Conference 2014

"Our 2014 Shaping the Future of Portsmouth Conference was held at the Pyramids on Monday 17th November and once again launched Global Entrepreneurship Week in the city. Our focus this year was Skills, as skill development and provision it is one of the key priorities for Portsmouth.

Some 350 delegates enjoyed a wide range of presentations including the Minister for Portsmouth, the Leader of the Council, the Executive Director of G.E.W and Jonathan Goring from Ben Ainslie Racing.

The conference closed with the annual Shaping Awards. All winners were chosen by the Shaping work streams where the focus was on selecting business who had impressed by the way they had developed their own skills or the skills of others."

Cheryl Buggy - Project Director

David Williams' speech

Running order:

08:00 – 09:00: Registration, coffee & stands

09:00 – 09:10: Welcome – Walter Cha, Chair of Shaping Portsmouth

09:10 – 09:25: David Williams, Portsmouth City Council

09:25 – 09:40: Alan Priddy, Offshore Expeditions

09:40 – 09:55: Shena Mitchell & Andrew Fiddaman, Executive Director of GEW

09:55 – 10:10: Jonathan Goring, Ben Ainslie Racing

10:10 – 10:25: Cllr Donna Jones, Portsmouth City Council

10:25 – 10:45: Stef Nienaltowski, Chair of Business & Enterprise

10:45 – 11:15: Coffee Break

11:15 – 11:35: Matthew Hancock, Minister for Portsmouth

11:35 – 11:50: Rebecca Bunting, University of Portsmouth

11:50 – 12:05: Apprentices – Rachel Gibbens and Lucy Tluszcz from the Kings Theatre and Paris Bonwick from Highbury College

12:05 – 12:35: The Shaping Awards - Presented by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Steven Wylie, kindly sponsored by The Southern Co-Operative

12:35 – 13:00: Conclusion and close