Growing A Business In 2019 And Beyond

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Growing A Business In 2019 And Beyond

GC Business Breakfast –  Thursday 28 March 9AM – 11:15AM

Gloucestershire College and Punchline Magazine are inviting Gloucestershire businesses to a business breakfast hosted at the College’s new Forest of Dean campus on Thursday 28 March.

Guests will have the opportunity to network with local businesses whilst enjoying a delicious full English breakfast in the College’s stunning restaurant, The View.

They will hear from three inspiring guest speakers: Adam Starkey, CEO of Green Gourmet and Vice Chair of the GFirst LEP, Laura Hurcombe, Business Planning Manager at SPP Pumps and Nick Howell, Engineering Improvement Manager at Lucozade Ribena Suntory.

Adam will look to the future and talk us through how businesses are set to evolve, providing an insight into how we need to prepare for it. Laura, who started as an apprentice at SPP Pumps, will discuss growing and retaining talent with apprenticeships, and Nick will speak about how one of the UK’s leading soft drink manufacturers works, discussing the recent investment in their Royal Forest Factory in Coleford and the importance of apprentices in their workforce.

There will also be the opportunity to meet the Gloucestershire College Business Hub team on a one-to-one basis and get advice on training and apprenticeships, including funding that may be available to upskill current staff members.

 Programme:

 9:00am – Arrivals and Breakfast

9:45am – Welcome, Andy Bates (Gloucestershire College)

9.50am – Introduction, Mark Owen (Punchline)

9.55am – Adam Starkey, CEO of Green Gourmet and Vice Chair of the GFirst LEP

10.15am –  Laura Hurcombe, Business Planning Manager at SPP Pumps

10:35am – Nick Howell, Engineering Improvement Manager at Lucozade Ribena Suntory

10.50am – Advice sessions with the Gloucestershire College Business Hub Team

11:15am – Close

Andy Bates, Chief Financial Officer at Gloucestershire College, said: “We are excited to host this event in association with Punchline Magazine and welcome businesses to our beautiful Forest of Dean campus. It will be insightful to hear from Adam, Laura and Nick and get their take on growing a business in 2019 and beyond as they cover futureproofing, talent management, investment, apprenticeships and more. Our broad range of apprenticeships, further and higher education courses – from engineering through to computing and business studies – means we are a key pivot in future-proofing  our local economy. We are excited to support businesses in the region; the Forest has a lot to offer young people and we are pleased to support local businesses with professional training and apprenticeships to retain talent in the local area.”

For more information and to book your place visit: apprenticeship-stand.eventbrite.co.uk