ILKLEY clothing business, 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. 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 seven 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.

Ilkley-based Wharfedale Uniforms also offer Ilkley Grammar School uniforms.