Making a splash: Business Hive Live was the biggest yet!
The Business Hive Live event team, with Steve Parry alongside Sam Burgess, third right, and E-Factor managing director, Mark Webb, right.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 10 Oct 2018
More than 400 delegates made Business Hive Live the best attended in its five year history.
Collaborate and elevate was the message that came out loud and clear from keynote speakers the Forkans, the inspirational orphaned brothers behind the Gandys clothing and footwear brand.
And it summed up the mood at the annual business to business exhibition, with 60 companies exhibiting at Grimsby Auditorium as several others provided insight and advice with speaking slots strategically sandwiched between the tsunami-surviving duo on Olympian Steve Parry. The 10 local entrepreneurs covered topics from mental health and recruitment, to cyber security and marketing.
Reflecting on the event, Business Hive manager Sam Burgess said: “Each year we try and add to the event, making it bigger and better. I’m thrilled with this year’s turnout and proud to be organising such a prestigious event for the local business community. I would like to thank all the businesses who took stands and thank everyone, especially our sponsors, who supported the event.”
A new addition for 2018 had launched the event, with a breakfast meeting for Business Hive Next Gen – a group of professionals and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 – with cooking demonstrations by Healing Manor owner and head chef, Steven Bennett, who then provided the day’s catering with his The Lincolnshire Chef company.
Alex Wright, managing director of Brigg-based social media marketing agency Knapton Wright, returned to the event as a guest speaker following a successful keynote speech as a former Facebook employee in 2016. He said: “We wanted to be part of the day as exhibitors and speakers not only to promote our brand, but also to be an intrinsic part of what it means to be a Business Hive member: supporting the club, engaging with fellow members and having fun!
“We had a great time meeting contacts new and old, and I felt my own team really benefited from being in amongst the business community for a day.”
Swimming bronze medallist Parry joined attendees at the Business Hive’s monthly First Tuesday networking session which followed the event.
Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire, a North East Lincolnshire Council-led funded project to promote, innovate and adopt energy efficiency and renewable energy, was a sponsor. Dr Vicky Dunn, energy manager, said: “It was fabulous to see such a prestigious, well attended event here in Grimsby.”