Business Week success


Hambleton’s first ever virtual business week has been hailed a massive success – attracting three times the number of delegates hosted at previous conferences.

More than 320 people watched the live streams over the three-day event last week (May 11 – 13) which featured a range of speakers and saw the opening of the new C4DI digital hub in Northallerton.

Themed around the digital high street and traditional business, the Hambleton District Council event replaced the usual annual one day conference. C4DI, based on the Treadmills development, produced and delivered all the technical content for the on line sessions which allowed delegates to dip in and out as they wished.

A conservative estimate of the number of people engaged with us during the event is 320, but we believe the figure to be much higher when we add in the people that only joined us for specific sessions,” said District Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Peter Wilkinson.

There was a lot of traction on social media and great support from all our partners. And on top of that we have had requests from nine organisations wanting to look round the new C4DI building with a view to joining us there. This is a massive success for both the council and C4DI – we now look forward to welcoming more new businesses.”

The business week featured a wide range of talks by key business leaders including Kate Hardcastle MBE who presented the ‘Digital High Street’; Amanda Lindsay from human resources consultancy, 2hbr, Matthew Hopkinson from Didobi, members of the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, agritech companies and Professor Alastair Irons from the University of Sunderland which is a partner in the council’s new campus project.

C4DI is a digital hub for tech companies and traditional businesses working primarily within the agriculture, food processing and digital sector. Working alongside C4DI in Hull it will bring together businesses through custom innovation programmes and startup incubation. It will give traditional business access to skills and expertise and tech companies unrivalled supply chain and mentor access.

To watch any of the business week presentations please visit:

The Treadmills scheme is being developed by Central Northallerton Development Company Ltd (a joint venture between Hambleton District Council and Wykeland Group) with additional funding from the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, allocated from the Government’s Local Growth Fund

Published: 20th May 2021

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