Business Boost | 27 April 2017 - by KCOM

Business Day brings in the big guns

A revamped business networking event brings in big names and the chance to meet new customers

A Premier League football club boss, a hardened war reporter and a TV quiz show host will make up the eclectic mix of inspirational speakers at a new Yorkshire business networking event.

West Ham vice chairman Karren Brady CBE, BBC world affairs editor John Simpson and Pointless host – and voice of Danger Mouse - Alexander Armstrong will be the big draws at The Business Day event on Friday, 9 June, when it is held at Bridlington Spa.


KCOM is a major sponsor for the event which will bring together business leaders and SMB owners from across Hull and East Yorkshire to celebrate the region’s achievements and build the foundations for further success.

Alan Worthing, KCOM’s director of business, said: “We are delighted to be one of the main sponsors for The Business Day. It’s a great opportunity for businesses, business owners and employees to come together from a networking perspective and close out Humber Business Week with a big bang.

“It’s also a great chance to listen to some speakers with some amazing stories and life experiences that will help inspire and generate new ways of thinking in everyday business."

Among those speaking on the day will be a wide range of personalities who will draw on their experiences of life in the boardroom, on the battlefield and in showbiz.

First will be Karren Brady, who is best known for her role as one of Sir Alan Sugar’s advisors on The Apprentice. Also known as Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge, Karren has been voted Business Woman of the Year and also named as one of the 50 most inspirational people in the world as a passionate advocate of women in business in the UK. She is the current Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC.

Also speaking at the event will be BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson CBE who is a journalist, broadcaster, columnist and author. He has reported from 140 countries and interviewed around 200 world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin, Margaret Thatcher and every British prime minister since Harold Wilson.

Hosting the day will be Pointless quiz show host, actor, comedian and singer Alexander Armstrong. As well as being one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller, alongside fellow actor Ben Miller, Alexander is a regular guest host for the satirical panel show Have I Got News For You and best known to youngsters as the debonair voice of diminutive cartoon hero Danger Mouse.

Joining the three celebs on the day will be Sir Gary Verity, the chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire.

Sir Gary said: “I am delighted to be part of the inaugural Business Day event at the wonderful Bridlington Spa. It looks set to be a great event at a fantastic venue and will be the perfect opportunity to showcase the region’s achievements.”

Sir Gary is expected to focus his contribution on the importance of Welcome to Yorkshire’s involvement in the Grand Depart for the Tour de France and give some background to the third Tour de Yorkshire which will start in Bridlington at the Spa.

High demand for tickets

Andrew Aldis, General Manager of Bridlington Spa, said demand for tickets for the event had been strong as the region rides high on a wave of entrepreneurial optimism.

He said: “Ticket sales are going extremely well. Our major sponsors, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, University of Hull, KCOM, Welcome to Yorkshire, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, Sewell Group and FEO have some super ideas to keep delegates busy and we will have a few surprises up our sleeves.

“The sponsors want this to be not just a great day, but also a meaningful day for business. We at Bridlington Spa, will pull out all the stops to ensure everyone goes home having had a top notch day."