Doncaster Chamber welcomes the return today of the St Leger Festival, one of the most prestigious events in British horse racing.

The festival is a vital and much needed boost for the local economy, generating around £15 million over the four day festival.

Dan Fell, CEO of Doncaster Chamber, said: “The St Leger is incredibly important to Doncaster’s economy. Firstly, it is an iconic sporting event, which attracts thousands of visitors to the area each September.

“The festival also generates a significant amount of income for the borough and provides employment opportunities within the hospitality and leisure sector.

“In addition, it is known for being a setting where many important business connections are made and strengthened, through the wealth of opportunities it creates for networking and corporate hospitality.

“Indeed, as a Chamber we are delighted to be hosting more than 170 representatives of Doncaster’s business community on Thursday for Ladies Day after not being able to go ahead last year due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. It was devastating for the borough’s economy, particularly hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors who were forced to close down completely.”

Jade Dyer, business director at Doncaster Chamber, said: “We have only recently been able to resume our face-to-face business networking events, but already many people have commented on how good it has felt to be able to re-connect in person with business connections and develop new ones,  and I look forward to seeing this continue as the business community and economy works towards recovery.”