Kirklees Council’s Business, Employment & Skills teams will be hosting a pop-up event at Huddersfield Business Week to discuss all levels of business development support.

Huddersfield Business Week, founded in 2019 by Katrina Cliffe of Wild PR, returns between October 4 and 8 after missing a year due to the pandemic.

The event is all about celebrating local businesses, helping them grow and promoting development within the local economy.

The pop-up event from Kirklees Council will run on Wednesday October 6 and will offer free, impartial mentoring and advice to any local businesses and entrepreneurs, at all stages of their development.

This includes entrepreneurs who are planning their first start-up venture, as well as existing and well-established businesses who are looking to grow – whether this means new premises, new people or pursuing new ideas.

These drop-in sessions will be run by the council’s team of business experts, who have a raft of local knowledge. They will also be able to advise on other support available at a local, regional or national level.

As well as support to help businesses aim higher and reach their maximum potential, there will be opportunities to maximise potential of the people behind the business. This will include recruitment, as well as training and upskilling for individuals or whole workforces.

The pop-up will be held between 10am and 4pm at the Glass Box, Kirklees Council’s newest business centre in Friendly Street in Huddersfield town centre (HD1 1RD).

Anyone from any Kirklees business is encouraged to attend. While drop-ins will be welcomed all day, booking is also possible to guarantee availability. Tours of the new business centre, its workspaces and facilities will also be on offer.

Kirklees Council is jointly sponsoring the event and council leader Shabir Pandor said: “I’m delighted to be supporting Huddersfield Business Week, which is all about celebrating and supporting our amazing local businesses.

“As a council, we are committed to working alongside our partners to support existing businesses, and to help new businesses set up and thrive.

“Many businesses across Kirklees have faced unprecedented challenges over the last 18 months. But in a post-Covid, post-Brexit economy, we know many incredible businesses and entrepreneurs are still setting their sights high.

“Huddersfield Business Week provides a great opportunity to bring them together, to give them the information and support they need to aid their recovery and to showcase the area’s business strengths.

“This is an exciting programme of events, which offers relevant and timely information for businesses from all sectors.

“The pop-up session run by Kirklees Council’s team of local business experts will show how we can support businesses to take the next step and reach their full potential.”

Katrina Cliffe, founder of Huddersfield Business Week, said: “During its inaugural year, businesses from a variety of sectors in the Huddersfield area came together to make it a success.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, we hope that by hosting the business week once again it will support local businesses to flourish and enhance job opportunities.”

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