Reflections on Business Hive Live 2017

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Oct 2017

GRIMSBY’S entrepreneurs have been given inspiration, advice and insight from leading figures in the world of business.

Business Hive Live 2017 brought more than 200 people together for an eye-opening afternoon, with former UK chief of BMW, Porsche and Lamborghini, Kevin Gaskell, the headline act. 

His full throttle part-biographical blast gave many a new take on management, as he encouraged people to dream big and take their teams together on a journey, rather than focus on numbers and targets, having turned round one major marque and helped another accelerate beyond the board’s wildest dreams.

He followed talks on the importance of big data and inclusivity in business, while a workshop from Google proved a popular draw, too.

For the first time the main hall at the Cromwell Road venue was split, as the speakers’ presence was boosted on the main stage.


READ MORE: Business Hive Live: Tackling big data and empowering people


Mark Webb, managing director of E-Factor, the organisation behind the event, said: “Business Hive Live has grown each year. It has been developed and this is without doubt the biggest yet. 

“If anyone is in any doubt about the future of business in North East Lincolnshire, they only needed to see this and have met the 77 or so local businesses championing what they do, showing that they believe in the future of North East Lincolnshire.  It is incredibly important. 

“Business Hive Live was set up for one reason, to open the minds and expand the horizons. With the information local businesses with the attitude of anything is possible can prosper, while we showcase some of the best businesses in North East Lincolnshire.” 

Many commented on a positive vibe, and real buzz about the event, with a Tech Lounge added to the offer, including aspirational virtual reality ‘tours’ of what Victoria Mills could become, having been brought into local authority ownership.

Feedback was strong, too. Tower Staff Construction’s managing director, Gary McMullen, said: “It has been getting better every year. It is a good opportunity to get out there and use local services.” 

Angela Smith, who has an eponymous positive image business, specialising in wigs, said: “We were inspired by like-minded business people. We want to be inspired and gain new tips and ideas.”

Lindsay Linder, business development and marketing manager at Hunt’s Coaches, added: “It was great to meet other local businesses with good speakers, too.” 

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