About us

By its very geography, York and North Yorkshire is home to a diverse range of businesses.
Regardless of size or sector, we are here to provide free and impartial business support. We are government-funded but locally based, which means that we provide tailored support based around the needs of our unique region.

What is a Growth Hub?

York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub

We’re one of 38 Growth Hubs set up by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Helping you access support and funding

To prevent you from wasting your time searching for funding and applying for support that your business might not be eligible for, you can contact our support team. They will quickly assess your business needs and introduce you to the providers of the appropriate support. You can contact them by emailing support@ynygrowthhub.com.

Remaining local

We know your time is limited and you need to access information quickly. Our website lists the local providers of funding and support for you to assess, as well as providing details of useful events across York and North Yorkshire. You’ll also find information about how we’ve supported other local businesses to expand their set up.

Good for you, great for York and North Yorkshire

Ensuring your business expands and becomes a bigger success is not only beneficial for you, but also for our local economy, so getting you the support you need is our key priority.

Signposting you in the right direction

Making it easy

Our role is to make it easy for business owners like you to find the support you need. This could be to locate funding, help with marketing or advice on how to expand your set-up.

Local connections

Most of the businesses we help are small businesses and micro businesses. They’re run by passionate individuals who love providing their product or service.

As our patch is quite rural, travel times can really cut into your day. So we try to focus on what’s available locally. This website plays a vital role in offering advice from anywhere with an internet connection.

Driving economic growth

Most businesses stay where they start. Small business owners are vital for the economic growth of any area. So helping you become even more successful benefits everyone.

Our Content

Topics you’ve asked for

We keep our ears open to the burning questions asked by business owners at our events. We also take a look at the most popular questions people are asking online.

By people we trust

The articles we feature are written by trusted experts from York and North Yorkshire.

Reviewed by us

We vet every article to make sure they’re of the highest quality.


If you would like to contribute or have a follow-up question, let us know by emailing support@businessinspiredgrowth.com

“It’s about creating conversations, not paperwork. When running a small business, time is one of your most valuable assets
and mistakes are costly. We want small business owners to be able to quickly find someone they can trust.”

David Kerfoot MBE, Chairman, Kerfoot Group


HR Support for Small Businesses

From recruitment to payroll to offboarding – there are several key responsibilities of a human resources department that keep a business running smoothly. Of course, many small businesses don’t have the capacity for an HR department and HR duties are often done by directors, managers, and administrators within the business. An HR department essentially manages