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Ilkley business to offer school uniform provision

Adam Howden - Joshua Adams Ilkley Store Manager, David Hulme – Director of Communications for Ilkley Grammar School and Stephanie Norris – Owner and Commercial Manager for Joshua Adams.

Ilkley menswear store, Joshua Adams, has started selling school uniform for Ilkley Grammar School and Junior kit for Ilkley Rugby Club U6’s and U12’s, following the closure of Dobson and Robinson in 2023 who had provided the service for over 100 years.


Joshua Adams, which is family run, has been established in the Ilkley community for two and a half years, its flagship store is based in Cleckheaton.  Adam Howden, the son of owner Stephanie Norris, runs the Ilkley branch.


Stephanie said: “Ilkley is a fabulous place and although only being here for a few years, we feel part of its community. We’d heard rumblings about the closure of Dobson and Robinson’s and thought, with our experience, infrastructure and local shop, we could make a real difference here. We’re really excited.”


Stephanie and the team have spent time consulting with David Hulme, Director of Operations, from Ilkley Grammar School and Richard Scargill, from Ilkley Rugby Club to ensure what they are offering fits the requirements perfectly for all involved.


Stephanie added: “We wanted to get to know the school and rugby club, plus devise a model that worked best for the parents of Ilkley and wider community. Being a parent myself, I remember the stress of back-to-school time and how daunting it can be. We want to give parents the peace of mind that we are here and will do a good job at providing quality uniforms and kits, as well as quality service. We are experts in garment fitting and sizing, plus we have an in-house alterations team.”


All merchandise will be available to purchase from their Ilkley store, which is open 7 days a week during the back-to-school period, as well as online. They will have a click and collect point based at Ilkley Grammar school, making it easier for parents to access purchases. In addition, to help with the rising cost of living, they are introducing an ‘Accounts’ system, where parents can spread the cost of uniforms, making them more affordable.


The business will be present at the transition evening, for Year 6 to Year 7, at Ilkley Grammar School on Thursday 11th July, where parents can view the uniform, make appointments for fittings, plus have an opportunity to Win A Uniform! They will be taking orders after this date.


Joshua Adams is based on The Grove Promenade in Ilkley.


Wharfedale Uniforms on Cowpasture Road is also a supplier of Ilkley Grammar School uniforms.

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