Business Forum provides a lifeline for Selby district businesses

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Businesses in the Selby and Sherburn-in-Elmet area have pulled together and benefited from mutual support to manage the challenges of lockdown thanks to the Elmet and Selby Business Forum.

A lifeline for its many local members, the Business Forum was created in January 2020 through an innovative partnership between Selby District Council and two local businesses: Cranswick Gourmet Bacon and Whitewing Recruitment and Training Services.

As well as providing the means for sharing best practice, ideas and knowledge amongst local businesses, the Forum has also lent its support to the running of a successful local apprenticeship programme as a means to develop local talent in the district.

Councillor David Buckle, Lead Executive Member for Communities and Economic Development at Selby District Council said: “The Elmet and Selby Business Forum is a great example of the shared drive and initiative across all sectors in Selby district to collectively support enterprise and business growth.

“There is a huge amount of strength to be drawn from sharing best practice, knowledge and experiences across local businesses and the Business Forum has made this easily achievable for the benefit of all members.

“Their strong support for local apprenticeships will also enable the recruitment and development of local talent which, in time will support the local workforce to reach their potential.”

The next meeting of the Business Forum is taking place at 8:30am on Monday 28 June at the Motorist in Sherburn-in-Elmet. Tickets can be obtained online: Elmet & Selby Business Forum & Network Tickets, Mon 28 Jun 2021 at 08:30 | Eventbrite

Local businesses who would like to find out more about the Business Forum or other local initiatives should contact Heidi Green, Senior Business Advisor at Selby District Council on or take a look here.