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York Business School at York Business Week

Take a look at the events we will be running during York Business Week.

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Below is a list of the events we will be running during York Business Week.

York Business Conference

Date: Monday 11th November, 8.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: York Racecourse

Organiser: Make It York

The Business Conference kick starts a week of inspiration; speakers and exhibitors share their insight, knowledge and experience as we showcase York’s strengths, encourage growth and work together to shape York’s future. Hosted again by York St John University Governor Jon Hammond (broadcaster, public speaker and business mentor), speakers include:

  • Juliette Healey – Agent Yorkshire & The Humber, Bank of England
  • Henri Murison – Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • Nicky Spinks - Endurance Athlete
  • Bethan Vincent – Innovation & Technology Champion
  • Sarah Hickingbottom – CEO, BioVale

A panel discussion, networking lunch and exhibition completes the programme. Join us for a productive and thought-provoking start to York Business Week.

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Inspiring Women in Business: Q and A panel

Date: Monday 11th November, 11.30am-12.30pm

Venue: DG109, York Business School, York St John University

Organiser: Events Management students; York Business School, York St John University

York Business School Events Management students have come together with a powerful panel of women from across York including entrepreneurs, executives and experts to explore the barriers, challenges and issues that impede the success of female leadership and networks. These creative and inspirational women will share their stories on how they got to where they are today and share their insights into being a woman in business and answer questions put to them by the audience.

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Women’s Higher Education Network Masterclass: WHEN we own it- showcase your success!

Date: Tuesday 12th November, 10.00am-1.00pm

Venue: York St John University

Organiser: York Business School, York St John University

Showcase your success! Learn how to highlight your talent in this masterclass! We shall discuss accepting compliments, responding to praise and strategies to narrate your accomplishments in a simple yet powerful manner followed by a networking lunch. Please note this is an internal event for YBS staff only.

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York Top 100 Businesses Awards event

Date: Wednesday 13th November, 8.00am to 10.00am

Venue: Temple Hall, York St John University

York Business School at York St John University and Make It York, in conjunction with the York Press, are once again producing a list of the Top 100 Businesses registered in York. With a detailed analysis of each business and insightful editorial and business profiles, the list showcases the city’s most significant businesses and celebrates the contribution they make to the city’s economy.  

This event will bring the leaders of these businesses together with city leaders and leading business support organisations to launch the 2nd publication of the list. Like last year, the report will be available as a supplement in Wednesday’s York Press with a glossy version available thereafter.

This event is by invitation only. Copies of the report will be made available following the event.


Department for International Trade Seminar Series

Date: Wednesday 13th November

Venue: York St John University

Organiser: Make It York and York St John University

The Department for International Trade will be brining their seminar bus to the York St John to run seminars for businesses across the region. For more information and to book your place visit the York Business Week website.

* Unfortunately, due to recent government issues, this event will not be running.


Futures and Foresight - Taster Workshop

Date: Wednesday 13th November, 1.00pm-3.00pm

Venue: DG109, York St John University

Futures and Foresight is the interdisciplinary process to discover and understand possible, plausible, probable, desirable and creatable long-term futures. For leaders of organisations, the integration of Futures and Foresight skills into their activities means they can more effectively anticipate and influence the future and work towards their preferred future. The purpose of the workshops is to provide an introduction to Futures and Foresight.

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The Business of...The BBC with Tim Smith

Date: Thursday 14th November, 5.45pm-8.15pm

Venue: York St John University

Founded in 1922, the British Broadcasting Corporation has been at the heart of every major national and international news story in its 96 year history. With over 22,000 employees and revenue of £4.889 Billion, it is one of the largest players in communications across the world. The three letters ‘BBC’ are recognised instantly by most of the world’s population. As a business majority funded by licence fees, it faces many challenges from an ever changing broadcast world.

Tim Smith started as a journalist and recently left the role of Head of BBC Yorkshire to take up a role concentrating on BBC Business.    

Tim will be joining us for the latest in the York Business School series ‘The Business Of…’ for an insightful and interesting conversation with Jon Hammond Booth, former Radio and TV presenter and Governor of York St John University.

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Bricks or Clicks: Can Estate Agents Survive the Online Revolution?
Date- Friday 15th November, 11.00am
Venue- York St John Business School LaunchPad

Within the deeply competitive property industry, a battle is underway. Who will win - brick or clicks?

In this York Business Week 2019 event, we’ll bring together some of North Yorkshire’s most influential property professionals to share their perspective on the future of the industry, covering topics such as:

• What has been the impact of online estate agents?
• How has the tenant fee ban affected the industry?
• Should new technology transform traditional ways of working?
• How can estate agents stay agile and adapt in their marketing, service and approach?
• Will online replace the high street, or is there still a place for window displays and local service on the high street?

Guest Speakers
Sarah Johnston - Homes4Harrogate
James Thorn - Tenancy Stream

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