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Growing a business in 2019 and beyond

28 March 2019 at 9:00 until 11:15

Gloucestershire College in association with Punchline Magazine are delighted to be hosting three exciting guest speakers to inspire local businesses in the Forest of Dean this March.

Guests will hear from:

  • Adam Starkey, CEO of Green Gourmet and Vice Chair of the GFirst LEP who will be discussing how business will evolve, and how we all need to be prepared for it
  • Laura Hurcombe, Business Planning Manager at SPP Pumps who will discuss growing and retaining talent with apprenticeships
  • Nick Howell, will speak about how one of the UK's leading soft drinks manufacturers work. What a recent investment means for their Royal Forest Factory in Coleford and the importance of apprentices in their workforce.

Guests will have the opportunity to network with other local businesses whilst enjoying a delicious full English breakfast in the College’s superb new restaurant, The View.

There will also be the opportunity to meet the Gloucestershire College Business Hub team on a one-to-one basis to get advice on training and apprenticeships, including funding that may be available to upskill your staff members.


9:00 Arrivals and Breakfast

9:45 Welcome, Andy Bates (GC)

9.50 Introduction, Mark Owen (Punchline)

9.55 Adam Starkey, CEO of Green Gourmet and Vice Chair of the GFirst LEP

10.15 Laura Hurcombe, Business Planning Manager at SPP Pumps

10:35 Nick Howell, Engineering Improvement Manager at Lucozade Ribena

10.50 Advice sessions with the GC Business Hub team

11:15 Close

Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

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