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Join us for news and discussion on Wednesday the 14th of April (10.00 - 11.00) when we'll be chatting with Anna-Mae from NYBEP about their new initiative:

All are welcome!
To book click HERE

We had a really interesting and informative March meeting - Our thanks to our principal speaker, Lee Watson, (Chartered Tax Adviser, BSc (Hons) ATT CTA, Tax Director, Clive Owen LLP)

Connect, Develop, Achieve

NYBEP is excited to launch ‘Connect, Develop, Achieve’; an ESF funded programme of activity to support women in the workplace develop their skills and progress in STEM (SME) businesses in order to meet future demand in the sector.

• Connect - with other women in STEM roles through organised district networks
• Develop - your skills through a personalised programme, led by NYBEP with support from STEM Champions. You will receive a concise, personalised development programme with the opportunity to further develop your skills.
• Achieve - graduate from the programme with new and revitalised skills. Graduates can continue to support future participants, providing continual empowerment for women in the STEM industry.

NYBEP will design a flexible programme based on your needs, values and aspirations Provision may include;
• Peer to peer Mentoring – Sharing knowledge and empowering the future workforce.
• Skills building sessions
• Attending network meetings, workshops, and masterclasses
• In company immersions – Full day company visits for either individuals or small groups, offering insight to wider organisational activities
• Signposting to high quality training and qualifications.

Connect, Develop, Achieve This support will be provided as part of the Specialist Skills Support Programme which is part funded by the European Social Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020

Want to find out more? Please contact the Network Coordinator Anna-mae Thornton at:



North Yorkshire County Council is an established Kickstart Gateway organisation with over 300 Kickstart jobs already approved by the Department of Work and Pensions, in a range of businesses across the county. We are excited to be now working with these businesses to appoint eligible young people to these roles. We are keen to support more local businesses who wish to apply via NYCC.  We have set up a dedicated information website and Expression of Interest Form, including Frequently Asked Questions, available


Saddle up for a free bike repair on Wheelie Wednesday
Swale Cycles are offering free bike repairs to members of the community at their pop-up Wheelie Wednesday workshops, hosted at Richmond School and Sixth Form College, on 31st March and 7th April, between 10am and 4pm.  The Dr Bike Scheme, funded through Cycling UK’s ‘Big Bike Revival’, is an opportunity for a free 30-minute check, including servicing and repairs worth up to £50, with the aim of encouraging the general public to ensure their bikes are road-safe and ready to ride. Read more...

National Lottery award to support students adversely impacted by Covid-19
A successful bid of £10,000, from the National Lottery Covid-19 fund, will support valuable coaching skills to students and their families adversely impacted by Covid-19.  The award to Richmond School and Sixth Form College, for their Coaching for Change initiative, will fund the development of a positive behaviour coaching programme, in partnership with a qualified life coach, Karen Cruise of Flourishing Minds. Read more....


Our theme for this month - Personal Development

Professional development is no longer a ‘nice to have’ which might help our businesses grow.

In our ever-changing, more complex business environments, professional development is now more important than ever to make sure we don’t get left behind. Kelen Beauchamp from Fidence Consulting will be joining us to discuss professional development and to share some tips on how you can maximise the benefit you get from the time you spend on personal development.

Our next event is Monday 12 April and you can book HERE
We look forward to seeing you then. 

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Meetings on the first Wednesday evening of every month
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First Monday evening every month
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  • Wednesday the 14th of July - RBN Business "Meet up event"
  •  Wednesday the 22nd of September - RBN "Business Expo"

Promote your business on our Facebook Page and on RBN virtual events
If you are a RBN or NBN member, please send your promotional video (60 - 90  seconds max) by clicking HERE

Workplace testing
An online portal has been launched for businesses to find out more about offering rapid workplace testing. Businesses will be provided with all the information they need to plan and deliver their testing programme, along with promotional materials.
Businesses can register to order tests if:
  • The business is registered in England
  • The employees cannot work from home
·       Workplace testing is now available to all businesses, including those with fewer than 50 employees
·       Business are encouraged to register interest by 31 March to access free workplace testing
·       Regular testing will be a vital part of the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease restrictions
·       Around 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 have no symptoms, this system will highlight asymptomatic people
·       Rapid testing detects cases quickly – in under 30 minutes – meaning positive cases can isolate immediately, breaking chains of transmission.
·       Businesses have until 31 March to register for the government’s workplace testing scheme, which will remain free until the end of June. All those who can work from home should continue to do so.
·       Businesses that remain closed – such as hospitality – should also register by 31 March to ensure they can access testing support in the longer-term.
Further information is available here
Your Busines Journey to Net Zero

Are you a small business in the North of England who wants to take part in tackling climate change, but don’t know where to go from here?   Then register for ‘Your business journey to Net Zero’!
In conjunction with the NP11 group of Northern Local Enterprise Partnerships, BEIS is holding “Your business journey to Net Zero”.  The event will take place virtually on Friday 19th March from 09:40-16:20 and event content is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses in the North of England. 
Your business journey to Net Zero will facilitate understanding of practical steps for SMEs who wish to embark on their own Net Zero journey; the event also seeks to help businesses consider the opportunities stemming from the transition to a low carbon economy.  There will be multiple presentations and interaction with leaders on this subject.  We are delighted to confirm that the Minister for Climate Change, Lord Callanan and the Government’s UK Net Zero Business Champion, Andrew Griffith MP, will be addressing the event.
In addition, there will be a virtual exhibition hall for delegates to find out about their Local Enterprise Partnership, along with more products and services that will be of interest to them as they look to lower their carbon emissions.  
For more detail about the event and content, please go to the following site, which also includes registration details:

Meet the Buyer Event
Please see details below of a Meet the Buyer event hosted by Siemens Project in Goole.  

GMI Construction Group and The Supply Chain Network are hosting a virtual Meet the Buyer event to help fulfil requirements on the Siemens Project in Goole.
The event will take place on Microsoft Teams on Monday 29 March, 2pm - 3pm. You can join a Teams meeting anytime, from any device, whether or not you have a Teams account. To express your interest in this event, please click here to register.
If you would like further information about how The Supply Chain Project can help your business to take advantage of regional supply chains, then please contact .  The project has a free suppliers directory, expert sector advice and a grant scheme to help businesses gain new customers and contracts.


After 10 years as a board member, serving the last three years as LEP Chair, David. A. Kerfoot MBE DL stood down at his final board meeting with York and North Yorkshire LEP. David has made a short video to convey his thanks to partners in his own words as he steps down. Click HERE to view.

At a challenging yet pivotal time for our region’s economy, we are hugely excited to welcome Helen Simpson OBE into post as our new LEP Chair. Helen has recorded a short message to introduce herself to partners. Click HERE to view.

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We print 10,000 copies which go to homes and businesses across Richmondshire. If any members who don’t already advertise are interested in finding out more, I’d love to have chat with them. All RBN members get a discount off advertising with us. My email is and phone number is 07535 474897.
Kind regards,

We have been asked to circulate this link which will have the most up to date Government information on for all business support.

For details of some great promotional opportunties for RBN members contact John Harding at GYR (click on logo) or email

New directory of RBN Members
Click on the logo to see a directory of the RBN members.

Membership bank details
To pay your membership fees by BACS use: Account number 06780726 & sort code 090129

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We have businesses in the professional sector, groups & chains, and family type businesses investing in the system. 

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Ian Sadler




We are working closely with our friends in the ORBTA
Marcia McLuckie
Chair, Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association
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