Our Annual Dinner was held Thursday 17th October at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top and as the biggest event in our calendar this year, it was a roaring success, bringing together a fantastic night of entertainment and speakers, finalising another great Kirklees Business Week.
The Dinner began with a sparkling drinks reception with mystery guests – Amanda Holden, Ant and Dec, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, judges of Britain’s Got Talent, attending in card board cut-out forms.
BBC Look North’s Clare Frisby introduced and compered the evening, followed by Chamber Board Director and President David Horsman’s welcoming speech.
The evening’s business speech was provided by Huddersfield entrepreneur and student Jacob Hill, who provided an inspirational presentation walking guests through his journey from selling sweets at school, to his innovative Lazy Camper invention.
We also had a surprise in store as Jack Carroll was struck down ill and unable to attend as scheduled; in replacement were Stavros Flatley, stars of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. The performance brought three dinner guests to the stage and the whole room out of their chairs Greek dancing.
Guests enjoyed a delicious three-course meal followed by headline act, political impressionist Rory Bremner, with his hilarious anecdotes of politicians and celebrities.
Andrew Choi, Chamber Executive Director commented "It was great to see so many of the region’s top companies come together to enjoy a fantastic night of entertainment and achievement."
We also supported our member charities at the event, encouraging donations to Wakefield Hospice alongside handing over donations for Forget Me Not Trust Children’s Hospice Hilly Half Marathon, which was run early in October by six of our staff.
Overall the Annual Dinner was about celebrating businesses and entrepreneurship throughout Yorkshire and the buzz, laughs and great conversations held by two hundred guests proved the night to be a roaring success.