7 ways to get involved in York Business Week 2018

1. Be inspired by some of the country’s top businesses at the World Class York conference, which kicks off York Business Week on Tuesday, November 13, at York Racecourse. From Richard Harpin, the founder of £785 million FTSE 250 business Homeserve, to Lee Statham, Nestlé’s global confectionery innovation lead, every speaker has a connection to York - either living, working or setting up businesses in the city - and a great story to tell.

2. Be amazed at how bats are helping the development of support canes for blind people, and much more besides, at the first TEDx York event for seven years. The Blurred Realities event will bring together holocaust survivor Martin Stern, BAFTA award-winning Catherine Allen(pictured below), deputy director at the National Museum of Singapore Jervais Choo and many others to explore concepts around virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. What is the relationship between truth and tech? Are we controlling technology, or it is it controlling us? Could AI kill us? Find out at Everyman York on Friday, November 16.

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3. Grab a golden ticket and go behind the scenes of some of York’s biggest companies to learn the secrets of their success. Nestle, Siemens, Portakabin, Garbutt & Elliott and Benenden Health are among the 10 companies who’ll be opening their doors and inviting in a select audience to find out what makes them tick in a series of company open days, exclusively for York Business Week.

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4. Head to the De Grey Rooms on Wednesday, November 14 to get tips to grow your business at the Business Growth Showcase from successful entrepreneurs, including acclaimed serial technology entrepreneur Dr John Park whose globally patented stain removal technology for Ariel Future washing tablets helped make millions for Procter & Gamble.

5. Discover what the workplace of the future looks like at York’s first ever ‘People Summit’ at the National Centre for Early Music on Thursday, November 15. The event will bring together business leaders, HR professionals, students and council representatives to look at how we build a highly trained and relevant skilled workforce in the city to meet short, medium and long term economic challenges.

6. Find out how to tackle late payments in a rare Q&A with the Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal, and learn what support there is from national government to help small businesses with this very real challenge. Monday, November 19 at The Principal York.

7. Take a glimpse into the future and discover what’s next for York as Juliette Healey from the Bank of England joins council leaders to share York’s economic vision, update on the city’s economic strategy and talk through some of its most significant planned developments, including York Central and Castle Gateway. Monday, November 19 at The Principal York.

- York Business Week runs from 13–19 November with a wide range of events across the city. For the full programme and information on times and locations, visit www.yorkbusinessweek.co.uk.