The last of the 2018/19 HTEA networking events took place on Wednesday 17 July 2019 as professionals from different backgrounds and points in their life took to the stage to talk about their experiences and life choices which led them to where they are today.

The event was organised in collaboration with Huddersfield Town Football Club and hosted by Commercial Manager – Partnerships, John Williams. The event saw over 50 attendees listen intently to the life journeys of the speakers. Speakers were asked to pick out questions and topic ideas which were put together by the audience.

Andy Needham, Managing Director of Morris and Son spoke about key aspects of his journey and how he overcame certain challenges in his life.

Also on the panel, Former Managing Director of Meridian Healthcare, Alan Firth and Howard Sykes; Former Director of HW Architectural, both of whom offered invaluable advice based on their personal experiences and knowledge.

When asked ‘what’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?’ by host John Williams, Andy Needham answered:

“Cash is key. Pay your bills, rent and staff on time. If you have no cash, there is no business.

“Secondly, surround yourself with good people who give good advice”.

Alan Firth and Howard Sykes also further emphasised the importance of keeping an eye on cash flow, income and expenditure.

Speakers were also asked: “what is one thing that you wish you knew sooner?”.

Howard Sykes responded saying: “I wish I had more self-belief which came later, believe in yourself is my message.”

Tracy Nelson from Huddersfield Town said:

“The event was a great success and the speakers had some fantastic words of wisdom, which the audience really engaged with.

“Its events like these that really showcase the talented business minds that exist within our community and the inspiring stories and advice that they can deliver.

“It was a great interactive session today and a great way to end the last event until next term.

“We’re looking forward to carrying on the partnership going forward and the exciting array of events that are in the pipeline.”

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