Should there be a market in Ilkley?

At the May AGM meeting of the Ilkley Business Forum, Paula Connor presented the case for a farmers market to be started in Ilkley. She’d like to know your thoughts about this – read more here.

New Chairman Appointed

Steve Butler was appointed as the new Chairman of IBF to replace Vera Woodhead from September onwards in 2014. “It will be difficult, but I intend to work even harder than Vera did to make IBF a truly representative organisation for all businesses, large or small, in LS29.”

Knock, Knock, Knocking on Number 11’s Door

Ilkley Business Forum Chairman, Steve Butler, was invited last week to visit the Northern Powerhouse Reception by Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.  The reception, in the State Drawing Room at Number 11 Downing Street, took place on 20 January 2015 and was attended by over 100 business men and women and the MPs who […]

Meeting 14 January 2015

Bringing the Aagrah from Chakswari to Ilkley Moor FROM PAKISTAN TO ILKLEY MOOR The speaker at Ilkley Business Forum’s meeting on Wednesday, 14th January 2015, will be Mohammed Aslam, MBE, the managing director of the Aagrah Group of Restaurants.  He will describe his progression from his arrival in England from Pakistan as a young man […]

Meeting 10th September 2014

ILKLEY BUSINESS FORUM FREE 5TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT 10th September 2014 at The Craiglands Hotel, Cowpasture Road, Ilkley LS29 8RQ 5.45pm – 7.45pm There will be cake!  To all Members – come along and hear about the prospects for the future and our plans for next year. (as well as the AGM)   Our Guest speaker […]

Meeting – 9 July – The Box Tree

Make the most of the Tour de France – Ilkley is a Spectator Hub for this fantastic event and we will celebrate our town’s fantastic event – no speaker, just a good timefor all. Limited to a maximum of 45 – book on Eventbrite

Meeting 11 June 2014 – Andi Lonnen

          Andi Lonnen will be presenting: Get That Money In!   Fed up of being paid late by your customers?  Unfortunately, this is an all too common complaint which can ruin businesses, large or small.  Join this engaging and inter-active workshop to learn how to be in the best position possible […]

Meeting – 14 May 2014 – Lisa Richards

Come along and learn how to: “To improve is to change – how to be successful at change” Lisa Richards of Alto Coaching and HR will be our speaker. In this session Lisa will cover tips for how to be more successful when making changes in our businesses. For a full profile of Lisa see: […]

Meeting April 2014

Wednesday 9th April 5.45pm – 7.45 pm at The Wheatley Arms, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley Networking, refreshments, members’ pitches and Simple Sales Basics and Sales and Customer Service Skills that anyone can implement to give confidence and generate more business and loyalty. with Becky Leach Becky Leach is a Sales Consultant and Trainer at People Buy People. Becky […]

March Meeting

Wednesday 12th March 5.45pm – 7.45 pm at Ilkley Rugby Club, Denton Road, Ilkley Networking, refreshments, members’ pitches and  How is the Power of Habit Affecting your Business? with Rick Armstrong   Rick founded Mentor Group providing management consultancy services to companies and organisations such as: Saudi Aramco Oil Co; Gulf Air; Reebok Middle East; IHG; Emirates […]

February Meeting

 Wednesday 12th February 5.45pm – 7.45 pm at Ilkley Rugby Club, Denton Road, Ilkley Networking, refreshments, members’ pitches and  Email Marketing! Email marketing is another way to get more business for your business. This will cover : – Benefits of email over other forms of marketing (eg social media, direct mail, cold calling) – Uses of email […]

A fitting end to 2012

Our last meeting of the year ended with a feast. David Lishman and Jonathan Batchelor provided a sumptuous array of meats and pies and fish and seafood. This was followed by some tasty cupcakes, mincepies and cakes from Pat at Moorish Cakes and Bettys. All washed down with some fine wine from Martinez. Our food providers told […]

Nov. meeting given High Impact event badge

In November, the Forum took part in the Global Entrepreneurship Week and our event was  recognised as High Impact one. For that we have been awarded a badge! A huge thank you to all those who attended, to Jonathan Batchelor and Liz Scott who shared their business challenges and successes and to Steve Philip for giving practical […]

Celebrating GEW week

Article in the Gazette on 8 th November about the Forum getting ready for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012    

Chair shares her vision

This was suppose to read, ‘when I took over the Forum in July there were over 70 members. I am now pleased to say that we now have 87 members and the number is growing each month’   Help us to spread the word about the Forum and to reach a membership target of over 100 by July […]

Welcome to Yorkshire invites you to Denton Hall

Welcome to Yorkshire member event at Denton Hall     Tuesday 6th November, 2012 5:30 – 8pm    Denton Hall,  NG Bailey, Ilkley,  LS29 0HH      Join us for an exclusive behind the scenes look at one of Ilkley’s most historical buildings, Denton Hall.This beautiful venue is set in 2500 acres of countryside and provides the perfect setting for […]

Another successful October meeting

On Thursday 11th October Ilkley Business Forum expert speaker was Nick Bramley who shared tips and strategies on how successful businesses can harness every customer experience into sales, capturing  feedback, working on continuous improvement and connecting the experience at every level of engagement. It was an informative and well received presentation. The event was attended […]