25 June 2018

The South’s business leaders gather for exclusive event at Royal Holloway, University of London

This high-profile event took place on Tuesday 12th June 2018 in the Picture Gallery where guests were able to enjoy viewing the University’s private collection of Victorian fine art

As well as an evening of fantastic food and great networking, guests heard from:

Matt Gorman, Sustainability & Environment Director, Heathrow Airport talking about the airport's latest innovation advancements including the launch of a Centre of Excellence for sustainable aviation innovation.

Katie Normington, Senior Vice Principal welcomed guests and shared some of the origins and history of the University before handing over to Professor Paul Hogg, Vice-Principal and Dean of Science, who gave an insight into the University's activities to support innovation.

There was also a lively panel debate on removing barriers between universities, public bodies, businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs towards the goal of sustainable innovation.

Business South was established in 2007 to be the independent representative of businesses in the South of England, to unite businesses, to gain strength from this collaboration, and to use it to make a difference to both individual organisations and to the wider economy.

Andrew Swift, Champion Director for Surrey at Business South, said:

“This event was a fantastic opportunity for business leaders to network and discuss future business opportunities in the beautiful picture gallery. Business South hosts Director’s Dinners on a regular basis right across the south central region and this was the inaugural dinner in Surrey. We are grateful for the support and opportunity to be working with businesses such as Royal Holloway and Heathrow Airport.”

“The influence of Business South in Surrey is possible to due to the high calibre of the businesses and partners we work for and with. Events such as these enable us to showcase and celebrate innovation and collaboration at a local level.”

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