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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
The City of York Council is seeking bids from organisations wishing to access funding from the £220m UK Community Renewal Fund. The fund will help support local areas to pilot innovative new approaches and programmes that unleash their potential. Project proposals should align with local and national priorities and be submitted before 16 May. Find out more
PAPI, in partnership with Make It York are organising a free online Business Funding Roadshow event for B2B SMEs in the 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
Do you find yourself feeling uncomfortable at your desk? Join Make It York's next Connect Over Coffee event on 19 May over Zoom. This session will be all about the networking and will focus on making connections for your business. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a lot more Zoom breakout rooms than usual.
Book your space now
York businesses and individuals, who have previously attended any of the Connect Over Coffee sessions, are encouraged to provide feedback by filling in a short five-minute survey. The collected feedback and suggestions will be taken into account when planning future networking events. 
Fill in the survey now
Yorkshire business leaders and policymakers will come together at sustainability conference In the Circle Yorkshire on 19 May with free tickets now available for all to join the virtual event. With over 30 speakers, the talks will cover key themes of the regional impact of COP26, Yorkshire's climate emergency, sustainable transport solutions and green finance. Find out more
SMEs and entrepreneurs are invited to join the Meet the Funders events, in partnership with NorthInvest and part of the Leeds City Region LEP's Investment Readiness Programme. This is a great opportunity for small businesses to access full-funded events and 1-2-1 Coaching and take the steps forward to raising investment. Find out more
Small producers, including food and drink, gifts, crafts, homewares, and anything else made and sold to the public are invited to join a mini-series of webinars as part of the Digital Knowledge Exchange programme. These will help your business to show off your products, sell more through Facebook, Instagram and Google, and get found by new customers online. Find out more
Businesses are invited to join the free strategic marketing AD:VENTURE webinar on 13 May. Delivered by Jonny Ross from Fleek Marketing, the session will cover topics from growth hacking and influencer marketing to building trust and customer-centric approach. You will learn how to put a strategic and cost-effective marketing plan together. Register now
It's never too late to learn how to lose or save your money in the heady world of marketing. Join this free webinar on 13 May, delivered as part of The LEP Business Resilience Programme, where you will learn to create and maintain effective marketing strategies and avoid the pitfalls of burning through marketing budget with little to no return. Register to attend now
BioVale and Belgium cluster Wagralim are teaming up to organise an interactive webinar on developing new materials or high-value chemicals from agri-food co-products and by-products with a focus on fruit and vegetables. Join to better understand market trends and learn about new possibilities from innovation.
Register now (deadline on Thursday 6 May).
Selling Savvy and BHAA invite sales teams for hotels and events industry businesses to join the special webinar on 13 May. Grow your confidence and become an empowered, successful and up-to-date salesperson with this interactive workshop full of innovative ideas and quick wins. Tickets £45 (£35 for BHAA embers).
Book your spot now
Businesses can access support through the EU Exit Legal Clinic and the Yorkshire & Humber EU Transition Support Service. Find out if you’re eligible for the government’s SME Brexit Support Fund to help SMEs adjust to new procedures when trading with the EU, and check if your employees need to apply for the EU Settlement SchemeFind out more
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
The UK’s biggest outdoor Ice Trail will be returning for two days on 5 and 6 February 2022 with a range of magnificent ice sculptures set to transform York’s city centre. Organised by Make It York, the free trail will offer a family-friendly experience for residents and visitors to enjoy - with businesses across the city getting involved to sponsor and select the sculptures. Find out more
Read the latest Make It York Culture case study about the ‘Journey Through Winter’s Heart’ project led by St Nicks. This project was awarded funding as part of York's Culture strategy launch and set out to boost spirits during the winter season and increase social connection through promoting the power of nature and creativity. Read more
With the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, many of York’s retailers and businesses offering outdoor hospitality have reopened and are ready to welcome residents and visitors safely back to the city. We've created a 'What's open in York' hub on visityork.org with the latest information on what is open and what is available to do in and around the city. Find out more
York News
University of York invites all to participate in the Great York Walk this in aid of Mentally Fit York - starting from 10 May 2021. Interested people can sign up for free to take on a virtual 12-week step challenge to raise funds for desperately needed mental health research and initiatives to transform mental health for everyone.
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Bedern Hall, the historic venue in the centre of York opens to the public on 19 May with a new heritage interpretation programme. Visitors will see how the hall was restored, what it was like when it was the Refectory for the Vicars Choral of York Minster and will learn about their lifestyle, how they built the Hall and discover some of the things they left behind. Find out more
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