The latest news from Make It York
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Welcome to the Make It York weekly update, with the latest information and business support measures available, as well as updates on our activities and opportunities to get the most out of working with us.
Business News and Support
York businesses are being encouraged to consider apprenticeships as a way of helping to ‘build the future’ of their organisation, during National Apprenticeship Week (8-14 February). The annual event promotes the benefits of apprenticeships by showcasing the resilience of apprentices and employers during the pandemic. Find out more
The planning committee has approved the work for the transformation of the York railway station in order to create a fitting gateway to York. The scheme has been developed by the City of York Council in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Network Rail and LNER. Work is planned to begin this Autumn. Find out more
With the government removing the threshold of 30 job placements, businesses are encouraged to apply for the Kickstart scheme. The scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds at risk of long-term unemployment. Successful employers will receive £1,500 funding per job placement.
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Many business owners in 2021 are busy caring about their own family, their colleagues, their business and their supply chain. The best way to take care of all of these - is to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing. Feel Real York is here to show you that it’s ok not to be superhuman and to talk honestly and openly about your mental health. Find out more
The 2021 First of a Kind competition has launched, looking to find innovative ideas to transform the future of rail. The fifth round of the £9 million competition was launched by the UK’s Rail Minister and Innovate UK, inviting cutting-edge ideas that will improve passenger experience and decarbonise the rail network.
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Are you interested in winning public sector contracts to help your business stabilise or grow? Join Make It York's next Connect Over Coffee support forum on 3 March over Zoom where Sarah Dixon, Development Manager at Bid for Success will share what tendering can do for your business. 
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Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) next set of free innovation workshops is ready to begin from 11  February 2021. Businesses looking to grow, re-energise and re-evaluate will benefit from fully-funded, practically-focused support, one to one business coaching and networking with like-minded businesses. 
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Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN) is offering free short online training courses - open to anyone working in the screen industries. The February series focuses on how to approach working in the uncertainty that continues to unfold in 2021 following the pandemic. Learn more about motivation, mindfulness and stress management. Register to attend now
TIER Mobility are continually expanding the footprint of the E-scooter operational zone across York as the DfT funded trial remains popular amongst residents and key workers in the city. Businesses are now being invited to benefit from the success in supporting footfall and sustainable travel around the city, by hosting parking points outside their private premises. Find out more
Interested in learning more about using social media to develop online bookings? Join this free York & North Yorkshire LEP Growth Hub's interactive workshop on 18 February delivered by Susan Briggs, Director of the Tourism Network. Learn how to generate more online and direct bookings but in this crowded market. Register to attend now
Looking at the best ways to keep organised and not let your business run you? Join this free York & North Yorkshire LEP Growth Hub's free webinar on 16 February to hear from Gareth Allen, Founder of Gareth Allen Performance Coaching and Business Coach on staying organised and keeping on top of workflow.
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The UK has left the EU and there are new rules for businesses from 1 January 2021. Use the checker tool to identify the changes that affect you and your business, read the government's Sector Specific Brexit Transition Actions guides and sign up for free webinars supporting SMEs around the implications of the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU. 
We continue to work in partnership with the City of York Council and The York BID to coordinate and signpost businesses to all the latest updates at this challenging time. You can find all the latest information, support and guidance available on our website.

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News from Make It York
Read the latest Business Case Study about York-based technology brand and Visit York member Momentful. Find out more about their free three-month trial for businesses across the city to take part in - experiencing the unique creative messaging app service which aims to keep people emotionally connected even when they are physically distanced. Read more here
Voting for the brand new #LoveYork Awards is now closed and the winners will be announced on Friday 12 February across Visit York social media channels. This fun and inclusive social media initiative was launched by Visit York to lift spirits and showcase York’s amazing leisure tourism, hospitality and retail businesses. 
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York News
The North York Moors National Park is seeking an innovative UK artist to produce a body of work that reflects the importance of dark skies and the negative impact of artificial light pollution on the natural world and humans’ own wellbeing. The 10-month commission will culminate in an exhibition of the artist’s work during the 2022 Dark Skies Festival. Find out more
Greg McGee, owner of the According to McGee independent art gallery in York, has launched a new exciting project - Art Savvy. The project strives to support families in encouraging creativity in children by creating videos every week of the lockdown in order to nurture a passion for art. Those interested in the project are encouraged to join the mailing list. Find out more
What next for York’s arts and entertainment industry? York Mix is running a series of interviews with the city’s cultural leaders, asking how they’re adapting to the ‘new normal’ – and their plans for the future.

Read the latest interviews with Harkirit Boparai of The Crescent and Chris Sherrington of the Fulford Arms
York City FC fans can now raise a toast to their old ground while they await their first match in their new digs with a bottle of ‘Farewell Bootham Crescent’ charity gin. Makers York Gin have replaced their normal logo with illustrations from the ground’s history by award-winning artist Chrissy Moon, and the motto ‘FAREWELL BOOTHAM CRESCENT’. Find out more
Ambitious plans are afoot in York to host the world’s largest online Viking festival. That JORVIK Viking Thing will take place from 15 – 20 February 2021 and features chart-topping music, livestreamed events for all ages, virtual tours and the first ever 360 degree immersive video of JORVIK Viking Centre’s world-famous ride through Viking-age York. Find out more
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