Midge Ure will give a speech at Humber Business Week 2017

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 2 Feb 2017

International music star Midge Ure has been revealed as a keynote speaker on the opening day of this year's Humber Business Week, as organisers announce plans to reshape the "festival of business".

Arrangements are being made for new events aimed at encouraging smaller companies to take part, and a major networking event at Bridlington Spa will close the week.

Midge Ure, who enjoyed success in the 1970s and 1980s, most notably as lead singer of Ultravox, has been confirmed as the headline speaker for the Institute of Directors' (IoD) Humber Luncheon, which will be held at the KCOM Stadium on Monday, June 5.

MORE: A look back to when Midge Ure graced E-Factor’s Business Hive Live in 2015 at the Grimsby Auditorium

Pat Coyle, chairman of the IoD in East Yorkshire, said: "This is a very special year for Hull as we celebrate City of Culture 2017 so we wanted to pull out all the stops to secure a well-known, world-class speaker."

Kath Lavery, chair of Humber Business Week, said: "I'm delighted that, with four months still to go, we have a really strong programme shaping up already."

Two new "hub events", which will be staged on either banks of the Humber, are aimed at removing the barriers for small businesses to stage sessions as part of the week.

Mrs Lavery said: "The introduction of the hub events is something we've introduced on the back of feedback from delegates last year."

Hull 2017 will stage its own event relating to the city's status as UK City of Culture, and the Hull Lifestyle Awards will be staged in the city for the first time on Thursday, June 8.

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