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                                                                                                                         March 2019
Discover the variety of business advice available locally, including effective sales and marketing for growth in this March e-newsletter.

In April we're looking forward to being a sponsor at the Harrogate Business Awards, exhibiting at the YBM19 and preparing for the UCI 2019 World Road Championships.

Are you hosting a business or networking event? Please let us know at business@harogate.gov.uk  
UCI 2019 business road shows
 
A series of free-to-attend 'Harrogate Welcomes the World' road show events will highlight how local companies and organisations can maximise the business opportunities presented by one of the world's biggest sporting events.
 
The cycling championships take place in Yorkshire 21-29 September , with Harrogate being the main competition town where every race will finish.

Harrogate Borough Council is staging  a series of  road shows  throughout the district, with the first on 27 March in Harrogate, then on to Masham, Ripon,  Knaresborough and Pa teley Bridge. 
 
Each roadshow will feature speakers from local organising committee Yorkshire 2019, the council and a marketing master class from Harrogate-based PR firm Cicada.
Harrogate and Leeds City Region at MIPIM
Invest in Harrogate was a key message being showcased by the council at the international MIPIM event this March, alongside our partners the Leeds City Region.
Harrogate Borough Council's chief executive, Wallace Sampson, and Cabinet member for resources, enterprise and economic development, Councillor Graham Swift.
Business making a difference: 
opportunity

partnership would be delighted to hear from those who could assist on a voluntary or pro bono basis with PR and communications.
 
Launched in January 2018 THE LOCAL FUND supported over 7,000 vulnerable people across the Harrogate District in the first year. 
 
Businesses interested in offering support are encouraged to contact  Karen Weaver.

Business Events 

Workshops, advice and networking

The AD:VENTURE growth service is hosting free to attend local events: 
             26 March 
Jonny Ross of Fleek Marketing explains how to use marketing channels and social media platforms.

Building an Effective Sales Function                   4 April 
Join this workshop and discover how to maximise your sales potential.

Enhancing Resilience in Business                  30 April
Practical and proven tools that will improve resilience in difficult situations.
Business support Harrogate showcase
We were delighted to welcome nearly 30 local businesses to the inspiring  Summer Internship event hosted by our SME Growth Manager and the University of York, on 19 March.  

Find our how your business could benefit from an  internship including funding, and our bespoke growth service. 
Circular Economy 
stakeholder workshop 
Businesses, organisations and interested parties are invited to a  workshop  
exploring the concept of the
 
This second stakeholder event on 4 April will contribute to developing an ambitious Action Plan for a 'circular' York & North Yorkshire.

Hosted by the York North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership the workshop features guest speakers and collaborative project development. 

Please register to attend or contact   Katie Thomas for further information.
Apprenticeships - investing in talent, growing your business   
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) in early March saw companies, training providers and business organisations celebrate the positive opportunities apprenticeships bring to the apprentice and businesses employing them.

Supporting NAW, the North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership LEP have published an Employers Apprenticeship Toolkit , with advice for businesses of every size - from up skilling the existing workforce to recruiting for new roles. 
 
Regional businesses have joined the LEP and NYBEP to create  showcase videos, including local firms  GSPK Circuits Ltd and  Prospect Health, highlighting how apprenticeships bring innovation, raise productivity and support staff retention.
Project Development and Finance Workshops:supporting business innovation to reduce energy
Reducing energy costs and tackling climate change are two of the reasons behind a new business support initiative.
 
A series of free, monthly workshops are being offered to businesses and organisations across the Leeds City Region (including Harrogate) that are looking to carry out energy saving and renewable projects. Held in Leeds, the Project Development and Finance Workshops will cover: 
  • 26 March: The benefits of energy efficiency and low carbon business
  • 30 April: Business case development and risk assessment
  • 21 May: Reviewing financial options and business models
  • 18 June: Building board level support and securing investor buy-in
Organised by the Leeds Climate Commission, the workshops are run by regional and national experts, and will review real case-studies whilst supporting best practice.   

Please register to attend these workshops.