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Business leaders invited to help transform the future of York and North Yorkshire at ‘Business Summit’

28/09/2022 News
Business leaders invited to help transform the future of York and North Yorkshire at ‘Business Summit’

Leaders of businesses of all sizes from across York and North Yorkshire are invited to a ‘Business Summit’ on 21 October. The summit, held in York, will focus on the opportunities that both devolution and carbon reduction will bring to the region and how it will benefit business.

Organised by the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, for the first time ever in partnership with leading business organisations from across the region – The CBI, The Federation of Small Businesses and York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce –  the summit will bring together leading regional organisations, businesses, and political leaders. 

The summit aims to get businesses talking about the opportunities within the proposed devolution deal that was announced on 1st August this year. The summit will bring businesses to the forefront of discussions on how devolution could be a key driver for York and North Yorkshire to achieve its ambition of becoming England’s first carbon negative region, in turn creating opportunities for growth both for the region and for its businesses.

The summit’s keynote speaker is, Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, who will share his insights from devolution in Tees Valley, and how the opportunity could unlock long term investment and growth in the region, creating new and higher paid jobs for residents. Ben will share from his experience as Tees Valley Mayor, and the crucial role that the business community have in driving forward economic growth and prosperity for all. 

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor commented “We have seen huge benefits in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool from devolution for every type of business in our region, from the high street to global firms, and there’s no reason why it should not be the same for businesses in York and North Yorkshire. I look forward to sharing my experiences and answering questions.”

A line-up of guest speakers and a panel of business leaders from across the region will share their own stories on how implementing carbon reduction strategies and working towards Net Zero has changed and benefitted their businesses. 

The summit aims to form a region-wide connection between businesses and to build momentum to transform the region’s economy for growth. Delegates will have the opportunity to network with business leaders from all over the region, to ask questions, bring ideas, and discuss future challenges and opportunities in York and North Yorkshire. The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub and other organisations will be showcasing the support available for businesses across the region at a ‘market place.’

Chair of the York & North Yorkshire LEP, Helen Simpson OBE said: “Devolution will bring significant investment to our region, and this combined with our aspirations to be England’s first carbon negative region could bring exciting opportunities for everyone. With the many challenges our economy is currently facing, this is a timely moment for us to all come together to understand what is on the table with devolution and discuss how the business voice can contribute. We’d love business leaders to join us for the summit and take this opportunity to help shape our future.”  

The summit will be taking place at the Guildhall in York, on Friday 21 October from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, and it will also be livestreamed and shared on the Y&NY LEP’s website.

To register to attend the summit, please visit the sign-up page


About the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership
The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (Y&NY LEP) is a public-private partnership charged with driving economic growth and prosperity across York and North Yorkshire. We are one of 38 LEPs in the national LEP Network and one of the 11 LEPs in the NP11 partnership. 

The Y&NY LEP acts as a bridge between businesses and the public sector. We set the strategic direction for government investment in our region to drive good growth in our economy and bring forward every opportunity for people, places and businesses to thrive. Our vision is for York and North Yorkshire to become a greener, fairer, stronger economy. / Twitter / LinkedIn

About FSB
As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support, and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. / Twitter

About the CBI  
Across the UK, the CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors. The CBI’s corporate members together employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of private sector-employees. With offices in the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.     


About West & North Yorkshire Chamber

  • West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce and has represented and supported businesses of all sizes and sectors based in Bradford, Leeds, York and North Yorkshire continuously since 1851.

  • Members of the Chamber employ one quarter of the population of West & North Yorkshire


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