Business Funding



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Yorkshire Dales Leader Programme

Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme 2014 to 2020

The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme has been set up to address the problems of ‘rurality’ within the Yorkshire Dales, it is a multi-agency partnership which brings together representatives from voluntary sector organisations, public bodies and private businesses working in the Yorkshire Dales LEADER area.

In the Yorkshire Dales LEADER area we will seek to support actions/projects that fall within the following themes and meet one or more of the priorities:

1. Capitalising on the distinctive environment and cultural landscape

Our Priorities under this theme are to:

  • Strengthen the tourism industry building on the cultural, heritage and natural assets and the Dales identity.
  • Improve the sustainability for upland land management in the Dales.
  • Support the development of the local bioenergy and renewable energy supply chains

2. Developing a diverse rural economy

Our Priorities for support under this theme are to:

  • Support entrepreneurship and enable business growth.
  • Encourage the participation of young people and women in rural enterprise.

3. Creating sustainable communities

Our Priority for support under this theme is to:

  • Sustain and enhance rural services.

The Yorkshire Dales LEADER Programme will distribute £2.232 million for rural projects benefiting the area and the communities as outlined in the Map .

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Let's Grow Programme

The Let’s Grow Programme provides grants of between £25,000 and £1m to cover up to 20 per cent of your costs to invest, expand your business and create jobs.  Let’s Grow is funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and is managed by BE Group in partnership with Clive Owen LLP.

Who can apply?

SMEs that are based in York, North Yorkshire or the East Riding or are planning to invest there.

What will Let’s Grow funding contribute towards?

  • Capital investment in land, buildings, plant, machinery and equipment 
  • Where you do not have a capital expenditure cost, we may be able to support the salaries of new employees – please contact us to discuss.

Am I eligible?

To receive funding you must be planning to spend at least £125,000 on eligible activity.  You must also:

  • Create or safeguard permanent jobs in York, North Yorkshire or the East Riding
  • Offer good value for money in terms of value of grant per job created
  • Make a clear case for needing grant support
  • Have adequate private sector funding for the project
  • Comply with State Aid regulations

How to apply

Eligible businesses can apply at any time while funding is available. To apply visit


RDPE  Tourism Infrastructure and Food Processing Grants

Further information can be found here


Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund 

Provides finance for small to medium size businesses including a micro finance scheme aimed at kick starting activity for £25,000-£100,000, a growth finance scheme for £100,000-£750,000 and an equity scheme aimed at ambitious growth plans for up to £2 million.  Further details can be found at  



Enterprise Ventures

Provides a range of financial packages to small businesses including loans, venture capital and growth funding.  For further information please go to 


Sunday Trading Notifications

Restrictions on opening times on Sundays are confined to large shops (defined as those having an internal sales area of over 280m2). These shops must be registered with the council for trading on a Sunday, and specify the six hours of trading on a Sunday which must be between the hours of 10.00 to 18.00. Smaller shops may trade freely on a Sunday.

Registration - tattooing, cosmetic piercing, acupuncture, semi-permanent skin colouring and electrolysis


Persons undertaking the following activities must be registered with the Council:- tattooing; cosmetic piercing including ear and body piercing, acupuncture, semi-permanent skin colouring and electrolysis.  Registration covers both the person carrying on the activity and the premises used for that purpose.

The council has adopted byelaws which cover the cleanliness and hygiene of premises, practitioners and equipment. These byelaws are intended to prevent bloodborne virus and other infections occurring and can be found here.

Summary of legislation

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 requires the above types of skin piercing to be registered with the Council.

The legislation can be found here.

Who needs to notify/apply

If you offer tattooing, acupuncture, ear-piercing or electrolysis in this District you must be registered with us.

Both the premises where the skin-piercing activities takes place and individual operators must be registered and once registered a certificate of registration will be issued.

At the point of registration all individuals who conduct skin piercing activities at the premises should be listed on the application form. An additional fee is required for each person undertaking skin piercing activities. 

Skin piercers registered with other local authorities who wish to practice within this District temporarily must register with the Council.

How do I apply?

You can complete an online registration form here, or apply to change a licence here. Alternatively you can download a form here, complete it and return it to the address given below.

Following receipt of the application form, payment, supporting documents and photographs, an appointment will be made where necessary to undertake an inspection and check compliance with the bye-laws. If the inspector is satisfied that conditions are met, you will be allowed to commence skin piercing.

Certificates of registration are normally issued within 28 working days. These must be displayed prominently with the bye-laws at the relevant premises.

Should you not satisfy the conditions, the officer will confirm in writing the work that is required. When you believe the work has been completed you should contact this office for a re-assessment. YOU MUST NOT START piercing until all conditions are met and agreed by the officer.

How long will it take to consider the notification/application?

There is no statutory period for determining applications; however, we aim to determine applications within 60 days.

The local authority may attach conditions to a certificate of registration.

How much will it cost to notify/apply?

The fee for registration of a person and premises can be found here.

Will tacit consent apply?

It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 28 days of submitting your application, please contact the Environmental Health Service at the address given below.

If my application is refused, how do I appeal?

There are no provisions in the legislation for refusal. Please contact the Environmental Health Service at the address given below in the first instance.

Any person who is refused registration can appeal to the Magistrates' Court. A court may give directions on the issue of a registration.

What if I have a complaint or concern?

Contact us in the first instance at the address below. Otherwise, if you are located in the UK,Advice Guide  will give you advice. From outside the UK, contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Public register?

There is no public register but a list of current registered establishments is available from the contact address below.

For further information

Advice and safe practice guidance for operators carrying out skin piercing activities has been produced by the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL).

The guidance includes information on basic requirements for safe, clean premises, legal issues, waste disposal, infection control, aftercare advice and a checklist.  Appendices within each document also present examples of how a medical history questionnaire, consent form and aftercare advice sheet might be prepared for each of the three treatment areas.

Contact information

Environmental Health
Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Telephone: 01748 829100

Fax: 01748 826186

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Health and safety - advice and training

Ignoring risks to employees and the public can be costly in terms of human suffering and direct costs to businesses. The intention of health and safety enforcement is to reduce work-related ill health and accidents, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees, and also to safeguard others, principally the public, who may be exposed to risks from the way work is carried out. The purpose of this service is to ensure that duty holders manage and control risks effectively, thus preventing harm. The Council uses a risk based approach through a combination of inspection of workplaces and work activities, investigation of incidents and complaints, provision of advice on a number of topics including asbestos, promotion of health and safety issues, and also by responding to requests for service.
•A link to the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) website which provides free information leaflets on a variety of topics -
•Carry out a risk assessment on line for the hazardous substances you use at work. A HSE sponsored site -
•Try this HSE/BIBA sponsored website if you want to know how your business is performing in health and safety -
•OPSI - Government website for legislation -
•The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health website provides information on training courses/qualifications for health and safety -
•Find a training course for health and safety -
•Use this website for notifying accidents or dangerous occurrences -

For more information contact the Environmental Health Section, Richmondshire District Council, Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JX. Telephone 01748 829100

Trading Standards - Education

North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards service provides advice for businesses throughout North Yorkshire and is responsible for the enforcement of a variety of legislation covering the safety, descriptions and pricing of products and services.

The service works in the following specialist teams:
•Business compliance (incl. food and animal health)
•Consumer services
•Enforcement, intelligence and prosecution process
•Fraud and financial investigations

They rely on the thousands of consumers who make complaints about traders or their products & services to them via Consumer Direct each year. They also work with community groups and others to protect the interests of consumers and residents, for example by setting up 'No Cold Calling Zones'.

They provide an email 'newsflash' service for businesses who receive emails notifying them of the latest scams aimed at businesses together with updates concerning new legislation relevant to your trade sector.

Useful links
North Yorkshire County Council - Trading Standards
Consumer Direct

Contact Us

Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
Station Road
North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Phone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186
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