Save the date: Business Week 2013 starts here
PEOPLE are being urged to clear their diary for Humber Business Week 2013 as plans get under way to make next year even bigger and better than before.
It is just months since the "festival of business" came to a close, however plans are now well under way for next year's event.
And tickets for the Yorkshire International Business Convention (YIBC), which traditionally brings Biz Week to an end, are already being snapped up, with more than half of tickets for the event at Bridlington Spa now sold.
Organisers are keen to build on the success of this year's Biz Week, which saw a record number of attendees from across the Humber region clear their diaries to enjoy a programme packed with more than 50 different events.
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This week, an event took place at the Endsleigh Centre in Beverley Road, Hull, where stakeholders and event organisers gathered to discuss a strategy for 2013.
Kath Lavery, chair of the steering group board, said: "We can all agree Business Week 2012 was a great success, with 87 per cent of event-holders rating events as either good or excellent.
"Now, it is a question of how we build on that.
"We want business week to be part of people's lives for more than just one week – business week is for life."
This year saw the last YIBC taking place in West Yorkshire, meaning East Yorkshire is now home to the event.
However, delegates are expected to travel from out of the region to enjoy a shot of top-name speakers, providing good networking opportunities for Humber-based firms.
Mike Firth, who founded the YIBC in Leeds before moving it to Harrogate, said: "Last year the YIBC in Bridlington was a sell-out.
"We have managed to increase capacity at Bridlington Spa, from 650 to 750, however more than half of tickets have already sold.
"I hear so many stories from businesspeople who have done great things as a direct result of the YIBC.
"One guy was telling me he heard the founder of a coffee company urging anyone in the audience thinking of starting a company to go out and do it.
"That was four years ago, and he went straight home and started putting his idea into practice. He has now been running his own company for two years, and said it was the best thing he had ever done."
The provisional dates for Biz Week are June 3 to 7. Organisers are still looking for event partners to help develop a quality programme of events on a range of business issues they hope will maintain their claim that the Humber plays host to the largest festival of business in the world.
Visit www.bizweek2012.co.uk for more details.