It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to a brand new look Thornton Directory and introduce myself as your new editor.

Firstly a huge thanks should go to former owner and editor, Martin Wild. The Thornton Directory started in 2007 and according to our records, Martin published eighty editions in those eight years. In that time he has done a fantastic job of shaping the publication to be one of West Yorkshire’s leading community news & business directories, promoting local trade.

As we enter our ninth year, I have the proud job of taking the publication into a new era. I am fortunate to have a great team of contributors who regularly write articles and a fantastic group of distributors who get the Thornton Directory through your doors.

The future plan is very much business as usual. Although we will add new features as the months go by.

It’s been great catching up with lots of local businesses this month and I’m looking forward to getting to meet more of you as the months go by.

I will be at the Thornton Means Business event (see pg7) this month, so make sure you come and say hello.

In this edition, check out the special offers for our readers from our local businesses.

Just a reminder, to stop you getting in to bother, that its Valentines Day this month. There is still time to pick up a treat or two for your loved ones.

So grab a brew and a biscuit, find your favourite seat and enjoy a good read.