Barnsley unites for business conference

Barnsley businesses are being urged to keep it local and increase trade within the town.

Business leaders have joined Dan Jarvis MP and Barnsley Council Assistant Director Carol Cooper Smith to call for greater collaboration.

The call comes ahead of the first ever Barnsley Business Conference on October 25 at the Metrodome.

The day-long conference, which is free to attend, features a packed programme of business specific seminars, an exhibition hall housing close to 50 local businesses and a clinic where delegates can get expert help to cure their business ‘ailments’.

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis said: “It’s important that in these tough times, Barnsley businesses do everything they can to support one another.

There are some fantastic businesses in Barnsley and it is vital that they – and we – work together for the benefit of our town.”

Carol Cooper Smith, Assistant Director of Economy, Culture and Housing at Barnsley Council, echoed his comments: “This is a great opportunity for Barnsley businesses to promote their successes.

“Barnsley is an excellent place to do business and this conference will help them to increase their profile and build stronger relationships with local suppliers and customers.”

Headlining a ‘Best of the Best’ speaker line-up is Card Factor founder Dean Hoyle who opened his first shop in Barnsley before going on to build a nationwide card empire of over 500 shops employing over 5,000 staff – an achievement that saw him named Ernst & Young North and Midlands Entrepreneur of the Year.

The speaker programme also includes the UK’s number one motivational business speaker, Brad Burton; international sales superstar Nicky Pattinson; and Yorkshire’s renowned ‘Mr Presenter’ Nick Hill.

One of the seminars will be led by Barnsley-based renewable energy specialist Norcroft Energy.

The family-based company is bringing a pedal-powered smoothie maker and a head-turning electrical Vauxhall Ampera car to the event.

Philip Mosley, Managing Director, of Norcroft Energy, said: “It’s really important local businesses support the Barnsley Business Conference.

“By working together, we can grow stronger and ensure growth and jobs. There’s a lot of talent in Barnsley.”

Barnsley Business Conference is part of the wider ‘Yorkshire Business Conferences’ programme, coveringWakefield, Calderdale, Bradford, Kirklees, Barnsley and Sheffield Business Conferences.

For more information or to register to attend visit www.barnsleybusinessconference.co.uk

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