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New Business Gateway Manager appointed

2 November 2021

The Business Gateway for Leicester and Leicestershire has appointed Rachel York to the role of Manager, taking over from Jon Egley who previously held the role.  Rachel, who joined the Business Gateway in early October, is originally from Leicester and still lives in the county.

Prior to her appointment, Rachel worked as an Executive Officer at De Montfort University, with responsibility for the strategic oversight of both the Research and Enterprise directorates. Whilst working at De Montfort she studied for an MBA which supported her interest in strategy and policy development within Higher Education.

Rachel also lived and worked in Alberta, Canada for several years, working at the University of Lethbridge as a Governance Officer where she supported the Board of Governors and the Secretariat office.

Commenting on her appointment, Rachel said: “I am excited to have joined the Business Gateway because it is such a positive organisation and offers so much.  It really is a one stop shop for a Leicestershire business facing any kind of challenge or opportunity and our Business Advisers are always ready to help.  Right now, we are providing support to the fashion sector, the advanced manufacturing sector and Start-up businesses that were stalled by COVID.  We’re also supporting around 100 businesses to go green as well as promoting innovation as a way for businesses to thrive and grow.  I look forward to supporting many more businesses in the coming months.”

Sonia Baigent, Chair of the Business Gateway Board, added: “I am very pleased to welcome Rachel to the Business Gateway.  The connections she brings from her role at DMU and her knowledge of local networks will help the Business Gateway build strong connections which will further benefit local businesses in getting the support they need.”