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Original Richmond - RBTA

What We Do

Why become a Member of the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association?

Member Benefits

Regular Meetings – keep you in the know and give you a chance to have your say
  • Held on the first Wednesday of the month, excluding August and December
  • Association Business
  • Planning Applications
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Council updates and suggestion time
  • An opportunity to showcase your business to members through our 'Inside My Business in 10 Minutes' talks.
  • 'Business Matters'– talks from individuals and professional bodies
Raising the profile of the ORBTA, its members, Richmond and the surrounding area
  • Social Media
  • Press Releases
ORBTA Website Listing
  • Inviting businesses to join the ORBTA
  • Encouraging businesses to open in the Richmond area
  • Promoting Original Richmond as a place to Live, Work and Visit
  • Link from ORBTA website to your own business site

Further Benefits...

Consultation on Planning Issues

Consultation on Planning Issues

Relevant notifications and discussions of planning applications in the Richmondshire area

  • Weekly notifications of planning applications in Richmondshire, but outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Members discuss applications where relevant and as the RBTA we may put forward suggestions and objections.

Links to Other Organisations

Representing the whole of Richmondshire

ORBTA is part of the Dales Business Forum, which represents the whole of Richmondshire through 4 groups - Richmond and Lower Swaledale; Upper Swaledale; Upper Wensleydale and Lower Wensleydale. Representatives of each group meet regularly to exchange information and ideas.

Involvement and consultation with:

For Local and Visitor Information contact the Richmond Information Centre

Links to Other Organisations
Supporting Tourism

Supporting Tourism

Welcome to Richmond is a sub-group of the ORBTA promoting tourism in Richmond and the surrounding area.

The group organises Love to be Local, the Town Ticket, GeorgeFest, Richmond Walks leaflet and the Town Map and supports the Tourist Information Centre.

Representatives from the Georgian Theatre Royal, English Heritage, Richmondshire Museum, Green Howards Museum, Richmond Station, the Richmond Information Centre, other tourism related businesses and the Town and District Councils meet regularly to discuss tourism strategy and create a varied programme of annual events.


Richmond Walking and Book Festival

The ORBTA supports the annual Richmond Walking and Book Festival

The Festival combines daytime walks led by guides with evening talks from well-known and emerging authors. This long-running event attracts many visitors to the area.

Visit Richmond Walking and Book Festival

Richmond Walking and Book Festival
Sharing Knowledge to Support Our Businesses

Sharing Knowledge to Support Our Businesses

Our meetings are a good opportunity to get to know each other, develop working relationships and share business knowledge.

This brings you into the heart of Richmond's business community.

No matter what size your business, from a home-based small enterprise, independents small to large and multi-nationals with local managers we welcome you to join our Association.

Customer Care

All the members of the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association sign up to our 7-point Customer Care Charter, promising to:

  • Greet customers with a welcoming smile
  • Treat all customers the same and with respect
  • Offer good value and service
  • Deal fairly and honestly with all customers
  • Fulfil our promises
  • Keep within timescales, and if not possible, keep customers informed
  • Aim to fulfil the customer's needs, and if unable to help, try to suggest alternatives
Customer Care
Find Out More About Richmond


Richmond is a pretty special place to live. A cohesive and vibrant community spirit forms the background of Richmond life!



A visitor to Richmond might not realise what a diverse collection of high quality businesses the town has from boutique shops to a diverse range of manufacturing businesses.



Richmond, especially on a summer's evening, certainly has a slightly "continental" feel: Prince Charles compared the town centre to Siena!