to like-minded beer lovers and gain the recognition they deserve.

If you’re looking for a great pint of Yorkshire bitter after a hard day at work, the Good Stuff is the place to come!

2-     Mum in the Mad House

Motherhood and blogging go hand in hand, we mean where else can over-worked, under-appreciated mums let off steam, share tips and speak out to like-minded mums in the same boat?

Yorkshire has its fair share of great mummy bloggers and none more so than Jen Walshaw, and her Mum in the Mad House blog. The Yorkshire-based mum of two, provides great tips, stories, views and insight about juggling parenthood and everything that thrown at you when you’re a mum in the 21st century.

ID-1001864083-     Angel in The North

Angel in The North is a popular Yorkshire blog which shares suggestions about events and activities occur in in the county.

Visit this influential Yorkshire lifestyle blog at

4-     Rob Greenland and The Social Business

Of course if there is one thing that Yorkshire has been particularly proud of 2014 it was hosting the start of the Tour de France. Rob Greenland’s Social Business blog talks about life in Yorkshire, including some great insight into cycling in the county. Rob Greenland runs Social Business, which helps provide support for social entrepreneurs. Rob’s blog is one of the most read blogs on social innovation and enterprise.

And the Twitterers…

5-     Phil Hay, Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer

An avid twitterer Phil Hay has almost 50K Twitter followers. The Yorkshire Evening Post’s principle football writer tweets his personal views about ‘the beautiful game’, paying particular interest to Leeds United.

You can find Phil at @PhilHayYEP.

tw6-     The Yorkshire Mafia

When it comes to tweeting about Yorkshire’s business community, The Yorkshire Mafia is a pretty influential figure on the Twittersphere.

The Yorkshire Mafia prides itself as being “Yorkshire’s top business group” which brings together executives and stakeholders from the Yorkshire Business Community.

You can follow them at @MafiaYorkshire.

7-     Welcome to Yorkshire

With 79.7K followers how can we argue that Welcome to Yorkshire is nothing but a popular and influential Yorkshire Twitterer?

@Welcome2Yorks gives its followers insight into everything they’ll need to know about what’s going on in England “biggest and most magnificent county.”

8-     The Journal

@lovethejournal is the official Twitter account of The Journal magazine, which celebrates the finest East Yorkshire has to offer.

Join the thousands who are keen to hear about Yorkshire’s finest by following this influential Twitter account.

And the businesses…

ID-100201769-     Melett

According to a report by the BHP Chartered Accountants’ and the Yorkshire Post about the Top 100 SMEs in Yorkshire 2014, the top SME in the region for 2014 is Melett. The report looks at the turnover, profits and number of employees of an SME in a given year.

Melett was founded in 1995 with an aim to “keep the turbo reconditioning industry growing by offering a reliable, high quality range of turbo repair kits and turbo parts.”

In March 2014 the Barnsley-based Melett had a total of 54 employees.

10-  Lazarus Properties

Hot on Melett’s heels was Lazarus Properties, a property development and investment company in Doncaster.

Being one of the leading letting and real estate development companies in South Yorkshire and featuring in second place in the BHP report, Lazurus Properties can certainly be described as an influential Yorkshire business.

11-  Tim Bilton, Chef at The Spiced Pear

Tim Bilton, chef/owner of The Spiced Pear and Tearoom in Holmfirth has been listed as one of the North’s most successful hospitality operators.

Earlier this year Tim was included in the Northern Restaurant and Bar Awards Top 50 power-list of influential people. The top Yorkshire chef will be automatically forwarded for one of three prestigious ‘Outstanding Achievement Awards.’

ID-10026970212-  Sarah Day, Office Managing Partner at DLA Piper Leeds

Sarah Day was voted in the Yorkshire Post’s Hot 100 Influential People in Yorkshire who are shaping Britain’s future.

Sarah is the first female Managing Partner of DLA Piper in Leeds and has been described as “Yorkshire’s most powerful female lawyer.”

With such powerful bloggers, Twitterers and businesses circulated this wonderfully diverse county, we can only assume that Yorkshire will enjoy similar success and prosperity in 2015.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for a stylish, convenient and professional co-working, meeting room or virtual office on the outskirts of Leeds, get in touch with Carrwood Park.

Thanks Carrwood! So did you make it to the top 12? Who do you think should have been included? Who have we missed? Wishing you all a Merry Chrismas, Happy Chanukah and Happy Holidays!

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