‘Overwhelming’ demand to be involved in Humber Business Week as packed schedule builds excitement


A mix of high-profile speakers, events led by UK leading companies and organisations, new awards ceremonies and huge networking opportunities have made the Humber Business Week schedule its ‘strongest and most exciting yet’ in 2017, say organisers.
The 13th annual ‘Festival of Business’ begins with the traditional Bondholder Breakfast Launch at the University of Hull on Monday, June 5, a packed schedule has been confirmed.

It includes a string of high-profile new events, with the likes of the Bank of England involved for the first time with its ‘Outlook for the Economy’ event, alongside other newcomers including The Hull Lifestyle Awards, which will recognise the organisations and personalities making an outstanding contribution to the city.

Hull 2017 has confirmed its involvement with its ‘Celebrating Arts and Business’ event, held at Humber Street Gallery to examine the positive impact business and art partnerships can have.

The Business Day, at Bridlington Spa, will round off the week with speakers including Baroness Karren Brady, BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson and Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity at an event described having business networking at its heart, on Friday, June 9.

The new events have been confirmed alongside a many popular Business Week regulars, including the Institute of Directors Humber Luncheon.

That will see singer Midge Ure, of Ultravox, Band Aid and Live Aid fame attend as keynote speaker, whilst the Made in Hull Awards, The Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce Expo, and the Inspiring Women dinner, staged by Hull Business Improvement District (Hull Bid), also return.

Events covering topics from the impact of Brexit, the Yorkshire economy, training and engaging with employees, the impact of changes to apprenticeships, the danger of cyber-crime to business and how to make the most of business data have also been confirmed.

An Audience with Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott – hosted by successful Hull businessman Paul Sewell – is also an event already attracting interest from delegates booking spaces via the Business Week website.

Kath Lavery, chair of Humber Business Week, says there has been ‘overwhelming’ demand to be part of the week in 2017.

“We seem to say it every year but this year the demand and thirst of companies to be involved in Humber Business Week has been overwhelming. I’ve never known such a buzz around the plans with almost two months still to go,” she said.

“It has come together so easily and successfully it has been a dream, and that is down to two things.

“Firstly, it is down to our wonderfully vibrant business community across the Humber, who make this the very best event of its kind in the country each year because of their passion to host events and inspire, educate and share knowledge and best practice. It is a great reflection of the passion and talent we have.

“Secondly, I know we have managed to develop such a strong programme this year because we have benefitted from such a wide, varied and skilled team on the Steering Group, who volunteer their time to make this event work for all businesses across the region.

“We have brought on some new faces and ideas over the past couple of years, and a look down the group shows a great range of skills and ages, from representing the University, Hull 2017, small businesses, major organisations and the public and private sector. That has helped us focus on creating an event this year which will offer something to all.”

This year will see two ‘Growth Hub’ events, staged on both banks of the Humber, led by the Humber LEP and aimed at removing the barriers for small businesses to stage sessions as part of the week.

They will give businesses the opportunity to hold sessions, workshops and benefit from speakers being at their venue.

For details about hosting your own event as part of the week, or to be involved in the Growth Hubs, call Mandy Abbey, at the University of Hull, on (01482) 466800 or email bizweek@hull.ac.uk

For ticket details for The Business Day, on Friday, June 9, call the Bridlington Spa box office on 01262 678258 or go to www.thebusinessday.com

Gary Pepper