New conference launches in Worcestershire for local businesses

Sixways Stadium Worcester

Worcestershire County Council’s Business Worcestershire team in partnership with the Worcestershire Growth Hub have launched a new conference aimed at local businesses across the county.

The Business Worcestershire Conference will look at how businesses can tackle some of the biggest challenges and embrace the opportunities businesses are facing to help drive them forward.

The conference, due to take place next month, has been built around the key theme ‘Shaping Our Future’ and will focus on three hot topics: Innovation & Technology, Net Zero and Business Growth.

Attendees will hear the latest thinking from inspiring speakers and local businesses, have the chance to take part in expert-led sessions and participate in energising discussions.

During the event, there will also be time for networking and attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the support available to businesses throughout the county.

The conference will be hosted at Worcester’s Sixways Stadium, on the 28th June from 8am – 12:45pm.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Skills, said: “We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Business Worcestershire Conference. Supporting businesses across the county continues to be our prime focus. We understand the many challenges businesses are currently facing and I hope the conference will offer practical support and inspiration and present new opportunities to local businesses to shape the future.

“Many of our local businesses have demonstrated incredible resilience and entrepreneurial spirit over the last couple of years and I am looking forward to hearing the inspiring stories from local business owners at the conference.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire Growth Hub said: “We look forward to welcoming businesses from across the county to this new conference. It is the perfect opportunity for businesses across Worcestershire to come together to be inspired by fellow local businesses, learn from best practices, and hear the latest from industry experts.

“The conference is open to all businesses across the county of all sizes, from start-ups to SMEs to large-scale corporations.”

Confirmed speakers include Irene Graham OBE, CEO of ScaleUp Institute, B.D Dalton, Strategic Director of Rockfine Group and Ste Ashton, 5G and Connectivity Project Lead from Worcestershire County Council. More speakers are to be revealed over the coming weeks.

Irene Graham OBE, CEO of ScaleUp Institute, said: “Scaling businesses are vital engines of the UK economy and critical to our future prosperity, creating inclusive growth and regional sustainability. A vibrant local ecosystem with locally rooted resources and services is absolutely critical to support their growth and to remove any barriers to fulfilling their potential so we are pleased to take part in this new conference Worcestershire County Council is hosting in partnership with the Worcestershire Growth Hub.

“It will be valuable for enabling open discussion about the needs of Worcestershire’s scaling businesses and how the local ecosystem is stepping up to support their growth. It will also foster greater collaboration and peer to peer engagement so important for business communities.”

B.D Dalton, Strategic Director of Rockfine Group said: “I am delighted to be a speaker at the Business Worcestershire Conference. Business is always challenging. There are so many ways to create success. Events like this super charge entrepreneurs and business owners. We have all missed the face to face element of events over the past 2 years, and now we’re back.”

Ste Ashton, 5G and Connectivity Project Lead from Worcestershire County Council said: “I am delighted to be speaking at the upcoming conference in June. There has been so much progression with nexGworx and the 5G projects across Worcestershire in recent years which can continue to bring major benefits to the county. I look forward to sharing the opportunities and capability 5G can bring to businesses in Worcestershire.”

The conference is free to attend, and refreshments and breakfast will be served.