Hambleton District Council’s Business Conference - 10 May 19


HDC event

Event Date

Hambleton District Council’s Business Conference in 2019 on 10th May at The Hawkhills will focus on growth and different types of businesses sharing their thoughts and experiences. 

Find out about:

  • how they did it
  • what they learnt along the way
  • what does growth mean to them
  • their stories
  • how they have built up the business and
  • the challenges and how they have overcome them.

The event will also offer:

  • Support for businesses as a speed networking opportunity as well as exhibitors from business support organisations available to speak to delegates.  


Chris Wragg, Marketing Director and Anthony Stones, Finance Director from Inspired Pet Nutrition, manufacturers of Wagg Dog Food, Nineteen 87 and Harringtons in Dalton, Thirsk. Hear about their journey and how the company has changed to become an award winning business with ambition to achieve £100M turnover in the next 5 years. This family company started in 1923 by Great Grandfather Harrington as a wheat trading business and then from the 1960’s the company supplied the farming community In 1990 they stopped producing animal feeds for farming and changed their name to Wagg. In 2008 Harringtons dog food range was launched with the aim of making premium pet foods affordable to as many potential customers as possible – without compromise on quality. In 2016 they opened their purpose built manufacturing base, capable of handling 17,000 finished good pallets.

Lee Harris-Hamer, Entrepreneur and Managing Director of White Horse Cleaning Services in Thirsk
Lee joined the Royal Artillery in 2008 as he wanted to gain life skills, job security, and see the world. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and again in 2012, but was later discharged on medical grounds with a back injury and mental ill health. In just 13 short months, Lee has grown White Horse into a professional, flexible and reliable cleaning company, with services ranging from domestic and commercial cleaning to end of tenancy services.

Jonathan Elvidge, Director, Moodbeam, based at C4DI in Hull
Moodbeam is built on the unfortunate truth that whilst how we feel is so important to our wellbeing, it’s hard to capture, tough to talk about and often invisible.  Inspired by Christina a mum’s who’s desire was to know how her daughter was feeling when she wasn’t with her. Moodbeam was created with the ambition to transform the way the world sees mood, by making it easier to understand and talk about how we feel. Jonathan helped Mum Christina; a working journalist to take her ideas and create the tech based solution. That day Moodbeam was born.

9:00am Registration, Networking, exhibitions and refreshments
9:30am Welcome by Councillor Peter Wilkinson 
10.00am Speakers
11.30am Coffee
11.45 Speed dating session (Attendees can pick and choose from fantastic sessions designed to help small businesses get one to one support.)
1.00pm Lunch and Networking

Attending this event

If you have any questions please email: Roz.Calligari@hambleton.gov.ukWe anticipate that this event will be very popular so please book your space(s) now.

Sponsors include Teesside University, FSB, Colin Hutson Accounting Ltd