More than 100 Nuneaton and Bedworth business leaders came together for an event to map out a path to success for the borough over the coming years.
The third Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Support Expo, this year held at Ambleside Sports Club, brought high-level business representatives together for a morning of networking and informative talks from distinguished speakers including Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council leader Councillor Julie Jackson.
Councillor Jackson opened the proceedings declaring that the borough is ‘open for business’ before Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub account manager Gary Thyeson spoke of the booming businesses helping grow the local economy.
Councillor Jackson said: “Several exciting borough ventures have recently come to fruition, with many more on the horizon.
“The Transforming Nuneaton project is in full swing with the construction of the town centre retirement flats, purchase and re-development of the old Co-op and completion of the Coton Arches improvements.
“With the recent adoption of the Borough Plan too, there will be many more new and exciting opportunities for future residential and economic growth across the Borough.
“All of these projects will grow the borough’s appeal for future businesses and increase employment opportunities.
“These are exciting times and it was great to see a buzz at the Expo with businesses discussing the multitude of forthcoming possibilities.
“Once again the event has proved its worth as the number one place to go for invaluable information and networking within the borough and beyond.”
Gary Thyeson, of the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub, said: “There are so many positive stories out there and we need to ensure that these are all being capitalised on so we can grow the borough’s business together.
“At the Growth Hub, we offer impartial advice to help businesses of all kinds grow and over the last twelve months we have assisted in bringing significant investment to the area through our clients.
“We have worked with some real success stories such as Indigo Fitness, helping them move into new premises in Nuneaton and Cogsdill, a firm with a huge history that is continuing to create jobs for the area.
Simon Biggs, a former police officer now working as a Principal Incident Response Specialist at IntaForensics, who are based at Eliot Business Park, gave the audience an insight into the importance of cyber security during his speech before Adam Weaver from Savills spoke about plans for the future of the Arbury Estate, which he has managed since 2008.
John McGuigan then discussed the Transforming Nuneaton initiative, which he is acting as an adviser on.