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Award-winning business leaders to speak at LEP conference 2018

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership will be welcoming the leaders of some of our area’s most successful businesses to speak at our annual conference this year.

Business people from throughout our region are invited to the conference, which will be held at Uttoxeter Racecourse, Uttoxeter, ST14 8DB, on Friday October 26. The event, which runs from 9.15am to 12.30pm, followed by lunch and networking, will be an opportunity to hear first-hand from the firms and organisations driving innovation, skills and economic growth across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and to celebrate progress on the LEP’s aims of delivering jobs and growth.

The conference will be introduced by LEP chairman David Frost CBE, who will give a round-up of the LEP’s partnership working with business and public sector partners, its achievements to date and its future plans to continue driving economic growth.

Other speakers include:

  • LEP vice chairman Alun Rogers, founder of Stafford-based IT firm risual, who will be speaking about the growing importance of digital sector to the local economy.
  • Carol Shanahan, managing director of multi award winning Synectics Solutions, based in Tunstall, who will be talking about community engagement and corporate social responsibility.
  • Steve Wileman, chief executive of Tamworth-based Enlighten, winner of the Best Digital Business 2018 and Most Promising Start-up 2016, Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards, who will be talking about starting a business in Staffordshire.

There will also be presentations from Cllr Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council and Cllr Abi Brown, deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and the opportunity to hear from some of the LEP board members leading on the delivery of a range of innovative projects benefitting our area.

“The LEP continues to build on its solid foundation of successful project delivery throughout the area with exciting ongoing plans to promote growth and help our economy and communities to thrive,” David Frost commented.

“Recent achievements include the completion of major infrastructure works opening up sites including Four Ashes, South Staffordshire, and Branston Locks, Burton-upon-Trent, for business use, plus an award-winning scheme protecting Rugeley town centre from flooding and paving the way for new jobs and homes.

“We are also seeing development gathering pace at our Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, and work starting on the pioneering Smart Energy Network at Keele.

“In addition we are investing to create the highly skilled workforce of the future through our advanced manufacturing and engineering skills hubs at FE colleges. All these initiatives are translating into real benefits in terms of employment and quality of life.

“We are very keen to hear the views of our local businesses so we can continue to maximise the benefits of economic growth for everyone in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. The morning will include ample opportunities to put questions and discuss issues with LEP board members, as well as networking with other businesses.”

The conference, which is free to attend, is open to representatives from all businesses throughout Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, and to organisations working with the business community.

If you would like to attend please contact LEP office manager Julie Frost at or 01785 719002.

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