The Headline Speakers

Our Headline Speaker Venue is where our keynote speaker items are held. 

A theatre seated venue, we schedule some of the most important items to be affecting the Business Community at the current time. Events can be booked via our Eventbrite Page.

TUESDAY 21ST MAY 2019
10:30am

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Mental health in the Spotlight – it’s time to take action

It is time to take action to bring Mental Health to the forefront of our organisations. With only 10% of UK businesses doing anything… I uncover why we aren’t, why we should and how we can!

11:30am

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Using Games for Businesses – University of Gloucestershire

Contact – Discussion – Engagement – Involvement – Transaction. That is the communication chain that leads from first contact to final transaction. The University of Gloucestershire team explore how video gaming experiences can add quality to your business communications.

12:30pm

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Rebranding Cheltenham

Cheltenham is perceived to be ‘all about horse racing’. During this session Marketing Cheltenham will be talking about why they are rebranding Cheltenham ‘The Festival Town’, opening up to the floor to discuss what this might mean for businesses within the town.

In 2016 a survey was commissioned asking people outside of Cheltenham what they thought of the town as a visitor destination, the findings came back loud and clear – people saw Cheltenham as ‘the horse racing place’ with few other reasons to visit.  This perception also has a knock-on for people coming to the town to work, study and invest. 

Working with the Cotswold’s Little Big Agency, the team at Marketing Cheltenham plan to change perceptions by repositioning the destination as ‘The Festival Town’ putting culture at the heart of the destination brand narrative.

This session will discuss the thinking behind the plans and how the whole town could benefit.

1:30pm

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Surfing the Digital Tsunami – Preparing ourselves for the wave of change

There is a wave of exponential change coming whether we approve of it or not. It will have huge effects on our businesses and means a career change for almost all of us. What’s coming and how should we prepare?

WEDNESDAY 22ND MAY 2019
10:30am

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Recruiting outside the Box

With unemployment at a record low, companies are finding it more difficult to recruit the right fit to help their business grow. By looking beyond the conventional stereotypes.  Organisations can benefit from a rich talent pool.  We are looking to find new and different ways to engage a wider workforce.

11:30am

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Creating the Cotswold brand at Cowley Manor – What do we eat and where does it come from?

Cowley Manor, one of the Cotswolds premier hotel venues, is proud to buy local wherever possible, supporting the growth of the county’s rich and diverse farming and produce industry.

By choosing to support local artisanal producers we assure quality and by referencing them create a sense of place which in turn drives loyalty.

David Kelman, Cowley’s head Chef and Cheryl Waring, one of the counties most experienced hospitality mangers discusses how we source suppliers, how we celebrate them through our marketing.  David will demonstrate the ways in which we use the delicious produce from our county.

12:30pm

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Transport for Business – Is the EV revolution with us?

With one in every 12 cars purchased now electric, our panel looks at the EV Revolution in all its guises. The myths, the reality, what’s driving growth and reasons why EV represent the present and not simply the far-off future.

With the current UK and Global political uncertainty, there has never been a more volatile environment for Automotive manufacturing to plan and deliver product into the medium and long term future.

The Pace of technical innovation in the sector is breath-taking, with little dispute that Electric vehicles are the future and coming fast and real-time trials with autonomous vehicles well under way.

The very model of how we own and use vehicles as individuals and businesses is undergoing a revolution and our panel address these challenges and take a look at what it all means for the future of business transport.

1:30pm

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The Science of achieving a positive staffroom – it’s all about a strong team

In a climate where staff turnover is increasing and recruiting the best staff has become more challenging come along to a discussion about the things you need to be doing to ensure that you keep the staff you do have happy and engaged.

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