Humber Business Week 2019 to boast 'strongest ever programme'

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 Apr 2019

Organisers of this year’s Humber Business Week say they have pulled together “the strongest ever programme” for the event in June.

Adopting a model of ‘less is more,’ the 2019 week will feature around 35 events across the region.

That is down from more than 50 in recent years, but Business Week chair Kath Lavery said she is delighted with the quality of events being staged, the issues covered, and the speakers secured.

It comes a week before the official programme launch for the region's Business Week, which will take place at the University of Hull on Wednesday, May 8.

Mrs Lavery said: “Our Steering Group met last week to assess the programme for this year and we were all delighted at the quality of programme we have.

“It was agreed that we wouldn’t chase numbers, as in previous years we have had feedback that there have been too many events, and that a smaller number of events, all of the highest quality, would be better.

Kath Lavery at a previous Humber Business Week

“In that sense we have a different Business Week this year, but we all agree a better one and a stronger and more relevant one. We have some very big name speakers and big issues being tackled, from Brexit and climate change to social mobility and lobbying parliament.

“Never before have we had a programme so relative to the key issues impacting on business, and so many great speakers who can give a real insight into those matters.”

Humber Business Week will this year run from Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 7.

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The first day of the week is this year entitled ‘Destination Monday’, with the KCOM Stadium being the hub of activity throughout the day.

It will begin with the annual Bondholders Breakfast, and also include the IOD (Institute of Directors) Humber Luncheon and the Bank of England’s assessment of the economy.

Lord Sugar will speak at the Business Day at Bridlington Spa in June (Brid Spa)

“Destination Monday is completely new for this year and again we are delighted at the package of events we have pulled together,” Mrs Lavery said.

“We will be confirming all events and details for that specific day in the coming weeks, but it is without doubt going to be a superb addition to the week and a great first day.

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

“It will be fantastic to see the stadium a hub of activity throughout the day, and of course a great networking opportunity for those who attend the many events being staged.”

High-profile speakers confirmed for the week include multi-millionaire and entrepreneur Lord Alan Sugar, and former England football manager Kevin Keegan.

Juergen Maier will speak at The Business Day in June (Brid Spa)

The founder of the hugely successful electronics company Amstrad and famous for his role on BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’, Lord Sugar will speak at The Business Day event in Bridlington, alongside Siemens UK boss Juergen Maier and writer, broadcaster, actor and former MP Gyles Brandreth.

Keegan has proved a major draw on the opening day of the week as headline speaker for the IoD Humber Luncheon.

Read more: The Apprentice's Lord Sugar announced as headline speaker at The Business Day in Bridlington

High-profile figures from the world of politics are also involved, as the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, who served as Secretary of State for Education from 2016 to 2018, will discuss a powerful national campaign around boosting social mobility in an event staged by Sewell Group.

“The Kid Done Good” event, hosted by the Rt Hon Alan Johnson, will look at the Social Mobility Pledge, in which businesses are committed to work in partnership with schools and colleges to provide coaching to people from disadvantaged backgrounds through quality careers advice, mentoring and providing work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.

Business Week staples including The Humber LEP AGM, the two-day Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce Expo, the Inspiring Women Dinner and the Humber Business Week Celebration Dinner also all return.

Whilst the week itself remains a month away, people can find out more about the events being staged at the official launch night next Wednesday, May 8, from 5.30pm-7.30pm in the Nidd Building, at Hull University Business School.

To attend the launch event, call Rebecca Saxby 01482 465657 or email

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