ASOS founder for Barnsley meeting

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The founder of Britain’s pioneering online fashion retailer, ASOS, is to speak at a Barnsley conference designed to inspire other businesses to take advantage of the internet.

Nick Robertson will explain how, in 13 years, ASOS has grown to become the world’s most visited fashion website, worth £4 billion on the London Stock Exchange.

ASOS now has customers on three continents, served from a 530,000 square foot distribution hub in Barnsley.

Other speakers at the free ‘Connected Business’ conference, open to all Barnsley-based companies, will include digital entrepreneur and broadcaster Tom Scott.

Mr Scott will talk about how companies can harness the power of the web and social media to build their business.

Also speaking at the event will be John Sanderson, owner of Barnsley-based Pitstop Productions, which has grown to become an international enterprise supplying audio, music and animation products from a network of studios around Europe and the USA to clients that include Sony and Sega.

Connected Business has been organised by Tracey Johnson, sector specialist for creative and digital industries at Enterprising Barnsley, a European Union funded partnership involving Barnsley Development Agency and Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre.

She said: “We are delighted to have speakers of such high calibre sharing their stories, experiences and advice.”

Connected Business will take place at The Civic, Barnsley on Friday, September 20.

Places are limited and can be booked by visiting