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Seminar Notes

Please see below notes from our recent events and seminars.

BUSINESS BREAKFAST – Wednesday 29th January 2020

Summary of discussion around support for business from new UK Government


BUSINESS BREAKFAST – Wednesday 20th November 2019

Summary of discussion around Forest of Dean Local Plan


BUSINESS BREAKFAST – Wednesday 25th September 2019

Summary of discussion around concerns and opportunities of Brexit


BUSINESS BREAKFAST – Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Summary of discussion around a business fair


FOREST ENTERPRISE FAIR – Wednesday 8th May 2019

Growth Hub presentation

Local Industrial Strategy presentation

Start and Grow Enterprise presentation

Three local firms shared some good practice ideas at a Fair seminar, here are some summary notes:

HILLSIDE BREWERY – Best Rural Drinks Business 2018/19

  • In a competitive world, add value to your service
  • Build your staff team towards a shared “Plus One” attitude
  • Create shareable content on social media
  • It’s about evolving – always be ready for a Plan B
  • If something’s not working, move on quickly

EMPOWER MARKETING – A refreshing approach to your marketing

  • Focus on your unique selling proposition (USP)
  • Use different channels to reach clients
  • Be sociable on social media
  • Maximise use of your good news stories
  • Make sure your marketing message is clear

RESOURCE HARBOUR – A collaborative talent acquisition business

  • Be clear what you want yourself from being in business
  • Have different team skills but an agreed shared approach
  • Use your expertise to help clients to look outside the box

Get in touch with them all to find out more!


BUSINESS BREAKFAST – Wednesday 8th May 2019

Summary of discussion around business support services


BREXIT SEMINAR – Wednesday 13th March 2019

Presentation from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The presentation includes links to Government advice on several key topics, and for several business sectors.  Anyone wishing to find advice for their particular business can follow this link.


BUSINESS BREAKFAST – Wednesday 6th March 2019

Brexit presentation 6th March 2019

The Brexit presentation contained a summary of the discussion at the previous seminar on February 27th, noting that entrepreneurs need to stay alert for future trade opportunities.

Forest Economic Partnership presentation 6th March 2019

Details of future Forest Economic Partnership events and activities can found by emailing or by following this link.

SWAAN presentation 6th March 2019

You can find out more about apprenticeship opportunities via the South West Apprenticeships Ambassador Network website, also Amazing Apprenticeships, the approved communication channel supporting the Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for Schools project.


BREXIT SEMINAR – Wednesday 27th February 2019

Notes from Brexit Seminar 27th February 2019

We learned a lot about the implications of trading with Europe as an outside country, not least if we suddenly find ourselves in that position following a No Deal Brexit.

The four panel speakers kindly agreed to share their email addresses for any follow-up questions:

FRANK MYERS – Chairman, Herefordshire Business Board –

MATTHEW CLAYTON – Employment Team, Willans LLP Solicitors –

TIM WARD – Corporate Team, Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors –

BEN HALL – Managing Director, Millhall Consultants –