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Complete our survey on Business Productivity and Resilience.

We have drafted a Business Productivity and Resilience Plan that sets out proposed actions to boost productivity and resilience in the Leeds City Region.

We want to know what you think will help businesses become more productive and resilient and hear your perspectives on what productivity and resilience mean to you, your business or your stakeholders. Complete our survey before midnight on 13 June 2021.

We’re looking for advisors to fast-track the growth of West Yorkshire businesses

We have partnered with Enterprise Nation to launch Business Connect – an online support hub that will connect small businesses to trusted advisers, business events and programmes in West Yorkshire.

For a limited time only, business advisers can access a free 12-month Enterprise Nation subscription to help promote their services to local and national businesses. Interested? Contact us by Sunday 6 June to find out more and sign up. Business Connect will launch this June. 

Are you an early-stage business looking for investment?

New support is available as part of our Investment Readiness programme delivered by Winning Pitch. Meet the Funders helps early-stage SMEs understand the full and diverse range of finance options available within the market that best supports their growth plans.

As part of a 12-hour support package, businesses can access pitch deck preparation workshops and one-to-one coaching from investment specialists NorthInvest. At the end of the programme, participants will have the opportunity to pitch their proposition to a network of angel, venture capital and corporate investors.

Work right to be Covid-secure               

Coronavirus numbers in the Yorkshire and Humber region remain above average compared to the rest of the country. As we come out of lockdown, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) encourages businesses and workers to do everything they can to stop the spread of Covid-19 both in and out of the workplace.

Together we can have an impact by taking every possible measure to stop the spread of Covid-19. For more information, advice and resources, visit the Work Right website.

New government support for businesses

Join other senior business leaders in a practical 12-week management training programme with one-to-one mentorship delivered by leading business schools accredited by the Small Business Charter.

The programme costs £750 and is 90 per cent subsidised by the government as part of its Plan for Jobs.

It is aimed at senior leaders of small and medium businesses and designed to be manageable alongside full-time work. There is a wide range of modules available, including financial management, strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams and approaches to digital adoption.

By the end of the programme, you will develop a tailored business growth plan to help lead your business to its full potential and have access to an extensive alumni network.

The programme launches later this month. Register your interest today.


Global expansion: the key to success for businesses

Expanding into international markets can help businesses of all sizes to reach new customers, generate additional revenue and mitigate market risks. According to Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) research, businesses in West Yorkshire export around £6 billion of goods to over 100 markets worldwide, with approximately 57 per cent going to EU markets.


The Mayor of West Yorkshire’s first 10 days in office

It was a busy first week for Tracy Brabin, the first ever Mayor of West Yorkshire and first Metro Mayor in the country.

Last Monday, she signed the oath of office to officially start her Mayoral term and on Tuesday, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner oath, accepting police and crime functions as Mayor.



Last year, researchers from the Universities of York and Leeds partnered with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the Environment Agency, and local and regional authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber to investigate flood impacts and SME recovery strategies.

In this online event, the multiple partners of this innovative initiative will share and discuss research findings and the two tools that will contribute to SMEs flood resilience.

When? Wednesday 9 June, 10am


Join PAPI and Make It York, along with other businesses in the York area, to find out what grant funding and business support is currently available to help your business innovate and grow. 

The event is for SME businesses who operate predominantly B2B.

It’s hard to release time in a business – but this is probably the best 2 hours receiving business help/support I have ever spent! 

– SME, Harrogate roadshow

When? Thursday 10 June, 8am – 10am

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