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Further programme details announced for York Business Week 2020

With two weeks to go, businesses across York are being encouraged to book their tickets for York Business Week 2020, as further events have been added to the topically insightful programme which aims to inspire the city’s businesses to Build Back Better.  

Organised by Make It York and hosted in conjunction with City of York Council, Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Directors, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, the University of York, the York BID, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and York St John University, the week-long programme will address key topics including economic recovery, the EU Exit, Skills and Business Growth, Wellbeing in the workplace, Leadership, Innovation and an opportunity to hear more about plans to use the York Narrative to reimagine York in 2030, shaping York’s ten Year City Plan.  

Sean Bullick, managing director for Make It York, said “We’re encouraging as many businesses as possible to sign up and join us for what will be a ground-breaking virtual York Business Week this year. We have an exciting and very topical programme of events covering the key issues and challenges facing businesses at this time, all of which can be accessed easily online. 

“York’s key business sectors bring real strengths to the table and we’re positive about how we can work together to drive growth for the future. We have a host of local, regional, national and international speakers who will offer inspiration and support to businesses as York looks to build back better.”

Monday’s York Business Conference will be delivered in three distinct sessions, bringing together local, regional, national and international speakers and businesses to cover the topics of Economic Recovery and Resilience, the impending EU Exit and a mini Tourism Conference which focuses on the future of the tourism sector with industry experts and organisations from across the city giving their insights on tourism recovery.  

Added to Tuesday’s programme, the York Business Week Talent & Skills Webinar, run by City of York Council in partnership with York’s training providers, York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and key stakeholders, will bring businesses a morning of valuable information to help guide and support them to develop their workforce. Impactus Group will also be offering an interactive webinar Sales Re-imagined: The Changing Face of Sales giving businesses tips, shortcuts and ideas on how to get their sales back on track, whatever the sales landscape may look like in 2021. 

The National STEM Learning Network will also be hosting a panel event which discusses how we all have a part to play to build the future talent pipeline.  These events add to the start-up seminars delivered by AD:VENTURE will focus on the Early Stage of developing your business, Investment and Growth.   

Wellbeing Wednesday will be getting its groove on as Supersonic Fitness has added to the programme with a session exploring how physical movement can impact your wellbeing and mental health. This will be running alongside sessions good habits for working remotely from Pro Development, ten keys to Mental Wellbeing from York Mind, and HR in Lockdown from Langleys Solicitors LLP.   

Thursday will attract professionals from all stages of their business development journeys, from those just starting up right through to established and successful business owners. Delivered by the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub, four half-hour training sessions will provide hints and tips as well as cover the fundamentals of starting up and running a company, with advice from business professionals.  

Friday will play host to an event from City of York Council titled ten year City Plan – reimagining York 2030 which will be a two hour session exploring how the York Narrative will play a role in shaping the city’s future. Langleys Solicitors will also be offering a Back to Business session, sharing exclusive highlights from brand new research into how business in Yorkshire fared during lockdown, the lasting impact of the pandemic and how it has impacted planning for the future, particularly around the EU Exit.  

Business member organisations York Professionals and the Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) have added their own networking events to the Business Week calendar. York Professionals members will be able to hear more about access to funding on Wednesday and FSB members will be welcoming their newest members as well as the opportunity to hear more about the local economic strategy on Thursday. 

The Institute of Directors is a key partner for the first time this year and speakers for the Monday’s York Business Conference will include Director General Jon Geldart and Head of EU & Trade Policy Allie Reninson. In addition, the IOD are hosting a networking event “IOD Meet-Up” on the Wednesday evening.  

Nick Bradley, IOD Ambassador for York said “We are delighted to partner with York Business Week and to join a number of the events during the week. We continue to lobby Government both centrally and locally to support businesses build back better”. 

Tickets are available to book for York Business Week 2020 on www.yorkbusinessweek.co.uk. For the latest updates, follow #YorkBizWeek20 on @makeityork Twitter.

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