Inspirational speakers lined up for new Humber event

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Mar 2017

KARREN Brady, John Simpson and Alexander Armstrong will feature in a new annual business event for the Humber. 

Popular for her appearances on BBC TV show The Apprentice, Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE is a leading voice, contributor and commentator on business affairs and news programmes, and one of the world's most sought-after speakers on subjects ranging from leadership to teamwork.

BBC world affairs editor John Simpson CBE is a journalist, broadcaster, columnist and accomplished author. He has reported from 140 countries and interviewed about 200 world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin and Margaret Thatcher.

The influential pair have been announced as keynote speakers at The Business Day, a new business networking event to be staged at Bridlington Spa in June.

It will be hosted by Alexander Armstrong, comedian, actor, quiz show host, singer, adventurer and presenter, who will also chair a debate element covering local, national and international current affairs.

The Business Day will take place on Friday, June 9, the main sponsors being East Riding Council, Hull City Council, the University of Hull, KCOM, Welcome to Yorkshire, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Sewell Group.

A number of associate sponsors are also involved in the venture.

Andrew Aldis, general manager of Bridlington Spa, said: "Being the only venue able to host more than 650 delegates for business networking events, Bridlington Spa has created The Business Day as an all-new approach to this format.

"We have avoided the usual need to herd delegates from one item to the next but rather allow them to tailor their personal itinerary to suit themselves.

"Keynote speakers will present from the theatre stage while the Royal Hall will be dedicated to the event's main sponsors and networking; along with a selection of additional elements yet to be announced."

Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding Council, said: "A large business event, coinciding with the end of Humber Bizweek, has been missing from the annual programme for the past year and I'm excited and proud to be part of the team developing this powerful new event.

"Working jointly with The Business Day's main sponsors has allowed us to confidently build around the concept of business networking but include a top-tier line-up of speakers, too.

"Delegates will definitely experience an event that's a bit different and sponsors will feel the benefit of having the time and space to communicate with their customers and prospects well."

Baroness Brady was voted Businesswoman of the Year, Ultimate Entrepreneur and rated among the 50 most inspirational people in the world.

Passionate about business and the promotion of women in business in the UK, she is the current vice-chairman of West Ham United FC.

John Simpson has interviewed every British prime minister since Harold Wilson; every German Chancellor since Willy Brandt and every French president since Giscard d'Estaing. Among others he has interviewed Mrs Gandhi, Emperor Bokassa, Colonel Gadaffi, Bashir al-Asad, Nelson Mandela, and Robert Mugabe.

He has covered 46 wars on four continents, not to mention the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and of Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania.

Alexander Armstrong is best known as half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller, alongside fellow actor Ben Miller.

He hosts the hugely popular BBC One quiz show Pointless, having presented more than 1,000 episodes.

Frequently a guest host for the BBC's Have I Got News For You, Mr Armstrong is also the voice of the cartoon character Danger Mouse.

A descendant of William the Conqueror, he released his first solo album, A Year of Songs, in 2015.

Contact Mandy Masters by calling 07545 110146 or by emailing for further information.

Visit to book tickets via Bridlington Spa – these cost £125 per delegate or £100 when purchasing ten or more.

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