MORE than 70 leading business people discussed the district’s economic prospects in the first-ever Kirklees Summit.
The invitation-only event, which was held at Huddersfield’s Galpharm Staduim and runs quarterly throughout the year, features a question and answer session with a panel of business leaders tackling issues ranging from the banking crisis to youth unemployment.
The panel comprised Simon Hill, of Yorkshire Forward; Matt Holmes, of accountancy software firm Liquid Accounts; Kevin Newson, senior partner at Yorkshire Bank; Jill Hague, area commercial director for HSBC; and Prof Bob Cryan, vice-chancellor at University of Huddersfield.
Kirklees Council leader Clr Mehboob Khan, who opened the summit, said: “Kirklees Council supports the development and growth of local businesses and so I was delighted to be asked to attend and open the summit.
“It was great to see so many of our region’s businesses in attendance and to see business being done between them.
“I was interested to hear the issues being discussed and will be working with the council’s business team to try to address some of these through future council events and initiatives.”
Danny Matharu of Mirfield-based event organiser Hillrich, said: “This was a unique opportunity for the audience to have their say publicly on business in Kirklees while networking with other high profile Kirklees stakeholders.
“In a format unlike any other business gathering currently taking place, Kirklees Summit brought together a wide variety of industry leaders and created a live forum where Kirklees businesses openly debated how to make our district an even better place in which to run a business.”
Kirklees Summit is sponsored by Kirklees Council, Fantastic Media, Ramsdens Solicitors and Kirklees Grantmakers’ Alliance.
Paul Joyce, managing partner of Ramsdens, said: “The summit was an excellent forum allowing delegates the chance to have discussions on current topics, to listen and share experience with people facing the same challenges in Kirklees and to touch base with like-minded professionals.”
The next Summit takes place on September 16 – two weeks before the 2010 Kirklees Business Conference. Both events are held at the Galpharm Stadium and are free to delegates.
Go to www.kirklees-summit.co.uk