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York Festival of Ideas

North and South: Economy/Equality Day

Festival of Ideas Economy/Equality Day is supported by the Joseph Rowntree FoundationFriday 14 June, University of York Ron Cooke Hub 10am onwards

How do you govern for shared prosperity? Is there an economic divide between North and South? What are the factors required to support business growth and how do we foster a culture of entrepreneurship? What needs to happen to increase business confidence? Who are the winners and who are the losers in an age of austerity? How does 'Great Britain PLC' compete against globalisation? How will the Eurozone crisis affect prospects for British business? These are just some of the questions that will be debated by a range of business leaders, policy experts, economists and journalists in the first of a series of festival focus days on Friday 14 June at the Ron Cooke Hub as part of the 2013 York Festival of Ideas.

Delivered in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 'Economy/Equality' day will present an integrated exploration of the factors required to create a stronger economy for a more balanced society and is a ‘must attend’ event for anyone interested in economic prosperity and business growth.

Speakers will include Jonathan Portes, the Director of the National Institute for Economic Research; Paul Johnson, the Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies; the Chief Executive of City of York Council, Kersten England and journalists including Guardian commentator, Zoe Williams, David Goodhart, and Martin Vander Weyer as well as Bloomberg blogger, Mark Buchanan. The event will also feature regional economic growth specialists including Stephen Lee from the Centre Forum; Ed Cox, Northern Economic Futures Commission;  Julia Unwin, the CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and business leaders including Barry Dodd, of York and North Yorks LEP;  Kevin Brennan, of Quorn Foods, and Charles Cecil, of Revolution Games. Former Science Minister and author, Lord David Sainsbury and equality expert, Professor Danny Dorling will also speak at the event.

Entrance to all panel discussions is free and the day offers excellent networking opportunities for regional businesses and discussions on business growth opportunities for anyone interested in the future of our economy.

The full programme and free tickets are available at

Further information

  • The York Festival of Ideas takes place from 13 to 29 June 2013. This year's programme - with a theme of North and South – once again brings together a range of world-class speakers, exhibitions, performances and a host of stimulating and interactive experiences for people of all ages, including York residents and visitors to the city. The full programme and tickets are available at