The LIVEtalk Forums

Our popular LIVEtalk Forum series just gets stronger with every show and makes a real contribution to the business life of the county. 

We have Eight Forum discussions which cover key sectors and areas of business, details can be found in the festival Line-up.

A Boardroom table style discussion chaired by an expert in the sector and with a number of sector professionals around the table, this is an accessible discussion around some of the thorny and developmental issues managed by the chair and to a prepared agenda. The discussion is notated and forms a benchmark of where the discussion has got to.

There are an additional 20 seats in the room which can be booked via our Eventbrite page for an audience who have an interest in the forum. The Chair of each forum will draw the audience, taking questions from the floor.

WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER
10:30AM

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Gloucestershire Property Professionals Forum

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 around a 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.

12:30PM

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Gloucestershire Business Groups Forum

The Gloucestershire Business Groups Forum brings together those who lead business groups across the county to discuss how they can work together and support their members in motivation, innovation, training and co-working among other important areas.

We know that the engine room and innovation centre of any modern economy are the many micro and SME businesses that for the vast majority of the national business community.

With fewer resources and ambitious goals to deliver, the need to support that business community, to facilitate communications and drive business development, collaboration and creative innovation is paramount.  The network of business groups across the county and region play a pivotal part in that and the Business Forum aims to bring these groups together to share ideas and best practice and ideas.

The discussion is held around a 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.

12:30PM

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#GBS20 Gloucestershire Construction Forum

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 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.

2:30PM

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#GBS20 Gloucestershire International Trade Forum

Roger Mackrill – Sabre UK Ltd

roger.mackrill@sabreuklimited.com

07795 823379

Following an extensive career in automotive, engineering and business management with a global perspective Roger is director and founder of Sabre UK Ltd. Founded in 2007, Sabre is a management consultancy and provides bespoke services to clients to facilitate them fulfilling aspirations in Asian markets, India and China in particular.

Roger is an experienced professional, guiding clients through strategic direction and planning to enter and establish these territories.

Delegates as Invited

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 The Gloucestershire Business Show 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 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.

2:30PM

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#GBS20 Gloucestershire Corporate Social Responsibility Forum

Business Purpose Beyond Profit: The Corporate Social Responsibility Forum Customer, staff and shareholder expectations are on the rise. More and more companies are being held accountable by stakeholders to operate with care for society and the environment – but where do you start?  CSR is a topical discussion in today’s business environment.  Social Enterprise Businesses, third sector, not for profit.

So where does the line come between working to deliver profit for shareholders or working to deliver end goals that add value to society?  In a supply & demand economy, how does that work for private businesses and for the third sector and what are the outcomes that will add value in either case?

Join us and join the conversation.

The discussion is held around a 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.

THURSDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
10:30AM

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Gloucestershire Employment & Skills Forum

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 around a 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.

10:30AM

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Gloucestershire Climate & Energy Forum

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 is held around a 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.

ClimateEmergency@GBS20 is a collaboration between the Gloucestershire Business Show 2020 and Go Climate Positive, aiming to get Gloucestershire Businesses engaged with the effort to address the challenges of climate change in a positive way.

12:30PM

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#GBS20 Gloucestershire Procurement Forum

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?

The discussion is held around a 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.

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