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Innovation workshops to be delivered online

Innovation workshops to be delivered online

The PAPI (Product and Process Innovation) business support project has moved its innovation workshops online to support businesses during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. The next workshops, which are available to small to medium sized businesses across our region, will take place in June.

Innovation workshops delivered by PAPI

Workshops offer two days of fully-funded (free) time with acclaimed business coach, Dr Jo North, offering practical tools and support in personalised sessions.

The first day happens twice (4th June and 11th June), with the second day taking place across the week of 22nd June. The innovation workshops will all be delivered via Zoom.

Day One will offer:

  • Business growth advice & expertise specific to you & your business
  • Valuable one-to-one & small group sessions.
  • Facilitated discussions with like-minded entrepreneurs.
  • An environment of mutual support.

Day Two sessions include:

  • How to pivot, productise and prioritise effectively.
  • How to create an App for your business.
  • E-commerce and going digital.
  • Numbers & finance.
  • Successful selling in challenging times.
  • Making the most of LinkedIn.

Previous workshop delegate, Michelle Brown from Wild Things Family Forest School said:

“If you ever chance to be a delegate on the PAPI Innovation Workshop, I would strongly recommend it, I have had access to lots of new tools, masses of inspiration and so much energy to take my business forward.”

Demand is expected to be high for workshop places, so act quickly to apply for a place. If you would like more information, please contact us at papi-innovation@york.ac.uk. Businesses from all sectors are welcome to register to attend, as long as they are in York, North Yorkshire or East Riding.

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I offer a professional service – what support am I eligible for?

I offer a professional service – what support am I eligible for?

We have created a range of quick-reference guides aimed at helping businesses navigate the current support measures offered by the government. If you offer a professional service or are a one-person limited company, this guide will help you understand the support that you may be eligible for.

If you would like to know more about the available support for the hospitality sector, visit our sector-specific Coronavirus support page.

I own a hospitality business – what support am I eligible for?

I own a hospitality business – what support am I eligible for?

We have created a range of quick-reference guides aimed at helping businesses navigate the current support measures offered by the government. If you operate a hospitality business, this guide will help you understand the support that you may be eligible for.

If you would like to know more about the available support for the hospitality sector, visit our sector-specific Coronavirus support page.

I’m a food manufacturer – what support am I eligible for?

I’m a food manufacturer – what support am I eligible for?

We have created a range of quick-reference guides aimed at helping businesses navigate the current support measures offered by the government. If you are a food manufacturer or operate a similar manufacturing operation, this guide will help you understand the support that you may be eligible for.

If you would like to know more about the available support for manufacturing businesses, visit our sector-specific Coronavirus support page.

I recently opened a cafe – what support am I eligible for?

I recently opened a cafe – what support am I eligible for?

We have created a range of quick-reference guides aimed at helping businesses navigate the current support measures offered by the government. If you run a café or similar business and are a recent start-up, this guide will help you understand the support that you may be eligible for.

If you would like to know more about the available support for hospitality sector, visit our sector-specific Coronavirus support page.

I’m a start-up professional services business – what support am I eligible for?

I’m a start-up professional services business – what support am I eligible for?

We have created a range of quick-reference guides aimed at helping businesses navigate the current support measures offered by the government. If you have recently started out as a professional services business, this guide will help you understand the support that you may be eligible for.

If you would like to know more about the available support, visit our Coronavirus support hub.

COVID-19 1-2-1 advice sessions: using your website to gain business opportunities

COVID-19 1-2-1 advice sessions: using your website to gain business opportunities

The Department for International Trade are offering eligible businesses a one-hour website diagnostic with Noovo Creative throughout May.

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The outbreak of Covid-19 is causing significant disruption to businesses across the UK with demand for products and services diminishing and we know clients across the region are seeing a decline in sales and as such, a decrease in revenue.

With reducing sales it is easy to lose focus or panic and waste money on advertising, which is why the Department for International Trade in Yorkshire and the Humber are offering eligible businesses* a one-to-one virtual meeting with web development experts, Noovo Creative who will explore your individual circumstances and help you to carve a pathway forward.

During a one-hour diagnostic, you will be recommended tailored actions, in line with your skillset and capabilities, that you can independently put into practice from any location to improve your website, attract new business and ultimately build business resilience in these unprecedented circumstances.

*Places are limited and eligibility criteria applies. We reserve the right to cancel your booking if the support is considered to be unsuitable for your current situation or business model. Where a cancellation is made, we will aim to provide you with an alternative service.

** Please note that in order to prepare for meetings and provide tailored support, relevant data will be shared with the provider.

More information and booking details can be found here.

For further business support during COVID-19, visit our Coronavirus information hub.

Growth Hub launch Jobs Fuse to help with employment challenges during COVID-19

Growth Hub launch Jobs Fuse to help with employment challenges during COVID-19

New employment service launched to help employers and employees

A new service has been launched to help those who have been made unemployed as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in the York & North Yorkshire region to get back into employment, whilst also supporting key regional employers with the challenges they face where staffing is concerned due to the pandemic.

York & North Yorkshire Jobs Fuse, brings the expertise of the National Careers Service, the Department for Work and Pensions and the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub together to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for both job seekers and local employers.

This service will connect employers who have urgent vacancies with suitable candidates across the region available for an immediate start. Employers making redundancies will be able to secure support for their employees, labour market intelligence and information on suitable opportunities in the region. A dedicated helpline is available for employers to ensure that they receive a timely and efficient service.

York & North Yorkshire Jobs Fuse aims to support individuals who have lost their jobs or whose employment has been affected during the crisis through its dedicated telephone enquiry service – which offers free, impartial and professional advice – including practical aspects such as CV writing and advice on exploring funding for training.

Sam Alexander, Chair of the LEP Skills Board, said: “We’re delighted to announce the launch of York & North Yorkshire Jobs Fuse, a fabulous example of partnership-working to find creative solutions to new and unprecedented challenges for people and businesses in our area. We know that many of our business leaders are having to make really difficult decisions regarding their companies and people and many people are worried about their jobs and income.

“York & North Yorkshire Jobs Fuse will play a vital role in connecting workers with valuable skills and experience to new opportunities, allowing much smoother transitions between jobs and ensuring essential vacancies can be filled quickly. It’s a great example of how effective partnership working and joining up of services can lead to impactful investment in our people, businesses and communities.”

Jo Corney, Service Leader, Department for Work and Pensions added: “We are very pleased to see how York & North Yorkshire partners have worked together to support the work of our Jobcentre Plus colleagues who are incredibly busy, but working hard to ensure that everyone gets the support they need at this challenging time.” 

Kathleen Shields, Area Manager for Education Development Trust, Prime contractor for the National Careers Service in Yorkshire and the Humber said: “We face hugely uncertain economic times and in response to this we are delighted to be coming together with DWP and the York & North Yorkshire LEP to form York & North Yorkshire Jobs Fuse.

“The National Careers Service is uniquely positioned to be able to provide free and impartial careers and employment advice and guidance to residents and employers across the York & North Yorkshire area, all delivered by our team of professional careers advisers.” 

This service will be promoted online through our Jobs Fuse page and social media channels, including the Growth Hub’s Facebook Group which at a grassroots level, is promoting the sharing of jobs and skills amongst our communities.

We hope that our many partners will get behind this initiative so that it reaches those employers and individuals who can benefit the most.

Find out more about Jobs Fuse or access the service here.

Quick guide: Statutory Sick Pay Scheme

Quick guide: Statutory Sick Pay Scheme

Here is a quick reference guide to the government’s Statutory Sick Pay Scheme for employees who are unwell with Coronavirus, shielding or self-isolating. If you need further information about the scheme or other business support measures, please visit our Coronavirus hub.