The 2018 North Yorkshire Wider Partnership conference will be held on Friday 26 October 2018

North Yorkshire wider partnership conference

North Yorkshire Wider Partnership Conference - Friday 3 November 2017

Inclusive growth: How can we all contribute to helping North Yorkshire’s economy work for everyone?


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Banks Property is an established family owned business with a long track record of developing sensitively designed projects with communities for people to live, work and grow.

We are immensely proud to be supporting the 2017 North Yorkshire Wider Partnership Conference.

North Yorkshire is a beautiful county with two national parks, an attractive coastline and some of the best places to live in the country. However, in terms of its economy it is not without challenges - for example, low average wages mean that housing affordability is an issue. Growing the economy to create more high quality jobs, in a sustainable way which will protect our rural heritage and environment and which will bring benefits for communities, is a vital aim for all sectors in the county.

To create the environment where this can happen we need to ensure that the enablers of growth are in place, such as infrastructure, communications networks, skills, workforce and effective engagement with local communities.

The conference looked at these enablers, and highlighted national work undertaken to look at the potential for creating inclusive growth and vibrant and inclusive local communities. It also considered, through a series of workshops, issues local to North Yorkshire where all sectors can have a role in inclusive growth, and looked at what the future might hold in the post-Brexit world.




David A Kerfoot MBE DL, The Kerfoot Group Ltd, Vice-Chair of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership

Dave Innes, Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation


The winners and runners up of the North Yorkshire community awards 2017 were also announced and presented at the conference.


Papers and a presentation for the conference can be downloaded from the right hand side of the page.


In feedback from attendees 97% rated the conference as excellent/good and 100% would recommend the conference to a colleague.


Some of the comments received included:


A very good conference that provides the voluntary sector that space to discuss relevant issues and the perfect event for the volunteer awards.

A very well organised event.

The presentations were great and I particularly liked the workshop "Unlocking the talent of the wider workforce", it was well delivered with some good participation.

It is really valuable that the LA takes the time and trouble to host this event, enables lots of shared learning, networking and engendering partnership working for the benefit of NY people living around the county and their communities.


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Chair of North Yorkshire County Council, Cllr Carl Les opening the conference

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David Kerfoot, Vice-Chairman of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP, speaking on entrepreneurship

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Dave Innes, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, explaining their work on inclusive growth

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Exhibition area