The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Yorkshire Asian Business Association (YABA) to further expand the reach and support available to businesses across West Yorkshire.

Promoting business growth, this collaboration will work with businesses across the Halifax, Huddersfield and Wakefield regions, providing an unprecedented support system and cohesive voice for businesses of all sizes.

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has a vast knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities both now and the future. By offering value-adding services and benefits, members remain connected, supported and represented locally, nationally and internationally.

Founded in 2014, the Yorkshire Asian Business Association provides support and a cohesive voice for the Asian business community across West Yorkshire. Working under the framework of the National Asian Business Association, YABA strives to develop a comprehensive strategy to be the voice of Asian businesses. In 2016, ABC found that the Asian community, whilst only making up 2.3% of the UK population, contributes over £120bn to the overall UK economy.

Sharon Jandu, Director at YABA, comments: “We couldn’t be happier to announce our collaboration with the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. Together, we share numerous values to support and represent businesses across the region.

“We have a lot of fantastic businesses within West Yorkshire hat contribute significantly to the overall UK economy. With 165 years’ experience, the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has a longstanding heritage with many of those businesses, their knowledge and experience will help us to address the challenges within business and represent them in the most cohesive way possible.”

Martin Hathaway, managing director at the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce adds: “We are delighted to be working with YABA. The partnership will allow us to reach more diverse range of businesses. The support YABA offers to the Asian business community is unprecedented and together we can reach more and more business within the region and help them grow.”

Last month, in celebration of the partnership, the Chamber joined YABA for their Eid festivities, held at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, which saw business owners from across West Yorkshire, former BBC Asian Network presenter Tommy Sandhu, and Mr Yorkshire himself, Keith Madeley, in attendance.

YABA is set to introduce a ‘New to India’ business initiative in the coming months; a three-month programme that will provide ongoing support, training and materials, from the initial exploration to potential expansion, for businesses looking to trade into the Indian market, whose economy is predicted to overtake the UK in the next few years.