For all those thinking about starting up in business this year, some help and guidance is
available in our area very soon. This is part of a national programme that has been running since April 2012. The
service is hoping to continue until at least March 2017. The advice and programme is funded by the governments
'Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' and is aimed at those who are currently in the Small and Medium
Enterprises (SME's) sized category. This project also includes new Start up businesses across England. The
Growth Accelerator programme is now part of the 'Business Growth Service', again, a Government backed UK
service offering support to businesses who have the potential to improve and grow. If you have already built a
successful company and your ready for the next stage of the project, why not attend the event and see what
happens. Lots of fresh ideas are available for you to use in your own project or expansion programme.
We need to remember all the big multi million pound businesses in our city centres once started out as a small
business at one point in the past. Also part of the event is having the chance to meet and network with other
liked-minded businesses. They maybe in a similar position and have experiences to share. Access is also
available for up to £2,000 in match funding for senior managers to hone their leadership and management skills.
For those who are interested or require further details, the Selby contact is Carl Wolf who can be contacted
on 0113 3854616 or 07841 903 088.
The Pound Coin as we know it, is set to change design and shape by 2017. Over 6000 people designed and suggested ideas for the new look coin. The winner, 15 year old David Pearce is from Wales. He’s drawing will feature on the new currency coin and it will go on general circulation in a few years time. He was told the news he had won by the Governments Councillor George Osborne, in person. The new coin will be the most secure coin anywhere in the world to stop counterfeiting. George Osborne said: “The competition captured the imagination of thousands of people and David’s winning design will be recognised by millions of people from around the world in the years ahead”. The winning drawing shows the UK’s national emblems – a rose for England, a leek for Wales, a thistle for Scotland and a shamrock for Northern Ireland. The other side will feature the Queen as normal. All four emblems are emerging from a Royal Coronet. Renowned coin artist David Lawrence and lettering expert Stephen Raw slightly tweaked David’s design to meet the Royal Mints specifications.
The £1 coin is being replaced for the first time in more than 30 years because of its vulnerability to counterfeiters. The main point everyone will notice straight away is it’s shape. It will have 12 sides and remind people of the old three pence coin from decades ago. Machines around the UK will need altering to accept both the new and old coin, as the old coin will be in circulation at the same time until the banks slowly reduce its availability. It will be made by bi-metallic construction and feature the Royal Mint’s new state-of-the-art, and secret, anti counterfeiting technology.
Small businesses are showing off their products and skills on Monday 29th June for the latest ‘Selby Enterprise Day’. The annual event is taking place at the Selby District council offices on Doncaster Road. It is on for most of the day between 10.00am and 3.00pm and is a free event to attend. Anyone can visit and many different topics, help and guidance will be available. There will be around 30 different businesses, support groups and associations available to chat with and network. Heidi Green from Business Support York and North Yorkshire has arranged the event as part of her enterprise cafe events. You may have just started or wish to increase your production. The great thing about this event is that you can come along for the whole day or just for a quick half hour to look around. In the wonderful world of business, It is not very often that you hear the words ‘free’ and ‘help’ in the same sentence, so this could be the time for you to visit. Increasing your scale or gaining research or feedback from your customers is vital if you want to be successful. All big businesses started out in life as a small business. We will have our own stand so please feel free to come over and say hello. If you are unable to attend, the enterprise cafe events take place every month and cater for all topics in business.