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Inspirational Business experts set to join Yorkshire Business Festival

As we draw closer to our next conference, The Yorkshire Business Festival on 13th September at Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate, we would just like to share with you information on the guest presenters supporting us delivering educational and informative business workshops throughout the day.

Meet Jo Tomlinson from Business Works UK

Jo is the owner of her own growing business, a qualified Accountant, a Growth Coach and all round supporter of SME’s. She has a proven track record of helping small and medium sized businesses; and has helped businesses of all kinds to grow. 

As every business owner faces a unique set of opportunities and challenges, Jo tailors her approach to suit each businesses specific needs. Articulating these specific opportunities and challenges is often the first step. Only then can a plan be put together on how to move forward in the optimal way.

Jo regularly works with businesses who need to access finance in order to grow, or pricing strategies to maximise profitability, as well as the processes, procedures and systems which give the consistency of delivery of the same quality of product or service every time.

To find out more about the workshop with Business Works please click here

Meet Abi Pick from Why Marketing

An accomplished marketer, sales leader and business developer, Managing Director Abi Pick founded Why Marketing with the aim of helping businesses to achieve sustainable growth through innovative marketing.

Having worked with businesses all over the world, Abi is passionate about giving her clients a personal approach, well aware of the fact that every business encompasses a unique set of ambitions and objectives.

An expert in strategic planning, Abi believes that every strong marketing plan starts with one important question: Why? By getting to the heart of her clients’ needs and priorities, she’s able to find the how that enables businesses to achieve their goals.

To find out more about the workshop with Why Marketing please click here

Meet Rick Armstrong

Guest Speaker on Why Marketing workshop

Non-Exec Director of Why Marketing, Rick Armstrong has an extensive global background in marketing, advertising, business consulting and motivational speaking. As Managing Director of Mentor Group, he’s committed to helping clients achieve business growth and personal development, through tailored coaching and consulting.

Rick is also the Area Director for BNI West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire - the world’s largest referral network with over 200,000 members worldwide. Why Marketing is proud to be a member of BNI.

Meet Julie Feuerborn from Julie The Money Coach

Julie Feuerborn, CFP© is Julie The Money Coach  the business she founded to empower women to take control of their financial destiny. 

Julie recognises how many women struggle with financial confidence simply through a lack of knowledge. Passionate about addressing this issue, Julie uses a mixture of education and mentoring to give women the tools needed to make financial decisions, from how to manage everyday money to long-term saving and investing, thus creating financial confidence and increased self-esteem. Julie loves it when a client understands the role money plays in her life because it creates peace of mind and because it adds a whole new level of possibilities for her clients to live the life they deserve.

Julie is a published author with 30 Days to Learn – Winning Money Mindset cards.  She works with women via live workshops, online courses and as VIP clients adapting to what each client needs at that time as she moves along on her financial journey.  Julie’s goals is for each her clients to achieve financial freedom.

Julie has followed her dream, and since 1994 she has divided her time between Colorado and the UK with her husband and their four children.  Julie currently lives in rural England where she enjoys going for long walks and watching the sheep in the fields.  Her other passions include international travel, reading, yoga, meditation, hiking and camping.

To find out more about the workshop with Julie please click here

Meet Rachel Flower from Serenwood

I founded Serenwood in 2010 after many years working in private practice law as a commercial lawyer and subsequently as Commercial Director in various in-house legal roles. As a new mother, I set out to create a new way of working which would allow me flexibility in working patterns, and to challenge traditional the 9-5 model. I could also see that there was a real gap in the market for business owners to access strong, honest business advice to support them with the complexities of contracts, deal shaping, commercial strategy and procurement/supply chain.

Serenwood has grown through referral and recommendation, and we have a portfolio of loyal clients which love our no-nonsense, jargon-free approach to the world of business law.

My personal passion is to support and inspire other entrepreneurs to create businesses – and lifestyles – which give them balance, financial freedom and enjoyment. I run group coaching programmes, events and training, 1-to-1 coaching and bespoke strategic business support. 

Mantra: Don't Wait.

Meet Melissa Talago from Campfire Communications

Melissa Talago is founder and Chief Firestarter at Campfire Communications. Over 20 years ago, Melissa started her career in public relations working on some of the world’s biggest tech brands like IBM and Microsoft. Originally South African, her career took her to Boston, New York and London. But when her first son arrived 13 years ago, she became self-employed. She set up her own PR business focused on the parenting sector. Despite having no contacts or experience in this consumer space, she went on to win industry awards for the results she got for her clients.

After selling her business as a going concern and relocating to York, she set up Campfire Communications helping small business owners and solopreneurs to tell their stories more effectively. She helps them get clarity on what they want their business to be and where they want to take it.

Next she writes their web copy – and any other materials they need – to effectively tell their story. She offers on-on-one marketing coaching and she teaches people how to get in the press with her Publicity for Solopreneurs course. If you need someone to help bring your brand story to life, you need to chat to Melissa. P.S. In her spare time, Melissa is the founder of Glamoraks, a group for women around the world who love walking visit Glamoraks:

To find out more about the workshop with Campfire Communications please click here



Following on from the success of last year's South Yorkshire conference we are pleased to announce that the Yorkshire Business Festival celebrating women in business is being hosted in North Yorkshire at The Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate on 13th September, 2017. Over 600 delegates are expected - Join us for a free day of networking, education and motivation. Delegates will have the opportunity to network and purchase products with over 60 exhibitors showcasing well-known brands and services. You can also register for 5 FREE business workshops being hosted throughout the day. 


Delegate Registration: Open from 10.00am until 3.30pm: 

All business workshops are being hosted at The Yorkshire Business Festival. You must have a general conference admission ticket to gain entry to the event and separate tickets to your chosen business workshop. Business workshop sessions are FREE TO ATTEND. All business workshops must be pre-booked on Eventbrite or through our Yorkshire Ladies Links website prior to the conference, if you haven’t booked a ticket you can still attend a session if we have availability, we just kindly ask you to wait for all delegates with tickets to be seated.

YORKSHIRE BUSINESS FESTIVAL general admission ticket link 


Exhibitor area: Open from 10.00am until 3.30pm 


The Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate stands as the spa towns first purpose built hotel, dating back to 1671. Overlooking the famous 200 acre Stray, the magnificent hotel building is unique, and Grade II listed, with bags of character to complement the convenience of its prime North Yorkshire location. With all the modern facilities you'd expect of four star accommodation, yet all the charm and elegance you'd associate with a 17th century building, the hotel is perfect for family getaways, romantic retreats, conferences and events.

FREE internet available throughout the hotel

FREE Onsite parking

Contact Yorkshire Ladies Links:

Please email if you would like to receive information on exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities: or telephone telephone our event organiser Melanie Malcolm on 07801 072222

To find out more about Yorkshire ladies Links Conferences and events please take a look at the Yorkshire Ladies Links website 

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