Who you gonna call when Business Link is no more?

23 November 2011

A Local Enterprise Partnership is urging businesses to join a networking group to ensure they receive help and support once Business Link closes this week.

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership are launching a campaign on the benefits of business to business networking. Business Link which has provided support for small and medium sized businesses in recent years, will be reduced to a website only service from Friday 25 November.

Business Link

From left to right:

  • Stephen Burwood, Institute of Directors North Yorkshire
  • Shaun Watts, Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber
  • Etta Cohen, Forward Ladies
  • Simon Williams, Federation of Small Businesses

Shaun Watts, Director of the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, LEP Board Member and Business Personality of the Year said:

There are at least 50 business forums in our area, including my Chamber, the Institute of Directors, the Federation of Small Businesses, Forward Ladies and many more. Between them they provide a huge range of services. The LEP aims to support the networks that businesses themselves are choosing, to ensure that our business community is fantastically networked. By doing so we’re creating a robust and resilient business support network

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership is developing a searchable database of the region’s business networks, which will be launched on its new website in January 2012. The site will also be an essential resource for business events, news and intelligence. In addition, the Partnership is working on behalf of the business networks to channel other business support services through the web of existing networks.

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP is business led public/private partnership which is focussed on inspiring economic growth by helping businesses start up, grow and become more competitive.


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