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Council to support and celebrate young entrepreneur community

Published Friday, 14 January 2022

The council is running a Young Entrepreneurs Evening on Thursday 3 February 2022 from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.

The virtual event will bring together young entrepreneurs based in York. They will hear from some of the city’s most successful business leaders and understand the support on offer in the area.

The event is free to attend and aims to celebrate and support the young entrepreneur community in York. Interested participants can register for the Young Entrepreneurs Evening online.

The programme will begin with attendees hearing from Cllr Ashley Mason, Sheriff of York and Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning at City of York Council, on the importance of entrepreneurship in the city.

This will be followed by a 30 minute interactive Q&A session facilitated by Sam Hields, Senior Investment Associate at OpenOcean. The panellists involved in this session are:

  • Lee Grabham, Co-founder and Production Director, Brew York,
  • Casey Woodward, Founder and Chief Executive, AgriSound
  • Bethany Watrous, Drector and Lead Digital Archaeologist, Experience Heritage

Attendees will then also have the opportunity to meet York’s Enterprise Support Providers to understand the support available for young entrepreneurs in York. This session will be delivered by:

  • Andrew Raby, Growth Hub Manager, York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub
  • Alice Ingram, Business Advisor, Ad:Venture Programme
  • Brian Littlejohn, Growth Manager, City of York Council

The event will conclude with Cllr. Andrew Waller addressing all participants.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said:

York is a city filled with entrepreneurial spirit, as shown by our history of innovation past and present, and more recently in how our business community has been able to adapt, recover and stay resilient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Young Entrepreneurs Evening aims to bring together a handful of young business leaders to share their business journeys and provide an insight into what makes York a great place to set up a business.

“I encourage all aspiring entrepreneurs and young businesses in York to attend the free virtual event to learn about the enterprise support on offer that will not only benefit them but also help us build a strong, vibrant local economy.”