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RBN Zoom Meeting Wednesday 24th June, 10 am.

Emma Nesham, Purple Creative Studio.

The Purple team have had their thinking caps on to come up with a package that will not only get your business ready for re-launch but equip you with the skills you need to continue that success too. Emma will run through some details and answer questions.
There will be an opportunity for those tuning in to say hello to the group and to perhaps advise how you are dealing with the current situation 

 We hope you are going to share your experiences with us. 

To book your place click HERE. You will receive joining instructions after registration
Look out for further details of online webinars and link ups with our Friends at NBN

NBN meetings on Mondays : 15th June from 5pm to 6pm.

Your comments on your future aims and plans would be welcome. 
To communicate your intention to attend, send an email to no later than midday on the day of the meeting.

At about 4.30pm you will receive an email with the link to the zoom meeting. (We request that you do not share the link with others.)

Membership payments have been suspended until further notice. Throughout this time, current members will benefit from an extended period of membership. 

Please advise us with details of any offers or support you are providing in this current situation and we will promote for you across all of our communication platforms and with our partners.

Keep in touch with RBN members on our Facebook Page
Click on to our members webpage for links to specialists to help your business

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

Trading Standards waives fees to offer free business advice

North Yorkshire’s Trading Standards service is offering free advice to businesses in the county to support them during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Businesses that would like to use the service can contact the team on 01609 780780 or at for more details or for advice on a specific query.

Coronavirus: Richmond Shops Offering Delivery and Collection
Working together to help everyone manage self-isolation and other
difficulties that we shall experience over the coming weeks.
Whilst it can be hard to find what you want from the ‘big’ shops online,
because they are being stretched to keep up with demand, many local
businesses have the food, groceries, and key supplies you will need.
There are butchers, bakers, fruit and veg, grocers, licensed grocers 
all able to help you with food. READ MORE......

For full details go to
and click on the Coronavirus tab.

New board members announced - Y&NY LEP Partner Update 

The June round-up of York & North Yorkshire LEP activity is now available. As well as dealing with the current effect of the COVID-19 crisis, recovery planning work has been going on throughout May which will culminate with the launch of a recovery vision & narrative later this month.


A message from Amanda:
We are offering homemade meals such as cottage pies, lasagne, stew etc along side our normal Penleys menu delivered to peoples door. Minimum order of £30 will apply.
Free delivery within 3 miles of Penleys.

Visit the NEW SHOP
Opening times: Wed - Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm
and Sundays to 4.30pm
 4, Trinity Church Square, Richmond DL10 4HY

Click the logo for website & online orders

We have launched the North Yorkshire Buy Local website to bring together businesses and residents looking for services during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
We would be grateful if you could encourage businesses in your area to take advantage of this new online market place. All businesses and traders registered must follow current Government Covid 19 guidance in their business operation.
It’s simple to register and once they have created an account they can update their details whenever they change. 
There are lots of benefits to adding a business to North Yorkshire Buy Local:
  •        it’s free;
  •        it will be promoted by North Yorkshire County Council and its partners, including District Councils, Chamber of Trade, Federation of Small Businesses and Local Enterprise Partnership; and
  •        it will continue after the Covid-19 outbreak, so is an ideal central place for local businesses to promote their services.
If you have any questions, please contact us at:
Thank you for your support – adding business details online will help us connect residents with essential services during this challenging time
NY Buy Local Team
North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall

The school has launched a Facebook page - Click HERE

 Student signs up to help people with hearing loss 
Millie Aston, a Year 12 student at Richmond Sixth Form College, has passed the British Sign Language (BSL) course, achieving 100% in all ten modules.  Seventeen-year-old Millie was prompted to study for the qualification after encountering hearing loss herself and appreciating first-hand how challenging and alienating deafness can be. Read more...

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

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


Richmondshire Today didn’t publish a May edition due to the lockdown, but are planning to bounce back with a June edition, which will be full of positive stories! 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,


A survey for employees who have been furloughed, are still working on-premises and for all those that are working at home – if you would like to participate: 
Click Here - Free Survey Sign Up

Alternatively, please call me on 07891 631869, or email
Ian Sadler

07891 631869

For details of events click on the logo


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

We are looking at running the following courses when we can ensure the venue we use and the equipment we have can be as safe as possible!

First Aid at Work
3 day course one day a week over three weeks!

Emergency First Aid at Work.
One day course, this will be a Monday!

Paediatric Girsg Aid at Work!
2 day course, ran over two weeks, one day each week!!

Level 2 Health & Safety at Work 1Day which covers, risk assessment, Fire, Working at Height, Manual Handling to name a few!

To show interest, email.

We have been requested by clients to supply PPE in readiness for them starting work again.

We can provide X Mist to fog out your rooms, hand sanitiser, Face masks and shields!

Offer PPE available.

Also offers for bigger fogging or carpet cleans ( via trusted partner companies) for past clients, so cleaning, carpets or PPE ready for re opening A&E Training Can Help!!

We also ask you to ask your clients ...  Whilst we have been off have any certificates ran out of date?
Would you want training by a Trusted company that prides itself in giving confidence building training? 

A&E harmonious Compliance Training Ltd 

is passionate for ....
Training YOU to Save LIVES and Work SAFE!

Lee Whitworth  

Why not try some online learning?
There are a number of places you can access totally free training. My favourites are:
  • Learn My way for basic digital skills (Please add our centre number 3421146 if you register after reading the message so we can support your learning)
  • GCF Learn Free can help you polish your business skills with easy to follow courses for Mircosoft Office and Google Drive.
  • Linkedin offers training for Zoom Microsoft Teams and Slack.
  • You can also do training with Facebook Blueprint Mircosoft UK etc.
I did Google's Digital Garage by logging on for 20 minutes a day. Why not improve your skills by doing just 20 minutes to an hour a day?  
I would love to know if you are doing any online learning.  

Tel: 01609 591080
Please note that we cannot access our landline's messaging service at the current time.

Council makes urgent call – work with us, your community needs you!

North Yorkshire County Council is urging people to join its workforce to meet the unprecedented logistical and humanitarian challenge of caring for older people and others in need of help and support.

Please go to 

Love Panna Cotta? Try Ours!

Recipes & Tips

Dear Guest of The Black Bull,

Provenance Inns & Hotels would like to support our customers and local communities by giving you some recipes, tips and tricks from our garden team and local suppliers. We will get through this if we all pull together as one.
Click HERE to view more


Free webinar on industry placements and t levels

Over the last two years, many employers have been offering industry placements - an extended period of structured time that a student spends in the workplace, developing real skills and making a meaningful contribution to the organisation.
Industry placements will be a fundamental part of T Levels – a new course designed by employers for 16-19-year olds, which combines classroom learning with a substantial placement.
What might this look like in the current circumstances?
On Thursday 18 June, the Department for Education (DfE) and SDN are hosting an important webinar for employers, giving an update on industry placements and T Levels, how they might contribute to your workforce development in the coming months, and the support now available.
There will also be chance to hear from two high-profile employers who have already been offering placements.
The session is free of charge. Find out more and register
Any questions about the session? Email


Please find the link to a free tool to help businesses access funding

Update on Job Retention Scheme

The Job Retention Scheme will be closed to new entrants from 30 June. From thereon in, it will only be available to employers that have previously used the scheme in respect of employees they have previously furloughed. To complete the 3-week minimum furlough period before this date, it means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be the 10th June.
So that means that as a company you will need to put all employees you want to furlough (for the first time) on furlough by the 10th of June – so that they can complete their first cycle by the 30th of June. After the 10th of June an employer won’t be able to place new employees on furlough.
That effectively means that the scheme also closes to new companies – if as a company you haven’t put anyone on furlough by the 10th of June


Free online training to support businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding during lockdown Businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding looking to improve the skills and productivity of their workforce are being encouraged to take advantage of free online training from the Skills Support for the Workforce Programme. Read more...


 PAPI have taken their innovation workshops on line via Zoom. The first day will provide one-to-one and group sessions with Dr Jo North providing businesses with tools and insight into innovation techniques to help manage the current covid-19 crisis. Day two will be a selection of workshops on topics such as finance, how to pivot, creating an app, successful selling & more.  
The first day happens twice (4th June and 11th June), with the second day taking place across the week of 22nd June. These sessions will all be delivered via Zoom.


Details of the support available from Manufacturing Growth Programme.   The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) supports SME Manufacturers to make improvements by identifying, understanding and removing their barriers to growth - click on the logo for further information


Click on the logo for details of some online learning courses ranging from public speaking to dementia awareness to bookkeeping

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


Following news from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that they have suspended their normal grant programme in favour of supporting the heritage sector, which is entirely understandable, Carol Watson, Phil Upton and Marcia McLuckie agreed a discussion was needed to consider the way forward in the absence of the possibility of Lottery funding. READ MORE.....


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