2016 programme timetable

OPEN FOR BUSINESS | Ilfracombe, North DevonBelow are the provisional times for the speaker programme and other activities

10.00am: Event opens

10.00am-12.00 midday ~ Pavilion: Disability Confident

Justin Tomlinson,  Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People at the Department of Works and Pensions, and Peter Heaton-Jones MP will be meeting employers to discuss how to employ and retain more disabled people. Also attending will be:

  • North Devon+
  • Petroc
  • PLUSS
  • St Loyes Foundation
  • Westward Pathfinder
  • Department of Work and Pensions

10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am ~ foyer: Ukulele taster workshops

Free taster ukulele workshops with Paul Clews.

10.30am ~ theatre: Infrastructure, investment and development

Presentation by Chris Garcia, chief executive of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership followed by panel discussion with Laurent Boon, BT Programme Director for Connecting Devon and Somerset and Mike Matthews, FSB North Devon and Managing Director of Lineal Software Solutions

10.30am & 2.00pm ~ café: Market research conversation with North Devon+

11.30am ~ theatre: Marketing – offline and online

Marketing is all online now, right? Not necessarily. Even though the internet is an important medium, print is still alive. If it sounds confusing, this session will help to give some perspective on the use of various marketing tools.

Panellists will include Stuart Brocklehurst, Chief Executive of Applegate,  Duncan Casburn of Hashtag Marketing Solutions and Paul Hopkinson of Flint Hosts..

11.30am & 3.00pm ~ café: Leader 5 grant funding with North Devon+

12.30pm-1.30pm ~ networking throughout the building

Take the opportunity to network with exhibitors, speakers and businesses from across North Devon. With speakers from across the country, exhibitors and visitors from across North Devon, this is the perfect opportunity to build new business relationships.

1.30pm ~ theatre: Beyond In Season ~ Desire to Aspire – Martin Fletcher

North Devon has so much going for it, so why does it struggle to succeed as a tourist destination? Martin Fletcher and his family have run three touring caravan parks and won National Caravan Park of the Year Award.

Having sold two of the parks, Martin now devotes more of his time to mentoring and coaching for business and personal development. Martin’s session aims to give food for thought for those looking to develop their full business potential.

2.15pm ~ theatre: Beyond North Devon ~ Philip Milton

As the gloves come off for the European referendum campaign, it is a reminder of the impact that global events have on our local economy. Philip Milton has established North Devon’s leading wealth management company, managing over £110 million of client funds. If anyone knows what’s going on in the broader commercial world, it’s Philip Milton.

3.00pm ~ theatre: Streamlining Your Business ~ Adam Saunders

Adam Saunders is the man from the ‘cloud’. He is the guy some of the largest companies and agencies in the world call on when looking to do anything serious on the internet. He started his first software company when he was just 16 years old and has built and sold more businesses over the years providing services and products in over 150 different countries. Adam will be sharing his experiences of building businesses in this keynote session.

4.00pm ~ theatre: OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards

The event climaxes with the announcement of the winners of the OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards.

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