01748 824246



RBN & NBN (Virtual) Expo

Wednesday 30th September
Start 09.30 - 12.15 Close

Speakers are:
 Carl Wright, Clive Owen LLP 
 Gillian Fortune, Feelgood CIC
David Brown. Northumbria Uni
Karon Brown, A1 Community Works


Join us for great speakers and topical debate
For more information click HERE


Please find our latest course dates.

If you or your clients require any courses, please contact us and we will see what we can do to assist you.


2 Day Paediatric First Aid Mon 14th & Mon 21st Sept  0900 - 1630
1 Day Health and Safety Level 2 Thur 17th Sept  0900 - 1630
2 Day Paediatric First Aid Mon 12th & Mon 19th Oct  0900 - 1630  
1 Day  Emergency First Aid Mon 26th Oct 0900 - 1630

Many thanks

Lee C Whitworth
Director / Trainer
A&E Harmonious
Compliance Training
Mob: 07793252157
Tel: 01748 821260
AE Harmonious Compliance Training LTD
Training People to Save Lives and Work Safe!

PAPI innovation workshops

Our workshops offer fully-funded, practically-focused support from business coach Dr Jo North, of The Big Bang Partnership. They take place via Zoom across two days: day one will provide one-to-one and group sessions focussing on business growth advice, support & expertise specific to you & your business via one-to-one & small group sessions online.

Day two will be delivered through a number of workshops sessions on topics such as e-commerce, developing an app, funding and finance, and LinkedIn optimisation, among others.

We provide an environment of mutual support, and an opportunity to discuss challenges with like-minded business owners, all professionally facilitated. At the end of the workshop, attendees will receive a personalised innovation plan for their business.

Workshops are free to attend, but there is a short form to complete; we'd like to find out a bit about each attendees' business and what they'd like to get out of the workshop.


A simple way to ensure safe, happy employees post COVID

Insecure thinking about safety in the team will create untold drops in productivity, morale and well-being – Team Safety Checker will provide leaders with the information they need to take action and solve the perceived problems at the right time from only £150 for three months.

 If you are interested in this solution, please click here to register  
Best wishes and stay safe,

Please call me on 07891 631869, or email
Ian Sadler

Richmondshire Business Week 2020 (19 - 23 October) will go ahead this year, but virtually.
The events will provide local businesses, from start up to established companies, with the chance to take part in a number of free events and workshops aimed at growing and developing their businesses.  Sessions include identifying new routes to market, how to innovate, public/private sector supply chain opportunities, marketing and business continuity planning.
Please click below for details of the workshops and events and where to book.

SME grant funding applications are not currently open – register your interest here

The government has announced new SME grant funding to support small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to access specialist advice to help further mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 to build in resilience or address potential new opportunities.
The grants of between £1,000-£3,000, will be available to help SMEs that have been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to access professional support covering digital, legal, HR, financial, health and safety, or other consultancy advice, and to purchase minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify in response to COVID 19. 
Grants will cover 100% of costs, excluding VAT. Once an application has been approved, businesses will be required to make the payment for the support or purchase, and make a claim for the grant.

This scheme will open for applications mid-September.
Further details on how to apply and eligibility will be available shortly. You can register your interest at
If you are a tourism business, please register your interest via the Kick-starting tourism grant funding scheme here.
Alternately, you can keep up to date on the LEP social channels or sign up to receive emails on all the latest business support news.

Internationalisation Fund
The fund will be available to businesses across the whole of  Yorkshire and Humber (subject to eligibility*) to support activity which will help them to trade internationally. We anticipate that the fund will be available from November/December. It will need to be match funded at a 50% intervention rate and cannot be used on any activity that has already been bought or committed to.  It can be used in a variety of ways (but not exclusively limited to)
  • Market research
  • IP advice
  • Translation services
  • International social media/SEO
  • Trade fairs (where no TAP funding is available)
  • Independent market visits
  • Consultancy and other international commercial services
(*ineligible Fishery and aquaculture sector;  undertakings involved in the primary production of agricultural products; undertakings active in the sector of processing and marketing of agricultural products (see Commission Regulation  (EU) 1407/2013  Art. 1 1407/2013))
DIT are currently taking expressions of interest from businesses (see link).

Members can post items about their business and comment on the RBN FACEBOOK page - just click on the logo
On FACEBOOK, the username @RichmondBizNet has been created for Richmondshire Business Network.
It's now easier for you to find your RBN page in search. You can also visit your Page at and send your Page messages at

Darlington Business Club
Meetings on the first Wednesday evening of every month
To book click HERE


First Monday evening every month
Check website for more information


Starting off with our most exciting news, at the beginning of August we welcomed Maisy to the Purple team. Although most of the team are working from home, it's still business as usual here at Purple with the team busy behind the scenes working on a range of projects. If you’re looking for digital marketing support or would like to discuss a new website project then please get in touch - we’d love to hear from you!


Latest News - Click on logo

Apart from shouting loud about our latest achievements we keep a close eye on the industry at large which enables us to keep you informed of emerging trends

Has 2020 made you think differently about what you want from your life? Are you having to change the way you work? Do you need to reinvent yourself or your business model? Or maybe think about a retirement portfolio life?

Life after Lockdown is a free one hour seminar with Judith Wardell from Time of your life. Discover how to apply what you have learned from lockdown and how to create a new future.

Friday 18 September at 11.00am
Wednesday 23 September at 1pm

Click on the logo to book your place

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

The York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (Y & NY LEP) are involved in the recruitment of its new Chair as David Kerfoot’s term of office comes to an end next year.
They are looking for dynamic and experienced business leaders with drive, energy and a passion for York and North Yorkshire. The LEP has an ambitious vision for the region to become a carbon negative region by building a greener, fairer and stronger economy and the new Chair will be required to lead the Board to deliver this aim. There is also a huge opportunity for the new Chair to help the region realise its devolution ambitions. 
 If you’re able to share the opportunity on your social networks, there’s a LinkedIn post here and one on Twitter here
The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd October.

 Click on the logos to read more.

Visit the NEW SHOP
Opening times: Wed - Sat 10am - 4pm
and Sundays 11.00 - 4:00pm

 4, Trinity Church Square, Richmond DL10 4HY

Click the logo for website & online orders


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,

Student achieves outstanding A-level results whilst battling illness

In spite of missing a huge amount of college, following the diagnosis of a heart condition two years ago, James Leadbeatter has achieved tremendous A-level results. Against all the odds, James, a former student at Richmond Sixth Form College, attained A*s in Maths and Physics and a B in Computer Science and is looking forward to starting his Master’s in Physics at Hull University. Read more...


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

For details of events click on the logo


We are working closely with our friends in the ORBTA
Marcia McLuckie
Chair, Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association
01748 825525 / 07740 927 608