What state is our region in?

Local businesses will have the opportunity to discuss the state of the region in an economic breakfast event hosted by West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with law firm Bond Dickinson LLP next week.

On Friday 20th May in Leeds businesses will hear from a host of speakers providing personal insights and information on exporting, case studies and the Yorkshire economy.

Graham Fawthrop is managing director at Debar, manufacturers of hardware for bi-folding doors. Graham will discuss his experiences of exporting, how he first started trading internationally, the challenges faced and how his company overcame them. Also speaking will be Hilary Benn, Leeds MP and Shadow Foreign Secretary and construction and management consultants, Turner & Townsend.

Gerald Jennings, Leeds Chamber President said: “We’re grateful to Bond Dickinson for hosting this important event and to our speakers. Our latest quarterly economic survey indicates a slowing in pace of the domestic markets for manufacturing and services but a slight increase in foreign sales. We’re hoping this event will help business owners understand where we are now, what the figures are telling us helping them plan their future strategies for growth.”

Simon Pilling, Corporate Partner at Bond Dickinson said: “We’re delighted to be a part of this event. The results from the recent survey have found that business confidence across our region remains high despite concerns around the introduction of the national living wage, the ongoing roll out of auto-enrolment pensions and the uncertainty around exchange rates in the event of an EU exit. Export figures are encouraging, providing evidence that businesses are looking further afield to fulfil their business growth ambitions. It is clear that 2016 will be a key year for Yorkshire businesses and exporting.”

The free event will run from 8.00-10.00am at Bond Dickinson’s offices on Whitehall Road in Leeds. Book here or email events@wnychamber.co.uk