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Humber Business Week is being delivered this week in association with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the University of Hull and dozens of event-holders

This week long event celebrates the business talent that the Humber has to offer, and focuses on the vision of the region’s growth through a diverse programme of events.

The LEP has been a long standing partner of Humber Business Week and will host its AGM & Future Summit on Thursday 7th June, before the finale of Biz Week at The Spa, Bridlington on Friday.

Words by Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of Humber LEP

We are proud to be associated with such an excellent week of regional events once again, as we embark on another exciting Humber Business Week.

Over the course of this week we will see a network of partners and businesses in the region host some highly important and informative events, which celebrate the growth of our region, the successes that we have seen recently and the key messages on local business development.

Not only will we see events that reflect on what we have already achieved across the Humber there are some, like our own The Future Summit, that look ahead to plans that we want to develop under business leadership.

As we develop our Local Industrial Strategy we can use Humber Business Week as an indicator of the capabilities of our region; the strong relationships between our communities and the Humber’s many strengths and opportunities.

Now is the time for calculated assessment from local businesses of all sizes and sectors of what we can offer the rest of the country. The Humber has made a lot of progress over the last few years, but there is a lot more we can achieve and this strategy will be about taking us on to the next level.

As we make our case to Government about the strength of industry and opportunity for sustainable growth in the Humber, we must all be fully informed and ready to act in order to ensure the best possible outcome for local growth.

We will be joined by partners from the Northern Powerhouse, the University of Hull and by members of our Board and our four local authorities. We will also be joined by Humber business leaders from the likes of Siemens Gamesa, Phillips 66 and British Steel as part of our lineup of speakers.

This year’s Biz Week programme is as strong as ever, which goes to show the level of engagement between businesses in the region and the calibre of events that make up the week long agenda.

With events focusing on education, enterprise, SMEs and more, the year’s programme certainly caters for all. As always the Humber Business Week Celebration Dinner at the University of Hull will make for an excellent penultimate event before the Business Day celebration at The Spa, Bridlington.

Some events over the next few days will focus on major sites and projects in the Humber region, with the likes of the Open Day at Ergo, Humber Bridgehead Business Park.

Others will cater for our entrepreneurs and digital sector with the likes of HBBC Breakfast – Tomorrow’s World Today at the Deep, presented by RB and C4DI, who will look at how new technology is shaping a more agile and collaborative working environment, as well as creating new opportunities.

Again, the Chamber Expo features on the BizWeek programme at Costello Stadium in Hull, as well as a new networking event The Great BIG Small Business Network at Forest Pines Hotel. Both will provide businesses with excellent networking opportunities to complement this year’s diverse programme.

I am proud that our LEP AGM and The Future Summit sit alongside events hosted by our partners at the University of Hull and by Humber businesses, to make for another excellent, vibrant and productive week.

Returning for a second year, the Business Day at The Spa, Bridlington will culminate a week of hard work and planning into an enjoyable and productive day. Our guests and speakers will no doubt enjoy what promises to be another successful closing event.

Each year BizWeek successfully delivers on all fronts. By gathering our business community at a series of sessions, workshops and conferences we have been able to use this week of to shape our future business plans, bolster our engagement and see business relationships new and old prosper.

Gathering our partners is a key theme of the Business Week, and something that the LEP as a partnership truly benefits from.

I am sure that this week’s events will deliver excellent quality advice and information to all attending, whilst inspiring our business community to achieve even more. The variety on this year’s programme indicates the diversity that our region can boast and I believe that the Humber has developed into a unique and prosperous place to live and work.

I would like to thank all of the dedicated steering group, organisers and our partners in advance for their hard work and effort to deliver another excellent Humber Business Week.