Planning help is on hand for all local businesses

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RESOURCES aimed at giving businesses the tools they need to plan for growth and improvement have been unveiled.

They have been put together by the York North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership to mark national Business Planning Week.

David Kerfoot, vice chairman of the partnership and founder of the Kerfoot Group said: “We know that business planning isn’t the most exciting topic, and the private sector members of our board will testify that plans are often changed on the hoof.

“But it’s still absolutely crucial for owners and managers to take the time to think about, and plan, their business.”

The Local Enterprise Partnership can provide introductions to people and resources that can help, via their website www.businessinspiredgrowth.com

Resources include free online webinars covering all aspects of business development from what to consider when starting out to changing legal structures as you grow.

The LEP has also organised business seminars, working with local business networks and chartered professional advisers.

These seminars also cover all aspects of business development, from marketing via social media to securing finance for expansion.

Details are provided in the online events calendar at www.businessinspiredgrowth.com/events/.

Because the calendar also includes events organised by all the LEP’s partners, it’s probably the most comprehensive business events calendar in the country.

“Having a business plan becomes absolutely crucial when you’re looking for finance”, added David Kerfoot.

“Banks are holding the purse strings much tighter than when I started out, so I guarantee that without a solid business plan any ideas of getting cash from them are dead in the water.

“The same goes for the few public sector grants available.

“But don’t just create a plan in a dash for cash, plan for success and keep referring back to and updating it as you evolve.”

In addition to help with planning, the LEP website also provides details of a variety of funding options for business.

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership is a business led partnership with the public sector that helps businesses improve and grow, in order to create good quality sustainable jobs.

The Partnership is chaired by Barry Dodd, chairman of the GSM Group.

It comprises of 10 private sector members and six local authority leaders.

For more information about the The York North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership visit its website at www.businessinspiredgrowth.com