William Hague hears rallying cry for York to be made “the place for business”

William Hague, centre, chatting before last night’s dinner

William Hague, centre, chatting before last night’s dinner

First published in Business

SHADOW Foreign Secretary William Hague joined 650 Yorkshire entrepreneurs as they heard a clarion call for York to be made “the place for business” in the county.

The former Conservative Party leader was at a prestigious dinner last night hosted by Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce at the National Railway Museum.

York and North Yorkshire chamber president Shaun Watts spoke of making York “the place for business in Yorkshire”.

Addressing the sell-out audience, he said: “Traditionally recognised as a tourist destination, we now need to position the city as a leading business destination as well and prove to the rest of the world that York is an excellent investment choice.”

Before handing over to Mr Hague, Mr Watts also said he hoped he would have been able to announce the end of the recession at last night’s event.

But he said: “They say adversity breeds character. Well I don’t know about you, but my character feels fully developed over the last year or so.”

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9:14am Fri 19 Mar 10

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Ever since he left the family lemonade business William has struggled.
Ever since he left the family lemonade business William has struggled. Garrowby Turnoff
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10:08am Fri 19 Mar 10

myselby says...

Hugue, is that the one with the memory problem, perhaps he can get Lord Nom Dom to invest some of his ill gotten gains in York as apposed to his Island paradise . those in Penguin suits , how no doubt paid quite a lot to rub shoulders with a Tory has been ( never was) , don’t look like the rescission affected them very much.
Hugue, is that the one with the memory problem, perhaps he can get Lord Nom Dom to invest some of his ill gotten gains in York as apposed to his Island paradise . those in Penguin suits , how no doubt paid quite a lot to rub shoulders with a Tory has been ( never was) , don’t look like the rescission affected them very much. myselby
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10:35am Fri 19 Mar 10

jez b says...

Get rid of Galloway and co and York may thrive!
Get rid of Galloway and co and York may thrive! jez b
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11:52am Fri 19 Mar 10

pedalling paul says...

William always reminds me of Dan Dare's arch enemy, The Mekon...............
William always reminds me of Dan Dare's arch enemy, The Mekon............... pedalling paul
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12:12pm Fri 19 Mar 10

Kiff says...

I don't care who drives it, but York needs business investment.
We used to be a two trick city - chocolate and tourism. Now the chocolate factories have been closed down or down sized. Our only decent sized venue has been closed.
We are more reliant then ever on the fickle whims of tourism. If/when fashion takes our tourists else where, what industry will we have left?
I don't care who drives it, but York needs business investment. We used to be a two trick city - chocolate and tourism. Now the chocolate factories have been closed down or down sized. Our only decent sized venue has been closed. We are more reliant then ever on the fickle whims of tourism. If/when fashion takes our tourists else where, what industry will we have left? Kiff
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12:42pm Fri 19 Mar 10

Henry Swanson says...

Kiff wrote:
I don't care who drives it, but York needs business investment. We used to be a two trick city - chocolate and tourism. Now the chocolate factories have been closed down or down sized. Our only decent sized venue has been closed. We are more reliant then ever on the fickle whims of tourism. If/when fashion takes our tourists else where, what industry will we have left?
Yes fashion is likley to take tourism out of York.... Idiot!
[quote][p][bold]Kiff[/bold] wrote: I don't care who drives it, but York needs business investment. We used to be a two trick city - chocolate and tourism. Now the chocolate factories have been closed down or down sized. Our only decent sized venue has been closed. We are more reliant then ever on the fickle whims of tourism. If/when fashion takes our tourists else where, what industry will we have left?[/p][/quote]Yes fashion is likley to take tourism out of York.... Idiot! Henry Swanson
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12:49pm Fri 19 Mar 10

Prob says...

jez b wrote:
Get rid of Galloway and co and York may thrive!
Jesus mate, we get it already. I see tens of one-sentence posts from you on a daily basis about how much you hate Galloway/The Council/Lib Dems whether the news is about that or not (even in an article about York City!)
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Have something constructive to say or don't say it at all.
[quote][p][bold]jez b[/bold] wrote: Get rid of Galloway and co and York may thrive![/p][/quote]Jesus mate, we get it already. I see tens of one-sentence posts from you on a daily basis about how much you hate Galloway/The Council/Lib Dems whether the news is about that or not (even in an article about York City!) . Have something constructive to say or don't say it at all. Prob
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4:53pm Fri 19 Mar 10

redr says...

Kiff wrote:
I don't care who drives it, but York needs business investment. We used to be a two trick city - chocolate and tourism. Now the chocolate factories have been closed down or down sized. Our only decent sized venue has been closed. We are more reliant then ever on the fickle whims of tourism. If/when fashion takes our tourists else where, what industry will we have left?
Sorry Kiff you're forgetting the railway industry that employed thousands in York until the last Tory government.
[quote][p][bold]Kiff[/bold] wrote: I don't care who drives it, but York needs business investment. We used to be a two trick city - chocolate and tourism. Now the chocolate factories have been closed down or down sized. Our only decent sized venue has been closed. We are more reliant then ever on the fickle whims of tourism. If/when fashion takes our tourists else where, what industry will we have left?[/p][/quote]Sorry Kiff you're forgetting the railway industry that employed thousands in York until the last Tory government. redr
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