John Denham
David Stevenson
Gary Jeffries
Jody Scheckter
20 oct. 2016
Farneham Hall
Camera de Comert Hampshire


The fifth Annual Hampshire Chamber ‘Roots to Growth’ Business Conference is organized by the Hampshire Chamber Of Commerce.

During the morning delegates will have the opportunity to put their questions forward to a panel of professionals. The morning will conclude with a buffet lunch, networking and time to visit exhibitors who have taken stands.

They have an exciting line up of speakers including former formula F1 drivers champion turned Hampshire Business Leader Jody Scheckter of Laverstoke Park Farm and former Minister of State John Denham. Don’t miss out come early to catch up on BREXIT opportunities with our special BREXIT business breakfast before starting the conference. It promises to be a great and dynamic conference that will help grow your business.

Some of the speakers who have already announced their presence are:


7:15 – 8:15 The Business ‘BREXIT’ – What does BREXIT mean to you? Gail Thomas of TW Metals explores the opportunities for exporting around the world and Adam Marshall, Acting Director General of British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) updates us on what is happening in Westminster with the impact of leaving the EU.
8:15 – 9:00 Conference Registration & View Business Exhibition and Networking.
9:00 – 9:15 Welcoming & Opening of the Conference – Adam Marshall, Acting Director General of British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
9:15 – 9:35 Growing Your Customers – Leanne Stewart, Sales Director of Mercator Media who will share her experiences on how to win and retain customers.
9:35 – 9:55 Growing Your People & Their Skills – John Denham, Former Minister of State and MP for Southampton Itchen gives us his insight into the challenges of managing skills in the future.
9:55 – 10:15 Space to Growth – Gary Jeffries, Chair of Solent LEP and CEO of Hughes Ellard looks at expanding your business premises & infrastructure.
10:15 – 10:55 Challenges to Growth – Business Panel – Access to Finance/Skills/Recruitment/Export – Panel Members: Smith & Williamson, Kevin Stansfield of ActionCoach, David Stevenson, Gary Jeffries, Andy Stanford-Clark and Steve Driver.
10:55 – 11:15a Coffee Break. Networking and your chance to view the Exhibition Stands.
11:15 – 11:35 Growing Digital Capability – Andy Stanford-Clark, Distinguished Engineer, Internet of Things, IBM looks at how the future will change how we do business.
11:35 – 11:55 The Business Interview – An exclusive chat with Formula F1 Champion turned Hampshire Business Man – Jody Scheckter, boss of Laverstoke Park Farm – with Adam Marshall, Acting Director General of British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
11:55 – 12:15 Sustainable Low Carbon Business Growth – Sandra Sassow, CEO of SEaB Energy will give us a fascinating insight into adopting a low carbon strategy approach to business.
12:15 – 12:35 Funding Your Business Growth – David Stevenson, Executive Director of Alternative Finance News looks at alternative and contemporary ways of funding your business.
12:35 – 12:55 Roots to Growth – Summary of today’s Conference and actions to grow by Adam Marshall, Acting Director General of British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
12:55 – 13:00 ‘Thank you’ from Andrew Finney, President of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce including BCC Chamber Awards.
13:00 – 14:00 The Business Buffet – Speed Networking, Business Clinic Tables and view the Business Exhibition Stands.
14:00 Conference Closes.