Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Entrepreneurs in York offered extra help

Budding entrepreneurs in York are being given extra help with the appointment of a new business adviser – and a series of free online workshops.

Alice Ingram, who has previously worked for Coca Cola and Nestle, is the new York-based adviser for AD:VENTURE, a support programme for new businesses with growth ambitions in North and West Yorkshire.

Alice will work with pre-start and businesses who have been trading for up to three years by offering support, including mentoring, events, access to finance and grant funding.

Since the programme started at the end of 2016, AD:VENTURE, which is funded by the European Regional

Development Fund (ERDF), has helped more than 3,000 businesses and individuals in the Leeds City Region, and approved over 160 grants  of between £1,000 and £25,000.

Alice said: “In these unprecedented times helping businesses survive and thrive is more important than ever.

“We want to reach more businesses in the York area. We know it is tough out there, which is why we want to try and give businesses the best start we can.”

Alice has worked in North Yorkshire for over 20 years, as a brand manager at Nestle and running her own enterprises, from a painting and decorating business to a marketing consultancy.  She previously worked in marketing in London and Hong Kong, including as promotions manager at Coca-Cola GB.

She said: “I have worked for big firms and set up my own successful companies too, so I know a bit about the business world. And now I feel it is time to use that knowledge to help those who are starting on the ladder.”

AD:VENTURE is also running three free virtual events for new businesses in York on August 18, 19 and 20, followed by the opportunity for a one-to-one online meeting with Alice or a colleague.

The ‘Elevate York’ virtual events will cover business basics, such as market research and cashflow; finding business premises, and tips on face-to-face and online networking. To book on the online workshops go to https://ad-venture.org.uk/adventure-events/elevate-grow/

Among those who have already been helped by AD:VENTURE is Go Store, a family-run self-storage company that opened in York nine months ago, which has received £11,000 in grant funding to pay for IT, website development and furniture.

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