Multi-disciplinary speaker line up revealed for Growing Gloucestershire

The full agenda is now available for this year’s Growing Gloucestershire Conference which will take place on 21st June at The Growth Hub and University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester.

The full agenda is now available for this year’s Growing Gloucestershire Conference which will take place on 21st June at The Growth Hub and University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester.

Around 200 business people attend the one-day conference every year to learn from some of Gloucestershire’s finest speakers, share best practice and connect with other business owners and managers.

Led by Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) but open to anyone from any sector or industry, the conference will be themed around talks on financial management, people, marketing and management. 15 speakers will cover 12 seminars enabling delegates to choose their top three talks from:

Financial management 

“Cyber threats - It’s all now a question of time”
Speaker: Mark Godsland

“10 reasons businesses fail and how to prevent them”
Speaker: Phil Mitchell

“Generate better profit, employee engagement and customer retention”
Speaker: Aynsley Damery


“SMARTer marketing for ambitious SMEs”
Speaker: Barbara Stopher
“Practical tips for protecting your intellectual property”
Speakers: Robert Games & Frederick Noble

“Focus on the customer needs, not just the technology for business success”
Speaker: Helen Christopher


“Candidate attraction - How to ensure you attract millennials to your business”
Speaker: Rachel Harber

“The future of workplace learning”
Speaker: Phil Parker

“Employer branding - Marketing or HR?”
Speakers: Fiona Spencer, Steve Hughes & Tracey Adams


"Corporate Social Responsibility - So what?”
Speaker: Claire Thayers

"Mind your language”
Speaker: Scott Harvey

“Discover free hidden resources for your organisation”
Speaker: Richard Byford

Conference keynotes are Dean of Business and Enterprise at University of Gloucestershire Dr Gwyn Jones and best-selling business author and internationally renowned speaker Geoff Burch.

New for 2017 is a panel discussion with local representatives of national institutes and GFirst LEP, who will be debating a hot topic they believe will be impacting business professionals in the county, and county growth deal news presented by David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst LEP.

Commenting on GFirst LEP's involvement in the conference, David Owen said: "The Growing Gloucestershire Conference is a great event for professionals in the county and I'm looking forward to sharing the most recent news on how we're future-proofing Gloucestershire."

An exhibition hall will be at the heart of the conference teeming with county businesses including 2017 conference sponsors, Albright IP and Omega Resource Group.

Presenting tips on candidate attraction in one of the CIPD seminar streams, Rachel Harber, HR & Operations Director of Omega Resource Group Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to once again be supporting the conference. We’re proud to be based in Gloucestershire and strive to support other locally based businesses to continue to be successful through resourcing solutions partnerships. We consider ourselves at the very heart of this economically vital topic and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the event.”

Tickets can be purchased online at The agenda can be downloaded from

To keep up-to-speed with latest conference news and seminar speaker announcements visit

The conference is organised by Gloucestershire Professionals, a group of volunteers representing well-known national professional institutes and membership bodies.

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