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Over 100 local businesses attend the Business Worcestershire Conference

People attending the Business Worcestershire conference. Published Monday, 4th July 2022

Over 100 businesses from across the county gathered last week for the Business Worcestershire Conference at Sixways Stadium in Worcester.

During the event, attendees heard from multiple speakers who shared their expertise on topics including Innovation and Technology, NetZero and Business Growth.

Keynote speaker and host of the conference was technology expert, blogger, author and journalist Kate Russell.

Kate has researched and written about technology for over two decades and was voted 13th on the list of most influential British women in IT by Computer Weekly.

During the conference, Kate gave an insightful talk on the changing culture of work in a digital-first world and shared her thoughts about how technology is reshaping human nature.

Other expert speakers included B.D. Dalton II, Strategic Director from Rockfine Group Ltd., Ste Ashton, Broadband, 5G and Connectivity Manager from Worcestershire County Council & nexGworx, Steve Stones, Senior Consultant from Pro Enviro Ltd., Irene Graham OBE, CEO of the ScaleUp Institute and Kevin Brent, Director of BizSmart.

Two local businesses also took to the stage during the conference to share their stories.

Styles Precision ltd, which recently benefited from the County Councils Elevate Growth programme, shared its business growth success story and Gene Willis, Head of Stadium Operations at Sixways Stadium inspired the audience with its sustainability journey.

The event which was open to all businesses of all sizes from across the county was hosted by Worcestershire County Council in partnership with the Worcestershire Growth hub.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, said, “I was delighted to see so many of the county’s local businesses attend the Business Worcestershire Conference. The event provided a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to learn and be inspired by industry experts as well as fellow local businesses.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Worcestershire Growth Hub said, “It was a pleasure to open the Business Worcestershire Conference. Hearing from enthusiastic and knowledgeable industry experts was truly inspirational. A real highlight of the event for me was hearing from our local businesses that have demonstrated incredible resilience and forward thinking.”

Kate Russell, Keynote speaker, Technology Journalist, said, “The topics we covered in the conference are some of the most challenging aspects to doing business in this changing world. It was fantastic to hear a wide range of expert speakers, all hitting the mark spot on for their topics, but with an underlying connection, which was the word ‘journey’. This was meaningful to me, as a journey is a much more appealing prospect than ‘change’.

“I think the conference inspired delegates to face the future in a much more positive frame of mind, and I look forward to hearing stories of innovation and success continuing to come out of Worcestershire in the months and years ahead.”

Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Growth Hub are currently planning their next conference which is due to take place in the Autumn on the 5th October.

The next conference will focus on Finance. Pre-registration for the event is now available from the dedicated event page on the Business Worcestershire website.

To view the photos and social media from this event, use the hashtag #BusinessWorcConference22.