Helping Yorkshire’s businesses break through

Helping Yorkshire’s businesses break through

Over the last several years Yorkshire’s business landscape has changed greatly and despite this SMEs continue to be the lifeblood of our economy. Running your own business is a tough job and we need to ensure that we are giving your businesses all of the help and support that they need to be successful.

At the end of March we re-launched our Breakthrough programme to do just that.

As part of a week-long burst of activity which included the ‘Breakthrough Box’ festival in City Square, Leeds, where speakers including our own chief economist, Microsoft and Peninsula spoke on matters affecting Yorkshire business today. Our SME Summit at Aspire brought SME Entrepreneurs together to network and hear from inspirational speakers from Microsoft and Uber as well as Sir Trevor Soar and Myleene Klass.

Over the past few years our Breakthrough programme has already been helping fast growth businesses see great results. They were growing their workforce, launching new products and entering new markets. But we understood that not all ambitious businesses are necessarily fast growth – ambitious businesses come in many guises and we wanted our Breakthrough programme to be available to help them to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.

With this in mind, we have now added new elements to the programme which can be categorised under the five pillars of knowledge, talent, international, connections and finance – developed to address the different ambitions we hear business owners talk about most often. Not only are we bringing entrepreneurs together at various face to face events, but also online via our LinkedIn communities, which is already encouraging some great debates and knowledge sharing.

We have increased the number of subsidised graduate interns that we can provide access to (160 provided in Yorkshire last year), recognising that finding and retaining high quality people is a key hurdle for many firms. And as more businesses look abroad to new markets, we’re here to help them find the right one, by adding even more countries and contacts to our trade portal which is available to all of our Corporate and Commercial online banking customers.

We are continually working closely with SMEs, listening to their business challenges and looking at ways in which we can help them be more successful. I hope that you enjoy reading this supplement and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me should you require any additional information or would like to talk about your business.

Neil Williams, Regional Director West & North Yorkshire
07798 581 037