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York professionals gear up for “spirited” Brexit debate

Pictured is Webcertain Group CEO Andy Atkins-Kruger, one of the panellists for Monday’s York Professionals Brexit: The Next Steps event at York Science Park


With the triggering of Article 50 now imminent, the stage is set in York for businesses to discuss the impact of Brexit and the future for business in the region.

On Monday, York Professionals will bring together a panel representing businesses, politicians and academics at York Science Park to discuss what’s in store for the economy as Britain begins its move out of the EU.

The event follows last year’s popular York Professionals EU Referendum debate, bringing many of the 2016 panel back together to talk about what’s changed since the Brexit vote, look at how it is impacting on businesses and hear the outlook of business owners.

Chaired by David Dunning, the panel comprises City of York Council’s Cllr Stephen Fenton; CEO of the Webcertain Group, Andy Atkins-Kruger; Lupton Fawcett director Andrew Lindsay; and senior lecturer in Politics at the University of York, Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou.  City of York Council chief executive Mary Weastell will open the event with an overview of where we are now, before handing over to the panel discussion, which will also be streamed live on social media.

Dr Vasilopoulu will bring statistics and predictions to the table based on her current research project. Mr Atkins-Kruger will join the panel via live link from the USA, to discuss how he wasted no time following the leave vote last summer to relocate himself, his family and a number of staff to Barcelona.

Coun Fenton made a strong business case for a remain vote in 2016, and Mr Lindsay is a staunch leave voter who will bring an alternative perspective on a post-Brexit future for local businesses.

York Professionals chair Anne Taylor said: “Our panel represents both leave and remain voters, people with the stats at their fingertips, and others who have made significant changes to their businesses and lives since the referendum.

“With plenty of opportunities for the audience to ask questions and share their views, too – either in person or via Facebook – we are anticipating a spirited debate!”

Brexit: The Next Steps will take place at The Innovation Centre, York Science Park on Monday from 6pm to 8.30pm and is open to members and non-members. Tickets cost £25 for non-members and £20 for members. For more information and to book tickets, call 01904 435363 or email





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