24 September 2019

Business South Annual Conference 2019 to focus on sustainable growth

Eminent industry professionals will lead topical business discussions on sustainability, innovation, technology, regeneration and education

Taking place on Tuesday the 1st October, at Hilton at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton, the Business South Annual Conference 2019 will focus on the future for our region’s businesses and economy. The event will cover topical subjects including sustainable growth, green technologies and innovations, local regeneration, and education, all presented from a business perspective by industry experts and thought leaders.

Through inspirational presentations on current industry matters, and compelling panel discussion, the Business South Annual Conference brings together the Central South’s companies to inspire new ideas, share knowledge, and to encourage collaborative working to achieve future growth for businesses and the region.

Compered by David Allard, Reporter, Presenter and Producer for BBC South Today, the conference will feature a diverse line-up of speakers from both the private and public sectors, including:

Becky Coffin, Head of Sustainability at Heathrow Airport who will share how the busiest airport in Europe is planning sustainable growth through its strategy Heathrow 2.0.

“Heathrow is the UK’s gateway to the world and a catalyst for economic growth, making a significant contribution to the local and national economies” explains Becky Coffin, Head of Sustainability at Heathrow Airport. “We want to use our influence to help businesses tackle the biggest challenge of our time – climate change – by sharing best practice and new opportunities to become sustainable champions. That’s why I am delighted to be part of the annual Business South Conference which will bring together the best in local business to discuss future opportunities for sustainable growth.”

Aldred Drummond, Chief Executive of Fawley Waterside, who will present the plans for Fawley Waterside, the innovative regeneration of part of our region’s industrial heritage into a thriving and sustainable community.

Joy Aloor, Head of Energy Business Advisory at Siemens, who will share his expertise in the energy industry and smart infrastructure sectors, and present a vision on the Smart Future and opportunities from clean growth, energy transition and digitalisation.

Mark Round, Client Technical Leader at IBM, who will provide IBM’s take on ‘The Future’ in relation to innovation and technology, and how we can apply technology solutions to solve real problems for the world we all share.

Rob Bryant, Contract Hire, Leasing & Rental Manager at Toyota, who will speak about future fuels and the environmental impact the increased use of electric, hybrid and hydro will have on the environment.

The Conference will also include an interactive panel session, discussing both the apprenticeship levy and connecting education with businesses to ensure organisations can access the skills they need to thrive. Taking part in the panel will be:

Andrew Kaye, Principal and Chief Executive, Fareham College
Julie Hall, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Solent University
David Allison, Co-Founder and CEO, GetMyFirstJob Limited
Wioleta Kurmilowicz, Technical Training Leader, Coopervision

“In a time of national political and economic uncertainty, business collaboration has never been more imperative” says Leigh-Sara Timberlake, Executive Director of Business South. “The Business South Annual Conference 2019 will look towards the future. Industry leaders will share technical expertise and practical knowledge which can be applied to your own business as well as the region as a whole. The Conference will inform you about local regeneration and developments and provide a platform to share views and experiences around apprenticeships and education. We encourage and welcome all businesses from across the region to join us and other like-minded businesses at the event.”

New to the Annual Conference, the Action Group Zone will provide an opportunity for delegates at the event to network and learn more about each group and their function. The zone will also provide an opportunity for Business South to understand what drives Champions to join an Action Group and what they can contribute and also the benefits of being part of each group.

Each Action Group has its own focus and agenda including:

Workforce South (HR and people management)

Regenerate South (development, planning, infrastructure)

Digital South (technology, innovation)

Cruise & Port (marine, maritime, port, development)

Luxury South (luxury products, services, experiences)

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