The changing shape of the modern business world is set to be reflected in the 13th annual Yorkshire Business Market.
A focus on digital, a growth in the number of new and start-up businesses, and support from large organisations will all be in evidence around the aisles of the event on Monday, April 24 at Pavilions of Harrogate.
Despite a tumultuous year following Brexit and the uncertainty it created, organisers are predicting another strong year, with confidence among exhibitors and partners still very high.
Event chairman Mark Lancaster said: “Since its inception, YBM has been a fascinating way to take the temperature of the local and regional economy.
“During harder times, businesses are wary of spending money exhibiting and the aisles are generally quieter. In the last few years, however, we have noticed a real growth in confidence among both exhibitors and visitors, and that trend looks set to continue this year.”
The trend is also reflected in the event’s partners, who represent diverse sectors which are all leading the charge for growth in 2017. NY Design‘s digital services, including web design and video, have never been more vital, as businesses seek to reach new audiences online.
Leeds City Region LEP and the Federation of Small Business are both supporting growing numbers of businesses. Their services to start-ups are in high demand, as more people turn from employment to self-employment as they strive for greater independence and influence over their working lives.
With rising energy prices affecting businesses as much as domestic customers, CNG Ltd offers ways to get the best value and control their costs.
Meanwhile, Stratstone BMW goes from strength to strength, offering the latest technology to assist business owners on the move. The company will be bringing a selection of its vehicles to the event to show to visitors.
The event will be broadcast by media partners Stray FM, who will bring a mobile studio to the venue and interview attendees, reflecting the atmosphere of the halls.
“The support of our partners across such diverse sectors is a reflection of the changing business landscape,” said Mark.
“Along with the wide range of start-up and established businesses around the aisles, they make the event vibrant for all our visitors. We’re looking forward to another interesting day with the chance to see just how well local and regional businesses are doing this year.”
A handful of stalls are still available in each size, from micro-stands for start-ups to large spaces for established businesses.