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The first Thrive Yorkshire business growth conference, that took place last week in Ilkley, has been hailed a resounding success by delegates and exhibitors.

The event sponsored by the Ilkley Business Forum was held at The Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley and was attended by over 100 delegates and 30 exhibitors. Feedback from delegates included –

There was a professional but relaxed atmosphere

Congratulations on an excellent event with real buzz – you should be very proud of yourselves

Brilliant speakers, definitely worth repeating”.

The event was opened by MP Kris Hopkins who said, “It was a privilege to open proceedings in Ilkley, small business growth is helping to secure Britain’s future, adding there is real opportunity for businesses in this region.”

Speakers at the event included Professor Nigel Lockett from Leeds University Business School, who told us we need to be more like “Gazelle’s in business and stand out from the herd!”. Rachelle Atkin from The Yorkshire Marketing Company, who both exhibited and attended the event said “I found the session by Professor Nigel Lockett from The University of Leeds Enterprise Centre both informative and relevant – I will certainly be implementing a lot of his tips to help grow my business.” The conference is now set to become an annual event.

For more information on the event, please go to or contact ‘Thrive Yorkshire’ on For more information on the Ilkley Business Forum please visit


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