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Businesses have been flocking to use an advice service that is being closed down.

Business Link Yorkshire, which helps local companies, will be replaced by a national service as part of government cutbacks.

Many of the organisation’s free events have been oversubscribed and calls to its customer information centre peaked in January at their highest levels since summer 2010.

Chief Executive Helen West said: “The past year has been extremely difficult for a great number of businesses and we want to spread the message that, despite a long period of uncertainty, Business Link Yorkshire services are still very much available.

Services will begin to be reduced from April before it is replaced entirely on November 25.