Now in its 14th year, the Yorkshire Business Market was created to offer a low-cost way for Yorkshire organisations to showcase their products and services. Since the first YBM, this business expo has developed into a go-to event for company decision-makers from all over the county. If you need a bit more convincing before you register to attend, read our top eleven reasons why you shouldn’t miss the Yorkshire Business Market, being held at the Pavilions of Harrogate on Monday, 30th April.
Whereas normal trade shows have exhibitors from one industry, YBM is open to any Yorkshire organisation. At YBM18 you’ll find an eclectic mix of products and services, including premium cars, an outstanding wine and beer merchant, and several marketing agencies. Whether you’re looking for accountants, solicitors or even mediation training, you’ll find it at Yorkshire Business Market 2018.
- Partners to make us proud
To determine whether our event is worthy of your time, just look at who’s supporting us: Hornbeam Park Developments, DNG, Ad:Venture, Stray FM, fsb, Bettys, and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership. We feel incredibly fortunate to have support from such a fantastic group of organisations, and they will have representatives on their stands to tell you more about their products and services.
- Business Growth Hub
Whatever type of advice you need to help your business grow and develop, you’ll find it in the Aire room (stands A44 to A66). Harrogate Borough Council has brought together an impressive collection of 12 organisations who can provide advice, support, and grant funding for businesses across Leeds City Region, York, and North Yorkshire. The hub includes:
- Coventry University Enterprises
- YH Training Services
- Harrogate College
- PAPI Project (University of York)
- Harrogate Borough Council – local authority
- Harrogate Borough Council – shared ownership housing
- Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
- Digital Knowledge Exchange
- NYCC Adult Learning and Skills Service
- NYCC Trading Standards Service
- York Science Park
- Federation of Small Businesses breakfast meeting
The FSB are back to host their popular networking breakfast meeting, which runs from 7.30am to 9.30am, so that exhibitors and visitors can both attend before the official market opening. This year’s keynote speaker is Paralympian Elizabeth Wright. Tickets are £5 for FSB members and £7.50 for non-members. For more information and to book your place, visit the Eventbrite page.
- Expert Seminars
YBM has become known for it’s great selection of expert-led seminars and workshops – which are all FREE to attend! This year is no exception with sessions throughout the day on topics such as funding your business, GDPR and LinkedIn marketing. Visit our Seminar page for more information.
We’re delighted that experienced business mentor Julian Horrocks is with us again this year. Julian is offering FREE, 40-minute mentoring sessions throughout the day. These valuable sessions ideally should be pre-booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by enquiring at Reception on the day, should there be any still available.
- Grand Opening
We’re extremely pleased that this year’s Yorkshire Business Market is to be officially opened at 10am by David A. Kerfoot, MBE, DL, the newly appointed chairman of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
- Small but perfectly formed
We receive a lot of positive feedback about YBM being a manageable size. Event centres are normally like aircraft-hangars, so you only see a tiny percentage of what’s on offer. At YBM visitors can see nearly 100 stands and still have plenty of time for meaningful discussions and negotiations. Despite not being a sprawling exhibition, we attract over 1,000 decision-makers every year.
- The Three FREES
YBM is not only FREE to attend, there is plenty of FREE parking in proximity to the venue. And to make it a hat-trick, FREE WiFi is available to check your emails.
- Competitions galore
As you’re chatting to exhibitors, don’t forget to enter their competitions. You’ll find everything from simple business card draws to really challenging quizzes, and there are some great prizes on offer. You gotta be in it to win it!
- Friendly event
We pride ourselves on being one of the friendliest business events out there. Our community spirit shines through as we emphasise the importance of what Yorkshire organisations bring to the marketplace. It’s not about hard selling tactics with our exhibitors; they will want to get to know you and your company to determine whether their products or services are a good fit for your goals.