Call on Yorkshire Chambers to Help Fill Business Link Void
Small & Medium sized businesses across Yorkshire are calling for the local Chambers of Commerce to help fill the void left by the closure of Business Link ΓÇô with the creation of pooled knowledge banks suggested.
Quoted on TheBusinessDesk.com, Chief Executive of Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Garry Williamson explained the actions being taken to support such a platform once Business Link finally shuts-up-shop on Friday 25th November.
ΓÇ£WeΓÇÖre taking the time to listen to our members to see what services and support they most require from the Chamber.ΓÇ¥ explained Mr Willianson.ΓÇ£We know that small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy and they should be planning and investing in growth strategies yet, the information out there can be confusing.
ΓÇ£We want to offer businesses a signpost of where to go to for help with business support and advice, training, events, mentoring and be the place where they can get the vital support and information they need to put them on the road to growth.ΓÇ¥
The closure of Business Link was first highlighted prior to the UK General Election of 2010, when then Shadow Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk stated that ΓÇ£We (The Conservative Party) believe that Business Link is failing in its taskΓÇ¥
The axing of this state-funded business support service, which reportedly cost around ┬ú190m each year, is expected to be replaced by the kinds of platforms and forums being discussed by the Yorkshire Chambers of Commerce. The closure of the Business Link service nationally will result in around 1500 staff losing their positions.
According to recent data released by officebroker.com, via its quarterly Serviced Office Review research, business activity across Yorkshire has increased in some areas, with both Leeds (14%) and Sheffield (189%) registering an increase in the number of businesses moving into serviced offices space since the beginning of 2011.
Widely utilised by small & medium sized businesses, the upswing in businesses moving to serviced offices also appears to have filtered out to the wider region.
While concentrated in the city centre office markets of Leeds & Sheffield, the number of business moving to flexible office space across Yorkshire & Humberside increased by 3% on 2010 levels, while commitment also appeared to rise with initial license lengths stretching from 8 months in 2010 to 9 months in 2011.
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