Friday 7 June 2019 - Bridlington Spa

The Business Day at Bridlington Spa on Friday 7 June 2019, with business networking at the heart of a day of discovery and insight.

More than 650 business leaders from across the region hearing from headline speaker Lord Sugar, Chief Executive of Siemens UK Juergen Maier and award winning gardener Mark Gregory. The event is hosted throughout by journalist and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth.

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Another blooming speaker added to The Business Day line-up

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Mark Gregory

Senior Royal Horticulture Society garden assessor and garden judge, Mark Gregory, is today announced as an additional speaker for The Business Day; taking place at Bridlington Spa on Friday 7 June. He is managing director and owner of Landform Consultants, a garden design, construction, planting and maintenance company, and also a co-director of the London College of Garden Design.

Marking the tenth anniversary of Welcome to Yorkshire at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Mark has achieved a gold-award for this garden; which captures the beauty of Yorkshire’s canals and celebrating the drama of the county’s rich industrial heritage. The design features working lock-gates, a lock-keeper’s cottage and trees local to Yorkshire.

It is not his first success at Chelsea. He has designed nearly a hundred gardens; including Welcome to Yorkshire’s 2018 offering; an homage to Yorkshire; featuring York stone, woodland plants and flowers, a fast-flowing beck and a stone bothy. This garden, as well as being awarded gold, won the BBC People’s Choice Award.

At The Business Day, delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy Mark’s conversation with event host, Gyles Brandreth, who will guide him through his history of gardens, his love of plants, his work at Kew Gardens and his involvement in the international lecture circuit. Beautiful pictures of stunning garden design will, of course, be in abundance.

Mark Gregory was born and bred in the town of West Cowick, East Yorkshire. He returns there regularly to visit family and the stunning landscapes he refers to as “God’s Country”. He has been at the forefront of the horticultural and landscaping industry for the last 35 years.

Having trained in pure horticulture with the RHS at Wisley and studied at Askham Bryan Horticultural College to HND level, he has gained a hand-on approach and leads from the front.

Over the last 30 years, Mark has managed and delivered more than 150 show gardens; with over 95 of these being for the Chelsea event.

Andrew Aldis, general manager of Bridlington Spa and producer of The Business Day said, “Now that the sun has returned to us and the full beauty of Yorkshire presents itself every morning, who else could we add to the billing for The Business Day than the man who has taken those spectacular views and condensed them into a showcase for the world to see.

“Now that the wait is over, and judging for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is complete, I am over-the-moon that Mark’s Welcome to Yorkshire garden has drawn such praise. I look forward to hearing all about it at The Business Day; where he will regale delegates with all manner of pictures and inside design secrets.”

Stephen Parnaby OBE, deputy chairman of Humber LEP said, “Mark’s award-winning work with Welcome to Yorkshire is superb and I’m delighted to hear of his success this week. He is a great ambassador for the region and it’s a real bonus that he’s found time in his schedule to join us at The Business Day.

“The combination of him, Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK, Lord Sugar and Gyles Brandreth is sure to make for an engaging and compelling day of insight and discovery at The Business Day and I urge people to grab the remaining tickets before they’re gone.”

The Business Day 2019 is a Humber Local Enterprise Partnership event which is wholly produced by Bridlington Spa. Three years on from the first instance of this event, it continues be seen as the celebratory end to Humber Business Week. With top business professionals from across the region descending on Bridlington to celebrate business, to network with colleagues and to enjoy the strongest speaker line-ups in the region, it is an unmissable event in the year’s calendar.

Siemens UK Chief Executive to join Lord Sugar as a speaker at The Business Day 2019

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Juergen Maier

It is today announced that Professor Juergen Maier CBE, FREng, FIET, Chief Executive of Siemens UK will be a speaker at this year’s business event, The Business Day, at Bridlington Spa on Friday 7 June. He joins a stellar speaker line up already announced, Lord Sugar and Gyles Brandreth.

The Business Day is described as a day of discovery and insight for business professionals with networking at the heart of the programme. The event was created in 2017 and has established itself as the formal end of the Humber Business Week.

Juergen Maier was appointed Chief Executive of Siemens UK at the beginning of July 2014. He has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Board since 2008 and has held senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany; including Managing Director of Industrial Activities for the UK and Manufacturing Director of the award-winning Drives factory in Congleton, Cheshire.

Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 with a BSc in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University on a Siemens-sponsored graduate programme.

He was made honorary Professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014 and became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2017. He has also received honorary doctorates for his services to UK Science and Engineering from the Universities of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent and Salford Manchester.

Mr Maier is a passionate advocate of rebalancing the UK economy and has supported many UK-wide initiatives championing manufacturing, improved infrastructure and engineering skills.

In 2017 he was asked by the Government to lead a review into how to increase the digitalisation of the UK manufacturing sector. The subsequent report led to the creation of the joint industry/government ‘Made Smarter’ Commission, which Juergen co-chairs with the Business Secretary, Rt. Hon Greg Clark MP.

He also serves on the Industrial Strategy Council which advises the Government on Industrial Strategy. Juergen argues for the modern re-industrialisation of the North of England and is a board member of both the Greater Manchester LEP and the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

Born 1964 in Germany with Austrian and dual British nationality, Juergen moved to the UK in 1974.

Andrew Aldis, general manager of Bridlington Spa, said, “When the name Juergen Maier was put forward as a potential speaker at this year’s events I did a bit of research and was excited to be able to add such a significant business leader to the line-up. I wondered, though, whether people would know the name. That evening, I turned on the TV to see BBC’s Question Time and there he was on the panel.”

Stephen Parnaby, deputy chairman of Humber LEP, said, “Siemens UK’s multi-million pound investment in the region, their commitment to renewable energy and the employment they have created makes him an ideal and exciting addition to the speaker programme.”

The Business Day is a Bridlington Spa production for Humber LEP. The event is funded through sponsorships from businesses in the East Riding, Hull and further afield and through ticket sales.

This year’s announcement detailing Lord Sugar as headline speaker prompted a surge in ticket sales with less than a hundred top tier tickets left.

Headline speaker of The Business Day announced

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Lord Sugar

Lord Sugar, one of the best known British businessman in the world, is announced as the headline speaker of The Business Day 2019; to be held at Bridlington Spa on Friday 7 June, coinciding with the end of Humber Business Week.

Lord Sugar, most famous for his role leading BBC TV’s The Apprentice, founded the hugely successful electronics company, Amstrad, in 1968 and served as chairman of Tottenham Hotspurs between 1991 and 2001.

As a child, when his family couldn’t afford to buy him a bicycle, he built one himself from an old bike frame then, by the age of 12, he had started earning his own money working part time for a local greengrocer.

On leaving school he became a statistician for the Ministry of Education but, finding it boring, he unleashed his burgeoning, entrepreneurial skill by selling car aerials from a dilapidated van.

He founded Amstrad (Alan Michael Sugar Trading) when he was just 21 years old, taking it public on the London Stock Exchange in 1980. The company saw significant growth during the 80s, leveraging the surge in demand for personal computers and later, the production of set-top decoder boxes for satellite television provider, Sky.

He made his first appearance on the BBC reality show, The Apprentice in 2005. Appearing as himself, he sets business tasks for participants, or candidates, then acts as overall judge of the results with the least successful hearing his now notorious catchphrase, “You’re fired” and leaving the programme. The winner in more recent seasons receives a cash investment from Lord Sugar for the business idea they pitch during the run of the show.

He was knighted in the 2000 New Year Honours list and was awarded two Doctorates of Science from City University in 1998 and Brunel University in 2005. He became a life peer in 2009 becoming Lord Sugar.

Lord Sugar will host a question and answer session with the audience at The Business Day thus creating a unique and interactive element to the day which honours the event’s promise to provide delegates with a day of discovery and insight.

Gyles Brandreth has already been announced as host and speaker of The Business Day this year and additional speakers will be added to the line-up in due course.

Andrew Aldis, general manager of Bridlington Spa said, “I’m still pinching myself that Lord Sugar is to be the headline speaker of this year’s event. I had to check the confirmation twice to make sure I was reading it correctly.

“Since 2017, in producing and delivering The Business Day, we have strived for quality in our speaker line-up and the delivery of the event. This announcement serves to only reinforce the great reputation we continue to earn and demonstrates to the business community that Bridlington Spa is a force to be reckoned with in the business event arena.”

Stephen Parnaby, deputy chairman of Humber LEP said, “It’s hard to imagine finding a more prestigious and appropriate speaker to headline this high quality event. The name Lord Sugar is synonymous with business and The Business Day is the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull celebrating business at its best.”

The Business Day is a networking event billed as a tailored day of discovery and insight and is aimed at a business audience. It has established itself as the traditional end to the Humber Business Week. It is produced fully in-house by Bridlington Spa on behalf of Humber LEP.

Previous speakers have been Karren Brady (Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge), John Simpson CBE, Alexander Armstrong, Naga Munchetty, Josh Littlejohn and Sir Bob Geldof.

First speaker announced for The Business Day 2019

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Gyles Brandreth

Writer, broadcaster, actor and, former MP Gyles Brandreth is the first speaker to be announced for The Business Day 2019. Taking place on Friday 7 June at Bridlington Spa.

He will take his place amongst the growing alumni of celebrity hosts of the event; Naga Munchetty last year and Alexander Armstrong in 2017. The Business Day sees more than 650 delegates from across the region experiencing a day of discovery and insight. Previous speakers have included Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE, John Simpson CBE, Bob Geldof KBE, social entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn MBE and leadership guru René Carayol MBE.

A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester, Gyles Brandreth’s career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in Sir John Major’s government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End.

He is one of Britain’s busiest after-dinner speakers and award ceremony hosts. He has been nominated for and won awards himself as a public speaker, novelist, children’s writer, broadcaster, political diarist, journalist, theatre producer and businessman (British Tourist Authority Come to Britain Trophy).

Gyles is the author of two acclaimed royal biographies and a series of Victorian detective stories, The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, now published in 22 countries. His recent Sunday Times best-sellers include Word Play, a celebration of the English language, and The 7 Secrets of Happiness – No 1 on Amazon.

He is a former chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association; in 2017 he succeeded the late Duke of Westminster as Chancellor of the University of Chester.

Gyles has been London correspondent for Up to the Minute on CBS News and his books published in the USA include the New York Times best-seller, The Joy of Lex, as well as The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries (Simon & Schuster) and The 7 Secrets of Happiness (Open Road Media).

Andrew Aldis, general manager of Bridlington Spa said, “Hearing the name Gyles Brandreth always brings a smile to my face. I’m not sure whether it was the jumpers and repartee on Channel 4’s Countdown or his acerbic recollections of his time as an MP but if he’s on my television then I’ll be enjoying it.

“Hosting the The Business Day is a varied role so delegates will have an opportunity to see the many facets of this multitalented man – I consider him to be one of our great British institutions!”

Cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE, Leader, East Riding of Yorkshire Council said, “Building on the success of the previous sell-out events, The Business Day has firmly established itself in the Humber Business Week calendar.

“Working jointly with the Humber LEP and The Business Day’s main sponsors I’m looking forward to the event in 2019 which will allow for business networking and insights from a line-up of great speakers; including Gyles Brandreth.”