Kevin Keegan to speak on opening day of 2019 Humber Business Week

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Feb 2019

Former England and Newcastle football manager Kevin Keegan is to speak on the opening day of Humber Business Week 2019.

Keegan, who now combines football punditry with coaching and motivational speaking, will entertain an audience at the KCOM Stadium on June 3.

He has been announced as the keynote speaker at the Institute of Directors (IoD) Humber Luncheon.

It comes alongside news that the full Business Week programme will again be revealed at a special launch event at the University of Hull in May.

Kath Lavery, chair of the Business Week, said: “It is fantastic to already be in a position where we have a great initial Monday shaping up at the KCOM Stadium and The Business Day again confirmed for the Friday in Bridlington, but now is the key time for businesses across the region to shape the week as they want it.

Kath Lavery, chair of Humber Business Week (Hull Live)

“We know there is a feeling that some events and topics which are similar in nature and target audience could be clustered together, so now is the time for businesses working in the same sectors to collaborate and get together to consider how they can make the weeks work best for them.

“We have purposely left a blank canvas there to make the programme adaptable, so if there are businesses wanting to partner together that would be a great addition this year and something we’ll look to accommodate.”

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Kevin Keegan is regarded as one of the greatest players in English football history, famed for his style on the pitch, his relentless ambition and passion for the game.

In a career which started at Scunthorpe United, he went on to captain England for six years until his international retirement after the 1982 World Cup.

Kevin Keegan will speak at the KCOM Stadium (Russell Hart/Focus Images Ltd)

His managing career at Newcastle became legendary, leading the club from the depths of the Second Division to the brink of the Premier League title.

He was awarded an OBE in 1982.

Pat Coyle, chairman of the IoD in East Yorkshire, expects the appearance of Kevin Keegan to be hugely popular with a business audience.

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She said: “Kevin is one of the most recognisable names in English football with many accolades to his name not least winning the Ballon d'Or twice.

“We look forward to hearing about his experiences on and off the field, particularly in management, which no doubt will provide many parallels to those we encounter in running our own businesses.”

Businesses across Humber are now being urged to “create the week they want” in June.

Many annual staple events will again form part of Humber Business Week in 2019, including the Bondholders Breakfast on day one and The Business Day, which has again been scheduled in for the final day at Bridlington Spa.

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

Places at the launch event on May 8 are limited, and can be reserved now by contacting Rebecca Saxby, at The University of Hull, on 01482 465657, or via email at .

The Humber Luncheon, during Business Week, will start at noon on Monday, June 3.

Tickets are £47 + VAT for IoD members and £54 + VAT for non-members. Tables of 10 are £450 + VAT.

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