Solent Business Growth Summit 2017

A special summit to promote business growth in the region, with an update on regional trends and issues for business.


7.30am - 8.00am: Registration, tea and coffee

8.00am - 8.30am: Breakfast served

8.30am - 9.00am: Irene Graham, CEO, ScaleUp Institute - Business growth, the regional market and the future

Irene will provide an update on the scale-up landscape and work of the ScaleUp Institute across the country and how the UK is progressing in its mission to become the best place in the world to not only start but scale a business. She will highlight national and local initiatives designed to work with our fastest growing businesses in their ‘scaling up’.

9.00am - 9.45am: Sir John Timpson CBE, Chairman and owner of Timpson - Upside down management

Keynote speaker will be successful businessman Sir John Timpson CBE, owner of the Timpson shoe repair chain of more than 1,900 shops. He will speak about his unique business style which he calls ‘upside-down management.’ A management maverick, he describes his business philosophy in books including ‘How to Ride a Giraffe’, ‘Upside Down Management’, ‘Ask John’ and ‘High Street Heroes’. His latest book, ‘Keys to Success’, gives 50 tips from a management maverick.

9.45am - 10.00am: Q & A

10.00am: Close and networking time

If you are interested in attending please email