Helping more businesses to start up, grow and succeed

As the regional development agency for Yorkshire & Humber, it’s Yorkshire Forward’s role to use the funding we receive to boost our £87bn economy—making the region a better place in which to live, work and invest. A major part of our work is in supporting businesses, which generate the region’s GVA. This section tells you about our policy programmes relating to business; for more detail, please refer to the Regional Economic Strategy (RES) and Yorkshire Forward's Corporate Plan.

Get expert help with innovation

Get expert help with innovation

Innovation can help companies beat the competition in today’s tough business environment. Find out how to access R&D grants and work with experts in our region’s universities

Helping businesses to become more competitive

Helping businesses to become more competitive

Find out about our ‘Competitiveness’ policy programme: why competitiveness matters, and what we’re doing to help businesses in Yorkshire & Humber become more competitive at local, national and international levels.

Developing our region’s international activity

Developing our region’s international activity

Everything you need to know about our ‘International Business’ policy programme, which encourages business interaction between our region and international markets through increased exports and direct investment from overseas.

Helping to create a lower-carbon economy

Helping to create a lower-carbon economy

Find out about our ambitious Lower Carbon Economy policy programme—what we’re doing in Yorkshire & Humber to help reduce and manage greenhouse-gas emissions, conserve finite resources, and increase our activity in environmental technologies.

Encouraging enterprise and providing access to finance

Encouraging enterprise and providing access to finance

‘Enterprise & Access to Finance’ is one of our key policy programmes, outlining how we will boost our regional economy by helping more new businesses to get started and providing access to finance which will help them grow.

Simplifying business support

Simplifying business support

The government is rationalising and simplifying the business support available across the UK, making it quicker and easier for businesses to benefit. Find out what’s happening, and how Yorkshire Forward is involved.

Collaborate with universities

Collaborate with universities and get access to research, expertise, facilities and funding.

Opportunities for all

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

Sector investment

Find out about our biggest industries and the support available to UK and international investors.