South Yorkshire Business Support Update: May 2022

This month, we take a look at the latest support schemes and initiatives available to your business and employees.
In addition, we will be exploring how you can have your say on the future of our region by casting your vote in the Mayoral Election on Thursday 5th May and why this is just as important for businesses as it is for residents across South Yorkshire.

Your Vote. Your Mayor. Your South Yorkshire.
Why voting is important for businesses…

The election for the next Mayor of South Yorkshire will take place on Thursday 5 May.
If you are registered to vote in local elections for any of the four councils in South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) you can have your say on who the new Mayor could be.Voting for the new mayor is just as important for businesses as it is for local residents. Your Mayor will make decisions that will help to shape our region’s future. They will have powers and money, which will be used to decide how we create jobs and grow our economy, improve training and skills, how our public transport network is run, and build new infrastructure in South Yorkshire.Your Mayor will also chair the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, bringing together the local councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, to make these decisions.To choose your Mayor and use your voice to shape the future of South Yorkshire, vote at your local polling station on 5 May.Find out more election details at:

Invest in skills to drive business growth – our Skills Advisors are here to help

Skills and training is one of the services offered by the Growth Hub to help local businesses nurture their talent and improve productivity.We work with employers to identify how new skills can help to grow their business and our team of Advisors can connect employers to high-quality training providers to meet those needs.

Are you looking for training for yourself or your employees to help upskill your workforce or to gain a competitive edge? Our Skills Advisors can go through your business and diagnose free, funded or part-funded training schemes that will bolster your workforce.

Skills Bank

The South Yorkshire Skills Bank service provides employers across South Yorkshire with access to high-quality training and funding to support skills training that will enable you to develop your business. Skills Bank has been providing support to South Yorkshire businesses since 2018, helping over 600 businesses within that time. The scheme has now been extended for a further 3 years meaning more local businesses can access the support.To speak to one of our Skills Advisors, contact the gateway.

Call 03330 00 00 39
or email

Do you sell products or services to customers in Europe or are you thinking about doing so?

No matter the size of your business, how much you export or what you sell, there is support available to you. The Export Support Service is your first point of contact for all the help you may need.

If you are a UK business you can use this free service, no matter the size of your business or which part of the UK you are based. We work closely with devolved administrations and other government departments to help make the service as useful as possible for every stage of your exporting journey

Visit or contact the Gateway:

Call 03330 00 00 39

or email

Do you have ideas for improving and growing your business through innovation, but don’t have the knowledge or resources to investigate them fully?

If this sounds like you, then the fully funded Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) could be just what you’re looking for!Innovation doesn’t necessarily mean investing in expensive software, it could mean looking at new ways to overcome an existing problem or ways that your processes could run more smoothly.

Sheffield Innovation Programme is a collaboration between South Yorkshire Business Support, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield and runs until July 2023.

The programme aims to stimulate business growth and promote the development of long-term relationships between the Universities and SMEs by providing businesses with access to a broad range of academic expertise and university facilities. Your business could benefit from a bespoke research project, innovation-based consultancy or on-site support from a dedicated project graduate.

To find out more visit our website
Call: 03330 00 00 39

Get in touch for business support advice…

The gateway team are here to talk and guide your business through whatever you may need. Our phonelines open at 9am Monday to Friday and our friendly team can help you to diagnose what support you may need. The Growth Hub can help steer you to programmes, schemes or one-to-one support on any of the following:
– Growth support –
– Access to finance –
– Brexit changes –
– COVID-19 recovery –
– Digitalisation –
– Employee ownership or worker cooperatives –
– Exporting and trade –
– Innovating your business or processes –
– Skills and workforce –
– Start-up businesses –
– Supply chain support and opportunities –
We want to help as many South Yorkshire businesses as possible to realise their full potential, so get in touch with us to hear how we can support you.

Call 03330 00 00 39

or email

Could your business be Made Smarter?

If you’re a manufacturing business that is looking to increase technology usage and expand your proficiencies through digitalisations, you may benefit from taking part in the Made Smarter programme. Whether you are completely new to digital technology, or you have already started digital techniques within your business, you will be able to receive bespoke advice on anything from skills and leadership to innovation strategies.The Made Smarter programme has already helped almost 200 businesses with their digitalisation journey and thanks to an extension of the scheme, Yorkshire and Humber businesses are being asked to register their interest for programme now.

If your company has an up to date website, or accepts card payments for example, you’re already working digitally, and we can help you to enhance your capabilities further!

To find out more

Call 03330 00 00 39

or email

Register your interest for Made Smarter

Get Supply Chain support and help to boost the region’s economy.

SMEs across our region that may be facing difficulties sourcing products and services can access free help and advice through our new South Yorkshire Supply Chain Support Scheme. The Scheme aims to enhance the trading opportunities within Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield and support SME businesses that have been impacted by COVID, Brexit or supply shortages.Business owners can also meet with our team of four expert Supply Chain Managers who will research and bring forward tender, sales and supply chain opportunities for our region. The Managers can also provide one-to-one advice on how to improve your current supply chain performance and create new supply chains.

To be put in touch with one of our Supply Chain Managers for support email or call 03330 00 00 39.

Join our Online Community Group

Follow our LinkedIn Community Group to find all the latest news and updates on programmes, schemes, events and other business support available to you. It’s a great place to post discussions and network with nearly 7,000 other followers too and you can even share news and updates on what’s happening in your business.

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