Recruitment & Retention: How to build an excellent company culture : York Business Festival

9 Nov 2022

With staffing shortages a major concern for many businesses, it is important to create a culture in which your employees are engaged, feel productive and want to remain in your business. This workshop with Culco will give a clear blueprint on where and how you can improve the work culture in your business. A fully funded opportunity for up to 20 businesses trading or registered in City of York Council or Harrogate Borough Council.

What does the programme deliver?

Culco want to ensure that all businesses have the knowledge, support and ability to give themselves and their employees motivation, energy and positivity. This programme gives a clear and defined roadmap on the “what’s” and “how’s” of getting a culture programme off the ground in your business. This is a fully funded York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub programme for 20 SME businesses based in Harrogate. It is aimed at business owners/Directors and begins with a half day workshop.

The event will cover:

  • the background and commercial benefits to having a culture-first organisation
  • how the Culco programme works including the development of a clear and defined roadmap on the “what’s” and “how’s” of getting a culture programme to fly
  • training on the implementation of the employee “toolkit” to help your workforce become more engaged

The fully-funded Culco programme also includes a half day Culco Leadership Group following the workshop. In these groups you can share progress on your workplace culture programme, overcome any obstacles or challenges and gain ideas and insight from fellow business leaders.

Date and Venue

The first event will be held on Wednesday 9th November, 08:30am-1:30pm, with a follow-up three hour leadership group to be scheduled to follow.

The event will be held at the Piazza Building, at the University of York Campus East. Parking information can be found here.

About the facilitators

Founded by Lisa Lister and Jane Slimming, Culco was set up with one simple objective – to produce a culture programme that can be implemented in any company of any size.

Nationwide publicised research has shown a large number of business owners are struggling with the some or all of the following symptoms “Post Covid”.

Further Details

This fully funded programme is only available to SME businesses or charities trading or registered in City of York Council or Harrogate Borough Council areas. 

Places are limited, so please register your interest early to avoid disappointment.

If you are interested in participating, please fill in the form on this page and we will be in contact with you. If you would like to know more, please contact

This programme is delivered in partnership between the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub, City of York Council, Harrogate Borough Council, & Culco

The Growth Hub are collaborating with City of York Council, Harrogate Borough Council and different providers to deliver various fully funded support programmes to businesses based in the City of York and Harrogate district. Places are limited, and we may not be able guarantee any individual business support through more than one of the funded programmes we’re currently offering. Please contact us if you have any queries.