‘Big name speakers, the big issues tackled and big opportunities to be taken’ - Humber Business Week a ‘must attend’ in 2019

Organisers say they are delighted to have pulled together the ‘strongest ever’ programme for Humber Business Week as high-profile speakers and events focussed on the key issues impacting on business make it a ‘must attend’ in 2019.

And with more than 130 people registered to attend the official launch night, which is being held at the University of Hull next week, they say they are delighted that such enthusiasm for the week long programme remains.

Kath Lavery, chair of Humber Business Week, explained that this year’s final programme has been scaled down in terms of event numbers being held, with around 35 expected in total across the week.

That is down from more than 50 in recent years, but Mrs Lavery says she is delighted with the quality of events being staged, the issues covered, and the speakers secured.

“Our Steering Group met last week to assess the programme for this year and we were all delighted at the quality of programme we have,” she said.

“It was agreed that we wouldn’t chase numbers, as in previous years we have had feedback that there have been too many events, and that a smaller number of events, all of the highest quality, would be better.

 “In that sense we have a different Business Week this year, but we all agree a better one and a stronger and more relevant one. We have some very big name speakers and big issues being tackled, from Brexit and climate change to social mobility and lobbying parliament.

“Never before have we had a programme so relative to the key issues impacting on business, and so many great speakers who can give a real insight into those matters.”

Destination Monday to kick-start week with events in KCOM Stadium changing rooms

 The first day of the week is this year entitled ‘Destination Monday’, with the KCOM Stadium being the hub of activity throughout the day, starting with the annual Bondholders Breakfast and also including the IOD Humber Luncheon and the Bank of England’s assessment of the economy.

Some seminars and supporting events are also being held in the Hull City team changing rooms and media suite for the first time, with leadership and the health and well-being of employees also being a focus of the day.

“Destination Monday is completely new for this year and again we are delighted at the package of events we have pulled together,” added Mrs Lavery.

“We will be confirming all events and details for that specific day in the coming weeks, but it is without doubt going to be a superb addition to the week and a great first day.

“It will be fantastic to see the stadium a hub of activity throughout the day, and of course a great networking opportunity for those who attend the many events being staged.”

Speakers include high-profile politicians, business figures and sports legends

High profile speakers confirmed for the week include multi-millionaire and entrepreneur Lord Alan Sugar and former England football manager Kevin Keegan.

The founder of the hugely successful electronics company Amstrad and famous for his role on BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’, Lord Sugar will speak at The Business Day event in Bridlington, alongside Siemens UK chief executive Professor Juergen Maier and writer, broadcaster, actor and, former MP Gyles Brandreth.

Keegan has proved a major draw on the opening day of the week as headline speaker for the IoD Humber Luncheon.

High-profile figures from the world of politics are also involved as the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, who served as Secretary of State for Education from 2016 to 2018, will discuss a powerful national campaign around boosting social mobility in an event staged by Sewell Group.

“The Kid Done Good” event, hosted by the Rt Hon Alan Johnson, will look at the Social Mobility Pledge, in which businesses are committing to working in partnership with schools and colleges to provide coaching to people from disadvantaged backgrounds through quality careers advice, mentoring and providing work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.

Business Week staples including The Humber LEP AGM, the two-day Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce Expo, the Inspiring Women Dinner and the Humber Business Week Celebration Dinner also all return.

Spaces still available at official launch

Whilst the week itself remains a month away, people can find out more about the events being staged at the official launch night next Wednesday, May 8, from 5.30pm-7.30pm in the Nidd Building, at Hull University Business School.

Lee Pitcher, Head of Resilience at Yorkshire Water, is guest speaker, giving a presentation entitled ‘Living with Water - A Collaborative Approach to Resilience in Hull’. 

Dr Paul Sewell OBE, one of the original founders of Humber Business Week, Mrs Lavery, and Dr David Richards, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Hull

To attend the launch event, call Rebecca Saxby 01482 465657 or email

Spaces can also be reserved by visiting

Humber Business Week runs from Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 7, 2019.

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