Category: Our team and community

  • We need a helping hand in our accounts team

    Are you someone who communicates clearly, is customer orientated and is a whiz on the computer?

    We need someone at our Head Office for three months starting on November 5th. You’ll need to have experience in a similar role, other financial administration experience would be beneficial. Hours are flexible, however we need someone who is able to work 16 hrs a week. Salary will be confirmed on application.

    The details

    The Accounts Payable (AP) post is responsible for reviewing, validating and processing all invoices for payment in accordance with the company’s policies and procedures.  There will be requirements to support the Finance team with other reasonable financial related tasks including the transition to a new version of the existing AP system as well as process reforms.

    Core duties

    Subcontractor ledger

    • Processing subcontractor invoices, payments and monthly statements
    • Allocating payments and costs
    • CIS deductions

    Purchase ledger

    • Inputting invoices onto accounts system
    • Matching invoices to purchase orders
    • Requesting and matching delivery notes from suppliers
    • querying invoices on hold with suppliers


    • Updating employee holiday requests
    • printing timesheets and posting with payslips

    Any other tasks as requested by your line manager

    Want to join our friendly team?

    Please send your CV and covering letter to our Office Manager, Dawn Cooper by emailing [email protected]. Rather send us a hard copy? Please send it for the attention of Dawn at our Head Office at Skipton House, Riparian Court, Riparian Way, Cross Hills, BD20 7BW.

    We look forward to hearing from you….

  • We need a new Sales Advisor

    Are you a Sales Advisor in Yorkshire? Are you looking for a new challenge?

    In May we will be launching our latest development, The Exchange in Shipley. We need a friendly face to showcase our homes to our customers. The right candidate must live and breathe our values of family (always putting family first), people (inspiring each other to be the best), excellence (do what you do well), creativity (always re-imagining our homes) and caring/heart (buying a new home is a big decision, assist them with care).

    You must have at least 5 years experience as a Sales Advisor in the new homes market and we’d ideally like you to live close to our Head Office – the last thing we want is our employees driving many hours to and from work. Without a work/life balance, we believe our employees would eventually burn out!

    You’d be responsible for advising our customers on the purchase of their new home, managing our Marketing Suites, liaising with our legal team and site on sales progression. To read the full job specification please click here.

    The role pays a basic of £23,000, with commission and discretionary bonus. To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected].

  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Whether you’re a new home owner having a look at what we’re up to or whether you’re thinking about a new home in 2018, we hope you all have a restful Christmas.

    It’s been quite a year for us….Our dreams became a reality at Kearns Village in Rossendale, where we built 10 homes, all of which are filled with families for their first Christmas. We’re very proud of this development, nearly all our homes at Kearns Village were a unique design. We used varied slate to create interest in the roofs and retained many of the features of the old mill that occupied the land before us. At Elsey Croft in Skipton, one of our more challenging developments to date, we’ve had numerous families move in. We love driving up on an evening to see our homeowners Christmas lights!

    We’ve had some setbacks, such as the delay in building at the highly anticipated The Green in Glusburn. However, we’re pleased to announce that off plan reservations will be launching for the first phase of two and three bedroom cottages late January. Each and every home at The Green will be built out of natural stone and many will feature traditional wood burning stoves. We continue to build at the Bridge in Haworth where, despite delays to the rebuilding of the archway in the listed building to the front of the development, we’ve seen the first few reservations in advance of our official opening. The Bridge will be an exciting development for us and will feature our first retirement scheme.

    It’s not all been work work work, to celebrate Christmas we took part in the Santa Fun Run in Skipton this year. Many of our team in head office completed the challenge with their children in order to raise money for Sue Ryder – Manorlands, Yorkshire Cancer Research and other local charities. Additionally,, instead of sending Christmas cards, we donated £500 directly to Sue Ryder – Manorlands. For those of you that don’t know about the charity you can find out more here.

    Thank you for your continued support. Without you we would be without our why and our why is what drives us to be better every single day.

  • Our Operations Director does Tough Mudder

    We’re sure many of you have heard of Tough Mudder. The challenge that takes its name from the fact that its contestants will literally be rolling in the mud as they complete the course.

    Operations Director, and daughter to our founder, Sarah, is always up for a challenge, whether it’s improving our processes or getting her children to the dinner table! This time around she took on Tough Mudder which is set across 10-12 miles and includes over 20 obstacles. She participated in the challenge with her friends. Sarah has said the experience was exhilarating and was certainly ‘tough’ but was unsure she’d be doing it again! They have raised nearly £1,175 so far for Overgate Hospice and The Sick Children Trust.

    Congratulations to Sarah and everyone else who took part and for hobbling into work today!

  • We’re growing and need a Site Manager

    Exciting times are ahead as we start and progress our projects across Yorkshire. With growth comes the need for an extra pair of hands.

    Why join our team? We are a business built on strong family values.  We care about our people and our customers.  We pride ourselves on the superior quality of our homes and our attention to detail.

    We are looking for an experienced site manager with the ability to lead a team.  We need someone with the confidence to make decisions and an ability to respond to changing circumstances.  An understanding of the importance of the interface between the design, build and sales phases is of the upmost importance.

    We are ideally looking for someone local who lives within 20 miles of Cross Hills.

    You must have experience in all stages of construction and hold valid SMSTS and First Aid certificates.

    £45,000 per annum including company car and bonus scheme.

    Monday – Friday – 7:30am – 5pm with two Saturday mornings a month when required.

    If you’d like to discuss joining our team, please reply with your CV and covering letter.

    Please email [email protected] or call 01535 639620

  • So Sally Can Wait

    Today we donated £500 from the funds raised from the car parking at Bridge House Mills over the Haworth 1940s weekend.

    We were introduced to the charity by friends of our Operation Director, Sarah. Being a local charity,  we were keen to make sure some of the proceeds went to them (we always like to help local causes wherever possible).

    For those of you that don’t know, Sally Major lost her battle with bowel cancer earlier this year. The charity was set up to help with the cost of her treatment. Half of the money raised will go to paying off the treatment costs and the other half to setting up a charity to help others in similar situations.

    Would you like to help? You can find out more about Sally and her family on YouCaring here.

  • A little thank you

    Today has been a day for receiving lovely messages from our homeowners – thank you, you know who you are!

    We won’t name names as we haven’t asked for their permission to do so, but we would like to say that it warms our hearts when we receive them.

    Houses are complicated things, there are a lot of moving parts in each home we build. Sometimes minor things do need our attention, but with our LABC guarantee on all our homes, we have you covered.

    The following is what we’ve received today from our homeowners:

    ‘Karen (our Customer Care Manager), you have been spectacular with absolutely everything I’ve emailed you about’

    ‘Thank you for your support since we’ve moved in. You’ve been wonderful to deal with’

    ‘Thank you for the trellis and bushes in our garden, we are very impressed and extremely grateful’

    Buying a home can be a stressful time (some of our homeowners strangely find it very exciting!!) but you can rest at ease knowing we’re here to help you from the very moment you walk into the Show Home.

    Looking for a new home in Yorkshire and Lancashire? Our trusted team of craftsman have built over 3000 of them. You’re safe in our hands…

    Search for your new home now.

  • Telegraph & Argus – No. 1 SME

    Today we’re in the Telegraph and Argus in their supplement on SMEs. We topped the list of 50 firms assessed by chartered accountants, BHP.

    We’re extremely pleased to be at the top of the table. It’s thanks to Brian, Sarah and Caroline, our staff, our architects, our consultants and of course, to all our homeowners who believe in us.

    Growth hasn’t been our goal, it merely comes hand in hand with building homes that our clients want. We do what we do because we love doing it. We build homes that are traditional whilst using modern, quality materials. We build homes that we can be proud of.

    Big thanks go out to all our team who we are extremely thankful for.

    New to our website and would like to get to know us? You can find out a bit more about us here and search our homes by clicking here, We are building across Yorkshire and Lancashire and hopefully we have, or soon will have, the home for you.


  • Caroline speaks to What House

    Caroline, Creative Director, speaks to What House

    We include an excerpt of the interview below, however if you would like to read the entire interview you can click here – you will be directed to the What House website.

    Please tell us a little about yourself and Skipton Properties

    I’m the creative director of Skipton Properties, my family’s business, which I run alongside my sister and father. We started building homes over 30 years ago in 1986 in our home town of Skipton. Since then we have built over 3,000 homes in Yorkshire and Lancashire.

    What developments are you currently working on?

    At the moment we are working across three developments; in Fence, Lancashire and Silsden and Haworth in West Yorkshire, but have many more planned for 2018.

    What do you consider to be the property hotspots of your region and what makes them so special?

    Manchester has recently topped the tables for capital growth, as a result our development in Rossendale near Manchester has been hugely popular; we’re extremely excited to start building our second phase of homes here in 2018. We also expect our homes, launching later this year in Haworth, to be received well. The right homes in this area are selling in a matter of days.

    What makes the Skipton approach to designing and constructing new homes different from the competition?

    Our business model is based on our loyal team of employees. We employ a highly skilled team of craftsman that have worked for us for an average of 15 years. This is unusual in the housebuilding industry but it is an approach that enables us to achieve a high level of quality whilst still building quickly. The work we do contract out is given to a team of contractors who we know and respect. Our plumbing and electrical, for instance, is supplied by my sister’s husband!

    Read the full interview here

  • Our MD talks to Business Quarter

    Meet the man we call the boss…

    Brian is a man with an unparalleled passion for building homes, a man who inspires our team of loyal staff to do better every single day and a father to his two daughters, who are, with Brian’s leadership, forging a new direction for the business.

    Read a little about Brian in his latest interview with Business Quarter…


    Brian Verity of housebuilder Skipton Properties charts his career so far and looks at what lies ahead for the company.

    What does your role involve?

    I’m responsible for the overall performance and strategy of the company.

    Being the managing director of my own company, which I’ve led for the past 30 years, I’m very hands on. I’m at our developments weekly to check on progress and support our team.

    What is it the company does?

    We build new homes in Yorkshire & Lancashire. We like to think we’re a little bit different to other housing developers. Exceeding our customers’ expectations is our goal. Every home we build, we build with the same quality materials we’d use if we were building our own home. We’ll always go one step further.

    Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?

    I started Skipton Properties in 1986. Before then I was an engineer for Taylor Woodrow. I founded the company with a mission to build better homes as I wasn’t satisfied with the level of detail contractors provided. That’s why most our staff are full time employees, a model quite different to most larger housing developers. Many have worked for us for over 15 years. They know the level of detail we aspire to and because of this they build better homes.

    What do you believe makes a great leader?

    Someone who realises it’s not all about the bottom line, who understands it is their staff that make a great business. It’s their loyalty and passion that brings you through times of hardship.’

    Read the full interview on Business Quarter’s website by clicking here.

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