Free support for local businesses at district workshops

A RANGE of free business support workshops is being held by Harrogate Borough Council this month and next.

The first, a Right Funds 4U workshop at Conyngham Hall Business Centre, Knaresborough, is being presented in partnership with Connect Yorkshire.

Speakers will include a banker and a venture capitalist, a representative of Business Angels Yorkshire and other financial experts who can advise on the different avenues of funding available to businesses.

It takes place on Tuesday, June 21, from 9.30am – 12.30pm.

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On Thursday, June 30, Harrogate Council will be teaming up with the Yorkshire Gold Business Club to hold a CompeteFor workshop, which aims to help local businesses gain Olympic 2012 contracts.

The workshop runs from 10am to 1pm at Harrogate College, Hornbeam Park (A Block).

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The final event will be the return of the popular Build a Better Business Workshop.

Delivered by a Business Link adviser and aimed at helping owners and managers work on developing their business, it will offer straightforward advice and ideas around improving key areas of business, such as sales, marketing and financial management.

It takes place on Thursday, July 7, from 9.30am to 12.30pm at Conyngham Hall Business Centre in Knaresborough.

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The workshops are being run by the council as part of its newly launched ‘Working for your Business’ project.

Coun Richard Cooper, cabinet member for planning, transport and economic development, said: “So far we have had some very positive feedback from the district’s business community on the Working for your Business project.

“As well as wanting to make it as easy as possible for businesses to contact us and find out how we can help them, we are also looking into developing the support services we provide and how we can build on that by working with other external partners such Connect Yorkshire and Yorkshire Gold Business Club.”