The Workshops

Our WORKshop venues host a strong programme of interactive workshops and events over the two days.

These are designed to drill into some searching subjects with experiential learning and some expert advisors who will work with you to help you understand the topics better.

The Events are designed to create discussion and a better understanding, so come prepared to think, contribute and argue your point!


South Gloucestershire Visitor Economy

As the visitor economy opens back up following 2 very difficult years, what part does it play in the response to the climate emergency?

South Gloucestershire Hosts some great visitor attractions and events, so how does the much needed recovery in the visitor economy fit in with the stewardship of the natural world and the environmental challenges created by the impending climate emergency?

International and domestic travel, preservation of wildlife environments and challenges created by temporary events and infrastructure all contribute to climate problems, so how do we manage our priorities and what is the right balance?

Kathryn oversees and manages Visit West.

Kathryn represents the destinations at national and local forums such as Visit England’s DMO group, English Heritage Cities, BaNES Economic Recovery Group, WECA Economic Recovery Forum, Bristol International Strategy Board and Great West Way Advisory Board among others.

Kathryn is looking to identify and develop future trends, particularly around food, film and cultural sector and extending visitor stays.


Models for Circular Business

What is the circular economy and how can you apply it to your business?

A circular economy approach ensures that materials are kept in use for as long as possible, designs out waste and aims to regenerate natural systems – whilst enriching the economy simultaneously.

With carbon targets looming we know we need to act, but how do we move from ‘take, make, dispose’ to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’?

Emma Burlow – Lighthouse Sustainability

Emma Burlow is the founder of Lighthouse Sustainability.

She is one of the UK’s leading specialists on circular economy and has worked directly with business on sustainability for 25 years.

This experience gives Emma a unique understanding of the success factors for implementing circular business models – building the financial model, establishing key partnerships, and understanding the marketplace.

She works with established businesses, supports start-ups, and delivers training.

Clients include WRAP; Zero Waste Scotland; Beko; Waitrose; Coop Central England and M&S plus more


Keeping Business Happening

Looking at business planning, risk and resilience discussion at #SGBS21, Paul Neck leads a workshop exploring what it takes to create and run a resilient small business in 2021 following a difficult 2 years and a challenging time moving forward….

Resilience in business is a significant part of starting up and planning the way forward.  We live in a fast-changing business environment at the best of times.  With the recent turbulence of a pandemic, Brexit, an uncertain recovery, supply chain issues and of conure the climate emergency bearing down on us fast, it’s never been more important to examine the business landscape we’re in, fully understand the threats and risks we’re facing and lay plans to keep your business growth on track.

Paul Neck, Business Doctors South West

Paul Specialises in helping SME business owners who have reached a point where they wish to move to the next level of sustainable growth or exit.

He Provides coaching, high quality advice, information, resources and/or hands-on support in all areas of the business.  Paul develops and delivers strategies for owners wishing to regain control, deliver sales and profit growth, drive people engagement and performance management as well as help accessing funding and financial support


Creative Thinking, Innovation & Business

Can creative thinking and innovation within businesses be accelerated by improved mental health?

At a time when mental health is at an all-time low, are businesses at risk of creativity and innovation? This interactive workshop will tackle these major questions and explore what this could mean for staff retention levels, productivity, and team dynamics.

In this session you will be discussing the common link between creative thinking, innovation, and business; identify business risks from the bottom of the chain to the top; collaborate with delegates to find solutions to the problem and take part in “wellbeing at work” exercises.

Beckie is passionate about bringing arts, heritage and cultural organisations closer to their audiences, visitors and stakeholders.

Previously Head of Global Marketing for International Theatre Interactive, Beckie founded Flying Geese Marketing and Development Consultancy in 2017. In 2021 it was named ‘The Best Marketing Consultancy in the South West’ in the Southern Enterprise Awards.

Together with one of her clients, Gloucester History Trust, she has also won the Pandemic Pivot Award in the National Museums and Heritage Awards 2021.