Ed Davey's a maybe - delegates are definite!
28 January 2013, News release from The Eco-Fair Organisers
Organisers of the North's largest environmental event have outlined the exciting speaker programme and declared the online delegate registration system open for the Eco-Fair 2013.
The event will be held at Elland Road in Leeds on 9 May 2013. Over 35 seminar sessions run throughout the day alongside an open exhibition that will feature more than 100 businesses. Doors are open from 8am to 4pm.
The must-see event of the day is the 'question time' style debate panel consisting of major green business leaders and government representatives. The discussion topic will be 'Government Policy for Green Growth'. Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has been invited and will confirm his attendance in February.
The biggest seminar room, seating over 60, will feature the hottest environmental topics. Dax Lovegrove from the World Wildlife Fund will speak on the value of 'ecosystem services' in our economy and how businesses should factor them into decision-making.
Last year's 'standing-room only' speaker - enviro leading light Trewin Restorick from Global Action Plan - will return. Business in the Community's sustainability director Alan Knight will also share details on their exciting new campaign - the £9 Billion Challenge - helping businesses create nine billion poverty-free sustainable lifestyles by 2050.
Organiser Sam Saxby, head of the Eco-Network said: "Our full speaker programme will be announced in February but we wanted to give businesses a sneak preview so that they can reserve their delegate spaces before the rush. We had over 800 people through the doors last year and are expecting even more in 2013!"
She goes on to explain: "When delegates reserve their free place, those already on the list will receive first opportunity to book seminar sessions. Numbers are limited for each session and it's very much 'first come, first served'.
"As well as the panel event and WWF speaker, the programme will include discussions on two major hot topics - the circular economy and managing your business through floods. It's a sad fact today that every business needs to know what to do if, or when, the waters rise near them.
"Businesses who would like to sponsor or exhibit can still do so but should contact us quickly as space is rapidly running out!"
Over one third of stalls have been booked by businesses such as Investors in the Environment (Yorkshire & Humber), VO4HOME Ltd, Dyson Energy Services, Stroma, RE:Food and The Energy Savers Limited. Pre-registered delegates include representatives from NG Bailey, Friends of the Earth, Bradford District Care Trust, Biffa Waste Services Ltd, Arla Foods, Hermes Parcelnet Limited, WYG plc and Yorkshire Building Society.
Full event information, stall bookings and delegate reservations can all be found online at
For further information please email The Eco-Fair Organisers