Richmondshire businesses invited to first connections event

Last year's business expo event held by Richmondshire Business Network.

Businesses from across the district will gather in Richmond next week at the first of several Business Connections events to be held in the county.

The free event, which is supported by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, will take place on Tuesday, October 9 at Richmond Town Hall.

The events aim to inspire and fuel the success of the region’s market towns and the small businesses that drive their economy.

David Gibson, chair of Richmond Business Network, has worked with the LEP to stage the event following the success of a small business networking day hosted by the Richmond Business Network in October 2017.

David said: “Now is the right time to get businesses in market towns together.

“For a while, people fell in love with the internet, and platforms like Twitter are great for networking. But businesses now want to look each other in the eye, take in the bigger picture and support one another.

“If I need to seek some legal services for example, I want that to be from a local firm, from someone who understands my town, my customer base, the challenges I face.”

The Richmond Business Connections event is free to drop-in.

A range of businesses and organisations will be exhibiting their products and services in the main Hall from 8am to 2pm.

The event will also include a programme of talks, covering a range of business topics including GDPR, customer service and social media.

David Kerfoot, chair of the LEP, said: “As a LEP, we know that town vibrancy comes as a result of a healthy business community.

“These businesses are on the high street, with a retail and tourism focus, but it’s also important to recognise that rural towns are supported by a mixed economy of agriculture, professional services and manufacturing businesses, housed on industrial estates located nearby.

“Business Connections days will bring business networking opportunities across our region to the force.

“Businesses supporting businesses will help grow a lively and sustainable economy for local people.”

Business Connections events will also be held in Thirsk and Driffield on October 11.

Following on from these events, the hope is that further business events, will evolve.

Discussions with the Federation of Small Business are already underway to build on the momentum of Business Connections.

For more details on the event click here