FEO took over Bridlington Spa’s Bay View Lounge for the day on 9th June, delivering five themed workshops designed as a celebration of all things entrepreneurial; known as #FEOFest. A large group of FEO members and stakeholders helped to put the framework of the event together as well as delivering all of the content and support services on the day - what a great team effort!
#FEOFest provided delegates with a unique opportunity to meet and learn from local role models who run the engine room of the local economy and we were delighted that all of our sessions were full to capacity!.
At an interview with the local press before the event, I was asked what FEO’s part in the day was:
“We are thrilled to be involved in The Business Day which promises to be one of the biggest and best annual events in the area, with a sell-out expected. FEO plans to inspire, invigorate and challenge attendees to make their businesses better.
“To achieve this we have created five great workshop sessions that are peer-led. Entrepreneurs are not afraid to talk candidly about their experiences, not only to help others avoid making mistakes but also to share real-life warts and all experiences on how to be successful”
Over 600 people attended The Business Day at Bridlington Spa and all were invited to FEO’s sessions which were timed to allow delegates to still take full advantage of the networking opportunities, trade stands, keynote presentations and other workshops on offer. Blair Jacobs was our FEO host for the day
Session 1: Local Heroes - Delegates enjoyed breakfast before hearing from some of the area’s most respected entrepreneurs as well as the ones to watch in the future, as they shared their real life stories. Thanks go to James ward, Liam Burke, Andrew Horncastle and Sally Wray
Session 2: Strictly Private!: FEO Founder member David Kilburn, Executive Chairman of MKM Building Supplies gave an intimate insight into ‘the heartbeat’ of the local economy and talked about why FEO was formed in Hull.
Session 3: How to build a GREAT Business. Presented by FEO Founding member David Hall and one of the best CEO’s he has ever worked with, Geoff Spencer who worked his way up from Traction Trainee with British Rail to CEO of DB Schenker Rail UK in 2013.A great interactive session.
Session 4: FEO Friday Matinee: Introduced by Andy Pearson of Ensemble52, this relaxed session included a unique opportunity to enjoy Hull’s BAFTA winning film producer Chris Hees’ delightful short film ‘How I didn’t become a piano player’.
Session 5, Just 1 Thing: Jonathan Elvidge, creator of The Gadget Shop and co-founder of Red5 led this inspirational wisdom workshop which included input from local entrepreneurs, the audience and inspirational leaders further afield
To sum up the day. whether delegates were thinking about starting a business, or already running an established company, there was something at The Business day to inspire and entertain everyone.”
Billed as a day of discovery and insight, The Business Day featured keynote speakers Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE, aka Karren Brady from BBC’s The Apprentice and BBC World Correspondent John Simpson CBE. Popular TV presenter and comedian, Alexander Armstrong acted as the host with the most.
In addition to FEO, main sponsors of The Business Day included East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, The University of Hull, KCOM, Welcome to Yorkshire, The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, The Sewell Group and Spencer Group. There were also a number of associate sponsors involved.