CYZ Business Breakfast with CEO of AO, John Roberts

Carlisle Youth Zone and Baines Wilson LLP are inviting people to attend a free virtual Business Breakfast with special guest speaker John Roberts, CEO of international online retailer, AO.

The story of AO is an interesting one, starting from a £1 bet in the pub between friends to now being one of the most successful online retailers in the UK and Germany. John will talk us through his own story, how he built AO into such a success and how the company has had to adapt its 10-year plan in just 10 months due to the pandemic.

Additionally, John is a Trustee and Chair of the Executive Board of Onside Youth Zones, the company that develops and supports all of the countries Youth Zone centres. John will talk about his passion for the Youth Zone movement and why he feels so strongly about it, particularly during this time.

Tom Scaife from Baines Wilson, who are hosting and sponsoring the event, commented: “AO are a shining example of how innovation and adaptation are essential to success.  As an organisation that is committed to developing and fulfilling the potential of young people, we’re thrilled that John will be speaking at the Carlisle Youth Zone event.”

The business breakfast will be on Thursday 11 February, 9am – 10am.  If you would like to attend, please contact Martha Winn –

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