Get in the Zone for Top Speakers

News release

1st October 2013

Visitors to the first ever Business Live show can hear from experts on investment, boosting skills in the workplace and funding opportunities thanks to dedicated industry zones.

The show, being organised by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Lincolnshire Media, will focus on property, finance, energy, digital, skills and tourism, and there will also be a breakout zone for networking.

Experts in each field have now been drafted in to give a short talk.  Steve Clarke from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will speak about inward investment to the UK in the property section, while Bryn Davies from onlincolnshire, Lincolnshire County Council’s broadband project, will deliver a talk on bringing superfast broadband to the county and tourism expert Mary Powel from the county council will discuss the impact the Lincoln Castle Revealed project will have on the city.

Clare Hughes and Susannah Lewis from the county council will talk about support available for the workforce and funding opportunities for Greater Lincolnshire respectively, while Sam Pick from the Renewables Network will talk about energy. 

The free event takes place at the Lincolnshire Events Centre between 9.30am and 2.30pm on 16th October, the day of the Lincolnshire Media Business Awards.

Ruth Carver, LEP Manager, said: “This event is all about putting a spotlight on the industries which are important to Greater Lincolnshire, so it was right to ensure we had an expert on each sector to give a short talk.

“We’re hopeful that there will be a wide range of businesses making the most of this opportunity and coming along on the day.” 

The talks will take place at staggered intervals to allow delegates to hear from as many sectors as they like and ask questions.  The event will be opened in the morning by LEP Chair Ursula Lidbetter MBE, while keynote speaker Andy Harsley, a Dragons’ Den entrepreneur, will be talking in the afternoon.

More than 30 exhibitors are already booked in; however, there are spaces still available.  Exhibitors include UKTI and the government’s Sustainable Transport Grant in the finance zone, the Work Based Academy, Lincoln College and the European Social Fund Skills Project in the skills zone, while Visit Lincoln will be in the tourism section.

The event is open to businesses in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire. 

Richard Duxbury, Managing Director at the Lincolnshire Echo, said: “The zones offer the chance for visitors to focus in on the areas they are particularly interested in.  We’re encouraging anyone interested in attending to register for free ahead of the event, although people are free to arrive on the day as they wish.”

For more details on exhibiting, or to register your interest in attending, please contact Sarah Carter on 01522 820000 or email businesslive@lincolnshiremedia.co.uk. Keep up with the conversation about the event by following @GreaterLincsLEP and @LincsEcho on Twitter or using the hashtag #BusinessLive.

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Notes to Editors:


About the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership

• The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership is a private and public sector partnership led by the private sector which aims to improve conditions for infrastructure and doing business in the Greater Lincolnshire area.
• One of the first LEPs to be established in the UK, the Greater Lincolnshire LEP covers a large geographical area with a population of over one million and a diverse range of industries, from ports and logistics to farming, tourism and engineering.
• It includes North and North-East Lincolnshire and the administrative county of Lincolnshire and is controlled by a LEP board made up of leading figures in the public and private sector.

Cerri Delaney
Shooting Star PR
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Business Live will take place on 16th October at the Lincolnshire Showground and will focus on property, finance, energy, digital skills and tourism.
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More than 30 exhibitors are already booked in
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Speakers from every sector have now been lined up to speak at the event which also includes Dragons' Den entrepreneur and inventor of the Rapstrap, Andy Harsley.
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The zones offer the chance for visitors to focus in on the areas they are particularly interested in. We’re encouraging anyone interested in attending to register for free ahead of the event, although people are free to arrive on the day as they wish.
Richard Duxbury, Managing Director at the Lincolnshire Echo
This event is all about putting a spotlight on the industries which are important to Greater Lincolnshire, so it was right to ensure we had an expert on each sector to give a short talk.
Ruth Carver, Manager of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP