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Future of annual Yorkshire Business Market secured

Future of annual Yorkshire Business Market secured

Published at 4:42pm 10th September 2018.

The future of Harrogate's Yorkshire Business Market has been secured.

The Yorkshire Business Market has been an annual event since 2005 when, as Chief Executive of Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Brian Dunsby was looking for ways to boost the local economy.

Now co-founders Brian and Beryl Dunsby are handing over their shares to The Yorkshire Society so the event can continue. 

Staged annually at Pavilions of Harrogate, the Yorkshire Business Market has been held as a low-cost business-to-business promotion opportunity.

Whilst the size of the event has fluctuated, the average number of businesses participating over the 14 years has been 126 exhibitors, whilst visitor numbers have averaged well over 1,000 business owners and managers each year.

Yorkshire Business Market Chairman Mark Lancaster said:

"This new partnership means the future of the Yorkshire Business Market is secure and we can now begin the important task of planning next year’s event.

"I would also like to pay tribute to Brian and Beryl for their unstinting work over the last 15 years. Without them there wouldn’t be a Yorkshire Business Market. They have been instrumental in turning it into the Harrogate District’s premier business event."

The Yorkshire Business Market has been administered by the Perlex Associates team headed by Maggie Hall, who has worked with Brian and Beryl for a variety of associations and events for over 30 years.

They are now aiming to reduce their workload in order to concentrate primarily on the highly successful Harrogate Christmas Market.

The seventh Christmas Market will be on Thursday, November 15 to Sunday, November 18 in its usual location on the edge of the Stray around St Mary's Walk, between Montpellier Hill and Cold Bath Road.