Hull business giants to share rags to riches tales at Business Week event

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 24 Apr 2019

A panel featuring some of Hull’s biggest names in business will share their journeys from humble beginnings to becoming leaders in their industries.

The line-up, which cannot yet be revealed, features a host of the best-known faces in the city, all of who have overcome unimaginable hurdles to reach the top.

Sewell Group will host the event, titled ‘The Kid Done Good,’ during Humber Business Week in June.

It will be hosted by former Hull MP Alan Johnson, and also feature former Education Secretary Justine Greening.

It comes as the Hull business, led by Paul Sewell, becomes a Social Mobility Pledge Accredited Employer, supporting Justine Greening’s fight to ensure people can progress in life, regardless of their background.

Paul Sewell said: “Some of Hull’s leading lights will tell their inspirational ‘Kid Done Good’ stories, taking the audience on a journey from their humble beginnings and tough hurdles, to how they turned it into success and positivity…

Paul Sewell (Sewell Group)

“I f***ed up when I was younger, and got expelled from school, but there is no barrier in Hull to making progress.

“If you believe it is now more important than ever not to lose one bit of human potential or talent, and no young person should see any insurmountable barriers to reach their goals and achieve their dreams, this event and opportunity is for you.”

More than 200 employers representing over two million employees across the UK have already signed the Social Mobility Pledge, and Sewell Group is now calling on other businesses to do the same.

Read more: The Hull Power List 2018: The 45 most influential people in the city

‘The Kid Done Good’ will take place on Tuesday, June 4 at Sewell Group’s home in Geneva Way.

Mr Johnson and Ms Greening will be joined by a string of big names from Hull business, who will tell their inspirational stories and discuss the importance of social mobility.

Ms Greening said: “The key is using the Social Mobility Pledge to allow all the experience, innovation and know-how from great employers to be shared.

Justine Greening will also be at the event in June

“Some of those trailblazing companies are right here in this region. One of the most creative businesses I’ve met supporting the Social Mobility Pledge is the Sewell Group.

“It's about where you're going not where you're from. There is a clear link between what we are doing and how forward-thinking businesses see their own role.

“I’m grateful to Paul and all the staff at Sewell Group. They have committed to making a real difference to social mobility in Britain. I hope many more businesses will follow so that together we change Britain for the better.”

Read more: Siemens boss Juergen Maier joins line-up at 2019 The Business Day

By signing the pledge, the business promises to work in partnership with schools and colleges to provide coaching to people from disadvantaged backgrounds through careers advice, mentoring and providing work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.

Places at ‘The Kid Done Good’ are limited and booking is essential.

To book, e-mail: jo.taylor@sewell-group.co.uk .



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