Henshaws bags repeat business from YIBC

4 May 2011

Delegates at this year’s Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC) will be treated to extra-special delegate bags for the second year running, after Henshaws was selected as the event’s chosen charity for another year.

Visually impaired art makers at the charity’s Knaresborough based Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre are producing 1,500 delegate bags through the charity’s social enterprise, Handmade at Henshaws.

Henshaws of Harrogate
Matthew Briggs, Becky Loble and Elizabeth Leaming show off their newly-designed YIBC delegate bags


Each bag is being hand decorated with one of a selection of unique designs created by the art makers. Henshaws students and art makers will also help to fill the bags with delegate information, and the charity will benefit from further involvement at the event which is to be held at Harrogate International Centre on 10 June.

Billed as the biggest business networking event in the North of England, the convention has been an annual fixture in the region’s business calendar since 1995 and has featured keynote speakers including Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as celebrities such as John Cleese, Sir Bob Geldof and Neil Armstrong.

The theme of the 2011 event is “Winners” and guests will include Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British inventor of the World Wide Web, and Andrew Strauss, captain of the Ashes-winning England cricket team

YIBC organiser Mike Firth said: “We were delighted to nominate Henshaws as our chosen charity for a second year, and commission another set of their wonderful delegate bags which were one of the most commented-upon features of the 2010 event. The partnership is a perfect complement to this year’s theme of winners, as the dedication and positive attitude from the students and art makers makes them winners on every level.”

Louise Ashton, marketing and communications manager at Henshaws, added: “Handmade at Henshaws is a very valuable initiative, bringing great benefit both to the art makers involved and businesses and individuals who use its products and services. It’s great that YIBC has recognised the mutual advantages that a link-up like this can bring, and we look forward to working with Mike and his team once again this year.”


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