Business support in Yorkshire & Humber

Business Link Yorkshire is your single point of access for the information and support your business needs to succeed—and most services are free.

On March 17 Mark Prisk, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, announced a streamlined and refocused Solutions for Business portfolio. The range of Solutions for Business products will be rationalised and simplified during this financial year. To keep up to date on what is changing please visit


Business Link Yorkshire will provide you with assistance from the broadest range of public and private sector support services at a national, regional and local level. You can contact them for independent and impartial advice on topics including:

  • Starting a business
  • Finance & grants
  • Taxes, returns & payroll
  • Employing people
  • Health, safety & premises
  • The environment & efficiency
  • Exploiting your ideas
  • IT & e-commerce
  • Sales & marketing
  • International trade
  • Growing your business
  • Buying or selling a business.

Research shows that businesses who use professional advice are more likely to increase turnover and profitability.

The government has initiated the Business Support Simplification Programme (BSSP), reducing the number of support packages available across the UK from 3,000 to around 100. Business Link will have primary responsibility for delivering the new, rationalised set of services.

The telephone hotline

Call Business Link Yorkshire on 0845 6 048 048, or email them and request a call-back at a time convenient to you.

The website

Business Link Yorkshire’s website provides a comprehensive online information service. Each section contains many further pages offering guidance as to the latest legislation and best practice, sources of funding, and where to go next. There are more than 500 guides, many checklists, and over 40 interactive business tools to help you start, run and grow your business—and there’s an online grants and support directory.

The ‘directories’ section contains case studies, publications, contacts, events, grants & support, training, international trade notices, government forms, and a glossary.

The ‘what’s new’ section contains regularly updated information and podcasts on business advice, legislation, taxation, trading abroad, how to bid for public-sector contracts, and much more.

What is Yorkshire Forward’s connection?

Yorkshire Forward took over the region’s Business Link service in 2005, and has implemented some major initiatives to simplify access to the kind of support businesses need to succeed and grow. We have rationalised the former structure of four local Business Link services into one regional gateway, which has significantly reduced the duplication of services, led to greater clarity, and redirected £2.7m per year into front-line support services for business.

Who delivers the Business Link service?

Our delivery partner is Y&H IDB Ltd, a joint venture between Reed in Partnership Ltd and Exemplas Holding Ltd.