Channel 4 celebrates Yorkshire women in business at prestigious event

A senior leader from Channel 4 will speak at the Yorkshire Women in Business Summit on Thursday to celebrate the achievements of female business owners and leaders across the region.

Sophie Jones from Channel 4 will address the many benefits that the region offers and the reasons Channel 4 decided to move its headquarters to Leeds.

Sophie, who is Head of Corporate Relations at the station, sits on Channel 4’s Diversity Task Force and is keen to support female business leaders in the county where the new headquarters sit.

Earlier this month CEO Alex Mahon officially marked the opening of the new base for its national headquarters – a large office in the West Gate development that will act as the broadcaster’s temporary home until the move to a permanent HQ in the Majestic in 2020.

Mahon said: “The launch of our National HQ in Leeds is the start a new era for Channel 4. An era in which we will be rooted in and more connected to the lives of the communities that make up the UK.

The Women in Business Summit, which takes place on 21 November at Leeds United, will also hear from TV/Radio Host & Public Speaker, Stephanie Hirst; CEO of the Piece Hall Trust, Nicky Chance-Thompson; Managing Director of Twinkles Nurseries, Jill Johnson; and Head of Enterprise & Community Finance, Natwest Bank, Julie Baker plus others.

The Summit has become the key event for female leaders and business women since its inception four years ago and celebrates the success of women across all sectors and professions and the drivers that power them on.

Founder, Paula Grizzard said: “The role of business in an ever-changing landscape is evolving rapidly. The demise of the traditional high-street in favour of online shopping, the power of digital transformation and uncertain business and political environment makes the need to survive but also thrive an imperative.

“Our panel of speakers will share how their businesses are staying one step ahead in the survival game and what steps they take to gain a competitive edge against increasing competition.”

The aim of the event is to inspire by sharing the experiences of senior women, showcase local businesses at the exhibition, take part in two fun and informative workshops, network and enjoy a fabulous two-course sit-down lunch and a glass of fizz.

Paula Grizzard added: “If you are a woman in business, come and meet both national and international brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Morrisons, Channel 4, Nat West and Accenture, as well as local businesses and charities who have great stories to tell and tips to take away.”