On Monday 30th April, around 100 exhibitors and 1,000 decision-makers will be at the Harrogate Pavilions for the 14th annual Yorkshire Business Market. While the event is a fantastic networking opportunity (which is why so many exhibitors keep coming back), it’s not all about sales. YBM is also the perfect place to learn, as free business seminars for CPD run all day, starting at 10.30am. This year we have a fantastic line-up of speakers and topics as follows:

1. AD:VENTURE – Grant Funding and Debunking the Myths Around Barriers to Accessing Grants: Daneile Moore

This presentation will give you practical insights into how the grants element works, as well as debunking a few misconceptions linked to public funding. We’ll explain how we can help you access the grants and, and where that’s not suitable, help you access alternative finance options. The seminar will also give a brief overview of the wider programme offer and will allow the audience to interact and ask questions. #ThinkBig #ThinkAdventure

2. FSB – Business Finance Made Approachable – become confident in raising finance: Florian Reinhardt

Speaking to financial professionals can be intimidating if you lack a finance degree. Consequently, hundreds of people are losing out on better deals every year as they take the first offer coming their way to get it over with. It shouldn’t be like this. Drawing from years of experience in finance, Florian Reinhardt, Head of Partnerships at the FSB Funding Platform, will demystify the funding world and provide some useful advice on how you can step up your game to get the funding you require.

3. Agenci Limited – GDPR Requires Action; Stop Thinking About It. Make a Plan. Take action: Gary Hibberd, MD

Covering Cyber Security and the GDPR in one presentation, Gary will explain why we need this regulation and how it improves our businesses and will provide practical advice on steps you need to take NOW to prepare for the changes ahead.

4. Yorkshire Energy Systems – Renewables for Business: Chris Wilde, Director

Renewables are now mainstream; they are the future, offering cheaper and more secure alternatives to traditional fossil fuel sources of energy. Yet many businesses are not taking advantage of the opportunities they offer to cut overheads, improve the bottom line, help the environment, and enhance their public image. Part of the problem is poor media coverage leading to myths such as, “There is no subsidy for solar, so there’s no point now,” and “Heat pumps only work with underfloor heating.” This talk will dispel some of these myths and explain why every business                                                               should be looking at renewables to tap into the great potential they hold.

5. Bee Social Marketing – Killing it with LinkedIn; speaker John Ranby, Director

John Ranby, Director of Bee Social Marketing based in Harrogate will be sharing some of their LinkedIn secrets that help generate leads on LinkedIn for their clients. LinkedIn has become one of the best places online to generate leads for your business and actually grow your business. If you’re struggling, or just want to brush up your skills, this talk is for you.

Whatever your organisation and sector, the Yorkshire Business Market’s business seminars for CPD provide valuable opportunities to gain knowledge and skills to help your business prosper. You don’t want to miss this exciting day, so follow the link to register. (And if you’re quick, there are a few stands left if you’d like to be part of this successful event.)

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