Business Toolkit launched to help SMEs manage and grow

Bradford Chamber President Suzanne Watson (left) and Vice President Victoria Wainwright announcing the Chamber’s Business Support Toolkit

An online toolkit to support micro to medium sized businesses with the complexity of day-to-day management and growth is being launched this week by Bradford Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Inspired by the pledge of new president Suzanne Watson to help Bradford’s micro and SME businesses and responding to a report by think tank IPPR revealing acute productivity problems in the north, the Chamber’s Toolkit for Business Support is created using experiences and expertise of members.  The toolkit will be accessed through the Chamber’s website.

Suzanne said: “During almost two decades of running a micro business I know how challenging and sometimes isolating running a business can be.

“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 smaller businesses that 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 chartered accountants Naylor Wintersgill, followed by ‘going global’ in September and ‘skills and people’ in October.

“The content is 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 at

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.

If you have experiences of how you have tackled business challenges that you would like to share, contact Donna Morris at


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