Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Nora's wins New Business of the Year!

We're celebrating this morning after winning the New Business of the Year award at the Telegraph and Argus 'Bradford Means Business' on Saturday night.

The Award, sponsored by Bradford University School of Management, was presented to us at a glittering ‘Oscars’ style event attended by over 300 people and recognised the huge achievements of businesses throughout the Bradford area.  The evening was hosted by renowned broadcaster John Hammond and featured speeches from ‘The Secret Millionaire’ Carl Hopkins and Bradford Council Leader Councillor Ian Greenwood.

We’re so thrilled to have received this award; it’s a huge achievement for us and recognises all of our hard work and also the support of our customers.  It’s great to be able to share our success and support other small businesses in Yorkshire and the rest of the UK by selling their products at Nora’s.  We’re looking forward to celebrating our 1st Birthday in May and having many more years of successful trading in Ilkley. 

Thank you as always for your continued support

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Mothers Day Inspiration

There are many things we all do everyday that don't take much effort but make a big difference to our day.

It dawned on me earlier that one thing I do everyday is tell my mum I love her; only a small moment at the end of the day but quite possibly the most important. I'm sure you don't need me to remind you how special our mum's are, but it got me thinking how many of us actually tell them on a regular basis that we think they're brilliant and that we love them.

I suspect that I am in a minority of people over the age of 12 who continue to do this and I have begun to wonder if perhaps by telling her everyday it makes it less special.

I've given it some serious thought over the past 48 hours, and I've concluded that being told (however regularly!) and knowing that you're loved is a truly wonderful thing and the sentiment is always the same.

So, if you're not a soppy so and so like me and you don't regularly remind your mum that you love her, please do make sure you remember to tell her on the 3rd April...

More Mothers Day gift inspiration on our facebook page

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

'Spring has Sprung'

Another glorious sunny day in Ilkley makes me think that 'Spring' may finally have 'Sprung'.

The sunshine and sprouting daffodils have spurred me on to display our new crockery and glassware that arrived on Friday afternoon. 

I have used a piece of rustic hessian as a tablecloth and on top placed a cream runner, cream heart placemats and finished off with a stunning selection of glassware and our new tableware in varying shades of taupe, beige and mocha. 

So fresh looking and yet so simple; we are particularly pleased with the results and it has definitely got us in the mood for some more sunshine and daffodils thank you very much!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Personalised Jewellery Casting Day

I'm so pleased to report that the personalised jewellery casting session held at Nora's last Saturday was a resounding success! 

       I am now impatiently awaiting the arrival of the wonderful jewellery that our customers ordered on the day - seeing how brilliantly the prints came out, I'm sure we'll all be blown away.

For those who didn't manage to make it on the day; Kirsty has given Nora's total exclusivity on selling the products and we have also received training on taking the prints so we can take your loved ones prints here at the shop.   In fact, I have 5 children coming for their prints taking this afternoon!

For price information and to arrange an appointment for print casts please contact us on 01943 609911 or

Final order date for delivery by Mothers Day is Wednesday 9th March.