Federation of Small Business members representing a variety of sectors within the City of York, including Retail, Logistics, Coaching, Charity, Business and Health Services, attended a microbusiness breakfast with the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House yesterday for a networking breakfast and discussion on the local economy.
The event celebrated the important contribution made by microbusinesses, categorised as those with less than 9 employees and independent traders, to the economic vitality of York. Businesses attending had the opportunity to network with other microbusiness members from the York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, MakeItYork Business and IndieYork and to offer their views to the City Council and other stakeholders about doing business in York, over breakfast at the Mansion House. Topics covered in a workshop to gather views and suggestions included skills, business premises, business support and infrastructure.
Simon Williams, FSB Regional Chairman Yorkshire, The Humber and North East England who owns YES Couriers in York said “We work closely with City of York and other partners in York, to help our 800 members here achieve their ambitions and we know that the Council value the contribution the smallest businesses make to the City. This was a very useful event for businesses to directly feed their views in to the Council and help it better understand their needs and their aspirations for the City. We are grateful to the Lord Mayor for the kind invitation which we were delighted to share with other partners. We look forward to seeing the responses to the input from the businesses this morning and working with the Council to improve services for all businesses, especially SMEs.”
Carolyn Frank, Development Manager for the FSB in North Yorkshire, added “This was a great opportunity to recognise the microbusiness community in York. This is one of many exciting conversations about how the small business sector can help York’s economy be more sustainable and successful and there were some excellent connections made as well as interesting discussion. We often hear of the highs and lows of larger businesses in the City, and it is wonderful to hear from the smallest businesses too, who are equally as important, representing 80% of the total businesses in the City. I am grateful to the City Council for their help to arrange this forum and for engaging with small business in this way”
Simon Brereton, Head of Economic Growth at City of York Council commented later via LinkedIn “Great session this morning with some of York’s microbusinesses, hosted by the Lord Mayor. There are more than 7000 in the City with professional, scientific and technical services the biggest sector. So all of you who think microbusiness and Indie is a byword for lifestyle business, think again! This is an important part of our local economy, already contributing loads of GVA and a significant employer.”