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York Business Week Conference

Date: 9th Nov 2020, 9:00 to 17:00

Organiser: Make It York

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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.

There will be a focus on the impact of the EU exit in the coming months: what do businesses need to know, and how can they prepare for the changes? This session will be chaired by Andrew Digwood, President of York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Partner at Rollits LLP.

The afternoon will feature a mini tourism conference with an update on the progress of the city’s tourism strategy and key milestones, as well as next steps and plans for 2021. Experts from across the industry will deliver a series of short sessions focused on tourism recovery, with Make It York and City of York Council presenting on 2021 plans for the city and how businesses can get involved.

Session 1: 09.00 - 10.30 Economic Recovery and Resilience

09.00 – 09.05

Greg Dyke, Chair

Make It York

Welcome and introductions
09.05 – 09.20

Keith Aspden, Leader

City of York Council

Opening of the conference: 

Challenges around economic recovery

09.20 – 09.35

David A Kerfoot MBE, DL, Chair

York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Recovery support and looking to the future 
09.35 – 09.55

Beckie Hart, Regional Director

Yorkshire & the Humber, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Recovery - What happens now?  
09.55 – 10.10

Jon Geldart, Director General

Institute of Directors (IoD)

Economic Recovery & Resilience - What do we need to grow? 
10.10 – 10.30

Greg Dyke, Make It York – Chair

Beckie Hart, CBI

David Kerfoot, Y&NY LEP

Jon Geldart, IoD

Keith Aspden, City of York Council 

Panel Discussion

Session 2: 11.00 - 12.00 EU Exit

11.00 – 11.05

Andrew Digwood, President

York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Welcome and introductions
11.05 – 11.20

Allie Renison, Head of EU and Trade Policy

Institute of Directors (IoD)

EU Exit presentation:

Does it affect me?

What do we need to know and how do I prepare?

11.20 – 11.35

Matt Beddoe, Head of Procurement 

Nestle UK & Ireland

Case Study: How we prepared for EU Exit
11.35 – 12.00

Andrew Digwood, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce - Chair

Allie Reninson, IoD

Matt Beddoe Nestle 

Panel Discussion / Q&A  

Tourism Mini Conference - 14.00 - 17.00

14.00 – 14.10

Cllr. Darryl Smalley

City Of York Council

Welcome from Chair: Setting the scene
14.10 - 14.30

Helen Apsey, Head of Culture and Wellbeing / Head of Communications and Marketing, Make It York 

Ashley Young, Senior Marketing Manager, Make It York 

York's Tourism Recovery Marketing Strategy
14.30 - 15.10

Signe Jungersted, CEO

Group NAO

Coming out of the Crisis: What Now?
15.10 - 15.30 Refreshment Break  
15.30 - 15.50

James Mason, Chief Executive

Welcome to Yorkshire 

Welcome to Yorkshire’s Strategy for 2021

A Yorkshire for All - a place to visit, live, work and study.
15.50 - 16.20

Dan Simmons,Head of Growth & Partnerships, TXGB

Gino Zisa, Senior Insights Consultant, VisitEngland 

Emma Wilkinson, Head of England Marketing, VisitEngland & VisitBritain

VisitBritain: Tourism insights and 'Escape the Everyday' campaign 
16.20 - 17.00

Cllr. Darryl Smalley, City of York Council - Chair

Sean Bullick, Make It York

Andrew Lowson, The York BID 

Martin Bradnam, Hoteliers Association York 

Kate McMullen, English Heritage

Tom Pearcy, York Maze 

York’s Tourism Industry Q&As

Your chance to ask questions to key tourism experts across the city

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

Hosted in conjunction with

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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