Quite possibly the most disastrous after dinner speech in my 11 years at Insider, indeed, possibly in the 20 year history of the business, was the one given by fashion designer Wayne Hemingway at the Merseyside Property dinner in 2003. The event has fortunately survived such a rocky start and 300 guests enjoyed a thoughtful and productive evening last Wednesday night at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool.
As a reminder of events past, Hemingway was in Manchester the day after for the Institute of Directors North West Conference. Suffice to say his performance was funny, warm, clever and went down an absolute storm. What a difference a recession and a few years makes.