30 years of support

30 years of support

30 years of support

THREE DECADES AGO THE FIRST MACINTOSH COMPUTER WAS UNVEILED, VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS GOT OFF THE GROUND AND PRINCE HARRY WAS BORN. IT WAS ALSO THE LAUNCH DATE FOR BUSINESS SUPPORT YORK AND NORTH YORKSHIRE, WHICH IS CELEBRATING ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY IN STYLE, WITH A NEW INITIATIVE DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE MORE BUSINESSES TO START UP AND GROW. WE LOOK HERE AT THE HISTORY AND RISE OF BSYNY.

BSYNY was established at a time when enterprise agencies were being set up, usually in conjunction with local authorities that wanted to be seen to be encouraging new businesses.

Formed at the instigation of the then Lord Mayor they were originally financed by voluntary contributions and established businesses were encouraged to support the new initiative by becoming members and contributing donations from accountants, solicitors and banks etc, with the main sponsors being Rowntrees, as it was then, and Shepherds, who both contributed significant sums on an annual basis.

The business evolved from York Enterprise Ltd and later changed its name to York Business Development Ltd, however YBDL ceased to have a remit when Business Link came along. In 2001, the new company of York, Selby and Malton Business Advice Centre Ltd was formed to describe more accurately what the organisation offered at the time and the three local authorities that it served.

In 2007, the Whyte Knight Loan Fund was created, which continues to provide low-cost beneficial matched-funded loans to business owners, contributing to their success and many new jobs. The fund was established as a collaboration between the City of York Council, Aviva PLC and York Professionals.

Now known as Business Support York & North Yorkshire Ltd, the organisation originally had a partnership with Business Link until their demise in 2010, the business was responsible for delivering front-line business support services throughout North Yorkshire. More recently BSYNY has delivered startup programmes for Barclays Bank PLC, as well as the New Enterprise Allowance for DWP, and has recently achieved the ‘Customer First’ customer service award covering 10 years.

The business continues to provide a range of support programmes with funded and commercial options and has a particular focus in its current initiative to encourage business owners to Build a Better Business.

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