Growing your business in challenging times : York Business Festival

8 Nov 2022

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.

This will be followed at the same venue by an evening event including a panel discussion and keynote speaker, The Past and Future of York City Centre

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.

A full day of activities at the Guildhall in York city centre.

Register your interest in the whole day’s activities on this page to receive updates, but please also sign up to individual sessions at the links below to ensure you can attend as places are limited.

About the day

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 a free breakfast and lunch . 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.


08:00-09:30Breakfast Networking
10:00-12:00Managing your social media, top time saving tips for your business
10:00-12:00An introduction to selling online
10:00-11:00Access To Finance for Start Ups
10:00-12:00Create a World Class Customer Experience: INSPIRE Workshop
12:00-13:00Lunchtime Networking
13:00-15:00Hospitality – 4 things you need to be doing right now
13:00-17:00Facebook Business and Instagram for business – all you
need to know to make the most out of these platforms
14:00-17:00Creating a Consistent Content Strategy from Scratch
17:00-21:00The Past and Future of York City Centre

More information on the full week’s activities can be found here