Craven Connects

RCP21 - Remaking Competitive Places for 21st Century Businesses

Craven Connects Project


Craven Connects was a project commissioned by Craven District Council and delivered by RCP21.


The project was funded through the New Homes Bonus: Building a Stronger Economy Fund with the aim of engaging businesses on Airedale Business Centre and Snaygill Industrial Estate to enable them to consolidate, increase sales and reduce costs by:


  • Finding local suppliers and customers
  • Sharing resources
  • Collaborating on common issues and opportunities


The project began in 2013 and in order to understand the dynamics of the park, RCP21 began by contacting every business located on the parks. Data gathered was then used to create maps of both parks and list the contact details, including the business activity, of all the businesses.


The maps of the parks and business listings were then distributed to the companies, which created a mechanism through which they were able to quickly identify local customers and suppliers to inter-trade.


The Craven Connects Business Collaboration Networks (BCN) element of the project was officially launched in October 2013.The event was opened by Paul Shevlin, Chief Executive of Craven District Council, with guest speakers: Tim Mee, Marketing Manager, Planet Platforms Ltd and Louise Sheen, Proposals Manager, Richard Alan Group who were able to share their experiences and details of the benefits their companies have gained through the Business Collaboration Networks RCP21 have established in West Yorkshire. 


Businesses on Airedale and Snaygill attended monthly Business Collaboration Network meetings that were hosted by Integrated Results, JN Bentley, Guyson International Ltd, Principle Healthcare and SDV Escalators.


Businesses who attended meetings informed us that they had gained the following benefits:

  • New Business Contacts
  • Increased Sales
  • Assistance with HR
  • Help with CE Marking Directives
  • Shared Use of short-term labour
  • Use of meeting and training rooms
  • Closer working relationships with neighbouring businesses, Council and Police.


Quotes from Businesses:

Dan Barnes, Purchasing Manager at Principle Healthcare Ltd on Airedale Business Centre said: 'This gives us a platform to raise our issues and source solutions with other local businesses, leading to better economies of scale'.


George Bellas, Owner, Bellas Office Supplies and Stationary on Snaygill Industrial Estate said: 'I was keen to be a part of a collaborative group. I feel I can add and contribute despite being a very small business. By engaging with other businesses on the two parks both big and small we can realise opportunities I hadn't even contemplated.'