Speakers and Workshops

Welcome Address:
Brentwood Is Open for Business

Cllr Chris Hossack, Leader, Brentwood Borough Council

Andy Howell, General Manager, Brentwood Development Partnership

Join us to learn more about the Brentwood Development Partnership, the new company formed by the recent joint venture between Brentwood Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments. 


The Brentwood Development Partnership will provide new homes, mixed-use developments, public spaces, commercial and leisure facilities, bringing forward redevelopment at pace and scale that will transform the Borough over the next 30 years.

Leading from the Front
Aron Priest

Co-Founder, Solopress

Listen to Aron's inspirational entrepreneurial story of working as a machine minder after leaving school to starting his own award-winning printing company.  Over the last twenty years, Solopress, the UK's leading online printer, has grown to an impressive turnover of £30 million and employs 330 staff.

Getting Ahead: An SME Panel Discussion about Growth and Goals 

A panel discussion hosted by Carmel Jane, Carmel Jane Talks Business

Expert panellists include:

Ashton Hunt, Partner, Tees 
Steve Baker, Director, Baker Labels
Davina Steel, Director, Davina Steel...Baking the Difference

Matt Barry, Director, Blue Serif

There are many routes to growing your business such as hiring more staff, sourcing new funding, and investing in infrastructure. Through the expansion process, it's important to remember your 'why' and stay focused on your goals. 

Join host Carmel Jane as she chats with four Essex business directors who will share their experiences of starting up their

SMEs, overcoming obstacles, and staying true to their company values.

7 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs
Paul Durrant

Director, PDT Sales Consultancy

Studies have shown that successful entrepreneurs display many of the same traits and behaviours. This workshop explores seven of the most commonly shared habits using data from psychological studies, combined with Paul's observations of having worked with some very successful serial entrepreneurs. 

Learn how to adopt a ‘growth mindset’ – as well as being more innovative and strategic – so that you can take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. Successful entrepreneurs make their own luck – and you can start doing the same by attending this sought-after workshop.

Legal Considerations When Selling a Business
Baljeet Kaur

Associate Solicitor, Tees incorporating Wortley Byers Law

This workshop will give an overview of the different sale structures, what to consider when preparing your business for sale and what you can expect from the legal process.

Data Protection...Not Just a Phase
Elizabeth de Cruz

Solicitor, Tees incorporating Wortley Byers Law

It's been almost 18 months since GDPR came into effect and changed the way businesses treat personal information.  Discover how the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) approaches breaches of the GDPR, review examples of decisions about breaches and pick up practical tips on how you can be sure you are compliant with GDPR.

Business Mobility: Are You Travelling Smart?
Russell Murphy

Area Business Mobility Consultant, Enterprise Rent-a-Car

For any business - from a sole trader to a large corporate - travel is essential. Learn some of the initiatives within the market which help businesses travel smart by making better decisions to save time and money.  Electric vehicles are a hot topic and we will discuss some of the key questions for businesses that are keen to 'go electric'.

Digital Brentwood: Accessing High Speed Broadband 


Charlotte Maltby, Programme Communications Officer, Superfast Essex

Michael Snaith, Strategic Advisor, Association of South Essex Local Authorities Local Full Fibre Network Programme

Naz Jaffer, Director, 110 Technologies

High speed broadband has become "fourth utility" for  many businesses. Find out what is being done locally to ensure to that the digital demands of our economy are being met and how accessing broadband can future proof your business in a fast-moving world.

Brentwood Business Showcase 2020 | Brentwood Borough Council | Discover Brentwood

Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood Essex CM15 8AY  |  Tel: 01277 312500  |  Email: business@brentwood.gov.uk