Barry Dodd CBE, the Chairman of the York and North Yorkshire with East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership and Heather Parry, Deputy Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society were keynote speakers at the recent Raworths Breakfast Club event at Bettys’ Imperial Rooms. The event was attended by an audience of over 45 invited local business owners and directors.
Barry Dodd CBE, Chairman of the GSM Group Limited, who has recently been made a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire addressed the audience on the level of government support still available to local businesses following the demise of Business Link and Yorkshire Forward. In particular, he spoke about how Enterprise Partnerships can provide funding via the Business Grant Programme to businesses with ambitious growth plans and further to help improve the skills of a workforce.
Heather Parry, director of the Yorkshire Event Centre Limited and Deputy Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, gave a fascinating talk on how much more there is to the Society than the annual Great Yorkshire Show. She also showcased the commercial arm of the organisation including the Yorkshire Event Centre and Pavilions of Harrogate which offer some of the best facilities for events in Yorkshire. Finally, Heather explained her passion for the well-known farm shop Fodder and the extent to which it constantly strives to support over 300 local businesses and farmers.
There was also a talk by Phil Parkinson, corporate and commercial solicitor at Raworths, on what all businesses who provide goods and services to the public need to know as a result of the new Consumer Contracts Regulations.
Simon Morris, partner and head of Corporate and Commercial at Raworths said: “We were delighted that Barry and Heather were able to speak at our regular Business Breakfast event. These two exceptional speakers are shining a beacon for Yorkshire enterprise across the country and their passion for business in Yorkshire was very much in evidence in their presentations.”