Welcome … so you want to find out about Yorkshire Powerhouse?
The Yorkshire Powerhouse team are straight-talking, hugely experienced, business advocates. If you would like to listen to our founder, Stewart Leahy, be interviewed by the team at Inside Yorkshire then please click here: Inside Yorkshire Podcast
We have pooled our resources to provide a site full of direct and ‘very real’ business advice; we use the sponsorship of our advertisers to fund our activity.
We are simply frustrated by the statistics … according to the Office for National Statistics, in Yorkshire and Humber, we have around 202,000 active businesses in the region. BUT every year around 21,000 fail (2019 figure) – business failure can be for all sorts of reasons, but it’s very rare that a business is launched with its failure being part of the plan! (click here for the stats)
One of our stated ambitions is to reduce business failure levels through straight-talking, simple business advice … BECAUSE, if we can create more PROFITABLE businesses, the region wins, the business owners win, their customers and suppliers win – it’s a wonderful, virtuous circle.
Our ambition and motivation is to turn Yorkshire into a hotbed of start-up businesses that are hugely successful and to ultimately create a family of like-minded people that are willing and able to guide the next generation of businesses based on their own successful experiences.
The constantly changing structure and approach of national, regional and local government support for start-up businesses can be tricky to navigate (and frustratingly, often lacking in real business experience and plain ‘Yorkshire’ honesty). Many times, we’ve witnessed governmental business support being more of a ‘box-ticking exercise’ aimed at complying with the funding outcomes than to actually care about the businesses its there to support … and we think this is a shame!
On a positive note, we certainly seek to work in partnership with support organisations in the region but we also want to provide a ‘reliable constant’ through the frequently changing political and funding environment that unfortunately drives the majority of SME support from local, regional and national government.
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