Humber Business Week will highlight exciting investment, development and future opportunities for companies across region


Organisations and leading individuals behind Humber Business Week say this year’s event comes as the region is ‘experiencing unprecedented change and development’ – and ‘reaping the benefits’ of Hull’s year in the national spotlight.

The annual festival of business kicks-off on Monday, June 5, with the highly anticipated Bondholders Breakfast Launch at The University of Hull– an event followed immediately by a presentation from RB on its £105 million investment into the region.

The week is crammed with events – the vast majority free to attend – hosted by leading organisations and businesses and boasting top name speakers from the likes of the Institute of Directors (IoD), the Bank of England, EY, Hull 2017 and Siemens.

It is an event the region can be proud of and look forward to, says Lord Haskins, Chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is again supporting the week and hosting its own events.

“Humber Business Week is always a success in joining businesses from around the region, allowing all involved to develop relationships and provide opportunity to businesses of all shapes and sizes in networking and learning from one another,” he said.

“It is something that I am proud for the LEP to be involved in as I feel that the local economy certainly benefits from the collaboration and the opportunity to showcase what the Humber has to offer. 

“This year’s Business Week takes place at a time when the Humber is experiencing unprecedented change and development. With Hull receiving national and international recognition as the UK’s City of Culture, the Humber is reaping the benefits that this title brings to our region. 

“Investments from major offshore energy companies are shaping our economy, as the Humber grows in importance as the UK’s ‘Energy Estuary’, and established major firms in our region like Spencer, RB and Smith & Nephew are making major investments we should all be proud of.

“It is developments such as these that are playing a large part in the regeneration of the Humber’s reputation and prosperity, and it is particularly welcome to see our local SMEs taking advantage of these opportunities.”

Kath Lavery, chair of the Humber Business Week Steering Group, has once again urged businesses to make the week their own, and take advantage of the huge opportunities to network, learn and be inspired.

“I always say to the Humber business community, it is your week, make the most of it, get involved, and enjoy it,” she said.

“And I know I say this every year, but I truly believe this one promises to be the best yet. The strength and variety of the programme of events that has come together in 2017 really is outstanding.

“Whether you are taking part in Business Week as an event holder, speaker, delegate or as an invited guest, there will ample opportunity to network, learn, be inspired, and of course do business. That is what the week is all about.

“Once again we have been wonderfully supported by the Humber business community. Some of the biggest brands and organisations not only in our region, but nationally, are represented in the week, showcasing their talents and sharing their knowledge, alongside many smaller companies who have so much to offer and contribute to the week ahead.”

The week has once again been backed by the University of Hull, which has helped develop this year’s Business Week programme, and is playing host for many events whilst staging a number of its own.

Bill Walker, Director for Strategic Relationships and Knowledge Exchange at the university, says it has strengthened its links with Business Week over the years as it always strives to play an active role in the development of the Humber economy.

“The University’s work with businesses – including contract research, consultancy and training – is worth around £17 million a year and an independent economic impact report concluded the University generates £913 million GVA a year, supporting 8,000 jobs,” he said.

“We strive to play a full and active role with strategic partners to maximise our input to the economic and social wellbeing of the region.

“That’s why the University has always been one of Humber Business Week’s strongest supporters. It is all about helping businesses large and small, old and new, to share experiences, to learn from each other’s knowledge and expertise – identifying opportunities for growth and development and ensuring that companies across the Humber region can progress and add value to the economy.”

·       To book your place on a Humber Business Week event, visit the website at or download the mobile and tablet app by searching ‘Humber Business Week’ on Google Play Store or the App Store.

Gary Pepper