Comedy stars come home as Bondholders launch Humber Business Week

Two of Britain’s top young comedians are to bring a humorous perspective to the wealth of opportunity across the region as the Bondholders launch Humber Business Week.

Rising comedy stars Lloyd Griffith, from Grimsby, and Hull’s Lucy Beaumont will inspire business leaders with their stories of success on the national stage and add a comedy twist to the opening event for the region’s annual festival of business.

The talented pair return to the region for a special “Opportunity Knocks” breakfast event, hosted by the Bondholders marketing organisation, at Hull’s KC Stadium on Monday, June 1. The event will showcase and celebrate the area’s key economic and cultural opportunities and provide an uplifting start to a diverse programme spotlighting the wealth of business talent, entrepreneurship and innovation across the UK’s energy estuary.

Lloyd will be the host for the event, introducing a series of examples of opportunities for the Humber, from green energy, culture and enterprise and innovation, while Lucy will talk about how culture and the energy of Hull’s people are driving urban regeneration in the city.

Lloyd, who describes himself as Grimsby Town’s number one fan, has established himself as one of the most natural and original comedians on the circuit. Lloyd is also a professional choral singer and his comedy show, “Voice of an Angel, Body of a Trucker”, has been a smash hit at the Edinburgh Festival.

Lucy leapt to fame when she won the BBC’s New Comedy Award in 2012 and has been described as the new Victoria Wood. She has performed her own BBC Radio 2 sitcom pilot, titled “To Hull and Back”, and is currently developing a new BBC Radio 4 show to be broadcast this autumn. Lucy is also touring the UK currently with her solo show.

The Bondholders breakfast will spotlight new opportunities onshore and offshore as the Humber becomes established as a major centre for renewables. Bondholders members will hear about the exciting opportunities now available from a range of speakers, including Offshore Wind Technician Ashley Hedges, from Hull, who applied skills learned in the Royal Navy to his new career working for DONG Energy in Grimsby.

Among opportunities for enterprise and innovation highlighted at the event will be Wold Top Brewery, based at Wold Newton, near Driffield. A story of diversification and innovation, the brewery began in a converted barn and recently claimed the Best Growth Story category of the national GREAT Faces of British Business awards, due to its rapid growth in UK and export sales.

Delegates will also hear about people who are already making the most of the region’s cultural opportunities, as Hull looks forward to being UK City of Culture in 2017. They include former Hull Collegiate School students Hannah Levy and Tilly Oakshott who left the area to study at drama schools in London and Manchester, but have returned to launch Northern Lights Drama in Hull.

The theatre school now runs 20 classes each week for children, young people and adults across the city, as well as curriculum-based workshops and after-school sessions.

Bondholders Communications and Events Executive Louise Drewery said: “Our breakfast events have established a reputation for kicking Humber Business Week off with a bang and we expect this year’s opening event to set the tone for a brilliant week celebrating all that is best about business in the region.

“This is a time of unprecedented opportunity for the Humber and we are aiming to bring this to life through a series of extraordinary stories of personal and business achievement.

“Lloyd and Lucy are tremendous examples of local talent who have seized their own opportunities to make their mark on a bigger stage. They will bring a great combination of inspiration and humour to what we expect to be the best-attended Bondholders breakfast of the year.”

The Bondholders is a fast-growing, private-sector led group of 280 member companies and other organisations that act as ambassadors for the Humber to encourage investment and job creation. The Bondholders breakfast is the traditional curtain-raiser for Humber Business Week, which last year attracted more than 6,000 delegates to 65 events on both sides of the Humber.

Attendance at the breakfast meeting is free and Bondholders members can register to attend by e-mailing Arrival is from 7.45am, with breakfast and networking before an 8.20am start. The event is scheduled to close at 9.30am.

Lucy Beaumont
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