9-13 November 2020

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York Business Week brings you events to help you grow your business, learn new skills and develop your workforce.

The Business Week programme is growing all the time and more events will be announced shortly. Check back here for updates, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our mailing list for all the latest news.

Monday 9th November 2020

Tuesday 10th November 2020

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Thursday 12th November 2020

Friday 13th November 2020

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York Business Week Conference

Date: 9th Nov 2020, 9:00 to 17:00
Organiser: Make It York

York Business Week Conference will kickstart a week of topical discussion around the challenges of economic recovery and how we can maximise York’s sector strengths in this period of revival and renewed focus. Chaired by Greg Dyke, Chair of Make It York, speakers will include Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, and David Kerfoot MBE DL, Chair of York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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Start Me Up!

Date: 10th Nov 2020, 9:00 to 10:00
Organiser: AD:VENTURE

This session is for anyone who is thinking of starting their own business, or in the very early stages and who want to understand what key steps to take, and whether the path of the entrepreneur is the right one for them. 

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Talent and Skills

Date: 10th Nov 2020, 9:30 to 12:30
Organiser: CYC Skills Education Partnership

Redundancies – Retention – Recruitment – Retraining …. Some of the challenges facing many employers this year. The York Business Week Talent & Skills Webinar – run by City of York Council in partnership with York’s training providers, York &I North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and key stakeholders, will bring you a morning of valuable information to help guide and support you in developing your workforce.

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Funding Your Start Up

Date: 10th Nov 2020, 10:30 to 11:30
Organiser: AD:VENTURE

This session will take you through the variety of funding and finance options available to your business, and will focus also on regional funding and grant support available to businesses based in York and surrounding areas. 

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Successful Scaling

Date: 10th Nov 2020, 13:00 to 14:00
Organiser: AD:VENTURE

In this interactive and enlightening session, you will hear from a variety of experts on key scale up tactics and how to employ them, and you will hear from a business owner who has recently completed the scale up experience.

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Sales Re-imagined: The Changing Face of Sales

Date: 10th Nov 2020, 13:00 to 14:30
Organiser: Impactus Group

This interactive webinar will share a host of practical tips, shortcuts and ideas to inspire you and get your sales process, sales funnel and closure rates back on track, whatever the sales landscape may look like in 2021.

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Addressing the STEM Skills Shortage – It is everybody’s business

Date: 10th Nov 2020, 15:00 to 16:30
Organiser: National STEM Learning Network

An opportunity for invited colleagues from STEM businesses across York and the region to attend a panel event discussing how we all have a part to play to build the future talent pipeline. Attendees will hear from: · STEM Learning about what we do and the support we can offer · businesses sharing their STEM engagement experiences – the benefits back to them as well as the young people they have engaged with.

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Working remotely: how to create good habits to help you in work and life

Date: 11th Nov 2020, 9:00 to 10:00
Organiser: Pro Development

Working remotely and from home brings many challenges not least keeping a healthy work life balance as the separation between work and home life becomes less clear. It is important to establish a structure and balance, create the right environment and find ways to collaborate and stay connected with others.

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Looking After You: 10 keys to mental Wellbeing

Date: 11th Nov 2020, 11:00 to 12:00
Organiser: York Mind

Mark Willis from York Mind leads an interactive session to help calm your mind in this Covid storm.

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York Professionals

Date: 11th Nov 2020, 12:00 to 13:30

For York Professionals' members only. Hear how businesses can access funding, with a round-up of current opportunities and the chance to hear from businesses who successfully accessed funding.

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HR in Lockdown

Date: 11th Nov 2020, 13:00 to 14:00
Organiser: Langleys Solicitors LLP

Join Mini Setty from Langleys Solicitors LLP for a guide to essential HR matters during lockdown and beyond, including restructuring businesses, mental health during a pandemic and business immigration in light of the EU Exit.

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Move More – Feel Better – Get Your Groove On

Date: 11th Nov 2020, 15:00 to 16:00
Organiser: Supersonic Fitness

A session to explore how physical movement can impact your wellbeing and mental health. Hear from the experts on how you can start small and move to greater mental health awareness.

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IoD Monthly Meet UP

Date: 11th Nov 2020, 17:30 to 19:00
Organiser: Institute of Directors

IoD Meet ups are one of the many ways in which the members and guests can connect with other directors and the IoD. Using Zoom breakout rooms, you will be given the opportunity to network with other directors, members and non-members of the IoD.

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Yorkshire as a national focus for innovation in food manufacturing sustainability

Date: 12th Nov 2020, 9:00 to 10:00
Organiser: Biovale

This innovation workshop led by Biovale explores opportunities and challenges for the food manufacturing sector to improve its financial and environmental sustainability by developing the production of higher value products.

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Zero to Authentic Hero

Date: 12th Nov 2020, 9:00 to 10:00
Organiser: Nick Bradley IoD and Founder at Mandala

Nick Bradley (founder of executive coaching business Mandala Leaders & IoD Ambassador) will describe how to define your business' purpose. Nick is an executive coach and founder of Mandala Leaders and also an award winning author or “Zero To Authentic Hero – The 7 key steps to become a true leader”. He works with business leadership teams to enable much more success with much less stress and has worked with EY, RWE Energy, KPMG, the NHS and The Cabinet Office.

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Leadership in Lockdown

Date: 12th Nov 2020, 11:00 to 12:00
Organiser: Pro Development

This online session will provide techniques and strategies to lead authentically and compassionately and understand what this means to you as a leader of your team.

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Innovation in Action Workshop

Date: 12th Nov 2020, 13:30 to 16:00
Organiser: The Big Bang Partnership

Dr Jo North, founder of The Big Bang Partnership, leads this interactive session, where participants will work on an innovation challenge related to their business and take away a toolkit with practical ideas and actions.

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FSB Networking

Date: 12th Nov 2020, 17:30 to 19:00
Organiser: FSB

A virtual event for FSB Members in York to network and enjoy short presentations about Member benefits and local economic strategy from both FSB representatives and City authorities, and to meet your local FSB team and ask questions. 

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Building blocks for a speedy recovery

Date: 13th Nov 2020, 9:00 to 10:30
Organiser: City of York Council

A 1 ½ hour session exploring the building blocks for a speedy recovery, including learning more about how the York Narrative is helping some partners to consider opportunities the city can capitalise on to accelerate recovery in a post covid world, with attendees invited to share their own thoughts about how their organisation is accelerating recovery.

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Back to Business?

Date: 13th Nov 2020, 11:00 to 12:00
Organiser: Langleys Solicitors LLP

Langleys Solicitors LLP will share 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.

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Ask the Leaders Q&A

Date: 13th Nov 2020, 13:00 to 14:00
Organiser: City of York Council

Join city leaders across York for an interactive session on the city’s economic recovery from Covid-19.

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York Business Week Virtual Networking

Date: 13th Nov 2020, 14:00 to 15:30
Organiser: Make It York

Join us for a virtual networking session on Friday as we bring York Business Week 2020 to a close. Connect with colleagues, peers and businesses in around the city to reflect on topics discussed throughout the week and share thoughts and experiences as we face the challenges ahead.

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Institute of Directors North Yorkshire / Launch Young Directors Forum

Date: 13th Nov 2020, 15:00 to 18:00
Organiser: Institute of Directors

Join this IoD Webinar as part of York Business Week, to hear the plans for the launch of the Young Directors' Forum in the region. The vision of the YDF is to create a community of young directors, who can network together to share thoughts, issues and challenges and, either find solutions amongst themselves or tap into the vast resources of the IoD.

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Principal Partners

Autohorn Fleet Services

University of York


York City Knights


Garbutt + Elliott

York Data Services

Langleys Solicitors LLP

York & North Yorkshire LEP


PIB Insurance Brokers

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City of York Council

See Green

York and North Yorkshire LEP

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

Federation of Small Businesses

York BID

University of York

York St John University

York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Institute of Directors

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