There has been further positive news for local retail businesses, with sales reported as having risen for the fifth consecutive month.
UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that local firms told to shut down due to Coronavirus restrictions will get two-thirds of staff salaries paid by the Government.
The number of redundancies made during the first five months has reached 498,000 according to the latest figures obtained by the BBC.
A local employment expert has urged business owners to consider hiring apprentices to underpin their ambitions for growth during such a challenging economic period.
Business owners operating in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees Council areas face more uncertainty after the Government announced the return of lockdown restrictions.