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Leeds Business Week 2015

2 October 2015
Leeds Business Week 2015
A week long programme incorporating over 100 speakers in over a 100 events, Leeds Business Week, one of the UK’s biggest, is all set to take the City by storm for the third consecutive year this October. Providing a platform for business owners, entrepreneurs, executives and a range of other parties to mingle and share ideas, the programme takes place from Monday 12th of October to Friday the 16th promising an exceptional opportunity to trade, grow your business or purely connect!

Organised and presented by The Yorkshire Mafia, a quality driven, ambitious business membership organisation in Yorkshire backed by the support of a mix of event partners and sponsors from all over the region and beyond, Leeds Business Week endeavours to bring together the members of the business community of all sectors and sizes. Speaking of the thought behind the programme, Geoff Shepherd, Founder and Chairman of The Yorkshire Mafia explained:

There are so many disparate and competing business groups, stakeholders and organisations in Leeds. We wanted there to be an annual focal point for bringing people together in the City and the wider region; something that would hopefully spark conversation, new relationships and the sharing of expertise and great content. Bringing so many people together in one city is a tremendous economic catalyst and can only benefit the City’s region.

Not limited by stringent boundaries, the programme is open to the wider community with not-for-profit organisations, local authority and public sector, educational institutes and many more sectors also gracing the occasion. So you need not be a business owner, entrepreneur or executive; Leeds Business Week is for anyone with most of the events granting FREE entry and participation. “From established career professionals to those just entering the world of work and from students to business owners – it’s an open event with the focus clearly on improving the content and opportunities of all who attend,” added Geoff.

Hence, whether you need to sharpen your social media skills, digital know how, seek access to funding or new customer attraction tools or just take an opportunity to learn and build new business relationships, the modular timetable is just a click away on Leeds Business Week Events List enabling you to choose what interests you and build your own programme of events to suit your needs. Registrations for any events with spaces remain open until those events begin.

“It’s a growing event and there’s a long way to go yet and plenty of people and organisations that we’d like to see become involved, not just from Leeds but also from the wider City region. Support is growing but we want more. We want everyone to be involved. We believe that it’s incumbent upon the people and organisations in the Leeds area to support events like this,” said Geoff.

Sponsoring this year’s Leeds Business Week are Blacks Solicitors LLP, Vodafone, We are Boutique, bjss, aql, Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University and Vistage. This year, for the very first time, Leeds Business Week has a strategic management board to provide external voices that help shape its direction and strategy. Also a first, the programme this year runs a series of seminars named the Customer Conference. This is a series of seminars and workshops for business owners, executives and not-for-profit organisations to improve their knowledge of how to generate, target, funnel, grow and engage with their customers through a variety of different mediums.

The events line-up this year includes numerous business-focused events held across Leeds with not only seminars, workshops, exhibitions, conferences, master-classes product launches and the like but also on a much lighter note, dinners, business breakfasts and drinks evenings, bringing in an element of entertainment to mingling with the likeminded. Geoff conluded:

There’s nothing else like Leeds Business Week happening in the City or the wider region, certainly not of the scale and quality of this event. Leeds Business Week was begun with the aim of being the Leeds City Region’s annual platform for sharing ideas, building long-lasting business relationships and making things happen…and we’re well on the way to achieving that.

Here’s a taste of what’s in store during the Leeds Business Week 2015:

Monday 12th October - Leeds City Summit @ Salem Chapel from 11:00 to 12.30: In the style of BBC Question Time, a panel of leaders from the public and private sector will be taking questions from the audience (questions supplied in advance). Panellists include Cllr Judith Blake (leader of Leeds City Council), Arif Ahmad (Office Partner for PWC), Richard Flint (CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming), Adam Beaumont (CEO of AQL), and Helen Beachall (GM of Simon on the Streets).

Tuesday 13th October - The Customer Conference @ The Leeds Club from 09:00 to 16:00: The Customer Conference: A series of seminars and workshops for business owners, executives and not-for-profit organisations to improve their knowledge of how to generate, target, funnel, grow and engage with their customers through a variety of different mediums. Seminars from Vodafone, LinkedIn, Yorkshire Building Society and Savvy Marketing.

Wednesday 14th October – The Festival of Business @ The Leeds Club from 09:00 to 16:00: A hugely popular series of seminars and workshops for business owners in the City to improve their knowledge in key business areas. Workshops and seminars delivered by industry experts. Seminars from Blacks Solicitors, Vodafone, Leeds Beckett University, PWC and Vistage.

Thursday 15th October - Leeds Drinks Evening @ Chaophraya from 18:00 until late: As part of Leeds Business Week 2015 this is a getting together to let our hair down a little, welcome new faces, make friends, build your network and build some great business relationships in a very relaxed sales free environment.

Friday 16th October – Yorkshire Mafia Women’s Breakfast @ The Leeds Club from 07.45 to 09:00: The Yorkshire Mafia Women come together for breakfast at the Leeds Club. Join in for free to make and build new business relationships with likeminded business women in the Yorkshire Mafia Network.

Best of the Rest:

Unlock your potential and grow your business with Vodafone on Tuesday 13th October from 11:00 to 11:45

Come Dine With Simon with Simon on the Streets on Friday 16th October from 18.30 to 22.30

Tour of the First Direct Arena on Wednesday 14th October from 12:00 to 13:00

For the full timetable check out: Leeds Business Week

Kam is a Business Writer for Leeds Living. Having joined in April 2015 she writes for the Strictly Business section and specialises in business editorials.