This year’s Buy Yorkshire Conference reported an estimated £8 million contribution to the local economy as the B2B event returned to Leeds for an eighth year.
The conference attracted 3,500 delegates and provided organisations with a platform to showcase products and services to thousands of potential customers.
Combining exhibitor spend with sales generated in the lead up to and post-event, it can be calculated that once again the Conference has generated no less than £8 million that will be used to make a vital and ongoing contribution to the North’s economic climate.
Hosted by business group the Yorkshire Mafia (YM), the exhibition was hosted at the First Direct Arena for the first time.
Encouraging professionals to come together to share their knowledge, experience, products and services with others, the increased capacity venue saw exhibitors, speakers and delegates benefit from an extended network of contacts and the opportunities that this presented.
Believing that we are ‘stronger together’, the Group and its events programme, which includes Buy Yorkshire, has been designed to share the philosophy that using local suppliers and services can support talent and growth, whilst retaining revenue that may otherwise have been spent outside of the region.
“By continuing to unite people at Buy Yorkshire we have seen a shift in how they engage and work collaboratively. Many organisations have come together and have created strong relationships that will last a lifetime thanks to The Yorkshire Mafia,” said Geoff Shepherd, Founder of the Yorkshire Mafia.
Attracting some of the brightest minds from across the region, the event was a display of the strength of Northern business with organisations from across a range of sectors celebrating the fantastic entrepreneurial spirit which is prevalent throughout Yorkshire.
With a diverse mix of speakers, including Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst; Jason Miller, Global Content Leader at LinkedIn and Chris Hamilton, Head of Digital at 10 Downing Street, the event combined advice and business insights with the opportunity to meet and generate new business contacts.