The Buy Yorkshire Conference

The Buy Yorkshire ConferenceThe Buy Yorkshire Conference held on 13th & 14th May this year was once again hailed a success by the 5,000 delegates and 180 exhibitors attending the two-day event. With an unrivalled schedule of speakers and the opportunity to do business with some of the largest and most innovative companies in the North of England, the show has reported an economic impact of £8million.

As the North’s leading business-to-business Conference, which has an unrivalled balance of networking opportunities alongside the chance to listen to leading global entrepreneurs, it is without doubt the premier event in the annual business calendar.  
Now in its fourth year, the Conference once again brought together independent business people with larger multi-national organisations in a bid to encourage engagement and purchasing opportunities. Focusing on the need to work, play and think, the event was tailored to meet with the needs of the diverse audience and it certainly delivered.

To the delight of delegates, The Billion Pound Panel made a return visit to the stage for a third year. Hosted in a Question Time style format, the Panel shared the opinions and thoughts of entrepreneurs that have a collective wealth of more than £1bn.

A selection of speakers including elite athlete, Danielle Brown MBE; celebrity TV presenter, Janet Street-Porter; President of IBM’s Academy of Technology, Rashik Parmar and CEO of Ella’s Kitchen, Paul Lindley, also appeared at the show, to ensure that there was something for everyone.

In addition to the new faces and activities that featured at this year’s event, the Conference also welcomed back some familiar faces including Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Gary Verity; Chairman of the LNT Group, Lawrence Tomlinson and Chief Executive of Straight plc, Jonathan Straight.

Event organiser and founder, Geoff Shepherd comments: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in bringing the Conference together and making it the absolute success that it was. A great deal of hard work, effort and time goes into pulling an event of this magnitude together and I simply couldn’t do it alone.”

He adds: “Feedback from speakers, delegates and exhibitors has been overwhelmingly positive and we know that our new feature, Bar Mafia, was a big hit with attendees. We know that connections were made and business was done and that is what it’s all about. The Buy Yorkshire Conference meets and exceeds expectations every year and I’m very proud of the profile that it brings to our region, not least in terms of economic impact.”

He concludes: “We are about so much more than sticking some banner stands in a room. We focus constantly on the experience that our delegates, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors will all receive and this is what takes this event from being just good to great. Needless to say we are already making plans for 2015.”

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The Scottish Referendum: The End of Britain? - Leeds University June 14th

The Scottish Referendum: The End of Britain?Join us for a day of lively debate and discussion about the Scottish Referendum. We aim to give you a flavour of the debate that is taking place in Scotland and an opportunity to think about its implications for Britain and this region in particular.

Speakers confirmed so far include:
Our guest speaker James Mitchell, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, who will discuss the potential impact of a ‘Yes’ vote for the UK.

Dr David Seawright and Dr Stuart McAnulla, who will reflect on the changing relationship between Scotland and England.

Susan Dalgety and Lindsey Fraser, who will consider how the referendum campaign has progressed so far.

Dr Dan Coffey and Dr Iain Clacher, who will debate the economic case for and against independence.

Full details here

Advantage Printer Consumables

Advantage Printer ConsumablesAt Advantage Printer Consumables we understand that print consumables can easily cut into your office budget. That's why we have an extensive range of re-manufactured and compatible cartridges available for a wide selection of printers from various manufacturers. Obviously if you'd prefer to use original manufacturers cartridges we also hold an extensive range in stock. Whichever option you prefer we offer free and rapid delivery throughout the UK from our UK based distribution centers. We specialise in both laser and ink-jet cartridges and have many years expertise in the field.

For our commercial and business customers we also re-manufacture a selected range of laser toner cartridges on-site. We supply various local authorities and schools nationwide, however you don't need to order in bulk to benefit from the considerable savings over original unit costs. For more information please call us on 01757 212747

Advantage Printer Consumables has recently been purchased by Easthill Computer Services, who are also based in Selby North Yorkshire. This combination of services has been greatly beneficial to both businesses.

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A budget for Makers

A budget for makersBehind the populist and political gestures in last week’s Budget, George Osborne revealed he has not abandoned the North of England and that he sees the role of makers and doers as being critical to all our futures.

It may no longer be fashionable in Westminster to talk about manufacturing, but last week’s Budget signaled that the coalition government – or the Chancellor at least –understands that, if we are to re-balance the economy, we need to recognise that those who make things are every bit as important to our prosperity as those who market, distribute, and finance them.

The headlines following George Osborne’s Spring Budget suggested the Chancellor was tilting the tax landscape in the direction of the “makers, doers and savers” – a much-derided collection of people among the London chattering classes, but one that Tory strategists have identified as a crucial demographic in the run-up to the next election.
“If you’re a maker, a doer or a saver: this Budget is for you,” the Chancellor said.
In identifying the “makers” of things as crucial to rectifying the previous government’s disastrous dependency on the financial, casino economy, the Chancellor is opting instead for a slower, but more sustainable level of growth: a tacit acknowledgement, perhaps, of a former Tory Prime Minister’s famous dictum that governments and countries should not spend beyond their means.
Welcome though this shift in emphasis will have been in the Midlands and the North of England, Osborne’s Budget rhetoric also revealed that the Chancellor has not yet fully grasped the radically changed nature of advanced manufacturing as practiced in the Sheffield city region, and elsewhere in the north.
When he unveiled policies on energy that would support the nation’s “steel makers” and “chemical plants” he was using a language that is more than half a century out of date. The advanced technologies being developed and deployed by manufacturers across the so-called Sheffield City Region have nothing to do with the making of steel. Our advanced manufacturers are at the cutting edge of the knowledge economy, and centuries removed from crude forms of metal bashing.


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