Richmondshire District Council

Richmondshire's business week

Richmondshire’s annual business week is turning virtual for 2020.

The coronavirus restrictions have meant a change of plan for the district council run event, but it is hoped more businesses will sign up as they can access the support all from the comfort of their own offices or home offices.

The council is running a week of virtual events to support and help develop businesses in the district. It will provide local businesses, from start up to established companies, with the chance to take part in a number of free events and workshops aimed at growing and developing their businesses. Sessions include identifying new routes to market, how to innovate, public sector supply chain opportunities and marketing and business continuity planning.

Sue White, Business and Community Manager said "We felt it was vitally important to ensure we delivered our business week this year, despite the Coronavirus restrictions. We know, through our contacts with many local businesses, that they need support to help them through these challenging times and that the district council is working hard to support them.  The workshops reflect the current business climate, providing advice and guidance to those businesses wanting to adapt and innovate, to explore new market opportunities, access funding and staff training, and to help them prepare for whatever the future holds."

The week runs from 19 - 23 October and will feature the following events:


Dr Jo North from The Big Bang Partnership will deliver an interactive and inspiring workshop on how to innovate from the inception of an idea to the implementation within your own business. There will also be a number of innovation support specialists on hand to help guide on the support that is available for businesses wishing to innovate including RTC North, PAPI, Biorenewables Centre York, The Spark Fund, and Manufacturing Growth.

How to contract successfully - expert guidance in procuring and tendering

Building on the success of last year’s workshop, this session will cover where and how to find the right opportunities including lower value work not always put out to tender, how the tendering process works, and how to successfully navigate the process. The session will be led by Garry Stone, B2B North, a procurement expert.

Business Support Services Expo 

An expo featuring all the business support services needed to help a business start and grow. There will be a range of support services from funders to specialist sector support, training and skills advice to local and regional networks including the Manufacturing Growth Programme, The Spark Fund, York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub, Dales Business Women, The Supply Chain Network, Darlington College, B2B North, Trading Standards, Product and Process Innovation, and Skills Support for the Workforce.

How to Start, Adapt and Grow your Food/Drink Business

Environmental health experts will be on hand with information on starting, adapting and growing a food and drink business. They will cover topics from adapting your business due to Covid-19, food hygiene inspections to registrations, licencing to allergens.

How to Capitalise and Bring in those Staycation Bookings

Hospitality marketing expert Mark Simpson and The Digital Advantage Programme bring you a workshop specifically aimed at the tourism and hospitality industry. 

Business Breakfast – Brexit, Covid-19 and Beyond

The York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub and The Department of International Trade have teamed together to show a positive way forward, to help a business adapt and be ready for anything. 

Wellbeing in the Workplace

This interactive workshop, led by Kate Airey from Humanuture and North Yorkshire County Council, will show how small changes can make a huge impact in the health and wellbeing of staff. 

To find out more or to book a place visit our Richmondshire business week page or contact the Business and Community Team at

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