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North Yorkshire Businesses Urged To Get Advice Before Re-Opening

North Yorkshire Businesses Urged To Get Advice Before Re-Opening

Published by Karen Liu at 10:01am 10th June 2020.

New businesses and those that are diversifying in North Yorkshire as a result of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are being urged to make sure they take the right advice before committing their time and money.

To support the economic recovery from the pandemic, North Yorkshire Trading Standards service is currently offering all its advice services free to any businesses, with particular focus on those that are starting up or changing the products or services they sell as a result of Covid-19.

North Yorkshire library service has also invested in a wide-ranging business advice package that is freely available online and of particular value to start-up businesses.

The Trading Standards service waived its fees when lockdown began and will continue to give free advice until at least September. A specialist team can provide advice on all aspects of trading standards law.  

North Yorkshire County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Open for Business, said:

“Our Trading Standards offer is about doing as much as we can to support businesses at this time. We want to see North Yorkshire’s economy emerge strongly and we want to support innovation. 

That’s why we recommend that anyone planning to start or diversify a business, perhaps manufacturing or importing protective equipment, or shift their business model, perhaps moving from bricks and mortar premises to online, contact our team before committing themselves.

For example, products must meet safety regulations and business people have responsibilities as manufacturers or importers. Our team can make sure you understand and meet the requirements. We want businesses to succeed, that’s why we want to offer them the right advice from the start.”

Businesses can contact the Trading Standards team on 01609 780780 or at business.advice@northyorks.gov.uk. Information about product safety, including imports, can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/product-safety

North Yorkshire’s library service also plays an important role in supporting small businesses.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said:

“With business start-ups in mind, we have recently invested in COBRA (the Complete Business Reference Adviser), an online business reference resource with a wealth of easy to find, practical information.”

COBRA provides access to reports, guides and more than 4,000 factsheets. This includes:

  • business opportunity profiles, short reports on more than 600 business types;
  • factsheets covering all aspects of starting a business, including employing staff and marketing;
  • sector guides, for market research reports and sector updates, synopses and trends;
  • local area profiles, identifying sources of support in the region, down to district level within North Yorkshire;
  • a business legal library; and
  • a calendar of upcoming business events.
     

Cllr White added:

“As the coronavirus continues to impact businesses, there are also regularly updated factsheets covering latest developments and the support available.

All of this is free to use with membership of North Yorkshire libraries and offers remote access so customers can use it at home.”

Although libraries are currently closed, when open they also provide affordable meeting spaces, IT, study space and access to information.

COBRA can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/libraries-online-information-resources. All customers need to do is input their library card number and PIN. To join the library or get a PIN number, call the library helpline on 01609 533878.

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