Conference attracts top speakers

Business secretary Vince Cable to give a speech, and below, shadow chancellor Ed Balls who is also attending.
Business secretary Vince Cable to give a speech, and below, shadow chancellor Ed Balls who is also attending.

MORE than 600 business delegates are descending on the town tomorrow as the Federation of Small Businesses brings its annual conference to Scarborough.

The event will see business secretary Vince Cable and shadow chancellor Ed Balls both gives speeches at the two-day conference.

Ed Balls the Shadow Chancellor at Outwood WMC where he discussed unemployment with local people.'Story Vicki Robinson for YEP News.

Ed Balls the Shadow Chancellor at Outwood WMC where he discussed unemployment with local people.'Story Vicki Robinson for YEP News.

After members of the Federation arrive and hold their annual general meeting tomorrow, the main event will get under way on Friday at Scarborough’s Spa, which recently underwent a £6.5 million upgrade.

The conference is also set to feature motivational speakers in the form of Olympic silver medallist Roger Black and the founder of Coffee Republic Sahar Hashemi, who will both be hosted by Scarborough-born television presenter and journalist Selina Scott.

To accompany the conference the Yorkshire Committee of the Federation of Small Businesses has organised a local producers market to run in the Spa’s glass atrium in a bid to give delegates a “true taste of Yorkshire”.

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 on Friday evening when they will be cooking the menu they helped design for the delegates.

Vince Cable and Ed Ball will both be giving their speeches on Friday, while on Saturday there will be a Question Time chaired by 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 draws to a close with a black tie gala dinner on Saturday evening.