Humber Business Week launches 2018 programme with message – ‘Get Connected & Be Inspired’

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Businesses across the region have been urged to take full advantage of the ‘brilliant opportunity to get connected and be inspired’ at the official programme launch for Humber Business Week 2018. 

Around 200 people attended at The University of Hull to hear from speakers and see for the first time the ‘fresh new look’ introduced for the week. 

More than 50 events have already been confirmed for June 4-8, with the week again starting with the Bondholders Breakfast event, which has this year intriguingly titled ‘Now is our time’. 

The week will again be rounded off on Friday June 8 at The Bridlington Spa, where The Business Day event returns after a successful inaugural year in 2017, with guest speakers including Sir Bob Geldoff, Josh Littlejohn, one of the UK's leading social entrepreneurs and co-founder of Scottish social enterprise Social Bite, and former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott. 

Business Week chair Kath Lavery said she has been delighted at how the Humber business community has again united to bring together ‘an absolutely brilliant week-long schedule of events’. 

She said: “The support for Humber Business Week is quite phenomenal and never ceases to amaze me year to year, and once again delegates will find themselves looking though the schedule of events and face the incredibly tough task of planning their week. 

“I feel this year’s schedule is stronger than ever, and it is your choice as delegates to attend the events which you feel will benefit you most. They will certainly educate and inspire, and again celebrate the continued growth and excellence of our region.” 

Mrs Lavery said the decision give Business Week a ‘fresh look’ after 14 years had been taken to reflect developed, becoming more inclusive than in initial years with many smaller businesses now involved alongside the major employers. 

Provided by communications partners Arrival Design and PR, it carries the message ‘get connected and be inspired’ 

“We felt it was time that the week had fresh new look and message, and we have one which we feel really encapsulates what Humber Business Week is about. One of the key challenges our steering group has tried to address, which perhaps dates back to the start of the week many years ago, is that Business Week is open to businesses of all sizes. 

“In fact, it is often the smaller businesses who become involved who see the greatest benefit. They get connected with others who they can do business from, or learn from, and they are inspired to make change within their own companies. 

“That is why we have introduced the new strapline. From the moment the week starts with the Bondholders until we walk out of the doors at the Spa, inspiration is never far away, and you always make new connections. Business Week never fails to deliver on these two promises.” 

Packed week of more than 50 events across Humber region confirmed 

A major coup for the week this year has been the addition of the European Convention in Quantitative Methods and Risk Management, which runs throughout the week and will provide business professionals and students the chance to become Certified in Quantitative Risk Management (CQRM) as part of an intensive four-day training programme. 

The Bank of England is once again hosting its ‘Outlook for the Economy’, whilst former Olympic gold medalist Sally Gunnell OBE is guest speaker at the Institute of Directors Humber Luncheon, an event which has become a Business Week staple. 

New events for 2018 catching the eye include the official opening of ergo, a brand new flagship business centre providing high quality office space, conference facilities and meeting rooms at the Bridgehead Business Park and ‘Tomorrow’s World Today’, at which Hull’s ‘Digital Ambassador’ David Keel will outline the current future digital landscape and give his thoughts on how it will develop. 

Other events will look at mental health in the workplace, the ever-evolving digital market, how to recruit and retain the best employees and time management in business, whilst there will also be a chance to take ‘The Hull Monopoly Challenge’ – a chance to play in teams or individuals to raise funds for Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust, Hull FC Foundation and The Tigers Trust. 

Bill Walker, Director Strategic Relationships & Knowledge Exchange at the University of Hull, which is a main supporter and helps coordinate the week, said: “Humber Business Week 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, development and wellbeing and ensuring that companies across the Humber region can progress and add value to the economy and the communities in which they operate. 

“The University of Hull continues to be a proud supporter of Humber Business Week which, remarkably and pleasingly, maintains its momentum as a business festival going from strength to strength. 

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which is hosting its AGM during the week as well as ‘The Future Summit’ event, added: “We are proud to once again support such a fantastic week of opportunity for the Humber, and I am sure that this year’s Business Week will be another great success. 

“Business Week brings to life the leadership, inspiration and collaboration which have helped businesses to significantly improve our region’s economic performance over the last few years. We are now a more productive and prosperous place, but we still have much further to go. 

“It is these values which we will need if we are to rise to the opportunities and risks which lie ahead. Business Week is a demonstration of what the Humber’s business community can achieve together, and why we have good reason to be ambitious for the future. 

“This year’s programme of events is as strong as ever, and would be the envy of many other regions.

 
Gary Pepper