A NEW initiative to offer support to Richmondshire based businesses has been launched.

The District Council has teamed up with the Growth Hub of York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to provide free one to one sessions with business growth managers.

The new service is available to existing companies looking to grow, to people hoping to set up a new business and to those with ideas who need an expert to run them by.

The How’s Business Growth Hub provides access to experts with a wide range of support across subjects including business planning, marketing, VAT, budgeting, managing staff, access to funding and advice on business structure.

Richmondshire Council leader, Councillor Angie Dale, said: “Richmondshire is home to many successful businesses but getting the advice they often need to help expand and develop can be difficult.

“Being able to offer this service to them at no cost through a partnership with the LEP is excellent news.

"We look forward to seeing our businesses thrive and prosper as a result.”

Growth Hub Manager, Andrew Raby said the establishment of these surgeries reaffirms a commitment to supporting small companies.

The hour long sessions – which launched on November 5 – will take place fortnightly at the council’s Mercury House headquarters in Richmond; places must be booked in advance on 01748-901037 or business@richmondshire.gov.uk.