Helping businesses

Yorkshire Forward’s objective is to help businesses start up, grow and compete. When individual businesses succeed, our economy becomes more prosperous, and Yorkshire & Humber becomes a better place to live, work and invest.

We have a set of policies which direct the way we help businesses: for example, where to invest, and what kind of activities we deliver. To find out about the policies which relate directly to helping businesses in our region, please refer to the section entitled our role.

Start your own business

Start your own business

Yorkshire Forward encourages people in our region to set up their own business—no matter who they are, how old they are, where they live, or what they’ve done before. Find out how you could benefit. More

Improve your business

Improve your business

Yorkshire Forward works with a wide range of partners to help the region’s businesses become more successful, which in turn boosts the region’s economy and helps to position Yorkshire & Humber even more strongly on the world stage. More

Funding for businesses

Funding for businesses

Whether you’re starting or growing a business, investing in R&D, or looking to expand at home or abroad, we can help you look for the equity, grant or loan funding you need. More

We’re focusing on priority sectors

We’re focusing on priority sectors

We’re investing in 5 of the region’s fastest-growing, strongest sectors—helping to secure innovation and competitive advantage for Yorkshire & Humber, nationally and internationally. More

Rural businesses

Rural businesses

Yorkshire Forward has set out key objectives for developing our rural economy, and part of this involves helping rural businesses. Through our investments, we help businesses to respond to challenges and opportunities, and to survive and grow. More

Redundancy support for businesses

Redundancy support for businesses

There is lots of advice for businesses who are making redundancies. We’ve co-ordinated offers available and advice on pre and post-redundancy, tailored for businesses in Yorkshire. More

Business village
Take a look around our interactive business village which gives you easy access to the wide range of FREE business advice and help. GO!
Innovation
This comprehensive section is packed with sources of support to help your business innovate and grow. GO!
International business development
Yorkshire Forward encourages businesses to trade internationally and brings business to the region. GO!
Skills mean success
Greater skill levels in your business will make you more innovative, more competitive and more successful. GO!
Use best practice
—and help your business to benefit from tried & tested ideas, processes and techniques. GO!