Another blooming speaker added to The Business Day line-up

Wed, 22 May 2019

Senior Royal Horticulture Society garden assessor and garden judge, Mark Gregory, is today announced as an additional speaker for The Business Day; taking place at Bridlington Spa on Friday 7 June. He is managing director and owner of Landform Consultants, a garden design, construction, planting and maintenance company, and also a co-director of the London College of Garden Design.

Marking the tenth anniversary of Welcome to Yorkshire at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Mark has achieved a gold-award for this garden; which captures the beauty of Yorkshire’s canals and celebrating the drama of the county’s rich industrial heritage. The design features working lock-gates, a lock-keeper’s cottage and trees local to Yorkshire.

It is not his first success at Chelsea. He has designed nearly a hundred gardens; including Welcome to Yorkshire’s 2018 offering; a homage to Yorkshire; featuring York stone, woodland plants and flowers, a fast-flowing beck and a stone bothy. This garden, as well as being awarded gold, won the BBC People’s Choice Award.

At The Business Day, delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy Mark’s conversation with event host, Gyles Brandreth, who will guide him through his history of gardens, his love of plants, his work at Kew Gardens and his involvement in the international lecture circuit. Beautiful pictures of stunning garden design will, of course, be in abundance.

Mark Gregory was born and bred in the town of West Cowick, East Yorkshire. He returns there regularly to visit family and the stunning landscapes he refers to as “God’s Country”. He has been at the forefront of the horticultural and landscaping industry for the last 35 years.

Having trained in pure horticulture with the RHS at Wisley and studied at Askham Bryan Horticultural College to HND level, he has gained a hands-on approach and leads from the front.

Over the last 30 years, Mark has managed and delivered more than 150 show gardens; with over 95 of these being for the Chelsea event.

Andrew Aldis, general manager of Bridlington Spa and producer of The Business Day said, “Now that the sun has returned to us and the full beauty of Yorkshire presents itself every morning, who else could we add to the billing for The Business Day than the man who has taken those spectacular views and condensed them into a showcase for the world to see.

“Now that the wait is over, and judging for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show is complete, I am over-the-moon that Mark’s Welcome to Yorkshire garden has drawn such praise. I look forward to hearing all about it at The Business Day; where he will regale delegates with all manner of pictures and inside design secrets.”

Stephen Parnaby OBE, deputy chairman of Humber LEP said, “Mark’s award-winning work with Welcome to Yorkshire is superb and I’m delighted to hear of his success this week. He is a great ambassador for the region and it’s a real bonus that he’s found time in his schedule to join us at The Business Day.

“The combination of him, Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK, Lord Sugar and Gyles Brandreth is sure to make for an engaging and compelling day of insight and discovery at The Business Day and I urge people to grab the remaining tickets before they’re gone.”

The Business Day 2019 is a Humber Local Enterprise Partnership event which is wholly produced by Bridlington Spa. Three years on from the first instance of this event, it continues be seen as the celebratory end to Humber Business Week. With top business professionals from across the region descending on Bridlington to celebrate business, to network with colleagues and to enjoy the strongest speaker line-ups in the region, it is an unmissable event in the year’s calendar.

Following unprecedented demand, a limited number of second tier tickets has been released and are available from thebusinessday.com or from Bridlington Spa’s box office on (01262) 678258.