Fully funded support for growing small firms and start-ups in Harrogate announced

Businesses wanting to grow or scale, and start-up enterprises based in the Harrogate district are urged to sign up for a range of fully funded support.

Launched by the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub, Y&NY Growth Hub is working with City of York Council and Harrogate Borough Council to deliver the programme, which aims to stimulate economic development by helping businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity to create jobs, grow, and reach new markets.

Available until March 2023, eligible businesses can tap into 960 hours of free support, including mentoring and online and in-person seminars, around specialist topics such as HR, finance, sales and marketing, digital skills, and business planning.

The move follows the success of Y&NY Growth Hub's Covid-19 recovery-funded business support programme delivered last year.

Andrew Raby, manager of the York & North Yorkshire Business Growth Hub, said: “We are delighted to launch this timely new business support programme for businesses in Harrogate. We know businesses of all types and sizes still face difficult challenges as they recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, and are battling issues including supply chain disruptions, further changes to the rules on imports and exports of goods to the EU, along with rising interest rates, inflation, and energy costs.

“We remain steadfast in supporting business in all sectors, whether a fledgling start-up or a growing business with premises and staff, in overcoming these prolonged tough trading times and set firm grounds to help businesses not just survive but thrive.”

Face-to-face events will be held at venues in Harrogate and will focus on rebuilding the economy across key sectors and inspiring growth, creativity, and innovation.

The fully-funded programme is available to businesses or charities trading or registered in Harrogate. Business owners, managers, and employees are welcome to take part in the programme either in person or through an online series of events that are due to support busy businesses to access these fantastic, free resources and expertise.

Councillor Graham Swift, Harrogate Borough Council's deputy leader and cabinet member for resources, enterprise and economic development, said: “This comprehensive programme of business support is vital as Harrogate works to make a strong recovery after the pandemic. This programme provides local businesses with an excellent opportunity to build their networks, enhance their operations, and develop new skills in the areas where they most need support.”

For more information or to apply, businesses need to register their interest online.

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Published: 14th October 2022