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June 2020

Freeports Consultation

Thursday 4th June @ 09:30 - 11:30

While most attention is focused on COVID-19, the 31 December 2020 deadline for the end of the Brexit transition period also looms. The UK government is currently consulting on the creation of up to 10 "Freeports" to mitigate the impact and maximise opportunities arising from a "hard" Brexit. The consultation paper suggests that Freeports can be, or can include a mix of, sea ports, airports, rail and other transport hubs as well as manufacturing or processing areas. The proposed benefits…

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SWBC Quarterly Virtual Conference – Regional, Civil and Business Security

Friday 12th June @ 09:30 - 12:45

We’re delighted to be joined by Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall and Sarah Armstrong-Smith, Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft. Sarah principally works to help customers evolve their security strategy and capabilities to support digital transformation and cloud adoption. Sarah was recognised as one of the most influential women in UK Tech and UK cybersecurity in 2018 and 2019 and regularly contributes to thought leadership and industry publications. At Regional, Civil & Business Security, our first…

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Health and Safety considerations post COVID-19

Monday 15th June @ 12:30 - 13:00

Health and Safety considerations post COVID-19 with Jon Cooper, Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Jon's presentation will cover how health and safety obligations and their enforcement might change in the period of the phased return to work and offer a few observations as to how health and safety will look in the "new normal". He will also cover issues which may become more prominent for employers as more and more workers spend less time in their places of…

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Ready for Change? Your Organisational Culture in a Post Lockdown World

Wednesday 17th June @ 12:30 - 13:00

Ready for Change? Your Organisational Culture in a Post Lockdown World - a live discussion with business leaders and experts chaired by Dan Pritchard, co-founder of Tech South West and Charlotte Collyer, Heart of the SW Digital Skills Partnership Manager. We’ll be looking at how organisations can learn from recent events and foster a positive and resilient culture as new models of working emerge. What are the lessons, priorities and benefits of getting it right in a post-lockdown world?

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Industry placements – how might they support your workforce development in the coming months, and what support is available?

Thursday 18th June @ 09:00 - 10:15

Over the last two years, many employers have been offering industry placements - an extended period of structured time that a student spends in the workplace, developing real skills and making a meaningful contribution to the organisation. Industry placements will be a fundamental part of T Levels – a new course designed by employers for 16-19-year olds, which combines classroom learning with a substantial placement. What might this look like in the current circumstances? On Thursday 18 June, the Department for…

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NatWest Business Builder

Monday 22nd June @ 12:30 - 13:00

James Court, Business Growth Enabler, and Josh Winfield, Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager, present NatWest Business Builder. NatWest’s Business Builder programme is a great source of support for businesses from idea-stage, right the way through to established businesses, forced to examine their model in the wake of COVID-19. Open to all entrepreneurs and business owners, not just customers of the bank, when you register you get access to online learning, covering business aspects from Mindset & Behaviours, to business modelling and resilience…

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What did coronavirus do for us? Community Wellbeing in Action.

Wednesday 24th June @ 12:30 - 13:00

Sometimes ordinary people become extraordinary as they reach out to their community to keep everyone as safe and well as they can. The last three months has seen a huge upsurge in volunteering, collaboration and kindness. This webinar case studies how the community in Exeter has responded. Martha Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Devon Community Foundation, in conversation with a range of those involved.

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Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone: Supporting the economy

Monday 29th June @ 12:30 - 13:00

Naomi Harnett is the Enterprise Zone Programme Manager for the Exeter & East Devon Enterprise Zone. She has a background in planning, with experience in economic development and funding. Naomi works in the Growth, Development and Prosperity Team at East Devon District Council. The webinar will provide an update on progress within the Exeter & East Devon Enterprise Zone. This is a designation within East Devon that covers four major employment sites strategically located on the edge of Exeter and…

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July 2020

Tech Sector Big Reveal 2020 and beyond: How the region’s tech sector is evolving

Wednesday 1st July @ 12:30 - 13:00

Guests including Toby Parkins, chair of Tech South West, and Paul Coles, BT Director, will discuss the regional tech sector and its role in driving a post lockdown recovery. How much of a role does cleantech have? Do we need more investment from Government? Can tech lead the way and help the wider economy on the road to recovery. Delegates will have the chance to put questions to the panel.

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