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Funded business development support available for food and drink sector businesses across Yorkshire.
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Business Doctors Leeds & North Yorkshire, in partnership with the Walter Smith Employer Leadership Fund, are looking for a number of SME business from within the food and drink sector that are eligible for part-funded support on business strategy and development.

The Walter Smith ELP is a pot of Government money available for businesses to use in generating business growth within the food and beverage sector only, and under this scheme eligible businesses can receive funds to cover up to 70% of the cost of a business development project.

Business Doctors Leeds & North Yorkshire is already working with a number of breweries and bakers using this funding opportunity. Simon Monaghan, Regional Director for Business Doctors says, ‘‘this is a huge opportunity for businesses to take advantage of funding to really help cement their future growth strategies. I see businesses every day who are looking for support, with this pot of Government money at our disposal it makes the first steps just that little bit easier.’

Eligible businesses employ fewer than 250 staff and manufacture their own product that is then sold onto the general public. For example (but not limited to), breweries, butchers, bakers, confectioners, fishmongers, restaurants, pubs, farm shops, caterers and delicatessens.

The deadline to take advantage of the Walter Smith ELP funding is 31 March 2016, and with the recent demise of other business development funding like Growth Accelerator and MAS, this pot of money stands out as a great opportunity for eligible businesses.

Simon Monaghan is hosting an event on 4th February 2016 in central Leeds where he will discuss this opportunity alongside presenting his ‘Antidote to the Dragon’s Den’ seminar.

More information on the Walter Smith ELP and details of how to book on the seminar can be found here.

http://www.businessdoctors.ie/viewpoint/178/funded-support-available-for-the-yorkshire-food-drink-industry