Stroud District Open for Business

Stand Out Studio director Carl Hewlett attended the Stroud District Open for Business event at SGS College yesterday.

The meeting was aimed at local businesses in the Stroud area, to boost investment in the Stroud District and encourage councils to work together to support business. The event was organised by Stroud Business Voice, whose chairman is Steve Dechan, managing director of P14 Medical and Ian Mean, director of Business West Gloucestershire.

Steve Dechan, chairman of Stroud Business Voice and managing director at P14 Medical welcomes guests

Kathy O'Leary, chief executive of Stroud District Council

Kevin Hamblin, principal at SGS College gives a presentation entitled SGS, Our Sites, Our Ambitions, Our Students and Engagements with Business & Apprenticeships

Speakers at the meeting included Steve Dechan, chairman of Stroud Business Voice, Kathy O'Leary, chief executive of Stroud District Council, Kevin Hamblin, principal of SGS College, David Owen, chief executive officer of GFirst LEP, Mark Dransfield, managing director of Dransfield Properties, Dr Simon Pickering, of Ecotricity and Stroud District Council, Matt Griffith, policy director for Business West and Andrew Callard, chairman of the Forest Economic Partnership.

David Owen, chief executive of GFirst LEP speaking about The Draft Industrial Strategy, Young People Survey and Stroud Growth HUB

Mark Dransfield, managing director at Dransfield Properties giving a presentation entitled, Our High Street's Future

Dr Simon Pickering, councillor for Stroud District Council speaking on Our Environment, Business and How to Improve It

Topics included SGS College's ambitions for its Stroud site, including its engagements with business and apprenticeships, GFirst LEP's new draft industrial strategy - particularly the young people survey and Stroud Growth HUB, the future of the high street, how business can improve the environment and a Brexit update discussion.

The event saw a near full-house as well over 50 business people and interested parties attended to listen to the topics covered.

Matt Griffith, policy director at Business West leading a Brexit update discussion

Andrew Callard, chairman of Forest Economic Partnership

Ian Mean of Gloucestershire Chamber and Business West speaking at the event

Edward Nash of Nash Partnership and Martin Evans of Colburn Developments Ltd

Tamara Kwan of TammyLynn Photography, Alison Truphet of New Ventures Trust Ltd and Samantha Collins of St James's Place Wealth Management

Debbie Bird of Stroud Businesswomen's Network and Andrew Callard of Forest Economic Partnership

Rob Lister of Lister Unified Communications and Rob Case of Randall & Payne LLP