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York Business Week Conference

Mon Nov 9 @ 9.00 am 5.00 pm

York Business Week Conference

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: 9am-10.30am – Economic Recovery and Resilience

9.00am – 9.05am – Host – Greg Dyke, Chair, Make It York – Welcome & introduction

9.05am – 9.20am – Keith Aspden, Leader, City of York Council – Open the conference and say a little about the challenges we face on economic recovery

9.20am – 9.35am – David A Kerfoot MBE DL, Chairman, York & North Yorkshire LEP – Recovery support and looking to the future

9.35am – 9.55am – Beckie Hart- Regional Director Y&H CBI – Recovery – What happens now

9.55am – 10.10am – Jon Geldart, Director General IoD – Economic Recovery & Resilience- What do we need to grow?

10.10am – Close – Panel Discussion – CBI, David Kerfoot MBE DL, – Jon Geldart, Director IoD, Keith Aspden, Leader City of York Council

Session 2: 11.00am – 12.00pm – Brexit

11.00am – 11.05am – Host – Andrew Digwood – President, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce- Welcome & Introductions

11.05am – 11.20am – Brexit presentation – Allie Reninson, IoD Head of EU and Trade Policy – Does it affect me? What do we need to know and how do I prepare?

11.20am – 11.35am – Case Study- Matt Beddoe, Head of Procurement Nestle This is how we prepared

11.35am – Close – Panel discussion and Q&A – IoD, Chamber of Commerce, Nestle, DIT, Allie Reninson, IoD Head of EU and Trade Policy

Tourism Mini Conference – 2pm – 5pm

2.00pm– 2.10pm – Welcome from Chair: Setting the scene – Cllr. Darryl Smalley, City Of York Council

2.10pm – 2.30pm – York’s Tourism Recovery Marketing Strategy – Helen Apsey, Head of Culture and Wellbeing / Head of Communications and Marketing, Make It York and Ashley Young, Senior Marketing Manager, Make It York

2.30pm – 3.10pm – Coming out of the Crisis: What Now? – Signe Jungersted, CEO, Group NAO

3.10 – 3.30pm- Refreshment Break

3.30pm – 3.50pm – Welcome to Yorkshire’s Strategy for 2021 : A Yorkshire for All – a place to Visit, Live, Work & Study – James Mason, Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire

3.50pm – 4.20pm – VisitBritain: Tourism insights and ‘Escape the Everyday’ campaign – Emma Wilkinson, Head of England Marketing, VisitBritain . Gino Ziza, Research and Insight Manager, VisitBritain . Dan Simmons, Head of Growth and Customer Success, TXGB

4.20pm – 5pm – York’s Tourism Industry Q&As

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


Mon, November 9
9.00 am – 5.00 pm
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