Growing Gloucestershire Conference 2018: The future is now
PUBLISHED: 09:36 04 July 2018
The future is already here and we need to embrace it – this was the message to more than 150 delegates attending the 16th annual Growing Gloucestershire Conference, on June 20
Organised by Gloucestershire Professionals, The Growing Gloucestershire Conference’s programme was entitled ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution’. Four inspiring keynote speakers, eleven informative seminar sessions and a networking masterclass offered diverse insights ranging from future technology to practical networking skills and managing change.
Reflecting on the conference, chairman Jonathan Nicholls, said: “When we started planning the conference, we had a very clear vision of how we wanted the day to shape up. We wanted to be provocative; to challenge peoples’ thinking and to give them some new skills and tools they could apply straight away. We wanted to strengthen their networks and to give them a great day.
“For example, Will Kintish presented his keynote on effective networking just before the morning break and the results were immediately apparent in how delegates interacted with each other. There was a real buzz of activity as people put what they’d learned into practice.
“The energy for the whole day was amazing, and the initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The seminars showcased the fantastic range of talent and knowledge within our county and being able to tap into that knowledge and attend all the keynotes really delivered fantastic value for attendees.
The futurist battle cry was taken up wholeheartedly by Adam Starkey of Green Gourmet and GFirst LEP. His talk demonstrated that the future is very much here and directed businesses to recognise this and adapt to make the most of the opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The breadth of discussions between delegates in seminars and coffee breaks were clear indicators of the energising topics being presented throughout the day, and the interest in the keynotes split across the agenda saw an overwhelming majority of delegates stay for the whole programme of talks.
Jonathan concludes: “The conference was a huge success, and the buzz that was present throughout the day was amazing to be part of. This event has set a high bar for next year, and we are already thinking about how to make it even better next year.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank again all those who made the conference possible: the speakers, our sponsors and partners, the organising institutes and of course the committee who worked tirelessly to make the day such a success.”
Photos from the conference will be uploaded to the conference website in due course and anyone wishing to be involved in next years event should get in touch via the Gloucestershire Professionals website at glosprofs.co.uk.