Tourism boss to open Ilkley business conference

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’, is opening the 3rd, annual Thrive Yorkshire, business growth conference in Ilkley on 29th September 2016.

The conference which is heavily subsidised by the ‘Ilkley Business Forum’ is being held at ‘The Craiglands Hotel’ and will focus on tips, strategies, stories and ideas to help SME’s grow their business.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ said: “I’m delighted to be opening the Thrive Yorkshire Conference this year.  Yorkshire’s tourism industry is worth £7 billion annually and employs more than a quarter of a million people. Many of the businesses at this conference greatly support our tourism offering and events like this are hugely important in helping these Yorkshire businesses continue to grow and go from strength to strength.’’

Sir Gary will open the event and will then be followed by keynote speaker, Kate Hardcastle owner of ‘Insight With Passion’. Kate, famous for her inspirational speaking and known as ‘The Customer Whisperer’, will tell us ‘How to put the #OOMPH in your business’.

Other speakers include Jennifer Holloway, author of best-selling book ‘Personal Branding for Brits’. Her presentation is ‘People Buy People…but are they buying you?’.

Sharing their own inspirational growth stories are; John Hewitt and John Tate, the directors of ‘Ilkley Cinema’, talking about ‘Turning dreams into reality’ and Joe Carnell, Creator of food business, ‘U-GOT’, named ‘New Entrepreneur of the Year’ last December (the youngest person ever to receive the accolade) at the ‘Lloyds Bank National Business Awards’.

There will also be workshops on topics such as ‘How to increase your Sales’, ‘How to avoid the pitfalls of company websites’ and the welcome return of Chris Allen (Blacks Law) talking about ‘Running an SME, Ten tips from the top’.

Becky Leach Thrive committee member said: “We are really excited about the line-up of speakers this year and it is a particular honour to have Sir Gary opening the event, especially with tourism being of such great importance to many of the businesses in the area. The conference will be a full day of learning. We want SME, business owners to come away feeling inspired and equipped to grow their own businesses”

Thrive Yorkshire is held on 29th September 2016 from 9am – 4pm at The Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, LS29 8RQ.