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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.

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.


Innovation brings success to businesses and the economy

Innovation brings success to businesses and the economy

The success of Yorkshire & Humber’s economy is dependent on innovation at every level within individual businesses, and we provide the support to help them succeed.

International business

International business

Yorkshire Forward is encouraging more of our businesses to trade internationally, attracting increasing levels of foreign business to Yorkshire & Humber and working with our largest employers to develop their businesses.


Business sectors

Business sectors

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

Rural businesses

Rural businesses

With so much to consider it's hard to know which grant may be right for you. Use our postcode checker to find out if your area could be eligible for rural funding.


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.


How Yorkshire Forward makes a difference

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Business Funding

Looking to start grow or improve a business? See what funding options could be available for you.

Incentives for going greener

Find out how your business can take advantage of loans, grants and tax breaks for going greener.

Opportunities for all

At Yorkshire Forward we encourage everyone to reach their full potential.

Raising skills

Increasing the skill levels across the region is essential to tackling our economic challenges.