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Take a look below at everything that's been happening recently at York Professionals. 

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Opening of The Brainkind Neurological Centre in York

York Professionals were out in force at the recent official opening of The Brainkind Neurological Centre in York. Board Directors Dale Bartleson, Kelly Dunn and Administrator Jo Pickering FCIM were delighted to attend the event which showcased the new 40-bed specialist brain injury hospital.

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York Professionals announces York City Football Club Foundation as Charity of the Year

In its 23rd year of representing the professional services sector in the city, York Professionals has selected York City Football Club Foundation (YCFCF) as its charity of the year.

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Board Director Vacancies at York Professionals

Applications are now being welcomed for the positions of voluntary York Professionals Board Directors. We are looking for new Directors to join us to further strengthen Board level representation across a number of professional services sectors, and, in particular, the charity sector.

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Check out our 2024 events programme

We've been busy planning out our 2024 events programme so make sure you keep checking our events page to see what's coming up.

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York Professionals member celebrates 35 years in business

PR and communications agency Partners PR is celebrating its 35th year in business this month. The team marked the occasion with an event for clients, partners and suppliers at the city’s Sora Sky Bar.

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York Professionals Announces IDAS as its Charity of the Year

In its 22nd year of representing the professional services sector in York, York Professionals will be championing IDAS as its charity of the year for 2023.

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York Professionals Welcomes New Board Directors

Three new faces are set to join the York Professionals board of directors following a fantastic response from the professional services sector. Kelly Dunn, KD Recruitment, Lorraine Wilson, YorGuest Ltd, and Halina Jaroszewska, Leadership & Team Coaching, will join the board later this month, further strengthening the organisation’s representation in the people, property and business support sectors.

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A Night at The Oscars!

We are delighted to announce that our special early bird ticket sales are now OPEN for the York Professionals Annual Dinner 2023, to be held on Thursday 5th October at York Racecourse.

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Would Elon Musk buy your business?

Three York Professionals members joined forces recently to host an event designed to help company owners build value in their businesses in preparation for a future sale. 

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York Professionals Celebrates 150th Member

York Professionals has welcomed its 150th professional services business into membership, suggesting that demand for representation of the city’s professional services sector has never been higher.

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York Professionals announces Cash For Kids as their charity of the year

In its 21st year of representing the professional services sector in York, York Professionals will be championing ‘Cash For Kids’ as its charity of the year for 2022.

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New Chair takes helm at York Professionals

Membership and networking organisation York Professionals has welcomed Elliot Rich as chair at the group’s AGM.

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York Professionals Welcomes Five New Board Directors

Membership and networking organisation York Professionals has appointed five new directors to the board.

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York business community set to be ‘shaken not stirred’

Tickets are now on sale for the York Professionals’ Casino Royale themed annual dinner. Guests will be invited to channel their inner 007, take to the roulette tables to raise money for St Leonard’s Hospice, and hear from award-winning, motivational speaker Steven Robinson, affectionately known as the one arm pilot.

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All Aboard for 20th Anniversary Membership Drive

York Professionals is preparing to mark its 20th anniversary with the group’s first face-to-face event since March 2020 and a bid to attract 20 new members in 2021. 

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York Professionals Seeks New Board Directors

York Professionals is now seeking new Board Directors to join us. The appointments will bolster our representation of the eight professional services sectors we represent. The position of Board Director is voluntary and candidates should be enthusiastic and willing to give up their time to help champion the professional services sector in the city.

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Sponsorship Opportunities - York Professionals Pure Networking Breakfasts

Our Pure Networking Breakfasts are extremely popular. Held each month they are a fantastic way to get your message across to an interested, influential audience.

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Funding Opportunities for Business Signposting

Further to our recent event, we wanted to share with you more information about how to access some of the current opportunities available for business.

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Exclusive York Professionals Offer: Digital Marketing Audit

Whether or not people buy your services online, their search will often start there. Your website has a starring role to play in marketing your business, but is it up to the job?

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Exclusive York Professionals Offer: Business Planning Brainstorm

We are delighted to announce an exclusive offer for York Professionals Members! Elliot Rich has been an active Board Director of York Professionals for the last three years. An experienced business coach, advisor and mentor with The Alternative Board (TAB) in York he has made a very generous offer to our members.

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going

It's been a tough time for everyone, particularly in business. Our Autumn and Winter events programme is geared towards business resilience and brings to the fore topics such as safeguarding business through sales, building teams for success and, of course, valuable networking.

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Exclusive York Professionals Offer: Free One-to-One Meeting to Discuss Grant Opportunities

Simon Middleton joined the board of York Professionals earlier this year and a number of members have worked with him previously through his role as a Business Growth Manager with Leeds City Region LEP. Simon has kindly offered to undertake a review with York Professionals members to see if there are any opportunities to support their future plans using any of a range of grants available to businesses in this region.There is no cost to this other than your time. Grants can be used to help purchase new equipment, fit out premises, invest in digital technology, undertake staff training and development.

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York Professionals supports the professional services sector in this brave new virtual world

Renowned for supporting and championing the professional services community in York since 2001, York Professionals has created a platform of new virtual member benefits to further support businesses in York during these challenging times.

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Let's make 'MySight York Covid-19 Response: Home Connections' happen

MySight is raising funds to support its 1200 members with sight loss in the York community during the Covid-19 social-isolation/self-isolation period and beyond. Donate here.

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Citizens Advice York are seeking a Trustee Treasurer

Citizens Advice York (CAB) has a vacancy for a qualified and experienced accountant to join the board as a trustee and Treasurer. It’s an interesting and very worthwhile role for a qualified, experienced accountant who’s looking to broaden their horizons and contribute to the community.

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Communications Masterclass Series

It became clear at the start of the lockdown period, that in the midst of business information and support out there, there was very little advice on how to communicate, particularly with employees. Intandem Communications teamed up with friends and colleagues, Michelle Mook, York Professionals Chair and employee engagement specialist, from Pro-Development (UK) Ltd and Nat McMillan, former CEO and HR specialist, from McMillan and Associates to launch a Communications Masterclass video series to help businesses with the challenges they face during the pandemic.

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Strong Leaders Sought for York & North Yorkshire LEP

At this time of incredible challenge and uncertainty, the York & North Yorkshire LEP is looking for strong leaders from across the region to join their main Board.

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Professional Services Sector in York Benefits from Boost

The unveiling of a brand new website and the strategic appointment of two new board directors gives a welcome boost to York Professional’s representation and profile of the professional services sector in York. Simon Hudson, Managing Director, The Soapy Group and Paul Yeomans, Vice Chair, York Mind both join the York Professionals Board, further strengthening the Marketing and Charity sector representation in the city.

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York Professionals celebrates 100th professional services member

York Professionals has welcomed it’s 100thprofessional services business into membership, suggesting that demand for representation of the city’s professional services sector has never been higher. Cirrus HR Solutions is the 100thYork Professionals member, marking an important milestone for the local business network, bringing membership representation to its highest levels since the organisation’s inception in 2001.

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Funding for training available for York SMEs

Funding for training is now available for eligible SME businesses in the Leeds City region which includes York. You may qualify for 40% funding from the European Social Fund towards training, team building and leadership development for you and your team. Pro-Development are now one of the suppliers and can help eligible businesses access this funding. They have already accessed this training for some local businesses for their Leadership Development Programme, short courses and team building events. Find out if you are eligible for 40% ESF funding towards the cost of training by visiting…/the-skills-service or give one of the Pro-Development team a call on 01904 628838.

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