York businesses set to get to grips with Google

Google is coming to York to help small businesses from across the region learn crucial skills for the digital age.

The free ‘Getting to Grips with Google’ event will take place at the City of York Council West Offices on Thursday 23 August from 8.30am till 4.30pm.

The event is being delivered by the Digital Knowledge Exchange, part of the government backed Digital Enterprise business support programme, which helps eligible, growth focused businesses, based in the Leeds city region to scale up and achieve digital transformation through access to funding and free learning opportunities such as workshops, masterclasses, digital conferences, digital audits and one to one mentoring support.

At the ‘Getting to Grips with Google’ event, experts from Google’s Digital Garage will deliver a session on ‘Knowing your business data’ with attendees learning how to set up analytics, define business goals and discover insights through reporting.

For more information on these events and to register with the Digital Knowledge Exchange visit  www.digitalenterprise.co.uk/digital-knowledge/events/ or contact the team on 0113 426 0535 or email kanta@digitalenterprise.co.uk

No rates increase for small business and charities in York

Foxwood Community centre

The Council is expected next week to confirm that a freeze on business rates for small businesses and charities will continue.

In effect this means that £700,000 from central government is being injected into the local economy. The move continues the temporary discretionary rate relief grant and will help to mitigate the effect on businesses of the increased rateable values arising from the business rates revaluation exercise undertaken by Central Government. The scheme was intended to support those local businesses that faced the steepest increases in their business rates bills because of the revaluation

During the current year only 98 applied for the relief, leaving £500,000 unallocated in the current year.

The York Council now intends to allocate the relief automatically to all businesses.  This will see no local business or charity with a rateable value below £200K having to pay an increase in their business rates in 2017/18.

Separately the government has confirmed which charities will qualify for Discretionary Rate Relief next year.

The list of successful applicants includes

  • Acomb Sports Club on Acomb Green
  • Foxwood Community Centre
  • Wilf Ward Charity Trust (Green Lane)
  • Chapelfields Community Association (Sanderson Court)

An application by the York and District Indoor Bowls Club is being declined because the organisation is deemed to have too high financial reserves.

Support for Small Business Saturday

Andrew Waller and Keith Orrell support small business Saturday

Small Business Saturday begins today, celebrating the many wonderful local small businesses here in York and across the UK.

Cllr Keith Orrell, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement (interim), is urging everyone to get involved in Small Business Saturday and take the opportunity to support local businesses in York.

Cllr Keith Orrell said:

“I am delighted to be supporting Small Businesses Saturday this year and I would strongly encourage anyone to take a trip out this Saturday and show support to local businesses in your community.

From the City Centre, to our more rural communities, York is blessed to be home to a rich variety of small and independent businesses. These local businesses make York such a unique and wonderful City to live in and visit. By showing support to our local business community, we can help encourage more businesses to set up shop in York and continue this proud tradition.”

Small Business Saturday is now in its fifth year and has reached millions of customers and businesses across the UK.  If you would like to get involved and find our more information, then please visit: https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/#get-involved.

 

Broadband drop in sessions to take place across York

Small businesses and registered charities across York will have the chance to benefit from face to face advice on how they can speed up their broadband, from a £3,000 grant, at a series of road shows taking place across the city.

The drop in sessions, which are taking place throughout January, will showcase the York Connection Voucher Scheme which has been helping small businesses in York increase their broadband speed. At the events advice will be available on how to apply for a £3,000 Connection Voucher* and how it can transform the way businesses and registered charities operate.

Current road show events which have been confirmed are:

  • Elvington Air Museum on Tuesday 13 January 8.30am-10.30am
  • Hilton Hotel, Tower Street on Wednesday 14 January 3.30pm-5.30pm
  • Holiday Inn, Tadcaster Road on Tuesday 20 January 8.30am-10.30am
  • Explore Acomb Library Learning Centre on Tuesday 20 January 12.30pm-2.30pm
  • West Offices Customer Centre Thursday 22 January 8.30am-11.30am

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Free business advice offered at drop-in events

Businesses can benefit from free advice on a variety of areas as York hosts two Pop-Up Business Advice events next week.

Your Bike Shed, Micklegate will host the event on Wednesday 13 August between 8am and 12noon where businesses can drop-in for advice on social media and digital marketing, business Start-up, planning and advice, commercial law and many more. (more…)

Small Business Saturday Bus comes to York tomorrow (Tuesday!)

Small business saturday

On Tuesday 19 November, York will be the first calling point, and the only one in the North of England, of the nationwide bus tour promoting the first ever Small Business Saturday in the UK.

St Sampsons Square 11:00am – 2:00pm

Small Business Saturday is on 7 December, and is all about encouraging everyone in the UK to support small businesses.

Events and promotions are being held throughout the country on what is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. T

he Prime Minister, the government and all major political parties are endorsing the day.

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Small business rate relief goes begging in York?

The York Council has published a list of all commercial properties which qualify for a reduction in their rates payable under the Small Business Rates Relief scheme who, as of 20th September 2013, were not receiving Small Business Rates Relief and where the properties rateable value was under £12,000.

small bus

The full list can be seen by clicking here.

The government’s guidance on small business rate relief says,

“You can get small business rate relief if:

• you only use one property

• its rateable value is less than £12,000

Until 31 March 2014 you’ll get 100% relief (doubled from the usual rate of 50%) for properties with a rateable value of £6,000 or less. This means you won’t pay business rates on properties with a rateable value of £6,000 or less.

The rate of relief will gradually decrease from 100% to 0% for properties with a rateable value between £6,001 and £12,000.

If you have more than one property. You could get small business rate relief if the rateable value of each of your other properties is less than £2,600. The rateable values of the properties are added together and the relief applied to the main property”.

The York Council’s advice and application forms can be found here.

However the web page appears to need updating.

The Council have not commented on whether they proactively contact small businesses which may qualify for the relief.

We believe, against a background of failing retail businesses particularly in suburban locations – that the Council, should do more to help.