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We are hosting the closing event for York Business Festival 2022

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Celebrating a far-reaching York – now and for our future
Wednesday 30 November 2022 sees the final event of the York Business Festival month take place – an opportunity for a look to the future and a great networking opportunity.
Closing out the inspirational and motivational York Business Festival 2022 is this free to attend informal networking event co-hosted by the City of York Economic Growth team and Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors.
The event takes place in the magnificent Great Hall of Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate in York.
Enjoy a welcome drink and canapes courtesy of the event hosts from 5.30pm – 6pm. 
(with a paying bar available for the rest of the event)
At 6pm Helen Simpson OBE, Chair of York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of York City Council, will give a 15 minute update to the event guests about the biggest opportunity we have as a region and businesses to really shape our economy both internally and externally to the rest of the world – the Devolution project.  
A devolution deal has been proposed for York and North Yorkshire. The deal includes the choice to directly elect a mayor for York and North Yorkshire. The mayor would have £540m mayoral investment fund, along with new powers and funding and would form a direct a relationship with central government to champion our region. A Mayoral Combined Authority would use its funding to improve transport, adult education, increase affordable housing and to support climate friendly business growth.
But what does this all really mean for businesses? Helen Simpson OBE, Chair of the York & North Yorkshire LEP will share her thoughts on why devolution is a good idea for every business and why the business voice needs to be heard in its implementation, starting with the consultation that runs from 21st October to 16th December.
Then from 6.20 – 7.30pm, guests can take the time to mingle and catch up with the great people in business we have in and around our wonderful city of York. There is always something we can all learn and take into our own lives from listening to what other people have done.
Book your place at this event and be part of York Business Festival 2022 and beyond.
We are launching the event with 150 guest places available so do not delay in booking your place via Eventbrite, we expect demand to attend this event to be high.
About the venue
The Hall is fully accessible to everyone, with entrance from Fossgate. The Hall has a lift to both floors, an accessible toilet and an integrated loop system for those with hearing impairments. 
There is no car parking at the Hall, but they are only 5 minutes from two council run car parks – Castle and Priory Street.
Smoking is not permitted inside the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.
Due to wooden flooring in the Hall, stiletto heels are not allowed. The Hall do sell heel caps for guests who wish to wear stiletto heels and will have to put the caps on to be allowed in the Hall. Heel caps are to be bought by the wearer of the stiletto heels. 

York Business Festival is making a comeback in November 2022

We’re excited to share that Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors is partnering with City of York Council to deliver the closing event of York Business Festival 2022. Now in its 12th year, the festival will be a month-long programme of free events from 1st to 30th November that will focus on ‘Growing the Economy for Today and Tomorrow’.

The programme for the month will include a series of sessions supported by various partners that cover FIVE major themes:

  • An economy driven by good business
  • Thriving businesses - The right conditions for Sustainable Growth
  • Reducing Carbon - A greener economy
  • Developing our People - A thriving workforce
  • York as a global city

With topical seminars, thought provoking workshop sessions, online and in-person networking opportunities, there will be something for everyone!

For more information about York Business Festival 2022, the full schedule and to book tickets to this year’s events, visit: