York’s business community to take active role in city’s recovery

A series of virtual ‘roundtables’ aimed at all sectors of York’s business community will play a key first step in recovery planning for the city following the coronavirus outbreak. Working in partnership, Make It York, York BID, City of York Council, Federation of Small Business, York & North Yorkshire Chamber Of Commerce and the Local Economic Partnership are calling for businesses to take part in new sector steering groups. The groups will meet each month, to gather sector specific intelligence and challenges to help best determine the most appropriate opportunities and business support to support the city’s recovery planning. 

The steering groups aim to provide businesses with support tools and guidance, identify opportunities for collaboration and growth, create a peer to peer support forum and act as a way to gather ongoing intelligence across all sectors. This will then feed into wider economic opportunities to support local and regional planning and for lobbying national government for additional support as required. 

Twelve sector groups made up of representatives from across the city’s businesses will be launched with the objective of gaining a deeper understanding of the current issues and challenges businesses are facing – both in terms of short-term impact and the support needed – and the mid to long-term opportunities for recovery.

Monthly virtual ‘roundtables’ will be set up for each of the business sectors with the aim of around 10-15 businesses participating, with all areas of the business community urged to take part –  from small/micro businesses to large organisations. The digital format for the steering group meetings will enable a cross section of businesses from each sector to be involved in the discussions, which aim to gather feedback and act as a catalyst for recovery planning in the city.

The focus for the groups will be to share intelligence and expertise, offer peer to peer support and provide guidance and discussion on a variety of areas including the availability of funding/grants, people management, employee engagement, training needs, customer service and physical city and organisation infrastructure.

Businesses who are interested in participating in the roundtable events can contact the Make It York Business team on business@makeityork.com.   

For further information please contact:

Amy Goodman, Consumer Communications Manager

Email: amy.goodman@makeityork.com

Ana Ignatova – Communications Executive

Email: ana.ignatova@makeityork.com