The Yorkshire Mafia Blog

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...

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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...

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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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Valuing the Work of the Third Sector

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

You may have noticed a number of charities who were exhibiting during the Buy Yorkshire Conference this year and that is because we genuinely value and appreciate the contribution that they make to our society and importantly to those most in need.

Not all charities are the same but it’s fair to say that due to funding shortages they are all ...

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He’s Not The Messiah, He’s a Very Naughty Boy

Thursday 5th March 2015 - Posted in Business
by David Hoghton-Carter, social entrepreneur and founder of CoLab

Let’s start off here with a statement I’m sure some people will agree with, but will make others guffaw: over-amped faux business titles get my blood up. Running through sites like LinkedIn, or online business profiles, or simply after I’m handed a business card, I see someone referring to themselves as a “guru”, or a “wizard”, or a “ninja”, an...

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