Bettys & Taylors Group are serving up a profits treat

A waitress outside Bettys Cafe and Tea Rooms in Harrogate. PIC: Mike Cowling

A waitress outside Bettys Cafe and Tea Rooms in Harrogate. PIC: Mike Cowling

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BETTYS & Taylors Group, home to some of Yorkshire’s most loved brands, said sales and profits rose last year in spite of growing competition and changing consumer habits.

The family-owned company reported a five per cent increase in turnover to £156m. Pre-tax profits rose 7.3 per cent to £10.8m in the year ending October 2014.

The group, which owns Yorkshire Tea and six Bettys tea rooms across Yorkshire, said: “We are pleased that we have been able to deliver strong results in what is an increasingly competitive market where in the last year we have seen unprecedented change in the buying habits of UK consumers.”

Artist Ruth Spencer Jolly who composed 'European Unison' an ensemble written for 28 pianos, representing the members of the European Union and symbolising Brexit, following a preview of her work at Besbrode Pianos in Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 23, 2017. The composition tells the story of the EU from its birth to Brexit. The ensemble of pianos is a metaphor demonstrating "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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