Event News



23rd June 2017

The hottest day in June since 1976 didn’t stop 150+ professionals across Gloucestershire gathering to hear from a line up of top local speakers.  

These professionals came together for 1 day to hear from a choice of 22 speakers, share knowledge, best practice and network with others at the Growing Gloucestershire Conference on Wednesday (21 June) at The Growth Hub at the University of Gloucestershire Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester. 

Hailed the ‘strongest ever’ this year, Growing Gloucestershire has been running yearly since 2003. It was brought to the county by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Each institute hosted sessions focused on four key areas to business growth; financial management, marketing, people and management. 

David Owen, Chief Executive Officer of GFirst LEP shared the Gloucestershire Growth Deal Update before representatives from each institute joined David for a live Q&A panel discussion on ‘Need support, who do you trust with your business?’. 

Key notes included University of Gloucestershire’s Polly Pick and internationally renowned mastermind storyteller Geoff Burch.

Growing Gloucestershire Conference was co-chaired by Luan Wise and Felicity McClintock. Luan commented: “Having run seminars and a masterclass at Growing Gloucestershire for the past four years, I was delighted to host this year. Despite the heat, it was a great day full of learning, networking and, thanks to our final keynote Geoff Burch, a lot of laughter too. ‘Don’t wait for opportunity. Create it.’ was our opening message and we hope everyone took away something that will help to Grow Gloucestershire.”

The day was supported by conference sponsors Albright IP and Omega Resource Group, as well as exhibitors including Cloudtamers, Nimble elearning, Wheatley Printers, Gloucestershire Business Show, BroBuild and The Business Kitchen.

The conference is organised by volunteers representing their industry body; working collectively as Gloucestershire Professionals.

Speaker presentations are available at www.slideshare.net/glosprofs



12th June 2017

Just over one week to go until this year’s Growing Gloucestershire Conference which is anticipated to attract around 200 business people.

The conference will take place later this month (21st June) at The Growth Hub and University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester.

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. The speakers’ programme and full agenda can be downloaded here www.glosprofs.com/agenda

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.

Geoff frequently contributes to, and presents on, TV and radio programmes, including starring in the popular ‘All Over the Shop’ series on BBC2 helping small businesses to survive and thrive. He commented: “They say that eight out of ten businesses fail in their first year but with the correct advice nine out of ten succeed. Success is guaranteed if you invest the time to listen to the experts. I urge you to come along to this conference, no matter where you are on your stage of business growth, and I look forward to meeting many of you.”

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 there will also be a county growth deal news update presented by David Owen, CEO of GFirst LEP.

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.

Tickets can be purchased via our booking page. The agenda can be downloaded from www.glosprofs.com/agenda

To keep up-to-speed with latest conference news and seminar speaker announcements visit www.glosprofs.com or follow @GlosProfs

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



9th April 2017

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. Click here to download the full agenda.

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, CEO 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 on the booking page.

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



21st January 2017
Growing Gloucestershire



Early bird tickets are now on sale 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.

Growing Gloucestershire Conference new Co-Chair, Chartered Marketer Luan Wise said: “Having been involved with the conference for several years, I’m really excited to be co-chairing this year with Felicity McClintock. Delegate feedback from last year highlighted that it was an excellent day covering interesting topics. It taught them a lot of what was happening in the county and that they’d met some really great people.”

Open to anyone from any sector or industry, the conference will be themed around talks on financial management, people, marketing and management and include two key note speakers as well as an economic update from GFirstLEP local enterprise partnership.

Luan added: “We’re making a few changes to the agenda and have lined up some amazing key note speakers and invaluable seminar sessions.”

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

Robert Games, Managing Director at Albright IP, said: “We are proud to be supporting the Growing Gloucestershire Conference. As one of the leading IP attorney firms in the South West, we work with companies from across the globe but we are always amazed at the businesses that we have in Gloucestershire and the innovations that local companies bring to our door. We look forward to seeing you at the event in June.”

Purchase your ticket before March 2017 to receive an early bird discount.