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New partners on board for eleventh business market

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Three leading organisations have signed up with Yorkshire Business Market as part of a new partnership deal offered by the organisers for the first time this year.

CNG, Harrogate Borough Council and Superfast North Yorkshire (SFNY) Business Support Team are all supporting the event as it marks its eleventh year in the town. Organised by Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce, it takes place at Pavilions of Harrogate on Monday, April 27.

All three partners will take advantage of the range of benefits offered through the partnership packages, including having exhibition stands at the Business Market as well as offering seminars and business advice for visitors.

The Chamber’s focus group leader Phil Holmes of OfficeTech Supplies, who helped to secure the new partnerships, said: “All three of these partners are very important players in the local business economy, so it is fantastic to have them with us at Yorkshire Business Market.

“Our focus in 2015 is on new and growing businesses and our partners tie in very well with this theme. Harrogate Council’s Enterprise Gateway and Superfast North Yorkshire Business Support Team both offer support and advice to businesses to help them develop and become more established, while CNG has had many years of growth and success so it is in an ideal position to lead the way.

“We will be releasing full details of what they will be offering at Yorkshire Business Market very soon, and we expect their experts at the event to be in very high demand.”

Meanwhile, exhibitor places are filling up as companies look to secure their place at the business-to-business event. For the first time this year, anyone booking their place and paying the fee before the end of February will be able to choose their preferred location in the exhibition halls.  More than 25 per cent of the stands have already been booked in the first month since bookings opened.

As well as the established range of stand sizes and types, Yorkshire Business Market will this year feature a Start-Up Zone for businesses which have been trading for less than a year.

For a new low rate, they can secure a micro-stand in a prominent position in the Aire room and promote themselves to the expected 1,000 or more visitors.

The event is organised by Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce, which has announced 2015 to be the year of the start-up and small business in the town.

Chief executive Brian Dunsby said: “We know many businesses from across the region come to Harrogate to establish new contacts and catch up with existing clients at the annual Yorkshire Business Market.

“We are continuing to offer that opportunity this year, while also recognising the needs of new businesses and the importance of supporting growth in companies of all sizes. Our seminar programme will focus on those needs and aims to give a real boost to growing businesses, which are so important to our economy.”

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Yorkshire Business Market organisers Brian Dunsby, left, and Phil Holmes, right, with representatives of their new partners Alistair Forbes of Superfast North Yorkshire, Matt Roberts from Harrogate Borough Council, and Abi Aldred and Martin Needham from CNG

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