We have launched an online toolkit to support micro to medium sized businesses with the complexity of
day-to-day management and growth.
Inspired by the pledge of new president Suzanne Watson to help Bradford district’s
micro and SME businesses and responding to the latest report published by the think
tank the IPPR (1) which reveals that productivity problems are acute in the north, the
Chamber’s Toolkit for Business Support is being created using the experiences and
expertise of current members and will be accessed through the Chamber’s website.
Through a series of monthly themes from managing cash flow to understanding
mental health responsibilities, local businesses will be able to access top tips, blogs,
case studies and videos that will advise and signpost business owners to the
information they need.
Suzanne, who began her role as Bradford Chamber President in July, is the founder
and managing director of Approach PR, an eight-strong Ilkley-based public relations
consultancy formed in 2001.
“During almost two decades of running a micro business I know just how challenging
and sometimes isolating running a business can be,” she said. “The temptation can
be to just keep ploughing on because we feel we don’t have the time to share, talk
and research – but this can be at the risk of impacting on our productivity.
“By focusing every month on a key topic that can present challenges for business
such as skills and people, IT, property, finance and export, we are creating relatable,
accessible and valuable content for micro to medium sized businesses which may
otherwise slip below the radar because they’re not considered ‘high growth’.”
The recent IPPR report reveals that northern SMEs are worst affected by productivity
challenges. It states that offering the right kind of support to small businesses could
boost their productivity in the Northern Powerhouse area and add as much as £23
billion per year to the economy.
Suzanne added: “Bradford Chamber’s Business Support Toolkit kickstarts this month
with ‘finance’ including top tips from Bradford-based chartered accountants Naylor
Wintersgill followed by ‘going global’ in September and ‘skills and people’ in October.
The content we provide will be meaningful and relevant because it is provided by the
people – the very businesses – who are living and breathing, surviving and thriving
through these challenges themselves.
“That’s what makes this such an exciting and rewarding process – we’re supporting
each other by sharing our knowledge helping to facilitate the next chapter in the
progression and productivity of Bradford’s thriving business community.”
The Chamber’s Business Support Toolkit can be found here