Ilkley Business Forum was established in 2009 and is affiliated to BADCOT (the Burley and District Chamber of Trade) and all its members and the members of The Ilkley Business Network (Ilkley’s BNI Group). The Forum has over 80 members and we have ambitious plans to grow our membership over the next year. Our Forum is run by members for members and our success is dependent on working collaboratively with each other.

Forum Committee

Steve Butler of Butler & Kandler, Solicitors, a Solicitor and Mediator for Family Law. I can help with any legal problem.
I am the chairman of Ilkely Business Forum. In my spare time I’m a parish councillor, I play tennis, I garden and I watch films. I’ve got three children, two cats and one grandson and I’ve been married for 37 years.

Julia Forrester, Chartered Certified Accountant TaxAssist Accountants in Ilkley, specialising in the small business marketing.

I am the treasurer and if you have any questions about your membership payment or need a copy invoice or receipt I am the person to contact. My husband Dave runs TaxAssist Keighley and most of my spare time is taken up with my 2 boys and our dog Molly. We enjoy camping in our spare time to get away from it all!

Elizabeth Secretary

Elizabeth Riley Smith runs Smart PA which provides expert, flexible office support services including administration and secretarial services to businesses – whenever you need it

Elizabeth is the IBF secretary and undertakes the administration regarding the committee, creates and maintains records, ensures meetings are organised and minuted, keep members details and the website updated.

Liz ScottLiz Scott I am the Managing Director of Life & Legal an Ilkley based established brand in the employee benefit market. We provide flexible, high value, employee assistance solutions to companies of all sizes. We’ve made it our mission to deliver innovative legal, financial and lifestyle employee benefits, which are valued by both organisations and their employees.

I am the Membership coordinator helping to promote the Forum to new members and to grow the membership.



BADCOT (Burley and District Chamber of Trade) is a thriving organisation of businesses, charities and community groups working in the Burley, Menston and surrounding areas of Wharfedale that network, lobby, share and learn – and organise the popular Christmas Market.

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