Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
4:16 PM 7th November 2019

York Business Week 2019

Shaping future innovations, driving up skills, and encouraging growth – those business objectives are the focus of York’s business community as York Business Week returns from 11-15 November.

Co-ordinated by Make It York, the week-long programme will celebrate, inspire and support businesses through topical conferences, seminars, networking events and awards ceremonies under the theme of ‘Future York’.

Sean Bullick, Managing Director at Make It York, said “Never has there been a better time to look ahead and ensure the city is primed for opportunity and success. York is set to make a huge leap forward over the next few years with transformational capital schemes like York Central and the Castle Gateway redevelopment, as well as having an ever-broadening tourism appeal. We’ve curated an insightful programme of events to inspire and engage the region’s businesses as we look ahead to the city’s future.”

Following tradition, the week gets off to a bang with the York Business Conference on Monday 11 November, welcoming a host of world-class speakers to set the scene and share their insights as we showcase York’s strengths.

Hosted by Jon Hammond, former BBC broadcaster and business mentor, the speaker line-up includes: Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership; Nicky Spinks, Endurance Athlete; Innovation & Technology Champion Bethan Vincent, Marketing Director of Netsells; Dr Sarah Hickingbottom, CEO of Biovale, Tom Bird, Executive Director of York Theatre Royal, and making a return to Business Week, Juliette Healey from the Bank of England.

Embracing the Northern Powerhouse, exploring the worldwide potential of UNESCO designation, topping the bio-economy agenda and capitalising on tech trends and close parallels between training for an ultra-marathon and planning in business will all be discussed at the York Business Conference this year. Tickets for a full day conference are £45.00 and a small number of spots are still available. Bookings online:

Two days of the programme – Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 November, are dedicated to a series of business workshops covering key topics including sales, marketing, leadership, innovation, mental health in the workplace and creating and managing high-performing teams. As well as the option to brush up on business knowledge, there will also be an interactive skills seminar led by the City of York Council Skills team and a Meet the Funder event where businesses can explore the options for funding assistance to help their businesses develop and grow.

York’s Top 100 businesses will once again be showcased at an exclusive event, celebrating the biggest businesses operating at this time in the city.

In addition to the week’s core events, Make It York has teamed up with some of the city’s brightest businesses and support organisations from across the public and private sector to complete the programme.

Schools from across York were invited to enter teams of four sixth form students to test their entrepreneurial flair and learn about the chocolate industry as part of Coco-preneurs: the next generation organised by Time2Resources in conjunction with York Cocoa Works. Delegates will have the chance to hear from seven women running their successful businesses their way, at Your Business, Your Way, organised by NRG Healing. The Federation of Small Businesses will explore the different faces of small business and York’s young entrepreneurs will enjoy an early morning networking opportunity at the Young Entrepreneur’s breakfast.

The week welcomes a new addition to the line-up for 2019 as York BID and the Hospitality Association York (HAY) deliver a landmark hospitality sector conference on Tuesday 12 November, featuring keynote sessions on recruitment, retention, development and wellbeing in the hospitality workplace.

The week will culminate with key city leaders coming together in a day of events focused on York’s future and the opportunities we have as a city. Hosted by City of York Council and Biovale, York: Sustainable Place and Property will explore the impacts of climate change and learn about the bio-based innovation which has the potential to transform the construction industry. The Future of Cities will explore York’s role in the wider context and give businesses the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with local leaders.

Sean Bullick continued: “York Business Week really does have something for everyone and we are delighted to see so many businesses across the city participating in the event. Our comprehensive programme delivers some really relevant content, coming straight from the businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations across the city who are leading the way and putting York on the map.”

For the full programme and to book tickets to this year’s events visit and for the latest updates follow @YorkBizWeek on Twitter and York Business Week on Facebook