Hambleton to host major annual networking event

Kevin Holllinrake MP

Hambleton’s biggest, annual networking event takes place next week (Friday May 13th) bringing together local and national politicians and businesses all of all sizes from across the region.

The Hambleton Strategic Business Forum (HSBF) will focus on how and whether government and business can work together and will provide those attending with the chance to enjoy some informal networking.

Following the success of three previous events, this is the fourth year running that the HSBF has been organised which sees around 100 representatives of businesses, town and estate forums and networking groups taking part.

This year’s event, which takes place at the Hawkhills in Easingwold, will look at whether government and business can work more closely for increased mutual benefit or if government should leave business alone to pursue its own interests and whether government provides real support for business and if that can be improved.

The conference is organised by the Hambleton Strategic Business Forum and sponsored by Hambleton District Council, Federation of Small Businesses, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, North East Chamber of Commerce and Teesside University.

Delegates will hear key note speeches from MP Kevin Hollinrake, Richard Menage, Chairman of Industrial Textiles and Plastics based in Easingwold and Debbie Keeble from HECK in Leeming Bar. Other speakers include Chair of the HSBF Lindsay Ross, Hambleton District Council’s leader Councillor Mark Robson and deputy leader Councillor Peter Wilkinson and the event will be compered by Anna Addison of Anna Addison Associates in Stokesley.

Lindsay Ross said: “Does government interfere too much into business matters or could it be doing more to help is an interesting subject. Winston Churchill famously said, “Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot, others look on it as a cow they can milk, not enough people see it as a healthy horse pulling a study wagon.” Ahead of the Referendum this should be an interesting morning and debate between business and government.”

Anna said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone from a micro-business or networking group to larger organisations to get together and discuss a host of topics and look at ways of working together. Hambleton has such a vast range of vibrant businesses many of which I have had the pleasure of meeting as we prepare for this event. It’d be fantastic to see people from all over Hambleton meeting at this event at the Hawkhills in Easingwold which is an ideal location.”

For more information or booking julie.hutton@hambleton.gov.uk  01609 767186 or book on Eventbrite http://bit.ly/1OeiEev