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Businesses across the region are being urged to shape the agenda for the 2017 Humber Business Week as organisers begin setting the wheels in motion for the 13th year of the hugely popular event.

Although the 2017 ‘Festival of Business’ is still almost seven months away and will be held from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9 2017, organisers are now looking to start shaping the programme of events across the region, with the input of those who take part paramount throughout the planning stages.

Hugely positive feedback from delegates this summer – and a buzz throughout a week which culminated in a day of events focussed around main supporting partner The University of Hull – ensures the event heads into 2017 with great momentum.

Once again linking up with university and communications partners Arrival Design and PR, the first ‘stakeholder meeting’ is to be held this Thursday, November 17, at the KCOM Stadium, starting at 8.30am.

And chair of Humber Business Week Kath Lavery is determined to ensure the success of 2016 is built upon in what is set to be a huge year for the entire region.

“What we have never done over the past 12 years since Humber Business Week was first formed is rest on our laurels and just assume the next year’s event will be a success,” she said.

“Humber Business Week works so well for one reason, and that reason is we make it a week for the businesses involved across the region. They are the focus. I always say on the first day of the week that it is their week – not ours – and that is why their input is so important. If we always keep that goal, we’ll always succeed.

“Last year was a significant one for Humber Business Week as we changed the structure of the steering group with the University of Hull joining us as a partner, something which proved very beneficial. We are delighted to have them on board again as they played a hugely positive part throughout the week and on the final Friday in particular.”

All businesses from across the region, of any size, and regardless of whether they have been involved in any of the previous 12 Business Week events, are welcome to attend and have their say this Thursday morning.

“We’ll be opening up the floor at this meeting and asking the businesses themselves what has worked for them in the past and what hasn’t, and what they’d like to see provided this year. We’ll then go away as a steering group and work hard to make it happen,” added Mrs Lavery.

“This is a chance for businesses to tell us what they want the week to deliver for them. We always say it is a week in which thousands and thousands of pounds worth of advice, expertise and experience is offered for free, but the key is making sure that advice is what is required, relevant and beneficial to the region as a whole.”

This year’s Humber Business Week comes in the middle of Hull’s year in the spotlight as City of Culture, but Mrs Lavery says that won’t shift the focus on the north bank, with showcasing success and tackling the key issues impacting on business again at the forefront of the agenda.

“Business has played a huge part in shaping the culture of this region, with many world-leading businesses and brands helping create the foundations and make-up of the entire area, from shipping to caravan manufacture and food production and now into the digital age,” she said.

“Whilst we are considering how Business Week can tie in with the City of Culture year in some way and discussing that at our steering group, we are very conscious of the need to ensure the week remains focussed on business and showcasing and celebrating business. That has made it the success it is today, and we are confident it will continue to be so.”

Anybody wishing to attend Thursday’s event should contact Laura Fermandell at The University of Hull on L.Fermandell@hull.ac.uk

Gary Pepper