Aisles set to be bust at sold-out business market

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With just a few days to go before the 12th annual Yorkshire Business , organisers say it is set to be the most successful yet.

Demand for stands has far outstripped the last few years, with more than 110 exhibitors now set to fill Pavilions of on Monday, 18 April 2016.

Meanwhile, interest in the programme has never been higher, with a series of seminars and networking events running throughout the day.

, who leads the organising team, said:

Interest in Yorkshire Business Market has never been higher and we’re looking forward to a very busy, successful day for everyone involved.

We have found space for as many businesses as possible to exhibit, but we are now sold out for exhibitors. However, there’s still time for business visitors to register to join us on the day, or they can just register on arrival by presenting two business cards – and of course, attendance is free.

We have once again attracted some leading Yorkshire figures to join us on the day, so our visitors and exhibitors should look out for them as they tour the aisles. The day will get off to a great start with the opening ceremony at 10am, this year being performed by Sir Gary Verity.

The seminar programme includes a Google Garage and a Microsoft digital security talk – both of which require pre-booking via the YBM website – as well as local success stories from CNG Ltd and Ruth Whiteley, and support for business teams from Zoe Whitby of ZW Coaching. Visitors can also learn the skills for better networking with Colin Tweedie’s seminar, and put them into practice with organised networking sessions at the beginning and end of the day.

The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd CBE, opened YBM in 2015. This year, Sir Gary Verity will take the official role
The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd CBE, opened YBM in 2015. This year, Sir Gary Verity will take the official role

Meanwhile, in the exhibition areas, numerous top names have taken stands and will be sharing their latest news and offers with visitors. A new tourism area has been formed with a collection of leading organisations including Welcome to Yorkshire, Visit Harrogate, Harrogate at Christmas, HIC Yorkshire, Harrogate in Bloom, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.

Elsewhere in the halls, exhibitors will include Berwins, Bettys, Leeds City College, Rudding Park, Saint Michael’s Hospice and HSBC Bank. The Best of Harrogate is also bringing a collective of its members to highlight the strength of independent businesses across the town.

Visitors can register to attend at or by emailing or just turn up on the day and check-in with two business cards. Some of the seminars and both of the organised networking sessions require booking – visit the website and click Programme for details.

  • Harrogate and Commerce was established in 1896 and organises monthly meetings for businesses of all sizes from across the Harrogate district. It passes on information about relevant applications, transport news and other local business developments, as well as upcoming events and seminars for businesses.
  • One of the Chamber’s biggest annual events is Yorkshire Business Market, which attracts over a hundred exhibitors and over a thousand business visitors each spring.
  • For more information, visit or
  • Or call the office on 01423 879208 or contact Harrogate Chamber via Facebook ( or Twitter (@HGChamber_YBM).

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