York Business Festival : November 2022

1 Nov 2022 - 30 Nov 2022

The Growth Hub is proud to be amongst the organisers of this year’s expanded York Business Festival, with a week of events as part of a wider programme of activity throughout November. Read on to learn what will be available through the Growth Hub and other organisations.

The Business Festival takes place through five weeks in November, with Growth Hub activities taking place on the 8th, 9th & 10th.

Tuesday 8th November

Growing your business in challenging times

How can retail, leisure and other visitor economy businesses in York city centre grow and thrive in the current uncertain economic climate? This event provides an invaluable opportunity for new and growing B2C businesses in York to learn some of the skills and resources to help them meet these challenges.

As part of the York Business Festival, York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub will provide a series of FREE workshops that aim to inspire and educate, providing practical advice on the essentials of starting and growing a B2C business, covering finance, marketing, and the customer experience – all delivered by leading experts.

The day takes place in York’s historic Guildhall, where businesses in York are welcome to drop in all day for the dedicated networking sessions over breakfast and lunch (FREE breakfast or lunch if you register). Come along throughout the day and use the space to have a meeting, catch up with peers, and meet local service providers, in a friendly, relaxed environment.

The Past and Future of York City Centre

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.

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.

Wednesday 9th November

Culco : Recruitment & Retention: How to build an excellent company culture with Progress Marketing

Thursday 10th November

Pro-Development : People Manager Fundamentals : A Workshop for new managers

Innovation and Manufacturing Event, with Leyton, Innovate UK and Made Smarter

A month of events

York Business Festival has been expanded from previous years to cover a full month, with weeks dedicated to particular areas. More information on the wider month’s activities, and links to book your place, are available on the York Business Festival website

Week 1 : Closer to home – an economy driven by good business
November 1st, 2nd, 3rd
The benefits of ethical business – York as the first Good Business Charter City – strengthening links between business and community – working together and the benefits of business networks and associations.

Week 2 : Thriving businesses – creating the right conditions for sustainable growth
November 8th, 9th, 10th
The help that is out there for businesses as they change and grow. The role of infrastructure in supporting the economy. Workspace in a post pandemic world – hybrid and flexible working and how businesses are adapting. Future proofing York’s economic space, from the city centre to our business estates.

Growth Hub Events

Partner Events

Opportunities in The Rail Supply Chain

Doing Business with the City of York Council

Empowering & Inspiring Women in Business in York

Week 3 : Reducing carbon – a greener economy
November 15th, 16th, 17th
The challenge for businesses as they seek to reduce their carbon footprints, understand their environmental impact, reduce energy use and keep short- and long-term costs down. The role of the green economy and initiatives such as BioYorkshire will also come through strongly.

Week 4 : Developing our people – a thriving workforce
November 22nd, 23rd, 24th
Helping the people of York develop the skills and attributes needed in the 21st century economy. Work-life blend and getting the most from your employees. Health and wellbeing and the role of businesses as employers and providers. Strengthening links between education and business to help young people thrive. The potential of career changers and retraining to provide the workforce of the future.

Week 5 : Looking outwards – York as a global city
November 29th, 30th
How our economy relates to the world beyond the York boundary; import, export and trade; inward investment; attracting customers from elsewhere. This theme is about links with places outside of York, and will no doubt have an international feel, but also can look at links much closer to home. We will also want to focus on York and North Yorkshire & the York City Region, and what opportunities devolution might bring for businesses.

More information on the wider month’s activities, and links to book your place, are available on the York Business Festival website