Conference and speaker programme

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Debate with business speakers from across the South West

A full-day OPEN FOR BUSINESS conference speaker programme will be presented on Thursday 6 March 2014 in the 450+ seater Landmark Theatre with speakers from leading businesses in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe and from other organisations.

It’s free to attend any or all sessions and you can register for specific sessions.

Conference and speaker timetable

The times are provisional and subject to re-arrangement.

10.40 – Opening Session

Why OPEN FOR BUSINESS? Looking forward to the day’s events.

11.10 – Inward investment – why invest or start a business here?

Many UK seaside communities have a bleak future, but Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe appear well positioned to develop their economies through exploiting their natural assets and the ‘balanced’ lifestyle that many entrepreneurs seek. What is needed to make the most of this potential? What investment is needed and where will it come from?

  • Tim Jones, Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Geoff Burge – TDK-Lambda

12.10 – Manufacturing Success

TDK-Lambda UK is a unit of the TDK Corporation, a leading global electronics company, and is now Britain’s largest designer and manufacturer of both standard and configurable AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies. TDK-Lambda UK is one of North Devon’s manufacturing success stories and this session will demonstrate how hi-tech manufacturing is undertaken in Ilfracombe.

  • Geoff Burge and Tim Puttick – TDK-Lambda

14.10 – Remote control – exporting rurally produced goods and services to urban markets

Where are your clients? Do you sell across the country or internationally? Is your business location independent? The internet and broadband technology is a valuable tool for businesses in remote areas, enabling them to extend their reach without relying on transport infrastructure. How can the these technologies boost business in this area?

  • Paul Coles - BT South West Regional Partnerships Director

15.10 Ilfracombe southern extension

PLANS for a 750-house southern extension to Ilfracombe have now been submitted, which include a new primary school, extensive open space, sports pitches, parkland, woodland, allotments and playspace. The site will be developed during a 10-15 year period, during which 100 construction jobs will be created each year.

An estimated further 140 jobs would be created and after completion another 365 permanent jobs would be secured within the hub. Another 110 jobs would be permanently created within the locality as a result of the development.

We are delighted to welcome Matthew Lappin of David Lock Associates, who will discuss the development and how it can benefit the economy.

  • Matthew Lappin – David Lock Associates

16.00 – Thank you and event close

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