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29/10/2013 - Craven Connects Event For Businesses from Snaygill and Airedale Business Parks

Delegates were introduced to the benefits of Business Collaboration Networks at the event held at the Rendezvous Hotel, part of an exciting new project called "Craven Connects", partly funded by Craven District Council

Craven Connects Launch Event Delegates from companies located on Snaygill Industrial Estate and Airedale Business Centre were introduced to the benefits of Business Collaboration Networks at a special Launch Event held at the Rendezvous Hotel.

The Launch Event was the next phase of an exciting new project called "Craven Connects", which is a jointly funded project between Craven District Council and RCP21 that aims to bring the successes gained by businesses in other parts of the region to Craven.

Paul Shevlin, Chief Executive for Craven District Council opened the event saying "I am pleased to be able to welcome businesses from Snaygill and Airedale to this event.  I am genuinely excited at the potential that this project brings.  Craven District Council recognises the vital role businesses play in creating growth and employment in the District, I genuinely believe that by bringing businesses closer together it can help them spot the opportunities for collaboration, which are all too easily missed".

Guest speakers Tim Mee, Marketing Manager at Planet Platforms located on the Wakefield 41 Industrial Estate and Louise Sheen, Proposals Manager at Richard Alan Group located on Shaw Cross Business Park in Dewsbury gave frank detailed presentations highlighting the benefits that collaborative working has brought to the companies on their respective parks and to their businesses directly.

Tim said "working collaboratively with companies on Wakefield 41 has allowed our organisation to benefit from a park wide plan to address issues such as parking, litter and vandalism as well as benefiting from reduced costs for training, use of colleagues weighbridges and also provided introductions to new customers and suppliers on the park".

Louise commented: "Our organisation, through the Business Collaboration Network (BCN) has benefited from low cost driver training, taken on skilled employees who were being made redundant and bought plant and equipment from companies on the park at preferential rates.  Collectively businesses are reducing crime on Shaw Cross and are now looking at bulk-buying of energy, waste disposal and gardening/landscaping services."

Mr Dan Barnes, Group Packaging Development Manager at Principle Healthcare on Airedale Business Centre and one of the attendees at the event said: 'This can give us a platform to raise our issues and source solutions with other local businesses leading to better economies of scale'.

Mr George Bellas, Bellas Office Supplies and Stationery on Snaygill Industrial Estate said: 'I was keen to be part of a collaborative group.  I feel I can add and contribute despite being a very small business.  By engaging with other businesses on the two parks both big and small we can realise opportunities I haven't even contemplated.'

Craven Connects would now like to see an increase in inter-trading between businesses and take the Business Collaboration Network model into the Snaygill and Airedale parks.  This means that the next meeting will be hosted by a company on one of the parks.

If you would like any additional information about the project or are a business located on Snaygill or Airedale and would like to take part in the Business Collaboration Network please contact Nicola Parker, RCP21. Email Tel: 01977 651624

  • Duration of Craven Connects- 18 months from February 2013 - July 2014
  • Funded through the New Homes Bonus: Building a Stronger Economy Fund £26,000 and part funded by RCP21 £7,000