• Over 500 visitors attended the local business event hosted by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership at the Madejski
The Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership
(TVB LEP) and the Berkshire Media Group (BMG) hosted the ‘Collaborating
for Growth Business Show 2012’ on the 18th of April 2012 at The
Madjeski Stadium, Reading.
Over 500 Thames Valley businesspeople
visited the show where they had the opportunity to network with their
peers, listen to an inspiring set of keynote speakers, attend a series
of apprenticeship workshops and meet some of the 80 local businesses
that exhibited at this first Collaborating for Growth event.
Steve Lamb, Chair of the TVB LEP, delivered his keynote on the state of
Thames Valley Berkshire’s economy, the aims of the TVB LEP and the
importance of inward investment in the region. Other keynotes focused on
the theme of leadership and how to succeed and win in business and
life. Speakers included entrepreneur Kevin Gaskell, polar explorer Jim
McNeill, and sportsmen Eamonn Dolan - manager of the Reading FC Youth
Academy, Henry Hirsch - coach at Reading Rowing Club, and triathlete
Matt Rogan who discussed how lessons learned from the discipline of
sport can be transferred to business practice.
“The Collaborating for Growth event was a huge success,” commented Steve
Lamb. “The speaker sessions were highly motivating and there was
excellent support and participation from local organisations across the
region. We were delighted to have had the opportunity to meet with so
many businesses to demonstrate how they can help boost the local economy
by getting involved with regional initiatives such as developing the
skills and education of our young people, improving transport
infrastructure to Heathrow airport and widening access to superfast
broadband across the region.”
The TVB LEP team delivered a series of presentations on its key
initiatives, which businesses and attendees were encouraged to sign up
• Skills and Education: TVB LEP is working in partnership with
businesses, local colleges and higher education institutions to improve
the work-ready skills of young people and to promote the effectiveness
of apprenticeships for businesses.
• The Western Rail Access to Heathrow (WRAtH) campaign: Ease of
transport and connectivity are essential to grow the local economy, and
attract inward investment - the WRAtH initiative will deliver direct
rail services to Heathrow from Reading, via Maidenhead and Slough with
journey times reduced by up to 45 minutes.
• Superfast Berkshire: The TVB LEP is working with the six Berkshire
unitary authorities to widen access to superfast broadband to ensure the
region remains competitive. The aim is to achieve a minimum level of
2mb across the region, enabling businesses to conduct their operations
with speed and efficiency.
The Collaborating for Growth event was co-sponsored by SEGRO, Bracknell
Regeneration Partnership and Reading UK CIC. Neil Impiazzi, Partnership
Development Manager at SEGRO, commented: “The inaugural Collaborating
for Growth Business Show was extremely well attended and had a great
buzz - you could feel the vibrancy of the Thames Valley echoing
throughout the event. SEGRO continues to invest heavily in the region
and we look forward to next year’s event.”
Helen Barnett, Marketing Manager at Bracknell Regeneration Partnership,
commented: “We were delighted to sponsor the Business Show, which
provided a fabulous platform for Berkshire businesses to connect with
each other and receive some expert advice via the speaker sessions. For
us, it was a great opportunity to remind businesses what Bracknell has
to offer and answer the many questions that people have about the area.”
The Collaborating for Growth Business Show 2012 was designed to
accommodate every business professional and maximise business potential.
The event was supported and attended by key business membership
organisations including the Institute of Directors for Berkshire, the
Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small
To access presentations from the show or for more information on the TVB
LEP, its key initiatives and how to get involved, please visit www.thamesvalleyberkshire.co.uk.