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Craven Business Week

Celebrating the best of Craven's entrepreneurial spirit with a programme of free inspirational events for established businesses and start-up ventures.

The 5-day programme covers a cross section of themes to drive business innovation and support small business owners.  Guest experts will be covering a range of topics including digital business from cyber security to e-commerce, HR from recruitment to leadership, and presentations from training and apprenticeship providers.

Monday, 17th October 2022

Open Day - Venue:  Langcliffe Quarry Enterprise Centre, 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Drinks, nibbles and a tour of Craven's new business centre, including the Enterprise Hub with incubator units, co-working space and meeting rooms.

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Tuesday, 18th October 2022

Focus on Future Skills - Venue:  Craven College, 9:00am-12:30pm

Hosted by Craven College, this event brings together training providers from across the region to show how they can support businesses in making sure that their workforce has the right skills now and in the future.  You will find out about free training courses; apprenticeships and availability of grants to help with the cost of providing training.

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Reducing Energy Use and Passivhaus Tour - Venue:  Craven College, 2:00pm - 4:30pm

This event will help businesses to discover where and how they can reduce their energy use and introduce net-zero practices.  You will have an opportunity to tour a building that has been built to use very little energy for heating and cooling.

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Wednesday, 19th October 2022

Diligence in the Digital World - Venue:  Skipton Town Hall, 9:00am-12:30pm

This event provides an opportunity for businesses to talk face-to-face with a range of experts in the use of electronic technology.  The experts will provide free and impartial advice covering website design; e-commerce; use of social media; how to protect the business and its staff from the threat of cybercrime; availability of grant funding for improving your IT infrastructure and developing the IT skills of your staff.

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Business Tour - Fortem People - Venue:  The Barn, Flasby, 12:30 - 16:30

Meet the team at one of Craven's newest enterprises providing a fresh approach to supporting other rural businesses to thrive and grow.  Fortem People pride themselves on taking a fresh approach to recruitment, staff training and HR services.  This is an opportunity to find out what tips they have to finding the best candidate for the job.

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Thursday, 20th October 2022

Art of Positive Networking - Venue:  Langcliffe Quarry Enterprise Centre, 11:00am-12:45pm

Using the art of networking to grow your business.  The event covers the different types of networking currently available in Craven; introducing yourself - nailing your elevator pitch and the art of the follow-up.

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Your HR Department - Venue:  ONLINE, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Free advice on the stages of recruiting staff for the first time or expanding your team.  Solicitor Hannah Thomas from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) presents this virtual masterclass in getting recruitment right; taking on a new employee; avoiding claims and disputes with employees, and hybrid working.

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Inclusion & Diversity - Venue:  Langcliffe Quarry Enterprise Centre, 2:30pm-3:30pm

How inclusiveness can grow your business, attract and retain staff.  Lindsey Johnson, Principal at Craven College, looks at how businesses can use inclusiveness to strengthen business growth, encourage retention and improve well-being amongst all employees.

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Developing a Winning Mindset - Venue:  Langcliffe Quarry Enterprise Centre, 4:00pm-7pm

This event is a singular opportunity to find out about the personal attributes that make us tick and how we can develop those aspects that are positive and work around those that detract.  It will help you understand your own attitudes and how you can utilise them to improve the performance of your business.

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Friday, 21st October 2022

York and North Yorkshire Business Summit - Venue:  In Person or Livestream, 1:30pm to 5:30pm

Delivered in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Confederation of British Industry and West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, the Business Summit is a chance for businesses to pose questions and share views on the challenges and opportunities for growth in the region.  You will find out about Devolution and how it will benefit businesses in Craven.

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The Craven Business Week is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.