The first Open 4 Business Dorset Conference will be held on Thursday 18th October 2012 at the Riviera Hotel, Weymouth.  This Conference and Business 2 Business exhibition will focus on Platforms for Future Growth, keynote speakers will be sharing information and news relating to initiatives which will contribute to the future growth of the Dorset economy.  The Exhibition will open at 10am and the conference opening address will be given by Ian Doyle Economic Regeneration Manager of West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland Councils.  The presentation will include key lessons learnt from hosting the Olympic sailing games during the summer and how the local authority can assist and enable local businesses to build on these lessons for future growth.  New Jobs and Weymouth town centre regeneration plans will also be discussed.


09h30             Registration and Refreshments 

10h00             Exhibition opens  

10h15             Ian Doyle, Economic Regeneration Manager :Introduction to Platforms for Growth 

10h45             Q&A and break 

11h15             Peter Scott, Dorset LEP : Update and plans for future growth in  Dorset 

11h45             Q&A and break 

12h15             Rob Jones, Weymouth College :  Apprenticeships and Work based learning 

12h45             Q&A and break 

13h15             Matthew Butcher, WSX Enterprises      : Business Development in Dorset 

13h45             Q&A and break 

14h15             Nigel Reed, Chair of Weymouth BID     :           Dorset BID’s programme 

14h45             Q&A and break  

15h15             Nigel Jump, Senior Economist : Economic Impact and review 2012 and forecast 

15h45             Q&A and break 

16h15             Chris Hook, DCC    :  Cost Saving Transport Solutions

16h40             Close

Julie Cleaver, Managing Director of Open 4 Business Dorset said “We are very excited to host the first Open 4 Business Conference, the conference topics are essential to the sustainability and vibrancy of the local business economy.   Dorset businesses have learnt valuable lessons during 2012 and many of these have produced cost savings and the introduction of a brand new group of customers to their businesses.   The Exhibition will open to visitors between the hours of 10am and 5pm.  Visitors will be able to spend time viewing the exhibition, networking with business associates and attend the conference sessions.  The Conference is FREE to attend and exhibition stands can be booked.  Spaces are limited so I would advise to book as soon as possible”.

For more information please contact Julie Cleaver on   or  Telephone : 01305 774629