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Ambitious businesses across Yorkshire who've been set back by the pandemic are being given the chance to receive £3,000 worth of business support thanks to a new initiative launched by Wizu Workspace.

Space to Elevate has been developed by the Yorkshire-based flexible workspace provider in a bid to help individuals taking the first step into self-employment and businesses of all sizes get back to the ‘new normal’.

Businesses from Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield are invited to put themselves forward for the chance to be one of five selected to benefit from either of the initiative’s prestigious support packages.

Those eligible can apply for either the scale-up package - designed to help those with already established businesses who are looking to scale up their activity - or the startup package - to help individuals and businesses who’ve newly launched or pivoted their business as a result of the pandemic.

Both packages include access to co-working space for employees for a year and a virtual address with mail handling. The startup package also offers expert business mentoring and marketing support, and the scale-up package includes a place on BHP’s leadership program.

Entrants will be required to provide an outline of why their business should win and how they will use the support to drive their business forward.

Shortlisted businesses will also be asked to provide a three-minute pitch video, which will be reviewed by the judges ahead of the award date of 1 October.

Natasha Babar-Evans, COO at Wizu Workspace, said: “We really love to see businesses thrive and it’s been one of the most challenging and difficult times for many, so naturally we wanted to help.

“Having spent many years leading a NatWest Accelerator Hub, I’m familiar with the huge difference the right level of support can make to businesses, whatever stage they are at.

“So, we got our heads together at Wizu Workspace and developed an initiative that would provide the right level of support that businesses and entrepreneurs need as they emerge from lockdown.”

Wizu Workspace has six locations across the north and specialises in highly equipped, design-led flexible workspace which encompasses private offices, co-working spaces and meeting rooms that inspire creativity and productivity.

The firm has been helping businesses of all sizes scale since 2016.

Those interested in entering the firm’s Space to Elevate competition will be required to complete an entry form here before 21 September.

Kate Buckle
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