Local networking group The Yorkshire Mafia is celebrating a decade of bringing businesses together.
Launched on LinkedIn in 2008, and boasting a membership approaching 22,000 company executives and business owners, the Yorkshire Mafia is now one of the sites’ most successful and productive networks globally.
Estimating a total economic impact of £58 million, the group continues to raise the profile of the Yorkshire region to a national and international audience as it creates events that attract globally acclaimed speakers and entrepreneurs.
The group is also responsible for the Buy Yorkshire Conference, the largest business to business event in the North and Leeds Business Week.
Geoff Shepherd, Director of the Yorkshire Mafia, said: “We started the YM because we got tired of discussing and never getting to the point of doing. It became all too apparent that if we wanted to put ideas into practice we would have to do it ourselves, and so we did!
“Fast forward to where we are today and we are beyond proud of what we have achieved as a group. While much has been accomplished, there’s still plenty that we would like to see happen for the region and that will be our focus as we embark on our tenth year.
“We’re committed to continuing to champion Yorkshire business, which is why the team is busy behind the scenes refining our strategy in order make the next decade even more successful than the last.
“There may also be some announcements that see us extend our model into new territories to widen our network even further so watch this space.”