York & North Yorkshire Chamber

York & North Yorkshire Chamber exists to help businesses like yours.

Our brand values underpin the ethos of the business and the people within it.

  • Partnerships: working with companies and individuals to improve their business performance, by building strong relationships
  • Networking: providing an inclusive and effective network for businesses to do business
  • Intelligence: using our knowledge, intelligence and services to enable business people to work more efficiently and profitably
  • Championing: the voice and needs of local business
  • Supporting: helping to create a sustainable business-friendly and supported environment


The Chamber’s mission statement is:

“To be the champion of business – connecting, supporting and representing.”

Take a look at the range of services on offer to members of the Chamber here or call 08455 240 240 with any questions.

Your York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce representatives

Laurence Beardmore, President, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Andrew Digwood, Immediate Past President, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce charity

The charity selected by York & North Yorkshire Chamber President, Laurence Beardmore is The Island.



The Island

The Island is a well-established York based registered charity (1120420) supporting some our most disadvantaged, vulnerable and isolated children and young people aged 8 to 18 to realise their potential through positive mentoring relationships and activities. All children and young people have undiscovered potential and through mentoring we can create “islands of time and space” for them to see and believe in themselves.

The Island believes in care, responsibility, respect and compassion resulting in positive outcomes on children and young people’s attitudes, behaviour and skills. We support then to become more effective individuals who are then able to engage and contribute to their community. The Island is more determined than ever to continuing making a difference in supporting, guiding and positively influencing the lives of all children and young people in the city of York and beyond, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances or life experiences.

For more information please visit The Island website: www.theislandyork.org

York Leadership Group

York Leadership Group

  1. Laurence Beardmore, York Emporium / York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce President
  2. Eamonn Keogh, O’Neill Associates
  3. David Dickson, York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership
  4. Tony O’hagan, Nestle UK
  5. Simon Brereton, City of York Council
  6. Matt O’Neill, North Yorkshire County Council
  7. Mark Fordyce, York Data Services Ltd
  8. Amanda Selvaratnam, University of York
  9. Lee Underwood, Autohorn Fleet Services Ltd
  10. Steve Secker, Secker Taylor Associates Ltd (Chair of York & North Yorkshire Property Forum)
  11. Andrew Lowson, York Business Improvement District Company Ltd
  12. Natasha Palmer, Bauer Media Limited
  13. Tim Whitaker, Askham Bryan College
  14. Mark Granger, Pavers Ltd
  15. Kerry Hope, Castle Employment Agency Limited
  16. Paul Tyler, McArthur Glen Designer Outlet (York) Ltd
  17. Matthew Grant, Azets
  18. Steve Smith, HSBC Bank Plc
  19. Ruth McKelvey, York College
  20. Lee Probert, York College
  21. Andrew Digwood, Rollits LLP
  22. Kurt Calder, Shepherd Building Group Ltd
  23. Marc Fleetham, York St John University
  24. James Brennan, York Racecourse
  25. Bethan Vincent, Bethan Vincent Consulting


Sandy Needham, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce