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Monument to Cheltenham's first business boom to host Growing Gloucestershire Conference

Pittville Pump Rooms is a monument to Cheltenham's first business boom that saw the town rise from rural backwater to Regency destination.

In the 17th and 18th century, the great and the good were attracted to the Pump Rooms to take advantage of the healing properties thought to be in the spa waters.

And the monument to what made Cheltenham great in the 18th century will play host to an event that seeks to help Gloucestershire grow 300 years later.

The Growing Gloucestershire Conference takes place in the picturesque Pump Rooms on Tuesday, October 15 between 9am and 3.30pm.

A fixture in the county's business calendar, the Conference is set to attract more than 200 business professionals for a day crammed with content.

This year, the conference will focus on the themes of sustainability, connectivity and technology with the four key speakers already confirmed.

Peter Cheese, the chief executive officer of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development will kick the conference off with the first keynote speech.

Sophie Bennett from the Cranfield School of Management, Tarra Simmons, CSR manager for Midcounties Cooperative and Rick Sturge from the Bloodhound Land Speed Record Project are also due to speak.

Jonathan Nicholls, chair of the Growing Gloucestershire Conference, said: "Pittville Pump Rooms is the place synonymous with Cheltenham's first business boom, so where better to hold the conference this year.

"The Conference has been running since 2003 and aims to get the wider business community under one roof on one day every year to share their skills and experience.

"The idea is to gain a little bit of knowledge about a lot of things - not enough to make you an expert but enough so that you know what you need to know or know that you need to know more."

"We have keynote speakers booked from a wide spectrum of the business sector, each of which will give a fascinating insight into our key themes of sustainability, connectivity and technology.

"There are also a number of other guest speakers and breakout sessions scheduled that are designed around those key themes."

Tickets for the Growing Gloucestershire Conference can be booked at www.glosprofs.com  where there is also a full agenda including details on the speakers.

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