Business Link Continues To Support Yorkshire Companies


Rising demand shows customers are keen to make the most of Business Link Yorkshire before 25 November 2011 – when the regional service will be replaced by new national arrangements.
A number of the service’s free business events have been oversubscribed prompting it to repeat particular events covering sales, marketing and online business development. Simultaneously, calls to the Business Link Yorkshire customer information centre peaked on one day in January at the highest level since summer 2010, with especially strong interest from people looking to start no cost/low-cost businesses from home.
There was further enthusiasm from new visitors to Business Link Yorkshire’s improved website. It offers more distinct information for pre start and trading business customers as well as stronger linkages to national site content. To cater for increasing traffic from mobile phones, there is also a new website option giving full screen access from smartphones (visit
Chief Executive Helen West said the current economic climate and recent VAT increase had put many businesses under pressure, often relating to cash flow and debt management. She encouraged anyone wanting help to contact Business Link Yorkshire directly on
08456 048 048.
Helen said, “The past year has been extremely difficult for a great number of businesses, in some sectors more than others, and we want to spread the message that, despite a long period of uncertainty, Business Link Yorkshire services are still very much available. The customer information centre is available to provide information and access to support on a full range of issues. We have an extensive events programme, adviser teams offering face to face support for established businesses and a full range of pre-start and start-up workshops delivered by our Enterprise Facilitators across the region.“
Due to budgetary constraints the services available from April 2011 will be on a much reduced scale. However, the more streamlined service will ensure that businesses and start ups across the region have access to support until the new national arrangements come into place. (See Notes to Editors for more detail).
Helen added that Business Link Yorkshire would continue to work closely with partners and intermediaries including local authorities, membership organisations, banks and others, ensuring the service addressed local priorities and that there was an effective transition to new arrangements.

  • Y&H IDB Ltd is the company contracted to Yorkshire Forward to deliver the Business Link contract across Yorkshire and the Humber.
  •  From its formation in April 2008 until September 2010 the total number of customers accessing Business Link Yorkshire services stood at just over 255,000. Over 93,000 people attended Business Link Yorkshire events and almost 22,000 businesses received in-depth support from an adviser.
  • From April to November 2011 Business Link Yorkshire will offer a more streamlined service, ensuring businesses and start-ups have access to support until new national and any new local arrangements come into place. New streamlined services will offer:
  • Ongoing support through the customer information centre across the full range of business topics; a high profile region wide programme of seminars and events for businesses on a wide range of key business issues; opportunities for businesses to have a one to one consultation with a business adviser at events or through local surgeries and clinics; locally run workshops for anyone thinking of starting a business or in early stages of running a business – the focus will be on guiding people through all key stages of starting and running a successful business.



For more information please contact Business Link Yorkshire’s press office:
Helen Williams
PR & Communications Executive
Tel: 01226 73 54 24

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