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Networking focus for Business Market

Organisers of the 12th annual Yorkshire Business Market are proving that face-to-face meetings are still among the most popular ways to do business – even in the digital age.

With networking always the most popular reason given for attending, this year’s event will have three opportunities for visitors to build new contacts, alongside the new digital features.

Taking place at Pavilions of Harrogate on Monday, April 18, Yorkshire Business Market will begin with a networking breakfast at 7.30am organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), where author and businessman Jay Allen will be the keynote speaker.

The final session of the day at 3pm will be a speed networking event organised by Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce, whose regular speed networking ‘safaris’ are among its most popular events of the year. Meanwhile, at lunchtime, visitors can pick up tips from Colin Tweedie, who will be presenting Become a Great Networker in Just One Hour in the new Digital Theatre at 12.30pm.

Chamber Vice-President Steve Pepper, of Steve Pepper Training Associates, who is running the afternoon networking session, said:

Harrogate Chamber has a great track record for helping businesses to meet and work together, and the Safari meetings are one of the most effective ways to do this.

We’re bringing that experience and expertise to this year’s Yorkshire Business Market, and we’re really pleased that the FSB is starting the day with a networking breakfast, too.

As well as the networking that goes on around the aisles all day, the two structured networking events will be a good chance for visitors to create valuable new connections very quickly. Paired with the advice given by Colin Tweedie, it’s a great opportunity to get as much as possible from the day.

Registration is needed for both networking events. Visit for details.

Meanwhile, the new Digital Theatre featuring Microsoft and Google is also proving to be a major attraction to exhibitors, with booking numbers significantly ahead compared to 2015. Exhibition space in the adjacent Digital Café is open to Yorkshire companies offering web design, software, technical support and more.

Anyone interested in exhibiting at the not-for-profit event should email for details. Visitors can attend for free but are asked to register in advance by emailing the same address.

The full seminar programme will be released shortly, with some events requiring pre-booking, and anyone interested should get in touch to be kept informed.

For more information, visit or call 01423 879208.

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