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Bridlington Spa will hold a new annual business event 'The Business Day' on Friday 9 June which aims to place business networking at the heart of a day of discovery and insight; including keynote speeches from Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE and John Simpson CBE. Alexander Armstrong will host throughout as well as chairing a debate element covering local, national and international current affairs.
Karren Brady CBE, popularly known for her part in BBC One's The Apprentice, is one of the most influential, high profile and respected business leaders in the UK. Voted Business Woman of the Year, Ultimate Entrepreneur and rated among the 50 most inspirational people in the world, she is passionate about business and the promotion of women in business in the UK. She is the current Vice Chairman of West Ham United F.C.
BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson CBE is a journalist, broadcaster, columnist and accomplished author. He has reported from 140 countries and interviewed around 200 world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin, Margaret Thatcher and every other British prime minister since Harold Wilson, every German Chancellor since Willy Brandt and every French President since Giscard d'Estaing. Among others he has interviewed Mrs Gandhi, Emperor Bokassa, Colonel Gadaffi, Bashir al-Asad, Nelson Mandela, and Robert Mugabe. He has covered 46 wars on four continents, not to mention the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and of Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania.
Alexander Armstrong, comedian, actor, quiz show host, singer, adventurer and presenter, is best known as half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller, alongside fellow actor Ben Miller. He hosts the hugely popular BBC One quiz show Pointless having presented over 1,000 episodes. Frequently a guest host for the BBC's Have I Got News For You, Armstrong is also the voice of the cartoon character Danger Mouse. A descendant of William the Conqueror, in 2015 he released his first solo album, A Year of Songs.
Main sponsors for The Business Day are East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, University of Hull, KCOM, Welcome to Yorkshire, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and The Sewell Group. In addition a number of associate sponsors are also involved.
Andrew Aldis, General Manager, Bridlington Spa said, "Being the only venue able to host over 650 delegates for business networking events, Bridlington Spa has created The Business Day as an all-new approach to this format. We have avoided the usual need to herd delegates from one item to the next but rather allow them to tailor their personal itinerary to suit themselves.
"Keynote speakers will present from the theatre stage whilst the Royal Hall will be dedicated to the event's main sponsors and networking; along with a selection of additional elements yet to be announced."
Cllr Stephen Parnaby OBE, Leader, East Riding of Yorkshire Council said, "A large business event; coinciding with the end of Bizweek, has been missing from the annual programme for the last year and I'm excited and proud to be part of the team developing this powerful new event.
"Working jointly with The Business Day's main sponsors has allowed us to confidently build around the concept of business networking but include a top-tier line-up of speakers too. Delegates will definitely experience an event that's a bit different and sponsors will feel the benefit of having the time and space to communicate with their customers and prospects well."
For more information, email TheBusinessDay@eastriding.gov.uk or call Mandy Masters on (07545) 110146.
For online information or to book tickets via Bridlington Spa's booking system go to TheBusinessDay.com
Tickets are £125 per delegate or £100 each when purchasing ten or greater.