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An outstanding York Business Week comes to an end

Published Thursday, 25 November 2021

The eleventh iteration of York Business Week came to an end earlier this month with over 35 successful events taking place between 8 and 12 November.

The York Business Week welcomed over 600 delegates from a wide range of businesses (large and small) across York.

Hosted by City of York Council and supported by a wide range of partners, the week aimed to engage and connect York’s business community through various virtual and in-person seminars and networking events.

The theme of this year’s Business Week was ‘Rebuilding for Growth’ which was echoed during the York Business Conference. The conference welcomed a series of expert speakers who explored a range of topics such as the Good Business Charter, the new labour market and how York businesses can accelerate their growth.

The week included multiple networking events where businesses got the opportunity to interact with other York businesses, share their experiences and make new connections.

A number of events focused on the skills required by businesses to aid their recovery and growth. These events also detailed what support is available to help businesses achieve this. Topics included the creation of a successful business models, high-performing workplaces, recruitment and sustainable business practices.

An in-person event organised by Hospitality Association York showcased the office-based and managerial careers available in York’s hospitality industry also took place during the week.

In response to the challenging year faced by business owners, employers and employees alike, the York Business Week 2021 included events such as 'Healthy Minds at Work' to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in the workplace.

In light of the rise in remote and hybrid working, an event was held exploring how local businesses are adapting their workspaces following the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees heard from Nestlé and York Science Park, as well as from the Council on its emerging Climate Change Strategy and what businesses can do to reduce their building emissions.

Indeed, one of the major themes under spotlight for this year was that of sustainability. The week incorporated a number of sessions that explored the different ways in which businesses can adopt sustainable business models to support a greener future for York.

One hour guided tours of the Guildhall for perspective occupiers conducted by York Science Park were also very popular among businesses. The week came to a close with an in-person networking event organised at Biltmore Bar & Grill which saw a number of delegates network, exchange ideas and make new connections.

Andrew Lowson, Executive Director, York Business Improvement District (BID) said:

York BID was delighted to contribute towards the programme of activity for York Business Week 2021. We were really pleased to be able to hold a physical event, with over 70 in attendance who enjoyed the opportunity for networking. Retail trends expert Jack Stratten gave businesses and partner organisations in attendance some valuable insights into the evolution of retail - both online and in stores.

Ian Garner, Vice Chair - North Yorkshire, Institute of Directors (IoD) said:

The Institute of Directors were delighted to be a part of York Business Week. The IoD sessions were well attended by members and non-members alike and the Business Week is becoming an important part of our annual calendar.

Councillor Andrew Waller, Executive member for Economy and Strategic planning, said:

York Business Week 2021 aimed to support York’s businesses and the challenges they faced since the pandemic. The variety of events organised during the week received a very positive response from businesses, organisations and working individuals alike.

"The events also helped us listen and understand what we can do better to help our local businesses and attend to their needs. We are determined to continue supporting York businesses by providing them with platforms such as York Business Week to network, learn and grow.

"I’d also like to thank all our partners for their contribution towards making York Business Week 2021 a great success. We hope to continue collaborating with our partners for many such future endeavours.”

If you attended any of the events organised during York Business Week 2021, please complete this quick survey about your experience and how we can improve and shape next year’s programme of events to fulfil your needs.