Trade bosses to talk Doncaster’s economy

Business 2012 at the London O2 with Richard Branson by The Urban Snapper
Business 2012 at the London O2 with Richard Branson by The Urban Snapper

Local business leaders will join national and regional names to speak on issues affecting Doncaster’s economy.

The Doncaster Business Conference will hear a key note speech by Gori Yahaya, Head of Training and Development for the Digital Garage from Google on how to reach new customers online.

He said: “The internet is playing an important role in helping companies of all sizes in Doncaster reach new customers, manage marketing expenses and use data-driven consumer insights to help their business grow,” says Gori who has helped over 2500 charities, business owners and entrepreneurs boost their digital skills.

Organised by Doncaster Chamber, the conference on Friday April 22 will also include debates on the Northern Powerhouse and Place Marketing for Doncaster with top panellists including Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton, John Evans, Chief Executive for the National College for High Speed, and Mark Robson, Regional Director for UKTI.

As Doncaster strives to improve its education performance, Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband will join the Head of Hungerhill School and Doncaster Council’s Director of Learning Opportunities and Skills for a conversation on skills and aspirations for the town.

Dan Fell, Chief Executive Officer for Doncaster Chamber, said: “The conference is a major opportunity for people from the public and private sectors to hear from company bosses, politicians, and educationists discussing some of the key topics affecting the business economy and the town’s growth now and in the future.

“This is a year of big decisions and projects for Doncaster, with the devolution deal, new academic institutions including the HS2, New College and proposed University Technical College, and more regional and international opportunities on the horizon with the opening of the Great Yorkshire Way and new business flights from the Robin Hood Airport - all in a time when everything is going online and global.”

The event will also include networking opportunities. The conference will take place at The Legacy Centre, Shaw Lane, Doncaster from 8am to 1pm. To book a place, or for more information, visit www.doncaster-chamber.co.uk/business-conference.asp.