YORKSHIRE is to get a £6.4m cash injection to boost jobs and businesses in the region.
The Government has awarded the money to regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.
It comes as a reward for the performance of Yorkshire Forward during the past 12 months - when the agency helped create or safeguard 16,544 jobs and support 730 new businesses.
Yorkshire Forward has also reclaimed 350 acres of disused industrial land and helped to put nearly 48,000 people through training courses.
It has also attracted £75.5m of private sector investment for the region's poorest areas.
Yorkshire Forward has supported a string of projects in Huddersfield - including the £1m textile and fashion design incubator at the Textile Centre of Excellence and the launch of the Servicemark scheme to improve customer service standards among retail staff.
It has also provided business advisers to help new firms find fresh markets for their products and services. And it supported Brighouse firm Denford in launching a challenge for schoolchildren to design a 4x4 vehicle as part of efforts to encourage them to consider careers in engineering.
Across the region, the agency has helped smaller firms team up to bid for major contracts by setting up an internet-based Virtual Enterprise Network.
It has also furthered links between industry and universities.