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13th April 2018

UK’s leading authority in business networking skills, Will Kintish, to deliver keynote talk

With tickets sales underway, the organisers of the Growing Gloucestershire Conference are pleased to announce that the first headline speaker at the event will be published author and international speaker, Will Kintish.

Will has delivered business networking talks and workshops to more than 80,000 people, helping them to develop their networking skills. He has agreed to deliver one of his signature talks on the morning of 20 June for this year’s event. Tickets for his events are usually more than five times the ticket cost for the Growing Gloucestershire Conference, which highlights the value of this event.

On his website, Will says: “I provide confidence and expertise in the field of business development to people who find this area of their careers uncomfortable. I educate and entertain; a powerful mix to help people become great business developers and build their self-confidence.”

Conference chairman, Jonathan Nicholls, says: “We are very proud of the conference programme that is taking shape. The event will offer insight into the future of business in Gloucestershire, and we will be sharing more on this in the coming weeks.”

Now in its 16th year, the event organised by Gloucestershire Professionals, sponsored by BPE Solicitors and kindly hosted by The Growth Hub; offers a fantastic chance for business people in the county to come together and enjoy a great networking environment and some truly inspiring talks.

“The theme of the 2018 Conference is the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” says Jonathan. “The concept of combining digital, biological and physical systems sounds quite futuristic, but it is coming. This event will discuss what it is, how it will affect businesses in the county, and most importantly, how to capitalise on the opportunities it will bring.”

Early bird tickets are currently on sale for this year’s Conference, which will take place on 20 June 2018 at The Growth Hub and University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester.

Jonathan continues: “This conference is about building awareness and equipping ourselves to thrive in a very different world. It will include a range of informative seminars and keynote speeches and provide opportunities for networking whilst learning.

The conference in 2018 is being organised by CIMA, CIPD, CMI and the FSB – part of Gloucestershire Professionals.

Any organisations wishing to sponsor or take a stand at the event should get in touch.

Tickets can be purchased online at with a £10 discount on early bird bookings.



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.