At a glance guide – Humber Business Week for you

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Excitement is building as final preparations for Humber Business Week 2017 are underway.

The week runs from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9 and a packed schedule covering many aspects of business will be on offer.

Have you booked a place on the events you’d like to attend yet? If not, here’s a handy ‘at a glance’ guide to help you make the right choices for you.

If you’re looking to network: They’ll be plenty of opportunity to talk business throughout the week, but the Bondholders Breakfast Launch is a great place to start amongst the region’s movers and shakers.
On the south bank, ‘First Tuesday Networking’ is a great event to attend, offering networking with ‘no fixed agenda’- just a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Of course, the Chamber Expo, on Wednesday and Thursday, is designed specifically as a networking event, attended by more than 1,000 business people over the two days. Finally, The Business Day, rounding off the week at Bridlington Spa on Friday, June 9, has been marketed as ‘a day of networking at the heart of a day of discovery and insight’ and certainly looks one of the week’s main highlights.

If you’re worried about cyber-crime: Given it is estimated around 75 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises in Yorkshire have been attacked by cyber criminals – and following the recent attack impacting on the NHS - most business owners are concerned.

So, with that in mind, two ‘Protecting your digital footprint’ events, hosted by the Humber Business Resilience Forum, may be events to circle in your Business Week Diary.

Equally, HBP Systems’ focus on the ‘Cyber Security Action Plan’ will offer vital information on creating a plan to work for your company and budget, whilst ‘Cyber Security Awareness: A Business Priority’ – in partnership with Natwest - will hear from DCI Vanessa Smith, of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Police Cyber Crime Unit.

If you want to hear high-profile speakers: The Business Day, an event led by East Riding Council with the support of a number of local sponsors, boasts speakers including Karren Brady, John Simpson and Gary Verity, and is hosted by TV star Alexander Armstrong.
Midge Ure, co-founder of Band Aid and Live Aid, is the guest speaker at the IoD Humber Luncheon, whilst in the week of the general election, former Deputy Prime Minister and East Hull MP Lord John Prescott will be taking the questions of Hull entrepreneur Paul Sewell – and from the floor – ‘An Audience with Lord John Prescott’. Paul Drechsler CBE, President CBI, will speak about the value of leaders, including trust in business and the role and responsibilities of business leaders in the current climate in ‘Leadership Matters’.

If you want to discuss the economic climate: In a year where the political landscape changed following the Brexit vote – and the country heading into a snap election, it is no surprise to see the state of the economic climate on the agenda in Business Week, with the first chance to cover this area at the ‘The future of the Yorkshire & Humber Economy’ event, held by EY, on Monday, June 5. EY’s chief economist, Mark Gregory will share the findings from the latest UK Attractiveness Survey, looking specifically at Yorkshire’s performance in securing investment. Will Holman, from the Bank of England’s Agency for Yorkshire and Humber, will provide its latest views on the outlook for the UK economy at its own event, staged on Tuesday. ‘Post Brexit Implications on the Workforce’ – on Wednesday – will consider the implications on our regional workforce post-Brexit, a focus on skills shortages in a candidate-driven market and possible solutions such as the employment of ex-offenders.

If you want to see the best the region has to offer: Humber Business Week is quite rightly shining the spotlight on the companies and individuals across the region leading the way – with two major awards events rewarding those making a positive difference. The ‘Made in Hull Awards’, at the KC Lightstream Stadium, celebrate the city’s excellence in manufacturing and its well-earned reputation for innovation within the sector, whilst the ‘Hull Lifestyle Awards’ are being staged for the first time at the KCOM Stadium, recognising the ‘best-in-class across a range of categories including the arts, restaurants, bars, fashion, beauty and fitness.’ Both events are staged on Thursday, June 8.

Gary Pepper