The Past and Future of York City: York Business Festival

8 Sep 2022 - 9 Nov 2022

What does the future hold for retail and leisure businesses and visitor attractions in York? As we continue to build back from the pandemic, the nature of the city centre is in flux. Understanding these trends, and how businesses can navigate a difficult economic environment is more crucial than ever for businesses in York. The discussion, chaired by renowned business journalist and broadcaster, Simon Jack, will cover topics related to the future of the city centre as a retail and leisure destination, and will feature local business owners, leaders and experts.

This event is now fully booked and no longer open for registration. We invite you to join us during the daytime at the Guildhall for a programme of seminars of networking – Growing your business in challenging times

There are also activities taking place elsewhere throughout November for York Business Festival

Tuesday 8th November, 5:00pm-9:00pm, York Guildhall

5.00pm – 6.00pm: Arrival, networking and refreshments

6.00pm – 6.45pm: Simon Jack, business journalist and broadcaster, speaking on the economic and policy outlook for businesses, followed by Q&A

7.00pm – 8.30pm: Panel discussion on the future of York City Centre, chaired by Simon Jack. Speakers:

  • Emma Godivala, York Gin
  • Philip Bolson, Hospitality Expert and Owner, Mr B Hospitality
  • Chris Bush, York BID
  • Carolyn Frank, Federation of Small Businesses
  • David Skaith, Winstons of York; Chair, York High Street Forum
  • Alison Laws, York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub
  • Rebecca Hill, Galtres Lodge and Forest restaurant; Chair, Indie York

8.30pm – 9.00pm: Networking and close

Join us for a chance to hear experts share insights and experience on the challenges facing us – from increased costs, to funding, e-commerce and the role of local and regional bodies.

Plus a chance to listen, talk to and learn from a panel of successful York-based entrepreneurs and business owners about the opportunities and keys to success for businesses in York. All while enjoying a drink and a snack, and a chance to talk with peers in York’s historic Guildhall.

This evening event follows a day of networking events at the Guildhall and a variety of seminars and workshops – more information here