Businesses in the area are invited to some informative and informal training and networking events across the dales in the coming months organised by the four local business associations through the Dales Business Forum.
The first event takes place at 6.00 pm on Wednesday 24th October at the Fountain in Hawes, followed by one at The Station in Richmond on 21st November and the Buck at Reeth on December 6th.
“At our conference in Middleham we discovered that there was a demand for more events that support and develop local businesses,” said the Forum’s co-ordinator Gillian Howells, “so we have organised a series of taster events to introduce people to some excellent local services and training that can help improve their business.”
The Forum has been set up by local business people who were conscious that a number of external support agencies have come and gone over the years, but businesses continue to operate and still need help and support to develop. “We’ve an incredible wealth of experience and expertise amongst members so the Forum has set up a formal structure, the not for profit Yorkshire Business Aid, to give businesses access to this valuable and affordable local resource.”
Included in the two hour event will be an introduction to using social media in a business context to see if it is relevant and whether it could be included as part of the marketing mix. The new Yorkshire Markets and Dales Business Directory web opportunities will also be introduced along with the wide ranging benefits offered through Yorkshire Business Aid.
David Doorbar, one of the YBA mentors said: “We are passionate about business and are keen to help other business people. Whether it's cash flow and business planning, increasing profit and turnover, or finding new customers and growing the business, we can help. An experienced business mentor can make such a difference to a small business as a number of our clients will testify.”
The events cost just £5 and are open to anyone in business including those thinking of starting up. To book a place ring 01748 825362, book online via www.eventsinthedales.org or simply turn up on the night.
The Dales Business Forum brings together the four local Richmondshire business associations - Richmond Business and Tourism, Leyburn and Mid Wensleydale Business, The Business Association (Wensleydale) Ltd, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Business Forum (working in partnership with Richmondshire District Council, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership).
Photo: Wil Jones, Gillian Howells and Steve Adams with David Doorbar in the foreground, planning the events.