Innovation And Technology In The Spotlight At Interactive YEN Expo 2017

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YEN Expo 2017, one of Yorkshire’s biggest and most innovative business events, takes place this year on Monday, November 6.

For the third year running, the conference returns to Bradford College’s impressive David Hockney building.

YEN Expo, run by Yorkshire Enterprise Network, is expected to attract more than 1,500 delegates, with £1 billion worth of industry and services on show.

Now in its sixth year, the conference brings together businesses and organisations from across the county to share ideas, develop new opportunities and showcase their products and services to a broad-ranging business audience.

Attendance continues to grow year-on-year. More than 1,000 delegates visited the 2016 event – a fourfold increase on the 250 turnout recorded before YEN took over the running.

Analysis of the 2016 Expo has found that:

• 70% of delegates were senior decision-makers in their organisation
• 60% were SMEs
• Over 150 were directors or senior managers from large corporations
• 15% were from public sector organisations
• 10% were from NGOs (Not-for-profit organisations).
• Building on some of last year’s innovations, the 2017 event will be even more interactive. The day’s activities will be live-streamed via YouTube and Facebook and live Twitter feeds onscreen will enable delegates to engage and interact in real time.

It will also include a Tech Expo, covering everything from BIG Data (tracking and analytics of your business’s online users and gathering detailed marketing information) to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), with participants including Google Digital Garage, the multi-million pound initiative to help businesses develop their digital and online skills.

An Innovation Showcase, will feature exhibits include 3D printing, textiles, film and television.

There will be a broad mix of exhibition stands alongside informative events including a rolling programme of panel sessions, seminars, business clinics, international-calibre speakers and networking sessions.

Speakers and panellists will include Bradford Council Chief Executive Kersten England; Bradford College Chief Executive Andy Welsh; former Bradford South MP and Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe, (now Director of Sutcliffe Swales Consultants and a YEN Patron); and General Manager of Bradford’s The Broadway Shopping Centre, Ian Ward, who is Chairing the recently-launched Bradford BID initiative

YEN has recently announced new strategic partnerships with Smarter Business Tech LIVE conference in Manchester and The Business Show, London’s biggest business exhibition and the fastest-growing business show in Europe.

Expo Partners also include: Bradford College, Malik House Business Centres, Bradford Council, The Yorkshire Society, Galaxy Comms, The Broadway Shopping Centre, Google Digital Garage, JCI Bradford (Junior Chamber International), 4Networking, and an extensive range of media partners.

YEN Director Sheraz Malik said: “We’re really excited about all the activities lined up for YEN Expo which is going from strength-to-strength every year. Building on previous achievements, the 2017 event will be even more innovative and more interactive.

“Bradford is the sixth largest city in the UK and is Yorkshire’s third biggest economic powerhouse, generating around £9 billion a year. As well as providing a platform for businesses and organisations to showcase their own brand, the conference gives us an opportunity to shout out to the wider world about what our great city is achieving.

“An extensive network of media partners for this year’s event will enable us to get that message out loud and clear to a direct audience of around 150,000 though print and digital media – with an even greater reach through our broadcast media partners.

Conference activities will also be promoted via the Bradford Big Screen in City Park.

The event goes on from 10am to 4pm in the David Hockney Building, off Great Horton Road, Bradford, and is free to attend for delegates.

To find out more about the conference, details of the sponsorship and exhibition packages, or to register as a delegate please visit:

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