As an established supporter of the Harrogate Advertiser Business Awards, Harrogate Borough Council would like to extend congratulations to all this year's nominees and winners.

Directly supporting businesses with growth ambitions is at the core of our Economic Growth Strategy for the Harrogate district 2017-2035. Join us at the Yorkshire Business Market in the Aire Room, Pavilions of Harrogate on Monday 30 April 2018 to find out how the council and its partners can help your business.

The council's Growth Manager, Alistair Forbes, will be in attendance to discuss business support, funding and grant options available. As part of our delivery of targeted business support in the district, some of the help you could access includes: grants, loans and support from the LEP and other finance providers to expand and develop your workforce, help your company break into export markets and get more from the internet for your business development. In addition to advice, research capabilities and funding to develop products, processes and put new ideas into practice and reduce costs to your business by becoming more resource efficient.

Other business startup experts joining us on the day include Digital Advantage, Digital Knowledge Exchange, Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, North Yorkshire Adult Learning and Skills Service, North Yorkshire Trading Standards, Harrogate College, Ad:Venture, York Science Park and Product and Process Innovation (University of York).

Support the Harrogate District Local Plan and support lower cost homes for local people, and more space for businesses to grow and stay local

The council has prepared the publication version of the Harrogate District Local Plan and is now seeking views and support before submitting it to the government.

Feedback taken from local businesses highlighted two themes the Local Plan could be used to address:

  1. housing is expensive locally and this is a barrier to recruiting staff and
  2. the availability of land for business expansion has been low and this means local businesses have to look outside the district if they want to grow

The Local Plan, which meets local needs up to 2035, addresses both these issues by allocating a minimum of 38ha of new land for employment purposes and providing for 14,049 new homes in the district with a focus on affordable and smaller market housing for first time buyers and families.

Show your support by responding to the consultation at GS1 - providing new homes and jobs - adding your comments and support for the plan.

Hear what Bryn Sage from Intechnology PLC and Julie Stephenson from Harrogate College have to say about why the plan is good for local businesses.

Are you keen to build a better Yorkshire?

York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are seeking people who run or own a company in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding to join the LEP Board and bring a more diverse perspective to their decision making.

If you are passionate about the issues which affect our economy and believe everyone should have the opportunity to reach their potential, the LEP are keen to talk to you.

As a member of the Board you will help lead the strategic direction of the LEP, shaping future priorities, developing partnerships and securing investment from both public and private sector.

Support for SMEs to evaluate innovative medical technologies

SMEs can apply for a share of £1 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products. The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) in partnership with Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million to support developers of innovative medicines, medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology to evaluate their product in a real world clinical setting.

This competition aims to provide support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to generate an evidence base that will enable the evaluation of products that address NHS priorities. This support is intended to allow companies to collect and analyse clinical performance and cost effectiveness data within an NHS setting. Closing date for applications is 21 March at 12pm.

Modular housebuilder to create jobs with factory launch

Modular house builder Ilke Homes is set to create 150 jobs at its first factory, which will open in North Yorkshire in March.

Harrogate business Wish Digital scores funding success

The AD:VENTURE programme delivers European Regional Development funded growth support to existing businesses in their first three years of trading and for people planning to start a business within the Leeds City Region, which includes Harrogate district. The programme supports businesses with high growth ambitions, and is generally aimed at businesses who supply to other businesses (Business to Business sales).

Resource Efficiency Fund

Do you want to lower your energy usage, reduce your water and waste costs and also minimise your impact on the environment? Financial support and advice available for SMEs looking to become more resource efficient in the way they do business.

Tour de Yorkshire small grant fund 2018

To celebrate the Tour de Yorkshire Cycle Race 2018 Harrogate Borough Council have created a grant fund to award grants of up to £1,000 (maximum) to projects across the district which will celebrate the tour in an appropriate way - there is £10,000 available in this grant funding pot.

Harrogate Business Awards

The hunt for the district's best businesses and business people has begun, with the launch of the 13th Harrogate Advertiser Business Awards. The awards dinner will be held at Harrogate's Royal Hall in Harrogate on Thursday, April 19.

Access Innovation

Access Innovation is a new package of support available for businesses to develop new products and processes. The package of support available for your business includes one to one advice, funding and specialist workshops.

Helping schools deliver the skills business needs

Opportunity to help inspire the next generation in Harrogate schools with York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP. The LEP are looking to recruit a network of high calibre businesspeople to become Enterprise Advisers. Not only is this an opportunity to help inspire the next generation, it is also a chance to develop our future workforce by aligning employment needs to skills that people gain through schools and colleges.

Connectivity Vouchers

£1,000 Connectivity Vouchers to help cover the cost of upgrading to faster broadband (over 30mbps), aimed at businesses that are looking to upgrade their digital connectivity/broadband.

Page last updated 27/04/2018