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A chaired Discussion with invited professionals from a sector group in a “boardroom table” styled format.

A number of public seats also available for those who want to observe the discussion. The chair will invite questions and input from the public observers during the event.

You can book into #BI20.2 by using the link: http://bit.ly/BI20-2_Gloucestershire-Focus

WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

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Property Forum

Wednesday 18th November | 9:30am

Housing, Commercial, rail & Infrastructure. Domestic, business, leisure, tourism and travel put demands on Gloucestershire’s property infrastructure. Our Forum for Gloucestershire Property Professionals discusses how well we currently provide for these, as well as how we should provide in the future.

Chaired by Patrick Downes of PACT property & assets, our property professional’s forum looks at the county’s current property and infrastructure position, the thinking and plans in the present pipeline and the wider picture of where we need to be going as we look forward to future decades. Our delegates around the table are drawn from private and public sector, planning, investment and strategic roles

The Discussion is held on the Zoom Digital Platform with our Chair and formal delegates at “The Boardroom Table”.

We also publish 20 Observer registrations on our Eventbrite page and those will be able to be booked on a first come, first served basis. Observers will not be engaged in the core discussion and will for the most part be muted during the discussion. Questions will be able to be posted in the Zoom Chat Box though and through the meeting there will be specific points at which the meeting will be opened up and observers will be invited to make comments or asked questions.

If you have any questions for the Panel prior to the event, you can email them to BI20.2@Business-shows.co.uk (please quote the Event title in your email)

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Climate & Energy Forum

Wednesday 18th November | 11:30am

Gloucestershire and the South West region are home to some of the largest and most influential energy generation and distribution businesses in Europe.

Our Gloucestershire Climate and Energy Forum, chaired and facilitated by Eoin McQuone, brings a discussion together with leaders and decision makers working in the sector who share a common interest in seeing how this important area for everyone evolves moving forward.

We also have a diverse and innovative culture of small and medium sized businesses that both generate renewable and sustainable energy, distribute across micro networks and also invest heavily in renewables, carbon capture and energy efficiency.

With all the focus on the climate emergency and renewables, energy is a critically important and rapidly changing sector. It’s also of huge strategic importance to Gloucestershire; the Local Industrial Strategy includes a commitment to establish the county as a leader in sustainable growth; the Gloucestershire Sustainable Energy Strategy sets out an ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050; the increasing frequency of severe weather and flooding events make tackling climate change a critical risk management strategy for business.

The discussion will feature experts from science, business and not-for-profit sectors, discussing the strategic energy needs of Gloucestershire and the challenges of transitioning to a low-carbon energy future.

The discussion will be held in a Zoom meeting those professionally involved, observers will also be able to join for those who have an interest in understanding the industry sector better and hearing the discussion. The Chair will invite input from the observers at various points during the forum discussion.

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Employment & Skills Forum

Wednesday 18th November | 1:30pm

Our employment and skills forum brings together professional trainers and education providers, employers and recruitment professionals in a boardroom table style discussion.

With a prepared agenda, we’ll be looking at the key issues facing Gloucestershire’s employment needs, skills gaps, opportunities, apprenticeships, graduate retention employer’s needs, Transferable skills and many more subjects that impact the employment and skills agenda in the county.

This forum brings together a cross section of those involved with different needs and backgrounds. It will provide an opportunity to benchmark a discussion and focus on the areas that need attention moving forward

The Discussion is held on the Zoom Digital Platform with our Chair and formal delegates at “The Boardroom Table”.

We also publish 20 Observer registrations on our Eventbrite page and those will be able to be booked on a first come, first served basis. Observers will not be engaged in the core discussion and will for the most part be muted during the discussion. Questions will be able to be posted in the Zoom Chat Box though and through the meeting there will be specific points at which the meeting will be opened up and observers will be invited to make comments or asked questions.

If you have any questions for the Panel prior to the event, you can email them to BI20.2@Business-shows.co.uk (please quote the Event title in your email).

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Construction Forum

Wednesday 18th November | 3:30pm

Construction is one of the key drivers of the UK economy, contributing to around 6% of the UK GOP. According to recent estimates there are currently 2.3 million people working in the construction industry; circa 6.5% of the UK labour market.

The construction sector acts as a key enabler to other sectors in both the public and private divisions. Its scope is large, ranging from the building of hospitals to the development of new office space; it is essentially a key initiator of the process. As repair and maintenance is a significant part of construction, construction is not only an initiator but also a link between the old and new.

 Our Gloucestershire Construction Forum Brings together Industry professionals from around the county in a conversation that takes a snapshot view of the sector at a point in time.

The discussion is held around a virtual boardroom style table amongst those professionally involved, there are also 20 observer seats available on a first come, first served basis for those who have an interest in understanding the industry sector better and hearing the discussion.  The Chair will invite input from the observers at various points during the forum discussion.  Questions for the Forum can be emailed in advance to BI20.2@business-shows.co.uk (Please put the event title in the subject header)

THURSDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

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International Trade Forum

Thursday 19th November | 9:30am

Development of International trading opportunities comprises one of the most important routes to building a strong economy in the county.

Our International Trade Forum brings together professional advisors in the area with businesses who have experience in import & export and businesses who are looking to grow their business internationally either from scratch or developing on existing business.

Our International Trade partners with #BI20.2 create a discussion forum that allows business small and large, across sectors and with different levels of experience to share thinking and experience with a view to grasping and exploiting the opportunities that global trading present.

The discussion is held around a virtual boardroom style table amongst those professionally involved, there are also 20 observer seats available on a first come, first served basis for those who have an interest in understanding the industry sector better and hearing the discussion. The Chair will invite input from the observers at various points during the forum discussion. Advance questions can be emailed to BI20.2@business-shows.co.uk (Please put the event title in the subject line)

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Access to Finance Forum

Thursday 19th November | 11:30am

Access to finance, is a key business function and fast-changing, whether a sole trader or an established significant business.

Digital innovation and Fin-tech provides greater transparency, information integration, usability and efficiency allows business owners to access to information better and faster, to make decisions and to spend more time developing and delivering business ideas.

The basics haven’t changed. Building a business takes investment and strong financial management. Planning, access to investors, banking support and a strong credit record are important to understand and make your business work.

Putting digital innovation together with long standing core disciplines of business finance creates a strong financial background that allows entrepreneurs, innovators and business owners the tools needed for a successful, sustainable business model.

Our #BI20.2 Access to Finance Forum will be looking at the state of the funding landscape, types of lending/criteria/documentation, what happens to those who could not get CBILS or have now used the funding up? And what is the accountant’s role in the 2020 business process?

The discussion is held around a virtual boardroom style table amongst those professionally involved, there are also 20 observer seats available on a first come, first served basis for those who have an interest in understanding the industry sector better and hearing the discussion. The Chair will invite input from the observers at various points during the forum discussion.

Advance questions can be emailed to BI20.2@business-shows.co.uk (Please put the event title in the subject line)

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Procurement Forum

Thursday 19th November | 1:30pm

Procurement processes can account for over two thirds of spend for a Company. Understanding the process and how to access supply chains can be a significant lead to revenue streams for businesses who have goods and services that apply to a sector.

Private sector procurement and public sector procurement are both good roots to regular and stable sales revenue, but they carry and overhead cost in time and resource to pursue, so the decision to commit to procurement processes can be a difficult one.

Local authorities are keener to buy locally and support the local economy, public and private sectors are increasingly aware of the climate implications and the PR implications of better supporting employment, skills and the economy locally and regionally

So how do we engage a system and allow micro and SME businesses to efficiently and effectively procure from significant businesses and how do we encourage buyers and procurement officers to take their local SME market seriously, keeping a higher proportion of their spend local?

In a very challenging year, we’ll be looing at the risks and solutions around Covid and also the huge Gloucestershire opportunity that the Golden Valley development brings.

The Discussion is held on the Zoom Digital Platform with our Chair and formal delegates at “The Boardroom Table”.

We also publish 20 Observer registrations on our Eventbrite page and those will be able to be booked on a first come, first served basis. Observers will not be engaged in the core discussion and will for the most part be muted during the discussion. Questions will be able to be posted in the Zoom Chat Box though and through the meeting there will be specific points at which the meeting will be opened up and observers will be invited to make comments or asked questions.

If you have any questions for the Panel prior to the event, you can email them to BI20.2@Business-shows.co.uk (please quote the Event title in your email).

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