New launch event introduced for Humber Business Week

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Mar 2018

IT HAS been announced that 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. 

For the first time, a preview night is being held ahead of the business event to provide the opportunity to attract more delegates in advance.  

The event will also provide the opportunity for those going to the event to prepare and get their diaries in check. 

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, which takes place from June 4 to  8.

She said: “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. 

“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.” 

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Ms Lavery says the launch event should allow everyone to “get more out of Humber Business Week” this year.

She said: “While 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. Our aim is to have the strongest programme yet established and confirmed.”

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 scheduled 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.

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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.

Actress, former model and author and activist Joanna Lumley is headline speaker at The Business Day at Bridlington Spa, where cricketing legend Geoffrey Boycott and Josh Littlejohn MB will also speak.

Humber Business Week is again supported by the Humber LEP and The University of Hull, brought together by a Steering Group of local business representatives.

To reserve a place at the 2018 Humber Business Week Launch, call Lindsey Nicklin on 01482 464963.

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