Economic Growth Conference returns for a second year

Posted on: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Following the huge success of 2021’s Conference, Newark and Sherwood District Council will host its second Economic Growth Conference on 14 October at Southwell Racecourse.

Through keynote addresses and workshops, businesses will be provided with an insight into the future of our local economy. Participants will also have the chance to discuss the challenges and opportunities that will arise from future trends and ask questions to industry experts that relate specifically to their businesses.

Speakers at the conference include Will Hutton, the President of the Academy of Social Sciences and co-chair of the Purposeful Company. He is also the cofounder of the Big Innovation Centre which aims to make the UK a global open innovation hub, to build a world class innovation ecosystem and to re-balance and grow the UK economy. In addition, Dr Ros Rivaz, Senior Independent Director at Victrex plc, Computacenter plc and Aperam SA and former COO of Smith & Nephew, will address the skills needed to be a great strategic leader in today’s world, illuminating the various challenges and opportunities for modern businesses. Dr Ros Rivaz will also provide memorable examples from manufacturing industry, supply chain, logistics and retail sectors.

Other presentations include ‘A614 and the Robin Hood Line Extension’ and ‘A46 and Southern Link Road’, with the focus being on opportunities available to businesses due to these major infrastructure projects and ‘How employers can construct a curriculum suitable for work,’ a presentation by Newark College.

During the morning, two workshops will be available for delegates to choose from. The first, ‘Shaping the Future of Logistics in the East Midlands,’ will give attendees a forum to explore and discuss opportunities around skills and innovation in the logistics sector, with expert advice and guidance from providers and leading researchers from local Universities. 

The second workshop, ‘Finding Business Finance,’ is ideal for those who have reached the point where their businesses require an injection of cash because it may not always be obvious where that first port of call should be. This second session will allow businesses to receive valuable advice, pose questions and get practical tips while obtaining incisive information from IDOX / Grant Finder and D2N2 Growth Hub.

To book a place at this year’s Economic Growth Conference, contact Sue Nattrass at Newark and Sherwood District Council by emailing or calling 01636 655277.

Councillor Rhona Holloway, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Visitors at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “It is excellent news that after the incredible success of the first conference last year, we were able to rise to the challenge of hosting a second one following the demand from local businesses. The conference will provide an invaluable opportunity for our businesses in Newark and Sherwood to gain insight and knowledge into future trends and how they can adapt their businesses to such. In addition, it will make for a great networking opportunity.

“If you are interested in attending, please contact us as soon as possible to book your spot! I look forward to seeing everyone there in October.”