Huddersfield Town’s Breakfast Briefing began the week’s events to ‘Celebrate Huddersfield, Celebrate Yorkshire’ as around 250 people came together to discuss the impact of the Club’s promotion on the local and surrounding Yorkshire area.
The event, chaired by the Yorkshire Post’s Deputy Business Editor Greg Wright, saw Sir Gary Verity (Welcome to Yorkshire CEO and Tour de Yorkshire pioneer), Sean Jarvis (Town’s Commercial Director) and Jacqui Gedman (Kirklees Council CEO) take to the stage to talk about how Town’s rise to the top-flight has attracted more people and investment to the county.
Businessmen and guests alike attended the event, held in the Revell Ward Suite at the John Smith’s Stadium, to debate how local firms can help each other to promote the local area and networked together revelling in Town’s Premier League success.
Welcome to Yorkshire’s Sir Gary Verity said: “Huddersfield is on a roll, Yorkshire is on a roll,” explaining how the Club’s promotion has helped boost the local community; a message which was echoed by Kirklees Council, who is currently talking to the Club to see how Town’s increased profile can benefit the local area.
The local council supported Huddersfield Town in branding the Leeds Road area celebrating the Club’s promotion to the Premier League and showing its pride of Town’s achievements in the Premier League.
Memories were also shared by people at the briefing about Town’s historic and memorable Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final win against Reading at Wembley, with many recalling the moment Christopher Schindler converted the £170 million penalty kick.
The #backinghuddersfield campaign was also launched at the Breakfast Briefing to encourage local people to talk about the benefits of living and working in the town.
Specially designed ‘H’ pin badges were handed out to all those who attended the event and will continue to be given out to people who have made a difference to the local community.
The event was sponsored by Ridley & Hall Solicitors and was in partnership with both Kirklees Council and Welcome to Yorkshire. All breakfast donations from the event went to Kirkwood Hospice, Ridley and Hall’s charity partner, as the guests enjoyed bacon sandwiches and a selection of Danish pastries, to go alongside tea and coffee.
The ‘Celebrate Huddersfield, Celebrate Yorkshire’ events will continue throughout the weekend at both the Club’s PPG Canalside Fanzone and ahead of the Tottenham Hotspur match at the John Smith’s Stadium to celebrate all that is good about the county.
Huddersfield Town’s Commercial Director, Sean Jarvis commented:
“The change in the Club from where it was 10 years ago to today is massive, it’s a quantum leap, but we will never forget our routes.
“The Breakfast Briefing was an opportunity for us to shout about Huddersfield and our area and develop what is immense pride.
“We all discussed now, how we can come together collectively, not just us as a Football Club and the Council but everyone collectively, as a community, so we can really drive our local area forwards.”
You can hear more about the Breakfast Briefing below courtesy of #HTTV as attendees including Sir Gary Verity gave their thoughts.