Raworths, Harrogate’s leading firm of solicitors has held a meeting of its breakfast business club with four speakers including well-known Harrogate business guru, Denis Kaye and chief executive of the Harrogate International Festivals, Sharon Canavar. The event, which was attended by over 40 representatives of local businesses, was held at the Imperial Rooms at Bettys on Parliament Street in Harrogate.
Denis Kaye of Firm Ideas Limited gave a talk on the importance of non-executive directors in small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Denis Kaye said: “Whilst non-executive directors are the norm in public companies they offer valuable input to help SME directors meet their aspirations.” He also highlighted the differences in the requirements for directors working in the SME and PLC sectors.
Carmelita Arden, Head of the Family Unit at Raworths gave a short talk on how business assets are dealt with on a divorce. She said: “In previous years, business assets were left untouched in a financial settlement if at all possible. However, in the present economic climate where finances are stretched, we are having to think more creatively as to how we deal with business assets owned by a divorcing couple and how to protect the viability of the business.”
Jonathan Mortimer of Raworths followed this with a talk on how businesses can protect themselves from break-away employees starting up in competition and how recent changes in the law have strengthened the rights of the employer. He said: “We have seen a very considerable increase in cases involving what is the trade-off between an employer protecting his business and the right of every individual to have the freedom to choose how they want to work and how they want to exploit their own experience.”
The final speaker was Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive of the Harrogate International Festivals, on the work of the festival and the upcoming programme of music, literature and art taking place in July. Sharon said: “It’s time for Harrogate to fling open the gates to a sensational summer of artistic events while at the same time raising the profile of Harrogate and bringing in an estimated £4.1 million of investment into the town.” Raworths are main sponsors of the Literature Series of events at this year’s Festival as part of the firm’s 125th anniversary year.
The next business breakfast is scheduled for January 2013.