Gyles Brandreth announced as first speaker at 2019 Business Day

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 23 Jan 2019

Writer, broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth is the first speaker to be announced for the 2019 Business Day at Bridlington Spa.

Mr Brandreth’s career has spanned a range of professions. A former Oxford scholar, president of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester, he was also Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in Sir John Major’s government.

Now one of Britain’s busiest after-dinner speakers and hosts, he will join the line-up of speakers at the region’s biggest business event, held on Friday, June 7 as part of the Humber Business Week.

Andrew Aldis, general manager of Bridlington Spa said: “Hearing the name Gyles Brandreth always brings a smile to my face.

“I’m not sure whether it was the jumpers and repartee on Channel 4’s Countdown or his acerbic recollections of his time as an MP but if he’s on my television then I’ll be enjoying it.

Gyles Brandreth will speak at the 2019 Business Day in Bridlington in June (Copyright Unknown)

“Hosting the The Business Day is a varied role so delegates will have an opportunity to see the many facets of this multitalented man – I consider him to be one of our great British institutions.”

The Business Day will see more than 650 delegates from across the region descend on Bridlington Spa for a day of conferences, workshops and networking.

Read more: Dates confirmed for 2019 Humber Business Week as exciting new plans revealed

Previous speakers have included Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE, John Simpson CBE, Bob Geldof KBE, social entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn MBE and leadership guru René Carayol MBE.

Cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader at East Riding Council, said: “Building on the success of the previous sell-out events, The Business Day has firmly established itself in the Humber Business Week calendar.

“Working jointly with the Humber LEP and The Business Day’s main sponsors I’m looking forward to the event in 2019 which will allow for business networking and insights from a line-up of great speakers; including Gyles Brandreth.”

Gyles is the author of two acclaimed royal biographies and a series of Victorian detective stories, The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, now published in 22 countries.

He has been nominated for and won awards himself as a public speaker, novelist, children’s writer, broadcaster, political diarist, journalist, theatre producer and businessman.

Gyles has been London correspondent for Up to the Minute on CBS News, and his books published in the USA include the New York Times best-seller, The Joy of Lex.

The Business Day will take place at Bridlington Spa on Friday 7 June 2019.  Tickets cost £125 per person, or £1,000 for 10.  For more information, or to book tickets go to or call 01262 678258.

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