Humber Business Week announces launch night for 2018 to provide extra support for event holders

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The 2018 Humber Business Week programme will be officially launched at a special event a month before it swings into action for its 15th year.

It is the first time a ‘preview night’ has been held ahead of the week itself, and aims to provide an opportunity for event hosts to attract delegates in advance – and for those who simply use the week to attend and network to get their diaries perfectly planned.

Kath Lavery, chair of Humber Business Week, says the launch event, which will be held at The University of Hull on May 1, is aimed at helping all who take part make the most of the opportunity the week, between June 4th and 8th, presents.

“Each and every year a vast section of the Humber business community rings the first full week of their diaries in June for Humber Business Week as they know it is a week when they can benefit hugely from taking part, whether that be through staging an event or by attending,” said Mrs Lavery.

“Year after year we are amazed at the quality of events, the speakers taking part and the incredible knowledge and information being shared to benefit businesses across our region, and for 2018 we wanted to ensure we could add to that.

“However, one of the issues in years gone by has been that our smaller event holders – some of which have in previous years proved to be the gems of the week – have found it difficult to attract people when in competition with the bigger, annual headline events.

“Whilst we of course want to see those headline events packed again this year, we wanted to showcase the wide range of options available to people– on both banks of the Humber ideally – in advance of the week. The launch event will be a great chance to do that.

“We believe staging a launch night where people can speak to event holders in advance can help everybody get a bit more out of Business Week this year, so our aim is to have the strongest programme yet established and confirmed.

“It is about creating the buzz a month ahead of the week, ensuring all events have the best chance possible of attracting the biggest audience, and helping people plan their week of events with a bit more meat on the bones as to what they can expect to gain from it.”

With the new launch night confirmed, a strict deadline has been imposed for event holders to have submitted all details required to be included on the Business Week programme by Friday, April 13.

Events already schedule in to return in 2018 include the traditional Hull Bondholders Breakfast to launch the week, the Institute of Directors Humber Luncheon, Hull and Humber Chamber Expo and The Business Day event on the final Friday at Bridlington Spa.

Big name speakers have already been confirmed for at either end of the week long programme, with Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell guest speaker at the Institute of Directors’ Humber Luncheon on Monday, June 4, at the KCOM Stadium.

Sally is the only woman ever to hold four titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth – in the 400m hurdles and now mixes motivational speaking with running corporate well-being programmes.

Actress, former model and author and activist Joanna Lumley – famed for her role as Patsy Stone in the BBC’s hugely popular series Absolutely Fabulous, us headline speaker at The Business Day at Bridlington spa, where cricketing legend Geoffrey Boycott and Josh Littlejohn MB, co-founder of Scottish social enterprise Social Bite, will also speak.

The event, which will be hosted by journalist and BBC broadcaster Naga Munchetty, returns for a second year of ‘business networking at the heart of a day of discovery and insight’.

Humber Business Week is again being supported by the Humber LEP and The University of Hull, brought together by a Steering Group of local business representatives who give their time to plan and coordinate the programme.

To reserve a place at the 2018 Humber Business Week Launch, or to discuss holding an event as part of the week, call Lindsey Nicklin, at The University of Hull, on 01482 464963 or email

For further details please call Paul Baxter on 07944 535044.

Gary Pepper