C2S Working in Partnership with ISO Quality Services Ltd
Thank you to everyone that attended the business showcase exhibition at the award winning Stanbrook Abbey, Worcestershire. This event was designed to support the business community and growth across all regions, an opportunity for organisations to showcase their products and services, make new contacts and develop new opportunities.
The exhibition was a complete sell out with every stand space taken, showcasing a diverse group of organisation, from Innovation, Technology, Cyber, Education and the Service Industry to Hospitality, Design, HR, Food & Drink, creating an interesting and enjoyable event. Thank you to all exhibitions who took part, our event sponsors on the day ISO Quality Services Ltd and for all that supported this event. Exhibitors were delighted with the quality of the attendees and the opportunities on the day.
“We are delighted to be sponsoring this event and to be part of this vibrant business community, Worcestershire is a great place to live and work and we are looking forward to continued growth over the next 12 months”
Jenifer Semini, Managing Director ISO Quality Services Ltd
Checkout the photos from the C2S photo gallery https://www.circle2success.com/photo-gallery/?album=25011
Sponsor, Speakers & Exhibitors at the Event
Big thank you to our Sponsor, Official Partners, Speakers and Exhibitors
ISO Quality Services Ltd, Brace Creative Agency, HR Champions, Worcestershire LEP, HCR Law, Ballards LLP, University of Worcester, Borwell, Zentano, Stilo,
Beaufort Financial, Cotswold Smiley Booth, Motor Republic, Hussingtree Gin, Bank House Hotel, Statcom Telecoms, GMS Group, Conteur, Haines Watts, My Power, 26 Steps, Hewett Recruitment, Quantum Tax, Tewkesbury Printing , HOW College, Utility Helpline, Hillside Brewery & Events, IDR Consultants, Stanbrook Abbey, Smart Thinking and Protrack Solutions
What’s Next For Worcestershire Lunch
The business lunch that took place on the day was in collaboration with Worcestershire LEP, University of Worcester Business School, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, ISO Quality Services Ltd and Ballards LLP. This provided the opportunity to look at What’s next for Worcestershire. C2S has been working closely with Worcestershire LEP on the Industrial Strategy for the county, holding many events with business leaders to look at what Worcestershire needs to continue to grow, attract the right talent, encourage investment, improve infrastructure and raise its profile in the South West and the Midlands.
The lunch was a complete sell out , with not a seat to spare. We enjoyed arrival drinks in the stunning library, a delicious 2 course lunch in the beautiful St Annes Hall and heard from our panel of experts on what they are seeing in the business community and what’s next for Worcestershire.
Panel of Experts
Gary Woodman – Chief Executive WLEP
Representing the Big Picture
Gary gave us an overview on the feedback from the business community, what has been submitted to government for the Industrial Strategy and what will happen next. How this will positively impact on Worcestershire and when the county can expect to see the outcomes of the strategy and how that will be delivered to Worcestershire. Gary gave an update on the new train station, investments and other projects that are positively impacting on the county and are currently underway, an overview of where the county is and what’s next for Worcestershire.
Robert Capper – Head of Commercial Team & Advanced Manufacturing, Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Representing the Business Community in Worcestershire, all Sectors and Size
Robert shared Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors experience from across a range of clients across a number of sectors on the current mood of Worcestershire businesses and people. The firm provide a full range of business and personal legal services to a wide cross section of clients across the County. Robert’s particular specialism is in commercial law so he was able to provide insights into the latest views on Brexit and the election and how they are impacting Worcestershire businesses and people and what business can do about it to protect themselves. He also provided a quick update on GDPR and talked about their recent client survey.
Ann-Marie McTavish – Head of the Business School, University of Worcester
Representing The Future of Education and The Workplace
Anne-Marie, an expert in Location Independent Working and Technology Enhanced Flexible Working and shared with us her findings and an update on the research on student attainment and preparation for work. As Head of the Business School and part of a four university group looking at this Ann-Marie shared her insights in to the future of education and how business can best prepare for this and how this will impact on future talent and workforce retention for Worcestershire, What’s next for education and skills in Worcestershire. She has carried out research over the last 5 years to find out what’s important to young people today to help support the business community with retention on talent
They looked at 3, 500 gradutaes per year for 5 years and these were the top 5 requirements they expect from their employers. Money is no longer the single most important criteria for young people.
The 5 most important things to students today were:
- Stimulation and Challenge
- The Environment and Social Responsibility
- Development within their Employment
- Enough Money to live on
Ben Allman – Partner, Ballards Ltd
Representing the Business Community, Young Talent and Future Engagement
Ben is passionate and interested in Work/Life motivations for the young professionals in the Worcestershire and how businesses can accommodate them, technology that allows for flexibility in working practices and making Worcester/Hereford competitive for skilled workers, competing on the war on talent with Birmingham/London. Ben shared his findings in the business community on what is and isn’t working. And how Worcestershire can best prepare for what’s next in the workplace.
Jennifer Semini – Managing Director ISO Quality Services Ltd
Representing Family Business in Worcestershire & SME’s
As the Managing Director of this award winning SME family run business consultancy Jennifer understands the challenges of running a family business in today’s environment and shared her insights into the changes she has seen in the county over the last 10 years. Jennifer has experienced all the external changes and challenges that have occurred in those years and explained how ISO Quality Services Ltd have managed to stay ahead of the game. Jennifer is also a board member of the Worcestershire LEP’s Business Board and Worcestershire Advanced so has a good understanding of the business landscape in Worcestershire.