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Yorkshire Ladies Links invites you to The Yorkshire Business Festival celebrating Women in Business
Following on from the success of last year's South Yorkshire conference we are pleased to announce that the Yorkshire Business Festival celebrating women in business is returning to Tankersley Manor on the 20th September, 2016. Over 600 delegates attended last years conference to be inspired and motivated throughout the day. Former television journalist, Christa Ackroyd is joining us again as our host introducing inspirational guest speakers. Delegates will have the opportunity to network with over 35 exhibitors showcasing well known brands and services.
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
10.00am Christa Ackroyd
Welcoming back well known journalist and TV presenter Christa Ackroyd as host for the day introducing our inspirational guest speakers. Christa has been a journalist in Yorkshire for more than three decades, the last two as anchor on both Calendar and Look North. Having covered everything from the Yorkshire Ripper to the Hillsborough tragedy, Christa is now using her years of experience to help promote others, particularly women in her home county of Yorkshire. Christa has also been making videos for key clients which have seen her at Williams Formula One, Microsoft and Accenture using her skills to spread the word about female role models.
10.30 - 11.00am Julie Baker - Head of Enterprise Business Banking at NatWest
Julie is responsible for leading the ongoing delivery of new and better ways to provide enterprise support across the Bank's business banking customer base to help customers achieve their ambitions. Julie supports the Women in Business Accreditation Programme, endorsed by Chartered Banker and certified by everywoman, now held by over 319 Women in Business Specialist Relationship Managers.
She acts as an Enterprise ambassador, enhancing the profile of the Royal Bank of Scotland as the “Go To” Bank for diverse business segments through high visibility across external influencing forums, the media and Government. Julie also Chairs the Enterprise Board, acts as the Royal Bank of Scotland's representative at the British Bankers Association on the enterprise agenda, and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers
11.15 - 11.45am Claire Young - Founder of School Speakers & Co-founder of Girls Out Loud
Claire Young was born in Johannesburg and brought up in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, where she lives today. Made famous by her role as the highly driven runner up of series four of ‘The Apprentice’ was dubbed a ‘Rottweiler’ by Lord Sugar for her tenacious approach in the boardroom and drive not to quit. She beat 40,000 candidates to reach the final and this experience inspired Claire to set up her own business.
Claire started out in roles at Colgate Palmolive, L’Oreal and Superdrug. She studied Equine Science at the University of Bristol and remains a keen rider. Claire runs her own business, ‘School Speakers’ and has co-founded ‘Girls Out Loud’. She also works within the media as a journalist and radio presenter in addition to advising the government on projects which help young people start business and women into business.
She has been nominated for the Queen’s Enterprise Award twice. In 2015 she was named ‘Business Person of the Year’ at Wakefield District Business Awards, has won the coveted ‘Forward Ladies Women in Business Award’ 2015 for her business School Speakers and a ‘Mumpreneur 2015’ award. She combines her busy career with being a mum to her daughter Eva.
12.30 - 12.45pm Melanie Malcolm - Founder of Yorkshire Ladies Links, Co-Founder of Yorkshire Choice Awards, Director of Bespoke Home Cinemas & Board Director of CEDIA
Melanie is a pioneering woman in business with numerous accolades to her name, always looking to inspire women within her network helping them gain exposure and recognition for their talent and achievements. Since launching Yorkshire Ladies Links, Mel has grown the organisation to thousands by hosting events across the region. Mel's proudest moment was the launch of the Be Inspired Conference, now known as one of Yorkshire's largest networking event's for women. She's also Co-founder of The Yorkshire Choice Awards, recognising local heroes and businesses that are an inspiration in their field. As Director of the award-winning Bespoke Home Cinemas and CEDIA Board Director she's an accomplished entrepreneur, with a keen sense of what it takes to make a business grow.
1.00 - 1.15pm Abbie Coleman - Editor and Founder of MMB Magazine - The Modern Working Mothers Magazine
Abbie Coleman, seeks to bring a resource to working mothers across Yorkshire offering all the advice and information they need in one place for their careers and lives. From information on finances and government changes in childcare through to leadership advice and information to get more women to the board room. She is championing the right for working mothers to have careers while working part time and encouraging Yorkshire business to recognize the value and contribution of part time employees . She is also keen to promote “me time” , highlighting the importance of maintaining your identity and goals in life alongside your role as a mother. As the MD of MMB Magazine she's responsible for the strategic direction of the company, from launching the MMB card through to working on the launch of the You Tube channel or seeking out the latest celebrity working mother interview! Abbie has run her own business for over 6 years in Yorkshire prior to launching MMB and is a keen promoter of women across the region.
10.00am Janice Richardson - Founder of Bloomin Yorkshire - Charity Partner at The Yorkshire Business Festival, 2016
For Janice Richardson life is bloomin' marvellous. The 52 year old Yorkshire dialysis patient refuses to let her serious illness get her down despite two failed kidney transplants and surviving life threatening total organ failure. Which is why Janice is now putting all her energy, and there is plenty of it, into a Yorkshire wide fund raising event to celebrate not only life but her home county and raise awareness of organ donation as well.
The BloominYorkshire Charity Foundation have launched a county wide competition among schoolchildren of all ages in primary and secondary schools to design a Yorkshire rose. The winning rose will then be made, sold and planted to create a massive public art exhibition for all to see with the final rose being planted on 1st August 2018 ‘Yorkshire Day’. The display will be open to the general public for three months in one of Yorkshire's iconic historic environments.
12.30 - 12.45pm Jo Maltby - Founder of Handpicked Local & Wetherbyhour & Co-Founder Yorkshire Choice Awards
With a passion for local and a determination to help small businesses get noticed, Jo set up #Wetherbyhour, a popular networking hour online every Tuesday 8-9pm, together with hosting monthly live nights. With a devotion to give independent businesses a louder voice, she launched the Business Membership Handpicked Local. Joining forces with Melanie Malcolm from Yorkshire Ladies Links, Jo and Mel founded The Yorkshire Choice Awards, recognising local heroes, businesses and organistions who are an inspiration in their field. Jo will explain how you can support The Yorkshire Choice Awards in her presentation.
2.00 - 2.20pm Janine Burley Gosling - Director My Baby Can Dance UK
Whilst on maternity with her 4th child and seeing a gap in the market for quality preschool activitives Janine decided that she wanted to create a business that would engage children using movement to music and early years education. My Baby Can Dance Ltd was born.
Without any grants, funding or loans Janine created a Franchise Business Model from scratch and is now one of the fastest growing pre school activities on the UK market. Since launching in 2011, janine won best preschool activity in Hull and East Yorkshire and also nominated for Business Woman of the Year 2016 with Yorkshire Choice awards and was a finalist.
Janine also works within education offering inspiring presentations about franchising. "My personal message is Listen, Learn... Move forward "
1.30 - 1.50pm Hazel Barry - Managing Director H2k Harrogate
After suffering from a rare condition which causes inflammation of the skin and joints, Hazel Barry decided to create a business with the aim of helping other people who suffer from skin sensitivities similar to her own. As a teenager Hazel had sourced the Kalahari Melon Seed Oil from Namibia and chose to use this as a base for creating calming and nourishing skin care products and toiletries. H2k was set up in the year 2000 and to this day, the ethos of providing high quality skincare that aids sensitive and dry skin is integral to the business.
At first, H2k traded from a tiny bungalow where Hazel worked alone and worked 12 hour days to build the business. After buying and renovating properties to generate finance, H2k slowly established and grew over 6 years. After the Middle East market showed a keen interest in H2k, the business really began to take off. Since the business was created, H2k of Harrogate has expanded into a global luxury skincare and toiletry business which continues to grow. In 2013 they opened their first flagship store in Harrogate which has helped to build brand awareness and generate more hotel sales. Providing luxury toiletries to hotels in the UK, Australia, the Middle East and all over Europe, there is no doubt that H2k will continue to be a huge success worldwide.
12.00 - 12.20pm Emily Freeman - Olympian & Founder of Totally Runable
Totally Runable Co-Founder Emily Freeman is an Olympian and Personal Trainer. 2 years after her last race on the track she is still working hard and giving it her all, this time to empower women and girls to improve their own fitness and reach their own potential.
Emily represented Team GB in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, European and World Championships in her years as a professional athlete. She was the fastest woman in Britain in 2008 and 2009 over 100m and 200m. When she retired at 33 she co-founded running and mindset training company Totally Runable to inspire others with lessons learned in a journey from 10 year old dreamer to the start line at the Olympic Games. She believes everyone has the potential to be great.
12.00 - 12.20pm Natalie Jackson - Founder of Totally Runable
Totally Runable Co-Founder Natalie Jackson spent 8 years working as a Lawyer and Director of a law firm. All that changed when she found herself with a place in the 2011 London Marathon and a big reason to get running. In 6 months and 26.2 miles (plus a few in training) Natalie learned that she was capable of more than she’d thought. 50lbs of weight loss later she was on her way to helping others change their lives and become the people they want to be.
Totally Runable is everything Natalie wanted when she started running, all about giving women and girls the confidence to become the people they want to be, through changes to self esteem, fitness and mindset. She firmly believes you can do, and be, anything you set your mind to.
Best Kept Secret Clothing
Bloomin Yorkshire (Charity Partner)
Harris & Co
H2k of Harrogate
Ideas (Design & Print Sponsor)
Mmmm Cupcakes of Dronfield
MMB – The Modern Working Mothers Magazine
My Baby Can Dance
NatWest (Event Sponsor)
Nicki Eyre Transformational Coaching
Northern Car Leasing
St James’s Place Wealth Management
The Emoji Coach
The Oasis School of Human Relations
White Apple Thinking
Yorkshire Choice Awards
Yorkshire Ladies Links (Conference Host)
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Melanie Malcolm on 07801 072222
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