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North Yorkshire Business Bytesize – Issue 131 – Neil Robb & Friends

Welcome to your weekly email that acts as a round-up of what s going on in your FSB locally.

This week features information our upcoming Branch Events, Regional News, Local Events and this week s Business Issues.

To keep fully up to date with all the latest news, updates and local events across North Yorkshire make sure you are following @FSBNorthYorks

Branch Events

Harrogate Ripon Branch Meeting Help Your Business

Tuesday 15th March from 7:30am 9:30am at The Old Deanery, Minster Rd, Ripon, HG4 1QS. Help your business come and learn how the Leeds Enterprise Partnership Skills Service can help. The LEP skills service provides support and funding to help small and medium businesses to train their staff. Grants between 500 50,000 are available to fund up to 50% of training costs. Nicki Hudson, Engagement Manager for the LEP Skills Service will be providing information on the service and advising businesses on how they can benefit from support and funding. Additionally, Alistair Forbes, SME Growth Manager from Harrogate Borough Council will be available to answer questions on how Harrogate Borough Council is supporting Small and Medium sized businesses.

Book your place here.

Harrogate Branch Meeting Beyond the back bedroom -. a story of graft determination, risk and good luck.

Thursday 7th April from 7:30am 9:30am at The West Park Hotel, West Park, Harrogate, HG1 1BJ. We are delighted to say our guest speaker is David A Kerfoot MBE DL, Co-Founder and Chair of the Kerfoot Group and Deputy Chair of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership. David swapped a successful career as a global commodity trader to follow his instincts. With his wife Elizabeth, he started and developed a highly successful 74 million edible oils business serving 50 countries.

The Kerfoot Group now has over 150 employees. Along the way, David has learned some hard lessons about the importance to success in business and beyond and will share these with you. He ll emphasise the importance of maintaining strong relationships, overcoming setbacks, building trust and having a clear eye for margins.

Book your place here. [3]

Harrogate Branch Meeting My TrueNORTH, The Road to UTOPIA!

Monday 18th April from 7.30am 10.00am at Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ. Yorkshire Business Market is once again coming to The Pavilions of Harrogate, to get the day off to a flying start, the Federation of Small Businesses FSB are hosting a Networking Breakfast meeting in The President s Suite at The Pavilions. This meeting is open to all, FSB members and non-members alike, but capacity is limited so pre-booking is essential. The keynote speaker at this event will be Jay Allen. In Jay s talk he will address how at least 80% of business owners are WRONG about EVERYTHING! But the great news is, they can recalibrate their current compass towards success. This highly engaging keynote address helps business owners to learn how to fall back in love with a business they love by realigning it from living to work to working to live.

Book your place here.

York Branch Meeting

Monday 18th April from 3pm 9pm at York St John University, Lord Mayors Walk, York, YO31 7EX. One date, two events, and both of them free! These not to be missed events bring you free advice from the regulators and information on how your business can gain the most from York Central becoming an enterprise zone.

Cut through red tape: Your questions answered

You have told us that dealing with rules and regulations gets in the way of doing business. The team have listened and, to help make it easier for you to work with the regulations, we bring you an informal event where you can put all your questions, one to one, to those who know. We will be in Holgate, the main reception area of the York St John University, between 3pm and 6pm.

York Central: What s in it for your business?

Join us for an informal networking session from 6pm before joining us in Fountains Lecture Theatre at 6:45pm, to hear about what York Central means to small businesses in York. The announcement in the Autumn that York Central will become an Enterprise Zone is game changing . The development could create 7,000 jobs, and bring in 1.1 billion to the region. The plans include positive steps to involve smaller businesses so find out how you could benefit. Neil Ferris, Acting Director of City and Environmental Services, will outline the potential impact on business and the benefits to the city before taking questions.

Book your place here.[5]

Craven Branch Meeting Land Rover Experience

Tuesday 19th April from 6pm 9pm at Yellison Farm, Broughton Hall Business Park, Skipton, BD23 2HS. This event will be a unique opportunity to take a trip round the estate in a Land Rover/Range Rover. Tickets are priced at 10 and will include a BBQ. It will be open to all, so why not bring some friends and join in the fun.

Book your place here.[6]

Regional News

National Conference coming soon

FSB National Conference and Small Business Expo 2016 is now just two weeks away. The event is being held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow (http://www.secc.co.uk/) from 17 19 March 2016. Expected to attract hundreds of business owners from all over the UK, the conference will be hosted by BBC TV journalist Kirsty Wark and feature exhibitors, seminars, keynote speeches and workshops among other planned activities. To find out more, visit the National Conference website[7], take a look at the programme[8] and then book your place[9]. From telecoms to transit vans, pensions to payment terminals, fintech to crowd funding, the Small Business Expo has it all and it s all completely free[10]. Interactive Map Launched To Show Flood Affected Areas Now #Openforbusiness
Companies in flood-affected areas will have the chance to show they re back and open for business with a new interactive map launched by Northern powerhouse Minister James Wharton.

The new interactive map will give traders, tourists and residents the chance to put details of their local businesses online, to show they are open for business from pubs and restaurants to grocery stores and tourist attractions.
Those wanting to upload details of companies re-opening in flood-affected areas can visit the website here, where they can complete a simple form with details of the business including location and opening times. Anyone uploading details will also be able to tweet them, using the dedicated #OpenforBusiness[12] hashtag.[11]

Invitation to Tender Community Grants

The Skills Funding Agency has just published its invitation to tender for the York, North Yorkshire and Humber Community Grants. The website provides a suite of collaborative, web-based tools that enable procurement professionals and suppliers to conduct the strategic activities of the procurement lifecycle over the internet. It provides a simple, secure and efficient means for managing tendering activities reducing the time and effort required for both buyers and suppliers. See here[13] for more information.

Events of Interest

Breakfast with James Wharton MP

Friday 18th March from 8:30am 10:30am at Park Inn by Radisson, York City Centre, North Street, York, YO1 6JF. Do you want to know how the Government s plans for a Northern Powerhouse and devolution of power to northern cities will affect your business? Now you have the opportunity to hear directly from the politician in charge of the innovations James Wharton MP, the Minister responsible for the Northern Powerhouse is speaking at a Business Breakfast Event at the Park Inn York on Friday 18th March.

He will be joined by The Leader of York City Council, Councillor Chris Steward and York Outer MP Julian Sturdy who will discuss how the Government s devolution plans can be used for the benefit of York. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.
Book your place here.[14]

MP Roundtable Invite Kevin Hollinrake MP

Friday 1st April from 11am at Ryedale House, Malton. As part of our continued MP engagement activity and following our MP Roundtables in 2015, we are delighted to invite you to meet with Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey. This is your chance to raise any issues or matters that you have and to ensure that the voice of small business is heard by your MP. This is an interactive round table so there is a maximum of 10 spaces. If you wish to attend please email

  • Talking with like-minded people
  • Sharing problems and finding solutions
  • Promoting their business
  • No hard sell, no prescribed outcomes, no pressure and no agenda simply make connections, find solutions, and promote your business.

    Book your place here.

    Welcome to WordPress (training workshop)

    Tuesday 15th March from 9:30am 4:30pm at the Evolution Business Centre, County Business Park, Darlington Rd, Northallerton DL6 2NQ. WordPress is the most popular online publishing tool currently powering more than 20% of the web. It isn t just for professionals, you can quickly set up an initial website using a few basic skills.

    This workshop is designed specifically with owners of smaller businesses in mind who would like to try out building their own website, or gain a better understanding so that they can communicate more effectively with their website developer. We have a hands-on approach, using your own laptop or tablet we will take you through step-by-step, from initial registration to publishing a functional three-page website which will remain available to you for a month following the workshop. We have arranged a special discounted price for FSB members 89 including lunch and all materials. For more details and to reserve your places please see here or call Colin on 01845 578 567.

    Free Employer Breakfast & Evening Information Sessions

    During National Apprenticeship Week York College will be holding a series of information sessions for employers interested in recruiting Apprentices into their businesses. They will also be updating attendees on the Apprenticeship reforms and how these will impact on businesses as well as providing general information about recruiting Apprentices and how York College assist with this. The sessions will take place on:

    • Tuesday 15th March 7:45am 9:15am
    • Tuesday 15th March 5:45pm 7:30pm
    • Wednesday 16th March 7:45am 9:15am
    • Thursday 17th March 7:45 9:15am

    For more information please contact Business Development Unit at York College 01904 770368 or

    Apprenticeship Awareness Event

    Thursday 17th March from 3pm 6pm at Scarborough Borough Council Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG.

    As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Scarborough Jobmatch are holding an event for businesses that are interested in taking on or expanding their apprenticeship provision and would like information and support on how to do this. The event will give local upcoming apprentices the chance to network with local businesses and explore potential apprenticeships within the construction and engineering industry. For more information please contact Katie Abley on 01723 357060 or email

    Following the announcement of the date of UK s referendum on EU membership, FSB asked 4000 members what information they still needed to decide how to vote. The poll revealed 42 per cent of the small business vote could still be swayed and over half the members questioned (52%) didn t feel informed about the EU referendum. Topics that will influence small business voting intentions included governance (75%), free movement of people (70%) and the cost of EU membership (69%). Read more[24] about the research online. If you re interested in taking part in surveys like this, members can sign up for free[25] to the Big Voice community.

    We are also looking for members that would like to talk to the media about their opinion on the EU referendum. Just email your contact details, business name and short summary of your views to

    Ofcom s long awaited Strategic Review of Digital Communications was released this week. FSB welcomed the outlined initiatives, which echo FSB calls for an improvement[35] in the quality of service across the whole telecoms industry and an increase in minimum broadband speeds. Ofcom also has plans to introduce automatic compensation for consumers and businesses when things go wrong and an escalating Universal Service Obligation set at 10Mbps. This gained coverage in the Sunday Times[36]. [34]


    Courtesy of Federation of Small Business UK[37]


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    7. ^ National Conference website (events.fsb.org.uk)
    8. ^ programme (events.fsb.org.uk)
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    10. ^ completely free (events.fsb.org.uk)
    11. ^ website here (communities.maps.arcgis.com)
    12. ^ #OpenforBusiness (twitter.com)
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