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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
On 10th June PAPI, in partnership with Make It York will hold a free online Business Funding Roadshow event for B2B SMEs in York area to find out what grant funding and business support is currently available. The event will provide you with a single point of contact to enable you to access tailored support which is right for your business. Find out more and sign up
Join Make It York's next Connect Over Coffee event on 16 June over Zoom. Phill Monk from the City of York Council's Commercial Procurement team will share how the council sources contractors and suppliers, including tendering processes. You will also have an opportunity to give your comments and views on how you think it can be improved. Register now
York Business Week will be returning this year - with plans to hold a week-long programme of insightful and engaging events. Businesses are urged to have their say on what they would find most useful and relevant via an online survey – with feedback being used to help plan out the week’s content.
Fill out the survey
City of York Council and York St John University are conducting a survey to better understand how the pandemic is affecting people’s lives, businesses, and well-being in York. Answer the questionnaire on how people’s emotional and mental health are being affected and what services are needed to support business owners and the self-employed. Find out more
As part of My Castle Gateway, a Facebook live event is being held on the City of York Council Facebook page on 10 June at 5.30pm. Andy Kerr, Head of Regeneration at City of York Council, and Matt Costa, Landscape Architect at BPD will present an update and the design. Find out how the project is developing and ask your questions about the new public space. Find out more
Railway Industry Association (RIA) is launching the HS2 'Meet the Bidder' events for suppliers who are interested in working on two major HS2 contracts. The two contract opportunities are for 'Operational Telecommunications and Security' and 'Tunnel and Lineside (Mechanical and Electrical systems – M&E)'.
Find out more and express your interest
Garbutt + Elliott has launched its Yorkshire Food + Drink Awards 2021 which recognise and reward the region’s thriving businesses in the food and drinks industry. The awards aim to celebrate Yorkshire-based food and drink businesses that have continued to excel and shown resilience, adapting to the difficult economic conditions created by the pandemic. Find out more
City of York Council is inviting York residents and businesses to have their say on a 6-week consultation on the ongoing examination of the city’s Local Plan. The consultation will ask for comments on additional evidence and modifications submitted since the ‘Phase 1 hearings in 2019’.
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A new Covid testing centre has opened at St William’s College in York City Centre to further help the city’s efforts to keep York open and keep people safe. The site will offer in-person Covid testing seven days a week and will be open to visitors to the city – those working in businesses in the city centre and residents will not require a prior appointment. Find out more
The pandemic has opened many people’s eyes to the benefits of online training, but unfortunately there are still some misconceptions. Read the latest feature from Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme busting five most common myths around online training. Learn why e-learning is an efficient and effective way of upskilling staff. Find out more
Join the next free AD:VENTURE webinar on 16 June covering the planning elements of social media. This workshop will encourage you to think beyond the top 4 platforms and teach you to put the customer at the heart of your social media strategy through understanding customer motivations.
Register to attend now
York-based Family Fund Business Services (FFBS) has won the Tech for Good Award in Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber’s 2021 Awards. FFBS received the award as a recognition of the way that their fulfilment Portal enables local authorities, housing providers and charities to support those in need across the UK quickly and easily. Find out more
Businesses registered to the Digital Knowledge Exchange programme, are invited to join a free Virtual Mentoring Day event on 7 June. This is a one-day opportunity to receive expert one-to-one consultations on digital challenges specific to your business.

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News from Make It York
Last week we have celebrated the English Tourism Week 2021 under the slogan of 'Here for Tourism'. To show support for the industry, the new Lord Mayor of York Cllr Chris Cullwick and York Central MP Rachael Maskell have joined York’s Town Crier Ben Fry to open York Spring Fair.
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Read our latest case study focusing on 'The Groves Artwalk' project which aimed to enhance residents’ wellbeing within the Groves area of York through building a community of makers and developing a series of art trail events. The project was awarded funding from City of York Council and Make It York as part of York's Culture strategy launch. Read more here
The Visit York team will be at York Spring Fair each day this week – sharing with visitors and residents their expert local knowledge of attractions, travel information, places to eat, shops and things to do in the city. Head to the Visit York stall to meet the team and for a chance to win special prizes. Find out more about the Spring Fair which runs until 6th June here.
York News
York Festival of Ideas promises to spark children’s imaginations with lots of FREE hands-on activities, both in person and online. Discover why volcanoes erupt, make a brain hat, explore nature in our cities, experiment with bubbles, have a go at origami, ask experts your questions – plus much, much more!
Find out more and register to attend
York Gin has launched a brand new range of sustainable bottles - and the historical rebrand massively cuts their carbon footprint. The company’s new bespoke Yorkshire-made bottles weigh 40% less than the originals, and travel 20 just miles rather than 600 from the previous manufacturer in France. 
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Run For All, working in partnership with City of York Council to deliver the 2021 York 10K. The event will require the closure of roads and road junctions as well as the suspension of a number of Traffic Regulation Orders between 17:00 on Friday 30 July and 15:00 on Sunday 1 August.
Use this interactive map to see all the road closures 
A five-year, £5m project to conserve the medieval St Cuthbert Window has started at York Minster. The stained glass panels, will undergo painstaking cleaning and repair by the Trust’s conservators, with a selection going on display inside the cathedral as part of a new exhibition - Light, Glass & Stone: Conserving the St Cuthbert Window – opening in June. Find out more
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