The inaugural meeting of the Mytholmroyd Business Breakfast group saw more than 50 representatives of local businesses turn out for a free bacon buttie and a spot of early morning networking on September 15 at St Michael’s Church Hall, Mytholmroyd, writes Jade Smith.
The Business Breakfast, which has been set up by Royd Regeneration, followed an extensive survey to gauge local interest.
Co-ordinator, Sue Slater, proprietor of Headquarters Hairdressers, said: “The aim of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for people to know just what Mytholmroyd has to offer both large and small business.
“Personally, I have been over whelmed by the sheer number of businesses that exist in the Mytholmroyd area, which on the whole are very different to those in Hebden Bridge and which, together, employ a greater number of people.”
Retiring chair of Royd Regeneration, Eric Alston, introduced the guest speakers, Amy Harbour, director and business support and development officer at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, who outlined how setting up a local business networking association can benefit both businesses and the local economy, and Chris Bingham, director of Craggs Energy, who told the meeting that the majority of small businesses have fewer than ten staff and growing a business takes more work than most people imagine.
Also in attendance will be Angela Whiley, Calderdale’s retail and market town support officer.
Eric said; “We hope the Mytholmroyd business breakfast will become a two way street, where we will be able to look at not just what Mytholmroyd can do and offer for local businesses but also what they can do and offer for Mytholmroyd as a community to help it thrive.”
Meetings will be held every two months - the next is on Tuesday, November 10, at St Michael’s Church Hall, Mytholmroyd (8am) - and will feature guest speakers on different specialist subjects.
Looking ahead, Sue adds: “As for the future, it would be good to see all the business groups in the Calder Valley, from Todmorden through to Brighouse, get together for maybe one yearly meeting to promote businesses and get a chance to network together.”
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