Over 100 business people from across the Humber region gathered at Grimsby’s Enterprise Village on Tuesday evening, as part of Humber Business Week.
Humber Business Week happens in early June each year. The aim is to showcase the wealth of talent, entrepreneurship, vision and future potential of the region. Its essential message is that “the Hull & Humber region is not only open for business, but doing great business” – and that’s what was happening in and for N E Lincs on Tuesday.
The Business Hive has a networking event for its members on the first Tuesday of each month. As in previous years, this was opened wider to include everyone connected with Humber Business Week. The venue was also moved for this one week to e-factor’s Enterprise Village off Grimsby’s King Edward Street. This was to facilitate the involvement of the two event partners – Ish Fish, and Café Buzz. The latter provided ample supplies of freshly cooked Paella for attendees.
A wide range of businesses were represented from food production to life insurance, travel agency to IT specialist, silversmith to banking, florist to waste management, and accountancy to renewable energy. As well as enjoying the delicious Paella, this wide variety of business people spent time connecting with like minded people, all eager to do business together.
First Tuesday’s tradition is there are none of the speeches or enforced 2-minute introductions of many other networking events. Mark Webb, MD of e-factor, made the only speech of the evening, during which he said “While the world seems to be turning itself inside out, local business owners and entrepreneurs are just getting on, making a plan and doing all they can to grow their business, (something our politicians could learn from)“. Later he added “Events like First Tuesday are so positive, entrepreneurs coming together to meet new contacts, grow their networks and just enjoy talking with people facing the same challenges they are. The mutual support and respect in the room was palpable.“
North East Lincs is definitely open for business, and a wide range of businesses at that!