Business delegates head to conference

HUNDREDS of business delegates are expected in Scarborough today as the Federation of Small Businesses brings its annual conference to Scarborough.

Business secretary Vince Cable and shadow chancellor Ed Balls will both gives speeches at the two-day conference, which is also set to feature motivational speakers in the form of Olympic silver medallist Roger Black and the founder of Coffee Republic Sahar Hashemi.

The Yorkshire Committee of the Federation has organised a local producers market to run in the Spa’s glass atrium.

There will also be Michelin-starred chef James MacKenzie from the Pipe and Glass, in South Dalton, hosting cookery demonstrations assisted by students from Yorkshire Coast College.

Scarborough students will also be playing their part at the conference’s Taste of Yorkshire dinner tomorrow evening.

Vince Cable and Ed Ball will both be giving their speeches on Friday, while on Saturday there will be a Question Time chaired by Scarborough-born television presenter and journalist Selina Scott, featuring MP Caroline Flint, who is shadow secretary of state for Energy and Climate Change, MP Julian Smith, Yorkshire Post business editor Bernard Ginns and the Federation’s policy chairman Mike Cherry.

Roger Black will also be speaking on Saturday before the conference - the largest small business conference in the UK - draws to a close with a black tie gala dinner on Saturday night.