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"Unofficially Yorkshire": The rise of the business community

Monday 11th May 2015 - Posted in Yorkshire Mafia
by Geoff Shepherd

No mandate, no authority, no taxpayer funds, no quangos, no fees…and yet…

No one asked us to do it, no one gave us any funding, no staff were seconded across, there were no committees and we weren’t promoted by any Government department or quango.

It’s completely UNOFFICIAL… We are completely unofficial… but, there are thousands of business...


Social Media - Is Anybody Listening?

Thursday 30th April 2015 - Posted in Business
by Phil Cockayne

Dear Social Media Customer Service,

I’m currently utilising several social media platforms to try and engage with my customers, reach new customers and build an active following.

Sadly, I’m not having the results that I expected.

What can you do to solve this problem?


95% of Businesses



Straight Talking Entrepreneur Takes to the Stage

Wednesday 29th April 2015 - Posted in Yorkshire Mafia
by Lindsey Davis

Jonathan Straight is a long term supporter of the Buy Yorkshire Conference and we were delighted to welcome him back for a further year. As a businessman who has worked for 21 years to build a recycling company that he then floated on the stock exchange before selling it many years later, he certainly knows his stuff.

Speaking about his depar...


Empowerment of Women Leads to An Unlikely Enterprise

Wednesday 29th April 2015 - Posted in Yorkshire Mafia
by Lindsey Davies

As a naïve and shy 19 year old, Jacqueline Gold had no idea what path her career would take. Sitting in a smoke filled room at 21 in a council house in South East London drawing pictures of her boyfriends ‘meat and two veg’ on her head wasn’t quite what she had planned!

And so, Ann Summers was born, well, reinvented at least.

Admitting that...


Youth Association Giving Business the Chance to Nurture Future Talent

Wednesday 29th April 2015 - Posted in Yorkshire Mafia
by Lindsey Davis

If there is one thing that the Buy Yorkshire Conference cannot be accused of it’s having 180 exhibitors within the same sector. You know the kind of event where there’s a bank or a legal team round every corner, a stand-off between two shell schemes that go back to back but just happen to be competitors – well, you don’t get that here.

The va...


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