By working together, we can help the region thrive
BUSINESSES are living in a fragile economy, so it is vital companies in the region work together to support each other.
Across East Yorkshire, many businesses are working hard to use their local suppliers, employ people from the region and work together to develop and expand their business.
This, in turn, gives businesses and people across the region more opportunities to get involved with local companies and engage with the community.
A whole host of different businesses, whatever they specialise in and whatever size the company is, can support each other.
KRL is a Willerby-based photocopier and office solutions specialist and managing director George Baker believes it is crucial businesses work together.
He said: "Supporting local businesses is very important.
"It is important we look after each other and the money then goes back into the city. It also means we employ local people."
There are a number of ways businesses can help each other and boost their workforce.
Whether you need an IT specialist, a law team on hand to help you with health and safety in the workplace, or even a local childcare business, you can turn to companies in the local area for guidance and support.
You can even turn to your local businesses to help you find the correct employees to help you run your business and use your local training providers to give your workforce the skills they need.
Mr Baker said that, sometimes, Hull is a forgotten area, so it is even more important businesses work together.
He said: "Sometimes people don't fight enough for Hull and try to bring in larger businesses into the area.
"So, it is important to stay together and keep the money in the region."
The message is getting out to businesses and people can see the benefits of working together.
Mr Baker said: "As I talk to people, more and more are saying it is important we don't spend our money outside the city."
Telecoms company MS3 Communications, which is set to begin installing its fibre network in the coming weeks, is another business dedicated to staying local.
Communications manager Sam Hales said: "We think it is very important in the recession, when times are quite tough, to support local businesses.
"We hope businesses will work with each other because that is key and we also hope that, in turn, other businesses will support us."
Richard Tuplin, director of The Insurance Partnership, said buying local is important for many reasons.
He said: "The money that is spent gets reinvested into the local economy. Then those businesses grow and employ more local people, who then spend their personal money in the area.
"It also increases competition, reduces the impact on the environment and builds a great sense of community well being."
It doesn't matter what your company does, there are hundreds of ways firms can support each other, so why not start now?
If you think your business works hard to support other local firms and has a story to shout about, e-mail Helen Larkin at firstname.lastname@example.org