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March 2016

EU Referendum Business Leaders’ Debate

Friday 11th March 2016 @ 09:15 - 13:15
Plymouth Science Park, Derriford
Plymouth, Devon PL6 8BX United Kingdom

With the pressure mounting on the Prime Minister to achieve his deal with Europe and the very real prospect of an EU referendum as soon as 23rd or 30th June, DCBC will be gathering a group of experts to debate those issues relating to European Union membership most pertinent to our peninsula’s economy and business planning. As the European debate gathers momentum, the Devon and Cornwall Business Council presents an exciting live event. Bringing together politicians and the business communities…

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March 2017

“Spring Has Sprung; What Should Autumn Bring”

Friday 10th March 2017 @ 09:15 - 14:00
Flybe Training Academy Exeter, Devon EX5 2LJ United Kingdom

This conference will include a comprehensive analysis of the Chancellor's final Spring Budget by experts in their fields, followed by a panel debate with regional leaders focusing on the implications of the Spring Budget for our regional economy and what our combined focus should be in the lead up to the Chancellor’s inaugural Autumn budget; Devolution, Productivity, Brexit, Education, Skills, Infrastructure investment and more… Presentations from the event found here: Raymonde Nathan, Director, JLT Employee Benefits - Budget 2017 - Impact…

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September 2017

Smart Delivery of Smart Infrastructure

Friday 8th September 2017 @ 09:15 - 14:00
Eden Project, The Gallery, Eden Project
Bodelva, Par, Cornwall PL24 2SG United Kingdom

Many developed nations have reached a state of ‘infrastructure maturity’ where the value of new infrastructure is far less than the value of existing infrastructure. New construction in the UK adds just 0.5% pa to the value of national infrastructure. This means that the opportunity to create a step change in capacity or service is minimal. This is where the confluence between digital technology and the built environment shows huge potential through the development of ‘smart infrastructure’. Smart infrastructure should…

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December 2017

Innovation and the Enterprise

Friday 1st December 2017 @ 09:30 - 14:00
Sandy Park, Sandy Park Way
Exeter, Devon EX2 7NN United Kingdom

As a key strategic priority, DCBC seeks to promote entrepreneurship and further engender a positive and aspirational culture, absolutely vital to the peninsula's long term economic prosperity. Our next quarterly conference on Friday 1st December 'Innovation and the Enterprise' brings together speakers from Exeter, Falmouth and Plymouth Universities, Rothamsted Research and the MetOffice to consider the role of Academia and Business in Innovation. Is collaboration working well in the South West ? Which collaboration models work best ? There will…

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March 2018

Connecting the South West; smart transport, technology and people

Friday 9th March 2018 @ 09:30 - 13:30
Sandy Park, Sandy Park Way
Exeter, Devon EX2 7NN United Kingdom

Devon & Cornwall Business Council is delighted to invite you to its next Conference on Friday 9th March at Sandy Park, Exeter. The overall theme of the event is the connection of the Greater South West to the rest of the UK and the world. Forming new partnerships, finding new markets and securing opportunities for growth as a region is at the heart of DCBC’s mission and mandate. Join us to hear about our new strategic plans, partnerships and the…

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June 2018

Free

Attracting and Retaining Talent in a post-Brexit world

Friday 15th June 2018 @ 09:30 - 13:30
Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth
Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA United Kingdom
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Our June 15th quarterly conference comprised speakers from across a range of business sizes, sectors and geographies. Introduced by Paul Coles, BT’s Regional Partnerships Director and Deputy Chair of SWBC, our first speaker Tom Marks, Chair of Vodafone South West and Head of HR for Enterprise, described the polished and far reaching approach of an international technology business to the development of its employees. Providing an energetic insight into the role of relevant digital infrastructure in attracting talent for the…

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July 2018

SWBC Advisory and Statutory Board Meetings (Board Members only)

Monday 23rd July 2018 @ 09:00 - 13:30
Plymouth Marjon University, Derriford Rd
Plymouth, Devon PL6 8BH United Kingdom
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The Advisory Board meets four times a year and helps shape SWBC's thinking and its key strategic priorities. The Board is made up of organisations and business representative groups including the local Chamber organisations, regional manufacturing groups, the FSB and IOD.

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September 2018

Free

SWBC Quarterly Conference – From Farm to Fork; the future of food and drink in the South West

Friday 21st September 2018 @ 09:30 - 13:30
Duchy College Stoke, Duchy College (part of the Cornwall College Group) at Stoke Climsland
Callington, Cornwall PL17 8PB United Kingdom
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The South West Business Council organise quarterly conferences, which link closely to our strategic priorities. Keynote speakers are often from outside the region, delivering insights from a national and sometimes international perspective.

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October 2018

SWBC Annual Dinner

Wednesday 10th October 2018
Woodbury Park, Woodbury
Exeter, Devon EX5 1JJ United Kingdom
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We’re delighted that Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, will be our guest speaker at this year’s black tie event. Emma has spent her 25 year career working in financial services, initially in corporate finance, and then in fund management, specialising in sustainable investment and corporate governance. As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, Emma was integral to the development of their reputation in the corporate governance and sustainability fields. Emma is currently Chair of…

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November 2018

SWBC Advisory and Statutory Board Meetings (Board Members only)

Monday 19th November 2018 @ 09:00 - 13:30
Foot Anstey, Senate Court, Southernhay Gardens
Exeter, Devon EX1 1NT United Kingdom

The Advisory Board meets four times a year and helps shape SWBC's thinking and its key strategic priorities. The Board is made up of organisations and business representative groups including the local Chamber organisations, regional manufacturing groups, the FSB and IOD.

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December 2018

SWBC Quarterly Conference – Smart City Region 2.0 –South West 2050

Thursday 6th December 2018 @ 09:30 - 15:00
Exeter Racecourse, Kennford Exeter EX6 7XS United Kingdom + Google Map

The South West Business Council organise quarterly conferences, which link closely to our strategic priorities. Keynote speakers are often from outside the region, delivering insights from a national and sometimes international perspective.

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February 2019

SWBC Advisory and Statutory Board Meetings (Board Members only)

Monday 4th February 2019 @ 09:30 - 15:30
Ocean, Queen's Drive
Exmouth, Devon EX2 2AY United Kingdom

The Advisory Board meets four times a year and helps shape SWBC's thinking and its key strategic priorities. The Board is made up of organisations and business representative groups including the local Chamber organisations, regional manufacturing groups, the FSB and IOD.

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March 2019

SWBC Quarterly Conference – Finance & Investment Futures

Friday 8th March 2019 @ 09:30 - 13:30
Exeter Racecourse, Kennford Exeter EX6 7XS United Kingdom

Proudly sponsored by REGIONALLY West As Brexit looms, and with around 4,000 jobs currently at risk across the Region, we’re coming together to get a grip on the opportunities for investment now and in the future. We’ll be taking a look at best practice, emerging opportunities and future trends across debt, equity and grant funding. With examples of successful South West companies that have recently secured investment, and new banks and stock exchanges launching across the region, this is an…

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May 2019

SWBC Advisory and Statutory Board Meetings (Board Members only)

Monday 13th May 2019 @ 09:30 - 15:30
Plymouth Marjon University, Derriford Rd
Plymouth, Devon PL6 8BH United Kingdom

The Advisory Board meets four times a year and helps shape SWBC's thinking and its key strategic priorities. The Board is made up of organisations and business representative groups including the local Chamber organisations, regional manufacturing groups, the FSB and IOD.

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June 2019

SWBC Quarterly Conference – Attracting & Growing Talent in a Changing World

Friday 14th June 2019 @ 09:30 - 13:45
Plymouth Marjon University, Derriford Rd
Plymouth, Devon PL6 8BH United Kingdom

We will explore the attraction and retention of talent in the context of change; i.e. changing markets, skills availability, business development, scientific developments etc. – in order to address scientific and technological challenges, commercial opportunities, market changes and demographic patterns. Agenda: Optional Coffee and Networking (9.30 - 10.00) 10:00 - 10.10 Welcome: Tim Jones, Chair SWBC 10:10 - 10:15 Talent for a changing world: Robin Daniels, CEO SWBC 10:15 - 10:20 Professor Rob Warner, Vice Chancellor, Plymouth Marjon University 10:20…

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July 2019

SWBC Advisory and Statutory Board Meetings (Board Members only)

Monday 29th July 2019 @ 09:30 - 15:30
Lidl Distribution Centre, Chillpark Brake, Clyst Honiton
Exeter, EX5 2FU United Kingdom

The Advisory Board meets four times a year and helps shape SWBC's thinking and its key strategic priorities. The Board is made up of organisations and business representative groups including the local Chamber organisations, regional manufacturing groups, the FSB and IOD.

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September 2019

SWBC Quarterly Conference – Energy Neutrality for the South West – How and When?

Friday 6th September 2019 @ 09:30 - 13:30
Exeter Racecourse, Kennford Exeter EX6 7XS United Kingdom

In the context of the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere, the regional LEP’s Local Industrial Strategies and SWBC’s national Government policy and corporate engagements, we will take a deep dive into the need for, and implications of, inclusive and green growth and the infrastructure challenges of a decarbonised economy for the region. Agenda: Optional Coffee and Networking (9.30 – 10.00) 10:00 Welcome; Tim Jones, Chair SWBC 10:15 – 10:20 Decarbonising the Region; Dr Robin Daniels, CEO SWBC 10:20 – 10:40 Self…

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October 2019

£75

SWBC Annual Dinner

Thursday 3rd October 2019 @ 18:30 - 23:00
Dartington Hall, Dartington Hall TQ9 6EP United Kingdom

You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 SWBC Annual Dinner Guest speaker: Greg Dyke Thursday 3rd October 2019 at Dartington Hall Dress code: Black tie / Evening dress Tickets: £62.50 (£75 inclusive of VAT) Pre-dinner drinks will be served from 6.30pm We are delighted to confirm that Greg Dyke will be joining us on the Thursday 3rd October at Dartington Hall for our Annual Dinner. Greg Dyke has held some truly notable roles; Director-General of the BBC, Chairman of…

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November 2019

SWBC Advisory and Statutory Board Meetings (Board Members only)

Monday 4th November 2019 @ 09:30 - 15:30

The Advisory Board meets four times a year and helps shape SWBC's thinking and its key strategic priorities. The Board is made up of organisations and business representative groups including the local Chamber organisations, regional manufacturing groups, the FSB and IOD.

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SWBC Advisory and Statutory Board Meetings (Board Members only)

Friday 29th November 2019 @ 09:00 - 15:30
Plymouth Marjon University, Derriford Rd
Plymouth, Devon PL6 8BH United Kingdom

The Advisory Board meets four times a year and helps shape SWBC's thinking and its key strategic priorities. The Board is made up of organisations and business representative groups including the local Chamber organisations, regional manufacturing groups, the FSB and IOD.

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December 2019

SWBC Quarterly Conference – Politics and Profit; success in a time of uncertainty

Friday 13th December 2019 @ 09:15 - 13:30
Exeter Racecourse, Kennford Exeter EX6 7XS United Kingdom
Politics and Profit; success in a time of uncertainty

Join us from 9.15am at Exeter Racecourse for orange juice, coffee, tea and danish pastries, to reflect on the overnight election results, and see more live declarations from constituencies across the country. It should be a fun networking opportunity, prior to hearing some expert analysis when the conference commences at 10.00am. We'll then be hearing a variety of success stories from a variety of businesses based here in the South West. A buffet sandwich lunch will be provided at 1.00pm. Craig…

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February 2020

SWBC Advisory and Statutory Board Meetings (Board Members only)

Monday 3rd February 2020 @ 09:30 - 15:30

The Advisory Board meets four times a year and helps shape SWBC's thinking and its key strategic priorities. The Board is made up of organisations and business representative groups including the local Chamber organisations, regional manufacturing groups, the FSB and IOD.

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March 2020

SWBC Quarterly Conference – New Year, New Board: Driving Growth for the South West

Friday 6th March 2020 @ 09:00 - 14:00
Exeter Racecourse, Kennford Exeter EX6 7XS United Kingdom

This is a key meeting for the region and we encourage all member organisations to register at least one delegate. A slightly earlier conference start than normal (9.30am), with a Bucks Fizz welcome from 9.00am (in addition to usual teas, coffees and pastries), you'll be able to meet the new Directors of SWBC and hear about our new strategic projects and partnerships for 2020 and beyond. These include initiatives with the West Midlands and the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere, and SWBC's launch of its groundbreaking…

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May 2020

SWBC Advisory and Statutory Board Meetings (Board Members only)

Monday 11th May 2020 @ 09:30 - 15:30

The Advisory Board meets four times a year and helps shape SWBC's thinking and its key strategic priorities. The Board is made up of organisations and business representative groups including the local Chamber organisations, regional manufacturing groups, the FSB and IOD.

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June 2020

SWBC Quarterly Virtual Conference – Regional, Civil and Business Security

Friday 12th June 2020 @ 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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July 2020

SWBC Advisory and Statutory Board Meetings (Board Members only)

Monday 27th July 2020 @ 09:30 - 15:30

The Advisory Board meets four times a year and helps shape SWBC's thinking and its key strategic priorities. The Board is made up of organisations and business representative groups including the local Chamber organisations, regional manufacturing groups, the FSB and IOD.

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September 2020

SWBC Quarterly Virtual Conference – Bouncing Forward; New Jobs for a Resurgent Economy

Friday 11th September 2020 @ 09:30 - 13:00

This Autumn will see the end of the UK Government’s Furlough scheme, a looming hard-Brexit and the national economy at a 75-year low. For the South West, the challenge of attracting and retaining talent is thrown into sharp relief as new entrants to the job market, 16-24 year olds, are joined by newly redundant over 50s at a time when a number of key regional sectors are facing severe economic stress. Join us on 11th September to hear from a…

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November 2020

SWBC Advisory and Statutory Board Meetings (Board Members only)

Monday 2nd November 2020 @ 09:30 - 15:30

The Advisory Board meets four times a year and helps shape SWBC's thinking and its key strategic priorities. The Board is made up of organisations and business representative groups including the local Chamber organisations, regional manufacturing groups, the FSB and IOD.

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December 2020

SWBC Quarterly Conference – From the South West to the world; international trade, post Brexit

Friday 4th December 2020 @ 09:30 - 13:00

For our final conference of 2020, we welcome a stellar line-up of speakers from business, national government and academia to discuss what future trade could look like for the South West. From exploring global markets to opening up new opportunities with Europe, we’ll go behind the rhetoric to explore how regional business can thrive in unprecedented times. We are delighted to welcome, as our Keynote Speaker, HRH Queen Diambi Kabatusuila of Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. Queen Diambi will share…

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March 2021

SWBC Quarterly Conference – Where’s the money?

Friday 5th March 2021 @ 09:30 - 13:00

Delivered in partnership with Exeter Chamber of Commerce. Following the successful SWBC-hosted visit of Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England, to the region late last year we are delighted to announce that Jonathan Hall will be joining us for our next Quarterly Conference on 5th March. Jonathan is a Member of the Bank of England Financial Policy Committee and a seasoned leader in the financial sector, including senior roles with Goldman Sachs, Eisler Capital and Credit Suisse. He…

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June 2021

SWBC Quarterly Conference – What do our future Leaders want from the G7?

Friday 11th June 2021 @ 09:30 - 12:30

Transforming Education and Protecting the Environment We are delighted to invite you to join us for the next SWBC Quarterly Conference being held on Friday June 11th from 9.30am – 12.30pm on “What do our future leaders want from the G7?” Designed to coincide with this year’s G7 in Cornwall, our conference is in partnership with the British Youth Council (British Youth Council | Home (byc.org.uk)) and will be our chance to reflect on the campaigns and issues that matter for our future leaders. It will…

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March 2022

SWBC Quarterly Conference

Friday 4th March @ 09:15 - 13:30

The South West Business Council organise quarterly conferences, which link closely to our strategic priorities. Keynote speakers are often from outside the region, delivering insights from a national and sometimes international perspective. Book tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/accessing-finance-driving-innovation-tickets-243489562837

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May 2022

Concrete Decarbonisation webinar

Monday 9th May @ 14:00 - 15:30

With the environment at the forefront of our minds as we drive towards Net Zero, the South West Business Council has teamed up with National Composites Centre to discuss the opportunities that exist around concrete de-carbonisation. The National Composites Centre (NCC) is one of seven research centres across the UK that form the High-Value Manufacturing Catapult. The NCC’s CEO, Richard Oldfield, said the following about his centre: “When companies need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable they…

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