Our Research and Enterprise team is working with City of York Council and business organisations across the city to develop a package of advice, support and online learning opportunities.

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We're ready and willing to use our expertise and knowledge to help businesses find new ways to innovate and adapt in the current crisis.

Amanda Selvaratnam, Associate Director of Research and Enterprise and Head of Enterprise Services

Business expertise and advice

Our package of support includes free confidential advice from our business and management experts in the York Management School. Drawing on years of academic and business experience, our team of advisors will talk with local businesses and charities to advise on new approaches to innovative ways of addressing the challenges currently faced by the local community.

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We can advise businesses on strategy, innovation, marketing, sales, finance, accounting, operations and change. We can also help businesses to connect with others to help them adapt and evolve in the current conditions.

Professor Peter Ball, York Management School

Grants for small businesses

Businesses developing products to support the fight against coronavirus may be eligible for grant funding from the Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) Project.

Email papi-project@york.ac.uk


Skills share and volunteering for charities and community groups

Working in close partnership with York Cares and other regional voluntary organisations, we are stepping up the level of skills sharing and volunteering that the University is able to offer. Skills sharing enables us to offer additional resources to the voluntary sector by providing pro bono business advice, support with governance and management and of course as much hands on practical help as we can provide.

If you are a voluntary organisation working in or around York and would like to access this support, or are a staff member who would like to volunteer, please contact volunteering@york.ac.uk.

Navigating COVID-19

A University of York student has developed a website which gives travellers up to date global information on COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns.

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XR internships

Yorkshire’s creative industries are set to benefit from a student intern scheme set up to support the sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What's next?

When the Covid crisis has passed, how will your business cope? We've added new courses to help businesses adjust to life after lockdown.

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Online training

University staff and tutors have developed a package of free, online training courses for businesses dealing with the impact of the covid lockdown. Topics include staff wellbeing and marketing strategies and each course lasts around one hour.

Find out more about our online courses

Support for grants scheme

A team from the University is working with City of York Council on a £1m fund for small and micro businesses that don’t qualify for government support.

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XR assistance

The University of York is repurposing dedicated arts funding to support some of the region’s digital and creative companies hardest hit by COVID-19.

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Get involved

Many of our staff and students are already playing a vital role in supporting community resilience, rebuilding and recovery from the COVID-19 emergency, and we want to do even more.

Find out how you can volunteer

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