Bath Business Festival

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Bath Business Festival

Bringing the Bath Business Community Together
 
The Bath Business Festival is to celebrate all that Bath has to offer, to rally around our local businesses to meet, learn, share, network and do business.  A chance for the local business community and residents to come together and celebrate all of the wonderful businesses that make Bath such a special city.
 
People and businesses are still very concerned and cautious, feel a real need to stay connected to boost confidence in our own local economy and get Bath businesses firmly on a track.
 
During this event you will get the chance to hear from expert keynote speakers from around the city, do some speed networking (3 sessions: morning, lunch and afternoon) and meet other business owners, join in with the following stream covering a wide range of businesses.

There are 9 keynote speakers covering the following business areas

  1. Retail Sector
  2. Hospitality, Tourism and Events
  3. Public Sector and 3rd sector
  4. Health, Wellbeing and Environment
  5. Recruitment, HR, Training and Education
  6. Digital & Tech
  7. Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment
  8. Professional Services
  9. Small Business, Trade & Start-Ups
 
The economy has taken a hard hit as a result of Covid, but the economy will and is starting to regain momentum. Some businesses have continued to trade, relatively unscathed, others have stopped altogether and some businesses have thrived. The festival will be about learning, sharing, moving forward and thriving, supporting the local economy, our local businesses and our city.
Breakout Sessions will be led by experts in the 9 business areas and will cover

  • Up-to-date information on next steps
  • Proactive advice on getting going again
  • Engage with businesses and consumers
  • Network to make new contacts and catch up with colleagues
  • Learn from leading experts
 

Free tickets Vs Full Access Tickets (only £5)

We understand times are really tough which is why there are both ticket option:
Free Tickets include access to the event, keynote speakers (9 experts) and the expo to meet the local businesses
All Access Tickets include all the above, PLUS access to the 3 speed networking sessions, Plus ALL the breakout expert sessions for in-depth discussion & participation. All access tickets are £8 (less than £1 per speaker!) 
Expo booth include 1 All Access Ticket.
 

Bath Business Festival: Meet, Learn, Share, Network and do business.

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Schedule

· Networking
Networking
· Sessions
Green Room
· Stage
Welcome and introductions
Clare Forestier Franco de la Croix-Vaubois
· Expo
Expo Booths Open
· Stage
Keynote 1: Overview of Retail & central Bath businesses
Allison Herbert
· Sessions
Session 1: Retail & Central Bath Businesses
Allison Herbert
· Stage
Keynote 2: Hospitality, Events & Tourism
Kathryn Davis
· Sessions
Session 2: Hospitality, Events & Tourism Stream Discussion
Kathryn Davis
· Stage
Keynote 3: Public Sector and 3rd sector
Leslie Redwood
· Sessions
Session 3: Public Sector and 3rd sector Discussion
Leslie Redwood
· Stage
Keynote 4: Health, Wellbeing & Environment
Pip Galland
· Sessions
Session 4: Health, Wellbeing and Environment
Pip Galland
· Expo
Expo Area - LIVE!
· Networking
Lunch and Networking
· Stage
Keynote 5: Recruitment, HR, Training and Education
Polly Rathbone Ward Elle Chappell
· Sessions
Session 5: Recruitment, Training, HR & Education
Polly Rathbone Ward Elle Chappell Penny Hay
· Stage
Keynote 6: Digital & Tech Businesses
David Kelly
· Stage
Keynote 7: Arts, Media, Culture and Entertainment
Andy Burden Luke John Emmett
· Sessions
Session 6: Digital and Tech
David Kelly
· Sessions
Session 7: Arts, Media, Culture and Entertainment Stream
Andy Burden Penny Hay Luke John Emmett Martin Pople
· Stage
Keynote 8: Professional Services (Finance, Legal, Insurance Banking)
Steven Greenwood
· Sessions
Session 8: Professional Services
Jean  Boyle Steven Greenwood Tony Pidgeon
· Stage
Keynote 9: Small Businesses & Start-ups
Cynthia Wihardja
· Stage
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Dimo Dimov
· Sessions
Session 9: Small Businesses and Start-ups Stream
Cynthia Wihardja
· Networking
Speed Randomised Networking
· Expo
Expo Booths Open
· Stage
Closing remarks, next event and bar opens
Franco de la Croix-Vaubois Clare Forestier

Speakers

Andy Burden
Andy Burden

Director of the Natural Theatre Company

Sarah Warren
Sarah Warren

Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services

Dimo Dimov
Dimo Dimov

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Cynthia Wihardja
Cynthia Wihardja

Helping you be at your best by finding your strengths & removing the limits that block you.

Clare Forestier
Clare Forestier

Virtual event host, Emcee, presenter and moderator

Leslie Redwood
Leslie Redwood

Chief Executive, Citizens Advice BANES - Citizens Advice BANES new strategy and The Compassionate Community Hub

David Kelly
David Kelly

Exploring the interplay between global digital & tech trends, COVID and the impact on local businesses

Steven Greenwood
Steven Greenwood

Managing Partner of Stone King: Sharing the big picture for the legal sector now & what might the next normal look like?

Martin Pople
Martin Pople

Manager, Bristol & Bath Cultural Destinations Project - Singing In The Dark Times

Jean  Boyle
Jean Boyle

Employment Law Specialist

Kathryn Davis
Kathryn Davis

Hospitality, events and tourism expert, Kathryn will share latest in this sector and what to expect in the coming months

Pip Galland
Pip Galland

Mental health is a hugely important are and Bath Mind Chair Pip Galland will share insights how we can help one another

Luke John Emmett
Luke John Emmett

Founder - Theatre Bath, Event Producer, Lighting Designer and Technician

Polly Rathbone Ward
Polly Rathbone Ward

HR Consultant and Owner of Rathbone HR Solutions

Penny Hay
Penny Hay

Bath Spa University, Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries

Tony Pidgeon
Tony Pidgeon

Stone King, head of the Dispute Resolution team: Legal perspective on the pandemic’s impact on litigation.

Elle Chappell
Elle Chappell

Director of Talent, Circle Consulting: Management Consultancy specialising in finding & developing leaders & managers

Allison Herbert
Allison Herbert

Bath BID CEO sheds light on core issues for retail and central Bath businesses

Franco de la Croix-Vaubois
Franco de la Croix-Vaubois

Event & Virtual Event Consultant

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