Friday 11 June 2021 - Bridlington Spa

Gyles Brandreth will be hosting The Business Day once again as organisers have announced this year will go ahead as a virtual event, live-streamed from Bridlington Spa on Friday 11 June.

The Business Day is an annual networking event tailored to a day of discovery insight, with nearly 700 business leaders coming together; however, due to the current global pandemic, this year's will be a three-hour live-streamed show, hosted in-person by Gyles Brandreth.

Whilst maintaining COVID restrictions, speakers will be live from Bridlington Spa and delegates will able to watch the free to air event online.

Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth (Host)

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 John Major's government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London's West End.

A prolific broadcaster (in programmes ranging from Just a Minute and Wordaholics to QI and Have I Got News for You), an award-winning interviewer and columnist (principally for the Telegraph and Daily Mail), a novelist, children's author and biographer, he has published two volumes of diaries: Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries ('By far the best political diary of recent years, far more perceptive and revealing than Alan Clark's', The Times) and Something Sensational to Read in the Train: The Diary of a Lifetime ('Witty, warm-hearted and deeply poignant', Daily Mail).

He is the author of two acclaimed royal biographies: Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage and Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair, and a series of Victorian detective stories, The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, now published in twenty-two countries around the world. 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. His on-line course on Happiness is available from Gravy For The Brain together with a course co-authored with his son, rhetoric coach and barrister, Benet Brandreth QC, on Mastering Public Speaking. His one-man shows have won multiple five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and tour regularly throughout the UK.

As a performer, Gyles Brandreth has been seen in the West End in Zipp! One hundred musicals for less than the price of one at the Duchess Theatre and on tour throughout the UK, and as Malvolio and the Sea Captain in Twelfth Night: The Musical at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2011/12 he played Lady Bracknell in a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest and in 2017 appeared in Hamlet at the Park Theatre in London.

Gyles Brandreth is one of Britain's busiest after-dinner speakers and award ceremony hosts. He has won awards himself, and been nominated for awards, as a public speaker, novelist, children's writer, broadcaster (Sony and Royal Television Society), political diarist (Channel Four), journalist (British Press Awards), theatre producer (Olivier), and businessman (British Tourist Authority Come to Britain Trophy). He has featured on This Is Your Life and Desert Island Discs and 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.

He is married to writer and publisher Michèle Brown, with whom he co-curated the exhibition of twentieth century children's authors at the National Portrait Gallery and founded the award-winning Teddy Bear Museum now based at Newby Hall in North Yorkshire. His son, Benet, is a barrister, award-winning speaker, authority on rhetoric - - and author of two acclaimed novels about Shakespeare's lost years: The Spy of Venice and The Assassin of Verona. His daughter, Aphra, is an environmental economist and local politician. With his daughter Saethryd and grandson Rory, he is the author of a compendium of family games, The Lost Art of Having Fun. With Saethryd, he has also created Novelty Knits, a celebration of the colourful jumpers he was noted for wearing on TV in the 1970s and 1980s.

Gyles Brandreth's forebears include George R Sims (the highest-paid journalist of his day, who wrote the ballad Christmas Day in the Workhouse) and Jeremiah Brandreth (the last man in England to be beheaded for treason). His great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Brandreth, promoted 'Brandreth's Pills' (a medicine that cured everything!) and was a pioneer of modern advertising and a New York state senator. Gyles Brandreth 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).

Mark Atkinson

Mark Atkinson (Keynote Speaker)

Mark Atkinson was a dairy farmer who diversified from Agriculture into Equestrian and has never looked back. Having ridden all his life and spending many years showjumping Mark opened Asselby Grange Livery Yard & Riding School in 1996.He then started providing horses for re enactment and jousting. His work expanded into the field of TV & Film and he has since provided horses ,carriages and riders taking on the role of Horsemaster on many productions across the UK and internationally.

Jas Athwal

Jas Athwal

Jas Athwal, is a fascinating and very amusing character from Bradford.

Twenty years ago Athwal became the first Sikh to captain a golf club at Waterton Park near Wakefield in Yorkshire. Around the same time he started up the Asian Golf Society, which still runs today and gives Asian kids who otherwise would never pick up a golf club 50 hours of free coaching, but in all that time he's never sat down with any governing body or organisation to see how more Asians could get involved in the game.

"For some reason you see a lot of Asian lads playing but not playing in clubs. I've no idea what the barrier is but if people from the governing bodies want to engage more I always use the old analogy that if you're going to build a house for a blind person, ask them what they want. Ask where he wants his sockets and how he wants his TV to work.

"It's a very pale table where the people are making decisions and you won't see any diversity. I'm not a pallbearer for any of this, if someone asks me I'll answer them but I won't go around beating the drum on this. I don't want to be known as the moaner who thinks they're hard done by as I'm not. People from the game's bodies will just pay lip service and say we hear you but they're not actually listening."

Jas came to England as a little boy to bury his father who had arrived the year before to work and send money back to India. He describes himself as a 'retired shopkeeper' but he must be the most well-connected shopkeeper on the planet.

"People talk about the right sort of person for certain clubs. I'm a former chairman of Bradford Bulls rugby league club, I sit on numerous boards, I represent the queen as deputy lieutenant for West Yorkshire, what more do you want? I'm very realistic and I don't get too precious about it and I have very low expectations about things. I don't want to be part of something as it ticks a box, I want someone to welcome me with open arms. Sometimes there's some fear there and it just needs a bit of education - I think they think that there will be a corner shop on every tee. At some clubs they think I'm going to rock up in a turban and in a rickshaw, some of them are amazed that I turn up in a car and that I can speak English."

"I'm 58 and I've been this colour all my life, you're not going to change the thinking of the bloke who has God Save The Queen as his ring tone and has the Union Jack in his front garden, he's not going to engage with me at the golf club so why try? I don't just sit and talk about race all the time. It's not for me to change, it's up to the people who run the game. The Asian population is growing and if you don't engage then you're missing out."

Jo Barnes

Jo Barnes

Jo is the Managing Director of Sewell Estates, a Group of companies based in Yorkshire with a range of interests spanning construction, facilities management, property investment/development and consultancy services. Jo is also Founder and Managing Director of Shared Agenda, a Sewell Group company that provides estates advisory services to public and private sector customers across the UK. She joined the Sewell Group 13 years ago after a 14 year career in the public sector working in regeneration vehicles across the North of England and Scotland.

Tina Cerutti

Tina Cerutti

Tina has been involved with the family business for over 50 years. Parents Joe and Pat Cerutti started the business in 1958 in Aldborough, moving to Hull with Ceruttis in 1974 and Tina opened Cerutti 2 at Beverley Railway Station in 1989.

For Tina the family element of the business has been central to its success. She has worked alongside her brother Tony to make Ceruttis a byword for quality food and service, both in the restaurant and outside catering. It has become the first choice for so many local people when booking family occasions and corporate events. Ceruttis has become an integral part of people's lives by catering for generations of births, marriages, other life celebrations and, sadly, funerals.

This last 15 months of the pandemic have been a big challenge, but Tina has diversified by introducing a hot takeaway, chilled meals and communicating with her customers via videos on the website and on social media. Customers have responded positively and have appreciated the regular takeaway meals, some on a weekly basis. Outside service was introduced in April and Tina reopened the doors to dining inside the restaurant in mid-May. Takeaway services have continued. Along with Tony and the team she is looking forward to welcoming back customers old and new.

Not content to work solely in the business, Tina has been a consummate fundraiser for many local and national charities close to her heart raising an estimated £250,000. She has completed four marathons, arranged two Beverley Town congas, cycled from Morecambe Bay to Skipsea and from Zebrugge to Ypres as well as many other fundraising events.

Dominic Gibbons

Dominic Gibbons

Joining Property Development and Investment Company, Wykeland Group, in the late 90's Dominic became the Group Managing Director in 2009.

As well as having a property portfolio which stretches from Grimsby to Glasgow Wykeland have a current £500M commercial property development programme within the Yorkshire and Humber region and being based in Hull have been at the leading edge in supporting the regeneration of the City.

Current Wykeland projects include the fast-growing Bridgehead business park close to the Humber Bridge; the flagship @TheDock development incorporating the Centre for Digital Innovation (C4Di) in Hull's Fruit Market; the expanding Melton West Business Park, west of Hull; Northern Lincolnshire's premier business location, Europarc; the Treadmills regeneration scheme in Northallerton; and the Flemingate mixed-use regeneration scheme in Beverley.

Wykeland is also working in a joint venture with Beal Homes to continue to regenerate the Fruit Market area of Hull, in partnership with Hull City Council, creating the city's first urban village.

Dominic spent a number of years as a Member of Council at the University of Hull and its Finance Committee, has also just taken on the Chair role of the Hull and East Yorkshire Cultural compact, Chair's the charity Run With It, is a Trustee of the Hull Minster development fund, is a Governor at Hymers College school and is a Director of the C4Di.

Andrew Horncastle

Andrew Horncastle

Andrew Horncastle MBE is chairman of Horncastle Group Plc, a local business with a background in construction, he has experience in the development of strategic land, residential commercial, system building and manufacturing. This has also involved the corporate acquisition and sale of several companies in a career spanning forty years. Outside of business, Andrew believes that the region can be much more successful and that central to that is growing the local economy. He has supported local growth initiatives and played a part in the formation of the now-defunct Humber LEP. He is chair and a founder member of For Entrepreneurs Only whose aims are to help more people start, adapt and grow businesses within the county. Andrew is a trustee of the Hull and East Yorkshire Medical Research Centre an organisation that aims to support and increase local but internationally impacting research collaborations between the University and our teaching hospital. He is a trustee of the W A Horncastle Charitable Trust whose aims are to support disadvantaged people in and around the county and is chair of the trustees of the St Paul's Boxing Academy CIO which helps create champions not just in the ring but many more in life. He has recently served as the High Sheriff of the East Riding of Yorkshire and during the year of the pandemic worked closely with several varied third sector organisations. Passionate about the region, he believes that others not of this region are not going to sort our problems out for us, only we can do that. And we do that by being united behind a shared vision. Together local people can achieve much more. A bigger economy can be built, and more opportunities can be created so that young people, our local talent aspire to make their careers here, building a strong and sustainable future for all and placing this region where it should be. Nationally recognised as a prosperous inclusive place of opportunity.

Sally Iggulden

Sally Iggulden

Sally Iggulden took over the reins as Chief Executive at Beverley Racecourse in 2000, having previously worked for the Racecourse Association based at Ascot Racecourse. Educated at Wye College in Kent, she is passionate and knowledgeable about the sport of horseracing, and acts in an advisory capacity on several committees within the industry. In 2003, Sally became one of the founders and original Board members of Racing TV, which today is one of the major forces in media rights distribution in the world of horseracing.

In 2014, Sally joined the Board of Welcome to Yorkshire and assisted with the delivery of Le Grand Depart in Yorkshire for Le Tour de France. Sally is also a Director of the National Horseracing College, a responsive centre of training excellence within the north, identifying, encouraging and nurturing talent, particularly within young people.

As a venue, Beverley Racecourse is a premier visitor attraction in East Yorkshire, priding itself on its heritage and standing within the local community. A major contributor to good causes and a centre of entertainment, our feedback suggests that our motto of "Time Well Spent" is suitably accurate.

Thomas Martin

Thomas Martin

Chairman Arco Ltd, a 4th Generation Family Company. Thomas joined in 1988 from early work in London Advertising, early exposure in Product Management and Branch Operations led to becoming Trading Director (Safety) in 1993, Supply Chain Director in 1998 and Joint MD in 2002. He assumed the Chair in April 2017.

A keen advocate of Family Business education, he utilises learnings from IMD and INSEAD gained during the last 20+ years of formal study.

Keynotes at Local, Regional and National Family Business Conferences.

Regular Speaker at Government Conferences on Health and Safety (Reform, InGov), and Modern Day Slavery

James Mason

James Mason

James Mason joined Welcome to Yorkshire in January 2020 as chief executive and was very much looking forward to working with the team, building on previous successes, showcasing Yorkshire across the globe and welcoming visitors to exciting world-class events. However, the coronavirus crisis has meant that Welcome to Yorkshire is collaboratively working with the county's tourism sector on a robust recovery plan, to support and promote businesses and attractions, to enable them to reopen, recover and rebuild, following Government guidelines. The ultimate goal being to Welcome BACK to Yorkshire all visitors.

Welcome to Yorkshire promotes the county as a place to Visit, Live, Work and Study through many initiatives and launched the year-long Walkshire campaign on 1st January, highlighting a walk for every day of the year exploring the county's breathtaking countryside, spectacular coast, vibrant cities and so much more.

An experienced business leader, James has worked in the education, sport, public relations, broadcasting, and charitable sectors. Formerly chief operating officer of a global sport scholarships business, he has also held senior leadership roles at Bradford City and Rochdale Football Clubs.

Bradford-born James, 41, began his career in sports journalism, becoming a familiar face on the BBC's Final Score programme. He has also been a business owner, setting up his first company at 21 years of age before selling this prior to joining Bradford City in 2014. During his four years as their chief operating officer, the club enjoyed unprecedented commercial success, with season ticket sales rising from 11,000 to 19,000 as a result of a series of fan engagement marketing campaigns.

In 2015 the Bantams enjoyed an historic FA Cup run beating Premier League clubs Chelsea and Sunderland along the way enabling James to broaden the club's appeal and create a thriving community of sponsors and commercial partners.

James was influential in the first ever 'CEO Sleep Out' as the football club opened its doors to the homeless charity 'Centre Point' inviting hundreds of local supporters and businesses to sleep overnight in the stadium. Whilst at the helm, the club also introduced an award-winning volunteer programme with the Bradford City disability football club.

In 2019 James founded a new café for dementia sufferers in Bradford (Bradford Memories) in association with the Sporting Memories Foundation, where he is a trustee. As a keen fundraiser, James ran the Great North Run in September 2019 and has hosted numerous dinners to raise both awareness and money for these good causes. He is an avid sports fan who loves football and cricket in particular and has travelled extensively in recent years. James lives in West Yorkshire with his wife and two young children and can be followed on Twitter @jamesmason_78

Tim Rix

Tim Rix

Founder and lead promoter of the transformational concept that is Lagoon Hull. Chief Executive of J R Rix & Sons Limited, a fifth generation family business group based in Hull with involvements in petroleum distribution, coastal & estuarial sea tankers, ships stevedoring & bunkering, caravan & holiday lodge manufacture, car sales and property.

Dr Diana Taylor

Dr Diana Taylor

Diana has lived and worked in the Humber for the past 25 years. During this time, Diana has become deeply entrenched in building a prosperous future for this region and is a passionate ambassador, representing the Humber and its businesses at both a regional and national level.

Having initially moved to the region to work for BP Chemicals at Saltend, Diana held several technology roles within BP, before transitioning into commercial operations at the Saltend site, ultimately working as Business Development Manager, attracting chemical investment to the UK and the Humber.

In September 2017, Diana joined the board of Marketing Humber as Managing Director, leading the executive team. She is responsible for guiding the vision and strategy to market the Humber both nationally and internationally, working with the businesses and organisations to strengthen the regional voice and build a sustainable future. Diana is focused upon building strategic partnerships to drive The Waterline campaign forward to put the Humber on the global stage for decarbonisation.