Founder of Folksy to speak at business conference

7 October 2015

Founder of Folksy James Boardwell - This photo was supplied by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit The founder of Folksy will be keynote speaker at a Barnsley digital business conference next week.

James Boardwell set up Folksy in 2008 and the e-commerce platform is now used by thousands of British designers and makers to sell their products direct to customers all over the world.

He will speak at the fourth annual Connected Business Conference to be held at Barnsley Civic on Tuesday (October 13th).

This free event aims to help Barnsley businesses learn more about utilising digital tools and resources to benefit their business.

It is funded by Enterprising Barnsley, a European-funded programme delivered by Barnsley Council to help business with growth potential.

Conference organiser and Enterprising Barnsley's sector specialist for creative and digital industries Tracey Johnson said: “We are delighted that James will be joining us at Connected Business to share the Folksy story and his tremendous experience in e-commerce.

“It is vital that all companies look to their online presence and the e-commerce opportunities open to them to develop their businesses in the increasingly digital economy.”

More than 100 business people are expected to attend Connected Business.

Other speakers will include Richard Dennys of the Digital Business Academy (DBA), part of London’s Tech City; and Barnsley-based lifestyle and women’s issues blogger and journalist Katie Portman.

Bill Bottomley of Barnsley-based business Lifetime will also showcase a new digital animation, which the company has created with award-winning Fettle Animation, and talk about how the film will be used to communicate with customers via its website and social media.

James Boardwell worked for the BBC as a researcher and producer, with a special interest in future media and technology, before setting up Folksy in 2008. Folksy’s headquarters are in Sheffield and its online community of makers sells £1 million worth of hand-crafted goods a year. James is also design researcher and when not running Folksy, he works with clients on user research and service design of technology products.

Connected Business will take place on Tuesday October 13th, 9am – 2pm including lunch with workshops to follow, at the Civic in Barnsley town centre.

To reserve a free place or find out more, please visit

Visit Folksy at

Enterprising Barnsley is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £3,015,276 investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows founder of Folksy James Boardwell.

For information about Enterprising Barnsley go to or contact Tracey Johnson on 01226 720700 or at

Additional media contact: Steph Pollard on 01226 766900 or 0776 196 4492 or at

The Enterprising Barnsley programme is part financed by the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit

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